MARDI GRAS FEAST. Wednesday, March 26, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Swampscott Public Library, 61 Burrill St., Swampscott. Debbie Alsebai of Kidz Cooking presents a Cooks & Books program, during which teens will learn how to prepare chicken gumbo, quick jambalaya and bananas Foster. During the class, Alsebai will read excerpts from books about the history and customs of Mardi Gras. Space is limited to 20 teens. Advance registration required at email@example.com or 781-596-8867.
PEM/PM EVENING PARTY: ARTOPIA. Thursday, March 20, 6 to 9 p.m., Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St., Salem. Explore Salem’s creative scene as local art groups “take over” the museum. Beverly High School’s AP art students exhibit their work, while PEM’s ArtLink participants lead art-making experiences. Free/PEM members and Salem residents with ID, $10/nonmembers at the door. Cash bar and special menu from Hawthorne Hotel available. www.pem.org/calendar, 978-542-1511.
17TH ANNUAL HOME SHOW. Saturday, March 22, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday, March 23, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Marblehead High School, 62 Pleasant St., Marblehead. Marblehead Chamber of Commerce presents its 17th annual Home Show, featuring a wide range of products and providers of home improvement jobs, remodeling, renovating, and homebuying services. Free parking, silent auction, giveaways, family activities and home improvement vendors. Homeowners can have one-on-one consultations with business owners and employees about home needs. Lunch available for purchase. Details at www.marbleheadchamber.org.
A SUNDAY OF SWEETNESS. Sunday, March 23, 1 to 3 p.m., Wenham Museum, 132 Main St., Wenham. Explore the museum’s Spoonful of Sugar exhibit with the character Mary Poppins. Event includes live music, crafts, and book signings with the authors and illustrators featured in the Draw Me a Story exhibit. Included with museum admission; $8 adult, $6 children, free/members. 978-468-2377, www.wenhammuseum.org.
Art exhibits & events
BEA MODISETT: FIELD WORK. Opening reception on Thursday, March 20, 5 to 7 p.m., at Montserrat College of Art’s Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery, 23 Essex St., Beverly. Artist’s talk on Wednesday, March 26, 11:30 a.m., in the Hardie Building, room 201, at Montserrat College of Art, 23 Essex St., Beverly. “Field Work” features paintings by local artist Bea Modisett. http://www.montserrat.edu/galleries/public-programs/index.php