Good causes

WOMEN'S FUND OF ESSEX COUNTY EIGHTH ANNUAL AWARDS LUNCHEON. Thursday, Oct. 21, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Peabody Marriott Hotel, 8 Centennial Drive, Peabody. To recognize recipients of the 2010 grants awarded to Essex County agencies that fund programs supporting women and girls. Speaker: Meredith Hall, author of "Without a Map." Open to the public. Tickets, $125. Proceeds help fund grants to local agencies that benefit women and girls. For tickets, visit www.thewomensfundec.org.

SERVICE DOG PROJECT INC. Friday, Oct. 22, 6:30 p.m., Ipswich Country Club. Fundraising dinner will feature Rex Trailer of "Boomtown," musical entertainment by North Shore Acappella, silent auction and chicken bingo. Service Dog Project is a nonprofit that trains service dogs for those who need help with balance and mobility. Tickets $75; mail checks to Service Dog Project, 37 Boxford Road, Ipswich. www.servicedogproject.org.

JOURNEYS OF HOPE MONSTAH SMASH. Friday, Oct. 22, 8 p.m. to midnight, at the Nathaniel Silsbee House, 94 Washington Square East, Salem. Food, music, psychics, cash bar, silent auction and more. The event is an 18-and-over party. Benefits Journeys of Hope, which assists young people who are homeless. Tickets $65, available at the door or online. www.johma.org.

ZUMBATHON. Saturday, Oct. 23, 10 a.m. to 10:50 a.m., Session I; 11 a.m. to 11:50 a.m., Session II, Boston North Fitness Centers, 30 Prince St., Danvers. Open to community. All proceeds benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure, which funds breast cancer research. Tickets, $10 per session, may be purchased for one or both sessions. Wear pink to support those affected by breast cancer. Event includes raffles, giveaways and items for purchase. zumbamom3@gmail.com.

LAS VEGAS '65 EVENT. Saturday, Oct. 23, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., at Temple Ner Tamid, 368 Lowell St., Peabody. Games of chance, '60s music, food, drink and prizes. Tickets $50, available online at http://bit.ly/bPD5vF or by phone at 978-531-0767. The event will support North Shore Community Action Programs, an anti-poverty agency.

23RD ANNUAL WALK FOR HOSPICE OF THE NORTH SHORE. Sunday, Oct. 24, register at 8 a.m., walk kickoff at 9 a.m., St. John's Prep, 72 Spring St., Danvers. Three-mile walk to honor the memories of loved ones and raise money for hospice. Shorter walking course provided for those who need level walking surface and are unable to walk entire distance. Event includes marching music provided by area high school bands, face-painting and balloon creations for children. To get involved or become a team captain, call 978-223-9787 or visit www.hns.org/walk and download a sponsor form.

WALKATHON FOR MY BROTHER'S TABLE OF LYNN. Sunday, Oct. 24, 1 p.m., Church of the Holy Name, 60 Monument Ave., Swampscott. Registration starts at 1 p.m., walk begins at 1:30 p.m. from the church. Every walker gets a prize and free refreshments. Awards for most successful teams and individuals. www.mybrotherstable.org.

CELEBRITY BARTENDER. Featuring Beverly High School's Raymond Novack, band director, and Carolyn Pilanen-Kudlik, choral director, Tuesday, Oct. 26, 6 to 9 p.m., at Mandrake Bar and Bistro, 252 Cabot St., Beverly. Novack and Pilanen-Kudlikwill mix drinks and perform musical requests. The event will benefit the music department. Admission is free and open to the public. 978-524-4800.

HONDA NORTH SPOOKY SPECTACULAR BLOOD DRIVE. Wednesday, Oct. 27, 1 to 7 p.m., Honda North, 382 Newbury St., Danvers. Blood donors will receive complimentary lunch and refreshments and a chance to spin the prize wheel to win Honda North car details, oil changes and other prizes. Attendees are invited to dress up. 800-RED-CROSS or www.redcrossblood.org.

