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Puppet 'Reading Road'
Sparky's Puppets will present "Travel the Reading Road," a show specially created for the summer reading program, "One World, Many Stories at Your Library," on Wednesday, July 13, 3 p.m., in Millbrook Meadow. In case of rain, the program will be held at the library.
Meet the author
Holly LeCraw, author of the debut novel "The Swimming Pool," will be the featured speaker Wednesday, July 13, 7 p.m., at the Rockport Public Library. The book is an intricately woven tale of family secrets, murder and a May-December romance. Copies available at the library and Toad Hall Bookstore. Due to space limitations, advance reservations are required.
'Coastal Gardens' tour
The Rockport Garden Club will feature 13 gardens in its "Coastal Gardens" tour on Friday and Saturday, July 8 and 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. A luncheon and a sale of artwork and note cards by local artists available. Tickets are $25. For advance tickets, call 978-546-2896 or 978-546-6861, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop by Toad Hall Bookstore, 51 Main St., and Pier & Main Fine Gifts, 1 Main St. From July 7-9, tickets sold from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Chamber of Commerce information booth, Upper Main Street, and Barletta Park, corner of Broadway and T-Wharf. Proceeds benefit the planting and maintenance of Rockport's 12 town gardens, various civic projects and several scholarships. Visit www.rockportgardenclub.org.
Library home delivery
Rockport Public Library offers outreach services for local homebound residents. The outreach librarian delivers regular, large-print and audio books as well as periodicals and videos. Call 978-546-6934.
Catholics come home
Holy Family Church of Cape Ann and the entire Archdiocese of Boston has launched an outreach program called "Catholics Come Home." If you are interested in learning more, join a small group meeting in a private home to listen, be listened to, and/or ask questions. Call Anne or Mary at 978-281-4820.
The Rockport Community Schools program will offer these summer courses: Introduction to Painting Horses and Other Animals (Parts I and II) with Robert Butler; Introduction to Realistic Painting: People (Parts I and II) with Robert Butler; and Guitar Workshop (Parts I and II) with Robert Butler. Registration forms are available in the Rockport Public Library and all school offices. For more information, call Gini Nangle at 978-546-1204.
The Thacher Island Association needs participants to compete in a fundraising Kayak-a-thon on July 16, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., starting from Granite Pier and paddling 3 miles to Thacher Island. 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 ($25 registration fee). Prize bags will go to those raising at least $75; additional prizes will go to participants raising the most. The Association is a non-profit 501-3C organization dedicated to the maintenance of the Island and all donations are tax deductible.
HDC open meeting
The Rockport Historical District Commission will hold an open meeting Thursday, July 14, 6:30 p.m., at the Rockport Public Library, to discuss proposed historic district guidelines. Public input is welcome on guidelines to the proposal; visit www.town.rockport.ma.us, or the Town Clerk's office or the library. E-mail comments to email@example.com, or mail to: The Historical District Commission, 34 Broadway, Rockport, MA 01966, and include your name, address and telephone number.
The annual Thacher Island lighthouse cruise, "Lighthouses of Cape Ann," will take place Friday, July 29. The Hurricane II departs promptly at 6 p.m. from Gloucester's Cape Ann Whale Watch. Celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Twin Lighthouses with a narrated sunset cruise around Cape Ann to see the five lighthouses. A cash bar, sandwiches and snacks will be available. Boat returns at 9 p.m. Cost is $30 per person. For reservations, call Sharron at 978-283-7223.
A party at Old Castle
Sandy Bay Historical Society will be celebrating the summer opening of its Old Castle with a birthday party that's free and open to all on July 9, from 2 to 5 p.m., at The Old Castle, 3 Castle Lane, in Pigeon Cove. Light refreshments will be served.
Windhover Benefit Cabaret
On Sunday, July 10, at 7:30 p.m., Didi Stewart, two-time winner of the Boston Music Award for Best Female Vocalist, takes the stage at Rockport's Windhover Center for the Arts (257 Granite St, rear entrance) for a night of magical music making with renowned pianist Joe Mulholland. Wine and cheese will be served at this rollicking cabaret benefit, and Windhover, a nonprofit dependent on funding, hopes proceeds will support its July dance concert. Windhover's classes, workshops and performances in dance and related arts bring outstanding artists to teach and perform. Tickets are $35, tax-deductible. For more information, call Ina Hahn at 978-546-3611 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Contributions may be made payable by check to Windhover, c/o P.O. Box 2249, Rockport, MA 01966.
