Songwriter sessions

The Camden Library Songwriters Sessions continue at 6:30 pm. Tuesday at the Camden Public Library Coffeehouse at 55 Main St.

Veteran songwriters David Dodson and Jim James will head the sessions that offer songwriters a venue to try their latest songs on an audience and gain some feedback.

The group will meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month through May.

Those sessions will end with a performance at 7 p.m. June 6 at the Coffeehouse.

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

Antarctic cuisine

Jason Anthony, a veteran of eight seasons in the United States Antarctic Program, will offer a rare look at the importance of food in Antarctic history and culture at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Camden Public Library, 55 Main St.

Anthony will detail his new book, “Hoosh: Roast Penguin, Scurvy Day, and Other Stories of Antarctic Cuisine,” that details his experiences of time spent in remote field camps in the hinterlands of the Transantarctic Mountains, West Antarctica and the East Antarctic ice cap to study Antarctic geography.

Anthony has researched Antarctic history, science, culture and politics since 1994.

Celebrate winter

Winterfest in the Camden Amphitheatre will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, celebrating winter inside and out at the 55 Main St. venue.

The event will include music, ice carving, skating, food and face painting.

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


A sewing sampler

Saco Museum “I My Needle Ply With Skill” exhibition curator Leslie Rounds will discuss samplers from that display in a gallery talk set for 6:30 p.m. Friday at 371 Main St.

For more details, call 283-3861, Ext. 114 or email [email protected]

Calling all citizens

The Saco Police Department is accepting enrollment for its third Citizen Police Academy, set to run from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays for eight consecutive weeks beginning Feb. 20 at 20 Storer St.

The course is open to adults, ages 18 and older. Applications must be returned by the Feb. 4 deadline.

Forms are available at the Saco Police Department or online at

For more details, call Deputy Chief Ray Demers at 282-8214 or email [email protected]


Help letting go

The Kids First Center, that supports families going through separation or divorce, will offer “Forgiveness: Letting Go of the Past,” a free workshop headed by Tricia Weyand, LCPC, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday in Suite 104 at the center.

This two-hour workshop is designed for parents and professionals to consider the concept of forgiveness and the why and how of letting go, for family members touched by the effects of divorce as well as any adult looking for tools for various relationships in their lives.

For more details, call 761-2709, email [email protected] or go to

Learn healthy habits

Southern Maine Medical Center will offer two health and prevention classes this week.

A free breast-feeding class will be offered from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at SMMC, 1 Medical Center Drive.

And a free “Macrobiotics Natural Foods Cooking” class will be offered from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Sweetser, 50 Moody St., Saco.

To register or for more details, call 283-7323.


Step up to good health

Sign-ups are being accepted for St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center’s HealthSteps Winter 2013 Specialty Classes in health education and prevention for seniors.

Sessions will include: Gentle Exercise, a “Lose with Me” 12-week weight loss session, Qigong & Tai Chi, Racquetball, Senior Fitness, Tennis, Tobacco Cessation Counseling, and a Yoga for Flow Series.

Registration for all programs is required.

For dates, times and fees or more details, call HealthSteps at 777-8898 or go to


Inspiring dog story

Former Army captain and New York Times best-selling author Luis Montalvan and his service dog will visit the Planet Dog Company Store at 211 Marginal Way from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday for a reading and book signing event.

Montalvan will read from his best-selling book “Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him” and to speak about the power of assistance dogs in the lives of those wounded in combat and with special needs.

For more details, call 563-7695 or email [email protected]


Recognizing dementia

The South Portland/ Cape Elizabeth Triad will host social worker and geriatric care manager Paula Banks at 2 p.m. Thursday for a talk about the differences between dementia, delirium and depression and how to recognize the signs and symptoms.

The talk will be held at the Cape Elizabeth Town Center Fire Station at 2 Jordan Way .

Light refreshments will be served and parking will be in the rear of the fire station.

For more details, call Officer Mark Dorval at 767-3323, Ext. 208 or Officer Robert Libby at 799-5511, Ext. 7422.


Diet and cancer

Cancer patients, survivors and caregivers are invited to attend a “Healthy Eating for Cancer Survivors” program from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Cancer Care Center of York County, located off Eagle Drive on Route 109 across from the Sanford Airport.

Registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator Faith Thibodeau will talk about nutrition and wellness.

Healthy refreshments will be served.

Pre-registration is required.

To register, call Shannon at 459-1658.


History of skiing

The program “A Colorful History of Skiing in America” will be presented from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday in the Mather Auditorium at Wells Reserve on 342 Laudholm Farm Road.

Cal Conniff, past president of the National Ski Areas Association and member of the National Ski Hall of Fame, will act as tour guide through the history of skiing for the talk.

Bring a bag lunch and a suggested $2 donation.

For more details, call 646-1555 or go to


Talk on river estuary

Damariscotta River Association education coordinator Sarah Gladu will present the findings of her recent investigation into the health of the Damariscotta River estuary at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday at Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center at 521 Main St.

Gladu will report on a variety of indicators of the estuary’s condition including mercury and invasive species, as well as potential future threats to the health of the estuary.

Advanced reservations are required by 9 a.m. Tuesday for this lunch and learn session.

Suggested donation is $4 for seniors and $6 for all others.

To sign up, call 563-1363.


Manage your woodlot

A “Woodland Owners 101” community workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the North Berwick Community Center at 266 Lebanon Road.

This workshop, for the beginner, is sponsored by Small Woodland Owners Association of Maine and will serve as an overview of the tools necessary for timberland management and ownership.

Ken Canfield, district forester for the Maine Forest Service, will lead the workshop.

A light lunch will be served.

The talk is free and open to the public but advance reservations are requested by calling Debi Hartford at 793-8886 or email [email protected]


Moonlit adventure

“Trails by Luminary Light: Winter Family Fun Night at Twin Brook,” a free, outdoor community event, will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Twin Brook Recreation Facility Red Shelter Building, 185 Tuttle Road.

Join the Cumberland Recreation Department for an evening of cross country skiing, snowshoeing and winter hiking along the illuminated trails under a full moon.

Families are invited to warm up around the campfire with some complimentary hot chocolate and cheer on the kids as they search for “coal” in a winter treasure hunt. For more details, call Ben at 829-2208.


Pedaling for cancer

Student athletes from the University of New England, Saint Joseph’s College of Maine and the University of Southern Maine will gather on Friday to spin for the Second Annual Collegiate Challenge and the Third Annual Cycle4Care fundraiser, with hopes of raising $20,000 to benefit the Cancer Community Center.

Cycle4Care is open to people of all abilities, not just student athletes, for an evening of exercise, inspiration and caring.

There are 100 bicycles available for cyclists who raise pledges based on one-hour shifts that range from 4 p.m. to midnight on Friday. Each hour will be led by a trained spin instructor at UNE’s Portland Campus’ Finley Recreation Center at 716 Stevens Ave.

Registration fee is $20 per hour of riding. Donations may also be made at For more details, call Jennifer at 774-2200.