GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

October 13, 2012

Gloucester Goings On


Gloucester Daily Times

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Crafters sought

Crafters are sought for the annual Rockport PTO holiday fair on Saturday, Nov. 17. Space fills up quickly and is limited so reserve your eight-foot table now. To sign up, contact Amy Kamm at 978-546-5138 or ajkamm93@gmail.com.

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.

Memorial scholarship fundraiser

A fundraiser to benefit the Sandra “Sandy” Orlando Memorial Scholarship Fund will take place Wednesday, Nov. 7, from 5 p.m. until closing, at Giuseppe’s Ristorante & Piano Bar, 2 Main St. A percentage of the night’s proceeds will benefit the scholarship fund. A 50/50 raffle will take place; tickets are $20 each. For tickets, email sjomemorialscholarship@gmail.com. Donations may be sent to: Sandra “Sandy” Orlando Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Cape Ann Savings Bank, P.O. Box 330, Gloucester, MA 01930.

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.

Halloween party

The Gloucester Downtown Association will sponsor its second annual Halloween party, for children ages 1-8, on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2 to 5 p.m., at the Rose Baker Senior Center. Admission is free for all Gloucester children. Features games, crafts, tattoos, face-painting, freeze frame dancing, goodie bags, popcorn and more. Prizes will be awarded for Best Costume, ages 1-3, 4-5, and 6-8. To volunteer, call Chris at 978-281-4350.

Little League meeting

Gloucester Little League will hold its annual meeting Tuesday, Oct. 16, 7 p.m., at Boudreau Field. The public is welcome. Call Bill Melvin at 978-290-1607.

Docksiders coffee house

The Docksiders will hold a coffee house Friday, Oct. 26, 7 p.m., in the Gloucester High School cafeteria. Baked goods and a 50/50 raffle will be available. Bring used ink jet cartridges to be recycled. Tickets are $5, free for students.

Dinner and concert

The United Methodist Women of the Gloucester United Methodist Church, 436 Washington St., will sponsor a baked fish dinner and concert Saturday, Oct. 27. There will be two dinner seatings (4:30 and 7 p.m.) with one concert at 5:45 p.m. Menu includes baked fish, potato, vegetable, salad and a variety of sliced cakes for dessert. Tickets are $10, $5 for children under 12. Reservations are requested; call 978-281-1040 or email gloumc@verizon.net. A free will offering will be taken for the concert. All proceeds will be used to further the mission efforts of the UMW.

Tolkien literary walk

The Trustees of Reservations will offer a “Tolkien Literary Walk in the Woods” at Ravenswood Park on Sunday, Oct. 21, from 1 to 3 p.m. Guide reads aloud from Tolkien’s trilogy using the roads and unique settings of Ravenswood as background. Cost is $5 for nonmembers, free for members. Preregistration is required; call 978-281-8400 or email capeann@ttor.org.

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.

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.

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.

Sunday meditation

Explore the energy of group sitting, or boost your meditation practice to start the week off in balance, every Sunday morning at 222 Arts & Wellness Center, 222 Eastern Ave., Gloucester. Join teachers from the ACI-Buddhist Center. Arrive early to help set up; chairs and cushions provided, yoga equipment available; 9 to 9:30 a.m., silent meditation session one; 9:30 to 1 to 10 a.m., choice of tea break, discussion, or walk in woods; 10 to 10:30 a.m., silent meditation session two. By donation. E-mail mkdyer@juno.com.

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 Wednesday from 6 to 8 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.

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.

CAST casting

Cape Ann Shakespeare Troupe is seeking actors, technicians, stage and front of house help for its first production of the 2012-13 season. Performances take place the first two weekends of November at the Gloucester Stage Company. “Visiting Lear,” an adaptation of “The Tragedy of King Lear,” requires three actors to play multiple roles. One-act play runs 55 minutes. Email cast2008@prodigy.net with a cc to Ray Jenness at kjenness045@netzero.com. “Love on a Midsummer Night,” scenes from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” requires a cast of five, with four playing two parts each, and a narrator. One-act play runs 40 minutes. Email cast2008@prodigy.net with a cc to Nick Neyeloff at its.i.forget@gmail.com. Prompt replies encouraged.

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.

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.

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 of Addison Gilbert Hospital, (Washington Street entrance). There is no fee; please pre-register with Judi Dagle-Ernest at 978-879-9718.

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.

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.

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.

Help our 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.

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.

Learn to Cope

Learn to Cope, a confidential support group for parents and caregivers struggling with a member of the family who is addicted to opiates or other drugs (opiates include heroin, Oxycontin, Vicodin, Percocet, etc.) meets every Tuesday, 7 to 9 p.m., at Gloucester Family Health Center, 302 Washington St., lower level. Call 508-801-3247 or visit www.learn2cope.org. Sponsored by the Healthy Gloucester Collaborative.

