NO, WE CAN’T JUST GET ALONG. Wednesday, Jan. 8, 10 a.m., Explorers Lifelong Learning Institute Center, 10 Federal St., Salem. Barbara Anderson, president of Massachusetts Citizens for Limited Taxation, newspaper columnist, and frequent talk show guest, explains why “we cannot just get along with those who are trying to remake our government and society.” Open to all, donations appreciated from non-members attending. www.explorerslli.org or 978-744-0804.
CHRISTMAS TREE BONFIRE. Sunday, Jan. 5, 6 p.m., at Dead Horse Beach, Salem Willows. Free hot chocolate and music. City crews will pick up trees in Salem curbside on Jan. 2 and 3, or you can drop off Christmas trees at the entrance to Dead Horse Beach or bring them to the bonfire on Jan. 5. All decorations and lights should be removed. In case of inclement weather, the bonfire will be held on Monday evening, Jan. 6. Check www.salem.com for rescheduling information.
PEABODY GARDEN CLUB MEETING. Thursday, Jan. 9, 7 p.m., Aviv Woodbridge, community room, 240 Lynnfield St., Peabody. Peabody Garden Club members will create floral centerpieces for a local nursing home at the next meeting. Guests welcome. $5 guest fee may be applied to membership.
FAREWELL TO MAYOR SCANLON. A farewell to Mayor Bill Scanlon will be held Thursday, Jan. 2, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in City Council Chambers, 191 Cabot St., Beverly. Coffee and cake will be served. The reception is open to the public.
SALEM PHILHARMONIC. The Salem Philharmonic Orchestra’s Winter Concert series is celebrating its 110th season with concerts at Salem High School auditorium, 77 Willson St., on Sundays, Jan. 5, 12 and 26, and Feb. 2. Free. Concerts begin at 3 p.m. and will feature diverse programs and guest soloists. The Jan. 12 concert also features the Salem High School Symphony Orchestra. Alan Hawryluk has conducted the orchestra for the past 49 years. On Jan. 5, the soloists are baritone Benjamin Taylor, singing Old American Songs by Aaron Copeland, and violinist Dorothy Chung, performing Symphonie Espagnole by Lalo.