Upcoming events

Art exhibit by Freeport High School students, on display through April, Freeport Community Library main reading room. Mixed-media exhibit showcases works by more than 70 area young people. Sponsored and juried by the Freeport Woman’s Club.

Freeport Rotary, meets every Wednesday, 7 a.m., Harraseeket Inn, 162 Main St., Freeport. Feel free to stop by and see what the group is about, or call Matt Morrison, 691-8747, for more information.

Alcoholics Anonymous, Wednesdays, noon and 7:30 p.m.; AlAnon, Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m.; Business Debtors Anonymous, Wednesdays, 4:30 p.m., First Parish Church Congregational, 40 Main St., Freeport.

Edible Books Festival, Wednesday, April 15, 6 p.m., Freeport Community Library. Create an edible entry based upon a book or poem of your choosing. Register and drop off entry, 10 a.m.-5:45 p.m. Those attending can vote for the best entry in the five categories: Funniest, Most Creative, Most Bookish and Best in Show. Awards at 6:45 p.m. For more information, see www.freeportlibrary.com.

Pownal Planning Board public hearing, on new or revised ordinances, Wednesday, April 15, 6 p.m., Mallett Hall.

Couponing for the Community, Wednesday, April 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Eureka Community Center, Durham. Learn couponing basics including where/how to find and collect coupons; how to organize them; and how to begin using them. For more information, call Pat Provost, 212-5156.

Freeport Conservation Commission, Wednesday, April 15, 6 p.m., Freeport Community Center.

Parkinson’s disease support group, for people just diagnosed, caregivers and people who have been living with the diagnosis, every Wednesday, 10 a.m., YMCA of Southern Maine, Casco Bay Branch, Freeport. For more information, call 865-9600.

Business to Business Connection, Greater Freeport Chamber of Commerce’s business networking group, Thursdays, 7:30-9 a.m., Hilton Garden Inn, 5 Park St. For more information, call 847-5240.

Food Addicts Anonymous, Thursdays, 9 a.m., First Parish Church Congregational, 40 Main St., Freeport.

Farmer for the Morning, Thursdays during the school year, 9-10 a.m., Wolfe’s Neck Farm, 184 Burnette Road, Freeport, for toddler or pre-school-aged children. Interactive hands-on experience that includes feeding and caring for barnyard animals. For more information, see www.wolfesneckfarm.org.

Helping seniors to keep drugs safe and properly disposed of, program presented Thursday, April 16, noon, First Parish Congregational Church, 461 Elmwood Road, Pownal; and Wednesday, April 29, 10-10:30 a.m., Freeport Community Center. Those who attend can bring any expired or unwanted drugs for disposal. Free coffee and snacks. Program is sponsored in collaboration with Casco Bay CAN. For more information, call 865-3985, ext. 208.

“How to Steal a Million,” screens Thursday, April 16, 1 p.m., Freeport Community Library Community Meeting Room.

Freeport Climate Action Team, Thursday, April 16, 7 p.m., Freeport Community Library. Topic is community solar farms. For more information, contact Sukie Rice, 318-8531 or [email protected]

“Making Your Home Safe for Someone with Memory Loss,” presentation by Lisa Gellatly of Mid Coast Senior Health Center, Thursday, April 16, 4-5 p.m. Mid Coast Senior Health Center, 58 Baribeau Drive, Brunswick. Part of a monthly support group for caregivers. For more information, call 373-4656.

Grief support group, for those grieving the death of a loved due to overdose or substance abuse, meets the first and third Thursday of the month, 3:30-5 p.m., CHANS Hospice, 45 Baribeau Drive, Brunswick. For more information, cntact Andy Sokoloff, CHANS grief and bereavement support coordinator, 721-1357.

Freeport Woman’s Club, Friday, April 17, noon, Freeport Community Library. Deirdre Fleming, an outdoors reporter, will speak about the varied landscape of Maine and about the outdoor people she has featured. All are invited. New members are welcome. Contact Nita Voskian, 865-1155.

