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Posted: Thursday, February 14, 2013 2:08 pm | Updated: 2:43 pm, Mon Feb 18, 2013.

Upcoming events Imelda Fund comedy night, featuring two PG-17 comedy shows Friday, Feb. 16, 7 and 9 p.m., Nasson Community Center, 457 Main St., Springvale. Sponsored by the Sanford Professional Firefighters & Paramedics IAFF Local 1624 to benefit Sanford residents in need of heating assistance.

Trafton Jamboree, Fridays, Feb. 16, March 16, April 20, 1-3:30 p.m., Trafton Senior Center, 19 Elm St., Sanford. Donation $1. All musicians invited to share their talent. No limitations on age or experience. Public welcome. Kitchen open to sell food. For more information, call 457-0080.

Abenaki Draft Horse Club Winterfest, Sunday, Feb. 17, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., at the clubhouse on Duke Lane in Lyman. Event includes horse-drawn sleigh rides and trails for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing or sledding. $5 for adults and $4 for children 4-13. For more information, call Leo at 499-7436.

Read & Romp, for children ages 3-6, Mondays through March 25, 10 a.m., Springvale Public Library, 443 Main St., Springvale. Variety of stories, finger plays, songs and activities. No registration required.  For more information, call 324-4624 or visit

New chapter of PFLAG, organizational meetings in York County, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 7 p.m., North Parish in Sanford (snow date Feb. 27); Wednesday, March 13, 7 p.m., Alfred Parish Church. Group includes parents, friends and family of lesbians, gays and transgendered and want to be supportive and informative to others in the same situation. PFLAG is a 40-year-old national, advocacy organization. For more information, see

Baby Rhyme Time, for children under 3, Thursdays through March 28, Springvale Public Library, 443 Main St., Springvale. Parents and caregivers invited to 20-minute program of rhymes, songs and books for babies under 3 years old. Be ready to be led as a group through an active and appropriately brief program of fun, early literacy activities. No registration, just drop-in.  For more information, call 324-4624 or visit

Lawrence Furbish, a member of the Sanford-Springvale Historical Society board, talks on the history of Northern Germany, Thursday, Feb. 21, 7 p.m., Sanford-Springvale Historical Museum, 505 Main St., Springvale.  Free. Museum is handicapped accessible.  

York County Democratic Committee, Thursday, Feb. 21, Alfred Parish Church, Alfred. Social time at 6 p.m., meeting at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Diane Denk, chairwoman, at or 604-0838.

Look Good, Feel Better, Monday, Feb. 25, 4-5 p.m., River Ridge Center, 3 Brazier Lane, Kennebunk. Free program offered by the Southern Maine Medical Center Cancer Care Program and American Cancer Society, designed to lift spirits of women experiencing appearance-related side effects of cancer treatments. Pre-registration required. Call 283-7320.

Photography skill for kids ages 6-18, including how to use movement in photographs taught by  Bruce McMillan, local children’s book author, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Springvale Public Library, 443 Main St., Springvale. Bring digital camera. Registration not required. For more information call 324-4624, visit us at

Beginner Bee School, five-week introductory beekeeping course, Thursday, Feb. 28-Thursday, March 28, 6-8:30 p.m. Course fee $90 per person, or $140 for two students sharing the text and materials. Registration deadline Feb. 22. Intermediate Bee School, five weeks from Tuesday, March 19-Tuesday, April 16, 6-8:30 p.m., with field lab on Saturday, April 20. Course fee $95 per person, or $145 for two. Registration deadline is March 12. Both at  University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Anderson Learning Center, 21 Bradeen St., Springvale. For more information, see, or call the York County office of UMaine Extension at 800-287-1535 (in state) or 207-324-2814 or email

“I My Needle Ply With Skill”: Samplers of the Federal Period, exhibit of needlework created in Maine by schoolgirls of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, through March 2, Dyer Library/Saco Museum, 371 Main St. (Route 1), Saco. For more information, call 283-3861 or see

Foster/adoptive parent training series, begins Saturday, March 2, Portland. For information on becoming a foster/adoptive parent or attending the series, contact Rana O’Connor at Spurwink, 871-1200,; or request information at

We Love to Eat All-you-can-eat breakfast, served by the Acton-Shapleigh Lions Club, first Saturday of each month,  8-10 a.m., Acton Town Hall, corner of Route 109 and H Road. Scrambled eggs, pancakes (regular and blueberry), sausage, beans, toast and hot and cold beverages. $5. Proceeds benefit local charities. For more information, call Joan Dyer, 636-2615.

