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March 7, 2013

Gloucester Goings On


Gloucester Daily Times

---- — Events listed here are open to the public and sponsored by nonprofit groups unless otherwise noted. Press releases may be sent to Goings on, Gloucester Daily Times, 36 Whittemore St., Gloucester, MA 01930, sent via email to gdt@gloucestertimes.com or faxed to 978-282-4397. Please include a contact person’s name and telephone number and send at least two weeks prior to the event. The Times will do its best to run the announcement at least once prior to the event. Due to the volume of goings on listings received by the paper, listings are alternated once they run and the same listings are not printed every day.

Wrestling Exhibition

On Saturday, March 9, from 3 to 5:30 p.m., Gloucester High School will host five live wrestling matches. A referee will determine the winners based on points or pins in these three-round-bouts. Team members, ages 10-14 will be featured. A suggested $5 donation will be accepted at the door for fans ages 12 and up. Concessions will be available for purchase. Come watch your home-town-athletes fight to build their program and for fun. There will be a support outing to follow at La Trattoria. La Trattoria is graciously donating a portion of the proceeds to our team.”

Boiled Dinner

The Fundraising Committee of the First Baptist Church, 38 Gloucester Ave., is sponsoring a St. Patrick’s Day boiled dinner on Saturday, March 16, at 5 p.m. The menu includes smoked shoulder ham or corned beef, dessert and beverage. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children under 12 at the door. Take out is available. For information, call the church at 978-283-4808.

Mosquito forum

The Cape Ann Emergency Planning Team and Boards of Health will present “Cape Ann Mosquito Forum — Health Risks and Control” on Thursday, March 7, 6 to 8 p.m., at Cruiseport Gloucester, lower level, 6 Rowe Square. Free parking is available. There is no fee and preregistration is not required.

Interdenominational services

The West Gloucester Trinitarian Church, United Church of Christ, 488 Essex Ave, is hosting the following free interdenominational community services this Lenten/Passover season: Join us in the joy of this holy season.

Wednesday, March 13, 6 p.m.: Free community meal, Lenten Worship Service to follow at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, March 20, 6:30 p.m.; Lenten worship service on 6:30 p.m. Gather for soup at 6 p.m. .

Thursday, March 28, at 5:30 p.m.: Seder Meal and Maundy Thursday Service, followed by a Maundy Thursday Service in the sanctuary at 7 p.m.

Docksiders dinner

Come hear the Docksiders play at our Spaghetti dinner on Friday, March 15, at 6 p.m. at the DES Club on Prospect St. The band serves the meal. There is also a silent auction. Tickets are $10 each / a family of 4 costs $25.

Folk music concert

The Gloucester Clog and Hornpipe Society will perform Friday, March 8, 7:30 p.m., at the Northshore UU Church, 323 Locust St., Danvers. The concert, prepared especially for Music in the Woods, will offer primarily traditional Irish tunes and songs in celebration of Irish music month. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and students, free for children under 13. Call 978-774-7582 or visit www.nsuu.org.

Democratic Caucus

The Gloucester Democrats’ Caucus, postponed by snow on February 9, has been rescheduled for Saturday, March 16. Democrats from all wards will meet at 1 p.m., in the Friend Room of the Sawyer Free Library, to elect delegates to the Massachusetts Democratic Convention. Anyone registered as a Democrat in Gloucester as of Dec. 31, 2012 is eligible to vote at the caucus and run for delegate at the Massachusetts Democratic Convention on Saturday, July 13, at the Tsongas Arena in Lowell. Convention delegates will adopt a new party platform for the Massachusetts Democratic Party. For more information, call 978-281-5673 or visit www.gloucesterdemocrats.org.

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.

Sweet bread sale

The DES Club, 133 Prospect St., is currently taking orders for Portuguese sweet bread and two-egg folare. Cost is $4.75 per loaf, $12 per folare. Call 978-884-9404 and leave your name, phone number and quantity. Orders will be accepted until March 22, and may be picked up Thursday, March 28, or Friday, March 29.

