Community Calendar: April 13 – 24

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Greater Portland

Benefits

Friday 4/15

Flaws for a Cause Benefit Sale, sale of usable but flawed pots to benefit Cultivating Community, April 15-30, Maine Potters Market, 376 Fore St., Portland, 774-1633.

White Elephant and Rummage Sale Fundraiser, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday and Saturday, St. Patrick Church Hall, 1342 Congress St., Portland, 773-3610.

Saturday 4/16

Dress for Success Spring Clothing Sale Fundraiser, 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m., open to the public, Catherine McAuley High School, 631 Stevens Ave., Portland, donations welcome, drop off in Hannaford parking lot, 51 Baxter Blvd., 9 a.m.-noon April 9 and 5-9 p.m. April 15 at McAuley, 780-1686.  

White Elephant and Rummage Sale Fundraiser, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday and Saturday, St. Patrick Church Hall, 1342 Congress St., Portland, 773-3610.

Yard Sale, fundraisder for SMCC Horticulture Senior Class, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., SMCC Horticulture Building, 4 Jewett Dr., South Portland, Susan Snow, 632-9009.

Sunday 4/17

Clothing Swap, to benefit St. Lawrence Arts Center, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., $5-$10 suggested admission, bring clean adult/children’s clothing, wearable accessories to swap, St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St., Portland, 347-3075, stlawrencearts.org.

Tuesday 4/19

End Polio Now Fundraiser, hosted by Rotary Club of Casco Bay Sunrise, 5-9 p.m., with raffles, Flatbread Company, 72 Commercial St., Portland.

Friday 4/22

Good Friday Walk, 25th anniversary, for Habitat for Humanity, 7 a.m.-3 p.m., Cumberland UCC, 282 Main St., Cumberland or First Parish UCC, 116 Main St., Yarmouth, optional 3, 5, 10 or 20-mile courses, FMI, 829-3793 or 846-9453, habitatportlandme.org.

Saturday 4/23

Benefit Spaghetti Dinner, fundraiser for Freeport High School Project Graduation, 5-7 p.m., $8 adult/ $5 ages 5-12, Masonic Lodge, Mallet Dr., Freeport.

Benefit Concert, with The Modest Proposal, Where’s Robert?, and Midnite Haze, to benefit New Beginnings Teen Shelter, and Reindeer’s Alternative Music Program, 7 p.m., $10 advance/ $12 door, Freeport Community Center, 53 Depot St., Freeport, loudestmime@gmail.com.

Bulletin Board

Wednesday 4/13

Deering Center Neighborhood Byway Meeting, hosted by City of Portland and Deering Center Neighborhood Association, 6-8 p.m., free, open to community, Hall School, 23 Orono Road, Portland, portlandmaine.gov.

Dirigo Unit of Parliamentarians Meeting, 10 a.m., open to public, Norway Bank Community Room, 240 U.S. Route 1, Falmouth, 839 3878.

“Ladies First,”
presentation on women in history by actress Robin Lane, 1 p.m., free, open to public, Hilltop Community Room, OceanView Retirement Community, 18 Blueberry Lane, Falmouth, 781-4460, oceanviewrc.com.

Thursday 4/14

Maine’s Finances at the Crossroads: Reform or Bust, talk by State Treasurer Bruce Poliquin, presented by Portland Regional Chamber’s Eggs & Issues, 7-9 a.m., $17 members/ $27 non-members, Holiday Inn By the Bay, 88 Spring St., Portland, register, 772-2811, portlandregion.com.

“Meet Your Legislator,” with Senator Phil Bartlett, Rep. Amy Fern Volk, hosted by Scarborough Community Chamber, 5-7 p.m., free, open to public, Maine Indoor Karting, 23 Washington St., Scarborough, register by April 13 at portlandregion.com or 772-2811.

Friday 4/15

Freeport Woman’s Club monthly meeting, “Ask Your Representative,” discussion with David Webster, State Rep. District 106, 1 p.m., free, open to public, Freeport Community Library, 5 Library Dr., Freeport, 865-0757.

Saturday 4/16

The BIG THAW Portland, Arts, Crafts and Vintage Sale, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Mayo Street Arts Center, 10 Mayo St., Portland, thebigthawportland.wordpress.com.

Wednesday 4/20

PROPEL and USM Networking Event, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Marriott Residence Inn Downtown, 145 Fore St., Portland, register, PropelPortland.org, 772-2811.

Thursday 4/21

Business After Hours, Portland Regional Chamber, 5-7 p.m., open to public, free for members, $15 non-members, Fireside Inn & Suites, 81 Riverside St., Portland, register, portlandregion.com, 772-2811.

Friday 4/22

Document Shredding Event, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., free, open to public, hosted by Gorham Savings Bank Long Wharf branch, 172 Commercial St., Portland, 773-4027.

Ongoing

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 St., Yarmouth, 846-0783.

Cumberland County Tea Party Meetings, 2 p.m. Sundays, open to public, American Legion Cabin, 196 Main St., Yarmouth, Marie Doucette, 284-7032 or 229-3516.

The Food Share, held by First Baptist Church Food Ministry, perishable food items available every Sunday from 5-6 p.m., First Baptist Church, 346 Main St., Yarmouth, enter at side door on Center St., Meagan, 846-3087.

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.

Cribbage Night, Scarborough Lions Club, 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays, free, open to public, Lions’ den, 273 Gorham Road, across from Sam’s Club, Scarborough, 650-3644.

Portland Republican City Committee Monthly Meetings, fourth Monday of each month, FMI, portlandcitygop.com.

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

American Red Cross Blood Drive, 1-6 p.m., Wednesday, April 20, Events on Broadway, South Portland, sponsored by Thornton Heights Lions, Carol Dembeck, 802-658-6400, ext. 3228.

Hospice Volunteer Training, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 19, 21, 26, and 28; and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays April 23 and 30, VNA Home Health & Hospice, 50 Foden Road, South Portland, Linda Hopkins, 400-8714.

