Tuesday, Oct. 29
Children’s Halloween Party, 3:45 to 5 p.m., Boxford Town Library, 10 Elm St., Boxford. The Friends of the Boxford Library will hold its annual Halloween Party for Kids. Come in costume, enjoy treats and crafts, and hear seasonal storytelling by Mark Binder. 978-887-7323.
“Ritual and Fantasy,” 5 to 7 p.m., Spencer Presentation Gallery, Endicott College, 376 Hale St., Beverly. Reception for Endicott art professors Ric Haynes and Mark Towner’s exhibit of new work. Free. On view through Jan. 10, 2014. www.endicott.edu/centerforthearts.
Saturday, Nov. 2
The Art of Nature: Late Fall Birds, 1 to 3:30 p.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. After learning about the habitats of migrating and non-migrating birds, join instructor Brenda Sloane for a walk on the sanctuary to find birds. Return to the Nature Center to create a perspective watercolor painting of birds. For families with children ages 6 to 12. Members: $8 adult, $7 child; nonmembers: $10 adult, $8 child. Registration required at www.massaudubon.org or 978-887-9264.
Gordon Symphony Orchestra Fall Concert, 7 p.m., A. J. Gordon Memorial Chapel, Gordon College, 255 Grapevine Road, Wenham. The Gordon Symphony Orchestra presents its fall concert. $10 general, $5 senior citizen. www.gordon.edu.
Sunday, Nov. 3
Wenham Museum Spectrum Express, 9 a.m., Wenham Museum, 132 Main St., Wenham. Families with members on the autism spectrum are invited to enjoy the model trains and museum galleries at a special time. Take a break, have a gluten- and dairy-free snack, and view the special model train artifacts in Burnham Hall. Sponsored by the Danversbank Charitable Foundation, Inc. General admission. www.wenhammuseum.org, 978-468-2377.
Wildlife Preparations for Winter, 1 to 4 p.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. Fall is a time when local animals can find an abundant supply of food, but it is also the last chance they will have to store precious energy resources for winter. Join naturalist Bob Metcalfe to learn about some of the strategies different species use to prepare for the upcoming season of scarcity. Program begins inside where attendees will learn about the ecology of winter preparation, then continues out on the sanctuary to search for wildlife tracks and signs of autumn activities of local wildlife. Program for adults. $25 member, $30 nonmember. Meets in the barn. Dress for weather and wear sturdy footwear. Bring snacks and drinking water. Registration required at www.massaudubon.org or 978-887-9264.