You’re invited for Christmas meal

A free dinner will be served on Christmas Day from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Westbrook-Warren Congregational Church, 810 Main St.

Everyone is invited.

Last year, an estimated 150 were served. “I’d like to double the numbers,” organizer Joy Knight said about this year’s dinner.

The dinner continues a tradition that began with the former United Methodist Church of Westbrook.

Businesses or individuals interested in donating and volunteers to prepare and serve the meal should contact Knight at 761-1857 days.

The meal includes roast turkey and ham with all the fixings. Reservations for the meal are not required but appreciated. Call the church at 854-9157.

Library hours

scaled back

Due to budget constraints resulting in a reduction of staff hours, the operating hours of Warren Memorial Library, 479 Main St., will be changing.

Beginning Friday, Jan. 2, the library hours will be Mondays and Wednesdays, 1-8 p.m.; Fridays 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. It will be closed Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The library will be open Wednesday, Dec. 24, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., and Wednesday, Dec. 31, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. It will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

For more information, call 854-5891.

Inanna on Warren stage

Inanna, Sisters in Rhythm, will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, at Warren Memorial Library, 479 Main St.

The performance, part of the Women in the Performing Arts series sponsored by the Cornelia Warren Community Association, is free.

Inanna is a female percussion and vocal ensemble performing original and traditional music of West Africa.

Michel art on display

Westbrook artist Caren-Marie Michel is showing acrylics and pastels of the coast and her “Painting Edges” series through Jan. 15 at Falmouth Memorial Library, 5 Lunt Road, Falmouth.

A graduate of the Portland School of Art, Michel returned to painting and exhibiting in 2000 after a 16-year banking career.

“Painting Edges” is a series of acrylic abstract paintings on paper based on her landscape paintings on canvas.

This year, Michel’s work was shown in solo exhibits at Deertrees Theatre Backstage Gallery in Harrison and Little Sebago Gallery in Windham. Also in 2008, her work was exhibited in “Katahdin: The Lake and Her Artists” at Jameson Gallery in Portland and “Taking Different Trails: The Artist’s Journey to Katahdin Lake” at Bates College Museum of Art in Lewiston.

Examples of Michel’s work can be seen at

Bistro back in business

Bistro 21, a cafe on County Road, reopened Monday after an explosion caused it to close down last month.

According to co-owner Tammy Speed, the explosion occurred in the pizza oven around 9 a.m. on Nov. 25, when the exhaust hood in the kitchen was being serviced. Co-owner Cindy D’Alfonso suffered first-degree burns, was taken to the hospital and released later that day.

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