Attend a free “Contemplative Winter Walk” at the Pleasant Hill Preserve with the Scarborough Land Trust on Sunday, Jan. 29, at 2 p.m. Contributed / Scarborough Land Trust


Thursday 2/2

Community read, “Parable of the Sower”: 6 p.m. “Parable of the Sower,” a graphic novel adaptation, adapted by Damien Duffy, illustrated by John Jennings. Downtown Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland.


Blurb Club in Mechanics’ Hall: noon, every other Thursday in Mechanics’ Hall, 519 Congress St., Portland. Informal book discussions for adults and seniors. Hosted by Portland Public Library, Riverton Branch.

Books a la Carte: 2 p.m., third Tuesday of the month. Book and author discussions, no assigned reading. People Plus, 35 Union St., Brunswick.

Books and Brews: 6 p.m., first Wednesday of the month, Flight Deck Brewing, Brunswick Landing, 11 Atlantic Ave., Brunswick.


Books on Tap: 4:30 p.m., third Monday of the month, Nonesuch River Brewing, 201 Gorham Road, Scarborough. Hosted by Scarborough Public Library.,

Casco Bay Writers’ Project at the Hall: 10 a.m. to noon, Thursdays. Registration preferred. COVID records required. Maine Charitable Mechanic Association, 519 Congress St., Portland.

Civil War Book Club: 7 p.m., second Monday of the month, People Plus, 35 Union St., Brunswick.

Great Books Discussion: 10 a.m. to noon, second Saturday, Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road.,

Guerilla Poetry Whoop: 6:30 p.m., second Thursday of the month via Zoom. Registration required. Hosted by Thomas Memorial Library in Cape Elizabeth.

Just Desserts Mystery Group: 6:30-7:30 p.m., second Tuesday of the month, Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick.


Monday Afternoon Book Group: 1 p.m., first Monday of the month, hybrid on Zoom and at Curtis Memorial Library, 200 Maine St., Brunswick.

Race and Equity Book Group: 6:30-8 p.m., second Wednesday of the month on Zoom. Registration required. Hosted by Prince Memorial Library.

South Portland Public Library Writers’ Group: 2-4 p.m., first and third Saturdays via Zoom. No experience necessary. Registration required.

Thursday Afternoon Book Group: 3-4:30 p.m., last Thursday of the month. To register, email Prince Memorial Library, Cumberland.

Free E-Books: free military history, African-American history and Latino history downloads at

Write On Writers: 1 p.m., Wednesdays, People Plus, 35 Union St., Brunswick.


Bulletin Board

Friday 1/27 & Saturday 1/28

“Mars Quest”: 1 p.m., Southworth Planetarium, 96 Falmouth St., Portland.

Monday 1/30

A New Year Reboot: learn meditation: 1 p.m., People Plus, 35 Union St., Brunswick.

Tuesday 1/31

“Two Small Pieces of Glass”: 1 p.m., history and science of telescopes, Southworth Planetarium, 96 Falmouth St., Portland.


Through 2/1

Mainely Chiropractic of Freeport: free community meditation and sound healing sessions: 11 a.m., Wednesdays, 15 Main Street, Suite No. 13, Freeport.

Thursday 2/2

“Expedition Reef”: 1 p.m., ecosystem of coral reefs, Southworth Planetarium, 96 Falmouth St., Portland.

Thursday 2/3

Gentle Yoga Flow with Sara Helman: 11 a.m., Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Drive, Freeport.


Through 2/28

Habitat for Humanity “Love to Build Art” Auction: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays, Habitat ReStore, 7 Rivers Maine, 126 Main St., Topsham. Live bidding begins Feb. 14.


Adult Chess Drop-In: 3 p.m., Saturdays. Bring your own chess board if you have one. Prince Memorial Library, 266 Main St., Cumberland.

