A “MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S RUN.” Third annual Miles Over the Moon four-mile road race on Friday, July 12, rain or shine, starting at 8 p.m. Registration at Salem Common from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Post-race food, beverages and cash bar at the Knights of Columbus, 94 Washington Square E. Awards and raffles will follow. Entry fee is $25 per person. A portion of the proceeds will benefit track programs at Lynn English High School. For details or to register, visit www.northshoretimingonline.com.
BICYCLE RECYCLE DAY. Saturday, July 13, 9 a.m. to noon, Calvary Baptist Church, 4 Coolidge Road, Peabody. Residents from all towns are welcome to drop off their unwanted bicycles. The church is working to keep bicycles from being destroyed when they can be reused. Free. Dennis Wood, 508-277-7513 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
BATTLE OF THE BANDS. Saturday, July 13, 6 p.m., AOH, 104 Boston St., Salem. To benefit Spark540, a nonprofit that works on teen leadership and hopes to send members to Senegal in December to work with the schools there. $8/advance, $10 at the door. Details and tickets at http://spark540.weebly.com/events.html or www.spark540.org.
CASTLE HILL SUMMER PICNIC CONCERT: ENTRAIN. Thursday, July 11, 7 to 9 p.m., Castle Hill, 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich. A rock, funk, jam band kicks off 2013 Summer Picnic Concerts. Gates open 5 p.m. for picnicking and close once capacity is reached. Admission $30 per car, $20 per car for members of The Trustees of Reservations, $10 for walk-ins. www.thetrustees.org or 978-356-4351.
MAHI SUMMER MUSIC SERIES. Thursday, July 11, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., aboard the Hannah Glover, accessible at 23 Congress St., Salem. The Gravel Project will perform modern blues, funk and rock music. Event features live music, beer, tropical cocktails, and grilled food. $19/person, or $15 per person in groups of five or more with advance purchase. Event for ages 21 and up. Tickets and details at 978-825-0001 or www.mahicruises.com.
BERKLEE SUMMER SERIES. Saturday, July 13, 5 to 7 p.m., featuring Albino Mbie at Derby Square, 24 Front St., Salem. Concert includes an educational question-and-answer session during intermission. Free. Rain location, The Vault, 217 Essex St., Salem. www.salemjazzsoul.com.
MARBLEHEAD SUMMER JAZZ. Saturday, July 13, 8 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, 28 Mugford St., Marblehead. The 29th season of summer jazz in Marblehead kicks off with Rebecca Parris and her trio, featuring pianist Brad Hatfield, bassist Peter Kontrimas, and percussionist Jim Lantinni. Tickets cost $26 to $41. For tickets, visit Arnould Gallery, 111 Washington St.; Spirit of ’76 Bookstore, 107 Pleasant St., or www.marbleheadjazz.org.
3D ROCKS TO THE NEXT DIMENSION. Saturday, July 13, 9 p.m., Kitty O’Sheas Irish Pub, 298 Cabot St., Beverly. Beverly-based band 3D has re-formed as a duo and features John Tamilio III on vocals and guitar and Jim Lindroth on drums. 978-927-0300.
SUNDAYS IN PATTON PARK CONCERT SERIES. Sunday, July 14, 5 to 7 p.m., Patton Park, Route 1A, Hamilton. The 2013 series features Jumpin’ Juba, performing a mix of New Orleans swamp rock, boogie-woogie, folk, rock ’n’ roll, and blues. In case of rain, concert will be canceled. Free. www.communityhouse.org.
NORTH SHORE CONCERT BAND PERFORMANCE. Tuesday, July 16, 7 p.m., Robert F. Hayes Band Stand, Salem Willows. Free summer concert series. In case of rain, concert will move to the following Tuesday. For details, contact band manager Gordon Bowman at 978-531-9339 or email@example.com.
NELO SINGS HOLLYWOOD. Wednesday, July 17, 7:30 p.m., Community House of Hamilton and Wenham, 284 Bay Road, Hamilton. New England Light Opera’s annual Summer Concert Series presents “Roll Camera!,” featuring new show songs from movies or movie versions of musicals. Tickets at the door, $12/adults, $10/seniors 65 and older, $5/children and students. Purchase tickets in advance at www.newenglandlightopera.org or 866-811-4111.
