Community Calendar: Feb. 1-11

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Greater Portland

Benefits

Saturday 2/4

2017 Camp Sunshine Portland Polar Dip, East End Beach, Portland. Registration begins at 1 p.m., dip at 2 p.m. Proceeds allow kids with life-threatening illnesses and their families to spend a free week at Camp Sunshine. RSVP at freezinforareason.com, click on the Portland Polar Dip.

Sunday 2/26

Fuel the Bern 5K race, 8 a.m., Portland’s Back Cove, benefits Planned Parenthood, runners asked to donate what they can, $25 suggested. Register through Facebook or “Fuel The Bern 5K” on eventbrite. FMI, Myles Courtney, 671-2127, courtney.myles@gmail.com.

Books/Authors

Saturday 2/4

Book launch party and shelter drive, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Thomas Memorial Library, Cape Elizabeth, with Brenda Sturgis, author of “Still a Family.” Reading, crafts, gingerbread people, for children 3 and older. Also collecting toiletries for Preble Street.

Monday 2/6 

“Replanting Lives Uprooted by Mental Illness, a Practical Guide for Families,” with author Nancy Boucher, 6 p.m., Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Drive.

Winter Reading Program, South Portland Public Library, Main and branch locations. Children and teens have until March 4 to complete 10-15 activities for prizes and/or raffle.

Tuesday 2/7

Poet Wesley McNair, 7 p.m., Merrill Memorial Library, 215 Main St., Yarmouth, special Valentine reading, free and open to the public.

Thursday 2/9

“Young Ideas: Twelve Extraordinarily Thought-Provoking Essays (and 58 Others) by an Exceptionally Ordinary Human Being,” by author Andy Young, 6:30 p.m., Author Talk Series at Prince Memorial Library, 829-2215, 266 Main St., Cumberland.

Saturday 2/11

Author talk with Mary Lawrence, 2 p.m., South Portland Public Library, 482 Broadway, author of Bianca Goddard mysteries historical fiction series.

Monday 2/13

“Last Voyage of the Hornet,” 6:30 p.m., author talk by Kristin Krause Nam of Durham, Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Drive. True story of Freeport Capt. Josiah Mitchell, whose ship, the Hornet, burned in the Pacific in 1866.

Ongoing

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

First Tuesday Book Club, Maine Charitable Mechanic Association, noon, Mechanics’ Hall, 519 Congress St., Portland.

LGBTQ Teen Book Group, 2:30-3:30 p.m., third Saturdays, Portland Public Library.

Literary Lunch, new literary series, noon, Portland Public Library. Feb. 22: David and Carl Little talk about “The Art of Acadia” with Bob Keyes. Meets last Wednesday of the month.

Teen Writing Crew, 1:30-2:30 p.m. second Saturday and 4:30-5:30 p.m. additional Tuesday each month, Portland Public Library, through June, teens@portlandpubliclibrary.org, 871-1700, ext. 773.

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

Portland Winter Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, Swallowtail Farm’s Milk & Honey Café, 84 Cove St., East Bayside, through April 22. For more, contact Mary Ellen Chadd at maryellenchadd@gmail.com or 799-4784.

Saturday 2/4

Sleigh Day, in conjunction with Skyline Farm Carriage Museum’s new exhibit, “Recollections: Horse & Sleigh Days,”95 The Lane, North Yarmouth. Noon-3 p.m., mini horse and draft horse sleigh rides, $5-$25; 12:30 p.m., demo using 19th century skills and vintage sleighs; 2 p.m. guided snowshoe tour.

Sunday 2/5

Super Bowl Party, 5 p.m. til post game, American Legion Post # 76, 42 Manson Libby Road, Scarborough Industrial Park. Pot luck, door prizes, raffles, open to the public.

Saturday 2/11

Lincoln Club Dinner, Italian Heritage Center, Portland. Cocktail hour, 6 p.m., with displays of Lincoln memorabilia; buffet begins at 7 p.m., followed by lecture. Tickets $40, call Halsey Frank, 712-5336, limited number at the door. Snow date Feb. 12.

Ongoing

Cumberland County Retired Educators Association, meets second Thursday at 11 a.m. for lunch at Fireside Inn, Riverside Street, Portland. Open to all retired teachers.

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

Tri-Town Penguins Snowmobile Club (Durham, Freeport, Pownal), 7 p.m., last Tuesday through April, Durham Fire Station, 615 Hallowell Road. New members always welcome, contact Duncan Daly, 865-6188, or Mike Yates, 865-3555.

