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Hold the pickles: Grab a few paddles, some friends, a plastic ball, and try out the sport that's sweeping the area

A decade ago, Paul Lambers picked up a hobby that was almost unheard of in the region. Nowadays, the pickleball court is a little more crowded. "When I started playing pickleball 10 years ago, there were, like, three or four people total who were playing it around the Merrimack Valley," said Lambers, a North Andover resident. Read More >>
'Soldado' a surprisingly splendid sequel

After the drug cartels on the U.S-Mexico border begin trafficking terrorists, the CIA gives agent Matt Graver (Josh Brolin) permission to use extreme measures to infiltrate those trafficking terrorist bombers in the action-thriller "Sicario: Day of the Soldado. Read More >>
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When sports teams are off, concerts are on

The swish of the net. The crack of the bat. The sound of the cannons firing. Those have been the traditional sounds you used to hear at TD Garden, Fenway Park and Gillette Stadium when the Celtics, Bruins, Red Sox and Patriots were in town. Read More >>
Enterprising sculptor still making mark in Lowell

Sculptor Patrick Pierce, a longtime presence on Market Street in downtown Lowell before he moved to Saco, Maine, five years ago, returned to the Mill City last week to install a new piece of public artwork outside the Gorham Street branch of Enterprise Bank and Trust. Read More >>
Kids got the summer blahs? Take them to the theater

Midsummer boredom will set in pretty soon, if it hasn't already. And for kids, that means one thing -- there's nothing to do. But local theaters have an answer to their whiny refrain with an array of fun shows to keep kids entertained. Read More >>
Portuguese wines to enjoy while you dine

Did you know the people of Portugal eat more seafood per capita than any other European, barring the Icelanders? So it's only natural that the Portuguese know the best wines to drink with their spicy shrimp tapas and bacalhau (salted cod) dishes. Read More >>
Liberty and libations: Beer history at Concord Museum

What's more refreshing than a cool brew on a steamy summer night? Not much -- unless a little history is thrown into the mix to enhance the imbibing. The Concord Museum hosts a talk on the history of beer and a fun-filled beer-tasting Thursday, July 19, at 7 p. Read More >>

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