Libby Hoffman, founder of Catalyst for Peace in Portland, speaks on “The Role of Community in Peacebuilding,” Thursday, April 4, noon, St. Francis Room of Ketchum Library, University of New England Biddeford campus. Free. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 602-2513.
Saco Bay Garden Club, Thursday, April 4, 6:30 p.m., Dyer Library, Saco. Guest speaker is Carolyn Snell, who will be doing a presentation on the many aspects of Snell Farm. Public invited.
Biddeford-Saco Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours, Thursday, April 4, 5-7 p.m., Stone Food Pantry, lower level at 180 Main St., Biddeford. Representatives from York County Food Rescue on hand. Attendees asked to donate at least one nonperishable food item. Free to members and $10 for nonmembers, includes appetizers, door prizes, a 50/50 raffle and more. RSVP to Estella at 282-1567 or Estella@BiddefordSacoChamber.org.
Dance featuring music from the 1950s-1990s, Saturday, April 5, 7-11 p.m., Ramada, North Street, Saco, hosted by Biddeford-Saco Chamber of Commerce. Tickets $10, only available in advance at the chamber office at the train station on Saco Island, or call 282-1567.
Bowl for Kids Sake, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine benefit, Friday, April 5, starting at 4 p.m., Vacationland Bowling, Saco. Open to teams of four. Bowl for one hour at either 4, 5 or 6 p.m. $15 minimum donation requested. To sign up for more information, see www.somebigsbowl.kintera.org or call 773-5437, ext. 237.
Sewing soft circuits workshops, learning how to make embroidery that lights up, Saturdays, April 6 and 13, 2-5 p.m., Engine, 265 Main St., Biddeford. $50. Registration deadline is Friday, April 5. Each workshop is limited to 10 participants. To sign up or for more information, see http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/355716, email email@example.com or call 229-3560.
Maine State Button Society button show, Saturday, April 6, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., St. Louis Alumni Hall, 649 Elm St., Biddeford. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 324-6618 or 727-3078, or see www.mainebuttons.com.
“Your Brain on Art,” art exhibit, through April 6, Engine, 265 Main St., Biddeford. For more information, call 229-3560 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘The Art of the Short Story,” four-part writing workshop led by Joshua Bodwell, executive director of the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance, starts Saturday, April 6, Engine, 265 Main St., Biddeford. To register or for more information, see www.feedtheengine.org.
Community Cares, benefit for Community Animal Watch Committee and Libby Library in Old Orchard Beach, Sunday, April 7, 1-4 p.m., Jumpin’ Jakes restaurant, 181 Saco Ave., Old Orchard Beach. Hors d’oeuvres, door prizes, raffles, Celtic music with the Maine Harp Circle. Tickets $20, on sale at library, Town Hall, MacDonald’s Garage, JJ’s Eatery Too and Seacoast RVs in Saco. Donations of cans and bottles also accepted. For more information, call 934-4351 or see www.ooblibrary.org.
Yard sale, hosted by American Legion post in Old Orchard Beach, Sunday, April 7, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., 14 Imperial St., Old Orchard Beach.
DowneastCon plastic model show and contest, hosted by Southern Maine Scale Modelers. Sunday April 7, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Thornton Academy, Linnell Gym, Main Street, Saco. Vendors, raffle, snacks. Public welcome, $2 admission, children free. For more information, call 625-8007.
Saco Republican Committee, Tuesday, April 9, 6 p.m., Saco train station. Guest speaker is Christopher Denton, chairman of Saco Citizens for Sensible Taxes. For more information, call Marie, 284-7032 or 229-3516.
Saco Democratic City Committee and Saco Bay Dems, joint meeting on Tuesday, April 9, 7 p.m., Saco City Hall. All Democrats who live in the Saco Bay area encouraged to attend and bring a friend. For more information, call Stan Mozden, 284-0346.
Estate planning workshop, Thursday, April 11, 5:30 p.m., McArthur Public Library, Biddeford. With attorney Fred Forman, an estate planning specialist. Fee and open to the public and no products will be sold. Call 284-4181 for more information.
Woodcock Watch, Thursday, April 11 and Friday, April 12, 7-8:30 p.m., Wells Reserve at Laudholm, 342 Laudholm Farm Road, Wells. With leader Paul Dest, discover the mysterious American woodcock, a shorebird that lives in the forest and performs a remarkable sunset display. $7/$5. Reservations required. For more information, call 646-1555 or see www.wellsreserve.org.
