Pianist accompanies films

The past comes to life again with the screening of three silent movie comedy shorts at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Old Town House on Town House Road.

Union Historical Society will present the pre-1923 films with pianist Doug Protsik providing piano accompaniment from an original score.

Being offered in conjunction with the town’s Founder’s Day Celebration, the screenings serve to recreate a slice of 1920s America, with an audience watching the silver screen from antique deacon’s bench seating.

With a background in classical, folk, old-time and dance music, Protsik of Woolwich fell naturally into his role as the “heir” of the late Danny Patt, who tickled the ivories to silent movies at the Old Town House in the 1920s, starting at age 11.

Protsik performs for silent movie showings at international film festivals and has toured extensively.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free but donations are appreciated to help with maintenance of the historic building. For more details, call Alison Metcalfe at 785-4531.


Madagascar’s wild resources

Anna Jaeger of Bath will give a presentation on the natural history of Madagascar at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Patten Free Library, 33 Summer St.

Jaeger spent five months in Madagascar as part of a study abroad program. She lived with families there and conducted field research. The talk will focus on the ecology and wildlife of national parks and reserves in Madagascar.

The presentation is free, open to the public and will be held in the library’s second floor Community Room. For more details, call 443-5141, ext. 25.


Magic, comedy at theater

The Moscow Magic & Comedy Show has opened at the Theater of Awesome on Depot Street.

This family-friendly performance features professional magician Vladimir Zinczenko and features illusions, comedy, juggling, ventriloquism and audience participation.

The show will run every Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m. through Aug. 29. Tickets are $22 and advance sales are recommended at www.awesometheater.com.

For more details, call Bruce Johnson at 217-8880 or go to [email protected]


Red Sox salute blood donor

Ashley Soule of South Portland was named the Blood Donor of the Game on June 8 during a Red Sox game at Fenway Park in Boston after recently donating blood at an American Red Cross drive.


Homecoming queen for state

Elizabeth Stockbridge of Kennebunk has been selected Maine’s Homecoming Queen for 2013.

She will represent the state at the 33rd annual America’s Homecoming Queen Selection event Saturday through July 24 in Memphis, Tenn.

America’s Homecoming Queen is a nonprofit organization that promotes education and community service for high school homecoming queens.

Stockbridge is the daughter of Doug and Ann Stockbridge. To vote for her, go to www.americashomecomingqueen.com.

Magic Tree House Club starts

Imagine a tree house filled with books that transport you to a different time and place. That is the premise behind author Mary Pope Osborne’s “Magic Tree House” series.

Children ages 6 to 10 are invited to join the Kennebunk Free Library for its new Magic Tree House Club, meeting at 2 p.m. Tuesday. Attendees will read about dinosaurs and participate in an accompanying craft and games.

Extra copies of the book are available for children to read ahead of time.

Pre-registration is required by calling 985-2173 ext. 5 or emailing [email protected]


Sixties Sock Hop Saturday

Ricker Memorial Library continues to celebrate its 50th anniversary with a Sixties Sock Hop from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Poland Town Hall on Route 26.

For more details, call 998-4390.


Concerts by touring choir

The Maranatha Touring Choir of Fredericksburg, Va., will perform an outdoor concert at 3 p.m. Wednesday in the Camden Amphitheatre at 55 Main St.

Maranatha is an interdenominational choir of students ranging from 8th grade through college. The choir will sing music that ranges from classical to contemporary. It also will perform at the Littlefield Baptist Church in Rockland at 7 p.m. Thursday.

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

Great Depression discussion

Richard Cornelia will present an illustrated talk on the Great Depression at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Camden Public Library, 55 Main St.

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


Christmas in July fair

A Christmas in July church fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Raymond Village Community Church, 27 Main St., Route 121.

The inside/outside event will include Christmas white elephant tables, craft vendors, face painting, cookie walk, food tables, flower arrangements, raffles and a silent auction.

Breakfast and luncheon items will be available for purchase.

