Community Calendar: Oct. 10-20

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Greater Portland

Benefits

Friday 10/12 

Fire 5K, kids’ fun run, 5:30 p.m., ($5); adult 5K, 5:45 p.m., ($20/$25), Preble Street school along Back Cove Trail in Portland, register at runreg.com/st-brigid-school-fire-5k-and-kids-fun-run, benefits St. Brigid’s school.

Saturday 10/13

McAuley Residence Walk/Run for Recovery, Mercy Hospital, 175 Fore River Parkway, registration 8 a.m., kids’ 1K walk/run 8:30 a.m., 5K adult fun run/walk 9 a.m., benefits women’s transitional housing program, https://bit.ly/2xVmjOq for details. 

Books/Authors

Friends of Prince Memorial Library Annual Book Sale, 266 Main St, Cumberland, patrons’ preview 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Oct. 11; public welcome Oct. 12, 13, 16, 829-2215.

Ongoing

Writers’ Accountability Group10 a.m.-noon, third Wednesday, Thomas Memorial Library, 6 Scott Dyer Road, Cape Elizabeth, all levels of expertise and genres welcome.

The Bucket List Book Club, Falmouth Memorial Library, 5 Lunt Road, 7 p.m. first Tuesday to discuss librarian-curated books, register at https://bit.ly/2xmS6Z0.

Literary Lunch, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, noon, last Wednesday.

Many Voices Teen Book Group, 2:30-3:30 p.m., third Saturday, Portland Public Library. Drop-in, see the selection at portlandlibrary.com/highlight/love-bookgroups/.

Peaks Island Book Group, 129 Island Ave., 7-8 p.m. first Tuesday, 766-5540, portlandlibrary.com/highlight/love-bookgroups/.

Portland Public Library Book Group, 5 Monument Square, 5:30-6:30 p.m., third Tuesday,  871-1700, ext. 705, portlandlibrary.com/highlight/love-bookgroups/.

Riverton Book Group, 1600 Forest Ave., Portland, second Thursday, 6:30-7:30 p.m., 797-2915, portlandlibrary.com/highlight/love-bookgroups/.

Betsy Ross House Book Group, 1:30 p.m. first Thursday, hosted by South Portland Library at Betsy Ross House in South Portland. Members choose books that are part of the mainstream cultural current, call 767-7660.

Life 101, South Portland Public Library, 482 Broadway, 10:30 a.m. fourth Tuesday, books that improve quality of life, establish good habits, and live more creatively and happily, https://bit.ly/2KyESg4.

Writer’s Group, 2 p.m., first and third Saturdays, South Portland Public Library, 482 Broadway.

Reader’s Circle, 7 p.m., last Thursday, Merrill Memorial Library, 215 Main St., Yarmouth; free and open to the public, registration not required.

Bulletin Board

The League of Women Voters of Maine, free presentations on Ranked Choice Voting for community groups, churches, schools, etc., schedule by emailing sarah@mainerankedchoice.vote or visit https://mainerankedchoice.vote.

Wolfe’s Neck Farm, themed weekends in Freeport through Oct. 21, with workshops, demos, music, food, all ages, see www.wolfesneck.org/fall-on-the-farm/ for schedule.

Saturday 10/13

Board Game Cafe, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Drive, all ages can enjoy games by Diversions. Free and open to the public.

Ongoing

Tri-Town Penguins Snowmobile Club (Durham, Freeport, Pownal), 7 p.m., last Tuesday through April, Durham Fire Station, 615 Hallowell Road, new members always welcome, Duncan Daly, 865-6188/713-3116.

Cribbage, 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays, Scarborough Lions Den, 273 Gorham Road, free, all welcome, 883-9780.

Scarborough Garden Club, 12:30 p.m. third Thursday, Hillcrest Retirement Center, 108 Hillcrest Ave. New members welcome, www.scarboroughgardenclub.org.

