Community Calendar: Sept. 14-24

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Greater Portland

Benefits

Sunday 9/18

Let’s Hold Hands, participants and volunteers wanted to circle Back Cove to raise money for United Way of Greater Portland. Food trucks, music, free T-shirt. Register/volunteer at handsaroundthecove.org.

Thursday 9/22

“A Taste of Falmouth’s Local Fare,” 5-8 p.m., Schuster Road, Falmouth. Local eateries and craft beer, live music and raffle to benefit Falmouth Land Trust. Advance tickets $35, falmouthlandtrust.org, or $40 at the door.

Saturday 9/24

Walk to End Alzheimer’s – Greater Portland, 3-mile walk begins at 10 a.m. at Payson Park, 755 Baxter Blvd., Portland, http://bit.ly/2aV6nPQ.

Friday 9/30

Tuxes & Tutus, 7-11 p.m., DiMillos restaurant, Portland. Tickets $30 at eventbrite.com, benefits Maine Cancer Foundation. Silent auction, live music, light eats and beverages.

“Living A Life of Joy,” internationally known doctor Patch Adams, 6:30 p.m., USM’s Hannaford Hall, to benefit Northeast Hearing & Speech. Tickets $40/$75 at nehearingandspeech.org/events, the office at 75 West Commercial St., Portland, or 874-1065.

Books/Authors

LGBTQ Teen Book Group, Portland Public Library, 2:30-3:30 p.m., third Saturdays. Sept. 17: “The Abyss Surrounds Us,”; Oct. 15: “Afterworlds”; Nov. 11: “The Rest of Us Just Live Here,”; Dec. 17: “Fat Angie.”

Fall Readers Circle, Merrill Memorial Library, 215 Main St., Yarmouth, Thursdays Sept. 29-Jan. 26, (except November), free and open to the public, 846-4673.

Thursday 9/15

Grace Birch, author of the children’s book series, “The Adventures of Otto Von Schnoodle,” 5-9 p.m., Falmouth Country Club, 1 Congressional Drive, Falmouth.

“The Boston Castrato,” 7 p.m. publication party with reading by author Colin W. Sargent, Longfellow Books, Monument Square, Portland, colinwsargent.com.

Friday 9/16

“How to Cook a Moose: A Culinary Memoir,” author talk by New York Times bestselling author Kate Christensen, 6:30 p.m., Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Drive.

Monday 9/19

“A Good Man with a Dog: A Game Warden’s 25 Years in the Maine Woods,” author talk by Roger Guay and Kate Flora, 6:30 p.m., Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Drive.

Tuesday 9/20

“The Story of Our Stories,” talk and reading by Connie and Peter Roop, authors of 100+ children’s books, 6 p.m., Falmouth Memorial Library, Lunt Road,  designed for school-age children and their parents.

Wednesday 9/21

“Modified: GMOs and the Threat to Our Food, Our Land, Our Future,” book launch and author reception for Caitlin Shetterly, 6 p.m., OceanView at Falmouth.

“The Missing American Jury,” author Suja A. Thomas, noon, Brown Bag Lecture Series, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square.

Thursday 9/29

Readers Circle kick off, 7 p.m., Merrill Memorial Library, 215 Main St., Yarmouth, 2016’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, “The Sympathizer,” by Viet Thanh Nguyen.

Ongoing

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

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

Bulletin Board

Scarborough Fine Craft Show,The Maine Crafts Guild, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 17; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 18,  Camp Ketcha, Camp Ketcha, 336 Black Point Road, Scarborough.

Saturday 9/17

African Gala, 5-9:30 p.m., Guild Hall, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception,  307 Congress St., Portland. Cultural presentations, fashion show, music and dancing, traditional food. Suggested donation $10/adults, $8/children under 12.

Thursday 9/22

Falmouth Land Trust Party, 5-8 p.m., Hurricane Valley Farm, Schuster Road. Live music, brews, 18+, tickets in advance at falmouthlandtrust.org, day of.

Saturday 9/24

“30 Years of Saving Cape’s Great Places,” 4-7 p.m., CELT celebration, Old Farm Christmas Place, 1148 Sawyer Road, Cape Elizabeth. BBQ, live music, kids activities, bonfire and s’mores.

Call for Volunteers

Creative Portland and 2 Degrees Portland, volunteers needed until the end of September for Arts and Economic Impact 5 Surveys, part of a nationwide project to measure the impact of arts and culture on local economies, sign up for one-hour slots at http://bit.ly/2bEL9JR.

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.

Cape Elizabeth Land Trust, volunteers, pie bakers, and a sponsor needed for community event Sept. 24, contact Katye at 767-6054, katye@capelandtrust.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 driver’s 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 reimbursement offered. Contact Jennie at 878-3285.

