School vacation week
THURSDAY SCHOOL VACATION WEEK. “Sound Like An Animal,” Thursday, Feb. 20, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, Salem. Part of weeklong exploration of music and communication in the animal world, and the many ways creatures big and small inspire artists. Make bullroarers; read “The Jazz Fly”; meet Dr. Elizabeth Bradt, a veterinarian; and watch “On a Wing and a Song,” an interactive performance. Included with museum admission. 978-542-1511, or pem.org/calendar.
PRACTICALLY PERFECT POPPINS FUN. Thursday, Feb. 20, 1 to 3 p.m., Wenham Museum, 132 Main St., Wenham. Have a “supercalifragilisticexpialidoecious” afternoon at the museum making a Mary Poppins-inspired craft; it could be her kite or her carpet bag. For families with children ages 3 and up. Included with museum admission; $8 adult, $6 children, free/members. 978-468-2377, www.wenhammuseum.org.
DROP-IN CRAFT. Thursday, Feb. 20, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Ipswich Public Library, 25 N. Main St., Ipswich. Drop-in craft program with Michelle Guvendiren for young artists to make glove monsters. Part of the library’s February School Vacation Week programs. Free. 978-412-8713.
ANTI-VALENTINE’S DAY. Thursday, Feb. 20, 3 to 5 p.m., Abbot Public Library, Meeting Room, 235 Pleasant St., Marblehead. In remembrance of “Single’s Awareness Day,” attendees will make anti-valentines and friendship bracelets, watch a movie, decorate cupcakes, and remember why being single rocks. All are welcome. 781-631-1481, www.abbotlibrary.org.
WHALEMOBILE. Thursday, Feb. 20, 3 to 4 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., South Hamilton. Presentation by Cynde McInnis followed by a tour inside of a whale’s belly — that is, inside of McInnis’ life-size, 43-foot inflatable humpback whale named Nile. Space is limited; registration open for students in grades three through five. www.hwlibrary.org.
FRIDAY SCHOOL VACATION WEEK. “Sound Like An Animal,” Friday, Feb. 21, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, Salem. Part of weeklong exploration of music and communication in the animal world, and the many ways creatures big and small inspire artists. Make a bird call, read “How to Speak Moo!”, and hear Sound All Around. Included with museum admission. 978-542-1511, or pem.org/calendar.
DINO-TEA PARTY. Friday, Feb. 21, 10:15 to 11 a.m., Abbot Public Library, 235 Pleasant St., Marblehead. Children ages 2 to 5 are invited to a dinosaur-themed tea party where they can bring their favorite dinosaur toy, listen to dino stories, and enjoy juice and cookies. Registration is required. All are welcome. 781-631-1481, www.abbotlibrary.org.
DINOMAN. Friday, Feb. 21, 11:30 a.m., Flint Public Library, 1 S. Main St., Middleton. DinoMan brings facts to life with music, magic, laughter and props. All ages welcome. Sponsored by the Curvey family. 978-774-8132, www.flintlibrary.org.
Lectures & presentations
BEYOND DISABILITIES. Friday, Feb. 21, 10:25 to 11:15 a.m., A.J. Gordon Memorial Chapel, Gordon College, 255 Grapevine Road, Wenham. A talk by Temple Grandin, an acclaimed speaker, writer and activist on the topic of autism, will culminate a symposium-style week of events at Gordon, called “Beyond Disabilities.” A reception will follow. Free. For details and seat availability, visit www.gordon.edu/beyonddisabilities.
COLLABORATING WITH BIRDS. Friday, Feb. 21, 7:45 to 9 p.m., Peabody Essex Museum, Morse Auditorium, 161 Essex St., Salem. Renowned comparative psychologist Irene Pepperberg shares her groundbreaking studies on intelligence and communication in African grey parrots. A panel discussion with Mary Jo McConnell, a featured artist in “Beyond Human,” will follow. Co-sponsored by the Essex County Ornithological Club. ECOC business meeting from 7:30 to 7:45 p.m. Free. Preteen to adults. 978-542-1511, or pem.org/calendar.
ANNUAL RESEARCH CONFERENCE. Saturday, Feb. 22, 9 a.m., Judge Science Center, Endicott College, 376 Hale St., Beverly. North Shore Chapter of Sigma Xi holds its fifth annual research conference featuring presentations and posters of original research conducted by faculty and students from Endicott College, Salem State University and Gordon College. Poster presentations held in the same building. Registration at 9 a.m., talks begin at 10:30 a.m. For details and registration, contact Anne-Marie Scholar at 978-232-2188 or email@example.com.
