Community Calendar: July 12-21

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Greater Portland

Benefits

Themed-basket fundraiser to support Falmouth Memorial Library’s capital campaign. Donated baskets may be dropped off beginning July 24; bids will be accepted Aug. 1-22.

Sunday 7/23

Tri for a Cure Women’s Sprint Triathlon, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.; opening ceremony at 9 a.m., Southern Maine Community College, South Portland. Benefits Maine Cancer Foundation, www.triforacure.org.

Books/Authors

Tuesday 7/18

The 2017 Book Bee, trivia contest, 6 p.m., Lunt Auditorium at OceanView, Falmouth. Teams answer 10 questions in 10 categories, 21+ fundraiser for Falmouth Memorial Library, $100 registration fee, jmadden@falmouth.lib.me.us.

I Heart Reading in Portland: Pedal Through the Pages, guest bicyclists read during summer reading program, all Portland Public Library locations (including Bookmobile), to Aug. 12.

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, Portland Public Library, noon, 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.

Reader’s Circle, 7 p.m., Merrill Memorial Library, Yarmouth, last Thursday of the month. Free and open to the public.

Bulletin Board

Saturday 7/15

Porsches In The Park, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m., Bug Light Park, South Portland, Down East Region Porsche Club of America fundraiser to benefit The Dempsey Center. Spectators, $5; owners register at  clubregistration.net/events/signUp.cfm/event/8354.

Ongoing

Free Ride Service by Living Well in North Yarmouth Committee, call Ginny Vandyke at 829-3848.

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.

Planet Dog Adoption Day, noon-2 p.m., every Saturday, Planet Dog Company Store, 211 Marginal Way, Portland.

Scarborough Kiwanis Club, noon-1 p.m. Fridays at The Egg & I, Route One, Scarborough, guest speakers, public welcome.

Call for Volunteers

Action Based Care seeks volunteers to help those who would benefit from outdoor activities to battle depression and other conditions. Contact Angel at 831-4151 to learn more.

Maine Court Appointed Special Advocates Program, free training for guardians ad litem for children whose parents are involved in a child protection case, Aug. 8-11, to learn more, see www.casaofmaine.org.

Sunday 7/16

Trail Care Day, 9 a.m., South Portland Land Trust office in Mill Creek Park, 473 Broadway, tools provided, work assigned. Special skill set? Email sopolandtrust@gmail.com.

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.

Cumberland Woodbank, 8 a.m.-noon or 1-6 p.m., every Tuesday and Thursday. Contact Dave at 747-2868, ext. 505 or dcarlson@maine.rr.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.

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

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

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.

Scarborough Land Trust, volunteers needed to build trails at Pleasant Hill Preserve. Sunday 10 a.m.-noon; Monday 4 p.m.-dark; Thursday 9-11 a.m. No experience necessary; all ages welcome. Contact Toby Jacobs at tjacobs@scarboroughlandtrust.org or 844-0114.

Dances

Ongoing

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

Dining Out

Friday 7/14

Souper Supper at St. Mary’s, 5-7 p.m., 43 Foreside Road, Falmouth. Includes salad, breads and desserts, free, 781-3366.

Ongoing

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

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

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/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

Dog Story Time, selected dates during the summer, therapy dogs will be at Freeport Community Library; check the Children’s Desk for schedule.

“Make Your Own Buttons & Origami Craft,” July 12: 10 a.m., Riverton branch of Portland Public Library; July 19: 2 p.m., main library, 5 Monument Square, Portland.

Starlight Stories, 6:30 p.m. Thursdays through summer, South Portland Public Library, 482 Broadway. Gentle stretches, songs, stories and movement. Jammies and stuffies encouraged; blankies provided.

The Kids Are Alright, family friendly local music series, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Fridays in July, Deering Oaks Park Bandstand, Portland, free and open to the public.

Tuesday 7/18

Mad Science Show, 6 p.m., South Portland Public Library, 482 Broadway.

