SALEM EDUCATION FOUNDATION AUCTION. Thursday, April 5, 6 p.m., Hawthorne Hotel, 18 Washington Square West, Salem. Includes a reverse auction, Apple Board, silent auction, live auction, entertainment, art display, teacher raffle, Food for Thought raffle and fun surprises, plus the chance to win NPR show tickets, Red Sox vs. Yankees box seat tickets, behind-the-scenes curator-led PEM tour, tickets to see Anderson Cooper and more. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org.
FRIENDS OF BEVERLY ANIMALS COMEDY NIGHT. Tuesday, April 10, Onion Town Grill, 175 Water St., Danvers. Features Bob Seibel and other comedians arranged by Dave Rattigan and friends. Event includes lottery tree worth $200 in tickets. $10/lottery tree ticket, $20/person for admission. Cash bar. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; show begins at 7:30 p.m. For tickets, email email@example.com, call 978-922-7190 or mail a $20 check to FOBA, P.O. Box 3387, Beverly, MA 01915.
PETER STEWART AND THE EASTER BUNNY. Saturday, April 7, 10 a.m., First Methodist Church, Route 1A, Hamilton. Family event with egg hunt, egg-dyeing and the Easter Bunny. $5/child. All proceeds go to charity. 978-468-5047.
SALEM EGG HUNT. Saturday, April 7, 11 a.m., Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St. Gather in the reading room for refreshments before the hunt (coffee for adults). Rain or shine. Bring baskets. 978-744-2540.
PICKERING WHARF EASTER EGG HUNT. Saturday, April 7, noon to 3 p.m., Pickering Wharf, Salem. Starts at The Happy Sunflower and continues throughout the wharf, ending with photos with the Easter Bunny outside The Happy Sunflower. Pickering Wharf merchants and restaurants have donated gift certificates and coupons for the event. Bring baskets. 978-594-8988 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
MEET THE EASTER BUNNY. Saturday, April 7, 12:30 p.m., Danvers Art Association, 105 Elliott St. Event includes refreshments and snacks. Free. Held behind the association in the softball field. 978-473-2413.
TRADITIONAL EASTER DINNER. Sunday, April 8, Salem Family Moose Center Lodge 218, 50 Grove St., Salem. Center will serve a family-style, home-cooked dinner. Free. Doors open at 11:30 a.m., dinner served at noon. To attend or to arrange a ride, call 978-744-0924.
MARBLEHEAD EASTER EGG HUNT. Sunday, April 8, 1:30 p.m., Seaside Park, behind Our Lady Star of the Sea Community Center. Marblehead Rotary Club's annual hunt open to all Marblehead residents ages 10 and under. Club will donate 13,000 chocolate eggs. Participants asked to bring their own baskets and arrive before hunt. Weather-permitting. www.marbleheadrotary.com.
"RACIAL IDENTITY IN EVERYDAY LIFE." Thursday, April 5, 11 a.m., Veterans Hall, Ellison Campus Center, Salem State University North Campus, 352 Lafayette St., Salem. Janet Helms, professor of counseling, education and developmental psychology at Boston College, will present as part of the spring psychology Colloquium Series. Free. 978-542-6496 or email@example.com.
ALAN ALDA: LIVE FROM MANHATTAN. Thursday, April 5, 8 p.m., JCC, 4 Community Road, Marblehead. Emmy Award winner Alda will be simulcast live to the JCC from New York City, where he talks with Nobel Prize winner Eric Kandel about the connections between science and art. Alda will discuss his new Flame Challenge, a competition aimed at making science more exciting for kids. Ask questions and hear the answers from New York City. $10/JCC members, $12/community. Light refreshments served at 7:15 p.m. Register at jccns.org or call 781-631-8330.
"THE GLOBAL REACH OF A RISING DRAGON." Monday, April 9, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St. Stephen Young, geography professor at Salem State University, presents on China's environment. Part of Monday Mornings Lecture Series. Free. Refreshments served. Handicapped-accessible. 978-921-6062 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
DANCING TO MOZART'S REQUIEM. Monday, April 9, 11 a.m., Salem State University, O'Keefe Center, 225 Canal St. Choreographer Nicole Pierce and her dance-theater company EgoArt Inc. performed a full-length multimedia dance piece to Mozart's Requiem in February 2011; performance marked more than two years of research, rehearsal and development. Pierce will share the process for creating this work, including listening to samples of various recordings, a brief review of the history of the Requiem and video excerpts from the performance. Free. 978-542-7890 or salemstate.edu/arts.
