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April 9, 2013

Gloucester Goings On


Gloucester Daily Times

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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’ on stage 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.

Sidewalk Sweeping Day April 20

The Building Center of Gloucester and the Clean City Initiative will sponsor the annual Sidewalk Sweeping Day on Saturday, April 20. Sweep all the winter sand off of your sidewalk and into the street for the DPW to take away on your scheduled sweeping day; look for the posted schedule in your local newspaper or online at the city’s website. Try to keep it in small piles so the street sweeping machine can sweep it up. Offer to help a neighbor that might need it.

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.

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.

Turbines and Turmoil?

Are we creating the “Environmental Health Crisis of Our Time?” Join a free community forum to discuss the failing Green Revolution on Tuesday, April 9, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Lanesville Community Center, 8 Vulcan St., Gloucester. Explore vital issues of interest to our future, such as: are we destroying rather than insuring environmental sustainability and human ecology? Have we been misled about the Smart Grid? Come learn about smart grid issues, including human rights, safety, health, cost, privacy, security, fires, ecology, as well as sustainable alternatives. Massachusetts Bill H.2926 will be before the Joint Committee for Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy in June 13. Call 978-283-7481

Digital marketing

Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce has partnered with Wicked Local Media Solutions to hold a “brown bag” lunch series of workshops and seminars to bring local business up to the speed of the digital marketing age. The first workshop kicks-off at 1 p.m. on Tuesdays, from noon to 1 p.m., at the chamber conference room, 33 Commercial St. Pack a lunch and join us to learn what Facebook, Twitter and other social media can do for your business. Space is limited to 20 participants per session. Register early to ensure your spot. Call Gregory Walsh at 978-283-1601.

GHS Class of 1978

The Gloucester High School Class of 1978 will hold its class reunion Friday, Oct. 18, 7 p.m. to midnight, at the Elks at Bass Rocks. Features music by DJ Groove Tonight and catering by Vinwood Caterers. Cost is $60 per person. Checks should be made payable to “GHS 1978 Reunion,” and mailed to: Cape Ann Savings Bank, Attn: Clare MacDonald, 109 Main St., Gloucester, MA 01930, by Oct. 1. Visit www.elksatbassrocks.com for directions.

seARTS grants

seARTS’s Partner With an Artist (PWA) provides grants to artists to create new work in partnership with a business in Gloucester’s Rocky Neck Cultural District. To apply, visit www.facebook.com/PartnerWithAnArtist, call 978-281-1222 or email pwa.searts@gmail.com.

Senior Day Care

The Council on Aging sponsors Social Day Care sessions with supervised activities and programs three days a week, for seniors who are homebound and isolated, at the Rose Baker Senior Center, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Daily lunch and snacks are included. Transportation is provided by CATA. Call 978-281-9765, ext. 20.

Yoga for seniors

The Gloucester Council on Aging provides gentle mat yoga sessions Tuesdays at 10 a.m., chair yoga on Wednesday at 12:15 p.m., and Thursday yoga at 10 a.m. each week at the Rose Baker Senior Center. Call 978-281-9765.

Legion meeting

The Capt. Lester S. Wass American Legion, Post 3, holds its regular post meetings the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. Members are encouraged to attend and be part of the decision-making process. Executive Board meets the second Monday of the month at 7 p.m. Any member may attend the Executive Board meetings.

Knitting group

The Council on Aging knitting and crochet group meets Tuesdays, 10 a.m., at the Rose Baker Senior Center. New members are welcome. Call 978-281-9765.

Senior Scrabble

A friendly group of Scrabble players meets Tuesdays, noon, at the Rose Baker Senior Center. New members are welcome. Call 978-281-9765.

Mall Mondays

A CATA bus departs the Rose Baker Senior Center each Monday morning at 10 a.m. destined for the Liberty Tree and North Shore Malls. Return pick-up time at the mall is 1:30 p.m. Five or more passengers are needed, so call CATA by the Friday afternoon before the trip. To register, call 978-283-7916 or 978-281-9765.

Blue Star Banner

Capt. Lester S. Wass Post 3, American Legion, honors military personnel by presenting the parents of anyone on active duty with a Blue Star Banner. These banners may be obtained by calling 978-283-9710. Leave your name and telephone number and a representative will return your message.

GED preparation

The Compass Youth Program offers GED preparation for ages 16 to 21, through Action Inc. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., throughout the summer. Call 978-281-9682.

Pathways volunteers

Pathways’ Cape Ann Families, 29 Emerson Ave., 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 hgranger@pw4c.org.

