Jazz cabaret planned

Cape Elizabeth High School jazz students will present a jazz cabaret at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the school cafeteria, at 345 Ocean House Road.

The program, directed by Tom Lizotte, showcases three big bands, five combos and the Cape Elizabeth High School chorus.

The Portland-based Fogcutters big band also will perform.

The cafeteria will be transformed into an intimate jazz cafe, where coffee and desserts will be available for purchase and served by student waiters.

Tickets, available at the door, are $5 for adults and $3 for seniors, with a maximum charge of $15 per family.

Festival of colors

The Indian Organization of Maine will celebrate its annual Festival of Colors event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Fort Williams Picnic Shelter.

T-shirts and dry color powders will be available for playing at the site. Tea and snacks will be provided by volunteers.

Spots are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.


Farm, woodlot workshop

The workshop “Current Use Property Tax Programs for Farm and Woodlot Owners and their Communities to Consider” will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Topsham Municipal Building, at 100 Main St.

The session is designed to educate farm and woodlot owners, municipal leaders and tax assessors about farmland and tree growth property tax,farmland registration and the Maine voluntary municipal farm support program.

Assessors will earn two recertification credits.

Registration is free. Space is limited. To reserve a spot, call Beverly Gerardi at 370-6045 or email [email protected]


Author to discuss Edison

Author and University of Tennessee Distinguished Professor of the Humanities Ernest Freeberg will detail his new new book, “Age of Edison: Electric Light and the Invention of Modern America,” at 7 p.m. Thursday at the next Maine Historical Society meeting at 489 Congress St.

Freeberg’s talk is part of a series of programs related to the society’s current museum exhibit, “Wired! How Electricity Came to Maine,” which ends Tuesday and features items from the historic collections of Central Maine Power.

For more details, go to


Genealogy buffs invited

Free Genealogy Get-Togethers return to the Curtis Memorial Library from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, March 26 through April 23 at 23 Pleasant St.

Pejepscot Genealogical Society President Brian Bouchard will head the five-week, intermediate series of genealogy workshops, from getting organized to planning a successful genealogy trip.

Workshops are free. Attend some or all. No pre-registration required.

For more details, call 725-5242, Ext. 211 or email [email protected]


Ballet, books collide

Two creative arts for kids — ballet and children’s books — come together this spring

Young dancers from Maine State Ballet in Falmouth are teaming up with picture book author David Ira Rottenberg to create unique one-hour performances for elementary school students of Gorham, Portland and Scarborough.

Rottenberg will read his book “Gwendolyn, the Graceful Pig,” while the ballerinas dance and act out the story.

After the performances, the Maine State Ballet dancers and the author will answer questions from students.

Performances will be held Wednesday at Blue Point, Eight Corners and Pleasant Hill primary schools in Scarborough; and on April 11 at Hall and Reiche elementary schools in Portland, and at Great Falls Elementary School in Gorham.

For more details, call Rottenberg at (508) 653-8839, email [email protected] or go to


Get your compost bin

The Sanford Public Works Department is selling backyard compost bins through April 11.

The units come with a how-to-guide and a 10-year waranty. They are made of 100 percent recycled materials and are 35-by-33 inches, suitable for a family of five. The units are expected to be available by May .

For more details or to place an order, call 324-9135.


Welcome baskets planned

Business owners and local organizations can obtain free publicity by participating in Welcome, Neighbor, a grassroots community volunteer project that was developed to welcome new residents to the town by providing information that may assist in their transition.

Only New Gloucester businesses, organizations and community groups will have the opportunity to include items such as business cards, brochures, or other promotional materials in the packets. There’s no charge or obligation to participate.

Volunteers are collecting 100 of each item, and the deadline to drop off materials to the town office is Friday.

For more information or to volunteer to help assemble the packets, call Beth at 650-5228.


Elder care advice

A panel of elder care experts will discuss estate and long term care planning issues facing seniors at 10:30 a.m. Friday at York Public Library, 15 Long Sands Road.

For more details, call 363-2818 or go to


Library to host story hours

Springvale Public Library, at 443 Main St., is set to offer a new round of children’s reading programs, all meeting at 10 a.m., beginning in April.

Read & Romp, for ages 3 to 6, will meet Mondays, April 1 to May 6 for a variety of stories, finger plays, songs and activities.

Baby Rhyme Time, for children ages 3 and younger, will meet on Thursdays, April 4 to May 9 for group literacy activities.

The programs are free and do not require registration.

For more details, call 324-4624 or visit


Women’s Wellness Night

The South Portland Parks and Recreation Department is hosting its first “Girls Night Out” from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the South Portland Community Center.

The Women’s Wellness Night is open to ages 18 and older and features the products and services of local businesses who specialize in a variety of wellness options, from yoga and massage to skin care.

Fitness instructors will offer free demonstrations throughout the evening, door prizes will be given away and refreshments will be available.

For more details, call 767-7650.


Free clinics for women

The Birthwise Community Clinic will offer two free Well Woman Clinics for women of all ages from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Monday at Birth Roots in Portland and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at The Birth House in Bridgton.

Student midwives from Birthwise Midwifery School will offer free exams on an appointment or walk-in basis under the supervision of a certified professional midwife at both locations.

Services will include physical exams, pap smears, nutritional counseling, family planning counseling, fertility awareness education and routine screenings.

Each service is provided at no cost, except for lab fees, that are typically billed directly from the lab service and can be billed to MaineCare and most private health insurance plans.

Appointments are recommended. Call 647-5968 Ext. 105.


