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The Rockport Senior Center, 58 Broadway, will be hosting a food demonstration of easy-to-make summer meals on June 14, at 12:30 p.m.. For more information, call 978-546-2573.
There will be a special father's day lunch of breaded boneless pork chop, whipped potatoes, baby carrots and lemon meringue pie on June 12, at 11:30 a.m. at Rockport Senior Center, 58 Broadway, Rockport. For more information, call 978-546-2573.
The Rockport Recreation Department's summer fun program is back with an interactive day camp experience for first- through fifth-graders. The camp runs Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to noon from July 9 to Aug. 9, at Rockport Elementary School, with sports, games, arts and crafts and more fun learning activities. Five weeks, $135. The staff is very helpful, caring and enjoy working with children. The form can be found at www.rockportrecreation.com and can be found under youth programs-summer fun. For more information, email: Olivia@rockportrecreation.com or call 978-546-1309.
The Rockport Council on Aging & SeniorCare will be sponsoring a special pizza visit at 11:30 a.m. with our traveling chef at the Rockport Senior Center on June 20. Along with serving up piping hot pies, the chef will prepare salad and strawberry shortcake. Cost is $2 per person; for more information, call Freda at 978-546-5027.
The Rockport Senior Center is holding a series of four Monday morning art classes with Elizabeth Harty teaching drawing, painting and collage. No experience is needed, and $20 covers everything. For more information or to reserve a place, call 978-546-2573.
On July 24, Carla Mattioli will begin teaching a series of watercolor classes, "Moods of Day & Evening," at the Rockport Senior Center. The classes will meet on Tuesdays, for 6 weeks, and $30 includes everything. For more information, call 978-546-2573.
On Aug. 16, the Rockport Senior Center will host a "gourmet getaway" luncheon prepared by Johnson & Wales chef instructors, with a "divine" comedy show with Father Misgivings. The cost is $69 per person. For information/reservations, call Paula or Diane 978-546-2573
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.
Pathways' Cape Ann Families 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Video Club for teens
Cape Ann TV is enrolling middle and high school students in its After School Video Club. The program, led by staff member Lisa Smith, meets Tuesdays, 3 to 5 p.m., at Cape Ann TV Studio, 38 Blackburn Center. Throughout the school year, students learn both studio and field production, brainstorm scripts, produce short creative videos, and produce interview style programming. Students develop hands-on experience with equipment and learn all aspects of video production. All club-produced programming will be aired on Channel 12. The $20 fee includes a year's membership to CATV. To register, contact Lisa Smith at 978-281-2443 or: lsmith@CapeAnnTV.org.
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 email@example.com 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.
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.
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.
The First Baptist Church of Rockport offers free rides to church every Sunday for anyone living on Cape Ann. If you are interested in catching a ride, contact the church at 978-546-6121 or www.FirstBaptistRockport.org.
Dog licenses are now available at the town clerk's office during regular business hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Tuesday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $10 for spayed or neutered dog or $16 for non-spayed or neutered. Rabies vaccination certificates must be presented at the time of registration. Licenses are due by May 31; a $5 late fee will be imposed for each month after that date.