PARENTS FOR MUSIC EXCELLENCE FUNDRAISER. Thursday, April 11, 4 to 10 p.m., Texas Roadhouse, 301 Newbury St., Danvers. Get a coupon from a DHS band member and dine at Texas Roadhouse anytime between 4 and 10 p.m.; the restaurant will donate 15 percent of the total food purchase to PME. A table with PME raffle baskets will be set up inside the restaurant.
BOOK EVENT TO BENEFIT ARCWORKS. Thursday, April 11, 5:30 p.m., 22 Foster St., Peabody. Book reading and signing of “Frame Up” by James Phoenix. Free admission. Refreshments served. Proceeds from books sold at the event will benefit the art center. Reserve a spot at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE. Thursday, April 11, 6:30 p.m., Moose Family Lodge, 50 Grove St., Salem. Performance by comedy improvisational troupe whose style is based on the TV show “Whose Line is it Anyway?” Event will benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem. $10/ticket, available at the Boys & Girls Club, 13 Hawthorne Blvd., Salem. Program starts at 7 p.m. Audience members may be subjects of improv. Cash bar and raffles available. email@example.com, 978-744-0915 or www.bgcgs.org.
THE ARTFUL DOGGER. Thursday, April 11, 7 to 9 p.m., Danvers Art Association, 105 Elliott St. Friends of Danvers Dog Park presents a fundraiser art show and auction that showcases artwork in various mediums by local artists. Reception and silent auction start at 7 p.m. $5 ticket includes appetizers, musical entertainment and door prizes. www.friendsofdanversdogpark.com.
“ALL THINGS NEW.” Thursday, April 11, 7 to 9 p.m., Community House of Hamilton and Wenham, 284 Bay Road, Hamilton. Silent auction to benefit Amirah, an organization dedicated to helping women emerge from commercial exploitation. Admission is $5 or a gift card to Target, Walmart or Home Depot. Familygordon@comcast.net.
FOURTH ANNUAL TASTE OF THE NORTH SHORE. Friday, April 12, 6 to 9 p.m., Acura of Peabody, 233 Andover St. Event features samples from several North Shore restaurants, entertainment, and live and silent auctions to benefit the 2013 North Shore Cancer Walk/Run. Billy Costa of Kiss 108 FM and NECN’s “TV Diner” will serve as host and auctioneer. $60/ticket; purchase at http://nsmcgiving.partners.org/taste or 866-296-6900. Funds raised from the North Shore Cancer Walk/Run help ensure quality care to cancer patients at North Shore Medical Center and the Mass General/North Shore Cancer Center. www.northshorecancerwalk.org.
STEPHEN J. KORUMPAS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUNDRAISER. Saturday, April 13, 6 to 8 p.m., 43 Church restaurant, 43 Church St., Salem. Hors d’oeuvres, buffet dinner, and dancing to live music by Brian Maes and his six-piece band. $35/ticket. 978-744-7594.
ZENTANGLE GROUP TO MEET. Thursday, April 11, 10 a.m., Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St., Peabody. First meeting of the bimonthly group. Zentangle is a method that uses structured patterns to create artwork. Drop-in group for people to work on their own projects in a social environment; assistance will be available for those new to the Zentangle technique. Attendees should bring their own supplies: white card stock, a black micron pen and a pencil. Group meets on the second and fourth Thursday of every month. 978-531-0100, ext. 10, or www.peabodylibrary.org.
INTRODUCTION TO FIELD SKETCHING. Saturday, April 13, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. Join Sandy McDermott to learn the art of field sketching, a quick tool used for capturing the surrounding environment. First part of the class will be spent indoors learning and practicing with a pencil. After lunch, work outdoors, weather permitting, and practice with pen and ink, colored pencils, and watercolors. A list of materials to bring will be sent to attendees. $46/general, $39/Mass Audubon members. Registration required at 978-887-9264.
PHOTOGRAPHING WILDLIFE. Sunday, April 14, 1 to 4 p.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. Designed for beginner to intermediate photographers and all types of cameras, the field class with naturalist and photographer Bob Speare will cover various camera settings and compositional techniques that will enhance wildlife shots. $30/general, $25/Mass Audubon members. Registration required at 978-887-9264 or www.massaudubon.org/ipswichriver.
PERSONALIZED STATIONERY CRAFT. Wednesday, April 17, 10 a.m., Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St., Peabody. Evelyn Rauseo will teach the class, and each participant will leave with a set of personalized stationery. All materials will be provided. Registration at 978-531-0100, ext. 10, or www.peabodylibrary.org.
