Community Calendar: Feb. 6-15

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Greater Portland

Books/Authors

Tuesday 2/5

“Birth, Death and a Tractor: Connecting an Old Farm to a New Family,” author talk with Kelly Payson-Roopchand, 6:30 p.m., South Portland Public Library, 482 Broadway, story of a small family farm in Maine. Snow date Feb. 12.

Thursday 2/7

“Churchill & Orwell: The Fight For Freedom,” by Thomas E. Ricks, Nonfiction Readers Circle, 7 p.m., Yarmouth History Center, 118 East Elm St.

Monday 2/11

“The Eastern” novels, author talk by Deb Gould, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Dr.

Thursday 2/14 

“Poetry in the Library: Love’s NOT Time’s Fool,” 7 p.m., Merrill Memorial Library, 215 Main St., Yarmouth, by Acorn Productions’ Naked Shakespeare. Free and open to the public.

Ongoing

Morning Book Group, 9:30-11 a.m. second Wednesday, Thomas Memorial Library, 6 Scott Dyer Rd., Cape Elizabeth, thomasmemoriallibrary.org.

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

Evening Book Group, 7-8:30 p.m., third Thursday, Thomas Memorial Library,  Cape Elizabeth.

Come! Sit! Read!, reading dog program, 3:30-5 p.m. first and third Tuesdays, Portland Public Library; 3-4 p.m. first and third Mondays, Riverton Branch Library, registration required, portlandlibrary.com/highlight/come-sit-read.

Journaling in the Library, 5:30-7 p.m., third Wednesday, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, for teens and adults.

Many Voices Teen Book Group, 1-2 p.m., last Saturday, Portland Public Library, open to ages 12-19 interested in exploring diversity through contemporary YA fiction, teens@portlib.org, 871-1700, ext. 773.

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

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

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

Betsy Ross House Book Group, 1:30 p.m. first Thursday, hosted by South Portland Library at Betsy Ross House in South Portland. Members choose books that are part of the mainstream cultural current, 767-7660, bit.ly/2EUGguO.

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

Morning Book Group, 10:30 a.m. third Tuesday, South Portland Public Library, informal group where newcomers always welcome, southportlandlibrary.com/book-groups.

The Branch Book Group, 6 p.m. first Monday, Memorial Branch Library, 155 Wescott Road, South Portland, new members always welcome, 775-1835.

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

Bulletin Board

Sacred Harp Singing, 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays, First Parish
Church, 425 Congress St., Portland. Open community singing, free, all welcome.

Saturday 2/9

Winter Cribbage Tournament, 9 a.m.-noon, Congregational Church, 3 Gray Road, North Yarmouth, $10, walk-ins welcome.

Lincoln Club Annual Dinner, 6 p.m., Italian Heritage Center, outer Congress Street, Portland. Honors 16th president and Republican Party with elected officials, guest speakers, awards. Tickets $35, call Barbara Harvey at 837-2400. Snow date Feb. 10.

Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration, 10:30 a.m., Merrill Memorial Library, 215 Main St., Yarmouth, craft tutorials to celebrate The Year of the Pig, all ages welcome.

Wednesday 2/13

South Portland Democratic Committee, 6:30 p.m., South Portland Community Center, 21 Nelson Rd. Speakers will include Christopher O’Connor, organizer for Gov. Janet Mills’ inauguration and ball.

Ongoing

Chess Club, Thomas Memorial Library, 9-11 a.m. Saturdays, 6 Scott Dyer Rd., Cape Elizabeth, for enthusiasts of all ages.

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, Duncan Daly, 865-6188/713-3116.

Portland Winter Market, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, 631 Stevens Ave. in the former Maine Girls’ Academy gym, to April 20, portlandmainefarmersmarket.org.

Bingo, 5-9:30 p.m. Wednesdays, hosted by Scarborough Lions at John Roberts Rd. Bingo Hall, 201 John Roberts Rd., So. Portland, bit.ly/2Spel9b.

