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May 9, 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.

Arts Festival

The Gloucester Public School Arts Festival will take place Saturday, May 11, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Student art, photo and clayworks, music and dramatical performances, culinary displays and more will be on display by students from all grades in Gloucester Public Schools. The event is free and open to the public. Locations for displays and performances include Sawyer Free Library, The Hive, Cape Ann Museum, and City Hall. Event is supported by the Gloucester Education Foundation. Visit www.gloucesterschools.com or www.gloucestereducationfoundation.org.

After the Move

“After the Move,” a two-night workshop for new homeowners, will be held Wednesday and Thursday, May 15 and 16, 6 to 9 p.m., at the Gloucester Housing Authority, 259 Washington St. Local professionals discuss maintenance, hiring contractors, equity loans, refinancing, tax issues, preventing foreclosure, home safety, and landlord/tenant issues. Cost is $30 per household. Class is HUD and MHP certified. Preregistration required; visit www.ghama.com, stop by the Housing Authority, or call Kathy Erkkila at 978-281-4770, ext. 110.

SailBot 2013

Come to Maritime Gloucester on May 16. at 7 p.m. to learn about the International Robotic Sailing Regatta (SailBot2013) scheduled for June 9 -13 in Gloucester Harbor. Andrew Bennett, an Olin College faculty member and organizer of this year’s event, will describe robotic, unmanned sailing boats; the course, rules, technical challenges and opportunities associated with building and sailing these boats. This year’s event is hosted by Olin College and the City of Gloucester and includes 19 teams, including GHS and seven other high school teams. Adults and students are welcome for this engaging and entertaining evening; 23 Harbor Loop, call 978-281-0470

Preschool applications

The Gloucester Preschool, 6 School House Rd., is currently accepting applications. The school provides developmentally appropriate early childhood education services and support for three, four and 5 year old children and their families. The children have a wide range of abilities, needs, and backgrounds, and classes have a maximum of 15 children, taught by experienced, certified teachers. Morning sessions are 8:30 to 11 a.m.; afternoon sessions from 12 noon to 2:30 p.m., and full day sessions are 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. An optional Lunch Bunch session is from 11 a.m. to 12 noon. All sessions are 4 days a week, Monday through Thursday. All children take part in an early childhood developmental screening. Limited places are available. For more information, call 978-281-9848.

League Breakfast

The League of Women Voters of Cape Ann is holding its annual breakfast on Saturday, May 11, from 8:45 to 11 a.m. at the Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center, 37 Harbor Loop,. At 9:45 a.m., Damon Cummings, Valerie Nelson and Patti Page will discuss ‘The Impact of Global Warming on Cape Ann: the science of storms and their effect on our coastline, barrier beaches and water supply and what citizens can do about it.’ The LWVCA business meeting is at 9:20 a.m. Breakfast is free; donations will be gratefully accepted. For more information, call Judith Blye at 978-546-2191.

Safety Training

The Fishing Partnership will conduct free safety and survival training for commercial fishermen on Friday May 17, from 7:30 a.m to 3 p.m. at the US Coast Guard Station, 17 Harbor Loop in Gloucester. The day-long training is conducted by Coast Guard certified fishing vessel safety instructors. Training includes on-board firefighting, man overboard procedures, damage control, flood and pump procedures, immersion suits, flares and EPIRBS, life raft deployment, emergency communications and emergency first aid. Fishermen should bring their own survival suits. Training suits will be available, and lunch will be provided. Pre-registration is recommended; forms are available at the Coast Guard Station in Gloucester and at the Fishermen's Partnership (MFP) office at 2 Blackburn Center; or on-line at: www.fishingpartnership.org or by calling Angela or Nina at 978-282-4847

Ocean Planning Meeting

On June 18, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the Endicott College Gloucester Campus, representatives from the state and New England will host a public meeting to discuss draft regional ocean planning goals and associated potential actions. This is one in a series of public meetings held around New England to help shape regional efforts to better understand and more effectively manage our oceans. For more inforamtion on other meetings and agendas, visit: goo.gl/m2OmH.

