‘Nutcracker’ auditions

The Maine State Ballet will hold auditions Thursday and Friday for “The Nutcracker.” Audition fee is $10.

Auditions for those ages 7 and 8 will be held from 4 to 4:45 p.m. Thursday at 348 Route 1 in Falmouth; for those 9 and 10, from 5:15 to 6 p.m. Thursday; for those 11 and 12, from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m Thursday; for those 13 to 15, from 4 to 5 p.m. Friday; and for those 16 and older, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday.

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


Coleman joins writers group

Melissa Coleman, author of “This Life Is in Your Hands: One Dream, Sixty Acres, and a Family Undone,” will join the South Portland Public Library Writers Group in an evening of readings at 7 p.m., Sept. 15, at the library, 482 Broadway.

The event will start with “Maine Stories by Mainers,” a series of original works from the writers group. For more information, call 767-7660.


Winterization program

The Warm Home Cool City Program is offering a free do-it-yourself home winterization workshop from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Community Center’s Senior Wing, 21 Nelson Road.

For details, call 799-0794.


AARP safe-driving program

AARP will offer a driver safety program from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at the Senior Center at Lower Village, 175 Port Road. Safe-driver certificates will be given to those interested in car-insurance discounts. The cost is $12 for AARP members, $14 for others. To register, call 967-8514.


Senior Center fashion show

The Senior Center at Lower Village’s luncheon and fashion show will be held at noon Sept. 14 at The Colony Hotel on Ocean Avenue. The event will feature fashions by Amisi of Kennebunk and Simply You of Saco and a fully catered lunch.

Tickets are $38 and available at the center, at 175 Port Road, Kennebunk. For details, go to www.seniorcenterkennebunk.org or call 967-8514.


Fabric and book sale

The Women’s Guild-Alfred Parish Church will offer a fabric and book sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the church, 8 Old Kennebunk Road.

For more details, call 490-5709.


Tax records and genealogy

Pejepscot Genealogy Society member Carol McCoy will discuss “Using Tax Records in Genealogy — How Taxes Can Be a Good Thing” at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Morrell Meeting Room of the Curtis Memorial Library.

A business meeting will follow. For details, call John Webster at 833-5430.


G.I. Dames USO-style Show

The fifth and final G.I. Dames USO-style Show, featuring Channel 13 news anchor Doug Rafferty, will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Mousam View Place (formerly Knights of Columbus Hall), 47 High St.

The military tribute show features a free, fully catered buffet meal, entertainment and dancing for all veterans. The event also will honor the victims and heroes of Sept. 11. For details, call Shirley Girard at 247-2428.


Adoptable dogs available

The Animal Welfare Society Mobile Adoption Team will have adoptable canines available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the PetSmart in Biddeford Crossing, 208 Mariner Way. For more details, call 985-3244 or Pet Smart at 283-6546.


Babysitting course

Saint Joseph’s College will offer a course in Baby-Sitter’s Training & First Aid Certification from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Harold Alfond Center on the Standish campus.

The course will provide youths, ages 11 and older, with the information and skills necessary to provid responsible care for children. Students are asked to bring what they conside a safe toy to class, along with a lunch, snack and drink. The cost is $55 for the sitter course and $45 for recertification. To register, call 893-6615 or email [email protected]


‘Snakes in the Grass’ talk

State wildlife biologist Jonathan Mays will present “Snakes in the Grass: Conservation of the Northern Black Racer in Maine” at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Mather Auditorium at Wells Reserve on Laudholm Road. Suggested donation is $5. For more details, call 646-1555 or go to www.wellsreserve.org.