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Community Calendar: Oct. 21 - Nov. 1

Community

Community Calendar: Oct. 21 - Nov. 1

Greater Portland

Benefits

Wednesday 10/21

John McDonald, storyteller and radio personality, benefit for the OceanView Resident Assistance Fund, 2 p.m., $5 minimum donation, OceanView, 18 Blueberry Lane, limited seating, reservations, 781-4460.

Saturday 10/24

"Bring a Sole, Take a Stand!" to benefit Helping Maine Families in Need, donate gently worn shoes, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Lamey Wellehan, Falmouth Shopping Center, U.S. Route 1, Falmouth, Claudia King, 653-0318. 

Craft, Bake and White Elephant Fair, fundraiser for Hillcrest Retirement Community, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., 108 Hillcrest St., Scarborough.

La Fiesta, family fundraising event for Partners for Rural Health in the Dominican Republic medical supplies, traditional Dominican meal, salsa lessons, children's games, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., $15 adult, $10 students, ages 5 and under free, Woodbury Center, USM Portland, Matthew Thomson, 239-2972.

Tailgate/Yard Sale, to benefit Pastor's Discretionary Fund of the Foreside Community Church, 8 a.m. - noon, rain date Oct. 31, church parking lot at 340 Foreside Rd., Falmouth.

Thursday 10/29

Bridge Party, to benefit the Falmouth Historical Society, 12-3:30 p.m., $40, Holy Martyrs Church, 266 Foreside Road, Falmouth, Mary Honan, 781-2705, Carol Kauffman, 781-4140.

Saturday 10/31

Third Annual Yarmouth Pumpkin Run, to benefit Bartlett Circle, 7:30 a.m. registration; 5K run 8:30 a.m. start, $20 / 1K Kids Fun Run, 12 years and under, 9:30 a.m. start, $10/ $45 for a family; 8:40 a.m. start 5K Dog Run, dogs on leash with registered owner, $10, Yarmouth High School, West Elm St., Yarmouth, preregister at Yarmouth Community Services, 846-2406 or tinyurl.com/pumpkinrun.

Ongoing

Maine Harvest: Land and Sea," fine arts and crafts exhibit and auction, to benefit Skyline Farm, on view 12-3 p.m. weekends through Nov. 8, Skyline Farm, 95 The Lane, North Yarmouth, 829-9203, www.skylinefarm.org.

Poinsettia Sale, to benefit Freeport High School Project Graduation, through Nov. 3, $14-$28, Laura Ramage, 865-1789, Liz Andrews, 865-0931, fhs.freeportpublicschools.org. 

Bulletin Board

Wednesday 10/21

Scarborough Marsh and the Scarborough Land Conservation Trust Celebration, in honor of Gervais Property acquisition, 2 p.m. short speeches, property tours, free and open to public, with refreshments, Gervais Property, 53 Manson Libby Road, Scarborough.

Thursday 10/22

29th Annual Falmouth Land Trust Meeting, with talk by David Evers, "Energy Production on a Shrinking Planet: Balancing our needs with healthy ecosystems," 7 p.m., free, open to the public, Falmouth Memorial Library, 5 Lunt Road, Falmouth.

Haunted Hayrides, Thursdays-Sunday evenings through Oct. 31, $13 adult, $9 ages 6-12, next to Scarborough Downs, reservations, 885-5935.  

Morrison Center Open House Celebration, 5:30-7:30 p.m., tours of the new building and greenhouses, Morrison Center, 60 Chamberlain Road, Scarborough, 883-6680, www.mdcmaine.org.

Friday 10/23

The Auxiliary to Mercy Fall Membership Luncheon, 11:30 a.m. social hour, followed by lunch and talk by Marcia Feller of Couleur Collection, $25, The Purpoodock Club, 300 Spurwink Ave., Cape Elizabeth, register, 774-6597.

Community Discussion on Clean Energy Economy, hosted by Rep. Sean Flaherty, Rep. Peggy Pendleton, and Sen. Phil Bartlett, with Repower Maine, 6 p.m., free, open to the public, Scarborough Public Library, Gorham Road, Scarborough, Andrew Russell, Repower Maine, 251-5363.

Sunday 10/25

USM Annual Fall Open House, 12-4:30 p.m., with campus tours of Gorham and Portland; Gorham residence hall tours, Sport Industry Career Panel, Academic and Student Resource Information Fair, Costello Sports Complex, USM Gorham campus, register, www.usm.maine.edu/admit/regform.html or 780-5670.

Tuesday 10/27

"Creative Household Budgeting," Tools for Hard Times series, hosted by State Street Church UCC, 7-8:30 p.m., free, 159 State St., Portland, Anne Hendrix, 774-6396.

