Community Calendar: Oct. 26-Nov. 5

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Greater Portland

Benefits

Saturday 10/29

Marie’s Closet, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Cancer Community Center, 778 Main St., South Portland. Hosted by the Center’s Red Hat Society Chapter, rummage sale with gently used clothing, jewelry, basket raffle, white elephant, bake sale. Donations accepted 9 a.m.-noon Oct. 28.

Thursday 11/3

Crossroads Annual Gala, 6-9 p.m., Westin Portland Harborview Hotel, 157 High St., Portland, proceeds benefit people seeking treatment for addiction, with dinner, auctions, speaker. Tickets are $75 at 501auctions.com/crossroadsgala.

Raise the Roof Gala, benefit dinner and awards ceremony in honor of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland, 6 p.m., 200 Sable Oaks Dr., South Portland. Register at eventbrite.com.

Books/Authors

Tuesday 11/1 

“The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu” by Joshua Hammer, Maine Charitable Mechanic Association’s First Tuesday Book Club, noon, Mechanics’ Hall, 519 Congress St., PortlandBring lunch, drinks and sweets provided, pre-reading not required, all welcome.

Wednesday 11/2

“The Once and Future Ocean: Notes Toward a New Hydraulic Society,” author talk by Peter Neill, director of The World Ocean Observatory, 6:30 p.m., Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Dr.

Thursday 11/3

“Let Me Tell A Story,” author talk by Paul Betit, 7 p.m., Longfellow Books, One Monument Way, Portland.

Sunday 11/6

“High Tide, Low Tide: The Caring Friend’s Guide to Bipolar Disorder,” 1-5 p.m., book party and fundraiser with music and readings by authors, BLUE, 650A Congress St., Portland.

Ongoing

Third Tuesday Book Group, 2 p.m., Falmouth Memorial Library, 5 Lunt Road. Details at library.

LGBTQ Teen Book Group, Portland Public Library, 2:30-3:30 p.m., third Saturdays. Nov. 11: “The Rest of Us Just Live Here.”

Adult Story Time, 12:05-12:50 p.m., South Portland Public Library, lunch hour read-aloud group for adults every Wednesday, 767-7660.

Fall Readers Circle, Merrill Memorial Library, 215 Main St., Yarmouth, Thursdays through Jan. 26, (except November), free and open to the public, 846-4673.

Bulletin Board

Calling all Crafters: space available for Morrison Center Holiday Craft Fair, Poinsettia, & Wreath Sale Dec. 3 in Scarborough. Fee benefits nonprofit that helps children and adults with disabilities. Reserve by Nov. 18; see morrison-maine.org, or contact Meghan at 883-6680, ext. 1102, msmith@morrison-maine.org.

Thursday 10/27

Haunted Walk, 5:30 to 8 p.m. designed for all ages, Casco Bay High School, 196 Allen Ave., Portland, with various activities and cider. Proceeds help 11th-graders go on their Junior Journey; suggested donation $5.

Saturday 10/29

Forum on Aging, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., sponsored by Aging in Place Committee of Cumberland at Greely Middle School, 351 Tuttle Road, Cumberland. Free for residents of Cumberland and North Yarmouth.

“Once Upon a Time: Costumes & Cocktails, a Literary Ball,” 7-10 p.m., The Auditorium at St. Mary’s, 43 Foreside Road, Falmouth. Adult Halloween costume party benefits capital campaign, with cocktails, appetizers, desserts, auctions. Tickets $60 at the library or online.

Ski Swap, 9:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m., hosted by Freeport Ski Boosters at Freeport High School, 30 Holbrook St. Buy and sell alpine and Nordic equipment. Donations and consignment drop off 4-7 p.m. Oct. 28 and 7:30-9 a.m. Oct 29.

Craft Fair, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Maine Medical Center Scarborough Campus, 100 Campus Dr., Scarborough, benefits Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital.

