Community Calendar: Sept. 22 – Oct. 3

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Greater Portland


Saturday 9/25

Fight Back Weekend, “Chris and Dave’s Not Dead Yet” Bike Ride and Lobster Bake, to benefit Cancer Community Center, 60, 25 or 10-mile bike ride options, register 9 a.m., Pineland Farms, New Gloucester, information or to preregister,

Historic House Tour of Yarmouth, hosted by and to benefit the Yarmouth Historical Society, 9:45 a.m. meet at Yarmouth Town Hall, 200 Main St., Yarmouth, tours from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m., $20 advance / $25 same day, tickets at Yarmouth Historical Society, Yarmouth Community Services, or Bath Savings Institution, 846-6259 or

Sunday 9/26

Fight Back Weekend, Combat Cancer 10K Trail Race, or Hit the Trails 5K Walk & 1 Mile Stroll, to benefit the Cancer Community Center, register 10 a.m.; Pineland Farms, New Gloucester, information or to preregister,

6th Annual Noyes Hall & Allen CELT Challenge Sprint Triathlon and Duathlon, to benefit The Cape Elizabeth Land Trust, 9 a.m.-noon, Cape Elizabeth High School,, 767-4687, register at

Yogathon 2010, to benefit Preble Street, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., drop-in participation, $10 donation in advance / $15 same day, Maine State Pier, Portland, preregister at or

Friday 10/1

“A musical evening with Christy Comeau-Pierce,” to benefit Konbit Sante / people of Haiti, 7 p.m., rception to follow, $30 adult/ $15 student, Maine Irish Heritage Center, 34 Gray St., Portland, tickets at or 842-0800.

Bei Capelli’s Sixth Annual Cut-A-Thon, to benefit Cancer Community Center, 4-8 p.m. $25 haircut, bei capelli salon, 450 Payne Road, Scarborough, 885-0888.

Saturday 10/2

18th Annual Freeport Community Services Chowdah Challenge, to benefit local families, 11:30 a.m., $10 Chowdah sampling and vote/  $3.50 pie and ice cream, Discovery Park, L.L. Bean Flagship Store, Main Street Freeport, Bob Lyman, 865-3985, Sara Gideon, 776-5116. 

Dress for Success Southern Maine’s Fall Clothing Sale Fundraiser, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Millcreek Shopping Plaza, 50 Market St., South Portland, donations of new/gently used women’s clothing welcome at the Millcreek Plaza site 47 p.m. Sept. 22-23, and Sept. 29-30, FMI,, 780-1686.

Freeport Historic Barns & Quilts Tour, fundraiser for Freeport Historical Society,  10 a.m.- 2 p.m., must purchase $25 advance tickets at or mail check to FHS, 45 Main St., Freeport, 865-3170.

Morrison Center Second Annual 25 cent yard sale
, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., 60 Chamberlain Road, Scarborough, donations welcome until Oct. 2, call 883-6680 to arrange drop-off.

Woofminster 2010, amateur dog show and cover dog challenge, a Planet Dog Foundation fundraiser, 12:30 p.m. registration, 1-4 p.m. event,  $12 adults, $5 for dogs, kids ages 7- 18, Camp Ketcha, 336 Black Point Road, Scarborough, tickets at Planet Dog Company Store, 211 Marginal Way, Portland, 761-1515.

Yarmouth LIVESTRONG Day Bike Ride, to support cancer survivors, meet at 9:30 a.m. Yarmouth Town Hall, 200 Main St., 12 or 23 mile ride,  10 a.m. start; donations to LIVESTRONG welcome, riders encouraged to wear yellow,  register in advance, Maura Halkiotis at, or Deb Nelson at 846-0955, FMI,

Bulletin Board

Wednesday 9/22

Neighborhood Meeting, to discuss CDBG Funds, District 3: Libbytown, 7:30 p.m., West School, 57 Douglass St., Portland, Amy Grommes Pulaski, 874-8731, or

Thursday 9/23

2010 Gubernatorial Candidates’ Debate, hosted by E2Tech, Environmental and Energy Technology Council of Maine, focus on energy and environmental policy and business development, 7:15-10:30 a.m., $10 non-member students / $15 members / $25 non-members, Hannaford Hall, USM-Portland, information or to submit questions,

Portland Regional Chamber Business After Hours, networking, food, cash bar and more, 5-7 p.m., The Woodfords Club, 179 Woodford St., Portland, 772-2811,

Friday 9/24

The Woodfords Club Annual Community Kickoff, 5:30-9 p.m., Pig Roast, Live band, magician, children’s games and more, $10 Adults,  $5 for kids 12 & under, The Woodfords Club, 179 Woodford St., Portland,, Jeff Ball, 400-9539.

Wednesday 9/29

“Wind Over Wings: Birds of Prey,” 6:30 p.m. raptor presentation, followed by The Falmouth Land Trust annual meeting, free and open to public, hosted by Falmouth Land Trust, U-Main Foundation, 200 Woodville Road, Falmouth, 699-2989,

Saturday 10/2

2010 Green Buildings Open House, self-guided tours 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., hosted by The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association, for directions to host sites, go to, FMI, Jennifer Hatch, ReVision Energy, 142 Presumpscot St., Portland, 221-6342.


Bridges for Peace Vigil, Sundays 12-1 p.m., South Portland end of Casco Bay Bridge.

Calico Quilters, first and third Mondays, 7-9 p.m., Masonic Hall, Mill Street, Yarmouth, 846-0783.

The Food Share, held by First Baptist Church Food Ministry, perishable food items available every Sunday from 5-6 p.m., First Baptist Church, 346 Main St., Yarmouth, enter at side door on Center St., Meagan, 846-3087. 

