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September 10, 2013

Gloucester Goings On


Gloucester Daily Times

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Inaugural sermon at Gloucester UU

This Sunday morning, Sept. 15, Rev. Jenny Rankin, the newly installed interim minister at the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church, will take the pulpit at 10 a.m. to deliver her inaugural sermon. Rev. Rankin — a graduate of Harvard Divinity School and scholar of Emerson and Thoreau — comes to Gloucester from Babson College where she served as Ecumenical Chaplain, following fifteen years at First Parish Church in Concord. Rev. Rankin says she finds her “joy in ... preaching and leading worship that helps us feel inspired to go out and be a blessing and a light in a broken world that needs each one of us ...” All are welcome to welcome Rev. Rankin at the church, which is handicap accessible and located at the corner of Middle & Church Streets. For more information, visit: www.gloucesteruu.org.

‘Driving Miss Daisy’

Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main St., wraps up its 2013 season with Alfred Uhry’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Driving Miss Daisy,” starring Johnny Lee Davenport, Lindsay Crouse and Robert Pemberton and directed by Benny Sato Ambush. Show runs Wednesdays-Sundays, now through Sept. 22. Limited amount of discount tickets ($20) available to year-round Cape Ann residents for all Wednesday and Thursday performances. Advance reservations strongly suggested. Residents must identify themselves when making a reservation, and proof of residency must be presented at box office. Building is air-conditioned and handicapped-accessible. Tickets are $40 for adults, $35 for seniors and students. For reservations, call 978-281-4433 or visit www.gloucesterstage.org.

Fundraiser dinner

A fundraiser dinner to benefit the Gloucester High School Cheerleaders will take place Wednesday, Sept. 11, 4 to 9 p.m., at Jalapeno’s. A 50/50 drawing and a scratch ticket drawing will be held.

Cape Ann Forum

The Cape Ann Forum will kick off its season Sunday, Sept. 15, 7 to 9 p.m., at Gloucester’s City Hall. Kate Almquist Knopf, a former U.S. aid agency official, will discuss the impact of assistance to troubled states. The event is free and open to the public. Visit www.capeannforum.org.

CAAA fundraiser

Join Kaminski and Heath’s Tea Room in Rockport for an afternoon tea and an appraisal on Wednesday, Sept. 11, from 5 to 7 p.m., to benefit Cape Ann Animal Aid. Cost is $25 per person and includes a verbal appraisal for one item, one scone, four tea sandwiches, one beverage and one tea treat. Additional verbal appraisals will be available for a $5 donation with a limit of three per person. Reservations are required; call 978-309-3388 or email heath@heathstearoom.com.

Meet and greet

The Greg Verga Committee kicks off its Vote Verga Councilor At-Large Campaign on Thursday, Sept. 19, 6 to 9 p.m., at the Fiesta Pub, 14 Rogers St. All are invited for light hors d’oeuvres and a meet and greet with the candidate. Live music provided by the John Jerome Band. Admission is free but a $20 donation is suggested. To RSVP, visit www.VoteVerga.com or www.facebook.com/voteverga.

Class of 1984

The Gloucester High School Class of 1984 is looking for addresses for these classmates: William G. Anderson, Philip Barnes, Christina Bates, David Beauparlant, Erik Bocelle, Denise Bruni, Lisa Byrne, Donna Cabral, Richard Brooks. Kevin Collins, Phil Curcuru, Patrick Dailing, Alexander DaSilva, Steve DeCoste, Susan DeCoste Durgin, Juliana DaHaan, Jeff Diamond, Kelly Drohan, Joseph Frontiero, Katherine Gove Carpenter, Mark Grant, Thomas Hall, Barbara Hand Goveny, Jane Haseldine, Audrey Heussi, Heidi Hinkley Scola, Jeffrey Holmberg, Paul Hubbard, Ricky Johnsen, Dawn Korthas Levie, Eddie Lannon, Sandra LaRosa, Phyllis Levie, Alison Lifson, Howard Lodge III, Greg Lord, Dan Lukegord, Kevin Mahoney, Russ Martin, Tim Moriarty, Erika Morris, LaRayne Muise Frankenberry, Adam Munroe, Dexter Murray, Joe Nadeau, Kristine Nelson, Tim Noble, Dan Noseworthy, Lisa Oakes, Susan Osier, Anthony Parisi, Fred Peeler, Victoria Perry, Edmont Pouliot, Lori Quigley, Kathy Record, David Repyak, John Ryan, Victoria Sampsel, Stephanie Saulnier, Stacey Saunders, Aldon Sawyer, Michael Silva, Paul Soper, Katherine St. Cyr, Brian Swanson, Pam Tedesco Provencher, Maria Tzioumas, James Tolman, Ron Troy, and David Webster. The 30-year reunion will take place in August of 2014. E-mail Caryn Linquata Ryder at Carynryder1984@gmail.com.

Genealogy 101

The Sawyer Free Library will host three of Gloucester’s most experienced archivists for a one-hour seminar on the basics of genealogical research. The panel consists of Sarah Dunlap and Jane Walsh, both of the Gloucester Archives, and Stephanie Buck of the Cape Ann Museum, and will be moderated by Christy Park. Practical tools and strategies will be presented for beginning genealogists. This seminar will meet in the Friend Room of Sawyer Free Library on Thursday, Sept. 12, from 7 to 8 p.m.

Breast Cancer Group

The Breast Cancer Support Group at Addison Gilbert Hospital, 298 Washington Street, Gloucester, meets on the third Tuesday of each month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Longan Room, located inside the Washington Street entrance of the hospital. Preregistration is not required.

Cancer Support Group

The Cape Ann Cancer Support Group meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month, 4:30 to 6 p.m., in the Longan Room, located inside the Washington Street entrance of Addison Gilbert Hospital, 298 Washington St. Preregistration is not required.

