Greater Portland


Thursday 5/23

Allagash Victor Ale Tasting and Benefit, 5-8 p.m., St. Lawrence Arts, 76 Congress St., Portland, live music, local eats, $25.

Wednesday 5/29

Laughs and Lobster Fundraiser, lobster dinner, performance by Bob Marley, live music & silent auction, 5-9 p.m., Camp Ketcha, Black Point Road, Scarborough, reserve at

Friday 5/31

STAND, Southern Maine Community College, 2 Fort Rd., South Portland. Catholic Charities Maine fundraiser, includes beer & wine sampling, hors d’oeuvres, live music,

Saturday 6/8

Maine Walks with Haiti 5K, 8:30 a.m., Back Cove Park in Portland (across from Hannaford). Walk/run fundraiser for Konbit Sante Cap-Haitien Health Partnership for sister city of Cap-Haitien, Haiti,

Saturday 6/15

Yarmouth Chili & Chowder Cook-off, sponsorships available for 4-7 p.m. event at Royal River Park. All proceeds help develop and maintain the West Side Trail,

Books & Authors

Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance Workshops: June 8, “Writing for the Reader” nonfiction workshop; June 15, “The Ultimate Craft Class” prose workshop; June 29, “Novel 101, for details.

Wednesday 5/22

“Precious and Adored: The Love Letters of Rose Cleveland and Evangeline Simpson Whipple 1890-1918,” noon, Portland Public Library, Monument Square.

“Silence: A Social History of One of the Least Understood Elements of Our Lives,” Literary Lunch with Jane Brox and Beth Bussiere, noon, Portland Public Library.


Morning Book Group, 9:30-11 a.m. second Wednesday, Thomas Memorial Library, 6 Scott Dyer Rd., Cape Elizabeth,

Writers’ Accountability Group10 a.m.-noon, third Wednesday, Thomas Memorial Library, Cape Elizabeth, all levels of expertise and genres welcome.

Evening Book Group, 7-8:30 p.m., third Thursday, Thomas Memorial Library, Cape Elizabeth.

Come! Sit! Read!, reading dog program, 3:30-5 p.m. first and third Tuesdays, Portland Public Library; 3-4 p.m. first and third Mondays, Riverton Branch Library, registration required,

Journaling in the Library, 5:30-7 p.m., third Wednesday, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, for teens and adults.

Many Voices Teen Book Group, 1-2 p.m., last Saturday, Portland Public Library, open to ages 12-19 interested in exploring diversity through contemporary YA fiction, [email protected], 871-1700, ext. 773. 

Peaks Island Book Group, 129 Island Ave., 7-8 p.m. first Tuesday, 766-5540,

Portland Public Library Book Group, 5:30-6:30 p.m., third Tuesday, 871-1700, ext. 705,

Riverton Book Group, 1600 Forest Ave., Portland,  6:30-7:30 p.m. second Thursday, 797-2915,

Betsy Ross House Book Group, 1:30 p.m. first Thursday, hosted by South Portland Library at Betsy Ross House in South Portland. Members choose books that are part of the mainstream cultural current, 767-7660,

Life 101, South Portland Public Library, 482 Broadway, 10:30 a.m. fourth Tuesday, books that improve quality of life, establish good habits, and live more creatively and happily,

Morning Book Group, 10:30 a.m. third Tuesday, South Portland Public Library, informal group where newcomers always welcome,

The Branch Book Group, 6 p.m. first Monday, Memorial Branch Library, 155 Wescott Road, South Portland, new members always welcome, 775-1835.

Reader’s Circle, 7 p.m. last Thursday, Merrill Memorial Library, 215 Main St., Yarmouth; free and open to the public, registration not required.

Bulletin Board

Falmouth Lions Club Auction, donations wanted for June 1 event at 100 Woods Rd. For pick up contact John at [email protected] or 671-5050 after 5 p.m.

Saturday 5/25

Yard Sale Fundraiser, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., 181 Main St., Freeport, next to the Freeport Community Library to benefit Greater Freeport Community Chorus and Freeport Players. Rain date May 26.

Monday 5/27

Memorial Day Plant Sale, 9 a.m.-noon, hosted by Walnut Hill Garden Club of North Yarmouth at Dental Arts, 326 Main St., Cumberland, locally-grown annuals & perennials.

