LA PETITE BOUTIQUE FOR ELLIOT’S FUND. Saturday, Nov. 9, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Peabody Institute Library, 15 Sylvan St., Danvers. La Petite Boutique/Fair features knitted and crocheted items by the Nightingales, a group of women who meet weekly to knit and crochet items for this annual fundraiser. All money raised from the event goes directly to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute/Jimmy Fund, which funds research to find treatment for children diagnosed with leukemia. Event is named in honor of Elliot Carlin Handin, 8, who received a bone marrow transplant that saved his life. For details, contact Katy Carlin at 978-594-1468.
COMEDY SHOW FUNDRAISER. Sunday, Nov. 10, Giggles Comedy Club at 517 Broadway, Route 1 South, Saugus. $25 ticket; all proceeds benefit the Salem Music Department. All-you-can-eat pizza, comedy show and cash bar. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., followed by pizza at 7 p.m., and the show at 8 p.m. Attendees must be 21 and older; proper identification is required. For details and tickets, call 978-740-1136 or email email@example.com.
Music & theater
“THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING.” Thursday, Nov. 7, Friday, Nov. 8 and Saturday, Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m., Salem Theatre Company, 90 Lafayette St., Salem. Joan Didion’s “The Year of Magical Thinking” features Anne Kraft in a one-woman play directed by Christine Elizabeth Fogarty. Tickets cost $35 general, $25 senior citizens, and $15 students, available at www.salemtheatre.com or 866-811-4111.
ME & THEE COFFEEHOUSE. Friday, Nov. 8, 8 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, 28 Mugford St., Marblehead. Griffin House with Clarence Bucaro opening. Tickets $20 in advance, $23 at the door. 781-631-8987, www.meandthee.org.
ONIONTOWN COMMUNITY VARIETY SHOW. Friday, Nov. 8, 7 to 9 p.m., Tapley Memorial Hall, 13 Page St., Danvers. Cabaret style program features community talent in music, comedy and show pieces. Open mike for walk-in performers as time allows. Refreshments available. $5 admission for non-performers. Sponsored by the Danvers Historical Society. To perform, contact Dan Tremblay at 978-777-2711.
TOAST & JAM BLUEGRASS CONCERT. Saturday, Nov. 9, 7 to 9:30 p.m., St. Andrew’s Church, 135 Lafayette St., Marblehead. Chowder and pizza will be served. $10 suggested donation per person, $25 per family.
AYLA BROWN VISIT. Sunday, Nov. 10, 4 to 6 p.m., Texas Roadhouse, 301 Newbury St., Danvers. Nashville recording artist and American Idol semifinalist Ayla Brown will perform songs from her album, “Heroes and Hometowns,” and signs autographs. www.texasroadhouse.com.
MONDAY NIGHT JAZZ. Monday, Nov. 11, 8 to 11 p.m., Opus, 87 Washington St., Salem. Jazz vocalist Judith Murray will perform with pianist Steve Hershman and bassist David Landoni. 978-744-9600, www.salemopus.com.
POTLUCK SUPPER HONORING VETERANS. Thursday, Nov. 7, 5:30 p.m., Judge Samuel Holten House, 171 Holten St., Danvers. The General Israel Putnam Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will host a potluck supper to honor veterans. Veterans, guests, and all others are welcome to attend the annual Veterans Day program.
VETERANS DAY CEREMONY IN DANVERS. Monday, Nov. 11, 11 a.m., Thorpe School, Avon Road, Danvers. Program pays tribute to veterans living and deceased and will conclude with the dedication of the monument at Danvers veterans memorial fields next to the school. Guest speaker is retired Army Capt. Charles Gould, commander of the Danvers American Legion Post No. 180 and a former Danvers resident. Following the service, attendees may place small American flags in the memorial wreath to honor any veteran. Information, call Peter Mirandi, director of veterans affairs, 978-777-0001, ext. 3025.
VETERANS DAY PROGRAM IN BEVERLY. Monday, Nov. 11, 11 a.m., Veterans Memorial at Odell Park in front of the Beverly Post Office on Rantoul Street. A collation will take place following the program at the Herman A. Spear Post 331 on Judson Street. In case of rain, a short program will take place at the Herman A. Spear Post at 11 a.m. Information, call Jerry Guilebbe, veterans agent, 978-921-6018.
THE KIOSK FOR LIVING WELL. Tuesday, Nov. 12, 9 a.m. to noon, Beverly Senior Center, 90 Colon St., Beverly. “The Kiosk for Living Well” will honor veterans with programs geared specifically toward those who have served in the U.S. armed forces. Sponsored by SeniorCare. Light refreshments served. All veterans welcome. www.thekioskforlivingwell.org.