The Kiwanis Club of Portland, second and fourth Tuesdays, 5:30-7:15 p.m., $10, The Woodfords Club, 179 Woodford St., Portland, register, Peter Brown, 797-7383 or Michele Giroux, 854-6232.

Scarborough Lions Club Cribbage Night, 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays, free, open to public, Lions’ den, 273 Gorham Road, across from Sam’s Club, Scarborough, 650-3644.

Yarmouth Central Men’s Club, second Monday of every month, 6:30 p.m., dinner and speaker, 846-3376 or 846-1561.

Call for Volunteers

HART, Homeless Animal Rescue Team, volunteers needed for a morning shift 8:30-11:30 a.m., and/or to help coordinate kitten foster home program, call Sharon at 846-3038 or 829-4116.

Saturday 9/25

Tutor Training in English Language Learning, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., two Saturdays, Sept. 25 and Oct. 2, LearningWorks, 181 Brackett St., Portland, offered by Literacy Volunteers of Greater Portland, register at 775-0105 x165 or

Wednesday 9/29

Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine Advocate Training Sessions, for SARSSM’s 24-hour Crisis & Support Line, training sessions 6 to 9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Sept. 29-Oct. 20, and two Saturdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., application, 1-800-313-9900,

Monday 10/4

Hospice Volunteer Training, through VNA Home Health & Hospice, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays, Oct. 4-25, VNA Home Health & Hospice, 50 Foden Rd., South Portland, Linda Hopkins, 400-8714,, application and interview required, call by Sept. 27.

Ongoing needs volunteers to expand organization, ABC believes in empowerment through sailing, and action-based activities to relieve depression, check Web site or 831-4151.

Allegiance Hospice is looking for volunteers to visit patients under hospice care in nursing homes in York and Cumberland Counties, volunteers receive formal training, Katharyn LeDoux, 877-255-4623 or  

Alzheimer’s Association has ongoing volunteer opportunities for caring people who can offer 3-4 hours per week, 170 U.S. Route 1, Falmouth, 772-0115.

American Red Cross needs volunteers in the disaster services, health and safety and administration departments, 874-1192 ext. 105.

The Cedars welcomes volunteers to help with activities and special events, including young child/parent and pet visits, 630 Ocean Ave., Portland, 772-5456.

Compass Project needs volunteers with tools, carpentry or boat skills for the boat building festival and youth boat building classes, 774-0682 or

Coastal Studies for Girls, volunteers needed to help launch a residential science and leadership semester school for high school girls, based at Wolfe’s Neck Farm, Freeport, many opportuntities for a detail-oriented, efficient volunteer with excellent computer and communication skills, call Margaret Martin, 865-9700 or  

Cumberland County Extension Association seeks people to serve on its executive committee, meets third Wednesday every month from 7-9 p.m. at Barron Center, Portland, 800-287-1471 or

Deliver Meals on Wheels, mileage reimbursement, flexible days and weeks, one to two hours a day, 800-400-6325.

Fiddlehead Center for the Arts is looking for volunteers for ongoing projects and special events, earn credits in exchange for classes, ages 16+, Fiddlehead Center for the Arts, 383 U.S. Route 1, Scarborough, 883-5720,

Freeport Community Services and Center needs people to help make a difference, 865-3985.

Friends of Feral Felines needs hardy volunteers to feed hungry cats on the Portland waterfront, 1-2 hours per month, training provided, 797-3014.

Freeport Historical Society needs Pettengill Farm stewards; volunteers for Greeter/Docent program, training, able to commit 3-4 hours at least every other week; and Jack or Jill of all trades to help with odd jobs and light maintenance, own tools and transportation necessary, Rita, 632-3011.

Greater Portland Mentoring Partnership needs adult mentors for school-age children, 888-387-8758.

Guiding Eyes Puppy Raisers Wanted, Guiding Eyes for the Blind needs volunteer puppy raisers in Yarmouth, Freeport, and Bath/Brunswick areas, keep puppy from age 8 weeks – 16 months, free training, support, Pat Webber,, 338-5520.

HART, Homeless Animal Rescue Team, a no-kill cat shelter in Cumberland, is looking for volunteers who love cats to help in the shelter, 3-4 hours in the morning, one or two days a week, call 829-4116 or 846-3038. 

Hearts and Horses Therapeutic Riding Center volunteers needed to help people with disabilities experience riding, call Vickie 929-4700, or 807-7757.

Homeless Animal Rescue Team seeks direct care volunteers, facilities maintenance, fundraisers, cleaning supplies, canned cat food, 302 Range Road, Cumberland, 829-4116 or 846-3038.

Hospice Volunteers Needed for Allegiance Hospice, to visit patients in nursing homes in York and Cumberland counties, Nicole Garrity, 877-255-4623 or

ITNPortland seeks volunteer drivers to provide rides for seniors and adults with visual impairments, call 854-0505 or visit to learn more.  

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

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

Mercy Hospital in Yarmouth needs volunteers, contact Melissa Skahan, Manager of Mission Services, 879-3286 or

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

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

TogetherGreen Volunteers needed for conservation projects at Scarborough Marsh, call Audubon Center at 883-5100, or  

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

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

Dining Out

Saturday 9/25

Bean Supper, 5-6 p.m., $7 Adults, $3 Children 5-12, under 5 free, West Falmouth Baptist Church, 18 Mountain Road, Falmouth, 797-4066.

Bean Hole Baked Bean Supper, 4:30-6 p.m., adults $6/ children $3, Blue Point Congregational Church, 236 Pine Point Road, Scarborough, 883-6540.