Sunday 6/1

Yard Sale, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Scarborough Lions Club, 273 Gorham Rd. (Route 114), tables $15 or 2/$25, call 749-7274.


Chess Club, Thomas Memorial Library, 9-11 a.m. Saturdays, 6 Scott Dyer Rd., Cape Elizabeth, for enthusiasts of all ages.

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.

Portland Winter Market, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, 631 Stevens Ave. in the former Maine Girls’ Academy gym, to April 20,

Sacred Harp Singing, 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays, First Parish 
Church, 425 Congress St., Portland. Open community singing, free, all welcome.

Bingo, 5-9:30 p.m. Wednesdays, hosted by Scarborough Lions at 201 John Roberts Rd., S. Portland,

Scarborough Garden Club, 12:30 p.m. third Thursday, Hillcrest Retirement Center, 108 Hillcrest Ave. New members welcome,

Scarborough Kiwanisnoon-1 p.m. every Friday, The Egg & I, 183 US Route One, Scarborough, breakfast and featured speaker, public welcome, Joyce Leary Clark at 329-8488 or [email protected].

Maine Genealogical Society, 12:30 p.m., first Saturday of every month, First Congregational Church, 301 Cottage Road, South Portland. Free, guests welcome. 

Call for Volunteers

American Legion Paul Mallia Post 161, 42 Atlantic St., Munjoy Hill, Portland, accepting new members. Veterans and almost all relatives eligible and invited to visit in person. 

Citizen Forester Training, May 30, 6-8 p.m. or June 1, 10 a.m.-noon, Freeport Town Hall, learn to help take inventory of public trees, email [email protected]

Eastern Cemetery, volunteers needed to photograph and transcribe gravestones at the Portland site for Spirits Alive; conservationists and gardeners also needed, more at

Peanut Butter and Jelly Drive sponsored by Bangor Savings Bank, through May 31 at all branches. The bank will contribute two jars for every selfie taken when donations are made; email to [email protected].

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

Fight to End Alzheimer’s: for every Hannaford Helps reusable bag bought in May at the Scarborough store, 31 Hannaford Drive, Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter will receive a $1.

Wednesday 5/22

Red Cross Blood Drive, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Mercy Hospital, 144 State St., Portland.

Saturday 5/25

War Veteran’s Memorial Association, volunteers needed to flag veterans’ graves in S. Portland. Meet at 9 a.m. at American Legion Post 35 on Broadway, across the street from Holy Cross Church. All welcome.

Tuesday 5/28

Doctors Without Borders Recruitment Information Session, 7-8 p.m., Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress St., Portland. Learn about joining the pool of medical and non-medical personnel, register at


Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter, ongoing volunteer opportunities for caring people who can offer three to four hours per week, 383 U.S. Route 1, Suite 2C, Scarborough, 772-0115.

American Red Cross needs volunteers in the disaster services, health and safety and administration departments, 874-1192, ext. 115.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine is looking for people who can positively impact a child a few hours each month, 773-5437,

Cumberland Area Rides and Aging in Place need drivers, companions, and others to help older residents in Cumberland/N. Yarmouth. Drivers contact 829-3367, [email protected]. Other volunteers contact [email protected], 245-8033,

HART Cat Shelter: Ongoing need for morning volunteers from 8-11 a.m., 302 Range Road, Cumberland. Apply at or 829-4116. 

Hospice volunteers wanted to be part of the VNA Home Health Hospice team, bringing comfort to those facing a terminal illness. Contact Beth Simmons at 400-8852 or [email protected].

Portland Area Villages seeks volunteers to help seniors age in place, including transportation, errands, calls/visits, light housework and gardening, 370-1896, [email protected] to learn more.

Refugee and Immigration Services, a program of Catholic Charities Maine, has an ongoing need for volunteers to assist refugees, 881-8550.

Road To Recovery needs drivers to transport cancer patients to treatment in Cumberland County. Must be 18 or older, with a valid license, reliable vehicle, clean driving record and proof of insurance. Free training, American Cancer Society, 800-227-2345, or

Yarmouth Senior Programs, volunteers needed for Friendly Visitor Program, Phone Pals Program, and a Handy Helper Service to assist local elders. Contact Maureen Brosnan at 835-9866 or [email protected].


