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May 17, 2013

Rockport Calendar


Gloucester Daily Times

---- — Saturday, May 18

Old Garden Beach Association’s annual cleanup, 8 a.m., Old Garden Beach. Friends, neighbors, members and nonmembers welcome. Bring gloves, rakes, clippers, etc. Rain date: May 19, 8 a.m.

Babson Farm Quarry Tour, noon to 1:30 p.m., Halibut Point State Park, Gott Avenue. Specific lessons include splitting of granite with traditional quarry tools. Meet at Visitors Center. All ages. Pouring rain cancels. Free and open to public. 978-546-2997. www.mass.gov/dcr.

William Shakespeare’s “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” presented by Cape Ann Shakespeare Troupe, 8 p.m., Rockport Community House, 58 Broadway. Directed by Ray Jenness. Multi-generational cast from Cape Ann to Cambridge. $15, $10 for students, $5 for those under 19, available at door. To reserve tickets, email cast2008@prodigy.net. www.capeannshakespearetroupe.blogspot.com.

Sunday, May 19

Birding For Beginners, 8 to 10 a.m., Halibut Point State Park, Gott Avenue. Peter Van Demark offers tips on songs, flight patterns and preferred habitats. Meet in parking lot. All ages. Pouring rain cancels. Free and open to public. 978-546-2997. www.mass.gov/dcr.

Rockport Ambulance’s 18th annual Emergency Medical Services Day, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., DPW complex. Equipment and demonstrations by fire, ambulance, harbor, forest fire, police and Tally’s Towing. All proceeds benefit fallen EMS and fire personnel of West, Texas.

Sunday Book Chat, 1 p.m., Rockport Public Library. Topic: “The Round House” by Louise Erdrich.

Babson Farm Quarry Tour, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Halibut Point State Park, Gott Avenue. Specific lessons include splitting of granite with traditional quarry tools. Meet at Visitors Center. All ages. Pouring rain cancels. Free and open to public. 978-546-2997. www.mass.gov/dcr.

William Shakespeare’s “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” presented by Cape Ann Shakespeare Troupe, 3 p.m., Rockport Community House, 58 Broadway. Directed by Ray Jenness. Multi-generational cast from Cape Ann to Cambridge. $15, $10 for students, $5 for those under 19, available at door. To reserve tickets, email cast2008@prodigy.net. www.capeannshakespearetroupe.blogspot.com.

TUESDAY, MAY 21

Pigeon Cove Circle’s annual spring luncheon, noon, Gloucester House restaurant, with Safatia Romeo-Thekin speaking. RSVP to Carolyn at 978-546-3223.

Wednesday, May 22

Music performance, presented by Rockport Middle School orchestra, chorus and chamber music, 7 p.m., Shalin Liu Performance Center.

Meet the author, 7 p.m., Rockport Public Library. Brendan Cronin discusses “Cheffin’.”

Thursday, May 23

Tower Tour, 11 a.m. to noon, Halibut Point State Park, Gott Avenue. Includes climb to upper-levels of park’s World War II artillery fire control tower. Meet at Visitors Center. All ages. Rain or shine. Free and open to public. 978-546-2997. www.mass.gov/dcr.

Taking Control of Your Future: A Legal Checkup, 12:30 p.m., Rockport Senior Center. Presentation by Attorney Natalie Simon. Register at 978-546-5027.

Traveling Chef build-a-burger lunch, Rockport Senior Center. $3. RSVP to Freda at 978-546-5027.

Friday, May 24

Reading the Granite Landscape, 10 to 11 a.m., Halibut Point State Park, Gott Avenue. Natural history of granite tells stories via geology, plant communities, environmental forces and human use. Meet at Visitors Center. All ages. Pouring rain cancels. Free and open to public. 978-546-2997. www.mass.gov/dcr.

Saturday, May 25

Annual Poppy Drive, American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 98, in honor of Memorial Day, at locations throughout town. All proceeds support Veteran’s Programs.

Car wash, sponsored by Rockport High School Music Department, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Rockport DPW Yard. Donations benefit Ireland trip. Call Susan Collins at 978-546-9566.

Rockport Democratic Town Committee Meeting, 10:30 a.m., Brenner Room of the Rockport Public Library, to organize for the June 25 Special Election. Free, all Democrats registered in Rockport welcome. Contact Martha Morgan at 978-546-8355

Babson Farm Quarry Tour, 10 to 11 a.m., Halibut Point State Park, Gott Avenue. Specific lessons include splitting of granite with traditional quarry tools. Meet at Visitors Center. All ages. Pouring rain cancels. Free and open to public. 978-546-2997. www.mass.gov/dcr.

Sunday, May 26

Babson Farm Quarry Tour, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Halibut Point State Park, Gott Avenue. Specific lessons include splitting of granite with traditional quarry tools. Meet at Visitors Center. All ages. Pouring rain cancels. Free and open to public. 978-546-2997. www.mass.gov/dcr.