Vacation Bible School
The First Baptist Church, 4 High St., will host its Big Jungle Adventure Vacation Bible School the week of July 18-22, from 9 a.m. to noon. This free summer camp is open to all area elementary students. To register, visit www.firstbaptistrockport.org or call 978-546-6121.
Math tutors sought
RSVP Volunteers of the North Shore seeks math tutors for its Adult Learning Initiative program at Wellspring in Essex. Help low-income students get their high school equivalency degree or a better job. Patience working with a range of students is needed. All training is provided. (Occasionally, there is a need for English tutors. Program length is eight weeks (13 weeks, including breaks and vacations). Hours vary. For more information, contact Bo Abrams at 978-281-3558, ext. 04, or email@example.com.
Stone cutting demo
Halibut Point State Park will host a stone cutting demonstration with D&D Masonry/Rockport Cut Granite on Saturday, July 9, from 2 to 3 p.m., explaining techniques, uses of tools, including drills, wedges, and hammers. Whether you're interested in simply seeing the demonstration, or have questions about removing boulders in your own backyard, you're welcome to join us. For more information, visit: www.rockportcutgranite.com."
Rockport's Scout Hall, 47 Pleasant ST., will host a summer science camp for students entering grades 4-6th in fall 2011, from July 5 to 8, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The fee is $5 per student. For more information, call Shannon Lally at 978-546-2124
The Rockport Art Association, 12 Main St., offers these classes and sketch groups in its studio:
Figure sketch group (short pose) meets Mondays, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Model takes several short poses progressing to 20 minutes. No instruction. $10. Meets year-round. No preregistration required. Peter DeNigris monitors. 508-662-9985.
Figure sketch group (long pose) meets Thursdays, 1 to 4 p.m. Adequate time to study subject and produce completed works of art. All mediums. No instruction. $10. Meets year-round. No preregistration required. Fred Jillson monitors. 978-281-5144.
CPR, first aid course
A CPR/AED and First Aid Course with Jeanne Pratt, R.N., will meet Mondays, July 11, 18, 25, and Aug. 1. Participants only need to attend one of the six-hour classes, which are offered through the American Heart Association. Certification awarded upon completion. Wear loose, comfortable clothing, and bring a lunch/snack (no nuts) and water. Class meets 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Rockport Middle/High School library. Cost is $55 per person. Registration forms available at the Rockport Public Library and all school offices. Call Gini Nangle at 978-546-1204.
The annual Sea Breeze Craft Fair takes place July 16, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rockport United Methodist Church, 36 Broadway. Items include crafts, gifts, jewelry, fabric arts, food, etc. A homemade luncheon will be served. Space is still available for crafters; table rentals are $40. Admission is free. For more information, call Linda Burkell at 978-546-9506
The Unitarian Universalist Society, 4 Cleaves St., will host a fundraiser event with author Steve Almond leading a reading and discussion on what it means to be a thoughtful, literate and engaged citizen on Saturday, July 2, at 8 p.m. Admission is $5. Proceeds benefit the society. Call Heidi Wakeman at 978-282-6509.
Meet the artists
In conjunction with the special 90th anniversary exhibit, "Outside In," the Rockport Art Association, 12 Main St., is hosting "meet the artist" gallery talks, the last of which is Jon Sarkin on Wednesday, July 13, 7 p.m. Admission is $5, open to the public. Call 978-546-6604.
Fourth of July parade
The Rockport Firemen's Association's Fourth of July parade will step off at 6 p.m. at the Jerden's Lane school complex on Monday, July 4, with bands and floats, proceeding along South Street, Mount Pleasant Street, Dock Square, Main Street, and back to Beach Street. No preregistration required for floats and horribles. Prizes will be awarded for most original. Participants should approach via Summer Street, as Jerden's Lane at South Street will be blocked off. The bonfire will be lit at dusk. Rain date is July 9. Call 978-546-1044.
This July and August, "kids fly free" at Tedy D'Agostino's free kids art workshops, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 to 11 a.m. at his studio, 7 Clark St., Rockport. Learn drawing and coloring with graphite, crayon, color pencil and charcoal with a seasoned, multi-medium professional artist. Classes are small and space is limited, so registration is required. For more information, call 978-546-2084.
