Civil War themes explored in weekend events at library

Scarborough Public Library, Scarborough Historical Society and Scarborough Middle School will present a “One Book, One Community” weekend of events focused on Civil War themes Saturday and Sunday, with all events hosted by the library at 48 Gorham Road.

The event is part of the Scarborough community’s participation in the yearlong project, “Local and Legendary: Maine in the Civil War,” a grant program funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The community is invited to read a common book, then gather for book discussions and special presentations related to the Civil War. The selected book for all ages is “Billy Boy: The Sunday Soldier of the 17th Maine” by Jean Flahive. “Picture the Dead” by Adele Griffin and Lisa Brown also was selected as a young adult option.

A list of the free events can be found on the library’s website at

Historical society meeting will feature DNA discussion

The monthly meeting of the Scarborough Historical Society will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the society’s museum at 647 Route 1 (adjacent to the Dunstan Fire Station).

A brief business session will be held followed by a presentation by local genealogist and historian Nancy Mason, who will discuss three types of DNA being used for testing for genealogy research.

All monthly meetings are free to members of the public. However, donations are always welcomed. For more details, call Dr. Bruce Thurlow at 883-5445 or email [email protected]


Cabin Fever Reliever BBQ set for Saturday at church

The South Freeport Congregational Church will host a Cabin Fever Reliever BBQ from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the church at 98 S. Freeport Road.

The event will begin with socializing at 5 p.m., followed by the meal at 5:30 p.m., to include a full buffet of ribs, pulled pork and chicken with side dishes, two complimentary drinks and a dessert.

The meal will be followed by bingo from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and a 50/50 raffle. Child care will be provided and children will be treated to pizza and a movie.

Cost is $25 per person, by reservation. Call 865-4012 for tickets.


Free workshops will cover topics on college planning

The Maine Educational Opportunity Center will host free Essentials of College Planning workshops for ages 19 and older at the following times and locations:

 Portland CareerCenter, 10 a.m. March 3, 10 and 17 at 51 Jetport Blvd. in Portland.

 Portland Adult Education, 10 a.m. March 11, 18 and 25 at 14 Locust St.

The interactive workshop outlines the four steps in the college process: admissions, financial aid, career planning and study skills. The workshop lasts two to three hours.

Preregistration is required. To register or for more information, call 800-281-3703 or go to

Appy Hour @ library will explore use of apps

The Portland Public Library at 5 Monument Square will present Appy Hour @ PPL from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday in Meeting Room 5.

The event is for users of mobile devices to learn about applications, which are what turns a smartphone into a GPS navigator or a tablet into a gaming machine.

Join Jared Leadbetter from the Maine State Library as he talks about a selection of apps available for Apple and Android devices that can expand how you use your device.

For more details, call Samantha Soucy at 871-1700, ext. 708.


Theater, movement classes starting at Schoolhouse Arts

Schoolhouse Arts Center at Sebago Lake will begin offering spring theater and movement classes for youths this week in the old Standish High School at 16 Richville Road.

A musical theater workshop production of “Alice in Wonderland Jr.,” for ages 6-15, will meet from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through May 31. Cost is $195.

A creative movement class, for ages 3-5, will teach basic dance steps as well as movement games from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Thursdays through May 28. Cost is $100.

Storybook Theatre, for ages 5-9, will meet from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays through May 27 to exercise natural creativity through movement, vocal work, games and improvisation.

Acting I, for ages 10-14, will meet from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through May 27. And Acting II, for ages 15-19, will follow from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays.

Beginner jazz and tap classes, for ages 6 and older, will meet from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursdays through May 28. Intermediate jazz and tap, for ages 8 and older, will follow from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursdays through May 28.

Beginner ballet, for ages 6 and older, will meet from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through May 26. Intermediate ballet, for ages 8 and older, will follow from 5 to 6 p.m.

The cost of each class is $145 for the whole session unless otherwise noted.

Registration slips and payment should be mailed to: Schoolhouse Arts Education Program, Schoolhouse Arts Center, P.O. Box 140, Standish, ME 04084.


Fire historian will speak at historical society meeting

Union Historical Society will hold its first meeting of the year at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at People’s United Methodist Church, 21 Depot St., behind the post office.

Incoming President Jeff Nims will conduct a short business session, after which Sherwood Hilt of Union will give a presentation on the history of the Union Fire Department. Hilt is a 40-year firefighter and has gathered an extensive collection of Smokey Bear memorabilia, which he will display at the meeting.

Refreshments will be served after the meeting. All meetings of the Union Historical Society are free and open to the public. For more details, call 785-5444 and leave a message.

Vose Library will celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday Saturday

Come and celebrate the legacy of Theodor Seuss Geisel during a Dr. Seuss birthday event from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Vose Library, 392 Common Road.

Attendees will listen to a Dr. Seuss story and be treated to snacks, coloring sheets, games and activities. Attendees are invited to come dressed as their favorite Dr. Seuss characters. For more details, call 785-4733.


Library programs this week include ‘The Irish of Maine’

Wells Public Library at 1434 Post Road will host the following programs this week:

 AARP Tax Aide Program from 1 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, offering help with electronic filing of income taxes.

