Wednesday, Dec. 24
Salem: Christmas Caroling, 4 to 7 p.m., Hawthorne Hotel, Grand Ballroom, 18 Washington Square W. Join Julie Dougherty for caroling. Admission is by freewill donation to a local charity; collections will be taken throughout the evening. Cash bar available in the ballroom. Restaurants open normal hours. 978-825-4311.
Saturday, Dec. 27
Salem: E-Waste Recycling, 8 a.m. to noon, 5 Jefferson Ave. $10 fee for TVs, computers and appliances. No limit. Proof of residency required. salem.com/Pages/SalemMA_Recycling/index.
Topsfield: Vacation Week Family Fun Days: Survivor, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row. Through teamwork and problem-solving, explore the woodlands of the sanctuary and imagine being an explorer stranded in the wilderness. In order to survive, explorers will need to build shelters, collect firewood, and find food and a water source. Find out how one would survive in such a situation. Meet in the Barn. Dress for weather. Program for families with children ages 4 and older. (Also offered Jan. 2.) Fee: $9 adult, $7 child; discounts for Mass Audubon members. Advance registration required at 978-887-9264 or massaudubon.org/ipswichriver.
Sunday, Dec. 28
Topsfield: Vacation Week Family Fun Days: Parent/Child Build a Bird Feeder, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row. Children and parents can hand-make a bird feeder. Each family will receive a kit containing all the necessary parts to build a feeder that will attract chickadees, titmice, nuthatches, cardinals, and many other birds to the yard. Observe the sanctuary feeders to see which birds are looking for food. Meet in the Barn. Dress for weather. All materials and instruction provided; bring a hammer. Fee: $20 per family; discounts for Mass Audubon members. Extra kits available for $12 each and must be ordered by Dec. 10. Program for families with children ages 4 and older. (Also offered Jan. 3.) Advance registration required at 978-887-9264 or massaudubon.org/ipswichriver.
Monday, Dec. 29
Peabody: The Reading Games: Teen Read-A-Thon, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Peabody Institute Library Main Branch, 82 Main St. Compete in a Hunger Games-themed Read-A-Thon to raise money to benefit future library programs and events. Teens in grades six through 12 are invited to find sponsors among family and friends, camp out for the day (or part of it), eat and especially read alongside their peers, while competing in mini challenges and competitions along the way. Each hour of reading will count for community service volunteer credit, and lunch and snacks will be provided. For more information and to register, call Cate Merlin, teen librarian, at 978-531-0100, ext. 14, or visit www.peabodylibrary.org.
Tuesday, Dec. 30
Topsfield: Vacation Week Family Fun Days: Predator Party, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row. Predators such as the eastern coyote can’t go to the market for groceries, so how do they get their food? Learn about the different predators in Massachusetts by taking a walk to look for fishers, river otters, foxes, hawks and owls. Tracks, chews, scat, pellets, and bones will show where predators have partied. Meet in the Barn. Dress for weather. Program for families with children ages 4 and older. (Also offered Jan. 4.) Fee: $9 adult, $7 child; discounts for Mass Audubon members. Advance registration required at 978-887-9264 or massaudubon.org/ipswichriver.
Swampscott: ‘Frozen’ Fun, 2 p.m., Swampscott Public Library, 61 Burrill St. Meet Elsa from “Frozen” in person at the library. Join her in songs, games and photos. Costumes welcome. Vacation program is open to all. www.noblenet.org/swampscott.
Wednesday, Dec. 31
Wenham: Family New Year’s Eve Celebration, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wenham Museum, 132 Main St. Children of all ages and their families are invited to ring in the New Year at a museum-wide celebration, featuring the comical antics of Lindsay and her Puppet Pals and Wiggles and Giggles Music. Celebrate with noisemakers, hats, face painting and a ginger ale toast. Advance tickets: $8 members, $10 nonmembers; $12 day of. Preregister by Dec. 27 at www.wenhammuseum.org.
