Library offerings for kids, teens, adults
McArthur Public Library will host the following events this week at 270 Main St., unless otherwise noted:
• All Ages Children’s Storytime will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday.
• A free summer lunch, for all youths ages 18 and younger, will be offered at 11:30 a.m. Mondays through Fridays, through Aug. 19. Meals are provided by the USDA and the Biddeford School Nutrition Program for all youth, regardless of income.
• The Kids Summer Learning Fun Program finale will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, featuring a session on “fairy house” building.
• Teen Summer Learning Activities will host the craft “No Sew Fleece Octopus” from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday.
• The Adult Summer Learning Finale will be held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Drop in for sandwiches and snacks and play book bingo with other readers and learners.
• Biddeford Historical Society and the library partnered up for the talk “Discover New England’s Stone Walls” with Kevin Gardner at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Biddeford Meetinghouse, located at 7 Meetinghouse Road. Gardner is the author of the book “The Granite Kiss.” He will head the talk and give a demonstration about stone walls.

Learn about local World War II soldiers
Highland Lake Grange member and local historian Ken Moody will present “Tragedy In The Skies: Four Flyers from Westbrook in World War II,” at 7 p.m. Saturday at Highland Lake Grange, 9 Hardy Road.
Moody will tell the stories of four young Westbrook men who joined the Army Air Corps during WWII. Lifelong friends, they all heeded the call of duty and experienced disaster during their service.
The Grange is accessible to all, with program on the first floor.
Admission is free. Donations are accepted to benefit Westbrook Veterans Relief Fund. Refreshments will be provided.

Bring in your antiques for appraising 
Kathy Libby, antiques appraiser and owner of Libby’s Antiques at Cornish, Kathy Libby will offer appraisals from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Hiram Historical Society at 20 Historical Ridge (Great Ossipee Museum in the former Mt. Cutler School).
The fee is $5 per item, payable at the door. Walk-ins are welcome at 3:30, 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. Call in advance for appointments of 15 minutes each at 615-4390.
This will be a fundraiser benefiting Hiram Historical Society.

Dancer to put on all-ages ‘Once Upon a Time’ show
The Camden Public Library will host dancers from Camden’s P2P Dance Center, home of Atlantic Ballet Company, for a free 5 p.m. Wednesday performance of “The Enchanted Storybook” at the Camden Amphitheatre, at 55 Main St.
This original jazz-ballet, created by directors Michele and Heather Cox, gives audiences a glimpse into the fairytale lives of five dancing princesses and their fun-loving companions.
The show will feature a super-sized “Once Upon a Time” storybook to transport audiences through stories about Rapunzel, Snow White, Pocahontas, Ariel, and Aurora. As each page is turned, a new landscape unfolds with colorful scenes, setting the stage for each princess and her circle of friends.
Dancers will perform in “The Enchanted Storybook” as a culmination of the P2P Dance Center‘s “Dance your Dream” Summer Camp Program. The students participated in ballet, stretch, and floor barre classes, as part of a four to six-week summer dance camp. The dancers have learned hip-hop, ballet, jazz, and modern choreography, which they will perform in the upcoming production.
The public is invited to attend. Please bring your own seating. The rain date for the show is Thursday.
Donations to help fund the production are appreciated. For more details, go to

Show off your vintage wheels at car show
Registration is now open for the 2022 OBD Williams-Fossett Vintage Car Show on Saturday at the Bristol Consolidated School from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The show welcomes old vehicles of all types, including motorcycles and trucks; collectible and unusual entries are encouraged.
The Olde Bristol Days Parade also returns Saturday with car show vehicles invited to participate. The parade will stage at the Harbor Room restaurant parking lot on Bristol Road from 9 to 10 a.m., commencing promptly at 10 a.m., when vehicles proceed to the school for the show.
To register, email [email protected] or call 677-3707.

