‘Look Good’ session Monday

A new session of “Look Good Feel Better” is set for 2 to 4 p.m. Monday at the Cancer Care Center of York County at 27 Industrial Ave.

This program, offered by the American Cancer Society, provides education, information and supportive material to help women look great and feel better while undergoing cancer treatment.

A trained volunteer cosmetologist will teach each attending woman how to cope with skin changes and hair loss by offering practice make-up techniques with skin care products, information on free wigs and turbans, and complimentary cosmetic products to take home.

The program is free.


Pre-registration is required.

To register or for more details, call Gina at 459-1601.

Cancer survivorship session

The Cancer Care Center of York County will host a Cancer Survivorship Introductory Session from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Monday at 27 Industrial Ave.

The introductory session, which is free, will be led by Grace Wright, LMSW-CC, who will discuss ways to cope and move forward following a cancer diagnosis and treatment, as well as discuss the most common concerns faced by survivors.

Light refreshments will be served and pre-registration is required.


For more details, call Shannon at 459-1658 or go to

St. Thomas School holding live, silent benefit auctions

St. Thomas School will hold its Fourth Annual Live and Silent Auction from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Town Club.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

The evening will include live music, a cash bar and hors d’oeuvres with the silent auction as well as a $150 door prize.

Proceeds are to support financial assistance to families in need, update the school’s technology and enhance student programs.



Hear about a Galapagos trip

Wells Reserve at Laudholm will offer the talk “Goin’ Wild in the Galapagos” from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at 342 Laudholm Farm Road.

Timothy Dubay, a research assistant at the reserve, will share the experience of his travels to the Galapagos Islands in 2013 during this Lunch & Learn event.

Admission is $2 and attendees are encouraged to bring a lunch.

The session will be held in Mather Auditorium.


For more details, call 646-1555 or go to


NAMI Portland open house

NAMI Portland, the local affiliate of NAMI MAINE (National Alliance on Mental Illness), will host a Winter Open House from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Rines Auditorium at the Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square.

The event will be an easy way to connect with others and talk openly about mental illness and its impact on families and individuals.

Meet NAMI directors, teachers, support group facilitators, and other local volunteers and learn about programs being offered to help those living with mental illness and their families.


Refreshments and coffee will be served.

For more details, call Larraine Brown at 622-5767.


Arts board to meet

The board of directors of Schoolhouse Arts Center will hold its annual meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Standish Town Hall, 175 Northeast Road.

The meeting will include a look back at 2013, setting goals for 2014 and electing new directors.


For more details, call 642-3743.


WinterFest this weekend

South Portland Parks and Recreation and The Rotary Club of South Portland-Cape Elizabeth will host the Second Annual WinterFest event this weekend.

Events will kick off at 5:30 p.m. Friday with a luminary walk, beginning at CIA café and running from the Knightville district to Mill Creek Park.

Local businesses will have in-store specials and entertainment from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.


A skating party and wing-eating contest sponsored by Buffalo Wild Wings will take place at Mill Creek Park from 6 to 8 p.m.

On Saturday, events will begin with a pancake breakfast hosted by JP Thornton’s, at 740 Broadway from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.

The South Portland High School Hockey Boosters will host a Chili and Chowder Challenge at the Community Center from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Other events throughout the day Saturday will take place at Wainwright Recreation Complex on Gary Maietta Parkway.

A snow sculpture contest, ice hockey clinic, wagon rides, turkey curling, snowshoeing and cross country skiing, ice sculpture demonstrations and a pond hockey tournament are all part of the day.

A complete schedule of events is located on the city of South Portland website,


Most events throughout the weekend are free and open to the public.


Hydrangeas on club’s mind

The Gorham Garden Club will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the First Parish Church on School Street.

Guest speaker Jim Masse, of Estabrooks Greenhouses, will give a talk on hydrangeas.

The public is welcome to attend.


For more details, call Helen Manderson at 839-3630.


Quiz helps Haiti school

The South Berwick-Eliot Rotary’s Sixth Annual Community Geography Quiz will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Marshwood Great Works School, pairing students and community leaders in a competition that raises funds to benefit the Eben Ezer School in Milot, Haiti.

In all, 18 teams will face off at the annual quiz, to be held in the school gymnasium.

The quiz each year draws hundreds of audience members, who also are invited to compete for an audience participation prize.


The event is free and open to the public. Raffles, a silent auction, pizza and baked goods will be available.

Doors open at 6 p.m. for a silent auction, raffle and food.

A short slide presentation will detail how the Rotary and community have partnered to help support the Eben Ezer School over the years.

The $8,500 raised in 2013 helped the Milot school pay for carpentry, painting and sewing supplies and to ship solar panels and a generator there.

Funds raised this year will be put toward a grant being sought by the South Berwick-Eliot Rotary to help the Haiti school outfit a vocational training center and guest house.

For more details, go to or email [email protected]



Old-time arts taught

Tne 19th Century Willowbrook Village will hold its 2014 Traditional Arts Workshops over the next few weeks, offering several artisan classes, detailing blacksmithing, metal casting and woodworking.

The class “Blacksmithing: Make Hardware” class will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, offering a beginner to intermediate class on the basics of metal work using a coal or propane forge. Make hinges, latches and/or handles door knocker and/or coat rack. Cost is $115 to $125.

A one-day Metal Casting Class in Brass/Bronze also will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Attendees will melt metal and cast from patterns with Odd Duck Foundry proprietor Peter Grant. Tuition is $155 to $165.

A “Metal Casting: Make Your Own Metal Casting Furnace” class will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 22 and 23 to create a metal melting furnace fueled by propane for aluminum, brass and bronze casting. Tuition is $165 to $175. Minimal charge for materials.


