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Community Calendar: June 17 - June 28

Community

Community Calendar: June 17 - June 28

Greater Portland

Benefits

Thursday 6/18

Fundraising Gala, to benefit The Cromwell Center for Disabilities Awareness, reception, formal dinner, silent and live auctions, Marriott Sable Oaks, South Portland, tickets, 775-9955 or www.cromwellcenter.org.

"Taste of the Nation," annual food and wine event presented by Share Our Strength Southern Maine, to benefit local nonprofits fighting childhood hunger, $75 adult / $125 VIP, SMCC campus, South Portland, tickets online only, www.sosportland.org. 

Friday 6/19

Annual Church Yard Sale, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday and Saturday, rain or shine, Falmouth Congregational Church, 267 Falmouth Road, Falmouth, 781-3413. 

Brett Cooper ALS Benefit Concert, with music by Murder of Crows, Grupo Esperanza, Dave Gutter, Dominic and the Lucid, Nigel Hall, John Nolan, Jerks of Grass, Tony McNaboe, Royal Hammer, Plains, DJ Boondocks, and DJ Greymatter, 7 p.m., $8 adult / $18 VIP, tickets, Port City box office or 899-4990, Port City Music Hall, Congress St., Portland, portcitymusichall.com.

The Friends of the Scarborough Public Library Annual Used Book Sale, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday; bargain day, 12-5 p.m. Sunday, Scarborough Public Library, 48 Gorham Road, Scarborough, 883-4723, www.scarboroughcrossroads.org/libraryfriends.

Saturday 6/20

14th Annual Close to the Coast 5K and 10K Road Race, sponsored by the Freeport Rotary Club, proceeds benefit student scholarships and community services, 7:15-8:45 a.m. registration, 9 a.m. race starts, $15, Winslow Park, Freeport, advance registration, www.active.com, Dr. Hendricks, drjah@suscom-maine.net, 865-1183. 

Annual Church Yard Sale, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday and Saturday, rain or shine, Falmouth Congregational Church, 267 Falmouth Road, Falmouth, 781 - 3413. 

Church Yard Sale Fundraiser, 7a.m.-3 p.m., Stevens Avenue Congregational Church, 790 Stevens Ave., Portland, 797-4573.

The Friends of the Scarborough Public Library Annual Used Book Sale, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday; bargain day, 12-5 p.m. Sunday, Scarborough Public Library, 48 Gorham Road, Scarborough, 883-4723, www.scarboroughcrossroads.org/libraryfriends.

Used Book and DVD Sale, to benefit Friends of Feral Felines, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Williston West Church, 32 Thomas St., Portland, 797-3014, www.feralfelines.net.

Wolfe's Neck Art Fest, to benefit Wolfe's Neck Farm Foundation, silent auction, children's activities, food, music and more, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., free admission, 184 Burnett Road, Freeport, Myra, 865-4469.

Sunday 6/21

The Friends of the Scarborough Public Library Annual Used Book Sale, bargain day, 12-5 p.m., Scarborough Public Library, 48 Gorham Road, Scarborough, 883-4723, www.scarboroughcrossroads.org/libraryfriends.

Saturday 6/27

Birth Roots Perinatal Resource Center Benefit Yard Sale, baby, children's items, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., 90 Clinton St., Portland.

Home Run Derby Fundraiser, to benefit Falmouth Little League, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., kids and adults welcome to play, $10 entry fee, checks made out to FLL, mail to Matt Rogers, 10 Streamwood Lane, Falmouth, ME 04105, questions, Julie Otte
JulieMomOtter@aol.com, 781-2322.

Bulletin Board

Thursday 6/18

Maine Philanthropy Center Annual Meeting, 3-5 p.m., reception to follow, $20 member/$40 nonmember, Abromson Center, USM Portland campus, 780-5039, mpc@mainephilanthropy.org. 

PortConMaine, anime and gaming conference, June 18 - 21, register, www.portconmaine.com, Wyndham Hotel, 363 Maine Mall Road, Portland.

Friday 6/19

PortConMaine, anime and gaming conference, June 18 - 21, register, www.portconmaine.com, Wyndham Hotel, 363 Maine Mall Road, Portland.

Saturday 6/20

Blacksmithing Demonstration, by Tim Greene, free and open to public, Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, U.S. Route 26, New Gloucester.

Thursday 6/25

The 34th Annual New Gloucester Strawberry Festival, 6-8 p.m., Congregational Church Vestry, Gloucester Hill Road, hosted by New Gloucester Historical Society.

