Midcoast

Benefits

Monday 4/15

Patriot’s Day Half-K, noon, inaugural event for “underachievers” lampoons  5K, beautiful 546-yard route on/near Brunswick Mall, $20, benefits Rotary Club’s youth programs, bit.ly/2HM57SE.

Books/Authors

Spring Used Book Sale, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. April 12 & 13, hosted by Mid Coast Hospital Auxiliary at Merrymeeting Plaza, 147 Bath Rd.

Saturday 4/13

Brunswick Author Charlotte Agell, publishing party for “Maybe Tomorrow” and “Mud, Sand, and Snow,” 10:30 a.m., Curtis Library, Brunswick.

Local Author Irene Drago, discussion of family maritime history and her book “Daughters of Long Reach,” 1 p.m., Community Hall, 837 Cundy’s Harbor Rd., Harpswell.

Ongoing

The Library Bookstore, 194 Front St., Bath, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday, books, audio books, CDs, DVDs and puzzles for all ages.

Writing Group, 2 p.m. second Thursday, Cundy’s Harbor Library, 935 Cundy’s Harbor Rd., Harpswell. For writers of all genres, cundysharbor.me

Great Books, 10 a.m.-noon, second Saturday, Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road, always looking for new members, email [email protected] 

Men’s Book Club, 4 p.m. third Thursday, Topsham Public Library, 725-1727, [email protected] 

Rare Reads, 6 p.m., third Thursday, Topsham Public Library, discussions of unusual and interesting new fiction, always looking for new members; registration not required, [email protected] 

Reading Between the Panels, 6 p.m. every fourth Tuesday through May, Topsham Public Library, discuss all things graphic novel from classic comic book collections to the latest in graphic novels, 725-1727.

Friends Book Discussion Group, 10:15 a.m., third Friday of each month, Wiscasset Friends of the Library, 21 High St., free and open to the public, newcomers always welcome. 

Bulletin Board

Saturday 4/13

Spring Craft and Vendor Fair, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Brunswick Elks Lodge, 179 Park Row, 25+ tables, bake sale, raffles, fundraiser for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Thursday 4/18

Brunswick Downtown Simply Social, 5-6:30 p.m., Woods & Waters Gear Exchange, 12 Pleasant St., Brunswick, business networking, register at conta.cc/2TYoYQm.

Ongoing

Bath Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-noon every Saturday, Bath Freight Shed, 27 Commercial St.

Senior Bingo, 6:30 p.m., second and fourth Wednesday, Bath Area Senior Center, 45 Floral St., age 16+.

AARP Tax Aide, Tuesday mornings and Thursday afternoons through April 15, People Plus, 35 Union St., Brunswick, free, call 729-0757 for an appointment.

Brunswick Toastmasters, first and third Tuesdays, 6:15-8 p.m., 8 Venture Ave., Brunswick Landing, guests welcome, register at 2156.toastmastersclubs.org, 241-2294.
 
Reduced Price Hair Cuts for Seniors, drop-in 9 a.m.-noon Fridays, People Plus, 35 Union Ave., Brunswick, $10 charge benefits People Plus, public welcome. 
  
People Plus Community Center, 35 Union St., Brunswick. Offers fitness, classes, socials, meals, sports, travel and more, peopleplusmaine.org.

Community Spay-Neuter Clinic of Topsham, free neuter and rabies shots for feral, stray and barn cats. Free transportation and trapping available in parts of Kennebec, Cumberland, Sagadahoc, Lincoln & Oxford counties, 721-8395.

Sip & Stitch, knitting and crocheting, 10 a.m.-noon first and third Saturdays, Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Rd., 725-1727.

Tri-Town Penguins Snowmobile Club (Durham, Freeport, Pownal), 7 p.m., last Tuesday through April, Durham Fire Station, 615 Hallowell Road, new members always welcome, Duncan Daly, 865-6188/713-3116.

Call for Volunteers

American Cancer Society: Urgent need for volunteer drivers to transport cancer patients to treatment in the Midcoast area, call 462-6307, [email protected]
 
Trek Across Maine, volunteers needed June 13-16 at Brunswick Landing. Details at bit.ly/2FHKdlF.

