Workshops take mystery out of Facebook, Twitter

Are you confused by or have questions about social media?

The Kennebunk Free Library will offer two workshops detailing the particulars on two popular forms of social networking.

A Facebook Workshop will be held Thursday and a workshop detailing the specifics of Twitter will be held Jan. 16; both sessions will meet from 2 to 3 p.m. at the library, located at 112 Main St.

Each training will cover the basics of how to create a profile and connect with others and explore the sites.


If you have your own laptop or portable Internet device (iPad, etc.), please bring it.

Registration is required for each and spots are limited.

For more details, call 985-2173 or stop by the front desk to sign up.


Garden club to hear conservation presentation

Southern Maine Garden Club will meet at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday for a presentation on conservation in member communities.


The talk will be held at the Springvale Library at 443 Main St.

All are invited to attend.

For more details, call Mary Stewart-Dore at 490-1833 or Donna Claveau at (603) 332-4860.


Open house, New Year fete at Language Exchange

The Language Exchange will host a Winter Open House from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday and a New Year’s celebration from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at 80 Exchange St.


The open house is free and open to the public. Cost to attend the New Year’s celebration is $5 to $10.

The winter session of language classes will be starting the first week of February at the Language Exchange and its 12 international instructors are gearing up for a whole new array of language and cultural programs.

Instructors will be on site to discuss programs and register students for classes.

Returning students, senior citizens and full-time college students will receive a 10 percent discount on classes.

For information on all of these events, visit our website at

Library starting six-week series of computer classes


Portland Public Library will offer a new six-week series of Basic Computer Classes, beginning Tuesday and running Jan. 28, Feb. 11 and 25 and March 11 and 25; all held from 3 to 4:15 p.m. at 5 Monument Square.

The sessions are designed for absolute beginners and include instruction about how to use a mouse, keyboard, how to create word documents,and basic Internet searching.

Equipment will be provided.

There is limited space available for each of these trainings and participants must register in advance at the Library’s Public Computing desk or by calling 871-1700 ext. 708.

Center offers free workshops on planning for college

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


10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, 21 and 28 at Portland CareerCenter, 185 Lancaster St.

10 a.m. Jan. 22 at Portland Adult Education at 14 Locust St.

The program helps qualified adults make the transition toward a college education. MEOC, which is housed at the University of Maine, provides assistance to adults living in Maine and helps them go to whichever college or university they choose.

The sessions include GED/SAT preparation, college planning, referrals and advocacy, career advising, financial aid advice, college admissions process and application fee waivers.

The Essentials of College Planning is a free interactive workshop that outlines the four steps in the college process: admissions, financial aid, career planning, and study skills.

The workshop lasts about two to three hours.


Pre-registration is required.

All workshops are subject to change.

For more information or to register, call (800) 281-3703.

‘Man of Aran’ film to be shown at Historical Society

The Maine Charitable Mechanic Association will present the film “Man of Aran” at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress St.

This is the second in a series of three films by documentary filmmaker Robert Flaherty.


Admission is free for MCMA members and $5 for all others.

Parking is available behind the building.

For more details, call Donna at 773-8396 or email [email protected]


Celebrate Martin Luther King’s life, legacy at Colby

Colby College will host its annual multi-faith celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at 6 p.m. Sunday in Lorimer Chapel at 4000 Mayflower Hill.


For more details, call Tashia Bradley at 859-4256 or email [email protected]


Speaker to discuss training puppies to be guide dogs

The Freeport Woman’s Club will meet at 1 p.m. Friday at the Freeport Community Library.

Guest speaker Kathleen Hayward will give a presentation on training puppies to be guide dogs for the blind, with a dog or two accompanying her.

Admission is a suggested donation of dog or cat food items, to benefit Freeport Community Services.


Refreshments will be served.

All are welcome.


Rug-hooking demo on tap at Penobscot Marine Museum

Penobscot Marine Museum will host a rug-hooking demonstration with Stacey Van Dyne from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday as part of its winter exhibition “Underfoot: Footwear, Hooked Rugs, In the Cellar and Below Decks.”

Van Dyne has been hooking rugs since 1974 and hooked two rugs for Jamie Wyeth based on his paintings. She is the president of the Northern McGown Teacher’s Workshop, second vice president of the National Guild of Pearl K. McGown Hookrafters, and director at large of the North American Rug Hooking Museum.


For more details, call 548-2529 Ext, 216 or to go


Parents invited to open house at Aucocisco School

Aucocisco School and Learning Center will host a Parent Open House and Resource night from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at 126 Spurwink Ave.

Aucocisco is a private special purpose school that serves elementary, middle and high school students who learn differently.

The school’s programs include Lindamood-Bell intensive reading instruction, backstage social thinking groups, gestalt parent coaching, and executive functioning programs, which all will be demonstrated at the open house.


In addition, community resources will be on hand to discuss programs including neurofeedback, interactive metronome, post-high school Transition Services, and alternative treatments for ADHD and other neurodevelopmental and learning differences.

Full-time school programs as well as summer and after-school programs are available.

The public is welcome to attend.

For more details, go to or call 773-7323.

Land trust director presents talk on land conservation

Chris Franklin, executive director at the Cape Elizabeth Land Trust, will present a talk entitled “Local Land Conservation: A Historical Perspective” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Thomas Memorial Library, 6 Scott Dyer Road.


Franklin will discuss land conservation efforts, how they are formed and how they make a difference.

The talk is free and all are welcome to attend.

