Community Calendar: April 6 – 17

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Greater Portland

Benefits

Wednesday 4/6

Comedian Bob Marley, fundraiser for Project Graduation, 7 p.m. show, $15, Catherine McAuley High School, 631 Stevens Ave., Portland, tickets, 797-3802.

Thursday 4/7

“Glitterati: A Literary Ball,” to benefit The Telling Room’s free youth literacy programs, with live music, live and silent auction, food, 6-10 p.m., $35/$50, Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland, tickets at brownpapertickets.com/event/154651 or at the door, FMI, thetellingroom.org, 774-6404.

Maine Association for Public Interest Law auction fundraiser, 4:30 p.m. silent auction begins, 5:30 p.m. live auction, with drinks, live entertainment, University of Maine School of Law, 246 Deering Ave., Portland, mapil.org.

Friday 4/8

Contra Dance and Ceilidh with the Highland Soles and Owen Marshall, to benefit Brentwood Farms Community Garden, 7 p.m. $10 adult/ $5 child under 13/ $25 family, Longfellow Elementary School, 432 Stevens Ave., Portland, sponsored by the Eleuthero Community and Deering Center Neighborhood Association, tickets at Jet Video or at the door, 879-0106.

Japanese Comfort Food: Cooking class and dinner by Lindsay Sterling, proceeds benefit Freeport Food Pantry, 7-9 p.m., $35 suggested, Freeport Community Center, 53 Depot St., Freeport, lindsay@lindsaysterling.com, immigrantkitchens.com.

Saturday 4/9

Feast For The Children, 16th annual, proceeds go to building a school in southern Sudan, 5:30 p.m. African dinner, entertainment, $20 adult/ $15 under 12, $250 table of 8, Guild Hall, corner of Congress Street and Franklin Arterial, hosted by Aserela Maine, 829-1011, AserelaMaine.org.

Freeport Family Yard Sale,
to benefit Freeport Middle School’s Space Camp and Travel Club, 9 a.m.-noon, Freeport Middle School Gym, Freeport, donations taken from 2:30-8 p.m. Friday, April 8 at FMS gym, Liz Andrews, jjlsbaker@gmail.com or 865-0931.

Spring Rummage Sale, Holy Martyrs Fundraiser, 8:30-11 a.m., Holy Martyrs Church, 266 Foreside Road, Falmouth, 781-2705.

Trans Youth Equality Foundation
fundraiser, to benefit New England LGBT Youth, with The Kings of the Hill, Lady Zen Blues/Jazz, Gay Mens A Capella Chorus, Susan Maasch Fine Art Queer Performance, food, silent auction, 7 p.m., $15, Portland Unitarian Church Reception Hall, 425 Congress St., Portland, tickets at brownpapertickets.com/event/163969, FMI, 228-7249.

Sunday 4/10

Buffet Breakfast with the Easter Bunny, to benefit Freeport Child Care Services Read to Succeed Program, 8-10:30 a.m., $5, Bradley Family Room, Freeport Community Center, 53 Depot St., Freeport, 865-4393.

Charity Hockey Game, to benefit Baxter School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and Habitat for Humanity, 1 p.m. Southern Maine Law Enforcement All Stars vs. Bath Iron Works Iron Clad team; 4 p.m. Portland Pirates vs. Springfield Falcons, $13 admission for both games, Cumberland County Civic Center, One Civic Center Square, Portland, tickets at Maine Center on Deafness, 797-7656 or southernmaineallstars@gmail.com.

Have-A-Seat Auction, fundraiser for Casco Bay High School Project Graduation, 1-4 p.m., Empire Dine and Dance, 575 Congress St., Portland, FMI, haveaseatandmore.weebly.com.

Living Legends 6: A Musical Variety Show, to benefit PROP Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion Programs, with Louis Phillippe, Birdie Googins, and many more, 2 p.m., $15/$10, Catherine McAuley High School Performing Arts Center, Stevens Ave., Portland, tickets at PROP, 773-0202, or at door.

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., 774-1633.

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.

