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October 3, 2013

Gloucester Goings On


Gloucester Daily Times

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Memoir Writing Sessions

The Council on Aging Memoirs Group meet on Thursdays, Oct. 3, and 17, at the Rose Baker Senior Center, starting at 10 a.m. New members are welcome to join. Please call the senior center at 978 281-9765 for more information.

Taste of Cape Ann

Twenty-five local restaurants and vendors celebrate an evening of food and fundraising for the Cape Ann YMCA on Thursday, Oct. 3, 6 p.m., at Cruiseport Gloucester. Admission is $25 per person. All proceeds directly impact the Y’s Teen Leadership Development programs through the Y’s Teen Centers in Gloucester and Rockport. Visit www.northshoreymca.org/give-back/special-events/taste-of-cape-ann.

Scuba Jack library benefit

Kids Unlimited and The Adventures of Scuba Jack invite you to put on your flippers and climb onboard an ocean themed extravaganza with face-painting, tattoos, crafts, games, a prize wheel and Scuba Jack and his nautical friends, on Saturday, Oct. 5, 1 to 4 p.m. at Kids Unlimited, 123 Main Street, It’ll be great fun, and twenty percent of all sales go to a great cause: the Sawyer Free Library’s Children’s Room.

All things Autumn

Holy Family Parish is featuring all things that speak Autumn on Cape Ann. The parish is sponsoring a Harvest Bake and Pumpkin Sale on Saturday, Oct. 5, and Sunday, Oct. 6, after all the Masses. Also featured will be vintage pots and baskets with bittersweet. Early birds are invited on Sat., Oct. 5, at 1 p.m.

CAAA benefit screening

Cape Ann Community Cinema, as part of the Doctoberfest Documentary Film Festival, presents ‘Furever’ on Friday, Oct. 4, at 7:30 p.m. The film examines the human-animal bond and the grief experienced after a pet passes. Some scenes may upset delicate viewers. Tickets are $10, and benefit Cape Ann Animal Aid. For more information, visit: www.fureverfilm.com. Tickets are available at: www.capeanncinema.com or at the cinema, 21 Main St., Gloucester.

Kick’n cancer

Gloucester High School’s boys soccer will hold a Kick’n Cancer benefit game Friday, Oct. 4, 6 p.m., at the high school’s New Balance Track and Field at Newell Stadium. T-shirts will be for sale. Donations will be taken at the door.

Constituent Visit

City Councilor Paul McGeary will hold a service visit at the Rose Baker Senior Center on Friday morning, Oct. 4, at 9:30. All are welcome to stop in for a private consultation with Councilor McGeary.

Landscape pastel workshop

Artist John Fiandaca will be discussing colors and values in a pastel landscape session in the Friend Room at the Sawyer Free Library, on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. This is the third of a three session series, and some pastel experience is helpful, but beginners are welcome. Registration is required at www.eventkeeper.com/code/events.cfm?curOrg=SFL. A suggested list of materials will be found there as well.

Magnolia Women’s Club

The Women’s Club of Magnolia will meet Tuesday, Oct. 8, 7 p.m., in Jones Hall, Magnolia Library Center. Program includes chair yoga with guest instructor Nana Dunn. Hostess is Pat Kelliher and her committee. Call Carol Sutherland at 978-525-3773.

Democrats meet

The Gloucester Democratic City Committee meets Thursday, Oct. 10, 7 p.m. for 7:30 p.m., at the Gloucester House Restaurant, Rogers Street. Democrats who are running for municipal office will introduce themselves, and answer questions. All Democrats and friends are welcome, free. Meeting follows social mix ‘n mingle with courtesy refreshments and cash bar. For more information, call 978-281-3566 or visit www.gloucesterdemocrats.org.

Coastsweep at Plum Cove Beach

The annual Laura Evans Memorial Coastsweep Cleanup at Plum Cove Beach will take place Thursday, Oct. 10, from 4 to 6 p.m. Rain date is Friday, Oct. 11. Laura was a local environmentalist who volunteered and held cleanups at Plum Cove Beach. Call Patti Amaral at 978-281-6708 or visit www.cleancity.us.