Friday 10/30

Havest Fest '09, with road race, free food, Oct. 30 - Nov.1, open to public, Faith Temple, 1914 Congress St., Portland, details, 773-6334, www.apostolicfaithtemple.com.

Ongoing

Bridges for Peace Vigil, Sundays 12-1 p.m., South Portland end of Casco Bay Bridge.

Calico Quilters, first and third Mondays, 7-9 p.m., Masonic Hall, Mill Street, Yarmouth, 846-0783.

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

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

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

Call for Volunteers

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

The Salvation Army of Greater Portland is in need of volunteers for the holiday season. Positions include: ringing bells at a kettle (great for groups or families), packing food baskets, toys, drivers to take volunteers and equipment to and from kettle locations, call 774-4172 ext. 265 or email danielle.gudroe@use.salvationarmy.org. 

Saturday 10/24

Warm ME UP, volunteers needed to help weatherize low-income homes Oct. 24, Nov. 4 or Nov.5, program by United Way of Greater Portland, PROP, Habitat for Humanity and Hour Exchange Portland, register, VolunteerMaine.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.

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

Alzheimer's Association has ongoing volunteer opportunities for caring people who can offer 3-4 hours per week, 170 U.S. Route 1, Falmouth, 772-0115.

American Red Cross needs volunteers in the disaster services, health and safety and administration departments, 874-1192 ext. 105.

The Cedars welcomes volunteers to help with activities and special events, including young child/parent and pet visits, 630 Ocean Ave., Portland, 772-5456.

Compass Project needs volunteers with tools, carpentry or boat skills for the boat building festival and youth boat building classes, 774-0682 or compassinfo@maine.rr.com.

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

Cumberland County Extension Association seeks people to serve on its executive committee, meets third Wednesday every month from 7-9 p.m. at Barron Center, Portland, 800-287-1471 or aherr@umext.maine.edu.

Deliver Meals on Wheels, mileage reimbursement, flexible days and weeks, one-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.

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

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.

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

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

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

Dining Out

Friday 10/23

Fifth Annual Caviar Dinner, presented by Eve's at the Garden, Portland Harbor Hotel and Browne Trading Company, 6 p.m. champagne reception; 6:30 p.m. dinner, $95, Portland Harbor Hotel, 468 Fore St., Portland, limited seating, reservations, 775-9090.

Saturday 10/24

Harvest Supper, 4:30-6 p.m., $7 adult, $3 child, North Pownal United Methodist Church, 871 Lawrence Road, Pownal, Caron, 688-4101.

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

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.

Sunday 10/25

Sunday Jazz Dinner, dinner buffet with Tony Boffa Band and Shawna, 6-9 p.m. music; buffet until 8 p.m., $15 adult / $12.50 seniors and children, Events on Broadway sponsored by Schoolhouse Art Center, www.ptcmaine.com.

Friday 10/30

Chicken Pie Supper, 4:30-7 p.m., $11 adult/ $5 ages 4-10, free for ages 3 and under, North Yarmouth Congregational Church, 3 Gray Rd, North Yarmouth, 829-3644.

Saturday 10/31

Annual Pancake Breakfast, 7:30-10 p.m., $4 adult/ $2.50 child, First Congregational Church of Scarborough, 161 Black Point Road, Scarborough.

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.

Saturday 10/24

Pumpkin Carving with Skillins, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., free, Gray Road, Cumberland, 829-5619; Foreside Road, Falmouth, 781-3860. 

Trail Walk at Powell Point Preserve, hosted by Freeport Conservation Trust, meet at 10 a.m. at the end of Lambert Road, Freeport, 1.5 mile round-trip, Freeport Conservation Trust, 869-1012.

Wednesday 10/28

"Evening Tours: Walk Among the Shadows," 6:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 28-30, costumed actors portray interred, $10 adult/ $5 ages 12 and under, tours every 10 minutes, preregister, 318-2982 or leana@spiritsalive.org.

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

Wednesday 10/21

USM Prior Learning Assessment Program, information session for unemployed or underemployed, 5-7 p.m., Room 113, Wishcamper Center, Bedford St., USM Portland.

Thursday 10/22

"Branding and Your Logo," Lunch & Learn Monthly Workshops for Entrepreneurs, hosted by MCED, 12 p.m. registration, 12:30-2:30 p.m. workshop, Wishcamper Center, room 211, USM Portland, $10, free for USM students, bring lunch, register at workshops@mced.biz or www.mced.biz/news.html#events, 228-8524.

"Writing a Woman's Life," lecture about Harriet Beecher Stowe by Joan Hedrick, author of "Harriet Beecher Stowe: A Life," 7:30 p.m., free and open to the public, University Events Room, Glickman Family Library, USM Portland, 780-4920.

