SOUTH PORTLAND

Project Linus blanket making

Members of Project Linus will gather from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the South Portland Community Center, 21 Nelson Rd. to make blankets.

Organizers are encouraging people to bring blankets they are working on.

There will be coffee, doughnuts, chips, drinks and dessert.

The group is also looking for new members to help make blankets for children and families in need.

For more information, call 839-4599.

WINDHAM

Historic mill program

The Windham Historical Society will present a program about Gambo Gunpowder Mill at 9 a.m. Saturday at 234 Windham Center Road.

The historical society will discuss the role the mill played during the Civil War and other wars. There is no fee, but donations are welcome.

At 1 p.m., following a lunch break, there will be a tour of the gunpowder mill site and view of the artifacts still in place.

For more information, call 892-1306.

CAPE ELIZABETH

Composting with worms

There will be a demonstration, “Worms at Work: The Ins-and-Outs of Composting with Worms,” from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Thomas Memorial Library.

The program is for adults as well as families with children. The event will include door prizes and hands-on demonstrations. For more information, call 799-1720.

WISCASSET

Farm camp for school vacation

The Morris Farm Trust, at 156 Gardiner Road, begins its weeklong April school vacation camp today for children in Kindergarten through Grade 8.

Days are broken up into farm chores, earth art projects, making nutritious snacks, seed starting and hiking in pastures and woodland trails.

Sessions meet from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $38 per day, with discounts available for those who attend the entire week and for siblings who also attend. Aftercare, until 5 p.m., and early-bird care, beginning at 7 a.m., is available for an additional $5 per hour.

Campers must bring lunch and a water bottle.

Registration forms are available online at www.morrisfarm.org.

For more details, call 882-4080.

WELLS

Free birding talk

York County Audubon Board Member Marie Jordan will present a free talk on birding at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Mather Auditorium at the Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm, 342 Laudholm Farm Road.
Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m.

Contact is Bob Watson at 251-1135 or go to www.yorkcountyaudubon.org.

SPRINGVALE

Job fair on Friday

The Second Annual York County Regional Job Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the Nasson Community Center Gymnasium at 457 Main St.

More than 50 area and regional businesses will participate.

Resume writing workshops will be offered at 10:30 a.m. and noon and workshops on transferable skills will be offered at 12:30 and 2 p.m.

The job fair is open to the public.

For more details, call (800) 343-0151 or go to www.mainecareercenter.com.   

PORTLAND-SOUTH PORTLAND

Pet education events

The Animal Welfare Society of West Kennebunk will offer two pet education events Saturday.

A Humane Educator and a shelter pet will be at the Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine, at 142 Free St., in Portland for a hands-on program about animal care and handling from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
And, the Animal Welfare Society Mobile Adoption Team will visit the Pet Life at Mill Creek, at 50 Market St., in South Portland from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with some adoptable pets.

For more information, call 985-3244 or go to www.animalwelfaresociety.org.

BATH

City clean up event

The city will hold its first annual “Keep Bath Beautiful” clean up event from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday as part of the Earth Day celebration.

Bath City Councilors will provide bags, maps and refreshments to those who are willing to help collect refuse along streets and roadsides. Attendees will meet at the city hall parking lot at 55 Front St. The first 100 people will receive a reusable Earth Day tote bag.

For more details, call David Sinclair at 807-1610.

KENNEBUNK

Faerie Festival at the library

Kennebunk Free Library invites children to bring in faerie houses they created to be displayed and judged for the annual Faerie Festival in May 5.

The houses will be displayed from Tuesday through May 18, with judging held May 2.

The structures can be no larger than 14” by 14” and be no taller than 30”. They should be constructed of all natural materials.

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

LEBANON

Roadside cleanup volunteers needed

The Lebanon Rescue Department’s Second Annual Lebanon Pride Day will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday for volunteers who wish to walk and collect debris from the roadside.

Trash bags, safety vests and gloves are available to those who need them.

Volunteers will meet at 1524 Carl Broggi Highway for supplies and instructions. For more details, call Assistant Chief Jason Cole at 608-5615 or email [email protected] to register.

