Fundraiser to help cancer victims

A fundraiser for Lucy’s Love Bus youth cancer benefit, titled “Maine Loves Lucy,” will be held from noon to midnight Saturday at The Loft at 865 Forest Ave., offering live music and children’s activities from noon to 4 p.m., as well as face-painting, balloon animals, juggling and a coloring contest.

Lucy’s Love Bus was founded by Beecher Grogan in 2006 to provide free, integrative therapy opportunities for children being treated for cancer. Since then, the organization has served 90 young people in 14 states.

Benefitting from the organization’s Maine connection is Emily Gryskwics, 13, of Standish. Gryskwics, who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in April, will receive free therapeutic horseback riding sessions when she is on a break from chemotherapy.

Admission to the event is $5 per person or $10 per family. For more details, call Dave Soucier at 671-6858 or Brianna Bailey at 408-2683.


Church holding fair on Saturday

The Bountiful Fair of the Stevens Avenue Congregational Church will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 790 Stevens Ave.

Fair items will include crafts, jewelry, confections and baked goods, antiques, knitted items and basket raffles. Breakfast and lunch items also will be available for purchase.


Reserve space now for Nov. 10 fair

Table space reservations are being accepted for the Celtic Christmas Fair at the Maine Irish Heritage Center to be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 10, in conjunction with the third annual State Street Holiday Stroll.

Space is $40 per table.

To register or for more details, go to www.maineirish.com or call Colleen Boland at 767-1017.


Homeschooling seminar planned

“Teach Your Own: A Seminar About Homeschooling and Unschooling,” will be offered from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Author, teacher and publisher Patrick Farenga will head the session, addressing the needs of 21st century learners, such as the challenges of unschooling and homeschooling, how to create a support base and how to pursue college and alternatives to college.

Registration fee is $75 per person.

For more details, call Beth Callahan at 885-0045 or go to www.holtgws.com.


Learn college planning at workshops

The Maine Educational Opportunity Center will host free workshops titled “Essentials of College Planning” for adults, ages 19 and older at 10 a.m. Thursday and again Nov. 29 at the Portland CareerCenter, at 185 Lancaster St., as well as at 10 a.m. Nov. 7 and 9 a.m. Nov. 21 at Portland Adult Education, at 57 Douglass St.

To register or for more details, call (800) 281-3703 or go to http://meoc.maine.edu.



Library plans Lego event

Kennebunk Free Library will host its monthly Legos Club for children ages six and older at 4 p.m. Tuesday at 112 Main St.

This session will include Halloween-themed builds such as haunted houses, monsters and scary items.

Students are invited to come in costume.

Opportunities to work together or alone are offered.

The library will provide Lego blocks. Children are requested to leave their own Legos at home.

Pre-registration for Legos Club is required by calling 985-2173, ext. 5 or emailing [email protected]


Environmental documentary

Kennebunk’s Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee will host a screening of the new, award-winning environmental documentary “Bag It: Is Your Life Too Plastic?” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Kennebunk Free Library at 112 Main St.

This free event is open to the public.

For more details, call 985-2173.


E-waste and recycling day

Saco Bay Rotary Club will partner with the Saco Public Works Department and Waste Recycling Solutions to offer a electronics waste and recycling day for the general public from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday at 351 North St.

Household electronics such as televisions, DVD players, VCR’s, radios, stereos, microwave ovens, computers and peripherals, batteries, cell phones, game consoles and the like will be accepted.

Household appliances, white goods, Freon or mercury bearing items and fluorescent bulbs will not be accepted.

Dash donations are requested and appreciated.

For more details call Leo Menard 229-7525.


French vacation is prize

A museum in France is assisting the Counting House Museum’s fundraiser by donating a six-day stay for two at its 900-year-old chateau, located four miles from Cannes.

A chance to win the vacation stay is just one of the items to be auctioned off at the Counting House’s 1960s Dance and Silent Auction, to be held at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3 at the American Legion Hall in Rollinsford, N.H.

Tickets are available at www.oldberwick.org and at South Berwick Pharmacy for $37 per person or $45 at the door.

Absentee bids are also welcome.

For more details, call 384-0000 or email [email protected]


A tribute to local townspeople

The program “A Tribute to Five Who Did Much for Pownal over Their Lifetimes” will be presented by the Pownal Scenic & Historical Society at 2 p.m. Sunday in Mallett Hall.

The program, in digital-slide show format, will pay tribute to William “Bill” DeWitt, Carl “Sam” Mason, Edna Snow Menchen, Marion Knight Reed and Frank Knight.

Attendees are welcome to come and share memories, view relevant exhibits in the DeWitt Room and enjoy refreshments.

For more details, call Donna Boyles at 688-4780.


Training for caregivers

Volunteers of America Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont is one of only four organizations nationwide offering Validation® Training for families and professionals with loved ones or clients who suffer from dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. The training will be offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at the Portland Marriott at Sable Oaks.

Teacher Dianne Knettel, RN, BA, MS, will head the session.

