Learn about role of bats
Bat enthusiast Annie Kassler will dispel the myths associated with bats and discuss the essential role the creatures play in ecology and the global economy in a talk at 7 p.m. Thursday at Camden Public Library, 55 Main St.
The talk is sponsored by Mid-Coast Audubon.
The program is free and open to the public. Donations are welcome.
For more details, go to www.thomas.edu.
Notable citizens to be cited
The town will recognize Ursula Baier and Bob Geyer as its 2013 Distinguished Citizens during a Fun Day event beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday at the town bandstand on the Village Green on Route 115.
The Distinguished Citizens Award was created by the town’s Events Committee to recognize residents who have demonstrated a long-standing commitment to the community.
Baier is being recognized for increasing awareness of historic architecture, working to preserve local historic structures and playing a key role in the founding of Skyline Farm, comprised of 54 acres of protected fields and woods at town center. Skyline features exhibits of the carriages, sleighs and other horse-drawn vehicles that once provided local transport.
Geyer, a member of the North Yarmouth Fire Department since 1972, is being recognized for his dedication and excellence of service on behalf of the department and the community.
Baier and Geyer will be recognized just before the parade gets under way.
Picnic for local lawmakers
Lake Region Democrats will honor local Democratic legislators at an end-of-summer picnic from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the home of Rep. Jane Pringle.
Guest speaker is U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, Democratic candidate for governor.
Admission is free, but there is a suggested contribution of $10 per person. Advance reservations can be made by emailing [email protected]
For more details, go to [email protected]
Fundraiser to take flight
Keller Williams Realty Portland will sponsor its second annual Maine Suitcase Party fundraiser to benefit Camp Sunshine from 7 to 11 p.m. Sept. 27.
Participants are invited to bring packed suitcases to the event, held in a private hangar at the Portland International Jetport, with grand prize raffle winners boarding a private jet, with a guest, for an expenses-paid weekend in New York City. Other prizes include weekend getaways at regional resorts and hotels.
Tickets start at $100 for first-class tickets, which includes a raffle ticket for the grand prize.
Jet-setter tickets are $250, and include access to a special private lounge area inside the hangar.
A corporate-level co-pilot package enables partygoers to purchase 12 first-class tickets for the price of 10 for $1,000.
Additional raffle entries can be purchased at the event for $50 each.
Tickets are available at www.campsunshine.org/support_us/donations/me_sp.php.
Camp Sunshine, in Casco, provides a respite for children and their families coping with life-threatening illnesses such as cancer, kidney disease and lupus.
Keller Williams hopes to raise $80,000 at the event, enough to cover the cost of adding an entire new week for families at the camp. Last year’s event raised $60,000.
For more details, go to www.mainesuitecaseparty.com or call Kim Tarbox at 879-9800.
Club to celebrate 40th
The Irish American Club of Maine will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a dinner and dance beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Irish Heritage Center at State and Gray streets.
The evening will feature a cocktail hour, a catered buffet dinner with appetizers and dessert, and live music by the band Straight Lace. A cash bar will be available.
Tickets are $30 per person and must be purchased in advance by calling 712-5191 or visiting www.irishofmaine.org.
WWII aircraft on display
Wings of Freedom Tour of World War II vintage aircraft will be part of a display stopping at the Portland International Jetport Wednesday and Thursday at North Ramp Road.
The Collings Foundation’s Wings of Freedom Tour includes rare bomber and fighter aircraft. It is part of a 110-city nationwide tour honoring World War ll veterans.
The display will include the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress “Nine O Nine” heavy bomber; the Consolidated B-24 Liberator “Witchcraft” heavy bomber; and a P-51 Mustang fighter. The event runs from 2 p.m. Wednesday to noon Friday.
Hours are 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.
The B-17 is one of only eight in flying condition in the United States and the B-24J and Full Dual Control P-51C Mustang are the sole remaining examples of their type.
Visitors are invited to explore the aircraft inside and out.
