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.
NATURE TALES: WONDERFUL WINGS. Saturday, June 15, 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Ipswich Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. For families with children ages 3 to 6. Read “Wonderful Animals in Flight” by Steven Jenkins and Robin Page, and learn about the different ways creatures can use their wings. Take a walk to observe dragonflies, butterflies and other things with wings that make their homes at the sanctuary. Cost $9 adults, $7 children (member discounts available). Registration required. 978-887-9264.
PICNIC ON PERKINS ISLAND. Saturday, June 15, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. Enjoy a leisurely paddle up the Ipswich River, followed by lunch on Perkins Island. Meets in front of the canoe kiosk. Pack a lunch in a cooler or waterproof container. All equipment and basic canoeing instruction will be provided. Instructors: Andrew Prazar and Angela Walsh. Suitable for children ages 5 to 14. $18/adult, $14/child (member discounts available). Registration required. 978-887-9264.
BOXFORD EXPLORED. Saturday, June 15, 11:30 a.m., Boxford Community Center, corner of Middleton Road and Elm Street, Boxford. Kick-off event for BTA/BOLT’s new program Boxford Explored includes hotdogs, veggie burgers and a “get you started” guided walk on Chapman Way. Sign up for Boxford Explored and gain certificates for walking the trails according to the trail descriptions in The Boxford Trail Guide. Trails are grouped into three levels, in ascending order of difficulty. On the honor system, participants can gain a certificate for walking all the trails within a level and an award at the BTA/BOLT spring annual meeting for traversing all trails on the lists. A string backpack will be given to each participant just for signing up. Free. 978-887-7031.
FATHERS’ DAY AT THE PHILLIPS HOUSE. Sunday, June 16, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Phillips House Museum, 34 Chestnut St., Salem. All fathers are invited to join Historic New England for a free tour of the Phillips House Museum. Forty-five-minute guided tours depart on the half hour. Explore the library of Stephen Willard Phillips and visit the carriage house, which showcases decades of locomotion history. Regular admission is $5/adults, $2.50/children and students. www.HistoricNewEngland.org.
COMMUNITY BLOCK PARTY. Friday, June 14, 5 to 8 p.m., Community House of Hamilton and Wenham, 284 Bay Road, Hamilton. Live music by Grupo Fantasia, group dance lesson, salsa tasting showdown, all-you-can-eat buffet, Fotografia Booth, High Striker, rides, children’s activities and more. Event supports the community center. Advance tickets cost $25/adults and $15/children and senior citizens, $30/$20 at the door; children 2 and under admitted for free. Ticket details available at www.communityhouse.org.
ARTS FEST BEVERLY. Saturday, June 15, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Cabot Street, downtown Beverly. Arts Fest Beverly is an outdoor festival featuring more than 100 juried fine artists and crafters, music and entertainment, kids’ activities, art-on-the-spot creations, food trucks, and more. Rain or shine. Free. Beverly Main Streets, 978-922-8558 or www.beverlymainstreets.org.
RWANDAN CULTURAL DAY CELEBRATION. Saturday, June 15, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Ellison Campus Center, Salem State University, 352 Lafayette St., Salem. Celebrate Rwandan culture through its arts, music, song, traditional dress and more. Event includes presentations by professionals in the area of health and education who are working to improve the lives of men, women and children in Rwanda. Abeza b’Inganzo will present traditional dance and drumming. Lunch provided. Free. Robert McAndrews, firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-542-6815, or Margo W. R. Steiner, 978-542-7505 or email@example.com.
STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL. Saturday, June 15, 2 to 6 p.m., Green Meadows Farm, 656 Asbury St., Hamilton. Event features a dessert contest and sampling, face painting, games, wine bar for adults, live music by Chasing Blue and other activities at the farm. Contest entry is $5; winner receives a full flower share. For details or to enter, visit www.gmfarm.com or call 978-468-3769.
