RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE. Friday, Oct. 28, 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Community House, 284 Bay Road, Hamilton. www.givelife.org.
COMMUNITY BREAKFAST. Saturday, Oct. 29, 8 to 11 a.m., Masonic Hall, 20 Washington St., Beverly. Menu will feature all-you-can-eat apple-cinnamon, blueberry and plain pancakes; scrambled eggs; sausage; and all the fixings.
APPLIANCE AND ELECTRONIC RECYCLING EVENT. Saturday, Oct. 29, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Masconomet Regional School parking lot, 20 Endicott Road, Topsfield. Local residents can drop off broken and outdated electronic items and appliances. Recycling fees range from $5 to $25. All event proceeds support scholarships for Masco music students. Parents and students are available to pick up items prior to event and help unload cars. Arrange a pickup at 978-352-7315.
ELECTRONIC RECYCLING FUNDRAISER. Saturday, Oct. 29, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Ipswich Middle School parking lot, 130 High St., Ipswich. Computers, keyboards, copy/fax machines, phones, cameras, DVD players, stereos, VCRs, walkmans, microwaves, air conditioners, refrigerators, freezers, dehumidifiers, hot water tanks and heaters, washing machines, dryers, stoves, and dishwashers accepted. $25 donation for TVs over 32 inches and $20 for all other TVs. Out-of-town residents welcome. Hosted by the Ipswich High School girls softball team. 978-590-0043.
DELUXE PANCAKE BREAKFAST. Sunday, Oct. 30, 8 to 11:30 a.m., Vittori Rocci Post, 143 Brimbal Ave., Beverly. Menu includes applesauce, juice, sausage, ham, scrambled eggs, baked beans, coffee, tea and unlimited pancakes. $4/adult donation, $3/children. Proceeds benefit the Veteran's Aid Fund. Handicapped-accessible. 978-927-2103.
Concerts and music
RICARDO MONZON WORKSHOP AND CONCERT. Thursday, Oct. 27, 6 p.m., Endicott College, Rose Performance Hall, 376 Hale St., Beverly. Ricardo Monzon, Berklee professor, percussionist and drummer specializing in Latin rhythms, jazz and pop/rock, will present an informal workshop inspiring attendees to play. A concert will follow featuring Monzon with colleagues from Berklee and Endicott students. $10/general, free/Endicott College ID holders. 978-232-2250 or www.endicott.edu/centerforthearts.
SORELLANZA: SISTERS IN SONG. Friday, Oct. 28, 7:30 p.m., First Parish Church, 225 Cabot St., Beverly. Sorellanza, Sisters in Song, an a cappella chorus, will present a concert featuring an eclectic mix of songs from many ages and genres. $12/tickets. 978-281-2297.
"LEFT & RIGHT." Friday, Oct. 28, at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m., St. Peter's Church, 24 St. Peter St. Created by Salem State alum Jay Pension and Salem resident Nathaniel Punches, "Left & Right" is an interactive comedy show about conjoined twins on the search for love. "Left & Right" was created over the past year by the two recent graduates as a school project and has been picked up by fringe festivals and theaters in the New England area. Tickets can be ordered by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 617-816-3204.
WIND ENSEMBLE & SYMPHONIC BAND CONCERT. Saturday, Oct. 29, 7 to 9 p.m., A.J. Gordon Memorial Chapel, 255 Grapevine Road, Wenham. The annual Gordon Wind Ensemble concert will feature the talents of current Gordon students and local community members. Concert will include marches and concert pieces conducted by David W. Rox, director of bands. $10/general, $5/seniors. www.gordon.edu/event.cfm?iEventID=1546.
ELAN DUO FUNDRAISER. Sunday, Oct. 30, 3 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, 28 Mugford St., Marblehead. 15-year-old violinist Nash Ryder and harpist Anna Deloi will perform. Duo works to support a community/school organization called musiConnects of Boston; concert will benefit the organization. They are both working with the Center for the Development of Arts Leaders sponsored by NPR's "From the Top." Donations appreciated. 207-939-7174.
