York Democratic Committee to host potluck and meeting

The York County Democratic Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Alfred Parish Church at routes 202 and 4.

The meeting will begin with a potluck supper, followed by a business meeting starting at 7 p.m. All York County Democrats are encouraged to attend.

For more details, call Nancy Stolberg at 337-4932 or email [email protected]


Art and craft materials sought for benefit sale

Waterfall Arts is seeking donations of art and craft materials for their Art Stuff Sale, to be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 256 High St.

Proceeds from the sale will fund youth art projects. Drop-offs of donations will be received from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday or by appointment.

For more details, go to or call 338-2222.


Land trust will celebrate with barbecue at farm

The Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust will celebrate 30 years of building community and the completion of its $7 million campaign with a barbecue celebration from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Farmers’ Market Green at Crystal Spring Farm, 277 Pleasant Hill Road.

The meal will include pulled pork and chicken, corn on the cob, coleslaw, salads, cornbread and dessert. Bring your own picnic blanket or table and chairs.

Activities for all ages will include games, vegetable car races, face painting, music, nature crafts and walks.

Cost of the supper is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 5 to 12; ages 4 and younger eat free.

For more details, go to


L.C. Bates Museum to host artist reception for exhibit

The L.C. Bates Museum will host an artist reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday celebrating its new exhibition, “Focusing on Natural History,” featuring the works of Maine artists and photographers.

The exhibit, part of the Maine Photo Project, includes the works of Gary Green, Rosamond Purcell, Lauren Shaw, Leslie Bowman, Thomas Birtwhistle, John Stetson, Lisa Ennis, Christian Farnsworth, Jim Nickelson, Nataliya Slinko and Michael Grillo.

The exhibition opens Tuesday. The reception is free and refreshments will be served.

The museum is located at 14 Easler Road. For more details, call 238-4250 or email [email protected]


Seed preservation will be taught at Merryspring

Merryspring Nature Center will host a talk with seed preservation specialist Neil Lash from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at 30 Conway Road.

Lash is the director and co-founder of the Heirloom Seed Project at Medomak Valley High School. He will teach the basics of drying, collecting and storing seeds for the home garden.

Admission is $10 for members and $15 for all others. Space is limited, and preregistration is required. To sign up, call 236-2239 or email [email protected]

‘Elephant’s Dream’ film to premiere at opera house

A screening of the film “Elephant’s Dream” will be held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Camden Opera House ahead of the 2016 Camden Conference, to be themed “The New Africa.”

Directed by Kristof Bilsen, the film tells the stories of three workers in state-owned institutions in Congo. This is the film’s U.S. premiere. Bilsen will give a post-screening talk and take questions from the audience.

Admission is $10. For more details, go to or call 236-1034.


Local author and artist to give talk on new book

The Cumberland Historical Society will host a talk by author and artist Chet Blanchard at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Cumberland Town Office council chambers.

Blanchard will discuss his new book, “The Spirit of Capt. Reuben Blanchard,” and recount his experiences growing up on a farm in Cumberland.

Refreshments will be served. The talk is free. Donations are accepted.

For more details, call Carolyn Small at 829-3757 or email [email protected]


Witchcraft talk, workshop on drawing at museum

The Brick Store Museum will host the following events this week at 117 Main St.:

Roxie Zwicker, of New England Curiosities, will present “Witchcraft in New England” at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. The talk is free for members and $10 for others. Light refreshments will be provided.

The museum will be open for tours from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday during the Kennebunk ArtWalk. Admission is free but donations are appreciated.

Illustrator Stephen Costanza will lead a drawing workshop at 10 a.m. Saturday. It’s open to all ages, and registration is suggested for this free event. For more details, call 985-4802 or visit


Audubon offers field trips to see migrating birds

The Merrymeeting Audubon chapter will offer the following programs in September:

A Sunset Birding at Popham Beach field trip will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday. Attendees will meet at the bathhouse on the southwest side of the parking lot. For more details, call Doug Suitor at 841-1951.

A field trip to the Androscoggin River Trail at Lisbon will be held Sunday morning in Lisbon. Expect to observe migrating vireos, thrushes, warblers and sparrows. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at Hannaford in Brunswick or at 7:50 a.m. at the Sabattus River boat launch parking lot on Route 196 between Lisbon Falls and Lisbon Center. For more details, call Gordon Smith at 725-0282.

A field trip to Green Point Farm at Dresden also is planned at 7 a.m. Sept. 26. Fall migrants will be the target of this walk through the weedy fields at Maine Inland Fish and Wildlife’s Green Point Farm Wildlife Management Area. Meet at the Bath CVS to carpool; or at 7:30 a.m. at Green Point Farm. For more details, call Ted Allen at 729-8661.


Silent films with music to be presented in square

Friends of Congress Square Park will present “Silence in the Square: Live Soundtracks and Silent Film,” from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the park’s amphitheater stage at Congress and High streets.

Inspired by American composer and artist John Cage’s writings, the event includes a selection of silent films and music. Attendees are encouraged to bring a picnic.


Deadline Friday for class on how to make soap

Friday is the registration deadline for a soap-making class to be offered from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Saco Grange Hall No. 53, at 168 North St.

The workshop will teach techniques for melting, pouring and using colorants, fragrance and essential oils.

Cost is $25. Space is limited to 15 people.

For more details, email [email protected] or call 831-5784.


Bellamy Jazz Band to start library’s concert series

The South Portland Public Library will kick off its After Hours Concert Series at 7 p.m. Saturday, featuring the Bellamy Jazz Band at the library at 482 Broadway.

The concert is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Seating is limited.

For more details, go to or call 767-7660.


Author to present slide show at annual library meeting

The Friends of Waldoboro Public Library will hold its annual dinner meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the library, 958 Main St.

Local author Jaja Martin will present a slide show, detailing her family’s sailing adventures in the northernmost regions of the world and based on her book, “Into the Light – a Family’s Epic Journey,” and the video, “Ice Blink.”

Copies of Martin’s book and video will be available for purchase by cash or checks only.

This free program is open to the public. For more details, call 832-4484 or go to


Kids Safety Day events scheduled for Saturday

Westbrook Public Safety, along with Saco & Biddeford Savings and the Westbrook Hannaford, will host a free Kids Safety Day from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot between Hannaford and Saco & Biddeford Savings at 2 Hannaford Drive.

Kids Safety Day will featue a viewing of a smokehouse, fire trucks, ambulances and police vehicles, as well as face painting, blood pressure screenings and CPR demonstrations.

Free hot dogs, popcorn, water and soda will be available. Also, Ernie’s Cycle Shop and the Bicycle Coalition of Maine will sponsor a bicycle rodeo and provide bike safety checks.

The Michael T. Goulet Traumatic Brain Injury and Epilepsy Foundation will give away free bike helmets to the first 200 attendees along with a fitting and safety check.

For more details, call Donald Lauzier at 602-7323.


Library film series to show ‘Exotic Marigold Hotel’

York Public Library, 15 Long Sands Road, will begin its Fall Film Series with “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” at 3 p.m. Sunday. The public is invited, and admission is free. There will be free popcorn, and beverages will be offered for $1. For more details, call 363-2818 or go to