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The First Congregational Church, 12 School St., will hold its Christmas fair Saturday, Dec. 1, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Featuring handmade wreaths, a bake table, Christmas past, a boutique table, handknit and handcrafted items, new gifts, a children’s table, jewelry and lunch. Call Michelle at 978-656-3157.
Old Sloop Coffeehouse
Old Sloop Coffeehouse will present a performance by Mark Erelli and Jeffrey Foucault on Saturday, Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m., at First Congregational Church, 12 School St. Advance tickets are $12; visit www.oldsloopcoffeehouse.org, Gloucester Music or Toad Hall Bookstore. Admission is $14 for adults, $9 for those 65 and older, $5 for those younger than 18, $28 per family at the door.
Dog Town walk
In celebration of the 40th anniversary of Rockport’s Toad Hall Bookstore, a walking tour of Dog Town will be offered to those who want to learn more about this area’s natural history or are just looking for a peaceful walk in the woods before a large holiday dinner. The walk will take place, rain or shine, on Thursday, Nov. 22, and departs from 13 Applecart Road in Rockport at 8:30 a.m. and returns at approximately 10 a.m. Call Eric Hutchins at 978-546-6425.
On Sunday, Nov. 11, at 4 p.m., the Unitarian Universalist Society, 4 Cleaves St., will present a performance by Sorellanza, Cape Ann’s popular 18-woman a cappella chorus, with a wide range of repertoire, from Renaissance to Broadway, sacred, madrigals, Beatles and jazz. Call Anne Stevens at 978-281-6417 or visit www.sorellanza.com.
Dharma Book Club
The Dharma Book Club meets the second and fourth Sunday of each month, 5:30 to 7 p.m., at the Vajramudra Center, 154 Granite St. On Nov. 11, the group will discuss “Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears” by Pema Chödrön. Open to everyone. Program is free; supported by donation. Visit www.aci-capeann.org.
A dance party will be held Saturday, Nov. 10, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., at the Vajramudra Center, 154 Granite St. Open to everyone. All ages are welcome. Admission is free. Visit www.aci-capeann.org.
Elmo story time
Elmo from Sesame Street will visit the Rockport Public Library on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2 p.m., in the Brenner Friends Room. He will share stories and act out several books with children. Afterwards, there will be time for photos. All participants will meet Elmo and receive a goody bag with a new book and other materials. Elmo’s visit is part of the U. Fund Start U. Reading Series, which uses literacy and laughter to encourage reading as a fun recreational activity. Sponsored by the state’s UFund College Savings plan and the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority.
Lahey Health System’s Cape Ann community forum to discuss the future state of healthcare, payment reform and its impact on hospitals and healthcare delivery systems will take place Monday, Nov. 12, 6 to 7:30 p.m., at the Shalin Liu Performance Center. Presenters include Denis Conroy and Cindy Cafasso Donaldson. A question and answer session follows. All are encouraged to attend.
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.
The Open Door Food Pantry needs help to provide holiday meal baskets to local families. A donation of $25 provides a turkey, potatoes, butternut squash, apples, stuffing, cranberry and more. Make checks payable to: The Open Door, with “turkey” on the memo line, 28 Emerson Ave., Gloucester, MA 01930. The Open Door serves residents of Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester, Essex and Ipswich. To donate online, visit www.foodpantry.org.
FRA trivia night
The Friends of Rockport Athletics will host a trivia and dance night Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Rockport Golf Club. Doors open at 6 p.m., followed by trivia at 6:30 p.m. Teams of 4-6 players; $10 per person. Refreshments and a cash bar will be available. This is a 21+ event. Tables are going quickly. To register your team, call Neil Dineen at 978-546-7906, or mail payment and team names to: Neil Dineen, 128 Main St., Rockport, MA 01966.
The Cape Ann Shakespeare Troupe will present “Shakespeare In Two Acts” on Nov. 9 and 10, 8 p.m.; and Nov. 11, 3 p.m., at the Gloucester Stage Co., 267 East Main St., Gloucester. The program consists of two one-act plays, the first, a romantic fantasy-comedy titled “Love on a Midsummer Night” based on “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” and the second, “Visiting Lear,” a drama adapted from “The Tragedy of King Lear.” Directed by Nick Neyeloff and Ray Jenness, and written by Joseph Stiliano. Casts consist of talent drawn from Cape Ann and surrounding communities. Tickets, available at the door, are $15, $10 for students, $5 for those under 19. To reserve tickets, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beginner and advanced skating skills group and private lessons are available for boys and girls ages 5-12, tots ages 2 1/2 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 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.
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.
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 travel 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Gloucester Health Department will conduct a free flu clinic for all those six months and older, at Addison Gilbert Hospital, 298 Washington Street, Gloucester on Nov. 13 from 9 to 11 a.m. Appointments are not necessary. Guests should enter the hospital through the Fisher Lobby entrance. Please wear short sleeves.
Rockport High School’s Spanish class fundraiser kicks off at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 19, at Jalapeno’s Mexican restaurant, Main Street, Gloucester. Admission is free, and a portion of all receipts until 9:30 p.m. support the students’ educational trip to Costa Rica. Call Lil Duffy at 978-546-1234.
Oasis Rockport will hold the first Toys For Tots Photos with Santa Toy Drive on Sunday, Dec. 2, noon to 5 p.m., at the Rockport Community House, 58 Broadway. Photos with Santa Claus when you bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to Toys For Tots. Call 978-290-3184, email email@example.com or visit www.oasisrockport.com.
Civil War call
The Sandy Bay Historical Society presents “Rockport Answers the Call” on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 7:30 p.m., at the Rockport Public Library. Ted Meeker discusses the impact of the Civil War on Rockport’s citizens and servicemen, relying on 70-plus letters written by Union soldier Andrew Lane Jr., and documents of John Marshall, enrollment administrator. Admission is free. Light refreshments served. Call Sandy Burbank at 978-546-2225.
