Rockport

Cradles to Crayons Gear Up for Winter

Gear Up for Winter helps kids in need stay warm during the cold months!

Donate your warm winter used clothing and other items in Rockport. Kids clothing and winter coats are in high demand this time of year, and your contribution can really make a big difference in somebody's life! Bring your donations to the Rockport Transfer Station or Smith Ace Hardware

When: 
Rockport Transfer Station: Saturday, November 24, 2012
Ace Hardware: Friday & Saturday, November 23 & 24, 2012 open to close

Fall Birding Basics

You and your child can learn the basics of birding at Halibut Point State Park

Learn the birding basics while enjoying Halibut's coastal rocky bluffs or the Coolidge Reservation, where we'll see swarms of birds! Kids will develop their observation and memory skills, and walk with foundation knowledge of an activity that will last their lifetime! We'll be birding at Halibut Point and Coolidge Reservation at the same time, so just show up at either property (we're not traveling between the two). No registration necessary.

When: 
Sunday, November 18, 2012 8-10am

Cape Ann Pedal Power Tour with the Trustees

Pedal around Cape Ann with the Trustees on this family friendly ride!

Join The Trustees of Reservations on a bicycle tour of Cape Ann! This family friendly 30 mile ride around Cape Ann will hug the coastal roads filled with beautiful, scenic vistas! From the rocky shores of Halibut Point Reservation in Rockport, we'll circumnavigate the Cape Ann Island out to Coolidge Reservation in Manchester, then return to Halibut Point.

When: 
Sunday, September 23, 2012 9am-1pm

Star Party at Halibut Point

Come to a Star Party with the Gloucester Area Astronomy Club

Come to Halibut Point Reservation for a FREE star party with the Gloucester Area Astronomy Club! Take a tour of Cape Ann's skies and learn from amateur astronomers who have been watching the skies for years! There will be telescopes, and goodies, and double stars and star clusters and the moon and more. This final Star Party of the season is free and open to the public. Come and enjoy our dark Cape Ann sky!

When: 
Friday, September 21, 2012, Sunset-10pm
Raindate: Saturday, September 22, 2012, Sunset-10pm

Jupiter String Quartet at Shalin Liu

The Jupiter String Quartet plays the Shalin Liu Center in Rockport Massachusetts

The Jupiter String Quartet is a particularly intimate group, consisting of violinists Nelson Lee and Megan Freivogel, violist Liz Freivogel (older sister of Meg), and cellist Daniel McDonough (husband of Meg, brother-in-law of Liz). The quartet chose its name because Jupiter was the most prominent planet in the night sky at the time of its formation, and the astrological symbol for Jupiter resembles the number four.

When: 
Saturday, July 14, 2012 7pm

Cape Ann Yukan Run Triple Threat Run

Kids are invited to run in the YuKan Triple Threat Run in Rockport this Summer!

The Yukan Run Triple Threat Race Series is a half marathon, 5K and 1 mile race.  There's something for everyone in the race series - serious runners, kids, enthusiasts and even walkers are invited to race!  Proceeds from the races go to local charities like The Open Door.  Sign up for one or all three races, it will be a great morning filled with healthy fun!

When: 
Sunday, August 5, 2012 7am - Noon

Concert: Northeast Massachusetts Youth Orchestra

The Northeast Massachusetts Youth Orchestra will perform FREE at the Shalin Liu

Under the musical direction of Gerald Dolan, Northeast Massachusetts Youth Orchestras offers ensemble experience to young musicians from more than 40 North Shore, Merrimack Valley, Southern New Hampshire, and Southern Maine communities. Conducted by outstanding area music professionals, students rehearse in large and small ensembles and perform several concerts throughout the year.

