The Salem News
---- — 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.
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.
Al-Anon, a nonprofit, public service organization that helps people who are affected by someone else’s drinking or drug abuse, will hold meetings every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Knights of Columbus Hall, 96 Main St., second floor, Peabody. For more information or other locations in Massachusetts, call 508-366-0556 or visit www.ma-al-anon-alateen.org.
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.
North Shore Community Development Coalition and Salem State University have partnered to present a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program to provide income tax preparation to low-income taxpayers throughout the region. This year, SSU’s business school students will volunteer at North Shore CDC, 102 Lafayette St., Salem, to prepare income taxes for low-income taxpayers. Appointments are available through April 11 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., and Fridays from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. North Shore CDC is an IRS-sponsored site. To schedule an appointment, call 978-825-4014 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Emotions Anonymous, a 12-step organization similar to Alcoholics Anonymous, will meet weekly for the purpose of working toward recovery from emotional difficulties. Members are from many walks of life and are of diverse ages, economic statuses, and social and educational backgrounds. The only requirement for membership is a desire to become well emotionally. Meetings are held at Beverly Hospital on Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. For more information, call Murray at 978-535-7676.
The Friendly Garden Club of Beverly will award a scholarship to high school seniors from Beverly who are pursuing a college career in environmental science, horticulture, botany, floral design, landscape design, conservation or related fields for the 2014-2015 academic year. Applications must be submitted by May 1. For scholarship forms, call 978-381-3597 or email email@example.com.
AARP volunteers will be available by appointment to meet with Peabody senior citizens and medium- to low-income residents on the following days through April 15 in Peabody: Mondays, 11:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., at Peabody Institute Library’s West Branch, 603 Lowell St.; Thursdays, 4:45 to 8:30 p.m., at the South Branch, 78 Lynn St.; and Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to noon, at Torigian Community Life Center, 79 Central St. Schedule an appointment by calling the preferred location: West Branch, 978-535-3354; South Branch, 978-531-3380; or the Community Center, 978-531-2254.
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.
Applications for the $2500 Andrew Metropolis Scholarship, offered by the Peabody Historical Society and Museum, are available at Historical Society Headquarters, 35 Washington St., Peabody, by mail or at the society’s website, www.peabodyhistorical.org. To be eligible, a student must be a resident of Peabody, be a graduating member of the 2014 senior class of Peabody Veterans Memorial High School, and committed to pursuing a degree in history, museum studies, historic preservation or political science. Submission deadline is April 12, 2014. For information, call 978-531-0805.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.