The Salem News
---- — The North Shore Horticultural Society will hold its seventh meeting of the season at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 25, at the American Legion Hall, 14 Church St., Manchester. The evening features a presentation by Susan Stowe, titled “Daylilies for the Summer Garden.” Stowe’s presentation provides a complete overview of the perennial flower, including the definition of the genus, the plant’s characteristics, history and facts. Stowe will recommend growing, hybridizing, reference materials and other tips. All are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 978-232-0102.
The next stop on Montserrat College of Art’s Improbable Places Poetry Tour is Eurostoves, The Culinary Centre, 45 Enon St., Beverly, on Thursday, March 27, from 7 to 9 p.m. Poets are invited to share poems on a culinary theme. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. In addition to the reading, the event includes a cooking demonstration and a cash bar. To participate, send submissions to email@example.com by Thursday, March 20, or contact Colleen Michaels at 978-921-4242, ext. 1277, with any questions.
The Salem Athenaeum and GrubStreet, a nonprofit literary arts center, will offer fiction and memoir classes at Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St., Salem, taught by writing instructors from GrubStreet. Memoir in Progress, designed for writers who are working on the first draft of their memoirs, will focus on generating work and getting quick feedback from the group. Class begins Tuesday, March 25, and runs for 10 Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Fiction I is an introductory course in the craft of writing fiction, and participants will learn and practice the elements of fiction with an emphasis on the short-story form. Class begins Thursday, April 3, from 6 to 9 p.m., and runs for 10 Thursdays. Both classes cost $455 for GrubStreet members, $480 for nonmembers. Scholarships are available. For details and registration, visit www.grubstreet.org.
Parents who are concerned about the development of their child, who is between ages 3 and 5 and will not be attending kindergarten in the fall of 2014, may arrange an appointment for an early-childhood screening on Wednesday, March 19, or Monday, March 24, by calling Katie Provost, special education services coordinator, at 978-750-4756, ext. 1355. If these dates are not convenient, contact Katie to arrange another mutually acceptable date and time. Screenings will be held at the Howe-Manning School, 26 Central St., Middleton.
Hamilton-Wenham Public Library kicks off its book sale with a members-only Friends Preview Sale on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m., at 14 Union St., South Hamilton. Nonmembers can obtain membership at the door. The sale opens to the public on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and continues Monday through Thursday, March 27, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Books for children, teens and adults range from fiction to nonfiction, biography to self-help, science fiction, beach reads and more. Formats include hardcover, paperback, board books, DVD, CDs and some maps. For more information, visit www.hwlibrary.org.
The city of Peabody and the Peabody Institute Library have partnered with Clark Farm to bring a community supported agriculture program to Peabody this summer, and registration is now open. In a CSA program, members agree to purchase products from a local farm throughout a season. This agreement makes members shareholders of the farm, and each week, the farm delivers the products to the library for shareholder pickup. Peabody will offer two pickup times and locations: Tuesdays, 3:30 to 5 p.m., at the Main Branch, 82 Main St.; and Tuesdays, 1 to 2:30 p.m., at the West Branch Library, 603 Lowell St. The 20-week program begins Tuesday, June 10, and costs $300 for a small share and $500 for a large share. For more information and to sign up for a share, contact Bill Clark at 978-790-3303, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com, 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.
Wenham Museum’s annual Draw Me a Story exhibit, which this year features “Alphabets and Animals,” will be on display through March 30 at 132 St., Wenham. The exhibit features displays of original illustrations by creators of children’s books, many of whom will be on hand and happy to sign books at the reception and at an event for the whole family, “A Sunday of Sweetness,” on Sunday, March 23, from 1 to 3 p.m. For more information, call 978-468-2377 or visit www.wenhammuseum.org. Hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for children ages 1 and up.
Ipswich Museum’s Special Sundays winter exhibit, “Focusing on the Child,” is open from 2 to 4 p.m. every Sunday (except April 20) through April 27 at Ipswich Museum, 54 South Main St. The exhibit explores the lives of children in Ipswich through a variety of paintings, photographs and objects. Family-friendly activities each Sunday will complement the exhibit. The regular first-floor museum rooms will also be open for viewing. Admission is free for museum members and children, $7 nonmembers and $5 senior citizens. For more information, call 978-356-2811 or visit www.ipswichmuseum.org.
“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.
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.