MYTHS AND MISCONCEPTIONS OF THE 1692 WITCHCRAFT HYSTERIA. Saturday, Oct. 20, 3 p.m., Rebecca Nurse Homestead, 149 Pine St., Danvers. The Salem witchcraft hysteria has fascinated people around the world for centuries. Event will clear up and explain some of the common misconceptions that many people have regarding this period in Massachusetts history. Learn how the events finally wound down and came to an end and the aftermath that followed. $5/person, $3/seniors and children under 16, free/children under 6. 978-774-8799.
MONDAY MORNINGS: “THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF TEA.” Monday, Oct. 22, 9:30 a.m., Beverly Public Library, Sohier Room, 32 Essex St. Specialty Tea Institute member Danielle Beaudette will discuss why nationally recognized doctors are promoting tea drinking for prolonged health. Beaudette will also bring samples of fall teas. Adults welcome. Light refreshments served at 9 a.m. Handicapped-accessible. 978-921-6062 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CONTEMPORARY POETRY: CHARLES SIMIC. Wednesday, Oct. 24, 11 a.m. to noon, Peabody Institute Library, Trustees Room, 82 Main St., Peabody. Jacquelyn Malone will present a lecture on American poet Simic, a Pulitzer Prize winner, poet laureate, MacArthur Fellow and professor emeritus at the University of New Hampshire, who speaks with authority in his sometimes outrageous poetic scenes. peabodylibrary.org.
BOOK SIGNING WITH MASTER CHEF. Saturday, Oct. 20, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Karl’s Sausage Kitchen and European Market, 1 Bourbon St., Peabody. Brendan Cronin will sign copies of his newly released autobiography, “Cheffin’ — From Potatoes to Caviar: An Irish Chef’s Journey of Cooking and Travel,” and chat with customers about his book and all things gastronomical. 978-854-6650 or email@example.com.
BOOKMOBILE OPEN HOUSE. Sunday, Oct. 21, 1 to 3 p.m., People’s United Bank, 63 Dodge St., Beverly. Meet Linda, the Bookmobile librarian, browse and check out books, enjoy cookies, and pick up a free Frisbee. Special guests include Mayor Bill Scanlon, branch manager Amy Pasquarelli and Kevin Noyes of the Danversbank Charitable Foundation. Rain or shine; in case of inclement weather, the event will be held in the bank lobby. 978-921-6062 or firstname.lastname@example.org.