Events listed here are open to the public and sponsored by nonprofit groups unless otherwise noted. Press releases may be sent to Goings on, Gloucester Daily Times, 36 Whittemore St., Gloucester, MA 01930, e-mailed to gdt@gloucestertimes.com or faxed to 978-282-4397. Please include a contact person's name and telephone number and send at least two weeks prior to the event. The Times will do its best to run the announcement at least once prior to the event.

Yard sale

The residents of Sheedy Park will hold a yard sale every Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., through the summer, weather permitting. The yard sale will be held on the Shepherd Street side of the building.

Poetry Contest

Do you live in Gloucester? Are you inspired by the Man at the Wheel? Do you have a poem about the Gloucester-inspired Massachusetts quarter? Send the poem, along with your home address and contact information, to: Quarter Deck Poetry Contest, Box 5524, Gloucester, MA 01930. Winners will be published and recognized in public ceremonies in Gloucester and Boston. Deadline for entries is Aug. 23, the day (in 1925) that the statue was dedicated.

Commercial clam permits

Gloucester's commercial clam applications are available until Tuesday, June 30, at the city clerk's office. Hours are Monday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Tuesday from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Trash stickers exchange

Since the inception of the official Pay As You Throw purple bag, the city has been exchanging stickers for bags at the Department of Public Works on Poplar Street. This will continue until June 30. Bring old stickers to the Department of Public Works between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. to exchange them for purple bags.

CAMPS retreat

The CAMPS (Christ As My Personal Savior) youth program will attend a one-week retreat at Geneva Point Convention Center in Moultonboro, N.H., Aug. 10-15. Celebrating its 26th year of ministry, the retreat, featuring music, speakers and games, will give participants the chance to share their lives and faith with up to 300 teens from Massachusetts and beyond. For more information, contact Jack Duwart at 978-325-3189 or jduwart@yahoo.com. Visit www.campsminstry.com.

Science camp registration

Kestrel Educational Adventures is running a one-week hands-on camp, Aug. 24-28, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., in collaboration with Eastern Point Day School. Children, ages 6 to 10, will explore, reflect and experience the coast in layers — from shore to deeper waters. Participants will gain an understanding of tidal rhythms, learn about natural resources from the ocean, and create marine arts. To register, e-mail Lisa Wheeler at lwheeler@easternpointdayschool.org.

Tuscany, Florence tour

Cape Ann Travelers will travel to Tuscany and Florence in Italy from Oct. 14 to 23. The trip will include a six-night stay in the Tuscan countryside and a two-night stay in Florence. Travelers will visit ancient and historic towns, famous vineyards for wine tastings and artisan studios, and tour the art and culture of the area. Cost of the trip includes hotels, meals and escorted roundtrip air from Boston. Space is limited. For a complete itinerary and more information, call Marcia Hahn at 978-546-9350.

Gloucester Preschool

Gloucester Preschool, located at Fuller School, is registering children ages 3 to 5 for the 2009-10 school year. The program offers a morning session from 8:30 to 10:50, and an afternoon session from 12:05 to 2:30. Cost is $50 per week. The program offers lunch for an additional $20 from 10:50 to noon. For more information, call Ann McCarthy at 978-281-9848. There are free slots for children who are eligible for Headstart; call Cheryl DePrimio at 978-281-6920.

Gardeners needed

Gardeners are asked to plant an extra row in their garden this year for The Open Door food pantry. Extra vegetables, herbs and even flowers can make a difference for neighbors in need. For details, call 978-283-6776 or visit www.foodpantry.org.

Seafood Retirees meet

The Seafood Retirees Group will meet Monday, June 29, 1 p.m., at Rose Baker Senior Center. Call 978-281-9765.

Youth acting workshops

Gloucester Stage Co. , 267 East Main St., will hold acting workshops for children ages 6 to 17. The six-week workshops, taught by award-winning actress Heidi Dallin, will be held Fridays, beginning July 10. The workshops will help students discover their creative potential, build self-confidence and self esteem and develop communication skills, as as well as give them the opportunity to learn about the skills necessary for professional theater. The workshops will include an introduction to theater basics, including theater games, improvisation, movement, vocal and physical expression, character preparation and development, scene study, and storytelling. Class size is limited and registration is on a first-come basis. To register, call 978-283-6688.

