Planetarium events

Southworth Planetarium is offering a number of events next week.

At 7 p.m. Sunday is “Lammas Celestial Poetry Evening,” a session with local poets and writers reading works about nature, love and other disasters. Admission is by donation.

On Monday, there will be an “ABC’s of the Sky” event at 11 a.m., giving children an outer space word for each letter in the alphabet, and at 1 p.m. a show about the science of black holes. Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for children, students and senior citizens for matinee shows, and $6 for adults and $5 for children for evening astronomy shows.

For more information, call 780-4249. A more detailed listing of events can be found by visiting usm.maine.edu/planet.


Cat shelter yard sale

The Homeless Animal Rescue Team, a shelter and adoption center for cats and kittens in Cumberland, is holding its annual yard sale from noon to 5 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The sale has thousands of items to help the shelter with operating funds and veterinary expenses.

For more information, call 829-4116 or visit www.hartofme.com.


Fiddling at the library

Mary Huff, a member of the large Maine fiddle ensemble, will present an evening of music, stories and dance at 6:30 tonight at the library.

Rita Swidrowski, a member of the library’s youth services staff, will give an interpretive reading of a fiddle-themed story, accompanied by Huff.

For more information, visit www.library.scarborough.me.us or call 883-4723, Ext. 3.


Cancer center sessions

The Cancer Community Center has 12 networking and support groups.

An open group continues to meet through the summer from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays at 778 Main St. It is a free group co-led by volunteer peer facilitators. For more information, call 774-2200 or visit www.cancercommunitycenter.org.

Food preservation classes

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension is hosting workshops on food preservation from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at Southern Maine Community College and at the Midcoast Hunger Prevention Program in Brunswick.

To register for either workshop, call 780-4205. Either Kate McCarty, program aide, Kathy Savoie, or a master food preserver from the Extension will lead the workshops.

Participants will receive course materials for a fee of $10. For more information on workshops hosted by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, visit extension.umaine.edu.


Twenty films on elephants

The Peaks Island Library will be screening “Ele-Phantom: Twenty Short Films/Twenty Questions” by Rialto Arts artistic director Miranda Loud at 7 p.m. Thursday in the community building.

The 20 short films show the power of human and elephant connections. The presentation is free. For more information, visit www.theelephant project.org.

A quilt and some history

Judy Richardson is presenting “Lasting Legacy: The Shaping of Peaks Island in the Late 1800s” at 7:30 tonight at the Fifth Maine Regiment Museum, 45 Seashore Ave.

Two years ago, the Fifth Maine Museum acquired a signature quilt bearing the names of 12 Peaks Islanders of the 1870s. Richardson’s presentation addresses questions that arose when the quilt was received.

Admission is $5. For more information, call 766-3330 or e-mail [email protected]


Wine-glass painting class

Fiddlehead Center for the Arts and Sciences at 25 Shaker Road is hosting a ladies night from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday with instructor Jacinda Cotton-Castro teaching wine-glass bisque painting.

Wine goblets provided for painting have a sturdy stem and large cup. The cost of the class is $15 and size is limited to 10 participants.

For more information, visit www.fiddleheadcenter.org or call 657-2244.


Grief support sessions

VNA Home Health & Hospice is offering a monthly grief support meeting from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday at North Windham Union Church, 723 Roosevelt Trail.

The group meets on the first Tuesday of every month. The meetings are sponsored by the North Windham Union Church UCC Mission Committee.

For more information, call Linda Hopkins at 400-8714 or e-mail [email protected]