Community Calendar: Sept. 8 – 19

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Greater Portland


Saturday 9/11

Annual Walk to Defeat ALS, hosted by the Northern New England Chapter of the ALS Association, 9 a.m. register; 10:30 a.m. walk begins, Payson Park, Baxter Blvd. entrance, Portland, preregister at, or Cindy Churchill, 829-4570.

Electronic Beats on Casco Bay Cruise, to benefit WMPG Community Radio’s Power Up! campaign, 12-3 p.m. cruise, 6 Custom House Wharf; 3 p.m. dockside afterparty, The Porthole, Old Port, $20 tickets at Bullmoose Music locations or

Homeless Animal Rescue Team, HART, Bake/Craft Sale Fundraiser, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Wal-Mart, U.S. Route 1, Falmouth, food and craft donations appreciated, 829-4116.

Maine Lighthouse Ride 2010, to benefit the Eastern Trail Alliance; options are 25-mile ride, a 40-mile loop, a 62-mile metric century, 100-mile century, $60 per participant, Southern Maine Community College, South Portland, register at or 284-9260.

Second Annual Kimberly Ann Tudor Memorial Walk “KAT-Walk 2010” to benefit The Brain Aneurysm Foundation, 12 p.m. register at the Back Cove Boulevard pathway across from Hannaford Plaza, Portland, 1 p.m. Back Cove walk,, Art Piteau, 892-1516.

Walk for Recovery, 3.2 mile walk in celebration of National Alcohol and Drug Recovery Month, 12:30 p.m., refreshments and activities for all ages, free/ $10 suggested donation per participant, hosted by Catholic Charities Maine, 250 Anderson St., Portland.

Walk for Water, 3.5 mile walk or run to benefit nonprofit World Concern, 3-6 p.m., $10 for grades K-8/ $25 for grades 9-12/ $35 for adults/ $50 for relay team, Greely High School, Main St., Cumberland,

Sunday 9/12

Third Annual “Touch a Truck,” to benefit the Maine Chapter of the March of Dimes, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m., $5/person, rain or shine, The Gateway Shoppes at Scarborough, Cabela’s Plaza,

The Komen Maine Race for the Cure, Payson Park, Portland, register at

6th Annual HenryFest, family oriented outdoor music festival to benefit 317 Main St. Scholarship Fund, with Heather Masse Band, Jerks of Grass and more, 12-7 p.m., family $35 / individual $20 / students and seniors $15, Skyline Farm, 95 The Lane, North Yarmouth, tickets at 317 Main St., or call 846-9559, rain location at St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St., Portland,

Wednesday 9/15

Maine Songwriter’s Association Benefit Showcase, 7 p.m., $5, St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St., Portland, 347-3075,

Friday 9/17

Spaghetti Dinner, to raise funds for a hearing assistance dog for Freeport resident, Deb Baker, 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. seatings, $7 adults/ $5 ages under 10, Masonic Lodge, Mallett Drive, Freeport, Emma, 522-7782.

Little Dolphin School Golf Tournament Scholarship Fundraiser, Val Halla Golf Course, Cumberland, 883-9990,

Saturday 9/18

Second Annual Sandsations Sand Sculpting Contest, to benefit Birth Roots Perinatal Resource Center, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., $25 preregister/ $35 same day, Crescent Beach State Park, Cape Elizabeth,, 772-4784.

Sunday 9/19

11th Annual 10K Trail to Ale Race/Walk, to benefit Portland Trails, 9 a.m. start, Eastern Prom Trail, ends at East End Beach, 11 a.m. post-race festivities at The Portland Company, register at, 775-2411.

Fourth Annual 20/20 Charity Wine Tasting, to benefit Learning Works!, 3-6 p.m., $20, Snow Squall Restaurant, 18 Ocean St., South Portland, pay cash or check at the door, 504-4510.

Bulletin Board

Thursday 9/9

Gubernatorial Forum, sponsored by Maine Hospitality and Tourism Alliance, 2-4 p.m., confirmed participation by Libby Mitchell, Eliot Cutler and Paul LePage, no open Q&A, Harraseeket Inn, Main St., Freeport.

Neighborhood Meeting, to discuss CDBG Funds, District 2: West End, Parkside, and St. John Valley, 7 p.m., Parkside Neighborhood Center, 85 Grant St., Portland, Amy Grommes Pulaski, 874-8731, or

State Rep Forum, hosted by The Maine League of Young Voters, for Portland Districts 113-117, 6:30-8 p.m., Borealis Breads Bistro & Bakery, 182 Ocean Ave., Portland.

