Community Calendar: March 16-April 2

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Greater Portland

Benefits

Beauty and the Books, to March 31, silent auction of art and crafts to benefit Falmouth Memorial Library, 5 Lunt Road, 781-2351, beautyandthebooksfml@gmail.com.

Chocolate Lovers’ Fling, 1-4 p.m. April 3, South Portland Marriott, 200 Sable Oaks Dr., South Portland. Chocolate confections made in Southern Maine, judging, silent auction. All proceeds benefit Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine. Tickets are $50 at chocolateloversfling.org.

Peanut butter and jelly drive, through March at all Bangor Savings Bank branches to benefit local food pantries and other programs statewide.

Friday 3/18

Camp Susan Curtis Leadership Celebration, reception 6 p.m.; program/dinner, 7 p.m., Portland Marriott at Sable Oaks, 200 Sable Oaks Dr., South Portland, $150 per person; sponsorships available. Register at susancurtisfoundation.org/?p=361, email/call info@susancurtisfoundation.org, 774-1552.

“Rock Around-the-World,” 6:30-10 p.m., live music, international dance, multicultural food, raffle to benefit Portland Public Schools’ Multilingual & Multicultural Center, , Italian Heritage Center, 40 Westland Ave., Portland, tickets through brownpapertickets.com/event/2490018.

Saturday 3/19

Beat the Winter Blues Luau, 5-7 p.m., Falmouth Congregational Church, 267 Falmouth Road, themed dinner, flute ensemble, hula and limbo. Adults, $10, children, $5. Proceeds benefit mission trip to H.O.M.E. in Orland.

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

Speak Clearly Accent Reduction Benefit concert, 7 p.m., Port City Baptist Church, 867 Congress St., $5 suggested donation helps raise money for classes to help women and children to learn English and pronunciation together.

Friday 3/25

Good Friday Walk for Habitat for Humanity, 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Cumberland UCC, 282 Main St., Cumberland or First Universalist UU, 97 Main St., Yarmouth. Register at crowdrise.com/2016goodfridaywalk/fundraiser.

Saturday 4/2

Bow Street Market Tortoise and Hare 5K. Race day registration 8 a.m. near Bow Street Market and is $20. Register online for $15 at runinarace.com, or at the Freeport High School main office. Proceeds support Freeport High School Track Team, 829-3419 or 829-3793.

Books/Authors

Adult coloring,10:30 a.m. every Wednesday, Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Drive, for those 18 and older. Materials provided.

“Thursdays with the Bard,” 6-7 p.m. read aloud and discuss Shakespeare every Thursday in March, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square. March 17: “Hamlet”; March 24: “Twelfth Night”; March 31: “King Lear.” 871-1700.

Wednesday 3/16

First Folio Shakespeare Slam, 5:30-7 p.m., Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square. Open to teens and adults; must register at portlandpubliclibrary/teens, click on First Folio Shakespeare Slam link.

Friday 3/25

Writer, poet, playwright, teacher and literary translator Liama Vince, book signing and catered lunch, 11:30 a.m., South Freeport Congregational Church, 98 South Freeport Road. Tickets $15 and must be reserved by calling 865-4012. More information at: southfreeportchurch.com/author-luncheons.html.

Bulletin Board

Portland High School 50th Class Reunion, planning session for July 23 event is April 2 at 1 p.m., Italian Heritage Center, 40 Westland Ave., Portland, Portlandhigh1966@gmail.com.

Thursday 3/17

Maine Women’s Network, open networking, 5-7 p.m., The Westin Hotel, Top of the East Lounge, 157 High St., Portland. Share ideas, and socialize. Free for members, $10 all others; preregister at http://bit.ly/1R7we3S.

Wednesday 3/23

Constituent outreach hours for U.S. Sen. Angus King, drop in to meet with staff at the following locations and times: Portland City Hall, 389 Congress St., Portland, 2-4 p.m.; Scarborough Public Library, 48 Gorham Rd.,11 a.m.-1 p.m.; South Portland Community Center, 21 Nelson Rd., 10 a.m.-noon. For more information, 800-432-1599.