Red Cross Blood Drives: April 16, 1-6 p.m., Saint Charles Brunswick, 132 McKeen St.; April 18, 12:30-5:30 p.m., Hyde School, 616 High St., Bath. Donate by April 30 for a chance to win a full-size Iron Throne from “Game of Thrones.”    

Ongoing

American Cancer Society, volunteers needed in the Topsham office, Road To Recovery program, Look Good Feel Better program, Relay For Life events and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks, see cancer.org/involved/volunteer.html, or contact Danielle Blais at [email protected] or 373-3700, ext. 3720.

Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice, Brunswick area, training provided, 777-7740, AHCH.org.

Big Brothers Big Sisters, mentors willing to commit one year and spend eight hours a month with a child 6-14. Contact Brunswick office at 729-7736 or [email protected]

Fresh Air Families Wanted: host a child this summer by contacting Katrina Cash-Staley at 420-5795 or see freshair.org.

Friends of Merrymeeting Bay seeks volunteers interested in preserving the bay to assist with speaker series, assemble mailings and more, 666-1118, fomb.org.

Habitat for Humanity 7 Rivers Maine, ongoing need for volunteers, learn more about current opportunities by calling 504-9341 or emailing [email protected]

ReStore, donations of appliances, complete kitchen cabinet sets, and furniture in good condition needed, call 504-9341, drop off at 126 Main St., Topsham, Tuesday- Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.

Mid Coast Hospital, looking for people to work in the cafe, gift shop, or greeting patients, 123 Medical Center Drive, Brunswick, 373-6015.

Red Cross Blood Drives: Visit redcrossblood.org/give.html/find-drive, or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment. 

Refugee and Immigration Services, a program of Catholic Charities Maine, has ongoing needs for committed residents who will help new Mainers find employment. FMI, Paul Mullaney, [email protected]

Sexual Assault Support Services of Mid Coast Maine will train volunteers to provide support and information to callers on 24-hour hotline, 725-2181, 594-8580 or 338-4622, [email protected]

SEARCH Program of Greater Bath, assist seniors by providing companionship, transportation, assistance with errands, 837-8810, [email protected]

Tri-County Literacy, will train tutors to work with adults, 443-6384, [email protected]
 
Dining Out

Coasters Luncheon Group, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. every Thursday, Bath Area Senior Center, Floral Street. Includes entree with potato, vegetable, biscuit for $7, all welcome.

Saturday 4/13

Good Food and Good Friends, 5-6:30 p.m., Brunswick United Methodist Church, 320 Church Rd. Includes beans, salads, casseroles, homemade pies, $9/$4, reservations accepted but not required, 725-2185. 

Ongoing
 
Lunch with Friends, every Tuesday at noon, hosted by Harpswell Aging at Home at Bailey Island Union Church, 2141 Harpswell Islands Rd. Free and open to all Harpswell residents; to volunteer call Surrey Hardcastle at 833-0092 or [email protected]

Health

Soto Zen Meditation, 10 a.m. every Sunday, Bath Danceworks, 72 Front St. (3rd floor), Bath. Leaping Clear Sangha, in the tradition of Dogen. For details call 837-2172.

Tuesday 4/16

National Health Care Decision Day, 9 a.m.-noon, Mid Coast Center for Community Health & Wellness, 329 Maine St., Brunswick. Education and exhibits about the importance of advance care planning. Free.

“Moving Toward Health: Exercise and Survival,” Embracing Life after Cancer survivorship series, 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Mid Coast Center for Community Health & Wellness, 329 Maine St., Brunswick, 373-6585, midcoasthealth.com/wellness.

Friday 4/19

Walk A Labrinth, noon-7 p.m., First Parish Church, 9 Cleaveland St., Brunswick, meditative stress-reliever, 729-7331, firstparish.net/labyrinth.

Ongoing

AARP/Alzheimer’s Association Resource Finder, programs, events, services, housing options, www.communityresourcefinder.org.

