Mid-Coast Community Calendar: March 1-10

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Mid-Coast

Books/Authors

Friends Book Discussion Group, 10:15 a.m., third Friday of each month, Wiscasset Friends of the Library, 21 High St., free and open to the public, newcomers always welcome. 

Saturday 3/2

Colin Woodard, 10:30 a.m., Patten Free Library, 33 Summer St., Bath. Award-winning author and journalist will discuss North America’s rival regional cultures and their effect on history, politics, and the American future.

Sunday 3/3

Brian Daniels, 2 p.m., Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick, author, storyteller and musician performs as his alter-ego, Average Joe Wright. Free and open to the public, 725-5242.

Thursday 3/7

“Sustainable Health,” author talk by Susan L. Roberts, occupational therapist, nutritionist, health coach, 7 p.m., Orr’s Island Library, 1699 Harpswell Islands Road (Route 24), free and open to all. 

Monday 3/11

Friends of Wiscasset Library, 9:30 a.m., 21 High St., supports Wiscasset Public Library, 882-7161.

Ongoing

The Library Bookstore, 194 Front St., Bath, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday, books, audio books, CDs, DVDs and puzzles for all ages.

Writing Group, 2 p.m. second Thursday, Cundy’s Harbor Library, 935 Cundy’s Harbor Rd., Harpswell. For writers of all genres, cundysharbor.me

Great Books, 10 a.m.-noon, second Saturday, Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road, always looking for new members, email [email protected] 

Men’s Book Club, 4 p.m. third Thursday, Topsham Public Library, 725-1727, [email protected] 

Rare Reads, 6 p.m., third Thursday, Topsham Public Library, discussions of unusual and interesting new fiction, always looking for new members; registration not required, [email protected] 

Reading Between the Panels, 6 p.m. every fourth Tuesday through May, Topsham Public Library, discuss all things graphic novel from classic comic book collections to the latest in graphic novels, 725-1727.

Bulletin Board

Tri-Town Penguins Snowmobile Club (Durham, Freeport, Pownal), 7 p.m., last Tuesday through April, Durham Fire Station, 615 Hallowell Road, new members always welcome, Duncan Daly, 865-6188/713-3116.

Saturday 3/2

50/50 Bingo, 1-3 p.m., Bath Area Senior Activity Center, 45 Floral St. Doors open at noon, refreshments available, must be at least 16. 

Big Winter Yard Sale and Bake Sale, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., The Plant Memorial Home, One Washington St., Bath. Furniture, home goods, jewelry.

Sunday 3/3

All Saints Parish Blessing, Mass and Dedication by Bishop Robert Deeley, 11 a.m. Mass at St. John the Baptist Church, 39 Pleasant St., Brunswick, followed by ceremony at St. John’s Community Center. 

Ongoing

Senior Bingo, 6:30 p.m., second and fourth Wednesday, Bath Area Senior Center, 45 Floral St., age 16+.

AARP Tax Aide, Tuesday mornings and Thursday afternoons through April 15, People Plus, 35 Union St., Brunswick, free, call 729-0757 for an appointment.

Brunswick Toastmasters, first and third Tuesdays, 6:15-8 p.m., 8 Venture Ave., Brunswick Landing, guests welcome, register at 2156.toastmastersclubs.org, 241-2294.
  
People Plus Community Center, 35 Union St., Brunswick. Offers fitness, classes, socials, meals, sports, travel and more, peopleplusmaine.org.

Community Spay-Neuter Clinic of Topsham, free neuter and rabies shots for feral, stray and barn cats. Free transportation and trapping available in parts of Androscoggin, Kennebec, Cumberland, Sagadahoc, Lincoln & Oxford counties, 721-8395.

Sip & Stitch, knitting and crocheting, 10 a.m.-noon first and third Saturdays, Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Rd., 725-1727.

Call for Volunteers

Ongoing

American Cancer Society volunteer drivers wanted to transport cancer patients to treatment in the Mid-Coast area, call 462-6307, [email protected]

American Cancer Society, volunteers needed in the Topsham office, Road To Recovery program, Look Good Feel Better program, Relay For Life events and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks, see cancer.org/involved/volunteer.html, or contact Danielle Blais at [email protected] or 373-3700, ext. 3720.

American Red Cross needs volunteers in the disaster services, health and safety and administration departments, 874-1192, ext. 115.

Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice, Brunswick area, training provided, 777-7740, AHCH.org.

Big Brothers Big Sisters, mentors willing to commit one year and spend eight hours a month with a child 6-14. Contact Brunswick office at 729-7736 or [email protected]

Fresh Air Families Wanted: host a child this summer by contacting Katrina Cash-Staley at 420-5795 or see freshair.org.

