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5 Things to Know: Santa and Mrs. Claus Arrive Sunday at City Hall

Peabody's 29th Annual Holiday Festival is Sunday afternoon.

Today is Thursday, Dec. 6. Here are five things to know today in Peabody.

  1. Farewell Fred: Peabody state Sen. Fred Berry will give his farewell speech tonight (6 p.m.) at the State House before the Senate recesses for the year. Berry, who has spent 30 years representing his hometown, along with Salem, Beverly, Danvers and Topsfield, is retiring from the Senate.
  2. The Carroll School Craft Fair is Saturday from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. There will be a special reading of "The Polar Express," crafts, face-painting, a Cookie Counter and food -- breakfast and lunch. The school is located at 60 Northend St.
  3. Don't forget, Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive Sunday afternoon for the 29th Annual Holiday Festival at City Hall where they will help Mayor Ted Bettencourt throw the "switch" on the city's Christmas tree.
  4. The Brown School will be the beneficiary of the latest book fair at Barnes & Noble on Sunday. From 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., a portion of sales at the store will be donated to the fifth-grade at the Brown.
  5. CRAASH: Peabody High DECA students are working on a new program on the dangers of texting while driving and ways to prevent distracted driving accidents in the city. In fact, they've created their own Facebook page for Peabody CRAASH. Have you figured out the acronym? It stands for Citizens Raising Awareness for Accidents, Safety and Hazards.

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