Free Flu clinic

The Rose Baker Senior Center will hold a fee flu vaccination clinic on Thursday, Oct. 10, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., sponsored by the Cape Ann Emergency Planning team and the Cape Ann Boards of Health. Seniors are invited to sign up for a free luncheon at Rosie’s Café at 11:30 a.m.

Open Enrollment Aid

S.H.I.N.E. Manager Susan Cripps is offering an open enrollment updated insurance option information presentation at the Rose Baker Senior Center on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 10 a.m. From Tuesday, Oct. 15 to Saturday, Dec. 7, seniors may change insurance plan options for 2014. The session offers information on new and available options. For appointments with a SHINE Counselor, call 978 281-9765: Sefatia Romeo-Theken is available 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m, on Tuesdays, Oct. 22 and 29; Nov. 12 and 26, and Dec. 12. She may be reached at AGH at other times. Lydia Bertolino is available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday – Friday at the Rose Baker Senior Center.

Delicious Halloween!

On Wednesday, Oct. 30, from 4 to 7 p.m., seniors are invited to delicious holiday festivities at the Rose Baker Senior Center’s annual Halloween costume party, catered by the Causeway Restaurant. Choose from Hardy Beef Stew, Baked Haddock, Rice Pilaf, Salad, Rolls and beverages. Dance to the music of Jim Moses and maybe walk away with a prize for best costume! Tickets are $7, available at the reception desk at the senior center.

Tai Chi made easy

Certified Tai Chi instructor conducts Tai Chi sessions at the Rose Baker Senior Center on Fridays, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. A second Tai Chi session is now offered on Tuesdays, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m., starting October 9. Call the reception desk at 978 281-9765 to register.

Arthritis Exercise

The Council on Aging will host a free, nine-week Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program “Life Improvement Series” starting Monday, Oct. 7, at the Rose Baker Senior Center, 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. This evidence-based program offers specific exercise routines the painful affects of arthritis. Call the senior center reception desk at 978 281-9765 to register.

COA annual meeting

The Annual Meeting of the Gloucester Council on Aging Executive Board will be held at the Rose Baker Senior Center on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at 9:30 a.m. All board members should be present.

All that jazz!

The Ole Salty Jazz Band welcomes seniors to the Rose Baker Senior Center on Mondays afternoons, Oct. 7, and 21, for live band music for dancing and entertainment from 1 to 3 p.m. For more inforamation, call 978 281-9765.

TRIAD ‘CarFir’ review

On Thursday, Oct. 17, at 10 a.m. the Triad Council will conduct a meeting to discuss safety issues, followed by Mr. John Russell of the Essex County Sheriff’s Department providing a quick, comprehensive check of how well you and your car work together for and providing recommendations for safe driving and peace of mind. Sign-up at the senior center reception desk, or call 978 281-9765.

Foxwoods Casino

A day trip to Foxwoods Casino on Thursday, Oct. 17, leaves the Rose Baker Senior Center at 6 a.m. departing from the Casino around 5:15 p.m. Seats are $26, and includes bonuses of $20. Prepaid reservations are due by Oct. 11. Sign up at the senior center, or call 978-281-9765.

Computer Classes

Call the COA at 978 281-9765 to register for upcoming eight-week computer classes starting in January. Classes are for for all ages: Beginners/Level I, Level II, Microsoft Word, E-mail and Internet, Digital Photo, Facebook, Kindle, I-Pad.

Financial Assistance

Mr. Tom Dexter offers private consultations for free financial information or assistance, for seniors at the Rose Baker Senior Center on Thursday, Oct. 24, at 9 a.m. If you are having difficulty making financial decisions, call 978-281-9765 for a free appointment with Mr. Dexter.

History Slide Show

Beth Welin will offer the next Project Adventure Gloucester History Slideshow presentation at the Rose Baker Senior Center on Friday, Oct. 11, at 10 a.m. Light refreshment is served. All are welcome to attend.

