GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

September 16, 2013

Rockport Goings On


Gloucester Daily Times

---- — “Chowda” supper

The Sandy Bay Historical Society will hold its annual “Chowda” supper Friday, Sept. 27, 6 p.m., at Spiran Hall, followed by the annual meeting and an “Old Song Sing Along.” Cost is $8 per person. Prepaid reservations are needed by Sept. 20; send checks to: Sandy Bay Historical Society, P.O. Box 63, Rockport, MA 01966, or call 978-546-9533.

Democratic Committee

The Rockport Democratic Town Committee will meet Saturday, Sept. 21, 10:30 a.m., in the Brenner Room, Rockport Public Library. Member Tom Delaney will report on his experience at the Statewide Gun Control Hearings. Upcoming elections and possible bylaw changes will also be discussed. All registered Rockport Democrats are invited. Call Suellen at 978-546-3754.

PaintedPalette Auction

The Painted Palette Auction to benefit the Rockport Art Association will take place Friday, Sept. 20, at 12 Main St. A reception will take place from 5 to 6:30 p.m., followed by the auction at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $20. Call 978-546-6604, email rockportart@verizon.net or visit www.rockportartassn.org.

Children’s story hours

The Rockport Public Library offers preschool story hours from now until Nov. 26. The weekly program, for children ages 3-5, meets Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Doors open at 9:45 a.m. for children and parents. The 45-minute program includes storytelling and either a movie or a music and movement time. Families may check out books to read at home after the story time.

Meet the author

The next Meet the Author event will take place Wednesday, Sept. 25, 7 p.m., at the Rockport Public Library. Gloucester resident George Rosen will discuss his book, “The Immanence of God in the Tropics,” which was selected as a Publisher’s Weekly pick of the week and Top 10 travel book for 2012. Series is sponsored by the library, in conjunction with Toad Hall Bookstore and the Friends of the Rockport Library.

Pigeon Cove Circle

Pigeon Cove Circle will meet Thursday, Sept. 26, at 6 Breakwater Ave. Guest speaker Sefatia Romeo, community health liaison at Addison Gilbert Hospital, will discuss health insurance options, open enrollment and confusion regarding the three-day Medicare hospital observation issues. Event begins at 6 p.m., followed by a potluck buffet dinner and speaker at 7 p.m. Bring an item for the buffet. Call 978-546-1195.

Seniors’ Maine event

On Sept. 16, Rockport seniors are off to York, Maine to visit Nubble light and York Village. Browse the many boutiques or stroll Ocean Drive, then feast on authentic Maine Lobsterbake at Foster’s Downeast, cooked over a roaring fire. $66 per person, For more information, call 978-546-2573.

CAAA golf tournament

The third annual Christopher Cutler Rich Golf Tournament to benefit Cape Ann Animal Aid will take place Monday, Sept. 23, at Bass Rocks Golf Club, Gloucester. Features a day of golf, followed by a celebration dinner with awards, prizes and a live auction. Players will receive a take-home gift and compete for top prizes and a special hole-in-one contest for a new car. To register, visit www.CapeAnnAnimalAid.com or call 978-283-6055, ext. 23.

Books sought

The Friends of the Rockport Library is preparing for the annual fall book sale to be held Oct. 18-20. Donations of clean books in good condition are being accepted at the library desk during library hours. Hardbacks, paperbacks, children’s books, DVDs and books on tape are sought for the sale. No textbooks, magazines or encyclopedias will be accepted. All proceeds support programs for children and adults at the library.

Health & Flu clinic

The Rockport Senior Center will hold a Health Clinic wit free flu shots on Tuesday, Sept. 24, from 12 to 4 p.m. Shots will be administered by the Rockport Board of Health. Please bring your Medicare card and supplemental insurance card. Other clinical testing will be available for conditions including diabetes and blood pressure. Some of the testing will be sponsored by AGH.

