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Book donations sought
The Rockport Friends of the Library seek donations of gently used books for the book sale, July 10 to 12. Hardcover and paperbook books for adults and children, as well as DVDs and CDs, may be dropped off at the Rockport Public Library circulation desk during regular business hours: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 1 to 8 p.m.; Tuesday and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.; and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All proceeds from the sale support library programs and materials.
A Course in Miracles
A Course in Miracles is offered Sundays from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Dark Star Philosophia, 14A Old Harbor Square, Bearskin Neck, Rockport. Admission is free. All are welcome any time; previous attendance is not necessary. For information, call 978-56-3976.
These events will raise funds for multiple sclerosis research:
The cycling Team Fishermen at the Wheel will ride in the Cape Cod Getaway on June 27 and 28. Funds raised will benefit the New England Chapter of the National M.S. Society.
On June 15, a fundraiser dinner will held at Jalapeno's restaurant, Main Street, Gloucester. Ten percent of the night's proceeds will be donated to the cause.
Raffle tickets are being sold for two Red Sox tickets for the July 7 game against the Oakland A's. Raffle tickets are $1 each, or six for $5.
Donations can be mailed to: 7 Highview Road, Rockport, MA 01966.
The Old Firehouse Trust crafts fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 3 Dock Square on June 27, July 25, Aug. 15, Sept. 5 and Oct. 10. Call 978-546-7949.
Rental, mortgage aid
Action Inc. has rental and mortgage assistance (TBRA) money available from Rockport's Community Preservation Act to help families and individuals who are facing financial hardships in keeping their housing. Call Stella at 978-283-7874, ext. 115, to check eligibility status.
Tuscany, Florence tour
Cape Ann Travelers will travel to Tuscany and Florence in Italy from Oct. 14 to 23. The trip will include a six-night stay in the Tuscan countryside and a two-night stay in Florence. Travelers will visit ancient and historic towns, famous vineyards for wine tastings and artisan studios, and tour the art and culture of the area. Cost of the trip includes hotels, meals and escorted roundtrip air from Boston. Space is limited. For a complete itinerary and more information, call Marcia Hahn at 978-546-9350.
Trip to Foxwoods
The Rockport Council on Aging will travel to Foxwoods Casino on Friday, June 5. The motorcoach will leave Rockport depot at 8 a.m., and leave Foxwoods at 5 p.m. Cost is $30. To register, call Diane at 978-546-2573.
A dance party to celebrate gay pride and to support the Unitarian Universalist Association's Freedom to Marry Fund will take place Saturday, June 13, 7 to 11 p.m., at the Rockport Community House, 58 Broadway. Admission is $5 per person, free for children 15 and under. Call Heidi Wakeman at 978-282-6509.
Sandy Bay Stables, 29 Jerden's Lane, will host a Father's Day horse show Sunday, June 21. Neighboring community horse farms are invited to participate. The prize list includes Dressage, Hunters, English and Western Pleasure, Equitation, Trail Course, Gymkhana and a Father's Relay Race. Visit www.sandybaystables.com for a prize list and registration forma. Spectator admission is free.
Orchestra holding auditions
The Northshore Youth Symphony Orchestra (NYSO) is scheduling auditions for young musicians, ages 6 to 18, who play orchestral instruments and for vocalists in grades eight to 12. NYSO serves more than 275 students from 40 towns north of Boston providing Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Intermezzo Orchestra, Overture and Prelude String Ensembles, Clarinet Choir, two flute choirs and the NYSO Chorale. NYSO will hold auditions June 8 to 13. Auditions may be scheduled by e-mailing our office manager at email@example.com or calling 978-578-6353. NYSO presents four concerts each year and performs many outreach concerts. Auditions will take place at Trinity Episcopal Church in Topsfield, 124 River Road. Visit www.nysorchestra.org.
Adventures with Amy will offer social skills training classes, for children ages 2 1/2 to 5. Children participate once or twice per week, Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., June 15 to Aug. 22. For more information, contact Amy Seabrook at 978-546-5267 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.adventureswithamy.net.
The Transfer Station is now open Wednesdays from 7 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. The remainder of the schedule remains the same. Current Transfer Station stickers have expired. Residents are encouraged to obtain new stickers no later than June 16. In-person sales hours are Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. to noon. Mail-in order forms are available at the Department of Public Works office and the Transfer Station. Resident sticker holders are welcome to take home-screened composted soil from the station. Call 978-546-3525.
St. Mary's Episcopal Church on Broadway will hold a rummage sale Friday, June 5, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Saturday, June 6, 9 a.m. to noon.¬ The sale will feature presorted, good quality clothing, white elephant items, linens, books, CDs, DVDs and toys.¬ Coffee and nisu bread will be served.¬ All proceeds benefit the church's outreach program, supporting individuals and agencies on Cape Ann, in the nation and the world.