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

Scarborough Kiwanisnoon-1 p.m. every Friday, The Egg & I, 183 US Route One, Scarborough, breakfast and featured speaker, public welcome, FMI call Joyce Leary Clark at 329-8488 or jlclark@maine.rr.com.

Maine Genealogical Society, 12:30 p.m. first Saturday, First Congregational Church, 301 Cottage Rd., South Portland. Free, guests welcome.

Call for Volunteers

Fresh Air Families Wanted: host a child this summer by contacting Katrina Cash-Staley at 420-5795 or see freshair.org.

Portland History Docents Classes, Thursday mornings Feb. 28-May 2, Maine Historical Society, $30. For new prospective volunteer guides at nine historic sites, portlandhistorydocents.org/about.

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 a child a few hours each month, 773-5437, somebigs.org.

Cumberland Area Rides and Aging in Place need drivers, companions, and others to help older residents in Cumberland/N. Yarmouth. Drivers contact 829-3367, cumberlandrides@gmail.com. Other volunteers contact AIP@cumberlandmaine.com, 245-8033, www.AIPCumberland.org.

HART Cat Shelter: Ongoing need for morning volunteers, 302 Range Road, Cumberland. Apply at hartofme.com or 829-4116.

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

Portland Area Villages seeks volunteers to help seniors age in place, including transportation, errands, calls/visits, light housework and gardening, 370-1896, info@portlandareavillages.org to learn more.

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

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

Walk to End Alzheimer’s Planning Committee, members needed to commit a few hours a month as committee chairs, sponsors, recruitment, marketing & outreach, advocacy, mission, and logistics, dwyman@alz.org, 772-0115, bit.ly/2Lav4bK.

Dining Out

Saturday 2/9

Fish Chowder Luncheon, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., South Freeport Congregational Church, 98 South Freeport Rd., $10, takeout available.

Saturday 2/10

Pancake Breakfast, 7:30-11 a.m., Cape Elizabeth Lions Clubhouse, 1 Wheeler Rd. Includes french toast, eggs and sausage, adults/$7, kids/$5.

Ongoing

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

Health

Ongoing

AARP/Alzheimer’s Association Resource Finder, programs, events, services, housing options, www.communityresourcefinder.org.

Dempsey Center, free wellness classes, complementary therapies, nutritional counseling for cancer patients and their families, 778 Main St., South Portland, www.dempseycenter.org, 774-2200.

Introduction to the Dempsey Center – South Portland: Tuesdays, 4:30 p.m.; Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m.; Thursdays, 3 p.m. Comprehensive overview of free services available, register online or call 774-2200.

Mammograms/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

Farmyard Storytime, Wolfe’s Neck Center, 10-10:30 a.m. Feb. 12 & 26, ages 6 & under with parents. Free.

Thursday 2/7

Instrument Petting Zoo, 3:45-5:45 p.m., Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St., Portland, free music workshop for elementary and middle school students. Free, francescahouran@gmail.com or text 749-8740 for details.

Saturday 2/9

Book Sale and Valentine Making Party, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., for kids and young adults, Prince Memorial Library, 266 Main St., Cumberland.

Sock Monkey Saturday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St., Portland. Free and open to ages 7 and up; bring a sharp pair of scissors and a clean pair of socks.

Monday 2/11

Drawing You In Illustrator Series: Melanie Kim, graphic novel illustrator, 3:15-4:30 p.m., Merrill Memorial Library, 215 Main St., Yarmouth. Free, open to tweens & teens.

Saturday 2/16

Farmer for the Morning, Wolfe’s Neck Center, 184 Burnett Rd., Freeport, 10-11 a.m., ages 6 & under with parents, $5, wolfesneck.org/calendar.

Ongoing

Anime Club, 2:30-4 p.m. Mondays, Thomas Memorial Library, 6 Scott Dyer Rd., Cape Elizabeth. Age 13 and up can watch, craft, and generally geek out over all things Anime and Manga, no registration required.

Chess Club, 9-11 a.m., Thomas Memorial Library, all ages welcome to drop in.

Crafternoons, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Thursdays, Thomas Memorial Library, drop-in for age 10 and older.

