FREEPORT


Mountain climber at library

“Great Explorers: Peary at the Pole to Landing on the Moon,” a free presentation by Mount Everest climber Ed Webster, will take place at 6:30 p.m. today  in the Community Meeting Room at Freeport Community Library.

Webster will share landmarks of human exploration during his presentation, including photographs from 1880 to the present day.
For details, contact the library at 865-3307 or visit www.mtnimagery.com.

Recovering childhood talk

The Merriconeag Waldorf School is hosting a free presentation “Recovering Childhood for 21st Century Children” at 7 p.m. Thursday at the school’s community hall at 57 Desert Road.

Joan Almon, director of the U.S. Alliance for Childhood, will be the speaker. For details, visit www.merriconeag.org.

Food drive, cookie carnival

The 15th annual Hand to Hand Food Drive and Cookie Carnival is at 10 a.m. Saturday beginning at the Parish Freeport Church on Main Street and proceeding  to the Freeport Community Services on Depot Street.

Participants should bring bags of nonperishable food, personal care items and cleaning supplies.

After the procession, the Cookie Carnival begins at 11 a.m. at the Morse Street School Gymnasium with free cookie decorating, face painting, crafts and raffle items. Donations will be used to stock the Freeport Community Services Food Pantry.

CAPE ELIZABETH


Historical society exhibit

The Cape Elizabeth Historical Preservation Society “Celebrating Community History” exhibit at Thomas Memorial Library opens 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday with refreshments.

The exhibit includes memory cards and photos from town residents, a mapping of  historic photos, articles and a culinary history. The society seeks additional pieces of town history.

The exhibit will be on display in the gallery during regular library hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, with extended hours to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. For more information, call 767-0236.

Program on Internet safety

The South Portland and Cape Elizabeth TRIAD is hosting a senior forum on internet safety. Presented by the U.S. Secret Service, the forum begins at 1 p.m. today at the Cape Elizabeth Fire Department, 2 Jordan Way.

For details, contact South Portland Police Officer Robert Libby at 799-5511 or Cape Elizabeth Police Officer Mark Dorval at 767-3323.

Genealogical Society

The Greater Portland Chapter of Maine Genealogical Society will meet at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 29 Ocean House Road. Sandy Oliver, food historian, will be speaker. For details, call 490-5709.

PORTLAND


Astronomy shows at USM

The University of Southern Maine Southworth Planetarium is hosting events Friday and Saturday.

“Eight Planets and Counting” is at 7 p.m. Friday, followed up with “Cosmic Collisions” at 8:30 p.m. “Dinosaurs” starts at 3 p.m.

Saturday and “Rusty Rocket’s Last Blast” is also at 3 p.m. Admission for evening shows is $6 for adults and $5 for children, students and senior citizens. For details, call 780-4249 or visit www.usm.maine.edu/planet.

Kids First divorce program

The Kids First Center at 222 St. John St., Suite 101, offers support groups for people with parents going through separation or divorce.

Grades 1-3 meet 4:30 -6 p.m. Tuesdays through April 13; grades 4-6 meet 4:30 -6 p.m. Mondays through April 12; grades 7-9 from 4:30 -6 p.m. Wednesdays March 10 through April 14. Grades 10-12 will meet for a four-week peer facilitator training. Call 761-2709 for dates.

The fee for each session is $60, or $45 if more than one child from a family is attending. Signed parental consent is required and registration needs to be completed at 761-2709.  For details visit www.kidsfirstcenter.org.

A cappella show by Bigs

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine will host its third a cappella musical concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at the University of Southern Maine’s Hannaford Hall.

“Acappellooza 10,” created by the late Terri Hatt, will feature eight singing groups from Maine and New Hampshire who have volunteered to help the organization raise funds to support kids needing mentors in southern Maine. Sponsored by Winxnet, UBS and Mainebiz, the concert will feature groups from Colby, Bates, Bowdoin, the University of New Hampshire and Portland area women’s quartet known as Rally. Tickets are $12 to benefit the organization and can be purchased at all Bull Moose Music locations or by calling 773-KIDS. Admission will also be available at the door. Parking is free at the garage adjacent to the Abromson Center.