Bridge: 1 p.m., Mondays, People Plus, 35 Union St.,

Cafe en Français French Conversation Club: 2:30 p.m., fourth Tuesday of the month, People Plus, 35 Union St., Brunswick.


CareerCenter Services: 1-5 p.m., every other Tuesday. Book an appointment at 883-4723, option 4, or email

Chess Club: 6 p.m., first Wednesday of the month, Curtis Library Chess Club. All ages; children under age 8 must be accompanied by adult. Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick.

Citizens Climate Lobby Portland Chapter: 9-10:30 a.m., first Saturday of the month at Coffee by Design, 1 Diamond St., Portland. Email or visit

Connected: 7 p.m., first Monday of the month, nondenominational social group for widowers, widows, divorced and singles 55 and over. St. Charles Borromeo Church Hall in Brunswick, 132 McKeen St. Guest speaker, light refreshments. 725-1266 or 725-8386,

Critical Home Repair program: Habitat for Humanity partners with low-income homeowners who require safety and structural repairs, including accessibility issues, unsafe roofing or flooring, lack of heat, and electrical or plumbing hazards. Cumberland County residents only.

Down East Ship Model Guild: 1 p.m., second Thursday of every month, 200 Congress St., Bath. 751-2453,


Folk Dance Brunswick: 6 p.m., Fridays, People Plus, 35 Union St., Brunswick.

Freeport American Legion: 6:30 p.m., every second Thursday of the month, Freeport Masonic Lodge, 33 Mallot Drive. All veterans welcome.

Hair Cuts with Margarita: 9 a.m., Fridays, People Plus, 35 Union St., Brunswick. $10, proceeds go to the center. Appointments required. Open to the public.

Live Tech Help: 1-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road, Topsham.

Loosen Up with Bea: 9 a.m., Mondays, People Plus, 35 Union St., Brunswick.

Loosen Up with Suzanne: 9 a.m., Fridays, People Plus, 35 Union St., Brunswick.


Mah-Jongg: 9 a.m., Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, People Plus, 35 Union St., Brunswick.

Maine Irish Heritage Trail: self-guided historical Portland and South Portland tours, map at

Portland ReStore: 659 Warren Ave.

Portland Swing Project: swing dance classes for all levels, Mechanics Hall, 519 Congress St., Portland.

Scarborough 55-plus Games and Gather: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesdays and Fridays. Coffee, snacks, games and camaraderie. Free. No registration necessary. SCS Hub, 418 Payne Road, Scarborough.

Senior Bingo: noon, Mondays, Scarborough Community Center Hub, 418 Payne Road, Scarborough, 55-plus, $2 at door, no registration necessary.


Stump Trivia: 6 p.m., Thursdays, Sea Dog Brewing Company, 725 Broadway, South Portland.

Thursday Night Stomp Swing Dance: 7 p.m., Thursdays biweekly, Maine Ballroom Dance (upstairs), 616 Congress St., Portland.

Topsham ReStore: 126 Main St., 504-9340.

Trivia Night: 6:30-8 p.m., Thursdays, Byrnes’ Irish Pub, 38 Centre St., Bath. 7 p.m., Wednesdays at 16 Station Ave., Brunswick.

Vigils for Peace and Justice: 5-5:30 p.m., Fridays, Brunswick Town Mall, Maine Street at Park Row.




A Common Yarn: 1-3 p.m., Thursdays, 5 Lunt Road, Falmouth Memorial Library. A textile craftsmanship group. Email to join.

Calico Quilters: 7 p.m., first and third Mondays, North Yarmouth Congregational Church, Route 115, 7-9 p.m. Contact

Craft Meetup: 4:30-6 p.m., Mondays, Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick.

Fiber Arts Club: 10 a.m., Mondays, People Plus, 35 Union St., Brunswick.

Library Knitting Group: 10 a.m. to noon, Saturdays, hybrid on Zoom and in-person at Scarborough Public Library. Email or call 883-4723, option 5.