KENNEBUNK

CIA program at museum

Central Intelligence Agency Operations Officer Robert Wallace will give the talk “How 20th Century Technology Transformed 21st Century Spycraft” at the next meeting of the Association for Intelligence Officers set for at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Brick Store Museum Program Center, 2 Dane St.

The public is invited to attend. For more details, call 967-4298.

BETHEL

Household items needed

The Bethel Historical Society is seeking donations of furniture, household goods, dishes, tools and the like for its annual St. Never’s Day Sale set for May 26.

Items may be dropped off at the Society’s O’Neil Robinson House at 10 Broad St.

To arrangement pick-up of items, call 824-2908 or (800) 824-2910.

A limited number of rental tables are available at $20 each by calling one of the numbers above.

This year’s sale will be held under a large tent at Mason and Broad streets.

All proceeds from the sale will benefit the society’s general operations.

YORK COUNTY

Clothing donation pickup service

The Big Brother Big Sister Foundation is now offering a free door-to-door clothing donation pickup service in Kittery, York, Eliot, Wells and the surrounding area.

Small household items, such as knick-knacks, accessories, shoes and purses also may be donated.

Pick ups can be scheduled by calling (800) 483-5503 or go to www.bbbsfoundation.org.

BUXTON

Historical Society’s first meeting

Buxton-Hollis Historical Society will hold its first meeting of the 2012 season at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the N.C. Watson One-Room School at Groveville Road and Route 22 (Long Plains Road) and Groveville Road.

The meeting will detail the society’s restoration of the Elden Store.

For more details, call Meg Gardner at 929-3647 or email [email protected]

CAMDEN

Library programs this week

Camden Public Library, at 55 Main St., will host two programs this week.

Roger Taylor will present the illustrated talk “The Lois McClure, the Water Lily, and the Fortuna: Vessels That Never Put To Sea,” on Tuesday and Buzz Scott will give a program titled “Deep Sea Creatures” on Thursday; both talks will begin at 6:30 p.m.

For more details, call Ken Gross at 236-3440.

SANFORD

‘Project Flamingo’ fundraiser

The Sanford High School Class of 2012 Project Graduation Committee has launched its “Project Flamingo” fundraiser.

Through May 12, individuals may call the class to have hot pink, plastic flamingos reserved to decorate designated community lawns in the Sanford-Springvale area for a fee of $10 for two birds or $20 for four.

Proceeds will directly benefit the senior classes chemical free project graduation event.

To schedule a flocking, call Sari Haskell at 608-7387 or Sara Gauthier at 651-9873.

‘Kudos’ awards

Counseling Services, Inc. will host its Kudos! Community Awards event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 26 at The Town Club.

Several individuals will be recognized for their community outreach efforts including Barbara Crider of the York County Community Action Corporation, Dr. William Chernin, Sanford Police Chief Thomas Connolly, Jr. and McDougal Orchards.

The event will include a silent auction, art exhibit, cocktails, appetizers and music. Tickets are $40 each.

For tickets or more details, go to www.counselingservices.org.

BIDDEFORD

Childhood obseity talk

Southern Maine Medical Center will offer the educational talk “Childhood Obesity – Everyone Has a Role” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday with Certified Health Education Specialist Valerie Costello.

The talk will be held at One Medical Center Drive and will include light refreshments.

Pre-registration is required by calling 283-7988.

SPRINGVALE

History of sports mascots talk

Sanford-Springvale Historical Society will host a talk by Sanford High School History Teacher Paul Auger at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Sanford-Springvale Historical Museum, at 505 Main St.

Auger will speak on the history of sports mascots, with a special emphasis on Sanford, where there has been a recent controversy regarding the school mascot name.

For more information or questions, call 324-2797.

Garden club meeting

The Southern Maine Garden Club will meet at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday at the Springvale Public Library, 443 Main St., for a program on herbs to be presented by Master Gardener Kathy Landrum. 

The public is welcome to attend.

For more details, call Sheryl Rothstein at 490-7145.

KENNEBUNKPORT

‘Fat’ film showing at library

A viewing of the film “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” will be shown at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Louis T. Graves Memorial Public Library, at 18 Maine St.

