SCHOLARSHIP WINE, CHEESE AND BEER TASTING. Friday, April 19, 5 to 8 p.m., Misselwood, Endicott College, 407 Hale St., Beverly. Endicott College’s School of Hospitality Management presents fourth annual event, with international wines, local beers and New England cheese. Organized by Hospitality Management honors students. $20/ticket purchased in advance; $25 at the door. A portion of proceeds benefit Eta Sigma Delta Student Scholarship Fund, supporting outstanding academic achievement in School of Hospitality Management. 978-232-2109, firstname.lastname@example.org or http://esdtasting.eventbrite.com/.
1728 CLUB COMEDY NIGHT. Saturday, April 20, 7 p.m., Angelica’s, 49 S. Main St., Middleton. The 1728 Club of Middleton (formerly Kiwanis Club) presents three comedians, a silent auction and light refreshments. $25/ticket. Proceeds will benefit Middleton groups. Tickets at 978-774-0646 or email@example.com.
ORANGE LEAF YOGURT. April-long fundraising initiative, with all money raised going to Boston Children’s Hospital Children’s Fund, supporting hospital’s greatest areas of need in care, research, medical training and community health. Franchisees ask customers to make donations in-store and purchase special-edition Orange Leaf T-shirt for $15. Visit Orange Leaf at 12 Atlantic Ave., Marblehead, or call 781-990-1167.
ORCHESTRA AND UNIVERSITY CHORUS CONCERT. Thursday, April 18, 7:30 p.m., Salem High School, 77 Willson St. Mary-Jo Grenfell will conduct the orchestra, and Gary Wood will conduct the chorus in an off-campus choral concert, featuring works by Haydn, Mozart and Dvorak. Free admission. 978-542-7890 or salemstate.edu/arts.
ENSEMBLE GALILEI QUARTET. Saturday, April 20, 7:30 p.m., The Community House, 284 Bay Road, Route 1A, Hamilton. Features performers Hanneke Cassel, Lissa Schneckenberger, Carolyn Surrick and Sue Richards. Handicapped-accessible. Free off-street parking. $15/advance, $18/at the door. 978-468-4818 or www.communityhouse.org.
SYMPHONY BY THE SEA. Thursday, April 25, 7:30 p.m., Abbot Hall, 188 Washington St., Marblehead. Final concert of the 2012-2013 season features a program of opera music with violinist Robyn Bollinger performing Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7. A welcome hour with Champagne and snacks will precede the concert. www.symphonybythesea.org.
“AMERICA’S FIRST LADIES.” Thursday, April 18, 7 p.m., Tapley Memorial Hall, 13 Page St., Danvers. Danvers Historical Society Trustee Sharon Taskey presents an inside look at “the hardest unpaid job in the world.” Light refreshments served following the program. Free/Society members, $5/nonmembers. Parking available on Page Street or in the community lot at the corner of Page and Elm streets. Reservations appreciated. 978-777-1666 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“UPSTAIRS, DOWNSTAIRS, IN THE STABLE, AND ON THE ROAD.” Thursday, April 18, 7 p.m., and Thursday, April 25, 10:30 a.m., Beverly Farms Library, 24 Vine St. Beverly Farms historian Nancy Coffey presents an illustrated lecture about indoor servants, stable workers and chauffeurs on summer estates in Beverly Farms. Attendees are invited to share stories after the lecture. 978-922-2513 or email@example.com.
PURITAN SEXUALITY. Friday, April 19, 10 a.m. to noon, Explorers Lifelong Learning Institute Center, 10 Federal St., Salem. Mary Ellen Smiley, curator of exhibitions and education programs at the Salem Museum, will talk about the complexity of interpersonal relationships in Colonial America. Donations appreciated from nonmembers attending. 978-744-0804 or www.explorerslli.org.
MONEY ALTERNATIVES IN THE CIVIL WAR. Saturday, April 20, 11 a.m., Peabody Institute Library, Danvers branch, 15 Sylvan St. There was a coin shortage during the Civil War; people hoarded silver coins and copper/nickel cents, and businessmen resorted to using encased stamps, paper scrip, government-issued fractional currency and tokens to make change for customers. Join amateur Civil War historian Dana Zaiser to learn more. Register at danverslibrary.org or 978-774-0554.
