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The Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team and Kestrel Educational Adventures will host its third annual benefit concert and silent auction Saturday, Nov. 3, at Woodman’s, Essex Room, 127 Main St., in Essex. Entertainment provided by Entrain. Admission is $20. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the door. Advance tickets available at www.ShowClix.com, 1-888-718-4253, Gloucester Music in Gloucester, or Toad Hall Bookstore in Rockport.
“The Writer’s Block with John Ronan” will be broadcast Thursday, Oct. 18, 8 p.m., on Cape Ann TV, Channel 12, and will be repeated one week later. The episode features Gloucester artist Jay McLauchlan, a sculptor and designer and craftsman in wood whose work was celebrated at Cape Ann Museum last winter. During a career spanning almost 60 years, McLauchlan has built more than 350 distinct pieces of furniture and art. He discusses how he learned his craft, training with some of the country’s most outstanding artists.
SeniorCare will host a program for family caregivers on Nov. 7 and 14, from 12 to 4 p.m. 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 will be served. Free respite care offered during attendance. SeniorCare is located at 49 Blackburn Circle; meet in the Myra L. Herrick Conference Room. RSVP to Susan Harrison at 978-921-2065, ext. 221 or email@example.com.
Crafters are sought for the annual Rockport PTO holiday fair on Saturday, Nov. 17. Space fills up quickly and is limited so reserve your eight-foot table now. To sign up, contact Amy Kamm at 978-546-5138 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Addison Gilbert Hospital community liaison Sefatia Romeo Theken will be available at BankGloucester, 160 Main St., Gloucester on Thursday, Oct. 25, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Community Room. If you have questions regarding accessing health insurance,
Medicare part D open enrollment, Medicare/Medicaid, GIC or group insurance questions, this free and confidential drop-in session is available to all. There is no cost and appointments are not necessary.
An American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held at Addison Gilbert Hospital, 298 Washington Street, on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Blood Drive will take place inside the Washington Street entrance of the hospital. To schedule an appointment, please call the American Red Cross at 1-800-733-2767 or go on-line at redcrossblood.org Walk-in guests are also welcome.
Vienna Boys Choir
Holy Family Parish will travel to Springfield’s Symphony Hall on Tuesday, Dec. 4 to see a performance by the Vienna Boys Choir. Cost is $135 per person and includes round-trip transportation from Gloucester, lunch prior to the concert, and gold seating for the 1:30 p.m. Space is limited. Register by Monday, Oct. 15. Reservation forms available at Holy Family Parish church office, 60 Prospect St. For more information, contact Rosa Ladd at 978-580-4455 or email@example.com.
Recycle Day fundraiser
The Docksiders Jazz Band will hold an Electronics and Appliance Recycle Day fundraiser Saturday, Oct. 20, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Gloucester High School parking lot, 32 Leslie O’Johnson Road, Gloucester. All towns are welcome.
Electronics — ($5 each) computers, stereos, DVD players, scanners, copiers, etc.
Appliances — ($10 each) dishwashers, dryers, stoves, microwaves, dehumidifiers, refrigerators, air conditioners, exercise equipment, lawn mowers, small engine items, snow blowers, etc.
Televisions — $10-25 each
Monitors — $10
Cell phones, car batteries and bicycles may be dropped off for free. Unwanted bicycles will get a new home, with some going to Ghana and some staying in the U.S.
Contact Dennis Wood at 508-277-7513 firstname.lastname@example.org.
SeniorCare will hold its annual fundraiser breakfast at Lobsta Land on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 6:30 to 11 a.m. Cost is $10, $8 for seniors. Tickets available at SeniorCare or at the door. Proceeds benefit services for local seniors.
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
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.
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.
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 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.
Registration is underway for group and private skating lessons for hockey and figure skaters. Lessons begin in September. Instruction by professional coaching staff. Classes for boys and girls, ages 5-12; children, ages 2 1/2 and up; and teens and adults of all ages are available at Talbot Rink in Gloucester, Tuesdays, 6 p.m., and Saturdays, noon; and at Pingree School Rink in Hamilton, Tuesdays and Fridays, 9:30 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.; and Wednesdays, 1:30 p.m. Other ice times for private lessons or advanced skaters are also available. Enrollment is ongoing. Call 978-546-2290.
