Community Stuff 3/22/14



he Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich, will host a Spring Animal Treasure Hunt and Tea Party on Sunday, April 13 from noon to 4 pm in partnership with The Ipswich Humane Group. Participants will search the Great House for animal-themed treasures hidden within the paintings, wallpaper, and other decorative features of each room.  Everyone will receive a small gift.  The day’s celebrations will continue with face painting, a drawing table, and Stuffed Animal Tea seatings at 12 pm, 1 pm, and 2 pm. Tickets for the Treasure Hunt only are $8 for member adults, $5 for member children, $12 for nonmember adults, and $8 for nonmember children. Treasure Hunt and Tea Party tickets are $18 for member adults, $15 for member children, $22 for nonmember adults, and $18 for nonmember children. Space at tea seatings is limited and must be reserved in advance at  Proceeds will equally benefit The Ipswich Humane Group and The Trustees of Reservations. For more information contact The Trustees at or 978.356.4351 x4015. 

Directions:  From Rt. 128 (Exit 20A) follow Rt. 1A north for 8 mi. to Ipswich. Turn right onto Rt. 133 east and follow for 1.5 mi. Turn left onto Northgate Rd. and follow for 0.5 mi. Turn right onto Argilla Rd. and follow for 2 miles to entrance to The Crane Estate. 

Parkinson’s Disease – Special Presentation

Offered free, by Keith and Linda Hall

When:     Thursday, April 17th

Time:       12:30 p.m.

Where:    Rose Baker Senior Center, 6 Manuel F. Lewis Street, Gloucester

Are you or do you know of someone living with Parkinson’s Disease?  North Shore communities have needed Parkinson’s-specific exercise programs to help individuals establish empowering, realistic goals for improving balance and stability, agility, cognitive awareness, and strength maintained mobility.  A special presentation, which is a preview of an expanding ability-customized exercise program, is being offered at the Rose Baker Senior Center by Keith and Linda Hall, a couple who live with the challenges of Parkinson’s disease.  Care-givers happily welcomed!

Please join us April 17, for this program of interest for care-givers and people living with this disease. Light refreshment will be served.  Please call the reception desk at 978 281-9765 to register.

Community Celebration April 12 Recognizing Retired Library Director Carol Gray

Carol Gray, who recently announced her retirement after 16 years serving the Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Library as Assistant Director, Acting Director, and Director, will be feted and recognized at a community celebration in her honor on Saturday, April 12 at 3pm at the library.

This event is being sponsored by the Library’s Board of Directors, with assistance from the Friends of the Library. “The public is cordially invited to join us,” said Scott Memhard, President of the Library Board, “to share and express our profound thanks to Carol Gray, for her years of dedicated service and commitment to our Library, and the central role it plays as the cultural and intellectual heart of Gloucester.”

The reception will begin at 3pm on the main floor of the library, 2 Dale Avenue, with a formal presentation recognizing Carol commencing at 4pm.  Refreshments will be served. All are welcome.

For further information, please contact Acting Library Director Freyja Sanger at / (978) 281-9763 ext.12 or Library Board President Scott Memhard at / 978-879-9394.


Can you help North Shore United Way share this special promotion we’ve got.  Just a week or so left.  We could use your help!  We support dozens of local causes in Gloucester such as Wellspring House, The Open Door, and a Student Assistance Program at Gloucester High School.  85% of that funding comes from individuals.  To help us finish the year strong, we have a raffle for some pretty sweet Red Sox tickets.  People can help at

Make a gift at during the month of March and you win because you enable NSUW to invest that support in local causes that transform lives and improve our communities.  But you might also WIN BIG because anyone who gives at during the month of March will also be entered into a raffle for two tickets to the FENWAY PARK HOME OPENER.



On March 19, 2014 fifteen youth from Gloucester Youth Council of Healthy Gloucester Collaborative and YMCA Rockport Teen Center joined more than 200 young people from across the Commonwealth gathered at the Massachusetts State House for  Kick Butts Day 2014 to celebrate their role in reducing the influence of the tobacco industry in their communities. Gloucester Youth Council and YMCA Rockport Teen Center are members of The 84 Movement, which helps mobilize youth to take action to make their communities more tobacco-free.

The Gloucester Youth Council was awarded 2014 Chapter of the Year Award and Carren Jepchumba, senior at GHS was award, the 84’s Northeast Regional Youth Leadership Award. Awardees were recognized for their efforts in leading the fight against tobacco in Massachusetts. They also received Official Citations from State Senator Bruce Tarr to acknowledge them for their outstanding work. 

While at Kick Butts Day 2014 at the State House, our Cape Ann youth were trained on advocacy and health promotion techniques and then visited with lawmakers. The young people used their time with lawmakers to discuss how tobacco companies use flashy packaging, cheap prices, and product placement to market tobacco and e-cigarettes in order to specifically target young people.

“Kick Butts Day unites youth from all over the state for one important cause – to fight the tobacco industry.” said Yolanda Zheng Statewide Leader for The84 Movement. “We believe in a healthier lifestyle, and we can only make it happen by getting together and telling the world what we see and experience every day.”


Ever wonder what O’Maley looks like during the day?

Ever wonder what O’Maley looks like during the day? Are you curious about what an Innovation school is? What is the STEM lab?

All those answers and more can be discovered during the O’Maley Innovation Middle School tours. Tours are planned for March 26th, April 15th from 8 – 9 a.m.

The tour begins and ends in the O’Maley library with coffee and pastries with Principal Debra Lucey. Guidance counselors and students will conduct the tours of selected classrooms, the O’Maley STEM suite, cafeteria and auditorium.

If you are interested in attending, please call 978-281-9850 to reserve your space.


Hi Joey

Hoping you can post these for CAFM. On April 6th we will hold our 6th annual dinner a movie fundraiser featuring The Big Night ( an amazing movie), there will be great food and great company and the money raised helps off set the cost of putting on our 23 week market.

We are also  joining forces with Latitude 43 -hosting a talk with the Editor of Edible Boston, there will be free wood fired pizza and lots of conversation about the North of Boston local food movement.

Please come join us for all!!

Many thanks as usual.



~ Rockport Garden Club ~

Save the date for Rockport Garden Club’s Plant Sale to take place on Saturday, May 31st at Duffy’s Greenhouse,                Rear 158 Granite Street (just opposite the former Cape Ann Tool Company in Pigeon Cove).  The Plant Sale will take place from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Don’t miss the opportunity to select from a large variety of outside and outdoor plants, shrubs,

bulbs and more!


Hidden Garden Tour – Summer 2014

The Rockport Garden Club’s Hidden Gardens tour will take place on Friday, June 20 and Saturday, June 21 – 10:00 a.m –

4:00 p.m. Ticket price is $20. per ticket before June 1 and $25. after June 1.   To purchase tickets, please contact

Lynn Bird at  508-981-6698, or purchase tickets online by going to:[]

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