TULIP STREET. Richard The Hammer Flynn, "Check Out Your Mind" show, December 11, 7 to 9 p.m. Tulip Street Gallery, 4 Tulip St., Salem. 781-632-5310.
HALL HASKELL. Fine and functional art for the holidays from six local artists, Thursday Dec. 11, through Sunday, Dec. 14, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily. Pastel paintings, photography, pottery, jewelry, carved gourds, totes, cards and hand painted ornaments. The Hall Haskell Gallery is at 36 S. Main St. (Route 1A) in Ipswich.
THE STUDIO. Fine a rt gallery, exhibition by Asa Gallagher of Cohasset, Dec. 1 to 27, with artist reception Wednesday, Dec. 17, 5 to 8 p.m. Public invited. Acrylics of people, villages, animals in pictographic themes, influenced by Jim Dine, Paul Klee, Alexander Calder. The Studio is located at 75 Washington St., Marblehead. December hours are Wednesday to Sunday, noon to 5 p.m., or by appointment at 781-631-0026.
"CONSTRUCT." Art education show featuring work by Marblehead High School and Beverly High School students, until Dec. 19 at Montserrat College of Art's 301 Gallery, 301 Cabot St, Beverly.
TOYS FOR TOTS. Toys for Tots, Thursday, Dec. 11, 9 a.m. to noon, Salem High School. Toy drive hosted by Marine Corps Reserve. For all residents of North Shore to donate new, unwrapped toys. 978-766-6468.
BHS FOOTBALL BANQUET. Thursday, Dec. 11, 6:30 p.m., Italian Community Center, Beverly. Tickets $8 per person, contact Charlie Scobey at 978-922-9833, 978-927-3782.
BENEFIT RAFFLE. Salem High School Football Boosters benefit raffle offers $20 tickets for a chance to win a 50-inch plasma TV. Three hundred tickets will be sold. The drawing will be Dec. 11, night of the Salem High School football banquet at the Knights. For tickets, contact John Harvey, 978-420-6446; Peter or Tracii Schaeublin at 978-745-8068.
CHRISTMAS TREES. Sale, with wreaths, greens, hayrides and refreshments, Saturday, Dec. 13, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 14, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Moraine Farm, Route 97 north, Beverly. For more information, call Amanda Mazzaglia at 978-927-3708.
CHARITY FUNDRAISER. Salem Children's Charity Fundraiser, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 5 p.m., Victoria Station, Pickering Wharf, Salem. Buffet, raffles, live auctions and silent auctions. All proceeds go to needy children and their families. For information or to donate items call Patty at 1-978-836-1146 or e-mail Salemchildrenscharity@msn.com to arrange for pickup of donation.
CELEBRITY BARTENDER. Mandrake Bar Bistro's Community Support program will feature Mayor Bill Scanlon, in Santa hat and bartenders' black shirt, serving brews and cocktails Tuesday, Dec. 16 from 6 p.m. Proceeds from the evening will support Beverly Bootstraps. Mandrake Bar Bistro is at 252 Cabot St., Beverly. 978-922-0663.
CHRISTMAS TREES. A sale will be held by Manchester Boy Scout Troop 3 at the Scout House, 74 School St., Manchester. Balsam and Fraser firs will be on sale, with wreaths, swags and greens. Sale hours are Fridays from 5 to 8 p.m., Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Mondays from 7 to 8 p.m.
CHRISTMAS TREES. A Christmas Tree sale to benefit Project Adventure, which features tractor-pulled hayrides, trees, wreaths, greens and refreshments, will be available at Moraine Farm, Route 97 north, Beverly, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Dec. 13 and 14. For more information, call Amanda Mazzaglia at 978-927-3708.
TOY DRIVE. The Peabody Police Department is collecting toys for families in need. Any person or company may bring a new unwrapped toy to a drop-box in the police station lobby at 6 Allens Lane. The drop-box is available 24 hours a day. Donations will be distributed to Haven From Hunger and St. John Church.
NAVY SEALS. North Shore Frogmen's Club, Thursday, Dec. 11, 8 p.m., Beverly Golf and Tennis Club. Social hour, meet the speakers, 6:30 to 7 p.m., restaurant and pub on site. History and evolution of elite military diving team, with Navy SEAL Master Chief/Master SEAL William Atkinson. Ordnance disposal truck with full equipment display. Free, open to the public, for information visit www.northshorefrogmen.com.
