GERRY 5 BLOOD DRIVE. Thursday, Oct. 11, 1 to 7 p.m., Gerry No. 5, 210 Beacon St., Marblehead. American Red Cross and Gerry Five will host to support community blood supply for patients in need. Steak tips and fries for all presenting donors. 800-733-2767.
CRAFTS FAIR AND BAKE SALE. Saturday, Oct. 13, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Onion Town Grill, Vidalia’s Function Room, 175 Water St., Danvers. Third annual fair and sale to benefit It’s My Heart New England Chapter, a nonprofit that works to support, educate and advocate for those affected by congenital heart defects. Event includes unique gifts, raffle and bakery items, fun activities for kids and more. Free admission. www.itsmyheart.org/new-england or email@example.com.
PASTA LUNCHEON AND DERBY. Sunday, Oct. 14, noon to 5 p.m., Peabody-Lynn Lodge of Elks, 40 Oak St., Peabody. The Peabody Lynn Emblem Club No. 2 will host to raise money for its organization. $6/luncheon, $.50/bet. Reserve a spot at 978-373-3719 or 978-505-1721.
“NIGHT AT THE RACES.” Saturday, Oct. 13, 6:15 p.m., St. John the Baptist School, 19 Chestnut St., Peabody. Use purchased “funny money” to bet on 10 horse races that are filmed at a major U.S. racetrack. Raise money for the school. Prizes available. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.; first race at 7 p.m. $10 admission includes first $10 in “funny money,” racetrack food and munchies; cash bar available. Event for adults ages 21 and older. Register in advance at 978-531-0444, ext. 340.
HALLOWEEN PARTY FUNDRAISER TO BENEFIT PALS. Saturday, Oct. 13, 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 94 Washington Square East, Salem. Event hosted by the Queen of Salem “Gigi,” with entertainment by Beau Paris, Steve Sarmanian, Pat Shea; music from Sinatra to Gaga. Costumes optional; attendees encouraged to wear comfortable shoes for dancing. Prizes awarded for best costumes. Food and cash bar. $25/person. Tickets available at the door. 781-535-8635 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SYMPHONY BY THE SEA: THURSDAYS. Thursday, Oct. 11, 7:30 p.m., Abbot Hall, 188 Washington St., Marblehead. 32nd season opening concert features opera music. A Welcome Hour with Champagne and snacks will precede the concert. www.symphonybythesea.org.
“BIG LOVE.” Thursday, Oct. 11, Friday, Oct. 12, and Saturday, Oct. 13, at 7:30 p.m., Callan Studio Theatre, Salem State University, 352 Lafayette St., Salem. Charles Mee’s story of 50 brides who flee their 50 grooms and arrive as refugees in a villa on the coast of Italy; modern remaking of “The Suppliants” by Aeschylus. Dark comedy exploring human rights abuses, gender politics, domestic violence and love. Suggested for mature audiences only. $15/general, $10/students and seniors. Tickets at www.salemstatetickets.com or the door. 978-542-7890 or salemstate.edu/arts.
ACT!VATED STORY THEATRE PERFORMANCES. Saturday, Oct. 13, 1 and 3 p.m., Peabody Essex Museum atrium, 161 Essex St., Salem. National touring theatrical troupe will perform high-energy dramatizations of folktales as part of PEM’s Caps, Capes and Characters event. The 45-minute performances are suitable for all ages. Free with museum admission. 978-745-9500 or www.activatedstorytheatre.com.
“ART.” Play by Yasmina Reza at Salem Theatre Company, 90 Lafayette St., Salem. Three friends tangle over the merits of an all-white painting that one of them has purchased for a tidy sum. What begins as a polite discussion of personal taste rapidly devolves into all-out war as the friends relentlessly batter each other over their foibles and failures. Oct. 11, 12 and 13 at 7:30 p.m. Adults, $25; seniors, $20; students, $10; www.salemtheatre.com, email@example.com or 978-790-8546.
“SALEM — CITY BY THE SEA.” Reception, Saturday, Oct. 13, 4 to 6 p.m., Artists’ Row, 24 New Derby St., Salem. The Salem Arts Association will hold a public reception for its October exhibit. On view through Oct. 31. www.salemartsassociation.org or firstname.lastname@example.org.
