The 2017 Calendar of Local Events

This page includes current local events for southern Maine,  

from Kittery to Scarborough. Listings are updated weekly in season. 

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THURSDAY, APRIL 13
Performance of Trixie, the Teen Detective and the Mystery of Gravestead Manor, 7 PM, at the New Shool, 38 York St., Kennebunk. The School Around Us presents this comedic mystery following a 6-week theater unit. Tickets are $10; available through schoolaroundus.brownpapertickets.com. Continues Friday, April 14, 7 PM, and Saturday, April 15, 2 PM. FMI School Around Us, 281 Log Cabin Rd, Arundel, 207-967-3143, info@schoolaroundus.org.

 

 

It's time for puppy kindergarten at the Animal Welfare Society in West Kennebunk.

SUNDAY, APRIL 16
Drop-In Puppy Social Hour, 10 to 11 AM, Animal Welfare Society, 46 Holland Rd., West Kennebunk. Shelter staff will supervise. Fee is $12 per hour. Program runs Sundays through April 30. FMI 985-3244.

 

MONDAY, APRIL 17
Puppy Kindergarten, 6 to 7 PM, Animal Welfare Society, 46 Holland Rd., West Kennebunk. Classes teach a basic understanding of puppy behavior and provide training techniques. Program continues on Mondays through May 22. Wednesday session runs April 19 to May 31. Fee is $120 for 6 weeks. FMI and to register online animalwelfaresociety.org or 985-3244.

 

April Vacation Camp, 9 AM to 4 PM, Animal Welfare Society, 46 Holland Rd., West Kennebunk. For children ages 7 to 12 . Snacks provided; bring a lunch. Space is limited. $125. Camp runs through April 21. FMI and to register animalwelfaresociety.org or 985-3244, ext. 109.

 

MONDAY, APRIL 18
Faerie Houses at Kennebunk Free Library, 112 Main St., Kennebunk. Children may submit their creations to the library through Wednesday, May 3. Some building materials are available at the children’s room. Faerie Houses will be on display until May 20. FMI 985-2173 or kennebunklibrary.org.

 

Earth Day Celebration with Earth Day Crafts and Scavenger Hunt for Kids, 1:30 PM, Wells Library, 1434 Post Rd., Wells. These free events and Earth Day-related crafts are sponsored by the Friends of the Wells Public Library. FMI Allison Herman, aherman@wellstown.org or 646-8181.

 

York County Audubon Program, 7 to 8:30 PM, Mather Auditorium, Wells Reserve at Laudholm, 342 Laudholm Farm Rd., Wells. The topic will be using birds to predict the future of tidal marshes with Brian Olsen from the University of Maine. No reservations necessary. FMI 646-1555 or wellsreserve.org.

 

 

The Brick Store Museum in Kennebunk hosts a lecture about the history of kitchens over the past 200 years.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19
Animal Adventures at Meadowmere Resort, 1 to 4 PM, 74 Main St., Ogunquit. Sponsored by the Animal Welfare Society, West Kennebunk, this event features crafts, games, fun lessons on animal care and time with small animals. FMI 646-9661 or meadowmere.com.

 

Aromatherapy Make and Take Class, 6 PM, Kennebunk Library, 112 Main St., Kennebunk. Cindy Simon, NCC, RMT will talk about the healing properties of essential oils. Attendees will make aromatherapy sprays, facial moisturizers and bath soak salts to take home. Preregistration required; space is limited. All supplies are provided free of charge. FMI 985-2173 or kennebunklibrary.org.

 

THURSDAY, APRIL 20
Kitchen History Lecture, 5:30 PM, Brick Store Museum, 117 Main St., Kennebunk. Curator and author Nancy Carlisle  will discuss 200 years of kitchen history  in the Museum Program Center. The Third Thursday Talks are free to museum members and $10 per person general admission. Light refreshments will be served. The series is sponsored by the Maine Humanities Council.

 

FRIDAY, APRIL 21
The Originals Presents Chapatti by Christian O’Reilly, 7:30 PM, Saco River Theatre, 29 Salmon Falls Rd., Buxton. Performances continue April 22, 27, 28 and 29 at 7:30 PM; April 29, 9:30 PM; April 23, 2:30 PM. Tickets $20 adults, $18 students and senior citizens. FMI and reservations 929-5412 or sacorivertheatre.org.

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 22
Rabies Vaccine Clinic, 10 AM to 1 PM, Aubuchon Hardware, 640 Main St., Springvale. Free (donations encouraged) rabies vaccines for dogs and cats over 12 weeks of age. Must bring proof of prior vaccine to get a 3-year vaccine. Please bring cats in carriers and dogs on leash. Sponsored by the Animal Welfare Society, West Kennebunk, FMI 985-3244 or animalwelfaresociety.org.

 

Sage-ing: A Discussion on Conscious Aging, 4 PM, Engine, 128 Main St., Biddeford. Lisa Barstow, the author of In the Company of Women, Women’s Musings on Elderhood will moderate with three of the book’s contributors, Jan Hryniewicz, Glenny Dunbar and Anne Murray. FMI 370-9130 or Tammy Ackerman, director@feedtheengine.

