Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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Civil War expert Blaikie Hines, left, of Thomaston will give a history presentation at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Camden Public Library.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Portland will sponsor a free, 12-week education program designed to serve family members of people diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illness.
The classes will be offered from 6 to 8:30 p.m. beginning Monday.
Topics to be covered include schizophrenia, mood disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, PTSD and other major mental illnesses.
Coping skills, such as how to handle crisis and relapse, listening and communication techniques, problem-solving skills, and recovery and rehabilitation will be included.
The curriculum will be taught by local NAMI volunteers who have taken intensive training as course instructors.
Pre-registration is required. For more information or to enroll, call Dave at 847-3444 or Vicky at 650-9571.
Vocal workshop at 317 Main
The 317 Main Community Music Center will host a one-day vocal workshop with choral leader and composer Brendan Taaffe from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
The workshop will explore different harmony traditions, including American harmony, songs from Zimbabwe, and Taaffe's own compositions. All parts will be taught by ear and no experience is necessary.
The workshop is open to teens and adults. The workshop fee is $35 for the public and $25 for currently registered 317 Main students. Space is limited to 30. Attendees should bring their own lunches.
For more details or to register, call 846-9559 or visit www.317Main.org.
Genealogy society meeting
The Greater Portland Chapter of the Maine Genealogy Society will hold a Lineage Fair at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, at 29 Ocean House Road.
Before the meeting, there will be networking and refreshments, beginning at 12:30.
The program will feature an introduction to lineage societies and how they can aid in research of family trees. There also will be tables with information on a variety of lineage societies, such as the DAR, SAR, Mayflower, Franco-American, Metis and family names groups.
The meetings are held on the first Saturday of each month and are free and open to the public. For more details, call Diane Brakeley at 767-3391 or go to www.gpcmgs.org.
Free college planning help
The Maine Educational Opportunity Center will offer free Essentials of College Planning workshops for adults 19 and older at the following times and locations:
10 a.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, at Portland CareerCenter at 185 Lancaster St. and 10 a.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 9 and 23, at Portland Adult Education at 57 Douglass St.
To register or for more details, call (800) 281-3703 or go to http://meoc.maine.edu.
Run and walk for kids
The third annual Maine Marathon Kids Mile and the inaugural Walk for Kids' Sake will take place Saturday to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine.
The Kids Mile, at 9:45 a.m. at Baxter Boulevard, is for ages 7 to 12, and there also will be a fun run for ages 4 to 6 at Pedro Field. Registration is $10 in advance and $12 the day of the event.
Medals will be available for all and there will be prizes for the top three finishers in both boys and girls' divisions.
The Walk for Kids' Sake will begin at 11 a.m. at the Back Cove Walking Path. Participants can walk any distance up to 3.5 miles around the cove. Registration is $20, and children can participate free of charge.
For more details, go to www.somebigs.org or call 773-5437.
Octoberfest flower show
St. Mary's Garden Club is sponsoring an Octoberfest Standard Flower Show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at St. Mary's Church, 43 Foreside Road.
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