PEABODY PLAYS DAY. Tuesday, Oct. 1, 1 to 4 p.m., Raddin Road Playground, 144 Lynnfield St., Peabody. Peabody Recreation Department and the Torigian Family YMCA present Peabody Plays Day at the new playground to celebrate the city’s recognition as a 2013 Playful City USA community and the grand re-opening of Raddin Road Playground. Event includes games, face painting, DJ, and refreshments provided by Brooksby Farms. Free. Ann Gray, 978-536-7131 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
FAMILY FIESTA. Wednesday, Oct. 2, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Glen Urquhart School, 74 Hart St., Beverly Farms. Children from the Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos orphanage in Mexico will share their culture and music at the second annual Family Fiesta, featuring a Mexican dinner, followed by music and dance performances. $10 admission, $25 per family, includes dinner of quesadillas, rice, beans, chips, salsa, drink. www.gus.org.
“GASLAND II.” Film screening and discussion, Monday, Sept. 30, 7 p.m., First Universalist Society, 211 Bridge St., Salem. North Shore 350.org will screen the movie, a follow-up to his Oscar-nominated “Gasland” by Josh Fox, using his trademark dark humor to take a deeper, broader look at the dangers of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the controversial method of extracting natural gas and oil, now occurring on a global level. Discussion follows. For more information contact Sue at 812-567-3502.
“WHEN EVERYONE WENT TO THE MOVIES.” Tuesday, Oct. 1, 7 p.m., Abbot Public Library, 235 Pleasant St., Marblehead. Media expert Art Singer, author of “Boston’s Downtown Movie Palaces,” presents an illustrated talk celebrating 120 years of film and movie theater history. Filled with memorable pictures, stories and film clips, the presentation will cover Boston’s unique role in the development of the movie business. Singer will discuss the extension of movie theaters beyond the city to outlying communities, including Marblehead’s Warwick Theater. 781-631-1481, www.abbotlibrary.org.
“A PLACE AT THE TABLE” SCREENING. Tuesday, Oct. 1, 7 p.m., St. James Conference Room, enter from parking lot at the corner of Bridge and Flint streets, Salem. The Salem Peace Committee will sponsor. Free. 978-740-9917.