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Gloucester Writers Center
The Gloucester Writers Center, 126 Main St., will welcome three members of Presence/Presença, North American writers of the Portuguese (Luso) diaspora, on Wednesday, April 3, at 7:30 p.m. Call JoeAnn Hart at 978-283-0390 or visit www.gloucesterwriters.org.
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.
Women’s Community Club
The Women’s Community Club will hold an Easter bake sale Saturday, March 30, 8:30 to 11 a.m., at the Magnolia Library Center, corner of Norman and Lexington avenues. All proceeds benefit the scholarship fund. Call Carol Sutherland at 978-525-3773.
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.