Midcoast Community Calendar: March 8-18

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Benefits

Saturday 3/16 

St. Patrick’s Day Party to benefit teen mission to the Adirondacks, 7-9 p.m., St. Charles Borromeo Church, 132 McKeen St., Brunswick. Live music, dancing, raffle, auction, refreshments, adults/$10, kids/$5, family max/$25.

Books/Authors

Thursday 3/7

“The White Mountain: Rediscovering Mount Washington’s Hidden Culture,” author talk by Dan Szczesny, 6 p.m., Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Rd.

Monday 3/11

Friends of Wiscasset Library, 9:30 a.m., 21 High St., supports Wiscasset Public Library, 882-7161.

Ongoing

The Library Bookstore, 194 Front St., Bath, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday, books, audio books, CDs, DVDs and puzzles for all ages.

Writing Group, 2 p.m. second Thursday, Cundy’s Harbor Library, 935 Cundy’s Harbor Rd., Harpswell. For writers of all genres, cundysharbor.me.

Great Books, 10 a.m.-noon, second Saturday, Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road, always looking for new members, email emma@topshamlibrary.com.

Men’s Book Club, 4 p.m. third Thursday, Topsham Public Library, 725-1727, emma@topshamlibrary.org.

Rare Reads, 6 p.m., third Thursday, Topsham Public Library, discussions of unusual and interesting new fiction, always looking for new members; registration not required, emma@topshamlibrary.org.

Reading Between the Panels, 6 p.m. every fourth Tuesday through May, Topsham Public Library, discuss all things graphic novel from classic comic book collections to the latest in graphic novels, 725-1727.

Friends Book Discussion Group, 10:15 a.m., third Friday of each month, Wiscasset Friends of the Library, 21 High St., free and open to the public, newcomers always welcome.

Bulletin Board

Bath Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-noon every Saturday, Bath Freight Shed, 27 Commercial St.

Reduced Price Hair Cuts for Seniors, drop-in 9 a.m.-noon Fridays, People Plus, 35 Union Ave., Brunswick, $10 charge benefits People Plus, public welcome.

Ongoing

Senior Bingo, 6:30 p.m., second and fourth Wednesday, Bath Area Senior Center, 45 Floral St., age 16+.

AARP Tax Aide, Tuesday mornings and Thursday afternoons through April 15, People Plus, 35 Union St., Brunswick, free, call 729-0757 for an appointment.

Brunswick Toastmasters, first and third Tuesdays, 6:15-8 p.m., 8 Venture Ave., Brunswick Landing, guests welcome, register at 2156.toastmastersclubs.org, 241-2294.
People Plus Community Center, 35 Union St., Brunswick. Offers fitness, classes, socials, meals, sports, travel and more, peopleplusmaine.org.

Community Spay-Neuter Clinic of Topsham, free neuter and rabies shots for feral, stray and barn cats. Free transportation and trapping available in parts of Androscoggin, Kennebec, Cumberland, Sagadahoc, Lincoln & Oxford counties, 721-8395.

Sip & Stitch, knitting and crocheting, 10 a.m.-noon first and third Saturdays, Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Rd., 725-1727.

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.

Call for Volunteers
 
American Cancer Society seeks volunteers for Relay For Life and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, contact Ellen Russell at 373-3733 or Ellen.Russell@cancer.org.
People Plus is seeking volunteers to staff the reception desk at 35 Union Ave., Brunswick. Contact Gladys Szabo at 729-0757 or inquire within.

Ongoing

American Cancer Society volunteer drivers wanted to transport cancer patients to treatment in the Mid-Coast area, call 462-6307, elisa.madore@cancer.org.

American Cancer Society, volunteers needed in the Topsham office, Road To Recovery program, Look Good Feel Better program, Relay For Life events and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks, see cancer.org/involved/volunteer.html, or contact Danielle Blais at Danielle.blais@cancer.org or 373-3700, ext. 3720.

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

Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice, Brunswick area, training provided, 777-7740, AHCH.org.

