Saturday, April 7
Peabody: Higgins 5K Road Race, 9 a.m., registration and number pickup, 10 a.m., race start, Higgins Middle School, 1 King St. Ext. To raise money for performing arts programs. $20/runner, $10/runner under 18; all registrations include ticket to school's spring play. www.active.com/5k-race/peabody-ma/higgins-performing-arts-5k-2012.
Peabody: Girl Scout Cookie Sale, 9 a.m. to noon, Eastern Bank, 37 Foster St. $4/box. email@example.com.
Topsfield: Republican Town Committee Meeting, 9:30 a.m., Topsfield Town Library, meeting room, 1 S. Common St. All registered Topsfield Republicans are invited. Meeting includes election of committee officers, and several Republican candidates for federal and state offices will be in attendance. 978-561-9666.
Hamilton: Democratic Town Meeting, 10 a.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St. Newly elected members at the presidential primary will organize the Democratic Town Committee. 978-468-1257.
Hamilton: Peter Stewart and the Easter Bunny, 10 a.m., First Methodist Church, Route 1A. Celebrate the 21st annual family event with an egg hunt, egg dyeing and the Easter Bunny. $5/child. All proceeds go to charity. 978-468-5047.
Swampscott: Retro Gaming Program, 11 a.m., Swampscott Public Library, 61 Burrill St. Stroll down memory lane with some old-school video games. Michael and Tiber will demonstrate the history of gaming. Board games will also be available. Free; open to kids in grades five through 12. Register at 781-595-8867, ext. 304.
Salem: Egg Hunt, 11 a.m., Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St. Gather in the reading room for refreshments before the hunt (coffee for adults). Everyone is welcome. Rain or shine. Bring baskets. 978-744-2540.
Salem: Easter Egg Hunt, noon to 3 p.m., Pickering Wharf. Starts at The Happy Sunflower on Pickering Wharf, and continues throughout the wharf, ending with photos with the Easter Bunny outside The Happy Sunflower. Pickering Wharf merchants and restaurants have donated gift certificates and coupons for the event. Bring baskets. 978-594-8988 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Danvers: Meet the Easter Bunny, 12:30 p.m., Danvers Art Association, 105 Elliott St. Event includes refreshments and snacks. Free. Held behind the association in the softball field. 978-473-2413.
Hamilton: "Sherlock Holmes Goes to Hollywood," 2 and 7 p.m., Community House of Hamilton and Wenham, 284 Bay Road. The Open Road Theatre presents. 978-233-1069 or visit theopenroadtheatre.org.
Salem: European Folk, 7 p.m., Café© Polonia, 118 Washington St. Celebrate the Easter holiday with a concert featuring Russian-born violinist Natasha Dukach. Music jam will follow concert; music sheets provided, and the public is encouraged to bring instruments and play along. Free. 978-745-0045.
Salem: Music and More Series Performance, 7:30 p.m., Salem Theatre Company, STC Theater, 90 Lafayette St. Singer-songwriter and humorist Don White performs original and witty perspectives; White's son, Lawren White, will open. $17/advance, $20/at the door. www.salemtheatre.com or email@example.com.
Sunday, April 8
Salem: Traditional Easter Dinner, 11:30 a.m., Salem Family Moose Center Lodge 218, 50 Grove St. Center will serve a family-style, home-cooked dinner. Free to all. Doors open at 11:30 a.m., dinner served at noon. To attend or to arrange a ride, make a reservation at 978-744-0924.
Marblehead: Easter Egg Hunt, 1:30 p.m., Seaside Park, behind Our Lady Star of the Sea Community Center. Marblehead Rotary Club's annual hunt open to all Marblehead residents ages 10 and under. Club will donate 13,000 chocolate eggs. Participants asked to bring their own baskets and arrive before egg hunt. Weather-permitting. www.marbleheadrotary.com.
Monday, April 9
Beverly: "The Global Reach of a Rising Dragon," 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St. Dr. Stephen Young, geography professor at Salem State University, presents on China's environment. Lecture part of Monday Mornings Lecture Series. Free. Refreshments served. Handicapped-accessible. 978-921-6062 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Salem: Dancing to Mozart's Requiem, 11 a.m., Salem State University, O'Keefe Center, 225 Canal St. Choreographer Nicole Pierce and her dance-theater company EgoArt Inc. performed a full-length multimedia dance piece to Mozart's Requiem in February 2011; performance marked more than two years of research, rehearsal and development. Pierce will share the process for creating this work, including listening to samples of various recordings, a brief review of the history of the Requiem and video excerpts from the performance. Free. 978-542-7890 or salemstate.edu/arts.
Peabody: PTO. Meeting, 3:30 p.m., Center School, 18 Irving St.
Salem: MBTA Public Meeting, Salem Station Improvements and Parking Garage, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Carlton School, 10 Skerry St. Location is accessible to persons with disabilities. Meeting agenda: welcome and introductions; project update; building elevation studies; schedule. To request language assistance, American Sign Language interpreters, assistive listening devices, handouts in alternate formats or information on the meeting, contact email@example.com or 617-973-7073.
Hamilton: Trash Q&A, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St. Gretel Clark opens a discussion forum on the new recycling and trash guidelines. Drop-in, stop-by session in an open forum style. Bring questions and concerns about the new program. www.hwlibrary.org.
Salem: Greater Salem Landlord Association Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Tabernacle Church, 50 Washington St. Discussion on the issues relevant to rental property owners. Free to members. www.salemlandlords.org.
Peabody: "Go Green Around Your Home," 7 p.m., Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St. Laura Kischitz, co-founder of Sustainable Life Solutions, presents a dynamic and inspiring presentation detailing ways to consume less, live green and save money. Free. Registration required at 978-531-0100, ext. 10, or www.peabodylibrary.org.
Danvers: Republican Town Meeting, 7 p.m., Danvers Fire Station, 64 High St. To reorganize and elect a chairman, secretary and treasurer for the 2012-2016 term. Open to any registered Republican or any unenrolled voter who is interested in registering as a Republican. Registration cards available at the meeting. Those interested in joining the committee are invited to attend. 978-774-0296.
Swampscott: Business Symposium, 7 p.m., Marian Court College, 35 Little's Point Road. Rep. Lori Ehrlich as keynote speaker on the topic of current and emerging trends in the state's economy. Free. www.mariancourt.edu or 781-309-5200.
