Welcome To Cape Ann Community Bulletin Board

A place where non-profit Cape Ann organizations can post press releases directly and then those press releases will be reposted to http://www.goodmorninggloucester.com . This is not an advertising space for businesses, fitness or wellness organizations, or music listings.

The web address will be http://www.capeanncommunity.com

To have your community organization news posted here, contact Joey C who will grant access for you to post directly.

Live Music in the Amphitheatre: “Knock on Wood” performs at the Sawyer Free Library

Come one, come all and be ready to have some fun!

Join the Sawyer Free Library this Saturday, June 19 at 11:00 am outside in the Amphitheatre for live performance by musical group “KNOCK ON WOOD

Knock on Wood is a high-energy, family-friendly acoustic folk-rock duo, featuring singer-songwriter Howie Newman on guitar, lead vocals and harmonica. Howie is joined by Joe Kessler, one of the top fiddlers in the area. They also play mandolin and sing backup vocals. The duo performs Classic Rock covers and funny original songs (suitable for all ages). It’s a very lively show with great musicianship, nice vocal harmonies and a little humor here and there.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Gloucester Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

For more information visit SawyerFreeLibrary.org

BIG NEWS! The Friends of the Sawyer Free Library Bookstore is now OPEN!

The Friends of the Sawyer Free Library are excited to announce that THE FRIENDS BOOKSHOP is fully open to the public once again during regular library hours. After 15 months of the shop being closed, the dedicated Friend’s group of volunteers have cleaned, restocked the shelves, and are now thrilled to finally welcome customers back!

The Friend Bookshop is open during regular Library hours, Monday-Saturday, 10-5pm and Thursday, 12-7pm.

“We are delighted to be back 100%. We have filled the shelves with a great selection of books to choose from for all your summer reading! We have a generous selection of new and current titles and a very robust children’s and teens section. There is something for everyone, and all at bargain prices,” said Kecia German, Vice President of the Friends of SFL.

The year-round used book shop is on the first floor of the Sawyer Free Library, just past the main entrance. Visitors will find titles for children, teens, and adults in paperback and hardcover, and audio formats. Fiction and nonfiction selections cover over 35 genres, including mystery, art, biography, business, entertainment, history, music, literature, science, travel, current bestsellers, and more. All books, audiobooks, and DVDs are always in good condition and sold at prices starting at $1, with most books $5 or less.

The volunteer-run book shop’s inventory is sourced entirely from community donations. The Friends’ are always looking for donations of good quality used books, especially of recent vintage. All sales revenues go directly to supporting and expanding library programming and other initiatives. The generosity of the Friends and their hard work means that the community has culturally rich and diverse library programs and services that otherwise would not be possible.

To learn more about the Friends of the Sawyer Free Library and The Friends Book Shop and how to become involved, please visit: sawyerfreelibrary.org

World Elder Abuse Awareness Month

June is World Elder Abuse Awareness Month and June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. SeniorCare Inc. and several non-profit and civic organizations are holding special “Rolling Rallies” throughout the North Shore to increase awareness of this growing issue in our society.

10,000 people turn 65 in the US every day. This trend is going to continue for the next 20 years. Our demographics are shifting, and we now have more older people in the US than ever before. At the same time that the population is growing, we know that a startling number of older Americans face abusive situations. Every year an estimated 5 million, or 1 in 10, older Americans are victims of elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation. And that’s only part of the picture: Experts believe that for every case of elder abuse or neglect reported, as many as 23.5 cases go unreported. In addition, it is believed that the situation has worsened during the pandemic with the need for social distancing.

Elder abuse and neglect and take on various forms. It can be physical, emotional/verbal, sexual, financial, neglect by a caregiver, or self-neglect. Elder abuse can occur anywhere – in the home, in nursing homes, or other institutions. It affects seniors across all socioeconomic groups, cultures, and races.

If you suspect abuse or self-neglect, don’t assume that someone has already reported it. In cases of immediate danger call 911. Otherwise, you can the Massachusetts Elder Abuse Hotline at 800-922-2275.

SeniorCare, the Gloucester Council on Aging, and the Gloucester Police Department are holding a Rolling Rally to increase awareness of Elder Abuse this year. The rally will take place on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, and will begin at the former Friendly’s parking lot, 224 Washington Street in Gloucester, at 1pm.

