EMPTY BOWLS DINNER PARTY. Thursday, Jan. 16, 6 p.m., Memorial Dining Hall, St. John’s Prep, 72 Spring St., Danvers. Handmade one-of-a-kind bowls created by students may be purchased at the event and filled with soups donated by local restaurants and food shops. $10 minimum suggested donation per bowl. All proceeds benefit Haven from Hunger in Peabody. SwingTown!, a cappella group at St. John’s, will perform. www.stjohnsprep.org.
BENEFIT CONCERT. Saturday, Jan. 18, 6 p.m., First Universalist Church, 211 Bridge St., Salem. The Joe Zippo Memorial Show features Black 47, Jonee Earthquake Band and Kermits Finger. Concert benefits the Joe “Zippo” Kelly Scholarship and Salem Children’s Charity. Tickets, $20 advance, $25 day of. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets available at ticketfly.com; Pamplemousse, 185 Essex St., Salem; platorum.com; or 978-304-5111.
ZUMBATHON CHARITY EVENT. Sunday, Jan. 19, 4 to 6 p.m., Sterling Center YMCA, Teen Center, 254 Essex St., Beverly. Zumbathon charity event for ALS to benefit Augie’s Quest. Features more than 10 Zumba instructors and a special Latin dance performance by Kimberly and Tomas. $20 admission. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lectures & presentations
LIFELONG LEARNERS DISCOURSE. Thursday, Jan. 16, 10 a.m., Ipswich Town Hall, Selectman’s Room, 25 Green St., Ipswich. Lifelong Learners hosts a discussion on the 90-minute grand finale of “Big History” on History 2 channel. Free. Meetings discuss first-rate lectures from TED Talks and other online sources. Links sent by email two weeks prior to DisCourse. To receive links, email SheilaT@Ipswich-Ma.Gov.
NORTH SHORE VOLUNTEER HUB. Friday, Jan. 17, noon to 5 p.m., North Shore United Way office, 248 Cabot St., Beverly. Open house to showcase “North Shore Volunteer Hub,” North Shore United Way’s recently launched interactive website that helps local residents connect with meaningful opportunities to make a difference. Brief demonstrations done on the half-hour. Volunteers available to help guests sign up and find opportunities. Free. nsuw.org, 978-922-3966.
“SALEM’S NEXT FOUR YEARS.” Wednesday, Jan. 22, 10 a.m., Explorers Lifelong Learning Institute Center, 10 Federal St., Salem. Mayor Kimberley Driscoll discusses her vision for the city of Salem during her third, four-year term. Driscoll will review recent accomplishments and outline challenges that Salem and other communities will face. Open to all. 978-744-2540.
“NO PARENT LEFT BEHIND.” “Navigating the Special Education Universe,” Wednesday, Jan. 22, 7 to 9 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., South Hamilton. Dr. Susan Brefach, a Lexington-based neuropsychologist, will discuss special education and the definition of “effective progress.” Presentation based on her new book, “No Parent Left Behind,” a guide for parents at any point in the special education process. Program funded by the Hamilton-Wenham Special Education Advisory Council. www.hwlibrary.org.
Music & theater
“THE WIZARD OF OZ.” Thursday, Jan. 16 and Friday, Jan. 17, 7 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 18, 2 p.m., Miles River Middle School, 787 Bay Road, South Hamilton. Tickets, $6 students and senior citizens, $10 adults, available in advance at milesriverwizardofoz.brownpapertickets.com, or at the door.
A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING. Friday, Jan. 17 and Saturday, Jan. 18, 7 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 19, 2 p.m., Salem High School, Seifert Auditorium, 77 Willson St., Salem. Salem High School’s Actors Guild presents a family-friendly performance of Rodgers and Hammerstein, including songs from “Cinderella”; “South Pacific”; “Oklahoma!”; “The Sound of Music” and more. $10 general, $7 students, staff and senior citizens.
DRAMA CLUB MUSICAL. Friday, Jan. 17 and Saturday, Jan. 18, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 19, 2 p.m., Salem High School, M. Ruth Norton Auditorium, 77 Willson St., Salem. Salem High School Drama Club presents “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.” $11 adults, $8 students and senior citizens. 978-740-1136.
UNDERWATER AIRPORT. Saturday, Jan. 18, 8 p.m., Gulu Gulu Cafe, 247 Essex St., Salem. Underwater Airport, an improvisational multimedia ensemble, will perform. No cover charge. 978-740-8882.
