Community Calendar: March 16 – 27

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Benefits

Beauty and the Books, Falmouth Memorial Library annual arts and crafts silent auction and fundraiser, auction items on view March 7-31  online at falmouth.lib.me.us/beauty.htm. or at Falmouth Memorial Library, 5 Lunt Road, Falmouth, 781-2351.

Wednesday 3/16

Veggie Connection Supper, to raise funds for Community Garden at Opportunity Farm, 5-7 p.m., $10 adult/ $5 ages 5-12, New Gloucester Congregational Church, 19 Gloucester Hill Road, New Gloucester, tickets at 671-6575 or sweethollowsfarm@gmail.com.

Thursday 3/17

Falmouth High School Seniors vs. Faculty Basketball Game, to benefit Habitat for Humanity Greater Portland, 7-8 p.m. meet Crusher, Red Claws player, 8-9 p.m. game, by donation, Falmouth High School, 52 Woodville Road, Falmouth, 781-7429. 

Friday 3/18

Central Africa Vision Banquet, proceeds support women of central Africa, 5:30-8:30 p.m., by donation, Italian Heritage Center, 40 Westland Ave., Portland, reserve spot at 773-8811. 

“Yarmouth’s Got Talent,” to benefit Yarmouth Music Boosters, supporting K-12 music education, 7 p.m., $8 adult/ $5 student, Yarmouth High School Performing Arts Center, 286 West Elm St., Yarmouth, audience vote determines cash prizes, FMI, sites.google.com/site/yboostersmusic.

Saturday 3/19

Scrapbooking Event to benefit Habitat for Humanity, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., $50 registration, includes lunch, dinner, beverage, door prizes, Robert W. Boyd Amvets Post 2, 148 North Road, Yarmouth, FMI, Rebecca Kelly, 846-4646. 

Book, Bake & Soup Sale, to benefit St. Elizabeth’s Essentials Pantry, 9 a.m.–1 p.m., Church of Saint Mary the Virgin, 43 Foreside Road, Falmouth, 781-3366.

Big BIG Book Sale,
to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Woodfords Club, 159 Woodford S., Portland, books@somebigs.org, 773-5437.

Bottle Drive, fundraiser for Freeport Middle School Travel Club trip to Quebec, bring returnables to Durham or Yarmouth Redemption Centers for FMS Travel Club or call 865-3661 for pick up.

Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner, fundraiser for American Cancer Society Relay For Life’s Post Team “Spirit of 76,” 4-6 p.m., $8/adult, $4/child, American Legion Post 76, 40 Manson Libby Road, Scarborough, 883-3902.

“Empty Bowls Turn-a-thon,” sale of custom wood bowls made on-site to benefit Good Shepherd Food Bank, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Rockler Woodworking and Hardware, 200 Gorham Road, South Portland, 761-4402.  

Games Galore, multi-generation board/table games event to benefit Scholarship Fund of the College Club of Portland, 1-3 p.m., $5/child, $7/adult, open to public, American Legion Post, 65 Depot Road, Falmouth, reservations requested, BJ Robbins, 899-4946.

Greenlight Studio Silent Auction, fundraiser to create family scholarship fund, 5-7 p.m., Greenlight Studio and Cafe, 49 Dartmouth St., Portland, 899-1900, greenlight-studio.com.

“Pizza Madness!” pizza tasting contest to benefit Freeport High School class of 2012 prom and project graduation, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., adults $10 advance, $12 door/ students $5 advance, $7 door, Freeport High School cafe, 30 Holbrook St., Freeport, 865-6480.

Sunday 3/20

“Empty Bowls Turn-a-thon,” sale of custom wood bowls made on-site to benefit Good Shepherd Food Bank, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Rockler Woodworking and Hardware, 200 Gorham Road, South Portland, 761-4402.

Monday 3/21

“Good Wine for a Good Cause,” wine tasting to benefit the Cancer Community Center, 5-7:30 p.m., $25 advance/ $30 door, Grace Restaurant, 15 Chestnut St., Portland, tickets online at cancercommunitycenter.org.

Wednesday 3/23

Dine Around the World, to benefit Gary’s House, food, wine tastings from 20+ greater Portland restaurants, silent/live auctions, entertainment, 6 p.m. doors, 6-7:30 p.m. judging, $40, Holiday Inn by the Bay, 88 Spring St., Portland, tickets, 822-2545, or wescottl@mercyme.com.

Thursday 3/24

Yarmouth Clippers First Pitch Dinner Fundraiser, spaghetti dinner, silent auction, 5-7 p.m., $9 adult/ $6 door, free Sea Dogs ticket per dinner ticket, Yarmouth High School cafeteria, 286 West Elm St., Yarmouth.

Friday 3/25

Speed Dating Fundraiser, to benefit Windham Neighbors Helping Neighbors, 6:30-8:30 p.m., $15 at door, Yankee Lanes, 867 Riverside St., Portland, Diane, 776-0113, dleavitt1616@gmail.com.

Saturday 3/26

Durham PTA Auction, to benefit the Durham Community School Student Enrichment Programs, 6-11 p.m., Durham Amvet Hall, 1049 Royalsborough Road, U.S. Route 136, Durham, tickets, Nancy Decker, 751-1323 or orc95@comcast.net.

“A Night by the Bay,” Maine Maritime Academy fundraising event to benefit student scholarship, student services, and academic programs, with dinner, entertainment, silent/live auctions, 6 p.m., $75, Portland Marriott at Sable Oaks, South Portland, view auction items at biddingforgood.com/mmaafa, tickets, Karen Cukierski, 326-2177. 

Supper/Silent Auction, St. Pius X Parish March Church Supper/Portland Nursery School Silent Auction, 5-6:30 p.m. roast pork supper, auction, $8 adult / $4 ages 12 and under, St. Pius X Parish, 492 Ocean Ave., Portland.

Pizza Regatta,
Yarmouth Crew Team Fundraiser, pizza tasting, with silent auction, rowing demos, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., $8 person, Yarmouth High School, 286 West Elm St., Yarmouth, Eileen Butler, 847-3168.

Sunday 3/27

Sitting Pretty Charity Auction, to benefit The PORT Teen Center, live, silent auction of 45 stools, chairs, tables, family-friendly, music, appetizers, 4-6:30 p.m., $10 adult/ $25 family, Freeport Community Center,  53 Depot St., Freeport, theportteencenter.org, Randall, 522-1383.

Bulletin Board 

Wednesday 3/16

Falmouth Land Trust, board meeting, 7 p.m., Falmouth Memorial Library, 5 Lunt Road, Falmouth, Jessica Burton, 699-2989.

Thursday 3/17

Cumberland Historical Society meeting, 7 p.m., presenters Sue Wall and Becky Gowdy, free and open to the public, Red Brick Schoolhouse, Blanchard Road, Cumberland, Carolyn Small, 829-4423.

ecomaine, board meeting and budget presentation, 4 p.m., 64 Blueberry Road, Portland, 773-1738.

Raising of the Irish Flag, St. Patrick’s Day, noon, leave Maine Irish Heritage Center, procession to Harbor View Park, open house to follow at MIHC, with refreshments, free, MIHC, 34 Gray St., Portland, 780-0118.

Friday 3/18

24th Maine Boatbuilders Show, March 18-20, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, $15 per day, ages 12 and under free, Portland Company Marine Complex, 58 Fore St., Portland, FMI, Phin or Joanna Sprague, 774-1067, portlandcompany.com/boatshow.

Greater Portland Convention & Visitors Bureau, annual meeting, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., $45 members/ $55 nonmembers, Wyndham Portland Airport Hotel, 363 Maine Mall Road, South Portland, 772-4994 ext. 231, leanne@visitportland.com.

