2016 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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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27
"Beneath the Surface," Saco Museum, 371 Main St., Saco. Museum hours are Monday, Wednesday through Saturday, 10 AM to 5 PM, Sunday, 10 AM to 2 PM, closed Tuesday. The exhibit features work from New England Wax (N.E.W.), a regional association of artists who work in encaustic, a beeswax-based painting medium. Continues to May 28. FMI newenglandwax.org.

 

 

Food history author Sandy Oliver presents Vegetables Get Respect

in Berwick.

THURSDAY, APRIL 28
Vegetables Get Respect: The Evolution of Eating Plants from Early America to the Present, 7:30 PM,  Berwick Academy's Jeppesen Science Center on Academy St., Berwick. Presented by food history author, Sandy Oliver, and sponsored by Old Berwick Historical Society. Refreshments served. Event is free; donations accepted. FMI 207-384-0000 or oldberwick.org.

 

FRIDAY, APRIL 29
50 Cent Clothing Sale, 9 AM to 3 PM, St. George's Episcopal Church, 3 Emerson St., Sanford. Continues on April 30, 9 AM to 1 PM. Free blood pressure screening will be available. FMI 324-8119.

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 30
Solar Energy for Churches and Non-Profits, 9:30 AM to 11:30 PM, Sanford Unitarian Universalist Church, 5 Lebanon St., Sanford. Tours of the church's solar installation and heat pumps at 9:10 and 11:30 AM. Coffee and light refreshments served. FMI 324-3191.

 

Open House, 10 AM to 5 PM, Coles Corner Shops, 1132 Post Rd., (Rte. 1), Wells Continues on May 1.

 

Maine Pottery Tour, noon to 5 PM, Gallery on the Green, Beehive building on Oak Street (Rte. 202), Alfred. Continues May 1. FMI thegalleryonthegreen.com.

 

Annual Silent Auction, 6 to 10 PM, Pepperell Mill Center (next to Portland Pie Co.), Biddeford. Public broadcasting's Irwin Gratz will emcee. Features gift certificates to local restaurants, weekend getaways, African safari, a grill, jewelry, baskets, electronics and more. Tickets are $15 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.

 

SUNDAY, MAY 1
May Sunday Concert Series with singer/pianist Larry Allen, 2 PM, Atria, 1 Penny Lane, Kennebunk. FMI 504-5158.

 

 

Classic film, The Last Waltz, featuring

legends of 1970s rock and country music at the Dunaway Center, Ogunquit, on Sunday, May 1.

Classic Film Series concludes with The Last Waltz, featuring legends of 1970s rock and country music genres. 2 PM, Dunaway Center, 23 School St., Ogunquit. Admission, popcorn and parking are free. FMI ogunquitperformingarts.org.

 

MONDAY, MAY 2

Coloring for Relaxation, 12 to 2 PM, Kennebunk Library, 112 Main St., Kennebunk. Program is free and wheelchair accessible. Materials provided. FMI 985-2173 or kennebunklibrary.org.

 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 4
Volunteer Luncheon, 1 PM, Pasco Center, 125 North St., Kennebunkport for anyone interested in  volunteering at the center. Meet the staff and other volunteers. FMI 967-2751 or www.kennebunkporthistoricalsociety.com.

 

THURSDAY, MAY 5
Nurses Appreciation Day, 3 PM, Atria, 1 Penny Lane, Kennebunk. Features specialty handcrafted cake, punch and wine and cheese happy hour. FMI 504-5158.

 

Newcomers and Neighbors Club, 6:30 PM, South Church Community House, Temple St. Kennebunkport. A representative of the Ogunquit Playhouse will speak about its history and the upcoming season of shows.

 

SATURDAY, MAY 7
Annual May Day Celeration in Downtown Kennebunk
, 7 AM to 4:30 PM. See story on page 2 for events and details.


7th Annual Wells Spring Car Show, 9 AM to 2 PM, Messiah Christian Church, 2700 Post Rd. (Rte. 1), Wells. Admission $5 or $10 to show. Vote for your favorite. Sixty awards in 18 categories including Best of Show and People's Choice. Proceeds benefit community outreach projects. This is an alcohol-free event. FMI Mike Lowell 283-3056.


