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.