AUDITIONS

COMEDY AUDITIONS. RJ's Comedy Express seeks local comedic talent for open mike and comedy nights in the Merrimack Valley and Southern New Hampshire. Call Raymond Poirier, 603-382-0445 or 603-793-3725. Mail tapes to 12 Auburn St., Plaistow, N.H.

Merrimack Valley Philharmonic auditions. Openings in the violin, viola and bass sections, Monday evenings at the Rogers Center For the Performing Arts, Merrimack College. Call to schedule an audition. 315 Turnpike St., North Andover. 978-687-7098, mvpomusic.org.

Merrimack Valley String Orchestra auditions. The multi-generational community orchestra, based in Haverhill, is having open auditions for the upcoming season. Three levels of orchestra, plus Cello Choir and Advanced Cello Ensemble perform several concerts each year. Call to schedule an audition. 978-372-9158, mvsostrings.org.

THEATER CLASSES & auditions. Acting Out! will hold classes and auditions for ages 5-15. New classes to choose from. Visit the website for dates and times. 978-794-0001, e-mail actingouttheater@comcast.net, actingout.biz.

Book Readings/Signings/Discussions

Book Release. "Remember When We ... Wallis Sands Revisited" with compiler/editor, Deb Cross, Thursday, June 24, 7 p.m. at the Rye Public Library, 581 Washington Road, Rye, N.H. 603-964-8401, ryepubliclibrary.org.

'Tell Inn' New England Storytelling series. Join Suzie Sims-Fletcher, H.R. Britton, Rowan Meade, Norah Dooley, and clarinetist Todd Brunel on the last Sunday of every month from 4 to 6 p.m. at Inn Magnolia, 18 Norman Ave., Gloucester. Suggested donation $4. 978-525-3642, e-mail InnMagnolia@gmail.com.

Children/Families

STORY HOUR. The Book Rack, Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m. Free. 52 State St., Newburyport. 978-462-8615.

CLUBS

Brookstone Grille. Dan Webster Thursday, June 24, 6 to 9 p.m. Free entertainment. 14 Route 111, Derry, N.H. 603-328-9250.

CARRIAGE WHEEL PUB. Open mike with Rockin' Randy, Thursdays, 8 to 11 p.m. No cover. 10 Friend St., Amesbury. 978-388-0291.

DAVID'S TAVERN. John Tavano appears every Thursday, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and Sunday brunch, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 12 Brown Square, Newburyport. 978-462-8077.

GLORY. Ladies Night Fashion Show Series with DJ Dee and giveaways. Top local stores and hair salons participating. 8 p.m. every Thursday in The Lounge at Glory, 19 Essex St., Andover. 978-475-4811.

HOBO CAFE AND LOUNGE. Bob Allison hosts piano bar Wednesdays, 7 to 9 p.m. No cover charge. "Nostalgia Night" with the Lighthouse Trio and Friends the first Wednesday of the month, 7 to 9 p.m. 5 Broadway, Salisbury Beach. 978-465-4626, 978-270-9242, CasablancaPiano.com.

Jocelyn's Restaurant. Live entertainment with Threeplay Acoustic Trio Saturday, June 26, 9 p.m. 355 South Broadway, Salem N.H. 603-870-0045, jocelynsrestaurant.com.

Jocko's Jazz at the Sahara. The Ray Santisi Trio Tuesday, June 29, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. $5 cover. Wheelchair accessible. 34 Bates St., Methuen. 978-683-9200 or jockosjazz.com.

PALMER'S RESTAURANT & TAVERN. Live music Thursdays, 8 to 11 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, 9 p.m. to midnight. 18 Elm St., Andover. 978-470-1606.

THE GEORGETOWN GRILLE. Acoustic Open Mike, every Wednesday from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Hosted by Dave Coppola. 19 W. Main St., Georgetown. 978-769-3550.

THE GROG. Flamenco guitarist Steven Spungin, Tuesdays. Music starts at 8 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays; 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays; 6 p.m. on Sundays. Admission, $5-$7. 13 Middle St., Newburyport. 978-465-8008.

The Peddler's Daughter. Stump Trivia every Tuesday at 9 p.m. 45 Wingate St., Haverhill. 978-372-9555, thepeddlersdaughter.com.

