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Barbara J. Beake and Peg Plummer from the Essex Society of Genealogists will discuss “Genealogy Research: Finding and Documenting Your Ancestors” on Saturday, April 13, 11 a.m., at the Essex Senior Center, 17 Pickering St., Essex. Topics include basic genealogy research strategies, documentation standards and resources for both genealogy and military records. Free and open to the public.
Chili & Chowder Fest
First Parish Church will host a Chili & Chowder Fest to benefit Wellspring House on Saturday, April 6, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at 1 Chapel Lane, Manchester. Tickets are $10 for adult, $5 for children under 12. Lunch includes chili, chowder, a beverage, hot dogs and assorted desserts. Free parking available behind Town Hall. Visit www.firstparishchurch.org.
The North Shore Horticultural Society will meet Tuesday, March 26, 7:30 p.m., at the American Legion hall, 14 Church St. Guest speaker Tomoko Tanaka will present “Ikebana: The Japanese Art of Flower Arranging.” All are welcome. Refreshments will be available. Call 978-232-0102.
Donations of old eyeglasses and old cell phones will be collected for recycling and, or redistribution programs. Call the Council on Aging at 978-526-7500.
The staff of the Manchester Public Library reminds residents that they may drop off and pick up library materials for residents who are homebound, either temporarily or permanently. Call 978-526-7711.