FAIR TRADE FUNDRAISING PROGRAM. Through Nov. 1, Masconomet Music Parents Association is partnering with Equal Exchange and Ten Thousand Villages to raise money to help music students travel and perform at Disney World in the spring. Fundraiser features organic, fair-trade food and beverages, silk scarves from Nepal, tablecloths and glass pendants from India, and batik greeting cards from Thailand. linda7315@comcast.net.

Fairs and festivals

MIDDLETON PUMPKIN FESTIVAL. Friday, Oct. 22, 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 23, 8 a.m., kick off at Fuller Meadow School, 143 S. Main St., Middleton. Festival will include pumpkin carving, Flint Library book sale preview, pancake breakfast, caricaturist, balloon twister, face painter, crafts, games, prizes, bake sale, raffles, picture card sale, wreath sale, brownie mix sale, SAFE Trailer, book sale, pictures with Glinda the Good Witch, Stacey Peasley, pumpkin decorating contest, costume parade and hayrides. Friday evening and Saturday daytime activities held rain or shine. Saturday evening activities rain date will be Sunday, Oct. 24.

HIGGINS CRAFT FAIR. Saturday, Oct. 23, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Higgins Middle School Gym, 1 King St. Ext., Peabody. Event will include dozens of New England crafters, raffle table, cookie walk and refreshments. All proceeds will support student programs. Sponsored by PTO. 978-536-5964.

PUMPKIN FEST. Saturday, Oct. 23, 1 to 8:30 p.m., at the Public Safety Building, Hamilton. Festival will include pumpkin carving, children's treat bag decorating, hayrides and a cider demonstration, music, face-painting, children's games and popcorn, chili cook-off, bake sale, karate demonstration, talent show, pet costume contest, children's costume parade, spaghetti dinner, pumpkin lighting, outdoor movie, and bonfire. 978-646-4066.

ENERGY HARVEST FESTIVAL: SIXTH ANNUAL SOLAR FIELD DAY. Sunday, Oct. 24, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Greenenergy Park, corner of Sohier and Tozer roads, Beverly. Event will feature local area natural and organic products, products and services that promote a greener and more sustainable lifestyle, live music, local art competition exhibit, food concessions, site tour, Fun With the Sun Innovations, children's activities and play area, raffle, and more. Free admission, $5 adult donation appreciated. Free parking at 55 Tozer Road beside the main gate. Hosted by Solar Now Inc. 978-927-9786.

Sales

FALL RUMMAGE SALE. Friday, Oct. 22, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., First Baptist Church, 221 Cabot St., Beverly. Clothing, household goods, books, toys and sporting equipment. Event will be held in the gym, rain or shine. Handicapped-accessible. 978-922-3295 or www.fbcbeverly.org.

FLINT LIBRARY ANNUAL BOOK SALE PREVIEW NIGHT. Friday, Oct. 22, 6 to 8 p.m., Flint Public Library, 1 S. Main St., Middleton. Evening for Friends of Library only; those interested in membership are also invited to attend and become a member. 978-774-8132.

YARD SALE FUNDRAISER. Saturday, Oct. 23, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Cape Ann Waldorf School, 668 Hale St., Beverly. Sale will include gently used toys, books, clothes, games, puzzles and small household kitchen items. Proceeds support Cape Ann Waldorf School. 978-927-1936 or www.capeannwaldorf.org.

RUMMAGE SALE. Saturday, Oct. 23, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Church of St. Andrew, 135 Lafayette St., Marblehead. Food and beverages, clothing and shoes, small appliances, kitchenware, linens, books, toys, furniture, gardening supplies, artwork, sporting goods, purses and accessories, luggage, lamps, baskets, craft items, frozen and baked goods, boutique items, and more. Event benefits the church and outreach ministries, including local nonprofits. 781-631-4951.

YARD SALE. Saturday, Oct. 23, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Memorial Building, 502 Cabot St., Beverly. Fundraiser to help raise funds for the Beverly High School Music Department trip to compete in Toronto in the spring. The sale will feature clothing, toys, books, household items and more. 978-766-7228.