Danvers: Knights of Columbus Meeting, 8 p.m., 35 Elm St. Thomas Power Council, Knights of Columbus No. 1505 will hold a regular business meeting. All members encouraged to attend. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, April 10
Topsfield: Rep. Ted Speliotis Office Hours, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., Corner Cafe and Bakery, 38 Main St. Any Topsfield resident interested in discussing any issue is invited to attend. 617-722-2030, Rep.TheodoreSpeliotis@MAHouse.gov or 978-777-3138.
Hamilton: Mystery Mayhem Book Club, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St. Group will discuss mysteries and novels; find out what others are reading, get a list of new books and solve the mystery of the day. Light refreshments served. www.hwlibrary.org.
Beverly: "A Little Tea and Empathy," 1 to 2:30 p.m., Essex Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, 265 Essex St. SeniorCare Inc. and Essex Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center will co-sponsor an event for caregivers. Meet other caregivers, ask questions, get information about caregiver resources, respite services or support groups, and take an afternoon break. Tea, coffee and light refreshments served. 978-281-1750, ext. 394, or 978-927-3260, ext. 570.
Salem: Inspirational Speaker Event, 4 p.m., Salem State University, Veteran's Hall, Ellison Campus Center, 352 Lafayette St. Inspirational guest speaker Matt Glowacki will speak. Glowacki was born without legs and uses popular television shows to show students the reality of having a disability and how to overcome adversity. Glowacki was a member of the U.S.A. Paralympic Team. Free. email@example.com or 978-895-3489.
Salem: Board Meeting, 5:30 p.m., Brookhouse Home, 180 Derby St.
Danvers: Friends of Beverly Animals Comedy Night, 6:30 p.m., Onion Town Grill, 175 Water St. Features Bob Seibel and other comedians arranged by Dave Rattigan and friends. Event includes lottery tree worth $200 in lottery tickets. $10/lottery tree ticket, $20/person for admission. Cash bar. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; show begins at 7:30 p.m. For tickets, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 978-922-7190 or mail a $20 check to FOBA, P.O. Box 3387, Beverly, MA 01915.
Wenham: Doing Virtuous Business: Perspectives from Chief Executives, 6:30 p.m., Gordon College, MacDonald Auditorium, Ken Olson Science Center, 255 Grapevine Road. "Doing Virtuous Business: Perspectives from Chief Executives" panel discussion follows screening of "Doing Virtuous Business," a one-hour documentary that explores the ancient secret to corporate success amid turbulent economic times. Moderated by Dr. Ted Malloch. Free, open to the public. http://www.gordon.edu/.
Salem: Mack Park Neighborhood Association Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Moose Hall, 50 Grove St. Bring ideas, comments and concerns for the neighborhood, Ward 6 and Salem. Updates by Councillor Paul Prevey and M.P.N.A. chairperson Rosemary O'Connor. Mackpark.org or 978-745-3281.
Peabody: "The Rabble Rouser," 7 p.m., Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St. Living history performer Judith Black in a presentation about Mother Jones, who fought for the creation of unions and workers' rights. Free; registration at peabodylibrary.org or 978-531-0100, ext. 10.
Salem: Y.E.S.S. Lecture, 7 p.m., Salem YMCA, 1 Sewall St. Bob Kennedy will lead discussion on endurance and long-distance running with a focus on advancement to marathon and ultra-distance events. Lecture in a series of forums for endurance sport athletes; quarterly gathering composed of keynote lecture, informal social networking and local vendors. Free. 978-740-9622.
Salem: South Salem Neighborhood Association Meeting, 7 p.m., Salem State University, Enterprise Center, 121 Loring Ave. Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll will address residents on issues affecting the neighborhood and city. All residents welcome to attend; time for questions. 978-744-3553.
Beverly: Democratic City Committee Meeting, 7:30 p.m., Beverly Farms Library, 24 Vine St. New officers and members will be elected. Special guest speakers: Joan Lovely, candidate for state Senate, and Donald Bumiller, Lynn attorney and candidate for Governor's Council. All registered Democrats invited to attend. email@example.com, 978-922-2368, or www.bevdems.org.
Wednesday, April 11
Hamilton: National Library Snapshot Day, Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St. As part of National Library Week, the Hamilton-Wenham Public Library will join other libraries in the commonwealth and nation to provide a snapshot of what happens on an average day at the library. Libraries will collect data and photos that help demonstrate the value of libraries and raise public awareness that libraries are busier than ever. All are welcome to participate. 978-468-5577 or www.hwlibrary.org.
Manchester: "Prevention is the Cure," 10 a.m. to noon, American Legion Hall, 14 Church St. The Essex, Gloucester, Manchester and Rockport boards of health and health departments, in collaboration with Cape Ann Emergency Planning Team, present a breast cancer awareness discussion and meeting with Nancy Y. Lee of the Massachusetts General Hospital Salem Hospital group. Free. 978-526-7385.
Danvers: Girls Inc. Annual Luncheon, 11:30 a.m., Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott St. Honoring NECN anchor Latoyia Edwards. 781-592-9744 or www.girlsinclynn.org.
Salem: All People Accessible Business Project Meeting, 2 to 3:30 p.m., ILCNSCA Main Office, 27 Congress St., Suite 107. Monthly volunteer meeting includes training session for current APAB volunteers, discussion of current survey activity and reporting. Also, those interested in becoming new APAB volunteers are invited to attend. Scent- and perfume-free environment. 978-741-0077, ext. 140, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beverly: Message from Marathon Legend, 3:30 p.m., New England Running Company, 43 Enon St. Dick Beardsley presents a message of hope and redemption. In his 15th year of sobriety, Beardsley is a nationally known motivational speaker and recently formed The Dick Beardsley Foundation with the mission to educate others about chemical dependency, and provide grants to those who need help in seeking treatment. Beardsley will meet visitors and sign posters and books, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.; then share his comic, tragic and inspiring story, 7 to 8:15 p.m. Open to the public; registration required at email@example.com or 978-922-8870.
Beverly: Montserrat Senior Graphic Design II Reception, 5 to 8 p.m., 301 Gallery, 301 Cabot St. Reception for Montserrat College of Art's graphic design program senior thesis exhibit " Proximity," on view through Friday, April 13. Exhibit features work by Arielle Winchester, Zachary Burt, Eric Pierce, Randi Giles, Lana Wheeler and Erin Humphrey. Public welcome. Show is fourth of a series of weekly group exhibits by graduating seniors. firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-867-9604.
Hamilton: Arts Night, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Miles River Middle School, 787 Bay Road. Features extensive visual arts exhibit and performances from the chorus, 6 p.m.; jazz band, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.; and dramatics program, 6:30 and 7 p.m. email@example.com.
Hamilton: Vermicomposting, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St. Master Gardener Lisa Spence of the Salem Community Gardens will present ins and outs of home composting. See the vermicomposter and learn about the 2,000 red worms who call it home. 978-468-5527.
