Greater Portland


Wednesday 10/6

The Maine Women’s Gala & Auction, “Bidding to Break the Glass Ceiling,” fundraiser for the Maine Women’s Policy Center, with live and silent auction, live music, 5-9 p.m., $75 admission, Holiday Inn By the Bay, 88 Spring St., Portland, tickets not available at the door, to preregister call 622-0851 or

Friday 10/8

Seventh Annual Black Frame Art Sale, proceeds support Bayside Neighborhood Association, 5-8 p.m., free admission, artwork sells for $200, Merrill Auditorium Rehearsal Hall, 20 Myrtle St., Portland, preview 12-3 p.m.,, 332-0253.

Saturday 10/9

The Homeless Animal Rescue Team Bake/Craft sale fundraiser, 10 a.m.- 3:30 p.m., Wal-Mart, U.S. Route 1, Falmouth, donations welcome, 829-4116.

Fresh Produce Food Drive, to benefit Preble Street, hosted by Animal Rights Maine, drop off fresh foods 7 a.m.-noon, Farmers’ Market at Deering Oaks Park, Portland, Melissa Gates, 409-5322.

Tuesday 10/12

“Charity Hilarity,” Maine Transgender Network Benefit Show, with local comedians, silent auction, prizes, 8 p.m., Italian Heritage Center, 40 Westland Ave., Portland, must buy tickets in advance at

Wednesday 10/13

Yarmouth Community Garden’s 8th Annual Harvest Dinner Fundraiser, with silent auction, raffle, 5-7:30 p.m., $8 adult/ $5 ages 12 and under, Yarmouth High School, Elm St., Yarmouth, advance tickets at YCS, 846-2406, or pay at the door.

Thursday 10/14

“An Evening In New Orleans,” McAuley Residence Annual Dinner Auction Fundraiser, Italian Heritage Center, Portland, tickets, Kim Toppi, 879-3605, [email protected]

Saturday 10/16

Fourth Annual Altrusa Empty Bowl Supper, to benefit Project FEED, in recognition of World Food Day, 4:30-7 p.m., $10 donation for meal and take-home bowl, Woodford’s Congregational Church, 202 Woodford St., Portland, Gail Mazzone, 797-4494.

Tom Acousti Benefit Concert, to benefit Freeport Performing Arts Center, 6:30 p.m. Information Fair, 7:30 p.m. concert, $10 advance/ $15 door, Freeport Performing Arts Center, 30 Holbrook St., Freeport, 329-2056, tickets at

Sunday 10/17

Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser, Deering High School Football Team, 8-10 a.m., Applebees, Brighton Ave., Portland.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, 3-mile walk to benefit American Cancer Society, 10 a.m. registration; 11 a.m. walk, Monument Square, Portland, to register or volunteer, 1-800-227-2345 or

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Saturday 10/9

Eighth Annual Fire Museum Open House, historic films, explore fire trucks, live music and more, suggested donation, $5 adults/ $3 children, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m., Portland Fire Museum, 157 Spring St., Portland, Nicole Clegg, 756-8173.

Sawyer-Ocean Business Block Party, art opening, massages, wine tastings and more, 4-7 p.m., corner of Sawyer and Ocean Streets, South Portland,  Maggie Bokor, 899-5939.

Tuesday 10/12

The Falmouth Historical Society Annual Meeting, 7 p.m. meeting, 7:45 p.m. program, “The History of Skillins’ Greenhouses” talk by Mike Skillin, Falmouth Memorial Library, 5 Lunt Road, Falmouth, 781-4140.

Thursday 10/14

Maine Public Relations Council 2010 Annual Conference and Golden Arrow Awards Ceremony, “The Future of Public Relations,” 8:30 a.m.- 3:45 p.m. Conference; 4-6 p.m. Award Ceremony, Regency Hotel, 20 Milk St., Portland, register,

Friday 10/15

Gubernatorial Candidates Forum on Health and Health Care, hosted by American Lung Association in Maine, 11 a.m. ALA in Maine annual meeting; 12:45 p.m. forum, Marriott Sable Oaks, Maine Mall Road, South Portland, Michelle Edwards, 624-0304.

NAACP Gubernatorial Candidates Forum,
6 p.m., free and open to the public, Hannaford Hall, USM Portland Campus, information, NAACP Portland Branch, 253-5074.

Saturday 10/16

Harvest Sale, with craft auction, baked goods and more, 8:30 a.m.- 2 p.m., Durham Eureka Community Center, corner of Route 136 and Route 9, Mary Fallon, 319-2488.


Bridges for Peace Vigil, Sundays 12-1 p.m., South Portland end of Casco Bay Bridge.

Calico Quilters, first and third Mondays, 7-9 p.m., Masonic Hall, Mill Street, Yarmouth, 846-0783.

The Food Share, held by First Baptist Church Food Ministry, perishable food items available every Sunday from 5-6 p.m., First Baptist Church, 346 Main St., Yarmouth, enter at side door on Center St., Meagan, 846-3087. 

The Kiwanis Club of Portland, second and fourth Tuesdays, 5:30-7:15 p.m., $10, The Woodfords Club, 179 Woodford St., Portland, register, Peter Brown, 797-7383 or Michele Giroux, 854-6232.

Scarborough Lions Club Cribbage Night, 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays, free, open to public, Lions’ den, 273 Gorham Road, across from Sam’s Club, Scarborough, 650-3644.

Yarmouth Central Men’s Club, second Monday of every month, 6:30 p.m., dinner and speaker, 846-3376 or 846-1561.

Call for Volunteers

Freeport Historical Society needs Pettengill Farm Day volunteers; or ongoing help cataloguing collections, greeter/receptionist at Harrington house, garden helper, poster delivery assistance, administrative help, handy-person, 865-3170 or [email protected]

HART, Homeless Animal Rescue Team, volunteers needed for a morning shift, 8:30-11:30 a.m., and/or to help coordinate kitten foster home program, call Sharon at 846-3038 or 829-4116.

