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The City Clerk’s office will remain open until 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 17, for voter registration or to make changes to voter registration status. The State Primary election will be held Thursday, Sept. 6. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.
The annual Fishermen’s Memorial Service is on Saturday, Aug. 25, starting at 5 p.m. with a procession from the American Legion, down Middle Street and onto Stacy Boulevard. Everyone is invited to join the procession, led by drummers. Many will carry flowers to toss into the sea to remember loved ones, or hold boat oars carrying the names of Gloucester fishing boats, past and present. Please join committee members and fellow citizens in remembering those who lost their lives fishing from America’s oldest seaport.
The Cape Ann Community Band will present a free concert Sunday, Aug. 19, 7 p.m., at the Antonio Gentile Bandstand, Stage Fort Park. Free Richardson’s Ice Cream and Richie’s Italian Slush will be available. Concert theme is “Section Pieces and Solos.” All ages are welcome. Bring a chair or blanket. In case of rain, the concert will be rescheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 22, at 7 p.m. The concert is sponsored by BankGloucester.
The third annual Magnolia Roadshow will take place Saturday, Aug. 25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event includes a giant yard sale, craft fair, The Magnolia Shoppe, a walking tour at 11 a.m., a silent auction, and a live auction at 6 p.m. Event also features an antiques roadshow, 10 a.m. to noon, at the Magnolia Library Center, corner of Norman and Lexington avenues. David Cox and Norman Larsen appraise items. To schedule an appointment, call Christine Rasmussen at 978-281-0309. Walk-ins allowed on a space available basis. Requested donation is $10 per item, $25 for three items. To donate items to the yard sale or auction, call Lisa Ramos at 978-290-3005 or drop items off at the Blynman School (Saturdays, Aug. 11 and 18, 9 a.m. to noon). Visit www.magnoliahistoricalsociety.com.
The sixth annual Rotary Club comedy night will take place Thursday, Aug. 30, at Cruiseport Gloucester, 5 Rowe Square. Boston comedians Jim Lauletta, Bob Seibel, Sean Sullivan and Dave Rattigan will perform. Doors open at 7 p.m. for the 8 p.m. show. Tickets are $25, available at Carroll K. Steele Insurance, 32 Pleasant St.; or by contacting Ruth Pino at email@example.com. Hors d’oeuvres and a raffle will be available.
Chamber Music concert
Cape Ann Chamber Music will perform music by Brahms and Chausson on Saturday, Aug. 25, 8 p.m., at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1123 Washington St. Tickets are $15, $10 for students/seniors. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sandy Bay Preschool, a parent cooperative with a 40-year history, will hold an open house Monday, Aug. 20, from 9:30 to 11 a.m., and from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at 12 School St., Rockport. School is currently enrolling 3-5-year-olds for the 2012/13 school year. Meet teachers and tour the school. Children are welcome. Visit www.sandybaypreschool.org or call 978-546-6366.
Christian music concert
The Gloucester Assembly of God, 211 Washington St., will host a concert by Christian musician, songwriter and storyteller Bob Bennett on Saturday, Sept. 1, at 7 p.m. An offering will be taken to defray expenses.
HFP religious education
Registration for Holy Family Parish’s Faith Formation Program will be held on these dates: Sunday, Aug. 26, 9 to 10:25 a.m., St. Ann School; Saturday, Sept. 8, after 4 p.m. Mass, in parish hall; and Sunday, Sept. 9, at parish picnic at Stage Fort Park. Those who register on these dates will receive a $10 discount, making the per child fee $65. Call 978-281-4820.
Cape Ann Shakespeare Troupe is seeking actors, technicians, stage and front of house help for its first production of the 2012-13 season. Performances take place the first two weekends of November at the Gloucester Stage Company. “Visiting Lear,” an adaptation of “The Tragedy of King Lear,” requires three actors to play multiple roles. One-act play runs 55 minutes. Email email@example.com with a cc to Ray Jenness at firstname.lastname@example.org. “Love on a Midsummer Night,” scenes from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” requires a cast of five, with four playing two parts each, and a narrator. One-act play runs 40 minutes. Email email@example.com with a cc to Nick Neyeloff at firstname.lastname@example.org. Prompt replies encouraged.
The Healthy Gloucester Collaborative and the Council on Aging invite people of all ages to celebrate Gloucester Wednesday, Aug. 22, 3 to 5 p.m., at the Rose Baker Senior Center. Admission is free. There will be screenings of short movies produced by Gloucester youth, art projects, games, snacks and more.
Adventure Labor Day
On Saturday, Sept. 1, the Schooner Adventure offers these programs for the Labor Day weekend:
10 a.m., Gloucester’s Working Waterfront Walking Tour: meet at the Fishermen’s Memorial for 90 minute guided tour ($5 per person)
10 a.m. to 4 p.m., open house on Adventure at the Gloucester Marine Railways, with dory fishing displays, gillnetting with the Phyllis A., and children’s activities/crafts
Noon and 2 p.m., special children’s programs — Mr. and Mrs Fish, a performing arts marine program: for more information, visit: www.mrandmrsfish.com/interface-mmf.htm
Time’s flying and summer’s coming to a close! Stop by the Sawyer Free library to pick up some more summer reading before it’s too late! Middle-school required reading books may not be available but there are lots more to choose from.
On Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 7 p.m. the book group will discuss Caleb’s Crossing, an historical novel set in the 16th century by Pulitzer winner Geraldine Brooks, about the first Native American to graduate from Harvard. Discussion will be led by library director Carol
Harpsichord builder Greg Bover and renowned harpsichordist Francis Fitch will present a concert/demonstration at Cape Ann Museum on Wednesday, Sept. 5 at 7 p.m. The concert is presented collaboratively by the Gloucester Lyceum and Cape Ann Museum, and is free and open to the public, but space will be limited.
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. If you are interested, there will be a training session from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 48 Middle St., Gloucester. (parking 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: email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘Rule of Four’
Cape Ann Museum has extended its popular exhibition, “Rule of Four: Highlights from the Permanent Collection,” through the summer. The exhibit features works by 20 artists and craftsmen who have worked on Cape Ann and spotlights works in the museum’s growing contemporary collection with an emphasis on recent acquisitions. The museum, located at 27 Pleasant St., is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays, 1 to 4 p.m. Adults, $10; Cape Ann residents, students and seniors, $8; Children under 12 and members, free.
The Gloucester Integrated Preschool, which provides developmentally appropriate early education services for children age 3 to 4, is accepting applications for a limited number of fall openings. All children must take part in early developmental screenings. Sessions are four days a week, Monday to Thursday; morning sessions are 8:30 to 11 a.m., afternoons are noon to 2:30 p.m., and full days are 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For more information, call 978-281-9848.
Free flying lessons
For father and sons, father and daughters, the sky really is the limit when you learn to fly radio-controlled model airplanes. The lessons are free at Good Harbor Beach parking lot June 1 to Sept. 30, weekday evenings from 6 p.m. to sundown. Everything you need to llearn to fly radio and model airplanes is provided at no cost to students. If anyone would like to volunteer, we could use your help. For more information, call Lou Pascucci at 978-283-4904.
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. For more information, call Mary Kay Dyer at 978-283-8857, or email: email@example.com. Elizabeth McLindon may be reached at 978-879-9159, or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 x1212.
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.
Class of 1972
Gloucester High School Class of 1972 will hold a reunion on Friday, Aug. 17, at 7 p.m. at the Gloucester House Restaurant, with a buffet, live entertainment, and a photo booth. Cost is $35 per person. There will be no mailing, so please pass along this information to other classmates. Call Natalie at 978-879-7673, or Kathy at 978-283-7939.
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 on-line auction with more items, more donors and more variety. The auction supports the ministries, maintenance and ever-expanding community outreach of the growing church. Over 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. Go to www.BiddingForGood.com/avc.
Partners for AGH
Partners for Addison Gilbert Hospital will meet Thursday, Aug. 9, 6:30 p.m., in the Friend Room, Sawyer Free Library. Alan Sager of Boston University School of Public Health will present “Save Addison Gilbert — The Right Hospital in the Right Place.” Email email@example.com or call 978-283-9911.
Absentee voting is now open in the city clerk’s office during regular business hours (Monday to Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) for the State Primary Election to be held Thursday, Sept. 6. Absentee voting is for voters unable to get to the polls on election day. Mailing of ballots available to those voters who are homebound or away. A family member can fill out a request form, or a request for a ballot can be mailed to 9 Dale Ave. Absentee voting closes Sept. 5, at noon. The last day to register to vote or make changes to voter registration is Friday, Aug. 17 (office open until 8 p.m. this day). Call 978-281-9720.
The Northeast Massachusetts Youth Orchestras is holding auditions throughout the summer for the 2012-2013 concert season. An additional audition date has been set for Friday, Aug. 24, at Ipswich High School. Musicians who are not available on that date can be accommodated for an alternate time during the summer. Music students from throughout the region are invited to register to audition for any of the ensembles NMYO offers: Symphony Orchestra, high school musicians; Wind Ensemble, advanced high school wind players; Intermezzo Orchestra, middle school level musicians; Overture and Prelude Orchestras, elementary and middle school string students seeking early ensemble experience; Junior Flute Choir, middle school flutists; Flute Choir, high school flutists;- Select Flute Choir, advanced high school flutists; Auditions for all ensembles will be held on this date.
Are you a high school student aged 16 and older who’d like to make a difference in a child’s life from your own community? Join the Pathways for Children Teen Mentoring Program. Volunteer mentors are matched with children, ages 5 to 12, who could benefit from a positive role model. A 12-week training in the fallContact Hailey Granger at 978-281-2400 x110 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This summer, from July to September, the Gloucester Schooner Adventure History Sharing Program is conducting 90-minute narrated walking tours of the working harbor every Saturday, at 10 a.m., starting at the Fishermen’s Memorial. Bring comfy shoes and prepare to walk back in time! Cost is $5 per person. Call 978-281-8079 or visit www.schooner-adventure.org.
