Cooking for crowds class

A class on safely preparing and serving food for large groups will be taught by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at Walker Memorial Library.

Participants will receive a copy of “Cooking for Crowds,” a manual specifically designed for volunteer cooks. The workshop is $10, with scholarships available, and interested participants can preregister by calling 780-4205.

Program by life coach

Walker Memorial Library is hosting “Creating Happiness from the Inside Out” from noon to 1 p.m. today.

Certified personal and professional life coach Deb Bergeron will guide attendees through steps for experiencing a deeper state of happiness, regardless of personal circumstances. For more information about this free program, call 854-0630 ext. 256.


Baby sitter training class

Saint Joseph’s College is offering American Red Cross baby sitter training from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The course is for children 11 to 15 years old and will provide them with information and skills necessary fo care, safety and play for children up to 10 years old. The course is $45. To register, call 893-6615 or e-mail [email protected]


Project Sprout garden talk

The leaders of Project Sprout, the first student-run vegetable garden and fruit orchard at a public high school in the United States, will present “What If You Started a Garden and Everyone Came?” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Saint Joseph’s College.

Sam Levin and others from Monument High School in Great Barrington, Mass., will talk about how their idea blossomed to a point where the 12,000-square foot organic garden now supplies their cafeteria with fresh fruits and vegetables, helps feed the hungry in the community and serves as a living laboratory for students.

The presentation will be held at The Chalet, at the rear of St. Joseph Hall, on the college’s campus. For more information, call 893-6683.


Talk on travel to islands

Jim Millinger, local author and historian, will present “Crossing to Cousins and Littlejohn islands in the Nellie G.s,” at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Yarmouth Log Cabin, 196 Main St.

He will discuss steamboat transportation to Cousins and Littlejohn Islands and how it was replaced by passenger vessels with gasoline and diesel engines.

For more information, contact the Yarmouth Historical Society by calling 846-6259.


Dementia is topic

Sedgewood Commons is hosting a talk at 6 p.m. Tuesday at 22 Northbrook Drive.

The first topic will be “Comfort Zone,” about a Web-based resource, and the second “Understanding the Origins of Behavior in Dementia.”

Speakers include Dr. Laurel Coleman from Maine Medical Geriatric Center and Kathryn Pears from the Maine Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. For more information, call 781-5775 ext. 227 or e-mail [email protected]


‘Aladdin’ at middle school

A cast of more than 60 Falmouth Middle School students is performing a Disney favorite, “Aladdin,” at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday.

The show is produced, directed and choreographed by Madeline Sarantidis and Renovia Marro. Staging, props and costumes for the 80-minute musical have been created by three backstage student and parent crews.

There are 250 tickets available for each performance and are $4 for students, $8 for adults or $20 for all three shows. Tickets can be purchased at the Falmouth Middle School cafeteria up to one hour before each show. For more information, call 831-8651.


Beauty and Books finale

The Falmouth Memorial Library’s Fourth Beauty and the Books silent auction is wrapping up Thursday.

More than 65 local artists and crafters contributed close to 200 items to benefit the library. Bids will be accepted up to 7 p.m., with the Beauty and the Books Grand Finale from 5 to 7 p.m. Library officials, artists and bidders will be there for food contributed by local businesses, the flurry of final bidding and fun. Last year’s auction raised nearly $8,000. For more information, call 781-2351.


‘Blink’ plastic camera show

RISE Gallery is hosting “Blink,” a pinhole and plastic camera group exhibit that opens from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Gallery hours are from 11 a.m .to 6 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The gallery is located at 864 Broadway. For details, visit www.risephotography.com.


International food fest

Southern Maine Community College, the Rotary of South Portland-Cape Elizabeth and Breakwater Daybreak are hosting the Sixth International Food Festival and Silent Auction from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, with the silent auction starting at 10:30 a.m., in the college’s dining hall.