MedHelp Maine is seeking volunteers to help expand prescription assistance programs throughout Maine and create a specialized pharmacy to collect unused prescription drugs for needy patients. Contact MedHelp Maine at 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

Tuesday 9/20

SAGE Square Dance open house, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Woodside Elementary School, 42 Barrows Drive, Topsham. Experience not necessary, dress is casual, 939-0412, http://sage.squaredanceme.us/.

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 9/16

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.

Saturday 9/17

Baked Ham Supper, 5-6:30 p.m., Masonic Lodge, Mallet Drive, Freeport, mashed, veggies, homemade biscuits, $9/adults, $4.50/under 12.

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

Bean Supper, 4:30-6 p.m., West Scarborough United Methodist Church, Route 1, Scarborough. Three kinds of beans, dogs, salads, breads and pies, $8/adults, $3/children.

Saturday 9/24

Baked Bean Supper, 5-6 p.m., Harraseeket Grange Hall, 13 Elm St. All-you can-eat includes three kinds of beans, dogs, breads, salads, $9/adults, $4/under 10.

Health

“Making Music Praying Twice,” nationwide program for parents, grandparents and children to integrate music, prayer, and Catholic culture, 10 a.m. Wednesdays & Thursdays Sept. 21-Dec. 8, Holy Martyrs Church, 266 Foreside Road, Falmouth.

Sunday 9/18

Parkinson’s workshop on Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery for people with Parkinson’s, 2-4 p.m., YMCA of Southern Maine, Casco Bay branch, 14 Old South Freeport Road, Freeport, for patients and their caregivers, 865-9600.

Ongoing

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.

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

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

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

Just for Kids

Farmer for the Morning, 10 a.m., Saturdays & Sundays through Sept. 25, Wolfe’s Neck Farm, 184 Burnett Road, Freeport. Collect eggs, feed and water animals, $5 per child. Register online at wolfesneckfarm.org.

Family Story Play Yoga, 11-11:45 a.m., third Saturdays starting Sept. 17, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square.

Mucky Monday, play group for ages 5 and younger with an adult, Camp Ketcha Barn, Scarborough. Begins Sept. 12, every Monday until October depending on weather, campketcha.org/events, Rosemary Baker at 883-8977, rbaker@campketcha.org.

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 of the month 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.

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.

Support

Thursday 9/15

National Alliance on Mental Illness, 6:30-8 p.m., Dana Center, 22 Bramhall St., Portland, peer-led recovery support group for individuals living with mental illness, 703-966-8875.

Saturday 9/24

Twilight in the Park, 6:30 p.m., Deering Oaks Park, Portland. Community remembrance hosted by  Hospice of Southern Maine celebrates loved ones. To dedicate up to 10 luminaria for $10 each, go to hospiceofsouthernmaine.org/twilight, or call 289-3669.

Ongoing

Aging in Place Friendly Visitor program for those 60+ in Cumberland offers weekly visits by a trained volunteer who will provide companionship, with match 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.

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 Drive, 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. Peer recovery groups meet at the Dana Center, 6:30-8 p.m.the second, third and fourth Thursday, 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 Rd., second Thursday of the month for residents, 829-2208 or cstennett@cumberlandmaine.com.

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 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 resume Sept. 12 at 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.

Workshops/Walks/Talks

Farm Fields and Livestock Tour, 1 p.m. Saturdays & Sundays through Sept. 25, Wolfe’s Neck Farm, 184 Burnett Road, Freeport, $5. Organic dairy, chickens,  vegetable fields, learn how new farmers are trained. Recommended for young adults and adults, register online at wolfesneckfarm.org.

Freeport Trail Challenge, for people of all ages to hike four trails in September and October, with prizes if completing all. Passports available at Town Hall, Historical Society and Community Center, or on Facebook or Instagram, freeportconservationtrust.org.

Hay Wagon Rides at Wolfe’s Neck Farm, Big Red Barn at 184 Burnett Road, Freeport, Saturdays & Sundays through Sept. 25. Runs every 30 minutes from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m., $3 per person for a 15-minute ride; chaperone required, wolfesneckfarm.org.

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, spiritsalive.org/tours/index.htm.

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

Thursday 9/15

Noontime Lecture Series, Maine Charitable Mechanic Association, Mary Foley of Friends of Evergreen Cemetery will talk about MCMA members buried at Evergreen Cemetery, 519 Congress St., Portland, all welcome, 773-8396, mcma1857@gmail.com.

“From Leaf to Cup,” by certified tea specialist Marianne Russo, 6:30 p.m., Falmouth Memorial Library, Lunt Road, reserve through sfistal@maine.rr.com.

