Gloucester Daily Times
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Annual MLK march
The 25th annual Martin Luther King Jr. March for Peace will take place Monday, Jan. 21, at 10 a.m. The march will begin at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Rockport, 4 Cleaves St. Interested participants are invited to gather at the church at 9:30 a.m. to make signs. A short program, led by Rev. Susan Moran, follows the march.
Spiran Lodge 98 will hold a potluck supper and meeting Friday, Feb. 1, 6:30 p.m., in the hall. There may be a guest speaker if it can be arranged. Call 978-546-3223.
The quilting and hand work group meet every Thursday at the Rockport Senior Center from 1 to 3:30 p.m. If you like to quilt, crochet or sew by hand, come to the center and enjoy the company of others.
The Rockport Senior Center holds various activities weekly, including Scrabble every Wednesday, 1 to 3 p.m.; and Bingo every Monday, 1 to 3:30 p.m. The Council on Aging also has computers and shredders available for use, and regular fitness and exercise classes. Call 978-546-2573.
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.
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.
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.
The Gloucester Housing Authority has a brand new, fully-equipped below market value, very affordable one bedroom condo available for $90,000 and the buyer need not be a resident of Gloucester. Designed for low heating and insurance costs with a large bedroom, kitchen and living area, separate laundry room with washer and dryer, heated floor, energy-efficiency and sprinklers. This is not a lottery, but if it sounds like your idea of home sweet home, call Kathy Erkkila at 978-281-4770, ext. 110, or visit www.ghama.com.
Rockport Art Association’s winter/spring studio classes meet in the RAA studio on Stone Barn Lane:
Oil Painting For All Levels with Ron Straka, Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Winter Session II — Feb. 12-March 12
Spring Session I — March 19-April 16
Spring Session II — April 23-May 21
Watercolor For All Levels with Caleb Stone, Wednesdays, 1 to 4 p.m. $75 for a five-week session.
Winter Session II — Feb. 13-March 13
Spring Session I — March 20-April 17
Spring Session II — April 24-May 22
Cost is $75/five-week session, $20 per class. Space is limited. Preregistration is strongly recommended. To register, visit www.rockportartassn.org or call 978-546-6604.
The Rockport Senior Center will hold a jewelry making workshop Monday, Feb. 4, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. You have a choice of making a bracelet or necklace. There is a $5 fee for supplies.
The Friends of the Rockport Public Library are seeking donations of paperback and hardback books in good condition for the book sale which will take place March 15-17. Donated books, DVDs and books on tape can be brought to the library during normal hours of operation: Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.; and Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 1 to 8 p.m. Proceeds support the Cabin Fever movies, the author series, and children’s programs.
Pigeon Cove Circle will host its Winter Rent-a-table Rummage Sale and Coffee Break on Saturday, March 9, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Cove Circle Center, Breakwater Avenue. Table rentals are $25; call Michele at 978-546-1195. Space is limited.
“Warm Music for a Winter’s Night: The Complete Brahms Piano Trios” on Friday, Jan. 25, 7:30 p.m., at the Shalin Liu Performance Center. Proceeds benefit the Northeast Massachusetts Youth Orchestras. Tickets: Benefactor tickets (with meet-the-artists dessert reception) are $150; patrons are $100; and concert-only tickets are $65-$35. For benefactor tickets, call 978-309-9833 or email email@example.com. For concert-only tickets, visit www.rockportmusic.org.
The Rockport Senior Center offers a daytrip to the John F. Kennedy Library & Museum & Maggiano’s on Wednesday, Feb. 27. Capture the powerful story of the Kennedy years in 25 dramatic exhibits, followed by Italian food at Maggiano’s. Cost is $78 per person. Sign up early; call Diane or Paula at 978-546-2573.
The Rockport Recreation Department’s Pilates Yoga strength training class meets Mondays, 6:30 to 7:15 p.m., at the Rockport Community House, 58 Broadway. Cost is $30 for six weeks. Call Caitlin Chandler at 978-546-1309.
