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.
“Light up Mattos” Committee will pay tribute to Dick Wilson, naming Mattos Field, left field corner, “Wilson’s Corner.” The plaque unveiling ceremony (which had been postoned from an earlier date due to weather) will take place on Friday, May 17, at 5 p.m. at the 27 Webster St. field. 66 Years ago this month, in 1953, 12 year old starting Braves pitcher, Dick Wilson, threw the very first pitches in the Inaugural Gloucester Little League Game. The committee thanks Dick for his help in bringing the new lights to the field and honors him for his, tireless, lifelong commitment, supporting city athletes; both young and grown. Please join in joy, and enjoy some hot dogs, and cake.
Gloucester author JoeAnn Hart will read from her chilling new investigative memoir, “Stamford76” on Wednesday, May 22, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson St. Written from first hand experience, it tells the tale of her 18 year old self and the unsolved killings of a girl and boy not all that unlike herself and her then boyfriend in a city rife with corruption in a country still rocking in the wake of war, Watergate, and the civil rights movement. Also reading will be local author Greg Gibson, who, since the murder of his son Galen in 1992, has been an advocate for sensible gun laws. His first book, “Gone Boy,” was, in part, a study of guns in America. Over the past few years he has concentrated on finding new ways of thinking and writing about the problem of gun violence.
St Paul’s Plant Sale
St. Paul Lutheran Church annual plant sale will be held, rain or shine, on June 1, at the church, 1123 Washington St., with plants and seedlings from the gardens of church members and neighbors! Also, Nisü(Finnish coffee bread), garden tools, books, activities for the kids and more! Come have fun and check out our hardy New England plants. Whether you are a seasoned gardener or not, we have something for you.
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, please 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.
Elks Flag Day
The Elks Flag Day Committee will hold its annual Flag Day Ceremony on June 11 at the Gloucester Elks on Atlantic Road. The ceremony begins outdoors at 6 p.m. with Taps and continues indoors with Middle School Essay Winners as well as High School Scholarship winners. All are welcome to attend.
Mental Health lecture
May is Mental Health Month, and Anita Pandolfe Ruchman, psychiatric nurse a Tender Place in Rockport and NAMI Cape Ann, will be giving an inspirational lecture on Wednesday, May 29, 7 to 9 p.m., at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center, 6 Wonson St,
‘Resilience in the Wake of Traumatic Loss’ will be the focus of the event, which is free, although donation to NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Cape Ann would be greatly appreciated, as this grass roots, nonprofit serves those who face mental health issues in Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester, Essex and Ipswich.
Operation Safe +Boat
Come to USCG Station Gloucester, 7 Harbor Loop, on May 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and experience and explore the Mission of Station Gloucester’s first responders at Operation Safe + Boat, a safe boating day that opwn to all, featuring
• Live Helicopter Search & Rescue Demonstration
• A Free Lunch provided by the Station
• K-9 Teams and Demo
• Signal Flare Demos (Drop off your expired flares)
• Boating Classes and Vessel Safety Check information
• Try on Safety Gear
• Search and Rescue Boat Tours
• Live Band
• Health and Well Being Booths
• Beverly Dive Team
• Special Appearance by “Coastie”
Rain date is May 25. For more information, visit: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1dmWKxVWSzvjwhLjzrw1IQziyRTEBJZsB
Israeli Dancing for Beginners
The community is invited to Israeli Dancing for Beginners taught by Marla Mindel, experienced Israeli dance teacher, at Temple Ahavat Achim, 86 Middle St., Gloucester, on Wednesdays, May 15, 22 and 29 from 7 to 8 p.m. RSVPs requested to Susan Feinstein at email@example.com or 978-740-4431. The program is free and open to all. Israeli Dancing for Beginners is sponsored by Lappin Foundation and Temple Ahavat Achim.
Maritime Gloucester Summer Programs
Maritime Gloucester is offering weeklong programs for summer 2019 including new collaborations with Harborlight Montessori, Lowell’s Boat Shop and Tall Ships Maine.
The Sacred Cod: Adaptation, Ecology & Local Lore: June 17 to 21, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., grades 4-9, $500 registration. Examines the relationship between people and the ocean through the historical lens of the cod.
Seafaring and Sail Training for Teens: July 7 to 13, 4 p.m., $1,100 fee includes three meals per day, fuel, crew, docking, etc. Non-refundable $500 deposit due at registration. A week working and sailing aboard the schooner Harvey Gamage, working side-by-side with a professional crew to learn seamanship. Space is limited. Sign up through Lowell’s Boat Shop at 978-834-0050 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coastal Explorers, Sailing and Science: July 15 to 19, ages 8-11.
Coastal Explorers-Voyagers: July 29 to Aug. 2, ages 11-15.
Maritime Explorers: Aug. 5 to 9, ages 10-15.
