GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

September 13, 2013

Gloucester Goings On


Gloucester Daily Times

---- — Events listed here are open to the public and sponsored by nonprofit groups unless otherwise noted. Press releases may be sent to Goings on, Gloucester Daily Times, 36 Whittemore St., Gloucester, MA 01930, sent via email to gdt@gloucestertimes.com or faxed to 978-282-4397. Please include a contact person’s name and telephone number and send at least two weeks prior to the event. The Times will do its best to run the announcement at least once prior to the event. Due to the volume of goings on listings received by the paper, listings are alternated once they run and the same listings are not printed every day.

Dog Day

Cape Ann Animal Aid will hold its 10th annual Dog Day on Sunday, Sept. 15, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Stage Fort Park. Event features a craft and vendor fair, raffles, food and refreshments, activities, photo opportunities, doggy nail trimming, a bouncy house for children, a doggy agility course, animal tarot card readings, demonstrations, and more. Admission is free. Licensed and vaccinated dogs are welcome. There is a $10 participation fee per dog for activities. The first 50 participants receive a free Dog Day T-shirt. All proceeds benefit the CAAA. Visit www.CapeAnnAnimalAid.com or call 978-283-6055.

Open enrollment

Annisquam Kindergarten and Nursery School, 1123 Washington St., begins its 48th year serving families and children. Open enrollment is ongoing. Call 978-283-2814 for more information or to visit the school. Children between the ages of 2.9 and 6 are welcome. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for the preschool program, with early drop off beginning at 7:30 a.m., and extended hours until 5 p.m. The school offers a creative program based on Massachusetts preschool standards and includes an art program, computer, Spanish, drama, music and individualized learning goals.

‘The Writer’s Block’

The new “Writer’s Block” season kicks off with the student winners of the Poetry Without Paper Contest conducted last spring by the Sawyer Free Library. The episode will be air Thursday, Sept. 19, 8 p.m., and will be repeated one week later. The half-hour programs present interviews with literary figures and artists from varied backgrounds. John Ronan, producer and host of The Writer’s Block, is a poet and playwright and a former Poet Laureate of the city of Gloucester. For more information, send a S.A.S.E. to: The Writer’s Block with John J. Ronan, Box 5524, Gloucester, MA 01930, or visit www.theRonan.org.

Music in the courtyard

Cape Ann Museum, 27 Pleasant St., will present a free performance by composer and acoustic guitar player Ken Bonfield on Friday, Sept. 20, from 4 to 5 p.m. Concert is open to the public. Call 978-283-0455 or visit www.capeannmuseum.org.

Scuba Jack at Sawyer Free

All onboard on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 1 to 4 p.m. when Kids Unlimited, 123 Main St., hosts the Adventures of Scuba Jack, a special benefit for the Sawyer Free Library’s Childrens Room. You’ll want to put your flippers on for this ocean themed Extravaganza of a day, which includes meeting Scuba Jack and his Nautical Friends, Face Painting, Tattoos, Crafts, Games, Prizes and take home a free gift bags! All proceeds benefit the The Library’s Childrens Room and 20% of the day’s gross sales at Kids Unlimited will be donated to this cause.

Cape Ann Forum

The Cape Ann Forum will kick off its season Sunday, Sept. 15, 7 to 9 p.m., at Gloucester’s City Hall. Kate Almquist Knopf, a former U.S. aid agency official, will discuss the impact of assistance to troubled states. The event is free and open to the public. Visit www.capeannforum.org.

Auction, dinner

The Magnolia Historical Society will hold an auction and dinner Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Blynman School, 46 Magnolia Ave. A silent auction will take place from 3 to 5 p.m., with a preview at 2 p.m., followed by a live auction at 5 p.m. Auction items include antiques, paintings, gift certificates, Red Sox and Celtics tickets, sports memorabilia, collectibles and more. Event catered by Classic Cooks Catering. All are welcome. Cost is $25 per person, $20 for MHS members.

Kickathon event

The Gloucester Uechi Karate Academy, 2a Pond Road, will host a Kickathon to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 10 a.m. to noon. The public is welcome. Baked goods, a raffle, hot dogs and popcorn will be for sale. Call 978-282-0629, visit www.gmuka.com or email dojo@gmuka.com.

‘Crazy Moon’

Columnist and actor Gordon Baird is staging eight performances of “Crazy Moon,” an original 10-song musical, starring Baird but also featuring Kathleen Brown and musician John Hyde at the new Rocky Neck Cultural Center, 6 Wonson St. Performances are: Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 19-21 and Sept. 26-28, 8 p.m..; and Sunday, Sept. 22 and 29, 5 p.m. Tickets are $10, $5 for children, and may be purchased at the door. Run time is approximately 75 minutes. Call 978-283-0390 or email gordon@rampartsfarm.com.

Woman’s Club

The Gloucester Woman’s Club will meet Thursday, Sept. 26, noon, at Trinity Congregational Church. Dues of $15 are payable at this time. Members are asked to bring a sandwich; dessert and beverages will be provided.

Youth acting workshops

Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshops is accepting students ages 6-19 for the fall session (Friday, Sept. 27 to Saturday, Nov. 2). The six-week workshop meets Fridays and Saturdays for a total of four hours per week. Fall session features expanded class hours and lower tuition. Taught by award-winning actress and Gloucester native Heidi Dallin and guest instructors, workshops are designed to develop self-confidence, communication and teamwork skills. Students will receive instruction in musical theater, song writing and non-verbal communication, including American Sign Language, as well as prepare for the annual holiday production of Holiday Delights in December. Students are divided in classes according to age. Registration is open. Class size is limited and registration is on a first-come basis. For more information and to register, call 978-283-6688.

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. A day of golf, followed by celebration dinner with awards, prizes and 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.

Cap & Ball Drive

AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary 32 is currently holding a Cap & Ball Drive. Caps and balls will be delivered to the Pease Greeters at Pease Airport in New Hampshire. Pease Greeters are a group of individuals who greet and distribute items to servicemen and women upon deployment or upon their return home. All contributions should be delivered to AMVETS, 14 Prospect St., Gloucester. Patterns for the caps can be found on Facebook or via email.

Scholarship fundraiser

Johnny Orlando was a teacher, mentor and friend to countless students during his many years as a carpentry teacher at Gloucester High School. A scholarship in his name is awarded to a graduating senior for college or advanced vocational training. A fundraiser event to benefit the fund will take place Wednesday, Sept. 18, at Jalapeno’s Mexican restaurant, 86 Main St. Tax-deductible donations in his memory may be sent to: John W. Orlando Scholarship Fund, C/O Gloucester Scholarship Foundation, Cape Ann Savings Bank, 109 Main St., Gloucester, MA 01930.

Bay View Brotherhood

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

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.

‘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., Rockport. For tickets, stop by Toad Hall Book Store, 47 Main St., Rockport; or The Bookstore, 61 Main St., Gloucester.

Marsh walk

Barbara Warren, executive director of Salem Sound Coastwatch, will conduct a morning walk for those interested in an up-close view of Good Harbor’s salt marsh Saturday, Sept. 14, at 10 a.m. to noon. Meet at the Good Harbor Beach parking lot, the section nearest Thatcher Road. Participants should wear outdoor clothing plus boots for those walking in the marsh. Visit www.goodharbor.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.

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.

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.

Working Waterfront Walking Tour

Schooner Adventure’s Gloucester’s Working Waterfront Walking Tour will be offered Saturdays, 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.