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Community Calendar April 29-May 10

Community

Community Calendar April 29-May 10

Greater Portland

Benefits

Thursday 4/30

Bridge Party, to benefit the Falmouth Heritage Museum, 1-4 p.m., $40 per table, registration deadline April 27, Holy Martyrs Church, 266 Foreside Road, Falmouth, register, Mary Honan, 781-2705 or Carol Kauffman, 781-4140.

Saturday 5/2

Beach & Bay 5K, run or walk for AIDS, hosted by Frannie Peabody Center, part of AIDS Walk Weekend, 11 a.m. registration, 12 p.m. start, Back Cove, Portland, register, peabodycenter.org or 774-6877 ext. 126.

East End Community School PTO Fundraiser, 10 percent food sales donated, 4-8 p.m., O'Naturals, 83 Exchange St., Portland, 632-2085, eecs.portlandpto.org. 

Fifth Annual Spring Gala Dinner and Auction, to benefit Wolfe's Neck Farm, $70, Harraseeket Inn, Main St., Freeport, tickets, 865-4469, must purchase by April 27, auction listings at wolfesneckfarm.org.

Brew Girls Live Benefit Concert
, for the Maine Women's Fund, 8 p.m., $10, 21+, Space Gallery, Congress St., Portland; Maine Women's Fund 20th Anniversary Weekend Celebration, Friday, May 1-Sunday, May 3, for schedule of events, mainewomensfund.org/anniversary.html, Kristin Chase Duffy, 774-5513.

designing women Annual Spring Show & Sale, to benefit Women Unlimited, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., $2 admission donation, Woodfords Congregational Church, 202 Woodfords St., Portland, 281-5259, designingwomen.org.

Kentucky Derby Fundraiser, catered party, live auction after race, to benefit the Maine Morgan Breeders classes, 4 p.m., $75, Cabot Morgan Farm, 21 Shaw Road, Falmouth, 319-7554 or silverlake@suscom-maine.net, hosted by The Maine Morgan Horse Club.

Rummage and Bake Sale, with lunch, fundraiser for West Scarborough United Methodist Church, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., rain or shine, 2 Church St. and U.S. Route 1, Scarborough, 883-2814, wsumc.us. 

Sunday 5/3

A Celebration of 70 Years of Jewish Community in Southern Maine, with kosher treats, video and photography exhibit, fundraiser hosted by The Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine, 5-8 p.m., $50, Temple Beth El, 400 Deering Ave., Portland, tickets, mainejewish.org or at the door. 

Pancake Breakfast, to benefit Greely High School Softball, 8-10 a.m., $6, Applebees, 1072 Brighton Ave., Portland, Sandy Kahn, 829-6897.

Thursday 5/7

"Champions for Kids" Eighth Annual Auction, to benefit The Salvation Army of the Greater Portland area programs for youth, 5:30 p.m. doors open, appetizers, 7:30 p.m. live auction, $50, Portland Country Club, 11 Foreside Road, Falmouth, tickets, The Salvation Army, 774-6304 ext. 262, use.salvationarmy.org/nne.

Friday 5/8

Happy Trails Big Bash and Silent Auction, with catered food, live music, emcee Ethan Minton of WCLZ, to benefit Portland Trails, 5:30-9 p.m., $20 Portland Trails member / $25 nonmember, The Portland Club, 156 State St., Portland, tickets, trails.org, 775-2411.

Saturday 5/9

Spring Cleaning Yard Sale, hosted by South Portland High School business students, to benefit local nonprofits, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., rain date May 30, South Portland High School's Mountainview Road lawn, $10 for a 10x10 spot, to reserve spot, Julie York, yorkju@spsd.org. 

"Stamp Out Hunger," food drive to benefit Wayside's Food Rescue Program, sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers, Campbell's Soup, Wayside Soup Kitchen and Salvation Army of Portland, leave donated food by mailbox for letter carriers to pick up on May 9, waysidesoupkitchen.org.

Bulletin Board

Wednesday 4/29

Annual NAACP Celebration of Excellence in Education, 2:30 p.m. educators forum and keynote by Jonathan Kozol, free; 5:30 p.m. reception, ticket required; 7 p.m. celebration, free; Hannaford Lecture Hall, Abromson Center, USM Portland, tickets, naacpportland.org, Rachel Talbot Ross, 253-5074.

