Saturday, Jan. 12
Danvers: College Career Advice, 9 a.m. to noon, Peabody Institute Library, 15 Sylvan St. Retired orthodontist Louis Giamarco gives advice for parents or students on how to get the most out of the college experience, laying the foundation for a successful career. Free.
Peabody: Marine Corps League Meeting, 9 a.m., 20 Stevens St. All Essex County Detachment members and former Marines and FMF Corpsmen invited. Refreshments served. 978-777-0988 or 978-535-4066.
Salem: Family Gallery Exploration: Silk!, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Peabody Essex Museum, Japanese Art Gallery, East India Square. Drop by the exhibition “Fish, Silk, Tea, Bamboo: Cultivating an Image of China,” where a museum educator will explore hidden symbols in an incredible silk robe. Free with museum admission. www.pem.org/calendar or 978-745-9500, ext. 3011.
Hamilton: Dads & Donuts, 11 a.m. to noon, Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St. Story time designed especially for dads and children ages 2 and up; moms are invited, too. Snacks follow 30 minutes of stories based around the theme “Star Light, Star Bright!” Free. www.hwlibrary.org.
Wenham: “The Elves and the Shoemaker” Marionette Show, 11 a.m. or 1 p.m., Wenham Museum, 132 Main St. A full-scale marionette performance with harpsichord accompaniment of Grimms’ fairy tale. Registration is required; seating is limited. Free with museum admission; $8/adults, $6/children. 978-468-2377 or www.wenhammuseum.org.
Salem: Studio Discoveries: Silk Paper Making, 1 to 4 p.m., Peabody Essex Museum, Bartlett Gallery, East India Square. Using silk filaments and simple paste and water, attendees can create their own colorful pieces of paper. Free with museum admission. www.pem.org/calendar or 978-745-9500, ext. 3011.
Danvers: Fourth annual Chocolate Walk sponsored by the Danvers Bi-Peds, 1:30 p.m., Putnamville School, 224 Locust St. Ski or walk the northern portion of the Danvers Rail Trail from Wenham to the SwampWalk. Finish up with hot chocolate and chocolate treats. All, including dogs on leashes, are welcome. 978-777-4661 or danversbipeds.org.
Hamilton: “Honk!,” 7 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School, Ferrini Auditorium, 775 Bay Road. The Miles River Middle School presents musical tale of “The Ugly Duckling.” For tickets, email email@example.com. Tickets also available on the night of the show.
Danvers: “Treasures From the American Songbook,” 7:30 p.m., Northshore Unitarian Universalist Church, 323 Locust St. Music in the Woods will present a concert featuring tenor Brendan P. Buckley, soprano Katrina Holden, baritone Samuel Bowen and pianist John Kramer. $20/general, $15/seniors and students, free/children under 12. 978-774-7582 or www.nsuu.org.
Sunday, Jan. 13
Salem: Beverly Community Day, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Phillips House Museum, 34 Chestnut St. Historic New England invites Beverly residents for tours. Learn about the lives of the Phillips family and their domestic staff in the early 20th century. View the collection of fine furnishings, paintings, Chinese export porcelain, ship paintings and architectural details. Free admission offered only to Beverly residents. Bring proof of residency. 978-744-0440.
Salem: Story Trails: Under the Cobblestones, 2 to 3 p.m., meet at information desk, Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square. Meet author/illustrator Joe McKendry and hear the stories he uncovered while writing “Beneath the Streets of Boston,” then draw with the artist. Tickets available on day of program. www.pem.org/calendar or 978-745-9500, ext. 3011.
Peabody: “North Shore Privateers in the War of 1812,” 2 p.m., Felton-Smith Historic Site, Felton Street. Peabody Historical Society presents lecture by Michael Rutstein, who will describe how privateers — private, armed vessels — received government commissions to seize an enemy’s vessels in time of war. During the War of 1812, Salem had a total of 43 privateers. Free/society members, $5/nonmembers. Wheelchair-accessible. 978-531-0805 or www.peabodyhistorical.org.