Hearing clinic

A free hearing clinic will be offered Monday, June 29, 9 a.m. to noon, at Rose Baker Senior Center. Joseph Sarofeen, hearing aid specialist at Rogers Hearing Solutions, offers hearing tests, family counseling, and cleaning and repairing of hearing aids at no charge. Appointments are required; call the Council on Aging at 978-281-9765.

Free pharmacy session

A registered pharmacist from Addison Gilbert Hospital will be at the Rose Bake Senior Center every other month to review medications, answer questions and offer suggestions. This is a free and confidential 15-minute session to be held on Aug. 12, from 10 a.m. to noon. To schedule an appointment, call 978-921-1697, ext. 300. All are welcome.

Friday night bingo

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

Donations for fireworks

The Gloucester Fireworks Committee is working hard on organizing the July 3 and Labor Day weekend fireworks displays. Fireworks are expensive and every year the committee looks for support from the community. Contributions are very much appreciated. Donations can be sent to: The Gloucester Fund/Fireworks Donation, 45 Middle St., Gloucester, MA 01930.

HAWC drop-in group

A HAWC (Healing Abuse Working for Change) drop-in group meets every Wednesday from 9:30 to 11 a.m., with child care provided. This free, confidential group is for women who have experienced emotionally or physically abusive relationships. Join other women for nonjudgmental support and education about domestic violence. Call 978-281-1135 for Gloucester location. Visit www.helpabusedwomen.org.

Parent support group

Wellspring Cape Ann Families offers a free parent support and education group twice weekly (ongoing throughout the year) for all parents and caregivers. Parent Connection meets Mondays, 6 to 7:30 p.m., and Fridays, 10 to 11:30 a.m., at 28 Emerson Ave. Child care and transportation are provided. Call 978-281-7856 for more information, or drop in.

CAMEN group

Cape Ann Gay and Bi Men, a discussion group, meets every Monday (except holidays) at the Community Center, 67 Middle St., from 7 to 9 p.m. The group plans other social events. Call Brian King at 978-927-4506, ext. 219 or visit www.gbmhp.org.

Cape Ann Thrift Shop

Cape Ann Thrift Shop, 70 Middle St., is open Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The shop offers clothing for the whole family, linens, toys, jewelry and more. Donations of all types are appreciated.

Open Door meals

The Open Door, 28R Emerson Ave., serves a family-style meal Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from 5 to 6 p.m. Sunday from 4 to 5 p.m. Gloucester residents may call 978-283-6776, ext. 204, to arrange for a free van ride. The ride line must be reached before 4 p.m. to ensure a seat.

Isabel Babson Library

Isabel Babson Memorial Library, 69 Main St., is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The library, named for Gloucester's first midwife, has books featuring every aspect of family life including maternity, child care and women's health. The library's collection is updated monthly. All are welcome to browse. Call the library at 978-283-5624.

Blue Star Banner

Capt. Lester S. Wass Post 3, American Legion, honors military personnel by presenting the parents of anyone on active duty with a Blue Star Banner. These banners may be obtained by calling 978-283-9710. Leave your name and telephone number and a representative will return your message.

Fairy Festival

Underwood Photography, 73 Martin St., Essex, is teaming up with Cape Ann Habitat for Humanity to hold the sixth annual Fairy Festival on Saturday, June 27, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the studio. The event features free activities for children and parents, including fairy house building, a fairy tea party, fairy arts and crafts, and story-telling by Jape Payette. For those interested, photographs will be taken of the fairies and elves with a portion of the proceeds donated to Cape Ann Habitat for Humanity. If children do not have their own costume, several costumes may be borrowed.

Fundraiser event

Haiti Projects Inc. will hold a sale of handmade goods from a women's cooperative in Haiti on Saturday, July 4, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at 31 Leonard St. The sale will feature tablecloths, napkins, nightgowns, camisoles, scrubs, tote bags, sandals, sachets, knits and more.

