Healthy eating for kids

The Portland Public Library will host Eat Well – Play Hard from 11 to 11:45 a.m. each Tuesday through Oct. 27 in the Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library at 5 Monument Square.

The sessions are designed to teach children ages 3 to 5 about healthy eating and the importance of regular physical activity. Topics will include meal-time behaviors, varying fruit and vegetable intake, cooking with children, growing fruits and vegetables and physical activities. The lessons will be taught by a nutrition professional in a fun and engaging manner.

For more details, call Jerri Blatt at 871-1700 ext. 707 or email [email protected]

Smart Driver course

An AARP Smart Driver course will be offered from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday at the AARP State Office at 53 Baxter Blvd.

The driver safety 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. Advance registration is due by Monday as class size is limited. The registration fee is $15 for AARP members and $20 for all others.

To register, phone John Hammon at 655-4943.


Apple fest helps homeless

The Shaker Hill Apple Festival will take place 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Alfred Shaker Museum.

York County Shelter Programs partners with Giles Family Farm, the Brothers Apple Store and the Friends of Alfred Shakers to host this annual festival that includes 50 artisan crafters, a yard sale, silent and penny auctions, live music, antique car rides, a farm booth, a children’s area, museum tours, hay rides, pony rides, pumpkin and apple picking, food vendors, raffles and baked goods and luncheon items for sale.

There is no admission cost and most of the children’s activities will be free of charge. All proceeds from sales benefit the homelessness and hunger prevention programs of York County Shelter Programs.

For more details, go to alfredshakermuseum.com.


Document shredding offered

Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution will host a free shredding event to help prevent identity theft from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Biddeford branch at 160 Shops Way, off Route 111.

Document shredding limit is two boxes per household.

Attendees also are invited to bring in canned goods or donations to benefit the Seeds of Hope Neighborhood Center. For more details, call 767-7422.

Beer fest to raise funds

The Celebration of Suds: Foam at the Falls beer fest will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at The Pepperell Mill Campus at 15 York St.

Craft beer enthusiasts will be able to taste specialty brews from eight southern Maine brewers. Wine, water, soft drinks and food also will be sold.

The event is for ages 21 and older only and identification is required.

Tickets are $25 (plus fees) and are only available in advance at eventbrite.com.

This fundraiser will benefit the Biddeford Saco Rotary Club’s fund to provide scholarships for graduating students.

For more details, call Ken Farley at 329-5554.


Shoe sale at hospital

Bridgton Hospital will host its bi-annual Super Shoes fundraiser from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday and from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday at the main entrance of the hospital.

A percentage of sales from this event will benefit the Employee Emergency Assistance Fund, which assists Central Maine Medical Family employees (including Bridgton Hospital staff) experiencing extenuating financial hardships.

For more details, call 647-6055 or email [email protected]


Balance workshop to start

Sign-ups are being accepted for an eight-week A Matter of Balance: Learning to Overcome the Fear of Falling workshop to be held 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Mondays beginning Sept. 28 at People Plus, 35 Union St.

Participants will be taught to view falls and fear of falling as controllable, set realistic goals for increasing activity and change their environment to reduce fall risk factors.

For more details or to register, call Jennifer Fortin at 620-1657 or e-mail [email protected]

Senter fund takes grant bids

The Alfred M. Senter Fund is accepting applications through Oct. 31 for grants that it will award this year.

The fund is a private charitable trust that makes grants to public charities that promote the cultural, educational, environmental and general health and welfare of the residents of Bath, Brunswick, Durham, Lisbon, Harpswell, Topsham and West Bath.

The fund especially seeks to support charities for which small grants will make a significant difference. The funding is not intended to support operating budgets or to add to endowments.

A total of $158,915 in funding was given to 36 charitable organizations in 2014 from 69 submitted applications. To date, grants in the amount of $1,834,776 have been awarded.

Application forms and additional information are available by calling the Senter Place Management Office at 725-6610 or go to senterplace.com.


BrewFest at Point Sebago

The Maine Lakes BrewFest will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday on the beach at Point Sebago at 261 Point Sebago Road.

The event will feature samplings from nearly 30 brewers. There will be food vendors, live bands and music by Chad Porter.

Tickets are $5 to $30 and are available at Greater Bridgton Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce at 101 Portland Road in Bridgton or by calling 647-3472.

The event is open to ages 21 and older only. Please bring identification.


Nature programs at park

Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park will offer the following nature programs this weekend:

There will be a tide pools program from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday near Googins Island.

At 11 a.m. Sunday, there will be a story and activity program for preschoolers and their caregivers.

And there will be a steamer clam dig from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday for adults who want to learn about soft-shell clams and try their hand at digging with an experienced guide. Registration is required, please contact the park. Bring mud sneakers or high boots, gloves and clam hoe or spading fork and bucket.

Nature programs start at the circle of benches at the end of the second parking lot unless otherwise noted and free with park admission of $1 to $4.50.

For more details, call the park at 865-4465 or go to maine.gov/wolfesneckwoods.


Food assistance at church

The Good Shepherd Food Bank’s food-mobile will be at St. Anne’s Catholic Church from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday (while supplies last) to distribute food to anyone in need of food assistance.

Please bring your own bags or boxes.


Hike and paddle at center

Hidden Valley Nature Center will offer events as part of the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend to run Friday through Sunday.

A guided morning paddle will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday at Little Dyer Pond, featuring a 1.5 mile walk to the pond, followed by a leisurely paddle around the pond in canoes. We’ll have a naturalist in the group to help bring to life the flora and the fauna along the way. Attendees are asked to bring a lunch and some water.

A full moon paddle will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Sunday, featuring a hike and paddle, with two guides leading the group on an exploration of the pond by the light of the moon. Don’t forget your headlamp!

