STYLE FOR SMILES. Thursday, Oct. 4, 6 to 9:30 p.m., Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott St., Danvers. Hors d’oeuvres, mini makeovers, demonstrations by local businesses, shopping, performances, and fashion show of styles from Vamped Boutique. $40/ticket; 20 percent of proceeds benefit Boston Children’s Hospital. For tickets and details, call 781-558-2491, or visit www.facebook.com/vampedboutique.
Gatherings and festivities
HAUNTED HAPPENINGS PARADE: “WORLD ANIMAL DAY.” Thursday, Oct. 4, 6:30 to 8 p.m., begins at Shetland Park, 27 Congress St., Salem. Salem Chamber Haunted Happenings Parade kicks-off Halloween with pageantry, music and Salem students in kindergarten up to college participating in a parade themed “World Animal Day.” http://hauntedhappenings.org/calendar_main/All_Daily_Events.
BAVARIAN HOFBRAU BAND’S OKTOBERFEST. Friday, Oct. 5, 10:15 a.m. to noon, Hamilton Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., South Hamilton. Dance along to the Bavarian Hofbrau Band at the library, followed by a traditional German luncheon for $10 at the Community House, 284 Bay Road, Hamilton. Reserve a spot for lunch by calling 978-468-4818.
CHOWDER FESTIVAL. Saturday, Oct. 6, noon to 3 p.m., behind Commuter Rail Station next to EBSCO Publishing, off Market Street, Ipswich. The Ipswich LIONS Club presents its annual festival featuring authentic Ipswich clam chowder from area restaurants, music, activities for children and families, and celebrity appearances. Also, the club’s Eyemobile will be available for eye and blood pressure screenings. All proceeds benefit local causes, and support clinics and research for sight and hearing loss. http://ipswichlions.com/missing.html.
Music and theater
JULIE DOUGHERTY TRIO. Friday, Oct. 5, 8:30 to 11:30 p.m., Seaport Cafe, Derby Street (Pickering Wharf), Salem. With Bobby Keyes on guitar and Woody Woodward on bass. No cover charge.
SUMMER CONCERT SERIES. Sunday, Oct. 7, 3 to 6 p.m., Peabody Street Park, 15 Peabody St., Salem. Features The Folksoul Band. Free. http://www.junglerhythm.com/concert-series-schedule/cat_listevents/-.html.
LIVE JAZZ. Monday, Oct. 8, 6:30 to 9 p.m., Donn Carr Performance Center, 13 Rear Main St., Peabody. Jazz concert and jam session by the Carrtunes, featuring Donn Carr on drums, saxophonist Tom Reppucci, John Carmilia on keys and guest musicians. $10/all ages. Snack bar included. Reservations at www.donncarr.com or 978-531-9262.
IMPROV PERFORMANCE. Wednesday, Oct. 10, 7 p.m., Swampscott Public Library, 61 Burrill St., Swampscott. The improvisational comedy troupe Improv Jones Boston will present an interactive experience with a chance for audience members to perform. Open to children in grades five through 12. Free. 781-596-8867.
YASMINA REZA’S “ART.” Production runs through Saturday, Oct. 13 at the Salem Theatre Company, 90 Lafayette St., Salem. Performances are Thursdays through Saturdays, 7:30 p.m., and Sundays, 5 p.m. STC opens its 10th anniversary season with Yasmina Reza’s Tony-Award winning “ART,” a play revolving around three friends who tangle over the merits of an all-white painting that one of them has purchased for a tidy sum. www.salemtheatre.com, 978-790-8546 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
MORNING PADDLE. Saturday, Oct. 6, 8 to 11 a.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. Canoe trip through the unspoiled habitats of the Ipswich River. Make a mid-morning stop at Perkins Island and enjoy homemade baked goods and coffee. Paddle into the backwaters of the river and use sampling equipment to discover aquatic life. Led by Scott Santino and Angela Walsh. For adults. $21/members, $25/nonmembers. Meets in front of the Visitor Center. Basic instruction and equipment provided. A confirmation with a list of what to bring will be sent. Register at 978-887-9264 or email@example.com.
