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April 5, 2013

Gloucester Goings On


Gloucester Daily Times

---- — Bowling fundraiser

AMVETS Post 32 and AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary will sponsor a Run to Home Base Bowling Fundraiser on Saturday, April 6, 6 to 9 p.m., at Cape Ann Lanes, 53 Gloucester Ave. Cost is $20 and includes three strings of bowling, shoe rental and raffle entry. Proceeds benefit the Home Base Program which supports services for local veterans with post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injuries. Visit www.runtohombase.com/2013runtohomebase/NUSVO.

Hunger documentary

Cape Ann Community Cinema, 21 Main St., will host a screening of the acclaimed documentary, “A Place at the Table” on Sunday, April 7, at 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8.50 for students/seniors, $7 for cinema members, and are available at the box office during regular business hours or online at www.CapeAnnCinema.com. Proceeds benefit Cape Ann’s food pantry, The Open Door. Visit www.takepart.com/place-at-the-table.

Mother of Grace Club

A fundraiser to benefit the Mother of Grace Club will take place Monday, April 8, 5 to 9 p.m., at Espresso restaurant, 116 East Main St. Dine in or take out and ten percent of meal sales will be donated to the club. A 50/50 raffle will be held. All are welcome.

Free screening

A free screening of the one-hour documentary “On The Edge — Living with Epilepsy” will take place Tuesday, April 9, 7:30 p.m., at the Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main St., Rockport. Tom Berger and Andree Robert of Gloucester will host the screening of the film by Louis Stanislaw to help spread understanding about this condition. A reception will follow. Tickets can be reserved by calling 978-546-7391, ext. 102.

‘Oliver’ at Beeman School

The Beeman Elementary School Chorus will present the family-friendly musical “Oliver,” based on the story by Charles Dickens, on Wednesday and Thursday, April 10 and 11, 7 p.m., at Beeman School, 138 Cherry St. Tickets will be sold at the door the night of the performance. The show features 20 fourth- and fifth-grade Beeman School student actors, and is directed by Beeman music teacher Beth Goldberg and Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshop Director and Actress Heidi Dallin.

Ward 4 meeting

Ward 4 City Councillor Jackie Hardy has invited DPW Director Michael Hale and the Mayor’s Chief Administative Officer James Duggan to make a presentation related to Lanes Cove sea wall repairs on Thursday, April 18, 7 to 9 p.m., at the Lanesville Community Center, 8 Vulcan St.

Crosswinds Coffeehouse

Crosswinds Coffeehouse, 38 Gloucester Ave., will host a performance by Roots 66 (formerly Harlow, Hicks, Harty, Sheehan and Stone) on Saturday, April 20, from 7:30 to 10 p.m. A $10 donation will be taken at the door. Proceeds fund local missions projects. All ages are welcome.

Mediation training

North Shore Community Mediation Center, a nonprofit organization providing mediation services and training to North Shore communities, courts, families, schools and businesses, will hold a 34-hour Basic Mediation Training beginning Wednesday, May 15, at Salem State University. Registration is open to Gloucester residents and is limited to 20 participants. For more information, call 978-232-1212 or visit www.nsmediation.org/BMT.html.

League of Women Voters

The League of Women Voters of Cape Ann will meet Tuesday, April 9, 10 a.m., at St. John’s Church, Middle Street. All are welcome. 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.lwvcapeann.org or call Judith Bly at 978-546-2191.

Women’s Community Club

The Women’s Community Club of Magnolia will meet Tuesday, April 9, 7 p.m., in Jones Hall, Magnolia Library Center. Bingo will follow. Members are asked to bring a $5 gift card to be given out as prizes. Donna Keyck and Cathy Doe will host. Call Carol Sutherland at 978-525-3773.

LCC meeting, potluck

The Lanesville Community Center will host its annual open meeting and pot-luck Sunday, April 7, 4 to 6 p.m., at 8 Vulcan St. Bring a dish to share.

Cape Ann Forum

The next Cape Ann Forum will take place Sunday, April 7, 7 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Church, corner of Church and Middle streets. International aid expert John Hammock will discuss “New Ways to Measure Poverty — And to Fight It.” Free and open to the public.

Cursillo ultreya

The Cape Ann Cursillo Community will hold its next ultreya and pot-luck Saturday, April 6, at St. John’s 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.

Volunteer opportunities

The Rocky Neck Art Colony is looking for volunteers to help with many areas in its organization. Do you have a skill you’d like to share, would you like to help on an ongoing basis or for a particular event? The most recent project is The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck which is a year-round gallery space that offers art and non-art related programming, including lectures, demonstrations, classes, performances and hosts private and public events. Contact Brenda Malloy at BrendaMalloy@hotmail.com or 978-559-1709.

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.

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.

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.

Singing Seniors

Seniors who love to sing will love this: A. Jorgelina Zeoli (Jayzee) is offering music classes at the Rose Baker Senior Center on Tuesday 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.

Legion Post open

The Capt. Lester S. Wass American Legion Post 3 opens its smoke-free lounge for members and guests, Monday through Friday, at 3 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, at noon; and is open during many holidays. The upstairs hall may be rented for special events. Call 978-283-9710 after 3 p.m. for information.

Seniors learn Facebook

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

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.

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.

Ask a Nurse

From now until May 6, graduate students 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, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Laura Gillette, RN, BSN, will monitor blood pressure, medications, nutritional habits and health issues. Gillette will do home safety visits as well.

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.

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 Wednesdays, 6 to 8 p.m., and Saturdays, 10 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.

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.

Easter meals

The Capt. Lester S. Wass American Legion, Post 3, will serve and deliver free Easter meals on Easter to the elderly and shut-ins. The hall will also open from 10:30 a.m. to noon for anyone who would like an Easter meal. To order a meal, call 978-283-9710, after 3 p.m., and leave your name, address, telephone number and number of meals. Early reservations recommended. Monetary donations are welcome and can be mailed to the Legion at: P.O. Box 122, Gloucester, MA 01931-0122. Volunteers are also needed for cooking, serving and delivering meals; call 978-283-9710 after 3 p.m.

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.

Rotary Club

The Rotary Club meets every Tuesday at noon at Cruiseport Gloucester.

Pet adoptions

Stop by Cape Ann Animal Aid at its new location at 4 Paws Lane. Located 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.

Women’s Softball League

The Cape Ann Women’s Softball League is looking for players, 18 and older, to play Wednesday and Friday night games. Contact Jeanne at 978-998-2015 or jeannemargaret@facebook.com.

Scholarship Fund

Johnny Orlando was a teacher, mentor and friend to countless students during his many years as a carpentry teacher at Gloucester High School’s vocational school. A native of Gloucester, Orlando was a fixture around town, especially on the Boulevard where no one passed by without a greeting or kind word. A $500 scholarship in Orlando’s name will be awarded to a graduating senior accepted at a college of higher education or an accredited technical school. Tax-deductible donations in his memory may be sent to: John W. Orlando Scholarship Fund, C/O Gloucester Scholarship Foundation, Cape Ann Savings Bank, 109 Main St., Gloucester, MA 01930.

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.