Saturday 10/9

Potato Pick-up Day at the Community Garden, volunteers needed to pick potatoes, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Opportunity Farm for Boys and Girls, 215 Gloucester Hill Road, New Gloucester, Laura Campbell, 926-5919.

Sunday 10/10

10/10/10 Global Eco-Work Party, to raise awareness of climate change, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., volunteers needed to remove  pumpkin patch for future Bowdoin garden plot, free and open to public, Wolfe’s Neck Farm, Burnett Road, Freeport, information at

Sunday 10/17

Royal River Conservation Trust Volunteer Work Day, volunteers needed for Littlejohn Island Preserve construction and trail improvement projects, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m., Littlejohn Island Preserve, end of Pemasong Lane, Littlejohn Island, Kyle Warren, RRCT, 632-6112, [email protected]

Ongoing needs volunteers to expand organization, ABC believes in empowerment through sailing, and action-based activities to relieve depression, check Web site or 831-4151.

Allegiance Hospice is looking for volunteers to visit patients under hospice care in nursing homes in York and Cumberland Counties, volunteers receive formal training, Katharyn LeDoux, 877-255-4623 or [email protected]  

Alzheimer’s Association has ongoing volunteer opportunities for caring people who can offer 3-4 hours per week, 170 U.S. Route 1, Falmouth, 772-0115.

American Red Cross needs volunteers in the disaster services, health and safety and administration departments, 874-1192 ext. 105.

The Cedars welcomes volunteers to help with activities and special events, including young child/parent and pet visits, 630 Ocean Ave., Portland, 772-5456.

Compass Project needs volunteers with tools, carpentry or boat skills for the boat building festival and youth boat building classes, 774-0682 or [email protected]

Coastal Studies for Girls, volunteers needed to help launch a residential science and leadership semester school for high school girls, based at Wolfe’s Neck Farm, Freeport, many opportuntities for a detail-oriented, efficient volunteer with excellent computer and communication skills, call Margaret Martin, 865-9700 or [email protected]  

Cumberland County Extension Association seeks people to serve on its executive committee, meets third Wednesday every month from 7-9 p.m. at Barron Center, Portland, 800-287-1471 or [email protected]

Deliver Meals on Wheels, mileage reimbursement, flexible days and weeks, one to two hours a day, 800-400-6325.

Fiddlehead Center for the Arts is looking for volunteers for ongoing projects and special events, earn credits in exchange for classes, ages 16+, Fiddlehead Center for the Arts, 383 U.S. Route 1, Scarborough, 883-5720,

Freeport Community Services and Center needs people to help make a difference, 865-3985.

Friends of Feral Felines needs hardy volunteers to feed hungry cats on the Portland waterfront, 1-2 hours per month, training provided, 797-3014.

Greater Portland Mentoring Partnership needs adult mentors for school-age children, 888-387-8758.

Guiding Eyes Puppy Raisers Wanted, Guiding Eyes for the Blind needs volunteer puppy raisers in Yarmouth, Freeport, and Bath/Brunswick areas, keep puppy from age 8 weeks – 16 months, free training, support, Pat Webber, [email protected], 338-5520.

HART, Homeless Animal Rescue Team, a no-kill cat shelter in Cumberland, is looking for volunteers who love cats to help in the shelter, 3-4 hours in the morning, one or two days a week, call 829-4116 or 846-3038. 

Hearts and Horses Therapeutic Riding Center volunteers needed to help people with disabilities experience riding, call Vickie 929-4700, or 807-7757.

Homeless Animal Rescue Team seeks direct care volunteers, facilities maintenance, fundraisers, cleaning supplies, canned cat food, 302 Range Road, Cumberland, 829-4116 or 846-3038.

Hospice Volunteers Needed for Allegiance Hospice, to visit patients in nursing homes in York and Cumberland counties, Nicole Garrity, 877-255-4623 or [email protected]

ITNPortland seeks volunteer drivers to provide rides for seniors and adults with visual impairments, call 854-0505 or visit to learn more.  

Literacy Volunteers of Greater Portland needs volunteers for student-centered tutoring, education for nonliterate adults and English as a Second Language instruction, 780-1352 for training information.

Melanoma Education Foundation seeking used car donations, call Cars Helping America, 1-866-949-3668,

Mercy Hospital in Yarmouth needs volunteers, contact Melissa Skahan, Manager of Mission Services, 879-3286 or [email protected]

Recovery International, self-help group for nervous people, 10 a.m. Saturdays, Maine Medical Center Conference Center, 22 Bramhall St., Portland, free, all welcome, Diane, 892-9529.

Road to Recovery, American Cancer Society needs volunteers to drive cancer patients to their doctors’ appointments, 1-800-227-2345.

TogetherGreen Volunteers needed for conservation projects at Scarborough Marsh, call Audubon Center at 883-5100, or [email protected]  

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension seeks volunteers to serve on its executive committee; [email protected], 780-4205 or 1-800-287-1471 to request information packet.

VolunteerMaine AmeriCorps VISTA Projects seeks members; living allowance, health care, education award; apply online; Meredith Eaton 941-2800 ext. 207, [email protected]

Dining Out

Saturday 10/9

Fifth Maine’s Harvest Supper, 5:30-7 p.m., $12 adult/ $7 child, Fifth Maine Regiment Museum, 45 Seashore Ave., Peaks Island, tickets, 766-5514.

Harvest Supper, 4:30-6 p.m., $7 adults, $3 children, North Pownal United Methodist Church, 871 Lawrence Road, Pownal, Caron, 688-4101.

Public Church Supper, 5 p.m., $7 adult/ $3 children, First Parish Church, 40 Maine St., Freeport, 865-6022.

Sunday 10/17

North Yarmouth Historical Society Annual Soup and Cider Day, noon, Old Town House, U.S. Route 9, North Yarmouth, 595-2997.


Free Community Soup Dinner, 5-7 p.m., Parish House, The Church of St. Mary the Virgin, 43 Foreside Road, Falmouth, second and fourth Fridays, 781-3366, [email protected] 

Haddock Chowder Lunch, second and fourth Fridays, 11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m., $8, South Freeport Church Community Hall, 98 South Freeport Road, South Freeport, 865-4012.

