AARP driver safety class
An AARP driver safety class, for drivers age 50 and older, will be offered from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Windham Public Library, 217 Windham Center Road.
The registration fee is $12 for AARP members and $14 for all others.
Advance registration is required as class size is limited.
To register, phone John Hammon, volunteer instructor, at 655-4943.
Humorist on church’s stage
Author, humorist and professional storyteller John McDonald will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Windham Hill United Church of Christ, 140 Windham Center Road.
McDonald is the author of “A Moose and a Lobster Walk into a Bar,” “Maine Trivia: A User’s Guide to Useless Information,” and “Down the Road a Piece: A Storyteller’s Guide to Maine.” He is also host of a radio talk show on WGAN and writes a weekly humor column for newspapers throughout the state.
Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for children and seniors. They can be bought in advance or at the door.
For more details, call 892-4217.
Austen-themed garden talk
Falmouth Memorial Library and the local chapter of the Jane Austen Society of North America present garden historian Terri Nickel for the program “Gardens of Jane Austen’s Time” at 1 p.m. Saturday at the library, 5 Lunt Road.
The program is being offered to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Austen’s novel “Pride and Prejudice.”
For more details, call Jeannie at 781-2351 or write [email protected]
Author Kevin Mills to speak
Award-winning journalist and author Kevin C. Mills will speak about his historical novels and local connections to the area at the next meeting of the Waterborough Historical Society, set for 7 p.m. Thursday at the Grange Hall, 31 West Road.
Mills, of Gorham, penned the historical novels “Sons and Daughters of the Ocean” and “Breakwater.”
His upcoming novel “Sea of Liberty” is loosely based on his ancestor Eligood Mills of Waterboro.
The public is invited to attend and refreshments will be served.
For more information, call Jim Carll at 247-5878.
Orr’s Island Library’s First Thursday program, set for 7 p.m. Thursday, will feature a presentation by John Webster about a 57-year journey collecting postcards.
Webster’s collection includes more than 20 different categories of postcards amassed from friends, relations, dumpsters and antique sources. The subject possibilities in the field of deltiology are virtually limitless.
Webster will show examples from his collection and have several albums available to view.
The library is located at 1699 Harpswell Islands Road.
It is free and open to the public.
For more details, call Webster at 833-5430.
Money management class
Registrations are being accepted for a 15-hour financial class titled “My Money Works,” 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at Women, Work, and Community at University College at Saco.
The class is designed to help participants gain the skills and confidence to manage money, pay bills, reduce debt and plan for retirement.
A follow-up session is scheduled to provide additional networking and support.
Successful completion of this class meets one of the requirements for the Family Development Account (FDA) matched savings program.
For more details, call 286-1722.
Register for activities
The Kittery Recreation Department is accepting registrations for a number of adult activities it will offer this fall at 200 Rogers Road.
Planned programs include chair yoga, Wun-jo and Flo-dynamics training, zumba gold, line dancing and low-impact aerobics.
For a complete listing of classes, their times, dates and registration fees, call 439-3800, stop by the recreation office at 120 Rogers Road, or go online at http://activenet13.active.com/kitteryrec/ or www.stlawrencearts.org.
College planning workshops
The Maine Educational Opportunity Center will host several free Essentials of College Planning workshops for adults, ages 19 and older, at the following times and locations: 10 a.m. Tuesdays through Sept. 24 at Portland CareerCenter, 185 Lancaster St; and 10 a.m. Wednesdays through Sept. 18 at Portland Adult Education, 57 Douglass St.
To register or for more details, call (800) 281-3703 or http://meoc.maine.edu.
Congress Square tour, talk
The City of Portland Planning & Urban Development Department is partnering with SPACE Gallery and Portland Public Library to provide three opportunities to learn and talk about public open spaces.
The first two of the programs, in the form of historical tours, will be at 12:30 and 6 p.m. Wednesday at SPACE Gallery. The public is invited to join architectural historian Scott Hanson for informative walks detailing the Congress Square area’s rich history. The 30-minute tour starts in the gallery with an illustrated talk and ends outside in Congress Square. Both tours are free.
The documentary Film “Social Life of Small Urban Spaces” will be screened at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 12 at Rines Auditorium, at Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square. A discussion will follow.
