Talk on osteoporosis
Gorham Women’s Club will host a talk by Sally Manchester on osteoporosis at 1 p.m. Thursday at First Parish Congregational Church on School Street.
Refreshments will be served at 12:30 p.m.
For more details, call 839-8399.
Civil War lecture series
The next Joshua L. Chamberlain Civil War Round Table lecture will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday in Curtis Memorial Library’s Morrell Room, at 23 Pleasant St.
Guest speaker Pat Falci will present “Gettysburg The Movie 20th Anniversary.”
For more details, call Al Prest at 443-2296.
OLD ORCHARD BEACH
ChiliFest on the Pier
The fifth annual ChiliFest event will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday on the Pier at Town Square.
The event will feature live music and unlimited sampling of chili for $5 per person.
Proceeds will directly benefit The Old Orchard Beach Community Animal Watch.
Book sale benefits library
Friends of Libby Library is holding a Book Shed close-out sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays at 27 Staples St.
Proceeds will provide for the enhancement of children’s reading programs, materials and activities at Edith Belle Libby Memorial Library, which is undergoing an expansion.
For more details, call 934-4351.
Senior College open house
South Coast Senior College at York County Community College will hold an open house from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the YCCC campus, 112 College Drive.
Meet the instructors and learn about upcoming fall classes.
Find out more at www.yccc.edu.
Robbie Foundation race
The Robbie Foundation will hold its first 5K race, 1.5-mile walk and kids fun run Saturday at Back Cove.
Registration gets under way at 6:45 a.m., with the race and walk starting at 8:30 a.m.
There will be awards for a variety of categories including first male and female overall.
All proceeds from the race will go to provide adaptive equipment, therapy treatments and other services that are not covered by insurance for Maine children with developmental disabilities.
For more details, go to www.robbiefoundation.com.
Food drive, day of service
Wayside Food Programs will hold a three-day food drive from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday at Whole Foods Market, 2 Somerset St., in an attempt to rebuild its food inventory, which has dwindled over the summer.
The food drive will focus on collecting food for in-need families served by Wayside and its partner agencies.
Whole Foods also will hold a “Kids Day of Service,” from 9:30 to 11 a.m Saturday, where children and parents will assemble food bags for Wayside to distribute to Portland Community Policing.
To find out more about the Kids Day of Service and sign up, visit http://ptlkidsdayofservice.eventbrite.com. Space is limited.
For more details on Wayside Food Programs, call 775-4939 or email [email protected]
Olympic biathletes to speak
U.S. Olympic Team biathlon members Annelies Cook and Lowell Bailey will be at Portland Public Library from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday to talk about biathlon and competing at World Cup and Olympic events.
Biathlon is a winter sport which combines cross-country skiing and rifle shooting.
This event is presented by Portland Public Library and Maine Winter Sports Center Olympic Development Team.
The athletes will share their experiences about training for this grueling sport and their accomplishments at competitions around the world.
The talk will be held in Rines Auditorium at 5 Monument Square.
Gallery talk Friday
Camille Smalley, collections and research manager at the Saco Museum and curator of the “John Haley’s Civil War” exhibit, will talk about the exhibit, Haley’s life and answer questions during a 6 p.m. gallery talk Friday in Saco Museum’s Main Gallery at 371 Main St.
For more details, call 283-3861.
Free nature center walks
Hidden Valley Nature Center volunteer Sheryl Bickel will begin offering monthly walks in the woods at the center on the second Tuesday of each month, beginning on Sept. 10.
Bickel will lead visitors on a 90-minute walk to explore the center’s 25-plus miles of trails, as well as outstanding natural features like bogs, ponds, streams and cliffs. Each month will feature new trails.
The extent and the rigor of the walk will vary each month depending on the group’s interest. Well-behaved dogs are welcome.
Attendees will meet at the 131 Egypt Road entrance just before 10 a.m. Tuesday.
Plan for a good walk according to the weather and bring any food or water you might want.
This event is free.
Library hosts free events
Camden Public Library will host a number of programs this week at 55 Main St.
• Dr. Eric Betz will speak on “The Secrets to Permanent Weight Loss” at noon Monday as part of the wellness series co-hosted by the library and Pen-Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce. The talk will describe blood sugar imbalances, low metabolism, toxicity, poor sleep and nerve pressure, all of which have an impact on weight loss and overall health.
• On Tuesday, there will be a meeting of the Tuesday Book Club at 1 p.m.; a meeting of the Camden Philosophical Society Reading Group at 4 p.m.; and the first session of the Hatchery Entrepreneurial Series at 7 p.m.
The Hatchery is a series of free workshops for people considering starting a business of their own and will run every two weeks. Participants may attend the whole series or sit in on individual workshops.
• On Thursday, executive clinical director of Wellness Connection of Maine Becky DeKeuster and Dr. James Li, emergency physician at Miles Memorial Hospital, will present a talk on “Medical Cannabis 101″ at 7 p.m.
The purpose of the presentation is to provide a basic education about the history and science of this medicine, with an introduction to Maine’s medical marijuana law.
For more details, call Ken Gross at 236-3440.
