Memorial Day events
The Memorial Day Parade kicks-off on Monday, May 27, at 10 a.m. from Legion Hall, proceeding to the V.F.W. lot in the cemetery for services. Commander Brian Sullivan leads, Master Sergeant Daniel Peters is guest speaker, and John Bennett is Grand Marshall. Fifth-graders Colleen Murphy and Charlie Ruiter will recite “In Flanders Field” and “Answer to Flanders Field.” Kindergarten and first graders will place flowers and flags at the grave of the Unknown Soldier. Second and third grade singers perform “God Bless the U.S.A.” The Elementary School Band, under Fran Pierce and the High School/Middle School Band, under Anthony Covelli will play selections. The High School Marching Band, led by Drum Majors Chris Wile and McKenzie Beaton will also perform. Taps and Taps Echo will be played by High School students Andrew Kostka and Michael Tedesco. The parade then proceeds to Harvey Park for a laying of a wreath, then to Lumber Wharf to honor those lost at sea, with the Boston Minutemen Division of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps participating with local girl and boy Scouts. Events culminate with refreshments at Legion Hall.
All Memorial Day parade participants are urged to be at Legion Hall at 9:30 a.m. Flower girls and flag boys meet across the street from the Library at 9:45 a.m. The Memorial Day committee invites all veterans to march. Anyone with a veteran family member who died between last Memorial Day and this Memorial Day who was not a member of the Legion Post #98 in Rockport, call 978-546-9038 so they can be remembered at our ceremony. We’d also like to mention anyone actively serving overseas. Call to let us know of these service men and women. Any Blue Star mothers or family members of active service women and men who’d like to march are more than welcome to join us at the Legion Hall at 9:30 a.m., or at the cemetery as part of our ceremony.
Rockport Recreation Department is offering an Art Class for Middle Schoolers starting Tuesday. July 2, at Rockport Community House, 58 Broadway. Admission is $60 for 6 classes. For more information, call Caitlin Chandler at 978-546-1309
Rockport Recreation Department is offering a kayaking program for Middle Schoolers starting Wednesday, July 10, at North Shore Kayak & Outdoor Center. Admission is $135 for 4 trips. For more information, call Caitlin Chandler at 978-546-1309.
Ribbon cutting ceremony
The completion of the newly reconstructed Mill Dam will be celebrated with a free event for the public. Join dignitaries on May 25, at 10:30 a.m. and enjoy music. Ceremony followed by the Rockport Council on Aging “Duck Race” down Millbrook at 11 a.m. at Millbrook Meadow and Mill Pond Dam, Rockport. For more information, call Shannon Mason at 978-309-8049
Meet the author
Residents will have an opportunity to peek into the world of international cuisine when master chef and professor Brendan Cronin speaks on Wednesday, May 22, 7 p.m., in the Brenner Friends Room, Rockport Public Library. Free program is sponsored by the library, Friends of the Rockport Public Library, and Toad Hall Bookstore.
The Rockport Garden Club will meet Monday, June 3, at the Rockport Community House. A tea and social hour begin at noon. At 1:15 p.m., landscape designer Adriana O’Sullivan will present “Thirty Plants that Pay the Rent.”
Pigeon Cove Circle
Pigeon Cove Circle will hold a pot-luck supper Thursday, May 30, at 6 p.m. All are welcome. Bring an item for the table. Local author Gunilla Caulfield will discuss her recent book, “World War II Army Nurse June Houghton Sullivan — A Life Story.” A book signing will be held with books for sale.
RUNA at Old Sloop
Old Sloop Coffeehouse will present a performance by RUNA on Friday, June 7, 7:30 p.m., at the First Congregational Church, 12 School St., with Bob and Jen Strom opening. Advance tickets are $12; visit www.oldsloopcoffeehouse.org, or stop by Gloucester Music or Toad Hall Bookstore in Rockport. Tickets, at the door, are $14 (adults), $9 (65 and older), $5 (under 18), $28 per family.
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.
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.
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 to Aug. 8. Cost is $195. To register, visit www.rockportrecreation.com. Contact Caitlin at 978-546-1309 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, Kendra Dagle at email@example.com, or Theresa Pszenny Scatterday at firstname.lastname@example.org. Include name, email, cell phone and street address before May 24.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.