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.