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Community Calendar May 6-May 17

Community

Community Calendar May 6-May 17

Greater Portland

Benefits

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.

The Strangely Possibles, CD release party and benefit for the Scarborough Land Conservation Trust, 6:30 p.m., $5 donation, 21+, una Winebar and Nightclub, 505 Fore St., Portland, unawinebar.com.

Friday 5/8

The Bids for Kids Auction, to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters, 5:30 p.m. silent auction, 8 p.m. live auction, followed by live jazz and light dinner buffet, tickets, $50, Holiday Inn by the Bay, 88 Spring St., Portland, Monica Bowman, 773-5437 or monica.bowman@somebigs.org.

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

5K Run for Hope, to benefit McAuley High School, 8 a.m. registration, 10 a.m. 5K run, 10:15 a.m. 2.5 mile walk, $15 registration, Catherine McAuley High School, 631 Stevens Ave., Portland, McAuleyhs.org,  McAuley5k@yahoo.com, Rita, 899-0981.

Flamingo-a-go-go, to benefit People's Regional Opportunity Program, cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, music and dancing, with DJ Rob Steele from Q-97.9; 7 p.m., $35, Ocean Gateway Terminal, Portland, 553-5804.

The Greater Portland Habitat for Humanity Annual 4 Mile Walk Fundraiser, 7:30–10:30 a.m. registration, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 43 Foreside Road, Falmouth, 7-9 a.m. complimentary breakfast for registered walkers and supporters, register, firstgiving.com/habitatme.org or firstgiving.com/planetdog.org.

Holy Martyrs Rummage and White Elephant Sale, 8:30-11 a.m., 266 Foreside Road, Falmouth, 781-2705.

St. Ansgar Evangelical Lutheran Church Yard Sale, to benefit Vacation Bible School programs, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., 515 Woodford St., Portland, rain date May 16, 774-8740.

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.

Tuesday 5/12

Nascar-style Fundraiser, to benefit Windham Summerfest, 7 p.m., free, Victory Lane Indoor Karting, 1173 Riverside St., Portland, to sponsor a driver, or enter, call Josh, 939-3904.

Wednesday 5/13

Antiques Appraisal Fair
, with Thomaston Place Auction Galleries, to benefit the Freeport Community Library, 12-5 p.m., donation of $10 appraisal / $25 for 3 appraisals, Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Drive, Freeport.

Thursday 5/14

"Shoot for ALAME," hosted by The Ashby Team's Trek Across Maine Team, co-hosted by The Portland Club and Black Tie Catering, to benefit the American Lung Association of Maine, Whistle-Stop Pool Tournament, Wii competition, auction, music, food and drinks, 6-11 p.m., The Portland Club, 156 State St., Portland, tickets, $20 advance / $25 door, 797-0000.

Saturday 5/16

Art Auction
, to benefit The Carlo Pittore Foundation for the Figurative Arts, with live music, cocktails, silent and live auction, 6 p.m.,  51 Deering St., Portland, carlopittorefoundation.org, register,  info@carlopittorefoundation.org, 503-686-4621.

Benefit Pancake Breakfast and Plant Sale, to benefit the Alzheimer's Association Maine Chapter, 8-10:30 a.m. breakfast, $5 adult / $3.50 child, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. plant sale, Bay Square at Yarmouth, 27 Forest Falls Drive, Yarmouth, 846-0044.

Great Strides Walk for Cystic Fibrosis, around Back Cove 9 a.m. registration, meet at St. Pius X Church, Ocean Ave., Portland,, Linda Storey, 829-3951.

"A Night of Laughs," with comedian Bob Marley, to benefit Yarmouth Football, 6 p.m., $15; Yarmouth High School auditorium, 286 West Elm St., Yarmouth, tickets, 846-4430; 4-6 p.m., $6, food provided by Bruce's Burrito, reservations required. 

Ongoing

"Days of Disaster" fundraising campaign for The American Red Cross of Southern Maine and the United Valley American Red Cross, raise money for disaster services and preparedness in United Valley and Southern Maine, day or week calendar donations/sponsorships, $248.62 day / $1533 week, campaign through June 15, daysofdisaster.org or 874-1192 ext. 108 in southern Maine or 795-4004 ext. 301 in central Maine. 

Bulletin Board

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.

"How Do Green Spaces Fit Into Your Life?" Friends of the Eastern Promenade membership launch, 5:30-7 p.m., East End Community School cafeteria, corner of Eastern Prom and North St., Portland, Ann Archino Howe, sustainabledesign@maine.rr.com, 775-7515 or FriendsofEasternPromenade.org. 

