Computer science sessions

Portland Public Library, at 5 Monument Square, will present two Hour of Code sessions as part of international Computer Science Education Week.

A Microsoft talk will be offered from 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, and a session with professional coder Zoe Lang will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Laptops will be provided. Registration is not required.

Restless legs meeting

The Southern Maine Restless Legs Support Group will host a relaunch meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at Allen Avenue Unitarian Universalist Church, 524 Allen Ave.

Attendees will be informed about the latest on how to manage restless legs via medications, alternative treatments and more.

For more details, call Sally Breen at 244-8228 or Lindy Hough at (510) 508-8163.

Connecting with legislators

The League of Women Voters and Portland Public Library will present “How to Communicate Effectively with Your Legislators” from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in the library’s Meeting Room No. 4 at 5 Monument Square.

Learn the 10 top tips for connecting with your legislators from Joanne D’Arcangelo of JDA Consulting, followed by a discussion.

For more details, call Rachael Harkness at 871-1700 ext. 723 or go to portlandlibrary.com.

‘A Child’s Christmas’ event

Abraham Schechter, curator of special collections at the Portland Public Library, will give his annual reading of the Dylan Thomas story “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” at 1 p.m. Saturday at Mechanics’ Hall, 519 Congress St.

Schechter also will show slides from his time in Wales. Refreshments will be served, and all are welcome to attend. The event is sponsored by the Maine Charitable Mechanic Association.

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

‘Polar Express’ reading

Amtrak’s Downeaster train conductor Jim Nawrocki will read Chris Van Allsburg’s “The Polar Express” at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Portland Public Library’s Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library at 5 Monument Square.

The reading is geared to ages 3 and older. Hot chocolate will be served after the reading.

Designing Women show

Designing Women, a nonprofit volunteer group that works with local organizations that benefit women and girls, will hold its final show of 2015 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Ocean Avenue School, 150 Ocean Ave.

About 35 female artists and craftwomen will display their handcrafted pottery, handbags, glasswork, handwoven clothing, accessories, home accents, stained glass and sculptural ceramic art.

A donation of $2 at the door is suggested. All lunch and refreshment proceeds will be donated to the Ocean Avenue PTO. For more details, go to designingwomen.org.

Bereaved parents service

Southern Maine Bereaved Parents USA, in conjunction with The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting, will host a Remembrance Service at 6:30 p.m. Sunday in the Upper Parish Hall at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke, 143 State St.

The gathering will honor children who have died. For more details, call 502-7115.


Homeschooling meeting

The Kennebunk Free Library Homeschooling Group will meet at 2 p.m. Monday at the library at 112 Main St.

This is an opportunity for homeschooling families to get together 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 pre-registration is needed. The meeting is free and wheelchair accessible.

Future meetings will be on the first Monday of most months. For more details, call 985-2173 ext. 5 or go to kennebunklibrary.org.

Teens invited to share ideas

A Teen Advisory Board meeting will be held from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in Hank’s Room at the Kennebunk Free Library at 112 Main St.

Students in grades 6 through 12 are invited to bring ideas for teen programs and activities for January and February. Snacks will be provided.

The event is free and wheelchair accessible. For more details, call 985-2173 ext. 5 or go to kennebunklibrary.org.

Creating with 3D origami

Geometry and crafts will combine at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Kennebunk Free Library at 112 Main St.

Eva Szillery of Maine Mathematics Science and Engineering Talent Search will present modular origami to students from grade 3 through adult.

Participants can choose to create three-dimensional stars, combine stars to create a wreath or build a 2016 desk calendar.

Instruction will be repeated at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Registration for a particular time slot is required. To register, call 985-2173, ext. 5, or go to kennebunklibrary.org.


Rotary sells trees, wreaths

The Westbrook-Gorham Rotary Club has begun its fundraising Christmas Tree & Wreath Sale at the municipal parking lot by Mechanic Street and William Clarke Drive.

The sale lot will be open from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday while supplies last.

Proceeds will benefit scholarships, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, Distributive Education Clubs of America, Westbrook Music Boosters, My Place Teen Center, food pantries and the Good Samaritan Fuel Fund.

For more details, go to westbrookgorhamrotary.org.


Talk on Jimmy Carter

Local historian Gerry Wilde will present a program about former President Jimmy Carter at 2 p.m. Tuesday at York Public Library at 15 Long Sands Road.

The talk is sponsored by Sentry Hill at York Harbor. For more details, call 363-2818 or email [email protected]

Farmers market Saturday

The York Winter Farmers’ Market will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Fellowship Hall of the First Parish Church at 180 York St.

Vendors interested in participating should download an application at gatewayfarmersmarket.com or contact Steph Oeser at the Greater York Region Chamber of Commerce at 363-4422 or [email protected] Space is limited.


Varied events at library

Camden Public Library will host the following events this week at 55 Main St.:

Leer y charlar, a Spanish reading and conversation group, will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday.

The Tuesday Book Club also will meet at 1 p.m. And there will be an opening reception for the art exhibit by Robert and Su.Sane Hake, known as Clarity, from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Heidi Karod will present a slide talk at 7 p.m. Thursday detailing her recent trip to Peru, where she played her violin in federal prisons and psychiatry hospitals, in a fishing village and at a school in a remote farming community. For more details, call Ken Gross at 236-3440.


Food offered at church

Free meat, produce and packaged goods will be offered for adults ages 60 and older from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at Cornerstone United Methodist Church at 20 Jenkins Road.

For more details, call 286-9829.


Chamberlain ‘shadow’ talk

Mike Bell will discuss “Chamberlain’s Shadow: The Life and Times of Adelbert Ames” at the next Joshua L. Chamberlain Civil War Round Table Lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday at Curtis Memorial Library’s Morrell Room at 23 Pleasant St.

Lectures are free and open to the public.


Christmas music, stories

A festive evening of Christmas music and stories will be offered at 7 p.m. Thursday at the North Berwick Community Center at 266 Lebanon Road.

Mosaic, featuring Karen Stathoplos, Vicki Adams, Carl Mabee and David O’Brien, will perform music from the British Isles, Europe and America and present stories.

Refreshments will be served. This free program is sponsored by the North Berwick Historical Society. Donations are appreciated.

For more details, call Barbara Fitzmaurice at 490-2064 or email [email protected]


Chewonki program on owls

Chewonki’s Traveling Natural History Program will give the presentation “Owls of Maine” at 4 p.m. Thursday at Wells Public Library, 1434 Post Road.

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


Model train holiday display

Train enthusiasts of all ages are invited to visit the Eastern Maine Model Railroad Club’s holiday train display at Woodlawn Museum, Gardens & Park at 19 Black House Drive.

The display will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and Dec. 19 and 20. Admission is free, but visitors are asked to register in the Woodlawn Gift Shop.

Train guests can include a holiday house tour for $5 for adults, $1 for children 5-12 and free for those under 5. The museum and gift shop are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through Dec. 23.

For more information, call 667-8671 or go online to woodlawnmuseum.org.