Performance artist, master drummer offer workshops

International Guinean performance artist Ismael “Bonfils” Kouyate and master drummer Namory Keita will offer drum and dance workshops Sunday at the Woodford’s Club, 179 Woodford St.

Featured in the hit Broadway production “FELA!” Kouyate has won international acclaim for his dancing and vocal ability. Keita teaches and performs internationally.

A drum workshop will be held from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., followed by a dance class from 1:45 to 2:45 p.m. for a fee of $12 each for advance sign-ups or $15 on the day of sessions.

A dundun dance (drum and dance) class will be held from 3 to 4:30, followed by a dance workshop from 4:45 to 6:15 p.m., for a fee of $17 each in advance or $20 at the door.

The fee is $50 in advance for all four workshops or $60 at the door. No dance experience is necessary.

For more details, to register for classes or purchase tickets, go to www.EmbodyTheRhythm.com.

Planetarium offers ‘Winter Sky,’ ‘Waiting in Lines’

Southworth Planetarium will host two events this week at 70 Falmouth St.

Astronomy Cafe will present the program “Winter Sky” at 7 p.m. Monday. Spend an hour in the star dome to discover the locations and outlines of famous cold night constellations.

On Thurday, Dr. Muhammad El-Taha of the University of Southern Maine mathematics department will present the science lecture “Waiting in Lines” at 7 p.m. This nonmathematic talk is directed toward undergraduate students and general audiences.

Admission for both programs is by donation. For more details, email Edward Gleason, planetarium manager, at [email protected], call 780-4249 or go to www.usm.maine.edu/planet.

Church collecting donations to help families in winter

First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church will hold a winter clothing giveaway from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 425 Congress St.

Donations of clean, new or gently used clothing, linens and blankets will be accepted from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the Parish Hall.

The donations will be given to new immigrant families and others in need to help them make it through the Maine winter.

For more details, email Louisa Morris at [email protected]

Lecture series to present slide program on Antarctic

The Maine Charitable Mechanic Association will present a slide program on the Antarctic at 7:30 p.m. Monday at McAuley High School auditorium on Stevens Avenue as part of its travel lecture series.

The talk will detail the adventures of presenter Peter Plumb and seven friends who chartered a 75-foot sailboat and sailed from the Beagle Channel, in southern Chile, via Cape Horn, to the Antarctica Peninsula.

Plumb will be on hand to narrate and answer questions. Parking is on-site and the auditorium is handicapped accessible. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome.

Educator, shelter pet to offer program on animal care

An educator and a shelter pet from the Animal Welfare Society of West Kennebunk will offer a hands-on program about animal care and handling from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Portland Children’s Museum at 142 Free St.

Children are invited to come meet animals and learn about pet care and handling.

For more details, call Animal Welfare Society at 985-3244 Ext. 117 or go to www.animalwelfaresociety.org.

Lisa Silverman to lead six-week macro cooking series

A six-week macro cooking series with holistic nutritionist Lisa Silverman will begin Tuesday at Five Seasons Cooking School, 87 Saint Lawrence St.

Each session will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday’s session is “Intro to Macrobiotics and Fall Soups.”

Additional sessions are “Fall Grain and Pasta Dishes,” Jan. 20; “Fall Bean, Tempeh and Tofu Dishes,” Jan. 27; “Fall Vegetable and Sea Veg Dishes,” Feb. 3; “Fall Desserts,” Feb. 10; and “Menu Planning and Quick Meals,” Feb. 17.

All classes are dairy-free and refined sugar-free and use local, organic ingredients when available.

Cost is $40 per session or $210 for the series. The fee is $45 for the dessert class.

To register or for more details, contact Silverman at 233-6846.


Grange to host state master to obligate new members

Saco Grange No. 53 will host Vicki Huff, state grange master, at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the hall, 168 North St.

Huff will be on hand to obligate any new members.

For more details, call Sandy Leeman at 831-5784 or email [email protected]


Audubon group to host naturalist at meeting

Mid-Coast Audubon will host naturalist Mike Shannon at 7 p.m. Thursday during its regular monthly presentation at the Camden Public Library, 55 Main St.

Shannon will present the retrospective “Looking Back.”

All are welcome. For more details, go to www.midcoastaudubon.org.

Library hosting four events from lectures to workshops

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

 Erika Manning will present “The Peri-Menopausal Years & Beyond” at noon Monday, focusing on the therapeutic use of yoga for women as they transition through the sometimes challenging peri-menopausal years and beyond. The talk is part of the Destination Wellness Brown Bag Lunch series.

 The Leer y Charlar Spanish Book Club will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday in the Picker Room. All who are proficient in Spanish are welcome. For more information, call 470-7473.

 The regular meeting of the reading group of the Camden Philosophical Society will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

 A Sumi-e Oriental brush painting workshop with Frederica Marshal will be offered at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The workshop is part of the library’s “Jumpstart January” program for adults. Preregistration is necessary by calling the library at 236-3440. The materials fee is $10.


