Gloucester Daily Times
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Rare Books benefit
In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Rockport Public Library, the Friends of the Library will host a party at the Community Center on Wednesday, May 15, at 6 p.m., followed at 7 p.m. by a presentation titled “Is There Value in Your Old and Rare Books?” by Kenneth Gloss, proprietor of the internationally-known Brattle Book Shop in Boston’s Downtown Crossing. Reception includes wine, cheese and appetizers. Cost is $15 per person. Proceeds benefit the library’s programs. Reservations are required; tickets are available at Toad Hall Book Store in Rockport. Checks, made payable to Friends of the Library Celebration, may be sent to: P.O. Box 31, Rockport, MA 01966.
Motif Scavenger Hunt
As part of Motif No. 1 Day festivities, more than 50 participating windows will create a scavengers’ tag treasure trail in a two-day, town-wide event, Saturday and Sunday, May 18 and 19, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. Call Dawn Noble at 978-546-5868.
RAA Arts & Flowers
The Rockport Art Association will sponsor the 21st annual Arts & Flowers reception Friday, May 17, 6 to 8 p.m., in its Hibbard Gallery, 12 Main St. Features more than two dozen floral interpretations inspired by artist member’s artwork from the first summer show. Free and open to the public. Call 978-546-6604 or visit www.rockportartassn.org.
Garden Club cleanup
The Old Garden Beach Association will host its annual Old Garden Beach cleanup Saturday, May 18, at 8 a.m. Friends, neighbors, members and nonmembers are welcome. Bring gloves, rakes, clippers, etc. Rain date is Sunday, May 19, at 8 a.m.
The Millbrook Meadow spring cleanup will take place Saturday, May 11, from 8 to 11 a.m. Bring gloves and garden tools. Trash bags will be provided.
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.
The Old Garden Beach Association will hold its annual meeting Tuesday, May 14, 7 p.m., at the Rockport Community House. All are welcome.
The Rockport High School Music Department will hold a car wash Saturday, May 25, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Rockport DPW Yard. Donations benefit the Ireland trip. Call Susan Collins at 978-546-9566.
Bike to School Day
Rockport Middle/High School will join schools from around the country to celebrate National Bike to School Day on Friday, May 10. Students that ride to school will receive a raffle ticket for gift certificates and other prizes. The class with the highest percentage of bicyclists will hold “The Golden Helmet” in the high school, or “The Golden Saddle” in the middle school. Event raises awareness of the need to create safer routes for bicycling and walking, and emphasizes the importance of increased physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, reducing traffic congestion and concern for the environment. Organized by Environmental Action Team. Call Heidi Wakeman at 978-282-6509. Visit www.walkbiketoschool.org or www.saferoutesinfo.org.
The Rockport High School Drama Llamas will present Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” at the John Lane Auditorium, 24 Jerden’s Lane. Show times are: Friday, May 10, 7 p.m.; Saturday, May 11, 2 and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, May 12, 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students/seniors, $6 for children (10 and under).
Pigeon Cove luncheon
Pigeon Cove Circle will hold its annual spring luncheon Tuesday, May 21, at the Gloucester House restaurant. To RSVP, call Carolyn at 978-546-3223 as soon as posible.
On Saturday, May 11, 7:30 p.m., the Unitarian Universalist Society of Rockport, 4 Cleaves St., will present performances by ‘Leven, Lady Acapella, John Rockwell, Jennifer Ober, and its students Cara Burley, Dylan Kerr, Emma McCloy, Coalter Palmer and Kiva Trumbour. A $10 donation is suggested, $5 for students. Proceeds benefit the church’s community outreach programs. Call 978-546-2989.
CATA for seniors
If you need transportation to the Rockport Senior Center, call Dianne at 978-546-2573 to help you with a one-time application.
Stephen Collins will perform theater classics from the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s on Thursday, May 16, 12:30 p.m., at the Rockport Senior Center. Program is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency that funds Rockport Cultural Council.
Rockport boat owners can recycle the plastic shrink wrap they remove from their boats this spring. The container for shrink wrap is located near the Park & Ride lot restrooms adjacent to the Transfer Station on Blue Gate Lane.
‘Dividing the Estate’
Theatre in the Pines presents “Dividing the Estate” on May 10 and 11, 7:30 p.m.; and May 12, 3 p.m., at Spiran Hall, corner of School Street and Broadway. Directed by Nan Webber, this Horton Foote comedy classic takes family dysfunction to fun levels as siblings square off over their inheritance. Tickets are available at The Bookstore in Gloucester and Toad Hall Bookstore in Rockport.
Tibetan folk and freedom singer Techung will perform Sunday, May 26, 7 p.m., at the Shalin Liu Performance Center. The performance is part of his national 2013 tour “For Peace in Tibet” and will benefit Students for a Free Tibet. For tickets, visit www.RockportMusic.org.
Mother’s Day tea
Pigeon Cove Circle will host its Mother’s Day tea, for children of all ages to celebrate their mothers, grandmothers or special persons, on Saturday, May 11, 2 to 4 p.m., at Cove Circle Center, 6 Breakwater Ave. Donations will be accepted.
Every Wednesday, from 9:30 to 11 a.m., Rockport Baptist Church hosts a Bible study that is free 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.
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.
Beginner and advanced skating skills group and private lessons are available for boys and girls ages 5 to 12, tots ages 21/2 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 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.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 73 High St., Rockport, MA 01966.
Senior Center programs
The Rockport Senior Center, 58 Broadway, offers these winter programs:
Tai Ji — Wednesdays, 9 to 10 a.m. $4 per class.
Strength Resistance Exercise Class — Mondays and Fridays, 9 to 10 a.m. $4 per class.
Yoga — Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 to 10 a.m. $3 per class.
Bingo — Mondays, 1 to 3:30 p.m.
Knitting and Handiwork Group — Thursdays, 1 to 3:30 p.m.
Scrabble — Wednesdays, 1 to 3 p.m.
Summer day camp
The Rockport Recreation Department will offer an interactive summer day camp, featuring arts and crafts, sports, and games. Camp meets July 1-Aug. 8. Cost is $195. To register, visit www.rockportrecreation.com. Contact Caitlin at 978-546-1309 or email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.
The Rockport Art Association offers these classes and sketch groups:
Figure sketch group (short pose) meets Mondays, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Model takes several short poses progressing to 20 minutes. No instruction. $12. Meets year-round. No preregistration required. Cynthia Dunaway monitors; 978-283-3407.
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. $15. No preregistration. Em Marquis Brown monitors; 781-631-4002.
Students meet in the RAA studio, 12 Main St., in the fall, winter and early summer. The entrance is located on Stone Barn Lane, behind the library. Students meet at 66 Bray St., in Gloucester, in the late spring and summer.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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.
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 First Congregational Church, School Street, the rest of the year.