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Community Calendar: Sept. 16 - 27

Community

Community Calendar: Sept. 16 - 27

Greater Portland

Benefits

Wednesday 9/16

Cooking for a Cure, to benefit the brain tumor program at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, with food, music, auction, 6-10 p.m., $40, Holiday Inn by the Bay, Spring St., Portland, Nancy Noyes, info@thenoyesbraintumorfoundation.com.

Thursday 9/17

"Faces of Literacy: Voices of Courage", with talk by Vicki Myron, author of "Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World," to benefit Literacy Volunteers of Maine, 5:15 p.m. jazz reception, appetizers, silent auction, book signing, $25 adult / $15 senior or student, Abromson Community Center, USM Portland campus, tickets at Nonesuch Books in Saco and South Portland; Books, Etc. in Falmouth; 773-3191 or www.lvmaine.org.

Fort Allen Trail Celebration and fundraiser for trail plantings, 5-6 p.m. reception at Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad, reception tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/77887, or 1-800-838-3006; 6-7:30 p.m. celebration at the gazebo, with music by ‘Big Chief', open to public, friendsofeasternpromenade.org.

Friday 9/18

Frock ‘n' Roll, to benefit the Portland Music Foundation, with live music and live fashion design, 7 p.m., 18+, Space Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland, tickets, Bull Moose Music stores or www.frocknroll.wordpress.com. 

Maine TREE Foundation, 20th anniversary celebration fundraiser, keynote by former Gov. Angus King, with silent auction, refreshments, 6-8 p.m., $30, Portland Country Club, Falmouth, tickets, Debie Singleton, Maine TREE Foundation, 621-9872, mtf@gwi.net.

Pulled Pork Dinner, to benefit Bartlett Circle Capital Campaign. $12 adult / $8 child or senior / $30 family, 5 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. seatings, First Parish Congregational Church, 116 Main St., Yarmouth, 846-3773, advance tickets at Yarmouth Community Services.

Saturday 9/19

23rd Annual Maine Children's Cancer Program Walk, 8 a.m. registration; 9 a.m. walk starts, Baxter Blvd., Portland; six other locations around the state, register, 662-6274, or www.mcc.org/mccp.

Cafe New Orleans at Woodfords, with Dixieland, blues music and desserts, to support upcoming trip of Woodfords' Katrina Relief Team to New Orleans, 6:30-8:30 p.m., by donation, Woodfords Congregational Church, 202 Woodford St., Portland, Peter Sampson, 773-2711. 

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

Dog Day at Skyline Farm, benefit Skyline Farm, canine demos, trainers, clinics, vendors and more, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., $10 adult / $5 ages 8 and under, dogs free, 95 The Lane, North Yarmouth, rain date Sept. 20, Diana Logan, 252-9352, www.skylinefarm.org. 

Fourth Annual Woofminster Dog Show and Cover Dog Challenge, Planet Dog Foundation fundraiser, with raffles, vendors, demonstrations and more, 1-4 p.m., 12:30 p.m. registration, Camp Ketcha, 336 Black Point Road, Scarborough, advance tickets at Planet Dog Company Store, $12 adult / $5 dog / $5 ages 7-18, Kristen Smith, Planet Dog Foundation, 761-1515 or kristen@planetdog.com.

Furniture Sale, fundraiser for Seventy-Five State Street resident programs, 9 a.m. - noon, rain date Sept. 26, Danforth Street parking lot outside entrance to South Commons, 75 State St., Portland. 

Sunday 9/20

Flapjack Fundraiser Breakfast, to benefit the Portland High School Boys Soccer Boosters, 8-10 a.m., $6, Applebee's, 1072 Brighton Ave., Portland, tickets at 797-0059 or at the door. 

The Maine Vintage Book & Paper Show, to benefit The Maine Antiquarian Booksellers Association and The Maine Historical Society, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., $6 adult / $3 ages 12-21, under age 12 free, The Wyndham Portland Airport Hotel, 363 Maine Mall Road, South Portland, MaineBookSellers.org.

Portland Trails 10k: Trail to Ale, to benefit Portland Trails, 9 a.m., register, run starts at Thames St. between Hancock and India St., Portland, $20, register, 775-2411, www.trails.org, race day registration available from 7:30-8:30 a.m. at Portland Company, Fore St.

