Empty Bowl Dinner
The Open Door’s annual Empty Bowl Dinner will be held Thursday, May 9, 4 to 8 p.m., at Cruiseport Gloucester. Extra parking is available at Good Harbor Beach, with regular trolley service provided by CATA to and from the event site. Tickets are $15, $10 for children under 10, and are available at the door. The meal is simple soup, bread and a cookie. Guests can choose and keep a soup bowl handcrafted for this event. The bowl goes home as an unspoken reminder that somewhere someone’s bowl is empty. Call 978-283-6776 or visit www.foodpantry.org.
Hazardous Waste Day
Essex will be hold its annual Household Hazardous Waste Day on Saturday, May 18, 8 a.m. to noon, behind the Fire Station. Open to Essex residents only. Registration, including amounts of material, is required; call 978-768-6262.
Happy As A Clam race
The Happy As A Clam 5K Road Race and One-Mile Fun Run, a fundraiser for the Essex Elementary PTO, will take place Friday, May 3, at Essex Elementary School, 12 Story St. Registration opens at 4 p.m., followed by the race at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $25 for the 5K, $8 for the fun run. To register online, visit www.happyasaclam.org.
In celebration of Earth Day, the Essex Department of Public Works will provide tree saplings to residents Saturday, April 20, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Transfer Station. Kousa Dogwood and Rose of Sharon will be available. Supplies are limited and will be dispensed on a first-come, first-served basis. On this day, the DPW will accept brush, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Transfer Station. Limbs up to eight inches in diameter will be allowed. Open to Essex residents only. Call 978-768-6262.
Burning season open
Burning season for homeowners is open from now until May 1. Permits are $20, $10 for those over 60, and may be purchased online at www.essexma.org, or at the Essex Police Fire Dispatch (make checks payable to “Town of Essex”). No cash. Permit holders should call 978-768-6511 or check online daily to activate their permit on a desirable day. Permits will be issued to homeowners only; not to businesses or for commercial land clearing (landscapers or contractors). Burning may be conducted only between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. (no permits will be issued on those days after noon). All fires must be completely extinguished by 4 p.m. If conditions become suddenly hazardous, permits can be canceled. Those conducting illegal burning, or whose fire gets out of control, may be held liable for extinguishing costs and fined. Call 978-580-4429.