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Community Calendar: July 15 - 26

Community

Community Calendar: July 15 - 26

Greater Portland

Benefits

Bottle Drive, to benefit Kenny Sweet bowling tournament, drop off at Papa's Place, 1706 Forest Ave., Portland.  

911 Cell Phone Drive for Seniors, sponsored by Comfort Keepers, to support seniors in need of access to emergency 911 services, drop off used cell phones at Comfort Keepers office from July 1-31, 152 U.S. Route 1, Scarborough, donations are tax deductible, 885-9600. 

Saturday 7/18

3 for 3 Benefit Concert, with Tom Acousti, Robbie Coffin and South Portland High School musical theater alumni, to benefit St. Lawrence Arts and Community Center and the South Portland Musical Theater Program, 7:30 p.m., $20, St. Lawrence Arts and Community Center, 76 Congress St., Portland, www.stlawrencearts.org.

Peggy Etter Tap Scholarship Celebration and Benefit, social, dance, and student tap performance, fundraiser for Maine State Ballet School scholarships, 1-5 p.m., free admission, Maine State Ballet, 348 U.S. Route 1, Falmouth, 781-7672 or www.mainestateballet.org.

Spectacular Gardens of Scarborough Tour, fundraiser for the Scarborough Garden Club, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., rain or shine, $15, Hunnewell House, Black Point Road, Scarborough, Barbara Zaharis, 839-4033, gardenz@maine.rr.com, or home.roadrunner.com/~garden. 

Sunday 7/19

Inaugural Charity Bike Run, to benefit Cancer Community Center, presented by Sebago Brewing Company and Big Moose Harley-Davidson, 9-10 a.m. registration and breakfast, Sebago Brewing Company, 201 Southborough Drive, Scarborough; 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. bike run, 2:30-5 p.m. BBQ with music and kids activities, Sebago Brewery, Gorham; $30 rider / $50 family, register, Big Moose Harley-Davidson, 375 Riverside St., Portland, 797-6061.  

Library Sundae, fundraiser for Falmouth Memorial Library with antique cars, ice cream, music, and valve-cover racing, 1:30-4 p.m., Falmouth Memorial Library, 5 Lunt Road, Falmouth, 781-2351, www.falmouth.lib.me.us.

Saturday 7/25

28th Annual YMCA Peaks to Portland Swim, to benefit the Greater Portland YMCA, 8:30 a.m. start at Peaks Island, register, 874-1111 ext. 110.

Benefit Auction & Strawberry Shortcake Social, Fifth Maine Regiment Museum fundraiser, silent auction, 11 a.m. Saturday-1:30 p.m. Sunday; live auction, strawberry shortcake 2 p.m. Sunday; free admission, Fifth Maine Regiment Museum, 45 Seashore Ave., Peaks Island, 766-3330, fifthmaine@juno.com.

Yard Sale and Strawberry Festival, Peoples United Methodist Church fundraiser, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Peoples United Methodist Church, 310 Broadway, South Portland. 

Bulletin Board

Wednesday 7/15

"The Poland Spring Resort: A City of Vivid Contrasts," illustrated lecture by David Richards, 7:30 p.m., $5, ages 10 and under free, Fifth Maine Regiment Museum, 45 Seashore Ave., Peaks Island, 766-3330.

Thursday 7/16

New Gloucester Historical Society Member Meeting, 7 p.m., New Gloucester Meetinghouse, Intervale Road, New Gloucester, Leonard L. Brooks, 926-3188.

"S.S. Eagle Stories," presentation by U.S. Coast Guard, hosted by the Willard Neighborhood Association, 7 p.m., Betsy Ross House, Community Room, 99 Preble St. Ext., use Stanford Street entrance. 

Friday 7/17

The 44th Annual Yarmouth Clam Festival, Friday-Sunday, Main Street, Yarmouth, free admission, rides, food, arts and crafts, vendors, and more; complete schedule at www.clamfestival.com or call the Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce, 846-3984.

Saturday 7/18

"Assemble," visual arts, live music with local dj's, and food, presented by Evolve2Advance, 8 p.m., $8 cover includes food, Space Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland, 828-5600, www.space538.org, . 

Creative Spirits Summer Festival, music, performances, arts and crafts sale, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., rain or shine, Kendall Tavern Inn, 213 Main St., Freeport, sponsored by Freeport Creative Arts and Kendall Tavern Inn, Shelley Snodgrass, 865-1616, freeportcreativearts@gmail.com.