Monday 9/21

Fourth Annual Golf Tournament, to benefit the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine, 9 a.m. shotgun start, $150 individual / $525 foursome, 18-hole scramble, with barbeque lunch, silent auction, raffles, Nonesuch River Golf Club, 304 Gorham Road, Scarborough, Lucy, 828-1234 x222, register at www.kitetails.org.

Tuesday 9/22

Fall Book Fair, fundraiser for Brown Elementary School, 6-8 p.m., Nonesuch Books, Mill Creek Shopping Center, South Portland, 799-2659, www.nonesuchbooks.com.

Saturday 9/26

Chris & Dave's Not Dead Yet Bike Ride and Lobster Bake, to benefit the Cancer Community Center, 9 a.m. registration; 10 a.m. bike ride; 2:30 p.m. lobster bake, $60 for entire event; $30 bike ride only; $30 lobster bake only, ages 12 and under free, Portland Country Club, Falmouth, register, NDY.kintera.org.

Flea Market and Treasure Sale, South Freeport Church fundraiser, chili lunch, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m., South Freeport Church, Freeport, 865-4012.  

Historic House and Garden Tours of Yarmouth, self-guided tours of 14 homes in Yarmouth's Upper Village, to benefit the Yarmouth Historical Society, same day tickets, $25, 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at Yarmouth Town Hall, 200 Main St.; $20 advance tickets at Yarmouth Historical Society, Yarmouth Community Services, Yarmouth branch of Bath Savings or 846-6259, yarmouthhistoricalsociety@myfairpoint.net.

Maine's Fourth Annual Walk-A-Thon, to raise awareness for Huntington's Disease, 11 a.m. registration, 12 p.m. 4-mile walk starts, Back Bay, Preble St., Portland, www.hdsa-ne.org.

Memory Walk, to benefit Maine people with Alzheimer's disease, hosted by The Alzheimer's Association, Maine Chapter, 13 locations statewide, register at www.alz.org/maine, 1-800-272-3900, or at 170 U.S. Route 1 Suite 250, Falmouth. 

Sunday 9/27

Fourth Annual Hit the Trails, to benefit the Cancer Community Center, 11:30 a.m. registration, 1 p.m. walk, run or stroll, BBQ, music and awards to follow, no charge to participate, Pineland Farms, New Gloucester, register, HitTheTrails.kintera.org.

Ninth Annual Buddy Walk, to benefit the National Down Syndrome Society, Back Cove walk, 12 p.m. registration, 1 p.m. walk, lunch to follow, with kids' activities, magic show, rock climbing wall and more, meet at Payson Park, Portland, register online, www.downsyndromemaine.org.  

"Seagars by the Sea," cigar sampling fundraiser for Homes for our Troops, 2-6 p.m., $50, under tent in front of DiMillo's Floating Restaurant, 25 Long Wharf, Portland, tickets, 772-9463, or Old Port Wine Merchants, Portland, Freeport Trading, and Calabash, South Portland, www.SeagarsByTheSea.wordpress.com 

Bulletin Board

Wednesday 9/16

Celebration of Amazing Women 2009, Maine Women's Network annual event, with talk by Diane Dunton, "Reinventing Ourselves," 1:30 p.m. breakout sessions, 4:30 p.m. social hour, dinner and program to follow, $70 members / $100 nonmembers, Harraseeket Inn, Main St., Freeport, www.mainewomensnetwork.com.

Thursday 9/17

New Gloucester Historical Society Monthly Meeting, 7 p.m., New Gloucester Meetinghouse, next to Town Hall, U.S. Route 231, New Gloucester, Leonard Brooks, 926-3188.

Saturday 9/19

Fourth Annual Meet the Breeds Showcase, hosted by York County Kennel Club of Maine and Vacationland Dog Club, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., free admission, Tractor Supply Co., 1 Southgate Road, U.S. Route 1, Scarborough, Carroll Goodwin III, at dnsfarm@roadrunner.com or 324-5400 or yorkcountykennelclub.homestead.com. 

Wonder of Wood Fair, family event celebrating outdoors, with demonstrations, presentations, live animals, more, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., free, Sullivan Gym, USM Portland, hosted by Forests for Maine's Future, www.forestsformainesfuture.org.

