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Benefit Hockey Games, proceeds benefit Portland Firefighters Local No. 740, 6 p.m. Portland Firefighters vs. Portland Police; 7 p.m. Cumberland County High School All-Stars vs. Former “Bruins Greats,” $10, Cumberland County Civic Center, 1 Civic Center Square, Portland, portlandfirefighters.com.
Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine Annual Auction, 6-9 p.m. silent auction and appetizers, 9-10 p.m. live auction, with auctioneer John Locke and cash bar, tickets, $35 advance/$40 door, Holiday Inn by the Bay, 88 Spring St., Portland, 828-1234 ext. 242, kitetails.com/auction.
Yarmouth High School Auction and Talent Show, to benefit Project Graduation, 6 p.m., $5 admission, Yarmouth High School, 286 West Elm St., 837-1590.
Auction and Brunch, to benefit Friends School of Portland, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., free admission includes brunch, child care, live music, Mackworth Island, Falmouth, 781-6321, friendsschoolofportland.org.
Concert for Caring, with Eric Bettencourt, Pete Miller and more, to benefit the eHope Foundation, 6:30 p.m., $10, Italian Heritage Center, 40 Western Ave., Portland, eHope_nu/cfc.
Empty Bowl Supper, benefit for Haiti Project, 5-7 p.m., $10 and can of soup donation, Sacred Heart/St. Dominic Parish, 80 Sherman St., Portland, 772-6182.
Meg + Ali Fabric Sale, to benefit Safe Passage and the Village Nursery School, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., First Universalist Church, 97 Main St., Yarmouth, Ali, 838-7820.
Suit Yourself Spring Sale, to benefit Dress for Success Southern Maine, with clothing, accessories for sale, 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., free admission, McAuley High School, 631 Stevens Ave., Portland, dressforsuccess.org/southernmaine.
Used Book and Music Sale, to benefit Elm Street Studios. 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Elm St. Methodist Church, 168 Elm St. South Portland, 829-3102.
23rd Annual Chocolate Lovers’ Fling, to benefit Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine, 1-4 p.m., $20 adult, ages 10 and under free, Holiday Inn By the Bay, Spring St., Portland, tickets, chocolateloversfling.org.
Wine Dinner, to Benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 6 p.m. silent wine auction, 6:30 p.m. five course dinner by Erik Desjarlais, $85, Evangeline, 190 State St., Portland, Laura Kelley, 646-284-3675.
Scarborough Historical Society Monthly Meeting, with speaker Janice Littlejohn, 7:30 p.m., free and open to public, Scarborough Historical Museum, Dunstan Corner, Scarborough.
Public Town Hall Meeting on the Economy, Health Care, War and the Environment, 6:30 – 9:30 pm., open to public, Hannaford Hall, USM Portland, Bruce Gagnon, 443-9502.
The Greater Portland Chapter of Maine Genealogical Society, 12:30 p.m. social, 1 p.m. meeting, free and open to public, Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Church, 29 Ocean House Road, Cape Elizabeth, Linda Aaskov, 490-5709.
Deering Business Association Meeting, 6 p.m., Conference Room, The Woods at Canco, 257 Canco Road, Portland, Trisha Peightal, email@example.com.
“A Night at the Movies,” North Atlantic Figure Skating Club’s Annual Show, 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, $10 adult/$7 student or senior, Family Ice Center, Falmouth, Sarah, 523-9944.
Prom Dress Swap and Sale, drop off dress consignment 5:30-7:30 p.m., Friday; sale, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Saturday, $4 admission, Freeport High School, 30 Holbrook St., Freeport, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
“On the Edge: The Heart Of The Champion,” Smucker’s Stars On Ice, 3 p.m., $25+, Cumberland County Civic Center, One Civic Center, Portland, tickets, starsonice.com, or 775-3458.
Bridges for Peace Vigil, Sundays 12-1 p.m., South Portland end of Casco Bay Bridge.
Calico Quilters, first and third Mondays, 7-9 p.m., Masonic Hall, Mill Street, Yarmouth, 846-0783.
The Kiwanis Club of Portland, second and fourth Tuesdays, 5:30-7:15 p.m., $10, The Woodfords Club, 179 Woodford St., Portland, register, Peter Brown, 797-7383 or Michele Giroux, 854-6232.
Yarmouth Central Men’s Club, second Monday of every month, 6:30 p.m., dinner and speaker, 846-3376 or 846-1561.
Call for Volunteers
Fabric Fair Donations Needed, for annual Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary, through April 31, call 773-6910, 883-9780, 283-1568, or 846-4862.
“April Stool’s Day” Park Clean Up, volunteers needed; 8-10 a.m., East End Beach and Park, MHNO/Munjoy Hill, Fort Sumner Park, Reiche School/West End, East Bayside, St. John Valley and Hinckley Park in South Portland, contact sopodog.com; 10-11 a.m., Royal River Park, Yarmouth;
Food Drive, to benefit local food pantries, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., volunteers will go door-to-door in Cape Elizabeth, or drop off donations at CEHS, sponsored by Cape Elizabeth/South Portland Rotary, CEHS Interact, National Honor Society and Volunteer Club.
ActionBasedCare.org needs volunteers to expand organization, ABC believes in empowerment through sailing, and action-based activities to relieve depression, check Web site or 831-4151.
