Listings may be sent to: Goings On, Gloucester Daily Times, 36 Whittemore St., Gloucester, MA 01930; emailed to Joann Mackenzie at jomackenzie@gloucestertimes.com or Christina Parisi at cparisi@gloucestertimes.com; or faxed to 978-282-4397, at least two weeks prior to the event.

Harvest Festival

The Collaborative of Holy Family Parish and Our Lady of Good Voyage Church will present a Harvest Festival on Saturday, Oct. 4. Event kicks off at 9 a.m. with a breakfast of homemade cider doughnuts, pumpkin muffins, coffee and hot chocolate at St. Ann Church Hall, followed by a yard sale and bake table. Festival ends at 1 p.m. with the celebration of the Feast of St. Frances of Assisi in the Our Lady of Good Voyage Church parking lot. All properly-leashed pets, in their carriers, are welcome to be blessed.

Stroke Club meets

Gloucester Stroke Club will meet on Wednesday, Oct. 1, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Addison Gilbert Hospital, 298 Washington St. in the Logan Room. Please use Washington St. front entrance or handicapped accessible from Fisher Lobby; take elevator to first floor.

Cultural Council grants

Proposals are now being accepted by the Gloucester Cultural Council by organizations, schools and individuals of all ages for grants supporting artistic projects and activities in Gloucester — including exhibits, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residencies or performances in schools, workshops and lectures and community-oriented arts, humanities, and science programs. Funding is provided by the Local Cultural Arts (LCC) Program — of which the Gloucester Cultural Council is part — and will be distributed based on the merit of the proposals. For guidelines and information, contact Martin Ray at 978-283-4585 or mhray1@juno.com.

Museum exhibit

Cape Ann Museum will open a special exhibition, “Portraits of a Working Waterfront,” on Saturday, Oct. 11. The exhibit, which is presented in partnership with the Northeast Seafood Coalition, is made up of 75 photographs of men and women who make their livings working today in one of this country’s oldest seaports, Gloucester. The images were made by Jim Hooper over an 18-month period and include photos of a wide range of individuals involved in the in-shore and off-shore ground fish fishery and in the shore side businesses which support them. Exhibit runs through Feb. 1, 2015. Visit www.capeannmuseum.org.

Senior Care fundraiser

Tuesday, Oct. 28, Lobsta Land Restaurant will host Senior Care Inc.’s breakfast fundraiser from 7 to 10:30 a.m. with a menu featuring a choice of pancakes, French Toast with sausage or bacon, eggs with home fries and a choice of sausage or bacon, or a fruit plate with yogurt. Tickets are $10, available at the door or call 978-281-1750. Lobsta Land Restaurant is located at Causeway Street, off Rt. 128, Gloucester.

Mother of Grace Club

The Mother of Grace Club will be commemorating its 70th anniversary with a special dinner on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 6 to 10 p.m. at The Gloucester House, featuring a four course menu, music, dancing and raffle prizes. This ‘Italian Night’ event is sure to be a great time. Tickets are $30, and are available by calling Gus at 978-559-6600, Natie at 978-283-7621, or Marget at 978-281-012.

GED preparation

The Compass Youth Program of Action Inc. offers HiSET (formally GED) preparation and enrichment courses at its 5 Pleasant St. location. Classes meet Monday-Friday, 12:15 to 3 p.m., and are free to eligible youth. For more information, contact Liz Moran at 978-281-9682 or emoran@actioninc.org.

Ice skating program

Registration is now open for group and private ice skating lessons as well as the hockey and figure skating badge program with the Cape Ann Skating Club at Talbot Rink in Gloucester and Johnson Rink in Hamilton. Group classes start in September for boys and girls ages 5-12, tots ages 2 1/2 and up, teens and adults. Gloucester classes meet Saturdays at noon and Tuesdays at 6 p.m.; and Hamilton classes meet Tuesdays and Fridays, 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., and Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. Private lessons (Gloucester only) are held Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Sundays, 8 to 10 a.m.; and Tuesdays, 6 to 8 p.m. Led by professional skating coaches certified by USA Hockey and U.S. Figure Skating Associations. To register, visit www.cafsc.org or call 978-546-2290.

