Gloucester Daily Times
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‘Great Green’ candidate debate
Mayor Carolyn Kirk faces-off with Mac Bell on environmental issues when the Gloucester UU Meeting House hosts the “Great Green” candidate debate Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 7:15 p.m. Both candidates share a passion for green initiatives, and moderator Jack Clarke fields the questions that get the answers that define their environmental platforms. The 209 year old UU church has launched its own zero carbon goal green initiative, and those who can afford it are asked to support it with a donation of $20, or any donation of $1 or more at the door. A complimentary “green” dessert buffet will follow. For reservations, visit www.maritimegloucester.org.
Skeptics on the law
Tonight at Ristorante La Trattoria, Mary Kingsley takes center stage at ‘Skeptics at the Pub’ with a program entitled ‘Pseudo-law, Scams and Legal Fictions: The creative, curious and downright bizarre ideas of people who try to navigate the legal system by themselves.’ A Harvard law school alum, Kingsley will include a look at some of the outstandingly ugly consumer scams preying on folks. As usual, the meeting is open to all n the back room at Ristorante La Trattoria, 64 Main St. Meet at 6 p.m. for food and drinks, with the program following at 6:45 p.m.
Fiber arts workshop
A Fiber Arts demonstration will be hosted by Carol Karlson and Leslie Wind on Thursday night, Oct. 24, from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Friend Room at the Sawyer Free Library. Karlson specializes in needlepoint design and Leslie Wind will focus on spinning fibers. Participants are invited to bring their own projects to share. For more information, visit: www.lesliewind.com.
The Rockport PTO is looking for crafters for tis annual Holiday Fair on Saturday, Nov. 16. Space fills up quickly and is limited, so reserve your 8 foot table now. For more information, call Amy Kamm at 978-546-5138 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.Open Door breakfast
The Open Door will hold an autumn breakfast Thursday, Oct. 24, 7:30 to 9 a.m., at Cruiseport Gloucester, to kick-off the Thanksgiving basket and food drive season. Breakfast is free. Donations are requested. To RSVP, email email@example.com. To make a donation, visit www.foodpantry.org.
The First Baptist Church, 38 Gloucester Ave., starts its fall inquiry classes Thursday, Oct. 17, at 6:30 p.m. All those interested in learning more about the church and becoming a member are welcome. All four classes will be held in member’s homes; there is no commitment. To sign up, call Pastor Cindy Antonuk at 978-283-4808.
The Guild of Our Lady of Good Voyage Church will sponsor a bean supper Saturday, Oct. 19, 4:45 to 7 p.m., in the parish hall. Menu includes beans, linguica, hot dogs, rolls, cole slaw and homemade pies. Entertainment provided by The Honky Tonk Women. Cost is $8 for adults, $5 for children under 10. All are welcome.
The Gloucester High School Docksiders will hold a concert to benefit The Open Door food pantry Saturday, Oct. 19, 7 p.m., in the GHS auditorium. Admission is a food donation for the food pantry.
Emergency response visits
Volunteers from the Gloucester Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) will be distributing information door to door in the north Gloucester neighborhoods of Bayview, Annisquam, and Lanesville on Saturday, Oct. 19, raising citizen awareness of visible house numbers to assist first responders, working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and visible street signs.
Paula Cole and Amy Lee will perform at a special benefit concert for Gloucester’s Wellspring House on Thursday, Nov. 7, at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport. Pre-concert reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by live and acoustic concert at 7:45 p.m. Visit www.wellspringhouse.org.
Youth hockey programs
Cape Ann Youth Hockey Learn to Skate and Learn to Play hockey programs are open to boys and girls ages 3-14, at various skill levels. To register for the CAYH Learn to Skate/Initiation, Cape Ann Cross Ice, and the In-House Hockey Team, visit www.capeannyouthhockey.com. Cross Ice and In-House begin Saturday, Oct. 19. Learn to Skate begins Saturday, Nov. 9. Visit the website or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Folk and classic rock band Livin’ on Luck will kick off the new season of the Crosswinds Coffeehouse at First Baptist Church, 38 Gloucester Ave., on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 7 to 10 p.m. Donation is $10 at the door. Proceeds support local missions projects. Refreshments and homemade desserts will be for sale. All ages are welcome.