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

Bulletin Board

Wednesday 4/6

Legislative Update and Discussion, with State Senator Dick Woodbury and State Representative Anne Graham, 7 p.m., open to public, North Yarmouth Town Hall, North Yarmouth.

Scarborough Historical Society Meeting, presentation by Kevin Mills, 7:30 p.m., open to public, Scarborough Historical Museum, Dunstan Corner, Scarborough.

Thursday 4/7

A Strange Thing Happened on the Way to Marquette, talk by Jodi O’Brien, 5-6:30 p.m., free and open to the public, University Events Room, Glickman Family Library, USM Portland, 780-4289 or usm.maine.edu/wgs.

“Weaving Time:” The Past and Present of Holocaust Memory in the United States, talk by Natasha Goldman, hosted by USM American and New England Studies Program, 4:30 p.m., free and open to the public, Room 213, Abromson  Center, USM Portland, 780-4920.

Friday 4/8

Etz Chaim Friday Night Speaker, discussion with Bill Nemitz, 7-8 p.m., open to public, Etz Chaim Synagogue, 267 Congress St., Portland.

Saturday 4/9

Passport Day in the USA 2011, national passport acceptance and outreach event, no appointment necessary, 8 a.m.-noon, U.S. Post Office 125 Forest Ave., Portland, 1-877-487-2778.

North Atlantic Figure Skating Club 13th Annual Show, April 9-10; 7 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. Saturday, $8 children/seniors, $12 adults, $20 premium seating, Family Ice Center, 20 Hat Trick Dr., Falmouth, Deb Coppinger, 781-5058.

Sunday 4/10

Cumberland County Tea Party Meeting, “Islam and Sharia Law,” talk by Dr. Julianne S. Cooper, 2 p.m., free, open to public, American Legion Log Cabin, 196 Main St., Yarmouth, Marie Doucette, 284-7032.

Great Portland Bike Swap, presented by The Bicycle Coalition of Maine, USM Portland, Sullivan Gym, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., $3 admission, students free, drop off bike donations at Sullivan Gym from 8-9:30 a.m. or call for pick-up, Bicycle Coalition, 623-4511, bikemaine.org/events/bike-swap.

Monday 4/11

McAuley Gold Ball Banquet, to celebrate Catherine McAuley High School basketball team and fans, 6 p.m., $20, Italian buffet, Italian Heritage Center, 40 Westland Ave., Portland, tickets, 797-3802.

Tuesday 4/12

A Walk Through Falmouth Memory Lane: Potluck Supper Celebrating Falmouth Historical Society’s 45th Anniversary, 6 p.m., open to public, OceanView Community Room, 20 Blueberry Lane, Falmouth, call Sheri with food contribution, 781-2527.

“When Generations Collide:” Managing the Differences of Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Generation Xers and Millenials in the Workplace, by Mandy Schumaker, 12-1:15 p.m., $5 PROPEL, Chamber Members / $10 non-members, Portland Regional Chamber, 60 Pearl St., Portland, register, portlandregion.com.

Yarmouth CAN Community Forum and Information Night, 7 p.m., NYA Middle School, Main St., Yarmouth, FMI, Yarmouth Cares About Neighbors, 838-2261.

Wednesday 4/13

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.

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.

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, Monday, April 11, Pierce Promotions, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Portland, 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.

Saturday 4/9

Friends of Casco Bay, seeking volunteer Casco Bay Water Quality Monitors, training on 4/9 at SMCC, Fort Road, South Portland, cascobay.org, Peter, 799-8574.

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 4/9

Chowder Meal, 4:30-6 p.m., $8, First United Methodist Church, 179 Ridgeland Ave., South Portland.

Sunday 4/10

Chili-Chowder Challenge, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. tastings, voting, $5 person or $15 family suggested donation, Peoples United Methodist Church, 310 Broadway, South Portland, PeoplesUMC.com, 619-1509.

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.

Saturday 4/8

L.L.Bean Spring Sports Weekend, April 8-10, L.L.Bean campus, Main St., Freeport, free, for schedule of events, llbean.com/freeport or call 800-559-0747.

