Chronic pain support group

Jonathan Drummey will talk about pain, trauma and somatic experiencing, a therapy that uses the body’s ability to readjust itself as a way to treat pain and trauma, at the Thursday meeting of the Chronic Pain Support Group of Southern Maine.

The group will meet at 6 p.m. at the Pines Hospitality Room at Pinewood Manor. The support group meets the first and third Thursdays of each month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. These meetings provide a warm and welcoming place for people who live with chronic pain to share information, learn coping skills and support each other. For more information, visit www.painsupportgroup.org or call 937-5020.


Republicans meeting

The Old Orchard Beach Republican Committee will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Cider Hill Clubhouse, 2 Cider Hill Drive. For more information, call 934-6021.


‘Lifewise at Lunch’ program

Kennebunk Free Library is hosting “Lifewise at Lunch” starting at noon Thursday. The one-hour program takes place on the first Thursday of the month in Hank’s Room at the library.

This week’s presentation is “Boosting Your Creativity.” The series will take a break in August, then resume Sept. 2 with “What’s the Use of Worrying?”

All presentations are done by psychologist Amy Wood. The program is free. For more information, call 985-2173 or visit: www.kennebunklibrary.org.


Mac Lab at River Tree Arts

Beginning Tuesday, River Tree Arts will offer classes in the new Mac Lab for teens and adults throughout the summer.

Classes for teens include an introduction to video using iMovie and video book trailers. For adults, there will be an open lab, a workshop on digital photography, photoshop, introduction to web design, a video oral histories class and an introduction to Mac.

For more information, visit www.rivertreearts.org or call 967-9120.


Second one-book event

The Kennebunk Free Library is offering “One Book, One Community” again this year, exploring Robert Golding’s classic “Lord of the Flies.”

The kick-off event will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday with the debut of the library’s sea-themed movie series. For more information, visit kennebunklibrary.org or call 985-2173.


All About Horses event

“All About Horses & Their Care” will make its first public presentation of the season at 10:30 a.m. today at the Nonantum Resort.

The presentation will allow children and adults the opportunity to meet horse ambassadors Lexxie and Fritz to learn how horses’ instincts influence their behavior. Part of the focus includes learning how to approach and touch a horse. For more information, visit www.blixxhorses.org.


Events at Laudholm Farm

The Wells Reserve and Laudholm Trust will offer more than 40 activities in July.

A free guided walk to explore the forests of the reserve will start at 9:30 a.m. Thursday. At 9 a.m. Friday, a “Just for Kids” presentation will take children to the cobblestone beach for a morning of tidepool exploration. This event is $20 for members and $26 for nonmembers. Another free guided walk will take place at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday to explore wildflowers on the reserve. Also on Tuesday, “Laudholm Family Night” series continues with volleyball, Frisbee, trail running and other activities.

For more information, visit www.wellsreserve.org or call 646-1555.


Bunyan biographer to speak

Local author Kevin Belmonte will speak about his new book, a biography of John Bunyan, at 7 p.m. today at the York Public Library. He will explore the influence of Bunyan’s book, “The Pilgrim’s Progress,” on leaders and literary figures over the last 250 years.

For more information, call 363-2818 or visit www.york.lib.me.us.


Jill Poyourow art exhibit

An opening reception for an exhibit by Cape Neddick artist Jill Poyourow will be held at 5 p.m. Tuesday at York Public Library. The exhibit, on display through August, features work from “The Cookbook Paintings,” “The Cooking of Germany” and “Lands and Peoples.”

For more information, call 363-2818 or visit www.york.lib.me.us.


Kids Flix at Salvation Army

“Kids Flix Club” at The Salvation Army will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. every Thursday, featuring a movie and activities for free.

If children need a ride, the organization can pick up and drop off for a minimal charge of $1 per family. The Salvation Army is located at 871 Main St. For more information, call 324-3134 or visit: www.sanford.salvationarmyme.org.


Real life social network

The next “Wanna Social Network … In Real Life?” will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday at Farmers Fare. The first event was a success, with nearly 30 people in their 20s and 30s who came out to social network “in real life.” The evening features music and appetizers, allowing attendees to network and socialize at the same time. For more information, contact [email protected] or find the event on Facebook at www.facebook.com/midcoastmagnet and click on “events.”


Summer talks on opera

The Brown Bag Lunch nine-week series kicks off its third season today with singer and vocal coach Ellen Chickering, who will talk about operas on the bill this summer.

The free events are noon Wednesdays through Aug. 25 at the Bridgton Municipal Complex. For more information, call 647-2389.


Patten library book sale

The Friends of the Patten Free Library will hold its 33rd annual book sale starting Thursday at the Minnie Brown Center on Washington Street. From 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, there is a preview sale for members of the Friends of the Library. Memberships of $10 will be available at the door. Book sale hours will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 443-5141.


Library’s summer events

The Camden Public Library is hosting a number of events, starting with a free concert at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Camden Amphitheatre featuring the Mehuman Jonson Trio.

On Friday, nationally known psychologist, “sexpert” and author Dr. Dorree Lynn will speak at 1 p.m. The Mojo Mondaynite Jazz Orchestra will perform a free concert at 1 p.m. Sunday at the amphitheatre. On Tuesday, Joshua Hardester will present a slide show and talk on his Peace Corps work in Costa Rica over the past year beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the library. For more information on any of these events, call 236-3440.


Beginner kayaking class

Entry-level kayaking technique will be taught Thursday morning at Biscay Pond.

MidCoast Kayak co-owner Glenn Mitchell will be the instructor, and MidCoast Kayaks will supply all of the kayaks and gear needed.

The two-hour class begins at 9 a.m., and the registration deadline is noon today. The workshop is $18 per person. For more information and to register, call 563-1363.


Permaculture conference

Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association and Newforest Institute of Brooks are co-hosting the sixth annual Northeast Permaculture Convergence at the MOFGA Fairgrounds throughout the weekend.

This year’s convergence is based on “Envisioning Resilience, Inspired by Nature.” Full details van be found at http://northeastconvergence.wordpress.com. Cost is on a sliding scale from $75 to $125, which includes all sessions, meals and activities. Camping at several areas is also included.

Day passes and volunteer discounts are available, and children younger than 13 can attend free.


Summer nights concert

Belfast Summer Nights will feature “Free Seedlings” at a free concert at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in Heritage Park. Bring picnics and chairs to the waterfront. For more information about Belfast Summer Nights, call 322-7123.