Friday 4/22

Long Creek Trail Clean-up, 1-3:30 p.m., meet at Sadhana Meditation Center, 100 Brickhill Ave., South Portland, 772-6898, SadhanaMe.com.

Saturday 4/23

Fort Preble Volunteer Work Day, hosted by Fort Preble Preservation Committee, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m., wear appropriate clothing, bring hand tools, Fort Preble, SMCC, South Portland, FMI, Leslie Barteaux, 741-5975, raindate April 30.

Earth Day Clean-up, hosted by South Portland Land Trust, 8:30 a.m. registration at Mill Creek Park, South Portland, 9-11:30 a.m. clean-up in South Portland, FMI, Jon Dore, wgarland@maine.rr.com.

Ongoing

ActionBasedCare.org needs volunteers to expand organization, ABC believes in empowerment through sailing, and action-based activities to relieve depression, check website or 831-4151.

Allegiance Hospice is looking for volunteers to visit patients under hospice care in nursing homes in York and Cumberland Counties, volunteers receive formal training, Katharyn LeDoux, 877-255-4623 or kledoux@allegiancehospice.com.

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 compassinfo@maine.rr.com.

Coastal Studies for Girls, volunteers needed to help launch a residential science and leadership semester school for high school girls, based at Wolfe’s Neck Farm, Freeport, many opportuntities for a detail-oriented, efficient volunteer with excellent computer and communication skills, call Margaret Martin, 865-9700 or margaret@coastalstudies.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 aherr@umext.maine.edu.

Deliver Meals on Wheels, mileage reimbursement, flexible days and weeks, one to 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.

Freeport Historical Society needs ongoing help cataloguing collections, greeter/receptionist at Harrington house, garden helper, poster delivery assistance, administrative help, handy-person, 865-3170 or info@freeporthistorialsociety.org.

Friends of Feral Felines needs hardy volunteers to feed hungry cats on the Portland waterfront, 1-2 hours per month, training provided, 797-3014.

Greater Portland Mentoring Partnership needs adult mentors for school-age children, 888-387-8758.

Guiding Eyes Puppy Raisers, Guiding Eyes for the Blind needs volunteer puppy raisers in Yarmouth, Freeport, and Bath/Brunswick areas, keep puppy from age 8 weeks-16 months, free training, support, Pat Webber, pwewbber@wildblue.net, 338-5520.

HART, Homeless Animal Rescue Team, a no-kill cat shelter in Cumberland, is looking for volunteers who love cats to help in the shelter, 3-4 hours in the morning, one or two days a week, call 829-4116 or 846-3038.

Hearts and Horses Therapeutic Riding Center volunteers needed to help people with disabilities experience riding, call Vickie 929-4700, or 807-7757.

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.

Hospice Volunteers Needed for Allegiance Hospice, to visit patients in nursing homes in York and Cumberland counties, Nicole Garrity, 877-255-4623 or ngarrity@allegiancehospice.com.

ITNPortland volunteer drivers needed to transport seniors and visually impaired adults, commit to one or more hours per month when available, 854-0505.

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.

Melanoma Education Foundation seeking used car donations, call Cars Helping America, 1-866-949-3668, skincheck.org.

Mercy Hospital in Yarmouth needs volunteers, contact Melissa Skahan, Manager of Mission Services, 879-3286 or skahanm@mercyme.com.

Recovery International, self-help group for nervous people, 10 a.m. Saturdays, Maine Medical Center Conference Center, 22 Bramhall St., Portland, free, all welcome, Diane, 892-9529.

Road to Recovery, American Cancer Society needs volunteers to drive cancer patients to their doctors’ appointments, 1-800-227-2345.

TogetherGreen Volunteers needed for conservation projects at Scarborough Marsh, call Audubon Center at 883-5100, or smac@maineaudubon.org.

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension seeks volunteers to serve on its executive committee; aherr@umext.maine.edu, 780-4205 or 1-800-287-1471 to request information packet.

VolunteerMaine AmeriCorps VISTA Projects seeks members; living allowance, health care, education award; apply online AmeriCorps.gov; Meredith Eaton 941-2800 ext. 207, meredithe@unitedwayem.org.

Dining Out

Saturday 4/16

Bean Supper, 5-6 p.m., $7 adult/ $16 family, Peoples United Methodist Church, 310 Broadway, South Portland.

Baked Bean Supper, $7 adult/ $3 children, 4:30-6 p.m., West Scarborough United Methodist Church, 2 Church St., and  U.S. Route 1, Scarborough, 883-2814, wsumc.us.

Tuesday 4/19

Local Foods Breakfast, 8 a.m., open to anyone working with local foods, farms, Local Sprouts Cafe, 649 Congress St., Portland.

Saturday 4/23

Baked Bean Supper, 5-6:30 p.m., $7 adult/ $3 child, First Parish Congregational Church, 116 Main St., Yarmouth, 846-3773.

Ongoing

Haddock Chowder Lunch, second and fourth Fridays, 11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m., $8, South Freeport Church Community Hall, 98 South Freeport Road, South Freeport, 865-4012.

Jazz Dinner Buffet, Sundays, 6-9 p.m.; buffet 6-8 p.m., $15 adult/ $12.50 senior or student, Events on Broadway, 729 Broadway, South Portland; $6.50 advance discount senior tickets at Southern Maine Agency on Aging, Scarborough, ptcmaine.com.

Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Free Community Soup Dinner, 5-7 p.m., second and fourth Fridays, St. Mary’s Parish House, 43 Foreside Road, Falmouth, 781-3366 or admin@smary.org.

Gardens & Outdoors

Gardeners Wanted, for 2011 season at Yarmouth Community Garden, 10 foot square plot, $25 resident/ $35 for non-residents, deer-free, organic garden, East Main St., Yarmouth, sign up at Yarmouth Community Services, 846-2406, yarmouthcommunitygarden.org.

Portland Winter Farmers’ Market, 15+ farmers, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays until April 23, Maine Irish Heritage Center, 34 Gray St., Portland, PortlandMaineWinterMarket.com.