Big Brothers Big Sisters, mentors willing to commit one year and spend eight hours a month with a child 6-14. Contact Brunswick office at 729-7736 or bigbbigs@bbbsbathbrun.org.

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

Friends of Merrymeeting Bay seeks volunteers interested in preserving the bay to assist with speaker series, assemble mailings and more, 666-1118, fomb.org.

Habitat for Humanity 7 Rivers Maine, ongoing need for volunteers, learn more about current opportunities by calling 504-9341 or emailing mark@habitat7rivers.org.

ReStore, donations of appliances, complete kitchen cabinet sets, and furniture in good condition needed, call 504-9341, drop off at 126 Main St., Topsham, Tuesday- Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.

Mid Coast Hospital, looking for people to work in the cafe, gift shop, or greeting patients, 123 Medical Center Drive, Brunswick, 373-6015.

Red Cross Blood Drives: Visit redcrossblood.org/give.html/find-drive, or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment.

Refugee and Immigration Services, a program of Catholic Charities Maine, has ongoing needs for committed residents who will help new Mainers find employment. FMI, Paul Mullaney, pmullaney@ccmaine.org.

Sexual Assault Support Services of Mid Coast Maine will train volunteers to provide support and information to callers on 24-hour hotline, 725-2181, 594-8580 or 338-4622, clientservices@sassmm.org.

SEARCH Program of Greater Bath, assist seniors by providing companionship, transportation, assistance with errands, 837-8810, cszalay@ccmaine.org.

Tri-County Literacy, will train tutors to work with adults, 443-6384, literacyvolunteers@tricountyliteracy.org.
Dining Out

Saturday 3/9

Fish Chowder Luncheon, 11 a.m.- 1 p.m., South Freeport Congregational Church, 98 South Freeport Rd., $10, $7 for takeout.

Good Food and Good Friends, 5-6:30 p.m., Brunswick United Methodist Church, corner of 320 Church and Raymond roads. Menu includes beans, salads, casseroles, homemade pies. Adults/$9, kids/$4, reserve at 725-2185.

Thursday 3/14

Lunch with Friends, noon, hosted by Harpswell Aging at Home at Merriconeag Grange Hall, 529 Harpswell Neck Rd. Free and open to all Harpswell residents; to volunteer call Anne Taft at 725-5716 or dtaft48@comcast.net.

Saturday 3/16

Bean Supper, 4-6 p.m., Topsham Fair Exhibition Hall. Menu includes 3 kinds of beans, hot dogs, casseroles, slaw, brown bread. Adults/$7.50, kids/$3. All proceeds benefit the Topsham Trail Riders and the Topsham Fair Association.

Ongoing
 
Coasters Luncheon Group, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. every Thursday, Bath Area Senior Center, Floral Street. Includes entree with potato, vegetable, biscuit for $7, all welcome.
Lunch with Friends, every Tuesday at noon, hosted by Harpswell Aging at Home at Bailey Island Union Church, 2141 Harpswell Islands Rd. Free and open to all Harpswell residents; to volunteer call Surrey Hardcastle at 833-0092 or surreysh@comcast.net.

Health

10 Tips – Healthy Eating Classes, 2-3 p.m., Thursdays March 14-April 11, Maine Snap-Ed at Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick. Free, registration required through 725- 5242, #2.

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.

Training for a Cause, 10:15-11 a.m. Saturdays through March 30, Wilcox Wellness & Fitness, 275 Bath Rd., Brunswick. Free training session with donation to Mid-Coast Humane Society. Details and registration at bit.ly/2XdNBeE.

Tuesday 3/12

Walk A Labyrinth, noon-7 p.m., First Parish Church, UCC, 9 Cleaveland St., Brunswick. Offers meditative relaxation.

“Medicare 101,” 12:30 p.m., People Plus, 35 Union St., Brunswick. Learn about Medicare and its many “parts;” open to the public the 2nd Tuesday of each month. By donation, registration required, 729-0757.

Saturday 3/16 

Yoga for Aging, 2 p.m., Patten Free Library, 33 Summer St., Bath, 75-minute session designed for 55+, by donation to benefit library, register at Johnna@ebbandflowyoga.com.

