‘Meating’ of the minds
“Birds of Maine,” by late ornithologist Peter Vickery, 12-1 p.m., Zoom book discussion hosted by Natural Resource Council of Maine, bit.ly/2P8b55G.
“The Founder’s Mentality: The Growing Power of Entrepreneurship & Lessons from the Great Founders,” 12-1 p.m., virtual Author @ the Library talk with Chris Zook. Free, scarboroughlibrary.org.
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. via Zoom first Wednesday of the month, hosted by Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick. 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.
Just Desserts Mystery Group, 6:30-7:30 p.m. virtual meeting first Tuesday of the month, presented by Curtis Memorial Library. curtislibrary.com.
Library Grab Bags, available through South Portland Public Library. Must have a valid library card. Visit southportlandlibrary.com/library-grab-bag/ for more information and to sign up.
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).
Read Aloud, 3 p.m. daily via Facebook Live, hosted by Merrill Memorial Library, facebook.com/MerrillMemorialLibrary/.
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.
Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust Saturday Farmers Market, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. May 1 through Oct. 30 at Brunswick Landing. Visit btlt.org/farmers-market/ for more information, directions and parking maps.
Plant Sale, order annuals, vegetables and herbs online. Orders can be picked up on May 15 from 12-3 p.m. at the Bowdoinham Waterfront Park. bowdoinhamplantsale.com.
Southern Maine Community College 75th-anniversary kick-off. Students, alumni and community partners will plant shrubs and trees at the South Portland and Midcoast campuses, livestream on the SMCC Facebook page at noon.
Perennial Plant Sale, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wolfe’s Neck, 2 Birch Point Road, Freeport.
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.
Portland ReStore, 659 Warren Ave., open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday, restoreportlandmaine.org.
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.
Vigils for Peace and Justice, 5-5:30 p.m. Fridays, Brunswick Town Mall, Maine Street at Park Row.
Freeport Community Services Food Pantry, in-person shopping, Freeport Community Services, 55 Depot St, Freeport, see fscmaine.org.
Fish Chowdah and Chili Drive-By Lunch, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Freeport Masonic Hall, 33 Mallett Drive, Freeport.
Cooking Classes and Fundraiser, 6-8 p.m., get livestream cooking tips from Maine’s top chefs and support Oasis Free Clinics, a nonprofit, no-cost primary care medical practice and dental clinic in Brunswick, cookingwithoasis.org.
“A Taste of OceanView – Fiesta Flavors!” Falmouth-based online cooking demo, 2 p.m. Free, oceanviewrc.com.
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, open 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Food available at the loading dock at 55 Depot St. Visit fcsmaine.org 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 mofga.org/find-organic.
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 mchpp.org/covid/ for details or call 725-2716.
Habitat for Humanity SpringTime Walk, complete suggested routes in Cumberland, Yarmouth, North Yarmouth and Falmouth, or another path by the end of May, register at bit.ly/3sFFW7i.
People Plus Music in April Online Auction, closes at 10 p.m. April 30, features over 150 items to support Brunswick community center, peopleplusmaine.org.
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 app.etapestry.com/hosted/HabitatforHumanityofGreate_1/OnlineDonation.html.
Maine Farmland Trust and the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association accepting donations at 78270.blackbaudhosting.com/78270/Operations.
Maine Music Alliance taking donations to help save Portland music venues. mainemusicalliance.org.
Portland House of Music GoFundMe campaign accepting contributions to go toward rent, insurance and utilities due to the pandemic, gf.me/u/yvcccw.
“Are You Fit to a T?,” 3-4 p.m. online bone health presentation by OceanView at Falmouth. Free, oceanviewrc.com.
Better Health Now with Diabetes, free at-home toolkit for those who have type 2 diabetes or have been diagnosed as pre-diabetic, healthylivingforme.org.
Chair Yoga, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. via Zoom every second Wednesday of the month, hosted by Thomas Memorial Library.
“Cultivating Mindfulness in Turbulent Times,” with Anne Gosling, 3 p.m. Fridays, presented by Thomas Memorial Library in Cape Elizabeth. Visit thomasmemoriallibrary.org/events/ for more information and to register.
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.
YMCA, free online workout videos at ymcaofsouthernmaine.org/videos and ymca360.org/.
Welcome Back, Writers Block, taught by The Telling Room for writers ages 9-18, meets 2:30-4 p.m. May 12, 19, 26 and June 2. Free, lottery open until April 30 and students must commit to all sessions, tellingroom.org/programs/writers-block.
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/.