Scarborough Kiwanisnoon-1 p.m., every Friday, The Egg & I, 183 US Route One, Scarborough, breakfast and featured speaker, public welcome, FMI call Joyce Leary Clark at 329-8488 or jlclark@maine.rr.com.

Call for Volunteers

Red Cross Blood Drives:  1-6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, First Parish Congregational Church, 116 Main St., Yarmouth; 1-6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 19, United Methodist Church, 52 Tuttle Road, Cumberland Center. Walk-in or make an appointment through the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, RedCrossBlood.org, 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

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 a child a few hours each month, 773-5437, somebigs.org.

Cumberland Area Rides and Aging in Place Cumberland need drivers, companions, and others to help local seniors. Interview, vetting and training may be required. Volunteer drivers contact Lisa Crowley at 829-3367, cumberlandrides@gmail.com. Other AIP volunteers contact AIP@cumberlandmaine.com, 245-8033, www.AIPCumberland.org.

HART Cat Shelter: Weekday morning volunteers wanted, 302 Range Road, Cumberland. Apply at hartofme.com or 829-4116. 

Hospice volunteers wanted to be part of the VNA Home Health Hospice team, bringing comfort to those facing a terminal illness. Contact Beth Simmons at 400-8852 or simmonsb@emhs.org.

Painting for a Purpose, Wednesday mornings at Portland High School to paint decorative items to raise funds for student-led service learning grants, call Tina at 653-5960.

Portland Area Villages seeks volunteers to help seniors age in place, including transportation, errands, calls/visits, light housework and gardening, 370-1896, info@portlandareavillages.org to learn more.

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

Road To Recovery needs drivers to transport cancer patients to treatment in Cumberland County. Must be 18 or older, with a valid license, reliable vehicle, clean driving record and proof of insurance. Free training, American Cancer Society, 800-227-2345, or cancer.org.

Zonta Club of Southern Maine, 6 p.m. second Thursdays through June, Duffy’s Tavern & Grill, 168 Saco Ave., Old Orchard Beach, new members and guests welcome to join service organization that empowers women, cdorfman@myfairpoint.net.  

Dining Out

Thursday 10/18

Community Supper, 4:30-7 p.m., Falmouth Congregational Church, 267 Falmouth Road, by donation to support Falmouth Food Pantry.

Ongoing

Free Dinner, 5:30-6:30 p.m. every Thursday, St. Peters Episcopal Church, 678 Washington St., Portland, handicapped accessible, 878-1989.

Health

Yoga Basics, 4-5 p.m., Tuesdays, Oct. 16-Nov. 6, Dempsey Center, 778 Main St., South Portland, register at https://bit.ly/2y6VSpZ.

Living Well with Chronic Pain, 1-3:30 p.m., Mondays to Nov. 5, Yarmouth American Legion Log Cabin 196 Main St., free, 835-9866 to register.

Monday 10/15

Crystal Bowl Meditation, 1-2 p.m., drop-in class, Dempsey Center, 778 Main St., So. Portland.

Ongoing

Alzheimer’s Association Resource Finder, programs, events, services, housing options, www.communityresourcefinder.org.

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

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

Restorative yoga, drop-in class 9:30-10:45 a.m. Thursdays, Cancer Community Center, 778 Main St., South Portland, 774-2200. Free.

Tai Chi, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Cancer Community Center, 778 Main St., South Portland, 774-2200. Free.

Just for Kids

Saturday 10/13

Crafting Stories, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Drive, free and open to the public. 

Tuesday 10/16

Fire Truck Story Time, 10-11 a.m., Freeport Community Library, children up to age 8 can learn about fire safety, firefighter gear, and explore a fire truck, free and open to the public.

Boy Scout Troop 35 Recruiting Night, 7 p.m., First Parish Church, 116 Main St., Yarmouth, for boys and girls ages 11-17, FMI contact Scoutmaster Todd Riddle, todddriddle@gmail.com.

