, Gloucester, MA

August 23, 2013

Rockport Goings On

Gloucester Daily Times

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The Thrift Shop at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Rockport will hold its annual half-price sale Aug. 23, 24, 30 and 31. The sale will apply to all but selected items in the shop.

Youth choir auditions

Auditions for the 2013-14 season for the Honors Youth Choir of Chorus North Shore will be held Thursday, Sept. 12, 4 p.m., at the First Baptist Church, 2 High St., Rockport, and Thursday, Sept. 19, 3:30 p.m., at Ascension Memorial Church, 31 County St., Ipswich, followed by the first rehearsal. Auditions are open to all youth ages 10 through high school. The choir is sponsored by Chorus North Shore and is tuition free for youth.

RAA show

Rockport Art Association, 12 Main St., invites the general public to an opening reception for its fourth summer show of paintings, graphics, sculpture and photography on Friday, Aug. 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. Show runs until Sept. 22. Call 978-546-6604 or visit

Rockport Legion Band

The Rockport Legion Band continues its 80th season of free summer concerts at Back Beach Bandstand on Sunday, Aug. 25, at 7 p.m. All ages are welcome. Bring chairs or blankets. Popcorn and cold drinks are available.

OGBA covered-dish supper

The Old Garden Beach Association will hold its annual covered-dish supper Saturday, Aug. 24, 5 p.m., at the home of Bernie and Lorraine Horn, 33 Norwood Ave., rain or shine. Last names ending in A-E should bring a dessert; F-I should bring a salad; J-O should bring an appetizer, and P-Z should bring a main dish. BYOB and bring your own lawn chair. All friends, neighbors, members and nonmembers are welcome.

Old Sloop Coffeehouse

Old Sloop Coffeehouse will present a performance by Ellis Paul on Friday, Sept. 6, 7:30 p.m., at First Congregational Church, 12 School St. Advance tickets are $16; visit, Gloucester Music, or Toad Hall Bookstore. Tickets, at the door, are $20 for adults, $12 for those 65 and older, $5 for those younger than 18, $40 per family.

Cub Scouts car wash

The Rockport Cub Scouts Pack 55 will hold a car wash Saturday, Aug. 24, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the DPW yard, Upper Main Street. All proceeds benefit Rockport’s Scout Hall. Call Patti Tucker at 978-546-6297.

Seniors’ Maine event!

On Sept. 16, Rockport seniors are off to York, Maine to visit Nubble light and York Village. Browse the many boutiques or stroll Ocean Drive, then feast on authentic Maine Lobsterbake at Foster’s Downeast, cooked over a roaring fire. $66 per person, For more information, call 978-546-2573.

My Life, My Health

This free, six session program teaches tips and techniques for effective self-management of chronic conditions, such as heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, depression, asthma, bronchitis, emphysema and other physical & mental conditions. Each session focuses on a different aspect of self-care techniques; Thursdays, Sept. 5 — Oct. 10 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Family members welcome; sponsored by Senior Care. RSVP asap at 978-546-2573.

Energy workshop

The Rockport Senior Center will hold a free Home Energy Workshop Sept. 9, at 10:30 a.m. Find out how to save money and energy with a free program called Mass Save. Most Massachusetts residents already pay for energy improvements on their utility bill. You just have to sign up to access them. Get ready for winter and maybe lower your bills. RSVP asap at 978-546-2573.

Health & Flu clinic

The Rockport Senior Center will hold a Health Clinic wit free flu shots on Tuesday, Sept. 24, from 12 to 4 p.m. Shots will be administered by the Rockport Board of Health. Please bring your Medicare card and supplemental insurance card. Other clinical testing will be available for conditions including diabetes and blood pressure. Some of the testing will be sponsored by AGH.

Senior Barbecue

The Rockport COA joins the Den Mar Nursing Rehabilitation for an annual barbecue on Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 12 noon, at the American Legion grounds on Beach Street, with musical entertainment by the Uptown Girls performing ‘Hooray for Hollywood!’ Seating is limited, cost is $2 per senior. RSVP at 978-546-2573. In case of rain, we will be inside.

Painting classes

Elizabeth Harty will teach water and acrylic painting at the Rockport Senior Center, Wednesdays., 1 to 3 p.m., Sept. 4 — Oct. 23, 8 weeks $40. Appropriate for all levels and designed to build confidence in water color and acrylic mediums. Payment is due with pre-registration.

Autumn Art

Carla Mattioli will teach Autumn art at the Rockport Senior Center on Tuesdays from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Sept. 10 — Nov. 5, 8 weeks (No Class on Sept. 24) $40 per student. Explore earth, water, air and warmth, drawing and painting favorite seascapes, skyscapes and landscape moods of nature. All Levels welcome. Payment due with pre-registration.

Memoir writing group

The Rockport Senior Center’s free memoir writing group meets Tuesdays, taught by Cathryn Clark from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m.. Come prepared to write. Supplies needed are paper, pen, pencil and notebook.

