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Lucid Stage 
to close

Lucid Stage, a nonprofit arts organization on Baxter Boulevard in Portland, will be closing at the end of September or possibly early October, according to a statement from the organization.

“Unfortunately, with a costly overhead, we simply couldn’t make ends meet while remaining faithful to our mission of proving an affordable and accessible arts center,” said the statement.

Lucid Stage provides performance and rehearsal space for artists of various genres, classroom space, educational programs, and visual art gallery space. For more information, go to lucidstage.com.

Art show in Fort Williams Park

Once again, Fort Williams Park will be transformed into a gallery of paintings and other artwork on Labor Day weekend. The show is a display of various styles, artists, and local talent.

The 2012 Engine One Company’s Labor Day Art Show will be held Sunday, Sept. 2, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., with a rain date of Sept. 3. There is free admission and parking. There will be more than 150 artists displaying their original works.

For more information, email cefdeng1@maine.rr.com.

Sandsations returns to Scarborough

The Sunday, Sept. 9 Sandsations sand sculpting contest, held noon-3 p.m. on Pine Point Beach in Scarborough, is a family-friendly event where sand sculptors of any skill level come together for casual competition.

The event supports Birth Roots, a local nonprofit that builds community from “belly to baby” by providing classes, groups, resources and information to southern Maine families.

Teams can sign up at www.sandsations.org. There will be raffles, celebrity judges and a mermaid tail contest for kids.

65th class reunion for South Portland

The 65th class reunion of the class of 1947 from South Portland High School. The event will be held Friday Sept. 7, at 11:30 a.m. at Dimillo’s Floating Restaurant, 25 Long Wharf, Portland.

For more information, contact Raymond Pandora at 797-6542.

Cole Porter coming to 
city library

The South Portland Public Library kicks off a new series of after-hours events with a concert by local saxophone quartet Cul de Sax.

On Saturday, Sept. 15, 7-8:30 p.m., Cul de Sax saxophone quartet will perform a concert entitled “Anything Goes” honoring the American composer Cole Porter. The quartet of soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones will be joined by their friend the pianist Frank Vigneau for this special tribute. Besides Porter’s music, there will be a few pieces written by other notable composers of the period.

The performance will include sax solos with piano accompaniment, duets, trios as well as a vocal solo. Many of these arrangements were made especially for this performance. Cul de Sax is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

This event will be held upstairs in the library and, due to the nature of this event, the library’s regular services will not be available during these special hours.

Admission to this event is free. Questions can be directed to the South Portland Public Library at 767-7660. Visit the library website at www.SouthPortlandLibrary.com or follow the library on Facebook.

This program is made possible through the support of the Friends of the South Portland Public Library.