Always Enough Soup Kitchen, 77 Emery St., Sanford, serves meals to those in need meals every Wednesday, 5-6 p.m. For more information, call 324-7776 or see

Senior lunches, served at noon every Wednesday at the East Lebanon Fire Station on Depot Road. Seating begins at 11:30 a.m. Food is supplied by Southern Maine Area Agency on Aging. Cost is $4 per person. Reservations required by noon on Tuesday, cancellations no later than 9 a.m. Wednesday. For more information or to make a reservation, contact Isabelle Coleman, coordinator, at 324-7071 or 432-0429.

Acton Food Pantry, at the Acton Congregational Church, is open the third Wednesday of every month, 10-11 a.m. For more information, call Craig Bartlett Sr. at 636-3768 and leave a message.

Free meal, third Thursday of the month, 5:50-6:30 p.m., North Parish Church, 893 Main St., Sanford. All welcome.

Ongoing Events – Seashore Trolley Museum, Kennebunkport, invites members of its neighboring communities to become volunteers. Openings for docents, trolley operators, musicians and singers, visitor center greeters and cashiers, gardeners and groundskeepers, hosts at special events and in r administrative offices and restoration shop.  Those interested should email or call 207-967-2800, Ext 101.

Bike repair and earn-a-bike program, for youth ages 8-18 Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, basement of Nasson Community Center, 457 Main St., Springvale. Staff- and volunteer-led bike rides in season. Volunteers needed for bike repair and ride programs. For more information, email, call 324-5657 or stop by during program hours.

Corner Cupboard Non-Food Pantry, located at the Sanford Unitarian Universalist Church, 5 Lebanon St., Sanford, open the third Saturday of each month in Goodall Hall from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. throughout the year. 

Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 1044 in Sanford, meets the first Sunday of each month, 1 p.m., Sanford Elks Lodge,13 Elm St., Sanford. For more information, contact chapter president Joe Armstrong at 490-2094, e-mail or see                                                                               

Scrapbooking club, meets the fourth Tuesday of each month, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Springvale Public Library. Experienced and beginners welcome. For more information contact Eunice at 457-1377.

The Southern Maine Garden Club meets on the third Wednesday of every month, 6:45 p.m., Springvale Library, 443 Main St., Springvale.

Marine Corps League (York County Marines), Detachment 1341 in Sanford, meets on the third Wednesday of every month, 6 p.m., AMVETS Post # 3, 169 School St., Sanford. FMI John Zapata at 793-2630, e-mail

The Adult Book Discussion Group, at the Springvale Public Library meets the first Thursday of the month from noon-1:30 p.m. with participants sharing a potluck lunch. For more information, call 324-4624 or visit

The York County Democratic Committee, meets on the third Thursday, at the Alfred Parish Church, Alfred Village Square on routes 202/4. Social time/talk issues, 6-7 p.m.; program begins at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Dave Schofield, chairman,, or 251-3771.

The Astronomy Club of Northern New England, offers free courses and an opportunity for all to peer through the Starfield Observatory’s mounted telescopes. The amateur astronomy club meets first Fridays of the month, at 7:30 p.m. at the New School in Kennebunk. Monthly observatory sessions are held the Friday closest to the new moon. For directions and public star gazing information, visit the club’s website at

Evergreen Quilters, meets the fourth Monday of each month at St. David’s Church in Kennebunk. FMI, call Terry Blanchette at 423-3444.

Lebanon American Legion Post 214, meets the second Wednesday of each month, 6:30 p.m., First Parish Congregational Church on Center Road, Lebanon.

The Sand-Dover Dollars Doll Club, meets the third Wednesday of the month. The club name represents Sanford and Dover, N.H., and is part of the United Federation of Doll Clubs. New members always welcome. For more information, contact Joanne Libby at 324-8982 or Janet Smith at 636-2397.

Veterans, Reservists and dependents, may be eligible for monthly payments up to $825 while learning new jobs skills in apprenticeships or on-the-job training programs. Call the VA toll-free at 1-888-442-4551, or the Maine State Approving Agency for Veterans Education Training at 377-4661.