EDIBLE WILD MUSHROOMS WORKSHOP. Saturday, Oct. 6, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, meet in barn, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. Learn how to identify a few of the most common edible wild mushrooms and get ideas on how to prepare and cook them. Begin indoors with an introduction to mycology, look at samples, discuss characteristics to differentiate edible mushrooms from the most poisonous ones, and then take a walk to find mushrooms. Return to the barn to cook samples to taste. Led by Erika Sonder, field biologist, naturalist and nature artist. $20/Audubon members, $24/nonmembers. Dress for weather; wear comfortable shoes. For adults. Pre-register. 978-887-9264 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
FALL BIRDS OF IPSWICH RIVER. Sunday, Oct. 7, 7:30 to 10:30 a.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. Explore the sanctuary’s wetlands, fields, upland forest, and river edges for birds. Look for late-migrating warblers, vireos, hawks, and waterfowl, lingering summer birds and early winter arrivals. Learn to identify birds in their non-breeding plumage. Meet in front of Nature Center. For adults. Bring binoculars and a field guide to birds. Led by Warren Tatro and Chris Sullivan. $10/Audubon members, $12/nonmembers. Rain date, Oct. 14. Pre-register at 978-887-9264 or email@example.com.
SALEM 17TH CENTURY SATURDAYS. Saturday, Oct. 6, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Gedney House Museum, 21 High St., Salem. View original woodwork and paint treatments, and learn about traditional building practices and family histories throughout the years at the Gedney House, an architectural masterpiece that spans four centuries of construction and social history. Tours leave on the hour. Free/Historic New England members and Salem residents, $5/adults. www.HistoricNewEngland.org.
IPSWICH 17TH CENTURY SATURDAYS. Saturday, Oct. 6, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Ipswich Museum, 54 South Main St., Ipswich. 17th Century Saturdays program in conjunction with North of Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau’s Escapes North program. Learn about 17th-century colonial life, and see an almost-complete authentic reproduction of the 1657 Alexander Knight House. www.ipswichmuseum.org.
DANVERS 17TH CENTURY SATURDAYS. Saturday, Oct. 6, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 171 Holten St., Danvers. The 1670 Judge Samuel Holten House, the home of Danvers’ most illustrious native son, Judge Samuel Holten, will be open to the public for tours. Explore the architectural treasure and what it was like to live in Essex County during America’s first century. Open to the public. The house is run by the Gen. Israel Putnam Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. generalisraelputnamchapter.org or 781-599-5885.
“BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE MUSEUM” TOUR. Sunday, Oct. 7, 2 p.m., Ipswich Museum, 54 South Main St., Ipswich. Museum will host a “Behind the Scenes at the Museum” tour with weekend manager, Bob Purzycki. See the nooks and crannies that aren’t usually seen during regular house tours. $10 per person; 10 person maximum. Pre-registration required at 978-356-2811 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A HAUNTED HISTORY OF NEW ENGLAND. Tuesday, Oct. 9, 6:30 p.m., Boxford Town Library, 10 Elm St., Boxford. Chris Daley presents a one-hour slide presentation with video footage on historical events; presentation and lecture melds historical fact with legend and myth to produce a new look at what really happened and the stories of haunting that followed the events. Free; open to the public. Nanci Milone Hill, 978-887-7323, ext. 2.
“HISTORY OF FENWAY PARK.” Wednesday, Oct. 10, 7 p.m., Felton-Smith Historic Site, Felton Street, Peabody. Peabody Historical Society and Museum presents “History of Fenway Park: Looking back at its 100th anniversary,” a lecture by Bill Nowlin. Learn about the ball park and how the team is commemorating the anniversary. Free/Society members, $5/nonmembers. Handicapped-accessible. 978-531-0805 or www.peabodyhistorical.org.
Workshops and demonstrations
ARTIST DEMONSTRATION. Saturday, Oct. 6, 10 a.m. to noon, Danvers Art Association, 105 Elliott St., Danvers. The Danvers Art Association presents an artist demonstration by acrylic artist Tom Gill. http://www.danversart.org/danversart.org/Welcome.html.