Jazz Dinner Buffet, Sundays, 6-9 p.m.; buffet 6-8 p.m., $15 adult/ $12.50 senior or student, Events on Broadway, 729 Broadway, South Portland; $6.50 advance discount senior tickets at Southern Maine Agency on Aging, Scarborough,

Gardens & Outdoors

Saturday 10/9

Guided Nature Hikes, 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., $5 adult/ $2 child, Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, U.S. Route 26, New Gloucester, 926-4597.


Cumberland Farmers Markets: Cumberland 8:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. Saturdays, Mabel I Wilson School, Tuttle Road; Falmouth 12-4 p.m. Wednesdays, Walmart Shopping Center, U.S. Route 1; Yarmouth 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Town Hall Green, Main St.; Gray 2-6 p.m. Thursdays, Town Hall, Shaker Road, Gray; Freeport 3-7 p.m. Fridays, L.L.Bean Campus, Freeport.

New Gloucester Community Market, 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. Sundays, Amvet parking lot, across from Hodgman’s Frozen Custard, U.S. Route 100, New Gloucester, 926-5919,

Scarborough Farmers Market, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 31, rain or shine, Lower Parking Lot behind Scarborough Town Hall and Scarborough High School.

Historic Walking Tours of Portland, “Old Port Walking Tours,” “Homes of Portland’s Golden Age,” $10 adult/ $5 for Greater Portland Landmarks’ members, ages 16 and under free with an adult, for tour times, tickets, visit

Early Morning Birding, 7-8:30 a.m. Wednesdays, $3 member, $5 nonmember, volunteers free, Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center, Pine Point Road, Scarborough, 883-5100. 

True Tales Tours, historical walking tours of Portland with Harlan Baker, meet at Tommy’s Park, corner of Exchange/Middle St., daily through Oct. 31, 10-11 a.m. Gorham’s Corner walking tour; 2-3 p.m. East End walking tour, $10, by reservation only, 712-0228 or [email protected]

Wolfe’s Neck Farm, open daily for self-guided tours, visits to barn and pastures, community gardens, trail walks, 184 Burnett Road, Freeport, 865-4469.

Getting Smarter

Sunday  10/10

Free Energy Efficiency Workshop, 12-3 p.m., Woodsfords Church, Woodfords St., Portland, hosted by Maine Interfaith Power & Light, 721-0444,

Tuesday 10/12

Greater Portland Chapter of the Maine Women’s Network Meeting, talk by Gigi Guyton of Women, Work and Community, 5:30 p.m. registration, 6 p.m. dinner and program, $25 nonmember, $20 member, Holiday Inn by the Bay, 88 Spring St., Portland,

Wednesday 10/13

Beyond The Craft: Workshop for Creative Professionals, led by Jim and Steve Jermanok, 6:30-9:30 p.m., $75, Maine Studios, 235 Presumpscot St., Portland, tickets at

“Coyote…America’s Songdog,” talk by conservation biologist Geri Vistein, 7 p.m., free, Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Dr., Freeport,, 865-3307.

Thursday 10/14

Buying A Business: How to estimate value, 6-9 p.m., Portland SCORE Offices, 100 Middle St., Seond Floor, East Tower, Portland, 772-1147,

“Night Sky Mythology,” 7-8:30 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 14-Nov. 4, $50 nonmember, $35 member, Southworth Planetarium, Bedford St., USM Portland, 780-4249.

Friday 10/15

“Corrections, Community and Reentry: The Pathway Toward a More Effective System,” symposium hosted by NAACP Portland, Crime and Justice Institute and Maine Dept. of Corrections, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., $35, Hannaford Hall, USM Portland Campus, register at /MaineSymposium, FMI, NAACP Portland Branch, 253-5074.

“Trouble With Teens: Co-Parenting Challenges with Adolescent Brains,” Kids First Annual Fall Conference for Professionals, 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Harraseeket Inn, Freeport, register,


Acculturation Training for Immigrants by Living with Peace, 5-7 p.m. Wednesdays, 92 Congress St., Munjoy Hill, Portland, 766-8719.

Business Workshops, Women’s Business Center and Maine Small Business Development Center hold small business workshops online; for information and registration, 882-7552 ext. 167 or e-mail [email protected]

Downeast Dames, study and invest in the stock market in a social atmosphere, meets once a month, Freeport High School, 30 Holbrook St., Freeport, 865-1220 or 729-7673.

“Judaism for the Curious,” every other Sunday 9:30-11 a.m., Temple Beth El, 400 Deering Ave., Portland, 774-2649.

French Conversation, 5-8 p.m. Fridays, The Language Exchange, Suite 24-26, 80 Exchange St., Portland, 772-0405 or

Portland SCORE, ongoing business workshops led by volunteers, small fee, 100 Middle St., Second Floor, East Tower, Portland,, 772-1147. 

SAGE at USM, Tuesday lectures, 9:30-1:30 a.m., $5, Wishcamper Center, USM Portland campus, register and list of lectures, 780-4406.

The Telling Room, drop-in tutoring Tuesday and Thursday 2:30-4:30 p.m., various workshops available, 225 Commercial St., Suite 201, Portland, 321-2780 or

USM Southworth Planetarium, shows, classes and astronomical events, Science Building, 96 Falmouth St., Portland campus, 780-4249 or

Health & Support

Wednesday 10/6

Group Meditation with Dharmi, 6:30 p.m., Sadhana Meditation Center, 100 Brickhill Ave., South Portland,

Thursday 10/7

Meditation and Healing Circle, 6:30-7:30 p.m., free, hosted by Peaceful Oasis, 374 U.S. Route 1, Yarmouth, Noreen Boze.

Monday 10/11

“Transformational Breathwork with Anna Maria Tocci,” 6-8 p.m., free, Monday night health series, 9 Deering Street Studio, Portland,

Thursday 10/14

“Healthy Living to 100,” talk by Dr. Rebecca Brown, Lunch and Learn Event, 12-1 p.m., Casco Bay YMCA, 14 Old South Freeport Road, Freeport, $7, space limited to 20, register, 865-9600.


