Community Calendar: Aug. 22-31

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Greater Portland

Benefits

Rockin’ on the Bay, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sept. 1 & 2, House Island, live music, food, games, beverages, ferry from Bug Light, benefits Cap Mona Angel Fund to help educate Haitian children, www.houseislandmusicfestival.com.

Saturday 8/25

Save a Stray, L.L. Bean, Freeport, 8 a.m. 5K, 8:30 a.m. 1-mile walk, $25, proceeds benefit Coastal Humane Society & Lincoln County Animal Shelter. Food trucks, doggy demos, Ask A Vet booth, canine contests, saveastray5K.org.

Thursday 8/30

Ocean Sol Jazz, 7 p.m., Portland House of Music, 25 Temple St., benefit for Dignity for Opiate Users to help end opioid epidemic in Maine, $15, $20/door, www.portlandhouseofmusic.com.

Books/Authors

Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance, offering September master classes and a workshop, USM’s Glickman Library in Portland, see http://mainewriters.org/ for details.

Ongoing

Writers’ Accountability Group10 a.m.-noon, third Wednesday of the month, Thomas Memorial Library, 6 Scott Dyer Road, Cape Elizabeth, all levels of expertise and genres welcome.

Literary Lunch, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, noon, last Wednesday of the month.

Many Voices Teen Book Group, 2:30-3:30 p.m., third Saturday, Portland Public Library. Drop-in, see the selection at portlandlibrary.com/highlight/love-bookgroups/.

Peaks Island Book Group, 129 Island Ave., 7-8 p.m. first Tuesday, 766-5540, portlandlibrary.com/highlight/love-bookgroups/.

Portland Public Library Book Group, 5 Monument Square, 5:30-6:30 p.m., third Tuesday,  871-1700, ext. 705, portlandlibrary.com/highlight/love-bookgroups/.

Riverton Book Group, 1600 Forest Ave., Portland, second Thursday, 6:30-7:30 p.m., 797-2915, portlandlibrary.com/highlight/love-bookgroups/.

Betsy Ross House Book Group, hosted by South Portland Library the first Thursday of the month, 1:30 p.m., Betsy Ross House in South Portland. Members choose books that are part of the mainstream cultural current, call 767-7660.

Life 101, South Portland Public Library, 482 Broadway, 10:30 a.m. fourth Tuesday, discuss books that improve quality of life, establish good habits, and living more creatively and happily, https://bit.ly/2KyESg4.

Writer’s Group, 2 p.m., first and third Saturdays, South Portland Public Library, 482 Broadway.

Reader’s Circle, 7 p.m., Merrill Memorial Library, 215 Main St., Yarmouth, last Thursday; free and open to the public, registration not required.

Bulletin Board

Maine State Parks and Historic Sites: Free Day Use for Maine residents through Sept. 3, including Two Lights in Cape Elizabeth, Wolfe’s Neck in Freeport and Bradbury Mountain in Pownal, https://bit.ly/2AYpMjQ for complete list. 

Ongoing

Cribbage, 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays, Scarborough Lions Den, 273 Gorham Road, free, all welcome, 883-9780.

Scarborough Garden Club, 12:30 p.m. third Thursday, Hillcrest Retirement Center, 108 Hillcrest Ave. New members welcome, www.scarboroughgardenclub.org.

Call for Volunteers

Dempsey Challenge Run/Walk/Ride, Sept. 29 & 30 in Lewiston, volunteers needed for recycling, setup and tear down, medical, massage and reiki, registration, Festival in the Park, Two-Day Ride (Freeport), valet, 5 & 10K Cafe, register at https://bit.ly/2w6PjBQ. 

Opportunity Alliance, openings for Foster Grandparent and Senior Companions in Cumberland County for those 55+. Grandparents work in schools; Companions in homes in exchange for tax-free stipend, mileage and other benefits, 773-0202, fgp@opportunityalliance.org.

Thursday 8/30

Red Cross Blood Drive, noon-5 p.m., Maine Mall, 364 Maine Mall Road, South Portland, make an appointment at RedCrossBlood.org, 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). 

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.

