BENEFIT READING AND SIGNING. Thursday, March 7, 6 p.m., Northeast Arc’s ArcWorks Community Art Center, 22 Foster St., Peabody. Author James Phoenix will present read and sign his new novel, “Frame Up,” to benefit ArcWorks Community Art Center. 978-624-2497 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
PROM DONATIONS. Beverly Bootstraps Thrift Shop is accepting donations of housewares, prom dresses and accessories at 198 Rantoul St. The thrift shop is especially seeking donations for its prom shopping night on March 9. 978-921-4710.
WINTER SOCIAL. Saturday, March 9, 6:30 to 11:30 p.m., AOH Hall, 104 Boston St., Salem. Wooshie’s Warriors will host to benefit the MS Society Walk. Includes music by DJ Leo Jalbert, food and fun. Tickets available in advance or at the door. email@example.com or 978-979-0431.
ZUMBA-THON CHARITY EVENT. Sunday, March 10, 1 to 3 p.m., Gordon College Bennett Center, 255 Grapevine Road, Wenham. Benefitting the ALS Association Massachusetts Chapter. More than 10 Zumba instructors will be present. Event includes raffles, prizes, refreshments, food, and a special Latin dance performance by Tomas and Kimberly. $20 cash or check made payable to the ALS Association. firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOSPICE FUNDRAISER. Tuesday, March 12, The Landing on Marblehead Harbor, 81 Front St., Marblehead. The restaurant’s Tuesday Charity Night Series will benefit Hospice of the North Shore & Greater Boston. Twenty percent of the evening’s dining room sales will be donated to the nonprofit organization, which provides hospice and palliative care services to residents in more than 90 communities in Massachusetts. In addition to dining, guests can partake in a raffle and mini live auction. Reservations can be made at 781-639-1266 or email@example.com.
“THE SOUND OF MUSIC.” The Community House of Hamilton and Wenham presents an in-house production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s show on Friday, March 8, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, March 9, 3 and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, March 10, 3 p.m., at 284 Bay Road, Hamilton. Advance tickets $18 for adults and $13 for children; tickets at the door $20 for adults and $15 for children. Call to reserve seats. www.communityhouse.org or 978-468-4818, ext. 10.
“WIRED.TO.THE.EDGE.” Thursday, March 7, 7:30 p.m., Salem State University Recital Hall, Central Campus, 71 Loring Ave. Experimental music ensemble combines traditional acoustic instruments, electronic instruments, computer programming, found audio and video clips to create original musical soundscapes. The music department’s handbell and percussion ensembles will join Wired in this performance. Free. 978-542-7890 or salemstate.edu/arts.
FOLK MUSIC CONCERT. Friday, March 8, 7:30 p.m., Northshore Unitarian Universalist Church, 323 Locust St., Danvers. The Gloucester Clog and Hornpipe Society will perform. The concert is part of the church’s Music in the Woods series and will feature traditional Irish tunes and songs in celebration of Irish Music Month, with some original songs by Diane Taraz and Lynn Noel and original tunes by Nancy Koch and John Berger. Concert will also include maritime songs, a modern parody of an Irish ballad and an Appalachian tune with a pogo cello solo by David Rosen. $20/adults, $15/seniors and students, free for children under 13. 978-774-7582 or www.nsuu.org.
10TH ANNUAL COMMEMORATIVE GOSPEL & JAZZ BRUNCH. Saturday, March 9, 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Angelica’s Restaurant, Route 114, Middleton. Building Bridges Through Music’s event includes food and an extensive lineup of musical performers. Scholarship and community service recognition awards will be presented. $50/ticket, $500/table. Proceeds benefit Building Bridges Through Music’s community outreach programs and scholarships for disadvantaged children. 781-479-8327, firstname.lastname@example.org or http://bbtmbrunch.eventbrite.com/#.
MUSIC AND MORE SERIES: BIRD MANCINI. Saturday, March 9, 7:30 p.m., STC, 90 Lafayette St., Salem. Duo performing eclectic acoustic rock pop style with vocals, guitar, accordion, harmonica and percussion. $15. 978-790-8546 or www.salemtheatre.com.
“IRISH TUNES.” Monday, March 11, 9:30 a.m., Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St. John Archer (vocals) and Dan Murphy (piano) return to “Monday Mornings” for their annual celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. With holiday refreshments and singalong to classic and traditional Irish favorites. No registration required; handicapped-accessible. Light refreshments served starting at 9 a.m. 978-921-6062 or email@example.com.
