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Community Calendar: June 23 - July 4

Community

Community Calendar: June 23 - July 4

Greater Portland

Benefits

Used Books Wanted, for First Parish Church Yarmouth Clam Festival fundraiser, drop off books 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Monday-Friday, no textbooks/magazines, at First Parish Church, 116 Main St., Yarmouth, Barbara, 846-3773.

Thursday 6/24

South Freeport Church Strawberry Festival, with books, artwork, jewelry, raffles and more, proceeds from book sale benefits scholarship fund, 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, $5 Special Preview; 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. Friday, festival; 5:30-8 p.m. lobster dinner; 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., festival, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. lobster roll lunch, 865-4012 or southfreeportchurch.com.

Friday 6/25

South Freeport Church Strawberry Festival, with books, artwork, jewelry, raffles and more, proceeds from book sale benefits scholarship fund, 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, $5 Special Preview; 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. Friday, festival; 5:30-8 p.m. lobster dinner; 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., festival, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. lobster roll lunch, 865-4012 or southfreeportchurch.com.

Saturday 6/26

6th Annual Veg Fest, vegetarian food festival hosted by Maine Animal Coalition, food drive to benefit Wayside Kitchen & Food Rescue, with food samples, raffles, workshops and more, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., free admission/ donation of vegetarian non-perishable food item, East End Community Center, 195 North St., Portland, 773-2215.

Church Yard Sale, to benefit Thornton Heights United Methodist Church, 8 a.m.- 2 p.m., 100 Westbrook St., South Portland.

The Herbie Project, green and kiln-dried elm wood for sale, to benefit the Yarmouth Tree Trust, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m., $10 per board foot of kiln dried wood, JD Sullivan & Sons, U.S. Route 231, New Gloucester, 926-4948, FMI, The Herbie Project, 846-2406.

South Freeport Church Strawberry Festival, with books, artwork, jewelry, raffles and more, proceeds from book sale benefits scholarship fund, 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, $5 preview; 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. Friday, festival; 5:30-8 p.m. lobster dinner; 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Saturday, festival, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. lobster roll lunch, 865-4012 or southfreeportchurch.com.

Yarmouth AMVETS Block Party, to benefit Wounded Heroes in Maine, with live music, food, fun, 12-3 p.m., open to public, admission $3 adult/$1 child, hosted by Yarmouth AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary, Yarmouth AMVETS Hall, 148 North Road, Yarmouth, 239-7379.

Sunday 6/27

Nashville Flood Relief Benefit Show, with singer/songwriters Carolyn Currie and Jay Biddy, 2-4 p.m., BLUE, 650A Congress St., Portland, 774-4111, FMI, Bob McKillop, 272-2748, bobmckillop.com/nashvilleflood. 

Tuesday 6/29
 
Celebrating Life Fashion Show
, to benefit the Oncology-Hematology Center at Mercy Hospital, 6 p.m., $40 per person/ $500 table of 10, The Marriott Hotel, Sable Oaks Drive, South Portland, FMI, tickets at 879-3605 or mercyhospital.org.

Saturday 7/3

Mystic Folk Opera, music by Kristin DiCara and Nathan McClellan, to benefit The Autism Society of Maine, 7-9 p.m., $5-$10 suggested donation, JP Thornton's, South Portland, Jen Swarts, 400-6159.

Bulletin Board

Thursday 6/24

28th Annual Greek Food Festival, with live music, bazaar and more, 11 a.m.- 10 p.m. Thursday, 6/24 - Saturday, 6/26, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 133 Pleasant St., Portland, holytrinityportland.org.

35th Annual New Gloucester Strawberry Festival, sponsored by New Gloucester Historical Society, 6-8 p.m., Congo Church Vestry, 19 Gloucester Hill Rd., off Route 231, New Gloucester, Leonard L. Brooks, 926-3188.

PortConMaine 2010, anime and gaming convention, Thursday, 6/24 - Sunday 6/27, admission $25 one day/ $30 two days/ $35 three days, Wyndham Hotel, Maine Mall Road, South Portland, portconmaine.com.

Southern Maine Chapter of the American Red Cross Annual Meeting, 5:30 social hour, 6:30 p.m. dinner, 7:45 p.m. business meeting, free, Portland Elks Lodge, 1945 Congress St., Portland, register with David Thompson, 874-1192, ext 119 or thompsond@usa.redcross.org.

