Teachers from the ACI-Cape Ann Buddhist Center will conduct silent meditations and discussion on Sundays, starting July 1, 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 eraly, so all will be quiet for the start of the first meditation session. Donations are gratefully appreciated. For more information, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Cape Ann Homeownership Center is offering a First Time Homebuyers Workshop hosted by the Gloucester Housing Authority at 259 Washington St., Gloucester, on Aug. 7 and 8, 14 and 15. The four nights of classes are from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Topics include credit scores, safe mortgages, home inspections, legal issues, and more. Class size is limited and expected to fill quickly. The cost is $55. Preregister online at; www.ghama.com, or call Kathy Erkkila at 978-281-4770 ext. 110, or stopping by the office.
On Tuesday, July 17, Leslie Sebba, M.D., Medical Director of Northeast Physician Hospital Organization (PHO) will present an overview "healthcare Reform and what it means to your business" from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Community Room at BankGloucester, 160 Main St. Seating is limited to fifty people, so RSVP/ASAP to the HealthConnection at 1-888-253-0800. Dr. Sebba, a board certified internist and pulmonologist, practiced on the North Shore for over 18 years, and served as Medical Director at Tufts Health Plan and as Chief Medical Officer at Anna Jacques Hospital in Newburyport. He is working to insure quality and efficiency within our healthcare system.
The Lebanese -American community of Cape Ann's 5th annual picnic will be held on Sunday, July 8th, 2012 at Stage Fort Park stating at 11:00 a.m.. Bring your own food, chairs and tables. There will be a common table for Lebanese food. Please make your special dish for all to share. Bring old photos so all can enjoy. There will be children's games. All in all this should be an enjoyable day.
Gloucester United Methodist Church is hosting a SonSurf Beach Bash VBS July 23 to 27, with a family BBQ at noon on Friday, July 27. Ages 4 to 12 are invited to grab your surf board and ride a wave! Learn about clownfish, dolphins, sea turtles. Explore tidal pools, collect sea shells, sit on the beach, feel the sand between your toes, and get Big Answers to Big Questions about Jesus and why you need him! Sign up at 978-281-1040.
St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1123 Washington St. will hold rummage sales on the following Saturdays: July 21, and 28, and Aug. 4, from 9 a.m. to noon. Also, the 41st annual yard sale is on Aug. 18. Choose from good quality women's, men's and childrens clothing, accessories and shoes. Books, puzzles and CDs, DVDs and tapes will also be available. Gently used donations accepted at the church after July 1.
GHS Class of '42
Gloucester High School Class of 1942 will celebrate its 70th reunion on Friday, Aug. 31, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Gloucester House Restaurant. We are late in getting started, so if you plan to attend please call either Kay Schuster at 978-283-8719, or Charlotte Michon at 978-283-6667, as soon as possible. Looking forward to seeing you!
Summer at Sawyer
The library is your source for summer entertainment: books, magazines, databases (ancestry.com, etc.), music, movies, and more! The slower pace of summer is ideal for browsing (in the library or online in the NOBLE catalog) and discovering newstuff. It's all available with your library card!
Adult book group
On Tuesday, July 10, at 7 p.m., the Adult Book Group meets at Sawyer Free Library. The selection for the month is "The Red Garden" by Alice Hoffman. All are welcome to come join the discussion!
The Children's Library presents "Dream Big ... and Read!" — its summer reading program with special fun activities, lots of great learning, and lots of great books. For more information, call 978-281-9763 x18.
Looking for some great reading this summer? The library now has the O'Maley Middle School sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade reading lists at the circulation desk, reference desk and in the Teen Zone.
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.
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. If you are interested, there will be a training session from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church, 48 Middle St., Gloucester. (parking 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: email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
GHS '47 reunion
Gloucester High School Class of 1947 celebrates its 65th reunion July 14, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Gloucester House. Classmates should send their check now for $45, and note: GHS Class 1947. Also, please indicate haddock, chicken or steak on the check. Send to Virginia McKinnon, 2 Stanwood Terrace, Gloucester. MA, 01930. Souvenir engraved pens, notebooks and booklets will be distributed. Classmates are coming from Texas and Georgia. Anyone who started with the class is welcome, even if they did not graduate. St. Ann's Class of '47 is welcome.
Gloucester United Methodist Church, 436 Washington St., welcomes all Saturday, July 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., when we open the doors to the smell of fresh coffee and donuts. Browse tables of crafts and toys, style yourself in jewelry, thumb through books, peruse white elephants. New this year is our garden table with plants, annuals and perennials selected by our Garden Club, along with gardening accessories. Lunch on a lobster roll, for $11, or a pulled BBQ chicken sandwich for $5. Or big hots dogs for the littles ones, $1.50; chips and drink included.
