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Jimmy Tingle appears in Winthrop to help fight substance abuse

Spend a night laughing when Jimmy Tingle presents his “Humor for Humanity” show in Winthrop on Saturday, April 21.
Spend a night laughing when Jimmy Tingle presents his “Humor for Humanity” show in Winthrop on Saturday, April 21. (Jimmy Tingle)

TINGLE YOUR FUNNY BONE Laugh the night away with Jimmy Tingle on Saturday, April 21, in Winthrop.

The Boston area comedian and activist will present “Humor for Humanity,” his humorous take on the human condition, to benefit Winthrop Community Action for Safe Alternatives.

The nonprofit helps to improve the quality of life for Winthrop residents by identifying and providing resources to prevent substance abuse.

The show takes place from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Neil Shapiro Center for the Performing Arts at Winthrop High School, 400 Main St.

Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door. Doors open 7 p.m. Visit winthropcasa.org.

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Learn about the tiny house trend at the Gloucester Lyceum and Sawyer Free Library on Thursday, April 19.
Learn about the tiny house trend at the Gloucester Lyceum and Sawyer Free Library on Thursday, April 19. (Tiny House Northeast)

TINY TALK Is living in tiny houses the next frontier?

Bring your questions, big and small, to “Tiny Houses on Foundations and on Wheels,” a free panel discussion from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 19, at the Gloucester Lyceum and Sawyer Free Library , 2 Dale Ave.

The panel of experts include an architect who designed and lives in a tiny house in Rockport; the facilitator of a Boston MeetUp group on tiny houses; and representative from a company that designs and builds tiny homes in New England.

Learn about developing your own project, federal and state regulations, and resources available to municipalities interested in adding tiny houses to their affordable housing programs.

For information call 978-281-9763 or e-mail Cindi Williams at williams@sawyerfreelibrary.org.

REVISITING CHAPPAQUIDDICK After Edward “Ted” Kennedy drove his Oldsmobile into Chappaquiddick’s Poucha Pond on Martha’s Vineyard in 1969, questions surfaced: Why didn’t Kennedy call for help? And why was another woman’s purse found in the front seat?

Kennedy was unharmed. He returned home as if nothing happened. The next morning, the body of Mary Jo Kopechne, 28, was found in the backseat of the sunken car. Kopechne had worked on the presidential campaign of Ted’s brother, New York Senator Robert F. Kennedy.

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Ted Kennedy avoided a trial by pleading guilty to leaving the scene of an accident that caused personal injury. He later received a two-month suspended jail sentence.

Don Nelson, a scientist and author who lives in Worcester and Martha’s Vineyard, heard a different account of the tragedy. After retiring from a career as a research physicist at Bell Labs, Nelson used his years of scientific training to explore the alternate theory that there was more than one woman in the car that night.

The resulting book, “Chappaquiddick Tragedy: Kennedy’s Second Passenger Revealed,” incorporates published forensic evidence and the inquest testimony of one witness.

The author will speak about the book at 7 p.m. in Danvers on Tuesday, April 17, at the Peabody Institute Library, 15 Sylvan St.

The free event is open to the public. Register at danverslibrary.org or call 978-774-0554.

Celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, April 21, in Newburyport featuring the world-class ensemble, Mamadou.
Celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, April 21, in Newburyport featuring the world-class ensemble, Mamadou. (Mamadou)

EARTH DAY PARTY Celebrate Mother Earth in Newburyport on Saturday, April 21, with an African dance party and benefit concert featuring the music of the world-class ensemble, Mamadou, and the local fusion band, Red Tail Hawk.

Imagine Studios will present Gabriel’s Rainbow Earth Day coffeehouse starting at 6 p.m. at the People’s Cafe, People’s United Methodist Church, 64 Purchase St.

Suggested donation is $15. Proceeds will benefit renewable energy projects of the nonprofit A3D, Inc. , and local environmental groups. Visit imaginestudios.org or call 978-834-0367.

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SPRING CREATIONS Color bursts throughout April in Melrose with “Multiple Inspirations — Unique Interpretations,” an exhibit being held at the Beebe Estate Gallery, 235 West Foster St.

The display of paintings, collage, fiber art, stained glass, and wearable art was created by local artists AnnMarie Gallivan and Constance Festo Lafond of Wakefield, Joanne Jolly Kay of Reading, and Sydney Smith of Beverly.

The gallery is open for public viewing Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 617-840-9451 or visit beebeestate.com.

“Spring Marsh” by Constance Festo Lafond is part of the exhibit at the Beebe Estate Gallery in Melrose.
“Spring Marsh” by Constance Festo Lafond is part of the exhibit at the Beebe Estate Gallery in Melrose. (Constance Festo Lafond)

Kathy Shiels Tully can be reached at kathy@kathyshielstully.com.