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CURRENT EVENTS: Marblehead’s best bets Nov. 22-29
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CURRENT EVENTS: Marblehead’s best bets Nov. 22-29

Current Events spotlights exciting happenings in the coming week. If you’d like to contribute a listing, please email Current Editor Leigh Blander at  Legendary journalist comes to Current eventWednesday, Nov. 29, 6 p.m. Michael Keaton played him in the Academy Award-winning movie “Spotlight.” Boston Globe editor-at-large Walter Robinson is coming to a special event and movie night with the Marblehead Current at the Warwick Theater. Meet Robinson and hear him speak about the power and importance of local, nonprofit news. Save your seat at This event is sponsored by Marblehead Collision. A Night at the Gerry 5 VFASaturday, Nov. 25, 7 p.m. The Gerry 5 VFA, 210 Beacon St., invites the community to a specia...
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ASK LIZZIE: Making trips to the pediatrician a little less stressful

Dear Lizzie, I'm often at the pediatrician's with my kids, and the waiting room has become a test of patience. Can you suggest ways to make the wait less tedious? Dear reader, With the arrival of the cooler months, many of us are spending a lot of time in the pediatrician's waiting room. While this can be a challenging space for keeping little ones contained and entertained, I've gathered some tips to help make your visits less daunting. Involve your kids in preparing for the trip to the pediatrician. Say, “We might have to wait for a bit while we are at the doctor’s office today. Waiting can be so hard, even for the grownups! Last time you brought your favorite coloring book and that really helped. Do you have any ideas for this time?”  Involving your kids in comi...
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FOOD 101: French chicken or rabbit

Even for those of us who seem born to it, there are times when cooking is just plain too much. In the rare instances I feel this way, it hits hard. I seem physically unable to open the refrigerator, call for takeout, pop something in the microwave. I don’t even feel like going to a restaurant. That’s where I’ve been for the last week or so. It’s all because I’ve recently acquired a granite kitchen. This has always been a dream. And now, the shock! Granite, I’ve found, is porous! It will slurp any water or oil that hits its surface and an ugly stain blooms on the spot. Not the indestructible rock that I’d been lured to believe was so easy to care for. In a professional kitchen, I’d worked on stainless steel. Now, that’s indestructible. Granite, once marked, takes myriad cleaning pro...
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ASK LIZZIE: Teaching your child ‘self-kindness’

The Current is proud to partner with columnist Lizzie Assa, founder of The Workspace for Children, a parenting strategist, play expert and mother of three who lives in Marblehead. Dear Lizzie: Although I don't think this was my parents' intention, I walked away from my childhood more self-critical than I'd like. How do I flip this and encourage MY kids to see more of the good about themselves? Hi reader, As parents, we combine the resources we have with our individual experiences. Our parents did their best with the means they had. I applaud you for actively seeking new tools and reflecting on your own experiences. Parenting strategist Lizzie Assa The counterbalance to being self-critical is practicing self-kindness. Instead of trying to remove the self-doubts that chil...
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CURRENT EVENTS: Marblehead’s best bets Nov. 1-8

Current Events spotlights exciting happenings in the coming week. If you’d like to contribute a listing, please email Current Editor Leigh Blander at  Rock the ArtsThursday, Nov. 2, 7-10 p.m. Support performing arts programs at Marblehead High School at the Rock the Arts gala at the KingHooper mansion. The evening will feature live music, raffles, appetizers and desserts. Wangari Fahari Trio at Me&TheeFriday, Nov. 3, 8 p.m. The contemporary African music of the Wangari Fahari Trio comes to the Me&Thee, 28 Mugford St. Wangari is a Kenyan singer, writer and activist who was mentored by Grammy award-winning South African singer Miriam Makeba and civil rights activist Joan Baez. Details and tickets at Taste of...
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Marblehead Select Board appoints two ‘measurers of leather’

Marblehead has appointed two new “measurers of leather” to fill a vacancy left by the retirement of John Smidt, the latest keepers of a quirky, ceremonial tradition dating back centuries. Newly appointed Marblehead Measurers of Leather Dr. Brian Ruocco (left) and Amy Egelja pose together following their appointment to the ceremonial role by the Select Board on Oct. 25. The Select Board unanimously approved Amy Egelja and Brian Ruocco to serve as the new honorary leather measurers after their interviews. The measurer of leather was a local official who verified the dimensions and quality of leather being bought and sold in a town to ensure fair trade and commerce. Select Board member Jim Nye called it a “difficult decision” between two qualified candidates, while Town Administr...
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What’s happening this fall at your Y

Raise a Racquet Raises Funds for the Y The Y’s annual Raise a Racquet Squash Tournament was held this month and this fun, friendly round robin team format raised more than $12,500 for the Y’s annual campaign which allows the Y to provide financial assistance to ensure that every family, regardless of their ability to pay, has access to all Y programs and services. This annual event is supported by many squash fans, including board member Pat Milner who was instrumental in making this event a success. A huge thank you to our court sponsors Crawford Fund Management and Stroud International for their generous support. Y members recently played in Raise a Racquet Squash tournament to support the Y. COURTESY PHOTO Trunk or Treat is Back Friday, Oct. 27 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Don’t ...
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Marblehead Arts Association hosts outdoor sculpture gallery

This fall, the Marblehead Arts Association has transformed the King Hooper Mansion's back garden into an outdoor sculpture exhibit containing six pieces of art created by members of the New England Sculpture Association. Wooden critters poke their heads out of Delanie Wise’s sculpture ‘Endangered Species.’ The pieces were selected by local jurors Charles Gessner, a MAA patron and art lover, and Bruce Greenwald, a juried fine art member in the MAA and the local architect behind the Hooper Mansion's restoration. The mansion and garden, 8 Hooper St., are open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m., and visitors are welcome to view exhibits free of charge or simply use the space to spend time surrounded by art. However, time is of the essence, since the exhibit will close Nov...
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The black cat of Old Burial Hill

A mysterious black cat bearing an uncanny resemblance to Thackery Binx from the 1993 Halloween cult classic “Hocus Pocus” has residents telling tales of a possible specter that appears annually each autumn. An unaccompanied black cat hangs out at Marblehead resident Carole Brindamour's home. COURTESY PHOTO / CAROLE BRINDAMOUR The pitch-black cat with yellow eyes was first spotted five years ago by local resident Carole Brindamour, who lives near Old Burial Hill Cemetery where scenes from “Hocus Pocus” were filmed. Binx was a boy turned into an immortal, talking black cat by witches the Sanderson Sisters in the film. “I saw this black cat wandering around the cemetery on an October night,” said Brindamour. “I just thought ‘Wow, that’s weird.’” Since then, Brindamour and Pond St...
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MLT holds open auditions on Nov. 4-5

Marblehead Little Theatre will hold open auditions on Nov. 4-5 for its upcoming production of "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder." The musical comedy runs Jan. 26 through Feb. 4, 2024 at the theatre’s location at 12 School St. Auditions are open to non-equity actors and will be held Nov. 4 from 2-5 p.m. and Nov. 5 from 1-4 p.m. Callbacks are scheduled for Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. Actors should prepare 32-bar song cuts in styles from Golden Age musicals and operetta. British accents are encouraged. COVID-19 vaccination proof is required. For more information, contact the theater at 781-631-9697 or visit Marblehead Little Theatre is a volunteer-based community theater now in its 93rd season.
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