September 25, 2023

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Community Calendar: Aug. 18-28 – Portland Press Herald

Yoga at the Fort

Paddle to Fort Gorges for a 45-minute yoga session with Portland Paddle. Meet at the Eastern Promenade in Portland for the 8-11:30 a.m. session Sunday, Aug. 22. Cost is $65. Contributed / Portland Paddle


Cross for LifeFlight, self-led “choose your own challenge” event. Hike, bike, swim, run, sail, row or paddle during a fundraiser to benefit LifeFlight of Maine, through Aug. 31,

Dempsey Challenge, Sept. 25-26, in-person and virtual events to raise funds in the fight against cancer and support patients, donations also accepted at

Mid Coast Hospital Classic 28th Annual Golf Fore! Health Tournament, Sept. 8, Brunswick Golf Club. Benefits Mid Coast Center for Community Health and Wellness,


Bottle Drive, Falmouth Transfer Station, Bucknam Road, benefits projects supported by the Falmouth Lions Club. See

Falmouth Food Pantry, donations can be made via check made out to the Falmouth Food Pantry and mailed to 279 Middle Road, Falmouth, ME 04105 or PayPal at

Freeport Community Services Thrift Shop accepting donations. Contact Sarah Adams at 865-3985 ext. 205 or [email protected] Visit for more information.

Habitat for Humanity Greater Portland, donations sought at

Maine Farmland Trust and the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association accepting donations at


Downtown Freeport StoryWalk, read “Spike” starting at Ben & Jerry’s at 6 Nathan Nye St. to British Goods to enter to win a signed copy,

“Wild Animal Alphabet” StoryWalk, Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick. Based on the book “Wild Animal Alphabet” by Dahlov Ipcar,

Thursday 8/19

Blurb Club, 9 a.m., Congress Square Park, Portland. Informal book discussion about what participants are reading. Visit the Friends of Congress Square Park Facebook page for details.

Thursday 8/26

Books On the Lawn, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Orr’s Island Library, 1699 Harpswell Islands Road (Route 24), Orr’s Island.


Beanstack, online reading programs for all ages, a reading-habit tracker platform through Patten Free Library that includes reading programs and challenges. Visit for details.

Books & Brews, 6 p.m. Wednesday of the month, hosted by Curtis Memorial Library at Flight Deck Brewing on Brunswick Landing. Share what you’re reading and drinking. Register at

Books at Night, virtual Mechanics’ Hall Book Club, 6:30 p.m., every third Tuesday. Maine Charitable Mechanic Association, 519 Congress St, Portland.

Books on Tap, 5:30 p.m. third Monday of the month via Zoom, hosted by Scarborough Public Library. Contact Tom Corbett at [email protected]

First Friday Book Club, noon via Zoom, presented by Maine Charitable Mechanic Association. Register at

Guerilla Poetry Whoop, 6:30 p.m. second and fourth Thursday of the month via Zoom, hosted by Thomas Memorial Library in Cape Elizabeth,

Just Desserts Mystery Group, 6:30-7:30 p.m. virtual meeting first Tuesday of the month, presented by Curtis Memorial Library.

Midcoast Indigenous Awareness Group Book Club, 10 a.m. Fridays via Zoom, hosted by Curtis Memorial Library. Email [email protected] for Zoom invitation.

Monday Afternoon Book Group, 1 p.m. via Zoom first Monday of the month, hosted by Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick. Email [email protected]

Racial Equity Book Group, 7-8 p.m. third Thursday of the month, hosted by Curtis Memorial Library. Books provided. Email [email protected] with questions. Registration and book list at (if registration is full, submit the form to be put on the waiting list).

Sci-fi Book Club, 5-6 p.m. via Zoom second Thursday of the month, hosted by Curtis Memorial Library. Email Marian Dalton at [email protected] to sign up.

South Portland Public Library Writers’ Group, 2-4 p.m. first and third Saturdays via Zoom,

StoryWalks by Freeport Community Library, new book every month. Details at

World War II Commemoration, free military history, African-American history and Latino history downloads at

Writers’ Meet-Up, 6 p.m. second Thursday of the month via Zoom through Portland Public Library, for more, including monthly writing prompts.

Bulletin Board

The Longest Yard Sale, table rentals available at Orr’s Island Library, 1699 Harpswell Islands Road (Route 24), for Sept. 4 event, call 833-7811.

Friday 8/20

Cruise-In Night, 5:30-7 p.m., a night of music and antique cars. St. John’s Community Center parking lot, 43 Pleasant St, Brunswick. Free.

