Upcoming events

Exhibit by members of Art Guild of Freeport, February during regular hours, Freeport Community Library.

Free tax preparation assistance, conducted by AARP, Wednesday mornings beginning in February, Freeport Community Center. Assistance is for low- to moderate-income households, with special attention to those 60 years and older. For appointment, call 865-4743, ext. 100.

Freeport Rotary, meets every Wednesday, 7 a.m., Harraseeket Inn, 162 Main St., Freeport. Feel free to stop by and see what the group is about, or call Jeffrie Wetherhold, 272-2635, for more information.

Alcoholics Anonymous, Wednesdays, noon and 7:30 p.m.; AlAnon, Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m.; Business Debtors Anonymous, Wednesdays, 4:30 p.m., First Parish Church Congregational, 40 Main St., Freeport.

Parkinson’s disease support group, for people just diagnosed, caregivers and people who have been living with the diagnosis, every Wednesday, 10 a.m., YMCA of Southern Maine, Casco Bay Branch, Freeport. For more information, call 865-9600.

Friends of Casco Bay, Volunteer Appreciation Celebration and annual members meeting, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Harraseeket Inn, 162 Main St., Freeport. Meet new Casco Baykeeper and hear about the updated Casco Bay Health Index. Snow date Jan. 28. RSVP to Sarah Lyman, [email protected], 799-8574 or www.cascobay.org/2016membersmeeting.

Blood drive, Thursday, Jan. 28, 1-6 p.m., Pine Tree Academy, 67 Pownal Road Freeport. For an appointment, see www.redcrossblood.org or call 800-RED-CROSS.

Freeport Ordinance Committee, Thursday, Jan. 28, 5:30 p.m., Town Council Chambers.

Grief support group, for those grieving the death of a loved due to overdose or substance abuse, meets the first and third Thursday of the month, 3:30-5 p.m., CHANS Hospice, 45 Baribeau Drive, Brunswick. For more information, call 721-1357.

Food Addicts Anonymous, Thursdays, 9 a.m., First Parish Church Congregational, 40 Main St., Freeport.

Farmer for the Morning program, Thursdays, 9-10 a.m., through May 19, Wolfe’s Neck Farm, 184 Burnett Road, Freeport. For families with toddlers or preschoolers. $5, registration is not necessary. Program will not run on holidays or in inclement weather. For more information, see www.wolfesneckfarm.org.

Family Game Night, Friday, Jan. 29, 6 p.m., Pownal Elementary School.

Climate change research update, presentation by Mike Retelle, Bates College, Friday, Jan. 29, 7 p.m., L.L. Bean camping department atrium. Space is limited. Reserve spot at www.llbean.com/adventure.

Greater Freeport Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner and Auction, Friday, Jan. 29, 5-9 p.m., Hilton Garden Inn, Freeport. 1920s “Great Gatsby” theme with a silent auction and awards. $50 per person, $450 for a table of 10. For more information, call 847-5240 or see www.freeportmainechamber.com.

Ladies-night-out paint party benefit, Friday, Jan. 29, 6 p.m., Durham AMVETS Hall, 1049 Royalsborough Road. Led by Julie Waterman of Spirited Paints. Proceeds benefit Durham Community School enrichment programs. $45. Register at www.spiritedpaints.com/#!calendar-of-events/cfvg.

“Cinderella,” Freeport Middle School production, Saturday, Jan. 30, 2 and 7 p.m., Freeport Performing Arts Center.

Sleigh Day, Saturday, Jan. 30, noon-3 p.m., Skyline Farm, 95 The Lane, North Yarmouth. Held in conjunction with Skyline Farm Carriage Museum’s new exhibit, “Portland’s Horse-Drawn Heritage,” which showcases vintage sleighs and artifacts. Ben Lapointe and his pair of miniature horses give mini sleigh rides for children up to age 12, noon, $5 donation per child. John Sczymecki of Hideaway Farm, Topsham, and his team of draft horses will provide sleigh rides around the field for an $8 donation per person or $25 per family. Narrated demonstration of horses and drivers using 19th-century skills and vintage sleighs, 1 p.m., outdoor arena. Bring snowshoes or cross-country skis for a 2 p.m. guided tour of Skyline’s trails through the woods. Storm date Jan. 31. Museum exhibit open Sundays through March 27, from 1-4 p.m. or by appointment. For more information, contact Pam at 829-5708 or [email protected], or see www.skylinefarm.org.

Dance to benefit Durham AMVETS, Saturday, Jan. 30, 8 p.m.-midnight, at the post, 1049 Royalsborough Road, Durham. Music by country-rock band 95 North. Tickets $10, purchase at Durham Get & Go. Ticket buyers must be at least 21 years old. Proceedswill help with the rebuilding of AMVETS building after the pipes broke. For more information, call 576-0193 or 353-9400.

Animal Tracking on Snowshoes, Saturday, Jan. 30 and Sunday, Jan. 31, 2 p.m., weather permitting, Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park, Freeport. Meet at circle of benches by second parking lot. Free with park admission. For more information, call 865-4465 or see www.maine.gov/wolfesneckwoods.

