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Toe Jam Puppets
Sawyer Free Library will kick-off Kids' Summer Reading on Tuesday, June 19, at 10 a.m., with the Toe Jam Puppet Band — a fully-interactive live and lively musical band that encourages kids and parents to sing, dance, and participate in story-telling and fingerplays. Free for all.
Cape Ann Museum and Sawyer Free Library invites art lovers ages 6 to 12 to register for "I Dreamed I Was ..." Using maritime art and artifacts, children create self-portraits of themselves as characters they dream of becoming. The artwork will be integrated in a mural being created in the Children's Library. This program takes place at the Cape Ann Museum on Thursday, June 21, at 10 a.m. Space is limited, so please register at 978-281-9763.
Sawyer Free Library's anglophiles may have free online access to Queen Victoria's Journals through June 30, at www.queenvictoriasjournals.org. The 141 volumes span her childhood through her golden and diamond jubilee years to her death in 1901. The only monarch other than Queen Elizabeth II to celebrate a diamond jubilee, Victoria's complete collection has never been published before. The online journals, complete with photos and illustrations, are the result of a collaboration by the Bodleian Library, the Royal Archives and the online publisher ProQuest. Most of the volumes were rewritten by Victoria's daughter, Princess Beatrice, according to the wishes of her mother. After June 30, the journals will be available only to users in the United Kingdom.
Sawyer Free hours
Sawyer Free Library bookworms, please take note that the library will be opening late, 10 a.m., on Monday, June 18. Also, summer hours are in effect: Monday and Thursday, 8:30 a.m to 6 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., closed Sunday. The Children's Library hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 8:30 to 1 p.m.; closed Sunday.
The Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary's Advisory Council is seeking applications for these vacant seats: two education members; an education alternate; one whalewatch member; two fixed gear commercial fishing member and alternate; a business and industry member and an alternate; a diving member and an alternate; and one youth alternate. For more information or an application kit, please contact: Elizabeth.Stokes@noaa.gov. Applications are due by July 16.
There will be a birthday party for state Rep. Anne-Margaret Ferrante on Friday, June 22, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Cruiseport Gloucester. Please join us in wishing her a very happy 40th! For reservations ($75 per person, by June 18) or information, call Fran at 978-281-2104.
Class of '57 reunion
The Gloucester High School Class of 1957 reunion committee will hold a meeting on June 28, at 7 p.m., at the home of Andrea Mackey, 33 Railroad Ave., to discuss plans for the 55th class reunion, including a picnic on Friday, July 27, at 1 p.m. at the Lanesville Community Center, dinner at the Gloucester House on Saturday, July 28, at 6 p.m., and breakfast on Sunday, July 29, at 8 p.m. at the Gloucester House. If you have not received information in the mail, please contact Andrea. We have a list of "missing" classmates who we are trying to locate. If you knoow their whereabouts, and/or contact information, please contact Andrea at 978-283-6844: Marilyn Muse Snow, Lianne MacMillan LaMuth, Stephen Johnson, nancy Coleman, Geraldine Carpenter Dare, Eleanor Anderson, Sandra Tyser Place, Jean Tucker McCormick, Judith Viator, Kenneth Wikstrom, Ann Gillis, Rosalie Frontiero Krantz.
St. Peter's Novena
The nine-day Novena to St. Peter, which precedes the five-day St. Peter's Fiesta, will be held at the American Legion Hall, at 7 p.m. from Monday, June 18, through Tuesday, June 26. On June 26, the celebration of Mass will follow the evening novena of prayer and praise. The public is invited to attend. For details, call Joe Novello at 978 283-4367.
The Gloucester Fireworks Committee is raising money for the July 3rd and Labor Day weekend celebrations. The economy makes this a difficult task but fireworks have become Gloucester traditions. All donations are tax deductible, and any amount is welcome. Send c/o The Gloucester Fund, 45 Middle St., Gloucester, MA 01930. (Please note: "Fireworks"). If you are interested in helping or joining the committee, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Relay for Life
The American Cancer Society will host its annual Relay for Life of Cape Ann at Gloucester High School's Newell Stadium, starting at 6 p.m. Friday, June 15, and running until 9 a.m. Saturday. This team event ( 6 to 15 members per team) lasts 15 hours, with one member of each team walking the track at all times. Team members are asked to raise at least $100 for the American Cancer Society. For more information, email: email@example.com, call 781-314-2643, or visit: www.relayforlife.org/CapeAnnMA.