Community Calendar: April 14 – 25

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Greater Portland


Free Federal and Maine Income Tax Preparation, available for all ages and incomes, through April 14, for times/locations, visit, tax-aide locator, or call 1-888-227-7669, ext. 211.

Wednesday 4/14

Dessert Night/Silent Auction, to benefit Deering High School Project Graduation, 6:30 p.m., $3 admission by donation, music by The DHS Jazz Combo, many event tickets, theme baskets and more, Deering High School, Stevens Ave., Portland.

“Spaghetti Supper for Justice & Equality to Benefit Preble Street,”
hosted by Governor Baldacci, 5-8 p.m., donation, Italian Heritage Center, 40 Westland Ave., Portland FMI, to donate or volunteer, 775-0026, or

Thursday 4/15

Reiche Community School Multicultural Potluck and Spring Auction, proceeds benefit ACToR (Arts Come to Reiche), 6-8 p.m., open to public, Reiche Elementary School, 166 Brackett St., Portland, hosted by Reiche PTO, Mary Clews, 838-4587 or Alison Leavitt, 831-1039.

Friday 4/16

Maine Interfaith Power and Light 10-year Celebration, with catered food, comedian Jackson Gillman and keynote by Angus King, 7 p.m., $20, Woodford’s Congregational Church, 202 Woodford St., Portland, tickets, or 721-0444.

White Elephant and Rummage Sale, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday and Saturday, hosted by Women’s Fellowship and Knights of Columbus, St. Patrick’s Church Hall, 1342 Congress St., Portland, Margaret White, 773-3610.

Saturday 4/17

The Homeless Animal Rescue Team Bake/Craft Sale Fundraiser, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Wal-Mart, U.S. Route 1, Falmouth, donations of food/crafts appreciated, call 829-4116.

WMPG Fashion Benefit Show,
with original clothing, accessories by Portland designers, proceeds benefit WMPG, 8 p.m. doors open; 9 p.m. show, $10 adult/ $5 students, sponsored by Dirigo Media Consulting, Space Gallery, Congress St., Portland, tickets at

Sunday 4/18

Car Wash and Bottle Drive, to benefit Girls Rugby, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Pratt-Abbot Drycleaners, U.S. Route 1, Falmouth, Gretchen Vogel, 846-3212.

“Flaws for a Cause,” sale of usable/less than perfect pots to benefit Cultivating Community, through May 5, Maine Potters Market, 376 Fore St., Portland, 774-1633.

Saturday 4/24

“25 Cent Yard Sale,” to benefit Morrison Center programs, clothing, toys, books and more, 25 cents per item, 8-11:30 a.m.; donations accepted at center from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. through 4/23, multi-purpose room, Morrison Center, 60 Chamberlain Road, Scarborough, 883-6680,

Peace Action Maine Annual Dinner
, “Give Peas A Chance,” with keynote by Noam Chomsky, 5 p.m., $15 suggested donation, Woodfords Church, 202 Woodfords Ave., Portland, Wells Staley-Mays, 409-0778.

Sunday 4/25

Earth Day Celebration and Fundraiser, 1 p.m., talk by Matt Prindiville of the Natural Resources Council of Maine about “Got Your Bags?” program, bring reusable bag filled with items to donate to Food Pantry, Allen Avenue Unitarian Universalist Church, 524 Allen Ave., Portland,, FMI, Sally Breen, 892-8391.

Spring Yard Clean-Up Fundraiser
, to benefit South Portland High School Boys Lacrosse Teams, for raking/disposing of leaves, $75 /average-size yard, for reservation, call Kathleen, 615-8465.

Bulletin Board

Wednesday 4/14

Gubernatorial Primary Forum, all qualified candidates for primary ballot invited, 7-9 p.m., free and open to public, Second Floor, Portland Public Market House, 28 Monument Square, Portland, hosted by League of Young Voters, Will Everitt, 772-3207.

