Good causes

BLOOD DRIVE. Friday, May 6, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School, Bay Road, Hamilton, and May 7, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Shoppes of Hamilton Crossing Plaza, also on Bay Road. Blood drive benefits Boston Children's Hospital. michellesanchez@verizon.net or 978-468-6373.

PRIDE IN RECOVERY. Friday, May 6, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., Vittori-Rocci Post, 143 Brimbal Ave., Beverly. Fundraiser will include live band "Midnight Goggles," Katie Giguere, food and live auction. Proceeds benefit family services offered by Renewed Hope Project. $20/ticket, purchase at www.renewedhopeproject.org or at the door. 978-522-4310.

12-HOUR SPIN-A-THON. Saturday, May 7, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Bodyco Training facility, Route 114, Middleton. Participants can sign up for one-hour spinning class of their choice. Event includes food, vendors and drawings. $25 registration fee per hour. Proceeds benefit Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and The Jimmy Fund. Event in honor of Shellie Nee of Peabody, who recently died of brain cancer. 978-777-7741.

JAPAN BENEFIT. Saturday, May 7, 4 p.m., Endicott College, Rose Performance Hall, Center for the Arts, 376 Hale St., Beverly. Endicott's choral groups, Endicott Singers, Harmonelle and Bassline, will perform traditional and modern sea chanteys and traditional and modern songs from Japan to support relief efforts in Japan; proceeds go to the American Red Cross. $5/general, free for Endicott ID holders, donations accepted. Reception will follow performance. www.endicott.edu/centerforthearts.

Concerts and theater

"GREASE." Thursday, May 5, Friday, May 6, 7 p.m., Saturday, May 7, 2 p.m., Briscoe Middle School, 7 Sohier Road, Beverly. More than 100 students will participate in the musical. $8/adults, $6/students and seniors. 978-921-6103.

CHORUS NORTH SHORE. Friday, May 6, 7 p.m., Our Lady of Hope Church, Linebrook Road, Ipswich. Honors Youth Choir of Chorus North Shore presents "All Things Bright and Beautiful," a concert expressing the beauty of nature featuring pieces by Schubert, Gershwin, Rutter and more. $10/at the door, free/children 12 and under. www.chorusnorthshore.org or 978-468-2841.

"OZ." Friday, May 6, Saturday, May 7, 7 p.m., Sunday, May 8, 3 p.m., Hogan Regional Center Auditorium, 6 Hathorne Circle, Danvers. The North Shore Players Youth Theatre presents its 2011 spring play and musical, "Oz," the timeless "Wizard of Oz" tale adapted into a musical with new music. $12 cash or check at the door, or at www.northshoreplayers.org.

"ONCE UPON A MATTRESS." Friday, May 6, Saturday, May 7, 7 p.m., Masconomet Middle School auditorium, 20 Endicott Road, Topsfield. Set in a fictional medieval kingdom, the musical comedy tells the story of a prince who can't marry his potential bride until he passes his mother's tests that she's designed in hopes of keeping him single; no one can marry until the prince does. $10/adults, $5/students. 978-352-7315 or 978-390-2425.

"THE PRINCESS PLAYS." Friday, May 6, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, May 7, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m., Sunday, May 8, 2:30 p.m., Ipswich High School, Performing Arts Center, 134 High St., Ipswich. The Company of Ipswich High School will perform Colleen Neuman's "The Princess Plays," three one-acts that spoof traditional fairy tale traditions. $10/general, $5/students, seniors and preschoolers. www.ticketstage.com/CIHS. Tea party on Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 2:15 p.m.; come in costume. www.ticketstage.com/CIHS.

FOLK FESTIVAL. Saturday, May 7, 1 to 7 p.m., Old Town Hall, Salem. Festival features Audrey Drake, Delvis, Thea Hopkins, Avi Jacob, The Willows, Maggie Mackay, Adam Michael Rothberg, George Jack, Doug Kwartler, Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards, Outrageous Fortune, and Mike and Ruthy. $15/at the door, free for kids under 10, $2 off ticket price with two nonperishable can donations, $12 online. www.northshorefolkfestival.com.

"MIRROR, MIRROR." Sunday, May 8, 1 and 4 p.m., Temple B'nai Abraham, 200 E. Lothrop St., Beverly. Theatre of Light performance. Suggested ticket donations are $5 for children under 5; $10 for students/seniors; $15 for adults. 978-210-9818 or theatreoflight@comcast.net.

