Quarry expert to speak
Stephen Haynes, director of the Maine Granite Industry Museum on Mount Desert, will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Camden Public Library, 55 Main St.
Haynes will talk about the granite industry in the quarries of Knox County, including notable quarries in St. George, South Thomaston, Tenants Harbor, Vinalhaven, Hurricane Island and Muscle Ridge Plantation.
The talk is part of the library’s celebation of Discover History Month. For more details, call Ken Gross at 236-3440.
Holiday lunch for seniors
Cumberland County seniors are invited to attend the annual Cumberland County Triad Thanksgiving luncheon, planned for 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Camp Sunshine facility, located on Acadia Road, just off Route 302 and Point Sebago Road in Casco.
Members of the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office and police services volunteers will serve a traditional Thanksgiving feast, including turkey with all the trimmings.
The meal is free and open to all Cumberland Country seniors.
Reservations are required by the Nov. 1 deadline.
To register or for more details, call Kelly Maines at 774-1444, ext. 2115.
Shred those documents
A Community Shredding Day will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at South Portland Public Library at 482 Broadway.
Do you have sensitive documents that you no longer need? Bring them to the parking lot of the main location of the library.
The event will provide safe, confidential shredding of important documents, provided by Without a Trace Mobile Shredding.
This event is sponsored by Bath Savings Institution.
The service is provided free to the public.
Questions can be directed to the South Portland Public Library at 767-7660 or go to www.southportlandlibrary.com.
Ski equipment sale
The Sixth Annual Scarborough Alpine and Nordic Ski Club’s Ski, Snowboard and Sports Equipment Sale & Swap will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Scarborough Middle School cafeteria.
Equipment drop-off times in advance of the sale are from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 8 to 9 a.m. Saturday.
All unsold items should be picked up between 3 and 4 p.m. Saturday. For more details, go to redstormskiing.com.
Learn to preserve apples
A workshop titled “Preserving Apples: Canning and Freezing” will be offered from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Office, 75 Clearwater Drive.
UMaine Community Education Assistant Kate McCarty will teach how to preserve your apple harvest.
The cost is $15 and scholarships are available. To register or for more details, call Lois Elwell at 781-6099.
Author Paterniti at library
Author Michael Paterniti will talk about his book “The Telling Room: A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge, and the World’s Greatest Piece of Cheese” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Kennebunk Free Library, 112 Main St.
The talk will follow with a Q&A with audience members and book signings.
Copies of the book also will be for sale at the event.
For more details, call the library at 985-2173, or go to www.kennebunklibrary.org.
First aid course Saturday
Saint Joseph’s College will host a CPR and first aid training course from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Harold Alfond Center at 278 Whites Bridge Road.
Topics covered include how to respond to and care for unconscious victims, breathing emergencies, sudden illness, bleeding and more.
After completing all requirements of the course, participants will receive an American Red Cross adult, child and infant CPR certification and first aid certification, each valid for two years.
Registration is $80; recertification is $60.
Registration is available online at www.sjcme.edu/alfond/redcross/cpr.
For more details, call Renee Daigle at 893-6615 or email [email protected]
Protect pets from rabies
A rabies clinic will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Standish Town Hall in the Sebago Lake Room at 175 Northeast Road.
Pet owners are asked to bring previous rabies certificates if possible.
Dogs must arrive on leashes and cats in cages.
The fee is $10, cash only.
The town clerk will also be there to license dogs if anyone wishes to do so.
She will accept cash or checks, but no credit cards.
For more details, call Jack Freitas at 642-4343 or the town clerk at 642-3461, ext 211.
Buy bird seed to help causes
The Wells Reserve at Laudholm and York County Audubon are holding their annual bird seed fundraiser, with proceeds benefiting the education programs of both organizations.
Download an order form at wellsreserve.org, pick one up at the Wells Reserve visitor center, or call 646-1555 to have one mailed to you.
Orders received by Nov. 1 get the biggest discount.
Seed will be available for pick-up on the Laudholm campus on Nov. 14, 15 or 16.
Feeders and other nature-theme items will be sold at the pickup spot.
The premium-quality seed, fresh from the 2013 crop, is supplied by Blue Seal.
For more details, call 207-646-1555.
Garden Club meeting
The Bath Garden Club will hold its monthly meeting at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Grace Episcopal Church, 1100 Washington St.