Cumberland Area Rides and Aging in Place Cumberland need drivers, companions, and others to help local seniors. Interview, vetting and training may be required. Volunteer drivers contact Lisa Crowley at 829-3367, cumberlandrides@gmail.com. Other AIP volunteers contact AIP@cumberlandmaine.com, 245-8033, www.AIPCumberland.org.

HART Cat Shelter, 302 Range Road, Cumberland. Apply at hartofme.com or 829-4116. 

Hospice volunteers wanted to be part of the VNA Home Health Hospice team, bringing comfort to those facing a terminal illness. Contact Beth Simmons at 400-8852 or simmonsb@emhs.org.

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

Road To Recovery needs drivers to transport cancer patients to treatment in Cumberland County. Must be 18 or older, with a valid license, reliable vehicle, clean driving record and proof of insurance. Free training, American Cancer Society, 800-227-2345, or cancer.org.

Zonta Club of Southern Maine, 6 p.m. second Thursdays September-June, Duffy’s Tavern & Grill, 168 Saco Ave., Old Orchard Beach, new members and guests welcome to join service organization that empowers women, cdorfman@myfairpoint.net.  

Dining Out

Ongoing

Free Dinner, 5:30-6:30 p.m. every Thursday, St. Peters Episcopal Church, 678 Washington St., Portland, handicapped accessible, 878-1989.

Health

Outdoor Earthing Yoga, 5:30 p.m., Wednesdays to Aug. 29, Eastern Promenade, Portland. Free, http://ombodyhealth.com/community-events.

Ongoing

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

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

Restorative yoga, drop-in class 9:30-10:45 a.m. Thursdays, Cancer Community Center, 778 Main St., South Portland, 774-2200. Free.

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

Just for Kids

Saturday 8/25

Children’s Performance Festival, 10-11 a.m., Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St., Portland, schedule and tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com.

Monday 8/27

Starlight Stories, 5:30-6 p.m., Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Drive, quieter version of storytime. For newborns to age 6, jammies, blankies and stuffies welcome, free and open to the public. 

Ongoing

Anime Club, 3-4:30 p.m. Mondays, Thomas Memorial Library, Cape Elizabeth. Ages 13 and up can watch, craft, and generally geek out over all things Anime and Manga, no registration required.

Dungeon Master Class, 4-6 p.m. Thursdays, ongoing, Thomas Memorial Library, Cape Elizabeth, workshop on how to become a Dungeon Master, open to ages 16 and up. Space is limited, registration required, www.ThomasMemorialLibrary.org.

Tabletop Gaming Club, 2:30-5 p.m. Tuesdays, Thomas Memorial Library, Cape Elizabeth, new and challenging board and tabletop games for ages 11 and up.

Baby Singalong, 4 p.m. Thursdays and 10 a.m. Fridays & Saturdays; Toddler Storytime, 10 a.m. Mondays; Infant/Toddler Story Time Tuesday 10 and 10:15 a.m. Pre-School Storytime, 10:30 a.m. Mondays and 10 a.m. Thursdays, Falmouth Memorial Library, 5 Lunt Road, 781-2351.

Fun & Games, Falmouth Memorial Library, 5 Lunt Road: Pokemon & More, 3:30-4:15 p.m. Fridays; Magic Matches! 2:30-4:30 p.m. Saturdays; Lego Club, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Saturdays.

Signing with Babies, 10:45 a.m. Mondays, Falmouth Memorial Library, 5 Lunt Road, baby signing by Maine Behavioral Healthcare, 781-2351. Free. 

Read to a Therapy Dog, Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Drive, 4-5 p.m. Mondays August-November for kids of all ages, call 865-3307 to reserve. 

Baby and Me, 10-11 a.m. Mondays, Freeport Community Library, social time for infants and caregivers with toys and music. Free and open to the public, 865-3307, www.freeportlibrary.com.

Preschool Story Time, 11-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Freeport Community Library. 

Story Time with Gunta, 10:30-11 a.m. every Saturday in September, October and November, Freeport Community Library, free and open to the public.

Wolfe’s Neck Farm, 184 Burnett Road, Freeport, agriculture programs, hikes, harvesting, camping, paddling and more for kids and teens through the summer, www.wolfesneck.org, 865-4469.

