February 24, 2024
Cape Ann news in brief | Community


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Free throw contest

MANCHESTER-BY-THE-SEA — Youths are invited to enter the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship later this weekend.

The Masconomo Council 1232 Knights of Columbus is inviting youths to enter the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship on Sunday, Jan. 21, from 11 a.m to 2 p.m. in the gym at Manchester Memorial Elementary School, 43 Lincoln St. The free contest is open to all boys and girls who are residents of Manchester and Essex or students in the Manchester Essex Regional School District, who are 9 to 14 years old as of Jan. 1. Plaques for boys and girls will be awarded to winners in each age group. The winners will then be eligible to compete in the District or Regional Championship to be held in the coming months. Walk-in registration is available starting at 11 a.m. in the gym. Parents are required to sign their child’s application for consent and age verification. Pre-registration is encouraged by completing an entry form in advance and emailing it to Fred Newton or David Slade. For more information, please contact Newton at [email protected] or 508-725-7017; or Slade at [email protected] or 978-767-0297.

Tai Chi

ROCKPORT — Amy Seabrook leads an Introduction to Tai Chi exercise each Tuesday, from 11 to 12:15 p.m., at Rockport First Congregational Church, 12 School St. This class focuses on simple, circling movements and the principles behind them. Participants will concentrate on weight transfer for balance and stability. The suggested donation of $7 pays for use of the hall and supports the church. Email Amy at [email protected] for more information.

Chorus meets

DANVERS — The Northshoremen Barbershop Chorus welcomes men of all ages who love to sing to join them. The chorus rehearses every Wednesday at 7 p.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church, 46 Cherry St., Danvers. Come to the next rehearsal, or for more information call 866-727-4988.

Rockport renewals

ROCKPORT — The Rockport Public Library offers automatic renewals on most items checked out from the library. Items will automatically renew if they have not been returned three days before their due date. Patrons will no longer have to take steps to renew items, even if the items came from a library in Rockport’s network of libraries. Items that cannot be renewed include lucky day titles, items on waiting lists, items that have reached their renewal limit, items borrowed from outside the Merrimack Valley Library Consortium (MVLC), items checked out from a nonparticipating library. By initiating renewals automatically, the library complements its existing fine-free model, under which the library no longer charges fines for overdue items. Patrons who have registered their email addresses with the library will get an email notifying them that their items have been automatically renewed — and reminders of upcoming due dates. To add your email for this service, email [email protected], call 978-546-6934 or speak with a librarian.

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Essex library

ESSEX — TOHP Burnham Library, 30 Martin St., Essex, warms up for winter with a full house of activities to see you through the fall. Open weekdays till 7 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon. For all event requiring registration, sign up at essexpl.org/events. Questions? 978-768-7410.

Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Regional Social Worker Essex Office Hours, in first floor meeting room. Free, private and confidential, learn resources, strategies and skills to assist in stress reduction and management. Call 978-983-1771 for appointment.

Sit ‘n Knit

ROCKPORT — The Rockport Public Library, 17 School St., hosts Sit ‘n Knit (formerly Which Craft?) on Mondays from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., New name and new time! In the Trustees Room. Pull up a chair, break out your needlecraft, and join the conversation. For more information, call 978-546-6934, or visit rockportlibrary.org.

Teen task force

High school students of all faiths are invited to join Lappin Foundation’s Teen Antisemitism Task Force. Students will hear from experts about ways they can combat antisemitism and all forms of hate, as well as put into action what they learn. There will be opportunities for teens to share their experiences and ideas as well. Meetings will be held Tuesdays from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., once a month. For the complete calendar and list of speakers, visit LappinFoundation.org. There is no cost to join the task force and students can attend meetings as their schedules allow. For more information email [email protected]. The Teen Antisemitism Task Force is supported by CJP and the Jewish Teen Initiative.

For job seekers

If you need help with your resume, cover letter, or some job searching advice, contact [email protected] or call 978-325-5500 to make an appointment for in-person resume and cover letter assistance with a librarian. Computers, Chromebooks, tablets, Wi-Fi Hotspots, printing, photocopying, scanning, and saving via email and flash drive are all free at the Sawyer Free Library at 21 Main St. Questions? Visit sawyerfreelibrary.org or 978-325-5500.

For Essex seniors

ESSEX — The Essex Council on Aging offers a variety of events and trips for seniors. For information or to sign up for an event, please call the Essex COA Office at 978-768-7932 or visit the Senior Center at 17 Pickering St., where, unless otherwise noted, events will take place.

Mobile Market at the Essex Senior Center, first and third Fridays of each month, 10:30 a.m.

Balance in motion — Tuesdays and Fridays, 10 a.m., $5 donation requested.

Groove Fitness Video — Mondays and Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. $5 donation requested.

Fitness with Gil — Wednesdays, 10 a.m., Strength and stamina through stretching, $5 donation requested.

Cape Ann Virtual Fitness Senior Center — Tune into channel 67 for fitness programs sponsored by the Cape Ann COA and the Friends of the Essex Council on Aging.

Grab and Go Meals, Mondays and Thursdays, noon (must be picked up by 12:30): Monday meals provided by Open Door, Thursday meals provided by Senior Care. Please register two business days in advance – 978-768-7932.

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Arts and Crafts activities, Tuesdays, 1 to 3 p.m.

Computer & Technology Assistance — Wednesdays, 1 to 3 pm., Help with computer, tablet, phone? Ask Curt.

