Community Calendar: April 6-21

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Greater Portland

Benefits

Thursday 4/7

YMCA Adaptive Services Auction, 6-9 p.m., Hilton Garden Inn, Downtown Freeport. To purchase tickets or donate items, rbosse@ymcaofsouthernmaine.org or 865-9600.

Saturday 4/9

Empty Bowl Supper, Sacred Heart/St. Dominic Parish Hall, 65 Mellen St., Portland. Admission $10 and a can of soup for church pantry; all proceeds feed school children in Haiti.

Sunday 4/10

WMPG Fashion Show, 7 p.m., Port City Music Hall, Congress Street, Portland. Benefits community radio and celebrates local designers, portcitymusichall.com.

Monday 4/11

Cape Friends Fighting Cancer, benefit for Relay for Life team. From 3-9 p.m., 30 percent of proceeds at Rudy’s of the Cape, 517 Ocean House Road, will be donated.

Thursday 4/14

Greater Portland Board of Realtors Live and Silent Auction, 5-8 p.m., ReStore, 659 Warren Ave., Portland. Benefits Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland with BBQ, cash bar, 20 percent off in store, former host of “This Old House.” Reserve on Facebook.

Tuesday 4/19

Cambodian Arts & Scholarship Foundation Annual Pizza Benefit, 5-9 p.m., OTTO, 125 John Roberts Road, South Portland. CASF invests in education for poor, at-risk girls in Cambodia.

Thursday 4/21

Toast on the Coast, 6-9 p.m., benefit for Easter Seals Maine, Ocean Gateway, Portland. Local chefs compete; wine and food pairings; includes raffle for trip to California, toastonthecoast.com/tickets.

Books/Authors

Adult coloring, 10:30 a.m. every Wednesday, Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Drive, for age 18 and older. Materials provided.

Wednesday 4/6

“The Killing Kind,” by Michael Hendricks, noon, Portland Public Library, Brown Bag Lecture Series, 5 Monument Square.

“The One-In-A-Million Boy,” book signing and talk by Monica Wood, 7-8 p.m., Nonesuch Books, Mill Creek, South Portland.

Sunday 4/10

Tom Moser Book Signing with complimentary book, 1-4 p.m., plus chance to win an Auburn Chair. Thos. Moser Maine Showroom, 149 Main St., Freeport.

Monday 4/11

“Tracing the Amazing Migration of the Monarch Butterflies,” 7 p.m., first in Travel Lecture Series hosted by Maine Charitable Mechanic Association at McAuley High School, Stevens Avenue, Portland.

An afternoon of poetry and conversation with former Poet Laureate of Maine Betsy Sholl, 2 p.m., Scarborough Public Library, 48 Gorham Road.

Thursday 4/14

“Take Heart: More Poems from Maine,” Maine Poet Laureate Wesley McNair’s second anthology Maine poets, 7 p.m., Portland Public Library.

Bulletin Board

Saturday 4/9

The Week of the Young Child School Readiness Rally, 10 a.m. – noon, parade at 10 a.m. from East End Beach to East End Community School, 195 North St., for games, information about school readiness, http://bit.ly/1RBzJ5s.

Sunday 4/10

Community Hymn Sing, 3 p.m., Falmouth Congregational Church UCC. Requests encouraged, refreshments, all welcome, 781-3413 or falmouthcongregationalchurch.org.

“The British are Coming!” North Atlantic Figure Skating Club show, 7-9 p.m. April 9; 2-4 p.m. April 10, Family Ice Rink, Hat Trick Drive, Falmouth. Over 90 skaters from area towns. Tickets $12/adults, $8/ kids, seniors/free under 3. 781-5058, northatlanticfsc@gmail.com, northatlanticfigureskating.org.

Open House, noon-3 p.m., Coastal Studies for Girls, 308 Wolfe’s Neck Road, Freeport, coastalstudiesforgirls.org.

Thursday 4/14

Cumberland County Retired Educators Association monthly luncheon, noon, Fireside Inn, 81 Riverside St., Portland. Includes entertainment, 253-5599.

Call for Volunteers

Friday 4/8

Friends of Littlejohn Island Preserve, first of four volunteer work days, 2-5 p.m. Park at the end of Pemasong Lane, Yarmouth. Bring heavy gloves, pruners and loppers, rrct.org/events, 847-9399.

