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. 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.
The Rockport Senior Center will offer these day trips:
Sept. 13 — Travel to Hyannis to catch a ferry to Nantucket.
Oct. 9 — Trip to Foxwoods. Leaves Rockport at 7:30 a.m., and returns at approximately 7:30 p.m. $25 includes motorcoach and free buffet. For reservations, call 978-546-2573.
Dec. 6 — Travel to Newport, R.I., to visit the Marble House Mansion and have lunch at Lancetta’s; then visit LaSalette Shrine for Father Pat’s concert and Festival of Lights. Call 978-546-2573.
Pigeon Cove Circle will hold an outdoor flea market and rummage sale Saturday, Aug. 18. Rain date is Saturday, Aug. 25. Table rentals are $30 per table. Call Linda at 978-546-6698.
RAA fall workshops
The Rockport Art Association, 12 Main St., will offer these workshops:
Acrylic Image Transfer with Adria Arch, Sept. 7, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $100, $75 for RAA members. All materials provided.
Experimental Mixed Media Techniques with Susan Guest-McPhail, Sept. 10-11, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $175, $150 for RAA members. All levels, beginner to advanced. Bring a small canvas.
Lighting the Still Life and Portrait with Judith Monteferrante, Sept. 14, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $60, $50 for RAA members.
Preparing Quality Digital Submissions for Exhibitions with Margaret Farrell Bruno, Sept. 21, 1 to 4 p.m. $60, $50 for RAA members.
You’ve Heard of Watercolor — Now Wine Color! with Chester Kasnowski, Sept. 25, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $100, $75 for RAA members. Bring a wine glass and an ugly cup — one for sipping and one for dipping. All levels welcome, ages 21 and up.
To register, call 978-546-6604, email email@example.com or visit www.rockportartassn.org.
The First Baptist Church of Rockport will offer a free lecture, “Intolerance, Violence and Christianity,” on Wednesday, Aug. 22, at 7 p.m. The keynote speaker is Professor Peter Anders, an instructor in theology at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Call 978-546-6121.
Andrews Point picnic
The Andrews Point Association picnic will take place Sunday, Aug. 26, 5 to 7:30 p.m., at the home of Bill and Ann Saurman, 16 Pt. DeChene Ave. In case of rain, meet at Pigeon Cove Center, 6 Breakwater Ave. Bring chairs, sandwiches, wine, hors d’oeuvres or dessert to share. Soft drinks provided. A $5 per person, $10 per family donation is requested for the Andrews Point Association Fund. Call Natalie at 978-546-1682 or Marie at 978-546-5208.
Rockport Community Schools offers these fall programs:
Yoga with Janet Green Garrison
— Thursdays, Sept. 13-Nov. 1, 5:15 to 6:30 p.m., Rockport High School library. All-level yoga class for adults of all ages. $96 per person for eight weeks.
Fitness Class with Marsha Whelan
— Mondays and Wednesdays, Sept. 5–Oct. 17, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Rockport Elementary School gym. Full body workout for all ages. Bring hand-held weights (3-8 pounds), drinking water, a mat or towel for floor exercises, supportive footwear and comfortable clothing. $60 per unit, $48 per unit for seniors 60 and over. Six weeks (12 sessions).
Zumba Class with Calandra Salo
— Thursdays, Sept. 20–Oct. 25, 6:15 – 7:15 p.m., Rockport Elementary School gym. $60 per person for six weeks.
Creative Writing for New and Practicing Writers with Ann McArdle
— Tuesdays, Sept. 11–Oct. 16, 7 to 9 p.m., Rockport Elementary School library. $80 per person for six sessions.
Basic to Advanced Drawing with Paul Ciaramitaro
— Wednesdays, Sept. 12–Nov. 7, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Rockport High School art room. $150 per person for eight sessions.
Computer Basics Course with Shelagh St.Laurent
— Wednesdays, Sept. 19-Nov. 14, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Foster Computer Lab. Bring computer flash drive for saving files. $120 per person for eight weeks.
Camera Basics: Intro to Digital Photography with Kathy Chapman
— Wednesdays, Sept. 12, 19 and 26, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Rockport High School library computer lab. Bring digital camera with manual capabilities, and owner’s manual. $125 per person for three sessions. www.kathychapman.com.
Preregistration and prepayment for all classes required. Registration forms available at Rockport Public Library and all school offices. Call Gini Nangle at 978-546-1204.
