Think spring in garden class

The Vegetable Gardening Workshop “How to Plant, What to Plant, Best Varieties” will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, at Pleasant and Union streets.

Sponsored by Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust’s Tom Settlemire Community Garden, the presentation will be given by Barbara Murphy, an Oxford County Extension educator.

The workshop is free and open to all.

For more details, call Linton Studdiford at 798-5899 or email


Training for caregivers

Spectrum Generations, along with Brunswick Area Respite Care and Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice, will offer a six-week Maine Savvy Caregiver 1 Training for family members and caregivers of those caring for persons with dementia.

Those sessions will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays, from Jan. 8 to Feb. 19 at the Methodist Church at 320 Church Road.

Facilitator Darlene Field is a consultant to both professional and family caregivers who are caring for people with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or related disorder.

This class is free but preregistration is required by calling Tina DeRaps at 620-1657.

Free Civil War lecture


A Joshua L. Chamberlain Civil War Round Table Lecture will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at Curtis Memorial Library’s Morrell Room at 23 Pleasant St.

Guest speaker Mary Ellen Bell will head the talk “Sarah Sampson: A Life of Singular Dedication.”

Lectures are free and open to the public.

For more details, call Al Prest at 443-2296.


Library features artist


The York Public Library will host a number of events this week including An Artist Talk and Reception with Robert Shetterly at 5 p.m. Tuesday; the York Diversity Forum Film Series viewing of “The Kite Runner,” 7 p.m. Saturday; Art Adventures with Amy, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday (for ages 8-12) and from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday (ages 4-7); Music in Motion music and dance program for children, 10:15 to 11 a.m. Tuesday; and a Legos building event, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

All events will be held at the library, located at 15 Long Sands Road.

For more details, call 363-2818 or go to


Class on forgiveness

The Kids First Center is accepting registration for its free workshop “Forgiveness and Letting Go of the Past,” to be offered from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 13 at the Center, Suite 104 at 222 St. John St.


Tricia Weyand, LCPC, will head the workshop, that is designed for parents and professionals.

To reserve a spot, call 761-2709, email: or go to


Focus on realistic resolutions

“Staying on Track: Realistic Resolutions” will be the subject of two Central Maine Medical Center Accenting Your Health presentations set for Thursday at CMMC

Marcy Covey, a wellness educator at CMMC, will host motivational workshops exploring how to more effectively honor commitments made for the new year, offering tips to stay on track in working toward those goals.


Those sessions will be offered at 1 and 6 p.m. in Conference Room H, on the lower level of the 12 High St. medical office building. There is no cost for attending either workshop.

Those interested in attending either of the programs should call 795-8448, email, or register online at

Interpreter services are available upon advance request.


SAT prep classes starting

Maine Prep’s SAT prep classes for Falmouth area high school students will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. each Wednesday through March 5 to prepare students for the March 8 SAT.


The eight-session course, designed to teach students strategies to use in the math, writing and reading sections of the SAT, takes place at the Plummer-Motz School, 192 Middle St.

For details about classes and private tutoring, call 798-5690, email or go to


Library hosting events

The Topsham Public Library will host the following events this week: Men’s Book Group, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, this month’s book is “Gilead” by Marilynne Robinson, new members welcomed; Youth Yoga, 4 p.m. Thursday, for ages 4-12; Teen Talk, 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday; and Sip & Stitch, a weekly knitting and crocheting club, meeting from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.

All are held at the library at 25 Foreside Road.


For more details, call 725-1727 or go to


Winter reading kicks off

Springvale Library will kick off its winter reading program, themed “Mustache the Librarian!” Monday in the Children’s Room.

Children, ages 2 through 13, are invited to register for this free, non-competitive program.

Children can participate whenever the library is open.


The program will run through March 1 at 443 Main St.

The library also has two other children’s reading programs that will begin this week.

Read & Romp, for ages 3 to 6, will be held at 10 a.m. on Mondays through March 31 and Baby Rhyme Time, for ages 3 and younger, will be held at 10 a.m. Thursdays through March 27. All programs are free and do not require registration.

For more information, call 324-4624 or visit


Artisan metal casting class


The 19th Century Willowbrook Village, at 70 Elm St., will offer an artisan’s metal casting class in brass from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 17.

Students will be taught the basics of sand casting, with a variety of molds to choose from.

Tuition is $200 for members and $225 for all others.

For more details, call 793-2784 or email


Class on helping older adults


Southern Maine Agency on Aging will offer the four-part education series “Putting the Puzzle Together” for people assisting older adult family and friends, beginning Wednesday at its office at 136 Route 1.

It will be held at the SMAA office in Scarborough, on Wednesdays, from 5:15 to 7:15 p.m.

Sessions will address issues about older adult health, community resources, living options, problem solving and legal issues.

Participants should plan to attend all four sessions.

An information sheet can be downloaded at

There is a suggested donation of $50 and preregistration is required.


For more information, or to register, call Ann O’Sullivan at (800) 427-7411 x541 or email


Author Cathryn Falwell speaks

The Gorham Women’s Club will meet at 12:30 p.m. Thursday at the Congregational Church.

The guest speaker will be Gorham author and illustrator Cathryn Falwell. Refreshments will be served.



Cave exploration explored

Cave explorer and photographer Peter Jones will give a 60-minute presentation, entitled “Caving in the Guadalupe Mountains of New Mexico” at 7 p.m. Thursday at Vose Library at 392 Common Road.

Jones has been exploring and photographing caves in the Guadalupe Mountains of New Mexico and West Texas for 45 years.

The program is free and open to the public.

For more details, call 785-4733 or go to



Social media classes

Kennebunk Free Library will host two workshops detailing social media at 112 Main St.

An “Introduction to Facebook” session will be held Thursday and an “Introduction to Twitter” session will be held Jan. 16; both will meet from 2 to 3 p.m.

Registration is required for each, and spots are limited.

Call the library at 985-2173 or stop by the front desk to sign up. Those who have their own laptop or a portable Internet device such as an iPad are asked to bring it.



Series of nature programs

Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park, at 426 Wolf Neck Road, is offering a new series of nature programs, each meeting at 2 p.m. Sundays in January.

Programs start at the circle of benches at the end of the second parking lot, unless otherwise noted, and may include walks, talks and activities.

Programs last about an hour, weather permitting. No reservations are needed except for group use. Nature programs are free with park admission.

Admission ranges from $1 to $4.50.

For more details, call 865-4465 or go to

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