MaineStage Shakespeare, free theater in Lafayette Park, Kennebunk, Thursdays and Fridays at 7p.m., Saturdays 2 and 7p.m. “Othello,” “As You Like It,” “Love’s Labours Lost.” For more information, see Mainestageshakespeare.com.
Summer Art and Crafts Show, sponsored by Maine Women in the Arts, Friday, July 20, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, July 21, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sunday, July 22, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Masonic Hall, Temple Street, Kennebunkport. Reception for the public to meet the artists on Friday, July 20, from 5-7 p.m. Show includes works by more than 50 artists and crafters from northern New England. For more information, see www.mainewomenarts.com, and on Facebook.
The musical “Once on This Island Jr.,” a Caribbean adaptation of the popular Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale, “The Little Mermaid,” performed by Sanford Maine Stage Theatre, Nasson Little Theatre, 457 Main St., Springvale. July 20 and 21, 7:30 p.m.; July 22, 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 adults, $10 students and seniors and children 12 and under. For tickets or more information, call 324-8227, see www.sanfordmainestage.com or email email@example.com.
Big-band music, Sunday, July 22, 5-6 p.m., the Carriage House, Colony Hotel, 140 Ocean Ave., Kennebunkport. Tickets, $5. Benefit for the Animal Welfare Society. For more information, call 985-8759 or see www.livemusicmaine.com.
Just For Kids: Field Fanatics, Monday, July 23, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Wells Reserve at Laudholm, 342 Laudholm Farm Road, Wells. Grab a net and magnifying glass, chase after butterflies and dragonflies, take a monarch’s journey from caterpillar to butterfly, and make a nature journal to record your finds. For ages 6-9. Registration required. $50/$40, scholarships available. 646-1555 ext 142 or wellsreserve.org
Kayaking on the Little River Estuary, Monday, July 23, noon-3 p.m., Wells Reserve at Laudholm, 342 Laudholm Farm Road, Wells. For ages 12 and up. $50/$40, registration required. .646-1555 or wellsreserve.org.
Circus, hosted by Sanford Parks and Recreation Department, Monday, July 23, Gowen Park. Performances, at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets, $12 for adults, available at the recreation office. For more information, see www.walkerbrotherscircus.com.
History of a Saltwater Farm, Tuesday, July 24, 10 a.m., Wells Reserve at Laudholm, 342 Laudholm Farm Road, Wells. Delve into the rich history of Wells Reserve at Laudholm, from Native American life to English settlement and from farmland to estuarine reserve, on a docent-led walk covering about a half mile. Free with site admission. 646-1555 or wellsreserve.org.
Bird-banding demonstration, Wednesday, July 25, 7-11 a.m., Wells Reserve at Laudholm, 342 Laudholm Farm Road, Wells. Free with site admission. 646-1555 wellsreserve.org.
Just For Kids: Marsh Masters, Thursday, July 26, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Wells Reserve at Laudholm, 342 Laudholm Farm Road, Wells. Get to know the amazing plants and animals of the salt marsh. Take a peek beneath the surface of salty pools, sort through marsh mud to find hidden critters, and follow a river to the sea while making fun discoveries along the way. For ages 6-9. Registration required. $50/$40, scholarships available. 646-1555 ext 142 or wellsreserve.org.
Life Between the Tides, Thursday, July 26, 10 a.m., Wells Reserve at Laudholm, 342 Laudholm Farm Road, Wells. Explore pools left on Laudholm Beach by the outgoing tide to discover a fascinating world of sea life. Free with admission. 646-1555 or wellsreserve.org.
Bats – Mysterious Mammals of the Night, Thursday, July 26, 7-9 p.m. Wells Reserve at Laudholm, 342 Laudholm Farm Road, Wells Glimpse the mysterious world of bats with Jocelyn Hubbell, interpretive specialist with the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands, who will discuss bat behavior, explain their ecological importance, and illustrate how bats have permeated human history. After her indoor presentation, Hubbell will lead a short walk yp look for bats and listen for their voices with a bat detector. All ages welcome. Suggested donation $5. 646-1555 or wellsreserve.org.
