Community Calendar: Aug. 24-Sept. 3

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Greater Portland

Benefits

 Friday 8/26

Bow Ties & Bean Boots Gala to benefit Teens to Trails, 6-10 p.m.,The Portland Company, 58 Fore St., Portland, live & silent auction, live music, food, games, local brews. Tickets $35 at http://bit.ly/29QRE7n.

Paws for Beer Night, 6 p.m., pregame benefit,Portland Sea Dogs, 271 Park Ave., Portland. A portion of all tickets purchased through Allagash Brewing Co.’s events page at allagash.com/event/bark-at-the-park will be donated to the Animal Refuge League of Portland. All dogs must have a ticket to come to the game. 

Walk to End Alzheimer’s, ticket proceeds from 7 p.m. Portland Sea Dogs game donated through https://seadogs.formstack.com/forms/aa.

Art of Giving Gala, 6-9 p.m., community benefit hosted by Down East magazine at The Landing at Pine Point, Pine Point Road, Scarborough. Tickets are $75-$100 through artofgiving2016.brownpapertickets.com.

Thursday 9/8

Portland Community Free Clinic fundraiser, Nonesuch River Golf Club, Scarborough. Shotgun start at noon with carts, dinner and prizes, $150/person, $500/foursome, pcfcgolffundraiser.org, 232-8034.

Saturday 9/10

Cultivating Community benefit, lobster bake by Allagash Brewing Co., 5-8 p.m., Wolfe’s Neck Farm, Freeport. Tickets $65 at allagash.com/event/allagash-lobster-bake/.

Sunday 9/18

Let’s Hold Hands, participants and volunteers wanted to circle Back Cove to raise money for United Way of Greater Portland. Food trucks, music, free T-shirt. Register/volunteer at handsaroundthecove.org.

Saturday 9/24

Walk to End Alzheimer’s – Greater Portland, 3-mile walk begins at 10 a.m. at Payson Park, 755 Baxter Blvd., Portland, http://bit.ly/2aV6nPQ.

Books/Authors

Tuesday 9/6

“Chasing the Rabbit: A Dad’s Life Raising a Son on the Spectrum,” by Derek and Dylan Volk, 5:30- 7 p.m., Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland.

Ongoing

Third Tuesday Book Group, 2 p.m., Falmouth Memorial Library, 5 Lunt Road. Details at library.

Adult Story Time, 12:05-12:50 p.m., South Portland Public Library, lunch hour read-aloud group for adults every Wednesday, 767-7660.

Bulletin Board

Sunday 9/4

“Reggae in the Park,” 2-8 p.m., free family friendly music festival, Deering Oaks, Park Avenue, Portland. Face painting, bounce house, Jamaican vendors and crafts.

Call for Volunteers

Love cats? Volunteers needed mornings at Hart Cat Shelter, 302 Range Road, Cumberland, apply at hartofme.com

Creative Portland and 2 Degrees Portland, volunteers needed until the end of September for Arts and Economic Impact 5 Surveys, part of a nationwide project to measure the impact of arts and culture on local economies, sign up for one-hour slots at http://bit.ly/2bEL9JR.

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 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.

Drivers needed for 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.

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.

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 transitioning to the U.S., 881-8550.

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

Sunday 8/28

Pancake Breakfast fundraiser, 8-10 a.m., The Woods at Canco 257 Canco Road, Portland. Blueberry, chocolate chip, whole wheat and gluten-free, Proceeds to Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Saturday 9/3

Baked Bean Supper, 5-6:30 p.m., Casco Masonic Lodge, 20 Mill St., Yarmouth. Three kinds of beans, mac & cheese, dogs, homemade pies and biscuits. Adults, $10, under 12, $4.

Ongoing

Chowder Luncheon, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., every Friday, North Deering Congregational Church, 1364 Washington Ave., Portland. A la carte pricing for chowder, lobster roll or combo, includes sides, takeout available.

Public Dinner, 5-6:30 p.m. every Wednesday, VFW Post 832, 50 Peary Terrace, South Portland, with different entree every week, $7, 767-2575.

