Community Calendar: May 4 – 15

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Greater Portland

Benefits

Thursday 5/5

Burrito Dinner and Live Auction, to benefit Peaks Island Children’s Workshop, 5:30–7:30 p.m., $7 adult/$2 child, Jones Landing, Peaks Island, child care on-site, 766-2854, picw.org.

Friday 5/6

Falmouth Kitchen & Tasting Tour, to benefit The Maine Hunger Initiative, presented by Fine Living Events, tour 8 kitchens, with demonstrations by feature chefs, cookbook authors, specialty food shops, and tastings, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, $25 advance/ $30 same-day, ages 12 and under free, tour begins at Falmouth Country Club, 1 Congressional Dr., Falmouth, Marjorie Ferris, 617-620-8980, tickets at finelivingevents.com.

“Foxes and Friends:” A Festive Night of Fun In honor of Sue Fox, fundraiser to offset medical expenses, with auction, live music, $20, Events on Broadway, South Portland, facebook.com/foxesandfriends.

“Laughter is Good for the Heart,” comedy show to benefit the Children’s Cardiomyopathy Foundation, 8:30-10:30 p.m., $12, The Gold Room, 512 Warren Ave., Portland, tickets must be purchased in advance, jeannecurtin@yahoo.com, FMI, childrenscardiomyopathy.org.

Saturday 5/7

“Best of Broadway,” musical performance to benefit The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital, hosted by Kim Block and Doug Rafferty, 7:30 p.m., $35-$25, Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland, tickets, Porttix.com, 842-0800.

Electronics Recycling Day, hosted by Rotary Club of Falmouth, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.,  drop off items for recycling/disposal to Rotary, Falmouth Shopping Center parking lot, U.S. Route 1, Falmouth, open to public, Anne Payson, 781-2501.

Falmouth Kitchen & Tasting Tour, to benefit The Maine Hunger Initiative, presented by Fine Living Events, tour 8 kitchens, with demonstrations by feature chefs, cookbook authors, specialty food shops, and tastings, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, $25 advance/ $30 same-day, ages 12 and under free, tour begins at Falmouth Country Club, 1 Congressional Dr., Falmouth, Marjorie Ferris, 617-620-8980, tickets at finelivingevents.com.

Goodwill Donation Drives, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Cape Elizabeth Town Hall, 320 Ocean House Road; Cumberland Congregational Church, 282 Main St. Cumberland; and North Yarmouth Town Office, 10 Village Square Road, list of donations accepted at goodwillnne.org/donate.

“The Mad Hatter Affair,” Kentucky Derby party fundraiser for the Maine Historical Society, with hat contest, live and silent auctions, 5-11 p.m., The Woodlands Club, Falmouth, tickects, Elizabeth Nash, 774-1822 ext. 206 or enash@mainehistory.org.

Wolfe’s Neck Farm Spring Gala and Auction, 5:30–10 p.m., Harraseeket Inn, Main St., Freeport, tickets at 865-4469 or WNFGala.org.

Monday 5/9

Ninth Annual Bluegrass Spectacular, to benefit WMPG Community Radio, with The Grassholes, The Jerks of Grass, The 317 Pickers, 6:30 p.m., $12, St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St., Portland, tickets at stlawrencearts.org or Bullmoose Music stores.

Friday 5/13

Cooking Class and Dinner by Lindsay Sterling, profits benefit Freeport Food Pantry, “beef with chestnuts and sour plums,” 7-9 p.m., $35 suggested, Freeport Community Center, 53 Depot St., Freeport, ImmigrantKitchens.com.

Saturday 5/14

Boys to Men: A Celebration of Growth, First Annual Auction Event Fundraiser, with appetizers, cash bar, live music, 6-10 p.m., $40 per person/ $75 per couple, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, tickets boystomen.info or 774-9994.

Church Yard Sale Fundraiser, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 179 Ridgeland Ave., South Portland.

Rummage Sale, fundraiser by Clark Memorial United Methodist Church, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., corner of Forest and Pleasant Ave., Portland, 773-5423.

