SPRING INTO ACTION. Thursday, April 4, 6 to 9 p.m., Holy Ghost Society Hall, 20 Howley St., Peabody. Live and silent auction, buffet dinner, hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, and music by jazz/pop/French music trio La Vie en Rose. Proceeds benefit North Shore Community Action Programs and its mission to help low-income individuals and families find the stability they need to rise out of poverty. $35/ticket, $325/table of 10. Tickets at www.nscap.org or 978-531-0767, ext. 129.
LIVE AND SILENT AUCTION FUNDRAISER. Thursday, April 4, 6:30 p.m., Essex Agricultural and Technical High School, Alumni Memorial Gymnasium, 562 Maple St., Danvers. Benefits the classes of 2015 and 2016. Tickets cost $5 per person and include a “Taste of the Region.” North Shore restaurants will serve samplings of their culinary specialities. Tickets available at the door; cash or check only. email@example.com.
“POWER OF THE PURSE.” Fundraising event, Thursday, April 4, 6:30 to 9 p.m., Brookwood School, Manchester. The Women’s Fund of Essex County will host fifth annual fundraiser. Event includes a ladies’ evening with hors d’oeuvres, wine and raffles. $40/ticket, purchased at the door. All proceeds help fund special projects and annual grant awards made by The Women’s Fund, a philanthropic organization that raises and distributes funds to nonprofits that provide opportunities and solutions for women and girls in need throughout Essex County. www.thewomensfundec.org.
COMEDY SHOW. Features Dave Rattigan of Scamps Comedy Productions and observational humorist Steve Bjork on Thursday, April 4, Onion Town Grill, 175 Water St., Danvers. $25 per person. All proceeds benefit Friends of Beverly Animals, a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization that works to rescue and place homeless animals in and around Beverly. Doors open at 7 p.m., followed by the show at 8 p.m. Tickets at firstname.lastname@example.org, 978-922-7190 or www.friendsofbeverlyanimals.org.
WITCHPITCH? FUNDRAISING CONCERT. Thursday, April 4, 7:30 p.m., Salem High School auditorium, 77 Willson St. Concert features a night of a cappella music with performances by WitchPitch? and Redline, a professional a cappella group. Event includes baked goods, raffles and a silent auction. For the third year in a row, WitchPitch? has won the New England semifinal for the International Championship of High School A Cappella. Proceeds will support a WitchPitch? trip to New York to compete in the finals. $15/adults, $10/students and seniors.
“FOR THE BIRDS.” A gala to support the restoration of the John James Audubon’s elephant folio collection “Birds of America,” Friday, April 5, 6:30 p.m., Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St., Peabody. Special guest David Allen Sibley, author and illustrator of “National Audubon Society: The Sibley Guide to Birds,” will talk about his work. A selection of original prints from “Birds of America” will be displayed. Reservations are $100 each, and space is limited. Reserve a spot at www.peabodylibrary.org/forthebirds or at any of the Peabody Institute Library locations.
SUPPORT WOMEN IN ACTION. Volunteer on Saturday, April 6, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., at Glen Urquhart School, 74 Hart St., Beverly Farms. Event to help The Food Project start seedlings in the greenhouse. Individuals and families with children ages 5 and older are invited. Women in Action works to increase access to nutritious food and physical activity for underserved children. Registration is required. email@example.com.
CANNED FOOD AND ETHICAL ELECTRONICS RECYCLING DRIVE. Saturday, April 6, and Sunday, April 7, 2 to 5 p.m., Beverly Bootstraps’ parking lot, 371 Cabot St. All are welcome to participate. The cost is less than $1 per pound of materials if canned food is donated; seniors, members of Beverly Rotary, and Beverly Bootstraps volunteers and employees receive a discount. Recycling fees are payable by cash or check, and receipts will be provided. Net proceeds benefit Beverly Bootstraps Community Services. 617-233-4120 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
MARBLEHEAD FESTIVAL OF ARTS’ 42ND ANNUAL ART AUCTION. Saturday, April 6, silent auction at 5 p.m., followed by live auction with auctioneer Gene Arnould at 7:15 p.m., at Abbot Hall, 188 Washington St., Marblehead. Event includes hors d’oeuvres, music and door prizes. Art pieces in various mediums by local artists, gift certificates for goods and services, outings, and other items will be up for auction. $30/ticket, purchased at the door. www.marbleheadfestival.org. Auction is a major fundraiser for the Marblehead Festival of Arts, which is scheduled for July 4 through 7 in downtown Marblehead. www.marbleheadfestival.org.
