Registration open for AARP Smart Driver course

Monday is the deadline to register for a new AARP Smart Driver course, for drivers age 50 and older, to be presented from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday at the AARP state office, 1685 Congress St. The session features the newest classroom refresher course for experienced and mature drivers.

Participants will be instructed in safe driving strategies, defensive driving techniques, new traffic laws and rules of the road. It also helps older drivers adjust their driving to age-related changes in vision, hearing and reaction time.

Insurance companies in Maine give discounts to drivers age 55 and older for three years after taking or retaking the course.

The registration fee is $15 for AARP members and $20 for all others.


Class size is limited and registrations are accepted first-come, first served.

To register, call John Hammon, volunteer instructor, at 655-4943.

Teen center hosts free flash fiction workshop

The Teen Center at Portland Public Library will host a “Write Short, Write Sweet, Write Now” workshop from 4:45 to 6:45 p.m. Wednesday at the Teen Center.

Can you write an entire story in 1,000 words or fewer? It’s harder than it sounds.

Attendees will brainstorm the elements of flash fiction – characters, plot, voice, conflict and then create and share their own. This is a free two-session writing class for teens. Sessions will be held on Wednesdays, Aug. 6 and 13 from 4:45 to 6:45 p.m.


To sign up in advance, contact Dave Kiersh at [email protected] or 871-1700, ext. 772.


Historic Old Corner Church to host annual service

The annual service at the historic Old Corner Church is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday at Federal Street and West Road.

The Rev. Virginia Gass of the First Baptist Church of Sanford will deliver the sermon. Special music will be provided by Gordon Trail and Jan Thibeault.

Refreshments and a business meeting of the Friends of Old Corner Church will follow.


Those interested in joining the effort to preserve the 1804 landmark are encouraged to attend and participate in various plans for repair, fundraising and utilization of the church for community events.

For more details, call Maureen at 247-3784.


Crafters welcome to apply for Shaker Hill Apple Festival

York County Shelter Programs invites crafters and artisans to participate in its juried artisan and craft fair, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 13 and 14 as part of the fifth annual Shaker Hill Apple Festival weekend on the former Alfred Shaker Village campus at Shaker Hill Road.

The participation fee is $60 for a 10-foot by 10-foot space and $70 for a corner booth.

Proceeds from the festival will benefit homeless and hungry people served by York County Shelter Programs.

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