Belinda’s Ride a benefit

The 2010 Belinda’s Ride will kick off at 10 a.m. Saturday at Lifestyle Fitness Center, 29 Pleasant Hill Road.

Registration starts at 8 a.m., and riders will travel to Bentley’s Saloon in Arundel and The Backstreet Grill in Sanford before ending at Memory Lane Music Hall in Standish.

Saturday’s motorcycle ride is in honor of Belinda Taylor, killed in April 2009 by her husband after she filed for divorce. The ride will raise money for the Belinda Taylor Trust Fund, which supports her children, as well as Caring Unlimited, York County’s domestic violence prevention agency.

Registration of $30 per bike covers all food and entertainment after the ride at Memory Lane. Nonriders are invited to join the group at 2 p.m. at Memory Lane for $10 donation. For more information, visit or call 642-3363.


Suicide prevention walk

Laura Dunn will participate in the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Out of the Darkness Overnight, an 18-mile walk, Saturday and Sunday to raise funds for suicide prevention.

Dunn lost her brother to suicide last November and said she will join her husband, mother, sister and her brother’s four daughters. Participants agree to raise at least $1,000, but Dunn is hoping to raise more.

For details or to donate, visit or call 888-The-Overnight.


Songwriters workshop

A songwriters workshop will be held at 6 p.m. Friday at the New Life Church, 551 Alfred Road. Rita Springer and Margaret Becker will lead the workshop.

Tickets are $25 at the door. Participants are asked to bring their instrument and share at least one song. There will be a keyboard on site.

For details, call 892-5886.


Program on honeybees

The Cathance River Education Alliance is presenting a talk on honeybees at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Topsham Public Library. This presentation is the second talk of the Ecology Lecture Series, held on the last Tuesday of every month.

The talk will explore the complex nature of the insects, as well as why they are important to humans. For more information, visit or call 798-1913.


Homer anniversary show

The Saco Museum is hosting an exhibit of the work of Winslow Homer starting with an opening reception at 5:30 p.m. Friday. The event is in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Homer’s death.

The exhibit will be on display through Nov. 14.


Scholarship fund 5K

The sixth annual Run for Cash 5K will take place rain or shine Saturday. The run kicks off at 8:30 a.m. with a 2.5-mile walk starting at 8:40 a.m. Both start and end at the Ballpark Entrance, E. Emerson Cummings Boulevard.

Registration is from 6:30 to 8:15 a.m. Saturday at Old Orchard Beach High School. Preregistered participants can pick up their race packets from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday. For details, visit


Strawberry fest and talk

The annual Strawberry Festival will be held starting at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Hawthorne House, Cape Road.

A historical talk will open the event, with social time and dessert from 7 to 9 p.m. John Manoush, president and historian of the Hawthorne Community Association, will speak on “What everyday life was like in Raymond during the early 1800s,” while Nathaniel Hawthorne lived there.

Admission is by donation, which is $5 for adults or $3 for children younger than 8 years old.


Maine Art Gallery sale

The Maine Art Gallery is hosting a Sidewalk Art Sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 15 Warren St. The event is held right around the corner from the Strawberry Festival at St. Philip’s Church, Hodge Street.

Artists interested in renting space can do so for $35. For more information, call 882-7511 or visit


Kane Fairy House events

Kennebooks and The Nonantum Resort are hosting a “Fairy Weekend” Friday and Saturday.

At 4 p.m. Friday, the resort will hold a “Fairy Tea.” On Saturday, it will host breakfast with author Tracy Kane from 7:30 to 10 a.m. for $13.95 for adults and $5.95 for children younger than 10 years old.

At 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Kane will do a presentation and reading, with a book signing to follow. After the signing, guests are invited to build fairy houses in the gardens

Kennebooks will hold a reading nd book signing starting at 1:30 p.m. Guests will also be able to build fairy houses. The events are based on Kane’s “The Fairy Houses Series”


Walk in Butler Preserve

The Kennebunk Land Trust is hosting an walk at the Butler Preserve at 10 a.m. Saturday, led by Scott Gasperin, committee member and photographer. The terrain is easy and suited for people of all ages. For more information, call 985-8734.


