Fitness class

Rockport Community Schools will offer a fitness class, for all ages, with Marsha Whelan. Classes meet Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., in the Rockport Elementary School gym, beginning Feb. 25. Bring handheld weights, drinking water, a mat/towel for floor work, supportive footwear and comfortable clothing. Cost is $60 for six weeks (12 sessions), $48 for seniors 60 and over. Registration forms are available at the Rockport Public Library and all school offices. Call Gini Nangle at 978-546-1204.

Drama Festival show

The Rockport High School Drama Llamas will present Lisa Loomer’s “Distracted” for this year’s Massachusetts Educational Theatre Guild Drama Festival. The 40 cast and crew members will present their work Saturday, March 2, 9 a.m., at Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School, 775 Bay Road, South Hamilton. Rockport will be one of eight schools competing for advancement in the festival. The RHS Drama Llamas will present a preview performance for the public Thursday, Feb. 28, 7 p.m., in the John Lane Auditorium, 24 Jerden’s Lane. Donations will be accepted at the door. Tickets for the festival will be $10 at the door.

Recycle Day fundraiser

The Docksiders Jazz Band will hold an Electronics and Appliance Recycle Day fundraiser Saturday, March 16, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Gloucester High School parking lot, 32 Leslie O’Johnson Road, Gloucester. All towns are welcome.

Electronics — ($5 each) computers, stereos, DVD players, scanners, copiers, etc.

Appliances — ($10 each) dishwashers, dryers, stoves, microwaves, dehumidifiers, refrigerators, air conditioners, exercise equipment, lawn mowers, small engine items, snow blowers, etc.

Televisions — $15-30 each

Monitors — $10

Sewing machines, cell phones, car batteries and bicycles may be dropped off for free. Unwanted bicycles will get a new home, with some going to Ghana and some staying in the U.S. Contact Dennis Wood at 508-277-7513

Operation Smile

Oasis Rockport will participate with photographers around the country in a portrait promotion supporting Operation Smile, which provides free surgeries for children around the world who have cleft lips, cleft palates or other facial deformities. Along with other members of Professional Photographers of America (PPA), Oasis Rockport will offer an individual portrait session and a desk-size portrait in exchange for a $24 donation to PPA Charities. The event will take place Saturday, April 6, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Emerson Inn by the Sea. To schedule a session, call 978-290-3184.

Democrats caucus

Rockport Democrats will hold a caucus, followed by a regular Democratic Town Committee meeting, on Saturday, Feb. 23, 10:30 a.m., in the Brenner Room, Rockport Public Library, 17 School St. The caucus will elect delegates to the Massachusetts Democratic Convention which will be held July 13 at the Tsongas Arena in Lowell. Delegates will adopt a new party platform for the Massachusetts Democratic Party. Any person registered as a Democrat in Rockport as of Dec. 31, 2012, is eligible to vote and to run for delegate. Call 978-546-3754 or 978-546-8355.

Bible study

Every Wednesday, from 9:30 to 11 a.m., Rockport Baptist Church hosts a Bible study that is free to the public. The group studies various portions of scripture and seeks to make contemporary application. Visit or call 978-546-6121.

Church lift

The First Baptist Church of Rockport offers free rides to church every Sunday for anyone living on Cape Ann. To sign up, call 978-546-6121 or visit

Meditation class

The Vajramudra Center, 154 Granite St., holds free weekly meditation teaching and practice Tuesdays, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Call Larry Wolf at 617-869-0666.

Winter art

Rockport Art Association’s winter/spring studio classes meet in the RAA studio on Stone Barn Lane:

Oil Painting For All Levels with Ron Straka, Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Spring Session I — March 19-April 16

Spring Session II — April 23-May 21

Watercolor For All Levels with Caleb Stone, Wednesdays, 1 to 4 p.m. $75 for a five-week session.

Spring Session I — March 20-April 17

Spring Session II — April 24-May 22

Cost is $75/five-week session, $20 per class. Space is limited. Preregistration is strongly recommended. To register, visit or call 978-546-6604.

Books sought

The Friends of the Rockport Public Library are seeking donations of paperback and hardback books in good condition for the book sale which will take place March 15-17. Donated books, DVDs and books on tape can be brought to the library during normal hours of operation: Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.; and Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 1 to 8 p.m. Proceeds support the Cabin Fever movies, the author series, and children’s programs.

Rummage sale

Pigeon Cove Circle will host its Winter Rent-a-table Rummage Sale and Coffee Break on Saturday, March 9, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Cove Circle Center, Breakwater Avenue. Table rentals are $25; call Michele at 978-546-1195. Space is limited.

Kennedy Museum

The Rockport Senior Center offers a daytrip to the John F. Kennedy Library & Museum & Maggiano’s on Wednesday, Feb. 27. Capture the powerful story of the Kennedy years in 25 dramatic exhibits, followed by Italian food at Maggiano’s. Cost is $78 per person. Sign up early; call Diane or Paula at 978-546-2573.