ARTRAGEOUS!27. Montserrat College of Art’s annual art auction party, Saturday, April 6, 6 p.m., 300 Jubilee Drive, Peabody. The auction is the college’s single biggest event and raises scholarship funds for 90 percent of Montserrat’s students in need of financial aid. Event features Boston artist Raul Gonzalez III and a curated auction of more than 200 paintings, prints, photographs, illustrations, sculpture, jewelry, giftware, trips and more. Attendees can watch students create at Art-in-the-Moment stations, enjoy signature cocktails and culinary delights from Timothy S. Hopkins Catering, and hear live music by Machine 475. Tickets range from $100 to $150. Auction details and tickets available at http://montserrat.edu/auction27/index.php. email@example.com or 978-921-4242, ext. 1114.
FARMS-PRIDES 4TH OF JULY AUCTION. Saturday, April 6, 7 to 11:30 p.m., Hastings House, 14 Oak St., Beverly Farms. Includes food from Beverly Farms restaurants, cash bar, “Instant Wine Cellar & Mini Bar” raffle, music and dancing later in the evening. Also, more than 200 items will be up for bid during the live and silent auctions. Silent auction closings start at 8:45 p.m. Admission is $10. Auction proceeds support the Beverly Farms-Prides Crossing Fourth of July Celebration events.
GARDEN CLUB SCHOLARSHIP FUNDRAISER. Wednesday, April 10, 7 to 9 p.m., Miles River Middle School, 787 Bay Road, Hamilton. Hamilton-Wenham club’s event includes refreshments, a silent auction and a raffle of the floral designs created by Priscilla Styer, a creative designer. Styer will teach attendees how to spot treasures and incorporate them into floral designs. Silent auction features indoor and outdoor gardening items and gift certificates from local businesses. Free event; open to the public. Event supports the garden club’s scholarship awarded to a student who is continuing his or her education in environmental sciences, horticulture, landscaping, and other related fields. www.hwgcsite.org.
Workshops and games
DESIGNING A BUTTERFLY GARDEN. Saturday, April 6, 9 a.m. to noon, Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. The adult workshop led by Catherine Carney-Feldman, an accredited organic land care professional and owner of Shamrock Acres Landscape Design, will teach attendees how to design their own butterfly garden using native plants. Learn about the life cycle of butterflies and the host and nectar plants that are necessary to attract and sustain them. Attendees will leave with a completed design. $30/nonmembers, $25/Mass Audubon members. Advance registration required at 978-887-9264.
BASIC CHEESE-MAKING. A one-day course by The Trustees of Reservations at Appleton Farms. Saturday, April 6, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 219 County Road, Ipswich. Learn how to make a basic soft cheese, ricotta and butter, and then take some product home. Workshop provides an opportunity for discussion on the basics of milk, curd and the cheese-making process. Participants gain direct hands-on experience in cheese-making on a small scale without a lot of investment in equipment that can be used in the home kitchen. $70/TTOR members, $95/nonmembers. 978-356-5728, ext. 18, or www.thetrustees.org.
“LEARN AS YOU SOW.” Saturday, April 6, 10 to 11:30 a.m., 572 Essex St., Beverly. Learn about seed starting and help sow the first big round of seeds, which will grow into the cutting flowers in Long Hill’s Pick-Your-Own Flower Fields. Hosted by The Trustees of Reservations at Long Hill. Suitable for families with children ages 8 and older. Free admission. Register at www.thetrustees.org.
TEEN RETRO GAMING PROGRAM. Saturday, April 6, 11 a.m., Swampscott Public Library, 61 Burrill St. Go back in time and play with old-school video games. Michael and Tiber will provide attendees with old-style gaming systems. Board games will also be available. Free admission. Program suitable for students in grades five through 12. Register at 781-595-8867, ext. 304.
