“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. firstname.lastname@example.org 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. email@example.com, 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. firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-745-6314.