NATURE ADVENTURES WITH PICTURE BOOKS: WHO COMES FROM AN EGG? Tuesday, July 9, 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. For families with children ages 3 to 6. Read “Animal Babies that Hatch” by Robert O’Brien, then go on a hike in search of eggs and try to figure out what might hatch from each. Cost $9 adults, $7 children (member discounts available). Registration required. 978-887-9264.
READING IS MAGIC. Tuesday, July 9, 11 a.m., Topsfield Town Library, 1 S. Common St., Topsfield. Ed the Wizard uses magic, comedy and suspense to weave together the importance of building and maintaining reading skills for all ages. Supported in part by a grant from the Topsfield Cultural Council. Ed the Wizard will also perform at 6:30 p.m. at Swampscott Public Library, 61 Burrill St.; program sponsored by the Swampscott Cultural Council. www.edthewizard.com, email@example.com or 978-544-8092.
Food and workshops
ANNUAL LOBSTER ROLL SALE. The Victory Chapter No. 157 Order of the Eastern Star will hold the sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, July 4, and Saturday, July 6, at the Masonic Temple, 62 Pleasant St., Marblehead. Rolls will be served with pickles and chips; chicken, tuna and egg salad rolls, hot dogs, clam chowder, minestrone soup, beverages, and baked goods will also be available to purchase. Also, attendees will have a chance to test their luck at the table of “opportunities.”
FROM THE KITCHEN GARDEN: COOKING WITH FRESH HERBS. Saturday, July 6, 10 a.m. to noon, Appleton Farms, 219 County Road, Ipswich. The Appleton Cooks! program presents a two-hour class, taught by chef-teacher Debbie Powell, to learn the qualities, uses and treatment of fresh herbs grown at Appleton Farms. Herbs discussed include parsley, dill, chives and cilantro. $35/Trustees of Reservations members, $45/nonmembers. 978-356-5728, ext. 12, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
GLUTEN-FREE LIVING. Wednesday, July 10, 6 to 9 p.m., Appleton Farms, 219 County Road, Ipswich. The Appleton Cooks! program presents an overview outlining the gluten-free diet, the do’s and don’ts, guides to substitutions and helpful hints on how to live life the gluten-free way. Attendees will make bread, pizza and pasta without regular flour. Workshop led by chef-teacher Jenn Knight. $75/Trustees of Reservations members, $85/nonmembers. 978-356-5728, ext. 12, or email@example.com.