INSPIRATIONAL SPEAKER MATT GLOWACKI. Tuesday, April 10, 4 p.m., Salem State University, Veteran's Hall, Ellison Campus Center, 352 Lafayette St. Glowacki was born without legs and uses popular television shows to show students the reality of having a disability and how to overcome adversity. Glowacki was a member of the U.S. Paralympic Team. Free. email@example.com or 978-895-3489.
SINGER AND HUMORIST DON WHITE. Saturday, April 7, 7:30 p.m., Salem Theatre Company, STC Theater, 90 Lafayette St. Original and witty songs. White's son Lawren will open. $17/advance, $20/at the door. www.salemtheatre.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
JAZZ CONCERT. Monday, April 9, 6:30 to 9 p.m., Donn Carr Performance Center, 13 Rear Main St., Peabody. The Carrtunes Trio features percussionist Donn Carr, saxophonist Tom Reppucci and keyboardist John Carmilia. Concert, jam session and refreshments; $10 for all ages. Free Carrtunes CD with reservations. 978-531-9262 or www.donncarr.com.
Home and garden
GROWING ORGANIC VEGETABLES & HERBS. Thursday, April 5, 7 p.m., Smith Barn, 38 Felton St., Peabody (before Brooksby Farm Store). Peabody Garden Club presents Rita Wolmering from the Herb Farmacy with some plants, herbs, lotions, sachets, etc., for sale. Guest fee $5, Peabody residency not required. 978-535-2228 or 978-531-4558.
"GO GREEN AROUND YOUR HOME." Monday, April 9, 7 p.m., Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St., Peabody. Laura Kischitz, co-founder of Sustainable Life Solutions, details ways to consume less, live green and save money. Free. Registration is required at 978-531-0100, ext. 10, or www.peabodylibrary.org.
HEALTHY LAWNS & LAWN ALTERNATIVES WITH MASTER GARDENER BETTY SANDERS. Tuesday, April 10, 7 to 9 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., Hamilton. Learn to care for lawn with minimal environmental impact without breaking the bank. Myths, rumors and lawn service industry propaganda will be debunked. www.bettyongardening.com or 978-468-5527.
VERMICOMPOSTING. Wednesday, April 11, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., Hamilton. Master Gardener Lisa Spence of the Salem Community Gardens will present ins and outs of home composting. See the vermicomposter and learn about the 2,000 red worms that call it home. 978-468-5527.
"GROWING UP PATTON." Thursday, April 5, 7 p.m., Pingree School, 537 Highland St., Hamilton. Ben Patton, son of George Patton of the Vietnam War, will discuss his book, his family and film work with recent veterans, and sign books. Patton grew up on Green Meadows Farm and is also the grandson of Gen. Patton of World War II. Free. www.growinguppatton.com or 978-468-4415, ext. 233.
"BREAD AND ROSES: AN AMERICAN TAPESTRY." Thursday, April 5, 7 p.m., Topsfield Town Library, 1 S. Common St. This winter marks the 100-year anniversary of the Bread and Roses strike in Lawrence. Author Bruce Watson tells the story of the 20,000 workers who faced armed state militia to protest a pay cut that would severely impact their lives. Free. 978-887-1528.
"POWER DRESSING IN THE 18TH CENTURY: WHO DID IT, HOW, AND WHY?" Wednesday, April 11, 7 p.m., The House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby St., Salem. Presented by Beverly Wolov of Bethesda, Md., guest photographer and researcher of lace at the Smithsonian. Learn how the Turner women wielded their power in Salem society, as well as in The House of the Seven Gables. Resident lace-maker Linda Lane will demonstrate bobbin lace-making in Visitors Center, and will share lace patterns used to finish scarves and handkerchiefs. $15, $10 members. Reservations at 978-744-0991, ext. 130.
