, Salem, MA

November 21, 2013

North Shore Entertainment Calendar

The Salem News

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A MATTER OF TASTE. Thursday, Nov. 21, 6 to 9:30 p.m., Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott St., Danvers. All Care Hospice, a nonprofit organization, will host its 12th annual charity auction and wine tasting fundraiser, “A Matter of Taste.” All proceeds from the event will benefit All Care Hospice patient care, bereavement and volunteer programs, which support patients and their families through end-of-life journey. For tickets and details, visit

THE FASHION OF CHANGE. Friday, Nov. 22, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., Manchester Community Center, 40 Harbor Point, Manchester. Change is Simple Inc., a nonprofit organization in Beverly, will host “The Fashion of Change,” a cocktail party and fashion show fundraiser. Fashion show features Change is Simple’s latest line of eco-friendly apparel and accessories from local jewelers and artisans. Event includes a silent auction, raffles, appetizers and more. Event proceeds support Change is Simple’s mission to provide environmental education. Tickets cost $50 per person and may be purchased at

PAWS WITH CLAUS. Saturday, Nov. 23, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Northeast Animal Shelter, 347 Highland Ave., Salem. People and their pets are invited for a holiday photo shoot with Santa Claus. $6 per photo. Participants receive a goody bag. All proceeds support Northeast Animal Shelter, an all-volunteer no-kill shelter, and its efforts to rescue abandoned animals.


ESSEX HARMONY & CANDLELIGHT STROLL. Thursday, Nov. 21, 5 to 7 p.m., Greenwood Farm, 47 Jeffrey’s Neck Road, Ipswich. The Essex Harmony, an ensemble of American voices, will perform in the 1694 Paine House, an American home. Also, the Trustees of Reservations presents a candlelight stroll and tour of the 17th-century saltwater farm. Free. Both are part of Ipswich is First ... Period, a celebration of Ipswich having more First Period homes than any other town in the nation. Ipswich is home to 52 out of the 250 houses that were built between 1620 and 1720 that are still standing.

UNIVERSITY CHAMBER ORCHESTRA. Thursday, Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m., Salem State University, Recital Hall, 71 Loring Ave., Salem. The Chamber Orchestra will perform works by Beethoven, Smetana and Rimsky-Korsakov with featured soloist Edi Rovi in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major. Rovi is a Salem resident and a senior music major at SSU. 978-542-7890,

JAZZ ENSEMBLE FALL CONCERT. Thursday, Nov. 21, 8 p.m., Phillips Recital Hall, Gordon College, 255 Grapevine Road, Wenham. The Gordon Jazz Ensemble and The Coy Pond Piranhas perform a fall concert under the direction of Dr. David W. Rox. Concert includes popular jazz standards and will feature vocal and instrumental soloists. $10 general, $5 senior citizens.

SORELLANZA CONCERT. Friday, Nov. 22, 7 p.m., Ascension Memorial Church, 31 County St., Ipswich. Sorellanza, a 14-woman a cappella chorus based in Gloucester, will perform a program that ranges from Renaissance to Broadway, sacred songs, rounds, Beatles’ tunes, and jazz. Karen Koerth, 978-546-9570 or

BOSTON ARTISTS ENSEMBLE CONCERT. Friday, Nov. 22, 8 p.m., Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St., Salem. Boston Artists Ensemble will perform the Mozart Trio in E flat, K563, and Mendelssohn Quartet in E minor, Opus 44 No. 2 with violinists Bayla Keyes and Tatiana Dimitraides, violist Edward Gazouleas and cellist Jonathan Miller. $27 general admission, $24 senior citizens, $12 students. For tickets, call 978-542-1511; tickets also available at the door. or 978-745-9500, ext. 3011.

ME & THEE COFFEEHOUSE. Friday, Nov. 22, 8 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, 28 Mugford St., Marblehead. Dala with Sam Chase opening at me & thee coffeehouse. $20 advance, $23 at the door. 781-631-8987,

GORDON COMPOSERS GUILD FALL CONCERT. Saturday, Nov. 23, 7 p.m., Phillips Recital Hall, Gordon College, 255 Grapevine Road, Wenham. Gordon composition students, advised by adjunct faculty member Travis Alford and Composer-in-Residence Carol Barnett, present a fall concert featuring new works for various instrumentations. Free admission.