Tuesday 8/1

Children’s Yoga, 10 a.m., Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Drive, energy-filled yoga class for toddlers & preschoolers.

Ongoing

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

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. For babies up to 18 months to 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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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 for people in need, https://ycan.info/.

Workshops/Walks/Talks

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

Wednesday 7/12

Garden Pest & Disease Walk, 6 p.m., Hosted by MOFGA at North Street Community Garden, 195 North St., Portland, on the Eastern Prom. FMI  alibby@mofga.org.

Sunday 7/16 

Wild Edibles Walk with Josh Fecteau, 3-4:30 p.m., Gilsland Farm, Falmouth, Audubon members $10, non-members $15.

Yarmouth Stories, Gary King, founder of WYAR-FM on Cousins Island, 2 p.m., Yarmouth History Center, 118 East Elm St., with DJ Mark Persky and Assistant Station Manager Jim Brown.

Wednesday 7/19

“Sentinels of the Coast: Maine’s Lighthouses,” 10 a.m., hosted by Mornings with Friends at Congregational Church in Cumberland, 282 Main St., free and open to the public.

Guided tour of Pettengill Farmhouse by Freeport Historical Society, 6 p.m., $10/members or $12, register at www.historicfreeport.org, 865-3170.

Ongoing

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.

Greater Portland Chapter of the Maine Genealogical Society, 1 p.m., first Saturday, First Congregational Church, 301 Cottage Road, South Portland. Guests welcome, www.storiestotell.net, 409-6205.

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.

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

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

Mid-Coast

Benefits

Coastal Humane Society donations sought, Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road, Topsham, to July 15 in conjunction with summer reading programs, “Build a Better World/Maine.” Visit library or topshamlibrary.org/summer-reading for list. Teens earn tickets for each item brought in.

Books/Authors

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.

Summer Reading Program, Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road, events and prizes for kids, teens and adults, to Aug. 19.

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
 
Merrymeeting NARFE Chapter 1796 meeting, 11:15 a.m., Fairground Café, Topsham Fair Mall, with Adam Lacher, Maine Alzheimer’s Association, lunch and business meeting. All retired and active federal employees invited; 353-9649 or chrylprkr@roadrunner.com to reserve.
 
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.

Merrymeeting Wheelers bicycle group, 6 p.m., Brunswick Commons, Monday night women’s ride; all levels welcome Wednesday, merrymeetingwheelers.org.

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

Senior 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
 
Saturday 7/15
 
Gala Bike Roundup, adult bikes, helmets, locks, and lights collected for refugees, 9 a.m.-noon, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 336 Maine St., and St. Charles Borromeo Church, 132 McKeen St., Brunswick.
Ongoing

American Cancer Society volunteer drivers wanted to transport cancer patients to treatment, ACS, New England Division, Topsham, 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.

ArtVan Program 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

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

Sunday 7/16

Breakfast Buffet, 7:30- 9:30 a.m., Columbian Club Hall, 807 Middle St., Bath. Eggs to order, breakfast meats, pancakes & French toast, home fries, biscuits & gravy. Adults $7, under 12, $3; always the third Sunday.

Saturday 7/22

Baked Bean & Casserole Supper, 4:30-6 p.m., Bath Area Senior Center, 45 Floral St. Includes dogs, clam casserole, shepherd’s pie, chicken divan, veggies, adults $8, kids $4.

Chicken BBQ, 5-7 p.m., Kellogg Church, Harpswell. Includes 1/2 chicken, salads, watermelon, chips, cupcake, adults $10, $6 for children 10 and younger.

Health

Bath Area Family YMCA, open house, 24 Venture Ave., Brunswick Landing. Harpswell residents invited 5:30-7:30 p.m. July 19; Brunswick and Topsham residents 5:30-7:30 p.m. Aug. 16. Includes snacks, adult wellness class demos, youth activities, and social time, 844-2801.