Saturday 4/17

27th Annual Gem & Mineral Show, gem and mineral sales, kids activities, demonstrations, silent auction, displays, door prizes and more, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Sullivan Gymnasium, USM Portland campus, 96 Falmouth St., $4 adult/ $3 senior or student/ free for ages 12 and under, hosted by Maine Mineralogical & Geological Society,, Jerry Poirier, 571-4522

Sunday 4/18

27th Annual Gem & Mineral Show, gem and mineral sales, kids activities, demonstrations, silent auction, displays, door prizes and more, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Sullivan Gymnasium, USM Portland campus, 96 Falmouth St., $4 adult/ $3 senior or student/ free for ages 12 and under, hosted by Maine Mineralogical & Geological Society,, Jerry Poirier, 571-4522

Friday 4/23

29th Annual Take Back the Night March and Rally, 6 p.m., with keynote by Megan Williams of Hardy Girls Healthy Women, slam poetry reading, public awareness exhibit at Monument Square, rally and march begins/ends at First Parish Church, 425 Congress St., Portland, hosted by Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine, SARSSM, Tara Kierstead, 828-1035.

Sunday 4/25

Great Portland Bike Swap, hosted by Bicycle Coalition of Maine, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $3 admission, free for USM students, ages 12 and younger, Sullivan Gym, USM Portland campus, FMI, or 623-4511.


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 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.

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

Gardeners Wanted, for the 2010 season at Yarmouth Community Garden, $25 for 10′ by 10′ plot/ $35 non-Yarmouth residents, organic garden on East Main Street, sign up at Yarmouth Community Services, 846-2406.

The Salvation Army of Greater Portland Volunteer Opportunities; child care volunteer during adult life skills classes; Camp Rally Volunteer on April 23; National Association of Letter Carriers Annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive on May 8; 774-4172 or [email protected]

Saturday 4/17

Maine Buddy Training Session, for cancer survivors/ co-survivors who want to help others affected by cancer, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Cancer Community Center, 778 Main St., South Portland, Jani Darak-Druck, 774-2200 or [email protected],

Monday 4/19

Hospice Volunteer Training, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., four sessions – April 19, April 26, May 3, May 10, VNA Home Health & Hospice, 50 Foden Road, South Portland, to register, Ann Costello, 400-8726 or [email protected]

Saturday 4/24

Scarborough Annual Spring Clean Up, clean up beaches and Scarborough Marsh, 9 a.m.-noon, bring gloves, multiple sites listed at, hosted by Friends of Scarborough Marsh, Steffi Cox, 799-4012

South Portland Earth Day City-Wide Clean-up
, 8:30-11:30 a.m.; 8:30 a.m. registration at Mill Creek Park for refreshments, instructions, bags and gloves, hosted by South Portland Land Trust,, Carla Yount 210-8366.

Ongoing needs volunteers to expand organization, ABC believes in empowerment through sailing, and action-based activities to relieve depression, check Web site 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 [email protected]  

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 [email protected]

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 [email protected]  

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 protected]

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,

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; volunteers for Greeter/Docent program, training, able to commit 3-4 hours at least every other week; and Jack or Jill of all trades to help with odd jobs and light maintenance, own tools and transportation necessary, Rita, 632-3011.

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

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 [email protected]

ITNPortland seeks volunteer drivers to provide rides for seniors and adults with visual impairments, call 854-0505 or visit to learn more.  

The Jason Program needs ambassadors of hope for Maine families of seriously ill and dying children, 65 Washington Ave., Portland, 773-2947,

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,

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 [email protected]  

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension seeks volunteers to serve on its executive committee; [email protected], 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; Meredith Eaton 941-2800 ext. 207, [email protected]

Volunteers needed at Mercy Hospital Yarmouth location, Monday through Fridays, 8 a.m.- 4 p.m., contact Melissa Skahan, Manager of Mission Services, 879-3286 or [email protected]

Dining Out

Saturday 4/17

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

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

Sunday 4/18

Jazz Dinner Buffet, Port City Four, 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,

Saturday 4/24

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

Roast Beef Dinner
, All-you-can-eat, 4:30-6 p.m., $8 adult/$6 student/ $4 ages 12 and under, Stevens Avenue Congregational Church, 790 Stevens Ave., Portland, 797-4573.


Free Community Soup Dinner, 5-7 p.m., Parish House, The Church of St. Mary the Virgin, 43 Foreside Road, Falmouth, second and fourth Fridays, 781-3366, [email protected] 

South Freeport Church 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,

Gardens & Outdoors

Wednesday 4/14

Grow Your Own Organic Garden workshop, with Maine Organic Farmers and Growers Association instructor Tracy Weber, 6-9 p.m., $5, open to public, all levels, Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Dr., Freeport, must pre-register, call 865-3307,

Thursdays 4/15

Weekly Birdwalk, with expert birder Eric Hynes, 7 a.m. Thursdays through April 29, $5 member/ $8 nonmember, Gilsland Farm, Gilsland Farm Rd., Falmouth, meet in visitor center parking lot, bring binoculars and field guide, all skill levels welcome.

