Workshop for women who own woods

A workshop designed for women who own woodlands will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Wells Reserve at Laudholm at 342 Laudholm Farm Road.

Presented by the Forest Guild, the Maine Forest Service and the Wells Reserve, the “Women and Our Woods” workshop is designed to provide women with the resources they need to make informed decisions about their land; connect them with licensed foresters for help in stewarding their property; and instruct them on caring for Maine’s forest lands, tree identification, timber harvest planning, wildlife needs and creating a legacy.

An indoor morning session will be followed by an optional woodland walk in the afternoon.

The $15 fee includes the cost of lunch.

To register, visit wellsreserve.org or call 207-646-1555, ext 119.


Learn about volunteering at Expo

The Kittery Serves Community Expo will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Thursday at Kittery Community Center’s STAR Theatre, 120 Rogers Road.

Local agencies will be on hand to offer information about volunteer opportunities within their organizations. This is a great opportunity for retirees and students who need to complete a service requirement, as well as others with free time to offer.

Light fare and refreshments will be served.

For more details, go to www.kitterycommunitycenter.org or call 439-3800.


Benefit performance by Jose Duddy

Country singer and entertainer Jose Duddy will perform from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday at the Grange Hall, 31 West Road.

The performance will benefit the Waterborough Historical Society’s preservation efforts.

Tickets are $15 per person, BYOB, no one under 21 admitted. Set-up and snacks will be available.

Tickets are limited and available at Woodsome’s Feeds & Needs on Main Street and Woody’s Sports Grille on West Road.

For more details, call 247-5878.


Get smarter behind the wheel

The Biddeford Senior Center will host an AARP Smart Driver Course from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday.

This four-hour class is designed to help experienced drivers review or revisit defensive driving techniques, new traffic laws and rules of the road.

Topics will include reducing the effects of blind spots, making turns safely at busy intersections, recognizing and reducing driver distractions, the effects of alcohol and medications on driving, and maintaining proper following distance.

Most Maine residents, ages 55 or older, who complete this class will be eligible for a reduction on their automobile insurance.

The class will include a one-hour lunch break.

The cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for all others.

To register or for more details, call 282-5005.

Tech center holding open house

Biddeford Regional Center of Technology will host an open house for prospective students and their parents from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at 10 Maplewood Ave.

The BRCOT provides career and technical education for students from Biddeford, Kennebunk and Old Orchard Beach high schools and Thornton Academy. Students and parents will be able to meet with the instructors to discuss the programs and the opportunities they open up.

For more details, go to www.biddeford.mainecte.org or call 282-1501.


Children’s author to speak at luncheon

Award-winning Maine writer Lois Lowry will speak Friday at a luncheon at South Freeport Congregational Church, 98 South Freeport Road.

Lowry has written more than 30 children’s books, including “The Giver” and “Number the Stars.”

The 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. event features a sit-down, catered lunch. The author will speak for about half an hour prior to eating. A book signing will follow.

Tickets are $15 by reservation only.

For more details, call 865-4012.

Tickets must be reserved before Wednesday.


India Street’s revival is topic

The Spirits Alive Winter Lecture Series will offer its third and final lecture, “Eastern Cemetery and the Revitalization of the India Street Neighborhood,” at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Wishcamper Center, Bedford Street, on the University of Southern Maine campus.

Panelists will include Joe Malone, Malone Commercial Brokers; Hugh Nazor, president, India Street Neighborhood; Hilary Bassett, executive director, Greater Portland Landmarks; and Caitlin Cameron, city of Portland urban designer.

Admission is by a suggested donation of $5.

For more information: www.spiritsalive.org.


Animal rescue holding Expo

Another Chance Animal Rescue will hold its Annual Animal Expo from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the North Berwick Elementary School, 25 Varney St.

The Animal Welfare Society Crafters, Mobile Adoption Team and Spay Neuter Volunteers will be on hand with handmade wares, adoptable pets and information about low-cost spay and neutering options. For more details, go to www.anotherchanceanimalrescue.org/.


Join arts center for Work Day

Schoolhouse Arts Center invites community members to participate in its Spring Clean-up Work Day, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 16 Richville Road.

Bring your tools, brooms, mops, gloves and related working tools for cleaning and repair work. The work day will be followed by a bonfire and cookout for all participants.

For more details, call 642-3743.

Priority-setting for seniors

A workshop Friday at Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center will offer seniors some tips and techniques for getting control over their personal possessions, paperwork and time. The workshop runs from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Harriet Vaughan, from Legacy Years, will work with attendees on the three top reasons older people give for wanting to become more organized: I don’t want to be a burden on my children; I want to be in control of the decisions made about my stuff; and I want my life and my possessions to be a blessing to as many people as possible.

Participation fee is $10.

Advance registration is required by calling 563-1363.


Guided snowshoe outing

Sugarloaf ski instructor Lori LaRochelle will lead a snowshoe outing at 1 p.m. Wednesday beginning in the parking lot at the Damariscotta River Association’s Dodge Point Preserve on River Road.

This is an intergenerational program open to anyone who has a pair of snowshoes and poles. Suggested registration donation is $5.

Advance registration is required by calling 563-1363.


First Ship meeting Saturday

Maine’s First Ship 2015 annual membership meeting will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Bath Freight Shed, 27 Commercial St.

The meeting will include a business discussion, re-election of officers, light refreshments and tours of the ship Virginia, offered at no charge. New members are welcome to attend.

For more details, call 443-4242 or email [email protected]

VAMM hosting conference

The Volunteer Administrators of Midcoast Maine, or VAMM, will host its annual conference from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday at Long Reach Hall, 243 Washington St.

This year’s conference, “Communication Strategies: Discovering Hidden Messages,” offers a day of networking and begins with a continental breakfast and welcome, followed by two guest speakers.

The cost is $55 per person, including the breakfast, conference materials and lunch.

For more details, call 443-9752 or email at [email protected]


Class introduces rug hooking

Friday is the deadline to sign up for an introduction to rug-hooking class with primitive folk and fiber artist Susie Stephenson. The class will be held at 1 p.m. March 30 and April 6 at Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center on Main Street.

Students will be taught to create a design, cut strips, pull loops and hold a small chair pad. An assortment of recycled, hand-dyed wools and hand-spun yarn will be available.

The $95 participation fee includes a small kit and all the supplies students will need to make the chair pad.

To enroll in the workshop, call 563-1363.