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Ride volunteers Jennifer Beadnell, with the American Cancer Society, and Mike Fairweather, with the Beach Bike Ride for Charity, train for the Annual Beach Bike Ride for Charity, set for June 15 on the Wells coast.

Photo courtesy Mike Fairweather

Dozens of plants, donated by club members, including perennials, annuals, vegetables and herbs, will be available for purchase.

A variety of homemade pies also will be sold. In the event of rain, all activities will be moved to the Washington Hose Co. Firehouse next door. For more details, email


Free skin-cancer screenings

Free skin-cancer screenings will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Cancer Care Center of York County.

The screenings are open to residents who have no insurance or high deductibles and have not been screened by a dermatologist.

Three additional screenings will be held at SMMC Saco Health Center on Monday, at Mercy Oncology Center on Tuesday and at Maine Medical Center's Scarborough campus on Wednesday. Preregistration is required for all sessions. For more details, call (877) 831-2129.


Books sought for sale

Book donations are being sought for the Friends of the Scarborough Library's annual book sale, set for June 21-23. Please do not donate textbooks, condensed books or magazines. Books should be placed in boxes or bags and left in the lobby of the library during regular business hours.

Pick-up can be arranged for large donations by emailing Donna Snyder at

All proceeds will directly benefit the Scarborough Public Library.

For more details, go to


Lawyers to discuss family law

Lawyers in Libraries will be hosting an event titled "Understanding Family Law" from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Portland Public Library, Lower Level, Room No. 5.

Attorney Kim Pitman will discuss how family law cases go through district court and how to prepare for mediation and hearings. Attendees will be able to ask general questions of the lawyer after the presentation but for specific answers they will be encouraged to call the Volunteer Lawyers Project (toll-free 800-442-4293, in Portland 774-4348) to arrange for a personal consultation.

The project is grant funded and provides legal information clinics, and then legal representation clinics, through the Maine State Library.

This program will be streamed live to other Maine libraries via the Maine State Library. For more details, call Sonya Durney at 871-1700 ext. 725.


Young Athletes Festival set

Special Olympics Maine will offer its first Young Athletes Festival from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Frank H. Harrison Middle School.

Open to children ages 2 to 8 who have intellectual disabilities or autism, the event serves as an introduction to the sports offered by Special Olympics.

Participants will learn about catching, balance, striking, kicking, jumping, throwing and more through a variety of fun activity stations set up on the school campus.

The children will also have a chance to enjoy parachute time, bubbles, face painting and a snack. Each child will also receive a T-shirt and a medal at the end.

Participation is free but registration is required by calling Lisa at 879-0489 or going to

In addition to the festival, there are two Young Athletes programs being held in Maine, at 11 a.m. Wednesdays at Maine-ly Kidz in Saco and Saturday mornings at the Brownfield Rec Center in Brownfield.


Shaker Museum opening

The Sabbathday Lake Shaker Museum, on Route 26, will open for the season at 10 a.m. Friday. On Saturday, there will be a one-day workshop on making a canvas floorcloth. Instructor Betsy Grecoe will head the workshop, which costs $55, including a materials fee. Preregistration is required.

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