Saturday 9/11

Community Fair and Carnival, games, food, rides and more, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., free, Peoples United Methodist Church, 310 Broadway, South Portland,, 619-1509.

Park Beautification/Clean-Up and Remembrance Ceremony, to honor the 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance, 1:30-4 p.m., Deering Oaks Park bandstand, Portland, hosted by Hour Exchange Portland and the City of Portland.

SPACE Gallery Block Party
, community event for all ages, family friendly, shops, galleries on Congress Street from One Longfellow Square to Port City Music Hall, 6-9 p.m., free, presented by Space Gallery,

Wednesday 9/15

Cumberland County Extension Association Annual Meeting: “Keep it Local,” 6 p.m., Southern Maine Community College, 80 Fort Road, Culinary Arts Building, South Portland, 780-4205.

Friday 9/17

The Freeport Woman’s Club Meeting, “Cheap Vodka and Hair Spray: The Craft of Costuming for Films,” by Adrian Garber, 1 p.m., Freeport Community Library, Library Drive, Freeport, Jacquetta Searle-Grey, 865-0757.

Saturday 9/18

Maine’s Second Annual Open Lighthouse Day, 25 lighthouses open to the public, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., throughout Maine, hosted by U.S. Coast Guard, Maine Office of Tourism and American Lighthouse Foundation, for list of lighthouses visit


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

AFS seeks host families in Falmouth for high school exchange students for the 2010-2011 school year, contact Betsy Nortrup at,  1-800-876-2377 ext 131, or go to

The Cumberland County Extension Association, supporting U-Maine Cooperative Extension educational programs in Cumberland County, seeks executive committee members, meet 7-9 p.m., third Wednesday of every month, information, Andrea Herr at 780-4205 or

Wednesday 9/8

Yarmouth Community Blood Drive, 1-6 p.m., First Parish Congregational Church, 116 Main St., Yarmouth, for appointment, call 1-800-RED CROSS or

Thursday 9/16

South Portland Community Blood Drive, 1-6 p.m., South Portland Community Center, 1-800-RED Cross,

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 9/18

Bean Supper, 5-6 p.m., $7 adult/ $16 family, Peoples United Methodist Church, 310 Broadway, South Portland.


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

Wednesday 9/8

Southern Maine Volkssport Association Monthly Meeting, 7 p.m., all welcome, North Deering Congregational Church, 1390 Washington Ave., Portland.

Saturday 9/11

“Pruning for a Purpose” 10 a.m., free, Skillin’s Greenhouses, 201 Gray Road, Cumberland, 829-5619; 89 Foreside Road, Falmouth, 781-3860.

Friday 9/17

“Explore the Riverton Rail Trail” 5:30-6:30 p.m., $5 donation/ free for members, meet at the end of Wall Street, off outer Forest Ave., Portland, hosted by Portland Trails 2010 Discovery Trek Series, 775-2411.


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

Tuesday 9/14

Maine Women’s Network September Meeting, “What is Social Media and Why is it Important?” 5:30 p.m., $20 members/$25 non-members, Holiday Inn by the Bay, 88 Spring St., Portland,

Sunday 9/19

“Greek Sky: Myth, Science and Ideas” 4 p.m., presented by Hellenic Society of Maine and the Southworth Planetarium, Science Building, USM Portland, Falmouth St., Portland, $6 adults; $4 children, limited seating, reservations required, call 780-5025.


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

“Legs for Life,” free vascular disease screening, Tuesdays and Thursdays in September, hosted by Vascular & Interventional Physicians of Spectrum Medical Group, 324 Gannett Dr., South Portland, pre-registration required, call 482-7800.

