Historical society program

The monthly meeting of the Scarborough Historical Society will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the society’s museum and meeting room at 647 Route 1, adjacent to the Dunstan Fire Station.

After a brief business meeting, Linda McLoon will present a program related to her books and investigations of older houses.

The public is invited to all monthly meetings. 

Armchair travelers invited

Experience cultures from around the world and never leave town. The Scarborough Public Library resumes its popular Armchair Traveler Series with a virtual trip to China at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Resident Mark Follansbee will present “China: Misadventures along the Yangtze River and Beyond.” Follansbee will detail his trip to Beijing, Wuhan, Yichang, Wudan and Xiangyang in June. This program is free and open to the public. For more details, go to www.scarborough

County commissioner talk

Cumberland County Commissioner Neil Jamieson Jr. will speak at a meeting of the Scarborough Kiwanis at noon Friday at the Dunstan Schoolhouse Restaurant on Route 1.

Jamieson will talk about his role as a county commissioner, as well as some of the initiatives the county is exploring with school back-office operations and tax assessing.

The public is welcome and no reservations are necessary. For more details, call Annalee Rosenblatt at 883-9025 or email [email protected]


Library writing, music, sale

Camden Public Library will host a number of programs this week.

A free writers workshop series, “Sudden Fiction,” will meet from 10 a.m. to noon each Thursday through Nov. 7. The workshop will be led by writing coach Lee Heffner. Call the library at 236-3440 to register for the class, which begins Thursday, as class size is limited.

The Camden Library Coffeehouse will feature a performance by the Alehouse Band at 7 p.m. Thursday. Cost is $7 at the door.

The library’s Fall Book Sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, with proceeds benefiting the library.

The library is at 55 Main St. For more details, call Ken Gross at 236-3440. 

History presentations begin

The Camden Public Library will once again host a series of speakers for its Discover History Month series in October. The speakers will cover a range of topics, with a focus on how history has affected culture in the midcoast.

The series will kick off at 7 p.m. Tuesday with a talk by historian and Civil War expert Blaikie Hines of Thomaston. Hines will dress in the period garb of a Maine U.S. Christian Commission Delegate of 1861 to portray how people on the home front in the Civil War responded to wounded patients in primitive army hospitals and prisoners of war, at a time when there was no Red Cross or other disaster relief organizations.

Additional sessions in the series, all beginning at 7 p.m., will include a talk by local historian Hank Lunn on Oct. 8 about the War of 1812; author Robin Lloyd will give a talk on his new historical novel, “Rough Passage to London: A Sea Captain’s Tale,” on Oct. 10; historian and author George Daughan will talk about his book “The Shining Sea: David Porter and the Epic Voyage of the U.S.S. Essex During the War of 1812,” on Oct. 15; and Stephen Haynes, director of the Maine Granite Industry Museum on Mount Desert Island, will speak about the granite industry in Knox County, including notable quarries in St. George, South Thomaston, Tenants Harbor, Vinalhaven and Hurricane Island, on Oct. 24.

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


NAMI offers family classes

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Portland will sponsor a free, 12-week education program designed to serve family members of people diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illness.

The classes will be offered from 6 to 8:30 p.m. beginning Monday.

Topics to be covered include schizophrenia, mood disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, PTSD and other major mental illnesses.

Coping skills, such as how to handle crisis and relapse, listening and communication techniques, problem-solving skills, and recovery and rehabilitation will be included.

The curriculum will be taught by local NAMI volunteers who have taken intensive training as course instructors.

Pre-registration is required. For more information or to enroll, call Dave at 847-3444 or Vicky at 650-9571.


Vocal workshop at 317 Main

The 317 Main Community Music Center will host a one-day vocal workshop with choral leader and composer Brendan Taaffe from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

The workshop will explore different harmony traditions, including American harmony, songs from Zimbabwe, and Taaffe’s own compositions. All parts will be taught by ear and no experience is necessary.

The workshop is open to teens and adults. The workshop fee is $35 for the public and $25 for currently registered 317 Main students. Space is limited to 30. Attendees should bring their own lunches.

For more details or to register, call 846-9559 or visit


Genealogy society meeting

The Greater Portland Chapter of the Maine Genealogy Society will hold a Lineage Fair at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, at 29 Ocean House Road.

Before the meeting, there will be networking and refreshments, beginning at 12:30.