“Better Breathing Buddies,” support group for lung disease patients and caregivers, 2-3:30 p.m. first Tuesdays, Bayview Heights, 158 North St., Portland, [email protected], 879-4373.

Cancer Community Center, daily classes, support groups, 778 Main St., South Portland, 774-2200 or

Christian Meditation Gathering, hosted by United Methodist communities of Hope.Gate.Way, 6 p.m. Wednesdays, 185 High St., Portland,, 899-2435. 

CODA: Co-Dependents Anonymous meeting, 6-7 p.m. every Tuesday, Brighton Medical Center, Brighton Ave., Portland, see receptionist for room location, Diana at 749-7443 or Pauline 926-5718.

Drop-In Bereavement Support Group, facilitated by Carol Schoneberg of Hospice of Southern Maine, 5:30-7 p.m., free, first Wednesday of the month, St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, 350 U.S. Route 1, Scarborough, Carol Schoneberg, 289-3651, or [email protected]

Divorce Perspectives, a support group for people in all stages of divorce, meets Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m., North Deering Congregational Church, 1364 Washington Ave., Portland, call 232-1667 or [email protected] 

Divorce Support Group, Mondays 6:30-8:30 p.m., $25, open to public, sponsored by Catholic Charities Maine Family Life Institute, St. Pius Church, Ocean Avenue, Portland, to register, 1-800-CARE-002 ext. 2670 or [email protected]

Food Addicts In Recovery, daily meetings: Monday, Bath, Brunswick; Tuesday, Scarborough; Wednesday, Bath, Scarborough, Topsham; Thursday, Freeport; Saturday, Brunswick; for locations and times, 775-2132 or

Greater Portland Mothers of Multiples Club, support group for mothers and expectant mothers of multiples, meets first Wednesday of each month, 6:30 p.m., Barron Center, Brighton Ave., Portland, 

Gynecological and Breast Cancer Group, 6-7:30 p.m., second and fourth Tuesday, Cancer Community Center, 778 Main St., South Portland, 774-2200, or

HOPE Groups, wellness support group with Elizabeth Holder, LADC Guide, Fridays, 5:30-7 p.m., Serenity House, 30 Mellen St., Portland, Liz, 899-2733, 

Nar-Anon Family Support Group, for families of drug addicts, 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Dana Education Center, Maine Medical Center, Bramhall St., Portland, 594-2801.

National Alliance on Mental Health, for friends and family of people with mental illness, 7-8:30 p.m., second and fourth Monday, except holidays, Maine Medical Center, Classroom 3, Portland, 893-1516.

Nutrition Works, LLC, healthy cooking classes, 805 Stevens Ave., Portland, register at 772-6279 or

Overeaters Anonymous, Portland meetings: Sunday, 7-8:30 p.m., Maine Medical Center, 335 Brighton Ave.; Tuesday, 6 p.m., Woodfords Congregational Church, Route 1; Saturday, first time at OA, 9:30-10 a.m., Maine Medical Center, Dana Center, 22 Bramhall St.; Saturdays, 10 a.m., Maine Medical Center, Dana Center, 22 Bramhall St.,

Prostate Cancer Support Group, 6:30-8:30 second Tuesday, Cancer Community Center, 778 Main St., South Portland, 774-2200 or

Sadhana Meditation Center, The Castle, Lower Level, 100 Brickhill Ave., South Portland, center open to people of all faiths, Ashok, [email protected], 772-6898.

“Sunday Morning Recharge: Meditate!” 10-11:15 a.m. Sundays, $10, Falmouth Memorial Library, 5 Lunt Road.

Support Group for Moms in Recovery from Alcohol/Drug Addiction, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays, ongoing, with free onsite childcare, The Salvation Army, Cumberland Ave, Portland, information, Amanda, City of Portland Public Health Division, Substance Abuse Prevention Program, 756-8053.

Women Ages 40-64, mammograms and pap tests available at no cost through Maine Breast and Cervical Health Program, 874-8942 or 800-350-5180.

Widow-Widowers Support Group, second and fourth Wednesday, 6 p.m., Woodfords Congregational Church, 202 Woodford St., Portland, 767-0920.

Workaholics Anonymous, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, ongoing, Dana Learning Center, Classroom 2, Maine Medical Center, 22 Bramhall St., [email protected]

Yoga for Parkinson’s, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays, free, Family Ice Center, 20 Hat Trick Drive, Falmouth, sponsored by American Parkinson Disease Association, RSVP, 653-3319.

Young Widows and Widowers Group open to people age 50 or younger meets twice a month on Friday evenings at The Center for Grieving Children, Portland, Valerie Jones, 775-5216 for information or to schedule an initial meeting.

Just for Seniors

The Retired & Senior Volunteer Program of Southern Maine Agency on Aging is looking for people age 55 and over to volunteer at an arts center in Portland; school mentoring or tutoring; spend time with residents in long term care facilities; volunteer as a tax aide or at a nonprofit, Priscilla Greene, 396-6521 or 1-800-427-7411 Ext. 521.

Tuesday 10/12

“Take Control With Exercise,” exercise program developed by Arthritis Foundation, 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through Nov. 18, free, Bay Square at Yarmouth, 27 Forest Falls Dr., Yarmouth, 846-0044.


Bingo at Hillcrest, Friday 11:30 a.m., $2 unlimited, bring your own lunch, 108 Hillcrest Ave., Scarborough, 730-4150.

Cards & Coffee, every Tuesday and Thursday 10 a.m., play bridge, cribbage or just socialize, open to the community, Casco Bay YMCA, 14 Old South Freeport Road, Freeport, 865-9600.

Enhance Fitness, group exercise program for 50 and older to improve strength, balance, flexibility and cardiovascular fitness, MWF 9-10 a.m. or 10:15-11:15 a.m., Sullivan Complex, USM Portland campus, 780-4170.

Freeport Elders Association, walk at Freeport YMCA 12-2 p.m. Friday, crafts at the center 9-11:30 a.m. Thursday, daily programs, call for newsletter, 865-6462.