Saturday 4/17

Skillin’s Free Gardening Classes, “The Pursuit of the Rose!” 10 a.m.; and “Beyond the Bloom!” 2 p.m., Skillins Greenhouses – Cumberland, 201 Gray Road, Cumberland, 829-5619; and Skillins Greenhouses – Falmouth, 89 Foreside Road, Falmouth, 781-3860; space limited, call to register.

Sunday 4/18

“Nature Legends,” Guided nature programs, 2 p.m., free with park admission, Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park, 426 Wolf Neck Rd., Freeport, 865-4465. 

Spring Migration Guided Bird Walk, led by Derek Lovitch of Freeport Wild Bird Supply, 8-11 a.m., meet at the Gazebo in Fort Allen Park, Eastern Prom, Portland, rain or shine, for all levels, bring binoculars if you can, sponsored by Friends of the Eastern Promenade,


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

Starting Your Own Business: Everything you need to know, 6-9 p.m., Portland SCORE, 100 Middle St., Second Floor, East Tower, Portland,, 772-1147.

Wednesday 4/14

Latin American School of Medicine Q & A, with Dr. Lillian Holloway, talk about free tuition medical school in Cuba for U.S. college graduates under 30, free and open to public, Glickman Library, 7th floor University Room, USM Portland, 314 Forest Ave., Portland,, Will Douglas, 409-4227.

Thursday 4/15

Architalx Lecture Series, John Patkau of Patkau Architects, 5:30 p.m. doors open; 6 p.m. lecture starts, $8 advance/ $10 door, Portland Museum of Art auditorium, Seven Congress Square, Portland, advance tickets at

Language Exchange Open House
, spring session information, 5:30-7:30 p.m., 80 Exchange St., Portland,

Tuesday 4/20

Green Homes Lecture Series, 6-8 p.m. through May 4, East End School Community Room, 195 North St., Portland, $10 session, hosted by U.S. Green Building Council Maine Chapter,

“Marketing & Sales: Attract new customers and retain them,” 6-9 p.m., small charge, Portland SCORE Offices, 100 Middle St., Second Floor, East Tower, Portland,, 772-1147.

Thursday 4/22
“Perspectives on Transition: Values to Action,”
presentation and community discussion with Noah Wentworth of Evergreen Building Collaborative and Amory Weld of Transition Greater Brunswick, 6:30 p.m., free, Freeport Community Center, Depot St., Freeport, hosted by Wolfe’s Neck Farm, Liz Brownlee, 865-4363.


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 protected]

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

Portland SCORE, ongoing business workshops led by volunteers, small fee, 100 Middle St., Second Floor, East Tower, Portland,, 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

USM Southworth Planetarium, shows, classes and astronomical events, Science Building, 96 Falmouth St., Portland campus, 780-4249 or

Health & Support

Wednesday 4/14

The Rainbow Business & Professional Association Meeting, 5:30 p.m. networking, followed by dinner and “Marketing the Rainbow,” discussion, Holiday Inn by the Bay, 88 Spring St., Portland, register, 775-0077 or [email protected]

“Stress Management Naturally,”
Natural Health Lecture Series with Dr. Sarah Kotzur, 5:30-6 p.m. Wednesdays through May 19, free and open to public, Primary Care Alternative Medicine, 142 High St., Suite 305, Portland, 699-4199 or

“Turning the Mind into an Ally,” 6 p.m. Wednesdays through May 19, includes meditation instruction, book study and discussion, $30 plus book, Portland Shambhala Center, 97 Newbury St., Portland, Emily Bogner, [email protected] or 408-9991.

Friday 4/16

Introduction to Tibetan Buddhist Meditation, 12-1 p.m. 5 Fridays, April 16- May 14; or 10:30 a.m.-noon 5 Sundays, April 18-May 16; $50, Portland, must register at 774-6986 or [email protected]

Saturday 4/17

Embodied Meditation Teaching, workshop by Lama Willa Miller, for all levels, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., $75, Portland Harbor Hotel, 468 Fore St., Portland, Jane Burdick, 773-6809.