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. Upcoming meetings: Oct. 23 and Nov. 27. Executive Board meets the second Monday of the month at 7 p.m. Any member may attend the Executive Board meetings: Nov. 12.

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.

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.

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.

Class of ‘02 reunion

Gloucester High School Class of 2002 will hold its 10th Year Reunion on Friday, Nov. 23, from 7 to 10 p.m. at Cruiseport Gloucester, 6 Rowe Square. Tickets are $40 pp, if purchased before Oct. 15th. Tickets purchased after that date are $50 pp. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, DJ, dancing and more! Visit: ghs2002reunion.ticketbud.com. Or email: ghs2002reunion@yahoo.com.

AGH reunion

Addison Gilbert Hospital will hold a reunion for current, former and retired employees, medical staff members and volunteers on

Saturday, Nov. 10 at The Gloucester House Restaurant, 63 Rogers Street, from 4 to 9 p.m. The there will be a ash bar and buffet dinner for $25 pp. Please RSVP by Nov. 1. Make checks payable to: AGH Reunion Committee and mail to: AGH Reunion Committee, Cape Ann Savings Bank, 109 Main Street, Gloucester, MA 01930.

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.

Adventure report

On Oct. 19, at 6 p.m. the Schooner Adventure will hold its annual meeting, dinner, annual report and awards at the Annisquam Village Hall. Admission is $15. For more information, call 978-281-8079, email: info@schooner-adventure.org, or visit: www.schooner-adventure.org

Gala Auction

On Nov. 8, at 6:30 p.m. the Schooner Adventure will hold the “ Sail Adventure Forever Gala Auction Auction, light fare, cash bar and bidding fun at the Elks. Admission is $25 at the door. For more information, call 978-281-8079, email: info@schooner-adventure.org, or visit: www.schooner-adventure.org

Birding lecture

The Schooner Adventure Lecture Series presents ““Birding with History on Cape Ann,” with John Nelson, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, North Shore Community College, Natural History Writer and Birder, on Nov. 15 at 7 p.m., the Rocky Neck Cultural Center on Wonson St. Admission is free, sponsored by the Gloucester Adventure. For more information, call 978-281-8079, email: info@schooner-adventure.org, or visit: www.schooner-adventure.org

Holiday Tea

The Schooner Adventure will host a holiday tea on Dec. 2, at 1:30 p.m. at the Inn Magnolia, with a special tea tasting, holiday food, live music, a mini fair, and an auction. Admission is $10. For more information, call 978-281-8079, email: info@schooner-adventure.org, or visit: www.schooner-adventure.org

Cancer clinic

A free skin cancer clinic will be held Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2 to 3:30 p.m., at Addison Gilbert Hospital, 298 Washington St., fourth-floor, Gorton’s Specialty and Cancer Care Center. To schedule an appointment, call 1-888-253-0800. The clinic’s purpose is to determine whether any treatment is necessary, and is not in place of your yearly physical or appointment with your dermatologist.

Lookin’ good!

The American Cancer Society’s free “Look Good, Feel Better” program will be held Wednesday, Oct. 17, 10 a.m. to noon, at Addison Gilbert Hospital, 298 Washington St. A volunteer cosmetologist teaches female cancer patients how to use make-up, skin care, wigs, scarves and other accessories to overcome appearance-related effects of chemo. Participants will also receive a free make-up kit valued at more than $200. To register, call 9789-236-1650.

PSAT testing

On Wednesday, Oct. 17, Gloucester High School will administer the PSAT/NMSQT test during the school day for all interested sophomores and juniors. Participants must register at the Guidance Office with Jean Mondello, from Oct. 1-12. Registration fee is $22, cash only. The PSAT assists in the preparation for the SAT, allowing students to access personalized college and career planning resources, assessing student’s critical reading, mathematical reasoning and writing skills, and allows students to get specific suggestions on how to improve their academic performance, and to request information from colleges and universities. The PSAT is also the qualifying test for juniors to be recognized for the National Merit Scholarship Competition.

GHS college planning

A senior college planning night for Gloucester High School seniors and their parents/guardians will take place Wednesday, Oct. 17, 7 p.m., in the second floor lecture hall. The guidance staff will present valuable information on the college selection and admission process. All seniors and their parents are requested to attend.

Women’s Fund luncheon

The Women’s Fund of Essex County will host its 10th annual grant awards luncheon Thursday, Oct. 18, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Peabody Marriott Hotel, 8 Centennial Drive, Peabody. Luncheon recognizes recipients of the fund’s 2012 grants awarded to Essex County agencies that fund programs supporting women and girls in need. Entertainment provided by singer Miranda Russell. Tickets are $125. To purchase tickets, visit www.thewomensfundec.org.

