Community events

Kids can explore the supernatural with a ghost hunting workshop at the Thomas Memorial Library in Cape Elizabeth on Oct. 20.

Get in-person tax help

Starting this week, the IRS Taxpayer Assistance Center in South Portland will schedule appointments for taxpayers requiring assistance with filing their federal taxes. Those interested should call 844-545-5640. The tax center is located at 220 Maine Mall Road; however, a phone call can resolve most issues. Taxpayers can also go online to Offering fixed appointments at the local tax center is part of an ongoing effort by the IRS to eliminate lines and reduce frustration for taxpayers with more complex tax matters who require in-person help.

Garden club topic

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The Scarborough Garden Club will meet at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20, at the recreation hall in the Hillcrest Retirement Community off Route 1 in Scarborough. The featured speaker will be Ann Hancock, who will talk about climbing plants and vines. All are welcome. Call 510-1371 for more information.

Library sets ghost hunt

session, author talk

The Thomas Memorial Library in Cape Elizabeth is offering two special events on Thursday, Oct. 20. The first event, at 12:30 p.m., is a ghost-hunting workshop for students in Grade 3 and up with Liza Gardner Walsh, author of “The Ghost Hunter’s Handbook.”

Then at 6:30 p.m., the library will welcome author Joyce Wilson-Sanford, who has self-published the devotional “I Pray Anyway: Devotions for the Ambivalent.” Her book comprises 365 daily reflections and 12 personal stories and explores Wilson-Sanford’s return to a prayer practice

SMCC to host

open house

Southern Maine Community College in South Portland is holding an open house on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 9 a.m.-noon. Prospective students are invited to learn about academic programs and financial aid, meet faculty and tour the ocean-side campus. See to register or for more information.

Drug take-back

day on Saturday

The Cape Elizabeth, Scarborough and South Portland police departments all will host a drug take-back day on Saturday, Oct. 22. From 10 a.m.-2 p.m., local police stations will collect unused and unwanted medications, both over-the-counter and prescription. The event is an initiative of the federal Drug Enforcement Administration and is designed to avoid accidental overdoses and to keep medications out of the waste stream.

Beatles scholar at Cape library

Aaron Krerowicz is the nation’s only full-time professional Beatles music scholar. He will be presenting two talks at the Thomas Memorial Library in Cape Elizabeth as part of his East Coast Tour.

First, on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 2 p.m., Krerowicz will discuss, “The Influence of American Rock ‘n’ Roll on the Beatles.” Then, in a special after-hours event at 7 p.m. he will present “The Beatles: Band of the 60s.” This 60-minute multimedia presentation is part history and part musical analysis.

Both programs are free and open to the public. See or call 799-1720 for more information.

Author Bruce Coffin

speaks at library

Maine author Bruce Robert Coffin talk about his new crime novel, “Among the Shadows,” at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22, at the South Portland Public Library.

In the book, set in Portland, Detective Sgt. John Byron is is investigating the murder of a retired cop, but when another ex-Portland police officer dies under suspicious circumstances, he quickly realizes there’s much more to these cases than meets the eye.

Coffin is a former police detective himself, with more than 27 years of experience in law enforcement. At the time he retired from the Portland Police Department, he was in charge of all homicide and violent crime investigations.

Trunk or Treat at Camp Ketcha

Camp Ketcha in Scarborough will host a special Trunk or Treat event at its horse barn on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2-5 p.m. This family-friendly event includes pony rides, a costume contest, fun fall games and more. The cost is $5 per person. Call 883-8977, ext. 110, or email to pre-register or for more information

Women’s Project

wins $5,000 grant

The Women’s Project, a program for women affected by substance abuse that is sponsored by the Opportunity Alliance in South Portland, has received a $5,000 grant from the Welch Charitable Fund of the Maine Community Foundation.

The Women’s Project is a program for women 18 years and up who are pregnant or parenting a child up to age 6 and who are affected by substance misuse. The program helps the participants find the resources and strength they need to overcome the barriers in their lives that keep them from getting treatment for their substance misuse.

The program also helps the women to identify what they most need to be successful in their recovery and also connects them with community resources. See or call 877-429-6884 for more information.

Kids can explore the supernatural with a ghost hunting workshop at the Thomas Memorial Library in Cape Elizabeth on Oct. 20.

Local author Bruce Coffin will discuss his new crime novel at the South Portland Public Library on Saturday, Oct. 22.

A Beatles scholar will give two presentations on this iconic band at the Thomas Memorial Library in Cape Elizabeth on Saturday, Oct. 22.