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April 25, 2013

North Shore Entertainment Calendar


The Salem News

---- — Good causes

BIKE DRIVE. Saturday, April 27, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Emerson Center parking lot, 9 E. Common St., Topsfield. Topsfield Troop 60835 will host to support Roll It Forward, Mayor Menino’s Boston Bikes program, which collects, repairs and donates bikes to Boston residents who might not otherwise have access. To register a bike donation ahead of time or to learn more about the program, visit www.bostonbikes.org. lgvoss@comcast.net.

MATTRESS FUNDRAISER SALE. Saturday, April 27, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Danvers High School gymnasium, 60 Cabot Road. All mattresses are brand-new with factory warranties. All sizes, pillow-top, orthopedic, latex, memory foam and gel bed available. Free layaway. Delivery available. Cash, checks and credit cards accepted. Profits go directly to Danvers High band. Save an additional 30 to 60 percent off regular retail prices.

ZUMBATHON TO BENEFIT AUTISM SUPPORT CENTER. Saturday, April 27, 4 to 6 p.m., Sterling Center YMCA Teen Center, 254 Essex St., Beverly. Includes food and product samples, raffle prizes, and Zumba led by a team of instructors. No experience necessary. $20 suggested donation, payable by cash or check to Autism Support Center. jgdoherty01915@yahoo.com.

A NIGHT FOR PALS. Saturday, April 27, 6 to 8 p.m., Karen’s Ballroom Dance Studio, 119R Foster St., Peabody. Fundraising reception to raise awareness of the efforts of PALS Animal Life Savers, Salem’s all-volunteer, nonprofit, no-kill feline rescue group. Event includes music, wine tasting, refreshments, raffles and vendors. $20/ticket; all proceeds donated to PALS and the cats seeking new homes. PalsAnimalLifeSavers.com.

CELEBRATION OF PIPE ORGAN RESTORATION. Saturday, April 27, 7 p.m., St. Mary Star of the Sea, 253 Cabot St., Beverly. Parish has reached 40 percent of its $250,000 Organ Console Restoration Campaign for the recent restoration of a failing organ console in its 1908 Hook & Hastings pipe organ. A celebration will be held with organ and choral music, a reception, and light refreshments. Console fundraising donations will be accepted. www.stmarystarorgan.com.

SPRING FUNDRAISER. Saturday, April 27, 9 p.m. to midnight, 43 Church restaurant, 43 Church St., Salem. Salem Jazz and Soul Festival’s “Rhythm, Blues and Beats” features Jesse Dee, supported by Salem-based System Soul. Event proceeds fund festival’s mission to produce free concerts and support music education causes on the North Shore. $20/ticket. www.salemjazzsoul.org.

“SPRING INTO FASHION.” Sunday, April 28, 2 to 5 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Church, 124 River Road, Topsfield. Fundraiser fashion show to raise money for renovations to the church kitchen will feature clothing and accessories from Francie’s Boutique. Includes refreshments, prizes, raffles and a goody bag for all attendees. $20/ticket. 978-887-0331 or 978-887-5570.

A WORKOUT FOR PALS. Sunday, April 28, 2 to 4 p.m., Karen’s Ballroom Dance Studio, 119R Foster St., Peabody. Fundraising reception to raise awareness of the efforts of PALS Animal Life Savers, Salem’s all-volunteer, nonprofit, no-kill feline rescue group. Join instructors Dot, Nena and Tara for a Zumba workout. $20/ticket; all proceeds donated to PALS and the cats seeking new homes. PalsAnimalLifeSavers.com.

VOLUNTEER INFORMATION PARTY. Sunday, April 28, 3 to 5 p.m., Corinthian Yacht Club, 1 Nahant St., Marblehead. Learn about volunteer opportunities during the Marblehead Festival of Arts. Light refreshments served; cash bar available. www.MarbleheadFestival.org.

Get outside

CEDAR POND BIRD WALK. Friday, April 26, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., Cedar Pond Wildlife Sanctuary, directions will be sent to attendees, Wenham. Join sanctuary director Carol Decker for a walk and view the variety of wetland and woodland habitats. Look for wood-warblers and other bird species singing and staking out territory. Listen for song, discuss behavior and learn tips on locating the birds with binoculars. $10/Mass Audubon Society members, $12/nonmembers. Registration required at 978-887-9264.

