Community Calendar: April 27-May 14

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Greater Portland

Benefits

Friday 4/29

HART Benefit Dinner for feline shelter, 6 p.m. Stone’s Cafe and Bakery, Route 115, North Yarmouth, $25, reservations required, 846-3038, slewis10@maine.rr.com.

Sunday 5/1

Chocolate, Chocolate and More Chocolate! 1:30-3 p.m., North Yarmouth Congregational Church Missions Committee fundraiser in conjunction with Wilbur’s Chocolates. Tickets $20, includes unlimited samples and go bag.

Saturday 5/14

Falmouth Foreside 5K Run and Walk to benefit Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland, cash prizes for top finisher, habitatportlandme.org and click on Falmouth Foreside 5K Run and Walk under the Events tab.

Maine Walks with Haiti 5K walk/run, live music, art and food, (rain or shine) Back Cove Park, Portland. Proceeds benefit Konbit Sante Cap-Haitien Health Partnership, a Maine-based organization that helps improve health care in Portland’s Sister City. Register at mainewalks.org.

Sunday 5/15

The Southern Maine Heart Walk, benefits American Heart Association in Maine, kick-off breakfast, health screenings, guest survivor speakers, children’s activities and exhibits, walk or 5K run around Back Cove. Register at SouthernMaineHeartWalk.org. To register for the Kids Heart Challenge, visit kids.heartwalk.org/southernmaine.

Books/Authors

Wednesday 4/27

“Being Mortal” by Atul Gawande, 7 p.m., Peaks Island Branch Library, books available at library. Discussion facilitated by Elizabeth Hart, M.D.

“Take Heart: More Poems from Maine,” 7 p.m, readings by Gibson Fay-LeBlanc, poet laureate of Portland, Richard Foerster, Rachel Flynn and David Sloan, Merrill Memorial Library, Yarmouth.

Thursday 4/28

Premiere reading of “Everybody’s Fool,” by Richard Russo, Franklin Theater at Wayfinder School, Spring Street, Portland. Author’s reception, 6-7 p.m. (21 and over), $100, includes signed first edition. Reading begins at 7 p.m., admission $35. Tickets at wayfinderschools.org.

Merrill Memorial Library’s Readers Circle, 7 p.m. discussion of Ann Patchett’s 2011 novel State of Wonder,” 215 Main St., Yarmouth, 846-4763.

Sunday 5/1

Annual Merriconeag Poetry Festival, 3-4:30 p.m., featuring Rachel Contreni Flynn and 20 student poet finalists from 10 area high schools. Free admission. Maine Coast Waldorf School, 57 Desert Road, Freeport. FMI: 207-865-3900 or MaineCoastWaldorf.org.

Tuesday 5/3

“Marmee & Louisa,” Maine Charitable Mechanic Association’s First Tuesday Book Club, noon, Mechanics’ Hall, 519 Congress St., Portland. Eve LaPlante’s portrait of Louisa May Alcott and her mother Abigail, the real “Marmee.” Details: 773-8396 or mcma1857@gmail.com.

Thursday 5/5

Kathy Eliscu, author of humor novel “Not Even Dark Chocolate Can Fix This Mess,” 6:30 p.m., Falmouth Memorial Library, 5 Lunt Road. Reading, storytelling, book signing and chocolate

Saturday 5/7

Book Sale, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., USM Wishcamper Center, 34 Bedford St., Portland. Cash and checks only; benefits Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Scholarship Fund.

Friday 5/13

Julia Spencer-Fleming, New York Times and USA Today bestselling novelist, South Freeport Congregational Church. Lunch, 11:30; $15 by reservation, 865-4012.

Bulletin Board

Donations needed of fabric, yarns, notions, patterns, crafts and books for the upcoming Salvation Army Fabric Fair are being accepted at the Falmouth American Legion on Depot Road Mondays and Wednesdays 9 a.m.-2 p.m. until May 4.

The Falmouth Kitchen Tour, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. May 6 and 7, tickets $25/advance at mainekitchentours.com, $30/door. Portion of proceeds benefits STRIVE, which aids developmentally challenged youth in greater Portland.

The Enlightenment Expo, spiritual practitioners, products and services, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 23; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 24, The Fireside Inn and Suites, 81 Riverside St., Portland, admission $5.

