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.