Fall fest at Wolfe’s Neck Farm

Wolfe’s Neck Farm, 184 Burnett Road, will hold its annual Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 11, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

The family festival features activities and demonstrations, live music, hay-bale climbing, face painting, animal interactions, local food and more. Pumpkin hayrides will run during the festival, when visitors can take a tractor ride out to the pumpkin patch and pick out a favorite pumpkin. The hayride is free with admission; small pumpkins cost $4. Proceeds will benefit the nonprofit organization’s educational programming. Admission is $8 per person, free for children ages 3 and under. For more information, visit www.wolfesneckfarm.org.

Chowdah Challenge coming up

The annual Freeport Community Services Chowdah Challenge will be held on the porch of the L.L. Bean Home Store, Saturday, Oct. 4, from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., as part of the Freeport Festival with FreeportUSA. The Chowdah Challenge is an important fundraising event for Freeport Community Services, benefiting the FCS Campership program for children from Freeport and Pownal.

Several local restaurants will participate, including Freeport Chowder House, Freeport Seafood Grill, Gritty McDuff’s, Harraseeket Inn, Linda Bean’s Maine Kitchen & Topside Tavern and others. Home-baked apple pies also will be sold. Donations of pies from anyone are welcome for this year’s event.

Test drives raise money

Freeport High School Class of 2015 reported that the recent Drive 4 Ur School fundraiser produced more than 100 test drives of vehicles loaned by Casco Bay Ford. The dealership also donated $20 for each test drive. The event also featured a car wash, a barbecue and a bake sale provided by students, Wendy Ayotte and her team enabled FHS to earn money for Project Graduation 2015.

Session focuses on health insurance

A health insurance information session, sponsored by Freeport Community Services, will be held Thursday, Oct. 2, from 6:30-8 p.m., at the Freeport Community Center, 53 Depot St. Maine Community Health Options and Education Specialists will talk about how to enroll in a health plan on the health insurance marketplace and preventive services that are included in qualified health plans.

Writers and poets soiree

Upstairs at Azure, a writer’s and poet’s soiree, will hold its monthly meeting Wednesday, Oct. 15, at 8 p.m., at Azure Cafe?, 123 Main St. The group meets to give writers a forum to share their works – fiction, poetry or nonfiction – in a small group. Enrollment is limited to assure that all attendees get to participate. There is space available for two additional members. Writers can invite critiques of particular aspects of their work, but in general, the group is intended for support and appreciation, not literary criticism.

Recent works included Elizabeth Guffey’s plays, “I Love You” and “It’s Over”; Jonas Werner’s “Letters to Camp”; and selections from Jane Yurko’s recent poems. Azure will provide wine and snacks. Membership is free, but a $5 contribution is suggested for each meeting. For more information, call 272-3641 or email Gar Roper at [email protected].

Arts and Crafts Market

The First Parish Church Congregational will hold its twice-monthly Arts & Crafts Market on the front lawn of the church, 40 Main St., Freeport, Saturday, Oct. 11, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Vendor spaces are still available. For each market day, one space is available, free of charge, for nonprofit groups. For more information, see www.FirstParishMarket.org

Tea tasting

Jacqueline’s Tea Room, 201 Main St., will have its monthly tea tasting on Wednesday, Oct. 1, from 6-7 p.m. Customers can sample five different teas at no charge. For more information, call 865-2123.

Volunteers sought for trail work

Wolfe’s Neck Farm invites volunteers to lend a hand as they improve their trail network and build new trails through the property. Trail crews will be working from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 3; Wednesday, Oct. 15; and Saturday, Oct. 25. Participants should dress in work clothes including gloves, work glasses and hiking or work boots. Bring a lunch and water bottle. Tools and snacks will be provided. For more information, call 865-4469, ext. 106.

White Cane Day for Lioness-Lions

The Freeport Lioness-Lions will hold the annual White Cane Day on Saturday, Oct. 4, from 9 a.m.-noon in front of Shaw’s and Bow Street Markets. They will be accepting used hearing aids and glasses, as well as monetary donations for the Lions project, Maine Sight & Hearing, in which refurbished hearing aids and glasses are given to those in need. For more information, call 865-6580 or 756-2960.

Tickets available for doll raffle

Members of the Freeport Elders are raffling the 18-inch American Girl Doll named Isabelle, with 10 outfits and a wooden bed. Tickets are $2 each or three for $5. There is also a raffle for a $100 Walmart gift card or a $100 Hannaford gift card, Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. The winners for both will be drawn Dec. 10.

Raffle tickets are available at the Freeport Elders Center at the Freeport Community Center, 53 Depot St.

Call for crafters

Crafters and artisan vendors are needed for the Freeport Fire Rescue Auxiliary’s Annual Craft Fair, to be held on Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Freeport Fire Station. For more information, call 865-6568.