Business After 5, hosted by Falmouth/Cumberland Community Chamber, 5-7 p.m., chamber members free / $5 nonmembers, Lebel & Harriman, LLP, 366 U.S. Route 1, Falmouth; register, portlandregion.com or 772-2811, ext. 223.

Cape Anime Club meeting, "Bleach": volume 1, 3:15-5 p.m., Community Room, Thomas Memorial Library, 6 Scott Dyer Road, Cape Elizabeth, 799-1720.

Thursday 4/30

Maine Business Expo, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Cumberland County Civic Center, 1 Civic Center Square, Portland, register, mainebusinessconference.com, PortlandRegion.com, Kerry Rasor, 772-2811.

Saturday 5/2

Gem and Mineral Show, presented by the Maine Mineralogical & Geological Society, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, $4 adult / $3 student or senior, ages 12 and under free, Sullivan Gym, USM Portland, 96 Falmouth St., Portland, 784-1738.

Sunday 5/3

"BeachWalk09," hosted by Troop 1921 Girl Scouts, for Girl Scouts past and present of all ages, meet at Willard Beach, South Portland, pre-register, beachwalk09@earthlink.net or 671-2350.

Tuesday 5/5

"Hands for Haiti," dinner and discussion, 6:30 p.m., free and open to public, donations welcome, Bonoff Hall, St. Alban's Episcopal Church, 885 Shore Road, Cape Elizabeth, hosted by the St. Alban's Mission and Outreach Committee and sponsored by the Peter Cooley Fund, Sue Raftice, sraftice@maine.rr.com or Sara Merrill, pmerrill@maine.rr.com, stalbansmaine.org.

Wednesday 5/6

ACLU President Susan Herman, discussion on "Torture, Terrorism and Civil Liberties Under President Obama," 12:15 p.m., middle classroom, University of Maine School of Law, 246 Deering Ave., Portland, free pizza and refreshments provided, sponsored by the Maine Civil Liberties Union Foundation, 774-5444.

Sunday 5/10

MOFGA Food+Farm University, urban/suburban food production workshops, chicken care, beekeeping, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., $10-$12.50/morning or afternoon session, presented by Space Gallery, MOFGA, and Cultivating Community, 828-5600, space538.org, register, mofga.org. 

Ongoing

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 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.

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

American Cancer Society Relay For Life volunteers needed for June 12-13 fundraising event, various positions available, Susan Clifford, 373-3710, Susan.Clifford@cancer.org.

North Yarmouth Events Committee is looking for new members to help plan summer concerts, Fun Day, next meeting will be 6:30 p.m., May 14, Community Meeting Room at Town Office, Jason Raven, 829-9393, mr.corvus@gmail.com, nymeevents.com.  

Presumpscot River Watch volunteers are needed to collect samples every other Saturday between 7-9 a.m., May 30 - Aug. 22, call 892-4447.

Thursday 4/30

Fabric Fair Donations Needed, for annual Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary, through April 30, call 773-6910, 883-9780, 283-1568, or 846-4862.

Saturday 5/2

Eastern Cemetery Workday with Spirits Alive, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., garden volunteers needed, Congress St. and Mountfort St., Portland, spiritsalive.org.

Thursday 5/7

Maine Audubon's Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center needs volunteers to lead nature walks for all ages in May and June, trainings held from 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. April 27-28; and 1-3:30 p.m. May 7, May 11, Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center, U.S. Route 9, Scarborough, register, Linda Woodard, lwoodard@maineaudubon.org or 781-2330, ext. 213.

Saturday 5/9

Annual Bayside Spring Clean-Up Day, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., volunteers needed, Pearl Place apartment complex, Oxford St., Portland, sponsored by the Bayside Neighborhood Association, Adam Hill, 615-5267.

Ongoing

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

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 compassinfo@maine.rr.com.

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 aherr@umext.maine.edu.

Deliver Meals on Wheels, mileage reimbursement, flexible days and weeks, one-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, fcascarborough.org.

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, Harrington House greeters and docents and project volunteers, 865-3170.

