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November 29, 2012

Gloucester Goings On


Gloucester Daily Times

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Christmas bazaar

Our Lady of Good Voyage Church,, 142 Prospect St., will hold its Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 1, in the parish hall, starting at 9 a.m. with a fried-dough breakfast. Santa arrives at 10:30 a.m., followed by lunch at 11:30 p.m. Features Portuguese sweet bread, baked goods, a general store and more. Fair runs until 1 p.m. Hall is wheelchair-accessible.

Santa Paws fundraiser

Bring your dog to see Santa at the ninth annual Santa Paws fundraising event to benefit Cape Ann Animal Aid on Sunday, Dec. 2, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Smith’s Ace Hardware and Lumber in Rockport; and Saturday, Dec. 8, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Hometown Ace Hardware in Gloucester. For a $10 donation, take home a keepsake photo of your dog(s) with Santa and receive a digital version for e-mail purposes. Visit www.CapeAnnAnimalAid.com or call 978-283-6055.

Ladies Night

The 38th Annual Ladies Night is Dec. 6, with downtown stores open for festive late night shopping. With every item purchased get a free entry to the $1,500 Super Shopping Spree. Enjoy free refreshments and special offers.

Family Night

The first Family and Friends Night is Dec. 20, with stores open late for late night holiday shopping. Santa will draw the winning ticket for the $1,500 Super Shopping Spree at 9 p.m. Restaurants will offer free dessert or appetizers. Carolers will stroll Main Street. A festive evening for friends and family.

Free Christmas meals

The Capt. Lester S. Wass American Legion, Post 3, will serve and deliver free Christmas meals on Christmas Day to the elderly and housebound. The hall will also be open from 10:30 a.m. to noon for anyone who would like a Christmas meal. To order a meal, call 978-283-9710 and leave your name, address, telephone number and number of meals. Early reservations recommended. Donations of turkeys, pies, other foods and monetary gifts are welcome. Other donations can be mailed to the legion: P.O. Box 122, Gloucester, MA 01931-0122. Volunteers also needed for cooking, serving and delivering meals; call 978-283-9710 and leave a message.

Middle Street Walk

The Middle Street Walk is Dec. 8. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with free concerts and special events at: Cape Ann Museum, Sawyer Free Library, Trinity Church, Universal Unitarian Church, Sargent House Museum, and more! The Annual lighting of the Lobster Trap Tree is at 4:45 p.m. A full list of free activities and programs is online on The Middle Street Walk’s Facebook page.

CATV Santa party

Cape Ann TV will host its annual Santa party Tuesday, Dec. 4, 3 to 7 p.m., at its studio, 38 Blackburn Center, Gloucester. Children are invited to the studio to meet Santa Claus. Meetings with Santa will be videotaped and shown on CATV’s Channel 12 on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The annual event is free and open to the public. CATV is a Project Uplift children’s toy and teen present collection site; new unwrapped toys or new clothes for a child, or gift cards for teens up to age 14 may be dropped off. Call 978-281-2443 or visit www.capeanntv.wordpress.com.

Shopping Spree!

Downtown Gloucester’s 3rd annual Shopping Spree is worth $1,500, up another $400 big bucks from last year!! Fifty four downtown merchants have joined this Super Shopping Spree. How does it work? Every time you make a purchase from any of the participating businesses, you’ll get a ‘Free Spree’ entry to win the $1,500! So look for posters in participating shops, an get shopping and watch your chances add up!

Giant penny sale

Mark your calendar for Dec. 1, and be there when the doors open at 5 p.m. at Msgr. Sullivan Church Hall, Pleasant Street, for a big, fun family night penny sale fundraiser hosted by St. Ann School. Get into the holiday spirit as you support your local school, with super prizes, certificates, toys, and merchandise donated by local businesses, including Cape Ann restaurants, many unique articles donated by parents and faculty added to the prize list, and games starting at 6 p.m., with several rounds of play to put the final touches on the night.

Solstice Stroll

The Trustees of Reservations invite you to join us for a candlelight Solstice Stroll in Ravenswood Park on Saturday, Dec. 15, from 4 to 6 p.m. Celebrate the solstice sky with your family in our favorite woodland park followed by a warm fire, S’mores, and hot chocolate. Please bring a non-perishable item for donation to the Cape Ann Open Door Food Pantry. Free to Trustees members; $5 to nonmembers. To preregister or for more information, visit www.thetrustees.org, email: capeann@ttor.org, or call 978.281.8400

Self publish!