Annual Olson lecture
Amiri Baraka will deliver the fourth annual Charles Olson lecture Saturday, Oct. 19, 1 p.m., at Cape Ann Museum. Baraka will speak in general on the late Gloucester poet Charles Olson’s effect on him as a writer and specifically from an essay titled “Charles Olson and Sun Ra: A Note on Being Out.” The lecture is collaboratively sponsored by the Gloucester Writers Center, Cape Ann Museum, and the Charles Olson Society. Program is free and open to the public. Reservations are required; call 978-283-0455, ext. 16, or email email@example.com.
“The Writer’s Block with John Ronan” will be broadcast Thursday, Oct. 17, 8 p.m., on Cape Ann TV’s Channel 12, and will be repeated one week later. Features Deborah Finkelstein, a poet and editor of “Like One: Poems for Boston,” a collection of poetry published to benefit victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. Finkelstein, who teaches at Endicott College and North Shore Community College, gathered poems from the obscure to famous, from the living and the dead. She reads poetry and talks about how the book was born and developed. Ronan, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellow and former Gloucester poet laureate, interviews poets and other artists during the half-hour program.
Registration for Cape Ann youth lacrosse, which is open to boys and girls in grades one through eight is now underway. Register online at www.capeannyouthlacrosse.org.
After-school engineering class
Kathy DeDieu of Gloucester, science and engineering teacher at Pingree School, 537 Highland St., South Hamilton, will teach an after-school engineering class at Pingree for middle school students. The class will run for five sessions Fridays, 4 to 5:30 p.m., beginning Oct. 18. Cost is $50. Students in grades seven and eight from any area school may register for the class; visit www.pingree.org/who knows. Call 978-468-4415, ext. 233.
Women’s Fund luncheon
The Women’s Fund of Essex County will host its 11th annual Grant Awards Luncheon on Thursday, Oct. 24, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Peabody Marriott Hotel, 8 Centennial Drive, Peabody. Annual luncheon recognizes and honors the recipients of the fund’s 2013 grant awards in the funding field of Leadership and Empowerment, including the Gloucester Writers Center, and Pathways for Children. Features “Homeless to Harvard” student Dawn Loggins interviewed by award-winning news anchor Natalie Jacobson. For tickets, visit www.thewomensfundec.org.
NAMI support groups
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) hosts recovery support groups for persons suffering depression or other brain disorders and their families on the first Wednesday of each month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and third Thursdays from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at 43 Gloucester Ave. Call 978-281-1557, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.namicapeann.org.
Cape Ann Business Incubator’s Center for Entrepreneurial Development holds free lunchtime workshops for business owners and entrepreneurs every Wednesday, noon to 1 p.m., at 33 Commercial St. Topics include an introduction to bookkeeping, financial management, how to secure financing and more. To RSVP, call Desmond at 978-540-9977, ext. 101.
The Rose Baker Senior Center’s walking club needs a volunteer leader. Free training will prepare leaders on recruiting walkers to join the club, and understanding the benefits of walking. Call 978-281-9765.
Pathways for Children “Parent & Child Walk & Talk” meets Mondays, 10 to 11:30 a.m., at its Cape Ann Families play space, 29 Emerson Ave. Parents, caregivers and children, from birth to age 5, are welcome. Contact Amy Larsen at 978-281-2400, ext. 120, or email@example.com.
Open Door Pantry
The Open Door Food Pantry, 28R Emerson Ave., provides free food assistance Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 to 7 p.m.; Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 to 7 p.m.; and Friday, 10 a.m. to noon and 3 to 5 p.m. Valid ID required. Call 978-283-6776 or visit www.foodpantry.org.
Second Glance Thrift Store, 2 Pond Road, has extended hours from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Shop for clothing, household goods, books, collectibles, furniture and more. The donation center is open during regular business hours. Furniture pickup is available by appointment. A tax receipt is available upon request. All proceeds support The Open Door. Call 978-283-4298 or visit www.foodpantry.org.