Call for Volunteers

Maine Boat Builder’s Show seeking volunteers March 24-26  at the Portland Sports Complex. For more, contact Kerry Ratigan, ratigankerry@gmail.com, 615-6271, portlandcompany.com/boatShow.

Maine Flower Show needs volunteers to work March 30-April 2 at Thompson’s Point, Portland. For more, contact Kerry Ratigan at ratigankerry@gmail.com, or 615-6261, or see maineflowershow.com.

Portland History Docents, 10-week training begins Feb. 23 for volunteers at historic Portland sites, including Victoria Mansion, Greater Portland Landmarks, Maine Historical Society, portlandhistorydocents.org.

Monday 2/13

Red Cross Blood Drive, 1-6 p.m., Latter Day Saints Church, 247 Route 115, North Yarmouth. For an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS. or just walk in.

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, contact Lisa Crowley at 829-3367,  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 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 wanted to make a difference while earning extra money. Foster Grandparents help in schools, Senior Companions visit adult day programs or homes, 773-0202,  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.

MedHelp Maine is seeking volunteers to help expand prescription assistance programs throughout the state and create a specialized pharmacy to collect unused prescription drugs for needy patients. Call 793-4462.

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

Dances

Ongoing

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

Dining Out

Friday 2/3

Buffet-style Friday lunch,11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., North Yarmouth Congregational Church, 3 Gray Road, North Yarmouth. Haddock chowder, chili, biscuits, donations appreciated.

Saturday 2/4

Public Supper, 4:30-6 p.m., Cape Elizabeth United Methodist Church, 280 Ocean House Road (Route 77), serving casseroles, beans, salads, breads and pies. Adults $8, kids $5, take-out available.

Bean Supper, 4-6 p.m., Scarborough Free Baptist Church, 55 Mussey Road. Includes dogs, biscuits & brown bread, chop suey, slaw for a suggested donation of $8/adults, $4/kids under 12. Eat in or take out.

Pork Loin Supper, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Stewart P. Morrill Post 35, 413 Broadway, South Portland. Includes mashed, veg, cake. Adults $8, children 5-12, $3.

Wednesday 2/8

Variety Dinner, 5-6:30 p.m. every Wednesday, VFW Post 832, 50 Peary Terrace, South Portland, menu varies, $7.

Saturday 2/11

Baked bean supper, 5-6:30 p.m. Casco Masonic Lodge, 20 Mill St., Yarmouth. Three kinds of beans, dogs, mac & cheese, slaw, homemade biscuits and pies. Cost $10, children 5-12, $4.

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 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.

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

Restorative yoga, gentle approach recommended for stress reduction and healing, drop-in class 9-10:15 a.m. every Thursday, Cancer Community Center, 778 Main St., South Portland, 774-2200. Free.

Spiritual Meditation, 4-4:45 p.m. Wednesdays, 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, 9-10 a.m., Thursdays during the school year, Wolfe’s Neck Farm, 184 Burnett Road, Freeport, $5/child, wolfesneckfarm.org/farmer-for-the-morning.

Saturday 2/4

Miss Lisa’s Songs & Stories, 10:30 a.m., Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Drive. Infants through preschoolers invited to sing and listen to old and new favorites.

Tuesday 2/7

Henna tattoo artist rescheduled, 2:30-4:30 p.m., Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Drive, for teens in grades 6-12. Learn about the art form and get a free tattoo. Must bring signed parental consent form, available at the Children’s Desk, 865-3307.

Thursday 2/9

“Good Night, Cape Elizabeth,” 6-7 p.m., Cape Elizabeth Land Trust, 330 Ocean House Road, ages 2-6 invited to bedtime hour about winter animals in Maine, with stories, a craft, and a visit outdoors to look for animal signs. Come in pajamas and bring a snack. Parents or guardians required. Register 48 hours in advance through Community Services, program #73-353.

Ongoing

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

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.

Baby and Parent Get Together, 11:30 a.m., Tuesdays, Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Drive. Parents, grandparents and caregivers are invited to come with babies up to 18 months listen to music, play and meet new people

Lego Club, Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Drive, 3:30-4:30 p.m. first Wednesday through April. Open play, all Legos provided for children age 5-11, must be accompanied by an adult.

Yoga for Kids, Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Drive, 10:30 a.m. first Tuesday.

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

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

Teen Writing Crew, 1:30-2:30 p.m., second Saturday, plus 4:30-5:30 p.m. an additional Tuesday, S. Donald Sussman Teen Library at Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square

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

Friday 2/13

National Alliance on Mental Illness support group for family and friends, 6:30-8 p.m., Dana Center, 22 Bramhall St., Portland. FMI, 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 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.