Swampscott: The Art of Stained Glass, 6:30 p.m., Swampscott Public Library, 61 Burrill St. Friends of the Swampscott Public Library present "From Design to Installation," a presentation by two stained glass artists, Ingrid Pichler and Michael Limberakis, on the various steps that are involved in the production of a stained glass window. Door prizes, raffle and refreshments. Free. 781-596-8867.
Danvers: Kindergarten Parent Orientation, 6:30 p.m., Holten-Richmond Middle School, Multi-Purpose Room, 55 Conant St. Parent orientation meeting for incoming kindergarten students; teachers and administrators will present attendees with specific information about the academic and social curriculum for the year. For information or to register a child, visit www.danvers.mec.edu.
Hamilton: SEPAC Business Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St. Hamilton Wenham Special Education Parent Advisory Council business meeting open to anyone interested in special education or its students. www.hwsepac, or Margo Killoran, VivienneGirl@comcast.net or 978-468-6246.
Salem: "Power Dressing in the 18th Century: Who did it, How, and Why?," 7 p.m., The House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby St. Presented by Beverly Wolov of Bethesda, Md., guest photographer and researcher of lace at the Smithsonian. Learn how the Turner women wielded their power in Salem society as well as in The House of the Seven Gables. Resident lace maker Linda Lane will demonstrate bobbin lace making in Visitors Center, and will share lace patterns used to finish scarves and handkerchiefs. $15, $10 members. Reservations at 978-744-0991 ext. 130.
Beverly: Development of the Italian Community, 7 p.m., Cabot House, 117 Cabot St. Beverly Historical Society presents "The Development of the Italian Community in Beverly Farms," by Nancy Coffey; Coffey will trace the history of the Italian community from the 1890s to the 1940s, including the early shanty towns of Italian men and the impact of World War I. $5/nonmembers, free/members. www.beverlyhistory.org, 978-922-1186, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Middleton: "Your Genes, Your Health," 7 p.m., Flint Public Library, 1 South Main St. Dr Aubrey Milunsky will discuss his book, "Your Genes, Your Health: A Critical Family Guide That Could Save Your Life." Milunsky is a professor of human genetics, pediatrics, pathology and obstetrics and gynecology, and director of the Center for Human Genetics at Boston University School of Medicine. www.flintlibrary.org.
Danvers: Colonials and the British, 7 p.m., Tapley Memorial Hall, 13 Page St. Danvers Historical Society presents "Colonials and the British," a film by Dan Tremblay of Heritage Films. Film presents a look at local colonial militia and their confrontation with the British in April 1775; a question and answer session will follow. $5/nonmembers, free/members. All proceeds benefit ongoing preservation projects. Light refreshments served. Reservations encouraged at 978-777-1666 or email@example.com.
Salem: Republican Committee Meeting, 7 p.m., Hawthorne Hotel library, 18 Washington Square West. Salem Republican Committee Wards 1 through 7 will organize and elect officers. Any Salem Republican can be elected to the Salem Republican Committee. All Salem Republicans invited. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, April 12
Peabody: Story and dancing, 10 a.m., Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St. Boston Ballet School's Children's Program will present a ballet story featuring a child-friendly version of Don Quixote. After the story, children can view Boston Ballet costumes, pointe shoes and tiaras. Event ends with a dance lesson from the school staff to music excerpts from the Don Quixote score. Free; open to the public. www.bostonballet.org.
Beverly: Parisella Campaign Kickoff, 5 to 7 p.m., Eurostoves, 45 Enon St. State Representative Jerry Parisella kicks off his campaign for re-election. Eurostoves' culinary director will provide gourmet food and cooking demonstrations. $75 suggested donation per person, $125/couple. Contact Lisa Parisella for more details at 781-910-0608.
Hamilton: H-W Trash Q. & A., 6:30 to 8 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St. Gretel Clark opens a discussion forum on the new recycling and trash guidelines. Drop-in, stop-by session in an open forum style. Bring questions and concerns about the new program. www.hwlibrary.org.
Peabody: The Rose Man Lecture, 7 p.m., St. Thomas' Parish Center, 3 Margin St. Salem Garden Club presents guest speaker Irwin Ehrenreich, master gardener and owner of The Rose Man. Ehrenreich will cover rose classification and care from spring pruning through winter protection. Following lecture, Ehrenreich will share slide show of his own rose garden and details of its design. Light refreshments served. $5 nonmember contribution requested. Program follows after business meeting. 617-548-7539.
Beverly: "Shore Lines: Life Lessons from the Sea," 7:30 p.m., Beverly Public Library, Sohier Room, 32 Essex St. Author Edwin Lynn will discuss his book "Shore Lines: Life Lessons from the Sea," a composition of 27 short essays that create a connection between the sea and human experiences. Free; open to the public. Refreshments served. Copies of "Shore Lines" available for purchase. 978-921-6062.
Wenham: Princemere Writers Series, 7:30 p.m., Barrington Center for the Arts, cinema room 138, Gordon College, 255 Grapevine Road. Award-winning poet Sorina Higgins, graduate of the Bread Loaf program at Middlebury College, will read from her new book, "Caduceus"; and Joshua Scott-Fishburn, a graduate of the Seattle Pacific M.F.A. program and currently a humanities teacher at the Waring School in Beverly, will read from his new nonfiction manuscript. Free.
Friday, April 13
Beverly: Office Hours, 9 to 10 a.m., Beverly Council on Aging, 90 Colon St. Rep. Jerry Parisella will hold office hours. Georgia Bills, 617-722-2460.
Danvers: Summer Sun Safety and Waffle Breakfast, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Senior and Social Center, 25 Stone St. As part of National Public Health month, the Danvers Health Department, in collaboration with North Shore Sun Safety Project, present "Summer Sun Safety & Waffle Breakfast." Free. For details, contact the Danvers Health Department, 978-762-0208.
Hamilton: Haunted History of New England, 10:15 a.m. to noon, Hamilton Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St. Christopher Daley presents "Haunted History of New England," which melds historical fact together with legend and myth to produce a new look at events that really happened and the stories of haunting that followed. www.hwlibrary.org.
Danvers: International Film Series: "Train of Life," 1:30 p.m., North Shore Community College, DS119, 1 Ferncroft Road. NSCC's Council on International Education presents a free International Film Series featuring "Train of Life." A village fool of a small Jewish community warns townsfolk that the Nazis are coming, and advises them to build a fake deportation train to cross the Russian border and get to Palestine; some Jews dress in German uniforms while others are affected by communism when nearing Russian border. Public welcome; may not be suitable for children. 781-593-6722, ext. 6694.
