, Gloucester, MA

May 6, 2013

Gloucester Goings On

Gloucester Daily Times

---- — Events listed here are open to the public and sponsored by nonprofit groups unless otherwise noted. Press releases may be sent to Goings on, Gloucester Daily Times, 36 Whittemore St., Gloucester, MA 01930, sent via email to or faxed to 978-282-4397. Please include a contact person’s name and telephone number and send at least two weeks prior to the event. The Times will do its best to run the announcement at least once prior to the event. Due to the volume of goings on listings received by the paper, listings are alternated once they run and the same listings are not printed every day.

Digital Dogtown

Espresso’s Restaurant, 116 East Main St., Gloucester will host a fundraiser on Monday evening, May 6, from 5 to 9 p.m., with a percentage of all proceeds donated to help pay for repairing and replacing the posts of Digital Dogtown, the vandalized Eagle Scout project that links hikers with smart phones to information about the history, geology, ecology and culture of Dogtown. Anyone with ideas for the best way to replace these (or thoughts on how it should be done differently, or why it should not be done at all) should send us a note at Also, anyone wishing to donate to this effort, may send a check made out to “The Gloucester Fund” noting on the memo line “for Digital Dogtown” and mail it to Alan Davis, 2 Goodwin Road, Gloucester MA 01930.

Tourism mixer

The Tourism Council of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce Chamber will host its second annual complimentary Cape Ann Spring Tourism Mixer on Wednesday, May 8, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Manchester Historical Museum’s Trask House, 10 Union St., Manchester. Come hear about the 2013 initiatives, meet your visitor center volunteers and staff, share news and ideas with your tourism colleagues. All appetizers, hors d’oeuvres, desserts and beverages will be donated and all donors will be acknowledged and prominently featured at the event. To make a donation or to register, contact Events Manager Emily Harris at

Kennedy book

Ted Widmer, editor of the recently released ‘Listening in: the secret White House recordings of John F. Kennedy,’ will speak at the Gloucester’s Sawyer Free Library on May 23 at 7 p.m. Currently serving as Assistant to the President for Special Projects at Brown University, Mr. Widmer had served as a senior advisor to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and also worked as a speechwriter and senior advisor for President Bill Clinton. He has authored or edited history books and is a frequent contributor to The New York Times, Washington Post, International Herald Tribune.

Book Group selection

The Sawyer Free Library’s book group selection for the month of May is “The Glass Room by Simon Mawer.” Discussion for this book will be held on May 14, from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Friend Room of the library.

Book sale

Sawyer Free Library’s annual book sale, sponsored by the Friends of the Sawyer Free Library, will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both Friday, May 31, and Saturday, June 1. Donations can be dropped off any time before that at the library front desk.

Empty Bowl Dinner

The Open Door’s annual Empty Bowl Dinner will be held Thursday, May 9, 4 to 8 p.m., at Cruiseport Gloucester. Extra parking is available at Good Harbor Beach, with regular trolley service provided by CATA to and from the event site. Tickets are $15, $10 for children under 10, and are available at the door. The meal is simple soup, bread and a cookie. Guests can choose and keep a soup bowl handcrafted for this event. The bowl goes home as an unspoken reminder that somewhere someone’s bowl is empty. Call 978-283-6776 or visit

‘Singin’ the Fifties’

Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main St., presents Share the Music performing “Singin’ the Fifties” for three performances: Friday, May 17, 8 p.m.; Saturday, May 18, 8 p.m.; and Sunday, May 19, 3 p.m. Proceeds benefit Gloucester Stage Company. Tickets are $25; call 978-281-4433 or visit

Food drive

The National Association of Letters Carriers will hold its annual food drive Saturday, May 11. Cape Ann residents are asked to leave a bag full of nonperishable food items next to their mailbox on that day. Items will be donated to The Open Door food pantry. Contact your local post office to volunteer.

Military Family Support

The Cape Ann Military Family Support Group meets at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at the Major Fred W. Ritvo Veterans Center, 12 Emerson Ave. in Gloucester. Those with family and friends serving in the military are welcome to attend. Those wishing to attend to support our military by working on special projects are also invited; all are welcome. Refreshments served.

Parent mentors

Pathways’ Cape Ann Families is seeking men and women to volunteer as parent mentors. This program has served stressed and isolated parents of the Gloucester and Cape Ann Community for 20 years. Volunteers participate in a five-week Winter Parent Mentor Training, after which each will be matched with a parent, starting a year-long mentorship and friendship. Contact Hailey Granger at 978-281-2400, ext. 110, or email

Military families

Gloucester military family members may call the Gloucester Office of Veterans’ Services at 978-281-9740 to register their active-duty family members. Military members’ names will be announced during upcoming city ceremonies.

Arts scholarship

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 or 73 High St., Rockport, MA 01966.