Tuesday 5/28 

West African Dance Class, 6 p.m., New Church, 302 Stevens Ave., Portland. Open to teens and adults, no experience required, accompanied by live drumming, sliding scale at the door.  

Dining Out

Saturday 6/1

Baked Bean Supper, 4-6 p.m., Scarborough Free Baptist Church, 55 Mussey Rd., Scarborough. Includes homemade brown bread & biscuits, mac & cheese, slaw, adults/$8, kids/$4.


Free Dinner, 5:30-6:30 p.m. every Thursday, St. Peters Episcopal Church, 678 Washington St., Portland, handicapped accessible, 878-1989.


Mindful Tuesdays, 10-11:30 a.m., Mason-Motz Activity Center, Falmouth, mindfulness, stress reduction and/or relaxation skills with Sue Young, through summer. 

Wednesday 5/29

“Emerge From Stigma: Tell Your Story with NAMI Maine,” 5:30-7 p.m., Portland Public Library, Monument Square. National Alliance on Mental Illness Speakers Bureau shares stories to help create change and eliminate stigma.

Thursday 5/30

“Tools & Tips for a Successful Quit,” 5 p.m., Dempsey Center, South Portland, smoking cessation, free,


AARP/Alzheimer’s Association Resource Finder, programs, events, services, housing options,

Dempsey Center, free wellness classes, complementary therapies, nutritional counseling for cancer patients and their families, 778 Main St., South Portland,, 774-2200.

Introduction to the Dempsey Center – South Portland: Tuesdays, 4:30 p.m.; Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m.; Thursdays, 3 p.m. Comprehensive overview of free services available, register online or call 774-2200.

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

The 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. 

Yarmouth Reassurance Program: seniors, the infirm, disabled or adults living alone can call the Yarmouth Police Department daily to confirm well-being, call 846-3333 for an application. 

Southern Maine Agency on Aging on Aging specialist available 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays & Thursdays, Merrill Memorial Library, 215 Main St., Yarmouth.  Support & resources for older adults & caregivers, 835-9866 or [email protected].

Just for Kids

“Drop the Beat: A Digital Music Drop-In,” 2:30-4 p.m. Wednesdays in May, Portland Public Library, facilitated digital-music creation series for teens.

Tuesday 5/28 

Got Science? 3:45-4:45 p.m., Merrill Memorial Library, 215 Main St., Yarmouth. Hands-on activities for grades 3-8, register at the circulation desk or email Jill at [email protected].

Saturday 6/1

Drag Queen Story Time, 2 p.m., South Portland Public Library, 482 Broadway.


Anime Club, 2:30-4 p.m. Mondays, Thomas Memorial Library, 6 Scott Dyer Rd., Cape Elizabeth. Age 13 and up can watch, craft, and generally geek out over all things Anime and Manga, no registration required.

Chess Club, 9-11 a.m., Thomas Memorial Library, all ages welcome to drop in.

Crafternoons, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Thursdays, Thomas Memorial Library, drop-in for age 10 and older.

Dungeons & Dragons Club, 3-6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Thomas Memorial Library. Open to age 11 and older, Registration required,

Families Discover Great Artists, 3-4 p.m. first Saturday, Thomas Memorial Library, drop-in for ages 4 and older. 

First Friday Games & Film Night, 5:30-8 p.m. first Friday of each month, Cape Elizabeth United Methodist Church, 280 Ocean House Road. Giant games for both young kids and teens; film at 6:30 p.m., refreshments available, free and open to the public.

Art Time for Kids, 11-11:45 a.m. Saturdays, Falmouth Memorial Library, 5 Lunt Road, freestyle with stories and music.  

Baby Singalong, Falmouth Memorial Library, 4 p.m. Thursdays and 10 a.m. Fridays & Saturdays; Toddler Storytime, 10 a.m. Mondays; Toddler Yoga, 10:30 a.m. first Tuesday of the month; Infant/Toddler Story Time Tuesday 10 and 10:15 a.m.; Pre-School Storytime, 10:30 a.m. Mondays and 10 a.m. Thursdays, 781-2351.

Friday Fun, Falmouth Memorial Library, different activities weekly 3:45-4:45 p.m.  