Friday 6/25

28th Annual Greek Food Festival, with live music, bazaar and more, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Thursday, 6/24 - Saturday, 6/26, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 133 Pleasant St., Portland, holytrinityportland.org.

PortConMaine 2010, anime and gaming convention, Thursday, 6/24-Sunday 6/27, admission $25 one day/ $30 two days/ $35 three days, Wyndham Hotel, Maine Mall Road, South Portland, portconmaine.com.

Saturday 6/26

28th Annual Greek Food Festival, with live music, bazaar and more, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Thursday, 6/24 - Saturday, 6/26, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 133 Pleasant St., Portland, holytrinityportland.org.

PortConMaine 2010, anime and gaming convention, Thursday, 6/24 - Sunday 6/27, admission $25 one day/ $30 two days/ $35 three days, Wyndham Hotel, Maine Mall Road, South Portland, portconmaine.com.

Strawberry Festival, 1-4 p.m., First Congregational Church of North Yarmouth, 3 Gray Road, North Yarmouth, Leah Davis, 829-6266.

Sunday 6/27

PortConMaine 2010, anime and gaming convention, Thursday, 6/24 - Sunday 6/27, admission $25 one day/ $30 two days/ $35 three days, Wyndham Hotel, Maine Mall Road, South Portland, portconmaine.com.

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

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

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

Call for Volunteers

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

Mercy Hospital in Yarmouth needs volunteers, contact Melissa Skahan, Manager of Mission Services, 879-3286 or skahanm@mercyme.com.

Volunteers Needed for Aug. 7 TD Bank Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race, Cape Elizabeth, returning volunteers and/or for best job selection, register by June 15 at beach2beacon.org, volunteers accepted up until race day.
 
Volunteer Executive Director Needed for Project FEED, an emergency food pantry serving Greater Portland, 10-12 hours a week, send letter of application or request information to jamesperley@gmail.com.

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.

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

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.

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

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 to two hours a day, 800-400-6325.

Fiddlehead Center for the Arts is looking for volunteers for ongoing projects and special events, earn credits in exchange for classes, ages 16+, Fiddlehead Center for the Arts, 383 U.S. Route 1, Scarborough, 883-5720, 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; volunteers for Greeter/Docent program, training, able to commit 3-4 hours at least every other week; and Jack or Jill of all trades to help with odd jobs and light maintenance, own tools and transportation necessary, Rita, 632-3011.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TogetherGreen Volunteers needed for conservation projects at Scarborough Marsh, call Audubon Center at 883-5100, or smac@maineaudubon.org.  

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

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

Volunteers needed at Mercy Hospital Yarmouth location, Monday through Fridays, 8 a.m.- 4 p.m., contact Melissa Skahan, Manager of Mission Services, 879-3286 or skahanm@mercyme.com.

Dining Out

Friday 6/25

Lobster Dinner, 5:30-8 p.m., $15/ $18 with steamers, South Freeport Church, 98 South Freeport Road, South Freeport.

Saturday 6/26

Bean Supper, 5-6 p.m., $7 adults/ $3 ages 5-12, West Falmouth Baptist Church, 18 Mountain Road, Falmouth, 797-4066.

Lobster Roll Lunch, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., $10, South Freeport Church, 98 South Freeport Road, South Freeport.

Public Baked Bean Supper
, 5-6:30 p.m., $7 adult/ $3 child, First Parish Congregational Church, 116 Main St., Yarmouth, 846-3773.

Roast Beef Dinner
, $8 adult/ $6 students/ $4 ages 12 and under, 4:30-6 p.m., Stevens Avenue Congregational Church UCC, 790 Stevens Ave., Portland, 797-4573.

Sunday 6/27

"Breakfast by the Sea," Pancake Breakfast, 8–11 a.m., $7 adult/ $4 ages 12 and under, Fifth Maine Regiment Museum, 45 Seashore Ave., Peaks Island, 766-3330.

Saturday 7/3

Baked Bean Supper,  4:30-6 p.m., $6 adult/ $3 child, North Pownal United Methodist Church, 871 Lawrence Road, Pownal, Caron 688-4101 or Karen 829-5470.

Sunday 7/4

Pancake and Sausage Breakfast, 7-10 a.m., $4 small order/ $5 large, St. Jude Church, Main and School Streets, Freeport, 846-5584.

Freeport First Parish Church Luncheon, lobster roll, shortcake and more, 11 a.m. start, 40 Main St., Freeport.