When: 
Saturday, March 31, 2012 3pm

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AJH: Newborn Care Class

Anna Jaques Hospital Parent Support Group Newborn Care Class
The Newborn Care class will cover practical baby care topics that will help you to feel more confident in your ability to care for your newborn. Classes are on Sundays from 9:30am-12:00am in the Higgins Conference Room at Anna Jaques Hospital.
9:30 am to 12:00 pm

PEM Explores Innovations Inspired by Nature - Salem

Peabody Essex Museum Wild Designs Exhibit
This summer discover how creative innovators are turning to nature for new ideas and smart solutions to human challenges.  Wild Designs, on exhibit at Peabody Essex Museum, features works by artists and other creatives who are looking to nature and living systems for new ideas and creative...
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Celebrate the Sea Open House

Stop by as part of Joppa Flats to learn how we can all take responsibility for sustaining the natural beauty and resources of our oceans and coastline.
Come to Joppa Flats for fun, hands-on activities and exhibits that spotlight the wonders of our mighty Atlantic! Learn about ocean giants and creatures of the deep. Play ocean-themed games and create seaworthy art. Find out where our seafood comes from, how people can collect energy from the ocean...
10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Chess Club at Sawyer Free

Chess Club at Sawyer Free Library in Gloucester Massachusetts.
Sign up for chess with Jaime online! No prior experience necessary, and players of all skill levels are welcome - both new players and experienced players are sure to enjoy a fun yet challenging session. All ages welcome.
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Dog Friendly Shops at MarketStreet Lynnfield

Dog Friendly Shops and Restaurants at MarketStreet Lynnfield
Animal lovers will be glad to learn MarketStreet Lynnfield has over 40 shops and restaurants that are dog-friendly. Use #PupsOfMarketStreet on social media when you are there with your four-legged friend to get a free treat at PolkaDog Bakery. Enjoy!
10:00 am to 9:00 pm

Gloucester Education Foundation's Power of Play Festival

Gloucester Education Foundation is proud to host Power of Play Festival, a day of play for Gloucester families and kids of all ages. Gloucester Education Foundation's Power of Play Festival
Gloucester Education Foundation proudly hosts is proud to host their annual Power of Play Festival, a day of play for Gloucester families and kids of all ages. Play is an important learning tool that promotes creative and innovative thinking. Play also helps kids develop skills that are a...
11:00 am to 2:00 pm

MIT Museum's Idea Hub

Families can learn through hands-on science at MIT Museum's Idea Hub in Cambridge Massachusetts
Explore topics in design and engineering with artistic circuits, 3D programs, and a variety of other hands-on making and tinkering topics! Drop in each week and try out one of our many activities. Free with Museum admission for kids ages 12 and up.
Where: MIT Museum
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Live Action CLUE for Families

Was it the butler in the pantry with the pipe wrench?  Come find out at the Crane Estate Family CLUE party!
Was it the butler in the pantry with the pipe wrench?  Come find out at the Crane Estate! You've been invited to Miss Florence Crane's birthday party in 1928. Everyone is having a good time until someone dies. Can you figure out who did it, in what room, and with which weapon?
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Winter Wildlife Cinema: Fabulous Frogs

Nature Fabulous Frogs in the theater at Parker River Wildlife Refuge in Newburyport
Enjoy some particularly wonderful wildlife-themed films on the big screen in the comfort of the refuge visitor center’s awesome auditorium...for FREE!Experience for yourself the “cinematic WOW!” created by our state-of-the-art laser projector, with surround sound! The following films will be shown...
1:30 pm

Read with Gus at MPL

Read with Gus, a certified reading therapy dog, at the Manchester Public Library
Deb Kaneb and Gus are back and looking forward to reading with you!  A Certified Reading Partner helps to build reading confidence by providing a safe, nonjudgmental space to practice, plus it's so much fun. Sign up early!  Please call 978-526-7711 for your 15 minute appointment.
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Cape Ann YMCA Carnival

Cape Ann YMCA will hold a carnigval for Cape Ann Families!
Running away to the carnival has never been so easy. We will be transforming out gymnasium for a fun filled evening. Music, dancing, games, prizes, face paint, snacks, and so much more! Can't wait to see you there!
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

