SHAMROCK SWEEPSTAKES. The Boys & Girls Club of Salem is hosting the fourth annual sweepstakes on Thursday, March 14, at the Moose Family Lodge, 50 Grove St., Salem. The event features more than $13,000 in prizes: first prize, $10,000; second prize, $1,000; third prize, $500; seven $200 prizes. Only 300 tickets are sold, and participants have a 30-1 chance of winning. Sweepstakes tickets cost $100 (split with friends and co-workers). Doors open at 6 p.m., and the drawing begins at 7 p.m. Admission costs $10 and includes a buffet. 978-744-0915 or visit www.bgcgs.org.
BENEFIT DOG WASH. Sunday, March 17, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., North Shore Dog, 139 Endicott St., behind Market Basket, Danvers. To benefit the Friends of Danvers Dog Park, a group of residents raising money to build a dog park at Endicott Park. Free bath; $20 suggested donation. Dogs will leave with festive bandana. Coffee, doughnuts and cookies available for purchase. 978-777-1428.
HAWC BENEFIT. Tuesday, March 19, 5 to 7 p.m., Tavern in the Square, 189 Washington St., Salem. Join HAWC’s staff, volunteers and others who are passionate about breaking the cycle of violence and oppression. Raffle tickets available for purchase to benefit HAWC. www.hawcdv.org.
DINNER DEALER DECKS. PALS Animal Life Savers, Salem’s only all-volunteer feline rescue group, is supporting their PetSmart Adoption Center through the sale of Dinner Dealer Decks. Each card in the deck is a coupon to a restaurant that may be used once. All of the participating restaurants offer a discount, such as $5 off a $20 meal, $10 off $30 or $20 off $50. More than 40 restaurants between Swampscott and Newburyport are showcased in this discount dining. Discounts may be cashed in throughout 2013. Decks are $25 each, and a portion of each sale goes to PALS. www.dinnerdealer.com/PALS/ or www.palsanimallifesavers.com.
Celebrate the Irish
IRISH CELEBRATION. Thursday, March 14, 6 p.m., Tapley Memorial Hall, 13 Page St., Danvers. Danvers Historical Society presents an evening of Irish food, music by The Looking Back Band, festive activities and a raffle. Parking available on Page Street or in the community lot at the corner of Page and Elm streets. $15/members, $20/nonmembers. Reserve a spot in advance. 978-777-1666.
ST. PATRICK’S DAY BREAKFAST. Friday, March 15, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Landmark at Ocean View, 3 Essex St., Beverly. Chef David Mondello will cook green eggs and ham, and Tony Malionek will perform Irish songs. Facility tours will also be available. Free. Reservations required at 978 927-4227, ext. 130.
ST. PATRICK’S DAY STORIES AND CRAFT. Saturday, March 16, 11 a.m. to noon, Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., Hamilton. Suitable for children ages 2 and older. Free. www.hwlibrary.org.
MARCH WALK: LOOKING FOR THE GREEN. Saturday, March 16, 1:30 p.m., park at Pope’s Landing, 8 Harbor St., Danvers. Bi-Peds will lead a walk around the Port section of Danvers, including Sandy Beach, John George Park and other places along the way. Wear Irish green in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Leashed dogs welcome. 978-777-4661 or danversbipeds.org.
ST. PATRICK’S DAY DINNER. Saturday, March 16, 6 to 9 p.m., Hastings House, 14 Oak St., Beverly Farms. Traditional corned beef and cabbage, boiled potato, and Irish soda bread served buffet-style. Kid-friendly food, cash bar and DJ spinning Irish tunes. Advance reservations required at 978-578-6008.
Children and families
SPELLING BEE. Thursday, March 14, 6 to 8 p.m., Liberty Tree Mall Food Court, 100 Independence Way, Danvers. The fourth annual Holten Richmond Middle School Spelling Bee will benefit Danvers Public Schools’ local education programs. Holten Richmond’s top 15 spelling contestants at each grade level will compete. The event also includes raffles, which will benefit the Thorpe School Library expansion project. 978-777-0795.
HARLEM SUPERSTARS VS. BEVERLY FACULTY. Thursday, March 14, 6:30 p.m., Beverly High School field house, 100 Sohier Road. Game includes interactive halftime show and opportunity to get autographs and pictures with the team. Advance tickets cost $8; $10 at the door. Tickets available at Todd’s Sporting Goods. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Pete Frates #3 Fund for ALS research. 978-420-2505.
TEEN MANGA CLUB. Friday, March 15, 3:30 p.m., Boxford Town Library, 10 Elm St. Teens can discuss their favorite manga, watch anime and meet others who enjoy the same art. Free. 978-887-7323.