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

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

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

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

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

Burbank Chess Club for Kids, 10:30-noon last Saturday, Burbank Branch Library, 377 Stevens Ave., Portland, all abilities welcome, free and open to the public, 774-4229, [email protected]

Family Story Play Yoga, 11-11:45 a.m., third Saturday, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square.

Many Voices Teen Book Group,  2:30-3:30 p.m., second Wednesday, Portland Public Library, open to ages 12-19 who are interested in exploring diversity through contemporary YA fiction, 871-1700, ext. 773.

Spanish Language Story Time, 10:30-11 a.m. first Thursday, Portland Public Library, stories, songs and dances for newborns through age 5. 

Teen After Hours, 6-8 p.m., first Friday, Portland Public Library, includes pizza along with video, board and card games and movies. Space is limited, must register at the teen desk.

Baby Builders, 10:30 a.m., Tuesdays, South Portland Public Library, 482 Broadway. Duplos, free play and socializing for newborns to age 4.

LEGOs in the Library, 3:30-4:30 p.m. every Wednesday during the school year, South Portland Public Library, for ages 5 and up.

Letter Zoo, 10:30 a.m. Fridays, South Portland Public Library, stories and songs for ages 3-5.

Toddle Town, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, South Portland Public Library, songs, rhymes and bounces for ages 1-3.

Children’s Story Hours: Merrill Memorial Library, 215 Main St., Yarmouth: Baby Bounces and Books, 10:15-10:35 a.m., Fridays; Tales and Tunes, preschool story hour 10:30-11 a.m. Thursdays; Tales for Twos, 11-11:30 a.m. Fridays.

LitWits, 4:15-4:45 p.m., third Thursday, Merrill Memorial Library, Yarmouth, for grade 6 and up. Registration required through [email protected]

Tail Waggin’ Talesreading program with therapy dogs, 15-minute increments 3:30-4:30 p.m. every Friday, Merrill Memorial Library, Yarmouth, [email protected]to sign up.


Thursday 6/6

Survivors Rock, Dempsey Center Survivors Day Celebration, 5-7 p.m., 778 Main St., S. Portland, refreshments, music, socializing, RSVP through 774-2200. 


Aging in Place Cumberland: free rides for older Cumberland/N. Yarmouth residents, Handy Helpers for minor repairs; medical equipment loans; Friendly Visitor program. To apply or refer, 245-8033, [email protected], For rides, 829-3367, [email protected].

Dempsey Center – South Portland, free support groups and classes for cancer patients and their families,, 774-2200.

Family Crisis Services, local domestic violence resource center serving Cumberland County with legal help, shelter and support. For information about support groups held in Bridgton, Brunswick, or Portland call 874-1973; 24-hour hotline 800-537-6066, 

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous, 12 Step Program addresses food obsession, overeating, undereating and bulimia. Find a local meeting at, 775-2132.

Grief Support for individuals and groups, Hospice of Southern Maine, 180 U.S. Route 1, Scarborough, contact Carol Schoneberg-Robinson for schedule, 289-3651, [email protected].

Hospice Grief Support Group, Compassus, 23 Spring St., Suite C, Scarborough, 761-6967,

Kids First Center, Nonesuch River Plaza, 51 US Route 1, Suite S, Scarborough, educational support for parents and children experiencing separation, divorce and/or co-parenting, 761-2709, [email protected]

LaLeche League, every Wednesday, 9:30-11 a.m., Woodfords Congregational Church, 202 Woodford St., Portland,

Living Well in North Yarmouth free ride service, call Steven Palmer at 829-6230.

Maine Buddy Program provides one-to-one, peer support from trained volunteers for adults dealing with cancer,, 774-2200.

Maine Cancer Mentors, Dempsey Centers match cancer patients statewide with a trained peer; mentors also needed, see for more.

Mended Hearts Cardiac Support Group, 6-8 p.m. first Thursday most months, Maine Medical Center Learning Resource Center, 100 West Campus Drive, Scarborough. Support also available in person, by phone or email. Contact Robyn Shaw for more information at 523-0883, [email protected].

Overeaters Anonymous, find local meetings at

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.

