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Community Calendar: Oct. 28 - Nov. 8

Community

Community Calendar: Oct. 28 - Nov. 8

Greater Portland

Benefits

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

Live Radio Drama Event, proceeds benefit WMPG's PowerUP! Campaign, 7-9 p.m., $10 general admission/ $5 USM students and children, tickets, halloween09.eventbrite.com, presented by FinalRune Productions. 

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.

11th Annual Craft Fair, to benefit The Barbara Bush Children's Hospital, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Maine Medical Center, Scarborough Campus, 100 U.S. Route 1, Scarborough, 662-4173. 

Thursday 11/5

ME Citizens Against Handgun Violence 10th Anniversary Dinner, with Tim Sample, Maine humorist, silent and live auctions, door prizes, 6-9 p.m., Marriott Hotel, Maine Mall Road, South Portland, 780-0501 or info@mcahv.org.

Third Annual Project G.R.A.C.E. Trivia Bee Fundraiser, 7 p.m., free admission to watch, $300 to register 3-person team for trivia bee, The Landing at Pine Point, Scarborough, to register or sponsor team, pgme@projectgracemaine.org or 883-5111.  

Friday 11/6

"Mama's Night Out," Laughter is the Best Medicine Comedy Show, with Karen Morgan, Nancy Witter and Sherry Davey, to benefit the Cancer Community Center, 8 p.m., $25 general admission/ $35 reserved seat, Abromson Center, USM Portland, 774-2200.

Saturday, 11/7

"Alicia & Friends 2," musical benefit for the Epilepsy Foundation, 7 p.m., $50 adult/ $20 child, Lyric Music Theater, 176 Sawyer St., South Portland, Julie Fournier, 807-2458.

Friends of Scarborough Marsh Annual Dinner and Auction Fundraiser, to benefit marsh conservation and restoration programs, with dinner buffet by Express Events, 5:30 p.m., $50, St. Maximilian Kolbe Church, Black Point Road, Scarborough, tickets, info@scarboroughmarsh.org or Susie Williams, 883-2414.

35th Annual MECA Art Auction, 5-6 p.m. benefactor preview; 6-7:30 p.m. silent auction; 8 p.m. live auction tickets, $70 benefactor ticket/ $40 general admission, includes food, beverages, ICA at MECA, 522 Congress St., Portland, www.mecu.edu.  

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

Thursday 10/29

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

Peace Corps Information Meeting, 6 p.m., free and open to the public, Portland City Hall, 389 Congress St., Portland, www.peacecorps.gov. 

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.

Harvest Party, with pizza, games, crafts, 5:30-7:30 p.m., free, West Falmouth Baptist Church, 18 Mountain Rd., Falmouth, 797-4066. 

Healthy Howl-o-ween Beach Clean-Up and Costume Party, hosted by The South Portland Dog Owners Group, 8-10 a.m. clean-up Willard Beach; costume party to follow; rain date Nov. 1; Crystal Goodrich of SoPo DOG, 671-6393.

Thursday 11/5

District 2 Meeting, hosted by Councilor Dave Marshall, part of annual district meetings to discuss neighborhood issues, 7 p.m., Reiche Community Center, 166 Brackett St., Portland, Mike Murray, 756-8288.

Saturday 11/7

Antiques Appraisal Fair, hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Portland, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., $10 for one item appraisal/ $25 for three items, STRIVE, 28 Foden Road, South Portland, Michele Giroux, 854-6232, www.portlandkiwanis.com.

Christmas by the Sea Holiday Fair, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Elijah Kellogg Church, U.S. Route 123, Harpswell, Nancy Schlieper, 725-0291.

Merriconeag Fall Fair & Open House, with fine crafts, food, live music, children's games, student presentations and more, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Merriconeag Waldorf School, 57 Desert Rd., Freeport, 865-3900 or www.merriconeag.org.

Greater Portland Chapter of Maine Genealogical Society Meeting, 12:30 p.m. social, 1 p.m. program, free and open to public, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 29 Ocean House Rd., Cape Elizabeth. 

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 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. 

Project Linus Blanket Day, volunteers needed to knit, sew, crochet or tie homemade blankets for seriously ill, traumatized or needy children; event will be held Nov. 14 at Prince Memorial Library, Main St., Cumberland; donation of 1 1/2 yard of flannel requested; must register, jhamilton@princememoriallibrary.me.us or 829-2215, FMI, projectlinus.org.

