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May 24, 2013

Gloucester Goings On


Gloucester Daily Times

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Backyard Growers fab funder!

An anonymous donor is matching every donation (up to $3,000) made today, up to midnight, to Gloucester’s Backyard Growers Program. This double-your-money opportunity could raise up to $3,000 for Gloucester’s school garden program, as $25 becomes $50, $100 becomes $200, etc. Your donations must be in by midnight tonight, so please; spread the word, give what you can, and give Gloucester’s Backyard Growers a chance to grow more edible gardens with Gloucester’s school kids. Donations may be made through our indiegogo campaign site, at: www.indiegogo.com

Community Health Activist Awards

The North Shore Health Project will present its third annual Community Health Activist Award to Congressman John Tierney, representative from the sixth Congressional District, on Thursday, May 30, 7:30 to 9 a.m., at the Gloucester House restaurant, 63 Rogers St. The breakfast is open to the community. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Advance tickets are $20, $25 at the door. All proceeds benefit the NSHP.

Class of 1943

The Gloucester High School class of 1943 will hold a 70-year reunion Saturday, Aug. 10, noon, at the Gloucester House restaurant. Notices have been sent. Those who have not received a notice should call George Monbourquette at 978-356-8611 or Edward Larkin at 978-526-1733. Classmates are asked to remit by June 15.

Fireworks fund

The Gloucester Fireworks Committee is raising money for the July 3 and Labor Day weekend fireworks displays. Donations, large or small, are welcome. Tax-deductible donations may be sent to: c/o The Gloucester Fund, 45 Middle St., Gloucester, MA 01930. (Write “fireworks” on the memo line.) Email gloucesterinfo@gmail.com.

School open enrollment

Annisquam Kindergarten and Nursery School, 1123 Washington St. is holding open enrollment for the 2013-14 school year. Call 978-283-2814 to schedule an appointment, or drop by at your convenience. Bring your child for a tour of the nonprofit and nondiscriminatory school.

Elder Law Education

The Council on Aging will offer an Elder Law Program, sponsored by the Massachusetts Bar Association, on Wednesday, May 29, 10 a.m., at the Rose Baker Senior Center. Guest speaker is elder law attorney Stephen Spano. Light refreshments served.

Book sale

Sawyer Free Library’s annual book sale, sponsored by the Friends of the Sawyer Free Library, will be held Friday, May 31, and Saturday, June 1, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Donations may be dropped off at the library’s front desk.

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.

Business advice

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.

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 vwhitcomb@nilp.org or pleon@nilp.org.

Singing Seniors

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 bembridgen@northshoreymca.org.

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 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.

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.

Tai Chi sessions

The COA offers Tai Chi sessions Tuesday afternoons, from 1:30 to 2:15 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.

Drivers needed

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 jschaefer@vnacarenetwork.org.

Clothes Closet

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.

GED help

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.

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

Bay View Brotherhood meets the second Tuesday of every month, 7 p.m., Brotherhood Club Hall, 889 Washington St.

Thrift Shop

St. John’s Thrift Shop is now open for the summer season every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with household goods, furniture, art, cookware, home décor, adult and children’s books, clothing, shoes, and accessories, along with the occasional antiques and oddities. Proceeds support outreach programs for the Cape Ann Community. Free parking in the church lot at 33 Washington Street. The entrance is down three steps from street level.

Speech, language screenings

Addison Gilbert and Beverly hospitals are offering free screenings to children of all ages through the Speech-Language Department at Beverly Hospital, 85 Herrick Street, Beverly, and Addison Gilbert Hospital, 298 Washington St., Gloucester. To schedule a free screening, call the Speech-Language Pathology office at 978-816-2690.

‘Look Good, Feel Better’

Addison Gilbert Hospital, 298 Washington St., will host the American Cancer Society’s “Look Good, Feel Better” program for women undergoing cancer treatment Wednesday, June 19, from 10 a.m. to noon. Volunteer cosmetologists share make-up, hair and skin care enhancing techniques to help with appearance-related effects of chemotherapy and radiation. To register, call 978-283-4000, ext. 585.

Senior health, fitness

Cape Ann YMCA, Middle Street, will host a National Senior Health & Fitness Day on Wednesday, May 29, from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Features information on exercise programs, Reiki, shingles, lyme disease prevention and more. Call Chris Erbland at 978-283-0470.

Learn to Cope

The Gloucester Cape Ann Chapter of “Learn to Cope” has moved their day and location. Now meeting on Wednesdays, from 7 to 9 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church in the Thompson Room 48 Middle St., ‘Learn to Cope’ is a peer led support group for anyone struggling with a loved one’s addiction. For more information, call 508-801-3247 or visit www.learn2cope.org[learn2cope.org]

Rotary Club

The Rotary Club meets every Tuesday at noon at Cruiseport Gloucester.

Pet adoptions

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.

Parent mentors

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 hgranger@pw4c.org.

Military families

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.

Lighthouse BNI

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 Annalei Babson at 978-309-8450.

Book talk

Writers Peter Anastas and Ammiel Alcalay will read from, discuss and sign their new books at the Gloucester Writers Center, Norwood Court, East Gloucester, on Wednesday, May 29, at 7:30 p.m. Anastas reads from “A Walker in the City,” and Alcalay reads from “A Little History.” Email Maxwell Snelling at msnel371@mail.endicott.edu.

Homemade nisu

The Gloucester United Methodist Church, 436 Washington St., will hold a homemade nisu sale Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1. Cost is $5 per loaf. Orders may be picked up after 1 p.m. To place an order, call 978-281-1040. All proceeds benefit Grace House of Cape Ann.