Monday, Jan. 21
Danvers: “The Underground Railroad,” 10 and 11 a.m., Tapley Memorial Hall, 13 Page St. Heritage films presents a program about slave movement on the North Shore with a look at tunnels under Salem and a perspective on Robert Rollins, a black soldier buried in Andover, who fought in the 54th Regiment Massachusetts of the Civil War. Free. 978-777-2711.
Danvers: 12th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Awards Dinner, 5:30 p.m., Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott St. 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 to be named in honor of King and awarded annually to deserving graduating students who exemplify King’s principles. Keynote speaker: Paul Marcus of Community Change Inc. Music by High School Chamber Singers and Follow Hymn Interfaith Choir. Donations accepted for food pantry. $30/ticket, available at the Department of Planning and Human Services, or by contacting Susan Fletcher or Janell Corning, 978-777-0001, ext. 3095.
Tuesday, Jan. 22
Danvers: Open House, 9 to 11 a.m., Children’s Montessori Center, 12 Bradstreet Ave. Parents and children are invited to visit, observe a classroom in action and meet teachers. The small, private Montessori school offers programs for children from 18 months to 6. To reserve a spot at the open house, call 978-774-2144.
Salem: Living Longer, Stronger and Happier, 10 a.m. to noon, Explorers Lifelong Learning Institute, 10 Federal St. Peter Spiers, senior vice president of Road Scholar, will discuss his book “Master Class,” which contains a straightforward, easy and effective program for achieving a rich, satisfying and brain-healthy lifestyle. Donations appreciated from nonmembers in attendance. www.explorerslli.org or 978-744-0804.
Swampscott: “Healthy Yummy Kids,” 6:30 p.m., Swampscott Public Library, 61 Burrill St. Nina Manolson, a family wellness expert, helps parents cultivate a healthy mindset for their families, make changes without feeling overwhelmed, navigate the world of fast food and junk food, and understand the secrets to making healthy eating easy and fun. Free. 781-596-8867.
Marblehead: Annual Logo Premiere Party, 7 to 9 p.m., The Landing Restaurant, 81 Front St. The winning 2013 Marblehead Festival of Arts logo will be on display. Each year, the festival is represented by a new logo, selected from a design competition. This year’s contest featured more than 40 entries. A panel of judges selected three finalists, then a public ballot at 16 voting locations selected the winner. The finalist’s and semifinalist’s entries will also be on display. Party includes hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. MarbleheadFestival.org.
Wednesday, Jan. 23
Salem: Adequacy of the Public Defender Program, 10 a.m. to noon, Explorers Lifelong Learning Institute, 10 Federal St. Attorney Lawrence J. McGuire will discuss the way poor defendants are represented in legal proceedings. McGuire was the recipient of a Massachusetts Bar Association award for major contributions to the provision of legal services to low-income clients accused of crimes. Donations appreciated from nonmembers in attendance. www.explorerslli.org or 978-744-0804.
Salem: “Renewal and Metamorphosis” exhibit reception, 2 p.m., Salem State University, Winfisky Gallery, Ellison Campus Center, 352 Lafayette St. Featuring Russian photographs from the Navigator Foundation Collection. Showcases Russian photographic accomplishments from World War II through the 1990s. Free admission. On view through Feb. 7. Hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or by appointment. 978-542-7890 or salemstate.edu/arts.
Beverly: Illustration Theme Show, 5 to 7 p.m., Montserrat College of Art, 301 Cabot St. Reception for Montserrat’s illustration students. Exhibit on view through Feb. 1. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. email@example.com, 978-867-9604 or www.montserrat.edu/galleries.
Beverly: School for Field Studies Community Lecture, 5:30 p.m., Community Conference Room, Suite 221-E, 100 Cummings Center. The School for Field Studies presents a community lecture by scientists and conservationists Dr. Moses Makonjio Okello, and Dr. Bernard Kissui, exploring the challenges of human-wildlife conflict in East Africa. Free. A reception will follow. Reserve a spot at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Danvers: Modern square dancing, 7 to 9:30 p.m., Calvary Episcopal Church, 46 Cherry St. (corner of Holten and Cherry streets). A free introduction, with exercise for mind and body. Entrance is at end of driveway on Holten Street, across from Danvers Town Hall. Homemade soup and chili will be served. No experience necessary, no partner needed to learn, casual dress. All you need is ability to walk briskly. Classes will continue on Wednesdays for 15 sessions at $65 per person. Sponsored by Riverside Squares. 978-774-8159 or riversidesquares.org.
