Fire department yard sale

The Lebanon Fire Department and the Ladies Auxiliary will host their fourth annual yard sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Fire Station, located at Depot and Upper Cross roads.

Proceeds from the yard sale will go toward the purchase of a thermal imaging camera.

Donated items for the sale are appreciated. To drop off items or have them picked up, please call the station at 457-3922 and leave a message.

Garden club’s annual party

The Southern Maine Garden Club will hold its annual garden party and membership drive at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Belgian Meadows Farm at 279 Merchants Row.

The event will include a light dinner, tours of the farm by owner Steve Colling and carriage rides.

The club also will hold its annual hat contest, with prizes awarded in three categories: most creative, funniest and most elegant.

The club meets at the Springvale Library on the third Wednesday of every month at 6:45 p.m.

The public is invited to attend.

For more details, call Mary Saltmarsh at 324-5394 or Donna Claveau at (603) 332-4860.

For directions to the farm, go to www.belgianmeadowsfarm.com.


Maine author John Ford Sr.

John Ford Sr., author of “Suddenly, the Cider Didn’t Taste So Good: The Adventures of a Game Warden in Maine” and “This Cider Still Tastes Funny,” will share his experiences as a Maine game warden at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Soldiers Memorial Library, 85 Main St. 

A time for audience questions and book signings will follow. Refreshments will be served.

For more details, call 625-4650.


Steamboats on Sebago

The program “Steamboats on Sebago,” detailing how life used to be on Sebago Lake and local environs, will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at the Windham Veterans Center, behind Big Lots at the Windham Mall.

Refreshments will be served, and questions will be taken from audience members.  

Admission is a $5 suggested donation.

AARP driver safety class

Reservations are due by Sept. 2 for an AARP driver safety class, for drivers age 50 and older, to be presented from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sept. 7 at the Windham Public Library, at 217 Windham Center Road.

Registration fee is $12 for AARP members and $14 for all others.

To register, call John Hammon, volunteer instructor, at 655-4943.


Tomato preservation class

The University of Maine  Cooperative Extension of Cumberland County will offer a tomato preservation workshop with food preservation community education assistant Kate McCarty from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the UMaine Regional Learning Center, 75 Clearwater Dr., Suite 104.

Cost is $15 per person, and scholarships are available.

To register online and see details of future workshops go to http://umaine.edu/food-health/food-preservation/hands-on-workshops/ or call 781-6099.


Series on the health care act

The Patten Free Library will host the three-part series “The Affordable Care Act and What It Means For You” starting Wednesday from 6:30-8 p.m. at 33 Summer St.

Members of the outreach and education team from Maine Community Health Options will present on the Affordable Care Act, the health insurance marketplace and the new CO-OP health insurance option for Maine residents. A question and answer period will follow the presentation.

The programs are free and open to the public. Maine Community Health Options is Maine’s first nonprofit, consumer operated and oriented health insurance plan. 

MCHO enrollment opportunities will begin on Oct. 1 with coverage policies effective Jan. 1, 2014. 

For more information about MCHO, go to www.maineoptions.org.  


Program on Civil War

Civil War re-enactor Thornton Batty, with the 20th Maine, will present a program detailing the service of local soldiers who fought in the Civil War at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at St. George Historical Society at Wiley’s Corner Road.

A potluck supper will precede the talk at 6:30 p.m. All are invited to bring a dish to share.

The program is free, but donations are appreciated. 

For more details, call James Skoglund at 372-8893.


Learn about Aging in Place

Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center will sponsor an Aging in Place and community symposium from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on Belvedere Road.

The daylong event will feature tips and talks from aging experts to help elderly populations access resources and services that can help them be able to continue living in their own homes.

Through panel discussions, personal stories, interactive workshops, exhibits and a community conversation, this year’s symposium focuses on thriving in place and downsizing as one learns how to be successful at refashioning one’s place in time.

Program leaders, peers and professionals will examine the multiple aspects of downsizing one’s space, rightsizing one’s lifestyle, assessing the livability of one’s’ home and community so that one can stay at home and in place within one’s community of choice. 

Orders for healthy boxed lunches, to be prepared by the Elder Care Network of Lincoln County, will be available for participants to pick up during the symposium’s lunch break for $7 each.

Boxed lunches must be ordered and paid for in advance.

To place an order, call 563-1363.

For more information, a brochure and a registration form, call 563-1363, email [email protected] or stop by Spectrum Generations at 521 Main St. in Damariscotta.


Talk on marine viruses

Marine virus ecologist and senior research scientist Dr. Joaquin Martinez will head the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Science’s final Cafe Scientifique of the summer at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Boothbay Harbor Opera House at 86 Townsend Ave.

Martinez will discuss current research about the roles that marine viruses play in the ocean’s complex food web and the virus-mediated microbial mechanisms and processes that shape diverse marine environments, from the nearby Gulf of Maine to deep-sea marine sediments and hydrothermal vents.

The talk is free and open to the public, with beer, wine and sodas available for purchase.  


Free events at public library

Camden Public Library will host a number of free programs this week at its 55 Main St. facility.

The MOJO Jazz Orchestra will perform an informal, free concert at 6:15 p.m. Monday at the Camden Amphitheatre. Attendees of the performance are encouraged to bring blankets or chairs for seating.

