Listings may be sent to: Goings On, Gloucester Daily Times, 36 Whittemore St., Gloucester, MA 01930; or emailed to Joann Mackenzie at, at least two weeks prior to events.

Starting Saturdays, March 9 to April 27, the Cape Ann YMCA will teach your kids the basics of Floor Hockey. Ages 3 to 14 will learn how to hit, pass and score. For more information, call Mark Mitchell, sports director, Cape Ann YMCA, 71 Middle St., at 978-559-3010 or:, or visit the Cape Ann YMCA website at:

On Thursday, Feb. 13, at 5 p.m., in the Kyrouz Auditorium of City Hall, 9 Dale Ave, Gloucester, will join with activists from around the world for One Billion Rising: the largest action in the history of the global movement to bring an end to violence against women and girls. Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken will be joined by Jamie Zahlaway Belsito, founder of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance and Brillamos Juntos/Shine Together, an immigrant-led co-op. The City of Gloucester in conjunction with the wider community —a dvocates, residents, faith communities, school and elected officials — will continue to seek prevention of sexual abuse in all its forms as well as justice for victims and survivors of abuse.  All are welcome. For more information, call Amber Gaumnitz at 978-283-8642.

“Sirkka,” a documentary about 99-year-old Sirkka Tuomi Holm, who lived in Lanesville while her father worked in the granite quarries, will be screened twice this month, first in Spiran Hall, Rockport, on Friday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. and again on Feb. 23, at 4 p.m. at Lanesville Community Center. Sirkka, whose parents participated in theatre and music in the Finn Hall at the corner of Tucker and Washington streets, went on to a life devoted to progressive causes, served in World War II, and was the first woman on the East Coast to be called to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee in the McCarthy era. This documentary is a lens into the lives of Finnish-Americans on Cape Ann and also resonates with challenges of our own time. Discussion, coffee and Nisu will follow both screenings. For more information, call Valerie Nelson at 978-283-7569.

The deadline to register to vote, make a change to party enrollment or change an address for the March 3 Presidential Primary is Wednesday, Feb. 12, at 8 p.m. The Gloucester city clerk’s office will remain open until 8 p.m. Wednesday for voter registration, change of address, change of party enrollment only. Voter registration and changes can also be done online through the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s Election Division ( Please note: Voters enrolled in a political party (Democrat, Republican, Green-Rainbow or Libertarian) must vote that party’s ballot during the Presidential Primary. If you are unsure of what party you are enrolled in, you may contact the city Clerk’s office at 978-281-9720.

The Gloucester city clerk’s office is recruiting registered voters to work as election workers on Election Day as well as to be placed on the reserve list to fill in during emergencies when scheduled workers are not able to report for work. Workers will earn between $62.50 and $75 for a half-day shift and between $125 and $150 for a full day shift (dependent on position). To qualify, you must be a registered voter in Massachusetts; have the ability to work a long day (roughly 6 a.m. through 9 p.m., depending on position); be able to sit and, or stand for long periods of time; bend, stoop, and reach: be able to lift heavy objects including ballot bags and machines; be able to read, perform basic math functions and fill out forms with neatness and accuracy. If interested, please reach out to the city clerk’s office in City Hall, 9 Dale Ave., Gloucester, by calling 978-281-9720, or emailing

The West Gloucester Trinitarian Congregational Church, UCC, 488 Essex Ave., will hold a free community meal of hearty soup, at 6 p.m., on Wednesday, Feb. 12. The church is handicapped-accessible and all are welcome. 978-283-2817.

SeniorCare Inc. will hold its annual Valentine’s Day Breakfast Fundraiser at The Gloucester House, 63 Rogers St., Friday, Feb. 14, from 7 to 9:30 a.m. Tickets are $15 all inclusive, available online at or at the door. Proceeds benefit SeniorCare’s Meals on Wheels program, which brings a daily meal to the door of homebound elders. Menus are designed by nutrition experts to meet the needs of older adults and are prepared by a professional caterer. In addition, homebound elders have daily interaction with the delivery team. SeniorCare serves lunch to more than 550 elders daily through the home-delivered meals program and the community dining program. Annually, this means 175,000 meals are served throughout Beverly, Gloucester, Ipswich, Rockport, Topsfield, Essex, Manchester, Hamilton, and Wenham. Sponsorship opportunities for the breakfast are available; for information, contact Paula Curley at 978-281-1750 ext. 560 or