Wednesday 9/8

Free Intro Yoga Classes, 9:30 a.m., Level I; 4 p.m., Level I-II; 5:35 p.m., Level II & Meditation, WholeHeart Yoga Center, 150 St. John St., Portland, 871-8274,

Thursday 9/9

Free Intro Yoga Classes, 4:30 p.m., Level II; 6:30 p.m., Level I-II, WholeHeart Yoga Center, 150 St. John St., Portland, 871-8274,

Friday 9/10

Free Intro Yoga Class, 10 a.m., Level I-II, WholeHeart Yoga Center, 150 St. John St., Portland, 871-8274,

“Work of Heart: Horse as Mentor” womens group, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Fridays, Sept. 10, 17, 23 and Oct. 9, Cumberland,

Saturday 9/11

Brain Tumor Family Caregivier Workshop, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., free, Dana Conference Center, Maine Medical Center, 22 Bramhall St., Portland, registration required, 662-6924 or

“Diving and Emerging: Helping children heal from grief and loss through storytelling,” workshop led by storyteller Regina Carpenter, $40, 1-5 p.m., hosted by The Center for Grieving Children, 555 Forest Ave., Portland, register, 775-5216

“Singing into Silence,” with Ben Fowler, 7 p.m., Sadhana Meditation Center, 100 Brickhill Ave., South Portland,

Sunday 9/12

Introduction to Tibetan Buddhist Meditation, Portland, Sundays 10:30 a.m.-noon, Sept. 12-Oct. 10, $50, preregistration required, 774-6986 or

Wednesday 9/15

“Introduction to Acupuncture,” 6 p.m., Sadhana Meditation Center, 100 Brickhill Ave., South Portland,

Thursday 9/16

“No Time to Lose” book study/meditation series on book by American Buddhist nun, Pema Chodren, Thursdays, Sept. 16-Oct. 14, Portland Shambhala Meditation Center, 97 Newbury St., Portland, $30 class, plus cost of book, James Prentice, or 837-8431.

Friday 9/17

“Take Charge, Feel Better!” 6-week Living Well for Better Health Workshop, hosted by Maine Health and Southern Maine Agency on Aging, for people with ongoing health conditions and their care partners, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Fridays, Sept. 17-Oct. 22, Falmouth Learning Resource Center, 5 Bucknam Road, must preregister at 1-800-609-5183.


“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


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


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 9/11

2nd Annual Pedal for Peace to benefit Bpeace’s work with entrepreneurs in Afghanistan, Rwanda and El Salvador, hosted by Frontier Cafe, Brunswick, registration requires $250 in raised funds, to register, for information, Katherine Creswell 503-970-1877 or Mary Ciampa, email

Wednesday 9/15
Habitat for Humanity Builds for Birds
, live and silent auctions of custom-built birdhouses, with live music, appetizers, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Winter Street Center, 880 Washington St., Bath, advance tickets, $10 for one/ $15 for two, or $15 door, preview items at, tickets, call James, 386-5081 or

Saturday 9/18

2nd Annual NF Walk to support Neurofibromatosis research, 8:30 a.m., free registration, Water St. entrance of the Androscoggin River Bicycle and Pedestrian Path in Brunswick, information,, Amy Fitzpatrick, 443-1583.

Sweetser’s Family Day and Cruise-In, antique and specialty car show, children’s activities, antique appraisals for $5/per item donation to Sweetser’s, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., Cooks Corner Mall, Brunswick, information, 294-4485.

Sunday 9/19

5th annual Race 4 Space, various events to benefit Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust; 4-mile race, 9 a.m., $20; historic Pennellville neighborhood guided tour, 9:15 a.m., $10; 1-mile run 10 a.m., $5; kids fun run 10:15 a.m., $5; register, email or 8 a.m. on day of race.

Monday 9/20

Benefit Golf Tournament, sponsored by The American Red Cross, 8 a.m. check-in, 9 a.m. tee-off, $200/foursome, Highland Green Golf Club, off Route 196, Topsham, register, 729-6779 or

Bulletin Board

Friday 9/10

Rabies Plus! Clinic, 9-11 a.m., various services, all proceeds benefit shelter animals, Coastal Humane Society, 30 Range Road, Brunswick, 725-5051,

“Celebrate Bowdoinham 2010,” 248th birthday commemoration through Saturday 9/11, children’s acitivities, race, parade, more, information,

Monday 9/13

“Transportation and Redeveloping the Base,” public forum series to meet candidates for Representative to the Legislature, 7-9 p.m., Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick.

Wednesday 9/15

“Health Care and Education,” public forum series to meet candidates for Representative to the Legislature, 7-9 p.m., 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick.

Thursday 9/16

Bath Democratic Committee meeting and potluck supper with local legislators/candidates, 6-8 p.m., rain date, Sept. 20, 1530 Washington St., 443-6391.

Let’s Talk About It: “Where Do Our Dollars Go?” moderated panel discussion with questions from the community, 7 p.m., Frontier Cafe, Brunswick.

