Comics to be given away

Coast City Comics is giving away free comic books to anyone who walks in its store from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at 634 Congress St.

The annul event is part of Free Comic Book Day, held on the first Saturday of May each year. The comics available include Spider-Man, Green Lantern, Thor, Captain America, Smurfs, Archie, Geronimo Stilton and many more.

There will be snacks, raffles and a costume contest. Participants will also have a chance to meet published comic book creators.

Batman and Green lantern will be available for photos.

For more information, call 450-6085 or email [email protected] 

Telling Room to celebrate

The Telling Room will hold its annual community celebration at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Portland Public Library.

The event will feature live performances, readings, paper airplanes, comics, photographs, videos, and the release of its fifth anthology, “How to Climb Trees: 40 Poems and Stories About Play.”

A $10 donation is suggested. 

‘Champions for Kids’ set

The Salvation Army is holding is annual fundraising event, “Champions For Kids” Benefit Dinner at 6 p.m. May 12 at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland.

The guest speaker will be Juan Williams, a former senior correspondent for National Public Radio. He is currently a political analyst for Fox Television and a regular panelist for FoxNews Sunday. A book signing will follow the program. Books will be available for a suggested donation.

Their goal is to raise $150,000, which will support the Salvation Army’s programs and services that benefit children and their families in the Greater Portland area.

There are no traditional ticket sales. Some sponsorship opportunities are available to attend the event. Call as soon as possible to reserve a seat.

For more information, call 774-4172 or go to www.portland.salvationarmymaine.org.


Nursery school yard sale

A large yard sale and craft fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Children’s Nursery School in the Williston West Church, 32 Thomas St.

The fair will feature local crafts, art work and baked goods made by Peace-Ah-Cake.

The event is free and open to the public. 

Benjamin peace speaker

Medea Benjamin, an internationally known peace activist and founder of Code Pink, will be the keynote speaker at Peace Action Maine’s annual supper on Saturday at Woodfords Congregational Church.

The event, which begins at 4 p.m., celebrates Maine’s hard-working peace and justice activists and organizations.

Benjamin is a co-founder of both Code Pink and the international human rights organization Global Exchange. She has been a tireless advocate for social justice for more than 20 years.

A $20 donation is suggested. To make a reservation, call 772-0680. 

Bird watching walks set

The Maine Audubon Society will lead bird watching walks through two popular migratory spots in Portland this month.

The walks will be offered at 7 a.m. Monday and on May 19 in the city’s Evergreen Cemetery woods. Participants should meet in the back of the cemetery by the kiosk at the southwest end of the ponds. Another walk will be offered at 7 a.m. on May 13 and 20 at the Capisic Pond Trail. The walk will begin at the Macy Street entrance.

The walks will be held the best spots in southern Maine to get a close look at migrating songbirds, particularly warblers.

Participants could see the Cape May, bay-breasted, mourning and Tennessee warblers. Southern “overshoots” (worm-eating, yellow- throated, hooded, or cerulean) can also be found at the parks this time of year.

The walks are open to the public and are free to members of Maine Audubon. A $5 donation is suggested for nonmembers. Participants should bring binoculars and field guides.

For more information, go to http://tinyurl.com/69y99uq.

Cemetery volunteers needed

Volunteers are needed to clean up Eastern Cemetery on Saturday.

Spirits Alive is holding a work day from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the cemetery on Congress Street.

Participants are asked to bring tools. Rakes, shovels, wheelbarrows and work gloves will be on hand to use.

Volunteers will be instructed on how to garden and work around the historic stones.

Spirits Alive is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of Portland’s historic Eastern Cemetery.

For more information, go to www.spiritsalive.org

‘Mad Hatter Affair’ set

The Maine Historical Society’s 15th annual “Mad Hatter Affair” will be held May 7 at The Woodlands in Falmouth.

The event will feature a live auction and silent auction with items such as an African safari, ski vacations, sailing adventures, romantic dinners and private catered parties.

A full list of auction items can be viewed online at www.mainehistory.org/support_gala.shtml.

Hewins Travel, a sponsor of the event, donated the raffle prize — a four-night Caribbean Cruise for two from Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.

Tickets cost $25 per ticket or 5 tickets for $100.

Proceeds of the event will support the organization’s programming and operations.

For tickets or more information, call 774-1822.


Fort Preble cleaners needed

Volunteers are needed to clean the area of Fort Preble in South Portland.

The Fort Preble Preservation Committee will hold a work day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the fort.

Volunteers should wear appropriate clothing to work and are encouraged to bring safety glasses and hand tools such as clippers, pruners and saws, etc. if possible.

Refreshments will be provided.

For more information, call 741-5975.


Antiques, quilts featured

A large display of antique and contemporary quilts will be featured at a New Gloucester History Barn Quilt Show from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the barn, located behind the town hall on Route 231.

The show is sponsored by the New Gloucester Historical Society and it’s free and open to the public. For more information, call 926-3188.


Civil War historian speaker

Steve Bunker, a Civil War historian and preservationist, will speak at the Genealogical Society’s meeting at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 29 Ocean House Road.

Bunker is an author and historian, who first heard about the Civil War from his grandmother who shared her memories and stories about family members of that era.

In 1959 at age 13, he started studying the 1st Maine Cavalry. He’s been working on a history of the 2nd Maine Cavalry and is raising funds for a monument to honor the 1st Maine Cavalry in Aldie, Va. The talk is sponsored by the Greater Portland Chapter of the Maine Genealogical Society. Prior to the talk, a social time will be held at 12:30 p.m. For more information, call 329-6438 or go to www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~megpcmgs.


