RECYCLING FOR A CAUSE. Saturday, July 21, and Sunday, July 22, 9 a.m. to noon, Captain Dusty’s Ice Cream, 642 Hale St., Beverly. Captain Dusty’s Ice Cream and Ethical Electronics Recycling will host an ethical electronics recycling event with a portion of proceeds donated to support environmental education programs in Beverly schools. Everyone who recycles 40 or more pounds of electronics at the event will receive a gift certificate good for a free small ice cream at Captain Dusty’s. All incoming materials will be weighed, $1 per pound (less for certain items), payable by cash or check. 617-233-4120 or email@example.com. Rain or shine.
A RIDE FOR MAEVYN. Saturday, July 21, 7 to 9 p.m., Elks Lodge, 38 Oak St., Peabody. Maevyn, 10, suffered a terrible accident when she was 3 months old and is a spastic quadriplegic. She has grown, and her wheelchair no longer fits in the family vehicles. Event will raise funds for a family wheelchair van. $20/ticket. Door prize, raffles, 50-50, DJ and finger foods.
GREEK FESTIVAL. Sunday, July 22, 1 to 8 p.m., Hellenic Community Center, Route 1A, Ipswich. The Logganiko Society will host to benefit the Harry Agganis Scholarship Fund. $3 admission donation; free for children 12 and younger. 978-774-6096.
“RAGTIME” IN CONCERT. Saturday, July 21, 7:30 p.m., The Nelson Aldrich Performing Arts Center, Veterans Memorial Middle School, 217 Pleasant St., Marblehead. The Marblehead and Salem public schools, the Marblehead Little Theatre, and the Salem Theatre Company present a benefit performance of “Ragtime,” a popular musical featuring 17 principal singers, an orchestra of 40 and a chorus of 150. Performance will benefit HAWC, Healing Abuse Working for Change. www.mltlive.com.
Music and concerts
EVENING CONCERTS ON THE COMMON. Thursday, July 19, 6 to 8 p.m., Beverly Common Bandstand, Essex and Dane streets. Concert, part of Thursday evening concert series, features Ditto, a trio singing and playing tunes of the ’60s and ’70s. Sponsored by the Friends of the Beverly Public Library. Free. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets or folding chairs.
DAVID WAX MUSEUM. Folk rock, Castle Hill’s Summer Picnic Concert Series, Thursday, July 19, 7 to 9 p.m., Castle Hill, 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich. Gates open 5 p.m. for picnicking and close once capacity is reached. Admission is at the gate only, $30 per car, $20 per car for members of Trustees of Reservations. Six-person-per-car maximum; each additional passenger will be charged $5. Motorcycles are $10 and walk-ins $5. www.thetrustees.org or 978-356-4351.
MAHI MAHI CRUISES.
Local blues/funk band The Gravel Project performs live music every Thursday night through Aug. 30. 90-minute cruises depart from Pickering Wharf at 7 and 9 p.m., feature grilled food and a full bar, and cost $15. Tickets at 978-825-0001 or www.mahicruises.com.
MARBLEHEAD SUMMER JAZZ CONCERT. Saturday, July 21, 8 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, 28 Mugford St., Marblehead. Concert features Tessa Souter. Tickets cost $26 to $40. For tickets, visit Arnould Gallery, 111 Washington St.; Spirit of ’76 Bookstore, 107 Pleasant St.; or www.marbleheadjazz.org.
SUNDAYS IN PATTON PARK CONCERT SERIES. Sunday, July 22, 5 to 7 p.m., Patton Park, Route 1A, Hamilton. 2012 Summer Concert Series features the Squeezebox Stompers, performing roadhouse roots, blues, Cajun and zydeco. In case of rain, the concert will be held at the Tabernacle at Asbury Grove in Hamilton. Supported in part by a grant from the Hamilton-Wenham Cultural Council. Free. www.PattonParkConcerts.org.
SUMMER CONCERT SERIES.
Sunday, July 22, 3 to 6 p.m., Peabody Street Park, 15 Peabody St., Salem. Salem’s free concert series features Lone Wolf James. www.junglerhythm.com/concert-series-schedule/cat_listevents/-.html.
PAUL MADORE CHORALE.
2012 SummerSing with volunteer orchestra and soloists. Monday, July 23, 8 p.m., Elijah, Part 1, by F. Mendelssohn. Priscilla French, guest conductor. Old Town Hall, 32 Derby Square, Salem. Sing with the chorale or just listen. Adults, $9; students and seniors 60 and older, $7. Some choral scores will be available if participants don’t have their own. 978-744-4898, 781-592-2366 or www.paulmadorechorale.org.