Open Forum with Falmouth and Cumberland State Legislators, hosted by Falmouth/Cumberland Community Chamber, with Sen. Dick Woodbury, Rep. Meredith N. Strang Burgess, Rep. Mary Pennell Nelson and Rep. Mark N. Dion, 7:30-9 a.m., free for members, $5 nonmembers, Falmouth Memorial Library, 5 Lunt Road, Falmouth, register at portlandregion.com.

Member Appreciation Day,
Portland Regional Chamber, 5-7 p.m., free to members, with cash bar, prizes, Marriott at Sable Oaks, 200 Sable Oaks Dr.,  South Portland, register at portlandregion.com.

State Rep. Melissa Walsh Innes, D-Yarmouth, monthly coffee hour, 7:30-9 a.m., open to Yarmouth constituents, The Royal Bean, 18 Yarmouth Crossing Dr., Yarmouth, 846-4302.

Saturday 3/19

24th Maine Boatbuilders Show, March 18-20, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, $15 per day, ages 12 and under free, Portland Company Marine Complex, 58 Fore St., Portland, FMI, Phin or Joanna Sprague, 774-1067, portlandcompany.com/boatshow.

Solar Energy Open House,
ReVision Energy, 10-11:30 a.m., free and open to the public, Gilpin residence, 18 Heron Road, Falmouth, Jen Hatch, 221-6342.

Sunday 3/20

24th Maine Boatbuilders Show, March 18-20, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, $15 per day, ages 12 and under free, Portland Company Marine Complex, 58 Fore St., Portland, FMI, Phin or Joanna Sprague, 774-1067, portlandcompany.com/boatshow.

Jewish Community Purim Parade, led by Portland Mayor Nicholas Mavodones, 11:30 a.m.-noon, beginning at Temple Beth El, 400 Deering Ave. Portland, ending at Shaarey Tphiloh Synagogue, 76 Noyes St., Portland, rabbiherzfeld@gmail.com, 400-6820.

Wednesday 3/23

Birthday Bash for James Phinney Baxter, 5-7 p.m. reception, talk, open to public, Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress St., Portland, co-hosted by Friends of Eastern Promenade.

Bug Zoo, with Tony Sohns, “Maine’s Bug Man,” 6:30 p.m., open to public, Freeport Community Library, Library Dr., Freeport.

Ongoing

Bridges for Peace Vigil, Sundays 12-1 p.m., South Portland end of Casco Bay Bridge.

Calico Quilters, first and third Mondays, 7-9 p.m., Masonic Hall, Mill St., Yarmouth, 846-0783.

Cumberland County Tea Party Meetings, 2 p.m. Sundays, open to public, American Legion Cabin, 196 Main St., Yarmouth, Marie Doucette, 284-7032 or 229-3516.

The Food Share, held by First Baptist Church Food Ministry, perishable food items available every Sunday from 5-6 p.m., First Baptist Church, 346 Main St., Yarmouth, enter at side door on Center St., Meagan, 846-3087.

The Kiwanis Club of Portland, second and fourth Tuesdays, 5:30-7:15 p.m., $10, The Woodfords Club, 179 Woodford St., Portland, register, Peter Brown, 797-7383 or Michele Giroux, 854-6232.

Cribbage Night, Scarborough Lions Club, 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays, free, open to public, Lions’ den, 273 Gorham Road, across from Sam’s Club, Scarborough, 650-3644.

Yarmouth Central Men’s Club, second Monday of every month, 6:30 p.m., dinner and speaker, 846-3376 or 846-1561.

Call for Volunteers

American Red Cross Blood Drive, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, Portland Marriott Hotel, 200 Sable Oaks Dr., South Portland; 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, March 17, Verrill Dana law offices, 1 Portland Square, Portland, Carol Dembeck, 802-658-6400, ext. 3228.

Volunteer Drivers Needed for ITNPortland, to transport seniors and visually impaired adults, commit to one or more hours per month when available, 854-0505. 

Ongoing

ActionBasedCare.org needs volunteers to expand organization, ABC believes in empowerment through sailing, and action-based activities to relieve depression, check website or 831-4151.

Allegiance Hospice is looking for volunteers to visit patients under hospice care in nursing homes in York and Cumberland Counties, volunteers receive formal training, Katharyn LeDoux, 877-255-4623 or kledoux@allegiancehospice.com.

Alzheimer’s Association has ongoing volunteer opportunities for caring people who can offer 3-4 hours per week, 170 U.S. Route 1, Falmouth, 772-0115.

American Red Cross needs volunteers in the disaster services, health and safety and administration departments, 874-1192 ext. 105.

The Cedars welcomes volunteers to help with activities and special events, including young child/parent and pet visits, 630 Ocean Ave., Portland, 772-5456.

Compass Project needs volunteers with tools, carpentry or boat skills for the boat building festival and youth boat building classes, 774-0682 or compassinfo@maine.rr.com.

Coastal Studies for Girls, volunteers needed to help launch a residential science and leadership semester school for high school girls, based at Wolfe’s Neck Farm, Freeport, many opportuntities for a detail-oriented, efficient volunteer with excellent computer and communication skills, call Margaret Martin, 865-9700 or margaret@coastalstudies.org.

Cumberland County Extension Association seeks people to serve on its executive committee, meets third Wednesday every month from 7-9 p.m. at Barron Center, Portland, 800-287-1471 or aherr@umext.maine.edu.

Deliver Meals on Wheels, mileage reimbursement, flexible days and weeks, one to two hours a day, 800-400-6325.

Fiddlehead Center for the Arts is looking for volunteers for ongoing projects and special events, earn credits in exchange for classes, ages 16+, Fiddlehead Center for the Arts, 383 U.S. Route 1, Scarborough, 883-5720, fcascarborough.org.

Freeport Community Services and Center needs people to help make a difference, 865-3985.

Freeport Historical Society needs ongoing help cataloguing collections, greeter/receptionist at Harrington house, garden helper, poster delivery assistance, administrative help, handy-person, 865-3170 or info@freeporthistorialsociety.org.

Friends of Feral Felines needs hardy volunteers to feed hungry cats on the Portland waterfront, 1-2 hours per month, training provided, 797-3014.

Greater Portland Mentoring Partnership needs adult mentors for school-age children, 888-387-8758.

Guiding Eyes Puppy Raisers, Guiding Eyes for the Blind needs volunteer puppy raisers in Yarmouth, Freeport, and Bath/Brunswick areas, keep puppy from age 8 weeks-16 months, free training, support, Pat Webber, pwewbber@wildblue.net, 338-5520.

HART, Homeless Animal Rescue Team, a no-kill cat shelter in Cumberland, is looking for volunteers who love cats to help in the shelter, 3-4 hours in the morning, one or two days a week, call 829-4116 or 846-3038.

Hearts and Horses Therapeutic Riding Center volunteers needed to help people with disabilities experience riding, call Vickie 929-4700, or 807-7757.

Homeless Animal Rescue Team seeks direct care volunteers, facilities maintenance, fundraisers, cleaning supplies, canned cat food, 302 Range Road, Cumberland, 829-4116 or 846-3038.

Hospice Volunteers Needed for Allegiance Hospice, to visit patients in nursing homes in York and Cumberland counties, Nicole Garrity, 877-255-4623 or ngarrity@allegiancehospice.com.

ITNPortland seeks volunteer drivers to provide rides for seniors and adults with visual impairments, call 854-0505 or visit itnportland.org to learn more.

Literacy Volunteers of Greater Portland needs volunteers for student-centered tutoring, education for nonliterate adults and English as a Second Language instruction, 780-1352 for training information.

