The Salem News
---- — 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.
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 today, 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 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.
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. 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.
Salem Chamber of Commerce’s eighth annual Salem Spring Restaurant Week, a 10-day event, takes place Sunday, March 16, through Thursday, March 20, and Sunday, March 23, through Thursday, March 27, at 20 restaurants in Salem. Participating restaurants will offer either a prix-fix, two-course dinner menu for $18 or a prix-fix, three-course dinner menu for $28. For details and a list of participating restaurants, visit www.salem-chamber.org. Reservations are encouraged.
Hamilton Hall will host an appraisal day on Saturday, April 5, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with appraisals by Stephen Fletcher and his team from Skinner Auctioneers. Each person may bring up to three items to be evaluated. For items that are too large to move, bring a photograph of the item in its entirety, including measurements, and photos of any carvings, marks, stamps or special features. Appraisal slots must be reserved in advance as space is limited. The cost is $20 for one item or $50 for three items. All proceeds benefit Hamilton Hall, 9 Chestnut St., Salem. For reservations and details, email email@example.com, or call 978-744-0805 and leave a message. Visit hamiltonhall.org for details.
Young women who are residents of Salem, graduating from high school and continuing on to college, are welcome to apply for the Anonymous Scholarship, which is awarded based upon a combination of financial need and academic performance. The award can be renewed annually if the student maintains a primary residence in Salem during her four-year pursuit of an undergraduate degree. The application deadline is Thursday, May 1. To request an application form, send the name and mailing address of the interested applicant to firstname.lastname@example.org, with “Anonymous Scholarship Application Form” in the subject line of the email. Those interested may also write to the Anonymous Scholarship Fund, Scholarship Committee, 3 Beckford St., Salem, MA 01970.
Artists who live in Beverly, work in Beverly, are enrolled in a Beverly college or a senior in high school, or are affiliated with an arts guild or arts organization in Beverly are eligible to apply to Arts Fest Beverly: Community Exhibition, a juried exhibition on display at the Manninen Center for the Arts, Endicott College, 376 Hale St., Beverly, from June 4 to Aug. 15, with a reception on June 13. For submission guidelines, deadlines and other information, contact Kathleen Moore at 978-232-2655, or email email@example.com with “ARTSFEST Submission” in the subject line. Jpegs can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org with the artist’s name and contact information. Jurying will be completed and artists will be contacted by May 12.
Saint Mary School in Beverly will honor the Rev. David J. Barnes, Dr. Thomas Howard, Lovelace Howard, Wes Slate, and the Fortini family at the school’s 12th annual Legacy Gala on Sunday, March 9, at the Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott St., Danvers. The Legacy Gala celebrates those individuals who have made meaningful contributions to the school, parish, community or Catholic faith. This year’s event features a wine and beer tasting, live music and a full dinner. All proceeds benefit Saint Mary School. Visit www.smsbeverly.com for more information.
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/.
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.