Four chances to see ‘Pippin’

Merriconeag Waldorf School freshmen and sophomores will stage four performances of the musical “Pippin” this week – at 11 a.m. Thursday and at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.

All shows will be at Merriconeag’s Community Hall, 57 Desert Road.

Donations will be accepted at the door.

For more information, call 865.3900, ext. 103 or visit


Talk on mourning practices

The Maine Historical Society will sponsor the public lecture “Post Mortem Mourning Practices in 18th- and 19th-century New England” at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Shettleworth Lecture Hall, 489 Congress St.

This event is co-sponsored by Spirits Alive and Maine Historical Society.

The speaker is University of Southern Maine associate professor of history Libby Bischof, who will explore bygone cultural practices of grieving for a loved one, including the custom of wearing black. The talk will be accompanied by an exhibit of mourning artifacts, including intricate mourning jewelry made from the hair of the deceased.

Suggested donation is $5. All funds raised from donations will be used for stone conservation efforts at Eastern Cemetery.

The Winter Lecture Series presented by Spirits Alive continues on the last Saturday of February and March at the USM Portland Campus Wishcamper Center.

For more details, call 420 6962.

Hear the Abyssinian story

The second Karen Lemke Memorial Lecture Series will begin with the program “The Story of the Abyssinian Meeting House” at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Maine Irish Heritage Center at State and Gray streets.

In 1828, a group of free African-American men – wealthy, self-employed property owners – formed Portland’s Abyssinian Church. Its landmark meeting house is under restoration at the foot of Munjoy Hill.

Who were its founders and congregants? Join historian and educator Amy Smith as she tells the story of the third oldest independent African-American church in the nation.

Admission is $5 or free for MIHC members.


Healthy eating, part II

Springvale Public Library will host the talk “Eating Better on a Budget” from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at 443 Main St.

This second session of the library’s Healthy Eating Series is based on the USDA’s “10 Tips Nutrition Education Series” and will provide simple, easy-to-follow ways to provide participants of all ages with the knowledge they need to choose and prepare healthy foods and beverages on a limited budget.

The nutrition sessions are taught by a trained nutrition professional, with food demonstrations and tastings offered each session. This program is free and no registration is needed.

Plan now for flower show

The Springvale Public Library is accepting reservations for a bus trip to the Boston Flower and Garden Show on March 12.

This year’s show theme is “Season of Enchancement.”

The bus will depart from the library’s parking lot at 8 a.m. and return at 5 p.m.

The cost of entrance ticket and transportation is $45 per person and must be paid in advance. Seating is limited.

For more details, call the library at 324-4624 or email [email protected]


Lego Club issues invitation

Children age 8 and older are invited to join the Louis T. Graves Memorial Public Library Lego Club from 3 to 4 p.m. Thursday for a session on “How to Make a Zen Garden.”

The class will be taught by Maine master gardener Shelley Wigglesworth.

The session is free, but preregistration is required. The library is at 18 Maine St.

For more details, call 967-2778 and ask for the Junior Room or visit the website at


Monthly breastfeeding class

Southern Maine Health Care will offer a breastfeeding class from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at 1 Medical Center Drive.

A board-certified lactation consultant will cover how to breastfeed your baby, what’s normal, and where to get help if needed.

Meetings are held on the last Tuesday of each month.

Preregistration is required by calling 283-7350.


Learn to tap a maple

The Southern Maine Maple Sugarmakers Association will host a free workshop for maple syrup hobbyists from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Giles Family Farm Sugarhouse, 142 Shaker Hill Road.

Are you a maple syrup enthusiast who taps a few trees or wish you knew how? Come and learn more.

A light lunch will be served.

Reservations are requested by calling Debi Hartford at 793-8886 or email [email protected]


Be prepared for scams

“Scams Affecting the Aging Population & Cyber Security” will be the topic of a free community service presentation being offered by Nvest Financial Group and Biddeford Savings Bank from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at Kennebunk Town Hall, 1 Summer St.

A panel of experts will discuss and provide resources and tips on how to prevent scams and empower community members.

A light breakfast and beverages will be served.

The talk is free and open to the public.

Registration is required. Visit or call Amanda at 985-8585.


Lesson in fly tying

Join the Sebago Trout Unlimited Gray Ghosts Fly Tying Club at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the First Parish Church and tie flies with Tim Deignan (blue ribbon winner at the Cumberland Fair), who will demonstrate and direct a session in tying Mike Lawson’s EZ Caddis and The Travis Glass Bead Head Caddis.

Tying gear is available for those who need it.

For more information, e-mail [email protected]


Library plans busy week

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

Hammon Buck will present “Favorite Plants of 1915” at 10 a.m. Tuesday, as part of the Camden Garden Club’s Winter Horticulture series. The session is free and open to all.

The Leer y Charlar Spanish Book Club will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday. All who are proficient in Spanish are welcome.

“Making Books by Hand,” with Amy Hand, will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday as part of the library’s “Jumpstart January.” Cost is $10, including a materials fee. Call the library at 236-3440 to sign up.

The Camden Library Coffeehouse will feature a performance by Cindy Kallet and Grey Larsen at 7 p.m. Thursday. Cost of the concert is $7 to $8 at the door.

The Camden Winterfest Community Ice Carving celebration will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Camden Amphitheatre, adjacent to the library, with live music, hot food and children’s activities.

For more details, call Ken Gross at 236-3440.


Learn about the Internet

Wells Public Library will host “Computer Camp: Basic Internet” for adults at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at 1434 Post Road.

Come learn what the Internet is and how you can use it to find information, locate old friends, contact companies and much more.

This will be an introductory class, so the only requirement is a basic understanding of computers.

For more details, call Kristi Bryant at 646-8181 or email [email protected]


Film explores overfishing

The Downeast Salmon Federation will host a showing of the film “The End of the Line” at 7 p.m. Friday at its East Machias Aquatic Research Center, located at 13 Willow St., off Route 1.

This 90-minute documentary is about commercial fishing and the devastating impact overfishing has had on the environment.

Admission is free and popcorn and drinks will be provided. Donations are welcome.


Resident traces town history

North Berwick Historical Society will host a slide presentation by member Ralph Guptill at 7 p.m. Thursday at the North Berwick Community Center at 266 Lebanon Road.

A lifelong resident of the town, Guptill will share images and a history of the area, including that of his family heritage, which covers many generations.

Refreshments will be served.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more details, email Barbara Fitzmaurice at [email protected] or call 490-2064.


Family game night

Vose Library will host a family game night from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at 392 Common Road.

Children and parents are invited to wear their pajamas and have some unplugged fun at the library.

Get together as a family, play and sharpen your mental skills. There will be board games, card games and activities for everyone.

This program is free and open to the public.

For more information, call 785-4733.


Take a moonlight hike

Join Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust for a moonlight hike at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Attendees will meet at the Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery in East Orland and take a route that is considered an easy-to-moderate trek. Depending on snow and ice conditions, the route may include the Dead River Trail, Hay Ledges on Great Pond Mountain or Alamoosook Lake.

Attendees should come appropriately dressed for outdoor temperatures and conditions, including boots, creepers, snowshoes or skis.

Check the conservation’s website,, call 469-6929 or go to the Facebook page for updates.