Monday 4/19

“Primary Care in the 21st Century,” talk by Dr. Barbara Starfield, noon, free and open to the public, WCHP Lecture Hall UNE Portland Campus, Stevens Ave., hosted by UNE’s Center for Community and Public Health,


“Better Breathing Buddies,” support group for lung disease patients and caregivers, 2-3:30 p.m. first Tuesdays, Bayview Heights, 158 North St., Portland, [email protected], 879-4373.

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

Christian Meditation Gathering, hosted by United Methodist communities of Hope.Gate.Way, 6 p.m. Wednesdays, 185 High St., Portland,, 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 [email protected]

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 [email protected] 

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 protected]

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

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, 

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

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, 

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.

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

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

Sadhana Meditation Center, The Castle, Lower Level, 100 Brickhill Ave., South Portland, center open to people of all faiths, Ashok, [email protected], 772-6898.

“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.

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 4/14

A Matter of Balance: fall prevention program, 1-3 p.m., Wednesdays, through June 2, MaineHealth Learning Resource Center, 5 Bucknam Rd., Falmouth, FMI or to register, call Anne Murray, 1-800-427-7411, ext. 529.

Friday 4/23

Living Well for Better Health, 1-3 p.m., 6 Fridays, April 23–May 28, Southern Maine Agency on Aging, U.S. Route 1, Scarborough, register, Anne Murray, 1-800-427-7411, ext. 529.


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

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


Friday 4/16

“Flick and Float,” watch “Free Willy 2” and float in Reiche Pool, 6-8 p.m., $1 child/ $3 adult/ $5 family, bring float, FMI, Portland Recreation Aquatic Office, 874-8456.

Saturday 4/17

Healthy Kids Day, indoor and outdoor activities, moon bounce, demos and more, 10 a.m.-noon, free and open to public, Casco Bay YMCA, 14 Old South Freeport Rd, Freeport, 865-9600.

Salt Marsh Exploration
, guided family nature walk, 11 a.m.-12 p.m., all ages, $5/person or $15/family, Wolfe’s Neck Farm, Burnett Rd, Freeport, must preregister, Liz Brownlee at [email protected] or 865-4363.

Thursday 4/22

Earth Day Workshop for Kids: Square Foot Gardening, 1-3 p.m., for ages 8-12, free, Falmouth Memorial Library, 5 Lunt Rd, Falmouth, pre-registration required, Lisa Waters, 780-4205, [email protected], also hosted by UMaine Extension and Tidewater Conservation Foundation.

“The Rabbit Who Wanted Red Wings,” children’s play, 4 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays 4/22-23, 4/29-30; 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, 4/24-25, 5/1-2; $7 members/ $8 nonmembers, presented by Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine, 142 Free St., Portland, advance tickets, 828-1234 ext. 231 or

Friday 4/23

“Reptiles and Amphibians—Live!” Family Program, ages 6 and older, 10 a.m., members: $5/child, $10/adult, nonmembers: $10/child, $15/adult, Gilsland Farm Audubon Center, off U.S. Route 1, Falmouth, 781-2330,

Saturday 4/24

“Spring into Reading,” Children’s Literacy Program with activity stations, 1-4 p.m. for grades K-6, free and open to public, SMCC HUB Athletic Center, 119 Fort Rd., South Portland, sponsored by the SMCC Center for Student Involvement & Leadership, FMI, 741-5663 or Kerensa Palmer, [email protected]


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

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.

Greenlight Studio, eco-friendly play space for kids 0-6 and their grownups, 49 Dartmouth St., Portland,, [email protected]

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.

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. 

Mid Coast


Call to local artists, carpenters, craftspeople and birders: Habitat for Humanity seeking bird houses for September auction, entry form and guidelines, James, 386-5081, [email protected]; for information about Habitat programs or to volunteer, call 386-5081.

Saturday 4/17

Barbershop Concert Extravaganza, with Nor’Easters, On The Go and more, and silent auction, to benefit Brunswick Area Respite Care, 6 p.m. silent auction begins; 7 p.m. concert, $8 advance/ $10 door, ages 12 and under free, hosted By The United Methodist Church, 320 Church Rd., Brunswick, FMI, 729-8571.

