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‘A Time Apart’
The West Gloucester Trinitarian Congregational Church, UCC, 488 Essex Ave., will offer “A Time Apart” on Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 6:30 p.m. Gather in the sanctuary for a service of prayer, reflection and Holy Communion. All are welcome.
Cape Ann Thrift Shop
Trinity Congregational Church’s Cape Ann Thrift Shop is open Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon. Shop is located on Middle Street.
Tai Chi sessions
The Council on Aging offers Tai Chi sessions Fridays, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., at the Rose Baker Senior Center. Tai Chi is a gentle way to fight stress and reduce anxiety, while increasing flexibility and balance. To register, call 978-281-9765.
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 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.
The Clothes Closet, in the basement of St. Ann School, corner of Prospect and Pleasant streets, is open Wednesdays, 6 to 8 p.m., and Saturdays, 10 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.
Cape Ann Fresh Catch, the Community Supported Fishery, which is a project by the Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Association, has a new website at www.capeannfreshcatch.org. Learn more about the nonprofit program which makes the support of Gloucester fishermen its mission.
NAMI support groups
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) hosts recovery support groups for persons suffering depression or other brain disorders and their families on the first Wednesday of each month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and third Thursdays from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at 43 Gloucester Ave. Call 978-281-1557, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.namicapeann.org.
Cape Ann Business Incubator’s Center for Entrepreneurial Development holds free lunchtime workshops for business owners and entrepreneurs every Wednesday, noon to 1 p.m., at 33 Commercial St. Topics include an introduction to bookkeeping, financial management, how to secure financing and more. To RSVP, call Desmond at 978-540-9977, ext. 101.
The Rose Baker Senior Center’s walking club needs a volunteer leader. Free training will prepare leaders on recruiting walkers to join the club, and understanding the benefits of walking. Call 978-281-9765.
Pathways for Children “Parent & Child Walk & Talk” meets Mondays, 10 to 11:30 a.m., at its Cape Ann Families play space, 29 Emerson Ave. Parents, caregivers and children, from birth to age 5, are welcome. Contact Amy Larsen at 978-281-2400, ext. 120, or email@example.com.
Open Door Pantry
The Open Door Food Pantry, 28R Emerson Ave., provides free food assistance Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 to 7 p.m.; Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 to 7 p.m.; and Friday, 10 a.m. to noon and 3 to 5 p.m. Valid ID required. Call 978-283-6776 or visit www.foodpantry.org.
Second Glance Thrift Store, 2 Pond Road, has extended hours from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Shop for clothing, household goods, books, collectibles, furniture and more. The donation center is open during regular business hours. Furniture pickup is available by appointment. A tax receipt is available upon request. All proceeds support The Open Door. Call 978-283-4298 or visit www.foodpantry.org.
Parent support group
HEART, a group founded by mothers of gay children on Cape Ann, meets monthly to share thoughts and experiences and to offer support to other parents of gay children. Whether your child is 5 or 35, you are welcome to join us in a safe, comfortable setting. Meetings are one morning a month. You are strongly encouraged to call one of us to meet one-on-one if that is more comfortable for you. Call Diane Polley at 508-641-5535 or Judy Friend 978-283-1306.
VNA Care Network & Hospice, a nonprofit home health care, hospice and wellness agency, needs volunteers to provide practical and emotional support to terminally-ill patients and their families on the North Shore and Cape Ann. Volunteers receive training, supervision and support. Call Nancy Barcelo at 1-888-663-3688, ext. 4271, visit www.vnacarenetwork.org, or call 1-800-728-1862.
Yoga for seniors
The Gloucester Council on Aging provides gentle mat yoga sessions Tuesdays at 10 a.m., chair yoga on Wednesday at 12:15 p.m., and Thursday yoga at 10 a.m. each week at the Rose Baker Senior Center. Call 978-281-9765.
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 or call 978-282-7779 to make an appointment.
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:
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.
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.
Cap & Ball Drive
AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary 32 is currently holding a Cap & Ball Drive. Caps and balls will be delivered to the Pease Greeters at Pease Airport in New Hampshire. Pease Greeters are a group of individuals who greet and distribute items to servicemen and women upon deployment or upon their return home. All contributions should be delivered to AMVETS, 14 Prospect St., Gloucester. Patterns for the caps can be found on Facebook or via email.
Bay View Brotherhood
Bay View Brotherhood meets the second Tuesday of every month, 7 p.m., Brotherhood Club Hall, 889 Washington St.
Speech, language screenings
Addison Gilbert and Beverly hospitals offer free screenings to children of all ages through the Speech-Language Department at Beverly Hospital, 85 Herrick St., Beverly, and Addison Gilbert Hospital, 298 Washington St., Gloucester. To schedule a free screening, call 978-816-2690.
‘Learn to Cope’
The Gloucester Cape Ann Chapter of “Learn to Cope” has moved its day and location. Now meeting on Wednesdays, 7 to 9 p.m., at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 48 Middle St. “Learn to Cope” is a peer led support group for anyone struggling with a loved one’s addiction. Call 508-801-3247 or visit www.learn2cope.org.