Craftspeople and other vendors may still rent tables by calling Polly Dyer at 892-4301.


Book Sale & Raffle

York Public Library’s annual Book Sale & Raffle will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

The fee for Thursday’s event is $10 per person; admission is free on Friday and Saturday.

Raffle tickets will be sold for a chance to win two iPad Minis.

The library is at 15 Long Sands Road.


‘L’Etranger Extraterrestre’

Local author Norman Beaupre will launch his latest book, “L’Etranger Extraterrestre” at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at McArthur Library, 270 Main St.

Written in French, Beaupre’s book tells the story of the young Pascal, who meets an extraterrestrial who brings him knowledge of galaxies, nebulae and stars.

Beaupre is a professor emeritus at the University of New England, and has written 18 books. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

For more details, call 284-4181.

Volunteer work on trail

Two volunteer opportunities will be offered this week at Timber Trail, a 100-plus-acre tract in the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge recently designated as a National Recreational Trail.

Weed Warriors will meet from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday at the Timber Point trailhead to help remove invasive species, and trail maintenance will be done during the same hours Friday.

Volunteers should bring work gloves, wear closed-toe shoes and bring plenty of water. Snacks will be provided. Parking is available at the end of Granite Point Road in Biddeford. Rain date will be Wednesday.

For more details, call Janet Gorman at 646-9226, ext. 33 or email [email protected]


Historic Dorcas Fair

The Dorcas Society of Hollis and Buxton has held an annual Dorcas Fair since the early 1900s. The event now coincides with the Buxton Community Days to be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday on the lawn at Tory Hill Church on routes 4 and 202.

The fair was actually initiated by Kate Douglas Wiggin, the author of “Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm,” who lived in Hollis and started the Dorcas Society in 1897. The event features some 25 crafters and artisans, baked goods, books, attic treasures, a community raffle, a luncheon, a Revolutionary War encampment, treasures in the Brewster barn, a walking tour of the grounds of the Brewster Mansion and the raffle of a homemade quilt.

For more details, call Sharon House at 929-4382.


Historical society programs

Maine Historical Society kicks off a new, four-part Summer in the Garden series Wednesdays in the Wadsworth-Longfellow Garden at 489 Congress St.

The first program, at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, features the six-piece Serenade Band of Portland’s Centennial Brass Band that recreates a group from 1850 to 1875. Bandmaster Jon Hall will provide historical narrative between selections.

On July 24, Maine poet and USM Stonecoast MFA Director Annie Finch performs. A book sale and signing will follow the reading.

On July 31, Jeffrey V. Wells and Allison Childs Wells, authors of “Maine’s Favorite Birds,” will share facts, stories and images. A book sale and signing will follow the talk.

On Aug. 7, O’Donal’s Nursery owner Jeff O’Donal will head a workshop detailing “Hands-On Historic Gardening.”

The programs are free but pre-registration is required by calling 774-1822, ext. 215 or email [email protected] to register. Seating is limited and first-come, first-served. Light refreshments will be served.

In case of rain, the events move to the MHS lecture hall.

Understanding Alzheimer’s

The Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter, will present the free workshop “Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters” from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Friday at The Woods at Canco, 257 Canco Road.

The informative session is designed to give an understanding of the difference between age-related memory loss and Alzheimer’s and what to do about signs of the disease.

The program is free, but advance registration is required by calling 772-0115, (800) 272-3900 or emailing [email protected]

Free college workshops

The Maine Educational Opportunity Center will host several free workshops on Essentials of College Planning for ages 19 and older.

Sessions will be held Monday and July 22 at Portland CareerCenter, 185 Lancaster St., and July 24, 30 and 31 at Portland Adult Education, 57 Douglass St.; all sessions begin at 10 a.m.

To register, call (800) 281-3703 or go to http://meoc.maine.edu.

Puppet show and crafting

Peaks Island Puppets presents Solomon and Ashmedai at the Portland Public Library at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in the Children’s Library at 5 Monument Square.

The show will be followed by puppet-making, designed for children ages 4 and older.