“MUSICKIDZ.” Saturday, March 16, 2 to 3 p.m., Salem Public Library, Children’s Room, 370 Essex St. Salem Jazz and Soul Festival’s March program in its music education series will explore percussion music and include musical storytelling. Free. Program suitable for children in kindergarten through grade five. www.salemjazzsoul.org.
“FELTS & FIBERS”: A WOOL FESTIVAL. Saturday, March 16, and Sunday, March 17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, Salem. Explore where wool comes from as part of PEM’s ongoing Art Materials and Creative Experiences program. Yarn bombing drop-in art activity, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Atrium; rabbit fur-spinning demonstration, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Atrium; wet felting studio discovery, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Bartlett Gallery; “Sheep on a Ship” (Saturday) and “Knit One, Purl One” (Sunday) story time, 11 a.m., East India Marine Hall; “Wallace and Gromit in a Close Shave” screening, 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Morse Auditorium; sheep-shearing demonstration, 1 to 3 p.m., Armory Park; Spinning Flax Into Rope gallery spot, 2 to 3:30 p.m. Events included with museum admission. pem.org/calendar.
MAPLE SUGARING TOURS. Saturday and Sunday, March 16 and 17, at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. Tour the sanctuary’s sugar bush and learn how to identify a sugar maple tree, observe tapping and sap collection methods, discover how sap becomes syrup in the sugar house, and get a sweet taste of the final product. Rain or shine. Warm up after the tour by the wood stove in the barn, where food, sweets, books, gift items and more are available for purchase. $9/adults, $8/children, free/children under 3. Discounts available for Mass Audubon members. Advance registration required at 978-887-9264. www.massaudubon.org/ipswichriver.
SALEMRECYCLES BOOK SWAP. Free book swap on Saturday, March 16, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Senior Center, 5 Broad St., Salem. Recycle unwanted books, greeting cards, CDs, DVDs and videos, and take home a whole new selection of commercial media items, cards and bestselling books. No swap is needed; participants can choose to donate materials, take materials or do both. All books, including textbooks, will be accepted. Items may be dropped off on Friday, March 15, from 6 to 7 p.m. or Saturday between 9:30 a.m. and noon. Volunteers will be available to help. For more information, visit www.salem.com/recycling.
EVENING BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP. Tuesday, March 19, 7:30 p.m., Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St., Beverly. Group will discuss “Life of Pi” by Yann Martel. Handicapped-accessible. Discussion titles available at checkout desk; alternate formats may also be available. 978-921-6062 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lectures, presentations and discussions
NORTH SHORE COMPUTER SOCIETY PRESENTATION: “THE MICROCENTER SECRET.” Thursday, March 14, 7 p.m., McCarthy Auditorium, Peabody Municipal Light Plant, 201 Warren St. Ext., Peabody. Douglas Iram on what makes Microcenter different and successful as a computer and electronics superstore retailer. Free. Seating is limited. Tech Talk Time will also be held. Members are eligible to win a door prize. www.northshorecomputer.org or 888-955-6727.
DIGITAL MAPPING. Friday, March 15, 10 a.m. to noon, Explorers Lifelong Learning Institute Center, 10 Federal St., Salem. Geo-information scientist Dennis Dixon will discuss how computers have revolutionized the way maps are used. Donations are appreciated from nonmembers in attendance. 978-744-0804 or www.explorerslli.org.
“THE QUEST FOR THE BIRDS OF PARADISE.” Friday, March 15, 7:45 to 9 p.m., Peabody Essex Museum, Morse Auditorium, East India Square, Salem. National Geographic photojournalist Tim Laman talks about his quest to capture images of all 39 species of birds of paradise. Free with museum admission. pem.org/calendar.
“SOAK UP & CAPTURE THE RAIN!” Saturday, March 16, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Peabody Institute Library, 15 Sylvan St., Danvers. Greenscapes North Shore Coalition presents a workshop, led by organic landscaper Curtis Dragon and Salem Sound Coastwatch’s Barbara Warren, on ways to control rainwater by planting rain gardens, using permeable pavers, creating bioswales, vegetative buffers and other low-impact, drainage-promoting techniques; examples of local projects will be discussed. Bring questions. Free. email@example.com or 978-741-7900.
