PORTLAND BOOK DISCUSSIONS
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, crossforlifeflight.org/info.
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 bit.ly/3gs8bSU.
Mid Coast Hospital Classic 28th Annual Golf Fore! Health Tournament, Sept. 8, Brunswick Golf Club. Benefits Mid Coast Center for Community Health and Wellness, midcoasthealth.com/golf/.
Bottle Drive, Falmouth Transfer Station, Bucknam Road, benefits projects supported by the Falmouth Lions Club. See e-clubhouse.org/sites/falmouthme/projects.php.
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 paypal.com/fundraiser/charity/1807575.
Freeport Community Services Thrift Shop accepting donations. Contact Sarah Adams at 865-3985 ext. 205 or [email protected] Visit fcsmaine.org/thrift-shop/ for more information.
Habitat for Humanity Greater Portland, donations sought at bit.ly/3roOtwr.
Maine Farmland Trust and the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association accepting donations at 78270.blackbaudhosting.com/78270/Operations.
Blurb Club, 9 a.m. Aug. 5 and 19 at Congress Square Park, Portland. Informal book discussion about what participants are reading. Visit the Friends of Congress Square Park Facebook page for details.
Orr’s Island Library Book Fair, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 1699 Harpswell Islands Road (Route 24). Large selection of books, CDs, DVDs, puzzles, plus bake sale and White Elephant.
Beanstack, online reading programs for all ages, a reading-habit tracker platform through Patten Free Library that includes reading programs and challenges. Visit patten.lib.me.us 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 curtislibrary.libcal.com/event/6218333.
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 mechanicshallmaine.org/programming/.
Guerilla Poetry Whoop, 6:30 p.m. second and fourth Thursday of the month via Zoom, hosted by Thomas Memorial Library in Cape Elizabeth, thomasmemoriallibrary.org/poetry-at-tml.
“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” read aloud hosted by Merrill Memorial Library at facebook.com/MerrillMemorialLibrary/.
Just Desserts Mystery Group, 6:30-7:30 p.m. virtual meeting first Tuesday of the month, presented by Curtis Memorial Library. curtislibrary.com.
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 curtislibrary.com (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, southportlandlibrary.com/writers-group.
StoryWalks by Freeport Community Library, new book every month. Details at freeportlibrary.com.
World War II Commemoration, free military history, African-American history and Latino history downloads at ebooksforstudents.org.
Writers’ Meet-Up, 6 p.m. second Thursday of the month via Zoom through Portland Public Library, portlandlibrary.com/series/writers-meet-up/ for more, including monthly writing prompts.
Scarborough Kiwanis, noon lunch meeting on Fridays, Cowbell Wood-Fired Grill, 185 U.S. Route 1, Scarborough. scarboroughkiwanis.org.
NAFSC Club-wide Yard/Bake/Craft/Dress & Skates Sale, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Yard sale items, bake sale items, crafts, skating dresses, skates and accessories! Family Ice Center, 20 Hat Trick Drive, Falmouth. Free, northatlanticfigureskating.org.
Adult Day Trips, hosted by Yarmouth Community Services, see yarmouthme.myrec.com for details.
Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust Farmers Market, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 30 at Brunswick Landing, btlt.org/farmers-market.
Citizens Climate Lobby Portland Chapter, 9-10:30 a.m. via Zoom first Saturday of the month. Free, Facebook or citizensclimatelobbymaine.weebly.com.
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, habitatportlandme.org/critical-home-repair.
Maine Irish Heritage Trail, self-guided historical Portland tour, map at maineirishheritagetrail.org.
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, restoreportlandmaine.org.
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 from Aug. 10-31 at Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick. Hosted by Merrymeeting Gleaners and donated by Goranson Farm.
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. smary.org.
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 fscmaine.org.
Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Organization, find organic products and farms at mofga.org/find-organic.
Maine Oyster Trail, self-guided, features farm tours, raw bars and mobile shuck trucks, charter tours and kayak excursions, maineoystertrail.com.
“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, extension.umaine.edu/food-health/recipes/make-your-own.
Meals on Wheels, call the Brunswick Meals on Wheels Coordinator Casey Henson at 729-0757 or visit People Plus, 35 Union St., Brunswick. peopleplusmaine.org.
Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program, 12 Tenney Way, Brunswick, mchpp.org, 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, extension.umaine.edu/food-health/spoonful.