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

Friday 4/8

Souper Supper, 5-7 p.m., St. Mary’s Church, 43 Foreside Road, Falmouth. Free, 781-3366.

Chowder Luncheon, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., every Friday, North Deering Congregational Church, 1364 Washington Ave., Portland, $6-$13. Take out available.

Saturday 4/9

Empty Bowl Supper, Sacred Heart/St. Dominic Parish Hall, 65 Mellen St., Portland. Admission $10 and a can of soup for church pantry; all proceeds feed school children in Haiti.

Saturday 4/16

Baked Bean Supper, 4:30-6 p.m., West Scarborough UMC, Route 1, Scarborough. Three kinds of beans, two kinds of hot dogs, chop suey, salads,  brown bread, pies. Adults, $8, children, $3.

Health

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 pm, 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.

Support

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 for anyone suffering from food addiction and body image issues. For more info and local meeting locations, see foodaddicts.org or call 775-2132.

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; 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Portland Recovery Community Center. Contact Liz at 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, 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,, portresources.org.

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, namimaine.org/?page=SupportGroups.

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

Designer Fruit Tree Series: Grafting, Budding, Planting & Pruning, April 21, May 21, July 19, UMaine Regional Learning Center and Tidewater Farm in Falmouth. Register for each session online at http://bit.ly/1MGCsWV.

Drug workshops for elders, 11 a.m. April 13, Falmouth Oceanview Center, 3 Marion Way; April 14, Freeport Community Center, 53 Depot St. Law enforcement will discuss safety, disposal, trends, reporting concerns. Hosted by Casco Bay CAN, 688-8816, cascobaycan.org.

Guided nature programs, Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park, 426 Wolf Neck Road, Freeport. April 9: Signs of Spring; April 10: Stroll With the Ranger. Programs 2-3 p.m. every weekend day, weather permitting. Free with park admission, parksandlands.com.

April Awareness Week, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square. April 5: “Empowerment Self Defense,” 5-7 p.m., for women 16 and older, preregistration required; April 6: “Community Voices Matter,” 3:30-4:30 p.m., recognizing dating violence for ages 12-19; April 6: “Speak About It,” performance about consent, boundaries, and healthy relationships, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Essentials of College Planning for Adults, Greater Portland CareerCenter, 151 Jetport Blvd., Portland, Tuesdays, April 5, 12, 19, 26 by appointment only through 1-800-281-3703.
French speaking adults: Job Seeking Workshop in French, 9-11 a.m., April 13, 27, Goodwill Workforce Solutions, 190 Lancaster St., Portland, 822-3346 or  Rosine.munezero@maine.gov.
Resume and Cover Letter workshop, Greater Portland CareerCenter, 151 Jetport Blvd., Portland, 9-11 a.m. Fridays, April 8, 22, register through 822-3300.
 
Unemployed Professional Group, 8:30 a.m.-noon, Greater Portland CareerCenter, 151 Jetport Blvd., Portland, Tuesdays, April 12, 19, 26, registration not required.
Veterans’ Career Connection and Collaboration Council 9-11 a.m. Fridays, April 8, 15, 22, 29, Goodwill Workforce Solutions, 190 Lancaster St., Portland. By veterans, for veterans. Pre-registration required, rhiannon.guezelian@maine.gov, 822-3352.
Vocational Rehabilitation Orientation, Greater Portland CareerCenter, 151 Jetport Blvd., Portland, 9:30-11 a.m. Wednesdays, April 13, 27. Helps those with disabilities prepare for, obtain and maintain viable employment. Video of the orientation at maine.gov/rehab/videos/vr_orientation.shtml.

Saturday 4/9

Stepparents – Kids First Program, 8.30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m., Kids First Center, 222 Saint John St. #104, Portland. Helps familes understand typical difficulties in the new family, $60 pp/$100/couple.

Spring Rush, Scarborough Land Trust hike, meet at Fuller Farm parking lot at 10 a.m. on Broadturn Road to carpool, 289-1199, scarboroughlandtrust.org.

Southern Maine Community College open house, 9 a.m.-noon, HUB Athletic Center, 119 Fort Road, South Portland. Reserve at smccme.edu/openhouse.