 “Your Government, Your Neighborhood” meet and greet with members of Sen. Angus King’s staff will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

 A Lunch and Learn session on “The Irish of Maine” will be held at noon Friday, featuring a talk by Matthew Jude Barker, author of “The Irish of Portland, Maine: A History of Forest City Hibernians.” Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing. Attendees are welcome to bring a lunch; the library will provide drinks and desserts.

 An Art Gallery reception and opening of the works of oil painter Lisa Roderick will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday. Refreshments will be provided, and the artist will be available to answer questions.

 The Knitting & Crocheting Group meets at 10:30 a.m. Friday for needlework projects. All ages and levels of ability are welcome.

 Mother Goose Storytime will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday for ages 2 and younger and their caregivers, who are invited to engage in lap activities, rhymes, songs and fingerplays.

 Toddler Storytime, for ages 2 to 5, meets at 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays and 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays.

 Youths in grades 5 to 8 are invited to attend a Random Fandom event at 2 p.m. Friday. This program is all about “Star Wars.” Attendees will make crafts, talk about favorite aspects of the series, eat snacks and play games.

For more details, contact Cidney Mayes at [email protected] or call the library at 646-8181.

Wells Reserve offers yoga and moonlit snowshoe walk

The Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm will host two events this week at the complex, 342 Laudholm Farm Road.

Hatha Yoga will be offered at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday. Leslie Fiore, founder of Port Yoga, will instruct this nine-week series, meeting on Tuesdays through April 28. Cost is $72 to $90.

A moonlit snowshoe walk along the trails of the reserve will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Listen to lunar folklore and learn about the moon’s effect on oceans during this guided trek to Laudholm Beach. Some snowshoes are available to borrow. Cost of the walk is from $5 to $15 family.

Preregistration is required for both programs by calling 646-1555 or going to


Garden club turns 100 with celebration at library

The members of the Camden Garden Club celebrate their 100th anniversary with the presentation “All Those Flowers: 100 Years of the Camden Garden Club” from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday in the Picker Room of the Camden Public Library at 55 Main St.

There will be historical exhibits and refreshments will be served. Advance reservations should be emailed to [email protected] or mailed to the Camden Garden Club, P.O. Box 952, Camden, ME 04843.

Antiquarian book expert will speak at Camden library

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

At 7 p.m. Tuesday, antiquarian book expert Craig Olson of Artisan Books & Bindery on Islesboro will give a talk on “Identifying First Editions: The Treasures You Might Find on Your Bookshelf.”

At 10 a.m. Wednesday, Midcoast Stroke Support Group will meet.

At 7 p.m. Thursday, singer-songwriter Nat Hussey will perform at the Camden Library Coffeehouse. Admission is $5 to $6.

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


Talk at library will cover issues of estate planning

A talk on estate planning will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Louis Graves Memorial Library at 18 Maine St.

A specialist will be on hand to field audience questions following the presentation.

For more details, call 967-2778 or go to

DAR chapter will hear author at next meeting

The Rebecca Emery Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will hold its next chapter meeting at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Louis T. Graves Memorial Library at 18 Maine St.

Author Kitty Chadbourne, a member of Elizabeth Wadsworth Chapter DAR of Portland, will speak about her book “Parenting Myself.”

The event will include refreshments and a business meeting. For more details, call 985-1223.


Wesley McNair to read at Poetry Express event

Maine storyteller and poet Wesley McNair will speak as part of a Maine Poetry Express event from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Rice Public Library, 8 Wentworth St.

At these events, established poets and townspeople give readings and share personal testimonies highlighting the importance of poetry in everyday life.

Attendance is free, and refreshments will be served.

The Express is supported by the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance, a statewide literary arts organization. For more details, call 439-1553.


Drawing workshops will let children express creativity

Children will draw the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, St. Patrick’s Day, spring and the circus during the Rockland Public Library’s free workshops “Let’s Draw a March Medley!”

The sessions will meet from 4 to 5 p.m. each Tuesday from March 3 to 31 and explore a different theme each week.

Local patrons Wendy and Keith Wellin provide the workshops and all materials for free. The workshops are for ages 6 and older, as well as the young at heart. Children age 10 and younger must have adult accompaniment.

Workshops will meet in the library’s Community Room at 80 Union St. For more details, call 594-0310.


Animal Welfare Society raising funds, hosting kids

The Animal Welfare Society is raising awareness and funds for its shelter pets.

The Card & Gift/Mail-It Unlimited store in Shoppers Village, at 45 Portland Road in Kennebunk, will offer merchandise discounts through Saturday and conduct a food drive for the Kennebunk Community Outreach Services and a food and toy drive for the Animal Welfare Society during regular business hours.

And from 10 to 11 a.m. each Thursday through March 26, the shelter, located on Holland Road, will offer a Furry Tales, Stories and Adventure Hour. Preschool children are invited to discover the world of animals via stories, playtime, crafts, songs, movement and hands-on time with the animals at the shelter. The event is free to attend, though any donations are appreciated.

For more details, call 985-3244 or go to


Library offers programs to encourage kids to read

Two weekly child reading programs are being offered at Springvale Public Library, 443 Main St.

Children ages 3 to 6 are welcome to join the Read & Romp program at 10 a.m. Mondays through May 4. This free program features a variety of stories, finger plays, songs and activities. And children ages 3 and younger are welcome to join Baby Rhyme Time at 10 a.m. Thursdays through May 7 for a brief program of early literacy activities.

Both programs are free and no registration is required. For more details, call 324-4624 or visit