AUCTION: The Ossipee Valley Agricultural Society will hold its second annual Take-a-Chance Auction Friday evening at Sacopee Valley Middle School at 115 South Hiram Road.

Doors open to view items at 4 p.m., with the auction beginning at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be available for purchase.

For more details, call 892-7904.


CRAFT FAIR: The Animal Welfare Society will host two events in Ogunquit and Sanford this week.

The AWS will set up a table at the Patriots’ Day Craft Fair from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at 135 Beach St. in Ogunquit.


SENIOR DRIVERS: Monday is the signup deadline for those who wish to participate in a seniors’ driver safety class offered for ages 50 and older from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at The Wood at Canco, 257 Canco Road.

The registration fee is $12 for AARP members and $14 for all others.

Plan to update your safe driving experience and earn a discount on your auto insurance.
To register, call Ralph McLean at 829-4664 between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

SENIOR DRIVERS: Signups are being accepted for an AARP driver safety class for drivers age 50 and older to be offered from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. May 10 at the AARP Maine State Office, 1685 Congress St.

The registration fee is $12 for AARP members and $14 for all others.

Class size is limited and early registration advised by May 1.

To register, call Phil Chin at 370-9647.

FUNDRAISER: A fair trade fundraiser will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday at Karma Fair Trade, 570 Brighton Ave.

Ten percent of all purchases Friday will go to baby Ethan, who is in need of a heart transplant. For more information about Ethan, visit http://cota.donorpages.com/PatientOnlineDonation/COTAforEthanO/

For more details, call Karen at 831-4531.

LASER SHOWS: The full dome Sky Laser System returns to the Southworth Planetarium, at 70 Falmouth Road, for the final presentations this year, from April 12-21.

Planned omni-dome laser events Friday include Electrolaze, a new techno/dance laser show, at 7 p.m. and Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon at 8 p.m.

Saturday shows will include Laser Orion at 1 p.m., Laser Perseus and Andromeda at 3 p.m., Laser Beatles at 7 p.m. and Laser Pink Floyd’s The Wall at 8 p.m.

Sunday shows will feature Laser Perseus and Andromeda at 1 p.m. and Laser Orion at 3 p.m.
Admission is $5.50 per person and $1 for 3D glass rentals.

For more details, call 780-4249 or go to www.usm.maine.edu/planet.

AFRICA TALK: Janet Littlefield will talk about her travels to Africa and the founding of the Go! Malawi nonprofit at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Room 3 of the Portland Public Library.

Go! Malawi is a small nonprofit based out of Hebron that offers trips to Malawi to help native peoples address issues facing developing countries.

Littlefield founded the organization in 1998 as a means to help Malawi girls gain an education in a rural area where there is no free public secondary school.

She will detail volunteer opportunities there as well as upcoming trips interested participants can tag along on this June and July.

The talk is free and open to the public.

For more details, email [email protected] or go to www.go-malawi.org.

ANNUAL MEETING: The Maine Society of the Sons of the American Revolution’s annual meeting will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Season’s Grill Room at the Howard Johnson’s Plaza.

Renny Stackpole, past New England SAR regional general vice president, will speak.

The meeting will include a society-wide officer election followed by a buffet luncheon at a cost of $18.95 per person.

Guests are welcome to attend.

To reserve a spot, call Lance Waddell at 223-5357.


FLOWER LECTURE: St. Mary’s Garden Club of Falmouth will present a lecture by Kristin Perry from 11 a.m. to noon Monday at the Parish House of St. Mary’s Church, 43 Falmouth Road.

Perry is director of horticulture and a lilac expert at the McLaughlin Garden of South Paris. Her talk will detail the cultivation of lilacs, with emphasis on special varieties, watering, pruning and fertilizing.
Admission is $5 at the door.

For more details, go to stmarysgardenclub.net or call 358-9312.


PLANT AND TROUT SALE: Orders are now being accepted for the Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District’s Spring Plant and Trout Stocking sales, set for May 4 and 5 at Union Fairgrounds.

The plant sale list is available online at www.knox-lincoln.org/spring-plant-sale and includes a selection of bareroot fruit trees and berries; conifers; native and native-friendly trees and shrubs for landscaping, wildlife and conservation, as well as Maine-grown native perennials and herbs in 1 gallon pots from Rebel Hill Farm. With one or two exceptions, all plants are hardy to at least Zone 4 and all have been chosen for pest and disease resistance, wildlife value (including beneficial insects), a variety of soil and light conditions and to span the season from spring through fall.

This year’s plant sale runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 4 and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 5, with pre-ordered trout pickup set for noon on May 5.

Brook and rainbow trout, for stocking private ponds, will be available to those who have a valid permit from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

Trout order forms and permit applications are available at www.knox-lincoln.org/trout-sale/ and pre-ordered fish will be packed in plastic bags with oxygenated water for the journey to your pond.