Lectures, discussions and presentations
“CAMELOT CHIC.” Lecture by James Archer Abbott, author of “Designing Camelot,” on the restoration of the White House during the Kennedy administration. Thursday, April 4, 12:30 p.m., Salem Five Bank Community Room, 210 Essex St., Salem. A visit to White-Silsbee House to see Zuber wallpaper, which played a role in the restoration, will follow the lecture. To attend, email firstname.lastname@example.org with “Camelot Chic” in subject line. At 8:30 p.m., a symposium on Zuber wallpaper will be held at Salem Visitor Center, 2 New Liberty St. Those wishing to attend should email email@example.com with “Scholarly Soiree” in subject line.
DAYTIME BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP. Thursday, April 4, 1 p.m., Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St. “In the Garden of Beasts” by Erik Larson. New members welcome. Pick up copies at the checkout desk; alternate formats may be available. Handicapped-accessible. 978-921-6062 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“INDIA, TIGERS, THE TAJ, AND BIRDS.” Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary’s sixth Travel and Taste event, Thursday, April 4, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. Event includes hors d’oeuvres, dinner and desserts that highlight the Asian region, served by Christopher DeStefano of Christopher’s Table in Ipswich. Robert Buchsbaum, a Mass Audubon regional scientist and natural history tour leader, will share a travelogue through south, central and northern India with a focus on how wildlife and art have been intricately woven together throughout India’s more than 5,000 years of civilization. Meet in the barn at 6:15 p.m. for dinner, followed by the presentation at 7:30 p.m. $30/dinner and presentation for Mass Audubon members, $33/nonmembers. $8/member to attend only the presentation, $10/nonmembers. Advance registration required at 978-887-9264.
“WHAT RESEARCH REVEALS ABOUT RETIREES’ FINANCES.” Friday, April 5, 10 a.m. to noon, Explorers Lifelong Learning Institute Center, 10 Federal St., Salem. Kimberly Blanton from the nationally recognized Center for Retirement Research at Boston College will speak on issues affecting income in retirement. Blanton is a veteran financial and economic reporter for The Boston Globe and The Economist and also writes a blog for the Center for Retirement Research. Donations appreciated from nonmembers in attendance. 978-744-0804 or www.explorerslli.org.
TRAVEL TO CHINA. Friday, April 5, 10:15 a.m. to noon, Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., Hamilton. Photographer and tour guide Richard Ferland will take attendees on a whirlwind tour of China. Program is suitable for recreational tourists and business travelers, people who enjoy travel documentaries, and anyone interested in photography and art. Ferland’s presentation covers communication, etiquette and helpful key phrases. Program funded by the Friends of the Hamilton-Wenham Library. Free. www.hwlibrary.org.
AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR TO SPEAK. Sunday, April 7, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Temple B’nai Abraham, 200 E. Lothrop St., Beverly. Event features a lecture, discussion, book signing and brunch with award-winning author Anita Diamant. Signed copies of Diamant’s books “The Red Tent” and “Day After Night” will be available for purchase. Tickets cost $25 and $18 for attendees over 65. Advance reservations required. tbabeverly.org or 978-927-3211, ext. 14.
MCC COMMONWEALTH READING SERIES. Sunday, April 7, 4 p.m., Gulu-Gulu Cafe, 247 Essex St., Salem. Literary fellows and finalists Carrie Bennett, Perry Glasser, Bud Jennings, Michelle Lanzoni and Rodney Wittwer will read their work as part of a statewide series that features the fellows and finalists of Massachusetts Cultural Council’s grants and fellowships. Free. www.massculturalcouncil.org.
NEW ISRAEL FUND SPEAKS. Sunday, April 7, 7 p.m., Temple Beth Shalom, 489 Lowell St., Peabody. Members of leading organization advancing democracy and equality for all Israelis will speak. Free. Light refreshments will be served. Reserve a spot at 978-535-2100.
“THE ‘REAL SHUTTER ISLANDS.’” “Discovering the Boston Harbor Islands,” Monday, April 8, 9:30 a.m., Beverly Public Library, Sohier Room, 32 Essex St. Local author Christopher Klein presents a virtual tour of the history and natural beauty of the Boston Harbor Islands national park area. The movie “Shutter Island” was set on a fictitious island in Boston Harbor, but the true stories of the 34 Boston Harbor Islands are stranger. Hear tales of ghosts, shipwrecks, prisoners of war and Revolutionary War battles. Klein’s guide, “Discovering the Boston Harbor Islands,” will be available for purchase. Event part of library’s Monday Mornings lecture series. Free. Light refreshments served at 9 a.m. Handicapped-accessible. 978-921-6062 or email@example.com.