Harvest Supper,
5-6:30 p.m., Adults $8, 12 and under $5, Tuttle Road United Methodist Church, 52 Tuttle Rd, Cumberland, Donna, 829-4397.

Skyline Farm’s Harvest Dinner, 5:30 p.m., gourmet feast prepared by chef Jeff Landry of The Farmer’s Table restaurant, $50 per person, Skyline Farm, 95 The Lane, North Yarmouth, limited seating, reservations, call Lisa Peck 829-6899 or

St. Pius X Parish Church Supper,  5-6:30 p.m., $8 adults / $4 children, St. Pius X Parish, 492 Ocean Ave., Portland.

Wednesday 9/29

Bourbon Tasting, 5-7 p.m., $10 per person, 21+,  The Salt Exchange, 245 Commercial St., Portland,, 347-5687.

Saturday 10/2

Lions Club Lobster Dinner, 5-6 p.m., $13 one lobster, $19 for two,  Bowery Beach Schoolhouse, off Two Lights Road, Cape Elizabeth, sponsored by Cape Elizabeth Lions Club, Call Sonja, 767-2079 by Sept. 26 to reserve lobster.


Free Community Soup Dinner, 5-7 p.m., Parish House, The Church of St. Mary the Virgin, 43 Foreside Road, Falmouth, second and fourth Fridays, 781-3366, 

Haddock Chowder Lunch, second and fourth Fridays, 11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m., $8, South Freeport Church Community Hall, 98 South Freeport Road, South Freeport, 865-4012.

Jazz Dinner Buffet, Sundays, 6-9 p.m.; buffet 6-8 p.m., $15 adult/ $12.50 senior or student, Events on Broadway, 729 Broadway, South Portland; $6.50 advance discount senior tickets at Southern Maine Agency on Aging, Scarborough,

Gardens & Outdoors

Saturday 9/25

Composting Class 10 a.m., free, Skillin’s Greenhouses, 201 Gray Road, Cumberland, 829-5619; 89 Foreside Road, Falmouth, 781-3860.

Maine Alpaca Open Farm Weekend, 16 alpaca farms in Cumberland County, for locations, directions go to, Nicole Carter, 688-4466, Pamela Harwood, 829-4159.

Sunday 9/26

Maine Alpaca Open Farm Weekend, 16 alpaca farms in Cumberland County, for locations, directions go to, Nicole Carter, 688-4466, Pamela Harwood, 829-4159.

Wednesday 9/29

“Maine Wildlife on the Move,” Naturalists’ Forum led by Sally Stockwell, Maine Audubon director of Conservation, 7 p.m., free, Gilsland Farm, Falmouth, 781-2330,

“A Wicked Walking Tour: Legends and History of Haunted Portland.”  8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, Bell Buoy Park, 72 Commercial St., Portland,

Thursday 9/30

“A Wicked Walking Tour: Legends and History of Haunted Portland.”  8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, Bell Buoy Park, 72 Commercial St., Portland,

Friday 10/1

“Exploring New Connections,” Loring Memorial Trail preview, 5:30-6:30 p.m., $5 donation/ free for members, meet at the Gazebo on the Eastern Prom at Ft. Allen Park, Portland, hosted by Portland Trails, 775-2411.

“A Wicked Walking Tour: Legends and History of Haunted Portland.”  8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, Bell Buoy Park, 72 Commercial St., Portland,

Sunday 10/3

35th Annual Pettengill Farm Day, Pettengill Road, off of Flying Point Rd., Freeport, hosted by Freeport Historical Society,, 865-3170.


Cumberland Farmers Markets: Cumberland 8:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. Saturdays, Mabel I Wilson School, Tuttle Road; Falmouth 12-4 p.m. Wednesdays, Walmart Shopping Center, U.S. Route 1; Yarmouth 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Town Hall Green, Main St.; Gray 2-6 p.m. Thursdays, Town Hall, Shaker Road, Gray; Freeport 3-7 p.m. Fridays, L.L.Bean Campus, Freeport.

New Gloucester Community Market, 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. Sundays, Amvet parking lot, across from Hodgman’s Frozen Custard, U.S. Route 100, New Gloucester, 926-5919,

Scarborough Farmers Market, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 31, rain or shine, Lower Parking Lot behind Scarborough Town Hall and Scarborough High School.

Historic Walking Tours of Portland, “Old Port Walking Tours,” “Homes of Portland’s Golden Age,” $10 adult/ $5 for Greater Portland Landmarks’ members, ages 16 and under free with an adult, for tour times, tickets, visit

Early Morning Birding, 7-8:30 a.m. Wednesdays, $3 member, $5 nonmember, volunteers free, Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center, Pine Point Road, Scarborough, 883-5100. 

True Tales Tours, historical walking tours of Portland with Harlan Baker, meet at Tommy’s Park, corner of Exchange/Middle St., daily through Oct. 31, 10-11 a.m. Gorham’s Corner walking tour; 2-3 p.m. East End walking tour, $10, by reservation only, 712-0228 or

Wolfe’s Neck Farm, open daily for self-guided tours, visits to barn and pastures, community gardens, trail walks, 184 Burnett Road, Freeport, 865-4469.

Getting Smarter

Wednesday 9/22

New and True: The Modern Woman in Maine, 1890 – 1940 Lecture Series, “Life with the Libby Women” talk by Arlene Palmer Schwind, curator, Victoria Mansion, noon, free to the public, Rines Auditorium, Portland Public Library, Congress St., Portland, 772-4841 ext. 15.

“Handle with Care – Maritime Mistakes” lecture by Chester Hopkins, 7-8:30 p.m., hosted by Maine Maritime Museum, $5 MMM members / $7 Non-members, Glickman Family Library, USM Portland, 314 Forest Ave., Portland, Dave Garrison, 443-1316 ext. 323.

