Rockport Goings On

Listings may be sent to: Goings On, Gloucester Daily Times, 36 Whittemore St., Gloucester, MA 01930; emailed to Joann Mackenzie at or Christina Parisi at; or faxed to 978-282-4397, at least two weeks prior to the event.

Spring programs

Rockport Community Schools will offer digital photography with Kathy Chapman. Meets 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., in the Rockport High School computer lab. Cost is $75 per person. Chapman is a magazine photographer, an avid blogger with Good Morning Gloucester, and a member of the Rocky Neck Art colony. Second session: Thursdays, April 3, 10 and 17. Preregistration and prepayment required. Forms available at Rockport Public Library and all school offices. Call Gini Nangleat 978-546-1204.

Old Sloop Coffeehouse

Old Sloop Coffeehouse will present a performance by Danielle Miraglia and Megan Burtt on Saturday, April 5, 7:30 p.m., at First Congregational Church, 12 School St. Author Scott Alarik will open the concert with readings from his novel “Revival.” Advance tickets are $10; visit, Gloucester Music, or Toad Hall Bookstore in Rockport. Tickets at the door are $12 for adults, $7 for those 65 and older, $5 for those under 18, $24 per family.

COA trips

Sign up early at the Rockport Senior Center for these trips:

April 16 — Mohegan Sun. $27 and includes $15 food credit and $15 free bet. Depart by motorcoach at 8 a.m. and depart from casino at 5 p.m.

May 15 — Clydesdale and Anheuser-Busch tour and lunch. Discover how some of the greatest beers are brewed and packaged. Stop for lunch at Common Man. $60.

June 18 — Cape Cod Canal 100th anniversary tour travel to Cape Cod. Visit Kennedy Memorial & Museum in Hyannis, have lunch at the Daniel Webster Inn, and take a two-hour narrated cruise of Cape Cod Canal. $74.

July 16, — Casablanca by the Sea. Stop for lunch at Dunstan School House Buffet. 90-minute cruise on the Bay View Lady. Experience Portland, Maine’s picturesque islands, lighthouse, Civil War forts, fishing boats, and seals basking on the rocks in Casco Bay on this narrated cruise. Time for shopping at Old Port. $69.

Call 978-546-2573.

Slideshow, book launch

The Sandy Bay Historical Society presents Sarah Clark in a program of slides and readings from her newly published book, “The Wife and I: Walks in the Lanes and Woods of Cape Ann — 1958 and 1959” by Jim Clark, on Tuesday, April 8, 7:30 p.m., at the Rockport Public Library. The book is a collection of the popular “Lookout” columns of the late Jim Clark, first published in the Gloucester Times where he was an editor and reporter. Admission is free. Books will be available for purchase.

Adult pick-up basketball

On Tuesday nights at the Rowell Gymnasium, join in adult pick-up basketball at the Rockport High School, from 7 to 9 p.m. Cost is $5 per week, $35 per session. Call 978-546-1309 or email

Senior Center programs

The Rockport Senior Center, 58 Broadway, is currently offering these programs:

Tai Ji — Wednesdays, 9 to 10 a.m. $4 per class.

Yoga — Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 to 10 a.m. $3 per class.

Bingo — Mondays, 1 to 3:30 p.m.

Knitting and Handiwork Group — Thursdays, 1 to 3:30 p.m.

Scrabble — Wednesdays, 1 to 3 p.m.

Call 978-546-5027.

Computer classes

The Rockport Senior Center will offer iPad classes Thursdays, 10 to 11:30 a.m.; and Facebook classes, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Classes are taught by Coleen Mcgrath. Cost is $40 for four classes. Payment due at time of registration. Call 978-546-2573.

Tax advice

Free income tax advice will be available for qualified senior citizens and low-income residents, through a cooperative effort of the AARP Foundation tax-aide program and the SeniorCare RSVP program. IRS-trained volunteer counselors will have hours at Town Hall in Manchester on Thursday, 1:15 to 4 p.m., with appointments scheduled every 45 minutes. Appointments are required: call 978-526-7500. Bring copies of previous year’s federal and state tax returns, any forms including W-2s and other relevant material showing income for the year.