Lighthouse BNI

The Lighthouse chapter of BNI meets Fridays, 7 to 8:30 a.m., at Bass Rocks Golf Club in Gloucester. Visitors are welcome. For reservations, call Annalei Babson at 978-309-8450.

Legion elections

The Capt. Lester S. Wass American Legion, Post 3, will hold its annual elections Tuesday, May 28, 7 p.m., at the post. Members are also encouraged to attend the next executive board meeting Monday, May 13, at 7 p.m.

Spring cleanup raffle

The AMVETS Post 32 Ladies Auxiliary is holding a spring cleanup raffle. Cape Ann area winner gets 10 hours of general yard cleanup (flower beds, leaves, lawns and pruning). No heavy lifting, cutting of tree limbs, gutter cleaning, etc. Planting, mulching, grass seeding, etc. can be done if materials supplied. Rain date to be scheduled with winner. Tickets are $10 each. Drawing will be held May 10; cleanup date is May 18.

Symphony concert

Cape Ann Symphony, under the music direction of Conductor Yoichi Udagawa, will present its 61st season finale concert, “Heroic Music for Mother’s Day” on Saturday, May 11, 8 p.m., in the Manchester Essex High School auditorium, 36 Lincoln St., Manchester. Features Tchaikovsky’s “Serenade for Strings” and Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 3, Eroica.” Tickets are $35 for adults, $30 for seniors, $20 for those 19-24, free for children 18 and under. For tickets, call 978-281-0543 or visit The symphony will hold an open rehearsal Friday, May 10, 7:30 to 9 p.m., in the MERHS auditorium. Public is invited. Questions from the audience follow. Admission is $10 for adults, free for children 18 and under.

Special Mass

The Madonna del Rosario Society will celebrate a Mass for all living and deceased members Saturday, May 11, at the 4 p.m. Mass at St. Ann Church, Holy Family Parish. All members should wear their medals.

Call for art

Artwork is sought for “twentythirteen: recent works,” an exhibition of paintings, photography, mixed-media and sculpture at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck in Gloucester. Guest juror is Blyth Hazen, an associate professor at Montserrat College of Art. Prizes will be awarded. Deadline is May 15. To request an entry form, email

Class reunion

Gloucester High School and St. Ann High School classmates are planning a 55-year reunion Friday, Aug. 2, at Woodman’s function hall in Essex. Letters have been mailed out; anyone who has not received a letter should call Marie Murray at 978-283-7333 or RoRo Aiello at 978-283-1664. Classmates are asked to remit by May 15.

Friday night bingo

Bingo is held in the St. Ann Church hall, 74 Pleasant St., Friday nights at 6:30. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Anyone 18 and older is invited. Proceeds support school and parish programs. Call 978-281-4820.

Business advice

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 and call 978-282-7779 to make an appointment.

Peer support training

The Northeast Recovery Learning Community (NERLC) provides peer-run support and services to people with psychiatric disabilities throughout the North Shore and Merrimack Valley, and are training facilitators for peer-run self-help meetings on Cape Ann. For those who are interested, there will be a training session, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 48 Middle St. (Parking available at 47 Washington St.) The NERLC offers recovery-oriented, trauma informed care and culturally sensitive peer support, both in group settings and on an individual basis. Call Vida Whitcomb or Pablo Leon at 978-687-4288, or email or

Singing Seniors

Seniors who love to sing will love this: A. Jorgelina Zeoli (Jayzee) is offering music classes at the Rose Baker Senior Center on Tuesday afternoons. Four weekly hour and a half sessions learning simple breathing and vocal exercises, to help expand vocal abilities, variety of styles, from standards to sacred. Call the COA at 978-281-9765.

Legion Post open

The Capt. Lester S. Wass American Legion Post 3 opens its smoke-free lounge for members and guests, Monday through Friday, at 3 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, at noon; and is open during many holidays. The upstairs hall may be rented for special events. Call 978-283-9710 after 3 p.m. for information.

Seniors learn Facebook

The Council on Aging Computer Program volunteers are offering seminars for seniors interested in learning social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and MySpace, etc. To sign up, stop by the reception desk at the Rose Baker Senior Center or call 978-281-9765.

Open Door meals

On Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, the Open Door Food Pantry, 28R Emerson Ave., serves a family-style meal from 5 to 6 p.m., and Sundays, 4 to 5 p.m. Call 978-283-6776 ext. 204, for a free van ride. Visit

Weight loss clinic

Cape Ann Weight Loss Clinic provides a program based on individual goals, determined through health assessment. Fitness director Nicole Bembridge helps implement your five-week program, with nutritional guidance and motivation. Classes are one hour and 15 minutes and includes unlimited email and phone contact. Contact Nicole Bembridge at 978-283-0470 or

North Shore Friends

Every Sunday, the North Shore Friends (Quakers) meet at 10 a.m. Call 978-283-4585.

