SCRAP METAL DRIVE. Saturday, April 14, 8 a.m. to noon, Lynch Park, 55 Ober St., Beverly. Beverly Little League will hold a scrap metal drive to raise money for field maintenance, scholarships and uniforms. Accepted items for recycling include: aluminum siding, barbecue grills, batteries, electronic motors, fans, fire extinguishers, lawn mowers (no fluids), microwave ovens, toasters, tools and baby strollers. Laurie.email@example.com.
TEXAS HOLD 'EM FOR A CAUSE. Saturday, April 14, 12:30 to 5 p.m., Peabody Elks Lodge, 38 Oak St. Poker, lunch, raffles and chair massages ($1 a minute) to raise money for the North Shore Arthritis Walk. Registration and lunch, 12:30 p.m.; games begin at 1:15 p.m. $25 per player. Raffle tickets, five for $3, 10 for $5 and $5 for premium raffles. 978-394-2504 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
"GREEN CARS AND TRANSPORTATION." Tuesday, April 17, 7 p.m., Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St., Peabody. A presentation by AAA's car doctor, John Paul. Paul will discuss hybrid and alternative fuel vehicles and will help answer questions and discuss things that can be done with cars to help save money on fuel and reduce air pollution. Free. Registration required at 978-531-0100, ext. 10, or www.peabodylibrary.org.
WEDNESDAY EVENING LECTURE. Wednesday, April 18, 7:30 p.m., Ipswich Museum, 54 S. Main St. Local educator Catherine Hommes presents "Anne Bradstreet in Ipswich," on the daily life, culture and families in the inner circle of America's first poet. Small collection of objects Bradstreet would have used will be on display. 2012 marks 400th anniversary of Bradstreet's birth. Refreshments served following lecture. $10/nonmembers, free/members. www.ipswichmuseum.org or 978-356-2811.
INTERCOLLEGIATE JAZZ FEST. Thursday, April 12, 7 p.m., Rose Performance Hall, Center for the Arts, Endicott College, 376 Hale St., Beverly. Endicott College Jazz Band hosts the fourth annual festival featuring Endicott, Gordon College, Salem State University, Beverly High School and Waring School jazz bands. Made possible with support from the Lion's Pride Foundation and the van Otterloo Family Foundation. 978-998-7700.
JAZZ APPRECIATION DAY. Saturday, April 14, 2 to 4 p.m., Salem Five Community Room, 210 Essex St., Salem. Salem Jazz and Soul Festival and Salem host third annual concert. Free Salem State University and Salem High School students will perform jazz standards. Special art contest themed "What Music Means to Me," with works submitted by grade-school students; public can vote for favorite pieces. www.salemjazzsoul.com.
THE NEW BOSTON DUO PERFORMANCE. Saturday, April 14, 7:30 p.m., Salem Theatre Company, 90 Lafayette St. Gypsy swing ensemble featuring violinist Elizabeth Burke and guitarist George Little performs music of jazz, rock and flamenco roots as part of the theater company's Season Nine Music & More series. $17/advance, $20/at the door; purchase tickets at www.salemtheatre.com or at the box office 30 minutes prior (if available).
"TRAVEL AND ROMANCE: AN EVENING OF ROMANTIC COMPOSERS." Saturday, April 14, 7:30 p.m., Northshore Unitarian Universalist Church, 323 Locust St., Danvers. "Music in the Woods" presents concert featuring tenor Brendan P. Buckley, soprano Katrina Holden and pianist John Kramer performing romantic songs by Beethoven, Duparc, Debussy, Strauss, Bizet and Vaughn Williams. $10/ticket, free/children 12 and under. www.nsuu.org.
"SINGERS OF EXSULTEMUS: THE ASTONISHING ETON CHOIRBOOK." Saturday, April 14, 8 p.m., Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St., and Sunday, April 15, 4 p.m., Ascension Memorial Church, 31 County St., Ipswich. Cambridge Society for Early Music and Salem Athenaeum present unusual concert, "Singers of Exsultemus: The Astonishing Eton Choirbook," featuring six sublime singers from the early music choir, Exsultemus, performing pieces from the Eton Choirbook. $30/general, $25/seniors, free/students. www.csem.org, 617-489-2062 or email@example.com.
JAZZ JAM SESSION. Sunday, April 15, 3 to 6 p.m., Chianti, 285 Cabot St., Beverly. Live Jazz Sessions, created by Barbara Alex, supports a community of all ages, professional and nonprofessional musicians, and provides a stage for education, growth, experimentation, performance and networking. Vocalists are asked to bring charts. Session features John Funkhouser Trio. Free/performers, $5/cover for nonperformers. www.livejazzsessions.org or Balex@comcast.net.
