Community Calendar: March 10-20 – Portland Press Herald –

5March 2021


Virtual Irish Road Rover 5K, through March 18 to benefit Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland. $25. Register at


Anthology: Storytime for Adults, 6:30-8 p.m. via Zoom Tuesdays through March 30, hosted by South Portland Public, Scarborough Public and Thomas Memorial libraries. Each week will feature a different theme and a selection of poems, essays and fiction. Registration required at, or

Longfellow Days: A Celebration of Community, in collaboration with Pejepscot History Center and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Brunswick. This year’s theme is the art of letter writing. Visit the Longfellow Days Facebook page for schedule of events.

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

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.

“Step Into the Stigma: A Community Read and Conversation on Mental Health Awareness,” through March, hosted by Thomas Memorial Library. Register at

Winter Reading Program, through March 15, hosted by South Portland Library. Every completed reading chart adds to a donation by the Friends of South Portland Library to the South Portland Food Cupboard. Visit for reading charts and instructions.

Tuesday 3/15

Deadline to sign up for Curtis Crate: A Monthly Book Box for teens, provided by Curtis Memorial Library April-June. Visit for details and to register.

Wednesday 3/16

“The Grotesque 10: Amazing Architectural Sculpture from 10 American Universities,” 6-7 p.m. via Zoom, hosted by Freeport Community Library. Visit the library’s Facebook page or to register.

Thursday 3/17

Literary Lunch: Greg Brown talks about “The Lowering Days” with Jason Brown, noon via Zoom, hosted by Portland Public Library. Visit for more information and Zoom link.


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]

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]

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).

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

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.

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

Bulletin Board

Free tax preparation with AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, three locations available by appointment only. Call 518-8579 to schedule.

Mural Grant Program by Portland Downtown, up to 75% funding to hire local artists to create masterpieces, deadline April 1,

Thursday 3/18

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


 “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

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]

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

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 Schedule of classes 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

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

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

Haddock Chowder Take-out, 5-6 p.m. Fridays during Lent at St. Charles Borromeo Church. $10, exact cash or check made out to All Saints Parish. Pick up at 132 McKeen St., Brunswick, while supplies last.

Saturday 3/13

Homemade Irish soda bread, available for pickup March 13-14 at St. Pius X Hall, 492 Ocean Ave., Portland. $10 per loaf. Call 797-7026 to pre-order.


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

40 Cans for Lent, through Holy Thursday, April 1. Knights of Columbus accepting canned goods and packaged food at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church, Scarborough; Holy Cross Church, South Portland; St. Bartholomew Church, Cape Elizabeth to benefit South Portland Food Pantry. Leave donations in the collection barrels in the church lobbies.


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 4 Brentwood 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.

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.



Chair Yoga, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. via Zoom every second Wednesday of the month, hosted by Thomas Memorial Library.

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.

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.

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


Wednesday 3/10

Rewild Maine Baking with Acorns Grab-and-Go Workshop, 5:30 p.m. via Zoom, hosted by Freeport Community Library. Kit available for pickup at the library starting at 3 p.m. March 8. Visit the library’s Facebook page for more information.


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.

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.

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 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, 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 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


Thursday 3/18

Maine Maritime Museum Informational Zoom Session, 5-6 p.m.,  Contact Volunteer Coordinator Luke Milardo at 443-1316 ext. 325 or [email protected] to register.


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.


Growing Literacy – Winter Gardening Lectures 2021, 1-2 p.m. March 14 and 21, hosted by Curtis Memorial Library. to register.

“Hibernating in Harmony: Deepening Your Relationship with Nature during a Pandemic Winter,” with Corie Washow, 3-4 p.m. Thursdays until March 18, hosted by Thomas Memorial Library. Register at

“Land Title Research in Maine,” 6 p.m. via Zoom March 11 (session #1) and March 18 (session #2), hosted by North Yarmouth Historical Society. Learn online deed searching techniques to research the history of your property. Visit to register.

Movie Series and Discussion Group, 6:30 p.m. via Zoom Thursdays, hosted by Patten Free Library. “Kitty Foyle” March 11. Visit or contact Roberta at [email protected]

Plant Power Lecture Series, 6:30-8 p.m. online, hosted by Curtis Memorial Library March 29, April 12 and 19, May 10 and 24. Visit for more information and to register.

Wednesday 3/10

“Photographing Your House: Tips from an Architectural Photographer,” 4 p.m. via Zoom, hosted by Maine Preservation. Visit for more information and to register.

Bicycle Coalition of Maine Wednesday Webinar Zoom series, 7 p.m. Free. Registration required at

Thursday 3/11

Portland’s New Tiny/Small Home Rules for Backyards, 5:30-6:30 p.m., hosted by Backyard ADUs and Portland YIMBY. Free. Visit for more information and registration link.

Saturday 3/13

“Bark, Buds, & Branches: Winter Tree ID,” small-group, socially distanced walk with Kennebec Estuary Land Trust, 6 p.m. at Morse Pond Preserve in Georgetown. Registration required at

Monday 3/15

St. Patrick’s Day, 7 p.m. via Zoom, hosted by Our Lady of Hope Parish in Portland for anyone with a story to tell, a song to sing or play, or a poem for the parish’s version of an Irish “seisiún.” To register, call the parish office at 797-7026 or visit

Tuesday 3/16

Community Conversation: Tank Emissions Coalition of Maine, noon, hosted by Sierra Club Maine Chapter. Visit for more information and to RSVP.

PROPEL In Focus: Nonprofit Mashup, 5 p.m. (virtual), hosted by Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce. Want to learn more about nonprofits making a difference in the greater Portland region? Visit to register. Free.

Plant Power: Pests & Balm, 6:30-8 p.m., hosted by Curtis Memorial Library, with Sarah Scally, assistant state horticulturist with the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. Visit for details and to register.

Wednesday 3/17

“Armchair Traveler 3: Bicycling the Silk Road from China to Italy,” 7-8 p.m. via Zoom (, hosted by Patten Free Library. Visit for more information.

Thursday 3/18

Maine Bumble Bee Atlas, 6 p.m. via Zoom, hosted by Kennebec Estuary Land Trust. Virtual lecture about MBBA research and the important role bumblebees play in our ecosystem. Visit to register.

“Protecting Maine’s Environment in 2021 and Beyond,” 6 p.m. via Zoom, hosted by Cathance River Education Alliance. Visit for more information and to register. Free.


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,

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-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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