Northern Essex WIC

Northern Essex WIC (Women, Infants and Children) is a program providing nutrition and health education, healthy food and other services free to Massachusetts families who qualify at the Gloucester Family Health Center, 302 Washington St.

Ask a Nurse

From now until May 6, graduate students at Salem State University working on a practicum towards a master’s degree in nursing will have office time at the Rose Baker Senior Center on Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Laura Gillette, RN, BSN, will monitor blood pressure, medications, nutritional habits and health issues. Gillette will do home safety visits as well.

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.

AWANA Kids Club

AWANA is a Christian kids club mixing fun games and activities with thoughtful devotions and Bible memorization. Open to preschool children through grade six, meeting Wednesdays, 6:30 to 8 p.m., at Cape Ann Bible Church, 8 Thompson St. Call 978-281-3941.

Fire Works fund

The Gloucester Fireworks Committee is hard at work raising funds for the July 3rd and Labor Day weekend fireworks displays. The current economy makes this a difficult task but fireworks bring such a joy to these celebrations and have become Gloucester traditions. Donations, large or small, are all welcomed. They are tax-deductible and can be sent c/o The Gloucester Fund, 45 Middle Street, Gloucester, MA 01930. Please note on your donation “Fireworks”. For any questions, contact

After the move

The Gloucester Housing Authority presents ‘After the Move,’ a class for new homeowners, on Wednesday and Thursday, May 15 and 16, from 6 to 9 p.m. at 259 Washington St., Gloucester -- a 2-night workshop with local professionals covering maintenance, hiring contractors, equity loans, refinancing, tax issues, preventing foreclosure, home safety, and landlord/tenant issues. Registratio is required and the fee is $30 per household. The class is HUD and MHP certified. Download the registration form at:, or stop by at the Housing Authority, or call Kathy Erkkila at 978-281-4770 Ext. 110.

Older American’s Month

May is nationally recognized as Older American’s Month. This year’s theme is “Older Americans: Unleash the Power of Age!” The Council on Aging invites residents to avail themselves of the programs and services provided at the Rose Baker Senior Center. Mayor Carolyn Kirk has proclaimed the week of May 27–31, as Senior Center Open House Week and urges residents to recognize the continuing service achievements of our seniors and to stop by for a senior center tour.

Elder Law Education

On Wednesday, May 29, at 10 a.m., the COA offers a special Elder Law Program sponsored by the Massachusetts Bar Association during Older American’s Month. An experienced Elder Law Attorney, Stephen Spano, returns to Rose Baker to address “Steps to take now to be sure you can lead a financially and legally independent lifestyle” Attorney Spano offers seniors and their families the opportunity to become informed about many of the critical options that are available and to keep you well informed. Light refreshment will be served. For more information, please call the

MBTA Discount Charlie

On Thursday, May 16, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. the COA will host a day at the Rose Baker Senior Center for seniors age 65+, offering a chance to receive a reduced fare MBTA pass. There is no charge, but photo ID is required and must include your date of birth; a copy will be stapled to your application. A digital face shot will be taken, and the MBTA will mail your Charlie card directly to you. T.A.P. (disability) Charliecare cards need first to be filed by healthcare providers. For a Blind Access CharlieCard, you need to supply a copy of MA Commission for the Blind ID Card. For more information, call 978 281-9765.

Hearing Consultations

A free hearing consultation with Dr. of Audiology, Celia Logsdon will be held at the Rose Baker Senior Center on Monday, May 6, from 10:30 to 12 noon. Call 978 281-9765 to schedule an appointment.

Tai Chi sessions

The COA offers Tai Chi sessions Tuesday afternoons, from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. at the Rose Baker Senior Center. Tai Chi is a gentle way to fight stress and reduce anxiety, while increasing flexibility and balance. To register, call 978 281-9765.

Practical Spirituality

Do you need help to bring back the joy of living? Inspirational author “Jayzee” offers sessions at the Rose Baker Senior on Tuesdays, May 7, 14, 21 and 28, for those needing help bringing back the joy of living by dealing with human struggles.

Dads and doughnuts

The Sawyer Free Library invites dads and kids, ages 2-6, to a special storytime for dads and their little ones Saturday, May 18, at 10 a.m. All are welcome. Refreshments will be provided. Call 978-281-9763.

Democratic Committee

The Gloucester Democratic City Committee will meet on Thursday, May 9, at the Gloucester House Restaurant, Seven Seas Wharf. Sarang Sekhavet, federal policy director of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Coalition will speak about immigration policy. All Democrats and friends are welcome. Admission is free. Come at 7:00 p.m. for informal conversation, free refreshments and cash bar. The business meeting begins at 7:30. For more information, call 978-281-5673 or visit

Magnolia Women’s Club

The Women’s Community Club of Magnolia will meet Tuesday, May 14, 7 p.m., at the Magnolia Library Center. The group will create a spring flower arrangement with Eric Russell from Russell’s Florist. RSVP to Carol Sutherland if you plan on participating (cost is $25); call 978-525-3773. Hostess is Sandy Dupray. Feel free to invite friends and neighbors.