“COAST TO COAST IN 48 HOURS: LINDBERGH’S DREAM.” Monday, Feb. 24, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Beverly Public Library, Sohier Room, 32 Essex St., Beverly. Anne Barrett’s great-aunt Grace was one of a few privileged passengers on an inaugural cross-country air trip from New York to Los Angeles in July 1929. Barrett will present an illustrated talk to relate how, in the 1920s, flying sensation Charles Lindbergh dreamed of offering luxury air passenger service from coast to coast and places in between. Hear firsthand accounts from Grace’s diary, and learn about the technological advances and events leading up to the groundbreaking enterprise, and what happened after. Part of the Monday Mornings lecture series. Free; open to adults. Light refreshments served at 9 a.m. Handicapped-accessible. firstname.lastname@example.org, 978-921-6062.
REIKI, WITCHCRAFT AND PSYCHIC MEDIUMS. Monday, Feb. 24, 10 a.m., Explorers Lifelong Learning Institute, 10 Federal St., Salem. Angela DiFazio will explain the benefits of these healing modalities. She is a certified Reiki Master, a teacher of Dr. Usui’s system of natural healing, a psychic medium, ordained minister, and the proprietress of Key Elements. Open to all. www.explorerslli.org, 978-744-0804.
“HISTORY REVEALED BY THE SEA FLOOR.” Wednesday, Feb. 26, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Abbot Public Library, 235 Pleasant St., Marblehead. Second program in the 2014 “Underwater in Salem Sound” lecture series presented by Salem Sound Coastwatch and Abbot Public Library. Illustrated talk by Dr. Brad Hubeny, a professor of geological sciences at Salem State University, about the story of Salem Sound as revealed by sediment coring near Great Haste Island. Free. www.abbotlibrary.org, www.salemsound.org or 978-741-7900.
“MARBLEHEAD: 1714.” Wednesday, Feb. 26, 7:30 p.m., St. Michael’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 26 Pleasant St., Marblehead. St. Michael’s launches its tercentenary lecture series with “Marblehead: 1714,” an illustrated presentation by historian Judy Anderson discussing community and social life in the historic seaport in the year St. Michael’s Church was erected. Free; open to the public. email@example.com, www.stmichaels2014.org.
CONCERT: BOSTON ARTISTS ENSEMBLE. Friday, Feb. 21, 8 p.m., Peabody Essex Museum, East India Marine Hall, 161 Essex St., Salem. Boston Artists Ensemble will perform with harpsichordist John Gibbons, violinist Yura Lee, cellist Jonathan Miller and flutist Clint Foreman. $27 nonmembers, $24 PEM members, $10 students. For tickets, call 978-542-1511; tickets also available at the door. www.pem.org/calendar or 978-745-9500, ext. 3011.
ME & THEE COFFEEHOUSE. Friday, Feb. 21, 8 p.m., me & thee coffeehouse, located at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 28 Mugford St., Marblehead. Concert features Seth Glier with Kayla Ringelheim opening. $18 in advance, $21 at the door. 781-631-8987, www.meandthee.org.
VALERIE REAPER ON STAGE. Friday, Feb. 21, 8 to 11 p.m., Gulu-Gulu Cafe, 247 Essex St., Salem. Valerie Reaper & The Keepers perform with special guests.
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS WITH MUSIC. Monday, Feb. 24, 7 p.m., Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St., Peabody. As part of its four-part series, Music at Eden’s Edge presents its next event called “Chinese New Year of the Flute: A Red Lantern?” featuring flutist Orlando Cela. Cela will explore his playing experience in China and how cultural differences affect the way one listens to and perceives music. Details and reservations at 978-531-0100, ext. 10, or www.peabodylibrary.org.
“DEFENDING THE CAVEMAN.” On stage Thursday, Feb. 20, 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Feb. 21, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 22, 2 and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb. 23, 2 p.m., at The Larcom Theatre, 13 Wallis St., Beverly. Featuring Vince Valentine as The Caveman. Comedy show about the ways men and women relate. $39 ticket, $36 senior citizens, available at 617-531-1257 or www.larcomtheatre.com.
“HENRY IV.” Salem State University presents Dakin Matthews’ Tony Award-winning adaptation of William Shakespeare’s “Henry IV” on Thursday, Feb. 20, through Saturday, Feb. 22, at 7:30 p.m., in the Callan Studio Theatre, 352 Lafayette St., Salem. Directed by Professor Celena Sky April, the staged reading features Professor Tom Luddy as the witty and calculating Sir John Falstaff. Tickets and details at www.salemstatetickets.com or 978-542-7890.