Illustrated lecture

Cape Ann Museum, 27 Pleasant St., will present an illustrated lecture by lampist James “Jim” Woodward on Thursday, May 9, at 7 p.m. Woodward, one of the few lampists working in America today, is leading a two-week effort to assemble and conserve the first order Fresnel Lens that originally sat atop Thacher Island’s southern tower in the museum’s gallery. Reservations required; email info@capeannmuseum.org or call 978-283-0455, ext. 10. Visit www.capeannmuseum.org.

Chamber luncheon

The Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce’s May Membership Power Luncheon welcomes Massachusetts Secretary of Education, Dr. Matthew Malone, will be the keynote speaker on Wednesday, May 15, at The Essex Room at Woodman’s, 125 Main Street, Essex. Check-in begins at 11:30 a.m and the luncheon program starts at noon. Graduating seniors from Cape Ann’s high schools will be honored as the recipients of 2013 scholarships from the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce. For more information, call 978-283-1601

Zumba fundraiser

Janine’s Fitness is hosting a Zumba class to benefit Cape Ann Animal Aid on Saturday, May 11, 10 to 11 a.m., at the tennis courts on Stacey Boulevard, Western Avenue. Zumba enthusiasts and beginners are invited. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for students. Registration begins at 9:45 a.m., or register in advance by purchasing a wrist band at Cape Ann Animal Aid’s Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter, 4 Paws Lane, during open hours. Checks may be made out to Janine’s Fitness.

Yard, bake sale

A yard and bake sale to benefit Cape Ann’s active duty military and their families will take place Saturday, May 18, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Maj. Fred W. Ritvo Veterans Center, 12 Emerson Ave. Yard sale donations may be dropped off May 13-16. No electronics, clothing or gym equipment accepted. Baked goods may be dropped off May 17, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., or May 18, before 9 a.m.

Arts Festival

The Gloucester Public School Arts Festival will take place Saturday, May 11, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Student art, photo and clayworks, music and dramatical performances, culinary displays and more will be on display by students from all grades in Gloucester Public Schools. The event is free and open to the public. Locations for displays and performances include Sawyer Free Library, The Hive, Cape Ann Museum, and City Hall. Event is supported by the Gloucester Education Foundation. Visit www.gloucesterschools.com or www.gloucestereducationfoundation.org.

Book sale

Sawyer Free Library’s annual book sale, sponsored by the Friends of the Sawyer Free Library, will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both Friday, May 31, and Saturday, June 1. Donations can be dropped off any time before that at the library front desk.

School open enrollment

Annisquam Kindergarten and Nursery School, 1123 Washington St. is currently holding open enrollment for the 2013-14 school year. Call 978-283-2814 to schedule an appointment, or drop by at your convenience. Bring your child for a tour of the nonprofit and nondiscriminatory school.

‘Singin’ the Fifties’

Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main St., presents Share the Music performing “Singin’ the Fifties” for three performances: Friday, May 17, 8 p.m.; Saturday, May 18, 8 p.m.; and Sunday, May 19, 3 p.m. Proceeds benefit Gloucester Stage Company. Tickets are $25; call 978-281-4433 or visit www.gloucesterstage.org.

Food drive

The National Association of Letters Carriers will hold its annual food drive Saturday, May 11. Cape Ann residents are asked to leave a bag full of nonperishable food items next to their mailbox on that day. Items will be donated to The Open Door food pantry. Contact your local post office to volunteer.

Ferrini evening

In honor of the Vincent Ferrini Centenary, Peter Anastas and David Rich will dig into Ferrini’s life as a writer from his involvement in radical politics to his move to Gloucester in 1948, his connection with Charles Olson and his role as the “Conscience of Gloucester” on Thursday, May 16, 7:30 p.m., at the Gloucester Writers Center, 126 East Main St. Parking is available across the street. Visit www.gloucesterwriters.org.

Self defense class

The Gloucester Uechi Karate Academy, 2a Pond Road, will offer a free self defense seminar for women Friday, May 24, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Topics include sexual assault myths vs. realities, assault prevention strategies, attacker/victim profiles and attack scenarios. To register, call 978-282-0629 or email dojo@gmuka.com.

