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Maritime Gloucester will hold a fundraiser screening of “Chasing Ice” — a documentary of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of climate change. Using time-lapse cameras, videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. This special screening will be held at Cape Ann Community Cinema on Jan. 27, at 6 p.m. Admission is $9.75; $8.25 for students & seniors, and $6.75 cinema members. For more information, call Tom Balf at 978-281-0470
Are you sick?
On Jan 15, Cape Ann Skeptics’ monthly gathering will feature Rich Sagall, MD, presenting “Are You Really Sick? Overdiagnosis, Misdiagnosis, and the Natural Course of Disease.” Sagall will touch on professional tricks of the profit driven side of the medical trade, including how cure rates can be manipulated, how health care providers get credit for cures they shouldn’t, and why you should be skeptical about treatments. Start the year off with some skeptical thinking! At La Trattoria, 64 Main Street, Gloucester. Come at 6 p.m. to order food mix and mingle before the program starts at 6:45 p.m. For more information, visit: www.capeannskeptics.com
The Council on Aging TRIAD Counsel will meet at the Rose Baker Senior Center on Thursday, Jan. 10, at 10 a.m. New members are welcome. For more information, please call the senior center reception desk at 978 281-9765.
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.
Art Haven and The Hive are launching new 2013 classes with something for everyone from kids to tens to adults. Take our pottery wheels for a spin, learn from established artists, and much more, all in our bigger, better than ever multi-functional space at 11 Pleasant Street, around the corner from Art Haven at 180 Main St. For more information and class scchedules, visit: www.arthaven.org or call 978-283-3888.
The next cursillo ultreya and pot-luck supper will be held Saturday, Jan. 5, at St. Ann Church, Holy Family Parish office building. Pot-luck is at 5 p.m., followed by the ultreya at 6 p.m. All are welcome. Call Al Mitchell at 978-879-3655.
Addison Gilbert Hospital will conduct free diabetes and blood pressure screening at the Rose Baker Senior Center, 6 Manuel F. Lewis St., on Wednesday, Jan. 16 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Fasting is not required. The diabetes screening will be conducted by Certified Diabetes Educator Lynn O’Reilly, MS, RD, LDN, and the blood pressure screening will be conducted by Jennifer Garafola, Clinical Exercise Physiologist. Call 978 281-9765 for an appointment; walk-ins also welcome.
Chargers Youth Program
The Chargers Youth Program is now accepting online registration for boys and girls basketball; visit www.chargersyouthprogram.org.
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., and Saturday from 10 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.
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.
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.
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.
During the month Of January, artifacts from the early days of the West Gloucester Trinitarian Congregational Church will be on display at the Museum of the Cape Ann Historical Association, 27 Pleasant St., and the museum will be offering gee admission will be offering free admission; Museum hours are: Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.
Senior art tour
On Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 10:30 a.m., Juni Van Dyke, Senior Center Art Instructor at Rose Baker Senior Center, will lead a group to visit Salem’s Peabody Essex Museum to explore the exhibit “HATS”. Please call the reception desk at 978 281-9765 to register.
“Ask a Nurse”
Starting on Jan. 14, Laura Gillette, RN, BSN, will be available for individual sessions to monitor blood pressure, medications, nutrition habits, and health issues at the Rose Baker Senior Center on Tuesdays, from 9:30 a.m. –to 1:30 p.m. Laura is graduate student at Salem State University working on a Practicum towards a Master’s Degree in Nursing, and will do home safety visits as well. Her services are available through May 6. For more information, call 978 281-9765.
Senior art program
Artist/ 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 at the Sawyer Free Library for viewing. For more information, call 978 281-9765.
The Ole Salty Jazz Band rocks the Rose Baker Senior Center on Mondays, Jan. 7, and Jan. 14 with live music of the 50’s & 60’s. Bring your dancing shoes, or just kick back and enjoy the entertainment. All are invited. For more information, call the COA at 978 281-9765.