Muriel C. Hoffacker
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BENEFIT FOR VNA CARE NETWORK & HOSPICE. Saturday, May 18, 7 p.m., John Archer Estate, 10 North St., Danvers. Evening of fashion and live music. Bless by Bless Couture will preview their spring collection. Just in Time and pianist Nathan Johnson will perform live. Event includes silent and live auctions and heavy hors d’oeuvres. Tickets cost $50. www.vnacarenetwork.org or 888-663-3688, ext. 1361.
MOTHER’S DAY TEA. Sunday, May 19, 1 p.m., St. Michael’s Hall, 15 Endicott St., Peabody. Hosted by the Daughters of St. Joseph. Admission is free, but donations of unwrapped gifts for newborn infants are requested. Gifts will be donated to an organization that offers comprehensive pre- and postnatal education and support programs for teens and young mothers. Those planning to attend should call Lola Busta, 978-531-5592; Ann Kostos, 978-774-0985; or Janis Marren, 978-531-8837.
DIG IN @ PEM/PM: DIRT!. Thursday, May 16, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, Salem. Celebrate growing gardens, learn new ways to use seasonal and locally grown food, learn how to create a seedbomb, draw a costumed, live model from Modern Millie Vintage and Consignments, and enjoy live music by Dan & The Wildfire. Event includes cocktails and local food. Free/PEM members and Salem residents with ID, $10/nonmembers. 866-745-1876 or www.pem.org.
CALLING ALL CANS AND BOTTLES. Saturday, May 18, 8 a.m. to noon, Shaw’s Supermarket, 71 Dodge St.; Henry’s Market, 588 Cabot St.; and Super Stop & Shop, 224 Elliott St. and 37 Enon St., Beverly. The Beverly Homecoming Committee will be at four locations accepting cans and plastic bottles, which will be recycled at deposit centers; monies raised from can and bottle deposits will benefit the Homecoming Fireworks display.
ELECTRONICS RECYCLING COLLECTION. Saturday, May 18, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Landmark School, 429 Hale St., Beverly. Each item costs $5, and a small box of random equipment is $5; $15 fee for TVs. Proceeds support a service learning trip to Jamaica. www.landmarkschool.org.
GREENFEST 2013. Saturday, May 18, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Brown Elementary School, 150 Lynn St., Peabody. Peabody’s third annual event features dozens of educational exhibits by environmentally-focused organizations and institutions, “green” storytelling, recycling arts and crafts, and student-led recycling and garden club tours. For a minimal fee, old electronics and paperwork may be dropped off for recycling; paperwork will be confidentially shred. For a complete list of exhibitors and information, visit www.greenpeabody.org/greenfest or join the GreenPeabody group on Facebook.
ELECTRONIC RECYCLING AND SHREDDING EVENT. Saturday, May 18, 9 a.m. to noon, Ipswich High School, 134 High St., Ipswich. All proceeds will benefit the Ipswich High School softball program. Recycling fees: TVs, $15; computer monitors, $10; all other electronics, $5. Shredding fees: $10 per 13-gallon bag and $15 per file box. Doug Woodworth, 978-356-5507, ext. 119.
EDIBLE LANDSCAPING CLASS. Saturday, May 18, 11 a.m. to noon, Green Meadows Farm, 656 Asbury St., Hamilton. Barbara Emerson of “Edible Boston” will answer questions and offer advice on using edible plants to beautify grounds. Free. Space is limited; register at 978-468-2277.
SOLAR ENERGY DAY. Saturday, May 18, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Greenergy Park, corner of Sohier and Tozer roads, Beverly. Eighth annual event at America’s longest-running solar facility to celebrate clean energy. Includes tours of the solar field, food and live music. Located at the wind and solar site next to Beverly High School. Free admission and parking; bring non-perishable food items to donate to Beverly Bootstraps Food Pantry or Friends of Beverly Animals. www.solarnow.org.