Friday 9/24

Hellenic Society of Maine Lecture Series, “Gifts of the Desert: The Forgotten Path of Christian Spirituality,” talk by Kyriacos Markides, 7 p.m., free and open to the public, Talbot Auditorium, Luther Bonney Hall, USM Portland campus, 892-9831.

Monday 9/27

“The American Revolutionary Tradition and the World” or “Why America Has Wanted to Spread Democracy Everywhere,” seminar by historian Gordon S. Wood, Ph.D., 6 p.m. WCHP Lecture Hall, UNE Portland campus, Stevens Ave., Portland; preceded by 5 p.m. reception at UNE’s Art Gallery, both events free and open to public, hosted by University of New England’s Center for Global Humanities.

Tuesday 9/28

Workplace Diversity & Innovation in the New Economy, 7:45 a.m.-1 p.m., $20 members/ $40 nonmembers, Wyndham Portland Airport Hotel, South Portland, hosted by Working Together, Diversity Hiring Coalition and Maine Businesses for Sustainability.

Thursday 9/30

Talk on Teaching Struggling Readers, by Anthony Pedriana, author of “Leaving Johnny Behind: Overcoming Barriers to Literacy and Reclaiming At-Risk Readers,” 7 p.m., free and open to public, Wishcamper Center, Room 113, USM Portland,  co-sponsored by Reading Matters to Maine, NAACP Portland Branch, USM Southern Maine Area Resource Team (SMART) for Schools, and the Maine Region of the International Dyslexia Association.

Sunday 10/3

Israel/Palestine Trip Sharing, 1 p.m., potluck followed by photo show,discussion, Allen Avenue UU church, 524 Allen Ave., Portland, led by members Leo and Liz Barrington, FMI, Delene Perley, 892-8020.

Talk on Immigrants in Maine,
by author/scholar Reza Jalali, 2 p.m., free and open to public, Scarborough Public Library, 48 Gorham Road, Scarborough,, 883-4723.


Acculturation Training for Immigrants by Living with Peace, 5-7 p.m. Wednesdays, 92 Congress St., Munjoy Hill, Portland, 766-8719.

Business Workshops, Women’s Business Center and Maine Small Business Development Center hold small business workshops online; for information and registration, 882-7552 ext. 167 or e-mail

Downeast Dames, study and invest in the stock market in a social atmosphere, meets once a month, Freeport High School, 30 Holbrook St., Freeport, 865-1220 or 729-7673.

“Judaism for the Curious,” every other Sunday 9:30-11 a.m., Temple Beth El, 400 Deering Ave., Portland, 774-2649.

French Conversation, 5-8 p.m. Fridays, The Language Exchange, Suite 24-26, 80 Exchange St., Portland, 772-0405 or

Portland SCORE, ongoing business workshops led by volunteers, small fee, 100 Middle St., Second Floor, East Tower, Portland,, 772-1147. 

SAGE at USM, Tuesday lectures, 9:30-1:30 a.m., $5, Wishcamper Center, USM Portland campus, register and list of lectures, 780-4406.

The Telling Room, drop-in tutoring Tuesday and Thursday 2:30-4:30 p.m., various workshops available, 225 Commercial St., Suite 201, Portland, 321-2780 or

USM Southworth Planetarium, shows, classes and astronomical events, Science Building, 96 Falmouth St., Portland campus, 780-4249 or

Health & Support


Wednesday 9/22

Aikido of Maine Free Classes, in honor of the annual United Nations Peace Day, 6 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday, 226 Anderson St., Portland,, 879-9207.

Fall Equinox Gathering
, celebrate with songs, stories and rituals from world traditions; 6:30-8:30 p.m. please bring garden seeds to share, donations appreciated, Sadhana Meditation Center, 100 Brickhill, South Portland,

Thursday 9/23

Aikido of Maine Free Classes, in honor of the annual United Nations Peace Day, 6 p.m., Wednesday-Thursday, 226 Anderson  St., Portland,, 879-9207.

Caring for Your Aging Family Members Support Group, 12-1 p.m., Southern Maine Agency on Aging, 136 US Route 1, Scarborough, Kate Dulac, 1-800-427-7411 ext. 558.

Saturday 9/25

“Wake up and Come Back to Reality,” talk by spiritual teacher Dave Oshana, 7 p.m., $10, St. Lawrence Arts Center, Congress St., Portland,, 347-3075.

Sunday 9/26

OA Recovery 50-year celebration, 9:30 a.m.- 4 p.m.. Sunday Southern Maine Intergroup, Dana Center, Maine Medical Center, 22 Bramhall St., Portland, Kate, 926-4809.

Monday 9/27

“Bodytalk: A Holistic Therapy with Faye Brandmeier,” 6-8 p.m., free, 9 Deering Street Studio, Portland,

“Co-Parenting the Special Needs Child,” talk by Barbara Baum Freethy, 7-9 p.m., free, please preregister, Kids First Center, 222 St. John St., Suite 101, Portland, 761-2709,

“Peaceful Mind, Compassionate Heart,” with Lisa Blake, 6 p.m., Sadhana, the Meditation Center, 100 Brickhill Ave., South Portland,,

Tuesday 9/28

Elizabeth Mattis-Namgyel Lecture, 7 p.m., Buddhadarma talk, reading from “The Power of an Open Question,” $5 suggested donation, St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St., Portland,, 775-1248.