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 x204, for a free van ride. Visit www.foodpantry.org.
GHS Class of 1942
The Gloucester High School Class of 1942 will celebrate its 70th reunion Friday, Aug. 31, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., at the Gloucester House restaurant. To RSVP, call Kay Schuster at 978-283-8719 or Charlotte Michon at 978-283-6667 by Aug. 8.
Cape Ann Animal Aid has moved to 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, 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. The Gloucester office is in the Gloucester Family Health Center, 302 Washington St.
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 x1264, 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.
Addison Gilbert Hospital needs volunteers. Positions are available in the hospital’s gift shop for all shifts, including days, evenings and weekends. The Volunteer Department provides training for the position, free parking, meal vouchers for the hospital’s cafe and gift shop discount. Call 978-922-3000, x2307.
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, x302.
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
On the second Tuesday of every month, Bay View Brotherhood Club Inc. holds a meeting at Brotherhood Club Hall, 889 Washington St., at 7 p.m.
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.
CATV video vacation
Cape Ann TV is now enrolling middle/high school students in its Summer Video Vacation Week. Students take to the streets of downtown Gloucester with a video camera and interview merchants, artists and people to find out what makes the city tick. The program, led by CATV’s Lisa Smith, meets Tuesday-Friday, Aug. 14-17, 1 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday’s class meets at CATV studio, 38 Blackburn Center; Wednesday and Thursday’s classes meet downtown to film; and Friday’s class meets at CATV to review footage and have a pizza party. The final edited program will air on CATV Channel 12. Cost is $50 and includes a year’s membership to CATV. To register, call 978-281-2443.
Join Rep. Ann-Margaret Ferrante for a fireworks cruise Saturday, Sept. 1. Cruise boards at 6 p.m. and departs at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $30. For tickets, call 978-281-2104.
Team Cape Ann Lanes will hold a Relay For Life booze cruise Friday, Aug. 24, from 7 to 9 p.m. Advance tickets are $20 per person; $25 per person at the dock. Appetizers and a disc jockey will be available. For tickets, stop by Cape Ann Lanes. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Catmobile, operated by the Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society and staffed by a licensed veterinarian and two veterinary technicians, will be parked at Gloucester Crossing in Gloucester on Friday, Aug. 31. The Catmobile offers low cost spay neuter for cats only. The package consists of spay/neuter, rabies vaccinations, exam, nail trim, treatment for fleas and ear mites. Cost is $100 for spay package, $75 for neuter package, $50 for kittens four months and younger. The package is available to anyone and there is no qualification process. Reservations are required; visit www.catmobile.org or call 978-465-1940.
Theater in the Pines
Theater in the Pines celebrates its 25th anniversary season with its 80th production “Lend Me A Tenor” by Ken Ludwig at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport. This hilarious comedy, set in a hotel suite in Cleveland, revolves around Tito Morelli, an Italian star slated to play Otello, who succumbs to an accidental overdose of tranquillizers, setting mayhem in motion! Rick Doucette reprises the role of Tito, joined by a seasoned cast directed by Nan Webber. Performances are on Friday, Sept. 14, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 15, 3 and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 16, 3 p.m.
Tickets are available at the door, at Toad Hall Bookstore in Rockport and the Bookstore in Gloucester, or by calling Rockport Music at 978-546-7391. For more information, visit: http://theatreinthepines.blogspot.com
Political Theater Festival
The second annual Tragabigzanda Political Theater Festival will take place Aug. 17-Sept. 2, at The Annie, 1 Washington St. The short plays have been written locally about local topics. A discussion will follow. Featured plays include “You Are My Sunshine,” developed in collaboration with The Postpartum Task Force of the North Shore and directed by Henry Allen; “Unexpected,” written and directed by Carson afKlinteberg; and “In A Birds Eye,” directed by Henry Allen; book, music and lyrics by Mary Janus; and additional music by Timothy “Cowboy” Bagley. Show times are at 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for students/seniors. For tickets, call 978-381-4373, email Tickets@TheAnnieArts.org. Visit TheAnnie.org.
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 email@example.com or 73 High St., Rockport, MA 01966.
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.
Teachers from the ACI-Cape Ann Buddhist Center will conduct silent meditations and discussion on 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 if you wish, a walk through the woods, before the second half-hour meditation session starts at 10 a.m. Chairs and yoga equipment are available; please arrive early, so all will be quiet for the start of the first meditation session. Donations are gratefully appreciated. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Cape Ann Homeownership Center is offering a First Time Homebuyers Workshop hosted by the Gloucester Housing Authority at 259 Washington St., Gloucester, on Aug. 7 and 8, 14 and 15. The four nights of classes are from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Topics include credit scores, safe mortgages, home inspections, legal issues, and more. Class size is limited and expected to fill quickly. The cost is $55. Preregister online at; www.ghama.com, or call Kathy Erkkila at 978-281-4770 ext. 110, or stopping by the office.
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.