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Old Sloop Coffeehouse
Old Sloop Coffeehouse will present a performance by Bob Franke on Saturday, April 6, 7:30 p.m., at First Congregational Church, 12 School St., with John Schindler opening. Advance tickets are $10; visit www.oldsloopcoffeehouse.org, Gloucester Music or Toad Hall Bookstore in Rockport. Tickets at the door are $12 for adults, $7 for those 65 and older, $5 for those younger than 18, $24 per family.
Barbara J. Beake and Peg Plummer from the Essex Society of Genealogists will discuss “Genealogy Research: Finding and Documenting Your Ancestors” on Saturday, April 13, 11 a.m., at the Essex Senior Center, 17 Pickering St., Essex. Topics include basic genealogy research strategies, documentation standards and resources for both genealogy and military records. Free and open to the public.
Senior Center programs
The Rockport Senior Center, 58 Broadway, offers these winter programs:
Tai Ji — Wednesdays, 9 to 10 a.m. $4 per class.
Strength Resistance Exercise Class — Mondays and Fridays, 9 to 10 a.m. $4 per class.
Yoga — Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 to 10 a.m. $3 per class.
Bingo — Mondays, 1 to 3:30 p.m.
Knitting and Handiwork Group — Thursdays, 1 to 3:30 p.m.
Scrabble — Wednesdays, 1 to 3 p.m.
Democratic Committee meeting
The Rockport Democratic Town Committee will meet Saturday, March 23, 10:30 a.m., in the Brenner Room, Rockport Public Library. All Democrats registered in Rockport are welcome. Call Suellen at 978-546-3754.
‘Power of the Purse’ event
The Women’s Fund of Essex County will host the fifth annual “Power of the Purse” fundraising event Thursday, April 4, 6:30 to 9 p.m., at Brookwood School in Manchester. The event will include hors d’oeuvres and wine, and a raffle featuring chances to win distinctive purses and bags donated by renowned designers and retailers. All proceeds fund special projects and annual grant awards made by The Women’s Fund throughout Essex County. Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the door. Visit www.thewomensfundec.org.
Children’s book author David Ira Rottenberg will read from his story of “Gwendolyn, the Graceful Pig” on Saturday, March 23, 2 p.m., in the Brenner Friends Room, Rockport Public Library. Ballerinas from Nadine’s Dance Center will interpret the story through movement. Following the performance, dancers will lead a mini-movement lesson for children. All are welcome. Library is handicapped-accessible. Program made possible by Friends of the Rockport Public Library.
The Rockport Art Association offers these classes and sketch groups:
Figure sketch group (short pose) meets Mondays, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Model takes several short poses progressing to 20 minutes. No instruction. $12. Meets year-round. No preregistration required. Cynthia Dunaway monitors; 978-283-3407.
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. $15. No preregistration. Em Marquis Brown monitors; 781-631-4002.
Students meet in the RAA studio, 12 Main St., in the fall, winter and early summer. The entrance is located on Stone Barn Lane, behind the library.Students meet at 66 Bray St., in Gloucester, in the late spring and summer.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
A variety of recovery programs meet weekly in Rockport.
Sunday — Alcoholics Anonymous “Women in Recovery” 2 to 3 p.m., First Congregational Church, School Street.
Monday — Alcoholics Anonymous, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 24 Broadway.
Tuesday — 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.
Wednesday — Al-Anon group, 7:30 p.m., First Baptist Church of Rockport, 2 High St., for friends and relatives of people with alcoholism.
Thursday — 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.
Friday — Alcoholics Anonymous, noon to 1 p.m., First Baptist Church of Rockport, 2 High St.
Saturday — Alcoholics Anonymous, 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., First Baptist Church of Rockport, 2 High St. (in July). AA meets at First Congregational Church, School Street, the rest of the year.
Oasis Rockport will participate with photographers around the country in a portrait promotion supporting Operation Smile, which provides free surgeries for children around the world who have cleft lips, cleft palates or other facial deformities. Along with other members of Professional Photographers of America (PPA), Oasis Rockport will offer an individual portrait session and a desk-size portrait in exchange for a $24 donation to PPA Charities. The event will take place Saturday, April 6, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Emerson Inn by the Sea. To schedule a session, call 978-290-3184.