Saturday 4/9

19th Annual April Stools Day, 9-11 a.m., clean-up after dogs, East End locations, Cutter St., entrance to East End Beach, Eastern Prom Trail, Fort Sumner Park on North St., Reiche School, Evergreen Cemetery, sponsored by Fetch Pet Supply Store and Friends of the Eastern Promenade, friendsofeasternpromenade.org.

Outdoor Gardening with Annuals and Perennials, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., free, space limited, reservations needed, Cumberland Skillins Greenhouses, 201 Gray Road, Cumberland, 829-5619 and Falmouth Skillins, 89 Foreside Road, Falmouth, 781-3860.

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 4/6

Credit & Debt Management 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 4/7

Architalx Lecture Series, Andrew Freear, director, Rural Studio, 6 p.m. lecture, $8 advance/ $10 door, Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square, Portland, tickets at Architalx.org, Lynn Shaffer, 899-0588.

Better Business Bookkeeping: Is QuickBooks the answer? 2-5 p.m., $35, SCORE Offices, 100 Middle St., Second Floor, East Tower, Portland, scoremaine.com, 772-1147.  

Ocean Acidification: The Risks and Challenges for Maine, talk by Bob Steneck, 2011 Sea State Public Lecture Series, 7-8 p.m., free, space limited, Gulf of Maine Research Institute, 350 Commercial St., Portland, 228-1625 to reserve a space, gmri.org/seastate.

“Provident Living Mini-Classes,” family finance, 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.

“Turning an Idea into Income:” panel discussion with local small business owners, 7 p.m., free, Thomas Memorial Library, 6 Scott Dyer Road, Cape Elizabeth, 799-1720.

Friday 4/8

“Estate Planning for Everyone,” talk by Key Bank’s Trust Department, 2-3 p.m., free, Thomas Memorial Library, 6 Scott Dyer Road, Cape Elizabeth, 799-1720.

Saturday 4/9

Credit and Debt Management Seminar, 10:30 a.m.-noon, $50 per adult/$75 couple, The Institute for Financial Literacy, 260 Western Ave., South Portland, registration required, call 221-3601.

Tuesday 4/12

Maine Women’s Network Meeting, “Achieve Your Desired Results,” presentation by Karen Fagan, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Holiday Inn by the Bay, 88 Spring St., Portland, register, MaineWomensNetwork.memberlodge.org.

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.

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.

Wednesday 4/6

April Pacesetter Breakfast, talk on varicose veins by Dr. Christopher Rogers, 7:30-8:30 a.m., free and open to the public, Mercy Fore River Hospital, 175 Fore River Parkway, Portland, 879-3486.

Thursday 4/7

Alzheimer’s Family Information Series: Insights for families involved with Alzheimer’s, 5:30–7 p.m., free and open to public, Bay Square at Yarmouth, 27 Forest Falls Dr., Yarmouth, 846-0044.

Saturday 4/9

Celebrate Love: Learning to love yourself on every level, led by Deb Bergeron and others, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., $149, Falmouth, register, 797-9007, oceanofpossibilites.com.

Yarmouth Wellness Fair, with discussions on holistic health, demonstrations of zumba, yoga, and more, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., free, open to the public, Rowe School, 52 School St., Yarmouth, hosted by Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce and Yarmouth Community Services, yarmouthmaine.org, 846-3984.

Psychic and Crystal Fair, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Leapin’ Lizards, 449 Forest Ave., Portland, 221-2363, leapinlizards.biz.

Sunday 4/10

“One Last Gift,” workshop on end of life decisions, led by Kent Allen and Kate Dalton, 11:30 a.m-1 p.m., lunch provided, free, open to public, First Parish Congregational Church, 116 Main St., Yarmouth, reservations, call 846-0906, firstparishyarmouth.org.

Monday 4/11

Ask the Doctor: Update on Alzheimer’s and other dementias, with Dr. John Campbell, 7-8:30 p.m., free, open to public, First Congregational Church Meeting House Hill, 301 Cottage Road, South Portland, hosted by The Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter, 772-0115.

