Acorn Productions presents an evening of readings of new short plays on Friday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Acorn Studios in the Dana Warp Mill, 90 Bridge St.

The plays were selected as finalists for this year’s Maine Short Play Festival, but for various reasons were not included in the festival itself. The readings will be done by professional actors from Acorn’s Shakespeare Ensemble and the Maine Short Play cast. Many of the featured playwrights will attend the event, and the evening will conclude with a “talkback” session to allow the playwrights to receive feedback on these works in progress.

The scripts to be read:

• “Again,” by Michael Crockett. The story one family’s struggle to fight their way out of their cycle of dysfunction.

• “a noose is a loop,” by Laura Katz-Jones. Adjusting to life with baby brings unexpected challenges.

• “Arianna,” by Kerry Rasor. More than breakfast heats up in a politically divided couple’s kitchen.

• “Father’s Day,” by Jay Lawrence. The fish aren’t biting, and neither are the pleasant memories.

• “Got Them Low-down Cotton Picking Blues,” by Denver Whisman. A recent Somali immigrant gives his new boss more than he bargained for on his first day on the job

• “Pirates of Leisure,” by Erin Enberg. A harried businessman is taken prisoner by three rebels determined to have a good time.

• “Seeing Red,” by Mark Seiz. How does one care for an aging father with dementia?

• “The Anesthesiologist,” by Jefferson Navicky. A poetic exploration of the nature of consciousness.

No admission will be charged at the readings, though donations will be accepted. Call Acorn Productions at 854-0065 or visit for more information.

High school art show

The Westbrook Woman’s Club will sponsor the annual Westbrook High School Art Show at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 6, in the vocational center.

Parents, students and school officials are invited. Awards will be presented.

Mullen excels

Amy Mullen has been named to the president’s list for extraordinary academic achievement for the fall semester at Bentley College in Waltham, Mass. Mullen is a sophomore majoring in marketing.

Full Gospel breakfast

Aric McCullough will speak when the local chapter of Full Gospel Businessmen’s Fellowship International meets for breakfast at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday in the Legion hall, 17 Dunn St. Cost is $8; $6, seniors.

McCullough is associate pastor at Rock Church in South Portland. For reservations, call 772-5744, 799-7140, 774-6416 or 727-3252.

Summer dance camps, classes

Drouin Dance Center in Westbrook announced recently that registrations are being accepted for summer Princess Dance Camp, Dance Camp and classes.

Princess Dance Camp is for ages 3-7, and Dance Camp for ages 7-14. Dance classes are offered for ages 2 through adult in various forms of dance and fitness classes. For more information and to register, call 854-2221 or visit

Tony DiRenzo, Westbrook, celebrates his birthday in style last month at Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Club in Playa Cofresi, Dominican Republic. He is being taken to the airport in style, via helicopter. DiRenzo, a Gorham High School graduate in 1963, turned 63 on Jan. 23.