CHURCH IN THE COVE STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL. Saturday, June 15, 3 to 7:30 p.m., Church in the Cove, 167 Hale St., Beverly. An evening of fun, food, face painting and music by Charlie Dawson and Embrace Change. $8/ticket, includes a piece of strawberry shortcake or ice cream sundae with a beverage. Hot dogs and hamburgers available for purchase after 5 p.m. Tickets available by calling the church office, 978-922-5135, or Emma Gardiner, 978-744-4980.
HAM AND BEAN SUPPER. Saturday, June 15, 5:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church of Hamilton and Essex, 391 Bay Road, Hamilton. Ham and Bean Supper in the classic tradition of the Essex United Methodist Church. Event includes silent auction featuring Red Sox items, home baked cookies, baskets, framed photographs, grocery gift certificates and more. All proceeds go toward the church’s local missions. $7 suggested donation per person. Reservations requested at 978-468-1256.
Presentations and workshops
FBI SPECIAL AGENT TO SPEAK AT ROTARY CLUB LUNCHEON. Thursday, June 13, 12:15 p.m., Boston Yacht Club, 1 Front St., Marblehead. The featured speaker at Marblehead Rotary Club’s luncheon is Richard DesLauriers, the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Boston Field Division, which is the agency’s 10th largest office and covers Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. DesLauriers leads a group of more than 500 FBI agents, intelligence analysts and professional support personnel responsible for the investigation of terrorism, espionage and criminal matters in this geographic region. All Rotarians and their guests are welcome. Rotarians outside of Marblehead Rotary Club and their guests are asked to reserve a spot in advance by contacting Tanya S. DeGenova at firstname.lastname@example.org. www.marbleheadrotary.com.
NORTH SHORE COMPUTER SOCIETY PRESENTATION. “Vacation, Camera, Action!,” Thursday, June 13, 7 p.m., Peabody Municipal Light Plant, McCarthy Auditorium, 201 Warrant St. Ext., Peabody. North Shore Computer Society meeting features a presentation by a photographer/instructor on mirrorless cameras, light sensors, megapixels and noteworthy computer software. Tech Talk Time will be held. Free. Seating is limited. www.northshorecomputer.org or 888-955-6727.
“YES! YOU CAN GROW ORCHIDS!” Saturday, June 15, 10 a.m. to noon, Boxford Town Library, 10 Elm St., Boxford. George Crozer, vice president of the New Hampshire Orchid Society, will explain techniques for growing orchids, the various species, and where they are found. He will have plants for sale. Made possible by the Friends of the Boxford Town Library. Register at www.boxfordlibrary.org.
SEVEN LECTURES AT SEVEN GABLES: GILES LAROCHE. Wednesday, June 19, 7 p.m., The House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby St., Salem. Part of The House of the Seven Gables’ annual lecture series honoring Nathaniel Hawthorne and his literary works. Noted Salem children’s illustrator and author of “If You Lived Here — Houses of the World,” Laroche will demonstrate his art form and read and discuss his latest children’s book. Registration and details available at www.7gables.org.
DRAWING ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE BRAIN WORKSHOP. Wednesday, June 19, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., South Hamilton. Drawing is a “global” skill, which requires both hand and eye coordination. Attendees will work through the classic drawing 101 text, “Betty Edward’s Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain.” Teacher Bonnie Ashmore-Davis will provide guidance for the group. Open to teens and adults; registration is required. Funded by the Friends of the Library. Rebecca Shea, 978-468-5577 or email@example.com.
WEDNESDAY EVENING LECTURE. Wednesday, June 19, 7:30 p.m., Ipswich Museum, 54 S. Main St., Ipswich. Museum’s monthly Wednesday Evening Lecture features Dow Curator Stephanie Gaskins speaking about the museum’s summer exhibit “I Must Go Down to the Seas Again.” www.ipswichmuseum.org or 978-356-2811.