Wednesday 4/27

Buy Local Community Mixer, 5:30-7 p.m., New England Distilling, 26 Evergreen Dr., Unit B in Portland. Free networking and social for members, friends, and anyone who would like to know more about Portland Buy Local.

Thursday 4/28

GORP: A Party to Support Portland Trails, 5:30 p.m., Arabica Coffee, 9 Commercial St., local brews, local food, live music.

Saturday 4/30

Old Fashioned Rummage and Tag Sale, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., North Yarmouth Congregational Church, 3 Gray Road. Clothing, books, household goods, antiques, tools and puzzles.

Community Shredding Day, 9 a.m.-noon, South Portland Public Library, 482 Broadway.

Saturday 5/7

E-Waste Recycling Collection Day, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Falmouth Shopping Center parking lot, household and business electronics accepted for Falmouth Rotary Club youth programs. No appliances. For more information call Sean 232-4239.

Plant and Yard Sale, 9 a.m.-noon, Falmouth Congregational Church, UCC, 267 Falmouth Road, rain or shine.

“Pig and Beer on the Pier,” BBQ, beer, games and live music, hosted by Portland Rugby Football Club, 1-5 p.m., Maine State Pier, Portland.

Call for Volunteers

Spring Clean-up Volunteer Weekend, April 29, May 1, 6, 8, Recompence Shore Campground at Wolfe’s Neck Farm, 134 Burnett Road, Freeport. All ages welcome; bring rake and garden gloves in exchange for free camping and some meals. RSVP, 865-9307, freeportcamping.com/volunteering.

Saturday 5/7

Scarborough Land Trust Spring Clean-Up, 9 a.m.-noon, to help get their trails ready at five different properties; all ages are welcome. Email admin@scarboroughlandtrust.org, or call 289-1199 to sign up.

Ongoing

Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter, ongoing volunteer opportunities for caring people who can offer three to four hours per week, 383 U.S. Route 1, Suite 2C, Scarborough, 772-0115.

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

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine is looking for people who can positively impact children for a few hours each month, 773-5437, somebigs.org.

Caring compassionate hospice volunteers wanted to be part of the VNA Home Health Hospice team, bringing comfort to those facing a terminal illness. Next training Tuesday, April 12, 19 and 26, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Call Beth Simmons, at 400-8852 or email simmonsb@emhs.org.

Cumberland Area Rides and Cumberland Aging in Place needs volunteer drivers and companions to help local seniors. Interview, vetting, and training required; to drive, contact Lisa Crowley at 829-3367 or cumberlandrides@gmail.com. Register for Friendly Visitors training May 5 at AIP@cumberlandmaine.com.May 5 829-2205, ext. 346, or email

Volunteer artists to teach interactive art demos, (papermaking, printmaking, fiber arts, etc.) for the “Longfellow Park Clean Up” April 22 and “Longfellow Park Neighborhood Block Party” April 23, 10 Longfellow St., Portland. All ideas welcome, uno@maine.rr.com.

Volunteer drivers needed for the The Road To Recovery program to transport cancer patients to treatment in Cumberland County. Must be 18 or older, with valid driver’s license, reliable vehicle, clean driving record and proof of insurance. Free training, American Cancer Society, 800-227-2345, or cancer.org.

Foster Grandparents and Senior Companions, adults 55 and older needed to make a difference while earning extra money. Foster Grandparents assist in schools, Senior Companions visit adult day programs or homes, call 773-0202 or email FGP@opportunityalliance.org.

Meals on Wheels, Portland, needs volunteer drivers to deliver meals to home-bound elderly, once a week, once a month or more on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays or Fridays, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Mileage reimbursement offered. Contact Jennie at 878-3285.

Refugee and Immigration Services, a program of Catholic Charities Maine, has ongoing needs for volunteers to assist refugees in transitioning to the U.S., 881-8550.

Road to Recovery, American Cancer Society needs volunteers to drive cancer patients to their doctors’ appointments. 373-3700, option 3.

Dances

Ongoing

Contradance, first Saturday, Falmouth Congregational Church, 267 Falmouth Road, Falmouth. Instruction/review 7:15 p.m., main dance, 8 p.m., various fees, bajmagda@gmail.com, 358-9354.

Argentine Tango, Wednesdays, beginner lesson 7 p.m., $10; Ballroom Dance Party, 8 p.m. to midnight Saturdays, beginner lesson 7 p.m., $7; Maine Ballroom Dance, 614 Congress St., Portland.

