Rockler hardware store hosts antique tool swap

Rockler Woodworking and Hardware store will hold an antique tool swap from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at 200 Gorham Road.

The annual event is free for exhibitors and attendees and is expected to draw sellers and items from throughout the region.

Participants are invited to buy, sell, and trade their tools and equipment with others.

For more details, call 761-4402.


Veterinary hospital teams with library for pet show

Kennebunk Free Library and the Kennebunk Veterinary Hospital will partner for their 22nd annual Pet Show at 6 p.m. Monday at the library at 112 Main St.

Past pets have included birds, rabbits, turtles, a bearded dragon, a miniature donkey and many dogs and cats.

All pets must be current on all vaccinations, on a leash or caged, and accompanied by an adult and child; one pet per child.

The Pet Show is free, wheelchair accessible and open to all.

Preregistration for all pets is required and can be made by calling 985-2173 Ext. 5 or emailing [email protected]

Brick Store Museum hosts pickling and drying workshop

The Brick Store Museum at 117 Main St., will host two programs this week.

A pickling and drying workshop will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, featuring techniques from master food preserver Kate McCarty. Admission is $15 and covers the cost of materials.

And at 7 p.m. Thursday, musician Monica Grabin will perform the concert “We Did It Before & We Can Do It Again: Songs of World War II,” focusing on the music and history of World War II. Admission is free for museum members and $8 for all others.

For more details, call 985-4802 or go to

Seventh annual Nicole’s 5K set for Saturday morning

The seventh annual Nicole’s Run/Walk will be held Saturday morning at Lord’s Point on Kennebunk Beach.

The 5K begins at 9 a.m., with registration opening at 6:45 a.m.

Registration is $20 in advance and $25 on race day.

Also, the third annual 1K kids fun run will take off at 8:30 a.m., with advance registration $10, $15 on race day.

The event will raise money to support the programs and services of Caring Unlimited, York County’s Domestic Violence Resource Center.

For more information and to register online for the event, go to

Master gardener offers talk about improving your soil

University of Maine Cooperative Extension master gardener George Hermans will talk about improving garden soil at 10 a.m. Monday at the Kennebunk Free Library, 112 Main St.

No matter what you grow, the quality of your soil has a huge impact on the health of your plants, so knowing how to manage the health of your soil is crucial.

Hermans is a longtime Kennebunk resident and certified master gardener.

The program will be held in the fairy garden, weather permitting; otherwise it will move to Hank’s Room.

For more information, call 985-2173 or go to


‘Pajamarama’ sessions return to the library

Monthly “Pajamarama” sessions have returned to the Scarborough Public Library, with the first session of the summer set to kick off at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at 48 Gorham Road.

Children are invited to come and wear their comfiest pajamas to this special story and craft time.

Preregistration is required by calling 396-6279 or emailing [email protected]


Library hosts free concert featuring Belfast Brogue

The Thomas Memorial Library will offer a free concert featuring Belfast Brogue at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at 6 Scott Dyer Road.

This pub-style Irish music band is comprised of award-winning singer/songrwiter Jud Caswell and percussionist Alfred Lund.

The concert will take place on the library’s front lawn.

If the weather is nice, the public is invited to bring a picnic dinner to enjoy during the event.

In case of rain, the concert will take place in the library’s Community Room.

For more details, go to


Paddleboards available on the Presumpscot River

Portland Paddle, a sea kayak and stand-up paddleboard outfitter based at Portland’s East End Beach, is partnering with Westbrook to offer paddling opportunities on the Presumpscot River three days a week this summer.

The company will rent out recreational and sit-on-top kayaks, as well as stand-up paddleboards, from Riverbank Park in downtown Westbrook, for paddlers who wish to paddle the stretch of the Presumpscot River between Saccarappa Falls and the historic Elms.

Portland Paddle will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays and from noon to 7 p.m. Wednesdays throughout the summer.

On Wednesday evenings, Riverbank Park will also play host to a variety of local musicians through Westbrook’s Summer Concert Series, providing the opportunity to enjoy live music while exploring the river.

On Saturday mornings, Portland Paddle will share the park with the Westbrook-Gorham Maine Market, a weekly festival of local food, local crafts, music, street performances, family activities and more.

For more details, call 370-9730 or email [email protected]


Author of ‘Sea of Liberty’ featured at the library

York Public Library will sponsor two community events Tuesday.

Magician Norman Ng will perform at 10:30 a.m. at Village Elementary School and award-winning journalist and Kevin C. Mills will head an author talk at 7 p.m. at the library at 15 Long Sands Road detailing his new book, “Sea of Liberty.”

The book completes a three-book series loosely based on the storied maritime history of Mills’ ancestors. Copies of the books will be available for signing.

For more details, call 363-2818, email [email protected] or go to


Nature walk will show off native flora and fauna

The Vose Library will offer a nature walk program at 2 p.m. Wednesday at 392 Common Road.

Attendees of all ages are invited to the reading of a nature-themed story, followed by a short nature walk around the library property, led by Brett Willard of Merryspring Nature Center, to identify native flora and fauna and gathering sumac berries that line the property to make a refreshing summer beverage.

