PORTLAND

Poetry at the Planetarium

The Southworth Planetarium is offering three celestial poetry evenings starting at 7 p.m. Saturday. “Beltane Fires” is a poetic celebration of the sky, universe, love, nature,and the new season of warmth and growth.

Jane Raeburn, author of the “Celtic Wicca,” will be the emcee of this event. Readers include Annie Finch, Lorri Centineo, Michelle Cheung and Nolan Thompson. Admission is by donation. For more information, call 780-4249.

 

Benefit bark at Hadlock

The Fourth Annual Bark in the Park begins at 12:15 p.m. Saturday at Hadlock Field. The Portland Sea Dogs will be playing the New Britain Rock Cats to benefit shelters.

Bark in the Park ticket holders sit in the third base bleacher section with access to he “birthday section” behind the bleachers and grassy relief area, wading pool, canine watering station, dog treats and games for the pups. The game starts at 1 p.m., but the parade for pups and people led by Slugger, the Sea Dog’s mascot, will be earlier. Tickets are $7 for people and dogs and can be purchased at the Planet Dog Company Store at 211 Marginal Way or by calling 800-381-1516.

 

Pamper Me spring spree

“Pamper Me: Spring Shopping Spree” is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at The Atrium, 640 Ocean Ave. F Items available include clothing, jewelry, gourmet foods. Free blood pressure screenings and cooking demonstration. Massage, facials, other wellness services at nominal fee. This event is a benefit by The Cedars Auxiliary.

 

Designing Women sale

The Second Annual Spring Show & Sale, hosted by Designing Women, will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Woodfords Congregational Church, 202 Woodford St.

Artist and crafts women will be selling discontinued items, seconds and supplies, as well as previewing new work. T

Women Unlimited has been selected as a beneficiary of this show. Admission is a $2 donation to benefit the organization. For more information, visit www.designingwomen.org.

Feral Felines walk for cats

Friends of Feral Felines is hosting the third Walk for Cats starting at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. The registration table is outside the former Cat Ferry terminal at 40 Commercial St. The walk will help raise money for feral cat veterinary care and other needed cat expenses. For more information, visit www.feralfelines.net.

 

Marley show for lacrosse

Comedian Bob Marley is performing at the Comedy Connection at 6 p.m. Sunday to benefit the Scarborough Lacrosse boosters.

His stand-up routine for the evening will be a little more family-friendly, although not entirely appropriate for young children — giving it a PG 13 rating. Tickets are $20. For more information, visit bobmarleycomedyshow.eventbrite.com or call 774-5554.

 

Cheverus scholarship auction

The Cheverus Scholarship Auction starts at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Holiday Inn by the Bay, 88 Spring St.

The cost for “Under the Big Top” auction is $50 per person. Enjoy company, fun at the Side Show, escapades in the four-ring circus filled with fabulous silent auction items, cash bar, tasty hors d’oeuvres, a dinner and live auction starting at 9 p.m. For more information, call 774-6238.

WESTBROOK

Kitten shower at shelter

The Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland’s annual Kitten Shower is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the shelter, 449 Stroudwater St.

The “wish list” includes such items as kitten milk replacer, high quality canned and dry cat and kitten food, snuggle safe microwaveable heating disks for sick and orphaned cats or kittens, cozy cat beds, soft baby blankets, kitten-safe toys, nail clippers, scratching posts and litter.

SOUTH PORTLAND

Sweetser auction, dinner

Sweetser’s 18th Sold on Kids Auction and Dinner will be 6 to 10 p.m. Friday at the South Portland Marriott. The theme is “Cruising to the Island of Hope.”

Host will be WCSH6 Sportscaster Lee Goldberg and auctioneer Bill Zafirson. Proceeds will benefit Sweetser crisis services. Tickets are $50, or $400 for a table of 10, and may be purchased online at www.sweetser.org or from the Sweetser Development Office.

For more information contact Jen Steele Skillings at [email protected] or 294-4485.