Saturday 5/9

Coffee Fest, with Coffee By Design's Allan Spear and Mary Allen Lindemann, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., free, PeRx-U-Up Cafe at Apothecary by Design, 84 Marginal Way, 899-0969 or apothecarybydesign.com.

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 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 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 5/9

Public Church Supper, 5 p.m., $7 adult / $3 child, First Parish Church, 40 Main St., Freeport, 865-6622.

Gardens & Outdoors

Wednesday 5/6

Opening Day, Cumberland Farmers Market, 12-4 p.m., Walmart parking lot, U.S. Route 1, Falmouth, Leslie Fitzgerald, market.gal09@gmail.com.

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.

Opening Day, Cumberland Farmers Market, 8:30 a.mm.-12 p.m., 290 Tuttle Road, Cumberland, Leslie Fitzgerald, market.gal09@gmail.com.

Saturday 5/16

Spring Plant Sale, hosted by The Southern Maine Daylily and Hosta Society, 8 a.m.-12 p.m., Horticulture Building, Southern Maine Community College, Slocum Drive, South Portland.

Ongoing

Hort Shorts & More education series, classes began 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

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.

Tuesday 5/12

"Starting Your Own Business: Everything you need to know," 6-9 p.m., Portland SCORE, 100 Middle St., Second Floor, East Tower, Portland, scoremaine.com, 772-1147.

Thursday 5/14

"Managing Money in Tough Times," with Jackie Wiegleb of Consumer Credit Counseling Services, 5-6:30 p.m., free, hosted by Town & Country, 557 Main St., South Portland, 773-5656 ext. 5330.

Saturday 5/16

Canoe/Kayak Trip Planning Class, with Stephanie and Eric Buckley, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., $30 adult / $60 family, Wolfe's Neck Farm, 184 Burnett Road, Freeport, 725-7897, or Wolfe's Neck Farm, 865-4363.

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

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.

Monday 5/11

Savvy Caregiver Training for Caregivers of People with Dementia, 12-hour training, 3 p.m. Tuesdays, May 19-June 23, must attend all six sessions, hosted by the Southern Maine Agency on Aging, 136 U.S. Route 1, Scarborough, register by May 11, Kate Dulac, 1-800-427-7411 ext. 558.

Tuesday 5/12

"Current Concepts in Stroke," program presented by Women Together of First Parish Congregational Church and PenBay Medical Center Primary Stroke Center 7 p.m., free, First Parish Church, 116 Main St., Yarmouth, 846-3773.

Saturday 5/16

The Maine Buddy Program Training Session,  for cancer survivors and co-survivors volunteers, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Cancer Community Center, South Portland, Jani Druck, 774-2200, Jani@CancerCommunityCenter.org.  

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

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

Friday 5/8

"Raggedy Anne & Andy," presented by Children's Theatre of Maine, 4 p.m. Fridays; 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturdays; 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sundays, through May 17, $7 nonmember / $6 members, Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine, 142 Free St., Portland, tickets, 828-1234 ext. 231, kitetails.org.

Saturday 5/9

May Celebration and Medieval Faire, family day of festive activities with Maypole dancing, games, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., free admission, Merriconeag Waldorf School, 57 Desert Road, Freeport, 865-3900, merriconeag.org. 

"Raggedy Anne & Andy," presented by Children's Theatre of Maine, 4 p.m. Fridays; 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturdays; 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sundays, through May 17, $7 nonmember / $6 members, Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine, 142 Free St., Portland, tickets, 828-1234 ext. 231, kitetails.org. 

The Saturday Show with storyteller Deena R.Weinstein and Company, 12 p.m., $8 adult / $5 child, St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St., Portland, 775-5568.

Sunday 5/10

"Raggedy Anne & Andy," presented by Children's Theatre of Maine, 4 p.m. Fridays; 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturdays; 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sundays, through May 17, $7 nonmember / $6 members, Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine, 142 Free St., Portland, tickets, 828-1234 ext. 231, kitetails.org.  

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 5/8

Coffin School Auction, fundraiser for playground equipment and field trips, 6:30 p.m. auction begins, free admission and child care, refreshments served, 20 Barrows St., Brunswick, Stacey Backman, sab@ceimaine.org. 

In Good Faith, Christian rock concert, fundraiser for the Brunswick United Methodist Church, 6:30 p.m. social with band members; 7:15 p.m. concert, $5, Brunswick Junior High School, 65 Columbia Ave., Brunswick, Steve, 751-9060 or Steve@stevecaron.com.

