Maine English teacher and author Dave Patterson discusses his debut novel at the Windham Public Library on March 1 at 6 p.m. “Soon the Light Will be Perfect” is a semi-autobiographical fictionalized story of two boys growing through hardship. Contributed / Windham Public Library

Maine author to discuss novel at library

Author Dave Patterson’s “Soon the Light Will be Perfect” is the story of two adolescent brothers living in a small New England town navigating difficult circumstances – their mother has just been diagnosed with cancer and their father recently lost his job. Patterson will discuss the process of turning his heavily autobiographical story into a work of fiction at the Windham Public Library on March 1 from 6-7 p.m. Attend the session either in person or virtually via Zoom. Contact Ray Marcotte at the library at 892-1908, ext. 5 for more details or email [email protected]

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Meet the ‘Families of Gambo’

Patrick Bonsant will present his film, “The Families of Gambo Mills,” at 1 p.m. March 11 at the Little Meetinghouse on Route 302 in North Windham. Bonsant has done extensive research on the Gambo Mills area and will give his audience a glimpse of what it was like for workers in the famous gunpowder mills and their families. It was a dangerous job, though it paid well, and accidents were an inevitability. Organized by the Windham Historical Society, the presentation is offered free of charge. Refreshments will be served and donations are always welcome.

Irish luncheon

The Windham Parks and Recreation Department is hosting an Irish Luncheon for people age 55 and older. On March 15, wear green and celebrate Irish Heritage Month with a meal of corned beef and cabbage at the Falmouth Community Center in Falmouth. The luncheon features St. Patrick’s Day entertainment with the Stilson dancers performing traditional Irish jigs. The bus leaves the Town Hall parking lot at 8 School Road at 10:30 a.m. and will return at 3 p.m. The cost is $39 per person. For more information, call 892-1905.

Cancer support meeting

The Windham Cancer Support Group meets on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 6:30 p.m. at the Windham Public Library. This group is open to anyone who is affected by cancer, those who are afflicted with the disease, caregivers, and cancer survivors. Enter the meeting via the library’s side door.

Bean supper

The Windham Veterans Center is hosting a bean supper on Saturday, Feb. 18, from 4:30-6 p.m. Stop by their facility behind the Windham Hannaford for a meal of a variety of beans as well as chili, sides, hotdogs, salads and drinks. Finish off with a homemade dessert and do it all for just $10 per person. Kids under 12 eat for free. Feeling lucky? Participate in a 50/50 raffle. All proceeds from the meal will help support replacing the windows at the Veterans Hall.

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