Friends of Merrymeeting Bay seeks volunteers interested in preserving the bay to assist with speaker series, assemble mailings and more, 666-1118, fomb.org.

Habitat for Humanity 7 Rivers Maine, ongoing need for volunteers, learn more about current opportunities by calling 504-9341 or emailing [email protected]

ReStore, donations of appliances, complete kitchen cabinet sets, and furniture in good condition needed, call 504-9341, drop off at 126 Main St., Topsham, Tuesday- Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.

Mid Coast Hospital, looking for people to work in the cafe, gift shop, or greeting patients, 123 Medical Center Drive, Brunswick, 373-6015.

Red Cross Blood Drives: Visit redcrossblood.org/give.html/find-drive, or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment. 

Refugee and Immigration Services, a program of Catholic Charities Maine, has ongoing needs for committed residents who will help new Mainers find employment. FMI, Paul Mullaney, [email protected]

Sexual Assault Support Services of Mid Coast Maine will train volunteers to provide support and information to callers on 24-hour hotline, 725-2181, 594-8580 or 338-4622, [email protected]

SEARCH Program of Greater Bath, assist seniors by providing companionship, transportation, assistance with errands, 837-8810, [email protected]

Tri-County Literacy, will train tutors to work with adults, 443-6384, [email protected]
 
Dining Out

Saturday 3/9

Fish Chowder Luncheon, 11 a.m.- 1 p.m., South Freeport Congregational Church, 98 South Freeport Rd., $10, $7 for takeout.

Good Food and Good Friends, 5-6:30 p.m., Brunswick United Methodist Church, corner of 320 Church and Raymond roads. Menu includes beans, salads, casseroles, homemade pies, adults/$9, kids/$4, reserve at 725-2185.

Ongoing

Coasters Luncheon Group, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. weekly Thursdays, Bath Area Senior Center, Floral Street. Includes entree with potato, vegetable, biscuit for $7, all welcome.
 
Lunch with Friends, every Tuesday at noon, hosted by Harpswell Aging at Home at Bailey Island Union Church, 2141 Harpswell Islands Rd. Free and open to all Harpswell residents; to volunteer call Surrey Hardcastle at 833-0092 or [email protected]

Health

Training for a Cause, 10:15-11 a.m. Saturdays through March 30, Wilcox Wellness & Fitness, 275 Bath Rd., Brunswick. Free training session with donation to Mid-Coast Humane Society. Details and registration at bit.ly/2XdNBeE.

Tuesday 3/5

Community Acupuncture: Tune Up Tuesdays, 3:30-6:30 p.m., hs-acupuntcure.com, 54 Cumberland St., Brunswick, also March 19, April 16 & 30, text 266-8633 to reserve, by donation.

Wednesday 3/6

“Women’s Pelvic Health: Total Pelvic Health,” 5-6 p.m., Mid Coast Center for Community Health & Wellness, 329 Maine St., Brunswick. Free and open to the public, 373-6585.

Ongoing

AARP/Alzheimer’s Association Resource Finder, programs, events, services, housing options, www.communityresourcefinder.org.

American Red Cross provides free, basic classes in CPR, first aid, babysitting, water safety, AED and more at 16 Community Way, Topsham, 729-6779, 563-3299, www.redcross.org/take-a-class.

Blood pressure clinic, 10 a.m.-noon Wednesdays, Mid Coast Center for Community Health & Wellness, 329 Maine St., Brunswick, midcoasthealth.com/wellness/classes.

Group meditation, 9 a.m.-noon Sundays, Shambhala Center, 19 Mason St., Brunswick, brunswickmaine.shambhala.org, 729-7402.

Mammograms/pap tests available at no cost for women 40-64 through Maine Breast and Cervical Health Program, 874-8942 or 800-350-5180.

TOPS (Take Off the Pounds Sensibly), weight loss support group, find a local meeting at www.tops.org.

Weight Watchers, American Legion Hall, Columbus Drive, Brunswick, 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays; 12:30 p.m. Thursdays; 9 a.m. Saturdays, weightwatchersmaine.com/meetings/brunswick.

Yoga for Cancer, 5-5:45 p.m. Thursdays, Maine Pines Racquet & Fitness, 120 Harpswell Road, Brunswick, mainepines.com/yoga/workshops-and-sessions, 729-8433.

Just for Kids

Sign Language Story Time, 10:30-11 a.m. first Tuesday March-May, Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Dr., free and open to the public for newborns to age 6. 