Dungeons & Dragons Club, 3-6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Thomas Memorial Library. Open to age 11 and older, Registration required, thomasmemoriallibrary.org.

Families Discover Great Artists, 3-4 p.m. first Saturday, Thomas Memorial Library, drop-in for ages 4 and older.

First Friday Games & Film Night, 5:30-8 p.m. first Friday of each month, Cape Elizabeth United Methodist Church, 280 Ocean House Road. Giant games for both young kids and teens; film at 6:30 p.m., refreshments available, free and open to the public.

Art Time for Kids, 11-11:45 a.m. Saturdays, Falmouth Memorial Library, 5 Lunt Road, freestyle with stories and music.

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

Friday Fun, Falmouth Memorial Library, different exciting activities weekly 3:45-4:45 p.m.

Board Game Café, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., second Saturday, Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Drive, varying selection.

Therapy Dog Story Hour, Freeport Community Library, 4-5 p.m. Mondays through February for kids of all ages, adult supervision required, call 865-3307 to reserve.

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

Lego Club, 3:45-4:45 p.m. third Wednesday for ages 5-11, Freeport Community Library, supervision required.

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

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

Burbank Chess Club for Kids, 10:30-noon last Saturday, Burbank Branch Library, 377 Stevens Ave., Portland, all abilities welcome, free and open to the public, 774-4229, charette@portlandpubliclibrary.org.

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

Many Voices Teen Book Group,  2:30-3:30 p.m., second Wednesday, Portland Public Library, open to ages 12-19 who are interested in exploring diversity through contemporary YA fiction, 871-1700, ext. 773.

Spanish Language Story Time, 10:30-11 a.m. first Thursday, Portland Public Library, stories, songs and dances for newborns through age 5.

Teen After Hours, 6-8 p.m., first Friday, Portland Public Library, includes pizza along with video, board and card games and movies. Space is limited, must register at the teen desk.

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

LEGOs in the Library, 3:30-4:30 p.m. every Wednesday during the school year, South Portland Public Library, for ages 5 and up.

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

Toddle Town, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, South Portland Public Library, songs, rhymes and bounces for ages 1-3.

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

LitWits, 4:15-4:45 p.m., third Thursday, Merrill Memorial Library, Yarmouth, for grade 6 and up. Registration required through joconnor@yarmouthlibrary.org.

Tail Waggin’ Talesreading program with therapy dogs, 15-minute increments 3:45-4:45 p.m. every Friday, Merrill Memorial Library, Yarmouth, mbatson@yarmouthlibrary.org to sign up.

Support

Ongoing

Aging in Place Cumberland: free rides for older Cumberland/N. Yarmouth residents, Handy Helpers for minor repairs; medical equipment loans; Friendly Visitor program. To apply or refer, 245-8033, AIP@cumberlandmaine.com, AIPCumberland.org. For rides, 829-3367, cumberlandrides@gmail.com.

Dempsey Center – South Portland, free support groups and classes for cancer patients and their families, www.dempseycenter.org, 774-2200.

Family Crisis Services, local domestic violence resource center serving Cumberland County with legal help, shelter and support. For information about support groups held in Bridgton, Brunswick, or Portland call 874-1973; 24-hour hotline 800-537-6066, throughthesedoors.org.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous, 12 Step Program addresses food obsession, overeating, undereating and bulimia. Find a local meeting at https://bit.ly/2RXqdPF, 883-8052, www.foodaddicts.org.

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

Hospice Grief Support Group, Compassus, 23 Spring St., Suite C, Scarborough, 761-6967, compassushealthcare.com.

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

LaLeche League, every Wednesday, 9:30-11 a.m., Woodfords Congregational Church, 202 Woodford St., Portland, lllofmenh.org/portland.html.

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

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

Maine Cancer Mentors, Dempsey Centers match cancer patients statewide with a trained peer; mentors also needed, see dempseycenter.org/cancer-mentors for more.

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

Overeaters Anonymous, find local meetings at oamaine.org.

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

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

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

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

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

TOPS Club, weight-loss support group, find a local meeting at www.tops.org/tops/TOPS/FindAMeeting.aspx.

