Tips for tracing genealogy

Dr. Carol McCoy will give a talk about using tax records in genealogy at 6:30 tonight at North Yarmouth Memorial School on Route 9.

McCoy will talk about the types of tax records that may be available, where to look for them, and how they can help solve genealogy problems.

McCoy is president of and McCoy Consulting. She has been tracing her family history for 25 years.

For more information, call 846-4379.


Assisted living info session

The Southern Maine Assisted Living Education Group will present a program, “Is Assisted Living in Your Future?” from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Scarborough Public Library, 48 Gorham Road.

A panel of specialists will talk about aspects of assisted living such as services, accommodations, payment sources and licensing levels.

The program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

To pre-register, call 883-4723.


Healthy Kids Day at YMCA

The Greater Portland YMCA is hosting a Healthy Kids Day event Saturday geared toward educating families on safe and healthy choices in food, recreation and personal care.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the YMCA, 70 Forest Ave.

The pool and gym will be open.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, call 874-1111 or go to

Texas Hold ‘Em tournament

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine is holding its annual Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament at noon Sunday at the Portland Club, 156 State St.

The entry fee is $100, and 75 percent is paid out to the final table. Seating is limited to 100 players.

For more information and to sign up for the event, call 773-5437 or go to

Rare look at life of 19th-century Irish

Dr. Erin Bishop will give a talk, “Social History of Ireland’s 19th Century Catholic Middle Class,” at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Maine Irish Heritage Center at State and Gray streets.

Bishop, the former director of education for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Ill., will present a panoramic view of Mary O’Connell’s private world — a rare look at the lesser-known social and domestic life of the 19th-century Irish Catholic middle class.

Admission is free.

For more information, call 899-0505.

Portland Trails silent auction

Portland Trails is holding its annual Happy Trails Big Bash & Silent Auction at 5:30 p.m. Friday at The Portland Club, 156 State St.

The auction will feature close to 200 items, including a bicycle and Red Sox tickets.

Tickets are $35 and $25 for Portland Trails members, or 10 tickets for $250 for non-members and $200 for members

The event is catered by Black Tie Catering.

Fore more information, call 775-2411. 

McAuley thrift shop seeks donations

McAuley High School’s Good Cause Thrift Shop is seeking donations of gently used clothing, linens, household items, furniture, books, art pieces, etc.

Students will be on hand to collect donations from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at McAuley High School’s parking lot.


Introduction to Japanese Tea

Nellie’s Tea and Gifts is hosting a class, Introduction to Japanese Tea, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at 5 Industry Road Suite 1A.

The cost is $18 per person, which includes light Japanese style supper, tea ceremony, instruction and handouts.

The deadline to register is Wednesday.

For more information, call 761-8041.


Church pantry food drive

A food drive will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Scarborough Free Baptist Church, 55 Mussey Road. The church will be collecting non-perishable food items and returnable bottles and cans to benefit the church’s community food pantry.


Saint Joseph’s College open house

Saint Joseph’s College is sponsoring an open house for high school juniors at 1 p.m. Saturday at the college.

The event will include a tour of campus, an academic fair with faculty members, an admissions overview that includes tips on the college essay and interview, and lunch in the campus dining hall.

To register, call 893-7746.


Health and wellness spa party

Team Northrup will host a free health and wellness spa party from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at 12 Portland St.

Aesthetician Maggie Pierce will give a presentation about skin care products. Participants will also receive a mini-facial.

To register, call 729-3526.


Volunteer job fair

Coastal Humane Society and Volunteer Coordinator Taylor Slemmer will head a Volunteer Job Fair from noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Coastal Humane Society at 190 Pleasant St. Jobs, from dog walking to data entry, will be detailed.

Pre-registration is requested by calling 725-5051 ext. 14 or go to


Drop off locations for Drug Take Back Day

Three York County law enforcement agencies will oversee drop-offs of unused, unwanted or expired medications from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at five York County locations as part of a Drug Take Back Day.

The Old Orchard Beach Police Department, at 16 E. Emerson Cummings Blvd. in Old Orchard Beach, will collect and dispose of prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, veterinary pills, drops and ointments. The Sanford Police Department and York County Sheriffs Department will receive items dropped at Marden’s Parking Lot, at 1247 Main St., and Sanford Police Department, at 935 Shaw St., both on Main Street, Sanford; at the Hannaford Supermarket at 20 Sokokis Trail in Waterboro; at the Rite Aid at 151 Maple St., Cornish; and at the Goodwin Mills Fire Department at 481 Goodwins Mills Road in Lyman.