317 Main Little Roots Musical Adventure, 10:30-11:30 a.m. March 5 & 12, Patten Free Library, 33 Summer St., Bath. Music educators will sing, play and introduce age-appropriate instruments to 3-6-year-olds. Pre-register through 443-5141, ext. 16. 

Wednesday 3/6 

Eye Spy Nature Doodles, 4-5 p.m., Patten Free Library, 33 Summer St., Bath, for kids who like to color and love nature. 

Saturday 3/9

Craft Cafe, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., for ages 5-11 at Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Dr., free and open to the public. 

Ongoing

Story Time, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Thursdays, Cundy’s Harbor Library, 935 Cundy’s Harbor Road, 725-1461, cundysharbor.me.

Book Babies, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Patten Free Library, 33 Summer St., Bath, 20 minutes of rhyming stories, fingerplays and songs for babies and toddlers, followed by informal playtime.

Lego League, 4-5 p.m. Tuesdays, Patten Free Library, Bath, open play for ages 6-11.

Storytimes for 2’s & 3’s, 10:30-11 a.m., Thursdays, Patten Free Library, Bath, short stories, songs, puppets and a craft. 

Board Game Café, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., second Saturday, Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Drive, varying selection.

Therapy Dog Story Hour, Freeport Community Library, 4-5 p.m. Mondays through February for kids of all ages, adult supervision required, call 865-3307 to reserve. 

Baby and Me, 10-11 a.m. Mondays, Freeport Community Library, social time for infants and caregivers with toys and music, 865-3307, www.freeportlibrary.com.

Lego Club, 3:45-4:45 p.m. third Wednesday for ages 5-11, Freeport Community Library, supervision required. 

Preschool Story Time, 11-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Freeport Community Library. 

Yoga for Toddlers & Preschoolers, 10:30-11 a.m. first Tuesday, Freeport Community Library.

Baby & Me10 a.m. Thursdays for 15-20 minutes with songs, action rhymes, and board books for birth to 2 years, Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Rd., Topsham, 725-1727, topshamlibrary.org.

Music & Rhyme Time for Twos, 10:30 a.m. Thursdays for 20-30 minutes with music, dance and action rhymes, for 2-year-olds and their grown-ups, Topsham Public Library, 725-1727, topshamlibrary.org.

Preschool Storytime, 10 a.m. Wednesdays for 30-45 minutes, with songs, dance, instruments, action rhymes for ages 3-5, Topsham Public Library, 725-1727, topshamlibrary.org.

3rd Saturday Teen Crafting, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Topsham Public Library, each month features a different project for ages 11-18 only, no registration required.

Young Critics, 5 p.m. third Tuesday, Topsham Public Library, always looking for new members, registration required, email [email protected] for details. 

Support

Ongoing 

Amistad Peer Support and Recovery Center851 Washington St., Bath, classes and support groups to address suicide prevention, depression/bipolar, addictions, contact Patrick Metro at [email protected], 389-4936.

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

Dementia Caregivers Education Series, 4-5 p.m., third Thursday, Mid Coast Senior Health Center, 58 Baribeau Dr., Brunswick, 373-3646.

Family Crisis Services, local domestic violence resource center provides legal help, shelter and support. For support groups held in Brunswick call 721-0199; 24-hour hotline 800-537-6066, throughthesedoors.com. 

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous, Mondays, 9 a.m., St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 27 Pleasant St., Brunswick, 837-3581; Wednesdays, 7 p.m., Topsham Medical Building, 4 Horton Place, 528-5550; Fridays, 6:30 p.m., Bath Police Dept., 250 Water St., Bath 442-7557; Saturdays, 9 a.m., Mid Coast Hospital (Medical Offices Building) 121 Medical Center Drive, 865-9160.

Grief Support Groups, for survivors of those who have died from substance abuse or suicide, grieving child or parent, holiday-related and more, CHANS Home Health Care and Hospice, 45 Baribeau Drive, Brunswick, call 721-1357 for specifics. 

Lyme Disease Support Group, 5:30-8 p.m. first Wednesday, Mid Coast Hospital, 123 Medical Center Drive, Brunswick in cafe conference rooms, 841-8757.

Moving On discussion group, 10 a.m. second and fourth Tuesdays, Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road, for surviving spouses of retirement age on how to build a new life, 725-1727, topshamlibrary.org.

Multiple Sclerosis Society, coffee and conversation group, 10-11 a.m., first Tuesday, Handy’s Market, 367 Main St., Yarmouth, [email protected]

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, 7 p.m. fourth Wednesday, Mid Coast Medical Group, 81 Medical Center Drive, Brunswick, 319-7956. 

