Taylor/Frey/Leavitt House Museum opens for season

The 1850 Taylor/Frey/Leavitt House Museum is open for the season at 6 Old Alfred Road, at the intersection with Sokokis Trail in Waterboro Center.

The museum complex includes the period-furnished, one-room 1817 Deering Schoolhouse and a blacksmith shop.

The barn and ell of the house contain antique cobbler, optician and barber shops.

Hours are from 9 a.m. to noon each Saturday through Sept. 27.

It will be open to the public free of charge, with donations appreciated.

For more details, call Jim Carll at 247-5878.


Songwriters, book writers offer up library programs

Camden Public Library, at 55 Main St., will offer the following programs this week:

On Tuesday, photographer Joe Devenney and writer Ken Textor will present an illustrated talk detailing their book “The Hidden Coast of Maine,” at 7 p.m.

On Thursday, a songwriters’ coffeehouse, led by veteran songwriters David Dodson and John Nicholas, will be held at 7 p.m. The songwriters’ group has produced original work that spans from rockabilly to singer-songwriter, blues, ballads, love songs and more. Suggested donation is $5 at the door.

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


Library hosts lock-down event for middle schoolers

Scarborough students entering grades 6, 7 and 8 this fall are invited to the Scarborough Public Library’s Teen Lock-Down, to be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at 48 Gorham Road.

Doors will open at 6 p.m., with the facility then closed to the public for an evening of game activities throughout the building.

The event will launch the library’s teen summer reading program, which has a theme of “Spark a Reaction.”

The program will feature special teen programs from 6 to 7:30 p.m. each Wednesday, beginning June 25 and ending Aug. 6.

Topics will include aeronautics, forensics, an improv workshop and a summer-long “build a city” project inside the library, using recycled materials.

Teens interested in attending the Lock-Down must preregister by Wednesday by calling the Youth Room at 883-4723, Ext. 3.

A minimum of 25 children must be registered for the event to take place.

Historical society presents program on blacksmithing

Scarborough Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the society’s museum and meeting room, located at 647 Route 1.

Although the monthly meetings are free and open to the public; donations are always appreciated. The programs last about an hour.

Sam Smith will present a program about blacksmithing.

For more details, call Dr. Bruce Thurlow at 883-5445 or email [email protected]


Think LOCAL ready to party for its fifth anniversary

Think LOCAL!’s fifth anniversary party will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at The Dome (Jokers, Turfs, Gold Room, and Portland Sports Complex) in the Gold Room at 512 Warren Ave.

The event will include food, vendors, music, a 50/50 raffle and speakers.

The nonprofit to be highlighted at the event is the Maine Charity Foundation.

Cost is $5 at the door.

For more details, go to www.ThinkLocalCommunityNetworking.org or call Jeff Ball at 450-8270.

Discussion will focus on city’s first stonecutter

Ron Romano, board member of Spirits Alive and MCMA member, will lead a discussion on the life of Bartlett Adams (1776-1828) at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Mechanics’ Hall Ballroom at 519 Congress St.

Adams was Portland’s first stonecutter and MCMA member since its founding in 1815.

His most visible impact is at Portland’s Eastern Cemetery, where he and his apprentices are responsible for at least 700 of the gravestones found today.

For more details, call 773-8396.


Plant sale set for Saturday at Gateway Auction House

The Southern Maine Garden Club will hold its annual Plant Sale Under the Tent from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday (rain or shine) at Gateway Auction House on Route 202.

Perennials (includes native plants) herbs and house plants will be for sale. There will also be raffles, a food table and a garden-theme table.

For details, call Mary at 490-1833 or Paula at 475-8142.


Maine Ole Opry to host concert for American Legion

The Maine Ole Opry will host a benefit concert at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Westbrook American Legion Post No. 197 at 300 Conant St.

Slated to perform are Gloria Jean, Bobby Le, Slim Andrews, Chris Fyfe, Dennis Moro, Duane Walker and Jack Cox, with emcee Kenny Tibbetts.

The event also will include raffles, door prizes, a cash bar and refreshments for purchase.

Admission is by a suggested donation of $5 at the door.

For more details, call 490-1232.


Library will host annual book and plant sale

The North Gorham Public Library will hold its annual spring book and plant sale from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at 2 Standish Neck Road.

The evens will feature perennials from local gardens, used books and homemade cookies.

For more details, call 892-2575 or go to www.north-gorham.lib.me.us.


Sci-fi classic with live music opens summer film series

The silent film “Metropolis,” hailed as the grandfather of all science fiction movies, will be screened with live music at 8 p.m. Thursday at the Leavitt Theatre at 259 Main St.

The screening marks the opening night of the Leavitt Theatre’s summer-long silent film series, which aims to show the best of early cinema on the big screen, with live music and an audience.

Music for “Metropolis” will be performed live by Jeff Rapsis, a New Hampshire-based composer and one of the nation’s leading silent film accompanists.

Rapsis uses a digital synthesizer to recreate the texture of a full orchestra.

The score is created live as the movie is screened.

Admission is $10 per person.

For more details, call 646-3123 or go to www.leavittheatre.com.


Historic New England hosts free annual open house

Historic New England will host its annual open house from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at both Castle Tucker, at 2 Lee St., and the Nickels-Sortwell House, at 121 Main St.