ACTING OUT! Theater Company, is proud to present Willy Wonka, The Musical

Come with us and you’ll be in a world of Pure Imagination! Join us for the beloved family musical adventure, Willy Wonka at the Performing Arts Center at North Andover High School. 10 years ago Willy Wonka was Acting Out!’s very first full scale production.  Close to 100 people joined us on the...
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Monday, April 8

Kids Minecraft Club at SFL

Kids Minecraft Club at Sawyer Free Library in Gloucester MA
Play Minecraft with other children grades 1-5 (ages 6 and up)  Learn new tricks from each other and explore and build in a world together. This group is for children in grades 1 and up.
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

PJ Library Junior Scientists and Engineers Preschool Program

Epstein Hillel School in Marblehead MA
Children ages 3 to 5 will explore the wonders of science and an introduction to engineering through a Jewish lens each week as they hear a relevant story and conduct a hands-on experiment. Each session will be led by a faculty member of Epstein Hillel School. Lab coats and lab books will be...
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

CAFM Annual Dinner & Movie

Cape Ann Farmers Market hosts their annual dinner and movie featuring 'Local Thirty'
The Cape Ann Farmers' Market will be holding their annual fundraiser this year at the Cape Ann Community Cinema! Join them for a dinner and movie at the cinema featuring the film 'Local Thrity', a film that follows farmer Andrea Bemis and her family as they meet seven producers from the Oregon...
6:00 pm

Tuesday, April 9

AJH: Mother & Baby Support Class - Newburyport

Mother & Baby Support Groups at Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport MA
Mother & Baby Groups Anna Jaques is pleased to offer free group classes for all mothers in our community to provide support, encouragement and advice on parenthood and answer questions that arise after going home. Mother & Baby Groups are facilitated by a Lactation Consultant/Registered...
10:00 am to 11:45 am

Dog Friendly Shops at MarketStreet Lynnfield

Dog Friendly Shops and Restaurants at MarketStreet Lynnfield
Animal lovers will be glad to learn MarketStreet Lynnfield has over 40 shops and restaurants that are dog-friendly. Use #PupsOfMarketStreet on social media when you are there with your four-legged friend to get a free treat at PolkaDog Bakery. Enjoy!
10:00 am to 9:00 pm

PEM Explores Innovations Inspired by Nature - Salem

Peabody Essex Museum Wild Designs Exhibit
This summer discover how creative innovators are turning to nature for new ideas and smart solutions to human challenges.  Wild Designs, on exhibit at Peabody Essex Museum, features works by artists and other creatives who are looking to nature and living systems for new ideas and creative...
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Wednesday, April 10

Dog Friendly Shops at MarketStreet Lynnfield

Dog Friendly Shops and Restaurants at MarketStreet Lynnfield
Animal lovers will be glad to learn MarketStreet Lynnfield has over 40 shops and restaurants that are dog-friendly. Use #PupsOfMarketStreet on social media when you are there with your four-legged friend to get a free treat at PolkaDog Bakery. Enjoy!
10:00 am to 9:00 pm

PEM Explores Innovations Inspired by Nature - Salem

Peabody Essex Museum Wild Designs Exhibit
This summer discover how creative innovators are turning to nature for new ideas and smart solutions to human challenges.  Wild Designs, on exhibit at Peabody Essex Museum, features works by artists and other creatives who are looking to nature and living systems for new ideas and creative...
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

AJH: Mother & Baby Newborns: 0-3 Months

Mother and Baby, Newborn Support Groups aAnna Jaques Hospital
MOTHER & BABY GROUPS Anna Jaques is pleased to offer free group classes for all mothers in our community to provide support, encouragement and advice on parenthood and questions that arise after going home. Formerly named Lactation Support Groups, the Mother & Baby Group is facilitated by a...
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Stargazing at Mendel Observatory

Come to Mendel Observatory for stargazing sessions every Wednesday night.
The Observatory, with the support of volunteers from the North Shore Amateur Astronomy Club, hosts public stargazing every Wednesday night (weather permitting) starting at dusk or 7 p.m., whichever is later.  When special astronomical events of interest occur (total lunar eclipses, etc.) the Obse
7:00 pm
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