DAYTIME BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP. Thursday, Nov. 7, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St., Beverly. Group will discuss “Mudbound” by Hillary Jordan. New members welcome. Discussion titles available at checkout desk; alternate formats may be available. 978-921-6062, firstname.lastname@example.org.
COMMUNITY READ SPEAKER. Thursday, Nov. 7, 6:30 p.m., Gordon College, Ken Olsen Science Center, 255 Grapevine Road, Wenham. The keynote speaker for Hamilton-Wenham Public Library’s seventh annual Community Read is Dwight Jon Zimmerman, author of “The Hammer and the Anvil,” a graphic novel that highlights the parallels between Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. Reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by the lecture at 7:30. The library will close at 5 p.m. to convene at Gordon College. www.hwlibrary.org.
BOOK SIGNING WITH BEN STROHECKER. Saturday, Nov. 9, 2 p.m., Marblehead Arts Association, 8 Hooper St., Marblehead. MAA artist member Ben Strohecker, author and illustrator of the children’s book “The Day the Ocean Changed to Chocolate,” will read from and sign copies of his book. Free. 781-631-2608, www.marbleheadarts.org.
SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR. Monday, Nov. 11, 10 a.m., Jewish Community Center of the North Shore, 4 Community Road, Marblehead. Families are invited to attend the Scholastic Book Fair. Bagel brunch provided. All proceeds benefit the JCC Early Childhood Program. For details, contact Mira Kucharsky, JCC PITCH Committee, at 781-631-8330 or email@example.com.
TIDE MILL INSTITUTE CONFERENCE. Ninth annual conference exploring the use of tidal power as an energy source, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 8 and 9, at the Gould Barn, 1 Howlett St., Topsfield. Informal reception with displays, videos and publications on Friday, 6 to 8 p.m. On Saturday, registration begins at 8 a.m., followed by presentations from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Speaker is Chris Sauer, president of Ocean Renewable Power, whose Portland, Maine, company has for a year been operating a tide mill device feeding electricity to the New England grid near Eastport, Maine. $20 admission includes lunch and refreshments. All are welcome. To register, contact Bud Warren at 207-373-1209 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
STAINED GLASS CANDLES. Thursday, Nov. 7, 3 to 5 p.m., Abbot Library, Meeting Room, 235 Pleasant St., Marblehead. Teens are invited to make their own stained glass candle holder. Materials provided. 781-631-1481, www.abbotlibrary.org.
FALL APPLETONCOOKS! PROGRAMS. From the Farm Kitchen: Holiday Hors d’oeuvres, Thursday, Nov. 7, 6 to 9 p.m.; and Thanksgiving on the Farm, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 6 to 9 p.m., at Appleton Farms, 219 County Road, Ipswich. $75 for Trustees of Reservations members, $85 for nonmembers. Details and registration at www.thetrustees.org/appletoncooks.
ADOPT A BEACH TRAINING SESSION. Thursday, Nov. 7, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Marblehead Community Charter School, 17 Lime St., Marblehead. Salem Sound Coastwatch will hold a free Adopt a Beach Training session for anyone interested in volunteering or learning more about beach ecology, sources of water pollution, how to identify storm damage, invasive species, and more. Adopt a Beach volunteers serve as year-round “beachkeepers,” cleaning up trash and litter, observing conditions on the beach, and looking for sources of contamination. Light refreshments served. Reservations requested at email@example.com, or 978-741-7900. Visit www.salemsound.org for details.
IMPROV COMEDY. Marblehead Little Theatre presents a six-week course on improvisational comedy taught by Brett Bovio at 12 School St., Marblehead. The course is for teens and adults. Adult classes will be held on Mondays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. starting Nov. 11, and teen classes will take place on Tuesdays from 4 to 5:30 p.m., starting Nov. 12. The course fee is $175 per person. Space is limited. For more information or to register, visit www.mltlive.com, http://tinyurl.com/n2lhfnv, or http://tinyurl.com/mvt5cmb, or call 978-265-0793.
ISRAELI FILMMAKERS SCREEN FILMS. Thursday, Nov. 7, 2 p.m., Barrington Center for the Arts, Gordon College, 255 Grapevine Road, Wenham. Three Israeli filmmakers will screen their films. Event meant to foster intercultural and interreligious dialogue between young American Christians and Israeli Jews through the medium of film. Free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by Boston Jewish Film Festival, the Consulate General of Israel to New England and the Gordon College Film Society. The filmmakers are in Boston to compete in Boston Jewish Film Festival’s third annual short film competition. www.gordon.edu.
