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

Playtime Stories

Gloucester Stage, 267 East Main St., will present Playtime Stories, a program of children’s stories, live performances and interactive workshops, for ages 3 and older, on Saturday, June 18, at 10 a.m. Each week Playtime Stories explores different stories ranging from classic fairy tales to new stories to works by local authors. Upcoming schedule: June 18 — “Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends” and “The Paperbag Princess;” June 25 — “The Three Little Pigs” and “The Little Red Hen;” and July 9 — “Curious George” and “Little Bunny Foo Foo.” Other July stories include “Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel,” “Rumpelstiltskin,” “The Lorax” and “What Pet Should I Get?” Admission is $5. Call 978-281-4433 or visit

Amateur Radio demo

The Cape Ann Amateur Radio Association invites the public to a demonstration about amateur radio Saturday, June 25, 2 p.m., at the CAARA Clubhouse, 6 Stanwood St., and will run four 24 hours until Sunday, June 26, at 2 p.m. The demonstration is part of the Amateur Radio Relay League’s “Field Day” event which promotes the ham radio hobby.

Gloucester Stage volunteers

The Gloucester Stage is seeking volunteer ushers for its 2016 season. Volunteers will receive a complimentary ticket to the performance. For more information about ushering or other volunteer opportunities, email, call 978-281-4099 or visit

Maritime Gloucester

This summer, Maritime Gloucester is a playground for science fun with week-long programs for children. Different weekly themes include: Marine Technology & Robotics, Lobster Tails, Coastal Explorers Sailing Adventures, Coastal Explorers Science Adventures, Marine Mammals of the Gulf of Maine, Coastal Explorers Voyagers, and Science Exploration Through Art. Age-appropriate programs for ages 8-16. Register: or call 978-281-0470.

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 Register for the confidential online discussion board. Narcan training available to members.

GHS Class of 1946

The Gloucester High School Class of 1946 will hold its 70th reunion Saturday, July 16, noon, at the Gloucester House restaurant. The organizing committee is seeking contact information for distanced classmates. For reservations, call Raphael at 978-283-6805.

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.

Choir school

Cape Ann Choir School studies and sings weekly from 4:15 to 5:45 p.m. on Thursdays at St. John’s Church, 48 Middle St. Park at 33 Washington St. Participants study how to sing as well as the language of music, ringing bells and drumming. Program is free for children ages 5-13.

Tai Chi sessions

Tai Chi sessions are offered at the Rose Baker Senior Center on Tuesdays at 9 a.m., and Fridays at 11 a.m. To sign up, call 978-281-9765.

Senior swim

Low-impact water exercise programs for seniors are offered Tuesdays, 9 to 10 a.m., and Fridays, 12:30 p.m. Free program is sponsored by Addison Gilbert Hospital (Lahey Health), Cape Ann YMCA, and Gloucester Council on Aging. To sign up, call 978-281-9765.

Longevity training for seniors

A free longevity exercise program for seniors is offered Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:15 a.m., at the Rose Baker Senior Center. Sponsored by Addison Gilbert Hospital (Leahy Health), Cape Ann YMCA, and Gloucester Council on Aging. Call 978-281-9765.

Food Pantry hours

The Open Door Food Pantry, 28 Emerson Ave., provides free groceries for those in need. Proof of address is required. Hours are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Tuesday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 978-283-6776 or visit

Friendly Call Program

The Gloucester Council on Aging offers a Friendly Call Program. If you or someone you know is feeling isolated or disconnected from the community, and would like a friendly phone call or visit, call Ann at the Rose Baker Senior Center at 978-281-9765, ext. 13.

Parkinson’s exercise

The Council on Aging offers a free exercise program for those with Parkinson’s disease on Thursdays, 2 to 3 p.m., at the Rose Baker Senior Center. To sign up, call 978-281-9765.

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.

Cape Ann Support Group

Cape Ann Support Group meets Tuesdays, 3 to 4 p.m., at Wellspring House, 302 Essex Ave. Through support, laughter and shared life experiences, the group socializes and connects as a community. Call Laura McDaniel at 978-687-4288, ext. 145.

