Book fair

The South Portland Parks and Recreation department will be hosting a “Books Are Fun” book fair at the South Portland Community Center on Tuesday, Nov. 13, from 3-7 p.m., and on Wednesday, Nov. 14, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Books, gifts and more will be on sale at a greatly reduced rate. This sale is open to the public. Contact is Lisa Thompson, at 767-7650 or [email protected]

Public works

November starts a busy month for South Portland Public Works. The annual parking ban went into effect Nov. 1 and lasts through April 1. Vehicles must be off all city streets every night from midnight to 6 a.m. Curbside leaf collection will take place on Monday, Nov. 12 and 19. Leaves must be placed in biodegradable bags and left curbside no later than 7 a.m. Leaves will be collected by public works, not the city’s waste contractor. Leaves also may be taken to the transfer station at 929 Highland Ave., which will be open Sundays in November from 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. On the week of Thanksgiving, rubbish and recycling will be collected on Saturday, Nov. 24.

Eberle exit party

Jane Eberle, the South Portland Democrat who has represented District 123 in the state Legislature since 2004, has made a habit these past eight years of holding monthly coffee talks with constituents. Now, with the election over and her retirement at hand thanks to term limits, Eberle plans one last get-together. The meeting will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Ocean House Market, 512 Ocean St. in South Portland. “It has been an honor and privilege to serve all of you, and I would love for you to stop by one last time!” wrote Eberle in a recent public invite. “I will invite the newly elected local legislators so you can say hello to them, too. Let’s ring out the old and bring in the new, together!”

Church thank-you

The First United Methodist Church, at 179 Ridgeland Ave., wishes to thank the members of the community who have helped them successfully conclude Phase I of their steeple renovation project with through generous bottle donations. However, at this point the church’s efforts have shifted and they invite the community to continue to donate bottles to support the St. John’s Food Pantry.

Garden club meeting

On Tuesday, Nov. 13, Osewantha Garden Club of South Portland will meet for their annual Harvest Supper in the Wright Room at the First Congregational Church on Cottage Road, South Portland, at 5:15 p.m. The business meeting will be followed by a pot roast supper served at 6 p.m. Libby Sawyer of Studio Flora in Windham will present a design program of holiday arrangements following dinner. Guests will include Garden Club Federation of Maine President Kathleen Marty and Cape Elizabeth Garden Club.

The sign went up last Thursday at the new Bull Moose Mill Creek store in the former Blockbuster building. The South Portland location will hold its grand opening celebration Sunday, Nov. 18. At 11 a.m. that day, Rob Schreiber’s Standard Issue will play with the SoPo High jazz all-stars, with $2 of each CD sold benefiting the South Portland Music Boosters.

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