For more details, call 799-1720 or go to


Lose with Me! program to run Jan. 15 through April 2

Lose with Me!, a 12-week program focusing on helping participants establish and maintain a healthy lifestyle, will be offered through Health Steps, a health education and exercise program that’s part of the Prevention & Wellness Services offered through St. Mary’s Health System.


Classes are taught by Jennifer Smith and include goal-setting, exercise planning, nutrition education, food journaling and peer support.

Classes will be held Jan. 15 to April 2 on Wednesdays from noon to 12:30 p.m. at Saint-Hyacinthe Conference Room, 96 Campus Ave., Lewiston.

Cost is $99.

Registration is required. Call 777-8898 or visit for details or to register.


Library offers discussion on how to apply to college


Portland Public Library will host the first of three planned discussions on how to apply for college at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in Rines Auditorium at 5 Monument Square.

The hourlong session is open to teens and their parents, detailing the various topics surrounding the decision for selecting the right college.

Additional sessions will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Jan. 28, outlining strategies for getting accepted into the college or university of your choice and Feb. 11, detailing paying the bill for tuition. The latter two sessions will be held in Meeting Room 5 of the library.

Presenter Gary Canter is a certified guidance counselor and owner of College Placement Services of Portland.

Planetarium enrolling for Star Dome Astronomy

Southworth Planetarium is accepting enrollment for its six-week introductory to astronomy course Star Dome Astronomy, that is set to begin Jan. 21 at 70 Falmouth St.


Sessions will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays. Teachings will include proper use of star charts, planispheres, identifying constellations and tracking planetary motions, as well as learning how stars work, live and die.

Each class will include a lecture and time in the star dome theater.

Tuition is $40 for members and $60 for all others.

For more details, call 780-4249 or email [email protected]


Knitting group hosting open house Saturday


The Scarborough Public Library’s Knitting Group will host an open house from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at 48 Gorham Road.

The group will have a casual gathering in the library’s meeting room with refreshments, knitting samples – including items they are creating for The Maine Mitten Project and Scarves of Hope and Love – and a display of fiber arts books from the library’s collection.

The program is free to attend and open to the public.

For more details, call 883-4723 Ext. 6279 or go to


Historical society hosting annual meeting Thursday


The 2014 annual meeting of the New Gloucester Historical Society will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at the New Gloucester Meeting House, 389 Intervale Road.

All members are urged to attend.

For more details, call Leonard Brooks at 926-3188.


Association of Former Intelligence Officers meeting

The Association of Former Intelligence Officers will meet at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Brick Store Museum Center.


The program will feature Dr. Hayat Alvi, who has had extensive experience in the Middle East and will explore political Islam as it relates to Egypt.

Alvi will highlight the role of the Muslim Brotherhood in that area.

For more details, call Bob Dyer at 985-3634.


Library to feature ice carving demonstration

Camden Public Library will offer the following events this week:


On Monday, Julianna Pfeiffer will speak on the “Family Constellation” at noon, detailing a new form of analysis and counseling for families. The talk is part of the monthly Wellness Brown Bag Lunch hosted by the library and PenBay Regional Chamber of Commerce.

On Tuesday, The Reading Group of the Camden Philosophical Society continues its discussion of “Heidegger” at 4 p.m. Everyone with an interest in reading and discussion is welcome.

On Thursday, Paul Kando will present the talk “Economics as if Nature Mattered” at 7 p.m. as part of Green Growing January. Kando’s presentation is hosted by the Midcoast Audubon Society.

And, on Sunday, there will be an ice carving demonstration by Tim Pierce, master ice carver, at 1 p.m. The workshop is in anticipation of the community ice carving event on Winterfest Day in the Camden Amphitheatre on Feb. 1. The workshop is open to everyone and will be held outdoors.

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



Service and therapy dogs topic of lecture series

York County Senior College’s 2014 Gary Sullivan Memorial Lecture Series kicks off Wednesday with a day devoted to a man and to man’s best friend.

Award-winning author and Maine native Mary Morton Cowan will talk about her book “Captain Mac: The Life of Donald Baxter MacMillan, Arctic Explorer,” a retelling of the life of a man who explored and researched the eastern Arctic and Subarctic and its peoples for nearly 50 years.

After lunch, dogs Otis, Debbie and Moxie take the stage along with Susan Walsh, Linda Sargent and Rich Barnaby as participants learn about “Service Dogs and Therapy Dogs.”

Upcoming lectures will include talks by teacher and amateur astronomer Bernie Reim, and a lecture on the Appalachian Trail by Dr. David Field, both on Feb. 19, and talks on “ Sex, Intimacy and Aging” with Dr. Marilyn Gugliucci and a talk by Charles Doleac on “Portsmouth Treaty of 1905: Teddy Roosevelt and the Cherry Blossoms,” both to be given March 19.

All winter lectures will be given at Denis Hall on the campus of the Brothers of Christian Instruction, 133 Shaker Hill Road, Alfred (off Route 202).


The fee for each day’s program is $15 for York County Senior College members and $20 for all others, payable at the door by cash or check made payable to the Brothers of Christian Instruction.

A lunch of soup, salad, sandwiches, dessert and beverages as well as coffee breaks are included.

Morning lectures take place from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., followed by lunch and a second lecture, held from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Call 282-4030 for reservations by the Monday before each lecture.

For more information about Maine’s senior colleges, go to



Historical society presents ‘The History of Lanterns’

The Windham Historical Society will offer the presentation “The History of Lanterns” at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Windham Library at 217 Windham Center Road.

The talk will be presented by Dave Tanguay. Light refreshments will be served.

Suggested donation is $5 per person.

For more details, call 892-1908.

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