PORTLAND

Talk by author Jim Nichols

Author Jim Nichols will talk about his new book, “Closer All the Time,” as part of the Brown Bag Lecture Series at noon Wednesday in the Rines Auditorium at Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square.

The book is Nichols’ third work of fiction. It strings together the bittersweet stories of several characters inhabiting the town of Baxter, Maine.

The talk is free. For more details, call 871-1700 ext. 723.

Poetry Aloud open mic

A Poetry Aloud open mic session is planned for 6:45 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Portland Public Library’s Lewis Gallery at 5 Monument Square.

Come read or recite a poem by a favorite poet or your own original work.

Readings will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

For more details, call the reader’s advisory desk at 871-1700, ext. 705, or email [email protected]

Planning for end of life

“Be Money Smart When Making Final Arrangements,” a workshop highlighting Money Smart Week, will be offered from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday in Meeting Room 3 at Portland Public Library.

This program addresses the ultimate in advance planning – making arrangements in advance of our deaths. It usually encompasses the care and disposition of our remains, religious and/or secular rituals to mark our lives and deaths, and a range of practical financial and logistical matters.

For more details, call 871-1700 ext. 723.

WELLS

Vacation fun at reserve

Wells Reserve at Laudholm has a full week of activities planned for school vacation week at 342 Laudholm Farm Road.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, there will be a Vernal Pool Party, a day camp for ages 7 to 12. Attendees will discover vernal pools and the creatures that live in them. Youths also will create a colorful model of a caddisfly case for taking home. Cost is $40 to $50. Scholarships are available.

A Preschool Story Hour is planned for 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. Attendees will focus on the book “Whales are Awesome … Just Like You,” written and illustrated by Tony Viehmann. A craft project and short walk are planned. Meet in the library for this free program for ages 3 to 5 and their caregivers.

An Earth Day Celebration is planned for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, featuring an Earth Jams concert, wild games and craft projects. It’s all free.

A Marshy Mysteries day camp for kids ages 7 to 12 will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday to explore secrets of the salt marsh and the creatures that live in it. Cost is $40 to $50, and scholarships are available.

To register, call 646-1555 or go to wellsreserve.org.

WINDHAM

WWII oral history program

Windham Historical Society’s April program, “Windham in WWII: An Oral History,” will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at 234 Windham Center Road.

St. Joseph’s College senior and history major Kattie McQuiliken will present an overview of the college’s Oral History Project that involved four of Windham’s World War II veterans: Bob Miele, Ralph MacDonald, Carroll McDonald and Fred Collins. Come to the program and enjoy some time with the veterans.

Refreshments will be served. Suggested donation is $5. For more details, call 892-1433 or 892-1306.

KENNEBUNK

Kids’ activities at library

Kennebunk Free Library will offer the following programs, for ages 2 and up, during school vacation week:

“Woodland Creatures” will be offered at 2 p.m. Tuesday. Get into the spirit of the Faerie Festival by making a woodland creature to inhabit your fairy house or gnome home. Preregistration is required. We will be using hot glue guns, so children younger than 8 might do better with a caregiver helping.

Preschool yoga will be offered at 11 a.m. Thursday. Miss Susan, a registered yoga teacher, will offer tips on yoga stretches, movement, music, games and stories for children ages 2 to 5 and their grown-ups. Please bring a blanket for each of you for covering up during the resting on a cloud pose. Preregistration is required by calling 985-2173.

From 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, children in grades 4 to 7 are invited to learn how to make seed paper – homemade paper with seeds embedded in it. This paper can be planted in a pot or in your garden, so after it dries participants can write on it, plant it and watch their flowers grow. Preregistration is required, and space is limited.

Finally, a teen gaming session will be held at 3 p.m. Friday for students in grades 6 to12 to compete with the Wii and Super Mario Brothers. No preregistration is required.

All events are free and wheelchair accessible. The library is located at 112 Main St.

For more details, call 985-2173, ext. 5, or go to www. kennebunklibrary.org.

STANDISH

Rabies clinic for cats, dogs

A rabies clinic is planned from 5 to 6 p.m. Monday at Standish Town Hall, 175 Northeast Road (Route 35).

A previous rabies certificate is required for the three-year vaccine to be given. Without a certificate, only a one-year vaccine will be given.

Microchipping also will be available for $40 per pet. All fees are cash only.

Dogs must be leashed and all cats must be in carriers. For more details, call Jack Freitas at 642-4343.

FALMOUTH

Retired teacher to speak

Falmouth Historical Society and Falmouth Memorial Library will offer the presentation “A Few of My Favorite Things” with Donna Lee at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at 5 Lunt Road.

Lee, a retired teacher, has used her expertise to travel the state to train teachers about the various learning styles of children, with a focus on what kids can do versus what they can’t do.

She will share some of her memories of students from the various districts in which she taught during her 25-year career in education.

For details, email Jeannie at [email protected]

DAMARISCOTTA

AARP safe driving seminar

An AARP Smart Driver Safety program, presented through a partnership among AARP, Spectrum Generations and Lincoln County TRIAD, will be presented from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at Spectrum Generations and again from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 30 at the St. Andrews Campus (former hospital) in Boothbay Harbor.

Participants will be encouraged to look at their driving habits and while reinforcing the good ones consider new habits, and increase awareness of changes in the roads, cars and themselves. There is no exam and all work is in the classroom.

Those attending will learn defensive driving techniques and strategies, review new traffic laws, rules of the road and more in the four-hour course.

Best of all, Maine drivers 55 years or older who successfully complete the AARP course are eligible for a car insurance discount, good for three years.

Course seating is limited; there is a $20 fee, with a $5 discount for AARP members; and advance registration is required. To reserve a seat, call 563-1363.

WESTBROOK

Dance to benefit scholars

The College Club of Portland will sponsor a fundraising dance from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday at Avant Dance & Event Center, 865 Spring St.

Bluezberry Jam is scheduled to play for the event.

Donations are $25 per couple. Proceeds will benefit the club’s scholarship program.

For more details, call Elizabeth Bodner Cumiskey at 967-1228.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH

Yard sale helps community

A Community Swap ‘n’ Shop will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Jimmy the Greek’s parking lot.

Participation fee is $10 per space or $15 with the inclusion of a table.

Donations also are being accepted, including clothing, food, books, and bottle drive funds. Those funds will directly benefit the Community Food Pantry, Libby library and The Ballpark Fund.

For more details, call 205-7333.