Yard Sale, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., $20 tables available, Bath Area Senior Center, 45 Floral St., Bath, Phyllis, 443-3773, for item donation pick up, call the Center at 443-4937 between 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

College Guild Read-a-thon fundraiser, April 17-18; the guild provides free non-traditional correspondence courses to prisoners to reduce recidivism; community invited to ask for pledges per page, for information visit or email, [email protected], please send donations to College Guild, PO Box 6448, Brunswick, ME 04011.

Sunday 4/18

7th Annual Save Our Swinging Bridge 5k, 10 a.m., advance registration $18 / $20 after April 9, in Topsham’s Lower Village and Brunswick’s Downtown, register, or or Recreation Department in Brunswick and Topsham, volunteers needed on race day, email [email protected], Nancy Randolph, 837-0558.

Haiti Fundraiser, Brunswick Area PeaceWorks, to support the group “Madre” in their work for women of Haiti, film to be shown, “Poto Mitan: Haitian Women as Pillars of the Global Economy,” 3-5 p.m., $10 suggested contribution, United Church of Christ, 150 Congress Ave., Bath, Brenda Nelson, 386-5056, [email protected]

Wednesday 4/21

American Red Cross blood drive, 3 p.m., Bowdoin College, Morrell Lounge, David Saul Smith Union, 725-3375.


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.

Bulletin Board

Free tax preparation for household incomes below $50,000; Midcoast CASH Coalition, call 319-1390 for more information or appointment.

Wednesday 4/21

Sagadahoc County Democratic Committee meeting, guest speaker Libby Mitchell, candidate for governor, 7-9 p.m., Bath Police Department conference room, 250 Water St., Bath, 837-0648.

Saturday 4/24

Model Train Show by The Great Falls Model Railroad Club, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., $4/adult, $2/under 15, Mount Ararat High School, Topsham, Paul Lodge, 966-3641.


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

City-wide Yard Sales Needed, residents and non-profits are encouraged to sign up to hold a yard sale during Main Street Bath’s Mayfair event, May 1; for $15 fee, you’ll be listed on Mayfair flyers, and more, sign ups due April 16, contact Main Street Bath, 442-7291 or download form at


ArtVan Program seeks volunteers to help with art therapy programming with children and teens, promotional support and fundraising efforts, contact 371-4125 or visit

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 [email protected]

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.

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 [email protected]

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,

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.

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, FMI, 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 4/17

Spiral Ham Supper, 4:30-6:30 p.m., adults $7.50; 12 & under $3.50, no reservation required, take outs available, Bath United Methodist Church, 340 Oak Grove Ave., 443-4708.

Sunday 4/18

Public breakfast Buffet, 7:30-10 a.m., suggested donation, $6 adults / $3 children under 12 / $15 max. families with children under 12, Knights of Columbus Hall, 807 Middle St., Bath.

Saturday 4/24

Baked Bean & Casserole Supper, 4:30-6:30 p.m., $7 adults, $3.50 children, Bath Senior Center, 45 Floral St., Bath, information, 443-4937, between 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.


Brunswick Winter Market, Maine farms and merchants, Saturdays 9 a.m.- 12:30 p.m., Fort Andross Mill, Maine St., Brunswick.

Wednesday 4/14

Topsham Garden Club meeting, program by Cathance River Education Alliance, 11:30 a.m., meet at Wild Duck Pub parking lot, Highland Green, Topsham, 12 p.m. lunch  followed by business meeting, information and rain date, Carol, 729-7225 or Marie, 729-1295.

Saturday 4/17

Scarborough Marsh field trip, Merrymeeting Audubon, bring lunch/snack, 7 a.m., meet at the Bath Plaza CVS, or 7:20 a.m. at Brunswick Hannaford, additional information, Maurice Dauphin, 389-2585, free, open to public.

Skillin’s Free Gardening Classes, “The Pursuit of the Rose!” 10 a.m.; and “Beyond the Bloom!” 2 p.m., Skillin’s Greenhouse, 422 Bath Road, Brunswick, 442-8111.

Getting Smarter

Thursday 4/15

“War on Terror: Law, Ethics, and the Road Ahead” by Jonathan Marks, Edmond J. Safra Faculty Fellow in Ethics at Harvard University, 4 p.m., free, open to public, Bowdoin College, Room 315, Searles Science Building, 725-3728.

“Art of Experience: Thomas Hart Benton and the American Scene” by Justin Wolff, assistant professor of art history at the University of Maine-Orono, 4:30 p.m., free, open to public, Bowdoin College, Beam Classroom, Visual Arts Center, 725-3120.

