, Salem, MA

April 10, 2014

North Shore Entertainment Calendar

The Salem News

---- — Good causes

LIVE & SILENT AUCTION FUNDRAISER. Thursday, April 10, 6:30 p.m., Essex Agricultural and Technical High School, Alumni Memorial Gymnasium, 562 Maple St., Danvers. Fundraiser to benefit Essex Aggie. Event includes a Taste of the Region, featuring culinary specialties from North Shore-area restaurants. Tickets cost $5 in advance or $10 at the door, payable by cash or check. Shantel Schonour,

ZUMBA DANCE MANIA BENEFIT. Friday, April 11, 6 to 8 p.m., Marblehead High School, 2 Humphrey St., Marblehead. The Marblehead firefighter wives host benefit for families of Boston Fire Department firefighter Michael Kennedy and Lt. Edward Walsh. All proceeds donated to the Boston Fire Credit Union Lieutenant Walsh — Firefighter Kennedy Memorial Fund. Includes local instructors, dancing, singing and fun. $10/person at the door.

BOY SCOUT BREAKFAST. Saturday, April 12, 7 to 11 a.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 96 Main St., Peabody. Boy Scout Troop 88 will hold its annual Breakfast Extravaganza. Pancakes, eggs, omelets, home fries, sausage, bagels, pastries and more. Raffle baskets also available. $7/person. All proceeds support Troop 88’s activities.

ELECTRONICS & APPLIANCES RECYCLING FUNDRAISER. Saturday, April 12, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Winthrop Elementary School, 325 Bay Road, Hamilton. For a nominal fee, electronics and appliances may be dropped off for environmentally safe recycling. Proceeds go to the 2014 Hamilton-Wenham Senior Class Graduation All-Night Event. Heather and Bill MacDonald,

CHILDREN’S CONCERT FUNDRAISER. Sunday, April 13, 10:30 a.m., A&B Burgers, 50 St. Peter St., Salem. Featuring Ben Rudnick and Friends Family Works to benefit Engine 33/Ladder 15 Firehouse on Boylston Street in Boston. Monetary donations will be collected for the families of Lt. Ed Walsh and Firefighter Michael Kennedy, both of whom were killed last month fighting a fire in Boston’s Back Bay. At the concert, children have the opportunity to meet local firefighters from the Salem Fire Department, and get tours of fire trucks. Children are asked to make thank-you cards for the firefighters who fought in last month’s fire, and bring them to the concert for A&B Burgers to send.

COLLEEN RITZER BOWLING TOURNAMENT. Sunday, April 13, 11 a.m., Sunnyside Bowladrome, 176 Water St., Danvers. Tournament to benefit the Colleen E. Ritzer Memorial Scholarship Fund. All are welcome. Participants may create a four-person team or come as a single and be assigned to a team. Prizes awarded. $20/person, $80/team. John Lebrun, 978-968-4355, or Sunnyside Bowling, 978-774-1983.


ME & THEE COFFEEHOUSE. Friday, April 11, 8 p.m., Spuyten Duvyil with Greg Klyma opening at me & thee coffeehouse, located at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 28 Mugford St., Marblehead. $15 in advance, $18 at the door. 781-631-8987,

SPRING POPS AND AUCTION. Saturday, April 12, 7 p.m., Northshore Unitarian Universalist Church, 323 Locust St., Danvers. Event features Danny Titus, a lively and popular musical performer, and an auction with donated items from the congregation and community, certificates for restaurants, museums, and other local attractions and services. Food available for purchase. $10 admission. Proceeds benefit the church’s missions and operations. 978-774-7582,

MIKE TUCKER IN CONCERT. Saturday, April 12, 7:30 p.m., Maple Street Congregational Church, 90 Maple St., Danvers. Concert features the Mike Tucker Organ Trio, with The Jazz Project All Star Band. $15/adults, $10/students and seniors, $5/children under 10. Free to Artist Series sponsors. Tickets available at the door or by calling Linda at 978-774-4510.

