Events listed here are open to the public and sponsored by nonprofit groups unless otherwise noted. Press releases may be sent to Goings on, Gloucester Daily Times, 36 Whittemore St., Gloucester, MA 01930, sent via e-mail to gdt@gloucestertimes.com or faxed to 978-282-4397. Please include a contact person's name and telephone number and send at least two weeks prior to the event. The editorial department will do its best to run the announcement at least once prior to the event. Due to the volume of goings on listings received by the paper, listings are alternated once they run and the same listings are not printed every day.

Gloucester Stage luncheon

Cancelled: Gloucester Stage's Theater Thursday Luncheon Series, scheduled for Thursday, July 14, noon, at TD Bank, 2 Harbor Loop, has been cancelled for this week. For more information or to make reservations for ongoing luncheons, call 978-282-1200. Upcoming schedule: Aug. 18, Artistic Director Eric C. Engel; and Sept. 8, actors Sandra Shipley and Paul O'Brien from "Fighting Over Beverley."

Free outdoor concerts

The 2011 Summer Concert Series at Stage Fort Park will continue Sunday, July 17, with the John Penny Band. Concerts take place at the Antonio Gentile Bandstand on Sundays at 7 p.m. Upcoming concerts: July 24, Overdrive; Aug. 7, Old Cold Tater; Aug. 14, North Shore Concert Band's American Salute; Aug. 21, Compaq Big Band; and Aug. 28, Cape Ann Community Band. Restrooms and free parking available. Bring a picnic, lawn chairs and blankets. Call 978-281-0543 or visit www.davidlbenjamin.com.

Sunset boat cruise

The second annual sunset boat cruise to benefit elders served by SeniorCare will take place Thursday, July 14. The three-hour cruise aboard the Hurricane II leaves Rose's Wharf at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person. All are welcome. For tickets, call 978-281-1750.

Artists sought

Artists are needed to create nautical themed items for installation in the soon-to-be-realized Gloucester Dog Art Park at Stage Fort Park. Permanent pieces desired are: statuary, fountain, mobile, canine agility pieces, etc. Friends of Gloucester Dog Park is an all-volunteer group of local residents dedicated to the creation, preservation and enhancement of the Gloucester Dog Art Park. Volunteers are still needed. Visit www.gloucesterdogpark.org.

Counseling for veterans

Many veterans experience difficulty adjusting to civilian life after serving in combat. The Lowell Vet Center offers free counseling at the Gloucester Veterans Center for area veterans and their families. For an appointment, call the Gloucester Office of Veterans' Services at 978-281-9740.

Drivers for seniors

SeniorCare needs drivers to transport seniors to medical appointments. Volunteers from the Beverly, Hamilton, Rockport, and Wenham areas are especially needed for local and out of town trips, as well as those willing to drive to Boston. You choose when and how often you drive. Call 978-281-1750 or toll-free at 1-866-927-1050, or e-mail RSVP@SeniorCareinc.org.

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.

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.

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.

Pet adoptions

Cape Ann Animal Aid 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 Web site, www.CapeAnnAnimalAid.com, monthly. Call 978-283-6055.

Open Door community 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 help with losing weight with an individualized program based on your goals, determined through thorough health assessment. Fitness director Nicole Bembridge helps implement your five week program, including proper nutritional guidance and motivation. Classes are one hour and 15 minutes and includes unlimited e-mail and phone contact. Contact Nicole Bembridge, 978-283-0470, or bembridgen@northshoreymca.org.

Riverdale Rockets

The Riverdale Rockets are currently holding early sign-ups. There are limited roster spaces allowed. Payment procedures are explained online; visit www.leagueathletics.com/?org=riverdalerockets. Full payment must be made in order to play in August. Registration is $80 per player/cheerleader, with a $140 family cap. No practice, uniforms or team communication will be allowed until practices begin on Aug. 15. Call Jim Smith at 978-265-3721.