HVNC will supply the canoes, paddles and life jackets for both events, which are open to all ages. Participants should be comfortable in a canoe on flat water, able to steer a canoe and able to walk 3 miles on moderate trails.

Space is limited and pre-registration is required. For more details, go to hvnc.org/registration.


Jazz concert at college

Kennebec Valley Community College will present Jazz at Moody Chapel, the first in a series of benefit concerts, from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the chapel on the Harold Alfond Campus on Stanley Road.

Jazz musicians set to perform include Ginny Palmer, Tony Gasboury, Bill Mosely, Shaun Bolduc and Zack Pomerleau.

Music will be modern jazz in combo format. Some of the music will feature an interpretive dancer from the Kennebec Dance Center. Tickets are $5 to $17.

For more details, go to kvcc.me.edu/pages/moody-chapel/music-150924.


Talk about Alps hiking

Karen Herold will give a talk about her family hiking adventures traversing the French and Swiss Alps at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Fields Pond Audubon Center at 216 Fields Pond Road.

For more details, email Gerry Sawyer at [email protected]


Recreation programs set

The Kittery Recreation Department is accepting registrations for youth and adult programs this fall.

Youth programs will including cycling, dance, gymnastics, karate, youth chorus and guitar lessons.

A number of adult field trips also will be offered, including to the Fryeburg Fair, Oct. 6, $15; Lake Winnipesaukee Cruise & Hart’s Turkey Farm, Oct. 14, $35; Castle in the Clouds, Oct. 21, $42; and the Currier Museum of Art, Nov. 19, $28. Fees include transportation and admission.

Registrations may be done at the Recreation Center at 120 Rogers Road or online at activenet13.active.com/kitteryrec.

For more details, go to kitterycommunitycenter.org.


Medicare session at library

Libby Memorial Library and Southern Maine Agency on Aging will co-sponsor a Medicare Minute at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the library at 27 Staples St.

This short program will cover topics specific to Medicare for eligible citizens. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions. For more details, call 934-4351.


Forest Detective at park

Ferry Beach State Park will offer a Forest Detective program at 2 p.m. Wednesday at 95 Bayview Road.

The forest is an open book, if you know how to read it. This tour is about 45 minutes, weather permitting.

For more details, call 283-0067 or go to maine.gov/ferrybeach.

Cycle for Sweetser

The Cycle for Sweetser Family Bicycle Ride will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday on the Sweetser campus at 50 Moody St.

The ride takes place on the Eastern Trail, with individuals choosing to ride 2 miles (kids ride), 8 miles or 14 miles.

The adult fee is a $25 donation, or you can get a family rate for $60. Children ages 12 and younger ride for free. Registration and check-in for those who have preregistered opens at 8:30 a.m.

Post-ride activities include refreshments, apple cider pressing and tasting, a bike rodeo, farm tours, face painting and music.

For details or to register go to sweetser.org/bike or call 294-4476.

Proceeds will benefit Sweetser’s care for children, adults and families.


Book sale at library

The Friends of the Topsham Public Library Book Sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the library at 25 Foreside Road.

A special preview sale will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday.

For more details, call 725-1727 or go to friendstopshamlibrary.org.


Economist to discuss education and jobs

Internationally recognized economist Anthony P. Carnevale will speak Wednesday morning at Thomas College about the role of higher education in strengthening the Maine workforce.

The event will kick-off with a breakfast at 7:30 a.m. in the Spann Student Commons on the campus.

Carnevale will speak from 8 to 9 a.m. There is no charge, but registration is required.

To register online, go thomas.edu/carnevale or call 859-1201.


Talk and festival at reserve

Wells Reserve at Laudholm will host two events this week at 342 Laudholm Farm Road.

On Wednesday, the talk “The Science of When Climate Science Doesn’t Matter” by John Hagan, a forest ecologist, will be offered at 6 p.m., detailing stewardship of climate change. Admission is a $5 suggested donation.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, the reserve’s 13th annual Punkinfiddle family festival and celebration of National Estuaries Day will be held, featuring traditional crafts, hands-on learning, lively music, old-fashioned games, food and farm animals.

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


Film, art, acting at library

York Public Library will host the following events this week at 15 Long Sands Road:

A screening of the documentary “Bag It – Is Your Life Too Plastic?” will be offered at noon Tuesday, featuring a follow-up discussion and refreshments.

An art reception featuring the photography of Stuart Nudelman will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Actress Suzanne B. Manzi will give a one-woman portrayal, “An Evening with Bess of Hardwicke (1527-1608),” at 7 p.m. Saturday.

The film “My Left Foot” will be screened at 3 p.m. Sunday.

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


Drug Take Back on Saturday

A Drug Take Back event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday throughout York County, offering a way for residents to safely dispose of unused, unwanted or expired medications.

The event is anonymous and free and the drop-off points will receive and dispose of prescription, over-the-counter or veterinary pills, drops and ointments.

Participants are asked to remove any personal identifying information from labels. Items that will not be taken include thermometers, batteries, durable medical equipment, intravenous solutions, injectables, syringes or illicit substances.

The drop-off locations include Wal-Mart, off Route 111, and Public Works Recycling Center, 371 Hill St., both in Biddeford; the Community Center, Franklin Street, Saco; the new Police Station, 16 E. Emerson Cummings Blvd., Old Orchard Beach; the Goodwin Mills Fire Station at Lyman; Hannaford Supermarket, 65 Portland Road, Kennebunk; Police Station, Route 9, across from the American Legion, Kennebunkport; Rite-Aid Pharmacy, 31 Washington St. and Hannaford Supermarket & Pharmacy, 24 Portland Road, both in Buxton; and Hannaford Supermarket, 20 Sokokis Trail, Waterboro.