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The Castle Hill Summer Picnic Concert Series continues tonight with the music of Roomful of Blues, from 7 to 9 at Castle Hill, 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich. Gates open 5 p.m. for picnicking and close once capacity is reached. Admission is at the gate only; $30 per car, $20 per car for members of The Trustees of Reservations, $10 for walk-ins. For more information, visit www.thetrustees.org or call 978-356-4351.
Get in touch with your artistic side tonight, as Greg Maichack presents “Paint the Starry Skies in Pastel,” a hands-on pastel workshop for teens and adults (inter-generational) with all materials included. The workshop runs from 7 to 9 p.m. at Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., Hamilton. To register, visit www.hwlibrary.org.
Gerald Shea will read from his book “Song Without Words: Discovering My Deafness Halfway Through Life," tonight at 7 at 17 Cox Gallery, 17 Cox Court, Beverly, as part of the opening reception for the exhibit “I’ve Just Begun to Tell You.” The exhibit features work by Randy Garber and Trimpin and explores how people relate to sound both internally and externally. For details, visit www.17cox.com.