Listings may be sent to: Goings On, Gloucester Daily Times, 36 Whittemore St., Gloucester, MA 01930; or emailed to Joann Mackenzie at firstname.lastname@example.org, at least two weeks prior to the events
The Stranger Concert
On Saturday, Sept. 14, at 7:30 p.m., the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church presents music that spins stories from different countries to connect listeners to cultures that have formed our American music. The evening begins with Leven, an a capella Cape Ann ensemble, and will be followed by pianist Jacqueline Schwab, as heard in Ken Burn’s documentary about the American Civil War. Admission is $15 and proceeds from the concert will support the Wellspring House English program. The Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church, is located at 10 Church St. and is handicapped accessible. For more information visit gloucesteruu.org website.
A Tribute to Poet Mary Oliver
Nan Webber, artistic director of Theatre in the Pines, will read the poetry of Mary Oliver with Martin Ray and Stephen Bates in a multi-media afternoon performance including the music of Stephen Bates and the photography of Martin Ray at the Lanesville Community Center, 8 Vulcan St., Gloucester, on Sunday, Sept. 22, from 4 to 6 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Donations will be gratefully accepted to benefit the Manship Artists Residency + Studios.
Sawyer Free Library Annual Art Auction
On Wednesday, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m., the Sawyer Free Library Annual Art Auction once again gives to the chance to bid on generously donated artwork in support of the Library’s many programs and events. The works are on exhibit in the Matz Gallery in the main entrance of the library along with a silent bid book. The bid book will close on Monday, Sept. 30, at 5 p.m. The Annual Art Auction lets you enhance your art collection while contributing to the library. The night begins with a preview with refreshments and live music. Cash and checks preferred.
Coastsweep Cleanup Volunteers
Volunteers are needed for a Coastsweep Cleanup at Stage Fort Park, organized by the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM), on Sunday, Sept. 15, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Be a part of an effort which each September and October sees thousands of volunteers collect literally tons of trash from beaches, marshes, river banks and the seafloor. Register on site at Half Moon Beach registration table in Stage Fort Park.
Spirit Medium GFC fundraiser
Spend an afternoon with Kevin Coan, world-famous spirit medium, at the Gloucester Fraternity Club fundraiser, at 27 Webster St. on Saturday, Sept. 21, from 2 to 4 p.m. Doors open at 1 pm. Bring a relative or a friend and one picture of a loved one and you may get a reading. Complimentary light refreshments will be served and 50/50 raffle will be available. Tickets are $30 each at the door, at the GFC bar, or by calling Joanna at 978-729-2571
Free Karate Intro
On Saturday, Sept. 28, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., the Gloucester Uechi Karate Academy, 2 Pond Road Plaza, is offering free introductory classes to Karate Self Defense for ages 13 through adult. Learn the the ABCs of Self Defense, defending against a punch, kick, choke or grab. Learn where and how to hit to save your life. Have fun and improve your confidence. For more information, call 978-282-0629, or visit gloucesterkarate.com.
Reunion Sept. 21
Gloucester High School Class of 1978 and 1979 will celebrate its 40th/41st class reunions jointly on Sept. 21, from 6 to 11 p.m. at the Gloucester House Restaurant. The cost is $40 per person. Please mail checks to Cape Ann Savings Bank, 109 Main Street, Gloucester Mass 01930. Attn: Clare MacDonald. Memo: class year. For information call Peter Charest (619) 459-9653.
08Sargent House recreates 1919 exhibit
The Sargent House Museum’s 100th anniversary brings together in collaboration the Sargent House and Cape Ann museums partnering on a variety of exhibits, lectures and events, including the display at Cape Ann Museum of a large portrait of Judith Sargent Murray by John Singleton Copley, on loan from the Terra Foundation in Chicago. For more information on programs, events, and hours, visit www.sargenthouse.org.
Welcoming Center volunteers
Love Gloucester? The Stage Fort Park Welcoming Center is always looking for people who know the city and want to welcome the world to it. It’s more fun than work. Those who can give three hours per week, Friday through Sunday, now through Columbus Day, should contact Carol Mondello 978-281-8865 or email@example.com.
Holy Family Parish invites those ages 18 or older to Friday night Bingo in the lower church hall of St. Ann’s, 74 Pleasant St. Five different types of pull tab tickets. All paper books and ink markers are available for sale at the game. For more information, call 978-281-4720.
Sawyer Free Library’s local history librarian will help you discover what the local history and archive collection contains. Some of it is online on the library website. If you’re curious, ask when you stop into the library, 2 Dale Ave., main desk.
Dog license renewal
Dog license renewal forms are enclosed in the census mailing for dog owners’ convenience. Residents are encouraged to license dogs online at www.gloucester-ma.gov. Mail in registration and in office registration is also available.
Cape Ann Animal Aid at 4 Paws Lane, located off Route 133 near the junction with Route 128, has dogs and cats available for adoption. Some dogs may have a reduced adoption fee and there is no adoption fee for cats 6 years or older. Photos, hours and adoption fees are posted on the shelter’s website, www.CapeAnnAnimalAid.org, or call 978-283-6055 for information.
