MEGA QUAKES! Wednesday, Nov. 7, 7 p.m., Ipswich Performing Arts Center, Ipswich Middle School, 135 High St. Dr. Alan Kafka, Boston College Educational Seismology Project director, presents on the recent earthquakes in Haiti, Sumatra and Japan. Free. 978-356-6649.
“WENHAM’S CIVIL WAR MONUMENT.” Wednesday, Nov. 7, 7 to 8 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., Hamilton. Local historian Jack Hauck will present. Learn about Wenham’s Civil War soldiers, who built the monument, what building costs were, park and monument owner, and other information. www.hwlibrary.org.
“NORTH SHORE PRIVATEERS IN THE WAR OF 1812.” Wednesday, Nov. 7, 7 p.m., Felton-Smith Historic Site, Felton Street, Peabody. The Peabody Historical Society will feature a lecture by Michael Rutstein. Learn how privateers, private, armed vessels, received government commissions to seize an enemy’s vessels in time of war. They attacked merchant ships and claimed their cargo as prizes. Free/Society members, $5/nonmembers. Wheelchair-accessible. 978-531-0805 or www.peabodyhistorical.org.
WEDNESDAY EVENING LECTURE SERIES. Wednesday, Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m., Ipswich Museum, 54 S. Main St. Dow curator Stephanie Gaskins continues her popular Ipswich Neighborhood Walk lecture series with a focus on the downtown. Gaskins will facilitate a discussion and encourage audience participation by sharing stories, pictures and memorabilia as she “walks” into the downtown. Free/museum members and audience participants, $10/nonmembers. 978-356-2811 or www.ipswichmuseum.org.
DAYTIME BOOK DISCUSSION. Thursday, Nov. 1, 1 p.m., Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St., Beverly. Group will discuss “The Hotel New Hampshire” by John Irving. Handicapped-accessible. Discussion title available at checkout desk; other formats may be available. 978-921-6062 or email@example.com.
KICK OFF JEWISH BOOK MONTH WITH SUPERMAN. Thursday, Nov. 1, 7 p.m., JCC of the North Shore, 4 Community Road, Marblehead. Larry Tye will discuss his new biography, “Superman.” Tye explores Superman’s Jewish connection in his book. Purchase tickets at 781-631-8330. www.jccns.org.
COLUMNIST DISCUSSES DEBUT NOVEL. Tuesday, Nov. 6, 7 p.m., JCC of the North Shore, 4 Community Road, Marblehead. Boston Globe columnist Meredith Goldstein will discuss her “The Singles” as part of the JCC’s celebration of Jewish Book Month. Share a cocktail with Goldstein prior to the event. Purchase tickets at 781-631-8330. www.jccns.org.