WITCHPITCH? ANNUAL SPRING CONCERT. Sunday, April 15, 7:30 p.m., Salem High School auditorium, 77 Willson St. Preview for trip to New York City for a cappella finals and fundraiser for travel costs. Saltonstall School's new a cappella group, Salt n' Singers, will open concert. $10/adults, $5/students and seniors. Also, WitchPitch? merchandise for sale. firstname.lastname@example.org.
STORY AND DANCING. Thursday, April 12, 10 a.m., Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St., Peabody. Boston Ballet School's Children's Program will present a ballet story featuring a child-friendly version of "Don Quixote." After the story, children can view Boston Ballet costumes, pointe shoes and tiaras. Event ends with a dance lesson from the school staff to music excerpts from the "Don Quixote" score. Free. www.bostonballet.org.
HEALTHY KIDS DAY. Saturday, April 14, 10 a.m. to noon, Ipswich Family YMCA, 110 County Road. Healthy Kids Day includes bounce house, bike rodeo, Good Farm interactive game, child IDs, firetruck and smokehouse, pitching station, petting zoo, karate clinic, skin screenings, and tennis clinic with Boston Lobsters; Radio Disney on-site. Several freebies available. Free. www.northshoreymca.org.
FLYING MODEL ROCKETS. Saturday, April 14, 10 a.m., Collins Meeting Room or on the Children's Plaza, Ipswich Public Library, 25 N. Main St. A member of the Central Massachusetts Spacemodeling Society will present a family program on flying model rockets. Program part of library's Community Read program featuring "October Sky" by Homer Hickam. 978-356-6649.
SPRINGTIME STORY AND CRAFT. Saturday, April 14, 11 a.m. to noon, Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., Hamilton. Celebrate the season with stories and a craft featuring the return of spring. Great for children ages 2 and older. Free. www.hwlibrary.org.
MUSIC TOGETHER. Saturday, April 14, 11 a.m., Peabody Institute Library Main Branch, Children's Room, 82 Main St., Peabody. Popular music and movement demo class for children birth through age 5 and their families, led by Teresa Coelho. Registration required at 978-531-0100, ext. 29. Program funded by a Massachusetts CFCE Grant awarded to Peabody Public Schools.
CHILDREN'S MUSIC CONCERT. Tuesday, April 17, 10:30 a.m., Peabody Institute Library Main Branch, Children's Room, 82 Main St., Peabody. Interactive singalong concert with award-winning singer and songwriter Charlie Hope. Concert for children ages 3 to 6 years and their families. Registration required at 978-531-0100, ext. 29. Program funded by a Massachusetts CFCE Grant awarded to Peabody Public Schools.
ROCKETS. Wednesday, April 18, 10 and 11 a.m., Collins Meeting Room, Ipswich Public Library, 25 N. Main St. Staff from the Boston Museum of Science will present a program for children on rockets (also at 11 a.m.). Program part of library's Community Read program featuring "October Sky" by Homer Hickam. 978-356-6649.
PJ FAMILY STORY TIME. Wednesday, April 18, 7 p.m., Peabody Institute Library Main Branch, Children's Room, 82 Main St., Peabody. Wear PJs and bring a blanket and special friend to enjoy stories, songs and a bedtime snack. Call to reserve a spot, 978-531-0100, ext. 29.
Home and garden
THE ROSE MAN LECTURE. Thursday, April 12, 7 p.m., St. Thomas Parish Center, 3 Margin St., Peabody. Salem Garden Club presents guest speaker Irwin Ehrenreich, master gardener and owner of The Rose Man. Ehrenreich will cover rose classification and care from spring pruning through winter protection. Following the lecture, Ehrenreich will share a slide show of his own rose garden and details of its design. Light refreshments served. $5 nonmember contribution requested. Program follows business meeting. 617-548-7539.
SPRING GARDENS CLEANUP. Saturday, April 14, 9 a.m. to noon, Whipple House lawn, 1 South Village Green, Ipswich. Judith Hallberg, Ipswich Museum's gardens chair, will lead volunteers in uncovering the gardens for the season; bring gloves and a rake. Coffee and doughnuts provided. Rain date Sunday, April 15, 9 a.m. to noon. 978-356-8696.
MAKE MOISTURIZER. Tuesday, April 17, 7 p.m., Beverly Public Library, lower level, 32 Essex St. Learn how to make facial/hand moisturizer from Nancy Engle. Hosted by the Friendly Garden Club of Beverly. $2 guest fee, $15 materials fee to participate and take home creation. Light refreshment served. 978-712-0712 or www.beverlygardenclub.org.
