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.

Perfect Storm

The Rocky Neck Cultural Center presents “The Perfect Storm; where inspiration and imagination converge” — a new exhibit that will run from Thursday through Sunday, Feb. 5 to March 1, 12 to 4 p.m. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, Feb. 7, from 4 to 6 p.m., and visitors are invited to vote for their favorite interpretation of Gloucester’s famous Perfect Storm, with a “People’s Choice Award” to be presented at the closing Reception, Sunday, March 1, 2 to 4 p.m. The Cultural Center Gallery is located at 6 Wonson St. For more information, visit: www.rockyneckartcolony.org, call 978 515-7004. or email: info@rockyneckartcolony.org.

Cape Ann Forum

Essex philanthropist and human rights activist Karen Keating Ansara will share her experiences with relief and development in Haiti following the devastating earthquake five years ago at the next Cape Ann Forum, on Sunday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. at Gloucester City Hall. Ansara, co-chair of the Advisory Board of the institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti, launched the Haiti Fund with her husband Jim within hours of the disaster. A co-founder of the New England International Donors (NEID), and member of the board of Partners in Health and the Leadership Council of Oxfam America, Ansara serves on the boards of the Essex County Community Foundation and Harborlight Community Partners. The event is free and open to the public.

Benefit concert

The Cape Ann Symphony will present a benefit concert Friday, Jan. 23, 8 p.m., at the Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main St., Rockport. Acclaimed Boston Symphony Orchestra musicians Owen Young (cello) and Lucia Lin (violin) will perform a program of duets to benefit the Cape Ann Symphony. Tickets, which are general seating, are $35 per person. A post concert reception with refreshments is $15 per person. For tickets, visit www.rockportmusic.org or call 978-281-0543.

Live owls program

The Trustees of Reservations in Cape Ann will host a live owls program Saturday, Jan. 24, 5 to 7 p.m., at Ravenswood Park’s new Cape Ann Discovery Center. Get a rare close-up of Byron the Barred owl and his owl friends; and learn about their natural history, adaptations and behaviors. Cost is $5 for member adults, free for member children; $10 for nonmember adults, $5 for nonmember children. Space is limited. Register at www.thetrustees.org/ravenswood, 978-281-8400 or capeann@ttor.org.

Legion meeting

The Capt. Lester S. Wass, Post 3, American Legion, will meet Tuesday, Jan. 27, at 6:30 p.m., following the Executive Board meeting at 6 p.m.

Volunteers sought

Care Dimensions, formerly Hospice of the North Shore & Greater Boston, will hold training classes for those interested in becoming a volunteer on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., at the Kaplan Family Hospice House, 78 Liberty St., Danvers. Session runs weekly until April 1. To register, contact Elizabeth Lebel at 978-750-9349 or ELebel@CareDimensions.org.

Rotary’s Polar Plunge

The Gloucester Rotary Club and Rotary District 7930 will hold its fifth annual Polar Plunge on Saturday, Jan. 31, 11:15 a.m., at the Cape Ann Motor Inn on Long Beach in Gloucester. The event is part of Rotary International’s ongoing campaign to eradicate polio. To donate, visit www.rotary.fundraise.com/activity/gloucester-2015-polar-plunge. Visit www.gloucesterrotary.us or www.facebook.com/RotaryGloucesterMA.

Panel discussion

On Saturday, Jan. 24, at 2 p.m., Cape Ann Museum, 27 Pleasant St., will host a panel discussion focusing on the men and women whose lives, families and careers are connected to Gloucester’s working waterfront. The discussion, offered in collaboration with the Northeast Seafood Coalition, will be moderated by Sean Horgan of the Gloucester Daily Times. Panelists include Al Cottone, Viking Gustafson, Bob Koeller, Ann Molloy and Ed Smith. Admission is free for museum members, Cape Ann residents and youth 18 and under; otherwise included with museum admission. Visit www.capeannmuseum.org.

Stroke Club

The Gloucester Stroke Club will meet Wednesday, Feb. 4, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., at Addison Gilbert Hospital, Logan Room, 298 Washington St. Guest speaker is Tahi Adler will present “Diet and Nutrition.”

Candlemas celebration

St. John’s Episcopal Church school will offer workshops related to Candlemas on Sundays, Feb. 1 and 8, from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. All children, ages 3-18, (of any denomination) are invited to participate. Children will learn how to make beeswax candles and take part in the feast of the Presentation of the Lord at the Temple. This is a two-session commitment.

PACE program

PACE at Element Care (formerly Elder Service Plan of the North Shore Inc.) a nonprofit health organization, in operation in Gloucester since 2007, helps people age 55 and over stay safe and healthy at home with its coordinated healthcare services. Located next to Pathways for Children, across the street from The Open Door, PACE offers tours and explains program eligibility. To arrange for a tour, call Carol Pallazolla at 978-283-7375, ext. 5525. Transportation is available.

