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    Drumming and dancing events benefit Salem CultureFest

    DRUMS AND DANCE: A Salem-based nonprofit humanitarian organization, A3D (African Development through Drum and Dance), holds two fund-raisers for Salem CultureFest on Saturday.

    DrumFest, featuring an all-inclusive drum circle, is led by Mamadou Diop, who is also leader of the band Mamadou.

    If people have a drum they should bring it, but there will be extra drums on hand for those who need one.


    DrumFest takes place 10 to 11 a.m. at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Hall in Salem. A $10 donation is requested.

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    ZumbaFest is an exercise and dance session for all skill levels. There also are vendors, refreshments, activities, and raffles before and after the Zumba session.

    The event is at the Hamilton-Wenham Recreation Department , 16 Union St. in south Hamilton. Doors opening at 12:30 p.m., with the dance session running 1:30 to 3 p.m. Activities end at 4 p.m.

    Admission is $20.

    Both events support A3D’s annual summer extravaganza, Salem CultureFest, in its seventh year.


    Held on Salem Common, CultureFest brings together the music, food, clothing, arts, and crafts of the many cultural and creative resources in and around the city. The event takes place July 20 and 21.

    All funds raised from Salem CultureFest benefit an ongoing project of educational development in Senegal, as well as distribution of medical supplies to areas of need in West Africa.

    Every year a donation is also made to a local charitable organization.

    To register for DrumFest and/or ZumbaFest, or for more information, visit

    RESOLVING CONFLICTS: Students from local high schools recently participated in the 10th annual peer mediators’ forum sponsored by the North Shore Community Mediation Center.


    Peer mediators are students who help their classmates resolve conflicts. They aid in helping participants listen to each others’ stories, identify key wants and needs, and generate options to resolve the dispute.

    At the forum, the students gathered to celebrate their work and accomplishments as peer mediators, and share their experiences with students from other Massachusetts schools.

    The theme was restorative justice and forgiveness.

    Keynote speaker was Janet Connors, a longtime community and social justice activist in Boston neighborhoods most affected by violence.

    Connors brings restorative justice practices to schools as alternatives to suspension and a means of building positive relationships.

    Participating in the forum were students from Andover High, Lowell High, Northeast Metro Tech, Peabody Veterans Memorial High, Cambridge Rindge and Latin, and Triton Regional High School.

    North Shore Community Mediation Center, based in Beverly, works to promote better understanding and communication by offering mediation services to those in conflict throughout the region.

    Call 978-232-0002 or visit

    HEIRLOOM PLANTS: The Marblehead Garden Club, founded in 1927, holds its 82d annual plant sale on Saturday.

    The event is the oldest continuously running plant sale in Marblehead.

    Plants from the historic Jeremiah Lee Mansion’s gardens, as well as from club members’ gardens, are available.

    Selections include wildflowers, perennials, annuals, herbs, rock garden plants, and ground cover.

    Club members are on hand to answer questions and provide gardening tips.

    Proceeds from the sale assist in the cost of maintaining the organic gardens at the Jeremiah Lee Mansion.

    This year’s edition is being held at the Gerry No. 5 Veteran Firefighters Association, 210 Beacon St. in Marblehead.

    The event runs from 9 to 11 a.m. Admission is free.

    WHO’S WHAT WHERE: Karen Ansara of Essex and Mollie Byrnes of Gloucester are joining the board of trustees of the Essex County Community Foundation on July 1. Ansara is involved in philanthropy locally, nationally, and internationally. She and her husband, Jim Ansara, have been awarding antipoverty grants for 13 years. Byrnes is a longtime community volunteer, a board member of Rockport Music, and a corporate trustee of the Trustees of Reservations. The foundation’s mission is to promote local philanthropy and strengthen the nonprofit organizations of Essex County. . . Penacook Place in Haverhill recently honored five residents of the facility who have reached or will reach 100 years or more this year. They are ­Flora Batchelder, who will turn 104 on Sept. 26; Mary English, who turned 103 on March 14; Margaret Moynihan, who will turn 102 on June 1; Evelyn ­Kelley, who will turn 102 on Dec. 23; and Virginia Webster, who will turn 101 on June 6.

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