Debtors Anonymous, Saturdays, 9 a.m., First Parish Church Congregational, 40 Main St., Freeport.

South Freeport Congregational Church, UCC, worship each Sunday at 9:30 a.m., 98 South Freeport Road, South Freeport. Sunday school for kids pre-K through eighth grade provided during the service as is nursery care. Coffee and refreshments after the service.

First Parish Church Congregational, 40 Main St., Freeport, Sunday schedule: worship at 10 a.m., followed by coffee hour. All welcome.

North Pownal United Methodist Church, 851 Lawrence Road, worship service Sunday, 9 a.m., led by the Rev. Ray St. Pierre. Sunday School for children and adults 10:30 a.m. For more information, see www.northpownalumc.org.

“Portland’s Horse-Drawn Heritage,” exhibit celebrating Portland’s era of the horse, Sundays, Jan. 31-March 27, 1-4 p.m., Skyline Farm Carriage Museum, 95 The Lane, North Yarmouth. With Greater Portland Landmarks’ help, dozens of photographs of existing re-purposed West End carriage houses will be on display. Admission free, donations appreciated. For more information, call Pam, 829-5708, email [email protected] or see www.skylinefarm.org.

Open house at St. John’s Catholic School, celebrating Catholic Schools Week, Sunday, Jan. 31, 11 a.m. opening Mass, St. John the Baptist Church, 37 Pleasant St., Brunswick. Tour school from 12:30-2 p.m. For more information, call 725-5507 or see www.sjcsbme.org.

Freeport Board of Appeals, Monday, Feb. 1, 7 p.m., Town Council Chambers.

Freeport Town Council, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 6:30 p.m., Town Council Chambers.

Story times, Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Drive, Tuesdays, Babies & Toddlers, 10-10:30 a.m.; Pre-schoolers, 10:30-11 a.m. For more information, call 865-3307 or see www.freeportlibrary.com.

Cribbage, Tuesdays, 9 a.m.-noon, Eureka Community Center, corner of Route 9 and Route 136, Durham. For more information call the Town Office, 353-2561.

Five Rivers Arts Alliance members and prospective members meeting, Tuesday, Feb. 2 5:30 p.m., Memorial Library, Pleasant Street, Brunswick. Discussion about alliance’s 2016 activities and opportunities for members to get involved. For more information, email [email protected] or call 798-6964.

Durham Planning Board public hearing, on proposed land-use ordinance changes, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 6 p.m., Town Hall.

Freeport Planning Board, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 6 p.m., Town Council Chambers.

Lego Derby Day, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 3:45-4:45 p.m., Freeport Community Library. Derby racers build a car using only library Legos, make a test track to see how it runs, then run it down giant race track. For ages 5-11. Limited to 30. Sign up in Children’s Room. Childrenust be accompanied by an adult.

Lego Club, for ages 5-12, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Freeport Community Library. Club meets first Wednesday of every month through June.

Free six-week diabetes workshop, hosted by Sweetser, starts Thursday, Feb. 4, 9:30 a.m.-noon, 329 Bath Road, Brunswick. Participants will make weekly action plans, share experiences, and help each other solve problems. Workshops based on the Stanford Diabetes Self-Management Program. Registration is required. For more information, call 294-4414 or email [email protected]

First Fridays Just Desserts, Friday, Feb. 5, Freeport Community Center, 53 Depot St. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., concert begins at 6:45. Desserts provided by volunteers. $5 at the door, proceeds benefit Freeport Community Services. Donations accepted for the band.

“The Isle of Shoals: 5,000 Years of Marine Ecology,” Friday, Feb. 5, 7 p.m., L.L. Bean camping department atrium. Space is limited. Reserve spot at www.llbean.com/adventure.

Rinker Buck, author of “The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey,” speaks Sunday, Feb. 7, 3 p.m., North Yarmouth Congregational Church, 3 Gray Road, North Yarmouth. With brother Nick, they retraced the 2,000 mile Oregon Trail, a journey chronicled in Rinker Buck’s 2015 book, “The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey.” For more information, call Greg Cuffey, 892-0188.

Report from Jeju Island and Okinawa, with Veterans For Peace member Bruce Gagnon, Sunday, Feb. 7, 4 p.m., Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick. For more information, call 725-7686 or see www.peaceworksbrunswickme.org.

Poet Jennifer Lamson-LaPlume, reads from her published collection of poetry, “Anything But Empty,” Monday, Feb. 8, 6:30 p.m., Freeport Community Library.

Pownal Board of Selectmen, Monday, Feb. 8, 7 p.m., Mallett Hall.

Durham Board of Selectmen, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 6:30 p.m., Town Hall.

Parkinson’s Support Group, second Wednesday of the month, Feb, 10, 1-2:30 p.m., Bay Square at Yarmouth, 27 Forest Falls Drive (opposite the post office). Ongoing monthly support group meeting for people living with Parkinson’s disease. Walk-ins welcome.

