Social event at old school

The Friends of the North Pownal One-Room School are holding a social event from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the school building, now part of the North Pownal United Methodist Church.

The program, “Share the One-Room School Experience – Pownal All Class Reunion,” will cover the school experience as it existed for more than 160 years. It will be moderated by Donna Boyles, president of the Pownal Scenic and Historical Society.

A photograph and memorabilia exhibit, “200 Years of Education in Pownal,” will be on display.

For more information, call 688-4780.


Architectural history lecture

James L. Garvin will present a lecture, “A Building History of Northern New England,” at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Log Cabin, 196 Main St.

Garvin, former New Hampshire state architectural historian, will talk about old buildings through the form and pattern of architecture in northern New England.

The suggested donation is $3 for members and $5 for nonmembers.

For more information, call 846-6259.


Recycle electronic items

Windham Hill United Church of Christ is holding an electronic equipment recycling event Saturday to help support the preservation of the historic church.

The group will collect items from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Windham Mall in the parking lot next to Big Lots.

Items that will collected include: televisions, computer monitors, printers, cellphones, DVD and VCR players, and stereo equipment.

The group will not accept household appliances.

Organizers are asking for donations to take the items.


Eastern Prom group to meet

Friends of the Eastern Promenade will hold its annual meeting and elections from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight at East End Community School, 195 North St.

The meeting will include a presentation on the Fort Allen Park Restoration Project.

Members will be electing the 2012 board of directors.

The meeting is open to the public.

Arab Spring presentation

Daniel M. Varisco, a professor of anthropology at Hofstra University, will give a presentation Monday on the impact of the Arab Spring.

The lecture will be held at 6 p.m. at the University of New England’s WCHP Lecture Hall on the Portland campus.

Before the lecture, there will be a reception at 5 p.m. at the UNE Art Gallery. Both the lecture and reception are free and open to the public.

Munjoy Hill festival at school

The We Love Munjoy Hill Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at East End Community School, 195 North St.

The festival features live music, food, art and craft vendors, community groups, prize raffles, and kids’ activities, games and demonstrations. There are still a few openings for vendors.

For more information, call 775-3050 or go to munjoyhill.org.


LEA’s ‘Neon Night’ at park

The Lakes Environmental Association will host its inaugural “Neon Night” event at 7 p.m. Friday at Pondicherry Park.

The event is free and open to the public. Kids will receive a neon necklace or bracelet. The moon will be faint, allowing the neon to release its visual magic. The rain date will be Saturday.

For more information, call 647-8580.


Fort Preble work day

The Fort Preble Preservation Committee will hold a work day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the fort.

The committee plans to scrape, paint, weed, and clear out the brush around the fort. The public is invited to participate.

Refreshments will be provided. There will also be a tour of some interior sections of the fort.

For more information, call 741-5975.

Financial aid explained

Andrew Stickney, a chartered financial consultant, will offer a workshop to help parents understand the financial aid process from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 26 at the South Portland Community Center, 21 Nelson Road.

The workshop, “College Funding Boot Camp,” will cover investment strategies that can help minimize a family’s expected family contribution.

The cost is $10 per family. Pre-registration is required. For more information, call 767-7650.


‘Vietnam Stories’ to be shared

Bill Hinderer, a storyteller from Peaks Island, will tell some “Vietnam Stories” at noon Nov. 8 at the Falmouth Memorial Library, 5 Lunt Road.

Hinderer will share his personal experiences during the war. He’s the only storyteller to have performed at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Members of the American Legion Post 164 are expected to attend the event. The event is open to the public.

For more information, call 781-2351.

Seminar on paying for retirement

Seth Cheikin, a financial adviser with Edward Jones, will present a free seminar, “Smart Choices in Retirement,” next week at Edward Jones, 251 U.S. Route 1.

The seminar, held at 6 p.m. Tuesday and 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Oct. 27, will cover 10 principles to help people make their money last in retirement.

To reserve a spot, call 781-5057.


USM open house slated

The University of Southern Maine’s Office of Undergraduate Admission is holding an open house Sunday for prospective students and their families:

The open house will be held from noon to 4:30 p.m. at the Costello Sports Center on the Gorham campus.

There will be tours of USM’s Gorham and Portland campuses and tours of some residence halls.

Participants will be able to meet with faculty, staff and students to learn more about opportunities available at USM.

To register, go to www.usm.maine.edu/admit/campus-tours-and-events or call 1-800-800-4USM.


Apple-picking benefit

Thompson’s Orchard will hold an event, “It’s Time to Pick Apples for Charity,” from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday at 276 Gloucester Hill Road.

The orchard will waive the picking fee during that time for up to 18 people to pick apples for Good Shepherd Food-Bank.

Fresh-made doughnuts and apple cider will be for sale.

To volunteer to pick apples at the event, call 542.3723.

Historical society meeting

The New Gloucester Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at the New Gloucester Meetinghouse, 389 Intervale Road.

Holly Hurd will present a program about Moses Greenleaf, a New Gloucester native and famous Maine geographer.

Refreshments will be served.


Education innovations discussion

The Gorham Woman’s Club will meet at 12:30 p.m. Thursday at the Cressey Road Methodist Church.

The meeting will include a potluck lunch. Following lunch, Ted Sharpe, superintendent of Gorham schools, will speak on “Recent Innovations in Education, Nationally and Locally.”

Members are encouraged to bring a guest and something to share. For more information, call 839-6375.