Antiques Appraisal Day, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Yarmouth History Center, 118 East Elm St., Yarmouth, $10/one item, $18/two, $25/three, yarmouthmehistory.org, 846-6259

Wellness Fair, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., sponsored by Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce and Yarmouth Community Services at Rowe School, 52 School St., Yarmouth. Holistic and integrative health care providers and presentations, raffle, “Stuff the Bus” food drive, blood drive, yarmouthmaine.org.

Sunday 4/10

Mind Body Spirit Festival, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Hilton Garden Inn, Freeport. Healing therapies, crystals, jewelry, psychics, medical intuitive, workshops, $5 admission includes some workshops, mindbodyspiritfestival.org.

Monday 4/11

“The History and Joy of Growing and Working with Lavender,” St. Mary’s Garden Club hosts Lori Costigan of Glendarragh Lavender Farm, 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church, 43 Foreside Road, Falmouth. Open to the public for a $5 donation.

Tuesday 4/12

“Starting Your Own Business: Essential information to help you succeed,” Portland SCORE, 100 Middle St., 6-9 p.m. Free with online registration at visit scoremaine.com or call 772-1147 weekday mornings.

“Advances in Cancer Treatment,” by Southern Maine Health Care oncologist Peter Rubin, 5 p.m., Cancer Community Center, 778 Main St., South Portland.

Wednesday 4/13

“Prayer as a Conversation Between Friends” with Fr. William A. Barry, SJ, The Jesuit Spirituality Initiative, 7 p.m., St. Pius X Church, 492 Ocean Ave., Portland.

Thursday 4/14

Photographer Nick Buck and his journey on a mule-driven wagon to trace the Oregon Trail, 6:30 p.m., Author Talk series at Prince Memorial Library, Cumberland.

“Secrets of Highly Successful Women for the 21st Century,” monthly meeting of Maine Women’s Network, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Portland Country Club, Falmouth. Registration closes at 4 p.m. the Friday prior to the event. No walk-ins.

Former New York Times reporter Ralph Blumenthal, who led Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the 1993 terrorist bombing of the World Trade Center, 7 p.m., USM Portland Campus, Talbot Auditorium. Free and open to the public.

“Endangered Species & Wildlife Protection- ‘Taking’ Care of Business,” 7:15-10 a.m., E2Tech Forum at Congregation Bet Ha’am, 81 Westbrook St., South Portland, http://e2tech.org/event-2166517.

Wednesday 4/20

“Foodscaping: Cultivating plants that are both edible and ornamental” Longfellow Garden Club talk by nationally recognized TV personality Charlie Nardozzi, 11 am-noon, Woodfords Congregational Church, 202 Woodfords St, Portland. $10 payable at door, longfellowgardenclub@gmail.org or 433-0427.

Friday 4/22

“Earth Day: Progress To Be Proud Of,” wildlife and conservation photographer Dan Zukowski, 7 p.m., L.L. Bean Lecture Series, Freeport.

Ongoing

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

Friday 4/8

Benefit Italian Dinner, 5-6:30 p.m., St. Charles Church, 132 McKeen St., Brunswick. Proceeds support teen mission trip to Brooklyn, New York. Adults, $8, children, $4.

Sunday  4/10

“Our Time, Talent, and Items Auction,” benefit for Brunswick United Methodist Church, 320 Church Road, 4 p.m., preview at 3 p.m. To donate, contact the office at 725-2185, umcbrunswick.org.

Wednesday 4/13

Jazz Night/Dessert Auction, 6:30 p.m., Bath Middle School, 6 Old Brunswick Road, featuring Morse High School Jazz Band and Mixed Choir and Bath Middle School Jazz Bands and Honors Chorus. Benefits school music programs, 443-8250.

Saturday 4/16

Barbershop Concert, silent auction, United Methodist Church, 320 Church Road, Brunswick. Tickets $13/advance, $15/door, benefits Brunswick Area Respite Care.

Books/Authors

Book Sale, benefits Mid Coast Hospital Auxiliary, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., April 8-9, Merrymeeting Plaza, 147 Bath Road, Brunswick.

Celebrate Library Week, Patten Free Library, 33 Summer St., Bath. April 12: Open Mic Poetry Night, 6:30 p.m., featured poet Helene McGlauflin will read from her new work; April 13: “Heaven Is Beautiful: How Dying Taught Me that Death Is Just the Beginning,” 6:30 p.m. author talk; April 15: Primo Cubano five-piece dance band, 7 p.m., 443-5141, ext. 21, patten.lib.me.us.