Get outside and explore
COLORFUL FEDERAL STREET: EXTERIOR PAINT TREATMENTS AND THE HISTORY BEHIND THE COLORS. Saturday, May 18, 9:30 a.m., meet at the corner of North and Federal streets, Salem. Historic New England and Historic Salem Inc. present a historic walking tour in the Federal Street neighborhood with architectural historian and color specialist Sally Zimmerman, senior manager of historic preservation services at Historic New England. Zimmerman will focus on how paint color and architectural style come together to add value and character to a neighborhood that has some of the oldest houses in Salem. Also, local historian Hannah Diozzi of Salem Strolls brings the “colorful” history of the neighborhood to life during the tour. Visitors are welcome to bring along photos of their homes for a basic color consultation. $20/nonmembers, $5/Historic New England and Historic Salem Inc. members. Registration suggested at 978-744-0440 or www.historicnewengland.org.
SWAMPWALK GRAND OPENING. Saturday, May 18, 10 a.m., rail trail entrance, Route 97, Wenham. Open Space & Recreation Committee hosts at the north entrance to the boardwalk. Refreshments served. Rain or shine. Prizes awarded for observing an off-the-endangered-list spotted turtle and any member of the three beaver families.
BIODIVERSITY BY THE SEA: EXPLORING BEVERLY’S TIDE POOLS. Saturday, May 18, 11 a.m. to noon, Lynch Park, 55 Ober St., Beverly. Meet and learn about the strange and surprising creatures inhabiting these miniature seas with naturalist Paul Erickson, a former New England Aquarium staffer and “Good Morning America” special correspondent. All of the animals investigated will be returned to their natural habitats. Children must be accompanied by an attentive parent or guardian. Bring warm footwear that will keep feet dry and stable on slippery rocks. Park in parking lot and gather at the seawall entryway to the beach. Free; part of Beverly Open Space and Recreation Committee’s Earth Day nature walks. Rain or shine.
MAYOR’S RIDE. Saturday, May 18, 2 p.m., Beverly City Hall, 191 Cabot St., Beverly. Join Mayor Bill Scanlon, the Bicycle Beverly Committee, and River House for the second annual bicycle ride, to Hospital Point Lighthouse and back. Participants of all ages and all cycling abilities invited. The easy, scenic route will be marshalled for safety and concludes with Hoodsies and additional refreshments back at City Hall. Donations for River House will be accepted. 978-927-4599.
BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY 101. Sunday, May 19, 8 to 9:30 a.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. Join Nancy Landry, avid bird photographer and author of “The Birds of Plum Island Calendar,” for a walk, during which she will share tips for finding and photographing birds. Bring either a digital single lens reflex camera or a “point and shoot” type camera with an electric view finder and minimum 10X zoom lens. Binoculars and a birding guide are suggested, but optional. Limited to 10. $12/adult, $10/Mass Audubon members. Advance registration required at 978-887-9264.
FOX HILL: EXPLORATION & BIO-BLIZT. Sunday, May 19, 1 p.m., Fox Hill, park and gather at the end of Tall Tree Drive, Beverly. Join Mass Audubon ecologist Dr. Robert Buchsbaum for an exploration of this open space woodland, where a newly established access trail has opened for public walking, biking and nature study. The walk will focus on identifying and recording just about everything that attendees find. Bring binoculars and a magnifying glass. Carpool if possible as parking is limited. Free; rain or shine. Event is part of Beverly Open Space and Recreation Committee’s Earth Day nature walks.
Presentations, discussions and lectures
FARMS BRANCH BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP. Thursday, May 16, 7 p.m., Beverly Public Library, Farms Branch, 24 Vine St., Beverly Farms. Group will discuss “The Language of Flowers” by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. New members welcome. Handicapped-accessible. Discussion titles available at the checkout desk; alternate formats may be available. 978-921-6066 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
MANHATTAN IN MARBLEHEAD: JASON ALEXANDER & ISRAEL. Thursday, May 16, 8 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 4 Community Road, Marblehead. Jason Alexander, known for his role in “Seinfeld,” is teaming up with One Voice, the teen organization pushing for peace in Israel. Hear from Alexander and several world players as they discuss “A Blueprint for the Middle East” in New York City, which will be simulcast live at the JCC. Ask questions and be a part of the debate. Event part of the JCC’s Manhattan in Marblehead series. Reserve a spot at 781-631-8330. http://www.jccns.org/manhattan-in-marblehead/.
THOMAS JEFFERSON: AN AMERICAN PARADOX. Friday, May 17, 10 a.m. to noon, Explorers Lifelong Learning Institute, 10 Federal St., Salem. Anthony Guerriero, Salem State University history instructor, will discuss the enigmatic personality of the famous Founding Father who wrote that all men are created equal, yet owned his own slaves and carried on a forbidden relationship with a slave for 38 years. Donations appreciated from nonmembers in attendance. 978-744-0804 or www.explorerslli.org.