“Stamp Out Hunger Across America,” food drive held by National Association of Letter Carriers, leave sturdy bag of non-perishable foods next to mailbox for pick up by mail carrier, FMI, helpstampouthunger.com

Sunday 5/15

Southern Maine Heart Walk, American Heart Association, 8:30 a.m. breakfast celebration at Payson Park, walk route: Back Cove, Portland, with family-friendly activities, more, register at southernmaineheartwalk.org or 879-5700.

Bulletin Board

National Drinking Water Week, May 1-7, free daily activities, open to public, full schedule, reservations at sebagolake@pwd.org or 774-5961 ext. 3324.

Thursday 5/5

Business After 5, hosted by PROPEL and South Portland/Cape Elizabeth Community Chamber, 5-7 p.m., free for members, new members welcome, Personal Touch Catering/Events on Broadway, 729 Broadway, South Portland, register, PropelPortland.org, 772-2811

Office Hours with U.S. Sen. Susan Collins Portland staff representative Sara Holmbom Lund, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., North Yarmouth Municipal Building, 10 Village Square Road, North Yarmouth, no appointment necessary, FMI, 780-3575.

Saturday 5/7

Maine College of Art Pre-College Program Open House, for high school students, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., program takes place June 26-July 23, applications, FMI meca.edu/continuing-studies/pre-college, 699-5062.

“Taste of India,” spiritual and cultural event, 2-4:30 p.m. meditation teaching with Swami Tyagananda, $20 suggested donation; 5-8 p.m. festival with Indian food, music, art, more, $10 suggested; or $25 for both activities, Sadhana The Meditation Center, 100 Brickhill Ave., South Portland, 772-6898, sadhaname.com. 

Wednesday 5/11

Portland Regional Chamber “Eggs & Issues,” with Mike Reed, State President, FairPoint Communications, 7-9 a.m., $17 members/ $27 non-members, Holiday Inn By the Bay, 88 Spring St., Portland, register, portlandregion.com.

Friday 5/13

Portland Democratic City Committee Annual Truman Dinner, in honor of former Governor John Baldacci, 5:30 p.m. $30 per person/ $50 family of four, Italian Heritage Center, 40 Westland Ave., Portland, tickets, portlanddems.org, 332-1297.

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

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

Maine Audubon’s Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center needs volunteers to lead nature explorations for all ages, no experience needed, May 12 and May 17 trainings in marsh ecology and group management at Route 9 center in Scarborough, FMI, Linda Woodard, 883-5100.

Saturday 5/7

Eastern Cemetery Workday, 9 a.m.-noon, meet at Congress Street gate, Portland, tools provided, hosted by Spirits Alive at the Eastern Cemetery, spiritsalive.org.

Fort Preble Work Day, hosted by Fort Preble Preservation Committee and SMCC, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; 11 a.m. fort tour, open to public, bring tools, Fort Preble, South Portland, Leslie Barteaux 741-5975.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dining Out

Saturday 5/7

Baked Bean Supper, 5-6:30 p.m., $8 adults/ $5 ages 5-12, Triangle Club of Casco Lodge No. 36 A.F. & A.M., 20 Mill St., Yarmouth, 846-4724.

Baked Bean Supper, 4:30-6 p.m., $6 adults/ $3 children under 12, North Pownal United Methodist Church, 871 Lawrence Road, Pownal, Caron, 688-4101.

Sunday 5/8

Lions Club Pancake Breakfast, 7:30-11 a.m., $5 adults/$4 children, sponsored by Cape Elizabeth Lions Club, Bowery Beach Schoolhouse, Ocean House Road, Cape Elizabeth, proceeds benefit maintenance of Bowery Beach Schoolhouse.

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

Wednesday 5/4

“Eastern Prom Preview:” Restoration, Relocation & Recreation, 6:30-8 p.m., hosted by Friends of the Eastern Promenade, East End Community School, North St., Portland, friendsofeasternpromenade.org.

Saturday 5/7

Third Annual Plow Day at Skyline Farm, 9 a.m. start, 95 The Lane, North Yarmouth, 829-5708, skylinefarm.org. 

Monday 5/9

“Container Gardening,” lecture by Kerry Michaels, presented by Saint Mary’s Garden Club, 11 a.m., $5, open to public, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 43 Foreside Road, Falmouth, Wilma Sawyer, 781-4889. 

