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The American Red Cross and the Gloucester Knights of Columbus will host a blood drive Saturday, Feb. 2, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at St. Ann Church. For an appointment, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit www.redcrossblood.org. Walk-ins are welcome.
Gloucester Democrats from all wards will meet on Saturday, Feb. 9, at 9:30 a.m., in the Friend Room of the Sawyer Free Library, 2 Dale Ave., to elect delegates to the Massachusetts Democratic Convention. Any person registered as a Democrat in Gloucester as of Dec. 31, 2012 is eligible to vote at the caucus and run for delegate for the convention, which takes place Saturday, June 1, at the Tsongas Arena in Lowell. Delegates will adopt a new party platform for the Massachusetts Democratic Party. For more information, call 978-281-5673 or visit www.gloucesterdemocrats.org.
The Gloucester Democratic City Committee will air ‘Democratic Dialogue,’ on CATV Channel 12, on Friday, Feb. 1, at 4 p.m., and repeat on Sundays at 7 p.m., Thursdays at 9:30 p.m., and Fridays at 4 p.m. Host Karen Budrow will talk with Gloucester Democrat Dan Leahy, about the Democratic perspective on current events and the role of government. For more information, call 978-281-5673 or visit www.gloucesterdemocrats.org.
Temple Ahavat Achim’s Café Shalom will present the Backwoods Ramblers on Saturday, Feb. 9, 7 p.m., at 86 Middle St. Daisy Nell of Essex opens the show. A $10 donation is suggested.
Valentine’s Day party at Legion
The Capt. Lester S. Wass American Legion, Post 3, will host a Valentine’s Day party Saturday, Feb. 9, 7:30 p.m., in the lounge. Members and guests are invited. Features food, entertainment, raffles and door prizes, including small stuffed animals and a two-night stay in a Whirlpool suite in Ogunquit, Maine. Must be present to win the door prizes.
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.
The Madonna del Rosario Society will hold its annual Valentine Day Party on Saturday, Feb. 9, at 1 p.m., in Monsignor Sullivan Hall, St. Ann’s Church, Holy Family Parish. Refreshments and Bingo will follow a short business meeting. All members are reminded that annual dues are payable at this time.
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.