Community Calendar: Feb. 24-March

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Greater Portland

Benefits

Supply drive to assist Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland, South Portland Public Library main branch, 482 Broadway, and Branch Library, 155 Wescott Road. Feb. 21- March 5. Call 767-7660 for items needed.

Thursday 2/25

SailMaine Winter Warm Up Party, Space Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland. Auctions, music, food, cash bar; benefits scholarship fund. Tickets $40/advance, $45/door.

Saturday 3/5

Masquerade Ball and Auction, 6-10 p.m. to benefit Maine State Ballet Theater, 348 U.S. Route One in Falmouth. Hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, dancing, silent auction. Tickets $25 at mainestateballet.org.

Tuesday 3/8

Support Greely Color Guard, all day at Ricetta’s Brick Oven Ristorante, 240 U.S. Route 1, Falmouth. Eat in or take out with a coupon from greelycolorguard51@gmail.com and a portion of the cost will be donated, 781-3100.

Saturday 3/19

Cabin Fever 15K Dash for Dyslexia, to benefit Children’s Dyslexia Center. Open to only 500 runners, the course begins and ends at Freeport Middle School. Register at runinarace.com.

Books/Authors

Adult coloring, beginning March 2 at Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Dr., every Wednesday at at 10:30 a.m. for those 18 and older. Materials provided.

Thursday 2/25

Reader’s Circle, 7 p.m., Merrill Memorial Library, 215 Main St., Yarmouth, discuss Gabrielle Zevin’s 2014 novel “The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry.” Free and open to the public.

Tuesday 3/1

“Chasing the Rabbit: A Dad’s Life Raising a Son on the Spectrum,” by Derek Volk, 6:30 p.m., First Congregational Church, Scarborough. Child care and sign language available.

Wednesday 3/2

“How to Commit (to writing) the Perfect Murder (mystery),” by author Gerard Bianco, 6:30 p.m., Cumberland Club, 116 High St., Portland,  Torchclubofmaine.org.

Bulletin Board

Saturday 2/27

Children’s Book Sale, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Prince Memorial Library, 266 Main St., Cumberland Center. Proceeds benefit youth programs.

Saturday 3/5

Book, Bake & Soup Sale, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Church of Saint Mary the Virgin, 43 Foreside Road, Falmouth, 781-3366.

Sunday 3/6

“Downton Abbey,” free screening of finale, 2 p.m., State Theater, Portland. A jazz group will perform before the show with a raffle by MPBN of an authentic Downton Abbey prop. Tickets must be reserved through mpbn.net.

Ongoing

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

Call for Volunteers

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. To attend March training call 773-0202 or email FGP@opportunityalliance.org.

Sunday 3/6

Irish Road Rover Race, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland benefit, traffic stop volunteers needed 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., volunteer@habitatme.org, 772-2151.

Maine Boat Builder’s Show, to staff the Portland event March 18-20. Free admission and T-shirt for each four-hour shift; various positions. Contact Kerry at ratigankerry@gmail.com, 615-6271; portlandcompany.com/boatShow.

Ongoing

Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter, has 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.

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. to 12:30 p.m. Mileage reimbursement offered. Contact Jennie at 878-3285.

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

Road to Recovery, American Cancer Society needs volunteers to drive cancer patients to their doctors’ appointments. 373-3700, option 3.

Dances

Ongoing

Contradance, first Saturday, Falmouth Congregational Church, 267 Falmouth Road, Falmouth. Instruction/review 7:15 p.m., main dance, 8 p.m., various fees, bajmagda@gmail.com, 358-9354.

Argentine Tango, Wednesdays, beginner lesson 7 p.m., $10; Ballroom Dance Party, 8 p.m. to midnight Saturdays, beginner lesson 7 p.m., $7; Maine Ballroom Dance, 614 Congress St., Portland.

Line Dancing, Wednesdays, 7-8 p.m. beginners; 8-9 p.m. intermediate; 9-9:30 p.m. advanced, Club 188, 188 Warren Ave., Portland.

Maplewood Dance Center, night classes followed by dance socials Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 383 Warren Ave., Portland, 878-0584, maplewooddancecenter.com.

