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November 9, 2012

Gloucester Goings On


Gloucester Daily Times

---- — Turkey give-away

Our Lady of Good Voyage Church, 142 Prospect St., will host its Thanksgiving turkey give-away Monday, Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m., in the parish hall. Features 51 turkeys, more than 200 prizes, sweet bread, vegetables and cider.

Symphony’s Holiday Pops

The Cape Ann Symphony’s Make A Joyful Noise: Holiday Pops Concert will kick off the holiday season Saturday, Nov. 24, 8 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 25, 2 p.m., in the Manchester Essex High School auditorium, 36 Lincoln St., Manchester. Features the soulful gospel vocals of Renese King and an updated audience sing-along as well as new and old holiday music for all ages. Tickets are $35 for adults, $30 for seniors, $20 for young adults, free for children 12 and under. For tickets, call 978-281-0543 or visit www.capeannsymphony.org.

Middle Street Harvest Festival

The second annual Middle Street Harvest Festival will take place Saturday, Nov. 17, when some of Middle Street’s historic doors will be open to the public: Sargent House Museum tours, noon to 2 p.m.; Temple Ahavat Achim tours, noon to 2 p.m., with music by David Wesson at 1:30 p.m.; Sawyer Free Library harvest story time and crafts, 10 a.m. to noon; Saunders House murals tour, noon to 2 p.m.; Gloucester firehouse kids’ tours, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; Gloucester YMCA face-painting, noon to 2 p.m.; Harvest for Grace concert, “Celtic Music of the Sea & Season,” 2:30 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church; and Cape Ann Museum “The Fishing Strike of 1917” with David Rich, 3 p.m. The festival is supported with sponsorship from BankGloucester.

Free vaccine for fishing families

On Tuesday, Nov. 20, the Fishing Partnership Support Services, in association with the Massachusetts Fishermen’s Partnership, will provide free flu, tetanus and pneumonia shots to commercial fishermen and their families. No health insurance is needed to participate and receive these free services. Clinics will be held at the Gloucester Marine Railways, 81 Rocky Neck Ave., 8:30 to 11 a.m.; and the Jodrey State Fish Pier, 3 State Fish Pier, 2 to 4:30 p.m. Participants will receive a discount coupon for orders of baked goods from Café Sicilia, in addition to a giveaway and raffle. Visit www.fishingpartnership.org or call 978-282-4847.

Author book reading

Author Eric Dolan will read from his latest book, “When America First Met China: An Exotic History of Tea, Drugs, and Money in the Age of Sail,” on Thursday, Nov. 15, 7 p.m., at The Bookstore. Dolan is also the author of “Leviathan” and “Fur, Fortune and Empire.”

Beeman holiday fair

Beeman School’s PTO holiday fair will take place Saturday, Dec. 1, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the school, 138 Cherry St. Features games, arts and crafts, spin art, sand art, gingerbread house kits, raffles, a silent auction, and lunch provided by Tucker’s Family Farm Diner. All proceeds benefit the school’s enrichment programs.

Christmas fair

The annual Annisquam Sewing Circle Christmas fair will take place Saturday, Dec. 1, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Annisquam Village Hall, Leonard Street. Features fresh holiday greens, centerpieces, wreaths and plants, as well as handcrafts and a silent auction. Copies of the Circle’s cookbook, “A Circle of Recipes,” will be for sale. A three-course luncheon will be served at two seatings: 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Cost is $15 per person. Reservations are recommended; call 978-283-2247.

‘The Writer’s Block’

“The Writer’s Block with John Ronan” will be broadcast Thursday, Nov. 15, 8 p.m., on Cape Ann TV’s Channel 12, and will be repeated one week later. The episode features Betty Erkkila, a resident of Rockport who has written a memoir on coming of age in the 1940s and ‘50s in her hometown. The book, “My Little Chickadee,” features family and town pictures, and both local and national historical context, from memories of Elvis Presley to Finnish traditions in language and culture. Erkkila will read from the book and talk about her work in composing it.

Birding history

The Schooner Adventure Lecture Series will present “Birding with History on Cape Ann” with John Nelson on Thursday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. Visit www.schooner-adventure.org, call 978-281-8079 or email info@schooner-adventure.org.