Training for naturalists

Training for volunteer naturalists starts at the Wells Reserve at Laudholm on Tuesday with a special session for new participants. Professional educators provide full training with new volunteers job shadowing until they are confident enough to go out on their own.

Upcoming sessionss include an orientation for new volunteers, followed by “Secrets of a Great Guide” and several specialized topics for each group program offered by Wells Reserve.

No experience or special expertise is necessary.

School groups typically spend two or three hours exploring habitats that include fields, forests, salt marshes and a sandy beach. Special activities take place at multiple stops along the way.

To learn more about training, visit

To sign up, call Paige at 207-646-1555 Ext 110.


Poetry for middle schoolers

The Scarborough Public Library will celebrate National Poetry Month with a series of events for middle school students.

“Sweet Tweets” workshops, a form of Twitter poetry using 140 characters or fewer, will be offered from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday and again on April 7.

And a “Poetry Share” will be offered from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 10 for middle schoolers interested in performing their original poetry in front of a live audience. Friends and family are encouraged to attend.

Registration is recommended for the “Sweet Tweets” workshops by calling Youth Services at 883-4723 opt. 3.

Walk-ins are welcome.

For more information details, go to


History lecture set

Early New England church silver pieces and their characteristics and history will be the subject of a talk by historian Barbara Ward at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Berwick Academy’s Jeppesen Science Center on Academy Street.

The public is invited and refreshments will be served.

Ward’s lecture is part of the Old Berwick Historical Society’s 2013 series of talks.

For more details, call 384-0000.


Help for cancer patients

Southern Maine Medical Center’s Walk Away From Cancer program begins Tuesday at the Saco Community Center, 75 Franklin St.

Cancer paients diagnosed within the past year or those currently in treatment are welcome to attend the sessions, which take place from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays March 26 to May 9.

The meetings are designed to provide the tools and motivation to begin and sustain a program of exercise, nutritional education and emotional strength and coping skills.

It is free to participants or their family thanks to a $5,000 grant from the Maine Cancer Foundation.

To register, call Peggy Belanger, RN, at 283-7320.


High school musical

Marshwood High School students will perform the musical “Disco Inferno” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and again April 5 and 6 at Marshwood High School auditorium.

The play features more than a dozen popular disco-era songs from the 1970s.

Tickets are $8 if purchased in advance, or $10 at the door.

For advance tickets, go to or call Denise Brooks at 384-4500.


Library welcomes writers

Music and the written word dominate the programs being offered at Camden Public Library this week.

A premiere songwriters session will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the second-floor meeting room at 55 Main St.

Songwriter David Dodson will lead the session.

Also on Tuesday, the panel discussion “Specifically for Maine Authors” will be held at 7 p.m. featuring writing and publishing tips by authors Lynn Fernands, Steve Powell and Jane Karker.

At 7 p.m. Thursday, Mark Berry of the Downeast Lakes Land Trust will present the story of community-led conservation of the forest landscape around Grand Lake Stream, including a 15-minute documentary film, slide talk and discussion.

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

Opportunity Farm event

The Community Schools at Opportunity Farm and Camden will host a spring open house from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday at the Camden campus, 79 Washington St.

Students will lead tours of the school, serve homemade bread and other treats, display their artwork and show photographs of their recent trip to New York City.

Staff members will be on hand to answer questions.

For more details, call 236-3000, Ext. 110 or visit


Spring Fling luncheon

Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center is hosting a special “Spring Fling — Leap in to Spring” luncheon at noon Tuesday, featuring a meal of asparagus quiche or a baked ham plate.

To catch the spirit of spring, attendees may wear an Easter bonnet. A prize will be offered for the most creative, elegant and perhaps craziest Easter bonnet.

Music will be performed by the trio Fine Companions and will include a sing-along.

Tickets are $8 per person.

For reservations, call 563-1363 or e-mail Marianne at [email protected]

For volunteer administrators

The Volunteer Administrators of Midcoast Maine, a United Way of Midcoast Maine partner, will offer its 11th Annual Conference for Volunteer Administrators from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at Long Reach Hall, 243 Washington St., Bath.

This year’s conference, “Being the Best You Can Be! Ordinary People Learning to be Extraordinary Leaders,” will feature a day of volunteer networking, interaction, exchange and learning.

The event will include guest speakers, workshops, a continental breakfast and lunch.

Cost is $40 per person and includes meals and conference materials.

The register, call Millie Steward at 373-6015 or email [email protected]


Safety classes offered

Maine Coast Memorial Hospital will offer Heartsaver CPR and First Aid Classes this week.

CPR will be held Monday for a fee of $40.

First Aid training will be held Wednesday for a $30 fee.

Both classes will meet from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Classroom (Door C) of Maine Coast Memorial Hospital at 50 Union St.

Class size is limited and pre-registration recommended by calling Michelle Mahon at 664-5588 or e-mail [email protected]


Meals on Wheels benefit

Spectrum Generations Nutrition Program is joining with the University of Maine at Augusta Senior College to present an afternoon of fun, humor and music performed by local talent to benefit the Meals on Wheels program.

The show will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. May 18 at Jewett Hall on the University of Maine Augusta Campus.

Radio host Don Brown, from 93.5 FM True Oldies, will be master of ceremonies.

Tickets are $7 for students and $10 for all others.

Adults 55 years or older who enjoy singing, dancing, playing an instrument, performing a skit, stand-up comedy or magic are invited to perform.

Auditions are from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday at Spectrum Generations Cohen Community Center, 22 Town Farm Road.

To register for an audition, call Lynda Johnson at 626-7777 or email [email protected]