Summer Meals Sites, hosted by Portland Public Schools, meals and times will be posted at sites and at portlandschools.org/departments/operations/food_service/free_summer_meals.
“Better Health Now with Pain” telephone workshops, Mondays, Aug. 16 to Sept. 27, free to any adult Mainer dealing with chronic pain, advance registration required at 800-620-6036 or [email protected]
“Building Better Caregivers,” 1:30-4 p.m. Mondays through Aug. 30. Free, interactive Zoom workshop by Healthy Living for ME, register through 1-800-620-6036 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, topshamlibrary.org.
Oceanfront Group Meditation, 8 a.m. at Willard Beach, 158 Pickett St., South Portland. $15, mellowmainermeditation.com.
Bradbury Mountain Breaker, 9 a.m., race consisting of two laps of an exceptionally hilly, single-track trail loop, 528 Hallowell Road, Pownal. $16 entry fee. trailrunner.com/event/bradbury-mountain-breaker/.
Dempsey Center, virtual health and wellness workshops such as yoga, acupressure, massage and meditation. dempseycenter.org/programming.
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. foodaddicts.org.
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. ashleyflowersyoga.com.
Living Well with Diabetes, via Zoom, multiple sessions, hosted by Healthy Living for ME. Free, healthylivingforme.org.
People Plus in Brunswick, free exercise videos online at peopleplusmaine.org/videos/exercise, plus live Zoom classes and outdoor classes at peopleplusmaine.org/calendar.
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.
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, visitfreeport.com.
Yoga at Bradbury Mountain State Park, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Saturdays, Pownal. Hosted by L.L.Bean, visitfreeport.com.
Beautiful Blackbird Children’s Book Festival, through Sept. 13. Indigo Arts Alliance, 60 Cove, Portland. Free, beautifulblackbird.com.
“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.
Get Lost in a Good Book, summer reading program from birth to grade 12 at Merrill Memorial Library, 215 Main St., Yarmouth. See yarmouthlibrary.org/summer-reading-2021/.
Storytime with Taylor, virtual from Freeport Community Library, 10:30 a.m. Mondays through the summer, freeportmaine.libcal.com.
Wednesday Yoga with Reve Cycling, 9-9:30 a.m., sponsored by Reve, L.L.Bean and The Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine. Free. Limited space available. Reservations at revecyclingstudio.com/schedule#/week.
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 extension.umaine.edu/hancock/4h/aquaponics.
Better Together Book Club, 10-11 a.m. third Thursday of the month, hosted by Brunswick High School, curtislibrary.com.
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 yarmouthlibrary.org 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 outmaine.org/programs/youth-programs.
Portland Parks, Recreation and Facilities Department Facebook pages games, songs, links, videos, outdoor places to visit, craft ideas and more. facebook.com/PortlandMainePRF.
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. portlandlibrary.com/series/readyourmind/.
Relation-Ship-It Teen Book Group, virtual book group for teens to discuss LGBTQ relationships through young adult fiction. portlandlibrary.com/series/relation-ship-it-teen-book-group/.
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, curtislibrary.com.
Thomas Memorial Library virtual programs, thomasmemoriallibrary.org 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. curtislibrary.com.
Wolfe’s Neck Center Children’s Programs in Freeport include Farmer for the Morning, Farmyard Storytime and Salamander Meander, learn more at wolfesneck.org/calendar/.
Live Tech Help, 1-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road, Topsham, topshamlibrary.org.
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 cheblib.wixsite.com/chebeaguelibrary 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. curtislibrary.com/cloudlibrary-ebooks-audiobooks/ for cloudLibrary instructions.
Falmouth Memorial Library, open for in-person browsing. Email [email protected] for pickup. CloudLibrary and Digital Maine Library available. falmouthmemoriallibrary.org.
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., freeportlibrary.com.
Merrill Memorial Library, open for browsing; curbside pickup available. Free access for Yarmouth residents to the virtual library TumbleBooks at yarmouthlibrary.org. 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. patten.lib.me.us/eLibrary/.
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 princememorial.org/cloudlibraryinstructions/.
Scarborough Public Library reopened for browsing. Curbside pickup and computer use available by appointment. Digital services including cloudLibrary, TumbleBooks, Flipster and Kanopy at scarboroughlibrary.org. 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 southportlandlibrary.com 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., thomasmemoriallibrary.org.