Music and theater
TRI-M MUSIC HONOR SOCIETY SHOWCASE. Thursday, April 11, 7 p.m., Salem High School auditorium, 77 Willson St. Featuring the jazz band, solo performers, group numbers, silent auction, 50-50 raffle and concession stand. Tickets cost $10/seat at a table for eight or $70 for an entire table of eight, $8/general admission, $5/students and seniors. Event supports society’s efforts to raise funds for a new software system called “Smart Music.” 978-740-1136.
FIFTH ANNUAL INTERCOLLEGIATE JAZZ FEST. Thursday, April 11, 7 p.m., Endicott College, Rose Performance Hall, Center for the Arts, 376 Hale St., Beverly. Features the EC Jazz Band along with jazz bands from Waring School, Beverly High School and Gordon College and the Cape Ann Big Band. Free reception will follow, with an opportunity to speak with musicians. $5/general, free/ECID holders. Reserve tickets at www.endicott.edu/centerforthearts or 978-998-7700.
“MAN AND SUPERMAN.” Thursday, April 11 through Saturday, April 13, 7:30 p.m., Salem State University, Mainstage Theatre, 352 Lafayette St., Salem. Comedic and unconventional love story by George Bernard Shaw. $15/general, $10/students and seniors. www.salemstatetickets.com or 978-542-6365.
“WAITING FOR GODOT.” Friday, April 12, Saturday, April 13, Tuesday, April 16, Wednesday, April 17, 7:30 p.m., Gordon College, Barrington Center for the Arts, Margaret Jensen Theatre, 255 Grapevine Road, Wenham. Department of Theatre Arts presents Samuel Beckett’s classic existentialist tragicomedy reimagined by director and professor Norman Jones. www.gordon.edu/tickets.
“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 through April 14, Thursday through Saturday, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, 3 p.m., Salem Theatre Company theater, 90 Lafayette St. $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $10 for students. www.salemtheatre.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-790-8546.
PERFORMANCE OF CIVIL WAR-ERA SONGS. Wednesday, April 17, 7 p.m., Ipswich Public Library, Collins Meeting Room, 25 N. Main St. The program will be presented chronologically with songs chosen alternately from the Union and the Confederacy. Roger Tincknell will play guitar, banjo, mandolin and harmonica. Songs will be introduced with quotes from letters, published speeches and newspapers. Some lyrics will be provided for the audience to sing along. Part of “Ipswich Reads ... One Book!” program. Families encouraged to attend. 978-356-6649.
Lectures and discussions
PUBLIC DISCUSSION OF “THE KILLER ANGELS.” Thursday, April 11, 4 p.m., Ipswich Public Library, Collins Meeting Room, 25 N. Main St. Martha Mauser will lead; part of the “Ipswich Reads ... One Book!” program. www.ipswichlibrary.org.
GEM PROGRAM. Thursday, April 11, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Flint Public Library, 1 S. Main St., Middleton. David Hill, owner of Tosoro Jewelers in Middleton, will discuss gemstones and jewelry. Program is suitable for adults. 978-774-8132 or www.flintlibrary.org.
NORTH SHORE COMPUTER SOCIETY PRESENTATION. Thursday, April 11, 7 p.m., McCarthy Auditorium, Peabody Municipal Light Plant, 201 Warren St. Ext. Features Piyum Samaraweera, Carbonite’s director of product management, providing an overview of backup technologies in a presentation titled “Backing up to the Cloud: Safeguarding Your Digital Files.” Learn the differences between backup, syncing and storage, and learn what to look for in a backup service to ensure that files will be available when needed most. Tech Talk Time will also be held. Free. Seating is limited. www.northshorecomputer.org or 888-955-6727.
“2013 EASTERN YC MINI CRUISES.” Thursday, April 11, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Eastern Yacht Club, 47 Foster St., Marblehead. Vice Commodore Bruce Dyson presents as part of Eastern Yacht Club Sailing Committee’s 2013 Winter Speaker Series. Dyson will discuss how to prepare for and enjoy this summer’s Mini Cruises; boat preparation, what types of food to bring and local knowledge for planned destinations will be covered. Free. Registration required at email@example.com.