Theater & performance

“HEROES.” Salem Theatre Company presents Tom Stoppard’s award-winning comedy on stage through April 12, with performances Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 3 p.m., at 90 Lafayette St., Salem. The play is about war heroes Gustave, Henri and Philippe who plot an escape from their retirement home. General admission is $25, $20 for seniors and $10 for students. Tickets and details are available at or 866-811-4111.

“METAMORPHOSES.” Gordon’s Theatre Arts Department presents “Metamorphoses” by award-winning playwright Mary Zimmerman, on stage Thursday, April 10, Friday, April 11, and Saturday, April 12, in the Margaret Jensen Theatre of the Barrington Center for the Arts, 255 Grapevine Road, Wenham. Under the direction of professor of theatre arts Jeffrey S. Miller, the play explores the tension between the real and the transformational, the human and the mysterious, told through vignettes of classical Greek myth and drawn together by the universal need for water. Details and tickets are available at

MAA COMMUNITY OPEN MIKE NIGHT. Saturday, April 12, 7 to 10 p.m., Marblehead Arts Association, 8 Hooper St., Marblehead. The second of two community open mike nights at the King Hooper Mansion as part of the MAA’s Winter/Spring Program Series. All kinds of music, monologues, spoken word and poetry are welcome. Full PA set up, small drum kit and piano available. Sign-ups begin at 6:30 p.m. $5 suggested donation. 781-631-2608,

Lectures, presentations & discussions

SCIENCE NIGHT. Thursday, April 10, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Nathaniel Bowditch School, 79 Willson St., Salem. Salem Public Schools will host, featuring presentations from various science companies and organizations. 978-740-1290.

THE CAR DOCTOR. Thursday, April 10, 7 p.m., Peabody Institute Library, 15 Sylvan St., Danvers. Join John F. Paul to learn basic car care and how to maximize the life of one’s car. Paul will also discuss hybrid and alternative fuel vehicles, and if they make sense for one’s lifestyle. Details and registration at or 978-774-0554.

ONLINE LEARNING RESOURCES. Friday, April 11, 10 a.m., Explorers Lifelong Learning Institute Center, 10 Federal St., Salem. Ted Novakowski leads an interactive and illustrated presentation about websites that offer free college courses, podcasts, videos, lectures, health information, books and more., 978-744-0804.

1828 DIARY OF CAROLINE WHITTREDGE. Saturday, April 12, 1:30 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., South Hamilton. In 1828, the population of Hamilton was about 700 people, and there were fewer than 150 dwellings in the entire town. There were no trains, trolleys, cars, drugstores or telephones, and the stage coach came by once or twice a day. So, what was going on in this small town? Lots, according to a small diary found in the archives of the Hamilton Historical Society, penned by a young woman. Dallas Bradel, the transcriber of the diary, will speak. Refreshments served. Presented by the Hamilton Historical Society.

“THE CANING.” Monday, April 14, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Beverly Public Library, Sohier Room, 32 Essex St., Beverly. Author and historian Stephen Puleo will talk about the beating of renowned anti-slavery Sen. Charles Sumner by ardent pro-slavery Congressman Preston S. Brooks in the U.S. Senate chamber in May 1856. Puleo’s fifth book, “The Caning: The Assault that Drove America to Civil War,” discusses the event in detail. Part of the Monday Mornings lecture series. Light refreshments served at 9 a.m. Free; open to adults. Handicapped-accessible. 978-921-6062,

EARTH DAYS WEEK PANEL: GREEN BUILDINGS. Monday, April 14, 12:30 to 2 p.m., Salem State University, Ellison Campus Center, Underground Room, 352 Lafayette St., Salem. A panel will discuss “Green Buildings: Sustainability at Salem State University and North Shore Community College” as part of SSU’s Earth Days Week events. Panelists include an SSU administrator; Barbara Ikalainen, green initiatives coordinator, North Shore Community College; and Kevin Bergeron, senior associate, William Rawn Associates, Architects Inc.

GAASP: SALEM AT THE CROSSROADS. Tuesday, April 15, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Salem State University, Ellison Campus Center, MLK Room, 352 Lafayette St., Salem. Video and panel with speakers Jane Bright of HealthLink and Dorian Williams of Better Future Project. The debate over the future new gas plant in Salem: why environmentalists, local and national, are opposed to its construction. Speakers will present a short film and description of all of the negative impacts of the proposed Footprint power plant. Sponsored by HealthLink. Refreshments provided. Part of SSU’s Earth Days Week events.