Rockport Legion Band 86th free series
Join the Rockport Legion Band as it pays tribute to its original members from 1932, most of Finnish heritage. Conductor Jason Howard has invited Paul Niemisto, a Minnesota brass band founder, to conduct with guest musicians a program featuring music by Finnish-American composers, comments about the band, its origins and first members as the RLB performs music reminiscent of its earliest years. Part of the band’s 86th free outdoor summer Sunday concert series. July 21, 7 to 8:30 p.m., bandstand, Back Beach, Rockport. Bring chairs, blankets. In case of inclement weather: Rockport High School, John Lane Auditorium, Jerdens Lane; first come, first served. Call 202-420-8548.
Rockport Legion Band member 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, John Anderson, Uno Carlson, Hermon Erwin, Oscar Hakala, Olaf Hendrickson, John Maki, Ernest A. Nelson, Harold Orne, Joseph Parady, Jacob Ranta, George Rantilla, Ernest Robinson, 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.
Wellspring’s Adult Learning Initiative (ALI) is seeking volunteer tutors to help in its evening program. It offers Computers for School and Careers (Word/Excel/PowerPoint) on Monday and Wednesday nights and also offer College Readiness Writing and Math Classes on Tuesday and Thursday nights. Classes run from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. You don’t need to be an expert, just bring your enthusiasm. The current session began Feb. 4 and runs for 15 weeks. You can volunteer one or two nights per week. Contact Mary to learn more at 978-281-3221 ext. 300.
Free HiSET (GED) classes
The Compass Youth Program of Action Inc. offers HiSET (formerly GED) preparation and enrichment courses at its 5 Pleasant St. location. Classes meet Monday to Friday and are free to eligible youth, ages 16-24. Contact Penny at 978-282-1000, ext. 117, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Cape Ann Bariatric Support Group meets on the third Thursday of each month, 7 to 8 p.m., at the Gloucester United Methodist Church, 436 Washington St. Bariatric surgery is a tool to help you in your weight loss journey. Anyone who is post six months out or more is welcome. Contact Julie at 978-290-9312 or email@example.com.
A free community diabetes screening is held the first Monday of each month, 1 to 3 p.m., at Addison Gilbert Hospital, 298 Washington St., Women’s Health Conference Room. All are welcome. Appointments and fasting are not required. Call 978-283-4000.
Free blood pressure screenings
Free blood pressure screenings are offered each week:
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.
Open Door 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.
Free, confidential Narcan access and overdose prevention information is available in Gloucester. Narcan is a medication which can temporarily reverse the effects of an opiate overdose. In the event of an overdose, call 911. If you or someone you know uses opiates, call the North Suffolk Narcan Enrollment Center at 617-912-7554. This is a recorded message checked once daily. Leave your contact information and indicate that you would like to be trained in Gloucester. Calls returned by Gary Langis. Program supported by Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
Al-Anon Family Group meets Fridays, 7 to 8 p.m., at First Baptist Church, 38 Gloucester Ave. Meetings, which are open to families of problem drinkers, are anonymous, confidential and free.
Free immigration services
In collaboration with Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken, attorney Carolyn Fuchs has volunteered to meet confidentially at the Rose Baker Senior Center with any Gloucester resident who has questions about citizenship, family sponsorship or other immigration questions. Fuchs has practiced Immigration Law since 1979. Services are free and open to residents of all ages. To schedule an appointment, call 978-281-9765, ext. 22.
The Gloucester Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 74, meets the third Tuesday of the month, 6:30 p.m., at the Veterans Center. All members and prospective members are encouraged to attend. Any honorably discharged veteran who was injured on active duty is eligible to join.
SCORE, a resource partner of the Small Business Administration, offers free business advice to prospective and existing business owners every Tuesday at a convenient Cape Ann location. To make an appointment, call 978-691-1321. Email Dave at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.scorenemass.org.
The Talbot Rink at the O’Maley School in Gloucester holds hockey stick practice for ages 19 and older every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Only $10 for the two hours. Friendly folks, super sheet of ice, plenty of parking, not to mention, a big scene in the Oscar winning movie, “Manchester-By-the-Sea.” No sign-up, just drop in, sharpen your skills or enjoy a pick-up game.
Cape Ann Choir School studies and sings weekly from 4:15 to 5:45 p.m. on Thursdays at St. John’s Church, 48 Middle St. Park at 33 Washington St. Participants study how to sing as well as the language of music, ringing bells and drumming. Program is free for children ages 5-13.
Second Glance Thrift Store, 2 Pond Road, is open Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Shop for clothing, household goods, books, collectibles, furniture and more. Donation center is open during regular business hours. Furniture pickup available by appointment. Tax receipt available upon request. All proceeds support The Open Door. Call 978-283-4298 or visit www.foodpantry.org.
Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House, 75 Eastern Point Blvd., is closed for the season.
