Ladies Community Breakfast

The next Ladies Community Breakfast will be held from 7 to 9 a.m. Wednesday at Saint Luke’s Catholic Church on Lake Street.

Individuals with special dietary needs are welcome to call 864-3807.


Food preservation talk

A food preservation program will be offered at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Highland Lake Grange at Route 302 and Hardy Road. 

Kate McCarty, of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Office of Cumberland County, will teach. Learn about techniques for freezing, canning and storing the harvest from your garden.

The talk is free and open to the public. 

Light refreshments will be provided. 

To register or for more details, call Dave Gowen at 854-5753 or email [email protected]


50-cent clothing sale

St. George’s Episcopal Church will hold its semi-annual 50-cent clothing sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 3 Emerson St.

Free blood pressure screenings will be available.

For more details, call 324-8119. 

Coping with cancer

The Cancer Care Center of York County will offer a “Look Good Feel Better” session for cancer patients from to 2 to 4 p.m. on Sept. 30. This program offered by the American Cancer Society provides education, information and supportive material to help women with make-up and appearance tips while they undergo cancer treatment.

A trained volunteer cosmetologist will teach each attending women how to cope with skin changes and hair loss by offering practice make-up techniques with skin care products, information on free wigs and turbans and complimentary cosmetic products to take home.

Pre-registration is required.

To register or for more information, call Gina at 459-1601.


Annual NAMI 5K walk

The 11th Annual 5K NAMI Walks Maine event will be held rain or shine Sunday at the Southern Maine Community College campus at 2 Fort Road.

Kickoff festivities and registration begins at 9 a.m. The walk gets underway at 11 a.m.

Proceeds will benefit the National Alliance on Mental Illness, a statewide, grassroots organization founded to improve the lives of people affected by mental illness.

To register or for more details, go to www.namimaine.org or call (800) 622-5767.


Understanding the ACA

The Scarborough Public Library will offer a community program on the Affordable Care Act at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, at 48 Gorham Road.

Jake Grindle, a program specialist with Western Maine Community Action (WMCA) will present “Affordable Health Care Act 101: Understanding the New Health Care Law.”

WMCA was selected by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to serve as one of two Health Marketplace Navigators in Maine. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) will bring major changes to the health care system in the coming months. By the end of the year, there will be new requirements and options for affordable health coverage for many Mainers, including new rights, protections, and changes to current government health care programs.

Grindle will present the basics of the law and the newly available resources consumers should know about. Attendees will explore what the coming changes will mean for individuals, families, and organizations. This program is free and open to the public.

For more details, go to www.scarboroughlibrary.org or call 883-4723, option 4. 

Learn about eBooks

Scarborough residents who have a valid Scarborough Public Library card can start reading eBooks for free.

Adult services librarian Catherine Morrison will offer two “skillbuilding” programs detailing the library’s eBook services on Thursday at 1:30 and 6:30 p.m.

This hands-on program will introduce participants to the library’s Cloud Library — an innovative eBook delivery system launched last fall.

Morrison will also review eBook resources available through the Maine InfoNet Download Library.

Those attending are encouraged to bring their e-Readers.

The library will also have some e-Reader models available for demonstration purposes.

This program is free and open to the public. Registration is required to attend.

For more details, call 883-4723, option 4.


Concert series to kick off

The award winning Gypsy jazz, flamenco and swing of Ameranouche will kick off an eclectic new concert series at 7 p.m. Saturday at the First Parish Federated Church, 150 Main St.

Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door.

For advance reservations, call 450-8746 or call the church office at 384-4091. 

Local history talk set

Dr. Steven Eames will present a talk titled, “Scouts and Garrisons: Defending the Maine Frontier, 1689-1748” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Berwick Academy’s Jeppesen Science Center on Academy Street.

The lecture is part of the Old Berwick Historical Society’s 2013 series of talks, walks and historical events tied to the 300th anniversary of the Berwicks’ existence as an independent town.

Events have included lectures, tours and public programs focused on the history of this area of Maine and the Piscataqua during the 1600s and 1700s. 