Learn to Cope

The Gloucester Cape Ann Chapter of Learn to Cope is a confidential peer-led support network for anyone struggling with a loved one’s addiction. Group meets Wednesdays, 7 to 8:30 p.m., at the Rose Baker Senior Center, 6 Manuel F. Lewis St., second-floor conference room. Call Kathy Day at 508-245-1050 or visit www.learn2cope.org. Register for the confidential online discussion board. Narcan training available to members.

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.

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.

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.

Computer courses

Learn new computer skills or enhance your computer knowledge at the Rose Baker Senior Center’s SeniorNet Computer Learning Lab. Registration for the next session of eight-week classes is now available. Call the Council on Aging at 978-281-9765.

Parkinson’s exercise

On Thursdays, from 2 to 3 p.m., a program offering special exercise for folks with Parkinson’s disease is available at the Rose Baker Senior Center. Improve agility, strength and balance. To register, call 978-281-9765.

Tai Chi sessions

Weekly Tai Chi session are offered at the Rose Baker Senior Center on Tuesdays, from 9 to 10 a.m. for beginners, and Fridays, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., for more advanced participants. Call 978-281-9765.

Aqua Fit for seniors

On Tuesdays, from 9 to 10 a.m., a weekly low-impact exercise program is offered to seniors at the Cape Ann YMCA pool, sponsored by Addison Gilbert Hospital in partnership with the Cape Ann YMCA and Council on Aging. Sign up at the Senior Center reception desk or call 978-281-9765.

Senior Scrabble

Play Scrabble with seniors every Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. at the Rose Baker Senior Center. Call 978-281-9765.

Longevity training for seniors

Addison Gilbert Hospital and the Cape Ann YMCA will offer longevity training each week at the Rose Baker Senior Center, without a charge. An experienced instructor from the YMCA will visit the Rose Baker Senior Center at 10:30 a.m. To sign up, call 978-281-9765.

Senior Center art program

The Council on Aging Art Program is offered at the Rose Baker Senior Center each week on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting at 10 a.m. Art projects are on-going. Drawing classes are held Tuesdays and Thursdays and are open to new participants. Call Juni at 978-281-9765.

Day care program

The Council on Aging offers a supportive day care program each week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the Rose Baker Senior Center. The program provides supervised stimulating activities, companionship for seniors and respite for caregivers. Call Christie Parker at 978-281-9765, ext. 20.

Zumba sessions

Each Friday, starting at 10 a.m., Zumba is offered, free of charge, at the Rose Baker Senior Center.

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.

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.

Bay View Brotherhood

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

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 The Hive, inside Brown’s Mall, Main Street, 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 978-691-1321 to make an appointment.

SeniorCare breakfast

SeniorCare’s 41st annual Meals on Wheels Valentine breakfast fundraiser will take place Friday, Feb. 13, 7 to 9:30 a.m., at the Gloucester House restaurant, Seven Seas Wharf. Tickets are $10. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Visit www.seniorcareinc.org or contact Paula Curley at paula.curley@seniorcareinc.org or 978-281-1750, ext. 560.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Contra dancing

Cape Ann Contra Dance will host Friday night dances on Feb. 20 and March 20, 7:30 p.m., at the American Legion Hall, 8 Washington St. No experience is necessary. All dances are taught and all ages are welcome. Live music provided by Cape Ann Contra Band and Friends. Cost is $10 per dancer, free for dancers under 16. Event is possible in part by a grant from the Gloucester Cultural Council, supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and are produced by Folk Life Studio. Water is available, but bring bottles. Beverages and finger foods are welcome for sharing. Email capeanncontradance@gmail.com, or visit www.facebook.com/CapeAnnContraDance or www.meetup.com/Cape-Ann-Contra-Dance.

Maritime mornings

Preschoolers and their parents/grandparents/guardians are invited to spend Friday mornings at Maritime Gloucester for a fun and engaging hour of storytelling, crafts and music with a maritime theme. Each week will be led by either Kitt Cox, early childhood educator and musician, or Claudette Chmura, who will share her love of the sea through story and crafts. Program runs Fridays, 10:30 a.m. to noon, through April 17, in the Children’s Room, 23 Harbor Loop. Admission is free for members, $5 drop-in fee for nonmembers. Attend eight weeks and earn a Family Membership to Maritime Gloucester. Call 978-281-0470 or visit www.MaritimeGloucester.org.

Youth acting workshop

Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshops is accepting students, ages 6-18, for its winter session, which begins Friday, Feb. 6 (children ages 6-10) and Saturday, Feb. 7, (teens ages 11-18). The six-week workshop features expanded instruction time with a total of four class hours per week through Saturday, March 14; lower tuition for all students; and scholarship opportunities. Children’s class meets Fridays, 4 to 6 p.m., and Saturdays, 2 to 4 p.m.; and teen class meets Saturdays, noon to 4 p.m. Acting teacher, award-winning actress and Gloucester native Heidi Dallin will be joined by guest instructors including costume designer Lara Jardullo. Workshops provide youth with an outlet to nurture their creative potential through developing self-confidence, communication and teamwork skills as well as introducing them to the skills necessary for professional theater. Class size is limited and registration is on a first-come basis. For class times and to register, call 978-283-6688.