Listings may be sent to: Goings On, Gloucester Daily Times, 36 Whittemore St., Gloucester, MA 01930; or emailed to Joann Mackenzie at, at least two weeks prior to events.

The League of Women Voters

The League of Women Voters of Cape Ann will meet on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 10 a.m. at St. John’s Church, Middle Street. All are welcome. The league is a nonpartisan political organization of women and men that encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, especially at the grassroots level. Visit: www.lwvcapeann.orf. Or call Judith Bly at 978-865-3869

Special Education Fair Nov. 20

On Wednesday Nov. 20, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., the Gloucester High School Special Education Department in partnership with the Gloucester Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) and the Northeast ARC will host ‘Transitioning to Adulthood,’ a fair for parents, guardians, students, post-high school young adults, and educators. Providers of services such as post-secondary education and training, employment, transportation, housing, social/recreational, family support/advocacy services will explain what they offer and answer questions. Workshops will also be offered: Special Needs Planning, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.; Eligibility for Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC) and Department of

Developmental Services (DDS), 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.; Earning Money While Collecting SSI and Other Benefits, 6:30 to 7 p.m. Baked goods by the Life Skills class will be on sale. For more information, contact Nancy Goodman at: or 978 491-6648.

A Climate Cabaret

The North Shore node of 350MASS, a grassroots organization committed to a just transition to renewable energy, presents “Here Comes the Sun: A Climate Cabaret” on Friday, Nov. 15, at 7:30 p.m. at the Gloucester Stage Company, 267 E. Main St. Here’s the lineup: Brian King, whose music speaks to the head and heart; Ute Gfrerer, a classically trained Austrian native whose voice has soared on three continents; Jackson Gillman, who’ll send up old tunes with new visions; Walnut Da Lyrical Geni with an original hip-hop piece; Rhiannon Hurst, a Rockport High School student who’ll rock the audience with her bluesy interpretations; Gloucester author JoeAnn Hart, reading from her environmental dark comedy “FLOAT”; two 10-minute plays that explore the climate crisis from a comedic base; plus Cyndi Geller, Meghan Holtz, Les Tarmy, and Rebecca Green. Renowned storyteller Judith Black will emcee. Tickets are $35, available at

Cape Ann Skeptics

On Tuesday, Nov. 19, Cape Ann Skeptics continues its discussion of pseudoscientific medicine practices with “Naturopathic Medicine,” including such practices as“natural”, “non-invasive”, or “self-healing.”The ideology and methods of naturopathy are based on vitalism and folk medicine, and often the use of other alternative practices such as homeopathy rather than evidence-based medicine. Rich Sagall, an MD, will explore the roots of this practice and its exploitation of the word “natural,”and “SkepDoc” Harriet Hall, MD, will make a video presentation. The training for Naturopathic Medicine , which is either a four-year or seven-year program or on-line, will be explained and whether an ND (Naturopathic Doctor) degree is comparable to an MD degree. Bring a friend and join the discussion in the function room of Pilot House Restaurant and Bar, 3 Porter St. Mix, mingle and menu orders at 6 p.m., program, 6:45 p.m.

Gloucester Democratic City Committee

The Democratic City Committee’s public access television program, “Democratic Dialogue,” will air its November episode on 1623 Studios Channel 12 throughout the month. Episodes air on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 3 a.m. and 7 p.m., on Thursdays and Saturdays at 6 a.m. and 4 p.m.; and on Tuesdays at 6 a.m. Host Matthew Murray, along with guests Arthur Powell, a Democratic State Committee member, and Karen Bell, GDCC chairman, discuss the outcomes of the 2019 MassDems Convention. Past episodes of “Democratic Dialogue” can be viewed at

Social Justice in Gloucester

Backyard Growers will hold panel discussion on “Social Justice in Gloucester: Resources, Equity and Agency” at its new headquarters, 3 Duncan St., Gloucester, on Friday, Nov. 8, from 10 to 11:45 a.m. Local leaders of nonprofit organizations in Gloucester will discuss their work in the community, their goals, achievements and challenges. Panel moderated by Suffolk University Professor Shoshana Madmoni-Gerber and students from the Suffolk Global and Cultural Communication program will be in attendance. Space is limited, so reservations are required. Email to attend.

Ready for 2020 Medicare Choices?

