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For more details, call 373-6015.


STORYTELLER: Award-winning storyteller Carol Birch will head three presentations at the Topsham Public Library this week.

Birch will speak at the Friends of Topsham Public Library annual meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, where she will tell the story of Lou Gehrig, a man whose story is much more than just baseball.

On Saturday, Birch will present programs at 11 a.m. as a preview to the library's summer reading program for youth and again at 2 p.m. for "Do Tell! The Art of Storytelling," a storytelling workshop for adults.

The library is located at 25 Foreside Road.

All programs are free and open to the public.

For more details, call 725-1727 or go to www.topshamlibrary.org or www.carolbirchstoryteller.com.


EDIBLE BOOKS: Portland Public Library will hold its Edible Book Festival from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.

Community members and library patrons are invited to create a piece of edible art referencing a book or poem.

Edible art submissions can look like a book or poem, pun on a title of a book or poem, resemble a character or scene or just have something to do with a book or poem. The only major criteria are that all submissions must be edible and based on a book or poem.

Children's books, mystery novels, fiction, non-fiction, biographies, short stories, poetry, even cookbooks will be on display and created from all types of food -- from veggies to colorful frosting and everything in between.

The public can vote for their favorite work before 7 p.m., after which time participants and members of the public are invited to dig in and taste the art.

People can register their edible submissions by emailing weyand@portland.lib.me.us or by calling Rachael at 871-1700 Ext. 723. Registration is free and participants are asked to drop off their work of art between 3 and 4:45 p.m. Friday.

OCEAN HEALTH: Waynflete School will host "Oceans at The Tipping Point" at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Arts Center.

Dr. Steve Katona, a marine biologist, founder of Allied Whale, former president of College of the Atlantic, and current managing director of the Ocean Health Index at Conservation International, will speak and the evening will include a screening of the award-winning film of the same title.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. for visiting informational tables of Maine-based organizations that work directly on ocean sustainability. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated and will benefit scholarships for Sustainable Ocean Studies, a 24-day marine biology summer program for high school students.

The program is offered jointly by Waynflete School and Chewonki Semester School.

For more details, call 774-5721, Ext. 1318, or go to www.waynflete.org/summertime.

ACOUSTIC FESTIVAL: University of Southern Maine will present its Inaugural Maine Acoustic Festival at 4 p.m. Saturday in Hannaford Hall at 88 Bedford St.

The event will include a showcase performance by 31 Maine music students.

The event is open to the public.

Tickets are $10 and available at the door or online at www.BrownPaperTickets.com.

OPEN HOUSE: The University of Southern Maine will host an open house for prospective graduate students from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Abromson Center, second floor, at 88 Bedford St.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more details, go to http://usm.maine.edu/graduateadmissions.

COLLEGE PLANNING: The Maine Educational Opportunity Center will host several free "Essentials of College Planning" workshops at the following times and locations: 10 a.m. Monday and Tuesday and again April 8, 16, 22 and 29, all at Portland Career Center, 185 Lancaster St. and at 10 a.m. Wednesday and April 17 at Portland Adult Education, 57 Douglass St.

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