The Peabody Institute Library is hosting a three-week Introduction to Quilting Class for adults, ages 16 and up, on Wednesdays, May 7, 14 and 21, from 6 to 8 p.m., in the Creativity Lab at the Main Library, 82 Main St., Peabody. In this class for novice quilters, participants will learn to make a rail fence quilt. Finished quilts will be 42 inches by 54 inches. Sign-ups are required as space is limited. Registrants will be sent a list of supplies and a copy of the quilt pattern in advance. Sewing machines are available at the library. Sign-ups are available on the Creativity Lab calendar on the library’s website, www.peabodylibrary.org.
The Women’s Fund of Essex County hosts its sixth annual “Power of the Purse” fundraising event on Thursday, May 1, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., at the Willowdale Estate, Bradley Palmer State Park, 24 Asbury St., Topsfield. The event includes hors d’oeuvres, wine, and a raffle with chances to win purses and bags donated by renowned designers and retailers. All proceeds help fund special projects and annual grant awards made by The Women’s Fund. Tickets cost $40 in advance and $45 at the door. For more information, visit www.thewomensfund ec.org.
Salem News Sports Editor Phil Stacey will discuss school sports on Wednesday, May 7, at 10 a.m., at the Beverly Senior Center, 90 Colon St., Beverly. The program is designed for all Beverly sports fans. Refreshments will be served and ideas for future “sports talks” will be accepted. Admission is free, but attendees are asked to sign up in advance at the Senior Center, or by calling 978-921-6017.
The Peabody Democratic City Committee will present Mr. Edward J. Dullea Jr. with a Lifetime Achievement Award at a luncheon in his honor on Saturday, May 3, at noon, at the Peabody Elks Lodge, 38 Oak St., Peabody. Family, friends, Democratic elected officials and candidates have been invited. The public is also welcome to attend, but must reserve spots in advance by contacting Debbie Ryan at 978-531-7961. The suggested donation is $20 per person.