Community Calendar: Oct. 5-15

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Monday 10/10

Trail Running Festival, Hunter Road fields at Freeport High School, fall fundraiser hosted by The Freeport Running Boosters with events for all ages, to register. 


Wednesday, 10/5

“Statesman: George Mitchell and the Art of the Possible,” Brown Bag Lecture Series hosts author Douglas Rooks, noon, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square.

Saturday 10/8

An Evening with Linda Greenlaw, 6 p.m., Lunt Auditorium at OceanView, Falmouth. Tickets are $35 each and benefit the Falmouth Memorial Library. Light refreshmentsm, cash bar.

“Among the Shadows: a Detective Byron mystery” author signing for Bruce Coffin, 1-3 p.m., Letterpress Books, Northgate Plaza, 91 Auburn St., Portland.

Indie Author Day, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance hosts variety of events centered around indie writing and publishing, 871-1700, ext. 723.

“Haunted Hikes of New Hampshire,” 2 p.m. author talk, South Portland Public Library, 482 Broadway. Marianne O’Connor will discuss legends of Sasquatch, UFOs, and ghosts; suitable for all ages.

Tuesday 10/11

“Words on Water,” 7-8:30 p.m., hosted by Royal River Alliance at Yarmouth Merrill Memorial Library, 215 Main St. Two eco-lit authors – mystery writer Charlene D’Avanzo and children’s book writer Mary Cerullo – explain why saltwater inspires them.


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. Oct. 15: “Afterworlds”; 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.

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Saturday 10/8

Free electronic waste collection, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in the parking lot outside the former Jimmy the Greek’s at the Maine Mall in South Portland. All welcome to drop off TVs, computers, monitors, printers, copiers, but no kitchen appliances. Benefits Vine and Branches at St. Augustine Anglican Church, 835-0261.

Monday 10/10

Yellow Tulip Project garden planting ceremony, 10 a.m., Lincoln Park, Portland. Commemorates World Mental Health Day, see facebook under “The Yellow Tulip Project,” or

Tuesday 10/11

Freeport Senior Expo, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Hilton Garden Inn, 5 Park St., Freeport. Free admission, booths, speakers, free flu shots all day.

Thursday 10/13

Candidates Forum, 7 p.m., hosted by The Ferry Village Neighborhood Conservation Association at the Betsy Ross House, 99 Preble St., Cape Elizabeth.

“Discover Waynflete: Lower School,” 8:30–10:30 a.m., Waynflete, 360 Spring St., Portland, for prospective parents of preschoolers-grade 5. Register with Melissa Fox,, 774-7863, ext. 1224.

Saturday 10/15

Fall Charity Festival, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Nordx Laboratories, 301A U.S. Route One, Scarborough. Raffles, face and pumpkin painting, costume parade, trunk or treat, crafts. Benefits Operation Hope, 396-7905,

Community Shredding Day, 9 a.m.-noon, South Portland Public Library, 482 Broadway. 

Saturday 10/22

Halloween Celebration: CARVE pumpkin carving competition, 3-6 p.m., hosted by AIGA MAINE at Thompson’s Point, Portland. People’s Choice award, kids crafts, corn hole, food trucks and a silent pumpkin auction. to register. Free.


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

Caring, compassionate hospice volunteers wanted to be part of the VNA Home Health Hospice team for companionship, caregiver respite, and practical non-medical help, with training 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 11, 18 and 25 at 250 Foden Road, South Portland, contact Beth Simmons, 400-885.

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


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,

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

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

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,

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

Meals on Wheels, Portland, needs volunteer drivers to deliver meals to home-bound elderly, once a week, once a month or more on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays or Fridays, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Mileage reimbursement offered. Contact Jennie at 878-3285.

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.



Contradance, first Saturday, Falmouth Congregational Church, 267 Falmouth Road, Falmouth. Instruction/review 7:15 p.m., main dance, 8 p.m., various fees,, 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,

Irish Set Dancing, 7-9 p.m. Thursdays, Yarmouth Community Services, 200 Main St., Yarmouth,

Dining Out

Friday 10/7

Chowder Luncheon, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., every Friday, North Deering Congregational Church, 1364 Washington Ave., Portland. A la carte pricing for chowder, lobster roll or combo, includes sides, takeout available.

Monday 10/10

Variety Dinner, 5-6:30 p.m. every Monday, VFW Post 832, 50 Peary Terrace, South Portland, menu varies, $7.

Saturday 10/15

Traditional baked bean supper, 5-6 p.m., St. Pius Church Hall, 492 Ocean Ave., Portland. Dogs, slaw, corn bread, $8 adults, $5 under 12.

