Gloucester Daily Times
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Lahey Health System will host a Cape Ann Community Forum at Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main Street, on Oct. 30, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. to discuss the future state of healthcare, payment reform and its impact on hospitals and healthcare delivery systems. Presenters include Denis Conroy, VP of System Integration for Lahey Health System and Cindy Cafasso Donaldson, VP and Exec. Director for Addison Gilbert Hospital. A Q&A session will follow; all are encouraged to attend.
The Gloucester Health Department will conduct a free flu clinic for all those six months and older. at Addison Gilbert Hospital, 298 Washington Street, Gloucester on Nov. 13 from 9 to 11 a.m. Appointments are not necessary. Guests should enter the hospital through the Fisher Lobby entrance. Please wear short sleeves.
All levels of yoga and Pilates are welcome at Rockport Recreation Department’s class on Thursday, Oct. 25, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Rockport Community House, 58 Broadway. Thedrop in fee is $8. For more informatin, call Caitlin Chandler at 978-546-1309
Pigeon Cove supper
Pigeon Cove Circle will hold its monthly pot-luck supper Thursday, Oct. 25, at 6 p.m. For a ride, call Linda at 978-546-6698.
‘Land of the Dead’
Shakespeare’s “Land of the Dead” will be performed Thursday and Friday, Oct. 25 and 26, 7 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 27, 2 p.m., at the John E. Lane Auditorium, Jerden’s Lane. General admission is $7, $5 for students and seniors.
The Open Door Food Pantry needs help to provide holiday meal baskets to local families. A donation of $25 provides a turkey, potatoes, butternut squash, apples, stuffing, cranberry and more. Make checks payable to: The Open Door, with “turkey” on the memo line, 28 Emerson Ave., Gloucester, MA 01930. The Open Door serves residents of Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester, Essex and Ipswich. To donate online, visit www.foodpantry.org.
FRA trivia night
The Friends of Rockport Athletics will host a trivia and dance night Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Rockport Golf Club. Doors open at 6 p.m., followed by trivia at 6:30 p.m. Teams of 4-6 players; $10 per person. Refreshments and a cash bar will be available. This is a 21+ event. Tables are going quickly. To register your team, call Neil Dineen at 978-546-7906, or mail payment and team names to: Neil Dineen, 128 Main St., Rockport, MA 01966.
Rockport American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 09, will hold its next meeting on Monday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. Members are asked to bring in their Christmas gifts for the annual Chelsea Soldiers Home Gift Shop event.
The Amy Black Band takes center stage at the Old Sloop Coffeehouse on Saturday, Nov. 3, at 7:30 p.m. at the handicap-accessible First Congregational Church of Rockport, 12 School St, with Megan Burtt opening. A Boston based singer/songwriter with storytelling and Southern tradition in her blood. Black is one of the most sought after acts in New England, and at the Americana Music Association Conference. Advance online tickets are $10 at: oldsloopcoffeehouse.org, or at Gloucester Music, and at Toad Hall Bookstore in Rockport. The suggested door donation is $12, adults; $7, 65 and older, $5, under 18; $24, for a family.
The voice studio of Wendy Betts will present “An Afternoon Affair with the Music Muse” on Sunday, Nov. 4, 4 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 4 Cleaves St. Works by Purcell, Vivaldi, Schumann and more. Reception to follow. Offering taken to help defray expenses of church music ministry.
The Cape Ann Shakespeare Troupe will present “Shakespeare In Two Acts” on Nov. 1, 2, 3, 9 and 10, 8 p.m.; and Nov. 4 and 11, 3 p.m., at the Gloucester Stage Co., 267 East Main St., Gloucester. The program consists of two one-act plays, the first, a romantic fantasy-comedy titled “Love on a Midsummer Night” based on “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” and the second, “Visiting Lear,” a drama adapted from “The Tragedy of King Lear.” Directed by Nick Neyeloff and Ray Jenness, and written by Joseph Stiliano. Casts consist of talent drawn from Cape Ann and surrounding communities. Tickets, available at the door, are $15, $10 for students, $5 for those under 19. To reserve tickets, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beginner and advanced skating skills group and private lessons are available for boys and girls ages 5-12, tots ages 2 1/2 and up, teens and adults. Instruction is by professional coaches certified by USA Hockey and U.S. Figure Skating associations. Lessons available at Talbot Rink on Tuesdays, 6 p.m., and Saturdays, 1 p.m.; at Pingree School in Hamilton on Tuesdays and Fridays, 9:30 a.m. and 12:45 p.m., and Wednesdays, 1:30 p.m. Private lessons also available. Enrollment is ongoing. For a registration form, visit www.cafsc.org or call 978-546-2290.
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.
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.
Every Wednesday, from 9:30 to 11 a.m., Rockport Baptist Church hosts a Bible study that is free and open 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.
