Community Calendar: March 30 – April 10

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Greater Portland

Benefits

Wednesday 3/30

Blue Wrap Project Runway, creative fashion show using surgical blue wrap, to benefit Partners for World Health, 6 p.m. $50, Portland Museum of Art, Congress Square, Portland, tickets, partnersforworldhealth.org, 885-1011.

Thursday 3/31

Beauty and the Books, Falmouth Memorial Library annual arts and crafts silent auction and fundraiser, 5-7 p.m. final bidding and reception, 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.

Auction to benefit Casco Bay YMCA Adaptive Services Programs, silent and live auctions, appetizers, cash bar, 6-9 p.m., advance tickets, $35 single/ $60 couple, $40 per person at door, Hilton Garden Inn, Freeport, tickets, cumberlandcountyymca.org, 865-9600.

Biannual Fundraising Card Party, to support Falmouth Historical Society, 12-4 p.m., with prizes, light lunch, Holy Martyrs Church, 266 Foreside Road, Falmouth, register by March 28, call Mary Honan, 781-2705 or Beverley Knudsen, 781-4988.

Friday 4/1

Greater Portland High School All-Stars Game, fundraiser for programs supported by Portland Firefighters IAFF Local No. 740, 6 p.m. “Heroes: Battle of the Badges” hockey game, Portland Fire Department versus Portland Police Department; 7 p.m. game with former Boston Bruins, local celebrities, 7 p.m., $10 donation, ages 12 and under free, Cumberland County Civic Center, One Civic Center Square, Portland, Alex MacPhail, 871-7876.

Saturday 4/2

Baseball/Softball Boosters Dance and Silent Auction, 7 p.m., $15, with DJ Aaron Filieo, light food, cash bar, Camp Ketcha, 336 Black Point Road, Scarborough,  tickets, Debbie Allen, 650-4885. 

Blue Point Chowder Challenge, portion of proceeds benefit Project GRACE, 4:30-6 p.m., $7 adult / $3 child, Blue Point Congregational Church, 236 Pine Point Road, Scarborough, 883-6540.

Dinner and Live Auction, to benefit US Naval Sea Cadets, Portland Division, 5:30 p.m., $20, Maine Military Museum, 50 Perry Terrace, South Portland, FMI, Tracey O’Roak, 885-5778, usnsccsp.org.

“Errant Parents,” comedy show with Karen Morgan and Tuck Tucker, fundraiser for Freeport High School 2011 Project Graduation, 7:30 p.m., $15, Freeport Performing Arts Center, 30 Holbrook St., Freeport, tickets, Sonya Voutour 319-4690 or freeportpg@yahoo.com. 

“Haiti Relief Revisited,” Benefit Concert for Konbit Sante Cap-Haitien Health Partnership, with The Maine Squeeze, Zemya, Improvox, 7 p.m., $15 suggested donation, First Congregational Church UCC, 301 Cottage Road, South Portland, 865-6060.

Hall Elementary School Community Silent Auction, 6-9 p.m., free admission, parking, appetizers, cash bar, live music, Ocean Gateway Terminal, Commercial St., Portland, FMI, 874-8205.

Inaugural Cycle4Care, to benefit Cancer Community Center, 12 p.m. registration, 1-5 p.m. “Spin4Care,” $25 suggested donation, Lifestyle Fitness Center, 29 Pleasant Hill Road, Scarborough, register at cycle4care.kintera.org, 774-2200.

Sunday 4/3

Chocolate Lovers’ Fling, 25th annual, to benefit Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine, 1-4 p.m., $20 advance/ $25 door/ $50 VIP tickets/  $10 for ages under 10, Holiday Inn By the Bay, 88 Spring St., Portland, tickets, chocolateloversfling.org or SARSSM, 828-1035.

Thursday 4/7

“Glitterati: A Literary Ball,” to benefit The Telling Room’s free youth literacy programs, with live music, live and silent auction, food, 6-10 p.m., $35/$50, Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland, tickets at brownpapertickets.com/event/154651 or at the door, FMI, thetellingroom.org, 774-6404.