NMYO CONCERT. Sunday, Nov. 24, 3 p.m., First Church, 1 Meeting House Green, Ipswich. Northeast Massachusetts Youth Orchestras’ first concert of the season will benefit First Church’s Thanksgiving Basket Project, which provides food baskets to families in needs. Concert features the NMYO Intermezzo Orchestra, Prelude String Ensemble, Overture String Ensemble, Junior Flute Choir, Flute Choir, and selected soloists. Family-friendly concert. $5 suggested donation at the door.


“BROADWAY KIDS REVUE.” Thursday, Nov. 21, 5 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 23, 5:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 24, 1 p.m., at Temple B’nai Abraham, 200 E. Lothrop St., Beverly. Neverland Theatre presents “Broadway Kids Revue,” a musical revue featuring a cast of 45 North Shore children performing music from Broadway to Top 40. Tickets cost $13. Tickets and details at or 978-500-8832.

“LES MISERABLES.” Thursday, Nov. 21, 7 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 23, 8 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 24, 3:30 p.m., at Temple B’nai Abraham, 200 E. Lothrop St., Beverly. Neverland Theatre presents Broadway’s “Les Miserables.” Tickets range $17.50 to $20. Handicapped-accessible. Tickets and details at or 978-500-8832.

“INSIDE THE CUP.” Thursday, Nov. 21, 7 p.m., First Universalist Society of Salem, 211 Bridge St., Salem. Actor and playwright Aaron Pitre performs his one-person show “Inside the Cup.” $10 suggested donation; proceeds support the ongoing production tour and the upkeep of the church., or 978-744-3224.

“CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF.” Thursday, Nov. 21, Friday, Nov. 22, and Saturday, Nov. 23, 7:30 p.m., Salem State University, Mainstage Theatre, 352 Lafayette St., Salem. SSU presents a production of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” by Tennessee Williams. Tickets, $15 general, $10 students and senior citizens. Tickets and details at or 978-542-6365.

“SHREK! THE MUSICAL.” Friday, Nov. 22, 7 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 23, 2 and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 24, 2 p.m., at Collins Middle School, 29 Highland Ave., Salem. North Shore Children’s Theatre presents its production of “Shrek! The Musical.” In August, North Shore Children’s Theatre opened its new studio in downtown Salem. Tickets and details at

“LITTLE WOMEN.” Friday, Nov. 22, and Saturday, Nov. 23, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 24, 2:30 p.m., Ipswich Performing Arts Center, 134 High St., Ipswich. The Company at Ipswich High School presents “Little Women,” Louisa May Alcott’s classic story about the March sisters’ journey from childhood to maturity during the American Civil War. $10 adults, $8 students and senior citizens.

Stories, poetry, books

FARMS BRANCH BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP. Thursday, Nov. 21, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Beverly Public Library Farms Branch, Conrad Room, 24 Vine St., Beverly Farms. Group will discuss “In Revere, In Those Days” by Roland Merullo. New members welcome. Library is handicapped-accessible. Discussion titles available at checkout desk; alternate formats may be available. 978-921-6066,

“ORR MY STORY.” Friday, Nov. 22, 12:30 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 210 Andover St., Peabody. Legendary former Bruins hockey player Bobby Orr will be signing copies of his newest book, “Orr My Story.” For more information, contact Paula Morin at 978-573-3268 or

BIG RYAN’S TALL TALES. Saturday, Nov. 23, 2 p.m., Ipswich Public Library, Collins Room, 25 N. Main St., Ipswich. As part of its celebration of family literacy month, the library presents Big Ryan’s Tall Tales, featuring Big Ryan’s original stories, a puppet play, music and movement. Family event is suitable for children in preschool through grade five. Free., 978-412-8713.

POETRY SALON WITH CLAIRE KEYES. Sunday, Nov. 24, 2 to 4 p.m., Abbot Public Library, 235 Pleasant St., Marblehead. The next Poetry Salon with Claire Keyes features American poet Wallace Stevens. 781-631-1481,

LOCAL AUTHOR DON FINEGOLD TO SPEAK. Monday, Nov. 25, 7 p.m., Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St., Peabody. Don E. Finegold will discuss his new book, “Murder in Leather Town.” After nearly 50 years as an executive and tanner in the New England leather industry, Finegold retired and began a new career writing murder mystery novels. Details and registration at 978-531-0100, ext. 10, or

FRIENDS FALL BOOK SALE. Ongoing through Sunday, Nov. 24 during regular library hours at the Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St., Beverly. Sale features a large selection of hardcover and paperback fiction, nonfiction and children’s books. Paperbacks and all children’s books cost $1 and hardcovers cost $2. A smaller selection of DVDs, audio books, VHS and CDs will be available. All sale proceeds benefit the library. The library is currently accepting donations for the sale, which can be dropped off in the Children’s Room or at the checkout desk. For more information, call 978-921-6062.

