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    Three ways to hop into spring


    There are so many ways (and reasons!) to celebrate spring, it’s hard to know where to begin. Plant a garden? Listen to a song? Visit the Easter Bunny?

    This is your week to do all three.

    You probably want to relandscape your entire yard after living through three nor’easters. But start small by heading Thursday to Danvers, where Suzanne Crooker will present “Gardening with Herbs and Vegetables” at the Peabody Institute Library, 15 Sylvan St.


    Crooker, who worked at Mahoney’s in Winchester as the herb and vegetable expert for 15 years, will share her secrets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. To register in advance for the free program, call 978-774-0554 or visit

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    Warblers will appreciate “On The Wing: A Celebration of Birds In Music and Spoken Word” presented Tuesday by BabsonARTS in Wellesley. Andrew List, a composer and professor at Berklee College of Music, has created a collaborative performance piece that blends music, song, poetry, and expert commentary on birds with 12 songs of his own.

    The free event takes place at 7 p.m. in the Carling-Sorenson Theater, Babson College, 231 Forest St. For more information call 781-239-5880 or visit

    The Easter Bunny is going to be pretty tired by the time he hops out of bed Sunday morning to deliver eggs. That’s because he’ll be at the Northshore Mall in Peabody all week long until 9 p.m. Saturday. Families can stop by for a photo with the giant rabbit during regular mall hours on the lower level of the Nordstrom wing. To skip the line, make an appointment at

    Speaking of department stores, do you still long for a blueberry muffin from Jordan Marsh? Immerse yourself in nostalgia Tuesday at the Scituate Town Library, where historian and author Anthony Sammarco will discuss the former shopping icon.


    Sammarco’s book “Jordan Marsh: New England’s Largest Store” traces the history of the business, from its founding in 1851 by Eben Dyer Jordan and Benjamin Lloyd Marsh to its eventual rebranding as Macy’s in 1996. The talk starts at 7 p.m. at 85 Branch St. For more information, call 781-545-8727 or visit

    Leslie Anderson can be reached at