NEW ENGLAND LIGHTHOUSE EXPERT TO SPEAK. Saturday, May 18, 7 p.m., First Baptist Church, 221 Cabot St., Beverly. Jeremy D’Entremont will present a talk on “Lighthouses of the North Shore” and will be available to sign copies of his books. Desserts and coffee served. $10/adults, $5/seniors and children under 12. The event is a fundraiser for the First Baptist Church in Beverly, known as the “Church With the Harbor Light,” the only church in the United States with an operating lighthouse. 978-922-3295.
MONDAY NIGHT BOOK CLUB. Monday, May 20, 7:15 to 8:30 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., South Hamilton. Club will discuss “Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War,” by Madeline Albright. Copies of the book are available at the reference desk. Rebecca Shea, 978-468-5577 or email@example.com.
AUTHOR, PHOTOGRAPHER AND GUIDE PRESENTATION. Tuesday, May 21, 7 to 8 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., South Hamilton. Andrew Martinez presents “Marine Life of the North Atlantic.” Martinez has spent more than 30 years photographing marine life of the North Atlantic. Photo assignments sponsored by National Geographic World Magazine have taken him to Fiji, Bonaire, and Cape Cod. www.hwlibrary.org.
“THE ROSE MAN.” Tuesday, May 21, 7 p.m., Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St., Beverly. Friendly Garden Club will host Dr. Erwin Ehrenreich who will present a basic rose lecture that will cover rose history, classification, care and a year in the rose garden from spring pruning to winter protection. His lecture will include a photo slideshow of roses, some of which are from his own rose garden. Ehrenreich is a member of the American Rose Society, the Rose Hybridizers Association, and the Heritage Rose Foundation. Kerry Baser, 978-712-0712.
EVENING BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP. Tuesday, May 21, 7:30 to 8:45 p.m., Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St., Beverly. Group will discuss “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” by Harriet Beecher Stowe. New members welcome. Handicapped-accessible. Discussion titles available at the checkout desk; alternate formats may be available. 978-921-6062 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
FISH TALES FROM THE FISH HOUSE LECTURE. Wednesday, May 22, 7 p.m., Swampscott Yacht Club, second floor of the Fish House at Fisherman’s Beach, 425 Humphrey St. Swampscott Yacht Club presents “Vintage Swampscott,” featuring local historian Lou Gallo who will show historic photos of Swampscott and tell tales of the town’s rich and colorful past. Free. Cash bar will be open. Reservations required at 781-962-5587.
TEEN POETRY CONTEST RECEPTION. Thursday, May 16, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., South Hamilton. Featured speaker: Dan Sklar, author and professor at Endicott College. Following Sklar’s talk, contest winners will read or recite their poems aloud. http://informedteenshwlibrary.blogspot.com.
ANNUAL POETS NIGHT. Tuesday, May 21, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Middleton Senior Center, 39 Maple St. Middleton Arts Association’s event features a presentation of original poetry shared by members of the Massachusetts State Poetry Society, the Wordcrafters Poetry Group, North Shore Poets Forum, and friends of the Art Association. Anyone is welcome to read at the open mike. Free admission; refreshments served. Building is handicapped-accessible. Parking and entry on the left side of the building. Direct questions to Beverley, 978-740-3212.
“SALUTE TO OUR VIETNAM VETERANS.” Thursday, May 16, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Tapley Memorial Hall, 13 Page St., Danvers. The Danvers Historical Society will salute Vietnam veterans and their families. All veterans are invited to attend. Free admission to all members and veterans. Light refreshments to follow. Reservations are appreciated by calling the Society office, 978-777-1666, or emailing Cathy Gareri, email@example.com.
350 YEARS IN WORDS AND MUSIC. Sunday, May 19, 5 p.m., Meeting House, corner of Main and Washington streets, Topsfield. The Congregational Church of Topsfield’s 350-year celebration concert features the Combined Choirs, CCoT Chancel and Handbell Choir, the Arlington Ward Choir of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, organ and trumpet accompaniment, narration and audience participation. Admission is free and all are welcome. Wendy S. Colby, 978-887-2101, ext. 11, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Music and dance
THE ORCHESTRA ON THE HILL CONCERT. Thursday, May 16, 7:30 p.m., Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich. Under the musical direction of Thomas Palance, the orchestra will perform an all-concerto program featuring seven soloists performing four concertos. $20 at the door. email@example.com or 978-356-3845.