INTERNATIONAL EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA. Oct. 11, 8 p.m., Eclectic and contemporary avant-garde film show at Montserrat College Of Art, with Super-8, 16 mm and multiple projection pieces from artists that include Paul Clipson, Pablo Marín, Laida Lertxundi, Jason Halprin, Adam Levine and more. Filmmaker/curator Christopher May will answer questions and introduce the program. Admission is free. 508-901-1982 or experimentalcinema.givezooks.com/events/tie-beverly.
STETSON GALLERY. “Evolving work of Richard Warren Buckley: From realism and surrealism to minimalism,” on display at Stetson Gallery in the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead through October. 28 Mugford St., Marblehead. Meet the arts open gallery on Sunday, Oct. 14, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Also open during church events, when church staff are in the building and by appointment. 781-639-1215 or email@example.com.
BEVERLY HISTORICAL SOCIETY EXHIBIT. Thursday, Oct. 11, 6 to 7 p.m., 117 Cabot St., Beverly. Montserrat College of Art’s student-run Bear Gallery will show student work. firstname.lastname@example.org or www.montserrat.edu/galleries.
“IN OUR FAMILY” EXHIBIT OPENING. Thursday, Oct. 11, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Glen Urquhart School, 74 Hart St., Beverly. Opening for touring Family Diversity Projects’ award-winning traveling exhibit that celebrates the diversity of family life in 21st-century America.
M IS FOR MUSEUM: IT’S A SNAP. Friday, Oct. 12, 10 a.m., Wenham Museum, 132 Main St. Get inspired on a tour of the Lego sculpture exhibit “Snap to It: Community Lego Art,” on view through Oct. 21, then build a sculpture to display at home. $10/museum members, $14/nonmember children, $7.50/nonmember adult. Includes museum admission, stories, games, songs, craft and snack. For children in preschool and older. Reserve a spot in advance. www.wenhammuseum.org or 978-468-2377.
MODEL SHIP SHOW. Saturday, Oct. 13, and Sunday, Oct. 14, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Peter Torigian Community Life Center, 79 Central St., Peabody. More than 100 models on display by people from Greater Boston. Models made from wood, plastics and miscellaneous media. Presentations by master builders, including Erik Ronnberg. Free admission and parking. 978-531-2254.
HALLOWEEN PET PHOTO CONTEST. Monday, Oct. 15, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Boxford Town Library, 10 Elm St. Attendees can dress up their pets in Halloween costumes, then bring them to the library to have their pictures taken. Photos will be added to the library’s website for visitors to vote on their favorites. Free. 978-887-7323.
“HANGIN’ WITH HARRISON” SPOOKTACULAR. Thursday, Oct. 11, 6:30 p.m., Flint Public Library, 1 S. Main St., Middleton. Watch the Halloween episode of the family TV show. Refreshments provided. Reserve a spot at email@example.com.
ANNUAL SALEM HALLOWEEN CHILDREN’S DAY. Saturday, Oct. 13, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Salem Common, 18 Washington Square. Sponsored by The Gathering and Domino’s Pizza. Entertainment, rides, games, food and more for the whole family. 978-744-8444 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“MESSAGES FROM THE OTHER SIDE.” Lisa Lanno, Intuitive Spirit Medium, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 7 to 9 p.m., Griffen Theatre, 7 Lynde St., Salem. Tickets $20 at LisaMLanno.com or Lisa@LisaMLanno.com, or pick up at theater. 978-825-0222.
Workshops and crafts
WRITERS’ WORKSHOP. Thursday, Oct. 11, 6:30 p.m., Boxford Town Library, 10 Elm St. Join library director and author Nanci Milone Hill. Session consists of warm-up exercises followed by a period of reading and critiquing. Bring two to four typed pages to share with the group. Writers and aspiring writers of all genres and topics are welcome. Free. 978-887-7323, ext. 2.
AFTER SCHOOL CRAFT. Tuesday, Oct. 16, 4 p.m., Flint Public Library, 1 S. Main St., Middleton. Drop in for a fun and creative craft. For children in kindergarten through grade two. 978-774-8132.
POETRY AND CREATIVE WRITING. Wednesday, Oct. 17, 6 to 7 p.m., Flint Public Library, 1 S. Main St., Middleton. All teen and adult writers are invited to share a sample of their writing. 978-774-8132.
BEAVER FUN IN THE SETTING SUN. Friday, Oct. 12, 6 to 8 p.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. Hike to the ponds and wetlands in search of beavers at dusk. Find beaver lodges and dams, chews, scent mounds, and maybe a real live beaver. Led by Andrew Prazar. For families with children ages 6 and older. $8/Audubon member, $10/nonmember; $7/child member, $8/child nonmember. Meet in front of the Nature Center. Dress for weather. 978-887-9264 or email@example.com.
