Expert to discuss ticks

May is Lyme Disease Awareness month, and the Camden Public Library will again host Lyme disease specialist Dr. Bea Szantyr at 7 p.m. Thursday for a “Tick Talk” detailing ticks, Lyme disease, the difficulties of medical diagnosis and steps you can take to protect yourself and your family.

The session is free and open to the public.

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

Cash for clothes benefit

The semi-annual cash for clothes sale to benefit Coastal Opportunities will be held Saturday through Monday, May 20 at the American Legion Hall on Pearl Street.

The sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Clothing can be bought at half price from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday; and by the bag from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday.

The fundraising event will benefit Coastal Opportunities, an agency providing services to autistic and developmentally disabled adults in the Knox County area.

For more information, call 594-5429.


Civil War in pictures

Libby Bischof, a history professor at the University of Southern Maine, will give an illustrated talk, “Visualizing the Civil War — Homefront and Battlefield,” at 7 p.m. Thursday at the North Gorham Public Library, 2 Standish Neck Road.

Bischof will discuss photography during the Civil War while highlighting the work of photographers Mathew Brady, Alexander Gardner and T.H. O’Sullivan. For more information, call 892-2575.


Land trust plant sale

The South Portland Land Trust will hold its Annual Plant and Bake Sale Saturday at the American Legion Hall, 413 Broadway.

The sale will offer annuals, perennials, vegetables, herbs, wildflowers and groundcovers, as well as baked goods and coffee.

The sale will open exclusively to land trust members from 8 to 9 a.m. with all others welcome thereafter.

Proceedswill be shared by the land trust and the South Portland Community Garden Collective.

For more details, call Susan Chase at 615-7840.


Plant and bake sale set

The 20th annual Cumberland County Master Gardener’s plant sale will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Barron Center, 1145 Brighton Ave.

The sale features herbs, vegetable seedlings, an extensive variety of perennials, plants and a large assortment of annuals.

There will also be a bake sale, and raffles of many garden-related products.

Proceeds of the sale support the group’s Seed Grant program for community projects. 


Yard sale for food bank

Neighbors in the Dunegrass Community are holding a yard sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday on Longcove and Oakmont Drive to raise money for the Old Orchard Beach Food Bank.

The food pantry serves nearly 500 people a month.


Plant sale to help library

The Friends of the Berwick Library will hold their 22nd Annual Plant Sale from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Berwick Public Library, Old Pine Hill Road and Sullivan Street.

Reasonably priced perennials, annuals, shrubs, trees, vegetables and herbs will be available.

All proceeds will benefit the library.


Annual church book sale

The South Freeport Congregational Church Annual Book Sale will begin with a preview sale from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, followed by sales from noon to 8 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Admission to the preview sale is $5.

Haddock chowder or black bean soup will be available for lunch Saturday.

All proceeds benefit the Educational Trust Fund, which provides annual college scholarships to local students.

The church is at 98 South Freeport Road. For more details, call 865-4012.


Meet the librarians

The youth services staff from the Scarborough Public Library invited library specialists from primary schools to read during family story time at 10:30 a.m. today at the library, 48 Gorham Road.

The event will provide an opportunity for kids starting kindergarten in Scarborough in the fall to meet librarians.

This program is free. For more information, go to


Speech and hearing event

May is better speech and hearing month.

The Community Health Information Partnership will hold an informational event from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesday at Curtis Memorial Library.

Representatives from Mid Coast Hospital and Parkview Adventist Medical Center will be on hand to answer questions. This free event is open to all area residents.

For more information, call 725-5242.


Get ready to ride

The Bicycle Coalition of Maine is offering a three-session class from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, starting Tuesday at the Bath YMCA.

Bob Bruce, a licensed cycle instructor, will teach participants about the rules of the road for bicycles, proper riding techniques, and bicycle equipment for basic repairs.

The class will be on-road, weather permitting. The cost is $10. Class size is limited to eight people. To register, call 443-4112. 

Bluegrass band at library

Tricky Britches, a Portland-based bluegrass band, will perform at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Patten Free Library.

Band members Jed Bresette, Seth Doyle, Tyler Lienhardt, and Ryan Wilkinson formed Tricky Britches in 2009, playing on street corners across the country.

The event is free and open to the public. 


Get your perennials now

The Wildridge Garden Club is holding a plant sale from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the George E. Jack School on Route 35.

A wide selection of perennials will be available from the club’s gardens.


Know your mushrooms

Greg Marley, founder of Mushrooms for Health, will give a talk, “Mushroom Identification,” from 11 a.m. to noon Monday at St. Mary’s Parish House, 43 Foreside Road.

Marley will talk about poisonous types of mushrooms, along with edible ones that can be found in your backyard.

St. Mary’s Garden Club of Falmouth is sponsoring the event.

The cost is $5. For more information, call 358-9312. 


Unity president to talk

Join Dr. Stephen Mulkey, president of Unity College, for the talk “Crisis and Opportunity in the Environmental Century” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday at Wells Reserve at Laudholm.

Mulkey will speak on creating a global economy built around sustainable management of natural resources and how humanity’s response to climate change and the resultant ecological crises could define the future world economy.

Funding for this program is provided by the NOAA Climate Stewards Education Project.

A donation of $5 is suggested.

For more details, call 646-1555 or go to


Help for older workers

Community Adult Education Center with host a workshop from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday offering employment tips for women and men over 50 who are seeking work.

This event will identify emerging trends that impact how mature workers view the world of work and the years beyond work.

This event involves Women, Work, and Community, Sanford Adult Education, University College at Saco, York County CareerCenter, Goodwill Workforce Solutions and Kerry Kenney, independent consultant.

Attendance is free. The location is 21 Bradeen St., Suite 201. Registration is required by calling 286-1722.


Visual storytelling on tap

“PechaKucha Night Midcoast Maine” will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Tarratine Tribe Hall, 153 Main St.

In this visual storytelling event. eight creative individuals will share their work, ideas and creative process in a fast-paced 20-slide, 20-second-per-slide format.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door.

For more information, contact [email protected]


Protect your pets

Happy Paws Unleashed will host a “Lost Pet Awareness Day!” Sunday featuring “Lost Pet Tracking Dogs” with Lisa Nazarenko from 10 a.m. to noon at 647 Lewiston Road.

The event will include discount micro-chipping and flea and tick treatments.

For more details, call 725-7990.


Handbell concert tonight

The Winthrop Area Handbell Ringers will hold a concert at 7 p.m. Monday at the Manchester Grange on Route 17. For more information, call 377-8275.


Community breakfast

The next Ladies/Community Breakfast will be held from 7 to 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Country Club Inn. The cost is $10.

Accommodations can be made for people with special dietary needs.

For information, call 864-3831.

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