Community Calendar March 9-25

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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.

Saturday 3/12

International Fashion Show and Gala, 6-10 p.m., hosted by Women United Around the World at the Italian Heritage Center, 40 Westland Ave., Portland. Cultural performances, silent auction. Proceeds help new Maine women acclimate with leadership and job skills. Tickets $40 at http://bit.ly/1TFTVGc.

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.

Coffee House, 6:30 p.m.,Falmouth Congregational Church – 267 Falmouth Rd. Music performed by local artist Chris Kemp White., who draws from classic and modern influences like David Bowie, Crowded House, Wilco and Coldplay. All-ages; freewill offering will be collected, ginifcc@maine.rr.com or 781-3413.

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.

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/or pick up a brochure or sponsor sheet at tri-community area churches, 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 10: “Much Ado About Nothing”; March 17: “Hamlet”; March 24: “Twelfth Night”; March 31: “King Lear.” 871-1700.

Sunday 3/13

“An Afternoon of Poetry with Moon Pie Press Poets,” 2 p.m., followed by open mic, Scarborough Public Library, 48 Gorham Road, scarboroughlibraryfriends.org.

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.

Bulletin Board

Spring Book Sale to benefit Falmouth Memorial Library at Mason Motz Activity Center, 195 Middle Road, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 11; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. March 12.

Portland High School 50th Class Reunion, planning sessions for July 23 event are March 12 and April 2 at 1 p.m., Italian Heritage Center, 40 Westland Ave., Portland, Portlandhigh1966@gmail.com.

Saturday 3/12

Planet Dog Adoption Day, noon-2 p.m., Planet Dog, 211 Marginal Way, Portland, animalwelfaresociety.org, 985-3244, 347-8606.

Thursday 3/17

Merrymeeting NARFE Chapter 1796 meeting, 11:15 a.m., Fairground Cafe, Topsham Fair Mall. All retired and active federal employees welcome for guest speaker, lunch, business meeting, 729-6793, farglen@myfairpoint.net.

Flying Gravity Circus, 1 p.m., Maine Coast Waldorf School, Freeport. Tickets $6-$12 at the door. Skills workshop follows; reservations advised. For group tickets and reservations call 865-3900, ext.113.

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

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

Friday 3/11

Free Souper Supper, 5-7 p.m., St. Mary’s, 43 Foreside Road, Falmouth, followed by free movie, 781-3366.

Saturday 3/12

Irish American Club’s Annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner, 6 p.m., Maine Irish Heritage Center, 34 Gray St., Portland. Happy hour, 5 p.m.; catered dinner, live music and dance follow. Reserve at irishofmaine.org, 712-5191.

St. Patrick’s Corned Beef Supper, 5:30-7 p.m., hosted by The Knights of Columbus Council 11747 at St. Maximilian Kolbe parish hall, 150 Black Point Road, Scarborough. Cabbage, turnip, homemade Irish soda bread. Irish Dancing by the Stillson School of Dance. Prices vary; tickets available at church office, at the door, or 317-1103.

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.

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

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

Saturday 3/12

“Mythical & Magical Creatures from a Midsummer,” paper mache over wire structure art workshop, 12:30-4 p.m., Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, registration required at childrens@portland.lib.me.us or 871-1700, ext. 707.

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.

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

Armchair Travel Series, Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Drive, 6:30 p.m. Mondays March 14: “Travelling Abroad as Volunteers”; 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.
Designer Fruit Tree Series: Grafting, Budding, Planting & Pruning, March 12, 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/.

“Editorial Cartoons: Insight or Insult?”Adam Zyglis, Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist. March 14: Merrill Library, 215 Main St., Yarmouth. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. for limited seating event at 7 p.m. March 15: noon-1:30 p.m. brown bag lunch at Portland Public Library Rines Auditorium, 5 Monument Way, Portland.

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.

Thursday 3/10

“Instagram: Use it to Your Advantage,” noon-1 p.m., Lunch Bytes Workshop, Portland SCORE, 100 Middle St. Free with online registration, scoremaine.com or call 772-1147 weekday mornings.

Saturday 3/12

New England Youth Identity Summit, 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., students and educators discuss identity, diversity and community. Co-hosted by Waynflete and Maine Seeds of Peace at Waynflete, 360 Spring St., Portland. waynflete.org/neyis or neyis@waynflete.org to register.

Walk With a Doc program, 4-5 p.m., South Portland Community Center, 21 Nelson Road. Physicians also invite residents to join them 4-5 p.m. March 26, April 2, 9 and May 7, 14.

Sunday 3/13

Reading Animal Tracks, 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.

Tuesday 3/15

“Lilacs of McLaughlin Gardens,” 7 p.m., hosted by Foreside Garden Club at Falmouth Memorial Library, Lunt Road.

“Writing a Narrative for the Business Plan: Your company’s resume,” 2-5 p.m., Portland SCORE, 100 Middle St., free with online registration at scoremaine.com or call 772-1147 weekday mornings.