SEVEN LECTURES AT SEVEN GABLES: BEN STROHECKER. Wednesday, April 16, 6 p.m., The House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby St., Salem. Ben Strohecker, author of “The Day the Ocean Changed to Chocolate,” will speak. Free/Gables members, $15/nonmembers.

“SHOW & TELL” STORYTELLING SERIES. Wednesday, April 16, 7 p.m., Abbot Public Library, 235 Pleasant St., Marblehead. Launch of monthly series hosted by local writer and personal historian Meg Pier. People are invited to share with others the meaning of a treasured personal possession. Bring a photo, object, article of clothing, a letter or other memorabilia from one’s life that may touch the lives of others. Presentations on items for sale will be excluded; this is a story-telling event, only. Each participant gets five minutes of sharing time. 781-631-1481,

BAKER’S ISLAND REVERIE. Wednesday, April 16, 7 p.m., First Church, Cleveland Room, 316 Essex St., Salem. Historian Jim McAllister’s spring lecture series kicks off with a “visit” to Salem’s most inaccessible, mysterious, quirky, historic and naturally beautiful neighborhood. Lecture includes photographs, facts and stories. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. $12 admission, cash or check only., 978-979-5907.

WEDNESDAY EVENING LECTURE. Wednesday, April 16, 7:30 p.m., Ipswich Museum, 54 S. Main St., Ipswich. Mat Perry, co-founder of Turkey Shore Distilleries, takes a new look at the importance of the original American spirit in “Rum, Revolution and Revival.” Free/museum members, $10/nonmembers., 978-356-2811.

Books & poetry

TEEN LITERATURE BOOK CLUB FOR ADULTS. Thursday, April 10, 4 to 5 p.m., Abbot Public Library, Marblehead Room, 235 Pleasant St., Marblehead. Club will meet to discuss Joelle Charbonneau’s novel “The Testing.” New members welcome. 781-631-1481,

PICKERING POETS. A Celebration of National Poetry Month, Sunday, April 13, with Linda Dini Jenkins, 12:30 p.m. chowder lunch, 1 p.m. lecture. Pickering House, 18 Broad St., Salem. Second Sunday Chowder and Lecture Series will look at some work of Henry Pickering (1781-1838), son of Colonel Timothy, a failed banker, an art connoisseur and a poet whose works appeared in the Evening Post and Good Housekeeping. His niece, Mary Orne Pickering (daughter of John VI) was also a poet. Bring a poem to share, yours or someone else’s. $20, $25 nonmembers, reservations required at 978-744-4777 or

FRIENDS OF BEVERLY PUBLIC LIBRARY’S SPRING BOOK SALE. Ongoing through Sunday, April 13, during regular library hours, Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m., 32 Essex St., Beverly. Sale features a large selection of hardcover and paperback books for all ages and tastes. Smaller selection of music and movies also available. All proceeds benefit the library.

LIBRARY BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP. Tuesday, April 15, 10 a.m., Abbot Public Library, Marblehead Room, 235 Pleasant St., Marblehead. Group will discuss M. L. Stedman’s “Light Between Oceans.” New members welcome. 781-631-1481,

“GET TO KNOW THE FESTIVAL POETS.” Program will discuss the work of poets who will be featured at the Massachusetts Poetry Festival, which will be held in Salem from May 2 to 4. Led by poet and Salem State University Professor Jennifer Jean, the next meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 15, at 12:30 p.m. at the Peabody Institute Library Main Branch, 82 Main St., Peabody. The poets discussed will be: April 15, Li-Young Li; April 22, Susan Rich; and April 29, Cornelius Eady. 978-531-0100, ext. 10, or

POETS NIGHT. Tuesday, April 15, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Middleton Senior Center, 39 Maple St., Middleton. Middleton Arts Association presents, with guest readers, including members and friends of the Massachusetts State Poetry Society, Wordcrafters, North Shore Poets Forum, and the Middleton Arts Association. Public welcome to share favorite poems or original poetry. Free admission. Refreshments served. Handicapped-accessible. Beverley, 508-843-9526.