Monday 1/30


January Spice Club: Baharat: 10 a.m., Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Drive, Freeport.


Brunswick Meals on Wheels: Call Casey Henson at 729-0757 or visit People Plus, 35 Union St., Brunswick.

Freeport Community Services Food Pantry:  in-person shopping Mondays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesdays 9:30-11:30 a.m., Wednesdays 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 55 Depot St., Freeport.

Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program: 12 Tenney Way, Brunswick, 725-2716.

 Scarborough 55+ Program Senior Lunch: 11 a.m., Wednesdays, SCS Hub, 418 Payne Road, Scarborough.


Souper Supper at St. Mary’s: 5-7 p.m., second and fourth Fridays, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 43 Foreside Road, Falmouth. Free meals.

The Sharing Table: Food For All: 11:30 a.m., Tuesdays, Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick.

Wayside Meal Program: 5:30-6:30 p.m., Thursdays, Deering Center Community Church, 4 Brentwood St., Portland. To volunteer or learn more, call 773-2423.



Dempsey Center: health and wellness workshops such as yoga, acupressure, massage and meditation.

Free Age-Friendly Yoga Class: 9:30 a.m., Mondays, Freeport Community Services, 53 Depot St., Freeport.


Gentle Chair Yoga for Seniors: 1 p.m., Thursdays, Freeport Community Services, open to all.

Living Well with Chronic Pain: group workshop by Healthy Living for Me. Registration required. Contact 800-620-6036, or

Medicare 101 with Spectrum Generations: 12:30-2 p.m., second Tuesday of every month, People Plus, 35 Union St., Brunswick.

YMCA: free online workout videos at and


Through 1/27

Makerspace: Patterns of Motion collaborative art project: 10:30 a.m., Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine, 250 Thompsons Point Road, Portland.


Friday 1/27

Visiting scientist, veterinarian: 10 a.m., Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine, 250 Thompsons Point Road, Portland.

Monday 1/30

Play Your Way sensory-friendly playtime: 2 p.m., free, reservation required. Email or call 828-1234, ext. 230. Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine, 250 Thompsons Point Road, Portland.

Tuesday 1/31 & Wednesday 2/1

Potato stamps, grab-and-go craft: 5 p.m., kids 5 and up, Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Drive, Freeport.


Thursday 2/2

Science for Tots: Sensory Art Valentines: 9:30 a.m., kids 5 and under, Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine, 250 Thompsons Point Road, Portland.


Chess Club: 6 p.m., first and third Wednesdays of the month, open to all ages, children younger than 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick.

Children’s story time: 10:30 a.m., Saturdays, during the school year, Chebeague Island Library, 247 South Road.

Dangerous Thinking Club: 5-6 p.m., third Thursday of the month, Merrill Memorial Library, 215 Main St., Yarmouth. For teens who like to think, read and discuss. Email for more information or visit to register.


Library Storytime: 10:30 a.m. Fridays. Join us on the lawn at the South Portland Library for stories and songs for all ages. Bring sunscreen and hats as needed. Blankets will be provided but feel free to bring your own.

Music Fun with Miss Teresa: 10:30 a.m., Fridays, Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick.

OUT Maine free youth programs: free youth LGBTQ+ programs, registration required at

Paws and Read with Therapy Dogs: 3:30-4:30 p.m., Mondays, Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Drive. Call 865-3307 to sign up for a 15-minute session or go to

 Portland Stage Play Me a Story Education Program: 10:30 a.m., Saturdays, Portland Stage, 25A Forest Ave, Portland. $15 for a month, or specific date options. Professional performances and workshops for ages 4-10.

Story Time for Children: 10:30 a.m., Tuesdays, Downtown Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland.


Story Time With Miss Robyn: 10:30-11:15 a.m., Wednesdays, Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick.

Storytime with Taylor: 10:15 and 10:45 a.m., Mondays and Thursdays, Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Drive, Freeport.

