Cursillo Ultreya: 6:30 p.m. March 6, St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 52 Main St., Essex. For information: 978-879-3655. The Cape Ann Cursillo Community will host a potluck that will begin at 6:30 p.m. and an ultreya that will begin at 7 p.m.
Blood donation opportunity: 2-7 p.m. March 8, Magnolia Library and Community Center, 1 Lexington Ave., Gloucester. For information: http://redcrossblood.org. The American Red Cross urges the public to give blood or platelets this March in celebration of Red Cross Month. Donors of all blood types, especially type O, are needed to help ensure blood is available for patients this spring.
Woman’s Club of Magnolia meeting: 7 p.m. March 10, Magnolia Library, 1 Lexington Ave., Gloucester. For information: http://magnolialibrary.org. This meeting is open to those looking for a night of socializing and activities.
Rockport Democratic Town Committee: 10:30 a.m. March 14, Rockport Public Library, 17 School St. For information: 978-546-3754. The Rockport Democratic Town Committee will meet, followed by a caucus to elect representatives to attend the May 30 State Convention at the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell, as well as to select a Democratic State Committee Member from the First Essex and the Middlesex Senate District. All Rockport residents who are registered as Democrats are encouraged to attend. New members are welcome.
St. Patrick’s Day Dinner and Raffle: 7 p.m. March 14, Legion Hall, 10 Church St., Manchester. Cost: $15. Tickets are available at the Legion. Raffle tickets are $25. Only 100 tickets will be sold. Proceeds will benefit the scholarship fund.
Seth Moulton town hall: 6 p.m. March 16, Manchester Essex Regional High School, 36 Lincoln St., Manchester. For information: Tim@mail.house.gov. State Rep. Seth Moulton will host a town hall meeting. Doors will open approximately 20 minutes in advance.
St. Patrick’s Day dinner: 4 p.m. March 17, American Legion Post 3, 8 Washington St., Gloucester. For information: 978-283-9710. American Legion Post 3 will host its annual St. Patrick’s Day dinner with a traditional boiled dinner served with all the fixings.
Pigeon Cove Circle Pot Luck Supper: 6:30 p.m. March 26, Pigeon Cove Circle, 6 Breakwater Ave., Rockport. For information: 978-546-9483. Plans will be discussed regarding building painting benefits, the Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner in March and the Pancakes with Sausages Breakfast in May. The board will meet at 5:30 p.m.
Sweet Stitches: 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays and 11:30 a.m. first, third and fifth Sundays of the month, Gloucester United Methodist Church, 436 Washington St. For information: 978-290-9312; http://bit.ly/CapeAnnLittleDresses. Sweet Stitches, a Cape Ann based sewing group, are looking for those who love to sew or want to learn, to sew dresses out of fabric and pillowcases for the organization Little Dresses for Africa. A potluck lunch will be served.
Widowed Persons Support Group: 1-3 p.m. every other Wednesday, Longan Room at Addison Gilbert Hospital, 298 Washington St., Gloucester. Free. For information: 978-283-7102; 978-283-6892. The group does not meet in July or August. No registration required.
“Democratic Dialogue”: streaming 3 and 7 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays and 6 a.m. Tuesdays on Channel 12, 1623 Studios, formerly Cape Ann TV. For information: http://bit.ly/2GlfAjB.
Family and Friends support group: 7-8:30 p.m. second and fourth Tuesday of every month, NAMI Cape Ann, 43 Gloucester Ave., Gloucester. Free. For information: 978-281-1557; http://namicapeann.org. For adults 18 years and older. Done by the National Alliance on Mental Illness, who provide support and programs to those experiencing mental health challenges.
Peer Support Group: 2-2:30 p.m. every Monday, NAMI Cape Ann, 43 Gloucester Ave., Gloucester. Free. For information: 978-281-1557; http://namicapeann.org. Done by the National Alliance on Mental Illness, who provide support and programs to those experiencing mental health challenges.
Hockey and Figure Skating Skills for beginners and advanced skaters: Group and private lessons for hockey and figure skaters held in Hamilton and Gloucester. Professional skating coaches certified by USA Hockey and U.S. Figure Skating Associations. Groups will include boys and girls ages 4-12, teens, tiny tots ages 2.5 and older and adults. Lessons are Wednesdays from 1:10 to 2 p.m. in Hamilton starts March 4, Tuesdays at 6 p.m. and Saturdays at noon in Gloucester, ongoing enrollment, prorated for late starts. Private lessons are available Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sundays from 8 to 10 a.m. and Tuesdays from 7 to 8 p.m. To register: http://cafsc.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Stock Trader Group: This monthly group meets to discuss stock market activities on the third Friday of the month at the Rose Baker Senior Center, 6 Manuel F. Lewis St., Gloucester. Sign up at the Rose Baker Senior Center or call Frank Bellini at 978-292-6503 or email email@example.com.
