SENSE OF WONDER WALK: FAIRY HOUSES. Sunday, May 5, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Ipswich Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. For families with children ages 3 to 10. After reading “Fairy Houses” by Tracy Kane, attendees will venture out on the sanctuary to create their own fairy homes using natural, nonliving materials. Cost $9 adults, $7 children (member discounts available). Registration required. 978-887-9264.
TREE WALK. Sunday, May 5, 2 p.m., meet at the Bonad Road entrance to Sally Milligan Park, Beverly. As part of Beverly Open Space and Recreation Committee’s annual Earth Day Walk Series, North Shore botanist Erika Sonder will lead a walk that will teach participants the different methods used for identifying trees and the relationships between trees and the fungi that grow near them. Free.
Sustainable living, gardens and flowers
MOTHER’S DAY ARRANGEMENTS WITH THE PEABODY GARDEN CLUB. Thursday, May 2, 7 p.m., Smith Barn, 38 Felton St., next to Brooksby Farm, Peabody. Create Mother’s Day arrangements for donations to two nursing homes in Peabody. $5 guest fee. You do not have to be a Peabody resident to join. 978-535-2228 or 978-531-4558.
“MY GARDEN: FROM DREAM TO REALITY.” Friday, May 3, 10:15 a.m. to noon, Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., Hamilton. Norman “Dugie” Russell will talk about the variety of areas within his yard and gardens. After years of work, the Russells converted their dismal plot into an award-winning dreamscape. www.hwlibrary.org.
CLEAN SALEM GREEN SALEM. Saturday, May 4. Clean sweeps from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Leslie’s Retreat Park, off Route 114 and North Street, or at the beginning of the Essex Street pedestrian mall, corner of Washington and Essex streets. SalemRecycles Green Programs, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., include plastic bag recycling drop-off, clothing and household swap and drop, free water conservation showerheads for first 50 who swap, goodwill textiles recycling drop-off, environmental displays, recycling information, and music from Green-Infusion. Volunteer thank-you party, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., volunteers are invited to celebrate their hard work with food and entertainment by Erik Rodenhiser and his acting troupe, and The Dejas and their music students from the Plummer Home, On Point Program and the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem. Also, community recycling event, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Salem Commuter Rail Parking Lot. Electronics, metal, toys, appliances, yard and power equipment will be accepted. http://salem.com/Pages/SalemMA_EventsCal.