The Sandy Bay Historical Society museum on King Street is open Mondays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., for research. Cost is $5 for nonmembers, free for members. Tours of the museum are also offered.
Teen TV productions
Cape Ann TV's Lisa Smith trains teens to write, direct, produce and perform at the CATV studio, 38 Blackburn Industrial Park, in a free program for teens ages 13 and older. Jointly sponsored by Healthy Gloucester Collaborative and Cape Ann TV, the after-school program meets every Tuesday, 2:45 to 4:15 p.m., and includes all aspects of TV production, including directing, producing, writing and performing. No experience necessary. Space is limited. To register, contact Lisa Smith at 978-281-2443 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
March for children
Representatives of "Protect Mass Children" will march in Rockport's Fourth of July parade to raise awareness of child abuse. To fund programs to protect children in Massachusetts from sexual predators, they will be raffling a fully-restored 1966 Ford Mustang GT Fastback. Marching with them in the parade will be Sen. Bruce Tarr, lead sponsor of legislation calling for strong mandatory sentences for repeat sex offenders.
Book donations sought
Donations of gently-used books, both hardcover and softcover for all ages, are requested for the Rockport Friends of the Library's upcoming book sale. Books may be left at the main circulation desk during regular business hours: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 1 to 8 p.m.; Tuesday and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. No periodicals or dictionaries. All proceeds support library programs and infrastructure, including the summer reading program for children and museum passes for local attractions.
The Rockport Legion Band is looking for musicians to play during the Fourth of July celebration in Rockport. Players are needed for the Clown Band in the Firemen's Parade (call George Ramsden at 978-546-3206) and for the seated Bonfire Band (e-mail email@example.com or call the director at 978-546-6199).
A variety of recovery programs meet weekly in Rockport.
Sunday — Alcoholics Anonymous "Women in Recovery" 2 to 3 p.m., First Congregational Church, School Street.
Monday — Alcoholics Anonymous, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 24 Broadway.
Tuesday — Alcoholics Anonymous step meeting, noon to 1 p.m., First Baptist Church of Rockport, 2 High St.; Alcoholics Anonymous, 7:30 p.m., First Congregational Church, School Street.
Wednesday — Al-Anon group, 7:30 p.m., First Baptist Church of Rockport, 2 High St., for friends and relatives of people with alcoholism.
Thursday — Alcoholics Anonymous closed book meeting, noon to 1 p.m., Rockport Baptist Church, 2 High St. Alcoholics Anonymous "Men in Recovery" men's speaker discussion meeting, 7:30 p.m., United Methodist Church.
Friday — Alcoholics Anonymous, noon to 1 p.m., First Baptist Church of Rockport, 2 High St.
Saturday — Alcoholics Anonymous, 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., First Baptist Church of Rockport, 2 High St. (in July). AA meets at the First Congregational Church, School Street, the rest of the year.
Music in the Meadow
"One Heart, One World," a multicultural musical event for children of all ages, will be presented Wednesday, July 6, 3 p.m., in Millbrook Meadow. Children will sing, dance and play African, Latin and Native American traditional songs and rhythms. The interactive musical program, developed by Playtivity, is part of Rockport Public Library's summer reading program and is sponsored by the Friends of the Rockport Public Library. In case of rain, the program will be held at the library.
Congressman John Tierney will speak at Rockport's Democratic pot-luck supper Friday, July 8, at 6 p.m., open to all at the home of Beverly Quint, 14 Drumlin Road. Beverages will be provided. Bring salad, main course or dessert. Donations are welcome. Call Nancy Jo Delaney, at 978-546-9284.
Rental, mortgage aid
Action Inc. has rental and mortgage assistance (TBRA/MBRA) money available from Rockport's Community Preservation Act (CPA) to help Rockport families and individuals facing financial hardships in keeping their housing. Call 978-282-1000 to check eligibility status.
Pilates, yoga class
The Rockport Recreation Department is offering a pilates and yoga class Mondays and Wednesdays, 7 to 8 a.m., through July 27, at the Rockport Community Center, 58 Broadway. Cost is $50. Bring a yoga mat. To register, call 978-546-1309 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Rockport Recreation Department's Summer Fun Program is now holding enrollment. Summer Fun is a school-aged program that runs for six weeks during summer vacation. The program is Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to noon, at the Elementary School. Cost is $135. To register, visit town.rockport.ma.us and download a form to mail in. Call 978-546-1309.