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Join the North Shore Amateur Astronomy Club in a Star party at iFarm in Boxford!
Join the North Shore Amateur Astronomy Club (NSAAC) at ifarm to experience the wonders of the night sky. NSAAC members will be present with a number of telescopes for attendees to use. The telescopes will be set to observe different phenomena in the night sky. Before the viewing, an NSAAC astronomer will give a short presentation on the different marvels you will see that evening. Possible selections include double star systems, globular clusters (collections of hundreds of thousands of stars that orbit our galaxy), and nebula (exploded stars as well as star-forming regions).
Location: iFarm
Marcia Wilson and friend from 'Eyes on Owls'. Photo ©Mark Wilson
Everyone loves owls!  Yet, how many of us have ever seen a live owl up close? With Eyes On Owls, Naturalist Marcia Wilson and photographer Mark Wilson will introduce you to six different live owls from New England and far beyond. Some owls, like the Great Horned, Barred and Eastern Screech Owls are fairly common in our area. Others, like Snowy Owls, Great Grays, and Boreal Owls, are rather rare.
Location: iFarm
Families will learn about vernal pools with ECGA at Farnsworth Reservation! Photo: Bill O'Connor
Greenbelt and North Shore Nature Programs present this outdoor Vernal Pools program for families. Come discover what lives in these ponds that appear in the spring and then disappear by summer. We'll scoop up some pond water to see who lives there, we'll look under nearby logs for wiggly salamanders, and we'll touch slimy frog egg masses (the ones that don't have frogs in them-- no frogs will be harmed!). Wear your Wellington boots so you can go right up to the edge of the pond!
Location: Farnsworth Reservation
Come celebrate Ipswich's Local Color at Crane Beach in Ipswich Massachusetts
Come to the white sands of CRANE BEACH to collectively welcome Springs revitalization with a BLAST of COLOR! Beach Bonfire & Om Drum 1-3pm, Color Blast precisely at 2pm! Bring a drum and join the circle if you like. We will have some number of percussion instruments available to share. Event is FREE. Crane Beach Parking fees apply.
Location: Crane Beach on the Crane Estate
Families are invited to come celebrate Earth Day at the Children's Museum of NH
Earth Day is celebrated in a big way at the Children’s Museum of NH, with a focus on learning how to support a healthy planet. The museum will be hopping with a variety of demonstrations, activities and information as we celebrate Earth Day! With the help of some special guests from around our community, visitors will get their hands dirty while learning about our Earth, the environment, our local ecosystem and much more! All Earth Day activities are included with paid admission and free for museum members
Location: Children's Museum of New Hampshire
Jane Kelly of On the Wing rehab in Epping NH releases an rehabbed owl
Spend an hour with Jane Kelly, and several of her live birds of prey, in the refuge auditorium, while learning about the habits and habitats of these fascinating creatures.  Kelly, of On the Wing Raptor Rehabilitation, will reprise the hugely popular program that she delivered as part of last year’s Earth Day celebration.  No preregistration for this program.
Location: Parker River National Wildlife Refuge
Come to Parker River Wildlife Refuge to learn about climate and weather and do some fun experiments! Photo: ©Bill O'Connor
Spend an hour with Jane Kelly, and several of her live birds of prey, in the refuge auditorium, while learning about the habits and habitats of these fascinating creatures.  Kelly, of On the Wing Raptor Rehabilitation, will reprise the hugely popular program that she delivered as part of last year’s Earth Day celebration.  No preregistration for this program.
Location: Parker River National Wildlife Refuge
Explore Parker River National Wildlife Refuge and lear about the American Woodcock!
Each spring American woodcocks engage in one of nature’s most fascinating courtship displays. Here’s your chance to witness this “sky dance” up close and in-person! This program is appropriate for ages 8 and older. Meet the ranger on the deck of the visitor contact station at parking lot 1. Bring binoculars and a flashlight. Program is limited to 15 participants. Please plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to the program start time.  Preregistration required.
Location: Parker River National Wildlife Refuge
Kids will learn about Gus, a certified reading therapy dog, at the Manchester Public Library
Come to the Children's Room for a reading of Rescue & Jessica: a Life-Changing Friendship by Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes.  We will meet Gus, a Certified Reading Partner and Therapy Dog, and learn about his special training and abilities.
Location: Manchester Public Library
Wingmasters present live North American Birds of Prey at the Manchester by the Sea Public Library. Photo ©Bill O'Connor
Join Jim Parks with 5-6 of his amazing birds, including hawks, falcons, and owls. Parks has been licensed to rehabilitate injured raptors (birds of prey) for decades and brings excellent knowledge and respect of their role in the wild. Ages 6 through adult. Registration required.
Location: Manchester Public Library

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7th Annual White Ribbon Breakfast

Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center and Girls Inc of the Seacoast host the 7th Annual White Ribbon Breakfast at the Black Swan Country Club
The White Ribbon Day Initiative: The Massachusetts White Ribbon Campaign is a part of a worldwide movement for human rights that engages men and boys to help end violence against women and girls.
7:30 am to 9:15 am