Rummage sales

St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1123 Washington St., will hold a rummage sale Saturdays, July 11, 18 and 25, and Aug. 1, from 9 a.m. to noon. The sale will feature clothing for men, women and children, as well as books, puzzles and CDs. Nisu (Finnish bread) and Anadama bread will be sold. Nisu by the slice and coffee will also be available.

Chamber Music series

The Cape Ann Summer Chamber Music Series will present a music performance Sunday, July 12, 5 p.m., at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1123 Washington St., Gloucester. Chamber music artists Susan Slowick, violin, Jonathan Knox, oboe, and Kathleen Forgac, piano, will be joined by soprano Sarah Wetzel. For tickets and information, call 978-525-3074.

Lighthouse cruise

The Thacher Island Association will hold its annual lighthouse cruise, "Lighthouses Along the North Shore and Boston," on Friday, July 17. Jeremy D'Entremont, lighthouse expert and author, will narrate the tour. A cash bar, sandwiches and snacks will be available. Liquor may not be brought on board. Cost is $30 per person. For reservations, call 978-546-7697.

Art Harbor summer camp

Art Harbor of Cape Ann will hold enrollment for its summer camp at Windhover on Monday, June 29, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Rockport Community House. The camp runs for four weeks during the month of July, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $250 per camper, per week. Bring your immunization forms to the enrollment nights. Call 978-546-9041, or visit www.artharbor.org for a registration form.

Docksiders fundraiser

The Gloucester High School Docksiders, in conjunction with Causeway Liquors on Essex Avenue, are currently holding a recycling fundraiser.¬ Bring cans and bottles to Causeway Liquors and tell them to donate the money to the GHS Docksiders. All money collected will go towards new equipment and the 2010 performance trip. Call 978-281-4644 for more information.

Host families needed

A group of Spanish exchange students coming to Gloucester from June 28-July 25 are seeking host families. The students have activities from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, and the drop off point will be in Gloucester. The students have solid English skills and their own spending money, and would like to be part of an American family. Students don't need their own rooms, but do need their own beds. Student's applications are ready and families can pick their own student from a group of males and females ages 14-17. For more information, contact Carla King at 978-884-4866 or Carla.King@comcast.net.

Chamber exchange

The Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce will hold its next Evening Business Exchange at Cape Ann Lanes, 53 Gloucester Ave., on Wednesday, July 1, from 5 to 7 p.m. Appetizers and beverages will be served. Door prizes will be offered. Cost is $10 for members. For reservations, call 978-283-1601 or e-mail info@CapeAnnChamber.com.

Cape Ann Farmers' Market

The Cape Ann Farmers' Market is open Thursdays, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., at Harbor Loop, July 2 through Oct. 8. The market will feature produce, fish, crafts, baked goods, music and children's activities. For more information, e-mail capeannfarmersmarket@gmail.com or call Nicole Bogin at 978-290-2717.

NSAA youth programs

North Shore Arts Association, 11 Pirates Lane, is now accepting registration for its 2009 Youth Education Program. Classes meet on six consecutive Tuesdays, beginning Tuesday, July 7. Children ages 8-12 meet from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and teens meet from 1 to 5 p.m. Children's classes are $10 per day, $15 per day for teens. To register, visit www.nsarts.org or call 978-283-1857.

Ucita Council

Ucita Council No. 46 meets at the Red Barn, Emerson Avenue, every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

Cape Ann Food Pantry

Cape Ann 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. Basic household information and a valid identification are required. The pantry also offers its Buck-A-Bag program, a weekly surplus food market that provides low-cost access to fresh (and locally grown) produce and wholesome breads, Fridays from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Call 978-283-6776.

The Clothes Closet

The Clothes Closet, in the basement of St. Ann School, corner of Prospect and Pleasant streets, is open Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Clothes Closet is made possible through the volunteer efforts of the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Holy Family Parish. Proceeds benefit local families in need. Call 978-283-7391.

Recovery programs

A variety of recovery programs meets weekly in Gloucester.

Sunday — Al-Anon, 7:15 to 8:15 p.m., Bowen Room, Addison Gilbert Hospital. Use Washington Street entrance; AA open speakers, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., St. John's Church, 48 Middle St.

Monday — Alcoholics Anonymous 12 Steps to Freedom, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Veterans' Center, 12 Emerson Ave.