Beverly: Beverly’s New Year 2015, 3 to 7 p.m., downtown Beverly. Family-friendly celebration of the New Year. Beverly’s New Year Grand Procession is at 6 p.m., and Kid’s Countdown beach ball drop is at 6:45 p.m. Enjoy train rides, performances, arts and crafts and more. Outdoor events are free; indoor performances require purchase of an admission button. Free admission for children ages 2 and under. Beverly Main Streets, 978-922-8558, www.beverlymainstreets.org/beverlys-new-year-62.html.
Thursday, Jan. 1
Salem: Freeze Your Tush Off for charity, 11:30 a.m., Winter Island boat ramp, 50 Winter Island Road. Sixth annual ocean dip to benefit the Salem Pantry. Donations of cash, checks and canned/staple goods are accepted; tax receipts available. Raffles, T-shirts and refreshments available in the function hall. www.freezeyourtushoff.org. Becky Christie, 978-580-5016.
Tuesday, Jan. 6
Beverly: Introduction to 3D Printing, 6:30 to 9 p.m., Beverly Public Library, Sohier Room, 32 Essex St. Join library director Pat Cirone for an introduction to the basics of working with the library’s 3D printer, a MakerBot Replicator, fifth generation. Learn the basics of downloading and designing objects using Thingiverse, Tinkercad and SketchUp. Bring a laptop. A free version of SketchUp is available at www.sketchup.com. Registration required at 978-921-6062 or at the reference desk.
Salem: “The Tillman Story,” 7 p.m., Salem SATV Studio, 285 Derby St. Film examines Pat Tillman’s unusual life and times, the facts about his death, how and why the military created a cover story to hide the truth. Free. Sponsored by Salem Peace Committee. 978-740-9917.
Thursday, Jan. 8
Beverly: Snowball Soiree, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., Main Hall, Beverly Senior Center, 90 Colon St. Formal dinner dance with live music by Ray Novack and the Horizons Trio and a catered buffet. Many raffles will be offered, with prizes from corporate sponsors. Tickets are $15 per person. For more information or to RSVP, call 978-921-6017.
Boxford: Work Better Series: Oral Communication Skills, 6 to 8 p.m., Boxford Town Library, 10 Elm St. The third and final class of the library’s three-part Work Better series on business skills will concentrate on oral communication skills. Free. Seats are limited. Registration required at www.boxfordlibrary.org or 978-887-7323.
Friday, Jan. 9
Salem: Annual Christmas Tree Bonfire, 6 p.m., Dead Horse Beach, Memorial Drive. Mayor Kim Driscoll and the Salem’s Park & Recreation Department will hold the 12th annual Christmas Tree Bonfire. Weather permitting. Trees that haven’t already been picked up may be brought to the bonfire. All decorations and lights should be removed from trees. In case of bad weather, the bonfire will be held on Saturday, Jan. 10 at 6 p.m. Check www.salem.com for rescheduling information.
Tuesday, Jan. 13
Salem: Brookhouse Home Board Meeting, 5:30 p.m., Brookhouse Home, 180 Derby St.
Tuesday, Jan. 27
Peabody: AARP meeting, 12:45 p.m., Torigian Community Life Center, 79 Central St. Greater Peabody Chapter 4806 AARP’s first meeting of the year features Peabody Patrolman Richard Cameron, the elderly affairs officer, who will discuss scams, rip-offs and more. Refreshments and social hour will follow. Everyone age 50 and up is invited to attend the meeting and join the chapter. Chapter President Elliott Hershoff, 978 531-7309.
Sunday, Feb. 1
Swampscott: Soli Deo Gloria Concert Series, 3 p.m., First Church, 40 Monument Ave. First Church presents its Soli Deo Gloria Concert Series in celebration of the 10-year anniversary of the church’s Noack organ. Second concert features Gordon College Men’s Choir, conducted by Dr. Jamie Hillman, and joined by First Church Chancel Choir for one selection. Free; open to the public. Free-will offerings will be accepted. Patricia Clark, 781-592-6081.
Sunday, April 12
Swampscott: Soli Deo Gloria Concert Series, 3 p.m., First Church, 40 Monument Ave. First Church presents its Soli Deo Gloria Concert Series in celebration of the 10-year anniversary of the church’s Noack organ. Third and final concert features pianist Andrew Focks. Free; open to the public. Free-will offerings will be accepted. Patricia Clark, 781-592-6081.