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May 12, 2013

Rockport Calendar


Gloucester Daily Times

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Old Garden Beach Association annual meeting, 7 p.m., Rockport Community House. All welcome.

“Exploring Massachusetts History at the Commonwealth Museum,” 7:30 p.m., Rockport Public Library. Presented by Sandy Bay Historical Society. Museum Director Stephen Kenny speaks about its collection of historical documents. All welcome.

Wednesday, may 15

Wine and cheese party to celebrate Rockport Public Library’s 20th anniversary at present location, 6 p.m., Community Center. Hosted by Friends of Rockport Library. Appetizers served. $15; proceeds benefit library.

Kenneth Gloss of Boston’s Brattle Book Shop in Boston talks about the value of old and rare books, 7 p.m., at library celebration. Tickets at Toad Hall Book Store.

Thursday, May 16

‘30s, ‘40s and ‘50s theater group, 12:30 p.m., Rockport Senior Center. Monologues from playwrights, performances of Cole Porter and George Gershwin. RSVP. Rockport Cultural Council program supported by Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Tower Tour, 11 a.m. to noon, Halibut Point State Park, Gott Avenue. Includes climb to upper-levels of park’s World War II artillery fire control tower. Meet at Visitors Center. All ages. Rain or shine. Free and open to public. 978-546-2997. www.mass.gov/dcr.

Friday, May 17

Reading the Granite Landscape, 10 to 11 a.m., Halibut Point State Park, Gott Avenue. Natural history of granite tells stories via geology, plant communities, environmental forces and human use. Meet at Visitors Center. All ages. Pouring rain cancels. Free and open to public. 978-546-2997. www.mass.gov/dcr.

Rockport Art Association’s 21st annual Arts & Flowers reception, 6 to 8 p.m., Hibbard Gallery, 12 Main St. Free. Features more than two dozen floral interpretations inspired by artist member’s art. 978-546-6604. www.rockportartassn.org.

William Shakespeare’s “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” presented by Cape Ann Shakespeare Troupe, 8 p.m., Rockport Community House, 58 Broadway. Directed by Ray Jenness. Multi-generational cast from Cape Ann to Cambridge. $15, $10 for students, $5 for those under 19, available at door. To reserve tickets, email cast2008@prodigy.net. www.capeannshakespearetroupe.blogspot.com.

Saturday, May 18

Old Garden Beach Association’s annual cleanup, 8 a.m., Old Garden Beach. Friends, neighbors, members and nonmembers welcome. Bring gloves, rakes, clippers, etc. Rain date: May 19, 8 a.m.

Babson Farm Quarry Tour, noon to 1:30 p.m., Halibut Point State Park, Gott Avenue. Specific lessons include splitting of granite with traditional quarry tools. Meet at Visitors Center. All ages. Pouring rain cancels. Free and open to public. 978-546-2997. www.mass.gov/dcr.

William Shakespeare’s “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” presented by Cape Ann Shakespeare Troupe, 8 p.m., Rockport Community House, 58 Broadway. Directed by Ray Jenness. Multi-generational cast from Cape Ann to Cambridge. $15, $10 for students, $5 for those under 19, available at door. To reserve tickets, email cast2008@prodigy.net. www.capeannshakespearetroupe.blogspot.com.

Sunday, May 19

Birding For Beginners, 8 to 10 a.m., Halibut Point State Park, Gott Avenue. Peter Van Demark offers tips on songs, flight patterns and preferred habitats. Meet in parking lot. All ages. Pouring rain cancels. Free and open to public. 978-546-2997. www.mass.gov/dcr.

Rockport Ambulance’s 18th annual Emergency Medical Services Day, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., DPW complex. Equipment and demonstrations by fire, ambulance, harbor, forest fire, police and Tally’s Towing. All proceeds benefit fallen EMS and fire personnel of West, Texas.

Sunday Book Chat, 1 p.m., Rockport Public Library. Topic: “The Round House” by Louise Erdrich.

Babson Farm Quarry Tour, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Halibut Point State Park, Gott Avenue. Specific lessons include splitting of granite with traditional quarry tools. Meet at Visitors Center. All ages. Pouring rain cancels. Free and open to public. 978-546-2997. www.mass.gov/dcr.

William Shakespeare’s “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” presented by Cape Ann Shakespeare Troupe, 3 p.m., Rockport Community House, 58 Broadway. Directed by Ray Jenness. Multi-generational cast from Cape Ann to Cambridge. $15, $10 for students, $5 for those under 19, available at door. To reserve tickets, email cast2008@prodigy.net. www.capeannshakespearetroupe.blogspot.com.

TUESDAY, MAY 21

Pigeon Cove Circle’s annual spring luncheon, noon, Gloucester House restaurant. RSVP to Carolyn at 978-546-3223.

Wednesday, May 22

Music performance, presented by Rockport Middle School orchestra, chorus and chamber music, 7 p.m., Shalin Liu Performance Center.

Meet the author, 7 p.m., Rockport Public Library. Brendan Cronin discusses “Cheffin’.”

Thursday, May 23

Tower Tour, 11 a.m. to noon, Halibut Point State Park, Gott Avenue. Includes climb to upper-levels of park’s World War II artillery fire control tower. Meet at Visitors Center. All ages. Rain or shine. Free and open to public. 978-546-2997. www.mass.gov/dcr.

Taking Control of Your Future: A Legal Checkup, 12:30 p.m., Rockport Senior Center. Presentation by Attorney Natalie Simon. Register at 978-546-5027.

Traveling Chef build-a-burger lunch, Rockport Senior Center. $3. RSVP to Freda at 978-546-5027.