CELEBRATE ISRAEL’S 65TH BIRTHDAY Thursday, April 11, 7 p.m., Congregation Shirat Hayam, 55 Atlantic Ave., Swampscott. Presentation titled “Beyond the Camels and Falafel: A Futurist Celebration of Israel!” Presentation by futurist professor David Passig on Israel’s mega trends in the 21st century. Event includes a reception with Israeli culinary specialties, tastings of fine wines from Israel and desserts. Also, a virtual time capsule of stories, photos and other artifacts will be collected and created to record how the North Shore Jewish community engages with Israel. Free. Reserve a spot at firstname.lastname@example.org. email@example.com, 781-599-8005 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“NEWBURYPORT AND CIVIL WAR.” Friday, April 12, 7:30 p.m., Gould Barn, 1 Howlett St., Topsfield. The Topsfield Historical Society’s monthly lecture series features a presentation by local author William Hallett on the history and legacy of Newburyport in the Civil War. Free. Refreshments served. email@example.com or 978-887-9137.
GENEALOGY WORKSHOP. Saturday, April 13, 2 p.m., Ipswich Public Library, Collins Meeting Room, 25 N. Main St. Jan Fortado will lead the workshop with an emphasis on the Civil War period. Sponsored by the Trustees of the Ipswich Public Library. Part of the library’s “Ipswich Reads ... One Book!” program. 978-356-6649.
“HOW TO CREATE A HOME HERB GARDEN.” Saturday, April 13, 2 p.m., Judge Samuel Holten House, 171 Holten St., Danvers. The Gen. Israel Putnam Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution will feature a presentation by Kathi Gariepy of the Master Gardener Speakers Bureau. Gariepy works for the Massachusetts Audubon Society as education coordinator at Attleboro’s Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary and heads Attleboro’s Community Garden.
U.S. NAVY IN THE CIVIL WAR. Sunday, April 14, 2 p.m., Smith Barn, 38 Felton St., Peabody. Presented by Charles Veit, president of the Navy and Marine Historical Association. Learn how the Navy helped the North win the Civil War and the importance of its contributions of naval engagements, including the First Battle of Shiloh, The Great Navy Cattle Drive and the Engagement at Deloges Bluff. Free/Peabody Historical Society & Museum members, $5/nonmembers. 978-531-0805.
PUBLIC ARTIST TALK: CHAIRMAN TING. Tuesday, April 16, 11:30 a.m., Montserrat College of Art, 23 Essex St., Beverly. Chairman Ting is an experimental visual workshop that creates iPhone/iPod apps, animated shorts, murals, album art and movie title art with the sole purpose of making people smile. firstname.lastname@example.org, 978-867-9624 or www.montserrat.edu/galleries.
“SALEM WILLOWS THROUGH THE YEARS.” Tuesday, April 16, 7 p.m., First Church in Salem, Cleveland Room, 316 Essex St. Jim McAllister’s one-hour lecture presents a heavily illustrated look back at the evolution of Salem Willows from farmland to amusement park and residential neighborhood. Includes a 10-minute film showing the Willows and a Horribles Parade in 1949. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. $12 admission. Use new entrance to the right and rear of church. email@example.com or 978-745-6314.
SAFER CHILD COMMUNITY SYMPOSIUM. Wednesday, April 17, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Ellison Campus Center, Salem State University, North Campus, 352 Lafayette St. Salem residents, those involved in organizations focused on the city’s youths and members of various academic communities will participate in a morning symposium that will explore the safety of children within the community and discuss ways to collaborate and connect around the issue of how to make Salem a “Safer Child Community.” Free. Registration required. 978-542-6144 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“ARCHITECTURE AND PRESERVATION IN SALEM, 1900-2000.” Wednesday, April 17, 7 p.m., The House of the Seven Gables, Visitor’s Center, 115 Derby St., Salem. Monthly lecture series, “Seven Lectures at Seven Gables,” features Salem journalist and historian Jim McAllister. The presentation takes a look at Salem’s architectural heritage and chronicles the efforts by individuals, organizations and government to preserve and restore many of the city’s finest buildings and neighborhoods. $10/Gables members, $15/nonmembers. www.7gables.org or email@example.com.
“FOOD, GLORIOUS FOOD: EXPLORING THE EXCITING WORLD OF FOOD BLOGS.” Wednesday, April 17, 7 p.m., Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St., Peabody. Event explores the history of blogging and how the food blog has developed over time. Presenter Shelley Quezada will share numerous examples of successful and varied food blogs and explore how blogging, and food blogs in particular, has been a back door into publishing for many. 978-531-0100, ext. 10, or www.peabodylibrary.org.
WEDNESDAY EVENING LECTURE SERIES. Wednesday, April 17, 7:30 p.m., Ipswich Museum, 54 S. Main St. Local nautical history researcher Paul Valcour will present “Boatbuilding in Ipswich: A History From World War II to Present.” Lecture series sponsored by First Ipswich Bank. Refreshments served. $10/nonmembers, free/members. www.ipswichmuseum.org.
ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE EXHIBIT. Saturday, April 13, 3 to 6 p.m., Montserrat College of Art, Hardie Building, second floor, 23 Essex St., Beverly. Features a collegewide exhibition of work. Awards Ceremony at 4 p.m. on the second floor of the Hardie Building. firstname.lastname@example.org.
“QU4RTETS.” Saturday, April 13, 4 p.m. reception, 5 p.m. panel discussion, Barrington Center for the Arts, Gordon College, 255 Grapevine Road, Wenham. A collaboration project and tour in paint, poetry and music, featuring internationally acclaimed artists, including Gordon College art professor Bruce Herman. The exhibit is inspired by T.S. Eliot’s “Four Quartets.” Portions of Yale musician Christopher Theofanidis’ original score for piano and string quartet “At the Still Point” will be played. Admission is free. Part of Gordon’s first weeklong “Celebration of the Arts,” with lectures from artists, live concerts, film events and a theater production of “Waiting for Godot.” Exhibit on view through May 1. www.gordon.edu/qu4rtets.
FINE ART SENIOR THESIS RECEPTION. Wednesday, April 17, 5 to 7 p.m., Montserrat College of Art, 301 Cabot St., Beverly. “Withdrawn” features artwork that displays a different exploration in thought and medium, including paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography, video and performance. Fifth senior exhibition in a weekly series of receptions reoccurring every Wednesday this spring. On view through April 19. email@example.com, 978-867-9604 or www.montserrat.edu/galleries.
FROM PENCIL TO PRINT. On view through May 13, Kensington-Stobart Gallery, in the Hawthorne Hotel on Salem Common, 18 Washington St., Salem. An exhibit of children’s book art featuring work by Salem resident Katy Bratun, an author and illustrator. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Free. 978-825-0022.
“A L M A N A C K.” Exhibit features a collection of landscapes in oils by Danvers artist Michael Milczarek, on view through Thursday, May 2, at the Gallery at Grosvenor Park, 7 Loring Hills Ave., Vinnin Square, Salem. Gallery open weekdays, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and weekends, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Handicapped-accessible. 978-741-5700.
THE PAINTED STORY: NEW WORK BY BRIAN BROGAN. On view Saturday, April 13, through Friday, May 24, True North Gallery, 25 Woodbury St., Hamilton. Exhibit features North Shore artist Brogan’s vibrant paintings inspired by indigenous traditions from around the world. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., or by appointment. 978-468-1962 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY OF MARBLEHEAD EXHIBIT. On view through Sunday, April 21, at the Marblehead Arts Association, 8 Hooper St. During the “Fine Art of Craft” exhibit, the MAA is showcasing 16 Marblehead High School students who are members of the National Art Honor Society. 781-631-2608 or www.marbleheadarts.org.
PLEIN AIR PAINTING AND PRINTS. On view throughout April in the Stetson Gallery of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead, 28 Mugford St. Exhibit features work by Marblehead native and Salem resident Susan Dodge, including images of coastal Maine. Gallery open during church events and by appointment. 781-631-1215.
CHILDREN’S MONSTER MASH. Tuesday, April 16, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Wenham Museum, 132 Main St. Come in costume, as a monster, dragon or dinosaur, and hear frightfully fun stories, create monster print art and play silly monster games. All ages welcome. Free with museum admission. Register at 978-468-2377 or www.wenhammuseum.org.
REPTILES WITH THE MUSEUM OF SCIENCE. Wednesday, April 17, 3 to 4 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., Hamilton. Meet and learn about animals from the museum’s Live Animal Center. Sponsored by the Museum of Science and the Friends of the Hamilton-Wenham Library. www.hwlibrary.org.
COMMUNITY DAY. Friday, April 12, 5 p.m., Salem State University Alumni Field, O’Keefe Center, 225 Canal St. The Salem community is invited to watch the men’s lacrosse game against Keene State University. Event includes an appearance by the mascot, free Viking helmets, raffles and more. email@example.com.
GARDEN CLEANUP DAY. Saturday, April 13, 9 a.m. to noon, Whipple House and Heard House, 54 S. Main St., Ipswich. Bring rakes, gloves and shovels. 978-356-8696 or www.ipswichmuseum.org.
HISTORIC WALKING TOURS. Gordon Harris of the Ipswich Historical Commission will lead walks on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m., starting April 13 and running through October. The tour begins at the Ipswich Riverwalk Mural behind Zumi’s Coffee on Market Street and the EBSCO buildings. $15 per person, free for young children accompanied by a parent. Reserve a spot at http://ipswichtour.com.
