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January 17, 2013

Gloucester Goings On


Gloucester Daily Times

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Garden Mentors

The Cape Ann Farmers’ Market Backyard Growers Program is recruiting volunteer garden mentors for the 2013 growing season. Mentors help train participants how to grow their own food! Intermediate gardening experience required; low time commitment; big community impact! We provide you with mentor training at a mandatory orientation on Saturday, Feb. 16. To download the mentor outreach flyer visit: www.capeannfarmersmarket.org/backyard-growers and click on “Become a Mentor” or call Lara at 978-317-8025. Deadline to apply is Feb.1.

Auditions

There are auditions tonight for the Cape Ann Theatre Collaborative’s Spring show, ‘Becky Shaw,’ at 7:30 p.m. Pigeon Cove Circle, 6 Breakwater Avenue Becky. ‘Becky Shaw’-- Gina Gionfriddo’s searingly funny comedy about love, marriage, blind dates from hell and the quirks of family dynamics,, has lots of roles available and will run three weekends: April 26, 27, 28 and May 3, 4, 5 and 10, 11, 12 at Gorton Theatre, home of Gloucester Stage Company. For more information, email: catcollab@gmail.com.

Independent living

The Council on Aging will host a guest speaker from the Elder Insider, on Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 10 a.m. at the rose Baker Senior Center., for an informal discussion regarding options and resources necessary to help keep you independent and in control of your life. Light refreshment will be served. For more information, call 978 281-9765.

Poetry reading

The Cape Ann Museum, 27 Pleasant St., will present a reading and book signing by poets Joseph Featherstone and Geoffrey Movius, authors of “Brace’s Cove” and “Transit,” on Saturday, Jan. 19, at 3 p.m. The program is free and open to the public. Call 978-283-0455 or visit www.capeannmuseum.org.

‘Fish Tales’

The Gloucester Writers Center, 126 East Main St., presents “Fish Tales!: Live Storytelling,” a live storytelling event that is looking for storytellers for the inaugural event on Thursday, Jan. 17, at 7:30 p.m. Similar to “The Moth Story Hour” on NPR, at “Fish Tales” you will tell your true story live in front of an audience. Stories must be no more than five minutes from beginning to end, and should follow a traditional story arc — having an introduction to set the stage, a story climax, and a conclusion. “Fish Tales” will be a bi-monthly event, and each reading will have a different overarching theme. Interested performers should visit www.gloucesterwriters.com or email fishtalesofgloucester@gmail.com. All are welcome to listen to or perform stories.

GHS alumni hockey game

The Gloucester High School Alumni Hockey Game will take place Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Talbot Rink. There will be two games: one at 4 p.m. for those who graduated prior to 1995; and one at 5 p.m. for those who graduated in 1995 or after. A reception will follow as well as the GHS vs. Salem High School game at 6 p.m. Cost is $30 per player (includes reception and admission to GHS game), or $10 (reception only). Proceeds benefit GHS Hockey. Anyone interested in playing or attending the reception, may text or email Paul Muniz at 978-729-5052 or pmuniz@burnsley.com.

Road to Recovery

The American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery program is in great need of volunteers to drive local cancer patients to and from chemotherapy and/or radiation treatments. A volunteer information and training session will be held at Addison Gilbert Hospital, 298 Washington St., Gloucester, MA on Thursday, Jan. 24, from 10a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Longan Room (Washington Street entrance). For information/registration, call or email Korey Antonelli at 781.314.2688 or korey.antonelli@cancer.org.

Books sought

Gloucester United Methodist Church, 436 Washington St., is raising money through donations of new and used books, CDs, DVDs, records and audio books. The church has a drop-off donation container to collect these items. The church will be paid on an ongoing basis for all items collected in the donation container. The program is an ongoing fundraiser and donations can be made by the public at any time. All funds raised benefit the general funding of the church. Visit www.GotBooks.com.

Second Glance

Second Glance Thrift Store, 2 Pond Road, has extended hours from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Shop for clothing, household goods, books, collectibles, furniture and more. The donation center is open during regular business hours. Furniture pickup is available by appointment. A tax receipt is available upon request. All proceeds support The Open Door. Call 978-283-4298 or visit www.foodpantry.org.

