St. Patrick’s parade

The Irish American Club of Maine will hold its annual St. Patrick’s Day parade at noon Sunday, with appearances by Claddagh Mohr and Dunlop pipe bands, the Maine State Police Emerald Society, Girl Scouts, the Boys and Girls Club, Maine Gaelic Sports Alliance, the Stillson School of Irish Dance and Mayor Michael Brennan.

The parade will begin at the Fish Pier on Commercial Street and proceed toward the State Pier for final presentations.

For more details, call Kathy Reilly at 712-5191 or email [email protected]

‘Sea Smoke’ author talk

Miriam Nesset will speak about her novel, “Sea Smoke,” at the Portland Public Library’s Friday Local Author Series at noon Friday in Meeting Room No. 5 at 5 Monument Square.

Nesset’s book, a mystical love story and mystery novel, is set against the backdrop of the New England mast industry and rebellion against British oppression.

For more details, call Meaghan Arzberger at 985-3359.


Teen Tech Week at library

Patten Free Library, at 33 Summer St., will host two events for teens this week as part of Teen Tech Week 2013.

Teen Tech Week is a national initiative aimed at teens, their parents, educators and other concerned adults to ensure that teens are competent and ethical users of technologies, especially those offered through libraries.

From 2:30 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, teens will have the opportunity to use the library’s six iPads to learn about the photography features and apps to make photo collages, comics and other publications. The iPads will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. A librarian will be available to assist students as needed.

At 3:30 p.m. Thursday, teens are invited to a Just Dance 4 session. A Wii game console will be set up in the second floor Community Room; the game, which involves following dance moves set to popular music, will be projected on the library’s movie screen.

The events are free. Pre-registration is not required but is appreciated. For more details, call Roberta Jordan at 443-5141, ext. 25 or email [email protected]


‘Lee’s Last Casualty’ talk

The Joshua L. Chamberlain Civil War Round Table Lecture will feature the talk “Lee’s Last Casualty: The Life and Letters of Sgt. Robert W. Parker, Second Virginia Cavalry” at 7 p.m. Thursday at Curtis Memorial Library’s Morrell Room, at 23 Pleasant St.

For more details, call Al Prest at 443-2296.

Archaeologist to speak

Friends of Merrymeeting Bay will sponsor a talk with Leith Smith, a historic archaeologist with the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Curtis Memorial Library.

For more details, call Ed Friedman, 666-3372.


Easter Eggstravaganza

The Old Orchard Beach Recreation Department will host its 2013 Easter Eggstravaganza event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Old Orchard Beach High School Gymnasium on E. Emerson Cummings Boulevard.

The event will including Easter egg hunts for all ages, including a preschool and toddler area, photograph opportunities with the Easter Bunny, crafts, facepainting, a bounce house, door prizes and raffles.

For more details, call 934-0860 or go to www.oobrec.com.


‘ABCs of Investing’

The Camden Public Library will host “The ABCs of Investing” at 7 p.m. Tuesday at 55 Main St.

The talk is part of the library’s Financial Literacy Series to educate community members about better ways to handle their finances. The session will be led by Lowrie Sargent of Maine Asset Management in Bangor and Rosemary Weymouth of Better Investing, a nonprofit financial advisory organization.

A follow-up to the session, “Advanced Investing,” will be held April 9. For more details, call Ken Gross at 236-3440.

Camino Real slide show

Greg Dorr will present a slide show at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Camden Public Library detailing his two-week, 150-mile walk on the Camino Real from Porto, Portugal, to Santiago de Compestela, Spain, last fall.

The talk is free. For more details, call Ken Gross at 236-3440.


Children’s book sale

Prince Memorial Library, at 266 Main St., will host its Children’s Book Sale from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

For more details, call 829-2215.


‘Joy of Bird Watching’

The Freeport Woman’s Club will meet at 1 p.m. Friday at the Freeport Community Library.

Ted Allen, president of Merrymeeting Audubon, will speak on “The Joy of Bird Watching.”

Refreshments will be served. Visitors are welcome. For more details, call Clarabel Marstaller at 865-1017.


Palestine student’s view

The Maine Chapter of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers will host the talk “Palestine: A Student’s View” at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Brick Store Museum Program Center, 2 Dane St.

Amer Sami Abusada, a non-Muslim exchange student at Bonny Eagle High School in Buxton, will talk about the culture, lifestyle and history of his people.

Abusada, 17, is a native of Beit Sahour, Palestine, a small city not far from Bethlehem.

For more details, call 967-4298 or 985-2392.

Book club for kids

Kindergarten through grade 4 students are invited to participate in the Magic Tree House Book Club at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Kennebunk Free Library.

Pre-registration is required by calling 985-2173, ext. 5 or emailing [email protected]


Vegetable gardening

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension of Cumberland County is accepting registrations for a five-part vegetable gardening course it will offer from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Fridays, beginning April 24.