TERCENTENARY ORGAN RECITAL SERIES. Sunday, Jan. 19, 5 p.m., St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 26 Pleasant St., Marblehead. As part of its 300th anniversary celebration, St. Michael’s continues its tercentenary organ recital series with Barbara Bruns, the minister of music at the Parish of Christ Church in Andover, performing on the church’s Opus 69, 22-stop mechanical action organ. $10 suggested donation to benefit the church’s Recital Series Fund. Light reception will follow. www.stmichaels1714.org/about_history.htm.
THE MOOD SWINGS ORCHESTRA. Wednesday, Jan. 22, 8 p.m., Ipswich High School Performing Arts Center, 134 High St., Ipswich. The Mood Swings Orchestra, Boston’s all-female jazz big band, will perform. The goal of the concert is to provide exposure to and public recognition of women’s active participation in the jazz music arena, and encourage female students to partake. Free. Chris Reif, email@example.com or 978-317-6004.
WOLF MOON HIKE. Thursday, Jan. 16, 7 to 9 p.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. Adults are invited to take a walk with teacher/naturalist Scott Santino under the full “wolf moon.” Look for signs of wildlife and talk about how plants and animals survive the cold harsh conditions of a Massachusetts winter. Also, listen for great horned owl calls. Meet in the barn. Dress warmly. $14 members, $16 nonmembers. Preregistration required at 978-887-9264, or www.massaudubon.org/ipswichriver.
FULL(ISH) MOON HIKE. Friday, Jan. 17, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. With only the gibbous (nearly full) moon as a guide, hike through the sanctuary woods and listen for the hoots of owls and the howls of coyotes, and catch glimpses of nocturnal animals that usually move about in complete darkness. Return to the barn to warm up with hot chocolate. Meet in the barn. Dress for weather. If desired, bring a flashlight. Program for families with children ages 6 and older. Led by education coordinator Cori Brauer. Mass Audubon members: $7/adult, $6/child; nonmembers, $9/adult, $7/child. Preregistration required at 978-887-9264 or www.massaudubon.org/ipswichriver.
WETLANDS IN WINTER. Saturday, Jan. 18, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. From a distance, the marshes and swamps of the sanctuary look dismal and bleak. Closer examination reveals activity and energy. Explore the ice-covered marshes of the sanctuary and search for marsh wren nests; possibly examine a muskrat house; look for mink and weasel activity; and identify wetland plants by their winter buds. Meet in the barn. Dress for weather and wear warm, waterproof boots. Program for adults. $14/Mass Audubon members, $16/nonmembers. Preregistration required at 978-887-9264 or www.massaudubon.org/ipswichriver.
HUNGER GAMES WINTER SURVIVAL FOR TEENS. Saturday, Jan. 18, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. Search the sanctuary for scarce winter resources, construct a shelter from natural materials, identify and track wild animals from their footprints and other signs, and learn how to safely make a fire. $8 Mass Audubon members, $9 nonmembers. Program for youth age 11 to 15. Advance registration required at 978-887-9264 or www.massaudubon.org/ipswichriver.
COLLINS RENOVATION CELEBRATION. Saturday, Jan. 18, 10 a.m., Francis X. Collins Middle School, Instructional Media Center, 29 Highland Ave., Salem. Ceremony to celebrate the completion of the Francis X. Collins Middle School renovation. Tours of the school will follow ceremony. Green Repair Building Renovations were funded in part by The Massachusetts School Building Authority. Reservations requested by contacting Darleen Melis at firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-744-6471.
“THE BEST EVER LAUNCHING THE 4TH PARTY.” Saturday, Jan. 18, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Hastings House, 14 Oak St., Beverly. The Farms-Prides 4th of July Committee will hold its annual 4th of July Reception. Help plan, cast votes for the winning 2014 4th of July Logo, and hear a short talk about the planning process. Also, local historian Nancy Coffey will present a brief talk on the history of the Horribles Parade, followed by a roundtable discussion and slideshow of “Hall of Fame” floats from previous years. Videos and photos of past parades and fireworks will be displayed. Food and beverages served. Free; open to the public. http://www.beverlyfarms.org/fourth.shtml.
ANNUAL LOGO PREMIERE PARTY. Tuesday, Jan. 21, 7 to 9 p.m., The Landing Restaurant, 81 Front St., Marblehead. Marblehead Festival of Arts annual Logo Premiere Party will reveal and display the winning 2014 logo. Award will be presented to the winning artist. Hors d’oeuvres and cash bar available. Open to the community. www.marbleheadfestival.org.
