OLD ORCHARD BEACH
Learn about community forest
The Conservation Commission will hold an informal discussion on managing a community forest for both the short- and long-term at 7 p.m. Monday in the Old Orchard Beach Town Hall Chambers.
Guest speaker Tin Smith, a board member of the Great Works Regional Land Trust, will share strategies for managing woodlots.
For more information, call John Bird at 934-4009.
Exploring genealogy resources
Carol Prescott McCoy, Ph.D., will give a presentation, “Digging for Gold in Maine Town Records,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Yarmouth History Center at 118 East Elm St.
McCoy will talk about the records as a rich resource for genealogists. Learn how towns typically developed, what town records were created and where you might look for them.
Cost of the talk is $3 for members and $5 for non-members.
For more details, call 846-6259 or go to www.yarmouthmehistory.org.
Temping as a path to a job
The York County CareerCenter is offering workshops for job seekers and those considering training to upgrade their skills and increase their employability.
This week’s session will feature the talk “Temping Your Way to New Employment or Career,” from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday. Topics will include considering use of staffing agencies and the benefits of temporary employment.
A question and answer period will follow. Space will be limited.
To register, call 324-5460 or (800) 343-0151.
Film about climate change
The Falmouth Recycling and Energy Advisory Committee and Falmouth Memorial Library will screen the documentary “Do the Math: The Movie” at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the library at 5 Lunt Road.
The film details the rising movement to change the terrifying math of the climate crisis and to challenge the fossil fuel industry.
A discussion will follow. For more details, call 781-2351, ext. 206.
Nature walk at Skyline Farm
Skyline Farm will host a nature walk at 1 p.m. Sunday, beginning at its visitor center at 95 The Lane.
This slow-paced stroll, led by naturalists Tracy Miner Ames and Heidi Perkins, is ideal for children and adults of all ages.
Bring your drink, magnifying glass and binoculars (if you have them), and the trail mix will be provided.
The event is free; however, donations are appreciated. There’s no pre-registration. For more details, call Patti Mikkelsen at 926-5660.
Library programs this week
Topsham Public Library, at 25 Foreside Road, will offer the following programs this week:
• A history talk at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday with anthropologist, archaeologist and author Bruce Borque detailing his study of Maine’s Red Paint People;
• Firefighter Storytime at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, featuring stories and a demonstration of firefighter gear;
• A meeting of the Men’s Book Group at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, talking about the book “Saturday” by Ian McEwan;
• A Teen Talk from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday;
• The first of four Parent/Child Workshops, meeting from10:30 a.m. to noon Fridays through Nov. 1;
• A Scary Movie Matinee, from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, screening Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho.” This movie is rated R, and not for children or the faint of heart.
Those wishing to submit prose for the library’s Joy of the Pen writing competition are reminded that entries of previously unpublished fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction will be accepted through 8 p.m. Thursday.
For more details, call 725-1727 or go to www.topshamlibrary.org.
War of 1812’s local impact
Local historian Hank Lunn will give a presentation on Camden’s experience in the War of 1812 at 7 p.m. Tuesday, based on diaries and historical records he has researched.
The talk is free and open to the public. For more details, call Ken Gross at 236-3440.
BIDDEFORDBreast cancer survivors event
Southern Maine Medical Center will host a Breast Cancer Survivors Celebration Tea from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at SMMC, 1 Medical Center Drive.
The event is free and open to all breast cancer survivors. The celebration will include refreshments, prizes and fellowship.
Pre-registration is required by calling 283-7320.
DNA tests for research, health
The Gray Historical Society will offer the program “DNA Testing for Genealogy and Health,” presented by genealogist and historian Nancy Mason at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Henry Pennell Complex, Town Council Chambers at 24 Main St.
Learn about the three major test types – Y-DNA, mtDNA and the new atDNA – and what each offers to the genealogist.
For more details, call Donnie Carroll at 402-1557 or go to www.grayhistorical.org.
