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Dr. Karen Damico will speak on "Inner Artist, Inner Strength, Coping through Creative Expression," at the Gloucester Stroke Club, Thursday, May 2, at 7 p.m. at Addison Gilbert Hospital, 298 Washington St., Women's Health Conference Room. All welcome at this free program; no registration. Stroke surviviors and caregivers are especially encouraged to attend to share information and concerns and enjoy refreshments. For more information, call 978-283-2633 or 978-283-3968.
A neighborhood meeting of Wards 2 and 3 will be held Tuesday, May 1, at 7 p.m. at The Annie, 1 Washington St. Please join this heritage rally and discussion of "What we value as a community." Your voice is critical in shaping our future; listen to your neighbors and businesses affected the most by the Fort hotel proposal, bring questions and solutions to the table, and include your voice! For details, visit us on Facebook: Hold the Fort: Save Gloucester.
The Womens Club of Magnolia's will meet Tuesday, May 8, at 7 p.m. at the Magnolia Library Center. The meeting will focus on this year's distribution of funds, followed by Russell's Florist making spring floral arrangements with our group; cost of materials is $25 per person. Our hostess is Linda Geary and her committee. For information, call Carol Sutherland at 978-525-3773.
Cinco De Mayo
Gloucester Lodge of Elks, 101 Atlantic Ave., will celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a party on Saturday, May 5, from 8 untilmidnight hosted by Bob O'Maley. Free of charge; members and guest are welcome!
The members of Gloucester Lodge of Elks, 101 Atlantic Ave., invite families to a cook-out on May 6, from 1 to 4 p.m. Enjoy hamburgers, hot Dogs, and all the trimmings, hot off the grill. Leo Francis and his cast of characters will entertain the kids; and there'll be a fun-for-all of dancing, candy attacks, crafts, cupcake decorating and Rain Forest Reptiles exhibit at 3 p.m.
The Gloucester Preschool is having its annual yard sale on Saturday, May 5, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at the Fuller School. Proceeds benefit the enrichment of the students. The rain date is Saturday, May 19, at the same time.
A life honored
Friends, family and former students of James Guter, director of the award-winning GHS Band, from 1975 to 1982, will gather to honor his life and work at a memorial service on Saturday, May 5, at 2 p.m. at the Elks at Bass Rocks on Atlantic Beach. One of the founding members of the NESBA organization, Jim was instrumental in the development of the NESBA philosophy that all students deserve a chance to be great performers. Those who plan to attend, please email Janis Guter at: email@example.com or 630-999-6927.
The Cape Ann Farmers Market fundraiser kicks off its second season at Stage Fort Park on April 29, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Cape Ann Community Cinema, 21 Main St. Your $30 admission helps offset the market's expenses; and an additional $15 buys you half-price farmers market membership. It also buys you a great evening of film and food and raffles. Narrated by Edward Norton, "The Apple Pushers" explores how lack of healthful food is feeding rising obesity rates; and the evening's very healthful menu comes courtesy of the kitchens of Cape Ann's finest restaurants, caterers, breweries, wineries and distilleries. This fun event sells out fast, so get your tickets asap, by credit card or paypal at: www.CapeAnnFarmersMarket.org.
Cell phones for soldiers
Gloucester High School collects old cell phones for overseas troops. No cords, batteries or any other accessories are needed. Phones may be dropped off at the GHS ROTC office. Call Rick at 978-281-9870, ext. 1212.