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Community Calendar: Nov. 11 - 22

Community

Community Calendar: Nov. 11 - 22

Greater Portland

Benefits

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.

Honduran Mission Taco Supper, fundraiser for medical supplies, mission work in Honduras, family event with music, pinata, 5:30-7 p.m., $6 adult/ $3 child/ $15 family, Beniema Hall, Falmouth Congregational Church, 267 Falmouth Rd., Falmouth, hosted by Foreside Community Church and Falmouth Congregational Church, Resa Jones, 329-3399.

"Road to Rome" Swing/Big Band Dance Party, fundraiser for the Italian Heritage Center concert band trip to Italy, 7-11 p.m., 15 advance tickets only, Italian Heritage Center, 40 Westland St., Portland, tickets, call Domenica Cipollone, 799-4593 or Dick Capozza, 892-9576. 

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.

The Sierra Club Maine Annual Meeting, fundraiser with silent auction, annual awards dinner and presentation by aerial photographer Alex MacLean, 5:30 p.m. reception begins, $35, Harraseeket Inn, Freeport, 761-5616. 

Saturday 11/14

eWaste Recycling Event for Maine Households, to benefit Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland, bring unwanted small appliances, computers/ make small donation, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Maine Mall parking lot between Pizza Hut and Hannaford, 364 Maine Mall Road, South Portland, more information, www.ewastemaine.com. 

Fall Feline Frolic, holiday fair to benefit Friends of Feral Felines, artwork, crafts, cat-themed items, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., 643/651 Forest Ave., Portland, 797-3014. 

Sacred Heart / St. Dominic Parish 4th Annual Silent Auction, with live auction, food, 5 p.m., free admission, Parish Hall, corner of Sherman and Mellen Streets, Portland, Anne, 883-1464. 

South Portland Benefit Dance, music by Color Blind and silent auction, sponsored by the South Portland High School football boosters, 7 p.m., $20, Italian Heritage Center, 40 Westland Ave., Portland, tickets at JP Thornton's, Thatchers, home football games, 767-4243. 

"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.

Thursday 11/19

Day One's 36th Annual Celebration, fundraiser hosted by Boston Bruins Derek Sanderson, 6-8:30 p.m., Portland Marriott, Sable Oaks, South Portland, 767-0991 ext. 120.

Saturday 11/21

Benefit Jazz Concert, performance by The Royal River Philharmonic Jazz Band, to raise money for Immanuel Baptist Church gothic tower restoration, 7:30 p.m., $10 adult/ ages 12 and under free, Immanuel Baptist Church, 156 High St., Portland, 775-2301, www.ibcportland.org.

Crossroads Cafe Holiday Craft Fair, proceeds go to provide Thanksgiving baskets for Gray/ New Gloucester families, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. The Crossroads Coffeehouse, Main Street, Gray Village, www.crossroadsmaine.org. 

Designing Women Fine Art, Craft Show & Sale, suggested admission donation to benefit Coastal Studies for Girls, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Merriconeag Waldorf School Community Hall, 57 Desert Rd., Freeport, Michelle Henning, 833-5556.

Bulletin Board

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.

Friday 11/13

Craft Fair, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday; 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday, First Parish Church, 425 Congress St., Portland, Wendy, 899-2530. 

"Sparkletown," Christmas Fair, 2-7 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday, North Pownal United Methodist Church, 851 Lawrence Rd., Pownal, 688-4101 or 688-4481.

Turkey/Ham Shoot, with free food, 1-3 p.m., The American Legion Libby-Mitchell Post 76, Manson Libby Road, Scarborough Industrial Park, Scarborough, Jake Carr, 883-7815.

Saturday 11/14

Craft Fair, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday; 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday, First Parish Church, 425 Congress St., Portland, Wendy, 899-2530. 

"Just an Old Fashioned Fair," 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., St. Ansgar Evangelical Lutheran Church, 515 woodford St., Portland, 774-8740, www.saintansgar.org.  

Mercy Hospital's 13th Annual Christmas Craft Fair, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Mercy Hospital State Street Auditoriums, level B2, Portland, Lori Fournier, 879-3585. 