Youth choir auditions

Auditions for the 2013-14 season for the Honors Youth Choir of Chorus North Shore will be held Thursday, Sept. 12, 4 p.m., at the First Baptist Church, 2 High St., Rockport, and Thursday, Sept. 19, 3:30 p.m., at Ascension Memorial Church, 31 County St., Ipswich, followed by the first rehearsal. Auditions are open to all youth ages 10 through high school. The choir is sponsored by Chorus North Shore and is tuition free for youth.

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.

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, ext. 120, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Cancer Survivors Support Group

Cancer Survivors Support Group meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, 6 to 7 p.m., at the Annisquam Village Church, 820 Washington St., Gloucester.

Adult Education

Action Inc.’s Adult Basic Education classes are offered Mondays and Wednesdays, 6 to 8:30 p.m., at 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.

Cape Ann Thrift Shop

Trinity Congregational Church’s Cape Ann Thrift Shop is open Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon. Shop is located on Middle Street.

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.

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.

Narcotics Anonymous

Gloucester meetings of Narcotics Anonymous are:

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

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

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

“Fishing for Recovery” — 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.

Fish and Ships Pass

The Cape Ann Museum, Essex Shipbuilding Museum and Maritime Gloucester have launched the Fish and Ships Pass, a multi-venue ticket that provides admission to all three venues for one price, $18. Passes will be on sale at all three locations through Labor Day, 2013. Visit www.capeannmuseum.org, www.maritimegloucester.org or www.essexshipbuildingmuseum.org.

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.

Annisquam Exchange

The Annisquam Exchange, a nonprofit fine consignments shop is open for the season. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mondays-Saturdays. A portion of consignments is gifted back to the community to help those in need.

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.

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.

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.

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. Saturday, 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.

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. No fee. To pre-reregister, call 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. Free 30-minute screening required; plus $3 fee per class. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Blockbuster finale

The grand finale of the summer season kicks off at 6 p.m., on Saturday, Sept. 21, with Main Street restaurants serving al fresco, stores open for late-night shopping, and five outdoor stages showcasing outstanding talent. It’s the last Downtown Block Party of 2013, with live music from Gloucester High School Docksiders Big Band, rock’s Willie Alexander, eclectic Inge Berge, jazz artist Karen Ristuben and Marina Evans. The North Shore Folklore Theater will present a short historical play on the Sargent House lawn, the Vernal Pond Team’s snakes will charm at Toodleoos, and Rick Doucette and his YMCA Spindrift crew will turn Main Street into a main event for kids of all ages.

TRIAD Program for seniors

On Thursday, Sept. 12, John Russell of the Essex County Sheriff’s Department will offer a “Car Fit” demonstration on Triad member vehicles. A sign-up date will be available. Call the Council on Aging at 978-281-9765.

Foxwoods trip

Seniors will leave the Rose Baker Center for a day trip to Foxwoods Casino at 6 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 19. Departure for the return trip home will be at 5:15 p.m. Seats are available on the motor coach. Prepaid reservations are $26 per person, including $20 of gratuities for slots and food. Sign up at the Senior Center or call 978-281-9765.

National Senior Month

September is National Senior Center Month and the Gloucester Council on Aging will celebrate with a special open house week at the Rose Baker Senior Center. All are welcome to stop in for free coffee and snacks Sept. 23-27. Call 978-281-9765.

Lobster rolls special

On Tuesday, Sept. 24, Seaport Grill ladles out the lobster rolls at 12:15 p.m. at the Rose Baker Senior Center, at a special price for seniors to celebrate Senior Center Month. Reservations are limited; call 978-281-9765.

Tai Chi classes

Call the Council on Aging at 978-281-9765 to register for new Tai Chi sessions, starting Friday, Sept. 20, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., at the Rose Baker Senior Center, with a certified instructor. This simple form of fluid movement is low impact, with minimal stress on muscles and joints, so is generally safe for all ages and levels of fitness.

Senior art

The Rose Baker Senior Center’s art programs are Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays starting at 10 a.m. Projects are on-going and on display throughout downtown Gloucester. For more information, call 978-281-9765 and ask for Juni.

Senior finance help

Tom Dexter offers free financial consultations to seniors at the Rose Baker Senior Center on Thursday, Sept. 19, at 9 a.m. Call 978-281-9765 to schedule a free appointment.

Feel-Good Bingo

Feeling a little down? Get up and out to “Feel Good Bingo” starting Monday, Sept. 16, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Rose Baker Senior Center. Led by an outreach social worker, this fresh spin on Bingo, has free cards and prizes, a fun focus on keeping a positive attitude, and it’s open to all seniors. Sign up at the reception desk.

Seniors breakfast

During Senior Center Month, the Friends of the Gloucester COA offers a great full course breakfast at the Rose Baker Senior Center at 9 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 20. Just call the reception desk at 978 281-9765 to sign up.

Harbor race

The Gloucester Gig Rowers and Maritime Gloucester will hold the fifth annual harbor race Sunday, Sept. 15. The three-plus-mile triangular course is open to pilot gigs, whaleboats, dories and other traditional rowing craft. Course starts and finishes at Niles Beach. Registration opens at 8 a.m., followed by a captain/cox meeting at 9 a.m. Heats begin at 9:30 a.m. Preregistration is strongly encouraged; contact Debe Holland at debe.holland@comcast.net or 781-608-9006. Cost is $30 per person.

Art auction bids

The Sawyer Free Library is accepting silent bids throughout the month of September for the wide array of art donated by local artists. The viewing culminates Oct. 2, when all are invited to the gala live auction. Drop by the library sometime this month and place a bid.