KNIFE-SHARPENING CLINIC. Saturday, March 9, 1 to 3 p.m., Shubie’s Marketplace, 16 Atlantic Ave., Marblehead. Led by a representative from Wusthof Knives. Learn how to care for knives and bring one knife to be sharpened for free and up to three more (any brand) for $3 each. All proceeds donated to Marblehead Food Pantry. 781-631-0149.
AMATEUR CHILI COOK-OFF. Sunday, March 10, 4 to 6 p.m., Victoria Station, Pickering Wharf, Salem. Chili tasting from 4 to 6 p.m.; voting takes place at 6 p.m. Any chili leftover after the tasting session will be available to those who voted. Chili sampling ticket costs $10 and includes cornbread, chips, a taste of nine chilis and a vote for the winning cook. Winner receives $100 and 50 percent of 50-50 raffle. Remaining proceeds go to Manda Jensen-McKeo.
WINE, DINNER AND BOOK SIGNING. Tuesday, March 12, Finz Restaurant, 76 Wharf St., Salem. Dinner with visiting master chef and author Brendan Cronin. Cocktail reception, 6:15 p.m.; dinner, 6:30 p.m. Chat with Cronin about his newly released autobiography, “Cheffin’: From Potatoes to Caviar,” while sampling his recipes prepared by Finz’s chefs and paired with a selection of wines. Space is limited. Reserve a table at 978-744-8485.
MCCARTHY SPRING CRAFT FAIR. Saturday, March 9, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., McCarthy School, 76 Lake St., Peabody. More than 50 crafters and vendors, raffles, cookie walk, snack bar, Scholastic book fair, and activities for children. Free admission. McCarthyfair@aol.com.
Children and families
SCIENCE NIGHT. Thursday, March 7, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Witchcraft Heights Elementary School, 1 Frederick St., Salem. Salem elementary-level students and their families are invited to see presentations from the Museum of Science, New England Aquarium and Salem State University students, as well as live animal presentations. Funded by the Read Trust. 978-740-1290, ext. 306, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
M IS FOR MUSEUM: AROUND THE WORLD WITH MISS COLUMBIA. Friday, March 8, 10 a.m., Wenham Museum, 132 Main St. Hear the story of how Miss Columbia, the museum’s most famous doll, traveled the world long before airplanes. Enjoy a snack from the other side of the world, and make a keepsake passport to record travels. Led by museum educators, the program is appropriate for visitors in preschool and older. $8/adults, $6/children ages 1 and older. www.wenhammuseum.org or 978-468-2377.
CHECK OUT THE CHICKS. Saturday, March 9, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Green Meadows Farm, 656 Asbury St., Hamilton. Children of all ages are invited to meet all 300 baby chicks. Throughout March, the farm stand will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. www.gmfarm.com or 978-468-2277.
SPECIAL KIDS SHOW. Saturday, March 9, 10:30 a.m., Me&Thee Coffeehouse, Unitarian Universalist Church, 28 Mugford St., Marblehead. Featuring Tim Rowell and the Chicken Pluckers. Music on the banjo, fiddle, guitar, ukulele and mandolin. Tim, Woody and Marylou will perform a combination of a variety of musical backgrounds showcasing the diversity in American roots music. Interactive music experiences included. Doors open at 10. $20 for a family ticket; $10/adults; $5/children. Tickets available at www.meanthee.org, the Spirit of ’76 Bookstore or the Arnould Gallery in Marblehead.
MAPLE SUGARING TOURS. Saturdays and Sundays, March 9, 10, 16 and 17, at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. Tour the sanctuary’s sugar bush and learn how to identify a sugar maple tree, observe tapping and sap collection methods, discover how sap becomes syrup in the sugar house, and get a sweet taste of the final product. Rain or shine. Warm up after the tour by the wood stove in the barn, where food, sweets, books, gift items and more are available for purchase. $9/adults, $8/children, free/children under 3. Discounts available for Mass Audubon members. Advance registration required at 978-887-9264. www.massaudubon.org/ipswichriver.
STORY TRAILS: WHEN BOOKS FLY. Sunday, March 10, 2 to 3 p.m., Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, Salem. Event includes a participatory reading of William Joyce’s “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore,” a screening of the short film based on the story, then a chance to make an animated flip book to take home. Tickets available the day of program. Meet at information desk. www.pem.org/calendar or 978-745-9500, ext. 3011.
Lectures, presentations and discussions
DAYTIME BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP. Thursday, March 7, 1 p.m., Sohier Room, Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St. The group will discuss “Babbitt” by Sinclair Lewis. No registration needed. Handicapped-accessible. Discussion titles are available at checkout desk, or they may be available on alternate formats (CD or downloadable audiobook or e-book). Search online catalog, or ask library’s reference staff for assistance at 978-921-6062.