Pilates Yoga

The Rockport Recreation Department’s Pilates Yoga strength training class meets Mondays, 6:30 to 7:15 p.m., at the Rockport Community House, 58 Broadway. Cost is $30 for six weeks. Call Caitlin Chandler at 978-546-1309.

DECA fundraiser

Rockport High School DECA will host a dinner fundraiser Monday, Feb. 25, 5 to 7 p.m., at the Fish Shack, 21 Dock Square. Tickets are $8. Menu includes spaghetti, meatballs, desserts, soft drinks and coffee. Proceeds support the upcoming Massachusetts DECA State Competition. RHS qualified 40 students to attend state competition in March in Boston. Call 978-546-1234 or email

Baseball registration

Rockport Diamond Sports is hosting online registration for youth baseball and softball at Registration ends Feb. 28. ASA Softball is for players in grades three through eight. Little League and Babe Ruth Baseball is for players ages 7-16. A player’s age is based on their age as of April 30, 2013. Cost for ASA Softball and Little League Baseball is $95. Cost for Babe Ruth Baseball (ages 13-16) is $105. Family cap is $190.

Flower Show

The Rockport Senior Center will travel to Boston to attend the Flower Show at the Seaport World Trade Center on Wednesday, March 13. Cost is $31 and includes roundtrip motor coach and admission to the show. Call 978-546-2573.

Tax aid

The Rockport Senior Center is offering free AARP tax aid Tuesdays, from 1 to 4 p.m. No appointment is necessary.

Art class

Artist Elizabeth Harty’s “Portraits & Landscapes” weekly art class will meet Mondays, 1 to 3 p.m., Feb. 25-March 25. To register, call the Rockport Senior Center at 978-546-2573.

Senior Center programs

The Rockport Senior Center, 58 Broadway, offers these winter programs:

Tai Ji — Wednesdays, 9 to 10 a.m. $4 per class.

Strength Resistance Exercise Class — Mondays and Fridays, 9 to 10 a.m. $4 per class.

Yoga — Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 to 10 a.m. $3 per class.

Bingo — Mondays, 1 to 3:30 p.m.

Knitting and Handiwork Group — Thursdays, 1 to 3:30 p.m.

Scrabble — Wednesdays, 1 to 3 p.m.

Call 978-546-5027.

Digital basics

The Rockport Senior Center is offering a class for seniors on the basics of taking photos and downloading them to the computer, editing photos and attaching them to email. Meets Mondays and Wednesdays, through Feb. 4. Cost is $60 for six classes.

Community Schools

Rockport Community Schools will offer this program:

Drawing and Painting with Joe Dai Buell — Meets Tuesdays, Feb. 26-April 23, 7 to 9 p.m., Rockport High School art room. $180 for eight weeks. Multimedium drawing class uses pencils, graphite and color, charcoal, brush and acrylic paints.

Prepaid registration required. Forms available at Rockport Public Library and all school offices. Call Gini Nangle at 978-546-1204.

Volunteer needed

The Rockport Senior Center is looking for a volunteer to lead a walking group once or twice a week. If interested, call Paula or Diane at 978-546-2573.

Casting call

Cape Ann Shakespeare Troupe (CAST) has two roles open for its production of “Julius Caesar:” Lucius (conflated with Strato) — male, late teens through 20s; and Titinius (also to play Caesar’s and Octavius’ servant) — male, 20s-40s. Rehearsals are weekday nights at the Rockport Teen Center, and performances are Feb. 27-March 3 at the Gloucester Stage Company. Auditions are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 6:30 to 7 p.m., at the Rockport Teen Center. For more information or to meet with director Joseph Stiliano, email, or visit Facebook.

Sunset Pilates

The Rockport Recreation Department’s Pilates/Yoga Class meets Tuesdays, 6 to 7 p.m., at the Rockport Community House, 58 Broadway. Cost is $60/12 classes, or $8/drop-in fee. Call Caitlin Chandler at 978-546-1309.

Skating lessons

Beginner and advanced skating skills group and private lessons are available for boys and girls ages 5 to 12, tots ages 21/2 and up, teens and adults. Instruction is by professional coaches certified by USA Hockey and U.S. Figure Skating associations. Lessons available at Talbot Rink on Tuesdays, 6 p.m., and Saturdays, 1 p.m.; at Pingree School in Hamilton on Tuesdays and Fridays, 9:30 a.m. and 12:45 p.m., and Wednesdays, 1:30 p.m. Private lessons also available. Enrollment is ongoing. For a registration form, visit or call 978-546-2290.

Preschool story hours

The Rockport Public Library offers story times for children ages 3-5 on Tuesdays, 10 to 10:45 a.m., in the Brenner Friends Room, through April 30. Wendy Pierson will be the storyteller. Doors open at 9:45 a.m. for children and their parents. The program includes storytelling and a short film. Call 978-546-6934.

Open burning season

Forest Fire Warden Mike Frontierro reminds residents that open burning season is currently running and will continue to run through May 1. Only brush that originated on the property may be burned. Leaves, stumps and construction materials are prohibited. Permits cost $10, and may be obtained Sunday mornings, 8 to 10 a.m., or by calling 978-265-3339.

