Listings may be sent to: Goings On, Gloucester Daily Times, 36 Whittemore St., Gloucester, MA 01930; emailed to Joann Mackenzie at or Christina Parisi at; or faxed to 978-282-4397, at least two weeks prior to the event.

Fire Department history

Russell Anderson of the Sandy Bay Historical Society will present a free program titled “History of the Rockport Fire Department” on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m., at the Rockport Public Library. All are welcome. Refreshments will be served.

Open meeting

The Rockport Economic Development Committee will host an open meeting Thursday, Nov. 13, 6 to 9 p.m., with Professor Barry Bluestone of Northeastern’s Dukakis Center to discuss the results of an extensive self-analysis survey he has developed, which was recently conducted by the town of Rockport. This data-driven snapshot of the town is designed to help identify priorities and help town officials and volunteers to better target available community resources. Email Lana Razdan at

Karaoke fundraiser

New Year’s Rockport Eve will hold a fundraiser karaoke event Saturday, Nov. 29, 8 to 11 p.m., at Spiran Hall, corner of Broadway and School Street. Songs from 1940 to today with host Jon Cavanaugh. Snacks, soft drinks and coffee will be available. BYOB. For advance tickets, contact Claire at or 978-559-1263.

Benefit breakfast

The Rockport Ambulance Association will hold its annual benefit breakfast Sunday, Nov. 23, 8 to 10 a.m., at Ellen’s Harborside restaurant, T-Wharf. Menu includes baked stuffed French toast, ham, fruit and coffee/tea. Cost is $8. Tickets are available from Rockport EMTs or at the door.

Senior day trips

The Rockport Senior Center will offer these day trips:

Tuesday, Dec. 2 — Merrimack Premium Outlets shopping trip. Lunch is on your own. Depart from Rockport Depot at 9 a.m. and leave outlets at 3 p.m. $10.

Sunday, Dec. 7 — “Christmas Time” show by Reagle Players in Waltham. Lunch is included after show. Depart from Rockport at 10:15 a.m. and return home at approximately 5 p.m. $89.

Payment due at registration: Tuesdays, 1:30 to 3 p.m.; and Thursdays, 9:30 to 11 a.m. 978-546-2573.

‘Shakespeare and His Women’

Cape Ann Shakespeare Troupe will kick off its seventh season with “Shakespeare and His Women,” featuring some of Shakespeare’s most compelling female roles. Production runs Nov. 13-15 and Nov. 20-22, at 8 p.m.; and Nov. 16, at 3 p.m., at Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main St., Gloucester. Tickets are $15, $10 for students, $5 for those 18 and under. Thursday performances are pay what you will. To reserve tickets, email

New Year’s fundraiser

New Year’s Rockport will hold a fundraiser Paint Night on Wednesday, Nov. 12, 6:30 p.m., at Pigeon Cove Circle. Preregistration required; visit Email Claire at

Senior programs

The Rockport Senior Center, 58 Broadway, is currently offering these programs:

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

Yoga — Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 to 10 a.m. $4 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.

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.

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

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 or call 978-546-6121.

Youth fellowship

First Baptist Church, 4 High Street, offers junior and high school youth fellowship meetings every Wednesday at 7 p.m. Call 978-546-6121 or visit

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.

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.

Chelsea Berry at Old Sloop

Singer/songwriter Chelsea Berry will perform at the Old Sloop Coffeehouse with Charlee Bianchini on Saturday, Nov. 1, 7:30 p.m., at Rockport Congregational Church, 12 School St. Call 978-309-9667.

Senior Center reservations

The Rockport Senior Center, 58 Broadway, will take reservations for day trips and activities Tuesdays, from 1:30 to 3 p.m.; and Thursdays, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Payment is required when registering.

Crafters wanted

The annual Rockport PTO Holiday Fair will take place Saturday, Nov. 15. Space is limited and fills up quickly, so reserve your table now. For more information, contact Amy Kamm at 978-546-5138 or