16TH ANNUAL THANKSGIVING YOGA BENEFIT. Thursday, Nov. 28, 8 to 10 a.m., Church of St. Andrew’s Parish Hall, 135 Lafayette St., Marblehead. Warm-up starts at 8 a.m., Kirtan (chanting) begins at 8:10 a.m., and the class starts at 8:30 a.m. The class will include postures to relieve stress and promote digestion. Participants are asked to bring their own props. All proceeds benefit Healing Abuse Working for Change and the Marblehead Counseling Center. $35 minimum suggested donation. Checks can be made payable to either organization. Also, bring $5 for space rental to support St. Andrew’s Church. 781-367-1181, email@example.com.
ONE INSTRUMENT, MANY SOUNDS. Monday, Dec. 2, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Beverly Public Library, Sohier Room, 32 Essex St., Beverly. Musician Joe Boccia returns to “Monday Mornings” with a repertoire of Christmas songs and carols, both traditional and modern, performed on his Korg TR-61 synthesizer. Boccia composes each song’s arrangement by selecting from thousands of possible sound effects programmed into the synthesizer. Free. Light refreshments served at 9 a.m. Handicapped-accessible. 978-921-6062, firstname.lastname@example.org.
INTERNATIONAL VOICES. Michele Davila-Goncalves and Amy-Jo Minett, Monday, Dec. 2, 11 a.m., Salem State University, Ellison Campus Center, Martin Luther King Jr. Room, 352 Lafayette St., Salem. Dávila-Gonçalves, an assistant professor of Spanish in the foreign languages department at Salem State, is considered part of the ’80s generation of poets in Puerto Rico, being a founding member of the poetic magazine Filo de juego and “Tríptico.” Minnett is a teacher of ESL and graduate TESOL courses at Salem State. Her interests in creative writing, linguistics and TESOL converged during her Peace Corps service in Hungary. Free. 978-542-7890, www.salemstate.edu/arts.
SALEM WINDS CONCERT. Tuesday, Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m., Salem State University Recital Hall, 71 Loring Ave., Salem. The Salem Winds, a 40-member professional wind ensemble, presents “Modern Wind Band Works Inspired by the Renaissance.” Free admission. 781-942-9711.
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BALLROOM DANCE. Saturday, Nov. 30, 7 to 11 p.m., Knights of Columbus, 96 Main St., Peabody. Complimentary dance lesson at 7 p.m., followed by ballroom dancing. $15 general admission, $12 senior citizens age 60 and up. Robertbeloff@comcast.net, 978-281-2365.
KEEP HOLIDAYS SIMPLE IN THE KITCHEN. From the Farm Kitchen: Entertaining with Friends, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 6 to 9 p.m., at Appleton Farms, 219 County Road, Ipswich. Learn how to make a tapas-style menu full of savory recipes to share during the upcoming holiday season. $75 for Trustees of Reservations members, $85 for nonmembers. Details and registration at www.thetrustees.org/appletoncooks.
‘OUTSIDAH’ GOES “UNZIPPED.” Friday, Nov. 29, 5 to 8 p.m., MiXtMedia Gallery, 40 Essex Road, Ipswich. Book launch party for columnist Doug Brendel’s third annual “Only in Ipswich” book titled “Ipswich Unzipped.” Free. Outsidah@DougBrendel.com, Outsidah.com.
FIFTH ANNUAL PARADE OF TREES. Saturday, Nov. 30, through Saturday, Dec. 7, Tapley Memorial Hall, 13 Page St., Danvers. View more than 24 trees that have been creatively designed with unique themes and styles by businesses, residents and community groups. Purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win a tree decorated with prizes. Public viewing on weekdays, 2:30 to 8 p.m., and weekends, noon to 5 p.m. Opening day festivities on Nov. 30 include music, ornament decorating, story hours, a karate demo by United Martial Arts, a magic show by Jay Frasier, the second annual “Polar Express” reading, and more. www.paradeoftrees.com, 978-828-9643.
DESIGNER’S HOLIDAY SHOW HOUSE. Danvers Historical Society’s Designer’s Holiday Show House: Celebrating 50 Years of Stewardship fundraiser opens Sunday, Dec. 1, and continues through Sunday, Dec. 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, at Endicott Mansion at Glen Magna Farms, 181 Ingersoll St., Danvers. Tour 15 spaces in the mansion that have been redecorated floor to ceiling by nationally-known designers. Each room’s design is inspired by the society’s extensive collections and kept in the same time period as when the mansion was last occupied by the Endicott family from 1880 to 1930. Festivities include “Les Petites Dames de Mode”; a textile exhibit on view in the Weston Library & Museum; and the Ivy Boutique with unique items available for purchase. $18 Danvers Historical Society members, $20 nonmembers. All proceeds benefit Danvers Historical Society and its continued restoration efforts of the National Historic landmark 1794 Derby Summer House. Visit danvershistory.org for details.