Zumba fundraiser

Janine’s Fitness is hosting a Zumba class to benefit Cape Ann Animal Aid on Saturday, May 11, 10 to 11 a.m., at the tennis courts on Stacey Boulevard, Western Avenue. Zumba enthusiasts and beginners are invited. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for students. Registration begins at 9:45 a.m., or register in advance by purchasing a wrist band at Cape Ann Animal Aid’s Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter, 4 Paws Lane, during open hours. Checks may be made out to Janine’s Fitness.

Yard, bake sale

A yard and bake sale to benefit Cape Ann’s active duty military and their families will take place Saturday, May 18, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Maj. Fred W. Ritvo Veterans Center, 12 Emerson Ave. Yard sale donations may be dropped off May 13-16. No electronics, clothing or gym equipment accepted. Baked goods may be dropped off May 17, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., or May 18, before 9 a.m.

Adult Education

Action Inc’s Adult Basic Education classes are on Mondays and Wednesdays, 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Action’s main offices, 80 Main St. Classes include reading, writing, math, work skills and referrals to support services as needed. Call 978-282-1000 or visit www.actioninc.org.

Police Relief Association

The Gloucester Police Relief Association will sponsor a “USWF Wrestling Show” on Friday, July 19, 7 p.m., at Talbot Rink, 32 Cherry St. The association is publishing its yearbook and will be soliciting businesses and residents. Proceeds support the betterment of the organization. This is the only association soliciting businesses and residents exclusively for the Gloucester Police Relief Association. Call Kevin Sauer at 857-526-5654.

Learning Express

Sawyer Library patrons have access to Learning Express Library from any computer with their library card. Prepare for the CLEP, ACT, PSAT, SAT, TOEFL, and ASVAB without the expense of buying practice books. Learning Express also offers tutorials for software, GED preparation, job searches, U.S. citizenship, and resources in Spanish. Visit www.sawyerfreelibrary.org.

Insurance help

Financial Councilors are available at Addison Gilbert Hospital, 298 Washington St., Gloucester to assist you in accessing health insurance: MA Health, Commonwealth Care, Commonwealth Choice, Medicare, Medicaid and other health insurance issues. Visit the hospital’s Financial Service Department Monday — Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cape Ann Thrift Shop

Cape Ann Thrift Shop, 70 Middle St., is open Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The shop offers clothing for the whole family, linens, toys, jewelry and more. Donations of all types are appreciated.

Hospice volunteers

VNA Care Network & Hospice, a nonprofit home health care, hospice and wellness agency, needs volunteers to provide practical and emotional support to terminally-ill patients and their families on the North Shore and Cape Ann. Volunteers receive training, supervision and support. Call Nancy Barcelo at 1-888-663-3688, ext. 4271, visit www.vnacarenetwork.org, or call 1-800-728-1862.

The Clothes Closet

The Clothes Closet, in the sbasement of St. Ann School, corner of Prospect and Pleasant streets, is open Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Clothes Closet 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.

Veterans counseling

Many veterans experience difficulty in adjusting to problems in civilian life after serving in combat. The Lowell Vet Center offers counseling at the Gloucester Veterans Center for area veterans and their families, free of charge. For an appointment, call the Gloucester Office of Veterans’ Services at 978-281-9740.

Diabetes screening

A free community diabetes screening is held the first Monday of each month, 1 to 3 p.m., at Addison Gilbert Hospital, 298 Washington St., Women’s Health Conference Room. All are welcome. Appointments and fasting are not required. Call 978-283-4000.

Healthy Streets Program

Northeast Behavioral Health (NBH) Healthy Streets Outreach Program provides HIV testing, hepatitis C information, access to drug treatment, overdose prevention and Narcan training. All services, provided by NBH Healthy Streets Program, are available at Gloucester Family Health Center, 302 Washington St., Gloucester, lower level, Wednesdays, noon to 5 p.m. Call 978-236-0251.