Yoga for Toddlers & Preschoolers, Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Drive, 10:30-11 a.m. first Tuesday.

Family Story Play Yoga, 11-11:45 a.m., third Saturday, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square.

Songs & Stories en Français, 10:30-11 a.m. Mondays, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square. Weekly storytime in French.  

Teen After Hours, 6-8 p.m., first Friday, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, video games on Wii and PlayStation 4, movies, board & card games,  pizza, music.

Baby Builders, 10:30 a.m., Tuesdays, South Portland Public Library, 482 Broadway. Duplos, free play and socializing for newborns to age 4.

Flash Story Time, 2-4 p.m. Sunday, stories and songs, South Portland Memorial Branch, 155 Westcott Road. 

Letter Zoo, stories and songs for ages 3-5, Fridays at 10:30 a.m., South Portland Public Library, 482 Broadway.

Baby Bounces and Books, 10:15-10:35 a.m., Fridays; Tales and Tunes, preschool story hour 10:15-11 a.m. and 2-2:45 p.m. Thursdays; Tales for Twos, 11-11:30 a.m. Fridays, Merrill Memorial Library, 215 Main St., Yarmouth.

Tail Waggin’ Talesreading program with therapy dogs every Tuesday at Merrill Memorial Library, 215 Main St., Yarmouth. Email mbatson@yarmouthlibrary.org to sign up.

Support

Fall Grief Support Group, 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 5-Oct. 10, Aroostook Medical Center, 140 Academy St., South Portland, facilitated by VNA Home Health Hospice. Free, but space is limited, register with George McLaughlin at 764-9413.

Ongoing

Aging in Place Friendly Visitor program for those 60+ in Cumberland offers weekly visits by a trained volunteer who will provide companionship based on mutual interests. To apply or refer someone: AIP@cumberlandmaine.com, 245-8033.

Amistad Peer Support and Recovery Center, 66 State St., Portland, ongoing weekly support groups to help address suicide prevention, depression/bipolar, addictions, call John at 615-3691. 

Alzheimer’s Support Group, 5:30-6:30 p.m., second Thursday, Sedgewood Commons 22 Northbrook Drive, Falmouth, Patricia.Burke@genesishcc.com.

Bereaved Parents of USA, 6:30-8 p.m., second and fourth Wednesdays, Trinity Episcopal Church, 580 Forest Ave., Portland, open to anyone struggling with the death of a child. Contact Triss Critchfield, 799-4183 or triss.critchfield@gmail.com; SouthernmaineBPUSA@gmail.com. 

Brain Aneurysm Support Group, 6-7:30 p.m., last Thursday, Room 9, Dana Health Education Center at Maine Medical Center, 22 Bramhall St. Portland, http://kat-walk.org/support.html.

Dempsey Center – South Portland, wellness classes, complementary therapies, nutritional counseling, www.dempseycenter.org, 774-2200.

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

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous, 7 p.m. Wednesdays, The Point/Eastpoint Christian Church, 345 Clarks Pond Pkwy., South Portland. 12 Step Program addresses food obsession, overeating, undereating and bulimia. No dues, fees or weigh-ins, 883-8052, www.foodaddicts.org.

Grief Support for individuals and groups, Hospice of Southern Maine, 180 U.S. Route 1, Scarborough, contact Carol Schoneberg-Robinson for schedule, 289-3651, cschoneberg@hospiceofsouthernmaine.org.

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

Kids First Center, educational support for parents and children experiencing separation, divorce and/or co-parenting, 761-2709, info@kidsfirstcenter.org, www.kidsfirstcenter.org.

LaLeche League, every Wednesday, 9:30-11 a.m., Woodfords Congregational Church, 202 Woodford St., Portland, 767-0920.

Leukemia, Lymphoma, and Multiple Myeloma Support Group, third Tuesday, 5:30-7 p.m., 778 Maine St., South Portland, 774-2200.

Living Well in North Yarmouth free ride service, call Steven Palmer at 829-6230.

