Saturday, July 2

Fundraiser event, 8 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Society, 4 Cleaves St. Subversive humor with author Steve Almond, on being a thoughtful, literate and engaged citizen. $5; proceeds benefit UUS. 978-282-6509.

Monday, July 4

Rockport Firemen's Association's Fourth of July parade, steps off 6 p.m. at Jerden's Lane school complex. No registration required for floats and horribles. Prizes for most original. Bonfire lit at dusk. Rain date: July 9. 978-546-1044.

Wednesday, July 6

"One Heart One World," multicultural musical program for children, 3 p.m., Millbrook Meadow. Rain location: Rockport Public Library.

Friday, July 8

Congressman John Tierney speaks at Rockport's Democratic pot-luck supper, 6 p.m., open to all at the home of Beverly Quint, 14 Drumlin Road. Beverages provided. Bring dinner dish. Donations welcome. Call Nancy Jo Delaney, at 978-546-9284.

Saturday, July 9

Sandy Bay Historical Society celebrates opening of its Old Castle, 2 to 5 p.m., 3 Castle Lane, Pigeon Cove. Free and open to all. Light refreshments served.

Stone cutting demonstration, 2 to 3 p.m., Halibut Point State Park. D&D Masonry of Rockport explains techniques and tools for splitting Rockport granite. All welcome. www.rockportcutgranite.com.

Sunday, July 10

Windhover Center for the Arts benefit cabaret, 7:30 p.m., 257 Granite St., rear entrance. Award-winning vocalist Didi Stewart performs with renowned pianist Joe Mulholland, Wine and cheese served. Proceeds support July dance concert. Tickets are $35, tax-deductible. Call Ina Hahn at 978-546-3611 or e-mail windhover@verizon.net.

Wednesday, July 13

"Travel the Reading Road," funny folktales puppet show for children, 3 p.m., Millbrook Meadow. Rain location: Rockport Public Library.

Meet the author, 7 p.m., Rockport Public Library. Holly LeCraw discusses "The Swimming Pool."

Meet artist Jon Sarkin, 7 p.m., Rockport Art Association. Open to the public. $5. 978-546-6604.

Thursday, July 14

Historical District Commission public meets, 6:30 p.m., Rockport Public Library, to discuss proposed historic district guidelines; visit www.town.rockport.ma.us, Town Clerk's office and library.

Saturday, July 16

Sea Breeze Craft Fair, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Rockport United Methodist Church, 36 Broadway. Crafts, gifts, jewelry, fabric arts, food, etc. Homemade luncheon. Table rentals are $40. 978-546-9506.

Thacher Island Association fundraising Kayak-a-thon, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. From Granite Pier to Thacher Island. $25 registration fee. Participants in this 150th celebration of the twin lighthouses should sign up sponsors at www.thacherislandpaddle.com or call Michele Desoto at 978-836-7165.

Wednesday, July 27

SDLqOne World, Many Tails," hands-on live animal show for children, 3 p.m., Millbrook Meadow. Rain location: Rockport Public Library.

Friday, July 29

Thacher Island annual lighthouse cruise, departs 6 p.m. from Gloucester's Cape Ann Whale Watch. Cash bar, sandwiches and snacks. Hurricane II returns at 9 p.m. $30 per person. Call Sharron at 978-283-7223.

Wednesday, Aug. 3

Summer Reading Program wrap-up party with musician Tom Sieling, 3 p.m. Rockport Public Library.

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