2013 ARBOR DAY CELEBRATION. Friday, April 26, 10 a.m., Holten Richmond Middle School, 55 Conant St., Danvers. Tree-planting ceremony, co-sponsored by the Danvers Forestry Division and the Danvers Garden Club. A Green Mountain sugar maple, donated by the Danvers Garden Club, will be planted at the rear of the school. Student representatives will also participate in the ceremony. 978-762-0237 or brichard@mail.danvers-ma.org.

EARTH DAY ZERO WASTE WEEKEND. Saturday, April 27, and Sunday, April 28, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Danvers High School parking lot, 60 Cabot Road. The Danvers Department of Public Works presents a two-day event for Danvers residents to recycle a variety of items not collected by curbside pickup. Residents may bring bagged clothing, shoes, purses, linens, stuffed animals and small toys for Big Brother Big Sister; electronics for XTechnology Global; books, DVDs, CDs, VHS tapes, cassette tapes, audiobooks and records for Got Books?; confidential papers for shredding by JRM; and redeemable bottles and cans, collected by Cub Scout Pack 16. Rain barrels and compost bins will be available for purchase. The Danvers Bi-Peds will also be volunteering. www.danvers.govoffice.com or 978-777-0001, ext. 3011.

EARTH DAY WALK SERIES: “QUARRIES & SHANTY TOWNS OF BEVERLY COMMONS.” Saturday, April 27, 1 p.m., Beverly Commons. Learn about the geological and human history of the “Woods Egypt” section of Beverly Commons. Discover a shantytown and hillside quarries from the early 20th century. Walk led by Ed Myskowski, consulting geologist for the Peabody Essex Museum, and Nancy Coffey, Open Space and Recreation Committee member and leader of the Beverly Farms History Project. Wear long pants and comfortable shoes. Park and gather at end of Greenwood Avenue at Stone Ridge Road; do not block gate. Sponsored by the Beverly Open Space and Recreation Committee.

“BRANCHING OUT FOR WILDLIFE” EARTH DAY EVENT. Saturday, April 27, 1 to 3 p.m., Camp Fire North Shore, 2 Cain Road, Salem. Camp Fire will host an Earth Day Celebration and Garden Party; families, students, campers and friends of Camp Fire North Shore and Camp Fire North Shore Board of Directors will plant trees and build a camp garden in celebration of Earth Day and as part of the “Branching Out for Wildlife” initiative, sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation. Participating children receive an owl patch. Festivities include self-guided hikes, arts and crafts, face-painting and prizes. Volunteers will plant and set up from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; families welcome from 1 to 3 p.m. www.campfire-ma.org.

DAFFODIL DAY. Sunday, April 28, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Long Hill’s Sedgwick Garden, 572 Essex St., Beverly. Families are invited to The Trustees of Reservations’ Long Hill property for self-guided tours, refreshments, a daffodil walk, a visit to the Children’s Garden and a Pick-Your-Own daffodil bouquet from the PYO Flower Fields. Free admission; $5 donation suggested. bogrady@ttor.org; 978-921-1944, ext. 1825; or www.thetrustees.org.

History

“UPSTAIRS, DOWNSTAIRS, IN THE STABLE AND ON THE ROAD.” Thursday, April 25, 10:30 a.m., Beverly Farms Library, 24 Vine St. 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 farmshistory@gmail.com.

A PERIOD-DRAMA PATRIOT’S TEA. Sunday, April 28, 1 and 3 p.m., Jeremiah Page House, 11 Page St., Danvers. Join the Danvers Historical Society for tea, period confections and a story from Capt. John Putnam, portrayed by Bill Clemens, along with the captain’s wife, portrayed by Chris Clemens, about the dramatic events that took place April 19, 1775, when more than 300 men from every village and farm in Danvers marched toward Lexington and Concord in resistance to the advancing red-coated Regulars. $20/society members, $25/nonmembers. Reservation required at 978-777-1666. Event will support the restoration of the McIntire Tea House.

“A VISIT WITH LOUISA MAY ALCOTT.” Tuesday, April 30, 7 p.m., Ipswich Public Library, Collins Meeting Room, 25 N. Main St. Jan Turnquist presents “A Visit With Louisa May Alcott.” The performance is a blend of stage drama and living history; Turnquist will “become” Miss Alcott, and the audience is invited to interact with the character and ask questions. Sponsored by the Trustees of the Ipswich Public Library. Part of the library’s “Ipswich Reads ... One Book!” program. 978-356-6649.

