ONE: Itching to get ready for the sand and sun? Join InMotion Cycling and Fitness Studio for Beach Boot Camp. On Saturday, July 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at Heart Pond in Chelmsford, Mass., instructor Mark Hebert will motivate you with strength, core, endurance and cardio exercises to get your body fit, and you’ll still have time to hit the beach afterward. Bring your mats, sunscreen and positive attitude. To register, contact Jeff at (978) 319-9074 or email@example.com. The cost for nonmembers is $10.
TWO: Okay, okay, we’re cheating with this one — it’s not actually in the Merrimack Valley. But things like the International Sand Sculpting Festival on Revere Beach only come around once in a while, and are almost certainly worth taking the trip for. Head over to our sister region to the south (that’d be the North Shore, for the uninitiated) from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and/or Sunday to watch 15 sculptors from around the world compete for cash prizes. Oh yeah, and there’ll be amusements, a food truck festival, live music, street performers, people’s choice voting and more, too.
THREE: For those looking for a dual dose of wildlife and exercise, there’s the Bird Walk happening at Tattersall Farm. Get up bright and early on Saturday morning for an Audubon representative-led walk through the property, where you’ll be introduced to the birds nesting in the area. If you can manage to wake and lasso the kids together for the 8 a.m. start time, this would be an ideal event to bring them along for.
FOUR: It’s summertime, which means reggae music is in season (not that it’s ever really out of season … it’s just more in season than usual). With that said, this weekend’s Rastafarian revelry is Newburyport Brewing Co.’s 4th annual Reggae Fest, an all-ages extravaganza featuring craft beer lineup, brewery tours, live reggae music, food, face painting and kids games. Whether you’re a Boss D.J. or you’re looking to try out a new stylee, this is the place to be on Saturday from noon to 7 p.m.
FIVE: What is Tails & Ales, besides the cutest event name on this list by a county mile? Why, it’s an opportunity to drink great brews for a great cause with The Cork Stop and the MSPCA at Nevins Farm at the latter’s Methuen location. Head over on Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. to try over a dozen beers, munch savory snacks from two food trucks and support the MSPCA’s valuable work in caring for animals in the community.
SIX: Graham Nash was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice for his work as part of Crosby, Stills and Nash, but don’t underestimate him as a solo act — all by his lonesome, his formidable songwriting abilities have earned him a Grammy and a spot in the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame. As part of the Lowell Summer Music Series, he’ll be playing at Boarding House Park this Friday at 7:30 p.m.
SEVEN: Theory of a Deadman have been around since the beginning of the new millennium, but it wasn’t until 2008’s “Scars & Souvenirs” that they truly captured the hearts of post-grunge pessimists everywhere. With a full slate of hit singles covering that most popular post-grunge topic — angst (see: “Hate My Life” and “Bad Girlfriend”) — they ruled rock radio in the late aughts. They’ll be live at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom this Saturday at 8 p.m.
EIGHT: This Sunday at 1 p.m., join one of Lowell National Historical Park’s park rangers on a one-hour walking tour of Lowell that highlights locations significant to author Jack Kerouac in the 1920s and 1930s. The tour will look at his experiences growing up in a French-Canadian family, how places in Lowell influenced his writing and examine his employment and education in Lowell.