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

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

Workshops/Walks/Talks

Beginner Beekeeping, 6-8 p.m. consecutive Tuesdays, Feb. 19-March 19,  UMaine Regional Learning Center, 75 Clearwater Dr., Falmouth. Register online at bit.ly/2RO6a9l.

Death Cafes, 5-7 p.m. second Wednesday, Portland Public Library, meeting room 3, increases awareness of making the most of life while pondering death, 871-1700, ext. 728.

Thursday 2/7

“Everyone Needs an Affordable Home: Building on Housing Solutions That Work,” Maine Real Estate & Development Association breakfast, 7:30-9 a.m., Portland Regency Hotel, 20 Milk St., Portland, register at bit.ly/2ASGAX5.

Friday 2/8

Scarborough Kiwanis Club, noon, The Egg & I, 183 US Route One, Scarborough. Featured speaker Peter Hayes, president/CEO of Healthcare Purchasing Alliance of Maine. Meetings free and open to the public; club meets every Friday from noon-1 p.m.

Saturday 2/9

Snowshoe Hike, 11 a.m., Great Maine Outdoor Weekend event hosted by Maine Audubon/Falmouth Land Trust, 20 Gilsland Farm Rd., Falmouth. Snowshoes available. Free.

“Learn, Educate, React, Help the Children of Maine,” 7 p.m., St. Pius X Church, 492 Ocean Ave., Portland. Presentation about the epidemic of sex trafficking and child sex abuse by a local survivor, stoptraffickingus.org.

Tuesday 2/12

STEM Business Forum, 12:30 p.m., Falmouth High School Library, 74 Woodville Road. Panel discussion about the importance of STEM education for workforce development and efforts by FHS.

“Vaping & Marijuana: Taking Action,” 6:30 p.m., hosted by SoPo Unite Parent Connections, The Point, 345 Clarks Pond Pkwy, S. Portland, to help adults engage youth on the topic.

Wednesday 2/13 

Freeport Sustainability Series: Sen. Brownie Carson – Environmental Update from Augusta, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Freeport Community Services, 57 Depot St., freeportmaine.com.

“Teacups and Daisies,” 3:45-4:45 p.m., Freeport Community Library, learn how to make a paper flower from old book pages; drop-in tea tasting 4-4:45 p.m.,  sign-up required for craft open to age 7 and up, 865-3307.

Thursday 2/14

Meet Byron the Barred Owl, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Maine Wildlife Series with the Center for Wildlife at Thomas Memorial Library, 6 Scott Dyer Rd., Cape Elizabeth.

Ongoing

Democracy Cafe, 6:30-8 p.m., second Tuesday, Thomas Memorial Library,  Cape Elizabeth.

Knitting Group, 1 p.m. Mondays, Thomas Memorial Library, 6 Scott Dyer Road, Cape Elizabeth.

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

A Common Yarn Needlework Group, 1-3 p.m. Thursdays, Falmouth Memorial Library, 5 Lunt Rd., 781-2351.

Tech Help Tuesday, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Falmouth Memorial Library, drop-in help from the high school tech team.

Adult Coloring Group, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Dr., materials provided. Free and open to the public.

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

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

Essentials of College Planning, Portland, free for adults 19 and older, to register or more information, call 1-800-281-3703, or see http://meoc.maine.edu.

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

Technology Tutoring, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, one-on-one computer help in reserved half hour sessions 2 and 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays, registration required through 871-1700, ext. 708.

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

Mid-Coast

Books/Authors

Tuesday 2/12

Bowdoin Book Lecture Series: “The Island of Dr. Moreau” by H.G. Wells, 4-5:30 p.m., Bowdoin College’s Moulton Union. Professor Ann Kibbie will lecture on the early science fiction classic. Free and open to the public.

Wednesday 2/13

“Gifford Pinchot & the Old Timers,” author talk by Bibi Gaston, 6:30 p.m., Patten Free Library, Bath, describes the work of early conservation professionals.

Ongoing

The Library Bookstore, 194 Front St., Bath, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday, books, audio books, CDs, DVDs and puzzles for all ages.