The Rockport Senior Center offers a class for seniors exploring paragraphs, margins, formatting, header and footers, saving and organizing files, and inserting pictures and objects. Meets Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. to noon, starting Feb. 4. Cost is $60 for six classes.
The Rockport Senior Center will offer a class for seniors on the basics of taking photos and downloading them to the computer, editing photos and attaching them to email. Meets Mondays and Wednesdays, Jan. 14-Feb. 4. Cost is $60 for six classes.
Preschool story hours
The Rockport Public Library offers story times for children ages 3-5 on Tuesdays, 10 to 10:45 a.m., in the Brenner Friends Room, through April 30. Wendy Pierson will be the storyteller. Doors open at 9:45 a.m. for children and their parents. The program includes storytelling and a short film. Call 978-546-6934.
Open burning season
Forest Fire Warden Mike Frontierro reminds residents that open burning season starts Jan. 15 and runs through May 1. Only brush that originated on the property may be burned. Leaves, stumps and construction materials are prohibited. Permits cost $10, and may be obtained Sunday mornings, 8 to 10 a.m., or by calling 978-265-3339.
Rockport Community Schools will offer these programs:
Yoga with Janet Green Garrison — Meets Thursdays, Jan. 10-March 7, 5:15 to 6:30 p.m., Rockport High School library. $96 for eight weeks. All-levels and all ages welcome. Manage anxiety, arthritis, asthma, back pain, blood pressure, depression and stress.
Fitness with Marsha Whelan — Meets Mondays and Wednesdays, Jan. 2-Feb. 13, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Rockport Elementary School gym. Bring hand weights (3-8 pounds), mat for floor work, supportive footwear and comfortable clothing. $60 for six weeks; $48 for seniors 60 and over.
Drawing and Painting with Joe Dai Buell — Meets Tuesdays, Feb. 26-April 23, 7 to 9 p.m., Rockport High School art room. $180 for eight weeks. Multimedium drawing class uses pencils, graphite and color, charcoal, brush and acrylic paints.
Prepaid registration required for all classes. Forms available at Rockport Public Library and all school offices. Call Gini Nangle at 978-546-1204.
The Fishtown Players will hold auditions for its April production of Martin McDonagh’s “The Lonesome West” on Thursday, Jan. 24, 7 p.m., at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center, 6 Wonson St. Auditions will be based on readings from the script and are available online at www.fishtownplayers.com. You may also prepare a short (1-2 minute) monologue. The show will run for two weekends (April 4-14) at the Gloucester Stage Company. Call 978-515-7957.
The Rockport Middle School will perform the musical “Grease” on Jan. 24-26, 7 p.m., and Jan. 27, 2 p.m., at the school’s John E. Lane Performing Arts Center. There are two casts who will perform on two nights each; the first cast will be Thursday and Saturday, and the second cast will be Friday and Sunday. Admission is $10, $8 for students/seniors.
Artist Carla Mattioli is leading an art class using black and white conte crayon, charcoal, color pastels and watercolor paints to explore the world of shadows, light, darkness and color. Classes meet Tuesdays, 1 to 3 p.m., through Feb. 19, at the Rockport Senior Center. Cost is $30/six classes.
The Rockport Senior Center is looking for a volunteer to lead a walking group once or twice a week. If interested, call Paula or Diane at 978-546-2573.
Cape Ann Shakespeare Troupe (CAST) has two roles open for its production of “Julius Caesar:” Lucius (conflated with Strato) — male, late teens through 20s; and Titinius (also to play Caesar’s and Octavius’ servant) — male, 20s-40s. Rehearsals are weekday nights at the Rockport Teen Center, and performances are Feb. 27-March 3 at the Gloucester Stage Company. Auditions are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 6:30 to 7 p.m., at the Rockport Teen Center. For more information or to meet with director Joseph Stiliano, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit Facebook.
The Rockport Recreation Department’s Pilates/Yoga Class meets Tuesdays, 6 to 7 p.m., at the Rockport Community House, 58 Broadway. Cost is $60/12 classes, or $8/drop-in fee. Call Caitlin Chandler at 978-546-1309.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.