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

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 ngarrity@allegiancehospice.com.

The Jason Program needs ambassadors of hope for Maine families of seriously ill and dying children, 65 Washington Ave., Portland, 773-2947, jasonprogram.org.

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, skincheck.org.

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

Dining Out

Saturday 5/2

Baked Bean Supper, 4:30-6 p.m., $6 adult / $3 child, North Pownal United Methodist Church, 851 Lawrence Road, Pownal, Nancy, 688-4481 or Karen, 829-5470. 

Chowder Meal, 4:30-6 p.m., $7.50, First United Methodist Church, 179 Ridgeland Ave., South Portland. 

Roast Beef Supper, 5-7 p.m., $8 adult / $4 child, St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 678 Washington Ave., Portland,  775-1179.

Gardens & Outdoors

Thursday 4/30

Weekly Birdwalk, 7 a.m., Thursdays, $3 member / $5 nonmember, Gilsland Farm, 20 Gilsland Farm Road, Falmouth, meet in environmental center parking lot, register, 781-2330, ext. 215.

Saturday 5/2

Vegetable Gardening, 10 a.m., free, Skillins Greenhouse, Foreside Road, Falmouth; 201 Gray Road, Cumberland, 829-5619; 422 Bath Road, Brunswick, 442-8111.

Thursday 5/7

How to Plant Your Container Gardens, Thursdays at The Fore Series, presented by The Mercy Auxiliary, 5-7 p.m., $10, Mercy Fore River Café, 175 Fore River Parkway, Portland, register, 879-3605.

Saturday 5/9

Cultivating Community Urban Garden Fair, all ages hands-on activities, 9 a.m., Boyd Street Urban Farm, corner of Cumberland Ave. and Franklin Arterial, Portland, "Food+Farm" series, presented by Space Gallery, MOFGA, and Cultivating Community, 828-5600, space538.org, cultivatingcommunity.org.

Ongoing

Hort Shorts & More education series, classes begin March 3, University of Maine Cooperative Extension, class listings and to register, 780-4205.

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

Friday 5/1

"Maine in the Crosshairs: Energy Policy and the Big National Park," presented by Angus King, 7:30- 9:30 a.m., $10 E2 Tech members and students / $20 nonmembers, Maine Audubon Society Education Center, Gilsland Farm, Falmouth, register, forum@e2tech.org.

Saturday 5/2

The Greater Portland Chapter of the Maine Genealogy Society, 12:30 p.m. social, 1 p.m. program, free and open to public, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 29 Ocean House Road, Cape Elizabeth, Linda Aaskov, 490-5709.

Wednesday 5/6

Essentials of College Planning, 10 a.m. Wednesdays through May 27, free, Portland Adult Education, 57 Douglass St., Portland, hosted by Maine Educational Opportunity Center, register, 1-800-281-3703, meoc.maine.edu.

Recent Developments and Hot Topics in IP Law, hosted by Finnegan, 2-6 p.m., free, Inn by the Sea, 40 Bowery Beach Road, Cape Elizabeth, pre-register, tracy.holt@finnegan.com.

Thursday 5/7

"Old Clocks with Ray Humphrey," presented by North Yarmouth Historical Society, 7 p.m., free/donation, Old Town House, U.S. Route 9, North Yarmouth, 595-2997.

Friday 5/8

Owls of Maine: Habitats and Adaptations of Maine's Native Owls, presentation by Chewonki, 10:30 a.m. - noon, Jeff P. Nixon Development Center, 225 Douglass St., Portland, registration required, sebagolake@pwd.org or 774-5961 ext. 3324.

Ongoing

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 sll@ceimaine.org.

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 immersionprograms.com

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 tellingroom.org.

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

Health & Support

Wednesday 4/29

"Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior," meditation course, 6:15-8 p.m. Wednesdays through June 3, $30, student discounts available, Portland Shambhala Meditation Center, 97 Newbury St., Portland, Karen Monahan, kmonahan@gwi.net, 846-1195, shambhalabp.org.

Thursday 4/30

"Separation, Divorce and the Adolescent," workshop for parents and professionals, 7-9 p.m., free, Kids First Center, 222 St. John St., Suite 101, Portland, register, 761-2709.

