BROWN BAG LUNCH. Monday, Nov. 4, noon, Ipswich Museum, 54 S. Main St., Ipswich. Local author Doug Brendel speaks about his cartoon-illustrated book series “Only in Ipswich.” Copies will be available for purchase and autographs. Brendel will also read from his “Outsidah” columns and preview his upcoming book. Free to Ipswich seniors and museum members, $5 nonmembers. http://www.ipswichmuseum.org/calendar.
WORD BUBBLES & THOUGHT BALLOONS: THE GRAPHIC NOVEL AS AN ART FORM. Tuesday, Nov. 5, 7 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., South Hamilton. Montserrat College of Art professors Adam Miller and Blyth Hazen present a brief history of comics and graphic novels, followed by a survey of the artistic styles and sub-genres that make up the growing and evolving art/literary form. Presentation ends with examples of the professors’ work and processes from their own studios, followed by a question and answer session on how to develop a graphic novel from idea to finished product. www.hwlibrary.org.
THE TENANT FARMERS OF HALE HOUSE. Wednesday, Nov. 6, 7 p.m., Beverly Historical Society, 117 Cabot St., Beverly. Historian Ed Brown presents “The Tenant Farmers of Hale House,” which explores an unknown period in one of Beverly’s most historic properties. The “H-men” — Hale Hilton, Peter Hill and Alden Harris — lived in the ancient house with their families, and farmed the land for some 60 years between the last of the Hale family occupants and the property’s conversion to the summer estate of their Bancroft family descendents. Free for Beverly Historical Society members, $5 donation for nonmembers.
Gatherings for learning and discussion
15TH ANNUAL CAREGIVERS CONNECTIONS CONFERENCE. Saturday, Nov. 2, 8:30 to 1:30 p.m., DoubleTree by Hilton Boston North Shore, 50 Ferncroft Road, Danvers. North Shore Alzheimer’s Partnership’s conference features keynote speaker Susan Wornick of WCVB-TV NewsCenter5, and workshops presented by Dr. Buck Woo, director of the Center for Neuropsychology and Memory Disorders; Dr. Mona Sigal, medical director of Nourish Health with Food for Life; and Phyllis DeLaricheliere, regional director of sales at Benchmark Senior Living. Free care for those with Alzheimer’s, provided by Spectrum Adult Day Health to allow caregivers to attend the workshops; an Alzheimer’s virtual tour, presented by Right At Home; a continental breakfast; several vendor booths offering Alzheimer’s related products and information; and more than 30 raffle prizes also available. $10 at the door. Register at http://caregiverconnections.eventbrite.com.