WRITERS SERIES EVENT. Thursday, Nov. 8, 7:30 p.m., Salem State University, Martin Luther King Jr. Room, Ellison Campus Center, 352 Lafayette St. Features Alexandria Peary, Enzo Silon Surin and Ayshia Stephenson. Free. 978-542-7890 or salemstate.edu/arts.
ACCLAIMED POET AND NOVELIST VISIT. Tuesday, Nov. 13, 4 p.m., Endicott College Chapel, 376 Hale St., Beverly. Marge Piercy will read. Reading hosted by professors Doug Holder and Charlotte Gordon. 617-628-2313.
GIRLS NIGHT OUT. Tuesday, Nov. 13, 6 p.m., Kernwood Country Club, 1 Kernwood St., Salem. The JCC of the North Shore’s Girls Night Out program features Rachelle Bergstein, author of “Women From the Ankle Down: The Story of Shoes and How They Define Us.” Vintage clothing expert Jimmy Raye will also be in attendance for conversation, fashion, food and cocktails. Tickets cost $75/person; includes dinner and a signature cocktail. www.jccns.org or 781-631-8330.
TURKEY HUNT TO THE SWAMP WALK. Saturday, Nov. 10, 9:30 a.m., Choate Farm Conservation Area, 401 Locust St., Danvers. With Danvers Bi-Peds. Whoever finds the lucky turkey will win the Sharing and Caring Raffle; half of the raffle goes to the finder and the other half to the Danvers Food Pantry. Refreshments provided. Rain date Nov. 11. 978-777-4661.
NATURE TALES: LIFE IN A LOG. Saturday, Nov. 10, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. Read “A Log’s Life” by Wendy Pfeffer and discover that logs are their own little habitats. Using hand lenses and bug boxes, examine salamanders, fungi and other log dwellers. Led by Kim LoGrasso. For families with children ages 3 to 6. $7/Audubon member, $9/nonmember; $6/child member, $7/child nonmember. Meet in Nature Center. Dress for weather. 978-887-9264 or email@example.com.
THE ART OF NATURE: LATE FALL BIRDS. Saturday, Nov. 10, 1 to 3:30 p.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. Join watercolorist Brenda Sloane to learn about the habits of migrating and nonmigrating birds, then head out onto the sanctuary to see what birds can be found. Return to the Nature Center to create a perspective watercolor painting of birds of choice. For families with children ages 6 to 12. $8/Audubon member, $10/nonmember; $7/child member, $8/child nonmember. All materials provided. Dress for weather. Register at 978-887-9264 or firstname.lastname@example.org.