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

Dining Out

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

Friday 2/26 

Souper Supper, 5-7 p.m., St. Mary’s, 43 Foreside Road, Falmouth. Free dinner of soup, salad, rolls, beverages and desserts.

Saturday 2/27

Mac ‘n’ cheese and bean supper, 5-6:30 p.m., First Parish Congregational Church, 116 Main St., Yarmouth. Hot dogs, homemade pies, biscuits; adults, $8, children, $4.

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

Friday 3/4

Friday Lunch, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., North Yarmouth Congregational Church, 3 Gray Road. Fish chowder, grilled crab sandwich, a special and desserts; prices vary. Take-out available.

Health

Ongoing

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

Spiritual Meditation, 4-4:45 p.m. Wednesdays, The 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.

Just for Kids

Crazy 8’s 4-H Club, explores recreational math, Portland Public Library’s Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library, 5 Monument Square, 3:30 p.m. six Wednesdays beginning Feb. 24 (no club March 30) for ages 7-12; portlandlibrary.com, 871-1700.

Support

Winter Wellness Workshop Series, Cancer Community Center, 778 Main St., South Portland. Effortless Meditation (Fridays to Feb. 26), Yoga for Well-Being (Tuesdays to March 8), Guided Self-Massage and Assisted Stretch (Wednesdays to Feb.24), cancercommunitycenter.org, 774-2200.

Grief Support Group, Wednesdays, 6-7:30 p.m. March 2-April 6, VNA Home Health Hospice Office, 50 Foden Road, South Portland. To register, call 400-8714 or email hopkinsl@emhs.org.

Peer support group for adults 19 and older who have had a friend or loved one die from an overdose, March 24-May 12. Free and facilitated by trained volunteers at the Center for Grieving Children, 555 Forest Ave., Portland, 775-5216 or sara@cgcmaine.org.

Ongoing

Cancer Community Center, daily classes, support groups, 778 Main St., South Portland, 774-2200 or http://bit.ly/1OMPZT7.

CODA: Co-Dependents Anonymous meeting every Friday 12:30-1:30 p.m., St. Dominic’s Church, Mellen St., Portland, call Elizabeth at 799-4599.

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

Family Crisis Services, local domestic violence resource center serving Cumberland County with legal help, shelter and support. 24-hour hotline 1-800-537-6066. For information about support groups held in Brunswick, Bridgton or Portland call 721-0199.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous, free 12-step program for anyone suffering from food addiction and body image issues. For more info and local meeting locations, see foodaddicts.org or call 775-2132.

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

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

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

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

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

Memory Café, 1 p.m, every second Wednesday, OceanView, Blueberry Commons, Falmouth, 781-4621.

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

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

Overeaters Anonymous/Portland, Sunday, 7 p.m., Brighton Medical Center, 335 Brighton Ave.; Tuesday and Friday, 6 p.m., Woodfords Congregational Church, 202 Woodford St.; Saturdays, 9:30 and 10 a.m., Maine Medical Center, Dana Center, 22 Bramhall St., oamaine.org.

PFLAG Support Group, 7-8:30 p.m., second Tuesday, Woodfords Congregational Church, 202 Woodford St., Portland, 831-3015, pflagportlandmaine.org.

Together With Alzheimer’s, drop-in support group for caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s/dementia, 7 p.m. every Wednesday, Sacred Heart Parish Center, Conference Room, 232 Main St. Yarmouth, ezine@catherinegentile.com.

TOPS Club, weight-loss support group chapter, Thursday, 5:15 p.m. weigh-in and meeting, Maine Medical Center, Dana Center, 22 Bramhall St., Portland, 662-2776.

Young Widows and Widowers Group open to people age 50 or younger meets twice a month Friday evenings at The Center for Grieving Children, Portland. Call Sara Asch at 775-5216 to register.

Walks/Talks/Workshops

Portland History Docent training, Thursdays Feb. 25 – April 28, 10 three-hour sessions on local history, architecture, art and effective guiding techniques in order to volunteer at one of several historic properties. See portlandhistorydocents.com to apply.

“The Vitality Prescription,” 6:30-7:30 p.m., Feb. 24, March 2, Cancer Community Center, 778 Main St., South Portland. For those struggling with cancer. Free, but registration required at http://bit.ly/1P0hu6s.

