Programs focus on pets

The Animal Welfare Society of West Kennebunk will sponsor two educational events this week.

A humane educator and a shelter pet will be at the Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine, 142 Free St., Portland, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday for a hands-on program about animal care and handling.

The AWS also will have a table set up at the Maine Home, Remodeling and Garden Show from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Cumberland County Civic Center. Adoptable pets will be visiting throughout the weekend.

For more details, call 985-3244 or go to www.animalwelfaresociety.org

Asteroid discussion

Dr. Julie Ziffer of the University of Maine Physics Department will offer a lecture titled “Close Encounters of the Asteroid Kind” at 7 p.m. Thursday at Southworth Planetarium, 70 Falmouth St.

Ziffer will talk about the asteroid DA 14, which is expected to pass within 14,000 miles of Earth on Friday. She will also discuss asteroid encounters, NASA’s programs to identify potentially hazardous asteroids and the importance of asteroid research.

Admission is by donation.

For more details or to reserve a spot, call 780-4249 or e-mail [email protected] 

Laser light shows planned

The Southworth Planetarium will offer Laseropolooza 2013!, musically choreographed laser light shows, from Friday through Feb. 24 at 70 Falmouth St.

Next weekend’s hourlong themes include:

• Friday: 7 p.m., Lasermania; and 8 p.m., Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon;

• Saturday: 1 p.m., Laser Perseus & Andromeda and Laser Pop; 3 p.m., Laser Orion and Laser Magic; 7 p.m., Laser Beatles; and 8 p.m., Laser Hypnotica.

• Sunday: 1 p.m., Laser Orion and Laser Mania; and 3 p.m., Laser Perseus & Andromeda and Laser Pop.

Admission is $5.50 per person, plus an additional $1 for use of 3-D glasses. Reserved seating is available by calling 780-4249 or e-mail [email protected]

For more details, go to www.usm.maine.edu/planet.


Workshop on volunteering

The Sanford-Springvale S.A.L.T. Council — Seniors and Law Enforcement Together — will hold a Community at Work workshop highlighting local volunteer opportunities at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Y Trafton Center, 19 Elm St.

Representatives from the YMCA, Trafton Center, Goodall Hospital, Southern Maine Agency on Aging, the Salvation Army, Visiting Nurses, Sanford Downtown Legacy, and many other groups will be on hand to answer attendees’ questions.

Admission is by a suggested donation of $2. Light refreshments will be provided. For more details, call Thea Murphy at 457-0080. 

Bowling for moms, sons

Mother & Son Bowling Night, sponsored by the Kittery Recreation Department, will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Bowl-O-Rama.

The evening will feature Cosmic Bowling, with music and lights, a DJ and pizza.

Stepmoms, aunts, sisters and grandmothers are also welcome to attend.

Tickets are available at the Community Center at a cost of $15 per person.

Pre-registration is required to secure lanes and food. For more details, call Todd Henley at 439-3800 or go to www.kittery.org.


Mardi Gras ball Saturday

The Community Partners Incorporated’s Third Annual Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball will be held Saturday from 6 to 11 p.m. at the Rochambeau Club, 329 South St.

The event will include roaming vaudeville performers, a silent auction, buffet dinner and music by the funkadelic dance band “Mama’s Boom Shack!”

Advance tickets are $30 per person or $50 per couple. To purchase tickets, go to www.cpime.org. Tickets also may be available at the door.


Performance at library

Carolyn Currie will perform at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Prince Memorial Library, 266 Main St., as part of the facility’s free Music and Muffins series.

For more details, call 829-2215.


Peace Corps workers to speak

Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve members Clancy Brown and Annie Cox will talk about their work with the Peace Corps in southern Africa during a Lunch ‘n’ Learn talk set for noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday in Mather Auditorium at Wells Reserve, 342 Laudholm Farm Road.

Brown was a science teacher in Mozambique and Cox worked on rural aquaculture projects in a Zambian village. 

Attendees are encouraged to bring a bag lunch. Suggested donation for the talk is $2.

For more details, call 646-1555 or go to www.wellsreserve.org.


Snowman contest for kids

Children of all ages are invited to participate in a Snowman Competition from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Vose Library, 392 Common Road.

Snow sculptures will compete in a number of categories, including smallest, largest, silliest, most colorful, most realistic, most creative, and best creature.

Participants should bring a shovel, sculpting tools, decorations, props and other materials needed, and they should dress warmly.

There will be hot cocoa and snacks.

In the event there is not enough snow, an alternative indoor snowman activity will be offered.

For more details, call 785-4733.


Valentine Bake Sale Tuesday

The annual Mid Coast Hospital Auxiliary’s “Sweets for the Sweet” Valentine Bake Sale wil be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday in the hospital’s Cafe Corridor, at 123 Medical Center Drive.

Proceeds benefit the auxiliary’s health career scholarship program.

For more details, call 373-6015 or email [email protected]


Free talk on indoor air quality

Kathleen Meil of Evergreen Home Performance will give a free talk on “Indoor Air Quality and Health” at noon Monday at the Camden Public Library, 55 Main St.

Come hear about how moisture problems, poor ventilation and contaminants in the home can increase the risk of health problems, triggering everything from allergies and asthma to headaches, nausea and worse, as well as ways to treat the situation.

This Wellness Brown Bag Lunch series is open to all.

For more information, call the library at 236-3440. 


Terrarium design explored

Horticulturalist and Maine Master Gardener Kelly Ash will give a talk on designing a terrarium, from concept to construction, from 11 a.m. to noon Monday at the Cumberland County Master Gardner Association, 75 Clearwater Drive.

Sponsored by the Saint Mary’s Garden Club of Falmouth, admission is $5.

For more details, call Ellen Thayer at 450-5951. 


Geneaology workshop Saturday

The Androscoggin Historical Society will sponsor a geneaology workshop at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Auburn Public Library Community Room.

John Henderson will discuss resources available at the library’s local history room and Beverly Robbins will discuss tracing Revolutionary War ancestors.

The public is invited to the presentation.

Admission is free.

Donations are appreciated.