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Community Calendar: Jan. 6 - 17

Community

Community Calendar: Jan. 6 - 17

Greater Portland

Benefits

Friday 1/15

"Harriet Tubman Visits A Therapist," written and directed by Carolyn Gage, fundraiser for the short film "Jersey 7," 7-10 p.m., Meg Perry Center, 644 Congress St., Portland.

"Strike Out Cancer in Kids," Hot Stove Tour Dinner, with Sea Dogs alum Jed Lowrie, to benefit the Strike Out Cancer in Kids, a joint program of Portland Sea Dogs and Maine Children's Cancer Program, 5:30 p.m. silent auction, 6:30 p.m. dinner, 7 p.m. program, $50, Wyndham Hotel, 363 Maine Mall Road, South Portland, tickets, www.portlandseadogs.com, FMI, 662-2739.

Sunday 1/17

Greely Girls Basketball Flapjack Fundraiser, 7:30-10 a.m., $7, Applebee's, 200 Running Hill Rd., South Portland, Susan Swanson, 829-4006.

Bulletin Board

Sunday 1/10

Yarmouth Democratic Town Committee Meeting, planning meeting for Yarmouth Democratic Caucus held Jan. 31, 7 p.m., Log Cabin, 196 Main St., Yarmouth, Robert F. Bishop, 846-5689.

Wednesday 1/ 13

Annual Police Citizen Review Subcommittee Public Meeting, 5 p.m., room 24, City Hall, 389 Congress St., Portland, FMI, 756-8173.

Sunday 1/15

Hour Exchange Portland Open House, 1-4 p.m., 470 Forest Ave., Portland, www.hourexchangeportland.org.

Saturday 1/16

Rabies Plus! Clinic, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m., various services, Cumberland Town Hall, 290 Tuttle Road, Cumberland, hosted by The Coastal Humane Society, www.coastalhumanesociety.org.

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

2010 Martin Luther King Day of Service Volunteers of all ages are needed to help with Freeport service projects on Monday, Jan. 18; to volunteer or donate supplies, call 865-0928, ext. 29 or e-mail charestm@rsu5.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 1/8

South Freeport Church Haddock Chowder Lunch, 11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m., $8, South Freeport Church Community Hall, 98 South Freeport Road,  South Freeport, 865-4012.

Saturday 1/9

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

Chowder Meal
, 4:30-6 p.m., $7.50, First United Methodist Church, 179 Ridgeland Ave., South Portland.

Public Church Supper, 5 p.m., $7 adult/ $3 child, First Parish Church, 40 Main St., Freeport, 865-6022.

Sunday 1/10

Jazz Dinner Buffet, Edith Jones Project, 6-9 p.m.; buffet 6-8 p.m., $15 adult/ $12.50 senior or student, Events on Broadway, 729 Broadway, South Portland; $6.50 advance discount senior tickets at Southern Maine Agency on Aging, Scarborough, www.ptcmaine.com.

Lions Club Pancake Breakfast
, 7:30-11 a.m., $5 adult/ $4 child, Bowery Beach Schoolhouse, Two Light Road, Cape Elizabeth.

Ongoing

Free Community Soup Dinner, 5-7 p.m., Parish House, The Church of St. Mary the Virgin, 43 Foreside Road, Falmouth, second and fourth Fridays, 781-3366, admin@smary.org. 

Gardens & Outdoors

Cumberland Farmers Market, Falmouth Farmers Market, Wednesdays  through March 31, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Allen, Sterling & Lothrup Garden Center, 191 U.S. Route 1, Falmouth; Cumberland Farmers Market, Saturdays through April 3, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Skillins Greenhouse, Route 100, West Cumberland; Leslie Fitzgerald, market.gal09@gmail.com.

Monday 1/11
    
St. Mary's Garden Club Meeting
, talk by Robert Sawyer, president of the Maine Iris Society, 10 a.m., free and open to the public, Falmouth Memorial Library, 5 Lunt Rd., Falmouth, Wendy Kellett, wkellett@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

Wednesday 1/6

Maine Women's Fund Topic Discussions, 12-1:30 p.m., free and open to the public, 565 Congress St., Suite 306, Portland, register, thewomen@mainewomensfund.org or 774-5513.