Tuesday — AA for young people, 7 to 8 p.m., Trinity Congregational Church, 70 Middle St. Open speaker discussion.

Wednesday — AA speaker meeting, Fish City Group, St. John's Episcopal Church, Middle Street, 7 to 8 p.m. 508-957-4690.

Thursday — Women's Narcotics Anonymous, 7 to 8 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, corner of Pine and Church streets.

Friday — AA Gloucester Morning Glories women's AA, 7 to 8 a.m., North Shore Health Project, 67 Middle St.; Al-Anon Cape Ann, 7:30 to 9 p.m., Trinitarian Congregational Church, Route 133, West Gloucester, families and friends of alcoholics invited; AA meeting, First Baptist Church, 38 Gloucester Ave., 8 to 9 p.m.

Saturday — Alcoholics Anonymous "Saturday and Sober" meeting, 9:30 to 11 a.m., Trinity Congregational Church, Middle Street. Open speaker, discussion. Nonsmoking; AA discussion group, 10 to 11:15 a.m., Easler Building, 23 Duncan St.; AA meeting, Union Congregational Church, Magnolia, 8 to 9 p.m.; AA Open Big Book/discussion, nonsmoking, 8 to 9:30 p.m., St. John's Church, 48 Middle St.

Cape Ann Social Club

The Cape Ann Social Club provides adults with social, recreational and community activities every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 5 to 8 p.m., and Thursday and Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Members meet at various places. For more information on becoming a member or volunteer, call 978-283-0000, ext. 770.

Action lead program

Only families with lead-poisoned children will be eligible for funding in the Get the Lead Out Loan Program until further notice.

Cape Ann Art Haven

Cape Ann Art Haven offers family studio time every Friday from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. This is an opportunity to bond with your children through art. Cost is $10 for the first child, $5 for each additional child. CAAH also offers classes for third- through fifth-graders every Monday and Wednesday from 3:30 to 5 and 5:30 to 7 p.m. The class runs for one month and costs $60. CAAH also offers classes for sixth- through eighth-graders every Tuesday and Thursday from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and 6 to 7:30 p.m. The class runs for one month and costs $60. To sign up, call 978-283-3888 or visit info@capeannarthaven.com. Walk-ins are welcome.

Computer classes

Action Inc. Employment and Training Program, located at 180 Main St., offers these classes:

Microsoft PowerPoint. Learn to use this powerful presentation software for creating and viewing slideshows during face-to-face meetings and presentations. Six-week class meets Wednesdays, 6 to 8 p.m., beginning Aug. 12.

To register, contact Patty Bongiorno at 978-281-7402 or pattyjobs@yahoo.com.

Parent Connection

Wellspring Cape Ann Families offers a free parent support and education group twice weekly (ongoing throughout the year) for all parents and caregivers. The group meets Mondays, 6 to 7:30 p.m., and Fridays, 10 to 11:30 a.m., at 28 Emerson Ave. Child care and transportation are provided. Call Ann Baylies at 978-281-7856.

YMCA Theater Club

The Cape Ann YMCA Teen & Camp Services Branch will offer a YMCA Theater Club for youth and teens in grades three through eight. Junior classes, for students in grades three through five, will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 to 5 p.m.; and senior classes, for students in grades six through eight, will meet Mondays and Wednesdays from 3 to 5 p.m. Monthly fees are $35 for YMCA members, $55 for nonmembers. Financial assistance is available. Whether your child seeks the spotlight or prefers contributing backstage — all are welcome to join professional actress Kimberly Kurczy. For more information, call Rick Doucette at 978-283-0470, ext. 102, or Nikki Klink at ext. 103.

Support for troops

The Gloucester Office of Veterans' Services is seeking help from the community

Knitters wanted. The office has received requests from troops in Iraq and Afghanistan for hand or machine knit helmet liners, scarves, neck gators, and socks. Contact the office for specific instructions.

Donations needed. The office is accepting donations of needed goods, including AT&T telephone cards, and donations for mailing boxes to send to the troops. Military families need help, too.

Military family members. Residents are urged to register their active duty family member(s) with the office. Already registered? Let the office know where your active duty family member is stationed.