PROP Senior Volunteer Program seeks men and women 60+ to join foster grandparent or senior companion program, 773-0202 or

Senior Breakfast Community Meals, hosted by Wayside Food Programs and the West End Neighborhood Association, 7-8:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, free for seniors, must sign in, Reiche Community Center, 166 Brackett St., Portland,

Senior drop-in center, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. Monday-Friday, Salvation Army Senior Center, 297 Cumberland Ave., Portland, 774-6304.

Yarmouth Seniors, second Wednesday, home-cooked meal and fellowship, 12 p.m. lunch, guest speaker follows, Community House, East Main St., Yarmouth.

Kids and Family Stuff

Friday 10/8

“Middle School Madness Night,” activities for 6-8th grade students, 6-8:30 p.m., $5-$7 pre-register/ $10 door, open to public, Casco Bay YMCA, 14 Old South Freeport Road, Freeport, preregister at or

Flick and Float at Riverton Pool, all ages movie “Ponyo,” 6:30-8:30 p.m., bring own float, $1 per child, $3 per adult and $5 per family, Riverton Pool, 1600 Forest Ave., Portland, 756-8173.

Saturday 10/16

Wolfe’s Neck Farm Fall Festival, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., tractor climb, hayrides, live music, kids’ crafts, and more, $5 per person/ $20 per family, Wolfe’s Neck Farm, Freeport, 865-4469.

Harold Alfond College Challenge Casting Call,
10 a.m.–2 p.m., for babies under 1 year, bring child and adult’s social security cards, The Wyndham Hotel Ballroom, 363 Maine Mall Road, Portland, FMI,


Bayside Neighborhood Programs, Monday girls group 3:30-5 p.m.; Wednesday art group with Cindy, 3:30-5 p.m.; Unity Village, 24 Stone St., Portland, snacks provided, 415-0769.

Children’s Museum of Maine, ongoing cultural, educational, fun and active workshops for kids and parents, 142 Free St., Portland, 828-1234 or

Scarborough Public Library  Story Times, call for times, Scarborough Public Library, 48 Gorham Road, 883-4723.

Greenlight Studio, eco-friendly play space for kids 0-6 and their grownups, 49 Dartmouth St., Portland,, [email protected]

Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co. and Museum, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., seven days a week, $1 children 3-12, adults $2; 58 Fore St., Portland, 828-0814.

Portland Girls Center, accepting enrollments for after-school program for girls ages 6-14, fees based on sliding scale, transportation from schools provided, open daily until 6 p.m., 347-8015.

Signing for Babies, Monday 9:30-10:30 a.m., Community Counseling Center, 43 Baxter Blvd., Portland, $3; 874-1030.

Story Time! for preschoolers 3-5, Tuesday 10:30 a.m.; for toddlers 1-2, Wednesday 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.; for babies up to 18 months, Thursday 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.; free for children and caregivers, South Portland Branch Library, 155 Wescott Road, South Portland, 775-1835.

Storytime at South Portland Main Library, Fridays, 10:30 a.m. ages 1- 2; 11 a.m. ages 3-5; 482 Broadway, South Portland, 767-7660.

Mid Coast


Friday 10/15

Brunswick-Bali Silver Jewelry sale to benefit Tedford Housing, 12-8 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.- 7 p.m. Saturday, the Frontier Café, Cinema and Gallery, information, or Kristin Melville, 729-1161 ext. 101.

Saturday 10/16

Brunswick-Bali Silver Jewelry sale to benefit Tedford Housing, 11 a.m.- 7 p.m., the Frontier Café, Cinema and Gallery, information, or Kristin Melville, 729-1161 ext. 101.

Growstown School Harvest Bake Sale and Open House, sponsored by the Bath-Brunswick Branch, American Association of University Women, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m., proceeds benefit AAUW scholarship fund, Growstown School, corner of Church Road and Woodside Road, Brunswick, information, Anne Pierce, 729-6666.

Sunday 10/17

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, American Cancer Society, 12 p.m. registration, 1 p.m. walk begins, to register your team call 1-800-227-2345 or visit

Monday 10/18

Silent Auction to benefit ArtVan, a mobile art-therapy program for kids in low income neighborhoods, 10/18-10/23, open to public, Black Barnacle Pub, 102 Front St., Bath,; information, Jamie Silvestri, [email protected], 650-1608.

Bulletin Board

Wednesday 10/6

Local Candidates Forum, hosted by Mid-Coast Retired Educators’ Association, 12 p.m., Richard’s Restaurant, Maine St., Brunswick, open to all area retired school personnel, call Jane Gott, 721-0659.

Thursday 10/7

Comcast Customer Appreciation Day, 2-7 p.m., Comcast Service Center, 336 Bath Road, Brunswick.

Friday 10/8
Cornerstones of Science 10-Year Anniversary Celebration,
with keynote address by Jane Brox, author of “Brilliant: The Evolution of Artificial Light,” 5:30-7:30 p.m., Morrell Meeting Room, Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick,

Saturday 10/9

Bath’s Autumnfest, presented by Main Street Bath; kids’ activities, “Shop Locally” rewards, demonstrations, more, in tandem with the 12th Annual Citizen Involvement Day, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. on the waterfront, schedule of events at

2nd Annual Pie Baking Contest, sponsored by the Plant Home, contest held at Waterfront Park (rain location Bath Elks’ Lodge), apple or pumpkin pies should be dropped off at the Plant Home table in Waterfront Park, 10-11 a.m., judging starts 11 a.m., information, Carolyn Lockwood, 443-8330.

Time and Talent Auction and Chili Feast, auction includes works of local artists, vacation home usage, electrical work, more, 4:30 p.m. preview/dinner; 5:30 p.m. auction, $5 admission, Mid-Coast Presbyterian Church, 84 Maine St., Topsham.