Sweet Stitches sewing group meets Sundays at 11:30 a.m. on Feb. 16, at the Gloucester United Methodist Church, 436 Washington St., to sew pillowcase dresses for Little Dresses for Africa. All are welcome; there will help for new sewers and a potluck lunch. The group will also meet on Wednesdays, Feb. 5, 12, 19, and 26, at 9:30 a.m. at the church. For more information, call 978-290-9312 or email

The Paul W. Landry Athletic Scholarship Fund is welcoming contributions from the community. This scholarship was created in Paul Landry’s memory to award a senior GHS student $750 toward further educational expenses following high school. The student must have participated in a varsity sport during high school demonstrating excellent sportsmanship while maintaining good academic standing. Community service helping others is also a consideration. Contributions may be made to: Paul W. Landry Athletic Scholarship, C/O Cape Ann Savings Bank, 109 Main Street, Gloucester, MA 01930.

Twenty new portraits by Gloucester artist Amy Kerr are on view at the Northshore Mall in Peabody, in the upper level in front of Macy’s. This is Kerr’s fifth exhibit in Massachusetts featuring portraits of people coping with everything from tragedies, to depression to disabilities, or crippling lack of self esteem. The portraits are accompanied by essays in which her subjects articulate how they cope and why they are more than what they might appear, or not appear, to be.

Rockport Art Association & Museum is calling for works by historic American artists – highlighting Cape Ann School – for its annual fundraising auction. Submission deadline is March 7, by appointment only. To make an appointment or to inquire about consigning, contact Margaret Redington at 978-546-6604 or The auction will be held on Saturday, May 2, and attracts serious art collectors from across the country. For more information, visit

Action Inc.’s Fuel Assistance Program is designed to help residents pay their home heating bills. This no-cost program is available to eligible households now through April 30, and covers all types of heating sources including oil, gas, electric, kerosene, propane, and wood. You can be eligible whether you are a homeowner, renter, or if heat is included in your rent. To qualify, your gross household income may not exceed $37,360 for a single person; $48,855 for two people; $60,351 for three people; $71,846 for four people; $83,341 for five people, etc. Additional discounts for natural gas, oil, and electricity may apply as well. We also offer no-cost energy conservation programs to both homeowners and renters, which may include weatherizing your home through insulation and air sealing, replacing inefficient appliances and lighting fixtures, repairing or replacing heating systems, and more. Call 978-281-3900 or visit for more information.

Cape Ann Shakespeare Troupe (CAST) is preparing for its 12th season with productions of William Shakespeare’s “Timon of Athens” in March and in May, “Charley’s Aunt” by Brandon Thomas, all at the Rogers Street Theatre in Gloucester. This community theater has presented 41 productions, involving participants of all ages and experience both onstage and behind the scenes. In addition to acting, CAST is looking for people to work on costumes, props, sets and stage crew. To get involved, email or write to Cape Ann Shakespeare Troupe, P.O. Box 2325, Rockport, MA 01966.

The Tong Ren Energy Healing Circle, 25 C Lexington Ave., in Magnolia, holds a free class for general healing on Mondays, from 7 to 8 p.m. Tong Ren is a healing energy treatment used to help people restore their health. Based on the principle that many diseases are caused by physical blockages that interrupt the body’s natural flow of “chi”, Tong Ren seeks to release these blockages, restoring the body’s natural ability to heal. This free class is open to the public. A $10 donation will help maintain the class space. For more information call 978-852-0066 or email

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 about local history resources when you stop into the library, 2 Dale Ave., main desk.

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,, or call 978-283-6055 for information.

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

Financial counselors 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 or call 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 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 or visit

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

Al-Anon support group, based on 12-step programs, 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.

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

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.

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.

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 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

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 or visit the Lanesville Community Center website.

The Gloucester Committee for the Arts welcomes the public to view the new grouping of veteran photos in the new small gallery near the elevator in City Hall, 9 Dale Ave. These photographs are a portion of the veteran photos donated to the city by photographer Jason Grow. Other veterans’ photographs can be viewed at the Veterans Center, 12 Emerson Ave., and the VFW, 224 Eastern Ave.

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.

Cape Ann YMCA will be holding youth floor hockey leagues for ages 3 to 14 from March 9 to April 27, at the Y in Gloucester, 71 Middle St. For more information, contact Mark J. Mitchell at 978-559-3010 or email

The Gloucester High School JROTC is holding a fundraiser at Machaca restaurant, 14 Rogers St, Gloucester, on Thursday, Feb. 20, from 4 to 9 p.m. The proceeds go to the GHS JROTC program to support trips including the national drill team championships in Daytona Beach, Florida. Please stop by and enjoy some great Mexican food for a great cause.

