RUBBER DUCK RACE. Saturday, Sept. 14, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Devereux Beach. Marblehead Rotary Club sponsors “Dress & Talk Like a Pirate” Rubber Duck Race to benefit local scholarships and camperships. Hundreds of rubber ducks will race for cash prizes. Numbered ducks and certificates of ownership (tickets) at $5 each can be purchased from local merchants. A limited number of tickets will be available from 10 to 11 a.m. at Devereux Beach on the day of the race. Also, games and activities for families and children, including doubloon toss, treasure hunt, face painting and more. Ethical Electronics Recycling will be collecting old electronics to recycle for $1 per pound. A prize will be awarded for the “Best Dressed Pirate.” Info at www.facebook.com/rubberduckrace.
OKTOBERFEST. Saturday, Sept. 14, 7 to 11 p.m., Old Town Hall, Derby Square, Salem. Live entertainment by Freevolt, Qwill, Nick Consone Band and Olga the Angry Beer Wench (Erik Rodenheiser); games; costume contest; beer, bratwurst, pretzels, apple strudel; and more. $20 ticket includes admission, Alpine hat and mug. $2, $3 mug of beer. Event benefits the Salem YMCA. Tickets available at Pamplemousse, Salem Cycle, and the Salem YMCA.
FRIDAYS IN THE ROSE CONCERT. Friday, Sept. 13, noon to 1 p.m., Rose Performance Hall, Endicott College, 376 Hale St., Beverly. Mezzo-soprano Stephanie Scarcella. Light appetizer lunch will follow the performance. Free. Reserve tickets at www.endicott.edu/centerforthearts or 978-998-7700.
ME&THEE COFFEEHOUSE. Friday, Sept. 13, 8 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, 28 Mugford St., Marblehead. Grammy Award-winning American songwriter, folk singer, humorist and actor Loudon Wainwright III will perform; Sarah Blacker, New England Music Awards’ 2012 Female Performer of the Year, will open. Tickets cost $32 in advance and $35 at the door. Tickets and details at www.meandthee.org or 781-631-8987.
ST. MICHAEL’S DANCE. Saturday, Sept. 14, 7:30 to 11:30 p.m., St. Michael’s Polish Society, 15 Endicott St., Peabody. St. Michael’s Society will host a fall dance featuring live music by the Lee Hawkins Band. All are welcome. $5 admission.
Families & children
NATURE TALES: BUTTERFLIES. Saturday, Sept. 14, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. Open to families with children ages 3 to 6. Read “Monarch Butterfly” by Gail Gibbons, then learn about the insects while exploring the sanctuary gardens and fields for eggs, caterpillars and adult monarchs. Meet in the Nature Center. Dress for weather. Members: $7 adult, $6 child; nonmembers: $9 adult, $7 child. Pre-registration required at 978-887-9264. www.massaudubon.org/ipswichriver.
DADS AND DONUTS STORYTIME. Saturday, Sept. 14, 11 to 11:30 a.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., South Hamilton. Hats-themed stories followed by coloring and doughnuts. Program for children ages 2 and up and dads (moms welcome, too). www.hwlibrary.org.
FAMILY FARM DAY. Sunday, Sept. 15, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Appleton Farms, 219 County Road, Ipswich. Celebrate Appleton Farms’ 375th anniversary at the annual Family Farm Day event, featuring local healthy food, music by Ben Rudnick and Friends, barnyard animals, a 4-H calf show, antique tractors, traditional farm crafts and activities, including pumpkin painting, pony rides and a hay obstacle course. Rain or shine. $20/car Trustees of Reservations members, $25/car nonmembers. 978-356-5728, www.thetrustees.org/appleton.
SENSE OF WONDER WALK: FOOD WEBS OF THE MEADOW. Sunday, Sept. 15, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. Open to families with children ages 3 and up. Join lead field teacher Rita Gallant for an exploration of the sanctuary’s meadows and learn about the eating habits of the neighborhood creatures. Meet in the Nature Center. Dress for weather. Program begins with short introduction indoors, then moves outside for a walk. Members: $7 adult, $6 child; nonmembers: $9 adult, $7 child. Pre-registration required at 978-887-9264. www.massaudubon.org/ipswichriver.
