Hamilton: Sundays in Patton Park Concert Series, 5 to 7 p.m., Patton Park, Route 1A, Hamilton. The 2013 Summer Concert series features the Brass Connection, performing patriotic tunes, and ragtime, dixieland and swing music. In case of rain, call 978-468-4818 for concert location. Supported in part by a grant from the Hamilton-Wenham Cultural Council. Free. www.PattonParkConcerts.org.
Monday, July 8
Danvers: Otha Day: Drum to the Beat, 11 a.m. to noon, Peabody Institute Library, Children’s Room, 15 Sylvan St. Otha facilitates fun and lively drum/rhythm circle events. All ages can participate. 978-774-0554.
Peabody: Nature Journaling, 11 a.m., Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St. Join Mass Audubon’s Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary to explore the natural world and record discoveries through drawing and writing. For ages 9 to 13. Part of library’s “Dig Into Reading” summer program. Advance registration required at 978-531-0100, ext. 29.
Tuesday, July 9
Topsfield: Nature Adventures with Picture Books: Who Comes From an Egg?, 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row. For families with children ages 3 to 6. Read “Animal Babies that Hatch” by Robert O’Brien, then go on a hike in search of eggs and try to figure out what might hatch from each. Cost $9 adults, $7 children (member discounts available). Registration required. 978-887-9264.
Wednesday, July 10
Hamilton: Charlie Hope music concert, 6:30 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St. All-ages music concert with Charlie Hope, winner of Juno’s 2012 Best Children’s Album of the Year. www.hwlibrary.org.
Salem: “Moments of Play” Festival of 10-Minute Plays, 7:30 p.m. at the Salem Theatre Company, STC Theater, 90 Lafayette St. Admission $15. Tickets available at www.salemtheatre.com, 978-790-8546, or at email@example.com.
Thursday, July 11
Topsfield: Eco-Art: Busy Beaver Builders, 9 to 11 a.m. at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row. For families with children ages 4 to 12. Examine a beaver mount up close, then take a walk to see a beaver lodge, dam, and scent mounds. Discover how beavers continue to change the habitats in which they live and how other species of plants and animals benefit. Upon return, make beaver dioramas out of natural materials. Instructor: Meg Atkins, sanctuary field teacher and artist. Cost $10 adults, $8 children (member discounts available). Registration required. 978-887-9264.