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Old Sloop Coffeehouse
Old Sloop Coffeehouse will present a performance by Allen Estes and Claudia Nygaard on Saturday, Nov. 2, 7:30 p.m., at the First Congregational Church of Rockport, 12 School St. For advance tickets ($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 younger than 18, $24 per family.
The Rockport High School Class of 2017 will host a dinner fundraiser Wednesday, Oct. 30, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., in the High School cafeteria. Menu includes spaghetti, meatballs, desserts, coffee and drinks. Tickets are $8 and may be purchased from a class member, by calling 978-546-1234 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Limited tickets at the door.
Spiran Hall Harvest
Spiran Hall, corner of Broadway and School Street, will hold its Fall Harvest on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Features Scandinavian gifts, Seaview Farms produce, Wally’s Bistro, baked goods, crafts, doughnuts, cider and coffee. Tables rentals are $25; call Clair Whitten at 978-546-7949.
The PACE Halloween party, free tours and lunch is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 30, from 9:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.. PACE, located on Emerson Avenue in Gloucester, will provide everything, including musical entertainment. Space is limited. RSVP ASAP at 978-546-2573. A bus will pick up and drop off at the Rockport Council on Aging.
Senior housing options
On Monday, Oct. 28, the Elder Insider will sponsor a free discussion of senior alternative housing options at 12:30 p.m. at the Rockport Senior Center. Are you looking to downsize? Need to know your options and what are the differences? You have many options, and this free program takes a comprehensive look at what they are and what your wisest choices may be. Space is limited. RSVP ASAP at 978-546-2573.
Salute to veterans
On Nov. 14, seniors can enjoy the musical show, ‘A Salute to Veterans!’ along with a feast at the Log Cabin in Holyoke, MA. Stand and honor our veterans with both a delicious family style meal along with great music. This trip does not require a lot of walking. Bring your friends along $79.00
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.
Library book sale
The Friends of the Rockport Public Library will host its annual fall book sale Saturday, Oct. 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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
The Friends of the Rockport Library is preparing for the annual fall book sale to be held Oct. 19 and 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.
Salute to veterans
On Nov. 14, join Rockport seniors for a musical show and feast at the Log Cabin in Holyoke, featuring a “Salute To Our Veteran’s.” Cost is $79 per person. Call 978-546-2573.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.