Listings may be sent to: Goings On, Gloucester Daily Times, 36 Whittemore St., Gloucester, MA 01930; or emailed to Joann Mackenzie at [email protected], at least two weeks prior to the event.
St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1123 Washington St, Lanesville, will hold a special meeting on Sunday, Jan. 27, following Worship Services, and preceding the Annual Meeting. The purpose of the meeting is to vote to approve or require further amendment to the revised St. Paul Lutheran Church Constitution. The reason for the vote is that the constitution has been revised to bring it into alignment with synod guidelines. Typed copies of the revised draft constitution are available for review at the entrance to the sanctuary. The revised Constitution has been reviewed by as well as unanimously recommended for approval by the St. Paul Church Council.
Shoveling for seniors
The Rose Baker Senior Center is seeking volunteers who will assist Gloucester seniors with snow shoveling. Opportunities for high school students who may earn some service hours; families who would like to volunteer together; or other adults to support the senior community. We will try to match volunteers and seniors based on the proximity of their homes. For information, call 978-281-9765.
The Boy Scouts are once again offering their annual Christmas tree pickup service. Theyâ€™ll not only save you and your car the wear and tear, but recycle your tree as mulch in local gardens. Tree pickup is on Saturday Jan. 12, between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Trees must be free of ornaments, lights, and tree stands, and placed outside prior to Scoutsâ€™ arrival. A $5 donation supports local Boy Scout Troop 20. For tree pickup, call
978-309-9501 or email [email protected], and leave your name, address, telephone number and which day is best for pickup.
Rare books talk
Kenneth Gloss, a second-generation owner and proprietor of the Brattle Book Shop in Bostonâ€™s Downtown Crossing section, will give a talk on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 6:30 p.m. at the Cape Ann Museum, 27 Pleasant St. focusing on the value of old and rare books. In conjunction with the museumâ€™s special exhibition, â€śThe Little House: Her Story,â€ť Gloss will talk in part about rare childrenâ€™s books. A frequent guest appraiser on PBSâ€™ â€śAntiques Roadshow,â€ť he will also discuss the history of his historic bookshop, which goes back to circa 1825. A Q&A will follow. Reservations may be made at camuseum.eventbrite.com or by calling 978-283-0455 ext. 10. The talk is free for museum members and Cape Ann residents; $10 for nonmembers/nonresidents. For more information, visit www.brattlebookshop.com.
Michigan Bears memories
The Phyllis A Marine Association will hold a â€śget togetherâ€ť of the families of the â€śMichigan Bearsâ€ť who brought the gill-netting industry to Gloucester from Charlevoix, Michigan, in 1910. Descendants and family friends of the â€śBearsâ€ť and former crew members of their boats are invited to the Gloucester Fraternity Club, 23 Webster St., Gloucester, from 2 to 5 p.m., on Jan. 19. They want to hear your memories, stories and information for a publication they are doing to celebrate Gloucesterâ€™s 400th anniversary. For more information, call Gloria Parsons at 978-283-9292.
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 shelterâ€™s website, www.CapeAnnAnimalAid.org, or call 978-283-6055 for information.
Cape AnnReferral 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 hospitalâ€™s Financial Service Department, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Action Inc.â€™s Adult Basic Education classes are offered Mondays and Wednesdays, 6 to 8:30 p.m., at 80 Main St. Classes include reading, writing, math, work skills and referrals to support services as needed. Call 978-282-1000 or visit www.actioninc.org.
Isabel Babson Memorial Library, 69 Main St., is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Named for Gloucesterâ€™s first midwife, the libraryâ€™s books feature all aspects of family life including maternity, child care and womenâ€™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 is open 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.
Day care program
The Council on Aging offers a Supportive Day Care Program on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., for frail seniors, often home alone. Stimulating activities, companionship and respite for caregivers is available through this program. Call Christie at 978-281-9765, ext. 20.
Cape AnnSpecial 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 Cape Ann YMCA. All special needs athletes are welcome. Email Shawn Williamson at [email protected] or visit www.facebook.com/GloucesterSpecialOlympics.
Cape Annâ€™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 Annâ€™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 protected].
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 anoynymous 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, a nonprofit health care organization and primary care doctors office that specializes in taking care of elders age 55 and over who are either on disability or have medical conditions, now has openings. If you are on MassHealth, this is something that can help cover all your healthcare expenses, medical needs, home care, transportation, medication and more. Call 1-877-803-5564 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 Veteransâ€™ 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.
Friends of Seacoast
The Friends of Seacoast is a volunteer organization of family members and concerned community volunteers whose goal is to provide meaningful social activities for residents. The group meets the second Tuesday of each month, 5 to 6 p.m., at the Seacoast Nursing Center, third-floor community room. Anyone wishing to make a donation in honor or in memory of a loved on may send it to: Friends of Seacoast, 298 Washington St., Gloucester, MA 01930.
Free educational classes
Never finished high school? Have trouble with math or writing? Give yourself the gift of a free education this New Year with free classes at the Adult Learning Center at North Shore Community College. We want to help you achieve your education and career goals in 2019! To apply, contact Erin Oâ€™Brien at 978-236-1226 or email [email protected]. Onsite classes are available on the Danvers campus, or study from home with our online Distance Learning program. If you are interested in Distance Learning, contact Zoe Fogarty at [email protected].
The Lanesville Community Center has launched 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 please bring something yummy. Door prizes a bonus. Any questions or comments, contact Cheryl Davis [email protected] or visit Lanesville Community Center website.