Teen Video Games: 2-5 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays, open to teens at the downtown Portland Library, Riverton Branch, 1600 Forest Ave.

Toddler Storytime: 10:15 a.m., Thursdays, Merrill Memorial Library, 215 Main St., Yarmouth.



Chebeague Island Library: open Mondays 4-8 p.m.; Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Thursdays 10 a.m. to noon. Closed Sundays.


Cundy’s Harbor Library: open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, 935 Cundy’s Harbor Road, Harpswell.

Curtis Memorial Library: open every day. 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick. Curbside available Monday through Friday.

Falmouth Memorial Library: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday; 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday. 5 Lunt Road. Masks required.

Freeport Community Library: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Thursday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. FCL To Go 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.

Merrill Memorial Library: open Monday through Saturday; curbside pickup available. Free access for Yarmouth residents to the virtual library TumbleBooks at Digital Maine Library and cloudLibrary also available.

Patten Free Library in Bath: Monday through Saturday, 33 Summer St., Bath. Curbside pickup still available, call 443-5141 or go online. Access to cloudLibrary, the New York Times, TumbleBooks and more.  Homebound Delivery Service  to cardholders in Arrowsic, Bath, Georgetown, West Bath and Woolwich. 443- 5141 ext. 23.


Prince Memorial Library in Cumberland: Tuesdays 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 266 Main Street, Cumberland. CloudLibrary is accessible to check out eBooks.

Scarborough Public Library: Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. 48 Gorham Road, Scarborough. Digital services available.

South Portland Public Library: Main Library open Monday through Saturday, branch open Tuesday through Friday, and Sunday. For more information, call 767-7660 or visit

Thomas Memorial Library, Cape Elizabeth: open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on  Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays; open to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 6 Scott Dyer Road, Cape Elizabeth.

Topsham Public Library: open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; open to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; open to 4 p.m. Saturdays. 25 Foreside Road, Topsham.

Parks & Nature

Sunday 1/29


Contemplative Winter Walk: 2 p.m., free, Pleasant Hill Preserve, 256-280 Pleasant Hill Road, Scarborough.


Explore Scarborough Trails:

Falmouth Land Trust: guided hikes throughout the year, free and open to all.

Guided Walks with Freeport Conservation Trust: Freeport Community Services, 53 Depot St., Freeport.

Maine Audubon sanctuaries in Falmouth, Freeport, Scarborough and West Bath: free and open to the public from dawn to dusk. No pets.


Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife: information about recreational opportunities, including fishing, riding, hunting, trapping and hiking at

Natural Resources Council of Maine: maps to explore the state.

Wolfe’s Neck Center in Freeport: hiking, gardening, workshops and more, free and open from dawn to dusk.


Tuesday 2/1

Fat-tire biking course: 10 a.m., equipment provided, registration required. L.L. Bean Fogg Farm, 11 Desert Road, Freeport.

Friday 2/3


Free par-3 disc golf: 11 a.m., Tripping Gnome Farm, 64 Lupine Lane, Freeport.


American Legion Junior Archery Program: 6 p.m., Brunswick American Legion George T Files Post 20, 1 Columbus Drive, Brunswick.

Bicycle Coalition of Maine: 38 Diamond Street, Portland. Free safety classes and riding clinics, including off-road biking.

Maine By Foot: maps of walking trails throughout Maine, including wheelchair-accessible trails. Can be filtered by town.




Al Anon: alcohol addiction, recovery resources. 1-888-4AL-ANON.

Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter: helpline at 800-272-3900 available 24/7.

Dempsey Center: classes, workshops and groups to help and support in the fight against cancer. Free. Registration required. Email or call 877-336-7287.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous: 8 a.m., Saturdays, 30 Liza Harmon Drive, Westbrook. Additional dates and meetings on Zoom.