“Marketing Basics: Fundamentals of branding and marketing,” 6-8 p.m., Portland SCORE, 100 Middle St. Free with online registration at scoremaine.com or call 772-1147 weekday mornings.

Friday 9/16

Holistic health practitioner and massage therapist Marsea Spiegel, 1 p.m., monthly meeting of the Freeport Woman’s Club, Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Drive. New members/public welcome.

Saturday 9/17

Railsbridge Workshop, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, learn how to make a web app, register through 871-1700, ext. 284, bridgetroll.org/events/274.

Historic House Tour, The 1847 Cutter-Humphrey Subdivision, hosted by Yarmouth Historical Society, tickets and more info at yarmouthmehistory.org.

Birds of Prey with Wind Over Wings,10:30 a.m., South Portland Public Library, 482 Broadway. Nonprofit wildlife center features birds unable to survive in the wild.

Monday 9/19

“Energy, Environment & the Economy,” E2Tech Election 2016 Forum, 7 a.m.-noon, Hannaford Hall USM, 88 Bedford St., Portland, register at e2tech.org.

Tuesday 9/20

Season Extension Techniques workshop and demo, 5:30-7 p.m., Tidewater Farm, off Farm Gate Road, Falmouth. Free, but limited space, lynne.b.hazelton@maine.edu to RSVP.

Portland SCORE, 100 Middle St., 6-9 p.m. consecutive workshops: “Starting Your Own Business: Essential information for success” and “Writing a Business Plan Narrative: Define your business, identify your goals.” Free with online registration at scoremaine.com or call 772-1147 weekday mornings.

Wednesday 9/21

“An Inside Look at the College Admissions Process,” with former Bowdoin College assistant dean of admissions, 6 p.m., Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Drive.

Tuesday 9/22

“How to Forecast Revenue & Growth for your Business: Learn to project cash flow,” Portland SCORE, 100 Middle St., 6-9 p.m. Free with online registration at scoremaine.com or call 772-1147 weekday mornings.

Saturday 9/24

Artsy Afternoons, 1-3 p.m., South Portland Public Library, 482 Broadway. Adult craft time, create decoupage candle holder. Pre-registration required through 767-7660 or at the circulation desk.

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 programs, Wolfe’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.

Drop-in Technology Assistance, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Portland Public Library’s  public computing desk, 5 Monument Square. Appointment not required.

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/.

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

Mid-Coast

Benefits

Saturday 9/17

Community Day, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Rogers Hardware, 55 Congress Ave., Bath. Proceeds from raffle, refreshments and silent auction benefit Make-A-Wish Maine. Live remotes, demos, giveaways.

Saturday 9/24

Fight Back Festival:Walk, Run, Bike, Pineland Farms, New Gloucester, benefits Cancer Community Center in Scarborough, crowdrise.com/fightbackfestival2016.

Sunday 9/25

Shipbuilders’ Scramble, benefits Morse All Sports Boosters, Bath Golf Club, 10 a.m. shotgun start, $280/foursome, $70/person, prizes, contests, assistance packages, contact Traci Footer at btfooter@comcast.net, 837-8041.

Books/Authors

Friends’ Book Sale, Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road. Friends preview 5-7 p.m. Sept. 23, memberships available; public sale 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sept. 24 & 25;$3 Brown Bag Sale 10-2 p.m. Sunday.

The Joy of the Pen, submissions accepted until Oct. 1 for Maine amateur and professional writers of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, Maine-related nonfiction and teen. Enter at joyofthepen.topshamlibrary.org.

Thursday 9/15

“The Stone from Halfway Rock: A Boy’s Adventures on the Coast of Maine,” by Peter MacDonald Blachly, 5:30-7 p.m., The Mustard Seed Bookstore, 74 Front St., Bath.

Kevin Mannix and Linda Rota, authors of “Weathering Shame,” 6:30 p.m. Author Talk series at Prince Memorial Library, Cumberland.

Saturday 9/17

“Brown Bear Brown Bear, What do You See,” 50th anniversary celebration of Eric Carle’s book, 10-11 a.m., with story time, readings and activities for pre-school to kindergarten-age children, The Mustard Seed Bookstore, 74 Front St., Bath.

Tuesday 9/20

“Cold Hard News,” by Maureen Milliken, 7 p.m., Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick, 725-5242.

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, new members welcome, 725-1727, topshamlibrary.org.

Bulletin Board
 
Wings of Freedom Tour aviation display, Sept. 21-23, Brunswick Executive Airport, Flight Level Aviation, 15 Terminal Road, rare opportunity to visit and explore rare planes, $12/adults, $6/kids under 12.

