Celebrate Unity at festival

The town of Unity, with the support from Unity Barn Raisers and Unity Business Exchange, will present the third annual Celebrate Unity Festival on Saturday at a variety of venues throughout the town.

The morning will start with free doughnuts, coffee and soap felting from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Northern Solstice Alpaca Farm, at 141 Crosby Brook Road. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. there will be a chicken barbecue, hot dogs, ice cream, kids activities, vendors and displays, music, and performances by Cassie’s Dance School and X-treme Gymnastics and Tumbling Center at the Field of Dreams.

At the Village at Depot Crossing, there will be a classic car rally starting at noon. The Belfast Moosehead Lake Railroad will be offering motorcar excursion rides from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Each ride lasts 45 to 60 minutes and departs from Spanky’s Pizza and passes by Lake Winnecook. Following these midday events will be a free wine and cheese tasting at Younity Winery from 4 to 6 p.m.

The festival will conclude with a Kevin Libby Concert at 7 p.m. at the Unity College Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at uccpa.unity.edu.

For more information about this event, email [email protected], call 948-9005, or go to www.unityme.org/fest.


Jazz ensemble to perform

The Saco River Jazz Ensemble will perform at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the Tory Hill Meetinghouse, at 1197 River Road.

The two-hour outdoor concert (inside the church in case of rain) will feature hot dogs, chips, water, soda and homemade desserts for purchase.

The band, composed of local musicians from teenage students to retirees, is well-known throughout the area for its big band era sound.

Freewill offerings are appreciated.


Learn to identify shorebirds

York County Audubon will sponsor a Shorebird Identification Workshop with noted Maine birder Louis Bevier on Saturday at the University of New England, that also will include an exploration of some nearby habitat.

Shorebirds herald the changing seasons by staging and feeding in mixed flocks on our beaches and resting on historical roosting areas. Fortunes Rock Beach and Hills Beach are two of these noted areas. Bevier will discuss the beautiful plumage variation of these long-distance migrant flocks. We will begin to identify specific species within the flocks by size, shape and feeding strategy. Bevier will also identify species’ migratory travel dates from ebird data. Sounds of individual species will also be discussed and listened for on our beach walks.

The workshop will be held at the University of New England (room and parking area to be announced). We will meet at the UNE parking area at 8 a.m., carpool to Fortunes Rocks for our first beach walk, and return to UNE for Bevier’s presentation at 10 a.m. A second walk will follow at Hills Beach. Beach shoes are appropriate, although we should not get wet as high tide is 8:40 a.m. Please bring your lunch.

The cost is $10 per person, payable by check or cash at the workshop. But space is limited and advance reservations are required via the yorkcountyaudubon.org website.


Library to host pet show

The 24th annual Kennebunk Free Library Pet Show will be held at 6 p.m. Monday at the Kennebunk Free Library, 112 Main St.

Children are invited to show off their pet or to learn about the pets of others.

Pre-registration for all pets is required. One pet per child. Pets must be up-to-date on all shots, on leash or caged, and accompanied by an adult. Please clean up after your pet.

The rain date is Aug. 1.

For more details or to pre-register, call 985-2173, ext. 5, or go to www.KennebunkLibrary.org.


Lake monitoring conference

Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program will host the 2016 Maine Lake Monitoring Conference on Saturday at The Great Outdoors on Pleasant Pond.

Registration and lunch are free to all VLMP-certified lake monitors and $35 for all others; student rate is $20.

Registration is required by Monday. You may register online at http://goo.gl/bS1bHa or call 783-7733.

The venue and registration will open at 8 a.m., the conference begins at 9 a.m. and will wrap up at 12:30 p.m., immediately followed by lunch.


AMVETS host flea market

The AMVETS Post 6 Auxiliary will hold its annual flea market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the post home on Route 100, across from Hodgman’s Frozen Custard.

New and used items, unique crafts and collectables will be available, rain or shine.

Table rentals are available for $15.

To reserve a space or for more details, call Joyce at 926-4693 or Helen at 576-7189. Proceeds will benefit the auxiliary’s yearly projects.