Tuesday 9/22

The Knightville Mill Creek Neighborhood Association Meeting, 6:30 p.m., open to the public, downstairs conference room, South Portland City Hall, Leah Muliero, 799-0134.

Saturday 9/26

Alpaca Open Farm Weekend, 30 participating Maine alpaca farms, Saturday-Sunday, Cumberland County listings at www.mainealpacafarms.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

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.

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.

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

Sunday 9/20

Portland Trails needs volunteers for 10th Annual 10K, "Trail to Ale," 9 a.m. race starts, sign-up at www.trails.org/volunteer or 775-2411.

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.

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-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.

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

Dining Out

Saturday 9/19

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.

Bean Supper, 5-6 p.m., $7 adult / $16 family, Peoples United Methodist Church, 310 Broadway, South Portland. 

Bean Supper, 5-6:30 p.m., $7 adult / $3 child, Falmouth Congregational Church, UCC, 267 Falmouth Road, Falmouth, 781-3413.

Public Smorgasbord Supper, hosted by Sabbathday Lake Grange, 5:30-6:30 p.m., $7 adult / $3 child, Sabbathday Lake Grange Hall, Sabbathday Road, New Gloucester, Steven Haycock, 998-2783. 

Saturday 9/26

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

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.

Maine Cancer Foundation needs volunteers to plant pink tulip project gardens, new gardens must be registered by Oct. 1, www.pinktulipproject.org, register, 773-2533 or pinktulips@mainecancer.org.

Scarborough Farmers' Market, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Sundays, rain or shine, behind Scarborough Town Hall, through September, ScarbFarmersMarket@maine.rr.com.

Saturday 9/19

Guided Nature Hikes, 10 a.m. or 1:30 p.m., $5 adult / $2 child; free ages 6 and under, Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, U.S. Route 26, New Gloucester, 926-4597, www.shaker.lib.me.us.  

Skillins Garden Class, "Thriving House Plants," 10 a.m., free, open to public, Cumberland Skillins, Gray Road, 829-5619, or Falmouth Skillins, Foreside Road, 781-3860.

Monday 9/21

Scarborough Garden Club, annual fall luncheon, noon, St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, 350 U.S. Route 1, Scarborough, bring cuttings to exchange, new members welcome, must preregister, MJ Martelle-Aube, 510-1514.

Saturday 9/26

Invasive Species Removal Workshop, hosted by the Royal River Conservation Trust, 2-4 p.m., open to public, Fels-Groves Farm Preserve, bring work gloves and water, snacks provided, 221-6477.

Skillins Garden Class, "Composting," 10 a.m., free, open to public, Cumberland Skillins, Gray Road, 829-5619, or Falmouth Skillins, Foreside Road, 781-3860.

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.  

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.  

Getting Smarter

Thursday 9/17

"The Economic Impact of Cap & Trade (Waxman Markey)" talk by Dr. Margo Thorning, 12-1:30 p.m., $15 MHPC member / $20 nonmember, DiMillo's Floating Restaurant, 25 Long Wharf, Portland, hosted by The Maine Heritage Policy Center, register, mainepolicy.org, Heather Hoyes, 321-2550.

Friday 9/18

Southern Maine Astronomers Monthly Meeting, "What We Learned about the Moon from Apollo," lecture by Dr. John Wood, 7 p.m., free, Cumberland Congregational Church, Main St., Cumberland, George Whitney, gwhitney@maine.rr.com.

Monday 9/21

"The Real Life at Sea: Shanties, Songs & Poetry from the Age of Sail," lecture by Bob Webb, hosted by the Yarmouth Historical Society, 7:30 p.m., Log Cabin, 196 Main St., Yarmouth, 846-6259 or yarmouthhistoricalsociety@myfairpoint.net.

Tuesday 9/22

"Green Choices/Green Products," talk by "green" homeowners Susan and Clifford Gilpin, 7-8:30 p.m., free and open to public, Falmouth Memorial Library, 5 Lunt Road, Falmouth, sponsored by Cool Falmouth and the Falmouth Memorial Library, 781-2351.

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

Wednesday 9/23

Emergency Preparedness Information, Scarborough Community Chamber's Lunch N' Learn seminar, noon to 1 p.m., free, Scarborough Public Library, 48 Gorham Road, Scarborough, register, Portland Regional Chamber, 772-2811 ext. 228, or www.portlandregion.com.