Wednesday 4/13
 
Grow Your Own Organic Garden
, workshop presented by Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, 6-9 p.m., $5, Freeport Community Library, Library Dr., Freeport, must register, call 865-3307. 

Ongoing

Cumberland Farmers Markets: W. Cumberland 9 a.m.- 12 p.m. Saturdays, Skillins Greenhouses, 201 Gray Road; Falmouth 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays, Allen, Sterling and Lothrop, 191 U.S. Rte. 1.

Early Morning Birding, 7-8:30 a.m. Wednesdays, $3 member, $5 nonmember, volunteers free, Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center, Pine Point Road, Scarborough, 883-5100.

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.

Getting Smarter

 

Wednesday 4/13

Social Media Hype: What Does my Business Really Need to Use? MCED Lunch and Learn Workshops, 12-2:30 p.m., $10, USM students free, Wishcamper Room 133, USM Portland, register, workshops@mced.biz.

Insurance & Investing Seminar, 6:30-8:30 p.m., $50 per adult/$75 couple, The Institute for Financial Literacy, 260 Western Ave., South Portland, registration required, call 221-3601.

Thursday 4/14

Architalx Lecture Series, Thomas Christoffersen architect and partner, BIG- Bjarke Ingels Group, Copenhagen, Denmark, 6 p.m. lecture, $8 advance/ $10 door, Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square, Portland, tickets at Architalx.org, Lynn Shaffer, 899-0588.

The Great Tax Divide: Maine’s Retail Desert vs. New Hampshire’s Retail Oasis, presented by Scott Moody, The Maine Heritage Policy Center, 12-1:30 p.m., $17 member/ $22 nonmember, DiMillo’s On the Water, 25 Long Wharf, Portland, register, 321-2550, mainepolicy.org.

World Affairs Council of Maine, Breakfast Series, “The Middle East, Iraq and the Kurdistan Region in a Year of Changes and Decisions,” talk by Qubad Talabani, 7-9 a.m., $15 member/$20 non-member, Ludcke Auditorium, UNE Portland, 716 Stevens Ave., Portland, register, wacmaine.org.

“Provident Living Mini-Classes,” Emergency Preparedness, 72-Hour Kits, 3-Month Food Supply, 7 p.m., free, open to public, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints chapel, U.S. Route 115 and Baston Road, North Yarmouth, Camille Soelberg, 370-1054.

“The Second Sex in Algeria:” Simone de Beauvoir’s Defense of Djamila Boupacha, lecture by Professor of Philosophy Julien Murphy, 1:15-2:30 p.m., free and open to the public, Wishcamper Center, USM Portland, 780-4258. or email bmcgover@usm.maine.edu.

Saturday 4/16

Insurance & Investing Seminar, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., $50 per adult/$75 couple, The Institute for Financial Literacy, 260 Western Ave., South Portland, registration required, call 221-3601.

Monday 4/18

“Ecologies of War:” Racial Dispatches from the Aerial Empire, presented by Mike Hill, 7 p.m., free, open to public, Talbot Lecture Hall, Luther Bonney Hall, USM Portland, Dusan Bjelic, 699-8271.

“How the Great Depression Changed America,” presentation by Ted Gup, 6 p.m. lecture, WCHP Lecture Hall; 5 p.m. reception at UNE Art Gallery, both events free and open to the public, UNE Portland Campus, une.edu/cgh.

Thursday 4/21

“Choosing Cohousing,” presentation by members of Belfast Cohousing and Ecovillage, 5:30-7 p.m., free, open to public, all ages, Portland Public Library, Rines Auditorium, 5 Monument Square, Portland, mainecohousing.org.

“Valuing A Business,”
presented by Portland SCORE, 6-9 p.m., $35, SCORE Offices, 100 Middle St., Second Floor, East Tower, Portland, scoremaine.com, 772-1147. 

Ongoing

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 sll@ceimaine.org.

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.

Portland SCORE, ongoing business workshops led by volunteers, small fee, 100 Middle St., Second Floor, East Tower, Portland, scoremaine.com, 772-1147.

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

NAMI Portland, National Alliance on Mental Illness, support group meetings for people coping with a loved one’s mental illness; meetings are second, fourth Mondays, 7-8:30 p.m., The Dana Center, Maine Medical Center, Portland; and third Mondays, 7-8:30 p.m., Spring Harbor Hospital, Westbrook, 899-0465 or 838-5733, namiportland@gmail.com.

Saturday 4/16

Parkinson’s Support Group, 1-2:30 p.m., free, open to public, Bay Square at Yarmouth, 27 Forest Falls Dr., Yarmouth, Mary Willson, 846-0044.

Wednesday 4/20

Workshop and Book Signing with Joan Chadbourne, author of “Healing Conversations Now,” 6-8 p.m., free, open to public, space limited, Beacon Hospice office, 54 Atlantic Place, South Portland, 772-0929, register, 828-1339, Joan@HealingConversationsNow.com.

Friday 4/22

Earth Stations: A Planetary Way of the Cross, 4-5:30 p.m., free and open to public, Deering Oaks Park Bandstand, Portland, rain or shine, FMI, Rev. Kitsy Winthrop, 773-7738.

Ongoing

All-Recovery support meetings, 12-1 p.m. Wednesdays, Hope.Gate.Way., 185 High St., Portland, Ronni, 756-8116.

“Better Breathing Buddies,” support group for lung disease patients and caregivers, 2-3:30 p.m. first Tuesdays, Bayview Heights, 158 North St., Portland, dbaillargeon@maine.rr.com, 879-4373.

Cancer Community Center, daily classes, support groups, 778 Main St., South Portland, 774-2200 or cancercommunitycenter.org.

Christian Meditation Gathering, hosted by United Methodist communities of Hope.Gate.Way, 6 p.m. Wednesdays, 185 High St., Portland, newlightportland.org, 899-2435.

CODA: Co-Dependents Anonymous meeting, 6-7 p.m. every Tuesday, Brighton Medical Center, Brighton Ave., Portland, see receptionist for room location, Diana at 749-7443 or Pauline 926-5718.

