Singers age 12 and older welcome to join chorus

Midcoast Community Chorus invites interested singers, ages 12 and older, to join the 140-voice non-auditioned choir, which begins rehearsals for the 2015 season Monday at the John Street United Methodist Church at 98 John St.

Registration is from 5 to 6:15 p.m. followed by the first rehearsal from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Rehearsals are held at the same time each Monday.

The season will end with a June 13 concert at the Strom Auditorium to benefit the Area Interfaith Outreach Food Pantry.

Semester fees are $80, with scholarships and payment plans available. For more information, go to or call 975-0582.


North Deering association to meet Monday at church

The North Deering Neighborhood Association will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the North Deering Congregational Church at 1362 Washington Ave.

The public is welcome to attend with questions or concerns.

Musician Buster B. to get children moving at library

Portland Public Library will present a concert by Maine children’s musician Buster B. at 1 p.m. Tuesday in Rines Auditorium at 5 Monument Square.

Buster B. is a guitarist and singer known to get children and their adults moving and dancing. The performance is geared to ages 8 and younger.

For more details, call Jerri Blatt at 871-1700 ext. 707 or go to

Children invited to use their creativity with author

Kevin Paul Ouellette, author of the children’s picture book “A Quarter, An Elf and Some Glue” will visit the Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library at 1 p.m. Wednesday at 5 Monument Square.

Ouellette combines imagination, movement and dramatic adaptations to teach about problem solving, conflict resolution and creativity to help youth take story dramatization to the next level. Attendees will get to draw, sing, write, act and make up their own stories and plays right on the spot.

This class is recommended for ages 5 to 8 but all are welcome to attend.

For more details, call Jerri Blatt at 871-1700 ext. 707 or go to


Garden club to hear speakers on importance of insects

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

After sandwiches, desserts and beverages there will be a business meeting, followed by the program “Gardening with Insects: The Little Things That Run the World,” to be presented by Reeser Manley and Marjorie Peronto.

The presentation will detail how gardening success depends on insects, including pollinators and how to attract them and other beneficial insects.

The speakers will also talk about their book “The New England Gardener’s Year,” followed by a book signing for those interested in purchasing a copy of the book.

For more details, call Pat Shaw at 666-3078.


Workshop on managing health begins Tuesday

A Living Well for Better Health program is set to begin Tuesday at the J. Ross Martin Community Center at 189 Alfred St.

This six-week workshop, set to run from 1 to 3:30 p.m. each Tuesday through March 24, is a nationally recognized program for adults of all ages who are managing ongoing health challenges and for their caregivers.

Participants will be taught skills to manage their health while engaging in activities designed to be fun and interactive. Topics will include dealing with frustration at being stuck in an unhealthy state and fatigue; nutrition and exercise; communicating with family, friends and health professionals; setting personal goals; and learning to spot and avoid poor health patterns.

To register, call Maria DeFabritiis at 396-6583 or email [email protected]


Knitting workshop will produce a ruffled scarf

Knitting instructor Arline Seigars will teach a Spectrum Generations workshop on how to create a ruffled scarf at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Attendees are asked to bring their own knitting needles, ranging from No. 5 to No. 10, to make varied sizes of ruffles. Yarn will be provided. Participation fee is $10.

To register for the scarf workshop, call 563-1363.

For more details, go to


Filmmaker to present stories of the naval prison

The Eliot Historical Society will present filmmaker/producer Neil Novello at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Regatta Banquet and Conference Center at Eliot Commons on Route 236.

A meet and greet, with a cash bar, will advance the presentation at 5 p.m.

This is a free event. No reservations are needed.

Novello will begin his presentation with historical photos. He will also show video clips and a few outtakes from his documentary “Stories of the Portsmouth Naval Prison.”

For details, call Paul Johnson at 439-2542 or email [email protected]


Free puppet show will tell story of treasure and pirates

The Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers will present a free puppet show, “Everybody Loves Pirates,” at 1 p.m. Wednesday at The Strand Theatre at 345 Main St.

The performance features 15 handcrafted mouth and rod puppets, and an 8-foot papier-mache pirate ship.

In the story, 8-year-old Lucy and her goofy pal Little Chucky are searching for buried treasure, but a gang of bumbling pirates keeps getting in the way. The kids get some help from their new ocean-dwelling friends, including superhero Lobster Boy, his sidekick Crabby, and an overgrown sea monkey.

The show is recommended for age 4 and older. Doors will open at 12:15 p.m.

For more details, call 594-0070 or go to


Garden club to hear speaker from Chewonki on bat health

Osewantha Garden Club will meet at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the South Portland Community Center on Nelson Road.

Following the business meeting, Anna Hunt from the Chewonki Foundation in Wiscasset will present a talk on bats and how the white nose syndrome is affecting them.


Tax assistance for adults, painting for kids at library

Louis T. Graves Memorial Public Library will offer two programs Wednesday at 18 Maine St.

Volunteer tax preparers from the AARP Tax-Aide Program will provide free tax filing assistance on individual and joint income tax returns from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Wednesday through April 15. Attendees should bring 2014 federal and state tax returns, their Social Security card and a photo ID. No appointment is necessary.