The Rotary Club meets every Tuesday at noon at Cruiseport Gloucester.
Stop by Cape Ann Animal Aid at 4 Paws Lane. Located 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.
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., 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.
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.
“A Time Apart”
The West Gloucester Trinitarian Church, UCC is offering “A Time Apart” on Wednesday, Dec. 18, from 6:30 to 7 p.m. It will be a time of prayer, reflection and Holy Communion. Please join us at 488 Essex Ave.
Legion Christmas Meals
The American Legion, Post 3, will deliver Christmas dinners to the elderly, shut-ins and needy in the Cape Ann area on Christmas Day. To order a dinner, call 978-283-9710 after 3 p.m., or 978-283-7117 and give your name, address, phone number and number of meals. Deadline for orders is 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 20. The Post will also serve free dinners at the Legion on Christmas Day starting at 10:30 a.m., for as long as food lasts. Volunteer servers and drivers are needed; call 978-283-9710. Monetary donations, produce and pies are needed. Mail donations to: American Legion, P.O. Box 122, Gloucester, MA 01931-0122; or call 978-283-9710 after 3 p.m. or 978-283-7117 to arrange for pick up.
The Lighthouse chapter of BNI meets Fridays, 7 to 8:30 a.m., at Bass Rocks Golf Club in Gloucester. Visitors are welcome. For reservations, call Lindsay Thompson at 978-281-3939.
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.
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.
Seniors who love to sing will love this: A. Jorgelina Zeoli (Jayzee) is offering music classes at the Rose Baker Senior Center on Tuesday afternoons. Four weekly hour and a half sessions learning simple breathing and vocal exercises, to help expand vocal abilities, variety of styles, from standards to sacred. Call the COA at 978-281-9765.
Legion Post open
The Capt. Lester S. Wass American Legion Post 3 opens its smoke-free lounge for members and guests, Monday through Friday, at 3 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, at noon; and is open during many holidays. The upstairs hall may be rented for special events. Call 978-283-9710 after 3 p.m. for information.
Seniors learn Facebook
The Council on Aging Computer Program volunteers are offering seminars for seniors interested in learning social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and MySpace, etc. To sign up, stop by the reception desk at the Rose Baker Senior Center or call 978-281-9765.
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.
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 at 978-283-0470 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
North Shore Friends
Every Sunday, the North Shore Friends (Quakers) meet at 10 a.m. 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 at the Gloucester Family Health Center, 302 Washington St.
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.
Winter Solstice Market
Cape Ann Farmers Market will hold a special indoor farmers market for holiday shopping Saturday, Dec. 21, 9 a.m. to noon, at the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist meetinghouse, corner of Middle and Church streets. Features local produce, meat, poultry, crafts, baked goods, pickles, preserves, herbal products, candles, smoked fish, Trupiano sausage, honey, soup, guacamole, pasta, dog treats and more. To help underwrite expenses, a sale of gently used cookbooks, Farmers Market tote bags, T-shirts, and private label organic coffee will be offered. Call Niki Bogin at 978-290-2717.
Winter Solstice Concert
Wrap up the Winter Solstice with an all-star line-up of local music makers performing in a major fundraiser — Concert for a Cause — produced by ‘Gimme Live’ at The Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse, for the Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse. The city’s 209 year old architectural and cultural treasure needs vital restoration work, and The Cape Ann Winter Solstice Concert will pour on the star power to make it happen. Award winning singer-songwriter Allen Estes (and Friends) shares the stage with Willy Loco Alexander, Fly Amero, Inge Berge, Ken Bonfield, T Max. Gordon Baird, Charlee Bianchi, Dan King, Michael O’Leary, and Gloucester Police Chief, Lenny Campanello singing Springsteen. Tickets are $20, advance: $15, Child/Senior: under 12/over 65. Reserved pews, $225, seats 12: $195, seats 10: available at the UU, Liquor Locker, or www.gimmeelive.tv.
Dawns dances Disney
As part of Middle Street Walk, visit with Santa at Brown’s Mall from 1 to 3 p.m. Santa, then watch Dawn’s School of Dance in a costumed re-enactment of their performance in Disney’s Christmas Light Parade. Santa will listen to wish lists, dispense special treats, and there’ll be plenty of fun photo ops while you wait in the warmth of Browns mall for the Lighting of the Lobster Pot Tree across Main Street on Police Plaza, at 4:30 p.m.
Men’s Night on Main
Downtown Gloucester Men’s Night is Thursday, Dec 19, with stores open late, for last minute holiday shopping, most offering discounts or specials. Men, is shopping for mom, wife, sister, aunt, friend or child a problem? No problem. No mall crowds. And no way you won’t find one of a kind treasures right here on Main Street. Keep Gloucester shopping Gloucester this holiday season. And have a ton of festive fun while you’re at it!
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.