Saturday 10/24

Apple Sauce Making, 10-12 p.m., $20, Wolfe's Neck Farm, 184 Burnett Rd, Freeport, registration required at 780-4205, work trade option available, call Heather at Wolfe's Neck Farm, 865-4363.

Monday 10/26

"Cod: An Uncertain Future for the Fish that Made New England," talk by Dr. Graham Sherwood, hosted by Yarmouth Historical Society 7:30 p.m., $5 non-members, $3 members, Yarmouth Log Cabin, 196 Main St., Yarmouth, 846-6259.

Thursday 10/29

"Encountering Executive Justice: The President's Power to Pardon," talk by Kurt L. Schmoke, University of Maine School of Law Annual Frank M. Coffin Lecture on Law and Public Service, 7 p.m., free and open to public, Abromson Community Education Center, Bedford St., USM Portland, register, 780-4344 or jennabdavis@gmail.com. 

"Meeting the Demand for Smoke-Free Housing," 1-3:30 p.m., free, hosted by Smoke-Free Housing Coalition of Maine and Partnership For A Tobacco-Free Maine, Wyndham Airport Hotel, Maine Mall Rd., South Portland, Maine, register, www.smokefreeforme.org/training.

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 10/23

"Balancing Your Life After Divorce," with Judy Braun, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 23, Oct. 30, Nov. 6, Cumberland Congregational Church, 282 Main St., Cumberland, Susan Novak, 829-3419.

Saturday 10/24

Art HOPE Creativity Gathering, with Laura Jaquays, for any adult affected by cancer and their families and friends, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., free, Cancer Community Center, 778 Main St., South Portland, registration required, 774-2200.

Sunday 10/26

Flu Clinic, 1-3 p.m., bring proof of insurance, $30, for ages 9 and older, Falmouth Congregational Church, Falmouth Road, Falmouth.

Tuesday 10/27

"Introduction to Macrobiotics," Fall Healthy Cooking Series with Lisa Silverman, 6-8:30 p.m., $45, open to public, Culinary Arts Building, SMCC, www.smccme.edu, 741-5758.

Friday 10/30

Young Widows and Widowers Support Group, open to people age 50 or younger who have lost a spouse or life partner, evenings at The Center for Grieving Children, Portland, call Valerie Jones 775-5216 for information and to schedule an intake, www.cgcmaine.org.

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

Senior Snow-Shoveling Project, call if interested in receiving free snow shoveling services during the winter, for City of Portland residents ages 65 and older, call Joan Sheedy, 774-7616.  

Monday 10/26

"Honoring the Caregiving Journey," with Liz Weaver, Alzheimer's Yarmouth Conversation Group, 7- 8:30 p.m., free and open to public, St. Bartholomew's Church, 396 Gilman Road, Yarmouth, Darlene Field, 632-2605 or Lois Knight, 829-6164.

Wednesday 10/28

"Ask the Doctor," questions and answers about Alzheimer's Disease and dementia with Dr. Jabbar Fazeli of Maine Geriatrics, 6:30- 8 p.m., free, Alzheimer's Association, Maine Chapter, 170 US Route 1, Suite 140, Falmouth, pre-register 772-0115. 

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

Thursday 10/22

"Everyone Knows What a Dragon Looks Like," presented by The Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine, 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday, through Oct. 23; 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, through Oct. 25, $7 CMTM members, $8 nonmembers, Dress-Up Theatre, Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine, 142 Free St, Portland, reservations recommended at www.kitetails.org, or 828-1234 x231.

Friday 10/23

"Everyone Knows What a Dragon Looks Like," presented by The Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine, 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday, through Oct. 23; 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, through Oct. 25, $7 CMTM members, $8 nonmembers, Dress-Up Theatre, Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine, 142 Free St, Portland, reservations recommended at www.kitetails.org, or 828-1234 x231.

Sixth Annual Halloween Night Visit, 6-9 p.m., come in costume with flashlight; hay rides, costume contests, food and more, regular admission fees, rain date Oct. 24, Maine Wildlife Park, U.S. Route 26, Gray, 657-4977 or www.mainewildlifepark.com.

Saturday 10/24

10th Annual Pumpkin Fest, 3-5 p.m., old-fashioned autumn fun, suitable for younger children, $10 per carload/ free for Skyline Farm members, Skyline Farm, 95 The Lane, North Yarmouth, www.skylinefarm.org.

Family Movie Night, "The Pink Panther," 7 p.m., donations accepted, UM Church, 52 Tuttle Rd., Cumberland, 829 3766. 

Thursday 10/29

The Wiggles, family entertainment band, 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., $10-$40, Cumberland County Civic Center, One Civic Center, Portland, tickets at all Ticketmaster locations, Civic Center box office, 775-3458, wwww.ticketmaster.com.