Saturday 6/27

Church Strawberry Festival, 1-4 p.m., First Congregational Church, 3 Gray Road, North Yarmouth, Karen, 829-3644.

Civil War Day on Peaks Island, with guest speaker, music, military demonstrations and tours, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., free admission, Fifth Maine Regiment Museum, 45 Seashore Ave., Peaks Island, Kim, 766-3330 or fifthmaine@juno.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

Wednesday 6/17

Kotzschmar Organ Docent Program, training begins June 17, call Kathleen Grammer, Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ, info@foko.org, 553-4363, www.foko.org.

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; 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.

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 6/20

Baked Bean Supper, 4:30-6 p.m., $7 adult / $3 child, West Scarborough United Methodist Church, 2 Church St. and U.S. Route 1, Scarborough, 883-2814, www.wsumc.us.

Lobster Roll Meal and Bake Sale, 4:30-6:30 p.m., $10, First United Methodist Church, 179 Ridgeland Ave., South Portland.

Friday 6/26

Lobster Dinner, 5:30-8 p.m., $15, South Freeport Church, corner of South Freeport Road and Pine St., 232-6977.

Saturday 6/27

Bean Supper, 5-6:30 p.m., West Falmouth Baptist Church, 18 Mountain Road, Falmouth. $7 adult / $3 child ages 5-12, under 5 free, 797-4066. 

Lobster Roll Lunch, 11:30-1 p.m., $10; hot dog lunch for $5, South Freeport Church, corner of South Freeport Road and Pine St., 232-6977.

Pancake Breakfast, 8 - 11 a.m., $6 adult / $4 child under 12, Fifth Maine Regiment Museum, 45 Seashore Ave., Peaks Island, Kim, 766-3330, www.fifthmainemuseum.org. 

Gardens & Outdoors

Wednesday 6/17

Opening Day, free house and garden tours, with spinning demonstrations, heirloom tulips, story-telling, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Tate House Museum, 1270 Westbrook St., Portland, 774-6177, www.tatehouse.org.

Thursday 6/18

Peony Bloom Ice-Cream Social and Annual Meeting, 5:30-6:30 p.m. meeting; recognition and ice cream, 6:30-8 p.m., free, Maine Audubon, Gilsland Farm Road, Falmouth, register, 781-2330, ext. 234, gcorreia@maineaudubon.org.

Saturday 6/20

Bird and Tree Identification Walk, Community Forest Discovery Day, 8-10:30 a.m., free and open to public, Arnold Family Forest Blair Addition, South Freeport, meet to carpool at Freeport Wild Bird Supply store, 541 U.S. Route 1, Suite 10, Freeport, newenglandforestry.org or 978-952-6856

Casco Bay Walk, guided nature programs, 2 p.m., free with park admission, Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park, 426 Wolf Neck Road, Freeport, 865-4465.

Sunday 6/21

Osprey Watch, guided nature programs, 2 p.m., free with park admission, Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park, 426 Wolf Neck Road, Freeport, 865-4465.

Wednesday 6/24

"Healing Properties of Plants," talk by Karen Kimball, Micmac healer and Master Gardener, $8, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.; and "Salves and Ointments Demonstration," by Karen Kimball, free, 1-3 p.m., Tate House Museum, 1270 Westbrook St., Portland, register, 774 6177, www.tatehouse.org.

Friday 6/26

"Yardscaping at Back Cove," Portland Trails Discovery Trek Series, 5:30 p.m., free for members / $5 suggested donation for nonmembers, meet at the Preble Street Ext. parking lot at Back Cove Trail near I-295, Portland Trails, 775-2411, trails.org/events.html.

Saturday 6/27

"Butterflies of Gilsland Farm," help Maine Butterfly Survey monitors, 1-3 p.m., $6 member / $8 nonmember, Gilsland Farm Audubon Center, Gilsland Farm Road, Falmouth, 781-2330.

Ongoing

Hort Shorts & More education series, 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.

Cumberland Farmers Market, 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m., 290 Tuttle Road, Cumberland; 12-4 p.m., Walmart parking lot, U.S. Route 1, Falmouth; Leslie Fitzgerald, market.gal09@gmail.com.

True Tales Tours of Portland, historic downtown walking tour with Harlan Baker, 3:45 p.m. tours leave from Monument Square, Thursdays-Saturdays, rain or shine, 2 hours, $22; 712-0228 or www.harlanbaker.com.  

Getting Smarter

Wednesday 6/17

"The Obama Administration, the Netanyahu Government, and the Arab-Israeli Conflict: What Can We Expect?" talk by Dr. Dina Spechler, 6:45 p.m., Congregation Shaarey Tphiloh, 76 Noyes St., Portland, 773-0693, www.mainesynagogue.org.