Prince Memorial Library, at 266 Main St., will host a free “Living in Retirement Investment Workshop” at 6 p.m. Tuesday featuring a Social Security specialist, Medicare consultant and investment help.
Refreshments will be served.
For more details, call 829-2215.
Maine Crafts Guild show
The Maine Crafts Guild’s fourth annual Scarborough Fine Crafts Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Camp Ketcha at 336 Black Point Road.
Dozens of professional craftspeople will be showcasing their work in wood, metal, glass, fiber, clay and more.
Admission is $5 for adults; children admitted free.
For more details, call Jennifer Nielsen 210-0129.
Food historian to speak
Noted cookbook author and award winning food historian Sandra Oliver will speak at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Thomaston Historical Society at 80 Knox St.
Refreshments will be served prior to the meeting at 7 p.m.
The program is free of charge.
For more details, call Eve Anderson at 354-8835.
Talk on Antarctic exploration
Buzz Scott, founder of OceansWide, will present the illustrated talk “Historic Antarctic Exploration — Shackleton, Scott and Amundsen” at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Penobscot Marine Museum’s Stephen Phillips Memorial Library, 11 Church St.
Scott will discuss the history of the heroic age of Antarctic exploration and the famous men who pushed themselves to their physical and mental limits to explore a hostile landscape before the age of technology.
Tickets are $8 to $15. To purchase or for more details, call 548-2529 or go to http://buzzscott.eventbrite.com.
Home care job fair
Bridges Home Care is holding a job fair from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Rockland Career Center, located at 91 Camden St.
For more details, call Jennifer Fortin at 620-1679.
Police hosting bicycle event
The Kennebunk Police Department will hold its first bicycle rodeo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Kennebunk Elementary School at 177 Alewive Road.
The Bicycle Coalition of Maine will be on hand to provide a bicycle safety course and skill games for riders in kindergarten through eighth grade.
Members from the Kennebunkport Bicycle Company will provide free bicycle safety checks to all who attend, as well as bicycle helmet fittings.
Due to the generosity of sponsors, a limited number of bicycle helmets will be given for free to those in need.
A light lunch of hot dogs, chips and water will be provided around noon.
The Kennebunk Police Department and Kennebunk Fire Rescue will display police cars, fire trucks and ambulances.
Masonic Lodge representatives from Arundel and York will provide, free of charge, information and resources relative to their child identification program, a comprehensive child protection and identification tool.
Police officers also will be offering free bicycle registrations to all Kennebunk bike owners. This will help police return lost or stolen bikes to their owners.
Rain date is Sept. 21.
Chili and chowder contest
The fifth annual Chili, Chowder & Apple Dessert Contest, sponsored by the Waterborough Historical Society, will be held Saturday at the Grange Hall located at 31 West Road.
The judging starts at 4:30 p.m., followed by public tasting around 5 p.m.
Winners will be announced and prizes awarded in three categories at 6 p.m.
Area cooks, both professional and amateur, are invited to participate.
Contest food will be accepted between 4 and 4:30 p.m.
Chilis and chowders need to arrive hot in crockpots.
For more information, call Dianne Holden at 247-5926.
Tours of Marrett House
Historian Elaine Bradbury will lead special tours of the 1789 Marrett House, 40 Ossipee Trail East, on Route 25 on Sunday.
Bradbury will give a detailed presentation on the lives of upper class rural Maine women, like the three generations of Marrett women who lived in the house between 1790 and 1890.
Visitors will learn how the women of this period were educated, how they fed their families and took care of their homes and how they entertained themselves in their leisure time. Bradbury uses objects from her personal collection of 18th and 19th century cooking equipment to show how the Marrett women would have cooked for their families.
Tours leave at 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.
Admission is free for Historic New England members and $2.50 to $5 for all others.
Reservations for a specific tour are recommended but not required.
To reserve a spot, visit www.HistoricNewEngland.org or call 882-7169.
Talk on Mildred G. Burrage
Maine Preservation Commission director and state historian Earle Shettleworth Jr. will present an illustrated talk on local artist and historic preservationist Mildred G. Burrage at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Nickels-Sortwell House barn at 121 Main St.
This will be the final talk of the Historic New England 2013 Summer Lecture Series.
Advance registration is suggested.
Admission is $5 for members of Historic New England and $10 for nonmembers.
To register, call 882-7169 or visit www.HistoricNewEngland.org.
Golf tournament Saturday
The Gov. Kavanagh Knights of Columbus Council No. 1423 annual golf tournament will begin with a noon shotgun start Saturday at Sheepscot Links.
Openings for foursomes are still available.
The entry fee is $60 and includes 18 holes, a golf cart, lunch, 50/50 drawing and prizes for a variety of contests.
To register, call Robert Antognoni at 549-7694 or 215-9337.
Carpenter Cemetery tour
Jeannie Grant of the Waterborough Historical Society will conduct a walking tour of Carpenter Cemetery on Clark’s Bridge Road at 2 p.m. Saturday.
Among the families Grant will profile are those of Nathaniel W. Carpenter, Jeremiah Carpenter, the Rev. Benjamin Bridges and Thomas Smith. If it rains, the walk will be canceled.
For more details, call 247-5332.