Maine Association for Public Interest Law auction fundraiser, 4:30 p.m. silent auction begins, 5:30 p.m. live auction, with drinks, live entertainment, University of Maine School of Law, 246 Deering Ave., Portland, mapil.org.

Saturday 4/9

Feast For The Children, 16th annual, proceeds go to building a school in southern Sudan, 5:30 p.m. African dinner, entertainment, $20 adult / $15 under 12, $250 table of 8, Guild Hall, corner of Congress Street and Franklin Arterial, hosted by Aserela Maine, 829-1011, AserelaMaine.org.

Freeport Family Yard Sale,
to benefit Freeport Middle School’s Space Camp and Travel Club, 9 a.m.-noon, Freeport Middle School Gym, Freeport, donations taken from 2:30-8 p.m. Friday, April 8 at FMS gym, Liz Andrews, jjlsbaker@gmail.com or 865-0931.

Trans Youth Equality Foundation
fundraiser, to benefit New England LGBT Youth, with The Kings of the Hill, Lady Zen Blues/Jazz, Gay Mens A Capella Chourus, Susan Maasch Fine Art Queer Performance, food, selent auction, 7 p.m., $15, Portland Unitarian Church Reception Hall, 425 Congress St., Portland, tickets at brownpapertickets.com/event/163969, FMI, 228-7249.

Sunday 4/10

Charity Hockey Game, to benefit Baxter School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and Habitat for Humanity, 1 p.m. Southern Maine Law Enforcement All Stars vs. Bath Iron Works Iron Clad team; 4 p.m. Portland Pirates vs. Springfield Falcons, $13 admission for both games, Cumberland County Civic Center, One Civic Center Square, Portland, tickets at Maine Center on Deafness, 797-7656 or southernmaineallstars@gmail.com.

Living Legends 6: A Musical Variety Show, to benefit PROP Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion Programs, with Louis Phillippe, Birdie Googins, and many more, 2 p.m., $15/$10, Catherine McAuley High School Performing Arts Center, Stevens Ave., Portland, tickets at PROP, 773-0202, or at door.

Bulletin Board

Treasure Hunters Roadshow, March 30-31; April 1-2; 9 a.m.–6 p.m, Wednesday-Friday; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, free, bring your rare, unusual collectible item, Comfort Suites, 500 U.S. Route 1, Freeport, International Collectors Association, 217-726-7590. 

Wednesday 3/30

Rosemont Neighborhood Meeting, to discuss public safety, traffic issues, removing Woodfords Street traffic island, 5:30 p.m. crime watch; 6:30 p.m. traffic island, hosted by City Councilor Ed Suslovic, Portland Police Department, Deering High School cafeteria, 370 Stevens Ave., Portland.

Thursday 3/31

“Honoring Cesar Chavez,” presented by The Maine League of United Latin American Citizens, 9 a.m. free, First Parish Church, 425 Congress St., Portland, Dr. Ralph Carmona, rccarmona@mainelulac.org.

“I Shall Not Hate,” 7 p.m. public lecture by Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, 6 p.m. reception, with Middle Eastern food, music, book-signing, art exhibit, Hannaford Hall Abromson Center, USM Portland, sponsored by Maine Voices for Palestinian Rights, Bob Schaible, 239-8060.

SMCC Women’s History Project Launch, “Claudia Story and the Great Library Campaign of 1964,” 12:30 p.m. discussion, reception, SMCC Campus Center, 2 Fort Road, South Portland, 741-5865, smccME.edu.

Friday 4/1

Maine Summit on Citizen Diplomacy, with keynote by Mary Jean Eisenhower, “Mainers Engaged in Health Care Development Abroad,” Holiday Inn by the Bay, 88 Spring St., Portland, open to the public, pre-registration required by Monday, March 28, at wacmaine.org or Amy Holland, 221-4386, sponsored by World Affairs Council of Maine.