S.M.A.R.T. Recovery, 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays & Fridays, Amistad Peer Support and Recovery Center, 66 State St., Portland, alternative or supplement to traditional 12-step groups, contact Jim at 787-1212.    

South Portland Food Cupboard, 130 Thadeus St., 8:30-11:30 a.m. Thursday and 5-7 p.m. first Wednesday of the month for residents of South Portland, Scarborough, Cape Elizabeth, and surrounding communities, 874-0379,

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 Club, weight-loss support group, find a local meeting at

Wellness Through Art, 2-4 p.m. Wednesdays, Amistad Peer Support and Recovery Center, 66 State St., Portland, peer-led, recovery focused art group. Contact Patrick at 618-0318.

Yarmouth Cares About Neighbors, connects resources such as clothing, heating assistance, food and rides to people in need,


Saturday 5/25

Trucks & Tractors Hay Ride, 2 p.m., Wolfe’s Neck Farm, Freeport, age 12 and older, $5,

“Planning Your Organic Garden,” 10 a.m. to noon, hosted by Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners at 409 Cumberland Ave., Portland, reserve at

Sunday 5/26 

Wildflower Walk, 1 p.m., Falmouth’s Community Park, off Winn Road, geared to adults and kids 6+, no dogs, [email protected].

Wednesday 5/29

Henna Tattoos, 2:30-5 p.m., Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Dr., all ages but adult supervision required, free and open to the public.

“Making a Photograph,” Makers at the Hall series with photographer Arthur Fink, 7 p.m., Mechanics’ Hall, 519 Congress St., $5 nonmembers. 

“Bicentennial Reflections: Maine & the Crisis of the Union in 1820,” by two-time Pulitzer-prize winner Alan Taylor, 6 p.m. Tate House Museum, 1267 Westbrook St., Portland. Fundraiser preceded by meet the author event; details and tickets at

Thursday 5/30

“Tales from Hiking the Pacific Coast Trail,” 6:30 p.m., Thomas Memorial Library, 6 Scott Dyer Rd., Cape Elizabeth.

Maine Organic Farmers & Gardners Party, 5:30 p.m., Think Tank, 533 Congress St., Portland,


Democracy Cafe, 6:30-8 p.m., second Tuesday, Thomas Memorial Library,  Cape Elizabeth.

Job Corps Training Information, Maine Job Corps, 190 Lancaster St., Portland, call 631-1453 for schedule. 

Knitting Group, 1 p.m. Mondays, Thomas Memorial Library, 6 Scott Dyer Road, Cape Elizabeth.

Senior Tech, 10:30 a.m.-noon, fourth Wednesday, Thomas Memorial Library, Cape Elizabeth, bring questions and devices.

Songwriting Workshop, 6:15-8:15 p.m. fourth Tuesday through the end of the year, Thomas Memorial Library, Cape Elizabeth. All abilities welcome to learn from award-winning songwriter Jud Caswell.

A Common Yarn Needlework Group, 1-3 p.m. Thursdays, Falmouth Memorial Library, 5 Lunt Rd., 781-2351.

Tech Help Tuesday, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Falmouth Memorial Library, drop-in help from the high school tech team.

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

Death Cafes, 5-7 p.m. second Wednesday, Portland Public Library, meeting room 3, increases awareness of making the most of life while pondering death, 871-1700, ext. 728.

Maine Job Seekers: free classes about employment, services and programs, Maine Department of Labor, 151 Jetport Blvd., Portland,, 822-3300.

Essentials of College Planning, Portland, free for adults 19 and older, to register or more information, call 1-800-281-3703, or see

Unemployed Professional Group, 8:30 a.m.-noon Tuesdays, Greater Portland Career Center, 151 Jetport Blvd., Portland, registration not required.

Maine Genealogical Society, Greater Portland Chapter, 12:30 p.m. first Saturday, First Congregational Church, 301 Cottage Road, South Portland. Free, guests welcome, 409-6205.

Spanish Group, 10 a.m. Wednesdays, South Portland Public Library, 482 Broadway, all levels welcome.

Technology Tutoring at Portland Public Libraries, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Riverton, 1st Wednesday of the month; Burbank, 3rd Wednesday; Peaks Island, 2nd Wednesday; Main Branch, 4th Wednesday. Registration required, 871-1700 x 708. 

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