COAST OF HOPE FUNDRAISING BIKE RIDE. Saturday, June 16, 8 a.m. start, Ipswich High School, 134 High St. To raise money for Bright Happy Power Foundation, which helps children and families living with cancer or similar catastrophic illnesses. $45 registration fee ($25 students) plus tax-deductible donations. www.brighthappypower.org/Site/Bike_Ride!.html or 978-356-3780.
BABY GEAR DROP-OFF. Saturday, June 16, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., 198 Rantoul St. parking lot, Beverly. Boots, Straps and More: Bargains for a Cause, in conjunction with Community Giving Tree, is hosting a one-day drop-off event. Donors can bring the following: baby gates, high chairs, pack-and-plays, strollers, car seats (dated later than 2006), crib bedding and bouncy seats. No books or toys. All items will be given to families in need through the Community Giving Tree. communitygivingtree.org or 978-921-4710.
PEABODY STREET PARK CONCERT SERIES. Sunday, June 17, 3 to 6 p.m., Peabody Street Park, 15 Peabody St., Salem. Leaders Led, a rock fusion band performing a mix of genres ranging from rock to Latin music and more, and Flabberghaster performing a hybrid of classic and modern music. Salem's free summer concert series is hosted by Mamadou Diop. www.junglerhythm.com.
SUNDAYS IN PATTON PARK CONCERT SERIES. Sunday, June 17, 5 to 7 p.m., Route 1A, Hamilton. 2012 Summer Concert Series features Broadway in the Park, a concert of popular show tunes performed by local talent. In case of rain, call 978-468-4818 for concert location. Supported in part by a grant from the Hamilton-Wenham Cultural Council. Free. www.PattonParkConcerts.org.
Children and families
FAMILY DUSK PADDLE: WELCOMING SUMMER. Friday, June 15, 6 to 8 p.m. at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. While paddling, look for plants and animals. All equipment provided; participants must be able to swim. $15 adults and $13 children (member discounts available). Suitable for family and children ages 6 to 16. Registration required. 978-887-9264.
TOUCH A TRUCK EVENT. Saturday, June 16, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Liberty Tree Mall, 100 Independence Way, parking lot behind Sports Authority, Danvers. Truck enthusiasts of all ages are invited to get a close-up look at a variety of trucks. Event includes rides on a trackless train, ice cream from Mr. Hot Dog & Ice Cream Too Truck, Safe Summer activities, face-painting, bounce house and more. Part of the Danvers Family Festival. www.facebook.com/LibertyTreeMall.
APPLETON FARMS OPEN HOUSE. Sunday, June 17, 1 to 4 p.m., 219 County Road, Ipswich. Event will highlight the recently completed dairy store and dairy plant and the opening of the new visitor center; community-friendly activities include tours, butter or cheese-making demonstrations, strolling of the dairy herd, special dairy store hours, activities for kids, and self-guided farm tour scavenger hunt. Free. www.thetrustees.org
GROWUMS. Monday, June 18, 3 to 4 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., Hamilton. Topsfield Fair presents. Learn how to grow a pizza, taco or herb garden. Designed for ages 4 and up. All materials provided. Free. Space is limited. Registration required at 978-468-5577.
Markets, festivals and celebrations
SALEM FARMERS MARKET OPENING. Thursday, June 14, 3 p.m., Front Street, Salem. Opening of fourth season includes a cooking demonstration by Chef Tony Bettencourt at 3:30 p.m. and a performance by Qwill from 5 to 7 p.m. The market runs every Thursday, 3 to 7 p.m., through Dec. 20 and features 33 vendors offering farm-fresh produce, meats, baked goods, cheeses, custom-made art and jewelry, demonstrations, music, and more. email@example.com or www.salemfarmersmarket.org.
