Gloucester Daily Times
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Going to bat for bats!
At 6:30 on Tuesday, Oct. 29, the Gloucester Garden Club Speaker Series goes to bat for bats in a special, free, Halloween talk about our helpful little friends. Tom French, of Massachusetts Fisheries and Wildlife, tells us how bats vastly improve the quality of our lives by eating half their weight in insects nightly! We may be dangerously in the dark, so come to the Sawyer Free Library and get enlightened about things like white nose syndrome, a fungal infection that’s killing millions of these underappreciated critters across New England. Visit: www.nwhc.usgs.gov/disease_information/white-nose_syndrome/
Margaret Fuller forum
On Wednesday, Oct. 23, Gloucester UU minister Rev. Jenny Rankin kicks-off a three part series of learning ‘salons’ focusing on the brief but trailblazing life of Margaret Fuller. A 19th century woman with a 21st century mind, Fuller was America’s first female foreign correspondent. A literary critic, writer, champion of women’s education and frontline feminist, she was a transcendentalist and confidant of Emerson, serving as editor on his influential publication, “The Dial.” The series is free, and continues Wednesdays, Oct. 30, and Nov. 6, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at the UU Church, Middle Street. To register, contact Karen Rembert at 978-283-3410 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Trustees of Reservations in Cape Ann is hosting a “Tolkien Literary Walk in the Woods” at Ravenswood Park, on Saturday, Oct. 26, 1 to 3 p.m. Step away from the computer and into magical Ravenswood Park. Explore its magical sights, sounds, and smells with a guide reading aloud from Tolkien’s trilogy using the roads and unique landscapes in Ravenswood Park. Admission is free for members, $5 for nonmembers. Preregistration required; 978-281-8400 or email@example.com.
The Gloucester Writers Center, 126 East Main St., will present poets Ken Chen and Janaka Stucky reading from their works Friday, Oct. 25, at 7:30 p.m. Visit www.gloucesterwriters.org.
Veterans writing workshop
The Gloucester Office of Veterans Services and the Gloucester Writers Center will hold a six-week writing workshop for veterans Nov. 1-Dec. 6. The two-hour workshop meets Fridays, 10 a.m. to noon, at 12 Emerson Ave. Memoir, essays, journal writing, poetry and stories will be explored, with Dorothy Shubow Nelson, formerly senior lecturer in English at UMass Boston, facilitating. Space is limited to 10. To register, call Lucia Amero at 978-281-9740. For more information, email Dorothy.firstname.lastname@example.org with “Writing Workshop” in the subject.
Clerk’s Office news
The 2013 Street List books are available for purchase in the City Clerk’s Office, 9 Dale Ave. Cost is $25. Gloucester’s Municipal Election is Tuesday, Nov. 5. The deadline to register to vote or to make changes to your current registration is Wednesday, Oct. 16. The clerk’s office will remain open until 8 p.m. that evening for voter registration only.
Girls travel basketball
The CAYB Girls Basketball Travel League will hold try-outs for the 2013-14 season Saturday, Oct. 26, at the O’Maley School gym. Registration for grades 4-6 at 9 a.m., followed by try-outs, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Registration for grades 7-8 at 10:45 a.m., followed by try-outs, 11:15 to 12:30 p.m. Nonrefundable fee is $5 per player. Dress appropriately. League runs Nov. 12 through mid-March, with practice time every week, plus 16 games. Cost is $275 per player, with a discount given for the second child. Uniforms are an additional cost of about $42 per player. For more information, contact Eric Lamoureux at email@example.com or 978-479-3261.
The Clothes Closet, in the basement of St. Ann School, corner of Prospect and Pleasant streets, is open Wednesdays, 6 to 8 p.m., and Saturdays, 10 a.m.. to 1 p.m. This 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.
Wellspring House Education Center, 302 Essex Ave., offers a free, drop-in GED skills session every Saturday, 9 to 11 a.m. Learn and practice GED skills in math, reading and writing; take practice tests; get tips on taking the test that will help you pass; and learn how to deal with stress and anxiety. Call 978-281-3558, ext. 302.