Wednesday 9/29

The Living Well for Better Health Workshop, chronic disease self management workshop, introductory session 6-8 p.m. Sept. 29; classes on Wednesdays, Oct. 6-Nov. 10, free, Cancer Community Center, 778 Main St., South Portland, offered by the Southern Maine Agency on Aging, register at 774-2200 or

Thursday 9/30

Introduction to Ayurveda with Sandra Maguire, 6:30 p.m., Sadhana, the Meditation Center, 100 Brickhill Ave., South Portland,,

Saturday 10/2

Eighth Annual Blessing of the Animals, in honor of St. Francis’ Feast, 9:30 a.m., free and open to all pets and/or pet lovers, Sacred Heart Parish church yard, 326 Main St., Yarmouth, 846-5584.

Sunday 10/3

Connected Catholics Monthly Meeting, 5 p.m., with potluck, program, Holy Martyrs Parish Hall, U.S. Route 88, Falmouth, Linda Madsen,


“Better Breathing Buddies,” support group for lung disease patients and caregivers, 2-3:30 p.m. first Tuesdays, Bayview Heights, 158 North St., Portland,, 879-4373.

Cancer Community Center, daily classes, support groups, 778 Main St., South Portland, 774-2200 or

Christian Meditation Gathering, hosted by United Methodist communities of Hope.Gate.Way, 6 p.m. Wednesdays, 185 High St., Portland,, 899-2435. 

CODA: Co-Dependents Anonymous meeting, 6-7 p.m. every Tuesday, Brighton Medical Center, Brighton Ave., Portland, see receptionist for room location, Diana at 749-7443 or Pauline 926-5718.

Drop-In Bereavement Support Group, facilitated by Carol Schoneberg of Hospice of Southern Maine, 5:30-7 p.m., free, first Wednesday of the month, St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, 350 U.S. Route 1, Scarborough, Carol Schoneberg, 289-3651, or

Divorce Perspectives, a support group for people in all stages of divorce, meets Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m., North Deering Congregational Church, 1364 Washington Ave., Portland, call 232-1667 or 

Divorce Support Group, Mondays 6:30-8:30 p.m., $25, open to public, sponsored by Catholic Charities Maine Family Life Institute, St. Pius Church, Ocean Avenue, Portland, to register, 1-800-CARE-002 ext. 2670 or

Food Addicts In Recovery, daily meetings: Monday, Bath, Brunswick; Tuesday, Scarborough; Wednesday, Bath, Scarborough, Topsham; Thursday, Freeport; Saturday, Brunswick; for locations and times, 775-2132 or

Greater Portland Mothers of Multiples Club, support group for mothers and expectant mothers of multiples, meets first Wednesday of each month, 6:30 p.m., Barron Center, Brighton Ave., Portland, 

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 Groups, wellness support group with Elizabeth Holder, LADC Guide, Fridays, 5:30-7 p.m., Serenity House, 30 Mellen St., Portland, Liz, 899-2733, 

Nar-Anon Family Support Group, for families of drug addicts, 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Dana Education Center, Maine Medical Center, Bramhall St., Portland, 594-2801.

National Alliance on Mental Health, for friends and family of people with mental illness, 7-8:30 p.m., second and fourth Monday, except holidays, Maine Medical Center, Classroom 3, Portland, 893-1516.

Nutrition Works, LLC, healthy cooking classes, 805 Stevens Ave., Portland, register at 772-6279 or

Overeaters Anonymous, Portland meetings: Sunday, 7-8:30 p.m., Maine Medical Center, 335 Brighton Ave.; Tuesday, 6 p.m., Woodfords Congregational Church, Route 1; Saturday, first time at OA, 9:30-10 a.m., Maine Medical Center, Dana Center, 22 Bramhall St.; Saturdays, 10 a.m., Maine Medical Center, Dana Center, 22 Bramhall St.,

Prostate Cancer Support Group, 6:30-8:30 second Tuesday, Cancer Community Center, 778 Main St., South Portland, 774-2200 or

Sadhana Meditation Center, The Castle, Lower Level, 100 Brickhill Ave., South Portland, center open to people of all faiths, Ashok,, 772-6898.

“Sunday Morning Recharge: Meditate!” 10-11:15 a.m. Sundays, $10, Falmouth Memorial Library, 5 Lunt Road.

Support Group for Moms in Recovery from Alcohol/Drug Addiction, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays, ongoing, with free onsite childcare, The Salvation Army, Cumberland Ave, Portland, information, Amanda, City of Portland Public Health Division, Substance Abuse Prevention Program, 756-8053.

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

Widow-Widowers Support Group, second and fourth Wednesday, 6 p.m., Woodfords Congregational Church, 202 Woodford St., Portland, 767-0920.

Workaholics Anonymous, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, ongoing, Dana Learning Center, Classroom 2, Maine Medical Center, 22 Bramhall St.,

Yoga for Parkinson’s, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays, free, Family Ice Center, 20 Hat Trick Drive, Falmouth, sponsored by American Parkinson Disease Association, RSVP, 653-3319.

Young Widows and Widowers Group open to people age 50 or younger meets twice a month on Friday evenings at The Center for Grieving Children, Portland, Valerie Jones, 775-5216 for information or to schedule an initial meeting.

Just for Seniors

Wednesday 9/22

Seasoned Worker Forum, sponsored by Seasoned Workforce LLC  and, 9 a.m.-noon, free, Portland Career Center, 185 Lancaster St., Portland, or

Thursday 9/23

Fashion Show for Seniors, sponsored by The Portland Corp of the Salvation Army, 12:30-2:30 p.m., $3 admission, Salvation Army Headquarters, 297 Cumberland Ave., Portland, Janet, 774-4172.