Story time, “Secrets to a Super Sleepover,” Thursday, July 26, 2-3:30 p.m., Springvale Public Library 443 Main St., Springvale. For grades 1-6.
Bird walk, Saturday, July 28, 7:30 a.m., Wells Reserve at Laudholm, 342 Laudholm Farm Road, Wells. Join a York County Audubon birder on a search for resident and migratory species. Free with admission. 646-1555 or wellsreserve.org
Silly songs, with Warren King, Sunday, July 29, 5-6 p.m., the Carriage House, Colony Hotel, 140 Ocean Ave., Kennebunkport. Tickets, $5. Benefit for the Maine Lobstermen’s Association. For more information, call 985-8759 or see www.livemusicmaine.com.
Secrets of the Salt Marsh walk, Monday, July 30, 10 a.m., Wells Reserve at Laudholm, 342 Laudholm Farm Road, Wells. Learn what is special about these productive ecosystems, nestled between seashore and uplands, on a docent-led walk that covers about 1 mile. Free with site admission. 646-1555 or wellsreserve.org.
Vacation Bible School, Monday, July 30-Friday, Aug. 3, 9 a.m.-noon, Acton Congregational Church. Register by calling 636-3430.
Plein-air painting, Monday, July 30, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Wells Reserve at Laudholm, 342 Laudholm Farm Road, Wells. Observe the nature and scenery of Laudholm from an artist’s perspective and paint with oils outdoors. Explore composition, color mixing, and building a painting through layers with instructor Colleen Forde. For ages 18 and up. Some oil painting experience preferred. $36/30. Materials list available. Registration required. 646-1555 or wellsreserve.org.
Stamping in the Park, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 7-9 p.m., Gowen Park Pavilion, Sanford. Teens in grades 6-12 can try designing ink stamp images at this introduction to letterboxing led by Heather English. Bring a flashlight or headlamp. Rain date is Aug. 2, 7-9 p.m.
Adult book discussion, Thursday, Aug. 2, noon-1:30 p.m., Springvale Public Library. Book is “State of Wonder,” by Ann Patchett.
Summah Daze, Friday, Aug. 3 and Saturday, Aug. 4, downtown Sanford. Friday events include classic/antique car show at 5 p.m., with trucks in a “Touch a Truck” on Main Street and St. Ignatius Street; entertainment, food vendors, adult beverage tent. Saturday events start at 9 a.m., include vendors, crafters, farmers market, children’s activities, “A Taste of Sanford,” music and more, in Central Park and along the School Street entrance. To participate, volunteer or sponsor, call Sanford Downtown Legacy, 490-4002.
Par Sem Auto Show and Alumni Day, Saturday, Aug. 4, all day, rain or shine, Parsonsfield Seminary, Route 160, North Parsonsfield. Auto show registration and Breakfast at 7:30, craft vendors, music, entertainment for kids, raffles, yard sale, penny auction, plant and book sale, food and bake sale. Auto show awards, 2:15 p.m. For more information, call 793-2384 or 625-4645
Quality antiques needed, for antiques show and sale Aug. 4 and 5 at Kennebunk High School, to benefit the Animal Welfare Society. Antiques, collectibles, books, jewelry and art are all accepted. Contact Kerrie Leclair, 985-3244, ext. 123, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Flutist Rachael Barter, and Warren King perform classical and other music, Sunday, Aug. 5, 5-6 p.m., the Carriage House, Colony Hotel, 140 Ocean Ave., Kennebunkport. Tickets, $5. Benefit for the Kennebunk Free Library. For more information, call 985-8759 or see www.livemusicmaine.com.
“In the Good Old Summertime,” through Sunday, Aug. 5, York Art Association, 394 York St. (Route 1A), York Harbor. Gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday from 12-5 p.m. For more information, call 363.4049 or visit www.yorkartassocation.com.