Parent support group
HEART, a group founded by mothers of gay children on Cape Ann, meets monthly to share thoughts and experiences and to offer support to other parents of gay children. Whether your child is 5 or 35, you are welcome to join us in a safe, comfortable setting. Meetings are one morning a month. You are strongly encouraged to call one of us to meet one-on-one if that is more comfortable for you. Call Diane Polley at 508-641-5535 or Judy Friend 978-283-1306.
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.
Yoga for seniors
The Gloucester Council on Aging provides gentle mat yoga sessions Tuesdays at 10 a.m., chair yoga on Wednesday at 12:15 p.m., and Thursday yoga at 10 a.m. each week at the Rose Baker Senior Center. Call 978-281-9765.
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 or call 978-282-7779 to make an appointment.
Cape Ann Referral Group
The Cape Ann Referral Group, a membership of local business networking and referrals, meets every other Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. at the Masonic Building on Eastern Avenue. Visit www.CapeAnnBiz.com.
Cancer Survivors Group
Cancer Survivors Support Group meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, 6 to 7 p.m., at the Annisquam Village Church, 820 Washington St., Gloucester.
Action Inc.’s Adult Basic Education classes are offered Mondays and Wednesdays, 6 to 8:30 p.m., at 80 Main St. Classes include reading, writing, math, work skills and referrals to support services as needed. Call 978-282-1000 or visit www.actioninc.org.
Cape Ann Thrift Shop
Trinity Congregational Church’s Cape Ann Thrift Shop is open Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon. Shop is located on Middle Street.
Sawyer Library patrons have access to Learning Express Library from any computer with their library card. Prepare for the CLEP, ACT, PSAT, SAT, TOEFL, and ASVAB without the expense of buying practice books. Learning Express also offers tutorials for software, GED preparation, job searches, U.S. citizenship, and resources in Spanish. Visit www.sawyerfreelibrary.org.
Financial Councilors are available at Addison Gilbert Hospital, 298 Washington St., Gloucester to assist you in accessing health insurance: MA Health, Commonwealth Care, Commonwealth Choice, Medicare, Medicaid and other health insurance issues. Visit the hospital’s Financial Service Department Monday — Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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.
The Clothes Closet
The Clothes Closet, in the basement of St. Ann School, corner of Prospect and Pleasant streets, is open Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Clothes Closet 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.
Many veterans experience difficulty in adjusting to problems in civilian life after serving in combat. The Lowell Vet Center offers counseling at the Gloucester Veterans Center for area veterans and their families, free of charge. For an appointment, call the Gloucester Office of Veterans’ Services at 978-281-9740.
A free community diabetes screening is held the first Monday of each month, 1 to 3 p.m., at Addison Gilbert Hospital, 298 Washington St., Women’s Health Conference Room. All are welcome. Appointments and fasting are not required. Call 978-283-4000.
Healthy Streets Program
Northeast Behavioral Health (NBH) Healthy Streets Outreach Program provides HIV testing, hepatitis C information, access to drug treatment, overdose prevention and Narcan training. All services, provided by NBH Healthy Streets Program, are available at Gloucester Family Health Center, 302 Washington St., Gloucester, lower level, Wednesdays, noon to 5 p.m. Call 978-236-0251.
SeniorCare is looking for volunteers for its AARP Money Management Program, to help low-income seniors and people with disabilities manage their daily finances, such as bill paying, reconciling bank statements, budgeting, etc. Volunteers typically serve 4 to 6 hours per month. After initial training, bimonthly training is provided, and a year’s commitment is asked. Visit www.seniorcareinc.org, or call 978-281-1750 or 1-866-927-1050.
Gloucester meetings of Narcotics Anonymous are:
“Together We Can” — Sundays, 7 to 8 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, corner of Pine and Church streets.
“Living Clean” — Wednesdays, 7:30 to 9 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, corner of Pine and Church streets.
“Keeping It Real” — Thursdays, 7:30 to 9 p.m. 5 Center St.
“Fishing for Recovery” — Fridays, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, corner of Pine and Church streets.
For more meeting times, visit www.NewEnglandNA.org or call 1-866-624-3578.
