, Gloucester, MA

November 22, 2012

Rockport Goings On

Gloucester Daily Times

---- — Day camp

The Rockport Recreation Department offers an interactive day camp for children in grades one through five, at 9 a.m., at Rockport Elementary School. Activities include sports, games, arts and crafts. Admission is $135 for five weeks. Call Olivia at 978-546-1309.

Arts scholarship

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 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.

RAA classes

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.

History museum

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.

Scholarship fund

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.

Pathways volunteers

Pathways’ Cape Ann Families seeks men and women to volunteer as parent mentors. The program has been running for 20 years, serving parents of the Cape Ann community who are experiencing stress or isolation. Volunteers are matched with parents, beginning year-long mentorships/friendships. Contact Hailey Granger at 978-281-2400, ext. 110, or

Musicians sought

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 or call 978-546-6199. The band rehearses Thursdays, 7:30 p.m., at the American Legion Hall on Beach Street, Rockport. Visit

Senior trips

The Rockport Senior Center will travel to Newport, R.I., on Dec. 6, to visit the Marble House Mansion and have lunch at Lancetta’s; then visit LaSalette Shrine for Father Pat’s concert and Festival of Lights. Call 978-546-2573.

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.

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.

Recovery programs

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.

Toy drive

Oasis Rockport will hold the first Toys For Tots Photos with Santa Toy Drive on Sunday, Dec. 2, noon to 5 p.m., at the Rockport Community House, 58 Broadway. Photos with Santa Claus when you bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to Toys For Tots. Call 978-290-3184, email or visit

Marble House mansion

The Rockport Council on Aging will travel to the Marble House Mansion in Newport, R.I., on Thursday, Dec. 6. Stop for lunch at Lancellotta’s, followed by a 3 p.m. Christmas concert at LaSalette Shrine at 5 p.m. Van departs from Rockport Depot at 7:30 a.m. and returns at 8 p.m. All inclusive cost is $67 per person. Prepaid registration due no later than Nov. 5; call 978-546-2573.

Birthday party

The November monthly birthday party at the Rockport Senior Center will take place Wednesday, Nov. 28. Those with a November birthday should call Diane at 978-546-2573 to RSVP.

Wreath-making workshop

The Rockport Council on Aging will host a wreath-making workshop Wednesday, Dec. 5, 1 p.m., at the Rockport Senior Center. Cost is $15. Call 978-546-5027.

Tornado Terry

Tornado Terry & the Twisters, a Boston based dance group will perform free choreographed dance routines to Big Band ‘40s music and ‘50s Rock n’ Roll at the Rockport Senior Center on Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m. Seating is limited. To register, call 978-546-2573.

Laughing Yoga

The Rockport Senior Center, 58 Broadway, will host a Laughing Yoga class Monday, Dec. 3, at 10:30 a.m. No mats (or getting down on the floor) are necessary.

Quilting group

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.

COA games

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. COA also has computers and shredders available for your use, and regular fitness and exercise classes. Call 978-546-2573.

Holiday crafts

Pigeon Cove Circle will host a holiday crafts plus specialty gifts fair on Saturday, Nov. 24. “Christmas in the Cove” runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cove Circle Center, Breakwater Ave., with refreshments and baked goods, a special visit from Santa, with lots of merry making. Please note: we are also accepting donations of unwrapped, unopened Toys for Tots.

Christmas fair

The First Congregational Church, 12 School St., will hold its Christmas fair Saturday, Dec. 1, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Features handmade wreaths, a bake table, Christmas past, a boutique table, handknit and handcrafted items, new gifts, a children’s table, jewelry and lunch. Call Michelle at 978-656-3157.

Holiday baskets

The Open Door Food Pantry needs help to provide holiday meal baskets to local families. A donation of $25 provides a turkey, potatoes, butternut squash, apples, stuffing, cranberry and more. Make checks payable to: The Open Door, with “turkey” on the memo line, 28 Emerson Ave., Gloucester, MA 01930. The Open Door serves residents of Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester, Essex and Ipswich. To donate online, visit

Skating lessons

Beginner and advanced skating skills group and private lessons are available for boys and girls ages 5-12, tots ages 2 1/2 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 or call 978-546-2290.

Buddhism program

Those interested in learning what a Buddhist practice is or how others maintain a daily practice are invited to share their thoughts and questions with teacher Mary Kay Dyer, of Rockport’s Asian Classics Institute, and senior student and practitioner Elizabeth McLindon, on the fourth Sunday of the month, 7 to 8:30 p.m., at the 222 Wellness Center, 222 Eastern Ave. Contact Mary Kay Dyer at 978-283-8857 or, or Elizabeth McLindon at 978-879-9159 or

Bible study

Every Wednesday, from 9:30 to 11 a.m., Rockport Baptist Church hosts a Bible study that is free and open to the public. The group studies various portions of scripture and seeks to make contemporary application. Visit or call 978-546-6121.

RAA ornament sale

Rockport Art Association’s 18th annual holiday ornament fundraising sale starts Friday, Nov. 23, at 10 a.m. featuring a large selection of one of a kind ornaments, hand painted by RAA Artist Members. The RAA is located at 12 Main Street, Rockport. For more inforamiton, visit:, or call 978-546-6604

Reiki evening

Pigeon Cove Circle’s Nov. 29, 6 p.m. meeting features a free cover-dish supper, and a special program by guest speaker Karen Pischke BSN, RN, CCRN Alumnus, Certified Hypnotherapist, Reiki Master Teacher, Tobacco Treatment Specialist” “Dreamtime Wellness: Promoting Optimal Wellness for Body, Mind & Spirit.” Currently researching Reiki Research at the North Shore Medical Center and coordinating a Reiki Pilot at Essex Park Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Beverly, Karen will deomstrate how Reiki can reduce stress, pain, and promote a more positive, healthy, happy lifestyle. Those attending are welcome to bring an item for the buffet dinner.

Fireworks meeting

On Wednesday, Nov. 28, there will be a meeting from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Rockport Police Department to discuss plans for a fireworks display off Granite Pier next August 2013. Please join us to brainstorm ideas for our fundraising. For more information, call Tim & Susan Collins 546-9566

Sunset Pilates

Rockport Recreation’s Pilates/Yoga Class will be held on Thursday, Nov.29, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Rockport Community House, 58 Broadway. Drop-in admission fee is $6; for more information, call Caitlin Chandler at 978-546-1309


Rockport Recreation is offering Hip Hop Hula Hoops for kids Grades K-8 on Thursday, Nov. 29, from 6 to 8 p.m., in the Rockport Elementary School Cafeteria. Admission is $30 for 6 week; for more information, call Caitlin Chandler at 978-546-1309