PUBLIC READING AND BOOK SIGNING. Monday, March 4, 7:30 p.m., Montserrat College of Art’s Writing Studio, 238 Cabot St., Beverly. Montserrat’s Writing Studio will host “Maybe You’ll Find What Haunts You: An Event Presented by Roots+Limbs Press.” Free. Event features performances by Michael Flatt, Colleen Michaels, Janna Plant, Ariella Ruth, Meghan Schardt and Annie Sicherman. Roots+Limbs books and chaplets available for purchase. www.montserrat.edu.
SALEM FIRST FRIDAY. Friday, March 1, downtown and Pickering Wharf, Salem. A Salem Main Streets initiative. Downtown and Pickering Wharf businesses host special events, including cooking demonstrations, live music, art showings and other creative events, and offer special discounts and promotions. March First Friday events feature a cross-promotion with Disney that includes a scavenger hunt with the theme of “Oz the Great and Powerful.” Customers need only to check into eight participating First Friday businesses and end at CinemaSalem, where they will turn in their check-in cards for a chance to win a prize pack. salemfirstfriday.com.
“PIRATES AND PRIVATEERS” PARTY. Saturday, March 2, 8 to 11 p.m., Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St. Music from Rum and Revelation, sea chanteys from Glover’s Marblehead Regiment, gourmet hors d’oeuvres, and complimentary beer and wine with ticket. Signature rum drink available for purchase. Tickets $60 online at www.salemathenaeum.net or at the door. 978-744-2540.
Lectures, discussions and presentations
“PRACTICAL WISDOM AND RATIONAL CHOICE: ECONOMICS’ PROPER PLACE IN THE SOCIAL SCIENCES.” Thursday, Feb. 28, 4:45 p.m., Gordon College, 255 Grapevine Road, Jenks 406, Wenham. Annual Franz Lecture hosted by Gordon College’s social sciences division, featuring Dr. Andrew Yuengert. Free. A reception will be held in the Jenks Alumni Reading Room before the lecture. www.gordon.edu/franzlecture or 978-867-4568.
“UNDERSTANDING THE NEW RACING RULES OF SAILING.” Saturday, March 2, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Eastern Yacht Club, 47 Foster St., Marblehead. Eastern Yacht Club Sailing Committee’s 2013 Winter Speaker Series features Dave Perry, who will highlight the changes in the 2013-2016 RRS and the tactical options as they relate to the new rules. Sign up to reserve a spot. $85/U.S. Sailing members, $115/nonmembers, $50/junior sailors and high school students. $10/lunch. Register at http://northu.com/Seminars/NorthUSchedule/tabid/1461/language/en-US/Default.aspx?modid=75490&func=view&eid=42.