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.
Volunteer math tutors
Action Inc., 180 Main St., is seeking volunteers to provide tutoring to adult students at a range of learning levels, from basic math to geometry. Volunteers will assist participants in three levels of adult education classes: Level 1, ESOL/ABE; Level 2, Pre-GED; and Level 3: GED. Beginning Oct. 1, classes will run Mondays-Thursdays, 6:15 to 9 p.m. Call Michele Ameno at 508-284-6186.
Cape Ann Youth Hockey’s Learn to Skate and Learn to Play Hockey Programs for 2012-13 is now accepting registration. Programs at various skill levels for boys and girls, ages 3-14, are available. Registration for CAYH Learn to Skate/Initiation, Cape Ann Cross Ice, and In-House Hockey Team is open online at www.capeannyouthhockey.com. Learn to Skate begins Saturday, Oct. 27. Cross Ice and In-House begin Saturday, Nov. 3. Call Kristin Michel at 978-290-6035.
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.
Addison Gilbert Hospital will hold its second reunion for past and present employees from all areas of the hospital Saturday, Nov. 10, 4 to 9 p.m., at The Gloucester House restaurant, Rogers Street. Cost is $25 per person and includes a dinner buffet. Attendees who have any pictures or memorabilia from AGH are asked to bring them. The reunion committee includes Judi Gross, Shirlee Farina, Judy Brosnan, Dottie Linquata, Kathy Asaro and Bobbi Evans.
‘After the Move’ workshop
“After the Move,” a class for new homeowners will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 23 and 24, 6 to 9 p.m., at the Gloucester Housing Authority, 259 Washington St. Local professionals discuss equity loans, refinancing, preventing foreclosure, maintenance, tax issues, home safety, and landlord/tenant issues. Class is HUD and MHP certified. Cost is $30 per household. Space is limited. Preregistration is required; visit www.ghama.com, stop by, or call Kathy Erkkila at 978-281-4770, ext. 110.
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.
Cultural Council grants
The Gloucester Cultural Council is accepting applications for its 2013 Local Cultural Council grants. The council makes awards to individuals and community organizations for projects in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences. Applications are available at the front desk of the Sawyer Free Library and online at www.mass-culture.org. Completed applications (in triplicate) must be returned to the library’s main desk by Oct. 15, or mailed to: Gloucester Cultural Council, P.O. Box 176, Gloucester, MA 01931 (postmarked no later than Oct. 15). Instructions are available. Call Martin Ray at 978-283-4585, Thomas Hauck at 978-282-3910, or Barbara Dyer at 978-281-1210.
Madonna del Rosario Mass
The Madonna del Rosario Society will celebrate a Mass for all living and deceased members Saturday, Oct. 13, 4 p.m., at St. Ann Church, Holy Family Parish. Members should wear their medals.
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, 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, ext. 1264, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Absentee ballot voting is now open in the City Clerk’s Office during regular business hours (Monday-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.) until noon on Nov. 5. Absentee ballot voting is for those residents who will not be in town on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6. Absentee ballots are also available by mail for those who are homebound or away at college. Send in a family member to fill out a request form, or send a signed request to: Registrar, 9 Dale Ave., Gloucester, MA 01930. On Oct. 17, the office will be open until 8 p.m., this will be the last day for voter registration or to make changes to voter registration for the November election.
‘Poets Around Town’
Poet Laureate Rufus Collinson will host “Poets Around Town” on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 7:30 p.m., at the Gloucester Writers Center, 126 East Main St. Poets Amanda Cook, David Demaine, Christina Mellen and high school poets Pauline Cruz, Madeline MacDougal and Elizabeth Stephens will read original works. Admission is free. All are welcome. Please park across the street. Visit www.gloucesterwriters.org.
Cape Ann Forum
The next Cape Ann Forum will take place Sunday, Oct. 21, 7 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Church, corner of Church and Middle streets. Washington-based author and foreign policy analyst Phyllis Bennis will discuss the current crises in the Middle East and American policy. Event is free and open to the public. Visit www.capeannforum.org.