Line Dancing, Wednesdays, 7-8 p.m. beginners; 8-9 p.m. intermediate; 9-9:30 p.m. advanced, Club 188, 188 Warren Ave., Portland.

Maplewood Dance Center, night classes followed by dance socials Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 383 Warren Ave., Portland, 878-0584, maplewooddancecenter.com.

Irish Set Dancing, 7-9 p.m. Thursdays, Yarmouth Community Services, 200 Main St., Yarmouth, setdncr02@yahoo.com.

Dining Out

Saturday 4/30

Church Supper, 5-6 p.m., West Falmouth Baptist Church, 18 Mountain Road. Three kinds of beans, dogs, mac & cheese, corn bread, homemade pies. Adults, $8, children 5-12, $4.

Friday 5/6

Freeport First Friday’s Just Desserts, 6:45 p.m., Freeport Community Center, 53 Depot St., $5 at the door includes concert by acoustic group Not Too Shaap, dessert and beverage. Donations accepted for the band; all other proceeds benefit Freeport Community Services, 865-3985, ext. 202.

Friday Lunch, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., North Yarmouth Congregational Church, 3 Gray Road, North Yarmouth. Homemade fish chowder, grilled crab and Swiss sandwiches, a special,  desserts. Various prices, take-out available.

Saturday 5/7

Cundy’s Harbor Community Breakfast, 7:30-10 a.m., Cundy’s Harbor Community Hall, 837 Cundy’s Harbor Road. Adults, $6, under 6, $3. All proceeds benefit the library, 725-1461, go to cundysharbor.me.

Baked Bean Supper, Casco Masonic Lodge, 5-6:30 p.m., 20 Mill St, Yarmouth. Mac & cheese, slaw, homemade pies and biscuits. Adults, $10, children under 12, $4.

Health

Monday 5/2

“Stories of Hope & Resiliency: Journeys to Mental Wellness,” NAMI Portland presents the first in a monthly series on sharing lived experiences with mental illness, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Dana Center, 22 Bramhall St., Portland, namiportland@gmail.org, (703) 966-8875.

Wednesday 5/4

“Don’t Forget,” free memory screenings by Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 9 a.m.-noon, St. Maximilian Kolbe, 150 Black Point Road, Scarborough.  Reservations recommended, 797-7891.

Name That Old Tune,” 12:30 – 2 p.m., St. Maximilian Kolbe, 150 Black Point Road, Scarborough. Do you recall the music of the 1920s-’80s? Hosted by MemoryWorks and designed as a tool to exercise the mind, 797-7891.

Thursday 5/5

“Before that Last Breath: Maximizing the Quality of Life,” by Amanda Carr, RN, owner of Changing the Face of Dying, 1:30-3 p.m., Lunt Audtorium, 74 Lunt Road, Falmouth. RSVP pclancy@smaaa.org.

Tuesday 5/10

Strength and Vitality for Seniors with Dementia,  6-7:30 p.m., Sedgewood Commons, 22 Northbrook Dr., Falmouth, 781- 57754, ext. 228. Limited seating, RSVP at 781-5775.

Ongoing

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

Fit to Dance, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, Cancer Community Center, 778 Main St., South Portland, 774-2200. Free.

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

Spiritual Meditation, 4-4:45 p.m. Wednesdays, The Cancer Community Center, 778 Main St., South Portland, 774-2200. Free.

Tai Chi, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Thursdays, Cancer Community Center, 778 Main St., South Portland, 774-2200. Free.

Just for Kids

Wednesday 5/4

Lindsay and her Puppet Pals, 4 p.m., Freeport Community Library, fun afternoon with jumbo-sized puppets that are cuddly and friendly for ages 4-8.

Support

Thursday 5/26

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous, 9 a.m., informational meeting, First Parish Congregational UCC, 40 Main St., Freeport. Free 12 step recovery program for anyone suffering from food obsession, overeating, under-eating or bulimia, 838-8991, foodaddicts.org.

Ongoing

Cancer Community Center, support groups, wellness classes, complementary therapies, nutritional counseling, CancerCommunityCenter.org,  774-2200.

Cancer Support Group, 5:30-6:30 pm, Wednesdays, Cancer Community Center, 778 Main St., South Portland, 774-2200. For adults affected by cancer, their families and friends.