Swampscott: “Fish Tales From the Fish House,” 7 p.m., Fish House, 425 Humphrey St. The Swampscott Yacht Club’s lecture features a talk and video titled “Lobsters vs. Cod” by Jon Grabowski, professor and researcher from Marine Science Center of Northeastern University. Grabowski will discuss the two most treasured seafood species of coastal Massachusetts and Maine and their interactions with each other. Free. Cash bar available. Reservations requested at 781-962-5587.
Thursday, Jan. 24
Beverly: “High Life” and “Absent | Present” reception, 5 to 8 p.m., Montserrat College of Art Gallery, 23 Essex St. For Jesse Burke’s exhibit and Zsuzsanna Szegedi and Kate Gilmore’s exhibit. email@example.com, 978-867-9604 or www.montserrat.edu/galleries.
Salem: Sen. Joan Lovely Office Hours, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Salem City Hall, first-floor conference room, 93 Washington St. For residents of 2nd Essex District. Appointments recommended in case of cancellation or inclement weather. 617-722-1410.
Salem: Community Meeting, 6 to 8 p.m., Collins Middle School, 29 Highland Ave. To discuss “Transforming Schools Through Expanded Learning Time: Raising Achievement, Empowering Teachers, Enriching Education,” with co-founders of The National Center on Time and Learning, Chris Gabrieli and Jennifer Davis. Also, Mayor Kim Driscoll and Superintendent Stephen Russell will provide an update on the second year of the “turnaround” –– a focus on teaching and learning, use of data, a new volunteer initiative, greater cultural expectations, and more. firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-741-8100.
Danvers: Danvers Democratic Committee Meeting, 7 p.m., Peabody Institute Library, Gordon Room, 15 Sylvan St. Meeting will discuss the caucus to elect delegates to the state convention in Lowell, and state committee platform issues. All registered Democrats in the area are invited to attend. Chairperson Marilyn Hazel, 978-590-1473.
Friday, Jan. 25
Beverly: Public Artist Talk: Jesse Burke, 11:30 a.m., Montserrat College of Art, Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery, 23 Essex St. Jesse Burke will give a talk inspired by his current photography exhibit, “High Life.” On view through Feb. 9. email@example.com, 978-867-9624, or www.montserrat.edu/galleries.
Boxford: Lego Club, 3:30 p.m., Boxford Town Library, 10 Elm St. Children in kindergarten and older are invited for an hour of Lego building around the theme of robots. Free. Joshua Kennnedy, 978-887-7323.
Boxford: QR Code Scavenger Hunt, 4 p.m., Boxford Town Library, 10 Elm St. Teens are invited for a scavenger hunt throughout the library using their smart phones, iPods or iPads to scan QR codes. The winning team will receive iTunes cards. Refreshments served. Free. Darsana Barua, 978-887-7323.
Salem: Annual Friends and Family Night, 8 p.m., Salem High School auditorium, 77 Willson St. The Salem High School Winter Colorguard and the new Salem Junior Colorguard, featuring students from Collins Middle School, Nathaniel Bowditch and Saltonstall, will hold their annual Friends and Family Night. Both groups will present a preview of their 2013 competition shows and refreshments will be served. Free admission. Donations accepted. 978-740-1136.
Saturday, Jan. 26
Topsfield: Wetlands in Winter, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row. Join sanctuary director Carol Decker for an exploration of the ice-covered marshes of the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, and discover the activity and energy. Search for marsh wren nests, possibly examine a muskrat house, look for mink and weasel activity, and identify wetland plants by their winter buds. Dress warmly and wear waterproof boots. $12/nonmembers, $10/Mass Audubon members. Advance registration is required; call 978-887-9264.
Salem: The Salem Pantry, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., 211 Bridge St. All Salem residents in need are welcome at The Salem Pantry. All clients must bring a photo ID and recent proof of Salem residency; a suitable form of address verification is a recent piece of mail with name and address. 978-744-3224.
Ipswich: IDTC Fundraiser, 10 a.m. to noon, VFW, 110 County Road. Annual Ipswich Democratic Town Committee breakfast fundraiser with featured speaker Congressman John Tierney. Also, the Community Service Award will be presented to the Ipswich River Watershed Association. $30/person, payable at the door. All are welcome, regardless of political views.
Hamilton: Amelia Bedelia’s 50th Anniversary, 11 a.m. to noon, Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St. Celebrate Amelia Bedelia’s 50th anniversary, a milestone that marks decades of Amelia’s antics, which helped teach generations of children to read. www.hwlibrary.org.