Center for Autism and Related Disorders Portland, support group for caregivers of those with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities, 6 p.m., second Tuesday of the month, Easter Seals Maine, 25 Presumpscot St., Portland.  For more, contact Lindsay Payeur at 573-7424.

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.

Families of people with dementia support group 4-5 p.m. second and fourth Tuesdays, St. Joseph’s Rehab and Residence, 1133 Washington Ave., Portland.

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

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.

Memory Café, 1 p.m, second Wednesday, OceanView, Blueberry Commons, Falmouth, 781-4621; noon, first Wednesday, Port Resources, 280B Gannett Drive, South Portland with pizza lunch, 828-0048; 11:30 a.m., fourth Tuesday, Bay Square at Yarmouth, 27 Forest Falls Dr., 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, 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, Equality Community Center, 511 Congress St., Portland, (new location), 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.

Speaking Up for Us of Maine, Portland chapter of statewide, self-advocacy organization for those with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, 10:30 a.m.-noon, second & fourth Tuesday, Port Credit Union, 285 Forest Ave., Portland, sufumaine.org.

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

Tender Living Care, for families facing serious illness, 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, 555 Forest Ave., Portland, 775-5216, 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.

Yarmouth Cares About Neighbors, connects resources such as clothing, heating assistance, food and rides with the people who need them, https://ycan.info/.

Workshops/Walks/Talks

Spirits Alive at Eastern Cemetery,winter lecture series, 1:30 p.m. Saturdays Feb. 25 & March 25, Wishcamper Center, USM, Bedford Street, Portland. Free and open to the public.

Scarborough Kiwanis Club guest speakers: Feb. 10, Carole Brush, executive director, Eastern Trail; Feb. 17, JoEllen Weeks-Clive, technology integrator, Scarborough schools; Feb. 24, Ryan Fecteau, Good Shepherd Food Bank. Members meet noon- 1 p.m. Fridays at The Egg & I, Route One, Scarborough, public welcome.

Winter Walking, 6:30-7:30 a.m. Monday-Friday through Feb. 17, Reiche Community Center Gym, 156 Clark St., Portland. No outdoor shoes allowed, free.

Saturday 2/4

“Animal Tracking for Families,” 9:30-10:30 a.m., Great Pond, with Cape Elizabeth Land Trust. Children must be at least 6 and accompanied by an adult. Warm, dry clothing and footwear required. Register through Community Services; program #73-352.

“Land Records and Deed Platting,” part 2, 12:30 p.m., hands-on workshop with Will Haskell, genealogist and civil engineer. Greater Portland Chapter of the Maine Genealogical Society, First Congregational Church, 301 Cottage Road, South Portland. Free and open to the public. Meets first Saturday of the month, 409-6205.

Family Winter Walk, 10-11 a.m., Scarborough Land Trust at Pleasant Hill Preserve, Pleasant Hill Road, celebrates statewide Great Maine Outdoors Weekend. Limited parking, carpooling encouraged.

Tuesday 2/7

Arctic Observations with Peter Ralston, a photographic journey, 7- 8:30 p.m., Freeport Community Center, 53 Depot St.

“To Prune or Not to Prune,” with Andrew Gabrielson, Yarmouth’s new tree warden and gardener,  9:30 a.m. coffee; 10 a.m. speaker. Hosted by the Village Improvement Society at Yarmouth Town Hall.

Thursday 2/9

“We Won’t Go Back: Reports from the 2017 Women’s March,” 7 p.m., Wishcamper Center room 102, USM Portland Campus. Featuring stories by activists back from the Women’s Marches in DC, Augusta, Boston and beyond.

Friday 2/10

Full Moon Viewing, 7-8:30 p.m., hosted by CELT at Trundy Point Beach, Cape Elizabeth. Telescope and astronomer will be on site along with a warming bonfire. Cloud-dependent, back-up date Feb. 11. Register with Community Services, program #73-162.

Saturday 2/11

Veterans Home Buying Collaboration, free seminar to help veterans understand VA Loans, 10 a.m.-noon, Room 133 at USM’s Wishcamper Center, 34 Bedford St., Portland, register at http://usm.maine.edu/veterans/home-buying-seminar.

Ongoing

Maine Genealogical Society Greater Portland Chapter, 1 p.m., first Saturday, South Portland Congregational Church, 301 Cottage Road, 3rd floor, South Portland.

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

Guided nature programsWolfe’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.

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/.

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

Books/Authors

Love Your Library, during February, Patten Free Library, 33 Summer St., Bath, will be selling $1 red hearts for patrons to purchase and show how much they love their library.

