Listings may be sent to: Goings On, Gloucester Daily Times, 36 Whittemore St., Gloucester, MA 01930; or emailed to Joann Mackenzie at firstname.lastname@example.org, at least two weeks prior to the event.
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 email@example.com.
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, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 email@example.com or visit www.facebook.com/GloucesterSpecialOlympics.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Young Playwrights Workshop
A new play writing class for young people starts at Gloucester Stage on Saturday, June 1. 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 from June 1 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 ten-minute play before the general public! The Young Playwrights Festival will be held on Sept. 17th. 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.
St John’s Episcopal Church, Gloucester will hold its “Spring Into Summer” Rummage Sale on Friday, May 31, from 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, June 1, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Parish Halls. Summer wear for all: Men, women and children. Shoes, bedding and linens, cloth remnants, sewing and knitting supplies and other beach and summer items. There will also be selected item markdowns: White tags 50 percent off and gray tags 20 percent off. Cash, MasterCard and Visa accepted. For shoppers’ convenience, the Thrift Shop will also be open. Free parking is available at 33 Washington St.
Walk for Huntington’s
The Gloucester Team Hope Walk steps off on Saturday, June 8, at 10 a.m. from Stage Fort Park Area A, 24 Hough Ave. Join a community walking together to support the (HDSA) Huntington’s Disease Society of America’s fight to improve the lives of people affected with Huntington’s disease, as well as their families. All donations will go to this effort. To learn more about this event, the disease and the work of the HDSA, visit www.HDSA.org, call 800-345-HDSA, or email email@example.com.
Memorial Day Food Drive
The Open Door Food Pantry is partnering with Campbell Funeral Home for a Memorial Day food drive. On Monday, May 27, from 9 a.m. to noon, drop your donations at the Campbell Funeral Home, 61 Middle St. You’re welcome to stay for coffee, and your donations will go to fill the shelves of the Open Door Food Pantry. All items must include food labels, and no expired items of glass containers can be accepted. The most needed items are: Peanut butter, cereal, canned vegetables, tuna fish, canned fruit, spaghetti sauce, canned beans, child-friendly snacks, rice and soup.
Gloucester400 design competition
Organizers of Gloucester’s 400th anniversary celebration are holding an international commemorative medal design competition open to amateur and professional designers. Commemorative medals are a time-honored part of Gloucester’s historic celebrations. The competition is accepting entries for Phase I. Designers must upload their original sketches to GloucesterMA400.com by Aug. 31, after which three semifinalists will be selected and receive a cash award of $3,000. In Phase II, the semifinalists’ designs, submitted as three-dimensional plaster models, closes on Dec. 1. The final winner will be announced in February 2020. The winner will receive a cash prize of $10,000 and his or her initials will appear on the final medal. See complete guidelines at www.GloucesterMA400.com.
Al-Anon support group, based on 12 Step Program, 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com.
The Lanesville Community Center has launched 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Lanesville Community Center website.
Rockport Legion Band search
In preparing for its special concert on July 21, the Rockport Legion Band is still searching for photos and information to recognize these charter members: John Anderson, Uno Carlson, Hermon Erwin, A. Pierce Grover, Oscar Hakala, Olaf Hendrickson, John Maki, Ernest A. Nelson, Harold Orne, Joseph Parady, Jacob Ranta, George Rantilla, Ernest Robinson, Russell Scatterday, George Soini, and George Strople. Call 978-546-7529 or email email@example.com. Tell others about this search, so that a fitting tribute may be paid to all 32 charter members at the concert and in the program.