Curtis Memorial Library, Get to Know Your Library Tour, virtually see the original 1904 building and the 1999 addition, highlighting the library’s history and art curtislibrary.libcal.com.
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 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 curbside pickup only, seven days a week. Go online for details. Visit curtislibrary.com/cloudlibrary-ebooks-audiobooks/ for cloudLibrary instructions. Flipster can be used to access digital magazines at curtislibrary.com/flipster-downloadable-magazines/.
Falmouth Memorial Library, open for in-person browsing. Email [email protected] for pickup. CloudLibrary and Digital Maine Library available. falmouthmemoriallibrary.org.
Freeport Community Library, increased in-person hours with curbside pickup still available; freeportlibrary.com 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 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, reserve and pick up books from all branches using PPL To Go at portlandlibrary.com/togo/. Book return boxes open. CloudLibrary is accessible to check out eBooks. Visit portlandlibrary.com/highlight/cloudlibrary/ 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 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, curbside pickup, book drops open. All curbside service will be at the branch location at 155 Wescott Road from May 3-31. Call 767-7660 (main library) or 775-1835 (branch) or visit southportlandlibrary.com 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 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
“Bringing Nature Home,” 7-8:30 p.m., free live Zoom webinar, hosted by The Eco Team at Cape Elizabeth United Methodist Church in collaboration with Maine Audubon, ceumc.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/.
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 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.
Natural Resources Council of Maine, maps to explore the state, nrcm.org.
Sexual Assault Awareness Month: Soup & Sexuality, 6:30 p.m. Join educators as they make soup and talk about sexuality, sassmm.org/SAAM.
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 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 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.
Plant Power Lecture Series, 6:30-8 p.m. online May 10 and 24. Hosted by Curtis Memorial Library, curtislibrary.com.
“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.
Sustainability Series: “Understanding the Fascinating Life Cycle of Native Plants,” 5:30-7 p.m. via Zoom, Wild Seed Project founder, Portland Public Library. Free, portlandlibrary.com.
A Conversation with Alvin Hall, host of “Driving the Green Book” 6:30-7:30 p.m. podcast hosted by Curtis Memorial Library. Free, curtislibrary.libcal.com.
“Bringing Nature Home,” 7-8:30 p.m. via Zoom, live webinar by The Eco Team at Cape Elizabeth United Methodist Church and Maine Audubon. Free.
Out Like a Lamb, 10 a.m., Wolfe’s Neck Center, Freeport, members only, insiders’ look at new lambs live on Zoom, plus story and craft.
“Top Working Fruit Trees,” 10 a.m. to noon, MOFGA online class on how to graft new varieties of fruit onto established fruit trees, mofga.org/event-calendar/top-working-fruit-trees.
Great Decisions 2021: World Affairs Council of Maine, 3-4:30 p.m. Portland webinar. The country’s largest discussion program on world affairs. Free, wacmaine.org.
Sierra Club Maine Community Conversation: “Science Communication Through Art,” by Jill Pelto, artist and science communicator based in Westbrook, noon-1 p.m. Free via Zoom, act.sierraclub.org.
“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.
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, thomasmemoriallibrary.org/akme-chats.
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-Friday, hosted by Thomas Memorial Library in Cape Elizabeth, thomasmemoriallibrary.org/fika/.
“The Day that Changed Everything” podcast, every other Monday, hosted by Mainebiz. Found on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Play Music. Free.
Ecomaine Waste Management, learning videos, virtual tours about recycling, composting, ecomaine.org.
Greater Portland Landmarks, download free activity books for kids at portlandlandmarks.org under education/publications and free videos of lectures for adults at portlandlandmarks.org/videos.
“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.
Institute for Family-Owned Business online webinars, fambusiness.org.
Interviews with the Irish in Maine, hosted by Maine Irish Heritage Center, youtube.com.
“The Learning Space,” Maine teachers host on Maine Public Television, for students in grades 3-5, available to stream at mainepublic.org/post/welcome-learning-space.
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 scarboroughlibrary.org/adults/events/series/lets-talk-america.
Lincoln County Historical Association Education Outreach Program, lessons for grades 3 and up geared to American Colonial and early 19th-century history. Free at lincolncountyhistory.org. Click on Learn, then Youth and pick Education Outreach.
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 Organic Farmers and Gardeners Organization, free newsletter at bit.ly/3ef1j9s. Schedule of classes at mofga.org.
Maine State Chamber of Commerce business webinars, mainechamber.org.
“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.
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.
Portland Meetings: April 28-May 5
Letter: Council needs to face facts about West Falmouth sewer line