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, sent via e-mail to or faxed to 978-281-5748. Please include a contact person's name and telephone number and send at least two weeks prior to the event.

Constituent service visit

State Rep. Anthony Verga will hold constituent services Friday, Aug. 8, 11:30 a.m., at the Rose Baker Senior Center. Call the Council on Aging at 978-281-9765 to schedule an appointment, or just stop in.

Morning concert for seniors

The Council on Aging Social Day Care Program will sponsor a morning concert at the Rose Baker Senior Center Friday, Aug. 8, from 10 a.m. Tony Malionek will provide the entertainment. All are welcome. Call Christie at 978-281-9765.

Raiders registration

The Gloucester Raiders will hold football and cheerleading registration Friday, Aug. 8, 5 to 7 p.m., and Saturdays, Aug. 2 and 9, 9 to 11 a.m., at the Gloucester Police Station. Cost is $65 per child, with a $100 cap. The first 25 C and D team football players and cheerleaders (ages 7-9) to register will play for free. Players must be 7 years old before Sept. 1, 2008, in order to participate. Call Mary-Alice at 978-281-1087.

Vikings registration

East Gloucester Vikings will hold football and cheerleading sign ups, for children ages 7 through grade eight, in the East Gloucester School gym Aug. 8, 5 to 7 p.m., and Aug. 2 and 9, 9 to 11 a.m. Cost is $85, with a family cap of $170. Players must be 7 years old prior to Aug. 31. Call Brian Salah at 978-281-0834.

Chargers registration

The Chargers Youth Program will hold football and cheerleading registration, for children in grades two through eight, Aug. 8, 5 to 7 p.m., and Aug. 2 and 9, 9 a.m. to noon, at the Scout House on Concord Street. Football players must be at least 7 years old to play. Cost is $65 for the first child, $45 for the second, with a family cap of $120. A $50 fee will also be charged to those not participating in the raffle calendar fundraiser. Call Brenda at 978-281-3260 or Fran at 978-526-4314.

H-Hill Tigers registration

The H-Hill Tigers Youth Organization will be hold registration for football players and cheerleaders Aug. 8, 5 to 7 p.m.; and Aug. 2 and 9, 9 a.m. to noon, at 102 Friend St. A $10 late fee will be charged after these dates. Call Jackie at 978-281-2928 or Janelle at 978-283-6449.

Stroke Club

The Gloucester Stroke Club will meet Thursday, Aug. 7, 7 p.m., in the Women's Health Center, Addison Gilbert Hospital. Members are encouraged to share their hobbies or tell a joke. New members are welcome. Members are reminded that the annual picnic at Salem Willows will be held Wednesday, Aug. 20, with the Salem Stroke Club. Call Virginia at 978-283-3968.

League of Women Voters

The League of Women Voters of Cape Ann will hold its monthly board meeting Wednesday, Aug. 13, 10 a.m., at St. John's Church, Middle Street. All are welcome. The league is a nonpartisan political organization of women and men that encourages citizens to participate in government, especially at the grass-roots level. Visit or call Judith Bly at 978-546-2191.

Superior Officers fundraiser

The Gloucester Superior Officers Association is conducting its annual fundraiser. Additionally, the association will host a benefit comedy basketball game featuring The Court Jesters on Friday, Nov. 14, 7 p.m. in the field house at Gloucester High School. Businesses and residents will be contacted by telephone and invited to participate in this fundraising effort. All contributors will receive complimentary tickets to the comedy basketball game. Proceeds support programs and activities, including HAWC (Help for Abused Women & Children), Gloucester Little League, American Cancer Society, the Sawyer Free Library, and others.

Best Dressed Dog Parade

The Cape Ann Animal Aid will sponsor the Best Dressed Dog Parade Saturday, Aug. 2. The parade starts and ends at the CAAA, 260 Main St. Registration begins at 9 a.m., followed by the parade at 10 a.m. Any dog dressed in a "Gloucester" theme is eligible to be crowned either Mister or Miss Doggie Gloucester. Every dog wins an award. Photo keepsakes of your dog in costume will be available. The entry fee is $10. All proceeds benefit the CAAA. Preregistration is suggested; visit or call 978-283-6055.

Clean Harbor Swim

The 30th annual Celebrate the Clean Harbor Swim will take place Saturday, Aug. 16, at Niles Beach. Preregistration is required. Space is limited to 125 swimmers. For an entry form, stop by the Cape Ann YMCA or visit The registration deadline is Aug. 9. Those wishing to volunteer or have a small non-motirized boat to monitor swimmers may call Richie Martin at 978-281-0670. The swim is sponsored by the New England Marathon Swimming Association. The rain date is Aug. 17.

