GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

May 13, 2013

Rockport Goings On


Gloucester Daily Times

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Class reunion

The Rockport High School classes of 1982, 1983 and 1984 will hold a 30th class reunion Saturday, July 6, 7 p.m., at Rockport Golf Club. All class members are urged to contact Lori Gray Rostkowski at rockporthsclassof1982@gmail.com, Kendra Dagle at kendradagle@comcast.net, or Theresa Pszenny Scatterday at rockporthsclassof1984@gmail.com. Include name, email, cell phone and street address before May 24.

‘Love’s Labour’s Lost’

Cape Ann Shakespeare Troupe will present William Shakespeare’s “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” directed by Ray Jenness and featuring a multi-generational cast from Cape Ann to Cambridge, on May 11, 17 and 18, 8 p.m.; May 12 and 19, 3 p.m., at the Rockport Community House, 58 Broadway. Tickets are $15, $10 for students, $5 for those under 19, and are available at the door. To reserve tickets, email cast2008@prodigy.net. Visit www.capeannshakespearetroupe.blogspot.com and Facebook.

EMS Day

Rockport Ambulance will sponsor the 18th annual Emergency Medical Services Day on Sunday, May 19, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the DPW complex. Event features equipment and demonstrations by fire, ambulance, harbor, forest fire, police and Tally’s Towing. All proceeds benefit the fallen EMS and fire personnel of West, Texas.

Car wash

The Rockport High School Music Department will hold a car wash Saturday, May 25, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Rockport DPW Yard. Donations benefit the Ireland trip. Call Susan Collins at 978-546-9566.

Pigeon Cove luncheon

Pigeon Cove Circle will hold its annual spring luncheon Tuesday, May 21, at the Gloucester House restaurant. To RSVP, call Carolyn at 978-546-3223 as soon as posible.

CATA for seniors

If you need transportation to the Rockport Senior Center, call Dianne at 978-546-2573 to help you with a one-time application.

Theater classics

Stephen Collins will perform theater classics from the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s on Thursday, May 16, 12:30 p.m., at the Rockport Senior Center. Program is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency that funds Rockport Cultural Council.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Summer day camp

The Rockport Recreation Department will offer an interactive summer day camp, featuring arts and crafts, sports, and games. Camp meets July 1-Aug. 8. Cost is $195. To register, visit www.rockportrecreation.com. Contact Caitlin at 978-546-1309 or caitlin@rockportrecreation.com.

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.

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.

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.

Rare Books benefit

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Rockport Public Library, the Friends of the Library will host a party at the Community Center on Wednesday, May 15, at 6 p.m., followed at 7 p.m. by a presentation titled “Is There Value in Your Old and Rare Books?” by Kenneth Gloss, proprietor of the internationally-known Brattle Book Shop in Boston’s Downtown Crossing. Reception includes wine, cheese and appetizers. Cost is $15 per person. Proceeds benefit the library’s programs. Reservations are required; tickets are available at Toad Hall Book Store in Rockport. Checks, made payable to Friends of the Library Celebration, may be sent to: P.O. Box 31, Rockport, MA 01966.

Motif Scavenger Hunt

As part of Motif No. 1 Day festivities, more than 50 participating windows will create a scavengers’ tag treasure trail in a two-day, town-wide event, Saturday and Sunday, May 18 and 19, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. Call Dawn Noble at 978-546-5868.

RAA Arts & Flowers

The Rockport Art Association will sponsor the 21st annual Arts & Flowers reception Friday, May 17, 6 to 8 p.m., in its Hibbard Gallery, 12 Main St. Features more than two dozen floral interpretations inspired by artist member’s artwork from the first summer show. Free and open to the public. Call 978-546-6604 or visit www.rockportartassn.org.

Garden Club cleanup

The Old Garden Beach Association will host its annual Old Garden Beach cleanup Saturday, May 18, at 8 a.m. Friends, neighbors, members and nonmembers are welcome. Bring gloves, rakes, clippers, etc. Rain date is Sunday, May 19, at 8 a.m.

OGBA meeting

The Old Garden Beach Association will hold its annual meeting Tuesday, May 14, 7 p.m., at the Rockport Community House. All are welcome.