Library hosting four craft events during the week

Camden Public Library will host four crafting events this week at 55 Main St.

 A needle felting workshop will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday with fabric artist Cate Lamb. Participants in this hands-on workshop will create a piece of felted art and learn how to create and decorate felt jewelry, ornaments and sculpture.

 A marbling and paste paper workshop with Amy Hand will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday. There will be a $10 materials and registration fee. All materials and tools will be provided

 “Weaving the Joy” basket weaving demonstration with Shirley A. McAfee will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday.

 “Living from a Creative Center” workshop with writing instructor and creativity coach Teresa Piccari will be Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m.

Although the sessions are free, preregistration is required. Space is limited to 12 people

For more information or to register, call Ken Gross at 236-3440.


Community chorus sets ‘Down in My Soul’ concert

The Midcoast Community Chorus will present its winter concert “Music Down in My Soul” at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Strom Auditorium.

The 130-voice chorus will present an eclectic program of music under the direction of MCC founder and artistic director Mimi Bornstein.

The concert program will include selections by Moses Hogan and Frank Techeli, folk songs from around the world, songs from musicals “Big River” and “Riverdance,” and several pieces in the bluegrass tradition.

Sean Fleming, MCC’s assistant director, will accompany the chorus along with MCC regulars Jeff Densmore (percussion), Chuck McGregor (bass) and Phil Clement (guitar and mandolin). Carter Logan on banjo and Julia Pilumb on the fiddle will make a special guest appearance.

Tickets are $15 to $30 and are available at Brown Paper Tickets at, or through MCC’s website at

For more details, call 975-0582.


Mechanic Association club to discuss Angelou work

Maine Charitable Mechanic Association’s First Tuesday Book Club will discuss author Maya Angelou’s autobiography “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” at noon Tuesday at Mechanics’ Hall, 519 Congress St.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a lunch. Tea and sweets will be provided.

Reading the book before the meeting is not necessary and all are welcome.

Library presenting civil rights film series in January

In honor of the birth month of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., the Portland Public Library will present a civil rights film series beginning at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, featuring films from California Newsreel which collects, produces and distributes films documenting the movement for social justice in America. The library will present several of those films from its catalog, including “The Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords.”

The screening, which is free and open to the public, will be held in Rines Auditorium at 5 Monument Square.

For more details, call Rachael Weyand, at 871-1700 Ext. 711.


Wolfe’s Neck Park offering nature programs in January

Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park will offer nature programs beginning at 2 p.m. each Sunday through January.

This Sunday, there will be a talk called “Plants Alive in a Cold World” detailing the strategies for helping the park’s plants survive winter.

Attendees should meet at the park’s circle of benches, by second parking lot, weather permitting.

No reservations are needed except for group use. Nature programs are free with park admission of $1 for youth, $3 for Maine adults and $4.50 for nonresidents. Ages 5 and younger or 65 and older get in free of charge.

For more details or to arrange for group visits, call 865-4465 or go to


Nature center fireside chat to be on ski craftsmanship

Hidden Valley Nature Center will hold a fireside chat presentation “Made in Maine: 100-Plus Years of Craftsmanship in Skiing” by Scott Andrews with the Ski Museum of Maine from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at 131 Egypt Road.

The talk will detail skis, boots and other skiing products that were made in Maine from the late 1800s to the present.

Hot drinks and something sweet will be served. The cost is $5 per person.

Advance registration is requested by calling 200-8840 or go to


Center sets program on drugs and avoiding fraud

Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center will offer the program “Drugs and Avoiding Fraud and Scams” at its next Lunch and Learn program, 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at its dining commons at 521 Main St.

Cost is $5 to $6. Reservations are required by calling 563-1363 by noon Monday. The luncheon entree is pot roast.


Land Trust Community Garden offers winter lecture series

The Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust’s Tom Settlemire Community Garden will offer its winter gardening lecture series from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 27 Pleasant St.

Barbara Murphy, an Oxford County Extension educator, will host the session “Botany for Gardeners,” an introduction to botany for the backyard vegetable and fruit grower.

For more details, call Lee Cataldo at 729-7694, email [email protected] or go to

Library hosting Downton Abbey tea party Monday

Curtis Memorial Library will host a Downton Abbey tea party from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Monday in the Morrell Meeting Room at 23 Pleasant St.

The event follows the beginning of the fifth season of the Masterpiece Classic “Downton Abbey” that aired Sunday. The event will include tea, trivia, games, crafts and chatter about the series.

Participants are asked to bring their favorite tea cup along with their best high tea treats to share. Millinery and attire from the era is optional, but highly encouraged.

The event is free and open to the public. For more details, go to or call 725-5242 Ext. 510.


Performing Arts to show ‘Murder on Orient Express’

Ogunquit Performing Arts will feature the 1974 movie “Murder on the Orient Express,” based on Agatha Christie’s book, at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Dunaway Center, 23 School St.

Admission is free and there will be free popcorn. For more details, go to


Animal Welfare Society offering ‘Furry Tales’ hour

The Animal Welfare Society will host a new series entitled “Furry Tales, Stories and Adventure Hour” from 10 to 11 a.m. beginning Tuesday, with additional sessions to be offered on Jan. 13, 20 and 27 in the Humane Education Room at its animal shelter on Holland Road.

Preschool children are invited to come and discover the world of animals through stories, playtime, crafts, song, movement and time spent with some of the shelter’s animals.

The event is free, though any donations are appreciated.

For more information, call 985-3244 or go to


Library offering winter programs for kids, seniors

Louis T. Graves Memorial Public Library will offer youth and senior programs this Thursday.

Children 8 and older are invited to meet in the Children’s Room from 3 to 4 p.m. to learn how to make a snow globe as part of a winter program, taught by Maine master gardener Shelley Wigglesworth. Preregistration is required.

From 6:30 to 8 p.m., a “Medicare and You” workshop will be held detailing long-term care, Medicare, retirement planning, estate planning and Social Security. No registration is required.

The library is located at 18 Maine St. For more details, call 967-2778 or go to


Gorham Woman’s Club to meet Thursday at church

Gorham Woman’s Club will meet Thursday at the First Parish Congregational Church on School Street.

District 1 Federation president Nancy Kenty will speak about federation education.

Light refreshments will be served at 12:30 p.m., followed by the program at 1 p.m.

For more details, email JoAnn Means at [email protected]


Adult education offering fitness, enrichment classes

The Old Orchard Beach/Saco Adult Education Department will offer a number of fitness and enrichment classes to kick off the new year.

 “Spinning for rookies” will be offered from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. Sundays through March 1 at Saco Sport & Fitness. Cost is $79.

 Thursdays, Jan. 15-22, Ayurveda, the “Science of Life,” will be offered from 6:30-8:30 p.m. for a fee of $39.

 Heartsaver CPR and First Aid for Adults & Children will be offered from 6 to 9 p.m. for a fee of $69.

Both sessions will be held at Old Orchard Beach High School.

 Beginning Jan. 17, “Create a Life You Love!” will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for $45.

To register, or for more details, call 934-7922 or go to


Library winter film series starts Sunday with ‘The Past’

The York Public Library will offer its winter films series with a screening of “The Past” at 3 p.m. Sunday at 15 Long Sands Road. All screenings start at 3 p.m., with films being offered monthly through March.

The public is invited and admission is free. There will be free popcorn and beverages will be offered for $1.

For more details, call 363-2818 or go to