Ongoing

Anime Club, 3-4:30 p.m. Mondays, Thomas Memorial Library, Cape Elizabeth. Ages 13 and up can watch, craft, and generally geek out over all things Anime and Manga, no registration required.

Dungeon Master Class, 4-6 p.m. Thursdays, ongoing, Thomas Memorial Library, Cape Elizabeth, workshop on how to become a Dungeon Master, open to ages 16 and up. Space is limited, registration required, www.ThomasMemorialLibrary.org.

Tabletop Gaming Club, 2:30-5 p.m. Tuesdays, Thomas Memorial Library, Cape Elizabeth, new and challenging board and tabletop games for ages 11 and up.

Baby Singalong, Falmouth Memorial Library, 5 Lunt Road, 4 p.m. Thursdays and 10 a.m. Fridays & Saturdays; Toddler Storytime, 10 a.m. Mondays; Infant/Toddler Story Time Tuesday 10 and 10:15 a.m. Pre-School Storytime, 10:30 a.m. Mondays and 10 a.m. Thursdays, 781-2351.

Fun & Games, Falmouth Memorial Library, 5 Lunt Road: Pokemon & More, 3:30-4:15 p.m. Fridays; Magic Matches! 2:30-4:30 p.m. Saturdays; Lego Club, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Saturdays.

Signing with Babies, 10:45 a.m. Mondays, Falmouth Memorial Library, 5 Lunt Road, baby signing by Maine Behavioral Healthcare, 781-2351. Free. 

Board Game Café, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., second Saturday, Freeport Community Library, varying selection of games, free and open to the public.

Maker Cart, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., third Saturday in October and November, Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Drive, self-guided crafty or science-related activities for ages 5 and up.

Read to a Therapy Dog, Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Drive, 4-5 p.m. Mondays through November for kids of all ages, call 865-3307 to reserve. 

Baby and Me, 10-11 a.m. Mondays, Freeport Community Library, social time for infants and caregivers with toys and music. Free and open to the public, 865-3307, www.freeportlibrary.com.

Lego Club, 3:30-4:30 p.m. third Wednesday for ages 5-11, Freeport Community Library, free and open to the public, supervision required. 

Preschool Story Time, 11-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Freeport Community Library. 

Story Time with Gunta, 10:30-11 a.m. every Saturday in September, October and November, Freeport Community Library, free and open to the public.

Yoga for Toddlers & Preschoolers, Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Drive, 10:30-11 a.m. first Tuesday.

Family Story Play Yoga, 11-11:45 a.m., third Saturday, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square.

Many Voices Teen Book Group,  2:30-3:30 p.m., second Wednesday, Portland Public Library, open to ages 12-19 who are interested in exploring diversity through contemporary YA fiction, 871-1700, ext. 773.

Songs & Stories en Français, 10:30-11 a.m. Mondays, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square. Weekly storytime in French. 

Baby Builders, 10:30 a.m., Tuesdays, South Portland Public Library, 482 Broadway. Duplos, free play and socializing for newborns to age 4.

Flash Story Time, 2-4 p.m. Sunday, stories and songs, South Portland Memorial Branch, 155 Westcott Road. 

Letter Zoo, stories and songs for ages 3-5, Fridays at 10:30 a.m., South Portland Public Library, 482 Broadway.

Baby Bounces and Books, 10:15-10:35 a.m., Fridays; Tales and Tunes, preschool story hour 10:15-11 a.m. and 2-2:45 p.m. Thursdays; Tales for Twos, 11-11:30 a.m. Fridays, Merrill Memorial Library, 215 Main St., Yarmouth.

Tail Waggin’ Talesreading program with therapy dogs every Tuesday at Merrill Memorial Library, 215 Main St., Yarmouth. Email mbatson@yarmouthlibrary.org to sign up.

Support

Ongoing

Aging in Place Friendly Visitor program for those 60+ in Cumberland offers weekly visits by a trained volunteer who will provide companionship based on mutual interests. To apply or refer someone: AIP@cumberlandmaine.com, 245-8033.