FLINT PUBLIC LIBRARY ANNUAL BOOK SALE. Saturday, Oct. 23, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Flint Public Library, 1 S. Main St., Middleton. Sale will include a cafe-style area set up with coffee, cider and baked goods. 978-774-8132.

IT'S MY HEART CRAFTS FAIR AND BAKE SALE. Saturday, Oct. 23, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Onion Town Grill, 175 Water St., Danvers. Free admission. Unique gifts, raffle items, bakery, face-painting and crafts. Also, live entertainment at 4 p.m. It's My Heart is a national nonprofit organization providing support to and advocating for those affected by congenital heart defects. www.itsmyheart.org/boston.

Recreation

CHESS FOR KIDS. In third through sixth grade, Thursdays, Oct. 21 and 28 and Nov. 4 and 18, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., at the Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., Hamilton. Learn how to play the game, learn new moves and sharpen skills with former teacher and chess instructor Sandra Stolle. Pre-registration required; register in the Children's Room. Come to all sessions or just a few. Free. 978-468-5577.

WITCH CITY 5K ROAD RACE. Sunday, Oct. 24, 9 a.m., Salem Willows, Salem, sponsored by Salem YMCA. Registration opens at 7:45 a.m.; forms available at any area YMCA or at northshoreymca.org, click on Road Race Series. 978-744-0351 or schultze@northshoreymca.org.

Children and families

MCDONALD'S HAUNTED HOUSE. Thursday, Oct. 21, through Saturday, Oct. 23, and Thursday, Oct. 28, through Saturday, Oct. 30, 5 to 8:30 p.m., McDonald's, 1 Traders Way, Salem. Free haunted house, cookies, balloons and giveaways.

"HAUNTING ON THE HILL." Friday, Oct. 22, 6 to 8 p.m., Blueberry Hill Skilled Nursing and Rehab Center, 75 Brimbal Ave., Beverly. Haunted maze of hallways, courtyard destined for the dead, photos with the Three Witches of Blueberry Hill, surgery room of scare and special treats. All are welcome. Suggested donation $2. Hosted by Blueberry Hill Nursing and Rehab Center and Chamber of Commerce. 978-927-2020 or www.blueberryhillrehab.com.

NIGHT AT THE WENHAM MUSEUM. Friday, Oct. 22, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Wenham Museum, 132 Main St., Wenham. Dress up in Halloween-best for spooky event. Museum characters played by North Shore drama students and area re-enactors will greet families and lead a moonlit tour of the museum's 17th-century house. Event will include a mask-making craft and treasure hunt for children. $8 or 4/$26 for members, $12 or 4/$40 for nonmembers. 781-962-5443.

ANNUAL HALLOWEEN WITCHES ROOST FOR CHILDREN. Sunday, Oct. 24, 2 to 4 p.m., Gould Barn, 1 Howlett St., Topsfield. For children up to 8 years old; wear costumes, decorate jack-o'-lanterns, go on a treasure hunt for ghoulish treats, dance to Halloween songs. Free and open to the public. Refreshments served. 978-500-2591.

MALLOWEEN. Wednesday, Oct. 27, 4 to 8 p.m., Liberty Tree Mall, 100 Independence Way, Danvers. Sponsored by United Martial Arts Center for Health and Wellness. A safe environment for ghosts and ghouls to enjoy Halloween activities ranging from costume contests to mallwide trick-or-treating. Prize distributed to the trick-or-treater with the best costume. Children of all ages welcome. Free. 978-777-0795 or www.simon.com.

SAFE TRICK OR TREAT AT ENDICOTT. Wednesday, Oct. 27, 6 to 8 p.m., Field House in the Post Center, 376 Hale St., Beverly. Free event open to all Beverly area children up to age 12 and their families; parent or guardian must accompany children. Party will include food, games and crafts. Support Endicott's Halloween for the Hungry Food Drive by bringing a canned food item. All children who bring canned food will receive special treat. 978-232-2141.

Clubs

BANGKOK PARADISE. Rock, funk, reggae, 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Jazz jam every Monday night, 7 to 10 p.m. With Darq, goth/industrial every second and fourth Saturday night. Preacher Jack, Willie Alexander, Oct. 21; Darq (Ichabod and Black Pyramid), Oct. 22; Darq, Oct. 23; Our Own World, Oct. 26; Banjo Goiter, Oct. 27. 7:30 to 10 p.m. 90 Washington St., Salem. 978-825-9202.

