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May 14, 2013

Gloucester Goings On


Gloucester Daily Times

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Tribute fundraiser

City Councilor Jackie Hardy will be honored at a reception on June 22 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Gloucester House restaurant, Sevens Seas Wharf. She represents Bay View, Annisquam, and Lanesville and serves as council president. The event will feature hors d’oeuvres and a program led by City Councilor Bruce Tobey. Proceeds will be donated to the new Gloucester Dog Park. Tickets are $100 and can be obtained from Tobey, 978-968-8100, or Dick Wilson, 978-525-3293. Checks should be made payable to the Gloucester Fund; please write in the memo line “Jackie Hardy/Dog Park.”

‘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 17 and 18, 8 p.m.; May 19, 3 p.m., at the Rockport Community House, 58 Broadway, Rockport. 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.

Interfaith Awards

The Cape Ann Interfaith Commission will hold a reception and awards ceremony for youth volunteers on Monday, May 20, 7 to 8:30 p.m., in the Gloucester High School lecture hall.

Friends of Seacoast

Friends of Seacoast will meet Tuesday, May 14, 6 to 7 p.m., at Seacoast Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 298 Washington St. All are welcome.

Foxwoods trip

Holy Family Parish will offer a trip to Foxwoods in Connecticut on Wednesday, May 22. A motor coach will leave from the St. Anthony’s Chapel parking lot at 6 a.m. and return around 7:30 p.m. Cost is $30 per person and includes transportation, the Festival Buffet (an $18 value) and a $10 Keno voucher. Mail payments (checks should be made payable to Rosa Ladd), along with your name, address and phone number (by May 15) to: Rosa Ladd, 130 Mount Pleasant Ave., Gloucester, MA 01930. Contact Rosa at 978-580-4455 or rosa.ladd@yahoo.com.

Safety training

The Fishing Partnership will conduct free safety and survival training for commercial fishermen Friday, May 17, 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the U.S. Coast Guard Station, 17 Harbor Loop. 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. Preregistration is recommended. Forms are available at the Gloucester Coast Guard Station and at the MFP office, 2 Blackburn Center; online at www.fishingpartnership.org; or by calling 978-282-4847.

Ocean planning meeting

Representatives from the state and New England will host a public meeting to discuss draft regional ocean planning goals and associated potential actions Tuesday, June 18, 4 to 7 p.m., at the Endicott College Gloucester Campus. 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. Visit www.goo.gl/m2OmH.

Penny sale

Our Lady of Good Voyage Church, 142 Prospect St., will host a penny sale Saturday, May 18, 7 p.m., in the parish hall. Sweet bread, groceries, baked goods and more will be available.

Flag Day

A Flag Day retirement ceremony will be held at the Gloucester Elks on Wednesday, June 12, at 6 p.m. The ceremony will include the Gloucester High School ROTC color guard formations performed outside the lodge followed by services within the lodge: scholarship essay awards, city and state proclamations, and Flag Day addresses. All are welcome.

St. Peter’s novena

The annual St. Peter’s Fiesta nine-day novena offering prayers and petitions to St. Peter will take place June 17 to 25, 7 p.m., at the American Legion Hall. All are welcome. Call Joe Novello at 978-283-4367.

Launch the Adventure

Schooner Adventure is looking for electricians, plumbers, painters and other capable volunteers to help with projects needed for USCG certification. Call 978-281-8079 or email info@schooner-adventure.org.

Fiesta floats

The 2013 St. Peter’s Fiesta begins Wednesday, June 26, and runs through Sunday, June 30. Following the outdoor celebration of the Mass of St. Peter on Sunday, June 30, the procession will begin. The Fiesta Committee has trailers available, without charge, for individuals, families or groups wishing to enter a religious themed float in the procession. A stipend of $200 is offered to help purchase flowers, etc., to decorate the floats. To reserve a trailer, call Rose at 978-283-1664.

Benefit concert

Daisy Nell & Captain Stan will play a concert to benefit schooner Adventure on Wednesday, June 5, 6 to 10 p.m., at the Gloucester House restaurant. Features a silent auction, finger foods, a cash bar and more.

Waterfront walking tours

Join Schooner Adventure for a stroll along Gloucester’s working waterfront and visit sites where maritime companies once reigned on the harbor’s edge. Old maps and historic photos will take you back to the late 1800s and early 1900s, the heyday of Gloucester’s fishing. The 90-minute tours start at 10 a.m. Saturdays, July 6 and 20, Aug. 3, 17 and 31, and Sept. 14 (weather permitting) at the Fisherman’s Memorial statue and ends at the Fitz Henry (Hugh) Lane House on Harbor Loop. Cost is $5 per person. Wear walking shoes.

Chamber luncheon

The Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce will host a membership power luncheon Wednesday, May 15, noon, at Woodman’s Essex Room, 125 Main St., Essex. Check-in begins at 11:30 a.m. Guest speaker is Massachusetts Secretary of Education Dr. Matthew Malone. Graduating seniors from Cape Ann’s high schools will be honored as the recipients of 2013 scholarships from the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce. Call 978-283-1601.

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. Baked goods may be dropped off May 17, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., or May 18, before 9 a.m.

‘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.

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.

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 basement 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.

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.

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. Call 978-232-1212 or visit www.nsmediation.org/BMT.html.

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.

‘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.

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 children ages 3-5 and their families. 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: 8:30 to 11 a.m.; afternoon sessions: noon to 2:30 p.m., and full-day sessions: 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Optional Lunch Bunch session: 11 a.m. to noon. All sessions meet Monday through Thursday. All children take part in an early childhood developmental screening. Limited places available. Call 978-281-9848.