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



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,

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 at The Cancer Community Center, 778 Main St., South Portland, 774-2200. Free.

Spiritual Meditation, 4-4:45 p.m. Wednesdays, The Cancer Community Center, 778 Main St., South Portland, 774-2200. Free.

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

Just for Kids

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

Saturday 10/8

Family Art Workshop, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, for children ages 3-9 based on “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do you See?” Free and open to the public.

Tuesday 10/11

Fall Song and Dance with Rob Duquetter, 10:30 a.m., Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Drive, for toddlers and preschoolers.


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.

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’ Tales, reading program with therapy dogs every Tuesday at Merrill Memorial Library, 215 Main St., Yarmouth. Email to sign up.


Wednesday 10/12

“The Gift of Comforting,” 6:30 p.m., Cancer Community Center, 778 Main St., South Portland. Open to anyone who has been affected by cancer.


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:, 245-8033.

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

Cancer Community Center, wellness classes, complementary therapies, nutritional counseling,,  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.

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 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

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,,

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, Free.

Maine Buddy Program provides one-to-one, peer support from trained volunteers for adults dealing with cancer,,  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

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

National Alliance on Mental Illness, family support groups, Dana Center, 22 Bramhall St., Portland, 6:30-8 p.m. on the second and fourth Monday; Spring Harbor Hospital 7-8:30 p.m., third Monday. Peer recovery groups meet at the Dana Center, 6:30-8 p.m.the second, third and fourth Thursday,

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.,

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

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,

Tea and Talk, 9:30-11 a.m., Cumberland Town Hall, 290 Tuttle Rd., second Thursday of the month for residents, 829-2208 or

Tender Living Care, for families facing serious illness, will resume Sept. 12 and meet every Monday at The Center for Grieving Children, 555 Forest Ave., Portland, 775-5216 or

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 resume Sept. 12 at 555 Forest Ave., Portland, 775-5216,

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,

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, 


“Cooking for Crowds,” food safety training for volunteer cooks, 9 a.m.- noon Oct. 6, 12 & 25, UMaine Regional Learning Center, 75 Clearwater Drive, Suite 104, Falmouth, $15, through

Freeport Trail Challenge, hike four trails by the end of October, prizes for completing all. All ages; passports available at Town Hall, Historical Society, Community Center, Facebook and Instagram,

“Choose Civility Election Series,” noon-1 p.m. Tuesdays Oct. 11, 18, 25, Nov. 1, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, forums/panels to educate voters this election season.

Eastern Cemetery, Portland, tours 11 a.m. every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday until Oct. 16. Tickets $10 adults, $5 students and seniors, under 12 free. Private tours available,

“Leading Conversations on Maine’s Changing Climate,” 5:30 p.m. fourth Wednesday through December, (except 11/30), Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square. 

Lightning Workshops, explore Maine’s role in the North Atlantic and its relationship with Iceland. Raffles, music, art and food at USM Woodbury Center, Portland Campus: Oct. 3, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; Oct. 4, 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m.; Oct. 5, 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

Portland SCORE, 100 Middle St.: Oct. 6, 6-9 p.m., “Writing a Business Plan Narrative: Your Company’s Resume”; Oct. 11, 6-9 p.m., “Starting Your Own Business: Essential info for success”; Oct. 13, 2-5 p.m., “Lean Startup; Move your idea to action.” Free with online registration at or call 772-1147 weekday mornings.

Thursday 10/6

“Ad Nauseam: Political Advertising in the 2016 Elections,” by Bowdoin associate professor of government, 7 p.m., Yarmouth History Center, 118 East Elm St., Yarmouth. Current trends in spending on political ads and the nature of advertising; free and open to the public.

Sunday 10/9

Maine Cheese Guild Open Creamery Day, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Sunflower Farm Creamery, 12 Harmon Way, Cumberland, 829-8347,; Winter Hill Farm, 35 Hill Farm Road, Freeport, 869-5122,

Monday 10/10

Landscape Quilting Workshop, 9 a.m. to noon, hosted by Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, 769 Congress St., Portland, $45/members or $55. Register at

Tuesday 10/11

“Creative Uses of Sedums and Succulents,“11 a.m.- noon, hosted by Longfellow Garden Club at Woodfords Congregational Church, 202 Woodford St., Portland, free and open to the public.

Wednesday 10/12

Gardening Q&A, 5:30 p.m., hosted by Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, 769 Congress St., Portland. Free, registration not required.