Opening and Community Appreciation Day, 10 AM to 5 PM, Seashore Trolley Museum, 195 Log Cabin Rd., Kennebunkport. Residents of Arundel, Kennebunkport, Kennebunk, Biddeford, and Saco receive half-price admission to the museum. FMI 967-2800.


8th Annual Southern Maine 5K Aids Race/Walk, 2 PM registration, race 3 PM, Ogunquit Beach. FMI or to register or become a sponsor, go to www. peabodycenter.org.


 

Don't miss "Opening and Community Appreciation Day" at the Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport.

River Tree Arts

Spring Dance Recital, 4 PM, Kennebunk Town Hall. Group and solo performances by students in RTA’s tap, ballet, Irish step and hip-hop classes taught by Angela Russel. The $5 entry fee will benefit RTA’s performing arts department.


Baked Bean Supper, 5 to 6:30 PM, United Methodist Church, 160 Alfred Rd., West Kennebunk. Features homemade baked beans, salads, hot dogs, buns, beverages and homemade desserts. Adults $8, children under 12 years $3. FMI westkennebunkumc.net.


Roast Beef Supper, 5 to 6:30 PM, Arundel Masonic Lodge, 10 North St., Kennebunkport. Top round beef, au jus with mashed potatoes, vegetables, bread, beverage, dessert. Adults $12; children under age 12, $6. Held the second Saturday of each month through October.


Seaglass Chorale Concert, "It’s Showtime - Opening Night,” 7 PM, Christ Church, Dane St., Kennebunk. Music from Broadway musicals. Directed by Jean Strazdes, accompaniment by pianist Kim Karchenes. Tickets are $15 for adults; $12 for children and seniors. Reserve by calling 207-985-8747 or emailing seaglass@gwi.net. Tickets can also be purchased at Morse Hardware on Rte. 1 in Wells.


Eldar Trio, 7:30 to 9 PM, Saco River Theatre, 29 Salmon Falls Rd., Buxton. Jazz piano, bass and drums. Tickets $30. FMI and tickets sacorivertheatre.org.

 

SUNDAY, MAY 8
Mother's Day at the Seashore Trolley Museum, 10 to 5 PM, 195 Log Cabin Rd., Kennebunkport. Free admission for moms when accompanied by a child. Free raffle prizes. FMI 967-2712 or www.seashoretrolleymuseum.org.

 

May Sunday Concert Series with Ray Calabro on guitar and harmonica, 2 PM, Atria, 1 Penny Lane, Kennebunk. FMI 207-504-5158.

 

"Dancing Around the May Pipes," a concert of dance forms performed by organ, bagpipes and voices, 3 PM, First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, Rte. 1, Kennebunk. Tickets are available at the door. Adults $10, seniors $8, under age 18 years free. FMI 985-3700.

 

TUESDAY, MAY 10

Mother's Day Concert with pianist Rob Robbins, 2 PM, Atria, 1 Penny Lane, Kennebunk. All moms welcome. Light refreshments served. FMI 504-5158.

 

Seaglass Chorale Concert, "It’s Showtime - Opening Night,” 3 PM, Wells Historical Society, 938 Post Rd., Wells.  Music from Broadway musicals. Directed by Jean Strazdes, accompaniment by pianist Kim Karchene. All mothers in attendance will receive a free Mother's Day carnation. Tickets are $15 for adults; $12 for children and seniors. Reserve by calling 207-985-8747 or emailing seaglass@gwi.net. Tickets can also be purchased at Morse Hardware on Rte. 1 in Wells.

 

Jennifer Porter joins the Glenn Miller Orchestra at Saco River Theater on Tuesday, May 10.

 

Glenn Miller Orchestra with Jennifer Porter, 7:30 to 9 PM, Saco River Theatre, 29 Salmon Falls Rd., Buxton. Tickets $40. Continues May 11, 7:30 PM. FMI and tickets go to www.sacorivertheatre.org.

 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 11
Tour of the Old Burying Ground, 10:30 AM, Museums of Old York. Park in lot for Parsons Center, 3 Lindsay Rd., York.