Zone Urban Epic Triathlon and Festival, 8:30 a.m. start at East End Beach; post-race festival with beer garden, climbing wall, food, live music, vendors at Maine State Pier, Portland, presented by Tri-Maine Productions, www.tri-maine.com. 

Sunday 7/19

Second Annual Boyd Street Bash, with music, food, garden activities and more, hosted by Cultivating Community, 12-2 p.m., Boyd Street Urban Farm, Boyd and East Oxford Streets, Lynne Rowe, 232-8377 or rowely@aol.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

The Center for Grieving Children needs volunteers to facilitate peer support groups for children and families dealing with a serious illness or grieving the death of a family member or friend, comprehensive 30-hour volunteer training provided, groups meet once a week throughout the school year; volunteer orientations held at 12 p.m. July 8; 5:30 p.m. July 23; 12 p.m. Aug. 12; 5:30 p.m. Aug. 27, The Center for Grieving Children, 555 Forest Ave., Portland, call Valerie Jones, 775-5216, www.cgcmaine.org.  

Volunteers needed to help launch Coastal Studies for Girls, 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. 

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 7/18

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.

Public Smorgasbord Supper, 5:30-6:30 p.m., $7 adult / $3 child, Sabbathday Lake Grange, Sabbathday Road, New Gloucester, Steven Haycock, 998-2783 or Granger04071@aol.com.

Sunday 7/19

Sunday Sails Jazz Brunch, aboard historic windjammers Wendameen or Bagheera, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., $55 adult, Portland Schooner Company, Laura Zimmerman, 766-2500, www.portlandschooner.com.

Monday 7/20

"The Chocolate Lover's Sail," sunset cruise with Lindt chocolate and wine, hosted by Portland Schooner Company, 6-8 p.m., $50.00, Mondays 7/20, 7/27, tickets, Scott Reischmann, scott@portlandschooner.com, 766-2500, www.portlandschooner.com.

Friday 7/24

Free Community Soup Supper, 5-7 p.m., open to public, The Church of St. Mary the Virgin, 43 Foreside Road, Falmouth, 781-3366

Saturday 7/25

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

Gardens & Outdoors

Cumberland Farmers Market, Falmouth Farmers Market, Wednesdays 12-4 p.m., Walmart parking lot, U.S. Route 1, Falmouth; Freeport Farmers Market, Fridays, Town Office lot, Main Street, Freeport 2-6 p.m., 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Cumberland Farmers Market, 290 Tuttle Road, Cumberland; Leslie Fitzgerald, market.gal09@gmail.com.

Guided Nature Programs, 2 p.m. daily through Labor Day, free with park admission, $3 Maine resident / $4.50 nonresident, $1 child, Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park, 426 Wolfes Neck Road, Freeport, 865-4465. 

Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center, daily activities include self-guided and naturalist-guided canoe and kayak tours, nature walks, special programs for adults, children, and families, canoe and kayak daily rentals, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., daily through Labor Day, Pine Point Road, Scarborough, 883-5100, daily listings at www.maineaudubon.org. 

Saturday 7/25

Walking Tour of Fort Preble and SMCC Campus, 9-11 a.m., free and open to public, meet at Old Settlers Cemetery, sponsored by The South Portland Land Trust, 767-1269.

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.  

Guided Nature Programs, 2 p.m. daily through Labor Day, free with park admission, $3 Maine resident / $4.50 nonresident, $1 child, Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park, 426 Wolfes Neck Road, Freeport, 865-4465. 

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.

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.  

Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center, daily activities include self-guided and naturalist-guided canoe and kayak tours, nature walks, special programs for adults, children, and families, canoe and kayak daily rentals, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., daily through Labor Day, Pine Point Road, Scarborough, 883-5100, daily listings at www.maineaudubon.org.  

Getting Smarter

Wednesday 7/15

Early American Garden Design, talk by Diana George-Chapin, $8, 10 a.m.-noon, Designing an Herb Garden, workshop by Kathleen Carr Bailey, 1-3 p.m., $8, plus $15 supplies, Tate House Museum, 1270 Westbrook St., Portland, reservations, 774-6177, www.tatehouse.org.

Friday 7/17

Coastal Studies for Girls Open House, 12-3 p.m. Fridays, through September, free and open to public, learn about the residential science and leadership semester school for girls, Margaret Martin, 865-9700, Coastal Studies for Girls, 308 Wolfe's Neck Road, Freeport, www.coastalstudiesforgirls.org.