Saturday 10/15

Baptist Cemetery Walking tour, 11 a.m., Yarmouth Historical Society hosts Ron Romano, expert on Cumberland County stone cutter Bartlett Adams. Meet at Baptist Cemetery on Hillside Street in Yarmouth. Free and open to the public.


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,

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,, 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,

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.



Fall Full Belly Pet Food Drive, Coastal Humane Society of Brunswick, 190 Pleasant St., Brunswick, through Oct. 15, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; 30 Range Road, Brunswick, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. The person(s) who donates the most cat and dog food will receive a $25 gift certificate,

Friday 10/7

Laughter Yoga FUNdraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bath/Brunswick, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Jai Yoga in Brunswick. All ages welcome, 443-3721.

Saturday 10/8

Bath Rotary 4-Way 5K Walk/Run, 9 a.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 807 Middle St., $20 before Oct. 7 at or; $25 race day, students 18 & under $10. Groups welcome. Cash prizes,, 371-8002.

Sunday 10/30

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



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,

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,

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,

Teen Talk Book Club, second Thursday, Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road, 725-1727,

Tween Reads, 5-6 p.m. monthly for sixth-and seventh-graders. Registration required, Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road, 725-1727,

Men’s Book Group, 6:30-7:30 p.m. third Thursday, Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road, new members welcome, 725-1727,

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Brunswick Fine Craft Show, at the Fort Andross Mill Complex, 14 Main St.,  Brunswick, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 9. Presented by The Maine Crafts Guild in celebration of American Craft Week, 754-4490,

Brunswick Farmers Market,8 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday and Friday, Brunswick Town Mall, through Nov. 22.

Saturday 10/8

Bath Citizen Involvement Day, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Waterfront Park, community building event with 40+ nonprofits.

Wednesday 10/12

Orr’s and Bailey Islands Fire Department Open House to mark national Fire Prevention Week, 6 p.m., at the Orr’s Island fire station, 1600 Harpswell Islands Road, Route 24. All Harpswell residents welcome. 


Brunswick Toastmasters, first and third Tuesdays, 6:15-8 p.m., 8 Venture Ave., Brunswick, in former Naval base, guests welcome, 241-2294,

Merriconeag Grange, first and third Thursdays, 7 p.m., 529 Harpswell Neck Road, Harpswell,

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

Wednesday 10/12

Red Cross Blood Drive, 1-6 p.m., Bath K of C, 807 Middle St. Call 1-800-RED CROSS for an appointment, or drop in.

American Cancer Society needs volunteers to transport cancer patients to treatment, ACS, New England Division, Topsham, 462-6307,

Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice needs hospice volunteers in the Brunswick area; training provided. 777-7740,

ArtVan Program seeks volunteers to help with art therapy programming with children and teens, promotional support and fundraising efforts. Contact 650-1608 or visit

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

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,

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

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,

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,

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

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,

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,

Tri-County Literacy seeks volunteer tutors to work with adults in the community, 443-6384,


Friday 10/14

“Good Ole Fashion Friday Nite Dance,” with DJ Ray Seigler, 7-9 p.m., Bath Area Senior Citizens Activity Center, 45 Floral St., admission $5.


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.

Dining Out

Saturday 10/8

Free Community Breakfast, 9-10:30 a.m., Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 330 Maine St., Brunswick. All welcome.

Good Food and Good Friends supper, 5-6:30 p.m., Brunswick United Methodist Church, corner of 320 Church and Raymond roads. Beans, salads, casseroles, pies. Adults $8, children, $4, 725-2185 for optional reservations.

Friday 10/14

Roast Pork Dinner, 5-6:30 p.m., St. Charles Church, 132 McKeen St., Brunswick, with potatoes, green beans, homemade cookies and ice cream. Adults, $8, children, $4. Benefits teen mission to Washington, D.C. 

Saturday 10/15

Fried Chicken Dinner, 4:30-6 p.m., Bath United Methodist Church, 340 Oak Grove Ave., Bath, includes all the fixin’s and homemade dessert. Adults, $8, $4, under 12, for takeout call 443-4707.

Pot Roast Supper, 5-7 p.m., Elijah Kellogg Church, 917 Harpswell Neck Road (Route 123). Veggies, brownie sundae, $9, children under 12, $5. Benefits Harpswell Scouting Assistance Association; free flu clinic by CHANS, 833-6026.

Willing Helpers Annual Harvest Supper, 4:30- 6:30 p.m., The Islands Community Church, 2141 Harpswell Island Road, Bailey Island. Roast pork and turkey, potatoes, gravy, rolls, and dessert, $12 per person, eat in or take out.


