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Christmas in the Cove
Pigeon Cove Circle’s Christmas in the Cove Fair will take place Saturday, Nov. 24, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For craft table rentals, text 978-766-8041 or call Michele at 978-546-1195.
Tribute concert fundraiser
A tribute to John Lennon and George Harrison concert will take place Saturday, Dec. 29, 6 to 9:30 p.m., at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport. The Beatles tribute band Octopus’s Garden will perform classic Beatles songs, and The Mockers will perform solo works by Lennon and Harrison. Tickets are $20. All proceeds benefit local cancer related charities.
The annual Columbus Day cross-Cape walk will meet on Oct. 8, at Seaview Street parking lot in Rockport at 9 a.m., or Babson Museum at 11 a.m. There wil be a lunch break at Whale’s Jaw, and the walk will wrap at Halibut Point State Park at about 3 p.m. No pets, please. For more information, call Ted Tarr at 978-546-2226.
Cape Ann Animal Aid will hold a fundraiser Dog Parade, Saturday, Oct. 13, at Rockport HarvestFest, registration 11 a.m. at the CAAA booth at Harvey Park (fee, $10) parade kicks off at noon, heads for Bearskin Neck and doubles back to Harvey Park. Proceeds benefit the CAAA. All participants get a ribbon and a doggy goodie bag! Plus four extra special “theme” winner categories, with more prizes.
‘A Night at the Cabaret’
Share the Music, a singing ensemble founded and directed by Wendy Betts, performs “A Night at the Cabaret” on Saturday, Oct. 20, 7 p.m., at Boy Scout Hall, 47 Mt. Pleasant St. Tickets are $15, and are available at Toad Hall Book Store. Seats are limited. No tickets sold at the door. Works by Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer, Gordon Myers, Stephen Sondheim and Polish pop culture pianist Wladislaw Szpilman. Proceeds support the purchase of music and set pieces used by the performers, who raise monies for worthy charity organizations on Cape Ann and the North Shore.
The Rockport Senior Center will host an Elder Planning & Reverse Mortgage Workshop on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 11 a.m. Workshop will focus on, among other things, the importance of Medicare/Medicaid planning, wills, trusts, accessing benefits and the pros & cons of Reverse Mortgage. Coffee & Donuts will be served. RSVP 978-546-2573.
Thacher Island Association will show “Devil’s Island,” a film shot largely on Thacher Island in the summer of 2010, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 7:30 p.m., at the Rockport Community House, 58 Broadway. Shaun Goulart, a history teacher at Gloucester High School, wrote the film, basing its plot on classic good-versus-evil movie thrillers like “Heat” and “Public Enemies.” Goulart also directed the film and plays one of its central roles. Cast includes: Nick Decoulos, Caralyne Fondulis, Rich Francis, Rick Doucette, and the late Mitch Cohen, with a cameo performance by Thacher Island lighthouse keeper John Fulton. A $5 suggested donation will be shared by Thacher Island Association and Gloucester High School’s film club. A trailer for the film is available by typing “Utube Shaun Goulart Devils Island” into a search engine.
Classic car show
BearskinNeck.net’s first Fall Classic Car Show and Cruise Day will take place Sunday, Oct. 7, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Blue Gate Lane. Staging and registration for show cars begins at 7 a.m. Awards and raffle prizes at 2 p.m., followed by a parade through downtown Rockport. Free registration and admission. Visit www.bearskinneck.net/listings-fallclassic.html.
‘After the Move’ workshop
“After the Move,” a class for new homeowners will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 23 and 24, 6 to 9 p.m., at the Gloucester Housing Authority, 259 Washington St., Gloucester. Local professionals discuss equity loans, refinancing, preventing foreclosure, maintenance, tax issues, home safety, and landlord/tenant issues. Class is HUD and MHP certified. Cost is $30 per household. Space is limited. Preregistration is required; visit www.ghama.com, stop by, or call Kathy Erkkila at 978-281-4770, ext. 110.
On Oct. 11, a traveling chef will visit the Rockport Senior Center at 11:30 a.m. to cook up a menu featuring Mongolian Grill, Beef, Snow peas, carrots, Broccoli, Celery, Lo Mein Noodles, French Bread and Brownies; all for $3. RSVP at 978-546-5027
The annual HarvestFest will take place Saturday, Oct. 13 in downtown Rockport. The celebration features live music, a Local Fare Fair, a scarecrow contest, pumpkin-painting, a costume parade “The Great Scarecrow Chase,” cooking demonstrations, the annual Scarecrow Stroll, and more. Several Rockport inns, shops, restaurants and galleries will offer HarvestFest specials and packages. Visit www.rockportartfestivals.com.
Pigeon Cove Circle will host its annual Halloween party, for pre-kindergarten children through grade three, on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2 to 4 p.m., at the Circle Center, 6 Breakwater Ave. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Recycle Day fundraiser
The Docksiders Jazz Band will hold an Electronics and Appliance Recycle Day fundraiser Saturday, Oct. 20, 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 — $10-25 each
Monitors — $10
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.
Toad Hall birthday
Toad Hall bookstore, a nonprofit bookstore that donates its profits to local environmental causes, will celebrate its 40th birthday Monday, Oct. 8, 11 a.m. to noon, at the Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main St. The family-friendly event will feature esteemed authors, local students and musicians. All are welcome. Price of admission is a used book for the store’s used book table. Cash donations also accepted. Call 978-546-7323.
