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

On Tuesday, Oct. 15, Cape Ann Skeptics welcomes Susan Gerbic, founder of Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia who will speak about her work with Wikipedia, and “Grief Vampires,” psychics who prey on those who are searching for relief from their misery. Affectionately called the Wikipediatrician, she is a self-proclaimed skeptic junkie. A Skeptical Inquirer contributor, she is a fellow of Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI) and winner of the James Randi Foundation award for 2017. In 2018, she founded About Time, a nonprofit organization focusing on scientific skepticism and activism, which she manages. All are welcome to meet at 6 p.m. in the function room of the Pilot House Restaurant and Bar, 3 Porter St., next to the Cape Ann Savings Bank, 38 Rogers St., Gloucester. The program begins at 6:45 p.m., following mixing, mingling and menu ordering.

‘The Writer’s Block’

The second episode of “The Writer’s Block” with John Ronan’s 30th anniversary season will air Thursday, Oct. 17, at 8 p.m., and be repeated one week later on 1623 Studios’ Channel 12. Guest will be Topsfield resident Janice Petrie, an accomplished writer of children’s books and adult novels, who’ll discuss her new work, “Bay State Skye,” a real-life look at the 1990s Gloucester seafood industry. Petrie, who worked in the fishing business here, brings her experience to the story.

Health Connector for Business Seminar

On Thursday, Oct. 17, small business owners can learn about health insurance options at a seminar hosted by the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce in partnership with BankGloucester Financial Services and Massachusetts Health Connector for Business. Registration is from 7:30 to 8 a.m., followed by the presentation from 8 to 9 a.m. at the Endicott College Gloucester Campus, 33 Commercial St., Gloucester. Free for chamber members, $10 for nonmembers. For more information, email info@capeannchamber.com.

Fireside author chat

On Monday, Oct. 21, at 6:30 p.m, the Beauport Hotel, 55 Commercial St., will host Gloucester author JoeAnn Hart for in free Fireside Chat, reading from her new book ‘Stamford ‘76, A True Story of Murder, Corruption, Race, and Feminism in the 1970s.’ This will be followed by a lively discussion with the audience about the writing of this true crime memoir, as well as her two novels, Float and Addled. All are welcome to this free evening. For more information, please contact by email to Concierge@BeauportHotel.com.

Halloween Party at the Dog Park

Dress up your dog for the annual Halloween Costume Contest & Photo Shoot at the Gloucester Dog Park on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 9 to 11 a.m. For a $10 donation, you can have your best friend’s picture taken; a digital image will be provided to you, and your dog will be entered into the costume contest. Proceeds benefit the ongoing maintenance of the Gloucester Dog Park. Along with prizes, toy and treat baskets from local shops will be awarded for best large and small dog costumes, and best Gloucester-themed costume. The contest will be judged by Gloucester Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken, and Cape Ann Animal Aid will be on site with adoptable shelter pups. 

Masonic Lodge Open House

The Gloucester Masonic Lodge is hosting an open house, known also as “Square and Compasses Day,” on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This semiannual event allows visitors to tour the building and learn about Freemasonry’s history, its rituals, signs, and symbols and what Freemasons do. The Tyrian-Ashler-Acacia Lodge, at 27 Eastern Ave., welcomes visitors and prospective members to view the lodge’s collections of antiquities, objects and artifacts from around the world. One of the oldest Masonic lodges in North America, Gloucester’s lodge traces its roots to the old stonemason guilds of Europe which grew Freemasonry into the world’s oldest and largest fraternity, with some $3 million given to charity daily in the U.S. To learn more, visit www.massfreemasonry.org.

Rotary Cribbage Tournament

The Rotary Club will hold a one-day Cribbage Tournament on Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Gloucester House Restaurant. The entry fee is $25. Bring your own board. Registration begins at 1 p.m. and play starts at 2. Proceeds will aid the club’s commitment toward the maintenance of the Stage Fort Park Playground and the Antonio Gentile Band Stand. Advance registration is strongly encouraged and pre-registrants will be eligible for a special drawing. Contact Julie or John Nicastro at 978-283-7841, email mtpleasantmemorials@gmail.com, or stop by Mount Pleasant Memorials at 150 Eastern Ave. for more information.

Two Faces of Frankenstein

The Gloucester Meeting House will screen two silent Frankenstein screen classics, with live improvised organ accompaniment by Peter Krasinski, on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 7:30 p.m. The Gloucester Meeting House is at the Unitarian Universalist Church, Middle and Church streets. Tickets are $20 adults, $10 students, free for ages 12 and under, available at the door or online at www.gloucestermeetinghouse.org. The event is handicapped accessible via the side door at 10 Church St. Parking is available on the green, on-street, and at additional parking lots nearby in the Historic District.

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 www.capeannmuseum.org/exhibitions/homer-beach/..

Wellspring seeks volunteers

Wellspring’s English for Speakers of Other Languages Program (ESOL) is seeking volunteer tutors to work one-on-one with students seeking to improve their English speaking and reading skills. The program takes place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 6 to 8 p.m., at the Sawyer Free Library in Gloucester. This is a once a week/two-hour commitment from volunteers. Contact Mary to learn more at 978-281-3221 ext. 300.

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 www.actioninc.org.

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 cast2008@prodigy.net 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 info@ayurvedawellnesshealing.com.

Bingo

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, 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.

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 www.actioninc.org 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 williamsonshawn@yahoo.com or visit www.facebook.com/GloucesterSpecialOlympics.

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 kjenness045@netzero.net.

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 www.elementcare.org.

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 eobrien08@northshore.edu. 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 zfogarty01@northshore.edu.

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 cdavis_62@hotmail.com or visit the Lanesville Community Center website.

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