Patriots Day race honors runner Dennis Morrill
The 88th annual Patriots Day Race for the Kids will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, honoring a longtime race supporter and Maine running champion – the late Dennis Morrill.
Morrill was a founding member of the Maine Running Hall of Fame, holding the record for running the race the most times.
His final race, in April 2016, marked his 50th running of the 5-Miler at age 76. Runners can be a part of the tradition this year while enjoying an improved route around the Back Cove as well as a new 5K option, in addition to the historic 5-Miler. There is also a new start line location (58 Fore St., Portland), new Saturday date, and a new earlier time.
Organized by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine Alumni Association, race proceeds go toward college scholarships for deserving high school seniors associated with BGCSM.
The finish line will be at the Portland Clubhouse, 277 Cumberland Ave., where runners will receive awards, food, prizes and more.
The first 300 registered runners will receive tech T-shirts, and all runners will receive a free ticket to a regular Sea Dogs season game
In the 5-Miler only, the first male runner to beat a time of 23:30 and/or the first female runner to beat a time of 27:50 wins $1,000 in the Haley Challenge.
Public library will get slice of Pat’s Pizza sales
The Scarborough Public Library will celebrate National Library Week with a “fun-raiser” to benefit library services Tuesday at Pat’s Pizza, 209 Route 1.
Pat’s will donate a percentage of all purchases made from 4 to 9 p.m.
‘Creatures of the Night’ new to Maine Wildlife Park
The Maine Wildlife Park, on Route 26, will open for the season at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, just in time for the Patriots Day holiday and school vacation week.
Park workers have been working to remove enough snow for most paths to be cleared and most wildlife exhibits to be open.
A variety of new and returning weekend events are planned for the season, beginning with a “Creatures of the Night” display May 6, associated with the park’s newest exhibit featuring nocturnal animals.
Later in the season, visitors can practice archery and laser rifle target shooting; meet game wardens and warden authors on Warden Service Day; learn about Portland’s famous International Cryptozoology Museum; and enjoy a “night visit” with Northern Stars Planetarium. The Bug Man, New England Mineral Association, Wildlife Encounters, Enchanted Forests and Honeybees will return for scheduled Saturday programs and favorites like the annual Open House, Pow Wow, Chainsaw Artists and a performance by Rick Charette.
Harvest-Fest will be expanded to two full weekends into October. Family season passes are available.
For more details, go to facebook.com/mainewildlifepark.
Library to display artwork by preschool-age children
An exhibition of artwork, by preschool-age children from the Kennebunk Recreation Department’s Beyond Tots Adventure Club, will be on display at the Kennebunk Free Library in the Speers Gallery from April 14 to 28.
The public is invited to view the exhibit during regular library hours 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, 12:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
The public is invited to attend a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. April 24.
Civil War lecture offered free to public Thursday
A Joshua L. Chamberlain Civil War Round Table Lecture is planned for 7 p.m. Thursday at Curtis Memorial Library’s Morrell Room at 23 Pleasant St.
Matt Cost will head the talk “Joshua Chamberlain and the Civil War: At Every Hazard.” Lectures are free and open to the public. Donations are appreciated.