Two health education programs offered this week

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

 A “Safe Baby – Infant Safety & Infant/Toddler CPR” class from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday. This is a noncertificate American Heart Association course. Cost is $20 to $35. Registration is required. Call 283-7350.

A “Total Joint Replacement Education” class, 11 a.m. Wednesday at Sanford Medical Center, 25 June St., Sanford. Participants will learn what to expect before, during and after their procedure. The session is free but registration is required. Call 490-7957.


Tickets for ‘Come Spring’ bus tour now on sale

Tickets are on sale for Union Historical Society’s annual “Come Spring” bus tour, which is part of the town’s Founders Day celebration.

This narrated two-hour bus tour follows the Georges River Scenic Byway and identifies sites where Union’s early settlers once lived.

The tour departs from the Old Town House on Town House Road at 5:30 p.m. July 17.

Tickets are $12. The tour takes place rain or shine.

For tickets or more details, call 785-5444 and leave a message or go to


Cancer Society’s Relay For Life scheduled Saturday

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life York County will be held from 2 p.m. to midnight Saturday at the Wells High School track field.

The annual event raises funds to support cancer patients and their families. For more details, email [email protected] or call 373-3728.

To register, go to

Library to sponsor events on organizing, computers

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

“Organizing Using the Simple Joy Living Process,” at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Professional organizer Lisa Luken will teach how to organize your home with her six-step system.

“Computer Camp at the Library” at 1:30 p.m. Thursday. Library director Devin Burritt will teach an introductory class about creating a simple website. Registration is required and computers will be provided.

For more details, call Allison Herman at 646-8181.

Wells Reserve sets preschool story hour, two other events

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

“Preschool Story Hour,” 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. This is an introduction to animals through a storybook reading, a short trail walk and a related craft project for ages 3 to 5.

“Bird Banding Demonstration,” 7 a.m. to noon Wednesday. Visit a bird banding station with master bander June Ficker, who will share her knowledge of bird migration, breeding activities, tick occurrence and bird lifespans.

“Branch Brook Fish Ladder Monitoring,” 11 a.m. to noon Friday. Visit the restored fish ladder on Branch Brook to learn about fishway construction and how scientists track migratory fish. Participants must provide their own transportation to the site. Rain or shine. Registration required.

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


Historical Society to hold two Harraseeket Day events

The Freeport Historical Society will sponsor two Harraseeket Heritage Day events Saturday at Brewer South Freeport Marine, 31 Main St.

A boat parade will be held from 12:30 to 3 p.m. The event will include food, live music and activities. Fees for lunch are $5 to $10.

A harborside gala will follow from 5:30 to 10 p.m. This year’s theme is “BBQ & Bluegrass.” Food by Buck’s Naked BBQ, a cash bar serving Gritty’s beer and live music by local group Ethos will be featured.

Live and silent auctions to benefit the Freeport Historical Society will be held. Cost is $55 in advance or $60 at the door.

For more details, call 865-3170 or go to


History lecture to focus on Maine’s Carter, Ruby families

The lecture “The History of the Carter and Ruby Families of Yarmouth” will be presented by Bob Greene at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Yarmouth History Center, 118 East Elm St.

Greene will speak about his research into the history of the two prominent African-American families from Maine.

This event is free for members of Yarmouth Historical Society and $5 for all others. For more details, go to or call 846-6259.


Library hosting AIDS Quilt, talk by Deborah Freedman

Portland Public Library will host the NAMES Foundation Memorial AIDS Quilt from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Library Atrium at 5 Monument Square.

The exhibit will be paired with a talk by author Deborah Freedman in the Rines Auditorium at noon. Freedman will discuss her book “The Quiet Triumph of the Heart: NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt Stories from Maine.”

For more details, call Rachael Harkness at 871-1700, ext. 711.


Artist, author J.E. Moores to read excerpts from book

Meet Camden-based artist and author J. E. Moores at 7 p.m. Tuesday as he reads an excerpt and signs his new book, “Snotgrass,” at 55 Main St.

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


Library offers after-hours Gothic tales by candlelight

Actress Rita Parisi from Waterfall Productions will perform “Gothic Victorian Tales by Candlelight” from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Thomas Memorial Library, 6 Scott Dyer Road.

This theatrical presentation will feature stories about curses, death and immortality from the 19th-century New England writer Sarah Orne Jewett.

This is an after-hours library program for an adult audience. The event is free. For more information, visit


Audubon to hold annual peony and ice cream social

Maine Audubon will hold its annual Peony Bloom & Ice Cream Social from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Gilsland Farm Audubon Center, 20 Gilsland Farm Road.

Enjoy homemade ice cream donated by Toots Ice Cream of North Yarmouth, and live music from the students of 317 Main. Become a Maine Audubon member that evening and receive special discounts and a free peony flower. The event also features a children’s peony craft workshop.

For more details, call Agata Ketterick at 781-2330, ext. 232.


Annual run/walk to raise funds for Caring Unlimited

The Eighth Annual 5K Nicole’s Run/Walk fundraiser, benefiting domestic violence programming at Caring Unlimited, will be held July 18 at Lord’s Point on Kennebunk Beach.

The 5-kilometer (3.1 mile) run or walk begins at 9 a.m. with registration opening at 6:45 a.m.

Registration fees are $20 in advance, $25 on race day.

The 3rd Annual 1 kilometer Kid’s Fun Run will take off at 8:30 a.m., with advance registration fees of $10, or $15 on race day.

Online registration is available at, and all participants who register by June 27 will receive a free tech race T-shirt. For more details, go to

Former intelligence officers set last meeting before break

The last meeting before the summer break of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Brick Store Museum Program Center, 4 Dane St. Charles Dunbar will share his knowledge about Yemen and its gradual transition to civil war. He has had extensive experience as a State Department Foreign Service officer in Morocco, Algeria, Afghanistan and Yemen.

The meeting is open to the public. For more details, call 967-4298