“INSPIRATIONAL EVENINGS.” Hamilton-Wenham Public Library presents Jorgelina Zeoli’s video series “Miracles,” which incorporates Zeoli’s two autobiographical films about healing from trauma through self-awareness, spirituality, music and art. Book signings and videotaped discussions with holistic practitioners, trauma survivors and members of different faiths will follow both films. The series will run April 8, 22, 29 and May 6, 13 and 20 from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. at the library, 14 Union St., Hamilton. Seating is limited. Reserve a spot at 978-468-5577.
“AN EVENING WITH FLOWERS BY STEVE.” Tuesday, April 9, 6:30 p.m., Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott St., Danvers. The Danvers Garden Club presents a demonstration of award-winning floral designs by Steve Janavicus, one of the top 100 FTD florists in the country. Janavicus’ arrangements will be raffled off at the end of the evening. Several vendors will also be present. Doors and boutique area open at 6:30 p.m.; floral demonstration begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets at 978-774-1693 or Uconnmom09@verizon.net.
“ONE MAN’S SALEM” PART TWO. Tuesday, April 9, 7 p.m., First Church, Cleveland Room, 316 Essex St., Salem. Jim McAllister’s rescheduled lecture is the second Frank Fabens talk that blends the diarist’s personal journey with information about Salem celebrations, the 1929 stock market crash, World War II, local politics, neighborhood and church activities, and other events. $12 admission. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Use new entrance to the right and rear of church. firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-745-6314.
PIKE MESSENGER AUTHOR PRESENTATION. Tuesday, April 9, 7 to 8 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., Hamilton. Pike Messenger, author of more than 300 essays published in a newspaper column titled “The Water Closet,” will read from clips and share his exploration of the natural world. Copies of his book, titled “The Water Closet: Ipswich River Watershed and Beyond,” will be available for purchase; proceeds benefit area conservation groups, including Middleton Stream Team and Ipswich River Watershed Association. www.hwlibrary.org.
THE JFK EXPERIENCE. Tuesday, April 9, 7 p.m., Peabody Institute Library, South Branch, 78 Lynn St., Peabody. A multimedia theatrical presentation featuring Mike Lowe as President John F. Kennedy. Lowe will present, in character and by memory, some of JFK’s most famous speeches along with a corresponding slide show. Each speech will be preceded by a talk describing the setting, reason and necessity of the speech. Question-and-answer session with Lowe (in character) will follow. Free. Reserve a seat at 978-531-3380.
GREEN SALEM BUSINESS CHALLENGE PANEL DISCUSSION AND SSU LEED BUILDING TOUR. Wednesday, April 10, 8:30 a.m., Enterprise Center, Salem State University, 121 Loring Ave. Coincides with the online opening of the 2013 GSBC Survey. Panel discussion, titled “‘Green Genies’: Is it Magic — How Easy Is It to Go Green?” features local Salem businesses that have made strides in going green. A tour of Marsh Hall, a LEED Gold-certified building on the SSU campus, will directly follow the discussion. Bring questions and ideas. Event and tour are free. Register at http://gsbcgreengeniesapril10.eventbrite.com/.
TRAVELOGUE PRESENTATION. Wednesday, April 10, 5:30 p.m., Zumi’s Espresso & Ice Cream, 40 Market St., Ipswich. The Rev. Bradford Clark of Ascension Memorial Church will share highlights of his experiences and the places he visited during his four-month journey to Grand Tetons, Bhutan, Jerusalem and Ireland. Slides, video and blog entries will navigate a journey of spiritual education, discovery and reflection. Free. 978-356-1988, email@example.com or www.zumis.com.
FISH TALES FROM THE FISH HOUSE: MAKING BEACH FIND MOSAICS. Wednesday, April 10, 7 p.m., Swampscott Yacht Club, located on the second floor of the Fish House at Fisherman’s Beach. The sixth lecture features Swampscott artist Judy Trujillo teaching a free workshop on creating sea glass and pottery mosaic. Attendees should bring a new or old picture frame (no larger than 11 by 14 inches), beach glass and/or pottery, Elmer’s white glue (not school glue), or Weldbond glue. Glue the glass to the frame in advance of the workshop. Cash bar available. Free. Reservations required at 781-962-5587.