Gloucester Stage luncheon

Gloucester Stage's Theater Thursday Luncheon Series will take place Thursday, July 14, noon to 1:30 p.m., at TD Bank, 2 Harbor Loop. Guest speaker is Gloucester Stage General Manager Andrew Burgreen. Get a behind-the-scenes look at Gloucester Stage and learn more about the theater's artists in an informal setting. Monthly luncheons are free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Reservations are required; call 978-282-1200. Upcoming schedule: Aug. 18, Artistic Director Eric C. Engel; and Sept. 8, actors Sandra Shipley and Paul O'Brien from "Fighting Over Beverley."

Cape Ann Chamber Music

Cape Ann Chamber Music begins its summer concert series Saturday, July 16, 8 p.m., at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1123 Washington St. Violinist Gabryel Smith of New York and resident pianist Kathleen Forgac will play music of Bach and Prokofiev. Church is handicapped-accessible. Free parking available. Call 978-239-7391.

Fishermen lecture

Cape Ann Museum, 27 Pleasant St., presents "Cape Ann Fishermen, the Pilgrims and England in 1623," an illustrated talk by Dr. Todd Gray, on Thursday, July 14, at 7 p.m. Program is free with museum admission; $8 for adults, $6 for Cape Ann residents/students/seniors, free for children under 12/museum members. Reservations are required; contact Jeanette Smith at 978-283-0455, ext. 11, or jeanettesmith@capeannmuseum.org. Visit www.capeannmuseum.org.

Voter registration service

The Gloucester Democratic City Committee is offering a free public service to aid unregistered voters with the registration process. For assistance, call Ed Silberman at 978-281-5801. Visit www.gloucesterdemocrats.org.

League of Women Voters

The League of Women Voters of Cape Ann meets Wednesday, July 13, 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 grass-roots level. Visit www.lwvcapeann.org or call Judith Bly at 978-546-2191.

Computer basics

Action Inc., 180 Main St., will offer Microsoft Word and Microsoft Windows for Beginners courses. Word runs Wednesdays, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Sept. 7-Oct. 12. Learn to create, format, edit and merge a wide range of documents. Windows runs Wednesdays, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Oct. 26-Nov. 30. Learn desktop computer keyboard and mouse and to work with Microsoft Windows programs. To sign up, call 978-282-1000, ext. 127, or e-mail mshqepa@actioninc.org.

North Shore Friends

Every Sunday, the North Shore Friends (Quakers) meet at 10 a.m. Call 978-283-4585.

Second Glance Thrift Store

The Open Door Food Pantry's Second Glance Thrift Store, 2 Pond Road, is open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The donation center is open during regular business hours. A tax receipt is available upon request. Call 978-283-4298 or visit www.foodpantry.org.

Northern Essex WIC

Northern Essex WIC (Women, Infants and Children) is a nutrition program that provides nutrition and health education, healthy food and other services free to Massachusetts families who qualify. The Gloucester office is in the Gloucester Family Health Center, 302 Washington St.

Community outreach program

The Gloucester United Methodist Church, 436 Washington St., will host a community outreach program every Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with free soup, bread and fellowship for all. Call 978-281-1040.

PACE program

To learn about PACE, Program for All Inclusive Care for the Elderly, a nonprofit organization that can help to coordinate medical care, social activities, transportation and more for eligible seniors, stop by 29A Emerson Ave. on the second Wednesday of every month, noon to 1 p.m. Call 978-675-9500.

CAB Outreach Program

CAB Health & Recovery Services' Outreach Program provides HIV testing, hepatitis C information, access to drug treatment, overdose prevention and Narcan training. All services, provided by CAB's Healthy Streets Program, are available at Gloucester Family Health Center (lower level), 302 Washington St., Gloucester, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 978-236-0251.

Reid's Ride

The seventh annual Reid's Ride is Sunday, July 17; registration at 6:30 a.m., followed by the ride at 7:30 a.m. The Reid's Ride 28-mile bike-a-thon, which raises funds for the Reid Sacco Memorial Foundation and cancer research, starts at Lynnfield High School, goes through Middleton, Danvers, Beverly, Manchester and ends at Stage Fort Park in Gloucester with festivities, music, prizes, MIX 104 ice cream truck, barbecue and refreshments. To register, visit www.ReidsRide.org.