Thursday 1/7

Southern Maine Astronomers Meeting, “So Santa Brought You a Telescope – Now What?” 7:30 p.m., free and open to public, Southworth Planetarium, USM Portland, George Whitney, gwhitney@maine.rr.com.

Tuesday 1/12

Falmouth Memorial Library’s LunchBox Friends, talk by Hugh MacMahon, attorney and author of  “Progress, stability, and the struggle for equality: a ramble through the early years of Maine law, 1820-1920" noon, bring lunch, free and open to the public, Falmouth Memorial Library, 5 Lunt Rd, Falmouth, 781-2351.

Maine Wind Industry Seminar Series 2010
, Jan. 12-14, free and open to all Maine composite companies; engineering and construction companies, boat builders; companies interested in wind power, Clarion Hotel, 1230 Congress St, Portland, register at  www.aewc.umaine.edu, FMI, Marcy Smith, 581-2125, marcy.smith@umit.maine.edu.

"Starting Your Own Business: Everything you need to know," 2-5 p.m., Portland SCORE, small fee, 100 Middle St., Second Floor, East Tower, Portland, www.scoremaine.com, 772-1147.

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.

Portland SCORE, ongoing business workshops led by volunteers, small fee, 100 Middle St., Second Floor, East Tower, Portland, www.scoremaine.com, 772-1147. 

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 1/7

“Contentment In Everyday Life,” weekly discussion group, 6:30-8:15 p.m., Jan. 7- Feb. 4, guided meditation, talks and discussion, at Portland Shambhala Meditation Center, 97 Newbury St., or participate online, all are welcome, preregister at www.shambhalabp.org, FMI, James Prentice, lowlandbear@gmail.com or 837-8431.

"Evidence-Based Tai Chi and Qigong Program:
Overview and Experiential Program with Gentle Movements," monthly Mended Hearts meeting, 7 p.m., free and open to heart survivors and their loved ones, Maine Medical Center, Learning Resource Center, 100 Campus Drive, Scarborough MMC Campus, www.mendedhearts.org, Robyn Shaw 662-2543.

Saturday 1/9

"Interfaith Spiritual Care in Hospital and Long term Care Settings," 9:30 – 4:30 p.m., $60, hosted by The Chaplaincy Institute of Maine, 55 Forest Ave. Portland, FMI or to register, chimeadmin@gmail.com or 347-6740.

“Meeting the Behavioral Challenges of Dementia:  Tips and Techniques for Family Caregivers,” hosted by Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter, 2-hour workshop, free but space is limited, FMI or to register, call the Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter, 772-0115, 170 U.S. Route 1, Suite 250, Falmouth.

Wednesday 1/13

Holiday Grief Support Meeting, hosted by VNA Home Health & Hospice, 6-7:30 p.m. 50 Foden Rd., South Portland, Linda Hopkins, 400-8714.

"Toxics in our Products and Environment,"
presentation by Sally Chapell, 9:30 a.m., free, Falmouth Congregational Church,  Falmouth Rd., Falmouth, hosted by Maine and National Council of Churches, FMI, Dolores Vail, 781-4363, tvail@maine.rr.com.

Ongoing

Cancer Community Center, daily classes, support groups, 778 Main St., South Portland, 774-2200 or cancercommunitycenter.org.

Christian Meditation Gathering, hosted by United Methodist communities of Hope.Gate.Way, 6 p.m. Wednesdays, 185 High St., Portland, www.newlightportland.org, 899-2435. 

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

Saturday 1/9

Parent-Child Creative Folk Dance, participatory folk dance with live fiddle music by Hope Hoffman, for children ages 5-10; 11 a.m. - noon,  $8 adult/ $5 child, St. Lawrence Arts & Community Center, 76 Congress St., Portland, tickets, www.stlawrencearts.org, 775-5568.

