GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

June 14, 2013

Gloucester Goings On


Gloucester Daily Times

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Fun Day 4 Kidz fundraiser

The JJ Nicastro Foundation’s Fun Day 4 Kidz fundraiser will take place Saturday, June 15, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the Gorton’s parking lot. The inflatable carnival features bounce houses, an obstacle course, basketball shot, boxing ring, giant slide, dunk tank, Slugger’s Lane, bungee run, hot dogs and hamburgers, cotton candy, face-painting, slush, a DJ, characters, games, prizes and more. All proceeds benefit the JJ Nicastro Foundation. Visit www.thejjnicastrofoundation.org.

TIA meeting

The Thacher Island Association will hold its annual meeting Monday, June 17, 7:30 p.m., at the Rockport Community House, Broadway, Rockport. The public is invited. Learn more about both Thacher and Straitsmouth islands, how you can visit, become a member or a volunteer. Hear about the past year’s accomplishments and future plans. Admission is free.

Amateur radio demo

The Cape Ann Amateur Radio Association will hold an outdoor amateur radio demonstration Saturday, June 22, 2 p.m., at the Fuller School field. The event, “Field Day,” is held nationwide and will run for 24 hours straight, until 2 p.m. Sunday, June 23. The public is invited to stop by any time. Learn how amateur radio operators communicate around the world using Morse Code to today’s computer technology.

Teen mentor training

Pathways’ Cape Ann Families, 28 Emerson Ave., is seeking high school students, ages 16 and older, to become volunteer me ntors for local children who would benefit from having a positive role model in their lives. Next free training is Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9 to 10:30 a.m., July 16-Aug. 8. Contact Hailey Granger at 978-281-2400, ext. 110, or hgranger@pw4c.org.

‘Look Good, Feel Better’

Addison Gilbert Hospital, 298 Washington St., will host the American Cancer Society’s “Look Good, Feel Better” program for women undergoing cancer treatment Wednesday, June 19, from 10 a.m. to noon. Volunteer cosmetologists share make-up, hair and skin care enhancing techniques to help with appearance-related effects of chemotherapy and radiation. To register, call 978-283-4000, ext. 585.

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, 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.

Nurturing Program training

Pathways’ Cape Ann Families, 28 Emerson Ave., will offer a free Nurturing Program facilitator training July 8-10, and is seeking interested men and women. The Nurturing Program is a 15-week program and will meet Tuesdays, 5 to 8 p.m., beginning in October. All are welcome. Visit www.nurturingparenting.com. Call Hailey Granger at 978-281-2400, ext. 110.

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.

Farmers Market

The Cape Ann Farmers Market will open for the season Thursday, June 20, 3 to 6:30 p.m., at Stage Fort Park, and will run every Thursday through Oct. 10 (except July 4). Features fresh produce and innovative local products from more than over 50 vendors, including farmers, bakers, an organic soap maker, a wellness tent, hand-printed clothing, gelato, locally roasted coffee, hand-made jewelry, pottery, iron creations, and art made from recycled materials. Back Yard Growers will sell produce, eggs and cut flowers. Email capeannfarmersmarket@gmail.com or call Nicole Bogin at 978-290-2717.

Ferrini centenary gala

The Gloucester Writers Center will hold a one-of-a-kind evening cabaret beginning with a culinary extravaganza on Saturday, June 22, 6 to 10 p.m., at Maritime Gloucester, to honor the late poet laureate of Gloucester Vincent Ferrini’s 100th birthday. After “Bites on the Dock,” donated by local restaurants and caterers, the “Poet’s Cabaret,” directed by M. Lynda Robinson and Michael McNamara, will launch a new book of previously unpublished poems from Ferrini to his friends on Cape Ann. Event brings together more than 50 artists, including dancers, chefs, puppeteers, musicians, actors and community volunteers. For reservations, visit www.gloucesterwriters.org. Event preceded by an afternoon panel, “Holy Local: Vincent Ferrini’s Literary Legacy,” at Cape Ann Museum from 1 to 3 p.m. The panel, made up of writers and teachers versed in Ferrini’s life and work will present new and ongoing scholarship with reference to specific published volumes, letters and unpublished material. Panel is free and open to the public; seating is limited.

Adopt-a-Cat

In celebration of national Adopt-A-Cat Month, Cape Ann Animal Aid will offer month-long cat adoption specials and sales on all cat merchandise. Adult cats are available for $25 off the adoption fee, and adoption fees will be waived for special needs cats. Adopters receive free goodie bags with supplies, and all cat merchandise at CAAA’s Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter will be 50 percent off. Visit www.CapeAnnAnimalAid.com or call 978-283-6055.

Fireworks fund

The Gloucester Fireworks Committee is raising money for the July 3 and Labor Day weekend fireworks displays. Donations, large or small, are welcome. Tax-deductible donations may be sent to: c/o The Gloucester Fund, 45 Middle St., Gloucester, MA 01930. (Write “fireworks” on the memo line.) Email gloucesterinfo@gmail.com.

League of Women Voters

The League of Women Voters of Cape Ann will meet Tuesday, June 11, 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 978-546-2191.

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. Classmates are asked to remit by June 15.

GHS Class of 1958

It’s not too late to join the GHS/SAH Class of 1958 at the 55th reunion on Friday, Aug. 2, at Woodman’s Essex Room, for a full buffet and dancing. Checks should be made out to: Marie Murray, 4 Tidal Cove Way, Gloucester, MA 01930, or: Rose Aiello, Cherry Hill Road, Gloucester, MA 01930.

Youth acting workshops

Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main St., will offer Youth Acting Workshops for children ages 6 to 18. The six-week session, taught by Gloucester native and award-winning actress Heidi Dallin, meets Fridays, July 12-Aug. 16. Each class is two hours per week and the students are divided in classes according to age. The workshops include an introduction to theater basics including improvisation, movement, vocal and physical expression, character preparation, scene study, storytelling, writing and public speaking training. Class size is limited and registration is on a first come basis. Summer session includes special guest teaching collaborations with Mary Saunders, Terry Byrne, Lindsay Crouse and Israel Horovitz. To register, call 978-283-6688.

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. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.