On Friday night, June 1, from 9 p.m. till midnight, "Tuukis" — Cape Ann's newest, hottest band— will be rocking the Farm Bar and Grill, 233 Western Ave., Essex, with Terri Alexander on lead vocals, Brian White on bass guitar and vocals, John Silveira on lead guitar and vocals, Ron Mansfield on rhythm guitar and vocals, and Rick Mansfield on drums.
On Sunday, June 10, the Essex River Bible Church, 391 Bay Road, South Hamilton, will present a program "The Future of Israel" at 3 p.m. For more information, call Pastor Kevin Kirby, at 978-468-4500.
On Wednesday, June 6, 1944, Morley Piper was a nineteen year old Second Lieutenant when his platoon landed on Omaha Beach. On June 6, 2012, he will share recollections of his experiences in a free half hour talk, starting at 7 p.m., at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum, 66 Main St., Essex. A Q&A with the audience will follow. For more information, call Nancy Dudley at 978-768-6441.
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 email@example.com.
Essex River Day
Saturday, June 9, is Essex River Day, a day on the river, culminating at 5:30 p.m. with an evening of softball, relay races, community cookout, music and a bonfire in Memorial Park. Throughout the day, host captains and boat owning families will offer neighborly boat rides to those in town who may not have a boat or access to the wonders of the Essex River. The Harbormaster/Chief of Police have a list of participating host captains and boat owners. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Harbormaster at 978-768-6511 if you have available space on your boat or to be matched with a host captain and crew.
Spaulding Education Fund, a private, nonprofit established to aid Manchester Essex public schools, relies on private donations. Tax-deductible contributions may be made at www.spauldingeducationfund.org or mailed to the Spaulding Education Fund, Box 192, Manchester, MA 01944.
Art in the Barn
From Thursday, June 14, to Sunday, June 17, every nook and cranny of the rustic barns at the Cox Reservation will be transformed with colorful art works of over 150 talented artists from throughout the region, inspired by the natural landscapes and light that have drawn artists to Cape Ann and Essex County for decades. — The 23rd Annual Art in the Barn Exhibit and Sale welcomes you to come find one-of-a-kind piece of artwork from this one-of-a-kind selection; or to simply browse and enjoy the beauty of it. The Cox reservation is located at 82 Eastern Ave (Rt. 133) Essex. For more information, visit: www.ecga.org/explore_and_engage/view_event/10-art_in_the_barn.
The Essex Bay Sailing Club's Summer Sailing Program, a non-profit club founded in 2000, reaches out to teach sailing to local youngsters. The goal is to develop sailors who enjoy a strong knowlege of sailing while also learning to appreciate and protect the beautiful resources of the Essex River. The Club offers beginner to advanced level lessons for children aged 8 and up in Escape Captivas and International 420s. Children may enroll in 4 or 8 week sessions on a first come, first served basis. For information, visit: www.essexbaysailingclub.org
On Saturday, Aug. 18, the Essex merchant Group will bring numerous fine artists to Essex to paint the Great Marsh, Essex River, antiques, historic sites and landscape of Essex. An evening live auction of the day's paintings will be held, accompanied by live music and refreshments. For more information, to register or volunteer, email Teri Eramo at: email@example.com, or call 978-890-7198.
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.
Blood pressure clinics
The Essex Council on Aging holds a blood pressure clinic the third Thursday of each month, 10:30 a.m., at 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.
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.
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.
Rain Barrel Program
The town of Essex, in partnership with the Great American Rain Barrel Company, is offering rain barrels to residents at a discount ($69 vs. $119 retail) to help conserve water and save money. Each UV protected polyethylene barrel is made in the USA from a 39-by-24 inch recycled shipping drum weighing 20 pounds empty with a wall thickness of 3Ñ16 inch, resulting in a rigid, heavy duty, long-lasting rain barrel, complete with overflow fittings, drain plug, screw on cover, a threaded spigot with a choice of two ports to use with either a watering can or a gardening, and simple instructions for easy installation. To take advantage of this offer, go to: www.greatamericanrainbarrel.com.
TOHP Library hours will change to the summer schedule on July 1. Until then, the library will remain open on Saturdays, through June 30.