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Calling all Crafters

The Unitarian Universalist Society of Rockport will hold a crafts fair at Spiran Hall Lodge on Saturday, March 20, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Local crafters are invited to reserve a table for $40 to sell their crafts. For more information, call 978-546-2989.

Troop 31 fundraiser

Girl Scout Troop 31 will hold a spaghetti fundraiser at the Fish Shack, with all proceeds going to benefit the troop's senior trip. Dinner will be served 4:30 to 7 p.m,, followed by an after-dinner showing of Rockport Public Schools' artwork at the Rockport Art Association. Tickets are $4 for kids and $8 for adults. To reserve tickets, call Susan Collins at 546-9566.

Egg hunt

The Rockport Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the 20th annual Community Egg Hunt for Rockport children in Millbrook Meadow on Saturday, April 3, at 2 p.m., weather and meadow conditions permitting. Pre-schoolers will be grouped in one section of the meadow, and kindergartners and first-graders in another. In addition to candies and chocolates, special eggs will be redeemed for prizes. To provide financial support or contribute wrapped candies or small prizes, call Amy Beaton Ruiter (committee chairwoman) at 978-290-3593 or 978-546-6575. Please drop all donations at Beaton Real Estate, 45 Broadway, Rockport, no later than Friday, March 26.

Rockport Room

The Rockport Room at Rockport Public Library is open Mondays from 1 to 8 p.m. Volunteers assist patrons who are searching for information about local history and genealogy.

Rental, mortgage aid

Action Inc., has rental and mortgage assistance (TBRA) money available from Rockport's Community Preservation Act (CPA) to help families and individuals who are facing financial hardships in keeping their housing. Call Stella at 978-283-7874,ext. 115, to check eligibility status.

Library home delivery

Rockport Public Library offers outreach services for local residents who are homebound. The outreach librarian delivers regular, large-print and audio books as well as periodicals and videos. To arrange for outreach service, call 978-546-6934.

Open burning season

Forest Fire Warden Mike Frontierro would like residents to know that open burning season is underway and continues through May 1. Residents may burn brush only between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Permits are available Sunday mornings at the Forest Fire Station from 8 to 10 a.m., or by calling Frontierro at 978-265-3339.

Family fun zone

Pre-schoolers and parents can have fun from 9:30 a.m. to noon Mondays at the YMCA Ben Beyea Youth & Teen Center, 32 Poole's Lane. Family admission is $10 and includes crafts, coffee, tea and a healthy snack. Toys, games and books will be available. On Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., there's a "kids fun zone" for sixth-graders and younger. Admission is free; third-graders and younger must be accompanied by an adult. For details, contact Nikki Klink at, or

Duplicate Bridge Club

Anyone interested in joining the Rockport Duplicate Bridge Club should contact Muriel Davis at 978-546-7386. You don't need a background in the duplicate scoring format to join. You just need to want to enjoy putting your mind to work with like-minded players.

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