"Travels in Astro-Land: Visits to Interesting Sites," Southern Maine Astronomers meeting, 7 p.m., free and open to the public, Cumberland Congregational Church, Main St., Cumberland, www.southernmaineastronomers.org or 408-9036. 

Saturday 7/18

Spinning Demonstration, by The R & R Spinners, 10 a.m., free and open to public, Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, U.S. Route 26, New Gloucester, 926-4597.

Tuesday 7/21

Marketing and Sales: Attracting and retaining new customers, 6-9 p.m. nominal fee, Portland SCORE, 100 Middle St., second floor, East Tower, Portland, register, 772-1147 or www.scoremaine.com.

Wednesday 7/22

"The Business of Art," conversations with Portland gallery owners, 5-6:30 p.m., free and open to public, UNE's Portland Campus, Anne Zill, 221-4499 or www.une.edu/artgallery/upcoming.asp.

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.

Preserving the Harvest, canning workshops hosted by University of Maine Cooperative Extension, July through August, complete listings at www.umext.maine.edu/foodpreservation/workshops.htm.   

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 7/15

Genetics, Lifestyle and Health: The Scientific Truth Regarding Who Gets Sick and Who Stays Well, 12:30-2 p.m., free and open to public, Bay Square at Yarmouth, 27 Forest Falls Drive, Yarmouth, register, 846-0044.

Saturday 7/18

Complimentary Seated Massage, 12-4 p.m., Simply Scandinavian Foods, 469 Stevens Ave., Portland, courtesy of At Home Massage, www.athomemassage.massagetherapy.com, 878-8896. 

Kids First Program, co-parenting education workshop for parents involved in divorce or separation, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., $60 per adult, scholarships available, Kids First Center, 222 St. John St., Suite 101, Portland, register, 761-2709, www.kidsfirstcenter.org.

Sunday 7/19

Interfaith Prayer Service, 11 a.m., Old Meeting House, Hillside St., Yarmouth, sponsored by the Tri-Community Interfaith Council, Mimi Rice, 846-1552.

 Thursday 7/23

"Labyrinths,"
6:30-8 p.m., talk by Beth Quinlan and labyrinth walk at Trinity Church, ChIME, 555 Forest Ave., Portland.

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 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, www.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, 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 7/17

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

Thursday 7/23

AARP Senior Driving Class, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., $12 AARP members / $14 nonmembers, lunch provided, Cape Elizabeth Fire Department, 2 Jordan Way, register, Officer Robert Libby, 799-5511 or Officer Mark Dorval, 767-3323, hosted by The South Portland TRIAD/Cape Elizabeth TRIAD.

Ongoing

Bingo at Hillcrest, Friday 11:30 a.m., $2 unlimited, bring your own lunch, 108 Hillcrest Ave., Scarborough, 730-4150.

Cards & Coffee, every Tuesday and Thursday 10 a.m., play bridge, cribbage or just socialize, open to the community, Casco Bay YMCA, 14 Old South Freeport Road, Freeport, 865-9600.

Enhance Fitness, group exercise program for 50 and older to improve strength, balance, flexibility and cardiovascular fitness, MWF 9-10 a.m. or 10:15-11:15 a.m., Sullivan Complex, USM Portland campus, 780-4170.

Freeport Elders Association, walk at Freeport YMCA 12-2 p.m. Friday, crafts at the center 9-11:30 a.m. Thursday, daily programs, call for newsletter, 865-6462.

PROP Senior Volunteer Program seeks men and women 60+ to join foster grandparent or senior companion program, 773-0202 or propeople.org.

Senior drop-in center, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday, Salvation Army Senior Center, 297 Cumberland Ave., Portland, 774-6304.

Yarmouth Seniors, second Wednesday, home-cooked meal and fellowship, 12 p.m. lunch, guest speaker follows, Community House, East Main Street, Yarmouth.

Kids and Family Stuff

Wednesday 7/15

"Monstrous Masks," story and craft activity, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays, free, Lobsterman's Park, Portland, presented by the Children's Museum of Maine, 772-6828, portlandmaine.com.

YA Poetry Workshop, for teens in grades 6-12, conducted by poet and educator, Bruce Spang, 1-5 p.m., pizza and public poetry reading at 6 p.m., register, Elizabeth Forrest, 883-4723 ext. 3, Scarborough Public Library, Gorham Road, Scarborough.

