Thursday, Nov. 20

Essex Writing Group, 9 to 11 a.m., Essex Senior Center, 17 Pickering St. Open to adult residents interested in Manchester’s history. Research and write; listen to speakers share knowledge and experiences. Bring notebook, pen and curiosity. Call Karin Gertsch at 978-768-6206.

“Shakespeare and His Women,” presented by Cape Ann Shakespeare Troupe, 8 p.m., Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main St., Gloucester. Features some of Shakespeare’s most compelling female roles. $15, $10 for students, $5 for those 18 and under. Pay what you will performance. To reserve tickets, email cast2008@prodigy.net.

Friday, Nov. 21

“Shakespeare and His Women,” presented by Cape Ann Shakespeare Troupe, 8 p.m., Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main St., Gloucester. Features some of Shakespeare’s most compelling female roles. $15, $10 for students, $5 for those 18 and under. To reserve tickets, email cast2008@prodigy.net.

Saturday, Nov. 22

Holiday fairs at Essex churches, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at all three downtown Essex churches. Free street parking. Dollar stretching gift bargains, homemade food and hot beverages. First Universalist Church, 59 Main St.; St. John the Baptist Parish, 52 Main St.; and First Congregational Church, 39 Main St.

Essex Senior Center Christmas fair, 17 Pickering St.

Annual Essex Firemen’s fundraiser spaghetti supper, 4 to 7 p.m., Essex Fire Station, 24 Martin St. All-you-can-eat homemade spaghetti and meatballs with salad, beverage and dessert. Donations at door. All proceeds benefit Fire Department Equipment Fund.

Knights of Columbus coat drive collection day, new and lightly used outerwear collected at St John’s Church in Essex for distribution to families in need throughout Cape Ann and North Shore. For more information, call Ray McNulty at 978-778-0060.

“Shakespeare and His Women,” presented by Cape Ann Shakespeare Troupe, 8 p.m., Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main St., Gloucester. Features some of Shakespeare’s most compelling female roles. $15, $10 for students, $5 for those 18 and under. To reserve tickets, email cast2008@prodigy.net.

Sunday, Nov. 23

Manchester Essex Regional High School’s sixth annual Night of Stars, two shows: 4 and 5:30 p.m. Benefits Spaulding Education Fund. More than 30 students perform in auditorium, led my Master of Ceremonies Robert Carter. For tickets, visit www.spauldingeducationfund.org. Tickets start at $15, $10 for performer’s seat, $175 for VIP four-pack for both shows.

Annual Turkey Trot 8K Race and Fun Walk, 1 p.m. Registration from 10:30 a.m. to noon, upstairs at Woodman’s, 121 Main St. U.S. Track and Field sanctioned event, and an 8K walk over same course, both ending at Woodman’s with complimentary chowder for all participants. Proceeds benefit Essex Lions Club.

Knights of Columbus coat drive collection day, new and lightly used outerwear collected at St John’s Church in Essex, for distribution to families in need throughout Cape Ann and North Shore. For more information, call Ray McNulty at 978-778-0060.

Thursday, Nov. 27

Essex Writing Group, 9 to 11 a.m., Essex Senior Center, 17 Pickering St. Open to adult residents interested in Manchester’s history. Research and write; listen to speakers share knowledge and experiences. Bring notebook, pen and curiosity. Call Karin Gertsch at 978-768-6206.

Saturday, Nov. 29

Small-business Saturday, shop during biggest sales day of the year for small businesses in Essex and Cape Ann.

Knights of Columbus coat drive collection day, new and lightly used outerwear collected at St. John’s Church in Essex, for distribution to families in need throughout Cape Ann and North Shore. 978-778-0060.

Sunday, Nov. 30

Knights of Columbus coat drive collection day, new and lightly used outerwear collected at St. John’s Church in Essex, for distribution to families in need throughout Cape Ann and North Shore. 978-778-0060.

Thursday, Dec. 4

Essex holiday festival kicks-off with special tree-lighting ceremony, 6:30 p.m., in front of Town Hall.

Friday, Dec. 5

Arrival of Santa by boat, 6 p.m., Town Landing. Activities and refreshments.

Saturday, Dec. 6

Breakfast with Santa at Essex Elementary School, 8 to 11 a.m. All day holiday shopping open houses at many Essex local businesses.

Cape Ann cursillo ultreya and pot-luck, 5 p.m., St. John the Baptist Church hall. Ultreya at 6 p.m. All welcome and need not have been on a cursillo encounter weekend to attend. Call Albie Mitchell at 978-879-3655.