"Sparkletown," Christmas Fair, 2-7 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday, North Pownal United Methodist Church, 851 Lawrence Rd., Pownal, 688-4101 or 688-4481. 

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

Thursday 11/19

Mill Creek Park Action Plan Review Meeting, free and open to public, 5:30-7:30 p.m., basement conference room, South Portland City Hall, Sarah Neuts, Parks Operations Manager, 767-7670 ext. 7803.

Saturday 11/21

Annual Christmas Fair, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., West Falmouth Baptist Church, 18 Mountain Rd., Falmouth, 797-4066. 

Holiday Craft Fair, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Greely High School, Main St., Cumberland, 829-4805.

Holly Daze Bazaar, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., First Congregational Church, 301 Cottage Rd., South Portland, 799-4001. 

Christmas in the Country, 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Tuttle Road United Methodist Church, 52 Tuttle Rd, Cumberland, 829-3766.

"A Village Christmas," Cumberland Congregational Church Christmas Fair, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Main St, Cumberland.  

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.

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 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.

Saturday 11/14

Lobster Dinner, 5-6 p.m., $12 for 1 lobster, $18 for 2; Cape Elizabeth Lions Club, Bowery Beach School House, Ocean House Road, Cape Elizabeth, eat in or take out, 767-2733 for reservations.

Saturday 11/21

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

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 11/22

Jazz Dinner Buffet, with Don Doane Jazz Band, 6-8 p.m. buffet, Nov. 22, Nov. 29, $15 adult/ $12 child, Events on Broadway, 729 Broadway, South Portland, www.ptcmaine.com. 

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.

Thursday 11/12

Walnut Hill Garden Club Meeting, "Food Preservation Basics," talk by Kathy Savoie, 7 p.m., North Yarmouth Firemen's Meeting Room, corner of U.S. Route 9 and Route 115, Brenda Sherwin, 829-5326 or Dottie Stackpole, 829-6433.

Saturday 11/21

Holiday Arrangements Class, make boxwood trees, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday; extra class 2 p.m. Sunday only at Falmouth Skillins, $20, 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.

Getting Smarter

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

"Beyond Bailouts: Children of the Recession and the Challenge of Higher Education," lecture by Henry Giroux, 6 p.m., free and open to public, USM University Events Room, Glickman Family Library, USM Portland, 780-5373, usm.maine.edu. 

Thursday 11/12

Public Talk by Bill Yeo, mountaineer and photographer, 6:30 p.m., free and open to the public, Lyman Moore Middle School library, 171 Auburn St., Portland, sponsored by the Maine Humanities Council, Judy Wentzell, 874-8150.

"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.

Tuesday 11/17

"Marketing & Sales: Attract new customers and retain them," workshop, 6-9 p.m., small fee, Portland SCORE Offices, 100 Middle St., Second Floor, East Tower, Portland, www.scoremaine.com, 772-1147.  

"Maine Confronts Climate Change," documentary screening and discussion, 7 p.m., free and open to the public, co-sponsored by the Falmouth Memorial Library and Cool Falmouth, Falmouth Memorial Library, 5 Lunt Road, Falmouth, 781-2351, www.falmouth.lib.me.us.

Wednesday 11/18

"Kayaking around Cape Breton," slide show by Mike Perry, free, sponsored by the Royal River Conservation Trust, The Log Cabin, 196 Main St., Yarmouth, 846-4458.

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 11/12

Northern New England Convention, of the Full Gospel Business Mens Fellowship International, open to public, Nov. 12-14, Eastland Park Hotel, Portland, register, 727-3252.

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.

"Empathy Weekend" workshop with Peggy Smith, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, $125 both days; $75 Saturday only, Meadow Wind Center, 100 Gray Road, Falmouth, Shay Bellas, 632-8471, www.opencommunication.org. 

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

Tuesday 11/17

"Keeping Body and Soul Together: Spiritual dimensions of financial crisis," talk by Rev. Jeanette Good, pastor of State Street Church UCC, The Tools for Hard Times series, 2-3:30 p.m., free and open to public, State Street Church UCC, 159 State St., Portland, Anne Hendrix, 774-6396. 