Balance class for seniors
The nationally recognized class “A Matter of Balance,” which trains older adults how to manage concerns about falling that would otherwise keep them inactive, will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, Sept. 8 through Oct. 3, at The Woods at Canco.
Attendees will be taught ways to view falls as controllable, set goals for increasing activity, learn exercises to increase strength and balance, and make changes to reduce their risk of falling at home.
To register or for more details, call 396-6583 or email [email protected]
Dinosaurs at the planetarium
Southworth Planetarium will kick off its full dome, computer animated dinosaurs show Friday, featuring shows at 7 and 8:30 p.m. at 96 Falmouth St.
The audience will experience monster reptiles bounding, stomping, flying, hunting and foraging above their heads.
Addtional showtimes are 3 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, and Sept. 9, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 and 29; 1 p.m. Sept. 11, 16, 18, 23, 25 and 30; and 7 and 8:30 p.m. Sept. 13, 20, 27.
Admission is $5.50 for adults and $5 for youths and seniors for afternoon matinees and $1 more for evening shows.
For more details, call 780-4249 or e-mail [email protected]
Language Exchange open house
The Language Exchange will host an open house from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at 80 Exchange St., Suite 24-26.
Visitors are welcome to learn about programs offered, register for classes, meet with instructor and participate in a variety of drawings.
Refreshments will be served.
For details, email [email protected]
Free conference for vets, families
There will be a free conference for veterans, their families and health professionals at the University of Maine Farmington campus from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 21.
Hosted by Tri-County Mental Health Services with support from the United Way of the Tri-Valley Area, Americorps Vista, and many community volunteers, the conference will offer two speakers and nine different workshops on topics ranging from legal issues and re-integrating into family and community life to traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress.
To register or for more details, call Jerry DeWitt at 783-9141, Ext. 228 or go to www.tcmhs.org.
Travel expense scholarships are available through Veterans For Peace by calling Doug Rawlings at 778-7292 or [email protected]
Quilting workshop Saturday
Quilter Dianne Devonshire, of Raymond, will head a quilting workshop from 9 a.m., to 4 p.m. Saturday to create a Cardinal pillow at the Shaker Village, 707 Shaker Road, Route 26.
This paper-pieced cardinal design is based on a old, favorite design in quilting.
Quilters ages 12 and older are asked to bring their own sewing machine, scissors, rotary cutter and straight-edge rulers for the project. A materials list provided at sign up.
Fee is $25.
To register, call 926-4597.
Library celebrating its birthday
The 125th Anniversary of the New Gloucester Public Library will be celebrated from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday featuring a special exhibit at the monthly New Gloucester History Barn Open House on Route 231.
The public is invited.
Admisson is free.
For more details, call Leonard Brooks at 926- 3188.
Rick Charette to perform at wildlife park
Children’s singer and songwriter Rick Charette will perform from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Maine Wildlife Park on Route 26.
The park also will offer free admission to grandparents, who are accompanied by their grandchildren, on Sunday in observance of Grandparents Day.
The park is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily through Nov. 11.
Admission is $5 for children and seniors and $7 for adults.
For more details, call 657-4977 or go to www.mainewildlifepark.com.
Genealogy group sets first meeting of year
The 2013-14 season of the Kennebunk Free Library Genealogy Group begins at 10 a.m. Saturday featuring guest speaker Diane Gravel, who will give a talk titled “Obscure and Neglected Sources: New Paths to Genealogical Success.”
The group meets at the library, at 112 Main St., on the first Saturday of every month.
For more details, call the library at 985-2173 or go to kennebunklibrary.org.
Strut Your Mutt Sunday at Mother’s Beach
The annual Strut Your Mutt Walk at Mother’s Beach will begin at 11 a.m. Sunday featuring a scenic walk on the three Kennebunk Beaches.
Proceeds from the event will directly benefit the Animal Welfare Society’s Sadie Fund to provide medical care for animals in need.
Registration begins at 10 a.m.
For more details, call Animal Welfare Society at 985-3244, ext. 117 or go to www.animalwelfaresociety.org.
Fair wants to line up crafters
The York County Retired Educators Association is seeking crafters to sell their wares during its annual fundraising craft fair, set for Nov. 2 at Kennebunk High School.
Cost of table rentals are $50 with proceeds directly benefiting a scholarship fund to support further education for three graduating seniors each year.