 

 

Classic Film Series continues with The Crossing, an historical film about George Washington crossing the Delaware River.

Once Upon a Time in Maine Exhibition, preview reception for members, 5 to 7 PM, Brick Store Museum, 117 Main St., Kennebunk. This art and artifacts show focuses on 26 fairy tales and the “ordinary objects” that are imbued with magical powers in the stories. More than 30 local artists have created new works of art to be paired with artifacts from the museum’s collection that speak to the fairy tales’ use of familiar objects. The exhibition is supported by an Arts and Humanities Grant from the Maine Arts Commission and Maine Humanities Council. The exhibition will run through October. FMI for hours and admission fees, 985-4802 or brickstoremuseum.org.

 

SUNDAY, APRIL 23
Classic Film Series continues with The Crossing, an historical film about George Washington crossing the Delaware River and the Battle of Trenton. The film stars Jeff Daniels as George Washington, 2 PM, Dunaway Center, 23 School St., Ogunquit. Presented by Ogunquit Performing Arts. Admission, popcorn and parking are free. FMI ogunquitperformingarts.org.

 

MONDAY, APRIL 24
The Psychology of Money, 6:30 PM, Kennebunk Library, 112 Main St., Kennebunk. Dr. Robin Barstow, a clinical social worker at Maine Behavioral Healthcare, will speak on the psychology of money during Money Smart Week, April 22 to 29. The program is free. To learn more about Money Smart Week visit moneysmartweek.org. FMI 985-2173 ext. 4 or kennebunklibrary.org.

 

TUESDAY, APRIL 25
Protecting Yourself from Identity Theft, 6:30 PM, Kennebunk Library, 112 Main St., Kennebunk. This Money Smart Week Program is presented by Kennebunk Savings Bank. The program is free. FMI Money Smart Week visit moneysmartweek.org. FMI 985-2173 ext. 4 or kennebunklibrary.org.

 

 

Biddeford + Saco ArtWalk takes place on the last

Friday of each month through October.

FRIDAY, APRIL 28
Biddeford + Saco ArtWalk Season Opener, 5 to 8 PM, downtown Biddeford and Saco. Visit local galleries and retail venues to see artwork by locals and Maine artists. FMI and a map of the event, BiddefordSacoArtWalk.com.

 

Spring Fling with Music by Fog Ave., 7 to 10 PM, Atlantic Hall, Cape Porpoise. Proceeds benefit Graves Library. Suggested donation $22 per person. Tickets will be sold at the library, 18 Maine St., Kennebunkport, prior to the event and at the door. A cash bar and light refreshments will be available. FMI 967-2778.

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 29
The Art & Science of Craft Beer
, a panel discussion and tasting workshop for experts, homebrewers and enthusiasts, 10 AM to 2 PM. Representatives from four Maine craft brewers and a hops growing company will discuss the craft, chemistry and community of beer. Food truck lunch and beer tastings in the barn from 12:30 TO 2:30 PM. $50 admission includes $10 food truck lunch voucher ($40 admission for Laudholm Trust members). Wells Reserve at Laudholm, 342 Laudholm Farm Rd, Wells. FMI 207-646-1555 or www.wellsreserve.org.

 

Family Fun Day, 10 AM to noon, York Art Association, 394 York St., York. This is a family friendly event and free to all. Continues the last Saturday of each month through November 25. Pre-registration requested. FMI 363-4049, 361-7600 or yorkartassociation.com.

 

Annual Silent Auction, 5 to 9 PM, Pepperell Mill Center, 40 Main St., Biddeford. Features gift certificates to local restaurants, weekend getaways, African safari, artwork, yoga classes, theater tickets and more. Tickets are $20 and include food, a bidding paddle, live music and access to a cash bar. Sponsored by and benefits The New School in Kennebunk. FMI or to purchase tickets, call 207-985-3745.

 

 

Pamela Glen stars in The Syringa Tree, a one-woman play at Engine in Biddeford.

Performance of The Syringa Tree, a one-woman play by Pamela Gien, 7 PM, Engine ,128 Main St., Biddeford. Continues on Sunday, April 30, 3 PM. Tickets are $15 and available on Eventbrite: https://syringa-tree-engine.eventbrite.com, or by calling 370-9130; also available at Engine.

 

TUESDAY, MAY 2
Book Discussion with Maine author, Diane Dunton, 6 PM, Kennebunk  Library, 112 Main St., Kennebunk. Donton’s new book, Living, Learning, Healing: Inspirational Stories from the Heart will be available for purchase. FMI 985-2173 or kennebunklibrary.org.

 

THURSDAY, MAY 4
Volunteer Luncheon, noon, Pasco Center, 125 North St., Kennebunkport. Learn about volunteer opportunities at the Kennebunkport Historical Society and meet other volunteers. Lunch will be served. RSVP by April 26. FMI 967-2751.

 

SATURDAY, MAY 6
Murder mystery dinner entitled “Death by Chocolate” at the Bar Mills Community Church, 13 Hermit Thrush Dr., Buxton, 6 PM. $10 per person. Reservations required; space is limited. Go to www.barmillscommunitychurch.org/death-by-chocolate or contact Lori at 207-807-0821. Proceeds benefit the BMCC Scholarship Fund.

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