SDLqLIZZY, DARCY AND JANE." Thursday, Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 28, 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 29, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m., Margaret Jensen Theatre, Barrington Center for the Arts, Gordon College, 255 Grapevine Road, Wenham. A play by Joanna Norland, directed by Jeffrey S. Miller. A riveting look into the mind of Jane Austen. Tickets range $5 to $10. 978-867-3400 or www.gordon.edu/theatreschedule.
Storytelling and literature
GROUNDBREAKING AMERICAN POETRY. Lecture and Discussion Series, Tuesday, Nov. 1, 10:30 a.m., Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St., Peabody. This week, lecture and discussion series will focus on Collected Sonnets by Edna St. Vincent Millay, presented by professor Dawn Paul, Montserrat College. Read books prior to discussion; copies available through the library. Registration required. 978-531-0100, ext. 10, or www.peabodylibrary.org.
SVEN BIRKERTS. Wednesday, Nov. 2, 7:30 p.m., Jenks Library, Room 237, Gordon College, 255 Grapevine Road, Wenham. Princemere Writers Series. Free. Literary critic Sven Birkerts' new book of essays, "The Other Walk" (Graywolf Press), was released last month. He edits AGNI and directs the graduate Bennington Writing Seminars.
"REMEMBRANCE — THE PINK CHAIR PROJECT." Solo exhibition by Georgetown artist Lynne Schulte, Topsfield Public Library, 1 S. Common St., Topsfield, Nov. 1 to 29, with reception Friday, Nov. 4, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Show celebrates the memory of the artist's mother through the figure of an Adirondack chair painted bright pink and placed in various locations with special meaning to mother and daughter. There is a blog on the show at http://pinkchairpaintings.blogspot.com/. Interactive component at the exhibit, giving visitors a chance to post names of loved ones and tell their story. A portion of each sale will be donated to childhood cancer research. 978-887-1528.
FALL SHOW OPENING. Friday, Oct. 28, 7 to 9 p.m., Danvers Art Association, 105 Elliott St., Danvers. The Fall Show will hold its opening reception. Exhibit runs on Oct. 29 and 30 and Nov. 5 and 6, from noon to 4 p.m. 978-777-8501.
REFLECTIONS OF LIGHT AND COLOR. A solo exhibit by Gloucester artist Lucette White, in Heftler Visiting Artist Gallery at the Center for the Arts, Endicott College, 376 Hale St., Beverly, from Nov. 3 to Jan. 11, 2012. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. Reception on Thursday, Nov. 3, from 5 to 7 p.m. Reception and exhibition are free. Paintings, collage, drawings, watercolors and sculpture. 978-232-2655 or email@example.com. Visit www.endicott.edu/centerforthearts.
FALL OPEN HOUSE. Saturday, Oct. 29, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Beverly Historical Society and Museum, 117 Cabot St., Beverly. Last day of the season for the Balch House and Hale Farm. Cabot House will feature live steam demonstrations, Wilbur Frey models and tours of the Walker Collection; Hale Farm will feature family fun, music and puppets with Rocking Randy; and Balch House visitors will learn about David Balch's encounter with witches. Free. www.beverlyhistory.org.
FOURTH ANNUAL NORTH SHORE BAZAAR. Sunday, Oct. 30, 1 to 4 p.m., Community Covenant Church, 33 Lake St., Peabody. Bazaar will celebrate fair trade and local economies. More than 20 vendors of local food and arts and crafts will be present. Fair trade merchandise from around the globe will be available for purchase. 978-535-5321 or www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=231846510199567.
WALKING TOUR OF DOWNTOWN SALEM. Thursday, Oct. 27, 3 to 5 p.m., Salem commuter rail station, 252 Bridge St., Salem. Tour will walk through historic downtown Salem and will teach participants about Salem's strategy to encourage redevelopment and connect the city with the waterfront. Tour ends at the Salem Farmers' Market. Part of the "MetroFuture Walks and Talks" series. Free. Meet at the kiosk at the base of the stairway with the map of downtown. www.metrofuture.org; 617-451-2770, ext. 2075; or firstname.lastname@example.org.
