Thornton Academy players to perform musical ‘Pippin’

The TA Players and the Thornton Academy Arts Department will perform the Tony Award-winning musical “Pippin” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with two matinées at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in Garland Auditorium on the Thornton Academy campus, 438 Main St.

Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for seniors, students and preschoolers.

Tickets may be purchased in advance through the Thornton Academy Box Office or by calling 282-3361, ext. 4222 or emailing [email protected]



Library offering workshops on basic computer training

Portland Public Library will offer four upcoming sessions of its basic computer training workshops, the first to begin Tuesday at 5 Monument Square.

The sessions are from 3 to 4:15 p.m., with additional sessions April 22 and May 6 and 20.

Attendees will be taught how to navigate a mouse, keyboard and desktop. The sessions are offered in English and French.

The workshops are free but registration is required. For details, call 871-1700 ext. 708.



Met museum official to give 50th anniversary address

Morrison H. Heckscher, chairman of The American Wing of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, will deliver the Greater Portland Landmarks 50th anniversary keynote address from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at First Parish Portland, Unitarian Universalist, 425 Congress St.

Heckscher’s talk, “The Preservation Movement in New York City: Parallels With Portland, Maine,” will compare the plans of the two cities, including their Olmsted Parks, and focus on the 1960s and the beginnings of preservation.

Tickets are $15 and $5 for students.

A private reception will follow. Tickets will be available only in advance and can be purchased at or by calling 774-5561.

Author of “Creating Central Park,” and alumnus of Camp Kieve in Nobleboro, Heckscher has ties to Maine and a broad perspective on regional attitudes toward preservation.


USM in Portland will hold electronics recycling day

A Community Electronics Waste Recycling Day is planned for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the University of Southern Maine’s Woodbury Campus Center parking lot at 45 Bedford St. in Portland.

The following items will be accepted and recycled free of charge: televisions, computers and laptops, printers, scanners, copiers, fax machines, stereo equipment, VCRs, DVDs, CD players, cell and telephones, cameras, air conditioners, microwaves, refrigerators and other household electronic waste.

For more details, call Steve Sweeney at 780-4658.

‘Read With Steve’ program to discuss Ted Williams book

Portland Public Library continues its “Read With Steve” program from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday in meeting room 2 at 5 Monument Square.


This month’s book discussion is “Ted Williams: The Biography of an American Hero” by Leigh Montville.

Bring your lunch. Drinks will be provided. For more details, call Rachael Weyand at 871-1700, ext. 773.


Maritime Museum seeking docents for Donnell House

Maine Maritime Museum invites individuals who are interested in volunteering as seasonal docents at its historic Donnell House to come in for coffee and conversation from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday at the Washington Street property.

Donnell House is the former home of Victorian-era shipbuilder William T. Donnell and his family, who occupied the residence between 1860 and 1910.


Docents would be expected to learn the history of the house in order to act as guides, who are equipped to tell visitors about the history and objects associated with the home. Full training is provided.

Docents are expected to select a regular day and time to report each week between Memorial Day and Columbus Day.

The museum particularly needs to have docents available on weekends and on call as needed when regularly scheduled docents are unavailable.

To reserve your seat at the Donnell House coffee, call the volunteer office at 443-1316, ext. 350, or email [email protected]

BIW recruitment party will seek new tour guides

As a way to entice potential Bath Iron Works tour guides from among the pool of current and former BIW employees, Maine Maritime Museum is holding an informational recruitment party from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the museum, 243 Washington St.


The event will be hosted by Mark Curry, a BIW trolley tour guide, who serves on the museum’s volunteer council.

The 2014 BIW tours will differ from those in years past. Due to major construction taking place in the BIW shipyard, this year’s trolley tours will not be allowed behind the gates.

Instead two new tour options are being developed that will not only focus on the shipbuilding process that takes place inside the yard, but will also highlight the story of the shipyard worker and incorporate the history of BIW.

In addition to highlighting the BIW facilities, the new trolley tour will take visitors to a variety of historical points of interest in and around Bath that are closely tied to the story of BIW. The museum also plans to augment its one-hour boat cruises to incorporate more focus on BIW and the USS Zumwalt DDG-1000.

The museum currently has volunteer opportunities for both of these new tours. For more details or to attend, call volunteer coordinator Rebecca Roche at 443-1316, ext. 350.



Fundraiser will kick off art fest’s planning season

The Norway Arts Festival has kicked off its planning season with a fundraiser called “Let the Dough Fly,” an evening of food, conversation and a few festival-related surprises, including the announcement of this year’s festival focus and scheduled events. This year, the dinner will be on Friday, April 11. Tickets are on sale at Books N Things.