Poetry workshop series with Martin Steingesser, Portland’s first poet laureate, 6-8 p.m., March 1, 8, 15, 22, Merrill Memorial Library, 215 Main St., Yarmouth. Free, but limited to 12 participants 50 or older. Pre-registration required at the circulation desk or call 846-4763.

Wednesday 2/24

“Linked In: The Basics, How to Use in Your Business,” 5-7 p.m., Portland SCORE, 100 Middle St., free with online registration at scoremaine.com or call 772-1147 weekday mornings.

Thursday 2/25

“Social Inclusion: Breaking the Patterns of Bullying & Exclusion,” 7 p.m., Maine Coast Waldorf School, 57 Desert Road, Freeport, donations accepted at the door, MaineCoastWaldorf.org, 865-3900, ext. 105. (Snow date: March 3).

“Opiate Addiction in our Community, 7-8:30 p.m., panel discussion with local legislators, opiate addiction specialist, a Yarmouth police representative and others, Merrill Memorial Library 215 Main St., Yarmouth.

Friday 2/26

Walter Skold of Freeport, founder of Dead Poets Society of America, 6:30 p.m., Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Dr. Photos from across the U.S. of poets’ final resting places; Poe reading.

Job Interview Workshop, 9-11 a.m., The CareerCenter, just off Exit 46 of the Maine Turnpike in Portland. Explore interview preparation and practice. More at mainecareercenter.com or 822-3300.

Saturday 2/27

“Black Jacks: African American Seafaring in the age of Sail,” 1:30 p.m., in celebration of Black History Month, Wishcamper Center, Room 102, USM Campus, Portland.

Family Puppetry Workshop by Portland Ovations, 10:30 a.m. to noon, Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library, Portland.

Tuesday 3/1

“Local SEO: Use to Help Search Engines Drive Customers to Your Website,” Lunch Bytes workshop, noon to 1 p.m., Portland SCORE, 100 Middle St. Free with online registration at scoremaine.com or call 772-1147 weekday mornings.

Maine Maritime Museum Director Jason Morin, 9:30 a.m., hosted by Yarmouth Village Improvement Society at Yarmouth Town Hall, 200 Main St. Free and open to all.

Wednesday 3/2

“The Value of Exercise for Parkinson’s,” Dr. William Stamey, neurologist and specialist, 10-11 a.m., YMCA of Southern Maine, 14 Old South Freeport Road, Freeport. Includes research news and discussion. Free and open to the public.

“Business Data: How to find it,” Portland SCORE Lunch Bytes workshop noon-1 p.m., Portland Public Library, room 5. Free with online registration at scoremaine.com or call 772-1147 weekday mornings.

Scarborough Audubon Nature Center Director Linda Woodard, 7 p.m., Scarborough Historical Society, 647 Route 1, with brief meeting before program.

Thursday 3/3

“Your Business – Your Money: Financial Literacy,” 2-5 p.m., SCORE, 100 Middle St., Portland. Free with online registration at scoremaine.com or call 772-1147 weekday mornings.

“Creating a Climate for Peace,” live video conference by Peace Action Maine with 350.org founder Bill McKibbena, 7 p.m., Talbot Hall, USM Portland Campus. Free and open to the public.

Sunday 3/6

“Using Gedmatch – a 3rd party tool for Genetic Genealogists,” 1 p.m., Maine Irish Heritage Center, 34 Gray St., Portland. Kick your genetic genealogy research skills up a notch, $5 members; $10 all others.

Saturday 3/5

Beginning sheep shearing school, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wolfe’s Neck Farm, 184 Burnett Road, Freeport, $45 fee includes manual and lunch. Enrollment limited; register at http://bit.ly/1SyOQ2h.

Ongoing

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

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

Mid-Coast

Benefits

Bottle drive for new teen space at Patten Free Library, 33 Summer St., Bath. Until Feb. 29, drop off at Children’s Room entrance; West Bath Redemption Center, 340 State Road; or Bath Redemption Center, 786 Middle St., specify for Patten Free Library.

Books/Authors

Thursday 2/25

Community Poetry Reading, Ted and Ruth Bookey facilitate informal sharing of favorite poems (your own or others’), 10 a.m., The Highlands Maine Lodge, 30 Governors Way, Topsham.