MASON JAR LANTERN WORKSHOP. Wednesday, Oct. 10, 3 to 5 p.m., Ipswich Museum, 54 South Main St., Ipswich. Celebrate the upcoming Ipswich Art Show and Ipswich Illuminated event by making and decorating a (plastic) mason jar lantern. $5/museum members, $6/nonmembers. Registration and details at 978-356-2811 or email@example.com.
SONG-WRITING WORKSHOP. Wednesday, Oct. 10, 7 p.m., Peabody Institute Library Main Branch, 82 Main St., Peabody. Song-writing workshop presented by award-winning singer and songwriter Meg Hutchinson. Open to writers of all levels of experience. Bring writing materials. Sponsored by the Friends of the Peabody Institute Libraries. Registration and details at 978-531-0100, ext. 10, or http://www.peabodylibrary.org.
Book discussions and storytelling
DAYTIME BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP. Thursday, Oct. 4, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St., Beverly. Group will discuss “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood. Handicapped-accessible. Discussion titles available at circulation desk; other formats may be available. 978-921-6062.
GOTHIC VICTORIAN TALES BY CANDLELIGHT. Thursday, Oct. 4, 2 p.m., Peabody Institute Library South Branch, 78 Lynn St., Peabody. Rita Parisi will present Sarah Orne Jewett’s short stories reflecting the mysterious and supernatural atmosphere of the region. Seating is limited. Registration required at the library or 978-531-3380.
BOOK TALK AND SIGNING. Sunday, Oct. 7, 2 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 210 Andover St., Peabody. Hank Phillippi Ryan, investigative reporter and Emmy-Award winner, presents a talk and book signing for her latest book, “The Other Woman,” in which she draws from her experiences as a journalist, former U.S. Senate staffer and political campaign aide to create a political thriller and murder mystery. www.HankPhillippiRyan.com.
BOOK READING WITH STEVE BLUESTEIN. Tuesday, Oct. 9, 7 p.m., Temple Beth Shalom, 489 Lowell St., Peabody. Author Steve Bluestein will read from his book “It’s so hard to type with a gun in my mouth,” and share his memoirs of growing up in Massachusetts, working in show business, traveling with well-known entertainers and more. $5/Temple Beth Shalom congregants, $10/general. Reserve a spot at 978-535-2100 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“WHEN AMERICA FIRST MET CHINA.” Wednesday, Oct. 10, 7 to 8 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., South Hamilton. Local author Eric Jay Dolin will discuss his latest book, “When America First Met China: An Exotic History of Tea, Drugs, and Money in the Age of Sail.” Funded by the Friends of the Hamilton-Wenham Public Library. www.hwlibrary.org.
BANNED BOOKS MOVIE OF THE WEEK. Saturday, Oct. 6, 1 p.m., Boxford Town Library, 10 Elm St., Boxford. Screening of “Farenheit 451,” based on Ray Bradbury’s book. Free. Nanci Milone, 978-887-7323, ext. 2.
FILM DISCUSSION GROUP. Tuesday, Oct. 9, 7 p.m., Peabody Institute Library Main Branch, 82 Main St., Peabody. Monthly discussion on the art of filmmaking, current trends and historical contexts in selected films and more. Group will discuss “To Kill a Mockingbird.” View film prior to discussion. Details and registration at 978-531-0100, ext. 10, or http://www.peabodylibrary.org.
Lectures and presentations
PUBLIC ARTIST TALK: DANIEL SOUSA. Tuesday, Oct. 9, 11:30 a.m., Montserrat College of Art, 23 Essex St., Beverly. Artist Daniel Sousa will give a public artist talk about his use of animation and mythology themes to examine archetypes of human nature, and how he approaches film making from a painter’s perspective. Public welcome. email@example.com or 978-867-9624.