COMEDY

China Blossom Comedy Room. Fridays and Saturdays, 9:30 p.m. at the China Blossom Restaurant. $20 per person. 946 Osgood St., North Andover. Reservations, 978-455-0978. chinablossomcomedy.net.

Comedy Night. The third Thursday of every month, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at The Coffee Factory, 55 Crystal Ave., Derry, N.H. No cover. 603-432-6006, thecoffeefactoryderry.com.

Concerts

Casino Ballroom. Draw the Line (a tribute to Aerosmith), Captured (a tribute to Journey) and Dirty Deeds (a tribute to AC/DC) Saturday June 26, 8 p.m. $16. Ages 18 plus. Boz Scaggs Sunday, June 27, 8 p.m. $50, $40, $33. Ages 18 plus. 169 Ocean Blvd., Hampton, N.H. 603-929-4100, ticketmaster.com, casinoballroom.com.

Comcast Center. Brooks and Dunn: Last Rodeo Tour with guest Gary Allan Saturday, June 26, 7:30 p.m. Bamboozle Roadshow Sunday, June 27, 1 p.m. 885 South Main St., Mansfield. Tickets, 508-339-2331, livenation.com.

Stayin' Alive: One Night of The Bee Gees. Saturday, June 26, 8 p.m. at The Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester, N.H. $39.50-$29.50. 603-668-5588, palacetheatre.org.

The Wilbur Theatre. Capitol Steps Saturday, June 26, 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. $42-$62. All ages. 246 Tremont St., Boston. 617-248-9700, thewilburtheatre.com.

WEird Al Yankovic. Saturday, June 26, 7 p.m. at Meadowbrook U.S. Celluar Pavilion, 72 Meadowbrook Lane, Gilford, N.H. $58, $43, $33.75. 603-293-4700, meadowbrook.net.

DANCE

Ballroom Dancing classes. Christine Glaeser teaches American, Latin and Ballroom Dancing Thursdays, 6:45 p.m. at the Chelmsford Senior Center. $7 per class, $10 per couple. 75 Groton Road, North Chelmsford. 978-251-0533.

LINE DANCING CLASSES. All Saints Parish offers line dancing classes Wednesdays from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. in the parish hall, 120 Bellevue Ave., Haverhill. All are welcome. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes. 978-374-6001.

Line Dancing. Every Wednesday, 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the VFW, River Street, Methuen. $3. 603-329-5904.

M&M's Dance Club. Ballroom dancing is held every Thursday from 8 to 11:30 p.m. at Hillview Country Club, North Street, North Reading. Features a live band. Singles and couples welcome. $9. 978-664-1660.

Saturday Night Ballroom Dancing. June 26, 7:30 p.m. at the Methuen Senior Activity Center, 77 Lowell St. Music by The Mel Tones. $8 per person. 978-983-8825.

Single Executives Club Dance. Saturday, June 26, 8 p.m. to midnight at the new Holiday Inn, Grand Ballroom, 4 Highwood Drive, Tewksbury. Free hors d'ouevres, raffles, free door prizes. For singles 35-60. Proper business-casual dress. $12. 781-446-0234, se-4u.com.

Tuesday Line Dancing Class. From 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Methuen Senior Activity Center, 77 Lowell St. $2 per person. 978-983-8825.

FILM

Free Downtown summer movie series. All movies will be shown on Tuesdays, 8:30 p.m. and will be projected onto a temporary screen in Columbus Park, adjacent to England's MicroCreamery, Haverhill. "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa" June 29; "Spiderman 2" July 6; "Monsters vs. Aliens" July 13; "Indiana Jones: Temple of Doom" July 20; "The Polar Express" July 27; "Tale of Despereaux" Aug. 3; "Bee Movie" Aug. 10. Sponsored by Hamel Mill Lofts.

Free Movies. Every Friday, 10 a.m. at the Stevens Memorial Library. Open to seniors and the public. 345 Main St., North Andover. 978-688-9505.

Ghost Stories of New England Show. Features ghost footage and energy demonstrations Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. at 285 Derby St., Salem; and Saturdays and Sundays, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Murphy's, 300 Derby St., Salem. 978-777-2711.

GALLERIES AND ART

ART SERIES. Veasey Memorial Park's art series offers art shows and open houses for area artists each month. Artists who want to showcase their work are welcome. 201 Washington St., Groveland. 978-521-9345, e-mail events@veaseypark.org.