FREE ADMISSION TO AQUARIUM. Throughout September all Salem residents will be admitted free of charge into the New England Aquarium. The free admission program is sponsored by a grant from the Norman H. Read Charitable Trust. All adult visitors in each group will be asked to present proof of residency at the Aquarium’s box office, such as a valid driver’s license, a valid state-issued ID card or a utility bill. Program is funded by the Norman H. Read Charitable Trust. For more information, visit www.neaq.org/salem.
FULLISH MOON PADDLE. Tuesday, Sept. 17, 6 to 9:30 p.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. Despite the full moon taking place prior to the event, there will be enough moonlight for a paddle down the Ipswich River. Leaders: Carol Decker, sanctuary director; and Scott Santino, teacher and naturalist. Watch for ducks, herons and other birds flying by; bats flitting above the water catching insects; muskrats, beavers or otters swimming; and, once the sun sets, listen to owls and other sounds of the nocturnal river habitat. Stop on one of the river’s islands for a campfire and snacks. Meets in front of the Visitor Center. Program for adults. All equipment provided. Participants should have prior canoeing experience. $28 member, $32 nonmember. Pre-registration required at 978-887-9264. www.massaudubon.org/ipswichriver.
Lectures & workshops
EMAIL, SPAM & YOU. Thursday, Sept. 12, 7 p.m., McCarthy Auditorium, Peabody Municipal Light Plant, 201 Warren St. Extension, Peabody. North Shore Computer Society meeting includes a Tech Talk Time followed by “Email, Spam & You!,” a presentation on email programs, how to get rid of spam and more by Charles Hoover. All are welcome. www.northshorecomputer.org or 888-955-6727.
HUMMINGBIRDS, MAGIC IN THE AIR. Friday, Sept. 13, 7:45 to 9 p.m., Peabody Essex Museum, Morse Auditorium, East India Square, Salem. Expert birder Gina Nichol shares vivid photographs of hummingbirds from the United States, Costa Rica and Ecuador, and stories of how these birds survive in diverse habitats. Free with museum admission. Co-sponsored by the Essex County Ornithological Club. ECOC business meeting from 7:30 to 7:45 p.m. www.pem.org/calendar or 978-745-9500, ext. 3011.
SENIOR CHARLIECARD DAY. Monday, Sept. 16, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Torigian Community Life Center, 79 Central St., Peabody. Sen. Joan Lovely will host a workshop for any North Shore senior citizens, age 65 and up, who would like to apply for reduced rate CharlieCards, which can be used for reduced fare travel on all MBTA, including buses, subway, commuter rail and boat services. MBTA requires each senior to have his or her photo displayed on the reduced-rate card. Workshop attendees will have their photos taken and apply for senior-rate CharlieCards. Seniors are asked to bring a photo ID that includes date of birth. Lovely will greet seniors from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Senator Lovely, 617-722-1410 or email@example.com.
“THE BEATRIX POTTER YOU NEVER KNEW.” Monday, Sept. 16, 9 to 10:30 a.m., Beverly Public Library, Sohier Room, 32 Essex St., Beverly. The library’s Monday Mornings lecture series kicks off with “The Beatrix Potter You Never Knew,” an illustrated lecture with speaker Betsy Bray on how Beatrix Potter overcame a strict childhood to become a woman ahead of her time. Light refreshments served between 9 and 9:30 a.m. Program geared toward older adults. 978-921-6062, firstname.lastname@example.org.
“LEAF-BLOWERS ARE BLOWING MORE THAN LEAVES.” Monday, Sept. 16, 7 to 8 p.m., Abbot Public Library, 235 Pleasant St., Marblehead. Seaside-CALM.org hosts a presentation on health risks leaf-blowers create in the form of air and noise pollution. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Free; open to the public. seaside-calm.org.