EVENING BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP. Tuesday, April 15, 7:30 to 8:45 p.m., Beverly Public Library, Fogg Room, 32 Essex St., Beverly. Group will discuss “Behind the Beautiful Forevers” by Katherine Boo. New members welcome. Handicapped-accessible. Discussion titles available at checkout desk; contact reference staff for availability of alternate formats (CD or download). 978-921-6062,

Nature-inspired events

AMAZING AMPHIBIANS. Saturday, April 12, 1:30 to 3 p.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. Learn about the life cycles of frogs, toads and salamanders, then search the sanctuary’s wetlands and woodlands for amphibians on the move. With luck, participants may catch some. Head to the vernal pool to find large masses of wood frogs and spotted salamander eggs. Meet in Nature Center. Dress for weather. Open to families with children ages 6 and up. Members, $7 adult, $6 child; nonmembers, $9 adult, $7 child. Preregistration required at 978-887-9264 or

MEET THE BABY CHICKS. Saturday, April 12, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Green Meadows Farm, 656 Asbury St., Hamilton. Children of all ages are invited to meet the baby chicks at the farm. Mrs. Green will also lead a children’s scavenger hunt. Free. 978-468-2277.

FLY-FISHING WORKSHOP. Tuesday, April 15, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., South Hamilton. Capts. Derek Spingler and Nat Moody teach and demonstrate the fundamentals of fresh and salt water fly-fishing and casting. Time for attendees to try casting. Topics covered include fly rod selection, reels, lines, fly selection for salt and fresh, knot tying and leader designs. Space is limited; registration is required at 978-468-5577 or Funded by the Friends.

SPYING ON SPRING PEEPERS. Saturday, April 12, 7 to 9 p.m., The Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich. In the early evening darkness, attendees will quietly make their way through the dunes to the bogs and puddles that serve as breeding pools for tiny frogs, and hope to catch a glimpse of them as they call to find a mate. The chorus of the spring peepers means winter is finally coming to an end; these creatures are among the very first to call and breed in the spring. TTOR members: $8/adult, $4/child; nonmembers: $10/adult, $5/child. Details and reservations at, or 978-356-4351, ext. 4052.

FULL MOON AND FOLKLORE HIKE. Tuesday, April 15, 8 to 10 p.m., The Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich. According to “The Farmer’s Almanac,” April’s Full Pink Moon heralds the appearance of the moss pink, or wild ground phlox—one of the first spring flowers. It is also known as the Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon and the Fish Moon. Bring your own fun facts and folklore to share around the bonfire at the end of the hike. $15/Trustees members, $20/nonmembers. Program suggested for ages 13 and older. Details and reservations at, or 978-356-4351, ext. 4052.


“THE J STREET CHALLENGE.” Thursday, April 10, 7 p.m., Temple Ner Tamid, 368 Lowell St., Peabody. Community invited to watch the premiere of a movie that examines the rise of a well-funded activist organization with a powerful marketing effort and an idealistic message that appeals to many frustrated by the Middle East conflict. Film presents commentary and analyses from a wide political spectrum. Panel discussion will follow. Free; RSVP to Susan Feinstein at 978-740-4431 or Walk-ins welcome.

FILM DISCUSSION GROUP. Thursday, April 10, 7 p.m., Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St., Peabody. Group will discuss “The Seventh Seal.” The art of filmmaking is discussed, as well as the current trends and historical contexts that drive the creation of the selected film. View film prior to discussion. 978-531-0100, ext. 10, or

“GREEN MARKETING: HOW GREEN IS IT?” Tuesday, April 15, 12:15 to 1:30 p.m., Salem State University, Ellison Campus Center, MLK Room, 352 Lafayette St., Salem. Screening is part of SSU’s Earth Days Week events. Film investigates the world of self-styled green marketing.