Amistad Peer Support and Recovery Center, 66 State St., Portland, ongoing weekly support groups to help address suicide prevention, depression/bipolar, addictions, call John at 615-3691. 

Alzheimer’s Support Group, 5:30-6:30 p.m., second Thursday, Sedgewood Commons 22 Northbrook Drive, Falmouth, Patricia.Burke@genesishcc.com.

Bereaved Parents of USA, 6:30-8 p.m., second and fourth Wednesdays, Trinity Episcopal Church, 580 Forest Ave., Portland, open to anyone struggling with the death of a child. Contact Triss Critchfield, 799-4183 or triss.critchfield@gmail.com; SouthernmaineBPUSA@gmail.com. 

Brain Aneurysm Support Group, 6-7:30 p.m., last Thursday, Room 9, Dana Health Education Center at Maine Medical Center, 22 Bramhall St. Portland, http://kat-walk.org/support.html.

Dempsey Center – South Portland, free wellness classes, complementary therapies, nutritional counseling for cancer patients and their families, www.dempseycenter.org, 774-2200.

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

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous, 7 p.m. Wednesdays, The Point/Eastpoint Christian Church, The Point/Eastpoint Christian Church, 345 Clarks Pond Pkwy, Room 103, South Portland, 12 Step Program addresses food obsession, overeating, undereating and bulimia. No dues, fees or weigh-ins, 883-8052, www.foodaddicts.org.

Grief Support for individuals and groups, Hospice of Southern Maine, 180 U.S. Route 1, Scarborough, contact Carol Schoneberg-Robinson for schedule, 289-3651, cschoneberg@hospiceofsouthernmaine.org.

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

Kids First Center, educational support for parents and children experiencing separation, divorce and/or co-parenting, 761-2709, info@kidsfirstcenter.org, www.kidsfirstcenter.org.

LaLeche League, every Wednesday, 9:30-11 a.m., Woodfords Congregational Church, 202 Woodford St., Portland, 767-0920.

Leukemia, Lymphoma, and Multiple Myeloma Support Group, third Tuesday, 5:30-7 p.m., 778 Maine St., South Portland, 774-2200.

Living Well in North Yarmouth free ride service, call Steven Palmer at 829-6230.

Look Good … Feel Better with the American Cancer Society, Cancer Community Center, 778 Main St., South Portland, help with wigs, makeup, self-esteem, cancercommunitycenter.org. Free.

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

Mended Hearts Cardiac Support Group, 6-8 p.m. first Thursday of most months, Maine Medical Center Learning Resource Center, 100 West Campus Drive, Scarborough. Support also available for support in person, by phone or email. Contact Robyn Shaw for more information at 523-0883, robynshaw13@icloud.com.

Mental Illness Family Support Group, 6:30-8 p.m., first, second and third Mondays of the month, Dana Center, 22 Bramhall St., classroom #2, Portland. NAMI Portland. FMI call Mike, 703-966-8875.

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.

Multiple Sclerosis Support Group, 10 a.m. first Tuesday, Handy’s, 367 Main St., Yarmouth, drop-in, zenhead@gmail.com.

Overeaters Anonymous, find local meetings at oamaine.org.

Parkinson’s Disease weekly support group, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Wednesdays, Casco Bay YMCA, 14 Old South Freeport Road, Freeport, for patients, family, caregivers, 865-3417.

S.M.A.R.T. Recovery, 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays & Fridays, Amistad Peer Support and Recovery Center, 66 State St., Portland, alternative or supplement to traditional 12-step groups, contact Jim at 787-1212.    

South Portland Food Cupboard, 130 Thadeus St., 8:30-11:30 a.m. Thursday and 5-7 p.m. first Wednesday of the month for residents of South Portland, Scarborough, Cape Elizabeth, and surrounding communities, 874-0379, southportlandfoodcupboard.org.