Diabetes self-management classes, 9:30 a.m.-noon, for six consecutive weeks beginning Nov. 3, Mid Coast Bath Primary Care Conference Room, 33 Summer St., Bath. Free, but pre-registration required by calling Annica McGuirk at 406-3971.

Tuesday 10/11

Aging with Dignity series, hosted by Mid Coast-Parkivew Health at Patten Free Library, Bath, 6-8:30 p.m. Oct. 11: airing of “Being Mortal” Frontline episode; 3-5 p.m., Oct. 18: Advance Directive Workshop, free and open to the public.

Ellen Gould Harmon White, 19th century Seventh Day Adventist prophet from Topsham, with guest speaker Ted Hushain, executive secretary of the New England Seventh Day Adventists, 6:30 p.m., Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road, free and open to the public.


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,

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,

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.

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,

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,

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,

Tuesday 10/11

Fall Song and Dance, 10:30 a.m., for toddlers – preschoolers, Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Drive.


Sexual Assault Support Services of Midcoast Maine, 10-week support group begins this fall in the Brunswick area for female survivors of any type of sexual violence, must attend pre-group meeting, 725-2181.


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.

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.

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 Schlerosis Society, coffee and conversation group, first Tuesday 10:30 a.m.-noon, Handy’s Market, 367 Main St., Yarmouth,

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

Self-healing empowerment group, Wednesdays, 9-10:30 a.m., $15, come once or weekly, Spectrum Generations, Southern Midcoast Community Center, 12 Main St., Topsham, 729-0475.

Survivors of Suicide, support group, first Thursdays, 5:30 p.m., Elijah Kellogg Congregational Church, 917 Harpswell Neck Road, Harpswell, 833-6386.

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) weigh-in 6-6:40 p.m. every Thursday, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 330 Maine St., Brunswick. Meeting follows,  729-6400.

Together With Alzheimer’s, support group for caregivers, 7-8 p.m. every Wednesday, Sacred Heart Parish Center, 326 Main St., Yarmouth, or 233-0709.

12-Step Recovery Program, Wednesdays 6 p.m., food, group meetings, contact Jeff Rogers,, 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,

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.


“Captains and Shipbuilders,” Red Cloak Halloween Season Tour, 4-5:30 p.m. Oct. 12, 22 and 29, Oak Grove Cemetery, Bath. Benefits Maine Maritime Museum, tickets Members $20, or $27; children, $17. Reserve through 443-1316, or and go to Events/Special Events.

Free Monthly Speaker Series, 7-8:30 p.m., The Neighborhood United Church of Christ, 798 Washington St., Bath. Oct. 19: conservationist Jack Witham, 751-6556.

Mediation Training program by VOANNE Community Mediation Services and The Opportunity Alliance, register by Oct. 7 for fall classes in Topsham,

Sunday 10/9

“The Family History,” 2 p.m., hosted by Pejepscot Genealogical Society at Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick. President John Webster will speak about being a vice president of the Rev. Robert and Sarah (Winter) Jordan Foundation, preceded and followed by social time; all welcome.

Tuesday 10/11

Free Mandated Reporter training, 6-8:30 p.m., Families CAN! at Midcoast Maine Community Action, 34 Wing Farm Parkway, Bath. Covers responsibilities of mandated reporters under Maine law. Call Dawn to register at 442-7963, ext. 230.

Wednesday  10/12

“Judy Garland: Moments of Magic,” 6:30 p.m., by award-winning music producer and critic, Patten Free Library, Bath. Examination of Garland’s life and career with audio-video clips and discussion.

“Vermiculture: What, Where, How and Why,” noon, BYO lunch, followed by business meeting and Jock Robie of Mainely Worm Bins, hosted by Topsham Garden Club at Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road.

Thursday 10/13

“Not for Sale: Finding Center in the Land of Crazy Horse,” 6:30 p.m., by Hancock Lumber owner Kevin Hancock, author talk series at Prince Memorial Library, 266 Main St., Cumberland, 829-2215.

Monday 10/17

“Labyrinths: where they come from and the renaissance of labyrinths in the U.S.,” 7 p.m., Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick.

Wednesday 10/19

Conservationist Jack Witham, 7-8:30 p.m., free monthly speakers series, The Neighborhood United Church of Christ, 798 Washington St., Bath.


Cathance River Education Alliance Ecology Center, Topsham. Open house, noon to 2 p.m. each Sunday. For directions see or email

Computer Boot Campby appointment daily 8:30-9:30 a.m., 3:30-4:30 p.m., Southern Midcoast CareerCenter, 275 Bath Road, Brunswick,, 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,

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

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