Wednesday 5/11

Square Foot Gardening Class, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Wednesdays, May 11, 18, 25, $40 person or family with “Square Foot Gardening book” or $25 person or family, no book, Falmouth Memorial Library, 3 Lunt Road, offered by UMaine Cooperative Extension, register, 1-800-287-1471.

Saturday 5/14

Sam Ristich Nature Trail Walk, led by Dudley Greeley, 9:30-10:45 a.m., free, meet at North Yarmouth Memorial School parking lot by baseball field, Parsonage Road and Route 9, North Yarmouth, rain or shine.

Spring Plant and Pie Sale, hosted by Longfellow Garden Club, 8 a.m.-noon, North Deering Congregational Church, 1364 Washington Ave., Portland. 

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 5/4

The New Mainers: Portraits of Our Immigrant Neighbors, talk by Reza Jalali, 6:30 p.m., free, open to the public, Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Dr., Freeport, 865-3307, freeportlibrary.com.

Saturday 5/7

Maine Genealogical Society, Greater Portland Chapter meeting, talk by Steve Bunker, Civil War historian, 1 p.m., open to public, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 29 Ocean House Road, Cape Elizabeth, Deb, 209-329-6438.

Peace Action Maine Annual Peace Supper, keynote by Medea Benjamin, “From Egypt to Washington D.C.: How to Build a Peoples’ Movement for Peace,” 4-9 p.m., $20 suggested donation, Woodfords Congregational Church, Woodfords St., Portland, reservations, 772-0680.

Tuesday 5/10

Business Ideas Roundtable, led by Portland SCORE and Portland Regional Chamber, 8-9:30 a.m., free, Portland Chamber Offices, 60 Pearl St., Portland, scoremaine.com or 772-2811.

Wednesday 5/11

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

Thursday 5/12

A Coastal Flood Climatology for Maine and New Hampshire, talk by John Cannon, National Weather Service, 7-8 p.m., free, seating is limited, Gulf of Maine Research Institute, 350 Commercial St., Portland, to reserve space call Patty Collins, 228-1625, gmri.org/seastate.

Saturday 5/14

Insurance and Investing, 10 a.m.-noon, $50 per adult/$75 couple, hosted by The Institute for Financial Literacy, 260 Western Ave., South Portland, registration required, 221-3601.

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

Wednesday 5/4

Prayers for the World, 7:30 p.m., free, open to the public, First Parish Church, 116 Main St., Yarmouth.

Friday 5/6

“First Friday After-Party at the Spa,” hosted by The Spa at the Portland Regency, 8-9:30 p.m., free, The Spa at the Portland Regency Hotel, 20 Milk St., Portland, 221-5904.

Sunday 5/8

“Hospice the Musical:” A Workshop in Three Acts, led by Lenora Trussell, 1-2:30 p.m., Allen Avenue Unitarian Universalist Church, 524 Allen Ave., Portland, FMI, office@a2u2.org, 797-7659.

Monday 5/9

Creative Conversations about Memory Loss and Dementia, Open forum, 7-8:30 p.m., free, open to public, First Congregational Church, Meeting House Hill, 301 Cottage Road, South Portland, FMI, Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter, 772-0115.

Tuesday 5/10

“It’s All About You,” Networking Social hosted by Maine Women’s Network, 5:50-7:30 p.m., Holiday Inn by the Bay, 88 Spring St., Portland, register, mainewomensnetwork.memberlodge.org.

Saturday 5/14

Women’s Wellness Day, with free bodywork, mini-facials, more, hosted by Lifeworks Chiropractic Center, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., free, must preregister, new visitors only, ages 25+, Lifeworks Chiropractic Center, 202 U.S. Route 1, Suite 100, Falmouth, 781-7911.

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

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, 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.

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

Wednesday 5/11

Seasoned Worker Forum, 9 a.m.-noon, free, Portland CareerCenter, 185 Lancaster St., Portland, space limited, call 542-3557.

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

Be Kind to Animals Week, at the Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine in collaboration with the Animal Refuge League of Westbrook, May 1-7, daily activities, free with museum admission, $9, children under 18 months free, 142 Free St., Portland, 828-1234, kitetails.org.