“Fishes and Loaves: A study of the covenent between land and sea,” program on sustainable local fisheries, 6:30-8 p.m. Thursdays, April 8-29, Mid-Coast Presbyterian Church, 84 Main St., Topsham, 729-3193.

Friday 4/16

“1810: Insurgency in Spanish America,” symposium commemorating the bicentennial of the declaration of independence of Spain’s colonies in the Americas, with Bowdoin professor Enrique Yepes and other scholars, 9 a.m., free, Bowdoin College, Barn, Cram Alumni House, 725-3217.

Saturday 4/17

“Memories of Downtown Bath in 1949,” illustrated talk by Charlie Burden and Sue Fitzgerald, 10:30 a.m., meeting 10 a.m., free, open to public, sponsored by Bath Historical Society; Community Room, Patten Free Library, 33 Summer St., Bath, 443-5141, ext. 18.

Thursday 4/22

“Fishes and Loaves: A study of the covenent between land and sea,” program on sustainable local fisheries, 6:30-8 p.m. Thursdays, April 8-29, Mid-Coast Presbyterian Church, 84 Main St., Topsham, 729-3193.

Saturday 4/24

Pinhole camera workshop/demonstration to celebrate Worldwide Pinhole Day, by Portland Pinhole and Plastic Camera Group, 10 a.m., free, open to public, Morrell Meeting Room, Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick,, Johanna Moore, [email protected]


ArtWorks, Creative Arts Night, 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Bath Recreation Center, 4 Sheridan Rd., 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.

Spectrum Generations, Southern Midcoast Community Center, 12 Maine St., Topsham, call or visit for list of classes and events, [email protected], 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, [email protected], visit

Health & Support

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.

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.

Friday 4/16

Advance Directive Assistance, part of National Healthcare Decisions Day, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., free, McTeague Higbee law firm, Four Union Park, Topsham, information, 725-5581,

Tuesday 4/20

“Navigating through Dementia” 4:30-6:00 p.m., free, Mid Coast Senior Health Center, Community Room, 58 Baribeau Drive, Brunswick, Marlise Swartz, [email protected], 729-8033.

Saturday 4/24

World T’ai Chi & Qigong Day, watch or join in global meditative movement, 10 a.m., free, open to public, Cleaveland Hall Quad, Bowdoin College, rain site, Buck Center #301,  Ken Ryan, 712-6264.


12 Step Recovery Program, Wednesdays 6 p.m., food, group meetings, contact Jeff Rogers, [email protected], Compass Point Community Church, 119 Old Bath Rd.

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.

Spectrum Generations, Southern Midcoast Community Center, 12 Maine St., Topsham, call or visit for list of classes and events, [email protected], 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 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

AARP Tax-Aide, free income tax help for low/middle income taxpayers, sponsored by the IRS and the AARP Foundation, Feb. 1 – April 15, call for times and information, Bath Area Senior Center, 45 Floral St., call for information, 443-4937; Patten Free Library, 33 Summer St., 443-5141; Brunswick Curtis Memorial Library; People Plus, 6 Noble St., Brunswick, 729-0757; Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Rd., 725-1727; Wiscasset Community Center, 242 Gardiner Rd., 633-6748; for more information, Nancy Lord, Tax-Aide District Coordinator, 729-8730.


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 disable 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 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

Spectrum Generations Southern Midcoast Community Center now open for classes, activities, trips, health & wellness, 12 Main St., Topsham, FMI, 729-0475, or [email protected]

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

Wednesday 4/14

Science Sleuths: Bird Watching 101, for 7-12 year-olds and caregiver, 6:30-7:30 p.m., free, courtesy of Cornerstones of Science, Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick, pre-registration required, 725-5242 ext. 225,

Friday 4/16

YMCA Healthy Kids Day, games, entertainment, sports, more, 4-7 p.m., free, open to community, Bath Area Family YMCA, 303 Centre St., Bath, information, Francie Tolan, 443-4112,

Tuesday 4/20

Modular Origami, Eva Szillery, for 9-13 year-olds, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., free, limited to 25, Morrell Meeting Room, Curtis Memorial Library, pre-register, 725-5242 ext. 225, courtesy of Cornerstones of Science.


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 [email protected] to enroll your daughter.

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