BROADWAY REVIEW. Tuesday, July 24, 7 p.m., Higgins Middle School auditorium, 1 King St., Ext., Peabody. The Higgins Middle School Summer Musical Theater Program, featuring a cast of students from Peabody elementary schools and Higgins Middle School, presents favorite songs from favorite musicals. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org.
MUSIC AT EDEN’S EDGE. Wednesday, July 25, 7 p.m., Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St., Peabody. North Shore’s resident chamber music ensemble presents “July in the Garden of the Bach Family,” a combination Really Open Rehearsal and concert. Registration is required. 978-531-0100, ext. 10, or www.peabodylibrary.org.
HEROINES AND VILLAINS: NELO GOES TO THE OPERA. Wednesday, July 25, 7:30 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Community House, 284 Bay Road, Hamilton. New England Light Opera’s annual summer concert series includes an evening of arias, duets and scenes from the operas. Series features a new show each week, performed by professional singers. $12/adults, $10/seniors 65 and older, $5/children and students. www.newenglandlightopera.org.
Children and families
TEDDY BEAR PICNIC. Tuesday, July 24, 11 a.m., Wenham Museum, 132 Main St. Attendees can bring their teddy bears for a picnic lunch, silly songs, teddy bear tales and games. Event for children ages 3 and older. Free with museum admission; $7.50/adults, $5.50/children ages 16 and under. Register by July 20. Rain or shine. 978-468-2377 or www.wenhammuseum.org.
FAMILY CONCERT. Tuesday, July 24, 6 to 7 p.m., JCC outdoor pool, 4 Community Road, Marblehead. Live summer concert with Jewish rocker Sheldon Low. Bring a picnic or purchase food from Marla’s Poolside Cafe. Open to everyone. $5/person, $18/family. Purchase tickets at the event. In case of rain, concert will be moved indoors. www.jccns.org.
ART JOURNALING AND BUTTON-MAKING WORKSHOP. Thursday, July 19, 5:30 p.m., Swampscott Public Library, 61 Burrill St. Artist Moira Richardson will provide homemade books and materials to get participants started on creating their own journals. Also, learn how to make buttons; all supplies provided. Space is limited. Program for teens entering grade five through 12 in the fall. Register at 781-596-8867, ext. 304.
TELLING YOUR STORIES IN VERSE. Thursday, July 19, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, first-floor meeting room, 14 Union St., Hamilton. Second session of two-part workshop titled “Telling Your Stories in Verse: A Writing Workshop for Teens & Adults.” Join Holly Thompson, author of “Orchards.” Workshop introduces verse novels and some of the poetry tools used in narrative verse, then leads students to writing a scene in verse. Free; sign up at the reference desk or call 978-468-5577, ext. 14.
Saturday, July 21, 8 a.m. to noon, and 1 to 5 p.m., The House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby St., Salem. Essex National Heritage Area Photo Safari featuring Nikon, presented by Essex National Heritage Commission and Hunt’s Photo & Video. Photo enthusiasts of all levels are invited. Use Nikon’s latest camera gear and receive personal instruction. Participants take home their images captured on a memory card and receive a gift certificate. $35/Essex Heritage members, $45/nonmembers. Reservations required at www.EssexHeritage.org/photosafari or 978-740-0444.
CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP WITH LAURA DANDANEAU. Saturday, July 21, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Artists’ Row, 24 New Derby St., Salem. Free workshop for all ages; children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Participants are welcome to bring a camera. Weather permitting, there will be time to take photos. Followed by session Tuesday, Aug. 14, from 7 to 9 p.m., when topics will include work flow and photo storage. www.salemartsassociation.org or 508-783-6591.
MOVIE PREMIERE. Saturday, July 21, 2 to 5 p.m., Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St., Salem. Dickens Fellowship North of Boston branch presents the premiere of “London by Dickens” and the screening of “The Chimes” and “Any Friend of Nicholas Nickleby is a Friend of Mine.” Dickens scholar Fred Guida will introduce each film, and a question-and-answer session will follow each screening. Guida will also discuss and sign his book “A Christmas Carol and its Adaptations.” $10/film admission, $35 movie trio DVD set (discount DVD purchase with admission). www.dickensnorthofboston.com.
Lectures and tours
SUMMER SALON SERIES: WEBSTER BULL. Friday, July 20, 5:30 p.m., Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St. Bull presents “El Camino de Santiago: A Pilgrim’s Trek Across Northern Spain.” Bull will share his experience of the Way of St. James, which has existed for more than 1,000 years and is one of the most important medieval Christian pilgrimages. No tickets or reservations required. www.salemathenaeum.net, 978-744-2540 or email@example.com.