Music and theater
DON WHITE IN CONCERT. Saturday, June 15, 7:30 p.m., STC Theater, 90 Lafayette St., Salem. Folk singer and songwriter Don White will perform at the Salem Theatre Company. $20/ticket. www.salemtheatre.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, 978-790-8546 or 866-811-4111.
PEABODY STREET PARK CONCERT SERIES: TOKYO TRAMPS. Sunday, June 16, 3 to 6 p.m., Peabody Street Park, 15 Peabody St., near Lafayette and Derby streets on the South River Walkway, Salem. Tokyo Tramps will perform as part of the Peabody Street Park Concert Series, hosted by the city of Salem and Mamadou Diop, leader of world fusion band Mamadou. Free; family-friendly. For details, visit www.junglerhythm.com.
MUSIC AT EDEN’S EDGE 2013 CONCERT SERIES. Tuesday, June 18, 2 p.m., Northshore Unitarian Universalist Church, 323 Locust St., Danvers. The theme for Music at Eden’s Edge concert program in June is “A World at Our Fingertips: Music of Mozart, Brahms, Debussy, and World Premiere of Martin Boykan Viola Sonata.” Violist Mark Berger and pianist Naoko Sugiyama will premiere Martin Boykan’s “Sonata for Viola and Piano,” written exclusively for the chamber music ensemble. Violinist Maria Benotti and cellist Lynn Nowels will also perform. Free admission. Handicapped-accessible. Families with young children are encouraged to attend this performance. 978-270-4463.
“THE SOUND OF MUSIC.” North Shore Music Theatre, 62 Dunham Road, Beverly. Performances through June 23. Show times Tuesdays through Thursdays 7:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.; and Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, 2 p.m. Tickets $45 to $75. Tickets and details at 978-232-7200 or www.nsmt.org.
M IS FOR MUSEUM: GENERATIONS OF GAMES. Friday, June 14, 10 a.m., Wenham Museum, 132 Main St., Wenham. Play outdoor games that children have enjoyed for centuries. M is for Museum programs introduce young visitors to the world of museums in a fun and engaging way. All ages welcome. Free with museum admission; $8/adults, $6/children 16 and under. 978-468-2377 or www.wenhammuseum.org.
TWO-ON-TWO BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT. Hosted by Premier Hoops on Saturday, June 15, St. Vasilios Church, 7 Paleologos St., Peabody. Check-in for boys and girls in grades two through four is at 4:45 p.m., followed by the tournament from 5 to 6 p.m.; boys and girls in grades five through seven check in at 5:45 p.m. and play from 6 to 7 p.m.; boys and girls in grades eight through 10 check in at 6:45 p.m., and play from 7 to 8 p.m. All money raised will go toward Premier Hoops’ scholarships. The two winners of each division will receive a full scholarship to Premier Hoops in the fall. $10/team includes a T-shirt for each player. Registration and details available at www.premierhoopsters.com, 781-724-8125 or email@example.com.
Stories and poetry
MONTSERRAT HOSTS STORYTELLING. Friday, June 14, 7 to 9 p.m., 236 Cabot St., Beverly. Montserrat College of Art’s Writing Studio will host a storytelling event during Beverly’s Arts Festival. Event features Elizabeth Frankie Rollins, author of “The Sin Eater & Other Stories.” Participants are welcome to sign up for storytelling open mike starting at 6:45 p.m. firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-921-4242, ext. 1603.
POETRY READING. Saturday, June 15, 2 to 4 p.m., Chianti, 285 Cabot St., Beverly. Montserrat College of Art’s Improbable Places Poetry Tour stop celebrates the intersection of language and music. Send submissions to email@example.com. 978-969-2301.
POETRY CIRCLE. Tuesday, June 18, 7 p.m., Boxford Town Library, Cummings Room, 10 Elm St., Boxford. The Boxford Library Poetry Circle will meet. New members welcome. 978-887-7323.