Writers, books & literary discussions
FARMS BRANCH BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP. Thursday, Feb. 20, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Beverly Public Library Farms Branch, Conrad Room, 24 Vine St., Beverly Farms. Group will discuss “The Boys in the Boat” by Daniel James Brown. New members welcome. Handicapped-accessible. Discussion titles available at checkout desk; alternate formats may be available. 978-921-6066, firstname.lastname@example.org.
SALEM STATE WRITERS SERIES. Thursday, Feb. 20, 7:30 p.m., Salem State University, Ellison Campus Center, Martin Luther King Jr. Room, 352 Lafayette St., Salem. Series presents Gregory Fraser and Lexa Hillyer, two poets staking out territory in the current landscape of contemporary verse. 978-542-7890, www.salemstate.edu/arts.
BOOK LAUNCH. Tuesday, Feb. 25, 7 to 8 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., South Hamilton. Peter Stewart, a writer, performer and composer, launches his new book, “When Angels Learn to Fly.” www.hwlibrary.org.
VETERAN REPORTER AND AUTHOR TO SPEAK. Wednesday, Feb. 26, 7 p.m., Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St., Peabody. Ted Reinstein, a veteran reporter, commentator, producer and occasional anchor for WCVB-TV Channel 5’s “Chronicle,” will talk about his new book, “New England Notebook,” a collection of his favorite stories from reporting around New England. Program includes a slideshow and question-and-answer session. Books available for purchase and signing. Reserve a spot at 978-531-0100, ext. 10, or www.peabodylibrary.org.
FLAPJACK FLING. Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary kicks off the sugaring season with a February Flapjack Fling on Saturday, Feb. 22, at 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. Event features a pancake breakfast with syrup from the sanctuary’s maple trees, fruit, juice and milk, and sugaring tours to learn about the sanctuary’s maple sugaring operation and the transformation of sap to syrup. Breakfast served at 8:15, 9, 10:15 and 11:15 a.m.; sugaring tours depart at 9, 10, 11 a.m. and noon. Breakfast, $6/adults, $4/children ages 3 to 8; tours, $9/adults, $8/children (Mass Audubon members: $8 adult, $7 child). Children under 3 are free and should be in a baby carrier. Receive a $1 discount when registering for both breakfast and a tour on the same day. Snow date, Sunday, Feb. 23. Advance registration required at 978-887-9264 or www.massaudubon.org/ipswichriver.
FIFTH ANNUAL CHOCOLATE WALK. Sponsored by Danvers Bi-Peds, Sunday, Feb. 23, 1 p.m., Putnamville crossing, Wenham Street, Danvers. Ski or walk the northern portion of the Danvers Rail Trail from Wenham Street to the Swamp Walk. Finish up with hot chocolate and chocolate treats. All, including dogs on leashes, are welcome. 978-777-4661 or danversbipeds.org.
PEM/PM EVENING PARTY: FEEDBACK. Thursday, Feb. 20, 6 to 9 p.m., Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St., Salem. Listen to master guitarists create riveting sounds on their Gibson solid body electric guitars, hear performers inject unexpected musical sounds in PEM’s collection, see a guitar-building demonstration and make art. Limited number of timed tickets available starting at 5 p.m. Free/PEM members and Salem residents with ID, $10 nonmembers at the door. Cash bar available. 978-542-1511 or pem.org/calendar.
PHILLIPS FAVORITES: CELEBRATIONS IN SALEM. Saturday, Feb. 22, 2 to 3 p.m., Phillips House, 34 Chestnut St., Salem. Celebrations in Salem, the final program of the Phillips Favorites series, will welcome the coming spring with home movies, featuring a variety of Salem parades, parties, and the infamous Chestnut Street Days of the 1930s. Popcorn provided by CinemaSalem. Program presented by Historic New England and the Phillips House to highlight the Phillips House Museum and life on Chestnut Street in the early 20th century. $10 per person; discount available for Historic New England members. Space is limited; advance reservations required at 978-744-0440 or www.historicnewengland.org.
BLACK HISTORY MONTH: SCREENING & DISCUSSION. Thursday, Feb. 20, 9:30 a.m., North Shore Community College, DS106B, 1 Ferncroft Road, Danvers. Screening and discussion of “Holding Ground: The Rebirth of Dudley Street,” a documentary on the residents of an ethnically diverse Boston neighborhood who joined together to rebuild their community. Event part of NSCC’s celebration of Black History Month. Free. Lisa Milso, email@example.com or 781-593-6722, ext. 6242.
