GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

April 26, 2013

Rockport Goings On


Gloucester Daily Times

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Spiran Lodge

Spiran Lodge 98 will hold a regular meeting, followed by a memorial service for members, on Friday, May 3, 7 p.m., at the hall. For membership inquiries, call 978-546-3223.

Benefit dinner

On Wednesday, May 1, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., the Rockport High School Quiz Team will serve a chicken and ribs dinner (courtesy of Outback Steakhouse) in the RHS cafeteria to raise funds for the trip to Atlanta to represent Rockport in the National Tournament of High School Quiz Teams. Tickets are $12. Tickets are available from team members or by emailing lhimml@gmail.com.

Meadow cleanup

The Millbrook Meadow spring cleanup will take place Saturday, May 11, from 8 to 11 a.m. Bring gloves and garden tools. Trash bags will be provided.

Tibetan music

Tibetan folk and freedom singer Techung will perform Sunday, May 26, 7 p.m., at the Shalin Liu Performance Center. The performance is part of his national 2013 tour “For Peace in Tibet” and will benefit Students for a Free Tibet. For tickets, visit www.RockportMusic.org.

Old Sloop Coffeehouse

Old Sloop Coffeehouse will present a performance by Garnet Rogers on Saturday, May 4, 7:30 p.m., at First Congregational Church, 12 School St., with Chris Pahud and Seth Connelly opening. Advance tickets are $16; visit www.oldsloopcoffeehouse.org, Gloucester Music, or Toad Hall Bookstore. Tickets, at the door, are $18 for adults, $10 for those 65 and older, $5 for those younger than 18, $24 per family. Bring nonperishable food items to be donated to The Open Door Food Pantry. Donors will receive a free drink.

Mother’s Day tea

Pigeon Cove Circle will host its Mother’s Day tea, for children of all ages to celebrate their mothers, grandmothers or special persons, on Saturday, May 11, 2 to 4 p.m., at Cove Circle Center, 6 Breakwater Ave. Donations will be accepted.

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.

RAA classes

The Rockport Art Association offers these classes and sketch groups:

Figure sketch group (short pose) meets Mondays, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Model takes several short poses progressing to 20 minutes. No instruction. $12. Meets year-round. No preregistration required. Cynthia Dunaway monitors; 978-283-3407.

Figure sketch group (long pose) meets Thursdays, 1 to 4 p.m. Adequate time to study subject and complete works of art. All mediums. No instruction. $15. No preregistration. Em Marquis Brown monitors; 781-631-4002.

Students meet in the RAA studio, 12 Main St., in the fall, winter and early summer. The entrance is located on Stone Barn Lane, behind the library. Students meet at 66 Bray St., in Gloucester, in the late spring and summer.

Tennis registration

The Rockport Recreation Department will hold registration for its summer adult and youth tennis programs Tuesday, April 30, 6 to 7:30 p.m., at Rockport Elementary School. Call 978-546-1309.

Musicians sought

Rockport Legion Band, a community band founded in 1932, is a non-audition musical group that plays all year, and is looking for competent musicians who play traditional concert band instruments. Players who played well in high school or college, but have “lapsed” are especially welcome. To attend a rehearsal, email rockportband@gmail.com or call 978-546-6199. The band rehearses Thursdays, 7:30 p.m., at the American Legion Hall on Beach Street, Rockport. Visit www.rockportlegionband.wordpress.com.

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.

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.

Wednesday — Al-Anon group, 7:30 p.m., First Baptist Church of Rockport, 2 High St., for friends and relatives of people with alcoholism.

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.

OGBA cleanup

The Old Garden Beach Association will host its Earth Day cleanup at Old Garden Beach on Saturday, April 20, from 8 to 11 a.m. Volunteers are needed to help with planting and general landscaping. Friends, neighbors, members and nonmembers are welcome. Bring gloves, rakes, clippers, etc. Trash bags will be supplied.

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.

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.

Tax aid

The Rockport Senior Center is offering free AARP tax aid Tuesdays, from 1 to 4 p.m. No appointment is necessary.