York County Audubon field trip, Saturday, April 13, 8 a.m., meet at Buffleheads Restaurant, 122 Hills Beach Road, Biddeford. Group will carpool to Timber Point (limited parking) and look for birds in this new addition to the Rachel Carson system. Those who plan on attending can contact Joanne Stevens,
Open Heart Holistic Fair, hosted by Stardust Energy Healing, Saturday April 13, 1-4 p.m., Kimball Health Center, 333 Lincoln St., Saco. Meet energy workers, psychics and alternative healing practitioners. Singing Bowl meditation by Jaclyn Ouillette at 1. $3 admission, two for $5. For more information, call 207-590-9538.
“Little Red Riding Hood, A Spoof on the Original Tale,” performed by K-8 students from School Around Us, Arundel, Saturday, April 13, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, April 14, 2 p.m., Brick Store Museum, Main Street, Kennebunk. $8 for adults and $6 for children. Snacks, goodies and drinks available for purchase. For more information call 207-967-3143 or email email@example.com.
Financial Peace University, nine-week financial education class (get out of debt and build wealth), Mondays, April 15-June 10, 6:30-8 p.m., First Parish Church, Saco. Free child care provided for class members. Free class preview Sunday, April 7, after the church service at noon for 15 minutes. One-time class fee $89 (singles or couples). For more information, www.daveramsey.com/findaclass.
“Snowy Owls to Saw-whet Owls,” York County Audubon program with naturalist Norman Smith, Tuesday, April 16, refreshments at 6:30 p.m., program at 7, Mather Auditorium Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm, 342 Laudholm Farm Road, Wells. For more information, contact Bob Watson, 207-251-1135 or see www.yorkcountyaudubon.org.
Chewonki Foundation Bugmobile, Tuesday, April 16, 2 p.m., Dyer Library, Saco. With models, activities and live specimens, kids can explore the unique characteristics of four major arthropod groups. Pre-registration required. Call 283-3861, ext. 102 to sign up or for more information.
“Bag It: Is Your Life Too Plastic,” award-winning documentary recommended for ages 12 and up, Thursday, April 18, noon-1:30 p.m., Wells Reserve at Laudholm, 342 Laudholm Farm Road, Wells. Film focuses on the effects of plastic bags and other plastic consumer merchandise. Members of the Kennebunk Energy and Efficiency Committee will lead a discussion about the film. Attendees also invited to walk to Laudholm Beach to look for plastics and other trash to bring back for proper disposal. Reservations required. For more information, call 646-1555 or see www.wellsreserve.org.
York County Regional Job Fair, Friday, April 19, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Nasson Community Center, 457 Main St., Springvale. More than 50 employers on hand recruiting for open positions. For more information, contact call 324-5460.
“Maiden’s Progeny, An Afternoon with Mary Cassett, 1906,” a play by Lee Wilhelm presented by The Originals, April 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, 7:30 p.m.; April 21, 2:30 p.m., Saco River Theatre, 29 Salmon Falls Road, Buxton. $20 adults; $18 students and seniors; pay what you can April 25. For reservations, call 929-5412 or see www.sacorivertheatre.org.
We Love to Eat
Bean supper, Friday, April 5, 4-7 p.m., American Legion Post, Old Orchard Beach, to benefit Old Orchard Beach Community Food Pantry. $6 adults, $3 children.
Spaghetti supper, Saturday, April 6, 5:30-8 p.m., Biddeford Pool Firehouse, 25 Lester B. Orcutt Boulevard. Spaghetti with marinara or Bolognese sauce, Caesar salad, bread, drinks and dessert. $10 for adults, $5 for children under 12. Sponsored by volunteer firefighters, with proceeds to benefit firehouse renovation fund.
Pancake breakfast, Saturday, April 6, 7-10 a.m., Saco Pathfinders Clubhouse, 42 Heath Road, Saco. Hosted by Boy Scout Troop 371. $8 for adults, $3 for children. Cub Scouts in Class A are free.
Pancake breakfast, sponsored by Saco Bay Democrats, Saturday, April 6, 8-11 a.m., Unitarian Universalist Church of Saco and Biddeford, 60 School St., Saco. $7, children 3-10 $4, family maximum $18. Breakfast will be served by local and county office holders.