Friday 10/30

American Red Cross Blood Drive, with help from Deering High School's "Dracula" cast and crew, 7 a.m. - 2 p.m., Red Cross Donor Center, 524 Forest Ave., Portland.

Wednesday 11/4

Warm ME UP, volunteers needed to help weatherize low-income homes 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.

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

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

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

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

ITNPortland seeks volunteer drivers to provide rides for seniors and adults with visual impairments, call 854-0505 or visit 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 10/30

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.

Bean Supper, 4:30-6 p.m., $8 adult/ $4 child, Tuttle Rd. Methodist Church, 52 Tuttle Rd, Cumberland, 829-3766.

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

Saturday 11/7

Baked Bean Supper, 5-6:30 p.m., $8 adult/ $5 ages 5-12, under 5 free, Triangle Club Casco Lodge, 20 Mill St., Yarmouth, 846-4724.

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.

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.

Saturday 10/31

"Beds to Rest," 10 a.m., free, Gray Road, Cumberland, 829-5619; Foreside Road, Falmouth, 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 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.

Tuesday 11/3

SAGE Lecture, "The Middle East and the Modern World: Geography/History," with Edward Knox, CIA, retired, 9:30-11:30 a.m., $5, Hannaford Hall, USM Portland, 780-4406.

Thursday 11/5

"Conflict Resolution: A spiritual approach," talk by John Tyler, a former Princeton professor and labor organizer, 7 p.m., free and open to public, Abromson Community Center, USM Portland, www.csportlandme.com, 772-0996.

Lunch & Learn Monthly Workshops for Entrepreneurs, "Create a Dream Team Starting with You," 12 p.m. registration, 12:30-2:30 p.m. workshop, $10, free for USM students, Abromson Center Room 213, USM Portland, register, www.mced.biz/news.html#events or call MCED, 228-8524.

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 10/30

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

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.

Tuesday 11/3

"Natural Foods: Japanese Foods," 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.

"Birth Issues," introductory talk by Pam Tozier on childbirth education, 7-8 p.m., free,  Falmouth Memorial Library, 5 Lunt Road, Falmouth, 838-7939.

Thursday 11/5

"Cardiometabolic Health: What's true, what's new and what you can do," Mended Hearts meeting, 7 p.m., free, Maine Medical Center, Learning Resource Center, 100 Campus Drive, Scarborough, www.mendedhearts.org.

Wellness and Cancer Prevention Workshop, 4-7 p.m., open to public, third floor, Fore River Medical Office Building, 195 Fore River Parkway, Suite 360, Portland, hosted by Mercy Oncology-Hematology Center, register, www.mercyhospital.org, 879-3614. 

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.  

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. 

Tuesday 11/3

Putting the Puzzle Together, 4-part series for people assisting older family and friends, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Nov. 3-24, Southern Maine Agency on Aging, 136 U.S. Route 1, Scarborough, registration required, AnneMarie Catanzano at 396-6545 or acatanzano@smaaa.org.

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 10/29

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.

Friday 10/30

Casco Bay YMCA Annual Halloween Party, kids of all ages welcome in costume for games, crafts, food, and fun, 6-8 p.m., free and open to public, adult must accompany children, Casco Bay YMCA, 14 Old South Freeport Rd, Freeport, to volunteer at the event or to make refreshments, call Robin or John, 865-9600. 

Halloween Ghost Train, on the hour from 5-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, $10 adult/ $9 senior, $6 ages 3-12, ages under 3 free, Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co. & Museum, 58 Fore St., Portland, 828-0814.

Saturday 10/31


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

"Events at Wilburs," monster head craft, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Wilbur's of Maine Chocolate Confections, Freeport Factory location, 174 Lower Main St., Freeport, 865-4071, www.wilburs.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.

"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.

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

Saturday 10/31

Halloween 5K Pumpkin Run to benefit Bath Area YMCA, costumes encouraged, 9 a.m., $15/pre-registration, $20/day of; 8:15 Kids 1 Mile Fun Run, $5/registration, www.bathymca.org, sponsored by Byrnes Hospitality, Inc., for information, 443-4112 or www.bathymca.org.