“Taking the High Road with Cruise Ships,” Joe Payne discusses how the Friends of Casco Bay worked to ensure environmental health of the bay, 3:30 p.m., public invited, Thornton Oaks, 25 Thornton Way, Brunswick.


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,

Monday 9/13

Red Cross Blood Drive, 1-6 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 807 Middle St., Bath, 443-5389.

Saturday 9/18

Mid-Coast Volunteer Opportunities Fair, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m., Mid-Coast Presbyterian Church, 84 Main St., Topsham, information, or 729-3193.


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.

Dining Out

Saturday 9/11

Public Baked Bean and Casserole Supper, 5-6:30 p.m., $8 adults, $4 children 6-12, free for children under 6, Brunswick United Methodist Church, corner of Church and Raymond Roads, Brunswick, reservations accepted, 725-2185.

Saturday 9/18

Roast Pork Supper, 4:30-6:30 p.m., $7.50 adults, $3.50 children under 12, take out available, The Bath United Methodist Church, 340 Oak Grove Ave., Bath, 443-4707.


Saturday 9/11

Merrymeeting Audubon Birding Trip to The Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, 6:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., bring lunch/water, meet at Brunswick Hannaford 6:30 a.m., for additional information or a meeting place in the Portland area, contact Glenn Evans, 443-9652.


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 9/9

Joshua L. Chamberlain Civil War Round Table meeting and lecture on CSA General AP Hill by Pat Falci, free, open to public, 7 p.m., Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick, information, Dan Cunningham 729-9520, or Jay Stencil 721-0235.

Saturday 9/11

Digital Photography, first of two classes with nature photographer Michael Leonard, second class Oct. 9, 10 a.m., approximately 2 hours, space is limited, $15 members, $20 nonmembers, Cathance River Education Center, the Highland Green, Topsham, information, Shane Barker, 449-8605,

Tuesday 9/14

Mid-Coast Retired Educators’ Association meeting, speakers Aurora Joseph and Jay Prindall from Big Brothers/Big Sisters, 11:30 a.m. social, 12 p.m. lunch, 12:45 p.m. program, fundraiser Loose Change, China Rose, Bath Road, Brunswick, information, Jane Gott, 721-0659.

Wednesday 9/15

Fireball Marketing introductory session with Five Rivers Alliance as focus study, 7-9 p.m., free, open to public, Bath Regional Technical College, 800 Main St., Bath, information,, Randall Williams, 370-8764 or

Wednesday 9/22

Brunswick Women’s History Walking Trail guided tour, 5-6 p.m., free to public, meet at Pejepscot Historical Society, 159 Park Row, Brunswick, 729-6606.


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

Wednesday 9/8

Caring for a Loved One with Dementia, panel of caregivers share practical experience, second and fourth Wednesdays, free, call for times and information, Brunswick Area Respite Care, 12 Main St., Topsham, 729-8571.

Saturday 9/18

Topsham-Brunswick Holistic Health Fair, workshops, exhibits, more, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., free, Mid Coast Red Cross, 16 Community Way & Rt. 196, Topsham, information, or, Mary, 446-7868.

Sunday 9/19

Divorce Care, 12-week seminar and support group for the separated or divorced, Sundays through Dec. 12, 5-6:30 p.m., $15 registration includes workbook, Maine Street Baptist Church, 326 Upper Maine St., Brunswick, for information or to register, 725-7303.

Omega Wellness Group Community Health Fair, health booths, children’s activities, meet gubernatorial candidates, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Thomas Point Beach, information, 208-0999 or

Wednesday 9/22

Caring for a Loved One with Dementia, panel of caregivers share practical experience, second and fourth Wednesdays, free, call for times and information, Brunswick Area Respite Care, 12 Main St., Topsham, 729-8571.


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

Monday 9/13

Ounce of Prevention program, “Ask the Geriatrician,” James Donahue, DO, free, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., open to public, Mid Coast Senior Health Center, Community Room, 58 Baribeau Drive, 729-8033.


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

Thursday 9/9

The Lady in the Red Cloak, evening lantern-lit walk through Bath with tales of ghosts and history, appropriate for all ages, $10/adult, $7/children under 12, free/children under 5, reservations only, 380-3806,,

Friday 9/10

The Lady in the Red Cloak, evening lantern-lit walk through Bath with tales of ghosts and history, daily through 9/12, appropriate for all ages, $10/adult, $7/children under 12, free/children under 5, reservations only, 380-3806,,


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