Drop-In Bereavement Support Group, facilitated by Carol Schoneberg of Hospice of Southern Maine, 5:30-7 p.m., free, first Wednesday of the month, St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, 350 U.S. Route 1, Scarborough, Carol Schoneberg, 289-3651, or cschoneberg@hospiceofsouthernmaine.org.

Divorce Perspectives, a support group for people in all stages of divorce, meets Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m., North Deering Congregational Church, 1364 Washington Ave., Portland, call 232-1667 or info@divorceperspectives.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 Ave., Portland, to register, 1-800-CARE-002 ext. 2670 or familylifeinstitute@ccmaine.org.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA), free Twelve-Step recovery program for anyone suffering from food obsession, overeating, under-eating or bulimia, foodaddicts.org, 775-2132.

Greater Portland Mothers of Multiples Club, support group for mothers and expectant mothers of multiples, meets first Wednesday of each month, 6:30 p.m., Barron Center, Brighton Ave., Portland, gpmomc.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.

HOPE Groups, wellness support group with Elizabeth Holder, LADC Guide, Fridays, 5:30-7 p.m., Serenity House, 30 Mellen St., Portland, Liz, 899-2733, HopeHealing.org.

Moms in Recovery, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays, The Salvation Army, Cumberland Ave., Portland, free, with onsite childcare, Amanda, 756-8053.

Nar-Anon Family Support Group, for families of drug addicts, 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Dana Education Center, Maine Medical Center, Bramhall St., Portland, 594-2801.

NAMI Portland, support group for individuals and families affected by mental illness, 7-8:30 p.m., second and fourth Mondays, Maine Medical Dana Center, Congress St., Portland; and 7-8:30 p.m. third Mondays, Spring Harbor Hospital, Westbrook, 899-0465.

Nutrition Works LLC, healthy cooking classes, 805 Stevens Ave., Portland, register at 772-6279 or nutritionworks.us.

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., oamaine.org.

Prostate Cancer Support Group, 6:30-8:30 second Tuesday, Cancer Community Center, 778 Main St., South Portland, 774-2200 or cancercommunitycenter.org.

Sadhana Meditation Center, The Castle, Lower Level, 100 Brickhill Ave., South Portland, center open to people of all faiths, Ashok, analamalapu@hotmail.com, 772-6898.

“Sunday Morning Recharge: Meditate!” 10-11:15 a.m. Sundays, $10, Falmouth Memorial Library, 5 Lunt Road.

Support Group for Survivors of Suicide Loss, 7-8:30 p.m. second and fourth Mondays, Classroom 1, Dana Center, Maine Medical Center, Portland, facilitated by Sandra Horne, LCSW, 662-7323, and Robert Myers, LCPC, 409-6226.

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.

Workaholics Anonymous, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, ongoing, Dana Learning Center, Classroom 2, Maine Medical Center, 22 Bramhall St., WAPortlandME@gmail.com.

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.

Young Widows and Widowers Group open to people age 50 or younger meets twice a month on Friday evenings at The Center for Grieving Children, Portland, Valerie Jones, 775-5216 for information or to schedule an initial meeting.

Just for Seniors

Wednesday 4/13

Seasoned Worker Forum, 9 a.m.- noon, free, presented by Seasoned Workforce LLC and Portland CareerCenter, 185 Lancaster St., Portland, 542-355, seasonedworkforce.com.

Ongoing

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., Basics Fitness Center, 380 Western Ave., South Portland, 774-3536

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.

The Retired & Senior Volunteer Program of Southern Maine Agency on Aging is looking for people age 55 and over to volunteer; local opportunities include an arts center in Portland; school mentoring or tutoring; spend time with residents in long term care facilities; volunteer as a tax aide or at a nonprofit, Priscilla Greene, 396-6521 or 1-800-427-7411 Ext. 521.

Senior Breakfast Community Meals, hosted by Wayside Food Programs and the West End Neighborhood Association, 7-8:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, free for seniors, must sign in, Reiche Community Center, 166 Brackett St., Portland, wenamaine.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 St., Yarmouth.

Kids and Family Stuff

Wednesday 4/13

Understanding My Young Child: An Evening of Conversation, Camaraderie and Community, workshop led by Molly Thompson, Breakwater School Parent Education Series, for parents of toddlers through Kindergarten age, 6:30-7:30 p.m., free, open to public, Breakwater School Jessie Auditorium, 856 Brighton Ave., Portland, 772-8689.

“What Not to Say,”
workshop led by Sarah MacLaughlin, Breakwater School Parent Education Series, for parents of ages 6-11 years, 6:30-8 p.m., free, open to public, Breakwater School Jessie Auditorium, 856 Brighton Ave., Portland, 772-8689.

Saturday 4/16

Easter Egg Hunt, hosted by Coastal Wellness, 12 p.m., free, open to public, Coastal Wellness Family Chiropractic, 1231 Shore Road, Cape Elizabeth, 799-9399.

Healthy Kids Day, Cumberland County YMCA branches: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Greater Portland branch, 70 Forest Ave., Portland; 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Casco Bay YMCA, 4 Old South Freeport Road, Freeport, and Pineland Farms, New Gloucester, free and open to public, activities for kids, families, healthy snacks, raffles, and more, 874-1111 Portland, 865-9600, Freeport, 688-2255 Pineland, cumberlandcountyymca.org.

Family-Style Music Concert, with Aaron Lee and Tucker Louisos-Daniels, 11 a.m., free, open to public, South Portland Public Library, 482 Broadway, South Portland, 767-7660.

“Lost in Lexicon:” A Fantasy Book Event for Families, 1-4 p.m., with author Pendred Noyce, games, puzzles for ages 8-14 and families, free/ by donation, to benefit Raising Readers, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, 871-1700.

Wednesday 4/20

Pirate Fun for Kids, reading of David Shannon’s “How I Become a Pirate,” and “Pirates Don’t Change Diapers,” and craft project, 2 p.m., for ages 5-8, free, reservations recommended, Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Dr., Freeport, 865-3307, freeportlibrary.com.

