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 email@example.com.
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.