ME&THEE COFFEEHOUSE CONCERT. Friday, May 17, Unitarian Universalist Church, 28 Mugford St., Marblehead. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., concert at 8 p.m. Ryan Montbleau with Tall Heights. Tickets cost $22 in advance and $25 at the door. 781-631-8987 or www.meandthee.org.
THE WORKINGMAN’S BAND. Saturday, May 18, 4 to 7 p.m., Village Tavern Grill, 168 Essex St., Salem. The Workingman’s Band, featuring guitarist and vocalist Tom Yates, will perform classic country, rockabilly and blues music.
¡VIVA! THE COLORS AND SOUNDS OF THE CARIBBEAN. Sunday, May 19, 1 to 3 p.m., The House of the Seven Gables’ Seaside Garden, 115 Derby St., Salem. The Ricardo Monzón Orchestra will perform live music as teens from Express Yourself execute their dance from their May 15 performance at the Citi Performing Arts Center — Wang Theatre in Boston. Event includes Latin music, large visual arts display created by Express Yourself youth and a scholarship awards presentation by the Gables Settlement Association. Free admission. Reserve a spot with Stephen Weber at 978-744-0991, ext. 104.
PAUL MADORE CHORALE CONCERT. Sunday, May 19, 3 p.m., First Universalist Church, 211 Bridge St., Salem. The Paul Madore Chorale and soloists will perform “The Seasons” by Franz Josef Haydn. Based on an epic poem by James Thomson, “The Seasons” is a four-part oratorio composed by Haydn toward the end of his career. $25/general, $22/seniors, $18/students. Purchase tickets at Sophia’s, 105 Essex St., Salem; Arnould Gallery, 111 Washington St., Marblehead; or www.mktix.com/pmc. 781-592-7284, 978-774-7981, or www.paulmadorechorale.org.
PIANIST JACQUELINE SCHWAB IN CONCERT. Sunday, May 19, 3 p.m., Marblehead Arts Association, King Hooper Mansion, 8 Hooper St., Marblehead. Schwab, who has played for several Ken Burns documentaries on PBS, has specialized in meditative, spirited arrangements based on traditional and vintage tunes from America, England, Scotland and elsewhere, which she accompanies with stories. Tickets are $20, $15 for MAA members, and may be purchased at 781-631-2608.
SWING INTO SPRING. Monday, May 20, 7 to 9 p.m., Masconomet Regional High School, 20 Endicott Road, Topsfield. Masconomet Regional High School and Middle School Jazz Bands, Percussion Ensemble and Jazz Choir will perform a special selection of music while attendees enjoy an ice cream sundae bar, raffles and more. $12/ticket in advance, $15/at the door. Fundraiser for the Masconomet Music Parents Association, which annually awards over $12,000 in merit scholarships to underclassmen and seniors for music lessons, enrichment programs and post graduate studies. Details and reservations available at www.mascomusicparents.org or by contacting Glaudia Giustra at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“NEXT TO NORMAL.” Thursday, May 16, Friday, May 17, and Saturday, May 18, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, May 19, 2 p.m., Marblehead Firehouse, 12 School St. Marblehead Little Theatre presents a rock musical with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt. Tickets cost $23 for adults, $15 for students (matinees only). Tickets available at the Spirit of ’76 Bookstore or www.mltlive.org.
“HONK!” Friday, May 17, 7 p.m.; Saturday, May 18, 3 and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, May 19, 3 p.m., Collins Middle School, 29 Highland Ave., Salem. North Shore Children’s Theatre presents a musical journey of the Ugly Duckling. www.northshorechildrenstheatre.org.
“A DELICATE BALANCE.” On stage through Saturday, June 1, at the Salem Theatre Company Theater, 90 Lafayette St., Salem. The STC concludes its 10th anniversary season with a production of Edward Albee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play. Performances run on Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 5 p.m. Tickets cost $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $10 for students. www.salemtheatre.com, email@example.com, or 978-790-8546.