Fish and Ships Pass
The Cape Ann Museum, Essex Shipbuilding Museum and Maritime Gloucester have launched the Fish and Ships Pass, a multi-venue ticket that provides admission to all three venues for one price, $18. Passes will be on sale at all three locations through Labor Day, 2013. Visit www.capeannmuseum.org, www.maritimegloucester.org or www.essexshipbuildingmuseum.org.
Help the homeless
The Action Emergency Homeless Shelter is accepting donations of deodorant, razors, feminine products, men’s sneakers and boots (larger sizes preferred), men’s jeans (larger sizes preferred), and socks.
Northeast Behavioral Health (NBH) Healthy Streets Outreach Program provides rapid HIV testing, hepatitis C information, access to drug treatment, overdose prevention and Narcan training. All services, provided by NBH Healthy Streets Program, are available at various locations on the first Wednesday of the month. Call 978-767-3913 or 781-592-0243.
The Annisquam Exchange, a nonprofit fine consignments shop is open for the season. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mondays-Saturdays. A portion of consignments is gifted back to the community to help those in need.
seARTS’s Partner With an Artist (PWA) provides grants to artists to create new work in partnership with a business in Gloucester’s Rocky Neck Cultural District. To apply, visit www.facebook.com/PartnerWithAnArtist, call 978-281-1222 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Isabel Babson Memorial Library, 69 Main St., is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Named for Gloucester’s first midwife, the library’s books feature all aspects of family life including maternity, child care and women’s health. The collection is updated monthly. All are welcome to browse. Call 978-283-5624.
Launch the Adventure
Schooner Adventure is looking for electricians, plumbers, painters and other capable volunteers to help with projects needed for USCG certification. Call 978-281-8079 or email email@example.com.
The Council on Aging art program at the Rose Baker Senior Center is led by art instructor Juni VanDyke. For information about the ongoing weekly art projects on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, at 10 a.m., call 978-281-9765.
Loss of a Child Support Group is available to parents who have lost a child at any age on the third Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m. in the Longan Room, Addison Gilbert Hospital. Use the Washington Street entrance. No fee. To pre-reregister, call Judi Dagle-Ernest at 978-879-9718.
Friends of Seacoast
The Friends of Seacoast is a volunteer organization of family members and concerned community volunteers whose goal is to provide meaningful social activities for residents. The group meets the second Tuesday of each month from 6 to 7 p.m. in the second floor community room. Anyone wishing to make a donation in honor or in memory of a loved on may send it to: Friends of Seacoast, 298 Washington St., Gloucester, MA 01930.
Reiki for seniors
Reiki masters Dianna Porper and Laura Class offer reiki sessions at the Rose Baker Senior Center at a discounted rate for seniors, on Fridays, 10 a.m. to noon. For an appointment, call 978-281-9765.
The Center for Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine at Addison Gilbert Hospital, 298 Washington St., offers a risk-reduction exercise program for seniors, ages 60 and over, with fear of falling and balance difficulty. Free 30-minute screening required; plus $3 fee per class. Meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 11 a.m. to noon, and from noon to 1 p.m. Space is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Call 978-283-4001, ext. 141.
Senior Day Care
The Council on Aging sponsors Social Day Care sessions with supervised activities and programs three days a week, for seniors who are homebound and isolated, at the Rose Baker Senior Center, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Daily lunch and snacks are included. Transportation is provided by CATA. Call 978-281-9765, ext. 20.
Yoga for seniors
The Gloucester Council on Aging provides gentle mat yoga sessions Tuesdays at 10 a.m., chair yoga on Wednesday at 12:15 p.m., and Thursday yoga at 10 a.m. each week at the Rose Baker Senior Center. Call 978-281-9765.
Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce has partnered with Wicked Local Media Solutions to hold a “brown bag” lunch series of workshops and seminars to bring local business up to the speed of the digital marketing age. The first workshop kicks-off at 1 p.m. on Tuesdays, from noon to 1 p.m., at the chamber conference room, 33 Commercial St. Pack a lunch and join us to learn what Facebook, Twitter and other social media can do for your business. Space is limited to 20 participants per session. Register early to ensure your spot. Call Gregory Walsh at 978-283-1601.
The Capt. Lester S. Wass American Legion, Post 3, holds its regular post meetings the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. Members are encouraged to attend and be part of the decision-making process. Executive Board meets the second Monday of the month at 7 p.m. Any member may attend the Executive Board meetings.