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

Families Can Active Parenting Program, 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 22, 29, Oct. 6, 13, 20, Midcoast Maine Community Action, 34 Wing Farm Parkway, Bath. for parents of children ages 5-12, with free program, childcare and dinner. To register call 442-7963, ext. 230.

Clothing and Linen Sale, 4-7 p.m. Sept. 23 and 9 a.m.-noon Sept. 24, First Parish Church, United Church of Christ, 9 Cleaveland St., Brunswick. Donations accepted Sept. 19-22.

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
 
Friday 9/16
 
Red Cross Blood Drive, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Cool As A Moose and Artforms,128 Maine St., Brunswick. Cool As A Moose recruited local businesses to co-sponsor the drive and pledge $100 for each pint collected, with funds going towards the purchase of a new bloodmobile.
 
Tuesday 9/20
 
Volunteer Open House, Chocolate Church Arts Center, 804 Washington St., Bath, 5:30-6:30 p.m. to thank volunteers and engage people interested in cultural arts, 442-8455.

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 is looking for volunteers to help parents with the exchange of their children at Mid Coast Hospital, in Brunswick. Designated exchange times range from a half hour to two hours, four days a week; training provided,  837-4894 or programcoordinator@mainehometohome.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

Round Dance Open House, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 12 & 19, Woodside Elementary School, 42 Barrows Drive, Topsham. Experience not needed, but must have a partner, 939-0412, http://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

Saturday 9/17

Roast Pork Supper, 4:30-6 p.m., Bath United Methodist Church, 340 Oak Grove Ave., Bath, with sides and homemade gingerbread, $8/person, $4/under 12. For takeout call 443-4707.

Willing Helpers Supper, 4:30-6:30 p.m., The Islands Community Church, 2141 Harpswell Island Road, Bailey Island. Soup or chowder, rolls, dessert, $12, eat in or take out.

Health

Tuesday 9/20

“Palliative care, when it is needed, and how to ask for it,” 2 p.m., Third Tuesday talk, Orr’s Island Library, 1699 Harpswell Islands Road (Route 24), Orr’s Island.

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.

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

Girl Scouts of Maine Girls’ Night Out, for potential members and volunteers, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 16,  Harriet Beecher Stowe School, Brunswick; Sept. 30, Grace Episcopal Church, Bath, girlscoutsofmaine.org, 888-922-4763.

Baby & Me, 10 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.

Thursday 9/22

Zootopia,” 2:20 p.m., Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Drive, free back-to-school movie with popcorn for grades 6-8.

Support

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Career Planning Class by New Ventures Maine, Brunswick, free five-week class noon-2:30 p.m. Sept. 28-Oct. 26, Orion Hall at the University College of Bath/Brunswick at 12 Sewall St., Brunswick Landing. Free but registration required through 386-1664, erica.quineaster@maine.edu, newventuresmaine.org.

Mediation Training program by VOANNE Community Mediation Services and The Opportunity Alliance, register by Oct. 7 for fall classes in Topsham, voanne.org/pdf_files/mediation-10-2016.

Merrymeeting Bay fall adult education classes, for a full list of offerings, see merrymeeting.org or call 729-7323.

Pejepscot Historical Society Walking Tours, 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18: Topsham’s Lower Village; 1 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 25: Pennellville. Admission $5; free for members. Register by noon the previous Friday though 729-6606.

Sunday 9/18

“Understanding the Crisis of Worldviews: Jungian insight into the complexities of terrorism, radicalization, and political polarization,” 2-4 p.m., Maine Jung Center, 183 Park Row, Brunswick, followed by discussion. Members, $15, nonmembers, $20, mainejungcenter.org.

Tuesday 9/20

“Lyme Disease and More: Disease Risk to Maine Gardeners,” noon, Bath Garden Club monthly meeting, Grace Episcopal Church, 1100 Washington St., Bath. Program preceded by lunch and short business meeting; all welcome.

Saturday 9/24

Habitat for Humanity/7 Rivers Maine, info/prescreening, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Patten Free Library, 33 Summer St., Bath. Must live or work in Sagadahoc/ Lincoln Counties or Brunswick or Harpswell, reserve at 504-9335 or michele@habitat7rivers.org.

Pond Walk and Talk Workshop, focused on pond planning, construction and maintenance, 8:30 a.m.-noon, Topsham Public Safety building, 100 Main St., $10 fee with form at androscogginswcd.org.

Ongoing

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

Computer Boot Camp, by appointment daily 8:30-9:30 a.m., 3:30-4:30 p.m., Southern Midcoast CareerCenter, 275 Bath Road, Brunswick, mainecareercenter.com, 621-5009.

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

New Ventures Maine, programs for career, business and financial education. Classes and workshops at no charge, in-person and online options. 386-1664, newventuresmaine.org.

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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