Lectures & presentations
“DEACON’S CROSSBOW.” Monday, Dec. 2, 4 p.m., Beverly Public Library, Sohier Room, 32 Essex St., Beverly. David Brown is the author of “Deacon’s Crossbow” and a friend of Donald Graham who’s been convicted of first-degree murder and is serving a life sentence in prison. Brown will discuss his book that explores Graham’s case, Brown’s experience and perspectives, and Graham’s views and sentiments from within prison. Brown will sign copies of his books, which will be available for purchase. Light refreshments served. Free; handicapped-accessible. 978-921-6062, email@example.com.
ANDY WARHOL: POP ARTIST EXTRAORDINAIRE. Tuesday, Dec. 3, 7 p.m., Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St., Salem. Cynthia Fowler, chair of the Department of Art and associate professor of art at Emmanuel College, presents “Andy Warhol: Pop Artist Extraordinaire” as part of Salem Athenaeum’s Pop Art Series exploring 20th-century art. $10 Athenaeum members, $15 nonmembers, free to students with ID. Details and reservations at 978-744-2540 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“A PIECE OF THE CARBON MITIGATION PUZZLE.” Tuesday, Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m., National Park Visitors Center, 2 New Liberty St., Salem. Fara Courtney, director of U.S. Offshore Wind Collaborative, will look at the status of the offshore wind industry globally, and the potential, progress, and challenges in this country, with a particular focus on activity in the Northeast. Courtney’s presentation, titled “A Piece of the Carbon Mitigation Puzzle: America’s Offshore Wind Energy Opportunity,” is the fourth presentation in the Climate Change in New England Lecture Series sponsored by Salem Sound Coastwatch and the National Park Service. Free. www.salemsound.org, email@example.com or 978-741-7900.
HANUKKAH ON MAIN STREET. Friday, Nov. 29, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Knights of Columbus, 96 Main St., Peabody. The Peabody Downtown Association and the Chabad of Peabody will sponsor a Hanukkah celebration with music and Hanukkah crafts; a magic show by Eddie Gardner; hot latkes, applesauce and doughnuts; chocolate gelt and dreidels; and an interactive downtown treasure hunt. All are welcome. 978-595-6570, PeabodyDowntownAssociation@gmail.com.
SALEM: TREE LIGHTING. Friday, Nov. 29, 6:30 p.m., Lappin Park, corner of Essex and Washington streets, Salem. Visit Lappin Park (where the Bewitched statue is located) for the Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony with carols with the Paul Madore Chorale, cocoa and snacks. www.salemmainstreets.org.
BEVERLY: TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY. Friday, Nov. 29, 7 to 7:30 p.m., Beverly Common, at Dane and Essex streets, Beverly. People’s United Bank will sponsor a Tree Lighting Ceremony on the Common.
ANNUAL SWEDISH YULE FAIR. Saturday, Nov. 30, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Community House of Hamilton and Wenham, 284 Bay Road, Hamilton. The Birka Lodge will host its Swedish Yule Fair featuring the children’s Lucia Bride of Light Procession at noon; Swedish and American holiday music; folk costumes; coffee and coffee bread; glogg and pepparkakor; unique handmade items and gifts, including imported linens, ornaments, jewelry, cards, wrapping paper, candles, candle holders and rings, dala horses, straw goats, jul tomtes (gnomes), and more. Free admission. Assorted, open-face sandwiches served at noon. www.birka732.com.
SANTA VISIT TO SWAMPWALK. Saturday, Nov. 30, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Danvers-Wenham Swampwalk. Santa will make a special stop to the Swampwalk on the Danvers Rail Trail where attendees can have their picture taken with him. Families and dogs welcome. All proceeds from picture sales go to Toys for Tots. www.facebook.com/SantaSwampwalk.
THANKSGIVIKKUH CELEBRATION. Sunday, Dec. 1, 9 a.m., JCC, 4 Community Road, Marblehead. The first day of Hanukkah falls on Thanksgiving this year, which won’t happen again for another 70,000 years. Celebrate with a spin-a-thon from 9 a.m. to noon; a dreidel dash at noon for adults and 12:30 p.m. for children; Hanukkah Party from 1 to 3 p.m.; and SUP Yoga demonstration. For details and registration, visit jccns.org. All are welcome.
RUN-A-LATKE. Third annual Family Fun 5K and Hanukkah party, Sunday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m., 44 Burrill St., Swampscott. Event includes children’s programming during the race; celebration with latkes and doughnuts at the finish line; lighting of a giant Lego menorah. $25 per runner or $75 per family of four or more. Registration and details at www.northshoretimingonline.com/reglivecb.aspx?eventyear_id=124, or contact Allie Vered at 781-595-2026 for more information. The community is welcome to attend.
