THE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S Craft Collective in Portland is looking for yarn donations for its knitting classes. The organization encourages refugee women to be self-sufficient by teaching them how to knit hats, scarves and mittens to keep their families warm this winter.

Donations can be sent to Refugee and Immigration Services, 250 Anderson St., Portland or call 523-2737.


THE SOUTHERN MAINE Writing Project is accepting entries for the 2011 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

Teen artists and writers in grades 7 to 12 are invited to submit their best work in more than 25 categories, including film and animation, video game design, poetry, sculpture, fashion design, journalism, photography and science fiction.


THE AMERICAN HEART Association has launched a new online campaign that teaches kids how to respond to someone experiencing cardiac arrest.

The program teaches kids ages 12 to 15 the basics of cardiopulmonary resuscitation and how to use an automated external defibrillator.

Luke Wilcox of North Yarmouth is featured on the website for his quick action that helped save his grandfather’s life last December. He had recently received his AHA CPR certification and learned how to use an AED in his health class. He knew the signs and symptoms of cardiac arrest and acted quickly.

For more information, go to BetheBeat.heart.org.

THE PUBLIC LIBRARY has expanded its download collection with the addition of e-books, an electronic versions of printed books to the Maine InfoNet download library. More than 1,400 books — including best-selling fiction, nonfiction, young adult, and children books are available as downloadable e-books.

The service is available to any Scarborough Library cardholder with a valid library card, a computer and an Internet connection.

FIDDLEHEAD CENTER for the Arts is expanding its Reggio Emilia-based preschool program to the afternoons in January.

The extended program will offer time in the art studios doing clay, textiles, sculpture and time outdoors. The afternoon program will be held from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Enrollment is flexible, and parents are welcome to choose a schedule that works best for their families, including full-day enrollment.

For details, send an e-mail to [email protected]