Wednesday 3/16

“60 Ways to Build Your Email List,” Lunch Bytes workshop, noon-1 p.m., Portland SCORE, 100 Middle St., free with online registration at scoremaine.com or call 772-1147 weekday mornings.

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.

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.

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

Saturday 3/12

St. Patrick’s Day Party, 7-9 p.m., St. Charles Church, 132 McKeen St., Brunswick, live music, step dancing, raffle, sing along, silent auction. Adults, $10, children under 12, $5, family max $25. Proceeds benefit teen mission trip to Brooklyn, N.Y., 725-2624.

Monday 3/14

“Dinner to Fight Hunger,” three course prix-fixe menu for $50/person by Henry and Marty Restaurant and Catering, LLC. All proceeds benefit Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program; call 721-9141 to reserve.

Books/Authors

Wednesday 3/16

Winter Read, 6 p.m., Neighborhood United Church of Christ, 798 Washington St., Bath. Community book discussion: “Hidden World Revealed: Musings of a Maine Naturalist,” by Tom Seymour. Register at 442-8400 or  bkolak@kennebecestuary.org.

Thursday 3/24

“I Am Coyote,” 5:30 p.m. book signing, 6:30 p.m. presentation by carnivore conservation biologist Geri Vistein, Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick.

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 5, 12, 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.

Saturday 3/12

Animal clinic: rabies shots, ear cleaning, nail trimming, 10 a.m.-noon, Coastal Humane Society Administrative Building, 190 Pleasant St., Brunswick, $10 each service except microchipping at $25 per pet; proceeds benefit Coastal Humane Society, coastalhumanesociety.org, 725-5051.

Sunday 3/13

Bath Antiques Show and Sale, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Bath Middle School, 6 Old Brunswick Road. Fifty dealers, admission $4, BathAntiquesShows.com or 582-5908.

Thursday 3/17
St. Patrick’s Day celebration, 5:30-7 p.m., Irish-American poetry readings, Irish music, treats, Mustard Seed Bookstore, 74 front St., Bath.

Friday 3/18

“So You Think You Know Bath X,”  trivia contest, 6 p.m., Long Reach Hall at  Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington St., Bath. Tickets $40 at Main Street  Bath office, 15 Commercial St., Lisa-Marie’s Made-in-Maine, Now You’re Cooking, and Ornament.

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

Saturday 3/12

Volunteer Kickoff Coffee Hour, 11 a.m., KELT office, 92 Front St., Bath. Chat with land trust staff, learn how to get involved. Projects range from alewife counting to office work. Info, RSVP at kennebecestuary.orglsteward@kennebecestuary.org.

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

Lenten Haddock Suppers, St. Charles Borromeo Church, 132 McKeen St., Brunswick, 5-6:30 p.m., Fridays, March 11, 18. Haddock, mashed, veg, slaw; pizza at reduced price. Adults, $8, children $4. Benefits local nonprofits.

Saturday 3/12

Free breakfast, 9-10:30 a.m., Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 330 Maine St., Brunswick. Everyone welcome; contact the Rev. Rebecca Wegner at 725-6561, gslc@myfairpoint.net.

Good Food and Good Friends, Brunswick United Methodist Church, corner of 320 Church and Raymond roads. Seatings at 5 and 6 p.m.; reservations accepted (725-2185), but not required. Beans, salads, casseroles, homemade pies. Adults, $8; children, $4, umcbrunswick.org.

Ongoing

Public Chowder Luncheon, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. every Friday, North Deering Congregational Church, 1364 Washington Ave., Portland. Haddock chowder lobster roll or combo. Ala carte pricing, $6-$13. Take out available.

Health

Diabetes Education Classes, Mid Coast Senior Health Center Community Room, Brunswick, 9:30 a.m.- noon Thursdays for six weeks beginning March 17. Free, but pre-registration is required by calling 406-3971.

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

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

Nurturing Parenting Program, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Monday March 14, 21,  Families CAN! at Midcoast Maine Community Action, 34 Wing Farm Parkway, Bath. Free program, childcare and dinner. Call Dawn to register, 442-7963, ext. 230.

Saturday 3/12

Teens to Trails Baxter Outdoors & Mt. Abram Ski Day with discounted lift tickets for students and adults, bit.ly/1QnRFzY.

Sunday 3/13

“Vikings in Ireland,” 2 p.m., by author Jim Nelson of Harpswell. Hosted by Pejepscot Genealogical Society at Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick. Nelson lectures widely, appeared on the Discovery Channel, History Channel and BookTV.

Tuesday 3/15

“Levels of Healthcare,” Third Tuesdays at the Orr’s Island Library continue with Elder Care Services, 7 p.m., Orr’s Island Library, 1699 Harpswell Islands Road (Route 24) Orr’s Island.

Wednesday 3/16

Former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell, presented by Brunswick Downtown Association Speaker Series at The Brunswick Hotel & Tavern, 4 Noble St. Breakfast service begins at 7:30 a.m.; event starts at 7:50 a.m. Registration required at brunswickdowntown.org/bda-speaker-series.

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.

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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