EVENING BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP. Tuesday, June 18, 7:30 to 8:45 p.m., Beverly Public Library, Fogg Room, 32 Essex St., Beverly. Group will discuss “The Last Stand” by Nathaniel Philbrick. New members welcome. Handicapped-accessible. Discussion titles available at checkout desk; alternate formats may be available. 978-921-6062 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
POETRY & CREATIVE WRITING. Wednesday, June 19, 6 to 7 p.m., Flint Public Library, 1 S. Main St., Middleton. All writers, teens and adults, are invited to bring a sample of writing to share. www.flintlibrary.org.
Shows and exhibits
MURAL CELEBRATION. Thursday, June 13, 9:30 a.m., Casa de Moda, corner of Cabot and Pond streets, Beverly. Presentation of “Calle Casa” Trompé l’oeil Mural No. 1,” presented by Casa de Moda’s Janice and Donald Preston, muralist Philip Coleman and Montserrat College of Art interns Shoshana Browne-Gaiero, Amy Titus and Eric Wright. A reception will follow inside Casa de Moda.
ARTIST RECEPTION FOR “SEVEN”: PERCY FORTINI-WRIGHT. Thursday, June 13, 4 to 6 p.m., Montserrat College of Art, 23 Essex St., Beverly. Montserrat Galleries is hosting “SEVEN: A Performative Drawing Project,” which features seven artists, one of whom is Fortini-Wright, who have transformed the seven gallery walls, highlighting the performative aspects of drawing. On view through Aug. 8. email@example.com, 978-867-9624, or www.montserrat.edu/galleries.
GALLERY TALK: HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MUSEUM’S FURNITURE COLLECTION. Friday, June 14, 10 to 11:30 a.m., meet at the information desk at Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, Salem. Dean Lahikainen, The Carolyn and Peter Lynch Curator of American Decorative Art, leads a closer look at some of the most important pre-1900 examples of Massachusetts furniture in the PEM collection, including works by James Symonds, Cotton Bennett and Samuel McIntire. Advance reservations required. www.pem.org/calendar or 978-745-9500, ext. 3011.
ARTS FEST BEVERLY: COMMUNITY ART EXHIBITION RECEPTION. Friday, June 14, 5 to 8 p.m., Endicott College, Manninen Center for the Arts, 376 Hale St., Beverly. A reception will be held to celebrate the Arts Fest Community Art Exhibition and officially kick off Arts Fest Beverly, which will take place on Saturday, June 15, throughout downtown Beverly. Exhibit features work by artists who live in Beverly, go to school in Beverly or are affiliated with a Beverly arts organization. On view through Aug. 2. firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or 978-922-8558.
OPEN STUDIOS AND AFTER PARTY AT PORTER MILL. Saturday, June 15, 10 a.m., Studios at Porter Mill, 95 Rantoul St., Beverly. Open studios at Porter Mill from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Artists will offer demonstrations and answer questions, and art will be available for purchase. An evening celebration will follow in the downstairs galleries at 4 p.m. with music, food, drinks and more art. firstname.lastname@example.org.
GALLERY SPOT: DINOSAUR POTS. Saturday, June 15, 10:30 a.m. to noon, Wheatland Family Gallery, Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, Salem. Head up to “A Legacy of Change: Native American Art” to explore clay with a museum educator. Take a closer look at the works of artist William Andrew Pacheco. www.pem.org/calendar or 978-745-9500, ext. 3011.
“LOOKING BACKWARDS, A GLIMPSE OF 80 YEARS.” Wednesday, June 19, 4 to 7 p.m., Marblehead Community Center, 10 Humphrey St., Marblehead. The Arrangers of Marblehead present a standard flower show, “Looking Backwards, A Glimpse of 80 Years,” in celebration of the garden club’s 80-year anniversary. Free. For details, contact Abby Lavoie, 781-639-8224, or Michele Martin, 781-639-0935.
