OLD ORCHARD BEACH

Program highlights race

The Old Orchard Beach Historical Society will host the presentation “Elites at the Beach: The Old Orchard Beach 10-Mile Marathon, 1938-1940,” at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Old Orchard Beach Town Hall, at 1 Portland Ave.

Thomas Bennett, director of Prince Memorial Library of Cumberland, will head the talk. He is a historian and a member of the University of Maine cross-country team and competes in road races.

This program is open to the public; no registration is necessary and admission is free.

Donations are welcome and will go to the MAPS Breakaway 5K Scholarship Fund, which benefits graduating seniors from Old Orchard Beach High School.

For more details, call Jeanne Guerin at 934-9319.

DAMARISCOTTA

Radio show benefit gala

A summer lawn party and old-fashioned radio show benefit gala will be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday on the grounds of the historic Kavanagh Mansion in Damariscotta Mills.

The public is invited to attend and wear fancy summer frocks, dapper duds and fancy hats that harken back to the golden years of radio with games, ads and auction items.

Local musicians and actors will portray old radio stars of the 1930s and ’40s, performing vintage radio scripts that have been adapted.

There will be a catered dinner buffet and dessert bar. Complimentary glasses of wine, courtesy of Savage Oaks Winery in Union, will be served under St. Andrews Episcopal Church’s big yellow-and-white tent.

In the event of rain, the event will be moved to St. Patrick’s Church.

Tickets are $60 per person and $100 per couple with group rates available for tables.

Proceeds are to support the programs and services offered by Spectrum Generations Coastal and Knox Community Centers for older and disabled adults and their families as well as community-based programs and activities for all generations.

For reservations, call 563-1363 or email [email protected]

YORK

Free introduction to Spanish

Registrations are being accepted for free “Introduction to Spanish” classes to be offered this fall with instructor Dan Duffy.

The 15-week course runs from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 4 through Dec. 18.

Class size is limited, and students will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Specific location and additional details will be given at the time of registration.

For more details, email: [email protected]

Nature walk looks at trees

Mount Agamenticus will host an “Agamenticus Adventures Tree I.D. & Nature Walk” from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday. The walk starts at 186 York St.

Mount A is a natural mixing ground where southern and northern forests meet and is home to many different tree species.

Participants will walk around the new Big A, Summit Staircase and Ring trails, learning how to identify common species of native trees using a variety of clues to include leaves, bark, buds, seeds and other techniques.

Attendance fee is a suggested donation of $5.

Plan to meet at the summit Learning Lodge.

To reserve a spot, call Robin Kerr at 361-1102 or email [email protected]

Poetry night is Tuesday

The York Public Library, at 15 Long Sands Road, will host a number of events this week.

On Tuesday, there will be a poetry evening at 6:30 p.m., with readings occurring in a round table format and facilitated by Priscilla Cookson.

Author Marilynn Carter, a holistic health practitioner, will discuss her book “No Fret Cooking” and present a slide show featuring recipes and tips on cooking and healthy eating at 7 p.m.

And beginners’ bridge classes will begin Thursday, meeting from 5 to 6:45 p.m. Aug. 21 and 28, Sept. 4, 8, 25 and Oct. 2.

For more details, call 363-2818 or email [email protected]

RANGELEY

Square Dance Party

There will be a Square Dance Party from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at The Wilhelm Reich Museum’s Conference Center on Dodge Pond Road.

No previous experience or reservations are necessary.

National caller Red Bates will teach all the moves.

Families and singles are welcome to participate.

Casual attire is recommended.

Admission is a suggested contribution of $10 for adults and $3 for ages 12 and younger.

Refreshments will be served.

For more details, call 864-3443 or email [email protected]

KENNEBUNKPORT

Paddle Battle to hit river

The Nonantum Resort will host the second annual Paddle Battle from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at 95 Ocean Ave.

This large outdoor festival will be focused around a race that will be held at 1:30 p.m. consisting of kayak, canoe, stand-up paddle board, surfboards and other vessels without a motor, heading down the Kennebunk River.

The entry fee is $45 through Saturday; same-day registration is $60.

