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, firstname.lastname@example.org 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. email@example.com, 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. firstname.lastname@example.org, 978-867-9624, www.montserrat.edu/galleries/.