DANVERS MEMORIES ROAD SHOW. Wednesday, June 19, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Peabody Institute Library, 15 Sylvan St., Danvers. Photo exhibition of Danvers history through family photos. www.danversfamilyfestival.com.
ART EXHIBIT: DAN MURPHY. On view throughout June and July at Northshore Unitarian Universalist Church, 323 Locust St., Danvers. Exhibit features oil paintings of nautical scenes by local artist Dan Murphy. The exhibit may be seen before and after the 10:30 a.m. Sunday services, or by scheduling an appointment at 978-774-7582. www.nsuu.org.
ORIGINAL ARTWORK: CATHERINE TWOMEY. Exhibit of original artwork in ink and watercolor by Catherine Twomey, a 2013 graduate of Salem High School, is on view through June 20 at the Beverly Cooperative Bank, 254 Cabot St., Beverly. The public is welcome to view the exhibit during banking hours, Monday through Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. www.beverlycoop.com.
PEOPLE’S CHOICE EXHIBIT. On view through June 30 at Artists’ Row, building No. 2, 24 New Derby St., Salem. The Salem Arts Association’s “People’s Choice” exhibit. Visitors to People’s Choice are invited to vote for their favorite art work. Free. www.salemartsassociation.org or email@example.com.
PAINTINGS IN STETSON GALLERY. Paintings by artist and Marblehead resident Jeri Rabchenuk will be exhibited throughout June in the Stetson Gallery of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead, 28 Mugford St., Marblehead. For information, call 781-631-1215.
“ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL.” A parishioners’ exhibit of paintings, collages, stained glass, decorative objects, hand-knit scarves and digital art will be on display through Wednesday, June 26, at the Cloister Gallery, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 135 Lafayette St., Marblehead. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the church. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.; and Sunday, 8 a.m. to noon. Handicapped-accessible. 781-631-4951 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“FIRST CONTEMPORARY SHOWING.” On view through Thursday, June 27, Gallery at Grosvenor Park, 7 Loring Hills Ave., Vinnin Square, Salem. Recent paintings by Marblehead artist Natalie Umanita Bloom. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Handicapped-accessible. 978-741-5700.
SALEM FARMERS MARKET OPENS. Today, 3 to 7 p.m., 32 Derby Square. Fifth season of Salem Main Streets Farmers Market officially opens. Market features demonstrations, live music and more than 35 vendors offering farm-fresh produce, seafood, baked goods, cheeses, custom-made art, jewelry and more. Details available at 978-744-0004, www.salemmainstreets.org or www.salemfarmersmarket.org.
ATTIC TREASURES SALE. Tomorrow, June 14, 6 to 9 p.m., and Saturday, June 15, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., St. Adelaide Church Hall, 708 Lowell St., Peabody. Sale includes jewelry, household items and clothing. Dotty Bonfanti, 978-535-2314.
INDOOR YARD SALE. Saturday, June 15, 7 to 10 a.m., Danvers High School, Vye Gymnasium, 60 Cabot Road, Danvers. Danvers High School Falcon Band will host an indoor yard sale. Proceeds will defray band trip expenses for upcoming performances at Disney World and Universal Studios. Sale sponsored by the Parents for Music Excellence Inc. Rain or shine. email@example.com or www.danversband.org.
SPRING YARD SALE. Saturday, June 15, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 5 Ocean St., Beverly. Parish yard sale featuring furniture, art, jewelry, gardening tools, kitchenware including pots, pans, china and glassware, and many items from grandmothers’ and grandfathers’ attics. Free parking. Rain or shine. www.stpetersbeverly.org.
HERITAGE INDEPENDENT FILMS. 11:35 a.m., “Gloucester Sea Monster Story”; 12:05 p.m. “Ghost of Damon Tavern”; and 12:30 p.m., “Ole Time Trains,” on view Tuesdays and Thursdays in June at Hollywood Hits Theatre, 7 Hutchinson Drive, Danvers. Admission $5, $4 seniors. 978-777-2711.