Glosta Strong

On May 7, Cape Ann Brewing Company will host Glosta Strong Supporting Boston Strong, a fundraiser for victims of the Marathon Bombing, featuring local rising star Chelsea Berry and friends, with 50 percent of the proceeds donated. There will also be several raffles and a silent auction with all proceeds going to The One Fund. Event will be held at CABC’s The Pub, 11 Rogers St. A $5 suggested donation taken at the door.

ESOL at the library

Wellspring Adult Learning Center provides ESOL courses at Sawyer Free Library, with free tutoring and small group classes in English for non-native speakers. The center is open Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Thursday nights, 5:30 to 8. Walk-ins welcome. Call 978-281-9763, ext. 23.

Drivers needed

The Rose Baker Senior Center assists senior citizens in need of transportation to medical appointments. Drivers are needed for local rides to Addison Gilbert Hospital, the Cape Ann Medical Center, other local medical offices, as well as Beverly Hospital, Lahey Clinic and hospitals in Boston. A mileage stipend is provided. Call Bruce at 978-281-9765.

VNA Care Network

VNA Care Network, a nonprofit home health care, hospice and wellness provider, provides stipends to women with breast cancer who need financial assistance for medications, co-payments, transportation to treatment and services to help increase access to treatment and support recovery. Women must be residents of eastern or central Massachusetts to qualify. This program is funded by a grant from the Massachusetts Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Call Joan Schaefer at 888-663-3688, ext. 1264, or email

Clothes Closet

The Clothes Closet, in the basement of St. Ann School, corner of Prospect and Pleasant streets, is open Wednesdays, 6 to 8 p.m., and Saturdays, 10 a.m.. to 1 p.m. This 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.

GED help

Wellspring House Education Center, 302 Essex Ave., offers a free, drop-in GED skills session every Saturday, 9 to 11 a.m. Learn and practice GED skills in math, reading and writing; take practice tests; get tips on taking the test that will help you pass; and learn how to deal with stress and anxiety. Call 978-281-3558, ext. 302.

Medical insurance help

For seniors and low-income residents needing help with health insurance forms or information, SHINE counselor Sefatia Romeo is at the Rose Baker Senior Center on Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Call the Council on Aging at 978-281-9765 to schedule an appointment.

Free blood pressure screenings

Free blood pressure screenings are offered each week here:

Mondays, 1 to 3 p.m., Women’s Health Center, Addison Gilbert Hospital. Appointments not necessary. Not held on Monday holidays.

Wednesdays, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Rose Baker Senior Center.

Knitting, crocheting group

Every Tuesday, a group meets to knit and crochet items for veterans and other worthy causes, 10 a.m. to noon, at Rose Baker Senior Center. Donations of yarn are always accepted. New members are welcome to join. Stop in or call the Council on Aging at 978-281-9765.

Bay View Brotherhood

Bay View Brotherhood meets the second Tuesday of every month, 7 p.m., Brotherhood Club Hall, 889 Washington St.

Memorial bricks

The Gloucester World War II Memorial Committee is accepting requests for memorial bricks. For an appointment, call Lucia at the Veterans’ Center office at 978-281-9740. Bring a copy of the veteran’s discharge papers and a check for $200 for the perpetual care of the memorial.

Rotary Club

The Rotary Club meets every Tuesday at noon at Cruiseport Gloucester.

Pet adoptions

Stop by Cape Ann Animal Aid at its new location at 4 Paws Lane. Located off Route 133, near the junction with Route 128, the shelter holds an Overlooked Pets Adoption Day on the third Thursday of every month. Adoption fees are reduced and are completed on a first-come, first-served basis, and all regular adoption requirements apply. Photos and fees will be posted on the shelter’s website,, monthly. Call 978-283-6055.

Women’s Softball League

The Cape Ann Women’s Softball League is looking for players, 18 and older, to play Wednesday and Friday night games. Contact Jeanne at 978-998-2015 or

Scholarship Fund

Johnny Orlando was a teacher, mentor and friend to countless students during his many years as a carpentry teacher at Gloucester High School’s vocational school. A native of Gloucester, Orlando was a fixture around town, especially on the Boulevard where no one passed by without a greeting or kind word. A $500 scholarship in Orlando’s name will be awarded to a graduating senior accepted at a college of higher education or an accredited technical school. Tax-deductible donations in his memory may be sent to: John W. Orlando Scholarship Fund, C/O Gloucester Scholarship Foundation, Cape Ann Savings Bank, 109 Main St., Gloucester, MA 01930.