Skating lessons

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.

Buddhism salon

Anyone with questions about a Buddhist practice, who wants to know about one without a commitment, or anyone with ideas to share is welcome to attend a Buddhism salon the fourth Sunday of each month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Group meets at the 222 Arts & Wellness Center, 222 Eastern Ave., Gloucester. All are welcome to attend any session. No prior meditation experience is necessary. A $10 donation is suggested. Contact Diana Peck at 978-281-2367 or dianalpeck@yahoo.com, or Gail Thompson at 781-899-0012 or gcempty@verizon.net.

Parent support group

HEART, a group founded by mothers of gay children on Cape Ann, meets monthly to share thoughts and experiences and to offer support to other parents of gay children. Whether your child is 5 or 35, you are welcome to join us in a safe, comfortable setting. Meetings are one morning a month. You are strongly encouraged to call one of us to meet one-on-one if that is more comfortable for you. Call Diane Polley at 508-641-5535 or Judy Friend 978-283-1306.

Yoga for seniors

The Gloucester Council on Aging provides gentle mat yoga sessions Tuesdays at 10 a.m., chair yoga on Wednesday at 12:15 p.m., and Thursday yoga at 10 a.m. each week at the Rose Baker Senior Center. Call 978-281-9765.

Handyman for seniors

The Council on Aging has a handyman, a retired carpenter, available to help Gloucester and Rockport seniors with inside and outside work at a reduced cost. To make an appointment, call the Rose Baker Senior Center at 978-281-9765 and leave your contact information and a brief description of the work needed.

SCORE program

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 www.scorenemass.org or call 978-282-7779 to make an appointment.

Adult Education

Action Inc’s Adult Basic Education classes are on Mondays and Wednesdays, 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Action’s main offices, 80 Main St. Classes include reading, writing, math, work skills and referrals to support services as needed. Call 978-282-1000 or visit www.actioninc.org.

GHS building project

The Gloucester High School Carpentry/Electrical shops are accepting applications for a house building project for the 2012-2103 school year. Contact Jack Andrewes at GHS or at jandrewes@gloucester.k12.ma.us.

Cape Ann Referral Group

The Cape Ann Referral Group, a membership of local business networking and referrals, meets every other Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. at the Masonic Building on Eastern Avenue. Visit www.CapeAnnBiz.com.

Learning Express

Sawyer Library patrons have access to Learning Express Library from any computer with their library card. Prepare for the CLEP, ACT, PSAT, SAT, TOEFL, and ASVAB without the expense of buying practice books. Learning Express also offers tutorials for software, GED preparation, job searches, U.S. citizenship, and resources in Spanish. Visit www.sawyerfreelibrary.org.

Cape Ann Thrift Shop

Cape Ann Thrift Shop, 70 Middle St., is open Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The shop offers clothing for the whole family, linens, toys, jewelry and more. Donations of all types are appreciated.

Hospice volunteers

VNA Care Network & Hospice, a nonprofit home health care, hospice and wellness agency, needs volunteers to provide practical and emotional support to terminally-ill patients and their families on the North Shore and Cape Ann. Volunteers receive training, supervision and support. Call Nancy Barcelo at 1-888-663-3688, ext. 4271, visit www.vnacarenetwork.org, or call 1-800-728-1862.

Senior Steps

The Center for Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine at Addison Gilbert Hospital, 298 Washington St., offers a risk-reduction exercise program for seniors, ages 60 and over, with fear of falling and balance difficulty. A free 30-minute screening is required; plus a $3 fee per class. Program meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 11 a.m. to noon, and from noon to 1 p.m. Space is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Call 978-283-4001, ext. 141.

The Clothes Closet

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

Veterans counseling

Many veterans experience difficulty in adjusting to problems in civilian life after serving in combat. The Lowell Vet Center offers counseling at the Gloucester Veterans Center for area veterans and their families, free of charge. For an appointment, call the Gloucester Office of Veterans’ Services at 978-281-9740.

