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The Gloucester Housing Authority has a brand new, fully-equipped, very affordable one bedroom condo available for $90,000 and the buyer need not be a resident of Gloucester. Designed for low heating and insurance costs with a large bedroom, kitchen and living area, separate laundry room with washer and dryer, heated floor, energy-efficiency and sprinklers, this house is not is not a lottery offering, so if it sounds like your idea of home sweet home, call Kathy Erkkila at the Gloucester Housing Authority, 978-281-4770 Ext. 110 or look for Staten Street/Taylor Street information at www.ghama.com.
Legion Band concerts
The Rockport Legion Band presents free Christmas concerts Thursday, Dec. 13, at Rockport Congregational Church; and Thursday, Dec. 20, at Golden Living Center in Gloucester. Both concerts begin at 7 p.m.
The Open Door Food Pantry needs help to provide holiday meal baskets to local families. A donation of $25 provides a turkey, potatoes, butternut squash, apples, stuffing, cranberry and more. Make checks payable to: The Open Door, with “turkey” on the memo line, 28 Emerson Ave., Gloucester, MA 01930. The Open Door serves residents of Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester, Essex and Ipswich. To donate online, visit www.foodpantry.org.
Beginner and advanced skating skills group and private lessons are available for boys and girls ages 5 to 12, tots ages 2 1/2 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.
Those interested in learning what a Buddhist practice is or how others maintain a daily practice are invited to share their thoughts and questions with teacher Mary Kay Dyer, of Rockport’s Asian Classics Institute, and senior student and practitioner Elizabeth McLindon, on the fourth Sunday of the month, 7 to 8:30 p.m., at the 222 Wellness Center, 222 Eastern Ave. Contact Mary Kay Dyer at 978-283-8857 or email@example.com, or Elizabeth McLindon at 978-879-9159 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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.
Tennis for adults
The Rockport Recreation Department offers a multi-level tennis program, for adults ages 16 and up, mornings from 7:30 to 9, at the Rockport High School tennis courts. Play a match, get useful tips and learn more about the game. Cost is $70 for a four-week session. Call Olivia at 978-546-1309.
The Rockport Recreation Department offers an interactive day camp for children in grades one through five, at 9 a.m., at Rockport Elementary School. Activities include sports, games, arts and crafts. Admission is $135 for five weeks. Call Olivia at 978-546-1309.
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.
Boy Scout Christmas trees
Rockport’s Boy Scout Troop 20 is selling Christmas trees Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays, noon to 5 p.m., at Scout Hall, 47 Pleasant St., while supplies last. All trees are $35. All profits benefit Troop 20 and are used for scouting trips, outings and/or equipment. Call 978-546-1652.
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.
The Rockport Art Association, 12 Main St., offers these classes and sketch groups in its studio:
Figure sketch group (short pose) meets Mondays, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Model takes several short poses progressing to 20 minutes. No instruction. $10. Meets year-round. No preregistration required. Peter DeNigris monitors. 508-662-9985.
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. $10. No preregistration. Fred Jillson monitors. 978-281-5144.
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.
Pathways’ Cape Ann Families seeks men and women to volunteer as parent mentors. The program has been running for 20 years, serving parents of the Cape Ann community who are experiencing stress or isolation. Volunteers are matched with parents, beginning year-long mentorships/friendships. Contact Hailey Granger at 978-281-2400, ext. 110, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
Empty Bowl painting
Empty Bowl painting for The open Door will take place Wednesday, Jan. 9, 1 to 3 p.m., at the Rockport Senior Center. Admission is free. To register, call 978-546-2573. All are welcome.
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.
Free music program
The Council on Aging will present a free hour-long performance by Tornado Terry & the Twisters on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 7 p.m., at the Rockport Senior Center, 58 Broadway. All are welcome. Call 978-546-2573.
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 the First Congregational Church, School Street, the rest of the year.
The quilting and hand work group meet every Thursday at the Rockport Senior Center from 1 to 3:30 p.m. If you like to quilt, crochet or sew by hand, come to the center and enjoy the company of others.
Spiran Lodge party
Spiran Lodge 98 will hold its regular meeting, followed by a Christmas party, pot-luck supper and gift exchange on Friday, Dec. 14, 6:30 p.m., at the Lodge Hall.
114 years of giving
Rockport Christmas Tree Committee’s 114 year tradition of remembrance of the elderly, homebound, and residents of local hospitals and nursing homes continues this year, with visits prior to Christmas. Santa himself visits Den Mar Nursing Home with baskets of fruit and other goodies to gift to the residents. Volunteers will meet at Spiran Hall at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 21, to pack bags and baskets. Christmas morning, volunteers meet at Spiran Hall at 9 a.m. to deliver baskets. On Christmas morning at 10:30 a.m. Santa arrives in Dock Square by horse drawn carriage to distribute traditional bags of candy, fruit and goodies to children. These wonderful Rockport traditions rely soley on volunteers and donations. Donations may be mailed to the Rockport Christmas Tree Committee, % Doreen Carter, 2 Mary Helen Way, Rockport, MA 01966 or dropped at any Rockport National Bank location or Smith Lumber and Hardware.
“Charlotte’s Web,” the beloved American children’s book, reimagined as a stage musical by Joseph Robinette in collaboration with its original author, E.B. White, will be presented by Theatre in the Pines on the stage at the Community House at the Senior Center, 58 Broadway, Rockport. Come meet White’s menagerie of irresistible characters — from Little Pig, to Gluttinous Rat, the Zuckermans, the Arables, the animal-loving Fern, and the star of the show herself, Charlotte the extraordinary spider and her amazing web. Performances are Friday, Dec. 21, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 22, 2 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 23, 2 p.m.; and Friday, Dec. 28, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 29, 2 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 3, 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children, at Toad Hall in Rockport and The Bookstore in Gloucester.
The Rockport Senior Center holds various activities weekly, including Scrabble every Wednesday, 1 to 3 p.m.; and Bingo every Monday, 1 to 3:30 p.m. COA also has computers and shredders available for your use, and regular fitness and exercise classes. Call 978-546-2573.