Learn art of dehydration

Ana Antaki will give a presentation on the ancient techniques of dehydration and fermentation at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Camden Public Library at 55 Main St.

Antaki, of Weeping Duck Farm in Montville, employs four main food preservation methods: dehydration, lacto-fermentation, steam canning, and freezing, with an emphasis on the first two as a low-impact, waste-reductive approach to keeping food.

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

Talk on history of food

As part of the Camden Public Library’s “Food History Month,” author and award-winning food historian Sandy Oliver will give the talk “Beyond Baked Beans: Early American Foodways,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday from her 19th-century farmhouse home on Islesboro.

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


Annual Lincoln Dinner

Tickets are on sale for the Lincoln Club’s annual Lincoln Dinner, set for Feb. 9 at the Italian Heritage Center located on Outer Congress Street.

The dinner honors the legacy of Abraham Lincoln.

Retired Sen. Olympia Snowe, Sen. Susan Collins and other elected officials have been invited.

Professor and author Patrick Rael of Bowdoin College, a specialist in African-American history, is the guest speaker for the event that will begin with a cocktail hour at 6 p.m., with dinner served at 7 p.m.

Lincoln memorabilia will be displayed and two Civil War re-enactors from the Third Maine Regiment will appear in costume.

Tickets are $30 per person and include a meal of prime rib or baked haddock. They can be purchased by calling Halsey Frank at 712-5336, Phyllis Bailey at 854-2469, Gloria Brewster at 773-6587, Glenna Carter at 883-2826, Carolyn Gilman at 894-5063, Barbara Harvey at 837-2400 or Jim Nicholas at 767-3030.


St. Thomas School benefit

A silent and live auction to benefit St. Thomas School will be held Saturday at the Town Club at 4 Washington St.

There will be live entertainment, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.

Advance tickets are $15 or $20 at the door.

For more details, call Kristen Cyr at 318-4682 or go to

Benefits of massage

Heather Piper, director of the massage therapy program at Seacoast Career Schools, will discuss the benefits of massage relating to cancer from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Cancer Care Center of York County, off Eagle Drive on Route 109 across from the Sanford Airport.

The event is open to cancer patients, survivors, families and caregivers.

Light refreshments will be served and pre-registration is required by calling Shannon at 459-1658.


Library open for festival

McArthur Public Library will offer a number of activities Saturday in conjuction with the city’s annual Winter Festival.

Community members are welcome to drop in anytime from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to help with the creation of an edible snowman in the community room or to participate in an outdoor activity.

Saturday also is the facility’s “Take Your Child to the Library Day.”

There will be a reading of a monster-themed book every hour, followed by a related craft.

Big week at St. James

Students and staff at St. James Catholic School will roll up their sleeves and head to the school cafeteria Tuesday to bake goods for their Cookies in the Community initiative.

The bake-off is part of the school’s annual thank you campaign, honoring service members in the community.

The cookies will be delivered to the Biddeford Fire Department, Biddeford Police Department, area insurance companies, banks, McArthur Library, Southern Maine Medical Center and many other locations.

St. James students and staff will also celebrate Maine Catholic Schools Week by making thank you cards for veterans and homebound parishioners, hosting a volunteer appreciation breakfast, sponsoring a family skating evening and by offering an indoor winter carnival, among other special activities.


Vintage card display

A private collection of vintage Valentine’s Day cards is on display through February at the McArthur Library, 270 Main St.

The collection of about 65 cards is the property of Aurelie Wallach of Biddeford, and shows a cross-section of greeting card art and artistry from the turn of the 20th century to present day.

The display can be found at the entrance of the Carroll Reading Room on the second floor of the library during normal operating hours. For more details, go to


Film on portrayal of women

The documentary film “Miss Representation” will be shown at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Falmouth Memorial Library at 5 Lunt Road.

The film features stories and interviews with teenage girls and female celebrities discussing the portrayal of women in today’s media.

A panel discussion with writers, authors and mothers Annie Finch and Kristin Ghodsee will follow.

For more details, call 781-2351.


‘Safety & Tolerance’ panel

TARP, the Tolerance and Respect Project of Freeport Community Services, and state Rep. Sara Gideon are co-sponsoring a “Safety & Tolerance” panel discussion at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Freeport Performing Art Center, 30 Holbrook St., Freeport High School.

The event, held in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., shootings, will address mental health issues, gun laws and regulations, school safety, parenting, school climate concerns as well as looking at the burdens of the culture of masculinity.

Panelists will include Boys to Men executive director Drew Wing, mental health professional Rebecca Francis from Community Counseling Services, Paula D. Silsby, former U.S. attorney, and a school resource officer.

The talk is free and open to the public.

