Good causes and honors
“DARE TO DREAM — AUCTION 2013.” Friday, March 22, 5:30 p.m., Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott St., Danvers. St. John the Evangelist School’s annual auction includes dinner, raffles, mystery envelopes, and a silent and live auction with auctioneer Chris Culkeen. Tickets at the door. 978-922-0048 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
USING STEAK TO STOP DIABETES. Saturday, March 23, 1 to 3 p.m., North Shore Meat House, 15 Enon St., Beverly. The North Shore Meat House will begin a 30-day fundraiser on Saturday in support of the North Shore Tour de Cure, the American Diabetes Association’s cycling event. Raffle tickets will be available through April 23 for a chance to win products and gift certificates from local businesses and vendors. www.diabetes.org/nsmedia.
FLAG RETIREMENT CEREMONY. Saturday, March 23, 2 p.m., on the beach closest to Lynch Park entrance, 55 Ober St., Beverly. Beverly Cub Scout Pack 4 will host. Business owners, community citizens and others are encouraged to bring their old, worn, torn, dirty and faded American flags for honorable retirement. The ceremony will last about an hour. Scouts will attend in Class A uniforms and conduct the ceremony under Pack 4 Den leader and former Marine David Briley. 978-810-1924.
TEXAS HOLD ’EM POKER TOURNAMENT. Saturday, March 23, 6 p.m. registration, 7 p.m. games, Temple Beth Shalom, 489 Lowell St., Peabody. The Progeria Research Foundation will hold its eighth annual tournament, which includes 4,000 poker chips per person, food, cash bar, auction, blackjack, cash prizes and 50-50 raffle. $100/person to play poker. Proceeds support research for treatments and a cure for progeria and its aging-related disorders. www.pokerforprogeria.org, 978-535-2594 or email@example.com.
13TH ANNUAL TASTE OF NEW ENGLAND AUCTION. Saturday, March 23, 6 p.m., St. John the Baptist School gym, 19 Chestnut St., Peabody. Event features a sampling of food from area restaurants, a wine tasting, and a silent and live auction. Proceeds benefit curriculum enhancements and programs for all students at St. John the Baptist School. $15/ticket, available at the door or 978-531-0444, ext. 340.
SPRING AUCTION. Saturday, March 23, 6 to 10 p.m., Polish Club, 12 Cheever St., Danvers. Holy Trinity United Methodist Church of Danvers presents its silent and live auctions and hot and cold hors d’oeuvres. Proceeds will be donated to the church’s community outreach initiatives, missions and activities. $20/ticket. 978-777-7408.
EASTER FOOD DRIVE AND MUSICAL SHOWCASE. Sunday, March 24, 9 p.m., Spotlight Tavern, 208 Rantoul St., Beverly. Features The Poor Sports. All donations of food and clothing will be given to Beverly Bootstraps.
SALEM AWARD FOUNDATION DINNER AND CEREMONY. Tuesday, March 26, 5:30 p.m. dinner, Hawthorne Hotel, 18 Washington Square West, Salem; 7:30 p.m. ceremony, Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, Salem. Thomas Doyle and Horace Seldon will receive the 2013 Salem Award for human rights and social justice. Dinner with the recipients at the Hawthorne Hotel, $60/dinner reservation, includes admission to award ceremony. Salem Award presentation, $10/person. Free admission to ceremony is available to Salem residents and SSU students. www.salemaward.org.
Art exhibits, lectures and parties
PEM/PM EVENING PARTY: ARTOPIA. Thursday, March 21, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, Salem. Cocktails, conversation, art-making, music and unique experiences. Step into the future of the region’s arts scene with an evening of cutting-edge creativity. Free/PEM members and Salem residents with ID; $10/nonmembers. Cash bar available. pem.org/calendar.
ABSTRACT EXPRESSION LECTURE SERIES: CYNTHIA FOWLER. Thursday, March 21, 7 p.m., Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St. Fowler, an art historian specializing in American modernism, will offer a virtual museum tour through the works of abstract expressionism, using slides that highlight the movement’s most significant works and ideas. Fowler will explore the notion that the movement was an effort to find a visual language that could lift the world out of the devastation caused by World War II. $15/nonmembers, $10/Athenaeum members, free for students with ID. Purchase tickets at www.salemathenaeum.net or 978-744-2540.
