Listings may be sent to: Goings On, Gloucester Daily Times, 36 Whittemore St., Gloucester, MA 01930; or emailed to Joann Mackenzie at email@example.com, at least two weeks prior to the event.
Hart & Gibson read
Gloucester author JoeAnn Hart will read from her 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 John’s Episcopal Church, Gloucester will hold its “Spring Into Summer” Rummage Sale on Friday, May 31, from 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, June 1, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Parish Halls. Summer wear for all: Men, women and children. Shoes, bedding and linens, cloth remnants, sewing and knitting supplies and other beach and summer items. There will also be selected item markdowns: White tags 50 percent off and gray tags 20 percent off. Cash, MasterCard and Visa accepted. For shoppers’ convenience, the Thrift Shop will also be open. Free parking is available at 33 Washington St.
Walk for Huntington’s
The Gloucester Team Hope Walk steps off on Saturday, June 8, at 10 a.m. from Stage Fort Park Area A, 24 Hough Ave. Join a community walking together to support the (HDSA) Huntington’s Disease Society of America’s fight to improve the lives of people affected with Huntington’s disease, as well as their families. All donations will go to this effort. To learn more about this event, the disease and the work of the HDSA, visit www.HDSA.org, call 800-345-HDSA, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, 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.
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.
Friends of Seacoast
The Friends of Seacoast is a volunteer organization of family members and concerned community volunteers whose goal is to provide meaningful social activities for residents. The group meets the second Tuesday of each month, 5 to 6 p.m., at the Seacoast Nursing Center, third-floor community room. Anyone wishing to make a donation in honor or in memory of a loved one may send it to: Friends of Seacoast, 298 Washington St., Gloucester, MA 01930.
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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.
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.