Learn to Cope

Learn to Cope, a confidential support group for parents and caregivers struggling with a member of the family who is addicted to opiates or other drugs (opiates include heroin, Oxycontin, Vicodin, Percocet, etc.) meets every Tuesday, 7 to 9 p.m., at Gloucester Family Health Center, 302 Washington St., lower level. Call 508-801-3247 or visit www.learn2cope.org. Sponsored by the Healthy Gloucester Collaborative.

Help our 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.

Berklee in Gloucester

Help send talented Gloucester music students to Boston’s Berklee College of Music, Thursday night, Oct. 25, at the Gloucester House, when GimmeLIVE kicks-off its Gloucester2Berklee Scholarship Fund with the first of a series of live music benefits. The Jim Odgren Quintet jamms jazz and standards of 50’s and 60’s Blue Note. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with a special dinner menu, so dine first, then stay for the show. Tickets are $10 advance, $15 at the door (cash only). Call 978-525-9093 or visit www.gimmesound.com.

‘Through the Centuries’ walk

The Trustees of Reservations will offer a “Wilderness to Special Place Walk: Ravenswood Through the Centuries” at Ravenswood Park on Sunday, Oct. 14, from 1 to 3 p.m. View the cultural evidence of cellar holes, stone walls and carriage paths. Learn about the colorful cast of characters who transformed it and find out how you can help keep Ravenswood as a community treasure. Cost is $5 for nonmembers, free for members. To preregister, call 978-281-8400 or capeann@ttor.org.

Annual Olson lecture

Poet Anne Waldman will give the third annual Charles Olson lecture, a collaboration between the Cape Ann Museum, the Gloucester Writers Center, and the Charles Olson Society, on Saturday, Oct. 13, 3 p.m., at the Cape Ann Museum. The talk draws on a seminal dream from Robert Duncan’s “The H.D. Book,” and the notion of the poet’s job as “looking into the darkness of one’s time.” The presentation also references the Arab Spring, Occupy Movement, cultural activism, and Waldman’s own investigations into symbiosis, cellular memory and drone technology.

Dog parade

Cape Ann Animal Aid will host the Rockport Dog Parade as part of the Rockport Harvest Fest on Saturday, Oct. 13. Registration starts at 11 a.m. at the Cape Ann Animal Aid booth at Harvey Park. Fee is $10. Kicks off at noon, heads for Bearskin Neck and doubles back to Harvey Park. Proceeds benefit CAAA. All participants receive a ribbon and a doggy goodie bag. There will be four extra prize winners in these categories: Darned Cutest, Most Creative, Ova the Bridge (most represents Cape Ann), and Harvest Fest Pooch (most represents the autumn season). Winners announced immediately after parade. Call 978-283-6055, ext. 13, email info@capeannanimalaid.com or visit www.CapeAnnAnimalAid.com.

Bean supper

The Guild of Our Lady of Good Voyage Church will sponsor a bean supper Saturday, Oct. 13, 4:45 to 7 p.m., in the parish hall. Menu includes baked beans, linguica, hot dogs, rolls, cole slaw, homemade pies and beverages. Entertainment provided by The Honky Tonk Women of Gloucester. Cost is $8 for adults, $5 for children under 10. All are welcome.

seArts fundraiser

On Saturday, Oct. 27, from 6 to 9 p.m., seArts will host a magical fundraising evening of music and art featuring emerging artists at Bass Rocks Golf Club. The $85 ticket includes all food and entertainment. Call Jo-Anne Crawford at 978-281-1222.

Madonna del Rosario

Madonna del Rosario members will meet Saturday, Oct. 13, 1 p.m., in Msgr. Sullivan Hall, Holy Family Parish. Bingo will follow the meeting.

SkeptiCamp

Cape Ann Skeptics will be taking its show on the road to New Hampshire to pitch an autumn SkeptiCamp on Oct. 27, from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. We have speaker spaces open for anyone interested in giving a talk. Visit skepticamp.org/wiki/SkeptiCamp_New_Hampshire_2012.

Teen mentor training

Pathways for Children’s Cape Ann Families program is looking for high school students, ages 16 and older, to be teen mentors. Volunteer mentors are matched with children from the Cape Ann, ages 5-12, who could benefit from a positive role model. Interested teens may either participate in a 12-week training in the fall or an intensive four-week summer training. Next training is scheduled for Thursdays, 3:30 to 5 p.m., Oct. 25-Jan. 24, at 28 Emerson Ave. To sign up, contact Hailey Granger at 978-281-2400, ext. 110, or hgranger@pw4c.org.

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.

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.

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.

Legion Post open

The Capt. Lester S. Wass American Legion Post 3 opens its lounge for members and guests, Monday through Friday, noon to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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.