BROWN BAG LUNCH. Monday, Aug. 5, noon, Ipswich Museum, 54 S. Main St., Ipswich. Curator Katherine Chaison discusses and displays seldom-seen objects in collections for perennial favorite “Collection Gems.” Free to Ipswich seniors. 978-356-2811 or www.ipswichmuseum.org.
DISCOVERING THE BOSTON HARBOR ISLANDS. Wednesday, Aug. 7, 7 p.m., Peabody Institute Library, 15 Sylvan St., Danvers. Author Christopher Klein presents a virtual tour through the colorful history and natural beauty of one of the best-kept local secrets: the Boston Harbor Islands national park area. 978-774-0554.
FROM THE FIELDS: SEASONAL TAPAS. Friday, Aug. 2, 6 to 9 p.m., Appleton Farms, 219 County Road, Ipswich. With a farm-to-table twist, make classic and new tapas under the instruction of chef-teacher Jenn Knight, then eat them outdoors on the garden patio. Part of the Appleton Cooks! program. $75/Trustees of Reservations members, $85/nonmembers. 978-356-5728, ext. 12, or email@example.com.
COMMUNITY PANCAKE BREAKFAST. Saturday, Aug. 3, 8 to 11 a.m., Masonic Hall, 20 Washington St., Beverly. Monthly breakfast features all-you-can-eat blueberry and plain pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage and all the fixings. $5/adults, $3/children. Proceeds support the Mason’s charitable projects. George Haile, 978-807-4150.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST. Saturday, Aug. 3, 8 a.m. to noon, Masonic Building, 70 Washington St., Salem. The Essex Lodge of Masons will host. Featuring plain, blueberry and chocolate-chip pancakes, bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs and the fixings. $5.50/adults, $3/children, free/children under 4. Proceeds benefit the Masonic Medical Research Laboratory in New York. For information, contact Donald R. Daly at Donrdaly@aol.com or 781-420-4039.
BASIC CHEESEMAKING. Saturday, Aug. 3, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Appleton Farms, 219 County Road, Ipswich. A one-day course for participants to learn how to make a basic soft cheese, mozzarella, and butter. Workshop provides an opportunity for discussion on the basics of milk, curd and the cheese-making process, and questions for the experienced cheese maker. Participants gain direct hands-on experience in cheese-making on a small scale without a lot of investment in equipment that can be used in the home kitchen. Participants will take home some of their product. Part of the Appleton Cooks! program. $70/Trustees of Reservations member, $95/nonmember. 978-356-5728, ext. 12, or firstname.lastname@example.org.