Saturday 4/2

Maine Genealogical Society Meeting, Greater Portland Chapter, 12:30 p.m. social, 1 p.m. program, talk by Sophia Mendoza of the General Henry Knox Museum, free, open to public, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 29 Ocean House Road, Cape Elizabeth, rootsweb.ancestry.com/~megpcmgs/

History Barn Open House, hosted by New Gloucester Historical Society, 9 a.m.-noon, free, History Barn, U.S. Route 231, behind Town Hall, New Gloucester, 926-3188.

Monday 4/4

“Documenting Maine Jewry,” celebration of oral history project, 5:30 p.m. reception, 6 p.m. panel discussion, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, 871-1700, portlandlibrary.com/jewry/jewry.asp.

Tuesday 4/5

From Imagination to Innovation: Maine Participates in the Lincoln Center Institute’s Imag’nation Conversation, 4-8 p.m., $20 public/ $5 students, USM Portland, Hannaford Lecture Hall, Bedford St., Portland, hosted by Maine Center for Creativity and USM, register, http://bit.ly/aAdRV4.

Greater Portland Business Expo, tradeshow, seminars, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; 5-7 p.m. reception, free, Holiday Inn by the Bay, 88 Spring St., Portland, presented by Portland Regional Chamber, register, portlandregion.com.

Institute For International Studies Open House, 5:30-7 p.m., free, 28 Maple St., Portland, iismaine.com.

Saturday 4/9

North Atlantic Figure Skating Club 13th Annual Show, April 9-10; 7 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. Saturday, $8 children/seniors, $12 adults, $20 premium seating, Family Ice Center, 20 Hat Trick Dr., Falmouth, Deb Coppinger, 781-5058.

Sunday 4/10

Cumberland County Tea Party Meeting, “Islam and Sharia Law,” talk by Dr. Julianne S. Cooper, 2 p.m., free, open to public, American Legion Log Cabin, 196 Main St., Yarmouth, Marie Doucette, 284-7032.

Great Portland Bike Swap, presented by The Bicycle Coalition of Maine, USM Portland, Sullivan Gym, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., $3 admission, students free, drop off bike donations at Sullivan Gym from 8-9:30 a.m. or call for pick-up, Bicycle Coalition, 623-4511, FMI, bikemaine.org/events/bike-swap.

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.

Portland Republican City Committee Monthly Meetings, fourth Monday of each month, FMI, portlandcitygop.com.

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, Thursday 3/31, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Falmouth High School, 57 Woodville Road, Falmouth; Friday 4/1, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Berlin City Auto, South Portland;  Tuesday 4/5, 1-6 p.m., Saint Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, Yarmouth, Carol Dembeck, 802-658-6400, ext. 3228.

Sunday 4/3

International Orphan Hosting Program Open House, Open Hearts and Homes for Children is seeking host families in New England for 3-4 weeks for orphans, ages 7-12, from Russia, Ukraine or Latvia, 14 Windsor Lane, Cumberland, please register, Kim Palli, 829-9114. 

Saturday 4/9

Friends of Casco Bay, seeking volunteer Casco Bay Water Quality Monitors, training on 4/9 at SMCC, Fort Road, South Portland, cascobay.org, Peter, 799-8574.

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 volunteer drivers needed to transport seniors and visually impaired adults, commit to one or more hours per month when available, 854-0505.

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

Friday 4/1

First Friday Dinner and Entertainment, hosted by Freeport Community Center, 6 p.m. entertainment by Freeport Shakespeare Festival ; 7 p.m. 4-course meal, $15, limited seating, FCC, 53 Depot St., Freeport, Kim Kudak, 865-3985.

Saturday 4/2

Baked Bean Supper, 4:30-6 p.m., $6 adult / $3 ages 12 and under, North Pownal United Methodist Church, 871 Lawrence Road, Pownal, Caron, 688-4101 or Karen, 829-5470.

Roast Beef Supper, 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. seatings, $8 adults/$4 ages 12 and under, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 678 Washington Ave., Portland, 775-1179.

Sunday 4/3
  
Corned Beef and Hash Breakfast,
7-11 a.m., $6 adult / $3 child, American Legion Post, 40 Manson Libby Road, Scarborough, 883-3902.

