Two films at library

The York Public Library, at 15 Long Sands Road, will screen two features this week as part of its Winter Film Series.

A documentary for York Reads, “Living Downstream,” will be screened at 7 p.m. Friday followed by a discussion with Emma Halas-O’Connor from the Environmental Health Strategy Center.

“The Rosa Parks Story” will be shown at 7 p.m. Saturday, followed by a discussion led by the Rev. Arthur Hilson.

For more details, call Kim Erickson Myers at 363-2818 or go to www.york.lib.me.us.


Register for biathlon

Sign-ups are being accepted for individuals and teams to participate in the Hidden Valley Nature Center’s second annual biathlon, to be held Jan. 27.

The biathlon is an Olympic sport that combines cross-country skiing and shooting. The race course consists of a 1-kilometer loop and a shooting range, with specialized biathlon air rifles and targets provided and manned by the Southern Maine Biathlon Club.

Maine Winter Sports Center also will be on hand with a supply of free ski equipment to use.

Divisions will be for youth (ages 10 to 14), high school students, adults, timid skiers and snowshoers of all ages.

Beginning this year the “Liberal Cup” (our version of the Stanley Cup) will go to the winning team. A team is a group of four including at least one male and one female.

Space is limited, so register early. Advance registration fee is $15 for adults and $10 for youth and students by Sunday, or an additional $5 per person thereafter.

For more details, call 586-6752 or go to www.hvnc.org.


Skill-building on iPad

The Scarborough Public Library, at 48 Gorham Road, will offer a skill-building iPad workshop for seniors from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesday.

Attendees will be taught how to find, borrow and read eBooks from the library. The program will show owners how to download eBooks to their iPads using the Cloud Library and the Download Library eReader collections.

Instructors also will share some tips and tricks to maximize enjoyment of this popular device.

An iPad and related Apple ID information is needed to download free eReader apps.

Class size is limited to 10 and registration is required by calling 883-4723, ext. 6279 or emailing [email protected] Snow date is Jan. 23.


For children at the library

The Springvale Public Library has resumed two weekly children’s programs, meeting in the community room at 443 Main St.

Read & Romp storytime, designed for ages 3 through 6 and their caregivers, meets at 10 a.m. Mondays through March 25 for stories, finger plays, songs and activities.

Baby Rhyme Time, for ages 2 and younger, meets at 10 a.m. Thursdays through March 28, teaching Mother Goose rhymes, songs and follow-up literacy activities.

Both programs are free and do not require registration.

Also, the winter reading program, the safari-themed “Stre-e-e-tch Your Neck Out and Read,” has begun for ages 2 to 13. The free, non-competitive program will run through February.

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


Four programs this week

The Camden Public Library, at 55 Main St., will host four programs this week.

The Wellness Brown Bag Lunch series talk, “Wellness-by-Design: Architecture as a Health Resource,” will be offered at noon Monday, with architect Terry Cline discussing how personal environments affect behavior, relationships and performance.

At 7 p.m. Tuesday, Andrew Stancioff will present “Food and Water in the Middle East: Snapshots and Political Perspectives” as part of the Community Events Series of the Camden Conference.

At 1 p.m. Thursday, the first of six Coastal Senior College classes on “Bach and the Best of the Rest of the Baroque” will be presented by Marge Roberts. Call the Senior College at (800) 286-1594 to enroll.

At 7 p.m. Thursday, Midcoast Audubon Society will present “Tracking Sea Birds” with Brian Benedict from Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge.

For more details, call Ken Gross at 236-3440.


Public invited to sing

A Public hymn sing will be held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday at Raymond Village Community Church, UCC, at 27 Main St. (Route 121).

Music director Karen Strange will lead attendees through a selection of old hymns and new favorites. There will be no service, no sermon and no collection — just singing.

For more details, call the church office at 655-7749.


Crafting pens for troops

Rockler Woodworking and Hardware, at 200 Gorham Road, will sponsor a free “Turn-A-Thon” event from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, offering community members ages 12 and older an opportunity to help create 150 customer-turned pens to send to U.S. troops overseas.

The event is free, with Rockler providing all needed supplies. Turners will be able to include a thank-you note with their handcrafted pen.

For more details, call Molly Petit at 761-4402.


Meteorologist at library

Meteorologist Roger Griswold will lead a presentation, “Weathering Nights,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Prince Memorial Library, 266 Main St.

The program is free and refreshments will be served.

For more details, call 829-2215.


Life after cancer

The Cancer Care Center of York County will present the program “On the Other Side of Cancer: Fear of Recurrence, Living With Uncertainty and Your New Range of Emotions” from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday.

The center also is accepting sign-ups from cancer patients, survivors and caregivers who wish to attend a “Healthy Eating for Cancer Survivors” program from noon to 1 p.m. Jan. 22 at the center, located off Eagle Drive on Route 109 across from Sanford Airport.

Healthy refreshments will be served. For more details, call Shannon at 459-1658.