DEVELOPMENT OF THE ITALIAN COMMUNITY IN BEVERLY FARMS. Wednesday, April 11, 7 p.m., Cabot House, 117 Cabot St., Beverly. Beverly Historical Society presents Nancy Coffey, who will trace the history of the Italian community from the 1890s to the 1940s, including the early shanty towns of Italian men and the impact of World War I. $5/nonmembers, free/members. www.beverlyhistory.org, 978-922-1186, or email@example.com.
COLONIALS AND THE BRITISH. Wednesday, April 11, 7 p.m., Tapley Memorial Hall, 13 Page St., Danvers. Danvers Historical Society presents film by Dan Tremblay of Heritage Films. Film presents a look at local Colonial militia and their confrontation with the British in April 1775; a question-and-answer session will follow. $5/nonmembers, free/members. All proceeds benefit ongoing preservation projects. Light refreshments served. Reservations encouraged at 978-777-1666 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
"SHERLOCK HOLMES GOES TO HOLLYWOOD." Friday, April 6, 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 7, 2 and 7 p.m., Community House of Hamilton and Wenham, 284 Bay Road, Hamilton. Presented by The Open Road Theatre. 978-233-1069 or theopenroadtheatre.org.
ENDURANCE AND LONG-DISTANCE RUNNING. Tuesday, April 10, 7 p.m., Salem YMCA, 1 Sewall St. Bob Kennedy will lead discussion with a focus on advancement to marathon and ultra-distance events. Lecture in a series of forums for endurance sport athletes; quarterly gathering composed of keynote lecture, informal social networking and local vendors. Free. 978-740-9622.
MARATHONER DICK BEARDSLEY. Wednesday, April 11, 3:30 p.m., New England Running Company, 43 Enon St., Beverly. In his 15th year of sobriety, Beardsley is a nationally known motivational speaker and recently formed The Dick Beardsley Foundation with the mission to educate others about chemical dependency and provide grants to those who need help in seeking treatment. Beardsley will meet visitors and sign posters and books, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., then share his comic, tragic and inspiring story, 7 to 8:15 p.m. Open to the public; registration required at email@example.com or 978-922-8870.
Books and poetry
PERFORMANCE POET. Friday, April 6, 7:30 p.m., Salem State University, Ellison Campus Center, 352 Lafayette St. Event features Anis Mojgani, a two-time National Poetry Slam Champion and winner of the International World Cup Poetry Slam. Free. 978-542-7890 or salemstate.edu/arts.
MYSTERY MAYHEM BOOK CLUB. Tuesday, April 10, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., Hamilton. Group will discuss mysteries and novels; find out what others are reading, get a list of new books and solve the mystery of the day. Light refreshments served. www.hwlibrary.org.
RETRO GAMING PROGRAM. Saturday, April 7, 11 a.m., Swampscott Public Library, 61 Burrill St. Stroll down memory lane with some old-school video games. Michael and Tiber will demonstrate the history of gaming. Board games will also be available. Free; open to kids in grades five through 12. Register at 781-595-8867, ext. 304.
BAKE SALE. Friday, April 6, 2 to 5 p.m., St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, social hall, 64 Forrester St., Salem. Easter breads (babkas), nut, poppyseed and apricot rolls, and a bake table with festive and seasonal baked goods. 978-744-5869.
MONTSERRAT SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGN II RECEPTION. Wednesday, April 11, 5 to 8 p.m., 301 Gallery, 301 Cabot St., Beverly. Reception for Montserrat College of Art's graphic design program senior thesis exhibit "Proximity," on view through Friday, April 13. Exhibit features work by Arielle Winchester, Zachary Burt, Eric Pierce, Randi Giles, Lana Wheeler and Erin Humphrey. Public welcome. Show is fourth of a series of weekly group exhibits by graduating seniors. firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-867-9604.
ARTS NIGHT. Wednesday, April 11, Miles River Middle School, 787 Bay Road, Hamilton. Features extensive visual arts exhibit, 6 to 7:30 p.m., and performances from the chorus, 6 p.m.; jazz band, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.; and dramatics program, 6:30 and 7 p.m. email@example.com.
THE ART OF STAINED GLASS. Wednesday, April 11, 6:30 p.m., Swampscott Public Library, 61 Burrill St. Friends of the Swampscott Public Library present "From Design to Installation," a presentation by two stained-glass artists, Ingrid Pichler and Michael Limberakis, on the various steps that are involved in the production of a stained-glass window. Door prizes, raffle and refreshments. Free. 781-596-8867.