“TRAVEL TO LEARN AND LEARN TO TRAVEL.” Monday, April 22, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St. Paula Wright discusses international travel opportunities for adults offered by Road Scholar, a nonprofit educational travel organization, formerly called Elder Hostel. Wright will share photos from her favorite tours. Free; open to adults. Light refreshments served at 9 a.m. Handicapped-accessible. 978-921-6062 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
INDUCTION CEREMONY AND SPRING LECTURE: NORTH SHORE CHAPTER OF SIGMA XI. Tuesday, April 23, 7 p.m., Chairman’s Room, Ken Olsen Science Center, Gordon College, 255 Grapevine Road, Wenham. Michael Ocean of Endicott College on “Teaching Computer Science With Pinball,” followed by formal induction of new members. Sigma Xi promotes research and cross-disciplinary exchange in sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics. email@example.com.
A PRESENTATION ON CLIMATE CHANGE. Wednesday, April 24, 6 p.m., Zumi’s Espresso & Ice Cream, 40 Market St., Ipswich. Students from Pingree School in South Hamilton will discuss how schools can help end climate change, and their experiences organizing a fossil fuel divestment campaign at the school. Lecture is part of Zumi’s 10th anniversary lecture series, which focuses on making positive connections and change in the local and global community. Free. www.zumis.com or 978-356-1988.
“UNDERWATER IN SALEM SOUND” LECTURE SERIES. Wednesday, April 24, 7 p.m., Abbot Public Library, 235 Pleasant St., Marblehead. “Making a Living on and in the Water,” a discussion with lobsterman Jay Michaud and historian and diver Ray Bates. Part of Salem Sound Coastwatch’s series. Free. 978-741-7900, firstname.lastname@example.org or salemsound.org.
“IPSWICH IN THE CIVIL WAR.” Wednesday, April 24, 7 p.m., Ipswich Public Library, Collins Meeting Room, 25 N. Main St.. Local historian and teacher Scott Jewell will discuss the experiences of Ipswich soldiers during the war. Sponsored by the Friends of the Ipswich Public Library. Part of the library’s “Ipswich Reads ... One Book!” program. 978-356-6649.
CENTER FOR HOLOCAUST AND GENOCIDE STUDIES SPRING LECTURE SERIES. Wednesday, April 24, 7 p.m., Salem State University, Central Campus, Marsh Hall 210, Loring Avenue. Conclusion of SSU’s spring series presents Robert McAndrews, professor of social work, addressing “Crimes Against Humanity and the Struggle for Justice in El Salvador and Guatemala.” McAndrews is president of the Holocaust Center, Boston North and founding member of SSU’s Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. 978-542-7505 or email@example.com.
YARD SALE. Saturday, April 20, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., All Saints Episcopal Church of the Northshore, Parish Hall, 46 Cherry St., Danvers. Featuring gently used items of all sizes, types and value. Ample on-street parking available. www.allsaintsepiscopalnorthshore.org.
INDOOR YARD SALE. Saturday, April 20, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lynn, Parish Hall, 101 Forest Ave., Swampscott. Features gently worn clothing, jewelry, white elephant items, toys, books, small appliances, furniture, electronics and sports equipment. Snacks, beverages and lunch available for purchase. Funds raised benefit Unitarian Universalist Women of Greater Lynn Philanthropic Fund, which provides financial assistance to local and denominational organizations and also scholarships. Handicapped-accessible. www.uucgl.org.
ANNUAL FLEA MARKET. Saturday, April 20, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Gordon-Conwell, Kerr building, top of the hill with the cross and steeple, 130 Essex St., Hamilton. Includes furniture, clothes, electronics, household items and more. firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUSTAINABLE SEASIDE WEDDING SHOW. Sunday, April 21, noon to 3 p.m., Castle Hill on Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich. The Trustees of Reservations’ fourth annual show at The Great House features more than 50 local vendors, food samples from caterers who use local farm produce, farm-to-fork menus, bakers, florists, invitations, lighting, photography, custom guest registry, specialty furniture, exclusive tent and rental selections, spa luxuries, and luxury transportation. $10/advance tickets, $15 at the door. Purchase tickets at www.craneestate.org to be eligible for the grand-prize drawing.