Ongoing

AARP/Alzheimer’s Association Resource Finder, programs, events, services, housing options, www.communityresourcefinder.org.

American Red Cross provides free, basic classes in CPR, first aid, babysitting, water safety, AED and more at 16 Community Way, Topsham, 729-6779, 563-3299, www.redcross.org/take-a-class.

Blood pressure clinic, 10 a.m.-noon Wednesdays, Mid Coast Center for Community Health & Wellness, 329 Maine St., Brunswick, midcoasthealth.com/wellness/classes.

Group meditation, 9 a.m.-noon Sundays, Shambhala Center, 19 Mason St., Brunswick, brunswickmaine.shambhala.org, 729-7402.

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

TOPS (Take Off the Pounds Sensibly), weight loss support group, find a local meeting at www.tops.org.

Weight Watchers, American Legion Hall, Columbus Drive, Brunswick, 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays; 12:30 p.m. Thursdays; 9 a.m. Saturdays, weightwatchersmaine.com/meetings/brunswick.

Yoga for Cancer, 5-5:45 p.m. Thursdays, Maine Pines Racquet & Fitness, 120 Harpswell Road, Brunswick, mainepines.com/yoga/workshops-and-sessions, 729-8433.

Just for Kids

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

Therapy Dog Story Hour, 4-5 p.m., Mondays in March through May, Freeport Community Library, open to kids of all ages, reserve through 865-3307.

Sign Language Story Time, 10:30-11 a.m. first Tuesday from March through May, Freeport Community Library, open to newborns to age 6.

Saturday 3/9

Craft Cafe, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., for ages 5-11 at Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Dr., free and open to the public.

Tuesday 3/12

317 Main Little Roots Musical Adventure, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Patten Free Library, 33 Summer St., Bath. Music educators will sing, play and introduce age-appropriate instruments to 3-6-year-olds. Preregister through 443-5141, ext. 16.

Ongoing

Story Time, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Thursdays, Cundy’s Harbor Library, 935 Cundy’s Harbor Road, 725-1461, cundysharbor.me.

Book Babies, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Patten Free Library, 33 Summer St., Bath, 20 minutes of rhyming stories, fingerplays and songs for babies and toddlers, followed by informal playtime.

Lego League, 4-5 p.m. Tuesdays, Patten Free Library, Bath, open play for ages 6-11.

Storytimes for 2’s & 3’s, 10:30-11 a.m., Thursdays, Patten Free Library, Bath, short stories, songs, puppets and a craft.

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

Sign Language Story Time, 10:30-11 a.m. first Tuesday through May, Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Dr., free and open to the public for newborns to age 6.

Therapy Dog Story Hour, Freeport Community Library, 4-5 p.m. Mondays through February for kids of all ages, adult supervision required, call 865-3307 to reserve.

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

Lego Club, 3:45-4:45 p.m. third Wednesday for ages 5-11, Freeport Community Library, supervision required, to May 15.

Preschool Story Time, 11-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Freeport Community Library.

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

Baby & Me10 a.m. Thursdays for 15-20 minutes with songs, action rhymes, and board books for birth to 2 years, Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Rd., Topsham, 725-1727, topshamlibrary.org.

Music & Rhyme Time for Twos, 10:30 a.m. Thursdays for 20-30 minutes with music, dance and action rhymes, for 2-year-olds and their grown-ups, Topsham Public Library, 725-1727, topshamlibrary.org.

Preschool Storytime, 10 a.m. Wednesdays for 30-45 minutes, with songs, dance, instruments, action rhymes for ages 3-5, Topsham Public Library, 725-1727, topshamlibrary.org.

3rd Saturday Teen Crafting, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Topsham Public Library, each month features a different project for ages 11-18 only, no registration required.

Young Critics, 5 p.m. third Tuesday, Topsham Public Library, always looking for new members, registration required, email emma@topshamlibrary.org for details.

