Saturday, May 11
Essex River Race, check-in from 9 to 10 a.m. Launch at town boat ramp (Route 133). 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
Deck’s Day for Dubbers golf tournament and clambake dinner, 1 p.m., Bass Rocks Golf Course, Gloucester. Supports Woodman’s 25th annual fundraiser that awards two $1,000 scholarships. Register at www.woodmanscholarship.org.
Tuesday, May 14
Birds at Cogswell’s Grant, 8:30 to 10 a.m., 60 Spring St. Registration required; 978-768-3632. Discounts for members of Mass Audubon and Historic New England.
Wednesday, May 15
Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce power lunch, 11:30 a.m., Woodman’s Essex Room, 125 Main St. Guest speaker: Secretary of Education Matthew Malone.
“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 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.
Yard sale fundraiser, 8:30 a.m. to noon, Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum. All donations welcome. 978-768-7541.
Saturday, May 25
Free Artist’s Plein Air Day, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Cogswell’s Grant, 60 Spring St. North Shore artists 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.