Sunday 8/22

Tender Table Food & Poetry Fair, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Congress Square Park, Congress Street and High Street, Portland. Free.

Tuesday 8/24

Bark in the Park, 6 p.m., dogs welcome when the Sea Dogs host the Reading Fightin Phils, 6 p.m., Hadlock Field, 271 Park Ave., Portland.

Saturday 8/28

Celebrating Summer: Craft, Bake and Yard Sale, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thornton Heights United Methodist Church parking lot, 100 Westbrook St., South Portland.


Adult Day Trips, hosted by Yarmouth Community Services, see for details.

Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust Farmers Market, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 30 at Brunswick Landing,

Citizens Climate Lobby Portland Chapter, 9-10:30 a.m. via Zoom first Saturday of the month. Free, Facebook or

Critical Home Repair program, Habitat for Humanity partners with low-income homeowners who require safety and structural repairs, including accessibility issues, unsafe roofing or flooring, lack of heat, electrical or plumbing hazards. Cumberland County residents only,

Maine Irish Heritage Trail, self-guided historical Portland tour, map at

Museum Passes: Merrill Memorial Library in Yarmouth has passes for patrons to Maine Maritime Museum, Maine Wildlife Park, Portland Museum of Art, Children’s Museum of Maine, Farnsworth Art Museum and Maine State Parks. Reserve at 846-4763 or [email protected]

Portland ReStore, 659 Warren Ave., open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday,

Scarborough Kiwanis, noon lunch meeting on Fridays, Cowbell Wood-Fired Grill, 185 U.S. Route 1, Scarborough.

Topsham ReStore, 126 Main St., open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; high-risk customers 9-10 a.m. Tuesday through Friday, 504-9340.

Vigils for Peace and Justice, 5-5:30 p.m. Fridays, Brunswick Town Mall, Maine Street at Park Row.

Yarmouth Farmers Market, 3-6 p.m. Thursdays, 1 Railroad Square in the Bickford Pavilion. Live music, food truck.


Free vegetables, 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays through Aug. 31 at Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick. Hosted by Merrymeeting Gleaners and donated by Goranson Farm.

Thursday 8/19

Quick meals with an electric pressure cooker, University of Maine Cooperative Extension online class, 6-7:30 p.m. Participants will receive recipes for meatloaf, mashed potatoes, rice and rice pudding before the workshop and can cook along in real time. Registration required at, optional $5 donation.

Friday 8/20

Freeport Community Services in-person meal, 11 a.m., Freeport,

Saturday 8/21

Community Take-Out Meal, 4-5:30 p.m., West Scarborough United Methodist Church, 656 U.S. Route 1, Scarborough. Pea beans, hot dogs, cole slaw, brown bread, rolls and cake, $8.


Curbside Souper Supper at St. Mary’s, 5-6 p.m. second and fourth Fridays of the month. Masks and social distancing. Free to all. St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 43 Foreside Road, Falmouth.

Deering Center Community Church in Portland, Wayside Meal Program available for curbside pickup 5-6 p.m. Thursdays. Call 773-2423 for more information.

Freeport Community Services Food Pantry, in-person shopping, Freeport Community Services, 55 Depot St., Freeport, see

Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Organization, find organic products and farms at

Maine Oyster Trail, self-guided, features farm tours, raw bars and mobile shuck trucks, charter tours and kayak excursions,

“Make Your Own: A Recipe Guide,” salad dressings and casseroles to soups and grain bowls, customizable recipe forms in select categories can be used to print and share,

Meals on Wheels, call the Brunswick Meals on Wheels Coordinator Casey Henson at 729-0757 or visit People Plus, 35 Union St., Brunswick.

Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program, 12 Tenney Way, Brunswick,, 725-2716.

“Spoonful: Bite-Sized Food & Nutrition Information,” new blog by University of Maine Cooperative Extension with recipes, food preservation and safety, grocery shopping on a budget,

Summer Meals Sites, hosted by Portland Public Schools, meals and times will be posted at sites and at


“Better Health Now with Pain” telephone workshops, Mondays to Sept. 27, free to any adult Mainer dealing with chronic pain, advance registration required at 800-620-6036 or [email protected]

Tai Chi at the Library, 9-10 a.m. Saturdays through August, Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road, held outside and subject to cancellation in poor weather,

Sunday 8/22

Yoga at the Fort, 8-11:30 a.m., paddle to Fort Gorges for a 45-minute yoga session, meet at the Eastern Promenade, Portland. $65,


Dempsey Center, virtual health and wellness workshops such as yoga, acupressure, massage and meditation.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous, various times and locations in the greater Portland area. Help for food obsession and addiction. No dues or weigh-ins.

