Ipswich Tomorrow Community Workshop: 7 p.m. Sept. 26, Ipswich Town Hall, 25 Green St. For information: http://tinyurl.com/bridgingipswichrsvp; http://bridgingipswich.com. Residents can join the Ipswich Community Development Plan Steering Committee and JM Goldson LLC at their second public workshop on the update to Ipswich’s community development plan. Guests will learn about the issues facing Ipswich today, listen to the results of the online survey and provide feedback to the community’s draft vision statement. All are welcome.
A Night of Nostalgia concert: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 27, Rogers Room, Ipswich Public Library, 25 N. Main St. Free. For information: http://ipswichlibrary.org. Young teen Quinn Eastburn and his Big Folks Band includes banjo player Ken Clarkson, a Virginia native and Quinn’s dad Chris Eastburn on guitar, who is a professional arranger and choral director.
Mobile-Making Workshop: 1-4 p.m. Sept. 28, Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich. Cost: $65; $52, trustee members. For information: 978-356-4351, ext. 3203; http://thetrustees.org. Guests will make a metal mobile with sculptor David Skora. Skora is an experienced artist and welder and member of the New England Sculptors Association. This three-hour mobile workshop will include instruction, materials, equipment and refreshments. Each participant will leave with a finished mobile. Limited to 10 participants.
“Art with a View: The Sculptors and Sculpture of Castle Hill”: 6-7 p.m. Oct. 3, The Great House at Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich. Cost: $20; $12, trustee members. For information: 978-356-4351, ext. 4015; http://thetrustees.org. Castle Hill curator Susan Hill Dolan will present “Art with a View: The Sculptors and Sculpture of Castle Hill,” an exploration of the prominent sculptors commissioned to design works of art for the Crane estate at Castle Hill in the early 20th century. These artists included Bela Pratt, Johann Selmer-Larson and Paul Manship — all residents of Massachusetts. Hill Dolan will discuss the history and contributions of these artists through an illustrated lecture in the Great House.
Red Cross blood donation opportunity: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 4, John T. Heard Masonic Lodge, 70 Topsfield Road, Ipswich. For information: http://redcrossblood.org. The American Red Cross will accept blood donations.
“Landscape in Blue: Cyanotypes of Appleton Farms”: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 1-4 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 14, The Heard House at Ipswich Museum, 54 South Main St. Cost: $5; free, Ipswich Museum members. This exhibit will feature a series of landscapes by Bill Franson, a photographer who teaches at both Gordon College and the New England School of Photography. The images of Appleton Farms on view are blue-tinted cyanotypes, a technique dating to photography’s earliest days.
“Spirit of Place” exhibit: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays through Nov. 11, Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich. Cost: free, Trustee member; $15 per car, general admission. For information: 978-356-4351, ext. 4015; http://thetrustees.org. The Trustees and New England Sculptors Association will partner to present “Spirit of Place,” a six-month outdoor sculpture exhibition, which includes 32 pieces created by New England sculptors and placed in gardens, along woodland paths and alongside historic landscape features.
Public tours of the Great House: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekends, plus 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich. Cost: $5-$20. For information: 978-356-4351, ext. 3203; http://thetrustees.org/castlehill. Castle Hill will hold four different tours: “Guest of the Cranes,” “A Cupola with a View,” “Help Wanted: Becoming a Servant a Castle Hill,” and “Highlights on the Hill: Castle Hill Estate Tour.” The tours are first come first serve and operate on pre-set schedules.
NAMI-Cape Ann Family-to-Family sessions: 6:30-9 p.m. Mondays through Dec. 9, Our Lady of Hope Parish, 1 Pineswamp Road, Ipswich. Free. For information: http://nami.org/f2f. The National Alliance on Mental Illness-Cape Ann will host an education course for families, partners and friends of individuals with serious mental health challenges in Ipswich. Family-to-Family is taught by NAMI-trained family member volunteers with the goal of providing resources, insights, coping skills and genuine support for those with loved ones experiencing mental health issues.
Meals on Wheels volunteers: The SeniorCare Inc. Meals on Wheels program is in need of volunteer drivers to deliver noontime meals to homebound seniors in Ipswich. The program is looking for anyone interested in volunteering one or more mornings a week. Hot meals are fully prepared and packaged for delivery at Caroline Avenue in Ipswich. For information: 866-927-1050; 978-281-1750.
Tom Palance and Friends: 6:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays, The Mayflower, 11 Depot Square, Ipswich. For information: facebook.com/pages/The-Mayflower/116221615073205.
Learn to Cope weekly meetings: 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Immanuel Baptist Church, 45 Central St., Ipswich. Learn to Cope is a private, confidential and free peer-led support network for families affected by addiction. Meetings are held weekly. For information: 508-738-5148; email@example.com; learn2cope.org.
Dinner Bell community meals: 5-6:30 p.m. Mondays, Masonic Hall, 70 Topsfield Road, Ipswich. The Masonic Hall hosts the Ipswich Dinner Bell community meals weekly. All are welcome. Meals are cooperatively sponsored by local Ipswich churches, the Masons and other community organizations.
Food, personal hygiene donation collection: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays at Windhill Realty, 16 Market St., Ipswich. Items most needed this year are tuna, 100 percent juice, hearty soups, peanut butter, pasta sauce, breakfast cereal and baking items. Please make sure food has not expired. All food pantry donations will be delivered to the The Open Door food pantry in Ipswich. For information: 978-356-8922; email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Open Door Ipswich Community Food Pantry: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays, 00 Southern Heights (Agawam Village), Ipswich. For information: 978-283-6776.
Free weekly dance: noon Fridays, Town Hall Gym, 25 Green St., Ipswich. The Recreation and Culture Department hosts a free dance every Friday, featuring eclectic music. Song requests are welcome.
Free tai chi classes: 10:30-11:45 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Mark Warner’s Professional Martial Arts Academy, 43 Market St., Ipswich. Wear comfortable clothing. The venue is air conditioned. For information: 978-356-9800; markwarnerpma.net.
Boston by Foot passes: To see the many tours this group offers, visit http://bostonbyfoot.org. Passes are provided by the Friends of the Library. To reserve passes: 978-356-6648; ipswichlibrary.org; or visit the library.
Appleton Farms Visitor Center: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, Appleton Farms, Old House Visitor Center, 219 County Road, Ipswich. For information: 978-356-5728, ext. 18; thetrustees.org/appletonfarms. Appleton Farms’ Visitor Center is located in the Old House, a newly remodeled “green” building that was an original home to the Appleton Family. Staffed with on-site docents, the visitor center is a special room furnished to represent the family’s life in the mid-1800s.
J&C Entertainment: Free DJ service is offered for up to four hours for service members returning or leaving for Afghanistan. J&C will play welcome-home or going-away parties, based on availability. For information: rossdj.com