Alzheimer’s Association has ongoing volunteer opportunities for caring people who can offer 3-4 hours per week, 170 U.S. Route 1, Falmouth, 772-0115.
American Red Cross needs volunteers in the disaster services, health and safety and administration departments, 874-1192 ext. 105.
The Cedars welcomes volunteers to help with activities and special events, including young child/parent and pet visits, 630 Ocean Ave., Portland, 772-5456.
Compass Project needs volunteers with tools, carpentry or boat skills for the boat building festival and youth boat building classes, 774-0682 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cumberland County Extension Association seeks people to serve on its executive committee, meets third Wednesday every month from 7-9 p.m. at Barron Center, Portland, 800-287-1471 or email@example.com.
Deliver Meals on Wheels, mileage reimbursement, flexible days and weeks, one-two hours a day, 800-400-6325.
Fiddlehead Center for the Arts is looking for volunteers for ongoing projects and special events, earn credits in exchange for classes, ages 16+, Fiddlehead Center for the Arts, 383 U.S. Route 1, Scarborough, 883-5720, fcascarborough.org.
Freeport Community Services and Center needs people to help make a difference, 865-3985.
Friends of Feral Felines needs hardy volunteers to feed hungry cats on the Portland waterfront, 1-2 hours per month, training provided, 797-3014.
Freeport Historical Society needs Pettengill Farm stewards, Harrington House greeters and docents and project volunteers, 865-3170.
Greater Portland Mentoring Partnership needs adult mentors for school-age children, 888-387-8758.
Homeless Animal Rescue Team seeks direct care volunteers, facilities maintenance, fundraisers, cleaning supplies, canned cat food, 302 Range Road, Cumberland, 829-4116 or 846-3038.
The Jason Program needs ambassadors of hope for Maine families of seriously ill and dying children, 65 Washington Ave., Portland, 773-2947, jasonprogram.org.
Literacy Volunteers of Greater Portland, needs volunteers for student-centered tutoring, education for nonliterate adults and English as a Second Language instruction, 780-1352 for training information.
Road to Recovery, American Cancer Society needs volunteers to drive cancer patients to their doctor’s appointments, 1-800-227-2345.
Baked Bean Supper, 5-6:30 p.m., $8 adult/$5 child, Triangle Club of Casco Lodge No. 36 A.F. and A.M. Yarmouth, 20 Mill St., Yarmouth, 846-4724.
Public Supper, 4:30-6:30 p.m., $7 adult/$3 child/$20 family, The Cape Elizabeth United Methodist Church, 280 Ocean House Road, Cape Elizabeth.
Turkey Supper, 4:30-6:30 p.m., $7 adult/$3 child, Stewart P. Morrill Post 35, 413 Broadway, South Portland, 799-3997.
Chili Fest, 12:30 p.m., $5 adult/$2 child, Coastal Community Church, 260 U.S. Route 1, Scarborough, 885-5821.
Food Film Series, “Diner,” 6 p.m. food served, 6:30 film screening, tickets, $30.09, with cash bar, One Longfellow Square, State St., Portland, 761-1757.
Lions Club Pancake Breakfast, 7:30-11 a.m., sponsored by Cape Lions, Bowery Beach School House, Two Lights Road, South Portland.
Roast Beef Smorgasbord Dinner, 4:30 p.m., North Deering Congregational Church, 1364 Washington Ave., Portland, 797-2487.
Gardens & Outdoors
“Ecological Landscaping,” presented by Bar Mills
Ecological and the Organization For Transformative Farming, titled,
Wednesdays through 4/29, $60 series/$15 session, Falmouth Memorial
Library, Lunt Road, Falmouth, 838-0964.
Weekly Birdwalk, 8 a.m., $3 member/$5 nonmember, Gilsland Farm, 20 Gilsland Farm Road, Falmouth, meet in environmental center parking lot, register, 781-2330, ext. 215.
Gardening 101, 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., Skillins Greenhouse, Foreside Road, Falmouth; 201 Gray Road, Cumberland, 829-5619; 422 Bath Road, Brunswick, 442-8111.
Hort Shorts & More education series, classes begin March 3, University of Maine Cooperative Extension, class listings and to register, 780-4205.
Wolfe’s Neck Farm, open daily for self-guided tours, visits to barn and pastures, community gardens, trail walks, 184 Burnett Road, Freeport, 865-4469.
Women and Philanthropy Brown Bag Lunch, 12-1 p.m., Maine Women’s Fund Office, Portland?, 565 Congress St., Suite 306, Portland, register, firstname.lastname@example.org, 774-5513.
Essentials of College Planning, 10 a.m. Wednesdays, 4/1, 4/8, 4/15, 4/29, free, Portland Adult Education, 57 Douglass St., Portland, hosted by the Maine Educational Opportunity Center, 581-3736, register, 800-281-3703.
“Main Street Stories,” hosted by the Yarmouth Historical Society Spring Lecture Series, 7:30 p.m., $5 nonmember/$3 member, Log Cabin, Main St., Yarmouth, 846-6259.
Today’s Real Estate Trends, presented by Legacy Properties, 2 p.m., Hilltop Lodge, 18 Blueberry Lane, OceanView at Falmouth, 781-4460.