FRIENDS OF DANVERS DOG PARK. Meeting, Tuesday, Nov. 1, 6 p.m., People's United Bank community room, 1 Conant St., Danvers. Fundraising ideas and volunteers are needed. www.danversdogpark.com/.
COMEDIAN JO KOY. Friday, Oct. 28, 8 p.m., Salem State University, O'Keefe Center, 225 Canal St., Salem. Koy has appeared on "The Tonight Show," "Jimmy Kimmel Live" and "Chelsea Lately." Members of audience must be at least 18 years old unless accompanied by an adult. Tickets are $15 at mktix.com/sspc or at the Program Council Office, room 217, Ellison Campus Center (352 Lafayette St., Salem) between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. 978-542-6445.
NOSFERATU. Sunday, Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m., First Universalist Society, 211 Bridge St., Salem. Nosferatu, the classic 1922 silent vampire film screened with an original score played live by Klezmorim Vampires, a quintet of musicians from Boston and Philadelphia. $10/person. 215-243-2283 or www.nosferatu2011.com.
"COLLAPSE." Tuesday, Nov. 1, 7 p.m., St. James Conference Room, corner of Bridge and Flint streets, Salem. The Salem Peace Committee will screen "Collapse." Michael Ruppert details his theories about the inexorable link between energy depletion and the collapse of the economic system. Also, Ruppert discusses how political propaganda by big businesses will lead to human extinction. Free. 978-740-9917.
SALEM WITCH HUNT: EXAMINE THE EVIDENCE. Film viewing and symposium. Thursday, Nov. 3, 7 p.m. Interpretive film about the 1692 Salem Witch Trials is based on the most recent scholarly research of the causes, events and aftermath of these famous trials. Presented by the Essex National Heritage Commission (Essex Heritage), National Park Service Visitor Center in Salem, 2 New Liberty St., Salem. Light refreshments will be served in the lobby. Tickets available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Essex Heritage members $12/nonmembers $15 at www.essexheritage.org/salemwitchhunt or 978-740-0444.
HAUNTED HAPPENINGS. Salem's Halloween festival, with daily events including theater, haunted cruises, tours, carnival, beer garden, storytelling and more. Ends Halloween night with 10 p.m. fireworks display. Complete listing of events at hauntedhappenings.org.
SCARY HALLOWEEN TALES. Thursday, Oct. 27, 3:30 p.m., Ipswich Public Library, Children's Room, 25 N. Main St., Ipswich. Storyteller Sharon Grimes will weave scary tales for the Halloween season. Appropriate for children ages 8 and older. Children must be registered at 978-412-8713.
DOWNTOWN BEVERLY TRICK OR TREAT. Thursday, Oct. 27, 4 to 6 p.m., Cabot and Rantoul streets. Merchants will hand out candy to children in costume ages 12 and younger as part of Beverly Main Streets' annual Halloween Trick or Treat event. Look for the orange flier in the windows of participating businesses. www.beverlymainstreets.org.
MARBLEHEAD TRICK OR TREAT NIGHT. Thursday, Oct. 27, 6 p.m., Marblehead business district. Families can trick or treat, and enjoy treats, savings and extended shopping hours at participating businesses. Also, the Marblehead Museum and Marblehead Family Fund will host a pumpkin illumination from 5 to 7:30 p.m., in the Lee Mansion Gardens; $3/person, $10/family. Drop off carved pumpkins for judging from 2 to 4 p.m. Trick or treat details, 781-631-2868. Pumpkin illumination details, 781-631-1768.
JOIN THE SPIRITS AT HALE FARM. Thursday, Oct. 27, 5, 6 and 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 28, 5, 6 and 7 p.m. Beverly Historical Society and Museum, 39 Hale St., Beverly. Take a lantern tour to learn about the Rev. John Hale and his role in the witchcraft hysteria and join local historians on a walk to Abbot Street Cemetery and hear more true witch tales. $10/nonmembers, $7/Beverly Historical Society members. Capacity is limited; reservations required at email@example.com or 978-922-1186.