All levels of athletes are welcome and encouraged.

The race begins and ends at the Nonantum Resort with the turnaround point being in the basin beyond The Mathew J Lanigan Bridge.

There will be outdoor family fun and games and food and beverages will be available for sale.

To register online, go to www.paddlebattlekport.com.

ADDISON/ELLSWORTH

Community chorus shows

The Schoodic Summer Chorus, an a capella community chorus directed by Anna Dembska, will give three performances of its eclectic, upbeat program “We Are Family.”

The first show is Thursday at the Cape Split Chapel in Addison, with additional shows on Saturday at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Ellsworth and on Aug. 28 at the Indian River Church in Addison; all performances start at 7 p.m.

With Sister Sledge’s 1980s disco hit (with expanded new lyrics by Belfast poet Karin Spitfire) at its center, the music reaches across time and space to sing of the human, earthly and cosmic community, featuring composers from Monteverdi to Belafonte, the bossa nova of Antonio Jobim to the topical song of Malvina Reynolds and Haitian roots music, with a special thank-you and goodbye to folk music legend Pete Seeger.

For more details, call Schoodic Arts for All at 963-2569 or go to www.schoodicartsforall.org.

CAPE ELIZABETH

Part two of poetry workshop

Betsy Sholl, an award-winning author of eight poetry collections and a former poet laureate of Maine, will offer part two of a poetry and writing workshop from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Thomas Memorial Library at 6 Scott Dyer Road.

Focus of the workshop will be on new material and examining some favorite writers and what makes them so appealing.

The session is open to all levels of experience.

Refreshments will be provided.

To register, call 799-1720 or go to www.ThomasMemorialLibrary.org.

PHIPPSBURG

Talk focuses on ship painter

Phippsburg Historical Society will host the talk “Tall Trees, Tall Ships, and Ernest Haskell” at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Sportsman’s Club at 272 Main Road, Route 207.

Historian and preservation architect John Goff will detail the life of Ernest Haskell (1876-1925), who lived and made etchings and paintings in Phippsburg from 1903-1925.

This body of work by an internationally recognized artist provides a unique perspective on many historic sites in Phippsburg, which is celebrating its 200th anniversary.

There will be a special focus on Tide Mills of Phippsburg as well as highlights of Haskell’s biography.

For more details, call Merry Chapin at 443-5669.

DAMARISCOTTA

Spectrum focuses on birds

Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center will host a lunch and learn program titled “Great Houses for Great Birds” at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday at 521 Main St.

Author and educator Elissa Wolfson will discuss how people can help provide shelter for birds where their natural habitat is scarce. Learn the latest in bird home design for two sets of birds.

Cost is $5 for seniors and $6 for all others.

Advance reservations are required by calling 563-1363 by noon Monday.

PORTLAND/FREEPORT

Habitat houses featured

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland has announced dates for three open houses at 3 Hummingbird Lane in Freeport.

The tours will allow visitors to see the condominium properties, get to know the neighborhood and learn more about applying to purchase a Habitat home.

Upcoming tour dates include from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Sept. 16 and from 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 27.

Located just minutes from downtown Freeport, these homes provide convenience and accessibility to town services and community activities. They are within commuting distance of Portland.

Habitat has a total of eight homes in various states of development; two have been sold, one is complete, and five are under construction. Each of the 1,200-plus-square-foot homes has three bedrooms, 1 1/2 bathrooms, a full basement and hardwood floors.

For more details on the homes or eligibility, go to habitatportlandme.org, email [email protected], or call Amy at 772-2151.

NEW GLOUCESTER

Annual Native American fest

The sixth annual festival of Maine Native American artists will be held 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village at 707 Shaker Road, Route 26.

More than 40 members of the Penobscot, Passamaquoddy, Micmac and Maliseet tribes will demonstrate traditional Wabanaki art forms including basketmaking, stone carving, bark etching, beadwork and jewelry, in addition to featured performances of drumming by the Burnurwurbskek Singers, dancing by the Sipayik Dance Troupe and storytelling by Micmac spiritual leader David Sanipass.