Halloween Party, Unity Lodge #3, 179 Ridgeland Ave., South Portland, 4 p.m. 3D showing of “Hotel Transylvania” for all, and wheelchair of terror for adults, costume contest at 7 p.m.

Tuesday 11/1

100+ Women Who Care Southern Maine, quarterly meeting, 5:45 p.m., refreshments and mingling; 6:30-7:30 p.m. meeting, Woodfords Club, 179 Woodford St.

Saturday 11/5

NOLS Alumni Reunion, 6-8:30 p.m., LL Bean Flagship store, Freeport, with refreshments, raffle, films.

Fiera di Natale (Christmas Craft Fair), 9 a.m.-4 p.m., The Italian Heritage Center, 40 Westland Ave., Portland.

Sunday 11/6

Veterans History Project, 2 p.m. program to learn about submitting items to American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress, which collects, preserves, and provides access to veterans’ war experiences, Scarborough Public Library, 48 Gorham Road.

Tuesday  11/8

“Wow Plants for Maine Gardens,” 11 a.m.-noon with Master Gardener and author Lisa Colburn, Longfellow Garden Club, Woodfords Congregational Church, 202 Woodford St., Portland. Free and open to the public.

Thursday 11/10

Veterans Appreciation Luncheon, hosted by Rotary Club of Portland at the Italian Heritage Center, 40 Westland Ave., Portland. Check-in, 11:30, noon lunch, with U.S. Sen. Susan Collins and musician Don Campbell. Free for veterans, $20 all others; must preregister by calling 899-6342.

Ongoing

Cumberland County Retired Educators Association, meets second Thursday at 11 a.m. for lunch at Fireside Inn, Riverside Street, Portland. Open to all retired teachers.

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, contact Duncan Daly, 865-6188, or Mike Yates, 865-3555.

Call for Volunteers

Trauma Intervention Program of Portland is looking for volunteers who live in the greater Portland area to support survivors in the aftermath of a tragedy. Training begins Oct. 27 at the Portland Police Department. Contact Leslie at skill@mainebehavioralhealthcare.org or  661-6478.

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.

Cumberland Area Rides and Cumberland Aging in Place needs volunteer drivers and companions to help local seniors. Interview, vetting, and training required; to drive, contact Lisa Crowley at 829-3367 or cumberlandrides@gmail.com.

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

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

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.

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 reimbursed. Contact Jennie at 878-3285.

MedHelp Maine is seeking volunteers to help expand prescription assistance programs throughout the state and create a specialized pharmacy to collect unused prescription drugs for needy patients. Call 793-4462.

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

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

Friday 10/28

Chicken Pie Supper, 4:30-6:30 p.m., North Yarmouth Congregational Church, 3 Gray Road, North Yarmouth, with mashed, squash, slaw. Adults/$13, kids 4-10/$6, under 4/free. Takeout available.

Saturday 10/29

Fifth Saturday Bean Supper, 4:30-6 p.m.,Tuttle Road Methodist Church, 52 Tuttle Road, Cumberland, with mac & cheese, rolls, homemade pies. Adults/$9, kids/$5.

Bean Supper, 5-6 p.m., West Falmouth Baptist Church, 18 Mountain Road, with three kinds of beans, two kinds of dogs, salads, mac & cheese. Adults/$8, kids 5-12/$4.

Friday 11/4

Friday Lunch, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. North Yarmouth Congregational Church, 3 Gray Road, North Yarmouth. Fish chowder, crab sandwiches, a special, a la carte pricing. Take out available.

Health

Medicare Advantage Plans in Cumberland Countyinformational meetings, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, 1 Market St., Portland: 9 a.m. Nov. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29. Call 855-243-1136 for more.

“The Art of Being Human, Shambhala Training Level I,” hosted by The Portland Shambhala Meditation Center Nov. 4-6 at the University of New England, 716 Stevens Ave., Portland. Friday night talk free and open to the public. Register for weekend activities at MaineShambhala.org.

