November 11, 2013



Garden club hosts supper, talk

Osewantha Garden Club of South Portland will meet at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday for its annual harvest supper in the Wright Room at the First Congregational Church on Cottage Road

The business meeting will be followed by a pot roast supper at 6 p.m. and a presentation by guest speaker Lynn Holland, of Vose-Smith Florists, who is a master gardener. Holland will present a design program of holiday arrangements following dinner.

The floral arrangements will then be auctioned.


Free computer training available

Portland Public Library continues to offer free “Basic Computer Training” workshops, with upcoming sessions from 3 to 4 p.m. Tuesday and again Nov. 26 at 5 Monument Square.

Basic computer Training I is an introduction to using a computer, including explaining what’s on the desktop, mouse practice, and how to use a keyboard. Both of these courses are offered in English but a French speaking volunteer will be present to help translate for French speaking students.

In addition to these regularly scheduled workshops, the library offers half-hour, one-one-one tutoring sessions in French, Kurundi and Kiryarwanda by appointment only on Tuesdays between 1 and 4 p.m.

Tutoring sessions for English speakers are offered on Mondays between 5 and 6:30 p.m.

There is limited space available for each of these trainings and participants must register in advance at the library’s Public Computing desk or by calling 871-1700 Ext. 708.

USM welcomes students

The University of Southern Maine will host an open house for adult, transfer and graduate students from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Abromson Community Education Center, at 88 Bedford St.

Parking is free in the adjoining garage.

Representatives from academic programs will be on hand to discuss degree possibilities at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Student Services representatives will be available to help potential students begin to find a way to achieve their goals and fit education into their busy lives.

Hosted by USM Undergraduate Admission, Graduate Admissions and Professional and Continuing Education, this event is part of a concerted effort to help more people with some college experience complete a degree.

For more details, call Judie Alessi O’Malley at 780-4200


New roof for library

Historic Deering Mansion, a 114-year-old Main Street landmark, is in need of a new roof.

Built in 1869 as the home of the Joseph Deering family, the stately mansion has been home to the Dyer Library since 1955 – after being donated by former board president Frank C. Deering.

Library officials were seeking to raise $80,000 for the project. Now, thanks to a generous grant from the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation, just $30,000 is needed.

To raise those funds, the library is selling its historic roof slates for $10 apiece.

Those interested in owning a piece of Saco history are invited to drop by the library to purchase one of the roofing tiles.

The library is located at 371 Main St.

For more details, call 283-3861.


Free parenting classes

Stevie Westmoreland, LMFT, LCPC, leads a monthly parenting class on the third Friday of each month at the Kennebunk Free Library at 112 Main St.

Each month, a new topic is addressed.

The next meeting is at 10 a.m. Friday.

Besides being a parent and grandparent herself, Stevie has been in private practice as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist for 30 years.

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