FILM DISCUSSION GROUP. Wednesday, April 10, 7 p.m., Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St., Peabody. Discuss the art of filmmaking and current trends and historical contexts that influenced the creation of “Breathless.” View film prior to discussion. Register at 978-531-0100, ext. 10, or www.peabodylibrary.org.
SALEM ATHENAEUM ADAMS LECTURE. Wednesday, April 10, 7:30 p.m., First Church in Salem, Unitarian, 316 Essex St. Award-winning author, historian and Harvard University history professor Maya Jasanoff will deliver this year’s Adams Lecture, which explores the impact of the Revolutionary War on Americans who remained loyal to Britain. Wine and dessert reception will follow the lecture. $30/ticket, $25/Athenaeum members, $5/students with ID. Purchase tickets at www.salemathenaeum.net or 978-744-2540.
376TH FIRST MUSTER. Saturday, April 6, Salem. The Second Corps Cadets Veterans Association of Salem, the Salem Veterans Council and the Massachusetts National Guard will commemorate the 376-year anniversary of the First Muster in Salem with a re-creation of the muster, ceremonies, a parade and a review. Scheduled events include a ceremony at St. Peter’s Church, 24 St. Peter St., Salem, at 9:30 a.m.; a ceremony at Armory Park, 2 New Liberty St., Salem, at 10:30 a.m.; a march to Salem Common at 11 a.m.; and a flyover, muster ceremony, pass in review and cannon salute on Salem Common at 11:30 a.m. Service members, veterans and the general public are welcome to attend and show support and appreciation for the troops.
SPECIAL OLYMPICS SPORTS CLINIC. Sunday, April 7, noon to 3 p.m., O’Keefe Center and Alumni Field, Salem State University. Part of National Division III Student Athlete Week. firstname.lastname@example.org.
REMEMBERING ST. JOSEPH CHURCH. Sunday, April 7, 2 p.m., St. James Church, Federal Street, Salem. A time capsule will be opened and a scale Lego model of St. Joseph Church will be on view during a service to memorialize the recently demolished church.
EARTH DAY EVENTS. Salem State University will host workshops, panel discussions and films as part of its five-day observance of Earth Day. This year’s theme is “Sustainability: Local and Global Actions to Save the Planet.” Events start Monday, April 8, and run through Friday, April 12. Activities are free and open to the public. For a schedule of events, visit salemstate.edu/earthday.
REMEMBERING THE HOLOCAUST. A community commemoration, Monday, April 8, 7 p.m., Peabody Veterans Memorial High School, 485 Lowell St. Join area Holocaust survivors and their families at the annual Community Commemoration. Paul Breines will deliver the keynote presentation titled “1961 Freedom Rides to Jackson, Mississippi: Lessons for Today,” and two area students will be awarded the second Sonia Schreiber Weitz Upstander Award. Holocaust survivors and their Holocaust Legacy Partners will also be honored. Event includes the “posting of the colors” by local veterans, Generations Candle-Lighting Ceremony and a performance by the Gordon College Women’s Choir. 978-531-8288 or www.holocaustcenterbn.org.
Children and families
FRIDAY FAMILY FUN NIGHT. Friday, April 5, 6 to 8 p.m., Holy Trinity United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall, 16 Sylvan St., Danvers. The church’s gong show/talent night will be judged by the Rev. Larry Wimmer. All ages welcome. Snacks available. Wheelchair-accessible. 978-777-7408.
“GWENDOLYN THE GRACEFUL PIG.” Author reading and event, Saturday, April 6, 2 to 3 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., Hamilton. David Ira Rottenberg, author of “Gwendolyn the Graceful Pig,” and ballerinas from the Hamilton-Wenham School of Dance will present the story. Children are encouraged to dress up in tutus, leotards, football jerseys or all three. Program is suitable for all ages. Free. www.hwlibrary.org.
