BIDDEFORD

Library will host author of book on WWI veterans

McArthur Public Library at 270 Main St. will host an evening with Richard Rubin, author of “The Last of the Doughboys” at 6:30 Tuesday.

Rubin will discuss and read from his book, describing his research and interviews with the last veterans of World War I, ages 101-113.

A decade in the making, the book is a sweeping new look at our forgotten world war, and a moving meditation on character, grace, aging and memory.

For more information, call the library at 284-4181.

Hospital holding discussion on cancer, disability benefits

Henri Benoit and Anna Benoit, LCSW, will discuss Social Security disability benefits as it pertains to a cancer diagnosis from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Southern Maine Health Care, Biddeford Medical Center.

The presentation will include information about the application process and appeals, the evaluation process, how medical disability is assessed by Social Security and the important role that health care providers play in the process.

This session is free and light refreshments will be served.

Preregistration is required by Monday.

To register, call the Southern Maine Health Care registration line at 283-7988.

Country music concert to feature vocalist Me’Ca

The Pine Tree State Country Music Association will present a show at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Biddeford Amvets, 147 Alfred St.

The show will feature the award-winning vocalist and recording artist Me’Ca, with special guest vocalists and award winners Dean LePage and Bob Connelly.

Donation is $5 at door for members and $6 for others.

There will be a cash bar, hot dogs and raffles.

For more details, call Joan at 490-1232 or email [email protected]oint.net

ROCKPORT

Contradance will benefit family of child with cancer

A benefit contradance and dinner will be held Saturday evening at the Rockport Opera House, with funds raised directly benefiting a local family that is dealing with childhood cancer.

A dinner bar, provided by Café Miranda, starts at 6 p.m., along with an introductory workshop with Perpetual e-Motion and Will Mentor.

The dance will be held from 7 to 10 p.m.

Raffles also will be held.

All are welcome, including beginners.

Tickets are $25 for the dinner bar, workshop and dance and $15 for the dance and workshop only.

Raffle tickets are $5 each or $20 for five.

For more details or to buy tickets, go to www.birthdaybenefit.org or call Shannon Thompson at 975-2992.

PORTLAND

Library will host new series on dance for teens

The Teen Center at Portland Public Library will host the new series “Dance for Teens: From Hip Hop to Reggae” at 2:45 p.m. each Tuesday through March in the Rines Auditorium at 5 Monument Square.

The classes will teach teens the basics of hip-hop, Bboy, reggae and West African dance.

Teens are invited to perform on stage. No experience is necessary.

For more details, call Dave Kiersh at 871-1700, ext. 772, or email [email protected]

Legal aid clinics will help veterans access benefits

The Portland Public Library and the Maine Volunteer Lawyers Project announce a new series of legal aid clinics to help veterans access benefits.

The clinics will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month, starting March 6 at the library, 5 Monument Square.

Volunteers will provide free help to veterans applying for VA benefits or appealing a denial.

No appointments are necessary.

The Maine Volunteer Lawyers Project is a joint project of Pine Tree Legal Assistance and the Maine Bar Foundation, dedicated to engaging volunteers in providing civil legal aid.

Housed within Pine Tree Legal, the VLP has more than 760 students, attorneys and community members volunteering each year and it generates more than $1 million annually in volunteer services.

For more details, call Helen Meyer at 774-4753, ext. 1212.

Portland Flower Show seeks volunteers to staff event

The Portland Flower Show is seeking volunteers to help staff and run the show Thursday through March 9.

In exchange for four hours of time, volunteers receive free admission to the show and a show T-shirt.

For more details, call volunteer coordinator Kerry Ratigan at 615-6271 or email [email protected]

Master Gardener auctions will be held at flower show

The 12th annual Cumberland County Master Gardener Plant Auction will be held March 9 at the Portland Flower Show, 58 Fore St.

The event includes a silent auction from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. in Building 11 and a live auction at 5:30 p.m. in Building 3.

Proceeds from the event benefit the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Demonstration Garden at Tidewater Farm and the Maine Harvest for Hunger Gardens in Cumberland County.

This is a free event.

All items purchased at the auction must be removed from the show grounds the day of the auction.

For more details, call the extension office at 781-6099 or go to www.cc-mg.org to view the list of donations.

Think Tank invites talent to evening of networking

Actors, models, producers, crew, production companies and ad agencies are invited to attend an evening of networking and socializing, beginning at 4 Saturday at Think Tank Portland, 533 Congress St.

The event is designed as a platform where rising talent, successful agencies, producers, crew and writers can connect.

For those who may aspire to work as talent or current talent who need to update their head shots– there will be a photographer’s session with make-up artists from 4 to 5:30 p.m. for a fee of $25.

A short series of photos will be taken, from which one will be selected, retouched and given for personal use.

The event is free and will include drinks and light fare.

