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Symphony Singers auditions
Cape Ann Symphony Singers are holding auditions for all vocal parts (soprano, alto, tenor and bass) Tuesday, Sept. 3, and Thursday, Sept. 5, 6:45 to 9 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 4 Cleaves St., Rockport. Cape Ann Symphony Singers rehearse every Tuesday, Sept. 10-Nov. 19, 7 to 9 p.m., at the UU Church in Rockport. The Singers perform Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 with the Cape Ann Symphony in the Holiday Pops Concert. For an audition, contact Wendy Betts at 978-546-5220 or email@example.com.
A free Eco-themed Film Series is offered this July on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. in the Studio Barn at the Cox Reservation, 82 Eastern Avenue (Route 133). Bring a picnic, stroll the scenic grounds before screening; film will be followed by informal conversation with a special guest.
July 17, “Sun Come Up: The Story of the World’s First Climate Refugees,” (2010; 38 minutes) — chronicles the relocation of Carterer Islanders.
July 24, “Family Night: The Legend of Pale Male,” (2009; 85 minutes) — follows the adventures of Pale Male, a red-tailed hawk nesting near Central Park in New York City.
July 31, “The Greenhorns” (2011; 50 minutes) — explores the lives and spirit of America’s young farming community.
Summer meals program
The Open Door Food Pantry will serve free summer meals, to children 18 and under, from now until Aug. 30, at these locations: The Open Door, Riverdale, Willowood and Veterans School. All lunches are served Monday-Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. A full list of all sites, including teen supper sites may be found online at www.foodpantry.org.
Free family event
Families with young children are invited to celebrate Shabbat by the lake at PJ Library Hot Diggety Dog Shabbat on Friday, July 26, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Camp Menorah. Rain date is Friday, Aug. 2. Features Shabbat candle lighting and a child-friendly Shabbat service including stories and songs, followed by a free kosher hot diggety dog Shabbat dinner. Vegetarian food available. Families are welcome to go for a swim in the lake from 4 to 5 p.m. Facilities are available to change clothes. All are welcome. RSVP by July 19; contact Phyllis Osher at 978-740-4404 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.campmenorah.com.
Consumer Confidence Report
The Essex Water Department will mail its annual Consumer Confidence Report, which is mandated by the Department of Environmental Protection. Enclosed with it is the July water bill that is due July 25.
The Essex National Heritage Commission has launched the redesign of its website, www.essexheritage.org, to provide visitors, members and partner organizations with more relevant, easy-to-find information on historic, cultural and natural resources in Essex County. The site features an updated look, enhanced features, easier navigation, updated information on sites throughout Essex County, more search options, more highlights from the region’s historic, cultural and natural sites and numerous resources for residents and visitors. An updated Essex Coastal Scenic Byway website at www.CoastalByway.org features sites along the 85-mile state-designated Coastal Byway.
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.
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 39x24-inch recycled shipping drum weighing 20 pounds empty with a wall thickness of 3⁄16 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 or gardening can, and instructions for easy installation. Visit www.greatamericanrainbarrel.com.
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.