Crafters and artists, invited to rent space at the Waterborough Historical Society’s annual Art in The Barn & Craft Fair, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 11 and 12, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., on the grounds of the Taylor/Frey/Leavitt House Museum, Waterboro Center. 10-foot-by-10-foot space, $15 for one day and $20 for the weekend; vendors must bring their own tables and tents. For more information: crafters contact Fran at 641-5084 or email@example.com, and artists call Betty at 247-4223 or Kathy at 247-5065.
Coastal Sound, playing dance numbers from the 1920s-1970s, Sunday, Aug. 12, Grand Dining Room, Colony Hotel, 140 Ocean Ave., Kennebunkport. Tickets, $5. Benefit for the Brick Store Museum, Kennebunk. For more information, call 985-8759 or see www.livemusicmaine.com.
Ice cream sundae party, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2-3 p.m., Springvale Public Library, 443 Main St., Springvale. Rain or shine. All children who added books to their dream journals this summer are invited to celebrate their hard work by creating their own sundae.
Celtic and classical music, Sunday, Aug. 19, Grand Dining Room, Colony Hotel, 140 Ocean Ave., Kennebunkport. Tickets, $5. Benefit for Carlisle Academy and the supporting Equest Foundation in Lyman, providers of equine therapy. For more information, call 985-8759 or see www.livemusicmaine.com.
“Tri-2-Play,” based on triathlon concept, with three family-friendly events for teams of three players – one adult and two children, Saturday, Aug. 25, 10:30, on the Mousam Way Trail beginning and ending at the Sanford-Springvale YMCA.Entrance fee a minimum of $15 in pledges per team. Sponsored by Kids’ Club. For more information or to request a pledge form, contact Karen Roux at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Classical duets, with Warren King and David Peihl, Sunday, Aug. 26, Grand Dining Room, Colony Hotel, 140 Ocean Ave., Kennebunkport. Tickets, $5. Benefit for Wells Reserve at Laudholm. For more information, call 985-8759 or see www.livemusicmaine.com.
Trumpeter Thomas Kremser, accompanied by Warren King, play classical and modern selections, Sunday, Sept. 2, Carriage House, Colony Hotel, 140 Ocean Ave., Kennebunkport. Tickets, $5. Benefit for Kennebunkport Conservation Trust. For more information, call 985-8759 or see www.livemusicmaine.com.
We Love to Eat
Mama Mia “Frugal Fridays,” homemade pizza, pasta with either meat, clam or veggie sauce, salad, bread, beverage, piece of pie, 5-7 p.m., every Friday in July and August, dining commons of the York County Shelter Programs, Shaker Hill Road, Alfred. $8 adults, $4 children 3-12, free for children 2 and under. Price includes a free book from the large selection of hardcover and paperbacks for sale. The Bakery of Notre Dame, across from the dining commons, will offer special items for sale during “Frugal Fridays.” Proceeds benefit York County Shelter Programs.
Super summer salad supper, Saturday, July 21, 5-6:30 p.m., to benefit the Sanford Food Pantry. Menu includes salads, including fresh roast turkey and fresh baked ham. $8 for adults and $2 for children 5-12. Call 324-8119 for more information.
Baked bean supper, Saturday, July 21, 5-6:30 p.m., Sanford First Baptist Church, 905 Main St., Sanford. Two kinds of beans, hot dogs, cole slaw, biscuits, American chop suey, homemade pies and beverages. $8 adults, $5 children, free for children under 5 years old.
Annual lobster bake, Saturday, Aug. 4, 6 p.m., Springvale First Baptist Church
429 Main St. New England clam chowder, 1 1/8-pound lobster or12-ounce-sirloin steak, potatoes, corn on the cob, cole slaw, rolls and butter and strawberry shortcake. $20 per person. Reservations required by July 31. For tickets call 490-0390, 324-4266 or 324-4918.
Always Enough Soup Kitchen, 77 Emery St., Sanford, serves meals to those in need meals every Wednesday, 5-6 p.m. For more information, call 324-7776 or see sanfordvineyard.org.
