Thursday, April 17, 2014
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
Charity bike ride registration
Registrations are being accepted for the Annual Beach Bike Ride for Charity at Wells Beach, set for 7:30 p.m. June 15 along a 10-mile stretch of coastal Wells.
Organizers are partnering with the American Cancer Society for this year's ride, with proceeds raised directly benefitting cancer patients to provide transportation and housing for needed treatments away from home.
Donations and "virtual rider" registrations are also encouraged and accepted on the website or by mailing funds to Beach Bike Ride, P.O. Box 68, Wells, ME 04090.
The registration fee is $35 and includes a free "I'm Riding For" T-shirt for the first 150 riders. A water stop is included and a light snack provided at the finish line.
Registrations are being accepted at www.beachbikeride.org.
Rabies clinic set for Monday
A rabies clinic will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Sebago Lake Congregational Church, 410 Northeast Road, Route 35, at Sebago Lake Village.
Cost of the vaccinations are $10 and available by cash only. All dogs must be on a leash and cats in carriers. Standish Veterinary Hospital will administer the shots. For more details, call Betty Field at 408-7847.
Homeownership course set
Coastal Enterprises Inc., a nonprofit community development organization, is accepting registrations for a Homeownership Education Course it will offer for first-time homebuyers from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. June 8 and 15 at Westbrook Community Services & Adult Education.
The course, supported by the Maine State Housing Authority, is designed to help potential home buyers prepare for and be well-informed about the process of buying a home.
Seminar topics will include evaluating credit and home price affordability, budgeting and money management, selecting and working with real estate agents, home inspections, types of available mortgages and the closing process and post-closing considerations. Cost is $30 per person or $50 per couple (or co-buyer). Preregistration is required by May 31 by calling 882-5177 or register online at http://bit.ly/10Gw7FT.
Playground builders needed
The Kennebunk Beach Improvement Association has the funding in hand to build a new playground for children at Mother's Beach. The organization is seeking volunteers to help with the construction phase of the project.
Plans are to replace the former 16-year-old playground structure that was removed earlier this month with new nautical-themed equipment.
Two new clusters of structures will be installed - one for younger children and one for older children - with swings at either end and benches scattered throughout.
Volunteers are needed during the weekend of June 7-9 to assemble and install the equipment.
Two-hour shifts are available each day of the three-day project, though volunteers are invited to work as long as possible. No experience is necessary and tools will be provided.
Food and drinks will be served during all shifts. For more details or to register for a shift, go to www.kbia.net.
Plants and pies will be sold
The Seacoast Garden Club's annual Plant and Pie Sale will begin at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Port Hardware on Route 35, Lower Village. The sale is the Garden Club's primary fundraising event each year.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
All proceeds will directly benefit the Scarborough Public Library.
For more details, go to http://bit.ly/12FiGpI.
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 www.somaine.org.
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.
Also on Saturday, there will be guided nature hikes through the fields and woods of Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. for $2/$5 for children and adults.
The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and closed Sundays through Oct. 14, offering tours, exhibits, special events and a museum shop.
For more details, call 926-4597 or go to www.shaker.lib.me.us.
Raised-bed garden workshop
Richard Brzozowski, from the University of Maine, will teach a workshop on Raised Bed Gardening at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Highland Lake Grange No. 87 at Route 302 and Hardy Road.
Admission is free and refreshments will be served.
For more details, call David at 854-5753 or email email@example.com.
Youthlinks to hold open house
Youthlinks invites friends, families and volunteers to an open house from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at 420 Broadway. Visitors will be able to tour the Youthlinks' house and garden, and the orchard recently planted by the students of Oceanside East High School.
They will also have the opportunity to meet the instructors and community volunteers who have helped design and run the after-school and summer programs of Youthlinks. Outdoor activities and games are planned. For more details, go to youthlinksonline.org or call 594-2221.
Gingerbread House campaign
The Friends of the Gingerbread House are launching a fundraising campaign from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Gingerbread House, at 500 Main St., to raise funds to replace the roof shingles to help restore the historic landmark building.
Roofing shingles for the project will be sold for $50 per bundle and Friends board members, who are spearheading the renovation work, will be on hand to share about the project. The public is invited to stop by for coffee and doughnuts.
College prep sessions set
Patten Free Library, at 33 Summer St., has planned college preparation information sessions for local high school students and their families to learn about the college search and application process. Those sessions will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m., the first this Wednesday and the second on May 29. Both are free and open to the public.
No preregistration is required. For more details, call Jordan at 443-5141, ext. 25.
Bat talk will have live animals
An entertaining presentation on bats, to include live animals, will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Prince Memorial Library, 266 Main St.
The talk is open for ages 5 and older for a suggested donation of $1. For more details, call 829-2215.
Appraisal day scheduled
An Antique Appraisal Day will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Riverside United Methodist Church at routes 25 and 160. Appraisals will be provided by Kezar Falls Curiosity Shop with military memorabilia welcome.
Hosted by Sacopee Valley Health Center and the church, the event will include light refreshments. There will be a maximum appraisal amount of three items per person at $10 per item or three items for $25.
For more details, call 625-3082.