ANNUAL STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL. Saturday, June 16, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Connors Farm, 30 Valley Road, Danvers. $5 admission per person includes live music, petting zoo, bounce house, jumping pillow, duck races, pedal carts, hayrides, cow train and grain train. Separate charges for the following: famous strawberry shortcake, barbecue food, pick-your-own strawberries and pony rides. Rain date June 17. 978-777-1245 or www.connorsfarm.com/strawberryfestival.htm.
ARTS FEST BEVERLY. Saturday, June 16, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Cabot Street, downtown Beverly. Outdoor festival featuring more than 100 juried fine artists and crafters, music and entertainment, kids' activities, art-on-the-spot creations, food trucks, free trolley rides, and open studios at Porter Mill. Free. Also, from 5 to 7 p.m., a gallery reception, food, drinks and live music provided by Alison Manion and her band at Porter Mill. 978-922-8558 or www.beverlymainstreets.org.
1912 GALA DAY AT REBECCA NURSE HOMESTEAD. Saturday, June 16, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 149 Pine St., Danvers. Rebecca Nurse became a museum more than 100 years ago in 1909. To celebrate, original admission price of 25 cents will be charged. Visitors will be invited into the Nurse Home in 1900s fashion, to hear how the home was saved and has endured for more than 300 years. With Colonial militia drilling and Colonial toy and game demos. 1900s themed refreshments for sale. 978-774-8799.
HIGHLANDS BEAN SUPPER AND FOLK FESTIVAL. Saturday, June 16, noon to sunset, Village Training Field on Highlands Common, corner of Centre and Ingersoll streets, Danvers. Door prize for "best table borrowed." Ham and bean supper with vegetarian choice served in an open-air dining hall from 4 to 6 p.m.; $5/adults, $3/children. Folk festival includes live music and exhibits; free. Afternoon picnics welcome. Refreshment stand open. Rain date June 17. firstname.lastname@example.org or 351-201-1284.
COMMUNITY BLOCK PARTY FOR KIDS AND TEENS. Saturday, June 16, 1 to 3 p.m., Main Library, 82 Main St., Peabody. Featuring extreme athlete Chris Poulus, a freestyle bike rider, doing bicycle tricks and sharing advice on how to live a healthy and fulfilling life. Food, temporary tattoos, music, other festivities and a chance to sign up for the library's summer reading programs. Free. 978-531-0100 ext. 29.
CELEBRATE FATHER'S DAY. Tuesday, June 19, 7 p.m., Swampscott Public Library, 61 Burrill St. Celebrate the success of father-and-son authors Michael and Daniel Palmer. Refreshments served. Copies of books available for purchase. 781-596-8867.
Lectures and presentations
ENDECOTT PEAR TREE WALKING TOUR. Tuesday, June 19, 6 to 8 p.m., Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care, 102 Endicott St., Danvers. The Essex National Heritage Commission in collaboration with Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care and Danvers Historical Society, present a lecture and visit to the Endecott Pear Tree, deemed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to be the oldest living fruit tree in North America. $5/Essex Heritage and Danvers Historical Society members, $10/nonmembers. Registration required. 978-740-0444 or www.essexheritage.org.
WEDNESDAY EVENING LECTURE. Wednesday, June 20, 7:30 p.m., Ipswich Museum, 54 S. Main St. Museum trustee and Dow curator Stephanie Gaskins presents "Ipswich Women in the Arts," a lecture on the museum's summer exhibit of women's art through the centuries. Refreshments served. Sponsored by the First National Bank of Ipswich. $10/nonmembers, free/members. www.ipswichmuseum.org or 978-356-2811.
HERITAGE FILMS THEATER. Thursday, June 14, 11:40 a.m., "O'l Revere Beach"; 12:05 p.m., "Old Tyme Radio"; 12:30 p.m., "Ghost Tales." Tuesday, June 19, 11:40 a.m., "Cape Ann Tales"; 12:30 p.m., "Old Automobiles of Essex County." $5. Schedule subject to change. At Hollywood Hits, Danvers. 978-777-2711.