ArtSpace Maynard. "Worlds Apart" will be on view through July 2. Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. or by appointment. 63 Summer St., Maynard. E-mail cvw198@yahoo.com, artspacemaynard.com.

Bridge Gallery. A new show titled, "You Are Here, Local Places," will be featured during the month of June. Includes "Market Square" by Michael Doran, "Bennett Hill" by Fran Butsavich, and "Great Salt Marsh of Newbury" by Tony Cerra. Hours: noon to 6 p.m. daily, except Tuesdays. 1R Water St., Newburyport. BridgeGalleryNewburyport.com.

CHURCHILL GALLERY. A collection of oils by photo-realistic artist Michael McGovern. Hours: Mondays and Tuesdays, 12:30 to 5 p.m.; Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sundays, 12:30 to 5 p.m. or by appointment. 6 Inn St., Newburyport. 978-462-9891 or thechurchillgallery.com.

CLARKE GALLERY. Features work of traditional artists from the mid-19th to the mid-20th centuries, including the Hudson River and Cape Ann schools, as well as Newburyport artists Laura Coombs Hills and John Appleton Brown. 94 1/2 Lime St., Newburyport. 978-465-0494.

Don Gorvett Exhibition. The artist's woodcuts will be displayed through Aug. 6 in the Heftler Visiting Artist Gallery, Center for the Arts, Endicott College, 376 Hale St., Beverly. A reception will be held Tuesday, July 13, 5 to 7 p.m., gallery talk by Don Gorvett at 6 p.m., and musical entertainment. Free. Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 978-232-2655, e-mail kmoore@endicott.edu.

Endicott College Alumni Art Exhibit. On view now through Aug. 9 in the Spencer Presentation Gallery at the Center for the Arts, Endicott College. Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Exhibit is free to the public. 376 Hale St., Beverly. 978-232-2655, endicott.edu.

'Endicott's Impact: Service without Boundaries' exhibit. On display through July 12, in the Halle Library, Archive and Museum Gallery at Endicott College. Includes objects, photographs, paper ephemera, interactive activities and computer programs. Free. Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 376 Hale St., Beverly. 978-232-2257.

Essex Art Center Exhibitions. On view through Aug. 12. In the Chester F. Sidell Gallery: "In and Out: Weaving Baskets and Wheat." In the Elizabeth A. Beland Gallery: "Pin the Tail on the Donkey." Hours: Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed June 28 through July 2. Call for additional evening hours. Free. 56 Island St., Lawrence. 978-685-2343, essexartcenter.org.

Exhibition of Watercolors. Works by John Soward will be on view through Aug. 1 at Firehouse Center for the Arts, Market Square, Newburyport. Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. 978-462-7336, firehouse.org.

Exhibition of Wood Engravings. The exhibit, by Lawrence native Anna Hogan, is at the Museum of Printing. The exhibit continues on Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 800 Massachusetts Ave., North Andover. museumofprinting.org.

'Fish, Silk, Tea, Bamboo.' On view at the Peabody Essex Museum through 2011. Hours: Tuesday through Sunday and holiday Mondays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, $11 for students, free for members, youth 16 and under and residents of Salem. East India Square, Salem. 866-745-1876, pem.org.

GAGA GALLERY. Open Fridays, 2 to 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. and by appointment. 459 Humphrey St., Swampscott. 781-596-7596.

Gallery Della-Piana. Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 152-R Main St., Route 1-A, Wenham. 978-468-1944, gallerydellapiana.com.

'History in Bloom.' Costumes and accessories will be on view through Aug. 15, Tuesday through Friday, and the first and third Sunday of every month, noon to 3 p.m. Free. Cassidy Art Museum, Osborne-Salata House, 33 Washington St., Peabody. 978-531-0805, peabodyhistorical.org.

June Artist of the Month. The work of Carl Swenson will be featured through June at Pelham Public Library, 24 Village Green, Pelham, N.H. 603-635-7581.

Kingston Gallery. "Sometimes A Golden Fish Swims By: Photographs by Mary Lang" on view through June 27. Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. and by appointment. 450 Harrison Ave., No. 43 Boston. 617-423-4113, kingstongallery.com.