CHILDREN'S AUTHOR. Banbury Cross Children's Bookshop, 162R Main St. (Route 1A) Wenham, children's author and illustrator Ed Emberley, on Saturday, Dec. 13 from 3 to 4 p.m.
WINTER FESTIVAL. At Peabody Essex Museum. Saturday, Dec. 13, 11 a.m. to 3:20 p.m.: Puppet performances, gingerbread house construction (and cookies), Crystal snowflake art activity, snow globe family workshop, "Animals in winter" storytime. Family-level members breakfast, 9:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 14, 3 to 4 p.m. art and nature storytime "A View from Above," wordless picture book featuring telescoping aerial views. For children 3 to 6 with adult. Reservations for Sunday program by Dec. 12.
SANTA. Santa Claus visit, Beverly Cooperative Bank, Saturday, Dec. 13, 10 a.m. to noon, 254 Cabot St. With picture and ornament.
SANTA. Visit to Museum Place Mall, Salem, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 13 and 14, to talk and take photos with boys and girls.
SANTA. At 2 p.m., at Beverly Harbor Center, Sunday, Dec. 14, a sea-borne Santa will arrive by lobster boat at the Ferryway Public Landing by the Veterans Memorial Bridge and the Public Pier in Beverly, rain, snow, or shine.¬�Will talk to boys and girls, hand out candy canes and¬�hot chocolate, take last minute requests for Christmas.
LUMINARIA. The Annual Gift of Light, 5 to 9 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 14, will be held on Dearborn, Moulton and Lee streets, which will be lined with luminaria bags and candles. Call Clare-White Sullivan at 978-741-8670 for further details.
LYNN POTOFF. Salem author's reading and signing at New Civilitea, 318 Derby St., Salem. Sunday, Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. Author of "Too Many Skeletons Not Enough Closets." 978-740-2682, firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHAMBER PARTY. Beverly Chamber of Commerce holiday gathering, Monday, Dec. 15, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Mandrake Bar Bistro, 252 Cabot St., Beverly. Appetizers, cash bar, raffle. Executive director recognized for service. $10 in advance, $15 at the door. All are welcome. RSVP the Chamber at 978-232-9559. Visit www.beverlychamber.com.
VICTORIAN HOLIDAY PARTY. Monday, Dec. 15, 6 p.m., George Peabody House Museum, 205 Washington St. With reading of Dickens' "A Christmas Carol." 978-531-0355.
PHILLIPS HOUSE TOUR. The Phillips House, at 34 Chestnut St. in Salem, will be open year-round. Through the remainder of fall and into the winter, the museum and gift shop will be open on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with regular tours on the half-hour. For programs and more information, visit www.historicnewengland.org or call 978-744-0440.
Fairs and sales
WILLOWDALE ESTATE. Craft fair featuring handcrafted holiday items by local artisans, Sunday, Dec. 14, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Story hour with Santa, 11 a.m. to noon, photo with Santa, 1 to 2 p.m. At Willowdale Estate (original Bradley Palmer mansion), Bradley Palmer State Park, 24 Asbury St., Topsfield. 978-887-8211. www.willowdaleestate.com. Free.
SHOPPING EVENT. At the Carlton School in Salem, 10 Skerry St. Second Annual Holiday Shopping Event, Saturday, Dec. 13, 1 to 6 p.m. With over 30 local vendors. Fundraiser for the Carlton PTO, 10% to benefit the Salem Children's Charity.
BAKE SALE. New England Homes for the Deaf, 154 Water St., Danvers, holiday bake sale and raffle, Saturday, Dec. 13, 1 to 3 p.m. Baked goods, mini raffle, raffle for a hand-knitted afghan. Admission free.
CARROLL SCHOOL. Holiday craft and gift fair, Saturday, Dec. 13 at the Carroll School, 60 Northend St., Peabody, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. All children must be accompanied by an adult. There will be over 50 crafters. A toy drive will also be held, collecting unwrapped new toys, in return for raffle entry. A bake sale will be held, along with cookie decorating, puppet show, kid's activities, with lunch and snacks. E-mail email@example.com for information.
LE GRAND DAVID. "Le Grand David and his own Spectacular Magic Company," Sunday, Dec. 14, 3 p.m., Cabot Street Cinema Theatre, 286 Cabot St., Beverly. Both shows $24 adults, $14 children 11 and under. 978-927-3677 or www.legranddavid.com.