"Natural Cooking for the Holidays," 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 11/21

"Creating the Life You Want," interactive workshop with Deb Bergeron and Lisa Clement, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., $99, Meadow Wind, 100 Gray Road, Falmouth, register, 797-9007, OceanOfPossibilities.com/workshops.

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.  

Tuesday 11/17

"Senior Care: What are my Options?" talk by Lynn H. Peel, senior care consultant and president of Beach Glass Transitions, 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17; and 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19; 277 Congress St., Portland, 272-2792, www.beachglasstransitions.com.

Ongoing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kids and Family Stuff

Saturday 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.

"The Nutcracker," presented by Maine State Ballet, 10:30 a.m. and 12 p.m., Dress-Up Theater, Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine, 142 Free St., Portland, www.kitetails.org.  

Saturday 11/21

"The Fofer Show with Shana Barry," storytelling and songs, 11 a.m., $8 adult/ $5 kids, St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St., Portland tickets, 775-5568, www.Fofers.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 11/14

Charity Auction, to benefit A Paw in the Door, with signed Red Sox items, gift certificates, art and more, 6 p.m., $10 advance/ $12 door, Winter Street Church Annex, Washington St., Bath, advance tickets, Sharon Drake Real Estate 386-1046. 

Friday 11/20

Bath Family Dance, Danceboat with Matt Loosigian and Eli Arlen calling, proceeds benefit Merrymeeting Community Shares, beginner-friendly, 6:30-8 p.m., $3/person, $12/family max, Bath Dance Works, 72 Front St., 3rd floor, Matt, 729-4718.

Bath Community Contradance, Tamora Goltz, David Stimson, and Glen Loper with Chrissy Fowler calling, proceeds benefit Merrymeeting Community Shares, all dances taught, 8-11 p.m., $9/person, $22/family max, Bath Dance Works, 72 Front St., 3rd floor, Earthjams.com/bathcontra.pdf, mmcshares.org, Matt, 729-4718.

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 11/14

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 202 Annual Christmas Fair, crafts, raffles, baked goods, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., 79 Foreside Rd, Topsham, table available for rent, $10, call Jane or Barbara, 725-6451.

Christmas Fair, Mid-Coast Presbyterian Church, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., 84 Maine St., Topsham, 729-3193. 

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.

Harpswell Business Association Meeting, 6 p.m., open to new and returning members, Cook's Lobster House, Harpswell, Condon, 833-6081.

Thursday 11/19

Hello Stiletto - Shoe Club Party, 6-9 p.m., Solo Bistro, Bath, more information, www.shoeclub.us.  

Saturday 11/21

Christmas Fair, wreaths, crafts, children's shopping area, visits with Santa, 8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.; 11 a.m. luncheon, free admission, Brunswick United Methodist Church, 320 Church Road. 

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 11/14

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. 

Saturday 11/21

Turkey Supper, 4:30-6:30 p.m., adults $7.50, $3.50 children under 12, Bath United Methodist Church, 340 Oak Grove Ave., 443-4707 information or take out meals. 

Gardens & Outdoors

Wednesday 11/18

Topsham Garden Club, 12 p.m. luncheon followed by business meeting, 1 p.m. presentation, "Cultural Landscapes" by Ed Hawes, guests and new members welcome, information, Marie 729-1295 or Carol 729-7225, Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Rd., Topsham. 

Getting Smarter

Thursday 11/12

"John Calvin Stevens in Bath," illustrated presentation by Earle Shettleworth, Jr., State Historic Preservation Officer and State Historian, 7 p.m., a Sagadahoc Preservation Inc. event, Winter Street Center, 880 Washington St., Bath, information, sagadahocpreservation.org, or 443-2174. 

Tuesday 11/17

The Coast to Coast Trail, England, presentation by Jan and Ray Ronan, with the Maine Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club, 7 p.m., potluck dinner 6 p.m., Morrell Room, Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick, parking available, information, John Mullens, education@amcmaine.org.

Wednesday 11/18

"Energy Poker: Does Maine have Aces and Eights or a Royal Flush?" by Angus King, 7 p.m., Curtis Memorial Library. Sponsored by the American Association of University Women, Bath-Brunswick Branch, public welcome, 725-6236. 