CODA: Co-Dependents Anonymous meeting every Friday 12:30-1:30 p.m., St. Dominic’s Church, Mellen St., Portland, call Elizabeth at 799-4599.

Compassus Hospice Grief Support Group, third Wednesday, 3 p.m., Compassus, 23 Spring St., Suite C, Scarborough, 761-6967, compassushealthcare. com.

Family Crisis Services, local domestic violence resource center serving Cumberland County with legal help, shelter and support. 24-hour hotline 1-800-537-6066. For information about support groups held in Brunswick, Bridgton or Portland call 721-0199.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous, free 12-step program. Tuesday, 9 a.m., St. Maximilian Church 167 Black Point Rd, Scarborough, Kimberly C. 899-6588; Wednesday, 7 p.m., First Congregational Church, 167 Black Point Road, Scarborough, Roberta L., 839-6452; Thursday, 9 a.m., First Parish Congregational UCC, 40 Main St., Freeport, Sandi D., 838-8991. Visit foodaddicts.org or call meeting contact to confirm meeting.

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 Group/Attitudinal Healing, 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Maine Medical Center, Dana Center classroom #1;  Portland Recovery Community Center, 468 Forest Ave. Portland, Thursdays 5:30-7:30, Contact Liz, (727) 420-2964 

Kids First, workshops and support groups for families going through divorce, Kids First Center, 222 St. John. St., Suite 101, Portland, 761-2709, info@kidsfirstcenter.org, kidsfirstcenter.org.

LaLeche League, every Wednesday, 9 a.m., Woodfords Congregational Church, 202 Woodford St., Portland, 767-0920.

Leukemia Society Family Support group, third Tuesday, 5:30-7 p.m., 778 Maine St., South Portland, 774-2200.

Maine Buddy Program provides one-to-one, peer support from trained volunteers for adults dealing with cancer, CancerCommunityCenter.org or call 774-2200.

Memory Café, 11 a.m., 3rd Tuesday, Louie’s Grille, 319 Main St., Cumberland Center, 489-9087; 1 p.m, every second Wednesday, OceanView, Blueberry Commons, Falmouth, 781-4621; noon, every first Wednesday, Port Resources, 280 B Gannett Dr., South Portland with pizza lunch; 828-0048; 11 a.m., 4th Tuesday, Bay Square of Yarmouth, 27 Forest Falls Drive, Yarmouth, 797-7891.

Mornings with Friends, for senior socialization and entertainment, 10-11:30 a.m., third Wednesday. Location alternates between Congregational Church of Cumberland at 282 Main St. and the United Methodist Church at 52 Tuttle Road, 829-3318 or sgold@cumberlandmaine.com.

National Alliance on Mental Illness, family support groups, Dana Center, 22 Bramhall St., Portland, 6:30-8 p.m. on the second and fourth Monday; Spring Harbor Hospital 7-8:30 p.m., third Monday. Peer recovery groups meet at the Dana Center, 6:30-8 p.m.the second, third and fourth Thursday, namiportland@gmail.org.

Overeaters Anonymous/Portland, Sunday, 7 p.m., Brighton Medical Center, 335 Brighton Ave.; Tuesday and Friday, 6 p.m., Woodfords Congregational Church, 202 Woodford St.; Saturdays, 9:30 and 10 a.m., Maine Medical Center, Dana Center, 22 Bramhall St., oamaine.org.

PFLAG Support Group, 7-8:30 p.m., second Tuesday, Woodfords Congregational Church, 202 Woodford St., Portland, 831-3015, pflagportlandmaine.org.

South Portland Food Cupboard, 130 Thadeus St., Thursday 8:30-11:30 a.m., for residents of South Portland, Scarborough, Cape Elizabeth, and surrounding communities, 874-0379, southportlandfoodcupboard.org.

Tea and Talk, 9:30-11 a.m., Cumberland Town Hall, 290 Tuttle Rd., second Thursday of the month for residents, 829-2208 or cstennett@cumberlandmaine.com.

Together With Alzheimer’s, drop-in support group for caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s/dementia, 7 p.m. every Wednesday, Sacred Heart Parish Center, Conference Room, 232 Main St. Yarmouth, ezine@catherinegentile.com.