Beverly: Harborlight Community Partners Book Sale Preview, 5 to 7 p.m., Harborlight Community Partners main office, first floor, 283 Elliott St. Preview sale of fundraiser book sale; 100 percent of sale proceeds support HCP's affordable housing mission. $10 admission for preview sale. 978-922-1305, ext. 200, or www.harborlightcp.org.
Marblehead: Melissa Ferrick, 8 p.m., me&thee coffeehouse, Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead, 28 Mugford St. Kristin Cifelli, based in Boston, opens the show. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $22 in advance and $25 at the door. For information and directions, call 781-631-8987 or visit www.meandthee.org.
Saturday, April 14
Beverly: Scrap Metal Drive, 8 a.m. to noon, Lynch Park, 55 Ober St. Beverly Little League will hold a scrap metal drive to raise funds for field maintenance, scholarships and uniforms. Accepted items for recycling: aluminum siding, barbecue grills, batteries, electronic motors, fans, fire extinguishers, lawn mowers (no fluids), microwave ovens, toasters, tools, baby strollers and more. Laurie.email@example.com.
Beverly: Indoor Yard Sale, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Memorial United Methodist Church, 2 Dane St. The church will hold an indoor yard sale featuring small yard sale items, books, white elephant items, records, games, furniture, tapes, puzzles, CDs and toys for sale. Public welcome. To donate items, call 978-927-1066. No TVs, air conditioners, computers or clothing accepted.
Beverly: Robert Rantoul's Beverly, 9 a.m., Cabot House, 117 Cabot St. Beverly Historical Society presents a 2.5-mile walking tour with Darren Brown about statesman and business leader Robert Rantoul. Tour will include visits to the family home and his final resting spot in Central Cemetery. Meet at the Cabot House. $5/nonmembers, free/members. www.beverlyhistory.org, 978-922-1186, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peabody: Marine Corps League Meeting, 9 a.m., VFW, 20 Stevens St. Essex County Detachment, Marine Corps League meeting invites all members and former Marines and F.M.F. Corpsmen to attend. Refreshments served. Commandant Ray Jalbert, 978-777-0988; or past commandant Gerry Boutin, 978-535-4066.
Beverly: Harborlight Community Partners Book Sale, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Harborlight Community Partners main office, first floor, 283 Elliott St. Fundraiser book sale; 100 percent of sale proceeds support HCP's affordable housing mission. Free to public. 978-922-1305, ext. 200, or www.harborlightcp.org.
Ipswich: Spring Gardens Clean-Up, 9 a.m. to noon, Whipple House lawn, 1 South Village Green. Judith Hallberg, Ipswich Museum's gardens chair, will lead volunteers in uncovering the gardens for the season; bring gloves and a rake. Coffee and donuts provided. Rain date Sunday, April 15, 9 a.m. to noon. 978-356-8696.
Salem: Adopt a Beach Training Session, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Beverly Cooperative Bank Community Room, 87 Lafayette St. Training session for volunteers of Salem Sound Coastwatch's Adopt a Beach program; volunteers serve as year-round "beachkeepers" and are trained to look for sources of contamination, observe conditions, and clean up trash on their adopted beach. Individuals and groups both welcome. Registration requested at www.salemsound.org, 978-741-7900 or email@example.com.
Middleton: Shop Middleton Open House, 10 a.m .to 1 p.m., Howe-Manning Elementary School gym, 26 Central St. Middleton Board of Trade will host the Shop Middleton Open House for residents to learn about Middleton businesses and enjoy product offerings, refreshments, coupons and demonstrations. www.MiddletonBOT.com.
Ipswich: Healthy Kids Day, 10 a.m. to noon, Ipswich Family YMCA, 110 County Road. Healthy Kids Day includes bouncy house, bike rodeo, Good Farm interactive game, child IDs, fire truck and smoke house, pitching station, petting zoo, karate clinic, skin screenings and tennis clinic with Boston Lobsters; Radio Disney on site. Several freebies available. Free. www.northshoreymca.org.
Ipswich: Ipswich Reads: One Book! Program, 10 a.m., Collins Meeting Room or on the Children's Plaza, Ipswich Public Library, 25 North Main St. A member of the Central Massachusetts Spacemodeling Society will present a family program on flying model rockets. Program part of library's community read program featuring "October Sky," by Homer Hickam. 978-356-6649.
Hamilton: Springtime Story and Craft, 11 a.m. to noon, Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St. Celebrate the season with stories and a craft featuring the return of spring. Great for children ages 2 and older. Free; open to the public. www.hwlibrary.org.
Peabody: Texas Hold 'em For A Cause, 12:30 to 5 p.m., Peabody Elks Lodge, 38 Oak St. Poker, lunch, raffles and chair massages ($1 a minute) to raise money for the North Shore Arthritis Walk. Registration and lunch, 12:30 p.m.; games begin at 1:15 p.m. Buy in $25 per player. Raffle tickets, five for $3, 10 for $5, and $5 for premium raffles. Reserve a spot with Tricia L'Abbe, team leader, 978-394-2504 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Salem: Jazz Appreciation Day, 2 to 4 p.m., Salem Five Community Room, 210 Essex St. Salem Jazz and Soul Festival and Salem host third annual City of Salem Jazz Appreciation Day Concert; free, open to all. Salem State University and Salem High School students will perform jazz standards. Special art contest themed "What Music Means to Me," with works submitted by grade-school students; public can vote for favorite pieces. http://www.salemjazzsoul.com/.
Beverly: Montserrat College Of Art Open House, 3 to 6 p.m., Montserrat College, 23 Essex St. See what students are working on. Meet the artists, parents, and faculty and staff. email@example.com or 978-921-4242, ext. 1603.
Marblehead: Annual Art Auction, 5 p.m., Abbot Hall, 188 Washington St. Marblehead Festival of Arts' annual art auction features a silent auction, catered hors d'oeuvres, wine and musical entertainment at 5 p.m.; live auction led by Gene Arnould at 7:15 p.m. $25/tickets in advance, $30/tickets at the door. Proceeds support the Marblehead Festival of Arts held during July 4 weekend. Details at www.MarbleheadFestival.org or artauction@MarbleheadFestival.org.
Salem: The New Boston Duo Performance, 7:30 p.m., Salem Theatre Company, 90 Lafayette St. The New Boston Duo, a Gypsy swing ensemble tapping jazz, rock and flamenco roots, will perform as part of the Salem Theatre Company's Season Nine Music & More series. $17/advance, $20/at the door; purchase tickets at www.salemtheatre.com or at the Salem Theatre box office 30 minutes prior (if available).
