September 23, 2013



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The Pihcintu Multinational Children’s Chorus will perform a free concert at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Portland Public Library. See Portland briefs for additional details.

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Ladies Community Breakfast

The next Ladies Community Breakfast will be held from 7 to 9 a.m. Wednesday at Saint Luke's Catholic Church on Lake Street.

Individuals with special dietary needs are welcome to call 864-3807.


Food preservation talk

A food preservation program will be offered at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Highland Lake Grange at Route 302 and Hardy Road. 

Kate McCarty, of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Office of Cumberland County, will teach. Learn about techniques for freezing, canning and storing the harvest from your garden.

The talk is free and open to the public. 

Light refreshments will be provided. 

To register or for more details, call Dave Gowen at 854-5753 or email


50-cent clothing sale

St. George's Episcopal Church will hold its semi-annual 50-cent clothing sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 3 Emerson St.

Free blood pressure screenings will be available.

For more details, call 324-8119. 

Coping with cancer

The Cancer Care Center of York County will offer a "Look Good Feel Better" session for cancer patients from to 2 to 4 p.m. on Sept. 30. This program offered by the American Cancer Society provides education, information and supportive material to help women with make-up and appearance tips while they undergo cancer treatment.

A trained volunteer cosmetologist will teach each attending women how to cope with skin changes and hair loss by offering practice make-up techniques with skin care products, information on free wigs and turbans and complimentary cosmetic products to take home.

Pre-registration is required.

To register or for more information, call Gina at 459-1601.


Annual NAMI 5K walk

The 11th Annual 5K NAMI Walks Maine event will be held rain or shine Sunday at the Southern Maine Community College campus at 2 Fort Road.

Kickoff festivities and registration begins at 9 a.m. The walk gets underway at 11 a.m.

Proceeds will benefit the National Alliance on Mental Illness, a statewide, grassroots organization founded to improve the lives of people affected by mental illness.

To register or for more details, go to or call (800) 622-5767.


Understanding the ACA

The Scarborough Public Library will offer a community program on the Affordable Care Act at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, at 48 Gorham Road.

Jake Grindle, a program specialist with Western Maine Community Action (WMCA) will present "Affordable Health Care Act 101: Understanding the New Health Care Law."

WMCA was selected by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to serve as one of two Health Marketplace Navigators in Maine. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) will bring major changes to the health care system in the coming months. By the end of the year, there will be new requirements and options for affordable health coverage for many Mainers, including new rights, protections, and changes to current government health care programs.

Grindle will present the basics of the law and the newly available resources consumers should know about. Attendees will explore what the coming changes will mean for individuals, families, and organizations. This program is free and open to the public.

For more details, go to or call 883-4723, option 4. 

Learn about eBooks

Scarborough residents who have a valid Scarborough Public Library card can start reading eBooks for free.

Adult services librarian Catherine Morrison will offer two "skillbuilding" programs detailing the library's eBook services on Thursday at 1:30 and 6:30 p.m.

This hands-on program will introduce participants to the library's Cloud Library -- an innovative eBook delivery system launched last fall.

Morrison will also review eBook resources available through the Maine InfoNet Download Library.

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