THE THRILL OF BIRD-WATCHING. Thursday, March 28, 7 to 8 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., Hamilton. Mass Audubon’s Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary naturalist Scott Santino will highlight the fascinating and enjoyable world of bird-watching in a PowerPoint presentation. Santino will also introduce local bird species and their histories. Supported in part by a Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant. Free. www.hwlibrary.org.
BROWN BAG LUNCH SERIES. Monday, April 1, noon, Ipswich Museum, 54 S. Main St. The museum’s monthly event features a discussion, facilitated by museum member Martha Mauser, on “The Killer Angels” by Michael Schaara, the selected book for Ipswich Public Library’s Ipswich Reads ... One Book! program. The book is a novelized account of the Battle of Gettysburg. Bring a lunch; coffee and tea served. Free. 978-356-2811 or www.ipswichmuseum.org.
AGGANIS FORUM. Monday, April 1, 6 p.m., Salem State University Recital Hall, Central Campus, 71 Loring Ave. Sidney Hutter will kick off the 2013 series with a presentation on understanding the business of art and the interconnecting roles of artists, galleries and collectors. Hutter is a world-renowned glass sculptor who works on displays in both well-known museums and private collections. Free admission. Seating is limited; reservations required at 978-542-2426 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“STORIES MY MOTHER AND OTHER STRANGERS TOLD ME.” Tuesday, April 2, 7 p.m., First Church, Cleveland Room, 316 Essex St., Salem. Jim McAllister’s Winter 2013 Lecture Series presents a collection of stories gathered over the years from Bowman’s Bakery, the Essex Camera Shop, street corner conversations, local publications, unpublished memoirs, unsolicited letters and other sources. $12 admission. Use new entrance to the right and rear of the church. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. email@example.com or 978-745-6314.
IPSWICH READS … ONE BOOK! EVENT. Wednesday, April 3, 7 p.m., Ipswich Public Library, 25 N. Main St. The library will screen “The Killer Angels,” an award-winning 1989 film based on the novel by Michael Shaara. The film tells the story about the first black regiment to fight for the North in the Civil War. 978-356-6648.