Community Calender: March 30-April 21

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Greater Portland

Benefits

Friday 4/1

Hand to Hand Food Drive, 9:45 a.m., First Parish Church, 40 Main St., Freeport. Collecting nonperishable food, personal care items, cleaning supplies for Freeport Community Center Food Pantry, or drop off at Morse Street School. Storm date April 8, 865-2814, marstallerw@rsu5.org.

Comedian/performer Randy Judkins, 7 p.m., Scarborough First Congregational Church, 167 Black Point Road. General admission at the door by donation; benefits Men’s Fellowship.

Saturday 4/2

Bow Street Market Tortoise and Hare 5K, same-day registration $20 at 8 a.m. near Bow Street Market; online for $15 at runinarace.com, or at the Freeport High School main office. Proceeds support Freeport High School Track Team, 829-3419 or 829-3793.

Sunday 4/3

HeartStrong 10K, $35 entry fee benefits American Heart Association. Same-day registration and bib pick up, 7:30 a.m., Ocean Gateway Terminal, 14 Maine State Pier, Portland. Cash prizes, gift cards; preregister at HeartStrong10K.org.

Chocolate Lovers’ Fling, 1-4 p.m. South Portland Marriott, 200 Sable Oaks Drive, South Portland. Chocolate confections made in Southern Maine, judging, silent auction. All proceeds benefit Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine. Tickets are $50 at chocolateloversfling.org.

Thursday 4/7

YMCA Adaptive Services Auction, 6-9 p.m., Hilton Garden Inn, Downtown Freeport. To purchase tickets or donate items, rbosse@ymcaofsouthernmaine.org or 865-9600.

Sunday 4/10

WMPG Fashion Show, 7 p.m., Port City Music Hall, Congress Street, Portland. Benefits community radio and celebrates local designers, portcitymusichall.com.

Thursday 4/21

Toast on the Coast benefit for Easter Seals Maine, Ocean Gateway, Portland. Local chefs compete; wine and food pairings; includes raffle for trip to California, toastonthecoast.com/tickets.

Books/Authors

Adult coloring, 10:30 a.m. every Wednesday, Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Drive, for age 18 and older. Materials provided.

Thursday 3/31

“Finding Shakespeare in the First Folio,” lecture by Bowdoin Professor Aaron Kitch, 4:30-6 p.m., Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland.

“Thursdays with the Bard,” 6-7 p.m. read aloud and discuss “King Lear,” Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, 871-1700.

Tuesday 4/5

“The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry” by Rachel Joyce, The First Tuesday Book Club, noon, BYO lunch, Maine Charitable Mechanic Association, Mechanics’ Hall, 519 Congress St., Portland. Club meets through September.

Wednesday 4/6

“The Killing Kind,” by Michael Hendricks, noon, Portland Public Library, Brown Bag Lecture Series, 5 Monument Square.

“The One-In-A-Million Boy,” book signing and talk by Monica Wood, 7-8 p.m., Nonesuch Books, Mill Creek, South Portland.

Monday 4/11

“Tracing the Amazing Migration of the Monarch Butterflies,” 7 p.m., first in Travel Lecture Series hosted by Maine Charitable Mechanic Association at McAuley High School, Stevens Avenue, Portland.

Bulletin Board

Saturday 4/2

“The British are Coming!” North Atlantic Figure Skating Club’s Ice Show with over 90 skaters, April 9, 7-9 p.m., April 10, 2-4 p.m., Family Ice Rink, Hat Trick Drive, Falmouth. Tickets $8/$12, northatlanticfigureskating.org, 781-5058.

Portland High School 50th Class Reunion, 1 p.m. planning session for July 23 event, Italian Heritage Center, 40 Westland Ave., Portland, Portlandhigh1966@gmail.com.

Psychic and Crystal Fair, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Leapin’ Lizards, 449 Forest Ave., Portland. Mediums, psychics, aura scans, jewelry, giveaways, 221-2363, leapinlizards.biz.

Sebago Chapter of Trout Unlimited 37th annual Conservation Event, 4 p.m., Camp Ketcha, 336 Black Point Road, Scarborough. Local fly fishing legend Macauley Lord, trout fishing-related activities, BBQ, auction. Tickets at  charityauctionorganizer.com/auction/SebagoTU.

