Kite construction at museum

April vacation week is Kite Week at Owls Head Transportation Museum. Beginning Monday, two kite building workshops will be held each day during the week, one at 10 a.m. and one at 11:30 a.m., with a new kite design offered each day.

A variety of skill levels and ages are accommodated. Younger children wishing to participate in kite building activities should be accompanied by an adult.

Seating and materials are limited, and advance registration is encouraged.

Admission for visitors who would like to view the museum is $15 for adults, $8 for seniors and free for children. 

For more details or to register for a workshop, call Ethan Yankura at 594-4418.


Laser shows at planetarium

The full dome Sky Laser System returns to the Southworth Planetarium, at 70 Falmouth St..

Monday shows will include “Laser Orion” at noon, “Laser Beatles” at 2 p.m., “Laser Perseus and Andromeda” at 3 p.m., “Electrolaze,” a new techno/dance laser show at 7 p.m. and “Laser Hypnotica” at 8 p.m.

Tuesday shows will include “Laser Perseus and Andromeda” at noon, “Electrolaze” at 2 p.m., “Laser Orion” at 3 p.m., “Laser Vinyl” at 7 p.m. and “Laser Music Show: Fright Night” at 8 p.m.

Wednesday shows to be featured include “Laser Orion” at noon, “Laser Beatles” at 2 p.m., “Laser Perseus and Andromeda” at 3 p.m., “Laser Beatles” at 7 p.m. and “Laser Mania” at 8 p.m.

Friday shows will include “Laser Orion” at noon, “Laser Beatles” at 2 p.m., “Laser Perseus and Andromeda” at 3 p.m., “Laser Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon” at 7 p.m. and “Laser Vinyl” at 8 p.m.

Saturday’s show will include “Laser Perseus and Andromeda” at 1 p.m., “Laser Orion” at 3 p.m. “Laser Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon” at 7 p.m. and “Laser Led Zeppelin” at 8 p.m.

The shows end Sunday with two viewings: “Laser Orion” at 1 p.m. and “Laser Perseus and Andromeda” at 3 p.m.

Admission is $5.50 per person and $1 for 3-D glass rentals.

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

Volunteer for Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks is looking for volunteers from Northern New England to help with the annual Northern New England Walk for Autism. A few committee leader positions are open and no experience is necessary as the organization will coach and train volunteers.

An information night, advancing the walk, will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Marion Garrish Community Center, 39 W Broadway, Derry, N.H.

Join USM’s Day of Service

The University of Southern Maine’s Fourth Annual Day of Service will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday.

The campuswide initiative is expected to engage 150-200 students, faculty, staff and alumni in giving back to our community.

Volunteers can sign up for one-time projects at locations such as Partners for World Health, Portland Trails, Rippling Waters Organic Farms, and the Maine Veterans’ Home.

There will also be projects to clean up trash in the Back Bay, on Peaks Island and at Longfellow Park.

Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. in the Sullivan Recreation and Fitness Complex, followed by an event kick-off at 10:15 a.m.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided to participants along with a custom-designed Day of Service T-shirt.

Transportation to service sites will also be available.

Pre-registration is available online at: http://www.usm.maine.edu/community/sign-usm-day-service.

Program on animal care

The Animal Welfare Society of West Kennebunk will offer a hands-on program about animal care and handling from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine on Free Street.

A few shelter pets will be on site to meet with visitors.

For more details, call 985-3244 Ext. 117 or go to www.animalwelfaresociety.org.

Free health fair Saturday

University of New England, Portland campus, will hold an Inaugural Spring Community Health Fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Finley Recreation Center.

Multiple organizations will be on hand to offer screening and educational services.

This event is free to all community members and snacks will be provided.

For more details, call Sharon Achu at (208) 794-7039 or Jeby Mathew at (201) 218-2942.

Oral cancer screenings

The Maine Medical Center Cancer Institute and the Portland Community Free Clinic will offer a free oral cancer screening from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the clinic, located at 103 India St.

To schedule an appointment, call 874-8982.


Enter a Chowder Challenge

Registrations are being accepted for the Sixth Annual Blue Point Chowder Challenge, set for 4:30 tp 6:30 p.m. April 27 at the Blue Point Congregational Church, 236 Pine Point Road.

A panel of guest chefs will sample chowder submissions, including but not limited to corn, fish and seafood chowder, awarding prizes to top winners.

Sign-up deadline is Friday; call Sara Salisbury at 883-3773 or Anne and Shawn Brennan at 883-3159.

Entry fee is $8.

A portion of proceeds will go to Project G.RA.C.E.

Garden wisdom offered

Scarborough Garden Club will meet for a program titled “What’s New In The Garden For 2013” at 12:30 p.m. Thursday at the Hillcrest Community Recreation Center, 108 Hillcrest Ave.

