SPRINGVALE

Garden club gets jump on spring with tea and scones

Southern Maine Garden Club hopes to advance spring with a “Tea and Scones with Master Gardeners” event set for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Springvale Library, 443 Main St.

Gardening enthusiasts are invited to come with any gardening questions they may have while partaking of some tea and scones, served with jam and clotted cream. The public is welcome. For more details, call Mary Stewart-Dore at 490-1833 or Donna Claveau at (603) 332-4860.

WINDHAM

Historical society will offer talk on Maine braided rugs

Windham Historical Society will offer the talk “Braided Rugs in Maine” with presenter Cathy Corbett at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Windham Library, 217 Windham Center Road.

Suggested donation is $5 per person. Light refreshments will be served. For details, call 892-1433.

SANFORD

Public Works holding sale for backyard compost bins

The Sanford Public Works Department is again participating in a statewide backyard composting bin sale and is taking orders for the composting units through April 25.

The home composting bins are black and approximately 35” high by 33” wide, large enough for a family of five. Each unit comes with a 10-year warranty and instruction manual.

The units may be ordered at the office at 156 School St. or by calling 324-9135. The units will be delivered in May at a date to be determined.

YORK COUNTY

Domestic violence hotline applications being taken

Caring Unlimited is accepting applications for individuals who wish to participate in the domestic violence agency’s upcoming training for new volunteer hotline advocates, set to begin March 18.

York County’s Domestic Violence Resource Center relies on volunteers to ensure that support and safety planning services are available 24 hours a day to adults affected by domestic abuse and their children.

Currently, about 20 volunteer hotline advocates work with Caring Unlimited taking calls on the 24-hour hotline.

The 40-hour training educates new volunteers about the dynamics of domestic abuse and how to support victims of domestic violence. Volunteers’ shifts are done from home, and are backed up by Caring Unlimited staff on-call.

To learn more about becoming a hotline advocate, or to apply to join Caring Unlimited as a volunteer, go to www.caring-unlimited.org or call Betsy at 490-3227 Ext. 102.

BRUNSWICK

Merrymeeting speaker focuses on tar sands oil

Join Friends of Merrymeeting Bay at 7 p.m. Wednesday for the next installment of its 17th Annual Winter Speaker Series at Curtis Memorial Library.

This free presentation, featuring Bob Klotz from 350 Maine, is entitled “Tar Sands Oil: Alberta to Androscoggin.”

The public is welcome to attend and light refreshments will be served. For more details, call Dup Crosson at 666-1118 or email fomb@comcast.net.

Chamberlain Civil War lecture on Vicksburg

The next Joshua L. Chamberlain Civil War Round Table Lecture will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at Curtis Memorial Library’s Morrell Room, at 23 Pleasant St. Speaker Matt Atkinson will head a program, titled “1863: The Vicksburg Campaign.”

The lecture is free and open to the public.

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

Audubon field trip heads to coastal Massachusetts

Join Merrymeeting Audubon for a free field trip to Salisbury Beach and Plum Island on Saturday to search for wintering birds on this all-day outing to coastal Massachusetts.

First stop is Salisbury Beach State Park to look for wintering ducks, loons, grebes and Short-eared Owls. Iceland and Glaucous Gulls will be the target birds in Newburyport.

Then on to the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge on Plum Island to see Snowy Owls, Snow Buntings, and other waterfowl.

The outing is from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. with attendees meeting at Hannaford’s in Brunswick to car pool. Attendees should dress warmly for outdoor weather and bring a lunch. For more details, call John Berry at 725-2051.

DAMARISCOTTA

Workshop to show how to design sea glass items

Artist Lynne Thompson will head a “Sea Glass as Wearable Art” workshop at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center

Using sea glass and wire, Thompson will show how to design and craft a pendant, a pair of sea glass earrings or a pin or a window ornament. Materials will be provided and members are invited to bring in and use some of their own sea glass collections.

Attendees who have a pair of needle nosed pliers are encouraged to bring them for use. The class and materials fee is $25. Pre-registration is required by Tuesday by calling 563-1363.

SCARBOROUGH

Program to detail history, resources of Benjamin Farm

A special program detailing Benjamin Farm will be a highlight of the Scarborough Land Trust’s annual meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at Scarborough Town Hall. The trust is working to purchase and conserve the 126-acre farm property, located at Pleasant Hill Road.

The program will highlight the property’s natural resources and rich farming heritage, with historic footage of the farm.

The meeting is free and open to the public. For more details, call 289-1199 or go to www.scarboroughlandtrust.org.

BATH

St. Patrick’s Day ball to benefit preservation efforts

Sagadahoc Preservation Inc. will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with its Third Annual Blarney Ball from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Winter Street Center, at 880 Washington St. Big Chips Trio will provide music for dancing and a cash bar will be available along with light appetizers.

Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. All proceeds benefit preservation efforts.

For more details or tickets, call 443-2174 or go to www.sagadahocpreservation.org.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH

Animal Watch to hold indoor tag sale Saturday

The Old Orchard Beach Community Animal Watch will hold its indoor tag sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Elks Club at 68 Ocean Park Road in Saco. Table rentals also are available at $10 each.

