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January 26, 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 gdt@gloucestertimes.com 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.

Lenten potluck

The Gloucester United Methodist Church, 436 Washington St. will hold a free Lenten potluck on Saturday, Feb. 16, at 12 noon, with guest speaker Pastor Bradley Keefer of the Gloucester and Rockport Methodist Churches addressing the question of: “What is Lent?”Discover the history of Lenten traditions, encounter its scriptural relevance, discern the meaning of Lent in your life. Join us for a time of fellowship as we begin our Lenten journey. All are welcome. For more information, call 978-281-1040.

Volunteer garden mentors

The Cape Ann Farmers’ Market Backyard Growers Program is recruiting volunteer garden mentors for the 2013 growing season. Mentors help train participants on how to grow their own food. Intermediate gardening experience is require. Mentor training is provided at a mandatory orientation on Saturday, Feb. 16. For a flyer, visit www.capeannfarmersmarket.org/backyard-growers or call Lara at 978-317-8025. Deadline to apply is Feb. 1.

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.

Singing Seniors

Seniors who love to sing will love this: A. Jorgeliina 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.

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 www.foodpantry.org.

Pet adoptions

Cape Ann Animal Aid is now in its new home at 4 Paws Lane, 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, www.CapeAnnAnimalAid.com, monthly. Call 978-283-6055.

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 bembridgen@northshoreymca.org.

Youth acting workshops

Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshops is accepting students, ages 6-18, for the winter session. The six-week workshop meets Fridays and Saturdays, Friday, Feb. 1-Saturday, March 9, for a total of four hours per week. Workshops, sponsored in part by The Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation and the Bruce J. Anderson Foundation, are taught by award-winning actress and Gloucester native Heidi Dallin and guest instructors. Workshops develop self-confidence, communication and teamwork skills. Lara Jardullo, costume designer for the annual YAW production of “Holiday Delights,” will introduce students to elements of costume design and using costuming techniques to help build a character. Students will write and stage short plays as well as design costumes. Students are divided in classes according to age. Class size is limited. Registration is on a first-come basis. For more information and to register, call 978-283-6688.

Symphony’s February Frolic

The Soft Touch Dance Band will lead the February Frolic Dance and Auction to benefit Cape Ann Symphony on Friday, Feb. 1, at Cruiseport. State Sen. Bruce Tarr will lead a live auction, which features a 10-day trip to Europe, New England Patriots tickets, a chef’s dinner and wine for 12, and more. For reservations, visit www.capeannsymphony.org or call 978-283-6750. Email CASCelebrations@yahoo.com.

Cape Ann Forum

The next Cape Ann Forum will take place Sunday, Feb. 10, 7 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Church, corner of Church and Middle streets. Internationally-known researcher and author Timothy A. Wise will discuss “What’s needed to resolve the looming global food price crisis.” The event is free and open to the public. Visit www.capeannforum.org.

Poetry reading

Erica Funkhouser will read from a group of poems she is writing in response to “The Dream Songs” by John Berryman on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 7:30 p.m., at the Gloucester Writers Center, 126 East Main St. Funkhouser, who has published five books of poems, teaches the advanced poetry writing workshop at MIT and lives in Essex.

Alpha course

St. Ann School will explore the meaning of life in a relaxed, friendly setting with coffee and refreshments Sunday, Feb. 3, 9:15 a.m., and Wednesday, Feb. 6, in the teachers’ lounge. Discuss questions like “Is there a God?” “Why am I here?” “Where did I come from?” “Where am I going?” To register, call Louise at 978-282-1492 and leave a message.

Foxwoods Away Day

The Council on Aging will sponsor a bus trip to Foxwoods Casino on Monday, Feb. 11. The motorcoach leaves the Rose Baker Senior Center at 6 a.m. (to arrive for morning bingo at the casino), and departs for return at 5:15 p.m. Movie and bingo on the bus. All are invited to attend until the bus is filled. Sign up at the Senior Center, or call 978-281-9765. Cost is $26 per person and includes a meal voucher.

Track team fundraiser

The Gloucester High School CoEd Track team will hold a fundraiser at Jalapeno’s restaurant, 86 Main St., on Wednesday, Feb. 6, from 4:30 to 9 p.m. A 50/50 raffle will be held.

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.

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 jschaefer@vnacarenetwork.org.

Clothes Closet

The Clothes Closet, in the basement of St. Ann School, corner of Prospect and Pleasant streets, is open Saturdays, from 9 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.

Rotary Club

The Rotary Club meets every Tuesday at 12:15 p.m. at Cruiseport Gloucester.

Book group

Cape Ann residents interested in starting a discussion group on 19th Century British writer Anthony Trollope should contact Laurie Hagar at capeannma@earthlink.net or 978-290-1812. The location, frequency and dates will be determined based on interest, but the group would begin in January or February. All age and interest levels are welcome.

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.

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 hgranger@pw4c.org.

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 kjenness045@netzero.com or 73 High St., Rockport, MA 01966.

Fuel assistance

Action Inc.’s Energy Services offers fuel assistance and other programs to help save money and conserve energy to eligible Cape Ann households from now until April 30, covering all types of heating fuel. Gross annual household income may not exceed: $31,271, single person; $40,893, two-persons; $50,515, three persons; $60,137, four persons; and $69,759, five-persons. Additional discounts for natural gas, heating oil, electricity and phone service may apply, as well as energy conservation and education programs for homeowners and renters. For homeowners only, we may be able to pay for heating system repairs, cleanings and replacements. Call 978-281-3900 or 978-282-1003. Visit www.actioninc.org/energy_main.html.

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.

Sunday morning meditation

Teachers from the Cape Ann Buddhist Center conduct silent meditations and discussions Sundays at 222 Arts & Wellness Center, 222 Eastern Ave. The first meditation runs from 9 to 9:30 a.m., followed by a tea break with discussion, or a walk through the woods. The second meditation runs from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Arrive early so that all is quiet at the start. Open to all levels of practitioners. Chairs and yoga equipment available, or bring your own. A $10 donation is suggested. E-mail mkdyer47@juno.com.

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 vwhitcomb@nilp.org or pleon@nilp.org.

Buddhism salon

Want to know what a Buddhist practice is? How others maintain a daily practice? Share your thoughts and questions with teacher Mary Kay Dyer from Rockport’s Asian Classics Institute, and senior student and practitioner Elizabeth McLindon, on the fourth Sunday of every month at a new time, 7 to 8:30 p.m., at the 222 Wellness Center, 222 Eastern Ave. Call Mary Kay Dyer at 978-283-8857 or email mkdyer47@juno.com, or Elizabeth McLindon at 978-879-9159 or eam@elizabethmclindon.com.

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

Ferrini’s friends

In honor of Vincent Ferrini’s 100th anniversary, in June 2013, the Gloucester Writers Center is planning on publishing a collection of his poems. Throughout his life, the city’s former poet laureate sent many poems to local friends and colleagues. Inspired by events of the moment, they came from his heart, and “off the top of his head.” If you have a poem that Vincent Ferrini sent you, send a copy to the Gloucester Writers Center, 126 East Main St., Gloucester, MA 01930, with a note about yourself and the occasion of the poem.

Senior Social

The Lanesville Community Center will hold its first Senior Social at the Lanesville Community Center, 8 Vulcan St., Gloucester,on Friday, Feb. 1, from 1 to 3 p.m. Coffee and nisu will be served. Come and play board games, do jigsaw puzzles, play cards, bring your knitting, or just visit with friends. Door prizes will be awarded! RSVP by Jan. 28 to Jean Jacobson at 978-290-8168.