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Swampscott Yacht Club presents fourth ‘Fish Tales from the Fish House’ lecture

A painting by artist Ken Knowles (right) is being raffled as part of the LIghts of Love festival at Addison Gilbert Hospital in Gloucester. The raffle raises money for cancer care. With Knowles (right)are John Morris, owner of festival sponsor Beauport Ambulance Service, and Cindy Donaldson, vice president and executive director of Addison Gilbert.

A painting by artist Ken Knowles (right) is being raffled as part of the LIghts of Love festival at Addison Gilbert Hospital in Gloucester. The raffle raises money for cancer care. With Knowles (right)are John Morris, owner of festival sponsor Beauport Ambulance Service, and Cindy Donaldson, vice president and executive director of Addison Gilbert.

BEACH FINDS: If you live by the beach, you don’t have to go far to find the makings of art. Just ask Sonja Grondstra  and Judy Trujillo, both of Swampscott.

Grondstra, founder of Grondstra Design, collects beach glass to create one-of-a-kind necklaces, bracelets, earrings, rings, and other fine jewelry.

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Trujillo creates colorful mosaics from random pieces of sea glass and ceramics she finds at the shore. Her artwork is on display at Kennedy Studios in Swampscott.

The two artists talk about their work at the fourth “Fish Tales From the Fish House” lecture Wednesday at the Swampscott Yacht Club.  

“These two women are turning found objects into treasured art and jewelry. It’s amazing what washes ashore and how it is transformed,” said Steve Speranza, vice commodore of the yacht club.

The lecture series was launched in May to share the richness of community life and the history of coastal Swampscott, as well as introduce people to the Fish House at Fisherman’s Beach in Swampscott.

The Fish House, which was built in 1896, is on the National Register of Historic Places, and is the only municipal fish house on the East Coast.

The yacht club, on the second floor of the Fish House, is a volunteer organization founded in 1933 to promote yachting and sailboat racing. There are about 200 members, roughly half of whom are boaters, enjoying fishing, sailing, power boating, kayaking, or rowing.

The lecture begins at 7 p.m. There’s a door prize and cash bar. Grondstra’s jewelry and Trujillo’s artwork are on display and available for sale.

The event is open to the public and free, but reservations are requested. Call 781-962-5587. 

Visit swampscott-yachtclub.org

SEASON OF LIGHTS: The fifth annual Lights of Love festival supporting Gorton’s Specialty and Cancer Care Center at Addison Gilbert Hospital  in Gloucester is scheduled for next Thursday.

Hundreds of Cape Ann residents and business and community leaders are expected to attend to honor family and friends who have battled or are battling cancer.

The event is a volunteer effort led by Gloucester residents Sue Kyle  and Shawn Wilson  to help raise awareness of the cancer care available at Addison Gilbert.

In addition to a tree lighting ceremony that symbolizes life and hope, the festival includes caroling by the Gloucester High School Chorus, a holiday train with Santa for children to ride, tributes, and holiday treats.

A raffle includes a chance to win the oil painting “New England Springtime” donated by Cape Ann artist Ken Knowles

“We’re thrilled to announce the fifth annual Lights of Love festival, which has raised tens of thousands of dollars in support of cancer services at Addison Gilbert Hospital since its launch,” said Wilson. “Cancer is a frightening and difficult fight for patients and their families, and we are fortunate to have access to some of the best cancer and specialty care services right here on Cape Ann. This event is a tremendous way to honor those who are battling or have battled cancer and we are grateful to have such overwhelming community support.”

Visit beverlyhospital.org.

 WHO’S WHAT WHERE: Carla Pujols  of Salem, Stefanie Rogers  of Peabody, and Amanda Parker  of Lynn — all employees of Brooksby Village, a retirement community in Peabody — recently completed the yearlong Leadership Academy with the Massachusetts Restaurant Association. The academy is a 36-week program focused on instruction in hospitality and restaurant management, managerial accounting, controlling food service costs, customer service, and Servesafe Food Certification. . . .

Paula Richards  of Salisbury, an English as a Second Language professor at Northern Essex Community College,  has been nominated for the Haverhill Y’s educator of the year award based on the partnerships she has developed between her students — most of whom are struggling immigrants — and residents of Emmaus House, a homeless shelter in Haverhill.

This semester Richard’s students are collaborating with GED students at Emmaus House on a writing project.

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