THE PUBLIC LIBRARY is conducting an online survey to evaluate how patrons use the library’s computers and Internet service and how it has made a difference in their lives. The survey, which ends Oct. 30, is intended to help the library improve its technology services. The IMPACT Survey is anonymous, available in English and Spanish, and takes 10 to 15 minutes to complete. To participate, go to

THE RETIRED AND SENIOR volunteer program at the Southern Maine Agency on Aging is seeking volunteers age 55 and older to work in schools as a tutor, mentor or multinational classroom helpers. There are even opportunities on the college level.

Meals on Wheels drivers also are needed in several communities. A small new theater is looking for some help in a variety of ways, such as with fundraising, marketing, running the concession stand, and planning and organizing special events. For details, call 396-6521.


A DRIVING SAFETY class for people age 50 and older will be held from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 20 at the AARP Maine State Office, 1685 Congress St. The class will help drivers learn about defensive driving, new traffic laws and rules of the road. It also helps older drivers learn how to adjust to age-related changes in vision, hearing and reaction time. Cost is $12 for AARP members, $14 for others. To register, call 846-0858.

THE PORTLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY is participating in “Teen Read Week 2011,” Sunday through Oct. 22. The teen section of the library will focus on digital reading for teens. This year’s theme is Picture It @ your library®, which encourages teens to read graphic novels and other illustrated materials.


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