Guests and new members are welcome.

All meetings are free unless otherwise stated.

For more details, call 510-1514.


Democratic panel to meet

The York County Democratic Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 60 School St.

The evening will begin with a social time followed by a talk by guest speaker Attorney General Janet Mills.

For more details, call Diane Denk at 604-0838 or email [email protected]

School art display ends soon

The Celebrate Student Art: RSU 23 Art Show, on display at the Saco Museum as part of the National Youth Art Month, will end Saturday.

The exhibition features the art works of students from Dayton Consolidated School in Dayton; Jameson Elementary School, Loranger Middle School, and Old Orchard Beach High School in Old Orchard Beach; and C. K. Burns School, Young School, Governor John Fairfield School and Saco Middle School.

More than 2,000 artworks are on display, including paintings, pastels and sculptures.

The exhibit is organized and curated by local art teachers Piper Bolduc, Debra DiGregorio, Martha Gagne, Joanne Matusko, Diane Noble, Judy Puiia and Dawn Strandburg. 

The display can be viewed from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, from noon to 8 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 372 Main St.

Both the museum and Dyer Library will be closed Monday in observance of Patriots Day.

For more details, call 283-3861 or go to www.dyerlibrarysacomuseum.org.


Cancer-related fatigue is topic

St. Mary’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders will offer a talk on reducing symptoms and finding relief for cancer-related fatigue at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Lepage Large Conference Room, 99 Campus Ave.

Guest speakers will include hematologist and oncologist Dr. Gregory Emmons, oncology certified nurse Chris Gervais and physical therapist Rebecca Harrington, who each will share in their area of expertise.

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


Library offers four events

Camden Public Library will offer four community events this week at 55 Main St.

Maine State Archaeologist and Author Bruce Bourque will talk about his book, “The Swordfish Hunters,” which details the history of Maine’s paleo-Indians, at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The program “Avian Haven,” presented by the Midcoast Audubon Society and Diane Winn and Marc Payne, will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday about work at the year-round wild bird rehabilitation center in Freedom.

A Spring Clean-up Day in Camden Park and Amphitheatre will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday. Clean-up volunteers will meet Dave Jackson in the park. They are encouraged to bring gloves and rakes for the work.

Also on Saturday, there will be a Star Gazing Party from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. atop Beech Hill in Rockport. The event is co-sponsored by Coastal Mountains Land Trust.

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


Three programs at library

York Public Library, at 15 Long Sands Road, will offer three community programs this week.

A Poetry Evening, in roundtable format, will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Priscilla Cookson will head the session and participants should bring along prose that includes April or spring themes.

Also on Tuesday, Maine Audubon biologist Traczie Bellinger will head a program about piping plovers, an endangered shorebird, at 7 p.m.

On Sunday, from 3:30 to 5:30, there will be a Muslim Journeys Reception to unveil that library’s new collection of books, films and resources that are intended to introduce readers to the beliefs, practices and cultures of Islam and Muslims in the United States and around the world.

The reception is being held in collaboration with the York Diversity Forum.

For more details, call 363-2818 or go to www.york.lib.me.us.


Finnish heritage group to meet

The Finnish-American Heritage Society of Maine will meet at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Finnish-American Heritage Center at 8 Maple St.

The meeting will begin with a membership potluck dinner, followed by the annual meeting and election of officers for the coming year.

For more details, call Barbara Payne at 743-5677.


Pride Day, road cleanup on tap

The Lebanon Rescue Department will oversee its third annual Lebanon Pride Day and Roadside Clean-up event from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Lebanon Rescue will offer trash bags, safety vests and gloves to those who need them.

Volunteers will meet at the Lebanon Town Offices, at 15 Upper Guinea Road, to register so that road crews will know what areas to collect trash from.

To register in advance, go to www.facebook.com/lebanonrescue and click on the Lebanon Pride Day event to log the area you are cleaning.

For more details, call Assistant Chief Jason Cole at 608-5615 or email [email protected]

The Rescue will offer a free barbecue meal from noon to 1 p.m. for all volunteers.

Rain date is April 27 and will be posted on line at www.lebanonrescue.com.


Spring luncheon planned

Reservations are being accepted through April 29 for the Coastal Senior College’s annual spring luncheon on May 3 at the Samoset Resort, featuring guest speaker Colin Woodard, an award-winning journalist and author.

Tickets are $25 and must be paid for with a credit card when a reservation is made.

The choice of entrees is either oven-roasted Atlantic salmon or vegetarian lasagna.

The doors open at 11:30 for the noon serving and the public is welcome.

To reserve a spot, call (800) 286-1594.


Amnesty on library fines

Vose Library, at 392 Common Road, is offering an amnesty period through April 27 in celebration of National Library Week.