Ongoing

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.

Call for Volunteers

Friday 4/8

Friends of Littlejohn Island Preserve, first of four volunteer work days, 2-5 p.m. Park behind Royal River Conservation Trust gate at the end of Pemasong Lane, Yarmouth. Bring heavy gloves, pruners and loppers, rrct.org/events, 847-9399.

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.

Caring compassionate hospice volunteers wanted to be part of the VNA Home Health Hospice team, bringing comfort to those facing a terminal illness. Next training Tuesday, April 12, 19 and 26, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Call Beth Simmons, at 400-8852 or email simmonsb@emhs.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. Register for Friendly Visitors training May 5 at AIP@cumberlandmaine.com.May 5 829-2205, ext. 346, or email

Volunteer artists to teach interactive art demos, (papermaking, printmaking, fiber arts, etc.) for the “Longfellow Park Clean Up” April 22 and “Longfellow Park Neighborhood Block Party” April 23, 10 Longfellow St., Portland. All ideas welcome, uno@maine.rr.com.

Volunteer drivers needed for the 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 needed to make a difference while earning extra money. Foster Grandparents assist in schools, Senior Companions visit adult day programs or homes, call 773-0202 or email FGP@opportunityalliance.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.

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

Road to Recovery, American Cancer Society needs volunteers to drive cancer patients to their doctors’ appointments. 373-3700, option 3.

Dances

Ongoing

Contradance, first Saturday, Falmouth Congregational Church, 267 Falmouth Road, Falmouth. Instruction/review 7:15 p.m., main dance, 8 p.m., various fees, bajmagda@gmail.com, 358-9354.

Argentine Tango, Wednesdays, beginner lesson 7 p.m., $10; Ballroom Dance Party, 8 p.m. to midnight Saturdays, beginner lesson 7 p.m., $7; Maine Ballroom Dance, 614 Congress St., Portland.

Line Dancing, Wednesdays, 7-8 p.m. beginners; 8-9 p.m. intermediate; 9-9:30 p.m. advanced, Club 188, 188 Warren Ave., Portland.

Maplewood Dance Center, night classes followed by dance socials Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 383 Warren Ave., Portland, 878-0584, maplewooddancecenter.com.

Irish Set Dancing, 7-9 p.m. Thursdays, Yarmouth Community Services, 200 Main St., Yarmouth, setdncr02@yahoo.com.

Dining Out

Friday 4/1

Chowder Luncheon, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., every Friday, North Deering Congregational Church, 1364 Washington Ave., Portland, $6-$13. Take out available.

Saturday 4/2

Baked Bean Supper, 5-6:30 p.m., Casco Masonic Lodge, 20 Mill St., Yarmouth Three kinds of beans, mac & cheese, hot dogs, slaw, homemade pies and biscuits. Adults, $10, children under 12, $4.

Monthly Supper, 4:30-6 p.m., Cape Elizabeth United Methodist Church, 280 Ocean House Road. Casseroles, beans, salads, breads, pie. Adults/$8, children/$5, families/$20. Take out available.

Turkey Supper with all the trimmings, 4:30-6:30 p.m., American Legion, 413 Broadway, South Portland. Adults, $8, children 3-12, $3.

Food and music pairing, Sparhawk Mill, 81 Bridge St., Yarmouth. A KISMET Foundation event hosted by the Abitare Project; advance tickets required at 847-3120.

Friday 4/8

Souper Supper, 5-7 p.m., St. Mary’s Church, 43 Foreside Road, Falmouth. Free, 781-3366.

Saturday 4/16

Bean Supper, 5-6 p.m., Peoples United Methodist Church, 310 Broadway, South Portland.  Baked beans, casseroles, homemade pies and more, $8 each or $17 for a family. 

Health

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 pm, 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

Saturday 4/2

Miss Lisa’s Songs & Stories, 10:30-11 a.m., Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Drive.

Support

Beyond Words: Visual Journaling group begins Wednesday, April 13 at the Cancer Community Center in South Portland. Register online or call the Center at 774-2200.