Thursday 5/5

“An Evening for Mindful Parenting,” presentation by Nancy Hathaway, 7-9 p.m., $25 person/ $35 parenting partners, Birthroots, 101 State St., Portland, info@birthroots.org.

Saturday 5/7

25th Annual Kids Fishing Derby, hosted by Scarborough Kiwanis Club, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., for ages under 15, $3 per child, bring own fishing poles, worms available for purchase, Bayley’s Camping Resort, Pine Point Road, Scarborough, rain date May 14, Dan Smith, 205-3065.

May Celebration & Medieval Faire, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., free admission, Merriconeag Waldorf School, 57 Desert Road, Freeport, 865-3900, merriconeag.org.

Saturday 5/14

LaxFest, youth games, LaxPros, demonstrations, prizes, all day, Falmouth High School fields, Woodville Road, Falmouth, bring non-perishable food items for the Falmouth Food Pantry.

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 5/6

Live Auction and Raffle, proceeds fund classroom supplies, garden, field trips and more, items include Red Sox tickets, ski lift tickets, signed Bruins shirts, preview/raffle 5:30 p.m., auction 6:30 p.m., Coffin Elementary School, 20 Barrows St., Brunswick, Hillary Backhaus, 208-9862.

Friday 5/13

Grand and Glorious Preview Party, by Mid Coast Hospital Auxiliary, 6-8:30 p.m., tickets $15/advance, $20/door, former Bookland, Cook’s Corner Mall, Brunswick, FMI, Millie Stewart, 373-6015.

Saturday 5/14

Grand and Glorious Yard Sale, by Mid Coast Hospital Auxiliary, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., former Bookland, Cook’s Corner Mall, Brunswick, FMI, Millie Stewart, 373-6015.

Sunday 5/15

Grand and Glorious Yard Sale, by Mid Coast Hospital Auxiliary, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., former Bookland, Cook’s Corner Mall, Brunswick, FMI, Millie Stewart, 373-6015.

5K Home Run and Walk, to benefit Habitat for Humanity/ 7 Rivers Maine, registration 12-1:30 p.m., 5K run 2 p.m., 5K walk 2:15 p.m., $15 online pre-registration for runners at habitat7rivers.org, $20 day-of, walkers pre-register with Michele Ober, michele@habitat7rivers.org, FMI 386-5081, race begins/ends at Habitat’s Administrative Offices, 108 Centre St., Bath.

Saturday 5/21

Plant Sale, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., proceeds benefit the animals at the Coastal Humane Society, 30 Range Road, Brunswick, 725-5051, coastalhumanesociety.org.

Sunday 5/22

Plant Sale, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., proceeds benefit the animals at the Coastal Humane Society, 30 Range Road, Brunswick, 725-5051, coastalhumanesociety.org.

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

Thursday 5/5

Remember Longfellow School, open house, view memorabilia and tour the school before its June closing, 6-8 p.m., Longfellow Elementary School, 21 Longfellow Ave., Brunswick, Mary Parsons, 725-5256.

Saturday 5/7

Small Business Saturday in downtown Brunswick, first Saturday of every month, 6 a.m. – 11 p.m., approximately 30 businesses participating, visit 10 businesses to collect stamps and be eligible to win prizes, brunswickdowntown.org.

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

Main Street Bath Mayfair, 9th annual citywide yard sale, FMI Main Street Bath, 442-7291, visitbath.com.

Free Comic Book Day, Grand Re-Opening Gala, 10 a.m., Game Box Video Games and Comics, Topsham Fair Mall, Dan Tremper, 373-1136.

Thursday 5/12

Midcoast Maine Community Action annual meeting/dinner, 6 p.m. social hour, 6:30 p.m. dinner/meeting, “Childhood Investments Have Big Payoffs: Long-term Benefits of Policies for Low-Income Children,” by John Fitzgerald of Bowdoin College, seating limited, reservations, 442-7963 ext. 216; 34 Wing Farm Parkway, Bath.

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, 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.

Small Business Saturday in downtown Brunswick, first Saturday of every month, 6 a.m. – 11 p.m., approximately 30 businesses participating, visit 10 businesses to collect stamps and be eligible to win prizes, brunswickdowntown.org.