NAMI support groups

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) hosts recovery support groups for persons suffering depression or other brain disorders and their families on the first Wednesday of each month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and third Thursdays from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at 43 Gloucester Ave. Call 978-281-1557, email namicapeann@comcast.net or visit www.namicapeann.org.

Entrepreneurial seminar

Cape Ann Business Incubator’s Center for Entrepreneurial Development holds free lunchtime workshops for business owners and entrepreneurs every Wednesday, noon to 1 p.m., at 33 Commercial St. Topics include an introduction to bookkeeping, financial management, how to secure financing and more. To RSVP, call Desmond at 978-540-9977, ext. 101.

Volunteers needed

SeniorCare Inc.’s “Meals on Wheels” program is in need of volunteer drivers to deliver noon-time meals to homebound seniors. Hot meals are fully prepared and packaged for delivery. Drivers may volunteer for one morning a week or more. Call Linnea or Paula at 1-866-927-1050 or 978-281-1750, Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Walking Club

The Rose Baker Senior Center’s walking club needs a volunteer leader. Free training will prepare leaders on recruiting walkers to join the club, and understanding the benefits of walking. Call 978-281-9765.

Pathways playgroups

Pathways for Children “Parent & Child Walk & Talk” meets Mondays, 10 to 11:30 a.m., at its Cape Ann Families play space, 29 Emerson Ave. Parents, caregivers and children, from birth to age 5, are welcome. Contact Amy Larsen at 978-281-2400, ext. 120, or alarsen@pw4c.org.

Open Door Pantry

The Open Door Food Pantry, 28R Emerson Ave., provides free food assistance Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 to 7 p.m.; Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 to 7 p.m.; and Friday, 10 a.m. to noon and 3 to 5 p.m. Valid ID required. Call 978-283-6776 or visit www.foodpantry.org.

Books sought

Gloucester United Methodist Church, 436 Washington St., is raising money through donations of new and used books, CDs, DVDs, records and audio books. The church has a drop-off donation container to collect these items. The church will be paid on an ongoing basis for all items collected in the donation container. The program is an ongoing fundraiser and donations can be made by the public at any time. All funds raised benefit the general funding of the church. Visit www.GotBooks.com.

Second Glance

Second Glance Thrift Store, 2 Pond Road, has extended hours from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Shop for clothing, household goods, books, collectibles, furniture and more. The donation center is open during regular business hours. Furniture pickup is available by appointment. A tax receipt is available upon request. All proceeds support The Open Door. Call 978-283-4298 or visit www.foodpantry.org.

Parent support group

HEART, a group founded by mothers of gay children on Cape Ann, meets monthly to share thoughts and experiences and to offer support to other parents of gay children. Whether your child is 5 or 35, you are welcome to join us in a safe, comfortable setting. Meetings are one morning a month. You are strongly encouraged to call one of us to meet one-on-one if that is more comfortable for you. Call Diane Polley at 508-641-5535 or Judy Friend 978-283-1306.

Eco-Trip scavenger hunt

The Cape Ann TimeBank will hold a green technology scavenger hunt called the Eco-Trip on Saturday, April 20, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., in downtown Gloucester. Players solve verbal and visual puzzles to learn what local businesses are doing to lessen their carbon footprints. Event culminates with an after-party with refreshments and prizes from local merchants at Latitude 43 at 2:30 p.m. It’s $10 to play solo or in teams before April 13. After that, it’s $15. To register or for more information, visit www.capeanntimebanks.org.

Genealogy research

Barbara J. Beake and Peg Plummer from the Essex Society of Genealogists will discuss “Genealogy Research: Finding and Documenting Your Ancestors” on Saturday, April 13, 11 a.m., at the Essex Senior Center, 17 Pickering St., Essex. Topics include basic genealogy research strategies, documentation standards and resources for both genealogy and military records. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Cape Ann Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Yoga for seniors

The Gloucester Council on Aging provides gentle mat yoga sessions Tuesdays at 10 a.m., chair yoga on Wednesday at 12:15 p.m., and Thursday yoga at 10 a.m. each week at the Rose Baker Senior Center. Call 978-281-9765.

Handyman for seniors

The Council on Aging has a handyman, a retired carpenter, available to help Gloucester and Rockport seniors with inside and outside work at a reduced cost. To make an appointment, call the Rose Baker Senior Center at 978-281-9765 and leave your contact information and a brief description of the work needed.

SCORE program

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 or call 978-282-7779 to make an appointment.

GHS building project

The Gloucester High School Carpentry/Electrical shops are accepting applications for a house building project for the 2012-13 school year. Contact Jack Andrewes at GHS or at jandrewes@gloucester.k12.ma.us.

