‘Gilded Age’ book group

The Yarmouth Historical Society and Merrill Memorial Library are offering Let’s Talk About It, a book group that will meet once a month to discuss the books in the series, “The Gilded Age.”

The first meeting will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Sept. 7 at Harrison Middle School, McCartney Street. The group will meet at 6:30 on Wednesdays for five sessions through Dec. 7.

Copies of the books are available at the Yarmouth Historical Society. For more information, call 846-6259 or go to www.mainehumanities.org.


Old Bet and cold summer

Alfred historian Bruce Tucker will speak about the elephant Old Bet and 1816, “The Year With No Summer,” at the Waterborough Historical Society’s 7 p.m. Thursday meeting at the Carle’s Corner Museum, Waterboro Center.

Refreshments will be served. For more details, call Jim Carll at 247-5878.


Military Museum talk

Lee Humiston, director and curator of The Maine Military Museum and Learning Center, will speak about the museum’s history at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 7 at the Scarborough Historical Society, 649A Route 1.

The historical society will hold a meeting after the presentation. The session is free. For more information, call 883-5445


AARP driver safety classes

AARP will be offering driver safety classes next month for people 50 years old and older. A class will be held from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 15 at the AARP Maine State Office, 1685 Congress St., Portland.

Another class will be held from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Windham Public Library, 217 Windham Center Road.

The cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for others. Participants should register by Sept. 9. To register, call 655-4943.


Teen night at library

The Portland Public Library and Portland Police Department are hosting a night for teens 12 to 18 years old from 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 7 at the library.

Ray Ruby, the police department’s youth services officer, will talk about the department’s SWAT Team. There will be board games, video games and computer time.

Teens can also sing and play instruments. Snacks and drinks will be served.


Genealogy talk on Quakers

Dana Edgecomb, a published genealogist, will give a presentation on “Quakers in Maine” on Saturday at the next meeting for the Greater Portland Chapter of the Maine Genealogical Society.

The program will begin at 1 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 29 Ocean House Road. A social will be held at 12:30 p.m. before the program.

For more information, go to www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~megpcmgs.


Open house at ballet

The Maine State Ballet will hold an open house from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at 348 Route 1. The fall classes begin the week of Sept. 12.

For more information, call 781-7672 or go to www.mainestateballet.org.


Class on cooking fish

Chef Don Chatfield will present a cooking class detailing how to cook fish at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center, 521 Main St.

The cost is $10 for participants and $5 for guests. Pre-registration is required by Friday by calling 563-1363.


Flag football league

Parks and Recreation is starting a Men’s Fall Flag Football League, with games set for 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Sundays beginning Sept. 11.

The entry fee is $300 per six-man team. The registration deadline is Monday.

Rules, rosters and registration forms are available at the Recreation Office at the Sanford Town Hall, 919 Main St. For details, call 3249l30.


A Matter of Balance classes

The Southern Maine Agency on Aging is offering classes on how to overcome fears about falling.

A Matter of Balance will be held from 2:30 to 4:40 p.m. on Tuesdays from Sept. 6 to Oct. 25 at the Cumberland County YMCA, 70 Forest Ave., Portland.

Another class will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Thursdays from Sept. 8 to Oct. 20 at the YMCA Pineland branch, 25 Campus Drive, New Gloucester.

The class is an nationally recognized program designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults.

To register, call 1-800-400-6325.