Senior lunches, served at noon every Wednesday at the East Lebanon Fire Station on Depot Road. Seating begins at 11:30 a.m. Food is supplied by Southern Maine Area Agency on Aging. Cost is $4 per person. Reservations required by noon on Tuesday, cancellations no later than 9 a.m. Wednesday. For more information or to make a reservation, contact Isabelle Coleman, coordinator, at 324-7071 or 432-0429.
Acton Food Pantry, at the Acton Congregational Church, is open the third Wednesday of every month, 10-11 a.m. For more information, call Craig Bartlett Sr. at 636-3768 and leave a message.
Free meal, third Thursday of the month, 5:50-6:30 p.m., North Parish Church, 893 Main St., Sanford. All welcome.
Acton-Shapleigh Lions Club-All-you-can-eat breakfast, first Saturday of each month, 8-10 a.m., Acton Town Hall, corner of Route 109 and H Road. $5.00. Proceeds benefit local charities. FMI, call Joan Dyer, 636-2615.
Waterboro Central Fire Station bean supper, first Saturday of the month through November, 4:30- to 6 p.m. $7 adults, $5 kids, 5 and under free.
Nasson Community Bicycle Center, group rides for ages 10-18, road and mountain, Thursdays, 2-5 p.m. Located in basement of Nasson Community Center, 457 Main St., Springvale. For more information, call 324-5657.
Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 1044 in Sanford, meets the first Sunday of each month, 1 p.m., Sanford Elks Lodge,13 Elm St., Sanford. For more information, contact chapter president Joe Armstrong at 490-2094, e-mail email@example.com or see www.vva1044maine.org.
Scrapbooking club, meets the fourth Tuesday of each month, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Springvale Public Library. Experienced and beginners welcome. For more information contact Eunice at 457-1377.
The Southern Maine Garden Club meets on the third Wednesday of every month, 6:45 p.m., Springvale Library, 443 Main St., Springvale.
Marine Corps League (York County Marines), Detachment 1341 in Sanford, meets on the third Wednesday of every month, 6 p.m., AMVETS Post # 3, 169 School St., Sanford. FMI John Zapata at 793-2630, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Adult Book Discussion Group, at the Springvale Public Library meets the first Thursday of the month from noon-1:30 p.m. with participants sharing a potluck lunch. For more information, call 324-4624 or visit www.springvalelibrary.org.
The York County Democratic Committee, meets on the third Thursday, at the Alfred Parish Church, Alfred Village Square on routes 202/4. Social time/talk issues, 6-7 p.m.; program begins at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Dave Schofield, chairman, email@example.com, or 251-3771.
The Astronomy Club of Northern New England, offers free courses and an opportunity for all to peer through the Starfield Observatory’s mounted telescopes. The amateur astronomy club meets first Fridays of the month, at 7:30 p.m. at the New School in Kennebunk. Monthly observatory sessions are held the Friday closest to the new moon. For directions and public star gazing information, visit the club’s Web site at www.asnne.org.
Evergreen Quilters, meets the fourth Monday of each month at St. David’s Church in Kennebunk. FMI, call Terry Blanchette at 423-3444.
Lebanon American Legion Post 214, meets the second Wednesday of each month, 6:30 p.m., First Parish Congregational Church on Center Road, Lebanon.
The Sand-Dover Dollars Doll Club, meets the third Wednesday of the month. The club name represents Sanford and Dover, N.H., and is part of the United Federation of Doll Clubs. New members always welcome. For more information, contact Joanne Libby at 324-8982 or Janet Smith at 636-2397.
Veterans, Reservists and dependents, may be eligible for monthly payments up to $825 while learning new jobs skills in apprenticeships or on-the-job training programs. Call the VA toll-free at 1-888-442-4551, or the Maine State Approving Agency for Veterans Education Training at 377-4661.
The Marine Corps League, preserves the traditions and promotes the interests of the United States Marine Corps. Members invite all active duty, retired, honorably discharged Marines, and Navy Corpsmen that served are invited to join them. For membership details, call 354-6479 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Sanford-Springvale Historical Museum, is open to the public on Thursdays 2-8 p.m., Fridays 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m.-noon. For more information or questions, call 324-2797.
