Gloucester Daily Times
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The Friends of the Rockport Public Library are seeking donations of paperback and hardback books in good condition for the book sale which will take place March 15-17. Donated books, DVDs and books on tape can be brought to the library during normal hours of operation: Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.; and Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 1 to 8 p.m. Proceeds support the Cabin Fever movies, the author series, and children’s programs.
The Gloucester Health Department will offer a free community flu clinic, for those six months of age and older, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 9 to 11 a.m., at the Addison Gilbert Hospital cafe. (Use the Fisher Lobby entrance.) There is no fee or preregistration required. Wear a short-sleeved shirt. All are welcome.
“Warm Music for a Winter’s Night: The Complete Brahms Piano Trios” on Friday, Jan. 25, 7:30 p.m., at the Shalin Liu Performance Center. Proceeds benefit the Northeast Massachusetts Youth Orchestras. Tickets: Benefactor tickets (with meet-the-artists dessert reception) are $150; patrons are $100; and concert-only tickets are $65-$35. For benefactor tickets, call 978-309-9833 or email email@example.com. For concert-only tickets, visit www.rockportmusic.org.
The Rockport Senior Center offers a daytrip to the John F. Kennedy Library & Museum & Maggiano’s on Wednesday, Feb. 27. Capture the powerful story of the Kennedy years in 25 dramatic exhibits, followed by great Italian food at Maggiano’s. Sign up early. $78/per person. Call Diane or Paula 978-546-2573
Rockport Recreation’s Pilates Yoga strength training class meets Mondays, from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. at Rockport Community House, 58 Broadway. The full six week course is $30. For more information, call Caitlin Chandler 978-546-1309
The Rockport Middle School will perform the musical “Grease” on Jan. 24-26, 7 p.m., and Jan. 27, 2 p.m., at the school’s John E. Lane Performing Arts Center. There are two casts who will perform on two nights each; the first cast will be Thursday and Saturday, and the second cast will be Friday and Sunday. Admission is $10, $8 for students/seniors.
Preschool story hours
The Rockport Public Library will offer story times for children ages 3-5 on Tuesdays, 10 to 10:45 a.m., in the Brenner Friends Room, Jan. 8-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.
Join us Monday, Jan. 14, at 10:30 a.m. for free Laughing Yoga at the Rockport Senior Center. Mats and floor exercise not required; just the physical act of laughing coupled with breathing exercises help to reduce stress and depression.
Thursday Beginner Computer Classes start at the Rockport Senior Center on Jan. 10, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. We will explore how to use the internet and email and how to use them safely. Four classes are $40.
This class for seniors explores paragraphs, margins, formatting, header and footers, saving & organizing files and inserting pictures and objects; meets twice a week on Mondays and Wednesdays, starting Feb. 4, from 10:30 to 12 noon at the Rockport Senior Center; 6 classes/$60.00
Basics of taking photos and downloading them to the computer, editing photos, attaching them to email. Specially tailored for beginner seniors, at the Rockport Senior Center, Mondays & Wednesdays, from Jan. 14 to Feb 4: 6 classes/$60.00
Artist/sculptor Linda York-Robbins leads senior course in Papier Mache Caricaturing and Sculpting. Students create a life size papier mache head of a famous or infamous person in history. This course offers wonderful experience in exploring many different mediums and techniques in art. No prior knowledge required. 11 classes/$100; Thursdays starting Jan. 17- March 28th. 12:30-3:30 p.m. at the Rockport Senior Center. For more information, call 978-546-2573.
Rockport Recreation’s Pilates/Yoga Class meets Tuesdays, from 6 to 7 p.m. at Rockport Community House, 58 Broadway. $60/12 classes or $8/drop in fee; call Caitlin Chandler 978-546-1309
Democratic Town Committee
The Rockport Democratic Town Committee will meet Saturday, Jan. 12, 10:30 a.m., in the Brenner Room, Rockport Public Library. Agenda includes a discussion of the committee’s future direction, establishment of subcommittees, planning for the caucus of February or March, and other items of concern. All Rockport residents registered as Democrats are invited. Call Suellen at 978-546-3754.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 73 High St., Rockport, MA 01966.
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.
The Rockport Art Association, 12 Main St., offers these classes and sketch groups in its studio:
Figure sketch group (short pose) meets Mondays, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Model takes several short poses progressing to 20 minutes. No instruction. $10. Meets year-round. No preregistration required. Peter DeNigris monitors. 508-662-9985.
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. $10. No preregistration. Fred Jillson monitors. 978-281-5144.
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.
Pathways’ Cape Ann Families 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 email@example.com.
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 the First Congregational Church, School Street, the rest of the year.