AARP volunteers

SeniorCare is looking for volunteers for its AARP Money Management Program, to help low-income seniors and people with disabilities manage their daily finances, such as bill paying, reconciling bank statements, budgeting, etc. Volunteers typically serve 4 to 6 hours per month. After initial training, bimonthly training is provided, and a year’s commitment is asked. Visit www.seniorcareinc.org, or call 978-281-1750 or 1-866-927-1050.

Babson Library

Isabel Babson Memorial Library, 69 Main St., is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Named for Gloucester’s first midwife, the library’s books feature all aspects of family life including maternity, child care and women’s health. The collection is updated monthly. All are welcome to browse. Call 978-283-5624.

Narcotics Anonymous

Gloucester meetings of Narcotics Anonymous are:

“Together We Can” meets Sundays, 7 to 8 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, corner of Pine and Church streets.

“Living Clean” meets Wednesdays, 7:30 to 9 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, corner of Pine and Church streets.

“Keeping It Real” meets Thursdays, 7:30 to 9 p.m. 5 Center St.

“Fishing for Recovery” meets Fridays, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, corner of Pine and Church streets.

For more meeting times, visit www.NewEnglandNA.org or call 1-866-624-3578.

Help the homeless

The Action Emergency Homeless Shelter is accepting donations of deodorant, razors, feminine products, men’s sneakers and boots (larger sizes preferred), men’s jeans (larger sizes preferred), and socks.

Drug outreach

Northeast Behavioral Health (NBH) Healthy Streets Outreach Program provides rapid HIV testing, hepatitis C information, access to drug treatment, overdose prevention and Narcan training. All services, provided by NBH Healthy Streets Program, are available at various locations on the first Wednesday of the month. Call 978-767-3913 or 781-592-0243.

Senior art

The Council on Aging art program at the Rose Baker Senior Center is led by art instructor Juni VanDyke. For information about the ongoing weekly art projects on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, at 10 a.m., call 978-281-9765.

Child loss

Loss of a Child Support Group is available to parents who have lost a child at any age on the third Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m. in the Longan Room, Addison Gilbert Hospital. Use the Washington Street entrance. There is no fee. Preregister with Judi Dagle-Ernest at 978-879-9718.

Student art gallery

Artwork by students from Miles River Middle School in Hamilton and Eastern Point Day School in Gloucester is on display in the Education Room at the Cape Ann Museum, 27 Pleasant St., through April 30. Hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for Cape Ann residents, seniors and students, free for children under 18 and museum members. Second Saturday of the month is Family Free Day. Call 978-283-0455 or visit www.capeannmuseum.org.

Friends of Seacoast

The Friends of Seacoast is a volunteer organization of family members and concerned community volunteers whose goal is to provide meaningful social activities for residents. The group meets the second Tuesday of each month from 6 to 7 p.m. in the second floor community room. Anyone wishing to make a donation in honor or in memory of a loved on may send it to: Friends of Seacoast, 298 Washington St., Gloucester, MA 01930.

Reiki for seniors

Reiki masters Dianna Porper and Laura Class offer reiki sessions at the Rose Baker Senior Center at a discounted rate for seniors, on Fridays, 10 a.m. to noon. For an appointment, call 978-281-9765.

‘Dividing the Estate’

Theatre in the Pines presents “Dividing the Estate” on May 9-11, 7:30 p.m.; and May 12, 3 p.m., at Spiran Hall, corner of School Street and Broadway, Rockport. Directed by Nan Webber, this Horton Foote comedy classic takes family dysfunction to fun levels as siblings square off over their inheritance. Tickets are available at The Bookstore in Gloucester and Toad Hall Bookstore in Rockport.

Senior Steps

The Center for Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine at Addison Gilbert Hospital, 298 Washington St., offers a risk-reduction exercise program for seniors, ages 60 and over, with fear of falling and balance difficulty. A free 30-minute screening is required; plus a $3 fee per class. Program meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 11 a.m. to noon, and from noon to 1 p.m. Space is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Call 978-283-4001, ext. 141.