Commemorations

NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER. Thursday, May 5, 7:30 to 8 a.m., Leather City Common, 55 Lowell St., Peabody. National Day of Prayer Task Force will gather to pray for the nation, its leaders, military, schools and education, families, media, houses of worship, businesses, and economy. All are welcome to attend. Parking available on Railroad Avenue. 978-531-7912.

PRAYER SERVICE. Thursday, May 5, 7:30 p.m., Our Savior Lutheran Church, 478 Boston St., Topsfield. All are invited to pray for local, state and national leaders and men and women in the armed services. Event includes patriotic hymns, scripture readings, patriotic video and times of prayer. There will be an opportunity to submit names to be prayed for at the service. Speakers: Army Chaplain Shawn Hunze and Dick and Christine Moody. Dessert reception will follow. 978-887-5701 or www.oslcma.com.

THE SALEM AWARD FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AND JUSTICE. Saturday, May 7, 7:30 p.m., Salem High School, 77 Willson St., Salem. To be presented to Dr. Jonathan Shay for his work on bringing post-traumatic stress disorder to the forefront with the military and the general public, improving the treatment of vets and others. Tickets from $3 to $10 for presentation, $50 with dinner prepared by students, at www.salemaward.org.

Night out

MOM'S NIGHT OUT. Thursday, May 5, 4 to 7 p.m., Northshore Mall, 210 Andover St., Peabody. Celebrate Mother's Day early with an evening of food, fun, entertainment, shopping, prize giveaways and more. Free. Moms and moms-to-be are invited. 617-488-2867.

SPRING FLING DANCE. Saturday, May 7, 7 to 11:30 p.m., American Legion Post 227, 69 River St., Middleton. Event will include music and entertainment by DJ Linda MacDonald, door prize, raffles, 50-50, light buffet and cash bar. $10; see any Auxiliary member for tickets or purchase at the door. 978-930-2630.

Recreation

SIX-HOUR RUN/WALK AGAINST BREAST CANCER. Sunday, May 8, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Bradley Palmer State Park, Asbury Road, Topsfield. Hosted by the G.A.C. Running Club. Run, 9 a.m.; walk, 9:15 a.m. $20 entry donation. Proceeds support educational programming and materials for patients of the Breast Health Center, Beverly Hospital at Danvers. mothersdayrunwalk@gmail.com or www.gaconline.net.

"FLIP FLOP FRIENDS" MOTHER'S DAY WALK. Sunday, May 8, 9 a.m., Ross Park, Johnson Street, Peabody. Registration and parking will take place at Kiley School. Walk is six miles; wear pink. Proceeds support the participation of "Flip Flop Friends" in the Susan G. Komen foundation's walk to fight breast cancer. $10/donation, $25/family. Registration 8:30 a.m. 978-531-6636.

Earth-friendly activities

CLEAN SALEM, GREEN SALEM. Saturday, May 7, 8:30 a.m. to noon, Riley Plaza, YMCA parking lot or the MBTA train station in Salem. Volunteers can meet team leaders at one of the three locations for the city Beautification Committee's annual clean sweeps day. Pizza party, noon. 978-619-5676.

SUSTAINABLE LAWN CARE BASICS. Saturday, May 7, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Long Hill, 572 Essex St., Beverly. Join Javier Gil, an accredited Organic Land Care professional. Learn the basics of sustainable lawn care. Transform your lawn into a thriving, green sustainable landscape with the use of organic practices. Gil will educate you on organic products, mowing practices and importance of healthy soil. Members: $8. Nonmembers: $12. Register by emailing bogrady@ttor.org, or call 978-921-1944, ext. 1825.

SALEM RECYCLES EVENT. Saturday, May 7, 10 a.m., Salem Common, Salem. Event includes information on Salem recycling efforts, a paper-making activity, a public art project discouraging plastic bottle usage, e-waste and plastic bag recycling drop-off, information about Salem Sound Coastwatch, and a collection of lightly used clothing and household goods by Recycle for Hunger to benefit St. Joseph's Food pantry. 978-619-5679.

History

"WORLD WAR II THROUGH A CHILD'S EYES." Thursday, May 5, 7 p.m., JCC, 4 Community Road, Marblehead. Tilly Maddux of Marblehead will speak about growing up in Nazi-occupied Holland. Tilly will read an emotional letter from her old nanny who was Jewish, and present a slide presentation of her own experiences. May not be appropriate for children under eighth grade. www.jccns.org or 781-631-8330.