Wednesday 3/30

Yarmouth kindergarten information meeting, 7-8 p.m., WH Rowe School, 52 School St., 846-3771.

Ongoing

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

Call for Volunteers

Caring compassionate hospice volunteers wanted to be part of the VNA Home Health Hospice team, bringing comfort to those facing a terminal illness. Next training Tuesday, April 12, 19 and 26 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Call Beth Simmons, at 400-8852 or email simmonsb@emhs.org.

Volunteer artists to teach interactive art demos, (papermaking, printmaking, fiber arts, etc.) for the “Longfellow Park Clean Up” April 22 and “Longfellow Park Neighborhood Block Party” April 23, 10 Longfellow St., Portland. All ideas welcome, uno@maine.rr.com.

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

Ongoing

Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter, 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.

Foster Grandparents and Senior Companions, adults 55 and older needed to make a difference while earning extra money. Foster Grandparents assist in schools, Senior Companions visit adult day programs or homes, call 773-0202 or email FGP@opportunityalliance.org.

Meals on Wheels, Portland, needs volunteer drivers to deliver meals to home-bound elderly, once a week, once a month or more on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays or Fridays, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Mileage reimbursement offered. Contact Jennie at 878-3285.

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

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

Dances

Ongoing

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

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

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

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

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

Dining Out

Saturday 3/19

Bean Supper, 5-6 p.m., West Falmouth Baptist Church, 18 Mountain Road, Falmouth. Three kinds of beans, dogs, chop suey, mac & cheese, potato salad, homemade pies. Adults, $8, children $4.

Smothered Beef Supper, 5-6:30 p.m., Masonic Lodge, Mallet Drive, Freeport. Smothered mashed potatoes, assorted veggies, homemade biscuits and dessert, $9 adults, children under 12, $4.50.

Bean Supper, 5-6 p.m., Peoples United Methodist Church, 310 Broadway, South Portland. Baked beans, casseroles, homemade pies, $8/person, $17/family.

Ongoing

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

Health

Sunday 3/20

“Sacred Sound as Spiritual Practice,” 12:30-2:30 p.m., The Portland New Church, 302 Stevens Ave., deep listening as spiritual practice, with vibrational effects of various instruments including gongs, drums and voices. All welcome, by donation, sacredsoundandliving.com, chimeofmaine.org.

Ongoing

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

Cultivating Mindfulness Class, 6-7:30 p.m., Bridge Studio at Art of Awareness, 100 Waterman Dr., Suite 201, South Portland, donation-based; all proceeds benefit nonprofit Cultivating Balance, 799-1331, ext. 104; cultivatingbalanceforyou@gmail.com.

Fit to Dance, 5:30-6:30 pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays, Cancer Community Center, 778 Main St., South Portland, 774-2200. Free.

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

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

Yoga for Bigger Bodies, 3-4 p.m., Bridge Studio at Art of Awareness, 100 Waterman Drive, Suite 201, South Portland. Safe, fun, body-positive yoga experience for all. Donation-based; all proceeds benefit nonprofit Cultivating Balance, cultivatingbalance.org.

Just for Kids

Shakespeariment: Interactive Workshop for Children, 3-4 p.m., Saturdays March 19, 26, in the Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library Portland Public Library. Improvisational games and literacy challenges for children 5-12.

Saturday 3/19

Easter Egg Hunt, 2-4 p.m., Scarborough Free Baptist Church, 55 Mussey Road, an afternoon of fun for children of all ages.

Saturday 3/26

Easter Egg Hunt, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Falmouth Congregational Church UCC, 267 Falmouth Road. Music, cake walk, food, face painting, bunnies, games and prizes for up to age 12. Bring a basket; rain or shine.

Support

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

Ongoing

Cancer Community Center, support groups, wellness classes, complementary therapies, nutrition instruction for adults affected by cancer. Visit CancerCommunityCenter.org or call 774-2200 to learn more.