Holiday tea

The Schooner Adventure will host its holiday tea at the Inn Magnolia on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 1:30 p.m. Tea tasting, food, live music and a mini fair/auction. Admission is $10. Visit www.schooner-adventure.org, call 978-281-8079 or email info@schooner-adventure.org.

Flu clinic

The Gloucester Health Department will conduct a free flu clinic at Addison Gilbert Hospital, 298 Washington St., on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 9 to 11 a.m. Appointments are not necessary. Use the Fisher Lobby entrance. Wear short sleeves. Clinic is available to those 6 months and older.

Solstice Stroll

The Trustees of Reservations will offer a candlelight Solstice Stroll in Ravenswood Park on Saturday, Dec. 15, from 4 to 6 p.m., followed by a warm fire, S’mores and hot chocolate. Bring a nonperishable item for The Open Door Food Pantry. Cost is $5 for nonmembers, free for members. Registration required; visit www.thetrustees.org, email capeann@ttor.org or call 978-281-8400.

Sawyer Medal ceremony

This year’s Sawyer Medal and award ceremony will be held Wednesday, Nov. 14, 7 p.m., in the Gloucester High School lecture hall, followed by refreshments in the library.

Turkey penny sale

The Gloucester Fraternity Club, 27 Webster St., will hold a turkey penny sale Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $.25 each. Prizes include turkey, sweet bread, groceries, baked goods and much more. Call Annette at 508-320-3788.

‘Let Nothing Slip By’

“Let Nothing Slip By,” an evening of poetry, reflection and dialogue, will take place Wednesday, Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m., at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson St., East Gloucester. What has it meant to grow up white in American society? What does it still mean to be a person of color in America in particular times and places? Presented by the Gloucester Writers Center. Readings by Martha Collins, Afaa M. Weaver and Boston’s first Poet Laureate Sam Cornish. Email dorothyelsa@yahoo.com.

Holiday baskets

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.

Bowled Over!

Saturday, Nov. 10, will be bowling night for the Women of the Moose at Cape Ann Bowling Alley, starting at 5 p.m. A $20 donation buys three strings and shoes. Pizza and raffles will follow. Sign up at the Moose Lodge, Main Street. Members and guests are invited.

Turkey raffles

The Loyal Order of the Moose will hold a turkey raffle on Saturday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m., at the Moose Lodge, Main Street. St Joseph sandwiches with side dishes will be served. A $6 donation per person donation will be appreciated. Open to all members and guests.

Crafters sought

Crafters are sought for the annual Rockport PTO holiday fair on Saturday, Nov. 17. Space fills up quickly and is limited so reserve your eight-foot table now. To sign up, contact Amy Kamm at 978-546-5138 or ajkamm93@gmail.com.

Parent support group

HEART, a group founded by mothers of gay children on Cape Ann, meets monthly to share thoughts and experiences and to offer support to other parents of gay children. Whether your child is 5 or 35 you are welcome to join us in a safe, comfortable setting. Meetings are one morning a month. You are strongly encouraged to call one of us to meet one-on-one if that is more comfortable for you. Call Diane Polley at 508-641-5535 or Judy Friend 978-283-1306.

Concert fundraiser

A tribute to John Lennon and George Harrison concert will take place Saturday, Dec. 29, 6 to 9:30 p.m., at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport. The Beatles tribute band Octopus’s Garden will perform classic Beatles songs, and The Mockers will perform solo works by Lennon and Harrison. Tickets are $20. All proceeds benefit local cancer related charities.

Yoga for seniors

The Gloucester Council on Aging provides gentle mat yoga sessions Tuesdays at 10 a.m., chair yoga on Wednesday at 12:15 p.m., and Thursday yoga at 10 a.m. each week at the Rose Baker Senior Center. Call 978-281-9765.

Handyman for seniors

The Council on Aging has a handyman, a retired carpenter, available to help Gloucester and Rockport seniors with inside and outside work at a reduced cost. To make an appointment, call the Rose Baker Senior Center at 978-281-9765 and leave your contact information and a brief description of the work needed.