CLOISTER GALLERY. "Little Utopias — Splendor Revealed," Lynn artist Steve Harrington at Cloister Gallery of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 135 Lafayette St., Marblehead, through Tuesday, May 8. Artwork based on Harrington and his husband's idea for a small landscape design business called Little Utopias, to design beautiful gardens for small spaces: decks, backyards, nooks and crannies. 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. Handicapped-accessible. 781-631-4951 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
"SHE PAINTS/SHE PAPERS." On view through Thursday, May 3, Gallery at Grosvenor Park, 7 Loring Hills Ave., Vinnin Square, Salem. Exhibit features Janet Albert (She Paints) of Salem, and Holly Chin (She Papers) of Marblehead. Exhibit reception 3 to 5 p.m., Sunday, April 1; public welcome, refreshments served. Handicapped-accessible. 978-741-5700.
ART THAT CELEBRATES THE SPIRIT OF THE RABBIT. On view through Saturday, May 26, True North Gallery, 25 Woodbury St., Hamilton. True North Gallery presents "Rabbit! Rabbit! Art Inspired by Arctic Hares, Snowshoe Hares, and Magical, Mythical Rabbits," a group exhibition featuring the work of 17 artists from all over the world. The show, which takes its name from the folk belief that saying "Rabbit! Rabbit!" at the start of every month brings good luck, includes a variety of rabbit-inspired art. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m., and Sundays by chance and appointment. 978-468-1962 or email@example.com.
STUDENT ART AWARDS. On view through Thursday, April 19, Salem State University, Winfisky Gallery, Ellison Campus Center, 352 Lafayette St., Salem. Annual exhibit showcases select students from Salem State University's Art + Design Department; artwork on display includes graphic design, multimedia design, photography, sculpture, printmaking, drawing and painting. 978-542-7890 or salemstate.edu/arts.
"CHILDHOOD AND MEMORY." On view through Sunday, May 6, Time and Tide Fine Art, 4 Market St., Ipswich. Exhibit celebrates the memory of childhood's dreamy days. Free. 978-238-8848 or Kristina@TimeAndTideFineArt.com.
BEVERLY COOPERATIVE BANK. Artwork by Martha Bannon of Beverly, who received a BFA from Mass. College of Art and also studied at Montserrat College of Art, and who has licensed designs for The Essex Collection. Her work can be viewed at www.marthabannon.com. On view through Monday, April 23, at 254 Cabot St., Beverly, during regular banking hours: Monday through Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. www.beverlycoop.com.
CARMELA MARTIN EXHIBIT. On view through Wednesday, April 25, Cutler School Art Gallery, Cutler School, Asbury Street, Hamilton. Exhibit features paintings by Beverly resident Carmela Martin, including landscapes of local scenes in watercolor, pastels and acrylics. Open during school hours. 978-468-8476.
FINZ SEAFOOD & GRILL. April 5, 8 to 11 p.m., Max Sullivan; April 6, 9 p.m. to midnight, The Mystics. 76 Wharf St., Pickering Wharf, Salem. 978-744-8485, firstname.lastname@example.org.
GULU-GULU. April 5, 8 p.m., The World is Square; April 6, 8 p.m., Release the Hounds; April 7, 8 p.m., The Dejas; April 11, 7:30 p.m., Open Mike Wednesday Nights. 247 Essex St., Salem. 978-740-8882.
HARDCOVER CAFE. April 6, Mary Beth Maes. 15A Newbury St. (Route 1 north), Danvers. 978-774-1223.
HOWLING WOLF TAQUERIA. April 5, John Waterman; April 6, Megan Mckenzie and Brandon Cooper; April 7, Ross Livermore. Shows are 9 p.m. to midnight unless otherwise noted. 76 Lafayette St., Salem; www.feedyourwolf.com.
IN A PIG'S EYE. April 5, Dave Bailin and the Bailouts; April 6, Blues Jam; April 7, Professor Harp; April 9, Open mike with Domenic; April 11, Pig's Eye Coffee House with Julie Dougherty. 148 Derby St., Salem. 978-741-4436.