Call the Office of Veterans' Services at 978-281-9740 for more information.

Harvest Meals

Cape Ann Interfaith Commission offers harvest meals Tuesdays and Fridays, when meals are not served at the Open Door. Meals are offered Tuesdays at St. John's Church, 48 Middle St., and Fridays at Trinity Congregational Church, 70 Middle St. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. on both days. Meals are served from 5 to 6. All are welcome. There is no charge.

Community Health Center

Seniors and low-income residents can get help in gaining access to health care services, receive assistance with applications or ask about general concerns at the Rose Baker Senior Center. Stop in or call 978-281-9765 to schedule an appointment with SHINE counselor/interpreter Sefatia Romeo on Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., or with North Shore Community Health Center financial counselor Fatima Calisto, who has office hours on Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Homebound services

Sawyer Free Library offers homebound services for residents who need them. Books (large print or regular), magazines, CDs and audio books may be delivered on a monthly basis. For more information, call Jeannie at 978-281-9763, ext. 18.

TOPS meeting

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), a weight-loss and maintenance support group, meets every Monday at Seacoast Nursing Center, 292 Washington St., Gloucester. Weigh-in begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by the meeting at 7. New members should arrive at 6 p.m. Low membership fees. Call MaryEllen at 978-283-2103 or Susan at 978-768-7959.

SeniorCare nutrition

SeniorCare serves lunch daily at the senior luncheon centers at 11:30 a.m., Monday through Friday. A $2 donation is requested. For reservations, call the Rose Baker Senior Center at 978-281-0081, Sheedy Park at 978-281-5128 or McPherson Park at 978-283-3141. Meals on Wheels are also available. Call 978-281-1750.

BNI meetings

Business Network International, a weekly meeting of local business owners and managers, meets at the Gloucester House restaurant every Thursday at 7 a.m.

Museum passes

Sawyer Free Library offers free or reduced entry passes to the Cape Ann Museum, Boston Children's Museum, Essex Shipbuilding Museum, Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Museum of Science, Museum of Fine Arts, Peabody Essex Museum and the Sargent House Museum. To reserve passes, call 978-281-9763.

North Shore Health Project

North Shore Health Project provides services to those living with HIV, AIDS and hepatitis C. Services include case management, holistic therapies, referrals for medical, legal, housing and other critical needs, congregate meals, free clothing, emergency funding and educational and social programming. Counseling with a hepatitis C nurse is available on Mondays. No appointment is necessary. The North Shore Health Project, at 67 Middle St., is open Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 978-283-0101.

Free business advice

Service Corps of Retired Executives (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), 72 Rogers St., every Tuesday. Using a three-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 for more information. Call 978-282-7779 to make an appointment.

Summer recreation programs

The city of Gloucester and the Cape Ann YMCA will offer programs for children and adults through the summer in sailing, basketball, tennis and fencing. All registration packets are available at the Cape Ann YMCA. For more information, contact Katy Milne at milnek@northshoreymca.org or 978-283-0470, ext. 1714.

'Capturing Historic Houses'

The Gloucester Lyceum and Sawyer Free Library will present a free program titled "Capturing Historic Houses" on Saturday, June 27, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Photographer Geoffrey Gross discusses his fascination with historic houses, his creative process and his five Rizzoli publications including "Great Houses of New England." Space is limited. Registration is required; call 617-227-3957, ext. 264.

Annisquam Exchange

The Annisquam Exchange, 32 Leonard St., is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Annisquam Exchange, a community-based nonprofit organization, offers antiques, collectibles, linens, cards and gifts. Call 978-281-0358.

Fiesta kids' games

Fiesta kids' games will take place down at the Fort on Saturday, June 27, 3 p.m., at the entrance of Beach Court and Commercial Street. Games include pie and watermelon-eating and egg-tossing contests. Awards and prizes will be given to all contestants. Trophies will be awarded to all winners. A children's pinata contest will take place Sunday, June 28, at Pascucci Court, between the Chamber of Commerce and Fort Square Cafe, immediately following the Greasy Pole contest. To sign up, e-mail child's name, age and game of choice to Joe Palmisano at joepal@netzero.net or call 978-525-2317 weekdays after 5 p.m. or weekends, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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