CUMBERLAND COUNTY

Girl Scouts meeting

Girl Scouts of Maine is offering informational meetings for girls in kindergarten through grade 12 and their parents for fall registration.

Meetings are being held at 6:30 p.m. today at St. Anne’s Church in Gorham, 6:30 p.m. Thursday at South Portland Community Center and at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Yarmouth Elementary School.

Membership is $12, and financial assistance is available. For information, visit www.girlscoutsofmaine.org.

PORTLAND

Tate House foliage tour

The Tate House Museum is offering a Fall Foliage Ramble on Sunday. The tour starts at 8 a.m. and includes the Farnsworth Museum and Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens and returns to the Tate House Museum later in the day.

The cost for the tour, which includes a couch bus, admission fees and lunch, is $50 for museum members and $75 for nonmembers. For more information, call 774-6177 or e-mail [email protected]

 

Adam Golaski reading

Adam Golaski, author of “Color Plates,” will read at 7 p.m. Friday at Longfellow Books. The book contains 63 stories spun from paintings by Eduoard Manet, Edgar Degas, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Mary Cassatt.

 

Gay-friendly networking

The DownEast Pride Alliance will be at Pearl Lounge from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday for a free gay-friendly business networking event. Bring business cards to share. For more information, visit www.depabusiness.com.

 

Talk on Christian mysticism

Kyriacos Markides will speak on “Gifts of the Desert: The Forgotten Path of Christian Spirituality” at 7 p.m. Friday in Talbot Auditorium of Luther Bonney Hall on the University of Southern Maine’s Portland campus. In his latest book, Markides continues a 25-year exploration of Christian mysticism. For more information, call 892-9831.

 

Options for senior care

Lynn Peel, senior care consultant and president of Beach Glass Transitions, is hosting a free class to educate families and seniors about senior care options. Meetings will be held from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Tuesday and from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 30 at 277 Congress St. For more information, call 272-2797 or visit www.beachglasstransitions.com.

 

Cub Scout meet-and-greet

Cub Scout Pack 97 will host a meet-and-greet for families interested in joining from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Hall School Library on Orono Street. Boys in grades 1-5 are invited to join, and Pack 97 has families from Hall, Longfellow Elementary and St. Brigid schools. For information, e-mail [email protected]

SOUTH PORTLAND

Project management group

The Maine Chapter of the Project Management Institute presents “How Project Managers Can Leverage Sustainability,” with Heidi Spinella, a Fortune 500 consultant and educator, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Governor’s Restaurant on Route 1. Register by visiting www.pmimaine.org.

CUMBERLAND

Safe Passage run/walk

The sixth annual Safe Passage 5K Run and Walk will start at 8 a.m. Saturday at Greely High School, 303 Main St. Registration for the race is $20 the day of the event from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. For more information, visit www.safepassage.org.

YARMOUTH

Tour of historic homes

The Yarmouth Historical Society is presenting the 2010 Historic Homes of Yarmouth tour Saturday. The tour of 10 private homes, four public buildings and two historic sites starts at 9:45 a.m. at Yarmouth Town Hall, 200 Main St., and runs through 3 p.m.

Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 the day of the event and are available at Yarmouth Historical Society, Yarmouth Community Services or Bath Savings Institution or by calling 846-6259.

FREEPORT

Community services benefit

Donate*Bid*Party, an evening of fun to benefit Freeport Community Services, is being held from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the community center. The free event features a silent auction, appetizers, a cash bar and a short lecture by Kaja Velleux, an antiques expert from Thomaston Galleries. For more information, call 865-3985 or e-mail [email protected]

BRUNSWICK

Fundraising workout event

Fight Gone Bad, a fundraising workout event, will be held starting at 6 a.m. Saturday at more than 500 CrossFit affiliates throughout the country. Last year, at the CrossFit 321 location on Pleasant Street, 40 athletes competed, raising more than $7,000.

The event raises funds for the Wounded Warrior Project, LIVESTRONG and the CrossFit Foundation. To support CrossFit 321’s efforts, go to www.fgb5.org and click “donate” or call 729-8200.

NEW GLOUCESTER

Apple pie sale Saturday

The annual New Gloucester Apple Pie Sale, sponsored by the New Gloucester Historical Society, is being held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Shaker Museum on Route 26. The pies are baked with apples from New Gloucester’s Thompson’s Orchard. To preorder pies, call Avis Ford at 926-4561.

