The Salem News
---- — “Anything Goes,” with music and lyrics by Cole Porter, will be performed by the North Shore Players in five performances, on Saturday, March 22, Friday, March 28, and Saturday, March 29, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 23, and Sunday, March 30, at 2:30 p.m. at Hogan Regional Center Auditorium, 6 Hathorne Circle in Danvers. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students and seniors at www.NorthShorePlayers.org or by calling 978-750-4842 or 978-335-5605.
The Artist Series of the Maple Street Congregational Church is presenting four local choruses on Saturday, March 8, at 7:30 p.m., including the Vocal Ensemble of Beverly High School, Building Bridges Through Music from Lynn, the Follow Hymn Gospel Choir from Lynn and the Chancel Choir of the Maple Street Church. Each chorus will present a selection, and the program will conclude with a finale by all four groups combined. The concert will be held in the sanctuary of Maple Street Congregational Church, 90 Maple St., Danvers. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for children, students and seniors. For further information, call 978-774-4510.
Troops 6 and 2 of the Beverly Boy Scouts are holding an electronics recycling event, Operation No Landfill, which raises money for the Beverly Boy Scouts. It will be held on Saturday, March 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Immanuel Church, 140 Bridge St. in Beverly. A nominal fee for the recycling service applies. Materials up for collection are TV sets, computers, monitors, radios, microwaves, cellphones, batteries, exercise equipment and air conditioners, among other things. Products that will not be accepted include refrigerators, large kitchen and laundry appliances, gas-powered equipment, car batteries, mercury products or fluorescent bulbs. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 978-993-0105 to schedule a home pickup. More details are available at www.troop2beverly.com.
North Shore Elder Services at 152 Sylvan St., Danvers, needs volunteers for its Money Management Program, Ombudsman Program, At Your Side Medical Advocates Program, Companion Program, Office and Special Projects Teams. For information on how to volunteer, contact Amy Bens at email@example.com, 978-624-2288, or visit www.nselder.org.
The fifth annual Shamrock Sweepstakes will be held Thursday, March 13, at the Moose Family Lodge, 50 Grove St. in Salem, with more than $13,000 in prizes. Three hundred tickets will be sold for $100, resulting in prizes that range from a first prize of $10,000 to seven prizes of $200. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and drawing begins at 7 p.m. A $10 admission includes buffet. For more information or to purchase a ticket, call 978-744-0915 or go to www.bgcgs.org.
“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” will be presented by Beverly High School in the school auditorium Thursday to Sunday, March 13, 14, 15 at 7 p.m. and on March 16 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors, and may be reserved at bhsonline.org/?page_id=2945. The ensemble includes 70 high school students, a choir of 25 teachers and students from Briscoe and several elementary schools, and a pit orchestra of 20. The biblical saga comes to vibrant life in the musical parable of Joseph, set to a variety of musical styles, from country-western and calypso to bubble-gum pop and rock ’n’ roll.
A St. Patrick’s Day Dinner will be served at Hastings House, 14 Oak St. in Beverly, on Saturday, March 15, from 6 to 9 p.m. A traditional dinner of corned beef and cabbage, boiled potato and Irish soda bread will be served buffet style. Kid-friendly food will be available, along with a cash bar and Irish music. Reservations are requested at 978-922-9705 by March 12 to reserve a seat. Admission is also available at the door for $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers.
Salem Public Schools is holding a preschool lottery for residents with children between ages 3 and 4 for placement in the fall 2014 preschool program at Salem Early Childhood Center. Students must be 3 years old before Sept. 1, 2014, in order to enter the lottery. Financial assistance may be available for those with proven need. The lottery process is open to all. For those who are interested in a preschool placement but have not completed the city census, contact the SECC office at 978-740-1181. Also, Salem Public Schools will conduct a developmental screening to locate, identify and refer for special education evaluation any 3-, 4- or 5-year-olds living in Salem who may have disabilities. For a screening appointment, call 978-740-1181. The screening will take place at SECC in Bentley School on Memorial Drive in Salem.
Marblehead Museum’s online auction is set for March 7 to 16 at www.biddingforgood.com/mmhsauction and features more than 100 items, including boat trips, dining, collectibles, gift certificates and unique experiences. Items may be previewed online through March 7, at which point bidding begins. The auction supports the museum and its mission to preserve, protect and promote the history of Marblehead for the community and future generations. For more information, call 781-631-1768.
The preschool program at Salem State University, located at 262 Loring Ave., is currently enrolling children ages 2.9 to 5 for its six-week summer nature program and for fall. The children of Salem State University students have first priority, followed by the children of faculty, staff, alumni and the community. Registration is by appointment only, and space is limited; therefore, early registration is advised. To schedule a tour and to register, contact the preschool office at 978-542-6408. Returning children may register on March 6 between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. The registration of children new to the preschool takes place on March 10, 11 and 12, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. For enrollment forms, brochures, program information and dates, visit salemstate.edu/preschool.
The Ipswich Integrated Preschool Programs will offer a free developmental assessment to parents in the Winthrop district for their children, born between Sept. 1, 2009, and Aug. 31, 2011. The screening is set for Monday, March 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at Winthrop Preschool, 65 Central St., Ipswich. To schedule an appointment for the screening, contact Josephine Brouillette at firstname.lastname@example.org (preferred method of communication), or call the school at 978-356-2976, ext. 345.
The Hamilton-Wenham Community House presents a cabaret-style dance party/concert with Henri Smith on Saturday, March 8, starting at 7:30 p.m., at 284 Bay Road, Hamilton. Smith and his musicians, along with guest vocalist Diane Disanto, perform jazz in the high-spirited style of a Mardi Gras festival. Attendees are encouraged to wear dancing shoes and dress in Mardi Gras costumes. Tickets cost $15 if purchased in advance at www.communityhouse.org, and $18 at the door. The Community House is handicapped-accessible and has plenty of free, off-street parking.
“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 at pem.org/calendar.
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 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 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.
The Sea Change Theatre Company presents Sophocles’ “Antigone,” a contemporary horror story of the ancient Greek tragedy that explores the questions of civil disobedience, unwritten laws and human rights. Shows are at 8 p.m. on Fridays, and 3 and 8 p.m. on Saturdays, March 7, 8, 14 and 15, in the performance space inside Dane Street Church, 10 Dane St., Beverly. The two-act tragedy about truth and death runs 100 minutes and is supported in part by a grant from the Beverly Cultural Council. Tickets cost $12 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens. For details and tickets, call 978-500-3885 or email email@example.com.