LEPORE FINE ARTS. Newburyport's oldest gallery dealing in antique paintings and a leading expert in the work of Laura Hills and J. Appleton Brown. Also showing works by William Bradford, Emile Gruppe, George L. Noyes, Jane Peterson, Paul Strisik and Harry Vincent. Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 1 to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 58 Merrimac St., Newburyport. 978-462-1663.

Local Colors Artists' Cooperative. Offers original art by local artists. Hours: Monday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 121 Main St., Gloucester. 978-283-3996, local-colors.org.

Newburyport 'ArtWalk.' Saturday, June 26, 3 to 7 p.m. Galleries featuring new exhibitions and receptions include: The Churchill Gallery, 6 Inn St.; Indigo Artist Studio, 53 Middle St.; Chameleon, 18 Liberty St.; Newburyport Art Association, 65 Water St.; Spirit of Newburyport Studio, 36 Liberty St.; Connor Summers Gallery, 48 Market St. All ArtWalk destinations are located within walking distance of each other. Maps are available at all locations. Free.

'Nights on the Neck.' Held the first Thursday of every month through September, open galleries will provide entertainment on Rocky Neck in Gloucester. Festivities are from 5 to 9 p.m. Features for specific dates will be available at rockyneckartcolony.org.

North Shore Arts Association. Exhibit by Mark Shasha will be on view through July 10. Opening reception Sunday, June 27, 2 to 4 p.m. 11 Pirates Lane, Gloucester. 978-283-1857, markshasha.com.

Positive Images Gallery 61. Fine-art photography, cards and gifts. Hand-painted kites, recycled and fair-trade items, jewelry and handbags from local artisans. Two Rivers Pottery, Basic Spirit Pewter, Pairpoint Glass. Ongoing exhibit by Scott Leonhart, Jack Fowler, Warren Stone, Patricia J. Bruno. Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 61 Wingate St., Haverhill. 978-556-9366.

RIVERWALK BEAD SHOP. Work by 36 local artists, including jewelry, beads, paintings, pottery, weaving, carved gourds and more. 32 Elm St., Amesbury. 978-388-3499.

The Loading Dock Gallery. "From Mundane Foundations to Monsters: An Homage to the Home Depot" by Michael Miller will be on view through June 27. Gallery hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free admission. 122 Western Ave., Lowell. 978-349-8069, theloadingdockgallery.com.

White Birch Fine Art. Unframed originals by local artists will be displayed in a show titled "The UFOs are Coming!" through Aug. 4. Artwork will also be available for purchase. 8 Mohawk Drive, Londonderry, N.H. 603-434-0399, whitebirchfineart.com.

ZOOMORPHIC VESSEL EXHIBITION. True North Gallery will present "When the Animal Holds a Space: A Celebration of Zoomorphic Vessels" from now through Sept. 4. Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. and by appointment. 25 Woodbury St., South Hamilton. 978-468-1962, truenorthgallery.net.

Lecture

'Walden's Rising Waters.' The Walden Pond State Reservation interpretive program will be Friday, June 25, 11 a.m. and Wednesday, June 30, 2 p.m. Learn about the glacial history of Walden Pond and how it affects present-day uses. Appropriate for ages 10 and older. The program is free, but there is a $5 parking fee. 915 Walden St., Concord, Mass. 978-369-3254.

MUSEUMS

American Textile History Museum. Features the exhibit "Textile Revolution: An Exploration Through Space and Time." Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, children 6-16, and college students. Free for members, children under 6. 491 Dutton St., Lowell. 978-441-0400, athm.org.

CUSTOM HOUSE MARITIME MUSEUM. Built in 1835, the Newburyport Custom House was designed by Robert Mills, architect of the Washington Monument and the U.S. Treasury Building. Features ship models and maritime art as well as exhibits on shipbuilding, the Coast Guard and author John Marquand. Open Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. 25 Water St., Newburyport. 978-462-8681 or themaritimesociety.org.

DOLE-LITTLE HOUSE. Circa-1700 timber-frame construction home restored in 1955. Open year-round by appointment only. Admission $4 adults, $3 seniors, $2 students/children. 289 High Road, Newbury. 978-462-2634, historicnewengland.org.