Fishermen's Memorial Service

The annual Fishermen's Memorial Service will be held Saturday, Aug. 23, to remember fishermen lost at sea. A procession will begin at 5 p.m. in American Legion Square and march to the Fishermen's Memorial, also known as the Man at the Wheel, on Stacy Boulevard. A seaside service will follow. Loose flowers will be scattered on the ocean and wreaths will be placed at the Fishermen's Memorial. The public is encouraged to participate. For more information, call Joe Parisi at 978-283-4304.

Parent Connection support group

Parent Connection, a parent support and education group, meets Mondays, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., and Fridays, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., at Cape Ann Families, 28 Emerson Ave., for mothers and fathers. No charge. Child care and transportation provided. Call 978-281-7856 to register.

Cape Ann Social Club

The Cape Ann Social Club meets every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, from 5 to 9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, noon to 6 p.m., in the teachers lunchroom at Gloucester High School. It provides adults with social and recreational activities and includes a light meal. Transportation is provided within three miles of the club. The state Department of Mental Health provides funding. 978-281-5585.

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

Recovery programs

A variety of recovery programs meets weekly in Gloucester.

Sunday — Women's Narcotics Anonymous, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Unitarian Universalist church, corner of Pine and Church streets; 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; Alcoholics Victorious, a Christ-centered, nondenominational recovery program for alcohol and drug abusers, 7 p.m., Gloucester Assembly of God, 211 Washington St.

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 Thrift Shop

Cape Ann Thrift Shop, 70 Middle St., is open Tuesday, 10 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 are accepted.

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. 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.

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.

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.

Computer classes

Action Inc. employment and training program, 180 Main St., is offering a six-week Microsoft Windows computer class for beginners. Class meets Wednesdays, 6 to 8 p.m., starting Aug. 20. To register, call 978-281-7402 or e-mail

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.

Vacation Bible School

Calvary Chapel Baptist Church of Gloucester and North Shore Bible Church of Essex will cosponsor a Vacation Bible School Aug. 4-8, 5:45 to 8:15 p.m., at 384 Washington St., Gloucester. "Amazon Expedition" is open to children ages 4 to 11. Admission is free. Call 978-283-8856 or 978-768-3539.

Music at Eden's Edge

Cape Ann's resident chamber music ensemble, Music at Eden's Edge, will present a concert titled "High Summer Suggestion: Mostly Viennese" Saturday, Aug. 2, 8 p.m., at Cape Ann Museum, 27 Pleasant St. The museum will open at 6:30 p.m. so that audience members can visit galleries and special exhibitions. Admission is $20 per person, $18 for members/seniors/students, $65 for families. Reservations are required; call 978-283-0455.

Crafters needed

Crafters are needed for St. Ann School's crafts fair to be held Saturday, Oct. 18, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Msgr. Sullivan Hall. Table rentals are $25. Call 978-283-3455.

GHS gathering

The third gathering of retired Gloucester High School staff will take place Wednesday, Oct. 1, at the Elks Lodge. All teachers, administrators, counselors, cafeteria staff, custodians, nursing staff and secretaries are welcome. Cost will range between $20 and $25 per person and includes hot and cold hors d'oeuvres and rental of the hall. A cash bar will be available. Anyone interested in attending should notify Roger Parady at 978-283-1635, John Sperry at 978-283-9483 or Bill Proposki at 978-546-3960. An update and more specifics will follow at a later date.

LCC drawing

The Lanesville Community Center will hold its monthly 300 Club drawing Monday, Aug. 4, at 7 p.m. More than $500 in prizes will be awarded. Winners do not need to be present in order to win. Numbers are $3 each and multiple numbers may be purchased. The public is invited.

Schooner Adventure tours

The Schooner Adventure offers tours of its decks Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, visit

Beaux Arts Ball

The Rocky Neck Art Colony will host its annual Beaux Arts Costume Ball on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 7 to 11 p.m., at the Studio restaurant, 51 Rocky Neck Ave. This year's theme is "Flower Power." Prizes will be awarded for outstanding costumes. Costumes are encouraged but not required. The event will feature music by a disc jockey, hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar and a silent auction. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 for adults, $20 for children if purchased before Aug. 10; tickets $35 and $25 thereafter. For tickets, stop by Imagine, 43 Rocky Neck Ave., or call 978-282-1346. Tickets will also be sold at the door. Everyone is invited.