Insurance help

Financial Councilors are available at Addison Gilbert Hospital, 298 Washington St., Gloucester to assist you in accessing health insurance: MA Health, Commonwealth Care, Commonwealth Choice, Medicare, Medicaid and other health insurance issues. Visit the hospital’s Financial Service Department Monday — Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Diabetes screening

A free community diabetes screening is held the first Monday of each month, 1 to 3 p.m., at Addison Gilbert Hospital, 298 Washington St., Women’s Health Conference Room. All are welcome. Appointments and fasting are not required. Call 978-283-4000.

Child loss

Loss of a Child Support Group is available to parents who have lost a child at any age on the third Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m. in the Longan Room of Addison Gilbert Hospital, (Washington Street entrance). There is no fee; please pre-register with Judi Dagle-Ernest at 978-879-9718.

Healthy Streets Program

Northeast Behavioral Health (NBH) Healthy Streets Outreach Program provides HIV testing, hepatitis C information, access to drug treatment, overdose prevention and Narcan training. All services, provided by NBH Healthy Streets Program, are available at Gloucester Family Health Center, 302 Washington St., Gloucester, lower level, Wednesdays, noon to 5 p.m. Call 978-236-0251.

Condo lottery

The Gloucester Housing Authority has a homeownership lottery for three newly-built condos at 10 Taylor St., Gloucester. The two-bedroom condos are spacious and have an extra huge finished, heated room in the attic with skylights and a harbor view. The two condos are priced at $125,000 each. The lower level is an open floor plan wheelchair-accessible condo with a separate bedroom and laundry room. Price: $90,000. All three condos have off-street parking. Lottery applicants should be below 80 percent of median income. Even though certain descriptions are listed as a “preference,” all should apply. Call 978-281-4770, ext. 110.

AARP volunteers

SeniorCare is looking for volunteers for its AARP Money Management Program, to help low income seniors and people with disabilities manage their daily finances, such as bill paying, reconciling bank statements, budgeting, etc. If you’ve got the skills set, we’ve to the training to help you help make a huge difference in seniors’ lives. the need is great and we’d love to speak to you. Volunteers typically serve 4-6 hours a month; after initial training, bimonthly training is provided, and a year’s commitment is asked for. For more information, visit: SeniorCare; www.seniorcareinc.org) or call 978-281-1750 or toll free at 1-866-927-1050.

SCORE program

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 www.scorenemass.org or call 978-282-7779 to make an appointment.

Adult Education

Action Inc’s Adult Basic Education classes are on Mondays and Wednesdays, 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Action’s main offices, 80 Main St. Classes include reading, writing, math, work skills and referrals to support services as needed. Call 978-282-1000 or visit www.actioninc.org.

GHS building project

The Gloucester High School Carpentry/Electrical shops are accepting applications for a house building project for the 2012-2103 school year. Contact Jack Andrewes at GHS or at jandrewes@gloucester.k12.ma.us.

Cape Ann Referral Group

The Cape Ann Referral Group, a membership of local business networking and referrals, meets every other Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. at the Masonic Building on Eastern Avenue. Visit www.CapeAnnBiz.com.

Learning Express

Sawyer Library patrons have access to Learning Express Library from any computer with their library card. Prepare for the CLEP, ACT, PSAT, SAT, TOEFL, and ASVAB without the expense of buying practice books. Learning Express also offers tutorials for software, GED preparation, job searches, U.S. citizenship, and resources in Spanish. Visit www.sawyerfreelibrary.org.

Holiday skating

There will be Public Skating at the Talbot Rink everyday of school vacation Christmas break except Christmas Day and New Years Day. The rink will be closed both days. Public skate is from 2 to 4 p.m. Adults will be charged $5, youngsters $4, and skate rentals are $4 and we sharpen skates for $5. There are no chairs or crates allowed during Public Skating

Cape Ann Thrift Shop

Cape Ann Thrift Shop, 70 Middle St., is open Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The shop offers clothing for the whole family, linens, toys, jewelry and more. Donations of all types are appreciated.

Hospice volunteers

VNA Care Network & Hospice, a nonprofit home health care, hospice and wellness agency, needs volunteers to provide practical and emotional support to terminally-ill patients and their families on the North Shore and Cape Ann. Volunteers receive training, supervision and support. Call Nancy Barcelo at 1-888-663-3688, ext. 4271, visit www.vnacarenetwork.org, or call 1-800-728-1862.