A FOREIGN PRESENTATION. Saturday, March 9, 3 p.m., Masonic Hall, 20 Washington St., Beverly. Morgensolen Lodge, Sons of Norway, invites the public to hear a presentation by Peter Hanson of his trip to L’Anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland. L’Anse aux Meadows is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is believed to be the settlement dating to the year 1000 of the Vikings in America. email@example.com.
“IRISH NEED NOT APPLY.” Sunday, March 10, 2 p.m., Felton-Smith historic site, Felton Street, Ipswich. Peabody Historical Society features a lecture and slide show by Christopher Daley. Stories about immigration into Boston after the Great Potato Famine, the anti-Irish-Catholic sentiment, how the Irish banded together and how they were finally assimilated into American culture will be told. Free/Society members, $5/nonmembers. Handicapped-accessible. 978-531-0805 or www.peabodyhistorical.org.
EXHIBIT AND BOOK PRESENTATION. Sunday, March 10, 3 p.m., Ipswich Museum, 54 S. Main St. Local teacher, author and researcher Scott Jewell will give an overview of the exhibit and sign copies of his book “Ipswich in the Civil War.” Exhibit showcases the role Ipswich played in the Civil War through the war stories of 462 people who lived in Ipswich before, during and after the war, and served in the military. Free/members and children, $7/nonmembers, $5/seniors. 978-356-2811 or www.ipswichmuseum.org.
JANE AUSTEN TEA AND LECTURE. Monday, March 11, 6:30 p.m., Swampscott Public Library, 61 Burrill St. Maria Folsom, professor of literature at Wheelock College, will present “Jane Austen is Alive and Well and Living in Swampscott,” which will explore the everlasting appeal of Austen to her readers and her influence on other authors, even modern-day writers. Register by calling 781-596-8867. Program highlights Jane Austen Week at the library. Also, on Tuesday, March 12, at 1 p.m., the library will screen “The Jane Austen Book Club”; “Sense and Sensibility” at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 13; “Pride and Prejudice” at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 14; “You’ve Got Mail” on Friday, March 15, 10:30 a.m., a comedy starring Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks who discuss “Pride and Prejudice” throughout the movie; and “Becoming Jane” at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 16. www.noblenet.org/swampscott.
CLIMBER AND MOUNTAIN GUIDE TO SPEAK. Monday, March 11, 7 p.m., Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St., Peabody. Craig John will discuss climbing and guiding around the world. John’s talk will focus on his ascent of the North Ridge of Mount Everest and other expeditions. Sponsored by the Friends of the Peabody Institute Libraries. 978-531-0100, ext. 10, or www.peabodylibrary.org.
SHARE A LAUGH WITH JOY BEHAR. Tuesday, March 12, 7:30 p.m., JCC, 4 Community Road, Marblehead. Hear comedian and talk show host Behar, who will speak live in New York City and be simulcast at the JCC with Judy Gold. Attendees have an opportunity to ask questions. $12/JCC members, $10/nonmembers. Save a spot at 781-631-8330.
AUTHOR VISIT. Wednesday, March 13, 7 p.m., Peabody Institute Library, 15 Sylvan St., Danvers. Laura Harrington will read from and sign her novel “Alice Bliss,” a Mass Book Award winner. Harrington will answer questions after the reading. Spirit of ’76 will have copies available for purchase. Reception with light refreshments at 6:30 p.m. 978-774-0554.
“EXERCISE TIPS FOR MOM: FEEL STRONG, BE STRONG.” Wednesday, March 13, 7 p.m., Harmeling Physical Therapy, 255 Grapevine Road, Wenham. Interactive class for all moms, new and experienced. Learn how to strengthen abdominal and pelvic-floor muscles, start or resume an exercise program, and review correct body mechanics. Free; reservations requested at 978-524-0000.
A BIT OF IRISH HISTORY WITH A DOSE OF BLARNEY. Wednesday, March 13, 7:30 p.m., Ipswich Public Library, Collins Room, 25 N. Main St. Bill O’Riordan will share Irish-American history, Irish culture, folklore, myth and music. Sponsored by the Friends of the Ipswich Public Library. 978-356-6648.
SALEM RECYCLES COMMITTEE MEETING. Saturday, March 9, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., Beverly Cooperative Bank, Community Room, Lafayette and Derby streets, Salem. Learn how to get involved in recycling initiatives and events. Committee members will be available to answer questions and share information. Coffee served. Park on the street. firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-619-5679.
