School panel meetings rescheduled

Date changes have been announced for two meetings of the Wells-Ogunquit CSD School Committee.

Originally scheduled for Wednesdays, the committee’s first two fall meetings will instead be held on Mondays, Oct. 5 and Nov. 9; both will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the superintendent’s office, 1460 Post Road. For more details, call the superintendent’s office at 646-8331.


Warden Service chaplain to speak

Chaplain to the Maine Warden Service Kate Braestrup will talk about her book “Anchors and Flares” and the events that led her to write it at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the York Public Library, 15 Long Sands Road.

There will be an opportunity to purchase the book and have it signed by the author.

For more details, call Stephen Bracciotti at 363-5758.

Diversity forum presents speaker

York Public Library and the York Diversity Forum will host an evening with speaker Sam Drazin at 7 p.m. Tuesday at York Public Library, at 15 Long Sands Road. The event is part of the 11th Annual York Reads! One Book, One Community.

Drazin’s life closely mirrors the lead character in this year’s community book read, “Wonder,” the story of living with deformity. Drazin will share his story of what it is like growing up with a facial difference and conductive hearing loss.

For more details, call 363-2818.


Trust planning seven hikes

Great Works Regional Land Trust will offer seven fall hikes to explore special places that have been permanently protected in the towns of Eliot, South Berwick, Berwick, North Berwick, Ogunquit and Wells.

 A bird watch at Savage Wildlife Preserve in South Berwick is planned from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, with birding experts and outdoor educators John Pazdon and Mary Mazur.

A guided hike at The Nature Conservancy’s Tatnic Hill Preserve, off Cheney Woods Road in Wells, will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon Sunday.

A walk to explore the 90-acre Brooks Farm, off Route 9, Berwick, will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 14.

A walk of the Kenyon Hill Preserve’s granite ledges will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 17, off Ogunquit Road, South Berwick.

The Grover-Herrick Preserve in North Berwick will be the focus of a hike planned from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Oct. 24.

A strenuous, seven-mile hike of the Three Hills of Mount Agamenticus will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 1

A Rocky Hills hike, in the York Pond area, will be offered from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 8 with Jack Kareckas.

All hikes are open to the public, but space on hikes is limited and reservations are required. Call the Great Works office at 646-3604 or email [email protected]

A $5 donation per person or $10 donation per family is suggested for nonmembers.


Movie nights for family at library

Libby Memorial Library has kicked off a series of Family Movie Nights to be held at 5:30 p.m. on the first and third Fridays of each month at 27 Staples St.

For more details, call the library at 934-4351.

Open house at Harmon Museum

Old Orchard Beach Historical Society will host an open house from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Harmon Museum, 4 Portland Ave.

“Amusements From the Past to the Present” is the featured exhibit that includes images of popular rides that were destroyed during the 1969 Whiteway fire.

Other exhibits focus on Ruby Flash glass souvenir pieces and Charles Lindbergh with the Spirit of St Louis.

Admission is free. Donations are welcomed.

For more details, cal 934-9319 or email [email protected]


Cybersecurity speaker

“Privacy vs. Security in the Digital Age: How We Got Here, Where We’re Going, and Future Threats” is the subject of a talk from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Portland Public Library’s Rines Auditorium at 5 Monument Square.

Join the library’s Science & Technology team for a lecture and discussion about digital privacy led by cybersecurity specialist John Doughty.

For more details, contact [email protected] or call 871-1700, ext. 284.


Train as a hospice volunteer

VNA Home Health Hospice will offer hospice volunteer training from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays, Oct. 2, 9 and 16, at 50 Foden Road.

The training prepares volunteers to serve individuals and families facing a terminal illness, providing companionship, caregiver respite and practical nonmedical help.

For more details or an application, call Beth Simmons at 400-8852 or e-mail [email protected] A pretraining interview is required.


Free workshop on milfoil

Saint Joseph’s College will host a free workshop from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday that is geared toward educating the public about milfoil, an invasive aquatic plant that is threatening Sebago Lake and other Maine water sources.

Presented by the Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program, the session will inform community members on the issue of infestation, how to identify milfoil, and the steps individuals can take to help in its eradication.

The workshop is open to the public and will be held in Room HA1 of the Harold Alfond Center on the college’s Standish campus, 278 Whites Bridge Road.

Pre-registration is required.

To sign up, call 783-7733 or email [email protected]

Art at Marrett show, sale

The Seventh Annual Art at Marrett Show & Sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at Marrett House, 40 Ossipee Trail East (Route 25). The event will feature crafts by local artists and artisans, free house tours, baked good sales, a children’s creativity table, artists at work, music and games.

Admission is free.

Sales benefit Marrett House/Historic New England, CHARM, and area artists and artisans.

For more details, call 642-3032 or go to www.historicnewengland.org.


Party to appreciate volunteers

Merryspring Nature Center will hold a volunteer appreciation party from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at 30 Conway Road.

The event is open to volunteers of the past, present or future. Over the past year, some 100 volunteers contributed hundreds of hours to work on the center’s gardens and trails, and help with the annual plant sale, kitchen tour, Holiday Bazaar, various educational programs and other projects.