Grace Center benefit

There will be a free benefit concert for the Grace Center on Oct. 13, at 5:30 p.m. at Gloucester United Methodist Church, 436 Washington St. Rev. Tom Bentley, Executive Director, will present an overview of the Grace Center and their needs in helping disadvantaged folks on Cape Ann. All are welcome; donation gratefully accepted. For more information, call 978-283-7515

Mushrooms workshop

The Trustees of Reservations will offer a foraging mushroom workshop at Ravenswood Park on Sunday, Oct. 6, from 1 to 4 p.m. This workshop demystifies the world of mushrooms and helps you understand their place in the ecosystem. Preregistration os required; call 978-281-8400 or visit www.thetrustees.org. Cost is $18 for trustees or BMC member adults, $25 for nonmembers.

After the Move

The Gloucester Housing Authority, 259 Washington St., will hold a two-night HUD and MHP certified workshop for North Shore new homeowners on Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 29 and 30, from 6 to 9 p.m. Local professionals discuss maintenance, contractors, equity loans, refinancing, tax issues, preventing foreclosure, safety, and landlord/tenant issues. Cost is $30 per household. Prepaid registration required. Registration forms are available online at www.ghama.com, or stop by. Call Kathy Erkkila at 978-281-4770, ext. 110.

Wellspring concert

Paula Cole and Amy Lee will perform at a special benefit concert for Gloucester’s Wellspring House on Thursday, Nov. 7, at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport. Pre-concert reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by live and acoustic concert at 7:45 p.m. Visit www.wellspringhouse.org.

Nature fans

Kestrel and the Cape Ann Community Cinema have teamed up to offer a new class for budding nature and technology fans titled “Lights, Camera, Nature” on Saturdays, Oct. 5-Nov. 23. Class, which is open to children ages 8-12, will be co-taught by Jessica Kagle, founder and program director of Kestrel, and Robert Newton, owner of Cape Ann Community Cinema. Students venture into the nearby wilds, exploring the wildlife and capturing action on video. Students’ films will debut on the big screen for a public audience. In October, meet at the main entrance to Chebacco Woods, noon to 3 p.m. In November, meet at Cape Ann Community Cinema, 21 Main St., 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $299 for eight sessions. To register, call 617-290-2258 or visit www.kestreleducation.org/?page_id=1384J.

After-school engineering class

Kathy DeDieu of Gloucester, science and engineering teacher at Pingree School, 537 Highland St., South Hamilton, will teach an after-school engineering class at Pingree for middle school students. The class will run for five sessions Fridays, 4 to 5:30 p.m., beginning Oct. 18. Cost is $50. Students in grades seven and eight from any area school may register for the class; visit www.pingree.org/who knows. Call 978-468-4415, ext. 233.

Women’s Fund luncheon

The Women’s Fund of Essex County will host its 11th annual Grant Awards Luncheon on Thursday, Oct. 24, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Peabody Marriott Hotel, 8 Centennial Drive, Peabody. Annual luncheon recognizes and honors the recipients of the fund’s 2013 grant awards in the funding field of Leadership and Empowerment, including the Gloucester Writers Center, and Pathways for Children. Features “Homeless to Harvard” student Dawn Loggins interviewed by award-winning news anchor Natalie Jacobson. For tickets, visit www.thewomensfundec.org.

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 namicapeann@comcast.net or visit www.namicapeann.org.

Entrepreneurial seminar

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.

Walking Club

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 playgroups

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 alarsen@pw4c.org.

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

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.

Hospice volunteers

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 program

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.

Cape Ann Referral Group

The Cape Ann Referral Group, a membership of local business networking and referrals, meets every other Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. at the Masonic Building on Eastern Avenue. Visit www.CapeAnnBiz.com.

Cancer Survivors Group

Cancer Survivors Support Group meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, 6 to 7 p.m., at the Annisquam Village Church, 820 Washington St., Gloucester.