And Watercolor Wednesday, for children of all ages, will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Junior Room. Pre-registration is required for this class.

For details, call 967-2778 or go to


History program to feature talk on growing up in town

The Cumberland Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at Prince Memorial Library at 266 Main St.

Joel Fuller and wife Marcia Smith Fuller will present the program “Growing Up in West Cumberland, Maine.”

Refreshments will be served before and after the meeting. This program is free and open to the public, but donations are appreciated.

For details, contact Carolyn Small at 829-3757, 415-4589 or [email protected]


Co-authors will discuss Franco-American history

A book talk with James Myall, Freeport Historical Society executive director, and Mary Rice-Defosse of Bates College is planned for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Freeport Community Library, off Main Street.

Myall and Rice-Defosse will discuss their new co-authored publication, “The Franco-Americans of Lewiston-Auburn.” The book is a comprehensive history of Franco-Americans and their impact on Maine’s history.

The presentation is free. Signed copies of the book will be available for sale at $19.99 plus tax.

Snow date is Feb. 25. For more information, call 865-3170 or visit

Historical society to focus on shoes and their making

Freeport Historical Society invites community members to its next Locals to Lunch session, “Shoe and Tell,” set for noon Saturday at 45 Main St.

Attendees are invited to bring and discuss objects related to shoes or Freeport’s shoe-making history. Mystery objects related to shoes or shoe-making are encouraged.

For more details, call 865-3170 or visit


Poetry lovers encouraged to bring favorites to read

York Public Library will host an evening of poetry at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at 15 Long Sands Road.

Attendees are encouraged to bring poems to share, either original or a favorite poet’s work, that are based on the February theme of Grimm tales. The topic is open for interpretation.

Readings will take place in a round-table format facilitated by Priscilla Cookson.

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


Community meal planned to help fight cabin fever

A Fight Cabin Fever gathering is planned for 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Community Hall on Route 121. Residents are invited to attend a community meal and socialize with their neighbors.

A baked bean, hot dog and pulled pork luncheon, including salads, dessert and beverages, will be served and there also will be a jewelry and magazine swap. The event is free, though donations are appreciated.

Those wishing to help with lunch should call Dave McVety at 539-4368. Individuals who need a ride are asked to call Nancy Coombs at 627-4374.

Historical society speaker to explore maple sugaring

Windham Historical Society will host a program on the history of maple sugaring at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Windham Public Library at 217 Windham Center Road.

Lyle Merrifield of Merrifield Farms in Gorham will be the presenter. The suggested donation is $5.

The main building of the Windham Library is closed on Saturdays, so please use the side meeting room entrance.

For more details, call 892-1433 or 892-1306.


Brick Store Museum will present a week of offerings

The Brick Store Museum, at 117 Main St., will offer the following activities during February school vacation this week:

 The talk “Green Eggs and Sand: Horseshoe Crabs,” from 11 a.m. to noon. Thursday. Discover the secret life of the prehistoric “helmets of the sea” with marine science educator Carol Steingart. Cost is $5 per child (responsible adults free). Space is limited and advance sign-up required.

 A “Kennebunk History in 50 Objects” members’ opening reception, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday. Members are invited to discover how objects illustrate the history of the area in the museum’s newest exhibit.

 Final chance to view the exhibit “Vitamin V: How Food Fought the Second World War,” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The exhibit features the museum’s collection of World War II propaganda posters.

 Museum Trustee Dinner, 6:30 p.m. at a private residence. Cost is $60 and advance reservations are required as seating is limited.

To register or for more details on any of the above offerings, call 985-4802 or visit

It’s time for mini-golf Feb. 28-March 1 at library

The Kennebunk Free Library will host its annual Mini-Golf Weekend, starting from 6 to 10 p.m. on Feb. 28 for the 21-and-older crowd, and running through the afternoon of March 1 at 112 Main St.

An 18-hole golf course will be set up throughout the library along with twists and turns and obstacles to make playing more exciting.

Saturday night’s adult-only session includes a bowl of homemade soup, bread and dessert for a $20 fee, with the opportunity to purchase beer and wine to enjoy before or after the round of golf.

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, all ages are invited to come and play through for an $8 fee for adults and $6 for children. Raffles, snacks and beverages will be available for purchase.

For those folks who like to golf as a group, call ahead to book your foursome. The library will close at 3 p.m. Saturday in order to set up the course.

For more details, call the library 985-2173.


Crafts, board games, cake and author visit at library

Springvale Public Library will offer the following programs this week during the February school vacation:

 A Make It & Take It drop-in craft session for ages 2 to 13 from 1 to 6 p.m. Wednesday.

 A Teen Board Game Bonanza from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday for grades 6 to 12.

 Cake Before Dinner, served from 4 to 5 p.m. for participants in the library’s Winter Reading Program.

 A visit with local author Kimberly McLaughlin from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday. McLaughlin will read and discuss her memoir, “Come Running When I Call.” Refreshments will be provided.

The library is located at 443 Main St.

For more details, call 324-4624, email [email protected] or go to



CORRECTION: This listing was updated on Feb. 17 at 4:45 p.m. to correct the dates of the mini-golf weekend at the Kennebunk Free Library.