Roast beef supper, Saturday, April 6, 5-6:30 p.m., Cornerstone United Methodist Church, off Jenkins Road, Saco. All-you-can-eat roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, carrots, string beans, strawberry shortcake. $9 for adults, $4 for children under 12.
Bean supper, Saturday, April 6, 4:30-6 p.m., Hollis Lions Club, Palmer Hall, intersection routes 202 and 35, Hollis. Two kinds of beans, cole slaw, American chop suey, bread, red hot dogs, dessert, coffee, water and fruit punch. $8, $3.
Souper Supper, Friday, April 12, 6:30- 8 p.m., Parsonsfield Seminary, 504 North Road, Route 160, North Parsonsfield. Hearty ham and bean, chili, Southwestern chicken, corn chowder (vegetarian), salad, biscuits, rolls, cornbread, dessert, drinks. Music by Puckerbrush. $8, $4 kids 10 and under. Hosted by Friends of Par Sem to benefit restoration fund.
Bean supper, Saturday, April 13, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Bar Mills Parish House, Route 4A, Bar Mills (Buxton). Sponsored by Dorcas Society of Hollis and Buxton. Beans, chop suey, hot dogs, salads, and homemade pie. $7, $3.
Free community dinners, third Saturday of the month, 5:30-7 p.m., Goodwins Mills Advent Christian Church Mill Building, Route 35, Goodwins Mills.
Salvation Army Food Pantry, located at 2 Sixth St. in Old Orchard Beach, is open Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 1-3 p.m. Call 934-4381 for more information.
OOBUMC Food Pantry and Clothes Closet, located at the United Methodist Church on 6 Fountain Ave., is open on Monday and Wednesday, 9-11 a.m., serving food to Old Orchard Beach residents. Everyone is invited to come for free bread and clothes. Donations are appreciated and are tax decutable. Call 934-5533, for more information. Donations can be mailed to: P.O. Box K, Old Orchard Beach, Maine 04064.
Old Orchard Beach Community Food Pantry is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m.-noon, at 155 Saco Ave. Pantry services include a clothing closet and bread. Call Carol at 934-5873 for more information, including how to help.
Salvation Army Community Lunch, 2 Sixth St., Old Orchard Beach, Tuesday and Friday at 11:30 a.m. Call 934-4381 for more information.
St. Vincent de Paul Rummage Sale every Wednesday, 12:30-2:30 p.m., St. James Hall on South Street in Biddeford. Donations of clean and working items are accepted Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. All proceeds are donated to local charities. Call 499-7490 for more information.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 207-967-2800, Ext 101.
Ever After Mustang Rescue Education and Training Center, Biddeford, is seeking volunteers who will work to help support the group’s mission of rescue, training, rehabilitation and adoption of wild mustangs. Volunteers can learn about horses, how to manage a barn and farm and horse safety, and will have a chance to observe and learn from experienced horse handlers. For more information, call 284-7721 or see www.mustangrescue.org/volunteer.html.
Rock My Soul, secular choir known for lively, roots-based gospel music and rich harmonies, is accepting new singers for the 2013 season. Rock My Soul welcomes new members at rehearsals every Tuesday from 7-9 pp.m., First Parish Federated Church, 150 Main St. (corner of Main and Academy), South Berwick. Although reading music is not required, the ability to sing on pitch and retain parts learned by ear is essential. Those interested in joining can call Tina Weinberger, 698-4494 or visit www.projectmusicworks.org for more information.
Macrobiotics natural foods cooking class, fourth Saturday of each month,10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Sweetser, 50 Moody St., Saco. Presented by macrobiotic master chef Connie Arnold. Pre-registration required. Call 283-7320.
Better Breathers Club, (pulmonary rehabilitation), second Wednesday of each month, 1-2:30 p.m., SMMC PrimeCare Physicians, 9 Healthcare Drive, Biddeford.
Free. Open to anyone interested in learning more about pulmonary disease and improving their quality of life. For more information, call 283-7773.
Breast cancer survivors support group, every other Thursday, 5:30-6:30 p.m.,
SMMC, Webber Building, second floor conference room, 1 Medical Center Drive, Biddeford. Free. For more information, call Helene Langley, 283-7805.
Yoga for Every Body, Tuesdays, 6:15-7:30 p.m.; Thursdays, 9:45-10:45 a.m., Ross Center, J. Martin Community Center, 189 Alfred St, Biddeford. $8/class. For more information, see www.biddefordrec.com.
