SCARBOROUGH

Kids First Center director will give luncheon talk

The Scarborough Kiwanis Club will host a luncheon talk with Kids First Center Executive Director Nici Carbone from noon to 1 p.m. Friday at The Egg & I, 183 Route 1.

Call Joyce Leary Clark at 329-8488 or email [email protected]

Fiber arts techniques will be shown at library

The Scarborough Public Library, at 48 Gorham Road, will be transformed into a fiber and textile center from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday as artisans from around Maine gather to demonstrate an array of fiber arts techniques.

There also will be hands-on activities, including crafts for children. Many of the original works on display and sample project kits will be available for purchase.

The event is free and appropriate for all ages.

For more details, go to www.scarboroughlibrary.org.

NEW GLOUCESTER

Historical society hosts ‘Gold Star Mother’ talk

In honor of the World War I armistice centennial, the New Gloucester Historical Society will host the talk “The Gold Star Mother Pilgrimages” at 7 p.m. Thursday at the New Gloucester Meetinghouse, 389 Intervale Road, next to Town Hall. The talk is free. Refreshments will be served.

For more details, call Leonard L. Brooks at 926-3188.

SANFORD

Tour new sports center, win signed Gronkowski photo

Southern Maine Health Care will host an open house from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday at its new Sports Performance Center at Sanford-Springvale YMCA, 1 Emile Levasseur Drive.

The public is invited to tour the facility, meet the staff and talk with athletes already receiving training there. Employees will raffle off two photographs signed by New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, three athletic evaluations with six training sessions, and athletic wear. Light refreshments will be served.

Annual Waban telethon benefits youth programs

The 47th annual Waban telethon will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the St. Ignatius gymnasium on Riverside Avenue. The telethon will benefit Waban’s children’s programs, including the new Autism Therapy Wing at the Fraser-Ford Child Development Center, which opened in November.

Television coverage will be produced by Cremmen Creative Community Media and broadcast by Metrocast/Atlantic Broadcasting. The event also will be livestreamed on the web at waban.org. The Legends radio 102.3 FM/AM 1220 will simulcast the event.

Pledges and donations may be called in the day of the telethon at 324-5344 or 877-544-4275, or made through PayPal at www.waban.org.

WELLS

Theater group offering 4 chances to see ‘Grease’

The Wells Players will present the musical “Grease” Wednesday through Saturday at Wells High School, 200 Sanford Road.

The opening performance is at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, with $5 general admission tickets and free admission offered to students and older adults.

Performances will also be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday and 7 p.m. Friday. The final production will be at 1 p.m. Saturday. Tickets for these shows are $8 for general admission and $5 for students and older adults.

There will be reserved seating for Friday’s and Saturday’s shows. Those tickets will be sold in advance at the Wells High School front office and at the door the night of the show.

FREEPORT

Talk at Grange will focus on choosing healthy soil

Jason Lilley of the Cumberland County Extension Service will offer the talk “Healthy Soil for Healthy Fruit and Vegetables” from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Freeport Harraseeket Grange No. 9 at 13 Elm St.

Lilley will speak about the benefits of proper soil for your fruit and vegetables and how to apply those ideas in your garden.

SOUTH PORTLAND

Maine author will discuss tale of girl’s lost family

Maine author Diane Magras will discuss her new children’s chapter book “The Mad Wolf’s Daughter” at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Print: A Bookstore, 273 Congress St.

Written for audiences ages 9-12, the book tells the dark tale of protagonist Drest, who lives a sheltered life on a remote Scottish headland and whose life is shattered when invading knights capture her father and brothers and leave her behind.

Drest’s journey to rescue her family causes her to question her ability to help them while also questioning her rationale for doing so as she discovers new truths about their behavior along the way.

PORTLAND

Irish American Club parade begins at Portland Fish Pier

The Irish American Club’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade will begin at noon Saturday. The parade starts at the Portland Fish Pier, near the Center Street intersection, and proceeds along Commercial Street to the reviewing stand at Bell Buoy Park, next to the Casco Bay Lines ferry terminal.

This year’s parade features the Claddagh Mhor Pipe Band and performers from the Stillson School of Irish Dance. Other participants include The Maine Irish Heritage Center, Ancient Order of the Hibernians, Maine Gaelic Sports Association, The Portland Hurling Club, Girl Scouts of America and Burns Ceili Group.

A reception will follow at the Maine Irish Heritage Center, 34 Gray St., from 1 to 4 p.m. There will be a cash bar, food for sale, music and dancing.

For more details, go to www.irishofmaine.org.

CUMBERLAND

‘Junior’ Stevens will offer free concert at library

Christian “Junior” Stevens will perform a free concert at 1 p.m. Saturday at Prince Memorial Library, 266 Main St.

Stevens’ influences include traditional Irish music and the accordion sounds of Qu├ębec and Louisiana.

The performance is part of the library’s monthly Music & Muffins series. Refreshments will be served.

For more details, call 829-2215.

CARRABASSETT VALLEY

Wine, cheese reception ushers in quilt exhibit

A wine and cheese reception to mark the opening of the Peggy Bishop Art Quilts Exhibit will be held Friday. The reception will run from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Carrabassett Valley Public Library and Community Center, 3209 Carrabassett Drive No. 3.

All are welcome to attend.

For more details, call 237-3535.

KENNEBUNK

Christ Church is holding St. Patrick’s concert, dinner

Christ Church, at 6 Dane St., will hold its annual St. Patrick’s Day Concert and Supper on Saturday. The concert begins at 4 p.m., followed by a buffet meal from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Christ Church Music Director “Maestro” Warren King will lead a musical program of Irish music.

Call 985-4494, or go to www.christchurchkennebunk.org.