Free childcare is available upon request by calling Dede Bennell at 865-4706 ext. 307 or email [email protected]


For adults mulling college

The University College at Saco, in conjunction with Old Orchard Beach/Saco Adult & Community Education, is offering a seminar for adults considering starting a college degree or returning to college.

The seminar, “Picture Yourself: Adults in College,” will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday at the University College at Saco, 110 Main St. Snow date is Feb. 4.

The seminar will include a panel of students and instructors, and information on the benefits as well as the challenges unique to adult learners.

Light refreshments will be served.

The event is free and open to the public. For more details, call Wendy at 282-4111.


Car Doctor taking patients

Don Chatfield, aka “The Car Doctor,” will offer his professional opinion and advice on issues relating to car maintenance and repair at 9:30 a.m. today at Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center, located at 521 Main St.

For easy access to the center, please park in the rear parking lot.

Participant fee is $5.

For more details, call 563-1363 or e-mail [email protected]

Sculpting with wool

Artisan Anna Barber will teach the practice of felting wool to sculpt small creatures at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center, located at 521 Main St.

Barber, who raises angora rabbits, will direct stitchers on how to turn felt and a few trinkets into Easter critters and eggs for one’s Easter or May basket.

No experience necessary.

Class and materials fee is $15.

To register, call 563-1363.


Library plans activities

Springvale Public Library will celebrate its annual “Take Your Child to the Library Day” from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday with a variety of activities in its children’s room at 443 Main St.

Listen to Bev Brent read stories from 10 a.m. to noon or try your hand at making a 3-D giraffe bookmark.

Take some time to browse the new books, get a library membership or sign up for the winter reading program.

For more details, call 324-4624 or go to


Make a genealogy book

The Greater Portland Chapter of the Maine Genealogy Society will meet at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Church of Latter Day Saints, Ocean House Road.

Following a social time with refreshments, Springvale author and genealogist Fred Boyle will discuss how to craft a genealogy book. A business meeting will follow at 2 p.m.

For more details, call 324-4624.


View film on Nestle

A viewing of the documentary film “Bottled Life — The Truth about Nestle’s Business with Water,” will be offered at 3 p.m. Sunday at Curtis Library, at Pleasant and Middle streets.

This event is free and open to the public.

Donations are appreciated.

A discussion, co-sponsored by Occupy Maine: Bath-Brunswick, Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom and PeaceWorks, will follow.

Refreshments will be served.


Library seeks suggestions

The board of trustees of the Kennebunk Free Library is seeking public input in considering long-range plans for the future of the library in areas of finances, facilities, programming and staffing.

A meeting will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday with child care provided for those who call 985-2173 ext. 5 in advance of the meeting.

The meeting will be the board’s final information gathering process, which began in the spring of 2012.

Stories and crafts planned

Kennebunk Free Library will offer a special winter-themed storytime and craft for children at 10:30 a.m. Saturday as part of the town-wide Winter Fest event.

All ages are invited to attend.

There is no pre-registration.

For more details, call 985-2173 or go to

Genealogy lecture set

Kennebunk Free Library’s Genealogy Group will host guest lecturer Mary Ellen Grogan for the presentation “Researching Your Irish Roots” at noon Saturday at 112 Main St.

Grogan, of Boston, is a professional genealogist who specializes in Massachusetts and Irish genealogical and historical records.

The program is free and open to the public. For more details, call 985-2173.


Adoptable pets on view

The Animal Welfare Society invites the public to meet some adoptable pets from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Pet Quarters, 45 Wells Plaza on Route 1.

For more details, call Pet Quarters at 641-0620, the Animal Welfare Society at 985-3244 or go to


World Spay Day on tap

The Animal Welfare Society will celebrate World Spay Day 2013 by teaming with the Shelter Spay/Neuter Clinic to offer $20 cat spay and neuter surgeries, free rabies vaccines and free health exams to cats belonging to eligible, low-income owners through the month of February.

Kittens can be safely spayed/neutered as young as eight weeks and immunized for rabies at 12 weeks.

The Shelter Spay/Neuter Clinic is open Tuesday through Thursday and every other Saturday.

Limited space is available. To make an appointment, call 985-3244.


‘Irreverent’ author to read

Author Sandi Amorello will read from and sign copies of her new memoir “The Irreverent Widow: Shockingly True Tales of Love, Death and Dating — with Children in Tow,” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Patten Free Library at 33 Summer St.

The program is free and open to the public.

Bath Book Shop will handle sales at the event.

For more details, call 443-5141 or go to


Used books store reopens

The Skidompha Secondhand Book Shop will reopen Friday in the Red Barn at 115 Elm St.

A major fundraising operation for Skidompha Public Library, the shop is entirely volunteer run, with all items donated.

The shop is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.

For more details, call 563-7807 or go to


Surprise your Valentine

A Valentine card-making workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Vose Library, 392 Common Road.

The card-making workshop is open to all ages.

For more information, call 785-4733.