February 10



Polar Dip to benefit Camp Sunshine

The seventh annual Maine Polar Dip, to benefit Camp Sunshine, will be held at noon Saturday at East End Beach at the base of Eastern Promenade. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m.

Participants are encouraged to raise a minimum of $100 in pledges and plunge into Casco Bay to receive a commemorative T-shirt. All proceeds will benefit Camp Sunshine. The goal is to raise $20,000.

For more details, call Michael Smith of Camp Sunshine at 655-3800 or email msmith@campsunshine.org.

Party, kissing contest at Planet Dog

Planet Dog’s 10th annual Valentine’s Day Canine Cocktail Party for dog lovers and their canine companions will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Planet Dog Company Store at 211 Marginal Way.

The Planet Dog Foundation fundraising event will feature a dog kissing contest and plenty of free treats, beer and wine. The longest, sloppiest buddy-to-human companion kiss wins a bundle of Planet Dog’s best-sellers valued at $75. Entry fee for the dog kissing contest is $5.

For more details, call 347-8606 or go to www.planetdog.com/company_store/


Affirming talk and banjo music

Thomas Memorial Library, at 6 Scott Dyer Road, will host two presentations this week.

At 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, trainer, motivational speaker, writer and health promotion professional Janet Edmunson will present a free talk, “Affirming Yourself for Life’s Challenges.”

On Saturday, banjoist Peter Mezoian will perform from 3 to 4 p.m.

Both events are free and open to the public. For more details, call 799-1720 or go to www.ThomasMemorialLibrary.org.


Valentine’s heritage dinner

The Washburn-Norlands Living History Center will present a Valentine’s Day heritage dinner and living history program, “Keepers of the Hearth: The Love, Courtship and Marriages of the Washburn Women,” at 6:30 p.m. Friday at 290 Norlands Road.

Dinner begins in the Farmer’s Cottage and includes arugula and strawberry salad, squash soup, herbed chicken breast with wild rice and mushrooms, green beans and cheesecake. Vegetarian/vegan options also are available.

After dinner, step back into the 19th century with a visit from “Patty Washburn” and her three daughters, Martha, Mary and Caroline, who will be portrayed by Norlands staff members Willi Irish, Renee Bonin, Claire Tanner and Robin Hakala in period costume.

The women will share their stories of life in the 1800s, followed by a program of period music. The program concludes with an evening tour of the 1867 Washburn family mansion.

Cost is $20. The deadline to purchase tickets is Wednesday, by calling 897-4366 or emailing norlands@norlands.org.


Free concerts start on Tuesday

This winter and spring, 317 Main Community Music Center will present Noon Tunes, a free concert series to be held from noon to 1 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month in the cafe at 317 Main St.

The performances will feature the 317 Main faculty in a variety of genres and settings.

The series begins on Tuesday with the trio of Kate Campbell Strauss, Jed Wilson and Steve Roy performing jazz standards and improvisation on saxophone, piano and bass.

The concerts are free and open to the public. The building at 317 Main is fully accessible and all ages are encouraged to attend. For more information, call 846-9559 or visit www.317main.org.


What’s going on at the library?

Topsham Public Library will host the following events this week:

Topsham Historical Society, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, a talk on period furniture by Jon Brandon, founder of East Point Conservation.

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