All plants are available for pre-order and cash and carry sales on a first-come, first-served basis.
Brook and rainbow trout for stocking constructed ponds are available only on a pre-order basis.
Order forms also are available at the district office at 893 West St., Route 90, Suite 103 or call 596-2040.


BREAKFAST: The next Ladies Community Breakfast Buffet will be from 7 to 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Rangeley Lakes Bed and Breakfast on Main Street, Rangeley from 7 to 9 a.m.

All are welcome to attend.

For more details, call 864-9944.


BOOK SALE: Louis B. Goodall Memorial Library will hold a book sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 13, in the library’s Community Room, at 952 Main St.

Children’s and adult books and audio books on cassette will be sold.

For more details, call 324-4714 or go to www.lbgoodall.org.

ADOPT A DOG: The Animal Welfare Society will offer an adoptable dogs event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at Pet Life, 1364 Main St., Sanford.

Adoptable dogs will be on site.

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


BLUEGRASS WORKSHOPS: Musicians Phil and Ellen LaClaire will offer three playing and performing bluegrass workshops, beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Chestnut Street Baptist Church at 29 Chestnut St.

The public is welcome and admission is free.

Attendees should bring their guitars, banjos or basses to the sessions to learn bluegrass and acoustic roots music.

A working knowledge of music and key progressions is helpful but not necessary.

Follow-up sessions will be held April 20 and 27 at the same time and location.

For more details, call the LaClaires at (603) 313-5500.


HOSPICE TRAINING: VNA Home Health Hospice will offer hospice volunteer training for individuals who wish to assist teams in bringing comfort to individuals and families facing a terminal illness.
The 20-hour training is intended to educate on companionship, caregiver respite and practical, non-medical help to support terminally ill hospice clients.

The sessions will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 30, May 2, May 7 and May 9; and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 4 and May 11. All sessions are at the VNA Home Health Hospice at 50 Foden Road.
A pre-training interview is required.

For more details, call Linda Hopkins, volunteer coordinator, at 400-8714 or email [email protected]


SELF-PUBLISHING WORKSHOP: The Patten Free Library will host the third in a series of self-publishing workshops at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at 33 Summer St.

Self-Publishing Using Adobe InDesign will be headed by Deb Merrill, a graphic designer and InDesign expert from Brunswick. She will demonstrate how to use InDesign effectively in self-publishing using seven basic principles of graphic design.

The program is free and open to the public.

No pre-registration is required.

For more details, call the library at 443-5141, Ext. 25.


BUSINESS TALK: The talk “Managing the Chaos in Your Business” will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at Vose Library, 392 Common Road.

Bill Packard, a small-business consultant and author of “Daylight Saving Time: A Down To Earth Approach to Running a Small Business,” will speak on topics including business culture and its effects, identifying the core values of your business, what makes you and your business unique, knowing your customer and finding more time in your business.

The program is free and open to the public.

For more information, call the Vose Library at 784-4733.


WOMAN’S CLUB: The Gorham Woman’s Club will meet at 12:30 p.m. Thursday at the First Parish Church Fellowship Hall on Church Street.

The meeting will feature speakers, business, an art display of the works of Gorham High School students and refreshments.

For more details, call 839-6375.


POETRY EXHIBIT: The Skidompha Secondhand Book Shop invites local writers to submit their original poetry to be displayed at the shop during April as part of a special exhibit celebrating National Poetry Month.

Adults and children are welcome to submit their original poems, to be displayed for viewing during regular shop hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, on Elm Street, just up the hill from the back door of Skidompha Public Library at 184 Main St.
For more details, go to www.skidompha.org or call 563-7807.


CONSERVATION TALKS: Hank Lentfer, author of “Faith of Cranes,” will discuss the challenges of conservation work in talks to be offered at 4 p.m. Thursday at Bowdoin College’s Beam Classroom of the Visual Arts Center, followed by an evening presentation and book reading at 6:30 at Frontier Café, 5000 South St.

Both events are free and open to the public, though a $2 suggested donation at Frontier is appreciated.

Books will be available for sale at Gulf of Maine Books and at both events.

For more details, go to call Lee Cataldo at 729-7694 or email [email protected]

CIVIL WAR LECTURE: This month’s Joshua L. Chamberlain Civil War Round Table Lecture will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at Curtis Memorial Library’s Morrell Room, at 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick.

Tim Kindred will present the talk “Battlefield Medicine During the Overland Campaign of 1864.”
The meeting is open to all.

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


COMMUNITY SERVICE: Kiwanis members participate in their annual community service project Kiwanis One Day on Saturday.

Scarborough Kiwanians will head a food drive, collecting non-perishable food items for delivery to the Blackpoint Congregational Church Food Pantry.

Donations may be dropped off at Scarborough Town Hall from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday or at participating school collection sites through Thursday.

For more details, call Annalee Rosenblatt at 883- 9025 or email [email protected]