Scholarship fund

The Linda Wieditz Scholarship Fund is accepting donations. A scholarship, given in memory of the much beloved music teacher in the Rockport Public Schools, is presented at the Rockport High School graduation each year to one or more graduates pursuing music studies in higher education. Checks, made payable to the “Linda Wieditz Memorial Scholarship,” should be mailed to: Linda Wieditz Memorial Scholarship, P.O. Box 191, Rockport, MA 01966.

Rental, mortgage aid

Action Inc. has rental and mortgage assistance (TBRA/MBRA) money available from Rockport’s Community Preservation Act (CPA) to help Rockport families and individuals facing financial hardships in keeping their housing. Call Stella at 978-282-1000, ext. 115, to check eligibility status.

Library home delivery

Rockport Public Library offers outreach services for local homebound residents. The outreach librarian delivers regular, large-print and audio books as well as periodicals and videos. Call 978-546-6934.

Church lift

The First Baptist Church of Rockport offers free rides to church every Sunday for anyone living on Cape Ann. To sign up, call 978-546-6121 or visit

CATA for seniors

Seniors needing transportation to the Rockport Senior Center should call Dianne at 978-546-2573 for help with a one-time application.

Bible study

Every Wednesday, from 9:30 to 11 a.m., Rockport Baptist Church hosts a Bible study that is free to the public. The group studies various portions of scripture and seeks to make contemporary application. Visit or call 978-546-6121.

Youth fellowship

First Baptist Church, 4 High Street, offers junior and high school youth fellowship meetings every Wednesday at 7 p.m. Call 978-546-6121 or visit

Winter parking ban ends

The winter parking ban ends on April 1st. will be in effect between the hours of midnight and 6 a.m. On-street parking is prohibited during this time. Parking will be allowed in these areas: the perimeter of the resident parking lot adjacent to Town Hall, Back Beach at the metered parking spots in front of the restrooms, and T-Wharf. Call the DPW office at 978-546-3525 or the Rockport Police Department at 978-546-1212.

Recovery programs

A variety of recovery programs meet weekly in Rockport.

Sunday — Alcoholics Anonymous “Women in Recovery” 2 to 3 p.m., First Congregational Church, School Street.

Monday — Alcoholics Anonymous, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 24 Broadway.

Tuesday — Alcoholics Anonymous step meeting, noon to 1 p.m., First Baptist Church of Rockport, 2 High St.; Alcoholics Anonymous, 7:30 p.m., First Congregational Church, School Street.

Thursday — Alcoholics Anonymous closed book meeting, noon to 1 p.m., Rockport Baptist Church, 2 High St. Alcoholics Anonymous “Men in Recovery” men’s speaker discussion meeting, 7:30 p.m., United Methodist Church.

Friday — Alcoholics Anonymous, noon to 1 p.m., First Baptist Church of Rockport, 2 High St.

Saturday — Alcoholics Anonymous, 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., First Baptist Church of Rockport, 2 High St. (in July). AA meets at First Congregational Church, School Street, the rest of the year.

Plastic recycling

Rockport boat owners can recycle the plastic shrink wrap they remove from their boats this spring. The container for shrink wrap is located near the Park and Ride lot restrooms adjacent to the Transfer Station on Blue Gate Lane.

Drivers for seniors

RSVP Volunteers of the North Shore seeks volunteer medical transportation drivers. SeniorCare is in need of volunteers from Gloucester and Rockport for local and out-of-town appointments. Volunteers choose when and how often they drive. Drivers are compensated. Call 978-281-1750.

History museum

The Sandy Bay Historical Society museum on King Street is open Mondays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., for research. Cost is $5 for nonmembers, free for members. Tours of the museum are also offered.

Video contest

The League of Women Voters of Massachusetts is sponsoring a video contest titled “Dear Future Governor.” If you are a Massachusetts high school student, create a two-minute video to tell the next governor what’s on your mind. What do you think should be at the top of the future governor’s agenda? Top prize is $1,000. Deadline is March 31. Visit

Arthritis exercise class

The Rockport Senior Center, 58 Broadway, will offer a new, weekly arthritis exercise class Mondays, 10:30 a.m. Taught by Carol Pallazolla, an Arthritis Foundation certified instructor. Cost is $4. Call 978-546-2573.

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