Concerned citizens are invited to participate in this rally, and help to bring light to the horrendous crime of elder abuse. Decorate your car, bring your noise makers and come to the 224 Washington Street by 1pm on June 15 to join the rally and to show your support!  Road rally participants will be escorted through the City by the Gloucester Police Department.

In addition to the rolling rally, Gloucester City Hall will be illuminated in purple on June 15 in recognition of the issue of elder abuse.

SeniorCare is committed to identifying and stopping Elder Abuse!

Gloucester Education Foundation Grant Supports GHS Class of 2021 Celebrations

GLOUCESTER , MASS. – Gloucester Education Foundation has made a gift of $7,500 to the GHS class of 2021 to support the production costs of Senior Award Night, Senior Prom and Graduation.

“This grant is a departure from the type of projects that GEF normally funds in our schools,” said Aria McElhenny, GEF’s Executive Director, “but this year has been anything but normal, and thanks to our generous community, GEF can be flexible and step up to provide this one-time support where it is needed most. We’re so proud of these kids and the remarkable resilience and strength they’ve shown this past year. They deserve to be celebrated.”

Due to COVID-19 restrictions in the schools this year, opportunities for students to fundraise were limited. According to Dan Fleury, GHS Senior class advisor, the students’ best efforts fell short:
“They raised 2/3 of their goal, but still faced a shortfall. GEF’s willingness to be flexible in what they fund this year has been a tremendous support to the students and teachers of Gloucester Public Schools.”

GEF’s gift will enable every member of the Class of 2021 to attend Prom for free.

“Without an entry fee to prom, we hope to have full participation from our students, which is what this is all about,” said Dan Fleury. “We’d like to see all students break free from the burden and stress of this school year and finally enjoy the celebrations, commendations, and adulations that are synonymous with graduation season. GEF is helping us make that a reality.”

PAGE 2 STAGE Book Club: a Sawyer Free Library and Gloucester Stage Collaboration

The Sawyer Free Library and Gloucester Stage Company have teamed up once again to offer the Page2Stage Book Club. This innovative collaboration is a unique take on the traditional book club that focuses on literary works associated with performances from Gloucester Stage Company’s exciting 2021 season. The summer’s theatrical performances will be taking place outside at the beautiful and historic Windhover Performing Arts Center in Rockport from June through September.

Page2Stage gives participants opportunities to deepen and expand their experience as audience members through pre-show facilitated discussions about each play’s subject and related content, including biographies, novels, and timely periodicals. 

The four selected literary works for this season’s Page2Stage series are available now at the Sawyer Free Library located at 2 Dale Avenue in Gloucester

The program begins on Thursday, June 17 at 5:45 pm, discussing Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar by New York Times best-selling author Cheryl Strayed, before Gloucester Stage’s production of Tiny Beautiful Things at 7:30pm.

Page2Stage Book Club: June 17

Then on Thursday, July 8, the book club will discuss the book, The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Doyle prior to seeing the production of Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery.

On Thursday, August 12, the Book Club will discuss Anthony Bourdain’s memoir, Medium Raw, then will enjoy the regional premier of the play, Seared. 

To bring the summer series to a close on Thursday, September 9, the group will discuss an article from The Atlantic, The Case for Reparations” by Ta-Nehesi Coates prior to seeing the New England premiere of Reparations, a poignant new play by James Sheldon where personal revelations lead to laughs, tears, and coming to terms with racial injustice and personal betrayal. 

This year with Page2Stage Book Club, discussions will happen before the show at Windhover Performing Art Center located at 257R Granite Street in Rockport.

The book group is free to join with discount theater tickets for registered members. There is no charge to participate in the group, but registration is required. Register for one or more groups at www.sawyerfreelibrary.org. Discounted show tickets of $25 will be available to participants by calling the Gloucester Stage Box Office 978 281-4433.

For more information about Page2Stage visit:  sawyerfreelibrary.org or gloucesterstage.com/community-events/.

Virtual Information Session – Gloucester Biotechnology Academy

Join us on Thursday, May 27th at 7:15pm via Zoom to learn more about Gloucester Biotechnology Academy’s hands-on training program that provides young adults with the skills needed to start a career in biotech. This is a webinar, so all you have to do is log in and listen – we wont be able to see or hear you (unless you submit a question for Q&A)!