“FIERCE GREEN FIRE: THE BATTLE FOR A LIVING PLANET.” Wednesday, April 16, 10:50 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Salem State University, Ellison Campus Center, MLK Room, 352 Lafayette St., Salem. Narrated by Robert Redford, Ashley Judd, Van Jones, Isabel Allende and Meryl Streep, the film chronicles the history of the environmental movement — grass-roots and global activism spanning 50 years from conservation to climate change. Part of SSU’s Earth Days Week.

Fairs & fests

SCHOOL CRAFT FAIR. Saturday, April 12, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., McCarthy School, 76 Lake St., Peabody. Fair features more than 50 vendors, children’s crafts, raffles and more. Free admission. All proceeds support the students at McCarthy School.

SPRING FESTIVAL. Saturday, April 12, at the Peabody Veterans Memorial High School, 485 Lowell St., Peabody. Peabody Recreation, Parks & Forestry Department’s Spring Festival features an egg hunt (bring a basket or bag), tie dyeing (bring a shirt), egg dyeing and decorating, sack races and field games, and pictures with the Easter bunny. Egg hunts begin at 10 a.m. for ages 1 to 3; 10:30 a.m. ages 4 to 6; and 11 a.m. ages 7 and up. Admission is a $2 to $5 suggested donation. Rain date, Sunday, April 13. Preregistration required at

SPRING CELEBRATION FOR CHILDREN. Wednesday, April 16, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Field House, Post Center, Endicott College, 376 Hale St., Beverly. For all Beverly-area families with children up to age 10. Meet in the Field House for food, games, crafts and a special visit from the Easter Bunny. All participants will receive a goody bag as part of an activity fair in lieu of an Easter egg hunt. Free admission. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Office of Residence Life, 978-232-2141.

Art lectures, exhibits & events

RECEPTION & PRESENTATION: “NEW VOICES, UNIQUE VISIONS.” Thursday, April 10, 5 p.m., Endicott College, 376 Hale St., Beverly. “New Voices, Unique Visions: AIGA Boston Presents The Best of the Student Design Community 2014.” Reception with artists from 5 to 7 p.m., in the Carol Grillo Gallery. Lecture/presentation by Jan Moscowitz titled “Inspiration + Motivation = Innovation,” from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Rose Performance Hall. Free.

ANDY WARHOL’S CONTEMPORARIES. Thursday, April 10, 7 p.m., Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St., Salem. As part of the Athenaeum’s Pop Art Series, Cynthia Fowler will guide attendees through the works of Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg and James Rosenquist, and the women of Pop Art, including Chryssa, Rosalyn Drexler and Faith Ringgold. $10/members, $15/nonmembers, free/students with ID. 978-744-2540,

SLOW ART DAY. Saturday, April 12, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Peabody Essex Museum, Atrium and galleries, 161 Essex St., Salem. Grass-roots event with a simple mission: help more people discover the joy of looking at and loving art. Come early to explore suggested works, then join others for lunch at 1 p.m. to talk about what was seen and felt. Details and registration at

MAA GALLERY TALK. Saturday, April 12, 2 to 4 p.m., Marblehead Arts Association, King Hooper Mansion Gallery, 8 Hooper St., Marblehead. Exhibiting photographer Peter Morris will discuss his book, “Around the World in Eighty Boarding Passes,” which encompasses the travel photography and photojournalism in his exhibit “Photographs from Interesting Places: Right Place, Right Time.” On view through April 20. Free. Part of MAA’s Winter/Spring Series.

PUBLIC RECEPTION. Sunday, April 13, 2 to 4 p.m., Abbot Public Library, Carten Gallery, 235 Pleasant St., Marblehead. Reception for “Songs: Photographs by Karen Gourley Lehman,” on view through April 24. Exhibit features photographs that represent the past 15 years of the artist’s work, with the majority of the prints from the last 10 years. The images in the photographs are from all over the world. 781-631-1481,

“SEEING BEYOND THE LENS.” Sunday, April 13, 2 p.m., Marblehead Arts Association, 8 Hooper St., Marblehead. Exhibiting artist Deborah Martin Kao, chief curator of the Harvard Art Museums and C.L. Martin’s daughter, presents an illustrated talk about how artists have used the seeming objectivity of the photographic medium to test the malleability and the contingency of what is true and what is real through the creation of defiantly allegorical works of art. Kao uses C.L.’s exhibition “Surface Tension” as a point of departure. Part of MAA’s Winter/Spring Series. 781-631-2608,

