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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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The pack meets on the first three Thursday nights of each month at Hall School, and pursues a number of activities throughout the year, including camping, hiking, fishing, community service and the Pinewood Derby.

For more details, contact Cubmaster Kelly McDonald at 

Theater for children

Portland Stage is once again offering its "Play Me A Story: Back to School Bonanza" Theater for Kids at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Portland Stage, 25A Forest Ave.

Portland Stage players will offer theater games intended to build confidence, reading selected stories then working with young audience members to act out the themes and characters from the books they've performed. 

Cost is $15.

Also being offered is "Play Me A Story -- Enchanted Adventures" at 10:30 a.m. Saturdays Oct. 5, 12, 19 and 26 for $15 per session or $50 for the entire month.

For more details, call 774-1043 Ext. 117. 

Autism talk opens event

Temple Grandin, Ph.D., will be a featured speaker Friday at a Future Horizon's Conference, from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Abromson Center, 88 Bedford St.

Grandin will talk about "The Autistic Brain" at 8:30 a.m. Additional speakers will include Jennifer McIlwee Myers and Dr. Jim Ball. There will be a lunch break and attendees are required to provide their own meals.

Grandin, who is autistic, will be available for questions, pictures and book signing after her presentation.

Her life story was the subject of the film "Temple Grandin" (2010), which garnered seven Emmy Awards.

In 2011, she was chosen as one of the top 33 "Most Influential Persons in the World" in Time magazine's "Top 100" selection. Grandin was recognized for her key roles in bringing awareness to autism and special needs and also for animal rights.

For more details, call Lyn Dunsavage Young at (800) 489-0727. 

A hospice remembrance

Join Hospice of Southern Maine for Twilight in the Park, a gathering of honor and remembrance at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in Deering Oaks park.

The setting will feature 1,000 glowing luminaria, each light representing the memory of a loved one.

For more details, call 289-3669 or go to

Forum on lack of civility

The Portland Public Library will convene a forum entitled "From Incivility Fatigue to Energizing Civic Conversations" from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday in Rines Auditorium at 5 Monument Square.

The talk will feature Professor Dan Shea, editor of "Can We Talk? The Rise of Rude, Nasty, Stubborn Politics" and director of Colby's Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement. 

Facilitators from the Institute for Civic Leadership will guide an engaging and interactive session aimed at helping the audience understand why we're experiencing increased incivility in politics and what we can do about it.

The forum will end with an opportunity for action.

This program is free and open to the public. 

Children's chorus at library

The Pihcintu Multinational Children's Chorus will perform from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday at Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square.

The show is to help WinterKids celebrate their 10th annual Welcome to Winter Festival, which benefits the Immigrant & Refugee Community of Greater Portland.

The Pihcintu chorus is a nationally recognized, Portland-based group of 30 girls, representing 15 countries.

The concert is free and donations for WinterKids are appreciated. 

Calling young knitters

Portland Public Library will begin a new series called "Fiber Fun" at 4 p.m. Monday for youths who like to knit, crochet, weave or do needlepoint. 

Ages 5 through 19 are invited to attend the meetings, to be held in the Sam L. Cohen Children's Library at 5 Monument Square. Adults over age 19 are welcome when participating with a child.

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