Children’s film festival

The East End Community School is sponsoring the inaugural Portland Children’s Film Festival Thursday through Sunday at five locations throughout the city.

The full schedule for the festival, including workshops about film making, can be found at www.portlandchildrensfilmfestival.com.

Proceeds will go to East End Community School’s enrichment fund.

PATHS fashion show

The fashion marketing program at Portland Arts and Technology High School will present “Collection 2012,” a fashion show featuring original student garments, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Portland Public Library’s Rines Auditorium.

The event will include a silent auction and refreshments. Erin Ovalle, WMTW morning anchor, will be the commentator.

A portion of ticket proceeds will benefit Scarborough-based Partners for World Health. Tickets are $5 at the door. 

Caregiver program

The Tender Living Care Program, a program of hope and healing for families affected by a serious illness, begins its next seven-week session on April 2.

The groups are for children ages 3 to 18, young adults ages 19 to 30, adults with illness and adult caregivers.

Tender Living Care is a program of the Center for Grieving Children and has been supporting families in transition since 1988.

To join the free program, call 775-5216.

Dyslexic support workshop

A support group for parents of dyslexics and struggling readers will be held from 12 to 1:30 p.m. April 6 at the Portland Public Library.

The meeting is sponsored by the Maine Twig/N.H. branch of the Int’l Dyslexia Association. For more information, call 767-4059.

Yappy Hour

Joyce Belcher, a certified herbalist from York and founder of Herbs For Life, will give a presentation at Planet Dog’s popular Yappy Hour from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday at 211 Marginal Way.

Belcher will talk about dog nutrition to help people understand their pets’ digestive system and enable them to choose a diet that’s right for their pet.

This is a free event for dog lovers and their canine companions. There will be snacks for people and dogs.

For more information, call 563-7695.

Shape Note event

The New Church on Stevens Avenue is hosting an event on Sunday for people who want to participate in Shape Note Singing.

The event will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. This four-part singing tradition, also known as Sacred Harp Singing is loud, exciting and raises the spirits. This is not a performance. Everyone is welcome to participate.


Free jazz band concert

The South Portland High School and middle school jazz bands will hold a free concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the high school auditorium.

Mark Tipton, an alumnus, will be the guest soloist.


Programs at library

York Public Library, at 15 Long Sands Road, will offer the following programs this week: “Photographing the Wild Life of South Africa,” a talk by photographer Earland Bradley, at noon Tuesday; York Reads Book Discussion, “Journal of a Solitude,” at 7 p.m. Thursday with Susan Yorston; Community Yoga, at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Friday with Deborah Levine; and a Winter Film Series screening of “My Afternoons with Margueritte,” at 3 p.m. Sunday.

For more details, call 363-2818 or go to www.york.lib.me.us.

Look Good … Feel Better

The American Cancer Society will offer its free community-based program, Look Good … Feel Better from 2 to 4 p.m. April 2 at York Hospital for female cancer patients in active cancer treatment.

The sessions teach women how to use make-up and skin care techniques to counter the appearance-related effects of chemotherapy and radiation.

For more details, call the American Cancer Society at (800) 227-2345.

Pottery meeting, dropoff

The Southern Maine Clay Guild will meet at 4 p.m. Sunday at the York Art Association on Route 1.

This will serve as a dropoff day for member pieces being submitted for the group’s Clay Show that will run through April. New members are welcome.

For more details, email Elaine Fuller at [email protected]


Data-gathering sessions

The Brunswick Police Department and Greater Brunswick Special Families are partnering for a new pilot program that supplies critical information to emergency responders of medical emergencies involving people with developmental disabilities.

Sessions to gather information, such as a physical description, type of disability and relevant medical conditions of people with disabilities, will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 31, April 7, April 14, April 21 and April 28 at the Brunswick Recreation Center, at 30 Federal St. The data will be entered into an emergency dispatch system.

Forms are downloadable prior to sessions by going to www.brunswickpd.org or call 725-6623, ext. 163.


Healthful eating

“Get Your Plate in Shape,” a community forum touting locally grown and sustainable healthful eating, will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday at the Second Congregational Church on River Road.