The Marine Corps League, preserves the traditions and promotes the interests of the United States Marine Corps. Members invite all active duty, retired, honorably discharged Marines, and Navy Corpsmen that served are invited to join them. For membership details, call 354-6479 or e-mail

The Sanford-Springvale Historical Museum, is open to the public on Thursdays 2-8 p.m., Fridays 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m.-noon. For more information or questions, call 324-2797.

Playing Around –  Bingo at the Sanford Elks Lodge, Elm Street, Sanford on Tuesdays. Doors open at 4 p.m., sales begin at 5:30, games begin at 6 p.m.

Pre-school storytime, every Wednesday and Thursday at 11 a.m., for children 3-6 and their parents or caregiver, Goodall Library, 952 Main St., Sanford. Children meet for about 45 minutes for stories, crafts, play with new friends and special activities on occasion. Younger and slightly older children are welcome if they would enjoy the story and craft. Pre-registration is not required. The storytime is year-round. For more information, call 324-4714 or visit

Seacoast Songwriters Association, invites those interested in songwriting and making original music in the southern Maine area to attend an upcoming meeting. The group typically meets the last Saturday of each month to discuss songwriting techniques, original song material, recording and performing opportunities, etc. For more information, call president Pat Aureli, 251-8313.

Religion & Spirituality – Sanford Unitarian Universalist Church, located on the corner of Main and Lebanon streets in Sanford, services and Sunday school every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. in the parlor. Child care available. Refreshments after services. For more information, call 324-3191.

St George’s Episcopal Church, 3 Emerson St., Sanford, has worship every Sunday with services at 8 and 10 a.m. Nursery care is available. All are welcome. For more information, call 324-8119.

Acton Congregational Church, located at the corner of H Road and Route 109, holds its Sunday worship service at 10 a.m. Sunday School classes and child care are available during the school year. For more information, call 636-3430 or visit online at

Ross Corner Baptist Church, at the intersection of the West Road, Newfield Road, Ross Corner Road, and the Gore Road, Wednesday Prayer Meeting, 7 p.m. Sundays: Sunday School and Adults Bible Study, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday Morning Worship Service, 10:30 a.m. Thursday Nights Music Ministry Praise Team Practice, 7 p.m. For more information, call Pastor Dave, 490-5620; Ed Stubbs, 247-4716; or e-mail

Evergreen Covenant Church, 1725 Main St in the Airport Plaza, Sanford, welcomes all to worship on Sundays at 10 a.m. Children’s church also at 10 a.m. Evergreen is a community-oriented, multigenerational church that seeks to blend the ancient and the modern in its worship. For more information, call 423-3342 or visit

 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 38 Westview Drive, Sanford. All are welcome. Sunday morning sacrament meeting starts at 9.

Covenant Baptist Church, on French Street in Acton, is a family-friendly, conservative church that meets Sunday at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., with Bible studies on Tuesday and Wednesday. For information call 207-477-8734. The Web site is

River of Life, meets at 23 Washington St. in Sanford for worship service at 10 a.m. For questions call 324-5202.

North Parish Congregational United Church of Christ, 893 Main St., Sanford. Worship Sunday at 10:30 a.m.  Child care provided. Call 324-3163 or see

Crossroads United Methodist Church, worship, 9 a.m. each Sunday at the corner of Route 202 and Grammar Road in Sanford. Service begins at 9 a.m. Adult class is held after service from 10:15-11 a.m.  Children’s Sunday school is from 9:15-10 a.m. Women’s group meets the third Tuesday of each month in the evening. Choir practices every Monday at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 324-4750.

Christian Science Society, 35 School St., Sanford welcomes all to Sunday 10 a.m. service and invites children to Sunday School at the same hour. Testimony meetings are held at 7 p.m. on first and third Wednesdays May-September.  The Weekly Bible Lesson airs on the Discovery Channel Sundays at 5:30 a.m.  For more information visit

Sanford First Baptist Church, 905 Main St., welcomes everyone each Sunday at 10 a.m. During the worship hour, there is also a dynamic children’s ministry for ages kindergarten through fifth grade, with music, snacks, Bible stories and lessons, crafts and games. Children may be checked in by a parent/guardian from 9:45 to 10 a.m. All children are invited to participate in this free program. Nursery care is available for infants to age 5. For details call the church office at 324-5456.

