Series opens with Peary talk

Union Historical Society begins its 2010 series at 7:30 p.m. today  with a talk by Harry Rich of Harpswell on Rear Admiral Robert E. Peary (1856-1920) and his affiliation with Eagle Island.

The meeting will be held at the Thompson Community Center at Common and South Union roads on Route 131. A brief society business meeting will follow. Refreshments will be served. The talk is free and open to the public. For more information, call 785-5444 or go to www.midcoast.com/comespring.


Workshop on dementia


The Senior Center at Lower Village in partnership with The Alzheimer’s Association is offering a workshop for family members and caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia.

The workshop, “Meeting the Behavioral Challenges of Dementia: Tips and Techniques for Family Members,” will be held at the center at 175 Port Road from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday. Participation is free but space is limited. Advance registration is required by calling 967-8514.

Beginning bridge class

The Senior Center at Lower Village at 175 Port Road, is offering an eight-week Beginner’s Bridge class with Bob Blackmore beginning on Friday. Sessions meet from 9:30 a.m. to noon weekly. The cost is $40 for members and $60 for all others. 


Two authors at the library


How did the state’s mountains get names like Moose’s Bosom, Picked Chicken Hill and Toenail Ridge?

Hiker Steve Pinkham will provide the quirky and sometimes hilarious answers to these questions in his presentation “The Mountains of Maine: Intriguing Stories Behind Their Names,” to be offered at 6:30 p.m. today  at McArthur Library on Main Street.

The information also is presented in Pinkham’s recent book, to be available for sale and signing on that evening.

The library also will host an evening with Maine Author Gerry Boyle, creator of the Jack McMorrow mystery series, at 7 p.m. on Thursday. Boyle will sign copies of his works. For more information about this free program, call the library at 284-4181.


Concert to aid Haiti relief


The Higher Ground Singers, directed by Michelle Lessard, will perform “Spirit and Song United for Haiti” at 1 p.m. on Sunday at Noble High School.

The performance will feature seacoast area musicians, including Sharon Jones, Barbara London, Salt River, Rock My Soul, The Digbees, Lesley Smith & Sammie Snail, Women Singing Out!, Barb Whitney, Michael Tero, the Dover First Parish Praise Team and Sweet Willie D & The North Shore Gospel Ambassadors.

Donations will be accepted at the door, will all proceeds directly benefitting Haitian earthquake relief.


Trike-a-thon sponsors

Corner Care Preschool and Daycare is seeking sponsors for a Trike-a-Thon  March 15-19 to raise money for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.


Students will be taught about bicycle safety and related activities to enforce what has been learned. Pledges for the fundraiser may be sent to Corner Care Preschool and Daycare,  c/o Gail Gary, 85 Merrymeeting Road, Brunswick, Maine, 04011, call 721-9986 or go to www.stjude.org/trike.


Parkview’s Girls Night Out

The Spirit of Women program at Parkview Adventist Medical Center will present its annual “Girls’ Night Out” event at 6 p.m. today   at the Hilton Garden Inn at 5 Park St.

Jenifer Lloyd, president-elect of the Maine Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and registered nurse Kathy Burgess will speak. A fashion show, featuring breast cancer survivors, and several complimentary health screenings and chair massages are planned. To register, call 373-2216 or go to www.parkviewamc.org/events.



Talk about Matinicus life

Matinicus resident Eva Murray will present “Not at All the Simple Life”  at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Society’s Cramer Museum on Route 1.
Murray’s talk will explore the pros and cons of island life. It is part of a Maine Living program, sponsored by the Camden-Rockport Historical Society. Admission is $3 for society members and $5 for all others. For more information, call 594-8047 or e-mail crmuseum@midcoast.com.


Schoolhouse Arts show

The Schoolhouse Arts Center at Sebago Lake will present three one-act plays, “A Little Food, Some Ducks, and a Bench by a Lake,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Black Box Theater.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. The center is located on Route 114, north of Sebago Lake Village.
For details, call 642-3743 or go to www.schoolhousearts.org.



Hackmatack auditons

Hackmatack Playhouse will hold day-long auditions at the Berwick Town Hall on Saturday for potential performers for the venue’s 38th season. Auditions for men will begin at 8:30 a.m. with women following at 9 a.m. Callbacks will be held Sunday.

Hackmatack’s 2010 musicals will include “Carousel,” “Cinderella,” “Leading Ladies” and “Hello Dolly.” Attendees should plan to bring water, a portrait head shot of themselves and a resume.

The role of Dolly Levi in “Hello Dolly” has been cast. For details, call 698-1807 or 676-4022.



Aqua Zumba to aid Haiti

The Bath Area Family YMCA at 303 Centre St. will host an Aqua Zumba Haiti relief event at noon on Saturday. The activity merges traditional Zumba moves with the cushioning effects of water. Class fee is a suggested donation of $10, with proceeds to directly benefit the American Red Cross Haiti Earthquake Relief effort. To register, call 443-4112 or go to www.bathymca.org.


Thornton winter carnival

The Thornton Academy Alumni Association and student groups will sponsor a children’s winter carnival from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday at Linnell Gymnasium ar 438 Main St. The event will feature games and activities for children ages 2 to 10. Tickets are a quarter per game and prizes are redeemed for prizes. Admission is by the donation of one non-perishable item to be benefit a local food pantry. For more details, call Lisa Morin at 282-3361, ext. 281 or e-mail lisa.morin@thorntonacademy.org.



One Wheelers flea market

The Woodside One Wheelers circus arts group will hold an indoor flea market and craft sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Woodside Elementary School gymnasium on 42 Barrows Drive.

Proceeds will help pay for the group’s April trip to Washington, D.C., to participate in the annual Cherry Blossom Festival Parade. Admission is free. Refreshments will be sold in the cafeteria. For more details, call Ceci Gilson at 837-8849.


Reptile talk at library

Live reptiles, snakeskins, turtle shells, skeletons and other  reptilian artifacts will be part of a talk detailing the world of reptiles to by be given by Chewonki Instructor Leah Kramer Heyman at 10 a.m. on Thursday at Skidompha Library’s Porter Meeting Hall, 184 Main St.
The talk is free and open to the public. For more details, call Betty Welt at 563-2739. 



Baseball clinics at Nasson

Baseball Clinics for children ages 6 to 12 are being held from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday and again on March 15 and 16, all at the Nasson Community Center, at 457 Main St.

Throwing, pitching and hitting drills will be offered and batting cages will be set up for practice. The cost is $5 per session. For details, call Steve Catalino at (978) 501-3376 or the Nasson Community Center at 324-5657. This is a non-profit clinic and proceeds will go to a local sports organization.

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