Melanoma Education Foundation seeking used car donations, call Cars Helping America, 1-866-949-3668, skincheck.org.

Mercy Hospital in Yarmouth needs volunteers, contact Melissa Skahan, Manager of Mission Services, 879-3286 or skahanm@mercyme.com.

Recovery International, self-help group for nervous people, 10 a.m. Saturdays, Maine Medical Center Conference Center, 22 Bramhall St., Portland, free, all welcome, Diane, 892-9529.

Road to Recovery, American Cancer Society needs volunteers to drive cancer patients to their doctors’ appointments, 1-800-227-2345.

TogetherGreen Volunteers needed for conservation projects at Scarborough Marsh, call Audubon Center at 883-5100, or smac@maineaudubon.org.

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension seeks volunteers to serve on its executive committee; aherr@umext.maine.edu, 780-4205 or 1-800-287-1471 to request information packet.

VolunteerMaine AmeriCorps VISTA Projects seeks members; living allowance, health care, education award; apply online AmeriCorps.gov; Meredith Eaton 941-2800 ext. 207, meredithe@unitedwayem.org.

Dining Out

Saturday 3/19

Baked Bean Supper, 4:30-6 p.m., $7 adult/ $3 child, West Scarborough United Methodist Church, 2 Church St. and U.S. Route 1, Scarborough, 883-2814, wsumc.us.

Bean Supper, 5-6 p.m., $7 adult/ $16 family, Peoples United Methodist Church, 310 Broadway, South Portland.

Community Bean Supper, 5-6:30 p.m., $8 adult/ $4 ages 12 and under, Falmouth Congregational Church, UCC, 267 Falmouth Road, Falmouth, next to Town Hall, 781-3413, falmouthcongregationalchurch.org.

Russian Cooking Class and Dinner, 5:30-7:30 p.m., $10 advance/ $15 door, St. Patrick’s Church, 1342 Congress St., Portland, Mary Gordon, register at 797-7026 ext. 211.

Saturday 3/26

Roast Beef Dinner, 4:30-6 p.m., $8 adult/ $6 students/ $4 ages under 12, Stevens Avenue Congregational Church UCC, 790 Stevens Ave., Portland, 797-4573.

Ongoing

Haddock Chowder Lunch, second and fourth Fridays, 11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m., $8, South Freeport Church Community Hall, 98 South Freeport Road, South Freeport, 865-4012.

Jazz Dinner Buffet, Sundays, 6-9 p.m.; buffet 6-8 p.m., $15 adult/ $12.50 senior or student, Events on Broadway, 729 Broadway, South Portland; $6.50 advance discount senior tickets at Southern Maine Agency on Aging, Scarborough, ptcmaine.com.

Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Free Community Soup Dinner, 5-7 p.m., second and fourth Fridays, St. Mary’s Parish House, 43 Foreside Road, Falmouth, 781-3366 or admin@smary.org.

Gardens & Outdoors

Portland Winter Farmers’ Market, 15+ farmers, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays until April 23, Maine Irish Heritage Center, 34 Gray St., Portland, PortlandMaineWinterMarket.com.

Friday 3/18

L.L.Bean Spring Fishing Weekend, March 18-20, with fly-fishing short films, demonstrations, clinics, activities, and more, L.L.Bean campus, Main Street, Freeport, complete listings at llbean.com/freeport, 800-559-0747.

Saturday 3/19

L.L.Bean Spring Fishing Weekend, March 18-20, with fly-fishing short films, demonstrations, clinics, activities, and more, L.L.Bean campus, Main Street, Freeport, complete listings at llbean.com/freeport, 800-559-0747.

“Pruning for a Purpose,” 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. , free, Cumberland Skillins Greenhouses, 201 Gray Road, Cumberland, 829-5619; “Vegetable Gardening,” 9 a.m., free, Falmouth Skillins Greenhouses, 89 Foreside Road, Falmouth, 781-3860.

Sunday 3/20

L.L.Bean Spring Fishing Weekend, March 18-20, with fly-fishing short films, demonstrations, clinics, activities, and more, L.L.Bean campus, Main Street, Freeport, complete listings atllbean.com/freeport, 800-559-0747.

Monday 3/21

Scarborough Garden Club Meeting, talk on Bay-Scaping by Mary Cerullo, 1 p.m., free and open to guests, new members welcome, St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, 350 U.S. Route 1, Scarborough, 510-1514 or home.roadrunner.com/~garden.

Sunday 3/27

Maine Maple Sunday, maple syrup tastings, demonstrations, complete listing of participating sugarhouses at getrealmaine.com.

Ongoing

Cumberland Farmers Markets: W. Cumberland 9 a.m.- 12 p.m. Saturdays, Skillins Greenhouses, 201 Gray Road; Falmouth 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays, Allen, Sterling and Lothrop, 191 U.S. Rte. 1.

Early Morning Birding, 7-8:30 a.m. Wednesdays, $3 member, $5 nonmember, volunteers free, Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center, Pine Point Road, Scarborough, 883-5100.

Wolfe’s Neck Farm, open daily for self-guided tours, visits to barn and pastures, community gardens, trail walks, 184 Burnett Road, Freeport, 865-4469.

Getting Smarter

Wednesday 3/16

Insurance and Investing Made Simple, 6:30-8:30 p.m., $50 per adult/$75 couple, The Institute for Financial Literacy, 260 Western Avenue, South Portland, registration required, 221-3601.

Friday 3/18

Speak Well – Because Your Life Does Depend Upon It. Lessons and Musings from F. Lee Bailey, hosted by the Association for Consulting Expertise, 7:30-9:30 a.m., $17 advance/ $22 door, with breakfast, Portland Country Club, 11 Foreside Road, Falmouth, register at http://bit.ly/g6HCR0.

Saturday 3/19

Insurance and Investing Made Simple, 10:30 a.m.-noon, $50 per adult/$75 couple, The Institute for Financial Literacy, 260 Western Avenue, South Portland, registration required, 221-3601.

Monday 3/21

“From the Vault:” Treasures, Acquisitions, and Annual Meeting of the N. Yarmouth Historical Society, 6:30 p.m., meeting; 7 p.m. program, N. Yarmouth Historical Society Archives, Walnut Hill Station, Town Firebarn building, U.S. Route 115, North Yarmouth, 595-2997.

Increasing the Pace of Conservation in the Gulf of Maine, talk by Peter Alexander of the Northeast Great Waters Coalition, hosted by Yarmouth Historical Society, 7:30 p.m., suggested donation $3 members/ $5 nonmembers, The Log Cabin, 196 Main St., Yarmouth, 846-6259.

Midnight Metaphysical Society Meeting, 7 p.m., open to public, by donation, Southworth Planetarium, USM-Portland, 96 Falmouth St., Portland, 780-4249, usm.maine.edu/planet.

Tuesday 3/22

“Writing A Business Plan:” Why you need one & when to revise it, 2-5 p.m., $35 online registration/ $50 door, SCORE Offices, 100 Middle St., second floor, East Tower, Portland, scoremaine.com, 772-1147.

Wednesday 3/23

Family Finances Seminar, 6:30-8:30 p.m., $50 per adult/$75 couple, The Institute for Financial Literacy, 260 Western Ave., South Portland, registration required, call 221-3601.

“Yes, You CAN Make a Living in the Arts!” talk by Judith Barker, metalsmith and jewelry artist, 7 p.m., free, open to public, Yarmouth Town Hall Community Room, 200 Main St., Yarmouth, sponsored by Yarmouth Arts, Anne Tarbox 829-5567.

Thursday 3/24

“Pirates in Popular Culture,” talk by Tom “Captain Crudbeard” Tomlinson, 7 p.m., free/ $5 suggested donation, Freeport Library, Library Dr., Freeport, fcponline.org, 865-2220, hosted by Freeport Players and Freeport Historical Society.