THE CULTURE OF JIM CROW. Thursday, May 5, 7 p.m., Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St., Peabody. Dr. Cynthia Lyerly, Boston College professor of history, will discuss how segregation affected everyday life in both the North and the South. Free; register at 978-531-0100, ext. 10.

PLANTERS PATH WALKING TOUR. Saturday, May 7, 9 a.m., Balch House, 448 Cabot St., Beverly. Join Darren Brown on a tour of the Old Planter's Path, which runs from Balch Street to the earliest landing place, and was used by the planters to reach their homes from the Bass River side. $5/general, free for members. 978-922-1186, ext. 204, or beverlyhistory.org.

"HELD ON THE HOMEFRONT." Wednesday, May 11, afternoon, Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St., Beverly. During World War II, more than 370,000 German POWs were held in military camps and other locations throughout Massachusetts and the United States. This traveling bus exhibit, a "BUS-eum," assembled by the Midwest educational organization Traces, will be at the Beverly Senior Center in the morning, and at the main library in the afternoon, with artifacts, films and panel displays. To schedule group or class tours, call 978-921-6062. No scheduling is needed for individuals. www.traces.org.

Film

FILM DISCUSSION GROUP. Monday, May 9, 7 p.m., Peabody Institute Library, Main Library, 82 Main St., Peabody. To discuss "Grizzly Man." Watch the movie prior to the discussion, call the Main Library to reserve a copy of the film. 978-531-0100, ext. 10, or www.peabodylibrary.org.

Art

"SPRING BRINGS." Gallery opening Saturday, May 7, 5 to 7 p.m., Time and Tide Fine Art, 4 Market St., Ipswich. Exhibit will feature world-renowned opera singer Miae Cho and her paintings of bright colors and bold expressions, and the work of other local and international artists. Kristina@TimeAndTideFineArt.com or 978-238-8848.

ART COLLECTION ON DISPLAY. Through May, Wenham Museum, 132 Main St., Wenham. Art created by students at Tracy Elementary School in Lynn, Pingree students, two Governor's Academy students and a Waring School student will be on display during May at the museum. 978-468-4415, ext. 233.

Books and story time

STORY TIME EVENT SERIES. Thursday, May 5, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Northshore Mall food court, Peabody. Parents, guardians and young children are invited to enjoy storybook readings by representatives of the Peabody library, and a free arts and crafts activity. 978-531-3441.

BEVERLY PUBLIC LIBRARY DAYTIME BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP. Thursday, May 5, 1 p.m., 32 Essex St., Beverly. To discuss "We Were the Mulvaneys" by Joyce Carol Oates. New members welcome. Registration is not required, and copies of this book are available at the Circulation Desk. The library is handicapped-accessible. 978-921-6062.

"HEY! LET'S PLAY!" Saturday, May 7, 10 a.m., Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St., Peabody. Sandra Libby, local author and playground expert, will present a program for children about playing safely while having fun on the playground. She'll read from her book, available for purchase. Snacks and raffle. 978-531-0100, ext. 32.

Workshops

SPRING WREATH-MAKING WORKSHOP. Saturday, May 7, 10 a.m., Boxford Town Library, 10 Elm St., Boxford. Learn how to make spring wreaths with Patricia Graham. Bring wire clippers. $10 registration fee due on the morning of program; make checks payable to Patricia Graham. Register at www.boxfordtownlib.org. 978-887-7323, ext. 2.

TEEN ART CLASS. Monday, May 9, 6 to 8 p.m., Swampscott Public Library, 61 Burrill St., Swampscott. During the workshop with Yetti Frenkel, participants (grades five through 12) will create both senryu and haiku poems, then illustrate their work in a folding card. Free; materials provided. Register at 781-596-8867, ext. 304.

Sales

SPRING RUMMAGE SALE. Friday, May 6, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, May 7, 9 a.m. to noon, First Baptist Church gym, 221 Cabot St., Beverly. Bargains on clothing, jewelry, books, toys, household items, curtains and more. Handicapped-accessible. Free admission. Saturday is bag day, greater discounts. www.fbcbeverly.org or 978-922-3295.

