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Guest artist

Rose Marie Glen will be guest artist at the August session of "Communicating With An Artist" sponsored by the Council on Aging Art Program, and led by Juni VanDyke, Art Coordinator, Rose Baker Senior Center. The session is on Monday, Aug. 8, at 10:30 a.m. in the art room. Ms. Glen will speak of her artwork and techniques and invites discussion with attendees. All are welcome; For more information, call Juni at 978-281-9765.

Ministry program

The Education for Ministry Program (EfM) an ecumenical program of bible study, theological reflection and prayer, will host an informational introductory meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 9, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at St. Mary's Episopal Church, Broadway, Rockport. The program, which starts in September, meets on Thursday mornings at St. John's Episcopal Church in Gloucester. Students enroll for one year to study Jewish scriptures, the New Testament, Church History, and Theological and Moral Choices over the course of this four year program from the University of the South in Sewanee, Texas.

Barnacle Bazaar

The Orthodox Congregational Church of Lanesville will hold its Barnacle Bazaar on Saturday, Aug. 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1120 Washington St. This year's Bazaar will include traditional favorites and some new features. These include: books, crafts, baked goods, children's games, silent auction, live music, ministry and service project information, white elephant and more. Proceeds benefit the church's charitable and community giving. For more information, please contact the church at office@lanesvillechurch.org or 978.283.2345.

9,000 Needles

A free screening of the film "9,0000 Needles" will be shown on Friday, Aug. 5, at 7 p.m. at the 222 Arts and Wellness Center, 222 Eastern Ave. Hosted by acupuncturist Eli Jacobe, physical therapist Kate Flynn and speech pathologist Cathy Salciccia, the award winning documentary focuses on treating stroke with acupuncture. For more information, and to view the film's preview, visit: www.9000needles.com.

GHS cheerleaders

The Gloucester High School cheerleaders will sponsor a mini camp for children 5-11 Years of age, at the high school field house on August 2-4, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The fee is $80. To regeister, call Beth Costanzo at 978-491-0747, or e-mail: beth@adventuresofscubajack.com.

Pancake Breakfast

Tickets are available at the Rose Baker Senior Center for the Rotary Club annual pancake breakfast at Stage Fort Park on Saturday morning, Aug. 20. Parking is free if you show your breakfast ticket. Breakfast is served outdoors, and proceeds from the breakfast benefit the Rose Baker Senior Center, North Shore Health Project, and SeniorCare, Inc.

Whale Watch discount

On Thursday, Aug. 18, seniors and their families can enjoy a Seven Seas Whale Watch at the greatly reduced cost of just $24, regardless of age. Seniors are invited to invite family members for an unforgettable voyage! Meet at the dock, next to the Gloucester House, at 8 a.m. for departure onboard the Privateer IV. Please bring sunglasses and sunscreen. But first, sign up at the reception desk at the Rose Baker Senior Center for your ticket!

Senior cinema

The Council on Aging's Thursday afternoon movies are a free and fun way to follow-up a lunch at Roses Cafe. Screenings start at 12:30 p.m. in the media room at Rose Baker Senior Center. The August schedule is as follows: Aug. 4. The Rainmaker, starring Matt Damon and Claire Danes; Aug. 11, The Maiden Heist, starring Morgan Freeman; Aug. 18, Runaway Jury, starring John Cusack and Gene Hackman; Aug. 25, Letter to Juliet, starring Amanda Siegfried and Vanessa Redgrave.

Social Day Care

The Council on Aging sponsors Social Day Care sessions three days a week for seniors who are homebound and isolated, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with supervised activities and programs, daily lunch and snacks. Transportation is provided by CATA. For more information, call the Rose Baker Senior Center at 978 281-9765, x 20.

YOGA for Seniors

The Council on Aging provides gentle mat yoga sessions at the Rose Baker Senior Center: Tuesday at 10 a.m., chair yoga on Wednesday at 12:15 p.m., and Thursday, yoga at 10 a.m. For more information, call 978 281-9765.

Free audiology

Hearing is a vital link to our world and the chance for free hearing testing, hearing aid cleaning and evaluations is available on the 3rd Monday of each month when Doctor of Audiology, Celia Logsdon, visits the Rose Baker Senior Center. To schedule a free appointment for Monday, Aug. 15, from 10 a.m. to noon, call the Council on Aging at 978 281-9765.

Monday music

The Good Ole Salty Jazz Band offers free entertainment at the Rose Baker Senior Center, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. for dancing and listening on Mondays, Aug. 1, 8 and 15.

Monday at the malls

On Monday mornings, a CATA bus departs the Rose Baker Senior Center at 10 a.m. for a shopping trip to the Liberty Tree and North Shore Malls. This trip is open to seniors who wish to shop, without the hassles of driving. Five or more per bus; return pick up time from the Mall is 1:30 p.m. To register, call CATA at 978-283-7916 by Friday afternoon before the trip, or call the COA at 978 281-9765 for more information.