CA Farmers Market

The Cape Ann Farmers Market is open Thursdays, 3 to 6:30 p.m., at Stage Fort Park, through Oct. 13. Features farmers, bakers, an organic soap maker, a wellness tent, hand-printed clothing, gelato, locally-roasted coffee, hand-made jewelry, pottery, iron creations, art made from recycled materials, and more. Free parking. Visit or call Nicole Bogin at 978-290-2717.

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,, monthly. Call 978-283-6055.

Business advice

SCORE, a resource partner of the Small Business Administration, offers free business advice to prospective and existing business owners every Tuesday at a convenient Cape Ann location. To make an appointment, call 978-691-1321. For more information, email Dave at or visit

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.

Mentors needed

The Wellspring Educational Resource Center (WERC) at Wellspring House, 302 Essex Ave., is seeking volunteer mentors to help adult learners identify educational and career goals to attain and sustain a living wage position. Interested participants should call Patrick at 978-281-3558, ext. 323, to be paired with another mentor to help 2-5 students. Training and resources are provided.

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.

Fundraising auction

Annisquam Village Church is collecting donations from local merchants and service providers to raise funds for its outreach missions on Cape Ann and beyond. Current items include paintings, vacation escapes, tours of Dogtown, gift certificates and more. Bidding opens at 9 a.m. on July 6, and closes at 9 p.m. on July 20. Auction can be found online at starting July 6. Before the opening, previews of selected items can be found at and

‘Designing Beauport’

Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House, will present “Designing Beauport, Room by Room” on Saturday, June 18, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., at 75 Eastern Point Blvd. Tour Beauport in the order Henry Sleeper added each room and follow his progression as an interior designer in the early 20th Century. Tour includes decorated rooms not seen on the regular tour. Light refreshments included. Cost is $15/Historic New England members, $30/nonmembers. Registration required; 978-283-0800.

Police fundraiser

The Gloucester Police Relief Association is currently holding its 2016 fundraiser and will sponsor a Celebrity Hockey Game between the Boston Black & Gold Legends (former Boston Bruins) and the Gloucester Police Relief Association on Friday, Sept. 16, 7 p.m., at the Talbot Rink, Gloucester. The GPRA will be calling business and residents in Gloucester for support.

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.

SeniorCare fundraiser

SeniorCare Inc. will hold a dinner fundraiser at Not Your Average Joe’s restaurant, 45 Enon St., Beverly, every Tuesday in June (June 14, 21 and 28), from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Not Your Average Joe’s will donate 15 percent of all orders placed (both dine-in and take-out) throughout the day. Diners must announce they are participating in SeniorCare’s fundraiser. Reservations recommended; 978-927-8950. Visit or call

Annisquam Exchange

The Annisquam Exchange, 32 Leonard St., offers antiques, estate pieces, collectibles, vintage and fine jewelry, artwork, books, gifts, cards and Annisquam memorabilia. Hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 978-281-0358, email or visit

Class of 1957

The Gloucester High School and St. Ann’s classes of 1957 will hold a reunion committee meeting Wednesday, June 15, 7 p.m., at the home of Andrea Mackey, 33 Railroad Ave. All are invited to help plan the 60th reunion in 2017. Call 978-283-6844.

Yoga on the Harbor

Maritime Gloucester, 23 Harbor Loop, will offer Yoga on the Harbor classes Saturdays in June and July, from 8 to 9 a.m. Led by Cape Ann Power Yoga instructor Paige Amaral. Geared for all levels; no experience necessary. Rain or shine. Classes held on Webster Pier or under the tent. Yoga mat required. Open to adults and children (ages 13 and up with adult). $5 per class for members, $10 per class for nonmembers. Pay online for daily or monthly classes at; cash/check accepted on-site. Call 978-281-0470.