Open to the public, the event will offer free guided tours on the half hour, with the last tour scheduled for 4 p.m.

The first program of the season is “The Story of Wiscasset’s Sunken Garden,” set for 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Nickels-Sortwell House.

Admission for that talk is $5 for members and $10 for all others at the barn entrance on Federal Street.

The lecture will be followed by a visit to the garden. Preregistration is recommended.

For more details, call 882-7169.


Church to hold annual garden day sales event

The Friendship Circle of the First Congregational Church of Kennebunkport will hold its annual Garden Day from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the church, at 141 North St.

Items for sale will include plants, seeds, vases, pots and other garden-related items. There will also be home-baked goods for sale.

This event’s proceeds will go to the church.

The event is open to the public.

For more details, call 967-3897 or go to www.firstchurchkennebunkport.com.


Dyer Library will host antiques appraisals Saturday

Dyer Library and Saco Museum will host Antiques Appraisal Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, on the campus at 371 Main St.

The public is invited to bring up to three items for a team of antiques experts to appraise.

Objects should be small enough to carry in your arms; no stamps, coins or bottles please.

A plant sale also will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday on the lawn between the library and the museum, offering everything from vegetable seedlings to dahlia bulbs.

The sale will happen rain or shine.

For more details, call 283-3861.

Bluezberry Jam show to benefit historic church

A “Save the Sanctuary” benefit concert, featuring Maine’s own blues, jazz and world music band Bluezberry Jam, will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Unitarian Universalist Church located at 60 School St.

Tickets are by a suggested donation of $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

Proceeds will help pay for needed repairs and upkeep of the historic church building.

For more details, call the church office at 282-0062 or email [email protected]


Registration open for 10th annual Cash family 5K

Registrations are being accepted for the 10th Captain Christopher S. Cash Memorial 5K and 3-Mile Walk event, which is also known as The Run For Cash Family Race Day, set for June 21.

The event will unfold from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will include a free fun run and obstacle course for children, ages 4 through 9, on the grounds of Old Orchard Beach High School at 40 E. Emerson Cummings Blvd.

The event will feature official race timing, cash prizes and awards for the top three finishers in a number of divisions for both men and women, a postrace awards and recognition ceremony and free T-shirts to the first 300 people who sign up.

All proceeds from the race fund scholarships for high school graduates pursuing continuing education.

The start and finish of the race will be at Old Orchard Beach High School.


Six-session dog training class starting June 12

Professional dog trainer Jean Conte will head a six-session canine good citizen and pet therapy class on Thursdays, starting June 12, at The Lincoln Home, 22 River Road in Newcastle, at 6 p.m.

The cost is $70, payable to the instructor. Class size is limited.

For more information and to register, call 563-1363.


Shaker Village hosts annual Herb Fest and Plant Sale

The Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village will host its annual Herb Fest and Plant Sale from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at 707 Shaker Road.

Since 1783, the Shakers have been active in the cultivation of herbs and the production of herbal products.

Visitors can learn about the Shakers’ heritage and gardening traditions.

Master gardener and Shaker Village herbalist Betsey-Ann Golon will provide four free workshops and demonstrations, including “Making Lavender Sugar and Rose Sugar” from 10 to 11 a.m., “Using Herbal and Floral Waters in Culinary, Medicinal and Cosmetic Preparations” from 11 a.m. to noon, “Pruning Lavender, Sage and Other Woody Perennials” from noon to 1 p.m. and “The Mint Family & Lavender, Basil and Lemon Balm: Growth, Harvest and Use” from 1 to 2 p.m.; all classes are free and open to the public.

Rare and common herbs will be potted and offered for sale.

For more details, call 926-4597 or go to www.shaker.lib.me.us.

Instructor will provide workshop on chair caning

Instructor Bill Ambrose, owner of Walnut Hill Antique Chair Restoration, will teach a chair caning workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Shaker Village, at 707 Shaker Road, Route 26.

Ambrose will instruct on the seven steps of chair caning and provide all the supplies needed to re-seat attendees’ chairs.

Participants must bring their own clean, sound chair with a missing hand-woven cane seat.

The chair can be identified by the holes that are drilled through the chair seat frame.

Ambrose also will be available from 9 a.m. to noon on June 14, to provide a follow-up session for those who need to complete that project.

Cost is $65 per person.

To register, call 926-4597.


Owner of SoMe Brewing presents library workshop

David Rowland, owner/brewer of York’s SoMe Brewing Company, will present the workshop “Home Brewing” at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the York Public Library at 15 Long Sands Road.

Rowland will demonstrate how to brew your own beer at home, teach about equipment and ingredients, the process of brewing and beer styles that you can make at home and discuss costs and resources.

For more details, call 363-2818.


Ice cream social, storyteller kick off summer reading

Topsham Public Library celebrates its 10th Birthday Party and kicks off Summer Reading 2014! program with an ice cream social from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at 25 Foreside Road.

Storyteller Carol Birch will be on site to share stories for all ages.

The library invites patrons and guests to be part of its Birthday GIFT-A-BOOK campaign to pick a book to donate to the library.

The children’s summer reading program, “Fizz, Boom, Read,” is open to children from infants to age 12.

A teen reading program, themed “Spark,” is open to ages 11 to 18.

All programs are free and open to the public.

For more information, call 725-1727 or visit www.topshamlibrary.org.