Editor’s note: Please contact individual places of worship for information about Easter religious services.


Great Easter Egg Hunt, 10 a.m., at Deering Center Community Church, Stevens Avenue and Brentwood Street, Portland. Children up to grade 5 may participate.

Easter Baskets Blessing, noon, an annual Polish tradition held at St. Louis Church, 279 Danforth St., Portland. All are welcome to have their Easter baskets blessed.

Easter Sunrise Services

6 a.m., at Bradbury Mountain in Pownal, with a service at the mountain peak or under the shelter at the bottom. In case of bad weather, meet at First Parish Congregational Church in Pownal. Coffee and doughnuts will be served at the church after the service.


6 a.m., by the river at Laurel Hill Cemetery, Saco. Sponsored by United Baptist Church.

6 a.m., on top of Mount Battie at Camden Hills State Park, sponsored by Chestnut Street Baptist Church.

6:15 a.m., Stroudwater Park, outer Congress Street, across from Stroudwater Baptist Church, Portland. A breakfast follows.

6:30 a.m., overlooking Pleasant Lake at Casco Village Church, 941 Meadow Road (Route 121), Casco. A breakfast follows.

6:30 a.m., Smiling Hill Farm, County Road, Westbrook. Sponsored by Trinity Lutheran Church. Coffee and muffins will be available.

6:30 a.m., Skyline Farm, North Yarmouth. A breakfast sponsored by North Yarmouth Congregational Church will follow at the church, 3 Gray Road, North Yarmouth.



“Denim and Diamonds,” a fundraiser for St. Brigid Catholic School will feature live and silent auctions and will be held at the Italian Heritage Center, 40 Westland Ave., Portland. Tickets are $35 and can be reserved by calling the school at 797-7073. It is an adult-only event but free child care is available for St. Brigid families at the Father Hayes Center. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. Included are appetizers, dinner and dessert. An online auction, conducted through www.biddingforgood.com, continues from Sunday through Wednesday. For more information about the online auction, visit www.sbrigids.com/?page_id=81.

Friday and April 11

Wisdom of the Enneagram, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday and 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. April 11, workshops with Michael Naylor offered by Chaplaincy Institute of Maine and held at Trinity Church, 580 Forest Ave., Portland. Visit chimeofmaine.org or call 347-6740 for details and registration. Fee is $25 for Friday, $60 for Saturday and $75 for both sessions. Some discounts are available for students and seniors.

Friday through April 12

“Grace and Truth,” interdenominational conference for women only, presented by Women of the Word and featuring several nationally known speakers. Held at the DoubleTree hotel in Portland. Cost is $85. Child care is not available. For more information, visit women-of-the-word.net or call 413-525-1804.


“Ecofeminism and Faith: A Weekend With Dr. Rosemary Radford Ruether,” Ruether is an activist, feminist theologian, author, teacher and lecturer. Events begin at 7 p.m. Friday with a screening of the film “Disruption” followed by a discussion. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, there will be a presentation and Q&A followed by lunch, panel discussion and book signing. Ruether will be the guest preacher at the service at 10 a.m. Sunday. All events, including lunch, are free and take place at St. Ansgar Lutheran Church, 515 Woodford St., Portland. Reservations are requested. For a complete schedule, call 774-8740, ext. 4 or go to saintansgar.org.

April 11

Mercy Medal Celebration, 5:30 p.m., the event features the Traditions Auction and launch of the $100,000 Mercy Scholarship Fund. The celebration also honors Joseph Kilmartin, math teacher, Sister Edward Mary Kelleher, former principal, and Candace Anderson-Ek, teacher and director of admissions. Held at Catherine McAuley High School, 631 Stevens Ave., Portland. To learn more, visit www.mcauleyhs.org or call Kristine Neff-Jendrasko at 797-3802, ext. 2017.

Dessert Extravaganza with silent and live auction, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., to benefit the Corner Cupboard non-food pantry. Admission is $5 and includes a dessert buffet with make-your-own sundae table. Child care will be available. Held at Sanford Unitarian Universalist Church, 5 Lebanon St., Sanford. Call 324-3191 for details.

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