Small Business Week
The Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce has announced the names of the local businesspeople who will be saluted during the Small Business Week luncheon Friday, June 5, noon, at The Manor Inn in Gloucester. The week-long celebration, June 1-5, is designed to recognize the contributions of Cape Ann's small-business community in terms of support for and involvement in civic activities. This year's recipients are: Gloucester — Jon and Carol Morse of Jon R. Morse, CPA, PC; Rockport — Sharon McDonald and Mark Silva of Helmut's Strudel Shop and Willoughby's Fashions; Manchester — Bob Ryan of Ryan & Wood Inc., Distilleries; and Essex — Pat and Jack Chisholm of Chebacco Market. These individuals will also be honored at receptions in their own communities. Friends and colleagues of the recipients are welcome. For details, call 978-283-1601 or visit www.capeannchamber.com/smallbusinessweek.pdf.
The Rockport Room at Rockport Public Library is open Mondays from 1 to 8 p.m. Volunteers assist patrons who are searching for information about local history and genealogy.
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 at Rockport Baptist Church, noon to 1 p.m., speaker followed by discussion. Alcoholics Anonymous open meeting, 7:30 to 9 p.m. St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 24 Broadway.
Tuesday — Alcoholics Anonymous, 7:30 p.m., First Congregational Church, School Street.
Wednesday — Al-Anon group, 7:30 p.m., First Baptist Church of Rockport, 2 High St., for friends and relatives of people with alcoholism.
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., Rockport Baptist Church, 2 High St., speaker followed by discussion.
Saturday — Alcoholics Anonymous, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., First Congregational Church.
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.
Library home delivery
Rockport Public Library offers outreach services for local residents who are homebound. The outreach librarian delivers regular, large-print and audio books as well as periodicals and videos. To arrange for outreach service, call 978-546-6934.
Rockport Rotary Club meets Thursdays at noon at the Emerson Inn by the Sea.
Gardeners are asked to plant an extra row in their garden this year for The Open Door food pantry. Extra vegetables, herbs and even flowers can make a difference for neighbors in need. For details, call 978-283-6776 or visit www.foodpantry.org.
YMCA youth center
The YMCA Ben Beyea Youth Center is now open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for its free Kids Fun Zone. Children in sixth-grade and younger are welcome, and children in third-grade and younger must be accompanied by an adult.
Garden Club scholarship
A $1,000 scholarship is offered by the Rockport Garden Club in memory of Rena Kurth. The scholarship is offered to a graduate of Rockport High School who has successfully completed one year at an accredited institution pursuing studies in horticulture, ecology, environmental science or conservation. A letter of interest should address plans for a career, summary of school and/or community activities during the previous year and a summary of employment and/or volunteer work since leaving high school. A copy of final grades for the first year should be included with the letter. Applications should be sent by June 23 to Phyllis Krenn, 5 High St., Rockport, MA 01966.
Car wash fundraiser
The Rockport High School Class of 2012 will hold a fundraiser car wash Saturday, June 6, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Department of Public Works barn.
Summer Fun program
The Rockport Recreation Department will offer a Summer Fun program July 7-Aug. 13. The program, open to Rockport children that have completed kindergarten through grade five, will be held Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to noon, at the Rockport Elementary School. Cost is $90. Registration is required by June 12. For forms, visit www.town.rockport.ma.us. Mail completed forms and fees to: Town of Rockport, 336 Granite St., Rockport, MA 01966. For more information, e-mail email@example.com.
Pigeon Cove Circle
Pigeon Cove Circle will hold a picnic for members and guests Tuesday, June 9, noon, at the Legion grounds on Beach Street. Bring your own lunch, a lawn chair and a small item for the auction. Coffee will be provided. In case of rain, the picnic will be held at the Circle Center on Breakwater Avenue.
Meet the authors
Members of the Salem Mystery Writers Group will discuss the art of writing good beginnings on Wednesday, June 10, 7 p.m., at the Rockport Public Library. Anyone who has struggled to write an opening sentence or who enjoys a good literary discussion is welcome. Members of writers group include Margaret Press, Susan Oleksiw, Joy Seymour, John Urban, William Joyner, Larry Griffin and Rae Francoeur. The event is sponsored by the library, the Friends of the Library and Toad Hall Bookstore. Visit ww.rockportlibrary.org.
The Sandy Bay Historical Society will present a free program titled "The Underwater World of Sandy Bay" with Capt. Bill Lee on Thursday, June 11, 7:30 p.m., at the Rockport Community Center. Capt. Lee, a licensed fisherman who has been involved in fisheries research and underwater photography for more than 20 years, will present videos of underwater scenes around the harbor, the Breakwater, Pigeon Cove and more. Call 978-546-9533 or visit www.sandybayhistorical.org.
Rockport Community Schools will offer a guitar workshop for beginners with teacher and performer Robert Butler. Learn techniques of rhythm accompaniment-chords, finger picking/flat picking, and lead guitar improvisation heard in popular music recordings. Each 10-week session will include individual instruction. Students are encouraged to bring recordings of their favorite songs to class. Each student should have an electric or acoustic guitar and a notebook. Each 90-minute class will meet in the Rockport High School music room Thursdays, beginning June 25. Session I, for students ages 12 to 17, meets from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and Session II, for students ages 18 and up, meets from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Cost is $150. Preregistration and prepayment are required. Registration forms are available in Rockport Public Library and all school offices. Call Gini Nangle at 978-546-1204.