The Coldest Crucible: Arctic Exploration in American Culture, lecture by Michael F. Robinson, 4 p.m., free with Museum admission, Portland Museum of Art, Seven Congress Square, Portland, 775-6148 or portlandmuseum.org.
Acculturation Training for Immigrants, by Living with Peace, 5-7 p.m. Wednesdays, 92 Congress St., Munjoy Hill, Portland, 766-8719.
Business Workshops, Women’s Business Center and Maine Small Business Development Center hold small business workshops online, for information and registration, 882-7552 ext. 167 or e-mail email@example.com.
Downeast Dames, study and invest in the stock market in a social atmosphere, meets once a month, Freeport High School, 30 Holbrook St., Freeport, 865-1220 or 729-7673.
“Judaism for the Curious,” every other Sunday 9:30-11 a.m., Temple Beth El, 400 Deering Ave., Portland, 774-2649.
French Conversation, 5-8 p.m. Fridays, The Language Exchange, Suite 24-26, 80 Exchange St., Portland, 772-0405 or immersionprograms.com
SAGE at USM, Tuesday lectures, 9:30-1:30 a.m., $5, Wishcamper Center, USM Portland campus, register and list of lectures, 780-4406.
The Telling Room, drop-in tutoring Tuesday and Thursday 2:30-4:30 p.m., various workshops available, 225 Commercial St., Suite 201, Portland, 321-2780 or tellingroom.org.
USM Southworth Planetarium, shows, classes and astronomical events, Science Building, 96 Falmouth St., Portland campus, 780-4249 or usm.maine.edu/planet.
Health & Support
Yarmouth Wellness Fair, activities, trainings, presentations, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., free, Rowe School, Yarmouth, hosted by the Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce and Yarmouth Community Services.
Introductory Yoga Classes, 7:30-9 p.m., free and open to public, The Yoga Center, 137 Preble St., Portland.
“The Effects of Addiction on Friends & Family,” Tuesdays through April 28, 6-7:30 p.m., Crossroads for Women, 66 Pearl St., Suite 202, Portland, $25 session/$85 four sessions, register, 773-9931 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stress Management Workshop, 6:15 p.m., free, hosted by Creating Wellness at Innate Chiropractic, 210 Western Ave., South Portland, register, 775-7468.
The 7th Annual Parkinson’s Awareness Day Conference, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., the Wyndham Hotel, 363 Maine Mall Road, South Portland, hosted by the Maine Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association and the Maine Parkinson Society, Lillian Scenna, 781-1735.
Cancer Community Center, daily classes, support groups, 778 Main St., South Portland, 774-2200 or cancercommunitycenter.org.
Divorce Support Group, Mondays 6:30-8:30 p.m., $25, open to public, sponsored by Catholic Charities Maine Family Life Institute, St. Pius Church, Ocean Avenue, Portland, to register, 1-800-CARE-002 ext. 2670 or email@example.com.
Food Addicts In Recovery, daily meetings: Monday, Bath, Brunswick; Tuesday, Scarborough; Wednesday, Bath, Scarborough, Topsham; Thursday, Freeport; Saturday, Brunswick, for locations and times, 775-2132 or foodaddicts.org.
Gynecological and Breast Cancer Group, 6-7:30 p.m., second and fourth Tuesday, Cancer Community Center, 778 Main St., South Portland, 774-2200, or cancercommunitycenter.org.
Nar-Anon Family Support Group, for families of drug addicts, 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Dana Education Center, Maine Medical Center, Bramhall Street, Portland, 594-2801.
National Alliance on Mental Health, for friends and family of people with mental illness, 7-8:30 p.m., second and fourth Monday, except holidays, Maine Medical Center, Classroom 3, Portland, 893-1516.
Overeaters Anonymous, Portland meetings: Sunday, 7-8:30 p.m., Maine Medical Center, 335 Brighton Ave.; Tuesday, 6 p.m., Woodfords Congregational Church, Route 1; Saturday, first time at OA, 9:30-10 a.m., Maine Medical Center, Dana Center, 22 Bramhall St.; Saturdays, 10 a.m., Maine Medical Center, Dana Center, 22 Bramhall St.
Prostate Cancer Support Group, 6:30 – 8:30 second Tuesday, Cancer Community Center, 778 Main Street, South Portland, 774-2200 or cancercommunitycenter.org.
“Sunday Morning Recharge: Meditate!” 10-11:15 a.m. Sundays, $10, Falmouth Memorial Library, 5 Lunt Road.
Women Ages 40-64, mammograms and pap tests available at no cost through Maine Breast and Cervical Health Program, 874-8942 or 800-350-5180.
Widow-Widowers Support Group, second and fourth Wednesday, 6 p.m., Woodfords Congregational Church, 202 Woodford St., Portland, 767-0920.
Yoga for Parkinson’s, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays, free, Family Ice Center, 20 Hat Trick Drive, Falmouth, sponsored by American Parkinson Disease Association, RSVP, 653-3319.
Just for Seniors
Creating the Human Habitat for Those with Alzheimer’s Disease, Alzheimer’s Support and Family Info Series, 6:30-8 p.m., free, Bay Square at Yarmouth, 27 Forest Falls Drive, register, 846-0044.
