Garden club hosts supper, talk

Osewantha Garden Club of South Portland will meet at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday for its annual harvest supper in the Wright Room at the First Congregational Church on Cottage Road

The business meeting will be followed by a pot roast supper at 6 p.m. and a presentation by guest speaker Lynn Holland, of Vose-Smith Florists, who is a master gardener. Holland will present a design program of holiday arrangements following dinner.

The floral arrangements will then be auctioned.


Free computer training available

Portland Public Library continues to offer free “Basic Computer Training” workshops, with upcoming sessions from 3 to 4 p.m. Tuesday and again Nov. 26 at 5 Monument Square.

Basic computer Training I is an introduction to using a computer, including explaining what’s on the desktop, mouse practice, and how to use a keyboard. Both of these courses are offered in English but a French speaking volunteer will be present to help translate for French speaking students.

In addition to these regularly scheduled workshops, the library offers half-hour, one-one-one tutoring sessions in French, Kurundi and Kiryarwanda by appointment only on Tuesdays between 1 and 4 p.m.

Tutoring sessions for English speakers are offered on Mondays between 5 and 6:30 p.m.

There is limited space available for each of these trainings and participants must register in advance at the library’s Public Computing desk or by calling 871-1700 Ext. 708.

USM welcomes students

The University of Southern Maine will host an open house for adult, transfer and graduate students from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Abromson Community Education Center, at 88 Bedford St.

Parking is free in the adjoining garage.

Representatives from academic programs will be on hand to discuss degree possibilities at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Student Services representatives will be available to help potential students begin to find a way to achieve their goals and fit education into their busy lives.

Hosted by USM Undergraduate Admission, Graduate Admissions and Professional and Continuing Education, this event is part of a concerted effort to help more people with some college experience complete a degree.

For more details, call Judie Alessi O’Malley at 780-4200


New roof for library

Historic Deering Mansion, a 114-year-old Main Street landmark, is in need of a new roof.

Built in 1869 as the home of the Joseph Deering family, the stately mansion has been home to the Dyer Library since 1955 – after being donated by former board president Frank C. Deering.

Library officials were seeking to raise $80,000 for the project. Now, thanks to a generous grant from the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation, just $30,000 is needed.

To raise those funds, the library is selling its historic roof slates for $10 apiece.

Those interested in owning a piece of Saco history are invited to drop by the library to purchase one of the roofing tiles.

The library is located at 371 Main St.

For more details, call 283-3861.


Free parenting classes

Stevie Westmoreland, LMFT, LCPC, leads a monthly parenting class on the third Friday of each month at the Kennebunk Free Library at 112 Main St.

Each month, a new topic is addressed.

The next meeting is at 10 a.m. Friday.

Besides being a parent and grandparent herself, Stevie has been in private practice as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist for 30 years.

The class offers an opportunity for parents, grandparents and caregivers to gather to share the joys and challenges of parenthood.

Skills developed will focus on identifying and understanding a child’s four basic feelings, calming ourselves down and the positive effect of mirror neurons with your child.

The event is free, wheelchair accessible, and open to all.

For more details, go to or call 985-2511.

Christ Church fair

The Christ Church holiday fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 6 Dane St.

There will be a variety of Christmas decorations and crafts for sale, with local craftspeople offering homemade tree ornaments, quilts, jams and jellies, baked goods, kitchen linens, and an array of other gift items.

The event also will feature an annual Cookie Walk, “Grandma’s Attic,” a silent auction and a coffee hour featuring Congdon’s Donuts, from 9 to 11 a.m., and a hot dog and corn chowder luncheon with homemade brownies for dessert, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Literary feasts planned

The Kennebunk Free Library will offer “A Literary Feast, Volume II,” from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

This year’s event features an evening of thematic dinner parties to be held in homes throughout the Kennebunks and Wells.

Each dinner will feature food and fun related to a specific book (reading the book is not required), with guests joining together to mingle with new and old friends in support of the Kennebunk Free Library. Tickets are $60 per person and on sale now at the library.

All proceeds benefit the library.

For more details, call 985-2173 or go to


Next Civil War talk

The next Joshua L. Chamberlain Civil War Round Table Lecture will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at Curtis Memorial Library’s second floor Reading Room at 23 Pleasant St.

Speaker Bud Warren will give a presentation on “Antietam & Beyond: T.W. Hyde’s Ambition, Honor and Success.”

Lectures are free and open to the public.

For more details, call Al Prest at 443-2296.

Outing targets birds

Join Merrymeeting Audubon Saturday morning for a field trip to Viles Arboretum for the observation of many kinds of late migrants and year-round birds.

The outing will follow with a trip to the Maine State Museum to see the natural history and conservation exhibits.

Attendees will meet at Hannaford in Brunswick at 7:30 a.m. or at the Arboretum at 8:15 a.m.

For more details, call Jack Collins at 373-0336 or Ted Allen at 729-8661.

Health care changes

The Mid-Coast Retired Educators Association will meet at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at People Plus, 35 Union St. The guest speaker will be Christine Burke, executive director of the MEA Benefits Trust.

Burke will speak on “Health Care Changes Beginning in 2014.”

A potluck luncheon also is planned.

All retired educators are encouraged to attend.

For further information, contact Corley Anne Byras, at 666-3922.


Kids’ programs listed

York Public Library, at 15 Long Sands Road, hosts a number of ongoing children’s programs each week.

Terrific Tuesdays are offered from 10:15 to 11 a.m. for pre-school children to explore music, movement and stories.

Legos events, using the library’s collection of blocks, are offered from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of each week. And an American Girl Doll program is offered from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month.