The film documents the journey of one overweight man’s journey back to health by juicing with fruits and vegetables. Following the screening, there will be a sampling of juices and a discussion on the benefits of juicing.

For more details, call 967-2778.

LEWISTON

Volunteer training course

The Program for Grieving Children & Teens will hold a free, 30-hour volunteer training course for individuals interested in being part of the team to work with grieving children and their families for upcoming program sessions.

The course will explore a wide range of topics including the understanding of grief and its stages.
Training includes classes from 5 to 8 p.m. April 23, 25 and 30 and May 2 and two daylong sessions, meeting from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 28 and May 5. Classes will be held at Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice’s Lewiston Office located at 15 Strawberry Ave.

To register, or for more details, call the Volunteer Department at 777-7740 or (800) 482-7412 ext. 1280.

SACO

Swing, folk band performs

The western swing and American folk band Mainesqueeze will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Saco Coffeehouse, located at the Unitarian Universalist Church at 60 School St.

Admission is $10 at the door for adults; ages 12 and younger get in free.

For more details, go to www.sacocoffeehouse.com.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH

Women’s self-defense class

The Old Orchard Beach Recreation Department is offering a Women’s Self-Defense and Awareness Class from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at the Koryo Karate School, located in the basement of Loranger Middle School.

The program is designed to give women and girls, ages 13 and older, with no prior training or experience, a basic understanding of self-defense techniques. Attendees should wear comfortable street clothes but no jewelry during the classes.

Instructor is David Bonneau, a fourth degree black belt in Taekwon-Do and an instructor in Defensive Tactics at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy since 1988.

Cost is $20. To register, call 934-0860.

FREEPORT

Women’s Club meeting

The Freeport Woman’s Club will meet at 1 p.m. Friday at the Freeport Community Library.

The program will be on “The Art of Flower Arranging” with Heidi McFarland, owner of Wild Flowers in Freeport.

Refreshments will be served.

For more information, call 865-1017.

NEW GLOUCESTER

History of the Masons talk

Dick McCann will speak about the history of the Masons in New Gloucester at 7 p.m. Thursday at the New Gloucester Meetinghouse on Route 231.

The Masons have been a presence in town since 1803. The public is invited. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, call 926-3188.

PORTLAND

Bike Swap at USM

The Bicycle Coalition of Maine will hold the Great Maine Bike Swap from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 29 at the University of Southern Maine’s Sullivan Gym in Portland.

People wanting to sell bicycles should drop them off on the Saturday before the swap between 6:30 and 8 p.m. or on the morning of the swap between 8 and 9:30 a.m.

Admission is $3. Students at USM and UMaine can attend the event for free, as well as children 12 years-old or younger.

To donate a bike to the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, call 712-2645.

For more information, go to www.bikemaine.org/events/bike-swap.

SOUTH PORTLAND

Vein health screening

The Vein Healthcare Center is offering free leg screenings from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Vein Healthcare Center, 100 Foden Rd.

The screening will include a venous exam of both legs, an overview of treatment options, and an opportunity to have questions answered by Dr. Cindy Asbjornsen, a vein health specialists in Maine.
The leg screening is free, but an appointment is required. For more information, call 221-7799.

YARMOUTH

Slavery and the Civil War history talk

The Yarmouth Historical Society’s April Lecture Series program will feature Dr. Adam Tuchinsky will give a talk about, “Slavery and the Problem of Civil War Causation,” at 7 p.m. tonight at the Log Cabin, 196 Main St.

Dr. Tuchinsky is the author of “Horace Greeley’s New-York Tribune: Civil War Era Socialism and the Crisis of Free Labor.” This talk will address slavery and the Civil War with an emphasis on the political, economic, and intellectual climate of the era.

The suggested donation is $3 for members and $5 for non-members.

For more information, call 846-6259. 

SCARBOROUGH

Signs of Alzheimer’s program

The Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter will give a program, “Know the Ten Signs,” from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at 383 US Route One, Suite 2C.

The program is designed to increase awareness of the warning signs of Alzheimer’s and outline the benefits of early detection and early diagnosis.

The cost is free.

To register, call 772 0115 or [email protected]