Cancer Support Group, 5:30-6:30 pm, Wednesdays, Cancer Community Center, 778 Main St., South Portland, 774-2200. This group is for adults affected by cancer, their families and friends.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Memory Café, 1 p.m, every second Wednesday, OceanView, Blueberry Commons, Falmouth, 781-4621; noon, every first Wednesday, Port Resources, 280 B Gannett Dr., South Portland with pizza lunch; 828-0048,, portresources.org.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Workshops/Walks/Talks

Designer Fruit Tree Series: Grafting, Budding, Planting & Pruning, April 21, May 21, July 19, UMaine Regional Learning Center and Tidewater Farm in Falmouth. Register for each session online at umaine.edu/cumberland/programs/gardening-workshops/.

Armchair Travel Series, Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Drive, 6:30 p.m. Monday March 21: “Iceland, Land of Fire and Ice”; March 28: “Tantalizing Turkey.”
Preschool Nature Explorations, 11 a.m., Wolfe’s Neck State Park, 426 Wolfe’s Neck Road, Freeport, March 19, 20. Story and hands-on activity. Meet at the circle of benches. Call 865-4465 after 10 a.m. for trail conditions and program updates.

Firehouse Arts, 20 Center St., Yarmouth. Various classes beginning March 14 in mime, clowning, drama for youth, improv for adults, FirehouseArtsME.com, 450-5342.

Techspresso, 2-3:30 p.m., each Tuesday through March at Merrill Memorial Library tech librarians offer free drop-in help with electronic devices, along with a cup of freshly-brewed coffee at 215 Main St., Yarmouth, 846-4763.

Tuesday 3/15 

 “Lilacs of McLaughlin Garden,”  7- 8 p.m. Hosted by The Foreside Garden Club at Falmouth Memorial Library, 5 Lunt Rd.

Thursday 3/17

“How to Forecast Revenue and Growth for Your Business,” 2-5 p.m., Portland SCORE, 100 Middle St., free with online registration at scoremaine.com or call 772-1147 weekday mornings.

Saturday 3/19

Hike with the Ranger, 2 p.m., Wolfe’s Neck State Park, 426 Wolfe’s Neck Road, Freeport. Free with park admission; meet at benches by the second parking lot. In case of inclement weather, call 865-4465 after 10 a.m., maine.gov/wolfesneckwoods.

“How to Cook with Maine Beer,” 10 a.m.-noon, create salad dressings, marinades, baking quick breads, and desserts at UMaine Extension Cumberland County office, 75 Clearwater Drive, Falmouth. Register at  http://bit.ly/1PNfEd7.

Sunday 3/20

“Secrets of the Shore, 2 p.m., Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park, 426 Wolfe’s Neck Road, Freeport. Discover the secrets of life in the salt marsh, mud flats and rocky shores. Free with park admission; meet at benches by the second parking lot, weather permitting. 865-4465, maine.gov/wolfesneckwoods.

“Show & Tell,” March theme: anything paper, 3-5 p.m., hosted by North Yarmouth Historical Society at North Yarmouth Congregational Church, 3 Gray Road, North Yarmouth. All ages, nyhs@maine.rr.com or 829-3186.

Tuesday 3/22

“Antiques Roadshow” appraiser Ken Gloss, 6:30 p.m., Lunt Auditorium at OceanView at Falmouth. Proprietor of The Brattle Book Shop in Boston is an expert in books and manuscripts, 781-2351 or jmadden@falmouth.lib.me.us.

Technology Petting Zoo and E-Reader Help, 3-7:30 p.m., Peaks Island Branch Library, with a variety of electronic devices and help downloading library materials. Bring device to learn on; register by emailing moriarity@portlandpubliclibrary.org or call 871-1700, ext. 707.

“What Makes Me Greek?” Panel discussion presented by Hellenic Society of Maine, 7 p.m., Room 1, Payson Smith Hall, USM Portland, HellenicSocietyofMaine.org.

Wednesday 3/30

First time home buyers class, 6:15-7:30 p.m., Scarborough Public Library. Free, but limited space. Register at HomeBuyingInMaine.com.

Friday 4/1

Inaugural New England Brew Summit, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., USM Abromson Center, Portland. Space is limited; registration required at nebrewsummit.com/register/.