The Center for Grieving Children, free bereavement peer support groups for ages 3-18, their parents and caregivers, young adults, bereaved parents and widow/widowers/partners. The Tender Living Care Program offers peer support to everyone in the family facing a life-impacting illness diagnosis, 775-5216, cgc@cgcmaine.org555 Forest Ave., Portland

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, find a local meeting at www.tops.org/tops/TOPS/FindAMeeting.aspx.

Wellness Through Art, 2-4 p.m. Wednesdays, Amistad Peer Support and Recovery Center, 66 State St., Portland, peer-led, recovery focused art group. Contact Patrick at 618-0318.

Yarmouth Cares About Neighbors, connects resources such as clothing, heating assistance, food and rides to people in need, https://ycan.info/.

Workshops/Walks/Talks

Eastern Cemetery Walking Tours, 11 a.m. Wednesdays, Saturdays & Sundays; 5:30 p.m. Thursdays to Oct. 14, 224 Congress St., $10/adults, $5/students & seniors, spiritsalive.org/tours.

Wednesday 10/10

“Buildings for All Times and Seasons: The Work of Thomas J. Sparrow,” by Maine historian Earle Shuttleworth, features Portland’s first professional architect, 7 p.m., Mechanics Hall, 519 Congress St., Portland, $25, www.mainemechanics.org.

Thursday 10/11

 Masonic Temple Tour, noon, Maine Masonic Civil War Library & Museum, 415 Congress St, Portland, by donation.

“Seafood: The Strength of Our Past and the Promise of Our Future, with chef/author Barton Seaver, 6 p.m., Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress St., Portland, $10/members, or $15, https://bit.ly/2OWzAxp, 774-1822.

Friday 10/12

“The Honeybee Crisis: Real Causes & Solutions,” 7 p.m., Maine Coast Waldorf School, 57 Desert Road, Freeport, by donation, mainecoastwaldorf.org, 865-3900. 

Saturday 10/13

Shiloh Church Tour and Presentation by Durham Historical Society, 2 p.m., 38 Beulah Lane, Durham, history of former home for a secretive apocalyptic Christian cult, tickets $10 at Durham Town Office, 630 Hallowell Road and Get & Go, 697 Royalsborough Road.

Sunday 10/14

“Podcasts, Digging Up Our Forgotten Past and Breathing New Life Into History,” by Crystal Ponti, Scarborough Historical Society monthly meeting, 2 p.m., Scarborough Public Library, 48 Gorham Road, free and open to the public.

Old Ledge Schoolhouse Field Day, 1-3 p.m., just west of 121 West Main St, Yarmouth. Public invited to see what it might have been like to be a student in the 19th century, www.yarmouthmehistory.org. Free.

Monday 10/15

“Preparing Medicines from Plants,” 11:30 a.m., hosted by St. Mary’s Garden Club at St. Mary’s Episcopal Parish House, 43 Foreside Road, Falmouth, free for members or $5.

“The Challenge of Political Leadership and Legitimacy in a Time of Extreme Partisanship, Fake News, and International Conflict,” by former Assistant Secretary of State Philip J. Crowley, 7 p.m., St. Pius X Catholic Church, 492 Ocean Ave., Portland.

Wednesday 10/17

“The Surprising Journey of Your Recycling,” 6-7:30 p.m., Scarborough High School, 11 Municipal Drive, virtual tour of ecomaine’s recycling and trash-to-energy plants.

Thursday 10/18

Scarborough Garden Club, 12:30 p.m., Hillcrest Retirement Rec Center, 108 Hillcrest Ave., guest speaker Eric Topper of Maine Audubon, guests invited, www.scarboroughgardenclub.org.

Ongoing

Senior Tech, 10:30 a.m.-noon, fourth Wednesday, Thomas Memorial Library,  6 Scott Dyer Road, Cape Elizabeth, bring questions and devices.

Maine Genealogical Society, Greater Portland Chapter, 12:30 p.m. first Saturday, First Congregational Church, 301 Cottage Road, South Portland. Free, guests welcome, 409-6205.