STUDENT EXHIBIT OPENING RECEPTION. Friday, March 22, 3 to 5 p.m., Shetland Park atrium, Building One, 27 Congress St., Salem. An opening reception will be held for Montserrat College of Art’s student-run Bear Gallery exhibit of paintings, drawings, prints and photographs. On view through May 2 as part of Shetland Arts at Shetland Park series. firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-932-0865.
ARTIST TALK: KATE GILMORE. Friday, March 22, 7:30 to 9 p.m., Montserrat College of Art, room 201, Oddfellows, second floor, 194 Cabot St., Beverly. Enter the building on Wallis Street. Gilmore is an award-winning artist who questions the role of documentation in performative work and expands the role of video as a medium beyond the binary purpose of video, as either document or art, to a point where it is both, and functions as one of many sites where the artwork takes place. montserrat.edu/galleries/public-programs/.
GALLERY TALK: “MIDNIGHT TO THE BOOM.” Saturday, March 23, 1 p.m., meet at the information desk, Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, Salem. Explore the exhibit “Midnight to the Boom: Painting in India after Independence, From the Chester and Davida Herwitz Collection” with Trevor Smith, curator of contemporary art. Tickets available on the day of the program. www.pem.org/calendar or 978-745-9500, ext. 3011.
“DRAW ME A STORY” AND “POP GOES THE BOOK.” Sunday, March 24, 1 to 3:30 p.m., Wenham Museum, 132 Main St. Family-friendly exhibit reception. Discover the wonder of pop-up books with selected readings, and create thumbprint and monster art crafts inspired by children’s illustrator Ed Emberley. Also, the Hamilton-Wenham School of Dance will interpret classic children’s storybook through ballet at 2:15 and 2:45 p.m. Free with museum admission; $8/adults, $6/children. 978-468-2377 or www.wenhammuseum.org.
ARTIST BAR. The Friends of Flint Public Library will sponsor an artist bar for adults on Sunday, March 24 at Maggie’s Farm Restaurant, 119 South Main St. in Middleton. Free hors d’oeuvres will be served at 6 p.m., followed by an art lesson with a farm theme, from 7 to 8 p.m., as part of Middleton’s Community Read. No painting experience is necessary. Admission costs $45 per person and includes materials; fee does not include drinks. For more information, call 978-774-8132 or visit www.flintlibrary.org.
“PORTRAITS-PEOPLE-PETS.” Beverly Guild of Artists exhibit on view through Saturday, March 30, at the Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St. Features more than 50 pieces of artwork, including a variety of paintings and photographs, by 19 guild members. On view during library hours.
Lectures, discussions and workshops
EASTER EGG-DECORATING CLASS. The Orthodox Church of St. John the Russian will offer pysanky Easter egg-decorating classes on Thursday, March 21, and Thursday, March 28, from 7 to 9 p.m. The ancient egg-decorating craft has been passed down through generations. Adults interested in learning the craft are invited to reserve a space for either date by calling 978-380-6499. Limited space is available. Tools and special dyes will be provided, but participants should bring three or four uncooked white eggs, a pencil, a plumber’s-style candle in a holder, and an old, soft dish towel to work on. More information will be provided upon phone registration. Attendees are asked to enter the church parking lot at 34 Lafayette Road in Ipswich.
LATE WINTER PRUNING WORKSHOP. Saturday, March 23, 10 a.m. to noon, Long Hill, 572 Essex St., Beverly. Learn the best techniques for pruning spring blooming shrubs, and ask other shrub and tree questions during the hands-on workshop. Attendees will learn tips and gain confidence in caring for their landscapes. $28/Trustees members, $35/nonmembers. Register at www.thetrustees.org.
GUIDE DAY. Sunday, March 24, 11 a.m., Orvis Peabody, Northshore Mall, 210 Andover St., Peabody. Features a presentation by Orvis Guide of the Year Calil Boghdan, who will discuss fishing the Essex River. Also, fly-fishing guides Dan and Tom Harrison will present a video, presentation and fly-tying demonstration on how to catch big fish. Attendees will have a chance to win free Orvis gear. Free admission; coffee and pastries provided. 978-531-0185.
NORTH SHORE FORUM TO END HOMELESSNESS. Sunday, March 24, 2:30 to 5 p.m., First Church Congregational, 40 Monument Ave., Swampscott. Families and youths are invited. Featuring keynote speaker Dr. Megan Sandel, a professor of pediatrics and public health at Boston University School of Medicine. North Shore representatives and senators invited. 978-910-0190.