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 closet, which is currently featuring spring and summer clothing for the whole family, 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.

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.

GED preparation

Wellspring House offers GED preparation classes Mondays and Wednesdays, 9 to 11 a.m. Individual attention is available. The only cost to students will be the books used in class ($17). For details, call 978-281-3558, ext. 306.

Business counseling

The Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, 33 Commercial St., offers free small-business counseling on the first and third Thursdays of each month. The program is suitable for anyone considering starting a business or who has questions about any aspect of a company that is already operating. Participants will meet with a representative from the Small Business Development Center of Salem State College at the chamber's office. To make an appointment, call the chamber at 978-283-1601 or e-mail

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.

Benefit Reggae night

The Madfish Grille on Rocky Neck will host the first Dusty Hooks Reggae Pirate Ball to benefit the Cape Ann YMCA's Camp Spindrift Small Fry Program on Sunday, Aug. 3. All proceeds will go toward the improvement of the camp's "organic method" garden and the creation of its new science cabin. Reggae music will be provided by Jack Lee and Divercity. Doors open at 7 p.m. Admission is $7.

Mother of Grace Club rosary

The Mother of Grace Club's rosary will begin at 1:30 p.m. daily until Aug. 15. All are welcome.

Red Hatters party

All Red Hatters are invited to a Crazy Red Hat Party on Saturday, Aug. 2, noon to 4 p.m., at Stage Fort Park. The rain date is Aug. 3. Hot dogs, chips and soda will be served. Wear your best hat and bring $5 for lunch. A prize will be awarded for Most Original Hat. Call Donna at 978-525-2414.

Foundations open house

The Foundations Program at Wellspring House will hold an open house Wednesday, Aug. 13, from 6 to 8 p.m., at 302 Essex Ave. Foundations provides classes at no cost for women in transition who need a boost to get into a new and better job or back to school. Classes include computers, English, Basic Math, Career Development, Science, Women in Leadership, and Personal Success. Income eligibility may apply. The overall goal of Foundations is to help women move toward personal and financial self-reliance by helping them gain the self-confidence, direction, motivation, workplace skills, and training necessary to move toward further education and careers. To RSVP, call Susan Hershey at 978-281-3558, ext. 310.

GHS cheerleader's mini-camp

Gloucester High School cheerleaders will hold the annual mini-camp, for girls ages 5 to 13, Aug. 4-6, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the O'Maley School track. In case of rain, participants will meet in the rink. Cost is $75 per child, with discounts for siblings. To register, call Cheryl McCarthy at 978-281-3311, or sign up at 8 a.m. on the first day of camp.

Wellspring celebrates birthday

Wellspring House, 302 Essex Ave., will celebrate its 27th birthday Sunday, Aug. 3, from 4 to 6 p.m. All are invited to welcome Kay O'Rourke, Wellspring's new executive director. Visit

Vacation Bible School

The Orthodox Congregational Church of Lanesville will host a Vacation Bible School, "Power Lab, Discovering Jesus' Miraculous Power," for children ages 4-10, Aug. 11-15, from 9 a.m. to noon. To register, call 978-283-2345.

COA indoor barbecue

The Council on Aging will hold its annual barbecue for seniors Wednesday, Aug. 6, 11 a.m., at the Rose Baker Senior Center. SeniorCare's nutrition program will provide freshly grilled hotdogs and hamburgers. Tickets are $3.50 per person. For tickets, stop by the Senior Center's reception desk.

Afternoon at the movies

The Council on Aging will show free films this month at 12:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Rose Baker Senior Center. August films are: Aug. 7, "Rendition," starring Reese Witherspoon and Meryl Streep; Aug. 14, "Meet the Browns," starring Tyler Perry and Angela Bassett; Aug. 21, "Atonement," starring James McAvoy and Keira Knightley; and Aug. 28, "Under the Same Moon," starring Adrian Alonso and Kate Del Castillo.

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.

HAWC drop-in group

A HAWC (Help for Abused Women and their Children) 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

Career planning and job readiness

Spaces are available in the Foundations Program at the Veronese Community Education Resource Center at Wellspring House. Classes begin Monday, Sept. 8. Applications are due by Aug. 31. Foundations is a free, 17-week comprehensive career planning, job readiness and education program for women with limited income. Classes include basic computers, English, math, personal success and career development. Job search assistance and education counseling are available. The program is suitable for women of all ages. Students may be eligible to earn up to 12 credits at North Shore Community College. To set up an interview, call Susan Hershey at 978-281-3558, ext. 310.

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