Sunday 10/10

TEDxDirigo Conference, “Exploring the Edge,” 8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m., after-party until 8 p.m., Frontier Cafe, Cinema, and Gallery, Fort Andross Mill, Brunswick, for application to attend, visit

Thursday 10/14

Comcast Customer Appreciation Day, 11 a.m.- 5 p.m., Comcast Service Center, 336 Bath Road, Brunswick.

Saturday 10/30

Comcast Customer Appreciation Day, 9 a.m.- 2 p.m., Comcast Service Center, 336 Bath Road, Brunswick.


2010 Step One Weatherization Program, free, registration open to low-income homeowners/renters, Sept. 24 through October, information,, or call Ryan Collins, 386-5081 ext. 113, [email protected]

Bridge Groups, 7-9 p.m. Fridays for beginners; 2-4 p.m. Sundays for experienced players, 45 Green St., Bath, register, 443-3901.

Kinship Families Support Group, raising a family member’s child with love, first and third Wednesday, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Midcoast Maine Community Action, 34 Wing Farm Parkway, Bath, preregister 442-7963 ext. 213.

Kaleidoscope Quilters, second (7 p.m.) and fourth (6:30 p.m.) Thursday of the month, Elks Lodge, Park Row, Brunswick, 725-5242.

Knitting Circle, Tuesday 3:30-5 p.m., for experienced and learners, Patten Free Library, 33 Summer St., Bath.

Call for Volunteers

Step One Weatherization Program, Habitat for Humanity / 7 Rivers Maine, currently recruiting volunteers, for information or to volunteer, Ryan Collins, 386-5081, [email protected]


ArtVan Program seeks volunteers to help with art therapy programming with children and teens, promotional support and fundraising efforts, contact 371-4125 or visit

Bath Youth Meetinghouse & Skatepark seeks volunteers to help in the cafe, at concerts, supporting youth programs and fundraising efforts, experience with teenagers helpful, 443-8900 or visit 26 Summer St., Bath.

Big Brothers Big Sisters seeks volunteer mentors (must be 18+) willing to commit one year and spend eight hours a month with a child 6-14 who lives in a single parent home, contact Brunswick office at 729-7736 or [email protected]

Cell Phones for Soldiers, donate used cell phones at Southern New Hampshire University, 10 Tibbetts Drive, Cooks Corner, Brunswick or 1000 Burbank Ave., BNAS Building 20, Brunswick.

Chocolate Church Arts Center seeks volunteers for the art gallery and more, 798 Washington St., Bath, 442-8455.

The Greater Bath Elder Outreach Network, a program of Catholic Charities Maine, is looking for volunteers a few hours a week to assist seniors by providing companionship, transportation, assistance with errands and telephone reassurance for elderly and disabled people who live in Sagadahoc County and the Brunswick area, Martha Cushing, 837-8810; meetings 6-7:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month, Patten Free Library, Bath, 837-8810.

Habitat for Humanity / 7 Rivers Maine needs volunteers at ReStore in Bath, minimum four-hour shift commitment, 386-5081 or [email protected]

Home to Home, an organization providing a safe place for parents to exchange children for visitations, needs volunteers, commitment of 1-2 hours per exchange period, police check and training required, Mid-Coast Hospital, Brunswick, Rich Siegel, 837-4894,

Mid Coast Hospital, dozens of positions at the café, gift shop or greeting patients, 123 Medical Center Drive, Brunswick, 373-6015.

Mid Coast Senior Health Center needs volunteers for various activities with seniors Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, welcome desk openings, 373-3691.

Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority seeks volunteers for the Great State of Maine Air Show & Business Aviation Expo, August 26-28, 2011, for information and non-profit grant opportunities, visit or call 725-9701.

Money Management Program, help low-income seniors with routine financial matters, Spectrum Generations, 12 Main St., Topsham, 729-0475.

Parkview Adventist Medical Center, gift shop needs volunteers, four-hour shifts mornings, afternoons and early evenings Monday through Friday, every other Sunday 1-4 p.m., will train, 373-4518 or visit the gift shop at 329 Maine St., Brunswick.

Pejepscot Historical Society needs volunteer tour guides for Skolfield-Whittier House and Joshua L. Chamberlain Museum and volunteer staff for Chamberlain Museum gift shop, 729-6606.

People Plus Center, ongoing opportunities, 6 Noble St., Brunswick, 729-0757.

Spectrum Generations has volunteer opportunities in program development, outreach, and reception at its new Community Center at 12 Main St., Topsham, Debbie, 729-0475.

Sexual Assault Support Services of Mid Coast Maine needs volunteers to provide support and information to callers on 24-hour hotline, 725-2181.

Dining Out

Saturday 10/9

Public Supper, 4:30-6:30 p.m., suggested donation, $7 adults, $3 children under 12, Knights of Columbus Hall, 807 Middle St., Bath.

Public Baked Bean and Casserole Supper, 5-6:30 p.m., $8 adults, $4 children (6-12), free for children under 6, Brunswick United Methodist Church, corner of Church and Raymond Roads, Brunswick, reservations accepted, 725-2185.

Monday 10/11

All-Meat Chicken Pies made by the Bath United Methodist Church ladies to benefit church general expenses and Building Fund, $13, place order by Oct. 11, 4 p.m., 443-4707; pick up date, Thursday, Oct. 14, 1-5 p.m., Bath United Methodist Church, 340 Oak Grove Ave, Bath.

Saturday 10/16

Harvest Supper with pot roast, 4:30-6:30 p.m., adults $7.50, children 12 and under $3.50, take-out available, no reservations required, call 443-4707 for take-outs or information, Bath United Methodist Church, 340 Oak Grove Ave., Bath, proceeds to benefit church general expenses and Building Fund.

Sunday 10/17

Hand in Hand for the Land, 25-year celebration of The Brunswick Topsham Land Trust, feast of locally grown food, with music, children’s activities, more,  4-7 p.m., Frontier Cafe, Brunswick, tickets, $25 each or 2 for $40, call 729-7694.