Sunday 3/27

Connections: the Palestinian Question, Arab Popular Resistance, and the U.S.,  lecture by Mazin B. Qumsiyeh, author of “Popular Resistance in Palestine: A History of Hope and Empowerment,” 7 p.m., free and open to public, Wishcamper Room 102, Abromson Center, USM Portland, Bedford St., Portland, 773-6562.

Ongoing

Acculturation Training for Immigrants by Living with Peace, 5-7 p.m. Wednesdays, 92 Congress St., Munjoy Hill, Portland, 766-8719.

Business Workshops, Women’s Business Center and Maine Small Business Development Center hold small business workshops online; for information and registration, 882-7552 ext. 167 or e-mail sll@ceimaine.org.

Downeast Dames, study and invest in the stock market in a social atmosphere, meets once a month, Freeport High School, 30 Holbrook St., Freeport, 865-1220 or 729-7673.

“Judaism for the Curious,” every other Sunday 9:30-11 a.m., Temple Beth El, 400 Deering Ave., Portland, 774-2649.

French Conversation, 5-8 p.m. Fridays, The Language Exchange, Suite 24-26, 80 Exchange St., Portland, 772-0405 or immersionprograms.com.

Portland SCORE, ongoing business workshops led by volunteers, small fee, 100 Middle St., Second Floor, East Tower, Portland, scoremaine.com, 772-1147.

SAGE at USM, Tuesday lectures, 9:30-1:30 a.m., $5, Wishcamper Center, USM Portland campus, register and list of lectures, 780-4406.

The Telling Room, drop-in tutoring Tuesday and Thursday 2:30-4:30 p.m., various workshops available, 225 Commercial St., Suite 201, Portland, 321-2780 or tellingroom.org.

USM Southworth Planetarium, shows, classes and astronomical events, Science Building, 96 Falmouth St., Portland campus, 780-4249 or usm.maine.edu/planet.

Health & Support

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA), free Twelve-Step recovery program for anyone suffering from food obsession, overeating, under-eating or bulimia, foodaddicts.org, 775-2132.

Friday 3/18

Suicide Loss Support Group for Teens, begins Friday 3/18, meets every other Friday through May 27 at The Center for Grieving Children, register, Susan Giambalvo or Patricia Ellen at 775-5216 or patricia@cgcmaine.org, FMI, cgcmaine.org.

Saturday /19

In Tune with the Moon, yoga workshop, with asana, meditation for the Spring Equinox, 5-8 p.m., $25, Yogave, 170 U.S. Route 1, Falmouth, 210-6999.

Bhajans with Muraladhir Pai, open discussion with Guru Rama Mata, 6-10 p.m., by donation, Sadhana, the Meditation Center, 100 Brickhill Ave., South Portland, 772-6898, sadhaname.com.

Sunday 3/20

Saints of India: Ancient Wisdom for Living in Peace with Loving Compassion, workshop led by Guru Rama Mata and Muraladhir Pai, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., by donation, Sadhana, the Meditation Center, 100 Brickhill Ave., South Portland, 772-6898, sadhaname.com.

Spring Equinox/Full Moon “Gong Meditation” hosted by Dragonfly Taijiquan studio, 7–8:30 p.m., suggested donation $12-$18, 222 St. John St., Suite 240, Portland, register 761-2142 or dragonflytaiji@roadrunner.com.

Sunday 3/27

Maine Essential Tremor Support Group, 2-3:30 p.m., MMC Scarborough Learning Resource Center meeting room, 100 Campus Dr., Scarborough, Ted, 510-1402.

Natural Empathy: Buddhist Practices to Open the Heart, workshop with Lama Willa Miller, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., $75, Portland Regency Hotel, 20 Milk St., Portland, register, Jane, 773-6809, janeburd@maine.rr.com.

Ongoing

All-Recovery support meetings, 12-1 p.m. Wednesdays, Hope.Gate.Way., 185 High St., Portland, Ronni, 756-8116.

“Better Breathing Buddies,” support group for lung disease patients and caregivers, 2-3:30 p.m. first Tuesdays, Bayview Heights, 158 North St., Portland, dbaillargeon@maine.rr.com, 879-4373.

Cancer Community Center, daily classes, support groups, 778 Main St., South Portland, 774-2200 or cancercommunitycenter.org.

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

CODA: Co-Dependents Anonymous meeting, 6-7 p.m. every Tuesday, Brighton Medical Center, Brighton Ave., Portland, see receptionist for room location, Diana at 749-7443 or Pauline 926-5718.

Drop-In Bereavement Support Group, facilitated by Carol Schoneberg of Hospice of Southern Maine, 5:30-7 p.m., free, first Wednesday of the month, St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, 350 U.S. Route 1, Scarborough, Carol Schoneberg, 289-3651, or cschoneberg@hospiceofsouthernmaine.org.

Divorce Perspectives, a support group for people in all stages of divorce, meets Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m., North Deering Congregational Church, 1364 Washington Ave., Portland, call 232-1667 or info@divorceperspectives.org.

Divorce Support Group, Mondays 6:30-8:30 p.m., $25, open to public, sponsored by Catholic Charities Maine Family Life Institute, St. Pius Church, Ocean Ave., Portland, to register, 1-800-CARE-002 ext. 2670 or familylifeinstitute@ccmaine.org.

Food Addicts In Recovery, daily meetings: Monday, Bath, Brunswick; Tuesday, Scarborough; Wednesday, Bath, Scarborough, Topsham; Thursday, Freeport; Saturday, Brunswick; for locations and times, 775-2132 or foodaddicts.org.

Greater Portland Mothers of Multiples Club, support group for mothers and expectant mothers of multiples, meets first Wednesday of each month, 6:30 p.m., Barron Center, Brighton Ave., Portland, gpmomc.org.

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 Groups, wellness support group with Elizabeth Holder, LADC Guide, Fridays, 5:30-7 p.m., Serenity House, 30 Mellen St., Portland, Liz, 899-2733, HopeHealing.org.

Moms in Recovery, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays, The Salvation Army, Cumberland Ave., Portland, free, with onsite childcare, Amanda, 756-8053.

Nar-Anon Family Support Group, for families of drug addicts, 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Dana Education Center, Maine Medical Center, Bramhall St., Portland, 594-2801.

NAMI Portland, support group for individuals and families affected by mental illness, 7-8:30 p.m., second and fourth Mondays, Maine Medical Dana Center, Congress St., Portland; and 7-8:30 p.m. third Mondays, Spring Harbor Hospital, Westbrook, 899-0465.

Nutrition Works LLC, healthy cooking classes, 805 Stevens Ave., Portland, register at 772-6279 or nutritionworks.us.

Overeaters Anonymous, Portland meetings: Sunday, 7-8:30 p.m., Maine Medical Center, 335 Brighton Ave.; Tuesday, 6 p.m., Woodfords Congregational Church, Route 1; Saturday, first time at OA, 9:30-10 a.m., Maine Medical Center, Dana Center, 22 Bramhall St.; Saturdays, 10 a.m., Maine Medical Center, Dana Center, 22 Bramhall St., oamaine.org.

Prostate Cancer Support Group, 6:30-8:30 second Tuesday, Cancer Community Center, 778 Main St., South Portland, 774-2200 or cancercommunitycenter.org.

Sadhana Meditation Center, The Castle, Lower Level, 100 Brickhill Ave., South Portland, center open to people of all faiths, Ashok, analamalapu@hotmail.com, 772-6898.

“Sunday Morning Recharge: Meditate!” 10-11:15 a.m. Sundays, $10, Falmouth Memorial Library, 5 Lunt Road.