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

Gardeners Wanted, for 2011 season at Yarmouth Community Garden, 10 foot square plot, $25 resident/ $35 for non-residents, deer-free, organic garden, East Main St., Yarmouth, sign up at Yarmouth Community Services, 846-2406, FMI, yarmouthcommunitygarden.org.

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.

Saturday 4/2

“Gardening 101,” 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., free, Cumberland Skillins Greenhouses, 201 Gray Road, Cumberland, 829-5619 and Falmouth Skillins, 89 Foreside Road, Falmouth, 781-3860.

Saturday 4/9

19th Annual April Stools Day, 9-11 a.m., clean-up after dogs, East End locations, Cutter St., entrance to East End Beach, Eastern Prom Trail, Fort Sumner Park on North St., Reiche School, Evergreen Cemetery, sponsored by Fetch Pet Supply Store and Friends of the Eastern Promenade, friendsofeasternpromenade.org.

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 3/30

“The Antikythera Mechanism:” The 2,000-Year-Old Greek Computer, talk by Gerry LaSala, 7 p.m. free, open to public, Southworth Planetarium, Science Building, USM Portland campus, hosted by Hellenic Society of Maine, Irwin Novak, 892-9831.

“The Current State of the Economy in Portland,” talk by Greg Mitchell, presented by PROPEL/ Portland Regional Chamber, 12-1:15 p.m., $5 PROPEL, Chamber members / $10 public, Portland Regional Chamber, 60 Pearl St., Portland, 772-2811, portlandregion.com.

Money Management 101 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.

USM Graduate Studies Open House, for prospective graduate students, 4-6:30 p.m., free and open to the public, Room 102, Wishcamper Center, USM Portland, 780-4386, usm.maine.edu.

Thursday 3/31

Architalx Lecture Series, Alan Organschi architect and principal, Gray Organschi Architecture, 6 p.m. lecture, $8 advance/ $10 door, Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square, Portland, tickets at Architalx.org, Lynn Shaffer, 899-0588.

Business Start Up Basics, 2-5 p.m., $35 online registration/ $50 door, SCORE Offices, 100 Middle St., second floor, East Tower, Portland, scoremaine.com, 772-1147.

Saturday 4/2

Money Management 101 Seminar, 10:30 a.m.-noon, $50 per adult/$75 couple, The Institute for Financial Literacy, 260 Western Ave., South Portland, registration required, call 221-3601.

“Mystery of Matzah,”
Jewish teachings on farming, food and community, with Elisheva Rogosa, Saturday, 11:45 a.m. lunch, followed by study circles; Sunday 12:30 p.m. lunch, followed by study circle, matzah making, $5 for matzah supplies, open to public, hosted by Congregation Bet Ha’am, 81 Westbrook St., South Portland, pre-register, 879-0028 or office@bethaam.org, FMI, facebook.com/BetHaam.

Sunday 4/3

“Mystery of Matzah,” Jewish teachings on farming, food and community, with Elisheva Rogosa, 12:30 p.m. lunch, followed by study circle, matzah making, $5 for matzah supplies, open to public, hosted by Congregation Bet Ha’am, 81 Westbrook St., South Portland, pre-register, 879-0028 or office@bethaam.org, FMI, facebook.com/BetHaam.

Tuesday 4/5

Global Health Education Series, talk on Botswana by Dr. Peter Shaw, 6 p.m., free and open to the public, sponsored by Partners for World Health, 7 Glasgow Road, Scarborough 885-1011.  

“Picturing the Evolving Professional:” Portraits of 19th Century American Architects in Historical Context, lecture by Jim O’Gorman, 6-7 p.m., $10, Greater Portland Landmarks Lecture Series, Maine Historical Society, Lecture Room,  registration suggested, Jennifer Pollick, 358-7064.

“Seven Most Common Investment Mistakes,” talk by financial advisor Benjamin Sprague, author of “Buy Hold Sell: A Disciplined Guide to Investment Success,” 7 p.m., free, Thomas Memorial Library, 6 Scott Dyer Road, Cape Elizabeth, 799-1720.