Support

Ongoing 

Amistad Peer Support and Recovery Center851 Washington St., Bath, classes and support groups to address suicide prevention, depression/bipolar, addictions, contact Patrick Metro at metropatrick@gmail.com, 389-4936.

Chronic Pain Support Group, open to people with chronic pain, their families and friends, first Tuesday, 6-7 p.m. Mid Coast Hospital, Brunswick, 725-7854.

Dementia Caregivers Education Series, 4-5 p.m., third Thursday, Mid Coast Senior Health Center, 58 Baribeau Dr., Brunswick, 373-3646.

Family Crisis Services, local domestic violence resource center provides legal help, shelter and support. For support groups held in Brunswick call 721-0199; 24-hour hotline 800-537-6066, throughthesedoors.com.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous, Mondays, 9 a.m., St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 27 Pleasant St., Brunswick, 837-3581; Wednesdays, 7 p.m., Topsham Medical Building, 4 Horton Place, 528-5550; Fridays, 6:30 p.m., Bath Police Dept., 250 Water St., Bath 442-7557; Saturdays, 9 a.m., Mid Coast Hospital (Medical Offices Building) 121 Medical Center Drive, 865-9160.

Grief Support Groups, for survivors of those who have died from substance abuse or suicide, grieving child or parent, holiday-related and more, CHANS Home Health Care and Hospice, 45 Baribeau Drive, Brunswick, call 721-1357 for specifics.

Lyme Disease Support Group, 5:30-8 p.m. first Wednesday, Mid Coast Hospital, 123 Medical Center Drive, Brunswick in cafe conference rooms, 841-8757.

Moving On discussion group, 10 a.m. second and fourth Tuesdays, Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road, for surviving spouses of retirement age on how to build a new life, 725-1727, topshamlibrary.org.

Multiple Sclerosis Society, coffee and conversation group, 10-11 a.m., first Tuesday, Handy’s Market, 367 Main St., Yarmouth, cafandconyar@gmail.com.

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, 7 p.m. fourth Wednesday, Mid Coast Medical Group, 81 Medical Center Drive, Brunswick, 319-7956.

Overeaters Anonymous, Tuesdays, noon, St. Mary’s Church, 144 Lincoln Street, Bath, 729 3149; Thursdays, 7 p.m., St.Paul’s Episcopal Church, 27 Pleasant St., Brunswick, 386 1740.

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.

Pet Loss Grief Support Group, Center for Grief and Loss, 45 Baribeau Drive, Brunswick, for both anticipatory grief and death of a pet. For schedule see https://bit.ly/2OU7JhV, call 721-1357.

Prostate Cancer Network Group, 6:30-8:30 p.m., third Tuesday, Mid Coast Hospital, 123 Medical Center Drive, Brunswick in cafe conference room.

Sexual Assault Support Services of Midcoast Maine and Mid Coast Hospital, support groups for adult and adolescent survivors of child sexual abuse, www.sassmm.org; 24-hour helpline 1-800-871-7741.

Survivors of Suicide Loss, CHANS Hospice and Volunteers, 45 Baribeau Drive, Brunswick, contact Andy Sokoloff at 721-1357, asokoloff@midcoasthealth.com for meeting times.

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, ezine@catherinegentile.com.

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Weigh-in 6-6:40 p.m., meeting follows every Monday, Berean Baptist Church, 15 Cumberland St., Brunswick.  FMI 729-6400, www.tops.org/tops/TOPS/FindAMeeting.aspx.

Women with Cancer Support Group, open to women diagnosed with any type of cancer at any age, meets third Tuesdays, 3-4:30 p.m., board room of MidCoast Hospital, 123 Medical Center Drive, Brunswick, 373-6546.

Women’s Circle, for women in a controlling or abusive relationship, free and confidential, Mid Coast Outreach Office of Family Crisis Services, 24-helpline 800-537-6066; office, 721-0199.

Workshops/Walks/Talks

Saturday 3/9

Winter Tree ID, 2 p.m., Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park, Freeport. Meet at second parking lot, weather permitting. Free with park admission, 865-4465.