Fairs & sales

WINTER MARKET. Thursday, Nov. 21, 3 to 6 p.m., Old Town Hall, 32 Derby Square, Salem. Old Town Hall is adjacent to Derby Square. The Winter Market will include produce from local farms, pasture-fed meat, spices, pickles, soup, baked goods, artisan soap, jewelry, wreaths, and more. Also, the Salem Arts Association on Artists’ Row will be open from 3 to 7 p.m., with paintings, photographs, fiber art, sculptures, pottery, art glass, mixed media creations, cards, wearable art, jewelry and more available for purchase. All items are grown or produced in New England.

SLEIGH BELL HOLIDAY PARTY & ARTISAN FAIR. At the Wenham Museum, 132 Main St., Wenham. At the sleigh bell holiday party on Friday, Nov. 22 from 6 to 8 p.m., sip, shop and celebrate the season with new and old friends. Find one-of-a-kind holiday gifts created by the North Shore’s artisans. $10 donation. The Sleigh Bell Artisan Fair on Friday, Nov. 22, and Saturday, Nov. 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., features more than 30 North Shore crafters of recycled textiles, jewelers, bees’ wax, fashion accessories, gourmet foods, and mixed media. Appointment recommended for silhouette artist Carol Lebeaux’s hand-cut portraits. Bring an unwrapped toy to donate to the 18th annual Holiday Toy Drive. Also, on Saturday at 1 p.m., meet Pulitzer-Prize winning author Paul Harding as he signs copies of his newest novel “Enon.” Free admission to fair., 978-468-2377.

HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR. Saturday, Nov. 23, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Second Congregational Church, 35 Conant St., Beverly. Holiday Craft Fair features area crafters, silent auction, food table, raffles, children’s room, SERRV handicrafts, snack bar, and an MGH Bloodmobile in the parking lot. Building is handicapped-accessible. Nancy Lague, 781-933-2646.

PARISH BAZAAR. Saturday, Nov. 23, 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 24, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., St. James Parish Hall, corner of Bridge and Flint streets, Salem. Bazaar includes homemade food, baked goods, “Kid’s Korner,” Christmas decorations, knitted goods, white elephant table, raffles, penny raffle and more. 978-745-9060.

CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY FAIR. Saturday, Nov. 23, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Memorial United Methodist Church, 2 Dane St., Beverly. Fair includes new Christmas items, grandma’s attic, crafts, baked goods, silent auction, white elephant items, and a luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 978-927-1066.

HOLIDAY FAIR. Saturday, Nov. 23, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Cape Ann Waldorf School, 701 Cabot St., Beverly. Fair features handmade crafts, toys, unique items from local artisans, books, educational materials, bakery and cafe items, madrigal singers, and activities all day for the family, including storytelling, puppet shows, candle-dipping, music, raffles, archery, a Wee-Folk Shoppe for young children and the Pocket Lady.

SCANDINAVIAN FAIR. Saturday, Nov. 23, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Community Covenant Church, 33 Lake St., West Peabody. Annual fair includes baked goods, a country store, attic treasures, imported Scandinavian goods, crafts, quilted items, knit goods, and items for children. Luncheon served in Fellowship Hall. Nicole Leontakianakos, 508-314-5871.

WINTER CRAFT FAIR AND FESTIVAL. Saturday, Nov. 23, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Masconomet Regional High School, 20 Endicott Road, Topsfield. Masconomet Global Initiative Volunteers Club hosts its annual Winter Craft Fair and Festival, featuring handmade gifts, collectibles and boutique items made by local artisans. Festivities include face painting, raffles and more. The fair is a fundraiser to benefit GIV’s initiatives, which include providing laptops to communities in Kenya. Admission and parking are free.

THANKSGIVING BAKE SALE. Saturday, Nov. 23, 10 a.m., inside corridor between Family Dollar and River’s Edge Card & Gifts on Market Street, Ipswich. Melissa Society of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, Greek Orthodox Church of Ipswich, will host a Thanksgiving Bake Sale featuring American and Greek pastries available in time for Thanksgiving. Also, pies, breads, cookies and Greek pastries will be available. Sale will end when all items have been sold.

