Upcoming

Pownal Planning Board meeting, Wednesday, July 18, Mallett Hall, 7 p.m.

“The Mikado,” presented by Freeport Players, Thursday, July 19-Saturday, Aug. 25, Freeport Performing Arts Center, Holbrook Street, Freeport. Gilbert and Sullivan comic opera. Performances Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Special preview performance on July 19, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. For more information or tickets, visit www.fcponline.org.

Union Church open house, Saturday, July 21, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Sponsored by the Durham Historical Society.

Martin Sexton, free concert, July 21, 7:30 p.m.-L.L. Bean Discovery Park. A blend of folk, rock, soul and jazz music.

Maine Audubon annual loon count, Saturday, July 21, 7-7:30 a.m., Sebago Lake, rain or shine. All you need is a boat or kayak and a willingness to get out on the lake bright and early. Those interested can email Nate Whalen, [email protected] or stop in to the Sebago Lake Ecology Center in Standish. intersection of Routes 237 and 35.

Open Farm Day, Sunday, July 22, noon-4 p.m., Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, Route 26, New Gloucester. Free. Activities include wagon rides, barn tours, Scottish Highland cattle, sheep, beekeeping, museum tours, food and plant sale, angora rabbits, woodcarvers, barbecue meals and gift shops. For more information, visit www.getrealmaine.com.

Open Farm Day, Sunday, July 22, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Andes Alpaca Farm, 334 Johnson Road, Auburn. For more information, visit www.getrealmaine.com.

Open Farm Day, Sunday, July 22, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Bessie’s Farm Goods, 33 Litchfield Road, Freeport. Angora goat, llama and alpaca farm, see demos of spinning, dyeing, carding and knitting. For more information, visit www.getrealmaine.com.

Open Farm Day, Sunday, July 22, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Laughing Stock Farm, 79 Wardtown Road, Freeport. Tours of organic vegetable farm. For more information, visit www.getrealmaine.com.

Open Farm Day, Sunday, July 22, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Upper Farm Alpacas, Allen Road, Pownal. Full-service alpaca farm with livestock for sale. For more information, visit www.getrealmaine.com.

Open Farm Day, Sunday, July 22, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Pineland Farms, 15 Farm View Drive, New Gloucester. Cows, hens, horses and a family farmyard. Special activities include egg collecting, hand milking and feeding farmyard animals. For more information, visit www.getrealmaine.com.

Durham Telecommunications Committee, Monday, July 23, Durham Town office, 7 p.m.

Well Woman Clinics, Monday, July 23, 9 a.m.-noon, Birth Roots in Portland. Student midwives from Birthwise Midwifery School offer free exams on an appointment or walk-in basis under the supervision of certified professional midwife. Services available at no cost, except for lab fees, include annual well-woman exam, breast exams, pap smears, nutritional counseling, family planning counseling and fertility awareness education. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call 647-5968, ext. 108.

Birding talk, Monday, July 23, 7 p.m., Freeport Community Library. Local author Derek Lovitch will share highlights from his new book, “How to be a Better Birder.”

Pownal Planning Board workshop, Tuesday, July 24, 8-9:30 a.m., Mallett Hall. The board will be holding a workshop discussion in regards to the ongoing review of the updated ordinance draft.

Public meeting, Tuesday, July 24, Durham Town Office, 7-9 p.m. Representatives from the Maine Department of Transportation will discuss Route 136 lane closure and reconstruction project and answer questions and hear comments from the public.

Durham Republican Committee meeting, Tuesday, July 24, 7 p.m., Durham Fire Station, 7 p.m. All registered Republicans invited to attend. For more information, call Betty Liscomb, 865-1786, or email [email protected]

Durham code enforcement officer available, Wednesday, July 25, Durham Town Office, 5-7 p.m.

Author signing, Thursday, July 26, Freeport Community Library, 1 p.m. journalist Eric Laursen, author of “The People’s Pension: The Struggle to Defend Social Security since Reagan” will sign and discuss his book.

Taxidermist demonstrations, by Dana Saucier and Tom Berube, Saturday, July 28, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Maine Wildlife Park, Route 26, Gray. Saucier will demonstrate the process of mounting a deer head and Tom Berube will demonstrate how to mount waterfowl.

Free kids day camp, First Congregational Church of Durham, July 30-Aug. 3, 7 a.m.-6 p.m. For kids from ages 3-15, babies welcome if accompanied by a parent or guardian.

RSU 5 Recreation and Community Education baseball camp, July 30-Aug. 3, Freeport High School baseball field. The cost is $75 for Freeport residents and $85 for non-residents. For more information, or to sign up, visit www.rsu5-rce.org.

Durham selectmen’s meeting, Tuesday, July 31, Durham Town Office, 6:30 p.m.

Forest tour, South Freeport, Friday, Aug. 3, 10 a.m., Arnold Family Forest. For more information, visit www.newenglandforestry.org/events.

Carolina Chocolate Drops, free concert, Saturday, Aug. 4, 7:30 p.m., L.L. Bean Discovery Park, Freeport. Modern take on old-time string band music.

Topsham Fair, Aug. 7-12, Topsham Fairgrounds, Route 196, Topsham. For complete schedule, see www.topshamfair.net.

L.L. Bean KidsFest, Saturday, Aug. 11, L.L. Bean, Freeport. Family day full of games, hands-on activities, including live entertainment, craft making, meeting live animals and more.

