PEM/PM EVENING PARTY: BIKE NIGHT. Thursday, May 15, 6 to 9 p.m., Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St., Salem. Celebrate the art, design and style of the bicycle with music, art making, food, cocktails and conversation. Guests include Bikes Not Bombs, SCUL, Salem Bike Path Committee, and local bike shops. See decked-out art bikes, meet folks from the area’s bike scene, help create an interactive biking map of Salem and add a little bling to bikes. Attendees encouraged to bring their own bikes. Free to PEM members and Salem residents, $10 nonmembers at the door. Cash bar and special small plates menu from Hawthorne Hotel available. 866-745-1876, www.pem.org.
“TAKE BACK OUR ECONOMY.” Saturday, May 17, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., 79 Central St., Peabody. The North Shore Labor Council, at its 13th Annual Education Conference, invites labor and non-labor folks alike as it explores the economic trends that for the past four decades have widened the gap between America’s wealthy and its weakened middle class. Learn how such trends impact the lives of working people on the North Shore and what we can do to help build an economy that works for all. $10 registration fee acceptable at door. Includes catered lunch and day care. For information call 781-595-2538.
PEABODY PRIDE CLEANUP DAY. Saturday, May 17, 9 to 11:30 a.m., City Hall, 24 Lowell St., Peabody. Volunteer community cleanup effort. Volunteers invited to City Hall at 9 a.m. to pick up cleaning supplies then spread out to targeted areas throughout Peabody. Pizza lunch served to all volunteers afterward. Participants also receive commemorative Peabody Pride in Motion water bottle. Rain date: Saturday, May 31. Mayor’s Office, 978-538-5704.
2014 AMERICAN MODEL YACHTING ASSOCIATION. M Class National Championship, Saturday, May 17, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday, May 18, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at Redd’s Pond, 61 Pond St., Marblehead. Marblehead Model Yacht Club hosts the 2014 American Model Yachting Association M Class National Championship. Event concludes with an awards presentation. The Marblehead Class model yacht was first developed in Marblehead in 1930, becoming the most popular design for model racing yachts for more than 40 years. It is world-renowned as a “developmental design” with few design restrictions, which encourages skippers to change boat designs to increase sailing performance. Competitors using radio controls to replicate full-size yachting competitions. This year marks the first time that M Class yacht designs from 1971 to present day will race together for national recognition. For more information, contact Biff Martin at 978-828-9765.