Inpatient & Outpatient Geriatric Programs at MMC, with Dr. Joel Botler, The Cedars Free Community Education Series, 9-10:30 a.m., register, 221-7150, The Osher Inn Assisted Living, 620 Ocean Ave., Portland.
Bingo at Hillcrest, Friday 11:30 a.m., $2 unlimited, bring your own lunch, 108 Hillcrest Ave., Scarborough, 730-4150.
Cards & Coffee, every Tuesday and Thursday 10 a.m., play bridge, cribbage or just socialize, open to the community, Casco Bay YMCA, 14 Old South Freeport Road, Freeport, 865-9600.
Enhance Fitness, group exercise program for 50 and older to improve strength, balance, flexibility and cardiovascular fitness, MWF 9-10 a.m. or 10:15-11:15 a.m., Sullivan Complex, USM Portland campus, 780-4170.
Freeport Elders Association, walk at Freeport YMCA 12-2 p.m. Friday, crafts at the center 9-11:30 a.m. Thursday, daily programs, call for newsletter, 865-6462.
PROP Senior Volunteer Program seeks men and women 60+ to join foster grandparent or senior companion program, 773-0202 or propeople.org.
Senior drop-in center, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday, Salvation Army Senior Center, 297 Cumberland Ave., Portland, 774-6304.
Yarmouth Seniors, second Wednesday, home-cooked meal and fellowship, 12 p.m. lunch, guest speaker follows, Community House, East Main Street, Yarmouth.
Kids and Family Stuff
Staying Found: A workshop for families to stay safe in the woods, ages 4-12 and caregiver, free and open to public, South Portland Library, 482 Broadway, South Portland, preregister, Wanda Rice, 603-432-7840 or WandaRice@comcast.net, hosted by The Maine Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club.
“Unlocking the Montessori Mystique,” talk on Montessori education, 10 – 11:30 a.m., free, child care available for ages 2.5 – 6, Pine Grove Child Development Center, 32 Foreside Road, Falmouth, 781-3441, pinegrovecenter.com.
Kids First for Stepparents, workshop for stepparents and biological parents, 8:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m., $60 adult/$100 couple, financial assistance available, Kids First Center, 222 St. John St., Suite 101, Portland, register, 761-2709.
Bayside Neighborhood Programs, Monday girls group 3:30-5 p.m.; Wednesday art group with Cindy, 3:30-5 p.m.; Unity Village, 24 Stone St., Portland, snacks provided, 415-0769.
Children’s Museum of Maine, ongoing cultural, educational, fun and active workshops for kids and parents, 142 Free St., Portland, 828-1234 or kitetails.com.
Children’s Programs, “Baby Bounces” birth to 18 months Thursdays 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m., “Preschool Story Time” ages 3 and up Tuesday 10:30 a.m., “Toddler Tales and Tunes” ages 18-36 months Thursday at 10:30 a.m., “Kindertales” ages 3-7 Saturday 10:30 a.m., Scarborough Public Library, 48 Gorham Road, 883-4723.
Farmer for the Morning, preschool age program, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays through April 15, $5, Wolfe’s Neck Farm, 184 Burnett Road, Freeport, 865-4469 or wolfesneckfarm.org.
Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co. and Museum, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., seven days a week, children 3-12, $1, $2 adults, 58 Fore St., Portland, 828-0814.
Portland Girls Center, accepting enrollments for after-school program for girls ages 6-14, fees based on sliding scale, transportation from schools provided, open daily until 6 p.m., 347-8015.
Signing for Babies, Monday 9:30-10:30 a.m., Community Counseling Center, 43 Baxter Blvd., Portland, $3, 874-1030.
Story Time! for preschoolers 3-5, Tuesday 10:30 a.m.; for toddlers 1-2, Wednesday 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.; for babies up to 18 months, Thursday 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.; free for children and caregivers, South Portland Branch Library, 155 Wescott Road, South Portland, 775-1835.
Belly Dance Bazaar and Festival, to benefit the Midcoast Hunger Prevention Program, 3-7 p.m., $10 adult/$8 child, ages 10 and under free, Brunswick Elks Lodge #2043, 179 Park Row, Brunwsick, firstname.lastname@example.org or 751-0161.
Bottle Drive, to benefit the BHS Class of ’79 Get Involved Scholarship Fund, bring returnables to Don’s Redemption Center, 51 Harpswell Road, Brunswick, call 798-9201.
Brunswick-area Legislators Office Hours, with Senator Stan Gerzofsky, Reps. Alex Cornell du Houx, Peter Kent and Charlie Priest, 2-4 p.m., open to public, Little Dog Coffee Shop, Maine St., Brunswick.
Mid-Coast Retired Educators Association, 11:30 a.m., speaker Trina Beaulier, CEO and Founder of Simply Divine Brownies, Morrell Meeting Room, Curtis Memorial Library, Pleasant St., Brunswick, Peg Newberg, 833-6336.
Bridge Groups, 7-9 p.m. Fridays for beginners; 2-4 p.m. Sundays for experienced players, 45 Green St., Bath, register, 443-3901.
Kinship Families Support Group, raising a family member’s child with love, first and third Wednesday, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Midcoast Maine Community Action, 34 Wing Farm Parkway, Bath, preregister 442-7963 ext. 213.
