Kindergarten info session Tuesday

The Scarborough School Department will host a kindergarten information night at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Scarborough High School cafeteria for parents who plan to enroll their children in the 2013-14 school year.

This presentation is for parents only; parents should not bring their children.

Registration paperwork will be available at the meeting and screening appointments will be scheduled for the week of March 25.

Parents who cannot attend the meeting must call to make a registration/screening appointment with Hope Taggart at Pleasant Hill School at 730-5250 after March 5.


Volunteers sought for two shows

Volunteers are being sought to help run two upcoming exhibition shows at the Portland Company Complex at 58 Fore St.

Several volunteer positions are open for the Portland Flower Show, to be held March 6-10, and for the Maine Boat Builder’s Show, set for March 15-17.

In exchange for four hours of volunteering, participants of each event will receive free admission to the show, along with a commemorative T-shirt, food and drink.

For more details, call Kerry Ratigan at 615-6271 or email [email protected]

Stepparenting workshop on tap

Space is still available in a Kids First Program workshop on stepparenting, set for 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Kids First Center, 222 St. John Street, Suite 104.

The four-hour workshop is designed to help stepparents and biological parents understand the typical ups and downs experienced by each person in a newly blended family, including the children.

Topics will include the transition process, appropriate boundaries and ways to feel comfortable in new roles and relationships. Cost is $60 per person or $100 per couple. To sign up, call 761-2709 or email [email protected]


Grants for marketing available

Could your business use a marketing boost?

Women, Work, and Community is accepting applications through March 31 from entrepreneurs throughout Cumberland and York counties who wish to be considered for its mini-grants program.

The grants, of up to $400, are intended to help small businesses in southern Maine with funding to promote their businesses through targeted marketing projects.

Applications are welcomed from individual entrepreneurs and small businesses as well as business partnerships. Nonprofit groups are not eligible.

Successful proposals will focus on marketing, branding, and access to markets for southern Maine microenterprises.

For more details, email Gigi Guyton at [email protected] or go to


SAT preparatory classes scheduled

Maine Prep SAT eight-week preparatory classes for high school students will begin this week for the following areas:

Falmouth area high school students, Thursdays, March 7 through May 2 at the Plummer-Motz School, 192 Middle Road in Falmouth;

South Portland students, Tuesdays, March 5 to April 30 or Thursdays, March 7 to May 2 at Maine Prep South, 778 Main St., South Portland;

Cheverus students, Wednesdays, March 6 to May 1 at Cheverus High School, 267 Ocean Avenue, Portland.

All sessions will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. for eight weeks.

For more details, call Maine Prep at 798-5690, email [email protected] or go to


Bring a lunch and learn about nektons

The program “Get to Know Your Nekton” will be offered from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at Wells Reserve at Laudholm, at 342 Laudholm Farm Road.

Fish, crabs, and other free-swimming creatures are collectively called nekton and they are the subjects of much study at the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve.

In this Lunch-and-Learn, research scientists Jeremy Miller and Jacob Aman will describe how and why they study these animals in the streams, marshes, and near-shore waters of southern Maine.

Bring your lunch and a suggested $2 donation.

For more details, call 646-1555 or go to


Adoptable dogs, cats going on tour

The Animal Welfare Society Mobile Adoption Team will visit locales in South Portland and Sanford this week, offering the public opportunity to interact with some adoptable dogs and cats.

Visit with the Portland Red Claws and many animal rescue groups from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Rescues on the Runway Adoption Event at the Maine Mall in South Portland .

And visit with some adoptable canines from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at the Pet Life, 1364 Main St., Sanford.

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


Art, support, music at library this week

The Camden Public Library is offering a varied slate of programs this week.

On Tuesday, a “Body as Art” photo exhibit opening art reception and “Getting in Touch with Touch” experiential workshop with Antje Roitzsch and Deborah Cautela will begin at 7 p.m.

On Wednesday, the Midcoast Stroke Support Group will meet at 10 a.m.

On Thursday, Dana and Susan Robinson will perform a concert of “new-time, oldtime music,” on fiddle, guitar, banjo and mandolin, at 7 p.m. at the Camden Library Coffeehouse. Admission for the show is $8.

To register or for more details, call Ken Gross at 236-3440.


Tom Douglas to perform Saturday

Prince Memorial Library, at 266 Main St., will host a performance by Tom Douglas at 10:30 a.m. Saturday as part of its Music & Muffins program.

For more details, call 829-2215.


Photography program for youngsters

A free photography program for aspiring photographers, with local children’s book author Bruce McMillan, has been rescheduled to 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in the children’s room at Springvale Public Library, at 443 Main St.

The program is open to ages 6 through 18 and includes instruction on how to use movement in photographs.

Attendees should bring their own digital cameras.

For more details, call 324-4624 or go to


Bowl for Kids’ Sake (and Sox tickets)

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine will host the annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake fundraiser at Spare Time Bowling in Portland (formerly Yankee Lanes) beginning at 2 p.m. March 17.

The event will offer Red Sox and Sea Dogs tickets and drawings for concert tickets as incentive prizes to participants.

Teams and individuals are scheduled to bowl for one hour, with the final time slot set from 4 to 5 p.m.

 Individuals, companies, families and organizations are welcome to participate and help raise funds. 

Register online at or call 773-5437.   

The grand prize for the top fundraising team is a Red Sox night-on-the-town for four that includes four choice tickets and dinner at Mama Maria’s in Boston’s North End. 


Veggie gardening topic of workshop

The Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust’s next workshop on vegetable gardening will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at 27 Pleasant St.

Learn about organic pest management and control, such as how to identify common garden pests.

The workshop is free and open to the public.

For more details, call Linton Studdiford at 798-5899 or email [email protected]


Peavey to explain career

Maine writer and actress Elizabeth Peavey will present “The Unlikely Making of a Maine Writer” at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Waldoboro Public Library at 958 Main St.

Peavey, who believed the only way to become an author was to run away and see the world, spent several years traveling and living “away.” On Saturday, she will discuss why she felt she had to flee, why she chose to return and how she came to make a career writing about Maine.

Copies of Peavey’s books will be available for purchase by cash or check.

This program is free and open to the public.

For more details, call the library at 832-4484 or go to

Church hosts dinner-dance

St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church will host the “What a Gas” Dinner Dance at 6 p.m. Saturday at Drivas Hall, the parish hall on the church campus 186 Bradley St.

Directly benefiting the church’s Propane Fund to keep residents warm this winter, the event will include a full dinner, with choice of entrees, and an evening of dancing.

Cost is $18 for full meals or $9 for small servings.

For more details, call Donna Teague at 450-4237 or Cindy Carr at 282-2271.