Country Music Jamboree, second and fourth Wednesday of the month, 7-9 p.m., Cornerstone Methodist Church, 20 Jenkins Road, Saco. For more information, call 282-2755.
Creative Arts for Healing, second Wednesday of each month, 6-7:30 p.m., SMMC PrimeCare Physicians, 655 Main St., Saco. Free. Facilitated by Barbara Johnson, RN. Pre-registration required. Call 283-7320.
Health and Wellness exercise class, Mondays and Fridays, 8-9 a.m., Ross Center, J. Martin Community Center, 189 Alfred St, Biddeford. $4/class, first class free. For more information, see www.biddefordrec.com.
Games, Mondays, 10 a.m.-noon, Scrabble, cards, Yahtzee, mahjong and more; 1-4 p.m., bridge, Ross Center, J. Martin Community Center, 189 Alfred St, Biddeford. For more information, see www.biddefordrec.com.
Conversations with Your Friends at Biddeford Police Department, 10:30-11:30 a.m., fourth Wednesdays, Ross Center, J. Martin Community Center, 189 Alfred St, Biddeford. Discussions cover important, sometimes overlooked rules, laws and information. Bring questions. Speakers are Rick Doyon and Robert Flynt. For more information, see www.biddefordrec.com.
Taize worship services, first Wednesday of every month, 7 p.m., First Congregational Church of Kennebunkport, 141 North St. Taize worship is a service or reflection and meditation grounded in the mystical tradition of monastic community from Taize, France. For directions or more information, call the Rev. Derek White at 967-3897, or see www.firstchurchkennebunkport.com.
Women’s Educational and Industrial Union, meets the fist and third Friday of the month,1 p.m., Dyer Library, Saco.
Adult Poetry Project, fourth Thursday of the month, 6-7:30 p.m., Second Congregational Church, 19 Crescent St. Biddeford. Free and open to the public. Call Marilyn, at 284-7898, or email Joe Breunig at email@example.com, for more information.
Indoor Horseshoes, 7-9 p.m. Fridays, Ross Center, J. Martin Community Center, 189 Alfred St, Biddeford. For more information, see www.biddefordrec.com.
The Harbour Singers, a hospice choir that performs for patients during end-of-life care, rehearses every Wednesday evening in Saco. Call 286-7678 for more details.
Saco Bay Flotilla, of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, meets every second Thursday, 7:30 p.m., at Saco Yacht Club, Front Street, Saco. Call James Katz at 283-4601.
Children’s programs, at Libby Library in Old Orchard Beach, Crafty Readers Jr., Thursdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Call 934-4351 for more information.
Heart of Biddeford’s Entrepreneur’s Group, meets on the second Friday of every month at 8:30 a.m. at Perk in the North Dam Mill, located at 2 Main St.
The Salvation Army, 2 Church St., Old Orchard Beach. Every Friday and Adult fellowship is held at 9:30 a.m., followed by lunch. Call 934-4381 for more information.
Children’s programs, at Libby Library in Old Orchard Beach, Finger Frolics, Friday, 10:30-11 a.m., includes stories, songs and finger play for babies and toddlers and their caregivers. Call 934-4351 for more information.
Friday Movie Nights, every second and fourth Friday at 6:30 p.m., Libby Library, 27 Staples St., Old Orchard Beach. First movie of the month is family friendly. Second movie is rated PG/PG-13 and is for tweens and teens. Free. Check the library website at www.ooblibrary.org, or call 934-4351 for schedule of titles.
Free family law advice, Friday, 1-4 p.m., Biddeford District Court, 25 Adams St., Biddeford. Call 774-4348. For low-income clients only. Sponsored by the Maine Volunteer Lawyers Project.
Children’s programs, at Libby Library in Old Orchard Beach, Saturday Morning Kid’s Club, 10:30 a.m.-noon., includes stories, games, crafts and more. Call 934-4351 for more information.
Macrobiotics natural foods cooking class, fourth Saturday of each month, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Sweetser, 50 Moody St., Saco. Free. Presented by Macrobiotic Master Chef Connie Arnold. Pre-registration required. Call 283-7320.
Saturday worship service, 5 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Church 403 Main St., Saco. Shortened service for families who cannot attend Sunday morning services and those wishing to explore a small worship experience. Participants will be invited to offer their gifts of music, poetry, dance and other art forms during the service.
