ST. JOHN’S CHURCH THRIFT SHOP REOPENING SALE. Friday, Jan. 4, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 19 Chestnut St., Peabody. All Christmas items will be free, including a 6-foot tree with lights. Winter hours are now Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Donations are accepted during open hours. 978-531-0002.
SALEM PHILHARMONIC. Beethoven’s “Emperor” concerto will be performed Sunday, Jan. 6, at 3:30 p.m. at Salem High School, 77 Willson St. Pianist Chia-Jung Tsay featured. This concert, in the Philharmonic’s 108th season and the 46th under the leadership of conductor Alan Hawryluk, will be followed by performances on Sundays, Jan. 13, 20 and 27, at the same time and location. The final performance will include appearances by the Salem High School Symphony, and the Paul Madore Chorale. All concerts are free. www.salemphilharmonic.org.
MYSTERY MAYHEM READING GROUP. Tuesday, Jan. 8, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., Hamilton. Group discusses what makes a good mystery, new titles and participants’ favorite titles. Also, solve the mystery of the day. Theme is “Grand Complications: Twisty Plots and Complex Stories.” Light refreshments provided. Stop by the library for a list of winter/spring 2013 titles and meeting dates. www.hwlibrary.org.
FILM DISCUSSION GROUP. Wednesday, Jan. 9, 7 p.m., Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St., Peabody. “Seven Samurai.” Monthly group discusses the art of filmmaking and current trends and historical contexts that drive the creation of selected films. View film prior to discussion. 978-531-0100, ext. 10, or www.peabodylibrary.org.
“THE HOBBIT” DISCUSSION. Thursday, Jan. 10, 7 to 9 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., Hamilton. “There and Back Again & Beyond: Exploring the Meaning in J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘The Hobbit,’” presented by author and lecturer Sean McDonough, explores what makes the journey so compelling and how it connects with the deeper history of Tolkien’s Middle-earth. www.hwlibrary.org.