GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

October 11, 2013

Rockport Goings On


Gloucester Daily Times

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Youth fellowship

First Baptist Church, 4 High Street, offers junior and high school youth fellowship meetings every Wednesday at 7 p.m. Call 978-546-6121 or visit www.firstbaptistrockport.org.

Community Forum

Lahey Health and Addison Gilbert Hospital will host a community forum Tuesday, Oct. 15, 6 to 7:30 p.m., at the Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main St., to discuss recent updates and developments at Lahey Health and Addison Gilbert Hospital. All residents are encouraged to attend.

Library book sale

The Friends of the Rockport Public Library will host its annual fall book sale Friday and Saturday, Oct. 18 and 19, 10 am to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 20, 1 to 5 p.m. Features large selections of fiction, art, nature, history, cook books, children’s books and DVDs. All proceeds benefit the library’s programs.

Coffee house cabaret

The Rockport High School Drama Department will host a coffee house cabaret Thursday, Oct. 17, 7 to 9 p.m., in the school cafeteria. Students, alumni and faculty are invited to participate in the event. Participants are encouraged to share poetry, projects, songs, dance, monologues, skits, art and other areas of interest and inspiration. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. Refreshments will be for sale. All proceeds benefit the Evlin de la Barre Memorial Scholarship.

Men’s yoga

The Rockport Recreation Department is offering a men’s yoga class Mondays, from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m., in the Rockport Community House. Cost is $30 for six classes, or $5 drop-in fee. Call 978-546-1309.

Dog parade

Cape Ann Animal Aid will host the Harvestfest Dog Parade on Saturday, Oct. 19, as part of the Rockport Harvestfest. Register at CAAA booth in Harvey Park at 11 a.m. Parade begins at 11:30 a.m. and ends at the end of Bearskin Neck. Friendly and vaccinated dogs are welcome to dress in costume and register to win one of four grand prizes awarded by judges from Gloucester’s TD Bank and www.OvaTheBridge.com. Grand prize categories include Best of Harvestfest, Most Creative, Darned Cutest, and Cape “Annliest.” All participating dogs will receive a ribbon and goodie bag. Registration is $10 per dog and benefits Cape Ann Animal Aid. To preregister, call 978-283-6055, ext. 23.

Crafters wanted

The Rockport PTO’s Holiday Fair is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 16. Space fills up quickly, so reserve yours now. Eight-foot tables are available for crafters and vendors. To register, contact Amy Kamm at 978-546-5138 or ajkamm93@gmail.com.

Cultural Council deadline

The Rockport Cultural Council has set an Oct. 15 postmark deadline for proposals for community-oriented arts, humanities and science programs for organizations, schools and individuals to apply for grants that support cultural activities in the community. These grants can support a variety of artistic projects and activities including exhibits, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residencies or performances in schools, workshops and lectures. This year, the council will distribute approximately $4,250 in grants. Information and application forms are available at www.mass-culture.org/lcc_public.asp, or at the Rockport Public Library and Town Hall Clerk’s Office.

Youth fellowship

First Baptist Church, 4 High Street, offers junior and high school youth fellowship meetings every Wednesday at 7 p.m. Call 978-546-6121 or visit www.firstbaptistrockport.org.

Community Forum

Lahey Health and Addison Gilbert Hospital will host a community forum Tuesday, Oct. 15, 6 to 7:30 p.m., at the Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main St., to discuss recent updates and developments at Lahey Health and Addison Gilbert Hospital. All residents are encouraged to attend.

Old Sloop Coffeehouse

Old Sloop Coffeehouse will present a performance by James Keelaghan on Saturday, Oct. 12, 7:30 p.m., at the First Congregational Church, 12 School St. Advance tickets are $10; visit www.oldsloopcoffeehouse.org, Gloucester Music, or Toad Hall Bookstore in Rockport. Tickets, at the door, are $12 for adults, $7 for those 65 and older, $5 for those under 18, $24 per family.

Children’s story hours

The Rockport Public Library offers preschool story hours from now until Nov. 26. The weekly program, for children ages 3-5, meets Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Doors open at 9:45 a.m. for children and parents. The 45-minute program includes storytelling and either a movie or a music and movement time. Families may check out books to read at home after the story time.

Books sought

The Friends of the Rockport Library is preparing for the annual fall book sale to be held Oct. 18-20. Donations of clean books in good condition are being accepted at the library desk during library hours. Hardbacks, paperbacks, children’s books, DVDs and books on tape are sought for the sale. No textbooks, magazines or encyclopedias will be accepted. All proceeds support programs for children and adults at the library.

Memoir writing group

The Rockport Senior Center’s free memoir writing group meets Tuesdays, taught by Cathryn Clark from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m.. Come prepared to write. Supplies needed are paper, pen, pencil and notebook.

Granite State sightseeing

On Oct. 16, Rockport seniors are off to New Hampshire’s Kancamagus Scenic Highway for lunch at Indian Head Resort, and scenic “Granite State” sightseeing. View the foliage; along the way we’ll make several scenic stops $64 per person. For more information, call 978-546-2573.

Salute to Veterans

On Nov. 14, join your fellow Rockport seniors for a musical show and feast at the Log Cabin in Holyoke, MA., featuring a “Salute To Our Veteran’s” Stand to honor those who have served America! You’ll have a great time with delicious cuisine and great music. $79 pr person; for more information, call 978-546-2573.

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.

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 First Congregational Church, School Street, the rest of the year.

Plastic recycling

Rockport boat owners can recycle the plastic shrink wrap they remove from their boats this spring. The container for shrink wrap is located near the Park & Ride lot restrooms adjacent to the Transfer Station on Blue Gate Lane.

Meditation class

The Vajramudra Center, 154 Granite St., holds free weekly meditation teaching and practice Tuesdays, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Call Larry Wolf at 617-869-0666.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Memoir group

The weekly memoir writing group meets at the Rockport Senior Center on Tuesdays, from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. This is a free class. Bring paper, pen, pencil and notebook.

Church lift

The First Baptist Church of Rockport offers free rides to church every Sunday for anyone living on Cape Ann. To sign up, call 978-546-6121 or visit www.FirstBaptistRockport.org.

CATA for seniors

Seniors needing transportation to the Rockport Senior Center should call Dianne at 978-546-2573 for help with a one-time application.

Bible study

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

Senior Center programs

The Rockport Senior Center, 58 Broadway, offers these winter programs:

Tai Ji — Wednesdays, 9 to 10 a.m. $4 per class.

Strength Resistance Exercise Class — Mondays and Fridays, 9 to 10 a.m. $4 per class.

Yoga — Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 to 10 a.m. $3 per class.

Bingo — Mondays, 1 to 3:30 p.m.

Knitting and Handiwork Group — Thursdays, 1 to 3:30 p.m.

Scrabble — Wednesdays, 1 to 3 p.m.

Call 978-546-5027.