Presentations, discussions and lectures

GOOD GERMS/BAD GERMS. Friday, April 26, 10 a.m. to noon, Explorers Lifelong Learning Institute Center, 10 Federal St., Salem. Peter Alachi, instructor of biology and microbiology at Salem State University, will explain why humans need bacteria to survive. Many of the more than 400 types of micro-organisms that live inside the body are beneficial and can prevent disease by making a less favorable environment for less desirable bacteria. Donations are appreciated from nonmembers attending. 978-744-0804 or www.explorerslli.org.

“BEACHES 101” WITH SALEM SOUND COASTWATCH. Saturday, April 27, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Beverly Cooperative Bank Community Room, 87 Lafayette St., Salem. Workshop on beach ecology; learn about pollution sources, invasive species, identifying storm damage, beach erosion and growth. Good for anyone interested in Coastwatch’s Adopt a Beach program. Free. RSVP requested at info@salemsound.org or 978-741-7900.

SALEM SOUND COASTWATCH NORTH RIVER RAINBOW SMELT COUNT AND FISH DEMONSTRATION. Saturday, April 27, 12:30 p.m., North River at Howley Street (just past the Salem/Peabody line at Harmony Grove Road), Salem. With aquatic biologists from division of marine fisheries, who will catch eggs with nets to see how rainbow smelt are recovering from pollution. Free, suitable for children. Park in the Super Stop & Shop parking lot. www.salemsound.org or 978-741-7900.

SMART SURFCASTING. Tuesday, April 30, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., Hamilton. Julio Silva, president of the Plum Island Surfcasters, will share the secrets of catching stripers in the local waters. Program suitable for all ages. Free. www.hwlibrary.org.

LOCAL AUTHORS’ FORUM. Wednesday, May 1, 6:30 p.m., Swampscott Public Library, 61 Burrill St. Featuring Deahn Berrini, Robert Booth, Megan Kelley Hall, M.W. MacKay, Maria Mello, Elizabeth Buechner Morris, James Phoenix, Jason Stadtlander, Laurie Faria Stolarz and Donna Thorland. Authors will discuss their works, answer questions and sign books, which will be available for purchase by cash or check. 781-596-8868 or deveau@noblenet.org.

Music

SYMPHONY BY THE SEA CONCERT. Thursday, April 25, 7:30 p.m., Abbot Hall, 188 Washington St., Marblehead. Final concert of the 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. Tickets $35 for adults, $5 for kids ages 5-12. www.symphonybythesea.org.

UNIVERSITY CHAMBER SINGERS, HANDBELL ENSEMBLE AND WOMEN’S CHORALE CONCERT. Thursday, April 25, 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall, Salem State University, Central Campus, 71 Loring Ave. The chamber ensembles will perform music ranging from the Renaissance to the American Songbook. Free. 978-542-7890 or www.salemstate.edu/arts.

ME&THEE COFFEEHOUSE CONCERT. Friday, April 26, doors open at 7:30 p.m., concert at 8 p.m. Features The Stray Birds, an acoustic trio with rich vocal harmonies in tight acoustic arrangements, and Three Tall Pines, an award-winning quartet performing bluegrass and Americana. Tickets cost $17 in advance and $20 at the door. The coffeehouse is located at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 28 Mugford St., Marblehead. 781-631-8987 or www.meandthee.org.

BEVERLY NORTHSHOREMEN BARBERSHOP CHORUS. Saturday, April 27, 1 to 5 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 210 Andover St., Peabody. Book fair fundraiser, behind the Northshore Mall in Peabody. The Northshoremen and its three quartets will perform. To support the Northshoremen, visit its website at www.harmonize.com/northshoremen and download a Barnes & Noble voucher. Show that voucher at the register, and the chorus will receive a portion of proceeds from purchases made at any Barnes & Noble that entire business day. Or visit bn.com/bookfairs to support the group online from April 27 through May 2, by entering Bookfair ID #11053501 at checkout.

THE SOULMATE BAND TO PERFORM. Saturday, April 27, 8:30 p.m., Club Timothy’s, The Village Green, 225 Newbury St., Danvers. Dancing and music with six-piece Motown funk, disco-dance party show band. 978-774-7260 or www.timothysatthevillagegreen.com.

