Looking for Winter Fun? Try Stories from the Wildside!


Kestrel is excited to present “Stories from the Wild Side”! An in- depth (pun intended) winter exploration of animal tracking and story telling.  The class will be split into two 4-class field sessions, meeting every Saturday morning, and culminating in a project day at the Get Outside Center at 186 Main st Gloucester at the end of each session.dsc02785

Traipse through snowy woodlands in search of wildlife evidence and tracks. Practice tracking animals and reading clues to the life of the forest. Learn techniques for developing characters, drawing readers into a place, and creating intriguing plots.
Work independently or as a team to create an original nature based fiction story featuring the discoveries we have made, and your own imagination. Students can utilize any medium to tell their story; from written work to drawing to a diorama, or anything in between.


For more details click here!

Warming Centers Available for Residents

Gloucester, MA – Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken, with the City’s Health Department, Sawyer Free Library and the Rose Baker Senior Center, in cooperation with community partners Action, Inc., The Open Doorand the Grace Center, are providing warming centers for vulnerable residents during extreme-cold weather events.

After last winter’s February 14th cold-snap, Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken formed a taskforce with City department directors and community leaders to establish a comprehensive cold-weather response to help ensure the health and safety of residents without permanent housing. The result is a plan, presented in March, that assures those who need shelter from the extreme cold will have a place in the community where they can stay warm.

“When temperatures drop this low, our city has an obligation to help those in need to stay warm,” said Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken. “We don’t want anyone out in the cold which is why I’m proud that our community is coming together to provide assistance for anyone in need.”

Karin Carroll, director of the Gloucester Health Department states, “Gloucester is a tremendous community that works together to ensure the safety and well-being of its most vulnerable residents in extreme weather conditions. All residents should limit exposure outdoors during the extreme cold and look out for neighbors, especially the elderly.”

Location and times for extreme cold weather event warming centers include:

The Action Shelter, 370 Main Street
• 5 PM to 8 AM
• Monday through Sunday

The Grace Center
• Gloucester Unitarian/Universalist Church (MON/TUES)
• ST. John Episcopal Church (WED/FRI)
• Trinity Congregational Church (THR)
8:30 AM to 4 PM at each site

The Open Door, 28 Emerson Ave.
• Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
• 4PM to 6 PM
NOTE: Open Door will expand hours in emergencies to include Saturday, 8 AM to 4 PM; Sundays, 10:30 AM to 4 PM (In partnership with the Grace Center) and, if needed, on Holidays 8 AM to 4 PM

The Sawyer Free Library and Lyceum, 2 Dale Ave.
• Monday/Wednesday: 8:30 AM – 6 PM
• Tuesday/Thursday: 8:30 AM – 8 PM
• Friday/Saturday: 8:30 AM – 5 PM
Note: The Library is closed on City recognized holidays

The Rose Baker Senior Center, 6 Manuel F Lewis Ave.
• Monday through Friday
• 9 AM to 4 PM
Note: The Library is closed on City recognized holidays

CAFM Winter Market this Saturday!


Come join us for the last market of 2016 on 12/17 from 10-1

Pick up the last of the season’s produce, food items to get you you through the busy days ahead, and handmade gifts for all!

This year we are sponsoring a Holiday Food Drive for The Open Door-our goal is to collect 100 items at the market by noon-help us reach our goal-bring in 10 items or more and receive a free CAFM Tote!

We will have our amazing holiday raffle baskets featuring gift certificates and items from area restaurants and shops-also our CAFM membership drive-a memberships makes a great gift!!!!
For more info and to purchase a CAFM membership check our website at http://capeannfarmersmarket.org/
To purchase raffle tickets before 12/17 please email capeannfarmersmarket@gmail.com


Help Backyard Growers spread garden magic across Gloucester!

Did you know that gardens are magic?


I didn’t think there could possibly be enough room in our little backyard. But Backyard Growers came, and before I knew it, there was our garden. I couldn’t believe that I’d end up with food for my family if I just followed their directions. Plant some seeds. Water. Weed. The veggies appeared. And my kids actually ate them! Magic.

We’ve had our ups and downs. One summer Chris was injured and out of work. I was working, mothering, pregnant and tired, and money was tight. Our garden was the constant. Plant some seeds. Water. Weed. Magic.

Last fall, I got sick. Doctor visits, chemo and long hospital stays threw our family into a tailspin. I told my 3-year-old Dash, “Mom will be better when the plants come up.” I kept looking at my garden, praying that would happen.

Then Backyard Growers came.

I never asked for help, they just came. They planted my garden with such care and purpose. They brought bins of new soil. Their rows of seeds were so straight and evenly spaced. And the plants grew. Magic.

If you ever wonder about what a garden does for a person, a family, a community, come visit me on Harold Ave. Ask any of the kids. You grow a garden, magic happens!

You are part of this magic in our community. Thank you. So many in Gloucester struggle to put food on the table, and with your support, Backyard Growers can help.

Will you help us reach our $10,000 goal and build 40 more gardens next year by giving today? Every $250 raised is another garden. Another family’s table full of fresh, healthy food.

Another opportunity for magic.


Peggy Lyman, Backyard Growers Participant

Click here to make your tax-deductible donation today. Thank you!