Call for Volunteers

Maine Maritime Museum, summer docents and greeters needed, various positions, for information and training dates, call the volunteer office, 443-1316, ext. 350; 243 Washington St., Bath.

“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.

American Cancer Society Relay for Life is seeking volunteers and team participants for 2011, call Donna Muto, 373-3703, donna.muto@cancer.org, or visit RelayForLife.org.

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.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer planning committee volunteers needed to organize the 16th annual walk in Brunswick, October 16, at the Town Mall Gazebo, contact Crystal Derocher, crystal.derocher@cancer.org, 373-3719.

Saturday 5/14

Brunswick Downtown Association needs volunteers for the annual Clean Sweep Downtown, tools provided, bring gloves, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., register by email, director@brunswickdowntown.org, or sign up day-of in front of Senter Place and Cool as a Moose, Maine St., rain date May 15.

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

Saturday 5/7

Spring Tea, a professional event with finger sandwiches, scones, lemon curd, music, complementary teas, 2 seatings, 12-2 p.m. and 3-5 p.m., advance tickets, $12.50/adults, $6.50/children under 12, reservations, 729-3193, Mid-Coast Presbyterian Church, 84 Main St., Topsham, mcpconline.org.

Saturday 5/14

Public Baked Bean and Casserole Supper, 5-6:30 p.m., adults $8, chidren $4, ages under 6 free, Brunswick United Methodist Church, Church and Raymond Roads, Brunswick, reservations accepted, 725-2185.

Gardens and Outdoors

Thursday 5/5

Hiking with Joy: Trail Games and Activities for Families of All Ages, with Joy Norkin, registered Maine Guide, sponsored by Appalachian Mountain Club, 7 p.m., free, open to the public, Morrell Room, Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick, John Mullens, education@amcmaine.org.

Saturday 5/7

Women’s History Walk and botanical gravestone art walk, with Alison Hepler of UMaine Farmington, dress comfortably for walking, 3-4:30 p.m., tickets $15 at Patten Free Library, 33 Summer St., Bath, reservations required, tea served, meet at Oak Grove Cemetery, Oak Ave., Bath, FMI 443-5141.

Saturday 5/14

Plant Sale by the Bath Garden Club, 8 a.m., Library Park, Washington St., $3 and up, bring your own boxes.

Sunday 5/15

Trail Opening activities, Greater Topsham Trail Alliance, Trail Runs by Trail Monster Running, 5 and 12 miles, 8:30 a.m., Mt. Ararat HS track parking lot, 837-5045; new Cathance River Trail hike, 1 p.m., Beechwood Dr., 725-6955; Trail Clean-up, 2 p.m., corner of Lover’s Lane and Bay Park Dr.; Androscoggin Multi-Use Trail Extension bushwhacking hike, 3 p.m., Topsham Town Office, 1.5 hours; FMI, Victor Langelo, 729-9880, vlangelo@eclipseservices.com.

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

Wednesday 5/4

Home Energy Efficiency Workshop by The Midcoast Council of Governments, 6:30-7:30 p.m., free, open to the public, $200 audit coupon giveaways, Bath City Hall, FMI Jason Bird, 443-5790, jbird@midcoastcog.org.

Thursday 5/5

“Are You Smarter Than a Fourth Grader?” Back to School on Architectural Styles, illustrated lecture showing what 4th grade students are taught, 7 p.m., with $6/up donation receive a Bath Architectural Coloring Book, Winter Street Center, 880 Washington St., Bath, 443-2174, sagadahocpreservation.org.

Tuesday 5/10

Baby Signing and Literacy, learn why so many parents are signing with their babies, 10:30 a.m., Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick, Joan Hale, 729-3464, handsupsigning.com.

Wednesday 5/11

Home Energy Efficiency Workshop by The Midcoast Council of Governments, 6:30-7:30 p.m., free, open to the public, $200 audit coupon giveaways, Hawthorne School, Brunswick, FMI Jason Bird, 443-5790, jbird@midcoastcog.org.

