Community/Arts Calendar: Jan. 13-23 – Portland Press Herald –

8January 2021

‘What Was That?’

“Reinforcements,” gouache on canvas, is one of Eva Goetz’s pieces in the exhibit “What Was That?” on display at Moss Galleries through Feb. 6. Contributed / Moss Galleries


“Acasa, My Home” by Radu Ciorniciuc, available to stream Jan. 15-29 through State Theatre. $12 for a five-day rental.

“A Convenient Soldier: The Black Guards of Maine,” through January. Maine Historical Society exhibit reveals how Black soldiers guarded vital Maine train routes in World War II, 489 Congress St., Portland, for details.

“Bee Flowers” by Juliet Karelsen, silk screen piece on display at Space Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland.

“Film About a Father Who” by Lynne Sachs, available to stream Jan. 15-29 through State Theatre. $12 for a five-day rental.

Green Hut Galleries Holiday Show, through Jan. 30,

Holiday compilation by Maine-based artists, stream for free or download for $10 via Chocolate Church Arts Center at

“Hunt Slonem: Returns to Maine,” Elizabeth Moss Galleries, 251 U.S. Route 1, Falmouth, through Feb. 6,

“Kajak!”, virtual exhibit through May 2021 at Peary-MacMillan Artic Museum at Bowdoin College in Brunswick.

The Lemon Block Collective, featuring 10 new artists, 150 Maine St., Brunswick.

“New Year, New Works,” Commissioned Maine Artist virtual preview, noon Jan. 11-15. Free. Visit for artist schedule and to register.

Noonday Concert Series – Elizabeth Moore, Jan. 21-Feb. 3, presented by the Portland Conservatory of Music and Portland Public Library. Visit or for details.

“O Radiant Dawn: A ChoralArt New Year,” available to stream through Jan. 31 at Free.

Palaver Solo Sessions, 7 p.m. Jan. 14 and 21 and Feb. 4, livestreamed soloists hosted by Palaver Strings. Pay-what-you-will,

“Ringing in the New Year,” 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday-Sunday through Jan. 31. Richard Boyd Art Gallery, 15 Epps St., Peaks Island. Free,

“What Was That?” by Eva Goetz, on display through Feb. 6 at Moss Galleries, 251 U.S. Route 1, Falmouth.


317 Main Community Music Center, 30-minute concerts featuring teaching artists at 7:30 p.m. Mondays and Fridays on Instagram, Facebook and Vimeo, and at under “Listen.” Open mic every other week on Zoom. Sign up at [email protected] Free.

Bowdoin College Museum of Art, entire collection searchable online along with selected exhibits, Visit From Home activities,

Creative Portland’s “2020 Vision: Past, Present, & Future” online show available through April 2021.

Daponte String Quartet, digital content posted at 7 p.m. Wednesdays on YouTube.

“El Lobo y La Paloma,” a Portland-based Bourassa Dance production, available to rent or purchase online through Vimeo On Demand.

Elizabeth Moss Galleries, open to the public 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, U.S. Route 1 in the Falmouth Shopping Center.

Irish Night at Blue, 8 p.m. Wednesdays via Facebook Live.

Jazz Sesh Facebook Group hosted by Blue in Portland, 9 p.m. Tuesdays. Participants under 21 must have an adult present,

MMPA Antidote, positive and upbeat posts and links by Maine Museum of Photographic Arts, available at Readers are also invited to send images.

Out of the Blue livestreaming series by Port City Blue. Various dates.

Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum on the Bowdoin College campus is offering collections and exhibitions to view online at

Portland House of Music streaming events,

Portland Museum of Art offers browsable collections online, as well as videos and podcasts. Visit and scroll down to “Stay Connected!”

State Theatre of Portland livestreaming shows via Facebook.

Virtual Cinema via Frontier in Brunswick. Screening links at

Virtual film screenings via Portland’s Apohadion Theater.

“Wilderness and Spirit: A Mountain Called Katahdin,” a film by Huey, stream at


“Buy, Give, Get” Program, Ocean State Job Lot customers who buy a winter coat for $40 and give it back to the store as a donation to veterans in need will get a $40 Crazy Deal Gift Card. Visit for more information.

Joe Bornstein Winter Warmth Drive, hosted by Michael Klahr Jewish Family Services, provides winter boots to area kids; see list at Visit for more.

People Plus Raffle – Win a snowshoe package for two, $20 ticket supports homebound elders. Drawing at noon Jan. 21,, People Plus Center, 35 Union St., Brunswick, 729-0757.


“Race: Through the Lens of Fiction,” 6:30-8 p.m. Jan. 13, Feb. 10, March 10 and April 14 via Zoom, presented by Prince Memorial Library. A book group for adults and teens,

Thursday 1/14

“Mary Oliver: The Provincetown Connection” with Anne Parsons Marchant, 6:30-8 p.m. via Zoom, hosted by Thomas Memorial Library. Registration required at

Thursday 1/21

Virtual Author Event: Elizabeth Macalaster, 7-8:30 p.m. hosted by Curtis Memorial Library, 725-8888.


