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Community Calendar: Nov. 4 - 15

Community

Community Calendar: Nov. 4 - 15

Greater Portland

Benefits

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.

Easter Seals Maine Annual Gala & Auction, proceeds support Early Intervention, All Aboard Preschool, Vocational Services and The Center for Therapeutic Recreation, with cocktail reception, cash bar, heavy appetizers, silent and live auction, 6-9 p.m., $40, Wyndham Portland Hotel, Lighthouse Ballroom, West Tower, 363 Maine Mall Road, South Portland, tickets, www.eastersealsme.org or 828-0754 ext. 1015. 

Freeport Ski Boosters Annual Ski Swap, proceeds support Freeport Middle and High School Nordic and Alpine Ski Teams, 9 a.m. - noon, sellers should bring gear from 7-8:30 a.m., sales split 80% seller/20% FSB, Freeport Middle School gym, 19 Kendall Lane, Freeport, Chris Leighton, 865-6195. 

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.  

Sunday 11/8

Catie Curtis Benefit Concert, fundraiser for Safe Passage 10th Anniversary Celebration, with emcee Lori Voornas of Q97.9, 5:30 p.m. reception with appetizers, raffle, 7 p.m. concert, $35 reserved seating in rows 1-7; general admission $20 adult/ $10 student, Yarmouth High School, West Elm St., Yarmouth, for tickets, www.brownpapertickets.com, Andy's Handy Store, Yarmouth Community Services or Bull Moose Music, www.safepassage.org. 

Harvest Whole Foods Dinner and Silent Auction, fundraiser for the Maine Association of Certified Professional Midwives, 4-6 p.m., $10 adult/ $25 family, Falmouth Congregational Church, next to the Falmouth Town Hall, vegetarian and vegan options available, 647-5968.

Thursday 11/12

An Evening with Artist Paul Chan, gallery talk, proceeds go to Iraqi families recently resettled in Maine, 7:30 p.m., $5-$20 sliding scale, Space Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland, sponsored by the SPACE Gallery and The Maine Peace Fund.

Friday 11/13

The Art Guild of Freeport Holiday Show, Sale and Silent Auction, proceeds benefit the Freeport Community Center, 5-9 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday; 3 p.m. Saturday silent auction ends, Freeport Community Center, 53 Depot St., Freeport, Mary Berry, 865-3103. 

Maine Red Claws Welcome Dinner, lobster dinner with Red Claws players, coaches, to benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine, 5:30-7:30 p.m., $25 adult/ $10 child, Portland Expo, 239 Park Ave., Portland, space limited, register by Nov. 5, Charlotte Gregorie, cgregorie@bgcmaine.org or 874-1069 ext. 243.

Saturday 11/14

"Tis the Season" Craft Fair, proceeds benefit Easter Seals Maine, Center for Therapeutic Recreation, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Easter Seals Maine, 125 Presumpscot St., Portland, 772-0504.

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.

Bulletin Board

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.

Grand Opening Celebration of the Center for Architecture and Preservation, Q&A on home preservation, 2:30-5:30 p.m.; architecture talk by Earle Shettleworth Jr., 6-7 p.m.; reception and tour, 7 p.m., 93 High St., Portland, hosted by Greater Portland Landmarks, Toby Crockett, 774-5561 or www.portlandlandmarks.com. 

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.

Common Security Clubs Workshop, talk with Chuck Collins on ways to respond to the economic crisis, 9-11:30 a.m., free, State Street Church, UCC, 159 State St., Portland, www.commonsecurityclub.org, 774-6396.

Craft and Bake Sale, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Scarborough Free Baptist Church, 55 Mussey Road, Scarborough.  

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. 

Tuesday 11/10

Riverton Community Association General Meeting, 7 p.m., free and open to community members, Riverton School and Community Center, 1600 Forest Ave., Portland, rcaportland@yahoo.com. 

"Showcase Maine," Finance Authority of Maine annual meeting and awards event, 4:30-7:45 p.m., Holiday Inn By the Bay, Portland, register, www.famemaine.com or FAME, 1-800-228-3734.

Wednesday 11/11

"Green Bean" Building Kickoff Celebration, with appetizers, drinks, silent auction and talk by Mount Everest climber Craig John, 5-7 p.m., $10 suggested donation, Freeport Community Center, hosted by Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland and Freeport Rotary, register, 772-2151.

Saturday 11/14

St. Peter's Catholic Church Christmas Fair, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., 72 Federal St., Portland.

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.

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

Thursday 11/5

"Wine, Brownies & Chocolate Tasting" hosted by Simply Divine Brownies & Wilbur's of Maine Chocolate Confections, 4:30-6:30 p.m., 174 Lower Main St., Freeport, 865-4071, www.wilburs.com.