Drivers needed

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.

VNA Care Network

VNA Care Network, a nonprofit home health care, hospice and wellness provider, provides stipends to women with breast cancer who need financial assistance for medications, co-payments, transportation to treatment and services to help increase access to treatment and support recovery. Women must be residents of eastern or central Massachusetts to qualify. This program is funded by a grant from the Massachusetts Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Call Joan Schaefer at 888-663-3688, ext. 1264, or e-mail jschaefer@vnacarenetwork.org.

Citizenship classes

Action Inc., 5 Pleasant St., holds U.S. citizenship classes Fridays, 6 to 8 p.m., offering help with the N-400 application, U.S. history and civics lessons, preparation for interview with a USCIS official, and more. Requirements are: green card or equivalent, permanent US residency for at least five years, moderate proficiency in English. Open enrollment. Classes meet on the second floor. Call 978-282-1000.

Volunteers for AGH

Addison Gilbert Hospital needs volunteers. Positions are available in the hospital's gift shop for all shifts, including days, evenings and weekends. The Volunteer Department provides training for the position, free parking, meal vouchers for the hospital's cafe and gift shop discount. Call 978-922-3000, ext. 2307.

Free blood pressure screenings

Free blood pressure screenings are offered each week here:

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.

Parent mentors sought

Pathways' Cape Ann Families is seeking men and women to volunteer as parent mentors. The Cape Ann Families Parent Mentor Program has been running for 20 years, serving parents of the Cape Ann community who are experiencing stress or isolation. The program is looking for volunteers to participate in its five-week spring parent mentor training, after which each volunteer will be matched with a parent, beginning a year-long mentorship/friendship. Contact Teby Wammack at 978-281-2400, ext. 110, or twammack@pw4c.org.

Clean Team program

The Cape Ann YMCA and the city of Gloucester will once again offer its summer Clean Team program. Applications are now available at the Cape Ann YMCA. All Gloucester residents ages 14 and older are welcome.

Math tutors sought

RSVP Volunteers of the North Shore seeks math tutors for its Adult Learning Initiative program at Wellspring, in Essex. Help low-income students get their GED or a better job. Patience working with a range of students is needed. All training is provided. (Occasionally, there is a need for English tutors. Program length is eight weeks (13 weeks, including breaks/vacations). Hours vary. For more information, contact Bo Abrams at 978-281-3558, ext. 304, or babrams@wellspringhouse.org.

Stories and songs

The popular storytelling programs at Stage Fort Park returns for a 22nd season. Every Tuesday through Aug. 2 at 10 a.m. Lucille LePage and Alicia Quintano present an hour-long program of stories, songs, local history and on-your-feet fun for children and families, near the Antonio Gentile Bandstand in good weather (on the porch of the Welcoming Center on rainy or very hot days). Admission is free. All are welcome. Bring a blanket or chair. Call 978-281-6304 or 978-281-3524.

Volunteers needed

The Clean City Initiative is looking for volunteers to water the flower and vegetable gardens located at Veterans Memorial School. To volunteer, call Patti Amaral at 978-412-4201 or visit www.cleancity.us.

Sidewalk Bazaar

The Gloucester Downtown Association will present the 53rd annual Gloucester Sidewalk Bazaar on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Aug. 4, 5 and 6, from 9 a.m to 5 p.m., rain or shine. Features loccal artists and artisans as well as resident merchants. Visit www.businc.org. Contact Grace Giambanco Numerosi at 978-337-7117 or gracegiambanco@hotmail.com.