Kaleidoscope Quilters, second (7 p.m.) and fourth (6:30 p.m.) Thursday of the month, Elks Lodge, Park Row, Brunswick, 725-5242.
Knitting Circle, Tuesday 3:30-5 p.m., for experienced and learners, Patten Free Library, 33 Summer St., Bath.
Call for Volunteers
Donations wanted, for Mid Coast Hospital Auxiliary “Grand and Glorious Yard Sale,” drop off gently used or new donations, Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. through May 9; rear entrance , Bookland Building, Cooks Corner, tax deductible receipts available, to arrange for pick up, call Dick Cote 443-4896 or email@example.com.
ArtVan Program seeks volunteers to help with art therapy programming with children and teens, promotional support and fundraising efforts, contact 371-4125 or visit artvanprogram.org.
Bath Youth Meetinghouse & Skatepark seeks volunteers to help in the cafe, at concerts, supporting youth programs and fundraising efforts, experience with teenagers helpful, 443-8900 or visit 26 Summer St., Bath.
Big Brothers Big Sisters seeks volunteer mentors (must be 18+) willing to commit one year and spend eight hours a month with a child 6-14 who lives in a single parent home, contact Brunswick office at 729-7736 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cell Phones for Soldiers, donate used cell phones at Southern New Hampshire University, 10 Tibbetts Drive, Cooks Corner, Brunswick or 1000 Burbank Ave., BNAS Building 20, Brunswick.
Chocolate Church Arts Center seeks volunteers for the art gallery and more, 798 Washington St., Bath, 442-8455.
Flying Changes Center for Therapeutic Riding needs volunteers who love horses, caring for them and learning to ride, 729-0168, located on Route 201 in Topsham.
Greater Bath Elder Outreach Network seeks volunteers to visit isolated seniors; volunteers matched according to interest, location and need; play cards, run errands, provide companionship; meetings 6-7:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month, Patten Free Library, Bath, 837-8810.
Habitat for Humanity/7 Rivers Maine needs volunteers at ReStore in Bath, minimum four-hour shift commitment, 386-5081 or email@example.com.
Home to Home needs volunteers to help eliminate domestic violence when parents exchange their children for visitations, evenings at Mid Coast Hospital, 123 Medical Center Drive, Brunswick, 837-4894.
Mid Coast Hospital, dozens of positions, at the café, gift shop or greeting patients, 123 Medical Center Drive, Brunswick, 373-6015.
Mid Coast Senior Health Center needs volunteers for various activities with seniors Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, welcome desk openings, 373-3691.
Parkview Adventist Medical Center, gift shop needs volunteers, four-hour shifts mornings, afternoons and early evenings Monday through Friday, every other Sunday 1-4 p.m., will train, 373-4518 or visit the gift shop at 329 Maine St., Brunswick.
Pejepscot Historical Society needs volunteer tour guides for Skolfield-Whittier House and Joshua L. Chamberlain Museum and volunteer staff for Chamberlain Museum gift shop, 729-6606.
People Plus Center, ongoing opportunities, 6 Noble St., Brunswick, 729-0757.
Spectrum Generations, formerly Senior Spectrum, needs volunteers for Meals on Wheels delivery and AARP’s
Money Management Program, 6 Noble St., Brunswick, 729-0475.
Sexual Assault Support Services of Mid Coast Maine needs volunteers to provide support and information to callers on 24-hour hotline, 725-2181.
Mid Coast Maine Launch Slow Food Dinner, hosted by Solo Bistro, 6:30 p.m., $22.99, Solo Bistro, 128 Front Street, Bath, register, 443-3373.
Gardens & Outdoors
Gardening 101, 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., Skillins Greenhouses, 422 Bath Road, Brunswick, 442-8111.
Presentation on Japanese and Siberian Irises by Sharon Whitney of Eartheart Gardens of Harpswell, 1 p.m., free and open to public, Morrell Meeting Room, Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick, sponsored by the Brunswick Park and Gardens, 833-5125.
“Early settlers: Gone but not forgotten,” hosted by Pejepscot Genealogy Society, 2 p.m., free, Curtis Memorial Library, Pleasant St., Brunswick, 833-7371.
“Copyright for Artists” and “Making Your Pitch” presentations, 6-8 p.m., $5/free for memebers, Frontier Cafe, 14 Maine St., Brunswick, sponsored by Five Rivers Arts Alliance, register, firstname.lastname@example.org, 798-6964.
ArtWorks, Creative Arts Night, 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Bath Recreation Center, 4 Sheridan Road, Bath, $8, 443-8360.
Merrymeeting Regional Adult Education, various courses available, 35 Republic Ave., Topsham, 729-7323.
Sagadahoc History & Genealogy Room, focusing on communities in Sagadahoc County, Patten Free Library, 33 Summer St., Bath, 443-5141.
University College at Bath/Brunswick hosts career and academic program information sessions, free, Mid-Coast Center for Higher Education, 9 Park St., Bath, schedule at 442-7736.
Health & Support
Adoption Support Group for adult adoptees, adoptive parents, birth parents and those whose lives are touched by adoption, monthly meetings, Mae’s Cafe, 160 Centre St., Bath, 443-9876.