Chasing Ice

Maritime Gloucester will hold a fundraiser screening of “Chasing Ice” — a documentary of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of climate change. Using time-lapse cameras, videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. This special screening will be held at Cape Ann Community Cinema on Jan. 27, at 6 p.m. Admission is $9.75; $8.25 for students & seniors, and $6.75 cinema members. For more information, call Tom Balf at 978-281-0470

Senior Steps

The Center for Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine at Addison Gilbert Hospital, 298 Washington St., offers a risk-reduction exercise program for seniors, ages 60 and over, with fear of falling and balance difficulty. A free 30-minute screening is required; plus a $3 fee per class. Program meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 11 a.m. to noon, and from noon to 1 p.m. Space is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Call 978-283-4001, ext. 141.

Hive Buzz

Art Haven and The Hive are launching new 2013 classes with something for everyone from kids to tens to adults. Take our pottery wheels for a spin, learn from established artists, and much more, all in our bigger, better than ever multi-functional space at 11 Pleasant Street, around the corner from Art Haven at 180 Main St. For more information and class scchedules, visit: www.arthaven.org or call 978-283-3888.

Chargers Youth Program

The Chargers Youth Program is now accepting online registration for boys and girls basketball; visit www.chargersyouthprogram.org.

The Clothes Closet

The Clothes Closet, in the basement of St. Ann School, corner of Prospect and Pleasant streets, is open Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Clothes Closet 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.

Veterans counseling

Many veterans experience difficulty in adjusting to problems in civilian life after serving in combat. The Lowell Vet Center offers counseling at the Gloucester Veterans Center for area veterans and their families, free of charge. For an appointment, call the Gloucester Office of Veterans’ Services at 978-281-9740.

Insurance help

Financial Councilors are available at Addison Gilbert Hospital, 298 Washington St., Gloucester to assist you in accessing health insurance: MA Health, Commonwealth Care, Commonwealth Choice, Medicare, Medicaid and other health insurance issues. Visit the hospital’s Financial Service Department Monday — Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Diabetes screening

A free community diabetes screening is held the first Monday of each month, 1 to 3 p.m., at Addison Gilbert Hospital, 298 Washington St., Women’s Health Conference Room. All are welcome. Appointments and fasting are not required. Call 978-283-4000.

Church artifacts

During the month of January, artifacts from the early days of the West Gloucester Trinitarian Congregational Church will be on display at the Museum of the Cape Ann Historical Association, 27 Pleasant St., and the museum will be offering gee admission will be offering free admission; Museum hours are: Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.

Senior art program

Artist and instructor Juni VanDyke leads the weekly art program at the Rose Baker Senior Center on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, starting at 10 a.m. Help is needed for the ongoing neighborhood quilts project; an exhibition of eight quilts are installed at the Sawyer Free Library for viewing. For more information, call 978-281-9765.

SeniorCare breakfast

SeniorCare’s 39th Meals on Wheels Valentine breakfast fundraiser will take place Thursday, Feb. 14, 7 to 9:30 a.m., at the Gloucester House restaurant. Tickets are $10, $8 for seniors, and may be purchased at the door or by calling 978-281-1750.

Symphony annual meeting

The annual meeting of the Cape Ann Symphony Orchestra Inc. will be held Wednesday, Jan. 16, 6:30 p.m., at the Gloucester House restaurant, Rogers Street. Hear reports from officers of the orchestra and Music Director Yoichi Udagawa, and elect directors and officers for 2013. All members of the orchestra and interested persons are welcome. A cocktail hour and light buffet precede the meeting; call David Benjamin at 978-281-0543 for reservations. It is not necessary to attend the buffet in order to attend the meeting.

Ton ‘a Tuna

The Open Door will be hosting a food drive on Saturday, Jan. 19, at Market Basket in Gloucester from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to collect 2,000 pounds of canned tuna to stock the food pantry in the coming months. The food drive is planned to coincide with Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service projects across the country that weekend. The Gloucester Democratic City Committee is organizing community volunteers to assist. For more information, visit: foodpantry.org or facebook.com/TheOpenDoorMA.