Art demonstrations

In conjunction with the Cape Ann Artisans at 30 Exhibition, the Cape Ann Museum, 27 Pleasant St., will host a series of demonstration days. The schedule is as follows:

Saturday, May 18 — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Bart Stuyf: Sculpture-making activity for children, and Judith Goetemann: Batik; and 1 to 3 p.m., Leslie Wind: Fiber arts, Sara Wright: Weaving, and Jayn Gardner and Meredith Anderson: Jewelry.

Call 978-283-0455 or visit www.capeannmuseum.org.

Mediation training

North Shore Community Mediation Center, a nonprofit organization providing mediation services and training to North Shore communities, courts, families, schools and businesses, will hold a 34-hour Basic Mediation Training beginning Wednesday, May 15, at Salem State University. Registration is open to Gloucester residents and is limited to 20 participants. For more information, call 978-232-1212 or visit www.nsmediation.org/BMT.html.

Volunteer opportunities

The Rocky Neck Art Colony is looking for volunteers to help with many areas in its organization. Do you have a skill you’d like to share, would you like to help on an ongoing basis or for a particular event? The most recent project is The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck which is a year-round gallery space that offers art and non-art related programming, including lectures, demonstrations, classes, performances and hosts private and public events. Contact Brenda Malloy at BrendaMalloy@hotmail.com or 978-559-1709.

Digital marketing

Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce has partnered with Wicked Local Media Solutions to hold a “brown bag” lunch series of workshops and seminars to bring local business up to the speed of the digital marketing age. The first workshop kicks-off at 1 p.m. on Tuesdays, from noon to 1 p.m., at the chamber conference room, 33 Commercial St. Pack a lunch and join us to learn what Facebook, Twitter and other social media can do for your business. Space is limited to 20 participants per session. Register early to ensure your spot. Call Gregory Walsh at 978-283-1601.

seARTS grants

seARTS’s Partner With an Artist (PWA) provides grants to artists to create new work in partnership with a business in Gloucester’s Rocky Neck Cultural District. To apply, visit www.facebook.com/PartnerWithAnArtist, call 978-281-1222 or email pwa.searts@gmail.com.

Senior Day Care

The Council on Aging sponsors Social Day Care sessions with supervised activities and programs three days a week, for seniors who are homebound and isolated, at the Rose Baker Senior Center, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Daily lunch and snacks are included. Transportation is provided by CATA. Call 978-281-9765, ext. 20.

Yoga for seniors

The Gloucester Council on Aging provides gentle mat yoga sessions Tuesdays at 10 a.m., chair yoga on Wednesday at 12:15 p.m., and Thursday yoga at 10 a.m. each week at the Rose Baker Senior Center. Call 978-281-9765.

Legion meeting

The Capt. Lester S. Wass American Legion, Post 3, holds its regular post meetings the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. Members are encouraged to attend and be part of the decision-making process. Executive Board meets the second Monday of the month at 7 p.m. Any member may attend the Executive Board meetings.

Knitting group

The Council on Aging knitting and crochet group meets Tuesdays, 10 a.m., at the Rose Baker Senior Center. New members are welcome. Call 978-281-9765.

Senior Scrabble

A friendly group of Scrabble players meets Tuesdays, noon, at the Rose Baker Senior Center. New members are welcome. Call 978-281-9765.

Mall Mondays

A CATA bus departs the Rose Baker Senior Center each Monday morning at 10 a.m. destined for the Liberty Tree and North Shore Malls. Return pick-up time at the mall is 1:30 p.m. Five or more passengers are needed, so call CATA by the Friday afternoon before the trip. To register, call 978-283-7916 or 978-281-9765.

Blue Star Banner

Capt. Lester S. Wass Post 3, American Legion, honors military personnel by presenting the parents of anyone on active duty with a Blue Star Banner. These banners may be obtained by calling 978-283-9710. Leave your name and telephone number and a representative will return your message.

GED preparation

The Compass Youth Program offers GED preparation for ages 16 to 21, through Action Inc. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., throughout the summer. Call 978-281-9682.