Betz Golon, Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village herbalist and University of Maine Cooperative Extension master food preserver, talks on “Herbal Seasonings” Saturday, April 18, 10 a.m.-1p.m., at the UMaine Extension office, 75 Clearwater Drive, Falmouth. Cost is $40; proceeds benefit Extension’s Nutrition Program in Cumberland County. Register at umaine.edu/cumberland/programs/from-scratch-your-maine-kitchen. For more information, call 781-6099.

Bottle drive, fundraiser for Freeport High School Baseball/Softball Boosters, Saturday, April 18, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Bow Street Market and Shaw’s Supermarket, Freeport. Bottles can be dropped off at Bow Street Market anytime during April. Sea Dogs tickets also for sale. For more information about tickets, contact Christina, [email protected]

Debtors Anonymous, Saturdays, 9 a.m., First Parish Church Congregational, 40 Main St., Freeport.

Osprey Watch, Saturday, April 18, 2 p.m., weather permitting, Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park, Freeport. Stop by the osprey sign opposite Googins Island to get a close look at the nesting ospreys. Free with park admission. For more information, call 865-4465 or see www.maine.gov/wolfesneckwoods.

South Freeport Congregational Church, UCC, worship each Sunday at 9:30 a.m., 98 South Freeport Road, South Freeport. Sunday school for kids pre-K through eighth grade provided during the service as is nursery care. Coffee and refreshments after the service.

First Parish Church Congregational, 40 Main St., Freeport, worship service, Sunday, 10 a.m., followed by coffee hour. 40 Main St., Freeport. Choir practice precedes service at 9:15. New choir members welcome.

Grief support group, hosted by Life Choice Hospice, third Sunday of every month, April 19, noon-1 p.m., Sedgewood Commons, 22 Northbrook Drive, Falmouth. No registration required and drop-ins welcome. For more information, call 761-6967.

Preschool Nature Exploration, Sunday, April 19, 11 a.m., weather permitting, Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park, Freeport. Children 5 and under and their caregivers are invited to this 30-minute program that includes a story about nature and a short hike in the park. Meet at circle of benches by second parking. Free with park admission. For more information, call 865-4465 or see www.maine.gov/wolfesneckwoods.

Signs of Spring, Sunday, April 19, 2 p.m., weather permitting, Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park, Freeport. Look for signs of spring including wildflowers and newly arrived and migrating birds. Meet at circle of benches by second parking. Free with park admission. For more information, call 865-4465 or see www.maine.gov/wolfesneckwoods.

Pownal Board of Selectmen, Monday, April 20, 7 p.m., Mallett Hall.

Durham Republican Committee, Monday, April 20, 6 p.m., meeting room behind the Shiloh Chapel. At 7 p.m., the Androscoggin County Republicans meet. Mary Mayhew, Maine Department of Health and Human Services commissioner, is scheduled to speak. All registered Republicans are welcome to both meetings.

Durham Board of Selectmen, Tuesday, April 21, 6:30 p.m., town office.

Story times, Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Drive, Tuesdays, Babies & Toddlers, 10-10:30 a.m.; Pre-schoolers, 10:30-11 a.m. For more information, call 865-3307 or see www.freeportlibrary.com.

Tashi Gatsel Ling, Tibetan Buddhist center, 20 Independence Drive in Freeport, offers regular programming and teachings by recognized Tibetan Buddhist teachers. Visit http://tashigatselling.org/ for information about teachers, study group meetings, meditation classes, dharma teachings, and “sacred cinema” movie nights.

Cribbage, Tuesdays, 9 a.m.-noon, Eureka Community Center, corner of Route 9 and Route 136, Durham. For more information call the Town Office, 353-2561.

Pownal Planning Board ordinance review workshops, Tuesdays, April 21 and 28, 8 a.m., Mallett Hall.

Freeport Traffic & Parking Committee, Tuesday, April 21, 7:30 a.m., Town Council Chambers.

Nor’easters Barbershop Chorus Guest Night, Tuesday, April 21, 7 p.m., United Methodist Church, Oak Grove Road, Bath. Under the direction of Kathy Chamberlain-Robitaille, the Nor’easters gather to sing Tuesday nights, with music from all eras – classic barbershop songs to pop, ballads, gospel, doo-wop and patriotic. For more information or if a ride needed, contact Ray, 542-7229.

