SAT prep help offered

Let’s Get Ready, a non-profit organization that offers free SAT instruction for low-income students, will begin a seven-week program next month at Deering High School.

The program will run from 6 to 9 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays starting this Monday through Nov. 30 at the high school.

The program will help students prepare for the SAT and offer guidance throughout the college application process, including identification of financial aid and scholarship opportunities.

For more information and to apply to the program, go to www.letsgetready.org or call 1-617-345-0084.


Sedgewood open house

Sedgewood Commons, a Genesis HealthCare facility dedicated to assisted living and skilled nursing for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia, will hold an open house from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at 22 Northbrook Drive.

Guest speakers include Dr. Laurel Coleman from Maine Medical Center’s Geriatric Center and Laurie Trenholm, executive director of the Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter. The event will also feature cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

Following the open house, Coleman and Lea Rust will discuss how to know when it’s time to seek permanent placement for loved ones. For more information or to reserve a spot, call 781-5775.


Spacial Dynamics at school

The Merriconeag Waldorf School is holding a lecture and workshop with Jaimen McMillan, founder of Spacial Dynamics, on Friday and Saturday at the school, 57 Desert Road in Freeport.

McMillan will speak at 7 p.m. Friday about “Loving Parenting and Teaching.” The cost is $10 at the door.

He will conduct a workshop from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday entitled, “Back to Health.” McMillan will present new approaches to posture, carriage and grace-filled movement. The workshop is geared to parents, teachers, movement therapists and people who suffer with back problems. The cost is $50.

For more information or to register, call 865-3900 or email [email protected]


Hospice volunteer training

VNA Home Health Hospice is offering training for hospice volunteers on Friday and on Oct. 7 at 50 Foden Road in South Portland.

The training, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., is for people who would like to provide support to their hospice clients and families. A pre-training interview is required. For more information, call 400-8714.


Square dancing classes

Mix ‘n Mingle Square Dancing Club is offering classes from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday nights, starting this week, at Eight Corners School, 22 Mussey Road.

The classes will be held through April. They are free for the first two sessions and $3 after that.

For more information, call 939-8683.


Writing workshops for teens

The Telling Room will begin offering free weekly writing workshops Tuesday for middle and high school students at the Portland Public Library.

The workshops, held from 3 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, will be run by Telling Room staff, volunteers, visiting writers and local artists.

Each session will give participants an opportunity to begin a piece of creative writing with help from a writing mentor. Some writings may be published in The Telling Room’s yearly anthology of student writing. Initially, organizers will limit each workshop to 10 teens on a first-come, first-served basis.


Genealogy group to meet

“Rednecks, Rebels and Red Men” will be the topic of Saturday’s meeting of The Greater Portland Chapter of Maine Genealogical Society.

Dianne Bergstedt, a professional genealogist and owner of The Scots in America, will lead a discussion, “Researching Rednecks, Rebels and Red Men: the genealogy and history of the Cherokee-Scottish experience.”

The meeting will be held at 1 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 29 Ocean House Road in Cape Elizabeth.

There will be a social before the meeting at 12:30 p.m.

The meeting is free and open to the public.

For more information, go to www.gpcmgs.org.


History Barn open house

The New Gloucester History Barn will hold an open house from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the barn on Route 231.

The theme is local schools and many photos will be on display.


Alumni lunch and meeting

The Gorham Alumni Association, which includes the alumni of the predecessor schools of the University of Southern Maine, will meet at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 5 at First Parish Congregational Church in Gorham.

The meeting will include a lasagna and spaghetti and meatballs lunch, which will be served at noon.

Tom Curran, retired former president of the National Education Association, will speak at 12:30.

Lunch is $12 and reservations must be made by Sunday.

To reserve a spot, call 774-1652.


Team Northrup presentation

Team Northrup will host a free health and freedom presentation from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at 12 Portland St. in Yarmouth.

Theresa Haney and Pepi Diaz-Salazar, both specialists in developmental disabilities and autism, will share their story of how the Team Northrup opportunity saved their home and livelihood.

The presentation will focus on maintaining optimal health and creating true financial freedom for oneself in a stress-filled society.