Tate House symposium

The Tate House is hosting its sixth annual Decorative Arts Symposium starting at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Italian Heritage Center, 40 Westland Ave.

“Secrets of the Colonial Hearth Revealed” celebrates the “Year of the Kitchen,” with presentations by Sandy Oliver, colonial food ways columnist; Fran Lord, author and Strawbery Banke curator, and Laura Sprague, curator of the Tate House Museum. Admission is $65 for museum members and $75 for nonmembers. For more information, visit www.tatehouse.org or call 774-6177.


Video gaming workshop

The Portland Public Library is hosting “Game On: Envisioning Your Own Video Game,” a series that starts from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday and runs through Nov. 9 for tudents in grades 6 through 12

Teen librarian Justin Hoenke is collaborating with Gibson Fay-LeBlanc from The Telling Room to teach these workshops. For more information or for required registration, visit www.tellingroom.org.


Talk about trip to Israel

Leo and Liz Barrington will be at Allen Avenue UU Church, 524 Allen Ave., agt 1 p.m. Sunday to share about their trip to Israel and Palestine. The potluck event will feature a photo show of the Barringtons’ 14-day trip, joining a study tour to the West Bank and staying with an Israeli peace-activist friend in Jerusalem.


Hospice volunteer training

VNA Home Health and Hospice is offering a hospice volunteer training from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on four consecutive Mondays, starting this week. Training will be held at VNA Home Health and Hospice, 50 Foden Road. For more information, contact Linda Hopkins at [email protected] or call 400-8714.


Morrison Center yard sale

The Morrison Center is hosting its second “25 Cent Yard Sale” from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the center’s multi-purpose room, 60 Chamberlain Road.

Shop early for deals on clothing, small appliances, decorating articles, jewelry, toys, sports equipment and more. Donated items for the sale are being accepted at the center between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. through Saturday. Proceeds from the sale benefit the center that supports children and adults with multiple disabilities. For more information, call 883-6680.


Square dance classes

Square dancing classes are being offered from 6:30 to 9 p.m. starting Thursday. Classes are free for beginners Thursday and Oct. 7 and only $3 a class after that.

Mix ‘n Mingle Square Dancing Club is holding the classes at Eight Corners School, 22 Mussey Road. For more information, contact [email protected]


Multicultural discussion

Reza Jalali, coordinator of multicultural affairs at the University of Southern Maine, will speak at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Scarborough library.

For more information, visit www.scarboroughcrossroads.org/libraryfriends or call 883-4723.


Discussion of ‘The Talk’

Sharon Maxwell, award-winning author of “The Talk: What Your Kids Need to Hear FROM YOU About Sex,” will speak at 7 p.m. Friday at the Community Hall in Merriconeag Waldorf School, 57 Desert Road

For more information, call the Merriconeag Waldorf School at 865-3900.


Cider press demonstration

There will be a free cider pressing demonstration at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, Route 26. Participants are asked to bring apples and containers for the pressing between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Candied apples will be for sale. For details, visit www.shaker.lib.me.us or call 926-4597.


Two Old Friends concert

The Village Coffee House at New Gloucester Congregational Church will feature “Two Old Friends” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Tickets are $10 for adults or $5 for children or senior citizens. The church is located at 19 Gloucester Hill Road. For more information, call 926-3260 or visit www.villagecoffeehouse.org.


Student photo contest

The Historical Society will sponsor a My Town Student Photo Contest, with students in grades 5-12 to submit new photographs of the people or places in town. Submissions will be judged by town and school staff.

Deadline for photo submission is Oct. 9. The photos will be displayed in the New Gloucester History Barn. For more details, go to www.newgloucester.com or Tom Blake at 415-8046.


AARP driving safety class

Aan AARP driver safety course to be held from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Windham Public Library. This course is for drivers age 50 or older and is $12 for AARP members or $14 for others. Class size is limited and registration is required by Saturday. To register, contact John Hammon at 655-4943.