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.

Hunter's Breakfast, 4-10 a.m., Pownal Congregational Church, corner of Hallowell and Elmwood Roads, Pownal Center, sponsored by Impact - The Pownal School Parent-Teacher Organization, Karen Richter-Hall, 688-4294.  

Public Buffet-Style Supper, 4:30-6:30 p.m., $7 adult/ $3 child/ $20 for 4-person family, Cape Elizabeth United Methodist Church, 280 Ocean House Road, Ted Haider, indyhaiders@aol.com.

Friday 11/13

Free Community Supper, 5-7 p.m., served family style, St. Mary's Parish House auditorium at The Church of St. Mary the Virgin, 43 Foreside Road, Falmouth, second and fourth Fridays, 781-3366 or admin@smary.org.

Gardens & Outdoors

Cumberland Farmers Market, Falmouth Farmers Market, Wednesdays 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Allen, Sterling & Lothrup, 191 U.S. Route 1, Falmouth; Cumberland Farmers Market, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Fridays, Skillins Greenhouse, Route 100, West Cumberland, Leslie Fitzgerald, market.gal09@gmail.com.

Saturday 11/7

Holiday Fun Classes, 10 a.m. balsam wreath-making; 2 p.m. balsam kissing balls, $15 per session, Gray Road, Cumberland, 829-5619; Foreside Road, Falmouth, 781-3860.  

Sunday 11/8

River Point Conservation Area Open House and Guided Walks, 1:30-3 p.m., adjacent to Falmouth Crossing Shopping Center on Route 100, park and walk across the wooden railroad bridge to enter property, hosted by the Falmouth Conservation Commission, Robert Shafto, 878-8933; openspace@maine.rr.com.

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.

Getting Smarter

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.

Saturday 11/7

Free Weatherization Workshop, led by energy auditor Liz Moberg, 10 a.m.-noon, South Portland Community Center, 21 Nelson Rd., South Portland, sponsored by Green South Portland, www.greensouthportland.org, Angela Griffiths, 799-0794. 

Tuesday 11/10

"Renewable Energy and Hydrogen Technology in Iceland: History, Progress and Leadership," talk by Dr. S. David Dvorak, 6 p.m., open to public, Freeport Town Library, 10 Library Dr., Freeport, presented by The Hydrogen Energy Center of Portland Maine, Gary Higginbottom, Gary@HydrogenEnergyCenter.org, 233-1273.

"Starting Your Own Business" Workshop, 6-9 p.m., small fee, Portland SCORE Offices, 100 Middle St., Second Floor, East Tower, Portland, www.scoremaine.com, 772-1147. 

Wednesday 11/11

Rainbow Business & Professional Association Meeting, with talk by Charles S. Colgan,"Maine's Economic Outlook: Recovery on the (Far) Horizon," 5:30 p.m. networking hour at Port of Call Lounge, 6:30 p.m. meeting starts, $30 members/ $40 non-members, Holiday Inn By the Bay, 88 Spring St., Portland, register, 775-0077 or rsvp@rbpa.org.

Thursday 11/12

"Honduran People's Resistance," talk by Grahame Russell, 7 p.m., Meg Perry Center, 644 Congress St., Portland, 772-0680, sponsored by Peace Action Maine, El Centro Latino, Let Cuba Live.

Saturday 11/14

"Creating Local Harvest Holiday Gifts," with farm-made red and green pepper jelly, herbal vinegar, chutneys, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., $20, Wolfe's Neck Farm, 184 Burnett Rd, Freeport, register, 780-4205, work trade option available, call Heather, 865-4363, www.wolfesneckfarm.org.

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

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. 

Friday 11/6

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

Tuesday 11/10

"Healthy Quick Meals," 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.

Saturday 11/14

"Embracing Christmas," program for divorced, widowed and single persons, 1-3:30 p.m., no charge/ donations accepted, Holy Martyrs Church, Foreside Rd., register by Nov. 12 at 871-7464, ext. 2672 or psm@ccmaine.org, sponsored by Connected Catholics of Maine and Catholic Charities Maine Parish Social Ministry. 

Psychic and Crystal Fair, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Portland Leapin' Lizards, 449 Forest Ave., Portland, 221-2363, www.leapinlizards.biz.

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.  

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

Friday 11/6

Raising Reader Book Celebration, with readings by authors and illustrators and activities, 5-7 p.m., free and open to public, Children¹s Museum and Theatre of Maine, 142 Free St. Portland, 541-7531.

Saturday 11/7

Weekly Walks for Families, November's theme, "Earth Art," 11 a.m., Wolfe's Neck Farm, Burnett Rd., Freeport, 865-4363, www.wolfesneckfarm.org.