Ongoing

Acupuncture, ongoing four-week classes 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursdays, Cancer Community Center, South Portland, call Erica at 400-5755 to register.

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

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

“Making Music Praying Twice,” nationwide program for parents, grandparents and children to integrate music, prayer and Catholic culture, 10 a.m. Wednesdays & Thursdays to Dec. 8, Holy Martyrs Church, 266 Foreside Road, Falmouth.

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.

Restorative yoga, gentle approach recommended for stress reduction and healing, drop-in class 9-10:15 a.m. every Thursday, Cancer Community Center, 778 Main St., South Portland, 774-2200. Free.

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

Just for Kids

4-H Maker Monday Program, UMaine Extension, 75 Clearwater Dr., Falmouth, 3:30-5 p.m. Nov. 14: Frosted cupcakes; Dec. 12: Winter crafts. Ages 9-18 can register at http://bit.ly/2cVdix7.

Farmer for the Morning, 9-10 a.m., Thursdays during the school year, Wolfe’s Neck Farm, 184 Burnett Road, Freeport, $5/child, wolfesneckfarm.org/farmer-for-the-morning.

4-H Junk Drawer Robotic Series, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Wednesdays Nov. 2-Dec. 7, in the Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library at Portland Public Library. For kids 8-12, first come, first served.

Saturday 11/5

Miss Lisa’s Songs & Stories, 10:30 a.m., Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Dr., for infants through preschoolers.

Ongoing

Baby Singalong, 4 p.m. Thursdays and 10 a.m. Fridays & Saturdays; Toddler Storytime, 10 a.m. Mondays; Pre-School Storytime, 10:30 a.m. Mondays and 10 a.m. Thursdays, Falmouth Memorial Library, 5 Lunt Road.

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.

Lego Club, Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Drive, 3:30-4:30 p.m. first Wednesday through April. Open play, all Legos provided for children age 5-11, must be accompanied by an adult.

Yoga for Kids, Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Drive, 10:30 a.m. first Tuesday.

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

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

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.

Alzheimer’s Support Group, 6-7 p.m., second Wednesday, Sedgewood Commons 22 Northbrook Dr., Falmouth, Patricia.Burke@genesishcc.com.

Cancer Community Center, wellness classes, complementary therapies, nutritional counseling, CancerCommunityCenter.org,  774-2200.

Cancer Support Group, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Wednesdays, Cancer Community Center, 778 Main St., South Portland, 774-2200. For adults affected by cancer, their families and friends.

CODA: Co-Dependents Anonymous meets 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.

Families of people with dementia support group 4-5 p.m. second and fourth Tuesdays, St. Joseph’s Rehab and Residence, 1133 Washington Ave., Portland.

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.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous, free 12-step program. Tuesday, 9 a.m., St. Maximilian Church 167 Black Point Road, Scarborough, Kimberly, 899-6588; Wednesday, 7 p.m., First Congregational Church, 167 Black Point Road, Scarborough, Roberta, 839-6452; Thursday, 9 a.m., First Parish Congregational UCC, 40 Main St., Freeport, Sandi, 838-8991. Visit foodaddicts.org or call contact to confirm meeting.

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; Portland Recovery Community Center, 468 Forest Ave. Portland, Thursdays 5:30-7:30 p.m., Contact Liz, 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.

Living with Cancer, 10-11:30 a.m., fourth Thursday, Cancer Community Center, 778 Main St., South Portland, for patients and families coping with any kind of cancer at any point in their journey.

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.

Memory Café, 11 a.m., third Tuesday, Louie’s Grille, 319 Main St., Cumberland Center, 489-9087; 1 p.m, second Wednesday, OceanView, Blueberry Commons, Falmouth, 781-4621; noon, first Wednesday, Port Resources, 280 B Gannett Drive, South Portland with pizza lunch; 828-0048; 11 a.m., fourth Tuesday, Bay Square of Yarmouth, 27 Forest Falls Dr., Yarmouth, 797-7891.