Pleasant Street Free Baptist Church, 10 Pleasant St., Springvale, worship services at 10 a.m. with a coffee fellowship time after the service. For further information contact the church for details at 324-6602. The Rev. Dennis Reeves officiating.

Volunteer – Hearts & Horses Therapeutic Riding Center, Buxton, is in need of volunteers to assist with physically, mentally and emotionally challenged children and adults with therapeutic horseback riding program. No experience needed, free training is available. See or call 929-4700.

Allegiance Hospice, is looking for volunteers to visit patients under hospice care in nursing homes in York and Cumberland counties. Volunteers are formally trained and are a valued part of the interdisciplinary team in serving patients at end of life. Those interested should call Nicole Garrity 877-255-4623 or e-mail

Special event volunteers needed, at York County Shelter Programs to help throughout the year. Proceeds from the events will help York County Shelter Program house the homeless and feed the hungry. Maintenance volunteers are also needed to help with various projects such as plumbing, carpentry, painting and weatherization. Contact Joan Sylvester at 324-1137 ext. 105, or e-mail A volunteer is also needed for maintenance work in the Notre Dame Bakery at the Shelter. Call Martha Huestis at 324-8811.

Donations Needed – Bottle Drive Because We Care to benefit local cancer patients. Pick up a specially marked collection bag at Lauderite II Cleaners or The Rusted Star Primitive Art Gift Shop, both located near Gowen Park on Main Street in Sanford. Returns accepted at Clynk Bottle Redemption at Hannaford on Main Street.

Bottles and cans for the Maine Children’s Cancer Program, are now being accepted at the Sanford Hannaford. Previously, the Sanford Elks were accepting donations at The Airport Redemption Center, which has recently gone out of business. All returns must be bagged in a specially marked Clynk bag, which may be picked up at the store. Call Joanne at 324-1445.

Support – Strong Fathers Network, dads’ discussion groups meet 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m., on Thursday at York County Community Action at 6 Spruce St. in Sanford. For more information call Brian at 459-2976.

Multiple Sclerosis support group, meets monthly on the second Thursday of each month, 7-9 p.m. at Goodall Hospital. For more information, call Nancy at 324-3907.Friends, family, and caregivers are welcome.

National Alliance on Mental Illness, support group meets the first and third Thursday of every month, 7-9 p.m., at North Parish Congregational Church on the second floor of the Robie Education Building, 893 Main St., Sanford. Elevator available. The group is intended for individuals who experience mental illness, their friends and families. For more information, call Marilyn or Dick at 457-5458.

The Corner Cupboard non-food pantry, dispenses essential paper products, hygiene and cleaning products to individuals in need on the third Saturday of each month from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Sanford Unitarian Universalist Church, 5 Lebanon St. in Sanford

Breastfeeding support group, meets 1-3 p.m. every Tuesday at the Goodall Hospital Learning Center on June Street in Sanford. For more information, contact Certified Lactation Counselor Bernadette Darby of the Alliance for Healthy Families at 490-7704.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous, meets every Wednesday from 6:30-8 p.m., at Frisbee Memorial Hospital, Rochester, N.H.  For more information, call Cathy at 603-350-0646.

Wee Care grandparent support group meets the second Wednesday of the month, 6:30 p.m., Trafton Senior Center, 19 Elm St., Sanford. For more information, call 457-0080.

Alzheimer’s support group, meets monthly on the first Wednesday, 7-9 p.m., and the third Wednesday, 10-11:30 a.m., at the Pavilion at Goodall Hospital. For more information, call 490-7651.

Al Anon Family Group meetings are held throughout York County. For times and locations, call 1-800-498-1844 or visit Al Anon Family Group meetings offer opportunities to share thoughts, feelings, ask questions, or just listen.

“Stuttering and Your Child: Help for Parents” DVD now available at the following public libraries: Biddeford, Waterboro, Limerick, Saco and Sanford. Produced by the nonprofit Stuttering Foundation, the film describes the types of stuttering, how parents can help at home and the role of a speech pathologist in evaluating and treating children who stutter.

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