 

Alzheimer’s Support Health Seminar, 3:30 PM, Atria, 1 Penney Lane, Kennebunk. A Amedisys Home Health Care representative will host a discussion on nutrition and exercise and the latest research advancements. Questions and answer period follows. Admission is free. FMI 207-985-5866.


SATURDAY, MAY 14

Downeast Fiddlers Jamboree, 7:30 PM, Saco River Theatre, 29 Salmon Falls Rd., Buxton. Tickets $20 and $18. FMI and tickets sacorivertheatre.org.

 

Global Big Day, an all-day bird-watching event. Join a team or go out on your own. Record what birds you see, where you see them and when, and report your results on http://ebird.org/content/ebird/globalbigday/.

 

CONTINUING
Animal Welfare Society Preschool Programs, "Furry Tales, Stories and Adventure Hour," Thursdays, 10 to 11 AM, Humane Education Room, 46 Holland Rd., West Kennebunk. Event is free; donations accepted. FMI 985-3244 or www.anivalwelfaresociety.org.

 

Beach Plum Farm, Rte. 1, Ogunquit, features the Roby Littlefield Museum and the farmhouse and barn of a traditional saltwater farm with 22 acres stretching down to the Ogunquit River. It is the home of the Great Works Regional Land Trust. Open dawn to dusk; free admission. FMI 646-3604.

 

 

Biddeford + Saco ArtWalk takes place on the last Friday of each month through October.

Biddeford + Saco ArtWalk, 5 to 8 PM, various venues downtown and in the mills. Biddeford + Saco ArtWalk takes place on the last Friday of each month, April through October. FMI www.biddefordartwalk.com.

 

Bingo, Wednesdays, doors open at 4:30 PM, bingo starts at 6:30 PM. Food available. Senior Center, 300 Post Rd., Wells. Must be over 16 to play. FMI 207-646-7775.

 

Bingo, 6 PM every Wednesday, Ramsdell Rogers American Legion Post, 75 Cape Neddick Rd. (Rte. 1A), York. Public welcome. FMI 363-9827.

 

Birding, Wednesdays at 8 AM, locations vary. Sponsored by York County Audubon. Free and open to the public. Bring your own scope. Members $5; non-members $8. FMI 391-8071 or visit York County Audubon Facebook page. Continues through September 30.

 

Book Discussion Group, second Thursday of every month at 9:45 AM, Graves Library, 18 Maine St., Kennebunkport. A variety of books are chosen and a schedule of upcoming books is available at the main circulation desk. New members are always welcome. FMI 967-2778.

 

Book Discussion Group, last Thursday of every month at 6 PM, Graves Library, 18 Maine St., Kennebunkport. See listing above for details.

 

Book Sale, sponsored by Friends of the Wells Public Library, ongoing, 1434 Post Rd., Wells. Collection updated weekly; prices range from 25 cents to $5. FMI 646-8181.

 

Book Sale at the Book Shed of the Libby Memorial Library, 27 Staples St., Old Orchard Beach. Gently used books, DVDs, CDs and other items. Proceeds benefit library programs and acquisitions. Open 10 AM to 4 PM, Tuesday through Friday and 10 AM to 3 PM, Saturday. Sponsored by Friends of Libby Library.

 

Brewery Tours, see local ale being brewed, by appointment, preferably a day in advance, year-round, Kennebunkport Brewery, The Shipyard Shops, 8 Western Ave., Kennebunk Lower Village. FMI 967-1261.

 

Cribbage Club, 1 PM, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Graves Library, 18 Maine St., Kennebunkport. All ages and levels welcome. Bring your own boards.
FMI 967-2778.

 

 

Ever After Mustang Rescue

in Biddeford welcomes visitors

and donations.

Ever After Mustang Rescue, 463 West St., Biddeford, a nonprofit organization dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating and placing unwanted, neglected and abused mustangs brought to New England through the adopt-a-horse program. Volunteer training is held every Saturday morning between 9 AM and noon for anyone 15 years and older. Join us if you have 3 or more hours a week and would like to help care for these horses. Visitors welcome; call for hours at 207-284-7721.

 

Fiber Arts Group, 10:30 AM to noon, when the library is open; Wells Library, 1434 Post Rd., Wells. Open to any hand needleworker. All ages and ability levels welcome. FMI 646-8181 or amosey@wellstown.org.