CAPONE'S. Moholland Drive, Oct. 21; Lisa Love, Oct. 22; Tuxedo Junction, Oct. 23. $5 cover, proper dress required. 147 Summit St., Peabody. 978-977-0520.

CHIANTI. Tuscan Restaurant and Jazz Lounge. Boston Horns Unplugged, Thursday, Oct. 21; Goldberg, Miksis, Langone, Friday, Oct. 22; Ken Cervanka, Saturday, Oct. 23; Whose Muddy Shoes, Sunday, Oct. 24; Fats Hammond, Tuesday, Oct. 26; Soul Force 5, Wednesday, Oct. 27. All shows 9 p.m. to midnight unless noted. 285 Cabot St., Beverly. 978-921-2233 or www.chiantibeverly.com.

DODGE STREET BAR AND GRILL. Tokyo Tramps, Oct. 21; Dread Rocks, Oct. 22; The Force, Planetoid and King Hell, Oct. 23; S.I.N. Sunday, Oct. 24; open mike hosted by Sound Carnival, Oct. 25; anti-karaoke singalong with Mike P., Oct. 26; college night with D.J. Tanner, Oct. 27. All shows 9:30 p.m. 7 Dodge St., Salem. 978-745-0139.

GULU-GULU. Black Fortress of Opium, Oct. 21; Machine 475, Oct. 22; Dan Blakeslee as Doctor Gasp!, Oct. 23; "The Phantom of the Opera" movie night, Oct. 26; open mike, Oct. 27. 247 Essex St., Salem. 978-740-8882.

HARDCOVER LOUNGE. Oct. 22, 8 p.m., Satch Kerans. 15A Newbury St. (Route 1 north), Danvers. 978-774-1223.

IN A PIG'S EYE. Jesse Cimitero, Oct. 21; blues jam, 4 to 7 p.m., Oct. 22; Laura Vecchione Duo, Oct. 23; Eric Reardon and Global Stew, 6 to 9 p.m., Oct. 24; open mike with Dave Bailin, Oct. 25; Sarah Seminski and Friends, Oct. 27. 148 Derby St., Salem. 978-741-4436.

ROCKAFELLAS. Or Nothing, Oct. 21; Spike the Punch, Oct. 22; Audio Underground, Oct. 23; Elephant Lounge, Oct. 24; Latin Dance Party, 8 to 11:30 p.m., Oct. 27. 231 Essex St., Salem. 978-745-2411.

VICTORIA STATION. Open mike night with Ross Livermore, Oct. 21, 9 to 11:30 p.m.; Anthony Kass, Oct. 22, 9:30 to 11:30 p.m.; THe MErj, Oct. 23, 9:30 to 11:30 p.m.; Adam Payne, Oct. 24, 6 to 9 p.m.; S.I.N., Oct. 25, 9 to 11:30 p.m. 86 Wharf St., Pickering Wharf, Salem, 978-745-3400.

VILLAGE GREEN. Swing dancing every Wednesday. Stump Trivia, dancing and karaoke every Thursday. Dances every Friday and Saturday night. Oct. 22, DJ Paul in the Barn, karaoke with Louise in the Tavern; Oct. 23, Wildfire in the Barn, karaoke with Louise in the Tavern. 225 Newbury St. (Route 1 north) Danvers, 978-774-7270.

Theater

"THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE." Thursday, Oct. 21, 6:30 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, Oct. 22 and 23, 7:30 p.m., Ferrini Dramatic Arts Center, 775 Bay Road, Hamilton. Presented by Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School. $10/students and seniors, $12/adults. For tickets, e-mail hwpirates@gmail.com.