On Saturday, Dec. 1, the Sawyer Free Library will host a panel discussion designed for authors interested in exploring this form of publishing. The panel, moderated by Susan Oleksiw, will consist of six writers who have built their writing careers by publishing their own books, who will discuss their work and offer very practical advice about how to get started. This event will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Friend Room.

Ask A Nurse

Starting Jan. 14, through May 6, graduate student at Salem State University working on a Practicum towards a Master’s Degree in Nursing will have office time at the Rose Baker Senior Center on Tuesdays, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Laura Gillette, RN, BSN, will be available for individual sessions to monitor blood pressure, medications, nutritional habits, and health issues. Laura will do home safety visits as well. Please stop by the reception area at the senior center for a visit with the Nurse.

Botanical art

The Rose Baker Senior Center wil be offering six weekly sessions in botanical ilustration led by Rosalind Loeb Wanke, a New York Botanical Gardens certified Botanical Illustrator, on Wednesdays, starting Jan. 16, and running through Feb. 20, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Please register in the Art Room by Monday, Jan. 9.

Singing Seniors

Seniors who love to sing will love this: A. Jorgeliina Zeoli (Jayzee) is offering music classes at the Rose Baker Senior Center on Thursday afternoons! Four weekly hour and a half sessions learning simple breathing and vocal exercises, to help expand vocal abilities, variety of styles, from standards to sacred. Call the COA at 978 281-9765.

Money Q&As

The COA is offering monthly sessions addressing senior financial concerns. Mr. Thomas E. Dexter, CFP, Financial Advisor from Wells Fargo Advisors Beverly office is available on Thursday morning, Dec. 6, for private and free financial consultations at the Rose Baker Senior Center. The 30 minute individual sessions are by appointment, on the first Thursday every month from 9 to 11 a.m. Sessions are strictly educational, no company specific products will be discussed. Call the Rose Baker Senior Center at 978-281-9765 to sign up

Seniors learn Facebook!

The COA Computer Program volunteers are offering seminars for seniors interested in learning social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and MySpace etc. Please sign up at the Rose Baker Senior Center reception desk, or call 978-281-9765.

Foreclosure Prevention

The Gloucester Housing Authority will offer a free two-hour seminar for all Cape Ann homeowners struggling with their mortgage on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 6 p.m. at the GHA offices at 259 Washington St., Gloucester. Neighborhood Legal Services will present: the Making Home Affordable federal modification program. Counselors will help with loan modification process. Plus, learn about the Attorney General’s new program and about SUN/Boston Community Capital. To reserve a seat, call Kathy Erkkila at 978-281-4770 Ext. 110.

CATV Santa party

Cape Ann TV will host its annual Santa party Tuesday, Dec. 4, 3 to 7 p.m., at its studio, 38 Blackburn Center, Gloucester. Children are invited to the studio to meet Santa Claus. Meetings with Santa will be videotaped and shown on CATV’s Channel 12 on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The annual event is free and open to the public. CATV is a Project Uplift children’s toy and teen present collection site; new unwrapped toys or new clothes for a child, or gift cards for teens up to age 14 may be dropped off. Call 978-281-2443 or visit www.capeanntv.wordpress.com.

Trinity Fair

On Saturday, Dec. 1, Trinity Congregational Church, 70 Middle St., Gloucester, will hold a ‘Christmas-by-the-Sea,’ fair and luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., featuring fish chowder, hot dogs, pictures with Santa, a silent aucton, with lots of great Christmas stuff, including fresh greens and wreaths, jewelry, hand-made crafts, holiday foods, Advent calendasr, a ‘Cookie Walk,’ White Elephants and clothing at our thrift shop next door.

Holiday Bazaar

Seacoast Nursing and Rehabilitation Center’s Holiday Bazaar is Saturday, Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 292 Washington Street, Gloucester, featuring professional vendors, bake sale, raffles, white elephant table, and a photo op visit from Santa from 10 to 11 a.m. Vendor space is available at $25 per table. For more information, call Alison Cox at 978-283-0300; sponsored by the Friends of Seacoast.

Senior Christmas Fair

Rose Baker Senior Center will host the COA’s Christmas Fair on Thursday, Dec. 6, and Friday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with fresh baked goods, jewelry, books, music, movies, decorations, kitchenware and more for sale. Items in good condition will be gratefully accepted at the center (no clothing, please.) Please support the center by stopping in for holiday shopping! Proceeds benefit senior activities.