Durham Educational Exploration Committee meeting, Monday, Aug. 13, Durham Community School, 7 p.m. The purpose of the meeting is to provide an opportunity for residents to bring their questions and concerns regarding a proposal to withdraw Durham from RSU 5 to the committee for future follow-up.

Great Falls Balloon Festival, Aug. 17-19, Lewiston-Auburn Railroad Park. For more information and a complete schedule, visit www.greatfallsballoonfestival.org.

Chatham County Line, free concert, Saturday, Aug. 18, 7:30 p.m., L.L. Bean Discovery Park, Freeport. Contemporary bluegrass. This Way, from Portland, opens.

Brunswick Outdoor Arts Festival, Aug. 18, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Town Green, Maine Street, Brunswick. More than 90 artists’ booths will feature painting, sculpture, mixed media, graphics and drawing, photography and fine crafts. Live music, theater and dance performances, performance artists, face painting, art projects for kids and families.

Business After Hours, Freeport Chamber of Commerce, Thursday, Aug. 28, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Wolfe’s Neck Farm, Freeport.

Suzy Bogguss, free concert, Saturday, Sept. 1, 7:30 p.m., L.L. Bean Discovery Park, Freeport. Contemporary spin on traditional country music.

Taste of Brunswick food festival, Saturday, Sept. 15, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Town Mall, Brunswick. Featuring dozens of restaurants and cafe?s, as well as entertainment by Maine bands.

Fall in the Village Music & Arts Festival, Sept. 15 and 16, L.L.Bean Discovery Park, Freeport. Take-home art from renowned New England artists and craftsmen.

Ongoing Events

Winslow Park summer concerts, every Thursday through August, 6:30 p.m. The cost to enter the park is $2 for Freeport residents and $3 for non-residents. Campers and season pass holders can attend the concerts for free. For more information, call 865-4198.

North Pownal United Methodist Church food pantry, open every Tuesday from 10:30 a.m.-noon. All are welcome.

Pownal selectmen, meet every Monday at 7 p.m. in Mallett Hall. Check the community calendar for dates or call the town office at 688-4611.

Freeport Third Friday, through December. Visit local merchants and check out arts and crafts from local artisans. Freeport residents receive 10 percent off purchases at select merchants. For more information, visit Freeportusa.com.

Nature programs, Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park, Freeport, daily at 2 p.m. through Labor Day. One-hour programs include walks, talks and activities and are free with park admission. No reservations needed, except for large groups. For more information or to arrange for group visits, call 865-4465 or visit www.maine.gov/wolfesneckwoods.

Freeport Farmers’ Market, Fridays through Sept. 7, 1-5 p.m., L.L. Bean Discover Park.

Aikido class, Wednesdays, 4 -6 p.m.- Freeport Community Center, 53 Depot St.

Open play, Thursdays,10-11 a.m., Freeport Community Center, 53 Depot St. Open for kids from infants to age 5, for more information, contact the Freeport Families Network at [email protected]

Religion and spirituality

Durham Congregational Church, 73 Royalsborough Road, Durham. Sunday services each week at 10 a.m. All are welcome.

Durham Friends Meeting, 532 Quaker Meeting House Road.Worship services every Sunday 10:30 a.m. Adult Sunday school at 9:30 a.m.

First Parish Church, 422 Hallowell Road, Pownal, Sunday services at 9:30 a.m. All-ages Sunday school follows at 11 a.m. For more information, call 688-4846.

Compass Point Community Church, meets at the Mast Landing School, Freeport. Sunday services at 10 a.m. For more information, call 353-7381.

First Baptist Church, 185 Main St., Freeport, Sunday services at 10:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday school from nursery school to adult, Sunday at 9:30 a.m. For more information, call 865-4404.

First Parish Church Congregational, UCC, 40 Main St., Freeport. Sunday services at 9:30 a.m. For more information, call 865-6022.

St. Jude’s Roman Catholic Church, Main Street, Freeport. Masses Sunday at 9:30 a.m. and Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 846-5584

Seventh-day Adventist Church, Pownal Road, Freeport. Sunday worship at 9:30 a.m. Sabbath School, Sundays at 9:30 a.m. For more information, call 865-3990.

South Freeport Church, UCC, South Freeport Village. Sunday worship 9:30 a.m. For more information, call 865-4012.

Shiloh Chapel, Shiloh Road, Durham. Nondenominational services Sundays at 10 a.m. For more information, visit www.shilohchapelmaine.org.

We love to eat

Public baked bean supper, Saturday, July 21, seatings at 5 and 6 p.m., First Parish Church, 422 Hallowell Road, Pownal. Baked beans, salads, spaghetti, pies, cakes and beverages. Adults $7, children under 12, $3.50.

Elders pancake breakfast, first and third Saturday of the month, 8-10 a.m., Freeport Community Center, 53 Depot St. Deluxe: Pancakes, eggs, sausages, biscuits, OJ, tea and coffee, $4.50. Regular: Pancakes, sausages, OJ, tea or coffee, $3.50. Seniors deduct $0.50.

Third Friday free lunch, third Friday of every month, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Freeport Community Center, 53 Depot St.,

Durham Masonic Lodge bean supper, Saturday, Aug. 11, Route 136 across from River Park, 4:30-6 p.m. Prices are $7.50 for adults $3 for children ages 5-12 and children under 5 are free. Menu features: baked beans, chop suey, hot dogs, potato salad, coleslaw, bread, pickles and homemade pies.