‘The Writer’s Block’

The final program of this year’s “The Writer’s Block with John Ronan” will be broadcast on Cape Ann TV’s Channel 12 on Thursday, March 7, 8 p.m., and will be repeated one week later. The episode features the winners of last fall’s Gloucester Change Poetry Contest: first place, Capt. James F. Parisi; second place, Hillary Frye; and third place, Peter Willwerth. The three citizen-poets read their work and share their united pain about the way Gloucester, and the fishing industry, is changing in the new century. Ronan, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellow and former Gloucester Poet Laureate, interviews poets and writers during the half-hour program.

Legion event

The Capt. Lester S. Wass American Legion, Post 3, will host “Moriarty’s Wake” on St. Patrick’s Day, Sunday, March 17, at 2 p.m. Members and guests are invited to enjoy music and corned beef and cabbage. Door prizes will be available.

College planning

A college planning night for Gloucester High School juniors and their parents/guardians will take place Thursday, March 7, 7 p.m., in the lecture hall. The guidance staff will present valuable information on the college selection and admission process.

Women’s Community Club

The Women’s Community Club will host a pot-luck supper Tuesday, March 12, 7 p.m., in Jones Hall, Magnolia Library Center. Members and guests, as well as members of the Magnolia Lions, Library Board, and Historical Society are invited. Hostesses are Marianne Frontiero and Donna Chamberlin. Call Carol Sutherland at 978-525-3773.

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.

Ice Skating

Adult skating classes for hockey and figure skaters are held at the Cape Ann Skating Club, Talbot Rink,Gloucester on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. and Saturdays at noon. Private lessons are also available Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sundays, 8 to 10 a.m., and Tuesdays, 6 to 7 p.m.; other times may be accommodated. We also offer classes for children: Tiny Tots, ages 2 ½ & up, boys & girls ages 5 & up, and teens. Enrollment is ongoing thru June. To register, see our website at: www.cafsc.org or call 978-546-2290 for more information.

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. There is no fee. Preregister with Judi Dagle-Ernest at 978-879-9718.

Mardi Gras concert rescheduled

The Mardi Gras concert featuring Grammy winner Charlie Neville and Henri Smith, postponed due to snow, has been rescheduled for Saturday, April 6.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Books sought

Gloucester United Methodist Church, 436 Washington St., is raising money through donations of new and used books, CDs, DVDs, records and audio books. The church has a drop-off donation container to collect these items. The church will be paid on an ongoing basis for all items collected in the donation container. The program is an ongoing fundraiser and donations can be made by the public at any time. All funds raised benefit the general funding of the church. Visit www.GotBooks.com.

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.

Skating lessons

Beginner and advanced skating skills group and private lessons are available for boys and girls ages 5-12, tots ages 2 1/2 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.

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.

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.

Handyman for seniors

The Council on Aging has a handyman, a retired carpenter, available to help Gloucester and Rockport seniors with inside and outside work at a reduced cost. To make an appointment, call the Rose Baker Senior Center at 978-281-9765 and leave your contact information and a brief description of the work needed.

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.

GHS building project

The Gloucester High School Carpentry/Electrical shops are accepting applications for a house building project for the 2012-2103 school year. Contact Jack Andrewes at GHS or at jandrewes@gloucester.k12.ma.us.

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.

Adult Education

Action Inc’s Adult Basic Education classes are on Mondays and Wednesdays, 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Action’s main offices, 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.

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.

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.

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. A free 30-minute screening is required; plus a $3 fee per class. Program 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.

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.

GHS Scholarship

The Gloucester High School Scholarship Bulletin is now available online at www.gloucesterschools.com (under Documents on the main page of the GHS section.) Unless otherwise indicated, all scholarships must be in the main office by 10 a.m. on Monday, April 1. Scholarships that are to be mailed must be postmarked no later than Saturday, March 30. Each requires a separate letter of application and a separate financial statement form. Forms are also available in the main office.

Street list books

City of Gloucester 2012 street list books are on sale at the City Clerks Office, 9 Dale Ave. Books are $25 each, while they last. City of Gloucester census forms will be mailed the third week of January. Review, make any changes, sign and return forms as soon as possible.