To reserve a spot, call Beverly Russell at 934-1677.

PORTLAND

Planetarium presenting Eire celestial observance

Southworth Planetarium will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with its Second Annual Night of Eire celestial observance, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday at 96 Falmouth St. The program represents an amalgam of stone circles, celestial mythology and Irish legends.

Stone circle scholar Lawrence Price will present a programs detailing some of Ireland’s most storied stone circles such as Lough Crew and the Hill of Tara, which was the site of the coronations of 142 ancient Irish kings. Also, Michele Cheung will present tales from Eire, an ancient world pervaded by sorcery and mysticism, with sagas and songs from an island of storytellers.

Admission is by a suggested donation or $5 to $7. For more details, call 780-4249 or e-mail egleason@usm.maine.edu.

Summer camp fair gives chance to find a good fit

A Summer Children’s Camp Fair will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at East End School gymnasium, 195 North St. Admission is free.

Some 70 camps are expected to participate in the event that gives attendees an opportunity to meet camp staff and find a good summer camp fit for their children, ages tots to teens.

Overnight and day camps will be featured. The event will include a visit from Seadog mascot Slugger. For more details, call 518-9557 or go to www.mainecamps.org.

Indoor yard sale to benefit IHC Charity Committee

An indoor yard sale will be offered from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Italian Heritage Center at 40 Westland Ave.

All proceeds go to the IHC Charity Committee. For more details, call Dianne Procida at 450-9792.

FALMOUTH

St. Mary’s Garden Club to feature ikebana demonstration

St. Mary’s Garden Club will feature a talk by Kaye Vosburgh at 11 a.m. Monday in the Parish Hall Auditorium of St. Mary’s Church, 43 Foreside Road.

Vosburgh, owner of Kaye B. Vosburgh School of Ikebana & Creative Design in Boston, will demonstrate this ancient art of working with flowers to create unexpected and unusual designs.

The talk is open to the public for a $10 donation. For more details, email Carolyn Davis at carolyndavis@gmail.com.

FREEPORT

Historical Society to offer oral history training workshop

Freeport Historical Society will host an oral history training workshop and program from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday 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 lead the workshop.

Admission is $25. For more details, call 865-3170 or email info@freeporthistoricalsocciety.org.

Spay-neuter clinic offers workshop on trapping

Are you feeding stray cats living outside your home?

If so, please give them the gift of no more unwanted litters this spring with free spay or neuter.

The Community Spay-Neuter Clinic will offer a humane trapping workshop for the public from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesday and traps will be made available for loan so that you can bring those cats into the clinic for the spay or neutering.

Training and traps will be provided at no charge. To sign up, call 865-0772 or go to communityspayneuterclinic.com. The clinic address is 475 Route 1 in Freeport.

YARMOUTH

317 Maine music center continues noon concerts

317 Main Community Music Center continues is free noontime concert series Tuesday with a performance by Lincoln Meyers and Friends in the Cafe at 317 Main. Meyers is one of the region’s leading flat-picking guitarists.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more details, call 846-9559 or go to www.317main.org.

SOUTH WATERBORO

Historical Society to hold dance Saturday at Grange Hall

The Waterborough Historical Society will sponsor a dance at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Grange Hall, 31 West Road in South Waterboro. “Pard, The Countryman,” will provide American country and easy listening music for attendees.

Admission is $15 per person. This is an adult, ages 21 and older event, that is BYOB. Set-ups and snacks will be available.

Tickets can be purchased at Woodsome’s Feeds and Needs at routes 202 and 4 and Woody’s Sports Grille on West Road. For more details, call 247-5878.

ROCKLAND

Fundraiser set for Tuesday to aid Waldoboro woman

Friends and family of a Waldoboro woman, who is fighting advanced inflammatory breast cancer, will hold a fundraiser from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Trackside Station restaurant to help with costs associated with her medical treatments.

Michelle Robicheau Winchenbach, 35, a Thomaston native, was diagnosed Sept. 27 with advanced inflammatory breast cancer. Since her diagnosis, she has been undergoing various types of chemotherapy and other treatments. Those treatments will be followed by radical surgery and radiation.

Donations and proceeds from the social gathering at Trackside Station will help Winchenbach and her husband, Timothy, with medical expenses.

The couple has two daughters, Kathleen, 14, and Samantha, 11.

The fundraising event, which will feature music by Lolie Palooza, will include Trackside Station owners Kelly and Mike Woods donating a portion of the proceeds from the sale of special beverages and Breast Cancer T-shirts.

Many local businesses and community members also have donated merchandise and gift certificates to be raffled. For more details, call Gena Richardson at 701-8160 or Jennifer Maynard at 701-8050. Trackside Station is located at 4 Union St.

York Public Library will host two concerts, beginning at 3 p.m. Sunday, featuring the music of Maria Gillard, Curt Bessette and Jenn Kurtz at 15 Long Sands Road.

For more details, call 363-2818 or go to www.york.lib.me.us.