On Tuesday, Feb. 18, Cape Ann Skeptics will continue its discussion of conspiracies with “Conspiracy Theories: Part 2.” You are cordially invited to participate by giving a 3- to 5-minute presentation on your favorite conspiracy theory, while Rich Sagall leads discussions and shows videos on the subject. Come and bring a friend and a conspiracy to the Pilot House Restaurant and Bar, 3 Porter St., next to the Cape Ann Savings Bank, 38 Rogers St, Gloucester. In case of bad weather, we will send a cancellation email. A Parking Ban automatically cancels. 6 p.m., socialize & order food and drink. Program begins at 6:45 p.m.

The Backyard Growers will host a winter skincare workshop on Thursday, Feb. 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Backyard Growers Headquarters Quarters, 3 Duncan St., Gloucester. Learn how incorporating botanicals into your skincare routine is a chance to take full control of what you put on your body. By making your own products you not only cater to your own needs and preferences, but avoid the harmful chemicals and additives that the beauty industry uses to increase the shelf life of their products. Participants will leave with a face mask to-go and a “how to”lesson on making their own hand cream. Tickets: $20. Visit, or call 978-281-0480, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Join Backyard Growers at their headquarters, 3 Duncan St., Gloucester, on Thursday, March 5, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. to learn how local mixologist Dawn Caraway concocts delicious artisanal cocktails inspired by the season using local craft spirits. Featuring Ryan & Wood, Inc., Distilleries and Q Mixers. A $25 donation at the door would be appreciated to support Backyard Growers’ mission to cultivate stronger, healthier, more sustainable communities. Reserve your spot in advance at or call 978-281-0480.

Is there more to life than this? Is there a God? Can I have faith? Treat yourself to an opportunity to ask all these questions, have conversations, and meet new friends at ALPHA. What is ALPHA? It’s dinner, a movie, and a roundtable discussion that asks you to ask the big questions of life. Hosted by Sacred Heart, Manchester-by-the-Sea, and St. John the Baptist, Essex, it begins Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 6 p.m. with dinner, a short film and discussion at Sacred Heart Parish Hall, 62 School St., Manchester-by the Sea. Open to all on Cape Ann, the North Shore and beyond, the evening is free. To attend, visit and click on the ALPHA drop down link to receive a confirmation.

Action Inc., 180 Main St., is offering a free CDL training program for Cape Ann residents who qualify. The program covers classroom training hours, hands-on road training and testing for a class B CDL. Graduates will be able to drive several types of large box trucks, garbage and recycling trucks and other commercial vehicles. Applicants must be over 18 years of age and live on Cape Ann, have a high school diploma or HiSET (GED), have a valid driver’s license and be able to pass a drug test, CORI check and physical exam by the Department of Transportation. To learn more, contact Jill at 978-282-1000 ext. 108 or

Absentee ballots for the March 3 Presidential Primary are available in the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall, 9 Dale Ave., during regular business hours. Voters may vote by absentee ballot if they are unable to vote at the polls on Election Day due to absence from the city during the hours polls are open; physical disability; or observing religious beliefs. Request a ballot by submitting a request form at, or send correspondence including name, voting address, address to which the ballot should be sent, date of birth, phone number or email and your signature to City Clerk’s Office, Attn: Elections, 9 Dale Ave., Gloucester, MA 01930. Application deadline is noon Monday, March 2.

This February, the National Alliance on Mental Illness is hosting a Cape Ann Family-to-Family (F2F) Education Program in Gloucester on Saturdays, 8:30 to 11 a.m., at the NAMI Cape Ann offices in Gloucester. F2F is a free, evidenced-based, 12-session educational program for family, significant others and friends of people living with mental illness. The course typically meets once a week for 10 to 12 weeks. To register or for more information, call Linda at 978-546-6102, leave a message at 978-281-1557, or email There is no cost to participate, but preregistration is required. Space is limited.

The Friends of Seacoast, now in its 26th year, is a group of volunteers who meet to provide meaningful ways for the residents to stay connected to both the inside and outside communities. They meet the second Tuesday of the month in the second-floor community room from 5 to 6 p.m. at Seacoast Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 292 Washington St., Gloucester. Volunteers are always welcome and much appreciated. These deeply meaningful activities are a direct result of the generosity of Gloucester residents who make a difference in the lives of seniors. Gifts are tax deductible and 100% goes to the resident’s activities Fund. Donations should be sent to the address above.

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