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Madonna del Rosario Society
The Madonna del Rosario Society will hold its annual Christmas party Saturday, Dec. 1, noon, at the Gloucester House restaurant. A short business meeting will follow. A raffle will be held during the party. For tickets, call Grace at 978-281-1907 by Nov. 26.
Downtown Black Friday
On Friday, Nov. 23, 26 downtown Gloucester stores will be open at 6 a.m. for Black Friday. Organizers plan for good cheer, family fun and great discounts; some stores will have door prizes, drawings and door-buster deals. Many of the shops are on Main Street as well as nearby streets.
Surprise a Family
Pathways for Children will kick-off its annual Surprise a Family Program, which connects specific families and their needs with sponsors willing to fulfill their holiday wishes. To sponsor a family, contact Diana Foster at 978-281-2400, ext. 320, or email@example.com. All gifts for families must be delivered to Pathways no later than Thursday, Dec. 13.
Tree of Lights
Hospice of the North Shore & Greater Boston will host the annual Tree of Lights Cape Ann ceremony in Gloucester on Monday, Dec. 10, 5 p.m., at BankGloucester, 160 Main St. Sponsor a light in memory or in honor of a loved one with a donation to support the hospice’s mission. A reception will follow the tree-lighting, and guests may view the Honor Roll Book inscribed with the names of those memorialized on the tree. Call 978-223-9787 or visit www.hnsgb.org. All names must be received by Nov. 26. All names received after that date will be added to the book later.
Want to know what a Buddhist practice is? How others maintain a daily practice? Share your thoughts and questions with teacher Mary Kay Dyer from Rockport’s Asian Classics Institute, and senior student and practitioner Elizabeth McLindon, on the fourth Sunday of every month at a new time, 7 to 8:30 p.m., at the 222 Wellness Center, 222 Eastern Ave. Call Mary Kay Dyer at 978-283-8857 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or Elizabeth McLindon at 978-879-9159 or email@example.com.
SCORE, a resource partner of the Small Business Administration, offers free business advice and resource information to prospective and existing business owners at Cape Ann Business Incubator (CABI), 33 Commercial St., third floor (side entrance) every Tuesday. Using a three-person team approach, SCORE’s accredited counselors help develop a business plan, test the potential of a new business idea or determine the best solution to a business problem. Visit www.scorenemass.org and call 978-282-7779 to make an appointment.
Northeast Behavioral Health (NBH) Healthy Streets Outreach Program provides HIV testing, hepatitis C information, access to drug treatment, overdose prevention and Narcan training. All services, provided by NBH Healthy Streets Program, are available at Gloucester Family Health Center (lower level), 302 Washington St., Gloucester, Wednesdays from noon to 5 p.m. Call 978-236-0251.
Cell phones for soldiers
Gloucester High School collects old cell phones for overseas troops. No cords, batteries or any other accessories are needed. Phones may be dropped off at the GHS ROTC office. Call Rick at 978-281-9870, ext. 1212.
AWANA Kids Club
AWANA is a Christian kids club mixing fun games and activities with thoughtful devotions and Bible memorization. Open to preschool children through grade six, meeting Wednesdays, 6:30 to 8 p.m., at Cape Ann Bible Church, 8 Thompson St. Call 978-281-3941.
ESOL at the library
Wellspring Adult Learning Center provides ESOL courses at Sawyer Free Library, with free tutoring and small group classes in English for non-native speakers. The center is open Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Thursday nights, 5:30 to 8. Walk-ins welcome. Call 978-281-9763, ext. 23.
The Magnolia Cribbage Group will meets every Wednesday for 10 weeks, 7:10 p.m., at The Patio restaurant, Lexington Avenue. The fee is $40, payable in advance, and includes a dinner and prizes on the 11th week. Registration on the first night is at 6:45 p.m. Beginners, intermediate and advanced players are welcome. Contact Roger DiNapoli at 978-526-8550 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pathways for Children offers free monthly drop-in parent support group meetings for Cape Ann families of children with special needs. Preregistration is necessary if child care is needed in order to attend. Meetings are on the fourth Thursday of the month, 6 to 7:30 p.m., at Pathways, 29 Emerson Ave. Call Cheryl De Primio at 978-281-6920.