His primary area of interest and research has been the effect of war on soldiers and civilians, with a focus on early American history.

Eames’ talk will focus on the development over time of defensive and offensive ways of war on the Maine frontier.

For more details, call 384-0000.


Two fashion shows on tap

Spindleworks will offer two Fashion Shows featuring its clothing and accessories, at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Theater Project.

Tickets are a suggested donation of $12 and may be purchased ahead of time by calling 729-8584.

The show will feature local models donning the Spindleworks creations, including Gary Lawless, Jill Jacobs of The Mix, and artist and original founder of Spindleworks, Nan Ross. 

Current events forum

Curtis Memorial Library and the Midcoast Senior College are jointly sponsoring a weekly current events forum that meets from noon to 1 p.m. each Thursday through Nov. 21 in the library’s Morrell Meeting Room at 23 Pleasant St.

A moderator will begin each session by briefly recapping an event followed by a discussion with audience members. 

The goal is to provide a civil, calm environment where people of differing opinions can get together and talk rationally with the ultimate goal of expanding one’s worldview.

This program is free and open to all. For more details, call Elisabeth Doucett at 725-5242, Ext. 211 or email [email protected] 

College fair open to all

The Mid-Coast College Fair will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Brunswick High School, 116 Maquoit Road.

The high school counseling department is hosting the fair.

More than 115 colleges will be represented. The list of colleges attending can be accessed at www.brunswick.k12.me.us/bhs/.  

Students in all grades and their parents are invited to meet with representatives and gather information from various colleges. 

The fair is open to the public.

Refreshments will be available at the snack bar.

For more details, call the Brunswick High School Counseling Office at 319-1912.

Senior chorus to give concert

Brunswick-area Respite Care presents the Harmonaires, 35 local seniors singing Broadway tunes, on Sunday at 4 p.m. at the United Methodist Church on Church Road. A $5 donation is suggested at the door.


Cub pack sets open house

Cub Scout Pack No. 97 of Portland will host an open house from 5:45 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Hall School Library at 23 Orono Road.

Portland boys in grades 1 through 5 are eligible to attend.

The pack meets on the first three Thursday nights of each month at Hall School, and pursues a number of activities throughout the year, including camping, hiking, fishing, community service and the Pinewood Derby.

For more details, contact Cubmaster Kelly McDonald at [email protected] 

Theater for children

Portland Stage is once again offering its “Play Me A Story: Back to School Bonanza” Theater for Kids at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Portland Stage, 25A Forest Ave.

Portland Stage players will offer theater games intended to build confidence, reading selected stories then working with young audience members to act out the themes and characters from the books they’ve performed. 

Cost is $15.

Also being offered is “Play Me A Story — Enchanted Adventures” at 10:30 a.m. Saturdays Oct. 5, 12, 19 and 26 for $15 per session or $50 for the entire month.

For more details, call 774-1043 Ext. 117. 

Autism talk opens event

Temple Grandin, Ph.D., will be a featured speaker Friday at a Future Horizon’s Conference, from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Abromson Center, 88 Bedford St.

Grandin will talk about “The Autistic Brain” at 8:30 a.m. Additional speakers will include Jennifer McIlwee Myers and Dr. Jim Ball. There will be a lunch break and attendees are required to provide their own meals.

Grandin, who is autistic, will be available for questions, pictures and book signing after her presentation.

Her life story was the subject of the film “Temple Grandin” (2010), which garnered seven Emmy Awards.

In 2011, she was chosen as one of the top 33 “Most Influential Persons in the World” in Time magazine’s “Top 100” selection. Grandin was recognized for her key roles in bringing awareness to autism and special needs and also for animal rights.

For more details, call Lyn Dunsavage Young at (800) 489-0727. 

A hospice remembrance

Join Hospice of Southern Maine for Twilight in the Park, a gathering of honor and remembrance at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in Deering Oaks park.

The setting will feature 1,000 glowing luminaria, each light representing the memory of a loved one.

For more details, call 289-3669 or go to www.hospiceofsouthernmaine.org/twilight2013

Forum on lack of civility

The Portland Public Library will convene a forum entitled “From Incivility Fatigue to Energizing Civic Conversations” from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday in Rines Auditorium at 5 Monument Square.

