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February 13, 2014

North Shore News in Brief


The Salem News

---- — Peabody Institute Library will offer its Food for Fines program through tomorrow. Donations of canned goods and other nonperishable items will be accepted to clear overdue fines on Peabody-owned library materials. The program will run at Peabody’s Main Library at 82 Main St., its South Branch Library at 78 Lynn St. and the West Branch Library at 603 Lowell St. All donations benefit Peabody’s Haven From Hunger. For more information, call 978-531-0100.

Emotions Anonymous, a 12-step organization similar to Alcoholics Anonymous, will meet weekly for the purpose of working toward recovery from emotional difficulties. Members are from many walks of life and are of diverse ages, economic statuses, and social and educational backgrounds. The only requirement for membership is a desire to become well emotionally. Meetings are held at Beverly Hospital on Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. For more information, call Murray at 978-535-7676.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous is a free, 12-step recovery program for anyone suffering from food obsession, overeating, undereating or bulimia. Meetings are held on Tuesdays at 7 p.m., at The White Whale, 9 Hale St., Beverly, and Thursdays at 9 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, Adult Education Room, 124 River Road, Topsfield. For more information or a list of additional meetings at other locations, call 781-932-6300, or visit www.foodaddicts.org. Locally, attendees can call Susan at 978-969-3499.

An eight-week Boating Skills & Seamanship Course, offered by the Department of Homeland Security, United States Coast Guard Auxiliary and Flotilla 37 of Ipswich, begins Tuesday, Feb. 25, from 7 to 9 p.m., at Ipswich VFW Hall, Route 1A, next to the YMCA. The course meets all state boating safety requirements and is designed for adults and youths ages 14 and older. A certificate will be awarded for successful completion. The New Hampshire state exam will also be offered. Text and course material are included. The cost is $77.80/adult; each adult must have his or her own book. For families, the cost is $77.80/adult and $38.90/child; both family members can share the same book. For details or to register, contact Lisa at flt37pe@yahoo.com or 508-517-4600.

A winter parking ban in Marblehead is in effect through April 15. Parking is prohibited on any street for a period of time longer than one hour between the hours of midnight and 7 a.m. No warning tickets will be given. For more information, call 781-631-0000.

AARP volunteers will be available by appointment to meet with Peabody senior citizens and medium- to low-income residents on the following days in Peabody: Mondays, 11:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., Feb. 12 to April 15, at Peabody Institute Library’s West Branch, 603 Lowell St.; Thursdays, 4:45 to 8:30 p.m., Feb. 13 to April 15, at the South Branch, 78 Lynn St.; and Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to noon, through April 15, at Torigian Community Life Center, 79 Central St. Schedule an appointment by calling the preferred location: West Branch, 978-535-3354; South Branch, 978-531-3380; or the Community Center, 978-531-2254.

Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary will kick off the sugaring season with a February Flapjack Fling on Saturday, Feb. 22, at 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. The event features a special pancake breakfast with syrup from the sanctuary’s maple trees and offers sugaring tours to learn about the sanctuary’s maple sugaring operation and the transformation of sap to syrup. Breakfast, which includes fruit, juice and milk, will be served at 8:15, 9, 10:15 and 11:15 a.m., and sugaring tours will depart at 9, 10, 11 a.m. and noon. Admission to the breakfast is $6 for adults and $4 for children ages 3 to 8. The tour is $9 for adults and $8 for children (Mass Audubon members: $8 adult, $7 child). Children under 3 are free and should be in a baby carrier. Receive a $1 discount when registering for both breakfast and a tour on the same day. In case of snow, the event will be moved to Sunday, Feb. 23. Advance registration required at 978-887-9264 or www.massaudubon.org/ipswichriver.

Bernard Pomerance’s “The Elephant Man” will be staged by the Salem Theatre Company at their theater on 90 Lafayette St. in Salem through Saturday, with performances playing Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets are $25 with discounts for seniors ($20) and students ($10) and are available online at www.salemtheatre.com or by calling Ovation Tix at 866-811-4111.

The 15th annual Scrabble Tournament to raise money for the St. Vincent de Paul Society begins Saturday, Feb. 22, at 10 a.m., at St. John’s lower church hall, 17 Chestnut St., Peabody. Contestants will play two rounds of Scrabble with the championship round to follow. Community members may sponsor individuals with per-point pledges to benefit St. Vincent de Paul Society, or simply make a donation. The Society assists those in need of food or other assistance. Winners will receive Scrabble-related prizes. To play, registration is $10 per person and includes lunch. Non-registered players may purchase a lunch for a fee. To participate or to make a donation, contact Marie O’Brien at 978-531-2896, or Betty Armstrong at 978-532-1748.

Putting in the Park, a charity indoor miniature golf tournament, is set for Thursday, Feb. 27, at Essex Park Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 265 Essex St., Beverly. Metro Mini Links will be setting up an 18-hole, miniature golf course inside of Essex Park. Anyone interested in participating should create a four-person team, choose a charity to play for, and register by contacting Stacey Scharf at 978-816-0557. The cost is $100 for a four-person team. All of the money collected for the tournament will be donated to the winning team’s charity. There will also be a hole-in-one competition for a chance to win a resort stay in the Dominican Republic.

Salem State University presents Dakin Matthews’ Tony Award-winning adaptation of William Shakespeare’s “Henry IV” on Feb. 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 and March 1 at 7:30 p.m., and March 2 at 2 p.m., in the Callan Studio Theatre, 352 Lafayette St., Salem. Directed by Professor Celena Sky April, the staged reading features Professor Tom Luddy as the witty and calculating Sir John Falstaff. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.salemstatetickets.com or call 978-542-7890.

Democrats in Hamilton will hold a caucus at the Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., South Hamilton, at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22, to elect delegates and alternates to the Massachusetts Democratic Convention in June. The caucus is open to all registered Democrats in Hamilton. Delegates will be divided equally between men and women, and all ballots will be written and secret. Those not elected as delegate and/or alternate, who meet the qualifications, may apply to be add-on delegates in the following categories: youth, minority and disabled. The library is handicapped-accessible. For more information, contact Tom Lawnsby at 978-468-1257.

Peabody Historical Society is seeking submissions for its first-ever miniature quilt challenge, “Reflections on Old Favorites,” which will be displayed along with the Society’s antique challenge quilts at the Smith Barn on April 5 and 6. Visitors will cast a vote for their favorite quilt and Viewers’ Choice ribbons will be awarded to the top three entries, including $100 for first place. Quilters of all levels are invited to participate and entry forms must be received by Monday, March 3. Participants will choose one quilt from a selection of three antique quilts in the Society’s collection and create a miniature quilt inspired by the design, technique, fabric, or color scheme of the original. There is no entry fee to participate in this challenge. For pictures of the antique challenge quilts, submission guidelines, and entry forms, visit www.peabodyhistorical.org or contact Heather Leavell at 978-977-0514 or heather.leavell@peabodyhistorical.org.