Breakfast, presentation

The Brunswick Downtown Association will pay tribute to Bowdoin College President Barry Mills and the Honorable Karen Mills for their service to the community from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Thursday at the Brunswick Hotel & Tavern, 4 Noble St.

Registration is required by Monday as space is limited.

Breakfast service begins at 7:30 a.m., followed by the presentation at 7:55 a.m. Cost is $18 to $20.

For more details, call 729-4439.


Maine Maritime Academy trustees to meet

The Maine Maritime Academy board of trustees will hold its quarterly committee meetings from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the Holmes Alumni Heritage Room,  at the Harold Alfond Student Center on the academy’s campus.

The trustees’ quarterly meeting will begin at 2:30 p.m., also in the Holmes Alumni Heritage Room.

For more details, call Jennifer DeJoy at 326-2256.


Learn about energy co-op

Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center, 521 Main St., will continue its celebration of Earth Day 2015 with its weekly Lunch and Learn program at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday.

In keeping with this year’s Earth Day theme “It’s Our Time to Lead,” Paul Kando, co-founder of the MidCoast Green Collaborative, will discuss a new informal association in the midcoast that will help its members reduce their winter heating costs by improving the energy efficiency of their homes and converting to renewable energy use.

A major element of the co-op’s strategy is facilitating member use of solar photovoltaic electricity.

For details, call (800) 639-1553 or go to

AARP driver safety course

An AARP Smart Driver Safety program will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at the St. Andrews Campus (former hospital).

The four-hour course will include tips on defensive driving techniques and strategies, a review of new traffic laws, rules of the road and more.

Participants will discover how to adjust to age-related changes in vision, hearing and reaction time, discuss changing technology on newer vehicles and learn the warning signs that suggest it’s time to give up the keys.

Maine drivers 55 years or older who successfully complete the 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; advance registration is required.

Bring your AARP membership card, if you have one. Seasonal residents and visitors are always welcome.

To reserve a seat, call 563-1363.


Open Mic Poetry at library

York Public Library will present a Community Open Mic Poetry Night at 7 p.m. Thursday at 15 Long Sands Road.

Celebrate National Poetry Month with a low-key, grass-roots gathering to share, discuss and listen to poetry. Poetry old and new by local authors is welcome.

Invited guest readers will share their love of the poets Seamus Heaney, May Sarton and Jacqueline Woodson, among others. No pre-registration is required. There will be a sign-in sheet at the door.

For more details, call 363-2818.

Murder-mystery weekend

“Dying to See You,” a murder-mystery presented by the York Recreation Department and George Hosker-Bouley, will be offered at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the York High School auditorium.

The comic whodunit about a 1986 school reunion features more than 40 young performers, shoulder pads, big hair and some of the decade’s most popular songs.

Doors open at 7 p.m. Saturday; 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets for all ages are $5. For reservations, call 363-1040.

Film, refreshments at library

York Public Library will kick off its Spring Film Series at 3 p.m. Sunday with a screening of the critically acclaimed Polish film “Anna (Agata Trzebuchowska)” at 15 Long Sands Road.

Admission and popcorn are free; beverages will be sold for $1.

The public is invited.

For more details, call 363-2818 or go to


Bark For Life walkathon

Bark For Life, an event and walkathon hosted by and benefiting the American Cancer Society, will bring dog owners and their pets together Sunday at Bug Light Park.

In addition to the noncompetitive 3-mile walk, there will be a variety of activities for dogs and owners alike, including demonstrations, an owner/dog look-alike contest, and vendors to visit. There will also be prizes for the top fundraising dogs. Both teams and individual walkers are welcome.

Registration is $20 per person and will start at 11:30 a.m. All registered dogs will receive a Bark For Life bandanna, while participants who raise at least $100 will get a Bark For Life T-shirt.

To register or for more details, call the American Cancer Society at (800) 227-2345 or visit


Famous murder case discussed

The Kittery Recreation Department will offer the free Lecture Series presentation “Case Closed on the 1873 Smuttynose Ax Murders” at 7 p.m. Wednesday at STAR Theatre, 120 Rogers Road.

Seacoast historian J. Dennis Robinson will discuss the March 6, 1873, murder of two Norwegian women on the Isles of Shoals.