Puppeteers David Handwerker and Stephanie Eliot delight audiences of all ages with their storytelling antics. The show is directed by Julie Goell.

Camp songs for kids

The Crusher’s Kids Concert Series continues its third season at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, with the second of five free events for children.

A concert of camp songs will be performed by Jon Call at the bandstand in Deering Oaks park in Portland; in the event of inclement weather, the event will be relocated to Reiche Community Center at 166 Brackett St.


Golfing for Salvation Army

There are still a few spaces available for the 16th annual Salvation Army Golf Tournament, set for Aug. 6 at the Dunegrass Country Club at 200 Wild Dunes Way.

The event will begin with registration and breakfast at 7 a.m., followed by a 7:45 a.m. sharp tee-off. A barbecue lunch and an awards ceremony will immediately follow, including prizes.

Registration is $50.

Checks should be made payable to The Salvation Army and mailed to: Maj. Robert J. Reel, 117 Broadstone St., Lancaster, PA 17603.

For more details, call (717) 715-7003


Swap your accessories

Refashion your wardrobe at Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center’s summer Accessories Style Swap event set for 5 p.m. Thursday.

Attendees are invited to bring their jewelry, scarves, belts and handbags and trade them in for other items. Any leftover items will be consigned to The Ladies Room or Consigning Women in Spectrum Generations’ name.

Beverages and snacks will be provided. Donation in support of the Coastal Community Center’s programs and services is $15.

For more details, call Marianne Pinkham at 563-1363 or e-mail [email protected]

Sea glass pins, pendants

Take your jewelry-making skills to the next level at the workshop, Sea Glass as Wearable Art with a New Twist — Pins and Pendants, at 1 p.m. Friday at Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center, 521 Main St.

Learn how to make pins and pendants using sea glass and wire. The fee is $25 and includes materials. Bring along a pair of needle-nosed pliers if you have some.

Advance registration is required by calling 563-1363.


Shaker chairs, table runners

Historic Shaker Village will offer two workshops from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday teaching how to weave a “checkerboard” Shaker-style chair or create a table runner in a classic gameboard pattern. The village is located at 707 Shaker Road, Route 26.

For the chair-weaving workshop, participants must bring a new or antique chair or footstool to reseat.

Antique and contemporary examples of Shaker chairs and seats will be examined before the creation process begins.

Cost is $35 and a materials list will be supplied upon registration.

The table runner workshop will teach basic quilting techniques for ages 12 and up. Cost is $28.50, including a pattern fee. A list of needed materials will be provided.

To register, call 926-4597 or email [email protected]


Concert on school lawn

The South Berwick Hot Summer Nights concert series will feature a 6:30 p.m. Thursday show by The Scharff Brothers on the lawn of Central School at 167 Main St.

The show will open with performances by Cat Connors and Jamie Meader.


Summer writing workshops

The Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance will offer 19 writing workshops throughout Maine this summer, covering topics from fiction to memoirs, poetry to essays and book reviewing to crime fiction.

“The Best Truth” with Elizabeth Peavey will be offered Saturday at the Belfast Free Library.

Additional talks will include “Writing About Family History” with Christina Baker Kline on July 26, “Free Range Poetry” with Arielle Greenberg on July 27, “The Book Review Brigade” with William Bushnell on Sept. 7 and 28 and “Overcoming Writer’s Block” with Katherine Mayfield on Sept. 14, all at USM’s Glickman Library in Portland.

The programs “The Poetry of Art” with Ellen Goldsmith on Aug. 3 and “Crime Fiction 101” with Kate Flora on Aug. 24 both will be held at the Rockland Public Library.

For more details, go to www.mainewriters.org, call 228-8263 or email [email protected]


Lots to do at Laudholm

Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm will offer a variety of programs this week at 342 Laudholm Farm Road.

The VentiCordi Ensemble will present a concert of chamber music at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the historic barn.

A “History of a Saltwater Farm” docent-led walk will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday.