JOB LANE FARM MUSEUM. The Job Lane House, built in 1713, added on to in 1820, and the post and beam barn (1993) are at 295 North Road, Bedford. Open house tours: May through October, second and fourth Sunday, from 2 to 4 p.m. Gift shop in the barn. The house parlor has Rufus Porter murals. Cost is $2 per person or $5 per family. joblane.org or e-mail joblanefarm@gmail.com.

LOWELL'S BOAT SHOP. Established in 1793, oldest continuously operating boat shop in the country. Guests can view boatbuilders at work, take a tour and view exhibits. By appointment only. 459 Main St., Amesbury. 978-834-0050, lowellsboatshop.com.

MEETINGHOUSE. Rocky Hill Meeting House, circa-1785 rural New England meetinghouse with limited ornamental detail offering example of vernacular architecture. 4 Portsmouth Road, Amesbury. 978-462-2634, spnea.org.

PAINE HOUSE TOURS. The Paine House at Greenwood Farm, Ipswich. One hour tours: first Saturdays and Sundays, June through October, 1 to 3 p.m. Recommended for children 8 years and older. Members: free. Nonmembers: first Saturdays, all are free; first Sundays, $8 for adults; $5 for children. 978-921-1944, thetrustees.org.

PRINTING MUSEUM. World's largest collection of antique printing, typesetting and bindery machines. Has extensive printing collection of the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., Wednesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission $5. 800 Massachusetts Ave., North Andover. 978-686-0450.

SWETT-ILSLEY HOUSE. Circa-1670 saltbox dwelling illustrating development of New England's timber-frame architecture and building practices over two centuries, including one of the largest kitchen hearths in New England. 4 High Road, Newbury. 978-462-2634, spnea.org.

MUSIC

Acoustic Open Mike Nights. Every Tuesday, 7 to 10 p.m. at the Pasta Loft Restaurant. Hosted by singer/guitarist Mike Belkas. All acoustic instruments and musical genres are encouraged. Free admission. 220 East Main St., Route 121A, East Hampstead, N.H. 603-548-5742.

Alcyon Chamber Ensemble Summer Music. Programs for young musicians to learn and perform chamber music will be held June 28 through July 2 and July 5 through 9 at Creative Arts, 25 Woburn St., Reading. Students taking piano, string and woodwind instruments are welcome to apply. Placement auditions will be held to create appropriate skill levels for chamber groups. Register online. 781-942-9600, weteachcreativearts.org, creativeartsforall.org.

BARBERSHOP SINGING GROUP. The barbershop singing group holds a guest night from 7:30 to 9 Mondays at All Saints Church, Haverhill. 978-372-8231.

Bluegrass Jam. Every second Saturday, 2 to 6 p.m. at the Gulu-Gulu Cafe. Open jam for all levels. 247 Essex St., Salem. 978-740-0098.

Cornerstone Books Bluegrass Jam. Third Thursday of every month, 7 p.m. 45 Lafayette St., Salem. 978-595-5401.

Country Friends Dance Band. Music every Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m. at the American Legion, 69 River St., Middleton. All ages. No cover. 978-777-2711.

Country Music. "Country Friends Band" hosts Country Music each Friday at 7 p.m. at American Legion Post 227. No cover. River Street, Middleton. 978-777-2711.

Lady Gaga Karaoke. Friday, June 25, 9 p.m. at Kings Dedham, 600 Legacy Place, Dedham. Ages 21 plus. 781-329-6000, kingsdedham.com.

LIVE JAZZ. Live jazz is performed every Saturday from 6 to 10 p.m. at Salvatore's Italian Restaurant, 354 Merrimack St., Lawrence. No cover or music charge. For dinner reservations, 978-291-0220.

Old Time Jam. Every Sunday, 7 to 10 p.m. at Skellig Pub. Hosted by Alan Kaufman. 240 Moody St., Waltham. 781-647-0679.

Open Music Session. Every Sunday, 4 to 8 p.m. at Paddy Kelly's Pub. Hosted by The Breakheart Ceildh Band. Irish, folk and bluegrass players welcome. 154 Washington St., Peabody. 978-532-2370.

Organ Recital. Wednesday, June 30, 8 p.m. at the Methuen Memorial Music Hall, 192 Broadway. Features Janet Hunt with Leslie Hunt, flute. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. $10 for adults, $5 for children. Tickets will be sold at the door. 978-685-0693, mmmh.org.