The Council on Aging knitting and crochet group meets Tuesdays, 10 a.m., at the Rose Baker Senior Center. New members are welcome. Call 978-281-9765.
A friendly group of Scrabble players meets Tuesdays, noon, at the Rose Baker Senior Center. New members are welcome. Call 978-281-9765.
A CATA bus departs the Rose Baker Senior Center each Monday morning at 10 a.m. destined for the Liberty Tree and North Shore Malls. Return pick-up time at the mall is 1:30 p.m. Five or more passengers are needed, so call CATA by the Friday afternoon before the trip. To register, call 978-283-7916 or 978-281-9765.
Blue Star Banner
Capt. Lester S. Wass Post 3, American Legion, honors military personnel by presenting the parents of anyone on active duty with a Blue Star Banner. These banners may be obtained by calling 978-283-9710. Leave your name and telephone number and a representative will return your message.
The Compass Youth Program offers GED preparation for ages 16 to 21, through Action Inc. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., throughout the summer. Call 978-281-9682.
Pathways’ Cape Ann Families, 29 Emerson Ave., 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.
SeniorCare Inc.’s “Meals on Wheels” program is in need of volunteer drivers to deliver noon-time meals to homebound seniors. Hot meals are fully prepared and packaged for delivery. Drivers may volunteer for one morning a week or more. Call Linnea or Paula at 1-866-927-1050 or 978-281-1750, Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Rose Baker Senior Center’s art programs are Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays starting at 10 a.m. Projects are on-going and on display throughout downtown Gloucester. For more information, call 978-281-9765 and ask for Juni.
Class of 1984
The Gloucester High School Class of 1984 is looking for addresses for these classmates: William G. Anderson, Philip Barnes, Christina Bates, David Beauparlant, Erik Bocelle, Denise Bruni, Lisa Byrne, Donna Cabral, Richard Brooks. Kevin Collins, Phil Curcuru, Patrick Dailing, Alexander DaSilva, Steve DeCoste, Susan DeCoste Durgin, Juliana DaHaan, Jeff Diamond, Kelly Drohan, Joseph Frontiero, Katherine Gove Carpenter, Mark Grant, Thomas Hall, Barbara Hand Goveny, Jane Haseldine, Audrey Heussi, Heidi Hinkley Scola, Jeffrey Holmberg, Paul Hubbard, Ricky Johnsen, Dawn Korthas Levie, Eddie Lannon, Sandra LaRosa, Phyllis Levie, Alison Lifson, Howard Lodge III, Greg Lord, Dan Lukegord, Kevin Mahoney, Russ Martin, Tim Moriarty, Erika Morris, LaRayne Muise Frankenberry, Adam Munroe, Dexter Murray, Joe Nadeau, Kristine Nelson, Tim Noble, Dan Noseworthy, Lisa Oakes, Susan Osier, Anthony Parisi, Fred Peeler, Victoria Perry, Edmont Pouliot, Lori Quigley, Kathy Record, David Repyak, John Ryan, Victoria Sampsel, Stephanie Saulnier, Stacey Saunders, Aldon Sawyer, Michael Silva, Paul Soper, Katherine St. Cyr, Brian Swanson, Pam Tedesco Provencher, Maria Tzioumas, James Tolman, Ron Troy, and David Webster. The 30-year reunion will take place in August of 2014. E-mail Caryn Linquata Ryder at Carynryder1984@gmail.com.
Breast Cancer Group
The Breast Cancer Support Group at Addison Gilbert Hospital, 298 Washington Street, Gloucester, meets on the third Tuesday of each month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Longan Room, located inside the Washington Street entrance of the hospital. Preregistration is not required.
Cancer Support Group
The Cape Ann Cancer Support Group meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month, 4:30 to 6 p.m., in the Longan Room, located inside the Washington Street entrance of Addison Gilbert Hospital, 298 Washington St. Preregistration is not required.