CAM lectures

Cape Ann Museum, 27 Pleasant St., will present a series of lectures in connection with its exhibit “Design/Build,” which is on view through Oct. 9. Lectures begin at 7 p.m. June 23 — “Between Earth, Sea and Sky: Four Hundred Years of Building on Cape Ann.” July 7 — “New Spaces/Old Places: Merging Contemporary Architecture with Historic Neighborhoods,” reception at 6 p.m. Sept. 29 — “Architect Eleanor Raymond: A Pioneer in the Field.” Cost is $10 per lecture, $25 for the series for members; $15 per lecture, $40 for the series for nonmembers. Reservations required; 978-283-0455, ext. 10, or email

UCC events

The West Gloucester Trinitarian Congregational Church UCC, 488 Essex Ave., will hold a yard sale and luncheon Saturday, June 18, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The church will also offer a free community meal Wednesday, June 22, at 6 p.m. All are welcome.

North Shore Friends

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

Second Glance

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

Yoga for seniors

The Gloucester Council on Aging provides yoga sessions each week at the Rose Baker Senior Center:

Tuesdays — Gentle Mat Yoga at 10 a.m.

Wednesdays — Relaxation and Stretching Chair Yoga at 12:15 p.m.

Thursdays — Gentle Chair Yoga at 10 a.m.

Call 978-281-9765.

Bay View Brotherhood

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

Rotary Club

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

Free GED classes

The Compass Youth Program of Action Inc. offers HiSET (formerly GED) preparation and enrichment courses at its 5 Pleasant St. location. Classes meet Monday-Friday and are free to eligible youth. For more information, contact Shannon Cormier at 978-282-1000, ext. 117, or

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.

Volunteers needed

The Gloucester Adventure Inc., a nonprofit maritime historic preservation and educational organization, is currently recruiting volunteers for its 2016 sailing season aboard the schooner Adventure. Programs are designed to engage youth, families, and the local community. Volunteers are needed in these areas: sailing crew, administration, education, docents, and shipboard maintenance. No is experience necessary. Email or call 978-281-8079.

Diabetes screening

A free community diabetes screening is held the first Monday of each month, 1 to 3 p.m., at Addison Gilbert Hospital, 298 Washington St., Women’s Health Conference Room. All are welcome. Appointments and fasting are not required. Call 978-283-4000.

Hospice volunteers sought

Care Dimensions, formerly Hospice of the North Shore & Greater Boston, is recruiting caring individuals as volunteers for the nonprofit organization across the North Shore and Greater Boston. Volunteers play a vital role in providing care, companionship and compassion to our patients and we are always looking for people who want to give their time to help others. Volunteer experiences vary depending on the volunteer’s interests and abilities, and opportunities are developed to keep you close to home or workplace. Consider visiting with a patient, helping with office or clerical work, volunteering at a special event, and more. Call 1-888-283-1722.

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.

Thrift shop

The thrift shop at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 48 Middle St., is open Tuesdays-Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All are welcome. Features clothing, accessories, furniture, home décor, linens, housewares and more. Free parking in 33 Washington St. lot. Visit

COA trip

Brochures for this upcoming Council on Aging trip is available in the lobby of the Rose Baker Senior Center: June 23–July 1, Canadian Rockies by train. Call 978-281-9765.

NAMI support groups

NAMI Cape Ann support groups are for family and friends and individuals dealing with mental health issues and challenges. Schedule: First Wednesday of every month, 7 to 8:30 p.m.; and second and fourth Tuesdays, 7 to 8:30 p.m. All groups meet at NAMI Cape Ann, 43 Gloucester Ave., Gloucester. Call 978-281-1557 or visit

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, or call 1-800-728-1862.

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

Narcan information

Free, confidential Narcan access and overdose prevention information is available in Gloucester. Narcan is a medication which can temporarily reverse the effects of an opiate overdose. In the event of an overdose, call 911. If you or someone you know uses opiates, call the North Suffolk Narcan Enrollment Center at 617-912-7554. This is a recorded message checked once daily. Leave your contact information and indicate that you would like to be trained in Gloucester. Calls will be returned by Gary Langis. Program is supported by Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

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.

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 or 978-750-9321.

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