The Salem News
---- — Today, the city of Salem is observing World Autism Awareness Day by participating in the “Light It Up Blue” campaign and lighting up the city’s blue emergency lights at intersections throughout the community. Residents should take note that there is no actual snow emergency in effect. Partnering in the Salem effort is the city’s No Place for Hate Committee, For Kids Only Afterschool, and Parents United of Salem. At 6:30 p.m., Parents United of Salem will host the “Light It Up Blue” Autism Awareness Walk on Salem Common. In case of bad weather, the walk will be held at the Salem YMCA. For details, visit parentsunitedofsalem.org. The campaign is sponsored by Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, and encourages buildings and landmarks across the world to turn their lights blue on April 2 to promote autism awareness. Learn more at liub.autismspeaks.org.
Gordon’s Theatre Arts Department presents “Metamorphoses” by award-winning playwright Mary Zimmerman, on stage April 3 through 5 and 8 through 12 in the Margaret Jensen Theatre of the Barrington Center for the Arts, 255 Grapevine Road, Wenham. Under the direction of professor of theater arts Jeffrey S. Miller, the play explores the tension between the real and the transformational, the human and the mysterious, told through vignettes of classical Greek myth and drawn together by the universal need for water. Details and tickets are available at www.gordon.edu/tickets.
The city of Salem will hold a public hearing tomorrow at 6 p.m., for Salem residents, businesses and organizations to comment on the city’s Draft Action Plan for Fiscal Year 2015 (July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015). The hearing will take place in the third-floor conference room at City Hall, 120 Washington St., Salem. Interested parties may also provide written comment addressed to the City of Salem Department of Planning and Community Development by 4 p.m. on April 23. Copies of the draft plans are available for review at the Salem Public Library, Salem Housing Authority, and the Department of Planning and Community Development. The plan will also be available for downloading at www.salem.com. Final plans will be submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development by May 15.
Ipswich Museum’s “Sail Away” gala is set for Wednesday, April 9, from 6 to 9 p.m., at the Hellenic Center, 117 County Road, Ipswich. The event features fun, food and auctions. Tickets cost $50 per person and include a buffet, appetizers and two beverage tickets. All proceeds benefit Ipswich Museum’s restoration projects. Advance reservations are required at 978-356-2811 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Friends of Beverly Public Library’s annual Spring Book Sale is set for Saturday, April 5, through Sunday, April 13, during regular library hours, Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m., at 32 Essex St., Beverly. The sale features a large selection of hardcover and paperback books for all ages and tastes. A smaller selection of music and movies will also be available. All proceeds from the sale benefit the library. Also, a Spring Book Sale Preview Party for members of the Friends of the Beverly Public Library will be held on Friday, April 4, from 6 to 8 p.m. Regular book sale prices will apply with a purchase limit of 15 books. New memberships and renewals will be welcome at the door; memberships start at $15 and are payable by cash or check. For information, contact Anna Langstaff at 978-921-6062 or email@example.com.
Hamilton Hall will host an appraisal day on Saturday 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 978-744-0805 and leave a message. Visit hamiltonhall.org for details.
Children’s Friend and Family Services seeks volunteer mentors ages 21 and older from a variety of backgrounds. Each mentor will be matched with one youth, between the ages of 5 and 18, from the North Shore. Mentors and youths meet every week for at least two hours. For more information or to volunteer, visit childrensfriend.net/services/youth-mentoring/ or contact Samantha Alves, director of youth mentoring, at email@example.com or 978-219-1528.
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.
The United Polish Organizations of Peabody are holding a pre-holiday babka sale by telephone. Babkas available are plain, raisin, raisin-cinnamon, plain cinnamon, cheese and prune. Orders must be made no later than Monday, April 7, by calling Lola Busta, 978-531-5592; Anne Kostos, 978-774-0985; Ann Blazewicz, 978-531-7999; or Janis Marren, 978-531-8837. Ordered babkas may be picked up on Monday, April 14, from 2 to 5 p.m. at St. Michael’s Hall, 15 Endicott St., Peabody.
The Salem Arts Festival invites local artists to submit their work to be considered for participation in this year’s festival. The festival takes place June 6 to 8 along Salem’s downtown corridor and features an art show, street fair, live performances and more. This year’s theme is “spice.” The submission deadline is Friday, April 11. Applications can be found and submitted through the Salem Arts Festival website, www.salemartsfestival.com. While the festival prefers electronic applications, applicants are welcome to pick up and drop off hard copies of the form at Salem Arts Festival/Salem Main Streets, 265 Essex St., Salem, MA 01970.
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.
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 email@example.com with “ARTSFEST Submission” in the subject line. Jpegs can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org with the artist’s name and contact information. Jurying will be completed and artists will be contacted by May 12.