Health

Tai Chi for Health and Balance, 9-10 a.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sept. 13 – Nov. 17, Woodford’s Congregational Church, 202 Woodfords St., Portland. Pre-registration required, 396-6500, smaaa.org.

Ongoing

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

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

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

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

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

Just for Kids

Farmer for the Morning, 10 a.m., Saturdays & Sundays through Sept. 25, Wolfe’s Neck Farm, 184 Burnett Road, Freeport. Collect eggs, feed and water animals, $5 per child. Register online at wolfesneckfarm.org.

Free Summer Lunch Program, 11:30 a.m.- noon Monday- Friday until Sept. 2. Freeport Community Services will be distributing at Freeport Community Center, the Village View Apartments Community Room, Mast Landing School and Wildwood Acres on Elm Street. No income or residency requirements; all children under 19 welcome.

Mucky Monday, play group for ages 5 and younger and an adult, Camp Ketcha Barn, Scarborough. Begins Sept. 12 every Monday until October depending on weather, campketcha.org/events, Rosemary Baker at 883-8977, rbaker@campketcha.org.

Ongoing

Baby Singalong , 4 p.m. Thursdays; 10 a.m. Fridays & Saturdays; Toddler Storytime, 10 a.m. Mondays; Pre-School Storytime 10:30 a.m. Mondays; 10 a.m. Thursdays, Falmouth Memorial Library, 5 Lunt Road.

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

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

Support

Grief Support Group, 6-7:30 p.m., Wednesdays Sept. 14- Oct. 19, VNA Home Health Hospice Office, 50 Foden Road, South Portland. Closed group; best if able to attend all sessions, registration required through Linda Hopkins, 400-8714, hopkinsl@emhs.org.

Monday 9/5

“Stories of Hope & Resiliency: Journeys to Mental Wellness,” monthly speaker series about experiences with mental illness, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Dana Center, 22 Bramhall St., Portland. Sponsored by National Alliance on Mental Illness, contact Mike at 703-966-8875.

Ongoing

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

Alzheimer’s Support Group, 6-7 p.m., second Wednesday, Sedgewood Commons 22 Northbrook Dr., Falmouth, Patricia.Burke@genesishcc.com.

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

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

CODA: Co-Dependents Anonymous meets 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. For information about support groups held in Brunswick, Bridgton or Portland call 721-0199; 24-hour hotline 800-537-6066. 

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

Gynecological and Breast Cancer Group, 6-7:30 p.m., second and fourth Tuesday, Cancer Community Center, 778 Main St., South Portland, 774-2200, or cancercommunitycenter.org.

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

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

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

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

Living with Cancer,  fourth Thursday, 10-11:30 a.m., Cancer Community Center, 778 Main St., South Portland, for patients and families coping with any kind of cancer, at any point in the cancer journey.

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

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

Mended Hearts Cardiac Support Group, Maine Medical Center Learning Resource Center, 100 WEST Campus Drive, Scarborough. Survivors available from diagnosis, during and after hospital stays; visits can be in person, by phone or email, 523-0883 or robynshaw13@icloud.com.

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

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

Overeaters Anonymous/Portland, Sunday, 7 p.m., Brighton Medical Center, 335 Brighton Ave.; Tuesday and Friday, 6 p.m., Woodfords Congregational Church, 202 Woodford St.; Saturdays, 9:30 and 10 a.m., Wishcamper Center at USM, 44 Bedford 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.

Tender Living Care, for families facing serious illness, will resume Sept. 12 and meet every Monday at The Center for Grieving Children, 555 Forest Ave., Portland, 775-5216 or cgc@cgcmaine.org.

The Center for Grieving Children, free bereavement peer support groups for children ages 3-18, their parents and caregivers, young adults, bereaved parents and widow/widowers/partners resume Sept. 12 at 555 Forest Ave., Portland, 775-5216 or cgc@cgcmaine.org.

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.

