Children’s author and illustrator to speak at lecture series

KENNEBUNKPORT — The Louis T. Graves Memorial Public Library’s Pasco Lecture Series will host Lyn Smith and Jamie Hogan as they present their new book, “A Porcupine’s Promenade,” at 2 p.m. Sunday.

The Pasco Lecture Series is supported by the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation, Kennebunk Savings Bank and the Graves Library Snack Team.

The library is located at 18 Maine St., Kennebunkport.

For more information, call the library at 967-2778.

Author will sign copies of book on Sunday

KENNEBUNKPORT — Carl H. Johnson will be signing copies of his new book, “The Baseball Buff ’s Bathroom Book,” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at the Shell Shack, 28 Dock Square, Kennebunkport, and from 1-3:30 p.m. Sunday at Book Burrow, 21 Western Ave., Lower Village Kennebunk.

The book is a collection of articles about major players, games, series and other events in Major League baseball, both historical and contemporary. It contains stories about the Gas House Gang, Babe Ruth, the 2004 Red Sox comeback, the Williams shift, Ichiro Suzuki and many more.

Johnson will also have copies of his book “From Beer to Beards, Boston Baseball’s 2011-2013 Roller Coaster Ride.” It chronicles the ups and downs of the Red Sox from 2011, when they lost a seemingly insurmountable lead and missed the playoffs, through the debacle which was the 2013 season under Bobby Valentine and captures all the excitement of 2013, the year of the beards, when they came back to win the Pennant and World Series.

Johnson writes a column, “Baseball World,” covering the Boston Red Sox, for the Journal Tribune. He also manages a blog on Major League baseball at He has lectured on the history of baseball, and is a lifelong student of the game.

UMO offers beekeeping course in fall

SPRINGVALE — University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the Maine State Beekeepers Association are offering a five-week beginner beekeeping school from 6-8:30 p.m. Thursdays, from Oct. 6 to Nov. 3 at Anderson Learning Center, 21 Bradeen St., Springvale.

Instructor Larry Peiffer, Master Beekeeper and former MSBA vice president, will discuss honeybee colonies, hive construction, pests and diseases, honey production and seasonal management of the hive. Participants may also observe area hives and gain hands-on experience during a field lab at a later date.

The cost is $95 per person and $140 for two people who share materials, and includes a one-year membership in the York County Beekeepers Association.

Participants must register online by Sept. 30 at beginner-bee-school. For more information, contact the University of Maine Extension York County office at (800) 287-1535 (in state), 324-2814, or email [email protected]