Annual art show

The Rockport Public Schools annual K-12 Art Show at the Rockport Art Association will take place March 6-10. An opening reception will be held Thursday, March 7, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Gallery hours are Wednesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

Arts scholarship

The Cape Ann Shakespeare Troupe has established a $500 scholarship to be awarded to a Cape Ann High School senior who has been accepted to a college theater arts program. Prerequisites include participation in high school drama programs and involvement in one CAST production. For an application, contact Ray Jenness at or 73 High St., Rockport, MA 01966.

Drivers for seniors

RSVP Volunteers of the North Shore seeks volunteer medical transportation drivers. SeniorCare is in need of volunteers from Gloucester and Rockport for local and out-of-town appointments. Volunteers choose when and how often they drive. Drivers are compensated. Call 978-281-1750.

RAA classes

The Rockport Art Association offers these classes and sketch groups:

Figure sketch group (short pose) meets Mondays, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Model takes several short poses progressing to 20 minutes. No instruction. $12. Meets year-round. No preregistration required. Cynthia Dunaway monitors; 978-283-3407.

Figure sketch group (long pose) meets Thursdays, 1 to 4 p.m. Adequate time to study subject and complete works of art. All mediums. No instruction. $15. No preregistration. Em Marquis Brown monitors; 781-631-4002.

Students meet in the RAA studio, 12 Main St., in the fall, winter and early summer. The entrance is located on Stone Barn Lane, behind the library.Students meet at 66 Bray St., in Gloucester, in the late spring and summer.

History museum

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.

Scholarship fund

The Linda Wieditz Scholarship Fund is accepting donations. A scholarship, given in memory of the much beloved music teacher in the Rockport Public Schools, is presented at the Rockport High School graduation each year to one or more graduates pursuing music studies in higher education. Checks, made payable to the “Linda Wieditz Memorial Scholarship,” should be mailed to: Linda Wieditz Memorial Scholarship, P.O. Box 191, Rockport, MA 01966.

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 Stella at 978-282-1000, ext. 115, to check eligibility status.

Musicians sought

Rockport Legion Band, a community band founded in 1932, is a non-audition musical group that plays all year, and is looking for competent musicians who play traditional concert band instruments. Players who played well in high school or college, but have “lapsed” are especially welcome. To attend a rehearsal, email or call 978-546-6199. The band rehearses Thursdays, 7:30 p.m., at the American Legion Hall on Beach Street, Rockport. Visit

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.

Recovery programs

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 First Congregational Church, School Street, the rest of the year.

Science fun!

Entertainer Keith Michael Johnson will present his “Science isn’t Always Pretty” program on Saturday, Feb. 23, at 2 p.m. at the Rockport Public Library. With humor and hands-on participation, he opens the world of science to children in grades K–5 and brings science to life with answers to all kinds of questions: Why do whips snap? Why are owl droppings fascinating? How did we explain things before we had science? Johnson motivates kids to think differently and more positively with this humor-based, educational program, funded by the Friends of the Rockport Public Library.

Hip Hop Hula!

Register for Hip Hop Hula Hoops, a new class for Grades K-5, Saturday, Feb. 23, from 10 to 11 a.m. at Rockport Community House, 58 Broadway; $30/6 classes or $5/class. Call Caitlin Chandler at 978-546-1309.

Strength training

Rockport Recreation’s Pilates Yoga class with an emphasis on strength training is Monday, Feb. 25, from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. at Rockport Community House, 58 Broadway; $5/drop in fee. Call Caitlin Chandler at 978-546-1309

Ballroom Blitz

Ballroom Blitz, a dance performance showcasing fifth-graders as well as Rockport High School dancers and cheerleaders, will take place Friday, March 8, 7 p.m., in the RHS gymnasium. In case of snow, the event will take place Sunday, March 10, at 1 p.m. Tickets available at the door: $5 for adults, $2 for students. Program is funded by the Rockport Education Foundation.

Pigeon Cove potluck

Pigeon Cove Circle’s monthly potluck supper will take place Thursday, Feb. 28, 6 p.m., at 6 Breakwater Ave. Bring a favorite dish and friends. Program features Dora Kalajian Tevan speaking about her Armenian ancestors’ daily life in “Little Hessana” Mechelen, Belgium. All are welcome.

Old Sloop Coffeehouse

Old Sloop Coffeehouse will present two concerts on the same weekend at First Congregational Church of Rockport, 12 School St. On Friday, March 8, 7:30 p.m., Gordon Bok will perform; and on Saturday, March 9, 10:30 a.m., Grammy Award-winning children’s musicians Debbie and Friends will perform. Tickets for both concerts may be purchased online at, at Gloucester Music, or at Toad Hall Bookstore in Rockport. Advance tickets for the Gordon Bok concert are $10; at the door: $12 for adults, $7 for those 65 and older, $5 for those younger than 18, $24 per family. Tickets for the Debbie and Friends concert are $8.

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