PORTLAND

‘Christmas star’ talk

University of Southern Maine Southworth Planetarium’s director, Dr. Jerry LaSala, will give the talk titled “An Astronomer Looks at the Christmas Star,” at 7 p.m. Thursday at 70 Falmouth St.

Admission is by donation at the door.

For more details, call 780-4249 or e-mail [email protected]

FALMOUTH

Prepare for winter outings

The Maine Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club will offer a Winter Outings Skills Workshop at 6 p.m. Monday at the Gilsland Farm Audubon Center, 20 Gilsland Farm Road.

AMC Maine Chapter leaders Peter Broderick and Laura Flight will offer an introduction and refresher course in clothing, gear, snow travel and other essential information for both novice and experienced hikers.

This event is free and open to the public.

For more details, call Laura Flight at 215-5306 or email [email protected]

SANFORD

Cancer center adds events

The Cancer Care Center has been awarded several grants to provide complementary services to cancer patients and their families.

A Yoga program is now meeting from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Jan. 30 (no program on Dec. 26).

On-site chair massage is being offered from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesdays and Fridays through Dec. 26.

And a cancer survivor support group meets from Cancer Survivor Support Group noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday.

All programs are hosted at the center.

The patient entrance is located off Eagle Drive across from Sanford Airport.

For details, call Shannon Legere at 459-1658.

RANGELEY

Ladies breakfast cooking

The next Ladies Community Breakfast will be from 7 to 9 a.m. Wednesday at The Ginger Bread House on Main Street, Oquossoc.

Those with special dietary needs should call in advance.

For details, call 864-3602.

WESTBROOK

Fly fishing presentation

Sebago Chapter of Trout Unlimited and the Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife will give the presentation “Fishing Sebago TU’s Backyard” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, describing more than 20 fly fishing locales in southwestern Maine.

The meeting is free and open to the public at the American Legion Post 62, 17 Dunn St.

For more details, call Steve Heinz at 781-4762 or e-mail [email protected]

Reading programs on hold

Kennebunk Free Library reading programs, including Peek-a-Book Babies, Family Storytime and Time for 2’s & 3’s, have been temporarily postponed until after the holidays.

Those programs will resume Jan. 7, 2013.

STANDISH

Babysitter course at St. Joe’s

Saint Joseph’s College will offer an American Red Cross Babysitter’s Training Certification class for youths age 11-15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 27 at Harold Alfond Center on campus.

Topics to be covered include leadership skills, caregiving, first aid skills, safe play and safety.

Successful participants will earn American Red Cross Babysitter’s Training certification. The cost is $75 (or $65 for recertification).

To register or for more details, call 893-6615 or e-mail [email protected]

KENNEBUNK

Session on parenting

Stevie Westmoreland, LMFT, LCPC, will head a parenting class from 10:30 a.m. to noon Friday at the Kennebunk Free Library.

These sessions are held on the third Friday of each month.

Westmoreland will teach on the six needs of a child, including belonging, nurturance, support, protection, setting limits and respect.

The program is free, and no pre-registration is necessary.

For more details, call 985-2511 or go to www.katherinestevenswestmoreland.com/the-well.html.

WALDOBORO

Bake sale, book fair on tap

Waldoboro Public Library Trustees and Friends of the Library are sponsoring a Bake Sale and Book Fair from noon to 7 p.m. Monday.

The Bake Sale will feature pies, cakes, breads, and Christmas cookies.

The highlight of the sale will be the gingerbread house replica of the library building, to be raffled off. Tickets are available for purchase at the library.

This event is open to the public.

The proceeds will benefit the library’s operating budget.

For more details, call 832-4484 or go to www.waldoborolibrary.org.