The goal is to promote awareness and improve understanding of different cultures and raise funds for international and student scholarships. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased in advance or at the door.


Digital camera instruction

South Portland Historical Society presents “Digital Photography at its Best” with Helen Slocum at 7 p.m. Thursday in South Portland City Hall, Council Chambers. Slocum, a historical society board member, will discuss the ways in which you can maximize the product of your digital camera.

Helen’s style of presentation will be relaxed and informative. The workshop is free. For more information, visit www.sphistory.org or call 767-7299.


20 Maine foods discussion

Cheryl Wixson, MOFGA’s Organic Marketing Consultant and resident chef, will explain genuinely local food for Maine during a presentation at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Freeport Community Center.

“The Maine Local Twenty” talk is part of Wolfe’s Neck Farm’s Winter Community Forum on sustainability, transitions and resilience. It is a compilation of 20 foods that Maine has the capacity to produce year-round for the 1.3 million residents. There is a suggested donation of $5 . For more information, visit www.wolfesneckfarm.org.


Lions variety show

The Freeport Lioness/Lions 24th Annual Variety Show is at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Freeport Performing Arts Center at Freeport High School. Tickets are $10 for adults and $3 for children. For tickets, call 865-6188 or 353-2642.


Re-inventing schools

Richard DeLorenzo, co-founder of Re-inventing Schools Coalition, will speak at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Gray-New Gloucester High School. MSAD 15 and the Maine Department of Education have partnered with the coalition to examine the benefits of performance-based education as a means of improving student achievement.


Spring library book sale

The Gray Public Library Association is holding its annual spring used book sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the library’s basement. There will be an early bird sale with a $5 admission from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday.

The sale includes a huge collection of hardcover and paperback fiction sorted by genre. The nonfiction collection is also sorted into dozens of categories. The children’s area is packed with books for readers from toddlers through young adults. There is also an audio books, VHS tapes, CD’s and DVD’s section. Most hardcover books are priced at $1 and paperbacks are 50 cents. All proceeds support the library.


Dog Agility trial run

Agility Central of Maine is hosting a “Jackpot” Fun Run Fundraiser from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at Happy Tails, 119 Bishop St. The event is an opportunity for handlers to run their dogs in the arena they will be competing in on Easter weekend and to support the association.

There will be on-site registration with a “Judge’s Briefing” before the runs, walk-throughs and posted line up for each height division. The cost is $20 per handler with up to two dogs and $10 for each additional dog. For information, call 215–4821.


Bowl-A-Rama for Bigs

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine will hold its annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake fundraiser at 10 a.m. Saturday at Yankee Lanes in Portland and the Bowl-A-Rama in Sanford. The event offers Red Sox and Sea Dogs tickets as prizes, allowing teams and individuals to bowl for one hour of their choosing.

Teams of four or five people are encouraged. To register for the event online, visit somebigsbowl.kintera.org today or call 773.KIDS (5437).


Free Yoga introduction

The Yoga Center is offering free introductory classes at 9:30 a.m. Friday, 9 a.m. Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Monday and 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. The center is located at 449 Forest Ave. Plaza. For more information, call 774-YOGA (9642).


New England Hoop Shoot

Gorham is hosting the Elks “Hoop Shoot” Free Throw New England Regional Championship at 9 a.m. Saturday at the USM. Free-throw shooters from Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont and Maine will compete in the championship. These boys and girls already have local, district and state championships in hand.


Floral designer to speak

The Gorham Garden Club is meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the First Parish Church on School Street. Libby Jordan, floral designer of Studio Flora in Windham will speak about floral arrangements.


Gym Dandies presentation

The Gym Dandies will perform at 6:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the Scarborough High School Gymnasium. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens and children are admitted free. Juggling items will be available for purchase.

All proceeds will benefit the Gym Dandies, the largest, continuously operating children’s circus in the country. About 200 children, ages 8 to 18 years old, will perform.


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