Wheels of progress

This Sunday, cyclists will raise more money for cancer research at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center at the 12th annual A Reason to Ride.  

Participants meet at 75 Sylvan St. in Danvers to cycle or walk coastal North Shore. Start times are 8:30 a.m. for the 50-mile ride, 9:30 a.m. for the 25-mile ride, 10:30 a.m. for the 10-mile ride and 10:45 a.m. for the 5K walk. Every registered rider will get an event T-shirt and a free barbecue lunch from Fuddruckers.  

To register or for more information, visit www.areasontoride.com.

Meet the muse

Before there was the museum, there was the muse. Isabella Stewart Gardner, famed founder of the museum bearing her name in Boston, was a legend in her time.

Charmed, charming, worldly and immensely wealthy patroness of arts and artists, she was an unconventional woman in a conventional city that decades after her death reveres her as a cultural iconoclast. On Monday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., the cast of Delvena Theatre Company brings Gardner to life in a free performance in the Sohier Room of the Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St. 

Amaze yourself

This weekend, the Ipswich Humane Group and Ipswich’s Marini Farm invite you and your dog to get lost.

From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, humans and their four-legged friends can wander the wicked twists, turns and tricky pathways of the 259 Linebrook Road farm’s 8 acres of corn maze. The Doggy Maze Daze Fundraiser supports the Ipswich Animal Shelter. 

Admission is $14.99 per person, with dogs — who must be leashed — and kids under 2 getting in free. Tickets include the maze, a hayride and the jumping pillow.

For more information, visit www.ipswichhumanegroup.org/doggy-maze-daze.html.

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