Sunday 3/10

“Beyond the Leaves: Winter Tree ID,” 1 p.m., Kennebec Estuary Land Trust hosts at Butler Head Preserve, Bath. Registration required, 442-8400, http://bit.ly/2E1SoXQ.

Animal Tracking on Snowshoes, 1:45 p.m., Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park, Freeport, meet at second parking lot, snowshoes provided, weather permitting. Free with admission.

Pejepscot Genealogical Society, 2 p.m., Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick,  member David Blethen will talk about his 45-year search for his grandmother’s ancestry.

“Wild Weather and Growing,” 2-3:30 p.m., St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 27 Pleasant St., Brunswick. Winter Garden Workshop hosted by Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust, benefits Tom Settlemire Community Garden, $10/door, www.btlt.org/events.

Tuesday 3/12

Survival Bracelet Workshop, 3:45 p.m., Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Dr., for ages 7 and up, free and open to the public but space is limited, register at www.freeportlibrary.com, 865-3307.

Thursday 3/14

Honoring Area Veterans, 1:30 p.m., People Plus, 35 Union St., Brunswick, plans for the new Veterans Plaza on Brunswick Mall, open to the public, call 729-0757 to register.

Pejepscot Historical History Happy Hour, 5-7 p.m., Brunswick Inn, 165 Park Row. “The Great Brunswick Fire of 1825” with Brunswick firefighter David Jester, $5/members, or $10.

Saturday 3/16 

“In Like a Lamb,” Wolfe’s Neck Center, 184 Burnett Rd., Freeport. Welcome spring lambs, hourly programs 9 a.m.-2 p.m., $5, members free, pre-registration required, wolfesneckfarm.tfaforms.net/128.

Winter in the Woods, 2 p.m., Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park, Freeport. Guided walk to learn how plants and animals survive the winter, meet at the second parking lot, weather permitting. Free with admission.

Sunday 3/17

Casco Bay Walk, 2 p.m., Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park, Freeport, 1-mile scenic trek, meet at the second parking lot. Free with admission.

Ongoing

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

Brunswick Toastmasters Club, 6:30-8 p.m. first & third Tuesdays, 8 Venture Ave., visitors welcome, 241-2294, https://2156.toastmastersclubs.org.

Cathance River Education Alliance Ecology Center Open House, Evergreen Circle, Topsham, noon to 2 p.m. each Sunday. For directions see creamaine.org or email crea@creamaine.org.

Citizens’ Climate Lobby – Bath-Brunswick Chapter, 6-7:30 p.m., second Wednesday at Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick. Help enact effective, revenue-neutral, bipartisan national climate policy.

Computer Boot Campby appointment daily 8:30-9:30 a.m., 3:30-4:30 p.m., Southern Midcoast CareerCenter, 275 Bath Road, Brunswick, mainecareercenter.com, 621-5009.

First Light Camera Club, meets monthly 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Topsham Medical Building, 4 Horton Place, fee charged, www.firstlightcc.com, info@firstlightcc.com, 729-6607.

Friends of Merrymeeting Bay Speaker Series, 7 p.m., 2nd Wednesday until May, Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick, free and open to the public, www.fomb.org.

New Ventures Maine, programs for career, business and financial education. Classes and workshops at no charge, in-person and online options. 386-1664, newventuresmaine.org.

Rain or Shine Club, free weekly family-friendly walks Thursdays at 10 a.m., guided by Royal River Conservation Trust, 215-8315.

Sip ‘n’ Stitch, 10 a.m.-noon first and third Saturdays, Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road. Learn to knit or crochet, work on a project, share patterns, check out the library’s resources, and relax with a cup of coffee or tea.

Smart investing@your library workshops, Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick; list at curtismoney.com.

Southern Midcoast CareerCenter, 275 Bath Road, Brunswick, career counseling, classes, support, mainecareercenter.com, 373-4000.

Tech Help, 1-2 p.m. Thursdays, Cundy’s Harbor Library, 935 Cundy’s Harbor Road, call 725-1461 for an appointment.

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