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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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.