American Red Cross provides free, basic classes in CPR, first aid, babysitting, water safety, AED and more at 16 Community Way, Topsham, 729-6779, 563-3299, www.redcross.org/take-a-class.

Blood pressure clinic, 10 a.m.-noon Wednesdays, Mid Coast Center for Community Health & Wellness, 329 Maine St., Brunswick, midcoasthealth.com/wellness/classes.

Good Morning Program, free safety check-in call 7 days/week for seniors/disabled in Brunswick, Harpswell and Freeport. Call Brunswick Police Department for details at 725-6621, ext. 4310. 

Group meditation, 9 a.m.-noon Sundays, Shambhala Center, 19 Mason St., Brunswick, brunswickmaine.shambhala.org, 729-7402.

Mammograms/pap tests available at no cost for women 40-64 through Maine Breast and Cervical Health Program, 874-8942 or 800-350-5180.

TOPS (Take Off the Pounds Sensibly), weight loss support group, find a local meeting at www.tops.org.

Weight Watchers, American Legion Hall, Columbus Drive, Brunswick, 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays; 12:30 p.m. Thursdays; 9 a.m. Saturdays, weightwatchersmaine.com/meetings/brunswick.

Yoga for Cancer, 5-5:45 p.m. Thursdays, Maine Pines Racquet & Fitness, 120 Harpswell Road, Brunswick, mainepines.com/yoga/workshops-and-sessions, 729-8433.

Just for Kids

Ongoing

Story Time, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Thursdays, Cundy’s Harbor Library, 935 Cundy’s Harbor Road, 725-1461, cundysharbor.me.

Book Babies, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Patten Free Library, 33 Summer St., Bath, 20 minutes of rhyming stories, fingerplays and songs for babies and toddlers, followed by informal playtime.

Lego League, 4-5 p.m. Tuesdays, Patten Free Library, Bath, open play for ages 6-11.

Storytimes for 2’s & 3’s, 10:30-11 a.m., Thursdays, Patten Free Library, Bath, short stories, songs, puppets and a craft. 

Board Game Café, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., second Saturday, Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Drive, varying selection.

Preschool Story Time with Gunta, 10:30-11 a.m. Saturdays (note new time), Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Dr., through May 18.

Baby and Me, 10-11 a.m. Mondays, Freeport Community Library, social time for infants and caregivers with toys and music, 865-3307, www.freeportlibrary.com.

Lego Club, 3:45-4:45 p.m. third Wednesday for ages 5-11, Freeport Community Library, supervision required, to May 15. 

Preschool Story Time, 11-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Freeport Community Library. 

Yoga for Toddlers & Preschoolers, 10:30-11 a.m. first Tuesday, Freeport Community Library.

Baby & Me10 a.m. Thursdays for 15-20 minutes with songs, action rhymes, and board books for birth to 2 years, Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Rd., Topsham, 725-1727, topshamlibrary.org.

Music & Rhyme Time for Twos, 10:30 a.m. Thursdays for 20-30 minutes with music, dance and action rhymes, for 2-year-olds and their grown-ups, Topsham Public Library, 725-1727, topshamlibrary.org.

Preschool Storytime, 10 a.m. Wednesdays for 30-45 minutes, with songs, dance, instruments, action rhymes for ages 3-5, Topsham Public Library, 725-1727, topshamlibrary.org.

3rd Saturday Teen Crafting, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Topsham Public Library, each month features a different project for ages 11-18 only, no registration required.

Young Critics, 5 p.m. third Tuesday, Topsham Public Library, always looking for new members, registration required, email [email protected] for details. 

Support

Ongoing 

Amistad Peer Support and Recovery Center851 Washington St., Bath, classes and support groups to address suicide prevention, depression/bipolar, addictions, contact Patrick Metro at [email protected], 389-4936.

Chronic Pain Support Group, open to people with chronic pain, their families and friends, first Tuesday, 6-7 p.m. Mid Coast Hospital, Brunswick, 725-7854.

Dementia Caregivers Education Series, 4-5 p.m., third Thursday, Mid Coast Senior Health Center, 58 Baribeau Dr., Brunswick, 373-3646.