Support Group for Survivors of Suicide Loss, 7-8:30 p.m. second and fourth Mondays, Classroom 1, Dana Center, Maine Medical Center, Portland, facilitated by Sandra Horne, LCSW, 662-7323, and Robert Myers, LCPC, 409-6226.

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

Widow-Widowers Support Group, second and fourth Wednesday, 6 p.m., Woodfords Congregational Church, 202 Woodford St., Portland, 767-0920.

Workaholics Anonymous, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, ongoing, Dana Learning Center, Classroom 2, Maine Medical Center, 22 Bramhall St., WAPortlandME@gmail.com.

Yoga for Parkinson’s, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays, free, Family Ice Center, 20 Hat Trick Drive, Falmouth, sponsored by American Parkinson Disease Association, RSVP, 653-3319.

Young Widows and Widowers Group open to people age 50 or younger meets twice a month on Friday evenings at The Center for Grieving Children, Portland, Valerie Jones, 775-5216 for information or to schedule an initial meeting.

Just for Seniors

Ongoing

Bingo at Hillcrest, Friday 11:30 a.m., $2 unlimited, bring your own lunch, 108 Hillcrest Ave., Scarborough, 730-4150.

Cards & Coffee, every Tuesday and Thursday 10 a.m., play bridge, cribbage or just socialize, open to the community, Casco Bay YMCA, 14 Old South Freeport Road, Freeport, 865-9600.

Enhance Fitness, group exercise program for 50 and older to improve strength, balance, flexibility and cardiovascular fitness, MWF 9-10 a.m. or 10:15-11:15 a.m., Basics Fitness Center, 380 Western Ave., South Portland, 774-3536

Freeport Elders Association, walk at Freeport YMCA 12-2 p.m. Friday, crafts at the center 9-11:30 a.m. Thursday, daily programs, call for newsletter, 865-6462.

PROP Senior Volunteer Program seeks men and women 60+ to join foster grandparent or senior companion program, 773-0202 or propeople.org.

The Retired & Senior Volunteer Program of Southern Maine Agency on Aging is looking for people age 55 and over to volunteer; local opportunities include an arts center in Portland; school mentoring or tutoring; spend time with residents in long term care facilities; volunteer as a tax aide or at a nonprofit, Priscilla Greene, 396-6521 or 1-800-427-7411 Ext. 521.

Senior Breakfast Community Meals, hosted by Wayside Food Programs and the West End Neighborhood Association, 7-8:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, free for seniors, must sign in, Reiche Community Center, 166 Brackett St., Portland, wenamaine.org.

Senior drop-in center, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. Monday-Friday, Salvation Army Senior Center, 297 Cumberland Ave., Portland, 774-6304.

Yarmouth Seniors, second Wednesday, home-cooked meal and fellowship, 12 p.m. lunch, guest speaker follows, Community House, East Main St., Yarmouth.

Kids and Family Stuff

Thursday 3/17

Saint Patrick’s Day Crafts, 3:30-4 p.m., make Leprechaun Goo, Falmouth Memorial Library, 5 Lunt Road, Falmouth, 781-2351.

Sunday 3/20

Summer Children’s Camp Fair, 1–4 p.m., free admission, southern Maine camps for toddlers through teenagers, East End School Gymnasium, 195 North St. Portland, mainecamps.org, 518-9557.

Ongoing

Bayside Neighborhood Programs, Monday girls group 3:30-5 p.m.; Wednesday art group with Cindy, 3:30-5 p.m.; Unity Village, 24 Stone St., Portland, snacks provided, 415-0769.

Children’s Museum of Maine, ongoing cultural, educational, fun and active workshops for kids and parents, 142 Free St., Portland, 828-1234 or kitetails.com.

Falmouth Memorial Library, baby sing-along program; 10 a.m. Mondays and 3:30 p.m. Fridays, children up to age 3 and caregiver; preschool storytime, ages 3-5 and caregiver, 10 a.m. Thursdays, no registration required; Falmouth Memorial Library, 5 Lunt Road, Falmouth, falmouth.lib.me.us, 781-2351.

Scarborough Public Library Story Times, call for times, Scarborough Public Library, 48 Gorham Road, 883-4723.

Greenlight Studio, eco-friendly play space for kids 0-6 and their grownups, 49 Dartmouth St., Portland, greenlight-studio.com, info@greenlight-studio.com.

Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co. and Museum, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., seven days a week, $1 children 3-12, adults $2; 58 Fore St., Portland, 828-0814.

Portland Girls Center, accepting enrollments for after-school program for girls ages 6-14, fees based on sliding scale, transportation from schools provided, open daily until 6 p.m., 347-8015.

Scarborough Public Library Children’s Programs: Baby Tuesdays 11-11:30 a.m., newborns to 18 months; Toddler Tuesdays 10:15-10:45 a.m., ages 18 months and older with an adult; Monthly First Tuesday Pajamarama 6:30-7:30 p.m., ages 3-8; Third Sunday Social, 1:30-3 p.m., grades 3-6; Registration required for Sunday Socials only, sign up by phone 883-4723 ext. 3, all events are free and open to the public, Scarborough Public Library, 48 Gorham Road, scarborough.library.me.us.

Signing for Babies, Monday 9:30-10:30 a.m., Community Counseling Center, 43 Baxter Blvd., Portland, $3; 874-1030.

Story Time! for preschoolers 3-5, Tuesday 10:30 a.m.; for toddlers 1-2, Wednesday 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.; for babies up to 18 months, Thursday 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.; free for children and caregivers, South Portland Branch Library, 155 Wescott Road, South Portland, 775-1835.

Storytime at South Portland Main Library, Fridays, 10:30 a.m. ages 1- 2; 11 a.m. ages 3-5; 482 Broadway, South Portland, 767-7660.

Teen After Hours, Portland Public Library, for teens only, first Wednesday of each month, 7-9 p.m., hang out, play video games, watch movies, use computers, peruse teen-oriented books, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, in collaboration with the Portland Police Department, FMI, Justin Hoenke, teen librarian, 871-1700, ext. 772.

Mid Coast

Benefits

Friday 3/18

Lenten Haddock Supper, to benefit Tedford Housing, 5-7 p.m., $8 adult, $4 youth, $2 under 5 years, pizza available, St. Charles Church, 132 McKeen St., Brunswick, Marcy McGuire, 729-3509.

Saturday 3/19

“Daffodil Days,” daffodils available at the American Cancer Society table, Winter Farmers Market, Fort Andross, all proceeds donated to ACS, 1-800-227-2345.

“The Natives are Restless,” fundraiser for The Chocolate Church, Earl Bigelow and a wide assortment of Mid-Coast musicians, 7:30 p.m., $10/members, $12/advance, $15/door, tickets at Music & Moore, Topsham Fair Mall; The Georgetown Central Store, The Town Landing Store, Bowdoinham and at The Chocolate Church, 804 Washington St., Bath, chocolatechurcharts.org, 442-8455.

Sunday 3/20

“MACSloup,” soup and bread dinner to fund artistic projects, 2-4 p.m., $10/person entitles you to vote on artists’ proposals, all donations go to support winning proposal, Merrymeeting Arts Center, 9 Main St., Bowdoinham; artists invited to apply by 3/19; FMI merrymeetingartscenter.org, or email merrymeetingartscenter@gmail.com.

“The Natives are Restless,” fundraiser for The Chocolate Church, Earl Bigelow and a wide assortment of Mid-Coast musicians, 2 p.m., $10/members, $12/advance, $15/door, tickets at Music & Moore, Topsham Fair Mall; The Georgetown Central Store, The Town Landing Store, Bowdoinham and at The Chocolate Church, 804 Washington St., Bath, chocolatechurcharts.org, 442-8455.