Organic farmers to offer talk on Broadturn Farm

Friends of the Scarborough Public Library will host a talk by organic farmers Stacy Brenner and John Bliss from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday in the library’s meeting room at 48 Gorham Road.

Over the past eight years, Brenner and Bliss have been dedicated stewards of Broadturn Farm – a property protected by the Scarborough Land Trust through a conservation easement.

Hear the story of how they developed this full working farm that includes community-supported agriculture memberships, farming education programs, summer camp experiences for youth and a floral design studio

The program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be offered. For more details, call 883-4723.


Library offers two programs for children this week

Louis T. Graves Memorial Public Library will offer two children’s programs this week at 18 Maine St.

Children ages 8 and older are invited to make a miniature terrarium from 3 to 4 p.m. Thursday as part of the Kid’s Winter Garden Program. Participants will create their own tiny ecosystem in a recycled glass vase or jar. Attendees should bring a clear glass vase or large clear mason jar. All interior supplies will be provided.

Preregistration is required by calling 967-2778 and asking for the Junior Room or going to www.graveslibrary.org.

At 10 a.m. Friday, Special Guest Reader Storytime will feature Diane the Potter, who will show how to make a pinch pot. This program will include themed stories, fingerplays and a craft. All ages are invited. No registration is required.


Library hosting movies, talks, displays and apps

York Public Library will host four events this week at 15 Long Sands Road.

 An art reception, celebrating the display “Edward Hergelroth: A Community Collects” will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. The exhibit will be open through March and features pieces by private collectors in the community.

 “Appy Hour @ Your Library!” will be held from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Wednesday for users of mobile devices. Jared Leadbetter from the Maine State Library will talk about a selection of apps available for Apple and Android devices.

 The movie “Earth to Echo” will be featured at 6:30 p.m. Saturday for the Family Film Day.

 A screening and discussion of the film “Fruitvale Station” will be offered during a York Diversity Forum set for 3 p.m. Sunday.

For more details, call 363-2818 or email [email protected]


Bates presents several Martin Luther King Jr. events

Bates College will present “From Selma to Ferguson: 50 Years of Nonviolent Dissent” as part of its Martin Luther King Jr. Day observances.

The college will examine the civil rights leader’s commitment to nonviolent action and place it in the context of recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, Staten Island, New York, and on the international stage.

Beginning Sunday and continuing through the Jan. 19 King Day holiday, Bates will explore historic and contemporary forms of nonviolent dissent in the U.S. and abroad.

Taking place at various campus locations, the events are open to the public at no cost, but certain events require tickets.

For more details, call 786-6400 or view a complete program at bates.edu/mlk.


Two college readiness programs being offered

Old Orchard Beach and Saco Adult Education is offering two free college readiness programs from 10 a.m. to noon or 4 to 6 p.m. Jan. 22 at the Saco Learning Center, 80 Common St.

For more details, call 934-7922 or go to www.oobsaco.maineadulted.org, where you can get more class information and download catalogs and course schedules.


Colby plans several events for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Colby College will observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day with two celebrations that are free and open to the public.

A multi-faith community celebration of the life and legacy of the civil rights leader will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday at Lorimer Chapel.

A Martin Luther King Jr. commemorative program keynote address is planned at 7 p.m. Jan. 19 in the Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building.

This year’s program celebrates Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision through the theme “The Audacity to Dream: The Courage to Act for Justice.”

Keynote speaker Majora Carter is an urban revitalization specialist, Peabody Award-winning broadcaster and social-enterprise pioneer.

For more details, go to colby.edu/museum or call 859-5600.


SIS Bank to hold trivia night Friday at Sanford Town Club

SIS Bank will sponsor the sixth annual trivia night from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Sanford Town Club at 4 Washington St.

The event includes team trivia in categories such as geography, science, current events, literature, food and television. Appetizers and refreshments will be served.

Doors open at 6 p.m., with the contest running from 7 to 9 p.m. A raffle and live auction also will be featured. Proceeds raised from this event will benefit Literacy Volunteers of Greater Sanford.

LVGS is still accepting new teams of between four and eight people.

Tickets are $20 per person. For more details, go to www.sanfordliteracy.org or call 324-2486.


Appalachian Mountain Club hosting talk by Cromwell

The Appalachian Mountain Club, Maine Chapter, will host a talk by Rich Cromwell at 7 p.m. Tuesday detailing his experiences of hiking, biking and rowing in Southeast Asia.

Cromwell will talk about his encounters with the people who transformed his life and prompted him to return for more visits.

The talk will be held at the Curtis Memorial Library at 23 Pleasant St. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.


Historical Society to hold annual meeting Thursday

The annual meeting of the New Gloucester Historical Society will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at the New Gloucester Meetinghouse, 389 Intervale Road, Route 231.

Members are urged to attend. For more details, call Leonard Brooks at 926-3188.