Those interested in learning what a Buddhist practice is or how others maintain a daily practice are invited to share their thoughts and questions with teacher Mary Kay Dyer, of Rockport’s Asian Classics Institute, and senior student and practitioner Elizabeth McLindon, on the fourth Sunday of the month, 7 to 8:30 p.m., at the 222 Wellness Center, 222 Eastern Ave. Contact Mary Kay Dyer at 978-283-8857 or email@example.com, or Elizabeth McLindon at 978-879-9159 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tennis for adults
The Rockport Recreation Department offers a multi-level tennis program, for adults ages 16 and up, mornings from 7:30 to 9, at the Rockport High School tennis courts. Play a match, get useful tips and learn more about the game. Cost is $70 for a four-week session. Call Olivia at 978-546-1309.
The Rockport Recreation Department offers an interactive day camp for children in grades one through five, at 9 a.m., at Rockport Elementary School. Activities include sports, games, arts and crafts. Admission is $135 for five weeks. Call Olivia at 978-546-1309.
The Cape Ann Shakespeare Troupe has established a $500 scholarship to be awarded to a Cape Ann High School senior who has been accepted to a college theater arts program. Prerequisites include participation in high school drama programs and involvement in one CAST production. For an application, contact Ray Jenness at email@example.com or 73 High St., Rockport, MA 01966.
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.
The Rockport Art Association, 12 Main St., offers these classes and sketch groups in its studio:
Figure sketch group (short pose) meets Mondays, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Model takes several short poses progressing to 20 minutes. No instruction. $10. Meets year-round. No preregistration required. Peter DeNigris monitors. 508-662-9985.
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. $10. No preregistration. Fred Jillson monitors. 978-281-5144.
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.
Rockport Recreation Department offers a fitness program for adults, combining strength training, cardio, Pilates and flexibility. Individual classes are $6, at the Community House. Call Caitlin at 978-546-1309.
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.
Pathways’ Cape Ann Families 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
The Rockport Senior Center will travel to Newport, R.I., on Dec. 6, to visit the Marble House Mansion and have lunch at Lancetta’s; then visit LaSalette Shrine for Father Pat’s concert and Festival of Lights. Call 978-546-2573.
Photographer and Rockport Council on Aging board member, Gil McCarthy will host a computerized movie on Friday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Rockport Senior Center, 58 Broadway. The movie, a photographic history of Pigeon Cove, is titled “Pigeon Cove Then and Now,” with computer images of photos of people from the past, buildings, homes, schools, Pigeon Cove Harbor, historic homes in Andrews Point and other neighborhoods, famous inns and hotels, the Tool Company and its proud efforts during World War II. There’ll be lots of time to share memories, too. The event is free and refreshments will be served. Pre-register with Diane Bertolino at 978-546-2573.
Christmas in the Cove
Pigeon Cove Circle’s Christmas in the Cove Fair will take place Saturday, Nov. 24, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For craft table rentals, text 978-766-8041 or call Michele at 978-546-1195.
Tribute concert fundraiser
A tribute to John Lennon and George Harrison concert will take place Saturday, Dec. 29, 6 to 9:30 p.m., at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport. The Beatles tribute band Octopus’s Garden will perform classic Beatles songs, and The Mockers will perform solo works by Lennon and Harrison. Tickets are $20. All proceeds benefit local cancer related charities.
Crafters are sought for the annual Rockport PTO holiday fair on Saturday, Nov. 17. Space fills up quickly and is limited so reserve your eight-foot table now. To sign up, contact Amy Kamm at 978-546-5138 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team and Kestrel Educational Adventures will host its third annual benefit concert and silent auction Saturday, Nov. 3, at Woodman’s, Essex Room, 127 Main St., in Essex. Entertainment provided by Entrain. Admission is $20. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the door. Advance tickets available at www.ShowClix.com, 1-888-718-4253, Gloucester Music in Gloucester, or Toad Hall Bookstore in Rockport.
ce is limited. Preregistration is required; visit www.ghama.com, stop by, or call Kathy Erkkila at 978-281-4770, ext. 110.
Pigeon Cove Circle will host its annual Halloween party, for pre-kindergarten children through grade three, on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2 to 4 p.m., at the Circle Center, 6 Breakwater Ave. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
It’ll be a full afternoon of Halloween fun at the Rockport Public Library on Saturday, Oct. 27, starting at 1:15 p.m. when kids in costumes set off from the School Street entrance to parade around the block through Dock Square and along Main Street. Then the ghosts, goblins, princesses, firemen and scary fiends gather in the Brenner Friends Room at 2 p.m. for a party featuring Team Magic with Greg McAdams presenting his “Spooky Goofy Halloween Safety Magic Show.” Magic, comedy, puppetry and audience participation teach kids how to have a happy and safe Halloween. Sponsored by the Friends of the Rockport Public Library.
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.
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.
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.
Wednesday — Al-Anon group, 7:30 p.m., First Baptist Church of Rockport, 2 High St., for friends and relatives of people with alcoholism.
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 the First Congregational Church, School Street, the rest of the year.
Tai Ji class
A tai ji class is held every Wednesday, 9 to 10:30 a.m., at Rockport Senior Center, on the second floor of the Community House. Taught by Meredith Morgan, the class is appropriate for beginners as well as those who have done Tai Ji in the past. Tai Ji is a gentle movement class that benefits health and well-being.