Holy Grounds Coffee House, 6:30 p.m., 10th anniversary celebration with Jim Trick, a Boston-based performer. Juniper opens. Reservations are recommended at Free with donations accepted. Food will be available for a reasonable price.


“Whistling Past the Graveyard,” 10:30 a.m., ChIME interfaith worship at Portland New Church, 302 Stevens Ave., Portland. For more information, visit or call 347-6740.

Introduction to Tibetan Buddhist meditation, 10:30 a.m. to noon, continues for five weeks with meditation instruction, readings and discussion. Fee is $50 for the course. Sponsored by Vajra Vidya Portland. Register at or call 774-6986.

Yom HaShoah: Holocaust Day of Remembrance, 1 to 4 p.m., annual program featuring a ceremony with clergy from Jewish and Christian faiths, followed by a reading and discussion of the play “Gilleleje 43” by Finn Abrahamowitz. The play will be read by local professional and community actors and will last about 50 minutes. Light refreshments will be available. A donation of $10 per person is suggested. Held at the Michael Klahr Center, Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine, University of Maine at Augusta, 46 University Drive, Augusta. For details, visit or call 621-3530,

Rejoicing Spirits, 4 p.m., special worship service for people with cognitive and/or developmental disabilities. Fellowship and supper follow the service. Trinity Lutheran Church, 612 Main St., Westbrook.

April 25

Indoor yard sale, 8 a.m. to noon, North Parish Church Vestry, 895 Main St., Sanford.

Labyrinth workshop, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., learn more about the types and uses of the labyrinth with an opportunity to walk the Chartres-style indoor labyrinth. A goodwill offering will be taken. Trinity Episcopal Church, 580 Forest Ave., Portland. Space is limited and reservations are needed. Call 772-7421 to register or for more information.

Day of Service, including cleaning litter from beaches and the Mousam River, collecting data for Ocean Conservancy and helping elders with yard work. The activities will be in honor of the new minister, the Rev. Lara K-J Campbell, at First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, Kennebunk. For more information and to help, call 985-3700.

Coming up

“Jesus Ministry in Jerusalem: The Way of Nonviolence,” 6 to 7:30 p.m. April 27, an April Awakening presentation with Jack Seery. Held at ChIME, 555 Forest Ave., Portland. The program is free but space is limited. Email [email protected] or call 347-6740 to register.


The First Universalist Church of Auburn has presented its annual Rose Window award to three members who have made a significant impact at the church. Recipients are Rick and Ellen O’Brien of Winthrop and Robin Smutny of Greene

The O’Briens have shared their considerable musical talents in choir and all-music services, co-chaired a capital campaign, headed the annual stewardship campaign together or separately and have volunteered with several fundraising projects. Rick also served on the finance committee for a number of years,

Smutny has provided 25 years of active service, serving on the finance committee for a number of years, has been assistant collector and collector, and has worked on pledge campaigns. She has also served on the board of directors and a search committee as well as the church’s participation in the Bates College Clean Sweep project and helping with maintenance of the church and grounds.

For more information about the First Universalist Church of Auburn, visit or call 783-0461.

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