Women’s Day celebration

International Women’s Day will be commemorated at the First Parish at 425 Congress St. from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday.

International Women’s Day began in 1911 in the labor and suffrage movements in the U.S. The date was chosen to remember a rally in New York City by the women workers in the needles trades, which led to the famous “Uprising of the Thirty Thousand.”

The program Monday night will include historical background and music from the labor and suffrage movements. For information, contact the Rev. Kitsy Winthrop at 773-7738.

Women’s history program

The University of Southern Maine Women’s History Month dinner and lecture will ber 5-7 p.m. Friday in the events room of the Glickman Family Library,  celebrating the 30th anniversary of the university’s women and gender studies program
Tickets are $20, $10 for students, and must be reserved at 780-4862.

A free public lecture at 7:30 p.m. will feature “The Witch Hour: A Closer Look at Witches and Witch Hunts through the Ages” by Michele Tarter, associate professor of English at The College of New Jersey will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Gerald Talbot Auditorium in Luther Bonney Hall in Portland.

Adoption information

The Portland office of the Department of Health and Human Services is hosting the Familys for ME event to provide information those interested in adoption. For  location or details, call 877-505-0545.

‘Paper and Poetry’ show

“Paper and Poetry: Collaborative Works from Maine Artists and Poets,” is on display through April 30 at Glickman Family Library at the University of Southern Maine Portland campus.

The exhibit, which opened Monday, features limited edition books, artists’ books, prints and broadsides.  Hours are 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sundays, 7:45 a.m. to 11 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 7:45 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays. For details, call 228-8014.

YARMOUTH


Food and fuel aid event

YarmouthCAN (Yarmouth Cares About Neighbors) is presenting “Band Together for Food and Fuel” from 3 to 5 p.m. along Main Street.

The local band Low Flying Airplnes will play at the Town Hall Green. Pottery painting with Clay Play will be $13 at the Log Cabin, Refreshments and activities will be at First Parish Church and food collection drop off at the NYA Middle School parking lot.

Financial donations for the Yarmouth Fuel Assistance Fund and food donations for the local food pantries will be accepted. The event is free. For more information, call 838-2261.

Historical violin program

Yarmouth Arts Evening presents Jonathan Cooper and “5 Centuries of Violinmaking” at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Town Hall in the meeting room.

The presentation will address the true history of violins from the perspective of the maker.


WESTBROOK

Clay Hurtubise to speak

Author Clay Hurtubise at 5:30 p.m. Thursday will share a memoir of his time attending pharmacy school Wyoming during a program at Walker Memorial Library.

With a free week and a little money, he ventured west on his bike. The book explores a cheeky, fun-filled adventure in which he nearly dies – twice. The event is free and more information can be obtained by calling 854-0630.


WINDHAM


Child care providers session

Windham Child Care Providers will hold their monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Windham Public Library. Speaker Deb Arcaro will talk about easy, homemade preschool games. For more information, call 892-2002.


FALMOUTH

Artist trading card program

Junk Drawers ATC’s meets at 2 p.m. Saturday at Falmouth Memorial Library and will meeting the first Saturday of each month through June.

Participants will learn how to make artist trading cards and should bring memorabilia, pictures and small items that can be glued to cards, Experience is not necessary and supplies such as glue, scissors and blank cards will be supplied. The meeting is for adults and older children.

For more information, call 781-2351.

Student note cards for Haiti

Note cards created by Falmouth High School students and teacher Jessica Brewer will be on sale from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Shaws in Falmouth. Sales from the cards will benefit relief efforts in Haiti. The suggested donation is $10.

To date, sales of the cards have raised more than $2,000. Members of the Falmouth High School Key Club will be at Shaw’s Supermakret selling the cards, but they are also available for purchase in the superintendent’s office and at Forget Me Nots and Maine Roasters Coffee.

NEW GLOUCESTER

Abram Taylor at coffeehouse

Abram Taylor will play at the Village Coffee House at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at New Gloucester Congregational Church. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children and senior citizens. For more information, call 926-3260 or visit www.villagecoffeehouse.org.