VERNAL POOL EXPLORATION. Saturday, March 22, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. Join teacher-naturalist Scott Santino for a walk to the wetlands to look for wood frogs and salamanders that use vernal pools to reproduce. Visiting an active vernal pool can be an eye-opening experience. Program for adults. Meet in Nature Center. Dress for weather. $14/Mass Audubon members, $16/nonmembers. Preregistration required at www.massaudubon.org/ipswichriver, or 978-887-9264.
“IS BEEKEEPING FOR YOU?” Sunday, March 23, 9:30 to 11 a.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. Spend the morning with Kate Vandi, sanctuary beekeeper, to learn the basics of beekeeping and the biology behind why bees are so important for sustainability. Learn where to buy equipment and where beekeeping classes are offered locally. Talk about the challenges facing bees today, including the decline of honeybees due to colony collapse and disorder. Take a look at the sanctuary hive, or a demonstration hive if bees are too active. Meet in the barn. Dress for outdoors. $10/Mass Audubon members, $12/nonmembers. Preregistration required at www.massaudubon.org/ipswichriver, or 978-887-9264.
PIZZA AND A MOVIE. Thursday, March 20, 3 to 5 p.m., Abbot Public Library, Meeting Room, 235 Pleasant St., Marblehead. Teens are invited to watch a newly released superhero movie and eat pizza. Bring friends. 781-631-1481, www.abbotlibrary.org.
FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT. Saturday, March 22, 5:30 p.m., JCC, 4 Community Road, Marblehead. Families are invited for pizza, popcorn and a movie. Wear pajamas and bring a favorite stuffed animal. jccns.org.
HAM AND BEAN SUPPER. Saturday, March 22, 5 to 6 p.m., Second Congregational Church, 35 Conant St., Beverly. Menu features two kinds of home-baked beans, ham, coleslaw, rolls and beverage. Home-baked pies are $1.50 per slice. Prices are $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3.50 for children. The building is handicapped-accessible.
SALEM SPRING RESTAURANT WEEK. Salem Chamber of Commerce’s eighth annual Salem Spring Restaurant Week takes place Sunday, March 23, through Thursday, March 27, at 20 restaurants in Salem. Participating restaurants will offer either a prix-fix, two-course dinner menu for $18 or a prix-fix, three-course dinner menu for $28. For details and a list of participating restaurants, visit www.salem-chamber.org. Reservations are encouraged.