Crafters can contact Gail Brayman at 985-7723 or email [email protected]
Fun art for grandparents, grandkids
Celebrate Grandparents Day by bringing the grandchildren to a fun art workshop, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, in the Great Pond Mountain Wildlands.
Attendees will participate in a Wild Weavings Workshop, led by Sandi Crillo.
The outing is geared to ages 8 to 12 and their adults, who will participate in a short wood walk to gather natural materials to make a weaving project to take home.
Participants will meet at Wildlands South Gate on Route 1 ,just south of the Route 176 intersection.
Pre-registratin is required by calling 469-6929 or email [email protected]
Rain date is Sept 15.
Music, writing group and a Maker Faire
Camden Public Library will host the following programs this week at its 55 Main St. facility:
An opening reception for Artist of the Month Linda Shepard will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.
The Veterans for Peace Writers Group continues at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 3, 10, and 24, led by creative writing instructor and veteran George Chappell. The sessions are free.
John and Rachel Nicholas will perform at the Camden Library Coffeehouse at 7 p.m. Thursday with guest David Dodson. Admission is $4/$5 for seniors and students. Refreshments will be available.
And the first-ever Midcoast Mini Maker Faire, hosted by the Camden Public Library and Midcoast Magnet, will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the library’s amphitheater, featuring more than 20 maker exhibits that detail inventions and innovations.
For more details, call Ken Gross at 236-3440.
Community chorus wants you
Midcoast Community Chorus welcomes singers of all vocal abilities, who are age 12 and older, to join them for performances this fall.
Led by MCC founder and artistic director Mimi Bornstein, the chorus rehearses weekly from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays at John Street United Methodist Church in Camden.
The semester will end with a Jan. 12 concert at the Strom Auditorium in Rockport.
Registration for this semester is from 5 to 6:15 p.m. Sept. 16, before the first rehearsal, and again on Sept. 23.
Or visit the MCC website at mccsings.org for early registration instructions.
In addition to the regular Monday Night Chorus, there will be an intermediate chorus, monthly community sings and music reading classes.
The MCC is a non-auditioned, multigenerational chorus established in 2008 that typically includes 120 to 140 choristers each semester.
Filmmaker to discuss shipwreck story
Filmmaker David Conover will screen and discuss his hourlong film documentary “Wreck of the Portland” at 7 p.m. Thursday at Penobscot Marine Museum’s Stephen Phillips Memorial Library, 11 Church St.
The sinking of the SS Portland during a blizzard on Nov. 26, 1898, is considered one of the greatest maritime disasters to occur off the Northeast coast of the United States. All 190 passengers and crew on board perished. Little of the shipwreck and few victims were ever recovered, and the exact location of the tragedy was a mystery. During the summer of 2002, 104 years after the vessel’s disappearance, a Remote Operated Vehicle was used to locate the wreck.
Tickets are $8 to $15.
For tickets or more details, call 548-2529.
Retired educators to meet for lunch
The Mid-Coast Retired Educators Association will meet for a salad luncheon on Wednesday at the United Methodist Church.
The social time starts at 10:30 a.m. followed the meeting at 11:45 a.m. and the luncheon.
The meal will serve as a fundraiser benefiting the annual high school scholarships given to Brunswick, Morse and Mt. Ararat High School seniors.
All retired educators living in the area are welcome to attend.
Reservations and more details are available by calling Corley Anne Byras at 666-3922.
One-day CPR and life-saving course
Saint Joseph’s College will host a one-day course on CPR and other lifesaving skills from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the campus on 278 Whites Bridge Road.
Participants will learn to recognize several life-threatening emergencies, provide CPR, use an AED and relieve choking in a safe, timely and effective manner.
Successful completion of the course earns participants a certificate in Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers from the American Heart Association. This certificate is valid for two years.
Cost of the course is $85. Recertification is $75.
For more information and to register, visit www.sjcme.edu/alfond/redcross/CPR or call 893-6615.
OLD ORCHARD BEACH
Salvation Army hosting open house
The Salvation Army will host a community Rally Day Open House from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Sunday at its headquarters at 2 Sixth St.
The event is free and open to the public and will feature children’s games and activities; free hot dogs, drinks and desserts; a chili cook-off; a cake bake contest; and minute to win it games.
The event will be held rain or shine.
For more details, call 934-4381.