Lacrosse fundraiser

Cape Ann Youth Lacrosse will hold a second annual "Relax Cruise Fundraiser" on Saturday, July 23, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., aboard Capt. Bill and Son's Whale Watch, departing from Capt. Carlos. Cost is $20 and includes music by DJ Vito Ferrara, food, a 50/50 raffle and more. Donations are welcome. Proceeds benefit the children participating in Cape Ann Youth Lacrosse. Space is limited. Guests must be 21 years of age. For reservations, e-mail ginamarieok@comcast.net, or call 978-282-4634 or 978-317-9095.

Harbor Loop concerts

The annual Harbor Loop free weekly summer concert series kicks-off Thursday, July 14, with Cape Ann guitarist Jake Pardee and The Super Session Band, and continues every Thursday through Labor Day weekend. An opening act warms up the crowd at 6:30 p.m. at the Fitz Hugh Lane house. The nonprofit series is produced by Cape Ann Concerts.

Block parties

Downtown Gloucester's block parties on Main Street will take place every third Saturday of the month, starting July 16, from 6 to 10:30 p.m. Features dancing in the streets, al fresco dining for family and friends of all ages, and more. Upcoming parties: Aug. 20 and Sept. 17. Visit www.downtowngloucester.com.

Cape Ann Skeptics

Skeptics in the Pub will meet Tuesday, July 19, 6 p.m., at the Dog Bar, 65 Main St., for a two-part program. First, Mary Kingsley discusses "The Case for the Theory of Intelligent Design," followed by Elizabeth Thomas discussing "Popular Myths About the Theory of Evolution." Program begins at 6:45 p.m. Visit www.capeannskeptics.com.

Vacation Bible School

Gloucester United Methodist Church, 436 Washington St., will offer Vacation Bible School, "Son, Sand and Surf," for children ages 4-12, July 25-29, 8:45 a.m. to noon. A family BBQ will take place Saturday, July 30, 11 a.m., at Stage Fort Park. To register, call 978-281-1040.

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 HIV/AIDS testing

Every Friday, free HIV/AIDS testing is held from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at Addison Gilbert Hospital, third floor. Use the Washington Street entrance. No appointment is necessary. Call Mayra Rivera at 978-853-8633.

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.

Bay View Brotherhood

On the second Tuesday of every month, Bay View Brotherhood Club Inc. holds a meeting at Brotherhood Club Hall, 889 Washington St., at 7 p.m.

Rotary Club

The Rotary Club meets every Tuesday at 12:15 p.m. at Cruiseport Gloucester.

Memorial bricks

The Gloucester World War II Memorial Committee is accepting requests for memorial bricks. For an appointment, call Lucia at the Veterans' Center office at 978-281-9740. Bring a copy of the veteran's discharge papers and a check for $200 for the perpetual care of the memorial.

Limerick contest

The Writer's Block Limerick Contest is currently underway. Participants will have a chance to read their limerick(s) on Cape Ann TV, and discuss their work with John Ronan on "The Writer's Block." Send limericks and contact information to: Limerick Contest, c/o The Writer's Block, Box 5524, Gloucester, MA 01930, by Aug. 1. All are eligible. All topics are welcome.

Summer thrift

In lieu of multiple summer yard sales, St. John's Episcopal Church has a seasonal thrift shop Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., through the summer, featuring household goods, furniture, art, cookware, home dé©cor, and some antiques and collectibles. Proceeds support continued outreach to the Cape Ann community. Parking available in the 33 Washington St. lot.

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. in 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.

Volunteers needed

The Welcoming Center at Stage Fort Park is looking for people with knowledge of Gloucester, and who would enjoy talking with and helping visitors learn about the city. Training will be provided. Time commitments can vary but a dependable attendance for all or part of the season is required. Call Kathie at 978-283-6642 or 978-290-9860.

Summer adventures

Eastern Point Day School, 8 Farrington Ave., is accepting registration for 2011 Summer Adventures; these one-week sessions introduce new themes brought to life through literature, geography, science, art and music; plus games, outdoor sports and visits to Niles Beach. For students entering kindergarten to sixth-grade, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday-Friday, July 11-Aug. 5. Call 978-283-1700 or e-mail info@easternpointdayschool.org.

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