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The immigrantas author
Author Aine Greaney will present at the Gloucester Writers Center, 108 E. Main St., Gloucester, Wednesday, June 12, at 7:30 p.m. The event is linked to June as Immigrant Heritage Month and the recent release of Greaney’s essay collection, “Green Card & Other Essays” (Wishing Up Press, 2019). The Irish-born writer and North Shore resident has written five books and published and broadcast many essays, short stories and features. “As a long-tenured immigrant of privilege,” Greaney will share insights on the current state of immigration and asylum application in the U.S., along with the risks and rewards of first-person nonfiction writing.
Aquarium Summer passes
The Sawyer Free Library has received summer passes for the New England Aquarium, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Generally, the library only offers passes from September to June. But these special summer passes, which allows for a 50% discount on admission, are dated for the months of July and August. The passes and can be found on the “Reserve a Pass” link on the library’s website.
CAM’s Captain’s Bash fundraiser
Cape Ann Museum will hold its annual gala fundraising bash, “The Captain’s Party” on Saturday, June 15, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the museum, 27 Pleasant St., Gloucester, with festive music, sumptuous fare, and creative cocktails. All proceeds support the museum’s educational programs, exhibitions and community collaborations. The party annually honors Captain Elias Davis (1758-1821), who built the three-story Federalist-style home in 1804, the Captain Elias Davis House, now part of the museum. Following the Revolutionary War, he commanded commercial maritime ships in the Caribbean. Individual tickets are $150 at Eventbrite. For details, visit capeannmuseum.org or call 978-283-0455 ext. 10.
Skeptics in the Pub
On Tuesday, June 18, Skeptics in the Pub will have a program on “The Paradox of Choice.” Psychologist Barry Schwartz will run a TED-style talk, followed by discussion. Psychologists David Myers and Robert Lane independently conclude that the current abundance of choice often leads to depression and feelings of loneliness. Opinions welcome on these conclusions. Meet at 6 p.m.; program starts at 6:45 p.m., at Pilot House Restaurant and Bar, 3 Porter St., next to the Cape Ann Savings Bank.
Saint Peter’s Novena
The Annual Nine Day Novena to Saint Peter begins Monday, June 17, and runs through Tuesday, June 25, at 7 p.m. in the American Legion Hall. During this beautiful annual tradition, offer prayers, petitions, and songs for the intercession of Saint Peter, Patron of Fishermen. For more information, contact Joe Novello at 978-283-4367. All are welcome.
Saint Peter’s Fiesta and procession
Fiesta trailers for floats are available for the 2019 Saint Peter’s Fiesta taking place Wednesday, June 26, through Sunday, June 30. Trailers are available for individuals, families and groups who wish to participate with a religious themed float in the 92nd annual procession following the celebration of the outdoor Mass of St. Peter on June 30 at 10 a.m. in St. Peter’s Square. A stipend is offered to help purchase flowers to decorate floats. For more information, or to reserve a float trailer, call Rose Aiello at 978-283-1664.
Curator’s Preview: ‘Homer on the Beach’
The Gloucester Lyceum and Sawyer Free Library will host a preview of Cape Ann Museum’s upcoming exhibition, “Homer on the Beach,” with curator Bill Cross on Thursday, June 20, at 7 p.m. “Homer at the Beach: A Marine Painter’s Journey, 1869-1880” is a major show with some 50 original works by Homer, and some 45 contextualizing objects, ranging from historic photographs to period fashions. Curated by Cross, the exhibition will be the first close examination of the formation of this great artist as a marine painter and the museum is its sole venue. All are welcome to this free presentation at the Sawyer Free Library, 2 Dale Ave., Gloucester. For more information, visit sawyerfreelibrary.org.
Kindness Project benefit
The Kindness Project Inc., a local initiative to celebrate and promote acts of kindness in community, will hold a fundraiser at Jalapenos Authentic Mexican Restaurant, 86 Main St., on Wednesday June 26, from 4:30 p.m. to closing. Jalapenos will donate a portion of all orders placed — both dine-in and take-out. Reservations are recommended. Call 978-281-3680. For more information on The Kindness Project visit on Facebook@TheKindnessProjectCA or email questions to email@example.com
Young Playwrights Workshop
A new play writing class for young people is underway at Gloucester Stage. A professional training program for ages 9 to 19 designed to introduce or cultivate a passion for storytelling through a multi-draft process with input from professional playwright Deirdre Girard, The Young Playwrights Workshop runs Saturdays 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 10-minute play before the general public. The Young Playwrights Festival will be held on Sept. 17, and selected plays will be performed in staged readings by youth acting workshop students and professional actors. For information and registration, visit gloucesterstage.com/youngplaywrights or call Heidi Dallin at 978-283-6688.
GHS ’49 Summer Reunion
All members of Gloucester High School’s Class of 1949 interested in gathering for a reunion luncheon in late July should call Bill Reilly ASAP at 978-283-3527, or 978-290-8097 so planning can commence.
League of Women Voters
All are welcome to join the League of Women Voters of Cape Ann when the group meets Saturday, June 15, at 10 a.m. at the Rockport Police station, 168 Main St. in Rockport. The league is a nonpartisan group of women and men who work to encourage the active and informed participation of citizens in government. Visit lwvcapeann.org or call Judith Bly at 978-865-3869.
Welcoming Center volunteers
Love Gloucester? The Stage Fort Park Welcoming Center is looking for people who know the city and want to welcome the world to it. It’s more fun than work. Those who can give three hours per week, Friday-Sunday, now through Columbus Day, should contact Carol Mondello 978-281-8865 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2019 season at the Gloucester Stage opened 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. Volunteers are needed to help as ushers. Free admission included. For details, email email@example.com or call 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
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.