Thursday 6/18

Introduction to Beekeeping, 6-8 p.m., $25 adult / $50 family, Wolfe's Neck Farm, 184 Burnett Road, Freeport, 865-4363. 

"Using LinkedIn to Enhance Your Business Presence," Lunch & Learn Monthly Workshops for Entrepreneurs, 12-2 p.m., $10 / free USM students, room 214, Abromson Center, USM Portland, register, workshops@mced.biz or to prepay and purchase lunch, www.mced.biz, 228-8524.

Friday 6/19

"Cleaning Telescope and Camera Lens Optics and Telescope Collimation," presented by Southern Maine Astronomers, 7 p.m.; 6:30 p.m. beginners class, free, Cumberland Congregational Church, 242 Main St., Cumberland, www.southernmaineastronomers.org.

Saturday 6/20

Blue Ribbon Panel on Forensic Sciences, hosted by American Academy of Forensic Scientists, Saturday and Sunday, Inn on Peaks Island, Thomas L. Bohan, 766-3184 or 318-7011.

Tuesday 6/23

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

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

Tuesday 6/16

"The Effects of Addiction on Friends and Family," 6-7:30 p.m., Tuesdays through June 23, $25 session, Crossroads for Women, 66 Pearl St., Suite 202, Portland, register, 773-9931 or info@crossroadsforwomen.org.

Friday 6/12

Lecture on Nutritionals, with Roger Drummer, certified nutritionist and NCCAOM diplomate of Chinese herbology, 6:45 p.m., $5 door / free admission with advance registration, call 767-4622, Abromson Center, Bedford St., USM Portland.

"Together at Shabbat" service, presented by Jewish Family Services and Southern Maine Agency on Aging, 4 p.m., Shaarey Tphiloh, Portland, reservations, Karli Jaffe, 772-1959. 

Victory Lap and Survivor Reception, Relay For Life, hosted by The American Cancer Society, 6 p.m. opening ceremony, followed by victory lap and reception, South Portland High School, Highland Ave., South Portland, American Cancer Society, 1-800-ACS-2345 or www.relayforlife.org/southportlandme.  

Women's Wellness Weekend, various services offered by Healthy Body Fit Mind, Chiropractic Healing Arts Center, Madison Square Hair Salon & Spa and Soma Massage & Wellness, June 12-14, South Portland, 767-4499 or 799-0972. 

Thursday 6/18

Labyrinth Walk, 4-8 p.m., all welcome, Trinity Episcopal Church, 580 Forest Ave., Portland, 772-7421.

Tuesday 6/23

"Stand Strong Workshop,"
mens health workshop hosted by Community Chiropractic of Maine, 6:30-7:30 p.m., free, 222 St. John St., Suite 216, Portland, register, 774-2663.

Ongoing

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

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 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.

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, www.HopeHealing.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., www.oamaine.org.

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

Thursday 6/18

AARP Driver Safety Course, for drivers age 50 and older, 8:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m., $12 members / $14 nonmembers, AARP Maine State Office, 1685 Congress St., Portland, register, John Hammon, 655-4943, class size limited, www.home.earthlink.net/~drivesafe-me.

Tuesday 6/23

"Outwit Memory Loss & Reduce the Risk of Alzheimer's Disease," talk by Lucie Arbuthnot, Ph.D., sponsored by Alzheimer's Association, Maine Chapter, 2-3:30 p.m., free and open to public, Bay Square at Yarmouth, 27 Forest Falls Drive, reservations, 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

Saturday 6/20

Freeport Family Fun Day, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. free family activities, games; free park admission all day, 9 a.m. "Close to the Coast Run," 5K and 10K races to benefit the Freeport Rotary and Scholarship Funds, 7:30 a.m. registration, 9 a.m. race starts, Nelson Larkins, 791-3222, pre-register, www.active.com; Winslow Memorial Park, Staples Point Road, Freeport, Bart, 865-9052.

Friday 6/26

Magic by Scott Jameson, performance to kick-off library summer reading program, 3 p.m., free, Scarborough Public Library, 48 Gorham Road, Scarborough, www.library.scarborough.me.us, 883-4723 ext. 3.

Saturday 6/27

Multimedia Family Music Show, CD release performance of Shana Barry's new family album, "A Pink Whale and a Very Tall Tree," 2 p.m., $8, Space Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland, 828-5600 or www.Fofers.com. 