Keynote speaker will be Samual Kaymen, founder of Stonyfield Farm, an organic farming school in Wilton, N.H., and co-founder of Stonyfield Yogurt.

A suggested admission fee will directly benefit the Ecumenical Food Pantry and Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center’s Senior Nutrition Programs. For more details, call 563-1363.


Animal care workshop

The Animal Welfare Society is accepting registrations for an animal care workshop for ages 7 to 11 during school vacation, April 16-19.

The workshop, held at the shelter, runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Cost is $30 per child.

The hands-on workshop will allow children to feed, groom, socialize and exercise resident animals. Crafts, educational videos and other hands-on activities will round out each day.

For more details, call 985-3244 or e-mail [email protected]


Pet adoption event

The Animal Welfare Society Mobile Adoption Team will visit Tractor Supply, at 1170 Main St., from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday with adoptable dogs.

For more details, call 985-3244 or 490-0034.

Advice for cancer patients

“Conserving Energy During and After Cancer Treatment” will be the subject of a talk by Goodall Hospital Rehabilitation Services Manager Gina Mosher at noon Tuesday at the Cancer Care Center of York County.

Light refreshments will be served. Pre-registration is required. Call Karen Pierce-Stewart at 459-1606.


Photo detective

The Genealogy Group will host photo detective Maureen Taylor for the talk “Identifying & Dating Family Photos” at noon April 7 in Hank’s Room at the Kennebunk Free Library, 112 Main St.

Taylor is an internationally recognized photo identification and family history expert and the author of a number of books and magazine articles.

For more details, call 985-2173 or go to www.kennebunklibrary.org.

Youth program at library

The Kennebunk Free Library will host a youth program at 4 p.m. on Tuesday based on the children’s book “The Mysterious Benedict Society.”

Students in grades four and up are invited to take part in a variety of fun activities involving riddle solving riddles and word puzzles based on the book.

Space is limited and pre-registration required. Calling 985-2173, ext. 5, or email [email protected]


Shipwright talk

Harold Burnham, a 14th-generation shipwright, will discuss the construction of the pinky schooner Ardelle in a talk to be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Penobscot Marine Museum’s Stephen Phillips Memorial Library at 11 Church St.

The talk will be illustrated with photographs by Dan Tobyne. For more details, call 548-2529.


Caribbean Nights Benefit Dance

Tickets are on sale for the Third Annual Caribbean Nights Benefit Dance, set for April 7 at the VFW Hall on Deer Street.

The Boston band Combo Sabroso will play reggae and Latin music. The event will begin with a slide show at 7 p.m. followed by dancing, snacks and a cash bar starting at 8 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the Eben Ezer School of northern Haiti. Tickets are $20.

For more details, email [email protected]


Relay for Life

The American Cancer Society Relay for Life of York County is seeking walkers, cancer survivors, caregivers and community leaders to organize and recruit volunteers for the 2012 event.

A volunteer committee meeting will be held at 6 p.m. April 10 at the Wells Junior High School Cafeteria.

For more details, call (800) 227-2345, or visit www.RelayForLife.org.


History talk

The role of Jewish merchants in the history of Lewiston and Auburn will be the topic the next Androscoggin Historical Society meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the County Courthouse at Court and Turner streets.

Phyllis Graber Jensen, director of photography and video for the communications office at Bates College, will speak. For more details, call Jensen at 786-6330.


Graduate programs

University College at Saco will hold a meeting at 4 p.m. today at Saco Center, 110 Main St., to detail two graduate certificate programs it will offer for practicing teachers and administrators.

Response to Intervention Academic and Response to Intervention Behavior courses will be offered via video conference and online to prepare educators to design and implement systems of support which focus on establishing Tier 1 curriculumn practices. For more details, call 282-4111.


Egg hunt

Community Library volunteers will oversee an Easter Egg Hunt at 10 a.m. Saturday at the library, 10 John St.

Children are invited to come visit with the Easter Bunny and hunt for candy eggs. There will be a free raffle and Easter basket giveaways.

For more details, call 499-7114.