ESSEX HARMONY SPRING CONCERT. Sunday, April 28, 3 p.m., Tapley Hall, 13 Page St., Danvers. Artists-in-residence at the Danvers Historical Society will hold annual spring concert titled “Music in Times of War: The American Revolution: Mostly Billings.” The Essex Harmony is a Danvers-based mixed chamber chorus specializing in early American a cappella choral music. Free; reservations requested at 978-777-1666. 978-335-7335.

CONCERTS IN THE BARN MUSIC SERIES. Sunday, April 28, 7:30 p.m., Gould Barn, 1 Howlett St., Topsfield. Topsfield Town Library presents “An Evening of Glorious Song,” featuring classical songs performed by soprano Dana Schnitzer and mezzo-soprano Megan Roth, with accompaniment by conductor/pianist Andrew Altenbach. Sponsored by the George Gould Fund for the Performing and Visual Arts. Free admission; refreshments provided. bjohnson@etjohnson.com or 978-887-9137.

PERCUSSION AND WORLD MUSIC ENSEMBLES CONCERT. Monday, April 29, 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall, Salem State University, Central Campus, 71 Loring Ave. Ensembles will perform a concert of music from Zimbabwe, India and contemporary American composers. 978-542-7890 or www.salemstate.edu/arts.

UNIVERSITY CONCERT BAND CONCERT. Tuesday, April 30, 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall, Salem State University, Central Campus, 71 Loring Ave. Wind band settings of 19th-century American folk hymns. 978-542-7890 or www.salemstate.edu/arts.

UNIVERSITY JAZZ BAND CONCERT. Wednesday, May 1, 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall, Salem State University, Central Campus, 71 Loring Ave. Includes a performance by Perception, a jazz/rock band composed of high school musicians who have performed at major venues around the country. 978-542-7890 or www.salemstate.edu/arts.

Theater, film and comedy

HERITAGE INDEPENDENT FILMS. Thursday, April 25, and Tuesday, April 30, 11:40 a.m., “O’l Revere Beach”; 12:05 p.m., “Mysterious Places in Essex County”; 12:30 p.m., “Schoonermen of Cape Ann,” at Hollywood Hits Theatre, 7 Hutchinson Drive, Danvers. $5/general, $4/seniors. 978-777-2711.

“LATE NITE CATECHISM.” Thursday, April 25, through Sunday, April 28, and Wednesday, May 1, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, April 27, Sunday, April 28, and Tuesday, April 30, 2 p.m., Larcom Theatre, 13 Wallis St., Beverly. Catechism classes are never as much fun — or as hilarious — as when they are led by Sister in the international hit comedy by Vicki Quade and Maripat Donovan. The irrepressible Sister teaches an adult catechism class to a roomful of “students” (the audience). Over the course of the play, Sister goes from benevolent instructor to authoritative drill sergeant. Tickets available at the door prior to each performance, or at www.latenitecatechismshow.com or 617-531-1257.

Dance

“REACH”: SALEM STATE DANCE ENSEMBLE. Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27, 7:30 p.m., Mainstage Theatre, Salem State University, 352 Lafayette St. Showcase of original dance works by faculty and student choreographers. $10 suggested donation at the door. 978-542-7890 or salemstate.edu/arts.

BALLROOM DANCE. Saturday, April 27, 7 to 11 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 96 Main St., Peabody. Complimentary dance lesson at 7 p.m., followed by ballroom dancing. $15/general admission, $12/seniors 60 and over. Robertbeloff@comcast.net or 978-281-2365.

14TH ANNUAL SPRING DANCE. Saturday, April 27, 7:30 to 11:30 p.m., Knights of Columbus, Salem Common, 94 Washington Square. Features music, door prizes and raffles to benefit the Stephen M. O’Grady Foundation’s continuing education scholarships for Salem Little League and Boys & Girls Club alumni. $20 suggested donation. 978-618-5949.

Art

SALEM ARTS EN PLEIN AIR RECEPTION. Friday, April 26, 5 to 8 p.m., The House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby St., Salem. For Salem Arts Association’s and The House of the Seven Gables’ outdoor art event. Reception follows seven days of open outside painting, photography and other forms of art by Salem Arts’ artists. www.salemartsassociation.org/.