COA Board

The Gloucester Council on Aging Board of Directors will meet at the Rose Baker Senior Center on Tuesday, Aug. 9, at 12:30 p.m. All members are encouraged to attend.

Friends of COA

The Friends of the Gloucester Council on Aging will meet at the Rose Baker Senior Center on Wednesday, Aug. 10, at 8 a.m. All members are encouraged to attend.

Indoor BBQ

On Wednesday, Aug. 10, at 11:20 a.m., the Council on Aging will sponsor the annual barbecue at the Rose Baker Senior Center. SeniorCare Nutrition Program provides hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, marinated pasta salad, brownie and watermelon with lemonade. Please sign up in the dining room before Aug. 8.

Constituent visits

State Representative Ann Margaret Ferrante offers constituent services at the Rose Baker Senior Center at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 12; On Friday, Aug. 19, Congressman John Tierney's Senior Aide Cheryl Gresek will be available starting at 11:30 a.m: On Friday, Aug. 26, State Senator Bruce Tarr is available starting at 12:30 p.m. All are welcome. Appointments are suggested but not necessary. Please call the senior center at 978 281-9765.

Vision Group

On Thursday, Aug. 18, the New Vision Group meets at the Rose Baker Senior Center for programs and lunch, starting at 10 a.m. New members are welcome. Please call the council on Aging at 978 281-9765 for more information.

Healthy Aging

On Wednesday, Aug. 24, at 10 a.m., the Council on Aging August Coffee Talk session hosts Dr. Neil Mann, Internist, Center for Healthy Aging, to discuss "Healthy Aging: at 50, 60, 70, and Beyond!" For reservations, call the COA at 978 281-9765. Light refreshments will be served.

Adult Foster Care

On Wednesday, August 24, at 11 a.m. at the Rose Baker Senior Center, Rosie McKenna, Community Relations Representative for Adult foster Care of the North Shore will offer information about the Adult Foster Care Program, a Mass Health funded program, and how it can benefit you. Light refreshment will be served. Call the COA at 978 281-9765.

Brown Bag day

Brown bag food distribution will be held Friday, Aug. 26, at 10 a.m. at the Rose Baker Senior Center, for qualified recipients.

NSAA exhibitions

North Shore Arts Association's "Members' Exhibition V" runs Friday, Aug. 12 — Saturday, Sept. 10. Exhibition IV-"Small Paintings"- continues through Aug. 6. From Sunday, Aug. 7 — Friday, Aug. 19, wildlife artist Robert Cyr's works will be in the Gordon Grant Room. Lynda Goldberg's small works run Saturday, Aug. 7 — Friday, Aug. 19. The association's 350 contemporary artist members are recognized nationally and worldwide. Its historic building at 11 Pirates Lane, Gloucester, has the largest collection of paintings and sculpture on Cape Ann. Open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays, noon to 5 p.m., the gallery is open till 8 p.m. on Fridays through August. It offers demonstrations, workshops, lectures, critiques, and an art auction on August 6. Call 978-283-1857 or visit www.nsarts.org for more information.

Rosary club

The Mother of Grace Club rosary will take place Aug. 1-15, 1 p.m., at 48 Washington St. All are welcome.

Clean harbor swim

The 33rd annual "Celebrate the Clean Harbor Swim" is at Niles Beach, Aug. 13, 10 a.m. Pre-registration is required and the swim is limited to 125. Applications are available at the Lone Gull or; https://home.comcast.net/~clean.harbor.swim/index.htm. Entry deadline is Aug. 8, and beach registration will not be accepted. Volunteers are needed; also, small non-motorized boats (kayaks, canoes, dinghies) to monitor swimmers. Call Richie Martin 978-281-0670.

Church fair

The West Gloucester Trinitarian Congregational Church's summer fair is Saturday, July 30, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., with white elephants, home baked goods, books, and childrens' games. The always-popular silent auction will include restaurant and trip gift certificates, a painting by artist Carleen Muniz, a signed Don Mosher print, art tapestry by Martha Ensign Johnson, a three month membership to the Manchester Athletic Club, antiques, gift baskets, and crafts; bidding ends at 1:30 p.m. Coffee and muffins will be available in the morning, and assorted burgers, subs, hot dogs, etc. will be available for lunch.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Harbor Loop concerts

The annual Harbor Loop free weekly summer concert series 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, 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.

Open Door summer

The Open Door Food Pantry will serve free lunch to children under the age of 18, from now until Aug. 26, at these locations: Riverdale Park, Willowood Gardens and The Open Door, 28 Emerson Ave. All lunches are served Monday-Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., unless otherwise noted. Summer Food Service Programs are federally funded through the USDA and sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Education. No registration or sign-up necessary. Call 978-283-6776 or visit www.foodpantry.org.

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.

