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February 28, 2014

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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.

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.

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