Mended Hearts Cardiac Support Group, Maine Medical Center Learning Resource Center, 100 WEST Campus Drive, Scarborough. Survivors available from diagnosis, during and after hospital stays; visits can be in person, by phone or email, 523-0883 or robynshaw13@icloud.com.

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, namiportland@gmail.org.

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., Wishcamper Center at USM, 44 Bedford St., oamaine.org.

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

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

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.

Tender Living Care, for families facing serious illness, every Monday at The Center for Grieving Children, 555 Forest Ave., Portland, 775-5216 or cgc@cgcmaine.org.

The Center for Grieving Children, free bereavement peer support groups for children ages 3-18, their parents and caregivers, young adults, bereaved parents and widow/widowers/partners, 555 Forest Ave., Portland, 775-5216, cgc@cgcmaine.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.

Unemployed Professional Group, 8:30 a.m.-noon Tuesdays, Greater Portland Career Center, 151 Jetport Blvd. Open to the public, registration not required.

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.

Yarmouth Cares About Neighbors, connects resources such as clothing, heating assistance, food and rides with the people who need them, https://ycan.info/. 

Workshops/Walks/Talks

Pumpkin Hayrides at Wolfe’s Neck Farm, Saturdays and Sundays in October, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 184 Burnett Road, Freeport. Admission $5/person; 3 and under, free, wolfesneckfarm.org/pumpkin-hayrides.

“Choose Civility Election Series,” noon-1 p.m. Nov. 1: Question 4 – An Act to Raise the Minimum Wage, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, forums/panels to educate voters.

“Help with Downloadables,” Portland Public Library reference section, Monument Square, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Fridays Nov. 4, 11. Registration is not required; free and open to the public.

“Leading Conversations on Maine’s Changing Climate,” Portland Sustainability Series, 5:30 p.m. fourth Wednesday through December, (except 11/30), Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square. Oct. 26: “Trees, Not Treatment: Conserving Forests is a Natural Method of Water Treatment.”

Thursday 10/27 

“What Legalizing Recreational Marijuana Looks Like,” community forum from a law enforcement perspective, 6:30 p.m., Falmouth Town Hall.

Saturday 10/29

Peace Action Maine annual gathering, 7 p.m., Wishcamper Center on the Portland USM campus with keynote speaker Nermeen Shaikh, co-host/producer of alternative news program, Democracy Now! Annual meeting at 5 p.m., potluck at 6 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Sheet mulching workshop, 9 a.m. rain or shine, hosted by The Community Garden Collective at the Hamlin Community Garden, 496 Ocean St., South Portland.

Tuesday 11/1

“Maine’s Incredible Shorebirds – Are these world travelers enjoying their stay in Maine?” Birds on Tap program, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Rising Tide Brewing, 103 Fox St., Portland.

“What’s Happening in Yarmouth,” 9:30 a.m., discussion of issues and activities by Yarmouth Town Manager Nat Tupper. Sponsored by the Village Improvement Society at the Yarmouth History Center, 118 Elm St.

Wednesday 11/2

“Maine Immigrant Kitchens: A Chef’s View,” noon, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, free and open to the public.

Saturday 11/5

“9/11 and the Creation of Collective Memory,” with founding director of the 9/11 Memorial Museum, 1 p.m., Maine Humanities Council’s annual Dorothy Schwartz Forum at One Longfellow Square, Portland.

Wednesday 11/9

“How to Cook with Cannabis,” 12:30-2:30 p.m., Cancer Community Center, 778 Main St., South Portland, register at cancercommunitycenter.org/event/how-to-cook-with-cannabis/.

Ongoing

Maine Genealogical Society Greater Portland Chapter, 1 p.m. first Saturday, Latter Day Saints, 29 Ocean House Road, Cape Elizabeth.