In honor of Vincent Ferrini’s 100th anniversary, in June 2013, the Gloucester Writers Center is planning on publishing a collection of his poems. Throughout his life, the city’s former poet laureate sent many poems to local friends and colleagues. Inspired by events of the moment, they came from his heart, and “off the top of his head.” If you have a poem that Vincent Ferrini sent you, please send a copy to the Gloucester Writers Center, 126 East Main St., Gloucester, MA 01930, with a note about yourself and the occasion of the poem.
The Annisquam Village Church is running its third annual online auction with more items, more donors and more variety. The auction supports the ministries, maintenance and ever-expanding community outreach of the growing church. More than 145 items have been donated by artists, individuals and businesses on Cape Ann and beyond. Bid on sports tickets, local art, jewelry, travel opportunities, restaurant gift certificates, whale watches, landscaping, and more. Visit www.BiddingForGood.com/avc.
Open Door meals
On Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, the Open Door Food Pantry, 28R Emerson Ave., serves a family-style meal from 5 to 6 p.m., and Sundays, 4 to 5 p.m. Call 978-283-6776 ext. 204, for a free van ride. Visit www.foodpantry.org.
Cape Ann Animal Aid is now in its new home at 4 Paws Lane, off Route 133, near the junction with Route 128. The shelter holds an Overlooked Pets Adoption Day on the third Thursday of every month. Adoption fees are reduced and are completed on a first-come, first-served basis, and all regular adoption requirements apply. Photos and fees will be posted on the shelter’s website, www.CapeAnnAnimalAid.com, monthly. Call 978-283-6055.
Weight loss clinic
Cape Ann Weight Loss Clinic provides a program based on individual goals, determined through health assessment. Fitness director Nicole Bembridge helps implement your five-week program, with nutritional guidance and motivation. Classes are one hour and 15 minutes and includes unlimited email and phone contact. Contact Nicole Bembridge at 978-283-0470 or email@example.com.
North Shore Friends
Every Sunday, the North Shore Friends (Quakers) meet at 10 a.m. Call 978-283-4585.
Northern Essex WIC
Northern Essex WIC (Women, Infants and Children) is a program providing nutrition and health education, healthy food and other services free to Massachusetts families who qualify at the Gloucester Family Health Center, 302 Washington St.
Dog Town walk
In celebration of the 40th anniversary of Rockport’s Toad Hall Bookstore, a walking tour of Dog Town will be offered to those who want to learn more about this area’s natural history or are just looking for a peaceful walk in the woods before a large holiday dinner. The walk will take place, rain or shine, on Thursday, Nov. 22, and departs from 13 Applecart Road in Rockport at 8:30 a.m. and returns at approximately 10 a.m. Call Eric Hutchins at 978-546-6425.
Turkey penny sale
The GFC Auxiliary will hold its turkey penny sale Wednesday, Nov. 14, 7 p.m., at the Gloucester Fraternity Club, 27 Webster St. Doors open at 6 p.m. Prizes include turkey, sweet bread, groceries, baked goods and more. Tickets are $.25 each. Call Annette at 508-320-3788.
Lights of Love
The fifth annual Lights of Love festival that supports Gorton’s Specialty and Cancer Care Center at Addison Gilbert Hospital will take place Thursday, Nov. 29. The festival, presented by Beauport Ambulance Service, features a tree lighting ceremony and brings together community members to honor family and friends who have battled or are battling cancer.
Harvest for Grace concert
The Harvest for Grace concert, “Celtic Music of the Sea & Season,” a family-friendly community concert with songs for children and sing-a-longs, will take place Saturday, Nov. 17, 2:30 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 10 Church St., corner of Middle Street. Music by Michael O’Leary and Friends, Steve Levy, David de la Barre, and Linda Swicker along with Mark Nelson on organ and Jay Stanbury on bagpipes. All proceeds benefit The Grace Center of Gloucester. A pre-concert coffee and dessert hour from 1 to 2 p.m., at Trinity Congregational Church, 70 Middle St.
SeniorCare, 49 Blackburn Circle, will host a program for family caregivers Wednesday, Nov. 14, from noon to 4 p.m., in the Myra L. Herrick Conference Room. The two, four-hour sessions, are made possible by the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, to provide practical guidance and training with easy to understand materials to help navigate the waters of caring for your loved one, including the physical and neurological effects of Alzheimer’s, habilitation therapy, communicating, challenging behaviors, daily living, everyday activities, keeping your loved one engaged, family dynamics, and — importantly — taking care of yourself. Light refreshments served. Free respite care offered during attendance. To register, contact Susan Harrison at 978-921-2065, ext. 221, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wellspring Holiday Store
Wellspring’s 16th annual Holiday Store will open Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 8 and 9. The store relies on community contributions. Gifts must be new, unwrapped and non-violent. Popular gifts are Legos, Barbie dolls, clothes, sports items, art supplies, books and board games. Gifts must be dropped off at Wellspring House, 302 Essex Ave., by Monday, Dec. 3, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call 978-281-3558 or visit www.wellspringhouse.org.