MOMENTS OF PLAY FESTIVAL. Salem Theatre Company’s seventh annual Moments of Play festival on stage Thursday and Friday, July 11 and 12, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, July 13 and 14, 5 p.m. at the STC Theater, 90 Lafayette St., Salem. The festival features the following 10, 10-minute plays by New England playwrights: “Fracking with Walt Whitman,” “Delicious,” “Rope Trick,” “3 A.M.,” “Broom Clean,” “After Hours Stan,” “Mouse Galaxy,” “Crystal Clear,” “War Hero,” and “The Philosophy of Dogs.” Tickets cost $15 and are available online at www.salemtheatre.com.
SUMMER SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK. Saturday and Sunday, July 13 and 14, 4 p.m., Hale Farm, 39 Hale St., Beverly. Beverly Historical Society will host a performance of William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by the Striving Artists Theatre Company, as part of the SAC’s fourth Summer Shakespeare in the Park production. Free admission. 617-294-9722 or strivingartists.org.
BROADWAY AND DISNEY IN BEVERLY. Neverland Theatre presents the Broadway musical “Shrek” and Disney’s “Cinderella” at Temple B’nai Abraham, 200 E. Lothrop St., Beverly. Performances of “Shrek” will run on Sunday, July 14, 1 and 6 p.m. Tickets cost $17 to $20. A performance of “Cinderella,” which features an all-youth cast, will run on Wednesday, July 17, 6 p.m. Tickets cost $13 to $15. Handicapped-accessible. www.neverlandtheatre.com or 978-500-8832.
“THE WIZARD OF OZ.” North Shore Music Theatre presents “The Wizard of Oz” with performances on Tuesday, July 16, through Sunday, Aug. 4, at 62 Dunham Road in Beverly. Performances will run on Tuesdays through Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; and Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets range from $45 to $75. Tickets and details available at 978-232-7200 or www.nsmt.org.
MOVIE IN THE PARK. Saturday, July 13, 6 to 10 p.m., Peabody Institute Library lawn, 15 Sylvan St., Danvers. Branch Church will host a free screening of “The Croods” outside on the library’s lawn. Free festivities include inflatables, popcorn, carnival games and more. Movie begins at 8 p.m. Bring a chair or blanket. Visit www.branchchurchonline.com for more details.
WATCH A MOVIE ON THE BIG SCREEN. Wednesday, July 17, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Ipswich Public Library, Collins Room, 25 Green St., Ipswich. Watch Roald Dahl’s “Matilda,” starring Rhea Perlman and Danny DeVito. Children may attend independently if they are 8 or older. 978-412-8713.
A variety of shows
COMEDY WHY NOT. Thursday, July 11, 9 p.m., CinemaSalem, 1 East India Square, Salem. Kylie Alexander and Mark Gallagher host Comedy Why Not, featuring stand-up comedy by Christine An, Guitler Raphael, Nathan Burke and James Creelman; sketches from The Gooder Life; and live music by Jonee Earthquake Band. $10/person. All ages welcome.
ONIONTOWN COMMUNITY VARIETY SHOW. Friday, July 12, 7 to 9 p.m., Tapley Memorial Hall, 13 Page St., Danvers. Cabaret-style program features community talent in music, comedy and show pieces. Open mike for walk-in performers as time allows. Refreshments available. $5 admission for non-performers. Sponsored by the Danvers Historical Society. To perform, contact Dan Tremblay at 978-777-2711.
OPEN MIKE NIGHT FOR TEENS. Wednesday, July 17, 6:15 p.m., Pingree School, 537 Highland St., Hamilton. Sign-ups for comedians, instrumentalists, vocalists, rappers, dancers and other performers in middle and high school at 5:30 p.m.. Performances begin at 6:15 p.m. Free admission. Outdoors in Hedge Garden behind school. Bring picnic dinner or buy food from vendors. 978-468-4415, ext. 233.
Families & children
ECO-ART: BUSY BEAVER BUILDERS. Thursday, July 11, 9 to 11 a.m. at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. For families with children ages 4 to 12. Examine a beaver mount up close, then take a walk to see a beaver lodge, dam, and scent mounds. Discover how beavers continue to change the habitats in which they live and how other species of plants and animals benefit. Upon return, make beaver dioramas out of natural materials. Instructor: Meg Atkins, sanctuary field teacher and artist. Cost $10 adults, $8 children (member discounts available). Registration required. 978-887-9264.
