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Gimme Mardi Gras
Grammy winner Charlie Neville joins Henri Smith and his 8 piece band for a Mardi Gras concert at the historic Larcom Theatre in Beverly on Friday, Feb. 8, at 7:30 p.m. Fifty percent of profits benefit the 4th annual Y Teens Rebuild New Orleans trip in April. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. VIP Packages are $95 in advance (premium reserved seating, meet & greet, exclusive pre-show party, Henry Smith/Charles Neville keepsake laminate & contemporary buffet). Tickets are also available online at: http://gimmelive.tv, or call 978-525-9003.
After 18 years of restoration, the schooner Adventure led the parade of Sails —by motor— at the 2012 Schooner. For 2013, plans are underway for the Adventure to lead by sail. But first it must pass certification from the Coast Guard, and that can’t happen without funding one final stage of restoration to meet the requirements, including a fully restored Captains Cabin, which will be named in honor of Gloucester’s beloved Joseph Garland, whose dream was to see this “Grand Old Lady” once again under sail. Please consider contributing to this final stage and help fulfill Joe’s dream: For more information, visit: www.schooner-adventure.org, call 978-281-8079, or email: email@example.com.
League of Women Voters
The League of Women of Cape Ann will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 10 a.m. at St. John’s Church, Middle Street. The league is a nonpartisan political organization of women and men that encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, especially at the grassroots level. Visit: www.lwcapeann.org. — or call Judith Bly at 978-546-2191.
Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce’s ‘Business After Hours’ networker is on for Tuesday, Feb. 12, at Pigeon Cove Circle, 6 Breakwater Ave., Rockport, 5 to 7 p.m. Mix ‘n mingle with fellow business owners at this fun networker, and get a courtesy raffle ticket on a great door prize. Vendors in attendance include Law Office of Meredith A. Fine, Esq., Laurene Wessel, BankGloucester,
Elder Service Plan of the North Shore, Inc., Oasis Rockport; sponsored by Michele Allison-Elwell Re/Max Advantage Real Estate. $15, members/advance; $20, members, same day, week of; $30, future members; Register with Tim Burton at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 978-283-1601.
Gloucester Public Schools will hold online Kindergarten registration for families with a child who is 5 years old on or before Aug. 31, 2013, at: www.gloucesterschools.org or by attending Central Registration on Wednesday, March 13, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Fuller school building. A birth certificate and proof of residency is required and all required vaccinations must be completed prior to entrance to school. For more information, call Ann-Marie Jordan at 978-281-9816.
The Annisquam Village Church 9th Annual Talent Show kicks off at 6 p.m. at the Annisquam Village Hall on Leonard Street on Saturday, Feb. 9, with a potluck supper at 6:30 p.m., followed by performances at 7:45 p.m. Proceeds benefit Family Promise North Shore to help homeless and low-income families achieve sustainable independence. Admission is: $10, adults; $5, children under 16; $30 family maximum. For more information, call 978-281-0376
St. John’s Episcopal Church, 48 Middle Street will host an “Emergent Vespers” on Sunday, Feb. 17, at 4 p.m., featuring singing, songwriter Ana Hernandez combining chant, and ‘silent singing.’ Hernanez is a champion of “paperless music” — a new tradition she’s been leading in workshops throughout North America. This performance, “Music Makes a Community” promises to be a singular experience for all attendees. All are welcome; a ‘free will’ offering will be gratefully received. For more information, visit: stjohnsgloucester.org, or call 978-283-1708, ext 2, or email Mark Nelson at: email@example.com
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 to 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.
Temple Ahavat Achim’s Café Shalom will present the Backwoods Ramblers on Saturday, Feb. 9, 7 p.m., at 86 Middle St. Daisy Nell of Essex opens the show. A $10 donation is suggested.
Legion Valentine’s Day party
The Capt. Lester S. Wass American Legion, Post 3, will host a Valentine’s Day party Saturday, Feb. 9, 7:30 p.m., in the lounge. Members and guests are invited. Features food, entertainment, raffles and door prizes, including small stuffed animals and a two-night stay in a Whirlpool suite in Ogunquit, Maine. Must be present to win the door prizes.
‘The Writer’s Block’
The next episode of “The Writer’s Block with John Ronan” will be broadcast Thursday, Feb. 7, 8 p.m., on Cape Ann TV’s Channel 12, and will be repeated one week later. The episode features Theresia Millasovich. Theresia, who has a diverse background in everything from managing a dentist’s office to bartending, recently decided she wanted to publish a book. The product, “A Simple Truth,” by Luis Cedillo and Charles Hagen, is a guide to meditation. During the creation process, Theresia taught herself Website layout, proofreading, sales planning and other skills. She shares her experience and includes practical tips on how to get started on your own publication. Ronan, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellow and former Gloucester Poet Laureate, interviews poets and writers during the half-hour program.
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.
The Gloucester Stroke Club will meet Thursday, Feb. 7, 7 p.m., in the Longan Room, Addison Gilbert Hospital, 298 Washington St. The guest speaker will be Joe Gross. New members, caretakers, family and friends are welcome. No preregistration is necessary. Refreshments will be served. Call Cynthia at 978-283-2633 or Virginia at 978-283-3968.
Murray love story
Salem author Bonnie Hurd Smith will present “Judith Sargent and John Murray: An 18th Century Love Story” on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 7 p.m., at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center, 6 Wonson St. Admission is free. Books for sale. Call 978-578-9307.
Carolyn Kirk’s I Love Gloucester Breakfast fundraiser will take place Saturday, Feb. 16, 8:30 a.m., at the Gloucester House restaurant, 63 Rogers St. The breakfast buffet will be followed by remarks and a Q&A with Carolyn Kirk. Support the Campaign to Re-Elect Kirk for Mayor. Cost is $25 for adults, $10 for children. For tickets, visit www.kirkformayor.com or call 978-281-5475.
The Madonna del Rosario Society will hold its annual Valentine Day Party on Saturday, Feb. 9, at 1 p.m., in Monsignor Sullivan Hall, St. Ann’s Church, Holy Family Parish. Refreshments and Bingo will follow a short business meeting. All members are reminded that annual dues are payable at this time.
Author book reading
Sicilian American writer and educator Olivia Kate Cerrone will read from her unfinished book, “The Hunger Saint,” a novel set in contemporary Sicily which involves the plight of the carusi, the child-aged sulfur miners of Sicily, and the brutal mistreatment they faced as laborers, on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 7:30 p.m., at the Gloucester Writers Center, 126 East Main St. Visit www.gloucesterwriters.org.
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.
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.
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 Saturday from 9 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.
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.
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.