Computer Tutoring sessions, Portland Public Library, Tuesdays and Fridays, 5 Monument Square, call 871-1700, ext. 708 to register for a half-hour session.

Maine Job Seekers: free classes about employment, services and programs, Maine Department of Labor, 151 Jetport Blvd., Portland, mainecareercenter.com, 822-3300.

Spanish Group, 10 a.m. Wednesdays, South Portland Public Library, 482 Broadway, all levels welcome. 

Technology Tutoring, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, one-on-one computer help in reserved half hour sessions 2-4 p.m. Tuesdays; 4:30-6 p.m. Wednesdays; 12:30-2 p.m. Fridays. 

Mid-Coast

Benefits

Saturday 10/20

Midcoast Area Walk to End Alzheimer’s, 8 a.m., Maine Street Mall and Gazebo, Brunswick, register at https://bit.ly/2OMOhGk.

Books/Authors

Ongoing

The Library Bookstore, 194 Front St., Bath, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday, books, audio books, CDs, DVDs and puzzles for all ages.

Great Books, 10 a.m.-noon, second Saturday, Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road, always looking for new members, email emma@topshamlibrary.org for topic of the month. 

Nature Speaks Book Discussion, Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road, focuses on environmental issues and what can be done on a local level, 725-1727, topshamlibrary.org. 

Bulletin Board

Ongoing

Senior Bingo, 6:30 p.m., second and fourth Wednesday, Bath Area Senior Center, 45 Floral St., age 16+.

Brunswick Toastmasters, first and third Tuesdays, 6:15-8 p.m., 8 Venture Ave., Brunswick Landing, guests welcome, register at https://2156.toastmastersclubs.org, 241-2294.
  
People Plus Community Center, 35 Union St., Brunswick. Offers fitness, classes, socials, meals, sports, travel and more, peopleplusmaine.org.

Community Spay-Neuter Clinic of Topsham, free neuter and rabies shots for feral, stray and barn cats. Free transportation and trapping available in parts of Androscoggin, Kennebec, Cumberland, Sagadahoc, Lincoln & Oxford counties, 721-8395.

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

Call for Volunteers

Red Cross Blood Drives: Brunswick, 1 p.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, St. Charles, 132 McKeen St., 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, Lowes, 250 Bath Road. Walk-in or make an appointment through the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, RedCrossBlood.org, 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Ongoing

American Cancer Society volunteer drivers wanted to transport cancer patients to treatment in the Mid-Coast area, call 462-6307, elisa.madore@cancer.org.

American Cancer Society, volunteers needed in the Topsham office, Road To Recovery program, Look Good Feel Better program, Relay For Life events and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks, see cancer.org/involved/volunteer.html, or contact Danielle Blais at Danielle.blais@cancer.org or 373-3700, ext. 3720.

Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice, Brunswick area, training provided, 777-7740, AHCH.org.

Big Brothers Big Sisters, 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.

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 ReStore, donations of appliances, complete kitchen cabinet sets, and furniture in good condition needed, call 504-9341, drop off at 126 Main St., Topsham, Tuesday- Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.

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

People Plus Center, ongoing opportunities, 35 Union St., Brunswick, 729-0757.

Red Cross Blood Drives, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS to make an appointment.

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

Sexual Assault Support Services of Mid Coast Maine will train 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, assist seniors by providing companionship, transportation, assistance with errands, 837-8810, cszalay@ccmaine.org.

Tri-County Literacy, will train tutors to work with adults, 443-6384, literacyvolunteers@tricountyliteracy.org.

Dining Out

Saturday 10/13

Good Food and Good Friends, 5-6:30 p.m., Brunswick United Methodist Church, corner Church and Raymond roads. Includes beans, salads, casseroles, homemade pies; reservations accepted at 725-2185. Adults/$9, kids/$4.