One-day Lamaze class

Southern Maine Medical Center will offer a daylong Lamaze childbirth preparation class from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 1 Medical Center Drive.

Cost is $75 for expectant mothers and their partners. Expectant mothers should be in their last trimester. Please bring a mat, sleeping bag or blanket, two pillows and a watch with a second hand. Pre-registration is required by calling 283-7350.

Also, SMMC is a Maine voucher site that provides income-eligible families with free car seats, in addition to instruction on proper car seat use and installation.

For more details, call 283-7352.

Free screening for hearing

A free hearing screening will be offered from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the J. Richard Martin Community Center at 189 Alfred St.

For more details, call 282-5005.


Bio-control of plant pests

Horticulturist Kevin Kearns will give a talk on “Bio-control of Insects and Plant Diseases” from 11 a.m. to noon Monday at Falmouth Memorial Library’s Russell Room.

Kearns is director of the seedling program at the Morrison Center in Scarborough.

The lecture, sponsored by Saint Mary’s Garden Club of Falmouth, is open to the public. Admission is $5. For more details, call Layne Gregory at 781-3156.


Woman’s Club to meet

The Freeport Woman’s Club will meet at 1 p.m. Friday at the Freeport Community Library.

Kathy Harding of Park Row Interiors in Brunswick will speak and refreshments will be served. Visitors are welcomed.

For more details, call Clarabel Marstaller at 865-1017.


Microchip event for animals

The Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox County will hold a microchip event and bake sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Loyal Biscuit Co., 442 Main St.

Trained shelter staff will implant the tiny identification markers, which are the size of a grain of rice and encoded with each animal’s specific data. The process takes just a few seconds and provides shelters, veterinarians and other agencies with access to needed information with the use of a scanner.

Cost of the procedure is $25.

All proceeds raised from implants and bake sale items will directly benefit the Humane Society.


Professor to speak on Libya

A meeting of the Association for Intelligence Officers will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Brick Store Museum Program Center, 2 Dane St.

Dr. Ali Ahmida, chairman of the Sociology Department at the University of New England and a native of Libya, will speak about the geographical and tribal divisions of his country, the eventual result of the “Arab Spring” and the relationship of Libya’s government to extremist groups in that country.

The meeting is free and open to the public. For more details, call 967-4298.

Library extends loan period

The Kennebunk Free Library, at 112 Main St., has extended its lending period for books, magazines and audio books to three weeks, with one additional three-week renewal allowed for materials if no one is waiting for them.

The lending period for all videos remains at one week, with two one-week renewals allowed, also if no one is waiting.

For more details, call Janet Cate at 985-2173, ext. 102 or email [email protected]


Learning about eBooks

Patten Free Library will host a hands-on information session on eReaders and eBooks from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the library’s second floor community room at 33 Summer St.

The presentation is free and open to the public. For more details, call 443-5141, ext. 25.


Baking with sweet dough

Local artist and home chef Deb Arter will lead a bread-making workshop focusing on basic sweet dough at 9:30 a.m. Friday at Spectrum Generations, 521 Main St.

Arter will demonstrate how to mold a bit of dough into a tea ring, butter crescent and cloverleaf rolls, a stuffed savory treat and more. Learn how to mix, knead, proof and shape basic sweet yeast doughs.

Attendees should bring an apron, rolling pin, cutting board and a plastic tub to fill and take home. Cost is $8 per person. To register, call 563-1363 by Thursday.


History of samplers

The Dyer Library and Saco Museum’s Federal period sampler exhibit, “I My Needle Ply With Skill” is on display through March 3, offering a variety of interconnected talks and activities.

At 6:30 p.m. Friday, the public is invited attend a talk by Portsmouth Historical Society curator Sandra Rux, who will discuss Portsmouth-area samplers.

The library is located a 371 Main St. For more details, call 283-3861 or go to www.dyerlibrarysacomuseum.org.


Author to speak at library

Local author Katherine Silva will give a talk at 7 p.m. Thursday at Vose Library, 392 Common Road.

Silva will read and discuss her books, with copies of the works available for purchase and signing. For more details, call the library at 785-4733.


New 4-H Club organizing

A new 4-H Club is forming in Cumberland County, with a focus on raising and showing dairy goats.

The club has just 10 openings for youths ages 9 to 18, with a potential for more spots opening as more trained adult volunteers become available.

Participants will learn about the care, raising and showing of dairy goats, learn how to show them at fairs and explore the role of goats and their agricultural products in society.

At the first few meetings, participants will select a name for the new club, get to know one another and determine the goals for the year, such as topics they wish to study and roles they may play within the 4-H system.

The 4-H program, whose motto is “To make the best better,” emphasizes a learning by doing educational model with adult volunteer leaders acting as facilitators and partners to work with youth.

To learn more about the 4-H program, go to http://extension.umaine.edu/cumberland/programs/cumberland-county-4-h.