Fresh Air Yoga, 5:30-6:30 p.m. every Wednesday, Longfellow Arboretum in Payson Park, Portland, ample space for social distancing, $7.50-$10.

Living Well with Diabetes, via Zoom, multiple sessions, hosted by Healthy Living for ME. Free,

People Plus in Brunswick, free exercise videos online at, plus live Zoom classes and outdoor classes at

Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) meetings, 6 p.m. every Monday at the Berean Baptist Church, Cumberland Street in Brunswick. Call 729-6400 for more.

YMCA, free online workout videos at and

Yoga in the Park, 8 a.m. Monday through Friday, Discovery Park at L.L.Bean, Freeport. Bring a mat and blocks if you have them, all levels welcome. Weather permitting. Free,

Yoga at Bradbury Mountain State Park, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Saturdays, Pownal. Hosted by L.L.Bean,


“Apollo to the Moon,” Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine, Thompson’s Point, Portland. All his life, Scott wanted to go to the moon. He sets his goals and works hard, learns about NASA, the Apollo missions and our country’s journey to space, various times through Aug. 22,

Beautiful Blackbird Children’s Book Festival, through Sept. 13. Indigo Arts Alliance, 60 Cove, Portland. Free,

“Chirri and Chirra in the Tall Grass,” August storywalk at Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Drive.

Destination Storytime with South Portland Public Library, 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Bug Light Park, South Portland.

Storytime with Taylor, virtual from Freeport Community Library, 10:30 a.m. Mondays through the summer,

Wednesday Yoga, 9-9:30 a.m. weekly, The Children’s Museum lawn, Thompson’s Point, Portland. Free, reservations at

Saturday 8/21

Tri Like a Savage Youth Triathlon, 8:30 a.m. to noon, South Portland Community Center, 21 Nelson Road, South Portland. $5-$25,

Tuesday 8/24

Lindsay and Her Puppet Pals, 11 a.m., Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road, Topsham.


4-H At-Home Aquaponics Project, an experiential learning program for youth ages 9-18 delivered virtually to October by UMaine Cooperative Extension 4-H, register at

Better Together Book Club, 10-11 a.m. third Thursday of the month, hosted by Brunswick High School,

Dangerous Thinking Club, 3-4 p.m. third Friday of the month via Zoom or meeting outside, hosted by Merrill Memorial Library. For teens who like to think, read and discuss. Email [email protected] for more information or visit to register.

Miss Mary Story Time, 10:15 a.m. singalong Fridays, read-alouds 10:15 a.m. Mondays and 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays, on Merrill Memorial Library’s Facebook Live.

OUT Maine, free youth programs, registration required at

Portland Parks, Recreation and Facilities Department Facebook pages games, songs, links, videos, outdoor places to visit, craft ideas and more.

Portland Stage Play Me a Story Education Program, 10:30 a.m. Saturday mornings on Facebook Live. Gives kids ages 4-10 the experience of theater as professionals perform children’s stories and offer acting workshops. Free.

Read Your Mind: Teen Mental Health Series, noon via Zoom last Wednesday of the month, hosted by Portland Public Library.

Relation-Ship-It Teen Book Group, virtual book group for teens to discuss LGBTQ relationships through young adult fiction.

Science Café for Teens, hosted by University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H for in grades 7-12 from 3:30-4:15 p.m. every Thursday. Learn about science in action in an informal discussion. Registration required for each virtual session at 581-3877 or [email protected]

Take-home activities from Curtis Memorial Library, curbside take-and-make kits for all ages and STEAM kits for elementary students,

Thomas Memorial Library virtual programs, for calendar updates and links to livestreams.

Tuesday Traps: Digital Escape Room, available every other Tuesday through Curtis Memorial Library. Meant for a teen audience, discretion advised for younger patrons.

Wolfe’s Neck Center Children’s Programs in Freeport include Farmer for the Morning, Farmyard Storytime and Salamander Meander, learn more at


Live Tech Help, 1-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road, Topsham,

Saturday 8/21

Raptors & Reptiles with the Center for Wildlife, 10:30 a.m., all-ages outdoor event to wrap up Summer Reading Program at South Portland Public Library, 482 Broadway,

Monday 8/23

Craft Meetup, 4:30-6 p.m., Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick. Join fellow local crafters outdoors in the Reading Garden for conversation and crafting,


Chebeague Island Library, open for limited browsing, Wi-Fi accessible from the parking lot. Curbside and delivery service available 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Book drop is open. Check for reopening details.

