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Cape Ann Farmers' Market is accepting applications for the Backyard Growers Program, which offers training and resources to help low to moderate income Gloucester residents get started on growing vegetable gardens in their own backyards. Application may be downloaded at: www.capeannfarmersmarket.org/backyard-growers. Application deadline is Friday, Oct. 14. For more information, call Lara at 978-317-8025, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Cape Ann Homeownership Center and Neighborhood Legal Services is offering a free two-hour seminar for homeowners at risk of foreclosure, on Thursday, Oct. 13, at 6 p.m., hosted by the Gloucester Housing Authority at 259 Washington St. The workshop includes the federal government's program, and free legal counseling. To reserve a seat, call Kathy Erkkila, asap, at 978-281-4770, ext. 110.
New homeowners class
'After the move,' a class for those new to owning a home, will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 8, and Wednesday, Nov. 9, 6 to 9 p.m., at the Gloucester Housing Authority, 259 Washington St. Topics include equity loans, refinancing, preventing foreclosure, maintenance, tax issues, home safety, and multi family homes. Prepaid $30 registration required. HUD and MHP certified. Download registration form at: www.ghama.com, Or call Kathy Erkkila at 978-281-4770 Ext. 110.
The Sandra L. Olson Lung Cancer Fund, Inc. will hold a fundraiser at Jalapeno's Mexican Restaurant, Main Street, Gloucester, on Oct. 12, from 5 to 11 p.m. For more information, call Erikka Olson at 978-335-7454.
The Schooner Adventure 2011 Natural History of Cape Ann Fall Lecture Series will be held at 7 p.m. in the Friend Room at Sawyer Free Library, 8 Dale Ave. Admission is free, and these lectures are currently scheduled:
Oct. 13, Daniel W. Sampson, of GIS/Data Manager Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management, Boston, on "Cumulative Impacts: The Human Footprint on Massachusetts Waters"
Nov. 17, Mathias Collins, of NOAA/National Marine Fisheries Service, Gloucester, on 'Historical Trends in New England River Flooding and What is Happening Lately.'
On Saturday, Oct. 22, the Trinity Congregational Church is hosting a "Celebration Of The Arts" fund raiser to help finance the building the Elevator Lift in the church. There will be a pot luck supper at 5:30 p.m., and love offerings will be taken, and the talent show case follows at 7 p.m.. showcasing the talents of the church community.
Super flea market
The West Gloucester Trinitarian Congregational Church will host an indoor/outdoor flea market/yard sale/craft fair, with a bake sale, luncheon and CVS flu shot clinic, and "gold rush" on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church, 488 Essex Ave. For more information or to reserve a table ($25), call 978-283-4148.
The Annual Meeting of the Corporation of the Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Library is Monday, Oct. 17, 7 p.m. on the library main floor. Sign in at 6:30 p.m. to view improvements and meet other corporators. The agenda includes reports from the president and director, as well as election of officers, directors, members and committees. The Annual Report is available online at: www.sawyerfreelibrary.org. Printed copies are available on request.
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.
The annual SeniorCare fundraiser breakfast at Lobsta Land will take place Tuesday, Oct. 25, 6:30 to 11 a.m. Special breakfast menu is $8 per person. Tickets available at SeniorCare (978-281-1750), or at the door.
The Gloucester United Methodist Church is looking for singers to participate in its Thanksgiving community service Sunday, Nov. 20, at 2 p.m. Guest speaker is Julie Lafontaine, executive director of The Open Door. Rehearsals are at 7 p.m. on these dates: Monday, Oct. 17; Monday, Nov. 7; and Monday, Nov. 14. All rehearsals are at the church. Call 978-281-7515 or 978-281-1040.
Fall craft fair
Veterans' Memorial School will hold a fall craft fair Saturday, Oct. 15, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Table rentals are available for $35 or $45 and should be reserved early. Send check or money order, payable to Veteran's Memorial PTO, to: 11 Webster St., Gloucester, MA 01930, and include name, phone number and brief description of craft. Call Jackie Harwood at 978-281-2928.
Meet the candidate
The Committee to Elect Kenneth Sarofeen will host a meet the candidate event Saturday, Oct. 15, 7 p.m., at the St. Peter's Club.
The Cape Ann Cursillo Community will hold its first ultreya and pot-luck supper of the season Saturday, Oct. 8, following the 4 p.m. Mass at St. John's Church in Essex. Pot-luck at 5 p.m., followed by the ultreya at 6 p.m. All are welcome and need not have been on a cursillo encounter weekend to attend. Call Al Mitchell at 978-879-3655.
CATV remembers Joe Garland
Cape Ann TV will remember Gloucester's Joe Garland with repeat airings of two of his archived lectures. "Joe Garland on Joe Garland" will air Tuesday, Oct. 4, 10:30 a.m.; Thursday, Oct. 6, 11 a.m.; and Friday, Oct. 7, 9 p.m. "Unknown Soldiers: Reliving World War II in Europe" will air Monday, Oct. 3, 7 p.m.; Tuesday, Oct. 4, 9:30 a.m.; Thursday, Oct. 6, 10 a.m.; and Friday, Oct. 7, 10:30 p.m. These one-hour lectures, which were recorded at Cape Ann Museum, will air on cable Channel 12. Call 978-281-2443 or visit www.capeanntv.org.