“Blacksmithing: Make a Draw Knife and/or Slicks” will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 1 and 2. Cost is $265 to $275.

On March 8 and 9, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. is Woodworking: Create a Shaving Horse Class with master woodworker Fred Chellis of New Windsor Chairs. Nonmembers $275, members $265.


Learn about lymphedema

Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center, at 521 Main St., will host a Lunch and Learn program at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday with occupational therapists and certified lymphedema therapists Diane Brown and Leah Taylor from LincolnHealth’s Miles Campus.

The two speakers will detail lymphedema, its symptoms, diagnosis, different types of swelling and appropriate treatment options.


Fee is $5.

For more details, call 563-1363.


‘Take Your Child to the Library Day’

Springvale Public Library invites families to attend their Third Annual “Take Your Child to the Library Day!” from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 443 Main St.

Come join staffers in the children’s room for a fun day of activities.


Larissa Crockett will read stories and making crafts with children at 9:30, with a focus on Asian New Year.

Take time to browse the new books and sign up for the reading program, too.

For more details, call 324-4624 or go to


Library programs

Camden Public Library will offer the following programs this week:


Tuesday – 7 p.m., Deb Soule will present the Green Growing January talk “Planting and Preparing Medicines From Plants” ; Thursday – 6 p.m. Linda Buckmaster of Women, Work and Community will present the free talk “Financial Resources for Adult Learners,” pre-registration required by calling 596-2615; Saturday – noon to 3 p.m. Winterfest, Camden’s annual celebration of Winter, in the Camden Amphitheatre, featuring ice carving, snow sculpting, family fun, hot food, music indoors and out, and kids crafts indoors and “CamJam” noon to 3 p.m. at Camden Harbor Park, featuring freestyle snowboarding and skiing preliminary competition and family snowman-making competition, hosted by Camden Snow Bowl. Part of Camden Winterfest Week. Rail jam elements will be open to all skiers snowboarders; helmets required (under 18 need parents signature).

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



Students to give program on immigration

Breakwater School students in grades seven and eight will end a six-week integrated studies program on immigration with a presentation from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. The program will showcase what they learned about current immigration issues, the immigrant/refugee experience and how immigration is central to the American story.


Presentations, as displayed through various media, will include simulations of the Ellis Island and Refugee experience, puppet shows, presentations by students about the lives of their immigrant ancestors and graphic novels.

All are welcome to attend.

Free school furniture at Nathan Clifford

The Developers Collaborative is having a free school furniture open house for Nathan Clifford Elementary School alumni and former teachers and staff from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Nathan Clifford School, 180 Falmouth St., to pick up used desks, chairs, filing cabinets and miscellaneous items from the school.

Please note that items are located on floors one through three and there is no elevator.

For more details, go to


Susan G. Komen Race volunteers needed

Volunteers are needed to join the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Committee.

Interested participants are invited to meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Great Lost Bear restaurant.

The 5K race is set to be held Sept. 14, 2014.

For more details, call Julie at 899-2250 or go to



Seminar series at community college

Southern Maine Community College is launching a free seminar series, beginning Thursday, that focuses on genetic approaches to studying science.

The SMCC Science Department will host four seminars, each running from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Jewett Auditorium, located in Jewett Hall at 57 Fort Road.

This Thursday’s seminar theme is “East Coast Salt Marsh Response to Sea Level Rise: Microbial Community Function and Structure,” headed by Matt Simon, SMCC biology instructor.

Upcoming sessions include: Feb. 27 – “RNA Expression in Fast-Growth Clams: Effect of Selection in Aquaculture” with Shallee Page, biology professor, University of Maine at Machias; March 27 – “Epigenetic Regulation of Metabolism, Obesity and Related Disorders,” with Robert Koza, research scientist, Maine Medical Center Research Institute; and April 7 – “Keeping Your Babies Happy: Antidepressant Properties of Dietary Choline via Genomic and Epigenomic Mechanisms,” with Melissa Glenn, psychology professor, Colby College.

To sign up or for more details, call Clarke Canfield at 741-5575.



‘A Matter of Balance’

Older adults, who are experiencing concerns about falling and restricting their activities are invited to attend “A Matter of Balance,” the.nationally recognized class designed to help manage falls and increase activity levels.

Learn how to view falls as controllable, set goals for increasing activity, learn exercises to increase strength and balance, and make changes to reduce your risk of falling at home.

Classes will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Fridays, Jan. 31 through March 21 at the Southern Maine Agency, 136 U.S. Route 1.

Suggested participation fee is $20 to cover materials costs.


To register or learn more, please call 396-6529 or email [email protected]


PechaKucha celebration

PechaKucha Night Midcoast will celebrate five years of presentations, networking with its 20th volume at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art.

The doors for this special event will open at 6 p.m. for a reception prior to the presentations which will begin promptly at 7 p.m.

The event is anticipated to sell out quickly; to ensure a seat, please arrive promptly.


The PechaKucha format, where eight presenters are given 20 slides each shown for 20 seconds to reveal their passions, work and inspirations, is now held in over 700 cities around the world.

Midcoast’s Volume 20 features six minutes and 40 seconds each of photographer Jim Dugan, wild mushroom expert Greg Marley, art educator Lindsay Pinchbeck, filmmaker Daniel Quintanilla, director of The Wood Chop School Seth Silverton, director of Hope Elephants Andrew Stewart, karate instructor David Troup, and artist David Vickery.

Tickets are $5 at the door. Light refreshments, beer and wine will be available.

To find out more about presenting or volunteering, email [email protected]

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