Friday 3/25

Lenten Haddock Supper, to benefit Mid-Coast Hunger Prevention, 5-7 p.m., $8 adult, $4 youth, $2 under 5 years, pizza available, St. Charles Church, 132 McKeen St., Brunswick, Marcy McGuire, 729-3509.

Empty Bowl Supper to benefit The Gathering Place, Brunswick’s new day shelter, and the Women’s Alliance; buy a locally-handcrafted bowl and fill it with soup or chili, 5-7 p.m., $15/bowl, sponsored by the UUCB Women’s Alliance, side door of Unitarian Universalist Church, 15 Pleasant St., Brunswick.

Saturday 3/26

Theater Project Benefit Auction, cash bar, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, exciting items to bid on, 6 p.m., tickets $10, hosted by The Brunswick Inn, 65 Park Ave., Brunswick, 729-8584, theaterproject.com.

Sunday 3/27

Colon Cancer Walk, Brunswick Bike Path, Water St., to participate, contact Theresa Barry, treebarry@hotmail.com, FMI, American Cancer Society, cancer.org, 373-3710.

Ongoing

Fields of the Future bottle redemption, Bootleggers of Topsham, Maine, donate your returnables to “Turf McMann,” Bootleggers will donate an extra 10% of all donations, Fields4ourfuture.org.

Bulletin Board

Bath Blarney Days, March 10-17, local events, Pot O’ Gold Passport Challenge, schedule of events at visitbath.com, or call 442-7291.

AARP Tax-Aide, free tax return preparation for low to middle-income, Feb. 1 – April 18; Bath, Tuesdays 10 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. and Thursdays 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Patten Free Library, 33 Summer St., 443-5141; Mondays/Saturdays 9 a.m. -1 p.m., Bath Area Senior Center, 45 Floral St., 443-4937; Brunswick, Wednesdays 3:30-7 p.m., and Fridays 12:30-4 p.m., Curtis Memorial Library; Tuesdays 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. and Thursdays 12:30-4 p.m., People Plus, 35 Union St., 729-0757; bring photo ID, last year’s return, supporting documents, FMI, Mary Louise Blanchard, 386-1048.

Free Tax Prep by Midcoast CA$H Coalition, IRS-certified volunteers, for anyone earning under $50K combined; Bath: Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. through April 11, Midcoast Maine Community Action, 34 Wing Farm Parkway; Brunswick: Tuesdays 4:30-7:30 p.m. through April 12, Bowdoin College, McClellan Building; Saturdays 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. through March 26, Perryman Village Community Center, 51 Perryman Village Drive; Topsham: Wednesdays 4-7 p.m. through March 9, Volunteers of America, Westrum House, 22 Union Park Road; call 319-1390 for appointment.

Wednesday 3/16

Energy Workshop sponsored by MCOG; energy auditors, contractors, experts will answer questions about energy efficiency, 6:30-7:30 p.m., free, Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick, Jason Bird, 443-5790, jbird@midcoastcog.org.

Ongoing

Aging Workers Inititiative of Coastal Counties Workforce Inc., holds classes/forums for those over 55; if interested in short-term certificate training in certain fields contact Barry Peaco, 319-8436, Barry.Peaco@goodwillnne.org; FMI on Seasoned Worker Forums, visit seasonedworkforce.com.

Bridge Groups, 7-9 p.m. Fridays for beginners; 2-4 p.m. Sundays for experienced players, 45 Green St., Bath, register, 443-3901.

International Association of Administrative Professionals, Mid Coast Area Chapter meets third Wednesday of the month, September-May, 5:15-7:30 p.m., Mid Coast Pizza and More, Bath, monthly speakers, networking, mcac-iaap.org/index.

Kinship Families Support Group, raising a family member’s child with love, first and third Wednesday, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Midcoast Maine Community Action, 34 Wing Farm Parkway, Bath, preregister 442-7963 ext. 213.

Kaleidoscope Quilters, second (7 p.m.) and fourth (6:30 p.m.) Thursday of the month, Elks Lodge, Park Row, Brunswick, 725-5242.

Knitting Circle, Tuesday 3:30-5 p.m., for experienced and learners, Patten Free Library, 33 Summer St., Bath.

NARFE Merrymeeting Chapter 1796, National Active and Retired Employees Association, meeting every third Thursday of the month (except July/August), 11:15 a.m., The Bounty Restaurant at the Holiday Inn, Bath, membership/information, Chuck Hanson, 677-2367 or Anne Philippon, 725-2425.

Call for Donations

Teddy Bear Collection for month of March for children and elderly undergoing medical treatment, bears/stuffed animals must be new with tags attached, smaller size (12″) preferred, drop off at Downeast Energy’s Brunswick, Bath and Lisbon Falls offices, Angie Helton, 653-0365, nema@maine.rr.com.

Used Books needed for Mid Coast Hospital Auxiliary book sale, drop off 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., March 19, 26 and April 2, back door of the former Bookland, Cook’s Corner Mall, Brunswick, proceeds will benefit health career scholarships, Millie Stewart, 373-6015; we are not accepting Reader’s Digest, textbooks, encyclopedias.

Call for Volunteers

“Road to Recovery,” American Cancer Society’s transportation program seeks volunteers to help cancer patients get to their treatment appointments, call Janice Staples, 373-3715, janice.staples@cancer.org, American Cancer Society, One Bowdoin Mill Island, Topsham.

Red Cross Training, Disaster Action Team, free, basic classes provide foundation for delivering assistance in emergency situations, weekday evenings, course schedules at midcoast.redcross.org, register on line or call 729-6779, 563-3299, MidCoastRedCross.net, 16 Community Way, Topsham.

Meals on Wheels drivers urgently needed, Wednesdays and Fridays, information, 729-0475, Spectrum Generations, 12 Main St., Topsham.

Thursday 3/17

Literacy Volunteers, combined basic literacy and ESOL tutor training, every other Thursday for 6 sessions, 4:45-7:30 p.m., $25 optional fee to offset cost, register in advance, literacyvolunteers@tricountyliteracy.org, 443-6484.

Tuesday 3/22

AHCH Training for Androscoggin Home Visiting, Grocery Shopping and Transportation volunteer program, 12-4 p.m., Parkview Hospital, 329 Maine St., Brunswick, pre-registration required, Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice, 777-7740, ahch.org.

Monday 3/28

Hospice Training Class, Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice has a growing need for volunteers in Brunswick, 9-session class, Mondays and Wednesdays 1-4 p.m., free, Parkview Hospital, 329 Maine St., Brunswick, FMI, 777-7740, AHCH.org.

Ongoing

Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice has a growing need for hospice volunteers in the Brunswick area, training, call 777-7740, AHCH.org.

ArtVan Program seeks volunteers to help with art therapy programming with children and teens, promotional support and fundraising efforts, contact 371-4125 or visit artvanprogram.org.

Bath Youth Meetinghouse & Skatepark seeks volunteers to help in the cafe, at concerts, supporting youth programs and fundraising efforts, experience with teenagers helpful, 443-8900 or visit 26 Summer St., Bath.

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.

CA$H Coalition, Midcoast Maine, seeks volunteers to help Maine families access federal tax credits; free training includes IRS certification, training is held in November/early January, information, Sharon Ross, 373-1140, Sharon.ross@voanne.org.

Cell Phones for Soldiers, donate used cell phones at Southern New Hampshire University, 10 Tibbetts Drive, Cooks Corner, Brunswick or 1000 Burbank Ave., BNAS Building 20, Brunswick.