TREE OF LIGHTS. Wednesday, Dec. 4, 5 p.m., People’s United Bank, 1 Conant St., Danvers. Hospice of the North Shore & Greater Boston will hold its annual Tree of Lights ceremony. Members of the community are invited to sponsor a light in memory or in honor of a loved one with a donation to support the mission of Hospice of the North Shore & Greater Boston. Following the ceremony, a reception will be held inside the bank where guests may view the Honor Roll Book inscribed with the names of those memorialized on the tree. Charitable donations benefit Hospice of the North Shore & Greater Boston’s mission to support patients and families affected by life-threatening illness, death and loss. For details, call 978-223-9787 or visit www.hnsgb.org.
“UNMANNED: AMERICA’S DRONE WARS.” Tuesday, Dec. 3, 7 p.m., St. James Conference Room, enter from parking lot at the corner of Bridge and Flint streets, Salem. The Salem Peace Committee will sponsor a screening of “Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars.” Free. 978-740-9917.
“GREETINGS FROM PEABODY.” The Art of Greeting Cards and Postcards” exhibit on view through May 4 at the Peabody Historical Society, Cassidy Art Museum, 33 Washington St., Peabody. Peabody Historical Society’s newest exhibit features a variety of antique cards from the Society’s collection. Learn how styles evolved from the elaborate and sentimental cards of the late Victorian Era, to the often humorous and “cartoonish” cards of the 1930s and 1940s. Visitors may also read the messages penned by Peabody residents to loved ones and friends. Heather Leavell, 978-531-0805.
“PORTRAITS FROM AFRICA.” On view through Jan. 1 at the Gallery at Grosvenor Park Nursing Center and Rehab, Vinnin Square, 7 Loring Hills Ave., Salem. The gallery’s final exhibit for 2013 features wildlife images by Don Montemorra of Swampscott, highlighting his recent travels in Africa. 978-741-5700.
“LIGHTING THE NIGHT: THE LANTERN AS ART.” On view through Jan. 11, True North Gallery, 25 Woodbury St., South Hamilton. A group exhibition of lanterns, candle holders and oil lamps, created by artists near and far. Exhibit features work in clay, stone, metal, concrete, glass and mixed media. All work available for purchase. www.truenorthgallery.net.
ART & DESIGN FACULTY SHOWCASE. On view through Dec. 11, Salem State University, Winfisky Gallery, Ellison Campus Center, 352 Lafayette St., Salem. Exhibit reception for the Art + Design Faculty Showcase, which features the work of faculty from SSU’s nationally accredited Art + Design department. 978-542-7890, www.salemstate.edu/arts.
BGA NOVEMBER 2013 EXHIBIT. Nine members from the Beverly Guild of Artists are showcasing their work in Beverly Public Library’s lecture and exhibits hall, 32 Essex St., Beverly, during regular library hours through Nov. 30. Exhibit features a variety of landscapes, seascapes and still-life oil/acrylic and watercolor paintings. Katerina Gates, 978-526-4979.
“VIVID OBLIVION.” On view through Nov. 30, Mingo Gallery, 284 Cabot St., Beverly. An exhibition of photographic images by Jennifer Lucey-Brzoza, created through a variety of methods ranging from graflex and photogravure to digital SLR and lo-fi consumer cameras. firstname.lastname@example.org, 978-927-5964.
RICHARD POHL PAINTINGS. On view throughout November, Stetson Art Gallery, Unitarian Universalist Church, 28 Mugford St., Marblehead. Exhibit features paintings by Marblehead resident Richard Pohl. uumarblehead.org, email@example.com.
“URBAN ANATOMY.” On view throughout November, Front Street Coffeehouse, 20 Front St., Salem. J. Hutchinson Fay’s exhibit features a semi-autobiographical collection of work that presents a romantic expression of landscape realism. https://www.facebook.com/events/149382941937491/.
BEAR GALLERY’S BUILDING BEVERLY EXHIBIT. On view through Dec. 7, Beverly Historical Society, 117 Cabot St., Beverly. Montserrat College of Art’s student-run Bear Gallery and the Beverly Historical Society host an exhibit featuring art inspired by architecture found around Beverly.
“SCORE FOR A COLOR FIELD.” On view through Jan. 2, 17 Cox gallery, 17 Cox Court, Beverly. An opening reception will take place for “Score for a Color Field,” an exhibit of Floor van de Velde’s work exploring light, space, sound and color. Elizabeth Woodward, firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-712-8858.
“RITUAL AND FANTASY.” On view through Jan. 10, Spencer Presentation Gallery, Endicott College, 376 Hale St., Beverly. Exhibit features new work by Endicott College art professors Ric Haynes and Mark Towner. www.endicott.edu/centerforthearts.
FINAL COMMUNITY BREAKFAST. Saturday, Nov. 30, 8 to 11 a.m., Masonic Hall, 20 Washington St., Beverly. All are welcome to attend. Menu includes blueberry and plain pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage and all the fixings. $5/adults, $3/children. Proceeds support the masons’ charitable service projects. George Haile, 978- 807-4150.