“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 second of six meetings will be held on Tuesday, April 1, at 12:30 p.m. at the Main Library at 82 Main St. in Peabody. The poets discussed will be: 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.
The city of Salem celebrates the 377th anniversary of the first muster on Saturday, April 5, beginning at 9:30 a.m. with a service at St. Peter’s Church, 24 St. Peter St., Salem. The annual event celebrates Salem’s federal designation as the birthplace of the National Guard, because the first regiment of the Massachusetts Militia to muster was the East Regiment in Salem. This year’s event features National Guard dignitaries, veterans groups, the Second Corps Cadets, National Lancers (horses), re-enactors, a howitzer salute and a flyover. Following the service at St. Peter’s, troops will process to Armory Park at Peabody Essex Museum for a ceremony at 10 a.m.; then to Salem Common for a second ceremony at 11; a pass in review of troops by a National Guard official and F-16 flyover (weather permitting) at 11:30; and a collation at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 94 Washington Square, at 12:30 p.m. For details, contact retired Lt. Col. Larry Conway, email@example.com.
The Middleton Public Works Water Division will begin flushing fire hydrants on Monday, March 31, through Thursday, April 10, between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m. The first week of flushing will take place on the roads south of Middleton Square to the Danvers line. Roads north of Middleton Square to the North Andover town line will be flushed the second week. Residents who notice some discoloration of their water should run the cold water for a few minutes to clear it before use. For more information, call the Department of Public Works at 978-777-0407.