PUBLIC GALLERY TALK: FREEPORT [NO. 006]: NICK CAVE. Saturday, April 27, 1 p.m., Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, Salem. Public gallery talk with Trevor Smith, curator of contemporary art. Meet at the information desk. Tickets available day of program. www.pem.org/calendar.

SLOW ART DAY 2013. Saturday, April 27, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Peabody Essex Museum galleries, East India Square, Salem. Participants choose five works of art to look at for 10 minutes each, then meet others in the Atrium Cafe at 1 p.m. to talk about the experience. Slow Art Day is a worldwide celebration of art that encourages people to look at art slowly and thereby experience art in a new way. Learn more at http://SlowArtDay.com. Free with museum admission; lunch available for purchase. Register online at http://slowartpem2013.eventbrite.com/.

“FROM PENCIL TO PRINT” EVENTS. Sunday, April 28, 2 to 5 p.m., Kensington-Stobart Gallery, Hawthorne Hotel, 18 Washington Square West, Salem. Join Salem resident and artist Katy Bratun for “Hen and Chicks Mothers’ Day Art.” Bratun will read her book “Just Mommy and Me,” then lead a workshop to make mother hen and her chicks. Reserve spaces. Books available. 978-825-0022 or www.kensingtonstobartgallery.com.

ESSEX COUNTY NEEDLECRAFT GUILD’S 40TH ANNIVERSARY EXHIBIT. Wednesday, May 1, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Hellenic Center of Ipswich, 117 County Road. Needlework Exhibit and Tea, featuring needlework by more than 100 members, including quilts, needlepoint, hooked rugs, knitting, felting, embroidery and more. Members will also be on hand to demonstrate their crafts throughout the day. Free admission. www.essexcountyneedlecraft.com.

MONTSERRAT’S FINE ART IV SENIOR THESIS RECEPTION. Wednesday, May 1, 5 to 8 p.m., 301 Cabot St., Beverly. The seventh senior exhibition in a weekly series of receptions this spring, titled “Keep in Mind,” features the work of Montserrat seniors Colin McGuire, Miguel Graves, Kermit Class, Ivy Folwer, Morgan Dyer, Rachael Kollar, Jade Brewer, Alyssa Kline, Rebecca Skrabely and Erin Wolf. maggie.cavallo@montserrat.edu, 978-867-9604 or www.montserrat.edu/galleries.

Gatherings and celebrations

COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE. Friday, April 26, 5 to 7 p.m., Marblehead Community Center, 10 Humphrey St. All Marblehead residents are welcome to visit the new Teen Center. Also, from 7 to 10:30 p.m., the community center will host a High School Teen Night for grades nine through 12. Event includes live music, food and drinks. www.marbleheadforteens.org or 978-998-0285.

CELEBRATE WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE’S BIRTHDAY. Saturday, April 27, noon, Visitor’s Center, 36 S. Main St., Ipswich. The Ninjas of The Actors Company take over the streets of downtown Ipswich with merriment and scenes from Shakespeare’s works. Free. https://www.facebook.com/events/162176007281610/?fref=ts.

MEET A BRUIN. Monday, April 29, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Salem AOH, 104 Boston St. Shawn Thornton will meet fans and sign autographs. $20 for autograph, $5 for an 81/2-by-11-inch photo. First come, first serve. $3 from each autograph will be donated to the Martin Family Fund established by Salem Five Charitable Foundation.

Sales

ALL-CHURCH YARD SALE. Saturday, April 27, 8 a.m. to noon, First Baptist Church gymnasium, 221 Cabot St., Beverly. Housewares, furniture, tools, books, toys and more. Handicapped-accessible and stroller-friendly. Proceeds benefit the missions of the church. Rain or shine. 978-922-3295.

ANNUAL FRIENDS’ SPRING BOOK SALE. Saturday, April 27, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St. Open daily through May 5, during regular library hours. Includes hardcover and paperback fiction, children’s books, nonfiction, music, and movies in various formats. Paperbacks and children’s books, $1; hardcovers, $2. All sale proceeds benefit the library. 978-921-6062 or bev@noblenet.org.

ATTIC TREASURES SALE. Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wenham Museum, 132 Main St. Features small furniture, home goods, rugs, vintage china, silver, crystal, serving pieces, costume jewelry, books and more. New merchandise will be displayed Saturday and Sunday. Proceeds benefit the museum’s educational exhibitions and events. No admission to galleries. 978-468-2377 or www.wenhammuseum.org.