Rockport Senior Center is offerings two art courses this fall. On Mondays, Drawing, Painting and Collage, from Oct. 15 to Dec. 1, Six classes/$30.00. And Water Colors Classes, starting Oct. 9, running through Nov. 13, from 1 to 3 p.m. Six weeks series of wet-in-wet watercolor and chalk pastel drawing exercises. Call 978-546-2573.
On Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 9 a.m., the Rockport Senior Center will be hosting a free continental breakfast; come jois us for some great fun and food! Please RSVP at 978-546-2573.
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.
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.
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 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.
Tai Ji class
A tai ji class is held every Wednesday, 9 to 10:30 a.m., at Rockport Senior Center, on the second floor of the Community House. Taught by Meredith Morgan, the class is appropriate for beginners as well as those who have done Tai Ji in the past. Tai Ji is a gentle movement class that benefits health and well-being.
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.
Every Wednesday, from 9:30 to 11 a.m., Rockport Baptist Church hosts a Bible study that is free and open 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or Elizabeth McLindon at 978-879-9159 or email@example.com.
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.
Every Friday, from 10:30 to 11:30 p.m., young children can explore nature at Halibut Point State Park, where ideas find concrete meaning, and are reinforced through specially-themed art projects. The free program, open to children ages 3 to 6, meets at the Visitors Center. Call Meg Tenczar at 978-546-2997.
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.
Rockport Recreation Department offers a fitness program for adults, combining strength training, cardio, Pilates and flexibility. Individual classes are $6, at the Community House. Call Caitlin at 978-546-1309.
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.
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.
The Rockport Art Association will hold its largest retrospective ever of over 100 works of Aldro T. Hibbard, the association’s founder, and one of Rockport’s most acclaimed plein air landscape painters. A pillar of “The Rockport School” of artists, Hibbard is considered a 20th century American master, and by many, America’s leading landscape artist. The show opens with a reception Friday, Oct. 5, from 6 to 8 p.m., and runs through Sunday, Nov. 11. The RAA has published an accompanying book on Hibbard, and scheduled lecture events and gallery walks throughout the show’s duration. Opening reception tickets are $30, contact the RAA for reservations(required), or online or by phone. Consult GDT’s calendar listings for complete schedule of events.
The Rockport Senior Center offers these day trips:
Oct. 9 — Trip to Foxwoods. Leaves Rockport at 7:30 a.m., and returns at approximately 7:30 p.m. $25 includes motorcoach and free buffet. For reservations, call 978-546-2573.
Dec. 6 — Travel to Newport, R.I., to visit the Marble House Mansion and have lunch at Lancetta’s; then visit LaSalette Shrine for Father Pat’s concert and Festival of Lights. Call 978-546-2573.
Old Sloop Coffeehouse headlines storyteller, multi-instrumentalist and Red House recording artist Drew Nelson on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 7:30 p.m., with Tom “Satch” Kerans opening. Tickets are available in advance for $10 at www.oldsloopcoffeehouse.org, or may be purchased at Gloucester Music, and at Toad Hall Bookstore in Rockport. Suggested door donations are $12 for adults; $7 for those 65 and older; $5 for those under 18; $24 per family. Coffeehouse located at First Congregational Church, 12 School St.
The Friends of the Rockport Library is collecting books for its October book sale. Donations of hard-cover and paperback books, children’s books, books on tape, CDs and DVD’s in good condition may be dropped at the library Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 1 to 8 p.m.; Tuesday and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.; or Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The library is closed on Fridays. Proceeds benefit supplements programs including the children’s programs, Speakers Series, and museum passes.
The Rockport Cultural Council has set an Oct. 15, 2012, postmark deadline for proposals for community-oriented arts, humanities, and science programs for organizations, schools and individuals to apply for grants that support cultural activities in the community. These grants can support a variety of artistic projects and activities including exhibits, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residencies or performances in schools, workshops and lectures. This year, the council will distribute approximately $3,870 in grants. Information and application forms are available at www.mass-culture.org/lcc_public.asp, or at the Rockport Town Library and Town Hall Clerk’s Office.
Photographer and Rockport Council on Aging board member, Gil McCarthy will host a computerized movie on Friday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Rockport Senior Center, 58 Broadway. The movie, a photographic history of Pigeon Cove, is titled “Pigeon Cove Then and Now,” with computer images of photos of people from the past, buildings, homes, schools, Pigeon Cove Harbor, historic homes in Andrews Point and other neighborhoods, famous inns and hotels, the Tool Company and its proud efforts during World War II. There’ll be lots of time to share memories, too. The event is free and refreshments will be served. Pre-register with Diane Bertolino at 978-546-2573.
The Rockport Harbor Department will move and take out the floats in Rockport, Granite Pier and Pigeon cove harbors over the October 6th weekend. The skiff floats for commercial fishermen will be left in the water, any other skiffs should be removed. Rockport Harbormasters 978-546-9589
Health Needs forum
Northeast Health System will host a presentation and discussion on Thursday, Oct. 11, 5:30 p.m., at the Community House, 58 Broadway. The forum will present of key findings of the Community Health Needs Assessment mandated by the state Attorney General, with public health research and consulting firm John Snow Inc., and is a great opportunity to discuss the data and key findings of the needs assessment process, designed to facilitate community responses around the needs assessment and to lay the foundation for ongoing Northeast Health System activities and community initiatives.