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September 6, 2013

Rockport Goings On


Gloucester Daily Times

---- — RAA workshops

The Rockport Art Association, 12 Main St., will offer these workshops:

Sept. 7-8 — Fearless Fluid Workout Water Medium Workshop with Robert Noreika. Cost is $175 for members, $200 for nonmembers. Watercolors and fluid acrylics used.

Sept. 14-16 — Oil Landscapes with Stapleton Kearns. Cost is $275 for members, $300 for nonmembers.

Classes take place outdoors. Call 978-546-6604 or visit www.rockportartassn.org.

CAAA golf tournament

The third annual Christopher Cutler Rich Golf Tournament to benefit Cape Ann Animal Aid will take place Monday, Sept. 23, at Bass Rocks Golf Club, Gloucester. Features a day of golf, followed by a celebration dinner with awards, prizes and a live auction. Players will receive a take-home gift and compete for top prizes and a special hole-in-one contest for a new car. To register, visit www.CapeAnnAnimalAid.com or call 978-283-6055, ext. 23.

‘Cabaret’

Theatre in the Pines will present the musical theater presentation of “Cabaret,” directed by Nan Webber, Sept. 13 and 14, 7:30 p.m., and Sept. 15, 3 p.m., at the Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main St. For tickets, stop by Toad Hall Book Store, 47 Main St., Rockport; or The Bookstore, 61 Main St., Gloucester.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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 www.FirstBaptistRockport.org.

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 www.FirstBaptistRockport.org or call 978-546-6121.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Hip Hop Hula

The Rockport Recreation Department will offer a Hip Hop Hula Hoops class, for children in kindergarten through grade five, Saturdays, beginning Sept. 14, 10 to 11 a.m., at the Rockport Community House. Cost is $30 for six weeks. Contact Caitlin Chandler at 978-546-1309 or caitlin@rockportrecreation.com.

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 www.oldsloopcoffeehouse.org, 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.

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.