SANFORD

Sanford Parks and Recreation Department is offering a number of fall activities this Saturday, including a 5K Turkey Trot Road Race and 1 Mile Dog Jog and a Used Sports Equipment sale.

Both events will be held at the Sanford Junior High Gymnasium.

Check-in for the race is at 8 a.m., with the event beginning at 9 a.m. Cost is $10 in advance and $15 on the day of the race.

The used equipment sale will run from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

The Sanford Public Works Department is accepting debris from Hurricane Sandy at no charge through Saturday for residents only.

In order to dispose of the debris and brush at the facility, residents must have a current transfer station permit.

For more details, call 324-9135.

Sanford High School and the Sanford Regional Technical Center will host a College & Career Fair from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday at the Memorial Gymnasium.

More than 75 representatives from area colleges, businesses, the armed services and other agencies are expected to be in attendance to assist students and parents with post-secondary planning.

For more details, call Sanford Regional Technical Center career planning coordinator Susan Williams at 206-1767 or swilliams@sanford.org.

STANDISH

The Athletics Department at Saint Joseph’s College will offer a “Kids Night Out” program from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Harold Alfond Recreation Center on campus.

The event sponsors games, movies, swimming, rock climbing, arts & crafts and sports for children ages 7-13, while their parents enjoy an evening out to dinner or do some advance holiday shopping.

The price is $12 per child and $6 for each additional child from the same family.

On-site registration is on the evening of the event only. No pre-registration is required, and no phone calls necessary.

Food concessions will be available.

The Saint Joseph’s College Centennial Faculty Lecture “How Can We Encourage Students to Think?” will be presented by professors Nina Eduljee and Gail Marchiagiano at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Viola George Auditorium in Alfond Hall on the Standish campus.

The talk includes a 30-minute presentation, time for questions and discussion and light refreshments.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more details, go to www.sjcme.edu/centennial or email pflynn@sjcme.edu.

CAMDEN

Former White House consultant Bill Greenwood will give an informal overview of the history and operation of the White House from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Camden Public Library, 55 Main St.

Topics will range from George Washington’s role in the design of the building to how new technologies are being incorporated.

The event is free and open to all.

For more details, call 236-1034, email info@camdenconference.org or go to www.camdenconference.org.

WEST PARIS

The Finnish-American Heritage Society of Maine will host Scott Andrews, of the Maine Ski Museum, for its next meeting, set for 2 p.m. Sunday at 8 Maple St.

Andrews will present the program, featuring a viewing of the vintage film “From Tree to Ski.”

For more details, call Barbara at 743-5677.

PORTLAND

A benefit gala is being held from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at The Portland Club, 156 State St., to benefit a toddler suffering from bone marrow failure.

The event will include live music, drinks and a silent auction.

Funds raised will directly benefit River Louten, age 3, of Harpswell, who has been undergoing weekly blood platelet transfusions, immunosuppression therapy and may need a bone marrow transplant to survive, since discovering he has bone marrow failure this past summer. To date, the fund has received $8,749 in donations to help offset the families exenses associated with testing, treatment and traveling.

Additional donations are appreciated and can be made out to “The River Louten Fund” at any TD Bank in Maine location.

For more details, go to facebook.com/TheRiverLoutenFund or http://fnd.us/c/eMZQd.

The Cancer Community Center, Center for Grieving Children, Hospice of Southern Maine and University of New England will present a performance and discussion of “A Finished Heart” at 6 p.m. Thursday at UNE’ s Ludcke Auditorium, 716 Stevens Ave.

Admission is free.

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

The Cheverus High School Key Club has begun its annual holiday community outreach to collect meal items to put together Thanksgiving Day Food Baskets for families in need in the greater Portland area.

Students, faculty and staff are gathering food to create complete holiday meals in a basket, including turkeys, stuffing, bread, milk, potatoes, vegetables and all the traditional fixings.

Each morning, Cheverus science teacher Mark Smith dons a turkey costume and stands in front of the school from 7 to 8 a.m. to accept donations of frozen turkeys and other food items.

Donations also may be dropped off at the school’s Main Office, 267 Ocean Ave.

Those donations can be made by Friday.