Unemployed Professional Group, 8:30 a.m.-noon Tuesdays, Greater Portland Career Center, 151 Jetport Blvd. Open to the public, registration not required.

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

Hay Wagon Rides at Wolfe’s Neck Farm, Big Red Barn at 184 Burnett Road, Freeport, Saturdays & Sundays through Sept. 25. Runs every 30 minutes from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m., $3 per person for a 15-minute ride; chaperone required, wolfesneckfarm.org.

Eastern Cemetery, Portland, evening tours at 5:30 p.m. Thursdays in August and 11 a.m. every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday until Oct. 16. Tickets $10 adults, $5 students and seniors, under 12 free. Private tours available, spiritsalive.org/tours/index.htm.

Rotary Club of Yarmouth August speaker schedule, 7:15 a.m. Aug. 22 – Rotary District Governor Marge Barker; Aug. 29 – George Bartlett, Sebago Lake Rotary Club Romanian service project, Yarmouth Town Office, 200 Maine St., visitors welcome.

Wednesday 8/24

“Leading Conversations on Maine’s Changing Climate,” Maine Environmental Filmmaker Bridget Besaw, 5:30 p.m., series runs fourth Wednesday through December, (except 11/30), Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square.

Thursday 8/25

“Planning Your Wedding Ceremony when You are Spiritual but not Religious,”  5:30-7 p.m., Chaplaincy Institute of Maine, 302 Stevens Ave., Portland, by donation, RSVP at admin@chimeofmaine.org or 347-6740.

Friday 8/26

Job Interview Workshop, Greater Portland Career Center, 151 Jetport Blvd., Portland. Space is limited; call 822- 3300 for time and to reserve.

“Victorian Entertaining,” 6 p.m. theme tour at Victoria Mansion, 100 Danforth St., Portland, $15/members or $20, reserve through 772-4841, ext. 104.

Wednesday 8/31

“Benefits and Challenges of Effective Mutual Support for Makers,” 7-10 p.m., Maine Charitable Mechanic Association, 519 Congress St., Portland.

Wednesday 9/7

“College to Career: Navigate the process of searching for a job or summer internship,” 6:30 p.m., Prince Memorial Library, 266 Main St., Cumberland.

Thursday 9/8

“Public Private Partnerships (P3s) and other forms of alternative financing,” 7:30-9 a.m. Morning Menu event hosted by MEREDA at the Clarion Hotel in Portland, explores how Maine could improve and maintain public infrastructure. Members $45 or $55, reserve by Sept. 1 at mereda.org.

Saturday 9/10

AARP Smart Driver Class, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., hosted by TRIAD at Cape Elizabeth Fire Department, 2 Jordan Way, for age 50+, $15/members or $20, to register contact Robert Libby, 799-5511, ext. 7422.

Ongoing

Maine Genealogical Society Greater Portland Chapter, 1 p.m. first Saturday, Latter Day Saints, 29 Ocean House Road, Cape Elizabeth.

Technology Assistance, Falmouth Memorial Library, 5 Lunt Road: technology help, 3-4 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

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

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

Essentials of College Planning for Adults, 10 a.m. Tuesdays by appointment, Greater Portland Career Center, 151 Jetport Blvd., Portland. Register with Randi Paine at 800-281-3703.

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

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

Unemployed Professional Group, Tuesdays, 8:30 a.m.-noon, Greater Portland CareerCenter, 151 Jetport Blvd.

Mid-Coast

Benefits

Saturday 8/27

Paws for a Cause 5K, walk and festival to benefit Coastal Humane Society of Brunswick, Discovery Park at L.L.Bean in Freeport. Live music, food trucks, demos, dog kissing booth and canine contests, coastalhumanesociety.org/paws or 449-1366 to register or donate.

Saturday 9/10

Feast to Feed fundraiser, 6-9 p.m., Cram Alumni House, 83 Federal St., Brunswick, benefits Brunswick Coastal Rotary’s projects in Africa and Guatemala and local youth backpack program. Auction, entertainment, buffet, cash bar. Tickets $15/person or $25/family, 345-9835, 346-1613.