The killer, a Prussian fisherman down on his luck, was quickly captured, convicted in a widely publicized trial, and hanged in an unforgettable gallows spectacle. But the handsome killer managed to convince a circle of admirers of his innocence. A fictionalized bestselling novel and a Hollywood film, “Weight of Water,” have further clouded the truth.

This lecture is free and open to the public.

For more details, call 439-3800 or go to


Free water safety talks

Portland Water District will host four free water safety talks next month at the following times and locations:

 “Wind Over Wings,” a talk on how birds of prey rely on healthy ecosystems and clean water, 6 to 7 p.m. May 4 at the Jeff P. Nixon Development Center, 225 Douglass St., Portland

 “Pipes, Pumps, Meters & More,” a water system exhibit, 5 to 7 p.m. May 5 at Portland Water District.

 “1000 Miles of Pipe,” a history of water and wastewater systems, 5:30 to 7 p.m. May 6 at Jeff P. Nixon Development Center.

 A tour of the Sebago Lake Water Treatment Facility and the talk “Treatment & Testing of Your Water,” 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 7 at Sebago Lake Water Treatment Facility, 2 White Rock Road, Standish.

Registration is required by Sunday by emailing [email protected] or calling 774-5961, ext. 3324.


Adoptable dogs at May Day Festival

The Animal Welfare Society will participate in Kennebunk’s May Day Festival Saturday.

Look for AWS volunteers and adoptable dogs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Kennebunk Free Library, 112 Main St.

For more details, call 985-3244 or see

Parenting class with Westmoreland

Stevie Westmoreland, LMFT, LCPC, will lead a parenting class at 10 a.m. Friday at the Kennebunk Free Library, 112 Main St.

The class offers parents, grandparents and caregivers an opportunity to gather to share the joys and challenges of parenthood.

The class will focus on identifying and understanding a child’s four basic feelings; keeping ourselves calm; and observing the positive effect of mirror neurons with your child.

The event is free, wheelchair accessible, and open to all.

For more details, go to or call 985-2511.


Rabies clinic and pet health fair

The Shelter Spay Neuter Clinic will hold a rabies clinic from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday as part of a Pet Health & Wellness Fair at the North Berwick Community Center, 266 Lebanon Road.

A variety of goods and services will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, including $10 rabies vaccinations (to receive a 3-year certificate, owners must bring the expiring certificate); free pet identification tags; parasite-control kits including flea, tick, and ear mite treatments; pet food; and educational materials and conversations about spaying or neutering your pet, parasite control, behavior tips, declawing and more.

For the safety of the public and your pet, all cats must be brought in a carrier and dogs secured on a leash.

For more details, call 985-3244 or go to

Historical home movies

The North Berwick Historical Society, with the permission of Northeast Historic Film and the Hussey family, will show some of the Philip W. Hussey Sr. collection of home movies at 7 p.m. Thursday at the North Berwick Community Center, 266 Lebanon Road.

The silent home movies include footage of North Berwick residents and events from the late 1930s to the late 1950s, such as Memorial Day parades, May Day Festivals, baseball games, firemen, and skiing on Bauneg Beg Hill.

The event is free and open to the public.

Refreshments will be served.


Four programs at library

Wells Public Library, 1434 Post Road, will offer the following programs this week:

 “Facebook for the Non-Beginner” tutorial, 6 p.m. Tuesday.

 Lunch and Learn with naturalist Josh Fecteau, noon Friday at Harbor Park.

 “Lawyers in Libraries” event with attorney Hesper Schleiderer-Hardy, 3 p.m. Friday.

 Knitting & Crochet Group, 10:30 a.m. Friday, to continue working on projects. All ages and levels of ability are welcome.

To register for any of the programs, call Allison Herman at 646-8181.


Cleanup day and block party

The Phi Mu Delta Fraternity, New Sorority Interest Group and the University Neighborhood Organization are co-hosting two community events in Portland’s Longfellow Park, located between Oakdale, Noyes and Longfellow streets.

The Fourth Annual “Longfellow Park Clean Up Day” will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the park. Neighbors are welcome to bring work gloves and rakes to help with the cleanup work.

From noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, the second annual Longfellow Park Neighborhood Block Party will unfold, featuring USM jazz musicians, a strolling accordion player, a giant xylophone petting zoo, a kids’ bike parade, the Portland Public Library Bookmobile with free comics and books, Portland fire and police vehicles, K9 unit demonstrations, relay races, a zombie escape game, face painting, prizes and lots of games.

Free soda will be provided by Capt’n Eli’s Soda Co. Attendees are encouraged to bring a picnic.

For more details, email [email protected]

Author Holmquist to speak

Author Benjamin Holmquist will talk about his new book, “The Blackthorn Chronicles,” from noon to 1 p.m. Friday at the Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square.

A native of southern Maine, Holmquist will sign copies of the book available for sale, as well as doing a reading and a question-and-answer session.

For more details, call Rachael Weyand at 871-1700, ext. 723.


Explorer to talk of shipwreck

Historian and explorer Larkin Post will present the talk “The Wreck of the Polias” at a meeting of the St. George Historical Society on Thursday at the St. George Grange Hall, 5 Church St. The 7:30 talk will be preceded by a 6:30 p.m. potluck supper.

Post, of Owls Head, has done extensive research on the shipwreck’s history and led a team of divers to inspect the vessel’s remains.

All are invited to both supper and program. There is no charge, but a collection will be taken.

For more details, call Robert Skoglund at 226-7442.


Horse trainer, photographer to speak

Author and equestrian photographer Helen Peppe and author and horse trainer/clinician Chris Lombard will present a talk at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Scarborough Public Library at 48 Gorham Road.

Lombard will discuss his newly published book, “Land of the Horses,” and Peppe will talk about techniques used to photograph horses.

For more details, go to


Sign up for food preservation course

Applications are due Friday for individuals who wish to participate in a University of Maine Cooperative Extension master food preserver course that starts in mid-June at Gorham Middle School and at the UMaine Extension office in Falmouth.

The 10-session course will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays through Sept. 17; dates may change depending on produce availability.

The course will cover food preservation techniques, including canning, drying, freezing, fermenting and winter storage.

Upon successful completion, graduates will serve as volunteer community resources, providing the public with research-based information from UMaine Extension and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The training fee is $220; partial scholarships are available.

Application packets are available at or will be mailed when requests are made at [email protected]

For more information, or to request a disability accommodation, call 781-6099.


A look at classic comedy

The Camden Public Library will host speaker Michael Paul Lund on “A Gift of Laughter: The Classic Men of Comedy,” at 2 p.m. Sunday.

The talk will feature the famous routines of some of the funniest Americans of the 20th century, as well as comedy songs, classic routines, and rare live recorded club performances.

For more details, call Ken Gross at 236-3440.

Talk on Titanic tragedy’s impact

For the final event in the Camden Public Library’s “Maritime Month” speaker series, Dr. Erin Bishop will present an illustrated talk on “Titanic: A Century of Myth and Memory,” at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Bishop will mark the anniversary of this event with a 90-minute exploration of the cultural significance of this tragedy.

The event is free and open to the public.


Seaweed is garden club topic

Southern Maine Garden Club will host the Piscataqua District Meeting from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday at the Wormwood Conference Center on the Waban Campus, Route 4.

The event will include a lunch-and-learn talk by guest speaker Hillary Krapf, founder of the Maine Seaweed Festival, on the topic “Making Your Gardens Sing with Seaweed.”

The theme of this year’s district meeting is “The Language of Flowers.”

For more details, call Mary Stewart-Dore at 490-1833 or Donna Claveau at (603) 332-4860.

DAR chapter’s annual meeting

Members of Rebecca Emery Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will hold their annual meeting at 1 p.m. Saturday at the North Parish Church, 893 Main St.

There will be reports presented, and officers will be elected for 2015-2016.

Refreshments will be served.

For more details, call 985-1223.


Zumbathon benefit Sunday

An On Eagles Wings Zumbathon fundraiser is planned for 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Stephen’s Brook Elementary School.

Proceeds from the event will directly benefit Amy Herrick, who has been battling breast cancer for more than three years.

For more details, email Ann Ruel at [email protected]