FALL EQUESTRIAN STATE FINALS. Saturday, Oct. 13, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Windrush Farm, 30 Brookview Road, Boxford. Featuring 40 Special Olympics athletes. All athletes participate in trail and dressage classes in order to qualify for national competitions. Also, public welcome to open house. 978-682-7855 or Jennifer@windrushfarm.org.
FALL FOLIAGE PADDLE. Saturday, Oct. 13, 1 to 3 p.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. Explore the pristine habitat while on a gentle paddle in canoes down the Ipswich River. Check out the vibrant foliage, and maybe catch a glimpse of wildlife. Led by Andrew Prazar and Angela Walsh. For families with children ages 6 and older. $13/Audubon member, $15/nonmember; $11/child member, $13/child nonmember. Meet in front of Visitor Center. Basic instruction and equipment provided. Confirmation list of what to wear and bring will be sent. Register at 978-887-9264 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
FALL FROLIC 5K AND FUN RUN. Sunday, Oct. 14, 9:30 a.m., Lynch Park, 55 Ober St., Beverly. Travels traditional Beverly Homecoming route. Kids Fun Run begins at 9 a.m. and is open to kids in grades five and under. $25 for 5K; $2 for the fun run. Walkers also welcome. Register at www.fallfrolic5K.com. Races benefit all five Beverly elementary schools.
SENSE OF WONDER WALKS FOR FAMILIES. Witches’ Brooms and Gingerbread Houses, Sunday, Oct. 14, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. Some insects lay eggs inside plants and cause strange-looking growths called galls. Following a short introduction indoors, go outside for a walk to examine a variety of galls and learn about the lives of their inhabitants. Led by Rita Gallant. Open to families with children 3 and older. Meet in Nature Center. Dress for weather. $7/Audubon members, $9/nonmembers per walk. Register at 978-887-9264 or email@example.com.
NORTH SHORE PRESCHOOL FAIR. Tuesday, Oct. 16, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Monkey Joe’s, 10 Newbury St., Danvers. Clark School will hold a fair with bouncy houses, snacks, face-painting, games, music, complimentary fingerprint identification kits from Prudential, local preschool representatives, vendors and more. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org.
GARDEN CLUB PRESENTATION. Thursday, Oct. 11, 7 p.m., First Church, 316 Essex St., Salem. Bill Graham gives a demonstration of easy-to-create holiday decorations for the home. Light refreshments served. $5 donation suggested.
FINZ SEAFOOD AND GRILL. Friday, Oct. 12, 8 to 11:30 p.m., Joey Vellucci. 76 Wharf St., Pickering Wharf, Salem. 978-774-8485.
GULU-GULU. Oct. 11, 8 p.m., Renee & Joe; Oct. 12, 8 p.m., Big Blue Octopus; Oct. 13, 8 p.m., Amber Blues; Oct. 17, 7:30 p.m., Open Mic Wednesday Nights. 247 Essex St., Salem. 978-740-8882.
HOWLING WOLF TAQUERIA. Thursday, Oct. 11, 10 p.m. to midnight, System Soul; Friday, Oct. 12, 10 p.m. to midnight, The Adria Smith Trio; Saturday, Oct. 13, 10 p.m. to midnight, Dave Fischer and Eric Farnsworth; Sunday, Oct. 14, 6 to 8 p.m., Steve Spungin. 76 Lafayette St., Salem. 978-774-9653 or www.feedyourwolf.com.
IN A PIG’S EYE. Oct. 11, Ali Manion Trio; Oct. 12, Blues Jam, 4 to 7 p.m., Bobby Ledger, 9 to 11:30 p.m.; Oct. 13, Andrew Gravel Project; Oct. 14, Ervin Dhimo Trio, 7 to 10 p.m.; Oct. 15, open mike with Orville Giddings; Oct. 17, Gracie Curran & The High Falutin’ Band. All events 9 to 11:30 p.m. unless noted. 148 Derby St., Salem. 978-741-4436.
ME&THEE COFFEEHOUSE. Friday, Oct. 12, Buskin and Batteau, with Beggar’s Ride. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. for 8 p.m. show. 28 Mugford St., Marblehead. Tickets $20 in advance at 781-631-8987, www.meandthee.org, Spirit of ’76 Bookstore or Arnould Gallery. $23 at the door. www.meandthee.org.