Medicare annual open enrollment ends Saturday, Dec. 7. SeniorCare and the Massachusetts SHINE program will co-host a Medicare Plan Review Day on Friday, Nov. 8, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at SeniorCare’s offices, 49 Blackburn Center in Gloucester. SHINE counselors will be on-hand for half-hour individual appointments to review Medicare options with beneficiaries. Because plans change yearly, it is critical to review each Medicare plan to ensure it will be the most cost-effective plan in 2020. Advance registration is required, call 978-281-1750. An additional SHINE enrollment date is set for Wednesday, Nov. 13, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Beverly Senior Center. Call 978-921-6017. or 978-325-5525.

World Kindness Day

On Wednesday, Nov. 13, the Kindness Project will celebrate World Kindness Day at Jalapenos Mexican Restaurant, with 10% of the proceeds supporting the work of The Kindness Project next year, including its signature Kindness Café Round Tables. This year, The Kindness Project hosted three no-cost Kindness Cafes, with more than 150 people discussing the spirit of kindness. Come celebrate Gloucester’s own spirit of kindness and enjoy music, awards, fun table pieces, and Japapeno’s great Mexican food!

Turkey penny sale

The Gloucester Fraternity Club will hold its Turkey penny sale on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at its headquarters at 27 Webster St. Doors open at 6 p.m., games begin at 7 p.m. Rounds include sweetbreads, groceries, baked goods,gift cards, kids prizes.

Cape Ann Cursillo

The Cape Ann Cursillo Community is hosting its next Ultreya/Pot Luck on Friday, Nov. 8, at St. John the Baptist in Essex. The pot luck is at 6:30 p.m. and the Ultreya begins at 7 p.m. All are welcome. Call Albie Mitchell at 978-879-3655 for more information.

‘Homer at the Beach’

Cape Ann Museum presents “Homer at the Beach: A Marine Painter’s Journey, 1869-1880,” an extensive exhibit on view through Dec. 1, of 50 of the earliest marine works by renowned American artist, Winslow Homer. The museum is the sole venue for this exhibition, which includes loans from some 40 public and private collections. Homer painted on Cape Ann and Gloucester, where he discovered his calling as a marine artist, composing more than 100 watercolors. This exhibition runs concurrently with Harvard Art Museums’ complementary exhibit, “Winslow Homer: Eyewitness.” Cape Ann Museum is located at 25 Pleasant St. Visit

Action Fuel Assistance

Action Inc.’s Fuel Assistance Program can help residents pay home heating bills. This no-cost program is available to eligible households from Nov. 1 through April 30 and covers all types of heating sources including oil, gas, electric, kerosene, propane and wood. You can be eligible whether you are a homeowner, renter, or if heat is included in your rent. To qualify, your gross household income may not exceed $37,360 for a single person; $48,855 for two people; $60,351 for three people; $71,846 for four people; $83,341 for five people, etc. Additional discounts for natural gas, oil, and electricity may apply. We also offer no-cost energy conservation programs to homeowners and renters, which may include weatherizing through insulation and air sealing, replacing inefficient appliances and lighting fixtures, repairing or replacing heating systems, and more.

Call 978-281-3900 or visit

Cape Ann Shakespeare Troupe needs you

Cape Ann Shakespeare Troupe (CAST) is preparing for its 12th season with three productions scheduled: Noel Coward’s “Hay Fever” in November, William Shakespeare’s “Timon of Athens” in March and in May, “Charley’s Aunt” by Brandon Thomas, all at the Rogers Street Theatre in Gloucester. This community theater has presented 41 productions, involving participants of all ages and experience both onstage and behind the scenes. In addition to acting, CAST is looking for people to work on costumes, props, sets and stage crew. To get involved, email or write to Cape Ann Shakespeare Troupe, P.O. Box 2325, Rockport, MA 01966.

Energy Healing

The Tong Ren Energy Healing Circle, 25 C Lexington Ave., in Magnolia, holds a free class for general healing on Mondays, from 7 to 8 p.m. Tong Ren is a healing energy treatment used to help people restore their health. Based on the principle that many diseases are caused by physical blockages that interrupt the body’s natural flow of “chi”, Tong Ren seeks to release these blockages, restoring the body’s natural ability to heal. This free class is open to the public. A $10 donation will help maintain the class space. For more information call 978-852-0066 or email


Holy Family Parish invites those ages 18 or older to Friday night Bingo in the lower church hall of St. Ann’s, 74 Pleasant St. Five different types of pull tab tickets. All paper books and ink markers are available for sale at the game. For more information, call 978-281-4720.

