Multicultural health fair

The fifth annual Multicultural Exercise for Health and Love, a health fair focusing on health screening and referrals for racial and ethnic communities in the Greater Portland area, will take place from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Portland Exposition Building.

The event celebrating Portland’s  ethnic community will include multicultural food, dance and festivities. Admission is free. The event is organized by the Minority Health Program of Portland’s Public Health Division in partnership with Mercy Hospital.

Herb sale at Tate House

Tate House Museum is holding its annual herb sale from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday. Herb plants for both traditional culinary and medicinal purposes will be available.

The selection of plants has been inspired by the museum’s Colonial Gardens. Garden tours begin June 16 for the summer.

Also, the museum is open to the public  June 5 for “Festival of Colonial Demonstrations.” Admission for that day is $4 and children younger than 12 are free. The museum is located at 1270 Westbrook St. For more information, call 774-6177.

Compass Project launchings

Students of the Compass Project’s boat-building classes have been putting the finishing touches on the vessels for the ultimate test – will they float?

Launches will take place at 11 a.m. Friday and at 9:30 a.m. June 6,11 a.m  June 7 and 3 p.m. June 8 at the East End Boat Ramp. One launch at 2:30 p.m June 3 will be at at Deering Oaks.

At each launch, students from nine schools  will launch each of the different boats.

The Compass Project programs help students struggling with academic and social challenges to develop communication skills, facility with tools and the ability to problem solve. For more information on the program, call 774-0682 or visit www.compassproject.org.

Better Breathing group

The Better Breathing Buddies, a support group meeting, will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Bayview Heights, 158 North St., Portland. For more information, call 879-7343.

Riverton Center game night

Portland’s Recreation Division is sponsoring a “Family Game Night” at the Riverton Community Center, 1600 Forest Ave.
The night will offer games from Yahtzee to Monopoly from 6 to 8 p.m. Family members can test their skills at one of a dozen classic games or try their hands at a new one.

The event is free and open to all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult to attend. Games will be provided and instructors will be on hand to resolve any Scrabble word challenges.

Grief support meetings

VNA Home Health and Hospice is offering monthly open grief support meetings from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month starting in June. The meetings will be held at the North Windham Union Church, 723 Roosevelt Trail, and will continue through December. For more information, call Linda Hopkins at 400-8714 or e-mail [email protected]

Author Brunonia Barry talk

New York Times bestselling author Brunonia Barry will read from “The Map of True Places,” with a signing to follow, starting at 7 p.m. Thursday at Borders.

Following “The Lace Reader,” this new novel, “The Map of True Places,” offers a compelling story about finding one’s true place in the world.

Veterans Bridge session

The final CSS Process Workshop for the Veterans Memorial Bridge Replacement Project will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the South Portland Public Library, 482 Broadway. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 774-2458.

‘Walk for Wishes’ events

The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Maine is hosting its annual “Walk for Wishes” at 10 locations across Maine during May, including one Thursday in Cumberland and Westbrook.

Registration and entertainment for both walks begins at 5 p.m., with the walk starting at 6 p.m. In Westbrook, the walk will start at Riverbank Park, and in Cumberland, at the fire department. More than 900 children with life-threatening illnesses in Maine have received their wish since the chapter opened in 1992. 

Adults who raise at least $100 and youths under 18 years old who raise at least $50 will receive a free “Walk for Wishes” shirt.
To register, or for more information, visit www.mainewhis.org or call (800) 491-3171.

Singing at the car wash

The Wescustago Youth Chorale members will sing while washing cars from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Cumberland Fire Station on Tuttle Road. The Singing Car Wash is a fundraiser for the group, so stop by to wash all the winter grime off your car and bring your redeemable bottles for the bottle drive. For more information, call 846-0705.

Shaker Village opens Friday

The Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village is opening for the season at 10 a.m. Friday. The museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Columbus Day, with various tours, craft workshops and demonstrations.

On Saturday, there will be a workshop on floorclothes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The workshop will teach how to make the popular canvas floorcloth for $55.

Nature hikes will be led starting at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. through the fields and woods to the lake and Aurelia’s Cascade on Saturday. The hikes are $5 for adults and $2 for children.

Also Saturday, R&R Spinners will be giving a demonstration at 10 a.m., which is free. For more information, call 926-4597 or visit www.shaker.lib.me.us.

Organic lawncare film

Cumberland resident Paul Tukey, author of “The Organic Lawn Care Manual,” has created a nonprofit organization called SafeLawns.Org.

As part of that, he has produced a documentary that will be screened at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Falmouth Memorial Library, 5 Lunt Road.

Following the screening, Tukey will discuss the film that tells the story about the origin of the natural lawn care movement and is a powerful tool for those interested in reducing or eliminating pesticides from the environment. For more information, call 781-2351 or visit www.safelawns.org.

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