“TICKET TO RIDE.” Sunday, Nov. 10, 5 p.m., Endicott College auditorium, 376 Hale St., Beverly. The newest chapter in the Warren Miller film series “Ticket to Ride” takes viewers on an action-packed journey with the world’s best skiers and snowboarders. $23.15 admission includes ski and snowboard-related prizes, gifts and special discounts. All are welcome. Ellen Chandler, 603-867-8707, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tours & explorations
OTTERS, BEAVERS, AND MUSKRATS, OH MY! Saturday, Nov. 9, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. Visit the numerous wetlands on the sanctuary and explore active and abandoned beaver lodges, scan the marshes for signs of muskrats and search for signs of otter activity. Construct and test a beaver dam and lodge. For families with children ages 6 to 16. Dress for weather. Meet in front of Visitor Center. Members: $7 adult, $6 child; nonmembers: $9 adult, $7 child. Registration required at www.massaudubon.org or 978-887-9264.
WOMEN’S HISTORY WALKING TOUR. Saturday, Nov. 9, 2 p.m., meet at the bottom of Ipswich town hill. Join author Bonnie Hurd Smith for a stroll past historic sites in downtown Ipswich and learn about women lace makers, writers, artists, mill workers, tavern keepers, preservationists, and reformers who, for four centuries, helped shape the town. Rain or shine. $15/person. 978-578-9307, email@example.com.
A DAY OF ART. Sunday, Nov. 10, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Phillips House, 34 Chestnut St., Salem Join the Phillips House staff for a tour that highlights the art and artists behind the Phillips family’s collection. Following the museum tour, Jim McAllister will present a walking tour from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., which focuses on the artists and musicians who have lived and worked on Chestnut Street. Each tour costs $10 for Historic New England members and $15 for general public. Tickets to both tours cost $15 for Historic New England members and $25 for nonmembers, and can only be purchased at 978-744-0440. Tours are part of Historic New England’s “Everybody’s History” programming. Registration and details at www.historicnewengland.org or 978-744-0440.
SENSE OF WONDER WALK FOR FAMILIES. Food Webs in the Stream, Sunday, Nov. 10, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. Running water is important to many plants and animals. Join lead field teacher Rita Gallant to explore a stream from top to bottom and side to side, turning over rocks and netting water creatures. Find out where the water comes from and where it is going. Meet in the Nature Center. Dress for weather and wear boots. For families with children ages 3 to 10. Members: $7 adult, $6 child; nonmembers: $9 adult, $7 child. Registration required at www.massaudubon.org or 978-887-9264.
Fairs, festivals & sales
HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR. Thursday, Nov. 7, noon to 6 p.m., Beverly Senior Center, 90 Colon St.. Handmade crafts, woodworking, photography, jewelry, cards, and more. Refreshments served. 978-921-6017.
WINTER MARKET. The Salem Winter Market kicks off in Old Town Hall, 32 Derby Square, Salem, on Thursday, Nov. 7, from 3 to 6 p.m., and will run on Thursdays from 3 to 6 p.m. for six weeks through Dec. 19. There will be no market the week of Thanksgiving. Old Town Hall is adjacent to Derby Square. The Winter Market will include produce from local farms, pasture-fed meat, spices, pickles, soup, baked goods, artisan soap, jewelry, wreaths, and more. All items are grown or produced in New England. http://salemmainstreets.org/salem-winter-market/.
ARTISAN TRUNK SHOW. Thursday, Nov. 7, 6 to 9 p.m., Marblehead Arts Association, 8 Hooper St., Marblehead. MAA’s Artisan Trunk Show features one-of-a-kind items created by five local artisans. All are welcome to attend. 781-631-2608, DeborahG@marbleheadarts.org.
CHURCH BAZAAR. Friday, Nov. 8, 5 to 9 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 9, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., St. John the Baptist Parish, school gym, 17 Chestnut St., Peabody. Annual Parish Bazaar features craft tables, raffles, Grandma’s Attic, photos with Santa, baked goods, children’s games, ice cream sundaes, baseball cards, costume jewelry table, wheel of fortune, popcorn, fried dough and American and Dominican food. All are welcome. 978-531-0002, stjohnspeabody.com.