FUN WITH FOSSILS & DINOSAURS. Thursday, July 11, 10 a.m., Beverly Public Library, Sohier Room, 32 Essex St., Beverly. Families with children are invited to learn about dinosaurs and how to find fossils with fossil hunter Paulette Morin. There will be more than 100 fossil specimens to examine. Free program part of library’s Dig Into Reading summer reading program. www.beverlypubliclibrary.org.
FAMILY DUSK PADDLE: RIVER MAMMALS. Friday, July 12, 6 to 8 p.m. at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. While paddling, look for muskrats, beavers and other elusive mammals and discover the clues they leave behind. 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.
MILITARY HISTORY DAY. Saturday, July 13, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Wenham Museum, 132 Main St., Wenham. Celebrate the service of American veterans during an exploration of historic Army life. Hear patriotic songs sung by strolling singers, read letters penned home by Civil War and WWII soldiers, and explore artifacts and antique military vehicles with veterans and re-enactors. Also, author and WWII veteran John Katsaros will share stories in a morning lecture and sign copies of his book. Free admission for active-duty and veterans with ID, $8/adults, $6/children ages 16 and under. 978-468-2377 or www.wenhammuseum.org.
FAIRY HOUSE BUILDING. Saturday, July 13, 10:30 a.m. to noon, Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., South Hamilton. Use found items to create a fanciful shoebox abode, and fashion fairy and gnome crafts. Some supplies provided; donations of additional supplies are welcome. Costumes optional but encouraged. Families can bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the lawn following the event. www.hwlibrary.org.
MARBLEHEAD MEANDERINGS: TIDE-POOLING TREK. Monday, July 15, 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Chandler Hovey Park, at the end of Follett Street, off Ocean Avenue on Marblehead Neck. For families and children ages 4 to 12. Instructors Joan McDuff, Susan McMullen and Laurie Hark will lead an exploration of the rocks and tide pools of Chandler Hovey Park. Look at crabs, sea stars, and other seashore creatures that have adapted to survive a changing environment. Cost $9 adults, $7 children (member discounts available). Registration required. 978-887-9264.
NATURE ADVENTURES WITH PICTURE BOOKS: FROGS AND TOADS. Tuesday, July 16, 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. For families with children ages 3 to 6. After reading “See How They Grow: Frogs” by Angela Royston, children will learn about the life cycle of frogs, and how they move, eat, and swim, as attendees explore the wetlands, vernal pools, and fields of the sanctuary. Cost $9 adults, $7 children (member discounts available). Registration required. 978-887-9264.
MINI-BEAST MENAGERIE. Wednesday, July 17, 11 a.m., Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St., Peabody. Discover the world of gentle, non-flying, non-stinging, wingless beasts. Children will each receive a magnifying glass to better observe their friends and make a fun insect-related craft. For children ages 3 and up. Part of library’s “Dig Into Reading” summer program. Advance registration required at 978-531-0100, ext. 29.
“GWENDOLYN GOES TO HOLLYWOOD.” Wednesday, July 17, 11 a.m., Ipswich Town Hall, 25 Green St., Ipswich. Hear the author read “Gwendolyn Goes to Hollywood” and watch the North Shore Performing Arts Center perform the story as a ballet. Wear a tutu. Event part of Ipswich Library’s summer programming. 978-412-8713.
SPIN-A-YARN PROGRAM. Wednesday, July 17, 2 to 3 p.m., Swampscott Public Library, 61 Burrill St., Swampscott. For children and teens in grades five through 12. Learn about how the Colonials spun yarn and then create a handmade bookmark. Admission is free. To register, call Sandy at 781-596-8867, ext. 304.
AFTERNOONS IN THE CHILDREN’S GARDEN. Preschoolers accompanied by adults are invited for Afternoons in the Children’s Garden every Wednesday through Aug. 28, from 3:30 to 5 p.m., at Long Hill, 572 Essex St., Beverly. Hear a story while sitting on the hay bales, discover things in the Children’s Garden, Flower Field and Demonstration Garden, and in the compost pile. Visit and feed the chickens, guinea hens and peacocks. Drop-in program meets in the Children’s Garden; sign-in upon arrival. Free/The Trustees of Reservations members, $5/nonmembers. www.thetrustees.org/ThingsToDo.
