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, is taking place now through 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.