Salem: Colorguard Competition, 3 p.m., Salem High School, 77 Willson St. Salem High School will host a New England Scholastic Band Association Colorguard Competition. Junior Colorguard will compete at 3 p.m., and the Senior Colorguard will compete at 5 p.m. $8/adults, $5/students and seniors. Hot and cold food and 50/50 raffle available in the cafeteria. 978-740-1136.
Beverly: Music & Meatballs, 4 to 8 p.m., Hastings House, 14 Oak St. Music & Meatballs features a full-buffet spaghetti dinner, a DJ playing music, and fun and games for children. Cash bar with beer and wine available. $5/Hastings House members, $10/nonmembers. Kevin J. Smith, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Salem: Istanbul: East Meets West, 7:30 p.m., Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St. Six expert performers from Dünya, an adventurous early-music ensemble, will sing and play music of Istanbul in the 16th to 18th centuries, a time when currents from the east and west met and mingled. $30/ticket, $25/seniors, free/children 18 and under and students with ID. Tickets available at the door by cash or check, or at www.csem.org, for an additional $3 fee. www.csem.org or 617-489-2062.
Sunday, Jan. 27
Swampscott: Forum on Immigration Rights, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lynn, 101 Forest Ave. The church will sponsor a winter forum titled “Immigration Rights in Massachusetts,” facilitated by Jesse Jaeger, the executive director of the Unitarian Universalist Mass Action. Forum includes three presenters from the immigration rights community: Jose Palma, organizer for Centro Presente; Katherine Ascuncion of the Student Immigrant Movement; and Lena Graber of the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild. Lunch served at 11 a.m. in the Parish Hall; forum will follow. www.uucgl.org, 781-595-8836, ext. 12, or email@example.com.
Topsfield: Wingmasters Presentation, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row. A presentation by Jim Parks and Julie Anne Collier of Wingmasters will introduce attendees to different types of raptors including hawks, owls, eagles, and falcons. See live birds of prey up close and learn about the special features these birds have that enable them to be successful predators. For adults, and families with children 5 years and older. $13/adults, $11/children, discount for Mass Audubon members. Advance registration required; call 978-887-9264.
Salem: The Bible as Literature: The Beatitudes and Psalms, 12:30 to 2 p.m., First Church in Salem, 316 Essex St., Salem. A free, nondenominational seminar led by Theo Theoharis, a professor of comparative literature and award-winning teacher at Harvard and MIT. Dr. Theoharis will lead participants in an interactive and informative discussion of the texts and their role in the development of western culture, thought and literature. The seminar is the pilot for an ongoing book group on the Bible as literature, which will meet monthly at a cost of $20 to $25 per person for each session. For more information, contact Michael Mascolo, 978-979-8745 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Paul Massari, 978-744-5125 or email@example.com.
Beverly: Liberty Chamber Series Concert, 3 p.m., Endicott College, Center for the Arts, Rose Hall, 376 Hale St. United States Air Force Band of Liberty Chamber Recital Series features individual talents in the band’s instrumental and vocal sections. A reception will follow. Free admission. Tickets may be reserved at www.endicott.edu/centerforthearts, or by leaving a message at 978-998-7700.
Salem: Salem Philharmonic Orchestra, 3:30 p.m., Salem High School auditorium, 77 Willson St. Salem Philharmonic Orchestra’s winter concert series features a concert with baritone Colin Levin, the Paul Madore Chorale, and the Salem High School Symphony. Free. Handicapped-accessible. www.salemphilharmonic.org.
Ipswich: Istanbul: East Meets West, 4 p.m., Ascension Memorial Church, 31 County St. Six expert performers from Dünya, an adventurous early-music ensemble, will sing and play music of Istanbul in the 16th to 18th centuries, a time when currents from the east and west met and mingled. $30/ticket, $25/seniors, free/children 18 and under and students with ID. Tickets available at the door by cash or check, or at www.csem.org, for an additional $3 fee. www.csem.org or 617-489-2062.
Topsfield: “Concerts in the Barn” music series event, 4 to 6 p.m. Gould Barn, 1 Howlett St. Topsfield Town Library’s Concerts in the Barn music series presents “Pitch Slapped,” the premiere co-ed a cappella group from the Berklee College of Music, whose repertoire includes pop, rock and rhythm and blues. Group appeared on NBC’s “The Sing Off,” and was named 2011 International Collegiate Champions at Lincoln Center in New York City. Sponsored by the George Gould Fund for the Performing and Visual Arts. Free admission. Refreshments provided, courtesy of Bradley D. Gatlin Family Fund. Beth Johnson, firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-887-9137.