Cans for tans
From now until Nov. 30, Sunbanque Tanning Salon, 156 Prospect St., will offer a free tan to anyone who brings in canned food items for the needy. No purchase is necessary. All canned foods will be donated to The Cape Ann Food Pantry in Gloucester. Call 978-281-4442.
YMCA food drive
The Cape Ann YMCA will collect nonperishable food items from now until Nov. 25 to donate to The Open Door Food Pantry in Gloucester at the end of the month. Items most needed include healthy snack items, peanut butter, spaghetti sauce, breakfast cereal and canned goods (fruits, vegetables and soups).
Gloucester United Methodist Church, 436 Washington St., will hold its holiday fair Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. All crafters and vendors are welcome to sell their wares. Table (eight-foot) rentals are $40. Vendors may set up on Friday, Nov. 30, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Features Christmas ornaments, stocking stuffers, white elephant items and baked goods (homemade jams and jellies). Coffee, tea and cider served all day. Contact Julie Kesterson at 978-281-4440 or email@example.com.
The Gloucester and Rockport United Methodist churches will hold a joint Thanksgiving service Sunday, Nov. 18, 6 p.m., at the Gloucester church, 436 Washington St. Guest speaker is Julie Lafontaine of The Open Door Food Pantry. Nonperishable goods will be collected as an offering.
The Gloucester High School Docksiders will hold a wine tasting, concert and live auction event Saturday, Nov. 17, 6 p.m., at the Gloucester House restaurant. Guest auctioneer is Sen. Bruce Tarr. Tickets are $25.
Free estate planning seminar
A free seminar, “Estate Planning Is For Everybody — A Sensible Approach to Planning Your Estate,” will be presented Wednesday, Nov. 14, 10 a.m., at the Rose Baker Senior Center.
The Rose Baker Senior Center assists senior citizens in need of transportation to medical appointments. Drivers are needed for local rides to Addison Gilbert Hospital, the Cape Ann Medical Center, other local medical offices, as well as Beverly Hospital, Lahey Clinic and hospitals in Boston. A mileage stipend is provided. Call Bruce at 978-281-9765.
VNA Care Network
VNA Care Network, a nonprofit home health care, hospice and wellness provider, provides stipends to women with breast cancer who need financial assistance for medications, co-payments, transportation to treatment and services to help increase access to treatment and support recovery. Women must be residents of eastern or central Massachusetts to qualify. This program is funded by a grant from the Massachusetts Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Call Joan Schaefer at 888-663-3688, ext. 1264, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Clothes Closet, in the basement of St. Ann School, corner of Prospect and Pleasant streets, is open Saturdays, from 9 a.m.. to 1 p.m. This is made possible through the volunteer efforts of the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Holy Family Parish. Proceeds benefit local families in need. Call 978-283-7391.
Wellspring House Education Center, 302 Essex Ave., offers a free, drop-in GED skills session every Saturday, 9 to 11 a.m. Learn and practice GED skills in math, reading and writing; take practice tests; get tips on taking the test that will help you pass; and learn how to deal with stress and anxiety. Call 978-281-3558, ext. 302.
Medical insurance help
For seniors and low-income residents needing help with health insurance forms or information, SHINE counselor Sefatia Romeo is at the Rose Baker Senior Center on Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Call the Council on Aging at 978-281-9765 to schedule an appointment.
Free blood pressure screenings
Free blood pressure screenings are offered each week here:
Mondays, 1 to 3 p.m., Women’s Health Center, Addison Gilbert Hospital. Appointments not necessary. Not held on Monday holidays.
Wednesdays, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Rose Baker Senior Center.
Free HIV/AIDS testing
Every Friday, free HIV/AIDS testing is held from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at Addison Gilbert Hospital, third floor. Use the Washington Street entrance. No appointment is necessary. Call Mayra Rivera at 978-853-8633.
Knitting, crocheting group
Every Tuesday, a group meets to knit and crochet items for veterans and other worthy causes, 10 a.m. to noon, at Rose Baker Senior Center. Donations of yarn are always accepted. New members are welcome to join. Stop in or call the Council on Aging at 978-281-9765.
