Balance classes for older adults at several locations

Spectrum Generations will offer a series of “A Matter of Balance” classes to help older adults overcome their fear of falling at its seven community centers and at residential facilities in Kennebec, Somerset, Waldo, Lincoln, Knox and Sagadahoc Counties.

The classes will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays and Fridays for four consecutive weeks, beginning Sept. 10 at Mid Coast Senior Health Center, 58 Baribeau Drive.

Class fee is a suggested $10 donation. For more information or to register, call Tina DeRaps at 620-1657 or email [email protected]


Workshop for kids set on how to make nature journal

Merryspring Nature Center will host a workshop for children on how to make a nature journal from recycled materials at 11 a.m. Thursday at 30 Conway Road.

After the workshop, there will be a short walk around the gardens for the children to document what they see. Materials will be provided.

This program is part of the Free Family Programs series. For more details, call Toni Goodridge at 236-2239.

Talk on tending perennial gardens set for Tuesday

Gardener Wendy Andresen will present an installment of her ongoing “Tending the Perennial Garden” series at noon Tuesday at the Merryspring Nature Center.

Andresen will teach guests how to make the most of their gardens by emphasizing management methods.

Attendees may also bring a small envelope to take home any seeds from Merryspring perennials that have completed their cycle.

Tracey DiSabato-Aust’s gardening volume “The Well-Tended Perennial Garden” will serve as a reference for this talk. Copies of the book and other gardening books and tools will be for sale after the talk.

This is an outdoor program, so guests should wear comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing. It will start in the Merryspring hexagon near the outdoor gardens.

Admission to the Tuesday Talks is free to Merryspring members and children, and $5 for nonmembers.

For more details, call Merryspring at 236-2239 or email [email protected]

Library hosting several programs during the week

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

 Earle Shettleworth, Maine’s state historian, will present “Maine Civil War Photography” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, a pictorial review of the Civil War with vintage photographs, as part of the library’s Civil War Series.

 Dr. Richard Kahn will present the talk “The Medicine of the Civil War,” with historical medical paraphernalia, at 7 p.m. Thursday.

 There will be a free walking tour of Camden at 4 p.m. Friday hosted by the Camden Public Library and the Downtown Business Group, beginning at the library. Tours last an hour and reservations are encouraged by calling the library at 236-3440.

 On Saturday, Dick Cornelia will present the illustrated lecture “The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex,” detailing the sinking of the Essex in the Pacific, at 1 p.m.

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


Bow tie, Bean boot night to support Teens to Trails

Tickets are available for the Bow Ties & Bean Boots Night to support the Teens to Trails programs. The event will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday at Camp Ketcha.

Put on your classiest bow tie, boa or ball gown and your dirtiest Bean Boots for an evening of camp, featuring lawn games, dancing to the tunes of the Gunther Brown Band, chow from food trucks El Corazon and Mainely Burgers, and brews from Lively Brewing Company.

Bid on 40 different exciting auction items and celebrate your winnings with a s’more around the campfire!

Tickets are $35. For more details, go to


Workshops set for college planning for ages 19 and up

The Maine Educational Opportunity Center will host free “Essentials of College Planning” workshops for ages 19 and older at the following times and locations: 10 a.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 2, 9, 16 and 23 at Portland CareerCenter, 185 Lancaster St. and 10 a.m. Wednesdays Sept. 3, 10, and 24 at Portland Adult Education, 14 Locust St.

To register or for more details, call (800) 281-3703 or go to

Library’s Friday night club to discuss Robinson’s ‘Gilead’

Portland Public Library will host Friday Night Book Club from 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 29 in meeting room No. 5, at 5 Monument Square.

The focus book of the group is “Gilead,” by author Marilynne Robinson. Discussions will be led by library staff members, with readers having a chance to network and socialize before the discussion begins.

Refreshments will be provided. New members are always welcome. This program is free but registration is preferred. For more details, call 871-1700, Ext. 705.

Tate House Museum to host herbalist for last summer talk

Tate House Museum will host herbalist Holly Illof for its final summer lecture at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at 1267 Westbrook St.

Illof will introduce attendees to the museum’s gardens from an herbalist’s perspective for the talk “Colonial Kitchens: Herbs and Their Uses.”

She will then give guests a presentation of the colonial kitchen and how herbs were used in colonial times.

