Migratory Bird Day at Wells Reserve

Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day with master bird bander June Ficker from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm.

Ficker will demonstrate bird banding from 7 to 11 a.m., explaining how and why scientists track individual birds by giving them unique bracelets.

The event includes a bird walk to the Little River at 7:30 a.m., plus face painting, bird crafts and games for youth from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

The events are free and open to the public.

For more details, call 646-1555 or go to wellsreserve.org/birdday.


Conflict resolution workshop scheduled

Kids Support Families of Separation & Divorce will host a conflict resolution workshop from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at the Kids First Center, 222 St. John St., Suite 104.

The presentation will explore conflict resolution both in the legal and practical context for parents and professionals who work with families navigating separation and divorce.

Attendees will be taught mediation and conflict resolution models to shift away from an adversarial position and toward resolving differences that are in the best interests of children who are in the home.

Cost is $25 if a Certificate of Attendance is required (CLE and GAL credits have been approved); otherwise, the workshop is free.

Please register online at www.kidsfirstcenter.org.

Workshops for college planning

The Maine Educational Opportunity Center will host free “Essentials of College Planning” workshops for people ages 19 and older at 10 a.m. at the following days and locations:

 Tuesdays through May 19 at Greater Portland CareerCenter, 151 Jetport Boulevard;

 Wednesdays through May 27 at Portland Adult Education, 14 Locust St.

The interactive workshops outline the four steps in the college selection process, including admissions, financial aid, career planning and study skills. Workshops last about two to three hours. Pre-registration is required.

To register or for more information, call 1-800-281-3703 or visit us on the web at meoc.maine.edu.

Book club to meet Tuesday at noon

The Maine Charitable Mechanic Association’s First Tuesday Book Club will be held at noon Tuesday at Mechanics Hall, at 519 Congress St.

This month’s selection is the classic “Old Man and the Sea” by Ernest Hemingway.

Attendees should bring a lunch; tea and sweets will be provided.

All are welcome to attend and pre-reading of the book is not necessary.

For more details, call Pat at 773-8396 or email [email protected]


Talk offers to help prepare to make medical decisions

The talk “You Need a Team: Medical Decisions, Life Decisions and Your Family” will be offered at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Route 1 and Belvedere Road.

Sponsored by the Coastal and Knox Community Centers of Spectrum Generations, the presentation is the subject of the fourth annual presentation of “Start Talking: A Community Conversation.”

Dr. Marilyn Gugliucci, an internationally recognized professor in the field of geriatrics, will talk about decisions regarding medical care of an older person and developing a team of support persons.

For more details, call 563-1363.


Chowderfest to benefit Animal Watch program

A benefit Chowderfest will be held at noon Saturday at The Pier, 2 Old Orchard St.

The event is open to those who wish to submit their personal recipe for the contest, as well as those who wish to sample the chowders and vote for their favorites.

Cooks are required to bring a 5-gallon batch of chowder. Napkins, crackers, etc. will be supplied.

Cost to sample is $5 per person.

Cash prizes of $250, $150 and $100 will be awarded to the top three chowders, respectively.

All the proceeds will go to the Community Animal Watch.

To register or for more details, call Cheryl at 423-3160.


Design, create jewelry in hands-on workshops

Woodlawn Museum, Gardens & Park will host artist Amanda Coburn, owner of Riverside Jewelry Designs in Old Town, for four hands-on workshops in May at 19 Black House Drive.

Coburn, a metalsmith and jewelry designer, will offer “Metal Jewelry for Beginners” from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. May 15; “Let’s Etch Metal” from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. May 29; and “Copper Fold Forming Jewelry” from 1 to 4 p.m. May 30. At each workshop, participants will create a piece of jewelry to take home.

Coburn also will offer the workshop “Alcohol Ink Dying on Glass” from 1 to 4 p.m. May 16, where participants will learn to apply ink to non-porous surfaces like glass, ceramic and metal to create their own distinct decorative piece.

The cost for each workshop is $50 for Woodlawn members and $60 for all others.

Space is limited, so plan to reserve a spot early by calling Woodlawn at 667-8671 or e-mail [email protected]


Recycle electronics for free

The Rotary Club of Falmouth will host an Electronics Recycling Day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot at the Falmouth Shopping Center, 251 Route 1.

Offered as a public service, the disposal activity is free, although donations to help support the club’s varied youth-related projects will be accepted. Club projects include Rotary Interchange, Habitat for Humanity, and Safe Passage (in Guatemala).

Items that can be accepted for disposal include television sets, DVD and VCR players, radios, stereos, computers, monitors, mouse, printers, scanners, microwave ovens, batteries, cellphones, game consoles, cords, circuit boards and digital picture frames.

Items that cannot be accepted include appliances such as full ovens, stoves, washer/dryers, refrigerators, air conditioners, fluorescent bulbs, thermometers and thermostats.

Town residency is not required of those wishing to dispose of their old or outdated electronics gear.

For more details, call Roger Berube at (802) 355-3662.


Senior Expo Wednesday at Black Point Road church

A Senior Expo will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday at St. Maximillian Kolbe Church Hall, 150 Black Point Road.

The speaker lineup for this free event includes Maine Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew; Maine Medical Center surgeon Dr. Peter Guay; antique auctioneers from Thomaston Place Auction Galleries; and dementia care specialists from Sedgewood Commons.

The expo is free and requires no registration. It will feature 40 exhibitors, ranging from home care and senior living to travel information and downsizing.

The Yarmouth Community Chorus will sing at 1 p.m. with ASL signing, and Tai Chi demonstrations will be offered at 10 and 11 a.m. and noon.

For more details, call Deborah McLean at 232-7847 or Lynn Peel at Beach Glass Transitions, 272-2797.

The program is available at MaineSeniorGuide.com.


At the Blink of a Hat trio playing at coffeehouse

The music trio At the Blink of a Hat will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Camden Library Coffeehouse, 55 Main St.

Musicians Julia Plumb, Baron Collins-Hill and Will Brown will perform a wide array of traditional and original tunes and songs on a variety of instruments.

Admission is $8 at the door.

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