Thursday 9/30

“Senior Care: What are my Options?” free class hosted by Lynn H. Peel, senior care consultant, Beach Glass Transitions, 277 Congress St., Portland, 272-2792,


Bingo at Hillcrest, Friday 11:30 a.m., $2 unlimited, bring your own lunch, 108 Hillcrest Ave., Scarborough, 730-4150.

Cards & Coffee, every Tuesday and Thursday 10 a.m., play bridge, cribbage or just socialize, open to the community, Casco Bay YMCA, 14 Old South Freeport Road, Freeport, 865-9600.

Enhance Fitness, group exercise program for 50 and older to improve strength, balance, flexibility and cardiovascular fitness, MWF 9-10 a.m. or 10:15-11:15 a.m., Sullivan Complex, USM Portland campus, 780-4170.

Freeport Elders Association, walk at Freeport YMCA 12-2 p.m. Friday, crafts at the center 9-11:30 a.m. Thursday, daily programs, call for newsletter, 865-6462.

PROP Senior Volunteer Program seeks men and women 60+ to join foster grandparent or senior companion program, 773-0202 or

Senior Breakfast Community Meals, hosted by Wayside Food Programs and the West End Neighborhood Association, 7-8:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, free for seniors, must sign in, Reiche Community Center, 166 Brackett St., Portland,

Senior drop-in center, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. Monday-Friday, Salvation Army Senior Center, 297 Cumberland Ave., Portland, 774-6304.

Yarmouth Seniors, second Wednesday, home-cooked meal and fellowship, 12 p.m. lunch, guest speaker follows, Community House, East Main St., Yarmouth.

Kids and Family Stuff

Friday 9/24

Yo Gabba Gabba Live! There’s a Party in My City! 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., $26-$36 adult/ $5 off for ages 12 and under, Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland, tickets at

Saturday 9/25

“Eco-Magic” ecomaine open house, kids activities, raffles, giveaways, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Ecomaine, 64 Blueberry Road, Portland, Shelley Dunn, 773-1738.

Skyline Farm’s Harvest Day
, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., farm vendors, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. hayrides to Deri Farm Pumpkin Patch and Hansel’s Pick-Your-Own Apple Orchard, bring picnic lunch; hayrides $5 per person or $15 per carload, Skyline Farm, 95 The Lane, North Yarmouth,

Friday 10/1

Sharon Maxwell, author of “The Talk: What Your Kids Need to Hear FROM YOU About Sex,” 7 p.m., free and open to public, Merriconeag Waldorf School Community Hall, 57 Desert Road, Freeport, 865-3900.


Bayside Neighborhood Programs, Monday girls group 3:30-5 p.m.; Wednesday art group with Cindy, 3:30-5 p.m.; Unity Village, 24 Stone St., Portland, snacks provided, 415-0769.

Children’s Museum of Maine, ongoing cultural, educational, fun and active workshops for kids and parents, 142 Free St., Portland, 828-1234 or

Scarborough Public Library  Story Times, call for times, Scarborough Public Library, 48 Gorham Road, 883-4723.

Greenlight Studio, eco-friendly play space for kids 0-6 and their grownups, 49 Dartmouth St., Portland,,

Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co. and Museum, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., seven days a week, $1 children 3-12, adults $2; 58 Fore St., Portland, 828-0814.

Portland Girls Center, accepting enrollments for after-school program for girls ages 6-14, fees based on sliding scale, transportation from schools provided, open daily until 6 p.m., 347-8015.

Signing for Babies, Monday 9:30-10:30 a.m., Community Counseling Center, 43 Baxter Blvd., Portland, $3; 874-1030.

Story Time! for preschoolers 3-5, Tuesday 10:30 a.m.; for toddlers 1-2, Wednesday 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.; for babies up to 18 months, Thursday 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.; free for children and caregivers, South Portland Branch Library, 155 Wescott Road, South Portland, 775-1835.

Storytime at South Portland Main Library, Fridays, 10:30 a.m. ages 1- 2; 11 a.m. ages 3-5; 482 Broadway, South Portland, 767-7660.

Mid Coast


Saturday 9/25

The Maine Street Mile,  family fun-run to benefit Five River Arts Alliance, 9 a.m. $10 per runner/ $20 family, register at

Sunday 10/3

Fifth Annual Phil Soule 5K “Phlail,”  9:30 a.m. registration, 11 a.m. walk/race, $15 general public/ free for Bowdoin students, Whittier Field, Bowdoin College,

Bulletin Board

Saturday 9/25

Comcast Customer Appreciation Day, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Comcast Service Center, 336 Bath Road, Brunswick.

“Coffee with the Candidates,” State Senator Seth Goodall (District 19) and  Mike Clarke (District 62), 9-10 a.m., Sagadahoc County Democratic Headquarters, 786 Middle St., Bath, 370-4724.

Thursday 9/30

Brunswick Town Council and School Board Candidate Forum, 7 p.m., Municipal Meeting Facility, 16 Station Ave., Brunswick, sponsored by The League of Women Voters of the Brunswick Area.


2010 Step One Weatherization Program, free, registration open to low-income homeowners/renters, Sept. 24 through October, information,, or call Ryan Collins, 386-5081 ext. 113,

Bridge Groups, 7-9 p.m. Fridays for beginners; 2-4 p.m. Sundays for experienced players, 45 Green St., Bath, register, 443-3901.

Kinship Families Support Group, raising a family member’s child with love, first and third Wednesday, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Midcoast Maine Community Action, 34 Wing Farm Parkway, Bath, preregister 442-7963 ext. 213.

Kaleidoscope Quilters, second (7 p.m.) and fourth (6:30 p.m.) Thursday of the month, Elks Lodge, Park Row, Brunswick, 725-5242.

