The Essex Youth Triathlon kick-off Saturday, Aug. 3, at Chebacco Lake, Centennial Grove and Surrounding Area in Essex. Swim, bike and run in this annual event sponsored by Essex Board of Health for Cape Ann youth of all abilities, ages 5-15 to encourage activity and healthy habits. Free triathlon clinic will be offered to registered participants on. Volunteers and donations needed. For more information, call BOH 978-768-7614. Or visit: www.visitessexma.com/essex_ma_pg/essex_events.html
Saturday, Aug. 17, is Paint Essex Day. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the town becomes an open air studio, and from 5 to 9 p.m., the wet paint masterpieces — seascapes, landscapes, street scenes and more — go up on the block in a silent and live auction at Cox Reservation, 82 Eastern Ave. Features live music by Old Cold Tater, hors d’oeuvres and a wine reception. Proceeds support a 2015 Art Scholarship dedicated to promoting Essex as a travel destination.
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.
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. 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.