SCORE program

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 or call 978-282-7779 to make an appointment.

Adult Education

Action Inc’s Adult Basic Education classes are on Mondays and Wednesdays, 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Action’s main offices, 80 Main St. Classes include reading, writing, math, work skills and referrals to support services as needed. Call 978-282-1000 or visit www.actioninc.org.

GHS building project

The Gloucester High School Carpentry/Electrical shops are accepting applications for a house building project for the 2012-2103 school year. Contact Jack Andrewes at GHS or at jandrewes@gloucester.k12.ma.us.

Cape Ann Referral Group

The Cape Ann Referral Group, a membership of local business networking and referrals, meets every other Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. at the Masonic Building on Eastern Avenue. Visit www.CapeAnnBiz.com.

Learning Express

Sawyer Library patrons have access to Learning Express Library from any computer with their library card. Prepare for the CLEP, ACT, PSAT, SAT, TOEFL, and ASVAB without the expense of buying practice books. Learning Express also offers tutorials for software, GED preparation, job searches, U.S. citizenship, and resources in Spanish. Visit www.sawyerfreelibrary.org.

Cape Ann Thrift Shop

Cape Ann Thrift Shop, 70 Middle St., is open Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The shop offers clothing for the whole family, linens, toys, jewelry and more. Donations of all types are appreciated.

Hospice volunteers

VNA Care Network & Hospice, a nonprofit home health care, hospice and wellness agency, needs volunteers to provide practical and emotional support to terminally-ill patients and their families on the North Shore and Cape Ann. Volunteers receive training, supervision and support. Call Nancy Barcelo at 1-888-663-3688, ext. 4271, visit www.vnacarenetwork.org, or call 1-800-728-1862.

Senior Steps

The Center for Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine at Addison Gilbert Hospital, 298 Washington St., offers a risk-reduction exercise program for seniors, ages 60 and over, with fear of falling and balance difficulty. A free 30-minute screening is required; plus a $3 fee per class. Program meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 11 a.m. to noon, and from noon to 1 p.m. Space is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Call 978-283-4001, ext. 141.

The Clothes Closet

The Clothes Closet, in the basement of St. Ann School, corner of Prospect and Pleasant streets, is open Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Clothes Closet 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.

Veterans counseling

Many veterans experience difficulty in adjusting to problems in civilian life after serving in combat. The Lowell Vet Center offers counseling at the Gloucester Veterans Center for area veterans and their families, free of charge. For an appointment, call the Gloucester Office of Veterans’ Services at 978-281-9740.

CAST casting

Cape Ann Shakespeare Troupe is seeking actors, technicians, stage and front of house help for its first production of the 2012-13 season. Performances take place the first two weekends of November at the Gloucester Stage Company. “Visiting Lear,” an adaptation of “The Tragedy of King Lear,” requires three actors to play multiple roles. One-act play runs 55 minutes. Email cast2008@prodigy.net with a cc to Ray Jenness at kjenness045@netzero.com. “Love on a Midsummer Night,” scenes from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” requires a cast of five, with four playing two parts each, and a narrator. One-act play runs 40 minutes. Email cast2008@prodigy.net with a cc to Nick Neyeloff at its.i.forget@gmail.com. Prompt replies encouraged.

Insurance help

Financial Councilors are available at Addison Gilbert Hospital, 298 Washington St., Gloucester to assist you in accessing health insurance: MA Health, Commonwealth Care, Commonwealth Choice, Medicare, Medicaid and other health insurance issues. Visit the hospital’s Financial Service Department Monday — Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Diabetes screening

A free community diabetes screening is held the first Monday of each month, 1 to 3 p.m., at Addison Gilbert Hospital, 298 Washington St., Women’s Health Conference Room. All are welcome. Appointments and fasting are not required. Call 978-283-4000.

Child loss

Loss of a Child Support Group is available to parents who have lost a child at any age on the third Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m. in the Longan Room of Addison Gilbert Hospital, (Washington Street entrance). There is no fee; please pre-register with Judi Dagle-Ernest at 978-879-9718.