Tibetan folk and freedom singer Techung performs, 7 p.m., Shalin Liu Performance Center. Performance is part of national 2013 tour “For Peace in Tibet” and benefits Students for a Free Tibet. For tickets, visit www.RockportMusic.org.

Wednesday, May 29

Rockport COA’s special dinners for the Rockport Seniors, 4:30 p.m. at Senior Center; provided by ‘My Place by the Sea:’ — Surf & Turf; Soup, Scallops & Lamb, Potato, Veg & Apple Crisp. Limited reserved seating; 978-546-2573.

Current Issues political book group, 3 p.m., Rockport Public Library. Topic: “Inevitable: Mass Customized Learning” by Charles Schwann and Bernice McGarvey.

History Book Club, 7 p.m., Rockport Public Library. Topic: Africa, 1900–2013.

Thursday, May 30

Tidepool Explorers, 10 to 11 a.m., Halibut Point State Park, Gott Avenue. Meet at Visitors Center. All ages. Pouring rain cancels. Free and open to public. 978-546-2997. www.mass.gov/dcr.

Author book talk, 6 p.m., Pigeon Cove Circle, 6 Breakwater Ave. Rockport author Gunilla Caulfield discusses “World War II Army Nurse June Houghton Sullivan: A Life Story!” with June Houghton Sullivan. Nonmembers welcome.

Friday, May 31

Tidepool Explorers, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Halibut Point State Park, Gott Avenue. Meet at Visitors Center. All ages. Pouring rain cancels. Free and open to public. 978-546-2997. www.mass.gov/dcr.

Saturday, June 1

Rockport Garden Club annual plant sale, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 158 Granite St. Annuals, perennials, shrubs, houseplants, hanging baskets, herbs, and vegetable seedlings. Proceeds help fund planting and maintaining town gardens, civic projects, and scholarships.

Sunday, June 2

20th Annual Ip Piano School Concerto concert to benefit Boston’s Shriners Hospitals for Children, 4 p.m., Shalin Liu Performance Center. Tickets $30-$125; call 617-542-9129.

Monday, June 3

Meet the author, 7 p.m., Rockport Public Library. Mitchell Zuckoff discusses “Frozen in Time.”

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 98 Rockport’s ice cream social meeting, 7 p.m., at the Dairy Train at Whistlestop Mall, weather permitting.

Wednesday, June 19

Meet the author, 7 p.m., Rockport Public Library. Dr. Leana Wen discusses “When Doctors Don’t Listen.”

Wednesday, June 26

“Having Fun with Fossils and Dinosaurs” with Paulette Morin, 3 p.m., Rockport Public Library.

Monday, July 1

Interactive summer day camp, featuring arts and crafts, sports, and games, begins today. $195. Program runs until Aug. 8. Sponsored by Rockport Recreation Department. To register, visit www.rockportrecreation.com. Contact Caitlin at 978-546-1309 or caitlin@rockportrecreation.com.

Wednesday, July 10

Critters ’n Creatures “Amazing Animals: Diggers and Burrowers,” 3 p.m., Millbrook Meadow. Rain site: Rockport Public Library.

Meet the author, 7 p.m., Rockport Public Library. Suzanne Palmieri discusses “I’ll Be Seeing You.”

Monday, July 15

Meet the author, 7 p.m., Rockport Public Library. Joseph R. Gallo Jr. discusses “Boston Bronze & Stone Speak to Us.”

Wednesday, July 24

“A Song and Story Celebration of Reading” with Davis Bates, 3 p.m., Millbrook Meadow. Rain site: Rockport Public Library.

Meet the Author: Eleanor Morse discussing “White Dog Falls From the Sky,” 7 p.m., Rockport Public Library.

Wednesday, Aug. 7

Summer Reading wrap-up party, featuring Australian music with Didgeridoo Down Under, 3 p.m., Rockport Public Library.

Meet the author, 7 p.m., Rockport Public Library. Paul St. Germain discusses “Lighthouses and Life Saving Stations on Cape Ann.”

Wednesday, Aug. 21

Meet the author, 7 p.m., Rockport Public Library. Christopher Klein discusses “Discovering the Boston Harbor Islands.”

Wednesday, Sept. 11

Meet the author, 7 p.m., Rockport Public Library. Michael J. Tougias discusses “A Storm Too Soon.”

Wednesday, Sept. 25

Meet the author, 7 p.m., Rockport Public Library. George Rosen discusses “The Immanence of God in the Tropics.”

Wednesday, Oct. 9

Meet the author, 7 p.m., Rockport Public Library. Pamela Bailey Powers discusses “With.”

Wednesday, Nov. 20

Meet the author, 7 p.m., Rockport Public Library. Edith Powers discusses “Binocular Vision.”