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Legion of Mary
This Sunday, May 20, at 3 p.m., the Legion of Mary will sponsor a living rosary, followed by crowning of the Blessed Mother and benediction at St. Ann's Church, Gloucester.
Vets Variety Show
This Saturday, May 19, grab your dancing shoes and head on down to The Gloucester House for one great Yankee Doodle Dandy of a night! Presented by 'Share the Music,' this "swellegant, elegant" Variety Show Fundraiser kicks-off at 6:30 p.m., Tickets are $20, all in support of a great cause: the Gloucester WW11 Memorial. Sing along and swing along down through decades of war and peace with American classics from Gershwin to Porter, Jolson to Sinatra, and all the way back to the Battle Hymn of the Republic. For tickets and/or reservations, call 978-283-1812, or stop by Gloucester Book Store and Toad Hall Book Store, Rockport.
The Holy Family Guild will be selling Cemetery Baskets and Patio Planters on Saturday, May 19, and Sunday, May 20, after masses. The sale will be in front of Saint Ann and St Joachim's, and the planters and baskets are priced accordingly. This will also be a preview of the plant sale to be held June 2.
The Poplar Park Community Building will host a weekend-long yard sale of household items on Saturday, May 19, and Sunday, May 20, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine, at 64 Poplar Park.
'Squam' plant sale
The Annisquam Sewing Circle will hold its annual plant sale of annuals, perennials hanging baskets, hydrangeas an roses on Saturday, May 26, from 8 to 11 a.m. at Annisquam Village Hall, 40 Leonard St., Gloucester.
The Gloucester Education Foundation's plant sale fundraiser is Saturday, May 19, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Stage Fort Park. The sale, organized by Generous Gardeners Inc., will accept donations May 18, from noon to 5 p.m., and May 19, from 7 to 9 a.m. We will also pick-up your if drop-off time is inconvenient, and provide pots if you need them. Please think about what perennials you might divide and donate. Plant identification is helpful but not required. The price your plant sells for may be a tax deductible donation to GEF. so let us know if you need a confirmation letter when you drop your donations. For more information or to volunteer, call Susan Kelly at 978-282-3306, or email: Susan@generousgardeners.com
The Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team and Kestral Educational Adventures will hold its second annual fundraiser yard sale on Saturday, May 26, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Commercial Street in Gloucester, next to St. Peter's parking area. (Rain date: Sunday, May 27). The team is accepting donations of clothing, small furniture, books, toys, sports and household goods. ALl items must be in good conditions, and no TV's or computers will be accepted). Donation may be delivered to the sale between 7 and 9 a.m. Small items may be picked up and/or stored upon request. For more information, call Cora at 978-281-5326.
Free dinner program
Pathways welcomes all Gloucester parents and caregivers to a free, informational dinner presentation, "Preparing Your Child for Kindergarten," on Wednesday, May 23, 5 to 6:30 p.m. at 29 Emerson Ave. This is a great opportunity for parents of children ages 3 & up, to learn what they can do over the summer to best prepare their child for a successful Kindergarten experience. Along with dinner, limited childcare is available. Please RSVP Amy, at 978-281-2400 x 120, or firstname.lastname@example.org before May 21. This event is a joint collaboration of the Gloucester Public Schools Title I Program, Pathways for Children and The Cape Ann Partnership for Children & Families.
Speech & Hearing
May is Better Speech & Hearing Month, and Addison Gilbert and Beverly Hospital is offering free speech/language screenings, including free pediatric speech and language screenings (20 to 30 minutes) for children 11 months to 18 years, conducted by a member of the Speech-Language Therapy Department to identify speech, language and feeding development. Children who qualify for more evaluation will be assisted by a speech/language pathologist. The screenings will take place in Speech-language Therapy Outpatient Clinic at Beverly Hospital, on Herrick St., and in Addison Gilbert's Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine Center in Gloucester. By appointment only; call 978-283-4000 x141, for Addison Gilbert Hospital. For more information, e-mail: email@example.com.
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.
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 team approach, SCORE's accredited counselors help develop a business plan, test the potential of an idea or determine the best solution to a problem. For information, visit www.scorenemass.org and call 978-282-7779 to make an appointment.