Today is Friday, Oct. 19. Here are five things you need to know in Hamilton and Wenham:
1. Containers: If you’ve been by the North Shore Mall in recent weeks, you have probably seen the enormous building going up in the parking lot. It’s the newest location for The Container Store, a nationwide chain that is holding a grand opening this weekend for its new local store. And 10 percent of all the sales during the opening weekend go toward the Children’s Museum in Boston.
2. Charles River: One of the truly unique events in our region each fall is the Head of the Charles Regatta. While it’s not local – it happens down on the Charles River between Boston and Cambridge – it’s a sport that many of us otherwise don’t get to see in person. While tickets are needed to watch in certain areas, most of the races can be seen for free on both sides of the river and on the bridges both Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
3. Youth Basketball: The deadline is coming up next week to register for this year’s Hamilton-Wenham Youth Basketball program without paying a late fee. The program includes various teams from kindergarten through eighth grade. Register online at www.hwybb.org. Registration runs through Nov. 15 but there is a late fee to register after Oct. 23.
4. Electronics: The curbside electronics collection that was done is the two towns earlier this year was such a hit that there were more people who wanted a pickup that the contractor could get done. So we wanted to let you know about a collection coming up on Saturday that’s not too far away but does comes with some modest charges. It is at the First Church of Danvers on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Everything from computers to lawn mowers will be collected with fees ranging from free to $25, depending on the item.
5. Pumpkin Contest: The pumpkin-decorating contest at Hamilton-Wenham Library continues – judging will be on Halloween. Bring any decorated pumpkin to the children’s room to be part of the lineup and be included in the judging. The contest is only for decorated pumpkins and not carved pumpkins.
To find out what is going on today in Hamilton and Wenham, check out our events listings.