Topsfield: “Hollywood: Wild West to Movie Mecca,” 3 p.m., Gould Barn, 1 Howlett St., adjacent to Topsfield Common. Topsfield Historical Society’s monthly lecture series program features Topsfield resident Anne Barrett. Learn how Hollywood evolved from a barren landscape to a prosperous, conservative community, and then to a glittering movie mecca full of glamorous stars and scandalous behavior. See 19th- and early 20th-century film clips that give a front-row seat to the dawn of the movie industry and all it meant to the first moviegoers. Free. Refreshments served. firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-887-9137.
Salem: Salem Philharmonic Orchestra, 3:30 p.m., Salem High School auditorium, 77 Willson St. Winter concert series features a concert with flutist Judith Braude and soprano Kathryn Lordan. Free. Handicapped-accessible. www.salemphilharmonic.org.
Monday, Jan. 14
Salem: Golda Meir, 10 a.m., Explorers Lifelong Learning Institute, 10 Federal St. Jewish historian Herb Belkin will share the inspiring story of Meir’s rise from a Russian shtetl to prime minister of Israel, focusing on her dedication to the Zionist movement and a Jewish homeland. Nonmembers welcome; donations appreciated. 978-744-0804 or www.explorerslli.org.
Middleton: Biofeedback Clinic, 5 to 7:30 p.m., Flint Public Library, 1 S. Main St. Sign up for a personal 15-minute energy reading. Presented by the Dahn Yoga and Healing Center in Andover. www.flintlibrary.org or 978-774-8132.
Peabody: Center School PTO Meeting, 5:30 p.m., Center School, 18 Irving St. All are welcome.
Salem: Workshop on Communication, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Nathaniel Bowditch School, 79 Willson St. Parent-Child Home Program of Salem Public Schools invites parents to focus on the importance of clear and effective communication in order to have an honest and effective relationship with children. Look at skills to help children understand the world of feelings and explore the role of being an active listener. Child care provided. Transportation available for Salem residents. Reserve a spot at 978-745-5931.
Peabody: Winter Wellness, 7 p.m., Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St. Lecture presented by Lynn Helferich explores how to live in harmony with nature’s dry and cold season, basic Ayurvedic principles that help balance winter symptoms, complimentary ways to stimulate immunity, and how to augment personal care routines with simple techniques. 978-531-0100, ext. 10, or www.peabodylibrary.org.
Danvers: Knights of Columbus Meeting, 8 p.m., 35 Elm St. Thomas Power Council No. 1505 will hold a regular business meeting. All members encouraged to attend. email@example.com.
Tuesday, Jan. 15
Beverly: Bear Gallery Reception, 4 to 6 p.m., 100 Cummings Center, Suite 106H. Montserrat College of Art’s student-run gallery will host an exhibition dedicated to Montserrat’s current sophomore class. “The Sophomore Show” will be a documentation of the development of skill the students have achieved during the academic year. On view through Jan. 30. firstname.lastname@example.org or www.montserrat.edu/galleries.
Salem: Winter Gathering, 6 to 8 p.m., Adriatic Restaurant, 155 Washington St. Salem Athenaeum welcomes members, friends and the public; complimentary hors d’oeuvres. Tickets cost $25; all proceeds support the Athenaeum. Cash bar available. Tickets are fully tax-deductible. www.salemathenaeum.net or 978-744-2540.
Beverly: Beverly Public Library Evening Book Discussion Group, 7:30 p.m., 32 Essex St. “The Hound of the Baskervilles” by Arthur Conan Doyle. Handicapped-accessible. Discussion titles are available at the checkout desk or may be available on alternate formats. 978-921-6062.
Wednesday, Jan. 16
Salem: Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops, 10 a.m. to noon, Explorers Lifelong Learning Institute, 10 Federal St. Musician Bill Sano will relate the history of the Pops with emphasis on the years when Fiedler conducted. Donations appreciated from nonmembers in attendance. www.explorerslli.org or 978-744-0804.