Cape Ann Referral Group
The Cape Ann Referral Group, a membership of local business networking and referrals, meets every other Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. at the Masonic Building on Eastern Avenue. Visit www.CapeAnnBiz.com.
Financial councilors are available at Addison Gilbert Hospital, 298 Washington St., to assist you in accessing health insurance: MassHealth, Commonwealth Care, Commonwealth Choice, Medicare, Medicaid and other health insurance issues. Visit the hospital’s Financial Service Department, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Action Inc.’s Adult Education classes are offered in the evenings on Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays, depending on learning level. Classes take place at Action Inc.’s Timothy L. Riley Education Center at 5 Pleasant St. in Gloucester. Classes include reading, writing, math, work skills and referrals to support services as needed. Classes help students prepare for their high school equivalency test (formerly GED). For more information, visit www.actioninc.org or 978-282-1000.
Isabel Babson Memorial Library, 69 Main St., is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Named for Gloucester’s first midwife, the library’s books feature all aspects of family life including maternity, child care and women’s health. The collection is updated monthly. All are welcome to browse. Call 978-283-5624.
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 during many holidays. The upstairs hall may be rented for special events. Call 978-283-9710 after 3 p.m.
Free notary services for seniors are available at the Rose Baker Senior Center. For an appointment, call 978-281-9765.
Cape Ann Special Olympics
Cape Ann Special Olympics provides athletic opportunities for individuals with intellectual or physical disabilities. The goal is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition at no cost to these individuals. Program currently offers bowling and basketball on Saturdays. Bowling is at 11 a.m. at Cape Ann Lanes, and basketball is at 4 p.m. at the Cape Ann YMCA. All special needs athletes are welcome. Email Shawn Williamson at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.facebook.com/GloucesterSpecialOlympics.
Cape Ann’s Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 74, meets on the third Tuesday of each month, 6:30 p.m., at the Veterans Center. All members and perspective members are encouraged to attend.
Cape Ann Shakespeare Troupe will award a $500 scholarship to a senior studying at one of Cape Ann’s secondary schools, or one who has worked with a CAST production, who plans to continue studying performing arts. CAST has been awarding this scholarship for several years. For more information or an application, email Ray Jenness at email@example.com.
Al-Anon support group, based on 12 Step Program, meets Sundays, 7:15 to 8:15 p.m., at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1123 Washington St., Lanesville. Al-Anon is anonymous and free. Group welcomes people dealing with difficult and challenging alcoholic relationships. Call 978-546-6698.
Health care help
PACE at Element Care in Gloucester has openings for patients. The nonprofit health care organization and primary care doctors office specializes in taking care of elders age 55 and over who are either on disability or have medical conditions. For those on MassHealth, PACE can help cover health care expenses, medical needs, home care, transportation, medication and more. Call 877-803-5564 or stop in for a tour at 29A Emerson Ave. (across the street from The Open Door) and ask for Carol Pallazolla. Visit www.elementcare.org.
Many veterans experience difficulty in adjusting to problems in civilian life after serving in combat. The Lowell Vet Center offers counseling at the Gloucester Veterans Center for area veterans and their families, free of charge. For an appointment, call the Gloucester Office of Veterans’ Services at 978-281-9740.
Handy Sewing Lady
The Council on Aging Handy Sewing Lady is at the Rose Baker Senior Center on Mondays, from 10 a.m. to noon. Items needing repairs may also be left at the reception desk, along with your name, phone number and a description of the work needed.
A group of seniors meets to play Scrabble on Tuesdays, 12:30 p.m., at the Rose Baker Senior Center. New members are welcome. Call 978-281-9765.
Free educational classes
Never finished high school? Have trouble with math or writing? Give yourself the gift of a free education with free classes at the Adult Learning Center at North Shore Community College. To apply, contact Erin O’Brien at 978-236-1226 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Onsite classes are available on the Danvers campus, or study from home in the online Distance Learning program. If you are interested in distance learning, contact Zoe Fogarty at email@example.com.
The Lanesville Community Center, 8 Vulcan St., has monthly senior socials for the community, open to all on the first Friday of the month from 1 to 3 p.m., with games, knitting, hand work, chatting, lots of laughs and games (bring your own to share). Coffee and tea will be provided, but bring something yummy. Door prizes a bonus. Any questions or comments, contact Cheryl Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Lanesville Community Center website.
A more earth friendly dog park
The Gloucester Dog Park is switching to more earth friendly biodegradable dog waste bags and will supply only compostable bags in the dog waste bag dispensers located throughout the Dog Park in Stage Fort Park. Unlike the old petroleum based bags, these new soybean-based bags break down over months, not years. The Friends of the Gloucester Dog Park usually spends about $1,200 per year on pet waste bags. This year, they will need to spend $2,400 on bags to keep the Dog Park supplied with earth friendly bags. If you would like to make a donation to defray the costs of the better bags, please send a check to Friends of the Gloucester Dog Park, PO Box 6, Gloucester, MA 01931, or donate online at www.gloucesterdogpark.org. If you’re interested in volunteering at the Dog Park, e-mail email@example.com.