Seat belt checks

The Gorham Fire Department will offer a free seat belt check from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 10 at the station, 270 Main St.


Vein health check

The Vein Healthcare Center will offer free leg screenings from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday at the center, 100 Foden Rd., Suite 307.

Dr. Cindy Asbjornsen, one of the leading vein health specialists in Maine, will give patients a venous exam of both legs and an overview of treatment options.

The leg screening is free, but an appointment is necessary for the exam.

To make an appointment, call 221-7799.

Author talk

Val Walker an author and lecturer will give a talk about “The Gift of Comforting,” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Cancer Community Center on Route One in South Portland.

Walker has facilitated support groups for people coping with illness, loss and bereavement for 17 years. She is author of “The Art of Comforting: What to Say and Do for People in Distress.” Pre-registration required. For more information, call 774-2200.


College open house

Saint Joseph’s College is holding an open house for transfer students from 3 to 6 p.m. Dec. 7 at the campus in Standish.

Students interested in attending the school will receive an on-site transfer decision, transfer credit evaluation, scholarship review, campus tour and visit with a financial aid officer.

There will also be a complimentary dinner at Cafe Bon Appetit, the campus dining hall.

To register, call 893-7746.


Tree, wreath sale

The Cheverus High School’s Haiti Solidarity Club will hold its annual Christmas tree and wreath sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Cheverus, 267 Ocean Ave.

Proceeds from the sale will go to support Cheverus’ sister school in Bassin Bleu, Haiti. Their sister school is a small Catholic school, which needs support. A portion of the proceeds will also help defray the cost of a spring service trip to the Dominican Republic.


Grief assistance

VNA Home Health & Hospice will offer a video, “Grief: Coping with the Holidays,” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at North Windham Union Church, 723 Roosevelt Trail, Rt. 302.

This is an open group for anyone grieving the death of a loved one.

For more information, call 400-8714.


Teddy bear tea party

There will be a teddy bear tea party from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday at Westbrook-Warren Congregational Church, 810 Maine St.

Children are encouraged to bring a stuffed animal and enjoy tea and refreshments.

For more information, call 854-9157.


Discover ancestors’ past

Frank Millett Day will give a talk about how to discover your ancestors’ past through newspaper articles at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 29 Ocean House Rd.
Day will share his research found in The Eastern Star (1878-1915), now the York County Coast Star. He has been tracing his family roots since 2005, mostly in Maine.

The meeting is being hosted by the Greater Portland Chapter of Maine Genealogical Society. A social time will begin at 12:30 and the program will start at 1 p.m. Our programs are free and open to the public.

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


Holiday open house

The Yarmouth Historical Society will hold a holiday open house from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday at the Old Ledge Schoolhouse, 121 West Main St. The 2012 Yarmouth Historical Society calendar and other gift shop items will be for sale. For more information, call 846-6259 or email [email protected]


Candlelight vigil

Wreaths Across America will pass through Freeport around 4 p.m. Sunday to bring thousands of wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery to be laid on soldier’s graves.

The Freeport Flag Ladies have organized a candlelight vigil to light them on their way. The vigil will be set up in front of the Freeport Fire Department on Main Street.

A large American flag will be suspended by the Freeport and Yarmouth hook & ladder trucks for the escort to pass through. Wreaths will be placed on the newly erected 9-11 Monument replicating the twin towers using steel from the Twin Towers.

For more information, go to www.FreeportFlagLadies.com.


Gingerbread house festival

The York Public Library is holding its seventh annual Festival of Gingerbread Houses.

Entries for the festival can be dropped off at the library, 15 Long Sands Rd., from noon to 5 p.m. on Thursday. The gingerbread houses will be on display in the library from Saturday through Dec. 17.  Anyone can participate.

Several gingerbread houses will be raffled off to benefit the York Community Food Pantry.


Dance benefit for toys

The will be a benefit dance on Saturday to collect unwrapped toys for the Toys for Tots program.

The dance will be held from 8 p.m. to noon at Sanford Amvets Post #3, 169 School St.
For more information, call 432-7165.


Gingerbread Fair

There will be a Gingerbread Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at First Parish Congregational Church at the corner of Beach and Main Street.

There will be food, crafts and  collectibles. There will also be a visit from Santa Claus.
For more information, call 229-7421.


Holiday Treescapes

The Kennebunkport Historical Society will hold its second annual Holiday Treescapes for Christmas Prelude from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Town House School and Pasco Center on North Street.

The event will open with a gala candlelight reception from 5:30 to  8 p.m. Thursday at the Pasco Center.

Tickets cost $10.

To attend the event, call 967-2751.


Free children’s activities

The Sanford-Springvale Historical Museum will host an event with free children’s activities from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at the museum, 505 Main St.

There will be refreshments and activities include a Victorian Children’s Christmas Exhibit, old-fashioned children’s games and a “history hunt.”

For more information, call 324-2797.