Ongoing

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

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

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

Gardens & Outdoors

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

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

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

Wednesday 6/23

Healthy Lawn Care Class, hosted by Cumberland County Soil & Water Conservation District and Town of Freeport, 6-8 p.m., free, pre-registration required, call Jami Fitch or Betty Williams at 892-4700, Freeport Community Center, Depot St., Freeport.

"Hiking Step by Step," workshop sponsored by Maine Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club, 6-9 p.m., free and open to public, South Portland Library, 482 Broadway, register, Joleen Rice, 892-2685.

Saturday 6/26

Secret Gardens of Portland Tour, 10 a.m.- 3:30 p.m., rain or shine, $15 advance/ $18 same day, tickets at Big Sky Bakery, Portland, Risbara's Greenhouse, Skillin's Greenhouses, or O'Donal's Nursery, benefits Portland Education Foundation.

Ongoing

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

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 6/23

Energy Efficiency for Existing Buildings, for residents and members of East Bayside and Munjoy Hill neighborhood organizations, presented by Chris Closs of Greater Portland Landmarks, and Peter Taggart of Taggart Construction, 6:30-8:30 p.m., free, St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St., Portland, Greater Portland Landmarks, 774-5561.

Thursday 6/24

"Gone with the Wind - FEMA's Coastal Flood Zones Move Inland Breakfast Seminar," panel discussion hosted by MEREDA, 7:30 a.m. buffet breakfast, 8-9 a.m. program, Clarion Hotel, 1230 Congress St., Portland pre-register $50 member/ $60 Non-Member, mereda.org.

Saturday 6/26

Free Foreclosure Prevention Clinics, hosted by The Maine Housing Counseling Network, 9 a.m. or 11 a.m.,  walk-ins welcome; participants encouraged to bring loan documents/ other relevant financial information, St. Pius X Church, 492 Ocean Ave., Portland, information, Maine State Foreclosure Prevention hotline 1-888-664-2569 or credit.maine.gov.

Tuesday 6/29

"Writing A Business Plan: Why you need one & when to revise it," 6-9 p.m., small fee, SCORE Offices, 100 Middle St., Second Floor, East Tower, Portland, scoremaine.com, 772-1147.

Tuesday 7/6

Diverse 2010,  International Conference on Using Technology in Education, Tuesday 7/6 - Thursday 7/8, USM Portland campus, register at 780-5055 or usm.maine.edu/pdc/diverse/presentations.html.

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.

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

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

The Telling Room, drop-in tutoring Tuesday and Thursday 2:30-4:30 p.m., various workshops available, 225 Commercial St., Suite 201, Portland, 321-2780 or 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 6/23

Parkinson's Support Group, 1-2 p.m., drop ins welcome, Bay Square at Yarmouth, 27 Forest Falls Dr., Yarmouth, Mary Wilson, 846-0044.

Friday 6/25

"Moms in Recovery Social," hosted by Portland Moms in Recovery Network, children, family welcome, with snacks, 10-11:30 a.m., The Salvation Army, 297 Cumberland Ave., Portland, 756-8053.

Sunday 6/27

Scarborough Churches Third Annual Ecumenical Service, 9:30 a.m., Memorial Park Gazebo, 259 U.S. Route 1, behind Scarborough Town Hall, sponsored by Scarborough Ministerial Association, rain location at Scarborough High School Auditorium, Rev. Dwayne Hopkins, 885-5821.

Monday 6/28

Alzheimer’s Yarmouth Conversation Group, 7-9 p.m., free and open to public, St. Bartholomew’s Church, 396 Gilman Road, Yarmouth, Darlene Field,  632-2605 or Lois Knight, 829-6164.

Tuesday 6/29

Free Intro Kripalu Yoga Classes, 7:15 a.m. flow, 5:30 p.m. Level 1-2 Tuesday; 9:30 a.m. Level 1, 6:30 p.m. Level 1-2, Wednesday, WholeHeart Yoga Center, 150 St. John St., Portland, 871-8274, wholeheartyoga.com.

Living Well for Better Health, 6-week program, 4-6 p.m. Tuesdays, June 29 – Aug. 3, Southern Maine Agency on Aging, 136 U.S. Route One, Scarborough, register, Anne Murray, 800-427-7411, ext. 529.

Wednesday 6/30

Free Intro Kripalu Yoga Classes, 9:30 a.m. Level 1; 6:30 p.m. Level 1-2, WholeHeart Yoga Center, 150 St. John St., Portland, 871-8274, wholeheartyoga.com.