GHS Class of 1978

The Gloucester High School Class of 1978 will hold its class reunion Friday, Oct. 18, 7 p.m. to midnight, at the Elks at Bass Rocks. Features music by DJ Groove Tonight and catering by Vinwood Caterers. Cost is $60 per person. Checks should be made payable to “GHS 1978 Reunion,” and mailed to: Cape Ann Savings Bank, Attn: Clare MacDonald, 109 Main St., Gloucester, MA 01930, by Oct. 1. Visit www.elksatbassrocks.com for directions.

Boating safety

The Massachusetts Environmental Police and the Gloucester harbormaster will offer a Boat Massachusetts boating basics course March 25-27 and April 1-2. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Gloucester High School, 32 Leslie O. Johnson Road. Participants must attend all dates. Registration is required; call 978-282-3012. The course is offered to the public at no charge. Students must be at least 12 years of age. Those ages 12-15 who successfully complete the course will be issued a Safety Certificate allowing them to operate a motorboat without adult supervision, as required by state law. The course will also satisfy the state requirements for personal watercraft users who are 16 or 17. All graduates will be issued a Safety Certificate. Visit www.mass.gov/ole.

Condo lottery

The Gloucester Housing Authority has a homeownership lottery for three newly-built condos at 10 Taylor St., Gloucester. The two-bedroom condos are spacious and have an extra huge finished, heated room in the attic with skylights and a harbor view. The two condos are priced at $125,000 each. The lower level is an open floor plan wheelchair-accessible condo with a separate bedroom and laundry room. Price: $90,000. All three condos have off-street parking. Lottery applicants should be below 80 percent of median income. Even though certain descriptions are listed as a “preference,” all should apply. Call 978-281-4770, ext. 110.

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 4-6 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.

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.

GHS building project

The Gloucester High School Carpentry/Electrical shops are accepting applications for a house building project for the 2012-2103 school year. Contact Jack Andrewes at GHS or at jandrewes@gloucester.k12.ma.us.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Senior art program

Artist and instructor Juni VanDyke leads the weekly art program at the Rose Baker Senior Center on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, starting at 10 a.m. Help is needed for the ongoing neighborhood quilts project; an exhibition of eight quilts are installed already.

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.

Narcotics Anonymous

Gloucester meetings of Narcotics Anonymous are:

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

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

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

“Fishing for Recovery” meets 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.

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.

Memory loss program

Lisa Orgettas, executive director of Spectrum Adult Day Health in Beverly, will present “Memory Loss: What’s Normal, What’s Not” on Wednesday, March 20, 10 to 11 a.m., at the Rose Baker Senior Center. There is no fee, but preregistration is requested. Call 978-281-9765. Walk-in guests are also welcome.

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.

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.

Ice Age trail

The Trustees of Reservations in Cape Ann is hosting an Ice Age Trail Hike on Sunday, March 10, 1-3 p.m. starting at Cape Ann Discovery Center and into Ravenswood Park. Did you know that until about 12,000 years ago North America was the greatest land of predatory creatures since the Jurassic era? Or that New England was under a mile or more of ice? Cape Ann is one of the most significant geological areas in America and one of the best places to learn about the last Ice Age up close. Cost is $5 for Nonmembers, Free to Trustees Members. Pre-register required at 978.281.8400 or: capeann@ttor.org.

Creature Feature!

The Trustees of Reservations in Cape Ann is hosting a Live Animals of the Night program Saturday, March 16, 6 to 8 p.m. at Ravenswood Park’s Ann Discovery Center. Grab the family and come to our Creature Feature with live nocturnal animals like porcupines, bats, and opossums. Get rrare close-ups of these animals, learn their natural history, adaptations, and behaviors. Bonus: journey with a guide into the park for a night-time hike. Cost is $10 for nonmember adults, $8 for member adults, free for children. Space is limited. Preregistration is required; call 978-281-8400 or email capeann@ttor.org.

Free screenings

The Speech & Audiology Department at Beverly Hospital will conduct free pediatric speech and language screenings at Addison Gilbert Hospital from now until March 29. Appointments are required; call 978-283-4000, ext. 141. Screenings are available for children ages 18 months to 18 years old. For more information, email jcarroll@nhs0healthlink.org.