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.