Tuesday 10/16

Lunch with Friends, noon, hosted by Harpswell Aging at Home at Orr’s Island Schoolhouse, 1579 Harpswell Islands Road, free and open to all. To volunteer, call Surrey Hardcastle, 833-0092, surreysh@comcast.net.

Health

Saturday 10/13

“The Light From Here: A Breast Cancer Story,” author/artist Maureen Egan on overcoming adversity through art, 3:30 p.m., Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick. 

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, 10-11 a.m. third Wednesdays, free, walk-ins welcome, Mid Coast Hospital Community Resource Room, 123 Medical Center Drive, Brunswick, Jessica Loney R.N., 373-6592, jloney@midcoasthealth.com.

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

Merrymeeting Wheelers Bike Club, beginners welcome, for details see http://merrymeetingwheelers.org.

TOPS (Take Off the Pounds Sensibly), weight loss support group, find a local meeting at www.tops.org.

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

Yoga for Cancer, 5-5:45 p.m. Thursdays, Maine Pines Racquet & Fitness, 120 Harpswell Road, Brunswick, 729-8433.

Just for Kids

Ongoing

Story Time, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Thursdays, Cundy’s Harbor Library, 935 Cundy’s Harbor Road, 725-1461.

Baby & Me10 a.m. Thursdays for 15-20 minutes with songs, action rhymes, and board books for birth to 23 months, Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road, Topsham, 725-1727, topshamlibrary.org.

Music & Rhyme Time for Twos, 10:30 a.m. Thursdays for 20-30 minutes with music, dance and action rhymes, for 2-year-olds and their grown-ups, Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road, Topsham, 725-1727, topshamlibrary.org.

Preschool Storytime, 10 a.m. Wednesdays for 30-45 minutes, with songs, dance, instruments, action rhymes for ages 3-5, Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road, Topsham, 725-1727, topshamlibrary.org.

Third Saturday Teen Crafting, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., drop in at Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road, ages 11-18 only. 

Support

Ongoing 

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

Dementia Caregivers Education Series, 4-5 p.m., third Thursday, Mid Coast Senior Health Center, 58 Baribeau Dr.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous, Mondays, 9 a.m., St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 27 Pleasant St., Brunswick, 837-3581; Wednesdays, 7 p.m., Topsham Medical Building, 4 Horton Place, 528-5550; Fridays, 6:30 p.m., Bath Police Dept., 250 Water St., Bath 442-7557; Saturdays, 9 a.m., Mid Coast Hospital (Medical Offices Building) 121 Medical Center Drive, 865-9160.

Grief Support Groups, for survivors of those who have died from substance abuse or suicide, grieving child or parent, holiday-related and more, CHANS Home Health Care and Hospice, 45 Baribeau Drive, Brunswick, call 721-1357 for specifics. 

Lyme Disease Support Group,  5:30-8 p.m. first Wednesday, Mid Coast Hospital, 123 Medical Center Drive, Brunswick in cafe conference rooms, 841-8757.

Moving On discussion group, 10 a.m. second and fourth Tuesdays, Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road, for surviving spouses of retirement age on how to build a new life, 725-1727, topshamlibrary.org.

Multiple Sclerosis Society, coffee and conversation group, first Tuesday 10-11 a.m., Handy’s Market, 367 Main St., Yarmouth, cafandconyar@gmail.com.

Overeaters Anonymous, Tuesdays, noon, St. Mary’s Church, 144 Lincoln Street, Bath, 729 3149; Thursdays, 7 p.m., St.Paul’s Episcopal Church, 27 Pleasant St., Brunswick, 386 1740.

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, 7 p.m. fourth Wednesday, Mid Coast Medical Group, 81 Medical Center Drive, Brunswick, 319-7956. 

Pet Loss Grief Support Group, Center for Grief and Loss, 45 Baribeau Drive, Brunswick, for both anticipatory grief and death of a pet. For schedule see https://bit.ly/2OU7JhV, call 721-1357. 