Friday 5/1

"Marriage of the Divine Feminine and Sacred Masculine," lecture by Matthew Fox, based on his new book "The Hidden Spirituality of Men," 7 p.m., $20, Trinity Episcopal Church, 580 Forest Ave., Portland, register, Angie Anrdt, chimeadmin@gmail.com or 846-6601.

Saturday 5/2

"Creativity: Where the Divine and Human Meet," Art as Meditation with Matthew Fox and Priscilla Dreyman of Spiral Arts, 9:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., $80, Trinity Episcopal Church, 580 Forest Ave., Portland, register, Angie Anrdt, chimeadmin@gmail.com or 846-6601.

Tuesday 5/5

Introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine Class, led by licensed acupuncturist Lynn MacDonald-Webber, 5:30 p.m., free and open to public, Coastal Wellness Family Chiropractic, 300 Ocean House Road, Cape Elizabeth, register, 799-9355.

Thursday 5/7

Bereavement Support Group, Thursdays through June 25, 6-7:30 p.m., closed to newcomers after May 21, The Cancer Community Center, 778 Main St., South Portland, register, Jani Druck, 774-2200, CancerCommunityCenter.org.

"Living a Long Time with Heart Disease," talk by cardiologist Charles M. Carpenter, Mended Hearts meeting, 7 p.m., open to heart survivors and their loved ones, Robyn Shaw 662-2543, mendedhearts.org.  

Friday 5/8

Labyrinth Walk, 4-8 p.m., free and open to public, Trinity Episcopal Church, 580 Forest Ave., Portland, 772-7421.

Ongoing

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

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 familylifeinstitute@ccmaine.org.

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 foodaddicts.org.

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.

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

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 Street, South Portland, 774-2200 or cancercommunitycenter.org.

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

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.

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.

Just for Seniors

Tuesday 5/5

"I remember Cape Elizabeth: Senior Stories, Extraordinary Memories," 10-11 a.m. and May 19, free and open to seniors from all communities, Cape Elizabeth Community Services building, Ocean House Road, Cape Elizabeth, register, Cape Elizabeth Community Services, 799-2868.

"Just Say NO! To Senior Scams," senior forum presented by The Cape Elizabeth / South Portland Triad, 1-2:30 p.m., free, Cape Elizabeth Town Center Fire Station, 325 Ocean House Road, Cape Elizabeth.  

Understanding Alzheimer's: Creating Moments of Success, 6:30- 8 p.m., free, Bay Square at Yarmouth, 27 Forest Falls Drive, Yarmouth, 846-0044.

Ongoing

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 propeople.org.

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 Street, Yarmouth.

Kids and Family Stuff

Wednesday 4/29

Third Annual Arts Night, art exhibit of work by students at Pond Cove School and Cape Elizabeth Middle School, 7-8:30 p.m., held at CEHS Middle School and Pond Cove School, Patty McCarthy, 799-8882.

Saturday 5/2

May Madness Theater Festival at Breakwater, "Elsewhere and Back," and "The Magic Finger," performance for children by A Company of Girls, 1 p.m. May 2 and May 9; 3 p.m. May 3 and May 10, $5, Breakwater School, 856 Brighton Ave., Portland, tickets, 874-2107.

Parents Exchange Spring Children's Fair, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Greely Middle School, Tuttle Road, Cumberland, Tyra Tarbox, PECFair@maine.rr.com, 829-5785, home.roadrunner.com/~pechildrensfair.

Ongoing

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 kitetails.com.

Children's Programs, "Baby Bounces" birth to 18 months Thursdays 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m., "Preschool Story Time" ages 3 and up Tuesday 10:30 a.m., "Toddler Tales and Tunes" ages 18-36 months Thursday at 10:30 a.m., "Kindertales" ages 3-7 Saturday 10:30 a.m., Scarborough Public Library, 48 Gorham Road, 883-4723.

Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co. and Museum, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., seven days a week, children 3-12, $1; 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.

Mid Coast

Benefits

Friday 5/1

The Mid Coast Hospital Auxiliary Annual Spring Used Book Sale, to benefit health career scholarships, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Cafe Conference Rooms, 123 Medical Center Drive, Brunswick, Becky Clow, 725-4144.