This is the largest gathering of Wabanaki artists in southern Maine.

Admission is free.

For more information, call 926-4597, go to www.shaker.lib.me.us or email [email protected]

PORTLAND

Graphic novelist for kids

The Samuel L. Cohen Children’s Library at Portland Public Library will host a visit with Jimmy Gownley, the award-winning creator of the Amelia Rules! series of graphic novels, from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday in the Rines Auditorium at 5 Monument Square.

Gownley will take audiences on a journey from his beginnings as a teenage cartoonist in the coal regions of Pennsylvania to the New York Times Best Sellers list and the publication of his latest book, “The Dumbest Idea Ever!”

He will explain the creative process through drawing and personal anecdotes, and how simple events from everyday life can lead to exciting and creative ideas for stories and art.

Children, ages 8 and older, will learn the five simple places they can look to unlock their own creativity, and will end the presentation with the entire group creating their own spontaneous comic book character, based on their shared experiences.

For more details, call Mary Peverada at 871-1700.

Three computer workshops

The Portland Public Library is accepting registrations for three computer workshops this fall at 5 Monument Square.

The classes will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and will include “Beginning Linux from the Command Line” on Sept. 17; “Advanced Linux from the Command Line” on Oct. 15; and “Beginning Shell Scripting from the Command Line” on Nov. 19.

Space is limited and participants must register in advance at the library’s Public Computing desk or by calling 871-1700 ext. 708.

CAMDEN

Public library offerings

Camden Public Library, at 55 Main St., will host a free performance of “Pantalone for Governor” by the commedia dell’arte actors of the Rolling Stock Company at 3:30 p.m. Monday and a concert by the Monday Night Jazz Orchestra (Mojo) at 6 p.m.

Both shows will be held at the Camden Amphitheater; attendees are encouraged to bring blankets or chairs for seating.

Tuesday offerings will include a performance of the “Just Teachers” band at 5:30 p.m. and the talk “One Month: How Maine Prepared for Civil War,” by Maine State Archivist Dave Cheever at 7 p.m.

At 7 p.m. Thursday, Erin Bishop, former education director of the Lincoln Library and Museum in Illinois, will give the public lecture “Lincoln: Evolution of a President.”

And, on Saturday, author Jerry Desmond will detail the book “How Maine Saved the Union” at 2 p.m. as part of the library’s Civil War series. All day, in Camden’s Harbor Park, living history re-enactors from the 20th Maine Company B will be encamped at Harbor Park, hosting a program of mini-lectures, displays, military drill and firing drills.

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

SEARSPORT

‘Year Without A Summer’

The year 1816 was called “The Year Without A Summer.” During that summer, wild temperature swings produced snow and frost that killed crops and caused famines and food shortages worldwide.

On Saturday, the Penobscot Marine Museum will host a talk with author Mayra Donnell at 2 p.m. at the Main Street Gallery at 40 East Main St.

Donnell will talk about her children’s book “1816: The Year That Summer Never Came,” detailing the story of a young girl who kept a diary of the strange weather patterns in Maine in 1816, with wild weather swings that brought frost and crop kills in May, a snowstorm in June and subsequent crop kills and food shortages.

The talk, and a book signing to follow, will be held in the museum’s Main Street Gallery at 40 East Main St.

Admission is free.

For more details, go to www.penobscotmarinemuseum.org or call 548-2529 or 0334.

SANFORD

Annual garden party

Southern Maine Garden Club will hold its annual Garden Party and Membership Drive, complete with a hat contest, at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Wormwood Conference Center, which is part of the Waban Projects.

The event will include prizes for a variety of hat categories, including funniest, prettiest and most creative.

There also will be a light, catered meal.

Reservations are required by calling Mary Stewart-Dore at 490-1833 or Donna Claveau at (603) 332-4860.

SPRINGVALE

‘The Sound of Music’

Our Theatre Company will present Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music” at 7 p.m. each Friday and Saturday through Aug. 30 at Nasson Little Theatre, at 457 Main St.

General admission is $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and children ages 12 and younger.

For more details or ticket reservations, call the box office at 294-2995 or go to www.myotc.org.