Cape Ann Fresh Catch, the Community Supported Fishery, which is a project by the Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Association, has a new website at www.capeannfreshcatch.org. Learn more about the nonprofit program which makes the support of Gloucester fishermen its mission.
Medical insurance help
For seniors and low-income residents needing help with health insurance forms or information, SHINE counselor Sefatia Romeo is at the Rose Baker Senior Center on Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Call the Council on Aging at 978-281-9765 to schedule an appointment.
Free blood pressure screenings
Free blood pressure screenings are offered each week:
Mondays — 1 to 3 p.m., Women’s Health Center, Addison Gilbert Hospital. Appointments not necessary. Not held on Monday holidays.
Wednesdays — 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Rose Baker Senior Center.
Knitting, crocheting group
Every Tuesday, a group meets to knit and crochet items for veterans and other worthy causes, 10 a.m. to noon, at Rose Baker Senior Center. Donations of yarn are always accepted. New members are welcome to join. Stop in or call the Council on Aging at 978-281-9765.
Annisquam Kindergarten and Nursery School, 1123 Washington St., begins its 48th year serving families and children. Open enrollment is ongoing. Call 978-283-2814 for more information or to visit the school. Children between the ages of 2.9 and 6 are welcome. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for the preschool program, with early drop off beginning at 7:30 a.m., and extended hours until 5 p.m. The school offers a creative program based on Massachusetts preschool standards and includes an art program, computer, Spanish, drama, music and individualized learning goals.
Cap & Ball Drive
AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary 32 is currently holding a Cap & Ball Drive. Caps and balls will be delivered to the Pease Greeters at Pease Airport in New Hampshire. Pease Greeters are a group of individuals who greet and distribute items to servicemen and women upon deployment or upon their return home. All contributions should be delivered to AMVETS, 14 Prospect St., Gloucester. Patterns for the caps can be found on Facebook or via email.
Bay View Brotherhood
Bay View Brotherhood meets the second Tuesday of every month, 7 p.m., Brotherhood Club Hall, 889 Washington St.
Speech, language screenings
Addison Gilbert and Beverly hospitals offer free screenings to children of all ages through the Speech-Language Department at Beverly Hospital, 85 Herrick St., Beverly, and Addison Gilbert Hospital, 298 Washington St., Gloucester. To schedule a free screening, call 978-816-2690.
‘Learn to Cope’
The Gloucester Cape Ann Chapter of “Learn to Cope” has moved its day and location. Now meeting on Wednesdays, 7 to 9 p.m., at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 48 Middle St. “Learn to Cope” is a peer led support group for anyone struggling with a loved one’s addiction. Call 508-801-3247 or visit www.learn2cope.org.
The Rotary Club meets every Tuesday at noon at Cruiseport Gloucester.
Stop by Cape Ann Animal Aid at 4 Paws Lane. Located off Route 133, near the junction with Route 128, the shelter holds an Overlooked Pets Adoption Day on the third Thursday of every month. Adoption fees are reduced and are completed on a first-come, first-served basis, and all regular adoption requirements apply. Photos and fees will be posted on the shelter’s website, www.CapeAnnAnimalAid.com, monthly. Call 978-283-6055.
Military Family Support
The Cape Ann Military Family Support Group meets at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at the Major Fred W. Ritvo Veterans Center, 12 Emerson Ave., Gloucester. Those with family and friends serving in the military are welcome to attend. Those wishing to attend to support our military by working on special projects are also invited. All are welcome. Refreshments served.
Gloucester military family members may call the Gloucester Office of Veterans’ Services at 978-281-9740 to register their active-duty family members. Military members’ names will be announced during upcoming city ceremonies.
The Lighthouse chapter of BNI meets Fridays, 7 to 8:30 a.m., at Bass Rocks Golf Club in Gloucester. Visitors are welcome. For reservations, call Annalei Babson at 978-309-8450.
