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 email@example.com.
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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. firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.