Norlands’ Civil War weekend will bring history to life

The Washburn-Norlands Living History Center will host its fifth Civil War Re-enactment Weekend Saturday and Sunday at 290 Norlands Road.

The event will feature living history demonstrations, exhibits and engaging activities inspired by the Civil War era.

There will be demonstrations of traditional crafts, a variety of craft and food vendors and a bake sale. Attendees also are welcome to bring a picnic lunch.

There will be a chicken barbecue and bean supper at 5 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $7 to $13 and advance purchase is required by calling 897-4366.

A contra dance will follow at 6 p.m., featuring The Racket Factory with Kenlyn Clark calling. Dance among the twirling hoop skirts and uniformed re-enactors. The contra dance is free and a historic costume is not required.

After the dance, take a twilight tour of the Union and Confederate camps, where there will be plenty of hands-on history activities for all ages.

Gates open at 9 a.m. daily. Admission is $6 to $10.

For more details, call 897-4366, email [email protected] or visit


SMHC offers programs for children and seniors

Southern Maine Health Care will offer the following health education programs this week:

Big Brother/Big Sister School will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at SMHC Medical Center, 1 Medical Center Drive, introducing children ages 3 to 7 to their new role as a sibling of a newborn. Attendees should bring a stuffed animal or doll for holding and diapering. The classes are free but pre-registration is required by calling 283-7350.

Adult day services for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia are offered from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at The Pavilion, 35 July St., Sanford. Participants enjoy activities in a therapeutic environment designed to maximize their current abilities while giving caregivers a break from the responsibility of providing 24-hour care. Contact Kathy at 490-7650.

Additional listings also are available on the SMHC website at under Community Programs.


Author to speak on book about Boston drug dealing

The Maine Charitable Mechanic Association’s Lecture Series continues with author Carl Senna at noon Thursday at Mechanics Hall, 519 Congress St.

Senna will speak about the book “Never Charged, Never Convicted: My Life in the Boston Drug Trade” by Marvin Clarke with Carl Senna.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a lunch; drinks and desserts will be provided and all are welcome.

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

Adoptable pets coming to Planet Dog on Saturday

The Animal Welfare Society Mobile Adoption Team will bring adoptable dogs to the Planet Dog Store at 211 Marginal Way from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday.

For more details, call 985-3244 or go to


Talk will cover identifying and halting invasive plants

Dave Tibbetts of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will present a slide lecture on invasive plants in the area at 7 p.m. Tuesday at York Public Library, 15 Long Sands Road.

Learn how to identify invasive plants, how contaminated soil, mulch and seed can spread these plants, and how we can assist in mapping these plants and in preventing their spread.

For more details, call 363-2818 or email [email protected]


Chamberlain speaker to talk about Vicksburg Campaign

A Joshua L. Chamberlain Civil War Round Table Lecture will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at Curtis Memorial Library’s Morrell Room at 23 Pleasant St..

Speaker Matt Atkinson will give a talk on the 1863 Vicksburg Campaign.

Lectures are free and open to the public. For more details, email Jay Stencil at [email protected]


Stories of Mildred Pettengill sought at lunch program

Freeport Historical Society will hold its Lunch with Locals program at noon Friday at Harrington House, 45 Main St.

The goal is to gather memories of, and stories about, Mildred Pettengill, the last resident of Pettengill Farm. Anyone with a personal or family connection to Millie is invited.

Lunch will be provided, free of charge, and will feature a recipe or two from Mildred’s collections. Those without stories to share but who are eager to learn more about the Pettengill story are also welcome.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the historical society’s stewardship of Pettengill Farm, and the organization is preparing to mark the occasion with special events at Pettengill Farm Day in September.

For more details, go to or call 865-3170.


Two former officers, authors to share their funny stories

Retired law enforcement officers and authors John Ford Sr. and Mark Nickerson will share humorous stories at 7 p.m. Thursday at Camden Public Library, 55 Main St.

Ford is the author of “Suddenly, the Cider Didn’t Taste So Good: Adventures of a Game Warden in Maine,” and Nickerson is the author of “Blue Lights in the Night: Real Life Stories of a Maine State Trooper.”

A book signing will follow this free presentation. For more details, call Ken Gross at 236-3440.

Artist to give presentation on ‘Maine and Marin’ exhibit

An artist reception and gallery talk for Andrew Spalding, Artist of the Month, will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Camden Public Library, 55 Main St.

Spalding will give a short photo presentation on his exhibit of land and seascape photography, “Vivid Visions of Maine and Marin,” on display all month during regular library hours.

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


Authors and garden expert at the library this week

Wells Public Library will offer the following events this week at 1434 Post Road:

 Meet Ellen S. Walsh, award-winning author of “Mouse Paint” and the “Dot and Jabber” series, for a storytime and book signing at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

A Computer Camp will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday. Library director Devin Burritt will teach an introductory class in Microsoft Excel. Registration is required. Computers will be provided.