TOPS Club, weight-loss support group chapter, Thursday, 5:15 p.m. weigh-in and meeting, Maine Medical Center, Dana Center, 22 Bramhall St., Portland, 662-2776.

Young Widows and Widowers Group open to people age 50 or younger meets twice a month Friday evenings at The Center for Grieving Children, Portland. Call Sara Asch at 775-5216 to register.

Workshops/Walks/Talks

AARP Smart Driver Course for older drivers, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. May 13, June 17, AARP Maine State Office, 53 Baxter Blvd., Portland, $15 for members, $20 for others. Class size limited; early registration advised, 370-9647. 

Friday 4/29

Job Fair for Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine, teens ages 15-plus, 5-7 p.m., BGCSM’s Portland Clubhouse, 277 Cumberland Ave., Portland. All teen members must bring a resume.

Veterans’ Career Connection and Collaboration Council 9-11 a.m., Goodwill Workforce Solutions, 190 Lancaster St., Portland. By veterans, for veterans. Pre-registration required, rhiannon.guezelian@maine.gov, 822-3352.
 
Saturday 4/30
 
Solar energy open house, 9-10:30 a.m., 14 Eureka Road, Falmouth, presentation on the solar energy system and tour.
 

Tuesday 5/3

 
“Buying or Selling Your Business: Finding the right seller or buyer,” 6-9 p.m., Portland SCORE, 100 Middle St., free with online registration, scoremaine.com, or call 772-1147 weekday mornings.

Launch and Grow: Human Resources 101 for New Employers, 1-3 p.m., MCED Offices, 30 Danforth St., suite 216, Portland, free for members or $35, http://conta.cc/1SscoXz.

Wednesday 5/4

Lawyers in Libraries: a Maine lawyer will be available at Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Dr., 5-7:30 p.m. for 15 minute one-on-one, no-cost consultations. Must sign-up in advance by calling the library at 865-3307.
 
Lawyers in Libraries, 6 p.m. presentation by local attorney, followed by brief consultations with patrons, Scarborough Public Library, 48 Gorham Road, 
 
Prouts Neck Association presentation, Scarborough Historical Society meeting, 7 p.m., 647 Route 1 (adjacent to the Dunstan Fire Station). Free, donations welcome.

Sacred Stories, SMCC students who are refugees, asylum seekers, immigrants and international students share their experiences, 3 p.m., South Portland City Hall, second floor, 25 Cottage Road. Ages 14 and older; limited seating.

Thursday 5/5

“Your Business: Financial Literacy, the Basics,” 2-5 p.m., Portland SCORE, 100 Middle St., free with online registration, scoremaine.com, or call 772-1147 weekday mornings.

Monday 5/9

“Ikebana: the art of Japanese Floral Design,” by Master Flower Show Judge Sandy Blank Leonard, 11 a.m., hosted by St. Mary’s Garden Club at St. Mary’s Church, 43 Foreside Road, Falmouth. Open to the public for a $5 donation.

Ongoing

Guided nature programs, Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park, 426 Wolf Neck Road, Freeport. Programs 2-3 p.m. every weekend day, weather permitting. Free with park admission, parksandlands.com.

Maine Job Seekers: variety of free employment classes, services and programs, Maine Department of Labor, 151 Jetport Blvd., Portland, mainecareercenter.com, 822-3300

Stitch Hive, 6:30-8:30 p.m., second and fourth Wednesdays, Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St., Portland, meetup.com/Stitch-HIVE-Portland-Maine/.

Drop-in Technology Assistance, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Portland Public Library’s  public computing desk, 5 Monument Square. Appointment not required; first come, first served.

Mid-Coast

Benefits

Sunday 5/1

Habitat 7 Rivers’ Spring Walk, 2 p.m., St. Charles Borromeo Church, 132 McKeen St., Brunswick. Four-mile route with groundbreaking midway at Habitat’s Hope Lane subdivision, habitat7rivers.org/about_us/news/196.

Thursday 5/7

Sweets, Swing, and Welcome to Spring: A Benefit Soiree, 7:30-9:30 p.m., The Theater Project, 14 School St., Brunswick. Dancing, desserts, signature cocktails, live auction,  theaterproject.com/events.

Books/Authors

Saturday 4/30

Poetry Festival,1 p.m., Topsham Public Library, former poet laureate of Maine Marcia F. Brown and Joy of the Pen Honorable Mention Helene McGlaufin.