Stockings for Homeless

Seniors at the Rose Baker Senior Center Social Day Care Program are filling homemade stockings with personal care and other items for folks living the homeless shelter on Friday, Dec. 14 at 10 a.m. All are invited to stop in with donations, pitch in, and join in the spirit of holiday giving! For more information, call the COA’s Social Day Care at 978 281-9765, ext. 20.

Traveling Chef

On Wednesday, Dec. 19, the Traveling Chef will bring a Grilled Panini Bar to the Rose Baker Senior Center with all the makings for a great sandwich. Reservations are required by Monday, Dec. 17.

Senior concert

The Gloucester COA will host instructors and their students studying foreign languages at GHS for a special concert holiday music sung in German and Italian, at the Rose Baker Senior Center, Monday, Dec. 17, at 10 a.m. Anne Paganetti will lead her students through theperformance, and hot chocolate and light refreshments will be served; open to the public. For more information, call 978 281-9765.

Christmas fair

West Gloucester Congregational Church, Essex Avenue, will host a Christmas Craft Fair and Cookie Walk on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Features craft items, assorted Christmas decorations, a Cookie Walk, bake table and a luncheon with Santa. To rent a table, call Pete Haskell at 978-546-2837.

Cursillo ultreya

The Cape Ann cursillo community will host its next ultreya and pot-luck Saturday, Dec. 8, at St. John the Baptist Church in Essex. The pot-luck is at 5 p.m., followed by the ultreya at 6 p.m. All are welcome and need not have been on a cursillo encounter weekend to attend. Call Al Mitchell at 978-879-3655.

Stroke Club

The Gloucester Stroke Club will hold its annual Christmas pot-luck supper and gift exchange Thursday, Dec. 6, 4 p.m., in the Logan Room, Addison Gilbert Hospital. Use the front door entrance, and note the change of time and location. Bring your favorite dish, dessert or beverage to share, as well as a $5 wrapped gift to exchange. Family, friends and new members are welcome. Call Cynthia at 978-283-2633 or Virginia at 978-283-3968.

Wellspring Holiday Store

Wellspring’s 16th annual Holiday Store will open Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 8 and 9. The store relies on community contributions. Gifts must be new, unwrapped and non-violent. Popular gifts are Legos, Barbie dolls, clothes, sports items, art supplies, books and board games. Gifts must be dropped off at Wellspring House, 302 Essex Ave., by Monday, Dec. 3, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call 978-281-3558 or visit www.wellspringhouse.org.

Drivers needed

The Rose Baker Senior Center assists senior citizens in need of transportation to medical appointments. Drivers are needed for local rides to Addison Gilbert Hospital, the Cape Ann Medical Center, other local medical offices, as well as Beverly Hospital, Lahey Clinic and hospitals in Boston. A mileage stipend is provided. Call Bruce at 978-281-9765.

VNA Care Network

VNA Care Network, a nonprofit home health care, hospice and wellness provider, provides stipends to women with breast cancer who need financial assistance for medications, co-payments, transportation to treatment and services to help increase access to treatment and support recovery. Women must be residents of eastern or central Massachusetts to qualify. This program is funded by a grant from the Massachusetts Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Call Joan Schaefer at 888-663-3688, ext. 1264, or email jschaefer@vnacarenetwork.org.

Clothes Closet

The Clothes Closet, in the basement of St. Ann School, corner of Prospect and Pleasant streets, is open Saturdays, from 9 a.m.. to 1 p.m. This 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.

GED help

Wellspring House Education Center, 302 Essex Ave., offers a free, drop-in GED skills session every Saturday, 9 to 11 a.m. Learn and practice GED skills in math, reading and writing; take practice tests; get tips on taking the test that will help you pass; and learn how to deal with stress and anxiety. Call 978-281-3558, ext. 302.

Medical insurance help

For seniors and low-income residents needing help with health insurance forms or information, SHINE counselor Sefatia Romeo is at the Rose Baker Senior Center on Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Call the Council on Aging at 978-281-9765 to schedule an appointment.

Free blood pressure screenings

Free blood pressure screenings are offered each week here:

Mondays, 1 to 3 p.m., Women’s Health Center, Addison Gilbert Hospital. Appointments not necessary. Not held on Monday holidays.

Wednesdays, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Rose Baker Senior Center.

Free HIV/AIDS testing

Every Friday, free HIV/AIDS testing is held from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at Addison Gilbert Hospital, third floor. Use the Washington Street entrance. No appointment is necessary. Call Mayra Rivera at 978-853-8633.