A light luncheon of sandwiches and beverages will be followed by a brief business meeting and a program titled “Succulents and Other Houseplants” by author Lisa Colburn, writer of “The Maine Garden Journal – Insider Secrets from Maine People Who Love to Put Their Hands in the Dirt.”
Oral history workshop
The Yarmouth History Center, along with Oral History and Folklife Research Inc., will offer a “Giving Voice to History” oral history workshop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 118 East Elm St.
The workshop will be advanced by a talk, headed by Keith Ludden and Molly Graham, at 7 p.m. Thursday to introduce the goals and concepts of oral history and the importance of giving voice to members of our communities.
Oral history is an effective means of capturing a history that cannot be found in traditional historical records.
The recorded interviews can be archived and preserved for future researchers.
Some of the topics to be covered in this workshop will include: definitions and goals of an oral history; setting up a project, including what equipment is needed; interviewing skills; practice interviews, and how to interview family members.
The cost is $10 for members of the Yarmouth Historical Society and $15 for all others.
Students who are involved in oral history projects will be allowed to participate at no charge with advance notice.
Space is limited so registration is encouraged.
For more details, call Amy Aldredge at 846-6259 or e-mail at [email protected]
Dance to benefit food aid
The Fifth Annual Benefit Harvest Dance for York County Shelter Programs Food Pantry Thanksgiving food box distribution will be held from 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday at the Sanford Elks Lodge, 13 Elm St.
DJ Dick Fredette will supply the music.
Bring a nonperishable food item to be entered in the drawings held throughout the evening.
Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the door or in advance at Garnsey Brothers Insurance, Sanford; Country Treasures, Shapleigh; and Lakeside Sport and Marine, Emery Mills Road, Shapleigh.
For more details, call Patty Roux-Hambleton, 324-7156.
Lab Rescue holding drive
Maine Lab Rescue is conducting a monthlong puppy supply drive to benefit foster puppies and their foster families.
The rescue also will host an animal adoption event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 2.
Both events will be held at Lucille’s Store at 625 Bridgton Road.
Donations will be accepted from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.
For more details, go to www.http://mainelabrescue.org.
Author Rubin at library
Thomas Memorial Library will host a talk by author Richard Rubin at 7 p.m. Tuesday at 6 Scott Dyer Road.
Rubin will discuss his acclaimed book “The Last of the Doughboys: The Forgotten Generation and Their Forgotten World War,” (Houghton Mifflin, 2013).
Book sales and a book signing will follow.
Details about the book, including a video interview with Rubin, and links to an NPR interview as well as interviews with some of the veterans in the book, can be found on the library’s website at www.ThomasMemorialLibrary.org.
Old House Course on tap
A Fall Old House Field Course will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday for those who have an old house, want an old house or just love old houses.
This fall’s Old House Field Course begins with a classroom session at the Knox Community Center, 61 Park St. Subsequent sessions will take place at the old homes of participants who wish to open the doors of their homes to class members and let them participate in an instructional walk through their home led by old house expert and course instructor Les Fossel.
Fossel, founder and owner of Restoration Resources and Old House Restorations, will host a final potluck supper at his home in Alna. There, students will enjoy historic features of the Alna 1789 Meetinghouse, the 1838 Head Tide Church, the Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum and more. Also featured at the instructor’s home are a cabinetmaking shop, barns and an extensive reference library on early buildings.
For more details, call Marianne Pinkham at 563-1363 or e-mail Marianne at [email protected]
Hat class to help homeless
A “Make a Hat, Help the Homeless” workshop will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Dyer Library at 371 Main St.
St. Augustine Anglican Church is sponsoring the event, which is designed for children ages 5 to 10, to make fleece hats.
Children will be able to choose their fabric and keep their hat.
Space is limited and pre-registration requested.
The fee is $6.50 if paid in advance and $10 at the door if space is available.
Proceeds from the project will be used to aid the homeless and less fortunate.
For more details, call Valerie at 772-2492.
Halloween party and parade
A Halloween party and parade for children will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Raymond Village Community Church (UCC), 27 Main St., Raymond Center (routes 121 and 302).
There will be games, crafts, storytelling, snacks and the parade. Children are encouraged to come in costume.