For more details, call 363-2818 or go to


Chamber music at church

The South Freeport Congregational Church will offer “An Afternoon of Chamber Music” at 2 p.m. Sunday at 98 South Freeport Road.

The concert will feature a wind ensemble, flute duo, and soprano vocalist, as well as performances on classical guitar, piano and organ.

The concert is free.

Donations may be made to benefit the South Freeport Congregational Church’s Music Angels Fund.

For more details, call 865-4012.


Library guest speakers

Prince Memorial Library, at 266 Main St., will host two guest speakers this week.

A talk with Steve Hobson, author of “A Flag Unfurled,” will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday and a Wabankai presentation with John Mitchell will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Refreshments will be served for both events.

For more details, call 829-2215.


SAD 35 presents ‘Alice’

Students from Maine School Administrative District 35 will take the stage this weekend and next to present “Alice,” this year’s pick for the district’s annual musical.

A musical adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass,” the musical was written by James Leisy, with songs by Leisy and Carl Eberhard.

Show times are at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and again Nov. 22 and 23, with a 2 p.m. matinee Nov. 23, all at Marshwood High School’s Kennedy Auditorium, 260 Dow Highway.

Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door.

For more details, call 384-4500 or go to:


Religious revival recounted

Yarmouth History Center will host the talk “The Religious Revival in North Yarmouth, 1791-1793” at 7 p.m. Thursday at 118 East Elm St.

Holly Hurd, a recent graduate of the American & New England Studies program at the University of Southern Maine, will give an illustrated presentation on the subject of her master’s work.

The cost is $3 for members and $5 for non-members

For more details, call Amy Aldredge at 846-6259 or email


Talk by photographer

The Freeport Woman’s Club will meet at 1 p.m. Friday at the meeting room of the Freeport Community Library.

Guest speaker will be art and nature photographer John Orcutt.

Refreshments will be served following the meeting.

All are welcome.

For more details, call Sheri Bunting at 865-3996.


How to age in place

The Scarborough Public Library will host an elder-care program at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

The talk “Aging in Place: How It Can Benefit You and Your Loved One” will be presented by Lisa Fuller, director of VNA LifeStages.

This presentation will address what it means to successfully “age in place” and build awareness about challenges many may face as they prepare for the future.

Fuller will discuss resources available to support needs, purpose and planning, and health and wellness.

This program is free and open to the public.

For more details, call 883-4723 Ext. 4 or go to


Thanksgiving tales on tap

Storyteller Odds Bodkin will give the presentation “The Harvest: Stories of Thanksgiving,” featuring three harvest tales from around the world, for all ages, at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Thomas Memorial Library, 6 Scott Dyer Road.

Bodkin has performed at the White House, the National Storytelling Festival, in Thailand and Great Britain, and across America at schools, museums, universities and festivals.

His recordings and books have won Indie awards, Parents’ Choice Gold and Silver awards, Storytelling World awards, and many others.

For more details, call 799-1720.


Domestic abuse talk

Caring Unlimited will partner with the Maine State Police at 6:30 p.m. Thursday for a Community Conversation about Domestic Abuse and Violence at the Lebanon Elementary School Gymnasium at 53 Upper Guinea Road.

This session will feature information about the dynamics of domestic abuse and violence as well as how to be helpful to a friend, family member, neighbor or coworker who is being abused by a partner or family member.

This event is free.

For more details, call Lt. Louis Nyitray at 459-1333 or


Macrobiotic cooking class

Southern Maine Medical Center will sponsor a macrobiotics natural foods cooking class from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Sweetser, 50 Moody St., Saco.

Pre-registration is required by calling 283-7323 or go to


Apple pie fundraiser

The Cumberland/North Yarmouth Lions Club is accepting orders for its annual “Give Thanks” apple pie fundraiser featuring homemade, 9-inch deep-dish apple pies. Proceeds will benefit the Cumberland North Yarmouth Community Food Bank.

Pies cost $12 each and orders must be made by Tuesday.

The ready-to-bake, frozen apple pies will be hand delivered to your home on or before Nov. 25, complete with baking instructions.

Delivery is free in Cumberland and North Yarmouth.

To order, or for more details, call Michael Shaw at 829-4687 or email


Celebrate all things Oz

The Camden Public Library will celebrate all things Oz on Wednesday and Nov. 21, featuring Oz expert John Fricke and “Wicked” author Gregory Maguire.

The library will also display life-size cutouts of Oz characters, suitable for photo opportunities, and the famous Tik-Tok Robot of Ozma, on loan from the Oz collection of Willard Carroll and Tom Wilhite.

On Thursday at 7 p.m., Fricke, the world’s leading Oz expert, will present “The Wonderful World of Oz” at the library, at 55 Main St.

Fricke has recently published a book by the same title, “The Wonderful World of Oz,” with Down East Books. The event is free; there will be several copies of the new 3D movie of “The Wizard of Oz” to be awarded as door prizes. Owl and Turtle Books will have books on hand for purchase.

At 7 p.m. on Nov. 21, the library will host Maguire’s “Wicked Evening” at the Camden Opera House, about the world he created with the Wicked series.

“Wicked” is enjoying a second life as a big-budget musical on Broadway; the musical is celebrating its 10th anniversary this month.

Tickets for “Wicked Evening ” are $15, with a special package price of $25 which includes a copy of “Wicked” and the book-signing reception to follow the talk.

Tickets are available at the library and online at the Camden Public Library shop.

Ticket sales will benefit the “Stock the Stacks” Fund of the Camden Public Library.

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