Sunset Pilates, Yoga
The Rockport Recreation Department offers a Sunset Pilates and Yoga course Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6 to 7 p.m., at the Rockport Community House, beginning Aug. 30. Cost is $8 per class. Call Caitlin at 978-546-1309.
The 16th annual Educational Foundation for Rockport golf tournament will be held Wednesday, Sept. 26, at Rockport Golf Club. Registration at noon with a boxed lunch. Shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. Dinner follows the tournament. RSVP no later than Sept. 21; call Bob Krause at 978-546-5135.
Thacher Island art, photo show
The Thacher Island Association will hold its annual Art and Photography Show at the Rockport Community House, 58 Broadway, Aug. 23-26. An opening reception will be held Thursday, Aug. 23, 7 to 9 p.m. Show hours are: Aug. 24 and 25, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Aug. 26, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Show is open to all artists. More than 80 artists and photographers are expected to show their work. Artwork, including selections created during the recent Art and Photo Days, along with a diverse selection of artistic subjects will be exhibited. All works will be available for purchase. Proceeds benefit the Thacher Island and Straitsmouth Island restoration efforts. Admission is free. Call Linda at 978-546-2250 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
A free concert of Italian arias and duets will take place Wednesday, Aug. 29, 7 p.m., at the Shalin Liu Performance Center, in commemoration of Verdi’s upcoming bicentennial. The concert was made possible by Shalin Liu and Karyl Charna Lynn of Gloucester. The performers are Metropolitan Opera soprano Elizabeth Blancke-Biggs and internationally-renowned baritone Michael Corvino, accompanied by Michael Recchiuti on the piano. Doors open at 6:05 p.m. Seating is first-come, first-served. Free concert, no tickets required. Visit www.rcmf.org.
Library home delivery
Rockport Public Library offers outreach services for local homebound residents. The outreach librarian delivers regular, large-print and audio books as well as periodicals and videos. Call 978-546-6934.
Rental, mortgage aid
Action Inc. has rental and mortgage assistance (TBRA/MBRA) money available from Rockport’s Community Preservation Act (CPA) to help Rockport families and individuals facing financial hardships in keeping their housing. Call Stella at 978-282-1000, ext. 115, to check eligibility status.
A variety of recovery programs meet weekly in Rockport.
— Alcoholics Anonymous “Women in Recovery” 2 to 3 p.m., First Congregational Church, School Street.
— Alcoholics Anonymous, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 24 Broadway.
— Alcoholics Anonymous step meeting, noon to 1 p.m., First Baptist Church of Rockport, 2 High St.; Alcoholics Anonymous, 7:30 p.m., First Congregational Church, School Street.
— Al-Anon group, 7:30 p.m., First Baptist Church of Rockport, 2 High St., for friends and relatives of people with alcoholism.
— Alcoholics Anonymous closed book meeting, noon to 1 p.m., Rockport Baptist Church, 2 High St. Alcoholics Anonymous “Men in Recovery” men’s speaker discussion meeting, 7:30 p.m., United Methodist Church.
— Alcoholics Anonymous, noon to 1 p.m., First Baptist Church of Rockport, 2 High St.
— Alcoholics Anonymous, 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., First Baptist Church of Rockport, 2 High St. (in July). AA meets at the First Congregational Church, School Street, the rest of the year.
The First Baptist Church of Rockport offers free rides to church every Sunday for anyone living on Cape Ann. To sign up, call 978-546-6121 or visit www.FirstBaptistRockport.org.
UU Thrift shop
The Thrift Shop of the Unitarian Universal Society of Rockport is open Fridays and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., until Saturday, Sept. 1, in the lower level of the UU church, 4 Cleaves St. The shop stocks books, household items, office supplies, toys, jewelry, and collectible treasures. Donations of used or new items in good, clean, functional condition are accepted. Due to limited space, the shop will no longer carry furniture, TVs, film cameras or clothing. Proceeds support the UUSR’s programs and charitable work in the community.
Tai Ji class
A tai ji class is held every Wednesday, 9 to 10:30 a.m., at Rockport Senior Center, on the second floor of the Community House. Taught by Meredith Morgan, the class is appropriate for beginners as well as those who have done Tai Ji in the past. Tai Ji is a gentle movement class that benefits health and well-being.
The Vajramudra Center, 154 Granite St., holds free weekly meditation teaching and practice Tuesdays, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Call Larry Wolf at 617-869-0666.