A LECTURE ON CONSERVATION. Wednesday, March 13, 5:30 p.m., Zumi’s Espresso & Ice Cream, 40 Market St., Ipswich. Essex County Greenbelt’s Mary Williamson and David Santomenna speak on the nonprofit land trust’s conservation of the farmland, wildlife habitat and scenic landscapes of Essex County. Free. www.zumis.com or 978-356-1988.
ELM WORKSHOP. Wednesday, March 13, 7 p.m., Ipswich Town Hall, Conference Room A, 25 Green St. Ipswich Garden Club and Ipswich Department of Public Works will develop and implement a plan to manage Ipswich’s remaining elm trees. Club will hold a presentation and training for those interested in Ipswich’s elm trees. Arborists Ben Staples and John Feener will join the club’s Kerry Mackin to present up-to-date information on the condition of the remaining elms and to train volunteers to help monitor the remaining elms for early signs of disease. Presentation will cover how to identify elms, specific trees of interest in the downtown area, identifying signs of Dutch elm disease and other problems that affect elms, possible treatment for diseased trees (and costs), and organizing a team of volunteers to monitor specific trees in town. Reserve a spot at email@example.com. Light refreshments served.
INDEPENDENT FILM SCREENINGS. Thursday, March 7, and Tuesday, March 12, 11:40 a.m., “Mysterious Places in Essex County,” and 12:15 p.m., “Schoonermen Stories of Cape Ann,” at Hollywood Hits Theatre, Hutchinson Drive, Danvers. $5/general, $4/seniors. 978-777-2711.
“NEO-BAROQUE MINIMALISM, AND ALL THAT.” Meet-the-artist event on Sunday, March 10, noon to 2 p.m., Stetson Gallery, Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead, 28 Mugford St., Marblehead. Exhibit features paintings and sculptures by award-winning artist Daniel Rocha. Gallery is open during church events, when church staff are in the building, and by appointment. 781-639-1215, firstname.lastname@example.org, 508-641-0767 or 617-285-6265.
MAA EXHIBIT RECEPTION. Sunday, March 10, 2 to 4 p.m., Marblehead Arts Association, 8 Hooper St., Marblehead. Exhibit features mixed media work by local artists David Lieb, Leslie Fahn Rosenberg, Elizabeth Neville and Eva Hoffman. Gallery hours are Tuesday and Wednesday, noon to 5 p.m.; Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 781-631-2608 or marbleheadarts.org.
DALY AND DALY, CROSSROADS. Mother/daughter exhibit of paintings and sculptures by local artists Elaine and Dianna Daly. Runs until March 9 at the Cloister Gallery, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 136 Lafayette St., Marblehead. Gallery hours, Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.; and Sunday, 8 a.m. to noon. Handicapped-accessible. 781-631-4951.
GULU-GULU CAFE. March 7, Bobby Spellman Jazz Quartet; March 8, The Found Objects; March 9, Noel Snow; March 10, Hannah Cranton, CD release party; March 13, 7:30 p.m., Open Mike Shindig. Events run from 8 to 11 p.m., unless otherwise noted. 247 Essex St., Salem. 978-740-8882.
FINZ SEAFOOD & GRILL. Friday, March 8, 9 p.m. to midnight, Pocket Radio. 76 Wharf St., Pickering Wharf, Salem. 978-744-8485 or email@example.com.
IN A PIG’S EYE. March 7, Dave Bailin and Bailouts; March 8, 4 to 7 p.m., Blues Jam, and 2 Base Hit from 9 to 11:30 p.m.; March 9, Juke Joint 5; March 10, 7 to 10 p.m., Ervin Dhimo Trio; March 11, Open Mike with Spike Emerson; March 13, Brian Cogger Band with Eric Reardon. 148 Derby St., Salem. 978-741-4436.
ME&THEE COFFEEHOUSE. March 8, “Joni Mitchell’s Blue: A 40th Anniversary Celebration,” a special tribute concert featuring female singer/songwriters performing all the songs from Joni Mitchell’s “Blue” album in addition to original songs inspired by her album. Musicians include Honor Finnegan, Meg Braun, Sharon Goldman, Victoria Lavington, Catherine Miles, Karyn Oliver, Elisa Peimer, Allison Scola, Anna Dagmar, Carolann Solebello and Allison Tartalia. $20/advance, $23 at the door. Coffeehouse located at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 28 Mugford St., Marblehead. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., music starts at 8 p.m. 781-631-8987 or www.meandthee.org.