WAS KING GEORGE III “MAD” ABOUT THE ARTS? Tuesday, Sept. 17, 6:30 p.m., Castle Hill on Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich. The former librarian of Windsor Castle, Oliver Everett, presents “King George III: A Good Connoisseur and Collector.” The lecture examines George III’s artistic legacy, which still remains in the Royal Collection, and demonstrates how the king, as described by a biographer, was “the most cultured monarch ever to sit on the throne of Britain” despite great political, military, and social upheaval. $30 for Trustees of Reservations and Royal Oak Foundation members, $40 nonmembers. A reception will follow. Advance registration strongly recommended at www.thetrustees.org/royaloak. Also, Freeman’s Auctioneers and Appraisers, sponsor of the post-lecture reception, will offer a “What’s It Worth?” free appraisal session with five specialists from 1 to 5 p.m. in Castle Hill’s Great House gallery. Program presented in partnership with The Royal Oak Foundation.
“TAMING THE TERRIBLE TOO(S).” Tuesday, Sept. 17, 7 p.m., Abbot Public Library, 235 Pleasant St., Marblehead. Marblehead resident and organizing coach Susan Stone presents “Taming the Terrible Too(s).” Stone will share an informative and entertaining presentation on why one’s life can easily become overstuffed, and ideas and techniques for de-cluttering and simplifying one’s home and office. Public welcome. 781-631-1481, www.abbotlibrary.org.
CLIMATE CHANGE IN NEW ENGLAND LECTURE SERIES. Tuesday, Sept. 17, 7:30 to 8:45 p.m., National Park Service Visitors Center, 2 New Liberty St., Salem. Salem Sound Coastwatch and the National Park Service kick off the free lecture series on climate change in New England with a presentation by Dr. Cameron Wake of the University of New Hampshire’s Climate and Sustainability Institute, who will provide an overview of climate change in New England. Free; open to the public. Parking available at the Museum Place Garage for 75 cents per hour. salemsound.org, nps.gov/sama, email@example.com or 978-741-7900.
LITERARY LUNCHEON. Tuesday, Sept. 17, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., South Hamilton. Bring a lunch and discuss “Defending Jacob” by William Landay. Coffee, tea and dessert provided. www.hwlibrary.org.
SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY BOOK CLUB. Tuesday, Sept. 17, 7 p.m., Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St., Peabody. To discuss George R.R. Martin’s “Game of Thrones.” Limited copies available on a first-come, first-served basis at the circulation desk. George Wick, 978-531-0100 ext. 24.
EVENING BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP. Tuesday, Sept. 17, 7:30 to 8:45 p.m., Beverly Public Library, Fogg Room, 32 Essex St., Beverly. Group will discuss “Wolf Hall” by Hilary Mantel. New members welcome. Handicapped-accessible. Discussion titles available at the checkout desk; alternate formats may also be available. firstname.lastname@example.org, 978-921-6062.
OUT & ABOUT. On view through Sept. 29, reception on Thursday, Sept. 12, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., St. John’s Episcopal Church events hall, 705 Hale St., Beverly Farms. Exhibit features acrylic paintings of local scenes by North Shore artist Ron Pruett. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Katerina Gates, art exhibits director, 978-526-4979.
“WISH YOU WERE YARN BOMBING?” Saturday, Sept. 14, noon to 3 p.m., Montserrat College of Art, 23 Essex St., Beverly. Information session with Merritt Kirkpatrick. Corresponding with Montserrat’s “Wish You Were There?” exhibit, Kirkpatrick shares the art of yarn bombing and invites involvement from the community, bringing the exhibition beyond the gallery walls and immersing the entire Montserrat campus. Public welcome. email@example.com, 978-867-9624, www.montserrat.edu/galleries/.
MINI MARVELS. On view through Sept. 29, public reception on Saturday, Sept. 14, 4 to 6 p.m., 24 New Derby St., building No. 2, Artists’ Row, Salem. Salem Arts Association’s gallery on Artists’ Row features “Mini Marvels,” an exhibit containing a variety of media and art that has been created in a small space, 8-by-10-inches or smaller. Music by Dave Bailin. Gallery hours are Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. 978-745-4850, salemartsassociation.org.
“FRIENDSHIP.” Exhibit on view through Oct. 10, opening reception on Sunday, Sept. 15, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Cloister Gallery at St. Andrew’s Church, 135 Lafayette St., Marblehead. Judy Beals, Pat Flaherty, and Sandy Kirkpatrick present a joint exhibit, titled “Friendship,” featuring textiles created by Kirkpatrick and Flaherty, and paintings by Beals. Handicapped-accessible. 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. www.standrewsmhd.org/cloistergallery.html.
