Gloucester Daily Times
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Ward 4 City Councillor Jackie Hardy has invited DPW Director Michael Hale and the Mayor’s Chief Administrative 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.
Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce will host a Business After Hours networker Thursday, April 18, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Sears Hometown Store, 146 Eastern Ave., Gloucester. Grow your business through new connections, mix and mingle with members in a relaxed atmosphere.$20 for Members, $30 for future members. For information/reservation, contact Emily Harris at: firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 978-283-1601.
YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day
The Cape Ann YMCA is celebrating YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day with a free community event to get kids moving and learning, and families living healthier, on Saturday, April 27, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the YMCA. Call 978-283-0470 or visit www.northshoreymca.org.
Cape Ann Museum, 27 Pleasant St., will present a Saturday Showcase with children’s book author and illustrator Frances Wosmek on Saturday, April 20, at 11 a.m. Features story time, light refreshments and children’s art activities, including illustration, collage and poetry writing. Program, sponsored by the Goldhirsh Foundation, is free and open to the public. Call 978-283-0455 or visit www.capeannmuseum.org.
‘Swing into Spring’
Rocky Neck Art Colony will present “Swing into Spring,” a fundraiser event to benefit the purchase of The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, on Sunday, April 28, 4 p.m., at The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson St. Wine and cheese with Cape Ann Big Band swing ensemble and Mari Martin, and dance performance by Sarah Slifer Swift. Dinner follows at The Rudder. Cost is $125 per person. Seating is limited. For reservations, visit www.RockyNeckArtColony.org, or contact Brenda at 978-559-1709 or BrendaMalloy@hotmail.com.
Celebrate William Shakespeare’s 449th birthday and Cape Ann Shakespeare Troupe’s fifth anniversary with an evening of scenes, sonnets, songs, refreshments and door prizes on Tuesday, April 23, 7:30 p.m., at the Rockport Community House, 58 Broadway, Rockport. Tickets are $10, $5 for students, and are available at the door. To reserve tickets, email email@example.com. Audience members are invited to bring pieces they would like to read. Visit www.capeannshakespearetroupe.blogspot.com.
Call for art
Artwork is sought for “twentythirteen: recent works,” an exhibition of paintings, photography, mixed-media and sculpture at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck in Gloucester. Guest juror is Blyth Hazen, an associate professor at Montserrat College of Art. Prizes will be awarded. Deadline is May 15. To request an entry form, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sidewalk Sweeping Day
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.
Free hand screening
Addison Gilbert Hospital welcomes certified hand therapists, Francine Elliott, OTR/L, CHT and Robert Hanson, OT/L, CHT, who will conduct a free hand screening on Monday, April 29, 1 to 3 p.m., in the cafe near the main entrance, for those who experience hand or wrist pain, numbness/tingling or difficulty using hand or wrist. Appointments are not necessary, and screenings will be held on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Gloucester High School and St. Ann High School classmates are planning a 55-year reunion Friday, Aug. 2, at Woodman’s function hall in Essex. Letters have been mailed out; anyone who has not received a letter should call Marie Murray at 978-283-7333 or RoRo Aiello at 978-283-1664. Classmates are asked to remit by May 15.
Action Inc.’s Energy Services offers fuel assistance and other programs to help save money and conserve energy to eligible Cape Ann households from now until April 30, covering all types of heating fuel. Gross annual household income may not exceed: $31,271, single person; $40,893, two-persons; $50,515, three persons; $60,137, four persons; and $69,759, five-persons. Additional discounts for natural gas, heating oil, electricity and phone service may apply, as well as energy conservation and education programs for homeowners and renters. For homeowners only, we may be able to pay for heating system repairs, cleanings and replacements. Call 978-281-3900 or 978-282-1003. Visit www.actioninc.org/energy_main.html.
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.
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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
North Shore Friends
Every Sunday, the North Shore Friends (Quakers) meet at 10 a.m. Call 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.
Ask a Nurse
From now until May 6, graduate students at Salem State University working on a practicum towards a master’s degree in nursing will have office time at the Rose Baker Senior Center on Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Laura Gillette, RN, BSN, will monitor blood pressure, medications, nutritional habits and health issues. Gillette will do home safety visits as well.
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.
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.
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.
VNA Care Network
VNA Care Network, a nonprofit home health care, hospice and wellness provider, provides stipends to women with breast cancer who need financial assistance for medications, co-payments, transportation to treatment and services to help increase access to treatment and support recovery. Women must be residents of eastern or central Massachusetts to qualify. This program is funded by a grant from the Massachusetts Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Call Joan Schaefer at 888-663-3688, ext. 1264, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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 here:
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.
The Gloucester World War II Memorial Committee is accepting requests for memorial bricks. For an appointment, call Lucia at the Veterans’ Center office at 978-281-9740. Bring a copy of the veteran’s discharge papers and a check for $200 for the perpetual care of the memorial.
The Rotary Club meets every Tuesday at noon at Cruiseport Gloucester.
Stop by Cape Ann Animal Aid at its new location 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.
Women’s Softball League
The Cape Ann Women’s Softball League is looking for players, 18 and older, to play Wednesday and Friday night games. Contact Jeanne at 978-998-2015 or email@example.com.
Johnny Orlando was a teacher, mentor and friend to countless students during his many years as a carpentry teacher at Gloucester High School’s vocational school. A native of Gloucester, Orlando was a fixture around town, especially on the Boulevard where no one passed by without a greeting or kind word. A $500 scholarship in Orlando’s name will be awarded to a graduating senior accepted at a college of higher education or an accredited technical school. Tax-deductible donations in his memory may be sent to: John W. Orlando Scholarship Fund, C/O Gloucester Scholarship Foundation, Cape Ann Savings Bank, 109 Main St., Gloucester, MA 01930.
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. in 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.
Pathways’ Cape Ann Families is seeking men and women to volunteer as parent mentors. This program has served stressed and isolated parents of the Gloucester and Cape Ann Community for 20 years. Volunteers participate in a five-week Winter Parent Mentor Training, after which each will be matched with a parent, starting a year-long mentorship and friendship. Contact Hailey Granger at 978-281-2400, ext. 110, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
The Cape Ann Shakespeare Troupe has established a $500 scholarship to be awarded to a Cape Ann high school senior who has been accepted to a college theater arts program. Prerequisites include participation in high school drama programs and involvement in one CAST production. For an application, contact Ray Jenness at email@example.com or 73 High St., Rockport, MA 01966.