Friday night bingo
Bingo is held in the St. Ann Church hall, 74 Pleasant St., Friday nights at 6:30. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Anyone 18 and older is invited. Proceeds support school and parish programs. Call 978-281-4820.
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 and call 978-282-7779 to make an appointment.
Peer support training
The Northeast Recovery Learning Community (NERLC) provides peer-run support and services to people with psychiatric disabilities throughout the North Shore and Merrimack Valley, and are training facilitators for peer-run self-help meetings on Cape Ann. For those who are interested, there will be a training session, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 48 Middle St. (Parking available at 47 Washington St.) The NERLC offers recovery-oriented, trauma informed care and culturally sensitive peer support, both in group settings and on an individual basis. Call Vida Whitcomb or Pablo Leon at 978-687-4288, or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Seniors who love to sing will love this: A. Jorgelina Zeoli (Jayzee) is offering music classes at the Rose Baker Senior Center on Tuesday afternoons. Four weekly hour and a half sessions learning simple breathing and vocal exercises, to help expand vocal abilities, variety of styles, from standards to sacred. Call the COA at 978-281-9765.
Legion Post open
The Capt. Lester S. Wass American Legion Post 3 opens its smoke-free lounge for members and guests, Monday through Friday, at 3 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, at noon; and is open during many holidays. The upstairs hall may be rented for special events. Call 978-283-9710 after 3 p.m. for information.
Seniors learn Facebook
The Council on Aging Computer Program volunteers are offering seminars for seniors interested in learning social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and MySpace, etc. To sign up, stop by the reception desk at the Rose Baker Senior Center or call 978-281-9765.
Open Door meals
On Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, the Open Door Food Pantry, 28R Emerson Ave., serves a family-style meal from 5 to 6 p.m., and Sundays, 4 to 5 p.m. Call 978-283-6776 ext. 204, for a free van ride. Visit www.foodpantry.org.
Weight loss clinic
Cape Ann Weight Loss Clinic provides a program based on individual goals, determined through health assessment. Fitness director Nicole Bembridge helps implement your five-week program, with nutritional guidance and motivation. Classes are one hour and 15 minutes and includes unlimited email and phone contact. Contact Nicole Bembridge at 978-283-0470 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
North Shore Friends
Every Sunday, the North Shore Friends (Quakers) meet at 10 a.m. 978-283-4585.
Northern Essex WIC
Northern Essex WIC (Women, Infants and Children) is a program providing nutrition and health education, healthy food and other services free to Massachusetts families who qualify at the Gloucester Family Health Center, 302 Washington St.
Cell phones for soldiers
Gloucester High School collects old cell phones for overseas troops. No cords, batteries or any other accessories are needed. Phones may be dropped off at the GHS ROTC office. Call Rick at 978-281-9870, ext. 1212.
AWANA Kids Club
AWANA is a Christian kids club mixing fun games and activities with thoughtful devotions and Bible memorization. Open to preschool children through grade six, meeting Wednesdays, 6:30 to 8 p.m., at Cape Ann Bible Church, 8 Thompson St. Call 978-281-3941.
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.
Tai Chi sessions
The Council on Aging offers Tai Chi sessions Fridays, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., at the Rose Baker Senior Center. Tai Chi is a gentle way to fight stress and reduce anxiety, while increasing flexibility and balance. To register, call 978-281-9765.
ESOL at the library
Wellspring Adult Learning Center provides ESOL courses at Sawyer Free Library, with free tutoring and small group classes in English for non-native speakers. The center is open Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Thursday nights, 5:30 to 8. Walk-ins welcome. Call 978-281-9763, ext. 23.
The Rose Baker Senior Center assists senior citizens in need of transportation to medical appointments. Drivers are needed for local rides to Addison Gilbert Hospital, the Cape Ann Medical Center, other local medical offices, as well as Beverly Hospital, Lahey Clinic and hospitals in Boston. A mileage stipend is provided. Call Bruce at 978-281-9765.