Saturday 10/31

"Halloween Spooktacular," performance by Portland Ballet, 2-3 p.m., $8-$13, with children's costume parade at intermission, John Ford Theater, Portland High School, 284 Cumberland Ave., Portland, tickets, www.brownpapertickets.com.

Family Friendly Halloween Dance Party, 12-2:30 p.m., $6 adult or $5 Space members, hosted by Space Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland, tickets, Bull Moose Music locations and www.space538.org.

Community trick or treating at Pine Point Nursing Center, 3:30-5 p.m., free, 67 Pine Point Rd., Scarborough. 

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, $1 children 3-12, adults $2; 58 Fore St., Portland, 828-0814.

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

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

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

Mid Coast

Benefits

Friday 10/23

Bali Silver Jewelry Sale, to Benefit Tedford Housing, 12-8 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, Frontier Cafe, Fort Andross Mill 3, 14 Maine St., Brunswick.

Saturday 10/24

Oktoberfest Benefit Dinner for the Marist Jamaican Mission sponsored by All Saints Parish, German buffet, 4:30-7 p.m., $20/adults, $10/children 10 and under, Knights of Columbus Hall, tickets at Hannaford, Brunswick and St. Charles Church, McKeen Street, Brunswick, for information, St. Charles Church, 725-2624.  

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

Saturday 10/24

Rabies Plus! Clinic, 9-11 a.m., all proceeds benefit the animals at the Coastal Humane Society; ear cleaning, nail trimming, $5-$10 each; microchipping, $25/pet; rabies vaccinations for dogs/cats only, $10/each, bring previous rabies certificate, Bowdoinham Town Hall, 13 School St., Bowdoinham, 725-5051, www.coastalhumanesociety.org 

Sunday 10/25

Kentucky Derby Dunk, with RSU1 and the Bath Area Family YMCA, swim events, water sport demonstrations, prizes for best hat, noon, $5/swimmer or $15/family, $25/"Owner's Box," pre-registration encouraged, Judy Metcalf, 442-7820 or metcalf442@myfairpoint.net. 

Wednesday 10/28

Sister City Program Second Annual Public Meeting and Election, 5 p.m., free, open to public, Winter Street Center, 880 Washington St., Bath, Carolyn Lockwood, 443-8330.

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

Habitat for Humanity / 7 Rivers Maine is seeking volunteers to weatherize 100 homes this fall; commit to one 4-hour training and a minimum of two 2 to 4-hour home weatherizations on Fridays and Saturdays in October; contact Habitat office, 386-5081 or amanda@habitat7rivers.org.

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

Wednesday 10/28

"Sampling Luncheon," with recipes from "Come to the Table" cookbook, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., $5, The Bath United Methodist Church, 340 Oak Grove Ave., Bath, cookbook available for $10 purchase, 443-4707.

Friday 10/30

Spaghetti Supper, hosted by Boy Scout Troop 648; 5-7 p.m., $7 adult, $5 child, $20 family, St. Charles Borromeo Church, McKeen St., Brunswick, Bill Conners, 841-8534.

Gardens & Outdoors

Saturday 10/24

Topsham Garden Club 75th Anniversary Celebration, afternoon tea, memorabilia, 2-4 p.m., Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road, Topsham; call for information, Marie 729-1295 or Carol 729-7225. 

Getting Smarter

Saturday 10/24

"Changing Environments, Changing Societies," symposium, 8:30 a.m., free, open to public, Smith Auditorium, Sills Hall, Bowdoin College, information/registration, 798-7157.

How to Get Published Workshop with local writer Sherry Hanson, query writing, marketing, more, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., $45/residents of Topsham/Brunswick; $50/nonresidents, lunch not included, register at the office, online at www.merrymeeting.org, or 729-7323, Merrymeeting Adult Education Center, 35 Republic Ave., Topsham. 

Sunday 10/25

The Children of Gaza: Living in a Land Under Siege, talk by Carolyn Coe and Danny Muller, 4 p.m., Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick, 725-7675, presented by PeaceWorks.

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

Friday 10/23

"The Art of Being Human," weekend program introducing sitting meditation 10/23-10/25, all welcome, preregistration required, www.shambhalabp.org, Shambhala Meditation Center, 19 Mason St., Brunswick; information, Leslie Harroun, leslieh108@gmail.com or 831-2263.

Tuesday 10/27

"Meditation in Everyday Life" six week class, Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m., Shambhala Meditation Center, 19 Mason St., Brunswick; information Robert Van Vranken, rvv3@suscom-maine.net or 729-4760.

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

Kids and Family Stuff

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.