Care Support Group, Sexual Assault Support Services of Midcoast Maine and Mid Coast Hospital provide an education-based support group for survivors of sexual violence who are pregnant; participants may bring a support person, 373-6500 or 725-2181.
Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous, Monday 7 p.m., Beth Israel Congregation, 906 Washington St., Bath, 865-4076; Wednesday 7 a.m., UCC Church, 150 Congress St., Bath, 837-8164; Wednesday 7 p.m., Midcoast Presbyterian Church, 84 Main St., Topsham, 729-3861; Saturday 9 a.m., Midcoast Hospital, Brunswick, 865-1916.
Group Sitting Meditation, 9 a.m.-noon Sundays, Shambhala Center, 19 Mason St., Brunswick, 729-7402.
Mid Coast Chronic Pain Support Group, open to people with chronic pain, their families and friends, first and third Monday, 6-7:30 p.m. Mid Coast Hospital, Brunswick, 725-7854.
Mid Coast Maine Center for Grief and Loss, hospice volunteers offer grief support programs for children, families and individuals, 45 Baribeau Drive, Brunswick, 729-3602.
Overeaters Anonymous, Brunswick meetings: Monday 7:30 p.m., First Parish Church, 9 Cleaveland St.; and Thursday 7 p.m., St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 27 Pleasant St.; Sunday 9 a.m., MidCoast Hospital, 123 Medical Center Drive.
Sexual Assault Support Services of Midcoast Maine, support groups for survivors of sexual violence, includes sexual assault, sexual abuse as a child and sexual harassment, open to nonoffending parents and partners, 725-2181 to schedule a pre-group meeting.
Survivors of Suicide, support group, first Thursday, 5:30 p.m., Elijah Kellogg Congregational Church, 917 Harpswell Neck Road, Harpswell, 833-6386.
TOPS (Take Off the Pounds Sensibly) Thursday weigh-in 6:10-6:40 p.m., meeting follows, Seventh Day Adventist Church, Maine Street, Brunswick, 375-4749.
Weight Watchers, every Monday, noon, McLellan Building, Multipurpose Room, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, 725-3265.
Women’s Circle, for women who want support for a controlling or abusive relationship, free and confidential, hosted by Mid Coast Outreach Office of Family Crisis Services, 721-0199.
Just for Seniors
Bath Area Senior Citizens, bridge club, cribbage, crafts, line dancing, bocce, bingo and more, 45 Floral St., Bath, 443-4937.
Meals on Wheels, delivery available for homebound seniors, offered by Spectrum Generations, Brunswick Resource Center, 6 Noble St., Brunswick, 729-0475.
Merrymeeting Senior Citizens Club, potluck lunch and program, not affiliated with the church, meets third Tuesday of the month, United Baptist Church, 1 Elm St., Topsham, 725-7389.
Money Management Program, monthly budgeting help for low-income seniors, offered by Spectrum Generations, Brunswick Resource Center, 6 Noble St., Brunswick, 729-0475.
People Plus Community Center, multipurpose facility provides recreational, social, informational, educational and personal services to persons 55+, 6 Noble St., Brunswick, 729-0757.
The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program seeks volunteers age 55 and over for various opportunities, 396-6521.
Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center, support groups, lectures, socials, activities, 521 Main St., Damariscotta, for daily schedule, 563-1363 or spectrumgenerations.org.
Kinder-Science: Sunlight Science, for ages 5-6 and caregiver, siblings welcome, 9:30-10:30 a.m.,
Location: Morrell Meeting Room, Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick, register, 725-5242 ext. 225, cornerstonesofscience.org.
Wool Spinning and Dying, Adventures at the Huse, 1-3 p.m., free, Huse School, 39 Andrews Road, Bath, register, 386-5151.
Morning Storytelling, songs, stories from around the world with Janice O’Rourke, for ages 6 and under, Frontier Cafe, Cinema & Gallery, Fort Andross, 14 Maine St., Brunswick, 725-5222 or explorefrontier.com.
Auditions, Calls for Art
The Portland Conservatory of Music is seeking performers and composers to participate in the Contemporary Music Festival on April 4-5 with guest composer Chen Yi, contact Portland Conservatory of Music, email@example.com or 775-3356.
Logo Design Contest, for Green-Independent Party, must be a Portland resident, April 6 deadline, details, portlandgreens.blogspot.com, Tina Smith, firstname.lastname@example.org or 615-9760.
Maine Festival of the Book, presented by Maine Reads, daily events Thursday through Saturday, multiple Portland venues, listings at mainereads.org or 871-9100.
Richard Lindemann, “The History of the Book: A Visual Chronology,” 4 p.m., free, Kate Cheney Chappell Center for Book Arts, USM Portland, Glickman Family Library University Events Room, reception to follow, 780-4270.
Freeport Community Library Annual Book Sale, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., 4/6 through 4/10, call for book sale hours, Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Drive, Freeport, 865-3307, freeportlibrary.com.
Penelope Schwartz Robinson, author of “Slippery Men,” 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Nonesuch Books & Cards, Mill Creek Shopping Center, 50 Market St., South Portland, 799-2659, nonesuchbooks.com.