Look Good … Feel Better with the American Cancer Society, Cancer Community Center, 778 Main St., South Portland, help with wigs, makeup, self-esteem, cancercommunitycenter.org. Free.

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

Mended Hearts Cardiac Support Group, 6-8 p.m. first Thursday of most months, Maine Medical Center Learning Resource Center, 100 West Campus Drive, Scarborough. Support also available for support in person, by phone or email. Contact Robyn Shaw for more information at 523-0883, robynshaw13@icloud.com.

Mental Illness Family Support Group, 6:30-8 p.m., first, second and third Mondays of the month, Dana Center, 22 Bramhall St., classroom #2, Portland. NAMI Portland. FMI call Mike, 703-966-8875.

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.

Multiple Sclerosis Support Group, 10 a.m. first Tuesday, Handy’s, 367 Main St., Yarmouth, drop-in, zenhead@gmail.com.

Overeaters Anonymous, find local meetings at oamaine.org.

Parkinson’s Disease weekly support group, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Wednesdays, Casco Bay YMCA, 14 Old South Freeport Road, Freeport, for patients, family, caregivers, 865-3417.

S.M.A.R.T. Recovery, 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays & Fridays, Amistad Peer Support and Recovery Center, 66 State St., Portland, alternative or supplement to traditional 12-step groups, contact Jim at 787-1212.    

South Portland Food Cupboard, 130 Thadeus St., 8:30-11:30 a.m. Thursday and 5-7 p.m. first Wednesday of the month for residents of South Portland, Scarborough, Cape Elizabeth, and surrounding communities, 874-0379, southportlandfoodcupboard.org.

The Center for Grieving Children, free bereavement peer support groups for ages 3-18, their parents and caregivers, young adults, bereaved parents and widow/widowers/partners. The Tender Living Care Program offers peer support to everyone in the family facing a life-impacting illness diagnosis, 775-5216, cgc@cgcmaine.org555 Forest Ave., Portland

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, find a local meeting at www.tops.org/tops/TOPS/FindAMeeting.aspx.

Wellness Through Art, 2-4 p.m. Wednesdays, Amistad Peer Support and Recovery Center, 66 State St., Portland, peer-led, recovery focused art group. Contact Patrick at 618-0318.

Yarmouth Cares About Neighbors, connects resources such as clothing, heating assistance, food and rides to people in need, https://ycan.info/.

Workshops/Walks/Talks

Freeport Village Tours, 2:45 p.mWednesdays & Fridays to Sept. 14, highlights features of the exhibit “Blacksmiths & Storekeepers: Freeport Village, Crossroads of Change, 1770-1920.” Meet at Freeport Historical Society, 45 Main St., $8.

Eastern Cemetery Walking Tours, 11 a.m. Wednesdays, Saturdays & Sundays; 5:30 p.m. Thursdays to Oct. 14, 224 Congress St., $10/adults, $5/students & seniors, spiritsalive.org/tours.

Portland’s India Street: The Grand Trunk to the Abyssinian Walking Tours, by Greater Portland Landmarks, 10 a.m. Mondays to Sept. 24, meet at 1 India St., Gorham Savings Bank Building, $10, advance tickets at www.portlandlandmarks.org/events/india-street-2018.

Portland Observatory, 93 High St., open until 8 p.m. Thursdays in August, portlandlandmarks.org.

Monday 8/27

Essentials of College Planning Workshop, 1 p.m., hosted by Maine Educational Opportunity Center at Goodwill Workforce Solutions, 190 Lancaster St., Portland, must be at least 19, register through 800-281-3703, http://meoc.maine.edu.  

Tuesday 8/28

USM Leadership Summit, 7:30-10:30 a.m., Abromson Center, Portland campus, keynote speaker author Mark Crowley, $19/$39, register at http://conferences.usm.maine.edu.

Thursday 8/30

Astronomy 101, 6:30-8 p.m., Thomas Memorial Library, 6 Scott Dyer Road, Cape Elizabeth, astronomy basics includes how and what to view in the night sky and hands-on intro to the library’s new telescope.

Ongoing

Senior Tech, 10:30 a.m.-noon, fourth Wednesday, Thomas Memorial Library,  6 Scott Dyer Road, Cape Elizabeth, bring questions and devices.