Knitting Circle, Tuesday 3:30-5 p.m., for experienced and learners, Patten Free Library, 33 Summer St., Bath.

Call for Volunteers

Step One Weatherization Program, Habitat for Humanity / 7 Rivers Maine, currently recruiting volunteers, for information or to volunteer, Ryan Collins, 386-5081,

Saturday 9/25
Common Good Day 2010,
volunteers needed for 3 hours of community service in the Mid-Coast community, childcare provided, FMI, Caitlin Callahan,, 798-4191.


ArtVan Program seeks volunteers to help with art therapy programming with children and teens, promotional support and fundraising efforts, contact 371-4125 or visit

Bath Youth Meetinghouse & Skatepark seeks volunteers to help in the cafe, at concerts, supporting youth programs and fundraising efforts, experience with teenagers helpful, 443-8900 or visit 26 Summer St., Bath.

Big Brothers Big Sisters seeks volunteer mentors (must be 18+) willing to commit one year and spend eight hours a month with a child 6-14 who lives in a single parent home, contact Brunswick office at 729-7736 or

Cell Phones for Soldiers, donate used cell phones at Southern New Hampshire University, 10 Tibbetts Drive, Cooks Corner, Brunswick or 1000 Burbank Ave., BNAS Building 20, Brunswick.

Chocolate Church Arts Center seeks volunteers for the art gallery and more, 798 Washington St., Bath, 442-8455.

The Greater Bath Elder Outreach Network, a program of Catholic Charities Maine, is looking for volunteers a few hours a week to assist seniors by providing companionship, transportation, assistance with errands and telephone reassurance for elderly and disabled people who live in Sagadahoc County and the Brunswick area, Martha Cushing, 837-8810; meetings 6-7:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month, Patten Free Library, Bath, 837-8810.

Habitat for Humanity / 7 Rivers Maine needs volunteers at ReStore in Bath, minimum four-hour shift commitment, 386-5081 or

Home to Home, an organization providing a safe place for parents to exchange children for visitations, needs volunteers, commitment of 1-2 hours per exchange period, police check and training required, Mid-Coast Hospital, Brunswick, Rich Siegel, 837-4894,

Mid Coast Hospital, dozens of positions at the café, gift shop or greeting patients, 123 Medical Center Drive, Brunswick, 373-6015.

Mid Coast Senior Health Center needs volunteers for various activities with seniors Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, welcome desk openings, 373-3691.

Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority seeks volunteers for the Great State of Maine Air Show & Business Aviation Expo, August 26-28, 2011, for information and non-profit grant opportunities, visit or call 725-9701.

Money Management Program, help low-income seniors with routine financial matters, Spectrum Generations, 12 Main St., Topsham, 729-0475.

Parkview Adventist Medical Center, gift shop needs volunteers, four-hour shifts mornings, afternoons and early evenings Monday through Friday, every other Sunday 1-4 p.m., will train, 373-4518 or visit the gift shop at 329 Maine St., Brunswick.

Pejepscot Historical Society needs volunteer tour guides for Skolfield-Whittier House and Joshua L. Chamberlain Museum and volunteer staff for Chamberlain Museum gift shop, 729-6606.

People Plus Center, ongoing opportunities, 6 Noble St., Brunswick, 729-0757.

Spectrum Generations has volunteer opportunities in program development, outreach, and reception at its new Community Center at 12 Main St., Topsham, Debbie, 729-0475.

Sexual Assault Support Services of Mid Coast Maine needs volunteers to provide support and information to callers on 24-hour hotline, 725-2181.



Brunswick Farmer’s Market, Maine farms and merchants, Saturdays 9 a.m.- 12:30 p.m., Fort Andross Mill, Maine St., Brunswick.

Cathance River Educational Alliance, series for adults, “CREA Adult Class” 2nd Saturday of each month, 9 a.m. – noon, the Ecology Center, Cathance River Nature Preserve, Topsham; “Ecology Lecture Series,” last Tuesday each month, 6:30-8 p.m., Topsham Public Library; 12 participants, cost per class, $15 members / $20 non-members, register,, click on “Programs,” 798-1913 or e-mail

Topsham Garden Club, 12 p.m. lunch, 1 p.m. speaker and business meeting; call Marie 729-1295 or Jane 721-8675 for location and membership info; new members/guests always welcome; (select GCFM Districts and Clubs, Medomak District, Topsham Garden Club), meets second Wednesday from March to December.

Getting Smarter

Thursday 9/23

“Old Timers’ Night” – Stories of the Old Brunswick High School, 7-9 p.m., free to the public, Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick, sponsored by the Pejepscot Historical Society, 729-6606.

Wednesday 9/29

“How To Build a Pumpkin Boat,” led by Buzz Pinkham of Pinkham’s Plantation, 6-7:30 p.m., free, Maine Maritime Museum Boatshop, 253 Washington St., Bath, call to register, 443-1316.

Friday 10/1

Luncheon Gathering with Robert Moody, Music Director and Conductor of Portland Symphony Orchestra, 12 p.m. talk,  $13, register by Sept. 27 at 729-8033, Thornton Oaks, 25 Thornton Way.


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

Joshua L. Chamberlain Civil War Round Table monthly meeting and speaker, every third Thursday, free, open to public, 7 p.m., Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick, information, Dan Cunningham 729-9520, or Jay Stencil 721-0235.

Merrymeeting Regional Adult Education, various courses available, 35 Republic Ave., Topsham, 729-7323.

Sagadahoc History & Genealogy Room, focusing on communities in Sagadahoc County, Patten Free Library, 33 Summer St., Bath, 443-5141.