COMMUNITY YARD SALE DROP-OFF. Friday, May 6, noon to 7 p.m., Beverly Cove Community Center, 19 E. Corning St., Beverly. The Friends of Cove Park will accept the following items for its yard sale Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.: furniture, toys/games, sporting goods/bikes, kitchen/household items, small appliances, jewelry, office supplies, tools/yard items, books, movies and music. 978-969-2127 or friendsofcovepark@gmail.com.

FLOWER AND PLANT SALE. Friday, May 6, 2 to 4 p.m., and Saturday, May 7, 8 a.m. to noon, Buker School, 1 School St., Wenham. Wide variety of flowering annuals, hanging baskets and potted plants for window boxes will be available along with 2-gallon tomato plants. m.mbailey@verizon.net.

YARD AND PLANT SALE. Saturday, May 7, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Second Congregational Church, 35 Conant St., Beverly. Sale will include a silent auction, baked goods and snack bar. gailgoodell@comcast.net.

ANNUAL PLANT SALE. Saturday, May 7, 9 a.m. to noon, Glen Magna Farms, Ingersoll Street, Danvers. Danvers Historical Society will hold its annual plant sale. Volunteers will be available to answer questions. Sale runs Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to noon through June 11 or sooner if sold out. 978-852-0210.

EQUINE EXPO AND SALE. Saturday, May 7, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Topsfield Fairgrounds, Arena Building, Topsfield. Event will include demonstrations, silent auction, food and the "Horse Crooner," who will sing to horses to relax them. All proceeds support the Essex County Trail Association. $5, free for children under 10. 978-468-7715.

Clubs

BANGKOK PARADISE. Rock, funk, reggae, 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Jazz jam every Monday, 7 to 10 p.m. DJ G. Com & DJ Tone, May 5; DJ Omega, May 6; Our Own World, May 7. 90 Washington St., Salem. 978-825-9202.

CAPONE'S. DJ Spinelli, May 5; Mama Kicks, May 6; Wildfire, May 7. $5 cover; proper dress required, 147 Summit St., Peabody. 978-977-0520.

CHIANTI. B3 Kings, 8:30 p.m. to 12 a.m., May 5; Dwight Ritcher, 9 p.m. to 12 a.m., May 6; Henley Douglas Jr., 9 p.m. to 12 a.m., May 7; Whose Muddy Shoes, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., May 8; Fats Hammond, 8:30 p.m. to 12 a.m., May 10; Barrence Whitfield, 8:30 p.m. to 12 a.m., May 11. 285 Cabot St., Beverly. 978-921-2233 or www.chiantibeverly.com.

DODGE STREET. Ken Clark & Regressing to Apes, May 5; Spike Emerson Starship, May 6; Rob Potylo & The Lonely Planets, JJF & The Frog, May 7; SIN, May 8; Open Mike hosted by Sound Carnival, May 9; Anti-karaoke singalong with Mike P., May 10 and 11. 7 Dodge St., Salem. 978-745-0139.

GULU-GULU. Audrey Ryan, May 5; Calamus, May 6; Dan Blakeslee as Doctor Gasp!, May 7; Experimental Documentaries Movie Month, May 10; Open mike, May 11. 247 Essex St., Salem. 978-740-8882.

HARDCOVER RESTAURANT. Satch Kerans, May 6. 15A Newbury St. (Route 1 north), Danvers. 978-774-1223.

IN A PIG'S EYE. Blues Jam, 4 to 7 p.m., May 6; Sit Down Baby, May 7; open mike with Lisa Marie and Dominic, May 8; Scaredy Cats, May 11. 148 Derby St., Salem. 978-741-4436.

ME&THEE COFFEEHOUSE. AnaéØs Mitchell presents Hadestown, featuring Tim Gearan, Amy Correia, Jefferson Hamer and Dinty Child, May 6. Doors open at 7:30 for 8 p.m. show, at Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead, 28 Mugford St., Marblehead. $22 in advance at www.meandthee.org or 781-631-8987, $24 at the door. All ages.

VFW, WITCH CITY POST. May 7, 8 p.m. to midnight, karaoke. 95 Derby St., Salem. 617-840-9267.

VICTORIA STATION. Open mike with Nick Consone, May 5; DJ Bounce of Good Vibes Entertainment, May 6; The Merj, May 7; Karaoke, May 11. 86 Wharf St., Pickering Wharf, Salem. 978-745-3400.

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