PAJAMAS OF MY DREAMS. Wednesday, July 17, 6 to 8 p.m., Wenham Museum, 132 Main St., Wenham. Wear pajamas and hear a bedtime story that will inspire all children to reach for their dreams. Free admission with donation of new children’s pajamas. Donations will be distributed to children in need. $8/adults, $6/children ages 16 and under. 978-468-2377 or www.wenhammuseum.org.
SCOTT JAMESON: MAGICIAN. Wednesday, July 17, 6:30 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., South Hamilton. Umbrellas will be plucked from thin air, a drawing will come to life, basketballs will be spun and juggled, and the audience will travel through time. www.hwlibrary.org.
MACRO PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP FOR TEENS. Thursday, July 11, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., South Hamilton. Join Toni Carolina for a Macro Photography Workshop for teens, followed by an exhibit on Thursday, July 25, from 2 to 3 p.m., at the library. Workshop participants should bring a camera with a macro lens (or function), and a tripod or two bags of rice or beans to steady the shots. Free; open to teens ages 12 to 18 or entering grades six through 12 this fall. Space is limited; registration required at 978-468-5577, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Books & lectures
DAYTIME BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP. Thursday, July 11, 1 to 2 p.m., Beverly Public Library, Sohier Room, 32 Essex St., Beverly. Group will discuss “Eleanor and Franklin,” by Joseph P. Lash. New members welcome. Handicapped-accessible. Discussion titles available at the checkout desk; alternate formats may be available. 978-921-6062 or email@example.com.
SUMMER SALON SERIES: JIM DEFILIPPI/DICK SCOTT. Friday, July 12, 5:30 p.m., Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St., Salem. Jim DeFilippi and Dick Scott are novelists working in the e-publishing medium. They’ll show how easy it is after writing a book, to format, design a cover and publish it on sites that make it immediately accessible to readers. No tickets or reservations required. www.salemathenaeum.net, 978-744-2540 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
BOOK SIGNING. Saturday, July 13, 2 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 210 Andover St., Peabody. Sandra Champlain, author of “We Don’t Die - A Skeptic’s Discovery of Life After Death,” will sign copies of her book about life after death. www.sandrachamplain.com.
“CAUSES AND CONSEQUENCES OF GROWING INEQUALITY BETWEEN RICH AND POOR IN AMERICA.” Monday, July 15, 10 a.m., Explorers Lifelong Learning Institute Center, 10 Federal St., Salem. Kevin Beckwith, Salem State University economics professor, kicks off the summer inter-session lecture series with a discussion on the causes and consequences of growing inequality between rich and poor in America, and what it means for the country. All are welcome. 978-744-0804 or www.explorerslli.org.
EVENING BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP. Tuesday, July 16, 7:30 to 8:45 p.m., Beverly Public Library, Fogg Room, 32 Essex St., Beverly. Group will discuss “Somebody Owes Me Money” by Donald E. Westlake. New members welcome. Handicapped-accessible. Discussion titles available at checkout desk; alternate formats may be available. 978-921-6062 or email@example.com.
BOOK CLUB RECEPTION AND AUTHOR VISIT. Wednesday, July 17, 6:30 p.m., Peabody Institute Library, 15 Sylvan St., Danvers. A reception to celebrate local book clubs. Anyone who belongs to a book club or is interested in joining or starting a book club is welcome; mingle with members of other book groups and explore the library’s book club options. Refreshments served. Also, at 7 p.m., author Daphne Kalotay will read from her latest novel, “Sight Reading.” The Spirit of ’76 will be selling books at the event. 978-774-0554.
WEDNESDAY EVENING LECTURE. Wednesday, July 17, 7:30 p.m., Ipswich Museum, 54 South Main St., Ipswich. The Museum’s Wednesday Evening Lecture series is sponsored by First Ipswich Bank. Free admission for members and participants, $10 for nonmembers. 978-356-2811 or www.ipswichmuseum.org.
DANCE/CONCERT. Saturday, July 13, 7:30 p.m., Asbury Grove Tabernacle Church, Highland and Asbury streets, Hamilton. The Squeezebox Stompers will perform a blend of swamp music, Cajun, zydeco, blues, and rhythm and blues. Refreshments served. $5 suggested donation per person. www.squeezeboxstompers.com or 978-468-2319.
DOWNTOWN TUESDAYS: RIVER WALK DANCING. Tuesday, July 16, 6 to 9 p.m., River Walk Patio, Ipswich mural. Dance instructions from 6 to 7 p.m., followed by dancing under the stars from 7 to 9 p.m. Free admission.