Friday, May 24

Reading the Granite Landscape, 10 to 11 a.m., Halibut Point State Park, Gott Avenue. Natural history of granite tells stories via geology, plant communities, environmental forces and human use. Meet at Visitors Center. All ages. Pouring rain cancels. Free and open to public. 978-546-2997. www.mass.gov/dcr.

Saturday, May 25

Car wash, sponsored by Rockport High School Music Department, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Rockport DPW Yard. Donations benefit Ireland trip. Call Susan Collins at 978-546-9566.

Babson Farm Quarry Tour, 10 to 11 a.m., Halibut Point State Park, Gott Avenue. Specific lessons include splitting of granite with traditional quarry tools. Meet at Visitors Center. All ages. Pouring rain cancels. Free and open to public. 978-546-2997. www.mass.gov/dcr.

Sunday, May 26

Babson Farm Quarry Tour, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Halibut Point State Park, Gott Avenue. Specific lessons include splitting of granite with traditional quarry tools. Meet at Visitors Center. All ages. Pouring rain cancels. Free and open to public. 978-546-2997. www.mass.gov/dcr.

Tibetan folk and freedom singer Techung performs, 7 p.m., Shalin Liu Performance Center. Performance is part of national 2013 tour “For Peace in Tibet” and benefits Students for a Free Tibet. For tickets, visit www.RockportMusic.org.

Wednesday, May 29

Current Issues political book group, 3 p.m., Rockport Public Library. Topic: “Inevitable: Mass Customized Learning” by Charles Schwann and Bernice McGarvey.

History Book Club, 7 p.m., Rockport Public Library. Topic: Africa, 1900–2013.

Thursday, May 30

Tidepool Explorers, 10 to 11 a.m., Halibut Point State Park, Gott Avenue. Meet at Visitors Center. All ages. Pouring rain cancels. Free and open to public. 978-546-2997. www.mass.gov/dcr.

Author book talk, 6 p.m., Pigeon Cove Circle, 6 Breakwater Ave. Rockport author Gunilla Caulfield discusses “World War II Army Nurse June Houghton Sullivan: A Life Story!” with June Houghton Sullivan. Nonmembers welcome.

Friday, May 31

Tidepool Explorers, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Halibut Point State Park, Gott Avenue. Meet at Visitors Center. All ages. Pouring rain cancels. Free and open to public. 978-546-2997. www.mass.gov/dcr.

Monday, June 3

Meet the author, 7 p.m., Rockport Public Library. Mitchell Zuckoff discusses “Frozen in Time.”

Wednesday, June 19

Meet the author, 7 p.m., Rockport Public Library. Dr. Leana Wen discusses “When Doctors Don’t Listen.”

Wednesday, June 26

“Having Fun with Fossils and Dinosaurs” with Paulette Morin, 3 p.m., Rockport Public Library.

Monday, July 1

Interactive summer day camp, featuring arts and crafts, sports, and games, begins today. $195. Program runs until Aug. 8. Sponsored by Rockport Recreation Department. To register, visit www.rockportrecreation.com. Contact Caitlin at 978-546-1309 or caitlin@rockportrecreation.com.

Wednesday, July 10

Critters ’n Creatures “Amazing Animals: Diggers and Burrowers,” 3 p.m., Millbrook Meadow. Rain site: Rockport Public Library.

Meet the author, 7 p.m., Rockport Public Library. Suzanne Palmieri discusses “I’ll Be Seeing You.”

Monday, July 15

Meet the author, 7 p.m., Rockport Public Library. Joseph R. Gallo Jr. discusses “Boston Bronze & Stone Speak to Us.”

Wednesday, July 24

“A Song and Story Celebration of Reading” with Davis Bates, 3 p.m., Millbrook Meadow. Rain site: Rockport Public Library.

Meet the Author: Eleanor Morse discussing “White Dog Falls From the Sky,” 7 p.m., Rockport Public Library.

Wednesday, Aug. 7

Summer Reading wrap-up party, featuring Australian music with Didgeridoo Down Under, 3 p.m., Rockport Public Library.

Meet the author, 7 p.m., Rockport Public Library. Paul St. Germain discusses “Lighthouses and Life Saving Stations on Cape Ann.”

Wednesday, Aug. 21

Meet the author, 7 p.m., Rockport Public Library. Christopher Klein discusses “Discovering the Boston Harbor Islands.”

Wednesday, Sept. 11

Meet the author, 7 p.m., Rockport Public Library. Michael J. Tougias discusses “A Storm Too Soon.”

Wednesday, Sept. 25

Meet the author, 7 p.m., Rockport Public Library. George Rosen discusses “The Immanence of God in the Tropics.”

Wednesday, Oct. 9

Meet the author, 7 p.m., Rockport Public Library. Pamela Bailey Powers discusses “With.”

Wednesday, Nov. 20

Meet the author, 7 p.m., Rockport Public Library. Edith Powers discusses “Binocular Vision.”

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Monday,

Council on Aging bingo, 1 to 3:30 p.m., Rockport Senior Center. 978-546-2573.

Strength Resistance Exercise Class, 9 to 10 a.m., Rockport Senior Center. $4 per class.

Tuesday,

Yoga, 9 to 10 a.m., Rockport Senior Center. $3.

Wednesday,

Council on Aging Scrabble, 1 to 3 p.m., Rockport Senior Center. 978-546-2573.

Tai Jai, 9 to 10 a.m., Rockport Senior Center. $3.

Thursday,

Yoga, 9 to 10 a.m., Rockport Senior Center. $3.

Knitting hand work group meets, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., Rockport Senior Center.

Friday,

Zumba Gold, 11 a.m., Rockport Senior Center. $5 walk-in rate.

Strength Resistance Exercise Class, 9 to 10 a.m., Rockport Senior Center. $4 per class.