Overeaters Anonymous, Tuesdays, noon, St. Mary’s Church, 144 Lincoln Street, Bath, 729 3149; Thursdays, 7 p.m., St.Paul’s Episcopal Church, 27 Pleasant St., Brunswick, 386 1740.

Parkinson’s Disease weekly support group, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Wednesdays, Casco Bay YMCA, 14 Old South Freeport Road, Freeport, for patients, family, caregivers, 865-3417.

Pet Loss Grief Support Group, Center for Grief and Loss, 45 Baribeau Drive, Brunswick, for both anticipatory grief and death of a pet. For schedule see https://bit.ly/2OU7JhV, call 721-1357. 

Prostate Cancer Network Group, 6:30-8:30 p.m., third Tuesday, Mid Coast Hospital, 123 Medical Center Drive, Brunswick in cafe conference room. 

Sexual Assault Support Services of Midcoast Maine and Mid Coast Hospital, support groups for adult and adolescent survivors of child sexual abuse, www.sassmm.org; 24-hour helpline 1-800-871-7741.

Survivors of Suicide Loss, CHANS Hospice and Volunteers, 45 Baribeau Drive, Brunswick, contact Andy Sokoloff at 721-1357, [email protected] for meeting times.

The Center for Grieving Children, free bereavement peer support groups for ages 3-18, their parents and caregivers, young adults, bereaved parents and widow/widowers/partners. The Tender Living Care Program offers peer support to everyone in the family facing a life-impacting illness, 775-5216, cgcmaine.or555 Forest Ave., Portland.

Together With Alzheimer’s, drop-in support group for caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s/dementia, 7 p.m. every Wednesday, Sacred Heart Parish Center, Conference Room, 232 Main St., Yarmouth, [email protected]

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Weigh-in 6-6:40 p.m., meeting follows every Monday, Berean Baptist Church, 15 Cumberland St., Brunswick.  FMI 729-6400, www.tops.org/tops/TOPS/FindAMeeting.aspx.

Women with Cancer Support Group, open to women diagnosed with any type of cancer at any age, meets third Tuesdays, 3-4:30 p.m., board room of MidCoast Hospital, 123 Medical Center Drive, Brunswick, 373-6546.

Women’s Circle, for women in a controlling or abusive relationship, free and confidential, Mid Coast Outreach Office of Family Crisis Services, 24-helpline 800-537-6066; office, 721-0199.

Workshops/Walks/Talks

Winter Tree ID, 2 p.m. March 3 & 9, Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park, Freeport. Meet at second parking lot, weather permitting. Free with park admission, 865-4465.

Friday 3/1

Owl Prowl, 5:30 p.m., hosted by KELT at Sewall Woods Preserve, Bath, free, sign up at kennebecestuary.org or 442-8400.

“Share & Share Alike,” 7 p.m., Patten Free Library, 10-minute presentations by 7 speakers followed by Q & A.

Audubon “Birds of America” Page-Turning, 12:30-1 p.m., Hawthorne Longfellow Library, Bowdoin College. Free.

“Haunted Bauhaus,” 3 p.m., Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium, Bowdoin College Museum of Art. More at http://bit.ly/2NrzPjZ. Free.

Wednesday 3/6

“If a Box Could Talk: Captain William Woodside’s Tricorn Hat(box) & Early Maine Mythology,” Pejepscot Historical Society Noontime Lecture by Catherine Cyr, PHS Museum services manager, noon-1 p.m., 159 Park Row, by donation. 

Thursday 3/7

Wiscasset Garden Club, First Congregational Church, 28 High St., 11 a.m. flower design & arrangements practice, 12:30 p.m. meeting followed by Elisabeth Maxwell on phenology. Free, all welcome, 882-7544.

Sunday 3/10

“Beyond the Leaves: Winter Tree ID,” 1 p.m., Kennebec Estuary Land Trust hosts at Butler Head Preserve, Bath. Registration required, 442-8400, http://bit.ly/2E1SoXQ.

“Wild Weather and Growing,” 2-3:30 p.m., St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 27 Pleasant St., Brunswick, Winter Garden Workshop hosted by Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust, benefits Tom Settlemire Community Garden, $10/door, www.btlt.org/events.

Animal Tracking on Snowshoes, 1:45 p.m., Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park, Freeport, meet at second parking lot, snowshoes provided, weather permitting. Free with park admission, 865-4465.

Tuesday 3/12

Survival Bracelet Workshop, 3:45 p.m., Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Dr., for ages 7 and up, free and open to the public but space is limited, register at www.freeportlibrary.com, 865-3307.