"FUDDY MEERS." Thursday, Oct. 21, 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 22, and Saturday, Oct. 23 at 8 p.m., Tia's Theater, Center for the Arts, Endicott College, 376 Hale St., Beverly. Claire, an amnesiac whose son and husband must daily reacquaint with the details of her life, is abducted by a man who claims her husband wants her dead. $15/general, $10/students and seniors, free for Endicott College ID holders. Not recommended for younger audiences. For tickets, visit www.endicott.edu/centerforthearts or leave a message at the box office at 978-998-7700.

Magic

LE GRAND DAVID. Le Grand David and his own Spectacular Magic Company, 286 Cabot St., Beverly. Sunday, Oct. 24, 3 p.m. Tickets $24 adults, $14 children 11 and under. 978-927-3677.

Concerts

THULA SIZWE CONCERT. Thursday, Oct. 21, 7 p.m., Saltonstall School, 211 Lafayette St., Salem. Performers are an energetic South African troupe who sing in the traditional Zulu call-and-response style and dance to traditional drums, clapping hands and sounds of their voices. Free-will donations accepted. Also, Tuesday, Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m., Rose Performance Hall, Center for the Arts, 376 Hale St., Beverly, $15/general, $5/students and seniors, free to Endicott College ID holders. For tickets at Rose Performance Hall, visit www.endicott.edu/centerforthearts or leave a message at the box office at 978-998-7700. www.thulasizwe.com.

DAVID LAFLEUR. Thursday, Oct. 21, 7 p.m., Cornerstone Books, 45 Lafayette St., Salem. A Blue Ridge Mountain musician. 978-744-1831.

GREEK AND AMERICAN MUSIC. Saturday, Oct. 23, 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., Angelica's Restaurant, (Route 114), Middleton. Music by the Enosis Orchestra. Mezethakia coffee and dessert. $35/person, $15/children under 12. For tickets, call 978-459-4654 or 603-898-6708.

BOSTON STRING QUARTET. Friday, Oct. 22, 7 p.m., St. Stephen's United Methodist Church, 67 Cornell Road, Marblehead. Program features classical, jazz, Latin and Middle Eastern selections. $15/ticket. 781-631-2756.

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN SING. Tuesday, Oct. 26, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Lynch/van Otterloo YMCA, 40 Leggs Hill Road, Marblehead. Harborlight Show Chorus of Sweet Adelines International invites women of all diversity to join them in friendship and harmony. 978-239-9469 or 781-593-0393.

Movies

"EVENING." Thursday, Oct. 21, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St., Beverly. Part of communitywide read of "Tinkers." "Evening," rated PG-13, focuses on the secrets shared and the defining moments of connection with the people in our lives. Stars Meryl Streep and Claire Danes. 978-921-6062.

DINNER AND A MOVIE NIGHT. Thursday, Oct. 21, 6 to 8 p.m., Salem Moose Family Center, 50 Grove St., Salem. Event will feature movie "Hocus Pocus." $5/person; child must be accompanied by an adult. Come with a blanket, sleeping bag, pajamas or anything comfortable. Choose from pizza or chicken fingers and french fries. Juice or milk offered for an additional charge. Open to the public. 978-744-9708.

"LOCAL HAUNTS AND GHOSTS." Wednesday, Oct. 27, 7 p.m., Tapley Memorial Hall, 13 Page St., Danvers. Presented by Dan Tremblay. Film is about local ghosts. Share ghostly experiences and see a demonstration of ghost energy. Light refreshments will be served. 978-7777-1666 or dhs@danvershistory.org.

Books

BEVERLY PUBLIC LIBRARY FARMS BRANCH BOOK DISCUSSION. Thursday, Oct. 21, 7 p.m., Beverly Farms Branch Library, 24 Vine St., Beverly. The group will discuss "The Help" by Katherine Stockett. New members welcome. Copies of the book are available at the Circulation Desk. Handicapped-accessible. 978-921-6066.

BALLET STORY PROGRAM. Saturday, Oct. 23, 10:30 a.m., at the Peabody Institute Library, Main Branch, 82 Main St., Peabody. Event includes story, music, dance, costumes and more, presented by Boston Ballet. La Bayadere tells the story of a young temple dancer and is filled with the beauty of exotic India. The program is for children ages 3 to 8 and their parents. 978-531-0100, ext. 29.

