Mad Science of Maine

York Public Library, 15 Long Sands Road, ends its Summer Family Fun Series on Thursday with a 10:30 a.m. performance of Mad Science of Maine at Village Elementary School, 124 York St.

Mad Science of Maine offers live science shows that are designed to amaze audiences while instilling both a clear sense of how science works and how it affects the world.

For more information, call the library at 363-2818 or go to www.york.lib.me.us.


Concert Thursday evening

Dan Walker will perform at 6:30 p.m. Thursday on the lawn of Central School, 197 Main St., as part of the town’s Hot Summer Nights concert series.

The free concerts are held each Thursday through Aug. 15 and include opening acts by local youth.

This week, Marshwood High School student Sophie Towle will perform as Walker’s opening act.


Benefit concert Saturday

A Hidden Valley Nature Center benefit concert, created by local artist Jon Luoma, will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Sheepscot General, 98 Townhouse Road.

This will be a great time to meet new HVNC Director Andy McEvoy.

Many local musicians are lending their time and talent to raise funds for HVNC’s educational programs.

The list includes Dan Townsend, Pixie Lauer, Bertie Koller, Chris Simpson, Iza Jane and Luoma.

Sheepscot General will have fresh baked pizza, sweets and drinks available for purchase, or attendees may bring their own refreshments. Chairs and blankets are recommended.

The event will be held rain or shine under a big tent.

Cost is $10 for adults; children 9 and younger may attend free.

For more details, go to www.hvnc.org or call 549-5185.


Meet Maine fiber artists

Visit with Maine fiber artists working in a wide range of mediums from 1 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at Halcyon Yarn, 12 School St.

Talk with the artists about tatting, weaving, rug hooking, rug braiding, silk painting, felting, book making, embroidery and netting.

Artist and autor KristenTenDyke will be to hand to sign books, and there will be a trunk show highlighting the sweaters from her latest book, “Finish-Free Knits.”

The event is free and open to the public.

For more details, call 442-7909.


Family outings, activities

Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm is hosting a number of family outings and activities this week at 342 Laudholm Farm Road.

A Nature Safari Earth Camp, for youth ages 9 to 12, will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday and explore themes of invasive species, pollution and climate change while including fun service projects. Cost is $200/$160 discounted price.

Join a Wells Reserve naturalist for a nature walk from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday to view a variety of coastal habitats.

An informative kayak outing on the Little River Estuary with a registered Maine Guide will be offered from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday for ages 12 and older. Cost is $50/$40.

A bird-banding demonstration with master bander June Ficker will be held from 7 a.m. to noon Wednesday.

A “Secrets of the Salt Marsh” walk will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, featuring a docent-led walk that covers about a mile.

The talk “We Are All Connected” will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday at the Center for Wildlife, featuring live animals, hands-on materials and an interactive display. Cost is $7/$5 or $15 per family.

An Art HOPE Creative Wellness Walk, led by Art HOPE artist-in-residence Laura Jaquays, will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Friday.

Join a York County Audubon birder on a search for resident and migratory species at one of Maine’s premier birding locations from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

The talk “A Remedy for Craziness,” detailing plants long used for mental wellness, will be held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday. Cost is $7/$5 or $15 per family.

A concert of classical music, performed by the DaPonte String Quartet, will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday in the historic barn at the Wells Reserve. Tickets at the door or online at wellsreserve.org/daponte.

Attendence is free, after admission fee, unless otherwise noted.

For more details, or to register for an event, call 646-1555.


Workshop for new families

Kids First will offer the program “Stepparenting Hearts” from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Kids First Center, 222 St. John St., Suite 104.

The workshop is designed to help stepparents and biological parents understand the ups and downs experienced by each person in the new family, including the children.

Topics will include ways to ease the transition process, setting appropriate boundaries, how to meet individual needs and how to gain confidence in new role and relationships.

Cost is $60 per person or $100 for couples.

Advance registration is required by calling 761-2709, or register online at kidsfirstcenter.org.

Hospice volunteer training

The VNA Home Health Hospice team will offer a 20-hour hospice volunteer training for individuals who wish to bring comfort to individuals and families facing terminal illness.

Volunteers will be trained to provide companionship, caregiver respite and practical nonmedical help for hospice clients.

The sessions will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fridays, Sept. 13, 20, 27 and Oct. 4 at VNA Home Health Hospice, 50 Foden Road, South Portland.

A pretraining interview is required.

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


Talk on Registry of Deeds

Author Larry Glatz will present the program “Files of Dreams” at 7 p.m. Tuesday at The Norway Historical Society, 471 Main St.

Glatz will describe the many resources available at the Registry of Deeds.

Beyond simple land records, the documents tell stories of the individuals and families who first settled the area.

The talk will be illustrated by Glatz’s recently published book, “Oxford County in Deed: People and Places of Early Oxford County, Maine.”

Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

For more details, go to norwayhistoricalsociety.org or call 743-7377.


Historical Society meeting

Union Historical Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Old Town House on Town House Road, just off Union Common.

The evening will start with a potluck supper, followed by a short business meeting and a Civil War presentation by historian Stephen May titled “Their Eyes Have Seen the Glory: Art of the Civil War.”

