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The Lanesville Community Center will hold its first Senior Social at the Lanesville Community Center, 8 Vulcan St., Gloucester,on Friday, Feb. 1, from 1 to 3 p.m. Coffee and nisu will be served. Come and play board games, do jigsaw puzzles, play cards, bring your knitting, or just visit with friends. Door prizes will be awarded! RSVP by Jan. 28 to Jean Jacobson at 978-290-8168.
Symphony’s February Frolic
The Soft Touch Dance Band will lead the February Frolic Dance and Auction to benefit Cape Ann Symphony on Friday, Feb. 1, at Cruiseport. State Sen. Bruce Tarr will lead a live auction, which features a 10-day trip to Europe, New England Patriots tickets, a chef’s dinner and wine for 12, and more. For reservations, visit www.capeannsymphony.org or call 978-283-6750. Email CASCelebrations@yahoo.com.
Cape Ann Forum
The next Cape Ann Forum will take place Sunday, Feb. 10, 7 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Church, corner of Church and Middle streets. Internationally-known researcher and author Timothy A. Wise will discuss “What’s needed to resolve the looming global food price crisis.” The event is free and open to the public. Visit www.capeannforum.org.
In honor of Vincent Ferrini’s 100th anniversary, in June 2013, the Gloucester Writers Center is planning on publishing a collection of his poems. Throughout his life, the city’s former poet laureate sent many poems to local friends and colleagues. Inspired by events of the moment, they came from his heart, and “off the top of his head.” If you have a poem that Vincent Ferrini sent you, send a copy to the Gloucester Writers Center, 126 East Main St., Gloucester, MA 01930, with a note about yourself and the occasion of the poem.