Adult Education

Action Inc.’s Adult Basic Education classes are offered Mondays and Wednesdays, 6 to 8:30 p.m., at 80 Main St. Classes include reading, writing, math, work skills and referrals to support services as needed. Call 978-282-1000 or visit www.actioninc.org.

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.

Learning Express

Sawyer Library patrons have access to Learning Express Library from any computer with their library card. Prepare for the CLEP, ACT, PSAT, SAT, TOEFL, and ASVAB without the expense of buying practice books. Learning Express also offers tutorials for software, GED preparation, job searches, U.S. citizenship, and resources in Spanish. Visit www.sawyerfreelibrary.org.

Insurance help

Financial Councilors are available at Addison Gilbert Hospital, 298 Washington St., Gloucester to assist you in accessing health insurance: MA Health, Commonwealth Care, Commonwealth Choice, Medicare, Medicaid and other health insurance issues. Visit the hospital’s Financial Service Department Monday — Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cape Ann Thrift Shop

Cape Ann Thrift Shop, 70 Middle St., is open Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The shop offers clothing for the whole family, linens, toys, jewelry and more. Donations of all types are appreciated.

The Clothes Closet

The Clothes Closet, in the basement of St. Ann School, corner of Prospect and Pleasant streets, is open Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Clothes Closet 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.

Veterans counseling

Many veterans experience difficulty in adjusting to problems in civilian life after serving in combat. The Lowell Vet Center offers counseling at the Gloucester Veterans Center for area veterans and their families, free of charge. For an appointment, call the Gloucester Office of Veterans’ Services at 978-281-9740.

Diabetes screening

A free community diabetes screening is held the first Monday of each month, 1 to 3 p.m., at Addison Gilbert Hospital, 298 Washington St., Women’s Health Conference Room. All are welcome. Appointments and fasting are not required. Call 978-283-4000.

Healthy Streets Program

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, 302 Washington St., Gloucester, lower level, Wednesdays, noon to 5 p.m. Call 978-236-0251.

AARP volunteers

SeniorCare is looking for volunteers for its AARP Money Management Program, to help low-income seniors and people with disabilities manage their daily finances, such as bill paying, reconciling bank statements, budgeting, etc. Volunteers typically serve 4 to 6 hours per month. After initial training, bimonthly training is provided, and a year’s commitment is asked. Visit www.seniorcareinc.org, or call 978-281-1750 or 1-866-927-1050.

Narcotics Anonymous

Gloucester meetings of Narcotics Anonymous are:

“Together We Can” — Sundays, 7 to 8 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, corner of Pine and Church streets.

“Living Clean” — Wednesdays, 7:30 to 9 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, corner of Pine and Church streets.

“Keeping It Real” — Thursdays, 7:30 to 9 p.m. 5 Center St.

“Fishing for Recovery” — Fridays, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, corner of Pine and Church streets.

For more meeting times, visit www.NewEnglandNA.org or call 1-866-624-3578.

Fish and Ships Pass

The Cape Ann Museum, Essex Shipbuilding Museum and Maritime Gloucester have launched the Fish and Ships Pass, a multi-venue ticket that provides admission to all three venues for one price, $18. Passes will be on sale at all three locations through Labor Day, 2013. Visit www.capeannmuseum.org, www.maritimegloucester.org or www.essexshipbuildingmuseum.org.

Help the homeless

The Action Emergency Homeless Shelter is accepting donations of deodorant, razors, feminine products, men’s sneakers and boots (larger sizes preferred), men’s jeans (larger sizes preferred), and socks.

Drug outreach

Northeast Behavioral Health (NBH) Healthy Streets Outreach Program provides rapid 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 various locations on the first Wednesday of the month. Call 978-767-3913 or 781-592-0243.

Annisquam Exchange

The Annisquam Exchange, a nonprofit fine consignments shop is open for the season. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mondays-Saturdays. A portion of consignments is gifted back to the community to help those in need.

seARTS grants

seARTS’s Partner With an Artist (PWA) provides grants to artists to create new work in partnership with a business in Gloucester’s Rocky Neck Cultural District. To apply, visit www.facebook.com/PartnerWithAnArtist, call 978-281-1222 or email pwa.searts@gmail.com.