Sunday 1/10

The First Annual Tidewater Farm Family Winter Fest, 1 p.m., animal paw print tracking, treasure hunts using GPS tracking units, snow shoeing basics and more, free and open to the public, Tidewater Farm in Falmouth, www.extension.umaine.edu/tidewater/default.htm, 780-4213.

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.

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.

Storytime at South Portland Main Library, Fridays, 10:30 a.m. ages 1- 2; 11 a.m. ages 3-5; 482 Broadway, South Portland, 767-7660. 

Mid Coast

Benefits

Saturday 1/9

"Celebrating 12th Night: A seasonal feast of music, dance and poetry," to benefit Unitarian Universalist Church of Brunswick, 7 p.m., Suggested donations at the door: $10 adult/ $8 seniors and children under 12, Unitarian Universalist Church of Brunswick, 15 Pleasant St., Brunswick, advance tickets, 729-8515.

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 1/7

"Sustainability Across Maine," multi-media event on sustainability projects in Maine, with door prizes, food, live music,  7-9 p.m., Frontier Cafe, 14 Maine St, Fort Andross, Brunswick, 725-5222, presented by Green Living Project, www.greenlivingproject.com/maine09.

Saturday 1/9

Rabies Plus! Clinic, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m., various services, Harpswell Town Hall, Mountain Road, Harpswell, hosted by The Coastal Humane Society, www.coastalhumanesociety.org.

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.

Midcoast Maine CA$H Coalition needs tax preparation volunteers for the 2010 tax season to help with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, call Sharon Ross or Glenn Michaels, 373-1140. 

Spectrum Generations has volunteer opportunities in program development, outreach, and reception at its new Community Center at 12 Main St., Topsham, FMI, Debbie, 729-0475. 

Tuesday 1/12

American Red Cross Blood Drive, 11:45 a.m.- 6 p.m., Bath YMCA, Bath.

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.

Gardens and Outdoors

Brunswick Winter Market, Maine farms and merchants, Saturdays 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Fort Andross Mill, Maine St., Brunswick. 

Dining Out

Saturday 1/9

Public Roast Pork Supper,  4:30-6:30 p.m., $7 adult/ $3 child, Knights of Columbus Hall, 807 Middle St., Bath.

Public Baked Bean and Casserole Supper, 5-6:30 p.m.,  $8 adult/ $4 child, Brunswick United Methodist Church, corner of Church and Raymond Roads, Brunswick, 725-2185.

Getting Smarter

Saturday 1/9

"Wife of Bath" Creative Writing Retreat, for writers of any genre at any stage of development, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., $25, Linden Tree Meeting House Phippsburg Congregational Church, UCC, 10 Church Lane, Phippsburg, pre-register 751-2414, or editor@wifeofbath.net., FMI, www.wifeofbath.net.

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

Friday 1/8

“The Art of Being Human,” weekend program introducing sitting meditation, Jan. 8-10, all welcome, preregistration required at www.shambhalabp.org, Brunswick Shambhala Meditation Center, FMI, Lisa Bowie, lbowie@maine.rr.com or 749-2458.

Tuesday 1/12

“Meditation in Everyday Life,” six-week class, 7-9 p.m., Brunswick Shambhala Meditation Center, FMI, Bill Barry at billbarry51@gmail.com or 975-2405.

Ongoing

12 Step Recovery Program, Wednesdays 6 p.m., food, group meetings, contact Jeff Rogers, jeff4bath@yahoo.com, Compass Point Community Church, 119 Old Bath Rd. 

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

Spectrum Generations Southern Midcoast Community Center, now open for classes, activities, trips, health & wellness, 12 Main St., Topsham,  FMI, 729-0475, or datwood@spectrumgenerations.org.

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

Wednesday 1/13

Science Sleuths: Snow Science; for ages 7-12 and parent, 6:30 -7:30 p.m., free, Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick, pre-registration required, 725-5242, ext. 225, FMI,  www.cornerstonesofscience.org

Thursday 1/14

Women & Science: Culinary Science with Chef Jennifer Banis, for girls ages 10-19, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick, register, 725-5242, ext. 225, FMI,  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.