Events listed here are open to the public and sponsored by nonprofit groups unless otherwise noted. Press releases may be sent to Goings on, Gloucester Daily Times, 36 Whittemore St., Gloucester, MA 01930, sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or faxed to 978-282-4397. Please include a contact person’s name and telephone number and send at least two weeks prior to the event. The Times will do its best to run the announcement at least once prior to the event. Due to the volume of goings on listings received by the paper, listings are alternated once they run and the same listings are not printed every day.
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 ro 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.
Free Throw Competition
The Gloucester Knights of Columbus will host its annual Free Throw Competition on Saturday, Jan. 26, 3 p.m., in the St. Ann school gym. All boys and girls ages 10-14 are welcome to participate. All participants will receive a certificate, and winners will have the chance to compete at the district, regional, state and national levels.
Temple Ahavat Achim’s Café Shalom presents the “Backwoods Ramblers” on Saturday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m. with Essex’s own Daisy Nell opening the show. Backwoods Ramblers’s multi-talented musicians feature lead and harmony vocals with Barry Michaud on guitar, Pat Conlon on mandolin and harmonica, and Jack Schwartz on bass and banjo — playing folk-rock, country, and bluegrass. Daisy Nell’s songs of the sea keep Cape Ann’s maritime history alive with her husband, Capt Stan” Collinson, and the Crabgrass Band. A donation of $10 is suggested. Cafe Shalom is located at Temple Ahavat Achim, 86 Middle St., Gloucester.