Food

COMMUNITY BREAKFAST. Saturday, April 27, 8 to 11 a.m., Masonic Hall, 20 Washington St., Beverly. All-you-can-eat blueberry and plain pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, and all the fixings. $5/adults, $3/children. Proceeds support the Masons’ charitable projects. 978-807-4150.

DELUXE PANCAKE BREAKFAST. Sunday, April 28, 8 to 11:30 a.m., Vittori-Rocci Post, 143 Brimbal Ave., Beverly. Menu includes all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, ham, scrambled eggs, baked beans, applesauce, juice, coffee and tea. Admission is a $4 donation for adults, $3 for children. Handicapped-accessible. Event supports the North Shore YMCA Wildcats Gymnastic National Team and the Veteran’s Aid Fund. 978-922-7150.

BEVERLY RESTAURANT WEEK. Sunday, April 28, through Thursday, May 2, participating restaurants in downtown Beverly. Beverly Chamber of Commerce and Beverly Main Streets present the second portion of the city’s first Restaurant Week. Participating restaurants will offer either three-course dinners for $25 or two-course dinners for $15; prices do not include tax, drinks and gratuities. For a list of participating restaurants and menus, visit www.beverlymainstreets.org.

“A CIVIL WAR-ERA POTLUCK DINNER.” Wednesday, May 1, 6 p.m., Ipswich Public Library, Collins Meeting Room, 25 N. Main St. Diners will select a recipe to share. Reservations required. Space limited to 30 participants. Call the library to reserve a spot, 978-356-6648.

Stories

STORIES, COOKIES AND CRAFTS. Saturday, April 27, 10 a.m., St. Mary School, 13 Chapman St., Beverly. Preschool will host a complimentary event for children in preschool and kindergarten accompanied by a caregiver. Reserve a spot at 978-927-3259.

SPRING STORYTIME AND CRAFT. Saturday, April 27, 11 a.m. to noon, Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., Hamilton. Listen to stories about rain, mud and flowers, then create a craft to take home. Program suitable for children ages 2 and up. Free. www.hwlibrary.org.

Well-being

YMCA’S HEALTHY KIDS DAY. Saturday, April 27, noon to 3 p.m., Salem Common, 18 Washington Square. Active play, educational activities, games, entertainment from Radio Disney, Scholastic book fair, face-painting, arts and crafts, water safety lessons from lifeguards, and more. Free event is the Y’s national initiative to improve the health and well-being of families. 978-740-9622 or www.northshoreymca.org.

CARFIT EVENT. Saturday, April 27, noon to 3 p.m., 108 Jefferson Ave., Salem. Joint venture created and sponsored by AAA, AOTA and AARP. Free 20-minute assessment of the fit of the car owner and his or her vehicle. Participants are offered recommendations about how to best adjust such things as the steering wheel, mirrors, seat belts, etc. Adaptive devices that may be helpful in entry and exit of the vehicle, improving the fit of the brake and gas pedal, and easing the turning of the key in the ignition can be sampled. Participation is by registration only, which can be made by calling 978-825-8700. www.car-fit.org/downloads/CarFit-Brochure-2009.pdf.

“SALEM SOUND, A SENSE OF PLACE.” Sunday, April 28, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Atrium Gallery of the Musculoskeletal Center, 4 Centennial Drive, Salem. Salem Sound Coastwatch photography show, winners of its yearlong photo contest. Photos capturing the beauty and nature of the Salem Sound watershed, taken in Beverly, Danvers, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Marblehead, Peabody and Salem. Winning photos selected by a panel of professional judges. Photographers to receive cash prizes. Show to run through May. Images of all 170 entries will be available for viewing at the opening. Light refreshments served. RSVP requested at 978-741-7900 or info@salemsound.org.

FOOD FOR LIFE, KICKSTART YOUR HEALTH. Wednesday, May 1, 6:30 p.m., 15 Sylvan St., Danvers. Based on the Physicians’ Committee for Responsible Medicine 21-day program, this class discusses foods optimal for weight management. Learn about health, and get empowered with skills that will help you achieve better health. With cooking demonstration and healthful dishes to enjoy in a supportive group setting. With instructor Rose Lee Horwitz. Register at danverslibrary.org or 978-774-0554.