Saturday, Feb. 8
Peabody: Annual Pancake Breakfast, 8:30 to 11 a.m., Carroll School, 60 Northend Ave. Second annual All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast to benefit the Giving Hope Foundation, Inc. Wally the Green Monster will be on site for pictures from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. Door prize and raffles. $4 ages 10 and under, $7 ages 11 and older. All are welcome.
Salem: Author visit, 12:30 p.m., First Church in Salem Unitarian, 316 Essex St. Presentation and discussion by Ethan Casey, author of “Home Free: An American Road Trip.” For nearly four months Casey drove through every region of the U.S. to seek out interesting and representative people, listen to their stories and craft a narrative account of America circa 2012. Free; open to the public. Childcare provided. www.ethancasey.com.
Marblehead: Kaleidoscope Chamber Ensemble in Concert, 7:30 p.m., Old North Church, 35 Washington St. The Kaleidoscope Chamber Ensemble performs a program of chamber music featuring flute, oboe, clarinet, cello, violin and viola. Free admission; free-will offering collected at the door to benefit the Old North Church Piano Restoration Fund. www.kaleidoscopechamber.com, 781-631-1244.
Sunday, Feb. 9
Marblehead: MIT @ CHA, 9:30 to 11 a.m., Cohen Hillel Academy, 6 Community Road. Adults and their preschool children are invited for science and engineering activities, music and movement, healthy snacks, and fun with other preschoolers. Reservations appreciated. Free. Renee Rudnick, email@example.com or 781-639-2880.
Peabody: “The Lincoln Assassination,” 2 p.m., Smith Barn Carriage Room, 38 Felton St. Historian Christopher Daley will discuss the events leading up to and following the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. Using historic and contemporary photographs, and video footage, Daley will recount the escape and capture of John Wilkes Booth and the trial and execution of Booth’s coconspirators. Visit www.peabodyhistorical.org for updates in case of bad weather.
Beverly: Piano Dedication Concert & Valentine Tea, 3 p.m., Memorial United Methodist Church, 2 Dane St. To celebrate the gift of a grand piano to the church. Katy Fickenwirth, director of music, and guest musicians Janet Glasser, Peter Fickenwirth and Robert Littlefield will present a program of sacred and secular songs, as well as works for piano four hands, and piano and tuba. A Valentine tea will follow the concert. Free. 978-927-5414, firstname.lastname@example.org.