Bingo at the Sanford Elks Lodge, Elm Street, Sanford on Tuesdays. Doors open at 4 p.m., sales begin at 5:30, games begin at 6 p.m.
Pre-school storytime, every Wednesday and Thursday at 11 a.m., for children 3-6 and their parents or caregiver, Goodall Library, 952 Main St., Sanford. Children meet for about 45 minutes for stories, crafts, play with new friends and special activities on occasion. Younger and slightly older children are welcome if they would enjoy the story and craft. Pre-registration is not required. The storytime is year-round. For more information, call 324-4714 or visit www.lbgoodall.org.
Seacoast Songwriters Association, invites those interested in songwriting and making original music in the southern Maine area to attend an upcoming meeting. The group typically meets the last Saturday of each month to discuss songwriting techniques, original song material, recording and performing opportunities, etc. For more information, call president Pat Aureli, 251-8313.
Religion & Spirituality
Sanford Unitarian Universalist Church, located on the corner of Main and Lebanon streets in Sanford, summer lay-led services every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. in the parlor. Child care and religious education classes are not provided during summer
months. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 324-3191.
St George’s Episcopal Church, 3 Emerson St., Sanford, has worship every Sunday with services at 8 and 10 a.m. Nursery care is available. All are welcome. For more information, call 324-8119.
Acton Congregational Church, located at the corner of H Road and Route 109, holds its Sunday worship service at 10 a.m. Sunday School classes and child care are available during the school year. For more information, call 636-3430 or visit online at www.actonucc.org.
Ross Corner Baptist Church, at the intersection of the West Road, Newfield Road, Ross Corner Road, and the Gore Road, Wednesday Prayer Meeting, 7 p.m. Sundays: Sunday School and Adults Bible Study, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday Morning Worship Service, 10:30 a.m. Thursday Nights Music Ministry Praise Team Practice, 7 p.m. For more information, call Pastor Dave, 490-5620; Ed Stubbs, 247-4716; or e-mail email@example.com.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 38 Westview Drive, Sanford. All are welcome. Sunday morning sacrament meeting starts at 9.
Evergreen Covenant Church, 1725 Main St. (in the Airport Plaza) in Sanford, meets each Sunday for worship at 10 a.m. A special children’s ministry program is available for kids pre-K- Grade 5. For more information call 636-7580 or visit www. evergreencovchurch.org.
Covenant Baptist Church, on French Street in Acton, is a family-friendly, conservative church that meets Sunday at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., with Bible studies on Tuesday and Wednesday. For information call 207-477-8734. The Web site is www.CovenantBC.net.
River of Life, meets at 23 Washington St. in Sanford for worship service at 10 a.m. For questions call 324-5202.
North Parish Congregational United Church of Christ, 893 Main St., Sanford. Worship Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Child care provided. Call 324-3163 or see www.northparishucc.org.
Crossroads United Methodist Church, worship, 9 a.m. each Sunday at the corner of Route 202 and Grammar Road in Sanford. Service begins at 9 a.m. Adult class is held after service from 10:15-11 a.m. Children’s Sunday school is from 9:15-10 a.m. Women’s group meets the third Tuesday of each month in the evening. Choir practices every Monday at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 324-4750.
Christian Science Society, 35 School St., Sanford welcomes all to Sunday 10 a.m. service and invites children to Sunday School at the same hour. Testimony meetings are held at 7 p.m. on first and third Wednesdays May-September. The Weekly Bible Lesson airs on the Discovery Channel Sundays at 5:30 a.m. For more information visit http://christianscience.com
Sanford First Baptist Church, 905 Main St., welcomes everyone each Sunday at 10 a.m. During the worship hour, there is also a dynamic children’s ministry for ages kindergarten through fifth grade, with music, snacks, Bible stories and lessons, crafts and games. Children may be checked in by a parent/guardian from 9:45 to 10 a.m. All children are invited to participate in this free program. Nursery care is available for infants to age 5. For details call the church office at 324-5456.