Thursday 7/16

"The Sandlot," Family Movie Night, 7:30 p.m., rain or shine, bring seating, $5 per family; YMCA members free, Airnasium at Casco Bay YMCA, 14 Old South Freeport Road, Freeport, 865-9600.

Monday 7/20

CampFit, 4-week fitness and fun camp for boys and girls grades 2-6, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9-10:30 a.m., July 20-Aug.14, Riverview Physical Therapy, 50 Forest Falls Drive, Yarmouth, $125/child, $110/siblings, register, www.riverviewpt.com or 846-8725.

Tuesday 7/21

Childrens Weekday Performance Series, Belly Dancing with Ayperi & Friends , 12-1 p.m., free, Post Office Park, Middle and Exchange Streets, Portland, sponsored by Portland's Downtown District.

Wednesday 7/22

The Fofers Multimedia Family Music Performance, by Shana Barry, 10 a.m., free, Falmouth Memorial Library, Lunt Road, Falmouth.

"Gone Fishing" story and craft activity, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays, free, Wednesdays, Lobsterman's Park, Portland, presented by the Children's Museum of Maine, 772-6828, portlandmaine.com.  

"Tomato Plant Girl," presented by The Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., 7/22, 7/23, 7/29, 7/30; 2 p.m., 4 p.m., Saturday 7/25; $8 non-members, $7 members, $14 for museum entrance and performance, Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine, 142 Free St., Portland, tickets, 828-1234 ext. 231, boxoffice@kitetails.org.

"Wayne from Maine,"
children's musical performance, 12 p.m., free, Royal River Park, Yarmouth, rain location, Harrison Middle School, Yarmouth, sponsored by Yarmouth Community Services, 846-2406.

Thursday 7/23

Jon Call, kids music, 12:30 p.m., Deering Oaks Park Bandstand, Portland, Children's Performance Series sponsored by City of Portland, (rain location: Reiche Community Center, 166 Brackett St.), www.portlandmaine.gov/rec/summer.htm.

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.

The Children's Hour, family tour of the Longfellow House, 11 a.m.-noon, Mondays and Wednesdays July 6-Aug. 26, for children ages 5-12 with adult, $8 adult / $3 child, Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress St., Portland, 774-1822, www.mainehistory.org. 

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.

Family Nature Walk: Mummichogs and Marsh Muck, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Wednesdays, $5 member / $7 nonmember, Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center, Pine Point Road, Scarborough, 883-5100.  

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 7/17

Cundys Harbor Library Book Sale Fundraiser, books, music, baked goods, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday; Cundys Harbor Community Hall, 877 Cundys Harbor Road, 725-1461.

Saturday 7/18

Cundys Harbor Library Book Sale Fundraiser,
books, music, baked goods, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Saturday; Cundys Harbor Community Hall, 877 Cundys Harbor Road, 725-1461.

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 7/22

Eagle Island Tour, hosted by Pejepscot Historical Society, 11 a.m. meet at Dolphin Marina, Basin Point Road, South Harpswell, tour Admiral Peary's home and island trails, picnic lunch provided, depart island at 1:10 p.m., $35, tickets, Pejepscot Historical Society, 159 Park Row, Brunswick or 729-6606.

Saturday 7/25

Annual Harpswell Festival
, with food, music, rides, games, vendors, more,  5-9 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, free admission and parking, George J. Mitchell Field, U.S. Route 123, Harpswell, Tom, 833-0562, www.harpswellfestival.org.

Ongoing

Bridge Groups, 7-9 p.m. Fridays for beginners; 2-4 p.m. Sundays for experienced players, 45 Green St., Bath, register, 443-3901.

Kinship Families Support Group, raising a family member's child with love, first and third Wednesday, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Midcoast Maine Community Action, 34 Wing Farm Parkway, Bath, preregister 442-7963 ext. 213.

Kaleidoscope Quilters, second (7 p.m.) and fourth (6:30 p.m.) Thursday of the month, Elks Lodge, Park Row, Brunswick, 725-5242.

Knitting Circle, Tuesday 3:30-5 p.m., for experienced and learners, Patten Free Library, 33 Summer St., Bath.

Call for Volunteers

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 7/19

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

Getting Smarter

Thursday 7/23

Monarch Docent Training, for ages 12 and older, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Morrell Meeting Room, Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick, register, 725-5242 ext. 216 or ext. 238, Cornerstones of Science program.

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

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

Thursday 7/23

The Fofers Multimedia Family Music Performance, by Shana Barry, 1 p.m., $7 adult / $5 child, Winter Street Center, Bath.

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.