REGGAE ON THE RIVER. Reggae on the River with Dis-N-Dat Band every Sunday from 5 to 9 p.m. at Salvatore's Italian Restaurant, 354 Merrimack St., Lawrence. No cover charge. Dinner reservations available. 978-291-0220.

The Eastern Sound Orchestra. Monday, June 28, 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Sea Shell Stage, Ocean Blvd., Hampton Beach, N.H. Free. 603-642-4134, easternsound.com.

Traditional Old Time Jam. Every Monday, 8 p.m. at Sandy's Music, 896A Mass Ave., Cambridge. 617-491-2812.

Wildvine Jazz. Thursday, June 24, 6:30 p.m. at Boynton's Taproom, 155 Dow St., Manchester, N.H. $7. 603-623-7778, boyntonstaproom.com.

Theater

'Arsenic & Old Lace.' Performances are Saturday, June 26, 2 and 7:30 p.m. at the Hogan Regional Auditorium, 6 Hathorne Circle, Danvers. $12 at the door. 617-816-3204, e-mail arsenicandoldlaceproject@gmail.com.

Gloucester Stage. "Table Manners" will run through July 3. Evening performances are Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8 p.m. Matinees are Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m. $37 for adults, $32 for students (children under 18 and full-time students) and seniors (65 and over). 267 East Main St., Gloucester. 978-281-4433, gloucesterstage.org.

'GROUP ALCHEMY.' Friday and Saturday, June 25 and 26, 8 p.m., Sunday, June 27, 7 p.m. at the Actors Studio of Newburyport at the Tannery, 50 Water St., Mill 1, Suite 5. $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and students. 978-465-1229, mktix.com.

'Into the Woods.' Friday and Saturday, June 25 and 26, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, June 27, 2 p.m. at Sacred Hearts Auditorium, South Main St., Bradford. Tickets for the Pentucket Players Summer Youth Theatre Workshop production are $12; available at the door or online. All seats are unreserved. pentucketplayers.org.

'Lend Me a Tenor.' June 24 through 26, 7:30 p.m.; June 27, 2 p.m. at Mainstage Theatre, Salem State College, 352 Lafayette St. $17-$25. Reserved seating and subscription packages available. 978-542-7555, salemstate.edu.

'Murder at the Howard Johnson's.' Running through July 3 at the Amesbury Playhouse, 194 Main St. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays, 7 p.m. dinner, 8:30 p.m. show; Sundays, noon dinner, 1:30 p.m. show; Wednesdays, 6 p.m. dinner, 7:30 p.m. show. Reservations required. 978-388-9444, amesburyplayhouse.com.

Murder Mystery Fundraiser. Colonial Chorus Players will present this after dinner theatre at the Old Hose House in Reading. Performances are Friday and Saturday, June 25 and 26, 8 p.m. and Sunday, June 27, 2 p.m. $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors. Ticket price includes dessert, coffee, tea, and soda. 781-944-9780, e-mail colonialchorus@yahoo.com, colonialchorus.com.

'Rent.' Running through July 18 at Seacoast Repertory Theatre. Performances are Thursdays, 7:30 p.m., Fridays, 8 p.m., Saturdays, 2 and 8 p.m., Sundays, 2 p.m. $17.50-$42. 125 Bow St., Portsmouth, N.H. 603-433-4472, seacoastrep.org.

'Rounding Third.' Running June 24 through July 11 at Salem Theatre Company. Performances are Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, 7:30 p.m., Sundays, 5 p.m. $20 for adults, $15 for students and seniors. 90 Lafayette St., Salem. 978-790-8546, e-mail info@salemtheatre.com, salemtheatre.com.

'Waiting for Godot.' Running Thursday through Saturday, June 24-26, 8 p.m., Sunday, June 27, 3 p.m. at Firehouse Center for the Arts, Market Square, Newburyport. $18 for adults, $16 students and seniors, $14 for members. 978-462-7336, firehouse.org.

'You're A Good Man, Scott Brown.' The musical, performed by Improv Asylum, will run on Sundays and Wednesdays at their newly renovated theater, 216 Hanover St., Boston. 617-263-6887, improvasylum.com.

ETC.