Tuesday 4/12
 
“Understanding Alzheimer’s disease,”
presentation by the Alzheimer’s Association, 12:15–2:15 p.m. free, open to public, Scarborough Public Library, 48 Gorham Road, Scarborough, sponsored by Comfort Keepers, 885-9600.

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 4/6

“Is Assisted Living in Your Future?” presentation by Southern Maine Assisted Living Education Group, 6:30–7:30 p.m., free, open to public, Scarborough Public Library, 48 Gorham Road, register, 883-4723 ext. 240, library.scarborough.me.us.

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

Saturday 4/9

Gustafer Yellowgold’s Infinity Sock: An All-New Multimedia Experience, 2 p.m., $8 all ages, Space Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland, 828-5600, space538.org.

Lisa Jahn-Clough, author of children’s book, “Felicity & Cordelia: A Tale of Two Bunnies,” reading, book signing, 3 p.m., free, Longfellow Books, One Monument Way, Portland, 772-4045. 

Tuesday 4/12

Girl Scouts of Maine Camp Rally, with family activities, camp information, camps open to all, 6:30-8 p.m., First Congregational Church, 167 Black Point Road, Scarborough, FMI, Jen Bonnett at jbonnett@gsmaine.org or 1-888-922-4763.

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 4/7

Used Book Sale, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Cafe Conference Rooms, Mid Coast Hospital, 123 Medical Center Dr., Brunswick, Millie Stewart, 373-6015, proceeds benefit Auxiliary’s health career scholarships.

Friday 4/8

Lenten Haddock Supper, to benefit Hospice of MidCoast Maine, 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.

Used Book Sale, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Cafe Conference Rooms, Mid Coast Hospital, 123 Medical Center Dr., Brunswick, Millie Stewart, 373-6015, proceeds benefit Auxiliary’s health career scholarships.

Saturday 4/9

Belong to the Song, Brunswick Rotary Club concert and raffle, to benefit community/international humanitarian projects, 7:30 p.m., $10 each or 3/$20, tickets available at the door, Springer’s Jewelers or Riley Insurance Agency; Crooker Theater, Brunswick High School, 116 Maquoit Road, FMI, Dave Nadeau, 729-3321, belongtothesong.com.

Japanese Disaster Relief Benefit, “A Day of Courage and Love Across the Sea,” Bath-Tsugaru Sister City program’s day of activities: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Chesebrough Swim, FMI 443-4112, pledge sheets at BathYMCA.org; 5-8 p.m. auction and refreshments, $5 suggested donation, Grace Episcopal Church, 1100 Washington St., Bath, FMI 443-8330.

Sunday 4/10

Sports Equipment Yard Sale, gently used recreational and sports equipment, proceeds benefit scholarship fund, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Bath YMCA, FMI, Francie Tolan, francie@bathymca.org.

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.

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.

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.

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/.

AARP Tax-Aide, free tax return preparation for low to middle-income, Feb. 1 – April 18; Bath, Tuesdays 10 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. and Thursdays 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Patten Free Library, 33 Summer St., 443-5141; Mondays/Saturdays 9 a.m. -1 p.m., Bath Area Senior Center, 45 Floral St., 443-4937; Brunswick, Wednesdays 3:30-7 p.m., and Fridays 12:30-4 p.m., Curtis Memorial Library; Tuesdays 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. and Thursdays 12:30-4 p.m., People Plus, 35 Union St., 729-0757; bring photo ID, last year’s return, supporting documents, FMI, Mary Louise Blanchard, 386-1048.

Free Tax Prep by Midcoast CA$H Coalition, IRS-certified volunteers, for anyone earning under $50K combined; Bath: Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. through April 11, Midcoast Maine Community Action, 34 Wing Farm Parkway; Brunswick: Tuesdays 4:30-7:30 p.m. through April 12, Bowdoin College, McClellan Building.

Thursday 4/7

Greater Topsham Trail Alliance meeting, 7 p.m., 2 Brookside Dr., Topsham, Victor Langelo, 729-9880.

Sunday 4/10

Bath Antiques Show, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., $4 admission, $1 of each admission will go to Japan Relief/Bath’s Sister City of Tsugaru, Bath Middle School, Bath, FMI, Polly Thibodeau, PT Promotions, 443-8983.