Joshua L. Chamberlain Civil War Round Table Lecture, Thursday, Feb. 11, 7 p.m., Curtis Memorial Library Morrell Room, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick. Curtis Mildner talks on, “True, Untrue, Surprising and Amazing Stories of the Soldiers of the 5th Maine”. Lectures are free and open to the public.

“The Summit Project,” presentation by David Cote, founder, Friday, Feb. 12, 7 p.m., L.L. Bean camping department atrium. Space is limited. Reserve spot at www.llbean.com/adventure.

“Bike Packing Bolivia,” presentation by Bill Yeo, Saturday, Feb. 13, 7 p.m., L.L. Bean camping department atrium. Space is limited. Reserve spot at www.llbean.com/adventure.

“The Shetland Islands, UK: Archaeology and History,” presentation by Gerry Bigelow, Bates College, Friday, Feb. 19, 7 p.m., L.L. Bean camping department atrium. Space is limited. Reserve spot at www.llbean.com/adventure.

Flavors of Freeport, Friday, Feb. 19-Sunday, Feb. 21. Featuring Flavors of Freeport Ice Bar at the Hilton Garden Inn and the Chef’s Signature Series. Tickets for either Friday or Saturday night are available for $27.37 or both for $43.19. Purchase online at www.eventbrite.com/e/9th-annual-flavors-of-freeport-tickets-19911412571. For more information, call 865-1212 or see www.freeportusa.com.

Using local foods in international cuisine, hands-on workshop Saturday, Feb. 20, 10 a.m.-noon, University of Maine Cooperative Extension Cumberland County office, 75 Clearwater Drive, Falmouth. Extension volunteer Sheri Fistal leads class. $40. Register at umaine.edu/cumberland/programs/from-scratch-your-maine-kitchen. For more information, call 781-6099 or email [email protected]

Grief support group, hosted by Life Choice Hospice, third Sunday of every month, Feb. 21, noon-1 p.m., Sedgewood Commons, 22 Northbrook Drive, Falmouth. No registration required and drop-ins welcome. For more information, call 761-6967.

Pownal Board of Selectmen, Monday, Feb. 22, 7 p.m., Mallett Hall.

Hospice volunteer 10-week training program, starts Monday, Feb. 22, 4-7 p.m., conference room at the Hospice Building, 45 Baribeau Drive, Brunswick. Offered by CHANS Home Health Care Hospice Program. Application, pre-training interview required. For more information or to register, call Margaret Zillioux, 721-1271, email [email protected]

Tri-Town Penguins Snowmobile Club, meets the last Tuesday of the month, Feb. 23, 7 p.m., Durham Fire Station, 615 Hallowell Road in Durham, through April. New members welcome. For more information, contact Duncan Daly, 865-6188, or Mike Yates, 865-3555.

We love to eat

Valentine’s Extravaganza Chocolate Buffet, Sunday, Jan. 31, 4-5:30 p.m., South Freeport Congregational Church, 98 South Freeport Road. Raspberry creams, sea salt caramels, pecan turtles, peanut butter cups, cappuccino and mint meltaways and more. Tickets $20 and include beverages, background music and half-pound of chocolate. For tickets or more information, call 865-4012 or email [email protected]

Durham Community Lunch, Tuesday, Feb. 2, noon, First Congregational Church of Durham, routes 9 and 136. Baked lasagna, green salad, rolls, homemade desserts. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. $2-$4 donation. Proceeds fund future lunches. General schedule is the first and third Tuesday of the month. Those interested in helping or have questions can call Julie Wagoner, 353-9715.

Freeport Elders Association Pancake Breakfast, first Saturday of each month, 8-10 a.m., Freeport Community Center, 53 Depot St. Breakfast includes pancakes, sausages, coffee or tea, juice, $3.50 for adults, $3 for seniors, $2 for children 12 and under. Deluxe breakfast is scrambled eggs, pancakes, sausages, biscuit, coffee or tea, juice, $4.50, $4 for seniors.

Bean supper, Saturday, Feb. 6, 5-6:30 p.m., Casco Lodge No. 36 A.F. & A. M., 20 Mill St., Yarmouth. Three kinds of beans, hot dogs, cole slaw, hot biscuits, macaroni and cheese, homemade $10, $5 for children 5-12, free for children under 5.

15th annual Chocolate Bash, Wednesday, Feb.10, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Freeport Community Library. Sample array of chocolate desserts theme for $2 per plate. Live music by Cul de Sax. Raffles for chocolate desserts, treat basket, art basket made up of donations from members of the Art Guild of Freeport. Raffle tickets, $1 or six for $5, can be purchased at Chocolate Bash or any time before at the main desk.

Durham Community Lunch, Tuesday, Feb. 16, noon, First Congregational Church of Durham, routes 9 and 136. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. $2-$4 donation. Proceeds fund future lunches. General schedule is the first and third Tuesday of the month. Those interested in helping or have questions can call Julie Wagoner, 353-9715.