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Jory Squibb of Camden demonstrates his “hybrid” electric quadricycle to Daniel and Ethan Navarro of Rockland. Squibb will be one of the makers exhibiting his “tinkering results” at the Maker Faire on Saturday at the Camden Public Library. His 105-pound Sunbeam car is two-thirds battery-powered and one-third pedal-powered. The range on battery power alone is 80 miles. Midcoast Maine’s Mini Maker Faire, the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth, is free and open to all ages. It will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the library amphitheater.

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For a complete listing of classes, their times, dates and registration fees, call 439-3800, stop by the recreation office at 120 Rogers Road, or go online at or


College planning workshops

The Maine Educational Opportunity Center will host several free Essentials of College Planning workshops for adults, ages 19 and older, at the following times and locations: 10 a.m. Tuesdays through Sept. 24 at Portland CareerCenter, 185 Lancaster St; and 10 a.m. Wednesdays through Sept. 18 at Portland Adult Education, 57 Douglass St.

To register or for more details, call (800) 281-3703 or

Congress Square tour, talk

The City of Portland Planning & Urban Development Department is partnering with SPACE Gallery and Portland Public Library to provide three opportunities to learn and talk about public open spaces.

The first two of the programs, in the form of historical tours, will be at 12:30 and 6 p.m. Wednesday at SPACE Gallery. The public is invited to join architectural historian Scott Hanson for informative walks detailing the Congress Square area's rich history. The 30-minute tour starts in the gallery with an illustrated talk and ends outside in Congress Square. Both tours are free.

The documentary Film "Social Life of Small Urban Spaces" will be screened at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 12 at Rines Auditorium, at Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square. A discussion will follow.

For details, write Caitlin Cameron, or go to

Balance class for seniors

The nationally recognized class "A Matter of Balance," which trains older adults how to manage concerns about falling that would otherwise keep them inactive, will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, Sept. 8 through Oct. 3, at The Woods at Canco.

Attendees will be taught ways to view falls as controllable, set goals for increasing activity, learn exercises to increase strength and balance, and make changes to reduce their risk of falling at home.

To register or for more details, call 396-6583 or email

Dinosaurs at the planetarium

Southworth Planetarium will kick off its full dome, computer animated dinosaurs show Friday, featuring shows at 7 and 8:30 p.m. at 96 Falmouth St.

The audience will experience monster reptiles bounding, stomping, flying, hunting and foraging above their heads.

Addtional showtimes are 3 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, and Sept. 9, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 and 29; 1 p.m. Sept. 11, 16, 18, 23, 25 and 30; and 7 and 8:30 p.m. Sept. 13, 20, 27.

Admission is $5.50 for adults and $5 for youths and seniors for afternoon matinees and $1 more for evening shows.

For more details, call 780-4249 or e-mail

Language Exchange open house

The Language Exchange will host an open house from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at 80 Exchange St., Suite 24-26.

Visitors are welcome to learn about programs offered, register for classes, meet with instructor and participate in a variety of drawings.

Refreshments will be served.

For details, email


Free conference for vets, families

There will be a free conference for veterans, their families and health professionals at the University of Maine Farmington campus from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 21. 

Hosted by Tri-County Mental Health Services with support from the United Way of the Tri-Valley Area, Americorps Vista, and many community volunteers, the conference will offer two speakers and nine different workshops on topics ranging from legal issues and re-integrating into family and community life to traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress.

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