Thursday, May 9
Open Door’s annual Empty Bowl Dinner, 4 to 8 p.m., Cruiseport Gloucester. Extra parking at Good Harbor Beach, with regular trolley service to and from event. $15, $10 for children under 10. Tickets at door. Simple soup, bread and cookie. Guests choose and keep soup bowl handcrafted for event. 978-283-6776. www.foodpantry.org.
Saturday, May 11
Essex River Race, check in 9 - 10 a.m., launch at the Town Boat Ramp, Route 133; water,paddle or cheer on this 5.5+ mile open water event that begins with a check-in between 9:00 - 10:00 am at the Town Ramp on Route 133. Visit; www.blackburnchallenge.com/Essex.html
Tree planting ceremony in honor of Mike Costello, 9:30 a.m., Shepard Memorial Park. Hosted by Essex Division of Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce.
Monday, May 13
25th Annual Deck’s Day for Dubbers Golf Tournament and Clambake Dinner, 1 p.m, Bass Rocks Golf Course, to support Woodman’s annual fundraiser that awards two $1,000 scholarships. Register at www.woodmanscholarship.org.
Tuesday, May 14
Introduction to the Birds at Cogswell’s Grant, 8:30 - 10 a.m., 60 Spring Street. Call 978-768-3632. Registration required. Discounts for members of Mass Audubon and Historic New England. 25th Annual Deck’s Day for Dubbers Golf Tournament
Wednesday, May 15
Secretary of Education Matthew Malone speaks at ‘power lunch,’ 11:30 a.m., Essex Room at Woodman’s. Hosted by the Cape ANn Chamber of Commerce. 125 Main Street, Essex
“Art in the Shipyard,” 3:30 to 5 p.m., Essex Shipbuilding Museum, 66 Main St. Eight weekly Wednesday sessions; $5 per session; $30 for all eight. For young artists using museum’s shipyard and artifacts for inspiration. All materials provided. All ages welcome. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. 978-768-6441.
Plant something!, 2 p.m., Essex Shipbuilding Museum. Promoting the fun and benefits of gardening. Help plant native plants around the Harbor master’s shed. Free sunflower seeds will be given away to fill Essex with sunflowers this summer.
Saturday, May 18
Annual Household Hazardous Waste Day, 8 a.m. to noon, behind Fire Station. Essex residents only. Registration, including amounts of material, required; call 978-768-6262.
Saturday, May 25
Free Artist’s Plein Air Day at Cogswell’s Grant, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 60 Spring St., Essex. Artists from all over North Shore paint beautiful vistas including Essex River, Great Marsh, landscapes, and 18th century historic house and barns. Free beverages and snacks, Free museum tour for artists. Call Kristen Weiss at 978-768-3632.
Saturday, June 1
Essex National Heritage Area Photo Safari with Tamron, 8 a.m. to noon, Cox Reservation, 82 Eastern Ave.