Friday 4/22

Earth Day Event at Falmouth Memorial Library, screening of “Wall-E,” 2 p.m., free and open to the public, 5 Lunt Road, Falmouth, 781-2351.

Ongoing

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.

Falmouth Memorial Library, baby sing-along program; 10 a.m. Mondays and 3:30 p.m. Fridays, children up to age 3 and caregiver; preschool storytime, ages 3-5 and caregiver, 10 a.m. Thursdays, no registration required; Falmouth Memorial Library, 5 Lunt Road, Falmouth, falmouth.lib.me.us, 781-2351.

Scarborough Public Library Story Times, call for times, Scarborough Public Library, 48 Gorham Road, 883-4723.

Greenlight Studio, eco-friendly play space for kids 0-6 and their grownups, 49 Dartmouth St., Portland, greenlight-studio.com, info@greenlight-studio.com.

Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co. and Museum, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., seven days a week, $1 children 3-12, adults $2; 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.

Scarborough Public Library Children’s Programs: Baby Tuesdays 11-11:30 a.m., newborns to 18 months; Toddler Tuesdays 10:15-10:45 a.m., ages 18 months and older with an adult; Monthly First Tuesday Pajamarama 6:30-7:30 p.m., ages 3-8; Third Sunday Social, 1:30-3 p.m., grades 3-6; Registration required for Sunday Socials only, sign up by phone 883-4723 ext. 3, all events are free and open to the public, Scarborough Public Library, 48 Gorham Road, scarborough.library.me.us.

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.

Storytime at South Portland Main Library, Fridays, 10:30 a.m. ages 1- 2; 11 a.m. ages 3-5; 482 Broadway, South Portland, 767-7660.

Teen After Hours, Portland Public Library, for teens only, first Wednesday of each month, 7-9 p.m., hang out, play video games, watch movies, use computers, peruse teen-oriented books, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, in collaboration with the Portland Police Department, FMI, Justin Hoenke, teen librarian, 871-1700, ext. 772.

Mid Coast

Benefits

Thursday 4/14

Music in April, gala fundraiser for People Plus, music, gourmet buffet dinner, live and silent auctions, 5-9 p.m., $50/ticket, $30 is tax deductible, Knights of Columbus Ballroom, 2 Columbus Ave., Brunswick, FMI, Frank Connors, 729-0757, frank@peopleplusmaine.org.

Hari Kondabolu, stand-up comedy to benefit Japanese Red Cross, part of Bowdoin’s Asian Week, 8 p.m., $2 donation, Smith Auditorium, Sills Hall, Bowdoin College, Brunswick.

Friday 4/15

Lenten Haddock Supper, to benefit All About Prevention, 5-7 p.m., $8 adult, $4 youth, $2 under 5 years, pizza available, St. Charles Church, 132 McKeen St., Brunswick, Marcy McGuire, 729-3509.

Saturday 4/16

Project 5000 Mission, help support Bath area Food Pantry with donations of food or money, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., City Hall, Brackett’s Market, Shaws, or call Bath United Methodist Church, 443-4707.

Stone Soup Institute Fundraiser, support agrarian arts; great food, live music by Folk Medicine, live auction with locally made arts and crafts, 5:30-9 p.m., $12 adult, $6 kids under 10, free under 5 years, Merriconeag Grange Hall, 529 Harpswell Neck Road, Harpswell, 833-2884.

Retired Attire clothing sale, to benefit Volunteers of American Northern New England programs, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Fort Andross, adjacent to indoor Farmer’s Market, Brunswick, 373-1140 for donations or details.

ASA Fashion Show for Japan, featuring Elemental, Obvious, Bowdoin Cheerleading, Anokha and Intersection, 9-10 p.m., walk the runway or sponsor a friend as a guest model, proceeds benefit earthquake relief, sign up at the Smith Union information desk, Bowdoin College, Sargent Gym.

Sunday 4/17

Dixieland Jazz Benefit Concert with the Moose Mountain Jazz Band, proceeds go toward building a Victorian bandstand on Mitchell Field, 3-5 p.m., $15 advance, $20 day-of, tickets available at Ship to Shore, The Common Table, The Vegetable Corner, and from Bob Modr, 833-2815 or Dan Huber, 833-6762; The Harpswell Island School, Route 24, Harpswell.

Save Our Swinging Bridge 5K, 10 a.m., Topsham’s Lower Village and Brunswick’s Downtown, FMI, Nancy Randolph, 729-3600, saveourbridge.org, to register, donate@saveourbridge.org.

Friday 4/22

St. Matthew Passion by First Parish Choir, Ray Cornils conductor, 3 p.m., free/donations accepted to benefit The Oasis Health Network, First Parish Church, UCC, 9 Cleaveland St., Brunswick, 729-7331.

Saturday 4/23

Rabies Plus! Clinic, various services, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., all proceeds benefit animals, The Coastal Humane Society, 30 Range Road, Brunswick, 725-5051, coastalhumanesociety.org.

Ongoing

Fields of the Future bottle redemption, Bootleggers of Topsham, Maine, donate your returnables to “Turf McMann,” Bootleggers will donate an extra 10% of all donations, Fields4ourfuture.org.

Bulletin Board

Cuba Week, April 8-17, annual celebration of Brunswick’s sister city, Trinidad; April 13, “East of Havana,” film, Frontier Cafe, 5 and 7 p.m., donations; April 15, Afro-Cuban music by Olas, Frontier Cafe, 7:30 p.m., $12; April 16, Afro-Cuban drumming workshop, 3-5 p.m., free, Cram Alumni House, 83 Federal St.; for a full list of events, visit brunswicktrinidad.org/events/.

Saturday 4/16

Wabanaki Arts Festival at Bowdoin College, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., free, open to the public, David Saul Smith Union, Sills Dr., Brunswick, hosted by Bowdoin’s Native American Students Association, FMI, 725-3375 or Leslie Shaw, lshaw@bowdoin.edu.

Community Parade Workshops, April 16 and 30, sponsored by Spindleworks; 9 a.m – 12 p.m., next to the Brunswick Winter Market, Fort Andross, 14 Maine St., Brunswick, Liz McGhee, 725-8820.