AUTHOR SHARES MOVING STORIES. Sunday, March 17, 10:15 to 11:45 a.m., Temple Beth Shalom, 489 Lowell St., Peabody. Joanne Caras, author of “The Holocaust Survivor Cookbook” and “Miracles & Meals,” will discuss how each cookbook was created and share stories from each book. The cookbooks are a collection of recipes and stories from more than 240 Holocaust survivors. Autographed cookbooks will be available for purchase. Admission is a $10 donation. Coffee and refreshments will be served. 781-334-5950 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“DOMESTIC SERVANTS IN NEW ENGLAND.” Monday, March 18, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Beverly Public Library, Sohier Room, 32 Essex St. Fans of “Downton Abbey” and local history are invited to learn what life was like for real-life domestic servants in the grand homes of New England. Dr. Jennifer Pustz of Historic New England will present an illustrated talk on various types of domestic servitude in three Historic New England properties. Light refreshments served at 9 a.m. Event is part of the library’s Monday Mornings lecture series. Free. Handicapped-accessible. 978-921-6062 or email@example.com.
“UPSTAIRS, DOWNSTAIRS, IN THE STABLE, AND ON THE ROAD.” Tuesday, March 19, 7 p.m., Beverly Farms Library, 24 Vine St. Beverly Farms historian Nancy Coffey presents an illustrated lecture about servants on summer estates in Beverly Farms. First of two lectures about estate workers. Attendees are invited to share stories after the lecture. 978-922-2513 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
FRIENDS OF THE FAMILY: GETTING STARTED IN GENEALOGY. Wednesday, March 20, 6:30 p.m., Swampscott Public Library, 61 Burrill St. The Friends of the Swampscott Public Library presents Rhonda McClure, a genealogist at the New England Historic Genealogical Society. McClure will discuss ways to learn about family history and resources that are available at the library. Door prizes, raffle and refreshments. Free tickets available at the reference desk. 781-596-8867.
SSU CENTER FOR HOLOCAUST AND GENOCIDE STUDIES SPEAKER SERIES. Wednesday, March 20, 7 p.m., Salem State University, Ellison Campus Center, MLK Room, Lafayette Street. Krista Hegburg, a program officer in the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, will discuss “The Trace of the War Years: Roma, Gypsiology and the ‘Unknown.” email@example.com or 978-542-7505.
WEDNESDAY EVENING LECTURE. Wednesday, March 20, 7:30 p.m., Ipswich Museum, 54 S. Main St. Dow curator Stephanie Gaskins continues this popular and rescheduled Ipswich Neighborhood “Walk” lecture series with a focus on the downtown. She will facilitate a discussion and encourages audience participation by sharing stories, pictures and memorabilia as she “walks” (via a lecture) through the downtown. First Ipswich Bank sponsors the series. Refreshments served. $10 for nonmembers; free to members and audience participants. www.ipswichmuseum.org or 978-356-2811.
FRIENDS’ MEMBERS-ONLY BOOK SALE. Friday, March 15, 6 to 8 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., Hamilton. Nonmembers can join at the door. Book sale benefits the library’s additional programs. Sale includes books, DVDs and CDs for children, teens and adults. Sale continues Saturday, March 16, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Monday through Thursday, March 18 through 21, during regular library hours, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. www.hwlibrary.org.
YARD SALE. Saturday, March 16, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Maple Street Congregational Church, Social Hall, 90 Maple St., Danvers. To benefit outreach programs. Items for sale include small furniture, china, clocks, electric gadgets, linens, collectibles, area rugs, frames, new women’s clothing, wreaths for all occasions, new kitchen items and white elephant tables. 978-774-4510.
INDEPENDENT FILM SCREENINGS. Thursday, March 14, and Tuesday, March 19, 11:40 a.m., “Mysterious Places in Essex County”; 12:15 p.m., “Schoonermen Stories of Cape Ann”; and 12:40 p.m., “Ghost Tales,” at Hollywood Hits Theatre, Hutchinson Drive, Danvers. $5/general, $4/seniors. 978-777-2711.
Art, exhibits and receptions
“UNCONVENTIONAL INVENTIONS” OPENING RECEPTION. Thursday, March 14, 5 to 7 p.m., Carol Grillo Gallery, Walter J. Manninen Center for the Arts, Endicott College, 376 Hale St., Beverly. Endicott College School of Visual and Performing Arts has partnered with the Photographic Resource Center at Boston University to present a seven-week, PRC satellite show featuring unconventional and innovative photography. Also, guest artist Harold Feinstein will speak informally in the Rose Performance Hall from 7 to 8 p.m. Exhibit and reception are free. 978-232-2655, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.endicott.edu/centerforthearts.
25TH ANNIVERSARY SALTBOX GALLERY SHOW AND SALE. Friday, March 15, through Sunday, March 17, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Topsfield Fairgrounds, Coolidge Building, 207 Boston St., Route 1. Show features 13 oil and watercolor artists, two woodworkers, a potter, and two jewelry artisans. Artisans will be present all weekend and available to answer questions, discuss possible commission work and provide information on classes they teach. Also, 16 former Saltbox artists will have their work on display and available for purchase. An artist reception will be held Friday, March 15, from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission and parking are free. 978-887-3844.