Babson Library

Isabel Babson Memorial Library, 69 Main St., is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Named for Gloucester’s first midwife, the library’s books feature all aspects of family life including maternity, child care and women’s health. The collection is updated monthly. All are welcome to browse. Call 978-283-5624.

Launch the Adventure

Schooner Adventure is looking for electricians, plumbers, painters and other capable volunteers to help with projects needed for USCG certification. Call 978-281-8079 or email info@schooner-adventure.org.

Senior art

The Council on Aging art program at the Rose Baker Senior Center is led by art instructor Juni VanDyke. For information about the ongoing weekly art projects on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, at 10 a.m., call 978-281-9765.

Child loss

Loss of a Child Support Group is available to parents who have lost a child at any age on the third Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m. in the Longan Room, Addison Gilbert Hospital. Use the Washington Street entrance. No fee. To pre-reregister, call Judi Dagle-Ernest at 978-879-9718.

Friends of Seacoast

The Friends of Seacoast is a volunteer organization of family members and concerned community volunteers whose goal is to provide meaningful social activities for residents. The group meets the second Tuesday of each month from 6 to 7 p.m. in the second floor community room. Anyone wishing to make a donation in honor or in memory of a loved on may send it to: Friends of Seacoast, 298 Washington St., Gloucester, MA 01930.

Reiki for seniors

Reiki masters Dianna Porper and Laura Class offer reiki sessions at the Rose Baker Senior Center at a discounted rate for seniors, on Fridays, 10 a.m. to noon. For an appointment, call 978-281-9765.

Senior Steps

The Center for Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine at Addison Gilbert Hospital, 298 Washington St., offers a risk-reduction exercise program for seniors, ages 60 and over, with fear of falling and balance difficulty. Free 30-minute screening required; plus $3 fee per class. Meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 11 a.m. to noon, and from noon to 1 p.m. Space is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Call 978-283-4001, ext. 141.

Senior Day Care

The Council on Aging sponsors Social Day Care sessions with supervised activities and programs three days a week, for seniors who are homebound and isolated, at the Rose Baker Senior Center, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Daily lunch and snacks are included. Transportation is provided by CATA. Call 978-281-9765, ext. 20.

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.

Digital marketing

Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce has partnered with Wicked Local Media Solutions to hold a “brown bag” lunch series of workshops and seminars to bring local business up to the speed of the digital marketing age. The first workshop kicks-off at 1 p.m. on Tuesdays, from noon to 1 p.m., at the chamber conference room, 33 Commercial St. Pack a lunch and join us to learn what Facebook, Twitter and other social media can do for your business. Space is limited to 20 participants per session. Register early to ensure your spot. Call Gregory Walsh at 978-283-1601.

Legion meeting

The Capt. Lester S. Wass American Legion, Post 3, holds its regular post meetings the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. Members are encouraged to attend and be part of the decision-making process. Executive Board meets the second Monday of the month at 7 p.m. Any member may attend the Executive Board meetings.

Knitting group

The Council on Aging knitting and crochet group meets Tuesdays, 10 a.m., at the Rose Baker Senior Center. New members are welcome. Call 978-281-9765.

Senior Scrabble

A friendly group of Scrabble players meets Tuesdays, noon, at the Rose Baker Senior Center. New members are welcome. Call 978-281-9765.

Mall Mondays

A CATA bus departs the Rose Baker Senior Center each Monday morning at 10 a.m. destined for the Liberty Tree and North Shore Malls. Return pick-up time at the mall is 1:30 p.m. Five or more passengers are needed, so call CATA by the Friday afternoon before the trip. To register, call 978-283-7916 or 978-281-9765.

Blue Star Banner

Capt. Lester S. Wass Post 3, American Legion, honors military personnel by presenting the parents of anyone on active duty with a Blue Star Banner. These banners may be obtained by calling 978-283-9710. Leave your name and telephone number and a representative will return your message.