Citizen of the Year

The Freeport Town Council is seeking nominations for its Citizen of the Year Award to honor those who have contributed substantively to the quality of the town. Nomination forms are available at the Town Office, the Freeport Community Library and can be found at www.freeportmaine.com.

Deadline for nominations is Dec. 4.

Nominations sought for service award

Freeport Community Services is now accepting nominations for the Carol Kaplan Memorial Community Service Award named after the long-time general services director for the town of Freeport. It is given annually to an individual who embodies the mission of Freeport Community Services, and who has had a positive impact on client services and/or the organization. Stephen Cogswell of Freeport won the award last year.

The deadline for nominations is Oct. 15. Nomination forms are available at the Freeport Community Center, 53 Depot St., Freeport, or at www.fcsmaine.org. For more information, contact Melanie Sachs, executive director, at 865-3985, ext. 204.

Community Day at Tuscan Bistro

Members of the Freeport High School Field Hockey Boosters are holding a fundraising event hosted by Tuscan Brick Oven Bistro, 140 Main St., Tuesday, Oct. 7, from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. A portion of the day’s sales will benefit the boosters. Takeout orders also apply. Call 869-7200 for large party reservations or takeout. There will be raffle items, as well.

Public safety open house

The Fire Prevention Open House is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 8, from 5-7 p.m., at the Freeport Public Safety building, 4 Main St. The Freeport Fire and Rescue and Police Departments, as well as the Brunswick Dispatch/E911 Communications Center and other community agencies, will have many interactive activities scheduled, including a smoke trailer, seat belt convincer, a fire extinguisher demo, an automatic external defibrillator (AED) demo and other health and wellness activities.

Ambulances and fire engines will be on display and K-9 Kassie will be in attendance. The Maine Public Safety Pipes and Drums will be performing. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be available for purchase.

Animal blessing set for Oct. 4

The 12th annual Blessing of the Animals, in honor of St. Francis’ Feast, will be held at 9:00 a.m., Saturday, October 4, 2014, at Sacred Heart’s church yard, 326 Main Street, Yarmouth. The event is sponsored by the parish’s Church & Family Life Commission, which includes St. Jude Church of Freeport as well as Sacred Heart Church of Yarmouth, Holy Martyrs Church of North America, Falmouth, and St. Gregory the Great Church, Gray.

All pets and/or pet lovers are invited to attend this prayer service and blessing, with or without an animal friend present. For more information, contact the Pastoral Office at 207-847-6890.

Author reading at library

Freeport author Gar Roper returns to the Freeport Community Library on Wednesday, Oct. 8, at 6:30 p.m., to read from his newly published novel, “Deadly Hypocrisy: Brenna Should Have Died.” His first foray into the crime/detective genre, the book was published in July. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

Trivia Challenge coming up

The Greater Freeport Chamber of Commerce will hold its second Freeport Trivia Challenge on Thursday, Oct. 9, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Freeport Grill, 175 Lower Main St. Trivia Master Cole Tamminen will again be the master of ceremonies for the event.

Teams of four can enter for $150. The winning team receives $200 cash. General questions will be interspersed with those about Freeport’s past and present. There will be door prizes and free light snacks.

Teams can register by contacting Sande Updegraph, 847-5240, ext. 1, or emailing [email protected].

Free movie

The Freeport Community Library will host a free community movie on Thursday, Oct. 2, at 1 p.m., in the Community Meeting Room. The selection is the 1972 romantic comedy, “Avanti!” starring Jack Lemmon and Juliet Mills. It was filmed on the island of Ischia in the Bay of Naples.

Senior Expo Oct. 1

Maine Senior Guide and Beach Glass Transitions is hosting the Freeport Senior Expo at the Hilton Garden Inn, 5 Park St., Freeport, Wednesday, Oct. 1, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Thirty-six exhibitor booths will offer information on everything from senior communities and diabetes education to travel opportunities and insurance products. Starting at 10 a.m., speakers will give information on topics from healthy living to joint replacements. Free flu shots will be available all day. Afternoon music will be provided by the quartet “Highlight,” and antique appraisals ($5 per item) will be available to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association.

BoomerTECH representatives will answer tech, device and computer questions at a Q&A table, and TimesTen will offer free mini-manicures from noon-3 p.m. Attendees can even join a Yoga After 50 class at 11 a.m. The expo is free. For more information and a full schedule, see www.maineseniorguide.com.

District 4 council workshop

The Town Council will hold a special District 4 workshop at Merriconeag School, 57 Desert Road, Freeport, on Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 6:30 p.m., Residents of District 4 will have an opportunity to bring their questions and concerns. A regular council meeting will follow.

Upcoming meetings

Planning Board, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 6 p.m., Town Council Chambers.

Board of Appeals, Monday, Oct. 6, 7 p.m., Town Council Chambers.

District 4 Workshop and Town Council meeting, Tuesday, Oct. 7, 6:30 p.m., Merriconeag School, 57 Desert Road.

A full listing of upcoming town meetings and agendas is available on www.freeportmaine.com.


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