SADIE HAWKINS DINNER DANCE. Saturday, March 8, 7 to 11 p.m., American Legion Post 227, 69 River St., Middleton. Sadie Hawkins dance with music by JK Entertainment, a dinner of chicken or beef, and door prizes. Casual dress. Tickets: suggested donations of $30/person, $50/couple, to benefit the American Legion Post 227 Scholarship Fund. Tickets on sale at the bar.
MARCH TEA, DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION. March Tea, General Israel Putnam Chapter of the DAR, Sunday, March 9, 2 p.m., Judge Samuel Holten House, 171 Holten St., Danvers. Area students, their families, and their teachers will be present as the chapter honors American History Essay Contest winners, grades 5 through 8, Good Citizens nominated by their high school teachers, and Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps awardees. Members Linda Vaughn, Susan Lawrence and Mary Brown will direct the proceedings.
PAINTING CLASS. Four-week painting class, taught by local artist Paula Kulas at the Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St., Peabody, held at 10 a.m. on Fridays, begins March 7. The course will focus on the watercolor works of John Singer Sargent. All materials will be provided. For details and registration, call 978-531-0100, ext. 10, or visit www.peabodylibrary.org.
DRAW ME A STORY: ALPHABETS AND ANIMALS. Annual exhibit on display March 7 to 30, begins with cocktail reception March 7, 6 to 8 p.m., guests asked to bring $10 donation to benefit the Cape Ann Animal Aid. Exhibit features original illustrations by creators of children’s books, many of whom will be on hand and happy to sign books (also at “A Sunday of Sweetness,” on Sunday, March 23, from 1 to 3 p.m.) An exhibit-based activity will be held Friday, March 14, for children preschool and up, who will illustrate their own picture book to take home. Wenham Museum is at 132 Main St. in Wenham, 978-468-2377, www.wenhammuseum.org. Hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for children ages 1 and up. Group rates are available with advance registration.