“BRAIDS.” Fridays, May 17 and 24, 8 p.m., and Saturdays, May 18 and 25, 3 and 8 p.m., Dane Street Church, 10 Dane St., Beverly. The Sea Change Theatre Company presents Joseph Frost’s lyrical one-act play as the final production in its inaugural season. In the play, the lives of three women, a mother and her daughters, intertwine as they struggle with the perplexities of womanhood, family responsibilities, and abandonment. Tickets cost $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. To purchase tickets, call 978-500-3885, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Run time is approximately 40 minutes.
HERITAGE INDEPENDENT FILMS. Thursday, May 16, and Tuesday, May 21, 11:40 a.m., “Mysteries of Essex County”; 12:10 p.m. “Ghosts at Damon House”; and 12:35 p.m., “O’l Tyme Radio,” at Hollywood Hits Theatre, 7 Hutchinson Drive, Danvers. $5 admission. 978-777-2711.
INSPIRATIONAL EVENINGS: “MIRACLES.” Monday, May 20, 6:30 to 7:45 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., South Hamilton. “Miracles” incorporates Jorgelina “Jayzee” Zeoli’s two autobiographical films about healing from trauma through self-awareness, spirituality, music and art. Videotaped discussions with holistic practitioners, trauma survivors and members of different faiths follow both films. Registration is requested by contacting Rebecca Shea, 978-468-5577 or email@example.com.
GRADUATE ART SHOW RECEPTION. Friday, May 17, 4 to 9 p.m., Van Loan Cyber Cafe, Endicott College, 376 Hale St., Beverly. Exhibit reception for Master of Education Arts and Learning Graduate Art Show, titled “Art from the Creative Process.” Exhibit on view through May 26. Details at www.endicott.edu/gps/artsandlearning.
ANNUAL STUDENT ART AND FASHION SHOW. Tuesday, May 21, 6 to 9 p.m., Peabody Veterans Memorial High School, 485 Lowell St., Peabody. Presented by PVMHS’s Visual Arts and Family and Consumer Science departments. Opening reception for teachers, students, parents and the public, 6 to 8 p.m. Art show will be on display in the upper balcony of the field house with an awards ceremony at 6:45 p.m. Fashion show begins at 7:15 p.m. in the main hallway of the high school’s second floor. Free. Katy Millman, PVMHS chair of visual arts, 978-536-4522.
VISUAL THESIS PROJECTS EXHIBITED. On view at the Walter J. Manninen Center for the Arts, Endicott College, 376 Hale St., Beverly. An exhibit, featuring projects created by graduating seniors from the Endicott College School of Visual and Performing Arts, on display through Friday, May 24. Free. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Kathleen Moore, 978-232-2655 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
WORKS BY ARTHUR WESLEY DOW ON VIEW. Exhibit on display throughout the summer at First Ipswich Bank, 31 Market St., Ipswich. View two paintings by Arthur Wesley Dow and works by other local artists during the bank’s regular business hours. First Ipswich Bank is a stop along Ipswich Museum’s “A Walking Tour.” Details available at firstipswich.com.
“THE PAINTED STORY: NEW WORK BY BRIAN BROGAN.” On view through Friday, May 24, True North Gallery, 25 Woodbury St., Hamilton. Exhibit features North Shore artist Brogan’s vibrant paintings inspired by indigenous traditions from around the world. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., or by appointment. 978-468-1962 or email@example.com.
SPRING EXHIBIT. On view through Thursday, May 30, at the Gallery at Grosvenor Park, 7 Loring Hills Ave., Salem. Exhibit features work by local artists Peggy Farrell of Marblehead and Jan Condon of Salem. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends. Handicapped-accessible. 978-741-5700.
For children and families
ART CLUB. Friday, May 17, 1 to 2 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., South Hamilton. Children in preschool and older are invited to experiment with straw painting. Sessions are drop-in and free-form. www.hwlibrary.org.
EARLY CHILDHOOD NATURE EDUCATION WORKSHOP. Saturday, May 18, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. Workshop designed to help those who work with children ages 3 to 6 to increase their awareness of, curiosity about and appreciation of the natural world through direct outdoor experiences. Workshop suitable for an early childhood educator, a child care provider, after-school teacher, parent or Scout leader. Hands-on activities and take-home activity sheets included. A portion of the workshop will be outside on the sanctuary; dress for weather and bring a lunch. $50/adult, $45/Mass Audubon members. Registration required at 978-887-9264.