Ongoing

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

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

CODA: Co-Dependents Anonymous meeting 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. 24-hour hotline 1-800-537-6066. For information about support groups held in Brunswick, Bridgton or Portland call 721-0199.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous, free 12-step program for anyone suffering from food addiction and body image issues. For more info and local meeting locations, see foodaddicts.org or call 775-2132.

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; 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Portland Recovery Community Center. Contact Liz at 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.

Maine Buddy Program provides one-to-one, peer support from trained volunteers for adults dealing with cancer, CancerCommunityCenter.org or call 774-2200.

Memory Café, 1 p.m, every second Wednesday, OceanView, Blueberry Commons, Falmouth, 781-4621; noon, every first Wednesday, Port Resources, 280 B Gannett Dr., South Portland with pizza lunch; 828-0048,, portresources.org.

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, namimaine.org/?page=SupportGroups.

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., Maine Medical Center, Dana Center, 22 Bramhall 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.

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.

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

April Awareness Week, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square. April 5: “Empowerment Self Defense,” 5-7 p.m., for women 16 and older, preregistration required; April 6: “Community Voices Matter,” 3:30-4:30 p.m., recognizing dating violence for ages 12-19; April 6: “Speak About It,” performance about consent, boundaries, and healthy relationships, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Designer Fruit Tree Series: Grafting, Budding, Planting & Pruning, April 21, May 21, July 19, UMaine Regional Learning Center and Tidewater Farm in Falmouth. Register for each session online at http://bit.ly/1MGCsWV.

Wednesday 3/30

Portland Trails’ 15×15 & Annual Meeting, 5:30-8 p.m., SPACE Gallery, Portland, 15-minute meeting, followed by two-hour TED-style forum of ideas and presentations.

Friday 4/1

Inaugural New England Brew Summit, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., USM Abromson Center, Portland. Space is limited; registration required at nebrewsummit.com/register/.

Tuesday 4/5

“Genetic Genealogy,” 6:30 p.m., Falmouth Memorial Library, 5 Lunt Road. How genetic tests can help family genealogical research, jmadden@falmouth.lib.me.us.

Wednesday 4/6

“Armchair Traveler: Backpacking in Glacier National Park,” 6:30 p.m., Scarborough Public Library, 48 Gorham Road.

Thursday 4/7

“Investing as a Social Change Strategy,” Paul D. Merrill Business Ethics Lecture by Joseph Keefe, president and CEO of Pax World Funds, 4 p.m., Eleanor DeWolfe Ludcke Auditorium on UNE’s Portland Campus.

Saturday 4/9

Spring Rush, Scarborough Land Trust hike, meet at Fuller Farm parking lot at 10 a.m. on Broadturn Road to carpool, 289-1199, scarboroughlandtrust.org.

Southern Maine Community College open house, 9 a.m.-noon, HUB Athletic Center, 119 Fort Road, South Portland. Reserve at smccme.edu/openhouse.

Antiques Appraisal Day, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Yarmouth History Center, 118 East Elm St., Yarmouth, $10/one item, $18/two, $25/three, yarmouthmehistory.org, 846-6259

Wellness Fair, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., sponsored by Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce and Yarmouth Community Services at Rowe School, 52 School St., Yarmouth. Holistic and integrative health care providers and presentations, raffle, “Stuff the Bus” food drive, blood drive, yarmouthmaine.org.

Monday 4/11

“The History and Joy of Growing and Working with Lavender,” St. Mary’s Garden Club hosts Lori Costigan of Glendarragh Lavender Farm, 11 a.m. at  St. Mary’s Church, 43 Foreside Road, Falmouth. Open to the public for a $5 donation.

Tuesday 4/12

“Advances in Cancer Treatment,” by Southern Maine Health Care oncologist Peter Rubin, 5 p.m., Cancer Community Center, 778 Main St., South Portland.

Thursday 4/14

Photographer Nick Buck and his journey on a mule-driven wagon to trace the Oregon Trail, 6:30 p.m., Author Talk series at Prince Memorial Library, Cumberland.

Ongoing

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/.

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

Mid-Coast

Benefits

Saturday 4/2

Mudboots and Black Tie benefit for Chocolate Church Arts Center, 804 Washington St., Bath. Reception with cash bar and silent auction at 5 p.m., followed by catered dinner and dancing to live music. Tickets $50 at chocolatechurcharts.org or 442-8455.