Autumn Art

Carla Mattioli will teach Autumn art at the Rockport Senior Center on Tuesdays from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Sept. 10 — Nov. 5, 8 weeks (No Class on Sept. 24) $40 per student. Explore earth, water, air and warmth, drawing and painting favorite seascapes, skyscapes and landscape moods of nature. All Levels welcome. Payment due with pre-registration.

Memoir writing group

The Rockport Senior Center’s free memoir writing group meets Tuesdays, taught by Cathryn Clark from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m.. Come prepared to write. Supplies needed are paper, pen, pencil and notebook.

Granite State sightseeing

On Oct. 16, Rockport seniors are off to New Hampshire’s Kancamagus Scenic Highway for lunch at Indian Head Resort, and scenic “Granite State” sightseeing. View the foliage; along the way we’ll make several scenic stops $64 per person. For more information, call 978-546-2573.

Salute to Veterans

On Nov. 14, join your fellow Rockport seniors for a musical show and feast at the Log Cabin in Holyoke, MA., featuring a “Salute To Our Veteran’s” Stand to honor those who have served America! You’ll have a great time with delicious cuisine and great music. $79 pr person; for more information, call 978-546-2573.

Community Schools

Rockport Community Schools will offer these programs this fall:

Yoga with Janet Green Garrison — Thursdays, 5:15 to 6:30 p.m., Rockport High School library. All-level yoga class for adults of all ages. Session 1 meets Sept. 19–Oct. 24. Session two meets Nov. 7–Dec. 19. Cost is $72 per six-week session.

Drawing and Painting with Joy Dai Buell — Tuesdays, 7 to 9 p.m., Rockport High School art room. For beginners and experienced artists. Bring to the first class an 18x24 (Strathmore) drawing pad, an ebony pencil, a kneaded eraser, a gum eraser, and a small rag. Cost is $180 (does not include materials). Call for a list. Eight-week class meets Oct. 1–Nov. 19.

Preregistration and prepayment required for all classes. Forms available at Rockport Public Library and all school offices. Call 978-546-1204.

Recovery programs

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.

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 First Congregational Church, School Street, the rest of the year.

Plastic recycling

Rockport boat owners can recycle the plastic shrink wrap they remove from their boats this spring. The container for shrink wrap is located near the Park & Ride lot restrooms adjacent to the Transfer Station on Blue Gate Lane.

Meditation class

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.

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.

History museum

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.

Scholarship fund

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.

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.

Memoir group

The weekly memoir writing group meets at the Rockport Senior Center on Tuesdays, from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. This is a free class. Bring paper, pen, pencil and notebook.

Church lift

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.

CATA for seniors

Seniors needing transportation to the Rockport Senior Center should call Dianne at 978-546-2573 for help with a one-time application.

Bible study

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.

Community Schools

Rockport Community Schools will offer these programs this fall:

Yoga with Janet Green Garrison — Thursdays, 5:15 to 6:30 p.m., Rockport High School library. All-level yoga class for adults of all ages. Session 1 meets Sept. 19–Oct. 24. Session two meets Nov. 7–Dec. 19. Cost is $72 per six-week session.

Drawing and Painting with Joy Dai Buell — Tuesdays, 7 to 9 p.m., Rockport High School art room. For beginners and experienced artists. Bring to the first class an 18x24 (Strathmore) drawing pad, an ebony pencil, a kneaded eraser, a gum eraser, and a small rag. Cost is $180 (does not include materials). Call for a list. Eight-week class meets Oct. 1–Nov. 19.

Preregistration and prepayment required for all classes. Forms available at Rockport Public Library and all school offices. Call 978-546-1204.

Senior Center programs

The Rockport Senior Center, 58 Broadway, offers these winter programs:

Tai Ji — Wednesdays, 9 to 10 a.m. $4 per class.

Strength Resistance Exercise Class — Mondays and Fridays, 9 to 10 a.m. $4 per class.

Yoga — Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 to 10 a.m. $3 per class.

Bingo — Mondays, 1 to 3:30 p.m.

Knitting and Handiwork Group — Thursdays, 1 to 3:30 p.m.

Scrabble — Wednesdays, 1 to 3 p.m.

Call 978-546-5027.