Every Wednesday, from 9:30 to 11 a.m., Rockport Baptist Church hosts a Bible study that is free and open to the public. The group studies various portions of scripture and seeks to make contemporary application. Visit www.FirstBaptistRockport.org or call 978-546-6121.
Those interested in learning what a Buddhist practice is or how others maintain a daily practice are invited to share their thoughts and questions with teacher Mary Kay Dyer, of Rockport’s Asian Classics Institute, and senior student and practitioner Elizabeth McLindon, on the fourth Sunday of the month, 7 to 8:30 p.m., at the 222 Wellness Center, 222 Eastern Ave. Contact Mary Kay Dyer at 978-283-8857 or email@example.com, or Elizabeth McLindon at 978-879-9159 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tennis for adults
The Rockport Recreation Department offers a multi-level tennis program, for adults ages 16 and up, mornings from 7:30 to 9, at the Rockport High School tennis courts. Play a match, get useful tips and learn more about the game. Cost is $70 for a four-week session. Call Olivia at 978-546-1309.
The Rockport Recreation Department offers an interactive day camp for children in grades one through five, at 9 a.m., at Rockport Elementary School. Activities include sports, games, arts and crafts. Admission is $135 for five weeks. Call Olivia at 978-546-1309.
Every Friday, from 10:30 to 11:30 p.m., young children can explore nature at Halibut Point State Park, where ideas find concrete meaning, and are reinforced through specially-themed art projects. The free program, open to children ages 3 to 6, meets at the Visitors Center. Call Meg Tenczar at 978-546-2997.
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.
Drivers for seniors
RSVP Volunteers of the North Shore seeks volunteer medical transportation drivers. SeniorCare is in need of volunteers from Gloucester and Rockport for local and out-of-town appointments. Volunteers choose when and how often they drive. Drivers are compensated. Call 978-281-1750.
The Rockport Art Association, 12 Main St., offers these classes and sketch groups in its studio:
Figure sketch group (short pose)
meets Mondays, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Model takes several short poses progressing to 20 minutes. No instruction. $10. Meets year-round. No preregistration required. Peter DeNigris monitors. 508-662-9985.
Figure sketch group (long pose)
meets Thursdays, 1 to 4 p.m. Adequate time to study subject and complete works of art. All mediums. No instruction. $10. No preregistration. Fred Jillson monitors. 978-281-5144.
The Sandy Bay Historical Society museum on King Street is open Mondays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., for research. Cost is $5 for nonmembers, free for members. Tours of the museum are also offered.
Berry at Old Sloop
The Old Sloop Coffeehouse kicks off its fourth season on Saturday, Sept. 8, with a return performance by Chelsea Berry. The singer/songwriter is a favorite on Cape Ann, and one of many gifted musicians, rising talents from the Boston area, and touring musicians from across the United States and the world who’ve headlined on the stage of the Old Sloop. An outreach project of the First Congregational Church of Rockport, the coffeehouse offers a great variety of great music at affordable prices, in a warm and welcoming environment, offering coffee, tea and home-baked goods in the church’s handicap-accessible Fellowship Hall. All are welcome, and no one will be turned away for an inability to pay.
Rockport Recreation Department offers a fitness program for adults, combining strength training, cardio, Pilates and flexibility. Individual classes are $6, at the Community House. Call Caitlin at 978-546-1309.
The Linda Wieditz Scholarship Fund is accepting donations. A scholarship, given in memory of the much beloved music teacher in the Rockport Public Schools, is presented at the Rockport High School graduation each year to one or more graduates pursuing music studies in higher education. Checks, made payable to the “Linda Wieditz Memorial Scholarship,” should be mailed to: Linda Wieditz Memorial Scholarship, P.O. Box 191, Rockport, MA 01966.
Pathways’ Cape Ann Families seeks men and women to volunteer as parent mentors. The program has been running for 20 years, serving parents of the Cape Ann community who are experiencing stress or isolation. Volunteers are matched with parents, beginning year-long mentorships/friendships. Contact Hailey Granger at 978-281-2400, ext. 110, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rockport Legion Band, a community band founded in 1932, is a non-audition musical group that plays all year, and is looking for competent musicians who play traditional concert band instruments. Players who played well in high school or college, but have “lapsed” are especially welcome. To attend a rehearsal, email email@example.com or call 978-546-6199. The band rehearses Thursdays, 7:30 p.m., at the American Legion Hall on Beach Street, Rockport. Visit www.rockportlegionband.wordpress.com.