Danvers: Travel and Romance: An Evening of Romantic Composers, 7:30 p.m., Northshore Unitarian Universalist Church, 323 Locust St. "Music in the Woods" presents concert titled "Travel and Romance: an Evening of Romantic Composers," featuring tenor Brendan P. Buckley, soprano Katrina Holden, and pianist John Kramer performing romantic songs by Beethoven, Duparc, Debussy, Strauss, Bizet and Vaughn Williams. $10/ticket, free/children 12 and under. www.nsuu.org.
Salem: "Singers of Exsultemus: The Astonishing Eton Choirbook," 8 p.m., Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St. Cambridge Society for Early Music and Salem Athenaeum present unusual concert, "Singers of Exsultemus: The Astonishing Eton Choirbook," featuring six sublime singers from the early music choir, Exsultemus, performing pieces from the Eton Choirbook. $30/general, $25/seniors, free/students. www.csem.org, 617-489-2062 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, April 15
Beverly: Harborlight Community Partners Book Sale, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Harborlight Community Partners main office, first floor, 283 Elliott St. Attendees can fill a bag (bags provided) for $3. Fundraiser book sale; 100 percent of sale proceeds support HCP's affordable housing mission. Free to public. 978-922-1305, ext. 200, or www.harborlightcp.org.
Beverly: BHS Class of 1959 Open Forum, 1 to 5 p.m., Beverly Public Library, Sohier Room, 32 Essex St. Members of the Beverly High School Class of 1959 will hold an open forum to discuss the design of a collective memoir compiled by Stephen T. Mugglebee, 1959 B.H.S. grad and author of "Mackenzie Heat." Class members submitted collective memories of growing up in Beverly from childhood through high school. Free. Moderated by Mugglebee and small panel of class members. All are welcome. Refreshments served. Handicapped-accessible. 978-921-6062.
Peabody: "The Grange in Essex County," 2 p.m., Smith Barn, Felton St. Peabody Historical Society will feature "The Grange in Essex County," a lecture by Matthew Johnson, master of the Massachusetts Grange. Learn about the Grange, their work, and their relevance. Items from local Grange memorabilia on display. $5/nonmembers, free/society members. Wheelchair-accessible. 978-531-0805 or www.peabodyhistorical.org.
Beverly: Jazz Jam Session, 3 to 6 p.m., Chianti, 285 Cabot St., Beverly. Live Jazz Sessions, created by Barbara Alex, supports a community of all ages, professional and nonprofessional musicians, and provides a stage for education, growth, experimentation, performance and networking. Vocalists are asked to bring charts. Session features John Funkhouser Trio. Free/performers, $5/cover for nonperformers. www.livejazzsessions.org or Balex@comcast.net.
Ipswich: "Singers of Exsultemus: The Astonishing Eton Choirbook," 4 p.m., Ascension Memorial Church, 31 County St. Cambridge Society for Early Music presents unusual concert, "Singers of Exsultemus: The Astonishing Eton Choirbook," featuring six sublime singers from the early music choir, Exsultemus, performing pieces from the Eton Choirbook. $30/general, $25/seniors, free/students. www.csem.org, 617-489-2062 or email@example.com.
Monday, April 16
Ipswich: "Resurrecting the English Country House," 6 p.m., Castle Hill, Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road. Chairman of National Trust/UK and British journalist, Sir Simon Jenkins, presents "Resurrecting the English Country House," and will discuss the circumstances, values and opportunities of great historic houses in the 21st century, focusing on the National Trust's program, "Bringing Places to Life." $40/nonmembers, $30/Trustees of Reservations members; reception included. Advance registration encouraged at www.thetrustees.org or 978-356-4351.
Tuesday, April 17
Hamilton: Literary Luncheon Book Group, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St. Group will discuss "The Life of Pi," by Yann Martel. Bring brown-bag lunch, beverages and dessert served. www.hwlibrary.org.
Middleton: Poets Night and Open Mike, 6:30 p.m., Middleton Community Center, 38 Maple St. In celebration of Poetry Month, Middleton Arts Association will sponsor its annual Poets Night/Open Mike. All interested may attend. Original or favorite poems welcome. Free admission; refreshments served. Handicapped-accessible. Questions, call Beverley, 978-740-3212.
Peabody: "Green Cars and Transportation," 7 p.m., Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St. "Green Cars and Transportation," a presentation by AAA's car doctor, John Paul. Paul will discuss hybrid and alternative fuel vehicles, and will help answer questions and discuss things that can be done with cars to help save money on fuel and reduce air pollution. Free; open to the public; registration required at 978-531-0100, ext. 10, or http://www.peabodylibrary.org.
Beverly: Crossroads Quilters Guild, 7 p.m., Living Hope Church of the Nazarene, 556 Cabot St. Evening to create fabric kits to make charity quilts on Saturday, April 21. Bring rotary cutters, rulers, mats and fabrics for quilts. Guests welcome, $5. 978-314-2442.
Beverly: Friendly Garden Club of Beverly Event, 7 p.m., Beverly Public Library, lower level, 32 Essex St. Learn how to make facial/hand moisturizer from Nancy Engle. Hosted by the Friendly Garden Club of Beverly. $2 guest fee, $15 materials fee to participate and take home creation. Light refreshment served. Rae Abell, 978-712-0712 or www.beverlygardenclub.org.
Wednesday, April 18
Ipswich: Ipswich Reads: One Book! Program, 10 and 11 a.m., Collins Meeting Room, Ipswich Public Library, 25 North Main St. Staff from the Boston Museum of Science will present a program for children on rockets (also at 11 a.m.). Program part of library's community read program featuring "October Sky," by Homer Hickam. 978-356-6649.
Salem: "Opportunities for People Living with Communication Disorders," 10:30 a.m., Salem Hospital, Room D102, 81 Highland Ave. North Shore Medical Center's Stroke Survivor's Club presents Elizabeth Martin of Harold Goodglass Aphasia Research Center, Boston University School of Medicine. Martin will discuss opportunities for people living with communication disorders. Stroke survivors and caregivers invited. Refreshments served; new members welcome. 978-825-6286.
Beverly: Montserrat Senior Illustration I Reception, 5 to 8 p.m., 301 Gallery, 301 Cabot St., Beverly. Reception for Montserrat College of Art's Illustration program senior thesis exhibit "Bittersweet," on view through Friday, April 20. Exhibit features work by Mori Clark, Ben Donahue, Josh Melamed, Megan Pepin, Gabrielle Pisano, Ashley Ruel and Matt Tanzi. Public welcome. firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-867-9604.