Chocolate Church Arts Center seeks volunteers for the art gallery and more, 798 Washington St., Bath, 442-8455.

The Greater Bath Elder Outreach Network, a program of Catholic Charities Maine, is looking for volunteers a few hours a week to assist seniors by providing companionship, transportation, assistance with errands and telephone reassurance for elderly and disabled people who live in Sagadahoc County and the Brunswick area, Martha Cushing, 837-8810; meetings 6-7:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month, Patten Free Library, Bath, 837-8810.

Habitat for Humanity/7 Rivers Maine needs volunteers at ReStore in Bath, minimum four-hour shift commitment, 386-5081 or michele@habitat7rivers.org.

Home to Home, an organization providing a safe place for parents to exchange children for visitations, needs volunteers, commitment of 1-2 hours per exchange period, police check and training required, Mid-Coast Hospital, Brunswick, Rich Siegel, 837-4894, mainehometohome.org.

Mid Coast Hospital, dozens of positions at the café, gift shop, or greeting patients, 123 Medical Center Drive, Brunswick, 373-6015.

Mid Coast Senior Health Center needs volunteers for various activities with seniors Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, welcome desk openings, 373-369

Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority seeks volunteers for the Great State of Maine Air Show & Business Aviation Expo, August 26-28, 2011, for information and non-profit grant opportunities, visit greatstateofmaineairshow.us or call 725-9701.

Money Management Program, help low-income seniors with routine financial matters, Spectrum Generations, 12 Main St., Topsham, 729-0475.

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

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

People Plus Center, ongoing opportunities, 6 Noble St., Brunswick, 729-0757.

Spectrum Generations has volunteer opportunities in program development, outreach, and reception at its new Community Center at 12 Main St., Topsham, Debbie, 729-0475.

Sexual Assault Support Services of Mid Coast Maine needs volunteers to provide support and information to callers on 24-hour hotline, 725-2181.

Dining Out

Wednesday 3/16

Lenten Soup Supper, Wednesdays through April 13, 5:30-7 p.m., supper followed by program, fellowship, discussion, open to the public, Bath United Methodist Church, 340 Oak Grove Ave., Bath, 443-4707.

Friday 3/18

Lenten Haddock Supper, to benefit Tedford Housing, 5-7 p.m., $8 adult, $4 youth, $2 under 5 years, pizza available, St. Charles Church, 132 McKeen St., Brunswick, Marcy McGuire, 729-3509.

Saturday 3/19

Chicken Pie Supper, 4:30-6:30 p.m., adults $7.50, children 12 and under $3.50, proceeds benefit church general fund, no reservations required, call 443-4707 for take-out, Bath United Methodist Church, 340 Oak Grove Ave., Bath.

Public Bean Supper, 4-6 p.m., $7 adults, $3 children, sponsored by The Topsham Trail Riders ATV/Snowmobile Club, Topsham Fairgrounds Exhibition Hall, Dale Giles, 725-6015.

Sunday 3/20

Public Breakfast Buffet, 7:30-10 a.m., suggested donation, $6/adult, $3/child uner 12, $15 max/families with children under 12, Knights of Columbus Hall, 807 Middle St., Bath.

Wednesday 3/23

Lenten Soup Supper, Wednesdays through April 13, 5:30-7 p.m., supper followed by program, fellowship, discussion, open to the public, Bath United Methodist Church, 340 Oak Grove Ave., Bath, 443-4707.

Friday 3/25

Lenten Haddock Supper, to benefit Mid-Coast Hunger Prevention, 5-7 p.m., $8 adult, $4 youth, $2 under 5 years, pizza available, St. Charles Church, 132 McKeen St., Brunswick, Marcy McGuire, 729-3509.

Saturday 3/26

Baked Bean & Casserole supper, 4:30-6 p.m., $7/adult, $3.50/child, The Bath Area Senior Center, 45 Floral St., Bath, 443-4937.

Wednesday 3/30

Lenten Soup Supper, Wednesdays through April 13, 5:30-7 p.m., supper followed by program, fellowship, discussion, open to the public, Bath United Methodist Church, 340 Oak Grove Ave., Bath, 443-4707.

Gardens and Outdoors

Thursday 3/17

Harpswell Garden Club, Cyndy Bush, Maine Judges Council member, master gardener and floral designer, will demonstrate the use of fruit and flowers for design, 12:30 p.m., Thornton Oaks, Brunswick, Marcy McGuire, 729-3509.

Ongoing

Cathance River Educational Alliance, series for adults, “CREA Adult Class” 2nd Saturday of each month, 9 a.m. – noon, the Ecology Center, Cathance River Nature Preserve, Topsham; “Ecology Lecture Series,” last Tuesday each month, 6:30-8 p.m., Topsham Public Library; 12 participants, cost per class, $15 members/ $20 non-members, register, creamaine.org, click on “Programs,” 798-1913 or e-mail cathanced@gwi.net.

Topsham Garden Club, 12 p.m. lunch, 1 p.m. speaker and business meeting; call Marie 729-1295 or Jane 721-8675 for location and membership info; new members/guests always welcome; mainegardenclubs.org (select GCFM Districts and Clubs, Medomak District, Topsham Garden Club), meets second Wednesday from March to December.

Getting Smarter

ESOL, English as a Second Language classes, free, Mondays and Wednesdays 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays 6-9 p.m., basics of English and class trips to learn about Maine, to register or FMI, 729-7323 ext. 1, Merrymeeting Adult Education, 35 Republic Ave., Topsham, Michael Myers, myersm@link75.org.

Thursday 3/17

“How to Get a Press Release Published,” Mid Day Chambers speaker Robert Long, Editor, The Times Record, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road, Topsham, FMI Charles Crosby, 725-8797 ext. 3, midcoastmaine.com.

Joshua L. Chamberlain Civil War Round Table, lecture by Charles W. Plummer, “On Fields of Carnage and Death, The Civil War Experiences of Chaplain John Wesley Adams,” 7 p.m., Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick, Dan Cunningham 729-9520, Jay Stencil 721-0235.

Monday 3/21

Pecha Kucha night, 6 p.m., free/members, $5/non-members, reservations recommended at info@fiveriversartalliance.org, Frontier Cafe, 14 Maine St., Brunswick, Harriet Mosher, 798-6964.

Thursday 3/24

“Power Hour,” Cumberland County Energy Symposium, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Cundy’s Harbor Library, 935 Cundy’s Harbor Road, Harpswell, 725-1461.

Friday 3/25

“Financing Your Future,” workshop sponsored by Maine Centers for Women, Work and Community, Fridays, March 25-April 22, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., free, University College, Bath, pre-register, Shelley Taylor, 386-1664, shelley.taylor@maine.edu.

Tuesday 3/29

That Obnoxious Order: Ulysses S. Grant and the Jews, by Jonathan D. Sarna, professor of American Jewish History, Brandeis University, and chief historian of the New National Museum of American Jewish History, 7:30 p.m., free, Bowdoin College, Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center, 725-3291.

Ongoing

ArtWorks, Creative Arts Night, 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Bath Recreation Center, 4 Sheridan Road, Bath, $8; 443-8360.

International Association of Administrative Professionals, Mid Coast Area Chapter meets third Wednesday of the month, September-May, 5:15-7:30 p.m., Mid Coast Pizza and More, Bath, monthly speakers, networking, mcac-iaap.org/index.

Joshua L. Chamberlain Civil War Round Table monthly meeting and speaker, every third Thursday, free, open to public, 7 p.m., Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick, information, Dan Cunningham 729-9520, or Jay Stencil 721-0235.

Merrymeeting Regional Adult Education, various courses available, 35 Republic Ave., Topsham, 729-7323.