Parish festival bring out the Italian spirit 
The 2022 St. Peter’s Italian Bazaar will be held from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday on Federal Street.
The street festival will feature Italian food, pastries, games, live music from Jim Ciampi on Friday and Cory Pesaturo on Saturday.
Generations of St. Peter’s parishoners will gather earlier this week to create the famous pastries for the festival, including anise cookies, filled cookies, lemon cookies, cannoli, pizzelle, tiramisu, almond cream cake, and limoncello cake. The pastry booth at the bazaar will take pre-orders for all of the sweets, with pick up scheduled for 3 to 6 p.m. Friday. To pre-order any of the items call 773-8852 or email [email protected]
For more information, visit


Community band to help church celebrate anniversary
Woodfords Congregational Church UCC is celebrating its 150th anniversary with an old-fashioned band concert at noon Sunday on the church lawn at 202 Woodford St.
The celebration will feature the Bridgton Community Band, one of the few remaining community bands in the state. Musicians from Bridgton and the greater Lakes Region area will present a repertoire that includes everything from rousing marches to classical and pops pieces. The band is under the direction of conductor Steven B. Sweetsir.
The community is welcome to attend and to bring their own picnic lunch, chairs, and blankets to enjoy the festivities. Parking will be available in the church lot. This event will be held rain or shine.
For more details, contact [email protected] or visit

Chamber music festival adds show to summer season
The Portland Chamber Music Festival (PCMF) is offering an expanded summer season with the addition of “Nate’s World” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Hannaford Hall, 88 Bedford St.
“Nate’s World” features artists Nathan Farrington, a bassist, singer, composer and the principal bass of Los Angeles Opera; Teddy Abrams, Musical America’s 2022 Conductor of the Year, music director of the Louisville Orchestra and music director and conductor of the Britt Festival Orchestra and an accomplished pianist and clarinetist; and Gabriel Globus-Hoenich, founder/director of People of Earth global music collective, a percussionist, composer, and arranger. The trio will be joined by violinist Kobi Malkin.
Farrington and Malkin are both members of the East Coast Chamber Orchestra, which is making its Portland debut as PCMF’s inaugural Ensemble in Residence.
In keeping with PCMF’s expansive “all are welcome” approach and passion for connecting extraordinary artists with as wide an audience as possible, all tickets to “Nate’s World” are $25 for adults and free for ages 21 and under for all PCMF concerts held at Hannaford Hall.
Tickets and full season information – including concert details, artist biographies, program notes and more – are available at

All invited to monthly astronomy gathering
The Southern Maine Astronomers’ monthly Star Party will be held from 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday at 179 Neptune Dr.
Come enjoy an evening spent fraternizing with amateur astronomers, hobbyists and beginners alike, and observe the stars. There is no equipment required, as the club will have several telescopes set up for viewing, but attendees may bring their own equipment if they like.
The event, to be held rain or shine, also will include a laser pointer tour of the sky and a talk about meteor showers. In the event of inclement weather, the meeting will occur indoors and include talks, telescope demos and observing tips.
For more details, call 751-4651 or go to

Library offers array of programs
Springvale Public Library will host the following events this week at 443 Main St.:
• Storytime with Miss Sheila will meet at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Children’s Room for ages 3 to 7. Expect stories, fingerplays, and movement.
• The Summer Reading Program Celebration Party will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday. Embody the Rhythm and New Moon Ensemble will perform West African dancing and drumming. This free event is for all ages.
• The TAG Teen Program will meet at 3 p.m. Wednesday to make a bag out of a T-shirt. Attendees should bring a shirt of their choice. Then, on Friday, make sushi with a Japanese gummy kit. These are the last meetings of the summer.
• “Roots of Genocide,” presented by Dr. Robert Burnheim, will be at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. This program will discuss the nature of genocide – the large-scale organized exclusion and killing of populations. We’ll discuss government and ideologically initiated murder of the following genocides: the Herero tribe of southwest Africa, the Armenians in Turkey, the Holocaust, the Cambodian Killing Fields, Rwanda, and of course, the war on Ukraine. Dr. Burnheim teaches at UMaine and his research focuses on Eastern European genocides.
• The adult craft of the month is Chinese paper lanterns. They originated during the Han dynasty when they were used as lamp shades in ancient China. Lanterns play an important role in social events and religious festivities. They light the way for guests as well as the souls of ancestors. The color red is good luck and prosperity. Join Lesley on Facebook Live at 6 p.m. Thursday for tips and tricks.
For more details, call 324-4624 or email

Santa making rare summer appearance 
Wells Public Library will host a “Santa in the Summer” event at 3 p.m. Tuesday at 1434 Post Road.
Come to the library and hang out with a holiday favorite – maybe even take the opportunity to tell him what’s on your wish list. Stories and activities will be provided for the whole family to enjoy. All ages are welcome to attend.
This free event is sponsored by the Friends of the Wells Public Library.
For more details, contact Allison Herman at [email protected] or call the library at 646-8181.

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