BEVERLY RESTAURANT WEEK. Sunday, April 21, through Thursday, April 25, and again from Sunday, April 28, through Thursday, May 2. More than a dozen restaurants will offer either three-course dinners for $25 or two-course dinners for $15 (prices are exclusive of tax, drinks and gratuities). Participants include The American BBQ, Trattoria BellaMia, Bertucci’s, Chianti, Cielito Lindo Cocina Mexicana, Cygnet, Beverly Depot restaurant, EJ Cabots, Hale Street Tavern, Kame, Kitty O’Sheas Irish Pub, Organic Garden Cafe, The Wild Horse, Prides Osteria and Fibber McGee’s. Visit www.beverlymainstreets.org for menus.
“MAN AND SUPERMAN.” Thursday, April 18, Friday, April 19, and Saturday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, April 21, at 2 p.m. Salem State University, Mainstage Theatre, 352 Lafayette St. A comedic and unconventional love story by George Bernard Shaw. $15/general, $10/students and seniors. www.salemstatetickets.com or 978-542-6365.
“WAITING FOR GODOT.” Thursday, April 18, Friday, April 19, and Saturday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m., Gordon College, Barrington Center for the Arts, Margaret Jensen Theatre, 255 Grapevine Road, Wenham. Department of Theatre Arts presents Samuel Beckett’s classic existentialist tragicomedy reimagined by director and professor Norman Jones. www.gordon.edu/tickets.
VALERIE BORGAL ARTIST RECEPTION. Thursday, April 18, 7 to 7:30 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., Hamilton. Celebrate the wonders of the natural world with watercolorist Borgal. Meet the artist and view her Monhegan works on display throughout the library. valeriejeannesart.com or www.hwlibrary.org.
PEM/PM EVENING PARTY: FREE FORM. Thursday, April 18, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, Salem. Artist Nick Cave joins attendees in a celebration of category-bending artwork, dance and performance art. Indulge in culinary samples, libations and art-making activities. Cash bar. Refreshments available for purchase in the Atrium Cafe. Free/members and Salem residents, $10/nonmembers. www.pem.org/calendar.
TOSHIO SHIBATA IN CONVERSATION. Saturday, April 20, 2 p.m., Morse Auditorium, Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, Salem. An engaging discussion with photographer Shibata and PEM curator of photography Phillip Prodger on Shibata’s life and work. Reserve a spot in advance. www.pem.org/calendar.
RAY PISANO ARTIST TALK. Monday, April 22, 6:30 to 9 p.m., Beverly Public Library, Sohier Room, 32 Essex St. Pisano, a sculptor and one of Montserrat College of Art’s founders, will discuss the methods of making marble and granite models, enlarged and copied. Refreshments served at 6:30 p.m.; lecture and discussion begin at 7 p.m. Free. Reserve a spot at email@example.com or 978-921-4242, ext. 1121.
PUBLIC ARTIST TALK: WILMER WILSON. Wednesday, April 24, 11:30 a.m., Montserrat College of Art, 23 Essex St., Beverly. Wilson uses items from everyday life to create art that alters and layers meanings. Wilson’s durational performances inspire a rediscovery of value in seemingly worthless items. firstname.lastname@example.org, 978-867-9624 or www.montserrat.edu/galleries.
GALLERY AT PORTER MILL. “Field of Dreams,” featuring the paintings of Boston-based Maria Malatesta and Beverly-based Christine O’Brien. Through April 28. Gallery hours are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 5 to 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.; and by appointment. email@example.com or www.studiosatportermill.blogspot.com.
GARDEN CLUB MEETING. Monday, April 22, 7 p.m., Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott St., Danvers. Theme is “Tea Time.” Learn to create a delicate fresh flower design in a china mug; the mugs will also have a butterfly accessory. Also, mini demonstration on decorating a hat for the May Intra-Club Design Competition. Prior to business meeting, club will award its scholarship to high school senior recipient.