LAUREL SPARKS ARTIST TALK, RECEPTION: "ICONOCLASTS." Thursday, June 14, 4 to 6 p.m., gallery talk at 4:30 p.m., Montserrat College of Art, 23 Essex St., Beverly. Sparks combines the ornate flatness of fin-de-siecle symbolism with the gestural wildness of early Abstract Expressionism. "Iconoclasts" is on view in Montserrat's Schlosberg Gallery through June 29. Public welcome. Sparks is also offering a Summer Immersive Workshop in Abstract Painting at Montserrat from June 11 to 15. Visit www.montserrat.edu or contact email@example.com, 978-921-4242, ext. 1180, for more information.
COMMUNITY ART EXHIBITION RECEPTION. Friday, June 15, 5 to 8 p.m., Endicott College, Carol Grillo Art Gallery, Center for the Arts, 376 Hale St., Beverly. Endicott College and Beverly Main Streets' exhibit features works by Beverly-related artists, including oil, acrylic, sculpture, watercolor, collage, photography and more. Evening begins with music by Brian Fitzpatrick, food and refreshments. Many exhibiting artists will be available to answer questions. Free. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. www.beverlymainstreets.org.
EXHIBIT RECEPTION. Sunday, June 17, 1:30 to 4 p.m., Northshore Unitarian Universalist Church, 323 Locust St., Danvers. For Danvers resident Virginia Hill's award-winning watercolors. www.nsuu.org.
Books and reading
PAWS TO READ. Friday, June 15, 2 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., Hamilton. Readers in kindergarten through third grade are invited to meet and read to Tessie, a Labradoodle and certified therapy dog. The session lasts about 10 minutes. Sign up at the children's desk; a parent's signature is required for participation. www.hwlibrary.org.
SUMMER STORYTIME AND CRAFT. Saturday, June 16, 11 to 11:45 a.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., Hamilton. Celebrate the season with stories and a craft featuring the joys of summer. Event appropriate for children ages 2 and older. Free. 978-468-5577 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
EVENING BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP. Tuesday, June 19, 7:30 p.m., Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St. Group will discuss "The Swerve: How the World Became Modern" by Stephen Greenblatt. New members welcome. Copies of the book are available at the circulation desk. Handicapped-accessible. 978-921-6062.
LOW LIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP AND EXHIBIT. Tuesday, June 19, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, first-floor meeting room, 14 Union St., Hamilton. Join Toni Carolina for a low-light photography workshop. Workshop explores how to shoot images in low light and painting with light using a flashlight(s) and camera. Bring a camera with a time or night scene setting, and a tripod or bags of rice or beans to steady the camera shots. Also, on July 3 from 2 to 3 p.m., bring printed images to the library to mount and hang in an exhibit in the library's Young Adult area. Free. Open to teens ages 12 to 18 or students entering grades six through 12 in the fall. Space is limited. Register at the reference desk or 978-468-5577, ext. 14.
"PALETTE FANTASIES." Local artist Jeri Rabchenuk will exhibit works at Cloister Gallery, Church of St. Andrew, 135 Lafayette St., Marblehead. On view through Thursday, July 5. 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. 781-631-4951 or email@example.com.
JUNE EXHIBITS MARBLEHEAD ARTS ASSOCIATION. Works by artist and actor Mark Shasha, photographer Bobby Baker, teachers and students from The Clay School, and, in the Emerging Artist gallery, photographer Calvin Falk. In honor of MAA's 90th anniversary, special exhibit highlighting history of King Hooper Mansion and the arts association's role in saving it. On view through Sunday, June 24. 781-631-2608 or www.marbleheadarts.org.
COASTAL LIVING EVENT. Thursday, June 14, through Monday, June 18, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Indigo Blu Trading Co., 2 Enon St., Beverly. Curated collection of coastal-themed items, including original art, vintage furnishings and new finds by Manchester's Beach Street Studios artists, Kathy Connolly, Barb Almy and Margie Florini. Sea glass-inspired jewelry designs of Gloucester's Cape Ann Designs will also be on display. Visit Indigo Blu Trading Company's Facebook page.
