NEW GLOUCESTER

Shaker Village workshops

There will be a couple of workshops Saturday at the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village on Route 26.

A workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. will focus on using gel printing techniques to make an accordion and flag book from Shaker herbs. The cost is $40. Registration is required.

Blacksmith Tim Greene and the R&R Spinners will showcase their talents at 10 a.m. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 926-4597.

NORTH YARMOUTH

Fun Day parade, diaper derby

The town’s annual Fun Day will be held Saturday in and around the Village Green on Route 115. The theme for this year’s event is “Decades of Fun.” The activities will begin with a parade at 9 a.m. at the White Pines Community Church on Route 9.

The opening ceremony will honor Clark and Kathy Whittier, North Yarmouth’s Distinguished Citizens for 2012. The event will also feature a variety of activities such as the Wicked Good Band, disco dancing, hula hooping, a diaper derby, and a 317 Student Ensemble performance.

For more information, go to northyarmouthevents.org.

PORTLAND

Mindfulness classes offered

Nancy Hathaway will lead an eight- week class called Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction beginning at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 10 at Maine Medical Center. For more information and to register, email hathaway.N@gmail.com

Bayside to hold block party

The Bayside neighborhood is having a block party from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot by Dyer’s Variety Store, 45 Portland St. There will be music, karaoke, a moon bounce, games and a yard sale.

The event is sponsored by Bayside Neighborhood Association, Preble Street, Goodwill, Lost Coin Cafe and the city of Portland.

AARP to hold driver class

An AARP driver safety class for drivers age 50 and older will be offered from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the AARP state office, 1685 Congress St.

Drivers will learn about defensive driving, new traffic laws and rules of the road. Older drivers will also learn how to adjust to age-related changes in vision, hearing and reaction time. The registration fee is $12 for AARP members, $14 for others. Class size is limited. To register, call 655-4943.

Port Swing Dance lessons

Port City Swing Dance will offer dance lessons Friday with music by the Mainiac Swingin’ DJs.

The lessons will be held at 8 p.m., followed by a dance at 9 p.m. at the Woodfords Club, 179 Woodford St.

Beginners are encouraged to attend. No partner is needed. The cost is $8. For more information, call 563-8632.

SOUTH PORTLAND

‘Flashers & Floaters’ speaker

The National Osteoporosis Foundation’s Southern Maine Osteoporosis Support Group will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at 800 Main St.

This month, the guest speaker will be an optometrist, Renee Whelan, OD, who will discuss “Flashers & Floaters.”

The talk is open to the public with no fee. All are welcome. For more information, call 207-828-1133.

Library Antarctica photos

A new display of photographs titled “Antarctica, the Magnificent Unknown” is now on display at the South Portland Public Library’s main branch at 482 Broadway.

The images, by Lila and David Kirkwood, depict aspects of life and the land in Antarctica. The show will be on view through September

WINDHAM

VNA meeting on grief

VNA Home Health & Hospice is offering its monthly grief support meeting from 6 to 7:30 Tuesday at North Windham Union Church, 723 Roosevelt Trail. The topic of the meeting is: “How Long Does Grief Last.”

This is an open group for anyone grieving the death of a loved one. For more information, call 400-8714.

GRAY

‘Musical Petting Zoo’ set

The Fiddlehead Center for the Arts is hosting a “Musical Petting Zoo” from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday at 25 Shaker Road. Participants will get a chance to meet the instructors and try a new instrument. Light refreshments will be served.

KENNEBUNK

Kudirka to sign book

Author Marcy Titcomb Kudirka will sign copies of her book “Since You Ask … Kennebunk Shipbuilder Joseph Titcomb” at 3 p.m. Thursday at the Kennebunk Free Library, 112 Main St. The talk follows the career of Titcomb, a shipbuilder’s son.

Copies of Kudirka’s works will be available for purchase. For more details, call the library at 985-2173 or go to www.kennebunklibrary.org.

ROCKPORT

Scarecrow contest sign-ups

Plants Unlimited, 629 Commercial St., is accepting sign-ups for its third annual scarecrow contest, set for Sept. 23-30.

Organizations will be given an 8- by 8-foot space and five bales of hay to create a fall harvest-themed display that must include a homemade scarecrow. All themes must be set up Sept. 20-21 and be able to withstand inclement weather.

The final day of the judging will include a pumpkin growing contest for children, a food vendor, arts and crafts show and children’s activities. For more details, call Emily at 594-7754 or email at plantsunlimited@rocketmail.com.

SANFORD

Community Action cookout

York County Community Action Corporation will host its 12th Annual Neighborhood Cookout from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 6 Spruce St.

Guests will be treated to a free lunch of hot dogs and hamburgers, potato chips, salads, drinks and desserts. Old-fashioned games will be played.

The YCCAC transportation program provides an open-air trolley ride around Sanford’s Number One Pond, and raffle drawings for prizes, donated by local merchants, will be held throughout the day.

For more details, call Brad Bohon at 324-5762, ext. 2954.

TOPSHAM

Library to host garden party

Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road, will host a garden party from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday to celebrate its garden success, new handicapped parking and to kick off efforts for universal access.

Check out the library’s plans for additional pathways to connect the outdoor and indoor spaces at the library, listen to the music of String Tide, and see the types of assistive technology for hearing and visually impaired patrons.