Gatekeeper workshop

The Samaritans of Merrimack Valley will offer a free Department of Public Health-funded training, for “gatekeepers” to reduce the incidence of suicide among people ages 55 and older, on Monday, Oct. 20, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Rose Baker Senior Center, 6 Manuel F. Lewis St. Gatekeepers are people who, through their personal, professional or volunteer activities, have regular contact with older adults. 3.5 Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) are available for social workers. Certificates for 3.5 hours are available for professionals (nurse’s aides, food service workers, activities staff, transportation staff, administrative assistants, etc.) in need of training hours. To register, email lsheehan@gloucester-ma.gov or call 978 281-9765, ext. 22.

Cell phones for soldiers

Gloucester High School collects old cell phones for overseas troops. No cords, batteries or any other accessories are needed. Phones may be dropped off at the GHS ROTC office. Call Rick at 978-281-9870, ext. 1212.

Drivers needed

The Rose Baker Senior Center assists senior citizens in need of transportation to medical appointments. Drivers are needed for local rides to Addison Gilbert Hospital, the Cape Ann Medical Center, other local medical offices, as well as Beverly Hospital, Lahey Clinic and hospitals in Boston. A mileage stipend is provided. Call Bruce at 978-281-9765.

GED help

Wellspring House Education Center, 302 Essex Ave., offers a free, drop-in GED skills session every Saturday, 9 to 11 a.m. Learn and practice GED skills in math, reading and writing; take practice tests; get tips on taking the test that will help you pass; and learn how to deal with stress and anxiety. Call 978-281-3558, ext. 302.

Fishery website

Cape Ann Fresh Catch, the Community Supported Fishery, which is a project by the Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Association, has a new website at www.capeannfreshcatch.org. Learn more about the nonprofit program which makes the support of Gloucester fishermen its mission.

NAMI support groups

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) hosts recovery support groups for persons suffering depression or other brain disorders and their families on the first Wednesday of each month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and third Thursdays from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at 43 Gloucester Ave. Call 978-281-1557, email namicapeann@comcast.net or visit www.namicapeann.org.

Hospice volunteers

VNA Care Network & Hospice, a nonprofit home health care, hospice and wellness agency, needs volunteers to provide practical and emotional support to terminally-ill patients and their families on the North Shore and Cape Ann. Volunteers receive training, supervision and support. Call Nancy Barcelo at 1-888-663-3688, ext. 4271, visit www.vnacarenetwork.org, or call 1-800-728-1862.

Yoga for seniors

The Gloucester Council on Aging provides gentle mat yoga sessions Tuesdays at 10 a.m., chair yoga on Wednesday at 12:15 p.m., and Thursday yoga at 10 a.m. each week at the Rose Baker Senior Center. Call 978-281-9765.

SCORE program

SCORE, a resource partner of the Small Business Administration, offers free business advice and resource information to prospective and existing business owners at Cape Ann Business Incubator (CABI), 33 Commercial St., third floor (side entrance), every Tuesday. Using a three-person team approach, SCORE’s accredited counselors help develop a business plan, test the potential of a new business idea or determine the best solution to a business problem. Visit www.scorenemass.org or call 978-282-7779 to make an appointment.

Free blood pressure screenings

Free blood pressure screenings are offered each week:

Mondays — 1 to 3 p.m., Women’s Health Center, Addison Gilbert Hospital. Appointments not necessary. Not held on Monday holidays.

Wednesdays — 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Rose Baker Senior Center.

Cap & Ball Drive

AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary 32 is currently holding a Cap & Ball Drive. Caps and balls will be delivered to the Pease Greeters at Pease Airport in New Hampshire. Pease Greeters are a group of individuals who greet and distribute items to servicemen and women upon deployment or upon their return home. All contributions should be delivered to AMVETS, 14 Prospect St., Gloucester. Patterns for the caps can be found on Facebook or via email.

Bay View Brotherhood

Bay View Brotherhood meets the second Tuesday of every month, 7 p.m., Brotherhood Club Hall, 889 Washington St.

‘Learn to Cope’

The Gloucester Cape Ann Chapter of “Learn to Cope” has moved its day and location. Now meeting on Wednesdays, 7 to 9 p.m., at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 48 Middle St. “Learn to Cope” is a peer led support group for anyone struggling with a loved one’s addiction. Call 508-801-3247 or visit www.learn2cope.org.

Strength training

A new program partnered with the Cape Ann YMCA, Addison Gilbert Hospital and Council on Aging, is being offered for free to seniors at the Rose Baker Senior Center on Mondays, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., with instructors from AGH and the YMCA providing a simple fitness plan to improve strength and stability. To register, stop by the Rose Baker Senior Center or call 978-281-9765.

