The Essex Shipbuilding Museum, 66 Main St., will offer a program titled “Cruising Engineless in Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego” on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 7:30 p.m. Ben and Anna left from San Francisco in 2010 on their engineless 28’ ferro cement sloop, s/v Inga, and have been cruising south ever since. Join them for pictures and stories from their most recent leg sailing through 1,200 nautical miles of the Chilean fjords and channels. Cost is $8 for members, $10 for nonmembers. Call 978-768-7541.
The ribbon cutting ceremony for the Essex River Cultural District and the Historic Essex Walking Tour to be held at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum on September 28, from 2 to 4 p.m. Join us to celebrate these two new important additions to the Essex landscape!
The Cape Ann Cursillo Community will hold its first ultreya and pot-luck of the season Saturday, Oct. 5, at St. John’s Church in Essex. The pot-luck is at 5 p.m., followed by the ultreya at 6 p.m. All are welcome and need not have been on a cursillo encounter weekend to attend. Call Al Mitchell at 978-879-3655.
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.
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.
‘Shop, Stroll, Explore’
The Essex Cultural District and Merchants Group presents a “Shop, Stroll, Explore” event along the Essex River Causeway on Saturday, Sept. 21, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rain date is Sunday, Sept. 22, noon to 4 p.m. Join Essex as it celebrates its diverse community of antiquers, artisans, historians and foodies. Visit www.visitessexma.com or check out the event on Facebook.
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.