Tuesday  2/7

“Irena’s Children: The Extraordinary Story of the Woman Who Saved 2,500 Children from the Warsaw Ghetto and The Hotel on Place Vendome: Life, Death, and Betrayal at the Hotel Ritz in Paris,” by author Tilar Mazzeo, 6 p.m., Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road. Free and open to the public.

Thursday 2/9

Former Maine Poet Laureate Wesley McNair, 2 p.m., Patten Free Library, 33 Summer St., Bath. Love poems in anticipation of Valentine’s Day, including his relationship with a rescue dog, honeymoon misadventures and his attraction to the British woman on his GPS. Followed by refreshments and book signing.

Ongoing

Tea With Harriet, monthly tea and conversation about Harriet Beecher Stowe, 1-2:30 p.m., third Thursday, 63 Federal St., Brunswick, in the home where Stowe lived and wrote “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.”

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.

Rare Reads, 2 p.m. or 6 p.m., third Tuesday, discuss unusual and interesting literature, Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road, topshamlibrary.org/rare-reads.

Read Between the Panels, 6 p.m. fourth Tuesday until May, Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road. Those who love art and literature discuss all things graphic novel, from classic comic book collections to the latest fiction.

The Writers’ Meetup, 6 p.m. first Tuesday, network over coffee and snacks,  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. monthly for sixth-and seventh-graders. 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, 725-1727, topshamlibrary.org.

Bulletin Board
 
Community Cats Program, Community Spay-Neuter Clinic of Bath looking for barn, feral or stray cats in West Bath, Phippsburg, Georgetown, Richmond, Monmouth and Waldoboro for neutering and rabies vaccination. For more, see Facebook or communityspayneuterclinic.com.
 
Saturday 2/4
 
50/50 Style Bingo, 1-3 p.m., Bath Area Senior Citizens Center, 45 Floral St., doors open at noon, must be 16 or older.
Sunday 2/5
Coin & Stamp Show, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Exhibition Hall, Topsham Fairgrounds, Topsham, 43+ tables, silent auction, door prizes, brunswickmainecoinclub.com.
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.

People Plus community center, 35 Union St., Brunswick. Offers fitness, classes, socials, meals, sports, travel and more, peopleplusmaine.org.

Senior’s Bingo, 6:30 p.m., second and fourth Wednesday, Bath Area Senior Center, 45 Floral St., age 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
 
Beacon Hospice urgently needs volunteers to help terminally ill and their families from Yarmouth to Topsham, especially veterans willing to visit fellow vet, pet therapy providers and in the office. Three-hour classes start in February for seven weeks, schedules accommodated. For more, call Volunteer Coordinator Donna Teague at 772-0929.
Wednesday 2/8 

Red Cross Blood Drive, 1-6 p.m., Bath K of C, 807 Middle St. Call 800-RED-CROSS for an appointment or drop in.

Ongoing

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

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

ArtVan Programm 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, 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, 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: ReStore, 126 Main St, Topsham. Four-hour shifts available Wednesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Contact ReStore manager Michele Ober at 504-9341 or michele@habitat7rivers.org.

Habitat for Humanity/7 Rivers Maine: volunteer construction opportunities in Brunswick, 504-9340, habitat7rivers.org and at ReStore, 126 Main St., Topsham, 504-9335; michele@habitat7rivers.org.

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

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, ask for Joe or Frank at 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.

Tax-Aide AARP Foundation program, volunteer tax-preparers, contact Joan Jagolinzer at jagolinzer@gwi.net, visit aarpfoundation.org/taxaide or call 888-687-2277.
Tri-County Literacy, will train tutors to work with adults, 443-6384, literacyvolunteers@tricountyliteracy.org.

Dances

Tuesday 2/7

SAGE Square Dance,  6:30-7:30 p.m., Woodside Elementary School, 42 Barrows Drive, Topsham. No experience necessary, casual dress, 939-0412, http://sage.squaredanceme.us/.

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

“Lunch with Friends,” noon Tuesday, Feb. 7 & 14, Bailey Island Union Church. Free drop-in lunch for Harpswell seniors, snow date Thursdays. FMI call Surrey Hardcastle, 833-0092, surreysh@comcast.net.

Saturday 2/11

“Good Food and Good Friends,” 5-6:30 p.m., Brunswick United Methodist Church, corner of 320 Church and Raymond roads. Includes beans, salads, casseroles, homemade pies, reservations accepted but not required, 725-2185, adults $8, children $4.

Health

2017 Pledge to Self: $10 Community Acupuncture, 4-7 p.m. Mondays in January, hs-acupunture.com, 54 Cumberland St., Brunswick.

