BOOK LAUNCH CELEBRATION. Monday, Oct. 28, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Jenks Library Reference Room, Gordon College, 255 Grapevine Road, Wenham. Bruce Herman, artist and Lothlórien Distinguished Chair in the Fine Arts at Gordon College, has produced over 500 works of art reflecting his personal journey of creativity and faith. Herman and his friend G. Walter Hansenhave published “Through Your Eyes: Dialogues on the Art of Bruce Herman,” featuring a series of brief meditations and essays, accompanied by full-color reproductions of Herman’s art. Copies available for purchase. Also, a book discussion and signing precedes Matthew Milliner’s lecture, titled “Visual Heresy: Imagine the Father in the History of Art” at 4:30 p.m. in the Ken Olsen Science Center. A reception will be held at 4 p.m. Free. www.gordon.edu.
“TENDER IS THE NIGHT” BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP. Wednesday, Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m., Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St., Peabody. Harvard University Professor Theoharis C. Theoharis will teach a four-week discussion program that focuses on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “Tender is the Night.” Meetings held on Nov. 6, 13 and 19, at 7:30 p.m. Books available at the Main Library on a first-come, first-served basis. Details and registration at 978-531-0100, ext. 10, or www.peabodylibrary.org.
HALLOWEEN HAPPENINGS. Friday, Oct. 25, and Saturday, Oct. 26, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. Guided walks along Halloween trail leave every 15 minutes. Learn about the creatures of the night and some history and myths that surround the holiday. Allow 90 minutes for total program. Refreshments served. For families with children ages 4 to 12. Choose from one of the following arrival times: 6, 6:15, 6:30, 6:45, 7, 7:15, or 7:30 p.m. Costumes welcome; dress warmly. Rain or shine. $9 adult and child members, $10 adult and child nonmembers. Advance registration required at www.massaudubon.org or 978-887-9264.
THE MUDDY LEPRECHAUN. Saturday, Oct. 26, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Marini Farm, Linebrook Road, Ipswich. The first-ever Muddy Leprechaun 3-mile mud run course starts at the farm’s lower area and travels through adjacent trails to the corn maze area of the farm. Runners will start in waves of 15-minute intervals and will complete six or more obstacles throughout the race. Event includes entertainment, raffles, refreshments and more. Held in memory of the late Teddy O’Leary, a former Ipswich resident and executive of Merrimack Valley Distributors. Proceeds support a heart-healthy eating and living initiative between the Ipswich Family YMCA and the Ipswich elementary schools. For more information or to register, visit www.northshoreymca.org/mudrun, or call 978-356-9622, ext. 1310.