Pleasant Street Free Baptist Church, 10 Pleasant St., Springvale, worship services at 10 a.m. with a coffee fellowship time after the service. For further information contact the church for details at 324-6602. The Rev. Dennis Reeves officiating.
Hearts & Horses Therapeutic Riding Center, Buxton, is in need of volunteers to assist with physically, mentally and emotionally challenged children and adults with therapeutic horseback riding program. No experience needed, free training is available. See www.heartsnhorses.org or call 929-4700.
Allegiance Hospice, is looking for volunteers to visit patients under hospice care in nursing homes in York and Cumberland counties. Volunteers are formally trained and are a valued part of the interdisciplinary team in serving patients at end of life. Those interested should call Nicole Garrity 877-255-4623 or
Special event volunteers needed, at York County Shelter Programs to help throughout the year. Proceeds from the events will help York County Shelter Program house the homeless and feed the hungry. Maintenance volunteers are also needed to help with various projects such as plumbing, carpentry, painting and weatherization. Contact Joan Sylvester at 324-1137 ext. 105, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. A volunteer is also needed for maintenance work in the Notre Dame Bakery at the Shelter. Call Martha Huestis at 324-8811.
Bottle Drive Because We Care to benefit local cancer patients. Pick up a specially marked collection bag at Lauderite II Cleaners or The Rusted Star Primitive Art Gift Shop, both located near Gowen Park on Main Street in Sanford. Returns accepted at Clynk Bottle Redemption at Hannaford on Main Street.
Bottles and cans for the Maine Children’s Cancer Program, are now being accepted at the Sanford Hannaford. Previously, the Sanford Elks were accepting donations at The Airport Redemption Center, which has recently gone out of business. All returns must be bagged in a specially marked Clynk bag, which may be picked up at the store. Call Joanne at 324-1445.
Strong Fathers Network, dads’ discussion groups meet 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m., on Thursday at York County Community Action at 6 Spruce St. in Sanford. For more information call Brian at 459-2976.
Multiple Sclerosis support group, meets monthly on the second Thursday of each month, 7-9 p.m. at Goodall Hospital. For more information, call Nancy at 324-3907.Friends, family, and caregivers are welcome.
National Alliance on Mental Illness, support group meets the first and third Thursday of every month, 7-9 p.m., at North Parish Congregational Church on the second floor of the Robie Education Building, 893 Main St., Sanford. Elevator available. The group is intended for individuals who experience mental illness, their friends and families. For more information, call Marilyn or Dick at 457-5458.
The Corner Cupboard non-food pantry, dispenses essential paper products, hygiene and cleaning products to individuals in need on the third Saturday of each month from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Sanford Unitarian Universalist Church, 5 Lebanon St. in Sanford
Breastfeeding support group, meets 1-3 p.m. every Tuesday at the Goodall Hospital Learning Center on June Street in Sanford. For more information, contact Certified Lactation Counselor Bernadette Darby of the Alliance for Healthy Families at 490-7704.
Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous, meets every Wednesday from 6:30-8 p.m., at Frisbee Memorial Hospital, Rochester, N.H. For more information, call Cathy at 603-350-0646.
Wee Care grandparent support group meets the second Wednesday of the month, 6:30 p.m., Trafton Senior Center, 19 Elm St., Sanford. For more information, call 457-0080.
Alzheimer’s support group, meets monthly on the first Wednesday, 7-9 p.m., and the third Wednesday, 10-11:30 a.m., at the Pavilion at Goodall Hospital. For more information, call 490-7651.
Al Anon Family Group meetings are held throughout York County. For times and locations, call 1-800-498-1844 or visit www.maineafg.org. Al Anon Family Group meetings offer opportunities to share thoughts, feelings, ask questions, or just listen.
“Stuttering and Your Child: Help for Parents” DVD now available at the following public libraries: Biddeford, Waterboro, Limerick, Saco and Sanford. Produced by the nonprofit Stuttering Foundation, the film describes the types of stuttering, how parents can help at home and the role of a speech pathologist in evaluating and treating children who stutter.
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