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The Friends of the Rockport Library will hold its spring book sale Friday, March 15, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, March 16, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, March 17, 1 to 5 p.m., at the library, 17 School St. Enjoy a bake sale and shop for hardback and paperback books, children’s books, books on tape, videos and DVDs. All proceeds support programs at the library (Cabin Fever Movies, Authors Series, museum passes, and children’s programs). Visit www.rockportlibrary.org or call 978-546-6934.
Senior Center programs
The Rockport Senior Center, 58 Broadway, offers these winter programs:
Tai Ji — Wednesdays, 9 to 10 a.m. $4 per class.
Strength Resistance Exercise Class — Mondays and Fridays, 9 to 10 a.m. $4 per class.
Yoga — Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 to 10 a.m. $3 per class.
Bingo — Mondays, 1 to 3:30 p.m.
Knitting and Handiwork Group — Thursdays, 1 to 3:30 p.m.
Scrabble — Wednesdays, 1 to 3 p.m.
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.
The Rockport Art Association offers these classes and sketch groups:
Figure sketch group (short pose) meets Mondays, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Model takes several short poses progressing to 20 minutes. No instruction. $12. Meets year-round. No preregistration required. Cynthia Dunaway monitors; 978-283-3407.
Figure sketch group (long pose) meets Thursdays, 1 to 4 p.m. Adequate time to study subject and complete works of art. All mediums. No instruction. $15. No preregistration. Em Marquis Brown monitors; 781-631-4002.
Students meet in the RAA studio, 12 Main St., in the fall, winter and early summer. The entrance is located on Stone Barn Lane, behind the library.Students meet at 66 Bray St., in Gloucester, in the late spring and summer.
The Sandy Bay Historical Society museum on King Street is open Mondays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., for research. Cost is $5 for nonmembers, free for members. Tours of the museum are also offered.
The Linda Wieditz Scholarship Fund is accepting donations. A scholarship, given in memory of the much beloved music teacher in the Rockport Public Schools, is presented at the Rockport High School graduation each year to one or more graduates pursuing music studies in higher education. Checks, made payable to the “Linda Wieditz Memorial Scholarship,” should be mailed to: Linda Wieditz Memorial Scholarship, P.O. Box 191, Rockport, MA 01966.
Rental, mortgage aid
Action Inc. has rental and mortgage assistance (TBRA/MBRA) money available from Rockport’s Community Preservation Act (CPA) to help Rockport families and individuals facing financial hardships in keeping their housing. Call Stella at 978-282-1000, ext. 115, to check eligibility status.
Rockport Legion Band, a community band founded in 1932, is a non-audition musical group that plays all year, and is looking for competent musicians who play traditional concert band instruments. Players who played well in high school or college, but have “lapsed” are especially welcome. To attend a rehearsal, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 978-546-6199. The band rehearses Thursdays, 7:30 p.m., at the American Legion Hall on Beach Street, Rockport. Visit www.rockportlegionband.wordpress.com.
Library home delivery
Rockport Public Library offers outreach services for local homebound residents. The outreach librarian delivers regular, large-print and audio books as well as periodicals and videos. Call 978-546-6934.
A variety of recovery programs meet weekly in Rockport.
Sunday — Alcoholics Anonymous “Women in Recovery” 2 to 3 p.m., First Congregational Church, School Street.
Monday — Alcoholics Anonymous, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 24 Broadway.
Tuesday — Alcoholics Anonymous step meeting, noon to 1 p.m., First Baptist Church of Rockport, 2 High St.; Alcoholics Anonymous, 7:30 p.m., First Congregational Church, School Street.
Wednesday — Al-Anon group, 7:30 p.m., First Baptist Church of Rockport, 2 High St., for friends and relatives of people with alcoholism.
Thursday — Alcoholics Anonymous closed book meeting, noon to 1 p.m., Rockport Baptist Church, 2 High St. Alcoholics Anonymous “Men in Recovery” men’s speaker discussion meeting, 7:30 p.m., United Methodist Church.
Friday — Alcoholics Anonymous, noon to 1 p.m., First Baptist Church of Rockport, 2 High St.
Saturday — Alcoholics Anonymous, 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., First Baptist Church of Rockport, 2 High St. (in July). AA meets at First Congregational Church, School Street, the rest of the year.
Ballroom Blitz, a dance performance showcasing fifth-graders as well as Rockport High School dancers and cheerleaders, will take place Friday, March 8, 7 p.m., in the RHS gymnasium. In case of snow, the event will take place Sunday, March 10, at 1 p.m. Tickets available at the door: $5 for adults, $2 for students. Program is funded by the Rockport Education Foundation.
Old Sloop Coffeehouse
Old Sloop Coffeehouse will present two concerts on the same weekend at First Congregational Church of Rockport, 12 School St. On Friday, March 8, 7:30 p.m., Gordon Bok will perform; and on Saturday, March 9, 10:30 a.m., Grammy Award-winning children’s musicians Debbie and Friends will perform. Tickets for both concerts may be purchased online at www.oldsloopcoffeehouse.org, at Gloucester Music, or at Toad Hall Bookstore in Rockport. Advance tickets for the Gordon Bok concert are $10; at the door: $12 for adults, $7 for those 65 and older, $5 for those younger than 18, $24 per family. Tickets for the Debbie and Friends concert are $8.
