CUMBERLAND

Library hosts co-author of book on Mark Twain

Prince Memorial Library will host Paula Harrington, one of the authors of “Mark Twain & France: The Making of a New American Identity,” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at 266 Main St.

The book Harrington co-authored with Ronald Jenn explores how Twain used the French influence to help build a new sense of what it is to be “American” in the second half of the 19th century.

Light refreshments will be served. For more details, call 829-2215.

CARRABASSETT VALLEY

Pastor will present talk ‘Spiritual But Not Religious’

Carrabassett Valley Public Library will host a book talk with the Rev. Dr. Pamela Morse at 4:30 p.m. Friday in the Begin Family Community Room at 3209 Carrabassett Drive No. 3.

Morse, who also is an author, will give the talk “Spiritual But Not Religious.”

For more details, call 237-3535.

KENNEBUNK

Medical fostering is focus of animal group’s lecture

The Animal Welfare Society has rescheduled its Foster Family Educational Series for 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at 46 Holland Road.

April Morin of the group’s Community Veterinary Clinic will talk about medical fostering, which includes administering eye, ear and oral medications; giving insulin shots; and providing wound care to cats.

Current and prospective Animal Welfare Society foster volunteers, as well as members of the general public, are welcome to attend.

For more details, call Marie O’Brien at 985-3244, ext. 127.

BIDDEFORD

School district will host ‘new Mainers’ gathering

The Biddeford School Department will host a second Biddeford Rising gathering from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at Biddeford Middle School, 25 Tiger Way, to connect with “new Mainers” in Biddeford.

The event is open to the public and will include a community meal, for which participants will bring a dish to share.

Gatherings address topics such as:

Improved school-to-home communication

 Improved cultural understanding for administrators and staff

 Increased support for summer programs, with an eye toward full-year programming

 Connecting refugee, migrant and immigrant populations with community services that increase access to medical and dental care, legal support, financial help, housing and nutrition services

 Fostering a sense of trust between refugees, migrants and immigrants, particularly the growing number of asylum-seekers in Maine.

For more details, go to biddefordschools.me or call Christopher Indorf at 282-8280.

Library beckons gamers, crafters, folk music lovers

McArthur Public Library will host the following events this month at 270 Main St.:

 Youth Video Game Lounge will be offered from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursdays through March 29. It’s a place for young adults to hang out, eat snacks and play computer and video games on the library’s laptops and Wii. Participants also may bring their own game devices or tablets.

 Kids Free to Grow Play Group will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Mondays through March 26, featuring free play and snacks for children and coffee for adults.

 Adult Craft Time will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on March 15. Adults can make a Scabble tile necklace. Supplies will be provided by the library.

 Oil Pastel Society will meet from 1 to 4 p.m. on March 19. Participants may bring whatever they are working on. Beginners are welcomed.

 Healthy Reading – Healthy Eating will meet at 6 p.m. on March 19. The new group focuses on healthy eating and preparing foods based on recipes from limited meat and vegetarian cookbooks.

 Astrophotographer Mike Taylor will show many of his photographs and discuss the best techniques for photographing the night sky at 6:30 p.m. on March 22.

 Folk musicians Bob Simons and Renee Goodwin will perform a free concert at 2 p.m. on March 25.

 Family Story Night will be held on March 26 from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Attendees will take part in spring-related stories, songs and activities. A light snack will be offered.

 Put the ME in Mommy Book Group will meet on March 28 at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served at the first meeting of the new mothers’ group.

For more details, contact librarian Deanna Gouzie McNamara at 284-4181 or email [email protected]

BRUNSWICK

Seasoned re-enactor will discuss Civil War

The Joshua L. Chamberlain Civil War Round Table lecture will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at Curtis Memorial Library’s Morrell Room, at 23 Pleasant St.

Steve Bunker, a member of the round table and a longtime re-enactor with the 1st Maine Cavalry, will discuss the Civil War in the West.

The lecture is free and open to the public, and donations are appreciated.

WISCASSET

Concert benefits schools, features 18-piece ensemble

An Opus One Big Band benefit concert for Wiscasset Schools Music Department will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday at Wiscasset Middle High School, 272 Gardiner Road.

The 18-piece big band is made up of musicians from around the state, who bring their talents together to make music for the benefit of libraries, churches, schools and other nonprofits. Student musicians from Wiscasset Middle High School Band will join the professionals for a few numbers.

Tickets are $5 for seniors and students, $10 for adults and $20 for families. They are available at the door. There will be a raffle and bake sale, and proceeds benefit Wiscasset Schools Music Department.

For more details, call Wiscasset Middle High School Band Director Kim Brewer at 882-7722.

Spaghetti dinner also includes a show – robots

Wiscasset Middle High School will celebrate technology education from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at a Family STEM Night and Community Supper event.

Community members are invited to visit the exhibition of Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) learning, where people of all ages can participate in Hour of Code and engineering challenges. Hour of Code is a nationwide movement that promotes computer science education in classrooms.

There will be a special guest appearance from the community-supported Wiscasset Area Robotics Program club. Its members will showcase their competition robots as they gear up for the Southern Maine Robotics Track Meet in April.

Wiscasset Middle High School’s food pantry will host a free spaghetti supper for all.