MOVIE NIGHT. Thursday, Feb. 20, 6 to 8 p.m., Flint Public Library, 1 S. Main St., Middleton. Movie Night features a screening of “Khumba.” Rated G. Snacks allowed if they’re enjoyed responsibly. All ages welcome. 978-774-8132, www.flintlibrary.org.
“FOOD INC.” Thursday, Feb. 20, 6:30 p.m., Second Congregational Church, 12 Maple St., Peabody. GreenPeabody presents a screening of “Food Inc.,” as part of its winter film series. Free. www.greenpeabody.org.
MOVIE SCREENING. Friday, Feb. 21, 1 to 3 p.m., Ipswich Public Library, 25 N. Main St., Ipswich. Children ages 8 and up are invited to watch “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2.” Younger children may attend, but must be accompanied by a caregiver. All are welcome. 978-412-8713, www.ipswichlibrary.org.
AMERICA’S CIVIL RIGHTS STRUGGLE: FILM FORUM. Wednesday, Feb. 26, 6 to 8:30 p.m., Salem Five Community Room, 210 Essex St., Salem. Salem State University presents “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle,” a series of film forums that illustrate the history of civil rights in America to raise the level of discourse on the legacy of slavery and emancipation. Screening of “Film Riders” and discussion with Judy Richardson, former freedom rider, SNCC activist, “Eyes on the Prize” researcher/producer and visiting professor at Brown University. Free. 978-542-7349, salemstate.edu/created_equal.
WINTER FILM FESTIVAL. Wednesday, Feb. 26, 7:30 p.m., Marblehead Little Theatre, 12 School St., Marblehead. Marblehead Festival of Arts Winter Film Festival features 13 short films by local filmmakers who will be on hand for questions. Also, meet the winner of the 2014 MFoA logo contest. Complimentary refreshments provided. Free. Doors open at 7 p.m. For details and a list of films, visit www.marbleheadfestival.org, or call 781-639-ARTS.
WINTER OLYMPICS NIGHT. Thursday, Feb. 20, 6:30 p.m., Tapley Memorial Hall, 13 Page St., Danvers. Danvers Historical Society hosts a Winter Olympics Night fundraiser to benefit the ongoing preservation mission of the society. Event includes Olympics trivia and entertainment, sampling of calzones, salads and desserts from local restaurants, and beverages. $20/members, $25/nonmembers. Parking on Page Street or in the community lot at the corner of Page and Elm streets. RSVP to 978-777-1666 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
GALLERY TALK. Thursday, Feb. 20, 10:30 a.m., Salem State University, Winfisky Gallery, Ellison Campus Center, 352 Lafayette St., Salem. Gallery talk with award-winning North Shore artist Mark Shasha whose exhibit, “A Narrative Impulse,” is on view through March 19. 978-542-7890, www.salemstate.edu/arts.
“FIELD OF POTENTIALITY.” Thursday, Feb. 20, 5 to 7 p.m., Endicott College, Spencer Presentation Gallery, 376 Hale St., Beverly. Reception for Lynda Schlosberg’s exhibit which includes acrylic on paper. Free; on view through March 20. www.endicott.edu/centerforthearts.
BAD ART NIGHT. Thursday, Feb. 20, 6:30 p.m., Beverly Public Library, Sohier Room, 32 Essex St., Beverly. Come make bad art. The library will supply the basic supplies and a few bad ideas. No talent necessary. Free. Drop in anytime; latecomers welcome. Program geared toward adults, or ages 16 and up; art supplies inappropriate for children. Handicapped-accessible. 978-921-6062, email@example.com.
ARTIST’S RECEPTION. Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2 p.m., Salem State University, Winfisky Gallery, Ellison Campus Center, 352 Lafayette St., Salem. Artist’s reception with award-winning North Shore artist Mark Shasha whose exhibit, “A Narrative Impulse,” is on view through March 19. 978-542-7890, www.salemstate.edu/arts.
OLD FASHIONED HAM & BEAN SUPPER. Saturday, Feb. 22, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 24 St. Peter St., Salem. Menu features ham, beans, macaroni and cheese, desserts and beverages. $8/adult, $5/children 12 and younger. Event includes raffles and 50-50 drawing. Tickets available at the door. 978-745-2291.
