Gloucester Daily Times
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Surplus items sale
The town of Essex will accept offers on surplus items in preparation for the Town Hall and TOHP Burnham Library improvement project. Items are primarily furniture, but include other miscellaneous items. All will be on public view at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 4, and interested parties can insert offer slips into envelopes affixed to each item. Review of offers is not allowed, so once deposited, offer slips must remain in envelopes and obstructed from view. Deadline for offers is 2 p.m., and the chief procurement officer will announce offers and declare apparent buyers. Should buyers fail to appear by 3 p.m. with a check in the amount of their offer, the town reserves the right to sell the item to the next highest bidder. All unsold items will be disposed of as junk.
St. John the Baptist Church will hold a bake sale Saturday, Aug. 31, from 9 a.m. to noon. Features breads, cakes, pies and baked beans.
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 the Senior Center, 17 Pickering St.
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.
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.
CAAA golf tournament
The third annual Christopher Cutler Rich Golf Tournament to benefit Cape Ann Animal Aid will take place Monday, Sept. 23, at Bass Rocks Golf Club, Gloucester. Features a day of golf, followed by a celebration dinner with awards, prizes and a live auction. Players will receive a take-home gift and compete for top prizes and a special hole-in-one contest for a new car. To register, visit www.CapeAnnAnimalAid.com or call 978-283-6055, ext. 23.
Youth choir auditions
Auditions for the 2013-14 season for the Honors Youth Choir of Chorus North Shore will be held Thursday, Sept. 12, 4 p.m., at the First Baptist Church, 2 High St., Rockport, and Thursday, Sept. 19, 3:30 p.m., at Ascension Memorial Church, 31 County St., Ipswich, followed by the first rehearsal. Auditions are open to all youth ages 10 through high school. The choir is sponsored by Chorus North Shore and is tuition free for youth.