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Get a peek at selected auction items tonight as The Landing restaurant hosts a Marblehead Festival of Arts' Art Auction Preview Charity Night. As a special treat, a retrospective exhibit from artists Herb Goldberg and Nordia Kay will highlight the event. In addition, 20 percent of dinner proceeds will go to the festival. The event runs from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Landing, 81 Front St., Marblehead. For more information, visit marbleheadfestival.org.
Why do some people do really well in scary situations? Journalist Jeff Wise, author of "Extreme Fear: The Science of Your Mind in Danger," will present a lecture titled "The Upside of Fear" at 7 p.m. at the Peabody Institute Library Main Branch, 82 Main St., Peabody. Wise, a contributing editor at Popular Mechanics and Travel+Leisure, will discuss the benefits of fear and its influence on physical and mental powers. For more information, call 978-531-0100, ext. 10, or visit www.peabodylibrary.org.
Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary naturalist Scott Santino will highlight the world of bird-watching in a free presentation tonight at 7 at the Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St. Those who attend will also learn more about local bird species and their histories. For more information visit www.hwlibrary.org.