PAJAMA DAY. Sunday, April 7, noon to 2 p.m., JCC, 4 Community Road, Marblehead. JCC’s Super Spring program kicks off. Children can dress in their favorite pajamas and bring a sleeping bag for an afternoon of movies, games and popcorn. Event is suitable for children ages 4 to 9. Reserve a spot at 781-476-9907 or email@example.com.
BIRDING ESSEX COUNTY. Saturday, April 6, 9 a.m. to noon, Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. For ages 13 to 17. Spend the morning birding around Essex County and join Drumlin Farm’s teen birders to look for late winter and early spring birds. $15/nonmembers, $13/Mass Audubon members. Advance registration required at 978-887-9264.
“LEARN AS YOU SOW.” Saturday, April 6, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Long Hill, 572 Essex St., Beverly. Learn about seed starting and help sow the first big round of seeds, which will grow into the cutting flowers in Long Hill’s pick-your-own flower fields. Families with children ages 8 and older are invited. Free admission. Register at www.thetrustees.org.
THE ART OF NATURE: SIGNS OF SPRING. Saturday, April 6, 1 to 3:30 p.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. For families with children ages 6 to 12. Watercolorist Brenda Sloane presents a class that combines nature and art; take a walk to observe the signs of spring, then create a watercolor painting with findings. $10/adults, $8/children, discounts available for Mass Audubon members. Advance registration required at 978-887-9264 or www.massaudubon.org/ipswichriver.
“IT’S A BIG NIGHT!” Saturday, April 6, 6 to 7 p.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. Learn about the creatures of vernal pools during a re-creation of a “Big Night” scene in the sanctuary. The “Big Night” is the first warm, rainy night of spring when wood frogs and mole salamanders begin a mass migration to vernal pools where they breed. Program suitable for families with children ages 4 and older. One-hour guided walks along the vernal pool trail will depart every 10 minutes. Refreshments and other treats will be available in the Barn after the walk. Advance registration required. $9/nonmembers, $7/Mass Audubon members. 978-887-9264.
SPRING FAMILY HIKE. Sunday, April 7, 1 to 4 p.m., Forest Street, Middleton. Middleton Stream Team will host its annual Spring Hike to forest vernal pools and other bodies of water. Wear off-trail hiking footwear. Participants are encouraged to bring a light dip net and a small white plastic container to be used for catch and release of any creatures found. Start at Forest Street, located about 0.8 miles up from North Main Street, Route 114, near the entrance to Old Hundred Lane. Park on the south side. Rain date is April 14. Free. middletonstreamteam.org, Streamteam@comcast.net or 978-777-4584.
Music and theater
FACULTY CLASSICAL RECITAL. Thursday, April 4, 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall, Central Campus, Salem State University, 71 Loring Ave., Salem. Salem State’s music faculty will perform works by composers ranging from Mozart to Ravel and SSU’s faculty. $10 suggested donation at the door to benefit the John Finnegan Scholarship Fund for Music Majors. 978-542-7890 or www.salemstate.edu/arts.
“ANNIE GET YOUR GUN.” Thursday, April 4, Friday, April 5, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, April 6, 2 and 7:30 p.m., Endicott College, Rose Performance Hall, Center for the Arts, 376 Hale St., Beverly. Endicott College’s Mainstage Production presents Irving Berlin’s musical “Annie Get Your Gun.” The family-friendly show features a cast of students, faculty, community members and three children. $15/general, $10/seniors and students of other institutions, free/ECID holders. Tickets and details available at www.endicott.edu/centerforthearts or 978-998-7700.
“SPLIT – TALES OF ESCAPE.” Four comic, one-act plays, written by Newburyport native Nikole Beckwith, that explore immobility, optimism, love, loss, escape and cannibalism. Performances scheduled through April 14 on Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. at the Salem Theatre Company theater, 90 Lafayette St. $25/adults, $20/seniors, $10/students. www.salemtheatre.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-790-8546.
JAZZ APPRECIATION DAY CONCERT. Saturday, April 6, 2 to 4:30 p.m., Salem Five Community Room, Essex Street pedestrian mall, Salem. The program, which marks the start of the festival’s seventh season, will feature the Brian Cogger Band. Free. salemjazzsoul.org.
