The Salem News
---- — 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.
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 email@example.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.
Riverside Squares, a Danvers-based square-dancing club, will celebrate its 50th anniversary tomorrow at North Shore Community Baptist Church, 9 Hart St. in Beverly Farms. Starting at 7:30 p.m., three different callers will lead dances. Anyone can stop by to watch for free. The club normally dances at All Saints Episcopal Church of the North Shore, 46 Cherry St. in Danvers and offers 15-week class sessions twice a year, in September and January, on Wednesday nights. People are welcome to watch those, as well. Anyone who would like to join the September class can leave contact information during the visit or call 978-774-8159.
Lifebridge Thrift will celebrate its two-year anniversary with a sale on clothes and furniture on Saturday, April 5, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 47 Canal St., Salem. Admission is free. For information, call 978-745-2459.
“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.
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.
“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” will be presented by Beverly High School in the school auditorium tomorrow at 7 p.m. and Sunday 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 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. Admission 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with “ARTSFEST Submission” in the subject line. Jpegs can be sent to email@example.com with the artist’s name and contact information. Jurying will be completed and artists will be contacted by May 12.