Healthy Streets Program

Northeast Behavioral Health (NBH) Healthy Streets Outreach Program provides HIV testing, hepatitis C information, access to drug treatment, overdose prevention and Narcan training. All services, provided by NBH Healthy Streets Program, are available at Gloucester Family Health Center, 302 Washington St., Gloucester, lower level, Wednesdays, noon to 5 p.m. Call 978-236-0251.

Babson Library

Isabel Babson Memorial Library, 69 Main St., is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Named for Gloucester’s first midwife, the library’s books feature all aspects of family life including maternity, child care and women’s health. The collection is updated monthly. All are welcome to browse. Call 978-283-5624.

seARTS grants

seARTS’s Partner With an Artist (PWA) provides grants to artists to create new work in partnership with a business in Gloucester’s Rocky Neck Cultural District. To apply, visit www.facebook.com/PartnerWithAnArtist, call 978-281-1222 or email pwa.searts@gmail.com.

Help our homeless

The Action Emergency Homeless Shelter is accepting donations of deodorant, razors, feminine products, men’s sneakers and boots (larger sizes preferred), men’s jeans (larger sizes preferred), and socks.

Senior Day Care

The Council on Aging sponsors Social Day Care sessions with supervised activities and programs three days a week, for seniors who are homebound and isolated, at the Rose Baker Senior Center, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Daily lunch and snacks are included. Transportation is provided by CATA. Call 978-281-9765, ext. 20.

Yoga for seniors

The Gloucester Council on Aging provides gentle mat yoga sessions Tuesdays at 10 a.m., chair yoga on Wednesday at 12:15 p.m., and Thursday yoga at 10 a.m. each week at the Rose Baker Senior Center. Call 978-281-9765.

Legion meeting

The Capt. Lester S. Wass American Legion, Post 3, holds its regular post meetings the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. Members are encouraged to attend and be part of the decision-making process. Executive Board meets the second Monday of the month at 7 p.m. Any member may attend the Executive Board meetings.

Adult Education

Action Inc’s Adult Basic Education classes are on Mondays and Wednesdays, 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Action’s main offices, 80 Main St. Classes include reading, writing, math, work skills and referrals to support services as needed. Call 978-282-1000 or visit www.actioninc.org.

GHS building project

The Gloucester High School Carpentry/Electrical shops are accepting applications for a house building project for the 2012-2103 school year. Contact Jack Andrewes at GHS or at jandrewes@gloucester.k12.ma.us.

Narcotics Anonymous

Gloucester meetings of Narcotics Anonymous are:

“Together We Can” meets Sundays, 7 to 8 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, corner of Pine and Church streets.

“Living Clean” meets Wednesdays, 7:30 to 9 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, corner of Pine and Church streets.

“Keeping It Real” meets Thursdays, 7:30 to 9 p.m. 5 Center St.

“Fishing for Recovery” meets Fridays, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, corner of Pine and Church streets.

For more meeting times, visit www.NewEnglandNA.org or call 1-866-624-3578.

Condo lottery

The Gloucester Housing Authority has a homeownership lottery for three newly-built condos at 10 Taylor St., Gloucester. The two-bedroom condos are spacious and have an extra huge finished, heated room in the attic with skylights and a harbor view. The two condos are priced at $125,000 each. The lower level is an open floor plan wheelchair-accessible condo with a separate bedroom and laundry room. Price: $90,000. All three condos have off-street parking. Lottery applicants should be below 80 percent of median income. Even though certain descriptions are listed as a “preference,” all should apply. Call 978-281-4770, ext. 110.

Birding lecture

The Schooner Adventure Lecture Series presents ““Birding with History on Cape Ann,” with John Nelson, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, North Shore Community College, Natural History Writer and Birder, on Nov. 15 at 7 p.m., the Rocky Neck Cultural Center on Wonson St. Admission is free, sponsored by the Gloucester Adventure. For more information, call 978-281-8079, email: info@schooner-adventure.org, or visit: www.schooner-adventure.org

Holiday Tea

The Schooner Adventure will host a holiday tea on Dec. 2, at 1:30 p.m. at the Inn Magnolia, with a special tea tasting, holiday food, live music, a mini fair, and an auction. Admission is $10. Call 978-281-8079, email info@schooner-adventure.org or visit www.schooner-adventure.org.

