Thursday, Oct. 17
“The Writer’s Block with John Ronan,” 8 p.m., airs on Cape Ann TV’s Channel 12. Features Deborah Finkelstein, poet and editor of “Like One: Poems for Boston,” a collection of poetry published to benefit victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.
Friday, Oct. 18
POSTPONED: Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce’s October Power lunch with key speaker, Senator Ed Markey, has been postponed until further notice. For more information, visit: www.capeannchamber.com.
Tai Chi sessions, offered by Council on Aging, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Rose Baker Senior Center. Gentle way to fight stress and reduce anxiety, while increasing flexibility and balance. To register, call 978-281-9765.
Holy Family Parish bingo, 6:30 p.m., Monsignor Sullivan Hall, St. Ann Church, Gloucester. Anyone 18 and older invited. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Proceeds support school and parish programs. 978-281-4820.
Saturday, Oct. 19
Amiri Baraka delivers annual Charles Olson lecture, 1 p.m., Cape Ann Museum. Sponsored by Gloucester Writers Center, Cape Ann Museum, and Charles Olson Society. Free and open to the public. Reservations required; call 978-283-0455, ext. 16, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bean supper sponsored by Guild of Our Lady of Good Voyage Church, 7 p.m., in the parish hall. Beans, linguica, hot dogs, rolls, cole slaw and homemade pies. Entertainment by The Honky Tonk Women. $8 for adults, $5 for children under 10. All welcome.
GHS Docksiders benefit concert for The Open Door food pantry, 7 p.m., in the GHS auditorium. Admission is a food donation for the food pantry.
Emergency response volunteers door-to-door visits, distributing information in Bayview, Annisquam, Lanesville on Saturday, Oct. 19, raising awareness of issues to assist first responders.
Crosswinds Coffeehouse, 7 to 10 p.m., First Baptist Church, 38 Gloucester Ave. Performance by Livin’ on Luck. $10 at door. Proceeds support local missions projects. Refreshments and homemade desserts for sale. All ages welcome.
Wednesday, Oct. 23
Author reading with Mary Bonina and Mark Pawlak, 7:30 p.m., Gloucester Writers Center, 126 East Main St.