The Water Lantern Festival, featuring food trucks, music and the Portland Harbor lit up with lanterns, will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, at Bug Light Park in South Portland. Visit to learn more. Contributed / Water Lantern Festival


Saturday 8/26

The Writer’s Staycation: Writer’s workshop/meetup, 10 a.m., South Portland Public Library, 482 Broadway, South Portland. Free, registration required.

Tuesday 8/29

Bernice Lerner author talk: “All the Horrors of War,” 6 p.m. Longfellow Books, 1 Monument Way, Portland.

Friday 9/1 & Saturday 9/2

New England Art Book Fair: 5-9 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Space Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland.



Blurb Club in Mechanics’ Hall: Noon, every other Thursday, Congress Square Park, or Mechanics’ Hall, 519 Congress St., Portland, in bad weather. Informal book discussions for adults and seniors. Hosted by Portland Public Library.

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

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

Books on Tap: 4:30 p.m., third Monday, Sea Dog Brewing Company, 3 Cabela Boulevard, Scarborough. Hosted by Scarborough Public Library.,

Casco Bay Writers’ Project at the Hall: 10 a.m. to noon, Thursdays. Mechanic’s Hall, 519 Congress St., Portland.


Civil War Book Club: 7 p.m., Monday monthly, People Plus, 35 Union St., Brunswick.

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

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

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

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

LGBTQ+ Book Group for adults: 6 p.m., second Monday, Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick. Registration required.


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

Preservation Pages: 6 p.m., monthly, various locations in Greater Portland.

Social Topics in Literature Book Group: 6:30-8 p.m., second Wednesday, virtual via 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. To register, email Prince Memorial Library, 266 Main St., Cumberland.

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


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Saturday 8/26

St. Max 5K Road Race and Kids’ Fun Run: Benefits South Portland Food Cupboard, 8:30 a.m., St. Maximilian Kolbe Church, 150 Black Point Road, Scarborough. $20 advance, $25 day-of.

Kids Safety Day: Fire trucks, K-9 demo, car seat education and more, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Elijah Kellogg Church, 917 Harpswell Neck Road, Harpswell.

Minecraft at the library: 1-3 p.m., Scarborough Public Library, 48 Gorham Road, Scarborough.

Water Lantern Festival: Includes food trucks and music, 5-9 p.m., Bug Light Park, South Portland. $26.98-$55.99.

Sunday 8/27


Summer Coin and Stamp Show: 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Topsham Fairgrounds, Fairground Road, Topsham.

Fete Market: Noon to 5 p.m., Après, 148 Anderson St., Portland. Free.

40-Mile Food Festival: Benefits Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association and the Brunswick Topsham Land Trust, 1-4 p.m., Lemont Hall, 2 Pleasant St., Brunswick. $15-$25.

Potter Street walking tour: 1 p.m., Pejepscot History Center, 159 Park Row, Brunswick. $12, $8 members, ages 11 and under free.

Thursday 8/31

Southern Maine Workers’ Center karaoke fundraiser: 7 p.m., Space Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland. Free.


Friday 9/1

East End Vend Makers Market: Noon to 4 p.m., Austin Street Brewery, 115 Fox St., Portland.

Teen FIFA Tournament Series: 3 p.m., downtown Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland. Ages 12-19.

Through 9/9

Brunswick Landing Arts Market: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturdays, Brunswick Naval Aviation Museum, 179 Admiral Fitch Ave., Brunswick.



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

Bath ReStore: 11 Elsinore Ave. 504-9340.

Bellows Supportive Screaming Group: 7 p.m., second Friday, East End Beach, Portland; fourth Friday, Kettle Cove, Cape Elizabeth.

Bingo: 7 p.m., Mondays, Maine Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6859, 687 Forest Ave., Portland.

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

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


CareerCenter Services: 1-3:30 p.m., every other Tuesday. Book an appointment at 883-4723, option 4, or email

Chess Club: 6 p.m., first Wednesday, 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, Coffee by Design, 1 Diamond St., Portland. Email or visit

Connected: 7 p.m., first Monday, 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: For low-income homeowners in Cumberland County. and

Down East Ship Model Guild: 1 p.m., second Thursday, American Legion Post 21, 200 Congress St., Bath. 751-2453,


Figure drawing: 7 p.m., last Sunday, Hustle and Flow, 155 Brackett St., Portland. 18-plus.

