Talk on genealogy book

Local author Fred Boyle will do a book signing of his new genealogy book “Early Families of Waterborough, Maine” from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at Springvale Public Library, 443 Main St.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

For more details, call 324-4624 or go to www.springvalelibrary.org.


Winter outings advice

The Maine Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club will offer a Winter Outings Skills Workshop at 6 p.m. Dec. 17 at the Gilsland Farm Audubon Center, 20 Gilsland Farm Road.

AMC Maine Chapter leaders Peter Broderick and Laura Flight will offer an introduction and refresher course in clothing, gear, snow travel and other essential information to be considered before embarking on winter outings, for novice and experienced three-season hikers.

The event is free and open to the public. For more details, call Laura Flight at 215-5306 or email [email protected]

Training for gardeners

Applications are available for Cumberland County residents who wish to participate in a University of Maine Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Training Course being offered this winter.

The training sessions will meet on 15 consecutive Friday afternoons in Falmouth, beginning Feb. 8, 2013.

Attendees will receive about 45 hours of training in basic horticulture, including lessons in soil science, botany, entomology, plant diseases, garden problem solving and pruning.

Master Gardener trainees are required to “give back” to the community by following their training with 40 hours of volunteer service, over a 12-month period, to help facilitate numerous community-based projects around the county.

The projects could include growing and donating food through the Maine Harvest for Hunger program, establishing school and community gardens, working with immigrants and/or low income families to promote gardening interests, and serving as a Garden Angel to assist elderly or less-able individuals in gardening projects.

For an application or more details, call (800) 287-1471 or go to umaine.edu/cumberland/programs/mg_app_cumb/.

The deadline for submitting applications is Dec. 21.


End Hunger event on Friday

An “End 68 Hours of Hunger in Kittery” International Dinner will be held Friday at the Kittery Community Center, at Frisbee Common, 120 Rogers Road.

The meal is by advance reservation only and includes meal selections spanning flavors from France, Germany, Mexico, Russia, Greece and Italy.

A banquet, featuring seatings at 5 and 6 p.m., will include music performances by the Trade Winds Flute Duo. Cost is $15 for adults and $5 for children.

The main dinner, a more elegant, served meal, featuring entertainment and dancing, will begin at 7:30 p.m. for a fee of $30.

For tickets, call or email: Pauli Rines at 451-9054 or [email protected]; Dave Gooch at 439-4877 or [email protected]; Frank DeSarro at 439-8635 or [email protected]; or Kris Lynes at 703-0311 or [email protected]


Planning for college

The Maine Educational Opportunity Center will host the free workshop “Essentials of College Planning,” at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Portland CareerCenter, at 185 Lancaster St.

The session is open to ages 19 and older who are interested in pursuing a college education.

Services include GED/SAT preparation, college planning, referrals/advocacy, career advising, the college admission process and more.

Pre-registration is required by calling (800) 281-3703.


Heywood works on display

“Holiday Masterpieces,” an exhibition of paintings and prints created by artist Anne Heywood, is on display through Dec. 28 at the Waldoboro Public Library, at 958 Main St.

The exhibit is viewable during library hours from noon to 7 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m Saturdays.

For more details, call 832-4484 or go to [email protected].


Lessons in pet care

A humane educator with the Animal Welfare Society of West Kennebunk will bring a shelter pet to the Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine on Free Street from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday to talk about pet care and handling.

The museum is at 142 Free St. For more details, call 985-3244 Ext. 117.


TED talk on tap

The next TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) talk, on Brene Brown’s “The Power of Vulnerability,” will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Kennebunk Free Library at 112 Main St.

All are welcome to attend. No registration is needed.

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

Yarn craft for kids

Children in grades 4 and up are invited to create yarn vases at a workshop being offered at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Kennebunk Free Library, 112 Main St.

All materials will be supplied by the library.

Pre-registration is required by calling 985-2173 Ext. 5 or email [email protected]