Friday 9/16

Big Swing Golf Tournament, benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bath/Brunswick,  Brunswick Golf Club, $150 a person, $500/foursome, hole-in-one prize valued at $10K, contests, lunch, awards, prizes, bbbsbathbrunswick.org.

Sunday 9/25

Shipbuilders’ Scramble, benefits Morse All Sports Boosters, Bath Golf Club, 10 a.m. shotgun start, $280 per foursome or $70 a person, prizes, contests, assistance packages, contact Traci Footer at btfooter@comcast.net or 837-8041.

Books/Authors

Teacher Appreciation Book Sale, Twice Told Tales, 1 Pleasant St., Brunswick. With school ID, teachers, school librarians, and aides get 50 percent discount on children’s books, audio books, and videos and 20 percent off all other items through Sept. 2.

Thursday 9/1

“Ships, Swindlers and Scalded Hogs: The Rise and Fall of the Crooker Shipyard in Bath, Maine,” by Fredric B. Hill, 6-7:30 p.m., The Mustard Seed Bookstore, 74 Front St., Bath.

Sunday 9/4

Author Daniel Payne, reading and book signing, 4 p.m., Gulf of Maine Bookstore 134 Maine St., Brunswick.

The Joy of the Pen, submissions accepted Sept. 3- Oct. 1, for Maine amateur and professional writers of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, Maine-related nonfiction and teen. Enter at joyofthepen.topshamlibrary.org. Sponsored in part by the Friends of the Topsham Public Library.

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

Brunswick Farmers Market, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday and Friday, Brunswick Town Mall, through Nov. 22.

Maine Woodworking Expo, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 27, 28, Fort Andross, 14 Maine St., Brunswick.

Saturday 9/3

Yard Sale, 9 a.m.- 2 p.m., Bath Area Senior Center, 45 Floral St., Bath.  For table rental call Phyllis McNelly, 443-3773.

Orr’s Island Library Yard Sale, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Orr’s Island Library, 1699 Harpswell Islands Road (Route 24), Orr’s Island. Space available for $10 by calling John Webster at 833-5430, jwebster85@comcast.net. Rain date Sept. 4.

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.

Senior’s Bingo, 6:30 p.m., second and fourth Wednesday, Bath Area Senior Center, 45 Floral St., must be at least 16.

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

Hospice Volunteer Training Program, CHANS Home Health Care, 4-7 p.m. beginning Sept. 8 for 10 consecutive Thursdays, 45 Baribeau Drive, Brunswick. Completed application and interview required, call Margaret Zillioux, 721-1271, or email mzillioux@midcoasthealth.com.

Tri-County Literacy fall tutor training, 34 Wing Farm Parkway, Bath, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Sept. 13, 15, 17. To apply or more information, contact Marilyn Solvay, 443-6384, literacyvolunteers@tricountyliteracy.org.

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.

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.

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

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

Dining Out

Saturday 8/27

Baked Bean & Casserole Supper, 4:30-6 p.m., Bath Area Senior Center, 45 Floral St. Three kinds of beans, clam casserole, mac & cheese; adults, $8, children, $4.

Health

Ongoing

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

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

De-Stress Your Body, Wednesdays, 9-10:30 a.m., $15 per session; come once or weekly, Spectrum Generations, Southern Midcoast Community Center, 12 Main St., Topsham, 729-0475.

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

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

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

Pilates, 11 a.m. – noon Monday, Cancer Community Center, 778 Main St., South Portland, 774-2200.

Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy and Meditation, 5:30 p.m. every Monday, First Parish Church, 9 Cleaveland St., Brunswick. Explore meditation in the Buddhist tradition, suitable for both beginners and advanced students. Suggested donation $10, but all welcome.

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

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

Just for Kids

Saturday 8/27

Baby & Me, 10 a.m. Thursdays for 15 -20 minutes beginning Sept. 8, with songs, action rhymes, and board books for birth to 23 months, Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road, Topsham, 725-1727, topshamlibrary.org.