Prostate Cancer Network Group, 6:30-8:30 p.m., third Tuesday, Mid Coast Hospital, 123 Medical Center Drive, Brunswick in cafe conference room. 

Sexual Assault Support Services of Midcoast Maine and Mid Coast Hospital, support groups for adult and adolescent survivors of child sexual abuse, www.sassmm.org; 24-hour helpline 1-800-871-7741.

Survivors of Suicide Loss, CHANS Hospice and Volunteers, 45 Baribeau Drive, Brunswick, contact Andy Sokoloff at 721-1357, asokoloff@midcoasthealth.com for meeting times.

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) weigh-in 6-6:40 p.m. every Thursday, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 330 Maine St., Brunswick, www.tops.org/tops/TOPS/FindAMeeting.aspx.

Women with Cancer Support Group, open to women diagnosed with any type of cancer at any age, meets third Tuesdays, 3-4:30 p.m., board room of MidCoast Hospital, 123 Medical Center Drive, Brunswick, 373-6546.

Women’s Circle, for women in a controlling or abusive relationship, free and confidential, Mid Coast Outreach Office of Family Crisis Services, 24-helpline 800-537-6066; office, 721-0199.

Workshops/Walks/Talks

Community Conversations on Affordable Housing, Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick. “Housing Vulnerability & Homelessness,” 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18;The Local Landscape,” 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30.

Tim Sample: “Hardscrabble Humor and the Power of Laughter,” 7:30 a.m., hosted by Brunswick Downtown Association, Brunswick Hotel & Tavern, 4 Noble St., $25.

Saturday 10/13

Harpswell Day: A celebration of traditional handcrafts and subsistence skills, noon-4 p.m., Harpswell Historical Society, 929 Harpswell Neck Road, www.hhltmaine.org, 837-9613, outreach@hhltmaine.org. Free. 

Tuesday 10/16

Bath Garden Club, noon, Grace Episcopal Church, 1100 Washington St., Eric Topper of Maine Audubon will address how to use native plants, public welcome.

Wednesday 10/17

Forest Soil Management Workshop Registration Deadline for Oct. 24 workshop by Androscoggin Valley Soil and Water Conservation District at Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road. Topics include soil ecology, sustainable logging, 241-5377, mrichard@maineconservationdistricts.com. 

Thursday 10/18

“Managing Honey Bees in a Challenging Coastal Habitat, and Plants that Help Them Survive,” 1 p.m., Harpswell Garden Club at Kellogg Church, Harpswell Neck Road. Free and open to the public.

Saturday 10/20

“The Great Influenza of 1918 Comes to Bath,” 10:30 a.m., Bath Historical Society lecture by Marla Davis, Patten Free Library, 33 Summer St., Bath, free and open to the public.

Ongoing

Brunswick Toastmasters Club, 6:30-8 p.m. first & third Tuesdays, 8 Venture Ave., visitors welcome, 241-2294, https://2156.toastmastersclubs.org.

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

Computer Boot Campby 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.

First Light Camera Club, meets monthly 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Topsham Medical Building, 4 Horton Place, fee charged, www.firstlightcc.com, info@firstlightcc.com, 729-6607.

Friends of Merrymeeting Bay Speaker Series, 7 p.m., 2nd Wednesday until May, Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick, free and open to the public, www.fomb.org.

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.

Rain or Shine Club, free weekly family-friendly walks Thursdays at 10 a.m., guided by Royal River Conservation Trust, 215-8315.

Sip ‘n’ Stitch, 10 a.m.-noon first and third Saturdays of the month, Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road. Learn to knit or crochet, work on a project, share patterns, check out the library’s resources, and relax with a cup of coffee or tea. 

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

Southern Midcoast CareerCenter, 275 Bath Road, Brunswick, career counseling, classes, support, mainecareercenter.com, 373-4000.

Tech Help, 1-3 p.m. Thursdays, Cundy’s Harbor Library, 935 Cundy’s Harbor Road, 725-1461.

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