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July 22, 2013

Gloucester Goings On


Gloucester Daily Times

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Free swim!

Due to popular response (and the continued heat wave), the Cape Ann Y pool will be free and open to the community each Monday from 3 to 6 p.m. from Monday, July 22 to Monday, Aug. 19. The Cape Ann Y is proud to serve the community while acting as a flagship for our core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.

Music & Meditation

The Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church, corner of Middle and Church streets, presents an encore performance of Dr. Michael Bresnan and the Dorymates as part of a series called “Music & Meditation in the Meetinghouse” on Sunday, July 28, at 7:30 p.m. a social gathering and refreshments will follow. Open to the public with a free-will offering.

Music & Meditation

The Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church, corner of Middle and Church streets, presents an encore performance of Dr. Michael Bresnan and the Dorymates as part of a series called “Music & Meditation in the Meetinghouse” on Sunday, July 28, at 7:30 p.m. A social gathering and refreshments will follow. Open to the public with a free-will offering.

AGH meeting

Partners for Addison Gilbert Hospital invites everyone to a meeting on Monday, July 22, 6-7:30 p.m. at the Rockport Library. The agenda includes news of what is happening at AGH, a review of the Lahey Cape Ann community health assessment and input by local people into the plans for future services at AGH after May 2015, and the state’s Fund for Financially Distressed Hospitals and other legislative initiatives to reduce the cost of health care while protecting access to services. For info, 978-283-9911 or pego56@comcast.net.

‘Stories, Songs and More’

Storytellers Lucille LePage and Alicia Quintano present an hour of stories, songs, local history and on-your-feet fun Tuesdays, 10 a.m., at Stage Fort Park, July 9-Aug. 6. Meet near the Antonio Gentile Bandstand in good weather or on the porch of the Welcoming Center on rainy days. Bring a blanket or chair. Admission is free, with free two-hour parking for attendees. Call 978-281-3524 or 978-281-6304.

Marine yard sale

The Phyllis A. will sponsor a maritime Saturday and marine yard sale Saturday, Aug. 3, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Gloucester Marine Railways, Rocky Neck. Proceeds support the restoration of the Phyllis A. To donate marine items for the sale, call 978-283-9292.

Class of 1943

The Gloucester High School Class of 1943 will hold a 70-year reunion Saturday, Aug. 10, noon, at the Gloucester House restaurant. Notices have been sent. Those who have not received a notice should call George Monbourquette at 978-356-8611 or Edward Larkin at 978-526-1733.

GHS Class of 1958

Gloucester and St. Ann high schools Classes of 1958 will hold a 55th reunion Friday, Aug. 2, at Woodman’s Essex Room. Features a full buffet and dancing. Make checks payable to: Marie Murray, 4 Tidal Cove Way, Gloucester, MA 01930, or: Rose Aiello, Cherry Hill Road, Gloucester, MA 01930.

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:

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.

Thrift Shop

St. John’s Thrift Shop is open every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Features household goods, furniture, art, cookware, home décor, adult and children’s books, clothing, shoes and accessories, along with occasional antiques and oddities. Proceeds support outreach programs for the Cape Ann community. Free parking in the church lot, located at 33 Washington St. Entrance is down three steps from street level.

Speech, language screenings

Addison Gilbert and Beverly hospitals offer free screenings to children of all ages through the Speech-Language Department at Beverly Hospital, 85 Herrick St., Beverly, and Addison Gilbert Hospital, 298 Washington St., Gloucester. To schedule a free screening, call 978-816-2690.

‘Learn to Cope’

The Gloucester Cape Ann Chapter of “Learn to Cope” has moved its day and location. Now meeting on Wednesdays, 7 to 9 p.m., at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 48 Middle St. “Learn to Cope” is a peer led support group for anyone struggling with a loved one’s addiction. Call 508-801-3247 or visit www.learn2cope.org.

Rotary Club

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

Pet adoptions

Stop by Cape Ann Animal Aid 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.

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., 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.

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.

Lighthouse BNI

The Lighthouse chapter of BNI meets Fridays, 7 to 8:30 a.m., at Bass Rocks Golf Club in Gloucester. Visitors are welcome. For reservations, call Annalei Babson at 978-309-8450.

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. 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.

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.

Cape Ann Thrift Shop

Trinity Congregational Church’s Cape Ann Thrift Shop is open Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon. Shop is located on Middle Street.

Chill Zone

The Chill Zone, a community living room where youth (ages 12-18) can connect with friends, do homework and get a nutritious meal, is open Mondays and Wednesdays, 6 to 9 p.m., at The Hive, 11 Pleasant St., during the summer.

Summer meals for kids

The Open Door Food Pantry will serve free summer meals, to children 18 and under, from now until Aug. 30, at these locations: The Open Door, Riverdale, Willowood and Veterans School. All lunches served Monday-Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Full list of sites, including teen supper sites, may be found at www.foodpantry.org.

Tai Chi sessions

The Council on Aging offers Tai Chi sessions Tuesdays, 1:30 to 2:15 p.m., at the Rose Baker Senior Center. Tai Chi is a gentle way to fight stress and reduce anxiety, while increasing flexibility and balance. To register, call 978 281-9765.

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.

‘Chicago’

The Annisquam Village Players will present “Chicago,” adapted from the original by John Kander, Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, Aug. 6-11, 7:30 p.m., in the Annisquam Village Hall, 36 Leonard St. Reserved seating is $32, general admission is $16; visit www.annisquamvillageplayers.com. General admission tickets may be purchased after July 22 at: Annisquam Exchange, 32 Leonard St.; The Bookstore, 61 Main St.; and Lula’s Pantry, 5 Dock Square, Rockport. Hall is air-conditioned and handicapped-accessible. Refreshments served at intermission.

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.

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.