'Made-From-Scratch' Jingle Contest. Hosted by Great New Hampshire Restaurants, parent company of T-Bones Great American Eatery, has announced a jingle contest which will award five, $1,000 prizes. Categories are Hip-Hop, Rock, Country, and Pop. There will be one winner in each category and each winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize. All are invited to visit the Web site to view, listen, and vote for their favorite. The People's Choice winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize. Submit entries through the T-Bones Web site by June 27. Voting for the People's Choice winner will start June 28 and end July 31. Winners will be announced Aug. 6. T-BONES.com.

Master Sand Sculpting Competition. Sculptures will remain on display through June 30 at Hampton Beach. Voting and awards given out June 26, followed by fireworks. Visitors who want to learn how to do sand carving can sign up for free lessons Saturday, June 26, 1 to 3 p.m. Register at the Chamber Office, next to the sand sculpture event. hamptonbeach.org.

New Hampshire Freedom Cup Golf Tournament. Friday, June 25 at Candia Woods Golf Links. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with a shot gun start at 8:30 a.m. The tournament is held in memory of Cpl. Michael W. Ouellette, USMC, who was killed in Afghanistan March 22, 2009. Proceeds benefit active duty personnel, their families and veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Write to: NH Freedom Cup Golf Tournament, c/o Mr. Len Ouellette, 21 Rita Ave., Derry, N.H. 03038. 603-624-4366, ext. 6419, 603-437-1733, e-mail grammaphone@aol.com, NHFreedomCup.org.

Pastel & Oil Painting Class. Mondays, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Robin Thornhill's Amesbury studio. Open to beginner/intermediate artists. Focus is on the use of color, shapes and edges while painting the landscape from photos or direct from still life. Walk-ins welcome. 603-339-1000.

POETRY SOCIETY. The society meets five times a year, sponsors several contests and has three chapters. Dues are $15 per year. Contests are open to all. Anyone wanting more information or an application to join can contact President Jeanette Maes at MSPS, 64 Harrison Ave., Lynn, MA 01905.

Purple World Publishing. The independent publisher based in New Hampshire, is seeking submissions for a number of new anthologies, journals, and contests. New England Voices, a biannual journal of the arts, features writers and visual artists from all of the New England states. Essays, short fiction, poetry, and art are accepted. Words of Tolerance is an annual anthology of creative non-fiction on topics of culture, diversity, peace, and tolerance. For complete submission guidelines, deadlines, and additional information: purpleworldpublishing.com, e-mail info@purpleworldpublishing.com.

'Rio on the River' fundraiser. Friday, June 18, 6 to 11 p.m. at The Pavilion at Salisbury Beach Reservation. Benefits Surgical Services at Anna Jaques Hospital. $125 per person. Raffle tickets are one for $5 or five for $20. Must be at least 21 to attend. Casual dress. Rain or shine. 978-463-1176, ajh.org.

Second Annual Art in the Garden Tour. Hosted by the Exeter Center for Creative Arts (ECCA) Saturday, June 26, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tour private gardens in Exeter with area artists' artwork incorporated within the gardens. Tickets can be purchased in advance online for $15, exeterarts.net or at the following Exeter locations: Churchill's, 12 Hampton Road; The Willow, 182 Water St.; or Coventry Cottage, 85 Water St. Tickets will also be available on the day of tour for $20 at 4 Sinclair Drive, Exeter, N.H. 603-778-8441.

'Taste of Stoneham.' Saturday, June 26, 5 to 7 p.m. at Stoneham Theatre, 395 Main St. Features a sampling from the menus of the area's restaurants and eateries. Includes a cash bar, raffles, music by Juanito Pascual and more. $35. 781-279-2200, 781-438-9896, ext. 101, stonehamtheatre.org, juanitopascual.com.

2010 Dew Tour. Skate Open Friday and Saturday, June 25 and 26, at the TD Garden, Boston. Tickets to the ISF Skateboarding World Championships are available online. ticketmaster.com, allisports.com.

2010 New England Country Music Organization Awards. Sunday, June 27, 1 p.m. at the Chelmsford High School Performing Arts Center, 200 Richardson Road, North Chelmsford. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. Awards will be presented to area residents who competed in the 2010 Country Star Search with local performers entertaining between presentations. Nine-year-old Joey Grieve of Andover is up for awards and will be performing in the show. 508-335-7979, e-mail Necmo@charter.net, necmo.net.

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