DELUXE PANCAKE BREAKFAST. Sunday, Feb. 23, 8 to 11:30 a.m., Vittori-Rocci Post No. 56, 143 Brimbal Ave., Beverly. Vittori-Rocci Post No. 56 will sponsor an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast with sausage, ham, scrambled eggs, baked beans, applesauce, juice, coffee and tea. Donations, $4/adult, $3/child, support Harborlight Nursery School and the Veteran’s Aid Fund. Handicapped-accessible. 978-927-2103.
YARD SALE & CRAFT FAIR. Saturday, Feb. 22, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Church in the Cove, 167 Hale St., Beverly. The church will hold an indoor yard sale and craft fair. Proceeds support the Church in the Cove missions and operating expenses. 978-922-5135.
YARD SALE. Saturday, Feb. 22, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Our Lady of Fatima Church, 50 Walsh Ave., Peabody. Yard sale in the church hall features home furnishings, clothing and more. Sale proceeds help defray the costs of church repairs. 978-532-0272.
JENNIFER TOLER. Mixed-media artwork by Jennifer Toler is on view through Friday, Feb. 21, at Beverly Bank, 254 Cabot St., Beverly. Exhibit open during regular banking hours. www.jtoler.com.
“LOOKING FOR HOPE” EXHIBIT. On view through April 11 at the Heftler Visiting Artist Gallery, Manninen Center for the Arts, Endicott College, 376 Hale St., Beverly. “Looking for Hope, The New Orleans Drawing Project, 2006-2013” is a solo exhibit by Gloucester artist Jeffrey Marshall. www.endicott.edu/centerforthearts.
“DEPTH OF FIELD.” On view through March 30 at Porter Mill, 95 Rantoul St., Beverly. “Depth of Field: The Photographers of Porter Mill” features the work of 10 Porter Mill artists and celebrates the diversity of photography. www.studiosatportermill.blogspot.com.
“LIVE-WORK.” On view through April 3 at 17 Cox gallery, 17 Cox Court, Beverly. Exhibit is part obstacle course, part Habitrail and part modular home. As both a lacrosse coach and a studio supervisor, artist Amy Archambault is interested in combining the human drive for athleticism and artistic expression. firstname.lastname@example.org, 978-712-8858.
“WATERCOLORS FROM HERE AND AWAY.” On view through March 5 at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 135 Lafayette St., Marblehead. Work by Salem painter Patricia Dunbar. 781-631-4951, email@example.com.
MARBLEHEAD ARTS ASSOCIATION EXHIBIT. On view through March 2 at the Marblehead Arts Association, 8 Hooper St., Marblehead. New England Regional Exhibit features a diversity of style and media from artists throughout New England. 781-631-2608, www.marbleheadarts.org.
SWAMPSCOTT ARTS ASSOCIATION WINTER SHOW. On view through Feb. 28 at Abbot Public Library, 235 Pleasant St., Marblehead. Reception for Swampscott Arts Association’s Winter 2014 Fine Art Exhibit, featuring paintings and photography. 781-631-1481, www.abbotlibrary.org.
TWO-WOMAN ART SHOW. On view through Feb. 27 at the Gallery at Grosvenor Park Nursing Center, Vinnin Square, 7 Loring Hills Ave., Salem. Exhibit features works by Marblehead photographer Karen Hosking and paintings by Salem artist Sheila Farren Billings. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends. 978-741-5700.
“FOCUSING ON THE CHILD.” Special Sundays winter exhibit at the Ipswich Museum, 54 S. Main St., Ipswich, open 2 to 4 p.m. every Sunday (excluding April 20) through April 27. Exhibit explores the lives of children in Ipswich through a variety of paintings, photographs and objects. Family-friendly activities each Sunday will complement the exhibit. Regular first-floor museum rooms will also be open for viewing. Free for Museum members and children, $7 nonmembers and $5 senior citizens. 978-356-2811 or www.ipswichmuseum.org.
“ON EARTH.” An exhibit of paintings by Heather Johnson Reid of Beverly Farms is on view through Thursday, Feb. 27, in the Celebration Hall at St. John’s Church, 705 Hale St., Beverly Farms. Reid’s paintings illustrate New England landscapes. Hall hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 978-927-0229, www.heatherjohnsonreid.
“WOODLAND FELTINGS.” On view through Feb. 28, Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., South Hamilton. Juliana Boyd’s exhibit features 27 pieces that illustrate her love of fabrics, textures and nature, with works done in needle felting, a process involving working unspun wool with a specially designed needle. www.hwlibrary.org.