MEMBERS EXHIBIT OPENING COCKTAIL RECEPTION. Friday, March 15, 6 to 8 p.m., Wenham Museum, 132 Main St. To celebrate the opening of “Pop Goes the Book! Favorites From the Elaine Schofield Collection.” Discover the art of pop-up books in an engaging exhibit featuring books that mold, fold and pop. Tour the exhibit with museum exhibit curator Jane Bowers and meet award-winning author and illustrators Ed and Rebecca Emberley of Ipswich and local pop-up book collector Elaine Schofield of Danvers. 978-468-2377 or www.wenhammuseum.org.
PAINT-ALONG DEMONSTRATION. Tuesday, March 19, 6:30 p.m., Middleton Senior Center, 39 Maple St. Middleton Arts Association presents guest artist Bob Marcelino, who is known for his oil painting with beeswax. Participants should bring their own supplies, including a small container for beeswax, which will be provided. Free admission. Handicapped-accessible. 978-774-9466.
JIM FALCK CLOSING RECEPTION. Wednesday, March 20, 4 to 6 p.m., Montserrat College of Art, 23 Essex St., Beverly. For Montserrat alumnus and faculty member Falck’s self-titled exhibition, which includes paintings and sculptural ceramic pieces. Exhibit on view through March 22 at the Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St. email@example.com or 978-921-4242, ext. 1208.
“PORTRAITS-PEOPLE-PETS.” Beverly Guild of Artists exhibit on view through Saturday, March 30, at the Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St. Features more than 50 pieces of artwork, including a variety of paintings and photographs, by 19 guild members. On view during library hours.
BOSTON ARTISTS ENSEMBLE CONCERT. Friday, March 15, 8 p.m., Peabody Essex Museum, East India Marine Hall, East India Square, Salem. The closing concert of the season features works by Mendelssohn and Brahms. Program opens with the traditional “mystery piece” by an unannounced composer. $23/members, $27/nonmembers, $12/students. Tickets available in advance at 978-745-9500, ext. 3011, or at the door. pem.org/calendar.
MARJI ZINTZ AND JULIAN BAPTISTA IN CONCERT. Saturday, March 16, 7:30 p.m., Universal Coffee House, First Universalist Society of Salem, 211 Bridge St., Salem. Zintz is a solo vocalist, arranger and acoustic guitarist, and Baptista is an acoustic singer-songwriter from Salem. Doors open at 6:45 p.m.; music starts at 7:30 p.m. $15/adults, $7.50/students and seniors, free/children 5 and under. Refreshments available. firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-744-3224.
“HANDMADE AMERICAN ROCK AND ROLL.” Saturday, March 16, 9 p.m., Village Tavern, 100 Museum Place, Salem. 73 Duster will perform. Band includes Fred Shepard, guitar and vocals; Mark Healey, drums; Todd Cushing, bass and vocals. Free admission. 978-744-2858.
“TOGETHER IN HARMONY: CELEBRATING MUSIC IN THE COMMUNITY.” Sunday, March 17, 2 p.m., Marblehead Veterans Middle School, 217 Pleasant St. Swampscott, Salem and Marblehead High School choruses will perform in the 12th annual concert. Each choral group will present an individual program, and then all three choruses, 166 voices, will perform as a group. $12/adults, $7/students and seniors. Tickets available at the door. Proceeds from ticket and concession sales will benefit the high schools’ choral programs. 781-631-8336, email@example.com or 781-639-3100.
“CLOSE ENCOUNTERS WITH MUSIC.” Monday, March 18, 7 p.m., Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St., Peabody. The third event in a five-part series that combines lecture and performance to explore the wonderful world of classical music. This March program will feature flutist Orlando Cela presenting “Fluted Edges: Pushing the Boundaries of the Flute.” Selections include: “Conversations Between Wind and Water” by Hong-Da Chin, “Come vengono prodotti gli incantesimi?” by Salvatore Sciarrino, “Cassandra’s Dreamsong” by Brian Ferneyhough and “Lied” by Heinz Holliger. Reserve a seat at 978-531-0100, ext. 10, or www.peabodylibrary.org.
IN A PIG’S EYE. March 14, Vein; March 15, 4 to 7 p.m., Blues Jam, and Erinn Brown and Eric Reardon from 9 to 11:30 p.m.; March 16, The Darlings; March 18, Open Mike with Orville Giddings; March 20, Countdown featuring Paul Carr. 148 Derby St., Salem. 978-741-4436.