LOOKING FOR TRAIL-SIDE DAFFODILS. Bi-Peds monthly walk, Saturday, April 13, 1:30 p.m., meet at the access at Cabot and Coolidge roads, Danvers. Danvers Bi-Peds’ monthly walk will lead participants along the Danvers Rail Trail south to Tapleyville Ice Cream and back. There will be a pause at the 2.5-mile marker to thank all sponsors for the bulb plantings along the trail and at Tapleyville Ice Cream for anyone wishing to have a treat. Leashed dogs welcome. Rain date April 14. 978-777-4661 or danversbipeds.org.
AMAZING AMPHIBIANS. Saturday, April 13, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. For families with children 6 and older. Search the sanctuary’s wetlands and woodlands for amphibians on the move. Visit a vernal pool to find large masses of wood frog and salamander eggs. $9/adults, $7/children (discount for Mass Audubon members). Registration required at 978-887-9264 or www.massaudubon.org/ipswichriver.
April vacation events
TUESDAY, APRIL 16: APRIL VACATION DAYS: MARVELOUS MAMMALS. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. Children in kindergarten through grade five will discover spring birds and bugs; look for beavers in the pond; search for frogs, salamanders and turtles; learn about soil and all the critters that live there. Children are divided into small groups according to age. $54/day, discount for Mass Audubon members. Registration required at 978-887-9264 or www.massaudubon.org/ipswichriver.
TUESDAY, APRIL 16: APRIL SCHOOL VACATION WEEK PEM EVENTS. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, Salem. Explore art and movement through the work of Nick Cave. Studio discovery, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Bartlett Gallery, create Cave-inspired costumes using unique materials. Performance and workshop, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Atrium, interactive performance and workshop by Urbanity Dance, a contemporary dance company. Daily drop-in art activities: Design a collaged fashion sketch of a Soundsuit, then contribute to a life-size model; create kaleidoscopic wallpaper; explore MaKey MaKey, which turns almost anything into a musical instrument; 11:30 to noon, learn how to dance to artwork during a family tour. Activities included with museum admission. www.pem.org/calendar.
VACATION SPECIAL MAGIC SHOW. Tuesday, April 16, 11 a.m., Peabody Institute Library South Branch, 78 Lynn St., Peabody. Features Greg McAdam performing his “I Love Reading” show. Program for children ages 4 to 8 accompanied by an adult. Seating is limited. Register at the library or 978-531-3380.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17: APRIL VACATION DAYS: WONDERFUL WINGS. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. Children in kindergarten through grade five will discover spring birds and bugs; look for beavers in the pond; search for frogs, salamanders and turtles; learn about soil and all the critters that live there. Children are divided into small groups according to age. $54/day, discount for Mass Audubon members. Registration required at 978-887-9264 or www.massaudubon.org/ipswichriver.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17: APRIL SCHOOL VACATION WEEK PEM EVENTS. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, Salem. Explore art and movement through the work of Nick Cave. PEM Pals, 10:30 a.m., Bartlett Gallery, for families with children up to age 5, PEM Pal’s storyteller Heather reads “Saturday Night at Dinosaur Stomp” by Carol Diggory Shields, followed by a craft. Studio Discovery, noon to 3 p.m., Bartlett Gallery, Ramblin’ Dan displays his unique suit and demonstrates how his gadgets work, then make a music machine using colorful materials. Daily drop-in art activities: Design a collaged fashion sketch of a Soundsuit, then contribute to a life-size model; create kaleidoscopic wallpaper; explore MaKey MaKey, which turns almost anything into a musical instrument; 11:30 to noon, learn how to dance to artwork during a family tour. Activities included with museum admission. www.pem.org/calendar.
HERITAGE FILMS. “Colonials and British,” 11:30 a.m.; “Ghost Stories Mysteries,” 12:05 p.m.; and “O’l Revere Beach,” 12:30 p.m., April 11 and 16, Hollywood Hits Theatre, 7 Hutchinson Drive, Danvers. “Mysterious Places in Essex County and North Shore,” 1:30 p.m.; “Ghost Stories,” 1:30 p.m., April 11 and 12, 285 Derby St., Salem. $5/general, $4/seniors. Dan Tremblay, firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-777-2711.
ARCHIVAL FILM: “GLOUCESTERMEN.” Wednesday, April 17, 7 to 8 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., Hamilton. Presented by archival film preservationist Dan Tremblay. Watch footage of the fishing vessels and fishermen from the past and experience some of the perils of the profession. www.hwlibrary.org.