INTERNATIONAL FILM SERIES: "TRAIN OF LIFE." Friday, April 13, 1:30 p.m., North Shore Community College, DS119, 1 Ferncroft Road, Danvers. NSCC's Council on International Education presents. A village fool of a small Jewish community warns townsfolk that the Nazis are coming and advises them to build a fake deportation train to cross the Russian border and get to Palestine; some Jews dress in German uniforms, while others are affected by Communism when nearing Russian border. Public welcome; may not be suitable for children. 781-593-6722, ext. 6694.
DOCUMENTARY FILM SCREENING. Wednesday, April 18, 7 p.m., Collins Meeting Room, Ipswich Public Library, 25 N. Main St. A screening of the documentary film "Welcome to Coalwood," which features interviews with Homer Hickam and other members of the Coalwood community. Program part of library's Community Read program featuring "October Sky" by Homer Hickam. Registration required at 978-412-8713.
"HAUNTED HISTORY OF NEW ENGLAND." Friday, April 13, 10:15 a.m. to noon, Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., Hamilton. Christopher Daley melds historical fact together with legend and myth to produce a new look at events that really happened and the stories of haunting that followed. www.hwlibrary.org.
ROBERT RANTOUL'S BEVERLY. Saturday, April 14, 9 a.m., Cabot House, 117 Cabot St., Beverly. Beverly Historical Society presents a 2.5-mile walking tour with Darren Brown about statesman and business leader Robert Rantoul. Tour will include visits to the family home and his final resting spot in Central Cemetery. Meet at the Cabot House. $5/nonmembers, free/members. www.beverlyhistory.org, 978-922-1186 or email@example.com.
BHS CLASS OF 1959 OPEN FORUM. Sunday, April 15, 1 to 5 p.m., Beverly Public Library, Sohier Room, 32 Essex St. To discuss the design of a collective memoir compiled by Stephen T. Mugglebee, 1959 BHS grad and author of "MacKenzie Heat." Class members submitted collective memories of growing up in Beverly from childhood through high school. Free. Moderated by Mugglebee and small panel of class members. All are welcome. Refreshments served. Handicapped-accessible. 978-921-6062.
WREATH LAYING. Monday, April 16, 10 a.m., Lexington Monument, Washington Street, Peabody. Peabody Historical Society will honor fallen soldiers from South Danvers at the Battle of Lexington at the start of the Revolutionary War by laying a wreath at the Lexington Monument. Peabody Veterans Council, Peabody Veterans Honor Guard and Danvers Alarm List will participate. 978-531-0805.
Poetry, books and book groups
"SHORE LINES: LIFE LESSONS FROM THE SEA." Thursday, April 12, 7:30 p.m., Beverly Public Library, Sohier Room, 32 Essex St. Author Edwin Lynn will discuss his book, a composition of 27 short essays that create a connection between the sea and human experiences. Free. Refreshments served. Copies of "Shore Lines" available for purchase. 978-921-6062.
PRINCEMERE WRITERS SERIES. Thursday, April 12, 7:30 p.m., Barrington Center for the Arts, cinema room 138, Gordon College, 255 Grapevine Road, Wenham. Award-winning poet Sorina Higgins, graduate of the Bread Loaf program at Middlebury College, will read from her new book, "Caduceus," and Joshua Scott-Fishburn, a graduate of the Seattle Pacific MFA program and currently a humanities teacher at Waring School in Beverly, will read from his new nonfiction manuscript. Free.
LITERARY LUNCHEON BOOK GROUP. Tuesday, April 17, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., Hamilton. Group will discuss "The Life of Pi" by Yann Martel. Bring brown-bag lunch; beverages and dessert served. www.hwlibrary.org.
AFTERNOON TEA AND BOOKS. Tuesday, April 17, 1 p.m., Swampscott Public Library, 61 Burrill St. Group will discuss "Emily, Alone" by Stewart O'Nan. New members welcome. 781-596-8867 or www.noblenet.org/swampscott/.
POETS NIGHT AND OPEN MIKE. Tuesday, April 17, 6:30 p.m., Middleton Community Center, 38 Maple St. In celebration of Poetry Month, Middleton Arts Association will sponsor annual event. Original or favorite poems welcome. Free; refreshments served. Handicapped-accessible. 978-740-3212.
INDOOR YARD SALE. Saturday, April 14, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Memorial United Methodist Church, 2 Dane St., Beverly. The church will hold an indoor yard sale featuring small yard sale items, books, white elephant items, records, games, furniture, tapes, puzzles, CDs and toys for sale. To donate items, call 978-927-1066. No TVs, air conditioners, computers or clothing accepted.
SHOP MIDDLETON OPEN HOUSE. Saturday, April 14, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Howe-Manning Elementary School gym, 26 Central St., Middleton. Middleton Board of Trade will host, for residents to learn about Middleton businesses and enjoy product offerings, refreshments, coupons and demonstrations. www.MiddletonBOT.com.