Games with Gil at the Senior Center — Wednesdays, 1 p.m. — All ages welcome, for BOARD games or Scrabble, Boggle, Cribbage, Backgammon, Join us or bring a friend and come play.

Drum circle

ROCKPORT — Every Wednesday from 2 to 4 p.m. a Drum Circle will be held at The Performance Room at Whale’s Jaw Cafe. Drum Circles have been known to be a healing and growth event for all who join the circle. So bring a drum or percussion instrument and join the group led by Dickie Newport at the cafe, 17 Railroad Ave. in Rockport.

Holocaust Remembrance

Lappin Foundation invites the community to its International Holocaust Remembrance Day Commemoration on Thursday, Jan. 25, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Zoom. Holocaust survivor Werner Salinger will give his testimony of escaping Nazi Germany as a child, his early recollections of the time he spent with Albert Einstein and a decision that took him back to Germany where he met his wife, the daughter of a Nazi soldier. The program is free and everyone is welcome. Register for the Zoom link at LappinFoundation.org.

Museum, zoo passes

Funded by the Friends, the Sawyer Free Library, 21 Main St., offers library cardholders passes to many local cultural attractions. To reserve library passes to the Boston Children’s Museum, Cape Ann Museum, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Maritime Gloucester Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Science, Peabody Essex Museum, New England Aquarium, Sargent House Museum and Zoo New England, library patrons should visit sawyerfreelibrary.org. Questions? Contact 978-325-5500.

Manchester Public Library offers passes to the Cape Ann Museum, Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Museum of Science, Peabody Essex Museum and Zoo New England. Manchester Public Library patrons may visit www.manchesterpl.org and click on Museum Passes to begin the reservation process. Click on the museum you are interested in visiting and there you will see instructions to reserve a timed ticket. If you have any questions, please call the library at 978-526-7711.

Children’s library

A Little Lending Library for Children is open at the Virginia Lee Burton Writing Cottage at the Lanesville Community Center, 9 Vulcan St.

At Manchester library

MANCHESTER-BY-THE-SEA — The Manchester-by-the-Sea Public Library, 15 Union St., has plenty to offer this winter. Check out the schedule, and to register for programs or for more information, please visit manchesterpl.org/events or call 978-526-7711.

Winter Storytimes — Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m., — with Miss Audrey for age 5 and below. Registration required weekly at manchesterpl.org/events.

Indigenous Cape Ann

Cape Ann Museum is presenting its exhibition of local indigenous artifacts from Cape Ann, on view in the downtown campus, 27 Pleasant St., Gloucester. The display also includes selections from the Annisquam Historical Society. For admission and information, visit www.capeannmuseum.org/event.

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Heating help

Action Inc.’s Fuel Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is designed to help you pay a portion of your home heating bills. This no-cost program is available to eligible households 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: $45,392 for a single person; $59,359 for two people; $73,326 for three people, etc. Additional discounts for gas, oil, and electricity may apply as well. Call Action Inc. Energy Services at 978-281-3900 for more information or visit www.actioninc.org to learn more and apply online.

At Rockport library

ROCKPORT — Rockport Public Library, 17 School St., Rockport, offers programming for one and all. Zoom and in-person events require registration on the library event calendar. Visit https://rockportlibrary.org/events/. Questions? Call 978-546-6934.

LEGOs and Crafting, Mondays from 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m., in the Brenner Room to build with the library’s collection of LEGO bricks, or create with crafting supplies. Children under 9 must be accompanied by a caregiver. Please register.

Preschool Storytime — Tuesdays, 10 to 10:30 a.m. with Miss Emily in the Brenner Room for stories and songs. This program is for preschool-aged children, who must be accompanied by a caregiver.

Essex Regional Social Worker Open Office Hours— Jessie Palm, Social Worker for the Eastern Essex Regional Public Health Coalition, every second and fourth Tuesday of the month from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Trustees Room. Support, information. No appointment necessary.

Wednesday Morning Playgroup, 10 to 10:30 a.m. — caregiver-and-child group meet in the Children’s Room for stories, songs, sensory activities. Register at: https://rockportlibrary.org/events/.

Games People Play, Wednesdays, 2 to 3:45 p.m. — in the Trustees Room, Checkers, cards, Monopoly, Cribbage, Yahtzee, or yours. Just drop in.

Dungeons & Dragons, Wednesdays, 4:30 to 6 p.m. , Youth Group role plays in the Trustees Room. Register at: https://rockportlibrary.org/events/.

Babies & Books, Thursdays, 10 a.m., introduction to early literacy for babies 0-2 and their caregivers. Books are bonding.

Harvard Law School Legal Services Center, Fridays, 10 a.m. to noon, –– Virtual Drop-in on Zoom. Wide, wise range of services. Please register for Zoom link.

Craft Saturdays, 10 a.m., a new craft each week at the craft table in the Children’s Room. No registration required.

Sit ‘n Knit Circle, Mondays, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. — in the Trustees Room with good company and needlecraft projects. No instruction, but all welcome .

ESOL English Conversation on Zoom — meets Mondays, 3 . to 4:15 p.m., Wednesdays, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Thursdays, 2 to 3:15 p.m. Requires basic English; must be a current resident of Massachusetts. To register, email [email protected], or leave a message at 617-859-2446.

Toddler Storytime, Fridays at 10:30 a.m.— stories, songs, and rhymes for active and wiggly ages, 18 months to 3 years with caregivers.