Pathways playgroups

Pathways for Children “Parent & Child Walk & Talk” meets Mondays, 10 to 11:30 a.m., at its Cape Ann Families play space, 29 Emerson Ave. Parents, caregivers and children, from birth to age 5, are welcome. Contact Amy Larsen at 978-281-2400, ext. 120, or alarsen@pw4c.org.

Open Door Pantry

The Open Door Food Pantry, 28R Emerson Ave., provides free food assistance Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 to 7 p.m.; Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 to 7 p.m.; and Friday, 10 a.m. to noon and 3 to 5 p.m. Valid ID required. Call 978-283-6776 or visit www.foodpantry.org.

Aqua Seniorcise at the Y

Addison Gilbert Hospital is funding an opportunity for seniors to dive into fitness through a light, fun water aerobics class offered by the Cape Ann YMCA on Tuesdays, from 9 to 10 a.m. Register through the Council on Aging at 978-281-9765.

Pet adoptions

Stop by Cape Ann Animal Aid at 4 Paws Lane. Located off Route 133, near the junction with Route 128, the shelter holds an Overlooked Pets Adoption Day on the third Thursday of every month. Adoption fees are reduced and are completed on a first-come, first-served basis, and all regular adoption requirements apply. Photos and fees will be posted on the shelter’s website, www.CapeAnnAnimalAid.com, monthly. Call 978-283-6055.

Al-Anon meeting

An Al-Anon meeting, for families and friends affected by someone’s drinking, is held Fridays, 7 to 8:30 p.m., at 38 Gloucester Ave.

Rotary Club

The Rotary Club meets every Tuesday at noon at Cruiseport Gloucester.

Military Family Support

The Cape Ann Military Family Support Group meets at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at the Major Fred W. Ritvo Veterans Center, 12 Emerson Ave., Gloucester. Those with family and friends serving in the military are welcome to attend. Those wishing to attend to support our military by working on special projects are also invited. All are welcome. Refreshments served.

Military families

Gloucester military family members may call the Gloucester Office of Veterans’ Services at 978-281-9740 to register their active-duty family members. Military members’ names will be announced during upcoming city ceremonies.

Lighthouse BNI

The Lighthouse chapter of BNI meets Fridays, 7 to 8:30 a.m., at Bass Rocks Golf Club in Gloucester. Visitors are welcome. For reservations, call Lindsay Thompson at 978-281-3939.

Friday night bingo

Bingo is held in the St. Ann Church hall, 74 Pleasant St., Friday nights at 6:30. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Anyone 18 and older is invited. Proceeds support school and parish programs. Call 978-281-4820.

Business advice

SCORE, a resource partner of the Small Business Administration, offers free business advice and resource information to prospective and existing business owners at Cape Ann Business Incubator (CABI), 33 Commercial St., third floor (side entrance) every Tuesday. Using a three-person team approach, SCORE’s accredited counselors help develop a business plan, test the potential of a new business idea or determine the best solution to a business problem. Visit www.scorenemass.org and call 978-282-7779 to make an appointment.

Pet therapy

Care Dimensions, formerly Hospice of the North Shore & Greater Boston, is seeking volunteers with therapy dogs to provide pet therapy to hospice patients in a variety of settings throughout Greater Boston and on the North Shore. Volunteers receive hospice training and ongoing support while visiting hospice patients and their caregivers. Contact Sheryl Meehan at SMeehan@caredimensions.org or 978-750-9321.

Seniors learn Facebook

The Council on Aging Computer Program volunteers are offering seminars for seniors interested in learning social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and MySpace, etc. To sign up, stop by the reception desk at the Rose Baker Senior Center or call 978-281-9765.

Walk for Hospice

The 27th annual Walk for Hospice benefitting Care Dimensions (formerly Hospice of the North Shore & Greater Boston) will take place Sunday, Oct. 5, 9 a.m., rain or shine, at St. John’s Preparatory School, 72 Spring St., Danvers. Registration starts at 8 a.m. All ages are welcome to participate and are encouraged to form walking teams in memory or in honor of a loved one. To establish a team or obtain a sponsor form, call 978-223-9787 or visit www.caredimensions.org/walk.

