“MEET JULIA CHILD.” Wednesday, April 9, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Swampscott Public Library, 61 Burrill St., Swampscott. The Friends of the Swampscott Public Library will host a live performance by The Delvena Theatre Company that deals with the life of the beloved French chef. Learn about Child’s life from her privileged childhood in California to becoming one of the culinary legends of all time. Audience will have the opportunity to view Julia on the set of “The French Chef” television show. After the performance, the cast will open up for discussion about Child. Door prizes, raffle and refreshments. Free tickets available at the Reference Desk. For details, call 781-596-8867.
THE STATE OF THE BIRDS. Friday, April 4, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. Joan Walsh, Mass Audubon director of bird monitoring, discusses the challenges breeding birds encounter and the changes documented during Mass Audubon’s landmark Breeding Bird Atlas 2. Take an in-depth look at the changes in distribution of breeding birds, with an eye on the North Shore and the rest of the Commonwealth, and discuss strategies for effective conservation of breeding birds. Program for adults. Free, but preregistration required as seating is limited. 978-887-9264.
DESIGNING A BUTTERFLY GARDEN. Saturday, April 5, 9 a.m. to noon, Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. In this workshop based on organic methods, Catherine Carney-Feldman, accredited organic land care professional, will guide participants in designing their own butterfly garden using native plants. Participants will bring home a completed design ready to plant. Program for adults. $30/nonmembers, $25/Mass Audubon members. Advance registration required at 978-887-9264.
THE ART OF NATURE: SIGNS OF SPRING. Saturday, April 5, 1:30 to 4 p.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. Join watercolor artist Brenda Sloane for a walk on the sanctuary to observe the season’s changes from winter to spring, then return to the drawing boards in the Nature Center to create a watercolor painting of the findings. All materials provided. Dress for weather. For families with children ages 6 to 12. Mass Audubon members, $8/adult, $7/child; nonmembers, $10/adult, $8/child. Preregistration required at 978-887-9264 or www.massaudubon.org/ipswichriver.