Topsham Public Library has reopened. Visit topshamlibrary.org/we-are-open/ for details. Wi-Fi accessible outside the building. Visit topshamlibrary.org/stay-at-home-mega-list/ for a list of resources to eBooks, online courses, cloudLibrary and more.
Parks & Nature
Trail Work Day, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., hosted by Scarborough Land Trust. Libby River Farm Preserve, 320 Black Point Road, Scarborough. Free, scarboroughlandtrust.org.
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 maineaudubon.org/news/connections-nest-and-feeder-cams/.
Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, information about recreational opportunities, including fishing, riding, hunting, trapping and hiking at mefishwildlife.com.
Maine Farms Scavenger Hunt, explore Maine’s farm landscape this summer. Free, go.mainefarmlandtrust.org.
Natural Resources Council of Maine, maps to explore the state, nrcm.org.
Wolfe’s Neck Center in Freeport, hiking, gardening, workshops and more. Call 865-4469 for barn times. See full calendar at wolfesneck.org/calendar/.
Women’s Hike Night, 6 p.m. Wednesdays at Pineland Farms in Freeport, open to women of all ages and abilities, visitfreeport.com.
Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter, to register see communityresourcefinder.org. Helpline at 800-272-3900 available for around-the-clock care and support.
Dempsey Center, virtual support and resources at dempseycenter.org/virtual-services-resources and dempseycenter.org/programming/program-calendar/.
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. mcfpc.org.
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 outmaine.org.
Sexual Assault Support Services of Midcoast Maine, free and private virtual support groups at sassmm.org.
Sweetser’s myStrength, online exercises to cope with daily challenges, visit sweetser.org 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 theyellowtulipproject.org.
American Red Cross Blood Drives, redcrossblood.org/give.html/find-drive, 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 redcross.org/volunteertoday 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 from Aug. 5 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.
“10 Tips for Healthy Eating on a Budget,” on demand virtual cooking class hosted by Curtis Memorial Library. Register at curtislibrary.com to get access to videos.
Backyard Poultry Keepers, University of Maine Cooperative Extension at extension.umaine.edu/livestock/poultry.
A Common Yarn, 1-3 p.m. Thursdays via Zoom, hosted by Falmouth Memorial Library. A textile craftsmanship group. Email [email protected] to join. falmouthmemoriallibrary.org.
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, southportlandlibrary.com/conversational-spanish-group/.
Daily Fika, 10 a.m. Monday through Friday, hosted by Thomas Memorial Library in Cape Elizabeth, thomasmemoriallibrary.org/fika/.
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 bit.ly/3uvKY8g.
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, ecomaine.org.
“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 extension.umaine.edu/livestock/from-farm-to-table-fare.
“Growing Maine Gardeners,” extension.umaine.edu, 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 healthylivingforme.org for schedule and registration.
Interviews with the Irish in Maine, hosted by Maine Irish Heritage Center, youtube.com.
Maine Audubon nature and environment classes and workshops, many free. maineaudubon.org/events/.
Maine Department of Education: Rural Aspirations website supports teachers and families in community-based learning at communitylearningforme.org.
Maine State Chamber of Commerce business webinars, mainechamber.org.
MoneyMatters, free online financial education course hosted by Evergreen Credit Union. Four, 20-minute downloadable videos and PDF presentations at egcu.org/money.
Movie Series and Discussion Group, 6:30 p.m. via Zoom Thursdays, hosted by Patten Free Library. Visit patten.lib.me.us or contact Roberta at [email protected]
New Ventures Maine, free online classes on topics involving job, career, business and finance. Visit newventuresmaine.org/class-schedules/ 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 thomasmemoriallibrary.org/parent-chats/.
Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce live webinars and virtual events, portlandregion.com/virtual.html.
Reel Talk Film Discussion Group, 1 p.m. every third Tuesday via Zoom. Hosted by Thomas Memorial Library, register at thomasmemoriallibrary.org/reel-talk-film-discussion-group/.
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 thomasmemoriallibrary.org.
Support Maine Wildlife with Native Maine Plants: Maine Audubon online plant finder at mainenativeplants.org 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. tellingroom.org/stories.
UMaine’s Fogler Library: New Remote Learning Resource guide for K-12 students, families and educators, bit.ly/3bNKb8P.
University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H Learn at Home for parents, caregivers and students, 581-3877 or [email protected] for more information. extension.umaine.edu/4h/learn-at-home/.
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 wolfesneck.org/educational-activities.