“LET FREEDOM RING.” Monday, Jan. 20, 10:30 a.m., Tapley Memorial Hall, 13 Page St., Danvers. In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Danvers Historical Society will screen a short film by Heritage Films about slavery and the abolition of slavery. The Essex Harmony will perform after the film. Light refreshments will follow the program. Free.
CANDLELIGHT VIGIL. Monday, Jan. 20, 4:30 p.m., Salem State University, 352 Lafayette St., Salem. SSU’s Martin Luther King Jr. Candlelight Vigil begins at 4:30 p.m. at Veterans Hall and ends at SSU’s Berry Library and Learning Commons. Free. email@example.com.
13TH ANNUAL DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING AWARDS DINNER. Monday, Jan. 20, 5:30 p.m., Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott St., Danvers. Dinner sponsored by the Danvers Committee for Diversity. Recipients of Drum Majors for Justice Awards will be recognized. Event will establish an endowed scholarship fund named in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and awarded annually to deserving graduating students who exemplify King’s principles. Keynote speaker: Rabbi Emily Mathis of Temple Beth Shalom. Music by High School Chamber Singers and Follow Hymn Interfaith Choir. Donations accepted for food pantry. $35/ticket, available at the Department of Planning and Human Services, or by contacting Susan Fletcher or Janell Corning, 978-777-0001, ext. 3095.
PEM/PM: LA VIE BOHÈME. Thursday, Jan. 16, 6 to 9 p.m., Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St., Salem. PEM’s monthly evening party series, La Vie Bohème, celebrates the cafe culture of the French Impressionists. Event includes music by French singer-songwriter Marine Futin; absinthe demonstration; samples of French pastries; and a French-language tour of PEM’s exhibit “Impressionists on the Water.” Join The Tannery Series and Adam Gopnik, author and writer for The New Yorker, for a discussion on the influence of French writers and Parisian nightlife on the American imagination. Gopnik will discuss his years living in Paris, leisure, bohemia and art. Free/PEM members and Salem residents with ID, $10/nonmembers at the door. Cash bar available. pem.org/calendar.
DANCING AND SOUP. Wednesday, Jan. 22, 7 to 9:30 p.m., All Saints Episcopal Church, corner of Holten and Cherry streets, Danvers. Riverside Squares hosts a free night of modern square dancing and homemade soups. Classes will then be held on Wednesdays for 15 weeks; $65 entire season. firstname.lastname@example.org, www.riversidesquares.org.
DADS AND DONUTS. Saturday, Jan. 18, 11 a.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., South Hamilton. This 30-minute storytime is designed especially for dads with children ages 2 and older. Coloring, snacks and social time follow the stories. Free; no registration required. Information at 978-468-5577.
WEEKDAY LITTLE EXPLORERS: BACKYARD BIRDS. Wednesday, Jan. 22, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. Walk the trails to see which birds are active in the winter, then head back to the Nature Center to warm up and make a simple bird feeder to take home. $9 adults, $7 children; discounts available for Mass Audubon members. Program for families with children ages 2 to 6. Advance registration required at 978-887-9264 or www.massaudubon.org/ipswichriver.
CANDY SUSHI FOR TEENS. Thursday, Jan. 16, 3 to 5 p.m., Abbot Public Library, Meeting Room, 235 Pleasant St., Marblehead. Teens invited to make “sushi” with rice cereal treats and candy. All teens welcome. 781-631-1481, www.abbotlibrary.org.
STUDIO DISCOVERIES: ICE SCULPTING. Saturday, Jan. 18, 1 to 3 p.m., Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St., Salem. Chill out with chain saws, chisels and professional ice carver Don Chapelle. Watch the artist demonstrate the tools of the trade and create an ice piece to add to the collaborative sculpture. Included with museum admission. pem.org/calendar.
BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP. Thursday, Jan. 16, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Beverly Public Library Farms Branch, Conrad Room, 24 Vine St., Beverly Farms. Group will discuss “The Shoemaker’s Wife” by Adriana Trigiani. New members welcome. Handicapped-accessible. Discussion titles available at checkout desk; alternate formats may also be available. 978-921-6066, email@example.com.
POETRY SALON WITH CLAIRE KEYES. Sunday, Jan. 19, 2 to 4 p.m., Abbot Public Library, 235 Pleasant St., Marblehead. Poetry Salon will feature a discussion on William Carlos Williams’ “Selected Poems.” 781-631-1481, www.abbotlibrary.org
LIBRARY BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP. Tuesday, Jan. 21, 10 a.m., Abbot Public Library, Marblehead Room, 235 Pleasant St., Marblehead. Group will discuss Nicole Krauss’ award-winning novel, “Great House.” New members welcome. 781-631-1481, www.abbotlibrary.org.