New health care options
Dyer Library will host a talk by Karen Pierce-Stewart, executive director of the Cancer Care Center of York County, from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, providing an overview of the new health insurance marketplace.
Pierce-Stewart will discuss how consumers and small businesses can shop for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.
This public forum is designed to help individuals and small businesses understand who is eligible and gain a better knowledge of how it works.
For more details, call Shannon Legere at 459-1658.
Children’s story events
Prince Memorial Library hosts a variety of children’s storytime events each week at 266 Main St.
An ongoing Story Craft Music and Bubbles Time is held at 10 a.m. each Friday.
And a Spanish Story Times session will be offered at 10 a.m. this Saturday.
All sessions are free and open to children of all ages. For more details, call 829-2215.
Kids Night Out kicks off
The Athletics Department at Saint Joseph’s College will offer its popular Kids Night Out program, with the first session from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday on the campus at 278 Whites Bridge Road.
Open to children ages 7 to 13, the evenings offer age-appropriate activities such as games, movies, rock wall climbing, swimming, arts and crafts and sports in a safe and supervised atmosphere, allowing parents to enjoy dinner out, a movie, shopping or errands.
Cost for each session is $12 per child and $6 for each additional child from the same family.
Sessions will be offered Nov. 16, Dec. 7 and 14, Feb. 8, March 1 and 22 and April 5.
Registration occurs on-site only on the day of the event. Concessions will be available for purchase.
For more details, call Rupert Lewis at 893-7661.
Civil War lecture at library
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.
Speaker Kevin Weddle will give the presentation, “Lincoln’s Forgotten Admiral.”
For more details, call CWRT President Al Prest at 443-2296.
Retired educators gather
Members of the York County Retired Educators Association will gather Thursday at the Coastal House on Route 1 to celebrate 50 years of teaching.
The event will include a brief business meeting, luncheon and program by playwright and author Susan Poulin, who will perform as her alter-ego Ida LeClair from Mahoosuc Mills.
For more details, email Ruth Madden at [email protected]
Legos club at the library
The Kennebunk Free Library Legos Club will meet at 4 p.m. Thursday.
Children ages 6 and older are encouraged to pre-register for this popular program.
Opportunities to work together or alone are offered. The library will provide Legos; children are asked to leave theirs at home.
All events are free and wheelchair accessible. Kennebunk Free Library is located at 112 Main St.
For more information or to pre-register, call 985-2173 ext. 5 or go to www.kennebunklibrary.org.
Canine fashion show
A Doggie Fashion Show will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Atria Senior Living Community at Penny Lane and Route 1.
Sponsored by The House of Hazen and Animal Welfare Society Mobile Adoption Team, proceeds from the event will benefit AWS.
For more information, call the Animal Welfare Society at 985-3244 or go to www.animalwelfaresociety.org.
Open house at New School
The New School will host an open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 38 York St., Route 1, in conjunction with the Kennebunk Harvest Festival.
The event will include live music, a pie contest, pony rides, a petting zoo, kids and teen games and activities, henna tattoos and face painting, brick oven pizza, fresh pressed cider and a series of harvest workshops.
The workshops will focus on traditional crafts including soap making, yarn spinning and knitting, herbal tinctures, felting, dried flower-wreath making, the art of food fermenting, olive oil lamps, papermaking and more.
Workshops are $10, which covers the cost of all materials.
For more details, call 985-3745.
Women in the Civil War
Hiram Historical Society will host a talk by author and historian Lyn Sudlow at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Great Ossipee Museum, 20 Historical Ridge, off Schoolhouse Road and Route 117.
Sudlow will share stories of important women’s roles during the Civil War. Copies of Sudlow’s book, “A Vast Army of Women: Maine’s Uncounted Forces in the American Civil War,” will be available for purchase and signing.
There will be a brief group business meeting before the talk at 1 p.m. For more details, call Sally Williams at 625-4762.