A CULINARY WORKSHOP: THE FARMER’S MARKET. Friday, July 12, 6 to 9 p.m., Appleton Farms, 219 County Road, Ipswich. An Appleton Cooks! three-hour, hands-on workshop, led by chef-teacher Carolyn Grieco, with new culinary skills and recipes that feature the foods of the season. Participants will share a full meal at the end of the workshop. $75/Trustees of Reservations members, $85/nonmembers. 978-356-5728, ext. 12, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
GREEK FESTIVAL AND CLAMBAKE. Saturday, July 13, 1 to 11 p.m., and Sunday, July 14, 1 p.m. to dusk, Hellenic Center, 117 County Road, Ipswich. Members of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, Greek Orthodox Church of Ipswich present the annual festival, featuring authentic Greek food, homemade pastries, live music by Enosis beginning at 4 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday, Greek and American dancing, activities for children, and fun for the entire family. $5 entry fee, free/children under 12. Admission is valid for both festival days. Free parking.
PARTY ON THE BLOCK. Saturday, July 13, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., Cabot Street, Beverly. A block of Cabot Street will be closed for guests to walk around, meet up with friends, listen to live music and enjoy street food as part of Beverly Main Streets’ new free street party, The block. Beer and wine will be sold at Drink, a pop-up street bar located in the middle of the festivities. Live performances by Caspian and special guests Marika Whitaker, World’s Quietest Band and That’s Magic!. 978-922-8558 or www.beverlymainstreets.org.
ARTIST RECEPTION FOR “SEVEN”: JOHN GONZALEZ. Thursday, July 11, 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 John Gonzalez, who have transformed the seven gallery walls, highlighting the performative aspects of drawing. An artist talk starts at 4:30 p.m. On view through Aug. 8. Public welcome. email@example.com, 978-867-9624, or www.montserrat.edu/galleries.
“ART GROWS HERE.” Annual self-guided tour of large outdoor art installations, sculpture, dance, poetry, musical performances, theater, street performers and more by local artists. On view in Hamilton and Wenham from Friday, July 12 through Sunday, July 21. www.artgrowshere.com.
SUMMER MEMBER EXHIBIT. On view through July 14 at the King Hooper Mansion, 8 Hooper St., Marblehead. Marblehead Arts Association’s annual exhibit features work in various mediums that have been juried in two categories: fine art and photography. Gallery hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.; and Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 781-631-2608 or marbleheadarts.org.
OPEN GLASSWORKS STUDIO DEMONSTRATION. Monday, July 15, 6 p.m. in the Glassworks Studio, Enterprise Center, Suite 750, 121 Loring Ave., Salem. Salem State University’s Glassworks Studio kicks off its new program, The Rosenberg Institute for Passionate and Emerging Artists, with a series of open demonstrations in July by four glass artists in residence who are living on campus and creating new work in SSU’s glassblowing studio. Free admission. salemstate.edu/arts or 978-542-7890.
OPUS ART GALLERY OPENING RECEPTION. Wednesday, July 17, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., 87 Washington St., Salem. Opus Art Gallery’s first exhibition’s theme is “OPENING,” a group show with artwork by the Salem Arts Association members. The Salem Arts Association’s artists will retain 90 percent and Opus Art Gallery will donate 10 percent to the Salem Education Foundation. All are welcome to the artists’ reception. EGH.ARTS@gmail.com, 508-783-6591, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“FISHERMEN’S PLATTER.” On view through July 25 at the Cloister Gallery, 136 Lafayette St., Marblehead. The exhibit features original paintings and drawings by Tom Brennan, one of Maine’s leading artists. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. to noon; Saturday, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.; and Sunday, 8 a.m. to noon. Handicapped-accessible. 781-631-4951 or email@example.com.
“SUMMERTIME.” On view through July 31, at the Gallery at Grosvenor Park, 7 Loring Hills Ave., Vinnin Square, Salem. Show features work by Swampscott Art Association’s member artists. Venue is handicapped-accessible. For details, contact gallery director Nancy Ferguson at 781-631-3685.
ART EXHIBIT: DAN MURPHY. On view throughout 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.
PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT. On view through Aug. 1 at the Beverly Cooperative Bank, 254 Cabot St., Beverly. Exhibit features the photography of Jackie Chon. Public welcome during banking hours, which are Monday through Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. blog.daum.net/cornerinmemories or www.beverlycoop.com.