SPRING YARD SALE. Saturday, June 16, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 4 Ocean St., Beverly. Parish yard sale features furniture, art, jewelry, gardening tools, kitchenware, and several special items from attics. Rain or shine. Plenty of free parking available. www.stpetersbeverly.org.
RUMMAGE SALE. Saturday, June 16, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., First Parish Church, Hale Hall, 225 Cabot St., Beverly. Gently used clothing for all ages, household goods, books, toys, sports equipment, collectibles and other miscellaneous treasures. 978-922-3698.
YARD SALE. Saturday, June 16, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Emeritus at Cherry Hill, 220 Conant St., Danvers. Emeritus at Cherry Hill, an assisted-living community, will host to benefit "The Walk to End Alzheimer's." 978-777-5717.
CHILDREN'S BOOK SALE. Wednesday, June 20, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., Hamilton. The Friends of Hamilton-Wenham Public Library presents a summer reading kickoff sale of books, movies and CDs. 978-468-5577 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
5K RACE. Sunday, June 17, 8:30 a.m. registration, 10 a.m. start, beginning and ending at Danvers High School, 60 Cabot Road. Run or walk the 5K race or one-mile alternate route. $10/DHS students, $15/individual participants, $25/family. Winners receive gift cards. For a registration form, email email@example.com or call 978-766-7157.
MBTA COMMUNITY RECYCLING EVENT. Saturday, June 16, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Salem commuter rail station, 252 Bridge St. Opportunity for Salem residents and surrounding communities to safely and sustainably dispose of materials that are often expensive or difficult to get rid of; electronics, metal, electrical, toys, appliances, small appliances, and yard and power equipment accepted. Televisions will also be accepted but cost 35 cents per pound. Free disposal for other material. JPesaturo@MBTA.com.
FINZ SEAFOOD & GRILL. June 14, 8 to 11 p.m., Michael Mazola; June 15, 9 p.m. to midnight, Danny Heath. 76 Wharf St., Pickering Wharf, Salem. 978-744-8485, firstname.lastname@example.org.
GULU-GULU. June 14, 8 p.m., Jeff Gately; June 15, 8 p.m., Fishing the Sky; June 16, 8 p.m., Brad Byrd; June 20, 7:30 p.m., Open Mike Wednesdays. 247 Essex St., Salem. 978-740-8882.
HARDCOVER CAFE. June 15, Katie O'Brien Duo. 15A Newbury St. (Route 1 north), Danvers. 978-774-1223.
HOWLING WOLF TAQUERIA. June 14, Delvis; June 15, North Shore Acoustic Project; June 16, Megan Mckenzie and Brandon Cooper; June 17, 6 to 8 p.m., Steve Spungin. Events are held from 9 p.m. to midnight, unless otherwise noted. 76 Lafayette St., Salem. www.feedyourwolf.com.
IN A PIG'S EYE. June 14, Vanilla Manvelope; June 15, Blues Jam, 4 to 7 p.m.; June 16, Sit Down Baby; June 17, Bruce Bartlett, 7 to 10 p.m.; June 18, Open mike with Orville Giddings; June 20, Elle Gallo and Chris Fitz. 148 Derby St., Salem. 978-741-4436.
SCRATCH KITCHEN. June 14, Patti DeRosa. 245 Derby St., Salem. Entertainment every Thursday, 7 to 10 p.m. No cover charge. www.scratchkitchensalem.com.
SEAPORT CAFE. June 14, Dave Bailin & The Bailouts; June 15, Erinn Brown Trio; June 16, The Merj; June 17, 4 to 7 p.m., Sunday Funday with Chris Fitz, Steve Peabody and special guest. Events begin at 8:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted. 215 Derby St., Salem. 978-594-8490.