Get together and shred
Saco & Biddeford Savings to host a community shredding event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 29 Portland Ave. that is free and open to the public.
Community members and businesses are encouraged to join the fight against identity theft by bringing up to two boxes of documents (cancelled checks, old bills and invoices, medical records, etc.) for safe and confidential shredding.
Shredding will be provided by Without A Trace.
Attendees are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items, as a representative from the Old Orchard Beach Salvation Army Food Pantry and SBSI staff will be on hand to collect food and cash donations for the pantry.
Bring a cash or food donation and receive a free gift (while supplies last).
Nickles, the SBSI mascot, will also be there between 10 a.m. and noon.
Presentation on black marble quarrying, use
Union Historical Society will host the talk “Lime and Marble: A Brief History of the Quarrying Industry that Placed 19th Century Thomaston on the Map” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Old Town House on Town House Road, just off Union Common.
Margaret S. McCrea, of Thomaston, will give an illustrated presentation covering the origin and early introduction of black marble quarrying, manufacturing and its commercial history in the area, as well as the identification of a few black marble mantelpieces in various Thomaston homes.
Following the program refreshments will be served.
All meetings of Union Historical Society are free and open to the public.
For more details, call 785-5444 and leave a message, or visit www.unionhistoricalsociety.org.
Writer-historian to show how to write your life story
“Tell Your Life Story” will be the topic of the next meeting of the Greater Portland Chapter of the Maine Genealogical Society, set for 1 p.m. Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 29 Ocean House Road.
Maine writer and historian Eddie Adelman will present a program on documenting your life story. He will offer easy to understand tips and instruction on memoir writing and oral histories.
Refreshments are served before the meeting at 12:30 p.m.
Final SAT prep classes begin Sunday
Maine Prep’s final SAT prep classes for Brunswick area college-bound high school seniors begin Sunday at the Maine Prep offices at 22 Parkers Way.
Classes meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sundays and Wednesdays through Oct. 2.
For further details, course description and registration materials, call Maine Prep at 798-5690 or email [email protected]
The web address is www.maineprep.com.
Send your cat to be spayed or neutered
The Animal Welfare Society and the Cleo Fund are teaming up with the Red Barn and the Berwick Police Benevolent Fund to help Berwick residents spay and neuter their cats.
AWS representatives will be at the police station from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Saturday to pick up 20 cats and transport them to the Shelter Spay/Neuter Clinic at AWS to be spayed or neutered and immunized against rabies.
The cats will be returned to their owners later that same day at the police station.
Interested cat owners must call AWS to reserve a space.
Because of grant funding received by AWS, the reduced cost to the owner is $20 per cat.
For more details, call Sharon Secovich at AWS at 985-3244 or email [email protected]
Farmland trust event focuses on food
Maine Farmland Trust will host a celebration of Maine food and farms from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the downtown area. The annual Maine Fare event showcases some of Maine’s best food producers and engages participants in educational discussions and classes on local farming, cooking, and Maine’s food system.
Maine Farmland Trust is a statewide nonprofit organization working to keep farming in Maine vital through a wide variety of programs. Since its founding in 1999, the Trust has helped protect over 33,000 acres of farmland and provided services to over 375 farm families. Friday evening will kick off with a local oyster and beer tasting.
Participating downtown restaurants will serve up “Local Plates,” featuring special locally-sourced menu items. The evening will conclude with an outdoor concert by Maine folk musician David Mallett.
Saturday’s exclusive activities will include local farm tours during the day, a local “Wine and Cheese Tasting,” and a finale four-course “Farm to Table Dinner” and wine presented by Chefs Matthew Kinney and Jason Paul of The Gothic.
Tickets to MaineFare can be purchased at www.maine-fare.org or by calling the MFT office at 338-6575.
Native American Medicine Walk planned
Freeport Historical Society will sponsor a Native American Medicine Walk with George Neptune from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday.
The guided tour offers visitors a chance to learn about the various medicinal plants used by the Wabanaki people.
Walk attendees be taught how to identify a variety of healing plant and make a sample wintergreen and cedar tea.
The two-hour walk will begin at Historic Pettengill Farm.
Cost is $7.
For more details, call 865-3170 or go to www.mainecf.org.
For more details, write to Pam Cleghorn at [email protected] or call (877) 700-6800, Ext. 2205.