HAUNTED HALLOWEEN PARTY. Friday, Oct. 28, 3:30 to 5 p.m., Ipswich Museum, 54 S. Main St., Ipswich. Party will feature Halloween crafts, pumpkin decorating, scarecrow building, spooky storytelling, costume parade, fall treats, haunted house and more. Rain or shine. $5/child. 978-356-2811 or www.ipswichmuseum.org.
HALLOWEEN HAPPENINGS. Friday, Oct. 28, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 29, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. For families with children ages 5 to 10. Guided walks along Halloween trail leave every 15 minutes. Allow an hour and a half for total program. Refreshments served. Costumes welcome; dress warmly. $8/members, $9/nonmembers. Advanced registration and payment required; no walk-ins. 978-887-9264 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
JOPPA FLATTS HALLOWEEN BASH. Saturday, Oct. 29, 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., Village Green, Route 1, Danvers. Cash prizes, free buffet. www.joppaflatts.com.
HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR. Saturday, Oct. 29, 6 to 8 p.m., Sterling YMCA, 254 Essex St., Beverly. Event includes games, snacks, arts and crafts, face-painting, dancing, and a Haunted Walk. Dress up as a favorite Halloween character, or simply enjoy other people's costumes. All ages welcome. $5/members ages 18 and older, $3/members ages 5 to 17, $8/nonmembers ages 18 and older, $5/nonmembers ages 5 to 17, and free for children under 2. 978-564-3929 or email@example.com.
PUMPKIN CONTEST. Saturday, Oct. 30, and Monday, Oct. 31, Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead, 28 Mugford St., Marblehead. Everyone in town may participate in Great Jack-O-Lantern Display on the church lawn. Visitors may vote for favorite pumpkin ($1 for one vote). Winner announced Nov. 1. Or come and carve your creation at the church at a Halloween Bash on Oct. 30, 5 to 7 p.m., where there will be carving tools, cookie decorating, apple-on-a-string-eating contest and more. Bring a pumpkin, but there may be extras on hand.
WITCHES ROOST. Sunday, Oct. 30, 2 to 4 p.m., Gould Barn, Topsfield Common. Topsfield Historical Society will host its annual Witches Roost Halloween party for children. Event includes games, a scavenger hunt, pumpkin picking, face-painting and treats. Children are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes. Recommended for children ages 8 and under. Free. 978-887-3998 or www.topsfieldhistory.org.
CASH FOR CANDY. Tuesday, Nov. 1, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Highland Dental group, 100 Highland Ave., Suite 103, Salem. Children can bring their Halloween candy to the office and in exchange receive $1 for each pound. Candy collected will be sent to troops serving overseas, along with toothbrushes. For every pound of candy collected, $10 will be donated to Toys for Tots. 978-740-5135.
Lectures, discussions and demonstrations
"CONTEMPORARY INNOVATION AND ITS INCREASING IMPORTANCE TO PROSPECTS FOR GROWTH." Thursday, Oct. 27, 7 to 9 p.m., Ken Olsen Science Center, Gordon College, 255 Grapevine Road, Wenham. A nationally recognized economist, former CEO and current adjunct professor at Gordon College, Dr. Robert Gough, will present. Free. www.gordon.edu.
DEVELOPMENT OF THE ITALIAN COMMUNITY IN BEVERLY FARMS. Thursday, Oct. 27, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Beverly Farms Public Library, Conrad Room, 24 Vine St., Beverly. The Beverly Farms Historic Project will feature an illustrated lecture by Nancy Coffey on "The Development of the Italian Community in Beverly Farms." Following the presentation, audience members can share their stories. All are welcome. 978-922-2513.
ARCHAEOLOGY LECTURE. Thursday, Oct. 27, 7 to 9 p.m., Topsfield Town Library, 1 S. Common St., Topsfield. Archaeologist Dr. Suanna Crowley will discuss the recent archaeological and environmental studies taken at the site of Seneca Village in New York City. Explore the hidden history of New York City and of the freed slaves and servants who established a community prior to the Civil War. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org.
LIVING WITH A CHRONIC CONDITION. Thursday, Oct. 27, 10:30 a.m., Topsfield Council on Aging, 1 Great Hill Drive, Topsfield. Melinda Grieco, cardiac specialist/Telehealth coordinator at Northeast HomeCare, will present "Living With a Chronic Condition: How Telehealth Can Help." Free. 978-887-1523.
