STARGAZING. Friday, Aug. 2, 8 to 10 p.m., Moraine Farm, 701 Cabot St., Beverly. Cape Ann Waldorf School at Moraine Farm incites adults and grade school students to attend an evening of stargazing. Free. www.CapeAnnWaldorf.org or 978-927-1936.
AFTERNOONS IN THE CHILDREN’S GARDEN. Preschoolers accompanied by adults are invited every Wednesday through Aug. 28, from 3:30 to 5 p.m., at Long Hill, 572 Essex St., Beverly. Hear a story while sitting on the hay bales, discover things in the Children’s Garden, Flower Field and Demonstration Garden, and in the compost pile. Visit and feed the chickens, guinea hens and peacocks. Drop-in program meets in the Children’s Garden; sign-in upon arrival. Free/The Trustees of Reservations members, $5/nonmembers. www.thetrustees.org/ThingsToDo.
EARTH RHYTHMS. Wednesday, Aug. 7, 6:30 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., South Hamilton. Davis Bates and Roger Ticknell present a lively, participatory night of stories and songs for the whole earth. www.hwlibrary.org.
Books & discussions
DAYTIME BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP. Thursday, Aug. 1, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Beverly Public Library, Sohier Room, 32 Essex St., Beverly. Group will discuss “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. New members welcome. Handicapped-accessible. Discussion titles available at the checkout desk; alternate formats may be available. 978-921-6062 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUMMER SALON SERIES: PERRY MCINTOSH. Friday, Aug. 2, 5:30 p.m., Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St., Salem. Perry McIntosh presents “Olive Oil Then and Now,” featuring a discussion on the high and low points of the 6,000-year history of olive oil and what makes olive oil taste good. No tickets or reservations required. www.salemathenaeum.net, 978-744-2540 or email@example.com.
LAW ENFORCEMENT IN ESSEX COUNTY. Monday, Aug. 5, 10 a.m., Explorers Lifelong Learning Institute Center, 10 Federal St., Salem. Essex Country District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett will discuss the status of his initiatives and special focus on limiting the spread of substance abuse among young people. Open to all. Donations accepted from nonmembers in attendance. 978-744-0804 or www.explorerslli.org.