Sunday 10/10

Red Cloak Haunted History Tours, lantern lit walks in Bath with The Lady in the Red Cloak, 7 p.m., for all ages, $10/adults, $7/children under 12, free for children under 5, by reservation only, 380-3806,

Tuesday 10/12

Red Cloak Haunted History Tours, lantern lit walks in Bath with The Lady in the Red Cloak, 7 p.m., for all ages, $10/adults, $7/children under 12, free for children under 5, by reservation only, 380-3806,

Wednesday 10/13

Green Point Farm WMA with Mike Fahay, Merrymeeting Audubon walk, 7 a.m. meet at Bath CVS to carpool, or 7:30 a.m. at Green Point, park next to large green metal shed at Green Point Farm, Dresden,

The Topsham Garden Club monthly meeting, 12 p.m. presentation by Micheline Mulvey on mushrooms, lunch/meeting to follow, visitors/new members welcome, Topsham Public Library, information, Marie 729-1295 or Jane 721-8675.

Thursday 10/14

Red Cloak Haunted History Tours, lantern lit walks in Bath with The Lady in the Red Cloak, 7 p.m., for all ages, $10/adults, $7/children under 12, free for children under 5, by reservation only, 380-3806,

Sunday 10/17

Green Point Farm WMA with Doug Suitor, Merrymeeting Audubon walk, 7 a.m. meet at Bath CVS to carpool, or 7:30 a.m. at Green Point, park next to large green metal shed at Green Point Farm, Dresden,


Brunswick Farmer’s Market, Maine farms and merchants, Saturdays 9 a.m.- 12:30 p.m., Fort Andross Mill, Maine St., Brunswick.

Cathance River Educational Alliance, series for adults, “CREA Adult Class” 2nd Saturday of each month, 9 a.m. – noon, the Ecology Center, Cathance River Nature Preserve, Topsham; “Ecology Lecture Series,” last Tuesday each month, 6:30-8 p.m., Topsham Public Library; 12 participants, cost per class, $15 members/ $20 non-members, register,, click on “Programs,” 798-1913 or e-mail [email protected]

Topsham Garden Club, 12 p.m. lunch, 1 p.m. speaker and business meeting; call Marie 729-1295 or Jane 721-8675 for location and membership info; new members/guests always welcome; (select GCFM Districts and Clubs, Medomak District, Topsham Garden Club), meets second Wednesday from March to December.

Getting Smarter

Thursday 10/7

The Atomic Hero: Robert Oppenheimer and Images of Science in the Cold War, lecture by David Hecht, assistant professor of history, 12:30 p.m., Bowdoin College, Main Lounge, Moulton Union, free, 725-3253.

Saturday 10/9

“Genealogy 102,” free genealogy workshop, 10-11:30 a.m., History Room, Patten Free Library, enrollment limited to 20, call to reserve a spot, 443-5141, ext. 18.

Wednesday 10/13

Climate Change: Perspectives and Realities, Surprises and Opportunities, lecture by Paul Mayewski, director and professor at the Climate Change Institute, University of Maine, 7 p.m., Bowdoin College, Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center, free, 725-3396.

Saturday 10/16

“Genealogy 102,” free genealogy workshop, 10-11:30 a.m., History Room, Patten Free Library, enrollment limited to 20, call to reserve a spot, 443-5141, ext. 18.

Writing For Fun and Money! workshop with author Sherry Hanson, 9 a.m.- 2 p.m., Merrymeeting Adult Education Center, 35 Republic Ave., Topsham, information and registration, 729-7323 or

Thursday 10/21

Joshua L. Chamberlain Civil War Round Table, lecture on Civil War art by artist Dale Gallon, 7 p.m., Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick, Dan Cunningham 729-9520, Jay Stencil 721-0235.


ArtWorks, Creative Arts Night, 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Bath Recreation Center, 4 Sheridan Road, Bath, $8; 443-8360.

Joshua L. Chamberlain Civil War Round Table monthly meeting and speaker, every third Thursday, free, open to public, 7 p.m., Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick, information, Dan Cunningham 729-9520, or Jay Stencil 721-0235.

Merrymeeting Regional Adult Education, various courses available, 35 Republic Ave., Topsham, 729-7323.

Sagadahoc History & Genealogy Room, focusing on communities in Sagadahoc County, Patten Free Library, 33 Summer St., Bath, 443-5141.

“The Second Time Around” reading club for adults, Patten Free Library, meet alternate Wednesdays, 3-4:30 p.m., through Aug. 18, Leslie Mortimer, 443-5141 ext. 12.

Spectrum Generations, Southern Midcoast Community Center, 12 Maine St., Topsham, call or visit for list of classes and events, [email protected], 729-0475.

University College at Bath/Brunswick hosts career and academic program information sessions, free, Mid-Coast Center for Higher Education, 9 Park St., Bath, schedule at 442-7736.

Wife of Bath hosts monthly day-long creative writing retreats, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., $25, Linden Tree Meeting House, Phippsburg Congregational Church UCC, 10 Church Lane, Phippsburg, month-by-month or pre-register, 751-2414, [email protected], visit

Health & Support

Thursday 10/7

“Affirm Yourself for Caregiving Challenges,” talk by Janet Edmunson,  program for caregivers of those with dementia, 5-6:30 p.m., free, Mid Coast Senior Health Center, 58 Baribeau Dr., Brunswick, 729-8033.

Thursday 10/14

Flu Shot Clinic for seasonal and H1N1, administered by CHANS Home Health Care, adult doses only (18 and older) while supplies last, 9 a.m.- 12 p.m. and 5-7 p.m., free/donations accepted, Harpswell Town Office, 263 Mountain Road.


12 Step Recovery Program, Wednesdays 6 p.m., food, group meetings, contact Jeff Rogers, [email protected], Compass Point Community Church, 119 Old Bath Road.

Adoption Support Group for adult adoptees, adoptive parents, birth parents and those whose lives are touched by adoption, monthly meetings, Mae’s Cafe, 160 Centre St., Bath, 443-9876.

Care Support Group, Sexual Assault Support Services of Midcoast Maine and Mid Coast Hospital provide an education-based support group for survivors of sexual violence who are pregnant; participants may bring a support person, 373-6500 or 725-2181.