Saturday 2/27

“Happy Birthday, Henry – and thank you Wes,” 7 p.m. Wesley McNair makes a final public appearance as Maine’s Poet Laureate and kicks off a poetry open mic to mark Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s 209th birthday. Unitarian Universalist Church, 1 Middle St., Brunswick.

Sunday 2/28

The Coursen Readings part four, 1 p.m., final installment features Rachel Flynn, Megan Grumbling and Marita O’Neill. Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick.

Ongoing

Great Books, 10 a.m. to 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.

Friday 3/4

Stay & Play, 10 a.m., educational and developmental toys for birth to 4 years old. Registration required at Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Rd., 725-1727, topshamlibrary.org.

Bulletin Board

Ongoing

Brunswick Toastmasters, first and third Tuesdays, 6:15-8 p.m., 8 Venture Ave., Brunswick, in former Naval base, guests welcome, 241-2294,  2156.toastmastersclubs.org.

Merriconeag Grange, first and third Thursdays, 7 p.m., 529 Harpswell Neck Road, Harpswell, trothwell62@comcast.net.

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

Call for Volunteers

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 needs volunteers at ReStore in Topsham, especially help with receiving, cleaning, displays, and customer service; 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.

Parkview Adventist Medical Center needs gift shop volunteers, four-hour shifts mornings, afternoons and early evenings, Monday through Friday, every other Sunday 1-4 p.m. 373-4518 or visit the gift shop at 329 Maine St., Brunswick.

Pejepscot Historical Society needs volunteer tour guides for the upcoming season at Skolfield-Whittier House and Joshua L. Chamberlain Museum and volunteer staff for Chamberlain Museum gift shop, 729-6606.

People Plus Center, ongoing opportunities, 35 Union St., Brunswick, ask for Joe or Frank at 729-0757.

Red Cross Blood Drives, redcrossblood.org, 1-800-RED CROSS.

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

Sexual Assault Support Services of Mid Coast Maine needs volunteers to provide support and information to callers on 24-hour hotline, 725-2181, 594-8580 or 338-4622, clientservices@sassmm.org.

SEARCH Program of Greater Bath is looking for volunteers a few hours a week to assist seniors by providing companionship, transportation, assistance with errands, 837-8810, cszalay@ccmaine.org.

Tri-County Literacy seeks volunteer tutors to work with adults in the community, 443-6384, literacyvolunteers@tricountyliteracy.org.

Dances

Ongoing

Free Community Square Dance, hosted by SAGE Square and Round Dance Club, 6:30-7:30 p.m., first Tuesday of the month during the school year, Woodside Elementary School, 42 Barrows Dr., Topsham. Singles, couples, families welcome, 939-0412, csage.squaredanceme.us.

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

Dining Out

Lenten Haddock Suppers, St. Charles Borromeo Church, 132 McKeen St., Brunswick, 5-6:30 p.m., Fridays, Feb. 26, March 4, 11, 18. Haddock, mashed, veg, slaw; pizza at reduced price. Adults, $8, children $4. Benefits local nonprofits.

Saturday 2/27

Baked Bean & Casserole Supper, 4:30 – 6 p.m., Bath Area Senior Activity Center, 45 Floral St., Bath. Three kinds of beans, hot dogs, clam casserole, mac & cheese. Adults, $8, children, $4.

Friday 3/4

Friday Lunch, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., North Yarmouth Congregational Church, 3 Gray Road. Fish chowder, crab sandwiches, a special and dessert. Take-out available.

Ongoing

Public Chowder Luncheon, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. every Friday, North Deering Congregational Church, 1364 Washington Ave., Portland. Haddock chowder  lobster roll or combo. Ala carte pricing, $6-$13. Take out available.

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. to 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. to noon Sundays, Shambhala Center, 19 Mason St., Brunswick, 729-7402.

Hooptydoo Hula-Hoop Class, all ages and skill levels welcome, $10, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Bath Dance Works, 72 Front St., Third Floor, Bath, 808-281-6451, hooptydoo@gmail.com.

