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Legion Band concerts
The Rockport Legion Band will present free Christmas concerts Friday, Dec. 7, at Rockport Methodist Church; Thursday, Dec. 13, at Rockport Congregational Church; and Thursday, Dec. 20, at Denmar and Seacoast nursing homes in Gloucester. All concerts begin at 7 p.m.
The Council on Aging will hold its holiday party Wednesday, Dec. 12, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Rockport Senior Center, 58 Broadway. Lunch provided by SeniorCare Nutrition Program and the Rockport COA. Menu includes roast lamb with gravy, whipped potatoes, green beans, red velvet cupcake and knotted roll. Cost is $2. Entertainment provided by Tony Malionek. Reservations required; call Freda 978-546-2573.
Empty Bowl painting
Empty Bowl painting for The open Door will take place Wednesday, Jan. 9, 1 to 3 p.m., at the Rockport Senior Center. Admission is free. To register, call 978-546-2573. All are welcome.
Potluck supper, party at Spiran Lodge
Spiran Lodge #98 will hold their regular meeting regular followed by a Christmas Party, potluck supper and gift exchange on Friday, December 14th, at 6:30 p.m. at the Lodge Hall. Please plan to attend.
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.
Tornado Terry & the Twisters, a Boston-based dance group, will perform free choreographed dance routines to Big Band ’40s music and ’50s rock ‘n’ roll at the Rockport Senior Center on Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m. Seating is limited. To register, call 978-546-2573.
The quilting and hand work group meet every Thursday at the Rockport Senior Center from 1 to 3:30 p.m. If you like to quilt, crochet or sew by hand, come to the center and enjoy the company of others.
The Rockport Senior Center holds various activities weekly, including Scrabble every Wednesday, 1 to 3 p.m.; and Bingo every Monday, 1 to 3:30 p.m. COA also has computers and shredders available for your use, and regular fitness and exercise classes. Call 978-546-2573.
The Open Door Food Pantry needs help to provide holiday meal baskets to local families. A donation of $25 provides a turkey, potatoes, butternut squash, apples, stuffing, cranberry and more. Make checks payable to: The Open Door, with “turkey” on the memo line, 28 Emerson Ave., Gloucester, MA 01930. The Open Door serves residents of Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester, Essex and Ipswich. To donate online, visit www.foodpantry.org.
Beginner and advanced skating skills group and private lessons are available for boys and girls ages 5 to 12, tots ages 2 1/2 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 www.cafsc.org or call 978-546-2290.
Those interested in learning what a Buddhist practice is or how others maintain a daily practice are invited to share their thoughts and questions with teacher Mary Kay Dyer, of Rockport’s Asian Classics Institute, and senior student and practitioner Elizabeth McLindon, on the fourth Sunday of the month, 7 to 8:30 p.m., at the 222 Wellness Center, 222 Eastern Ave. Contact Mary Kay Dyer at 978-283-8857 or email@example.com, or Elizabeth McLindon at 978-879-9159 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 www.FirstBaptistRockport.org or call 978-546-6121.
Lunch with Buddha
Roland Merullo reads and signs his new novel “Lunch with Buddha” Friday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m., at Toad Hall Bookstore, 47 Main St., Rockport; free. For more information, call Meg Clark at 978-546-7323
On Friday, Dec. 7, holiday shopping gets off to a festive start from 4 to 8 p.m. with more than 56 downtown merchants open and offering exclusive promotions, discounts, raffles and giveaways throughout downtown Rockport. Enjoy a unique gift shopping experience while strolling Rockport’s Christmas tree-lined streets. For more information, contact Dawn Noble at La Provence, 978-546-5868.
“Charlotte’s Web,” the beloved American children’s book, reimagined as a stage musical by Joseph Robinette in collaboration with its original author, E.B. White, will be presented by Theatre in the Pines on the stage at the Community House at the Senior Center, 58 Broadway, Rockport. Come meet White’s managerie of irresistible characters — from Little Pig, to Gluttinous Rat, the Zuckermans, the Arables, the animal-loving Fern, and the star of the show herself, Charlotte the extraordinary spider and her amazing web. Performances are Friday, Dec. 21, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 22, 2 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 23, 2 p.m.; and Friday, Dec. 28, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 29, 2 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 3, 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children, at Toad Hall in Rockport and The Bookstore in Gloucester.
CATV Santa party
Cape Ann TV will host its annual Santa party Tuesday, Dec. 4, 3 to 7 p.m., at its studio, 38 Blackburn Center, Gloucester. Children are invited to the studio to meet Santa Claus. Meetings with Santa will be videotaped and shown on CATV’s Channel 12 on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The annual event is free and open to the public. CATV is a Project Uplift children’s toy and teen present collection site; new unwrapped toys or new clothes for a child, or gift cards for teens up to age 14 may be dropped off. Call 978-281-2443 or visit www.capeanntv.wordpress.com.
Overboard at Old Sloop
Old Sloop Coffeehouse will present a performance by a cappella ensemble Overboard on Saturday, Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m., at First Congregational Church, 12 School St. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $10; visit www.oldsloopcoffeehouse.org, Gloucester Music or Toad Hall Bookstore. Tickets at the door are $12 for adults, $7 for those 65 and older, $5 for those younger than 18, $24 per family. This is a WUMB “Warm Clothes — Warm Hearts” event: bring a gently-used coat, jacket, hat or gloves for donation to an area homeless shelter and receive a free drink.
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 www.FirstBaptistRockport.org.
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.
Tennis for adults
The Rockport Recreation Department offers a multi-level tennis program, for adults ages 16 and up, mornings from 7:30 to 9, at the Rockport High School tennis courts. Play a match, get useful tips and learn more about the game. Cost is $70 for a four-week session. Call Olivia at 978-546-1309.
The Rockport Recreation Department offers an interactive day camp for children in grades one through five, at 9 a.m., at Rockport Elementary School. Activities include sports, games, arts and crafts. Admission is $135 for five weeks. Call Olivia at 978-546-1309.
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 email@example.com or 73 High St., Rockport, MA 01966.
Boy Scout Christmas trees
Rockport’s Boy Scout Troop 20 is selling Christmas trees Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays, noon to 5 p.m., at Scout Hall, 47 Pleasant St., while supplies last. All trees are $35. All profits benefit Troop 20 and are used for scouting trips, outings and/or equipment. Call 978-546-1652.
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. Voluntees choose when and how often they drive. Drivers are compensated. Call 978-281-1750.
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 complete works of art. All mediums. No instruction. $10. No preregistration. Fred Jillson monitors. 978-281-5144.
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.
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.
Pathways’ Cape Ann Families seeks men and women to volunteer as parent mentors. The program has been running for 20 years, serving parents of the Cape Ann community who are experiencing stress or isolation. Volunteers are matched with parents, beginning year-long mentorships/friendships. Contact Hailey Granger at 978-281-2400, ext. 110, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 email@example.com or call 978-546-6199. The band rehearses Thursdays, 7:30 p.m., at the American Legion Hall on Beach Street, Rockport. Visit www.rockportlegionband.wordpress.com.