'Rule of Four'
Cape Ann Museum has extended its popular exhibition, "Rule of Four: Highlights from the Permanent Collection," through the summer. The exhibit features works by 20 artists and craftsmen who have worked on Cape Ann and spotlights works in the museum's growing contemporary collection with an emphasis on recent acquisitions. The museum, located at 27 Pleasant St., is open Tues. — Sat., 10 a.m. — 5 p.m., and Sundays, 1 to 4 p.m. Adults, $10; Cape Ann residents, students and seniors, $8; Children under 12 and members, free.
Eastern Point Day School has collaborated with local artists, mad scientists, and professionals in theater, environmental sustainability, and Marine Biology to create at Summer Adventures Program to remember. The program runs from July 9 — Aug 3, in 4 week-long thematic sessions, in which students participate in fun classroom activities, field experiences, and daily trips to Niles Beach and Braces Cove. For more information, call 978-283-1700 or email: email@example.com.
The Gloucester Integrated Preschool, which provides developmentally appropriate early education services for children age 3 to 4, is accepting applications for a limited number of fall openings. All children must take part in early developmental screenings. Sessions are 4 days a week, Monday — Thursday; morning sessions are 8:30 to 11 a.m., afternoons are noon to 2:30 p.m., and full days are 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For more information, call 978-281-9848.
Free flying lessons
For father and sons, father and daughters, the sky really is the limit when you learn to fly radio controlled model airplanes. The lessons are free at Good Harbor Beach parking lot June 1 to Sept. 30, weekday evenings from 6 p.m. to sundown. Everything you need to llearn to fly radio and model airplanes is provided at no cost to students. If anyone would like to volunteer, we could use your help. For more information, call Lou Pascucci at 978-283-4904.
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. For more information, call Mary Kay Dyer at 978-283-8857, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Elizabeth McLindon may be reached at 978-879-9159, or by email at: 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. For more information, 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 x1212.
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.
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.
Cape Ann Animal Aid 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 Web site, www.CapeAnnAnimalAid.com, monthly. Call 978-283-6055.
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, 978-283-0470, or firstname.lastname@example.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. 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 x1264, or email email@example.com.
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.
Addison Gilbert Hospital needs volunteers. Positions are available in the hospital's gift shop for all shifts, including days, evenings and weekends. The Volunteer Department provides training for the position, free parking, meal vouchers for the hospital's cafe and gift shop discount. Call 978-922-3000 x2307.
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, x302.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dog licenses are now available at the Gloucester 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. Cost is $22.50 per dog, if paying in person, and $23.50, if paying by mail. Payment can be made by cash or check. Rabies vaccination certificates must be presented at the time of registration. A $10 late fee is no imposed. Call 978-281-9720.
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 email@example.com 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.
50th reunion for GHS'62
Gloucester High School class of '62 is holding its 50th reunion on Saturday, July 21, and looking to contact the following classmates. If you're on this list, or have contact information for someone on this list, please email Dave Amero at: firstname.lastname@example.org. — Anthony Amero, William Andrews, Jr., Joseph Bammarito, Catherine Barry Fielder, Jane Betts Whitney, John Boudreau, William Brennan, Susan Brown, Gardner Butman, Willis Calder, Phyllis Carter, Joyce Cusick O'Maley, Sharon Dale Movalli, Frank DeMarco, Marcia A. Dorey, Donna Fergusson, Carl Frieberg, Salvatore Genawese, Nancy Goldthwaite Hiltz, Harold Goodwin, Joanne Greene Ciampa, Peter Green, Richard Griffin, William Griffin, Phyllis Hannibal Desmarais, Edward Harris, Margaret Havener, Sally Herrick, Valerie Hickey Malvesti, Ralph Hobbs, Wayne Ingalls, Ann Marie Jordan Ballarine, Carol Ann Lake, Barbara O. Lane, Ann Levie, David Levie, James Lincsott, Agnes Mary Longo, Peter Robert Marr, Diane Martell, Sally Mc Rae, Bonnie Fay Morris, William Morrow, George Munroe, Arnold Burgess Niemi, Edward Niemi, Sheila Norris Ventemiglia, Anthony Passanisi, Edith Louise Perry, Mary Pistenmaa Young, Sharon L. Porier Martinacak, Virginia Powers Cail, Robert Pulkka, Paula Reed, Stephen Roberts, Lorraine Robishaw Tarr, Erik Ronberg, Robert Ryan, Richard Sandler, Edwin Sanborn, Jr., Carol Santapaola Burke, James Sargent, Gaetano S. Scola, Carol E. Scott Porter, Ronald Sears, Carol Lee Shanahan, June Silva, Albert Simonson, Susan Smith Crotty, Douglas Spenser, John Steinberg, Carol Ann Stewart Pettus, Marcalo Vagos, Philip J. Wanat.