Cape Ann Referral Group

The Cape Ann Referral Group, a membership of local business networking and referrals, meets every other Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. at the Masonic Building on Eastern Avenue. Visit www.CapeAnnBiz.com.

Adult Education

Action Inc’s Adult Basic Education classes are on Mondays and Wednesdays, 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Action’s main offices, 80 Main St. Classes include reading, writing, math, work skills and referrals to support services as needed. Call 978-282-1000 or visit www.actioninc.org.

Police Relief Association

The Gloucester Police Relief Association will sponsor a “USWF Wrestling Show” on Friday, July 19, 7 p.m., at Talbot Rink, 32 Cherry St. The association is publishing its yearbook and will be soliciting businesses and residents. Proceeds support the betterment of the organization. This is the only association soliciting businesses and residents exclusively for the Gloucester Police Relief Association. Call Kevin Sauer at 857-526-5654.

Learning Express

Sawyer Library patrons have access to Learning Express Library from any computer with their library card. Prepare for the CLEP, ACT, PSAT, SAT, TOEFL, and ASVAB without the expense of buying practice books. Learning Express also offers tutorials for software, GED preparation, job searches, U.S. citizenship, and resources in Spanish. Visit www.sawyerfreelibrary.org.

Insurance help

Financial Councilors are available at Addison Gilbert Hospital, 298 Washington St., Gloucester to assist you in accessing health insurance: MA Health, Commonwealth Care, Commonwealth Choice, Medicare, Medicaid and other health insurance issues. Visit the hospital’s Financial Service Department Monday — Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cape Ann Thrift Shop

Cape Ann Thrift Shop, 70 Middle St., is open Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The shop offers clothing for the whole family, linens, toys, jewelry and more. Donations of all types are appreciated.

Hospice volunteers

VNA Care Network & Hospice, a nonprofit home health care, hospice and wellness agency, needs volunteers to provide practical and emotional support to terminally-ill patients and their families on the North Shore and Cape Ann. Volunteers receive training, supervision and support. Call Nancy Barcelo at 1-888-663-3688, ext. 4271, visit www.vnacarenetwork.org, or call 1-800-728-1862.

The Clothes Closet

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

Veterans counseling

Many veterans experience difficulty in adjusting to problems in civilian life after serving in combat. The Lowell Vet Center offers counseling at the Gloucester Veterans Center for area veterans and their families, free of charge. For an appointment, call the Gloucester Office of Veterans’ Services at 978-281-9740.

Diabetes screening

A free community diabetes screening is held the first Monday of each month, 1 to 3 p.m., at Addison Gilbert Hospital, 298 Washington St., Women’s Health Conference Room. All are welcome. Appointments and fasting are not required. Call 978-283-4000.

Healthy Streets Program

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, 302 Washington St., Gloucester, lower level, Wednesdays, noon to 5 p.m. Call 978-236-0251.

AARP volunteers

SeniorCare is looking for volunteers for its AARP Money Management Program, to help low-income seniors and people with disabilities manage their daily finances, such as bill paying, reconciling bank statements, budgeting, etc. Volunteers typically serve 4-6 hours per month. After initial training, bimonthly training is provided, and a year’s commitment is asked. Visit www.seniorcareinc.org, or call 978-281-1750 or 1-866-927-1050.

Babson Library

Isabel Babson Memorial Library, 69 Main St., is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Named for Gloucester’s first midwife, the library’s books feature all aspects of family life including maternity, child care and women’s health. The collection is updated monthly. All are welcome to browse. Call 978-283-5624.

Narcotics Anonymous

Gloucester meetings of Narcotics Anonymous are:

“Together We Can” meets Sundays, 7 to 8 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, corner of Pine and Church streets.

“Living Clean” meets Wednesdays, 7:30 to 9 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, corner of Pine and Church streets.

“Keeping It Real” meets Thursdays, 7:30 to 9 p.m. 5 Center St.

“Fishing for Recovery” meets Fridays, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, corner of Pine and Church streets.

For more meeting times, visit www.NewEnglandNA.org or call 1-866-624-3578.

Help the homeless

The Action Emergency Homeless Shelter is accepting donations of deodorant, razors, feminine products, men’s sneakers and boots (larger sizes preferred), men’s jeans (larger sizes preferred), and socks.

Drug outreach

Northeast Behavioral Health (NBH) Healthy Streets Outreach Program provides rapid 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 various locations on the first Wednesday of the month. Call 978-767-3913 or 781-592-0243.