Archive access

Sawyer Free Library’s local history librarian will help you discover what the local history and archive collection contains. Some of it is online, on the library website. If you’re curious, ask about local history resources when you stop into the library, 2 Dale Ave., main desk.

Pet adoptions

Cape Ann Animal Aid at 4 Paws Lane, located off Route 133 near the junction with Route 128, has dogs and cats available for adoption. Some dogs may have a reduced adoption fee and there is no adoption fee for cats 6 years or older. Photos, hours and adoption fees are posted on the shelter’s website,, or call 978-283-6055 for information.

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

Insurance help

Financial councilors are available at Addison Gilbert Hospital, 298 Washington St., to assist you in accessing health insurance: MassHealth, Commonwealth Care, Commonwealth Choice, Medicare, Medicaid and other health insurance issues. Visit the hospital’s Financial Service Department, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Adult Education

Action Inc.’s Adult Education classes are offered in the evenings on Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays, depending on learning level. Classes take place at Action Inc.’s Timothy L. Riley Education Center at 5 Pleasant St. in Gloucester. Classes include reading, writing, math, work skills and referrals to support services as needed. Classes help students prepare for their high school equivalency test (formerly GED). For more information, visit or call 978-282-1000.

Babson Library

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.

Legion Post

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 during many holidays. The upstairs hall may be rented for special events. Call 978-283-9710 after 3 p.m.

Notary services

Free notary services for seniors are available at the Rose Baker Senior Center. For an appointment, call 978-281-9765.

Cape Ann Special Olympics

Cape Ann Special Olympics provides athletic opportunities for individuals with intellectual or physical disabilities. The goal is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition at no cost to these individuals. Program currently offers bowling and basketball on Saturdays. Bowling is at 11 a.m. at Cape Ann Lanes, and basketball is at 4 p.m. at the Cape Ann YMCA. All special needs athletes are welcome. Email Shawn Williamson at or visit

DAV meetings

Cape Ann’s Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 74, meets on the third Tuesday of each month, 6:30 p.m., at the Veterans Center. All members and perspective members are encouraged to attend.

CAST scholarship

Cape Ann Shakespeare Troupe will award a $500 scholarship to a senior studying at one of Cape Ann’s secondary schools, or one who has worked with a CAST production, who plans to continue studying performing arts. CAST has been awarding this scholarship for several years. For more information or an application, email Ray Jenness at

Lanesville Al-Anon

Al-Anon support group, based on 12-step programs, meets Sundays, 7:15 to 8:15 p.m., at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1123 Washington St., Lanesville. Al-Anon is anonymous and free. Group welcomes people dealing with difficult and challenging alcoholic relationships. Call 978-546-6698.

Health care help

PACE at Element Care in Gloucester has openings for patients. The nonprofit health care organization and primary care doctors office specializes in taking care of elders age 55 and over who are either on disability or have medical conditions. For those on MassHealth, PACE can help cover health care expenses, medical needs, home care, transportation, medication and more. Call 877-803-5564 or stop in for a tour at 29A Emerson Ave. (across the street from The Open Door) and ask for Carol Pallazolla. Visit

Veterans counseling

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.

Handy Sewing Lady

The Council on Aging Handy Sewing Lady is at the Rose Baker Senior Center on Mondays, from 10 a.m. to noon. Items needing repairs may also be left at the reception desk, along with your name, phone number and a description of the work needed.

Senior Scrabble

A group of seniors meets to play Scrabble on Tuesdays, 12:30 p.m., at the Rose Baker Senior Center. New members are welcome. Call 978-281-9765.

Free educational classes

Never finished high school? Have trouble with math or writing? Give yourself the gift of a free education with free classes at the Adult Learning Center at North Shore Community College. To apply, contact Erin O’Brien at 978-236-1226 or email Onsite classes are available on the Danvers campus, or study from home in the online Distance Learning program. If you are interested in distance learning, contact Zoe Fogarty at

Community socials

The Lanesville Community Center, 8 Vulcan St., has monthly senior socials for the community, open to all on the first Friday of the month from 1 to 3 p.m., with games, knitting, hand work, chatting, lots of laughs and games (bring your own to share). Coffee and tea will be provided, but bring something yummy. Door prizes a bonus. Any questions or comments, contact Cheryl Davis at or visit the Lanesville Community Center website.

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