Painting for a Purpose

More than 70 pieces of hand-painted furniture will be auctioned on Saturday to raise money for community service projects planned by students in Portland public schools.

The auction, Painting for a Purpose, will be held from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at the Portland Public Library’s Rines Auditorium on Congress Street.

Erin Ovalle, co-anchor of “News 8 This Morning,” will be the auctioneer. Refreshments will be served.

The cost to attend is $10 or $25 for a family.

The money raised from the event will be used to support community service projects in Portland. To apply for a grant for a project, go to www.paintingforapurpose.net.

For more information, call 934-3616.

Scleroderma group meeting

The Portland Scleroderma Support Group will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 at Maine Medical Center’s Dana Health Care Center, classroom 9.

There will be a presentation on pulmonary hypertension. For more information, call 892-7323.

Co-parenting workshop

Suzanne Laberge, LCPC, and Timothy Robbins, Esq., will lead a free workshop, “Co-parenting with Addiction,” from 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 14 at The Kids First Center, 222 St. John St.

The workshop is for separating and divorced parents and professionals who support children exposed to a co-parent with addiction issues.

The workshop focuses on the child’s experience, struggles and challenges. For more information and to register, call 761-2709.

Feline Frolic holiday fair 

The Friends of Feral Felines will hold its annual Feline Frolic this coming weekend, featuring holiday items and crafts.

The event will be held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Odd Fellows Building, 651 Forest Ave.

All proceeds will help support the organization’s effort to reduce the number of feral cats in southern Maine through trapping, neutering and then releasing them back to their colony sites. For more information, call 797-3014.


Houseplant expert to speak

Saint Mary’s Garden Club is offering an event next week with a houseplant expert.

Cindy Stuchbury will give a talk at 11 a.m. Nov. 14 at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 43 Foreside Road.

She has a degree in horticulture from the University of Maine and has worked on interior landscaping and the production of flowering plants. The cost $10. The event is open to the public. For more information, call 781-4889.


Woman’s Club to meet

The Gorham Woman’s Club will meet at 12:30 p.m. Thursday at First Parish Church on Church Street.

Cathy White, regional president of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, will be the featured speaker. The club is open to all women. For more information, call 839-6375.


Auction to help animals 

The Homeless Animal Rescue Team of Maine will hold its annual Litterbox Auction at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Italian Heritage Center.

The silent auction, which includes restaurant gift certificates, vacation rentals, sporting tickets, art work, jewelry and services from southern Maine businesses, will be hosted by local radio personality Ethan Minton from Coast 93.1.

Tickets cost $25 in advance and $35 at the door.

There will be food and music. Proceeds from the event will go directly to the HART shelter.

Tickets and donations can be made at: www.hartofme.com.


Park’s season ends Friday

The Maine Wildlife Park will close for the 2011 season at 5 p.m. Friday.

Since Friday is also Veteran’s Day, the park is offering free admission for veterans and military personnel and their immediate families.

The park will be open 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Visitors must exit the park by 5 p.m.

The park has over 30 species of native wildlife on display, plus wildlife gardens, nature trails, a fish hatchery and other interactive exhibits and displays.

For more information about the exhibits or cost, go to www.mainewildlifepark.com.