Events listed here are open to the public and sponsored by nonprofit groups unless otherwise noted. Press releases may be sent to Goings on, Gloucester Daily Times, 36 Whittemore St., Gloucester, MA 01930, sent via e-mail to or faxed to 978-282-4397. Please include a contact person's name and telephone number and send at least two weeks prior to the event. The Times will do its best to run the announcement at least once prior to the event. Due to the volume of goings on listings received by the paper, listings are alternated once they run and the same listings are not printed every day.

Scholarships available

Essex has scholarships available to graduating Essex high school seniors. Graduating seniors who seek higher education may apply for these scholarships: Essex Veterans of WWII Memorial Scholarship, Knights of Pythias Scholarship, John Henry Moore Jr. Scholarship, Francis W. Buckley Jr. Memorial Scholarship, Everett L. Meader Memorial Scholarship, Ramsden Academic Achievement Award, Sarah Lufkin Memorial Scholarship, Essex Lions Club Scholarship, S. Arthur Mears Scholarship, Samuel Arthur and Jeannie Mears Scholarship, L. Dexter Woodman Scholarship, and Essex Fire Company R. Ivan Muise Memorial Scholarship. A common application as well as a more detailed description of the eligibility criteria for each scholarship can be found at Call 978-768-7013.

Drivers needed

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.

Spaulding Fund

Spaulding Education Fund, a private, nonprofit established to aid Manchester Essex public schools, relies on private donations. Tax-deductible contributions may be made at or mailed to the Spaulding Education Fund, Box 192, Manchester, MA 01944.

Yankee Networkers

Yankee Networkers Chapter of BNI, a business referral organization, meets every Wednesday at Periwinkles, 74 Main St. Business breakfasts are served from 7 to 8:30 a.m. Visitors are invited.

Library World Fair

The T.O.H.P. Burnham Library, 30 Martin St., will present a World Fair on Thursday, July 28, from 10 a.m. to noon. Experience the sights, sounds and tastes of countries all around the globe, without leaving town. All ages are welcome. Enjoy ethnic foods, games, music and various activities. Call 978-768-7410.

Monthly lunches

Seniors ages 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.

Blood pressure clinics

The Essex Council on Aging holds a blood pressure clinic the third Thursday of each month, 10:30 a.m., at 17 Pickering St.

Business counseling

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. 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 e-mail

Cox Camps

Mass Audubon's Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary is offering two one-week day camp programs at Essex County Greenbelt Association's Cox Reservation in Essex. Space is still available in both:

Salt Marsh Young Explorers, Aug. 8-12, children ages 5-6: Nature hikes, scavenger hunts, singing and sensory awareness, crafts and games to learn about the salt marsh habitat. Fee is $293 ($235/Mass Audubon members), and the camp runs from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Salt Marsh Explorers, Aug. 15-19, children ages 7-10: Explorations of river, marshes and upland habitats sensory awareness activities, games, art, and animals, leading to the highlight of an exploration of Choate Island, part of The Trustees of Reservations' Crane Wildlife Refuge. Fee is $283 ($225/Mass Audubon members), and the camp runs from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

For registration and information on these and any other camp programs offered at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary in Topsfield, call 978-887-9264 or visit our website:

Gear for grades

Citizens Bank is collecting new school supplies for Gear for Grades, to help local children in need to go back to school with pencils, folders, glue, notebooks and other supplies. Donations may be dropped at any Citizens Bank branch in Massachusetts through Aug. 6. Cradles to Crayons, an innovative nonprofit organization providing essential everyday supplies to low-income and homeless children, will distribute the backpacks. According to a national survey, the average American family spends $606 on back-to-school expenses; impossible for low-income, at-risk or homeless or homeless families.

Records destruction

As required by Massachusetts Regulation 603 CM 23.00, the Manchester Essex Regional School District is providing notification to parents and students who attended Manchester or Essex Schools and graduated in 2004 that all temporary records will be destroyed on Aug. 5. If you would like to obtain your record, please call 978-525-6060 by July 29.

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