Salem: Stroke Survivor’s Club, 10:30 a.m., Room D-102-A, ground floor, Salem Hospital, 81 Highland Ave. Featured speaker will be Mary Carideo, murse manager, healthy living program manager, and Susan Brown, community education nurse at Greater Lynn Senior Services. Topic is “A Matter of Balance,” managing concerns about falls, reducing fear of falling, helping increase activity levels of older adults who have concerns about falling. 978-744-1257.
Middleton: Poetry & Creative Writing, 6 to 7 p.m., Flint Public Library, 1 S. Main St. Teen and adult writers are invited to share a sample of their poetry and creative writing. www.flintlibrary.org or 978-774-8132.
Beverly: Homecoming Meeting, 7 p.m., Beverly Cooperative Bank, rear entrance, 254 Cabot St. New members are invited to attend a monthly Beverly Homecoming meeting. Volunteers are needed to help with fundraising, events and the website. New ideas welcome.
Ipswich: Wednesday Evening Lecture, 7:30 p.m., Ipswich Museum, 54 S. Main St. Illustrated presentation by Stephen Kenney, director of the Commonwealth Museum, describing the great “foundation documents” displayed at the museum and high-tech interactive exhibits that bring Massachusetts history to life. Rare national treasures will be featured. $10/nonmembers, free/members and audience participants. Refreshments served. 978-356-2811 or www.ipswichmuseum.org.
Thursday, Jan. 17
Beverly: “Pack of Wolves” exhibit reception, 5 to 8 p.m., Montserrat College of Art, 301 Gallery, 301 Cabot St. Solo exhibition of Jenn Houle’s recent works illustrates the transfer of energy through organisms with paint, collage and sculptural installation. Also, Opal Puckett will perform at the reception. email@example.com or 978-867-9604.
Beverly: Rep. Jerry Parisella Office Hours, 5 to 6 p.m., Beverly City Hall, 191 Cabot St. 617-722-2460.
Peabody: Sen. Joan Lovely Office Hours, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Peabody City Hall, Wiggin Auditorium, 24 Lowell St. For residents of 2nd Essex District. Appointments recommended in case of cancellation or inclement weather. 617-722-1410.
Ipswich: Old Ipswich Rum Tour & Tasting, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Turkey Shore Distilleries, 23 Hayward St., Unit 8. Join Essex Heritage at Turkey Shore Distilleries for an evening reconnecting to a significant part of New England’s past, and taste a line of handcrafted, local rums. Attendees must be 21 or older to sample the spirits. Children must be accompanied by parents. Reservations required at www.essexheritage.org/membership/events. $17/Essex Heritage members, $24/nonmembers. 978-740-0444.
Danvers: Empty Bowls Dinner Party, 6 p.m., St. John’s Prep, Memorial Dining Hall, 72 Spring St. Handmade, one-of-a-kind bowls, created by students at St. John’s, may be purchased at the event to fill with delicious soups donated by local restaurants and food shops. Guests are asked to make a minimum $10 donation per bowl. SwingTown!, St. John’s a cappella group, will provide musical entertainment. All proceeds benefit Haven From Hunger in Peabody. www.stjohnsprep.org.
Salem: PEM/PM: Charleston/Chaplin: 1920s Style, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Peabody Essex Museum, Atrium, East India Square. Celebrate flappers, fashion, film and music from the Roaring ’20s. Hear fashion historian Michelle Tolini Finamore discuss the Jazz Age flapper, watch a Charlie Chaplin film and then try out some dance moves with teachers from the New School of Swing. Cash bar. Refreshments available for purchase in the Atrium Cafe. Free/members and Salem residents, $10/nonmembers. www.pem.org/calendar or 978-745-9500, ext. 3011.
Beverly: Beverly Public Library Farms Branch Book Discussion, 7 p.m., 24 Vine St. “The Kitchen House” by Kathleen Grissom. All welcome; no registration needed. Handicapped-accessible. Discussion titles are available at the checkout desk, or they may be available on alternate formats (CD, downloadable audiobook, downloadable e-book). Search online catalog, or call reference staff for assistance. 978-921-6066.