Old Orchard Beach United Methodist Church, 6 Fountain Ave., Sunday 9 a.m., free pancake breakfast at the church, followed by regular celebration worship at 10. Lectionary Bible Study Group on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call the Rev. Michael J. Gray, 423- 0028.
GracePoint Church, worship service Sunday,10:30 a.m., inside North Dam Mill at 2 Main St., Biddeford. For more details visit www.GracePointChurch.me or email Andrew@GracePointChurch.me.
Sunday Mass, 10 a.m., St. Augustine of Canterbury Anglican Church, Cathedral Pines Chapel, 156 Saco Ave., Old Orchard Beach. See www.oldorchbeachme-staugofcant-aca.org for more information.
Victory Chapel services, every Sunday, 67 Hill St., Biddeford. Sunday School for all ages is at 9:45 a.m. Sunday morning worship is at 11. Sunday evening worship is at 7. Wednesday evening Bible Study and Prayer, 7 pm. Call 283-0304 for more information.
The Salvation Army, 2 Church St., Old Orchard Beach, Sunday services with special vocalists and band music, 10:45 a.m. Nursery available. Every Tuesday, fellowship lunch at 11:30 a.m., and a Women’s Ministry and Men’s Club, at 7 p.m. Call 934-4381 for more
Unitarian-Universalist Church, of Saco and Biddeford,
60 School St., Saco, Sunday services at 10 a.m. with church school at the same time. These followed by coffee and conversation in the Parish Hall. For more information, call 282-0062.
Saco Bay Democratic Party, meets every second Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Saco City Hall, 300 Main St., except for the month of July.
Saco Community Garden, meets every second Tuesday of the month during the growing season. For more information, visit www.sacomaine.org/departments/parksrec/community_garden.shtml or contact John Sherman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 283-1025.
Donut Club, 8 a.m. every first Tuesday of the month at Reilly’s Bakery, hosted by the Heart of Biddeford. Hear about what’s going on downtown and share events, promotions or news.
Veterans’ Service Officer, from the Maine Bureau of Veterans’ Services, available the second Wednesday of each month, 9-11 a.m., Saco Municipal Building, weather permitting. Call first, 324-1839.
Service of Prayer for Healing and Wholeness, held the last Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m., First Parish Congregational Church, 12 Beach St., Saco. All welcome.
Victory Chapel Services, 67 Hill St., Biddeford. Wednesday evening Bible study and prayer at 7 p.m. Call 283-0304
Networking events, every third Wednesday of the month, hosted by the Heart of Biddeford. Open to anyone interested in the Biddeford downtown.
Chronic Pain Support Group, first and third Thursdays. first Thursday, 6-7:30 p.m., and third Thursday, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., the Pines Hospitality Room, Pinewood Manor, Pinewood Lane, Old Orchard Beach. Call Evelyn, at 937-5020, or Jane, at 934-4189, for more information. Also see www.painsupportgroup.org.
Breast Cancer Survivors Group, 5:30-6:30 p.m., every other Thursday, SMMC Webber Building, One Medical Center Drive, Biddeford. Call 283-7805.
Hugs of Love-Remember Our Troops, first and third Monday of each month. Call Nancy Kelley at 934-2360 for more information.
Autism & Aspergers Support Group, every Monday, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Biddeford Teen Center.
Diabetes Support Group, second Monday of every month, 6:30 p.m., J. Richard Martin Community Center, 189 Alfred St., Biddeford. Call 283-7680, or 800-794-3546.
Evergreen Quilters, meets 6-9 p.m. on the fourth Monday of each month except July and December. Newcomers welcome.
Breast cancer support group, first and third Tuesday of each month, 6-7 p.m., First Parish Congregational Church, 12 Beach St., Saco. Glen Ellen Roth, facilitator.
Better Breathers Club, for pulmonary rehabilitation, second Wednesday of the month, 1-2:30 p.m., SMMC PrimeCare Physicians, 9 Healthcare Drive, Biddeford. Call 283-7773.
All Cancer Survivors Group, second Wednesday of each month, 6-7:30 p.m., Southern Maine Medical Center’s Ambulatory Behavioral Health Center, 291 Alfred St., Biddeford. Free. Pre-registration is required. Call 283-7575.
Weight Loss Surgery group, second Wednesday of the month, 7-8 p.m., Southern Maine Medical Center, One Medical Center Drive, Biddeford. Call 283-7987.