Legion Halloween party
The Capt. Lester S. Wass American Legion will host a Halloween party, for members and guests, Saturday, Oct. 22, 7 p.m., at Post 3. The party will feature music by classic rock band MA ROXX, a costume contest, an appetizer buffet and raffles. Tickets are $15 in advance, $25 for two in advance, or $20 at the door.
Cultural Council grants available
Applications are being accepted by the Gloucester Cultural Council for its 2012 Local Cultural Council grants. The council makes awards to individuals and community organizations for projects in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences. Applications are available at the Sawyer Free Library front desk and online at www.massculturalcouncil.org. Completed applications in triplicate must be returned to the main desk of the library by Oct. 15, or mailed to: Gloucester Cultural Council, P.O. Box 176, Gloucester, MA 01931, postmarked no later than Oct. 15.
The PSAT, Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, will be administered Wednesday, Oct. 12, at Gloucester High School. All juniors are encouraged to register for the test. Register in advance by Oct. 7 with Mrs. Mondello in the Guidance Office. A test fee of $22 will be collected, in cash, at the time of registration.
Senior college planning night
Gloucester High School will host a presentation on college admissions Wednesday, Oct. 19, 7 p.m., in the Gloucester High School lecture hall.
Video Club for teens
Cape Ann TV is now enrolling middle and high school students in its After School Video Club. The program, led by staff member Lisa Smith, meets Tuesdays, 3 to 5 p.m., at Cape Ann TV Studio, 38 Blackburn Center, beginning Oct. 4. Throughout the school year, students will learn both studio production and field production. Students will brainstorm scripts and produce short creative videos, as well as produce interview style programming. Students will have hands-on experience with equipment and learn all aspects of video production. All programs produced by the club will be shown on Channel 12. Cost is $20 and includes a year's membership to CATV. To register, contact Lisa Smith at 978-281-2443 or lsmith@CapeAnnTV.org.
The Gloucester Stroke Club will meet Thursday, Oct. 6, 7 p.m., at Addison Gilbert Hospital, Women's Health Center, 298 Washington St. Acupuncturist Eli Jacobe will present the film "9,000 Needles." Visit www.9000needles.com or www.Bu.Edu/naeser/acupunture/publications.html. All are welcome. Refreshments will be served. Call Cynthia at 978-283-2633 or Virginia at 978-283-3968.
The Gloucester Woman's Club
The Gloucester Woman's Club will meet Thursday, Oct. 27, noon, at the Gloucester Fraternity Club, 27 Webster St. The club invites Cape Ann women to join. The club supports scholarship funds and education, and encourages programs dealing with conservation, home life and veterans affairs. Call Virginia Hilshey at 978-283-2007.
The Cape Ann Shakespeare Troupe is looking for musicians to perform in a carnival street band as part of its upcoming community production of "The Taming of the Shrew." They are especially seeking players with a recorder, horn or clarinet. All instruments are welcome. Contact Ray Jenness at 978-546-3136 or email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.
The Rotary Club meets every Tuesday at 12:15 p.m. at Cruiseport Gloucester.
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.
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.
The Action Fuel Assistance Program is available this heating season, Nov. 1 to April 30, 2012. Gross yearly income limits are: one person, $31,218; two-person household, $40,824; three-person household, $50,429; four people, $60,035; and $69,641 for five people. Additional discounts for natural gas, heating oil, electricity, and phone service may also apply. Action also offers energy conservation and education programs to both homeowners and renters, which may include weatherizing your home through insulation and air sealing, replacing inefficient light bulbs and refrigerators, and more. For homeowners only, Action may be able to pay for heating system repairs, cleaning, and replacements. Call 978-281-3900 to learn more or 978-282-1003 to book an appointment. Visit www.action.org/energy_main.html.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
GFC Ladies Auxiliary
The Gloucester Fraternity Club's Ladies Auxiliary will meet Wednesday, Oct. 5, 7 p.m., at the club, 27 Webster St. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. For dinner reservations, call Barbara at 978-282-4704. A pound auction will be held following the meeting.
Oct. 19 is the last day to register to vote, or to make changes to voter registration for the Nov. 8 city election. The city clerk's office will be open until 8 p.m. on Oct. 19.
Wellspring House will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a benefit concert on Thursday, Oct. 13 at Rockport's Shalin Liu Performance Center featuring Grammy award-winning artists Paula Cole and Shawn Colvin. Proceeds benefit Wellspring House's commitment to basic adult education, job training programs, and homeless prevention work. A pre-concert reception for premium ticket holders starts at 6:30 p.m. and the concert follows at 7:45 p.m. Tickets are available at Wellspring House or at: www.wellspringhouse.org.
Free flu clinics
The Cape Ann Health Departments of Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester and Essex offers these free flu vaccine clinics to all residents 6 mos. and older, regardless of insurance.
Wednesday, Oct. 5, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., NOAA, 55 Great Republic Drive.
Thursday, Oct. 6, 2 to 6 p.m., Gloucester City Hall, 9 Dale Ave.
Thursday, Oct. 13, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Essex Senior Center, 17 Pickering St.
For more information, contact your local Health Department, visit its website, or call Chassea Robinson, Public Health Nurse, Gloucester Health Department at 978-281-9771.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.