“ABOUT HUNGER AND RESILIENCE” RECEPTION AND LECTURE. Wednesday, Oct. 10, 6 p.m., Heftler Visiting Artist Gallery, Endicott College Center for the Arts, 376 Hale St., Beverly. Endicott College and Gathering Change, Inc. present a nationally acclaimed photography exhibit, titled “About Hunger and Resilience,” by Michael Nye. Meet the artist from 6 to 7 p.m., followed by Nye’s in-depth lecture and presentation about the exhibit and creative process from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Rose Performance Hall. Exhibit, reception and lecture are free and open to the public. On view through Nov. 4. Kathleen Moore, 978-232-2655, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.endicott.edu/centerforthearts.
NEW ENGLAND EARTHQUAKES: PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE. Wednesday, Oct. 10, 7 p.m., Ipswich Performing Arts Center, Ipswich Middle School, 135 High St., Ipswich. Dr. John Ebel will present “New England Earthquakes: Past, Present and Future,” as part of Ipswich Public Library’s and Boston College Educational Seismology Project’s lecture series. Ebel is the director of the Weston Observatory of Earth and Environmental Sciences, and a professor of seismology at Boston College. Free. Sponsored by the Friends of the Ipswich Public Library. All are welcome. 978-356-6649.
“LIVING WITH BEAVERS” PRESENTATION. Wednesday, Oct. 10, 7 p.m., Ipswich Town Hall, room A, 25 Green St., Ipswich. Ipswich Conservation Commission’s Speakers Series features wildlife biologist Skip Lisle on “Living With Beavers.” Presentation includes a special emphasis on wise management decisions. Free; open to the general public. Conservation Commission office, 978 356-6661.
“INSIDE OUT 2” RECEPTION. Thursday, Oct. 4, 5 to 7 p.m., Carol Grillo Gallery, Manninen Center for the Arts, Endicott College, 376 Hale St., Beverly. A solo exhibit by Sophia Ainslie, featuring work combining x-rays, territorial mappings and sketching reflecting the relationship between the body and landscape. Free. On view through Oct. 20. Kathleen Moore, 978-232-2655 or email@example.com. www.endicott.edu/centerforthearts.
“THROUGH MY EYES.” On view through Thursday, Oct. 4, Gallery at Grosvenor Park, Vinnin Square, 7 Loring Hills Ave., Salem. Marblehead photographer June A. Rhodes will showcase various photographs in her first solo show. Handicapped-accessible. 978-741-5700.
EVOLVING WORK EXHIBIT. Opening reception Sunday, Oct. 7, noon to 2 p.m., Stetson Gallery, Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead, 28 Mugford St., Marblehead. Opening reception for “The Evolving Work of Richard Warren Buckley: From realism and surrealism to minimalism,” an exhibit featuring work by Marblehead resident Richard Warren Buckley, an award-winning photographer and minimalist painter. Public invited to attend reception. On view throughout October. 781-639-1215 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
MORE THAN MARINE ART. Opening reception Sunday, Oct. 7, 3 to 5 p.m., Gallery at Grosvenor Park, 7 Loring Hills Ave., Vinnin Square, Salem. On view through Nov. 15. Solo exhibit, titled “Ron Harrison paints more than Marine Art,” features various work by Salem marine painter Ron Harrison. Public welcome. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., weekdays, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends. Details at 978-741-5700.
DANNY MARKS ARTWORK. Exhibit on view through Tuesday, Oct. 9, at Beverly Cooperative Bank, 254 Cabot St., Beverly. Exhibit features original oil paintings. Open during regular 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. email@example.com or 978-922-0857 ext. 130.
ARTIST RECEPTION. Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2 p.m., Winfisky Gallery, Ellison Campus Center, Salem State University, 352 Lafayette St., Salem. Artist reception for exhibit featuring sculpture by Michael Guadagno and photographs by Joseph Votano. Two-person exhibit features uncommon work that resonates both visually and physically. Free admission. Hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 978-542-7890 or salemstate.edu/arts.
LAYLAH ALI: NOTE DRAWINGS. On view through Friday, Oct. 12, Spencer Presentation Gallery, Walter J. Manninen Center for the Arts, Endicott College, 376 Hale St., Beverly. “Note Drawings,” a solo exhibit. Ali questions the conventions of society by complicating its visual and linguistic symbols. Free. 978-232-2655.
