Wednesday, Jan. 30
Poetry reading, 7:30 p.m., Gloucester Writers Center, 126 East Main St. Erica Funkhouser reads poems she is writing in response to “The Dream Songs” by John Berryman. Funkhouser teaches the advanced poetry writing workshop at MIT and lives in Essex.
Friday, Feb. 1
February Frolic Dance and Auction to benefit Cape Ann Symphony, Cruiseport. Music by The Soft Touch Dance Band. Live auction with state Sen. Bruce Tarr. Auction items: 10-day trip to Europe, New England Patriots tickets, chef’s dinner and wine for 12, and more. For reservations, visit www.capeannsymphony.org or call 978-283-6750. Email CASCelebrations@yahoo.com.
Lanesville Community Center’s first Senior Social, 1 to 3 p.m. Coffee and nisu served. Board games, jigsaw puzzles, cards, door rprizes. bring your knitting, or just enjoy! Lanesville Community Center, 8 Vulcan St., Gloucester RSVP. Jean Jacobson at 978-290-8168.
Saturday, Feb. 2
Blood drive, hosted by American Red Cross and Gloucester Knights of Columbus, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., St. Ann Church. For an appointment, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit www.redcrossblood.org. Walk-ins welcome.
Wednesday, Feb. 6
Gloucester High School CoEd Track team fundraiser, 4:30 to 9 p.m., Jalapeno’s restaurant, 86 Main St. 50/50 raffle.
Thursday, Feb. 7
Gun control talk, 7 to 9 p.m., Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson St. John E. Rosenthal discusses gun control and recent handgun violence incidents.
Friday, Feb. 8
Saturday, Feb. 9
Madonna del Rosario Society Valentine’s Day party, 1 p.m., Msgr. Sullivan Hall, St. Ann Church. Refreshments and Bingo follow short business meeting. Annual dues payable.
Valentine’s Day party, hosted by Capt. Lester S. Wass American Legion, 7:30 p.m., Post 3 lounge. Members and guests invited. Food, entertainment, raffles and door prizes. Must be present to win door prizes.
Cape Ann Animal Aid’s 10th annual Winter Ball, 7 to 11 p.m., Cruiseport Gloucester. Event raises funds for the medical care of homeless cats and dogs at the CAAA’s Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter. Silent and live auctions, raffles, music, dinner and cash bar. For tickets, call 978-283-6055, ext. 23, or visit www.CapeAnnAnimalAid.com.
Cafe Shalom, 7 p.m., Temple Ahavat Achim, 86 Middle St. Performance by Backwoods Ramblers. Daisy Nell of Essex opens the show. $10 donation suggested.
Sunday, Feb. 10
Cape Ann Forum, 7 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, corner of Church and Middle streets. Internationally-known researcher and author Timothy A. Wise discusses “What’s needed to resolve the looming global food price crisis.” Free and open to the public. www.capeannforum.org.
Thursday, Feb. 14
SeniorCare’s 39th Meals on Wheels Valentine breakfast fundraiser, 7 to 9:30 a.m., Gloucester House restaurant. $10, $8 for seniors. Tickets at door or call 978-281-1750.
Friday, Feb. 15
Friday, Feb. 22
Saturday, Feb. 23
Northeast Seafood Coalition’s Big Money Raffle, 6 to 11 p.m., Gloucester House restaurant, 63 Rogers St. Music by DJ Scottie Mac, live auction and buffet table. $100 per ticket; call 978-283-9992 or 978-269-4555.
Friday, March 1
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