ELLERY SEDGWICK’S LITERARY LEGACY RECEPTION. Friday, July 20, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Long Hill, 572 Essex St., Beverly. Seasonal reception and presentation by local author Wendy Murray, who will highlight the legacy of Sedgwick and his contribution to the 20th-century American literary landscape. Each reception features a different award-winning author. Beverages and local cuisine served. $10/members, $15/nonmembers. www.thetrustees.org.
SHADE TREES OF LONG HILL. Wednesday, July 25, 5 to 7 p.m., Long Hill, 572 Essex St., Beverly. Learn about the copper beech tree that anchors the Sedgwick property and other strategically planted trees. Also, tour the Sedgwick Mansion. $10/Trustees of Reservations members, $15/nonmembers. Register at www.thetrustees.org.
Books and authors
FARMS BRANCH BOOK DISCUSSION. Thursday, July 19, 7 p.m., Beverly Public Library Farms Branch, 24 Vine St. Group will discuss “The Imperfectionists” by Tom Rachman. Handicapped-accessible. Books and other formats available at checkout desk. 978-921-6066.
“REFLECTIONS: A MEMOIR.” Monday, July 23, 10 a.m. to noon, Explorers Lifelong Learning Institute, 10 Federal St., Salem. Davida Rosenblum will share selections from her book, which chronicles her Hungarian-Jewish relatives, her marriage to film director and professor Ralph Rosenblum, and her reconnection with her first love, who became her life partner after her husband’s death. Open to members and nonmembers. 978-744-0804 or www.explorerslli.org.
“LEAVES OF GRASS” DISCUSSION SERIES. Monday, July 23, 7:30 p.m., Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St., Peabody. A four-part discussion series presented by Harvard University professor Theoharis C. Theoharis on Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass.” Books available at the Main Library. 978-531-0100, ext. 10, or www.peabodylibrary.org.
LOCAL AUTHOR INTRODUCES NEW BOOK. Tuesday, July 24, 7 p.m., Time & Tide Gallery, 4 Market St., Ipswich. Learn about Bonnie Hurd Smith’s “We Believe in You! 12 Stories of Courage, Action, and Faith for Women and Girls,” which combines stories from women’s history with lessons that can be applied to everyday life. Free admission. Books available for purchase. 978-312-6057.
ARTIST TALK RECEPTION: “SEVEN.” Thursday, July 19,4 to 6 p.m., Montserrat College of Art, 23 Essex St., Beverly. A performative drawing project where seven artists transform seven walls in seven weeks. Talk by participating artist Raul Gonzalez III begins at 4:30 p.m. Gallery open during the making of the works: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. On view through Aug. 3. Public welcome. firstname.lastname@example.org, 978-867-9604 or www.montserrat.edu/galleries/.
“MENTAL VACATION: PLACES I GO.” Thursday, July 19,6 to 8 p.m., ArcWorks Community Art Center, 22 Foster St., Peabody. Opening night reception of art exhibit by Sharleene Hurst and Brian Donnelly, on view through Aug. 17. Free. Handicapped-accessible. 978-531-7146 or email@example.com.
FINZ SEAFOOD & GRILL.
July 20, 9 p.m. to midnight, The Soul Review Project. 76 Wharf St., Pickering Wharf, Salem. 978-744-8485 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 19, 8 p.m., Poor Howard Stith; July 20, 8 p.m., Mark T. Small; July 21, 8 p.m., Brian McKenzie; July 25, 7:30 p.m., open mike Wednesday nights. 247 Essex St., Salem. 978-740-8882.
July 20, MaryBeth Maes. 15A Newbury St. (Route 1 north), Danvers. 978-774-1223.
HOWLING WOLF TAQUERIA.
July 19, System Soul; July 20, Mary Lou Lord; July 21, Noe Socha Trio; July 22, 6 to 8 p.m., Steve Spungin. Events are 9 p.m. to midnight, unless otherwise noted. 76 Lafayette St., Salem. www.feedyourwolf.com.
IN A PIG’S EYE.
July 19, Soul Force 5; July 20, Blues Jam, 4 to 7 p.m., Nick Yeager and Derek Rando, 9 to 11:30 p.m.; July 21, The Darlings; July 22, Noe Socha with Rory Walsh and Chris Noise, 7 to 10 p.m.; Open Mike with Bobby Ledger; July 25, Grateful Ted and Pete Tentindo. All events 9 to 11:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. 148 Derby St., Salem. 978-741-4436.
SEAPORT. July 19, UKE Joint with Jeff Buckridge; July 20, Erinn Brown; July 21, The Merj; July 22, Sunday Funday with Chris Fitz, Steve Peabody and guest; July 25, Jazz with Steve and Zach, 8 p.m. Events begin at 8:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. 215 Derby St., Salem. 978-594-8490.