"Woody Guthrie, the Great Depression and American Protest Songs," performance and talk by Bucky Halker, 7 p.m., free, Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress St., Portland, 774-1822, www.mainehistory.org.

Thursday 9/24

"Maine's Energy Future," panel discussion, hosted by E2Tech Forum, 7:30-9:30 a.m., E2Tech member students free, $10 nonmember students, $15 E2Tech members, $25 nonmembers, Maine Audubon, Falmouth, preregister, www.e2tech.org, Sam Townsend, 767-5283.

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

Friday 9/18

"Balancing Your Life After Divorce 101," 6:30 p.m. Fridays through Oct. 30, $25 per session, led by Judy Braun, registered counselor, hosted by The Cumberland Congregational Church, Main St., Cumberland, register, Rev. Diane Bennekamper 829-3419 or Judy Braun, 751-3449. to register.

Monday 9/21

Bereaved Parents' Peer Support Group, open to all parents who have lost a child of any age, Monday evenings, register, Susan Giambalvo or Patricia Ellen, 775-5216 The Center for Grieving Children, Portland, www.cgcmaine.org.

Saturday 9/19

Kids First Program, 4 hour co-parenting education workshop for parents in a divorce or separation, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; or Sept. 19, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., $60 per adult / scholarships available, Kids First Center, 222 St. John St., Suite 101, Portland 761-2709, www.kidsfirstcenter.org.  

Wellness and Crystal Fair, with medical intuitive, psychic readers, energy work, and more, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Freeport Leapin' Lizards, 123 Main St., Freeport, 865-0900, www.leapinlizards.biz.

Tuesday 9/22

Weight Management Program "Am I Hungry?" 8-week program, Healthy Body Fit Mind, 85 E St., first floor, South Portland, 9-10 a.m. Tuesdays starting 9/22, register, 767-4499, www.wellspringportland.com.

Wednesday 9/23

Grief Support Group, 6-week grief support group, 6-7:30 p.m., free, Sept. 23 - Oct. 28, VNA Home Health & Hospice, 50 Foden Road, South Portland, register, Linda Hopkins, 400-8714. 

Strategies to Prevent or Overcome Cancer Workshop, 6:15 p.m., free, hosted by Creating Wellness at Innate Chiropractic, 210 Western Ave., South Portland, preregister, 775-7468.

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 9/17

Apply for Social Security Retirement Benefits On-Line, information session by Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Magda Ortiz, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Drive Freeport, 865-3307, www.freeportlibrary.com.

Friday 9/18

Senior Outreach Presentation, with Portland Museum of Arts Docents, 10:30 a.m., free and open to public, Bay Square at Yarmouth, 27 Forest Falls Drive, Yarmouth, 846-0044.

Wednesday 9/23

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 by Sept. 18, John Hammon, 655-4943.

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 9/26

Pineland YMCA Teen Night, for grades 6-9, "Rock and Bowling," open gym, open pool, pizza and healthy snacks for purchase, 6-9 p.m., $5 advance YMCA members / $7 nonmembers, $10 door, Cumberland County YMCA Pineland Branch, 25 Campus Drive, New Gloucester, 688-2255, www.CumberlandCountyYMCA.org.

Ongoing

Bayside Neighborhood Programs, Monday girls group 3:30-5 p.m.; Wednesday art group with Cindy, 3:30-5 p.m.; Unity Village, 24 Stone St., Portland, snacks provided, 415-0769.

Children's Museum of Maine, ongoing cultural, educational, fun and active workshops for kids and parents, 142 Free St., Portland, 828-1234 or kitetails.com.

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

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 9/18

Sixth Annual Charity Golf Tournament and Barbecue, to benefit Habitat for Humanity / 7 Rivers Maine and Tedford Housing, sponsored by Merrymeeting Board of Realtors, 18 holes of ‘Best Ball' Scramble Golf, rain or shine, 8:30 a.m. sign-in; 10 a.m. shotgun start, lunch, awards and raffle to follow, Bath Country Club, register, Linda Dupuis, 443-2200 or Jenny Chop, 729-1863 or www.MerrymeetingBoardofREALTORS.com.

