Saint Mary School in Beverly will honor the Rev. David J. Barnes, Dr. Thomas Howard, Lovelace Howard, Wes Slate, and the Fortini family at the school’s 12th annual Legacy Gala on Sunday, March 9, at the Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott St., Danvers. The Legacy Gala celebrates those individuals who have made meaningful contributions to the school, parish, community or Catholic faith. This year’s event features a wine and beer tasting, live music and a full dinner. All proceeds benefit Saint Mary School. Visit www.smsbeverly.com for more information.
The seventh annual Salem Film Fest, the largest all-documentary festival in New England, will take place on Thursday, March 6 through Thursday, March 13, at three locations in Salem, including CinemaSalem, 1 East India Square Mall; Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St.; and the National Parks Service Visitor Center, 193 Derby St. This year’s festival features 37 full-length documentaries; panel discussions with filmmakers, critics and experts; competitions; award ceremonies; after-hour parties; and more. Also, Salem Sketches, a shorts program with a focus on all things local, will precede each documentary. For details, passes, film descriptions and schedules, visit www.salemfilmfest.com/2014/.
Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary will hold Maple Sugaring Tours at 10 a.m., 12:30 and 2:30 p.m., on Saturdays and Sundays, March 8, 9, 15 and 16, at 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. Learn how to identify a sugar maple tree, observe tapping and sap collection methods, discover how sap becomes syrup in the sugar house, and get a sweet taste of the final product. After the tour, warm up by the wood stove in the barn. One-hour, naturalist-guided tours run rain or shine; dress warmly. The cost for Mass Audubon members is $8 per adult and $7 per child, or $9 per adult and $8 per child for nonmembers. Children under 3 are admitted for free and should be in a backpack. Advance registration is required at 978-887-9264. Visit www.massaudubon.org/ipswichriver for details.