For more details, call Diane Baker at 774-6238, Ext. 49 or email baker@cheverus.org.

BATH

The Bath-Tsugaru Sister City Program annual meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Patten Free Library.

The meeting will include election of board members and is open to the public.

The Bath-Tsugaru Sister City Program is a non-profit organization promoting the annual sister-city exchange between Bath and Tsugaru City, Japan. It works closely with Regional School Unit 1 and the City of Bath.

For more details, email Cindy Matthews at cmatthews@rsu1.org.

BELFAST

Penobscot Marine Museum’s Main Street Gallery invites community members to make and submit a nautical-themed gingerbread house for a Gingerbread Lighthouses Display to be held from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30.

Individuals and local restaurants are invited to submit their creations for $5.

Proceeds to benefit the Belfast Rotary 100 Fund, which provides holiday gifts for struggling families in Waldo County.

The gingerbread creations also may be submitted to The Inn at French’s Point for the Stockton Springs Holiday Gala on Dec. 2.

For more details, call Lin Calista at 548-0334.

SCARBOROUGH

Scarborough Garden Club will meet at 12:30 p.m. Thursday at Hillcrest Community Recreation Center, 108 Hillcrest Ave., for a program on Christmas Design with guest speaker Pat Leddy.

Guests and new members are welcome to attend this free presentation.

For more details, call 510-1514 or go to http://home.roadrunner.com/~garden/.

RAYMOND

Carpenter, woodworker and freelance writer Don Perkins will detail his book “The Barns of Maine: Our History, Our Stories,” at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Raymond Village Library, 3 Meadow Road.

Perkins will discuss the history of different barn styles in Maine history.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

This program is open to the public. For more details, call 655-4283.

• A community hymn sing will be held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday at Raymond Village Community Church, 27 Main St. (Route 121), Raymond Village.

There will be no service, no sermon, no collection – just a wide variety of favorite hymns from all traditions and ages, led by RVCC’s new music director, Karen Strange.

All are welcome to attend and participate.

For more details, call the office at 655-7749.

DAMARISCOTTA

Professional baker Corrinna Zaccadelli will reveal the secrets and techniques to making a perfect pie crust from scratch and create sweet seasonal fillings at 2 p.m. Friday at Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center, 521 Main St.

The workshop will end with attendees sharing a slice of their creates, and a few of the favorite Thanksgiving stories, along with a mug of hot spiced cider.

Participant fee is $15.

Advance registration is required by Tuesday. To sign up, call 563-1363.

WESTBROOK

The Midcoast School of Music will present a free concert at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Stockhouse Station, 506 Main St.

The event will feature performances by three of the school’s student ensemble groups, including the British Invasion Ensemble, the Journey/Led Zeppelin Ensemble and the Midcoast School of Music All Stars.

NEW GLOUCESTER

Historian Larry Glatz will speak on “Maine in the War of 1812″ at 7 p.m. Thursday as a guest speaker at the New Gloucester Historical Society at the New Gloucester Meetinghouse, 389 Intervale Road, Route 231.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

Contact person is Leonard Brooks at 926-3188.

SOUTH PORTLAND

The South Portland Parks and Recreation Department will host a “Books Are Fun” Book Fair from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the South Portland Community Center, 21 Nelson Road.

The sale will feature a variety of books and gifts at a reduced rate.

For more details, call Lisa Thompson at 767-7650 or email lthompson@southportland.org.

ROCKLAND

Volunteer Administrators for Mid-Coast Maine will host its fourth annual Mini Conference, “Empowering Volunteers: Recognizing and Engaging Leadership Potential,” from 9:15 a.m. to noon Thursday at the Farnsworth Art Museum, 16 Museum St.

Suzanne Hand, Girl Scouts of Maine director of volunteer development, and volunteer development manager Dawn Walker-Elders will present the program, titled “Developing Leadership From the Ground Up.”

Maine Maritime Museum volunteer coordinator Ann Harrison and Volunteer Leadership Council member Connie Lewis-Hooker will sharing insights on how leadership is developed through the framework of the Maine Maritime Museum Volunteer Leadership Council.

A sign-up fee of $10 includes a light breakfast. To register, call 373-6015 or email mstewart@midcoasthealth.com.