Saturday 5/9

Mud Boots & Black Flies, Annual Fundraiser for the Chocolate Church Arts Center, dinners hosted at homes in Bath, dessert and dance reception to follow at Bath Country Club, $30-$35, tickets, Chocolate Church Arts Center, 442-8455, chocolatechurcharts.org. 

Spaghetti Dinner and Auction, to benefit Morse Project Graduation, 6 p.m. dinner, with auction to follow, $7 adult / $4 student or child, Bath Elks Club, 9 Lambard St., Bath, tickets, Now You're Cooking, Mrs. Wilson at Morse High School, or Terina Reno, 443-5319.

Friday 5/15

Preview Party of Mid Coast Hospital Auxiliary's Grand & Glorious Yard Sale, to benefit the Mid Coast Hospital Auxiliary's Health Career Scholarships and Hospital/Community programs, 6-8:30 p.m., $15, former Bookland Building, Cooks Corner Mall, Brunswick, Sheila Weeks, 833-0018.

Saturday 5/16

Hot Pursuit 5K Road Race, hosted by The Brunswick Police Benefit Association, to benefit Brunswick community programs and Maine Chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors to assist surviving families of officers killed in the line of duty; strollers and walkers welcome, $15 preregister / $20 race day, register, Sgt. Russ Wrede, rwrede@brunswickpd.org or 725-5521 ext. 106; brunswickpd.org. 

Mid Coast Hospital Auxiliary's Grand & Glorious Yard Sale, to benefit the Mid Coast Hospital Auxiliary's Health Career Scholarships and Hospital/Community programs, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday; 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Sunday, former Bookland Building, Cooks Corner Mall, Brunswick, Kay Greenwood, 833-0907.

Tri-County Literacy Scrabble Challenge, to benefit Tri-County Literacy, 12:30 p.m. registration, 1-4 p.m. competition, $10, Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick, Tri-County Literacy, 443-6384
or literacyvolunteers@tricountyliteracy.org.

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 5/7

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.

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.

Tuesday 5/12

The Mid-Coast Retired Educators Association meeting, 11:30 a.m., Bath Vocational Center, 826 High St., Bath, Peg Newberg, 833-6336.

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.

Dining Out

Saturday 5/16

Pulled Pork Supper, 4:30-6:30 p.m., $7 adult / $3.50 child, Bath United Methodist Church, 340 Oak Grove Ave., Bath, 443-4707.

Gardens & Outdoors

Monday 5/11

"Gardening to Attract and Conserve Beneficial Insects and Spiders," by Mike Sowers, Cumberland County Master Gardener, 7 p.m., free and open to public, Morrell Meeting Room, Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick, hosted by Brunswick Park and Gardens, 833-5125.

Saturday 5/16

Harpswell's Austin Cary Lot Guided Walk, hosted by Friends of Baxter State Park, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., meet at parking lot on Long Reach Lane before Harpswell Islands School, Barbara Bentley, 542-5207, friendsofbaxter.org.

Getting Smarter

Tuesday 5/12

Humphrey's Shipyard Lecture with Chris Gutschera, sponsored by the Pejepscot Historical Society, 7:30 p.m., Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick, 729-6606.

Thursday 5/14

"1948 and Today: Palestinian Refugees and the Impact on the Current Mid East Peace Process" by associate professor of history Susan Tananbaum, Community Lecture Series, 12:30 p.m., free and open to public, Moulton Union, Main Lounge, Bowdoin College, 725-3253.

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

Wednesday 5/13

"How to Wear your Genes," health seminar for women, 6-7 p.m., free, Board Room, Parkview Adventist Medical Center, 329 Maine St., Brunswick, Lisa Personett, 373-2216 or parkviewamc.org/events.

Open House, hearing screenings and workshop on hearing aid technology, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. screenings; 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. workshop, free, hosted by Pine Tree Society's Audiology program, 149 Front St., Bath, 443-3341, pinetreesociety.org.

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

Wednesday 5/13

Science Sleuths: Pond Science, for ages 7-12 and caregiver, 6:30-7:30 p.m., free, Morrell Meeting Room, Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick, register, 725-5242 ext. 225, sponsored by Cornerstones of Science.

Songs & Stories From Around The World, Morning Storytelling With Janice O'Rourke, for ages 6 and under, 10-11 a.m., Frontier Cafe, Fort Andross Mill 3, 14 Maine St., Brunswick, 725-5222, explorefrontier.com. 

Thursday 5/14

Women & Science: with Diane Cowan of The Lobster Conservancy, for girls ages 10-19, 6:30-7:30 p.m., free, Morrell Meeting Room, Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick, register, 725-5242 ext. 225, sponsored by Cornerstones of Science.

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.