“MAINTAINING A HEALTHY BRAIN.” Tuesday, March 26, 10:45 a.m. to noon, Beverly Historical Society and Museum, 117 Cabot St. Learn how to make a difference in brain health with whole food-based nutrition, the warning signs for Alzheimer’s disease, and how certain lifestyles reduce the risk of disease. Speaker: Mary Demakes of Private Home Health Care. Tea, hot chocolate and healthy cookies provided. www.eldersathome.com or 781-221-7142.
IPSWICH GARDEN CLUB LECTURE. Tuesday, March 26, 6:45 p.m., Ipswich Public Library, 25 N. Main St. Pieter Messelaar of Messelaar Bulb Co. presents “Tulips: Their History and Rearing.” Free.
FALL PREVENTION WORKSHOP. Wednesday, March 27, 11 a.m. to noon, Hamilton Council on Aging Senior Center, 299 Bay Road. Representatives from The Boston Center for Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine will discuss strategies and exercises for fall prevention, local resources and simple home modifications. Free. 978-468-4430.
A LECTURE TO INSPIRE. Wednesday, March 27, 5:30 p.m., Zumi’s Espresso & Ice Cream, 40 Market St., Ipswich. Wayne Castonguay, Ipswich River Watershed Association’s new executive director, will talk about the organization’s plans in the year ahead. Event is part of a series of lectures related to Zumi’s vision of encouraging positive community connections. Free. www.zumis.com or 978-356-1988.
“UNDERWATER IN SALEM SOUND” LECTURE SERIES. Wednesday, March 27, 7 p.m., Abbot Public Library, 235 Pleasant St., Marblehead. Dr. Robert Buchsbaum, Mass Audubon conservation scientist, presents “Salt Marshes Under Siege” as part of Salem Sound Coastwatch’s series. Free. 978-741-7900, email@example.com or salemsound.org.
FARMS BRANCH BOOK DISCUSSION. Thursday, March 21, 7 p.m., Beverly Public Library Farms Branch, 24 Vine St. Group will discuss “Wordstruck: A Memoir” by Robert MacNeil. New members welcome. Handicapped-accessible. Discussion titles are available at the checkout desk; alternate formats may available. 978-921-6066 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
BOOK READING AND SIGNING. Saturday, March 23, 2 to 4:30 p.m., Beverly Public Library, Sohier Room, 32 Essex St. For Jean La Rocca’s new book, “My Gangsters.” www.beverlypubliclibrary.org.
BRUNCH BUNCH. Monday, March 25, noon, Swampscott Public Library, Children’s Room, 61 Burrill St. New book group/play group time for mothers and tots. Mothers can enjoy a salad and coffee and discuss the latest books, while their tots enjoy pizza and juice and play or make a craft. Three staff members will be present. This month, the group will discuss “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn. Advance registration requested to ensure that enough copies of the book will be available. Register at 781-596-8867.
For children and teens
COMIC AND MANGA ART. Saturday, March 23, 11 a.m., Swampscott Public Library, 61 Burrill St., Swampscott. Artists Andy and Veronica Fish will discuss the history of comics and the Japanese manga culture and will teach techniques and conventions for drawing characters and creating a comic story. Recommended for grades five and up. Free and open to all ages. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Swampscott Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. 781-596-8867.
EASTER EGG HUNT. St. Michael’s Society’s annual event for children and grandchildren of their membership, Saturday, March 23, noon to 3 p.m., 15 Endicott St., Peabody. Beverly and Bob Ogiba will host the party, which includes an egg-rolling contest, egg-cracking contest, the traditional hunt for Easter eggs and the search for the golden egg. Following the hunt, children will receive lunch prepared by Society members. Members should sign up with the number of children who plan to attend. 978-531-5592.
CHESS FOR KIDS. Monday, March 25, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., Hamilton. Led by Sandra Stolle, students in grades one through six can learn the basics of playing chess or sharpen their skills. Past students welcome. Registration required at www.hwlibrary.org.
CHILDREN’S COMIC BOOK CLUB. Wednesday, March 27, 4 p.m., Boxford Town Library, 10 Elm St. For children who enjoy reading and drawing comics. Free. 978-887-7323.
