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.
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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.