The program will feature an introduction to lineage societies and how they can aid in research of family trees. There also will be tables with information on a variety of lineage societies, such as the DAR, SAR, Mayflower, Franco-American, Metis and family names groups.

The meetings are held on the first Saturday of each month and are free and open to the public. For more details, call Diane Brakeley at 767-3391 or go to


Free college planning help

The Maine Educational Opportunity Center will offer free Essentials of College Planning workshops for adults 19 and older at the following times and locations:

10 a.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, at Portland CareerCenter at 185 Lancaster St. and 10 a.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 9 and 23, at Portland Adult Education at 57 Douglass St.

To register or for more details, call (800) 281-3703 or go to

Run and walk for kids

The third annual Maine Marathon Kids Mile and the inaugural Walk for Kids’ Sake will take place Saturday to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine.

The Kids Mile, at 9:45 a.m. at Baxter Boulevard, is for ages 7 to 12, and there also will be a fun run for ages 4 to 6 at Pedro Field. Registration is $10 in advance and $12 the day of the event.

Medals will be available for all and there will be prizes for the top three finishers in both boys and girls’ divisions.

The Walk for Kids’ Sake will begin at 11 a.m. at the Back Cove Walking Path. Participants can walk any distance up to 3.5 miles around the cove. Registration is $20, and children can participate free of charge.

For more details, go to or call 773-5437.


Octoberfest flower show

St. Mary’s Garden Club is sponsoring an Octoberfest Standard Flower Show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at St. Mary’s Church, 43 Foreside Road.

The show will highlight the talents of garden club members and will feature creative floral designs and well-grown horticultural specimens as well as educational exhibits.

Admission is free. Donations are appreciated.

For more details, call Katy Gannon-Janelle at 878-1972.


Pettengill Farm Day on Sunday

Freeport Historical Society will host its 38th annual Pettengill Farm Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday on Pettengill Road.

The event will feature music, children’s attractions, juggling, docent-led tours of the historic saltbox house, apple cider and butter-making demonstrations, sack races, oxen teams and more.

Magician Robert Olsen will perform at 11 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. World champ juggler Will Silvers will perform at 1 p.m.

The Maine Squeeze accordion trio will stroll the fields throughout the day sharing their musical take on classic Americana tunes.

Workshops and presentations will include a Forest Forensics Walk at 10 a.m. with forester Rene Noel; a Build a Hemlock Post Fence workshop at 11:30 a.m.; and a presentation on Bees and Beekeeping at 1 p.m.

The Maine Quilt Heritage project will be there to document quilts. Bring your family quilt(s) for analysis and have them documented.

Lunch and snacks will be available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Event donation is $5 for adults and $2 for children. 

Historic Barns & Quilts

Freeport Historical Society’s fourth annual Historic Barns & Quilts tour will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Select vintage and antique quilts, organized by theme, will be displayed and discussed at each barn.

Leading the tours will be quilt expert Kathy Kenny, barn expert Don Perkins and quilt historian and fiber artist Kathy Kenny.

The event begins with coffee and orientation at Cotton Weeds Quilt Shop on Route 1. The day will conclude with a performance by acoustic musician Dave Peloquin.

There will be a contemporary quilt exhibit, cider and doughnuts and a tour of the timber frame barn at Houses and Barns by John Libby on Route 136.

Attendees should bring a bagged lunch and folding chair or blanket for picnicking in a local farm field, weather permiting.

Tickets are $35 and must be purchased in advance. For more details, go to or call 865-3170.


Earle Shettleworth to speak

Maine Historic Preservation Commission director Earle Shettleworth will present an illustrated talk, “Carving a National Image: the Civil War Sculpture of Maine’s Franklin Simmons,” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday during a meeting of the Union Historical Society at the Old Town House on Town House Road, just off Union Common.

Refreshments will be served.

The meeting is free and open to the public.

For more details, call 785-5444 and leave a message, or visit

Mystery author reading

Local author Vicki Doudera will read from and talk about her newest book, “Final Settlement,” at 7 p.m. Thursday at Vose Library, 392 Common Road.

The talk, part of the library’s Soup and Suspense Mystery Author program, will detail the latest in the Darby Farr real estate mystery series.

Doudera will answer questions from the audience and copies of the book will be available for sale and autographing.

Soups made by library volunteers will be available. Admission is a suggested donation of $5.