Tuesday 5/3

“Written on My Heart,”  new novel by Bath native and bestselling author Morgan Callan Rogers, 6:30 p.m., Patten Free Library, 33 Summer St., Bath.

Thursday 5/5

“Two Tents: Twenty-one Years of Discovery on the Appalachian Trail, 5:30-7 p.m., Mustard Seed Bookstore, 74 Front St., Bath.

Ongoing

Great Books, 10 a.m.-noon, fourth Saturday, The Great Books Foundation Short Story Omnibus purchased from Great Books Foundation. Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road, Topsham, 725-1727, topshamlibrary.org.

The Writers’ Meetup, 6 p.m., first Tuesday, network over coffee and snacks. Free and open to all, Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road, 725-1727, topshamlibrary.org.

Young Critics, 5 p.m., third Tuesday, for fourth- and fifth-graders. Free, but registration required at Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road, 725-1727, topshamlibrary.org.

Teen Talk Book Club, second Thursday, Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road, 725-1727, topshamlibrary.org.

Tween Reads, 5-6 p.m., for sixth- and seventh-graders. Meets once a month. Registration required, Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road, 725-1727, topshamlibrary.org.

Men’s Book Group, 6:30-7:30 p.m., third Thursday, Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road, new members welcome. FMI, 725-1727, topshamlibrary.org.

Bulletin Board

Grand and Glorious Yard Sale, Merrymeeting Plaza, Bath Road, Brunswick, presented as a “Suite of Boutiques,” Preview Party, May 13, 6-8:30 p.m.; yard sale May 14, 9 a.m. -3 p.m., May 15, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Senior’s Bingo, 6:30 p.m., every second and fourth Wednesday, Bath Area Senior Center, Floral Street. Must be at least 16 to play.

Saturday 4/30

Yard Sale/Flea Market, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Bath Area Senior Center, 45 Floral St.

Model train show by The Great Falls Model Railroad Club of Auburn and Lewiston, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Mt. Ararat High School, Topsham. Vendors, test track, model trains of various scales running all day.

Sunday 5/1

Kitten Shower and Foster Open House, 1-4 p.m., Coastal Humane Society, 190 Pleasant St., Brunswick.

Coin and Stamp Show, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 2 Columbus Drive, Brunswick. Free admission, door prizes, silent auction.

Ongoing

Brunswick Toastmasters, first and third Tuesdays, 6:15-8 p.m., 8 Venture Ave., Brunswick, in former Naval base, guests welcome, 241-2294,  2156.toastmastersclubs.org.

Merriconeag Grange, first and third Thursdays, 7 p.m., 529 Harpswell Neck Road, Harpswell, trothwell62@comcast.net.

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

Call for Volunteers

Ongoing

American Cancer Society needs volunteers to transport cancer patients to treatment, ACS, New England Division, Topsham, 462-6307, elisa.madore@cancer.org.

Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice needs hospice volunteers in the Brunswick area; training provided. 777-7740, AHCH.org.

ArtVan Program seeks volunteers to help with art therapy programming with children and teens, promotional support and fundraising efforts. Contact 650-1608 or visit artvanprogram.org.

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.

Chocolate Church Arts Center seeks volunteers for the art gallery and more, 804 Washington St., Bath, 442-8455.

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

Habitat for Humanity/7 Rivers Maine seeks volunteers to cashier at the ReStore in Topsham; typically four-hour shifts Tuesday through Saturday; 504-9335; michele@habitat7rivers.org. 

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

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

Pejepscot Historical Society needs volunteer tour guides for the upcoming season at Skolfield-Whittier House and Joshua L. Chamberlain Museum and volunteer staff for Chamberlain Museum gift shop, 729-6606.

People Plus Center, ongoing opportunities, 35 Union St., Brunswick, ask for Joe or Frank at 729-0757.

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

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

SEARCH Program of Greater Bath is looking for volunteers a few hours a week to assist seniors by providing companionship, transportation, assistance with errands, 837-8810, cszalay@ccmaine.org.

Tri-County Literacy seeks volunteer tutors to work with adults in the community, 443-6384, literacyvolunteers@tricountyliteracy.org.

