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Thacher Island meetings
The Thacher Island Town Committee (TITC) will meet Thursday, Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m., in the Rockport Police Station meeting room, followed by the Thacher Island Association meeting.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
The Rockport Senior Center will trsvel to Newport, R.I., on Dec. 6, 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.
The Rockport Cultural Council has set an Oct. 15, 2012, postmark deadline for proposals for community-oriented arts, humanities, and science programs for organizations, schools and individuals to apply for grants that support cultural activities in the community. These grants can support a variety of artistic projects and activities including exhibits, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residencies or performances in schools, workshops and lectures. This year, the council will distribute approximately $3,870 in grants. Information and application forms are available at www.mass-culture.org/lcc_public.asp, or at the Rockport Town Library and Town Hall Clerk’s Office.
Photographer and Rockport Council on Aging board member, Gil McCarthy will host a computerized movie on Friday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Rockport Senior Center, 58 Broadway. The movie, a photographic history of Pigeon Cove, is titled “Pigeon Cove Then and Now,” with computer images of photos of people from the past, buildings, homes, schools, Pigeon Cove Harbor, historic homes in Andrews Point and other neighborhoods, famous inns and hotels, the Tool Company and its proud efforts during World War II. There’ll be lots of time to share memories, too. The event is free and refreshments will be served. Pre-register with Diane Bertolino at 978-546-2573.
Christmas in the Cove
Pigeon Cove Circle’s Christmas in the Cove Fair will take place Saturday, Nov. 24, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For craft table rentals, text 978-766-8041 or call Michele at 978-546-1195.
Tribute concert fundraiser
A tribute to John Lennon and George Harrison concert will take place Saturday, Dec. 29, 6 to 9:30 p.m., at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport. The Beatles tribute band Octopus’s Garden will perform classic Beatles songs, and The Mockers will perform solo works by Lennon and Harrison. Tickets are $20. All proceeds benefit local cancer related charities.
‘A Night at the Cabaret’
Share the Music, a singing ensemble founded and directed by Wendy Betts, performs “A Night at the Cabaret” on Saturday, Oct. 20, 7 p.m., at Boy Scout Hall, 47 Mt. Pleasant St. Tickets are $15, and are available at Toad Hall Book Store. Seats are limited. No tickets sold at the door. Works by Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer, Gordon Myers, Stephen Sondheim and Polish pop culture pianist Wladislaw Szpilman. Proceeds support the purchase of music and set pieces used by the performers, who raise monies for worthy charity organizations on Cape Ann and the North Shore.
It’ll be a full afternoon of Halloween fun at the Rockport Public Library on Saturday, Oct. 27, starting at 1:15 p.m. when kids in costumes set off from the School Street entrance to parade around the block through Dock Square and along Main Street. Then the ghosts, goblins, princesses, firemen and scary fiends gather in the Brenner Friends Room at 2 p.m. for a party featuring Team Magic with Greg McAdams presenting his “Spooky Goofy Halloween Safety Magic Show.” Magic, comedy, puppetry, audience participation teach kids how to have a happy, safe Halloween, courtesy of the Friends of the Rockport Public Library.
Health Needs forum
Northeast Health System will host a presentation and discussion on Thursday, Oct. 11, 5:30 p.m., at the Community House, 58 Broadway. The forum will present of key findings of the Community Health Needs Assessment mandated by the state Attorney General, with public health research and consulting firm John Snow Inc., and is a great opportunity to discuss the data and key findings of the needs assessment process, designed to facilitate community responses around the needs assessment and to lay the foundation for ongoing
On Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 9 a.m., the Rockport Senior Center will be hosting a free continental breakfast; come jois us for some great fun and food! Please RSVP at 978-546-2573.
The Rockport Senior Center will host an Elder Planning & Reverse Mortgage Workshop on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 11 a.m. Workshop will focus on, among other things, the importance of Medicare/Medicaid planning, wills, trusts, accessing benefits and the pros & cons of Reverse Mortgage. Coffee & Donuts will be served. RSVP 978-546-2573.
Pigeon Cove Circle will host its annual Halloween party, for pre-kindergarten children through grade three, on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2 to 4 p.m., at the Circle Center, 6 Breakwater Ave. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
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.
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 email@example.com.
South End cocktail party
The South End Association will hold a fall cocktail party Saturday, Oct. 20, 6 to 8 p.m., at the Thompsons, 4 Ruthern Way. Bring an appetizer to share. BYOB.
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.
‘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., Gloucester. 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.
On Oct. 11, a traveling chef will visit the Rockport Senior Center at 11:30 a.m. to cook up a menu featuring Mongolian Grill, Beef, Snow peas, carrots, Broccoli, Celery, Lo Mein Noodles, French Bread and Brownies; all for $3. RSVP at 978-546-5027.