Pathways volunteers

Pathways’ Cape Ann Families, 29 Emerson Ave., seeks men and women to volunteer as parent mentors. The program has been running for 20 years, serving parents of the Cape Ann community who are experiencing stress or isolation. Volunteers are matched with parents, beginning year-long mentorships/friendships. Contact Hailey Granger at 978-281-2400, ext. 110, or hgranger@pw4c.org.

NAMI support groups

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) hosts recovery support groups for persons suffering depression or other brain disorders and their families on the first Wednesday of each month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and third Thursdays from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at 43 Gloucester Ave. Call 978-281-1557, email namicapeann@comcast.net or visit www.namicapeann.org.

Entrepreneurial seminar

Cape Ann Business Incubator’s Center for Entrepreneurial Development holds free lunchtime workshops for business owners and entrepreneurs every Wednesday, noon to 1 p.m., at 33 Commercial St. Topics include an introduction to bookkeeping, financial management, how to secure financing and more. To RSVP, call Desmond at 978-540-9977, ext. 101.

Volunteers needed

SeniorCare Inc.’s “Meals on Wheels” program is in need of volunteer drivers to deliver noon-time meals to homebound seniors. Hot meals are fully prepared and packaged for delivery. Drivers may volunteer for one morning a week or more. Call Linnea or Paula at 1-866-927-1050 or 978-281-1750, Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Walking Club

The Rose Baker Senior Center’s walking club needs a volunteer leader. Free training will prepare leaders on recruiting walkers to join the club, and understanding the benefits of walking. Call 978-281-9765.

Pathways playgroups

Pathways for Children “Parent & Child Walk & Talk” meets Mondays, 10 to 11:30 a.m., at its Cape Ann Families play space, 29 Emerson Ave. Parents, caregivers and children, from birth to age 5, are welcome. Contact Amy Larsen at 978-281-2400 x120, or alarsen@pw4c.org.

Open Door Pantry

The Open Door Food Pantry, 28R Emerson Ave., provides free food assistance Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 to 7 p.m.; Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 to 7 p.m.; and Friday, 10 a.m. to noon and 3 to 5 p.m. Valid ID required. Call 978-283-6776 or visit www.foodpantry.org.

Books sought

Gloucester United Methodist Church, 436 Washington St., is raising money through donations of new and used books, CDs, DVDs, records and audio books. The church has a drop-off donation container to collect these items. The church will be paid on an ongoing basis for all items collected in the donation container. The program is an ongoing fundraiser and donations can be made by the public at any time. All funds raised benefit the general funding of the church. Visit www.GotBooks.com.

Second Glance

Second Glance Thrift Store, 2 Pond Road, has extended hours from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Shop for clothing, household goods, books, collectibles, furniture and more. The donation center is open during regular business hours. Furniture pickup is available by appointment. A tax receipt is available upon request. All proceeds support The Open Door. Call 978-283-4298 or visit www.foodpantry.org.

Parent support group

HEART, a group founded by mothers of gay children on Cape Ann, meets monthly to share thoughts and experiences and to offer support to other parents of gay children. Whether your child is 5 or 35, you are welcome to join us in a safe, comfortable setting. Meetings are one morning a month. You are strongly encouraged to call one of us to meet one-on-one if that is more comfortable for you. Call Diane Polley at 508-641-5535 or Judy Friend 978-283-1306.

Yoga for seniors

The Gloucester Council on Aging provides gentle mat yoga sessions Tuesdays at 10 a.m., chair yoga on Wednesday at 12:15 p.m., and Thursday yoga at 10 a.m. each week at the Rose Baker Senior Center. Call 978-281-9765.

Handyman for seniors

The Council on Aging has a handyman, a retired carpenter, available to help Gloucester and Rockport seniors with inside and outside work at a reduced cost. To make an appointment, call the Rose Baker Senior Center at 978-281-9765 and leave your contact information and a brief description of the work needed.

SCORE program

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 or call 978-282-7779 to make an appointment.

Cape Ann Referral Group

The Cape Ann Referral Group, a membership of local business networking and referrals, meets every other Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. at the Masonic Building on Eastern Avenue. Visit www.CapeAnnBiz.com.