The book talk “Ice Cream, Gas Masks and God,” with author Joyce Lovely, will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. The presentation celebrates the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, with Lovely recounting growing up in Liverpool, England, amid air raids, bombs and gas masks. Scones and strawberry jam will be served. Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing after the event.

The presentation “Gardening with Jolene: Planting, Feeding and Maintaining Your Garden” will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday with Master Gardener Jolene Staruch. She will share about how to prune tomato plants, utilize worm castings and compost and will answer questions.

For more details, call Allison Herman at 646-8181, ext. 202, or email [email protected]

Programs at reserve focus on birds, wildflowers, more

Wells Reserve at Laudholm will host the following programs this week at 342 Laudholm Farm Road:

Meet the Scientists: Map Your World, 1 to 2 p.m. Monday. Peer into an active laboratory while exploring a variety of natural resource maps with geographic information system specialist Sue Bickford.

Bird Banding Demonstration, 7 a.m. to noon Wednesday. Master bander June Ficker will share her knowledge of bird migration, breeding activities, tick occurrence and bird lifespans.

Bird Walk, 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Join a birder from York County Audubon to look and listen for the many birds found at the Wells Reserve in late spring.

Late Spring Wildflowers, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday. Stroll along the boardwalks and trails of the reserve with naturalist “Boot” Boutwell, looking at beautiful blooms in field, forest and bog. Cost is $5 to $7. Reservations are required by calling 646-1555.

All programs are free with site admission, unless otherwise noted. Meet at the Wells Reserve Visitor Center.


Lunch and Learn to focus on photos, art of Africa

Photographer and animal activist Kelly Patton Brook will present the program Wild Animals Inside, based on her photography and artwork of Africa at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday during a Lunch and Learn program at Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center at 521 Main St.

Luncheon reservations are required by noon Monday. Cost is $6 to $7.

For more details, call 563-1363.

Attorney to give information on elder abuse, other issues

The crime of elder legal and financial abuse will be addressed at 11 a.m. Thursday at Spectrum Generations. Learn how to spot abuse by attending the brown bag luncheon discussion with attorney Craig Stevens.

Stevens will advance the talk by answering financial and investment questions from 9 to 10 a.m. and will answer legal questions from 10 to 11 a.m. The fee is $5. To register, call 563-1363.


Fraud Watch event will teach how to avoid scams

AARP Maine will host the Fraud Watch Network Scam Jam from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Augusta Civic Center.

Attorney General Janet Mills, along with the U.S. postal inspector and representatives from the Bureau of Consumer Credit Protection, Office of Securities and AARP Maine will speak about common scams and how to avoid becoming a victim.

Free breakfast and lunch is included. Registration is required and space is limited.

To sign up, call (877)926-8300 or go to


Write On group to read work at library event

Join the writers from the Write On writers group of Brunswick for a reading at 2 p.m. Friday at Topsham Public Library at 25 Foreside Road.

Copies of their latest book will be available for purchase. Light refreshments will be served and music will be provided by Ervin Robinson.

This event is free and open to the public. For more details, call 725-1727 or go to


Crafts on the River will feature over 30 artisans

The Crafts on the River fine arts and craft show will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at South Congregational Church at 2 North St.

The event will feature more than 30 juried craftspeople, who will show and sell their goods. All proceeds from table rentals benefit the South Congregational Church. For more details, go to


Bring bottles to Lions Den to benefit nonprofit groups

A Lion’s Club benefit Bottle Drive will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Scarborough Lions Den, at 273 Gorham Road, Route 114.

For more details, call 883-9780.


Preserving family stories with historical society

Patricia Turner of the Parsonsfield-Porter Historical Society will give a presentation on preserving family stories in words and pictures by creating a digital scrapbook at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at 20 Historical Ridge (off Schoolhouse Road and Route 177).

The talk will follow a brief business meeting set for 1 p.m.

The talk is free and open to the public.

Light refreshments will be served.

For more details, call 625-4762.


Time to sign up to take AARP Smart Drive class

June 15 marks the sign-up deadline to participate in an AARP Smart Driver course being offered from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. June 20 at the Windham Public Library, 217 Windham Center Road

The four-hour refresher course is for experienced drivers, ages 50 and older. Topics include safe driving strategies, defensive driving techniques, new traffic laws and rules of the road.

The registration fee is $15 for AARP members and $20 for all others. To register, call John Hammon at 655-4943.


Saco Food Pantry to thank supporters at open house

The Saco Food Pantry will host an open house from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at the pantry at 67 Ocean Park Road.

The event is being held to thank supporters.

Light refreshments will be available.

For more details, email John Reynolds at [email protected]