The facts about bats

York County Audubon will present the talk “Myths and Truths about Bats – Bat Conservation and Biology” by David Yates at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Wells Reserve at 342 Laudholm Farm Road.

Yates is the mammal program director at the Biodiversity Research Institute in Portland. He will share his extensive knowledge of bats’ role in the ecosystem and the latest science about their health and future.

For more details call Mary Bateman at 646-8589.


Weight loss program

York Hospital will introduce a new approach to weight loss that includes both group and individual classes beginning Tuesday.

This six-week program is headed by a team including registered dietitians, behavioral health counselors and exercise professionals. Sessions will meet from 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Oct. 25.

Registration is $99, and prescreening is required. To learn more, call Sue Patterson, RD at 351-2658 or email [email protected]


Kids activities at library

Kennebunk Free Library will offer the following programs this week at 112 Main St.:

A Minecraft beadcraft workshop to create a Minecraft game piece into a keychain or necklace will be offered at 4 p.m. Wednesday for children in grades 1 and up. All supplies will be provided. Preregistration is required.

A new program for teens will meet from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays through Nov. 17 in the Reference Room. This week, the session will celebrate International Hobbit Day and National Elephant Appreciation Day. Snacks will be provided. It is open to students in grades 6-12.

Children’s storytime sessions at 10:15 a.m. include Peek-a-Book Babies, for ages 2 and younger, on Mondays; Family Storytime for all ages on Tuesdays; and Time for 2s & 3s, for toddlers, on Thursdays. For more details, call 985-2173, ext. 5, or visit kennebunklibrary.org.


Learn signs of Alzheimer’s

A Know the 10 Signs of Alzheimer’s workshop will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Trafton Center at 19 Elm St.

Sponsored by York County Community Action Corporation, the Trafton Center and the Alzheimer’s Association, the workshop is designed to help with the early detection of the disease.

Participants will be taught about the difference between Alzheimer’s symptoms and typical age-related changes.

For more details, call Robin Hewitt Bibber at 459-2989.


Talent at apple festival

The Shaker Hill Apple Festival runs from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Brothers of Christian Instruction campus and Giles Orchard at Shaker Hill Road.

John Gorka and the Jason Spooner Duo will perform on Saturday and Jonas Woods performs Sunday.

The festival features food, including pies made from Shaker apples, a silent auction, Shaker demonstrations, a yard sale, wagon tours, pony rides, kids’ activities and the 5K Apple Dash footrace Sunday.

For more details, go to yorkcountyshelterprograms.com.


Tours of Lyman-Morse

The Thomaston Historical Society will expand its focus on local boat builders by sponsoring a rare opportunity to tour Lyman-Morse’s boat-building facility.

Two guided tours will be offered, one at 10 a.m. and one at 1 p.m. on Sept. 26; each lasting 60 to 90 minutes.

After the tour, refreshments will be served at the historical society’s museum on Knox Street, just across the train tracks from Lyman-Morse, and there will be an opportunity to see other boatbuilding exhibits.

Admission is $10 for members and $12 for all others. Space is limited and reservations are requested by emailing [email protected] or calling 354-4121.


Educators trip to Salem

The York County Retired Educators Association is accepting reservations for a member field trip to Salem, Massachusetts, on Oct. 18.

Highlights of the trip include visits to the House of the Seven Gables, Peabody Essex Museum and Yin Yu Tang: A Chinese Merchant House, and there will be free time to explore, shop and have lunch.

The bus will leave the Biddeford Wal-Mart at 8 a.m. with additional pickups at Wells Transportation Center at 8:25 a.m., Meadowbrook Plaza in York at 8:45 a.m. and Jackson’s Hardware in Kittery at 9 a.m. Attendees will meet at 5 p.m. for the trip home.

The cost is $65, payable to Sheila Painchaud, 69 Fox Hill Lane, Saco 04072.

For more details, call Marie Maguire at 499-7401, Sheila Painchaud at 282-1795 or Joan Warren at 499-2304.


Fighting human trafficking

The third Freedom Sunday worship service will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday at South Gorham Baptist Church, 53 County Road.

Freedom Sunday will focus on celebrating progress in the battle against modern-day slavery and human trafficking and also on ways people can become involved in fighting these injustices.

Speakers will include Naomi Abrams, who recently returned from two years with International Justice Mission in India, and state Sen. Amy Volk, an advocate for trafficking victims in Maine. There will be networking opportunities after the service.

For more details, go to sogobap.com or call 839-3457.


Author of thriller to speak

Author Bruce Coffin, a retired Portland homicide detective, will discuss his soon-to-be released thriller, “Among the Shadows,” from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Soldiers Memorial Library, 85 Main St. The book is the first in a series of mystery novels featuring protagonist John Byron.

Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing. Light refreshments follow.


Crafters urged to sign up

Crafters are needed for the annual Christmas Fair, set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 5 at the American Legion Post No. 62 at 17 Dunn St.

To reserve a spot, call Carolyn at 854-0573.


Garden club event canceled

Southern Maine Garden Club has canceled its 20th Anniversary Celebration, set for Wednesday, due to unforeseen circumstances. For more details, call Paula at 475-8142 or Donna at 603-332-4860.