Writing Group, 2 p.m. second Thursday, Cundy’s Harbor Library, 935 Cundy’s Harbor Rd., Harpswell. For writers of all genres, cundysharbor.me.

Great Books, 10 a.m.-noon, second Saturday, Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road, always looking for new members, email emma@topshamlibrary.com for more.

Men’s Book Club, 4 p.m. third Thursday, Topsham Public Library, 725-1727, emma@topshamlibrary.org.

Rare Reads, 6 p.m., third Thursday, Topsham Public Library, discussions of unusual and interesting new fiction, always looking for new members; registration not required, emma@topshamlibrary.org.

Reading Between the Panels, 6 p.m. every fourth Tuesday through May, Topsham Public Library, discuss all things graphic novel from classic comic book collections to the latest in graphic novels, FMI contact Dale at the library, 725-1727.

Bulletin Board

Free Tax Preparation by IRS-certified volunteer tax preparers at Midcoast Cash in Bath, Brunswick, and Wiscasset. For qualifications and an appointment call 289-7013.

Sunday 2/10 

Pejepscot Genealogical Society, 2 p.m., Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick. Guest speaker BJ Jameison will discuss how newspapers aid research. FMI call Brian Bouchard, 729-4098.

Wednesday 2/13

Pejepscot Historical Society Annual Meeting, 4:30-7 p.m., Frontier Café, 14 Maine St., Brunswick. Featured presentation “Pierce Studio Images: Pejepscot People and Places Since 1957,” $10/members or $15.

Monday 2/18

Community Snow Day, 2-4 p.m., Harpswell Community School, 308 Harpswell Islands Road, sledding, snowshoes available, free.

Ongoing

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

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

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

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

Call for Volunteers
 
College Guild, Brunswick nonprofit needs volunteers for special project with  Maine State Prison. Anonymous remote readers give written feedback to prisoners nationwide. For more see www.collegeguild.org.
Saturday 2/8
Fill-A-Bus Food Drive,  8 a.m.-2 p.m., Shaw’s supermarket, Chandler Drive, Bath, cash and food donations accepted for Bath Area Food Bank.
Wednesday 2/13
Red Cross Blood Drive, 1-6 p.m., Red Cross bus at St. Mary Church, 144 Lincoln St., Bath. Call 800-RED-CROSS for an appointment or drop in.
Ongoing
 
American Cancer Society volunteer drivers wanted to transport cancer patients to treatment in the Mid-Coast area, call 462-6307, elisa.madore@cancer.org.

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

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

Big Brothers Big Sisters, mentors (must be 18+) willing to commit one year and spend eight hours a month with a child 6-14 who lives in a single parent home. Contact Brunswick office at 729-7736 or bigbbigs@bbbsbathbrun.org.

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

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, ongoing need for volunteers, learn more about current opportunities by calling 504-9341 or emailing mark@habitat7rivers.org.

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

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

Red Cross Blood Drives: Visit redcrossblood.org/give.html/find-drive, or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment.

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

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

SEARCH Program of Greater Bath, assist seniors by providing companionship, transportation, assistance with errands, 837-8810, cszalay@ccmaine.org.

Tri-County Literacy, will train tutors to work with adults, 443-6384, literacyvolunteers@tricountyliteracy.org.
Dining Out
Coasters Luncheon Group, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. weekly Thursdays, Bath Area Senior Center, Floral Street. Includes entree with potato, vegetable, biscuit, dessert and beverage for $7, all welcome.
Tuesday 2/12
Lunch with Friends, noon, Bailey Island Union Church, Orr’s Island. Free, to volunteer to cook contact John Webster, jwebster85@comcast.net.
Thursday 2/14
Lunch with Friends, hosted by Harpswell Aging at Home at Merriconeag Grange Hall, 529 Harpswell Neck Rd. Free, all welcome, to volunteer call Anne Taft at 725-5716 or dtaft48@comcast.net.
Saturday 2/16
Roast Pork Supper, 4:30-6 p.m., Bath United Methodist Church, 340 Oak Grove Ave. Includes mashed potatoes, green beans, rolls, homemade pies, $10/adults, $4/kids.