Random Fun Day, BBQ, concert, games, moon bounce and more, hosted by Random Acts of Maine, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., free/donations accepted, The First Baptist Church, Canco Road, Portland, 576-6047, www.randomactsofmaine.com.

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 6/19

"Camp 4 a Cure," camp-out fundraiser in support of Alzheimer's Association Memory Walks, Winship Green Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, 51 Winship St., Bath, Julie Taft Kalloch, 443-9772.

Wine and Cheese Tasting, with raffles, 5:30-7:30 p.m., $15 adult / $25 couple, open to public, sponsored by the Topsham and Bowdoinham Democratic Committees, The Holden Frost House, 24 Elm St., Topsham, Andrew Mason, 319-2906, basecamp@gmail.com or Deb Hutton, 666-3811, dhutton@suscom-maine.net. 

Saturday 6/20

Fifth Annual Woodside Elementary School 5K and Family Fun Day, rain or shine, BBQ, bouncehouse, games, facepainting, music, and more, to benefit The Woodside Partnership Fund, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Woodside Elementary School, 42 Barrows Drive, Topsham, to register for 5K Race, Eric Pulsifer, 725-1243, pulsifere@link75.org; fun day event, Sandy Trach, 725-1243, trachs@link75.org.

The Taste of Brunswick, to benefit Midcoast Hunger Prevention and the Brunswick Downtown Association, with food from 20 local restaurants, music, 12-6 p.m., $5 advance / $7 gate, children under 12 free, $1 food ticket, Maine Street Mall, Brunswick, for advance tickets, 111 Maine, Key Bank, Hannaford, Riley Insurance Agency, Midcoast Hunger Prevention, www.tasteofbrunswick.com.  

Friday 6/26

"The BIG Show," Big Brothers Big Sisters variety show fundraiser, 7-9 p.m., $12.50 advance / $15 door, The Chocolate Church Performing Arts Center, Washington St., Bath, 729-7736, bigbbigs@bbbsbathbrun.org, advance tickets at Music & Moore, 49 Topsham Fair Mall Road; BBBS office, 85 Maine St., Brunswick; Sharon Drake Real Estate, 136 Front St., Bath.

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 6/19

"How to Achieve Peace Through Forgiveness," Restorative Justice Discussion and Film Series, 7-9 p.m., free and open to public, Morrell Meeting Room, Curtis Memorial Library, Pleasant St., Brunswick, sponsored by Peaceworks and Maine Department of Peace, Lynn, 491-5064.

Monday 6/22

The Maine Public Broadcasting Network Town Meeting, discussion on public broadcasting in Maine, 6-7:30 p.m., free and open to public, Lancaster Lounge, Moulton Union, Bowdoin College, David Morse, 542-6000, dmorse@mpbn.net.

Tuesday 6/23

Mid-Coast Retired Educators Association Meeting, 11:30 a.m., The Topsham Library, 25 Foreside Road, Peg Newberg, 833-6336.

Thursday 6/25

Cundys Harbor Library Open House, 7-9 p.m., free and open to public, with music and light refreshments.

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

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. Please contact Volunteer Coordinator, Martha Cushing, 837-8810. 

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.

Money Management Program, help low-income seniors with routine financial matters, Spectrum Generations, 6 Noble St., Brunswick, 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, 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

Sunday 6/21

Public Breakfast Buffet, 7:30-10 a.m., $6 adult / $3 child / $15 family, Knights of Columbus Hall, 807 Middle St., Bath.

Gardens/Outdoors

Sunday 6/21

Siberian Iris Open Garden, 1-5 p.m., Eartheart Gardens, South Harpswell, U.S. Route 123, 833-6905 or www.eartheartgardens.com.

Getting Smarter

Tertulia Meeting, "Cantata en español," 5:30-7 p.m., Spanish-language music sing along, Frontier Cafe, 14 Maine St., Brunswick, 729-4279.

Sunday 6/21

"How and Why to Keep Bees in Top Bar Beehives," hosted by Gold Star Honeybees, 12-2 p.m., free, 150 Whiskeag Road, Bath, preregister, Christy@goldstarhoneybees.com, 449-1121, www.goldstarhoneybees.com.

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

Thursday 6/25

Public Forum on Childhood Lead Poisoning, 2-4 p.m., free and open to public, MidCoast Community Action Building, 34 Wing Farm Parkway, Bath, hosted by AccessHealth, 373-6973, access@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

Ongoing

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.

Story Hour at the Farmers' Market, 11 a.m.-noon, Tuesdays through Aug. 25, Maine Street Gazebo, Brunswick, presented by Cornerstones of Science, Curtis Memorial Library, 725-5242, ext. 216.