KEROUAC SYMPOSIUM: “KEROUAC AND THE BEATS PANEL DISCUSSION.” Friday, May 3, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Salem State University, Marsh Hall 210, 71 Loring Ave., Salem. Panelists include Gerald Nicosia, Kerouac scholar and author of the critical Kerouac biography “Memory Babe”; Matt Theado, Gardner-Webb University faculty member, beat scholar and author of “The Beats: A Literary Reference”; and Ann Douglas, Parr Professor Emerita of English and comparative literature at Columbia University. Free. www.salemstate.edu/arts/kerouac/.
KEROUAC SYMPOSIUM: “PULL MY DAISY” SCREENING FEATURING COMPOSER DAVID AMRAM. Friday, May 3, 4 to 6:30 p.m., Morse Auditorium, Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St., Salem. Composer David Amram will discuss his role in Jack Kerouac’s film. Free. www.salemstate.edu/arts/kerouac/.
POETRY & CREATIVE WRITING. Tuesday, May 7, 6 to 7 p.m., Flint Public Library, 1 S. Main St., Middleton. Teen and adult writers are invited to share samples of their writing. 978-774-8132.
AUTHOR BOOK TALK. Wednesday, May 8, 7 p.m., Beverly Historical Society, 117 Cabot St. Featuring Quincy S. Abbot on his new book, “From Schoolboy to Soldier: The Correspondence and Journals of Edward Stanley Abbot, 1853–1863.” Abbot will speak about his ancestor and his extraordinary writings, the process of researching one’s family history and the rewards of doing so. Open to the public. Free/Society members, $5/nonmembers. 978-922-1186.
SPRING BIRD WATCHING. Saturday, May 4, 8:30 a.m., meet at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lynn, 101 Forest Ave., Swampscott. Environmentalist and bird watcher John Benson will lead a short hike through some of Marblehead Neck Wildlife Sanctuary’s open spaces. 781-595-8836, ext. 12, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
NATURE TALES: FROGS AND POLLYWOGS. Saturday, May 4, 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Ipswich Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. For families with children ages 3 to 6. Read “From Tadpole to Frog” by Wendy Pfeffer, then hike to the vernal pool and learn about the exciting life cycle of a frog. $9 adults, $7 children (member discounts available). Registration required. 978-887-9264.