Health Care and Frontline Workers: free confidential coaching, wellness workshops and connection groups for those who may be feeling down, disconnected or discouraged. Call 1-800-769-9819, see or email

Maine Coalition to Fight Prostate Cancer One2One Confidential line: leave a message at 441-5374 or 1-855-552-7200 ext. 801; a volunteer will call back.


National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI Maine) Teen Text Support Line: a mental health program for youths 13-24, text 207-515-8398, noon to 10 p.m. daily.

OUT Maine: a nonprofit that serves LGBTQ+ youths throughout the state, connects staff with at-risk youth through the phone and social media. More information at

Sexual Assault Support Services of Midcoast Maine: free and private virtual support groups at, or call ​1-800-871-7741.

Sweetser mental health resources: online exercises to cope with daily challenges, visit for titles such as Staying Connected While Social Distancing, Managing Time at Home with the Kids, and Parenting in Challenging Times and Changing Plans.

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly):  729-6400,

The Yellow Tulip Project: support and community for those with mental illnesses, online resources at


Walking with Moms in Need: 3 p.m., Fridays. Unplanned pregnancy support group and services. Holy Martyrs Church, 266 Foreside Road, Falmouth. 847-6885 or



Dempsey Center: help make life better for people affected by cancer in Scarborough and Portland. Clayton’s House host in Portland, orientation ambassador, wig and headwear consultant, Reiki, community gardeners needed.

Northern New England Region of the American Red Cross: Review the most urgently needed positions at or contact Volunteer Services at or 800-464-6692.

Puppy raisers and sitters: Maine Region of Guiding Eyes for the Blind has ongoing need for people in greater to teach basic skills and socialize puppies and for puppy sitters. or visit

Women Build: Habitat for Humanity program to construct affordable housing, details at



Monday 1/30

“A Matter of Balance,” SMAA virtual wellness course: 4-week series, Mondays and Wednesdays, 1-3 p.m., Zoom, through March 1. Registration required.

Through 3/22

L.L. Bean, free fly-tying class: 5 p.m. beginner, 7 p.m. intermediate, Wednesdays, 95 Main St., Freeport. Registration required.


Career Building, Entrepreneurship and Money Management classes: online by New Ventures Maine. Free, monthly schedule at


Conversational Spanish Group: 1 p.m., Fridays via Zoom, hosted by South Portland Public Library. Open to all skill levels. Register at

Free College Courses: for adult education students through Maine DOE and community college system.

“From Farm to Table Fare”: seven-video series about preparing locally sourced cuts from a whole chicken, selecting and grinding cuts of beef, and using prepared beef and chicken in recipes, free at

Healthy Living for ME: classes on a variety of health topics, many are free. Visit for schedule and registration.

Interviews with the Irish in Maine: hosted by Maine Irish Heritage Center on

Maine Audubon: nature and environment classes and workshops, many free.


Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Organization: free newsletter at Resources and classes at

Medicare 101 with Spectrum Generations: 12:30 p.m., second Tuesday of every month, People Plus, 35 Union St., Brunswick.

Songwriting Workshop: 6:30 p.m., first Tuesday of the month, Thomas Memorial Library Community Room, 6 Scott Dyer Road, Cape Elizabeth. Registration closes at noon the day of the workshop. Register at

Southern Maine Agency on Aging: resources, services and education for healthy aging, in-person and remote. Call 396-6500 or email

Support Maine Wildlife with Native Maine Plants: Maine Audubon online plant finder at for plants best suited for specific sites, provide best ecological function and benefit, and complement the landscape.

Techspresso: help with technology 2-3:30 p.m. every Tuesday, Merrill Memorial Library, Yarmouth. Schedule a 15-min appointment. Sign up at circulation desk or by phone.

Wolfe’s Neck Farm: educational environmental activities at

World Affairs Conversation Group: 11 a.m., every other Friday, People Plus, 35 Union St., Brunswick.

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