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FUNDRAISER: The Community Animal Watch will host a fundraiser from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Jumpin’ Jakes Seafood Cafe at 181 Saco Ave.
Donated items are still being sought to offer as raffle items for the event.
For more details, call Beverly Russell at 934-1677 or 286-5016.
SPEAKER: The Scarborough Historical Society will meet at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the society’s museum and meeting room, located at 647 Route 1.
Scarborough Lions Club president Rodney Laughton will speak.
For more details, call Dr. Bruce Thurlow at 883-5445.
KINDERGARTEN: The Westbrook School Department will offer orientation meetings at 7 p.m. Wednesday for parents who intend to enroll their children in kindergarten for the 2013-14 school year, beginning this fall.
Those meetings will be held simultaneously at Canal School at 102 Glenwood Ave., Congin School, Bridge Street, and Saccarappa School at 110 Huntress Ave.
Parents will be able to meet with teachers and hear an overview of the program and follow-up screenings and registration process, that will be held by appointment on May 1, 2 and 3.
The sessions are for parents only.
Children who will be age 5 on or before Oct. 15 will be eligible to enroll in classes.
For more details, call 854-0840, 854-0844 or 854-0847.
SAD 6 (Buxton, Hollis, Limington, Standish, Frye Island)
KINDERGARTEN: Maine School Administrative District 6 has announced the following registration dates for children who will be enrolled in kindergarten for the 2013-14 school year: Buxton Center Elementary School, April 26; Edna Libby School, Standish, May 3; H.B. Emery Jr. Memorial School, Limington and Hollis School, both on May 10.
Follow-up screening dates are scheduled at Buxton Center Elementary School, on May 31 for District 1 students and on Aug. 15 for
District 2 students.
For more details, call Kathy Campbell 727-9217 or email [email protected]
CLIMATE TALK: Paul Andrew Mayewski, director of the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine, will share his personal experiences of going to some of the Earth’s most remote and challenging places, and of the scientific discoveries he and his teams have made there, during the talk “Climate Change — Realities and Opportunities: What Earth’s Most Remote Places Tell Us About the State of Our World and the Future,” to be held at 7 p.m. Thursday in Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center, at Bowdoin College.
For more details, call Doug Cook at 725-3964 or email [email protected]
SMALL GARDENS: The Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust’s final vegetable gardening workshop of a recently-offered series will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, located at 27 Pleasant St.
Learn how to garden in small spaces using block planting, companion planting, extending the season, hoop houses and cold frames and raised beds.
It’s free and open to the public.
For more details, call Linton Studdiford at 798-5899 or email [email protected]
BOOK SALE: The annual Spring Used Book Sale at Mid Coast Hospital will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, in the Cafe Conference Rooms at 123 Medical Center Drive.
Sponsored by the Mid Coast Hospital Auxiliary, proceeds of the sale benefit health career scholarships for area high school, college and non-traditional students.
Scholarship applications, due April 15, are on line at www.midcoasthealth.com/volunteer.
The hospital Caf?ill be open from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. offering breakfast, lunch and supper items.
For more details, call 373-6015.
STORYTELLER: Award-winning storyteller Carol Birch will head three presentations at the Topsham Public Library this week.
Birch will speak at the Friends of Topsham Public Library annual meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, where she will tell the story of Lou Gehrig, a man whose story is much more than just baseball.
On Saturday, Birch will present programs at 11 a.m. as a preview to the library’s summer reading program for youth and again at 2 p.m. for “Do Tell! The Art of Storytelling,” a storytelling workshop for adults.
The library is located at 25 Foreside Road.
All programs are free and open to the public.
EDIBLE BOOKS: Portland Public Library will hold its Edible Book Festival from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.
Community members and library patrons are invited to create a piece of edible art referencing a book or poem.
Edible art submissions can look like a book or poem, pun on a title of a book or poem, resemble a character or scene or just have something to do with a book or poem. The only major criteria are that all submissions must be edible and based on a book or poem.
Children’s books, mystery novels, fiction, non-fiction, biographies, short stories, poetry, even cookbooks will be on display and created from all types of food — from veggies to colorful frosting and everything in between.
The public can vote for their favorite work before 7 p.m., after which time participants and members of the public are invited to dig in and taste the art.
People can register their edible submissions by emailing [email protected] or by calling Rachael at 871-1700 Ext. 723. Registration is free and participants are asked to drop off their work of art between 3 and 4:45 p.m. Friday.
OCEAN HEALTH: Waynflete School will host “Oceans at The Tipping Point” at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Arts Center.
Dr. Steve Katona, a marine biologist, founder of Allied Whale, former president of College of the Atlantic, and current managing director of the Ocean Health Index at Conservation International, will speak and the evening will include a screening of the award-winning film of the same title.
Doors will open at 6 p.m. for visiting informational tables of Maine-based organizations that work directly on ocean sustainability. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated and will benefit scholarships for Sustainable Ocean Studies, a 24-day marine biology summer program for high school students.
The program is offered jointly by Waynflete School and Chewonki Semester School.
