Gloucester Daily Times
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Rockport High School DECA will host a dinner fundraiser on Monday, Feb. 11, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Fish Shack, 21 Dock Square,Rockport. Tickets are $8 and the menu offers spaghetti, meatballs, desserts, soft drinks, and coffee. Proceeds will help support the upcoming Massachusetts DECA State Competition. RHS qualified 40 students to attend state competition in March in Boston. For more information, call 978-546-1234 or email: email@example.com.
Rockport Diamond Sports is hosting on-line registration for youth baseball and softball at our website: rdsi.org. The registration period ends Feb. 28. ASA Softball is for players grades 3-8. Little League and Babe Ruth Baseball is for players ages 7-16. The player’s age is based on their age as of April 30, 2013. The cost for ASA Softball & Little League Baseball is $95. The cost for Babe Ruth Baseball (ages 13-16) is $105. The cap per family is $190.
The Fishtown Players will hold auditions for its April production of Martin McDonagh’s “The Lonesome West” on Thursday, Jan. 24, 7 p.m., at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center, 6 Wonson St. Auditions will be based on readings from the script and are available online at www.fishtownplayers.com. You may also prepare a short (1-2 minute) monologue. The show will run for two weekends (April 4-14) at the Gloucester Stage Company. Call 978-515-7957.
The Rockport Middle School will perform the musical “Grease” on Saturday, Jan. 26, 7 p.m., and Sunday, 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.
Then & Now
Pigeon Cove “Then & Now,” a computerized photo presentation put to music by Gilbert McCarthy will be held at the Rockport Senior Center, Friday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. Please RSVP 978-546-2574.
The Rockport Senior Center offers a class for seniors exploring paragraphs, margins, formatting, header and footers, saving and organizing files, and inserting pictures and objects. Meets Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. to noon, starting Feb. 4. Cost is $60 for six classes.
Design and create a necklace or a bracelet on Monday, at the Rockport Senior Center’s jewelry making workshop, Feb. 4, 12 noon to 2 p.m., 58 Broadway. Supplies fee, $5. For more information, or to 978-546-2573.
Museum & Maggiano!
The Rockport Senior Center is offering a destination trip to Boston to tour John F. Kennedy Museum and lunch at Maggiano’s family style Italian food, on Feb. 27th. The $78 all inclusive fee covers your Roundtrip Motor Coach, museum, meal. Call 978-546-2573.
Visit the Boston Flower Show at the Seaport world Trade Center in Boston on March 13, with the Rockport Senior Center. The all inclusive $31 fee covers your roundtrip ticket by Motor Coach and your admission to the Flower Show. Call 978-546-2573
The Rockport Senior Center is offering free AARP tax aid, Tuesdays, Feb 5 through April 15, from 1 to 4 p.m. No appointment is necessary.
Join the ‘Traveling Chef Super Bowl Luncheon’ on Jan. 31, at 11:30 at the Rockport Senior Center. Enjoy Chili served in a Potato Cup topped with cheddar Cheese, BBQ Chicken Wings, Carrot Cake — all for $3. Call Freda for reservations at 978-546-5027.
Artist Elizabeth Harty’s ‘Portraits & Landscapes’ weekly art class will run on Mondays from 1 to 3 p.m., from Feb.25 through March 25. To RSVP, call the Rockport Senior Center at 978-546-2573
Stay on the go and keep in the action with the Rockport Senior Center’s (58 Broadway) action packed schedule of these weekly winter activities. For more information, call 978-546-5027.
Tai Ji: Wednesdays, 9 to 10 a.m., $4 a class
Strength Resistance Exercise Class: Mondays and Fridays, 9 to 10 a.m., $4 a class
Yoga: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9 to 10 a.m., $3 a class
Bingo; Mondays, 1 to 3:30 p.m.
Knitting & Handiwork Group: Thursdays, 1 to 3:30 p.m.
Scrabble: Wednesdays, 1 to 3 p.m.
The Rockport Senior Center is offering a class for seniors on the basics of taking photos and downloading them to the computer, editing photos and attaching them to email. Meets Mondays and Wednesdays, through Feb. 4. Cost is $60 for six classes.
Preschool story hours
The Rockport Public Library offers story times for children ages 3-5 on Tuesdays, 10 to 10:45 a.m., in the Brenner Friends Room, through 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.
