Document heritage program

The Portland Public Library and Maine Humanities Council will host a panel discussion about documenting community heritage at 4 p.m. Monday in the library’s Rines Auditorium.

The panel will include members of the Documenting Maine Jewry Project and by project partners from the Maine Humanities Council and library. Neighborhood groups and multi-cultural organizations are urged to come. For details, call 871-1700.


Hall School silent auction

Hall Elementary School will hold a silent auction 6-9 p.m. Saturday at Ocean Gateway Terminal.

The auction will feature donations of services, tickets to the Boston Red Sox and the first round of NBA Playoffs at the Fleet Center.

Other items include signed artwork by Scott Potter and R.N. Cohen; a rug from Angela Adams, and handbags from Cole Haan and Coach.

There will be live entertainment, appetizers, desserts and a full cash bar. Admission and parking are free.

All proceeds will benefit the school’s artists in residence program and other programs.

For details, call 874-8205.


Maine logging art show

The University of Southern Maine will host an art exhibition, “Logging in the Maine Woods Today,” beginning Thursday through Aug.21 at USM’s Glickman Family Library.

The exhibition features photographs of Tonee Harbert, who has explored Maine culture through photography for over 20 years. A free reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday in the events room in the library. For more information, call 780-4790.


Rosemont area meeting

Portland City Councilor Ed Suslovic and other city officials will meet with residents in the Rosemont neighborhood tonight to discuss safety and traffic issues at 5:30 p.m. at Deering High School on Stevens Avenue.

Crime and the city’s plans to remove the Woodford Street traffic island between Stevens Avenue and Brighton Avenue are on the agenda.


‘Bearin’s: The Book’ signing

Brian Robbin, author of “Bearin’s: The Book,” will read and sign copies of his book from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Hamilton Marine on Fore Street in Portland.

For details, call 542-0180.

Self defense for women

The Portland Police Department is offering a basic self-defense class for women next month

The Rape Aggression Defense training class will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on April 5, 7, 12, and 14; and from 8 a.m. to noon on April 16 at the Portland Police Department, 109 Middle St.

The class is open to all women, ages 13 and older. For more information and to register, call 874-8643.

For tickets, go to www.chocolateloversfling.org or call 828-1035.


Beauty and Books auction

Beauty and the Books, a silent art auction to benefit the Falmouth Memorial Library, is ending on Thursday with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. in the library’s Russell Room.

Refreshments will be served.

For more information, call 781-2351.


Hisorical society open house

The historical society is holding another open house at its history barn from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday on Route 231 in New Gloucester.

The public is invited to see the society’s collection of antique wheeled vehicles and historic photos. Admission is free. For more information, call 926-3188.


Fundraiser for Casco YMCA

The Casco Bay YMCA will hold its annual fundraiser to support its Adaptive Services Programs from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Hilton Garden Inn in Freeport.

The event will feature silent and live auctions, food, desserts, a cash bar and music.

Tickets cost $35 per person or $60 for a pair in advance. Tickets will be sold at the door for $40.

For more information, go to www.cumberlandcountyymca.org or call 865-9600.


Art discussion at USM

Dan Mills, the director of the Bates College Museum of Art, will speak at 1 p.m. Friday at the University of Southern Maine’s Robie Andrews Hall in Gorham.

Mills will discuss his artwork, the work of other artists, and his work curating exhibitions. This event is free and open to the public. For details, call 780-5008.