AINE MINOGUE. Irish harpist and singer, to perform at Peabody Institute Library, Monday, Dec. 15, 7 p.m., 82 Main St. Free and open to the public. Registration required at 978-531-0100 ext. 10.
"ARIAS IN THE AFTERNOON." Sunday, Dec. 14, 3 p.m., Marblehead Arts Association, 8 Hooper St., Marblehead. Featuring mezzo soprano Christina English, coloratura soprano Rachele Schmiege, lyric soprano Molly Crookedacre. Tickets $25, $20 members, reservations recommended at 781-631-2608. Visit www.marbleheadarts.org.
BENJAMIN BRITTEN. Senior Choir of First Church in Wenham performs Benjamin Britten's Ceremony of Carols on Sunday, Dec. 14 at 10 a.m. as part of a special Sunday worship service. All are welcome.
CAPONE'S. Restaurant at 147 Summit St., Peabody. 12�Ñ11, Lee Hawkins; 12�Ñ12, Evolution; 12�Ñ13, Classmates. $5 cover and proper dress required. 978-927-0520 or www.caponesdining.net.
CHORUS NORTH SHORE. "A Celebration of Christmas, " Friday, Dec. 12, 8 p.m., at St. Richard's Church, 90 Forest St., Danvers; Saturday, Dec. 13, 8 p.m., at Our Lady of Hope Church, Linebrook Road, Ipswich. Bach's "Magnificat," "O come Little Children" in German and English, Paul Jensen's "Overture to Celebration of Carols," two selections by Gustav Holst, a Gospel "O Holy Night." "Silent Night, joined by audience. Tickets available on line at www.chorusnorthshore.org, at the door or by calling 978-356-3807. $20; $17 student/senior.
ENDICOTT SINGERS. Directed by Becca Kenneally and members of Symphony by the Sea, directed by Donald Palma, on Thursday, Dec. 11 at 12:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 14 at 4 p.m. at the Interfaith Chapel, Endicott College, 376 Hale St., Beverly. The event is free and open to the public.
"COUNTRY FRIENDS." Playing "good ole American music" at Post 227, American Legion Middleton, 69 River St., every Friday from 6 to 10 p.m. 978-777-2711. No cover.
DODGE STREET. 12�Ñ11, Chris Fitz (blues/rock); 12�Ñ12, Faith in Distortion; 12�Ñ13, The Force Christmas Show; 12�Ñ14, Salem Cigarette Machine (techno/hip-hop); 12�Ñ15, Open Jam night; 12�Ñ16, Fats Hammond (organ jazz); 12�Ñ17, Toe Jamm featuring Ken Clark, Pete Tentindo and Lantz Boyles (acoustic rock); 12�Ñ18, Regressing to Apes and Tokyo Tramps. 7 Dodge St., Salem. 978-745-0139. All shows 9:30 p.m.
EDGEWATER CAFE. 12�Ñ12, Los Sugar Kings; 12�Ñ13, TBA. 155 Washington St., Salem. 978-740-4669.
GULU GULU. 12�Ñ11, Kick Drum; 12�Ñ12, DJ Seth; 12�Ñ13, 2nd Saturday Bluegrass Jam, 2:30 to 5:30 p.m., Rev. Bob and the Darkness, 8 p.m.; 12�Ñ16, movie night, Dr. Seuss' Grinch (1966); 12�Ñ18, Paul Phillips Band. 247 Essex St., Salem, 978-740-8882.
IN A PIG'S EYE. 12�Ñ11, Christine Baze and friends, 9 p.m.; 12/12, afternoon blues jam 4:15 to 6:30 p.m. No cover, 148 Derby St., Salem, 978-741-4436.
MADORE CHORALE. On Sunday, December 14 at 3 p.m., The Paul Madore Chorale will join the choirs of Regis College and St. Anne Church in a free Christmas/Holiday concert at St. Anne Church in Salem. Mendelssohn's "He, Watching Over Israel," "Ding Dong, Merrily on High," "Go Tell It On the Mountain," Mark and Judy Arnold's "Light the Candles." Handel's,¬�Messiah, including "Hallelujah Chorus."¬�Medley of Christmas pops tunes. St. Anne Church (978-744-1930) is at 292 Jefferson Ave. in Salem. Call 781-592-7284 or 978-774-7981 for information.
