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The “Power of the Purse” fund-raiser for Essex County programs for women and girls will be Thursday evening in Manchester.

Lane Turner/Globe Staff/File 2005

The “Power of the Purse” fund-raiser for Essex County programs for women and girls will be Thursday evening in Manchester.

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Manchester: The Women’s Fund of Essex County’s annual Power of the Purse fund-raising event and raffle is a ladies’ evening of hors d’oeuvres, wine, purse raffle, and fun. Proceeds help fund special projects and annual grant awards to Essex County nonprofit agencies that fund programs supporting women and girls in need. Thursday, 6:30-9 p.m. Brookwood School, Route 127. $35 in advance; $40 at the door.

Salem: The Peabody Essex Museum celebrates the creativity and dynamism of contemporary India during a weekend festival. The festival presents pioneering artists, performances, and creative family-friendly experiences inspired by the art on view in “Midnight to the Boom: Painting in India after Independence.” April 6-7, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square Mall. Free with museum admission of $15, seniors $13, students $11; free for Salem residents and youths under 16. . 978-745-9500,

Wakefield: The Jammin’ Divas are Aoife Clancy, Becky Chace, and Kath Buckell. They feature stunning three-part harmonies against plush melodies drawing listeners into an experience that spans three continents’ history by sharing songs and stories of how they influence and enrich one another. Saturday, 8 p.m. Linden Tree Coffeehouse, 326 Main St. $18, under 13 $10. 781-246-2836,

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