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Just because Valentine’s Day is coming up doesn’t mean people should just stick to romantic comedies. The 44th annual Boston Science Fiction Film Festival kicks off Feb. 8 and runs through Feb. 18 at the historic Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square. The festival lineup includes a plethora of science fiction films, workshops, and panels. For more information, visit www.bostonscifi.com. On Feb. 9. at 1:30 p.m., science fiction directors and producers Lisa Downs, Eirini Konstantinidou, and Catherine Craig will discuss their experiences as women in the industry. The free panel will be at Orleans Restaurant, 65 Holland St. Registration is not required but recommended; contact info@bostonscifi.com.

The Newburyport Police Department is sending its school resource officer, Megan Tierney, to England for a vocational training program hosted by the Rotary Club. Tierney will travel to Kent, in the southern part of England, to exchange ideas, practices, and knowledge with officers from the United Kingdom. The program runs in May and consists of 15 days of training on vaping, school safety, mental health, and other issues. “This is a wonderful opportunity to broaden our perspectives and enhance our knowledge by exchanging ideas with our fellow officers in the UK,” Tierney said in a statement.

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Bookworms in Marblehead can support the Abbot Public Library and load up on books of all genres at the same time. The library is holding a four-day winter book sale through Tuesday, Jan. 29, that benefits the library. There’s a special deal each day, including a 20 percent discount for seniors on Monday, Jan. 28. The next day is “Clearance Day,” when people can come from 10 a.m. to noon and buy a bag of books for $2. After noon, those who help clean up can take a bag for each hour they help out. The library is at 235 Pleasant St. For more information on daily deals and the event itself, go to abbotlibrary.org or call 781-631-1481.

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Waldorf School at Moraine Farm in Beverly will host an open house on Saturday, Feb. 2, that focuses on the school’s courses for nursery through first grade. Starting at 10 a.m., the open house will let parents observe four 30-minute classes in a row, including nursery, kindergarten, literacy, and German. Though this program is for early education, Waldorf School at Moraine Farm enrolls students from preschool through eighth grade. The school is located at 701 Cabot St. To learn more about the Waldorf School at Moraine Farm, visit waldorfmoraine.org or call 978-927-8811.

Earlier this month, North Shore Community College held a meet-and-greet reception at its Lynn campus between low-income males of color and volunteer mentors as the second part of the college’s Men as Leaders Empowered to Strive (MALES) Program. The program is part of a larger state initiative called “100 Males to College: Brotherhood for College Success.” At the reception, 20 MALES program members talked with mentors about career goals and transitioning to college. Mentors will meet with their mentees once a month this semester.


Annika Hom can be reached at annika.hom@globe.com