North Gorham library ready to launch summer programs

The North Gorham Public Library will kick off its summer programs at 10:30 a.m Saturday at 2 Standish Neck Road.

Storyteller Jody Fein will use stories, rhythm and music to entertain young children and their families.

A schedule of other summer events will be available at the program.

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


Rotary fishing tournament planned for July 19-21

The second annual Saco Bay Rotary & Alec Cry Memorial Fishing Tournament will be held from July 19-21 at Marston’s Marina.

A $500 cash prize for the biggest fish and most fish caught by a team has been added to this year’s catch and release tournament.

A Captain’s Party will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. July 18 at Aquaboggan Water Park on Route 1, featuring a barbecue, catered by Famous Dave’s, a beer and wine bar and live and silent auctions.

Proceeds will benefit the Rotary’s Back Pack Program to provide weekend food for students of three area high schools.

For more details, call Leo Menard at 229-7525 or go to www.sacobayfishing.org.

Library, museum hosting colossal yard sale Saturday

Dyer Library and the Saco Museum will host a colossal yard sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday to benefit programs those facilities offer year round at at 371 Main St. This fundraiser is presented in conjunction with Saco Spirit’s 44th annual Sidewalk Arts Festival and OOB 365’s “Smoking at the Ballpark BBQ Festival.”

Donations of gently used, family friendly goods to sell are appreciated but should not include clothing, upholstered furniture or bedding.

Donations can be dropped off at the library.

Space is available to rent for independent vendors at $20 per 10 x 10 spaces or $25 including a table.

For more details, call Nancy Tripp at 284-6997.


Methodist church plans flea market fundraiser

The West Kennebunk United Methodist Church will hold a Family Flea Market fundraiser from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at 160 Alfred Road.

Table rentals are available for $10.

Refreshments will be available for purchase.

For more details, call 985-6632.


Historical Society plans talk on reporter’s trip to Russia

The Yarmouth Historical Society June Lecture Program will feature a talk by Tom Bell at 7 p.m. Monday at the Yarmouth History Center, at 118 East Elm St.

Bell, a Yarmouth resident, is a reporter at the Portland Press Herald and author of a blog (www.peopleofthetiger.com) that chronicled his family’s trip to the Russian Far East in 2012.

Bell will share photographs and speak about his family’s experience in a remote mountain village where his wife, Svetlana, was raised.

For more details, call 846-6259 or go to www.yarmouthmehistory.org.


Library will host authors Tess Gerritsen, John Ford

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

Author Tess Gerritsen will speak at 6 p.m. Wednesday and former Maine game warden John Ford, author of “Suddenly the Cider Didn’t Taste So Good” and the new “The Cider Still Tastes Funny!” will speak at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Copies of the books will be available for sale and signing.

For more details, call 781-2351 or go to www.falmouthmemoriallibrary.org.

Cooperative extension plans strawberry jam workshop

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Cumberland County will sponsor a low-sugar strawberry jam preserving workshop with community educator Kate McCarty from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the University of Maine Regional Learning Center, 75 Clearwater Drive, Suite 104.

Cost is $15 per person and scholarships are available.

To register on line, go to http://umaine.edu/food-health/food-preservation/hands-on-workshops/ or call 781-6099 or, in Maine, (800) 287-1471.

Workshop will teach how to build poultry travel cages

Building poultry travel cages will be the focus of a workshop, sponsored by University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Cumberland County and the Maine Poultry Growers Association from 9 to noon Saturday.

Participants will build wire poultry travel cages and UMaine Extension veterinarian Dr. Anne Lichtenwalner will talk about poultry health.

The workshop will be held at the Extension office, at 75 Clearwater Drive, Suite 104. Cost is $30 per person and $25 for MPGA members.

To register, go online to: umaine.edu/cumberland/programs/2013-how-to-build-poultry-cage or call 781-6099 or, in Maine, (800) 287-1471.


Community lunch social and book swap Wednesday

A Community Lunch Social and Book Swap will be held from 11 a.m to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Otisfield Community Hall, at Route 121.

Lunch items will include soup, sandwiches, salad, dessert, coffee, tea and punch.

Those with transportation needs to the event should call Nancy Coombs at 627-4374.

Historical society celebrates opening of summer season

The Falmouth Historical Society will celebrate “Opening Day” for its sixth annual summer season beginning with a flag-raising ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Falmouth Heritage Museum, 60 Woods Road.

Festivities will include an invocation by the Rev. Deborah Tate Breault and keynote speech by State Rep. Mary Nelson at 10:15 a.m., a performance by the local ukulele group The Flukes at 10:30 a.m., a talk by local antique dealer Colleen Donovan at 11 a.m., reminiscences on the history of the Falmouth Fire Department by retired firefighters Howard Rice and Ted Vail and a talk by Robert Shafto titled “History of Falmouth Land.”

A free lunch of hot dogs, baked beans, sodas and cookies or brownies will be offered.

For more details, call 781-4140.


Pine needle basket workshop Wednesday

The workshop “The Art and Craft of Pine Needle Baskets” will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at York Public Library at 15 Long Sands Road.

Presenter David Brinkman will teach about traditional and contemporary baskets, with emphasis on coiled baskets made from long leaf pine needles from the southeastern United States.

Examples of Brinkman’s pine needle baskets are on display at the library through Aug. 31.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a bagged lunch for this luncheon series lecture.

For more details, call Brinkman at 539-4368.


Lake association plans giant yard sale Saturday

The 24th annual Bauneg Beg Lake Association Giant Yard Sale will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Fish and Game Club on Route 4.

This is a major fundraiser to help fund water quality projects and lake monitoring activities throughout the year.

There will be several raffles and food will be available.

Volunteers are still needed to work the event, especially the afternoon shift, and donations of useful and saleable items may be dropped off at the club Thursday and Friday from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

To schedule a donation pickup, or to volunteer your time, call Ray or Ellie at (239) 338-8585 or email [email protected]