Fruit-tree pruning class

The Knox-Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District will offer a fruit tree pruning workshop from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Friday at Hope Orchards.

Orchard owner Brien Davis will instruct on how to prune and care for apple and other fruit trees. Written information and other material will be provided.

Pre-registration is required. Cost is $5. To register, call Rebecca Jacobs at 273-2005, ext. 101.


Retirement workshop

Josh Patterson of Edward Jones Investment of Kennebunk will hold a financial workshop “Family Matters with Long Term Care and Annuities and Your Retirement” at 10 a.m. on Tuesday at the Senior Center at Lower Village, 175 Port Road.

The session is free and open to the public. For details, call 967-8514.


Success strategy workshop

Kennebunk Free Library on Thursday will begin a new session of is personal and professional development series called Lifewise at Lunch.

Amy Wood, a success strategist at the library, will have a session called “Overcoming Overwhelm,” from noon to 1 p.m. in Hank’s Room. The talk is free. For details, call 985-2173 or go to www.kennebunklibrary.org.


SAD 6 kindergarten sign-up

School Administrative District 6 has set kindergarten registration dates: Buxton Town Hall, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday; Hollis Town Hall, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 8; Edna Libby School, Standish, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 13; and H.B. Emery Jr. School, Limington, 9 to 11 a.m. April 15.

Parents will need to bring the child to be enrolled, a copy of their birth certificate, immunization records (including proof of chicken pox), Social Security number, two forms of proof of residency, any court-issued custody paperwork and registration forms, including a transportation form, home language survey form and Maine Migrant Eligibility Form.

For details, call Buxton at 929-3836, Hollis at 929-3838, Limington at 637-2056 or Standish at 642-2500.


Big-pumpkin-growing class

Al Berard, York County’s unofficial “Giant Pumpkin King,” will conduct a large-pumpkin-growing class from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension at the Anderson Learning Center, 21 Bradeen St.

Berard will detail germination techniques, plant care, fall harvest and transportation options associated with growing gargantuan gourds.

The Sanford Downtown Legacy is recruiting gardeners to grow Atlantic Giant pumpkins for the second annual Giant Pumpkin Regatta Sept. 18 on Number One Pond in Sanford. First-time growers will be eligible for prizes for the heaviest pumpkins.

Cost of the workshop is $5, payable on the evening of the event. Pre-registration is required by Thursday. To register, e-mail [email protected] or call (800) 287-1535 or 324-2814.


Grange Easter egg hunt

The Saco Grange will host its annual Easter Egg Hunt at 10 a.m. on Saturday at 168 North St., Route 112. This event is free and public, but donations are appreciated.


MILL-Ennial reception

The 2010 MILL-Ennial Exhibition, featuring 61 works of art created by 39 artists with ties to the Biddeford, Saco and Old Orchard Beach area, will open with a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday at two venues: the Saco Museum, 371 Main St., Saco and the North Dam Mill, 2 Main St., Biddeford. Those receptions are free and open to the public.

For details, call the Dyer Library/Saco Museum at 283-3861 or go to www.sacomuseum.org.


Cathance vacation camp

Cathance River Ecology Center & Nature Preserve at Highland Green is accepting enrollment for its April Vacation Camp, set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 20-23 for children in grades 3-5.

Cost is $120 for members and $145 for all others. Limited financial assistance is available. Space is limited. For details, e-mail Sarah Rodgers at [email protected]


Habitat birdhouse project

Habitat for Humanity / 7 Rivers Maine is seeking volunteers — who might not be ready to work on a home — to build custom birdhouses to be auctioned as a fundraiser later this year.

Interested participants should call James at 386-5081 or e-mail [email protected] to obtain an application and a list of requirements.



Library Book Shed to open

The Book Shed behind the Libby Library on Staples Street will open for the season at 9 a.m. Thursday. Hours will be 1 to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and 9 a.m. to noon Thursdays and Fridays. It will be closed in the event of rain.

In addition to hardcover and softcover books, the shed will offer audio books, videos, CDs, DVDs and puzzles. Donations will help to support Libby Library programs. For more information, call 934-4351.


Grieving parents session

Coastal Family Hospice Volunteers will run its support group for grieving parents beginning April 7. The group will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays through June 2.

Trained hospice volunteers will facilitate the session. Space is limited, and pre-registration is necessary; there is no charge. For details, call Hilary Carr at 593-9355.


Maritime Month opening

Camden Public Library, 55 Main St., will begin its Maritime Month 2010 celebration at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday with a talk by Rockland native Ed Coffin, at the opening of the Elmer Montgomery photo exhibition.

The photographs, from the collection of the Penobscot Marine Museum, will be on display for the month of April. For more details, call 236-3440.


Wyndham-Read, Bok show

English folk musician Martyn Wyndham-Read will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Camden Library Coffeehouse, 55 Main St. Gordon Bok will open the show. Admission is $7.


Book Barn seeking books

Friends of the Library is accepting books to stock the shelves of the Book Barn at 995 Main St. in advance of the store’s May 15 season opening.

Donations may placed in the library’s drop box during regular hours: 12:30 to 7 p.m. Monday and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays and 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays.

Book Barn hours are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays through mid-October. For more information, call 832-4484 or go to http://www.waldoborolibrary.org.


Gawler Family concert

The Gawler Family will perform a concert of folk music at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Lithgow Public Library Reading Room, 45 Winthrop St.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call 626-2415 or go to www.lithgow.lib.me.us.


Lecture on creating dyes

At 4 p.m. today, Janet Conner of J. Conner Hooked Rugs will present “Enjoy Nature’s Colors,” a lecture and demonstration on creating dyes from common weeds and plants.

The lecture will be held at McLaughlin Garden, 97 Main St. For more details, call 743-8820. Parking is on Western Avenue at the Garden Gate.


Discussion of book binding

Thomaston resident and book binder Julie Beinecke Stackpole will discuss the process of book binding Saturday at Rockland Congregational Church, 180 Limerock St.

A time for coffee and networking will begin at 9:15 a.m., followed by the talk at 10 a.m. Suggested donation is $3 for members and $5 for all others. For more details, call 563-8377.


Tukey film to be screened

The documentary film “A Chemical Reaction” will be screened from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Yarmouth High School.

Produced by Paul Tukey, a best-selling author and founder of SafeLawns.org, the film offers a scientific look at the mounting concerns about the use of lawn chemicals and follows the studies and the Supreme Court case that eventually led to the banning of lawn pesticides and herbicides in the province of Quebec.

For more information, go to [email protected] or www.Preventharm.org.


The Escapists improv show

Portland’s improv comedy group The Escapists will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at Bonny Eagle High School stage.

The group performs a blend of sketch comedy, physical comedy and improv games while interacting with their audience. Tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for students, and they will be available at the door. For more details, go to www.theescapists.net.


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