Castle restoration talk

Historic New England kicks off the 2012 Wiscasset Summer Lecture Series with a lecture by landscape architect Tanya Seredin on the historic restoration of Castle Tucker, 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at Nickels-Sortwell House Barn, 121 Main St.

Admission: $5 for members and $10 for all others. Reservations are recommended by calling 882-7169.


‘Living Well’ series

“Living Well for Better Health,” a free workshop series for individuals living with chronic illnesses, will be offered from 9:30 a.m. to noon Fridays through July 27 at Topsham Family Medicine, 4 Horton Place.

For more details or to sign up, call Vicki Foster at 623-0764, ext. 126 or email [email protected]


Benedict Arnold artifacts

Duluth Wing, of Eustis, will present his collection of rare Benedict Arnold artifacts and give a talk on Arnold’s march through Maine to Quebec during the Revolutionary War, at 11 a.m. Sunday at the next meeting of the Dead River Area Historical Society.

Wing is said to own one of the largest collections of Benedict Arnold artifacts. He has spent many years searching the area of Arnold’s march with a metal detector, finding a wide assortment of items left by Arnold and his men.

For more details, call Mary Henderson at 246-2271.


Entrepreneuring insight

Auburn Public Library will host Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development Executive Director Don Gooding as the keynote speaker for its Entrepreneurs’ Extravaganza from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Auburn Public Library, 49 Spring St.

Gooding, who also is vice chair of the Maine Angels and teaches Innovation Engineering at University of Southern Maine, will share his vision for entrepreneurship in Maine and his role with MCED, an organization committed to fostering growth and self-sufficiency among the state’s most promising start-ups.

For more details, call 333-6640.


TA summer programs

Thornton Academy will offer a number of specialized summer programs.

The 13th Annual TA Youth Football Camp, for grades 2-8, will be held July 30 to Aug, 3. Cost is $50. Contact is Kevin Kezal at [email protected] or call 602-4420.

TA’s Summer Arts Camp for Teens will run from July 23 to 27 for ages 13 to 16, offering courses in drawing and painting. Classes are offered from 9 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4 p.m. Cost is $75 per class. Contact is Jodi Thomas at [email protected] or call 282-3361, ext. 8191.

Summer academic programs also will be offered for junior and senior high school students needing to bring their grades up.

Registration forms are available online at www.thorntonacademy.org/summercamps or call 282-3361.


Humane Society open house

Coastal Humane Society will host a Volunteer Job Fair & Open House from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, followed by a dog walking class from noon to 1 p.m. at 190 Pleasant St.

Advance registration is appreciated by calling 725-5051, ext. 14, or go to www.coastalhumanesociety.org.


Skin care workshop

Sylvia Tavares will offer a summer skin care workshop at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center, 521 Main St. The cost is $5.

For more details, call 563-1363.

Presenting birds of prey

Barbara and Tomm Tomlinson of Wild-Haven will give an hourlong live presentation on birds of prey at the Mid-Coast Audubon annual membership meeting at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Farmhouse Gallery space at Round Top Farm, 526 Main St.

Seating is limited and reservations recommended by emailing Kristin at [email protected] or call 512-2634.

Talk on games of yore

Writer and oral historian Art Mayers will present the talk “How We Played” at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday at Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center, 521 Main St.

Mayers’ talk, part of a lunch-and- learn series, will recall the different forms of outdoor entertainment in times past.

Advanced luncheon reservations are required. Cost is $4 for seniors and $6 for all others.To register, call 563-1363.


Self-guided garden tour

A self-guided tour of gardens in Falmouth will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Proceeds from the tour will benefit the Falmouth Memorial Library and St. Mary’s Garden Club.

Highlights of the garden tour include a book signing by Judy Paolini, author of “The Inspired Garden,” at one of the gardens. The gardens will remain a secret until Saturday.

Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 on Saturday. Tickets can be purchased at Estabrook’s, O’Donal’s Nursery, Skillins Greenhouses, Allen, Sterling & Lothrup or at the library.

For more information, call 781-2351 or go to www.FalmouthMemorialLibrary.org.


Three-day church fest

The South Freeport Congregational Church will hold a festival Friday through Sunday featuring books, art, plants, food and pies for sale.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday; and 8:30 a.m. to noon Sunday at the church, 98 South Freeport Road.

For a daily schedule of events, call 865-4012 or go to www.southfreeportchurch.com.


Benefit dance

There will be a benefit dance Saturday for Darren Paul, a local resident battling cancer.

The event will be held 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday at the American Legion Hall on Route 11. It will feature a $1,000 raffle, music, dancing and a cash bar. Darren Paul is married to Jodi Paul. They are the parents of three daughters, ages 13, 14, and 19 years-old. The money raised at the event will help offset his medical expenses.

The cost is $10 per person.

For more information and to purchase a raffle ticket, call 286-1247 or 650-4244.


Alzheimer’s workshops

The Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter is holding its educational conference on Thursday featuring several workshops for caregivers, family members, professionals, and people living with dementia.

The featured speaker is Kathleen J. Rusnak, Ph.D., director of spiritual care and bereavement at The Connecticut Hospice.

The conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Holiday Inn by the Bay, 88 Spring St.

To register, call 1-800-272-3900 or go to www.alz.org/maine.

‘Host Homes’ for teenagers

New Beginnings, Inc. is holding an informational meeting for people interested in providing short-term shelter in their home for teenagers from Cumberland and York County.

The meeting, held on Wednesdays from 7 to 8 p.m. at 550 Forest Ave., will discuss the process to become certified as a “Host Home” and the benefits of providing this support to the community.

For more information, call 212-2534 or go to www.newbeginmaine.org.

Planet Dog presentation

Sara Moore, an animal communicator and Reiki practitioner, will give a presentation at Planet Dog’s popular Yappy Hour Series, held from 5:15 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Planet Dog Company Store, 211 Marginal Way.

Dog owners can bring their pup for a photo and a 10-minute personalized reading. Free beer, wine, snacks and dog treats will be provided.

The event is free, but organizers are suggesting a $15 donation to support the Planet Dog Foundation.


Barbecue at church

There will be a chicken barbecue from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at North Sebago Methodist Church.

For more information, call 787-2661.

Quilt show coming up

There will be a quilt show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 7 at North Sebago Methodist Church.

For more information, call 787-2661.


MSSPA rescue training

The Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals will host a technical large animal emergency rescue training event from June 30 to July 2.

Dr. Tomas Gimenez and Dr. Rebecca Gimenez, national leaders in the field of technical large animal emergency rescue, will teach participants lifesaving strategies for people, horses, cows, llamas and other large animals in crisis circumstances. Participants will receive classroom instruction and hands-on experience.

The classroom portion of the training will be held at Windham High School. The hands-on portion of the training will be held at its barn on Gambo Road.

For more information and to register, call 892-3040.