Technology Assistance, 3-4 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Falmouth Memorial Library, 5 Lunt Road.

Guided nature programsWolfe’s Neck Woods State Park, 426 Wolf Neck Road, Freeport. Programs 2-3 p.m. every weekend day, weather permitting. Free with park admission, parksandlands.com.

Essentials of College Planning for Adults, 10 a.m. Tuesdays by appointment, Greater Portland Career Center, 151 Jetport Blvd., Portland. Register with Randi Paine at 800-281-3703.

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

Portland’s Sustainability Series: Leading Conversations on Maine’s Changing Climate, 5:30 p.m., fourth Wednesday of the month through December (fifth Wednesday, Nov. 30), Portland Public Library, 10 Monument Square.

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/.

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.

Unemployed Professional Group, Tuesdays, 8:30 a.m.-noon, Greater Portland CareerCenter, 151 Jetport Blvd.

Mid-Coast

Benefits

Antiques for Preservation, Oct. 28: “Meet the Appraisers Party,” 5 p.m., 111 Washington St., Bath. Tickets $50/person at sagadahocpreservation.org/. Oct. 29: Antique Appraisal Day, 880 Washington St., Bath, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. Proceeds benefit Sagadahoc Preservation, Inc. Sanctuary Project.

Friday 11/4

Laughter Yoga FUNdraiser, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Jai Yoga, Brunswick. Fun games, and breathing exercises, all ages welcome, all donations go to Warm Thy Neighbor, Tedford Housing heating assistance program.

Thursday 11/10

“Hearth and Soul” fundraiser to benefit programs at Midcoast Maine Community Action, 6-8 p.m., Chocolate Church in Bath, with live music, hors d’oeuvres, dessert buffet, silent auction. Advance tickets $20 or $35/couple; $25 $25, $40/couple at the door. For tickets call 442-7963, ext. 283.

Sunday 10/30

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Brunswick, 11 a.m., Brunswick Town Mall. For more, see makingstrideswalk.org/brunswickme or call Matt Kennedy at 373-3719.

Books/Authors

Saturday 10/29

“Journeys and Reflections,” 1 p.m., author talk about latest collection by the Write On Writers of People Plus of Brunswick, Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road.

Friday 11/4

“Let Me Tell A Story,” author talk by Paul Betit, 6 p.m., 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. monthly for sixth-and seventh-graders. 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, 725-1727, topshamlibrary.org.

Bulletin Board
 
Brunswick Farmers Market,8 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday and Friday, Brunswick Town Mall, through Nov. 22.
Pumpkin Patch, bake sale and crafts, Mid-Coast Presbyterian Church, 84 Main St., Topsham, through October, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., daily except Sunday, 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

Friday 11/4

Aging at Home Senior Health Fair, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Harpswell Town Office, 263 Mountain Road, presentations, talks, free flu shots, screenings. Call 729-0757 for transportation.

Sunday 11/6

Ski & Skate Sale, 1-4 p.m., hosted by Brunswick Parks & Recreation Department at  at 220 Neptune Dr., Brunswick. Credit cards accepted; 20 percent of proceeds benefit youth programs.

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.

Senior’s Bingo, 6:30 p.m., second and fourth Wednesday, Bath Area Senior Center, 45 Floral St., must be at least 16.

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
 
Tax-Aide AARP Foundation program needs volunteers for the upcoming tax filing season to offer free help to those who need it, contact Joan Jagolinzer at jagolinzer@gwi.net, visit aarpfoundation/org/taxaide or call 1-888-687-2277.
Teens: Do you need volunteer hours but are short on time? Consider joining the NEWTTS (new teen titles) club at Topsham Public Library and review new teen titles. Apply at the library, 25 Foreside Road, or contact Cyndi at 725-1727 or cyndi@topshamlibrary.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, 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.

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

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.