Babson Library

Isabel Babson Memorial Library, 69 Main St., is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Named for Gloucester’s first midwife, the library’s books feature all aspects of family life including maternity, child care and women’s health. The collection is updated monthly. All are welcome to browse. Call 978-283-5624.

seARTS grants

seARTS’s Partner With an Artist (PWA) provides grants to artists to create new work in partnership with a business in Gloucester’s Rocky Neck Cultural District. To apply, visit www.facebook.com/PartnerWithAnArtist, call 978-281-1222 or email pwa.searts@gmail.com.

Senior Day Care

The Council on Aging sponsors Social Day Care sessions with supervised activities and programs three days a week, for seniors who are homebound and isolated, at the Rose Baker Senior Center, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Daily lunch and snacks are included. Transportation is provided by CATA. Call 978-281-9765, ext. 20.

Yoga for seniors

The Gloucester Council on Aging provides gentle mat yoga sessions Tuesdays at 10 a.m., chair yoga on Wednesday at 12:15 p.m., and Thursday yoga at 10 a.m. each week at the Rose Baker Senior Center. Call 978-281-9765.

Legion meeting

The Capt. Lester S. Wass American Legion, Post 3, holds its regular post meetings the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. Members are encouraged to attend and be part of the decision-making process. Executive Board meets the second Monday of the month at 7 p.m. Any member may attend the Executive Board meetings.

Adult Education

Action Inc’s Adult Basic Education classes are on Mondays and Wednesdays, 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Action’s main offices, 80 Main St. Classes include reading, writing, math, work skills and referrals to support services as needed. Call 978-282-1000 or visit www.actioninc.org.

Narcotics Anonymous

Gloucester meetings of Narcotics Anonymous are:

“Together We Can” meets Sundays, 7 to 8 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, corner of Pine and Church streets.

“Living Clean” meets Wednesdays, 7:30 to 9 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, corner of Pine and Church streets.

“Keeping It Real” meets Thursdays, 7:30 to 9 p.m. 5 Center St.

“Fishing for Recovery” meets Fridays, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, corner of Pine and Church streets.

For more meeting times, visit www.NewEnglandNA.org or call 1-866-624-3578.

Help our homeless

The Action Emergency Homeless Shelter is accepting donations of deodorant, razors, feminine products, men’s sneakers and boots (larger sizes preferred), men’s jeans (larger sizes preferred), and socks.

Grief Recovery

G.R.A.S.P (Grief Recovery after a Substance Passing) a Support group for families or individuals who have lost a loved as a result of substance use or addiction, will meet the first Thursday of every month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Highland Hall inside the auditorium at Salem Hospital.For more information, visit: www.grasphelp.org[grasphelp.org, or call GRASP NorthShore at 978-354-2660.

Memory Loss

Lisa Orgettas, Executive Director of Spectrum Adult Day Health in Beverly, will be guest speaker at the Rose Baker Senior Center, on Wednesday, March 20 from 10 — 11 a.m., presenting ‘Memory Loss: What’s Normal, What’s Not.’ There is no fee. but pre-registration is requested. Call the Rose Baker reception desk at 978-281-9765: walk-in guests are also welcome.

Book Drive

During the month of January and early February, a Book Drive is being held at Addison Gilbert Hospital, 298 Washington St. Gently used children’s books may be donated and brought to the book drive table, inside the Fisher entrance of the hospital. Books will be donated to Action, Inc., The Food Pantry and Pathways for Children just in time for Valentine’s Day!

Look good, feel better

The American Cancer Society’s ‘Look Good, Feel Better’ program will be held on Feb. 20 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at Addison Gilbert Hospital, 298 Washington St. To register for this free program, please call Community Relations at 978-283-4000, ext. 585.

Penny sale

Our Lady of Good Voyage Church, 142 Prospect St., will hold a penny sale Monday, Jan. 21, 7:30 p.m., in the parish hall. Sweet bread, groceries and baked goods will be available.

Street list books

City of Gloucester 2012 street list books are on sale at the City Clerks Office, 9 Dale Ave. Books are $25 each, while they last. City of Gloucester census forms will be mailed the third week of January. Review, make any changes, sign and return forms as soon as possible.