Thursday 4/7

“Weaving Time:” The Past and Present of Holocaust Memory in the United States, talk by Natasha Goldman, hosted by USM American and New England Studies Program, 4:30 p.m., free and open to the public, Room 213, Abromson  Center, USM Portland, 780-4920.

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. 

NAMI Portland, National Alliance on Mental Illness, support group meetings for people coping with a loved one’s mental illness; meetings are second, fourth Mondays, 7-8:30 p.m., The Dana Center, Maine Medical Center, Portland; and third Mondays, 7-8:30 p.m., Spring Harbor Hospital, Westbrook, 899-0465 or 838-5733, namiportland@gmail.com.

Saturday 4/2

WholeHeart Yoga Center 15-Year Anniversary, free yoga mini-workshops, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., WholeHeart Yoga Center, 150 St. John St., Portland, 871-8274, wholeheartyoga.com.

Sunday 4/3

Connected Catholics Meeting, presentation on Senior Scams by Jane Muller, 5 p.m. social, potluck, 6 p.m. talk, free, Holy Martyrs Parish Hall, U.S. Route 88, Falmouth.

Tuesday 4/5

Rape Aggression Defense, R.A.D. training, offered by Portland Police Department, women ages 13 and older, 5 classes, 6-9 p.m. April 5, 7, 12, and 14; and 8 a.m.-noon April 16, must attend all classes, $25 suggested donation, Portland Police Department, 109 Middle St., Portland, must preregister,  ppdrad@portlandmaine.gov or 874-8643.

Wednesday 4/6

April Pacesetter Breakfast, talk on varicose veins by Dr. Christopher Rogers, 7:30-8:30 a.m., free and open to the public, Mercy Fore River Hospital, 175 Fore River Parkway, Portland, 879-3486.

Thursday 4/7

Alzheimer’s Family Information Series: Insights for families involved with Alzheimer’s, 5:30–7 p.m., free and open to public, Bay Square at Yarmouth, 27 Forest Falls Dr., Yarmouth, 846-0044.

Saturday 4/9

Yarmouth Wellness Fair, with discussions on holistic health, demonstrations of zumba, yoga, and more, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., free, open to the public, Rowe School, 52 School St., Yarmouth, hosted by Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce and Yarmouth Community Services, yarmouthmaine.org, 846-3984.

Psychic and Crystal Fair, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Leapin’ Lizards, 449 Forest Ave., Portland, 221-2363, leapinlizards.biz.

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

Wednesday 3/30

“Race to Nowhere,” 7 p.m. film, 8:30 p.m. panel discussion, $10 advance / $15 door, Yarmouth High School Theater, 286 West Elm St., Yarmouth, tickets, rtnyarmouthhs.eventbrite.com/

Saturday 4/2

“Career It!” parent-child workshop with Alisa T. Weinstein, author of “Earn It, Learn It: Teach Your Child the Value of Money, Work, and Time Well Spent,” 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. workshop; 3-4 p.m. discussion with parents and book signing, Thomas Memorial Library, 6 Scott Dyer Road, Cape Elizabeth, pre-registration required for workshop at ThomasMemorialLibrary.org or 799-1720.

Saturday 4/9

Gustafer Yellowgold’s Infinity Sock: An All-New Multimedia Experience, 2 p.m., $8 all ages, Space Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland, 828-5600, space538.org.

Lisa Jahn-Clough, author of children’s book, “Felicity & Cordelia: A Tale of Two Bunnies,” reading, book signing, 3 p.m., free, Longfellow Books, One Monument Way, Portland, 772-4045.

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 4/1

Lenten Haddock Supper, to benefit Habitat for Humanity/Seven Rivers Maine, 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.

Thursday 4/7

Used Book Sale, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Cafe Conference Rooms, Mid Coast Hospital, 123 Medical Center Dr., Brunswick, Millie Stewart, 373-6015, proceeds benefit Auxiliary’s health career scholarships.

Friday 4/8

Lenten Haddock Supper, to benefit Hospice of MidCoast Maine, 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.

