Russo, Lehane to give talks

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Russo will speak at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Thornton Academy.

The talk is part of a series by Union Church of Biddeford Pool to raise money for Safe Passage, which provides education to impoverished children in Guatemala City.

Other speakers in the ninth year of the series are best-selling author Dennis Lehane on July 29, novelist Roland Merullo on Aug. 12, and comedic novelist Mameve Medwed on Aug. 26.

Tickets for each event are $12, or $40 for the series. Tickets can be purchased for Russo or Lehane at Nonesuch Books and Cards in Saco and South Portland and Red Geranium II in Biddeford Pool. For more information, visit or call 284-9807.


Gardens of Saco Bay tour

The Gardens of Saco Bay tour Saturday features gardens in Biddeford, Saco and Old Orchard Beach.

Self-guided tours through 10 gardens are rain or shine from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets are $12 and are on sale at Dyer Library, The Blue Elephant and Saco Bay Classics, all in Saco, and on the morning of the tour at the Saco train station. Proceeds benefit the Dyer and McArthur libraries, Saco Museum, the Student Scholarship Fund and Train Station Gardens.

For details, visit or call 286-2711.


Shaker Hill Kitchens event

Shaker Hill Kitchens at 17 Thornton Ave. will hold an open house from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday to celebrate expanded hours, a new menu and catering.

Shaker Hill Kitchens is owned and operated by York County Shelter Programs, which provides housing, case management, substance abuse treatment, mental health treatment and vocational training to previously homeless men, women and children.


Wood Island Light tours

The Friends of Wood Island Lighthouse is offering tours of the lighthouse via the boat Light Runner during July and August. This season also marks the restoration of the lighthouse, which is gleaming white.

Tours are at 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 5 and 6 p.m. Thursdays, and 1 and 2 p.m. Saturdays for a donation of $10 per person. For details, visit or call 286-3229.


‘Wildlife Adventure’ lecture

The Blandings Park Wildlife Sanctuary is hosting its first 2010 lecture at 6:45 p.m. Monday at McArthur Public Library. “A Wildlife Adventure” is presented by the Granite State Zoo’s Wildlife Encounters Outreach Services. To register, e-mail [email protected]


Pet show at the library

The Kennebunk Free Library is hosting its 18th annual pet show at 6 p.m. Monday. Dr. Ken Odrzywolski will be the judge.

Pets must be accompanied by an adult and child, up to date on their shots and on a leash or in a container. Register at 985-2173, Ext. 5, or e-mail [email protected] Rain date is July 19.


Nasson gym Run or Walk

The Nasson Community Center is hosting its eighth annual Run or Walk for the Gym at 6 p.m. Saturday. The event features a 5-kilometer run or walk and a free walk for children 9 years old and younger.

The fee is $12 for adults, $8 for those older than 60 and $6 for students. Fees are waived if the participant collects more than $25 in donations.

There will be a Rotary pancake breakfast at 7:30 a.m. to benefit the Springvale Public Library and a yard sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. to benefit the center. For details, visit or call 490-1386.


Puppet show, book sale

The Springvale Public Library is hosting a free “Everybody Loves Pirates” puppet show at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Nasson Community Center.

The library is also holding its annual book sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the library. There are thousands of books, all priced $2 or less. Baxter, the Maine libraries’ mascot cat, will appear from 10 a.m. to noon.

For more information, call 324-4624 or visit


Seaside Craft Fair at church

The Seaside Craft Fair will be held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Kittery Point’s First Congregational Church, 23 Pepperrell Road, with handcrafted pottery, baskets, toys, jewelry, artwork, clothing, furniture, lamp shades and decorative items. Rain date is July 17.


Adult nature connections

White Pine Programs of York is offering “Nature Connection for Adults” 7 to 9 p.m. every Tuesday throughout July.

Space is limited to 12 adults and is by donation only. White Pine Programs is at 330 Mountain Road. Visit


Hot Summer Nights concerts

South Berwick’s annual concert series opens at 6:30 p.m. Thursday with PB & J performing classic and contemporary covers at the Central School on the lawn.

For details and a lineup, visit


Cornerstones of Science

Cornerstones of Science programs include a story hour at the farmers market from 11 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays through Aug. 31 and children’s hour at Frontier Cafe from 10 to 11 a.m. on the second and fourth Fridays of the month. For details, visit


History talks mark 250th

The Wiscasset Public Library is presenting a series of local history talks in honor of the 250th anniversary of Pownalborough and Lincoln County.

All talks will be at 5 p.m. Wednesdays at the library through July. Tonight, Jo Cameron will discuss Fort Edgecomb. For details, call 882-7161.


Library used book sale

The annual used book sale sponsored by the Friends of Norway Memorial Library will be held 4 to 7 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Prices are 25 cents and up. For more information, call 743-5309 or visit


Popham library’s 100th

The Phippsburg Post Office is offering a postmark to celebrate the Popham Beach Library’s 100th anniversary.

Co-sponsored by the Popham Beach Improvement Association, the anniversary will be marked from Friday to Sunday with a parade, barbecue, musical performances and displays of historical artifacts.

The post office staff will be at the library from noon to 4 p.m. Friday offering postmarks.


Cafe Scientifique lectures

Scientific artist Glynn Gorick will speak at Bigelow Laboratory’s Cafe Scientifique at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Opera House, 86 Townsend Ave.

Gorick’s talk, “Making Pictures to Describe the Invisible,” will consider how art and science can work together in addressing two broad questions: How does science work, and can a single cell change the planet? Cafe Scientifique gatherings will be held at 6 p.m. every Tuesday through Aug. 24.