Sagadahoc History & Genealogy Room, focusing on communities in Sagadahoc County, Patten Free Library, 33 Summer St., Bath, 443-5141.

Spectrum Generations, Southern Midcoast Community Center, 12 Maine St., Topsham, call or visit for list of classes and events, southernmidcoast@spectrumgenerations.org, 729-0475.

University College at Bath/Brunswick hosts career and academic program information sessions, free, Mid-Coast Center for Higher Education, 9 Park St., Bath, schedule at 442-7736.

Wife of Bath hosts monthly day-long creative writing retreats, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., $25, Linden Tree Meeting House, Phippsburg Congregational Church UCC, 10 Church Lane, Phippsburg, month-by-month or pre-register, 751-2414, editor@wifeofbath.net, visit wifeofbath.net.

Health & Support

Grieving Children and their families, 6-week peer support program, Mondays, April 25-May 30, 6-7:15 p.m., United Methodist Church, 230 Church St., Brunswick, FMI and to schedule initial family meeting, call Kathe Pilibosian, Bereavement and Grief Support, 729-6782 ext. 1357, kpilibosian@midcoasthealth.com.

Wednesday 3/16

Free Blood Pressure Clinic offered by CHANS Home Health Care, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., Mid Coast Hunger Prevention, 84 Union St., Brunswick, free transportation available to people living in Brunswick, Topsham, Harpswell, call 729-0757.

Thursday 3/17

Free Blood Pressure Clinic offered by CHANS Home Health Care, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., People Plus, Union St., Brunswick, free transportation available to people living in Brunswick, Topsham, Harpswell, call 729-0757.

Friday 3/18

CHANS speaking on how to eat better as we age, 1 p.m., free, Spectrum Generations, 12 Main St., Topsham, 729-0475

Friday 3/25

Free Blood Pressure Clinic offered by CHANS Home Health Care, 9:30-11 a.m., Pejepscot Terrace, Brunswick, free transportation available to people living in Brunswick, Topsham, Harpswell, call 729-0757.

Ongoing

Free Blood Pressure Clinic, Wednesdays 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., walk-in, Mid Coast Hospital Community Resource Room, 123 Medical Center Drive, Brunswick, Jessica Loney RN, 373-6592, jloney@midcoasthealth.com.

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.

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.

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, 1st and 3rd Tuesday, September to May, 1-2 p.m., free, friends/family welcome, Mid Coast Hospital, 1st floor conference room, 81 Medical Center Drive, Brunswick, for information or sign up, call Dimitra Toothaker, 373-6175; Robert Lundstrom, 371-2936; or Doris Armstrong, 725-2618.

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.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous, Monday 7 p.m., Beth Israel Congregation, 906 Washington St., Bath, 865-4076; Wednesday 7 a.m., UCC Church, 150 Congress St., Bath, 837-8164; Wednesday 7 p.m., Midcoast Presbyterian Church, 84 Main St., Topsham, 729-3861; Saturday 9 a.m., Midcoast Hospital, Brunswick, 865-1916.

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

Hooptydoo Hula-Hoop Class, all ages welcome, all hula-hooping levels, Tuesdays 5:30-6:30 p.m., $10/person, Bath Dance Works, 72 Front St., third floor; information, Helen, 808-281-6451 or hooptydoo@gmail.com.

Laughter Yoga Club, reduce stress with playful exercises and yogic breathing, dress as you are, no mats, all ages, every third Monday, 10 a.m., free, Bath Dance Works, 100 Front St., third floor, for information, Amanda, 443-3721 or amanda@meadowdance.org.

Mid Coast Chronic Pain Support Group, open to people with chronic pain, their families and friends, first and third Monday, 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, Brunswick meetings: Monday 7:30 p.m., First Parish Church, 9 Cleaveland St.; and Thursday 7 p.m., St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 27 Pleasant St.; Sunday 9 a.m., MidCoast Hospital, 123 Medical Center Drive.

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

Sexual Assault Support Services of Midcoast Maine, support groups for survivors of sexual violence, includes sexual assault, sexual abuse as a child and sexual harassment, open to nonoffending parents and partners, 725-2181 to schedule a pre-group meeting.

Spectrum Generations, Southern Midcoast Community Center, 12 Maine St., Topsham, call or visit for list of classes and events, southernmidcoast@spectrumgenerations.org, 729-0475.

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

TOPS (Take Off the Pounds Sensibly) Thursday weigh-in 6:10-6:40 p.m., meeting follows, Seventh Day Adventist Church, Maine St., Brunswick, 375-4749.

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

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

Just for Seniors

Ongoing

Bath Area Senior Citizens, bridge club, cribbage, crafts, line dancing, bocce, bingo and more, 45 Floral St., Bath, 443-4937.

Meals on Wheels, delivery available for homebound seniors and disabled adults, offered by Spectrum Generations, 12 Main St., Topsham, 729-0475.

Money Management Program, help low-income seniors with routine financial matters, Spectrum Generations, 12 Main St., Topsham, 729-0475.

People Plus Community Center, multipurpose multigenerational facility provides recreational, social, informational, educational and personal services to seniors as well as people of all ages, 35 Union St., Brunswick, 729-0757.

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program seeks volunteers age 55 and over for various opportunities, 396-6521.

Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center, support groups, lectures, socials, activities, 521 Main St., Damariscotta, for daily schedule, 563-1363 or spectrumgenerations.org.

Spectrum Generations Southern Midcoast Community Center now open for classes, activities, trips, health & wellness, 12 Main St., Topsham, 729-0475, or datwood@spectrumgenerations.org.

Topsham Merry Meeters Senior Citizens, all ages 50 and over welcome, bring a dish to share for potluck meal, noon, Westrum House, Union Park Road, Topsham; 729-7686 or 725-2425; meets third Tuesday except July and August.

Kids and Family Stuff

Sunday 3/20

“That’s Entertainment,” figure skating ice show by The Skating Club of Brunswick with Olympic ice-dancers Melissa Gregory and Denis Petukhov, 4 p.m., Bowdoin College, Watson Arena, Brunswick; tickets, $8/advance, $10/door, available at Hannaford, Maine St., Brunswick, FMI, scofbrunswick.net/default.aspx.

Tuesday 3/22

KinderKonzerts (Brass): Brought to You By the Letter “B,” PSO interactive music program for children ages 3-7; 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m., $4/person, Crooker Theater, Brunswick High School, 116 Maquoit Road, reservations or FMI, 773-6128 or education@portlandsymphony.org.

Ongoing

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bath/Brunswick is accepting applications for “Littles,” girls ages 6-14 that live in single parent homes to participate in “The Big and Little” program, a mentoring program that matches a child with an adult community mentor (Big Sister) in a one-on-one friendship. There are Big Sisters currently waiting to be matched with Littles. Please Contact Aurora Joseph, Match Support Specialist, 729-7736 or community@bbbsbathbrun.org to enroll your daughter.

Brunswick Teen Center at People Plus, an after school and summer drop in program for area youth in grades 6-12, free membership, safe and fun environment with pool, ping pong, snacks, video games, movies, crafts and more, Mon-Thurs. 2:30-5:30 p.m., call for vacation and summer hours, 35 Union St. Brunswick, 721-0754.

Kids’ Classics at Dreamland Theater, film series for children and young teens, second Sunday of the month, October through May, 2 p.m., free, donations suggested, Sagadahoc Preservation Winter Street Center, 880 Washington St., Bath, for schedule, visit sagadahocpreservation.org.

Morning Storytelling, monthly, songs, stories from around the world with Janice O’Rourke, for ages 6 and under, Frontier Cafe, Cinema & Gallery, Fort Andross, 14 Maine St., Brunswick, information, 725-5222 or explorefrontier.com.

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