The talk will feature Professor Dan Shea, editor of “Can We Talk? The Rise of Rude, Nasty, Stubborn Politics” and director of Colby’s Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement. 

Facilitators from the Institute for Civic Leadership will guide an engaging and interactive session aimed at helping the audience understand why we’re experiencing increased incivility in politics and what we can do about it.

The forum will end with an opportunity for action.

This program is free and open to the public. 

Children’s chorus at library

The Pihcintu Multinational Children’s Chorus will perform from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday at Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square.

The show is to help WinterKids celebrate their 10th annual Welcome to Winter Festival, which benefits the Immigrant & Refugee Community of Greater Portland.

The Pihcintu chorus is a nationally recognized, Portland-based group of 30 girls, representing 15 countries.

The concert is free and donations for WinterKids are appreciated. 

Calling young knitters

Portland Public Library will begin a new series called “Fiber Fun” at 4 p.m. Monday for youths who like to knit, crochet, weave or do needlepoint. 

Ages 5 through 19 are invited to attend the meetings, to be held in the Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library at 5 Monument Square. Adults over age 19 are welcome when participating with a child.

The library has plenty of yarn to share, but attendees should bring your own equipment and tools.

Basic knitting instruction will be provided if needed.

The sessions will be offered each Monday through next spring.

For more details, call 871-1700, Ext. 707.


Talk on living wills

“Living Wills and Medical Directives” will be the subject of a free community forum sponsored by the South Portland and Cape Elizabeth TRIAD from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday.

Jane Mullen from Jones-Rich-Hutchens will discuss Five Wishes, a process that has become the most popular living will.

All community members are welcome to attend.

Light refreshments will be served and parking will be available in the rear of the Cape Elizabeth fire station, 2 Jordan Way.

Fore more details, call South Portland Police Officer Bob Libby at 799-5511 Ext. 7422 or Cape Elizabeth Police Officer David Galvan at 767-3323.


Teens seek book buddies

Members of Patten Free Library’s Teen Library Council hope to help nurture a love of reading in young children by making and publishing picture books about them.

Registration is now open through Friday for “All About Me,” an event in pairing local teens with children ages 4 to 8 to serve as book buddies for the process of creating their stories.

The first meeting of the book buddies program will be held Oct. 17. 

Teen volunteers will read a favorite picture book to their buddy and interview them to get ideas for their book. After the first meeting, the teens will take a week to produce the stories and then share them with their buddies when they are finished.

The books will either be handmade or produced with one of the publishing “apps” on the library’s iPads.

Participants may register by calling Carol McFadden, children’s librarian, at 443-5141, Ext. 17 or email [email protected]


Oral history techniques

Freeport Historical Society is offering an Oral History Interviewing Workshop from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday at Harrington House, 45 Main St.

Community members will be taught how to conduct an oral history session, including preparation and practice interviews. Equipment will also be reviewed.

Society volunteer Molly Graham, a professional oral historian, will instruct.

Cost is $25.

For more details, call 865-3170 or go to [email protected].


Music and movement

Kennebunk Free Library will offer a Music and Movement program for children ages 5 through 8 at 4 p.m. Tuesday at 112 Main St.

This new program will feature traditional songs coupled with circle dances and games.

Children will play classics such as “Go In and Out the Windows,” and “London Bridge is Falling Down” as well as be introduced to new favorites. Children are asked to pre-register for this program.

All events are free and wheelchair accessible. For more details, call 985-2173 Ext. 5 or go to www.KennebunkLibrary.org

Cemetery’s future on tap

A special meeting of the Evergreen Cemetery Corp. will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room 306 of the Kennebunk Town Hall.

The purpose of the meeting will be to consider the advisability of dissolving the corporation and transferring its assets to the town of Kennebunk to be held in trust for cemetery purposes.

This meeting is open to all lot owners, their heirs and assigns.

For more details, call Patricia Laroche at 286-6219 or Richard Hastings at 967-4351. 