Cost is $12 for adults and $6 for children under 12, with discounted rates for school groups. World War II veterans can tour the aircraft at no cost.
Visitors may also take a 30-minute flight aboard the rare aircraft. Flights on either the B-17 or B-24 are $425 per person. P-51 flights are $2,200 for a half hour and $3,200 for a full hour. For reservations and information on flight experiences call (800) 568-8924.
The 30-minute flights will be scheduled before and after the ground tour times.
For more details, go to www.yarmouthmehistory.org.
Rick Charette at Awesome
Entertainer Rick Charette will perform his catchy children’s songs at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Freeport Theater of Awesome at 5 Depot St.
Advance tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children ages 4 to 12; children under 3 get in free if seated on a parent’s lap.
The ticket price increases to $3 more at the door.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.AwesomeTheater.com.
For more details, email [email protected] or call 518-8839.
Reich Museum closing soon
Orgonon, the Wilhelm Reich Museum on Dodge Pond Road, is open from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays only through September.
The facility will close for the 2013 season on Oct. 1, with private tours offered through October for a fee of $100 for up to 10 people.
Orgonon was home to one of the 20th century’s most controversial figures, Austrian-born physician-scientist Wilhelm Reich (1897-1957).
Now maintained as a museum, Orgonon is a historic site and nature preserve comprising 175 acres of fields and woodland, a system of trails, a conference center and the Orgone Energy Observatory.
Children can explore a hands-on discovery room. The observatory provides spectacular vistas of the region.
Reich’s tomb, with its dramatic bronze portrait bust, is in a forest clearing nearby.
A bookstore/gift shop gives access to all Reich’s published work.
Extension meeting set
The public is invited to the 2013 annual meeting of the Cumberland County Extension Association at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the UMaine Regional Learning Center.
The theme for this year’s meeting is “100 years of 4-H.”
John Rebar, executive director of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, will give the keynote address on the history of 4-H in Maine and its relevance today.
Cumberland County Commissioner James Cloutier also will speak.
A light meal of vegetable soup will be served prior to the meeting, starting at 5:30 p.m. Dessert will be the entries in the annual pie bake-off.
Volunteers also will be recognized at the event. This year’s Friend of Extension will be presented to Marge Steele in honor of her late husband Norm Steele.
For directions, guidelines for the pie bake-off and more information, go to umaine.edu/cumberland/programs/pie-rules.
School records still available
Wells High School guidance office will begin culling student records for the Class of 2012 by mid-October.
Records from kindergarten through grade 12 that are not required to be archived will be destroyed. Records retained will be transferred to microfiche.
Any student wishing to have their cumulative folder sent to them should send a request in writing, stating their name and address before Sept. 30 to: Wells High School, Attn: Karen Quint, 200 Sanford Road, Wells, ME 04090.
Requests also may be sent by email to [email protected] Please include the address that folders should be mailed to.
For more details, call the WHS guidance office at 646-8185.
Walk for kids with cancer
Registrations for teams and individuals are being accepted for the 27th Annual Maine Children’s Cancer Program’s Walk at 9 a.m. Saturday at Maine Medical Center’s Scarborough Campus.
The event benefits the 50-60 children in Maine that are newly diagnosed each year with childhood cancer.
All funds raised from the walk go to cover the expenses not covered by insurance, such as social workers and other critical programs and services that help children and families.
The walk is the program’s largest fundraiser.
Since it began in 1986, the walk has raised nearly $2.5 million. All of the funds raised stay in Maine. All walkers who raise $50 or more get a T-shirt. Other walks are happening the same day in Augusta, Lewiston/Auburn, Topsham/Brunswick and Waterville.
To register as an individual, a team or to make a contribution, visit mccp.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1073920, or call 662-6274 for more information.
Correction: Because of a news assistant’s error, the Rick Charette concert listing contained inaccurate details. Charette will perform at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Freeport Theater of Awesome.