SPECIAL SUNDAY: “FOCUSING ON THE CHILD.” Sunday, April 13, 2 to 4 p.m., Ipswich Museum, 54 S. Main St., Ipswich. Storyteller Sharon Grimes returns with fun for all ages as part of the museum’s winter exhibit, which features objects, images, family-friendly activities and a “Kid’s Corner” with modern and reproduction toys for hands-on play. First-floor rooms open for viewing. Free to members and children.; $7 nonmembers, $5 seniors., 978-356-2811.

“REMAKING OUR SAD WORLD.” Monday, April 14, 11:30 a.m., Montserrat College of Art, Hardie Building, room 201, 23 Essex St., Beverly. Greg Cook, an artist and professor at Montserrat College of Art, presents a talk called “Remaking Our Sad World: From Community Activism to World-Building.” An exhibit of Cook’s work, titled “The Saddest Forest on Earth,” is on view through April 18 in Frame 301 Gallery. Free.

FINE ARTS IV SENIOR THESIS RECEPTION. Wednesday, April 16, 5 to 8 p.m., Montserrat College of Art, 301 Gallery, 301 Cabot St., Beverly. “Seeking Solidarity” features the work of Montserrat seniors Angela Gravel, Chelsea Nee, Kaitlyn Lampe, Chelsea Stewart, Claire Fenwick, Shoshana Browne-Gaiero and Jason Fandel. The seventh senior exhibition in a weekly series of receptions. On view through April 18., 978-867-9624,

FINE ARTS V SENIOR THESIS RECEPTION. Wednesday, April 16, 5 to 8 p.m., Mingo Gallery & Custom Framing, 284 Cabot St., Beverly. “AHA!” features the work of Montserrat seniors Aubrey Gauthier, Haley Vessey and Amanda Hawkins. The eighth senior exhibition in a weekly series of receptions. On view through April 25., 978-867-9624.

PLEIN-AIR PAINTINGS. On view throughout April at the Stetson Art Gallery, Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead, 28 Mugford St., Marblehead. “Places I’ve been, Things that I’ve seen, A collection of paintings by Bill Cloutman,” an exhibit by Marblehead native and Salem resident William S. Cloutman. Gallery hours are weekdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., (Mondays, 1 p.m.) and during church events at other times. or

SCULPTURES IN WOOD. Exhibit, “Sculptures in Wood: Students of Joseph Wheelwright,” on view through April 19, at ArcWorks Community Art Center, 22 Foster St., Peabody. Free., 978-531-7146.

SUSAN DODGE EXHIBIT. Paintings and prints by Salem artist and Marblehead native Susan Dodge are on view in the lobby of the Salem Theatre Company, 90 Lafayette St., Salem, during the showing of “Heroes” through April 12.

WATERCOLORS BY ANN JONES. On view through April at Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., South Hamilton. Exhibit features watercolor paintings of local landscapes, as well as landscapes from her travels to England, Nova Scotia and Egypt.


MEMORY CAFE. Thursday, April 10, 2 to 4 p.m., Wenham Museum, 132 Main St., Wenham. Persons with memory loss and their caregivers are invited. Reduced admission. 978-468-2337,

AUTISM EATS. Thursday, April 10, 6 to 8:30 p.m., The Recreational Education Center, 83 Pine St., No. 102, Peabody. REC sponsors second autism-friendly dinner event for families. Relaxed and fun space where REC support staff will assist children and young adults as they explore and play. Buffet dinner during which families will be able to mingle with others. Free admission to children. Visit for details and tickets.

BREAKFAST WITH THE EASTER BUNNY. Saturday, April 12, 9 to 10:30 a.m., Northshore Mall, 210 Andover St., Peabody. Mall and the Simon Kidgits Club present Breakfast with the Easter Bunny. Event includes craft-making activities, raffle prizes and breakfast with the Easter Bunny. Free admission to Kidgits Club members; nonmembers may register at the event for $5.