THE NEW ENGLAND GIMPENDIUM. Saturday, Oct. 23, 1 p.m., Cornerstone Books, 45 Lafayette St., Salem. Author Jason Ocker catalogs hundreds of macabre sites, attractions and artifacts. 978-744-1831.

SECRETS OF CARNY SIDESHOWS. Saturday, Oct. 23, 7 p.m., Cornerstone Books, 45 Lafayette St., Salem. Tony Gangi demonstrates the science and skill of midway magic in "Carny Sideshows: Weird Wonders of the Midway." Some material in presentation may be too intense for small children. 978-744-1831.

THE WAKE OF FORGIVENESS. Sunday, Oct. 24, 4 p.m., Cornerstone Books, 45 Lafayette St., Salem. Author Bruce Machart presents a story of redemption. 978-744-1831.

"TINKERS" ADULT BOOK DISCUSSION. Monday, Oct. 25, 7:30 p.m., Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St., Beverly. Claire-Marie Hart will lead a discussion of Paul Harding's "Tinkers." Explore themes of family relationships, death, illness, nature, old New England ways and more. Light refreshments provided. 978-921-6062.

HA TRAN. Wednesday, Oct. 27, 5 p.m., Ledgewood Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center, 87 Herrick St., Beverly. Free presentation by author and inspirational executive, life and business coach Ha Tran. Light dinner will be served at 5 p.m., followed by program at 5:30 p.m. Tran will sign copies of her book "Empowered by Hope." Register by Oct. 25 by calling 978-524-6179. With questions or for directions, call 978-921-1392.

Politics

FORUM OF THE CANDIDATES. Thursday, Oct. 21, 7 p.m., Cove Community Center, 19 E. Corning St., Beverly. Beverly Cove Improvement Association will host a town-hall-style forum of the candidates, Republican Brett Schetzsle and Democrat Jerry Parisella, for the 6th Essex District state representative seat. Questions for the candidates can be submitted prior to the event at info@beverlycove.org. www.beverlycove.org.

DAN BENNETT AND TED SPELIOTIS DEBATE. Wednesday, Oct. 27, 7 p.m., Dan Toomey Room, Danvers Town Hall, 1 Sylvan St., Danvers. 978-777-0001.

Art

RETROSPECTIVE. On exhibit Friday, Oct. 22, through Friday, Dec. 17, Heftler Visiting Artist Gallery, 376 Hale St., Beverly. Artist J. David Broudo, ceramist, oil painter, water colorist and enamelist, will exhibit work from his major genres. htobin@endicott.edu or 978-232-2250.

EXPRESS YOURSELF: RED HOT AND BLUE. On exhibit Monday, Oct. 25, through Friday, Dec. 17, at Carol Grillo Art Gallery, 376 Hale St., Beverly. Exhibit was backdrop for Express Yourself's performance at the Citi Performing Arts Center in May. htobin@endicott.edu or 978-232-2250.

SUZY DAVIS. Tuesday, Oct. 26, 10 a.m. to noon, Allo Allo Cafe, 242 Humphrey St., Swampscott. Local artist will show her ocean-inspired artwork. Coffee and pastries for purchase. 781-760-1713.

ART: IT'S WHAT WE DO. On view during Oct., Beverly Farms Library, 24 Vine St., Beverly Farms. 51 paintings from artists from Valerie McCaffrey's Garage School of Art on display. Show includes oils, watercolors and mixed media. Exhibit curated by Carmela Martin, JoAnne Fossa, Deborah Marston and Linda Harvey. 978-921-6066.

Food

COMMUNITY POT LUCK SUPPER. Friday, Oct. 22, 6 p.m., Coolidge Hall, Topsfield Fairgrounds, Route 1, 207 Boston St., Topsfield. The library's Community Read program celebrates "Animal, Vegetable, Mineral" by Barbara Kingsolver with a potluck supper. Food guidelines will be provided in advance. 978-887-1528.

