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Sample some of the best frozen treats being scooped in shops on the North Shore as the Ice Scream Bowl returns to Salem Common on Wednesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m., rain or shine.

The annual event lets ice cream lovers taste everything from the classics to combos to new flavors.

Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children, cash only, and must be purchased at the event. Proceeds support Salem Main Streets, a nonprofit focusing on the revitalization of downtown Salem.

Bringing down the house

Rockport animator Ben Wickey brings down the house tonight, kicking off the “Hawthorne in Hollywood” film series with his award-winning 2018 animated short “The House of the Seven Gables.”

Screened at 6:30 p.m. at — where else? — The House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby St., Salem, it’s the first of three films in the series and includes a question-and-answer session with Wickey.

Tickets are $15. Visit www.7gables.org/event/hawthorne-in-hollywood/2019-08-01.

A moon made of cheese

In honor of this summer’s 50th anniversary of the moon landing, Beverly Public Library has embraced that rumor about the natural satellite being made of cheese.

On Monday at 6 p.m., the library welcomes Hawthorne Hotel banquet chef Emmy Frye for “A Universe of Stories,” where guests will sample some tasty cheeses, learn about cheese pairings and just have a delicious time.

Admission is free. Register online at www.beverlypubliclibrary.org; in person at the reference desk, 32 Essex St.; or by calling 978-921-6062.