Maine Genealogical Society, Greater Portland Chapter, 12:30 p.m. first Saturday, First Congregational Church, 301 Cottage Road, South Portland. Free, guests welcome, 409-6205.

Computer Tutoring sessions, Portland Public Library, Tuesdays and Fridays, 5 Monument Square, call 871-1700, ext. 708 to register for a half-hour session.

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

Scarborough Kiwanis, noon-1 p.m., every Friday, The Egg & I, 183 US Route One, Scarborough, breakfast and featured speaker, public welcome. 

Spanish Group, 10 a.m. Wednesdays, South Portland Public Library, 482 Broadway, all levels welcome. 

Technology Tutoring, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, one-on-one computer help in reserved half hour sessions 2-4 p.m. Tuesdays; 4:30-6 p.m. Wednesdays; 12:30-2 p.m. Fridays. 

Mid-Coast

Benefits

Saturday 9/1

Mid-Coast Audubon Annual Lobster Bake Fundraiser, 1 p.m., Hog Island, Bremen, $50 includes clams, veggies, drinks, dessert and boat transportation, BYOB. Reservations due Aug. 25 through Sue Schubel at 380-1370 or sschubel@tidewater.net.

Books/Authors

The Library Bookstore, 194 Front St., Bath, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

Ongoing

Nature Speaks Book Discussion, Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road, focuses on environmental issues and what can be done on a local level, 725-1727, topshamlibrary.org. 

Bulletin Board

Ongoing

Senior Bingo, 6:30 p.m., second and fourth Wednesday, Bath Area Senior Center, 45 Floral St., age 16+.

Brunswick Toastmasters, first and third Tuesdays, 6:15-8 p.m., 8 Venture Ave., Brunswick Landing, guests welcome, register at https://2156.toastmastersclubs.org, 241-2294.
  
People Plus Community Center, 35 Union St., Brunswick. Offers fitness, classes, socials, meals, sports, travel and more, peopleplusmaine.org.

Community Spay-Neuter Clinic of Topsham, free neuter and rabies shots for feral, stray and barn cats. Free transportation and trapping available in parts of Androscoggin, Kennebec, Cumberland, Sagadahoc, Lincoln & Oxford counties, 721-8395.

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

Call for Volunteers
 
CHANS Home Health & Hospice volunteer training, deadline Aug. 30 for 10 consecutive Thursdays, 4-7 p.m. beginning Sept. 6, 45 Baribeau Drive, Brunswick. Application and pre-training interview required, Margaret Zillioux at 721-1271, mzillioux@midcoasthealth.com.
 
Dempsey Challenge, Sept. 29 & 30, Lewiston, volunteers needed for recycling, setup and tear down, medical, massage and reiki, registration, Festival in the Park, Two-Day Ride (Freeport), valet, 5 & 10K Cafe, register at https://bit.ly/2w6PjBQ.

Wednesday 8/29

Red Cross Blood Drive, noon-5 p.m., Mid Coast Chapter, 16 Community Way, Topsham, see RedCrossBlood.org or call 800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).  

Ongoing

American Cancer Society volunteer drivers wanted to transport cancer patients to treatment in the Mid-Coast area, call 462-6307, elisa.madore@cancer.org.

American Cancer Society, volunteers needed in the Topsham office, Road To Recovery program, Look Good Feel Better program, Relay For Life events and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks, see cancer.org/involved/volunteer.html, or contact Danielle Blais at Danielle.blais@cancer.org or 373-3700, ext. 3720.

Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice, Brunswick area, training provided, 777-7740, AHCH.org.

Big Brothers Big Sisters, 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.

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 ReStore, donations of appliances, complete kitchen cabinet sets, and furniture in good condition needed, call 504-9341, drop off at 126 Main St., Topsham, Tuesday- Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.

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

People Plus Center, ongoing opportunities, 35 Union St., Brunswick, 729-0757.

Red Cross Blood Drives, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS to make an appointment.

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

Sexual Assault Support Services of Mid Coast Maine will train 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, assist seniors by providing companionship, transportation, assistance with errands, 837-8810, cszalay@ccmaine.org.