Dances

Ongoing

Free Community Square Dance, hosted by SAGE Square and Round Dance Club, 6:30-7:30 p.m., first Tuesday of the month during the school year, Woodside Elementary School, 42 Barrows Dr., Topsham. Singles, couples, families welcome, 939-0412, csage.squaredanceme.us.

Contradance, second Saturdays, Topsham Grange, 47 Pleasant St. Family dance 6-7 p.m., $3 pp/$12 family. Finger food potluck, 7 p.m.; lesson for main dance, 7:30 p.m.; main dance, 8 p.m. $10 adults/$7 seniors & students. http://contradancetopsham.wordpress.com.

Dining Out

Saturday 5/14

Good Food and Good Friends, Brunswick United Methodist Church, corner of 320 Church and Raymond roads. Seatings at 5 and 6 p.m. for beans, salads, casseroles, homemade pies. Reservations accepted but not required, 725-2185, adults, $8, children, $4.

Health

Ongoing

American Red Cross Disaster Action Team provides free, basic classes in delivering assistance in emergency situations, weekday evenings, 16 Community Way, Topsham, 729-6779, 563-3299, MidCoastRedCross.net.

Blood pressure clinic, Wednesdays 10 a.m. – noon, free, walk-ins welcome, Mid Coast Hospital Community Resource Room, 123 Medical Center Drive, Brunswick, Jessica Loney R.N., 373-6592, jloney@midcoasthealth.com.

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.

Diabetic foot clinic, first Thursday of the month, Jeanne Otis R.N., $30/visit, package deals available. Call for appointment, 729-0475, Southern Midcoast Community Center.

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

Maine Laughter Yoga Club, reduce stress with playful exercises and yogic breathing, 5:30-6:30 p.m. first Fridays, Fort Andross, 14 Maine St., Suite 314, Brunswick, 443-3721.

TOPS (Take Off the Pounds Sensibly), weight loss support group, 6:10 p.m. weigh-in and meeting, Thursdays, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 330 Maine St., Brunswick, 729-6400.

Weight Watchers, noon Mondays, McLellan Building, Multipurpose Room, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, 725-3265.

Just for Kids

Exploring Nature Through Story, sponsored by KELT and Patten Free Library, children 6 and younger will investigate the forest and amphibians through stories and outdoor exploration. May 3: Forest Floor Frolic at Sewall Woods Preserve; May 17: Funny Frogs & Tiny Tadpoles at Thorne Head Preserve, 10-11 a.m. both days. Register in the library’s children’s room, 443-5141, ext. 17, childrens@patten.lib.me.us.

Support

Ongoing

All Addictions Anonymous Big Book Step Study group, 5:30-7 p.m., Mondays  at Brunswick Adventist Church, 333 Maine St. Members of any 12-step group welcome. FMI, call 400-6320.

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.

Communicate after stroke support group, first and third Tuesdays, September to May, 1-2 p.m., free, friends/family welcome, Mid Coast Hospital, 123 Medical Center Drive, Brunswick, Peggy Beaulieu, 373-6175.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous, Mondays, 9 a.m., St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 27 Pleasant St., Brunswick, 729-3861; Wednesdays, 10 a.m., Bath Police Dept. 250 Water St., Bath, 512-5797; Wednesdays, 7 p.m., Topsham Medical Building, 4 Horton Place, 441-1550; Fridays, 6 p.m., Bath Police Dept., 250 Water St., Bath 442-7557; Saturdays, 9 a.m., Mid Coast Hospital (Medical Offices Building) 123 Medical Center Drive, 865-9160.

Grief Support Group, for survivors of those who have died from substance abuse, first and third Thursdays, 3:30-5 p.m., CHANS Home Health Care and Hospice, 45 Baribeau Drive, Brunswick, 721-1357.

H.O.P.E. (Healing of Persons Exceptional) wellness support group, 6:30-8:30 p.m., St. Matthew Episcopal Church, 20 Union St., Hallowell, 2nd and 4th Wednesdays,  890-3673

Memory Café, 11 a.m., fourth Wednesday, Mae’s Cafe and Bakery, 160 Centre St., Bath, 797-7891; 2 p.m., third Thursday, Westrum House, 22 Union Park Road, Topsham, 797-7891.

Mid Coast Senior Health Center, for caregivers of those with memory loss, 4-5 p.m., third Thursday, 58 Baribeau Drive, Brunswick.