For more details, call 774-5721, Ext. 1318, or go to www.waynflete.org/summertime.
ACOUSTIC FESTIVAL: University of Southern Maine will present its Inaugural Maine Acoustic Festival at 4 p.m. Saturday in Hannaford Hall at 88 Bedford St.
The event will include a showcase performance by 31 Maine music students.
The event is open to the public.
Tickets are $10 and available at the door or online at www.BrownPaperTickets.com.
OPEN HOUSE: The University of Southern Maine will host an open house for prospective graduate students from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Abromson Center, second floor, at 88 Bedford St.
The event is free and open to the public.
For more details, go to http://usm.maine.edu/graduateadmissions.
COLLEGE PLANNING: The Maine Educational Opportunity Center will host several free “Essentials of College Planning” workshops at the following times and locations: 10 a.m. Monday and Tuesday and again April 8, 16, 22 and 29, all at Portland Career Center, 185 Lancaster St. and at 10 a.m. Wednesday and April 17 at Portland Adult Education, 57 Douglass St.
The sessions include GED/SAT preparation, college planning, referrals/advocacy, career and financial aid advising, admissions process, and application fee waivers for qualified adults.
To register or for more information, call (800) 281-3703 or go to http://meoc.maine.edu.
3-D FLOWERS: The Wildridge Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. Monday for a program featuring the 3-D flower photography of Rodger Richmond at the Standish Town Hall at 175 Northeast Road.
Refreshments will be served.
MONEY WORKSHOPS: The Raymond Village Library, in partnership with Norway Savings Bank, will offer three free financial education workshops this month for new and aspiring entrepreneurs, as well as operating small business owners.
The “Money Smart for Small Business” workshops are new instructor-led training curriculum developed jointly by FDIC and SBA to provide participants, without formal business training, with a basic understanding of the financial aspects of running a small business.
Session 1, detailing financial management, meets Wednesday, with a session on record-keeping set for April 17 and a talk on time management to be held on April 24.
Each session will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Raymond Village Library, 3 Meadow Road, Route 121.
Refreshments will be provided. To register, call the 655-4283.
PUPPETS AND MUSIC: Prince Memorial Library will sponsor two events this week.
A free puppet show for all ages will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Wescustogo Hall on Route 115 in North Yarmouth.
And, a Music & Muffins concert, featuring a performance by the group Sweet Wednesday, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the library at 266 Main St.
The free concert will include muffins, juice and coffee.
For more details, call 829-2215.
MINI-GOLF: Kennebunk Free Library will host its first Trustees’ Mini-Golf Tournament from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
The library will be transformed into an indoor, sprawling 18-hole mini-golf course, covering both floors. Each hole is different, with a variety of twists, turns and obstacles — one will even go down the staircase.
A “clubhouse” will also be set up to host many free activities for children including face painting, music, games, and a special visit from Baxter the Cat — the mascot for Maine libraries.
Raffles will be held for golfers of all ages and pizza, popcorn, fruit and beverages will be available for purchase.
For a taste of what it’s like to golf in the library, visit the lower level where a 7th hole will be available for practice from now until the tournament.
Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Advance purchase is recommended to ensure a spot. For more details, call Jill LeMay at 985-2173.
GENEALOGY TALK: Acadian genealogist and historian Lucie LeBlanc Consentino will present the talk “Acadian History and Genealogy” at 10 a.m. Saturday at the next meeting of Kennebunk Free Library’s Genealogy Group.
The presentation is free and open to anybody interested in exploring Acadian history.
No registration is required.
For more details, call 985-2173 or go to www.kennebunklibrary.org.
COMMUNITY DIALOGUE: The Beth Israel Congregation, under the leadership of Cantor Daniel J. Leeman, will host the community dialogue “When Media Violence has Real Life Consequences” at 11 a.m. Sunday at the Beth Israel Congregation, 862 Washington St.
Seating is available for 500 people and the event is free.
Rona Zlokower, MCM, executive director of Media Power Youth, will speak.
For more details, call (603) 222-1200 or email [email protected]
ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES: The Kittery Recreation Department is accepting registrations for a number of youth enrichment activities it will offer over the next few months.
Mad Science sessions for grades 1 to 5 will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, April 2 to May 14. Cost is $79. There is no session on April 16.
LEGO Camp! for grades 1 to 3 will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturdays, April 6 to May 4. Cost is $85.
A Lego Camp on vehicle engineering for grades 4 to 8 is already in session, meeting from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursdays. Cost is $85. And a follow-up camp on building collision cars as a variety of battling machines will be held May 9 through 30 at the same time.
A Young Writers Group for grade 4 and 5 students will meet from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays April 24 to May 29, with a session for Grades 6-8 offered Thursday at the same time, from April 25 to May 30. Cost is $45.
The Rec Center also is offering a number of youth fitness events, including Zumbatomic for ages 5-12; Introduction to Rock Climbing for grades 1-8; karate for ages 7 to adult; ballet and creative dance classes for ages 7-9.
All sessions will be held at the Kittery Community Center, 120 Rogers Road, and all registrations must be made on the premises or online at www.kitterycommunitycenter.org.