Eurhythmy Classes at Rose Baker Center: 1 p.m. Tuesdays, Rose Baker Senior Center, 6 Manuel F. Lewis St., Gloucester. For information: 978-281-9765.
Arts and Minds: 1-3 p.m. second and fourth Tuesday of every month, NAMI Cape Ann, 43 Gloucester Ave., Gloucester. Free. For information: 978-281-1557; http://namicapeann.org. This program is to encourage those who feel artistic to work and produce art with greeting cards, tiles, jewelry, knitted goods and other hand-crafted items. Done by the National Alliance on Mental Illness, who provide support and programs to those experiencing mental health challenges.
Ice Skating Sessions: 6 p.m. Tuesdays and 10 a.m. Saturdays, Talbot Rink Gloucester, 32 Cherry St. For information: firstname.lastname@example.org; http://cafsc.org. These lessons feature professional skating coaches certified by USA Hockey and U.S. Figure Skating Associations. The categories include boys and girls aged 4-12, teens, young children aged 2.5 and older and adults. Guests can start anytime at prorate for late starts in any session.
Sunday Morning Worship: 10 a.m. Sundays, Trinity Congregational Church, 70 Middle St., Gloucester. For information: trinitycongregational.org.
Sunday Worship: 10-11 a.m. Sundays, First Parish Church, 1 Chapel Lane, Manchester.
Congregate Meal Site: 11:30 a.m. Monday-Friday, Rockport Senior Center, 58 Broadway. To register: 978-546-5027. All seniors are welcome to attend these SeniorCare lunches. Reservations should be made at least 24 hours in advance.
Manchester Singers rehearsals: The Manchester Singers will hold rehearsals at 7:30 p.m. Mondays at the Congregational Chapel, 1 Chapel Lane, Manchester. New members are welcome to join. The Manchester Singers is a community chorus of 35 men and women singers who come from several North Shore towns, including Beverly, Danvers, Peabody, Essex, Gloucester, Wenham and Manchester. The chorus performs several concerts annually throughout the North Shore area under the direction of Fred Broer. For information: 978-283-9021; email@example.com; http://www.manchestersingers.org.
Learn to Skate for Hockey and Figure Skaters: Learn to Skate for Hockey and Figure Skaters ongoing registration is open for group and private lessons for hockey and figure skaters held at Talbot Rink in Gloucester. Classes are held at 6 p.m. Tuesdays and noon Saturdays. A professional skating curriculum is taught by professional coaches certified by USA Hockey and U.S. Figure Skating Associations. Small class sizes are available for boys and girls ages 4-12, teens, tots ages 2 1/2 and older, and adults. Start any time in any session. For information: firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.cafsc.org.
Cape Ann’s Disabled American Veterans meeting: 6:30 p.m. third Tuesday of each month, Veterans Center, 12 Emerson Ave., Gloucester. Free. For information: http://dav.org. Members and prospective members are encouraged to attend the upcoming meetings of the Cape Ann’s Disabled American Veterans Chapter 74 on Oct. 16 and Nov. 20. Any honorably discharged veteran who served and was injured during a period of war is eligible to join.
Rockport Art Association & Museum volunteers: The Rockport Art Association & Museum, located at 12 Main St., seeks volunteers for its new Art & Sea Museum Gift Shop. Shifts are 3 1/2 hours long and are fun, easy and social. For information: 978-546-6604.
Stage Fort Park Visitor Center volunteers: The Visitor Center at Stage Fort Park seeks volunteers with a general knowledge of Gloucester, who also enjoy talking with and helping visitors from all over the world learn about the city. Volunteers will work one three-hour shift per week. Training will be provided. For information: 978-281-8865; 978-290-9860.
Old Farm Rockport volunteers: Old Farm Rockport, a Supportive Living Inc. residential facility for survivors of brain injury, seeks volunteers for its horticultural therapy program. This program includes physical and cognitive fitness and social adaptation for brain injury survivors. Similar to a community gardening project, the horticultural facilities include wheelchair-accessible raised beds and employ square-foot gardening techniques. Produce from the gardens feeds the Old Farm Rockport residents with the overflow donated to local food banks. The program is open to any individual suffering from brain injury. A $50 fee covers the cost of garden bed material, compost and water. For information: http://www.supportivelivinginc.org.
Attention all Korean War veterans: Veterans who served in Korea between June 25, 1950, and July 27, 1953, are eligible to receive the Korean Ambassador for Peace Medal. Veterans’ DD Form 214 is required. For information, contact Karen Tyler, director of Veterans Services, at 978-356-3915 or email@example.com. Surviving spouses of Korean War veterans are also encouraged to contact Tyler.
