Two blues artists to present ‘A Walk Through the Delta’

The Delta Blues music program at South Berwick Library will host a presentation by blues artists “Poor Howard” Stith and Mike “Bullfrog” Rogers from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 28.

The duo will present “A Walk Through the Delta,” an educational program highlighting music of the blues tradition that originated in the Mississippi Delta in the early 20th century.

This free program is part of South Berwick Library’s winter series and is open to the public. For more details go to or call 384-3308.


Tanya Tagaq performance set Sunday at Bowdoin

Internationally acclaimed performer Tanya Tagaq will appear in concert at 7 p.m. Sunday at Bowdoin College’s Pickard Theater.

This avant-garde music sensation will create exciting new music against the backdrop of the Inuit film “Nanook of the North.”

Admission is free, but tickets are required. For more details, call Kristi Clifford at 725-3062, or visit the museum’s Web page,


Update on Maine brook trout project set Tuesday

Jeff Reardon, director of Trout Unlimited’s Maine brook trout project, will give an update on efforts to protect the cold stream watershed and summarize a recent assessment of climate change impacts on Maine’s brook trout at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Cabela’s Meeting Rooms in Scarborough.

Community members are welcome to attend this free talk. For more details, call [email protected]


Kelpie Gallery to host monthly ‘Tea and a Talk’

The Kelpie Gallery is hosting a monthly series called “Tea and a Talk,” a traditional afternoon tea service, at 81 Elm St.

The inaugural talk, at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, is “English Tea 101,” detailing how afternoon tea originated, the difference between black, green and white teas and secrets to brewing the perfect cup of tea.

Tickets are $10, and seating is limited. For more details, call 691-0392 or 691-3416.


Garden Club to present talk on Settlemire Garden

The Bath Garden Club will hold its monthly meeting at noon Tuesday at Grace Episcopal Church, 1100 Washington St.

There will be a business meeting, and the program, “The Founding and Development of the Tom Settlemire Community Garden,” will be presented by Linton Studdiford.

A light fare of sandwiches, desserts and beverages will follow. For more details, email [email protected]


Garden Club to give talk on preserving harvests

Southern Maine Garden Club will meet at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday at the Springvale Public Library at 443 Main St.

Speaker Sydney Sirois from Sirois Family Farm in Lebanon will give a talk on preserving summer and fall harvests.

All are invited to attend. For more details, call Mary Stewart-Dore at 490-1833 or Donna Claveau at (603) 332-4860.


Bay Chamber Music School to perform Tuesday at library

Bay Chamber Music School will perform a concert at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Portland Public Library in the Rines Auditorium at 5 Monument Square.

The Bay Chamber Concerts Odeon Orchestra and chamber ensembles will present Russian and Russian-influenced works.

These programs are held in conjunction with the Camden Conference and co-sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Maine.

Advance registration is not necessary, but donations are appreciated.

Three sessions on balance, managing falls scheduled

Three new sessions of the nationally recognized workshop “A Matter of Balance” will be offered over the next few months.

A program teaches participants how to manage falls and increase activity levels to improve strength and balance and reduce the risks of falling at home.

The first session will begin this week. It will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays through March 11 at the Deering Pavilion at 880 Forest Ave.

The second session will meet from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays from Jan. 28 to March 18 at Woodford Church, 202 Woodfords St.

The third session will meet from 10 a.m. to noon Fridays, Feb. 20 to April 10, at The Atrium at The Cedars, 640 Ocean Ave.

To learn more, call 396-6583 or email [email protected]


Boy Singers workshop, open house scheduled Saturday

The Boy Singers of Maine will host their 2015 workshop and open house event from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the St. Mary’s Church Parish House at 43 Foreside Road.

The group is accepting singers, ages 7 through high school seniors. The event is a networking opportunity with other Boy Singers and their parents, to ask questions and learn more about what the organization offers.

The day’s schedule will include a choir warm-up and rehearsal from 9 to 9:45 a.m. and a tutorial and performance with the group from 9:45 to 10:15 a.m.

The session will end with a question and answer period followed by snacks and refreshments.

For more details, go to


City, Rotary Club hosting third annual WinterFest

The South Portland Parks, Recreation and Waterfront Department and the Rotary Club of South Portland-Cape Elizabeth will host the third annual WinterFest Jan. 30 and 31.

Events will begin with a block party in Knightville that includes a luminary walk from Knightville to Mill Creek Park at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 30

Many of the Knightville businesses will be open late and will offer in-store specials or sidewalk activities. There will be musical entertainment, an ice-carving demonstration, skating party and a wing eating contest sponsored by Buffalo Wild Wings.