Join Wells Reserve research scientists in the laboratory at the Maine Coastal Ecology Center at 10 a.m. Friday to learn about fish surveys, salt marsh restoration, water quality monitoring, invasive species prevention and other topics in coastal research.

On Saturday, mycologist and naturalist Sue Van Hook will head the talk “Constant Companions: Lichens, Mosses, and Ferns,” offering a close-up view of the background greenery we so often overlook. Cost is $12/$10 and registration is required.

At 9 a.m. Monday there will be a “Secrets of the Salt Marsh Walk” and a Wilderness Survivor course for children ages 6 to 10; cost of the latter is $50/$40, with reservations required.

Kayak the Little River Estuary at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday for $50/$40, with registration required.

And on Wednesday there will be a Bird Banding Demonstration at 7 a.m., a Farmer for a Day program for youth starting at 9 a.m. and a talk detailing dragonflies and butterflies at 1 p.m.

For a complete list of times, fees and locations, call Scott Richardson at 646-4521 ext. 114 or go to www.wellsreserve.org.


Music at the library

Springvale Public Library presents a musical performance by Mr. Harley from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday for children in grade 4 or younger.

This free show will be held at the Nasson Community Center Little Theatre at 457 Main Street.

For more details, call Sheila 324-4624.


Authors talk about writing

Wiscasset Public Library will host three upcoming author talks, all meeting at 7 p.m., over the next three Thursday evenings, providing opportunities for the writers to talk about their writing process with readers.

Lea Wait of Edgecomb will speak this Thursday. She is the author of two series: mysteries featuring Maggie Summer and her children’s Wiscasset books. Wait will discuss her latest book, “Shadows on a Cape Cod Wedding” and other future releases.

Wait will be joined by Harpswell summer resident Kate Flora, author of “Redemption,” a Joe Burgess novel set in Portland.

On July 25, Janet Morgan of Wiscasset will introduce her third Killdeer Farm mystery, “Katahdin Drowning.”

On Aug. 1, Wiscasset’s Phil Di Vece will talk about his latest book, “Wiscasset and Its Times.”

The talks are free. Refreshments will be served and copies of books will be available for purchase. For more details, call 882-7161.


Following Japanese poet

Author Carolyn Locke will give an illustrated talk on Matsuo Basho, the subject of her new book, “Not One Thing: Following Matsuo Basho’s Narrow Road to the Interior,” at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Camden Public Library at 55 Main St.

Considered by many to be Japan’s greatest haiku poet, Basho dressed as a humble monk and traveled on foot, visiting many important historical, religious and literary sites.

A combination of prose, haiku and photography, Locke’s book explores her travels around the island of Honshu with 15 other teachers from the United States as part of a Fulbright-Hays Special Project to Japan.

For details, call Ken Gross at 236-3440.

On ‘The Art of Katahdin’

Editor Carl Little and author and artist David Little will present a talk on the new book “The Art of Katahdin” at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Camden Public Library at 55 Main St.

The book includes more than 200 images of the Katahdin region. Books will be on hand for purchase and signing.

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


Historical bus tours

Tickets are on sale for Union Historical Society’s two Come Spring Bus Tours, which are part of the town’s Founders Day celebrations. The tours depart from the Old Town House on Town House Road at 5:30 p.m. Friday and at 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

Tickets are $10 and the tour takes place rain or shine. The narrated two-hour tours follow the Georges River Scenic Byway, detailing sites where Union’s early settlers lived. There will be stops at five historic sites.

Tickets may be purchased by calling 785-5444 and leaving a message.

Pie social, music Friday

Kick off Founders Day weekend with the Union Area Chamber of Commerce’s Now Famous Pie Social, with the high-octane blues of the Juke Rockets, at 5:30 p.m. Friday on the Union Common.

Bring the family, spread out blankets, set up lawn chairs and enjoy a picnic-style dinner. Chamber members will sell hamburgers and hot dogs before the main event — homemade pies. Choose from a large selection of pies donated by area bakers.

For more details, go to www.unionareachamber.org.

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