PORTLAND

Wine tasting benefit

A wine tasting from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Slainte, 24 Preble St., will benefit Woodfords Family Services and efforts to arrange an adult social night for clients.

Tickets are $20. The event features 10 wines from the American South, hors d’oeuvres, live music and raffles.

For details, call 878-9963.

 

‘Freedom Days Celebration’

The Woods at Canco retirement community is hosting a “Freedom Days Celebration” from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at 257 Canco Road to honor local veterans.

The event includes an ice cream social, live music and guest speaker. The event is free, but to sign up, call 772-4777.

SACO

Bash will help animals

The Animal Medical Association will host its Summer Bash from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 838 Portland Road.

The bash includes a yard sale of donated items, with all proceeds benefiting participating groups, which include the Animal Welfare Society, the Animal Refuge League, the Ferret Rescue of Maine, Ever After Mustang Rescue, the Maine Greyhound Placement Service and HART, and the hospital’s Angel Fund.

There will be food, raffles and a hospital open house as well as friends representing participating organizations. For details, call 282-5151.

WELLS

Chamber chili contest

The Wells Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual Chili-Fest from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Wells Junior High School, Route 1

The event is sanctioned by the International Chili Society and is the last chance to qualify to compete in the World Championship Oct. 1-3 in Manchester, N.H.

Chili cooks will serve starting at 11:30 a.m. for the “People’s Choice” competition and a $250 first prize. Admission and parking are free. For more information, visit www.wellschilifest.com.

STANDISH

Lakeside quilt show

“A Midsummer Breeze III” quilt show will be on display from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Standish Congregational Church, 25 Oak Hill Road.

The event, featuring quilts, penny rugs, vendors and lunch, is sponsored by Lakeside Mini Quilters. Admission is by donation at the door. For more information, call 637-2675.

YORK

Film festival showings

York Public Library will screen “The Last Station” at 7 p.m. Sunday as part of its Summer Film Festival.

The movie focuses on Leo Tolstoy’s struggle to balance fame and wealth with his commitment to a life devoid of material things.

Other movies scheduled in the series include “The Young Victoria” on Sept. 5 and “It’s Complicated” on Sept. 12.

BRUNSWICK

Farmers market story hour

There will be a story hour at the farmers market from 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday. Participants can bring a snack or lunch and blanket to sit on to listen to storybooks read aloud. For more information, visit www.cornerstonesofscience.org.

BRIDGTON

Writer at Brown Bag Lunch

Novelist, journalist and writing coach Elizabeth Benedict will discuss her work, writing and publishing advice during then next Brown Bag Lunch at noon today.

The event will be held on the lower level of Bridgton’s Municipal Complex, with the entrance on Irdale Street. Benedict’s most recent work, “Mentors, Muses & Monsters: 30 Writers on the People Who Changed Their Lives,” has been called “dazzling” and “irresistible.”

CAMDEN

Two authors at library

Camden Public Library is hosting two authors this week. “Havana Revisited” author Cathryn Griffith will give a talk, book signing and present a short video at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

At 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Andrew Vietze is giving a reading and author’s presentation on “Becoming Teddy Roosevelt: How a Maine Guide Inspired America’s 26th President.”

Also at the library, there will be an indoor book sale from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, call the library at 236-3440.

NEW GLOUCESTER

Native American market

The Maine Native Americans Summer Market & Demonstration will be held, rain or shine, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Museum, Route 26.

The free event includes hand-woven ash splint and sweet grass baskets, traditional etched birch bark vessels, stone sculptures, woodcarvings, cedar flutes, jewelry, traditional storytelling and demonstrations.

The 20 featured artists represent the Penobscot, Passamaquoddy, Micmac and Maliseet tribes. For more information, call 926-4597 or visit www.shaker.lib.me.us.

GORHAM

Children’s chorus auditions

Open auditions for the Southern Maine Children’s Chorus are being held from 4:30 to 7 tonight and Sept. 1 on the University of Southern Maine’s Gorham campus.

Candidates have the option of singing a prepared song or a familiar song. The audition also includes singing back pitch patterns and a range check. Each audition will take 10 to 15 minutes.

For more information, visit www.usm.maine.edu/music. To arrange an audition, call 780-5003 or e-mail [email protected]

WINDHAM

Caregiver support group

Caring for Your Aging Family Members is a support group that meets from 6 to 7:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the Windham United Church of Christ, 140 Windham Center Road.

The next meeting is Sept. 1. For more information, call the Southern Maine Agency on Aging at (800) 427-7411, ext. 558.

SCARBOROUGH

Transplanting at library

The Scarborough Public Library is looking for volunteers to help transplant perennials from the exterior gardens into temporary pots in anticipation of renovations to the library parking lot and walkways.

The transplanting will start at 10 a.m. Monday. A rain date is Tuesday at the same time. For more information, call 883-4723, ext. 221, or visit www.library.scarborough.me.us.

NORTH YARMOUTH

Fun Day includes parade

The North Yarmouth Events Committee is encouraging community members to participate in the North Yarmouth Fun Day parade starting at 9 a.m. at Smithwood Drive and ends at the town’s Village Green.

The theme is “Discover North Yarmouth.” For more information, visit www.nymeevents.com or call parade organizer Katie Murphy at 595-2997.

 

Family triathlon at park

The North Yarmouth Events Committee is hosting a family triathlon starting at 2 p.m. Sunday at Wescustogo Park on Route 231.

Participants will paddle 1.75 miles on the Royal River, bike one mile and run one mile through Old Town House Park. Teams and individual entrants are encouraged to join. The fee is $15. For more information, e-mail [email protected] or visit www.MaineRealEstateResource.com.

FALMOUTH

Series on assisting elders

Southern Maine Agency on Aging will offer “Putting the Puzzle Together,” a four-part series for people assisting older adult family and friends, starting Sept. 7.

The class will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays through September at the Falmouth Congregational Church.

For more information or to sign up in advance, call 396-6500.

 

Children’s author to speak

Sarah Albee will read and discuss her latest book, “Poop Happened: A History of the World From the Bottom Up,” from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday at the library.

The event is recommended for ages 8 and up.

ARUNDEL

Crafters sought for fair

The Arundel Historical Society is seeking crafters for its Oct. 2 craft fair. Spaces must be reserved by Sept. 11. For more information or to reserve a space, call Joane DeWitt at 985-0387.