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. via Zoom first Wednesday of the month, hosted by Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick. Share what you’re reading and drinking. Register at

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]

Commemorate the end of World War II. Free military history, African-American history and Latino history downloads 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,

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]

Virtual First Friday Book Club, 12 p.m. via Zoom, presented by Maine Charitable Mechanic Association. Register at

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

Virtual Read Aloud, 3 p.m. daily via Facebook Live, hosted by Merrill Memorial Library,

Virtual 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 Hospice Fund of the Maine Community Foundation grants available, deadline Feb. 15,, 877-700-6800.

Mural Grant Program by Portland Downtown, up to 75% of funding for business and property owners to hire local artists to create vibrant masterpieces for all to enjoy,

Thursday 1/14

Maine Community Foundation Grants informational Zoom session, noon; email [email protected] to register. Focus on Cumberland County hospice programs and nonprofits led by and serve people of Native American, Latino, African, Arab and Asian descent, from the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color Fund. Deadline Feb. 15,

Wednesday 1/20

Literary Lunch: Megan Grumbling talks about “Persephone in the Late Anthropocene” with Gibson Fay LeBlanc, noon via Zoom, hosted by Portland Public Library. Details and Zoom link at

Thursday 1/21

Food Security Workgroup of the Merrymeeting Food Council, 2-3:30 p.m. Email [email protected] for invite link.


Brunswick Winter Market, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays at Fort Andross Mill Complex, 14 Maine St. Pre-ordering available at

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

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

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

Tri-Town Penguins Snowmobile Club (Durham, Freeport, Pownal) meeting, 7 p.m. last Tuesday of the month through April. For more information contact Duncan Daly at 865-6188 or 713-3116 or Mike Yates at 233-6952.

Vigils for Peace and Justice, 5-5:30 p.m. Fridays. Resuming after break due to COVID-19. Brunswick Town Mall, Maine Street at Park Row, Brunswick.

Classes & Tutorials

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


Backyard Poultry Keepers, University of Maine Cooperative Extension at

ecomaine nonprofit waste management organization, learning videos, virtual tours about recycling, composting,

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]

Lincoln County Historical Association Education Outreach Program, lessons for grades 3 and up geared to American Colonial and early 19th-century history. Free at Click on Learn, then Youth and pick Education Outreach.

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

“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,

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

 “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.

Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce live webinars and virtual events,

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. Search by bloom time, sunlight, plant height, caterpillars hosted and benefits to wildlife.

“The Learning Space,” Maine teachers host on Maine Public Television, for students in grades 3-5, available to stream at

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

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

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

Virtual 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 session at 581-3877 or [email protected]

Wolfe’s Neck Farm, educational environmental activities at

Dining Out

Friday 1/15

Drive-Thru Fish Dinner, 5-6 p.m., St. Anne’s Church, 299 Main St., Gorham. Includes baked haddock, mashed potatoes, coleslaw, peas, roll and dessert, $12 prepaid,, 550-1320.


Community Meal, 1-2 p.m. Wednesdays. Free boxed takeout meal in the parking lot of Trinity Lutheran Church, 612 Main St., Westbrook.

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, open 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Food available at the loading dock at 55 Depot St. Visit for more information.

Freeport Community Services Friday Community Lunch, third Fridays at Freeport Community Center, 53 Depot St. Free. Contact Sarah Lundin at 865-3985 ext. 205 or [email protected] for more information.

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

Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program, 12 Tenney Way, Brunswick, is offering to-go lunches and pre-packed boxes outside the eastern entrance and the food pantry. Visit for details or call 725-2716.

Donations Needed

Saturday 1/23

Drive-by “Souper Bowl,” 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Masonic Hall, Mallett Drive, Freeport. Lionesses collecting canned chowders, chili, boxed soups, instant soup and dried soup mixes for Freeport Community Services’ food pantry. Peanut butter, pasta and cereal also needed, 831-9916.


All Saints Parish in Brunswick, donations of toilet paper, sanitizing wipes, paper towels, cleaning supplies, Lysol sprays and cleaners, tissues and liquid hand soaps needed. Call 725-2624 for an appointment to drop off donations at St. Charles Borromeo Church, 132 McKeen St., Brunswick.

American Red Cross Blood Drives, greater need due to pandemic. See, pre-registration encouraged.

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

Deering Center Community Church Food Bank, items needed include juices, pasta sauce, cereals, peanut butter, jelly, tuna fish and eggs, which can be left inside the entrance door at 15 Alba St., Portland, Tuesdays through Fridays or on the stairs to the entrance. Those in need can email [email protected] or leave a message at 773-2423.

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

Maine Jewish Museum seeks donations to complete restorations following a fire and for needed improvements, see

Maine Music Alliance taking donations to help save Portland music venues.