Knitting, crocheting group

Every Tuesday, a group meets to knit and crochet items for veterans and other worthy causes, 10 a.m. to noon, at Rose Baker Senior Center. Donations of yarn are always accepted. New members are welcome to join. Stop in or call the Council on Aging at 978-281-9765.

Bay View Brotherhood

Bay View Brotherhood meets the second Tuesday of every month, 7 p.m., Brotherhood Club Hall, 889 Washington St.

Rotary Club

The Rotary Club meets every Tuesday at 12:15 p.m. at Cruiseport Gloucester.

Memorial bricks

The Gloucester World War II Memorial Committee is accepting requests for memorial bricks. For an appointment, call Lucia at the Veterans’ Center office at 978-281-9740. Bring a copy of the veteran’s discharge papers and a check for $200 for the perpetual care of the memorial.

Military Family Support

The Cape Ann Military Family Support Group meets at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at the Major Fred W. Ritvo Veterans Center, 12 Emerson Ave. in Gloucester. Those with family and friends serving in the military are welcome to attend. Those wishing to attend to support our military by working on special projects are also invited; all are welcome. Refreshments served.

Parent mentors

Pathways’ Cape Ann Families is seeking men and women to volunteer as parent mentors. This program has served stressed and isolated parents of the Gloucester and Cape Ann Community for 20 years. Volunteers participate in a five-week Winter Parent Mentor Training, after which each will be matched with a parent, starting a year-long mentorship and friendship. Contact Hailey Granger at 978-281-2400, ext. 110, or email hgranger@pw4c.org.

Military families

Gloucester military family members may call the Gloucester Office of Veterans’ Services at 978-281-9740 to register their active-duty family members. Military members’ names will be announced during upcoming city ceremonies.

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 kjenness045@netzero.com or 73 High St., Rockport, MA 01966.

Fuel assistance

Action Inc.’s Energy Services offers fuel assistance and other programs to help save money and conserve energy to eligible Cape Ann households from now until April 30, covering all types of heating fuel. Gross annual household income may not exceed: $31,271, single person; $40,893, two-persons; $50,515, three persons; $60,137, four persons; and $69,759, five-persons. Additional discounts for natural gas, heating oil, electricity and phone service may apply, as well as energy conservation and education programs for homeowners and renters. For homeowners only, we may be able to pay for heating system repairs, cleanings and replacements. Call 978-281-3900 or 978-282-1003. Visit www.actioninc.org/energy_main.html.

Friday night bingo

Bingo is held in the St. Ann Church hall, 74 Pleasant St., Friday nights at 6:30. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Anyone 18 and older is invited. Proceeds support school and parish programs. Call 978-281-4820.

Sunday morning meditation

Teachers from the Cape Ann Buddhist Center conduct silent meditations and discussions Sundays at 222 Arts & Wellness Center, 222 Eastern Ave. The first meditation runs from 9 to 9:30 a.m., followed by a tea break with discussion, or a walk through the woods. The second meditation runs from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Arrive early so that all is quiet at the start. Open to all levels of practitioners. Chairs and yoga equipment available, or bring your own. A $10 donation is suggested. E-mail mkdyer47@juno.com.

Poetry contest

Have you written a poem about change in Gloucester? Mail your mighty lines, c/o “Change Contest,” The Writer’s Block, Box 5524, Gloucester, MA 01930, including contact information. Winning poets will be invited to read their work on Cape Ann TV’s “The Writer’s Block” during the 2012-13 season. Gloucester residents are eligible. There is only one rule: limit entries to 20 lines. Deadline: Dec. 1, 2012.

Peer support training

The Northeast Recovery Learning Community (NERLC) provides peer-run support and services to people with psychiatric disabilities throughout the North Shore and Merrimack Valley, and are training facilitators for peer-run self-help meetings on Cape Ann. For those who are interested, there will be a training session, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 48 Middle St. (Parking available at 47 Washington St.) The NERLC offers recovery-oriented, trauma informed care and culturally sensitive peer support, both in group settings and on an individual basis. Call Vida Whitcomb or Pablo Leon at 978-687-4288, or email vwhitcomb@nilp.org or pleon@nilp.org.

Surprise a Family

Pathways for Children will kick-off its annual Surprise a Family Program, which connects specific families and their needs with sponsors willing to fulfill their holiday wishes. To sponsor a family, contact Diana Foster at 978-281-2400, ext. 320, or dfoster@pw4c.org. All gifts for families must be delivered to Pathways no later than Thursday, Dec. 13.