MANCHESTER SINGERS. Holiday Concert, Sunday, Dec. 14, 3 p.m., Sacred Heart Church, 62 School St., Manchester. Tickets at door, $8 adults, $5 students. 978-283-9021 or visit www.manchestersings.org.
ME AND THEE. Christopher Williams/Maeve. me & thee coffeehouse, Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead, 28 Mugford St., Marblehead. $16. Shows start 8 p.m., doors open 7:30 p.m. www.meandthee.org.
ROCKAFELLAS. 12�Ñ11, Elephant House; 12�Ñ12, The Hitmen; 12�Ñ13, New Life; 12�Ñ17, Latin Dance Lessons; 12�Ñ18, Joshua Tree. 231 Essex St., 9:15 p.m. 978-745-2411.
SIXTY2 ON WHARF. 12�Ñ14, Qwill, singer/songwriter, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. During Sunday brunch, 62 Wharf St. (Pickering Wharf) Salem. No cover. 978-744-0062.
SOLSTICE SINGERS. A concert of holiday music by the Solstice Singers and the high school a capella choir "Harmony" at First Church in Wenham on Tuesday, Dec. 16 at 7 P.M., followed by reception. Donations will be accepted for the Paul Stahlberg and Gina Bowler scholarship funds.
SPIRITS. Every Thursday night: Dani's Hang Concert Series, impromptu performances with veteran performers. 8:30 p.m. 300 Derby St., Salem. No cover charge. 978-744-8889.
VICTORIA STATION. Al and Barb Boudreau and guest performer, Sunday jazz series concerts, every Sunday at 5 p.m. 86 Wharf St., Salem, 978-745-3400. $5. 978-745-3400.
WINTER CONCERT. Tuesday, Dec. 16, 7:30 p.m., Salem High School Auditorium, 77 Willson St., Salem. Concert Band, Symphony and String Orchestras, Chorus, Chamber Choir and Jazz Ensemble performing classical and holiday favorites.¬�Small fee, refreshments served. Salem High School Music Dept. 978-740-1136.
SINGLES DANCE PARTY. Every Friday and Saturday night, 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., Village Green, 225 Newbury St., Danvers. $7 admission includes buffet dinner, must be 21 to enter. 978-774-7270 or www.villagegreendanvers.com.
"A CHRISTMAS CAROL." Friday, Dec. 12, 7 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 13, 7 p.m. Peabodby Veterans Memorial High School. Tickets $8 at the door.
CLASSIC CHRISTMAS. The House of the Seven Gables presents scenes from literary depictions of the holiday, "Little Women," "A Christmas Carol," and "A Child's Christmas in Wales." Performances Saturday, Dec. 13 from 4 to 7 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 14 from 4 to 6 p.m., beginning every five to 10 minutes, lasting 30 minutes. Reservations and group rates are available at 978-744-0991 ext. 104. Adult tickets are $12, for children 5 to 12, $8.
"NARNIA THE MUSICAL." Based on "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" by C.S. Lewis, presented by Theatre of Light at St. Peter Episcopal Church, 24 St. Peter St., Salem. Performances are Saturday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 14 at 3 p.m. Suggested ticket donations $5 for children 5 and under; $10 students and seniors; $15 adults. Call 978-210-9818 for reservations.
SDLqINTO THE WOODS." Marblehead High School production of Stephen Soundheim's musical, at the Performing Arts Center, Veterans Middle School, on Saturday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. or Sunday, Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. Call for tickets at Marblehead High School, 781-639-3100 ext. 3120, or buy them at the door, depending on availability.
"THIS IS NOT A PIPE DREAM.'' Saturday, Dec. 13, 7 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 14, 5 p.m. Old Town Hall, Salem. Salem Academy Charter School students perform a play about surrealist artist Ren�© Magritte. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for students/seniors. For tickets, call Brianna Eckhoff at 978-745-9984.
NEVERLAND THEATRE. Mary Poppins Sing-and-Dancealong Show, audience-participation, Saturday, Dec. 13 at 5 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. at the Temple B'nai Abraham, 200 E. Lothrop St., Beverly. Tickets: $10 and $12.50. Wheelchair accessible. Tickets at the door or by visiting www.neverlandtheatre.com. Children invited to come in favorite fairy-tale costume.