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Windhover's 2011 annual summer dance concert will run from July 29 to 31, at 8 p.m., featuring two guest companies; New York's 'Duan Tnek' Dance Theatre with two new pieces and excerpts from Purcell's opera, 'Fairy Queen.' And 'Forty Steps Dance' of Nahant performing pieces set to Beethoven's Symphony No. 1 in C major, and 'Drive' a newly premiered piece to music by Depeche Mode. Performances will be on the outdoor stage at the Windhover Center for the Performing Arts, 257 Granite St., Pigeon Cove (Indoor, if it rains). Tickets are $20, $16 students/seniors; available at The Bookstore in Gloucester, Toad Hall Bookstore in Rockport or at 978-546-3611. For more information about the dance companies, visit: www.fortystepsdance.org.
Shalin Liu Performance Center presents 'Barefoot at Rockport' fashion showcase on Thursday, July 28, from 7 to 8 p.m. Curated to reflect the creative lifestyles of Cape Ann, these new designs and vintage pieces feature the works of designers Jonathan Joseph Peters, Fiandaca, Jennifer Reale, Daniela Corte, Alan Rouleau, Bolivia Trading Post, and Bobby from Boston. Tickets are $30, $40, $50; There will be a 1960s Barefoot at Rockport cocktails from 8 to 10 p.m. in the reception hall with hors d'oeuvres and wine tasting. Tickets: $20, cash bar. Visit: www.rcmf.org, or call 978-546-7391.
RAA artist demos
Rockport Art Association, 12 Main St., will offers these demonstrations by artist members Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m.: July 26, Ron Straka, oil; July 28, Barbara Donnelly, watercolor; Aug. 2, Claudia Kaufman, oil; Aug. 4, David Curtis, oil; Aug. 9, John Caggiano, oil; Aug. 11, Marilyn Swift, watercolor; Aug. 16, Ken Knowles, oil; Aug. 18, Tom Sutherland, watercolor; Aug. 25, Susan Daly, monotype; Aug. 30, Stapleton Kearns, oil; Sept. 1, Nella Lush, abstract oil; and Sept. 8, J.C. Airoldi, pastel. Admission is $5, free for members. Call 978-546-6604 or visit www.rockportartassn.org.
Art workshops for kids
Rockport Art Association, 12 Main St., will offer these art workshops for children: Painted Furniture with Pam Jones, July 25-29; Sculpture with Erin O'Sullivan, Aug. 1-5; Drawing and Painting (Session I) with Becky Merry, Aug. 8-12; Cartooning with Will Workman, Aug. 15-19; Drawing and Painting (Session II) with Becky Merry, Aug. 22-26. All classes meet 10 a.m. to noon. Visit www.rockportartassn.org or call 978-546-6604.
School bus passes
A Rockport Public Schools bus pass pre-sale will take place Wednesday, Aug. 10, 9 a.m. to noon, on the Rockport Elementary School sidewalk, in front of the special education entrance. Call Maria Clements at 978-546-1220, ext. 260.
Library book groups
These groups meet at the Rockport Public Library:
Current Issues Political Book Group meets Wednesday, July 27, 3 p.m., to discuss "Ripple Effect: The Fate of Fresh Water" by Alex Prud'homme. All welcome.
History Book Club meets Wednesday, July 27, 7 p.m., to discuss lessons from the American Civil War. Read any nonfiction book on the war and its aftermath. Readers and nonreaders invited.
Copies available at library and Toad Hall Bookstore.
Free Legion Band concerts
Rockport Legion Band holds free concerts Sundays, 7 to 8:30 p.m., at Back Beach bandstand. All ages welcome. Bring chairs and blankets. Popcorn and tonics available. Music will include selections from the opera, the stage, the street, the movies, and popular radio. There will also be a selection of period music in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the American Civil War. Visit www.rockportlegionband.wordpress.com.
Acoustic Music Festival
The 33rd annual Rockport Acoustic Music Festival will take place Sunday, Aug. 14, noon to 6 p.m., in Millbrook Meadow, across from Front Beach. Features blues, folk, jazz, world, bluegrass, jams, arts and bubbles. Admission is free. All are welcome. Visit www.rockportfestival.com.
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.
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.
Old Sloop Fair
The Old Sloop Fair at First Congregational Church will host a yard sale Saturday, July 30, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 12 School St. Proceeds benefit the church's operating expenses and the restoration and preservation of the church's buildings. Visit http://oldsloopfair.org, e-mail email@example.com or call 978-546-6638.
The Unitarian Universalist Society will host an open mike night Sunday, Aug. 7, with guest musician T-Max. As a founder of Boston Rock Opera T-Max acted, sang, played in the band, and produced many shows, including "Jesus Christ Superstar," "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club," "Preservation" (the Kinks) and "Project Eno" (a Brian Eno tribute). He's now creating his own folk-rock operas, including the one-man show "Why Do We Go to War." Doors open at 5 p.m.
Theatre in the Pines
Theatre in the Pines presents Tom Griffin's "The Boys Next Door" Sept. 2 and 3, 7:30 p.m., and Sept. 4, 3 p.m., at the Shalin Liu Performance Center. Tickets are $20 and are available at Toad Hall Bookstore in Rockport, The Bookstore in Gloucester, and by calling 978-546-7391.
Free art workshops
During July and August, Tedy D'Agostino will offer free art workshops for children Tuesdays and Thursdays, 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. Space is limited. Registration required; 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.
Rockport Community House, Broadway, will host a one and a half hour Zumba Latin dance class with certified Zumba instructors Janine Boucher and Calandra Salo on Saturday, July 30, from 10:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Admission is $20 at the door, cash or check only. For more information, call Janine Boucher at 978-500-5538 or visit: www.janinesfitness.com
Gear for grades
Citizens Bank is collecting new school supplies for Gear for Grades, to help local children in need to go back to school with pencils, folders, glue, notebooks and other supplies. Donations may be dropped at any Citizens Bank branch in Massachusetts through Aug. 6. Cradles to Crayons, an innovative nonprofit organization providing essential everyday supplies to low-income and homeless children, will distribute the backpacks. According to a national survey, the average American family spends $606 on back-to-school expenses; impossible for low-income, at-risk or homeless families.
The Friends of Rockport Athletics' 2nd annual sunset comedy cruise is set for Aug. 13, with Dave Ratigan playing dockside before a 7 p.m. departure from Rose's Wharf, Gloucester, on the Hurricane II, with music, snacks, and lots of laughs. Great comedian, don't miss the boat!! Tickets are $25; all proceeds benefit the Athletes of the Rockport Public Schools.
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.
Betty Erkkila will be discussing her just published memoir about coming of age in Rockport during the 1940s and 1950s on Tuesday, Aug. 9. at 7:30 p.m. at the Rockport Library. The evening is presented free, by the Sandy Bay Historical Society, and all are welcome to hear the author read from, and sign copies of her book.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.