Library Legos, 1-3 p.m., up to age 13, Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road, 725-1727, topshamlibrary.org.

Music & Rhyme Time for Twos, 10:30 a.m. Thursdays for 20-30 minutes beginning Sept. 8, with music, dance and action rhymes, for 2-years-olds and their grown up, Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road, Topsham, 725-1727, topshamlibrary.org.

Preschool Storytime, 10 a.m. Wednesdays for 30-45 minutes, beginning Sept. 7, with songs, dance, instruments, action rhymes for ages 3-5, Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road, Topsham, 725-1727, topshamlibrary.org.

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, 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.

Family and friends of individuals living with mental illness support group, sponsored by National Alliance on Mental Illness. For more call Mike at 703-966-8875.

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

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

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

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

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

MidCoast Chronic Pain Support Group, open to people with chronic pain, their families and friends, first and third Mondays, 6-7:30 p.m. Mid Coast Hospital, Brunswick, 725-7854.

Mid-Coast Maine Center for Grief and Loss, hospice volunteers offer grief support programs for children, families and individuals, 45 Baribeau Drive, Brunswick, 729-3602.

Overeaters Anonymous, Mondays, 5:30 p.m., Seventh Day Adventist Church, 333 Maine St., Brunswick 837-5642; Tuesdays, noon, United Congregational Church, 150 Congress Ave., Bath, 729-3057; Thursdays, 7 p.m., St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 27 Pleasant St., Brunswick, 443-4630; Sundays, 9 a.m., 123 Medical Drive, Mid Coast Hospital, Brunswick, 729-3149.

Pet Loss Grief Support Group, Coastal Humane Society, 190 Pleasant St., Brunswick. Monthly sessions are free and open to the public, but RSVP required at coastalhumanesociety.org.

Self-healing empowerment group, Wednesdays, 9-10:30 a.m., $15, come once or weekly, Spectrum Generations, Southern Midcoast Community Center, 12 Main St., Topsham, 729-0475.

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

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

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

12-Step Recovery Program, Wednesdays 6 p.m., food, group meetings, contact Jeff Rogers, jeff4bath@yahoo.com, Compass Point Community Church, 119 Old Bath Road.

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

WIC Program, free nutritional service for income-eligible families. Provides food, formula, breastfeeding support, nutrition education and referrals for pregnant, breastfeeding or postpartum women and children up to age 5. Mid-Coast residents can call Maine Community Action at 800-221-2221 and ask for WIC.

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 in a controlling or abusive relationship, free and confidential, hosted by Mid Coast Outreach Office of Family Crisis Services, 721-0199.

Workshops/Walks/Talks

Sunday 8/28

Pejepscot Historical Society Walking tour, 1 p.m., First Parish Cemetery with Ron Romano. Meet st Chamberlain Museum, 226 Maine St., Brunswick. Admission $5; free for PHS members. RSVP by noon on Friday preceding tour, 729-6606 or info@pejepscothistorical.org.

Tuesday 8/30

“It’s My Death,” end-of-life discussion, 6 p.m., with Valerie Lovelace from charitable organization that explores the meaning of life through embracing the certainty of death, Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road, 725-1727, topshamlibrary.org.

Thursday 9/1

“Growing Up on Orr’s Island,” with Bill Cotter, 7 p.m., Orr’s Island Library, 1699 Harpswell Islands Road (Route 24), Orr’s Island, firsthand experiences from nearly a century ago.

Thursday 9/8

“Rev. Curtis Weber, Chaplain/Minister’s Role during the Civil War,” Joshua L. Chamberlain Civil War Round Table Lecture, 7 p.m., Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick, by donation.

Ongoing

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

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

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

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

Rain or Shine Club, free weekly family friendly walks 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.

Tuesday 8/30

Refresher course for iPad users on Overdrive Media Console and the Maine Infonet Download Library, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Patten Free Library, 33 Summer St., Bath. Free and open to the public, but requirements apply, rjordan@patten.lib.me.us, 443-5141, ext. 25.

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