PIRATE'S PASTA FEAST. Friday, Oct. 22, 6 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School Cafe. Dinner will include pasta and meatballs, salad, beverages and brownie sundaes. Dinner guests will receive preferential seating for Friday evening's performance of "The Pirates of Penzance." Tickets to play sold separately. Dinner tickets, $10/person. Checks made payable to H-W Friends of the Arts. hwpirates@gmail.com.

FIRE DEPARTMENT HOMEMADE SPAGHETTI DINNER. Saturday, Oct. 23, 4 p.m., 265 Bay Road, Hamilton. Dinner will include spaghetti and homemade meatballs, salad, bread, beverages, desserts, and more. Event will include a fire apparatus for kids, door prizes, a raffle and a bonfire in the park at 8 p.m. The event is sponsored by Engine Co. #1 and The Hamilton Firefighters Relief Association. $10/adults, $5/children 10 to 16 years old, free for 10 years and under.

Pets

HOWL-OWEEN PARTY. Saturday, Oct. 23, 1 to 4 p.m., Petco, 55 Dodge St., Beverly. Unleashed will host a Halloween costume party where pets are invited to dress up and receive a goody bag filled with pet treats. Dog treats and doggy ice cream available. 978-232-3975.

PET SAFETY SEMINAR. Friday, Oct. 22, and Monday, Oct. 25, 6 to 7 p.m., Petco, 55 Dodge St., Beverly. Unleashed will inform parents of trick-or-treat pet safety tips. 978-232-3975.

Workshops

URBAN DANCE. Saturday, Oct. 23, noon to 2 p.m., Rose Performance Hall, 376 Hale St., Beverly. Urbanity Dance will teach a two-hour workshop for Endicott students and the community in contemporary dance and movement from company's repertoire. Workshop is a series of three Saturday workshops, Cambridge Connections: Urban Dance at Endicott. $30 general admission. Free with EC ID. htobin@endicott.edu or 978-232-2250.

Health

STRESS REDUCTION PROGRAM. Thursday, Oct. 21, through Friday, Dec. 17, 9 to 10:30 a.m., Mass. General Hospital North Administrative Conference Room, 102 Endicott St., Danvers. Program is for parents of behaviorally challenging children. $40/class, $240 total, prepayment required. 617-643-6035 or mwilcher@partners.org.

MORE PEAS PLEASE. Thursday, Oct. 21, 6 to 8 p.m., 42 Masconomo St., Manchester. Beverly Hospital staff and The Food Project are hosting an interactive evening of live food preparation, recipes, nutrition tips and discussion for families to help encourage kids to make healthy eating choices. 617-646-1037.

FLU CLINIC. Saturday, Oct. 23, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Fuller Meadow Elementary School Cafeteria, 143 S. Main St., Middleton. If 65 or older, bring Medicare or other insurance plan card. Do not arrive earlier than clinic start time. Free. 978-777-1869.

FLU CLINIC. Sunday, Oct. 24, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Lynch/van Otterloo YMCA, 40 Leggs Hill Road, Marblehead. Ages 18 and over are welcome. Bring health insurance card. 781-631-0212 or www.marblehead.org. Sponsored by Marblehead Board of Health.

Lectures

ARE WHALES SAVED. Thursday, Oct. 21, 9 a.m., Pingree School, 537 Highland St., Hamilton. Founder and president of Ocean Alliance, Roger Payne will present 2010 Eleanor Dorsey Lecture. Free; open to the public. 978-468-4415, ext. 310.

"OVERCOMING CHALLENGES IN YOUR CAREER SEARCH." Thursday, Oct. 21, noon to 2 p.m., Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St., Beverly. Learn some strategies to overcome job search challenges in difficult economy. Conducted by Kimberly Jones of the North Shore Career Center. Free; open to the public. Handicapped-accessible. 978-825-7200.

LANDSCAPES AND LANDMARKS LECTURE SERIES. Thursday, Oct. 21, 7 p.m. at The Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich. Features professor Keith Morgan, director of architectural studies at Boston University, on "Before the Grand Allee: The Olmsted Brothers at Castle Hill." Cost $15 (discount for Trustee members). www.thetrustees.org.

