Library offering help with Obamacare sign-ups

Portland Public Library is offering health insurance assistance for individuals who need help navigating through signing up or re-enrolling for the Affordable Care Act.

Hours are from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays and 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Fridays through Feb. 13.

This program is offered in partnership with Opportunity Alliance, Mercy Hospital and Portland Community Health Center.

The Health Insurance Marketplace Navigator volunteers will meet in Meeting Room No. 3 of the library.

Charitable group to present lecture about Italian islands

The Maine Charitable Mechanic Association will present the travel lecture “Italy’s Fabled Isles, Sicily, Capri & Elba” at 7:30 p.m. Monday at McAuley High School Auditorium on Stevens Avenue.

Ports of call include places mentioned in Richard Halliburton’s “Glorious Adventure” and Homer’s “Odyssey.”

Refreshments will be served. There is on-site parking and the auditorium is wheelchair accessible. The event is free.


Rotary Club sponsoring Fastest Mile Road Race

The Rotary Club of Yarmouth will hold Maine’s Fastest Mile Road Race on Saturday morning. The race begins at Yarmouth High School and finishes in front of Yarmouth Town Hall.

The Family Fun Run starts at 8 a.m., with the open division at 8:30 a.m. The race is open to runners of all ages.

The cost is $20 for adults and $12 for children. Race day registration begins at 7:30 a.m.

Proceeds will benefit the charitable projects of the Rotary Club, including this year’s principle beneficiary, the Yarmouth Community Garden.

For more details, email Kevin Ronan, race director, at [email protected]


Retired forester to discuss his book ‘Nature Embraced’

Retired forester Joe Gray will discuss and offer readings from his book “Nature Embraced: Reflections of an Interpretive Naturalist” at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday at Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center, 521 Main St.

The talk is part of the center’s Lunch and Learn series. Cost is $5 to $6. Advance luncheon reservations are required. Call 563-1363 by noon Monday to reserve a seat.


Historical society to hold talk on colonial lighthouse

The Windham Historical Society will present the program “Boston Light: A History” at 7 p.m. Monday at 234 Windham Center Road.

Author and historian Sally Snowman will present an illustrated talk detailing the last Coast Guard manned light station in the United States, located on Little Brewster Island at the entrance of Boston Harbor. It was the first established lighthouse in Colonial America in 1716.

The public is invited. Donation is $5. Refreshments will be served. For more details, call 892-1306 or email [email protected]


Festival of the Trees event kicks off Friday at museum

Saco Museum kicks off its 10th annual Festival of the Trees event, this year themed “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” at 371 Main St.

A ribbon cutting and tree lighting ceremony will officially begin the display at 5 p.m. Friday. A holiday gala will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 13, when raffle winners will be drawn.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased in advance or at the door. To buy a ticket, call 283-3861, extension 113.


Education group, library to host predators program

Cathance River Education Alliance and the Topsham Public Library will host “Predators!” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the library as part of its monthly Community Nature Programs Series.

The presentation offers the audience a peek inside the world of predators such as the cougar, wolf, grizzly bear and more, and discusses their superior survival skills in the wild and their important role in the health of our ecosystems.

Chewonki Foundation representatives will be on hand with a live owl, bat and turtle.

This is a free, interactive program for the whole family. The library is located at 25 Foreside Road.

For more details, call 725-1727 or 331-3202 or email [email protected]


Christmas crafts fair set for Saturday at school

The seventh annual North Berwick Neighborly Christmas Crafts Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the North Berwick Primary School.

There will be a silent auction, refreshments and luncheon items available for purchase.

For more details, email [email protected] or call Linda at 676-9063.


Festival of Lights starts holiday shopping season

The annual Festival of Lights celebration kicks off the holiday shopping season with a number of holiday themed activities in the downtown area Friday through Sunday.

Friday activities include the arrival of Santa via Coast Guard vessel at noon at the Middle Pier, followed by a brief stop at Park and Main streets to officially declare downtown Rockland “Open for the Holidays.”

The lighting of the lobster trap Christmas tree will be held at 6 p.m. The annual Parade of Lights also begins at 6 p.m. Hot chocolate will be available at locations along Main Street.

On Sunday, families will have an opportunity to have breakfast with Santa at the Chowder House Restaurant beginning at 9 a.m.

For more details, call 593-6093 or email rockland [email protected]


Greely hockey will host annual Turkey Trot run

Greely hockey’s seventh annual 5K Turkey Trot will be held at 8 a.m. Thursday, starting at Greely High School, 303 Main St., and following a certified 5K course.

Online registration is available at www.running4free.com.

For more details, go to www.greelyhockey.org or email Jill Storey at [email protected]


Library hosts craft events as part of Santa’s arrival

The Kennebunk Free Library will offer a variety of family activities from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday leading up to Santa’s arrival for the downtown tree lighting at 4:30 p.m.

Families are invited to drop by the library at 112 Main St. to create holiday crafts geared to all skill levels or to play board games.

The event is free, wheelchair accessible and open to all.

For more details, call 985-2173, extension 5, or go to www.KennebunkLibrary.org.

Homeschooling Group sets next meeting at library

The next meeting of the Homeschooling Group will be held at 2 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Kennebunk Free Library, 112 Main St.

This is an opportunity for homeschooling families to get together with others and exchange ideas or ask questions. Newcomers to homeschooling or families exploring the option are welcome.

Activities for children will be provided. This drop-in group meets monthly. Future meetings will be on the first Monday of most months.

The event is free, wheelchair accessible and open to all.

For more details, call 985-2173, extension 5, or go to www.KennebunkLibrary.org.


Santa’s arrival to include jingle bell walk, cookies

Santa Claus is coming to town Saturday.

Community members are welcome to drop by the Patten Free Library for some stories and ornament making at 11 a.m.

Santa is expected to arrive at the gazebo at Library Park at 3 p.m. for the children’s tree lighting ceremony.

Following the tree lighting, children and their families are invited to join Santa for a jingle bell walk up Front Street to City Hall for homemade cookies, punch and a cozy visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

For more information, call 442-7291 or 522-1018 or email [email protected]