PORTLAND

St. Patrick’s parade Sunday

The Irish American Club’s St. Patrick’s Parade will begin at noon Sunday at the Portland Fish Pier on Commercial Street and march to the Maine State Pier.

A closing ceremony will take place, featuring music, dance and goodwill comments from the mayor of Portland, the governor and dignitaries.

 

School band concert

A concert featuring all Portland middle school and high school concert bands will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Deering High School in the auditorium. The concert is free.

 

Rock around world party

The Fifth Annual Rock Around the World dance party is from 7-11 p.m. Friday at the Italian Heritage Center, 40 Westland Ave.

The evening begins with a silent auction of international goods and local services followed by American rock, as well as music from around the world. International dancing will feature group and line dancing with instruction. International appetizers will be offered, and there will be cash bar.

Tickets are $25 and a limited number will be available at the door for $30. The proceeds benefit the Portland Multilingual Summer Programs. Call 874-8135.

 

Books chief on Jefferson

Mark Dimunation, Chief of Rare Books and Special Collections at the Library of Congress will present “Thomas Jefferson as a Collector.” The program will be at 7:30 p.m. today at the Glickman Library on the University of Southern Maine’s Portland campus. The event is sponsored by Baxter Society.

 

Greek computer program

“The Antikythera Mechanism: The 2,000 Year Old Greek Computer” will be the topic at 7 p.m. Thursday at 41 Payson Smith Hall, basement level, at the University of Southern Maine Portland campus.

The lecture is part of the Hellenic Society of Maine’s spring lecture series. USM Planetarium Director and professor of physics Jerry LaSala will discuss he Antikythera Mechanism, an ancient Greek computing device recovered from a Roman shipwreck dating back to the first century BCE.

For more information, call 892-9831.

 

Student conducting benefit

Katie Cole, a senior at Casco Bay High School, has planned a benefit from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Maine Film Studio, 235 Presumpscot St., to benefit Orphans of the World International, based in Gorham, and the Wings of Hope Alliance for Cambodia, based in Lewiston.

Food, music and dance from Cambodia and Sudan, as well as Romanian food and videos, will be offered. Admission is $2 for students, $5 for adults or $10 for a family.

Representatives from each organization will be present for the event. This benefit is part of Cole’s school curriculum at Casco Bay High School.

For more information, call 408-3988.

NEW GLOUCESTER

Shaker catalog coming

The 2010 Sabbathday Lake Shaker Museum catalog will be available Monday. The free catalog lists all the crafts workshops, demonstrations and special events at the museum throughout the year. For a copy, call 926-4597 or email [email protected]

GRAY

SAD 15 community dinner

A community dinner and discussion of the SAD 15 shared vision will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Gray-New Gloucester High School.

The two-hour event will ask the community to affirm the future direction of the district. All members of the Gray and New Gloucester communities are invited. Superintendent Victoria Burns will open the dinner with a presentation. For details, call 657-335.

SCARBOROUGH

Celebrate India at library

The Scarborough Public Library is hosting “Celebrate India” from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday. The event is an expanded version of the library’s monthly series “Stories from Around the World.”

Local residents originally from India have joined the library to create this celebration. Guests can learn about Holi, the Hindu Festival of Colors, enjoy Indian dishes, participate in sand and henna painting, view children’s dancing and drumming demonstrations and see Indian costumes and displays of Indian art objects, as well as hear a traditional Indian story.

For more information call 883-4723.

 

‘Willy Wonka Junior’ show

Students of the Scarborough Middle School Theater Team are presenting “Willy Wonka Junior” this weekend at the high school auditorium.

Shows will take place at 6 p.m. Friday and at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Ticket prices are $3 per student or senior and $5 per adult, with a maximum family cost of $13.

 

Garden club program

The Scarborough Garden Club will meet at 1 p.m. Monday at St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, 350 Route 1. This month’s program is “Waking Up Your Garden” with Charlotte Seckler of Lady Bug Landscapes. For more information, call 510-1514.

GORHAM

4-H fashion revue at USM

University of Maine Cooperative Extension is holding the 4-H Fashion Revue at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Bailey Hall, University of Southern Maine, in Gorham.

Adults and youth interested in fashion, sewing, knitting or crocheting or those interested in learning more about 4-H will benefit from the revue. The live fashion show will exhibit wearable and non-wearable articles created by 4-H youth with an awards ceremony to follow.

For more information, call 780-4205.

 

Patio gardening program

The Gorham Woman’s Club is meeting at 12:30 p.m. Thursday at the First Parish Church Fellowship Hall.

Donna McCullough, master gardener, will discuss patio gardening with the group. Refreshments will be served and new members are welcome. Members Virginia Beagle, Thelma Thompson and Nancy Kenty are hosting this month’s meeting. For more information, call 839-6375.

STANDISH

Lifeguard training course

St. Joseph’s College is offering lifeguard training classes starting Saturday.

The classes are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and meet Saturday, Sunday, and March 20 and 21. Successful completion establishes certification in life guarding, first aid and CPR/AED for lifeguards. Attendees must be 15 years old or older and must be able to swim 300 yards continuously, swim 20 yards using the front crawl or breaststroke, surface dive seven to 10 feet, retrieve a 10-pound object, return to the surface and swim 20 yards back to the starting point with the object and exit the water without a ladder or steps within one minute and 40 seconds.

The course costs $350. For more information or to register, call 893-6615.

SOUTH PORTLAND

Life coach at cancer center

The Cancer Community Center is hosting a two-hour workshop starting at 11 a.m. Saturday. The workshop, “Create the Life You Love,” is for adults affected by cancer and their families and friends. Deb Bergeron, personal and professional life coach, will give practical tools and resources to create a life you love.

For more information, visit www.cancercommunitycenter.org or call 774-2200.