Author book reading
Sicilian American writer and educator Olivia Kate Cerrone will read from her unfinished book, “The Hunger Saint,” a novel set in contemporary Sicily which involves the plight of the carusi, the child-aged sulfur miners of Sicily, and the brutal mistreatment they faced as laborers, on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 7:30 p.m., at the Gloucester Writers Center, 126 East Main St. Visit www.gloucesterwriters.org.
The Gloucester Stroke Club will meet Thursday, Feb. 7, 7 p.m., in the Longan Room, Addison Gilbert Hospital, 298 Washington St. The guest speaker will be Joe Gross. New members, caretakers, family and friends are welcome. No preregistration is necessary. Refreshments will be served. Call Cynthia at 978-283-2633 or Virginia at 978-283-3968.
‘The Writer’s Block’
The next episode of “The Writer’s Block with John Ronan” will be broadcast Thursday, Feb. 7, 8 p.m., on Cape Ann TV’s Channel 12, and will be repeated one week later. The episode features Theresia Millasovich. Theresia, who has a diverse background in everything from managing a dentist’s office to bartending, recently decided she wanted to publish a book. The product, “A Simple Truth,” by Luis Cedillo and Charles Hagen, is a guide to meditation. During the creation process, Theresia taught herself Website layout, proofreading, sales planning and other skills. She shares her experience and includes practical tips on how to get started on your own publication. Ronan, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellow and former Gloucester Poet Laureate, interviews poets and writers during the half-hour program.
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.
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.