SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

February 27, 2014

North Shore News in Brief


The Salem News

---- — Salem residents who know of a pothole on a public roadway should help the city by reporting it directly to Department of Public Services by emailing potholes@salem.com or calling 978-744-3302. Include the exact address or a location description, along with a contact name and telephone number if possible. Feel free to send photos, as well. Reporting a pothole does not guarantee it will be immediately repaired that day; it will be added to the list for DPS crews to fix. DPS prioritizes potholes based on their severity and attempts to work in geographic clusters to maximize efficiency of resources.

A ham and bean supper will be held Saturday, March 22, at Second Congregational Church, 35 Conant St., Beverly, from 5 to 6 p.m. The menu features two kinds of home-baked beans, ham, coleslaw, rolls and beverage. Home-baked pies are $1.50 per slice. Prices are $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3.50 for children. The building is handicapped accessible.

Nancy Granert will play a program of organ music by J.S. Bach and others on Sunday, March 16, at 5 p.m. at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 26 Pleasant St. in Marblehead, as part of the church’s 300th anniversary celebration. The concert is open to the public, with a suggested donation of $10 benefiting the Recital Series Fund. Granert was formerly associate organist and choirmaster at Harvard University. A light reception follows the concert. Visit www.stmichaels2014.org.

At “Neptune’s Harvest & Gathering Mushrooms,” a presentation on Wednesday, March 19, at 7 p.m. at Buker Elementary School, 1 School St. in Wenham, Ann Molly of Neptune’s Harvest Organic Fertilizer will discuss her family’s wholesale seafood company in Gloucester. Later, Norman “Dugie” Russell will share the do’s and don’ts of gathering mushrooms. This event, sponsored by the Hamilton Wenham Garden Club, is free and open to the public. For more information, call Pat Lucy at 978-468-5829.

“Get to Know the Festival Poets,” a program at the Peabody Institute Library, will discuss the work of poets who will be featured at the Massachusetts Poetry Festival, which will be held in Salem from May 2 to 4. Led by poet and Salem State University Professor Jennifer Jean, the first of six meetings will be held on Tuesday, March 25 at 12:30 p.m. at the Main Library at 82 Main St. in Peabody. The poets discussed will be: March 25, Phil Levine; April 1, Rhina Espaillat; April 8, Carol Ann Duffy; April 15, Li-Young Li; April 22, Susan Rich; and April 29, Cornelius Eady. For more information and to register, call 978-531-0100, ext. 10, or visit www.peabodylibrary.org.

Who Knows? is an afternoon program of courses for middle school students. It will be offered at Pingree School in South Hamilton beginning Friday, April 4. Classes are open to all area students and will meet Fridays for five weeks from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The classes include robotics, engineering, filmmaking, creative knitting, acting and creating art books. Each course costs $50. Parents may drop off students or stay on campus during class and enjoy coffee or tea in the school’s Alumni Room. For course information and to register, visit www.pingree.org/whoknows or call 978-468-4415, ext. 233. The school is at 537 Highland St., South Hamilton.

Beverly Youth Hockey presents Hypnotizing Hockey Night on Saturday 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 tomorrow 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.

The 2014 Best Chef Competition to benefit Beverly Bootstraps is Monday at 6 p.m. at Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott St., Danvers. Chefs will compete for the title of Best Chef while cooking with food pantry ingredients. Guests may also enjoy a Taste of the North Shore at sampling stations of more than 20 local restaurants. 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. 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.

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.

Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary will hold Maple Sugaring Tours at 10 a.m., 12:30 and 2:30 p.m., on Saturdays and Sundays, March 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 and 16, at 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. Learn how to identify a sugar maple tree, observe tapping and sap collection methods, discover how sap becomes syrup in the sugar house, and get a sweet taste of the final product. After the tour, warm up by the wood stove in the barn. One-hour, naturalist-guided tours run rain or shine; dress warmly. The cost for Mass Audubon members is $8 per adult and $7 per child, or $9 per adult and $8 per child for nonmembers. Children under 3 are admitted for free and should be in a backpack. Advance registration is required at 978-887-9264. Visit www.massaudubon.org/ipswichriver for details.

The Anchor Pub and Grill and Jubilee Yacht Club will hold their annual Anchor Dip on Sunday, starting at noon, to benefit Care Dimensions, formerly Hospice of the North Shore & Greater Boston. Participants will take a dip into the winter waters at Sandy Point off Water Street and by the Jubilee Yacht Club in Beverly. To make a donation or to sign up, visit the Anchor Pub and Grill at 20 Cabot St., Beverly, or call 978-921-0504.

The Peabody Institute Library presents a four-week painting class taught by local artist Paula Kulas. Classes will be held at 10 a.m. on Fridays, March 7, 14, 21 and 28, at 82 Main St., Peabody. The course will focus on the watercolor works of John Singer Sargent. All materials will be provided. For details and registration, call 978-531-0100, ext. 10, or visit www.peabodylibrary.org.

Salem State University presents Dakin Matthews’ Tony Award-winning adaptation of William Shakespeare’s “Henry IV” on Feb. 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 Salem will hold a caucus at Salem High School, 77 Willson St., Salem, at 10 a.m. on Saturday to elect 31 delegates and 21 alternates to the 2014 Massachusetts Democratic Convention in June. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. The caucus is open to all registered Democrats in Salem. Delegates will be divided equally between men and women, and all ballots will be written and secret. Youth, minorities and people with disabilities who are not elected as delegates or alternates may apply to be “add-on” delegates. The school is handicapped-accessible. For more information, contact Salem Democratic City Committee Chair Marsha Finkelstein at 978-219-9890 or marshafink@hotmail.com, or visit www.massdems.org for details.

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. 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.

The seventh annual Salem Film Fest, the largest all-documentary festival in New England, will take place on Thursday, March 6, through Thursday, March 13, at three locations in Salem, including CinemaSalem, 1 East India Square Mall; Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St.; and the National Parks Service Visitor Center, 193 Derby St. This year’s festival features 37 full-length documentaries; panel discussions with filmmakers, critics and experts; competitions; award ceremonies; after-hour parties; and more. Also, Salem Sketches, a shorts program with a focus on all things local, will precede each documentary. For details, passes, film descriptions and schedules, visit www.salemfilmfest.com/2014/.

“Words and Music,” Peabody Essex Museum’s concert program led by PEM’s first composer-in-residence, pianist Matthew Aucoin, is set for Friday, March 7 and Saturday, March 8 at 8 p.m., at 161 Essex St., Salem. The concert includes two world premieres by Aucoin and works by composers ranging from Mozart to Messiaen. The program juxtaposes music and words in forms that include instrumental music and recited poetry. Featured artists include violinist Keir GoGwilt and visual artist Nick Pope. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $25 for PEM members and $30 for nonmembers. Reserve tickets by Wednesday, March 5, at pem.org/calendar.

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.

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.