Freeport American Legion: 6:30 p.m., second Thursday, Freeport Masonic Lodge, 33 Mallot Drive.

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

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.

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.

Sketcher Group: 10 a.m. to noon, second Friday; sometimes fourth Friday. Scarborough Public Library, 48 Gorham Road, Scarborough.


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

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.


Sunday 8/27

Sunday Brunch: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Byrnes’ Irish Pub, 16 Station Ave., Brunswick.



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.

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, People Plus, 35 Union St., Brunswick.

YMCA: Free online workout videos at and


Thursday 8/31

“Bug Jump”: Craft activities, 1 p.m., Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine, 250 Thompson’s Point Road, Portland. Free with admission.


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


Music Fun with Miss Teresa: 11 a.m., Fridays, Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., 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. All ages. Call 865-3307 to sign up for a 15-minute session or go to

Play Me a Story: 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.

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

Storytime with Miss Robyn: 10:30-11:30 a.m., Thursdays, Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick.


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

Teen Video Games: 2-5 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays, downtown Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland.

Storytime at Merrill Memorial Library: 10:15 a.m., Thursdays for toddlers, Fridays for kids all ages, Merrill Memorial Library, 215 Main St., Yarmouth.



Chebeague Island Library: 4-8 p.m. Mondays; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 10 a.m. to noon Thursdays. 247 South Road, No. 3, Chebeague Island.

Cundy’s Harbor Library, Harpswell: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays; to 7 p.m. Thursdays; to 3 p.m. Saturdays. 935 Cundy’s Harbor Road, Harpswell.


Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick: 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays; to 6 p.m. Fridays; to 5 p.m. Saturdays. 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick. Curbside pickup available Monday through Friday.

Falmouth Memorial Library: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; to 7 p.m. Wednesdays. 5 Lunt Road, Falmouth.

Freeport Community Library: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays; to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 10 Library Drive, Freeport.

Merrill Memorial Library, Yarmouth: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays; to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 215 Main St., Yarmouth.

Patten Free Library, Bath: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays; to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays; to 1 p.m. Saturdays. 33 Summer St., Bath. Homebound Delivery Service to cardholders in Arrowsic, Bath, Georgetown, West Bath and Woolwich. 443-5141, ext. 23.

Prince Memorial Library, Cumberland: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. 266 Main St., Cumberland.


Scarborough Public Library: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays; to 7 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays. 48 Gorham Road, Scarborough.

South Portland Public Library: Main library (482 Broadway) open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays; to 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays. Branch library (155 Wescott Road) open noon to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays and Sundays.

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

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

Parks & Nature


Explore Scarborough Trails: Explore local trails in Scarborough.


Falmouth Land Trust: Guided hikes throughout the year, free.

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 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.



Sunday 8/27

Casco Bay full-day kayak tour: 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Portland Paddle, Cutter Street and Eastern Promenade, Portland. $120. 16-plus.


American Legion Junior Archery Program: 6 p.m. every other Thursday, American Legion George T. Files Post 20, 1 Columbus Drive, Brunswick. See Facebook page or contact 721-1172 or

Bicycle safety classes, riding clinics: Bicycle Coalition of Maine, 38 Diamond St., free.

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.

All-Recovery Meetings: Faith-based support for any recovery, noon Fridays, Portland Recovery Community Center, 102 Bishop St., Portland.

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. 1-800-769-9819, 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 Teen Text Support Line: For ages 13-24, text 207-515-8398, noon to 10 p.m. daily.

OUT Maine: Nonprofit serving LGBTQ+ youths, connects at-risk youth with staff via phone and social media. More information at

Overeaters Anonymous: Virtual meetings and in-person locations around the Midcoast.

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


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 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


Wednesday 8/30

“Maine and the West Indies Trade”: 7:15 p.m., Tate House Museum, 1267 Westbrook St., Portland. $12 advance, $15 at door.

Friday 9/1

“Navigating Hiring Process with a Criminal History”: 1 p.m., virtual, hosted by Maine Workforce Solutions. Free.



Career building, entrepreneurship and money management: Online classes 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

Songwriting Workshop: 6:30 p.m. first Tuesday, 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. Tuesdays, 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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