Rockport Thrift Shop: 9 a.m.-noon Fridays and Saturdays through Labor Day weekend, Unitarian Universalist Society of Rockport, 4 Cleaves St.. For information: 978-546-2989. A selection of antiques and gently used or vintage items includes china, glassware, kitchenware, curios and collectibles, paintings and other artwork, small furniture, books, sports equipment and a children’s corner with games and toys.
Cape Ann Bariatric Support Group: The Cape Ann Bariatric Support Group will meet from 7 to 8 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month at the Gloucester United Methodist Church, 436 Washington St. Lifestyle must be made to complement bariatric surgery. The surgery is not a complete solution to cure obesity alone; having support from the community and getting advice from others can help. It is reassuring to hear others’ viewpoints on common concerns. Those who are post six months out or more are invited to come provide each other with peer support. For information: 978-290-9312; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cancer support group: Cancer coach and survivor Laurie Geary leads a free cancer support group from 1 to 3 p.m. the first Tuesdays of the month at the Rose Baker Senior Center, 6 Manuel F. Lewis St., Gloucester. Registration is preferred.
Rockport UU Thrift shop: Open Fridays and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to noon, at Rockport UU Church, 4 Cleaves St., Rockport. Bargains for kids, home decorator items, books, kitchen items, garden stuff, antiques, collectibles, china, crystal glass, art, sports and toys. New items every week.
Baseball caps: The Gloucester United Methodist Church, located at 436 Washington St., is collecting gently used baseball caps and bandanas for it’s mission in Machias, Maine. The caps and bandanas will be fastened is such a way to keep the sun off the back of the migrant workers necks as they work in the fields. All donations should be placed in the red bin located in the parking lot next to the ramp. For information, call Julie Kesterson at 978-290-9312.
Little Dresses for Africa: On the 1st and 3rd Sundays at 1:30 p.m. and Wednesdays at 10 a.m., Sweet Stitches meet at the Gloucester United Church to sew dresses out of fabric and pillowcases for Little Dresses for Africa. Don’t know how to sew, hesitant about your skills? We have lots of ladies willing to help. We also need people who can accessorize these dresses with lace, pockets, string beads, sew buttons, you place and pin, we sew. Sweet Stitches also makes shorts and bags out of T-shirts. There is lots to do, new friends to make and light refreshments served. Call Julie Kesterson at 978-290-9312 for more information. Visit us at FB: Little Dresses for Africa/Gloucester, Ma.
Gloucester Stroke Club: 10:30-11:30 a.m., first Wednesday of every month, Longan Room, Addison Gilbert Hospital, 298 Washington St., Gloucester. The club offers members various activities, such as arts and crafts, gentle exercise and health demonstrations. Advance registration is not necessary. For information: 978-922-3000, ext. 2235.
Community Reiki Share: 5:15-8:15 p.m. first Tuesday of the month, Manchester Community Center, 40 Beach St. Monthly Community Reiki Share offers patrons a relaxing table or chair session, via a donation. Registration is encouraged. A portion of the proceeds is donated to charity. To register: 978-283-4258; email@example.com.
Rockport Friends of Scout Hall donations: To give a tax-deductible donation to Scout Hall, send donations to: Friends of Scout Hall, P.O. Box 262, Rockport, MA 01966. Like “Friends of Scout Hall” on Facebook.
ELL tutors needed: Wellspring’s English Language Learning Program seeks volunteer tutors to work one-on-one with students working to improve their English speaking and reading skills. ELL is offered Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Sawyer Free Public Library, 2 Dale Ave., Gloucester. For information: 978-281-3221, ext. 300.
Wellspring Educational Resource Center seeks volunteers: WERC seeks mentors to work with courageous adult learners identify educational and career goals to attain and sustain a living wage as they progress toward college and career goals. Training and resources provided. Wellspring House, 302 Essex Ave., Gloucester. For information: 978-281-3558, ext. 323.
Cape Ann Families seeks volunteers: Cape Ann Families seeks volunteer mentors for children ages 5-12 in hopes to help strengthen self-esteem, improve academic performance and reduce isolation. For information: 978-281-2400, ext. 692; firstname.lastname@example.org.
First Baptist Church Sunday morning worship: First Baptist Church, located at 38 Gloucester Ave., welcomes all to Sunday morning worship at 10:30 a.m. Adult Bible study is 9-10 a.m. Coffee and fellowship take place before and after worship.
Manchester-Essex Rotary Club Service Membership opportunity: The club will host evening meetings every month at different venues around Cape Ann, and asks that each new service member attends the meeting and participates in at least one volunteer commitment each quarter. For information: email@example.com.
The Diving Locker: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. The Diving Locker Gloucester, 26 R Harbor Loop, offers visitors the chance to venture into Gloucester and Cape Ann’s Maritime Past. For information: 978-777-2711.