Winter adventures workshop

The Maine Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club will offer a Winter Hiking Skills Workshop from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the First Church Belfast UCC at 8 Court St.

Chapter leaders Peter Broderick and Laura Flight will discuss clothing, gear, snow travel and other essentials to prepare for outdoor outings in winter.

This event is intended as an introductory course for experienced three-season hikers and a refresher for experienced winter adventurers. It is free and open to the public.

For more details, call Flight at 215-5306 or email [email protected]


Midwife-author to discuss work

Nurse midwife and author Linda Robinson of Bar Harbor will share her experiences of working in remote villages in Samoa, Malawi and the Congo for Doctors Without Borders at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Camden Public Library, 55 Main St.

Robinson wrote the book “Sunday Morning, Shamwana: A Midwife’s Letters from the Field.”

The talk is free and open to all.

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

Traditional music to be performed

Musicians Dave Peloquin and Bob Webb will perform “Sounds Like Old Times,” a concert of traditional American music, at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Library Coffeehouse at the Camden Public Library, 55 Main St.

Admission is $7.

Contra dance benefits Teen Center

The Teen Center, an outreach program of the Penobscot Bay YMCA, will present a benefit contra dance Friday at the Camden Rockport Middle School at 34 Knowlton St.

A family dance will be held from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m., with instruction, for a fee of $5 for adults and $2 for children ages 5 to 12; ages 4 and younger may attend free.

The main contra dance will be held from 8 to 11 p.m. for a fee of $10 for adults and $7 for students.

Tickets will be sold at the door.

Perpetual e-Motion will provide the live music. Chrissy Fowler will call the dances.

For more details, call Andrea Penney, Teen Center coordinator, at 230-0866 or the Penobscot Bay YMCA at 236-3375.


Pahigian to read from latest book

Cape Elizabeth author Josh Pahigian will read excerpts from his latest book, “Strangers on the Beach,” at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Thomas Memorial Library.

Pahigian will answer questions and sign copies of the book.

For more details, call 799-1720 or go to


Public interest journalism speakers

John Christie and Naomi Schalit, founders of The Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, will be guest speakers for Skidompha Public Library’s “Chats with Champions” talk at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Porter Meeting Hall, 184 Main St.

The talk is free and open to the public.

For more details, call 563-5513.


Film, talk about women’s portrayal

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/mothers Annie Finch and Kristin Ghodsee will follow.

Also on Tuesday, Maine author Kieran Shields will discuss his recently released book, “A Study in Revenge,” at 6:30 p.m.

For more details, call 781-2351.


Comedy to benefit space team

Tickets are available for the Freeport Middle School Space Camp Team’s “A Night of Comedy” fundraiser at 8 p.m. Feb. 16.

The show will feature three stand-up comedians, including George Hamm, at the Freeport Performing Arts Center, 30 Holbrook St.

Admission is $10.

Tickets can be purchased online at

Proceeds are to benefit the Space Camp Team’s upcoming trip to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center at Huntsville, Ala.


Sleigh Day at Skyline Farm

The 14th annual Sleigh Day at Skyline Farm will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday in conjunction with Skyline Farm Carriage Museum’s new exhibit “Amazing Sleighs,” the world’s largest collection of horse-drawn sleighs used in New England.

The event will include horse and driver demonstrations at 1 p.m. and guided trail tours at 2 p.m.

Snowshoers and cross country skiers are invited to bring their gear and hit the trail system.

Starting at noon, hot refreshments will be sold in the heated Visitor Center.

The event is free for Skyline Farm members, sleigh drivers and children age 5 and younger, and $8 for all others; a maximum of $30 per family will be charged. Dress warmly.

For more details, call Pam at 829-5708 or email [email protected]

The farm is located at 95 The Lane.


Community garden organizing

The Alan Day Community Garden organizing meeting for 2013 will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Fare Share Commons.

Attendees will have an opportunity to order organic seeds and sign up for garden plots, projects and workshops.

For more details, call Katey at 743-2423 or 890-9622.


Free college planning workshops

The Maine Educational Opportunity Center will host free Essentials of College Planning workshops at 10 a.m. Thursday and again on Feb. 28 at the Portland CareerCenter, 185 Lancaster St., and at 10 a.m. Feb. 13 at Portland Adult Education, 57 Douglass St.

To register, call (800) 281-3703 or go to


Monica Wood to speak at library

Maine writer Monica Wood, author of “When We Were the Kennedys,” a New England Independent Booksellers Association best seller, will speak at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Raymond Village Library, 3 Meadow Road, Route 121.

Wood will autograph books for purchase.

The public is invited and asked to pre-register by calling 655-4283. Space is limited.

Maple syrup workshop

Southern Maine Maple Sugarmakers will present a free Maple Syrup Hobbyist Workshop from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Balsam Ridge Sugarhouse, 140 Egypt Road.

To reserve a spot, call Sharon Lloy at 655-4474 or email [email protected]


Yoga talk at Cancer Care Center

Yoga instructor Janine Robichaud, owner of J9 Yoga, will give a free talk on hatha yoga from 2 to 3 p.m. and from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Cancer Care Center of York County.

This class is offered for cancer patients and their caregivers. Light refreshments will be served, and pre-registration is required by calling Shannon at 459-1658.


Historical society meets Wednesday

Scarborough Historical Society will meet at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the society’s museum and meeting room at 647 Route 1, adjacent to the Dunstan Fire Station. Elaine Toher, president of the Scarborough Garden Club, will speak.

All monthly meetings are free and open to the public. For more details, call Bruce H. Thurlow at 883-5445.

A Matter of Balance sign-ups taken

Sign-ups are being accepted for A Matter of Balance, the nationally recognized class designed to help older adults avoid falls and increase activity levels, to be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 13 to April 4 at Southern Maine Agency on Aging, 136 Route 1.

For more details or to register, call 396-6583 or email [email protected]


Silent auction bids support library

The Love Your Library Silent Auction is unfolding through Feb. 16 at Waldoboro Public Library, with bids being taken for more than 100 items.

Proceeds from the auction benefit the library’s operating fund. For more details, call 832-4484 or go to


Learn to create origami

Gibbs Library is offering a free workshop on the art of origami from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at 40 Old Union Road.

The workshop, open to ages 10 and older, will focus on basic folding techniques to build skills so participants can continue to explore origami on their own.

Several animal patterns, including the classic crane, will be created. Beads and other adornments will be available to transform the origami into hanging decorations.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Pre-registration is required by calling 845-2663 and leaving your name, age and telephone number.