Guests are invited to bring a main dish or salad to share, plus their own place setting. Beverages and dessert will be provided.

For more details, call 785-5444 or go to www.unionhistoricalsociety.org.

Maine’s Red Paint People

Author and Maine Chief Archaeologist Bruce Bourque will talk about his research on Maine’s Red Paint People at 7 p.m. Thursday at Vose Library, 392 Common Road.

The Red Paint People were among the first maritime cultures in the Americas. Many of their sites have been discovered in Union and along the St. George River.

This program is free and open to the public.

For more information, call 785-4733.

Library book and bake sale

Vose Library will hold its annual Book and Bake Sale on the Common from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

All proceeds benefit the library.

For more details, call 785-4733.


Events at Camden library

Camden Public Library will host a full line-up of programs and performances this week.

Dr. Jake Donaldson of Voices for Creative Nonviolence will give the talk “Our Longest War: The Impact of America’s War on Terror in Afghanistan” at 2 p.m. Monday, detailing his recent visit to Afghanistan.

A screening of the movie “The Sting” will be held at 8:15 p.m. Monday at the Camden Amphitheatre, opposite the library.

Maine Master Naturalist Program student Diann Henderson will lead a low-tide beach walk at the head of Camden Harbor at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

An Artist of the Month reception, for featured artist Sue Reed, will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

A concert featuring the Pollock String Quartet will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at the amphitheater. The concert is free, but donations are appreciated. In the event of rain, the performance will be held in the library.

The Gazebones Trombone Ensemble will perform a recital at 1:30 p.m. Friday in the amphitheater.

A Camden walking tour will begin at 4 p.m. Friday. Meet at the library.

And on Sunday, a “Big Jam In The Park” concert will be held at 1 p.m. at the amphitheater featuring jazz music.

All events are free and open to the public.

Attendees of shows at the ampitheatre should bring blankets or chairs for seating.

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


Free family magic show

Magician Conjuring Carroll will perform at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Prince Memorial Library, 266 Main St.

Geared toward the entire family, the performance is free.

For more details, call 829-2215.


Sea kayak tour

A sea kayak tour of Muscongus Bay will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday with registered Maine Guide Bill Michaud.

The three-hour tour launches from Outsider’s Inn Breakfast, at 4 Main St.

Participation fee is $35.

Advanced registration is required by calling 563-1363 by Wednesday.


Conservation bus

There are still tickets available for the Knox-Lincoln Conservation Bus Tour on Saturday.

Knox-Lincoln SWCD staffers will provide insights and answer questions about geology, ecology and agricultural activities during the drive past local farms, lakes, mountains and blueberry fields on the tour.

The bus will depart from the District office on Route 90 at 8:15 a.m. and return around 4 p.m.

Pre-registration is required and the cost is $35.

To request more information or to register for the tour, call Hildy at 596-2040, [email protected], or visit www.knox-lincoln.org/bus-tour.


Programs at Wolfe’s Neck

Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park, 426 Wolf Neck Road, offers nature programs daily at 2 p.m. through Aug. 31.

Most programs start at the circle of benches at the end of the second parking lot unless otherwise noted and may include walks, talk or activities in a natural setting.

Programs last about one hour, weather permitting.

No reservations needed except for group use, and the nature programs are free with park admission.

Admission is $1 for ages 5 to 11, $3 for Maine residents ages 12 to 64, $4.50 for nonresidents and $1.50 for nonresidents 65 and older. Persons under 5 and Maine residents 65 and older are free.

For more information or to arrange for group visits, call 865-4465.

Comedy, juggling show

Performing brother duo Matt and Jason Tardy, co-founders of the Freeport Theater of Awesome, will present their comedy and juggling show at 2 p.m. every Sunday in August at 5 Depot St.

The Tardy Brothers show features their own brand of relentless sarcastic wit, high-energy juggling, physical comedy and daring stunts. Tickets are $10 in advance and $13 at the door or online at www.AwesomeTheater.com.

For more details, email [email protected] or call 518-8839.


Author Ellen Goodman

Southern Maine Medical Center will sponsor the free presentation “Share Your Wishes: Discover the Greatest Gift You Can Give Your Family” and author, columnist and Conversation Project co-founder Ellen Goodman at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Kennebunk Town Hall, 1 Summer St.

To reserve a seat, call 283-7251.


Collecting school supplies

Stuff The Bus is collecting supplies and donations until Aug. 16 to provide school supplies to some 700 students returning to school this fall.

Those wishing to make a donation should make checks payable to United Way of York County and mail them to P.O. Box 727, Kennebunk, ME 04043-0727. Please write “Sanford/Springvale Stuff the Bus” in the check’s subject line.

Monetary donations can also be made online via the United Way of York County website at www.buildcommunity.org/school-supply-drives.


Celebration of food and art

Creative Work Systems is accepting reservations for its Aug. 25 event Nourish, a celebration of farmers, chefs and artists to be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Barn at Flanagan’s Farm, 668 Narragansett Trail.

The evening will include an art auction, photo booth, live music and dinner.

Tickets are $35 and can be purchased online at www.creativeworksystems.com or call 879-1140, ext. 240.

This event will benefit CWS’s Team Up!, a social and recreational club for current high school students and graduates with disabilities between ages of 17-21.


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