GED preparation

The Compass Youth Program offers GED preparation for ages 16 to 21, through Action Inc. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., throughout the summer. Call 978-281-9682.

Pathways volunteers

Pathways’ Cape Ann Families, 29 Emerson Ave., 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 hgranger@pw4c.org.

Volunteers needed

SeniorCare Inc.’s “Meals on Wheels” program is in need of volunteer drivers to deliver noon-time meals to homebound seniors. Hot meals are fully prepared and packaged for delivery. Drivers may volunteer for one morning a week or more. Call Linnea or Paula at 1-866-927-1050 or 978-281-1750, Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Senior art

The Rose Baker Senior Center’s art programs are Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays starting at 10 a.m. Projects are on-going and on display throughout downtown Gloucester. For more information, call 978-281-9765 and ask for Juni.

Art auction bids

The Sawyer Free Library is accepting silent bids throughout the month of September for the wide array of art donated by local artists. The viewing culminates Oct. 2, when all are invited to the gala live auction. Drop by the library sometime this month and place a bid.

Class of 1984

The Gloucester High School Class of 1984 is looking for addresses for these classmates: William G. Anderson, Philip Barnes, Christina Bates, David Beauparlant, Erik Bocelle, Denise Bruni, Lisa Byrne, Donna Cabral, Richard Brooks. Kevin Collins, Phil Curcuru, Patrick Dailing, Alexander DaSilva, Steve DeCoste, Susan DeCoste Durgin, Juliana DaHaan, Jeff Diamond, Kelly Drohan, Joseph Frontiero, Katherine Gove Carpenter, Mark Grant, Thomas Hall, Barbara Hand Goveny, Jane Haseldine, Audrey Heussi, Heidi Hinkley Scola, Jeffrey Holmberg, Paul Hubbard, Ricky Johnsen, Dawn Korthas Levie, Eddie Lannon, Sandra LaRosa, Phyllis Levie, Alison Lifson, Howard Lodge III, Greg Lord, Dan Lukegord, Kevin Mahoney, Russ Martin, Tim Moriarty, Erika Morris, LaRayne Muise Frankenberry, Adam Munroe, Dexter Murray, Joe Nadeau, Kristine Nelson, Tim Noble, Dan Noseworthy, Lisa Oakes, Susan Osier, Anthony Parisi, Fred Peeler, Victoria Perry, Edmont Pouliot, Lori Quigley, Kathy Record, David Repyak, John Ryan, Victoria Sampsel, Stephanie Saulnier, Stacey Saunders, Aldon Sawyer, Michael Silva, Paul Soper, Katherine St. Cyr, Brian Swanson, Pam Tedesco Provencher, Maria Tzioumas, James Tolman, Ron Troy, and David Webster. The 30-year reunion will take place in August of 2014. E-mail Caryn Linquata Ryder at Carynryder1984@gmail.com.

Breast Cancer Group

The Breast Cancer Support Group at Addison Gilbert Hospital, 298 Washington Street, Gloucester, meets on the third Tuesday of each month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Longan Room, located inside the Washington Street entrance of the hospital. Preregistration is not required.

Cancer Support Group

The Cape Ann Cancer Support Group meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month, 4:30 to 6 p.m., in the Longan Room, located inside the Washington Street entrance of Addison Gilbert Hospital, 298 Washington St. Preregistration is not required.

Nurturing Program

Pathways for Children, 29 Emerson Ave., is holding a series of 15 free weekly classes for families titled “The Nurturing Program.” Parents and children will enjoy free dinner and learn how to handle feelings, recognize and communicate needs, take charge of behavior; handle stress and anger; replace hitting and yelling with positive techniques; recognize the need for nurturing touch; establish nurturing routines like mealtimes, bedtimes, getting out of the house, chores, etc. Kids from birth to age 12, will be divided into four age groups. Transportation reimbursement is available for Cape Ann families. Classes meet Tuesdays, 5:15 to 7:45 p.m., beginning Oct. 15. Families of school-aged children should contact Hailey Granger at 978-281-2400, ext. 110, or email hgranger@pw4c.org.