Beverly: Celebrate National Pie Day, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Beverly Public Library, Sohier Room, 32 Essex St. Pie potluck and related stories with local storyteller Tony Toledo. Bring a homemade or store-bought pie to share, and enjoy a slice or two while Tony leads the group in swapping favorite pie stories. Beverages provided. Free. 978-921-6062 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Danvers: “The Underground Railroad,” 7 p.m., Peabody Institute Library, Gordon Room, 15 Sylvan St. Heritage Films presents program about slave movement on the North Shore with a look at tunnels under Salem and a perspective on Robert Rollins, a black soldier buried in Andover, who fought in the 54th Mass. Reg. Civil War. Free. 978-777-2711.
Friday, Jan. 18
Beverly: Rep. Parisella Office Hours, 10 to 11 a.m., Beverly City Hall, 191 Cabot St. State Rep. Jerry Parisella will hold office hours. Angel Donahue-Rodriguez, 617-722-2460.
Topsfield: Sen. Lovely Office Hours, 10 to 11 a.m., Topsfield Town Hall, conference room, 8 West Common St. State Sen. Joan Lovely will hold office hours for residents of 2nd Essex District. Lovely will meet with constituents on various issues. Appointments recommended in case of cancellation or inclement weather; 617-722-1410.
Danvers: ECHO Presentation, 7 p.m., Danvers Art Association, 105 Elliott St. Essex County Horticultural Organization meeting features speakers Debbie and Pete Lincoln who visited each of the 351 cities and towns in Massachusetts to study and compile information about each. They have developed an informative, entertaining show filled with anecdotes, little-known history, hidden locales, and their own mishaps. Bring food or drinks to share. $5 donation for guests.
Saturday, Jan. 19
Hamilton: Wintertime Stories & Craft, 11 a.m. to noon, Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St. Enjoy stories that celebrate a winter wonderland and then create a fun craft. Program appropriate for children ages 2 and older. Free. www.hwlibrary.org.
Peabody: Music Together, 11 a.m., Peabody Institute Library, Children’s Room, 82 Main St. Music Together with Teresa Coelho features a music and movement demonstration class for children up to age 5 and their families. Registration is required at 978-531-0100, ext. 29.
Beverly: Author reading and talk, 3:30 p.m., Beverly Public Library, Sohier Room, 32 Essex St. Julia Newman, author of “The Loose Lip Brigade” and the blog “Feed Me Daily,” will read from her book and talk about what it’s like to be an online author. Free. Refreshments served. Copies of Newman’s book will be available for purchase. 978-921-6062 or email@example.com.
Beverly: “The Best Ever Launching the 4th Party,” 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Hastings House, 14 Oak St. The Farms-Prides 4th of July Committee will host its annual fourth of July reception. Event includes a short talk on planning and fundraising needs for the Farms-Prides fourth of July celebration. Also, Atlas PyroVision Productions, which provides fireworks each year, will present “The Making of a Fireworks Show,” which describes how shows are designed and choreographed; the “Grand Finale” is a short video of the company’s world championship performance in Montreal last summer. Food and beverages will be available, and videos and photos of past celebrations will be on display. Free. Kevin Smith, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peabody: Committee to Elect Ted Bettencourt Fundraiser, 7 to 10 p.m., Azorean Brotherhood of the Divine Holy Ghost, 20 Howley St. The Committee to Elect Ted Bettencourt will hold a fundraiser, which will include light refreshments and a cash bar. $25 donation per person.
Sunday, Jan. 20
Salem: Peabody Community Day, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Phillips House Museum, 34 Chestnut St. Historic New England invites Peabody residents for tours at the Phillips House Museum. Learn about the lives of the Phillips family and their domestic staff in the early 20th century. View the collection of fine furnishings, paintings, Chinese export porcelain, ship paintings, and architectural details. Free admission offered only to Peabody residents. Bring proof of residency. 978-744-0440.
Salem: Salem Philharmonic Orchestra, 3:30 p.m., Salem High School auditorium, 77 Willson St. Salem Philharmonic Orchestra’s winter concert series features a concert with violinist Lisa Brooke and trumpeter Jean Pocius. Free. Handicapped-accessible. www.salemphilharmonic.org.