“Let the Dough Fly” will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Unitarian Universalist Church at 479 Main St.

The menu will consist of pasta with homemade sauce (meat and vegetarian), focaccia, salad and dessert. Tickets are $10. Children under 10 accompanied by an adult eat for free.

All proceeds from the dinner will assist in preparation costs for the festival, which will be held July 10-13.

The Norway Arts Festival is co-sponsored by Norway Downtown and Western Maine Art Group. All festival events are free and open for all ages.


For more information, go to


SMCC campuses planning open house to meet staff

Southern Maine Community College will hold an open house for people interested in learning more about the college from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Visitors will be able to learn about academic programs, meet with staff, tour the campus and more.

A separate open house will be held on SMCC’s Midcoast Campus in Brunswick from 4 to 7 p.m. on May 8.


For more details, call Clarke Canfield at 741-5575 or email [email protected]


The New School will hold silent auction, Italian dinner

The New School’s 14th annual silent auction and Italian dinner, featuring MPBN’s Irwin Gratz as emcee, will begin at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the First Parish Unitarian Church on Route 1 in Kennebunk. The event will kick off with an Italian dinner with a variety of entrée choices, including vegetarian, and a chance to browse the items up for auction – all for $5. There will be music and interactive auction games. Childcare will be provided.

More than 100 items will be up for bid with all proceeds to benefit The New School’s private, nonprofit high school education program. For more details, call 985-3745.



Volunteer Opportunity Fair to be held at Piper Shores

Piper Shores, a nonprofit lifecare retirement community, will host a Volunteer Opportunities Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday in its newly constructed Founders Room at 15 Piper Road.

The fair, being held in recognition of National Volunteer Week, seeks to connect volunteers with more than 30 local nonprofit organizations from the Greater Portland community. The event is free and open to the public.

For more details, call Anne Brennan at 510-5211 or go to


Health education programs will be offered this month


Southern Maine Health Care will offer the following health education programs during the month of April:

American Cancer Society’s “Look Good, Feel Better Program,” offering cosmetic and wig tips for those who wish to address the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatments, 4 to 6 p.m. April 28 at SMHC, 1 Medical Center Drive.

“Macrobiotics Natural Foods Cooking Class,” whole foods and cooking techniques for healthier meals, taught by macrobiotic master chef Connie Arnold, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 26, Sweetser, 50 Moody St., Saco.

“It is Never Too Early Until It Is Too Late – Starting the Conversation About End of Life,” noon to 1 p.m. April 14, with Cancer Care Center patient advocate Jackie Roberge

Childbirth Preparation Class (Lamaze), 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $75.

Breastfeeding Class, 6 to 8 p.m. April 29, led by a SMHC board-certified lactation consultant.


And, Big Brother/Big Sister School New Sibling class for ages 3-6, who are expecting an infant sibling, 6 to 7 p.m. April 18. Attendees should bring a stuffed animal or doll for holding and diapering. All classes are free, with preregistration required and held at SMHC, Biddeford Medical Center, 1 Medical Center Drive, unless otherwise noted.

For more details, call Leslie Roberts at 283-7232.


Library to host ‘Granny D’ and sailmaking programs

Camden Public Library will host two programs this week at 55 Main St.

A free performance of “Go, Granny D!” will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Doris “Granny D” Haddock was a 90-year-old grandmother who marched 3,200 miles across America in 2000 to push for campaign finance reform. This one-woman portrayal will be performed by Barbara Bates Smith, accompanied by musician Jeff Sebens.


“Historic Sailmaking Techniques,” an illustrated lecture with sailmaker Eben Wilson of Nathaniel S. Wilson Sailmakers of East Boothbay, on the techniques and tools of sailmaking that have changed little since the 1700s will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday. The talk is part of the library’s Maritime Month lecture series.

For more details, call Ken Gross at 236-3440


Garden Club invites public to its meetings, programs

The Southern Maine Garden Club will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Springvale Nurseries Greenhouses at 1280 Main St.

Kelly Tarbox, owner of Springvale Nurseries, will give a presentation on how to make container gardens that will grow all summer long. The public is invited and refreshments will be served.


Meetings are normally held at 6:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month at the Springvale Library, 443 Main St., Springvale.

The public is invited to sample the meetings. For more details, call Mary Stewart-Dore at 490-1833.


Chamberlain lecture set on National Civil War Museum

The Joshua L. Chamberlain Civil War Round Table Lecture “Fighting the Civil War: National Civil War Museum” will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at Curtis Memorial Library’s Morrell Room at 23 Pleasant St. Wayne Motts will head the talk.

The lectures are free and open to the public. For more details, call Al Prest at 443-2296.

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