MASQUERADE BALL: “BLACK AND WHITE & RED ALL OVER.” Friday, Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m. to midnight, Turner Hill Mansion, 251 Topsfield Road, Ipswich. Ipswich Rotary’s fifth annual ball will benefit DARE Keepin’ it Real, an evidence-based substance abuse prevention program for Ipswich Middle School students. Event includes music, dancing, dinner, raffle and cash bar. Dress theme is Black and White & Red, or black tie/cocktail attire. Tickets cost $75/person and include a raffle ticket. Space is limited; early reservations encouraged. www.ipswichrotary.org/MasqueradeBall.cfm.
APPLIANCE & ELECTRONIC RECYCLING EVENT. Saturday, Oct. 20, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Masconomet Regional High School, 20 Endicott Road, Topsfield. Safely, easily and responsibly dispose of electronics, equipment and appliances. Old and broken items accepted. Recycling fee ranges from $5 for a shoebox of odds and ends; $20 for dishwashers and stoves; up to $30 for wood-cased televisions or those larger than 32 inches. Items may be picked up prior to event for a small fee. Event supports Masconomet Regional School District’s “green” initiative to become more environmentally responsible; all proceeds benefit the music scholarship program. 978-352-7315.
HOMECOMING CAR WASH. Saturday, Oct. 20, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., North Shore Technical High School, 30 Log Bridge Road, Middleton. Class of 2015 will sponsor a free car wash. Donations will be accepted for the class treasury. 978-762-0001.
AN AUTUMN EVENING FUNDRAISING EVENT. Saturday, Oct. 20, 6 p.m., Project Adventure, 719 Cabot St., Beverly. New York Times best-selling author Michael Thompson will speak about the current growing achievement gap between girls and boys in schools. Fundraising event for Project Adventure, an international educational nonprofit that works with numerous schools, students and educators around the North Shore to provide adventure-based experiential programming and training. Event includes dinner catered by Fireside Catering, live music from Moody Like A Girl, dancing and drinks. www.pa.org or 978-524-4555.