 

Knitting workshop

Stop by the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village for a knitting workshop from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Learn how to knit cable swatches during the workshop, which costs $50. The course fee includes yarn, pattern and an instructor. For more information, visit www.shaker.lib.me.us or call 926-4597.

ALFRED

Apple festival, art show

The York County Shelter Programs will host an Apple Festival from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday on the grounds of the Brothers of Christian Instruction at Shaker Hill. There will be a juried art and craft show, silent auction in the barn, pancake breakfasts, a yard sale, lunch wagon refreshments, apple crisps with ice cream and children’s activities.

Volunteers are needed for various shifts on either day, and the donation of items for the silent auction and the yard sale are appreciated. For more details, call Mary Doyle at 324-1137 or e-mail [email protected]

CORNISH

Apples and bluegrass

The Cornish Association of Businesses is sponsoring the 21st Annual Cornish Apple Festival from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday in the center of Cornish village at historic Thompson Park on Route 25. The 14th Annual Apple Acres Farm Bluegrass Gathering will be held in conjunction with the festival, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Durgintown Road, three miles from downtown Cornish. The cost is $7 for adults. Youths ages 16 and younger, may attend free.

For more details, go to www.cornish-maine.org for details.

BRUNSWICK

Driving skills course

AARP will offer a safe-driving course from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thursday at Pejepscot Terrace for motorists ages 50 and older who wish to update their driving skills. The class is open to the public and will be taught by an AARP volunteer instructor. Cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for all others. Class size is limited and preregistration is required by calling Joe Hahn at 751-9364.

KENNEBUNKPORT

Pumpkin patch trolley ride

Seashore Trolley Museum, at 195 Log Cabin Road, will host its 12th annual Pumpkin Patch trolley event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and again Oct. 2 and 3. Pumpkin Patch passengers will journey by trolley to Meserve’s Crossing pumpkin patch to select and decorate a pumpkin.

Regular admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $5.50 for youth ages 6 to 16; children ages 5 and younger get in free. For more details, call 967-2800 or go to www.trolleymuseum.org.

KENNEBUNK

Author debuts memoir

Author Helen Rivas-Rose will debut her recently published memoir, “Brave: a Memoir of Overcoming Shyness,” and sign copies at 7 p.m. on Friday at the Kennebunk Free Library. The event is free.

For more details, call 985-2173 or go to www.kennebunklibrary.org.

BIDDEFORD

Adult poetry project

The Biddeford Adult Poetry Project will reconvene for a new season on Thursday at the Second Congregational Church, 19 Crescent St. The group, led by published author and poet Joe Breunig, will meet on the fourth Thursday of each month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. For more details, call Marilyn at 284-7898 or e-mail [email protected]

SPRINGVALE/WELLS

Fall beekeeping course

Friday is the deadline to enroll in the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s York County Fall Bee School, to start Oct. 4 in Wells. The five-week introductory beekeeping course is co-sponsored by the Maine State Beekeepers Association. Classes run from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Mondays through Nov. 8.

The course fee is $85, which includes related materials. For more details, call 324-2814.

WELLS

Punkinfiddle, EcoSports Day

The Wells Reserve at Laudholm will host back-to-back celebrations this weekend. Its annual Punkinfiddle event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, featuring traditional crafts, hands-on learning activities, music, old-fashioned games, food and farm animals. Admission is $10 per carload for Laudholm Trust members and $15 for all others.

On Sunday, the reserve will host its premiere EcoSports Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Laudholm 5K Trail Run and 2.5K Walk begin at 10 a.m. Community members are welcome to try paddle boarding, kayaking, canoeing, yoga, zumba, fitness gear, golf and other activities.

Admission is $3 for adults, $1 for students and free for children ages 5 and younger. There will be a $10 per carload maximum charged. For race registration or more details, visit wellsreserve.org or call 646-4521.

 

Garden club meeting

The Webhannet Garden Club will meet at 10 a.m. on Friday at the Wells-Ogunquit Senior Center at Moody on Route 1.

Amy Allenwood, owner of Nature’s Gifts on Route 1 in Kennebunk, will speak on attracting birds to your garden. The public is invited to attend.