Used Book Sale, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Cafe Conference Rooms, Mid Coast Hospital, 123 Medical Center Dr., Brunswick, Millie Stewart, 373-6015, proceeds benefit Auxiliary’s health career scholarships.

Saturday 4/9

Belong to the Song, Brunswick Rotary Club concert and raffle, to benefit community/international humanitarian projects, 7:30 p.m., $10 each or 3/$20, tickets available at the door, Springer’s Jewelers or Riley Insurance Agency; Crooker Theater, Brunswick High School, 116 Maquoit Road, FMI, Dave Nadeau, 729-3321, belongtothesong.com.

Friday 4/15

Lenten Haddock Supper, to benefit All About 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.

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

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.

Saturday 4/2

50/50 Bingo, 1-3 p.m., doors open noon, must be 16 or older to play, Bath Senior Center, 45 Floral St., Bath, 443-4937.

Thursday 4/7

Greater Topsham Trail Alliance meeting, 7 p.m., 2 Brookside Dr., Topsham, Victor Langelo, 729-9880.

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

Clothing Drive to benefit victims in Japan, through March 31, drop off donations Mon-Sat 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., maurices, 105 Topsham Fair Mall Road, Topsham; maurice’s will offer discount coupons to donors.

Used Books needed for Mid Coast Hospital Auxiliary book sale, drop off 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., April 2, back door of the former Bookland, Cook’s Corner Mall, Brunswick; 6-8 p.m., April 4 and 5, inside main entrance of Mid Coast Hospital, proceeds will benefit health career scholarships, Millie Stewart, 373-6015; we are not accepting Reader’s Digest, textbooks, encyclopedias.

Yard Sale Collection for Mid Coast Hospital Auxiliary’s “Grand and Glorious” yard sale, collections ongoing at the former Bookland, Cook’s Corner Mall, Saturdays 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., Millie Stewart, 373-6015.

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.

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 3/30

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

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.

Tuesday 4/5

“Money Works for Women,” program information and open house, 6-7:30 p.m., public invited, Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick, Liz Doucett, 725-5242 ext. 211.

Sustainable Topsham Forum with Senator Seth Goodall, 7 p.m., Mid-Coast Presbyterian Church, 84 Main St., Topsham, FMI, Jane Scease, jscease@gwi.net.

Friday 4/8

Friends of the Zorach Fountain, reception, presentation by Professor Roberta Tarbell on the works of William Zorach, 5 p.m., Patten Free Library, Bath, Margie Bliss, 729-0557, friendsofthezorachfountain.org.

Sunday 4/10

Pejepscot Geneaology Society meeting with program on local Maine history by Bud Warren, 2 p.m., Morrell Meeting Room, Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick, FMI, 833-7371, pejepscotgeneaologysociety.org.

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.

“Spring into Healing,” Sexual Assault Support Services of Midcoast Maine,  support group for women who have experienced sexual abuse, begins mid-April, to schedule pre-group appointment, and for location, call 725-2181, email clientservices@sassmm.org.

Friday 4/1

Art, Mind & Soul Studio Open House, learn about our workshops, refreshments served, 5:30-8 p.m., Fort Andross, Mill One, 14 Maine St., Brunswick, 319-6325, newmoonrisingarts.com.

Tuesday 4/5

Celebrate Recovery open house, free food 6 p.m., group meeting 6:30 p.m., 12-step Christ-centered program to help with hurts, habits, hang-ups, 45 Floral St., Bath, FMI, Jeff or Darlene, 442-9966, celebraterecovery.com.

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.

Celebrate Recovery Bath, Tuesday nights, 6:30 p.m. group meeting, 6 p.m. free refreshments, 12-step Christ-centered program to help deal with hurts, habits and hang ups, FMI call Jeff or Darlene, 442-9966, celebraterecovery.com.

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

The Park introduces The Community Session, last Wednesday of each month, 3-6 p.m., free, skating, biking, lobby games, equipment rental; all ages, but parent must sign waiver for kids under 18, The Park, 26 Summer St., Bath, 443-8900, bathyouthmeetinghouse.com.

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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