Jan. 31 events include a pancake breakfast at the South Portland Community Center from 7:30 to 10 a.m. and a chili and chowder challenge at Wainwright Recreation Complex from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

All cooks are required to register at the South Portland Community Center or online at by Friday. There is no cost to enter the contest.

For a complete schedule of events, visit the South Portland website, All events are free and open to the public.


Library hosting book group, events at fair for preschoolers

Topsham Public Library will host three events this week at 25 Foreside Road. n The Great Books group will meet from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday using The Great Books Foundation Short Story Omnibus, which can be purchased from the Great Books Foundation. New members are welcome.

 A Preschool Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, featuring preschool options available in the area to match children with the preschool setting that most meets their individual goals and circumstances. Many area preschools will be in attendance.

 A Children’s Drop In Activity will be offered from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the children’s section. Activities may include art projects, sensory activities, experiments and building activities. The theme this month is “Beach Day.”

To learn more, call 725-1727 or go to


Southern Maine Health Care offering safe baby course

Southern Maine Health Care will offer a “Safe Baby – Infant Safety & Infant/Toddler CPR” session from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday 1 Medical Center Dr.

The class is a noncertificate course from the American Heart Association for family and friends. It also teaches basic home safety for babies as they grow.

The fee is $20 per person and $35 for couples.

Preregistration is required by calling 283-7350.


Public library offering several events this week

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

 Staffer Olga Zimmerman will head a Tech Tuesday session at 3 p.m. Tuesday titled “iPad Tips and Tricks.” Attendees are asked to bring their iPad, questions and helpful hints for this sharing session.

 A Songwriters Session, led by John Nicholas and David Dodson, will be offered at 6 p.m. Tuesday. The songwriters will prepare and perform original songs at the Library Coffeehouse. A suggested $5 donation is appreciated.

 Maine Guide Paul McGurren will head a fly-tying workshop at 7 p.m. Tuesday as part of the library’s “Jumpstart January.” Space is limited and pre-registration is required by calling Ken Gross at 236-3440. Cost is $10.

 On Thursday, food writer Nancy Harmon Jenkins will discuss “Crime and Punishment in Soviet Agriculture: The Ordeal of Nikolai Vavilov” at 7 p.m.

Nature Center offering workshop of propagation

Merryspring Nature Center garden manager Cindy Gerry will lead a propagation workshop from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the center at 30 Conway Road.

This hands-on workshop will focus on basic and practical propagation techniques for the home gardener.

All participants will leave with a variety of herbaceous and woody plants. The cost is $15 for members of Merryspring and $20 for non-members. Preregistration is required by calling 236-2239 or email at [email protected]


Historical Society ‘Fireside Chat’ to focus on skiing

Windham Historical Society will present “A Fireside Chat” on the history of skiing in Maine at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Windham Public Library, 217 Windham Center Road.

Scott Andrews of the Ski Museum of Maine will present more than 100 vintage images, covering the history of skiing in Maine from 1879 to present.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their old skis, artifacts, memorabilia and fond memories to share.

For more details, call 892-4311 or 892-1306.

Suggested donation is $5.


Friends of library hosting family craft party Thursday

Friends of the Wells Public Library will host a family craft party at 6 p.m. Thursday at the library at 1434 Post Road.

Children and families are invited to an evening of creativity. Stations will be set up with art projects to create together, or participants may bring their own project to work on.

This event is free and open to the public. For more details, call Allison Herman at 646-8181 or email [email protected]


Liberal Cup Biathlon has several categories, awards

The Liberal Cup Biathlon, to be held Sunday at Hidden Valley Nature Center, is a twist on the classic event that combines cross-country skiing and target shooting.

Racers can compete in self-selected skill categories, in teams of four and even in costume.

The event is open to all ages and skill levels, with a Ski-Daddle cross-country ski obstacle course open to children ages 5 through 9. Registration fees range from $10 to $25. Categories include the Ski-Daddle, novice, intermediate and expert.

Awards will be given for best costume, best team name and for youth participants. The winning team will take home the official Liberal Cup trophy.

More details and registration information are available online at


Water District presenting ‘Winter Water’ for preschoolers

The Portland Water District invites preschoolers to attend the program “Winter Water” from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday at the Sebago Lake Ecology Center at 1 White Rock Road at routes 237 and 35.

The environmentally themed event features stories, games and related crafts. It is free, with snacks provided. Reservations are required by calling 774-5961 Ext. 3319 or email [email protected]

Donations are accepted and will support local loon preservation.