For more details, email [email protected] or call 236-2239.

Music duo and more at coffeehouse

The music duo John & Rachel Nicholas will perform a concert at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Camden Public Library Coffeehouse at 55 Main St.

David Dodson will join in with guitar and vocals and Mike Nickerson will play stand-up bass and harmonica.

Admission is $7.

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


Tryouts for girls’ basketball program

The Southern Maine Bearcats Amateur Athletic Union basketball program will hold open tryouts for girls entering grades 5-8 this week at Noble High School, 388 Somersworth Road.

The organization is dedicated to providing a competitive basketball experience, offering a practice-based program that focuses on technical skill development and game awareness.

Tryouts for girls in grades 7 and 8 will be held Tuesday and Wednesday; sessions for grades 5 and 6 will be held on Thursday. All tryouts run from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Cost is $10 per player. Team placement is not guaranteed.

For more details, email [email protected]


Author to read from ‘Moose’

Soldiers Memorial Library will host the book reading “Find Your Inner Moose,” with Maine author and humorist Susan Poulin at 1 p.m. Saturday at 85 Main St.

Refreshments will be served.

For more details, call 625-4650.


Bird banding talk

Learn about bird banding and its value to our understanding of birds during the talk “Connecting Bird Research to the Community,” set for 7 p.m. Tuesday in Curtis Memorial Library’s Morrell Meeting Room, 23 Pleasant St.

This presentation, by Patrick Keenan of the Biodiversity Research Institute, will focus on research at River Point Conservation Area in Falmouth, including details about monitoring and research methods, as well as research results and stories.

For more details, call Keenan at 839-7600, ext. 242, or email [email protected]


Farm-themed fun plus concert

“Spotlight on the Patch: A Country Show,” a fall fundraising event for Spectrum Generations and the Coastal Community Center, will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Darrow’s Hay Barn at the Damariscotta River Association’s Round Top Farm, Upper Main Street (Route 1).

The event is held in conjunction with Pumpkinfest 2015 and features a day of traditional “back on the family farm” events such as sheepherding and shearing, pet parades, a K9 demonstration, local farmers, goats, alpacas, HEY (Hearts Ever Young) performance and a salsa class with Tony Fiesta Dance Studio instructors.

Suggested donation at the gate is $10 for adults, $5 for children (5-12), families $30.

A bluegrass concert with the Blake Russo Band also will be held at 7 p.m. at One in Damariscotta. Advance tickets are $10. Call 563-1363 or stop by Spectrum Generations, Coastal Community Center, at 521 Main St. Tickets are $15 at the door. There will be pub grub with beer and wine available prior to the concert and during intermission.


Get a new pet at mega adoption

The Coastal Humane Society is teaming up with Petco of Topsham to host “Fall in Love!,” a mega adoption weekend celebrating Petco’s 50th anniversary from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Topsham Fair Mall.

The event will feature adoption opportunities for many animals, including several litters of puppies, kittens, adult dogs and cats and other small animals.

The Petco Foundation will donate $50 to the Coastal Humane Society for every adoption processed on site over the weekend. If the number of adoptions exceeds 50, the foundation will donate $100 for every adoption.

The weekend also features raffles, giveaways and food.

For more details, go to www.coastalhumanesociety.org.


Apple Day at Maine Audubon

Maine Audubon will hold its 28th Annual Apple Day Celebration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Gilsland Farm Audubon Center, 20 Gilsland Farm Road.

The celebration will feature crafts, live music, a scavenger hunt, apple toss, cider press, face painting, and food from the Wicked Good food truck and refreshment from Green Bee Craft Beverages. There will also be interactive activities to learn about bats, bees and pollinator habitat.

The event is free for members and $7 for the general public; children age 2 and younger get in free.

The event also will serve as the release of “A Little Brown Bat Story,” the second book in the series Wildlife on the Move.

For more details, go to www.maineaudubon.org/appleday.


Open house at History Barn Saturday

The next monthly New Gloucester History Barn Open House will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. The barn is located behind the Town Hall on Route 231.

Many early modes of town transportation will be displayed along with a special exhibit celebrating the 250th anniversary of New Gloucester Congregational Church.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more details, call Leonard Brooks at 926-3188.


Parenting classes begin Friday

A new session of parenting classes begins at 10 a.m. Friday at the Kennebunk Free Library, 112 Main St.

Taught by Stevie Westmoreland, LMFT, LCPC, these drop-in sessions offer an opportunity for parents, grandparents and caregivers to navigate the challenges of parenting.

Future classes will be held on the first Friday of each month. A new topic will be addressed each month.

The event is free, wheelchair accessible and open to all.

For more details, call Westmoreland at 985-2511.

Homeschooling group to meet

The Kennebunk Free Library Homeschooling Group will meet at 2 p.m. Oct. 5 at 112 Main St.

This is an opportunity for homeschooling families to get together with others and exchange ideas or ask questions.

Newcomers to homeschooling or families exploring the option are welcome to drop in to learn more.

Activities for children will be provided.

No preregistration is needed. Future meetings will be on the first Monday of most months.

For more details, call 985-2173.