Pathways for Children, 29 Emerson Ave., is holding a series of 15 free weekly classes for families titled “The Nurturing Program.” Parents and children will enjoy free dinner and learn how to handle feelings, recognize and communicate needs, take charge of behavior; handle stress and anger; replace hitting and yelling with positive techniques; recognize the need for nurturing touch; establish nurturing routines like mealtimes, bedtimes, getting out of the house, chores, etc. Kids from birth to age 12, will be divided into four age groups. Transportation reimbursement is available for Cape Ann families. Classes meet Tuesdays, 5:15 to 7:45 p.m., beginning Oct. 15. Families of school-aged children should contact Hailey Granger at 978-281-2400, ext. 110, or email email@example.com.
Music & Meditation
Dr. Michael Bresnan returns for the fifth of the Gloucester UU’s “Meeting House Music & Meditation” series Sunday, Oct. 20. A psychologist, Dr. Bresnan leads the Lanesville Mindfulness Center, in Buddhist Mindfulness meditative practices, Local acoustic trio Deb Hardy, Alyce Underhill and Kerry Mullen will provide music. The UU is located at 10 Church St. Visit firstname.lastname@example.org.
City Hall Halloween party
Kids Unlimited and the Adventures of Scuba Jack presents Gloucester’s Halloween party, sponsored by the Gloucester City Council, on Thursday, Oct. 31, 6 to 8 p.m., at Gloucester’s City Hall. The Kyrouz Auditorium will be decked out with friendly ghosts and goblins, and will feature a dance contest, best costume, costume characters, games, prizes, free photos, popcorn, refreshments, goodie bags and more. Children of all ages are encouraged to wear a costume.
The Women of the Moose will hold a holiday bazaar Saturday, Nov. 9, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Cape Ann Moose Lodge, 265 Main St. Features handcrafted items, a white elephant table and a bake sale. To rent a table, call Linda at 978-360-3719.
Legion Thanksgiving meals
The American Legion Post 3 will deliver Thanksgiving turkey dinners to the elderly, shut-ins and needy in the Cape Ann area on Thanksgiving Day. To order a dinner, call 978-283-9710 after 3 p.m., or 978-283-7117, and give your name, address, telephone number and number of meals. The cut-off date is Wednesday, Nov. 27, at 6 p.m. The Post will also serve free turkey dinners at the Legion on Thanksgiving Day as long as they last starting at 11 a.m. Volunteers and drivers are needed. Financial aid, produce and especially pies are needed. Monetary donations may be mailed to: American Legion, P.O. Box 122, Gloucester, MA 01931-0122.
Open enrollment aid
SHINE Manager Susan Cripps is offering an open enrollment updated insurance option information presentation Tuesday, Oct. 29, 10 a.m., at the Rose Baker Senior Center. From Oct. 15-Dec. 7, seniors may change insurance plan options for 2014. The session offers information on new and available options. For an appointment with a SHINE counselor, call 978-281-9765.
The Rose Baker Senior Center’s annual Halloween costume party will take place Wednesday, Oct. 30, from 4 to 7 p.m. Food provided by the Causeway restaurant. Menu includes choice of beef stew or baked haddock, and rice pilaf, salad, rolls and beverages. Music provided by Jim Moses. Tickets are $7; available at the reception desk.
The Ole Salty Jazz Band welcomes seniors to the Rose Baker Senior Center on Monday, Oct. 21, 1 to 3 p.m., for live music and dancing. Call 978-281-9765.
Call the Council on Aging at 978-281-9765 to register for upcoming eight-week computer classes in January. Classes are open to all ages: Beginners/Level I, Level II, Microsoft Word, E-mail and Internet, Digital Photo, Facebook, Kindle, iPad.
Tom Dexter offers private consultations for free financial information or assistance, for seniors at the Rose Baker Senior Center on Thursday, Oct. 24, at 9 a.m. Call 978-281-9765 for an appointment.
After the Move
The Gloucester Housing Authority, 259 Washington St., will hold a two-night HUD and MHP certified workshop for North Shore new homeowners on Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 29 and 30, from 6 to 9 p.m. Local professionals discuss maintenance, contractors, equity loans, refinancing, tax issues, preventing foreclosure, safety, and landlord/tenant issues. Cost is $30 per household. Prepaid registration required. Registration forms are available online at www.ghama.com, or stop by. Call Kathy Erkkila at 978-281-4770, ext. 110.