Community Acupuncture, hs-acupuncture.com, Brunswick, 3:30-6:30 p.m., Tuesdays July 18 & 25. Text ahead for reservations, 266-8633, by donation.

Free fitness memberships for Brunswick girls entering grades 8-12, through Aug. 31, Women’s Fitness Studio & Spa, 21 Stanwood St., Brunswick. For details visit or call 729-5544.

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

“Book Olympiad,” Patten Free Library, 33 Summer St., Bath. Incoming 7th to 9th-graders compete in game show-style event; read six Maine Student Book Award nominees and answer questions.

“R.S.U. 1 Reads,” Patten Free Library, 33 Summer St., Bath. Prize and raffle ticket for every book read.

Teen Summer Nights movie series, 6 p.m. Wednesdays, Patten Free Library, 22 Summer St., Bath.

Saturday 7/15

3rd Saturday Teen Crafting, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., stop by Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road, to make a beaded bookmark, ages 12-18 only, no registration required, 725-1727, topshamlibrary.org.

Wednesday 7/19

“Scales and Tales, Amazing Reptiles,” Chewonki Foundation, live reptiles to thrill and chill the young and young at heart, 10 a.m., Orr’s Island Library, 1699 Harpswell Islands Road (Route 24), Orr’s Island.

Thursday 7/20

Sharks4Kids, 4:30 p.m., Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road, demonstrates why people should protect sharks, designed for ages 5-13.

Friday 7/21

Lindsay and her Puppet Pals, 10:30 a.m., Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road, targeted for ages 3-8.

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, Brunswick Adventist Church, 333 Maine St. Members of any 12-step group welcome, 400-6320.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

Kayak Safety & Rescue Seminars, Thursday and Friday, 6-8 p.m. July 20 & 21 and 27 & 28, H2Outfitters, Orr’s Island, learn how to safely navigate open ocean, free for Harpswell residents or $40, 833-5257, h2o@h2outfitters.com.

Friday 7/14

Wildflower walk with Harpswell Heritage Land Trust, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Long Reach Preserve, 648 Harpswell Islands Road. Free, but registration required at www.hhltmaine.org, 837-9613, outreach@hhltmaine.org.

Sunday 7/16

Pejepscot Historical Society Summer Walking Tour, 1:30 p.m., Graveyard and town meeting house in Harpswell with Dave Hackett. Email info@pejepscothistorical.org or call 729-6606 by noon July 14 for reservations, free to members, or $5.

Monday 7/17

A Morning on The Goslings, two of Casco Bay’s uninhabited islands. Hosted by Maine Coast Heritage Trust, free boat shuttles 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. from Mere Point public boat launch in Brunswick. First-come, first-served; children encouraged, www.mcht.org/trips-events, 729-7366.

Tuesday 7/18 

“Doodling on Steroids for Grown-Ups,” 6-7 p.m., mixed-media art lab, sign-up required, space limited, Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road,  725-1727, topshamlibrary.org.

Wednesday 7/19

AARP Coffee & Conversation, author of  “The Maine Guide – Building Livable, Age-Friendly Communities,” Coastal Landing Retirement Community, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 142 Neptune Drive, Brunswick Landing.

50+ walk at the Giant Stairs, 1 p.m., with Harpswell Aging at Home, Harpswell Heritage Land Trust and Harpswell Recreation. Limited to 15, register through 833-5771.
Thursday 7/20 
“Herbs and Their Uses,” 12:30 p.m., hosted by Harpswell Garden Club at Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick. Free and open to the public, 833-6159.

Sunday 7/23

Pejepscot Historical Society Summer Walking Tour, 1:30 p.m., Humphrey’s Shipyard with Chris Gutscher. Email info@pejepscothistorical.org or call 729-6606 by noon July 21 for reservations. Free for members, or $5.

Ongoing

AARP Coffee & Conversation, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. third Wednesday, New Beet Market, 25 Burbank Ave., Brunswick, all welcome.

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

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

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

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, Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick.

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