'Last Day'

Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main St., presents the world premiere of Richard Vetere's "Last Day" July 21-Aug. 7. Directed by Eric C. Engel, Vetere's newest work is a dark and mysterious love story set in a Long Island cemetery where not all secrets are underground. Performances are: 8 p.m. on July 21-23, July 27-30 and Aug. 3-6; 3 p.m. on July 30 and Aug. 6; and 4 p.m. on July 31 and Aug. 7. Theater is air-conditioned and handicapped-accessible. Tickets are $37, $32 for seniors and students. Year-round Cape Ann residents can purchase discounted tickets ($20) for Wednesday and Thursday performances. Advance reservations suggested and proof of residency required. For reservations, call 978-281-4433 or visit www.gloucesterstage.org.

Annisquam summer concerts

The Annisquam Village Church will present three summer concerts dedicated to the late Annisquam/Houston artist Colin Kennedy.

Sunday, Aug. 28, renowned pianist Jacqueline Schwab plays music of the Civil War period in a program titled "150 Years Ago," with appearances by Celtic musician Michael O'Leary and a vocal set by 'Leven.

Sunday, Sept. 11, Museum of Fine Arts harpsichordist John Gibbons accompanies Boston Symphony cellist Jonathan Miller in a program titled "In Memoriam."

All concerts are at 7:30 p.m. A $15 donation is requested. Visit www.annisquamvillagechurch.com or call 978-283-6416.

Free concert

Willie "Loco" Alexander will perform a free concert in the Cape Ann Museum's Sculpture Garden, 27 Pleasant St., on Friday, July 29, from 4 to 5 p.m. In case of rain, the event will take place inside. Open to the public. Call 978-283-0455 or visit www.capeannmuseum.org.

Porches of Annisquam

"The Porches of Annsiquam," a walking tour of eight private porches, including historic homes with views of Lobster Cove, Annisquam River, Annisquam Lighthouse and Ipswich Bay, takes place Friday, Aug. 5, 5 to 8 p.m. Tour concludes with a sunset serenade by the cast of Annisquam Village Players at 30 Norwood Heights. Cost is $25. For tickets, stop by the Annisquam Exchange or Annisquam Village Hall, both on Leonard Street, on the day of the event, or visit www.annisquamvillageplayers.org/production/fundraiser.php. Call Daphne Papp at 508-662-5600.

Singers sought

The Gloucester United Methodist Church is looking for singers of all ranges who might like to be a part of its 9/11 "God Bless the USA" community event. Call 978-283-7515.

Rock the Dock! fundraiser

Rock the Dock!, a fundraiser dance to help Gloucester Gig Rowers buy a new gig boat, will take place Saturday, Aug. 6, 7 to 10 p.m., at the Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center, 23 Harbor Loop. Admission is $20 in advance or at the door. Call 978-281-0470.

Free outdoor concerts

The 2011 Summer Concert Series at Stage Fort Park will continue Sunday, Aug. 7, with Old Cold Tater. Concerts take place at the Antonio Gentile Bandstand on Sundays at 7 p.m. Upcoming concerts: 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.

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.

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.

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.

CAAA fundraiser

A fundraiser dinner to benefit the Cape Ann Animal Aid will take place Thursday, July 28, 4 to 9 p.m., at Papa Gino's Pizzeria, 233 Main St. Twenty percent of the total pre-tax sales from all guests that come in with a flyer will be donated to the CAAA. For a flyer, stop by the CAAA or visit www.capeannanimalaid.com. Call 978-283-6055 or e-mail info@capeannanimalaid.com.

Gear for grades

Citizens Bank is collecting new school supplies for Gear for Grades, to help local children in need to go back to school with pencils, folders, glue, notebooks and other supplies. Donations may be dropped at any Citizens Bank branch in Massachusetts through Aug. 6. Cradles to Crayons, an innovative nonprofit organization providing essential everyday supplies to low-income and homeless children, will distribute the backpacks. According to a national survey, the average American family spends $606 on back-to-school expenses; impossible for low-income, at-risk or homeless or homeless families.

Guild news

Holy Family Guild will hold a meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 9, at 7 p.m. in Monsignor Sullivan Hall. A brief business discussion will be followed by refreshments and a social featuring a garden-themed "Yankee Swap." Please bring house plants, garden vegetables or flowers to swap. And if you bring a friend, ask them to bring a plant, too! Please note, this meeting is the second Tuesday of August, and $10 dues are now due.

Elks cruise

The Northeast District Elks's big summer boat cruise onboard the Hurricane departs from Rowes Wharf on July 30, boarding at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25, including food, entertainment and cash bar and are available at the Elks Lounge or for purchase from Harry Pardee, at 978-979-2224. Proceeds support needs and special events at our Veterans at the Chelsea Soldiers Home.

Curiosity Companions

The Trustees of Reservations in Cape Ann welcome families with children ages 3-5 to explore Coolidge Point Reservation, Thursday, July 28, Aug. 4 and 11, 11 a.m. to noon. Come to any or all sessions, and let our educator open your senses to nature's wonders in seaside habitats, with old fashioned fun, games and storytelling woven throughout. Session fees are: $4 members, $5 nonmembers. All five sessions are $20 for members, $30, nonmebers. Pre-registration required, call Ramona at 978-281-8400, e-mail: capeann@ttor.org, or visit: www.thetrustees.org.

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