Travel writer Szczesny to talk about ‘Fortunate Explorer’

Travel writer Dan Szczesny will present the talk “The Fortunate Explorer: Off the Beaten Path from Alaska to Kathmandu” at 7 p.m. Wednesday at STAR Theatre at the Kittery Community Center, 120 Rogers Road.

Szczesny’s books will be available for purchase and for him to sign after the lecture.

This lecture is free and open to the public. For more details, call 207-439-3800 or go to


Hamilton-Guarino to talk about her latest novel

Local author Elizabeth Hamilton-Guarino will discuss her novel “Percolate: Let Your Best Self Filter Through” from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday at Kennebunk Free Library, Hank’s Room, 112 Main St.

The Brown Bag Lunch Series offers an opportunity for the community to connect with local authors in an intimate, casual setting every other Thursday through the winter.

This program is free and wheelchair accessible. For more details, go to or call 985-2173.

Library comedy film series to feature Buster Keaton

Kennebunk Free Library will continue its classic comedy film series from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday in Hank’s Room.

There will be a feature length film starring Buster Keaton. The evening will be hosted by Jim Macmath.

For more details, call 985-2173.

Westmoreland to lead parenting class at library

Stevie Westmoreland, LMFT, LCPC, will lead the monthly parenting class at the Kennebunk Free Library at 10 a.m. Friday at 112 Main St.

The class offers an opportunity for parents, grandparents and caregivers to gather to share about the joys and challenges of parenthood.

Each month, a new topic is addressed. The event is free, wheelchair accessible, and open to all. For more details, go to or call 985-2511.

Homeschooling group monthly meeting set Monday

The Kennebunk Free Library Homeschooling Group will meet at 2 p.m. Monday 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.

Activities for children will be provided. Future meetings will be on the first Monday of most months.


Stained glass artist to teach mosaic suncatcher class

Artist Leslie Doherty will teach how to combine colors and shapes to create a stained glass mosaic suncatcher at 2 p.m. Thursday at Wells Public Library, 1434 Post Road.

Doherty, owner of Ways of Color, Amesbury, Mass., has been teaching the art of stained glass for 28 years.

This class is open to all ages. Materials will be provided. Registration is appreciated but not necessary. Register by calling 646-8181.

Travelers to share photos, stories from trip to Spain

Amateur photographers and world travelers Jim and Lee Anderson will share photos and stories from their trip along the Camino de Santiago in Spain during a Lunch and Learn talk noon Friday at Wells Public Library.

Since the Middle Ages, travelers from around the globe have trekked this famous route as a religious pilgrimage and to develop their spiritual growth.

All are welcome to bring lunch for the talk. The library will provide light refreshments.

For more details, email Kristi Bryant at [email protected] or call 646-8181.


Library announces variety of events for week

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

Tuesday, Camden Garden Club will present the talk “A Colonial Revival Flower Garden” at 10 a.m. featuring Barbara McNulty and Judy Brogden. They will discuss their research, preparation and installation of the colonial garden at the General Henry Knox Museum in Thomaston. There also will be a screening of the movie “Groundhog Day” at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, the Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers will perform “Everybody Loves Pirates” at 6 p.m. at the Camden Opera House. Admission is $5, with a family rate of $15; ages 5 and under are free.

Thursday, New Hope for Women will host a special event for teens, “In Their Shoes: Teens and Dating Violence,” from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Pizza will be provided and preregistration is required by emailing [email protected]

Saturday, a “Fairies in the Snow” Tea Party will be held at 1 p.m. Join author Liza Gardner Walsh and illustrator Hazel Mitchell for an afternoon making fairies. Kids can join in fairy attire for a special reading, crafts, and activities. The author and illustrator will have books available for sale and signing. There will be light refreshments.

 Sunday, Allison McKellar will speak on “A Passion for Human Rights,” detailing her struggle to be more than just a bystander when it comes to the crisis in Syria. She’ll discuss her work with NuDay Syria, delivering food, medical supplies, clothing, and her project of collecting marine shrink-wrap for tents and hospitals.

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

Mycologist to lead talk on cultivating mushrooms

Mycologist Jon Carver will lead a talk on how to cultivate mushrooms at home Tuesday at noon at Merryspring Nature Center at Conway Road, just off of Route 1.

Carver will provide details on how to successfully grow mushrooms for food and will speak about his background in mycology.

Cost of the lecture is $5, with free admission for members. For more details, email [email protected] or call 236-2239.


Veterans for Peace talk to be held Sunday at library

PeaceWorks will present a Veterans For Peace talk with member Bruce Gagnon at 4 p.m. Sunday at Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St.

Gagnon will speak on “A Report from Jeju Island & Okinawa,” detailing the work of a 12-member VFP delegation he co-led to Jeju Island, South Korea and Okinawa in December to protest two U.S. military bases being built there.

For more details, call 725-7686 or go to


Portland High Class of 1966 to hold planning meeting

Members of Portland High School Class of 1966 will meet at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Italian Heritage Center at 40 Westland Ave. to discuss plans for their 50th reunion this July.

All class members are welcome to help plan the event. The planning committee also is requesting that members notify them of name or address changes to ensure all are in the database for invitations. That information can be emailed to [email protected]

Citizenship, immigration outreach session Thursday

The Portland Public Library will offer a U.S. citizenship and immigration outreach session from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Thursday at the Riverton Branch, 1600 Forest Ave.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services representatives will be available to answer questions, follow up on pending applications and provide general information about naturalization, citizenship, permanent residence and asylum or refugee status.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. For more details, call Rachael Harkness at 871-1700 Ext. 723.

First Tuesday Book Club talk on ‘Light Between Oceans’

The First Tuesday Book Club of the Maine Charitable Mechanic Association will meet noon Tuesday at Mechanics’ Hall, 519 Congress St.

This month’s discussion will be on “The Light Between Oceans” by M.L. Stedman.

Attendees are to bring lunch. Tea, lemonade and sweets will be provided.


History Barn open house to feature new acquisitions

The New Gloucester History Barn will host a free open house from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at 383 Intervale Road, Route 231.

The exhibit will include a display of new acquisitions. For more details, call Leonard Brooks at 926-3188.


Valentine’s Day celebration to feature pony rides

LaDawn Quarter Horses Therapeutic Riding Center will host “Celebrate St. Valentine’s Day with a Pony” event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 995 Goodwins Mills Road.

The event will include pony rides for $10, free demonstrations and a make-your-own-stuffed-animal” workshop, with prices varying for materials.

For more details, go to


Grange to host acoustic country jam Friday

Saco Grange No. 53 will host an acoustic country jam from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, the 1.68 North St. The event will include free coffee.

Admission is by a $5 donation. There also will be a raffle. For more details, call 831-5784 or email [email protected]

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