Saturday 11/14

BJ Hickman Family Magic Show, 11 a.m. - noon, $8 adult/ $5 child, St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St., Portland, 775-5568.

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 11/6

"Rise," film by Chris Patterson, presented by Maine Coastal Fly Angler to benefit Maine Rivers and Stripers Forever, 7 p.m., $12, advanced ticket purchase recommended, 725-5222, Frontier Cafe, Cinema and Gallery, 14 Maine St., Brunswick. 

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.

"Rise," film by Chris Patterson, presented by Maine Coastal Fly Angler to benefit Maine Rivers and Stripers Forever, 7 p.m., $12, advanced ticket purchase recommended, 725-5222, Frontier Cafe, Cinema and Gallery, 14 Maine St., Brunswick.  

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. 

The Merrymeeting Singers and Moving Spirit Dancers concert for family audiences to benefit Merrymeeting Community Shares, 4 p.m., reception at intermission, suggested donations at the door, $10/ $8 seniors and children under 12, for advance reservations call Matt Loosigian, 729-4718; Unitarian Universalist Church of Brunswick, 15 Pleasant St.

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

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


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, David and Nancy Schlieper, 725-0291.

St. Charles Church Annual Snowflake Fair, raffle, luncheon, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Coffee Corner 8:30 a.m., 132 McKeen St., Brunswick. Wednesday 11/18

Holiday Fair, the United Methodist Women's Group, all proceeds go to women and children's missions, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Bath United Methodist Church, 340 Oak Grove Ave., for information or donations, 443-4707. 

Tuesday 11/10

Mid-Coast Retired Educators meeting, speaker Susan Cole from People Plus, 50/50 drawing, 11:30 a.m., members asked to bring gift for The Home For Little Wanderers and/or the Veteran's Home; Bath Vocational Center, 826 High St. 

Saturday 11/14

St. Mary's Holiday Craft Fair, cafe, cookie walk, silent auction, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., 144 Lincoln St., Bath; Treva, 443-5389. 

Wednesday 11/18

American Red Cross blood drive, 3 p.m., Morrell Lounge, David Saul Smith Union, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, 725-3375.

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

Volunteers needed for the Bath-Brunswick area AARP Tax-Aide, provide free income tax assistance to seniors and low and moderate-income neighbors, sign up now for training held in January, computer familiarity a must, more info, www.aarp.org/taxaide, local coordinator Nancy Lord, 729-8730.

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 11/7

Early Bird Shoppers Breakfast, 6:30-8:30 a.m., all you can eat, suggested donation $5, Knights of Columbus Hall, 807 Middle St., Bath. 

Saturday 11/14

Public Baked Bean and Casserole Supper, 5-6:30 p.m., $8/adults, $4/children (6-12), children under 6 free, Brunswick United Methodist Church, corner of Church and Raymond Roads, Brunswick, reservations accepted, 725-2185. 

Harvest Dinner, 5-7 p.m., adults/$8, children/$4, family/$20, Kellogg Church, Route 123, Harpswell, information, 833-6026 or 833-5567. 

Getting Smarter

Friday 11/6

"Imaging Dynamic Events Inside Living Cells" by Christine Payne, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry at Georgia Tech., 3 p.m., free, open to public, Bowdoin College, Room 020, Druckenmiller Hall, Brunswick, 725-3218.

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.

"Blackness Beyond Borders: Reflections on the Shared History of Race in Mexico and the U. S." by Ben Vinson III, professor of Latin American history and director of the Center for Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University, 1:30 p.m., free, Bowdoin College, Room 315, Searles Science Building, 725-3956.

"Bowdoin's Africana Studies program: Enduring Traditions and the New Directions" symposium moderated by Olufemi Vaughan, director of Africana studies, 3:45 p.m., free, Bowdoin College, Room 208, Adams Hall, 735-3956.

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. 

Tuesday 11/10

"Money-Driven Medicine: What's Wrong with American Healthcare and How to Get it Right," film/discussion, 7 p.m., free, Bowdoin College, Beam Classroom, Visual Arts Center, 798-4173. 

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

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.  

Monday 11/9

Boy Scout Troop 202, Cub Scout Pack 646, information & sign-up night, 6-8 p.m., American Legion Hall, Foreside Road, Topsham; Frank Hudnor, Troop 202, 725-7887; Dave Remis, Cub Pack 646, 721-3097. 

Thursday 11/12

Women & Science: Making a Difference - Ocean Science Careers with Nicole Poulton, girls ages 10-19, 6:30-7:30 p.m., free, courtesy of Cornerstones of Science, www.cornerstonesofscience.org, Morrell Meeting Room, Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick, 725-5242 x225.  

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.