The quilting and hand work group meet every Thursday at the Rockport Senior Center from 1 to 3:30 p.m. If you like to quilt, crochet or sew by hand, come to the center and enjoy the company of others.
The Rockport Senior Center holds various activities weekly, including Scrabble every Wednesday, 1 to 3 p.m.; and Bingo every Monday, 1 to 3:30 p.m. COA also has computers and shredders available for your use, and regular fitness and exercise classes. Call 978-546-2573.
Those interested in learning what a Buddhist practice is or how others maintain a daily practice are invited to share their thoughts and questions with teacher Mary Kay Dyer, of Rockport’s Asian Classics Institute, and senior student and practitioner Elizabeth McLindon, on the fourth Sunday of the month, 7 to 8:30 p.m., at the 222 Wellness Center, 222 Eastern Ave. Contact Mary Kay Dyer at 978-283-8857 or email@example.com, or Elizabeth McLindon at 978-879-9159 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Tennis for adults
The Rockport Recreation Department offers a multi-level tennis program, for adults ages 16 and up, mornings from 7:30 to 9, at the Rockport High School tennis courts. Play a match, get useful tips and learn more about the game. Cost is $70 for a four-week session. Call Olivia at 978-546-1309.
The Rockport Recreation Department offers an interactive day camp for children in grades one through five, at 9 a.m., at Rockport Elementary School. Activities include sports, games, arts and crafts. Admission is $135 for five weeks. Call Olivia at 978-546-1309.
The Gloucester Housing Authority has a brand new, fully-equipped below market value, very affordable one bedroom condo available for $90,000 and the buyer need not be a resident of Gloucester. Designed for low heating and insurance costs with a large bedroom, kitchen and living area, separate laundry room with washer and dryer, heated floor, energy-efficiency and sprinklers. This is not a lottery, but if it sounds like your idea of home sweet home, call Kathy Erkkila at 978-281-4770, ext. 110, or visit www.ghama.com.
Rockport Art Association’s winter/spring studio classes meet in the RAA studio located on Stone Barn Lane ($75 for a 5-week session, Drop-ins $20 per class) Space is limited, pre-registration is strongly recommended. Classes are as follows.
Tuesdays — Oil Painting For All Levels with Ron Straka, 9:30 a.m. — 12:30 p.m.
Winter Session I, Jan. 8 — Feb. 5
Winter Session II, Feb. 12 — March 12
Spring Session I, March 19 — April 16
Spring Session II, April 23 — May 21
Wednesdays — Watercolor For All Levels with Caleb Stone, 1 to 4 p.m. $75 for a five-week session.
Winter Session I ~ January 9 thru February 6
Winter Session II ~ February 13 thru March 13
Spring Session I ~ March 20 thru April 17
Spring Session II ~ April 24 thru May 22
Registration/information, visit : www.rockportartassn.org, or call 978-546-6604.
Open burning season
Forest Fire Warden Mike Frontierro reminds residents that Open BurningSeason starts Jan. 15 and runs through May 1. Only brush that originated on the property may be burned. Leaves, stumps and construction materials are prohibited. Permits costs $10 and may be obtained Sunday mornings, 8 to 10 p.m. or call 978-265-3339.
There will be auditions for the Cape Ann Theatre Collaborative’s Spring show, “Becky Shaw,” on Jan. 16 and 17, 7:30 p.m., at Pigeon Cove Circle, 6 Breakwater Avenue. Becky. ‘Becky Shaw’-- Gina Gionfriddo’s searingly funny comedy about love, marriage, blind dates from hell and the quirks of family dynamics,, has lots of roles. available and will run three weekends: April 26, 27, 28 and May 3, 4, 5 and 10, 11, 12 at Gorton Theatre, home of Gloucester Stage Company. Email email@example.com.
Ton ‘a Tuna
The Open Door will be hosting a food drive on Saturday, Jan. 19, at Market Basket in Gloucester from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to collect 2,000 pounds of canned tuna to stock the food pantry in the coming months. The food drive is planned to coincide with Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service projects across the country that weekend. The Gloucester Democratic City Committee is organizing community volunteers to assist. For more information, visit: foodpantry.org or facebook.com/TheOpenDoorMA.
Artist Carla Mattioli leads this class using black & white conte crayon, charcoal, color pastels and watercolor paints to explore the world of shadows, light, darkness & color. Classes are Tuesdays, 1 to 3 p.m., starting Jan. 15-Feb. 19, at the Rockport Senior Center. 6 Classes/$30.
The Rockport Senior Center will hold a jewelry making workshop on Monday, Feb. 4, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. You have a choice of making a bracelet or necklace. There is a $5 fee for supplies.