Saturday 7/3

Freeport Church Community Service and Sing-a-long, hosted by First Parish Church UCC, 7 p.m., 40 Main St., Freeport.

Ongoing

"Better Breathing Buddies," support group for lung disease patients and caregivers, 2-3:30 p.m. first Tuesdays, Bayview Heights, 158 North St., Portland, dbaillargeon@maine.rr.com, 879-4373.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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., oamaine.org.

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

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

"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.

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

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

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

Just for Seniors

Sunday 6/27

Bay Square at Yarmouth Annual Open House and BBQ, assisted living facility open house, 12-2 p.m., 27 Forest Falls Dr., Yarmouth, Mary Willson, 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 St., Yarmouth.

Kids and Family Stuff

Thursday 6/24

“Jack and the Beanstock and the Two-Headed Ogre,” Scarborough Public Library Summer Reading Program launch, performance by the Little Red Wagon theater troupe, 3 p.m., free and open to public, Scarborough Library, Gorham Road, Scarborough, library.scarborough.me.us.

Friday 6/25

“The Impresario” and “The Night Bell,” PORTopera’s Young Artist Program, 7:30 p.m., Hannaford Hall, Portland, tickets at PortTix, 842-0800, porttix.com.

Saturday 6/26

Essex Vintage Baseball Game, open to all kids ages 6-10 years, play vintage baseball by 1860 rules; 11 a.m. game; with 2004, 2007 Red Sox Trophies on display, hotdogs, ice cream for sale, Little League field at L.L.Bean, Lower Main Street, Freeport, freeporthistoricalsociety.org.

Thursday 7/1

"Auricolae" Fairy Tales, Folklore and Fables, Story-Telling and Ice Cream Social, Family Event, 6:15 p.m., $5 per person/ $10 family, includes ice cream, Freeport Community Center, 53 Depot Road, Freeport, 761-4639.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mid Coast

Benefits

Easy Street Raffle, New England Youth Theater fundraiser, $25/ticket; 20 prizes plus $1,000 grand prize winner to be announced at June 27 performance of “13, a New Musical” at the Chocolate Church Arts Center, Bath, tickets, 798-6966.

Call to local artists, carpenters, craftspeople and birders: Habitat for Humanity seeking bird houses for September auction, entry form and guidelines, James, 386-5081, james@habitat7rivers.org; for information about Habitat programs or to volunteer, call 386-5081.

Friday 6/25

Annual Strawberry Festival, proceeds benefit First Parish of Brunswick Music Program, 11 a.m.- 2:30 p.m., Gazebo on Brunswick Mall, Barbara Clark, 725-2588.

Friday 7/2

Yard, Book and Plant Sale to benefit ArtVan Program, providing art therapy to low-income children and teens, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., United Baptist Church, 1 Elm St., Topsham, information, Jamie Silvestri, jamie@artvanprogram.org, 650-1608; to donate items, Miranda McCrum, 798-5540, mmccrum@suscom-maine.net.

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

Wednesday 6/23

Mid-Coast Retired Educators Association meeting, 11:30 a.m., 12:45 p.m. program, open to public, with Misty Gorski from the Friends of Merrymeeting Bay organization, Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road, members reminded to bring plants for fundraiser sale, information, Peg Newberg, 833-6336.

Friday 6/25

Curtis Friends Library Book Sale, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Brunswick Junior High School gymnasium, 65 Columbia Ave., Brunswick, 725-5242, curtislibrary.com.

Saturday 6/26

Curtis Friends Library Book Sale, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Brunswick Junior High School gymnasium, 65 Columbia Ave., Brunswick, 725-5242, curtislibrary.com.

Contemplative Photography and Meditation Workshop, Saturday, June 26 & Sunday, June 27, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., $150 fee, open to public, Brunswick Shambhala Meditation Center, 19 Mason St., contact Rebekah Younger, rebekah@suscom-maine.net, 443-8649.

Sunday 6/27

Curtis Friends Library Book Sale, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Brunswick Junior High School gymnasium, 65 Columbia Ave., Brunswick, 725-5242, curtislibrary.com.

