Gloucester Daily Times
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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.
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.
The Capt. Lester S. Wass American Legion, Post 3, will hold a Poppy Drive in Gloucester on Friday and Saturday, June 28 and 29, with rain dates of July 5 and 6. The American Legion was created by World War I veterans after the war. Post 3 was the third post chartered in Massachusetts in 1919 and is named after a World War I Marine from Gloucester who was killed in action. The Legion uses the poppy as a symbol of sacrifices made by active duty service members, taken from one of the most notable poems written during WWI, “In Flanders Fields.” Poppies referred to in the poem grew in profusion in the disturbed earth of battlegrounds and cemeteries where war casualties were buried. Funds support the American Legion hall and its community service programs.
Mass Audubon’s Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary will offer these programs in Gloucester:
Cape Ann Capers: The Edge of the Sea — Friday, June 28, 9:30 to 11 a.m. For families with children ages 5-12. Explore the habitats of Mass Audubon’s Eastern Point Wildlife Sanctuary. $10 for adults, $8 for children; discount for Mass Audubon members.
Wild Edibles of Eastern Point — Saturday, June 29, 10 a.m. to noon. Learn to identify some of the common wild edibles that can be found along the shore and in the woods of Mass Audubon’s Eastern Point Wildlife Sanctuary. $12 for adults, $10 for Mass Audubon members.
All programs require advance registration; visit www.massaudubon.org/ipswichriver or call 978-887-9264.
Summer meals for kids
The Open Door Food Pantry will serve free summer meals, to children 18 and under, June 24-Aug. 30, at these locations: The Open Door, Riverdale, Willowood and Veterans School (starting June 25). All lunches served Monday-Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. No service on July 4. Full list of sites, including teen supper sites, may be found at www.foodpantry.org.
Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main St., opens its 2013 season with the Tony Award-winning musical “Spring Awakening” by Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik. Show runs Wednesdays-Sundays, from now through July 14. Limited amount of discount tickets available to Cape Ann residents for all Wednesday and Thursday 8 p.m. performances. For these performances only, residents may purchase tickets for $20. Advance reservations strongly suggested. Year-round Cape Ann residents must identify themselves when making a reservation, and proof of residency must be presented at box office. Building is air-conditioned and handicapped-accessible. Regular ticket prices are $40 for adults, $35 for seniors and students. For reservations, call 978-281-4433 or visit www.gloucesterstage.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.
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.
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:
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.
Teen mentor training
Pathways’ Cape Ann Families, 28 Emerson Ave., is seeking high school students, ages 16 and older, to become volunteer mentors 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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.
The Rotary Club meets every Tuesday at noon at Cruiseport Gloucester.
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.
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 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
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 email@example.com.