Monday, Jan. 28
E-reader instruction night, 6 p.m., T.O.H.P. Burnham Library; learn how to download free books from the library catalog.
Wednesday, Jan. 30
Multigenerational knitting group begins, 3 to 4 p.m. Meets Wednesdays until Feb. 20. Knitting supplies, instruction and snack provided. Ages: first grade and up.
Yankee Networkers Chapter of BNI business networking breakfast, 7 to 8:30 a.m., Periwinkles, 74 Main St. Visitors welcome.
Poetry reading, 7:30 p.m., Gloucester Writers Center, 126 East Main St., Gloucester. Erica Funkhouser reads poems she is writing in response to “The Dream Songs” by John Berryman. Funkhouser teaches the advanced poetry writing workshop at MIT and lives in Essex.
Friday Feb. 8
“The Love Letters of John and Mary Adams,” 7:30 p.m., First Congregational Church, 39 Main St. Followed by a Winfrey’s chocolate buffet. Presented by Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum. Features Adams’ scholars and living history performers Patricia Bridgman and Thomas Macy. Advance tickets are $10 per person; visit www.essexshipbuildingmuseum.org. $15 at door, $5 for students.
Saturday, Feb. 9
Essex Democratic Committee Caucus, 9:45 a.m., Senior Center, 17 Pickering St. Doors close at 10 a.m. To elect delegates for the Massachusetts Democratic Convention to be held on June 1 in Lowell. Refreshments served. Call Lysa Leland at 978-768-7006.
Cursillo Ultreya pot-luck, 5 p.m., St. John the Baptist Church Hall. Followed by ultreya at 6 p.m. Call Al Mitchell at 978-879-3655.
Cafe Shalom, 7 p.m., Temple Ahavat Achim, 86 Middle St., Gloucester. Performance by Backwoods Ramblers. Daisy Nell of Essex opens the show. $10 donation suggested.