ANNUAL EGG DECORATING & OPEN HOUSE. Saturday, April 12, 10 a.m. to noon, Cape Ann Waldorf School, 701 Cabot St., Beverly. Families are invited to school’s annual egg decorating open house. Early childhood classrooms will be open for any parents interested in learning more about the school’s programs. Small fee for supplies. RSVP to Kelly Hiselman at 978-927-1936.

DADS AND DONUTS. Saturday, April 12, 11 a.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., South Hamilton. Celebrate dance and dinosaurs with a reading of “Brontorina” and other stories, especially for dads with children ages 2 and older. Morning concludes with coloring, snacks and social time. Moms are always invited. Free.

CARING BUNNY. Sunday, April 13, 9:30 to 11 a.m., Northshore Mall, 210 Andover St., Peabody. Many steps will be taken to reduce sensory triggers and create a subdued and comforting environment for children to visit with the Easter Bunny. For details and registration, visit

STORY TRAILS: SEEDS OF ART. Sunday, April 13, 2 to 3 p.m., Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St., Salem. Follow the seasons with a fanciful plant guardian in “Miss Maple’s Seeds” by Eliza Wheeler, then get ready to celebrate Earth Day by creating seed-infused paper to take home. Meet at information desk. For children ages 5 to 8 with an adult. Tickets available day of program.

FAMILY BOARD GAME NIGHT. Wednesday, April 16, 4:30 to 5:30 and 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., South Hamilton. Stop by to engage in some old-fashioned family fun. An assortment of games will be available to play as a family; stay for a few minutes or a whole hour.

Open houses & tours

SHOP MIDDLETON OPEN HOUSE. Saturday, April 12, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Fuller Meadow School cafeteria, 143 S. Main St., Middleton. The Middleton Board of Trade hosts, featuring a Buy Local Raffle, product offerings, refreshments, coupons and demonstrations from Middleton businesses in attendance. Raffle winner announced at the conclusion of the event.

SPRING OPEN HOUSE. Saturday, April 12, 3 to 6 p.m., Montserrat College of Art, 23 Essex St., Beverly. See what students are working on, meet the artists, their parents, and faculty and staff., 978-921-4242, ext. 1153,

AQUACULTURE LAB TOUR. Wednesday, April 16, 10 to 11 a.m. and 2 to 3 p.m., meet at Cat Cove, 92 Fort Ave., Salem. Tour organized by Professor J. Buttner. Part of SSU’s Earth Days Week.

For parents

EARLY LITERACY ACTIVITIES: IT’S NOT JUST BOOKS. Thursday, April 10, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., South Hamilton. Led by Lisa Davis, speech pathologist of Cape Ann Early Intervention, and Lorraine Der. Designed for learning about a range of early literacy activities. Register with Davis at 978-468-5489 or

STAYING SAFE IN A WIRELESS WORLD. Thursday, April 10, 7 to 9 p.m., Cohen Hillel Academy, 6 Community Road, Marblehead. Parents are invited to learn about issues and risks children face online and strategies for talking with children and keeping them safe on computers and mobile devices. Program presented by Marje Monroe and Doug Fodeman, co-founders of Children Online. Free; RSVPs appreciated at 781-639-2880.

SPEAKER PRESENTATION. Saturday, April 12, 1 p.m., Beverly School for the Deaf, 6 Echo Ave., Beverly. Beth Maloney, an attorney, advocate and author, will speak about her two-year fight against the medical establishment to prove the link between infection-triggered PANDAS and her son’s sudden-onset obsessive compulsive disorder and Tourette’s syndrome. Hosted by TACA, Talk About Curing Autism Massachusetts Chapter. Free; RSVP to Mary Romaniec at

PARENTING IN THE DIGITAL AGE. Tuesday, April 15, 7 p.m., Ipswich High School Performing Arts Center, 130 High St., Ipswich. Ipswich Special Education Parents Advisory Council kicks off its free, townwide program for every parent who is struggling with the issue of parenting children in the digital age. Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair, a noted psychologist, will speak. All Ipswich-area parents and educators are encouraged to participate.