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 on Seasoned Worker Forums, 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

“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.

Friday 4/8

Maine Maritime Museum, new volunteer orientation and shipyard tour, 1-4:30 p.m., information and registration, 443-1316, ext. 350.

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

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.

Wednesday 4/6

Career Directions Workshop, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Bath CareerCenter, 34 Wing Farm Parkway, Bath, 442-0300 to sign up.

Camera 101 Class, improve your camera and composition skills, April 6, 13 and 27, 1-3 p.m., $49 for 3 classes, Spectrum Generations, 12 Main St., Topsham, 729-0475.

Friday 4/8

Friends of the Zorach Fountain, reception, presentation by Professor Roberta Tarbell on the works of William Zorach, 5 p.m., Patten Free Library, Bath, Margie Bliss, 729-0557, friendsofthezorachfountain.org.

“Brainwashed by Paradigms” by George Reisch, professor of philosophy, Northwestern University, 12:30 p.m., free, Room 315, Searles Science Building, Bowdoin College, 725-3308.

“May I Trespass on Your Valuable Space,” lecture by artist Norah Maki, whose prints on view represent her visual response to the first chapter of James Joyce’s “Ulysses,” 4:30 p.m., free, Beam Classroom, Visual Arts Center, Bowdoin College, 725-3552.

“The Art of Marriage,” registration deadline for 6-week DVD series designed to put the “heart” back in your marriage, Tuesdays 4/26-5/31; 7-8:45 p.m., $40/couple includes all materials, Midcoast Family University, Flaming Physical Therapy, 11 Elsinore Ave., Bath, register, 215-435-4625, midcoastfamilyu@gmail.com, FMI visit midcoastfamilyuniversity.com.

“Attachments,” Why You Do the Things You Do, registration deadline for 4-week series on attachment principals which affect your relationships, Thursdays 4/28-5/19, 7-8:30 p.m., $25 includes all materials, Midcoast Family University, Flaming Physical Therapy, 11 Elsinore Ave., Bath, register, 215-435-4625, midcoastfamilyu@gmail.com, FMI visit midcoastfamilyuniversity.com.

Saturday 4/9

Genealogy Workshop, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., please bring laptop, Community Room, Patten Free Library, register at 443-5141, ext. 18.

Poetry: Recite and Publish, workshop on reading your work, finding publications and preparing manuscripts, by Sherry Hanson, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., register, 729-7323, merrymeeting.org, Merrymeeting Adult Education Center, Topsham, FMI, Sherry Hanson, 721-0955.

Sunday 4/10

Pejepscot Geneaology Society meeting with program on local Maine history by Bud Warren, 2 p.m., Morrell Meeting Room, Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick, 833-7371, pejepscotgeneaologysociety.org.

Monday 4/11

An Ecological Approach to a New Agriculture, lecture by Wes Jackson, president of the Land Institute, 7:30 p.m., free, Kresge Auditorium, Bowdoin College Visual Arts Center, 725-3396.

Tuesday 4/12

“A Skillful Artificer:” The Architecture of Anthony Coombs Raymond, illustrated lecture by Earle Shuttleworth, 6:30 p.m., free, open to the public, presented by the Topsham Historical Society, Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road, Topsham.

Interview Workshop, 9-11 a.m., Workforce Solutions Center – BRAC, Naval Air Station, Brunswick, 373-0754 to sign up.

“Better Living through Economics,” seminar by John Siegfried, professor of economics at Vanderbilt University, 7:30 p.m., Room 315, Searles Science Building, Bowdoin College, 725-3340.

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.

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.

Ongoing

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

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.

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.

Friday 4/8

Cell Phone 101, learn how to make calls, get messages, and learn what some of those buttons do, 1 p.m., free, 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. 

Sunday 4/10

“Mary Poppins,” Kids’ Classics at Dreamland Theater, 2 p.m., free, donations suggested, Sagadahoc Preservation Winter Street Center, 880 Washington St., Bath, for schedule, visit sagadahocpreservation.org.

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.

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