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Saturday, Oct. 19, is Pumpkin Day at historic Cogswell’s Grant. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., children and adults can celebrate the arrival of fall with hay rides, pumpkin carving, pumpkin pie-eating contest, crafts, games, cider pressing, hot mulled cider sipping, and choosing the pick of the pumpkin patch’s jack-o-lanterns. Tour the historic house —a treasure trove of American antiques and folk art. Admission. $6 adults; $4 children; free to members of Historic New England. Cogswell’s Grant is located at 60 Spring St., Essex. For more information, call 978-768-3632
The Essex Cultural Council proposals for community-oriented arts, humanities and science programs are due Tuesday, Oct. 15: the postmark deadline for organizations, schools and individuals to apply for grants that support cultural activities in the community, including exhibits, festivals, field trips, artist residencies, school performances, workshops and lectures. The state legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which allocates funds to each community. This year, about $4,250 in grants will be awarded. Previous projects include library program, Honors Youth Concert (Chorus North Shore), and a Council on Aging musical revue. Contact Peggy Duff at 978-768-6706 or email@example.com. Applications are available at the library and Town Hall, or online at www.mass-culture.org/lcc_public.asp.
The Cape Ann Cursillo Community will hold its first ultreya and pot-luck of the season Saturday, Oct. 5, at St. John’s Church in Essex. The pot-luck is at 5 p.m., followed by the ultreya at 6 p.m. All are welcome and need not have been on a cursillo encounter weekend to attend. Call Al Mitchell at 978-879-3655.
5K Run/Walk & Fun Run
Manchester Parks & Recreation and Manchester-Essex Rotary will sponsor the 4th annual Run the Heater 5K Run/Walk and Kids Fun Run, Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Manchester-Essex Regional High School. Early registration for 5K by Oct. 24 is $25, after Oct 24, $30. Early registration for Kids Fun Run is $15 by Oct. 24, after Oct. 24, $20. Sponsorship opportunities range from $100-$400, as well as promotional items for the runners’ goody bags. Proceeds benefit the Manchester Parks & Recreation Scholarship Fund and support the mission of the Manchester-Essex Rotary. For more information, call Matt Casparius at Manchester Parks & Recreation at 978-526-2019 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blood pressure clinics
The Essex Council on Aging holds a blood pressure clinic the third Thursday of each month, 10:30 a.m., at the Senior Center, 17 Pickering St.
Seniors age 60 and over are invited to lunch at the Essex Senior Center on the first and third Thursday of the month. Lunch is provided by SeniorCare. A $2 donation is requested. For reservations, call 978-768-7932.
A women’s Bible study with Beth Moore, “James: Mercy Triumphs,” will be held Wednesdays, 10 to 11:30 a.m., at the First Congregational Church of Essex. Child care is available. Call Rama at 978-768-3319.
Meals on Wheels
SeniorCare Meals on Wheels program seeks volunteer drivers in Essex. Call SeniorCare’s Nutrition Department at 978-281-1750 or toll-free at 1-866-927-1050.
Children, ages 3 to 5 with a caregiver, can enjoy songs, stories, crafts and fun Thursdays, 10 a.m., at the TOHP Burnham Library, 30 Martin St. Call 978-768-7410 or email email@example.com.
The Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce offers free small-business counseling at its office at 33 Commercial St., Gloucester, on the first and third Thursday of the month. Anyone starting a business can make an appointment with a representative from the Small Business Development Center of Salem State College. Call 978-283-1601 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Yankee Networkers Chapter of BNI, a business referral organization, meets every Wednesday at the Farm Bar & Grill, 233 Western Ave. Business breakfasts are served from 7 to 8:30 a.m. Visitors are invited.
Donations are being accepted for the Neil G. Ramsden Academic Achievement Award — a memorial award given by the teachers of Essex Elementary School to Essex high school seniors who graduated from EES, and are enrolling in at least a two-year program of study. The award is based on academic achievement, citizenship and service. Donations may be made to Essex Elementary School with “Achievement Award” on the memo line, c/o Susan Hardy, Essex Elementary School, 12 Story St., Essex, MA 01929.