Gloucester Rotary Trivia Night

The Rotary Club of Gloucester will host a Trivia Night on Friday, October 27, at the Gloucester House, located at 63 Rogers Street in downtown Gloucester. The doors will open at 6 p.m. and the game will begin at 7 p.m.  Teams of four will compete for the title of Cape Ann Trivia Champions.

All trivia fans are invited to this fun night of knowledge and laughter. The registration fee is $100 for a team of four players.  Proceeds from this event will support programs of the Gloucester Rotary Club.  The night will also feature a 50/50 raffle, a cash bar, and light snacks for purchase.

Download registration form.

The mission of Rotary International is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders. For more information about the Gloucester Rotary, visit our website or our Facebook page.

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October Workshops at Backyard Growers!

Fall Cooking Workshop: Kids Night! 

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Tuesday, October 17th, 6:00-7:30PM

Bring the kids to the Open Door and join us as we harvest, cook, and eat a meal filled with end-of-season produce. Not an experienced cook? No problem! We’ll go over the basics, so all levels of cooking experience are welcome.

Please notify us in advance is anyone in your party has any allergies.

Hosted at The Open Door: 28 Emerson Ave, Gloucester

Tickets: $15 individual or $20 family https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fall-cooking-workshop-kids-night-tickets-37882765371

Contact: community@backyardgrowers.org or 987-281-0480

 

Raising Urban Chickens

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Thursday, October 12th, 6:00-7:30PM

Join Backyard Growers and local chicken farmer Jess Araneo as we discuss these fine birds. From getting started, to meeting city standards, to choosing the right ladies for your flock- we’re excited to answer all your burning questions and leave you ready to start, improve or expand your backyard flock! We’ll spend just over an hour discussing the ins and outs of chicken raising, then leave time to meet a bird or two and answer all your questions. Join us!

Jess is resident in Rowley, MA where she raises over 40 chickens and 20 ducks on less than an acre. She sells eggs from her chickens and ducks out of a farm stand at her house.

Hosted at Backyard Grower Office: 127 Main St, Gloucester

Tickets: $10 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/raising-urban-chickens-tickets-37506945283

Contact: community@backyardgrowers.org

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SeniorCare Fundraiser Breakfast at Lobsta Land

SeniorCare Inc. will hold its annual autumn fundraising breakfast at Lobsta Land Restaurant, located on Causeway Street in Gloucester (Route 128, exit 12) on Tuesday, October 24, 2017, from 7:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  Tickets are $12 per person and include your choice of pancakes, French toast, eggs, or a fruit plate with yogurt. Tickets are available in advance online, by calling 978-281-1750, or may be purchased at the door. Proceeds from the breakfast will benefit the full spectrum of programs offered by SeniorCare.

About SeniorCare

SeniorCare Inc. is a federally designated Area Agency on Aging (AAA) and a state designated Aging Service Access Point (ASAP) with offices in Gloucester and Beverly. Established in 1972, SeniorCare serves an area that represents more than 27,000 residents aged 60 and over, including the nine communities of Beverly, Essex, Gloucester, Hamilton, Ipswich, Manchester by the Sea, Rockport, Topsfield and Wenham. SeniorCare’s volunteers and staff work to fulfill its mission as a consumer-centered organization which provides and coordinates services to elders and others, allowing them to live independently at home or in a setting of their choice, while remaining part of their community.

Cape Ann Special Olympics and Cape Ann YMCA Announce Renewal of Collaborative Swimming Program

 Gloucester, MA — Sept 12, 2017 – Cape Ann Special Olympics (“CASO”) and Cape Ann YMCA (the “Y”) announced today the extension of a collaboration to support the second season of the Cape Ann Special Olympics Swim Team. The program will provide weekly training to the CASO swim team in competitive swimming as well a developmental program for athletes developing basic skills needed to participate. Classes began on Sept 9 for the swim team and September 14th for the developmental team. All participants will also receive a Y membership for the year with instruction on the use of the Y’s fitness equipment and other facilities.  Financial support for this program is provided by Brace Cove Foundation.

In the first year of this very successful program 22 CASO athletes received extensive training at the Y and 18 of them competed in a qualifying meet held at Boston University earning the opportunity to test their skills against their peers in the state finals held at Harvard University. The 12 athletes that ultimately went to the finals earned 30 medals including 16 gold. CASO athlete Meghan Colby of Gloucester, with two gold medals, earned a spot on Team Massachusetts becoming one of only two women from the state competing in aquatics at the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games which take place July 1-6, 2018 in Seattle.  

“We are pleased to continue and expand this highly successful program” said Shawn Williamson, Program Director of CASO. “In addition to improved swimming skills our athletes saw improved overall fitness, self esteem and social growth.  This is a direct result of the dedication, commitment and support from our volunteers and the YMCA.” 

“We are excited that the Y will again be collaborating on this important program” commented Tim Flaherty, Executive Director of the Cape Ann YMCA.  “We are committed to including all members of our community in our programming, it is part of our mission and a core value of the Y.”
About Cape Ann Special Olympics

Cape Ann Special Olympics, a chapter of Massachusetts Special Olympics was founded in 2015 to provide athletic opportunities for individuals with intellectual or physical disabilities in the Cape Ann community.  Our goal is to provide year-round sports training and competition at no cost to participants in aquatics, track and field, soccer, basketball, bowling and bocce.  For more information visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/GloucesterSpecialOlympics.

About the Y

The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. For over 150 years, the YMCA of the North Shore has been strengthening the foundations of community for the more than 45,000 members it serves in 25 cities and towns. We nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being and provide opportunities to give back and support our neighbors; regardless of age, race, ethnicity or socioeconomic background. http://www.northshoreymca.org 

About Brace Cove Foundation

Brace Cove Foundation provides grants to nonprofits serving the residents of Cape Ann with a focus on providing access to the arts, food security and nutrition, education and programs for individuals with special needs.  For more information about our grant making, visit http://www.bracecove.org.

 

City of Gloucester Focus group MA in Motion interactive session designed for seniors and caregivers

City of Gloucester Focus group MA in Motion interactive session designed for seniors and caregivers

 On 10/3/17, Tuesday, from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m., Steve Winslow, Senior Project Manager for the City of Gloucester, seeks community input from seniors and caregivers on ways our City and Cape Ann can reach goals of Mass in Motion – including increasing rates of physical activity of all types and consumption of healthier foods.  Those goals will be achieved through efforts to create more accessible and enjoyable options for physical activity, especially walking and bicycling, and increase access to and appreciation of healthy and affordable foods, including locally or regionally harvested foods.

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Please read more about MA in Motion on the City of Gloucester website at http://www.gloucester-ma.gov/index.aspx?NID=269

The focus group session will be from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.  From 7-7:30, Ward 4 City Councilor, Val Gilman, will host a casual Q and A on city and local matters including a continuation of our MA in Motion discussion.   Cider and cookies will be served.  Thanks to the Lanesville Community Center www.lanesvillecommunitycenter.org 8 Vulcan Street, for hosting this forum.

Contact Steve Winslow Senior Project Manager  swinslow@gloucester-ma.gov regarding MA in Motion questions or Val Gilman Ward 4 City Councilor vgilman@gloucester-ma.gov or 978-621-4682 cell phone or Lucy Sheehan, Executive Director of Rose Baker Center at lsheehan@gloucester-ma.gov .