FAIR TRADE ADVENT FAIR. Saturday, Nov. 24, and Sunday, Nov. 25, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Maple Street Church, Social Hall, 90 Maple St., Danvers. The third annual fair features handcrafts by local artists and from around the world: jewelry, ornaments, textiles and original artwork. Also, various organizations will be represented. Sponsored by the World Service Committee of Maple Street Church. All proceeds support the crafters. 978-774-4510.
HOLIDAY MARKETPLACE. Open through Thursday, Nov. 29, at the Cloister Gallery, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 135 Lafayette St., Marblehead. Handcrafted artworks and newly published books by parishioners. Paintings, hand-knit scarves and sweaters, books, hand-painted decorative home accessories, and greeting cards will be available for purchase. Portion of the proceeds donated to St. Andrew’s Episcopal 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 email@example.com.
Lectures and presentations
“ESSEX COUNTY AND THE CHINA TRADE.” Monday, Nov. 26, 9:30 a.m., Beverly Public Library, Sohier Room, 32 Essex St. Ipswich writer Doug Stewart presents an illustrated talk highlighting Beverly’s connections to the China Trade, including the role of Capt. Israel Thorndike, whose Cabot Street mansion is now Beverly City Hall. Part of the Monday Mornings free adult lecture series. Handicapped-accessible. Light refreshments served at 9 a.m. 978-921-6062 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“MANHATTAN IN MARBLEHEAD” SPEAKER SERIES. Monday, Nov. 26, 8 p.m., JCC of the North Shore, 4 Community Road, Marblehead. Best-selling writer Anna Quindlen talks about motherhood, journalism, life in her 30s and what comes afterward. She’ll appear with Jodi Kantor, author of “The Obamas.” $10/JCC members, $12/community. Refreshments served 30 minutes prior to program. JCCNS.org or 781-631-8330.
JEWISH BOOK MONTH. Wednesday, Nov. 28, 7 p.m., Cohen Hillel Academy, 6 Community Road, Marblehead. Cantor Matt Axelrod, Cohen Hillel Academy alumnus, will talk about his practical, funny and heartwarming guide for families and students getting ready for the big day in his book “Surviving Your Bar/Bat Mitzvah.” www.jccns.org or 781-631-8330.