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

Tuesday 11/1

Community SAGE Square Dance, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Woodside Elementary School, 42 Barrows Dr., Topsham. Free, no prior experience necessary, casual dress, sage.squaredanceme.us.

Ongoing

Contradance, second Saturdays, Topsham Grange, 47 Pleasant St. Family dance 6-7 p.m., $3/$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

Health

Diabetes self-management classes, 9:30 a.m.-noon, for six consecutive weeks beginning Nov. 3, Mid Coast Bath Primary Care, 33 Summer St., Bath. Free, but pre-registration required by calling Annica McGuirk at 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.

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.

Pilates, 11 a.m. – noon Monday, Cancer Community Center, 778 Main St., South Portland, 774-2200.

Qi Gong classes, 6:30 p.m. Mondays, hs-acupunture.com, 54 Cumberland St., Brunswick. Free.

Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy and Meditation, 5:30 p.m. every Monday, First Parish Church, 9 Cleaveland St., Brunswick. Explore meditation in the Buddhist tradition, suitable for both beginners and advanced students. Suggested donation $10, but all welcome.

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

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-years-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.

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, 400-6320.

Family and friends of individuals living with mental illness support group, sponsored by National Alliance on Mental Illness. For more call Mike at 703-966-8875.

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 Drive, Brunswick, 721-1357.

H.O.P.E. (Healing of Persons Exceptional) wellness support group, 6:30-8:30 p.m., St. Matthew Episcopal Church, 20 Union St., Hallowell, second and fourth Wednesdays,  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 Drive, 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.

Multiple Sclerosis Society, coffee and conversation group, first Tuesday 10:30 a.m.-noon, Handy’s Market, 367 Main St., Yarmouth, cafandconyar@gmail.com.

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.

Pet Loss Grief Support Group, Coastal Humane Society, 190 Pleasant St., Brunswick. Monthly sessions are free and open to the public, but RSVP required at coastalhumanesociety.org.

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 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.

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,  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.

WIC Program, free nutritional service for income-eligible families. Provides food, formula, breastfeeding support, nutrition education and referrals for pregnant, breastfeeding or postpartum women and children up to age 5. Mid-Coast residents can call Maine Community Action at 800-221-2221 and ask for WIC.

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 in a controlling or abusive relationship, free and confidential, hosted by Mid Coast Outreach Office of Family Crisis Services, 721-0199.

Workshops/Walks/Talks

Merrymeeting Audubon Field Trips, Oct. 29: “Waterfowl of Sabattus Pond,” meet at Brunswick Hannaford at 8 a.m. to carpool; Nov. 6: Viles Arboretum, meet at Hannaford at 7:30 a.m. to carpool.

“My Money Works,” free five-week class Monday, Nov. 7-Dec. 5, Orion Hall, University College of Bath/Brunswick, 12 Sewall St., Brunswick Landing. Pre-registration required at 386-1664, erica.quineaster@maine.edu, or newventuresmaine.org.

Friday 10/28

“Stuck; Frozen; Immobilized: Finding Meaning in Psyche,” 7-9 p.m., hosted by  Maine Jung Center at Pilgrim House, First Parish Church, 9 Cleaveland St, Brunswick, members $20, $30 all others, mainejungcenter.org.

Saturday 10/29

“Captains and Shipbuilders,” Red Cloak Halloween Season Tour, 4-5:30 p.m. Oak Grove Cemetery, Bath. Benefits Maine Maritime Museum. Members $20, or $27; children, $17. Reserve through 443-1316, or mainemaritimemuseum.org and link to Events/Special Events.

Tuesday 11/1

“Aging with Dignity,”1-3 p.m., multidisciplinary discussion about ways to age well, Patten Free Library, 33 Summer St., Bath.

“Discover 50 of the Best Day Hikes Along the Maine Coast,” hosted by The Appalachian Mountain Club, Maine Chapter at Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick. Optional potluck starts at 6 p.m., followed by a slide show and talk at 7 p.m.

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 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.

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

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.

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.

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