This program is free and open to the public.

For more information, call Vose Library at 785-4733.


Let Cuba Live to hold annual recognition ceremony

The Maine group Let Cuba Live will hold a reception and recognition celebration at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Unitarian Universalist Church at 1 Middle St.

The group will welcome a representative of the national group Pastors for Peace, a partner in sending donated humanitarian aid, and Maine people, to Cuba as well as honor Loukie and Stan Lofchie, of Brunswick, for their many years of supporting social justice efforts and leadership to group initiatives.

The event will feature food and music. All are invited to attend.

For more details, call Steve Burke at 691-0322 or Barbara West at 443-2899.


Church to host Latino festival and fundraiser

Sacred Heart/St. Dominic Parish will host a Latino Festival from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the church hall and parking lot.

The event is being held to raise funds for the Sacred Heart/St. Dominic Capital Campaign to provide financial and spiritual assistance for many Portland residents.

The parish’s food pantry distributes close to 3,000 pounds of food each week, and when in need, hundreds in the neighborhood turn to the parish for clothes and household items.

The event will include dishes from Central and South America, like tamales and pupusas, plus games for children, handmade crafts for purchase and live music.

The Sacred Heart/St. Dominic Capital Campaign has a goal of $200,000 to make necessary repairs to one of the city’s most historic buildings.

It also is offering a Buy a Brick program, at $50 per brick, to help raise the estimated $200,000 for the restoration work.

Checks should be made out to Capital Campaign-SHSD and sent to: c/o the Pastoral Center, 307 Congress St., Portland, ME 04101.

Children invited to dress up at the Tate House Museum

The Tate House Museum will offer a Colonial Dress-up Day from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, inviting children, ages 5-12, to come and try on colonial period attire at the museum at 1267 Westbrook St.

The program is designed to give young people a hands-on experience of what it was like to live in colonial times.

Cost is $5 per person with a maximum $20 cap per family.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

To reserve a space, call 774-6177 or email at

Reading group tackles ‘Wait Till Next Year’

Portland Public Library continues its “Read with Steve” Book Club at 1 p.m. Tuesday in the Portland Public Library’s meeting room No. 2 at 5 Monument Square.

This week, the group will focus on the book “Wait Till Next Year,” by author Doris Kearns Goodwin.

Library director Steve Podgajny will head the hourlong session.

Attendees are encouraged to being a lunch; drinks will be provided.

For more details, call Rachael Weyand at 871-1700 Ext. 773 or email [email protected]

Pizza, video games and a movie on tap for teenagers

Portland Public Library invites teenagers to a Teen After Hours event set for 6 to 9 p.m. Friday in the Rines Auditorium at 5 Monument Square.

The group will be showing a film, serving pizza, playing video games and hanging out.

Advance registration is requested by calling 871-1700.

Space is limited.


Historical society offers free appraisal of antiques

Frank Wood, of DeWolfe & Wood at Alfred, will entertain and appraise antiques brought to the 7 p.m. Thursday meeting of the Waterborough Historical Society.

The public is invited to attend the meeting, to be held at the Grange Hall at 31 West Road.

Refreshments will be served.

There is a limit of one item per person.

For details, call Jim Carll at 247-5878.


Library offers a bevy of events for children

Topsham Public Library, at 25 Foreside Road, will host the following programs this week:

An ongoing 4-H science program, meeting at 2 p.m. Wednesdays through July 30. Activities will include building and experimenting with wind boats, wind lifts, catapults and clip mobiles, for ages 8-13.

A family concert with Maine singer/songwriter Matt Loosigian, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Legos at the Library, an ongoing building project for ages 4 to 17, from 3 to 4 p.m. Thursday.

An Art Lab at 4 p.m. Thursday to experiment with different tools and techniques to create unique works of art for ages 6 to 13.

The Northern Stars Planetarium program “Pictures in the Sky” at 1 p.m. Friday for preschool- to kindergarten-age youth; and another Northern Stars program, “Earth: Our Place in the Cosmos,” at 2 p.m. Friday, for grades 3 to 4.

A Bowdoin International Music Festival Community Concert will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

For registration, fees or additional details, call 725-1727 or go to


One-woman show portrays White Mountains pioneer

A historic one-woman portrayal of the intrepid White Mountains pioneer Dolly Copp (1808-1891), also known as the Belle of Bartlett, will be performed by actress Carol Foord at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Hiram Historical Society at the Great Ossipee Museum (former Mt. Cutler School), at 20 Historical Ridge, off Route 117, Main Street, Hiram village.

Discover how Copp managed to survive difficult times to become a beloved local legend.

A business meeting will be held prior to the talk at 1 p.m.

The program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For more details, call 625-4762.


DaPonte String Quartet offers patriotic program

The Wells Reserve at Laudholm will present an Independence Day-inspired concert of the DaPonte String Quartet’s “Made in America” program at 7 p.m. Thursday in the historic Laudholm barn at 342 Laudholm Farm Road.

Tickets are $15 to $25 and available at

Proceeds benefit the nonprofit Laudholm Trust for its support of research, education, stewardship, and preservation programs at the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve.

For more details, call 646-4521.