Fiddlehead silent auction

Fiddlehead Art & Science Center is holding its annual silent and live auction fundraiser, Palette at 6 p.m. Saturday at the center, 25 Shaker Road in Gray.

The event is Fiddlehead’s biggest fundraiser of the year, which helps support its enrichment programs for kids.

Individuals who buy tickets for the event in advance will be entered in the drawing for a Weber gas grill valued at $400. Tickets cost $20 in advance and $25 at the door. For more information, go to www.fiddleheadcenter.org.


Plow Day demonstrations

Teams of draft horses, guided by plowmen, will plow and harrow several acres of farmland to prepare for the growing season on Saturday at Skyline Farm, 95 The Lane.

The demonstration will begin at 9 a.m. and finish sometime in the afternoon. A wagon will shuttle people between Skyline Farm and the fields at the nearby Deri Farm. In the Skyline arena, pony and horse rides for children will be available for $5 per ride.

Skyline’s carriage museum will be exhibiting horse-drawn summer delivery vehicles. Tim Greene, a blacksmith from Parsonsfield, will forge objects out of metal using Skyline Farm’s antique forge. The event is sponsored by Skyline Farm, Deri Farm and the Farmers Draft Horse, Mule and Pony Club of Maine. For more information, call Justin Deri, 829-3624.


Authors at Skidompha

Skidompha Library, 184 Main St., will hold an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday featuring several nationally known authors.

Planning to attend are Richard Russo, Doug Preston, Lea Wait, Jay Tunney and Cynthia Lord, who all will signs copies of their books. Refreshments will be served in the atrium and live music will set the tone.

The event is free and open to the public. For details, call 563-5513 or go to www.skidompha.org.


Professor to talk on climate

Professor Gordon Hamilton of the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine will give the talk “On Thin Ice and Bathed in Warm Water: Ice Sheets, Climate, and Sea Level Rise,” at 7 p.m Thursday at the Kennebunk Town Hall on Main Street.

Sponsored by the Town’s Energy Efficiency Committee, the talk is free and open to the public. For details, email Sassy Smallman at [email protected]


Trolley Museum work day

Thornton Academy Middle School students and staff will participate in a community service day Friday at Seashore Trolley Museum, washing, sweeping and dusting the historic cars and exhibit spaces to help prepare its collections for the museum’s 72nd season. Students will be awarded with tours of the museum and ride on trolley cars. Upper school students will document the work, to be aired on the high school’s TATV program. For details on the museum, call 967-2800.


Fashion show aids WRFR

The WRFR Radio Spring Fashion Show will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Lincoln Street Center for the Arts and Entertainment. The event is a major fund-raiser for community radio station WRFR-LP, which broadcasts from Rockland and Camden. Tickets are $5 in advance or $8 at the door and are available at Grasshopper Shop and Rock City Books and Coffee in Rockland and Heavenly Threads in Camden or by calling Rachel Albury at 701-7134.


Food not fines at library

Springvale Public Library has declared May 9-14 Food Not Fines Week as part of an event coordinated by the Maine State Library.

Patrons who return their overdue library items during that week will have fines (not including replacement charges) waived when they return the materials along with a non-perishable food donation. Those food collections will be redistributed to York County Shelter Programs. 


Program on Maine churches

Union Historical Society will present a free, illustrated program on “Maine’s Historic Churches” at 7:30 p.m. today in the Old Town House on Town House Road.

Maine Historic Preservation Commission Architectural Historian Christi Mitchell will present give the talk. Refreshments to be served For details, call 785-5444.


Free dinner for seniors

Maine School Administrative District 6 is accepting reservations for its annual Senior Citizens Appreciation Night and Dinner 5 to 7 p.m. May 19 at Bonny Eagle High School.

All seniors from Buxton, Hollis, Limington, Standish and Frye Island are invited to the meal free of charge. Advance reservations are required by calling Julia Dearborn at 929-3831 or 642-2480 by May 13.


Meeting on Rachel Carson

The Maine Humanities Council will present “In Defense of Nature: Rachel Carson and the World Around Us” from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday at Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm.

The conference will explore Carson’s life, career as a writer and scientist, and influence on the modern environmental movement. Small group discussions on Silent Spring will be included. To register, go to www.mainehumanities.org or call 773-5051.


Mangsen, Gillette to play

The duo Cindy Mangsen and Steve Gillette will perform at 7 p.m. in Thursday at the Camden Library Coffeehouse at 55 Main St. Admission is $7 at the door. For more details, call 236-3440.


Route 113 cleanup day

The Route 113 Corridor Committee will host a cleanup of the Pequawket Trail, also known as Route 113, from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, followed by a barbecue for volunteers at 1 p.m.

Volunteers will meet at the Seafood Inlet on Route 113 in Standish at 7 a.m. Contact is Lou Stack at 892-4282. Fryeburg volunteers will meet at the American Legion Hall on Bradley Street. For more information, go to http://tinyurl.com/6ear8dc.


Bands to play for library

Twenty-four local youth bands will play SoBoPalooza, an acoustic concert to benefit the Friends of the South Berwick Library Building Fund, at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Marshwood High School Auditorium, 260 Dow Dr.

Suggested donation is $10 for adults and $5 for students. For more details, call 384-5921 or go to www.friendsofsouthberwicklibrary.org.