TIM HARNEY EXHIBIT. On view through Saturday, Oct. 13, Gallery at Barrington Center for the Arts, Gordon College, 255 Grapevine Road, Wenham. “My Mother’s Hands, My Father’s Heart: Paintings and Collages, 2000-2012.” Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. www.gordon.edu/timharney, 978-867-4751 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
BEAR GALLERY EXHIBIT. On view through Monday, Oct. 15, Montserrat College of Art, Student Village Basement, 26 Essex St., Beverly. Juried show “Everything Red: Mixed Media Show,” curated by Joyce Fombah, in Montserrat’s student-run Bear Gallery. email@example.com or www.montserrat.edu/galleries.
FALL JURIED ART SHOW AND SALE. Open through Sunday, Oct. 21, 1 to 5 p.m. daily (closed Mondays) in the Lynch Park Carriage House, 55 Ober St., Beverly. The Guild of Beverly Artists’ annual Fall Juried Art Show and Sale features work in oil, watercolor, mixed media, graphic, photography, crafts and more from artists across the North Shore. Free admission and parking. Katerina Gates, director of exhibits, 978-526-4979.
“DRAWING WITH LIGHT.” On view through Friday, Nov. 2, Time & Tide Fine Art, 4 Market St., Ipswich. Featuring The Pole Project by Stoney. 978-238-8848 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
GUERRILLA GIRLS EXHIBIT. On view through Saturday, Dec. 15, Montserrat College of Art Gallery, 23 Essex St., Beverly. “Not Ready to Make Nice, Guerrilla Girls in the Artworld and Beyond,” a multimedia, expansive exhibit that illustrates the vital and revolutionary work of the anonymous, feminist-activist collective Guerrilla Girls. email@example.com, 978-867-9604 or www.montserrat.edu/galleries/.
FINZ SEAFOOD AND GRILL. Oct. 4, 8 p.m., Henley Douglas Jr. and The Cool Times Trio with local produce, oysters and ales; Oct. 5, 9 p.m. to midnight, Ryan Fitzsimmons. 76 Wharf St., Pickering Wharf, Salem. 978-744-8485 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
GULU-GULU. Oct. 4, 8 p.m., Noah Gopen; Oct. 5, 8 p.m., Melt with special guest Emmy Cerra; Oct. 6, 8 p.m., Jazz Navigators. 247 Essex St., Salem. 978-740-8882.
HARDCOVER CAFE. Oct. 5, Katie O’Brien. 15A Newbury St. (Route 1 north), Danvers. 978-774-1223.
HOWLING WOLF TAQUERIA. Oct. 4, Release The Hounds; Oct. 5, Barrence Whitfield; Oct. 6, Adam Payne; Oct. 7, 6 to 8 p.m., Steve Spungin. Events begin at 10 p.m., unless otherwise noted. 76 Lafayette St., Salem. www.feedyourwolf.com.
IN A PIG’S EYE. Oct. 4, Dave Bailin and the Bailouts; Oct. 5, 4 to 7 p.m., Blues Jam, and 9 to 11:30 p.m., Erinn Brown; Oct. 6, Tearin’ Up Jake; Oct. 7, 7 to 9 p.m., Henley Douglas Jr. and Friends; Oct. 8, Open Mike with Domenic Frizzi; Oct. 9, Zig Zag Poetry Night; Oct. 10, Pig Coffee House with Judy Rudd and Ted Solovicos. All events 9 to 11:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. 148 Derby St., Salem. 978-741-4436.
ME&THEE COFFEEHOUSE. Oct. 5, doors open at 7:30 p.m., music starts at 8 p.m., Me&Thee Coffeehouse, 28 Mugford St., Marblehead. Ellis Paul with Peyton Tochterman opening. $20/advance, $23 at the door. Refreshments available for purchase. Handicapped-accessible. Tickets available at 781-631-8987, www.meandthee.org, or the Spirit of ’76 Bookstore and Arnould Gallery. www.meandthee.org.