AFTERNOON TEA & BOOKS. Tuesday, Jan. 21, 1 p.m., Swampscott Public Library, 61 Burrill St., Swampscott. Afternoon book club will discuss “The Good House” by Ann Leary. 781-596-8867, www.noblenet.org/swampscott.
EVENING BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP. Tuesday, Jan. 21, 7:30 to 8:45 p.m., Beverly Public Library, Fogg Room, 32 Essex St., Beverly. Group will discuss “Bring Up the Bodies” by Hilary Mantel. New members welcome. Handicapped-accessible. Discussion titles available at checkout desk; alternate formats may also be available. 978-921-6062, firstname.lastname@example.org.
JAZZ MASTERCLASS. Wednesday, Jan. 22, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Ipswich High School Performing Arts Center, 134 High St., Ipswich. Free masterclass for girls from North Shore middle and high schools. Participants will meet their peers in the area, work on jazz improvisation, and meet female role models who play jazz and improvise in a noncompetitive, fun environment. Participants will then join The Mood Swings in a couple of numbers during their concert at 8 p.m., where they will have an opportunity to play their own improvisational solos. Girls interested in participating in the masterclass should contact Chris Reif at email@example.com.
PHILLIPS FAVORITES: WINTER WEEKEND. Saturday, Jan. 18, 2 to 3 p.m., Phillips House, 34 Chestnut St., Salem. Historic New England and the Phillips House present Winter Weekends. View film clips of the family engaged in their favorite winter activities. Hot cocoa and cookies served. Tour the house and see Phillips family items not usually on display. Program part of “Phillips Favorites” series of tours, programs and movies highlighting the Phillips House Museum and life on Chestnut Street in the early 20th century, $10/program, $50/series; discounts available for Historic New England members. 978-744-0440, www.historicnewengland.org.
PEABODY WINTER COMMUNITY DAY. Sunday, Jan. 19, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Phillips House Museum, 34 Chestnut St., Salem. Peabody residents invited for free tours of the 1821 residence to learn about the lives of the Phillips family and their domestic staff in the early 20th century. View the collection of fine furnishings, paintings, Chinese export porcelain and architectural details. Proof of Peabody residency required. Forty-five minute tours depart on the half-hour between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. 978-744-0440.
PAINTINGS BY NICHOLAS W. KENT. On view through January at Stetson Gallery, Unitarian Universalist Church, 28 Mugford St., Marblehead. Opening reception for gallery’s January exhibit, “Spirits of the Boatyard,” featuring paintings by Nicholas W. Kent. Public welcome. uumarblehead.org, firstname.lastname@example.org.
GALLERY AT GROSVENOR PARK. “Winter Images,” a multi-artist exhibit from Swampscott Arts Association, on view through Jan. 29 at The Gallery at Grosvenor Park, 7 Loring Hills Ave., Salem. With diverse images representing artists and photographers from throughout the North Shore. “Best Fine Art” and “Best Photograph” judged by artist and teacher Robert Farris of Woodend Studio in Lynn; reception attendees will vote for “Best in Show.” Gallery hours 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends. Information, 978-741-5700.
CLOISTER GALLERY. “Birds of a Feather: A Passion for Color and Shape,” a mother-daughter exhibition on view through Feb. 5 at the Cloister Gallery at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 135 Lafayette St., Marblehead. Exhibit features work by Marblehead painter Barbara Rafferty and her daughter, Maura Hession of Newport, R.I. Gallery hours are Monday to 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. Information, 978-741-4840 or email email@example.com.
“THE GIRLS IN THE BAND.” Friday, Jan. 17, 7 p.m., Ipswich High School Performing Arts Center, 134 High St., Ipswich. Free, public screening of “The Girls in the Band,” an award-winning documentary about the seldom-heard stories of female jazz and big band instrumentalists and their ground-breaking journeys from the late ’30s to the present day. Ipswich High School music directors Gerry Dolan and Jamie Fremont-Smith with The Mood Swings Orchestra have organized the event to provide exposure to and public recognition of women’s active participation in the jazz music arena, and encourage more female students on the North Shore to play jazz. Free. Chris Reif, firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-317-6004.
HAM AND BEAN SUPPER. Saturday, Jan. 18, 5 to 6 p.m., Second Congregational Church, 35 Conant St., Beverly. Menu features two kinds of home-baked beans, ham, coleslaw, rolls and beverage. Home-baked pies: $1.50 per slice. Prices: adults $7, seniors $6 and children $3.50. Building is handicapped-accessible.