Health

Ongoing

American Red Cross provides free, basic classes in CPR, first aid, babysitting, water safety, AED and more at 16 Community Way, Topsham, 729-6779, 563-3299, www.redcross.org/take-a-class.

Blood pressure clinic, 10 a.m.-noon Wednesdays, Mid Coast Center for Community Health & Wellness, 329 Maine St., Brunswick, midcoasthealth.com/wellness/classes.

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

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

Weight Watchers, American Legion Hall, Columbus Drive, Brunswick, 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays; 12:30 p.m. Thursdays; 9 a.m. Saturdays, weightwatchersmaine.com/meetings/brunswick.

Yoga for Cancer, 5-5:45 p.m. Thursdays, Maine Pines Racquet & Fitness, 120 Harpswell Road, Brunswick, mainepines.com/yoga/workshops-and-sessions, 729-8433.

Just for Kids

Ongoing

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

Baby & Me10 a.m. Thursdays for 15-20 minutes with songs, action rhymes, and board books for birth to 2 years, Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road, Topsham, 725-1727, topshamlibrary.org.

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

3rd Saturday Teen Crafting, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Topsham Public Library, each month features a different project for ages 11-18 only, no registration required.

Young Critics, 5 p.m. third Tuesday, Topsham Public Library, always looking for new members, registration required, email emma@topshamlibrary.org for details.

Support

Ongoing 

Amistad Peer Support and Recovery Center851 Washington St., Bath, classes and support groups to address suicide prevention, depression/bipolar, addictions, contact Patrick Metro at metropatrick@gmail.com, 389-4936.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Weigh-in 6-6:40 p.m., meeting follows every Monday, Berean Baptist Church, 15 Cumberland St., Brunswick.  FMI 729-6400, www.tops.org/tops/TOPS/FindAMeeting.aspx.

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

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

Workshops/Walks/Talks

Friday 2/8

“Bicentennial Beginnings: Setting the Stage for Statehood,” 6:30 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, 1 Middle St., Brunswick, presented by Pejepscot Historical Society in collaboration with Longfellow Days. Free and open to the public.

Saturday 2/9

“Life and Liberty in Their Souls: Georgetown’s Free Will Baptists, 1800-1840,” 10:30 a.m., Patten Free Library, Bath,   Town History Series.

Sunday 2/10

Peterson Canal Hike, 11 a.m., Great Maine Outdoor Weekend guided 2.5-mile scenic hike. Meet across from New Meadows Lake boat launch, Old Brunswick Road, Bath. Visit kennebecestuary.org for a map.

Great Maine Outdoor Weekend Outing, 11:30 a.m., fat bike ride on new trails at Neptune Woods, 349 Neptune Dr., fundraiser follows at Flight Deck Brewing, Atlantic Drive, Brunswick Landing, www.btlt.org/events.

“Plant Propagation from Seeds to Cuttings,” Winter Garden Workshop, 2-3:30 p.m., St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 27 Pleasant St., Brunswick, by donation.

Tuesday 2/12

“In the Shadow of Pittsburgh: Making Sense of Anti-Semitism,” 5 p.m., Patten Free Library, Bath, lecture on anti-semitism in America by Howard Solomon.

“The Harriett Beecher Stowe House,” Topsham Historical Society monthly program, 6:30 p.m., Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Rd.

Wednesday 2/13

“Twice A Day Island: The Peterson Canal at New Meadows,” 12:15 p.m., Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick, free Winter Wisdom 2019 lecture.

Ongoing

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

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

Citizens’ Climate Lobby – Bath-Brunswick Chapter, 6-7:30 p.m., second Wednesday at Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick. Help enact effective, revenue-neutral, bipartisan national climate policy.

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

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

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

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

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

Sip ‘n’ Stitch, 10 a.m.-noon first and third Saturdays, Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road. Learn to knit or crochet, work on a project, share patterns, check out the library’s resources, and relax with a cup of coffee or tea.

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

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

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

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