Saturday 5/2

AIDS Walk Weekend/Brunswick, to benefit Merrymeeting AIDS Support Services, 11:30 a.m. registration, 12 p.m. walk begins, meet at Brunswick Mall, Brunswick, register, 725-4955 or aidswalkweekend.com/brunswick. 

Annual Yard Sale, to benefit Bath United Methodist Church, 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 340 Oak Grove Ave., Bath, 443-6240. 

Dinner, Dance and Silent Auction, with cash bar, live music, to benefit the Perry Thibodeau family of Cumberland, 5:30-11 p.m., $30 adult / $50 couple, Knights of Columbus Hall, 2 Columbus Drive, Brunswick, tickets, thibodeaubenefit@yahoo.com or Kim Talbot, 725-5150.

May Day Yard Sale, to benefit Merrymeeting Community Shares, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., the Huse School, 39 Andrews Road, Bath. 

Pancake Breakfast, to benefit Morse Project Graduation, 7-11 a.m., $5 all you can eat, Starlight Cafe, 15 Lambart St., Bath. 

Sunday 5/3

Celebrate Logan: Moves and Grooves, fundraiser to raise awareness and money for Myocarditis in memory of Logan Sweet, with music, dancing, face painting, auction, informational booths, 3-5 p.m., Bowdoinham Community School, 23 Cemetery Road, Bowdoinham, Carolyn Sweet, 666-5544, livelife@logansweetfoundation.com, logansweetfoundation.com. 

Habitat Spring Walk, to benefit Habitat For Humanity / 7 Rivers Maine, 1:30 p.m. registration, 2 p.m. opening ceremony, 5 mile walk begins at Fairhaven Assembly of God, 34 Grover Lane, Brunswick, register, Michele, 386-5081, michele@habitat7rivers.org, habitat7rivers.org. 

"Songs From Yesteryear," with Ron Carroll and Friends, concert proceeds to benefit the Mid-Coast Hunger Prevention Program, 2 p.m. $10 advance / $12 door, Crooker Theater, Brunswick High School, Maquoit St., Brunswick, tickets available at Brunswick Hannafords and Gulf of Maine Bookstore, Ron Carroll, 725-6558. 

Ongoing

Bottle Drive, to benefit the BHS Class of '79 Get Involved Scholarship Fund; bring returnables to Don's Redemption Center, 51 Harpswell Road, Brunswick, call 798-9201.

Bulletin Board

Friday 5/1

May Day Celebration, 6:30 -8:30 p.m., Longfellow School, 21 Longfellow Ave., Brunswick, 319-1980. 

Village Improvement Association Annual Meeting, 3 p.m., Morrell Meeting Room, Curtis Memorial Library, Pleasant St., Brunswick, Betsy Schmidt, 729-8017.

Saturday 5/2

Bath Mayfair, events happening all day throughout Bath, event listings at downtown Bath businesses or visitbath.com, Main Street Bath, 442-7291.

Friday 5/7

Public Forum: Crime and the Economy, hosted by the Sagadahoc Community Justice Project, 6-8 p.m., the Holden Frost House, 24 Elm St., Topsham, mainecjp.org.

Ongoing

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

Donations wanted, for Mid Coast Hospital Auxiliary "Grand and Glorious Yard Sale," drop off gently used or new donations, Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. through May 9; rear entrance, Bookland Building, Cooks Corner, tax deductible receipts available, to arrange for pick up, call Dick Cote 443-4896 or cotedj@suscom-maine.net.

Ongoing

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

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 bigbbigs@bbbsbathbrun.org.

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.

Flying Changes Center for Therapeutic Riding needs volunteers who love horses, caring for them and learning to ride, 729-0168, located on Route 201 in Topsham.

Greater Bath Elder Outreach Network seeks volunteers to visit isolated seniors; volunteers matched according to interest, location and need; play cards, run errands, provide companionship; 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 michele@habitat7rivers.org.

Home to Home needs volunteers to help eliminate domestic violence when parents exchange their children for visitations, evenings at Mid Coast Hospital, 123 Medical Center Drive, Brunswick, 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.

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, formerly Senior Spectrum, needs volunteers for Meals on Wheels delivery and AARPs

Money Management Program, 6 Noble St., Brunswick, 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.