"HALLOWEEN'S MAGICAL HERBS." Monday, Oct. 31, 9:30 a.m., Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St., Beverly. The "Monday Mornings" program will feature florist Betsy Williams and her presentation of ancient stories and legendary powers of the herbs of Halloween. Free. Light refreshments served at 9 a.m. Handicapped-accessible. 978-921-6062 or email@example.com.
LE GRAND DAVID. An Anthology of Stage Magic at the Larcom Theatre, 13 Wallis St., Beverly, Thursday, Oct. 27, at 7:30 p.m., and Le Grand David and His Own Spectacular Magic Company, 286 Cabot St., Beverly, Sunday, Oct. 30, at 3 p.m. Children $15, adults $26. 978-927-3677.
MAGICIAN EVAN NORTHRUP. 40-minute show for all ages featuring sleight of hand, escapism, levitation and other magical surprises. Oct. 27, 28 and 29, with performances at 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the STC Theater, 90 Lafayette St., Salem. Tickets for all performances are $10 and are available online at www.salemtheatre.com or can be reserved for pick up prior to each performance by calling 978-790-8546 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The STC Box Office accepts cash or check only. Online ticketing ends 24 hours in advance of each performance.
CHIANTI JAZZ LOUNGE. Thursday, Oct. 27, 9 p.m. to midnight, Akachic Record; Friday, Oct. 28, 9 p.m. to midnight, Blue Bop; Saturday, Oct. 29, 9 p.m. to midnight, Paul Lieberman; Sunday, Oct. 30, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m, Whose Muddy Shoes; Monday, Oct. 31, 9 p.m. to midnight, Chianti Halloween Party, featuring Dub Apocalypse. 285 Cabot St., Beverly. 978-921-2233 or www.chiantibeverly.com.
DODGE STREET BAR & GRILL. Oct. 27, Ken Clark; Oct. 28, Halloween Weekend Party (three bands TBA); Oct. 29, Halloween Weekend Party (three bands TBA); Oct. 30, Halloween Weekend Party (three bands TBA); Oct. 31, Regressing to Apes Halloween Bash. 7 Dodge St., Salem, 978-745-0139. Live music nightly starting at 9/9:30 p.m.
FINZ SEAFOOD & GRILL. Oct. 27, 8 p.m., The Zackleys; Oct. 28, 9 p.m., Savage Tanners. 76 Wharf St., Salem. www.hipfinz.com.
GULU-GULU. Audrey Ryan, Oct. 27; Black Dog Brother, Oct. 28; Big Blue Octopus, Oct. 29; Walter Sickert and The Army of Broken Toys, Oct. 31; Jazzy November Movie, "Charles Mingus Live in '64," Nov. 1; Open Mike Wednesday Nights, Nov. 2. 247 Essex St., Salem. 978-740-8882.
HARDCOVER RESTAURANT. MaryBeth Maes, Oct. 28. 15A Newbury St. (Route 1 north), Danvers. 978-774-1223.
IN A PIG'S EYE. Oct. 27, The Witches; Oct. 28, Blues Jam 4 to 7 p.m.; Oct. 30, Halloween party with DJ Laney Mac, no cover, costumes strongly encouraged, 8 p.m. to 12 a.m.; Oct. 31, Open Fright Night with Dave Bailin. All times are 9 to 11:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. 148 Derby St., Salem. 978-741-4436.
ME&THEE. Friday, Oct. 28, Greg Trooper and Cindy Bullens. Doors open at 7:30 for 8 p.m. show at the Unitarian Universalist Church at 28 Mugford St., Marblehead. Tickets $18 in advance and $21 at the door, online at www.meanthee.org or at Spirit of '76 Bookstore or the Arnould Gallery. 781-631-8987.
VICTORIA STATION. Open mike, Oct. 27; Zombie Prom, Oct. 28; Conductor's Ball, Oct. 29; The Down and Derby Band, Oct. 30; DJ Bobby V, Oct. 31. 86 Wharf St., Pickering Wharf, Salem. 978-745-3400.