Tri-County Literacy, will train tutors to work with adults, 443-6384, literacyvolunteers@tricountyliteracy.org.

Dances

Ongoing

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

Dining Out

Saturday 8/25 

Baked Bean and Casserole Supper, 4-6:30 p.m., Bath Area Senior Activity Center, 45 Floral St. Includes three kinds of beans, clam casserole, mac & cheese, homemade desserts, adults/$8, kids/$4.

Ongoing

Lunch with Friends, noon, Tuesdays, Bailey Island Union Church, 2141 Harpswell Islands Road; Thursdays, Merriconeag Grange Hall, 529 Harpswell Neck Road, Harpswell; Fridays, Orr’s Island Schoolhouse, 1579 Harpswell Islands Road, Orr’s Island. Free.

Health

Thursday 8/30

Balance/Falls Clinic, 12:30 p.m., People Plus, 35 Union St., Brunswick, what balance means, how to prevent a fall and how to properly handle a fall if one occurs. Free and open to the public, registration appreciated at 729-0757, programming@peopleplusmaine.org.

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, 10-11 a.m. third Wednesdays, free, walk-ins welcome, Mid Coast Hospital Community Resource Room, 123 Medical Center Drive, Brunswick, Jessica Loney R.N., 373-6592, jloney@midcoasthealth.com.

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

Merrymeeting Wheelers Bike Club, beginners welcome, for details see http://merrymeetingwheelers.org.

TOPS (Take Off the Pounds Sensibly), weight loss support group, find a local meeting at www.tops.org.

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

Yoga for Cancer, 5-5:45 p.m. Thursdays, Maine Pines Racquet & Fitness, 120 Harpswell Road, Brunswick, 729-8433.

Just for Kids

Ongoing

Story Time, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Thursdays, Cundy’s Harbor Library, 935 Cundy’s Harbor Road, 725-1461.

Baby & Me10 a.m. Thursdays for 15-20 minutes with songs, action rhymes, and board books for birth to 23 months, Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road, Topsham, 725-1727, topshamlibrary.org.

Music & Rhyme Time for Twos, 10:30 a.m. Thursdays for 20-30 minutes with music, dance and action rhymes, for 2-year-olds and their grown-ups, Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road, Topsham, 725-1727, topshamlibrary.org.

Preschool Storytime, 10 a.m. Wednesdays for 30-45 minutes, with songs, dance, instruments, action rhymes for ages 3-5, Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road, Topsham, 725-1727, topshamlibrary.org.

Third Saturday Teen Crafting, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., drop in at Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road, ages 11-18 only. 

Support

Ongoing 

Chronic Pain Support Group, open to people with chronic pain, their families and friends, first Tuesday, 6-7 p.m. Mid Coast Hospital, Brunswick, 725-7854.

Dementia Caregivers Education Series, 4-5 p.m., third Thursday, Mid Coast Senior Health Center, 58 Baribeau Dr.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous, Mondays, 9 a.m., St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 27 Pleasant St., Brunswick, 837-3581; Wednesdays, 7 p.m., Topsham Medical Building, 4 Horton Place, 528-5550; Fridays, 6:30 p.m., Bath Police Dept., 250 Water St., Bath 442-7557; Saturdays, 9 a.m., Mid Coast Hospital (Medical Offices Building) 121 Medical Center Drive, 865-9160.

Grief Support Groups, for survivors of those who have died from substance abuse or suicide, grieving child or parent, holiday-related and more, CHANS Home Health Care and Hospice, 45 Baribeau Drive, Brunswick, call 721-1357 for specifics. 

Lyme Disease Support Group,  5:30-8 p.m. first Wednesday, Mid Coast Hospital, 123 Medical Center Drive, Brunswick in cafe conference rooms, 841-8757.

Moving On discussion group, 10 a.m. second and fourth Tuesdays, Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road, for surviving spouses of retirement age on how to build a new life, 725-1727, topshamlibrary.org.

Multiple Sclerosis Society, coffee and conversation group, first Tuesday 10-11 a.m., Handy’s Market, 367 Main St., Yarmouth, cafandconyar@gmail.com.