NSAA studio classes

The North Shore Arts Association will offer these studio classes:

Studio Oil Class with David Curtis — Drop-in, Tuesdays, until Oct. 14.

Plein Air Drawing with David Kapetanopoulos — Drop-in, Fridays, until Oct. 17.

Classes meet from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. To register, visit www.nsarts.org, email arts@nsarts.org or call 978-283-1857.

Legion Post open

The Capt. Lester S. Wass American Legion Post 3 opens its smoke-free lounge for members and guests, Monday through Friday, at 3 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, at noon; and is open during many holidays. The upstairs hall may be rented for special events. Call 978-283-9710 after 3 p.m. for information.

Notary services

Notary public services for seniors are available at the Rose Baker Senior Center, without a cost, by appointment; call 978-281-9765.

Bead with Bruce

Drop-In Beading Circle at Pleasant Street Tea Co., 7 Pleasant St., Gloucester, on Tuesdays, at 6 p.m. Learn Alaskan and Tibetan-style beading techniques, or do you own thing. Knitters welcome. Call Bruce Ware at 978-881-8982.

Newell Striders

All are welcome to hit the ground running, walking, jogging or striding at the New Balance Track and Field at Newell Stadium on Tuesdays and Thursdays, at 8:30 a.m., to encourage the community to use the track for its benefit for all ages. Track’s surface is kinder than asphalt to hips, knees and feet. Email Ellen Preston at egp74@comcast.net or Stephen Winslow at swinslow@gloucester-ma.gov.

Open Door meals

On Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, the Open Door Food Pantry, 28R Emerson Ave., serves a family-style meal from 5 to 6 p.m., and Sundays, 4 to 5 p.m. Call 978-283-6776 ext. 204, for a free van ride. Visit www.foodpantry.org.

Tai chi classes

Certified tai chi instructor conducts tai chi sessions at the Rose Baker Senior Center every Wednesday, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., and again on Fridays, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. To register, call 978-281-9765.

Weight loss clinic

Cape Ann Weight Loss Clinic provides a program based on individual goals, determined through health assessment. Fitness director Nicole Bembridge helps implement your five-week program, with nutritional guidance and motivation. Classes are one hour and 15 minutes and includes unlimited email and phone contact. Contact Nicole Bembridge at 978-283-0470 or bembridgen@northshoreymca.org.

North Shore Friends

Every Sunday, the North Shore Friends (Quakers) meet at 10 a.m. 978-283-4585.

AWANA Kids Club

AWANA is a Christian kids club mixing fun games and activities with thoughtful devotions and Bible memorization. Open to preschool children through grade six, meeting Wednesdays, 6:30 to 8 p.m., at Cape Ann Bible Church, 8 Thompson St. Call 978-281-3941.

ESOL at the library

Wellspring Adult Learning Center provides ESOL courses at Sawyer Free Library, with free tutoring and small group classes in English for non-native speakers. The center is open Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Thursday nights, 5:30 to 8. Walk-ins welcome. Call 978-281-9763, ext. 23.

Entrepreneurial seminar

Cape Ann Business Incubator’s Center for Entrepreneurial Development holds free lunchtime workshops for business owners and entrepreneurs every Wednesday, noon to 1 p.m., at 33 Commercial St. Topics include an introduction to bookkeeping, financial management, how to secure financing and more. To RSVP, call Desmond at 978-540-9977, ext. 101.

Second Glance

Second Glance Thrift Store, 2 Pond Road, has extended hours from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Shop for clothing, household goods, books, collectibles, furniture and more. The donation center is open during regular business hours. Furniture pickup is available by appointment. A tax receipt is available upon request. All proceeds support The Open Door. Call 978-283-4298 or visit www.foodpantry.org.

Cape Ann Thrift Shop

Trinity Congregational Church’s Cape Ann Thrift Shop, 70 Middle St., is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays only. The rest of the week, it is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to noon. The shop offers clothing for the whole family, linens, toys, jewelry and more. Donations of all types are appreciated.

Hospice volunteers

VNA Care Network & Hospice, a nonprofit home health care, hospice and wellness agency, needs volunteers to provide practical and emotional support to terminally-ill patients and their families on the North Shore and Cape Ann. Volunteers receive training, supervision and support. Call Nancy Barcelo at 1-888-663-3688, ext. 4271, visit www.vnacarenetwork.org, or call 1-800-728-1862.