Help our homeless

The Action Emergency Homeless Shelter is accepting donations of deodorant, razors, feminine products, men’s sneakers and boots (larger sizes preferred), men’s jeans (larger sizes preferred), and socks.

Senior art

The Council on Aging art program at the Rose Baker Senior Center is led by art instructor Juni VanDyke. For information about the ongoing weekly art projects on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, at 10 a.m., call 978-281-9765.

Reiki for seniors

Reiki masters Dianna Porper and Laura Class offer reiki sessions at the Rose Baker Senior Center at a discounted rate for seniors, on Fridays, 10 a.m. to noon. For an appointment, call 978-281-9765.

Knitting group

The Council on Aging knitting and crochet group meets Tuesdays, 10 a.m., at the Rose Baker Senior Center. New members are welcome. Call 978-281-9765.

Senior Scrabble

A friendly group of Scrabble players meets Tuesdays, noon, at the Rose Baker Senior Center. New members are welcome. Call 978-281-9765.

Mall Mondays

A CATA bus departs the Rose Baker Senior Center each Monday morning at 10 a.m. destined for the Liberty Tree and North Shore Malls. Return pick-up time at the mall is 1:30 p.m. Five or more passengers are needed, so call CATA by the Friday afternoon before the trip. To register, call 978-283-7916 or 978-281-9765.

Legion Post open

The Capt. Lester S. Wass American Legion Post 3 opens its lounge for members and guests, Monday through Friday, noon to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Blue Star Banner

Capt. Lester S. Wass Post 3, American Legion, honors military personnel by presenting the parents of anyone on active duty with a Blue Star Banner. These banners may be obtained by calling 978-283-9710. Leave your name and telephone number and a representative will return your message.

GED preparation

The Compass Youth Program offers GED preparation for ages 16 to 21, through Action Inc. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., throughout the summer. Call 978-281-9682.

Pathways volunteers

Pathways’ Cape Ann Families, 29 Emerson Ave., 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 hgranger@pw4c.org.

NAMI support groups

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) hosts recovery support groups for persons suffering depression or other brain disorders and their families on the first Wednesday of each month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and third Thursdays from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at 43 Gloucester Ave. Call 978-281-1557, email namicapeann@comcast.net or visit www.namicapeann.org.

Entrepreneurial seminar

Cape Ann Business Incubator’s Center for Entrepreneurial Development holds free lunchtime workshops for business owners and entrepreneurs every Wednesday, noon to 1 p.m., at 33 Commercial St. Topics include an introduction to bookkeeping, financial management, how to secure financing and more. To RSVP, call Desmond at 978-540-9977, ext. 101.

Volunteers needed

SeniorCare Inc.’s “Meals on Wheels” program is in need of volunteer drivers to deliver noon-time meals to homebound seniors. Hot meals are fully prepared and packaged for delivery. Drivers may volunteer for one morning a week or more. Call Linnea or Paula at 1-866-927-1050 or 978-281-1750, Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Walking Club

The Rose Baker Senior Center’s walking club needs a volunteer leader. Free training will prepare leaders on recruiting walkers to join the club, and understanding the benefits of walking. Call 978-281-9765.

Pathways playgroups

Pathways for Children “Parent & Child Walk & Talk” meets Mondays, 10 to 11:30 a.m., at its Cape Ann Families play space, 29 Emerson Ave. Parents, caregivers and children, from birth to age 5, are welcome. Contact Amy Larsen at 978-281-2400, ext. 120, or alarsen@pw4c.org.

Open Door Pantry

The Open Door Food Pantry, 28R Emerson Ave., provides free food assistance Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 to 7 p.m.; Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 to 7 p.m.; and Friday, 10 a.m. to noon and 3 to 5 p.m. Valid ID required. Call 978-283-6776 or visit www.foodpantry.org.

Books sought

Gloucester United Methodist Church, 436 Washington St., is raising money through donations of new and used books, CDs, DVDs, records and audio books. The church has a drop-off donation container to collect these items. The church will be paid on an ongoing basis for all items collected in the donation container. The program is an ongoing fundraiser and donations can be made by the public at any time. All funds raised benefit the general funding of the church. Visit www.GotBooks.com.