During that period all fees will be waived for individuals who return overdue books or materials.

For more details, call 784-4733.


Vacation-week fun at Walker

Walker Memorial Library, 800 Main St., is offering the following youth activities for students during school vacation: Tuesday,”Board Games Galore!”; Wednesday, “Wii Freeplay!”; Thursday, “Fingerpainting!”; Friday, “Wii Freeplay!”; and Saturday, “Crafty Kids Bird Seed Ornament!”

For more details, email [email protected] or call 854-0630.


Coyote presentation at library

Conservation biologist Geri Vistein will provide the visual and interactive presentation “Coyote – America’s Song Dog” at 6:30 pm. Wedneday at Falmouth Memorial Library, 5 Lunt Road.

The event is free and open to the public; seating is limited.

For more details, call 781-2351.



Memory Network workshops

Maine Historical Society, in partnership with the Maine State Library and Maine Archives & Museums Maine Memory Network, is accepting enrollment for its 21st Century Skills Workshops.

The free, half-day workshops introduce attendees to the opportunities that local history, technology and Maine Memory Network provide to develop professional skills, increase the capacity of institutions, engage communities and deepen collaboration with historical societies, libraries, schools and other community organizations.

Library and historical society/museum professionals, educators, volunteers and members of the general public are invited to sign-up.

The workshops include an in-depth, interactive demonstration of Maine Memory Network and its many search tools and content offerings.

Current dates and locations include: April 29, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Cherryfield Free Public Library; 1 to 4 p.m. May 2 at Skidompha Public Library, Damariscotta; and from 1 to 4 p.m. May 21 at the Bangor Public Library.

Registration deadline is three business days prior to the workshop date.

For more details, call Larissa Vigue Picard, Community Partnership Coordinator, at [email protected] or 774-1822 Ext. 215.


Dinner to honor senior citizens

Maine School Administrative District 6 is accepting reservations for its Senior Citizen’s Annual Appreciation Night and Dinner, set for 5 to 7 p.m. May 23 at Bonny Eagle High School.

Senior residents from the towns of Buxton, Hollis, Limington, Standish and Frye Island are invited to attend the meal, which is offered free of charge.

Reservation deadline is by May 15 by calling Deb Tarbox at 929-3831 or 642-2480.


Meet up to clean up Saturday

The 14th Annual South Portland Land Trust Earth Day Cleanup will be held from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, with trash collections being held along roadsides, trails and shorelines and at beaches and parks.

Volunteers will meet at the northeast corner of Mill Creek Park, at Hinckley Drive and Cottage Road, to register and receive bags, gloves and instructions.

For more details, email Jon Dore at [email protected]


‘Keep Bath Beautiful’ Sunday

The Bath City Council’s second annual “Keep Bath Beautiful” Cleanup Day will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

A meeting area will be set up at Bath City Hall, at 55 Front St.

Families and volunteer organizations are encouraged to get a group together to participate.

City councilors will provide maps, trash bags, recycling bins, gloves, hand sanitizer and refreshments to those who are willing to help clean up refuse along streets and roadsides.

For more more details, call David Sinclair at 807-1610.


Workshops for kids at AWS

Animal Care Vacation Workshops for Children will be offered Monday through Thursday at the Animal Welfare Society on Holland Road.

Meeting from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day, the hands-on workshops focus on animal care and handling, as well as animal welfare-related issues.

The students will have the opportunity to interact with a variety of pets, play games and create crafts.

Snacks are provided but attendees should bring a lunch.

The cost is $30 per day or $100 for all four workshops.

Space is limited.

For more details, call Garret at 985-3244, ext. 109, or email [email protected]


Club to hear horticulturist

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

Dr. Ed Corbitt, horticulture professor at Senior College, University of Maine, will speak on “Plant Explorations in India and South Korea.”

Refreshments will be served.

Visitors are welcome.

For more details, call Clarabel Marstaller 865-1017.


Open house, pie sale at library

North Gorham Public Library will hold an open house and pie sale from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 2 Standish Neck Road.

Everyone is invited to visit the library and enjoy a slice of pie. Whole pies will also be available for sale.

For more details, call 892-2575 or go to www.north-gorham.lib.me.us.


Ex-intelligence officers gather

The Maine Chapter of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Brick Store Museum Program Center, at 2 Dane St., for the program ” The Chinese Intelligence Threat to America: How it Operates and Why It Succeeds.”

A member of the nation’s Intelligence Community and an expert on Chinese counterintelligence and operational planning will be on hand to discuss the organization of the intelligence services of the People’s Republic of China and explain why their methods of collection pose such a serious threat to the United States.

The meeting is open to the public.

For more details, call 967-4298.

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