KEEPING KIDS SAFE PROJECT. Saturday, May 18, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Honda North, 382 Newbury St., Danvers. S.I.P. Kids, a national child safety organization that tours the country providing free FBI-quality digital fingerprints for children, will host a free child safety fair. Local organizations and law enforcement agencies will help educate children and their families on how to avoid dangerous situations. Free digital fingerprinting.
AUTHOR READING AND BOOK SIGNING. Wednesday, May 22, 3:30 to 5 p.m., Wenham Tea House, 4 Monument St., Wenham. Reading specialist Jeana Khan will read from and sign copies of her second children’s book, “Eli The Elephant.” Program suitable for young readers, ages 3 to 9. For reservations, call Wenham Tea House at 978-468-1398.
Plant and yard sales
PLANT SALE FUNDRAISER. Saturday, May 18, 8 a.m. to noon, Marblehead Community Center, 10 Humphrey St., Marblehead. The Marblehead High School Class of 2016 will offer a variety of outdoor plants, including hanging plants, annuals, perennials and vegetables. firstname.lastname@example.org.
MACK PARK ANNUAL YARD SALE. Saturday, May 18, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Mack Park, 31 Grove St., Salem. Hosted by the Mack Park Neighborhood Association. Rain date May 18. Drop off items at Mack Park on Friday, May 17, 5 to 6 p.m., and Saturday, May 18, 7 to 9 a.m. email@example.com.
CRAFT AND YARD SALE. Saturday, May 18, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Northshore Unitarian Universalist Church, 323 Locust St., Danvers. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the NSUU Sound System Fund for Hearing Accessibility. www.nsuu.org.
MARINE PRODUCTS YARD SALE. Saturday, May 18, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 135 Lafayette St., Marblehead. Featuring used equipment at low prices. For more information, contact Bill O’Meara or Rick Howard at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the parish office at 781-631-4951.
HAMILTON-WENHAM GARDEN CLUB ANNUAL PLANT SALE. Saturday, May 18, 9 a.m. to noon, Hamilton Council on Aging, 299 Bay Road, Hamilton. Hosted by the club on the front lawn. www.hwgcsite.org.
PEABODY GARDEN CLUB ANNUAL PLANT SALE. Saturday, May 18, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Peabody City Hall, 24 Lowell St. Features perennials, annuals, herbs and other plants along with baked goods, white elephant table and raffles. Members will be available to answer questions. Proceeds support community projects around Peabody, activities and speakers at the club’s monthly meetings, and the club’s scholarship fund. 978-535-2228, 978-531-4558 or 978-531-7943.
SALEM BEAUTIFICATION COMMITTEE PLANT SALE FUNDRAISER. Saturday, May 18, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sunday, May 19, 9 a.m. to noon, Salem Common. Annuals, hanging baskets and homegrown perennials. 978-745-9595, ext. 5676.
FRIENDLY GARDEN CLUB PLANT SALE. Saturday, May 18, 9 to 11:30 a.m., Beverly Senior Center, 90 Colon St., Beverly. Features perennials, annuals, veggies, and herbs grown by club members, a garden boutique, raffle, and specialty container gardens. Plants may be purchased by cash or check made payable to FGC. Kerry Baser, 978-712-0712.
COTTAGE GARDENERS’ PLANT SALE. Saturday, May 18, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church, 67 Cornell Road, Marblehead. Featuring perennials, herbs, vegetables and ground covers from members’ gardens. The Cottage Gardeners welcomes new members; club meets on the second Tuesday of the month, except during the summer. For more information, contact Charlene Tyler at email@example.com or 781-639-2203.
TWENTY-SECOND ANNUAL LONG HILL PLANT SALE. Saturday, May 18, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Long Hill gardens, 572 Essex St., Beverly. Features a vast selection of unusual plants, rare woody and herbaceous plants, hundreds of perennials, empty and planted hypertufa troughs and some planted with dwarf alpine plants, vegetable seedlings provided by the Food Project, and sand-cast leaf ornaments. Also, stroll through the Sedgwick Gardens, which will be in peak bloom. Horticultural experts will be on hand to answer gardening questions. Rain or shine. Member-only preview sale from 9 to 10 a.m. firstname.lastname@example.org; 978-921-1944, ext. 1825; or www.thetrustees.org.