Yoga for seniors

The Gloucester Council on Aging provides gentle mat yoga sessions Tuesdays at 10 a.m., chair yoga on Wednesday at 12:15 p.m., and Thursday yoga at 10 a.m. each week at the Rose Baker Senior Center. Call 978-281-9765.

Medical insurance help

For seniors and low-income residents needing help with health insurance forms or information, SHINE counselor Sefatia Romeo is at the Rose Baker Senior Center on Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Call the Council on Aging at 978-281-9765 to schedule an appointment.

Knitting, crocheting group

Every Tuesday, a group meets to knit and crochet items for veterans and other worthy causes, 10 a.m. to noon, at Rose Baker Senior Center. Donations of yarn are always accepted. New members are welcome to join. Stop in or call the Council on Aging at 978-281-9765.

Cap & Ball Drive

AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary 32 is currently holding a Cap & Ball Drive. Caps and balls will be delivered to the Pease Greeters at Pease Airport in New Hampshire. Pease Greeters are a group of individuals who greet and distribute items to servicemen and women upon deployment or upon their return home. All contributions should be delivered to AMVETS, 14 Prospect St., Gloucester. Patterns for the caps can be found on Facebook or via email.

Bay View Brotherhood

Bay View Brotherhood meets the second Tuesday of every month, 7 p.m., Brotherhood Club Hall, 889 Washington St.

Al-Anon meeting

An Al-Anon meeting, for families and friends affected by someone’s drinking, is held Fridays, 7 to 8:30 p.m., at 38 Gloucester Ave.

Rotary Club

The Rotary Club meets every Tuesday at noon at Cruiseport Gloucester.

Pet adoptions

Stop by Cape Ann Animal Aid at 4 Paws Lane. Located off Route 133, near the junction with Route 128, the shelter holds an Overlooked Pets Adoption Day on the third Thursday of every month. Adoption fees are reduced and are completed on a first-come, first-served basis, and all regular adoption requirements apply. Photos and fees are posted on the shelter’s website, www.CapeAnnAnimalAid.com, monthly. Call 978-283-6055.

Military Family Support

The Cape Ann Military Family Support Group meets at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at the Major Fred W. Ritvo Veterans Center, 12 Emerson Ave., Gloucester. Those with family and friends serving in the military are welcome to attend. Those wishing to attend to support our military by working on special projects are also invited. All are welcome. Refreshments served.

Military families

Gloucester military family members may call the Gloucester Office of Veterans’ Services at 978-281-9740 to register their active-duty family members. Military members’ names will be announced during upcoming city ceremonies.

Business advice

SCORE, a resource partner of the Small Business Administration, offers free business advice and resource information to prospective and existing business owners at Cape Ann Business Incubator (CABI), 33 Commercial St., third floor (side entrance) every Tuesday. Using a three-person team approach, SCORE’s accredited counselors help develop a business plan, test the potential of a new business idea or determine the best solution to a business problem. Visit www.scorenemass.org and call 978-282-7779 to make an appointment.

Annisquam Exchange

The Annisquam Exchange, a nonprofit fine consignment shop, is open Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Offers China, silver, antiques and collectibles, including many estate pieces, jewelry, gifts, toys, cards, as well as Annisquam apparel and souvenirs. The shop is currently holding a 20 percent off sale. 978-281-0358.

Open Door meals

On Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, the Open Door Food Pantry, 28R Emerson Ave., serves a family-style meal from 5 to 6 p.m., and Sundays, 4 to 5 p.m. Call 978-283-6776 ext. 204, for a free van ride. Visit www.foodpantry.org.

Strength training

A new program partnered with the Cape Ann YMCA, Addison Gilbert Hospital and Council on Aging, is being offered for free to seniors at the Rose Baker Senior Center on Mondays, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., with instructors from AGH and the YMCA providing a simple fitness plan to improve strength and stability. To register, stop by the Rose Baker Senior Center or call 978-281-9765.

Aqua Seniorcise at the Y

Addison Gilbert Hospital is funding an opportunity for seniors to dive into fitness through a light, fun water aerobics class offered by the Cape Ann YMCA on Tuesdays, from 9 to 10 a.m. Register through the Council on Aging at 978-281-9765.

Northern Essex WIC

Northern Essex WIC (Women, Infants and Children) is a program providing nutrition and health education, healthy food and other services free to Massachusetts families who qualify at the Gloucester Family Health Center, 302 Washington St.