Thursday 11/19

"Species and Space Constraints: The Continuing Fight for Africa's Wildlife" lecture by Evans Mwangi, 7:30 p.m., free, open to public, Bowdoin College, Main Lounge, Moulton Union, 725-3396. 

Friday 11/20

"The Amazing Chickadee Brain: Stem Cells and Adult Neurogenesis" lecture by Diane Lee, 12:30 p.m., free, open to public, Bowdoin College, Main Lounge, Moulton Union, 725-3396. 

Ongoing

ArtWorks, Creative Arts Night, 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Bath Recreation Center, 4 Sheridan Rd., Bath, $8; 443-8360.

Merrymeeting Regional Adult Education, various courses available, 35 Republic Ave., Topsham, 729-7323.

Sagadahoc History & Genealogy Room, focusing on communities in Sagadahoc County, Patten Free Library, 33 Summer St., Bath, 443-5141.

University College at Bath/Brunswick hosts career and academic program information sessions, free, Mid-Coast Center for Higher Education, 9 Park St., Bath, schedule at 442-7736.

Health & Support

Ongoing

Adoption Support Group for adult adoptees, adoptive parents, birth parents and those whose lives are touched by adoption, monthly meetings, Mae's Cafe, 160 Centre St., Bath, 443-9876.

Care Support Group, Sexual Assault Support Services of Midcoast Maine and Mid Coast Hospital provide an education-based support group for survivors of sexual violence who are pregnant; participants may bring a support person, 373-6500 or 725-2181.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous, Monday 7 p.m., Beth Israel Congregation, 906 Washington St., Bath, 865-4076; Wednesday 7 a.m., UCC Church, 150 Congress St., Bath, 837-8164; Wednesday 7 p.m., Midcoast Presbyterian Church, 84 Main St., Topsham, 729-3861; Saturday 9 a.m., Midcoast Hospital, Brunswick, 865-1916.

Group Sitting Meditation, 9 a.m.-noon Sundays, Shambhala Center, 19 Mason St., Brunswick, 729-7402.

Mid Coast Chronic Pain Support Group, open to people with chronic pain, their families and friends, first and third Monday, 6-7:30 p.m. Mid Coast Hospital, Brunswick, 725-7854.

Mid Coast Maine Center for Grief and Loss, hospice volunteers offer grief support programs for children, families and individuals, 45 Baribeau Drive, Brunswick, 729-3602.

Overeaters Anonymous, Brunswick meetings: Monday 7:30 p.m., First Parish Church, 9 Cleaveland St.; and Thursday 7 p.m., St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 27 Pleasant St.; Sunday 9 a.m., MidCoast Hospital, 123 Medical Center Drive.

Sexual Assault Support Services of Midcoast Maine, support groups for survivors of sexual violence, includes sexual assault, sexual abuse as a child and sexual harassment, open to nonoffending parents and partners, 725-2181 to schedule a pre-group meeting.

Survivors of Suicide, support group, first Thursday, 5:30 p.m., Elijah Kellogg Congregational Church, 917 Harpswell Neck Road, Harpswell, 833-6386.

TOPS (Take Off the Pounds Sensibly) Thursday weigh-in 6:10-6:40 p.m., meeting follows, Seventh Day Adventist Church, Maine Street, Brunswick, 375-4749.

Weight Watchers, every Monday, noon, McLellan Building, Multipurpose Room, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, 725-3265.

Women's Circle, for women who want support for a controlling or abusive relationship, free and confidential, hosted by Mid Coast Outreach Office of Family Crisis Services, 721-0199.

Just for Seniors

Ongoing

Bath Area Senior Citizens, bridge club, cribbage, crafts, line dancing, bocce, bingo and more, 45 Floral St., Bath, 443-4937.

Meals on Wheels, delivery available for homebound seniors, offered by Spectrum Generations, Brunswick Resource Center, 6 Noble St., Brunswick, 729-0475.

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

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.  

Friday 11/20

Healthy Family Night at the Bath YMCA, 3rd Friday of each month, through April, 2010; rock climbing, yoga, more, 6-8 p.m., free, all ages, for full schedule of events, www.bathymca.org, or 443-4112. 

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.