If you’re curious about the Academy’s training program, or if you’re looking for information on how to apply and be part of the Class of 2022 – all are welcome! Hear from Academy instructors, learn the basics of the program, how to apply, get a virtual tour of the training laboratory, and ask questions during a live Q&A.

You can click here to register, or see the invitation below for details. Please reach out to Ashley Destino at ashley.destino@gmgi.org with any questions.

Virtual Open House: Gloucester Biotechnology Academy

🚨Virtual Open House alert🚨

Join us on Thursday, May 27th at 7:15p via Zoom to learn more about Gloucester Biotechnology Academy’s innovative, hands-on training program. Tune in to hear from Academy instructors, gain insight into program details, and information on how to apply! No need to have your camera on, all you have to do is log in and listen!

The Academy trains young adults to be entry-level lab technicians in just ten months – you can learn more about the program here.

Register for the information session via the link below, and reach out to ashley.destino@gmgi.org with any questions.

Click here to register!

Sawyer Free Library Launches New Resources for Job Seekers

The Sawyer Free Library is pleased to announce the launch of their new Job Seekers Resource Program to assist job seekers throughout the Cape Ann community gain a competitive edge. Targeted to the needs of today’s job hunter – the new program supports people in discovering a new career path, gain new job skills, find job opportunities, and more. 

The program features expert-led virtual workshops, one-on-one resume sessions, and a new dedicated webpage, available in over 100 world languages, with extensive resources specially curated by Library staff.  All resources are free and accessible to those in the Gloucester community and beyond. 

“Our goal with this new Job Seekers program is to provide a combination of programs, informational resources and knowledge about local opportunities so that everyone in our community, regardless of income, age, education, or language, can acquire new skills and have the support they need for their job search. We want the public to know that we have their backs and we are here to help them successfully get back to work,” said Library Director Jenny Benedict. 

Job Seekers Summer Workshop Series 

Job seekers attending the virtual workshops will learn effective job search strategies, interviewing best practices, networking, how best to craft resumes and cover letters, and tips on changing careers, stress management, and more. Each week career counseling experts will share their insight and knowledge to help attendees plan and achieve their goals. The series runs from June – August. 

The first workshop, A Guide to Interviewing for Graduating Students and their Families, is scheduled for June 8 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Click here to register.

This skills-based workshop is geared toward high school students embarking on college interviews and college graduates facing employment interviews.  Employment specialist and career coach, Gary Gekow, will share a variety of strategies to help students navigate through this challenging experience. 

All programs are free, open to everyone, and no library card is needed, although registration is required.   The full schedule is available at sawyerfreelibrary.org/job-seekers-resources/

Job Seeker Resources Web Page 

The Sawyer Free Library has launched a web page for job seekers that is easy to navigate, multilingual, accessible, and comprehensive, containing self-assessment, job search and networking tools, resume and cover letter assistance, and live interview prep and practice. These job search resources are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for free, on any device, anywhere with an internet connection at sawyerfreelibrary.org/job-seeker-resources/.  

Job Seeker One-on-One Services 

Those needing help with their resume and cover letters can make an appointment for a one-on-one resume review session.  In addition, the Library has available free WiFi and computer access with printing and scanning capability. Computers, Chromebooks, and tablets are also available for public use. 

For more information about the Resources for Job Seeker program, call 978-325-5500 or email: jobseeker@sawyerfreelibrary.org. To register for a workshop session or to reserve a resume review session, go to sawyerfreelibrary.org.

Through its hundreds of free programs, it offers each year the Sawyer Free Library is committed to strengthening the fabric of the community they serve and helping Gloucester create and maintain a healthy, vibrant workforce so that individuals and families who live here can thrive. For more information on the Sawyer Free Library and “Resources for Jobs Seekers” programming, visit SawyerFreeLibrary.org

Maritime Gloucester’s 2021 Spring Working Skills Series

Maritime Gloucester anticipates the promise of summer with a week of maritime skills training. Our Spring Working Skills Series is celebration of traditional skills presented by three superstar women of the maritime heritage field. Check out the introduction to planking with Carolyn Corbin, find out what you need to know to safely prepare for you next small boat excursion with Arista Holden, or hear about traditional sailmaking practices with some nods to modern techniques with Susannah Winder. Come join us from the comfort of your home for a night of fun and learning.

This program is sponsored by @MassHumanities Bridge Street Fund and is FREE to the public, but you must RSVP to come.

Go to our website at www.maritimegloucester.org to register today.