The Hamilton Board of Health reminds Hamilton residents to notify the town in writing if they wish to have their property excluded from the pesticide spraying used for mosquito control. “Request for Exclusion for Application of Pesticide” forms are available at the Board of Health Office, 577 Bay Road, second floor, Hamilton, or on the BOH website at www.hamiltonma.gov/Pages/HamiltonMA_Health/index. Due to state mosquito control regulations, forms and letters must be sent by certified mail and received no later than Saturday, March 1. For more information, visit the BOH, or call 978-468-5579.
The application deadline for the Danvers Garden Club Scholarship is Friday, March 28. The scholarship will be awarded to a high school senior who lives in Danvers and whose post-secondary plans include floral design, landscape design, floriculture, horticulture, arboriculture, environmental science, forestry, earth science (geography, geology or meteorology) or a closely related field. For scholarship information or materials, call 978-777-4157, or mail to DGC Scholarship Committee, P.O. Box 167, Danvers, MA 01923.
Swampscott Public Library presents the 10th annual Lee Golomb Cadiff Teen Poetry Contest for students in grades seven to 12 who live or attend school in Swampscott. Cash and other prizes will be awarded to winners. Entry forms are available at local schools, the Swampscott Public Library, 61 Burrill St., and at www.noblenet.org/swampscott on the “Teen Scene Page.” Poems must be submitted by Thursday, Feb. 27. For more information, call the library at 781-596-8867.
SalemRecycles, the city of Salem’s recycling committee, is holding a free book and media swap on Saturday, March 15, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and is asking readers to drop off donations of commercial CDs, DVDs, videos and all books, including textbooks, on Friday, March 14, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., or before noon on Saturday, March 15, at the Senior Center, 5 Broad St., Salem. Volunteers will be available to help unload. No swap is needed in order to attend; participants can choose to donate materials, take materials or do both. Everything that doesn’t find a new home will be donated or recycled. For more information, contact Julie Rose at email@example.com or 978-619-5679.
Ipswich Museum’s Special Sundays winter exhibit, “Focusing on the Child,” is open from 2 to 4 p.m. every Sunday (except April 20) through April 27 at Ipswich Museum, 54 South Main St. The exhibit explores the lives of children in Ipswich through a variety of paintings, photographs and objects. Family-friendly activities each Sunday will complement the exhibit. The regular first-floor museum rooms will also be open for viewing. Admission is free for museum members and children, $7 nonmembers and $5 senior citizens. For more information, call 978-356-2811 or visit www.ipswichmuseum.org.
The city of Peabody and the Peabody Institute Library have partnered with Clark Farm to bring a community supported agriculture program to Peabody this summer, and registration is now open. In a CSA program, members agree to purchase products from a local farm throughout a season. This agreement makes members shareholders of the farm, and each week, the farm delivers the products to the library for shareholder pickup. Peabody will offer two pickup times and locations: Tuesdays, 3:30 to 5 p.m., at the Main Branch, 82 Main St.; and Tuesdays, 1 to 2:30 p.m., at the West Branch Library, 603 Lowell St. The 20-week program begins Tuesday, June 10, and costs $300 for a small share and $500 for a large share. For more information and to sign up for a share, contact Bill Clark at 978-790-3303, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beverly Youth Hockey presents Hypnotizing Hockey Night on Saturday, March 1, at 6:30 p.m. at the Italian Community Center, 300 Rantoul St., Beverly. The evening features a show by Pete Mamos, a stage hypnotist and magician who combines audience participation, comedy, music and mystery into his presentations. Music and dancing will follow the show. The event also includes a silent auction, raffle, Italian fare and a cash bar. Tickets purchased in advance by Friday, Feb. 28, cost $25 each or $30 at the door. Tickets are available at Todd’s Sporting Goods, 393 Cabot St., Beverly. Proceeds from the event benefit Beverly Youth Hockey programs.
Homebuying 101, a three-part course, will be held Tuesday, March 4, through Thursday, March 6, from 5:45 to 9 p.m., at Peabody Municipal Light Plant, 201 Warrant St. Ext., Peabody. The course, sponsored by North Shore CDC, takes residents through the entire home-buying process. Those who complete the course will receive a certificate that gives them access to first-time homebuyer loans with low interest rates and down payments. The cost is $50 per person. For more information or to register, visit www.thehomebuyingmentors.org.
Mayor Mike Cahill is accepting letters of request from organizations interested in being selected for one of the four 2014 charitable golf tournaments dates at Beverly Golf and Tennis Club, made available through the city of Beverly to benefit Beverly citizens. Over the past 10 years, more than 25 organizations have benefited from these charitable golf dates. Any organization interested in applying may do so by forwarding a request in writing to the Mayor’s Office, 191 Cabot St., Beverly, MA 01915, or by email to email@example.com. Letters of request must be received no later than Tuesday, Feb. 18, to be considered for selection.
Peabody Rotary presents its 10th annual Taste of the North Shore on Tuesday, March 11, at Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott St., Danvers. The event features more than 20 local restaurants serving a sample of their food specialities, entertainment, a drawing for a $10,000 grand prize, silent auction and more. Raffle tickets cost $100 each and include admission for two; only 300 tickets will be sold. The event is Peabody Rotary’s primary annual fundraiser and benefits the club’s community projects and initiatives. Businesses looking to donate items for the auction may contact event chairs Vanessa Silveira at firstname.lastname@example.org or Brian McHugh at email@example.com. Raffle tickets are available for purchase from any member of Peabody Rotary. For more information, visit www.peabodyrotary.org.
The 2014 Best Chef Competition to benefit Beverly Bootstraps is Monday, March 3, at 6 p.m. at the Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott St., Danvers. Chefs will compete for the title of Best Chef while cooking with food pantry ingredients. Participating chefs will be Jake DiSilva of Latitude 43 in Gloucester, Chris Tighe of Salt Kitchen and Rum Bar in Ipswich, Patrick Shea of The Barrel House American Bar in Beverly and Anthony Marino of Marino’s Cafe in Beverly. Guests may also enjoy a Taste of the North Shore at sampling stations of more than 20 local restaurants and decide the People’s Choice Award in both the Savory and Sweet categories. The event includes a new raffle, cash bar, live auction and food drive. Raffle tickets are available for purchase at the event or at www.beverlybootstraps.org for $25 each or $50 for three. Attendees are encouraged to bring a food item to donate to the Beverly Bootstraps food pantry. The event benefits the food assistance, client support, adult education, and youth and family programs at Beverly Bootstraps. Tickets cost $50 per person and can be purchased at BeverlyBootstraps.org or 978-927-1561; advance purchase suggested, as previous years have sold out.
The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary presents an eight-lesson Boating Skills and Seamanship Course beginning Wednesday, March 5, at 7 p.m. and continuing on consecutive Wednesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. at the VFW Hall, 5 Conant St., Danvers. The cost is $75 per person, and graduating students will receive a certificate, which may reduce boat insurance costs. Preregistration is required and can be done by contacting Brian R. McMahon at 781-229-6496 or firstname.lastname@example.org.