The Unitarian Universalist Society of Rockport will open its first ongoing art exhibit Friday, June 5, with the works of artist Charles Francis. Francis, an associate member of the North Shore Arts and Rockport Art associations, works in oil, and paints plein air landscapes, flowers and still-lifes. He is also an artist member of the Newburyport Art Association. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Library book groups
These groups meet at Rockport Public Library:
Sunday Book Chat meets Sunday, June 14, 2 p.m., to discuss "Olive Kitteridge" by Elizabeth Strout. An informal discussion of titles of interest to a general audience. New members welcome.
History Book Club meets Wednesday, June 24, 7:30 p.m., to discuss "The Impact of Women in U.S. History." Read any nonfiction book on the subject. Possible topics include the right to vote, the labor movement, war efforts 1776-2009, Title IX, abolition, civil rights, sports, politics, literature and the arts. New members and nonreaders welcome. Led by William Tobin.
Current Issues Book Group meets Wednesday, June 24, 3 p.m., to discuss "The Age of the Unthinkable: Why the New Global Order Constantly Surprises Us and What to Do About It" by Joshua Cooper Ramo. All welcome.
Books available at the library and Toad Hall Bookstore. Call 978-546-3754.
Spiran Lodge 98 will meet Friday June 5, at 7:30 p.m. All members are welcome.
The Rockport Chamber Music Festival will present a performance by Canadian pianist Marc-andrÃ© Hamelin on Saturday, June 13, 8 p.m., in the Hibbard Gallery, 12 Main St. Hamelin will perform works by Haydn, Mozart, Liszt, FaurÃ© and Alkan. Tickets are $22-$40 and are available by calling 978-546-7391 or online at www.rcmf.org.
Fourth of July parade
The Rockport Firemen's Association's Fourth of July parade will start Saturday, July 4, at 6 p.m., featuring eight bands and many floats. The route will follow that of last year's parade. Registration is not necessary. Participants should approach the school complex via Summer Street. Prizes will be awarded. Refreshments will be sold at Legion Hall on Back Beach. The traditional bonfire will be lit at dusk. The parade's rain date is Sunday, July 5. A bake sale will be held Saturday, June 27, 9 a.m. to noon, a the Whistlestop Mall and Ace Hardware at Station Place.
The Sea Breeze Craft Fair will be held Saturday, July 18, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Rockport United Methodist Church. Local crafters and artisans interested in renting a space are welcome. Rental fee is $45. The building will be open for setup Thursday and Friday, July 16 and 17, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. To reserve a space, contact Linda Burkell at 978-546-9506 or Burkellla@aol.com, or visit www.gbgm-umc.org/rockportumc.
Old Garden Beach clean-up day
The Old Garden Beach Association will hold its annual beach and park clean-up day Saturday, June 6, 9 a.m., at Old Garden Beach. Bring rakes, clippers, power tools, etc. Cool drinks will be provided. A rain date is set for Sunday, June 7. All are welcome.
'Seaside Gardens' tour
Tour some of Rockport's diverse private seaside gardens, many open to the public for the first time, July 10 and 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. The tour consists of 10 stops and features 15 gardens, each offering unique plantings and gardening styles. Perennials, refreshments and original art will be for sale at designated tour sites. Tickets are $25. For advance tickets, call 978-546-2250 or 978-546-7871. Tickets will be sold at Toad Hall Bookstore, 51 Main St., Rockport. Visit www.rockportgardenclub.org.
Summer reading for grown-ups
The Rockport Public Library will launch an adult summer reading program Wednesday, June 17, at 7 p.m. Eleanor Hoy and Rae Francoeur of the Friends of the Library, Library Director Hope Coffman and Toad Hall Bookstore Manager Amy Pierson will offer their suggestions for good leisure reading. A list made up of fiction and non-fiction titles will be distributed and audience members will receive a summer reading log on which to record what they have read. Forms that are turned in by Aug. 20 will be compiled and results will be shared at an Aug. 28 program. Gift certificates will be given to the two people who have read the most books. For a copy of the reading list, visit www.rockportlibrary.org or www.toadhallbooks.org. The program will conclude with a summer reading celebration on Friday, Aug. 28, 7 p.m., when William D. Cohan, author of "House of Cards" and "The Last Tycoons," will be the featured speaker.
Thacher Island Association meeting
The Thacher Island Association will hold its annual meeting Monday, June 22, 7:30 p.m., at the Rockport Community House, 35 Broadway. All are invited. The association will recap the past year's accomplishments along with future plans in an entertaining slide show presentation. Refreshments will be served.
Father's Day Road Race
The YMCA Ben Beyea Youth & Teen Center will host the eighth annual Rockport Father's Day Road Race on Sunday, June 21. The YMCA is looking for a committed group of volunteers to be on a standing committee that will help plan and coordinate the race. For more information, contact Nikki Klink at 978-283-0470, ext. 103 or firstname.lastname@example.org.