Gardens & Outdoors

Saturday 5/2

Bath Farmers Market Opening, 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Saturdays through Oct. 31, Waterfront Park, Bath, Karen Sparrow, 582-2213.

"This Place Matters!" Walking Tour of Downtown Brunswick, 10-11 a.m., meet at Curtis Memorial Library, Pleasant St., Brunswick, Historic Preservation Month 2009, sponsored by the Brunswick Village Review Board, call Brunswick Planning Department, 725-6660.

Vegetable Gardening, 10 a.m., free, Skillins Greenhouse, 422 Bath Road, Brunswick, 442-8111.

Sunday 5/3

“Exploring the Wild Orchids of New England,” 1 p.m., free, Morrell Meeting Room, Curtis Memorial Library, Pleasant St., Brunswick, hosted by Brunswick Park and Gardens, 833-5125.

Saturday 5/9

"This Neighborhood Matters!" self-guided tour to historic houses in Northwest Brunswick on Cumberland and High Streets, 10-11:30 a.m., meet greeter for self-guided tour map at 11 Cumberland St., Brunswick, Historic Preservation Month 2009, sponsored by the Brunswick Village Review Board, call Brunswick Planning Department, 725-6660.

Getting Smarter

Saturday 5/2

Theresa Amato, author of "The Grand Illusion: The Myth of Voter Choice in a Two-Party Tyranny," keynote at the State Convention of the League of Women Voters of Maine, 1-2:30 p.m., talk is free and open to public, Lancaster Lounge, Moulton Union, Bowdoin College, Brunswick.

Sunday 5/3

The Pejepscot Genealogy Society Meeting, "Old Stuff is New Stuff," talk by Dale Mower, 2 p.m. free, Morrell Meeting Room, Curtis Memorial Library, Pleasant St., Brunswick, 833-7371.

Monday 5/4

"Email Marketing for Artists," with Keith Spiro, 6 p.m., Frontier Cafe, 14 Maine St., Brunswick. $5 nonmembers, free for members, sponsored by Five Rivers Arts Alliance, fiveriversartsalliance.org, 798-6964.

 

Thursday 5/7

Greek Revival Lecture by Joyce Bibber, 7 p.m., free, Winter Street Center, 880 Washington St., Bath, hosted by Sagadahoc Preservation, sagadahocpreservation.org, 443-2174.

Ongoing

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

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.

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.

Health & Support

Friday 5/1

Weekend Training with Tina Zhang, martial arts and Qigong instructor, "Cultivating Energy through Practicing Internal Martial Arts," 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, $25; "Earth Qigong for Women," 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday, $80; "Classic Cheng Style Ba Gua Zhang," 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sunday, $80; Bowdoin College, register, www.qigongforwomen.com, Ken Ryan, kdryan@suscom-maine.net, 712-6264, mainecoasttaichi.com.

Wednesday 5/6

ACCESS Health, A Local Healthy Maine Partnership Annual Meeting, keynote by Carl M. Toney, 4-6:30 p.m., Mid Coast Hospital Cafe, 66 Baribeau Drive, Brunswick, register, 373-6973, or svannote@midcoasthealth.com.

Ongoing

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.

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.

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.

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

Ongoing

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, offered by Spectrum Generations, Brunswick Resource Center, 6 Noble St., Brunswick, 729-0475.

Merrymeeting Senior Citizens Club, potluck lunch and program, not affiliated with the church, meets third Tuesday of the month, United Baptist Church, 1 Elm St., Topsham, 725-7389.

Money Management Program, monthly budgeting help for low-income seniors, offered by Spectrum Generations, Brunswick Resource Center, 6 Noble St., Brunswick, 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 spectrumgenerations.org.

Kids and Family Stuff

Tuesday 4/28

After-school Archery Lessons, 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through May 19, free and open to children in the fourth grade or older, Huse School, 39 Andrews Road, Bath, register, 386-5151.

Friday 5/1

Kinder-Science: Creatures of Puddle & Pond, for ages 5-6 and caregiver, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Morrell Meeting Room, Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick, pre-register, 725-5242 ext. 225.

Ongoing

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 explorefrontier.com.