Marble House mansion
The Rockport Council on Aging will travel to the Marble House Mansion in Newport, R.I., on Thursday, Dec. 6. Stop for lunch at Lancellotta’s, followed by a 3 p.m. Christmas concert at LaSalette Shrine at 5 p.m. Van departs from Rockport Depot at 7:30 a.m. and returns at 8 p.m. All inclusive cost is $67 per person. Prepaid registration due no later than Nov. 5; call 978-546-2573.
On Thursday, Nov. 15, at 12:30 p.m., the Rockport COA is offering a great chance to learn how to save Money on Real Estate Taxes. Diane Lashua from the town’s accessor’s office will explain different ways seniors can save money on your Real Estate Taxes. All are welcome to attend to attend this informative session at the senior center.
Rockport Recreation is offering a new fitness class for seniors. Kick off to a fit new you this Friday. Nov. 9, and Monday, Nov. 12 from 9:15 to 10:30 a.m. at the Rockport Community House, 58 Broadway. Admission is $50 for 18 classes, or $5 per class drop in fee. For more information, call Caitlin Chandler at 978-546-1309
Rockport Recreation’s will hold an evening Pilates Yoga class on Monday, Nov. 12, from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. at the Rockport Community House, 58 Broadway with an emphasis on strength training. Admission is a $5 drop in fee. For more information, call Caitlin Chandler at 978-546-1309
The Rockport Senior Center is hosting a Thanksgiving lunch on Nov. 15. Come, enjoy roast turkey, whipped potatoes, gravy, stuffing, butternut squash, peas, cranberry sauce, apple pie and biscuit, all for $2. For reservations, call 978-546-5027
Save the date! November Monthly Birthday Party at Rockport Senior Center: Nov. 28. If you have a November birthday, call Diane at 978-546-2573 to let her know you will be coming.
Seniors should take full financial advantage of this chance to learn how to save on Real Estate Taxes Thursday, Nov. 15, at 12:30 p.m., with Diane Lashua from the Town Assessor’s Office hosting an informational forum at the Rockport Senior Center, 58 Broadway. Everyone is welcome to attend.
December 5th 1PM at the Rockport Senior Center will host a fun, festive, creative wreath making workshop on Dec, 5, at 1 p.m.; the fee is $15. For more information, call 978-546-5027.
Tornado Terry & the Twisters, a Boston based dance group, will perform free choreographed dance routines to Big Band 40’s music and 50’s Rock n’ Roll at the Rockport Senior Center on Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m. Seating is limited, so cll for a reservation at 978-546-2573
On Monday, Dec. 3, at 10:30 a.m., the Rockport Senior Center 58 Broadway, will host a laughing yoga class. No mats are necessary, or getting down on the floor for this fun-filled class. Just come, and bring your funy bone and have lots of laughs.
The quilting and hand work group meet every Thursday at the Rockport Senior Center from 1 to 3:30 p.m. If you like to quilt, crochet or sew by hand, come to the center and enjoy the company of others.
On Saturday, Dec. 1, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., the First Congregational Church of Rockport, 12 School St., will be hold their Christmas fair, featuring handmade wreaths, a bake table, Christmas Past, boutique table, as well as beautifully handknit and handcrafted items, new gifts, kids table, jewelry and a delicious luncheon. Come join us in Fellowship Hall; just follow the signs. For more information, call Michelle at 978-656-3157.
The Rockport Senior Center holds vsrious activities weeekly, including Scrabble every Wednesday, from 1 to 3 p.m., Bingo every Monday from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Also available for your use are computers and shredders, and regular fitness and exercise classes. For more information, call 978-546-2573.
The Rockport Ambulance benefit breakfast will take place Sunday, Nov. 18, 8 to 10 a.m., at Ellen’s Harborside restaurant, T-Wharf. Menu includes stuffed French toast, ham, juice and coffee. Cost is $8. Tickets are available from Rockport EMTs, at the door or by calling 978-479-3487.
First Baptist Church of Rockport, 4 High St., will hold a free public lecture, which will look at the relationship between the Christian faith and caring for the environment, on Thursday, Nov. 15, from 7 to 8 p.m. Guest speaker is Dr. Dorothy Boorse, chair of the Biology Department at Gordon College. Call 978-546-6121 or visit FirstBaptistRockport.Org.
The Gloucester and Rockport United Methodist churches will hold a joint Thanksgiving service Sunday, Nov. 18, 6 p.m., at the Gloucester church, 436 Washington St. Guest speaker is Julie Lafontaine of The Open Door Food Pantry. Nonperishable goods will be collected as an offering.
‘Buddhism and Twelve-Step Programs’
Sharon Muddiman will present a talk, “Buddhism and Twelve-Step Programs,” on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2 to 4 p.m., at the Vajramudra Center, 154 Granite St. She will discuss the basic workings of Twelve-Step Programs and a brief comparison to similar aspects of a Buddhist practice, including how we can help
those suffering from addiction and addictive behavior. Open to everyone. Program is free; supported by donation. Visit www.aci-capeann.org.
The Rockport COA presents Pigeon Cove “Then & Now” a Computerized Photo Presentation of Historic Photos set to music by Gilbert McCarthy on Nov. 16, at 7 p.m. at the senior center. Seating is free but limited. Call 978-546-2573
Pigeon Cove Circle will host a holiday crafts plus specialty gifts fair on Saturday, Nov. 24. “Christmas in the Cove” runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cove Circle Center, Breakwater Ave., with refreshments and baked goods, a special visit from Santa, with lots of merry making. Please note: we are also accepting donations of unwrapped, unopened Toys for Tots.