Recycle Day fundraiser
The Docksiders Jazz Band will hold an Electronics and Appliance Recycle Day fundraiser Saturday, March 16, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Gloucester High School parking lot, 32 Leslie O’Johnson Road, Gloucester. All towns are welcome.
Electronics — ($5 each) computers, stereos, DVD players, scanners, copiers, etc.
Appliances — ($10 each) dishwashers, dryers, stoves, microwaves, dehumidifiers, refrigerators, air conditioners, exercise equipment, lawn mowers, small engine items, snow blowers, etc.
Televisions — $15-30 each
Monitors — $10
Sewing machines, cell phones, car batteries and bicycles may be dropped off for free. Unwanted bicycles will get a new home, with some going to Ghana and some staying in the U.S. Contact Dennis Wood at 508-277-7513 email@example.com.
Oasis Rockport will participate with photographers around the country in a portrait promotion supporting Operation Smile, which provides free surgeries for children around the world who have cleft lips, cleft palates or other facial deformities. Along with other members of Professional Photographers of America (PPA), Oasis Rockport will offer an individual portrait session and a desk-size portrait in exchange for a $24 donation to PPA Charities. The event will take place Saturday, April 6, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Emerson Inn by the Sea. To schedule a session, call 978-290-3184.
Every Wednesday, from 9:30 to 11 a.m., Rockport Baptist Church hosts a Bible study that is free to the public. The group studies various portions of scripture and seeks to make contemporary application. Visit www.FirstBaptistRockport.org or call 978-546-6121.
The First Baptist Church of Rockport offers free rides to church every Sunday for anyone living on Cape Ann. To sign up, call 978-546-6121 or visit www.FirstBaptistRockport.org.
The Vajramudra Center, 154 Granite St., holds free weekly meditation teaching and practice Tuesdays, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Call Larry Wolf at 617-869-0666.
Rockport Art Association’s winter/spring studio classes meet in the RAA studio on Stone Barn Lane:
Oil Painting For All Levels with Ron Straka, Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Spring Session I — March 19-April 16
Spring Session II — April 23-May 21
Watercolor For All Levels with Caleb Stone, Wednesdays, 1 to 4 p.m. $75 for a five-week session.
Spring Session I — March 20-April 17
Spring Session II — April 24-May 22
Cost is $75/five-week session, $20 per class. Space is limited. Preregistration is strongly recommended. To register, visit www.rockportartassn.org or call 978-546-6604.
Pigeon Cove Circle will host its Winter Rent-a-table Rummage Sale and Coffee Break on Saturday, March 9, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Cove Circle Center, Breakwater Avenue. Table rentals are $25; call Michele at 978-546-1195. Space is limited.
The Rockport Recreation Department’s Pilates Yoga strength training class meets Mondays, 6:30 to 7:15 p.m., at the Rockport Community House, 58 Broadway. Cost is $30 for six weeks. Call Caitlin Chandler at 978-546-1309.
The Rockport Senior Center will travel to Boston to attend the Flower Show at the Seaport World Trade Center on Wednesday, March 13. Cost is $31 and includes roundtrip motor coach and admission to the show. Call 978-546-2573.
The Rockport Senior Center is offering free AARP tax aid Tuesdays, from 1 to 4 p.m. No appointment is necessary.
Beginner and advanced skating skills group and private lessons are available for boys and girls ages 5 to 12, tots ages 21/2 and up, teens and adults. Instruction is by professional coaches certified by USA Hockey and U.S. Figure Skating associations. Lessons available at Talbot Rink on Tuesdays, 6 p.m., and Saturdays, 1 p.m.; at Pingree School in Hamilton on Tuesdays and Fridays, 9:30 a.m. and 12:45 p.m., and Wednesdays, 1:30 p.m. Private lessons also available. Enrollment is ongoing. For a registration form, visit www.cafsc.org or call 978-546-2290.
The Rockport Recreation Department’s Pilates/Yoga Class meets Tuesdays, 6 to 7 p.m., at the Rockport Community House, 58 Broadway. Cost is $60/12 classes, or $8/drop-in fee. Call Caitlin Chandler at 978-546-1309.
The Rockport Senior Center is looking for a volunteer to lead a walking group once or twice a week. If interested, call Paula or Diane at 978-546-2573.
Preschool story hours
The Rockport Public Library offers story times for children ages 3-5 on Tuesdays, 10 to 10:45 a.m., in the Brenner Friends Room, through April 30. Wendy Pierson will be the storyteller. Doors open at 9:45 a.m. for children and their parents. The program includes storytelling and a short film. Call 978-546-6934.
Open burning season
Forest Fire Warden Mike Frontierro reminds residents that open burning season is currently running and will continue to run through May 1. Only brush that originated on the property may be burned. Leaves, stumps and construction materials are prohibited. Permits cost $10, and may be obtained Sunday mornings, 8 to 10 a.m., or by calling 978-265-3339.
Annual art show
The Rockport Public Schools annual K-12 Art Show at the Rockport Art Association will take place March 6-10. An opening reception will be held Thursday, March 7, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Gallery hours are Wednesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
Drivers for seniors
RSVP Volunteers of the North Shore seeks volunteer medical transportation drivers. SeniorCare is in need of volunteers from Gloucester and Rockport for local and out-of-town appointments. Volunteers choose when and how often they drive. Drivers are compensated. Call 978-281-1750.