Bay View Brotherhood
Bay View Brotherhood meets the second Tuesday of every month, 7 p.m., Brotherhood Club Hall, 889 Washington St.
The Rotary Club meets every Tuesday at 12:15 p.m. at Cruiseport Gloucester.
The Gloucester World War II Memorial Committee is accepting requests for memorial bricks. For an appointment, call Lucia at the Veterans’ Center office at 978-281-9740. Bring a copy of the veteran’s discharge papers and a check for $200 for the perpetual care of the memorial.
Military Family Support
The Cape Ann Military Family Support Group meets at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at the Major Fred W. Ritvo Veterans Center, 12 Emerson Ave. in Gloucester. Those with family and friends serving in the military are welcome to attend. Those wishing to attend to support our military by working on special projects are also invited; all are welcome. Refreshments served.
Pathways’ Cape Ann Families is seeking men and women to volunteer as parent mentors. This program has served stressed and isolated parents of the Gloucester and Cape Ann Community for 20 years. Volunteers participate in a five-week Winter Parent Mentor Training, after which each will be matched with a parent, starting a year-long mentorship and friendship. Contact Hailey Granger at 978-281-2400, ext. 110, or email email@example.com.
Gloucester military family members may call the Gloucester Office of Veterans’ Services at 978-281-9740 to register their active-duty family members. Military members’ names will be announced during upcoming city ceremonies.
The Cape Ann Shakespeare Troupe has established a $500 scholarship to be awarded to a Cape Ann high school senior who has been accepted to a college theater arts program. Prerequisites include participation in high school drama programs and involvement in one CAST production. For an application, contact Ray Jenness at firstname.lastname@example.org or 73 High St., Rockport, MA 01966.
Action Inc.’s Energy Services offers fuel assistance and other programs to help save money and conserve energy to eligible Cape Ann households from now until April 30, covering all types of heating fuel. Gross annual household income may not exceed: $31,271, single person; $40,893, two-persons; $50,515, three persons; $60,137, four persons; and $69,759, five-persons. Additional discounts for natural gas, heating oil, electricity and phone service may apply, as well as energy conservation and education programs for homeowners and renters. For homeowners only, we may be able to pay for heating system repairs, cleanings and replacements. Call 978-281-3900 or 978-282-1003. Visit www.actioninc.org/energy_main.html.
Country Cupboard Fair
St. John’s Episcopal Church’s Country Cupboard Fair is Saturday, Nov. 17, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at 48 Middle St. Features handmade crafts, jewelry, artisan cheeses cut to order, a silent auction, holiday decorations, a fish chowder luncheon, and a “Cookie Walk.” The Thrift Shop will stocked with glassware, pottery and gifts. Parking available at 33 Washington St. Admission is free; Visa and MasterCard accepted.
Friday night bingo
Bingo is held in the St. Ann Church hall, 74 Pleasant St., Friday nights at 6:30. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Anyone 18 and older is invited. Proceeds support school and parish programs. Call 978-281-4820.
Sunday morning meditation
Teachers from the Cape Ann Buddhist Center conduct silent meditations and discussions Sundays at 222 Arts & Wellness Center, 222 Eastern Ave. The first meditation runs from 9 to 9:30 a.m., followed by a tea break with discussion, or a walk through the woods. The second meditation runs from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Arrive early so that all is quiet at the start. Open to all levels of practitioners. Chairs and yoga equipment available, or bring your own. A $10 donation is suggested. E-mail email@example.com.
Have you written a poem about change in Gloucester? Mail your mighty lines, c/o “Change Contest,” The Writer’s Block, Box 5524, Gloucester, MA 01930, including contact information. Winning poets will be invited to read their work on Cape Ann TV’s “The Writer’s Block” during the 2012-13 season. Gloucester residents are eligible. There is only one rule: limit entries to 20 lines. Deadline: Dec. 1, 2012.
Peer support training
The Northeast Recovery Learning Community (NERLC) provides peer-run support and services to people with psychiatric disabilities throughout the North Shore and Merrimack Valley, and are training facilitators for peer-run self-help meetings on Cape Ann. For those who are interested, there will be a training session, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 48 Middle St. (Parking available at 47 Washington St.) The NERLC offers recovery-oriented, trauma informed care and culturally sensitive peer support, both in group settings and on an individual basis. Call Vida Whitcomb or Pablo Leon at 978-687-4288, or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.