Workshop for kids on keeping birds safe, plus a bird-friendly craft, Earth Day Wednesday, April 22, 3:45 p.m., Freeport Community Library. Grades 1-5. Presented by Center for Wildlife Health and Research and Community Spay-Neuter Clinic. Space is limited. Sign up at the children’s desk. 865-3307.

Freeport Republican Committee, Wednesday, April 22, 6:45 p.m., Masonic Lodge, Mallett Drive, lower level. All Freeport registered Republicans invited to attend. Those attending are asked to bring men’s or ladies’ personal items for donation to the Freeport Food Bank. For more information or to be added to the email list, contact Jason Thyen, chairman, [email protected]

“Fresh,” documentary film with Will Allen, Joel Salatin, Michael Pollan, George Naylor, Diana Endicott and more, screens Thursday, April 23, 6:45 p.m., First Congregational Church of Durham, 773 Royalsborough Road. For more information, see www.FRESHthemovie.com.

We love to eat

Barbecue chicken dinner, Saturday, April 18, 4:30-6 p.m., First Congregational Church of Durham, 773 Royalsborough Road. Barbecue chicken, assorted salads, rolls, beverage and homemade desserts. $9 for those 13 years old and up, $3 for children 6-12 and free for children 5 and under.

Pulled pork dinner, Saturday, April 18, 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m., Freeport Masons Lodge, Mallett Drive, Freeport. Pulled pork, assorted vegetables, homemade biscuits, dessert and beverage. $9 adults, half-price for children under 12.

Ongoing Events

Freeport Community Thrift Shop, open Mondays through Fridays 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturdays from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and closed on Sundays, Freeport Community Center.

Freeport Rotary, breakfast meetings every Wednesday from 7-9 a.m., Broad Arrow Tavern, Harraseeket Inn, Main Street, Freeport. Prospective new members welcome.

North Pownal United Methodist Church food pantry, open every Tuesday from 10:30 a.m.-noon. All are welcome.

Durham Town Office, open Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Wednesdays closed; and Thursday, 10:30-6:30. For more information, call 353-2561.

Pownal Town Office, open Mondays from 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. and Tuesdays through Thursdays from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Closed Fridays. For more information, call 688-4611.

Freeport Town Hall, open Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Closed Fridays. For more information, call 865-4743.

Open play, Thursdays,10-11 a.m., Freeport Community Center, 53 Depot St. Open for kids from infants to age 5, for more information, contact the Freeport Families Network at [email protected]

Religion and spirituality

Durham Congregational Church, 73 Royalsborough Road, Durham. Sunday services each week at 10 a.m. All are welcome.

Durham Friends Meeting, 532 Quaker Meeting House Road.Worship services every Sunday 10:30 a.m. Adult Sunday school at 9:30 a.m.

First Parish Church, 422 Hallowell Road, Pownal, Sunday services at 9:30 a.m. All-ages Sunday school follows at 11 a.m. For more information, call 688-4846.

?First Baptist Church, 185 Main St., Freeport, Sunday services at 10:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday school from nursery school to adult, Sunday at 9:30 a.m. For more information, call 865-4404.??First Parish Church Congregational, UCC, 40 Main St., Freeport. Sunday services at 10 a.m. For more information, call 865-6022.

North Pownal United Methodist Church, 851 Lawrence Road, Pownal. Worship service Sundays at 9 a.m.

St. Jude’s Roman Catholic Church, Main Street, Freeport. Masses Sunday at 9:30 a.m. and Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 846-5584 ??Seventh-day Adventist Church, Pownal Road, Freeport. Saturday worship at 11 a.m. Sabbath School, Saturdays at 10 a.m. For more information, call 865-3990.??South Freeport Church, UCC, South Freeport Village. Sunday worship 9:30 a.m. For more information, call 865-4012.

Shiloh Chapel, Shiloh Road, Durham. Nondenominational services Sundays at 10 a.m. For more information, visit www.shilohchapelmaine.org.

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