WORK BY ARCWORKS ARTISTS. Exhibit on view through Oct. 3, artists reception on Sunday, Sept. 15, 3 to 5 p.m., Gallery at Grosvenor Park, 7 Loring Hills Ave., Salem. Fall series of monthly exhibits at The Gallery at Grosvenor Park kicks off with an exhibit of work created by artist members of Northeast Arc’s ArcWorks program. Public welcome. Refreshments served. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends. Handicapped-accessible. http://arcworksart.org/, 978-741-5700.
PUBLIC ARTIST TALK: ANDREA SHERRILL EVANS. Tuesday, Sept. 17, 11:30 a.m., Montserrat College of Art, 23 Essex St., Beverly. Evans’ drawings and performances unpack the complex territory between intimacy and isolation, and longing and belonging. Her work is on view in Montserrat’s Schlosberg Gallery from Sept. 11 to Oct. 12. Public welcome. firstname.lastname@example.org, 978-867-9624, www.montserrat.edu/galleries/.
ART DEMONSTRATION. Tuesday, Sept. 17, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Middleton Senior Center, 38 Maple St., Middleton. The Middleton Arts Association will host North Shore artist Steve Greco who will present an abstract acrylic demonstration. All are welcome. Attendees painting at the event should bring their own canvas surface and acrylic paint; use of another medium is fine. Free admission. Refreshments served. Handicapped-accessible. 978-740-3212.
“WOODCUT: BLOCKS AND PRINTS” EXHIBIT RECEPTION. Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2 p.m., Winfisky Gallery, Ellison Campus Center, Salem State University, 352 Lafayette St., Salem. Reception for Don Gorvett’s exhibit featuring large-scale reduction woodcut prints. Visitors will not only be able to see the prints but also the rarely-seen massive woodblocks which yield the prints. Free, open to the public. On view through Oct. 9. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or by appointment. 978-542-7890, salemstate.edu/arts.
ARTIST RECEPTION: MELTING NORTH. Wednesday, Sept. 18, 6 to 8 p.m., 301 Cabot St., Beverly. Bahar Yurukoglu’s “Melting North” is an exhibit that combines photography, sculpture and moving image into indoor and outdoor installations. On view in Montserrat’s 301 Gallery through Sept. 21. Public welcome. email@example.com, 978-867-9624, www.montserrat.edu/galleries/.
ORIGINAL ARTWORK. On view through Sept. 18 at Beverly Cooperative Bank, 254 Cabot St., Beverly. Exhibit features original artwork by Alan Bull, an artist, teacher and illustrator based in Newburyport. Public viewing during regular banking hours. www.beverlycoop.com.
CUBAN POLITICAL POSTERS EXHIBIT. On view through Sept. 29 at the Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St., Beverly. An international labor poster exhibit from the collection of Stephen Lewis. Viewing hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. Handicapped-accessible. 978-921-6062.
PAINTING EXHIBIT. On view throughout September at Northshore Unitarian Universalist Church, 323 Locust St., Danvers. Oil, pastel and acrylic paintings by local artist Laura Elkins Stover will be on view. Stover is best known for her still-life paintings, portraits and paintings of animals. The exhibit will be open for viewing before and after the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service, or by appointment at 978-774-7582. www.nsuu.org.
TRIMPIN: “I’VE JUST BEGUN TO TELL YOU.” Trimpin’s work on view through Thursday, Oct. 3, at 17 Cox, 17 Cox Court, Beverly. The artist solely known as Trimpin was born in Germany in 1921 and one of his many artistic achievements includes being a Guggenheim Fellow and a MacArthur “Genius.” Trimpin’s work is featured in “I’ve Just Begun to Tell You,” an exhibit that explores how people relate to sound both internally and externally. www.17cox.com.
“BEHIND THE NAME.” On view through Dec. 18 in the Hall Library Archive & Museum Gallery, Endicott College, 376 Hale St., Beverly. Endicott College’s Archives & Museum presents “Behind The Name,” an exhibit that introduces the individuals behind the names of the buildings on campus. Exhibit includes objects, photographs, and paper ephemera. Barbara Broudo, 978-232-2257.