“The Second Time Around” reading club for adults, Patten Free Library, meet alternate Wednesdays, 3-4:30 p.m., through Aug. 18, Leslie Mortimer, 443-5141 ext. 12.

Spectrum Generations, Southern Midcoast Community Center, 12 Maine St., Topsham, call or visit for list of classes and events,, 729-0475.

University College at Bath/Brunswick hosts career and academic program information sessions, free, Mid-Coast Center for Higher Education, 9 Park St., Bath, schedule at 442-7736.

Wife of Bath hosts monthly day-long creative writing retreats, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., $25, Linden Tree Meeting House, Phippsburg Congregational Church UCC, 10 Church Lane, Phippsburg, month-by-month or pre-register, 751-2414,, visit

Health & Support


12 Step Recovery Program, Wednesdays 6 p.m., food, group meetings, contact Jeff Rogers,, Compass Point Community Church, 119 Old Bath Road.

Adoption Support Group for adult adoptees, adoptive parents, birth parents and those whose lives are touched by adoption, monthly meetings, Mae’s Cafe, 160 Centre St., Bath, 443-9876.

Care Support Group, Sexual Assault Support Services of Midcoast Maine and Mid Coast Hospital provide an education-based support group for survivors of sexual violence who are pregnant; participants may bring a support person, 373-6500 or 725-2181.

De-Stress Your Body, Wednesdays, 9-10:30 a.m., $15 per session; come once or weekly, Spectrum Generations, Southern Midcoast Community Center, 12 Main St., Topsham, 729-0475.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous, Monday 7 p.m., Beth Israel Congregation, 906 Washington St., Bath, 865-4076; Wednesday 7 a.m., UCC Church, 150 Congress St., Bath, 837-8164; Wednesday 7 p.m., Midcoast Presbyterian Church, 84 Main St., Topsham, 729-3861; Saturday 9 a.m., Midcoast Hospital, Brunswick, 865-1916.

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

Mid Coast Chronic Pain Support Group, open to people with chronic pain, their families and friends, first and third Monday, 6-7:30 p.m. Mid Coast Hospital, Brunswick, 725-7854.

Mid Coast Maine Center for Grief and Loss, hospice volunteers offer grief support programs for children, families and individuals, 45 Baribeau Drive, Brunswick, 729-3602.

Overeaters Anonymous, Brunswick meetings: Monday 7:30 p.m., First Parish Church, 9 Cleaveland St.; and Thursday 7 p.m., St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 27 Pleasant St.; Sunday 9 a.m., MidCoast Hospital, 123 Medical Center Drive.

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

Sexual Assault Support Services of Midcoast Maine, support groups for survivors of sexual violence, includes sexual assault, sexual abuse as a child and sexual harassment, open to nonoffending parents and partners, 725-2181 to schedule a pre-group meeting.

Spectrum Generations, Southern Midcoast Community Center, 12 Maine St., Topsham, call or visit for list of classes and events,, 729-0475.

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

TOPS (Take Off the Pounds Sensibly) Thursday weigh-in 6:10-6:40 p.m., meeting follows, Seventh Day Adventist Church, Maine Street, Brunswick, 375-4749.

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

Women’s Circle, for women who want support for a controlling or abusive relationship, free and confidential, hosted by Mid Coast Outreach Office of Family Crisis Services, 721-0199.

Just for Seniors

Thursday 9/23

AARP Safe Driving Class, 8:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m., $14, Pejepscot Terrace, Brunswick, class size limited, pre-registration required, call Joe Hahn, 751-9364.


Bath Area Senior Citizens, bridge club, cribbage, crafts, line dancing, bocce, bingo and more, 45 Floral St., Bath, 443-4937.

Meals on Wheels, delivery available for homebound seniors and disable adults, offered by Spectrum Generations, 12 Main St., Topsham, 729-0475.

Money Management Program, help low-income seniors with routine financial matters, Spectrum Generations, 12 Main St., Topsham, 729-0475.

People Plus Community Center, multipurpose facility provides recreational, social, informational, educational and personal services to persons 55+, 6 Noble St., Brunswick, 729-0757.

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program seeks volunteers age 55 and over for various opportunities, 396-6521.

Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center, support groups, lectures, socials, activities, 521 Main St., Damariscotta, for daily schedule, 563-1363 or

Spectrum Generations Southern Midcoast Community Center now open for classes, activities, trips, health & wellness, 12 Main St., Topsham, FMI, 729-0475, or

Topsham Merry Meeters Senior Citizens, all ages 50 and over welcome, bring a dish to share for potluck meal, noon, Westrum House, Union Park Road, Topsham; 729-7686 or 725-2425; meets third Tuesday except July and August.

Kids and Family Stuff

Saturday 9/25

Family Arts Festival, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., free, Brunswick Town Mall, off Maine Street,  sponsored by Five Rivers Arts Alliance, rain site is Brunswick Jr. High, Columbia Ave., Brunswick, FMI,


Story Hour at Farmers’ Market, songs, storybooks, games, more, Tuesdays, June 1 – August 31; 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., drop in, all ages welcome, Brunswick Farmers’ Market at the gazebo, Cornerstones of Science program,

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bath/Brunswick is accepting applications for “Littles,” girls ages 6-14 that live in single parent homes to participate in “The Big and Little” program, a mentoring program that matches a child with an adult community mentor (Big Sister) in a one-on-one friendship. There are Big Sisters currently waiting to be matched with Littles. Please Contact Aurora Joseph, Match Support Specialist, 729-7736 or to enroll your daughter.

Morning Storytelling, songs, stories from around the world with Janice O’Rourke, for ages 6 and under, Frontier Cafe, Cinema & Gallery, Fort Andross, 14 Maine St., Brunswick, 725-5222 or