Saturday 4/30

Community Parade Workshops, sponsored by Spindleworks, 9 a.m – 12 p.m., next to the Brunswick Winter Market, Fort Andross, 14 Maine St., Brunswick, Liz McGhee, 725-8820.

Saturday 5/7

Small Business Saturday in downtown Brunswick, first Saturday of every month, 6 a.m. – 11 p.m., approximately 30 businesses participating, visit 10 businesses to collect stamps and be eligible to win prizes, brunswickdowntown.org.

Ongoing

Aging Workers Inititiative of Coastal Counties Workforce Inc., holds classes/forums for those over 55; if interested in short-term certificate training in certain fields contact Barry Peaco, 319-8436, Barry.Peaco@goodwillnne.org; FMI, visit seasonedworkforce.com.

Bridge Groups, 7-9 p.m. Fridays for beginners; 2-4 p.m. Sundays for experienced players, 45 Green St., Bath, register, 443-3901.

International Association of Administrative Professionals, Mid Coast Area Chapter meets third Wednesday of the month, September-May, 5:15-7:30 p.m., Mid Coast Pizza and More, Bath, monthly speakers, networking, mcac-iaap.org/index.

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.

NARFE Merrymeeting Chapter 1796, National Active and Retired Employees Association, meeting every third Thursday of the month (except July/August), 11:15 a.m., The Bounty Restaurant at the Holiday Inn, Bath, membership/information, Chuck Hanson, 677-2367 or Anne Philippon, 725-2425.

Small Business Saturday in downtown Brunswick, first Saturday of every month, 6 a.m. – 11 p.m., approximately 30 businesses participating, visit 10 businesses to collect stamps and be eligible to win prizes, brunswickdowntown.org.

Call for Donations

Yard Sale Collection for Mid Coast Hospital Auxiliary’s “Grand and Glorious” yard sale to be held May 13-15, collections ongoing at the former Bookland, Cook’s Corner Mall, Saturdays 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., Millie Stewart, 373-6015.

Bath YMCA Yard Sale, donations of sports equipment in good condition accepted at the Bath YMCA, 3-7 p.m Friday, April 8; and 8 a.m – 12 p.m. Saturday, April 9.

Call for Volunteers

Maine Maritime Museum, summer docents and greeters needed, various positions, for information and training dates, call the volunteer office, 443-1316, ext. 350; 243 Washington St., Bath.

“Road to Recovery,” American Cancer Society’s transportation program seeks volunteers to help cancer patients get to their treatment appointments, call Janice Staples, 373-3715, janice.staples@cancer.org, American Cancer Society, One Bowdoin Mill Island, Topsham.

American Cancer Society Relay for Life is seeking volunteers and team participants for 2011, call Donna Muto, 373-3703, donna.muto@cancer.org, or visit RelayForLife.org.

Red Cross Training, Disaster Action Team, free, basic classes provide foundation for delivering assistance in emergency situations, weekday evenings, course schedules at midcoast.redcross.org, register on line or call 729-6779, 563-3299, MidCoastRedCross.net, 16 Community Way, Topsham.

Meals on Wheels drivers urgently needed, Wednesdays and Fridays, information, 729-0475, Spectrum Generations, 12 Main St., Topsham.

Ongoing

Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice has a growing need for hospice volunteers in the Brunswick area, training, call 777-7740, AHCH.org.

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 bigbbigs@bbbsbathbrun.org.

CA$H Coalition, Midcoast Maine, seeks volunteers to help Maine families access federal tax credits; free training includes IRS certification, training is held in November/early January, information, Sharon Ross, 373-1140, Sharon.ross@voanne.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.

The Greater Bath Elder Outreach Network, a program of Catholic Charities Maine, is looking for volunteers a few hours a week to assist seniors by providing companionship, transportation, assistance with errands and telephone reassurance for elderly and disabled people who live in Sagadahoc County and the Brunswick area, Martha Cushing, 837-8810; 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 michele@habitat7rivers.org.

Home to Home, an organization providing a safe place for parents to exchange children for visitations, needs volunteers, commitment of 1-2 hours per exchange period, police check and training required, Mid-Coast Hospital, Brunswick, Rich Siegel, 837-4894, mainehometohome.org.

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, 373-369

Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority seeks volunteers for the Great State of Maine Air Show & Business Aviation Expo, August 26-28, 2011, for information and non-profit grant opportunities, visit greatstateofmaineairshow.us or call 725-9701.

Money Management Program, help low-income seniors with routine financial matters, Spectrum Generations, 12 Main St., Topsham, 729-0475.

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 has volunteer opportunities in program development, outreach, and reception at its new Community Center at 12 Main St., Topsham, Debbie, 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.

Dining Out

Saturday 4/9

Public Supper, 4:30-6 p.m., suggested donation $7 adults, $4 children under 12, Knights of Columbus Hall, 807 Middle St., Bath.

Saturday 4/16

Spiral Ham Supper, 4:30-6:30 p.m., adults $7.50; 12 and under $3.50, take-out available, 443-4707, Bath United Methodist Church, 340 Oak Grove Ave., Bath.

Gardens and Outdoors

Wednesday 4/13

The Topsham Garden Club meeting, 12 p.m., “Merrymeeting Bay: The Rising Tide of Stewardship,” film produced by the Cathance River Education Alliance in collaboration with Mark Ireland, public welcome, FMI, call Marie at 729-1295 or Jane at 721-8675.

Ongoing

Cathance River Educational Alliance, series for adults, “CREA Adult Class” 2nd Saturday of each month, 9 a.m. – noon, the Ecology Center, Cathance River Nature Preserve, Topsham; “Ecology Lecture Series,” last Tuesday each month, 6:30-8 p.m., Topsham Public Library; 12 participants, cost per class, $15 members/ $20 non-members, register, creamaine.org, click on “Programs,” 798-1913 or e-mail cathanced@gwi.net.