Tuesday 4/12

“Got Here as Soon as I Could,” syndicated columnist Sarah Smiley, 5:30-6 p.m., spring author series at The Mustard Seed Bookstore, 74 Front St., Bath, themustardseedbookstore.com.

Saturday 4/16

Zombie Moose of West Bath, Maine,” author signing, 1 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

Saturday 4/9

Free document shredding, 1-3 p.m., Casco Bay Wealth Advisors, 261 Bath Road, Brunswick. Two box limit per person.

Sunday 4/10

Bath Antique Show and Sale with over 50 dealers, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Bath Middle School, 6 Old Brunswick Road. Admission $4, or $3.50 with Forecaster ad, bathantiquesshows.com, 582-5908.

Friday 4/15

Diva Night, 6-8:30 p.m., MSMT, 22 Elm St., Brunswick. Tickets $30 and includes a cocktail, hors d’oeuvres, dessert buffet and mini spa treatments and services. Advance tickets only, brunswickdowntown.org.

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

Wednesday 4/13

Red Cross Blood Drive, 1-6 p.m., Bath K of C, 807 Middle St. Call 1-800- RED CROSS for an appointment. Drop-ins also welcome, redcrossblood.org, 1-800-RED CROSS.

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

Friday 4/8

Italian Dinner, 5-6:30 p.m., St. Charles Church, 132 McKeen St., Brunswick. Proceeds support teen mission trip to Brooklyn, New York. Adults, $8, children, $4.

Saturday 4/9

Neighborhood Cafe fundraiser, 4:30-6:30 p.m., United Church of Christ, 798 Washington St., Bath. Homemade chicken or vegan pot pie, salad, desserts, silent auction. Adults, $10, children under 10, $5, michaelanthony207@gmail.com, 522 7707.

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

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.

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.

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. FMI 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

Saturday 4/9

“Nautical Knots Knowhow,” hands-on workshop about common marine knotting techniques, 1:30-3 p.m., Harpswell Heritage Land Trust, 153 Harpswell Neck Road. Free, but preregistration required, outreach@hhltmaine.org or 837-9613.

“Should religion be taught in public schools,” informal monthly meeting of Freedom From Religion Foundation Maine, 9:30 a.m.-noon, Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick, ffrfmaine@gmail.com, 613-7080.

Sunday 4/10

“My Experiences with Self-Publishing for Genealogy,” by family historian Gene Vogt, 2 p.m., hosted by Pejepscot Genealogical Society at Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick.

“Springtime Splendor for Amphibians: Vernal Pools of Lilly Pond Community Forest,” first in spring stewardship series by The Kennebec Estuary Land Trust, 1 p.m. South Bath. Registration required by April 8, 442-8400, bkolak@kennebecestuary.org, kennebecestuary.org/stewardship-series-2016.

Monday 4/11

“Bladder Cancer,” by Craig Hawkins, MD, FACS, Mid Coast Medical Group- Urology. Part of ongoing Ounce of Prevention series, 11 a.m., Mid Coast Senior Health Center, 58 Baribeau Drive, Brunswick.

Tuesday  4/12

“The French and Indian Wars in Maine,” Michael Dekker, historian, living history interpreter and author, 6 p.m., Topsham Historical Society, 25 Foreside Road.

Wednesday 4/13

Resume and Cover Letter Writing, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., CareerCenter, 275 Bath Road, Brunswick, registration in person or phone required, 373-4000.

Thursday 4/14

History Happy Hour, hosted by Pejepscot Historical Society at Brunswick Inn, 165 Park Row, 5-7 p.m. Enjoy a cocktail and talk by Marieke Van Der Steenhoven of Bowdoin College; $5 cover benefits PHS, 729-6606, pejepscothistorical.org.

“Lee’s Forgotten General: AP Hill at the Battle of Gettysburg,” Joshua L. Chamberlain Civil War Round Table Lecture, 7 p.m., Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick. Free, donations appreciated.

Tuesday 4/19

“Herb Garden Design: Designing for Your Needs” by garden manager of Sabbathday Shaker Community, 6 p.m., Bath Garden Club, 880 Washington St., Bath. All welcome, 666-3078.

“Our Rights at Risk – Courts Matter,” panel discussion by Grandmothers for Reproductive Rights, 5-6:30 p.m., Curtis Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick, grandmothersforreproductiverights.org.

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.

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

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

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