Saturday 11/7

Holiday Craft Fair to benefit the Mid-Coast Hunger Prevention Program, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., free admission and parking, Brunswick High School, Maquoit Road, Brunswick, sponsored by the All Military Craft Fair Association.

Sunday 11/8

42nd Annual Ski & Skate Sale to benefit youth programs, new and used equipment and clothing, 1-4 p.m., The Brunswick Recreation Center Gym, 30 Federal St., Brunswick; for donations or information see flyer at www.brunswickme.org/parkrec. 

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 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.

Friday 10/30

Tarot Readings by Madame Sosotris (Library Trustee Susan Beegel), adult and age-appropriate for children, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1-4 p.m., donations accepted for the library, Patten Free Library bookstore, 194 Front St., Bath, Sandy Weiss, 443-2654.

Saturday 10/31

"Grave Expectations: Planning the end like there's no tomorrow," by authors Carmen Flowers and Sue Bailey at annual meeting of the Funeral Consumers Alliance of Maine, 10 a.m., open to public, $10/person, The Highlands, 30 Governor's Way, Topsham; to pre-register send fee to Lee Shenton, 12 Dale Street, Falmouth, ME 04105.

Sunday 11/1

Bath Antiques Show, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., $4 admission, $3 w/ad, Bath Middle School, exit onto Congress Ave. from Route 1, information, PT Promotions, Polly Thibodeau, 443-8983 or ptpromo@suscomme.net. 

Monday 11/2

"Artful Marketing" for artists, by Nanette Giacoma, 6 p.m., presented by Five Rivers Arts Alliance, members free, $5 general public, for reservations email info@fiveriversartsalliance.org., information 798-6964.  

Tuesday 11/3

"Building a Village of Peace," presentation by Alexander Petroff, founder/president of Working Villages International, 7:30 p.m., Frontier Café, Fort Andross Mill, Brunswick, www.workingvillages.org, information, Laura Kahn, 607-1367 or kahnwvi@gmail.com.

Wednesday 11/4

The Cosmopolitan Club meeting, speaker, Andrea Nicoletta, Community Educator for Sexual Assault Support Service of Mid Coast Maine, new members welcome, 6:30 p.m., 894 Washington St., Bath, 443-3231.

Thursday 11/5

"Apocalypse Never: Forging the Path to a Nuclear-Weapon-Free World," a talk on nuclear weapons disarmament by Tad Daley, JD, PhD, 7:30 p.m., free and open to public, main lounge, Moulton Union, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, 841-5291, hosted by the Bowdoin College Department of Government & Legal Studies.

Saturday 11/7


Annual Kellogg Church Holiday Fair
, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., 11 a.m. luncheon, 1 p.m. handcrafted dollhouse auction, Elijah Kellogg Church, Route 123, Harpswell, information, David and Nancy Schlieper, 725-0291.

St. Charles Church Annual Snowflake Fair, raffle prizes, luncheon, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Coffee Corner 8:30 a.m., 132 McKeen St., Brunswick. 

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.

Getting Smarter

Saturday 11/7

How to Get Published Workshop, Sherry Hanson, query writing, marketing, more, 9 a.m. - noon, $50, space limited, Nancy's Maine Choice, 14 Maine St., Brunswick, 729-3600, www.jstwrite.com/workshops.htm.

Sunday 11/8

Pejepscot Genealogy Society meeting, with presentation by Dave Barber, 2 p.m., arrive early for social time, Curtis Memorial Library, Middle Street entrance, Brunswick, 833-7371. 

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 11/1

Annual Interfaith Memorial Service by Center for Grief and Loss in Mid Coast Maine & CHANS Home Health and Hospice Care, 2 p.m., public invited, submit names to be read by Nov. 27, Hospice Volunteers, 729-3602 x104, information, www.hospicevolunteers.org; www.chanshomehealthcare.com. 

Saturday 11/7

Do It Yourself Skin Care workshop, 2-4 p.m., $25 pre-registration required by 11/5, materials supplied, Safar Bodycare, 10 Pleasant St., Brunswick, register, Eli Arlen, 729-4718. 

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

Saturday 11/7

Kinder-Science: Nature's Connections, for 4-6 year-olds and caregivers, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick, free, courtesy of Cornerstones of Science, pre-registration, 725-5242 x225, information, www.cornerstonesofscience.org.  

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.