The Salem News
---- — 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.
Peabody Institute Library presents an Intro to Sound Recording class in the Creativity Lab on Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m., in the lower level of the Main Library, 82 Main St., Peabody. The Creativity Lab’s Sound Kitchen is equipped with everything needed to create original music. Participants will learn how to get started composing and making music. The class will be repeated on Saturdays, April 5, 19, and May 3 and 17. Space is limited and reservations must be made in advance at www.peabodylibrary.org.
Salem Theatre Company presents Tom Stoppard’s award-winning comedy “Heroes,” on stage today through April 12, with performances playing Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m., at 90 Lafayette St., Salem. The play is about war heroes Gustave, Henri and Philippe who plot an escape from their retirement home. General admission is $25, $20 for seniors and $10 for students. Tickets and details are available at www.salemtheatre.com or 866-811-4111.
The 12th annual Olde Salem Greens 5K Cross Country Race is set for Sunday, beginning at 9 a.m. at Olde Salem Greens, 75 Wilson St., Salem. Online registration remains open until tomorrow at noon and costs $18 per entry. Registration is also available the day of the race until 8:45 a.m. at the race site, and costs $20 per entry. Preregistered runners may pick up their bib number and shirt on Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m., at the Salem Senior Center, 5 Broad St. The race is hosted by Salem Department of Park, Recreation & Community Services, and race proceeds go directly to the Salem, Park and Recreation Department and the Salem High School Cross Country Team. For details or to register online, visit www.NorthShoreTimingOnline.com/reglivecb.aspx?eventyear_id=153.
The JCC of the North Shore has launched a new Special Needs Inclusion program at its Summer on the Hill camps in Marblehead. Children ages 3 and older who participate in the Special Needs Inclusion receive special support and guidance to help them practice their motor, communication and social skills in a natural setting with their group peers. To learn more, contact Melissa Caplan at email@example.com, or stop by the Camp Open House on Sunday, March 30, from 1 to 3 p.m., at the JCCNS, 4 Community Road, Marblehead. Visit jccns.org for details.
Hamilton-Wenham Public Library kicks off its book sale with a members-only Friends Preview Sale tomorrow 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 Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and continues Monday, March 24, 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.