ANNUAL SPRING CELEBRATION FOR CHILDREN. Wednesday, March 27, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Endicott College Post Center, Field House, 376 Hale St., Beverly. Includes food, games, crafts and a special visit from the Easter Bunny. Participants will receive a goody bag as part of an activity fair in lieu of an Easter egg hunt. Free; open to all Beverly children ages 10 and younger. A parent or guardian must accompany children. 978-232-2141.
WOMEN’S HISTORY WALKING TOUR. Saturday, March 23, 10 a.m., meet at the bottom of Town Hill, diagonally across from the Choate Bridge Pub, Ipswich. Join author Bonnie Hurd Smith for a stroll past historic sites in downtown Ipswich. Learn about women lace-makers, writers, artists, mill workers, tavern keepers, preservationists and reformers who — for four centuries — helped shape the town of Ipswich. Rain or shine. $10.
“HERBALISTS, MIDWIVES, NURSES AND PHYSICIANS: A HISTORY OF WOMEN HEALERS ON THE NORTH SHORE.” Monday, March 25, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Beverly Public Library, Sohier Room, 32 Essex St. From herbalists and midwives in the 1600s, to the rise of the nurse, to physicians of the 20th century, local women have always been an integral part of health care in the area. Dr. Krag, oncology specialist and internal medicine practitioner at North Shore Medical Center, will discuss the important and fascinating roles of women as healers on the North Shore. Event is part of the library’s Monday Mornings Lecture Series. Light refreshments served at 9 a.m. Free. www.beverlypubliclibrary/services/programs, 978-921-6062 or email@example.com.
“IRISH NEED NOT APPLY”: A HISTORY OF THE IRISH IN BOSTON. Wednesday, March 27, 7 p.m., Peabody Institute Library, 15 Sylvan St., Danvers. Historian Christopher Daley will explore the first real migration of the Irish in 1718, the arrival of the Scot-Irish or the “Ulster Irish,” and the corresponding increase in anti-Irish/Catholic sentiment within Boston. Register at danverslibrary.org or 978-774-0554.
WEDNESDAY EVENING LECTURE. Wednesday, March 27, 7:30 p.m., Ipswich Museum, 54 S. Main St. Rescheduled from January. Stephen Kenney, director of the Commonwealth Museum, will present an illustrated PowerPoint describing the great “foundation documents” displayed at the Cambridge Museum and high-tech interactive exhibits that bring Massachusetts’s history to life. Rare national treasures featured are John Winthrop’s charter for the Massachusetts Bay Colony, the 1789 Massachusetts copy of the Bill of Rights and Paul Revere’s copper engraving plate depicting the Boston Massacre. First Ipswich Bank sponsors the series. Refreshments served. $10 for nonmembers; free to members and audience participants. www.ipswichmuseum.org or 978-356-2811.
Music and theater
ME&THEE COFFEEHOUSE. Friday, March 22, 8 p.m., Me&Thee Coffeehouse, Unitarian Universalist Church, 28 Mugford St., Marblehead. Brother Sun with Scott Alarik as opening act. $20 in advance, $23 at the door. 781-631-8987 or www.meandthee.org.
ANNUAL CELTIC CONCERT. Saturday, March 23, 7:30 p.m., The Community House, 284 Bay Road, Route 1A, Hamilton. Featuring the Fellswater Celtic Music Ensemble with an opening performance by The Knotty Celtics. Handicapped-accessible. Free off-street parking. Tickets cost $15 in advance and $18 at the door. 978-468-4818 or www.communityhouse.org.
“SPLIT – TALES OF ESCAPE.” Four comic, one-act plays, written by Newburyport native Nikole Beckwith, that explore immobility, optimism, love, loss, escape and cannibalism. Performances scheduled for March 27 through April 14, Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. at the Salem Theatre Company theater, 90 Lafayette St. $25/adults, $20/seniors, $10/students. Name-your-own-ticket-price preview performances are scheduled for Wednesday, March 27, and Thursday, March 28, at 7:30 p.m. www.salemtheatre.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-790-8546.
FREE MOVIE NIGHT. Saturday, March 23, 6:15 p.m., South Congregational Church, 60 Prospect St., Peabody. Featuring “Soul Surfer.” Free refreshments served after the film. Community welcome. 978-531-1964 or www.southchurch.net.