Senior art

The Council on Aging art program at the Rose Baker Senior Center is led by art instructor Juni VanDyke. For information about the ongoing weekly art projects on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, at 10 a.m., call 978-281-9765.

Child loss

Loss of a Child Support Group is available to parents who have lost a child at any age on the third Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m. in the Longan Room, Addison Gilbert Hospital. Use the Washington Street entrance. There is no fee. Preregister with Judi Dagle-Ernest at 978-879-9718.

Fish, fisheries seminars

The Large Pelagics Research Center will present the 2013 Fish and Fisheries Public Seminar Series. Lectures are free and open to the public, and meet Thursdays, 7 p.m., at Maritime Gloucester, 23 Harbor Loop. Space is limited; email LPRCtunalab@gmail.com or call 978-283-0368. Schedule is: April 11 — Dr. Vincent Saba, Leatherbacks and Climate Change: Projected Response of an Endangered Marine Turtle Population; April 18 — Dr. John Hoey, Cooperative Research: Capturing Fishermen’s Local Ecological Knowledge; and April 25 — Dr. Gareth Lawson, Plankton in the Gulf of Maine: Just How Important are Krill to New England Fisheries?

Sorellanza concert

Sorellanza, Cape Ann’s women’s a cappella chorus directed by Patti Pike, will present its “Journey with Friends” concert Sunday, April 28, 4 p.m., at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 48 Middle St. Admission is $12, $6 for students/seniors. Call Anne Stevens at 978-281-6417.

Organ concert

Susan Taormina will perform an organ concert Sunday, April 14, 4:30 p.m., at Lanesville Congregational Church, 1120 Washington St. A free-will offering will be taken. All are welcome.

Senior Steps

The Center for Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine at Addison Gilbert Hospital, 298 Washington St., offers a risk-reduction exercise program for seniors, ages 60 and over, with fear of falling and balance difficulty. A free 30-minute screening is required; plus a $3 fee per class. Program meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 11 a.m. to noon, and from noon to 1 p.m. Space is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Call 978-283-4001, ext. 141.

Art demonstrations

In conjunction with the Cape Ann Artisans at 30 Exhibition, the Cape Ann Museum, 27 Pleasant St., will host a series of demonstration days. The schedule is as follows:

Saturday, April 27 — 10 a.m. to noon, Julia Garrison: Block Printing; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Marty Morgan, Anni Melancon, David Archibald, Cynthia Curtis, Erin O’Sullivan-Place and Scott Place: Pottery; and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Mary Ann Wenniger: Collagraph.

Saturday, May 18 — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Bart Stuyf: Sculpture-making activity for children, and Judith Goetemann: Batik; and 1 to 3 p.m., Leslie Wind: Fiber arts, Sara Wright: Weaving, and Jayn Gardner and Meredith Anderson: Jewelry.

Call 978-283-0455 or visit www.capeannmuseum.org.

‘The Law & Underage Drinking’

Essex County District Attorney Blodgett and Attorney Campbell will present a free program, “Party’s at Your House! The Law & Underage Drinking: Know the Facts,” on Thursday, April 25, 6:30 to 8 p.m., at the Rose Baker Senior Center. Sponsored by Healthy Gloucester Collaborative, Gloucester Police Department, Gloucester Licensing Board, and Gloucester Council on Aging. All local communities are welcome. Light refreshments served. No preregistration required.

Women Honoring Women

Wellspring’s 15th annual Women Honoring Women Luncheon will take place Monday, May 6, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the DoubleTree Hotel in Danvers. Keynote speaker is Karen Keating Ansara. For more information, visit www.wellspringhouse.org. Call 978-281-3558.

Student art gallery

Artwork by students from Miles River Middle School in Hamilton and Eastern Point Day School in Gloucester is on display in the Education Room at the Cape Ann Museum, 27 Pleasant St., through April 30. Hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for Cape Ann residents, seniors and students, free for children under 18 and museum members. Second Saturday of the month is Family Free Day. Call 978-283-0455 or visit www.capeannmuseum.org.

Friends of Seacoast

The Friends of Seacoast is a volunteer organization of family members and concerned community volunteers whose goal is to provide meaningful social activities for residents. The group meets the second Tuesday of each month from 6 to 7 p.m. in the second floor community room. Anyone wishing to make a donation in honor or in memory of a loved on may send it to: Friends of Seacoast, 298 Washington St., Gloucester, MA 01930.

Reiki for seniors

Reiki masters Dianna Porper and Laura Class offer reiki sessions at the Rose Baker Senior Center at a discounted rate for seniors, on Fridays, 10 a.m. to noon. For an appointment, call 978-281-9765.