For a complete list of times and fees, call Todd Henley at 439-3800.
BOTANY EVENT: Bill Cullina, executive director of the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, will present “The Botany of Design” at the St. Mary’s Garden Club’s Great Gardener Series set from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Auditorium at St. Mary’s Parish House, 43 Falmouth Road. The event will include a reception, exhibits, program and book signing.
Admission is $20 at the door.
For more details, call 358-9312.
HISTORY BARN: The monthly New Gloucester History Barn Open House will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday behind the Town Hall on Route 231.
Featured items include a vast array of hand tools and implements that have been loaned by descendants of one of New Gloucester’s founding families.
Admission is free.
For more details, call Leonard Brooks at 926-3188.
SMCOAD RECEPTION: The Southern Maine Community Organizations Active in Disasters (SMCOAD), a collaboration of agencies and individuals in Cumberland and York counties, will host a volunteer reception center training from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at York County Community College on College Drive.
The centers are created to manage the influx of spontaneous volunteers who come forward to offer help after a major disaster; they provide a place where large numbers of volunteers can be efficiently processed and referred to agencies needing their services after a disaster.
This process provides an easy way to register volunteers and manage requests for volunteers from the community.
Individuals interested in learning more about helping during times of disaster or want to become trained in managing a volunteer reception center are welcome to attend the training.
Register online at www.southernmainecoad.org or call Meaghan Arzberger at 985-3359. The training is free with beverages provided.
CMCC OPEN HOUSE: Central Maine Community College (CMCC) will host its annual spring open house for interested students and their families from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at its lakeside campus at 1250 Turner St.
For more details, call 755-5273 or go to www.cmcc.edu.
KATAHDIN LECTURE: The Union Historical Society will meet at the Robbins House at 343 Common Road, on Union Common, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday for an illustrated lecture headed by John Neff and Howard Whitcomb.
Authors of the recently published book “Baxter State Park and Katahdin (2012),” Neff and Whitcomb will share their vast knowledge of the Katahdin region’s history and the creation of Baxter State Park.
Refreshments will be served. The meeting is free and open to the public.
For more details, call 785-5444 and leave a message, or go to www.unionhistoricalsociety.org.
HANDS-ON SAFETY: A Teen Girls’ Safety Seminar will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Vose Library, 392 Common Road.
Andrew Lemarises, of Mid-Coast Martial Arts, will teach hands-on safety skills for teen girls.
He will focus on ways girls can protect themselves and stay safe physically and emotionally, both at school and out in the world.
The event is free and open to the public. To register or for more information, call Vose Library at 784-4733.
CONTRADANCE: College of the Atlantic will host a contra dance with the Big Moose Contra Band and caller Chrissy Fowler on Saturday at Gates Community Center at 105 Eden St.
The event will begin with a family dance at 6:30 p.m. followed by more complicated, traditional dances at 8 p.m.
Admission is $1 and $2 for the family dance and $6 for adults for the final dance; children are free.
MARITIME MONTH: Maritime Month at the Camden Public Library will feature shipwrecks, fishing, paleo-Indians, doomed colonists, and the visit to Maine by the Prince of Wales.
The monthlong celebration begins with an illustrated talk by Dave Jackson entitled “A Picture History of Our Oldest Industry” at 7 p.m. Tuesday at 55 Main St.
Other events in April will include a talk by Maine archaeologist Dr. Bruce Bourque, speaking on his new book “The Swordfish Hunters about Maine’s paleo-Indians, the Red Paint People,” on April 16; a talk by historian Bud Warren speaking on the failure of the Popham Colony of 1607, which predated the Plymouth colony and was the first attempt by the English at settling the New World, on April 23; a talk by Dr. Richard Cornelia on the sinking of the side-wheeler Portland in the Great Gale of 1898, on April 25; and a talk by author and poet Duane Robert Pierson, speaking on his historical novel,” Annie and the Prince of Wales: Portland, Maine 1860,” on April 30.
The library will also display a brand-new model of the Portland by Camden’s ship modeler Gil Carlson.
The National Fisherman photos from the Penobscot Marine Museum will be on display all month in the Picker Room.
For more details, call Ken Gross at 236-3440.
MUSIC: Ed Geis & Friends will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Camden Library Coffeehouse at 55 Main St.
Geis, of Camden, is accompanied by friends Will Brown of Lincolnville and David Foley of Northport.
The set features an eclectic mix of original compositions, western folk tunes and traditional folk music.
Admission to the Coffeehouse will be $5 and $7.
For more details, call Ken Gross at 236-3440.
NATURAL COLORS: The talk “Dyes From Your Garden: The Natural Colors of Our Lives” will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Penobscot Marine Museum, 40 East Maine St.
Fiber College of Maine director Astrig Tanguay will speak about growing, harvesting and preparing natural dyes from the plants in your garden.
Many samples and recipes will be provided.
Tanguay is an avid knitter and dyer with a deep appreciation of nature and a passion for furthering traditional arts.
For more details, call 548-2529 or go to penobscotmarinemuseum.org.