Terry Cline will present the free workshop “Health By Design: Architecture as a Health Resource for All” at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Call 236-3440 to register.

A Camden walking tour will be offered at 4 p.m. Friday. Hosted by the Camden Public Library and the Camden Downtown Business Group, the tour begins at the library. Call 236-3440 to register.

Richard Cornelia will present an illustrated talk on “The True Story of the Mutiny on the Bounty” at 1 p.m. Saturday as part of Windjammer Festival.

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


Talk on contemporary arts

Award winning playwright and College of the Atlantic alumna Andrea Lepcio, ’79, will speak with COA’s new performing arts professor Jodi Baker about contemporary theater and the power of the performing arts during a lecture at 9 a.m. Tuesday at Deering Common Community Center, 105 Eden St.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more details, call Kim Child at 801-5625 or email [email protected]


50 years after historic march

In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s. “I Have A Dream” speech, the Portland Public Library will host a panel discussion from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday featuring Mainers who were at the Lincoln Memorial in 1963 as part of that historic event.

Those attendees will discuss their memories, reflections and challenges for the 21st century. Relive one of the iconic moments of the Civil Rights struggle and reflect on its challenge for today. 

The event will be held in the Rines Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.

Portland Singing event

There will be a Portland Singing event from 1-4 p.m. Sunday at The New Church at 302 Stevens Ave.

The Shape Note singing event is a free, participatory event, not a performance.

No experience is necessary, and beginners are welcome.

Participants will sing from the Sacred Harp, 1991 Denson edition.

Books will be available for loan or purchase.

For those who can, please bring a snack to share during the break.


Picnic with music, fireworks

A picnic featuring live music and a fireworks display will be held from 5-8:30 p.m. Saturday at Mitchell Field on Harpswell Neck Road, on Route 123.  

The local American Legion post will be on site to offer sales of hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and cold drinks. Attendees should feel free to bring their own meals. Picnic tables will be set up.

Fireworks will begin about 8:15 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more details, call 833-5583.


Widows conference

Reservations are being accepted for the 2013 “Making the Widows Heart Sing” Widows Conference, set for Sept. 20 and 21 at the East Auburn Baptist Church, 560 Park Ave.

The event will include a 7 p.m. opening reception Sept. 20 titled “Finding Your Mission: A Purpose Worth Living For.”

The guest speaker is Miriam Neff.

The Sept. 21 session will include a 9 a.m. talk titled “What We Have Now: Tools For the Transition,” followed by workshops from 10:30-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-1:30 p.m. and the concluding talk, “Facing Forward: Bold Living in Our New Life,” to be given from 1:45-3 p.m.; there will be a lunch break from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Attendees may choose to attend a variety of workshops, with subject matters including dealing with depression and isolation, grief support groups, starting a widow’s ministry, elder abuse, personal finance, safety, Social Security and Medicare and outreach tips on connecting with others through offering evangelistic socials and connecting with men’s ministries.

The cost is $25 and includes the cost of lunch on Sept. 21. Scholarships are available.

Sign up by Sept. 14.

To register online go to eabcministries.com or make a check payable to East Auburn Baptist Church and mail it to: Widow Ministry, East Auburn Baptist Church, 560 Park Ave., Auburn, ME 04210.

For more details, call 782-0348.


Historical Society meeting

The Phippsburg Historical Society will hold its annual meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Phippsburg Sportsmens Club on Route 209.

Guest speaker John Bradford will present recent findings on the archeological digs at Popham Colony.

Refreshments will be served.

All are welcome to attend.

For more details, call 443-6409.


Free rockabilly concert

Musician Sean Mencher will perform a concert of rockabilly music at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the town mall in the downtown area.

Attendees of this free show are encouraged to bring a blanket or chair and a picnic. Presented by Brunswick Downtown Association.

For more details, call 729-4439 or go to www.brunswickdowntown.org/MOTM.


Climate change discussion

How will climate change affect what you eat and where your food is grown? And will Maine lose the ability to grow some food crops while gaining others?

Explore the connections between food choice and climate change at a talk at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Wells Reserve at Laudholm.

The event will be a moderated panel discussion with Rep. Chellie Pingree, Maine Farmland Trust director John Piotti and conservationist, gardener and writer Mort Mather.

A $5 suggested donation includes site admission.

For more details, go to wellsreserve.org or call 646-1555.


Babysitter certification

Saint Joseph’s College will offer two babysitter certification classes, the first meeting Tuesday, and a follow-up session on Sept. 15; both sessions will meet from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Harold Alfond Center on the Standish campus.

The course provides children ages 11 to 15 with the information and skills necessary to provide safe and responsible care for children in the absence of parents or guardians.

Topics include leadership skills, caregiving, first aid and safe play.

Students will be given a comprehensive babysitter’s training manual and the tools needed to create a babysitter’s kit.

With successful completion of the course, participants will earn an American Red Cross Babysitter’s Training certification.

Students should bring their own lunch, pencil and paper.

The cost is $75 (or $65 for recertification) for members of the community.

If a class is needed on a different day, Saint Joseph’s can create a class at another time if there are four interested people.

To register, visit www.sjcme.edu/alfond/redcross/babysitting.

For more details, call 893-6615 or email [email protected]

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