Second Glance

Second Glance Thrift Store, 2 Pond Road, has extended hours from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Shop for clothing, household goods, books, collectibles, furniture and more. The donation center is open during regular business hours. Furniture pickup is available by appointment. A tax receipt is available upon request. All proceeds support The Open Door. Call 978-283-4298 or visit www.foodpantry.org.

Shakespeare Troupe

The Cape Ann Shakespeare Troupe will present “Shakespeare In Two Acts” on Nov. 10, 8 p.m.; and Nov. 11, 3 p.m., at the Gloucester Stage Co., 267 East Main St. The program consists of two one-act plays, the first, a romantic fantasy-comedy titled “Love on a Midsummer Night” based on “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” and the second, “Visiting Lear,” a drama adapted from “The Tragedy of King Lear.” Directed by Nick Neyeloff and Ray Jenness, and written by Joseph Stiliano, all of Rockport. The casts consist of talent drawn from Cape Ann and surrounding communities. Tickets, available at the door, are $15, $10 for students, $5 for those under 19. To reserve tickets, email cast2008@prodigy.net.

Friends of Seacoast

The Friends of Seacoast is a volunteer organization of family members and concerned community volunteers whose goal is to provide meaningful social activities for Seacoast’s residents. The group meets the second Tuesday of each month, from 6 to 7 p.m. All are welcome. Next meeting is Tuesday, Nov. 13. Anyone wishing to make a donation in honor or in memory of a relative, friend or neighbor should send it to: “The Friends of Seacoast, 298 Washington St., Gloucester, MA 01930.

Open Mic

Have a special talent and want to share it for a good cause? The Opportunity Center at Pond View Village in Gloucester is looking for local high school acts of music, dance or comedy for its fundraiser on Dec. 1, from 6 to 9 p.m. Best act prize will be chosen by audience vote. If you’re interested, contact Service Coordinator Stacy Randell at 978-281-8181, ext. 141, or: srandell@thecalebgroup.org or student organizer Hannah Sumner at: hannah.sumner13@gmail.com. The Opportunity Center provides free enrichment and educational programs for children and adults.

AGH reunion

All current, former and retired employees, medical staff members and volunteers of Addison Gilbert Hospital are invited to a reunion on Saturday, Nov. 10, at The Gloucester House Restaurant, 63 Rogers Street, Gloucester, from 4 to 9 p.m. Buffet dinner $25. per person. Cash bar. Tickets will be available at the door. Please bring your memorabilia, there will be a display table for photos, etc.

For more information, call Judi Gross 978-283-2406 , Shirlee Farina 978-283-4782 or Judy Brosnan at 978-546-6204.

Homeland security

On Nov, 8, at 7 p.m., The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck will host national intelligence expert Mary Margaret Graham, the first Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Collection speaking on “National Security since 9-11, Are we Safer?” Mrs. Graham has 29 years in the CIA and worked on behalf of the Director of National Intelligence to conceptualize and manage DNI oversight of intelligence collection programs across the Intelligence Community. Suggested donation, $10.

Elks hoop shoot

The Gloucester Elks will hold its annual hoop shoot on Sat. Nov. 10, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Cape Ann YMCA. It is a free throw contest with boys and girls ages 8 to 13. for more inforamtion, call Deb SHeppard at 97-283-1092.

Skating lessons

Beginner and advanced skating skills group and private lessons are available for boys and girls ages 5-12, 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.

Buddhism salon

Anyone with questions about a Buddhist practice, who wants to know about one without a commitment, or anyone with ideas to share is welcome to attend a Buddhism salon the fourth Sunday of each month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Group meets at the 222 Arts & Wellness Center, 222 Eastern Ave., Gloucester. All are welcome to attend any session. No prior meditation experience is necessary. A $10 donation is suggested. Contact Diana Peck at 978-281-2367 or dianalpeck@yahoo.com, or Gail Thompson at 781-899-0012 or gcempty@verizon.net.