HOMECOMING MEETING. Wednesday, April 24, 5:30 p.m., Beverly Cooperative Bank, rear entrance, 254 Cabot St. New members welcome. Volunteers are needed to assist with website, media, fundraising and events.
APRIL VACATION DAYS: “SPLISH, SPLASH.” Thursday, April 18, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Tospfield. Children in kindergarten through grade five will discover spring birds and bugs; look for beavers in the pond; search for frogs, salamanders and turtles; learn about soil and all the critters that live there. Children are divided into small groups according to age. $54/day, discount for Mass Audubon members. Registration required at 978-887-9264 or www.massaudubon.org/ipswichriver.
PEM APRIL VACATION WEEK EVENTS. Thursday, April 18, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, Salem. Explore art and movement through the work of Nick Cave. Activating Objects With Dance, 1 to 3 p.m., Atrium, Monkey House Dance Company uses everyday objects as dance props; bring an object to “activate.” Essex Street Clowning Parade, 3 p.m., meet outside PEM’s front entrance, wear a costume or bring something from home, then prepare to make noise. Daily drop-in art activities: Design a collaged fashion sketch of a Soundsuit, then contribute to a life-size model; create kaleidoscopic wallpaper; explore MaKey MaKey, which turns almost anything into a musical instrument; 11:30 to noon, learn how to dance to artwork during a family tour. Activities included with museum admission. www.pem.org/calendar.
MOVING STORIES, POP-UP BOOK ART. Thursday, April 18, 10:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m., Wenham Museum, 132 Main St. Bugs jump and butterflies float across the pages of pop-up books created with Jeannie Hunt. Be inspired by the pop-up books that fold, flip and turn into inventive and whimsical shapes in “Pop Goes the Book!” exhibit, pop-up books from the collection of Elaine Schofield. 10:30 a.m. to noon, ages 6 to 10; 1 to 3 p.m., ages 8 and over. $19/members, $24/nonmembers. Register at 978-468-2377 or www.wenhammuseum.org.
APRIL VACATION DAYS: “DIGGING IN THE DIRT.” Friday, April 19, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. Children in kindergarten through grade five discover spring birds and bugs; look for beavers in the pond; search for frogs, salamanders and turtles; learn about soil and critters that live there. Children are divided into small groups according to age. $54/day, discount for Mass Audubon members. Registration required at 978-887-9264 or www.massaudubon.org/ipswichriver.
M IS FOR MUSEUM: SPRING FORWARD. Friday, April 19, 10 a.m., Wenham Museum, 132 Main St. Children in preschool and older can learn about spring chores on the farm, explore the museum’s 17th-century herb garden and plant a seed to bring home for their own garden. Free with museum admission. 978-468-2377 or www.wenhammuseum.org.
SILHOUETTE ARTIST VISITS. Saturday, April 20, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, April 21, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wenham Museum, 132 Main St. Carol Lebeaux creates hand-cut heirloom portraits done from a sitting or photograph. $33 per silhouette, $12 for a copy, $5 for matting. Reserve the 10-minute appointment at 978-468-2377. Photo only for pet silhouettes; animals are not allowed in the museum.
STORY TRAILS: MONSTER DANCE. Sunday, April 21, 2 to 3 p.m., Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, Salem. For children ages 5 to 8 with adult. Listen to a reading of “Two Left Feet” by Adam Stower, then create a Nick Cave-inspired dance accessory. Tickets available on day of program. Meet at information desk. www.pem.org/calendar.
GULU-GULU CAFE. April 17, open mike, 7:30 p.m.; April 18, Guy Zaccardi; April 19, Jef Savlon; April 20, Brad Byrd; April 23, Shakespeare Open Mic. All events at 8 p.m. 247 Essex St., Salem. 978-740-8882.
ME&THEE COFFEEHOUSE. April 19, The Vespers and Hayley Reardon. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. for 8 p.m. start. Tickets $16 in advance, $19 at the door. Coffeehouse is at Unitarian Universalist Church, 28 Mugford St., Marblehead. 781-631-8987 or www.meandthee.org.