For more details, call 619-3659.

KENNEBUNK

Homeschooling Group meets Monday at library

The Homeschooling Group will meet at 2 p.m. Monday at the Kennebunk Free Library, 112 Main St.

Parents are invited to drop in, ask questions and get support, whether they are new to homeschooling, a seasoned parent/teacher or merely considering it.

Activities for children will be provided.

This drop-in group meets monthly, usually from 2 to 4 p.m. on the first Monday.

No preregistration is needed.

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

For more details, call 985-2173, ext. 5, or go to www.KennebunkLibrary.org.

DAR chapter will celebrate Mother’s Day anniversary

The Rebecca Emery Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will meet at 1 p.m. Saturday at Christ Church, 6 Dane St.

The program,“Celebrating the 100-year Anniversary of Mother’s Day,” will be presented by Helen Newton.

Refreshments will be served, and there will be a business meeting to follow.

For more details, call 324-6202.

BRUNSWICK

Master Gardeners workshop to be held March 9 at church

Master Gardeners will review individual garden plans for the 2014 growing season during a vegetable gardening workshop, set for 2-3:30 p.m. March 9 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Pleasant and Union streets.

Sponsored by Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust’s Tom Settlemire Community Garden, the talk is free and open to the public.

For more details, call Linton Studdiford at 798-5899 or email [email protected]

Alzheimer’s chapter holding workshop on early detection

The Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter, will present the free workshop “Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters” from 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday at the Mid Coast Senior Center, 58 Baribeau Drive.

The workshop offers attendees an understanding of the difference between age-related memory loss and Alzheimer’s and what to do if they or someone they know has signs of the disease. Attendees will view video and cover a variety of related topics, including a basic overview of Alzheimer’s disease, risk factors and the benefits of early detection, including accessing available treatment, planning for the future and participating in clinical trials

While the program is free, advance registration is required by calling 772-0115 or (800) 272-3900 or emailing [email protected]

SCARBOROUGH

Historical society will offer presentation on Civil War

The Scarborough Historical Society will meet at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at 647 Route 1 (adjacent to the Dunstan Fire Station).

Presenter Bruce Thurlow will give a Power Point presentation on the role Scarborough residents played during the Civil War.

All monthly meetings are free and open to the public; donations are welcome.

The presentation will run about one hour.

CAMDEN

Public library books variety of entertainment this week

Camden Public Library will host the following events this week at 55 Main St.:

The family potluck and movie night will be held at 5:30 Tuesday, featuring “Fern Gully.” For more details, call Amy at 236-3440.

The Camden Library Coffeehouse will feature a performance by Lou and Peter Berryman at 7 p.m. Thursday. Cost is $8 at the door.

And, there will be a reception at the library for the Artist of the Month, Susan Dowley, at 2 p.m. Saturday.

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

YORK

Artists invited to create cards for cancer patients

York Public Library at 15 Long Sands Road will host “Creative Affirmations for Living Well” from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, inviting volunteer artists to come in and create art cards for hope, health and well-being.

Those cards will be collected for cancer patients at York Hospital Oncology Care and will be included in the Art HOPE Gallery.

All are welcome to participate.

For more details, call 337-2900 or go to www.arthope.org.

This program is made possible by a grant from the York Hospital Breast Cancer Living Well Fund.

Enrichment Fair will offer information on preschool

An Enrichment Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at York Public Library, 15 Long Sands Road.

The event will feature information for parents and caregivers about preschool and early elementary school enrichment programs available in the Greater York area.

Hands-on activities for kids will be offered, while adults talk to presenters about their programs.

UNION

Civil War buff will give presentation Wednesday

The Union Historical Society will hold its first meeting of 2014 at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Robbins House on Union Common.

Thomaston author and Civil War buff Blaikie Hines will give an illustrated presentation about the volunteers from Union and the other towns of Knox County who were present for the first great land battle of the Civil War on July 21, 1861, at Manassas, Va.

Hines will discuss the Knox County soldiers who took part in the conflict and tell what happened to them.

The material is drawn from his latest book, “The Battle of First Bull Run – Manassas Campaign July 16-22, 1861.”

Copies of this illustrated atlas and battlefield guide book will be available for purchase and signing at the meeting.

To enhance his presentation, Hines will wear the uniform of the 2nd Maine Cavalry.

For more details, call Alison Metcalfe at 785-4531.

FREEPORT

Food Drive aims to form human chain to pantry

The 19th annual Hand-to-Hand Food Drive Freeport will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at First Parish Church.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a bag of nonperishable food and participate in forming a human chain that will stretch down Main Street to the Freeport Community Services Food Pantry.

Bags will be passed hand to hand to fill the pantry with food.

For more details, call Nicole, at 865-6171 or Wendy Marstaller at 865-2814 or 514-0221.