Refreshments will be served. For more details, call 725-1727 or go to www.topshamlibrary.org.

BATH

Square dance workshops

Square dance aficionados and novices alike are invited to take to the dance floor for a number of scheduled dances sponsored by SAGE Square Dance Club.

Two free square dance workshops will be offered at 6 p.m. Sept. 11 and 18 at Dike Newell Elementary School Cafeteria, 3 Wright Drive, for those new to the skill or individuals who are a bit rusty.

Open community square dances will be held at 6 p.m. each Tuesday through June 2013. For more details, call Polly Harris at 373-1778 or go to http://sage.squaredanceme.us.

KENNEBUNK

Library computer classes

Kennebunk Free Library, 112 Main St., will offer free basic computer classes at 10 a.m. on the first Wednesday of each month.

The hourlong sessions will include computer basics, offered this Wednesday, word processing basics in October, Internet basics in November, and email basics in January. Space is limited and advance sign-ups are requested by calling 985-2173.

BRUNSWICK

Discussion of Androscoggin

A roundtable discussion on “A River Lost & Found: The Androscoggin in Time and Place” will be held at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in Kresge Auditorium at Bowdoin College.

The program is free and open to the public. Several professors will be on hand to discuss the complexities of the river’s legacy and its potential.

An exhibit on the subject is on display at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art through Sept. 16. For more details, call Doug Cook at 725-3964.

Raffle to aid scholarship

The Brunswick High School Class of 1979 Association is holding a raffle to raise funds for its fifth annual “Get Involved Scholarship Award” benefiting a graduating senior attending a post-secondary school in the fall, for their volunteer service to the local community.

Raffle prizes include two tickets to a New England Patriots football game, a $100 gift card to Margaritas Mexican Restaurant in Portland, and a $50 gift card to Hannaford Supermarkets. For more details, go to www.brunswickclassof1979.com or mail a check or money order to: BHS Class of 1979 Association, 17 Perkins St., Topsham, ME 04086

LYMAN

Scrapbook fundraiser

Area scrapbookers and cardmakers are invited to attend a “create all day” fundraiser from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 29 at Community Library.

There will be welcome gifts, raffle prizes and a large, clean crafting space. Cost is $17. Space is limited and advance reservation and payment are required to reserve a spot.

Proceeds will directly benefit the library’s book fund. For more details, call Ann at 499-7793 or email bigbigkid@roadrunner.com.

BETHEL

Historical society meeting

The Bethel Historical Society will hold its annual meeting Thursday evening in the exhibit hall of the Dr. Moses Mason House, 14 Broad St.

A 6:30 p.m. potluck supper will precede the meeting, during which officers and trustees for 2012-2013 will be elected and there will be brief reports .

For more details, call 824-2908.

BOOTHBAY

Railway hours changing

Boothbay Railway Village has announced a change in its operating hours.

The museum will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with steam train rides, which are offered hourly, beginning at 11:30 a.m. Last ride starts at 3:30 p.m. Weekend hours are from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., with train rides offered hourly from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A Children’s Day is scheduled for Sept. 15, offering free admission to children ages 15 and younger.

For more details, call 633-4727 or go to www.railwayvillage.org.

Poetry workshop scheduled

The 2012 Poetry Workshop, sponsored by the Lincoln Arts Festival, will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Boothbay Region YMCA’S Camp Knickerbocker on Barter’s Island Road.

Maine poet Dawn Potter will head the workshop.

Admission is $60. Dessert, coffee and tea will be provided.

Interested poets can email Jean Webster at jrwopme@gmail.com or call 633-6202.

BELFAST

Breast cancer support event

Makin Waves Hair Salon, at Renys Plaza, will host a glossy nights fashion makeover event Thursday to support breast cancer initiatives.

Stylists will offer Matrix color gloss treatments all day for $10 each and will host a fashion show, refreshments and a raffle from 6 to 8 p.m.

Proceeds will be given to the Holy Walkamoles walking group, whose members are raising pledges for the Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Walk in Boston next May.

PARSONSFIELD

Golf event set for Sept. 14

Friday marks the registration deadline for the “Golf for the Health of It!” Golf Tournament and Barbecue set for Sept. 14 at Province Lake Golf Course. Cost is $85 per person. Prizes will be awarded for a variety of contests.

The event will include a barbecue, raffles, auction and door prizes. To register, call Kate Albert at 625-8129 ext. 139.

BUXTON

Bonny Eagle Flea Market

Table spaces are available for rent for the Bonny Eagle Flea Market, set for 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the Bonny Eagle Middle School parking lot at Routes 22 and 35. Spaces are $10 or five tables for $40. Rain date is Sept. 15. To reserve a spot, call Karen at 692-2989. Proceeds directly benefit the Bonny Eagle High School Scholarship Fund.

BIDDEFORD

SMMC cancer walking event

Southern Maine Medical Center’s Walk Away From Cancer participants invite cancer survivors, diagnosed within the past six to 12 months, or who are currently undergoing treatment, to attend the next session.

The program is designed to provide survivors with the tools and motivation to begin and sustain a program of exercise, nutritional education and emotional strength and coping skills.

The next session will run from Sept. 11 to Oct. 18, meeting every Tuesday and Thursday from 4:30 to 6 p.m., and is free to participants or their families. To register, call Peggy Belanger, RN, at 283-7320.