Friday 4/8

Benefit Italian Dinner, 5-6:30 p.m., St. Charles Church, 132 McKeen St., Brunswick. Proceeds support teen mission trip to Brooklyn, New York. Adults, $8, children, $4.

Sunday  4/10

“Our Time, Talent, and Items Auction,” benefit for Brunswick United Methodist Church, 320 Church Road, 4 p.m., preview at 3 p.m. To donate, contact the office at 725-2185, umcbrunswick.org.

Books/Authors

Celebrate Library Week, Patten Free Library, 33 Summer St., Bath. April 12: Open Mic Poetry Night, 6:30 p.m.; April 13: “Heaven Is Beautiful: How Dying Taught Me that Death Is Just the Beginning,” 6:30 p.m. author talk; April 15: Primo Cubano five-piece dance band, 7 p.m., 443-5141, ext. 21, patten.lib.me.us.

Saturday 4/2

“Joshua Chamberlain and the Civil War,” by Matthew Cost, 1-3 p.m., Mustard Seed Bookstore, 74 Front St., Bath.

Thursday 4/7

“8 Weeks to a 5K Guidebook: Getting to the Starting Line Healthy and Confident,” by Christie Tebbets, spring author series at The Mustard Seed Bookstore, 74 Front St., Bath, themustardseebookstore.com.

Tuesday 4/12

“Got Here as Soon as I Could,” by syndicated columnist Sarah Smiley, spring author series at The Mustard Seed Bookstore, 74 Front St., Bath, themustardseedbookstore.com.

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., for sixth- and seventh-graders. Meets once a month. 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. FMI, 725-1727, topshamlibrary.org.

Bulletin Board

Book Sale, benefit Mid Coast Hospital Auxiliary, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., April 8-9, Merrymeeting Plaza, 147 Bath Road, Brunswick.

Saturday 4/2

50-50 Bingo, 1-3 p.m., Bath Area Senior Citizens Center, 45 Floral St. Doors open at noon. Refreshments; must be 16 or older.

Donations for Mid Coast Hospital Auxiliary annual book sale April 8-9 accepted 9 a.m.-noon at Merrymeeting Plaza, 147 Bath Road, Brunswick. Please no encyclopedias, textbooks, Reader’s Digest condensed books, magazines or damaged books.

Sunday 4/3

Maine Chapter of Grandmothers Against Gun Violence, inaugural meeting, 1 p.m., Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick. Open to anyone interested, with brief presentation by the organizer and a guest speaker.

Thursday 4/7

Kennebec Estuary Land Trust annual meeting and membership celebration, 5:30 p.m., Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington St., Bath. Public welcome; RSVP through 442-8400, bkolak@kennebecestuary.org, or kennebecestuary.org/annual-meeting-2016.

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.

Sip & Stitch group knitting and crocheting, 10 a.m.-noon first and third Saturdays, Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road, Topsham, 725-1727.

Call for Volunteers

Wednesday 4/13

Red Cross Blood Drive, 1-6 p.m., Bath K of C, 807 Middle St. Call 1-800- RED CROSS for an appointment. Drop-ins also welcome, redcrossblood.org, 1-800-RED CROSS.

Ongoing

American Cancer Society needs volunteers to transport cancer patients to treatment, ACS, New England Division, Topsham, 462-6307, elisa.madore@cancer.org.

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

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

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

Chocolate Church Arts Center seeks volunteers for the art gallery and more, 804 Washington St., Bath, 442-8455.

Friends of Merrymeeting Bay seeks volunteers interested in preserving the bay to assist with speaker series, assemble mailings and more, 666-1118, fomb.org.

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

Home to Home, an organization providing a safe place for parents to exchange children for visitations, needs volunteers, commitment of one to two hours per exchange period; police check and training required. Mid Coast Hospital, Brunswick, Rich Siegel, 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.

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

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.

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

Ongoing

Free Community Square Dance, hosted by SAGE Square and Round Dance Club, 6:30-7:30 p.m., first Tuesday of the month during the school year, Woodside Elementary School, 42 Barrows Dr., Topsham. Singles, couples, families welcome, 939-0412, csage.squaredanceme.us.

