A CALENDAR FOR CANINES AND FELINES. The Friends of Beverly Animals’ 2013 calendars feature more than 100 color photos of pets who were rescued and adopted out, or who belong to local supporters and friends. Calendars cost $12 each and may be purchased at the Beverly Animal Hospital, Beverly Wild Bird & Pet Supply, Casa de Moda, Marika’s, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or calling 978-922-7190. All proceeds will be used to help homeless animals. Friends of Beverly Animals is a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization that is working toward establishing an animal shelter in Beverly. For more information, visit www.friendsofbeverlyanimals.org.
HOLIDAY PARTY. Thursday, Dec. 20, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., ArcWorks Community Art Center, 22 Foster St., Peabody. Raffles, music, holiday treats, a free gift and a chance to meet local artists. Free. To reserve a spot, contact Elise Snow, email@example.com, or 978-531-7146.
HOLIDAY ORNAMENT SWAP. Thursday, Dec. 20, 6:30 p.m., Boxford Town Library, 10 Elm St. Spend $10 to $15 on an ornament, then wrap it in holiday paper and bring it to the swap. Refreshments served. Free. 978-887-7323.
THE FARM NISSE OF APPLETON FARMS. Friday, Dec. 21, 3:30 to 5 p.m., Appleton Farms, Route 1A, Ipswich. Join Appleton Farms as they thank their Nisse — an elf-like creature who lives in their barns and protects their farmers, animals and crops — for all their good fortune, and offer him porridge, and listen to his tales of mischief. Enjoy holiday crafts, caroling, and socializing. $5 suggested donation per family. Meet in the Carriage Barn. Reserve a spot at 978-356-5728, ext. 18, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOLIDAY VILLAGE DISPLAY OPEN HOUSE. Saturday, Dec. 22, 1 to 5 p.m., Gerry 5 VFA function hall, 210 Beacon St., Marblehead. The holiday village features a large, lighted display depicting a New England village with a working train, skiing, skating and other miniatures, and a section that depicts Marblehead. Also, Santa will be in attendance from 2 to 4 p.m. Free. 978-741-4712 or email@example.com.