"ZERO TO NINETY." Opening reception, Sunday, April 15, 2 to 4 p.m., Marblehead Arts Association, 8 Hooper St. New England open exhibit celebrates Marblehead Arts Association's 90th anniversary. Exhibit features watercolor, oil and acrylic paintings, mixed media, and photography created by MAA members and nonmembers from around New England. Also, Marblehead's five garden clubs will present "Art in Bloom," interpreting works of art in floral arrangements. On view through Sunday, April 29. Reception is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 to 5 p.m. 781-631-2608.
MONTSERRAT SENIOR ILLUSTRATION I RECEPTION. Wednesday, April 18, 5 to 8 p.m., 301 Gallery, 301 Cabot St., Beverly. Reception for Montserrat College of Art's Illustration program senior thesis exhibit "Bittersweet," on view through Friday, April 20. Exhibit features work by Mori Clark, Ben Donahue, Josh Melamed, Megan Pepin, Gabrielle Pisano, Ashley Ruel and Matt Tanzi. Public welcome. firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-867-9604.
"LITTLE UTOPIAS — SPLENDOR REVEALED." Lynn artist Steve Harrington at Cloister Gallery of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 135 Lafayette St., Marblehead, through Tuesday, May 8. Artwork based on Harrington and his husband's idea for a small landscape design business called Little Utopias, to design beautiful gardens for small spaces: decks, backyards, nooks and crannies. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. to noon; Saturday, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.; and Sunday, 8 a.m. to noon. Handicapped-accessible. 781-631-4951 or email@example.com.
"SHE PAINTS/SHE PAPERS." On view through Thursday, May 3, Gallery at Grosvenor Park, 7 Loring Hills Ave., Vinnin Square, Salem. Exhibit features Janet Albert (She Paints) of Salem and Holly Chin (She Papers) of Marblehead. Handicapped-accessible. 978-741-5700.
"CHILDHOOD AND MEMORY." On view through Sunday, May 6, Time and Tide Fine Art, 4 Market St., Ipswich. Exhibit celebrates the memory of childhood's dreamy days. Free. 978-238-8848 or Kristina@TimeAndTideFineArt.com.
ART THAT CELEBRATES THE SPIRIT OF THE RABBIT. On view through Saturday, May 26, True North Gallery, 25 Woodbury St., Hamilton. True North Gallery presents "Rabbit! Rabbit! Art Inspired by Arctic Hares, Snowshoe Hares, and Magical, Mythical Rabbits," a group exhibition featuring the work of 17 artists from all over the world. The show, which takes its name from the folk belief that saying "Rabbit! Rabbit!" at the start of every month brings good luck, includes a variety of rabbit-inspired art. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m., and Sundays by chance and appointment. 978-468-1962 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
FINZ SEAFOOD & GRILL. April 12, 8 to 11 p.m., Michael Mazola; April 13, 9 p.m. to midnight, Paul Speidel. 76 Wharf St., Pickering Wharf, Salem. 978-744-8485, email@example.com.
GULU-GULU. April 12, 8 p.m., Bopkick; April 13, 8 p.m., Heartsleeves; April 14, 8 p.m., Amber Blues; April 18, 7:30 p.m., Open Mike Wednesday Nights. 247 Essex St., Salem. 978-740-8882.
HARDCOVER CAFE. April 13, Sandy Casey. 15A Newbury St. (Route 1 north), Danvers. 978-774-1223.
HOWLING WOLF TAQUERIA. April 12, System Soul; April 13, Tim Peck Trio; April 14, The Willows; April 15, 6 to 8 p.m., Steve Spungin. Shows are 9 p.m. to midnight unless otherwise noted. 76 Lafayette St., Salem; www.feedyourwolf.com.
IN A PIG'S EYE. April 12, Vanilla Manvelope; April 13, 4 to 7 p.m., Blues Jam; April 14, Charlie Keating Blues Band; April 15, 7 to 10 p.m., Lydia Harrell; April 16, Open mike with Orville Giddings; April 18, Funkatronic. 148 Derby St., Salem. 978-741-4436.
ME&THEE COFFEEHOUSE. Friday, April 13, 8 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead, 28 Mugford St., Marblehead. Singer-songwriter Melissa Ferrick performs. Kristin Cifelli, based in Boston, opens the show. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $22 in advance and $25 at the door. 781-631-8987 or www.meandthee.org.
RED ROCK BISTRO. April 15, noon to 3 p.m., vocalist Janine Graham, pianist John Hyde and guitarist Erik Ringstad. 141 Humphrey St., Swampscott. 781-595-1414 or www.redrockbistro.com.