MARTIAL ARTS FOR ST. JUDE. Thursday, June 13, 5:30 p.m., Bruce McCorry’s Martial Arts, 220 Newbury St., Peabody. Bruce McCorry’s Martial Arts presents Martial Arts for St. Jude to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, a premier pediatric cancer research center. Fundraising event will showcase martial arts skills. Donations can be made by contacting Sandra at 978-535-7878 or firstname.lastname@example.org. All are welcome.
ERIC SHAIRS COMEDY FUNDRAISER. Thursday, June 13, 8 p.m., Italian Community Center, 302 Rantoul St., Beverly. Juston McKinney will headline an evening of comedy to benefit Eric Shairs, a former Beverly High School football captain who was paralyzed in a pool accident in 2005. The bill includes Dave Rattigan and Shairs’ former football teammates Jeff Koen and Mike Sciucco, all of whom are Beverly natives. Event also includes raffles. Doors open at 7 p.m. for 8 p.m. performance. Tickets cost $20 in advance, and $25 at the door. For tickets, contact Mike at 978-580-1686 or email@example.com, or visit scampscomedy.com.
FOBA WINE TASTING. Wednesday, June 19, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Henry’s Wine Cellar, 588 Cabot St., Beverly. Friends of Beverly Animals will host a wine-tasting at Henry’s Wine Cellar. Sample a selection of fine wines and Henry’s hors d’oeuvres. Ten percent discount on wine purchases. Tickets are $15/person. Door prizes. All proceeds support rescued homeless animals. friendsofbeverlynanimals.org.
“TASTE THE PROMISE.” Wednesday, June 19, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Coolidge Hall, Topsfield Fairgrounds, 207 Boston St., Topsfield. Sample food, beer and wine from local restaurants and establishments at “Taste the Promise,” a benefit for Family Promise North Shore Boston, an interfaith nonprofit coalition that provides services to help local homeless families get back on their feet. Event includes a silent auction and door prizes. $35/advance ticket, $40/at the door. Visit familypromisensb.org for advance tickets.
Outdoor and indoor explorations
FAMILY DUSK PADDLE: WELCOMING SUMMER. Friday, June 14, 6 to 8 p.m. at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. While paddling, look for plants and animals. All equipment provided; participants must be able to swim. Cost $15 adults and $13 children (member discounts available). Suitable for family and children ages 6 to 16. Registration required. 978-887-9264.