Beverly: Internationally-Known Researcher Discusses Autism, 6 to 8 p.m., Rose Performance Hall, Center for the Arts, Endicott College, 376 Hale St. Dr. Angelika Gena from Greece, a clinician and researcher who has devoted her career to the treatment of autism, will address teaching play skills to children with autism in a presentation titled, "A Developmental Perspective for the Assessment and Teaching of Play to Children with Autism." Free; open to the public. Registration requested at email@example.com.
Ipswich: Ipswich Reads: One Book! Program, 7 p.m., Collins Meeting Room, Ipswich Public Library, 25 North Main St. A screening of the documentary film "Welcome to Coalwood," which features interviews with Homer Hickam and other members of the Coalwood community. Program part of library's community read program featuring "October Sky," by Homer Hickam. Registration required at 978-412-8713.
Ipswich: Wednesday Evening Lecture, 7:30 p.m., Ipswich Museum, 54 South Main St. Local educator Catherine Hommes presents lecture titled "Anne Bradstreet in Ipswich," on the daily life, culture and families in the inner circle of America's first poet. Small collection of objects Bradstreet would have used will be on display. 2012 marks 400th anniversary of Bradstreet's birth. Refreshments served following lecture. $10/nonmembers, free/members. www.ipswichmuseum.org or 978-356-2811.
Thursday, April 19
Beverly: Migration Film Series, 6 p.m., Little Theater, Halle Library, Endicott College, 376 Hale St. Endicott presents the Migration Film Series, funded by a Community of Learners grant from the College, featuring documentary screening of "The Phans of Jersey City." Filmmaker Dennis Lanson will introduce the film and answer questions. Free; open to the public. firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-232-2836.
Hamilton: Interactive Workshop, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Community House of Hamilton and Wenham, 284 Bay Road. Sallie Felton, a seasoned life coach and award-winning author, will host an interactive workshop on her new book, "If I'm So Smart, Why Can't I Get Rid of This Clutter?," about the ins and outs of de-cluttering a home and life in a step-by-step process. To register, contact Laura Clarke at 781-665-3861 or email@example.com.
Beverly: Farms Branch Book Discussion, 7 p.m., Beverly Farms Branch Library, 24 Vine St. Group will discuss "The Rebellion of Jane Clarke," by Sally Gunning. New members welcome. Copies of the book are available at the circulation desk. Handicapped-accessible. 978-921-6066.
Friday, April 20
Salem: Poetry Festival, 4 to 10 p.m., downtown Salem. Fourth Massachusetts Poetry Festival will showcase a variety of extraordinary local and regional poets and include poetry readings, interactive workshops, panel discussions, music, film, visual arts and performances. Free. For more information, visit http://masspoetry.org/fourth-massachusetts-poetry-festival/.
Danvers: ECHO Meeting, 7 p.m., Danvers Art Association, 105 Elliott St. Essex County Horticultural Organization meeting includes a presentation by Lynn Nadeau, titled "From Weeds to Wonderful" from the Clifton Improvement Association C.I.A. The Beach Bluff Park will be described. Inter-club competition is "Latin." Bring something to share; $5 donation for all nonmembers and guests. Also, the club is looking for a volunteer to fill the job of secretary for the new 2012-2013 season; contact John at 978-777-5397 or 978-922-4600.
Topsfield: "Teddy Roosevelt: Mind, Body & Spirit, 7:30 p.m., Gould Barn, 1 Howlett St. Topsfield Historical Society's monthly lecture series presents "Teddy Roosevelt: Mind, Body & Spirit," performed by actor and author Ted Zalewski. Lecture includes history, drama, and fun to showcase many of Roosevelt's own words, writings, and beliefs. Free; public welcome. Refreshments served. firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-887-9137.
Saturday, April 21
Swampscott: Zero Waste Day, 9 a.m. to noon, Swampscott High School parking lot, 200 Essex St. Swampscott Recycling Task Force will collect used clothing, textiles (regardless of condition), electronics (no CRTs), mercury-added items, batteries and eyeglasses. Recycle bins for sale; free "drop and swap" for books, CDs, DVDs and sports equipment. Also, annual Rail Trail used bike sale held at the same time and location. Bike donations accepted 9 to 10 a.m.; bike sale, 10 a.m. to noon. For details or for a pickup, email email@example.com.
Peabody: "Uncommon Threads" Exhibit, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Peabody Historical Society and Museum, Smith Barn, 38 Felton St. Exhibit features antique and contemporary quilts, rarely exhibited, from the collection of the Peabody Historical Society and other museums, private collections, and guilds across Mass. and N.H. Event includes vendors, heirloom quilt appraisals, quilting demonstrations and more. $5/person, free/under 12. Special reception, 10 a.m. to noon. Wheelchair accessible. Ample parking. www.peabodyhistorical.org or 978-531-0805.
Boxford: "How Color and Interior Design Define Your Home," 10 a.m., Boxford Town Library, 10 Elm St. Linda Holt, Boxford interior designer, colorist and professional photographer, will discuss repurposing, the power of color and how color and personality can influence a home. Free; open to the public. Nanci Milone Hill, 978-887-7323, ext. 2.
Beverly: Working with Diaries and Family Papers, 10 a.m. to noon, Cabot House, 117 Cabot St. Beverly Historical Society's monthly genealogy workshop with Darren Brown. Registration required; limited to 15 people. $15/nonmembers, $10/members. www.beverlyhistory.org, 978-922-1186, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Salem: Poetry Festival, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., downtown Salem. Fourth Massachusetts Poetry Festival will showcase a variety of extraordinary local and regional poets and include poetry readings, interactive workshops, panel discussions, music, film, visual arts and performances. Free. For more information, visit http://masspoetry.org/fourth-massachusetts-poetry-festival/.
Beverly: "Clicked" Reception, 2:30 to 4 p.m., Beverly Public Library, Sohier Room, 32 Essex St. Special exhibit of photographs by mother and daughter Rachel and Constanza Sawyer, titled "Clicked." Free reception, open to the public. On view through April 29. 978-921-6062.
Beverly: Ham and Bean Supper, 5 to 6 p.m., Second Congregational Church, 35 Conant St. Menu features two kinds of home-baked beans, ham, coleslaw, brown bread, rolls and beverage. Home-baked pies, $1.50/slice. Meal costs $7/adults, $6/seniors, $3.50/children. Musical entertainment provided. Handicapped-accessible. email@example.com.
