OPEN HOUSE & DEDICATION CEREMONY. Saturday, Nov. 2, 3 p.m., Gassett Fitness Center, O’Keefe Complex, Salem State University, 225 Canal St., Salem. Open house and facility tours at 3 p.m., followed by the Harold E. and Marilyn J. Gassett Fitness and Recreation Center dedication ceremony at 4 p.m. Free. IA_Events@salemstate.edu.
WENHAM MUSEUM SPECTRUM EXPRESS. Sunday, Nov. 3, 9 a.m., Wenham Museum, 132 Main St., Wenham. Families with members on the autism spectrum are invited to enjoy the model trains and museum galleries at a special time. Take a break, have a gluten- and dairy-free snack, and view the special model train artifacts in Burnham Hall. Sponsored by the Danversbank Charitable Foundation, Inc. General admission. www.wenhammuseum.org, 978-468-2377.
WILDLIFE PREPARATIONS FOR WINTER. Sunday, Nov. 3, 1 to 4 p.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. Fall is a time when local animals can find an abundant supply of food, but it is also the last chance they will have to store precious energy resources for winter. Join naturalist Bob Metcalfe to learn about some of the strategies different species use to prepare for the upcoming season of scarcity. Program begins inside where attendees will learn about the ecology of winter preparation, then continues out on the sanctuary to search for wildlife tracks and signs of autumn activities of local wildlife. Program for adults. $25 member, $30 nonmember. Meets in the barn. Dress for weather and wear sturdy footwear. Bring snacks and drinking water. Registration required at www.massaudubon.org or 978-887-9264.
SALEM RESTAURANT WEEK. Sunday, Nov. 3, through Thursday, Nov. 7, at participating restaurants in Salem. Participating restaurants in Salem will offer two-course dinners for $18, three-course dinners for $28, or both. For details and a list of participating restaurants and menus, visit http://salem-chamber.org/salem-restaurant-week-41.html.
WORDCRAFTERS POETRY GROUP. Saturday, Nov. 2, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Peabody Institute Library, West Branch, 603 Lowell St., Peabody. The Wordcrafters Poetry Group, a chapter of the Massachusetts State Poetry Society, will meet. Anyone interested in poetry is welcome. If desired, bring a “How To” poem about how to perform a procedure or activity, no matter how casual. Free admission. Refreshments served. Handicapped-accessible. Beverley, 978-740-3212.