Ongoing

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

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

Mid-Coast

Benefits

Bowl For Kids’ Sake to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bath/Brunswick needs teams to raise pledges and bowl 5:30-10 p.m. Friday, April 1 at The Bowling Bowl in Brunswick and 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, April 2 at Yankee Lanes, Brunswick. Two strings of bowling, DJ music, special guests, 50/50 raffle and door prizes

Books/Authors

Thursday 3/31

“That Old Ace In the Hole,” by Annie Proulx, 7 p.m., Merrill Memorial Library Reader’s Circle, 215 Main St., Yarmouth.

Ongoing

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.

The Writers’ Meetup, 6 p.m., first Tuesday, network over coffee and snacks. Free and open to all, Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road, 725-1727, topshamlibrary.org.

Young Critics, 5 p.m., third Tuesday, for fourth- and fifth-graders. Free, but registration required at Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road, 725-1727, topshamlibrary.org.

Teen Talk Book Club, second Thursday, Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road, 725-1727, topshamlibrary.org.

Tween Reads, 5-6 p.m., for sixth- and seventh-graders. Meets once a month. Registration required, Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road, 725-1727, topshamlibrary.org.

Men’s Book Group, 6:30-7:30 p.m., third Thursday, Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road, new members welcome. FMI, 725-1727, topshamlibrary.org.

Bulletin Board

Donations for Mid Coast Hospital Auxiliary annual book sale April 8-9 accepted 9 a.m.-noon Saturday March 19, 26, and April 2 at Merrymeeting Plaza, 147 Bath Road, Brunswick. Please no encyclopedias, textbooks, Reader’s Digest condensed books, magazines or damaged books.

Monday 3/21

Constituent outreach hours for U.S. Sen. Angus King, drop in to meet with staff 11 a.m.- 1 p.m., Merrill Memorial Library, 215 Main St., Yarmouth. Note date has changed.

Ongoing

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

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

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

Call for Volunteers

Tuesday 3/22

Fresh Air Fund’s Friendly Towns Program info night, 5-9 p.m., Otto’s Pizza,  367 Main St., Yarmouth. Learn more about hosting New York City children; Otto’s Pizza will donate a portion of sales to The Fresh Air Fund of Southern Maine.

Ongoing

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

Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice needs hospice volunteers in the Brunswick area; training provided. 777-7740, AHCH.org.

ArtVan Program seeks volunteers to help with art therapy programming with children and teens, promotional support and fundraising efforts. Contact 650-1608 or visit artvanprogram.org.

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

Chocolate Church Arts Center seeks volunteers for the art gallery and more, 804 Washington St., Bath, 442-8455.

Friends of Merrymeeting Bay seeks volunteers interested in preserving the bay to assist with speaker series, assemble mailings, and more, 666-1118, fomb.org.

Habitat for Humanity/7 Rivers Maine seeks volunteers to cashier at the ReStore in Topsham; typically four-hour shifts Tuesday through Saturday; 504-9335; michele@habitat7rivers.org.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dances

Ongoing

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

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

Dining Out

Friday 3/18

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

Saturday 3/19

Chicken Pie Supper, 4:30-6 p.m., Bath United Methodist Church, 340 Oak Grove Ave., Bath, with pickled beets and other veg, cranberry sauce, biscuits and grapenut pudding, $8 a person, $4 under 12. For takeout call 443-4707.

Chili and Chowder Cook Off, 5-6:30 p.m., hosted by Jobs for Maine’s Graduates (JMG) students at Morse High School, Bath, with silent auction and raffle, $5 in advance (available at MHS) or $6 at the door.

Topsham Trailriders Bean Supper, 4-6 p.m., Topsham Fair Exhibition Hall. Three kinds of beans, chop suey, mac n’ cheese, hot dogs, brown bread. Adults, $7, children $3, under 10, free.

Health

NAMI Family-to-Family Education course, 12-week series for families of people diagnosed with mental illness, 6:30-9 p.m. beginning April 5. Preregistration required, 729-8055, ccantybrooks@namimaine.org.

Friday 3/25

Walk the labyrinth, noon-7 p.m., First Parish Church, UCC, 9 Cleaveland St., Brunswick. Allows the mind to relax while breath and body settle into a comfortable pace, jconnors@firstparish.net, 729-7331, or firstparish.net/programs.