BENEFIT CLOTHING SALE. Saturday, Nov. 23, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Danvers Church of the Nazarene, 181 Dayton St., Danvers. Sale features gently-used children and adult clothing, shoes, and boots for $5 or less. All proceeds will be used to create Christmas baskets for those in need in the community. Any remaining clothing will be donated. 978-777-2060,


BIRDING FOR BEGINNERS. Saturday, Nov. 23, 10 a.m. to noon, Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. According to a survey by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, more than 51 million Americans report that they watch birds. Over the next 50 years, birding will grow at a faster rate than the U.S. population. Join naturalist Scott Santino to discuss how to choose the right binoculars and what to look for in a field guide. Then, head out onto the sanctuary and learn what to look and listen for to help identify these beautiful creatures. Meet in the Nature Center. Dress for weather and bring binoculars; loaners available. Program for adults. $12 member, $14 nonmember. Registration required at or 978-887-9264.


“CAPTURING CAMELOT” EXHIBIT RECEPTION AND LECTURE. Thursday, Nov. 21, 5 p.m., Heftler Visiting Artists Gallery, Endicott College, 376 Hale St., Beverly. Reception for “Capturing Camelot: Stanley Tretick’s Iconic Images of the Kennedys” from 5 to 6:30 p.m., followed by a lecture and presentation by Kitty Kelley, New York Times best-selling author of “Capturing Camelot,” from 6:45 to 8 p.m., and a book signing from 8 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Exhibit on view through Dec. 20.

“THE GRANITE KISS: NEW ENGLAND STONE WALLS.” Monday, Nov. 25, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Beverly Public Library, Sohier Room, 32 Essex St., Beverly. Join Kevin Gardner, author of “The Granite Kiss,” for an informal talk about New England’s stone walls. Gardner will explain how and why New England came to acquire these walls, the ways in which they and other dry stone structures were built, how their styles emerged and changed over time, and their significance to the famous landscape. Gardner will build a miniature wall on a tabletop, using tiny stones from a 5-gallon bucket. Copies of “The Granite Kiss” will be available for purchase after the program. Event part of the library’s Monday Mornings lecture series. Free. Refreshments served at 9 a.m. Handicapped-accessible. 978-921-6062,


MANGA NATION: JAPANESE DESIGN AND AMERICAN POP CULTURE. Thursday, Nov. 21, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St., Salem. PEM/PM, a monthly evening party series, presents a night of anime and manga in celebration of the new exhibit “Future Beauty: Avant-Garde Japanese Fashion.” Anime and manga are overseas exports that have taken America by storm. Come celebrate the fascinating medium with a visual music performance, drawing with professional graphic artists and an engaging conversation organized by The Tannery Series. Free for members and Salem residents with ID, $10 for nonmembers at the door. Cash bar available.

DISCOVERY FRIDAY. Friday, Nov. 22, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 210 Andover St., Peabody. First-ever Discovery Friday celebration includes special activities, games, giveaways and a chance to win a $1,000 Barnes & Noble Shopping Spree. Free.

17TH CENTURY FAMILY FUN DAY. Saturday, Nov. 23, noon to 2 p.m., Ipswich Museum, 54 S. Main St., Ipswich. Family activities, games and crafts at the museum to compliment the town’s two-week-long celebration of “Ipswich is First ... Period.” $5 suggested donation.

LATKEPALOOZA: COMMUNITY HANUKKAH CELEBRATION. Sunday, Nov. 24, noon to 3 p.m., Aviv Centers for Living, 240 Lynnfield St., Peabody. Area residents of all ages are invited to the second annual Latkepalooza. Event features entertainment by Sababa, Israeli dancing, photo booth, Hanukkah-themed nail art, face painting, workshops, Hanukkah spin art, cookie decorating, programs for adults, latke tastings and more. A variety of vendors will also be present. Kosher lunch snacks will be available for purchase. Advance reservations recommended, but walk-ins welcome. Reserve a spot at

HANUKKAH PARTY. Sunday, Nov. 24, 4 to 6 p.m., Temple Emanu-El, 393 Atlantic Ave., Marblehead. Annual Hanukkah party includes games and activities, music, crafts and a potluck dinner, featuring homemade latkes. All are encouraged to bring a menorah for a candle lighting demonstration with Rabbi Meyer and an unwrapped Hanukkah gift (toy or twin size bedding) for the Mass Coalition for the Homeless. Admission is free and open to the public.

