“LIFE IS NOT A STRESS REHEARSAL.” Sunday, May 5, 2 p.m., North Shore Music Theatre, 62 Dunham Road, Beverly. An evening with stress management consultant Loretta LaRoche, an author who has hosted several of her own PBS specials and has made hundreds of appearances with the likes of former President Bill Clinton and Ellen DeGeneres. Fundraising event for Friends of Northshore Education Consortium includes a silent auction from noon to 2 p.m. Tickets are $40, $50 or $100 at www.nsmt.org or 978-232-7200.
“THE BOY WHO WOULD BE SHAKESPEARE.” Monday, May 6, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St. In London in the winter of 1795, a 19-year-old apprentice named William-Henry Ireland pretended he had discovered an unknown play in Shakespeare’s handwriting in an old trunk. The boy had hoped to impress his emotionally distant father, an admirer of Shakespeare, but caused a sensation. Join author Doug Stewart for an illustrated talk about this true story of an astounding hoax and the strained relationship behind it. Part of free “Monday Mornings” lecture series. Light refreshments served starting at 9 a.m. Handicapped-accessible. 978-921-6062 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MONTHLY BROWN BAG LUNCH. Monday, May 6, noon, Ipswich Museum, 54 S. Main St. Museum members George and Marcia Gray will show slides and discuss their latest travels to Italy and Croatia. Bring lunch; coffee and tea will be provided. Free/museum members and Ipswich seniors, $5/nonmembers. 978-356-2811 or www.ipswichmuseum.org.
“NATURE VS. THE BOOK: PRESERVING LIBRARY COLLECTIONS.” Tuesday, May 7, 7 p.m., Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St. Many different things wind up in libraries, but all of them are made up of materials that deteriorate. The librarian’s job is to make these things last as long as they can, despite the forces of nature and time, man and industry. Sidney Berger, the Ann C. Pingree director of the Peabody Essex Museum’s Phillips Library, will introduce attendees to the nature of the library’s physical world and the preservation and conservation tactics employed to extend the useful life of objects. $10/Salem Athenaeum members, $15/nonmembers, free/students with ID. Also, the opening reception of the Athenaeum’s new exhibit, “All About Books,” will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. with Win Wilkens. Reserve a spot at 978-744-2540 or email@example.com.