Monday 6/28

Senator Collins' office hours with Staff Assistant Chuck Mahaleris, assistance with federal issues and agencies, Social Security, veterans affairs, citizenship, immigration, no appointment necessary; West Bath Town Hall, 219 Fosters Point Road, West Bath, 9-10 a.m.; Woolwich Town Hall, 13 Naquesset Road, Woolwich, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; Harpswell Town Office, 263 Mountain Road, Harpswell, 3-4 p.m., questions, 780-3575.

Wednesday 6/30

Cundys Harbor Library 50th Anniversary Celebration, 7-8:30 p.m., Cundy’s Harbor Library, 935 Cundy’s Harbor Road,Harpswell, 725-1461.

Thursday 7/1

Book Sale by The Friends of the Patten Free Library, July 1-4; Thursday 5-8 p.m. preview sale for members, $10 memberships available at the door; Friday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., The Minnie Brown Center, Washington St., across from Library Park, Bath, information, 443-5141.

Friday 7/2

2010 Bath Heritage Days kick off, Main Street, Bath, this year’s theme, “A Great Place in America!” four-day event, for the latest information and happenings, visit bathheritagedays.com.

Book Sale by The Friends of the Patten Free Library, July 1-4; Thursday 5-8 p.m. preview sale for members, $10 memberships available at the door; Friday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., The Minnie Brown Center, Washington St., across from Library Park, Bath, information, 443-5141.

Saturday 7/3

Art in the Park, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., rain or shine, prizes awarded, for application go to Heritage Days 2010 at visitbath.com, information, Tory Jackson, tory@suscom-maine.net, 443-8916.

Book Sale by The Friends of the Patten Free Library, July 1-4; Thursday 5-8 p.m. preview sale for members, $10 memberships available at the door; Friday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., The Minnie Brown Center, Washington St., across from Library Park, Bath, information, 443-5141.

Sunday 7/4

Art in the Park, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., rain or shine, prizes awarded, for application go to Heritage Days 2010 at visitbath.com, information, Tory Jackson, tory@suscom-maine.net, 443-8916.

Book Sale by The Friends of the Patten Free Library, July 1-4; Thursday 5-8 p.m. preview sale for members, $10 memberships available at the door; Friday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., The Minnie Brown Center, Washington St., across from Library Park, Bath, information, 443-5141.

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

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.

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

Habitat for Humanity / 7 Rivers Maine needs volunteers at ReStore in Bath, minimum four-hour shift commitment, 386-5081 or michele@habitat7rivers.org.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dining Out

Saturday 6/26

Baked bean & casserole supper, 4:30-6 p.m., adults $7 / children $3.50, The Bath Area Senior Center, 45 Floral St., Bath, 443-4937.

Saturday 7/3

Pancake breakfast fundraiser to benefit the Abbot Fletcher Sailing School's Racing Program at Orr's-Bailey Yacht Club, 8-10 a.m., adults $7, children $5, information, Sue Baker, 833-7745.

Gardens/Outdoors

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

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

Getting Smarter

Friday 6/25

"Staying Relevant" by Captain Andy Chase of the Maine Maritime Academy, free, donations accepted, 7 p.m., Sharp’s Point South, 75 Mechanic St., Rockland, 594-2230, sailpowersteam.org.

Saturday 6/26

Schooner Ride on Casco Bay with Merrymeeting Adult Education, $49/person, includes round trip transportation from Topsham and ticket for two-hour schooner ride, bus departs 9:30 a.m. from Topsham Fair Mall, cruise at 1 p.m., for those age 12 and older, to register or for information, merrymeeting.org, 729-7323.

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.

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

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

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

Health & Support

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.

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.

Ongoing

12 Step Recovery Program, Wednesdays 6 p.m., food, group meetings, contact Jeff Rogers, jeff4bath@yahoo.com, Compass Point Community Church, 119 Old Bath Rd.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

Just for Seniors

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 and disable adults, offered by Spectrum Generations, 12 Main St., Topsham, 729-0475.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kids and Family Stuff

Friday 6/25

Nature's Fireworks, The Children's Hour at Frontier Café, with Jocelyn Hubbell, toddlers to six-year-olds and caregiver (siblings welcome), songs, stories, a simple craft, 10-11 a.m., sponsored by Cornerstones of Science, cornerstonesofscience.org, Frontier Cafe cinema room, Fort Andross, Brunswick.

Sunday 7/4

4th of July Fun and Games event, races, contests, more, free, 10-11:30 a.m. at the mall in Brunswick, hosted by The Rotary Club and The Town of Brunswick.

Ongoing

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

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

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