Port Youth Spoken Word & NorthBeast Poetry Slam, 7?10 p.m., free, SALT Institute, 561 Congress St., hosted by Port Veritas, portveritas.com.
Spring Book Sale, 9:30 a.m. -5 p.m., Falmouth Memorial Library, 5 Lunt Road, Falmouth, 781-2351.
USM Celebrate Writers Festival, April 6-9, daily activities, free and open to public, USM Portland, Justin Tussing, 228-8393.
Maine Deaf Film Festival, hosted by USM American Sign Language Club, USM Portland campus, 1-10:30 p.m., tickets, $8 half-day/$14 full-day, free for USM students, email@example.com.
Finding Ground: Girls and Women in Recovery, photography by Arla Patch, 5-7 p.m. artist reception, exhibit through April 30, VoxPhotographs, for invitation and location, 232-1214 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Broken Symmetries: constructions in wood and metal by Ronald Rovner, 5-7 p.m. April 2 and 5-8 p.m. April 3 reception, exhibit through April 25, Gleason Fine Art, 545 Congress St., Portland, 699-5599.
“Finding Home,” paintings by Mary Bourke, 5-7 p.m. reception, exhibit through April 25, Greenhut Galleries, 146 Middle St., Portland, 772-2693.
AVAX: ArtVan Artists Xtraordinaire, 5-8 p.m. opening, exhibit through May 1, Meg Perry Center, 644 Congress St., 772-0680, megperrycenter.com.
“Carving the Floors,” by Anna Hepler, Andrea Sulzer, and printmaking students at Bowdoin College. 5-8 p.m. opening reception, exhibit through May 23, Space Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland, 828-5600, space538.org.
“Close To Home: silver gelatin photographs by Michael Alpert,” 5-8 p.m. reception, exhibit through April 25, Aucocisco Galleries, 613 Congress St., Portland.
“It Figures,” by various artists, 5-8 p.m. reception, Cygnet Gallery, 568 Congress St., Portland, 251-9925.
“Mud Season: A Collaboration of 21 Artists,” 5-8 p.m. reception, exhibit through May 23, Sylvia Kania Gallery, 148 High St., Portland, 615-6019.
Police Photography Exhibit, photos from the AEI Police Poetry and Photo Calendar, 4:30-6 p.m. exhibit, 6-7 p.m. community dialogue with participating police, Chambers Gallery, Portland City Hall, 389 Congress St., Portland, artsandequity.us.
Third Annual Art Exhibit of City Employees and their Families, 6:30 p.m. artist reception, exhibit through April 16, sponsored by the National Arts Program, Portland City Hall, 389 Congress St., Portland, 756-8173.
“Uninhabited Portraits,” by Brita Holmquist, 5-7 p.m. reception, exhibit through April 30, Daunis Fine Handmade Jewelry, third floor, 616 Congress St., Portland, 773-6011.
“Considerable Thinking,” works by Adriane Herman, Tim Clorius and Melinda Barnes, 5-8 p.m. artist reception, exhibit through April 25, Whitney Art Works, 492 Congress St., Portland, 780-0700.
“Zombies on Exchange Street,” mixed media by PATHS students, 5-7 p.m. reception, exhibit through April, Artist & Craftsman Supply, 540 Deering Ave., Portland, 772-7272.
“Spring Returns,” photography by Kirk M. Rogers, 1-3 p.m. opening, exhibit through June 28, Biddeford Savings Bank, 360 U.S. Route 1, Scarborough, 883-3004, biddefordsavings.com.
Wearable Arts Show, 6-9 p.m., Rise Photography, 864 Broadway, South Portland, 799-4202.
“Eggcellent Art & Mixed Bag!” 2D and 3D exhibition, 4 p.m. reception, exhibit through April 28, Freeport Square Gallery, 140 Main St., Freeport, 865-1616, freeportsquare.com.
“Dryness Across Sub-Saharan Africa,” photography by Marta Morse, 4-7 p.m., opening, Museum of African Culture, 13 Brown St., Portland, 871-7188 or museumafricanculture.org.
Meet the Artist: 2009 Biennial, 11 a.m. artist reception, exhibit through June 7, free with admission, Portland Museum of Art, Seven Congress Square, Portland, 775-6148 or portlandmuseum.org.
I Musici de Montreal, chamber orchestra, 7:30 p.m., $42, presented by PCA Great Performances “Traverser la Frontiere” series, Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland, tickets, PortTix, 842-0800 or pcagreatperformances.org.
John Scofield and the Piety Street Band, 9 p.m., $28 advance/$30 door, Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland, 899-4990.
John Gorka, acoustic, 8 p.m., $22 advance/$25 door, One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, 761-1757, onelongfellowsquare.com.
Anniversary Celebratory Weekend, 7 p.m. Friday party with music, poetry, $5; events through April 5, North Star Music Cafe, 225 Congress St., Portland, 699-2994.
Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks, folk jazz, $30, One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, 761-1757, onelongfellowsquare.com.
“Celebrate with Song,” presented by Westcustogo Youth Chorale, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., $10 adult/$5 student or senior, North Yarmouth Congregational Church, corner of Route 115 and 231, Ann Dillon, 829-5877 .
Stephane Wrembel with Hot Club of Portland, world music, 8 p.m., $15 advance/$18 door, One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, 761-1757, onelongfellowsquare.com.