Topsham Garden Club, 12 p.m. lunch, 1 p.m. speaker and business meeting; call Marie 729-1295 or Jane 721-8675 for location and membership info; new members/guests always welcome; mainegardenclubs.org (select GCFM Districts and Clubs, Medomak District, Topsham Garden Club), meets second Wednesday from March to December.

Getting Smarter

Wednesday 4/13

The Maine Job Bank, 9-11 a.m., Workforce Solutions Center – BRAC, Naval Air Station, Brunswick, 373-0754 to sign up.

Resume and Cover Letter Workshop, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., Bath CareerCenter, 34 Wing Farm Parkway, Bath, 442-0300 to sign up.

Job Search and Interviewing Workshop, 1-3:30 p.m., Bath CareerCenter, 34 Wing Farm Parkway, Bath, 442-0300 to sign up.

“The End of Western Water,” lecture by Anthony Rossmann, Berkeley School of Law, 4 p.m., free, Room 111, Adams Hall, Bowdoin College, 725-3291.

“Green Business:” Doing Well by Doing Good, with Gary Hirshberg, chairman, president, and CE-Yo of Stonyfield Farm, 7 p.m., free, Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center, Bowdoin College, 798-7157.

Thursday 4/14

Spring Business Forum by BRAC, 10 a.m., open to the public, free but seating is limited, reservations, David Grima, 373-0754, BTC Office, Brunswick Naval Air Station, Building 150.

Goodwill Workforce Solutions economic forum, “Put Some Spring into Your Business,” 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., free, open to the public, Goodwill Workforce Solutions office, Naval Air Station, Brunswick, Michelle Smith, 699-0724.

Friday 4/15

Women and Wealth, free seminar, with Larissa Haynes and Maggie Pierce of Team Northrup, registration 6 p.m., presentation 7 p.m., to register, Anne Olivo, 729-3526, anne_olivo@yahoo.com, The Hampton Inn, 140 Commercial St., Bath.

Restoring Maine Rivers: Wabanaki and Academic Partnerships, symposium, 1-4 p.m., Smith Auditorium, Sills Hall; 7:30 p.m., keynote address by N. Bruce Duthu, Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center; Bowdoin College, Brunswick, free, open to public, FMI Doug Boxer-Cook, dcook@bowdoin.edu.

Saturday 4/16

Maine’s Response to the Attack on Ft. Sumter, talk by Brian Collins, 1:30 p.m., $3 admission, open to the public, Pejepscot Historical Society, 159 Park Row, Brunswick, 729-6606.

Bath’s Neighborhood Grocery Stores, illustrated lecture by Charlie Burden, 10:30 a.m., free, sponsored by Bath Historical Society, Community Room, Patten Free Library, 33 Summer St., Bath, 443-5141, ext. 18.

Sunday 4/17

“Getting the Gospels,” 2 p.m., talk and discussion by Steven Bridge, professor of theology at St. Joseph’s College, St. Mary’s Church, 144 Lincoln St., Bath; third and final presentation, “Jesus’ Passion, Death, and Resurrection,” for the Lenten Read of All Saints Parish, 6 churches in the Midcoast area, free and open to all.

Monday 4/18

“Countdown to Zero,” screening followed by discussion, 1 p.m., Physicians for Social Responsibility, co-sponsored by Maine Model United Nations, Frontier Cafe Cinema, Fort Andross, 14 Maine St., Brunswick, FMI, Roger Fenn, rqfenn@gwi.net.

Tuesday 4/19

Coastal Career Network meeting, presentations on composite technology and projects in Maine, 1-3 p.m., Goodwill Workforce Solutions Center, BRAC Transition Center, Building 150, Brunswick Naval Air Station, pre-registration required, 373-0754.

Thursday 4/21

Joshua L. Chamberlain Civil War Round Table monthly meeting, lecture by James Nelson “Reign of Iron – The True Story Behind the First Battling Ironclads,” 7 p.m., free, open to public, Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick, information, Dan Cunningham 729-9520, or Jay Stencil 721-0235.

Saturday 4/23

Ikebana Instruction for all levels, demonstration and instruction in flower arranging by Lisa Stanley, demonstration Saturday, 7-9 p.m., open to the public, $10 suggested donation; workshop Sunday, April 24, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Shambhala Meditation Center, 19 Mason St., Brunswick, space is limited, class fee, $100 ($25 deposit due 4/14), FMI, Lisa Bowie, lbowie@maine.rr.com, 749-2548.

Ongoing

ArtWorks, Creative Arts Night, 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Bath Recreation Center, 4 Sheridan Road, Bath, $8; 443-8360.

ESOL, English as a Second Language classes, free, Mondays and Wednesdays 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays 6-9 p.m., basics of English and class trips to learn about Maine, to register or FMI, 729-7323 ext. 1, Merrymeeting Adult Education, 35 Republic Ave., Topsham, Michael Myers, myersm@link75.org.

International Association of Administrative Professionals, Mid Coast Area Chapter meets third Wednesday of the month, September-May, 5:15-7:30 p.m., Mid Coast Pizza and More, Bath, monthly speakers, networking, mcac-iaap.org/index.

Joshua L. Chamberlain Civil War Round Table monthly meeting and speaker, every third Thursday, free, open to public, 7 p.m., Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick, information, Dan Cunningham 729-9520, or Jay Stencil 721-0235.

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.

Spectrum Generations, Southern Midcoast Community Center, 12 Maine St., Topsham, call or visit for list of classes and events, southernmidcoast@spectrumgenerations.org, 729-0475.

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.

Wife of Bath hosts monthly day-long creative writing retreats, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., $25, Linden Tree Meeting House, Phippsburg Congregational Church UCC, 10 Church Lane, Phippsburg, month-by-month or pre-register, 751-2414, editor@wifeofbath.net, visit wifeofbath.net.

Health & Support

Grieving Children and their families, 6-week peer support program, Mondays, April 25-May 30, 6-7:15 p.m., United Methodist Church, 230 Church St., Brunswick, FMI and to schedule initial family meeting, call Kathe Pilibosian, Bereavement and Grief Support, 729-6782 ext. 1357, kpilibosian@midcoasthealth.com.