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

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

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

Just for Kids

Friday 2/26

“Drawing Comics in Manga Style,” 3:30 p.m., learn to create manga characters at Patten Free Library, 33 Summer St., Bath. Free and open to teens in seventh grade and older. Pre-registration required, 443-5141, ext. 12.

Support

Ongoing

Adoption support group for adult adoptees, adoptive parents, birth parents and those whose lives are touched by adoption. Monthly meetings, Mae’s Cafe, 160 Centre St., Bath, 443-9876.

All Addictions Anonymous Big Book Step Study group, 5:30-7 p.m., Mondays  at Brunswick Adventist Church, 333 Maine St. Members of any 12-step group welcome. FMI, call 400-6320.

Care support group, Sexual Assault Support Services of Midcoast Maine and Mid Coast Hospital provide an education-based support group for survivors of sexual violence who are pregnant; participants may bring a support person. 373-6500 or 725-2181.

Communicate after stroke support group, first and third Tuesdays, September to May, 1-2 p.m., free, friends/family welcome, Mid Coast Hospital, 1st floor conference room, 81 Medical Center Dr., Brunswick. FMI or sign-up, call Dimitra Toothaker, 373-6175; Robert Lundstrom, 371-2936; or Doris Armstrong, 725-2618.

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 Dr., Brunswick, 721-1357.

H.O.P.E. (Healing of Persons Exceptional) wellness support group, St. Matthews Episcopal Church, 20 Union St., Hallowell, 2nd and 4th Wednesdays 6:30-8:30 p.m., call 890-3673.

Memory Café, 11 a.m., fourth Wednesday, Mae’s Cafe and Baker, 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Women with Cancer Support Group is open to women diagnosed with any type of cancer, at any age, meets third Tuesdays, 3 p.m., board room of MidCoast Hospital, 123 Medical Center Drive, Brunswick, 373-6540.

Women’s Circle, for women in a controlling or abusive relationship who need support, free and confidential, hosted by Mid Coast Outreach Office of Family Crisis Services, 721-0199.

Walks/Talks/Workshops

Merrymeeting Adult Education in Topsham, early spring courses now starting. Call 729-7323 or see merrymeeting.org for more.

Nurturing Parenting Program, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Monday March 7, 14, 21,  Families CAN! at Midcoast Maine Community Action, 34 Wing Farm Parkway, Bath. Free program, childcare and dinner. Call Dawn to register, 442-7963, ext. 230.

Sunday 2/28

“Fix It: Healthcare At The Tipping Point,” 2-4 p.m., Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick. Maine premiere and facilitated discussion, 729-2809. Free and open to the public.

Thursday 3/3

“Weather 101” with forecaster Lexie O’Connor, 7 p.m., overview of Maine’s weather and diverse climate and how to understand a forecast. Orr’s Island Library, 1699 Harpswell Islands Road, Orr’s Island.

Saturday 3/5

State Sen. Stan Gerzofsky, available 10 a.m. – noon, Little Dog Coffee Shop,  Maine Street, Brunswick. Gerzofsky represents Brunswick, Freeport, Harpswell, North Yarmouth and Pownal.

Sunday 3/6

Postponed from Feb 21: guided 2.5-mile, two-hour scenic hike along Peterson Canal. Meet at 11 a.m. across from the boat launch to the New Meadows Lake on Old Brunswick Road, Bath. See kennebecestuary.org for conditions, a map and ride-sharing.

“Basic Pruning Techniques,” hands-on gardening workshop, 2-3:30 p.m., hosted by Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust’s Tom Settlemire Community Garden at St. Pauls Episcopal Church, corner Pleasant and Union streets, Brunswick, $5 suggested donation. btlt.org/gardening-workshops, 798-5899.

Tuesday 3/8

“Staffordshire Pottery in America,” 6:30 p.m., Topsham Historical Society, illustrated author talk on Staffordshire transferware and its historic use in the Topsham area and elsewhere. Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Rd., 725-1727, topshamlibrary.org.

Ongoing

Cathance River Education Alliance Ecology Center, Topsham. Open house, noon to 2 p.m. each Sunday; guided walks with snowshoes available 9 a.m. third Sunday. For directions see creamaine.org/ or email crea@creamaine.org.

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

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

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

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

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

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