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‘Essex Coastal Byway’
The Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum will present “The Essex Coastal Byway” with Joel Brown on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m., in the Waterline Center, 66 Main St. Admission is $8 for members, $10 for nonmembers. Call 978-768-7541 or visit www.essexshipbuildingmuseum.org.
Free shingles clinic
The Essex Board of Health will hold a free shingles clinic, for Essex residents over 60, on Thursday, Nov. 21. To register, call 978-768-7614. Those eligible to receive the vaccine will be notified of their appointment time. If demand exceeds supply, there will be a wait list, and those wait-listed will be notified when additional vaccine is available. Bring proof of residency and insurance information. Uninsured individuals will not be turned away.
Harborlight Community Partners, a nonprofit affordable housing operator and developer on the North Shore, is raising money through green initiative repurposing of donations of new and gently used books, CDs, DVDs, and video games. A container has been placed at the Transfer Station, 30 Landing Road, and donations may be dropped off Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Donations support local affordable housing programs for working families, elders and those with disabilities. Visit www.harborlightcp.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
The second annual Friends Boutique, a fundraiser for the Friends of the Essex Council on Aging, will take place Saturday, Nov. 2, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 17 Pickering St. Boutique features hand-made items for the whole family, including knitted socks, hats, cowls, mittens, texting mittens, baby sets, etc., as well as fabric art pictures, pottery, decorations, paintings and more. Enter a raffle for a hand-braided rug, hand-painted mailbox or an oil painting. A light lunch will be available.