Communicate after Stroke Support Group, 1st and 3rd Tuesday, September to May, 1-2 p.m., free, friends/family welcome, Mid Coast Hospital, 1st floor conference room, 81 Medical Center Drive, Brunswick, for information or sign up, call Dimitra Toothaker, 373-6175; Robert Lundstrom, 371-2936; or Doris Armstrong, 725-2618.

De-Stress Your Body, Wednesdays, 9-10:30 a.m., $15 per session; come once or weekly, Spectrum Generations, Southern Midcoast Community Center, 12 Main St., Topsham, 729-0475.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous, Monday 7 p.m., Beth Israel Congregation, 906 Washington St., Bath, 865-4076; Wednesday 7 a.m., UCC Church, 150 Congress St., Bath, 837-8164; Wednesday 7 p.m., Midcoast Presbyterian Church, 84 Main St., Topsham, 729-3861; Saturday 9 a.m., Midcoast Hospital, Brunswick, 865-1916.

Group Sitting Meditation, 9 a.m.-noon Sundays, Shambhala Center, 19 Mason St., Brunswick, 729-7402.

Hooptydoo Hula-Hoop Class, all ages welcome, all hula-hooping levels, Tuesdays 5:30-6:30 p.m., $10/person, Bath Dance Works, 72 Front St., third floor; information, Helen, 808-281-6451 or [email protected]

Laughter Yoga Club, reduce stress with playful exercises and yogic breathing, dress as you are, no mats, all ages, every third Monday, 10 a.m., free, Bath Dance Works, 100 Front St., third floor, for information, Amanda, 443-3721 or [email protected]

Mid Coast Chronic Pain Support Group, open to people with chronic pain, their families and friends, first and third Monday, 6-7:30 p.m. Mid Coast Hospital, Brunswick, 725-7854.

Mid Coast Maine Center for Grief and Loss, hospice volunteers offer grief support programs for children, families and individuals, 45 Baribeau Drive, Brunswick, 729-3602.

Overeaters Anonymous, Brunswick meetings: Monday 7:30 p.m., First Parish Church, 9 Cleaveland St.; and Thursday 7 p.m., St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 27 Pleasant St.; Sunday 9 a.m., MidCoast Hospital, 123 Medical Center Drive.

Self-Healing Empowerment Group, Wednesdays, 9-10:30 a.m., $15, come once or weekly, Spectrum Generations, Southern Midcoast Community Center, 12 Main St., Topsham, 729-0475.

Sexual Assault Support Services of Midcoast Maine, support groups for survivors of sexual violence, includes sexual assault, sexual abuse as a child and sexual harassment, open to nonoffending parents and partners, 725-2181 to schedule a pre-group meeting.

Spectrum Generations, Southern Midcoast Community Center, 12 Maine St., Topsham, call or visit for list of classes and events, [email protected], 729-0475.

Survivors of Suicide, support group, first Thursday, 5:30 p.m., Elijah Kellogg Congregational Church, 917 Harpswell Neck Road, Harpswell, 833-6386.

TOPS (Take Off the Pounds Sensibly) Thursday weigh-in 6:10-6:40 p.m., meeting follows, Seventh Day Adventist Church, Maine Street, Brunswick, 375-4749.

Weight Watchers, every Monday, noon, McLellan Building, Multipurpose Room, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, 725-3265.

Women’s Circle, for women who want support for a controlling or abusive relationship, free and confidential, hosted by Mid Coast Outreach Office of Family Crisis Services, 721-0199.

Just for Seniors


Bath Area Senior Citizens, bridge club, cribbage, crafts, line dancing, bocce, bingo and more, 45 Floral St., Bath, 443-4937.

Meals on Wheels, delivery available for homebound seniors and disabled adults, offered by Spectrum Generations, 12 Main St., Topsham, 729-0475.

Money Management Program, help low-income seniors with routine financial matters, Spectrum Generations, 12 Main St., Topsham, 729-0475.

People Plus Community Center, multipurpose facility provides recreational, social, informational, educational and personal services to persons 55+, 6 Noble St., Brunswick, 729-0757.

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program seeks volunteers age 55 and over for various opportunities, 396-6521.

Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center, support groups, lectures, socials, activities, 521 Main St., Damariscotta, for daily schedule, 563-1363 or

Spectrum Generations Southern Midcoast Community Center now open for classes, activities, trips, health & wellness, 12 Main St., Topsham, FMI, 729-0475, or [email protected]

Topsham Merry Meeters Senior Citizens, all ages 50 and over welcome, bring a dish to share for potluck meal, noon, Westrum House, Union Park Road, Topsham; 729-7686 or 725-2425; meets third Tuesday except July and August.

Kids and Family Stuff

Wednesday 10/6

Brunswick Fire Department Open House, 4-7 p.m., prizes, special guests, displays, tours and more, Cook’s Corner Station, Brunswick, rain or shine, in honor of Fire Prevention Week, Padi Howard, 725-5541.

Thursday 10/7

“Montessori Education Information Session,” talk by Montessori teacher Anna Langstaff, 6:30 p.m., Curtis Memorial Library, Pleasant St., Brunswick, register with Anna Langstaff by Oct. 3 at [email protected]

Monday 10/11

Women in Science, with Alan Lightman, 7-8 p.m., Morrell Meeting Room, Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick,

Saturday 10/16

Elephant Babies in the Forest with scientist & author Katy Payne, 1-2 p.m., Morrell Meeting Room, Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick,


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bath/Brunswick is accepting applications for “Littles,” girls ages 6-14 that live in single parent homes to participate in “The Big and Little” program, a mentoring program that matches a child with an adult community mentor (Big Sister) in a one-on-one friendship. There are Big Sisters currently waiting to be matched with Littles. Please Contact Aurora Joseph, Match Support Specialist, 729-7736 or [email protected] to enroll your daughter.

Morning Storytelling, monthly, songs, stories from around the world with Janice O’Rourke, for ages 6 and under, Frontier Cafe, Cinema & Gallery, Fort Andross, 14 Maine St., Brunswick, information, 725-5222 or

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