Tret Fure, 8 p.m., $15, Anniversary Celebratory Weekend, North Star Music Cafe, 225 Congress St., Portland, 699-2994.
Anniversary Celebratory Weekend, 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m., music, readings, art, North Star Music Cafe, 225 Congress St., Portland, 699-2994.
Public Concert Series of the Portland Rossini Club, 3 p.m., donation, $10 adult/$5 senior, students free, Woodfords Congregational Church, 202 Woodfords St., Portland, 829-3393.
Sacred Harp Singing, participatory performance, 1-4 p.m., First Parish, 425 Congress St., Portland, email@example.com.
Toubab Krewe, with Bob Rasero and Kent Allyn, 9 p.m., Empire Dine and Dance, 575 Congress St., Portland.
Rod Picott & Amanda Shires with The Bittersweets, 8 p.m., $10 advance/$12 door, One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, 761-1757, onelongfellowsquare.com.
Ray LaMontagne with The Low Anthem, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, $35.50-$29.50, Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland, tickets, PortTix, 842-0800 or livenation.com.
Theater & Dance
The Maine Playwrights Festival, daily shows through April 4, $12 adult/$10 student or senior, St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St., Portland, daily listings at acorn-productions.org or 854-0065, presented by Acorn Productions.
“Once On This Island,” performance by Cape Elizabeth Middle School Drama Club 2:30 p.m. Thursday; 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday, $5, Cape Elizabeth Middle School, 14 Scott Dyer Road, Cape Elizabeth, 799-8176.
“The Passion of the Hausfrau,” presented by Portland Stage Company, 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays through April 11, $18, Portland Stage Company Studio Theater, 25A Forest Ave., Portland, 774-0465, portlandstage.com.
“Brighton Beach Memoirs,” presented by Portland Players, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2:30 p.m. Sundays through April 5, $15-$20, 420 Cottage Road, South Portland, 797-7337.
“Money Matters,” presented by Portland Playback Theatre Company, 7:30 p.m., $5, First Parish Unitarian Church 425 Congress St., Portland, 899-9702.
“The Passion of the Hausfrau,” presented by Portland Stage Company, 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays through April 11, $18, Portland Stage Company Studio Theater, 25A Forest Ave., Portland, 774-0465, portlandstage.com.
“Trying,” presented by Portland Stage Company, 7:30 p.m. opening night; 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Fridays; 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays through April 12, $13-$36, Portland Performing Arts Center, 25A Forest Ave., Portland, 774-0465, portlandstage.com.
The Big Time Vaudeville Show, with host Michael Trautman, 7 p.m., $10 adult/$5 student or senior/$20 family, The Dan at Breakwater School, 856 Brighton Ave., Portland, 450-5342.
“Cinderella,” presented by Maine State Ballet, 7 p.m. Fridays, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through April 5, $15, Maine State Ballet Theater, 348 U.S. Route 1, Falmouth, 781-7672.
Greater Portland Community Contra Dance, with Perpetual eMotion, 7:15 p.m. lesson, 8 p.m. main dance, $10 adult/$7 child, ages 5 and under free, dessert potluck, Falmouth Congregational Church Hall, 267 Falmouth Road, Falmouth, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Auditions, Calls for Art
The Oratorio Chorale, open rehearsal for singers, 6-9 p.m., MidCoast Presbyterian Church, 84 Main St., Topsham, John Todd, 389-9175 or email@example.com.
“Reaching for the Pole: An Exhibition Celebrating the Centennial of Peary’s North Pole Expedition,” exhibit through June 1, free and open to public during library hours, second floor, Hawthorne-Longfellow Library, Bowdoin College, 725-3288.
Centennial Celebration of Robert E. Peary’s North Pole Expedition, daily programs through April 6, free and open to public, Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum and Arctic Studies Center, Bowdoin College, 725-3964.
Three Point Duo, jazz, Solo Bistro, 128 Front St., Bath, 443-3373.
Marcia Ball, Singer/pianist, 7:30 p.m., $29-35, Chocolate Church Art’s Center, 789 Washington St., Bath, 442-8455, sponsored by Kennebec Tavern & Marina.
Tidbits Fiddle & Farm Concerts, 12:30 p.m. doors open, food served, 1-1:45 p.m. concert, with Hope Hoffman, $10, HeartSpeak Studio, 56 Elm St., Topsham, tickets, 332-3459, freegrange.org.
Jazz Quintet with Ralph Alessi, School for Improv Music, 7:30 p.m., free, Studzinski Recital Hall, Kanbar Auditorium, Bowdoin College, 798-4141.
Marcia Gallagher, jazz, Solo Bistro, 128 Front St., Bath, 443-3373.
Theater & Dance
“Robin Hood,” presented by The Theater Project, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, $6 donation, The Theater Project, 14 School St., Brunswick, 729-8584, theaterproject.com.
“Attempts on Her Life,” presented by Bowdoin College Theater and Dance, 7 p.m., with reception to follow in Drake Lobby, free, Memorial Hall, Wish Theater, Bowdoin College, 725-3375.
“Attempts on Her Life,” presented by Bowdoin College Theater and Dance, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., free, Memorial Hall, Wish Theater, Bowdoin College, 725-3375.