Registration fee is $59 per person and includes the cost of lunch.

To register, download a registration form at www.voanne.org/validation or call 373-1140 Ext. 217.


Portfolio day for art students

Southern Maine Community College will sponsor a portfolio day from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday in the Campus Center at 86 Fort Road.

This is an opportunity for aspiring art students to have their portfolio reviewed by admission representatives from colleges and universities from around the U.S.

Tables will be open to prospective students beginning at 10:30 a.m.

No appointments are necessary.

This event is free and open to the public.

For more details, call Jeff Badger at 741-5954 or email [email protected].


Safe Halloween at Willowbrook event planned

19th Century Willowbrook Village and the Limerick-Newfield Lions Club, will co-sponsor a Safe Halloween at Willowbrook event from 4 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, including trick-or-treating on Willowbrook grounds, refreshments, storytelling and activities for the whole family.

The event is free and open to the public.

Donations of candy, pumpkins or decorations are appreciated by calling John Michalowski Jr. at 793-2784.


‘Dreaming of Wolves’ presentation

Author Alan Sparks will present a talk and slide show based on his book “Dreaming of Wolves: Adventures in the Carpathian Mountains of Transylvania,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Thomas Memorial Library at 6 Scott Dyer Road.

Part travelogue, part memoir, part natural and cultural history, the book presents a unique and thought-provoking story of adventure through a series of entertaining vignettes and informative essays about wolves.

The session is free and the public invited to attend.

For more details, go to www.ThomasMemorialLibrary.org.


Halloween Open House planned

The Lebanon Rescue Department will hold its ninth annual Halloween Open House from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at Lebanon Central Station, located at 1524 Carl Broggi Highway, Route 202.

The event is free to all and will include hayrides, crafts tables where children can make masks and color Halloween crafts, a Monster Mud Truck, tours of emergency vehicles, safety giveaways and games for the kids.

Pumpkins will be available to the children while supplies last and they will be treated to candy and public safety education material.

There will be coffee and refreshments for the parents.

There also will be a nonperishable food collection drive to benefit families in need during the holidays.

For more details, go to www.lebanonrescue.com.


Visit Elks Haunted House

The Sanford Elks Haunted House will be open from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at 13 Elm St.

The event will include free candy and information on the dangers of drugs.

Alternative activities will be offered for younger children, who may afraid to enter the Haunted House.

The Elks Pumpkin patch, located behind the Lodge, will offer free pumpkins while supplies last for children ages six and younger only. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

The Haunted House & Pumpkin patch is part of the Elks Drug Awareness Program.


Deadline set for couponing class

Thursday is the deadline to register for those wishing to participate in a super couponing class, to be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Cancer Care Center of York County, located off Route 109 in Sanford on Eagle Drive.

Stacey Lapierre will head the session, offering money-saving tips.

The cost is $10 and this includes a free item and coupons to begin.

To register, call Shannon Legere at 459-1658.


Reserve fair table space now

Table reservations are being accepted for crafters who wish to sell their wares during the Waterborough Historical Society’s annual Holiday Fair on Nov. 17 at the Grange Hall, 32 West Road.

Space are $15 each and can be reserved by calling Ginny at 247-5160, Linda at 247-3123 or Brenda at 247-5148.


Learn about acid reflux disease

A Medically Speaking Series free talk titled “Acid Reflux Disease: From Omeprazole to the OR,” will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Southern Maine Medical Center, 1 Medical Center Drive.

If you suffer from heartburn, awake with a foul taste in your mouth, have a chronic cough, hoarseness or wheezing or were diagnosed with a hiatal or paraesophageal hernia, you could be suffering from acid reflux.

General surgeon Dr. Douglas Burka of SMMC PrimeCare Surgery, will focus on the diagnosis and treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease, including medical treatments and advances in modern surgery.

Light refreshments will be served.

Pre-registration is required by calling 283-7988.


Sessions explore 1800 election

Three presentations of the Camden Conference presentation of “Adams vs. Jefferson: The Furious Election of 1800 — 100 Days in 100 Minutes,” with Mac Deford and Tom DeMarco, will be offered over the next week at three separate locales.

Session 1 will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Donald P. Corbett Hall, Room 100, University of Maine, Orono.

Session 2 will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at the Rockport Opera House.

And Session 3 will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at University of Maine’s Hutchinson Center in Belfast.

Advanced registration is not necessary.

Admission is by a suggested donation of $5 to help defray production costs for the Rockport and Belfast locations only.

For more information visit www.camdenconference.org or call 236-1034.


History Barn open house set

The monthly New Gloucester History Barn Open House will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the History Barn behind the Town Hall on Route 231.


Seasonal cleanup day planned

York Rotary and the York High School Interact Club will head a Rotary/Community Fall Library Cleanup Day from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday to clean up the grounds at York Public Library at 15 Long Sands Road.

Community members are invited to help.

Volunteers should bring own their rakes and gardening gloves.

For more details, call Kim Erickson Myers at 363-2818.