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

Diabetic foot clinic, first Thursday of the month, Jeanne Otis R.N., $30/visit, package deals available. Call for appointment, 729-0475, Southern Midcoast Community Center.

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

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

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

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

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

Just for Kids

Friday 3/25

Professional henna artist demo and individual hand adornments for teens in seventh grade and older, 3:30 p.m., Patten Free Library. Free, but space is limited; pre-registration required, 443-5141, ext. 12.

Saturday 3/26

Kids’ Drop-in Activities, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., may include art projects, sensory activities, experiments, building activities, Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road, 725-1727, topshamlibrary.org.

Library Legos, 1-3 p.m., both regular Legos and large Duplo blocks, Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road, 725-1727, topshamlibrary.org.

Support

Ongoing

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

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

Communicate after stroke support group, first and third Tuesdays, September to May, 1-2 p.m., free, friends/family welcome, Mid Coast Hospital, 123 Medical Center Dr., Brunswick, Peggy Beaulieu, 373-6175.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous, Mondays, 9 a.m., St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 27 Pleasant St., Brunswick, 729-3861; Wednesdays, 10 a.m., Bath Police Dept. 250 Water St., Bath 512-5797; Wednesdays, 7 p.m., Topsham Medical Building, 4 Horton Place, 441-1550; Fridays, 6 p.m., Bath Police Dept., 250 Water St., Bath 442-7557; Saturdays, 9 a.m., Mid Coast Hospital (Medical Offices Building) 123 Medical Center Drive, 865-9160.

Grief Support Group, for survivors of those who have died from substance abuse, first and third Thursdays, 3:30-5 p.m., CHANS Home Health Care and Hospice, 45 Baribeau Dr., Brunswick, 721-1357.

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

Memory Café, 11 a.m., fourth Wednesday, Mae’s Cafe and Bakery, 160 Centre St., Bath, 797-7891; 2 p.m., third Thursday, Westrum House, 22 Union Park Road, Topsham, 797-7891.

Mid Coast Senior Health Center, for caregivers of those with memory loss, 4-5 p.m., third Thursday, 58 Baribeau Dr., Brunswick.

MidCoast Chronic Pain Support Group, open to people with chronic pain, their families and friends, first and third Mondays, 6-7:30 p.m. Mid Coast Hospital, Brunswick, 725-7854.

Mid-Coast Maine Center for Grief and Loss, hospice volunteers offer grief support programs for children, families and individuals, 45 Baribeau Drive, Brunswick, 729-3602.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Workshops/Walks/Talks

Home Buyer Education Workshop, CEI, 30 Federal St., Brunswick, register by March 25 for classes on April 4, 6, 11, 13. Non-refundable cost is $30/person, $50/couple, ceimaine.org.

Saturday 3/19

“Bath Savings Institution: Behind the Vault Door” 10:30 a.m., Bath Savings Third Floor Community Room, 105 Front St., Bath. Sponsored by Bath Historical Society, 443-5141, ext. 18.

Sunday 3/20

“Get Your Maine Garden On,” 2-3:30 p.m., hosted by Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust’s Tom Settlemire Community Garden, at St. Pauls Episcopal Church, corner Pleasant & Union Streets, Brunswick. Tickets $10, btlt.org/gardening-workshops or 798-5899.

Monday 3/21

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

Wednesday 3/23

“Downtowns: From Yesteryear to This Year and Beyond,” noon, Brown Bag Discussion with Brunswick Downtown Association at Pejepscot Historical Society, 159 Park Row, Brunswick. Optional advance reading: pejepscothistorical/events. Donations accepted.

“A Maine Guide’s Travels & Tales in Wilderness Canoeing,” 7 p.m., The Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC), Maine Chapter, Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick.

Thursday 3/24

“I am Coyote,” by Geri Vistein, Curtis Memorial Library, Morrell Meeting Room, Brunswick. Reception and book-signing, music, artwork. Reception at 5:30 p.m., author talk at 6:30 p.m.  Free and open to all ages, 725-5242.

Ongoing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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