Thursday 3/14

Pejepscot Historical History Happy Hour, 5-7 p.m., Brunswick Inn, 165 Park Row. “The Great Brunswick Fire of 1825” with David Jester, Brunswick firefighter, $5/members, or $10.

Ongoing

Adult Coloring Group, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Dr., materials provided. Free and open to the public.

Brunswick Toastmasters Club, 6:30-8 p.m. first & third Tuesdays, 8 Venture Ave., visitors welcome, 241-2294, https://2156.toastmastersclubs.org.

Cathance River Education Alliance Ecology Center Open House, Evergreen Circle, Topsham, noon to 2 p.m. each Sunday. For directions see creamaine.org or email [email protected]

Citizens’ Climate Lobby – Bath-Brunswick Chapter, 6-7:30 p.m., second Wednesday at Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick. Help enact effective, revenue-neutral, bipartisan national climate policy. 

Computer Boot Campby appointment daily 8:30-9:30 a.m., 3:30-4:30 p.m., Southern Midcoast CareerCenter, 275 Bath Road, Brunswick, mainecareercenter.com, 621-5009.

First Light Camera Club, meets monthly 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Topsham Medical Building, 4 Horton Place, fee charged, www.firstlightcc.com, [email protected], 729-6607.

Friends of Merrymeeting Bay Speaker Series, 7 p.m., 2nd Wednesday until May, Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick, free and open to the public, www.fomb.org.

New Ventures Maine, programs for career, business and financial education. Classes and workshops at no charge, in-person and online options. 386-1664, newventuresmaine.org.

Rain or Shine Club, free weekly family-friendly walks Thursdays at 10 a.m., guided by Royal River Conservation Trust, 215-8315.

Sip ‘n’ Stitch, 10 a.m.-noon first and third Saturdays, Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road. Learn to knit or crochet, work on a project, share patterns, check out the library’s resources, and relax with a cup of coffee or tea. 

Smart [email protected] library workshops, Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick; list at curtismoney.com.

Southern Midcoast CareerCenter, 275 Bath Road, Brunswick, career counseling, classes, support, mainecareercenter.com, 373-4000.

Tech Help, 1-2 p.m. Thursdays, Cundy’s Harbor Library, 935 Cundy’s Harbor Road, call 725-1461 for an appointment.

Greater Portland

Bulletin Board

Free Tax Preparation and Filing, through April 10, Portland Public Library. AARP Foundation volunteers available to low-to-moderate income taxpayers of all ages. For an appointment call 518-8579. 

Sunday 3/3

Connected Catholics of Maine General Meeting, 1 p.m., Holy Martyrs Parish Hall, Route 88, Falmouth, includes potluck, business meeting and program. FMI contact Grace Madden at 878-6459, [email protected]

Saturday 3/9

International Women’s Day, 6-10 p.m., Italian Heritage Center, 40 Westland Ave., Portland,  international fashion, food and entertainment. Tickets at bit.ly/2SJxO8d. 

Ongoing

Portland Winter Market, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, 631 Stevens Ave. in the former Maine Girls’ Academy gym, to April 20, portlandmainefarmersmarket.org.

Sacred Harp Singing, 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays, First Parish 
Church, 425 Congress St., Portland. Open community singing, free, all welcome.

Maine Genealogical Society, 12:30 p.m. first Saturday, First Congregational Church, 301 Cottage Rd., South Portland. Free, guests welcome.

Support

Ongoing

Dempsey Center – South Portland, free support groups and classes for cancer patients and their families, www.dempseycenter.org, 774-2200.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous, 12 Step Program addresses food obsession, overeating, undereating and bulimia. Find a local meeting at https://bit.ly/2RXqdPF, 883-8052, www.foodaddicts.org.

Maine Buddy Program provides one-to-one, peer support from trained volunteers for adults dealing with cancer, dempseycenter.org, 774-2200.

Maine Cancer Mentors, Dempsey Centers match cancer patients statewide with a trained peer; mentors also needed, see dempseycenter.org/cancer-mentors for more.

Mended Hearts Cardiac Support Group, 6-8 p.m. first Thursday most months, Maine Medical Center Learning Resource Center, 100 West Campus Drive, Scarborough. Support also available in person, by phone or email. Contact Robyn Shaw for more information at 523-0883, [email protected]

S.M.A.R.T. Recovery, 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays & Fridays, Amistad Peer Support and Recovery Center, 66 State St., Portland, alternative or supplement to traditional 12-step groups, contact Jim at 787-1212.    

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