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Bike sharing, a charity auction for ballet, and SustainaVille

Nica Mele (standing) and Alex Berg dance at the North Shore Civic Ballet. The spring auction, which supports the ballet, is accepting donations and volunteers now.
North Shore Civic Ballet
Nica Mele (standing) and Alex Berg dance at the North Shore Civic Ballet. The spring auction, which supports the ballet, is accepting donations and volunteers now.

For those who want to celebrate Earth Day all spring long, the Cape Ann Museum in Gloucester is the place to be. Artist Esther Pullman spotlights her work in a panoramic photography exhibit that features greenhouses, nurseries, and other places in which plants are grown. Each piece features at least two photos to create the panoramic effect. The exhibition runs until June 16. The Cape Ann Museum is at 27 Pleasant St. Museum information can be found at 978-283-0455, ext. 10, or

Somerville will transform into SustainaVille for the third year. From Saturday, April 27, through May 4 the city holds events dedicated to educating residents about the environment and “Going Green.” There will be a class on urban gardening, Earth Day storytelling, and a self-guided citywide sustainability tour. The events vary in prices and location, so interested participants should check out the full schedule. Registration is recommended, but not required. Somerville Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone said: “My hope is that SustainaVille week will encourage us all to get the facts about our environment and what we can do to make a positive impact on it.”

The seasons cycle through, and the start of spring has spoken! Salem reintroduces its Salem Zagster bike-share program thanks to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. This year ushers in 30 more bikes and six more docking stations, bringing the grand total of bikes to 80 and the number of docks to 16. A few of the new docks expand reach to Winter Island and Collins Cove, though old locations such as the commuter rail station dock remain. To ride, follow Zagster’s instructions to unlock a bike through the app or text instructions. Sign up for Zagster at or through the smartphone app.


Lior Samson discusses his book “Distant Sons” on Tuesday, April 30, at 7 p.m. From a Jewish ghetto in Austria-Hungary to a close-knit Catholic community in the American Midwest, the book explores interfaith connection and conflict in the lives of two women. The free talk takes place in the Temple Tiferet Shalom, 489 Lowell St. in Peabody. Reservations made through 978-565-4450 or are recommended, though walk-ins are welcome.

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The North Shore Civic Ballet in Marblehead steps into its annual spring auction to raise money for new dance equipment, choreography, scholarships, performances, and educational projects. The auction is now accepting item donations from individuals and businesses such as gift cards, hotel stays, restaurant gift cards, spa trips, and craft items. Volunteer opportunities are also available. Some of those include creating and distributing flyers about the event, and asking community organizations for donations. For more information call 781-631-6262 or visit

The Newburyport Police Department is expanding its Help Every Lost Person to Safety program in recognition of Autism Awareness Month. The program was launched to help police find seniors at risk of wandering and going missing by providing contact and medical information, and will now be open to individuals with autism as well. Residents who would like to add someone to the program’s database can do so by filling out a form available on

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