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

Friday 4/8

Italian Dinner, 5-6:30 p.m., St. Charles Church, 132 McKeen St., Brunswick. Proceeds support teen mission trip to Brooklyn, New York. Adults, $8, children, $4.

Saturday 4/9

Neighborhood Cafe fundraiser, 4:30-6:30 p.m., United Church of Christ, 798 Washington St., Bath. Homemade chicken or vegan pot pie, salad, desserts, silent auction. Adults, $10, children under 10, $5, michaelanthony207@gmail.com, 522 7707.

Good Food and Good Friends, Brunswick United Methodist Church, corner of 320 Church and Raymond roads. Two seatings at 5 and 6 p.m. for beans, salads, casseroles, homemade pies. Reservations accepted at 725-2185 but not required, adults $8, children, $4, umcbrunswick.org.

Health

NAMI Bath-Brunswick Family-to-Family Education course, 12-week series 6:30-9 p.m. beginning April 5 for families of people diagnosed with mental illness. Preregistration required, 729-8055, ccantybrooks@namimaine.org.

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.

Hooptydoo Hula-Hoop Class, all ages and skill levels welcome, $10, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Bath Dance Works, 72 Front St., Third Floor, Bath, 808-281-6451, hooptydoo@gmail.com.

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.

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.

Support

Ongoing

All Addictions Anonymous Big Book Step Study group, 5:30-7 p.m., Mondays  at Brunswick Adventist Church, 333 Maine St. Members of any 12-step group welcome. FMI, call 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.

Communicate after stroke support group, first and third Tuesdays, September to May, 1-2 p.m., free, friends/family welcome, Mid Coast Hospital, 123 Medical Center Dr., Brunswick, Peggy Beaulieu, 373-6175.

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 Dr., Brunswick, 721-1357.

H.O.P.E. (Healing of Persons Exceptional) wellness support group, St. Matthews Episcopal Church, 20 Union St., Hallowell, 2nd and 4th Wednesdays 6:30-8:30 p.m., call 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 Dr., 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.

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. FMI 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.

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

Workshops/Walks/Talks

Tuesday 4/5

“The College Applications and Admissions Process,” 6:30-8 p.m., by former Bowdoin College assistant dean of admissions, Patten Free Library, 33 Summer St., Bath.

Wednesday 4/6

“The Heart of the Matter: A Conversation on Our Care of the Earth,” moderated discussion with three Brunswick clergy, 7 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, 1 Middle St., Brunswick.

“Oxford University’s Bodleian Library,” by Susan Beegel, editor in chief of The Hemingway Review, 6:30 p.m., Patten Free Library, Summer Street, Bath.

Friday 4/8

Lawrence H. Summers, Charles W. Eliot University Professor and president emeritus of Harvard University, will speak on the topic of inequality, 7:30 p.m., in Pickard Theater, Memorial Hall, Bowdoin College.

Saturday 4/9

“Should religion be taught in public schools,” informal monthly meeting of Freedom From Religion Foundation Maine, 9:30 a.m.-noon, Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick, ffrfmaine@gmail.com, 613-7080.

Sunday 4/10

“My Experiences with Self-Publishing for Genealogy,” by family historian Gene Vogt, 2 p.m., hosted by Pejepscot Genealogical Society at Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick.

Monday 4/11

“Bladder Cancer,” by Craig Hawkins, MD, FACS, Mid Coast Medical Group- Urology. Part of ongoing Ounce of Prevention series, 11 a.m., Mid Coast Senior Health Center, 58 Baribeau Drive, Brunswick.

Tuesday 4/12

“The Art of Biography and the Search for Truth, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer David Maraniss, 7:30 p.m., Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center, Bowdoin College.

Thursday 4/14

“Lee’s Forgotten General: AP Hill at the Battle of Gettysburg,” Joshua L. Chamberlain Civil War Round Table Lecture, 7 p.m., Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick. Free, but donations appreciated.

Tuesday 4/19

“Our Rights at Risk – Courts Matter,” panel discussion by Grandmothers for Reproductive Rights, 5-6:30 p.m., Curtis Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick, grandmothersforreproductiverights.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.

Smart investing@your library workshops, Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick; list at curtismoney.com.

Drop-In Tech Support, 1-3 p.m., Wednesdays, Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road, 725-1727, topshamlibrary.org.

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