Tuesday 2/7 

Walk the labyrinth, noon-7 p.m., First Parish Church, UCC, 9 Cleaveland St., Brunswick. Unlike a maze, no tricks or dead ends, allowing the mind to relax while breath and body settle into a comfortable pace. FMI, labyrinth@firstparish.net, 729-7331, or firstparish.net/labyrinth/.

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, 9-10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, $15 a session, 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.

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

Ongoing

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-years-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.

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.

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, 837-3581; Wednesdays, 7 p.m., Topsham Medical Building, 4 Horton Place, 528-5550; Fridays, 6 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 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 Dr., 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.

Multiple Sclerosis Society, coffee and conversation group, first Tuesday 10:30 a.m.-noon, Handy’s Market, 367 Main St., Yarmouth, cafandconyar@gmail.com.

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.

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.

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.

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

Active Parenting Program for parents of children ages 5-12, with free program, childcare and dinner, 5:30-8 p.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 1, 8, Families CAN! at Midcoast Maine Community Action, 34 Wing Farm Parkway, Bath. To register, call Dawn at 442-7963, ext.230.

Maine Court Appointed Special Advocates training for volunteers March 7-10 in the Augusta area. Learn about child advocacy to be certified as a guardian ad litem for the Maine District. For more, see casaofmaine.org.

Winter Gardening Workshop Series, 2-3:30 p.m. Sundays through March 26, hosted by Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, corner of Pleasant & Union, Brunswick. Feb.12: Pest and Disease Control. By donation, btlt.org/gardening-workshops, FMI, Linton Studdiford, 798-5899 or lintonstuddiford@gmail.com.

Winter Wisdom 2017, Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick, six weeks of lectures on various topics, 12:15-1:45 p.m. Wednesdays through Feb. 15, free and open to the public, sponsored by the Highlands.

Saturday 2/4

Explore Squam Creek Preserve on Westport Island, 9:30 a.m., hosted by the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust, which is acquiring the property. Snowshoe, hike or sled. Free and open to all ages. RSVP to Becky Kolak at bkolak@kennebecestuary.org, 442-8400, kennebecestuary.org.

Sunday 2/5

Explore Bath’s Peterson Canal meet at 11 a.m., across from the boat launch to the New Meadows Lake on Old Brunswick Road in Bath. For more and to confirm conditions, check kennebecestuary.org. Will be rescheduled for Sunday, Feb. 12 if ice is not thick enough.

Free snowshoeing, 1-3 p.m., Mitchell Field, Harpswell All ages and experience levels welcome. Snowshoes of all sizes available; event is snow dependent. FMI, hhltmaine.org, 837-9613, outreach@hhltmaine.org.

Monday 2/6

“American Security in the 21st Century,” Ambassador Laurence Pope, Bowdoin College Class of 1967, 7:30 p.m., Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center, Bowdoin College, Brunswick.

Tuesday 2/7

“What should land managers and land owners consider as they begin to control the invasive plants on a piece of property?” 6-7:30 p.m., Harpswell Heritage Land Trust, 153 Harpswell Neck Road. Free workshop by Harpswell Invasive Plant Partnership, hhltmaine.org, 837-9613, outreach@hhltmaine.org.

 

Wednesday 2/8

Topsham Garden Club, Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road, noon, bring-your-own lunch; 1:30 p.m., program by Midcoast Lyme Disease Support & Education.

Thursday 2/9

“They Met At Appomattox Court House,” Joshua L. Chamberlain Civil War Round Table Lecture, 7 p.m., Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick, free and open to the public.

“Harriet Beecher Stowe: Outspoken Advocate,” Pejepcot Historical Society History Happy Hour, 5-7 p.m., Brunswick Inn, 165 Park Row. Guest speaker is Cathi Belcher, site manager of Harriet’s Writing Room at the Stowe House, $5 cover benefits PHS; cash bar.

Friday 2/10

Moonlit cross-country ski or snowshoe, 5:30-7 p.m., Curtis Farm Preserve, Harpswell. Free, with snacks and hot drinks provided, dogs welcome. Bring a headlamp or flashlight, weather dependent, hhltmaine.org, 837-9613, outreach@hhltmaine.org.

Sunday 2/12 

“Georgetown Maine – History and Genealogy,” monthly meeting of the Pejepscot Genealogical Society, 2 p.m., Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick, brief social period before and after, all welcome.

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 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.

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

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.

Friends of Merrymeeting Bay Winter Speaker Series, 7 p.m. second Wednesday through May. Feb. 8: “Talking Fish-Heads,” with Nate Gray, DMR fishery biologist and Doug Watts, river activist and author, Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick.

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