Saturday 9/19

First NF Walk to benefit Neurofibromatosis research and patient care, 8:30 a.m., rain or shine, free, with free NF Walk T-shirts for walkers who raise $100, begin at Water St. entrance, Androscoggin River Bicycle and Pedestrian Path; to donate or register, www.ctf.org/nfwalk, 443-1583.

Sunday 9/20

Coastal Humane Society Benefit Yard Sale, in conjunction with Paws for a Cause Dog Walk, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., Topsham Fairgrounds, Elm St. Topsham, 725-5051, www.coastalhumanesociety.org.

Sunday 9/27

Heart Walk, to benefit the American Heart Association, with free lunch, children's activities, health booths, and more, 8:30 a.m. registration, 9:30 a.m. 1, 2 or 4-mile walk, Brunswick High School, 116 Maquoit Road, Brunswick, register, www.centralmaineheartwalk.org, hosted by Parkview Adventist Medical Center, call Lisa Personett, 373-2216.

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

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

Monday 9/21

Arctic Museum seeks volunteer tour guides for school tours; first meeting 9/21, 1 p.m., Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum, first floor, Hubbard Hall, Bowdoin College, Amy Hawkes, 725-3416, ahawkes@bowdoin.edu. 

Wednesday 9/23

American Red Cross Blood Drive, 3 p.m., free, Morrell Lounge, David Saul Smith Union, Bowdoin College, 725-3375.

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 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

Saturday 9/19

Fall Church Supper, 4:30-6:30 p.m., adults $7.50 / $3.50 children under 12, no reservations, The Bath United Methodist Church, 340 Oak Grove Ave, 443-4707.

Sunday 9/20

Public Breakfast Buffet, 7:30-10 a.m., suggested donation, $6 adult / $3 children under 12 / $15 family max with children under 12, Knights of Columbus Hall, 807 Middle St., Bath.

Saturday 9/26

Bean Supper, 4:30-6 p.m., $6 adult / $3 child, Bath Senior Center, 45 Floral St., Bath, rbanks@suscom-maine.net.

Gardens & Outdoors

Saturday 9/19

Skillins Garden Class, "Thriving House Plants," 10 a.m., free, open to public, Brunswick Skillins, 422 Bath Road, register, 442-8111.

Sunday 9/20

"How to Create a Wildlife-Friendly Backyard," Brunswick Park and Gardens with Gretchen Kamilewicz, Habitat Steward, door prizes, 1 p.m., free, open to public, Morrell Meeting Room, Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick, 833-5125.

Thursday 9/24

Harpswell Garden Club Meeting, combined meeting with Bath, "wild Maine orchids," talk by John Mattor, 12:30 p.m., Kellogg Church, Harpswell, Marcy McGuire, 729-3509.

Ongoing

The L.O.C.A.L. Garden Open Gardening each Wednesday 5-7 p.m., community open house, tours 3-5 p.m. Monday-Friday weather permitting; The L.O.C.A.L. Garden, an RSU 1 program, corner of High and Lemont, Bath, 380-9979. 

Getting Smarter

Tuesday 9/22

Nature Talk, with Judy Camuso, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, 7 p.m., free, Curtis Memorial Library Morrell Room, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick, hosted by Merrymeeting Audubon, www.maineaudubon.org/merrymeeting.

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

Sunday 9/20

Fourth "America on the Move" Week free admission to YMCA through 9/26, The Bath Area Family YMCA, 303 Centre St., Bath, 443-4112, www.bathymca.org. 

"Reiki & Reconnective Healing" Open House, free, 3-5 p.m., 8 Lincoln St., Brunswick, 729-8141.

"Swine Flu - The Virus & The Mass Vaccination Campaign," talk by Suze Fisher, 4-6 p.m., free, Curtis Memorial Library, Morrell Meeting Room, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick, 725-0832, www.SwineFluShots.us. 

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.

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.

Topsham Merry Meeters Senior Citizens, ages 50 and over welcome,  12 p.m., third Tuesdays, bring a dish for potluck meal, followed by a program, Westrum House, Union Park Road, Topsham, 729-5686 or 725-2425. 

Kids and Family Stuff

Saturday 9/26

Family Arts Festival, with music, art-making activities, storytelling, dance and more, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., free, Brunswick Town Mall, Maine St., sponsored by Five Rivers Arts Alliance, 798-6964, schedule at www.fiveriversartsalliance.org/events/familyarts.aspx.

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.