Free Throw Competition

The Gloucester Knights of Columbus will host its annual Free Throw Competition on Saturday, Jan. 26, 3 p.m., in the St. Ann school gym. All boys and girls ages 10-14 are welcome to participate. All participants will receive a certificate, and winners will have the chance to compete at the district, regional, state and national levels.

Blood drive

The American Red Cross and the Gloucester Knights of Columbus will host a blood drive Saturday, Feb. 2, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at St. Ann Church. For an appointment, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit www.redcrossblood.org. Walk-ins are welcome.

Drug outreach

Northeast Behavioral Health (NBH) Healthy Streets Outreach Program provides rapid HIV testing, hepatitis C information, access to drug treatment, overdose prevention and Narcan training. All services, provided by NBH Healthy Streets Program, are available at various locations on the first Wednesday of the month. Call 978-767-3913 or 781-592-0243.

Senior art

The Council on Aging art program at the Rose Baker Senior Center is led by art instructor Juni VanDyke. For information about the ongoing weekly art projects on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, at 10 a.m., call 978-281-9765.

Reiki for seniors

Reiki masters Dianna Porper and Laura Class offer reiki sessions at the Rose Baker Senior Center at a discounted rate for seniors, on Fridays, 10 a.m. to noon. For an appointment, call 978-281-9765.

Knitting group

The Council on Aging knitting and crochet group meets Tuesdays, 10 a.m., at the Rose Baker Senior Center. New members are welcome. Call 978-281-9765.

Senior Scrabble

A friendly group of Scrabble players meets Tuesdays, noon, at the Rose Baker Senior Center. New members are welcome. Call 978-281-9765.

Mall Mondays

A CATA bus departs the Rose Baker Senior Center each Monday morning at 10 a.m. destined for the Liberty Tree and North Shore Malls. Return pick-up time at the mall is 1:30 p.m. Five or more passengers are needed, so call CATA by the Friday afternoon before the trip. To register, call 978-283-7916 or 978-281-9765.

Blue Star Banner

Capt. Lester S. Wass Post 3, American Legion, honors military personnel by presenting the parents of anyone on active duty with a Blue Star Banner. These banners may be obtained by calling 978-283-9710. Leave your name and telephone number and a representative will return your message.

GED preparation

The Compass Youth Program offers GED preparation for ages 16 to 21, through Action Inc. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., throughout the summer. Call 978-281-9682.

Pathways volunteers

Pathways’ Cape Ann Families, 29 Emerson Ave., 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 hgranger@pw4c.org.

NAMI support groups

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) hosts recovery support groups for persons suffering depression or other brain disorders and their families on the first Wednesday of each month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and third Thursdays from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at 43 Gloucester Ave. Call 978-281-1557, email namicapeann@comcast.net or visit www.namicapeann.org.

Entrepreneurial seminar

Cape Ann Business Incubator’s Center for Entrepreneurial Development holds free lunchtime workshops for business owners and entrepreneurs every Wednesday, noon to 1 p.m., at 33 Commercial St. Topics include an introduction to bookkeeping, financial management, how to secure financing and more. To RSVP, call Desmond at 978-540-9977, ext. 101.

Volunteers needed

SeniorCare Inc.’s “Meals on Wheels” program is in need of volunteer drivers to deliver noon-time meals to homebound seniors. Hot meals are fully prepared and packaged for delivery. Drivers may volunteer for one morning a week or more. Call Linnea or Paula at 1-866-927-1050 or 978-281-1750, Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Walking Club

The Rose Baker Senior Center’s walking club needs a volunteer leader. Free training will prepare leaders on recruiting walkers to join the club, and understanding the benefits of walking. Call 978-281-9765.

Pathways playgroups

Pathways for Children “Parent & Child Walk & Talk” meets Mondays, 10 to 11:30 a.m., at its Cape Ann Families play space, 29 Emerson Ave. Parents, caregivers and children, from birth to age 5, are welcome. Contact Amy Larsen at 978-281-2400, ext. 120, or alarsen@pw4c.org.

Open Door Pantry

The Open Door Food Pantry, 28R Emerson Ave., provides free food assistance Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 to 7 p.m.; Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 to 7 p.m.; and Friday, 10 a.m. to noon and 3 to 5 p.m. Valid ID required. Call 978-283-6776 or visit www.foodpantry.org.