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Skeptics in the Pub
On Tuesday, June 18, Skeptics in the Pub will have a program on “The Paradox of Choice.” We’ll begin with a TED talk by psychologist Barry Schwartz, followed by discussion. Psychologists David Myers and Robert Lane independently conclude that the current abundance of choice often leads to depression and feelings of loneliness. Being skeptics do we accept these conclusions? Come and share your opinion. Bring a friend, everyone welcome! Meet at 6 p.m. program starts at 6:45 p.m., at Pilot House Restaurant and Bar, 3 Porter St., next to the Cape Ann Savings Bank.
Saint Peter’s Novena
The Annual Nine Day Novena to Saint Peter begins Monday, June 17, through Tuesday, June 25, at 7 p.m. in the American Legion Hall. During this beautiful annual tradition, we offer our prayers, petitions, and songs for the intercession of Saint Peter, Patron of Fishermen. For more information, please contact Joe Novello at 978-283-4367. All are invited! All are welcome! Please join us!
Saint Peter’s Fiesta and procession
Fiesta Trailers for Floats are available for the 2019 Saint Peter’s Fiesta taking place Wednesday, June 26, through Sunday, June 30. Trailers are available for individuals, families and groups who wish to participate with a religious themed float in the 92nd annual procession following the celebration of the outdoor Mass of St. Peter on June 30 at 10 a.m. in St. Peter’s Square. A stipend is offered to help purchase flowers to decorate your float.
For more information, or to reserve a float trailer, please call Rose Aiello at 978 283-1664. All are welcome to participate.
Curator’s Preview: ‘Homer on the Beach’
The Gloucester Lyceum and Sawyer Free Library will host a preview of Cape Ann Museum’s upcoming exhibition, “Homer on the Beach,” with curator Bill Cross on Thursday, June 20, at 7 p.m. “Homer at the Beach: A Marine Painter’s Journey, 1869-1880” is a major show with some 50 original works by Winslow Homer, and some 45 contextualizing objects, ranging from historic photographs to period fashions. Curated by Cross, the exhibition will be the first close examination of the formation of this great artist as a marine painter and the museum is its sole venue. All are welcome to this free presentation at the Sawyer Free Library, 2 Dale Ave., Gloucester. For more information, visit sawyerfreelibrary.org.
Young Playwrights Workshop
A new play writing class for young people is underway at Gloucester Stage. A professional training program for ages 9 to 19 designed to introduce or cultivate a passion for storytelling through through a multi-draft process with input from professional playwright Deirdre Girard, The Young Playwrights Workshop runs Saturdays through June 22. Class size is limited. Students will learn the theme for the 2019 Gloucester Stage Young Playwrights Festival prior to the general public and have early access to submit their 10-minute play before the general public! The Young Playwrights Festival will be held on Sept. 17. and selected plays will be workshopped and performed in staged readings performed by youth acting workshop students and professional actors. For information/registration, visit: gloucesterstage.com/youngplaywrights/ or call Heidi Dallin at 978-283-6688.
GHS ‘49 Summer Reunion
All members of Gloucester High School class of 1949 interested in gathering for a reunion luncheon in late July should call Bill Reilly ASAP at 978-283-3527 or 978-290-8097. so planning can commence.
League of Women Voters
All are welcome to join the League of Women Voters of Cape Ann when the group meets Saturday, June 15, at 10 a.m. at the Rockport Police station, 168 Main St. in Rockport. The league is a nonpartisan group of women and men who work to encourage the active and informed participation of citizens in government. Visit lwvcapeann.org or call Judith Bly at 978-865-3869.
Welcoming Center volunteers
Love Gloucester? You’re who we need at Stage Fort Park welcoming Center. We’re looking for people who know the city and want to welcome the world to it! It’s more fun than work, and if you can give 3 hours per week, Friday-Sunday, Memorial Day through Columbus Day, please contact Carol Mondello 978-281-8865 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Theater lovers, we need your help. The 2019 season at the Gloucester Stage opens June 7 with Barefoot in the Park and runs until Nov. 17 ending with Hamlet. A wide variety of plays and special events will run in between. We need volunteers to help as ushers. If you usher, you can see the play free. If you’re interested, please contact us via our website, gloucesterstage.com, by email at email@example.com, or by telephone at 978-281-4433.
A ‘life in pieces’
The Cape Ann Museum presents “My Life in Pieces: Painting with Stuff,” the first public exhibition of Rockport mixed media artist Stephanie Cole’s sculptural and eclectic collection. A Connecticut native, Cole studied at California College of Arts and Crafts and later at the Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford. In the mid-1960s, she and her husband settled in Rockport where Cole taught art in the Rockport Elementary School and her work evolved into intricate multimedia mosaics she called “memory sculptures.” The works are view through July 7.
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.
Sawyer Free Library’s local history Librarian, Jackie, will help you find out what the local history and archive collection contains. Some of it is online, on the library website. If you’re curious, ask for Jackie when you stop into the library, 2 Dale Ave., main desk.
Dog license renewal
Dog license renewal forms are enclosed in the census mailing for dog owners’ convenience. Residents are encouraged to license dogs online at www.gloucester-ma.gov. Mail in registration and in office registration is also available.
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, www.CapeAnnAnimalAid.org, 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 www.CapeAnnBiz.com.
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.
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 www.actioninc.org or 978-282-1000.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.facebook.com/GloucesterSpecialOlympics.