Cundy’s Harbor Library, curbside service for pre-order available. Wi-Fi accessible outside the Harpswell building. Free library available at Community Hall. Visit the library’s Facebook page for updates.

Curtis Memorial Library, open for indoor browsing Monday through Friday, noon-6 p.m. and Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Curbside only Monday through Friday 9:30 a.m. to noon. for cloudLibrary instructions.

Falmouth Memorial Library, open for in-person browsing. Email [email protected] for pickup. CloudLibrary and Digital Maine Library available.

Freeport Community Library, open to the public Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Curbside pickup hours Wednesday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.,

Merrill Memorial Library, open for browsing; curbside pickup available. Free access for Yarmouth residents to the virtual library TumbleBooks at Digital Maine Library and cloudLibrary also available.

Patten Free Library in Bath, in-person browsing with curbside pickup still available, call 443-5141 or go online. Access to cloudLibrary, the New York Times, TumbleBooks and more.

Portland Public Library, main branch on Congress Street open Monday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 2-5 p.m. Visits are limited to 30 minutes. Riverton Branch will open for in-person services July 14. Riverton will be closed July 12 and 13 to prepare for opening.

Prince Memorial Library in Cumberland now open with limited services. Go online for details. Curbside service available. CloudLibrary is accessible to check out eBooks. Visit

Scarborough Public Library reopened for browsing. Curbside pickup and computer use available by appointment. Digital services including cloudLibrary, TumbleBooks, Flipster and Kanopy at Book return open.

South Portland Public Library, Main Library building now open for in-person, grab-and-go Monday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For information about curbside pickup and status of branches, call 767-7660 or visit for details.

Thomas Memorial Library in Cape Elizabeth open for grab-and-go Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.,

Topsham Public Library has reopened. Visit for details. Wi-Fi accessible outside the building. Visit for a list of resources to eBooks, online courses, cloudLibrary and more.

Parks & Nature


Maine Audubon sanctuaries in Falmouth, Freeport, Scarborough and West Bath are free and open to the public from dawn to dusk. No pets. Virtual bird watching with nest and feeder cams at

Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, information about recreational opportunities, including fishing, riding, hunting, trapping and hiking at

Maine Farms Scavenger Hunt, explore Maine’s farm landscape this summer. Free,

Natural Resources Council of Maine, maps to explore the state,

Wolfe’s Neck Center in Freeport, hiking, gardening, workshops and more. Call 865-4469 for barn times. See full calendar at

Women’s Hike Night, 6 p.m. Wednesdays at Pineland Farms in Freeport, open to women of all ages and abilities,



Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter, to register see Helpline at 800-272-3900 available for around-the-clock care and support.

Dempsey Center, virtual support and resources at and

Maine Coalition to Fight Prostate Cancer One2One Confidential line, leave a message at 441-5374 or 1-855-552-7200 ext. 801; a volunteer will call back.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI Maine) Teen Text Support Line, a new mental health program for youth 14-20, text 207-515-8398, noon-10 p.m. daily.

OUT Maine, a nonprofit that serves LGBTQ+ youth throughout the state, is connecting staff with at-risk youth through the phone and social media. More information at

Sexual Assault Support Services of Midcoast Maine, free and private virtual support groups at

Sweetser’s myStrength, online exercises to cope with daily challenges, visit for titles such as Staying Connected While Social Distancing, Managing Time at Home with the Kids, Parenting in Challenging Times and Changing Plans and Handling Disappointment.

The Yellow Tulip Project, support and community for those with mental illness, online resources at


Saturday 8/28

American Red Cross Blood Drive, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Mid Coast Hospital Parkview Campus in classrooms 2 and 3, 329 Maine St., Brunswick,


American Red Cross Blood Drives,, pre-registration encouraged.

Northern New England Region of the American Red Cross seeks volunteers to support relief efforts. Review the most urgently needed volunteer positions at or contact Volunteer Services at [email protected] or 800-464-6692. Other ways to help include monetary and blood/platelet donations.

Puppy Raisers and Sitters Wanted, Maine Region of Guiding Eyes for the Blind is looking for people in the greater Portland area to teach basic skills and socialize pups for 14-16 months along with puppy sitters. Email [email protected]


Current Events Forum, noon-1 p.m. Thursdays to Sept. 2, hosted by Curtis Memorial Library and Midcoast Senior College in the Seminar Room at the library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick. Free and open to the public.