 

Franciscan Monastery features well-tended gardens, trails and park along the Kennebunk River designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, Beach Ave., Kennebunk Beach. Open between sunrise and sunset. Free admission.
   

Maine Coast Cycling Club offers weekly rides: road ride on Sundays at 8 AM and Tuesdays at 5:45 PM, Kennebunkport Bicycle Company, Arundel Rd., Kennebunkport. FMI www.mainecoastcycling.com.

 

Museums of Old York, features a complex of historical buildings, York St. (Rte. 1A and Lindsay Rd.), York Village, open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 AM to 5 PM, and Sunday, 1 to 5 PM, to Columbus Day. FMI www.oldyork.org.

 

Ogunquit Fire Company Fire Museum, Firemen’s Park, corner of Shore Rd. and Cottage St., Ogunquit, open for viewing 24 hours a day. View the steam pumper and other fire memorabilia and memorials.

 

Ogunquit Museum of American Art, 10 AM to 5 PM, 543 Shore Rd., Ogunquit. Features exhibitions Bernard Langlais, Patience E. Haley and Bernard Karfoil, May 1 to June 26, recent acquisitions and works from the museum's permanent collection. FMI 646-4909 or www.ogunquitmuseum.org.

 

Pasco Exhibit Center, Kennebunkport Historical Society, 125-135 North St., Kennebunkport. Open year-round; Monday through Friday, 10 AM to 3 PM. Admission is $5; free for KHS members. FMI 207-967-2751.

 

Painting Group from a still life or your own photography, 11 AM to 1 PM every Saturday. Engine, 128 Main St., Biddeford. Drop-in fee $10. Beginners welcome; instructor Amanda Hawkins. Bring your own supplies. FMI and to register 370-9130 or arts@feedtheengine.org.

 

 

Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge,

in Wells, offers an easy one-mile walking

trail with views of woods and marshes.

Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, Rte. 9, Wells. “Carson Trail,” a one-mile walking trail, is handicapped accessible; open daily, dawn to dusk. Free and open to the public. Headquarters is open Monday to Friday, 8 AM to 4:30 PM. FMI 646-9226.

 

Saco Bay Artists invites local artists to their meetings and workshops, held the second Monday with meetings alternating between noon and 6:30 PM at the Pines in Ocean Ever Park. FMI www.sacobayartists.org

 

Saco Museum, 371 Main St. (Rte. 1), Saco. Features “Beneath the Surface,” an exhibition of regional artists who work in encaustic. Continues to May 28. Open noon to 4 PM, Tuesday through Thursday; noon to 8 PM, Friday on (free admission after 4); 10 AM to 4 PM, Saturday; noon to 4 PM, Sunday, from June through December. Admission: $5 for adults; $3, seniors and students and $2 for children (7 to 18) and free for 6 and under. FMI www.dyerlibrarysacomuseum.org.

 

Sit and Knit, a social knitting group, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, 1 PM to close, Ball and Skein, Village Marketplace, Kennebunk Lower Village. All welcome; no instruction; free. FMI 207- 967-4434.

 

Strawbery Banke Museum, 14 Hancock St., Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Restored furnished houses, exhibits, historic landscapes and gardens and costumed role players. New exhibit "Game On! In the Pursuit of Play on Puddle Dock." Adults $20, children 5 to 17 years $10, family $50. Children under 5 and museum members, free. Open daily, May 1 to October 31 for self-guided visits, 10 AM to 5 PM. FMI 603-433-1100.

 

Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm, seven miles of trails through fields, forests, marsh lands and coast; open daily 7 AM to dusk. Visitor Center with exhibits on coastal habitats and gift shop open Monday to Friday from 10 AM to 4 PM; Memorial Day weekend to Columbus Day: daily, 10 AM to 4 PM. Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve, Laudholm Farm Rd., off Rte. 1 north of Wells. Admission charged. FMI 646-1555. 

 

Women and Horses Workshop, a hands-on learning experience with horses, Mondays from 6 to 7:30 PM, After Mustang Rescue, 463 West St., Biddeford. $10 per session. FMI and to register 284-7721.

 

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