HIRAM

Author reading, signing

Maine author Deb Gould will read from and discuss her book “The Eastern: The Early Years” at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Hiram’s Soldiers Memorial Library, 85 Main St.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing. Light refreshments will be served.

For more details, call 625-4650.

DAMARISCOTTA

Smart Driver Seminar

An AARP Smart Driver Seminar will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center, 521 Main St.

This program is a driver refresher course, designed to meet the needs of older drivers. It covers issues such as age-related physical changes, declining perceptual skills, local driving problems and license renewal requirements.

AARP instructor Joyce Polyniak will teach the course.

Cost is $20 or $15 for AARP members. Class size is limited.

For more details, call 563-1363 or email Marianne at [email protected]

ORLAND

Land trust hike, meeting

Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust invites the public to join in its annual meeting festivities Sunday.

A hike along one of the newest trails in the Great Pond Mountain Wildlands will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Mead Mountain Path. This 2.8-mile moderately difficult jaunt will take hikers to a beautiful overlook on Orland’s Mead Mountain. Meet at the Wildlands South Gate on Route 1, near the Route 176 junction, to carpool in. Bring water, and sun and bug protection.

From 6:30 to 8 p.m., all are welcome to the trust’s 23rd annual meeting at Alamoosook Lakeside Inn.

The evening will feature a presentation on the land trust’s new three-year Strategic Plan, an activities update, brief business meeting, elections and presentation of the Volunteer of the Year award.

Attendees are asked to bring a potluck dessert to share.

For more details, call Cheri at 469-6929 or email [email protected]

SOUTH WATERBORO

Antiques appraisal at hand

Cindy Hamilton of Americana Workshop at Kennebunk will head free, fun-type appraisals of antiques and collectibles at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Waterborough Historical Society’s regularly scheduled meeting at the Grange Hall, 31 West Road.

The public is invited to bring one item per person for review and general valuation.

Refreshments will be served.

For more details, call Jim Carll at 247-5878.

THOMASTON

Tour a Victorian home

The Thomaston Historical Society will host its 4th Annual Summer House Tour from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the home of Neal and Sheilagh Guyer at 30 Main Street Mall.

This year’s home is a mid-sized Victorian, built in 1875, by Thomaston carpenter and builder Thomas Russell. It features many delightful period architectural details, such as the stylish belvedere which tops the roof, a hooded crown supported by brackets which provides limited shelter for the front double-door entry and wooden quoins — decorative elements at the corners of the house using wood painted to imitate stone, another distinctive feature.

Tickets are $5 for Thomaston Historical Society members, $8 for nonmembers and $3 for children under 18. Tickets are available at the door and include light refreshments.

A variety of raffle baskets will also be available for sale.

For more details, call Mimi Zwick at 354-7029.

YORK COUNTY/BOOTHBAY

Botanical Gardens bus trip

York County Retired Educators Association Travel Committee is accepting reservations for a bus trip to the Botanical Gardens in Boothbay on July 26.

The custom coach leaves Jackson’s Hardware in Kittery at 8:30 a.m., stopping for additional pick-ups at the Meadowbrook Plaza in York at 8:50 a.m., the Wells Transportation Center at 9:10 a.m. and the Wal-Mart parking lot in Biddeford at 9:30 a.m. Attendees are responsible for their own lunch purchase at the Gardens’ cafeteria, or you could bring your own picnic lunch to eat in limited areas on the grounds. Check out the extensive cafeteria menu at www.ycrea.org. Return trip to Kittery is around 6 p.m.

The cost of the trip is $55 per person, which includes transportation, your admission to the Gardens, and driver’s tip.

There will be wheelchairs and walkers available on site at no charge. Motorized scooters can be rented for a two-hour period for $16. Availability is limited.

Mail your check to Sheila Painchaud, 69 Fox Hill Lane, Saco ME 04072.

Questions? Contact Marie Maguire at 499-7401, Sheila Painchaud at 282-1795 or Joan Warren at 499-2304.

NORWAY

Used book sale at library

The Norway Memorial Library’s used book sale is scheduled for three days at the Norway Grange Hall, 15 Whitman St.

The sale will be open 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday and end with the Norway Arts Festival from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Shoppers are invited to build a home library or supplement a homeschool curriculum, as well as find many selections of adult fiction and nonfiction or children’s books for recreational reading.

FALMOUTH

Food workshops set

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering “Preserving the Harvest” workshops throughout the summer.

Upcoming workshops include:

“Low-Sugar Berry Jam,” 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the University of Maine Regional Learning Center, 75 Clearwater Drive, Falmouth. Cost is $20 per person.

Two “Preserving Pickles” workshops will be offered, the first 6 to 8 p.m. July 19 at Spruce Mountain High School, 33 Community Drive, Jay, and the second is from 1 to 4 p.m. July 21 at Oxford County Cooperative Extension, 9 Olsen Road, South Paris. The cost is $20 per person, per workshop.

Register at extension.umaine.edu/food-health/food-preservation/hands-on-workshops.

BATH

Giant Yard Sale coming up

St. Mary’s Giant Yard Sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 144 Lincoln St.

Two garages will be loaded with bargains, furniture, clothing, linens, household goods, toys and sporting goods, small electronics, books, religious items, Christmas decorations, yard and gardening items and more. For more details, call 443-3423.

STONINGTON

Cemetery tour Saturday

Stonington Public Library will host is first-ever Island Cemetery Tour, “Gone but not Forgotten,” from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Mount Adams Cemetery on King Row on Deer Isle and Mount Rest Cemetery at the Burnt Cove Church, Airport Road.

Cemetery tour guides, some in period costumes, will tell stories of the life and times of islanders at each location.

Tickets that cover the tours and light refreshments at the Burnt Cove Church are $20 and available at the Stonington Public Library, Island Approaches, Boyce’s Motel, and Turtle Gallery and Dockside Books.

Also on the day of the tour, tickets can be purchased at the Burnt Cove Church.

Rain date is Sunday.

For more details, call Vicki Zelnick at 367-5926.