The course will include hands-on activities, problem solving and field sessions that address garden planning, soil science, water issues and effective management of weeds, insects, wildlife and diseases.

Course fee is $50 per person and includes a reference notebook for gardeners. Partial scholarships are available to those needing financial assistance. Space is limited to 25 attendees. For more details, call 781-6099, (800) 287-1471, email [email protected] or go to http://umaine.edu/cumberland/programs/vegetable-gardening-course.


‘Annie Jr.’ to be performed

Fiddlehead Players’ fifth annual children’s production of “Annie Jr.” will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Gray-New Gloucester High School, 10 Libby Hill.

Tickets are $9 for adults and $6 for children and are available online at www.fiddleheadcenter.org. For more details, call 657-2244.


‘Murders They Wrote’

The fourth and final presentation in the Friends of the Library series, “Murders They Wrote” will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Scarborough Library, 48 Gorham Road.

New England authors Janis Bolster, Jessie Crockett and Lea Wait will discuss their writing experiences and their latest novels.


Two author events

Falmouth Memorial Library, at 5 Lunt Road, will host two author talks this week.

Susan Lebel Young will celebrate the release of her book, “Food Fix: Ancient Nourishment for Modern Hungers” at a launch party set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

And Liza Gardner Walsh will talk about her “Fairy House Handbook” at a special event set for 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.

For more details, call 781-2351.


Blanket-making event

Project Linus of Cumberland and York counties will sponsor a Blanket Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the South Portland Recreational Center.

Flannel quilt kits and hands-on instructions will be provided for attendees, who need basic sewing machine skills and a machine in good working order.

Project Linus is a nonprofit organization that provides handmade blankets to children who are seriously ill or in crisis.

In 2012, the organization distributed 2,216 blankets to Cumberland and York County agencies.

For more details or to reserve a spot, call Melodie Provost at 284-5606.

CPR and first aid course

South Portland Adult Education is offering a full CPR and First Aid Certification course from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at South Portland High School’s library at 637 Highland Ave.

Cost is $79. Pre-registration is required by calling 756-2169 or emailing [email protected]


Cancer care events

The Cancer Care Center of York County is celebrating its seventh year with three events this month.

At noon Wednesday, Melanie Cogan, N/P, Maine Center for Cancer Medicine, Cancer Care Center of York County, will offer “Living with Late and Long Term Effects of Cancer Treatment,” a survivorship program.

At noon March 21, Gina Mosher, OTR/L, rehabilitation manager at Goodall Hospital, will lead the talk “Energy Conservation: Doing More with Less,” a discussion on a variety of ways to conserve bodily energy.

And from 2 to 4 p.m. March 25, a trained volunteer cosmetologist will offer the program, “Look Good Feel Better,” offering advice to cancer patients on coping with skin changes and hair loss, as well as make-up techniques, skin care and wigs to help those undergoing treatments for cancer to feel better about how they look.

All programs will be held at the Cancer Care Center. Pre-registration is required. For more details, call Shannon at 459-1658.

Waban Telethon on Saturday

The 42nd annual Waban Telethon will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the St. Ignatius Gymnasium on Riverside Avenue, with two satellite fundraisers set for Wednesday and Friday.

The Knights of Columbus will offer three fundraising meals: a baked haddock dinner from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Friday at St. Ignatius Gym for $5/$10; breakfast items, coffee and juice from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, and lunch at noon Saturday.

A Bowling for Waban event also will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Bowl-A-Rama on Main Street.

All funds raised will be used for developmental therapy, specialized equipment, therapeutic recreation and other services for children who attend Waban’s Fraser-Ford Child Development Center or who receive services from the Children’s Case Management Program.

For more details, go to www.waban.org.


Woman’s club to meet

Anne Cress, state president of the Maine Federation of Women’s Clubs, will speak at 1 p.m. Thursday at the next meeting of the Gorham Woman’s Club, meeting in the fellowship hall of the First Parish Church on Church Street.

The knitted, crocheted and hand-sewn clothing and receiving blankets and wraps for premature infants of needy families created as part of the statewide President’s Project will be on display.

Members also will be accepting book bags and books for a preschool library project they are working on.

Refreshments will be served at 12:30 p.m.

For more details, call Nancy Taber at 839-6375 or email [email protected]


‘The Invisible War’ viewing

Tri-County Mental Health Services and the Maine VISTA Program will host a free viewing of the 2013 Oscar-nominated documentary, “The Invisible War” at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Stevens Brook Elementary School.

For more information, visit www.tcmhs.org.


Friends of the library

The Friends of Kennebunk Free Library will hold their first general meeting of 2013 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday in Hank’s Room at 112 Main St. The meeting is open to all. For more details, call the library at 985-2173.


Tractor safety course

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension of Cumberland County is accepting applications for its five-part 2013 Farm Tractor Safety Course, scheduled to run Tuesday evenings beginning April 30 at the Maine Forest Service Building on Route 26.