CHEBACCO LAKE AREA HISTORY. Thursday, Oct. 21, 8 p.m., American Legion Hall, School St., Hamilton. Slide show and talk by Arthur Crosbie. The lake area, including parts of Hamilton and Essex, is rich in history that includes ice houses, hotels, Centennial Grove, the first manned airplane flight in New England and more. If anyone has pictures to share, bring them. Free; all are welcome. Also, The Chebacco Lake and Watershed Association will host their annual meeting at 7 p.m., before the program. Anyone interested in the lake is welcome. 978-468-7715.

SMILE, YOU'RE ON CANDID CAMERA. Friday, Oct. 22, 10 a.m., Explorers Lifelong Learning Center, 10 Federal St., Salem. Steve Valenti, president of a multinational security organization, will discuss the technology that has led to surveillance cameras in every aspect of modern life and the legal issues of their use including the decision not to use them. Free; open to ages 50 and over. 978-744-0804.

"THE MAGIC OF MATHSTART." Saturday, Oct. 23, 1 to 3 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Library, 14 Union St., Hamilton. Talk by Barbara Elleman on how children's book illustrators help to tell the story; selected artists from Stuart J. Murphy's books. Exhibit reception at Della-Pina Gallery, 4 p.m. 978 468-5527 or jlibrarian@verizon.net

DOROTHEA LANGE AND 1930S DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHY LECTURE. Monday, Oct. 25, 7 p.m. at Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St., Peabody. Part of "Picturing America" series. Free; registration required. 978-531-0100, ext. 10, or www.peabodylibrary.org.

NORMAN ROCKWELL LECTURE. Wednesday, Oct. 27, 11 a.m. at Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St., Peabody. Part of "Picturing America" series. Free; registration required. 978-531-0100, ext. 10, or www.peabodylibrary.org.

Open houses

ST. JOHN'S PREP ADMISSIONS OPEN HOUSE. Saturday, Oct. 23, 9, 10 and 11 a.m., Brother Benjamin Hall, 72 Spring St., Danvers. For students and families interested in learning more about the school. Applications and entrance exam information will be available. St. John's offers a Student Shadow Program in which eighth-graders spend a typical day on campus and attend classes. 978-624-1301.

Meetings

ALLIANCE OF SALEM NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION. Meeting, Saturday, Oct. 23, 9 a.m., Beverly Cooperative Bank, 73 Lafayette St., Salem. Agenda will cover Citizen Commerce, planned site development and neighborhood updates. Speakers: Michael Sosnowski, Steve Pinto and Jim Treadwell. 978-744-4181 or jkdkearney@gmail.com.

BEVERLY DOG PARK COMMITTEE MEETING. Monday, Oct. 25, 6:30 p.m., Barnet Gallery, Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St., Beverly. All are welcome. beverlydogpark@gmail.com.

DANVERS GARDEN CLUB MEETING. Monday, Oct. 25, 7:30 p.m., Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott St., Danvers. Priscilla Styler will demonstrate how to create beautiful arrangements with "supermarket flowers." Intra-Club competition is horticulture-late annuals and herbs. Judy Drouin will be the hospitality hostess. Members are welcome to bring a friend.

ESSEX NATIONAL HERITAGE COMMISSION SEMIANNUAL MEETING. Tuesday, Oct. 26, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., at The Lynch Park Carriage House, 55 Ober St., Beverly. The free event will include networking, updates on Essex Heritage's activities and initiatives, introduction of new commissioners and the presentation of the Essex National Heritage Area's Pioneers Partnership awards. The public is welcome. 978-740-0444 or www.EssexHeritage.org/annualmeeting.

CITIZENS FOR ADEQUATE HOUSING INC. Annual meeting, Tuesday, Oct. 26, 6:30 p.m., Inn Transition, 42 Washington St., Peabody. Public invited.

CAPE ANN WALDORF SCHOOL MIDDLE SCHOOL CURRICULUM TALK. Tuesday, Oct. 26, 7 to 8:30 p.m., at 668 Hale St., Beverly. Join the sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade faculty of Cape Ann Waldorf School in a presentation and discussion about what is taught and why it is taught. The event is free. Register by calling 978-927-1936.

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