Buddhism salon

Want to know what a Buddhist practice is? How others maintain a daily practice? Share your thoughts and questions with teacher Mary Kay Dyer from Rockport’s Asian Classics Institute, and senior student and practitioner Elizabeth McLindon, on the fourth Sunday of every month at a new time, 7 to 8:30 p.m., at the 222 Wellness Center, 222 Eastern Ave. Call Mary Kay Dyer at 978-283-8857 or email mkdyer47@juno.com, or Elizabeth McLindon at 978-879-9159 or eam@elizabethmclindon.com.

Business advice

SCORE, a resource partner of the Small Business Administration, offers free business advice and resource information to prospective and existing business owners at Cape Ann Business Incubator (CABI), 33 Commercial St., third floor (side entrance) every Tuesday. Using a three-person team approach, SCORE’s accredited counselors help develop a business plan, test the potential of a new business idea or determine the best solution to a business problem. Visit www.scorenemass.org and call 978-282-7779 to make an appointment.

Drug outreach

Northeast Behavioral Health (NBH) Healthy Streets Outreach Program provides HIV testing, hepatitis C information, access to drug treatment, overdose prevention and Narcan training. All services, provided by NBH Healthy Streets Program, are available at Gloucester Family Health Center (lower level), 302 Washington St., Gloucester, Wednesdays from noon to 5 p.m. Call 978-236-0251.

Cell phones for soldiers

Gloucester High School collects old cell phones for overseas troops. No cords, batteries or any other accessories are needed. Phones may be dropped off at the GHS ROTC office. Call Rick at 978-281-9870, ext. 1212.

AWANA Kids Club

AWANA is a Christian kids club mixing fun games and activities with thoughtful devotions and Bible memorization. Open to preschool children through grade six, meeting Wednesdays, 6:30 to 8 p.m., at Cape Ann Bible Church, 8 Thompson St. Call 978-281-3941.

ESOL at the library

Wellspring Adult Learning Center provides ESOL courses at Sawyer Free Library, with free tutoring and small group classes in English for non-native speakers. The center is open Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Thursday nights, 5:30 to 8. Walk-ins welcome. Call 978-281-9763, ext. 23.

Cribbage Group

The Magnolia Cribbage Group will meets every Wednesday for 10 weeks, 7:10 p.m., at The Patio restaurant, Lexington Avenue. The fee is $40, payable in advance, and includes a dinner and prizes on the 11th week. Registration on the first night is at 6:45 p.m. Beginners, intermediate and advanced players are welcome. Contact Roger DiNapoli at 978-526-8550 or rogerdinapoli@msn.com.

Support group

Pathways for Children offers free monthly drop-in parent support group meetings for Cape Ann families of children with special needs. Preregistration is necessary if child care is needed in order to attend. Meetings are on the fourth Thursday of the month, 6 to 7:30 p.m., at Pathways, 29 Emerson Ave. Call Cheryl De Primio at 978-281-6920.

Ferrini’s friends

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, please 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.

Open Door meals

On Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, the Open Door Food Pantry, 28R Emerson Ave., serves a family-style meal from 5 to 6 p.m., and Sundays, 4 to 5 p.m. Call 978-283-6776 ext. 204, for a free van ride. Visit www.foodpantry.org.

Pet adoptions

Cape Ann Animal Aid is now in its new home at 4 Paws Lane, off Route 133, near the junction with Route 128. The shelter holds an Overlooked Pets Adoption Day on the third Thursday of every month. Adoption fees are reduced and are completed on a first-come, first-served basis, and all regular adoption requirements apply. Photos and fees will be posted on the shelter’s website, www.CapeAnnAnimalAid.com, monthly. Call 978-283-6055.

Weight loss clinic

Cape Ann Weight Loss Clinic provides a program based on individual goals, determined through health assessment. Fitness director Nicole Bembridge helps implement your five-week program, with nutritional guidance and motivation. Classes are one hour and 15 minutes and includes unlimited email and phone contact. Contact Nicole Bembridge at 978-283-0470 or bembridgen@northshoreymca.org.

North Shore Friends

Every Sunday, the North Shore Friends (Quakers) meet at 10 a.m. Call 978-283-4585.

Northern Essex WIC

Northern Essex WIC (Women, Infants and Children) is a program providing nutrition and health education, healthy food and other services free to Massachusetts families who qualify at the Gloucester Family Health Center, 302 Washington St.