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Introduction to Medicare
Are you, a friend or a loved one turning 65, or thinking of retiring? Are you confused about Medicare? You are not alone. There will be an “Introduction to Medicare” informational session Wednesday, April 17, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at SeniorCare, 49 Blackburn Circle. Learn about the structure of Medicare, when to enroll, and how to choose plans that suit you, your lifestyle and your overall health. This session will be presented by a certified SHINE Counselor, providing free, unbiased information, and is intended to guide participants through all of their options. To register, call 978-281-1750 or visit www.seniorcareinc.org.
Skeptics in the pub
On April 16, Cape Ann Skeptics in the Pub presents Dr. Jonathan Howard, a neurologist and psychiatrist at NYU and Bellevue Hospital and author of the book “Cognitive Errors and Diagnostic Mistakes: A Case-Based Guide to Critical Thinking in Medicine.” Howard will join via videoconferencing in the function room of the Pilot House Restaurant and Bar, 3 Porter St., next to the Cape Ann Savings Bank, 38 Rogers St. Mingle and menu at 6 p.m., program begins at 6:45.
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 will be on view from May 11 through July 7 with a meet-the-artist reception, free to museum members with admission, May 18, from 3 to 5 p.m.
Art exhibit proposals
Rocky Neck’s Cultural Center Exhibition Program (CCEP) is accepting proposals for five- to six-week exhibition slots available at the Cultural Center Gallery on Rocky Neck, open to members and nonmembers from New England. Submissions for group exhibition proposals for the 2020 season are being accepted through May 1 to be reviewed for acceptance by May 31. If required to complete the 2020 calendar, a second series of reviews will be planned for the fall of 2019. For more information and to download a Cultural Center Exhibition Proposal Form, visit rockyneckartcolony.org/call-for-proposals/.
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.
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.
The city of Gloucester’s annual census will be arriving at all households this month. Review the information and make any changes necessary. Voters who have moved must sign the “voter if moved line” on the bottom of the census form. Return the form promptly even if no changes are made. Registered voters will become “inactive” if they do not respond to the mailing. Inactive voters will be deleted from the voter registration rolls if they do not respond to the census or do not vote for four consecutive years.
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.
2018 street list books
Street list books for 2018 are still available for purchase in the City Clerk’s Office and are $25, payable by cash and check only.
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-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Action Inc.’s Adult Basic Education classes are offered Mondays and Wednesdays, 6 to 8:30 p.m., at 80 Main St. Classes include reading, writing, math, work skills and referrals to support services as needed. Call 978-282-1000 or visit www.actioninc.org.
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.
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, a nonprofit health care organization and primary care doctors office that specializes in taking care of elders age 55 and over who are either on disability or have medical conditions, now has openings for patients. If you are on MassHealth, this is something that can help cover all your 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.
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.
Audubon’s Volunteer Day
Mass Audubon will hold its 13th annual Statewide Volunteer Day Saturday, April 27, to help spruce up wildlife sanctuaries owned by the state’s largest nature conservation nonprofit. Volunteers can choose among 14 sanctuaries — including the Endicott Wildlife Sanctuary off Grapevine Road in Wenham, home of the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary Nature Preschool — and choose a work project suitable to their skills. The work wraps by noon, and volunteers are encouraged to bring lunches and explore the natural amenities. To learn more about participating, visit massaudubon.org/workforwildlife.
Easter Bake Sale
The Women’s Community Club of Magnolia will hold its annual Easter Bake Sale on Saturday, April 20, from 8:30 to 11 a.m., at the Magnolia Library Center, corner of Lexington and Norman avenues. Along with the bake sale, there will be raffle baskets available to take chances on. All the money raised for this event goes to a scholarship fund.