MidCoast Chronic Pain Support Group, open to people with chronic pain, their families and friends, first and third Mondays, 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, Mondays, 5:30 p.m., Seventh Day Adventist Church, 333 Maine St., Brunswick 837-5642; Tuesdays, noon, United Congregational Church, 150 Congress Ave., Bath, 729-3057; Thursdays, 7 p.m., St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 27 Pleasant St., Brunswick, 443-4630; Sundays, 9 a.m., 123 Medical Drive, Mid Coast Hospital, Brunswick, 729-3149.

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.

Survivors of Suicide, support group, first Thursdays, 5:30 p.m., Elijah Kellogg Congregational Church, 917 Harpswell Neck Road, Harpswell, 833-6386.

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) weigh-in 6-6:40 p.m. every Thursday, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 330 Maine St., Brunswick. Meeting follows,  729-6400.

Together With Alzheimer’s, support group for caregivers, 7-8 p.m. every Wednesday, Sacred Heart Parish Center, 326 Main St., Yarmouth, ezine@catherinegentile.com or 233-0709.

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.

Veteran to Veteran support group with Operation Resilient Hope, 6-8 p.m., Thursdays, 2 Main St., Topsham, 319-5996, OperationResilientHope.org.

Women with Cancer Support Group is open to women diagnosed with any type of cancer at any age, meets third Tuesdays, 3 p.m., board room of MidCoast Hospital, 123 Medical Center Drive, Brunswick, 373-6540.

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.

Workshops/Walks/Talks

Red Cloak Haunted History Tour, lantern-lit tour will explore Bath, discovering ghosts and history, spirits and mystery, 7:30 p.m. May 3, 4, 6, 10, 11, 13, 18, 25 by reservation only. For all ages; $15 for adults, $7 children under 12, 380-3806, redcloakhauntedhistorytours.com.

Nurturing Parenting Program, 5:30-7:30 p.m., May 2, 9, 16, with free childcare and dinner, Families CAN! at Midcoast Maine Community Action, 34 Wing Farm Parkway, Bath. Call 442-7963 to register.

Saturday 4/30

Birding Extravaganza, 7:30 a.m., meet at CVS in Bath to carpool and hike/bird watch at Kennebec Estuary Land Trust’s Sewall Woods Preserve in Bath. Led by Merrymeeting Audubon, 729-8661.

Two Echo Cohousing Community, open house, Brunswick, 2-4 p.m. Cohousing is an intentional community of private homes clustered around shared space. FMI, Amy Tolk, 751-8190, theblokes@comcast.net.

Sunday 5/1

“From the Revolution to the Close of the Nineteenth Century, the Remarkable Women of the Quincy Family,” 2 p.m., hosted by Pejepscot Genealogical Society at Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick.

Kitten Shower and Foster Open House, 1- 4 p.m., Coastal Humane Society, 190 Pleasant St., Brunswick. Critical need for foster families; donate to wish list (http://bit.ly/1QpXB84) for raffle entry.

Monday 5/2

DIY Paint Night, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick. Free and open to the public but registration required, curtislibrary.com, 725-5242, ext. 510.

Wednesday 5/4

Invasive Forest Pests Workshop, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Bath City Arborist Forestry Building, 4 Sheridan Road.

Thursday 5/5

“Copenhagen to Berlin: A solo sustainability cycling tour,” The Appalachian Mountain Club, Maine Chapter, Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick. Optional potluck dinner, 6 p.m., slide show and talk at 7 p.m.

Friday 5/6

iPad mini-lessons, first of four weekly at Patten Free Library, Bath, that focus on apps and websites for readers. Noon- 1 p.m. for anyone with at least an iPad 2 or iPhone 5 with the latest operating system (iOS 9.3.1) installed.

Thursday 5/12

“Life in Civil War Prisons,” Joshua L. Chamberlain Civil War Round Table Lecture, 7 p.m., Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick, free and open to the public; donations appreciated.

Friday 5/15

Apple grafting workshop by Harpswell Heritage Apples, 1-3 p.m., Mitchell Field Community Garden, 833-7870 or 833-6905.

Ongoing

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

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

Midcoast Senior College, current events forum, noon, Thursdays, Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick, 725-4900. Free.

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

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

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

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

Drop-In Tech Support, 1-3 p.m., Wednesdays, Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road, 725-1727, topshamlibrary.org.

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