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On Saturday, April 20, Halibut Point State Park will participate in a day of statewide volunteer service of Massachusetts state parks. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., join us at Halibut Point in Rockport and help with the coastal clean up to get the summer season off on the right start! Parking is free for the day. For more information, call 617-626-4980 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Address is 16 Gaffield Ave., Rockport.
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. 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.
The Rockport Recreation Department will offer these classes:
T-ball program, for kindergartners through second-graders, begins April 27.
Interactive summer day camp, featuring arts and crafts, sports, and games, meets July 1 to Aug. 8. $195.
To register, visit www.rockportrecreation.com. Contact Caitlin at 978-546-1309 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tickets for the Rockport PTO auction are now on sale. The event will be held Saturday, April 27, at the Shalin Liu Performance Center. There will be a reception with live music on the third floor before the live auction begins downstairs. There is also a silent auction and online version. The live auction features special guest auctioneer Sen. Bruce Tarr. Items include a hand-painted and signed guitar from Paula Cole; original paintings by Ken Knowles, Phyllis Kaplan and more; Disney passes; sports tickets; harbor tours; and unique dining experiences; and more. For tickets or to preview auction items, visit Bidding For Good/Rockport Schools PTO.
Old Sloop Coffeehouse
Old Sloop Coffeehouse will present a performance by Garnet Rogers on Saturday, May 4, 7:30 p.m., at First Congregational Church, 12 School St., with Chris Pahud and Seth Connelly opening. Advance tickets are $16; visit www.oldsloopcoffeehouse.org, Gloucester Music, or Toad Hall Bookstore. Tickets, at the door, are $18 for adults, $10 for those 65 and older, $5 for those younger than 18, $24 per family. Bring nonperishable food items to be donated to The Open Door Food Pantry. Donors will receive a free drink.
Mother’s Day tea
Pigeon Cove Circle will host its Mother’s Day tea, for children of all ages to celebrate their mothers, grandmothers or special persons, on Saturday, May 11, 2 to 4 p.m., at Cove Circle Center, 6 Breakwater Ave. Donations will be accepted.
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.
The Rockport Art Association offers these classes and sketch groups:
Figure sketch group (short pose) meets Mondays, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Model takes several short poses progressing to 20 minutes. No instruction. $12. Meets year-round. No preregistration required. Cynthia Dunaway monitors; 978-283-3407.
Figure sketch group (long pose) meets Thursdays, 1 to 4 p.m. Adequate time to study subject and complete works of art. All mediums. No instruction. $15. No preregistration. Em Marquis Brown monitors; 781-631-4002.
Students meet in the RAA studio, 12 Main St., in the fall, winter and early summer. The entrance is located on Stone Barn Lane, behind the library. Students meet at 66 Bray St., in Gloucester, in the late spring and summer.
The Rockport Recreation Department will hold registration for its summer adult and youth tennis programs Tuesday, April 30, 6 to 7:30 p.m., at Rockport Elementary School. Call 978-546-1309.
Rockport Legion Band, a community band founded in 1932, is a non-audition musical group that plays all year, and is looking for competent musicians who play traditional concert band instruments. Players who played well in high school or college, but have “lapsed” are especially welcome. To attend a rehearsal, email email@example.com or call 978-546-6199. The band rehearses Thursdays, 7:30 p.m., at the American Legion Hall on Beach Street, Rockport. Visit www.rockportlegionband.wordpress.com.
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.
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.
Wednesday — Al-Anon group, 7:30 p.m., First Baptist Church of Rockport, 2 High St., for friends and relatives of people with alcoholism.
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.
The Old Garden Beach Association will host its Earth Day cleanup at Old Garden Beach on Saturday, April 20, from 8 to 11 a.m. Volunteers are needed to help with planting and general landscaping. Friends, neighbors, members and nonmembers are welcome. Bring gloves, rakes, clippers, etc. Trash bags will be supplied.
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.
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.
The Rockport Senior Center is offering free AARP tax aid Tuesdays, from 1 to 4 p.m. No appointment is necessary.
Beginner and advanced skating skills group and private lessons are available for boys and girls ages 5 to 12, tots ages 21/2 and up, teens and adults. Instruction is by professional coaches certified by USA Hockey and U.S. Figure Skating associations. Lessons available at Talbot Rink on Tuesdays, 6 p.m., and Saturdays, 1 p.m.; at Pingree School in Hamilton on Tuesdays and Fridays, 9:30 a.m. and 12:45 p.m., and Wednesdays, 1:30 p.m. Private lessons also available. Enrollment is ongoing. For a registration form, visit www.cafsc.org or call 978-546-2290.
Pigeon Cove Circle
Pigeon Cove Circle will hold its monthly pot-luck supper Thursday, April 25, at 6 p.m. Bring something for the table, and bring guests.
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.
Preschool story hours
Rockport Public Library offers story times for 3- to 5-year-olds on Tuesdays, 10 to 10:45 a.m., in the Brenner Friends Room, through April 30. Wendy Pierson will be the storyteller. Doors open at 9:45 a.m. for children and their parents. The program includes storytelling and a short film. Call 978-546-6934.
Open burning season
Forest Fire Warden Mike Frontierro reminds residents that open burning season continues to run through May 1. Only brush that originated on the property may be burned. Leaves, stumps and construction materials are prohibited. Permits cost $10, and may be obtained Sunday mornings, 8 to 10 a.m., or by calling 978-265-3339.
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.
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., Gloucester. Admission is $12, $6 for students/seniors. Call Anne Stevens at 978-281-6417.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 73 High St., Rockport, MA 01966.
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.