AJH: Mother & Baby Support Class - Newburyport

Mother & Baby Support Groups at Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport MA
Mother & Baby Groups Anna Jaques is pleased to offer free group classes for all mothers in our community to provide support, encouragement and advice on parenthood and answer questions that arise after going home. Mother & Baby Groups are facilitated by a Lactation Consultant/Registered...
10:00 am to 11:45 am

Tuesday Story Time on the Farm

Kids can meet the barnyard animals and hear a story at Appleton Farms in Ipswich Massachusetts.
It may be cold outside, but it's cozy in the Farm House! Join us for a regular Tuesday story time this winter. We will have an easy craft for your little one before we snuggle in for some stories! Come any time after 10 to enjoy the craft with stories being read at 10:30. All families are welcome...
10:00 am to 10:45 am

Dog Friendly Shops at MarketStreet Lynnfield

Dog Friendly Shops and Restaurants at MarketStreet Lynnfield
Animal lovers will be glad to learn MarketStreet Lynnfield has over 40 shops and restaurants that are dog-friendly. Use #PupsOfMarketStreet on social media when you are there with your four-legged friend to get a free treat at PolkaDog Bakery. Enjoy!
10:00 am to 9:00 pm

PEM Explores Innovations Inspired by Nature - Salem

Peabody Essex Museum Wild Designs Exhibit
This summer discover how creative innovators are turning to nature for new ideas and smart solutions to human challenges.  Wild Designs, on exhibit at Peabody Essex Museum, features works by artists and other creatives who are looking to nature and living systems for new ideas and creative...
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

STEM Structures at NPL

Kids are invited to come to NPL to make STEM structures after school!
We’re cracking a ton of glow sticks for play time with a side of learning. Join us in our darkened program room where kids can use glow sticks to imitate designs or create something entirely new. Super simple, no mess, fun! Drop in for kids of all ages.
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Thursday, March 28

AJH: Mother & Baby Support Classes: Haverhill

Mother & Baby Support Groups at Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport MA
Mother & Baby Groups Anna Jaques is pleased to offer free group classes for all mothers in our community to provide support, encouragement and advice on parenthood and questions that arise after going home. Formerly named Lactation Support Groups, the Mother & Baby Group is facilitated by a...
10:30 am to 12:00 pm

Marblehead Rec Gym Play Time & Activities

Gym Play Time & Activities at Marblehead Recreation Department
DJ, Dancing & Cookie Decorating! Join the Marblehead Recreation Department for the 8th Annual Daddy Daughter Dance. This is a social event for girls of all ages with their fathers, grandfathers, uncles or other guardians/caregivers.
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

LEGO Club at Danvers Library

LEGO club at Danvers Library
Peabody Institute Library - Danvers invites kids to an afternoon of building and fun! Activities will include free build, themes and instructional design. All structures will remain on display in the Children’s Room till the following weeks's session
3:30 pm

Minecraft Club at Newbury Library

Kids can learn Minecraft skill from others at the Newbury Town Library!
“Can you teleport me?” “How do I fly?” “I need a sword!” “What are you building?” These exclamations are the sounds of a room full of kids playing Minecraftedu. Welcome to Minecraft Club!
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Science Squad: Electricity

Kids will learn about the science of electricity at the Beverly Public Library!
Beverly Public Library invites families and children to learn about science through hands-on activities!  Electricity is an invisible force all around us.
3:30 pm

Hearty, Homestyle Vegetarian Cooking

The Trustees of Reservations hosts a Vegetarian Cooking Workshop at Applton Farms in Ipswich Massacchusetts!
Whether you're a vegetarian or just looking to lighten up a bit and eat less meat, this workshop is for you!  We'll use everyday ingredients to prepare wholesome, hearty, meat-free dishes sure to satisfy everyone at your dinner table.....vegetarians and 'non' alike.  Learn about alternative protein...
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Tupac Mantilla at Rockport Music

Percussionist Tupac Mantilla performs a free concert at Rockport Music's Shalin Liu Center for Performing Arts
Sowah Mensah is an ethnomusicologist, composer and a “Master Drummer” from Ghana, West Africa. Sowah has taught music in both Ghana and Nigeria and is currently a music professor at both Macalester College, and the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN where he also directs each school’s African...
7:00 pm

Friday, March 29

Farm Friends

Farm Friends a program for preschoolers at Spencer Peirce Little Farm Newbury Massachusetts!
Children three to six and a favorite adult of their choosing are invited to share in some fun-filled farm adventures which will connect them to daily life at Spencer Peirce Little Farm.
10:00 am to 11:00 am

Dog Friendly Shops at MarketStreet Lynnfield

Dog Friendly Shops and Restaurants at MarketStreet Lynnfield
Animal lovers will be glad to learn MarketStreet Lynnfield has over 40 shops and restaurants that are dog-friendly. Use #PupsOfMarketStreet on social media when you are there with your four-legged friend to get a free treat at PolkaDog Bakery. Enjoy!
10:00 am to 9:00 pm

PEM Explores Innovations Inspired by Nature - Salem

Peabody Essex Museum Wild Designs Exhibit
This summer discover how creative innovators are turning to nature for new ideas and smart solutions to human challenges.  Wild Designs, on exhibit at Peabody Essex Museum, features works by artists and other creatives who are looking to nature and living systems for new ideas and creative...
10:00 am to 5:00 pm