“Spring into Healing,” Sexual Assault Support Services of Midcoast Maine,  support group for women who have experienced sexual abuse, begins mid-April, to schedule pre-group appointment, and for location, call 725-2181, email clientservices@sassmm.org.

Friday 4/15

Heart Disease and how to manage the condition, Amy Berube from CHANS, 1 p.m., free, Spectrum Generations, 12 Main St., Topsham, 729-0475.

Wednesday 4/20

Free Blood Pressure Clinic, by CHANS Home Health Care, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., Mid-Coast Hunger Prevention, 84A Union St., Brunswick, FMI 729-6782.

Thursday 4/21

Free Blood Pressure Clinic, by CHANS Home Health Care, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., People Plus, 35 Union St., Brunswick, FMI 729-6782.

Friday 4/22

Free Blood Pressure Clinic, by CHANS Home Health Care, 9:30- 11 a.m., Pejepscot Terrace, 36 Pejepscot Terrace, Brunswick, FMI 729-6782.

Ongoing

Free Blood Pressure Clinic, Wednesdays 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., walk-in, Mid Coast Hospital Community Resource Room, 123 Medical Center Drive, Brunswick, Jessica Loney RN, 373-6592, jloney@midcoasthealth.com.

12 Step Recovery Program, Wednesdays 6 p.m., food, group meetings, contact Jeff Rogers, jeff4bath@yahoo.com, Compass Point Community Church, 119 Old Bath Road.

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.

Celebrate Recovery Bath, Tuesday nights, 6:30 p.m. group meeting, 6 p.m. free refreshments, 12-step Christ-centered program to help deal with hurts, habits and hang ups, FMI call Jeff or Darlene, 442-9966, celebraterecovery.com.

Communicate after Stroke Support Group, 1st and 3rd Tuesday, September to May, 1-2 p.m., free, friends/family welcome, Mid Coast Hospital, 1st floor conference room, 81 Medical Center Drive, Brunswick, for information or sign up, call Dimitra Toothaker, 373-6175; Robert Lundstrom, 371-2936; or Doris Armstrong, 725-2618.

De-Stress Your Body, Wednesdays, 9-10:30 a.m., $15 per session; come once or weekly, Spectrum Generations, Southern Midcoast Community Center, 12 Main St., Topsham, 729-0475.

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.

Hooptydoo Hula-Hoop Class, all ages welcome, all hula-hooping levels, Tuesdays 5:30-6:30 p.m., $10/person, Bath Dance Works, 72 Front St., third floor; information, Helen, 808-281-6451 or hooptydoo@gmail.com.

Laughter Yoga Club, reduce stress with playful exercises and yogic breathing, dress as you are, no mats, all ages, every third Monday, 10 a.m., free, Bath Dance Works, 100 Front St., third floor, for information, Amanda, 443-3721 or amanda@meadowdance.org.

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.

Self-Healing Empowerment Group, Wednesdays, 9-10:30 a.m., $15, come once or weekly, Spectrum Generations, Southern Midcoast Community Center, 12 Main St., Topsham, 729-0475.

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.

Spectrum Generations, Southern Midcoast Community Center, 12 Maine St., Topsham, call or visit for list of classes and events, southernmidcoast@spectrumgenerations.org, 729-0475.

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 St., 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

Computer 101, very basic class, how to turn the computer on, connect a printer, get on the internet to receive email and communicate with your grandchildren, Tuesday mornings 9-10 a.m., $5 activity fee, Spectrum Generations, 12 Main St., Topsham, 729-0475.

Computer 201, follow-up to the 101 class, learn how to attach documents and work with your contact list, learn about online shopping, distribution lists, searching the internet, Tuesday mornings, 10-11 a.m., $8 activity fee, Spectrum Generations, 12 Main St., Topsham, 729-0475.

Ongoing

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 and disabled adults, offered by Spectrum Generations, 12 Main St., Topsham, 729-0475.

Money Management Program, help low-income seniors with routine financial matters, Spectrum Generations, 12 Main St., Topsham, 729-0475.

People Plus Community Center, multipurpose multigenerational facility provides recreational, social, informational, educational and personal services to seniors as well as people of all ages, 35 Union 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.

Spectrum Generations Southern Midcoast Community Center now open for classes, activities, trips, health & wellness, 12 Main St., Topsham, 729-0475, or datwood@spectrumgenerations.org.

Topsham Merry Meeters Senior Citizens, all ages 50 and over welcome, bring a dish to share for potluck meal, noon, Westrum House, Union Park Road, Topsham; 729-7686 or 725-2425; meets third Tuesday except July and August.

Kids and Family Stuff

The Park introduces The Community Session, last Wednesday of each month, 3-6 p.m., free, skating, biking, lobby games, equipment rental; all ages, but parent must sign waiver for kids under 18, The Park, 26 Summer St., Bath, 443-8900, bathyouthmeetinghouse.com. 

Ongoing

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bath/Brunswick is accepting applications for “Littles,” girls ages 6-14 that live in single parent homes to participate in “The Big and Little” program, a mentoring program that matches a child with an adult community mentor (Big Sister) in a one-on-one friendship. There are Big Sisters currently waiting to be matched with Littles. Please Contact Aurora Joseph, Match Support Specialist, 729-7736 or community@bbbsbathbrun.org to enroll your daughter.

Brunswick Teen Center at People Plus, an after school and summer drop in program for area youth in grades 6-12, free membership, safe and fun environment with pool, ping pong, snacks, video games, movies, crafts and more, Mon-Thurs. 2:30-5:30 p.m., call for vacation and summer hours, 35 Union St. Brunswick, 721-0754.

Kids’ Classics at Dreamland Theater, film series for children and young teens, second Sunday of the month, October through May, 2 p.m., free, donations suggested, Sagadahoc Preservation Winter Street Center, 880 Washington St., Bath, for schedule, visit sagadahocpreservation.org.

Morning Storytelling, monthly, 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, information, 725-5222 or explorefrontier.com.

Mammals of Maine

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