Training for caregivers
Spectrum Generations Family Caregiver Support Program will offer a Caregiver 101 presentation, hosted by its family caregiver support staff, from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday at the Spectrum Generations midcoast office, located in the PeoplePlus building at 35 Union St.
This training is open to anyone who would like more information about family caregiving, caregiver burnout and available resources.
Help seniors ward off falls
Spectrum Generations is seeking volunteers to coach falling prevention classes in Waldo County as part of the “A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns about Falls” programs designed to help older adults manage concerns about falls and increase physical activity.
The eight-hour coach training is free, and materials are provided.
Coaches help participants become more confident about managing falls by helping them find ways to reduce falls, and to protect themselves if they do fall.
Coaches must be able to lead low-level exercises to help increase strength and balance and have good communication and interpersonal skills, enthusiasm, dependability and a willingness to lead small groups of older adults.
The next training will be held at Spectrum Generations Waldo Community Center located at 18 Merriam Road from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 28 and 29.
For more details or to register, call Tina DeRaps at 620-1657 or e-mail Tina at [email protected]
Write a better college essay
The Portland Public Library Teen Center will present a free college essay writing workshop from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
This free workshop is being offered to help high school seniors develop and refine their admissions essays.
Telling Room staff, led by program director Nick Schuller, a college admissions expert and former UC Berkeley admissions reader, will be available to provide one-on-one attention for students from local high schools.
The first hour will be an introduction to the process for students who are just starting, and then students can sign up for time slots to receive coaching from volunteers and work on drafts. Those hours are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 1 to 3 p.m.
For more details, call Dave Kiersh at 871-1700, ext. 772.
Session focuses on feral cats
The Animal Welfare Society will host an informational seminar on feral cats from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.
The session will deal with issues surrounding stray and feral cats and options in dealing with them.
For more details, call Sharon Secovich at 985-3244, Ext. 129 or email [email protected]
Leaf-bag pickup scheduled
The town will begin its annual fall leaf bag collection program Friday with a curbside pickup scheduled to begin at 7 a.m.
Additional collection dates for the leaf bags are Nov. 8, 15 and 22.
Leaf bags are available in quantities of 15 per Falmouth resident (while supplies last), and can be obtained at the Public Works Building at 101 Woods Road.
Leaf bags are for leaves only; please do not put brush in the leaf bags.
Brush is not collected curbside but it is accepted at the Transfer Station.
Transfer Station hours are from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays.
What’s up at the library?
Prince Memorial Library will host a number of events this week at its 266 Main St. facility.
Children’s story craft and music times will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday through Friday; “Calling All Actors” historical staged readings for adults will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday for a performance set for the same time on Nov. 21; the talk “Understanding Medicare” will be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday; an Author Talk with Hugh Macmahon of Maine Law will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday; and a Music and Muffins session at 10:30 a.m. will feature a performance by Spruce Rooster on Saturday.
For more details, call 829-2215.
Health-care law explained
Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road, will host a discussion at 6:30 p.m. Thursday titled: “The Affordable Care Act 101: Understanding the New Health Care Law,” led by Jacob Grindle, health marketplace navigator and program specialist of Western Maine Community Action.
This event will detail the basics of the law and the newly available resources, as well as coming changes.
This program is free and open to the public.
For more details, call 725-1727 or go to www.topshamlibrary.org.
Drug Take Back coming up
A countywide Drug Take Back initiative will be held at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at select locales around York County.
The community service, sponsored by the Northern York County Prescription Drug Coalition, allows community members to dispose of expired or unused prescription medications in a safe location. Items to be accepted include over-the-counter or veterinary pills, drops and ointments.
Individuals are asked to remove personal identifying infomation from the labels.
Not eligible for drop-off are thermometers, batteries, or durable medical equipment; intravenous solutions, injectables, or syringes; and illicit substances.
Drop-offs will be accepted at the following locations: Public Works Recycling Center, 371 Hill St., Biddeford; Community Center, Franklin Street, Saco; New Police Station, 16 E. Emerson Cummings Blvd., Old Orchard Beach; Goodwin Mills Fire Station at Lyman; Hannaford Supermarket, 65 Portland Road, Kennebunk; Kennebunkport Police Station, Route 9; Buxton Rite-Aid Pharmacy, 226 Parker Farm Road and the Buxton Hannaford Supermarket & Pharmacy, 24 Portland Road.