 

Special education training

P3, a partnership of the Learning Disabilities Association of Maine, Maine Parent Federation and Southern Maine Parent Awareness, presents “Wrightslaw: Special Education Law & Advocacy Boot Camp” Friday and Saturday.

The two-day training conference at Keeley the Katerer is open to parents or guardians of a child receiving special education services or professionals trying to better serve children with disabilities. Those interested should visit www.mpf.org.

 

Fort Preble work day

The Fort Preble Preservation Committee is holding a Work Day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. Volunteers should wear work boots, long sleeves and long pants, and bring safety glasses and hand tools. For more information, contact Leslie Barteaux at [email protected] or 741-5975.

NEW GLOUCESTER

First Saturday arts program

Gina Sawin, local artisan and painter, will showcase her work 4:30 and 6 p.m. Saturday First Congregational Church’s community room as part of First Saturday arts.

A complimentary discount voucher for the Village Store for dinner specialties will be available. Village Coffeehouse at the church starts at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.creativenewgloucester.org or call 926-3260.

SCARBOROUGH

Elder care education

Southern Maine Agency on Aging is offering “Putting the Puzzle Together,” a four-part education series for people assisting older adult family and friends. The series 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through May 25 at the agency’s office, 136 Route 1. Topics include older adult health, living options and legal issue. There is no charge, but pre-registration is required, and space is limited. To register, contact Ann O’Sullivan at 396-6541 or email [email protected]

 

Session on assisted living

The Scarborough Public Library is hosting “Is Assisted Living in Your Future?” for both potential consumers and their children from 6:30 to 7:30 tonight. The program has been developed by Bay Square, The Birchwoods, Inn at Village Square, The Osher Inn, Scarborough Terrace, Seventy-five State Street and Piper Shores. For more information, call 883-4723 ext. 240 or visit www.library.scarborough.me.us.

BRUNSWICK

Pet grief support sessions

The Coastal Humane Society and Hospice Volunteers: Center for Grief & Loss, will offer grief support for pet owners meeting at 6:30 tonight, and regularly on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month.

Two groups have formed: one in anticipation of losing a pet and a second for people whose pets have already died. The meetings are at the Hospice Volunteers Center, 45 Baribeau Drive and are free. For more information, contact Lynn Ellis at 729-3602.

FREEPORT

Play by homeless troupe

“Cast Off,” an original production of Cast Off Players, will be performed at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Freeport Performing Arts Center, 30 Holbrook St.

The theater troupe is made up of current and former homeless persons. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted to benefit the Freeport Community Services. For more information, visit www.freeportpac.org.

FALMOUTH

Benefit bridge party

A spring bridge party will be held from noon to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, with doors opening at 11:30 a.m., at the Holy Martyrs Church, 266 Foreside Road.

To play, it is $40 a table. Refreshments will be served, as well as door prizes awarded. All proceeds benefit the Falmouth Heritage Museum. For information, call Mary Honan at 781-2705 or Carol Kauffman at 781-4140.

 

Pine Grove open house

Pine Grove Child Development Center is having a “Open House and Outdoor Discovery” from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at 32 Foreside Road. The event is for parents and preschool age children curious about Montessori education. Rain date May 8.

Pine Grove ncludes nature preserve surroundings and a “Critter Cabin.” Families can also walk the town forest trails and bring a picnic lunch. The school house will be open.

For details, call 781-3441 or visit www.pinegrovecenter.com.

YARMOUTH

Book sale at Log Cabin

The Yarmouth Village Improvement Society is holding its 10th annual book sale starting Thursday at the Log Cabin, 196 Main St. Hours are 1 to 7 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Hardcover, soft cover, paperback, children’s, games, puzzles, CDs, video casettes and audio books, all clean and sorted, will be up for sale to benefit society projects.

GORHAM

Mothers of Multiples sale

The Greater Portland Mothers of Multiples Club will hold its annual used kids’ clothing and equipment sale from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at St. Anne’s Church, 299 Main St.

For details about the sale or joining the club, visit www.gpmomc.org.