Goddard College information session and supper, 5:30 p.m., followed by documentary “Schooling the World,” 6:15-8 p.m., free, Frontier Cafe, 14 Maine St. Mill, Brunswick, contact Susan Fleming, susan.fleming@goddard.edu, 774-722-0812.

Thursday 5/12

The Economic Benefits of Historic Preservation, by Greg Paxton, 7 p.m., Morrell Meeting Room, Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick, Historic Preservation Month activity sponsored by the Village Review Board, FMI, 725-6660.

Saturday 5/14

Baby Signing and Literacy, learn why so many parents are signing with their babies, 10:30 a.m., Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick, Joan Hale, 729-3464, handsupsigning.com.

“Celebrating Brunswick’s Treasures” walking tour of recently recognized historic buildings, 10 a.m., meet at main entrance of Captain Daniel Stone Inn, Water St., sponsored by the Village Review Board, FMI, 725-6660.

Ongoing

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

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.

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

Diabetic Foot Clinic, first Thursday of the month, Jeanne Otis RN, $30/visit, package deals available, call for appointment, 729-0475, Southern Midcoast Community Center.

Friday 5/6

Weekend Nonviolent Communication program, “Speaking True/Listening Deep: Mindfulness in Conversation,” with Barbara Bash and Imre Berty, Friday 7-9 p.m. and Saturday/Sunday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., $110/weekend, discounts available, Brunswick Shambhala Center, 19 Mason St., Brunswick, register, shambhalabp.org, FMI, Kristen Lombard, 229-4690.

Monday 5/9

Grief Support Group, Mondays, May 9-June 13, 12:30-2p.m., peer support and grief education, by CHANS Hospice and Volunteers, 45 Baribeau Dr., Brunswick, FMI and to schedule pre-attendance meetings, Kathe Pilibosian, 729-6782 ext. 1357, kpilibosian@midcoasthealth.com.

Tuesday 5/10

NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program, 12-week series designed for caregivers and family of persons with serious mental illness, 6:30-9 p.m., free, pre-registration required, FMI, Tracie, 798-5891 or NAMI-Maine, 1-800-464-5767.

Pine Tree Society Open House, free hearing screenings 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., hearing aid workshop 10 a.m., for appointment or to register, 443-3341, pinetreesociety.org.

Friday 5/13

Shambhala Art program, “Coming to Your Senses” and “Seeing Things As They Are,” Fri. 7-9 p.m., Sat./Sun. 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., $140/weekend, including materials fee, $15, FMI Joy Kish, joykish@roadrunner.com, 890-9859, register at shambhala.org.

Sunday 5/15

Women’s Wellness Day, workshops, keynote by Katie West, The Levity Institute, 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Mid-Coast Hospital, 123 Medical Center Dr., Brunswick, FMI or to register, 373-6585, midcoasthealth.com/womensday.

Tuesday 5/17

Light Body Free Healing Clinic, massage, reiki, more, provided free to all, especially those without health insurance, 1:30-6:30 p.m., People Plus, 35 Union St., Brunswick, co-hosted by Greater Brunswick Physical Therapy, 729-1164.

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

Computer 101, very basic class, how to turn the computer on, connect a printer, get on the internet to receive email and communicate with your grandchildren, Tuesday mornings 9-10 a.m., $5 activity fee, Spectrum Generations, 12 Main St., Topsham, 729-0475.

Computer 201, follow-up to the 101 class, learn how to attach documents and work with your contact list, learn about online shopping, distribution lists, searching the internet, Tuesday mornings, 10-11 a.m., $8 activity fee, Spectrum Generations, 12 Main St., Topsham, 729-0475.

Tuesday 5/10

AARP Driving Class, classroom refresher for mature drivers, Pete Lamarre, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., $14/$12 AARP members, Spectrum Generations, 12 Main St., Topsham, register, 729-0475.

Thursday 5/12

Online Job Search, Workforce Development, class will guide you through the state’s Career Center website, sign up for the Maine Job Bank, become comfortable navigating the site, free, 729-0475.

Thursday 5/26

AARP Driving Class, classroom refresher for mature drivers, Joe Hahn, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., $14/$12 AARP members, Thornton Oaks, 25 Thornton Way, Brunswick, register, 751-9364.

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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