AFTERNOON OF CLASSICAL CLARINET MUSIC. Sunday, April 7, 2 p.m., Peabody Institute Library of Danvers, Gordon Room, 15 Sylvan St., Danvers. Boston University clarinetists Sak Lee, Chia Yun Yeh, Chieh Cheng and Eun Hyung Kim. A reception will follow. Free. Sponsored by the Friends of the Peabody Institute Library. 978-774-0554.
STARSINGERS AND COMPANY AND THE SHINE ON ME BOYS CHORUS. Annual concert, Sunday, April 7, 4 p.m., Maple Street Congregational Church, 90 Maple St., Danvers. The StarSingers and Company and the Shine on Me Boys Chorus, all Danvers-based choruses for young people, will present their 20th anniversary concert featuring popular selections from past spring concerts. Also, the new Starsinger chorus, Shimmer, will perform their debut concert. Free; open to the public. www.thestarsingers.com.
AUDITIONS FOR “A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM.” Monday, April 8, 7 to 9 p.m., Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St., Beverly. Callbacks and additional auditions will be held on Wednesday, April 10 from 7 to 9 p.m. Performances are scheduled for the weekends of July 13 through 28. Rehearsals begin April 22 and will be held in Salem. Those auditioning should prepare a comedic Shakespearean monologue and be prepared for cold readings from the text. For more information, email email@example.com.
Sales and promotions
FIRST FRIDAY. Friday, April 5, Salem Main Streets’ lineup of First Friday events will be held at participating downtown businesses. Festivities include entertainment, music, art, food, discounts, promotions, and dance, including a special performance by Urban Coastal Dance in the Museum Place Mall. Many downtown businesses will be open until 8 p.m. For a detailed schedule of events, visit www.salemfirstfriday.com.
INDOOR YARD SALE. Saturday, April 6, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Memorial United Methodist Church, 12 Dane St., Beverly. Featuring small items, puzzles, games, books, CDs, toys and white elephant items. To donate, call 978-927-1066.
CRAFT FAIR/YARD SALE. Sunday, April 7, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Moose Family Center, 50 Grove St., Salem. The Salem Moose Family Center will hold a craft fair and yard sale. For details, contact Dawn Boltas at 978-601-3934.
Fairs and festivals
AUTISM AWARENESS FAIR. Saturday, April 6, 3 to 5 p.m., Salem Common. Hosted by Parents United of Salem. Service providers will be available to answer questions and provide information to families affected by autism. Event also includes sensory-friendly crafts and activities. Free. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held at the Salem YMCA, 1 Sewall St. www.parentsunitedofsalem.org.
Art shows and receptions
“FIELD OF DREAMS” OPENING RECEPTION. Thursday, April 4, 6 to 8 p.m., Gallery at Porter Mill, 95 Rantoul St., Beverly. Exhibit features paintings by Boston-based artist Maria Malatesta and Beverly-based artist Christine O’Brien. Event part of Beverly’s First Thursday Art Walk. On view through April 28. www.studiosatportermill.blogspot.com.
“FINE ART OF CRAFT.” Artisan Jewelry Trunk Show, Thursday, April 4, 6 to 9 p.m., King Hooper Mansion, 8 Hooper St., Marblehead. Featuring four local jewelry designers, part of Marblehead Arts Association’s “Fine Art of Craft” exhibit. Light refreshments served. Free admission. 781-631-2608.
EXHIBIT OVERVIEW. Sunday, April 7, 3 p.m., Ipswich Museum, 54 South Main St., Ipswich. Local teacher, author and researcher Scott Jewell will present an overview of the museum’s exhibit, “Ipswich in the Civil War,” which was put together following the research for his book, “Ipswich in the Civil War.” Exhibit showcases the role Ipswich played in the Civil War through the stories of 462 people who lived in Ipswich before, during and after the war, and served in the military. Jewell will sign copies of his book. Free/members and children, $7/nonmembers, $5/seniors. 978-356-2811 or www.ipswichmuseum.org.
MATT CURLEY EXHIBIT RECEPTION. Wednesday, April 10, 6 p.m., Winfisky Gallery, Ellison Campus Center, Salem State University, 352 Lafayette St., Salem. Artist’s reception for Matt Curley’s exhibit, “Honors in Art: Painting.” Exhibit on view through April 18. Free admission. 978-542-7890 or salemstate.edu/arts.