Granite State sightseeing

On Oct. 16, Rockport seniors are off to New Hampshire’s Kancamagus Scenic Highway for lunch at Indian Head Resort, and scenic “Granite State” sightseeing. View the foliage; along the way we’ll make several scenic stops $64 per person. For more information, call 978-546-2573.

Salute to Veterans

On Nov. 14, join your fellow Rockport seniors for a musical show and feast at the Log Cabin in Holyoke, MA., featuring a “Salute To Our Veteran’s” Stand to honor those who have served America! You’ll have a great time with delicious cuisine and great music. $79 pr person; for more information, call 978-546-2573.

Recreation programs

The Rockport Recreation Department offers these classes at the Rockport Community House, 58 Broadway:

Sunrise Pilates Yoga, from 7 to 8 a.m. $8/drop in fee.

Pilates Yoga Strength Training begins Monday, Aug. 26, 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. $5/drop in fee.

Call Caitlin Chandler at 978-546-1309.

Community Schools

Rockport Community Schools will offer these programs this fall:

Yoga with Janet Green Garrison — Thursdays, 5:15 to 6:30 p.m., Rockport High School library. All-level yoga class for adults of all ages. Session 1 meets Sept. 19–Oct. 24. Session two meets Nov. 7–Dec. 19. Cost is $72 per six-week session.

Fitness Class with Marsha Whelan — Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Rockport Elementary School gym. Full body workout for all ages. Bring hand-held weights (3-8 pounds), water, a mat/towel for floor work, supportive exercise footwear and comfortable clothing. Cost is $60 per unit, $48 per unit for seniors 60 and older. Six-week class meets Sept. 4-Oct. 16 (12 sessions).

Drawing and Painting with Joy Dai Buell — Tuesdays, 7 to 9 p.m., Rockport High School art room. For beginners and experienced artists. Bring to the first class an 18x24 (Strathmore) drawing pad, an ebony pencil, a kneaded eraser, a gum eraser, and a small rag. Cost is $180 (does not include materials). Call for a list. Eight-week class meets Oct. 1–Nov. 19.

Preregistration and prepayment required for all classes. Forms available at Rockport Public Library and all school offices. Call 978-546-1204.

Artist demonstration

The Rockport Art Association, 12 Main St., will offer this artist demonstration: Aug. 27, David Curtis (Oil Landscape). Doors open at 6:30 p.m., followed by demonstration at 7 p.m. Admission is $5, free for RAA members. Call 978-546-6604 or visit

Recovery programs

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.

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 First Congregational Church, School Street, the rest of the year.

Plastic recycling

Rockport boat owners can recycle the plastic shrink wrap they remove from their boats this spring. The container for shrink wrap is located near the Park & Ride lot restrooms adjacent to the Transfer Station on Blue Gate Lane.

Meditation class

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.

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.

Senior Center programs

The Rockport Senior Center, 58 Broadway, offers these winter programs:

Tai Ji — Wednesdays, 9 to 10 a.m. $4 per class.

Strength Resistance Exercise Class — Mondays and Fridays, 9 to 10 a.m. $4 per class.

Yoga — Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 to 10 a.m. $3 per class.

Bingo — Mondays, 1 to 3:30 p.m.

Knitting and Handiwork Group — Thursdays, 1 to 3:30 p.m.

Scrabble — Wednesdays, 1 to 3 p.m.

Call 978-546-5027.

History museum

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.

Scholarship fund

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.

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.

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.

Memoir group

The weekly memoir writing group meets at the Rockport Senior Center on Tuesdays, from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. This is a free class. Bring paper, pen, pencil and notebook.

Computer classes

The Rockport Senior Center’s computer classes kick off Wednesday, Sept. 4. There will be iPad/iPhone classes from 10 to 11:30 a.m., and Intro to Computers from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Four classes for $40. Prepaid registration required. Call 978-546-2573.

Symphony Singers auditions

Cape Ann Symphony Singers are holding auditions for all vocal parts (soprano, alto, tenor and bass) Tuesday, Sept. 3, and Thursday, Sept. 5, 6:45 to 9 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 4 Cleaves St., Rockport. Cape Ann Symphony Singers rehearse every Tuesday, Sept. 10-Nov. 19, 7 to 9 p.m., at the UU Church in Rockport. The Singers perform Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 with the Cape Ann Symphony in the Holiday Pops Concert. For an audition, contact Wendy Betts at 978-546-5220 or

Summer meals program

The Open Door Food Pantry will serve free summer meals to children 18 and under, from now until Aug. 30, at these locations: The Open Door, Riverdale, Willowood and Veterans School. All lunches are served Monday-Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. A full list of all sites, including teen supper sites may be found online at

Church lift

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

CATA for seniors

Seniors needing transportation to the Rockport Senior Center should call Dianne at 978-546-2573 for help with a one-time application.

Bible study

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 or call 978-546-6121.

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