Sunday, April 22
Salem: Poetry Festival, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., downtown Salem. Fourth Massachusetts Poetry Festival will showcase a variety of extraordinary local and regional poets and include poetry readings, interactive workshops, panel discussions, music, film, visual arts and performances. Free. For more information, visit http://masspoetry.org/fourth-massachusetts-poetry-festival/.
Peabody: "Uncommon Threads" Exhibit, 12 to 4 p.m., Peabody Historical Society and Museum, Smith Barn, 38 Felton St. Exhibit features antique and contemporary quilts, rarely exhibited, from the collection of the Peabody Historical Society and other museums, private collections, and guilds across Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Event includes vendors, heirloom quilt appraisals, quilting demonstrations and more. $5/person, free/under 12. Special reception, noon to 2 p.m. Wheelchair accessible. Ample parking. www.peabodyhistorical.org or 978-531-0805.
Monday, April 23
Beverly: Parent Stress Reduction Workshop, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St. Beverly SEPAC and the Special Education Department present a workshop facilitated by occupational therapists from Beverly School District. Free admission and free childcare with advance registration. Amy Donovan and Randy Reinbold, 978-712-8280.
Peabody: Community Interfaith Commemoration, 7 p.m., Peabody Veterans Memorial High School, 485 Lowell St. Join area Holocaust survivors and their families in remembering the Holocaust with keynote speaker Margot Stern Strom, director and president of Facing History; two area students will be presented with first Sonia Schreiber Weitz Upstander Award. Holocaust Center, Boston North will honor Holocaust survivors and recognize Holocaust Legacy Partners. Service includes posting of the colors, candle-lighting ceremony and Gordon College Women's Choir performance. All are welcome, free. 978-531-8288 or www.holocaustcenterbn.org.
Hamilton: Monday Night Book Group, 7:15 to 8:30 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St. Group will discuss "State of Wonder," by Ann Patchett. www.hwlibrary.org.
Tuesday, April 24
Hamilton: Friends of H-W Library Annual Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St. Friends of the Hamilton-Wenham Library's annual meeting features Georgetown artist Lynne Schulte of the "Pink Chair Project," discussing her current project. Refreshments and social time, 6:30 p.m.; Friends business meeting, 7 p.m., followed by guest speaker, Schulte. www.hwlibrary.org.
Ipswich: Community Fundraising Concert, 7 p.m., Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church, 1 Pineswamp Road. Concert will raise funds for Choi Sungbong, a 2011 "Korea's Got Talent" finalist. $20/ticket. 978-335-8852. www.youtube.com/watch?v=BewknNW2b8Y.
Salem: The Science of Looking Out the Window, 7:30 p.m., Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St. John R. Stilgoe, Robert and Lois Orchard professor of visual and environmental studies at Harvard, will give the 2012 Adams Lecture on how to practice the art of observation amidst the rapid pace of modern life. Dessert and wine reception will follow lecture. $30/lecture, $25/Athenaeum members, $5/students with ID. Purchase tickets at www.salemathenaeum.net or 978-744-2540.
Wednesday, April 25
Wenham: Trash to Treasure, Buker School, 1 School St. Hamilton Wenham Garden Club presents Priscilla Styer, creative floral designer, who will teach on developing an eye for surrounding treasures and using them in floral design. Free. Jeanne Whitman, 978-468-2055.
Ipswich: Ipswich Reads: One Book! Program, 2 p.m., Collins Meeting Room, Ipswich Public Library, 25 North Main St. Martha Mauser will lead a public discussion on "October Sky," by Homer Hickam. Also, at 7 p.m., screening of 1999 film "October Sky," starring Laura Dern and Jake Gyllenhaal. Program part of library's community read program featuring "October Sky." 978-356-6649.
Beverly: Hard Times Ashore and Afloat, 7 p.m., Cabot House, 117 Cabot St. Beverly Historical Society presents author Ed Brown. To commemorate the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, Brown will talk about his newest publication which details Beverly's connections to the war. Free/members, $5/nonmembers. www.beverlyhistory.org, 978-922-1186, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, April 27
Beverly: Can and Bottle Drive, 2 to 3 p.m., Centerville Elementary School parking lot, 17 Hull St. Fourth- and fifth-grade students of Centerville Green Team will hold a can and bottled rive to raise money for its activities and to participate in community service. Sally Hunter, 978-922-4758 or email@example.com.
Hamilton: Genealogy Lock-In, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Hamilton Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St. Discover the library's online resources: Ancestry.com Library Edition, Heritagequest.com, and American Ancestors (formerly New England Ancestors), and learn how to access census, marriage, newspapers and other records. Attendees are encouraged to bring their laptops. Bring brown-bag dinner. Reserve a spot at 978-468-5577 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Danvers: Annual Fundraising Event, 6 p.m., Danvers Art Association, 105 Elliott St. Danvers Art Association's 11th annual fundraising event includes a silent and live auction, food and drinks. $10/ticket at the door. 978-473-2413.
Saturday, April 28
Beverly: Can and Bottle Drive, 9 a.m. to noon, Centerville Elementary School parking lot, 17 Hull St. Fourth- and fifth-grade students of Centerville Green Team will hold a can and bottled rive to raise money for its activities and to participate in community service. Sally Hunter, 978-922-4758 or email@example.com.
Topsfield: Equine EXPO Calendar 2012, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Arena Building, Topsfield Fairgrounds, 207 Boston Road. Equine exposition and sale hosted by the Essex County Trail Association. One-stop shopping for the horse and rider, demonstrations, silent auction and food vendor. Handicapped-accessible, plenty of parking, sale spaces available. Event raises funds to maintain trails in Hamilton, Wenham, Topsfield, Ipswich, Essex and West Newbury. $5/general, free/children under 10. 978-468-7715 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peabody: National Drug Take Back Day, 9 a.m. to noon, Peabody Police Station, 6 Allens Lane. As part of National Public Health month, Healthy Peabody Collaborative, in collaboration with the Peabody Police Department, will host National Drug Take Back Day for prescription and non-prescription medication disposal. Free. For details, contact the Peabody Health Department, 978-538-5926.
Beverly: Medication disposal day, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Beverly Senior Center, 90 Colon St., in the back parking lot. Accepted: prescription and over the counter medications; medication samples; vitamins; veterinary medications; narcotics; and liquid medications. Not accepted: sharps; thermometers; IV bags; bloody or infectious waste; inhalers; hydrogen peroxide; or personal care products. For information call 978-921-8591.
Beverly: Healthy Kids Day, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sterling Center YMCA, 254 Essex St. As part of National Public Health month, the Beverly Health Department, in collaboration with the Sterling Center YMCA, will host Healthy Kids Day. Free. For details, contact the YMCA, 978-922-0990.