Light refreshments will be served. Cost is $10 and reservations are recommended by calling 774-6177 or e-mailing Betty Janus at [email protected]


The Pines hosting open house and tour Sunday

The Pines will host an open house and tour at 1 p.m. Sunday at 10 Manor St.

All who are thinking about retirement living are welcome to attend. The tour will start at The Pines Community Building at Oceanview Manor and proceed to Pinewood Manor.

Space is limited and attendees are requested to call 934-2157, Ext. 2 to reserve a spot.


Knox Museum hosts jewelry trunk show Wednesday

Knox Museum will host a jewelry trunk show, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, featuring the designs of jewelry artist Sissy Yates, on the south lawn of Montpelier at 30 High St.

For more details, call Knox Museum at 354-8062 or e-mail [email protected]


Animal Watch to hold yard sale and bottle drive

Community Animal Watch will hold a benefit yard sale and bottle drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Beach Beverage at Cascade Road and Route 1.

Attendees are encouraged to donate cans, bottles, pet food and yard sale items. Table space also is available for rent at $10 each. For more details, call 934-1677 or 602-8845.


AARP Smart Driver course deadline set for Saturday

Saturday is the registration deadline for an AARP Smart Driver course to be offered for drivers 50 and older from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 6 at the Bridgton Community Center at 15 Depot St.

The new Smart Driver course is the latest revision of the nation’s first and largest classroom refresher course for experienced and mature drivers.

Class participants review safe driving strategies, defensive driving techniques, new traffic laws and rules of the road. The class helps older drivers adjust their driving to age-related changes in vision, hearing and reaction time.

Drivers 55 years of age and older in Maine are entitled to discounts on their insurance premiums for three years after taking or re-taking this course.

The cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for all others. To register, call 647-3116.


Russian icon maker to offer series of workshops

Russian icon maker, teacher and lecturer Marina Forbes will offer a series of workshops called “The Art of Icon Painting” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on four consecutive Wednesdays from Aug. 27 through Sept. 24 at St. George’s Episcopal Church.

This is a hands-on studio workshop for students interested in learning how to create traditional Russian icons, one of the world’s oldest and most respected forms of religious art.

The program will include a detailed discussion and demonstration of traditional materials and methods of icon making, followed by application.

Painters of all levels are welcomed, though no previous painting experience is required.

For more details or to reserve a spot, call Marina Forbes directly at (603) 332-2255 or e-mail at [email protected]


Wolfe’s Neck, Ferry Beach parks offer youth programs

Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park at Freeport and Ferry Beach State Park at Saco are offering two new youth nature programs this fall.

“Preschool Nature Exploration” will provide a fun and interactive environment for ages 5 and younger to explore and enjoy these state parks with their caregivers.

Activities will include a nature story reading, a fun craft and a short guided walk within the park. Themes will include forest ecology, insects, birds, the rocky shore, pond life and more.

The sessions will be held Wednesdays at Ferry Beach State Park at 95 Bayview Road and Thursdays at Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park, at 426 Wolfe’s Neck Road. All meetings begin at 11 a.m. and will be held through September;

The program is free with park admission. For more details, call 865-4465.


Historical Society hosts ‘Notes Ancestors Left for Us’

The Norway Historical Society will feature a program titled “Dear Descendant: Notes Our Ancestors Left for Us” at 7 p.m. Tuesday at 471 Main St.

Host Larry Glatz will share letters from Norway in the 1940s.

He will be assisted with readings from family letters and diaries by Jeffery Parsons and Marion Howe as well as excerpts from letters and diaries in the Society’s collection presented by curator Charles Longley.

For more details, go to or call 743-7377.


Concerts for the Coast to feature pianist Ikemiya

The Wells Reserve at Laudholm’s Concerts for the Coast continues with a performance by pianist Masanobu Ikemiya at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the historic Laudholm barn at 342 Laudholm Farm Road.

Tickets are available at and proceeds benefit the nonprofit Laudholm Trust for its support of science, education and conservation programs at the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve.

For more details, call 646-4521 or go to


TML Foundation sponsors Maine Marimba Ensemble

The TML Foundation is sponsoring the final outdoor concert of the summer featuring the Maine Marimba Ensemble at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Thomas Memorial Library at 6 Scott Dyer Road. The concert will be held on the library’s front lawn. In case of rain, the concert will be moved to the picnic shelter at Fort Williams Park.

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