Food Pantry hours
The Open Door Food Pantry, 28 Emerson Ave., provides free groceries for those in need. Proof of address is required. Hours: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Tuesday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 978-283-6776 or visit www.foodpantry.org.
Learn to Cope
The Gloucester Cape Ann Chapter of Learn to Cope is a confidential peer-led support network for anyone struggling with a loved one’s addiction. Group meets Wednesdays, 7 to 8:30 p.m., at the Rose Baker Senior Center, 6 Manuel F. Lewis St., second-floor conference room. Call Kathy Day at 508-245-1050 or visit www.learn2cope.org. Register for the confidential online discussion board. Narcan training available to members.
The Rotary Club of Gloucester meets every Tuesday at Cruiseport Gloucester (lower level), 6 Rowe Square. Lunch is served at noon, followed by the meeting at 12:15 p.m. Visiting Rotarians and visitors interested in learning more about Rotary are always welcome. A buffet lunch is served at noon and is $16 per person. Visit www.gloucesterrotary.us.
Low-impact water exercise programs for seniors are offered Tuesdays, 9 to 10 a.m., and Fridays, 12:30 p.m. Free program is sponsored by Addison Gilbert Hospital (Lahey Health), Cape Ann YMCA, and Gloucester Council on Aging. To sign up, call 978-281-9765.
Yoga for seniors
The Gloucester Council on Aging provides yoga sessions each week at the Rose Baker Senior Center:
Tuesdays — Gentle Mat Yoga at 10 a.m.
Wednesdays — Relaxation and Stretching Chair Yoga at 12:15 p.m.
Thursdays — Gentle Chair Yoga at 10 a.m.
Northern Essex WIC
Northern Essex WIC (Women, Infants and Children) is a program providing nutrition and health education, healthy food and other services free to Massachusetts families who qualify at the Gloucester Family Health Center, 302 Washington St.
Free Medicare Counseling
SeniorCare hosts free SHINE counseling sessions for Medicare members and prospective members, with unbiased information about choices to be made when enrolling or re-enrolling in Medicare. Anyone interested in reserving a 45-minute session should contact 978-281-1750 (TTY 978-282-1836). Sessions are held at SeniorCare’s offices at 49 Blackburn Center.
Senior license renewal
The Council on Aging is providing assistance with processing online registry transactions for license and/or registration renewal. Staff assists residents in conducting registry transactions online and help locate forms and other resources offered by the MassRMV.
Cape Ann Business Incubator’s Center for Entrepreneurial Development holds free lunchtime workshops for business owners and entrepreneurs every Wednesday, noon to 1 p.m., at 33 Commercial St. Topics include an introduction to bookkeeping, financial management, how to secure financing and more. To RSVP, call Desmond at 978-540-9977, ext. 101.
NAMI support groups
NAMI Cape Ann support groups are for family and friends and individuals dealing with mental health issues and challenges. Schedule: First Wednesday of every month, 7 to 8:30 p.m.; and second and fourth Tuesdays, 7 to 8:30 p.m. All groups meet at NAMI Cape Ann, 43 Gloucester Ave., Gloucester. Call 978-281-1557 or visit www.namicapeann.org.
Longevity training for seniors
A free longevity exercise program for seniors is offered Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:15 a.m., at the Rose Baker Senior Center. Sponsored by Addison Gilbert Hospital (Leahy Health), Cape Ann YMCA, and Gloucester Council on Aging. Call 978-281-9765.
Gloucester military family members may call the Gloucester Office of Veterans Services at 978-281-9740 to register active-duty family members. Military members’ names will be announced during upcoming city ceremonies.
Bay View Brotherhood
The Bay View Brotherhood meets the second Tuesday of every month, 7 p.m., at Brotherhood Club Hall, 889 Washington St.
North Shore Friends
Every Sunday, the North Shore Friends (Quakers) meet at 10 a.m. 978-283-4585.
Tai Chi sessions
Tai Chi sessions are offered at the Rose Baker Senior Center on Tuesdays at 9 a.m., and Fridays at 11 a.m. To sign up, call 978-281-9765.
The Council on Aging offers a free exercise program for those with Parkinson’s disease on Thursdays, 2 to 3 p.m., at the Rose Baker Senior Center. To sign up, call 978-281-9765.
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.
Friendly Call Program
The Gloucester Council on Aging offers a Friendly Call Program. If you or someone you know is feeling isolated or disconnected from the community, and would like a friendly phone call or visit, call Ann at the Rose Baker Senior Center at 978-281-9765, ext. 13.
Cape Ann Thrift Shop
Trinity Congregational Church’s Cape Ann Thrift Shop, 70 Middle St., is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays only. The rest of the week, it is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to noon. The shop offers clothing for the whole family, linens, toys, jewelry and more. Donations of all types are appreciated.