Family Crisis Services, local domestic violence resource center provides legal help, shelter and support. For support groups held in Brunswick call 721-0199; 24-hour hotline 800-537-6066, throughthesedoors.com. 

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous, Mondays, 9 a.m., St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 27 Pleasant St., Brunswick, 837-3581; Wednesdays, 7 p.m., Topsham Medical Building, 4 Horton Place, 528-5550; Fridays, 6:30 p.m., Bath Police Dept., 250 Water St., Bath 442-7557; Saturdays, 9 a.m., Mid Coast Hospital (Medical Offices Building) 121 Medical Center Drive, 865-9160.

Grief Support Groups, for survivors of those who have died from substance abuse or suicide, grieving child or parent, holiday-related and more, CHANS Home Health Care and Hospice, 45 Baribeau Drive, Brunswick, call 721-1357 for specifics. 

Lyme Disease Support Group, 5:30-8 p.m. first Wednesday, Mid Coast Hospital, 123 Medical Center Drive, Brunswick in cafe conference rooms, 841-8757.

Moving On discussion group, 10 a.m. second and fourth Tuesdays, Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road, for surviving spouses of retirement age on how to build a new life, 725-1727, topshamlibrary.org.

Multiple Sclerosis Society, coffee and conversation group, 10-11 a.m., first Tuesday, Handy’s Market, 367 Main St., Yarmouth, [email protected]

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, 7 p.m. fourth Wednesday, Mid Coast Medical Group, 81 Medical Center Drive, Brunswick, 319-7956. 

Overeaters Anonymous, Tuesdays, noon, St. Mary’s Church, 144 Lincoln Street, Bath, 729 3149; Thursdays, 7 p.m., St.Paul’s Episcopal Church, 27 Pleasant St., Brunswick, 386 1740.

Parkinson’s Disease weekly support group, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Wednesdays, Casco Bay YMCA, 14 Old South Freeport Road, Freeport, for patients, family, caregivers, 865-3417.

Pet Loss Grief Support Group, Center for Grief and Loss, 45 Baribeau Drive, Brunswick, for both anticipatory grief and death of a pet. For schedule see https://bit.ly/2OU7JhV, call 721-1357. 

Prostate Cancer Network Group, 6:30-8:30 p.m., third Tuesday, Mid Coast Hospital, 123 Medical Center Drive, Brunswick in cafe conference room. 

Sexual Assault Support Services of Midcoast Maine and Mid Coast Hospital, support groups for adult and adolescent survivors of child sexual abuse, www.sassmm.org; 24-hour helpline 1-800-871-7741.

Survivors of Suicide Loss, CHANS Hospice and Volunteers, 45 Baribeau Drive, Brunswick, contact Andy Sokoloff at 721-1357, [email protected] for meeting times.

The Center for Grieving Children, free bereavement peer support groups for ages 3-18, their parents and caregivers, young adults, bereaved parents and widow/widowers/partners. The Tender Living Care Program offers peer support to everyone in the family facing a life-impacting illness, 775-5216, cgcmaine.or555 Forest Ave., Portland.

Together With Alzheimer’s, drop-in support group for caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s/dementia, 7 p.m. every Wednesday, Sacred Heart Parish Center, Conference Room, 232 Main St., Yarmouth, [email protected]

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Weigh-in 6-6:40 p.m., meeting follows every Monday, Berean Baptist Church, 15 Cumberland St., Brunswick.  FMI 729-6400, www.tops.org/tops/TOPS/FindAMeeting.aspx.

Women with Cancer Support Group, open to women diagnosed with any type of cancer at any age, meets third Tuesdays, 3-4:30 p.m., board room of MidCoast Hospital, 123 Medical Center Drive, Brunswick, 373-6546.

Women’s Circle, for women in a controlling or abusive relationship, free and confidential, Mid Coast Outreach Office of Family Crisis Services, 24-helpline 800-537-6066; office, 721-0199.

Workshops/Walks/Talks

Business Basics Workshop, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. April 18 & 25, hosted by New Ventures Maine at Brunswick Landing, 12 Sewall St. Free, registration required at newventuresmaine.org/class-schedules.
 