Participants in this certified course will receive practical training in the classroom, a shop session and an opportunity to operate a farm tractor.

Extension educator Richard Brzozowski will instruct. Cost is $15 and pre-registration is required. Space is limited to 26 participants.

For more details or to register, call 781-6099 or (800) 287-1471 (Maine only).


Genealogical workshop

The Yarmouth History Center will offer a genealogical workshop from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at 118 East Elm St. The workshop is open to anyone interested in learning how to conduct a genealogical search.

The training will be taught by Vicky Thomas, and is open to beginners as well as those interested in taking the next step in their family search.

Cost is free to members and $10 for all others. Pre-registration is required.

For more details, call 846-6259 or email [email protected]


Reducing fossil fuel use

The Climate Stewards Lecture “A Step-by-Step Guide for Reducing Your Fossil Fuel Use” will be given at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Wells Reserve at Laudholm, 342 Laudholm Farm Road.

Tom Twist, sustainability officer for the Chewonki Foundation, will offer advice and useful tips on discerning and choosing green options.

Admission is a $5 suggested donation. Reservations are required by calling 646-1555 or going to www.wellsreserve.org.

Relay for Life discount

Those who register to participate in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of York County event by Tuesday will receive half off the registration fee, or just $5 per person.

To register a team, visit RelayForLife.org/yorkme or call (800) 227-2345.

An information meeting about the event will be held from 6 to 6:45 p.m. Tuesday at the Wells Junior High School cafeteria.

The 24-hour event will be held from 4 p.m. June 22 until 6 a.m. June 23 at the Wells High School track. To learn more, call (800) 227-2345.


Finding hunger solutions

The “Get Involved” Fair to End Hunger and Malnutrition in York County will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Friday at York County Community College on College Drive.

The event will feature a diverse group of food system stakeholders to identify and implement sustainable solutions to ending hunger in York County.

It is sponsored by Partners for a Hunger-Free York County, with support from United Way of York County’s Volunteer Center. The group is reviewing York County data, meeting with food security organizations and drafting a plan to combat hunger.


Lung cancer information

“Lung Cancer: Are You at Risk?” an American Cancer Society presentation that details the risk factors of lung cancer, prevention measures and the impact of the disease on the community, will be given at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Lepage Large Conference Room, 99 Campus Ave.

Hematologist and oncologist Mahesh Pandey, M.D., of St. Mary’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, will lead the discussion and answer questions.

Seating is limited. To register, call 777-8458.


Ladies breakfast

A Ladies Community Breakfast will be held from 7 to 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Gingerbread House on Main Street, Oquossoc. For more details, call 864-3602.


Rural Living Day

The Waldo County Extension Association will sponsor Rural Living Day 2013, an event featuring home and garden classes for a wide range of interests, on Saturday at Mount View High School in Thorndike.

This year’s slate of 24 classes range from composting, soils and seed saving to building rustic furniture and healing arts.

The fee of $20 includes a lunch. Pre-registration is required and begins at 8:30 a.m., with classes beginning at 9 a.m.

For a listing of class offerings and registration materials, call 342-5971 or (800) 287-1426 or go to www.umaine.edu/waldo/rural-living-day.


Dinner to help library

A benefit St. Patrick’s Day Dinner will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Union Masonic Lodge, 149 Sennebec Road.

Tickets are $10 and all proceeds will benefit Vose Library, which suffered damage during recent flooding. For more details, call Vose Library at 784-4733.


Yard sale tables available

Tables are available to rent for participants who wish to sell their wares at the Bath Knights of Columbus Yard Sale & Lunch Cafe, set for 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 4 at 807 Middle St.

Cost is $10 per space.

For more details, call Tony at 443-5389.

Self-publishing secrets

A panel of self-published authors will share their expertise on how to write, publish and market books (both print and eBooks) in a talk to be held at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at Patten Free Library.

The program is free and will be held in the library’s second floor Community Room. For more details, call 443-5141, ext. 25.


Bat expert to speak

Mid-Coast Audubon and Damariscotta Lake Watershed Association will sponsor a talk by local bat enthusiast Annie Kassler at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Gibbs Library, 40 Old Union Road.

Kassler is a speaker with Bat Conservation International and Bat World Sanctuary. She will detail myths and facts about bats, demonstrate how to remove them from your house and display successful bat houses.

The program is free and open to the public. Donations are welcomed.

For more details, go to www.dlwa.org.


Historic photographs on view

The Cherryfield Public Library is hosting an exhibit of historic Washington County photographs from the Penobscot Marine Museum’s collection through March 30 at 35 Main St.

The exhibit, “Washington County Through Eastern’s Eye,” is drawn from the Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Company collection, based on glass plate negatives shot from 1909 through the 1950s for use as postcards.

The museum has more than 50,000 glass plate negatives of one-of-a-kind images of farms, industries, small businesses, stores, bridges, schools and other scenes.

For more details, call 246-4228.