thursday, may 24
Sargent House readings and lawn picnic, 5 to 7 p.m., Main Street side of Sargent House Museum, with writings of Judith Sargent Murray read by local artists, writers; Followed by sneak preview of the house.
Fair housing and lending seminar, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Maritime Gloucester, 23 Harbor Loop. Free program sponsored by the City of Gloucester, Grants Division, and the Fair Housing Center of Greater Boston, 23 Harbor Loop. Learn your legal rights under current laws; Call 978-282-8003
"Looking Beneath the Surface at Fisheries," 7 p.m., Maritime Gloucester, 23 Harbor Loop. Final free lecture in spring series; explores the nexus of environmental, social, and economic issues. Hosted by Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance (NAMA), open to the public.
"Lady's Slipper — Beauty & Botany," 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Ravenswood Park, with botanist Rick Davis, hosted by the Trustees of Reservations in Cape Ann. Meet in parking area; free to members, $5 for nonmembers.
Art show and sale hosted by NAMI of Cape Ann, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Willow Rest Restaurant and Grocery. Call Linda S. Lewis, 978-324-6102
friday, may 25
Sargent House Museum opens for summer season, 12 noon to 4 p.m. Suggested donation, $5. For more information, call Chris at 978-283-2063.
Holy Family Parish bingo, 6:30 p.m., Monsignor Sullivan Hall, St. Ann Church, Gloucester. Anyone 18 and older invited. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Proceeds support school and parish programs. 978-281-4820.
saturday, may 26
Gloucester Garden Club's "Hello Spring!" plant sale, 9 a.m to noon, Western Avenue, beside the tennis court. Good, diverse selection of perennials from members' gardens, reasonably priced and well suited for local growing.
Yard sale, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sheedy Park, 88 Pleasant St. Household items. Outdoors on Shepherd Street side. Call Micky at 978-515-7478 before5 p.m.
BankGloucester's 125th anniversary customer appreciation day, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., 160 Main Street lobby. Refreshments and free raffle. For information, call 978-283-8200.
Penny Sale at Our Lady of Good Voyage Church, 7 p.m. in the Parish Hall, 148 Prospect St, A good selection of sweet bread, groceries and baked goods.
Annisquam Sewing Circle's plant sale, 8 to 11 a.m., Annnisquam Village Hall; annuals, perennials hanging baskets, hydrangeas, roses. 40 Leonard St., Gloucester.
Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team's fundraiser yard sale, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., co-hosted by Kestral Educational Adventures on Commercial St., next to St. Peter's parking area. Donations needed: good quality clothing, small furniture, books, toys, sports and household goods. Call Cora at 978-281-5326.
Sunday, May 27
Open House to celebrate the opening of the new Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter, 12 noon to 4 p.m., 4 Paws Lane, Gloucester. All are welcome at this wonderful new facility!
St John's Episcopal Church, 48 Middle St, starts summer schedule with one service at 9 a.m. For more information go to www.stjohnsgloucester.org