MANGA & ANIME CLUB: THANKSGIVING. Tuesday, Nov. 26, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Flint Public Library, 1 S. Main St., Middleton. Anime and manga enthusiasts in grades seven through 12 are invited to sample various Asian snacks and goodies. Sign up at 978-774-8132 or

HANUKKAH PROGRAM. Wednesday, Nov. 27, 5 to 8 p.m., Flint Public Library, 1 S. Main St., Middleton. A family celebration of lighting the menorah and Hanukkah festivities, sponsored by the Friends of the Flint. The library will otherwise be closed. 978-774-8132,


DECORATE A GOBLET. Thursday, Nov. 21, 3 to 5 p.m., Abbot Public Library, Meeting Room, 235 Pleasant St., Marblehead. Teens are invited to decorate their own goblet. 781-631-1481,

“SPACES” RECEPTION. Thursday, Nov. 21, 6 to 8 p.m., Hall-Haskell House, Ipswich Visitor’s Center, 36 S. Main St., Ipswich. Exhibit reception for “Spaces,” a photo show by Ipswich resident Bill Wasserman, a former news photographer and graduate of Montserrat College of Art. Wasserman’s photos showcase Ipswich and Montana. Exhibit on view from 2 to 7 p.m. daily, through Sunday, Nov. 24.

PUBLIC ARTIST RECEPTION: DAVID H. WELLS. Friday, Nov. 22, 5 to 7 p.m., Montserrat College of Art, 23 Essex St., Beverly. Wells’ photography highlights intercultural communications and the use of light and shadow to enhance visual narratives. Wells’ exhibit “Foreclosed Dreams” documents empty homes littering the American landscape. On view in the Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery through Dec. 21., 978-867-9624, or

“GREETINGS FROM PEABODY.” The Art of Greeting Cards and Postcards” reception, Sunday, Nov. 24, 1 to 3 p.m., Peabody Historical Society, Cassidy Art Museum, 33 Washington St., Peabody. Opening of Peabody Historical Society’s newest exhibit, “Greetings from Peabody: The Art of Greeting Cards and Postcards, 1900-1960.” 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. On view through May 4. Free. Heather Leavell, 978-531-0805.

“PORTRAITS FROM AFRICA” OPENING RECEPTION. Sunday, Nov. 24, 3 to 5 p.m., Gallery at Grosvenor Park Nursing Center and Rehab, Vinnin Square, 7 Loring Hills Ave., Salem. The gallery’s final exhibit for 2013, titled “Portraits from Africa,” features wildlife images by Don Montemorra of Swampscott, highlighting his recent travels in Africa. On view through Jan. 1. The community is invited to the opening reception. Refreshments served. 978-741-5700.

“LIGHTING THE NIGHT: THE LANTERN AS ART.” On view through Jan. 11, True North Gallery, 25 Woodbury St., South Hamilton. “Lighting the Night: The Lantern As Art” is 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.

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,

PHOTOGRAPHS ON DISPLAY. On view through Nov. 24 at Northshore Unitarian Universalist Church, 323 Locust St., Danvers. Andy Calnan’s photography portfolio, most of which includes high dynamic range (HDR) photographs, are on display. An HDR photograph is captured in three separate exposures to achieve a rich, hyper-realistic representation of the intensity and full range of light found in nature. Exhibit may be seen before and immediately after the 10:30 a.m. services on Sundays, or by appointment by calling 978-774-7582.

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. “Vivid Oblivion,” 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., 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.,

“URBAN ANATOMY.” On view throughout November, Front Street Coffeehouse, 20 Front St., Salem. J. Hutchinson Fay’s exhibit “Urban Anatomy” features a semi-autobiographical collection of work that presents a romantic expression of landscape realism.

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, 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.


FESTIVE FEASTS FRESH FROM THE FARM. Saturday, Nov. 23, 1 to 4 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 210 Andover St., Peabody. A representative from Appleton Farms in Ipswich will talk about local farming and the delicious difference of cooking with fresh produce. Andy King, owner of A&J King Bakery in Salem, will sign copies of his cookbook “Baking By Hand” at 1 p.m.; Diana Rodgers will sign copies of her new cookbook, “Paleo Lunches and Breakfasts On The Go,” at 2 p.m.; and Leigh Belanger will sign copies of her cookbook “The New Boston Globe Cookbook” at 3 p.m. For more information, contact Paula Morin at 978-573-3268 or

DELUXE PANCAKE BREAKFAST. Sunday, Nov. 24, 8 to 11:30 a.m., Vittori-Rocci Post No. 56, 143 Brimbal Ave., Beverly. Deluxe pancake breakfast includes all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, ham, scrambled eggs, baked beans, applesauce, juice, coffee and tea. $4 suggested donation for adults, $3 children. Handicapped-accessible. 978-922-7150.