Canine fashion show

Join the Animal Welfare Society Mobile Adoption Team and the House of Hazen for a canine fashion show at 2 p.m. Saturday at Huntington Common, 1 Ross Road.

Proceeds are to benefit the animal shelter.

For more details, call the Animal Welfare Society at 985-3244. 


‘Doughboys’ author to talk

Richard Rubin, author of “The Last of the Doughboys,” will talk about his book and his experiences interviewing the last living World War I veterans at 7 p.m. Thursday at the library at 2 Standish Neck Road. 

Come learn about the forgotten generation and the forgotten war, hear music from WWI, and enjoy refreshments. 

For more information call 892-7525. 


Shipbuilding topic of tour

The Damariscotta River Association is offering a guided walking tour detailing the “History of Shipbuilding” with archaeologist Tim Dinsmore from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

Dinsmore will lead the walk to the sites of early shipbuilders George Barstow and Nathaniel Bryant as well as blacksmith Elisha Hatch, who all worked together and formed one of the earliest shipbuilding centers along the waterways of the upper Damariscotta River during the 18th century. Dinsmore will share what he has gleaned from more than 30 years of historical and archaeological research into the lives of these two shipwrights and their families.Participants will meet at 110 Belvedere Road and carpool to the nearby site. The fee is $5.

Space is limited and advance registration required by calling 563-1393, emailing [email protected], or going to www.DamariscottaRiver.org. The walk is considered challenging in some areas and only those who are able to walk through woods and on steep inclines should attend. 

Participants should be prepared to walk in an area where ticks are common.


Car-care seminar

Autoworks, Inc. and representatives from AC Delco, a parts division of General Motors, will present the next “Knowledge is Power” Women’s Car Care Seminar from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at 107 Government St.

Attendees are encouraged to email or call Autoworks with concerns and questions about their vehicles ahead of time so that those topics can be covered during the event.

Winter preparation and driving tips will be included.

Door prizes will be provided at the free workshop.

Reservations are recommended by calling (204) 439-4500 or [email protected] or [email protected]


Full slate at library

Camden Public Library, 55 Main St., will offer the following programs this week.

On Tuesday, the first session of Senior College Class, “On Language: What’s Right? What’s Wrong? Who Decides? Does It Matter?” led by Barbara LeGendre, will be held at 1 p.m., with future sessions meeting at the same time for the next six weeks. Register with Senior College at 800-286-1594.

Also on Tuesday, the Hatchery Entrepreneurial Series continues, with a talk on “Marketing and Selling” at 7 p.m., with drop-ins welcomed.

Thursday programs include the Senior College Class “The Shocking Truth About Money,” led by Randall Parr at 1 p.m., and a talk by Camden Philosophical Society with Robert Olson on “Advancing Technology and Images of the Future” at 7 p.m.

On Saturday, the Bangladesh delegation will speak at Camden Public Library at 3 p.m., hosted by the Camden Conference.

Partners for World Health, a Maine-based non-profit, all-volunteer organization, is hosting members of Eminence, a public health and social development NGO from Bangladesh.

For more details, call Ken Gross at 236-3440.


Annual library book sale

Topsham Public Library will hold its annual Friends Book Sale, beginning with a preview event from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday and including the sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

The library is at 25 Foreside Road. 

For more details, call 725-1727 or go to www.topshamlibrary.org.


Club to host flower show

The Bath Garden Club will hold its monthly meeting at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Grace Episcopal Church, Washington Street.

This will be a National Garden Clubs, Inc. Standard Flower Show with entries submitted by garden club members only. The Horticulture Show will begin at 11 a.m.  

There will be light refreshments served. Guests are welcome to attend.


Learn about coyotes

Conservation biologist Geri Vistein will present “Coyote: America’s Song Dog” at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the South Berwick Public Library and again at 7 p.m. Thursday at the D.A. Hurd Library in North Berwick.  

Using photographs and recordings of coyote song, Vistein explores the history of the coyote in Maine and its relationship with other wildlife, the ecosystem, and with humans.

The program is free and open to the public.

To learn more, call 384-3308.