Salem: Spring Dance Benefit, 7:30 to 11:30 p.m., Knights of Columbus, 94 Washington St. Spring dance in memory of Stephen O'Grady to benefit Salem Little League scholarships. $20 donation per ticket. http://www.stephenogrady.com or 978-618-5949.
Topsfield: National Astronomy Day, 7:30 to 9 p.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row. Celebrate National Astronomy Day with the North Shore Amateur Astronomy Club. Astronomer and physicist Gary Meehan presents "An Introduction to the Moon," a brief introduction to the geology of earth's only natural satellite. Rain or shine. After (weather permitting), go outside for views of the moon through club members' telescopes. Children ages 8 and older, accompanied by an adult. $5/person. Register at 978-887-9264.
Marblehead: Symphony by the Sea concert, 8 p.m., Abbot Hall, 188 Washington St. Symphony by the Sea closes its 31st season by exploring the rich diverseness of the romantics with a program of song, symphony and sorrow with Brahms' Serenade No. 2, Beethoven's Symphony No. 4, and Faure's Elegy for Violoncello and Orchestra. Program opens with guest soloist, cellist Natasha Brofsky in Faure's sorrowful elegy. Tickets and details at www.symphonybythesea.org.
Sunday, April 29
Beverly: Deluxe Pancake Breakfast, 8 to 11:30 a.m., Vittori-Rocci Post, 143 Brimbal Ave. Breakfast includes applesauce, juice, sausage, ham, scrambled eggs, baked beans, all-you-can-eat pancakes, coffee and tea. $4/adults, $3/children; breakfast in support of North Shore YMCA Wildcats Gymnastics National Team. Handicapped-accessible. 978-922-7150.
Danvers: Ode to Spring Concert, 3 p.m., Tapley Memorial Hall, 13 Page St. Concert will feature Danvers Historical Society artists-in-residence, The Essex Harmony. "Ode to Spring Concert" program features selections by New England tunesmiths of the Revolutionary War era. Light refreshments will follow the concert. $5/members, $10/nonmembers. Limited seating; reservations suggested at 978-777-1666 or email@example.com.
Monday, April 30
Peabody: "Approaches to Listening," 7 p.m., Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St. "Approaches to Listening," a series of four lecture/performances presented by Music at Eden's Edge. Baroque cellist Sarah Freiberg and violinist Maria Benotti present "Connecting to the Baroque," offering insights on listening to their program. Details and registration at 978-531-0100, ext. 10, or http://www.peabodylibrary.org.
Tuesday, May 1
Peabody: "The Lazy Couponer," 6:30 p.m., Peabody Institute Library, South Branch, 78 Lynn St. Jamie Chase, author of "The Lazy Couponer," will share tips on how to save time and money. Reserve a spot at 978-531-3380. Sponsored by the Friends of the Peabody Institute Libraries.
Wednesday, May 2
Ipswich: Ipswich Reads: One Book! Program, 6 p.m., Collins Meeting Room, Ipswich Public Library, 25 North Main St. Potluck dinner based upon authentic Coalwood recipes. Call Laura Hoffman at 978-356-6648 to register and to choose a dish to prepare and share. Limit of 30 participants. Program part of library's community read program featuring "October Sky."
Hamilton: Going Green with Your Diet, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St. Robert Reid, founder of Organic Garden Cafe in Beverly, will inspire attendees to grow and use fresh ingredients in raw food creations. Registration requested at 978-468-5577 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, May 3
Swampscott: Adoptive Parent Groups, 7 to 8:30 p.m., First Church, 40 Monument Ave. The Adoptive Families Together parent-run, confidential group will allow attendees to share personal concerns and needs around adoptive parenting. AFT provides education, advocacy, support and more. Adopted individuals, birth parents, foster parents and all those connected to adoption are welcome. email@example.com or www.mspcc.org/aft.
Salem: Catholic Charities North Spring Gala, 7 to 9 p.m., Hawthorne Hotel, 18 Washington Square West. Catholic Charities presents Hats Off! Annual Spring Gala celebrating iconic hats with five unique buffets, including hors d'oeuvres, entrees and desserts. Also, second annual presentation of A Salute to Partnership awards. For tickets and details, visit www.ccab.org/north, or contact Sarah Bartley, 781-593-2312.
Saturday, May 5
Hamilton: Leaf Collection, 7 a.m., all leaves must be curbside, in biodegradable paper bags or trash cans, by 7 a.m. Multiple trucks will pick up leaves simultaneously across town. No brush, branches or grass clippings collected. No additional pick-ups scheduled prior to fall of 2012. Leaves will not be picked up as part of compost program. Hamilton residents may drop off leaves at Brick Ends Farm at 464 Highland St. free of charge during normal business hours. www.brickendsfarm.com.
Salem: Home Tour and Hamilton Hall Tea, tour, noon to 3:45 p.m. and tea, 4 p.m., Hamilton Hall, 9 Chestnut St. May Day will be celebrated on Chestnut Street in Salem with visits to 10 homes. Home owners and guides will share histories and traditions. $25/tour tickets, $45/tour and tea; money raised benefits historic Hamilton Hall. Reservations required at 978-744-0805 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Purchase tickets at hamiltonhall.org or by sending a check payable to Hamilton Hall Inc., 9 Chestnut St., Salem, MA 01970.
Saturday, May 12
Peabody: "Pirates of Penzance," 7 p.m., Peabody City Hall, Wiggin Auditorium, 24 Lowell St. Peabody Institute Library Foundation presents a concert production of Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Pirates of Penzance." All proceeds benefit the Peabody Institute Library Foundation. $25 suggested donation, $20 for seniors. Tickets available at the Main, South and West Branch libraries. 978-531-0100.
Friday, May 20
Beverly: Jazz Jam Session, 3 to 6 p.m., Chianti, 285 Cabot St., Beverly. Live Jazz Sessions, created by Barbara Alex, supports a community of all ages, professional and nonprofessional musicians, and provides a stage for education, growth, experimentation, performance and networking. Vocalists are asked to bring charts. Free/performers, $5/cover for nonperformers. www.livejazzsessions.org or Balex@comcast.net.
Thursday, June 7
Swampscott: Adoptive Parent Groups, 7 to 8:30 p.m., First Church, 40 Monument Ave. The Adoptive Families Together parent-run, confidential group will allow attendees to share personal concerns and needs around adoptive parenting. AFT provides education, advocacy, support and more. Adopted individuals, birth parents, foster parents and all those connected to adoption are welcome. email@example.com or www.mspcc.org/aft.