ARTS A GLOW CRAFT FAIR GRAND OPENING WEEKEND. Friday, Nov. 8, 5 to 9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 9 and 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Danvers Art Association, 105 Elliott St., Danvers. Original works by members, including jewelry, hand painted pieces, framed photography, knit goods, ornaments, raffles, and more. A portion of the proceeds benefit Danvers Art Association. Free admission. Fair continues every Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. through Dec. 22. danversart.org.
ST. VASILIOS GREEK FESTIVAL. St. Vasilios Church, 5 Paleologos St., Peabody. Annual festival includes homemade Greek foods and pastries, country store, boutiques, children’s games and religious items. Friday, Nov. 8, 5 p.m. to midnight with DJ and dancing starting at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 9, noon to midnight, with live band and dancing starting at 7 p.m. $2 cover after 7 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 10, noon to 6 p.m., talent show. Raffle tickets available for purchase. 978-531-0777, www.stvasilios.org.
A FAIR FOR ALL SEASONS. Friday, Nov. 8, 6 to 9 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 9, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., St. Adelaide’s Church, 708 Lowell St., Peabody. Hand-knit items, gift baskets, holiday boutique, raffles, food, baked goods, children’s activities, and more. 978-535-1985, www.saintadelaide.com.
HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA. Saturday, Nov. 9, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., St. Peter’s Church, 24 St. Peter St., Salem. Holiday Extravaganza features jewelry, gift items, holiday and ceramic items, baked goods, children’s items, silent auction, raffles, lottery tree with $300 worth of lottery tickets, grandma’s and grandpa’s attic, luncheon, snacks and more.
CHRISTMAS BAZAAR. Saturday, Nov. 9, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Our Lady of Hope Parish, Linebrook Road, Ipswich. Annual Christmas Bazaar features crafts, candy, raffles, toys, knitted goods, baked goods, a silent auction, and white elephant and boutique tables. Lunch and snacks will be available. Free admission. Ample parking available. Proceeds support parish activities and youth education. For more information, call the rectory at 978-356-3944.
HOLLY BERRY FAIR & BEAN SUPPER. Saturday, Nov. 9, 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Maple Street Congregational Church, 90 Maple St., Danvers. Church’s third annual Holly Berry Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. features a holiday table with handmade seasonal gifts; bakery shop with pudding, frozen, unbaked pies and baked pies, yeast and quick breads, cookies, gluten-free baked items, and more; Nana’s Attic with books, puzzles, children’s toys, and more; children’s game room; cake walk; and brown bag auction. Maple Tree Cafe will be open in the morning for coffee and treats, then lunch at noon. A traditional bean supper will follow from 5 to 6:30 p.m.; tickets cost $7 adults, $4 ages 12 and under. Dinner tickets on sale beginning Oct. 23 in the church office, and on Oct. 27 and Nov. 3 in the social hall. For more information, call 978-774-4510.
ANNUAL HOLIDAY CRAFTERS FAIR & VENDORS EXPO. Saturday, Nov. 9, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., All Saints Episcopal Church of the North Shore, 46 Cherry St., Danvers. Annual Crafters Fair and Vendor’s Expo features more than 40 tables of goods from local artisans, crafters, and vendors; silent auction; raffles; white elephant rooms; homemade holiday pies available to order for Thanksgiving and Christmas; holiday luncheon, and more. All are welcome. Plenty of free parking available on the street and in the adjacent Elm Street parking lot. 978-774-1150.
ANNUAL FALL FAIR. Saturday, Nov. 9, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., St. John Lutheran Church, 32 Ellsworth Road, Peabody. The women of St. John Lutheran Church will hold their annual Fall Fair, including a baked goods table with Finnish coffee bread, “nisu,” available for order and purchase; jewelry table; and white elephant table. 978-531-1731.
CRANE ESTATE ART SHOW AND SALE. Saturday, Nov. 9 and Sunday, Nov. 10, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Castle Hill on Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich. View more than 150 pieces of art highlighting the beauty of North Shore landscapes and landmarks. This year’s theme is “Shifting Perspectives.” Special exhibition of North Shore student artwork and a community art project in the Casino complex. Art sale proceeds benefit The Trustees of Reservations and the artists. Small works will also be available for purchase in the small works gallery. Free admission. 978-356-4351, firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR. Sunday, Nov. 10, noon to 3 p.m., Our Lady of Help function hall, 61 Northend St., Peabody. Mass Motion Dance Project will hold its first holiday craft fair featuring more than 30 tables with handmade jewelry, clothing, bags, soaps, vanity items, candles and more. Raffles, baked goods and special performances by the Dance Project Dancers also included. The event raises funds for Mass Motion Dance Project’s travel to Disney World, where they have been invited to perform. 978-404-6634, email@example.com.