Every Wednesday, from 9:30 to 11 a.m., Rockport Baptist Church hosts a Bible study that is free 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.
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.
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.
Rockport Art Association’s winter/spring studio classes meet in the RAA studio on Stone Barn Lane:
Oil Painting For All Levels with Ron Straka, Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Spring Session I — March 19-April 16
Spring Session II — April 23-May 21
Watercolor For All Levels with Caleb Stone, Wednesdays, 1 to 4 p.m. $75 for a five-week session.
Spring Session I — March 20-April 17
Spring Session II — April 24-May 22
Cost is $75/five-week session, $20 per class. Space is limited. Preregistration is strongly recommended. To register, visit www.rockportartassn.org or call 978-546-6604.
The Rockport Senior Center is offering free AARP tax aid Tuesdays, from 1 to 4 p.m. No appointment is necessary.
Beginner and advanced skating skills group and private lessons are available for boys and girls ages 5 to 12, tots ages 21/2 and up, teens and adults. Instruction is by professional coaches certified by USA Hockey and U.S. Figure Skating associations. Lessons available at Talbot Rink on Tuesdays, 6 p.m., and Saturdays, 1 p.m.; at Pingree School in Hamilton on Tuesdays and Fridays, 9:30 a.m. and 12:45 p.m., and Wednesdays, 1:30 p.m. Private lessons also available. Enrollment is ongoing. For a registration form, visit www.cafsc.org or call 978-546-2290.
The Rockport Recreation Department’s Pilates/Yoga Class meets Tuesdays, 6 to 7 p.m., at the Rockport Community House, 58 Broadway. Cost is $60/12 classes, or $8/drop-in fee. Call Caitlin Chandler at 978-546-1309.
The Rockport Senior Center is looking for a volunteer to lead a walking group once or twice a week. If interested, call Paula or Diane at 978-546-2573.
Preschool story hours
The Rockport Public Library offers story times for children ages 3-5 on Tuesdays, 10 to 10:45 a.m., in the Brenner Friends Room, through April 30. Wendy Pierson will be the storyteller. Doors open at 9:45 a.m. for children and their parents. The program includes storytelling and a short film. Call 978-546-6934.
Open burning season
Forest Fire Warden Mike Frontierro reminds residents that open burning season is currently running and will continue to run through May 1. Only brush that originated on the property may be burned. Leaves, stumps and construction materials are prohibited. Permits cost $10, and may be obtained Sunday mornings, 8 to 10 a.m., or by calling 978-265-3339.
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.
‘Romantic Masters’ concert
The Cape Ann Symphony’s “Late Romantic Masters Concert” will take place Sunday, March 24, 2 p.m., in the Manchester Essex High School auditorium, 36 Lincoln St., Manchester. Pianist David Deveau joins the symphony for Rachmaninoff’s “Piano Concerto No. 2.” Program also features the orchestra performing Sibelius’ “Symphony No. 2.” Tickets are $35 for adults, $30 for seniors, $20 for young adults, free for children 18 and under. Auditorium is handicapped-accessible. Call 978-281-0543 or visit www.capeannsymphony.org.
The Rockport Recreation Department will hold T-ball registration Thursday, March 21, 6 to 7:30 p.m., at the Rockport Elementary School cafeteria. Children in kindergarten through grade two are eligible. Contact Caitlin at 978-546-1309 or email@example.com.
The Rockport Millbrook Meadow Committee will hold a public visioning workshop Wednesday, March 20, 7 to 8:30 p.m., in the Brenner Friends Room, Rockport Public Library.
Sorellanza, Cape Ann’s women’s a cappella chorus directed by Patti Pike, will present its “Journey with Friends” concert on the following dates:
Friday, April 5, 7:30 p.m., North Shore UU Church, 323 Locust St., Danvers. $20, $15 for students/seniors.
Sunday, April 7, 4 p.m., First Congregational Church, 12 School St., Rockport. $12, $6 students/seniors.
Sunday, April 28, 4 p.m., St. John’s Episcopal Church, 48 Middle St., Gloucester. $12, $6 for students/seniors.
Call Anne Stevens at 978-281-6417.
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.