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August 23, 2013

Gloucester Goings On


Gloucester Daily Times

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Lebanese picnic

The Lebanese American community of Cape Ann will hold its sixth annual picnic Sunday, Aug. 25, 11 a.m., at Stage Fort Park (opposite The Cupboard). There will be music and children’s games. Bring food, drinks and a grill. Save the date: Bishop Gregory John Mansour of the Eastern United States Diocese will celebrate a Pontifical Maronite liturgy for living and deceased members of the Lebanese American community of Cape Ann on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 6:30 p.m., at St. Ann Church. A reception will follow. All are welcome.

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.

Free outdoor concert

The 2013 Summer Concert Series wraps up for the season with local favorite Cape Ann Big Band on Sunday, Aug. 25, 7 p.m., at the Antonio Gentile Bandstand, Stage Fort Park. Admission is free and free parking is available. Bring a picnic dinner, lawn chairs and blankets. Restrooms are handicapped-accessible. The rain date is the following Wednesday at 7 p.m. Call 978-281-0543 or visit www.davidlbenjamin.com.

CATA student passes

CATA Student Bus Passes are scheduled to be sold in the Gloucester High School atrium on these dates: Aug. 28-30, 1 to 4 p.m.; Sept. 3, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sept. 4-6, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Passes will not be sold at the CATA office during this time period. The Pass Plus, Unlimited Semester (Fall or Spring) Pass and Unlimited Annual Pass will be on sale. The Unlimited Semester (Fall or Spring) Pass and Unlimited Annual Pass are photo IDs (students must be present at the time of purchase). Cost is $200 for the Unlimited Annual Pass; $100 for the Unlimited Semester (Fall or Spring) Pass; $25 for the Pass Plus. Cash or check accepted. Call CATA at 978-283-7916.

Women’s Guild

The Holy Family Parish Women’s Guild will meet Tuesday, Sept. 3, 7 p.m., in the parish hall of St. Ann Church. All members, and women 18 and older are welcome to attend. This month the guild will focus on back to school. Bring a photo of yourself when you were in school, as well as a food donation for the St. Vincent De Paul Food Pantry. A social time follows.

Writers Center

The Gloucester Writers Center will present Yorio Hirano, translator and literature educator visiting from Japan, at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center, on Tuesday, Sept. 3, at 7:30 p.m. Professor Hirano’s talk is titled “What I Find in the Maximus Poems of Charles Olson.” He spent 20 years translating the famed Gloucester Poet’s seminal work into Japanese and was awarded the “Japan Special Prize of Translation of 2012” from the Japanese Translator’s Association. Visit www.gloucesterwriters.org.

‘This Is Our Youth’

Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main St., will present Academy Award nominated playwright Kenneth Lonergan’s “This Is Our Youth.” Show runs Wednesdays-Sundays, now until Aug. 25. Limited amount of discount tickets available to Cape Ann residents for all Wednesday and Thursday night 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.

Labor Day fireworks

The Gloucester Fireworks Committee is raising funds for the Labor Day weekend fireworks on Aug. 31. Donations, large or small, are needed. Tax-deductible donations may be sent to: The Gloucester Fund, 45 Middle St., Gloucester, MA 01930. (Include “fireworks” on the memo line). Email gloucesterinfo@gmail.com.

Lanesville aquarium visit

The New England Aquarium will bring its Traveling Tide Pool to the Lanesville Community Center, 8 Vulcan Street, on Saturday, Aug. 24. Stop in between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. to see, touch, and hold live tide pool animals. Coffee, juice, and pastry will be served. Donations appreciated.

Working Waterfront Walking Tour

Schooner Adventure’s Gloucester’s Working Waterfront Walking Tour will be offered Saturday, Aug. 31, and Sept. 14 and 28, at 10 a.m., weather permitting. The 90-minute tour starts at the Fishermen’s Statue and ends on Harbor Loop. Cost is $5 per person. To register, call 978-281-8079. Wear comfortable shoes.

Bay View Brotherhood

Bay View Brotherhood meets the second Tuesday of every month, 7 p.m., Brotherhood Club Hall, 889 Washington St.

Thrift Shop

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.

Rotary Club

The Rotary Club meets every Tuesday at noon at Cruiseport Gloucester.

Pet adoptions

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.

Military families

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.

Lighthouse BNI

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.

Business advice

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 vwhitcomb@nilp.org or pleon@nilp.org.

Singing Seniors

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 bembridgen@northshoreymca.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.

Cape Ann Thrift Shop

Trinity Congregational Church’s Cape Ann Thrift Shop is open Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon. Shop is located on Middle Street.

Chill Zone

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.

Summer meals for kids

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 served Monday-Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Full list of sites, including teen supper sites, may be found at www.foodpantry.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.

Drivers needed

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.

Clothes Closet

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.

GED help

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.

Coast to the Cure

The third annual Coast to the Cure, a bike ride featuring both On-Road and Mountain Bike Courses to benefit Neurofibromatosis Northeast, is Saturday, Sept. 7, beginning and ending at Stage Fort Park, with three routes of varying lengths: 24, 64 and 100 miles. The route winds through the North Shore’s seascape of quaint towns and ocean views. (The Mountain Bike Ride takes place at the Beverly Commons/Greenwood Forest in Beverly Farms). At the rides conclusion, participants enjoy a cookout at Stage Fort Park. Visit www.nfincne.org.

Fishery website

Cape Ann Fresh Catch, the Community Supported Fishery, which is a project by the Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Association, has a new website at www.capeannfreshcatch.org. Learn more about the nonprofit program which makes the support of Gloucester fishermen its mission.

Summer at St. Paul

St. Paul Lutheran Church will hold Night Church on Wednesday, Aug. 28, at 7 p.m. Simple service of word and sacrament, so you may “come as you are” even if you’re coming fresh from the beach.

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.