Skating lessons

Beginner and advanced skating skills group and private lessons are available for boys and girls ages 5 to 12, tots ages 21/2 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.

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.

Preschool story hours

Rockport Public Library offers story times for 3- to 5-year-olds on Tuesdays, 10 to 10:45 a.m., in the Brenner Friends Room, through April 30. Wendy Pierson will be the storyteller. Doors open at 9:45 a.m. for children and their parents. The program includes storytelling and a short film. Call 978-546-6934.

Open burning season

Forest Fire Warden Mike Frontierro reminds residents that open burning season continues to run through May 1. Only brush that originated on the property may be burned. Leaves, stumps and construction materials are prohibited. Permits cost $10, and may be obtained Sunday mornings, 8 to 10 a.m., or by calling 978-265-3339.

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.

Sorellanza concert

Sorellanza, Cape Ann’s women’s a cappella chorus directed by Patti Pike, will present its “Journey with Friends” concert Sunday, April 28, 4 p.m., at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 48 Middle St., Gloucester. Admission is $12, $6 for students/seniors. Call Anne Stevens at 978-281-6417.

Arts scholarship

The Cape Ann Shakespeare Troupe has established a $500 scholarship to be awarded to a Cape Ann High School senior who has been accepted to a college theater arts program. Prerequisites include participation in high school drama programs and involvement in one CAST production. For an application, contact Ray Jenness at kjenness045@netzero.com or 73 High St., Rockport, MA 01966.

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.

Recreation programs

The Rockport Recreation Department will offer these classes:

T-ball program, for kindergartners through second-graders, begins April 27.

Interactive summer day camp, featuring arts and crafts, sports, and games, meets July 1 to Aug. 8. $195.

To register, visit www.rockportrecreation.com. Contact Caitlin at 978-546-1309 or caitlin@rockportrecreation.com.

PTO auction

Tickets for the Rockport PTO auction are now on sale. The event will be held Saturday, April 27, at the Shalin Liu Performance Center. There will be a reception with live music on the third floor before the live auction begins downstairs. There is also a silent auction and online version. The live auction features special guest auctioneer Sen. Bruce Tarr. Items include a hand-painted and signed guitar from Paula Cole; original paintings by Ken Knowles, Phyllis Kaplan and more; Disney passes; sports tickets; harbor tours; and unique dining experiences; and more. For tickets or to preview auction items, visit Bidding For Good/Rockport Schools PTO.

Legion meeting

Rockport American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 98, has scheduled a meeting for Monday, May 6, at the Legion Hall at 7 p.m. Members are urged to attend for our annual Memorial Service for our departed members and to plan for the annual Poppy Drive and Memorial Day.

Sunset Pilates

Rockport Recreation’s Pilates/Yoga Class is Tuesday, April 30, from 6 to 7 p.m. at Rockport Community House, 58 Broadway. Admission is $60/12 classes or $8/drop in fee. For more information, call Caitlin Chandler at 978-546-1309

Stength yoga

Rockport Recreation’s Pilates strength training Yoga class is Monday, April 29, from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. at Rockport Community House, 58 Broadway. Admission is $5/drop in fee. For more information, call Caitlin Chandler at 978-546-1309

Dividing the Estate

Theatre in the Pines presents “Dividing the Estate.” Directed by Nan Webber, this hilarious Horton Foote comedy classic takes family dysfunction to fun levels as siblings square off over their inheritance. Performances are May 9, 10, 11 at 7:30 and May 12 at 3 p.m. at Spiran Hall located at the corner of School Street and Broadway. Cast members include Scott Hazzard, Kierstin Hazzard, Sarah Clark, Sue Barratt Souza, Rick Doucette, Eileen Fitzgerald, and Mark and Patti Natti, Ruth Exama, Alexa Exama, Patricia Richards and Carl Pulkkinen. Randy Dupps is Stage Manager, Frank Walcott is the technical director and set design and production manager is Martin Ray. Tickets are available at The Bookstore in Gloucester and Toad Hall Bookstore in Rockport.