Thursday 8/19

“Extending the Season in the Vegetable Garden,” noon-1:15 p.m., free online workshop hosted by Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners. Register at

Healthy Lawn Care Workshop, 6-8 p.m., Lunt Auditorium, Falmouth, taught by Cumberland County Soil and Water Conservation District, $15 register at

“Gather and Grow: Tour Dawn’s Front Yard Garden,” 6-7:30 p.m., hosted by Maine Organic Farmer’s and Gardeners at Portland property. Free, register at

Friday 8/20

Expedition Reef, 1 p.m., Southworth Planetarium, 96 Falmouth St., Portland. $5.50-$6. Explore the coral reefs of planet Earth,

Geology of Pott’s Point field trip, 4 -5:30 p.m., Pott’s Point Road, Harpswell. Free,

Wednesday 8/25

“In Mind and Memory: the Remarkable Will of Quash, a Black Man in Eighteenth-Century Topsham” outdoor lecture by James Tanzer at Tate House Museum, 1267 Westbrook St., Portland. Bring a lawn chair or blanket for open seating. $15, for details.

Stream Explorers Workshop, 10 a.m., Broadturn Farm Preserve, 7 Hanson Road, Scarborough, community science study by Scarborough Land Trust surveying Silver Brook for aquatic insects and macroinvertebrates. Free,


“10 Tips for Healthy Eating on a Budget,” on demand virtual cooking class hosted by Curtis Memorial Library. Register at to get access to videos.

Backyard Poultry Keepers, University of Maine Cooperative Extension at

A Common Yarn, 1-3 p.m. Thursdays via Zoom, hosted by Falmouth Memorial Library. A textile craftsmanship group. Email [email protected] to join.

Conversational Spanish Group, 1 p.m. Fridays via Zoom, hosted by South Portland Public Library. Open to all skills levels. Call 767-7660 for more information,

Daily Fika, 10 a.m. Monday through Friday, hosted by Thomas Memorial Library in Cape Elizabeth,

Eastern Cemetery Walking Tours, 4 p.m. daily to October, historic talks on Congress Street in Portland, email [email protected] to reserve, learn more at

Friends of Evergreen Walking Tours: 10:30 a.m. to noon, information about the famous and unknown people interred in Evergreen. 672 Stevens, Portland. Free.

Ecomaine Waste Management, learning videos, virtual tours about recycling, composting,

“From Farm to Table Fare,” seven-video series about preparing locally sourced cuts from a whole chicken, selecting and grinding cuts of beef, and using prepared beef and chicken in recipes, free at

Greater Portland Landmarks, download free activity books for kids at under education/publications and free videos of lectures for adults at

“Growing Maine Gardeners,”, features activity and video demonstration suitable for all ages. Call 581-3877, email [email protected]

Healthy Living for ME, classes on a variety of health topics, many are free. Visit for schedule and registration.

Interviews with the Irish in Maine, hosted by Maine Irish Heritage Center,

Maine Audubon nature and environment classes and workshops, many free.

Maine Department of Education: Rural Aspirations website supports teachers and families in community-based learning at

Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Organization, free newsletter at Schedule of classes at

Maine State Chamber of Commerce business webinars,

MoneyMatters, free online financial education course hosted by Evergreen Credit Union. Four, 20-minute downloadable videos and PDF presentations at

Movie Series and Discussion Group, 6:30 p.m. via Zoom Thursdays, hosted by Patten Free Library. Visit or contact Roberta at [email protected]

New Ventures Maine, free online classes on topics involving job, career, business and finance. Visit for schedule and to register.

Online Library Knitting Group, 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays, hosted by Scarborough Public Library. Email [email protected] or call 883-4723 option 4 for access.

Parent Chats, 7 p.m. Mondays via Zoom, hosted by Thomas Memorial Library, more at

Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce live webinars and virtual events,

Reel Talk Film Discussion Group, 1 p.m. every third Tuesday via Zoom. Hosted by Thomas Memorial Library, register at

Songwriting Workshop, 6:30 p.m. via Zoom, first Tuesday of the month, hosted by Thomas Memorial Library. Registration closes at noon the day of the workshop. Register at

Support Maine Wildlife with Native Maine Plants: Maine Audubon online plant finder at for plants best suited for specific sites, provide best ecological function and benefit, and complement the landscape.

The Telling Room in Portland, open virtually to support teachers, instructors, parents and students with distance learning.

UMaine’s Fogler Library: New Remote Learning Resource guide for K-12 students, families and educators,

University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H Learn at Home for parents, caregivers and students, 581-3877 or [email protected] for more information.

Virtual Craft Meetup, 5 p.m. via Zoom Mondays, hosted by Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick. Email Sarah at [email protected] to receive an email with login details in advance.

Wolfe’s Neck Farm, educational environmental activities at

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