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    A walk for care, bikes to share, and a queen of the fair

    Participants cross the finish line at last year’s Walk for Living.
    Participants crossed the finish line at last year’s Walk for Living.

    The ninth year of the Boston Walk for Living is scheduled for Oct. 1 in Chelsea, and will raise funds for Chelsea Jewish Lifecare and Compassionate Care ALS, local nonprofits that help individuals diagnosed with ALS and MS. Registration for the 2-mile walk begins at 8 a.m. at 165 Captains Row on Admirals Hill, and the event will start at 10 a.m. KISS 108’s Matt Siegel will MC, and after the walk there will be barbeque from Chili’s, doughnuts from Dunkin’ Donuts, a petting zoo, and more. Dogs are welcome at the walk. Registration is $20, and includes an event T-shirt. For more information or to register, visit

    Bike-sharing company Zagster has opened a new hub off the bike path on Salem State University’s campus. This hub, one of six throughout the city, is sponsored by both Salem and the university. Salem State community members can take their first two hours for free, with a $3 per hour charge for additional time. Zagster bikes can be rented through its smartphone app, or at the hubs at Front and Washington streets, the MBTA station, Congress Street, Salem Ferry, and Salem Willows.

    Last year’s top three at the pageant were Meaghan Shelton of Rockport, Mrs. Essex County Meagan Sousa of Ipswich, and Melanie Simard of Ipswich.

    The Topsfield Fair is looking for contestants for its 47th Mrs. Essex County Pageant. Participants must be married, living in Essex County with their spouse, and over 18 years old. Each contestant will be judged on general appearance, personality, poise, and a submitted food item (this year’s theme: a family-favorite cake). Applications can be downloaded from the Exhibitor’s Handbook page at, and must be submitted by 10 p.m. on Oct. 5. The pageant is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Oct. 8 in Coolidge Hall on the fairgrounds.


    Looking for a new spot for brunch? Salem’s Ledger, a restaurant that serves modern takes on classic New England dishes, is now breaking out the griddle for Sunday mornings. Brunch is available weekly from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The menu includes Fluffernutter French Toast, Chicken and Waffles, and Cucumber Salad, along with specialty brunch cocktails like Banana Bread and Apple Pie Mimosa. Ledger is located at 125 Washington St in downtown Salem.

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    Boston’s Fashion Week kicks off Oct. 1, but Cape Ann residents don’t need to make the commute to see the show. Gloucester artists organization seARTS will host the 2017 Celebrate Wearable Art runway show on Sunday, Oct. 1, at Cruiseport Gloucester. The show will feature designs by local artists. Doors open at 2 p.m., and the show starts at 3:45. Tickets start at $150, and proceeds benefit seARTS. To buy tickets, follow the link under Members & Art Scene at

    Northern Essex Community College will hold a farmers market on Tuesday, Sept. 26, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. outside the Sport & Fitness Center in partnership with the Greater Boston Food Bank, allowing families to come through and shop for produce free of charge. Shoppers are asked to bring reusable grocery bags, baskets, or a cart to carry food. This event builds on a similar one held at the college last April, and is the first of 13 to be held throughout the next year. The food bank delivers fresh fruits and vegetables to Northern Essex’s Haverhill campus, where the main market will be located. Then the college ships a portion to the Lawrence campus, where a smaller marker will be held behind the El-Hefni Center, 414 Common St. Students, faculty, and staff volunteer at the event to disperse the produce. Those interested can register at

    Laura Elyse King can be reached at Follow her on Twitter @lauraelyseking.