Mid Coast Hospital Annual Giving Campaign, all donations go to the nonprofit hospital’s operating budget, helping to invest in advanced technology, trainings and expert staff. Visit for more information and to donate.

Portland House of Music GoFundMe campaign accepting contributions to go toward rent, insurance and utilities due to the pandemic,

Seek Elderly Alone, Renew Courage & Hope programs need toilet paper, sanitizing wipes, paper towels, cleaning supplies, tissues and liquid hand soaps. To donate call 725-2624 for a pickup/drop-off date at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Brunswick.

Yarmouth Community Food Pantry needs pasta sauce, beans, peanut butter and jelly, cereal, canned vegetables and canned fruit. Donations can be placed at the rear of the First Parish Church, 116 Main St., in the basket by the Food Pantry door.


Keep Your Healthy Resolutions & Meet Your Food Goals, 1-3 p.m. Wednesdays Jan. 20 through Feb. 10, hosted by Curtis Memorial Library. Registration for series required at


COVID-19 Food Safety Information, University of Maine Cooperative Extension links to fact sheets, guidelines and videos about proper disinfection techniques, food purchasing and storage, recipes using pantry staples,

“Cultivating Mindfulness in Turbulent Times,” with Anne Gosling, 3 p.m. Fridays, presented by Thomas Memorial Library in Cape Elizabeth. Visit for more information and to register.

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

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

YMCA, free online workout videos at and


Family Nature and Story Walk, Chandler Brook Preserve, 10 a.m. Jan. 17 and 31. Free, registration required at

Freeport Community Library Grab-and-Go Crafts, Flower Power Bath Soak kit available starting at 5 p.m. Jan. 13 and Bath Bomb kit available starting at 3 p.m. Jan. 25, while supplies last.

Take-home activities from Curtis Memorial Library, take-and-make kits for all ages and STEAM kits for elementary school age available for curbside pickup. Visit for details and activity schedule.

Friday 1/15

Teen Library Council’s Trivia Night, 4-5 p.m. via Zoom, hosted by Patten Free Library. Email Roberta Jordan at [email protected] to submit up to five trivia questions, to register.


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

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.

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.


Chebeague Island Library, Wi-Fi accessible from the parking lot. Curbside and delivery service now 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 curbside pickup only, seven days a week. Go online for details. Visit for cloudLibrary instructions. Flipster can be used to access digital magazines at

Falmouth Memorial Library, takeout only; email [email protected] CloudLibrary and Digital Maine Library available.

Freeport Community Library, curbside pickup only; for details. Virtual library with links to eBooks, audiobooks, YouTube videos and more.

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

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

Portland Public Library, reserve and pick up books using PPL To Go at Book return boxes open. CloudLibrary is accessible to check out eBooks. Visit for instructions. Visit the library’s Facebook page for information about virtual activities.

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 closed 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, curbside pickup, book drops open. Call 767-7660 (main library) or 775-1835 (branch) or visit for details. Access to the Digital Maine Library and online services available.

Thomas Memorial Library in Cape Elizabeth, curbside pickup and Library to Go available. CloudLibrary and TumbleBooks are accessible to check out eBooks. Kanopy streaming service and Digital Maine Library accessible at

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

Parks and Nature


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

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

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

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



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 to 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 DistancingManaging 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


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.


Welcoming Winter Pomander Craft, pick up this adult craft kit while supplies last at Freeport Community Library from Jan. 19-21,  865-3307,

Thursday 1/14

“Change and Continuity in the Contemporary Arctic,” 6:30 p.m. via Zoom, hosted by Prince Memorial Library as part of the Camden Conference lecture series “The Geopolitics of the Arctic: A Region in Peril.” Contact [email protected] to register. Details at

Saturday 1/16

Town History Series: “Two Centuries of Working for Bath Customs,” 10:30-11:30 a.m. via Zoom and Bath Community Television, hosted by Patten Free Library. Visit to register.

Tuesday 1/19

Comparing the Impacts of Climate Change upon Maine and Greenland: A Camden Conference Community Event, 7-8 p.m. via Zoom, register at, 781-2351 ext. 200, [email protected]

Saturday 1/23

Town History Series: “Maritime History of Arrowsic,” 10:30-11:30 a.m. via Zoom and Bath Community Television, hosted by Patten Free Library, to register.


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

Chats with the Anchorage Public Library, 3-4:30 p.m. Wednesdays via Zoom, hosted by Thomas Memorial Library. Coffee and conversation with the library staff, patrons and residents of Anchorage, Alaska,

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

Greater Portland Landmarks, content about historic people and places at

Institute for Family-Owned Business online webinars,

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

Let’s Talk America, 6 p.m. first Thursday of the month via Zoom through Scarborough Public Library. Forum about local and global issues, contact Sam Kelley, at 650-1814 or

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

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

“The Day that Changed Everything” podcast, every other Monday, hosted by Mainebiz. Found on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Play Music. Free.

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.

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