Thursday 4/11
 
“The High Cost of Prescription Drugs,” 6 p.m., Patten Free Library, Bath. Panel discussion about pending legislation, hosted by Age-Friendly Communities of the Lower Kennebec and AARP Maine.
 
Friday 4/12

“The Roots of Creativity: Where Our Senses Overlap,” Freeport Woman’s Club hosts architect Elizabeth Chapman, 1:30 p.m., Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Dr., open to the public.

Tuesday 4/16 

Merrymeeting Bay Chapter of Trout Unlimited, 5:30 p.m., Joshua’s Tavern, 123 Maine St., Brunswick, with Geof Day of the Sea Run Brook Trout Coalition. Public welcome. 

Ongoing

Adult Coloring Group, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Dr., materials provided. Free and open to the public.

Brunswick Toastmasters Club, 6:30-8 p.m. first & third Tuesdays, 8 Venture Ave., visitors welcome, 241-2294, 2156.toastmastersclubs.org.

Cathance River Education Alliance Ecology Center Open House, Evergreen Circle, Topsham, noon to 2 p.m. each Sunday. For directions see creamaine.org or email [email protected]

Citizens’ Climate Lobby – Bath-Brunswick Chapter, 6-7:30 p.m., second Wednesday at Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick. Help enact effective, revenue-neutral, bipartisan national climate policy. 

Computer Boot Campby appointment daily 8:30-9:30 a.m., 3:30-4:30 p.m., Southern Midcoast CareerCenter, 275 Bath Road, Brunswick, mainecareercenter.com, 621-5009.

First Light Camera Club, meets monthly 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Topsham Medical Building, 4 Horton Place, fee charged, firstlightcc.com, [email protected], 729-6607.

Friends of Merrymeeting Bay Speaker Series, 7 p.m., 2nd Wednesday until May, Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick, free and open to the public, fomb.org.

New Ventures Maine, programs for career, business and financial education. Classes and workshops at no charge, in-person and online options. 386-1664, newventuresmaine.org.

Rain or Shine Club, free weekly family-friendly walks Thursdays at 10 a.m., guided by Royal River Conservation Trust, 215-8315.

Sip ‘n’ Stitch, 10 a.m.-noon first and third Saturdays, Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road. Learn to knit or crochet, work on a project, share patterns, check out the library’s resources, and relax with a cup of coffee or tea. 

Smart [email protected] library workshops, Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick; list at curtismoney.com.

Southern Midcoast CareerCenter, 275 Bath Road, Brunswick, career counseling, classes, support, mainecareercenter.com, 373-4000.

Tech Help, 1-2 p.m. Thursdays, Cundy’s Harbor Library, 935 Cundy’s Harbor Road, call 725-1461 for an appointment.d Thursday afternoons through April 15, People Plus, 35 Union St., Brunswick, free, call 729-0757 for an appointment.

Brunswick Toastmasters, first and third Tuesdays, 6:15-8 p.m., 8 Venture Ave., Brunswick Landing, guests welcome, register at 2156.toastmastersclubs.org, 241-2294.
  
People Plus Community Center, 35 Union St., Brunswick. Offers fitness, classes, socials, meals, sports, travel and more, peopleplusmaine.org.
 
Reduced Price Hair Cuts for Seniors, drop-in 9 a.m.-noon Fridays, People Plus, 35 Union Ave., Brunswick, $10 charge benefits People Plus, public welcome. 

Community Spay-Neuter Clinic of Topsham, free neuter and rabies shots for feral, stray and barn cats. Free transportation and trapping available in parts of Androscoggin, Kennebec, Cumberland, Sagadahoc, Lincoln & Oxford counties, 721-8395.

Sip & Stitch, knitting and crocheting, 10 a.m.-noon first and third Saturdays, Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Rd., 725-1727.

Tri-Town Penguins Snowmobile Club (Durham, Freeport, Pownal), 7 p.m., last Tuesday through April, Durham Fire Station, 615 Hallowell Road, new members always welcome, Duncan Daly, 865-6188/713-3116.