Open burning season
Forest Fire Warden Mike Frontierro reminds residents that open burning season is currently running and will votinue to run through May 1. Only brush that originated on the property may be burned. Leaves, stumps and construction materials are prohibited. Permits cost $10, and may be obtained Sunday mornings, 8 to 10 a.m., or by calling 978-265-3339.
Rockport Community Schools will offer these programs:
Yoga with Janet Green Garrison — Meets Thursdays, through March 7, 5:15 to 6:30 p.m., Rockport High School library. $96 for eight weeks. All-levels and all ages welcome. Manage anxiety, arthritis, asthma, back pain, blood pressure, depression and stress.
Fitness with Marsha Whelan — Meets Mondays and Wednesdays, Jan. 2-Feb. 13, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Rockport Elementary School gym. Bring hand weights (3-8 pounds), mat for floor work, supportive footwear and comfortable clothing. $60 for six weeks; $48 for seniors 60 and over.
Drawing and Painting with Joe Dai Buell — Meets Tuesdays, Feb. 26-April 23, 7 to 9 p.m., Rockport High School art room. $180 for eight weeks. Multimedium drawing class uses pencils, graphite and color, charcoal, brush and acrylic paints.
Prepaid registration required for all classes. Forms available at Rockport Public Library and all school offices. Call Gini Nangle at 978-546-1204.
Artist Carla Mattioli is leading an art class using black and white conte crayon, charcoal, color pastels and watercolor paints to explore the world of shadows, light, darkness and color. Classes meet Tuesdays, 1 to 3 p.m., through Feb. 19, at the Rockport Senior Center. Cost is $30/six classes.
The Rockport Senior Center is looking for a volunteer to lead a walking group once or twice a week. If interested, call Paula or Diane at 978-546-2573.
Cape Ann Shakespeare Troupe (CAST) has two roles open for its production of “Julius Caesar:” Lucius (conflated with Strato) — male, late teens through 20s; and Titinius (also to play Caesar’s and Octavius’ servant) — male, 20s-40s. Rehearsals are weekday nights at the Rockport Teen Center, and performances are Feb. 27-March 3 at the Gloucester Stage Company. Auditions are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 6:30 to 7 p.m., at the Rockport Teen Center. For more information or to meet with director Joseph Stiliano, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit Facebook.
The Rockport Recreation Department’s Pilates/Yoga Class meets Tuesdays, 6 to 7 p.m., at the Rockport Community House, 58 Broadway. Cost is $60/12 classes, or $8/drop-in fee. Call Caitlin Chandler at 978-546-1309.
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 email@example.com 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.
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.
Spiran Lodge 98 will hold a potluck supper and meeting Friday, Feb. 1, 6:30 p.m., in the hall. There may be a guest speaker if it can be arranged. Call 978-546-3223.
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. The Council on Aging also has computers and shredders available for use, and regular fitness and exercise classes. Call 978-546-2573.
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.
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 on Stone Barn Lane:
Oil Painting For All Levels with Ron Straka, Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Winter Session II — Feb. 12-March 12
Spring Session I — March 19-April 16
Spring Session II — April 23-May 21
Watercolor For All Levels with Caleb Stone, Wednesdays, 1 to 4 p.m. $75 for a five-week session.
Winter Session II — Feb. 13-March 13
Spring Session I — March 20-April 17
Spring Session II — April 24-May 22
Cost is $75/five-week session, $20 per class. Space is limited. Preregistration is strongly recommended. To register, visit www.rockportartassn.org or call 978-546-6604.
The Rockport Senior Center will hold a jewelry making workshop 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.
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.
Pigeon Cove Circle will host its Winter Rent-a-table Rummage Sale and Coffee Break on Saturday, March 9, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Cove Circle Center, Breakwater Avenue. Table rentals are $25; call Michele at 978-546-1195. Space is limited.
“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 Italian food at Maggiano’s. Cost is $78 per person. Sign up early; call Diane or Paula at 978-546-2573.
The Rockport Recreation Department’s Pilates Yoga strength training class meets Mondays, 6:30 to 7:15 p.m., at the Rockport Community House, 58 Broadway. Cost is $30 for six weeks. Call Caitlin Chandler at 978-546-1309.