Overeaters Anonymous, Tuesdays, noon, St. Mary’s Church, 144 Lincoln Street, Bath, 729 3149; Thursdays, 7 p.m., St.Paul’s Episcopal Church, 27 Pleasant St., Brunswick, 386 1740.

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, 7 p.m. fourth Wednesday, Mid Coast Medical Group, 81 Medical Center Drive, Brunswick, 319-7956. 

Pet Loss Grief Support Group, Center for Grief and Loss, 45 Baribeau Drive, Brunswick, for both anticipatory grief and death of a pet. For schedule see https://bit.ly/2OU7JhV, call 721-1357. 

Prostate Cancer Network Group, 6:30-8:30 p.m., third Tuesday, Mid Coast Hospital, 123 Medical Center Drive, Brunswick in cafe conference room. 

Sexual Assault Support Services of Midcoast Maine and Mid Coast Hospital, support groups for adult and adolescent survivors of child sexual abuse, www.sassmm.org; 24-hour helpline 1-800-871-7741.

Survivors of Suicide Loss, CHANS Hospice and Volunteers, 45 Baribeau Drive, Brunswick, contact Andy Sokoloff at 721-1357, asokoloff@midcoasthealth.com for meeting times.

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) weigh-in 6-6:40 p.m. every Thursday, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 330 Maine St., Brunswick, www.tops.org/tops/TOPS/FindAMeeting.aspx.

Women with Cancer Support Group, open to women diagnosed with any type of cancer at any age, meets third Tuesdays, 3-4:30 p.m., board room of MidCoast Hospital, 123 Medical Center Drive, Brunswick, 373-6546.

Women’s Circle, for women in a controlling or abusive relationship, free and confidential, Mid Coast Outreach Office of Family Crisis Services, 24-helpline 800-537-6066; office, 721-0199.

Workshops/Walks/Talks

“Active Parenting: First Five Years,” for expectant parents and parents with children from birth to age 5, 5:30-8 p.m., Tuesdays, Aug. 28, Sept. 4 & 11, Families CAN!, 34 Wing Farm Parkway, Bath. Free program, dinner, childcare, call Dawn at 442-7963, ext. 230 to register.

Seguin Island Lighthouse Cruise and Exploration, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Fridays, Aug. 31 & Sept. 14, Maine Maritime Museum, Bath. Guided bus ride along the Phippsburg Peninsula, members $56; nonmembers $70, www.MaineMaritimeMuseum.org, 443-1316. 

Wednesday 8/29

Endangered Atlantic Salmon and local projects that support them in the Kennebec, Sheepscot, and Androscoggin rivers, 6:30 p.m., Bath Freight Shed,  27 Commercial St. Sponsored by KELT and Midcoast Conservancy, free and open to the public, register at https://bit.ly/2MTdElK.

“Songs for the Mary E: A Remembrance of Her Years in Greenport,” 6:30-8 p.m., Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington St., Bath, concert/lecture about life on the waters over which Mary E sailed, members/$7 or $10, 443-1316. 

Friday 8/31

Mushroom Foray, hosted by Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust and led by Louis Giller of North Spore Mushroom Company, $15, location will be emailed after registering at www.btlt.org/events/mushroom-foray-2018/.

Ongoing

Brunswick Toastmasters Club, 6:30-8 p.m. first & third Tuesdays, 8 Venture Ave., visitors welcome, 241-2294, https://2156.toastmastersclubs.org.

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

Computer Boot Campby 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.

First Light Camera Club, meets monthly 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Topsham Medical Building, 4 Horton Place, fee charged, www.firstlightcc.com, info@firstlightcc.com, 729-6607.

Friends of Merrymeeting Bay Speaker Series, 7 p.m., 2nd Wednesday until May, Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick, free and open to the public, www.fomb.org.

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

Rain or Shine Club, free weekly family-friendly walks Thursdays at 10 a.m., guided by Royal River Conservation Trust, 215-8315.

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

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

Tech Help, 1-3 p.m. Thursdays, Cundy’s Harbor Library, 935 Cundy’s Harbor Road, 725-1461.

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