Holiday fair

The Women’s Community Club of Magnolia will hold its holiday fair Saturday, Nov. 10, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., in Jones Hall, Magnolia Library Center, corner of Lexington and Norman avenues. Features handmade crafts, holiday gifts, jewelry and bake table, children’s activities, photos with Santa, a silent auction and more. Mulled cider, coffee, punch, muffins and doughnuts available. Homemade haddock chowder, quiche, hot dogs and tuna rolls served beginning at 11:30 a.m. Call Carol Sutherland at 978-525-3773.

Cape Ann Forum

The next Cape Ann Forum will take place Sunday, Nov. 11, 7 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Church, corner of Church and Middle streets. Free and open to the public. Internationally-known conflict resolution expert Donna Hicks will discuss the importance of dignity in both causing and resolving clashes between individuals, groups and countries.

Financial aid night

Gloucester High School will host a college financing seminar, presented by MEFA, the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority, on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 7 p.m., in the lecture hall. The seminar is intended for all seniors and their parents. Students are encouraged to attend. Learn how to apply for financial aid, compare financial aid award letters, and seek available financing options.

Women’s Community Club

The Women’s Community Club of Magnolia will meet Tuesday, Nov. 13, 7 p.m., in the Magnolia Library Center. “The Bead Shop Demo” by Susan. Members will create jewelry for a $5 charge for supplies. Hostess for the evening is Susan McCalla and her committee. Call Carol Sutherland at 978-525-3773.

Thanksgiving Harvest Market

The Cape Ann Farmers Market will host a Thanksgiving Harvest Market on Saturday, Nov. 17, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church, 10 Church St., corner of Middle and Church streets. More than 20 vendors will sell fresh produce, soups, baked goods, crafts, meats, cheese, herbs, Trupiano sausage, pasta and maple syrup. Visit www.CapeAnnFarmersMarket.org or call Nicole Bogin at 978-290-2717.

Free Thanksgiving meals

The Capt. Lester S. Wass American Legion, Post 3, will serve and deliver free Thanksgiving meals on Thanksgiving Day to the elderly and housebound. The hall will also open at 11 a.m. for anyone who would like a Thanksgiving meal. To order a meal, call 978-283-9710 after 5 p.m. and leave your name, address, telephone number and number of meals. Early reservations are recommended. Donations of turkeys, pies, other foods and monetary gifts are welcome. Mail other donations to: P.O. Box 122, Gloucester, MA 01931-0122. Volunteers are needed for cooking, serving and delivering meals; call 978-283-9710 and leave a message.

Wellspring open house

The board and staff at Wellspring House welcome members of the community to attend the annual meeting and open house Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 302 Essex Ave. The public is encouraged to attend to learn more about the organization. Ribbon cutting for new children’s play space at 5 p.m. Volunteer and donor reception with refreshments at 5:30 p.m. Meeting starts at 6:30 p.m.

Free caregivers program

A free program for caregivers, “The Essential Caregiver,” will be offered Wednesday, Nov. 14, noon to 4 p.m., at SeniorCare. Practical guidance and training, and easy to understand materials. Respite is available. To register, contact Susan Harrison at 978-921-2065, est. 221, or sharriso@nhs-healthlink.org.

Food for fines

This November, the Sawyer Free Library is accepting donations of non-perishable food in exchange for erasing any book fines. Patrons without fines are also asked to join in this drive to support the Open Door Food Pantry which provides emergency groceries to those in need. Recommended items include cereals, soups, juices, pasta, sauces, and prepared meals in a can such as chili or stew. Needs for the Food Pantry have greatly increased in these times of economic down-turn. Donations may be dropped off at the circulation desk with your library card. Help your neighbor and avoid that fine!

Learn to Cope

Learn to Cope, a confidential support group for parents and caregivers struggling with a member of the family who is addicted to opiates or other drugs (opiates include heroin, Oxycontin, Vicodin, Percocet, etc.) meets every Tuesday, 7 to 9 p.m., at Gloucester Family Health Center, 302 Washington St., lower level. Call 508-801-3247 or visit www.learn2cope.org. Sponsored by the Healthy Gloucester Collaborative.