Bazaar helps Loaves & Fishes

The Dominican Sisters’ Christmas in October bazaar to benefit Loaves & Fishes will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday at 61 Lisbon Road.

A light lunch will be available for purchase.

For more details, call Claudette at 689-6438 or go to


Beekeeping courses offered

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Cumberland County will offer four beekeeping courses.

Master beekeepers Jack Hildreth and Peter Richardson will teach a Fall Beginning Beekeeping School on Wednesdays, Oct. 16 to Nov. 13, at the University of Southern Maine in Portland. A Spring Beginning Beekeeping School, taught by Richardson and master beekeeper Chris Rogers, will be offered Thursdays from Feb. 13 to March 13 at the extension office in Falmouth.

The fee for these two schools is $90 per person, which covers a textbook and a reference notebook; a $130 fee covers two family members and a textbook and reference notebook to share.

Master beekeeper Erin MacGregor-Forbes will teach a two-night Honeybee Disease and Pest Management Workshop at the Extension Office in Falmouth, Nov. 5 and Nov. 12. The $40 fee covers workshop materials.

And Hildreth and MacGregor-Forbes will teach an intermediate level beekeeping course, Apiary Management, Wednesdays from Jan. 8 to Feb. 12 at USM in Portland. Cost is $130 per person, which includes a textbook; a $180 fee covers two family members and a textbook to share.

All classes will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

To register online, go to For more details, call 781-6099 or (800) 287-1471.


School upgrade hearing

The Wells-Ogunquit Community School District will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. Wednesday detailing the Wells High School building project referendum.

The meeting will be held at the Wells High School Auditorium at 200 Sanford Road.


Genealogy Group to meet

Kennebunk Free Library’s Genealogy Group will meet from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at 112 Main St.

Speaker Don Michele will give the presentation, “Hitting a Jackpot: Posting on Message Boards.”

The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 985-2173 or go to www.kennebunk

Homeschooling gathering

The Homeschooling Group will meet at the Kennebunk Free Library at 2 p.m. Oct. 7.

Parents are invited to drop in, ask questions and get support, whether they are new to homeschooling, a seasoned parent/teacher or considering it for a child.

Activities for children will be provided.

The event is free and wheelchair accessible.

For more details, call 985-2173, ext. 5, or go to


Library collects food

The Goodall Memorial Library is offering fine amnesty for the month of October, canceling the late-return fines of patrons who donate non-perishable food items for the library’s annual harvest food drive.

The foods collected will benefit the York County Food Pantry, to be distributed to local families in need.

The library is located at 952 Main St. For more details, go to


Maine Ole’ Opry Show

The Maine Ole’ Opry Show and Induction will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at The Silver Spur, 272 Lewiston St.

The event will feature performances by Allen Tradition, Bob Elston, Don Nickerson, Slim Andrews, Richard Philbrook, Dennis Moro, Ken Wentworth and others.

Admission is $6/$8. For more details, call 490-1232, 418-8390 or 247-4611.


Farm to Sea event for schools

The Community Schools at Opportunity Farm and Camden will host their annual Farm to Sea Auction from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday at the Frontier Cafe.

This year’s event includes light supper, live and silent auctions and live music by the Maine bluegrass band The Potato Pickers.

All proceeds benefit the Community Schools, an alternative high school serving teen parents and those at risk of not completing high school.

Tickets are $75 and are available at For more details, call 926-4532.


Trust in Art benefit

The Trust in Art Auction will be held at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Atlantic Hall.

The event benefiting the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust and Heartwood College of Art will feature 30 Maine artists painting the iconic Goat Island Light.

Silent and live auctions will be held, the latter beginning at 6 p.m., overseen by auctioneer Jim Fitzgerald. Tickets are $20 per person and include wine, appetizers and a bidding card.

To reserve tickets, call 967-3465 or purchase on the day of the auction at the door.


Mountain biking for kids

A six-week Hidden Valley Nature Center Mountain Biking Club for ages 9 through 12 will begin this Sunday.

Sessions will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sundays from Oct. 6 to Nov. 10.

Youth will have the opportunity to explore more than 20 miles of trails at HVNC, while developing riding skills, learning about safety and performing some trail maintenance.

No mountain biking experience is necessary.

Helmets are mandatory. The fee is $55 per child and scholarships are available.

Participants must register in advance by contacting Kristin Stone at [email protected]

For more details, call 200-8840 or email [email protected]