‘Crazy Heart’ at library

York Public Library’s Sunday Night at the Movies at 7 p.m. this Sunday will show “Crazy Heart,” with Jeff Bridges playing a world-weary alcoholic and country music has-been, a performance for which he took home this year’s Oscar as best actor.

The film is free, and popcorn with beverages are offered for $1. For a schedule, visit or call 363-2818.


Films and local appetizers

Meet Your Farmer Friday at Strand Theatre, hosted by Maine Farmland Trust, features the premiere of eight short documentaries by filmmakers Cicily Pingree and Jason Mann.

From 6 to 7:15 p.m., farm fresh appetizers will be offered, along with a cash bar. Films start at 7:30 p.m. After the films, coffee and chocolates will be provided.

Tickets are $20 for Maine Farmland Trust members and $25 for nonmembers. For those wishing to attend the films and coffee, admission is $10. For more information, visit or call 338-6575.


Youth Theater musical

The New England Youth Theater will perform “13, a New Musical” beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday. Winners of a fundraising raffle will be announced at that performance, and admission for that show is $10.

Other performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Admission on Thursday is $10; for Friday and Saturday, it is $14 for adults, $13 for students and senior citizens and $12 for members. For more information or tickets, call 798-6966.


Peopleplace silent auction

The Peopleplace Cooperative Preschool is having a silent auction starting at 4 p.m. Sunday at Brevettos Restaurant and Wine Bar.

The cost for the evening is $20 per person or $35 per couple. The tickets include entry, raffle ticket and appetizers. For more information, visit


Insect troubles program

The Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District is hosting “What’s Bugging You?” from noon to 1:30 p.m. today at the Merryspring Nature Center.

This program will take on insect biology, integrated pest management and Asian longhorn beetle. Participants are welcome to bring a bag of bugs to the interactive get-together with Mark Darlington of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, who will identify the bug and assist with insect problems.

To sign up for the free program, call 273-2005, ext. 101.


Dodgeball play returns

Dodgeball will be played at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Aug. 24. Sponsored by the Bridgton Recreation Advancement Group, games will be held at the Bridgton Town Hall, North High Street.

Walk-ins can join, but only official teams of six or more players can compete for the BRAG Dodgeball Cup. For more information, contact [email protected] or [email protected]


Duct tape workshop

There will be a duct tape workshop from 1 to 2:30 p.m. June 30 in the community room at the Springvale Public Library. The workshop is for students in grades 6 to 12.

Participants must bring the duct tape color of their choice. Vi Sawtell will teach them how to make roses, wallets and other items. For more information, call 324-4624 or visit


Button Society show, sale

The Maine Button Society will hold a show and sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church, 429 Main St. Button sales and displays, raffle and refreshments will be available. For more information, visit or call 324-6618.


Big band performance

The Music Makers Big Band will perform at 7 p.m. Friday at the Nasson Community Center’s gymnasium. The 16-piece group will be playing music of the 1940s and 1950s, and tickets are $12 at the door.

The night’s dress is casual, the dance floor will be open and a cash bar will be available. For more information, visit or call 324-5657.


Curtis Libary book sale

The Curtis Friends Library Book Sale starts at 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and continues 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

With more than 50,000 items, it is the largest book sale in northern New England. The sale will be held in the Brunswick Junior High gymnasium, 65 Columbia Ave., and proceeds will benefit the Curtis Memorial Library. For more information, call 725-5242 or visit


Strawberry festival

The 35th annual Strawberry Festival kicks off summer from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Events all over the town offer food, entertainment, games and crafts. There will also be a five-mile road race and 2.5-mile walk starting at 8 a.m. at Marshwood Middle School.

For complete details, visit


Bowl-a-thon for Veterans

The second annual Bowl-a-thon for Veterans will be held for 24 hours from Saturday to Sunday at Sanford Bowl-a-Rama. Participants may bowl anywhere from two hours to the full 24 hours, with free breakfast and trophy presentation on Sunday.

Registration is $10 a bowler, and only 20 lanes will be available for bowling. For more information, call 892-5333 or 229-5733.