Those dropping off are asked to remove any personal identifying information from the label.


Project Graduation auction

The Kennebunk High School Senior Class Auction, benefiting “Project Graduation,” will be held Thursday at Kennebunk High School, Gym C.

The evening begins with a silent auction from 6:30 to 7:30, followed by a live auction at 7:30.

A spring fashion show and luncheon to benefit the Kennebunk Free Library will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Thursday at the Kennebunk Inn, at 45 Main St.

Tickets are $35 each and available at the Kennebunk Free Library, at 112 Main St.

Tables of four may be reserved in advance.

For more details, call 985-2173. 

Free email and internet tutorial

Kennebunk Free Library, at 112 Main St., will offer free basic internet and email classes at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays, May 2, 9 and 16 and June 6, 13 and 20.

The one-hour sessions will include tutorials on Web pages and navigation.

To reserve a spot, call 985-2173.


150 years ago and today: A lively discussion

Skowhegan History House Museum & Research Center will sponsor the talk “The Good Ole Days- How Horrible!” at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Skowhegan Free Public Library at 9 Elm St.

Curator Lee Granville, Director Melvin Burnham and Trustee Reg Strout will lead a lively discussion on what constitutes hardships and wonders, contrasting 150 years ago versus modern times. Refreshments will be provided.

For more details, call Burnham at 474-2162.


Free electronic waste collection

A free electronic waste collection event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the former Rockport Elementary School East, at Routes 1 and 90.

Drop-offs of televisions, computers, monitors, printers, copiers and the like will be accepted. Donations will benefit the West Bay Rotary Club.

For more details, call Steve Dixon at 542-0929.


Orthopedic surgeon talks foot, ankle injuries

Southern Maine Medical Center, at One Medical Center Drive, will offer an educational talk from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. detailing the top five foot and ankle complaints.

Orthopedic Surgeon Gregory Taggart, M.D., will discuss treatments available to help alleviate pain.

Light refreshments will be served.

Pre-registration is required by calling 283-7988.


Patten Free Library benefit dinner, auction

Patten Free Library’s 20th Annual Benefit Dinner and Silent Auction at the Patten Free Library will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday at J. R. Maxwell’s, 122 Front St.

Cost is $38 per person. A cash bar also will be available. Reservation forms are available at the library, 194 Front St., or downloaded from the library’s website at

For more details, call 443-5141 ext. 19.


Dragonfly nymphs: Pest control goes green

Wells Chamber of Commerce is taking orders for its annual Green Pest Control Initiative to supply dragonfly nymphs as an alternative to chemical spraying to rid yards of mosquitoes.

Nymphs can be introduced to ponds, marshes, swamps and other slow moving waterways where they will complete their metamorphosis into adults and prey upon mosquitoes in large quantities.

The nymphs may be ordered by calling 646-2451 or go to [email protected]. Order deadline is May 4. Delivery is scheduled for May 11 and 12 and May 18 and 19.

Wells Reserve seeks volunteers

Wells Reserve at Laudholm overseers are seeking volunteers to fill a variety of roles at its 2,250-acre National Estuarine Research Reserve for the 2012 season.

Help is needed with receptionist duties, maintenance and odd jobs, and educational opportunities at the reserves, located on Laudholm Farm Road, just off Route 1.

For more details, call Nancy Viehmann at 646-1555, ext. 118.


Financial investments lunch series

“Tips to Keep Things Running Smooth — Advanced Personal Finance Tools,” is the title of the next financial investments brown bag lunch series to be offered at noon on Friday at Camden Public Library, at 55 Main St.

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

‘A Camden Shipbuilding Retrospective’

The Camden Public Library will host “A Camden Shipbuilding Retrospective” at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday as the final event of its Maritime Month.

The event will combine an illustrated talk, history and personal reminiscences of past employees of Camden Shipbuilding and the early days of Wayfarer Marine.

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


Master falconer on Peregrine Falcons

Maine Master Falconer Larry Barnes will talk about Peregrine Falcons as part of a lunch and learn series on nature, set for 11:15 a.m. on Wednesday at Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center, at 521 Main St.

Advanced reservations are required by calling 563-1363 by noon today.