JEFF FOLTZ, author of “Birkebeiner, A story of Motherhood and War,” will speak at the Maine Nordmenn meeting, held at 6:30 p.m. April 7 at Emmaus Lutheran Church, 265 Middle Road. The American Birkebeiner is one of the longest Nordic ski races in North America. B Foltz, of Camden, is a Nordic skier who completed the 32-mile “Birkie” five times. The cost to attend is free. For more information, call 622-3096.


THE GUY P. GANNETT Scholarship Fund is seeking applications from students interested in majoring in journalism or a field reasonably related. The fund was established in 2000 by the trustees of the Gannett Foundation through the Maine Community Foundation. Applicants must be high school graduates from Maine or have been home-schooled in Maine. The deadline to apply is May 1; go to www.mainecf.org.


THE SABBATHDAY LAKE Grange presented third grade students at Dunn School with dictionaries March 25 as part of its Dictionary Project. The goal of the program is to assist third grade students to complete the school year as good writers, active readers and creative thinkers by providing them with their own personal dictionaries.


THE STEPHEN KING Foundation awarded a $5,000 grant to the new Ocean Avenue Elementary School to purchase books for the school library. Its current collection is small, old and well-worn. About two-thirds of the grant will be used to buy nonfiction books. The remaining funds will be used to start an audio book collection, testing and energy auditing.


THE PORTLAND WATER DISTRICT is offering rain barrels for $60 –nearly 50 percent off the $125 retail price. Rain barrels provide an effective way to capture rain water from your roof and store it for later use. Rain barrels can be ordered at www.pwd.org until May 13.


THE CHEVERUS High School Chess Team won the State Scholastic Chess Championships. More than 200 students participated in the tournament at the University of Maine in Orono. The players on the chess team at Cheverus include Ethan Bergeron, a senior from Old Orchard Beach; Cameron Prescott, a sophomore from Saco; Zachery Dulac, a senior from Portland; Patrick Jerome, a senior from Falmouth; and Connor Mains, a sophomore from Windham.


CASCO BAY High School on Allen Avenue is hosting a naturalization ceremony for about 40 new citizens Thursday. Two juniors, Alice Lala and Hellen Otto, will read original poems about what it means to be an American. Hido Abdulleh, a sophomore, will be one of the featured speakers. Her mother will be naturalized. Kurt Pelletier, an immigration officer with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, will officiate. Sydney Kucine, a sophomore, will sing the national anthem.


THE COMMUNITY CENTER is offering families a chance to see the Red Sox play the Minnesota Twins May 8 at Fenway Park. The trip is for adults with children between the ages of 4 to 18-years-old. Families are limited to six tickets. Northeast Charter & Tour bus will leave the community center at 10 a.m.. The game is scheduled to begin at 1:35 p.m. and the bus is expected to return around 8 p.m. The cost is $75 per person, which includes the ticket and transportation. Registration will begin at 7a.m. April 1 at the community center on Nelson Road and at www.southportland.org. For more information, call 767-7650.


SOUTHERN MAINE Community College is offering camps this summer on its campus in South Portland in baseball, basketball and soccer for kids in grades 4-9. The cost is $190, which includes lunch.

The SMCC baseball camp will be June 27 through July 1 and the soccer camp will be July 11 through 15. The Seacoast Hoops Basketball Camp for girls will be July 18-22; and the camp for boys will be July 25-29.

For more information, call 741-5927.