Events – Portland Press Herald


The museum has a new exhibit, walking tours
The Brick Store Museum will be offering the following programs this week at 117 Main Street, unless otherwise noted.
Tuesday is a free admission and free art day at the gallery from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors can drop by to help create a collaborative work of art out of needle felting. No experience necessary. Also on Tuesday, visitors are invited to help the museum create a Kindness Rock Garden. Participants will write positive and motivational messages on painted stones to promote kindness in the community and add the stones to the garden.
At 2 p.m. Thursday, join a live Zoom chat with artist Salley Mavor, whose exhibit “What a Relief: The Art of Salley Mavor” is now on view. Tickets start at $10. Register in advance by calling 985-4802 or visit
Two historic walking tours are scheduled for Saturday, the first is Kennebunk Beach History, starting at 9 a.m. at Trinity Chapel, Railroad Avenue, Kennebunk Beach. Learn about the history of Kennebunk Beach’s development as a tourist destination. This is an approximately 1 mile loop that takes 60-90 minutes, led by a qualified guide.
The second walk is a tour of the Historic District, starting at noon from the Brick Store Museum at 117 Main St. Explore the history of the elaborate and historic homes that line Kennebunk’s Summer Street neighborhood in downtown Kennebunk. Accompanied by a guide-lecturer from the museum.
Fees for historic walks are $5 for members or $10 per person for each walk. Reserve ahead by calling 985-4802 or visit

The library offers two programs for adults
The Wells Public Library will be offering the following adult programs this week at 1434 Post Road, unless otherwise noted:
• The library is partnering with the Astronomical Society of Northern New England (ASNNE) for a stargazing outing using telescopes at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the ASNNE Observatory in Kennebunk. Join us to see interesting features of the moon. Registration is mandatory.
• A “Medicare 101” information session with Trina Moskal will be held at 1:00 pm Thursday. Moskal will explain how to handle complex decisions and all the options available to the over 65s.
These events are free and open to the public.
For more details, contact Stefanie Claydon at [email protected] or call the library at 646-8181.

Dance to music from the 50s and 60s
The Rockin’ Daddios will perform music from the 1950s and 1960s beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday as part of the Wells Harbor Summer Concert Series at the Hope Hobbs Gazebo at Wells Harbor Community Park, 331 Harbor Road.
Admission is free (although contributions are accepted). There are plenty of park bench type seats. Participants are encouraged to bring their own blanket, folding chair and/or picnic.
For details, visit or call 646-5113.

Chili cook-off returns for the 21st year
The Wells Chamber of Commerce will host its 21st annual Chili-Fest from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Wells Junior High on Route 1.
The International Chili Society-sanctioned “Joe Harvey Invitational” cooking contest is one of the last events available for “chiliheads” to qualify to compete in the World Championships to be held in September in Myrtle Beach, SC. Participants for this cook-off have come from as far away as Florida, Nevada and Illinois.
The competition will include four categories: red pepper made from beef and ripe red peppers; green chilli (verde) made from chicken or pork and green chillies; homestyle (traditional chili with beans); with a house-style division for young people and salsa. Cash prizes and plaques will be awarded to winners along with bragging rights.
Chili cooks will bring their chili to serve for the “People’s Choice” contest with a top prize of $250. “People’s Choice” ballots are included in “tasting kits” available for sale.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Wells Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Fund.
There is free parking and free entry. For detailed information, visit

League of Greater Portland Animal Shelters Celebrates ‘Dog Days of Summer’
Town & Country Federal Credit Union is partnering with the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland (ARLGP) to celebrate “DOGUST,” a month-long dog adoption awareness campaign taking place every Tuesday and Thursday in August and features ARLGP dogs looking for new homes.
These dogs are highlighted on Town & Country and ARLGP social media. In addition, the credit union makes a contribution of $1,000 to support the mission and community services of the ARLGP.
DOGUST’s moment also coincides with celebrating the third year that Town & Country FCU became Maine’s first financial institution to offer special pet loans to cover pet-related expenses associated with adoption fees. . To learn more, visit or

5K and Fun Race for Kids Benefit Pantry
The St. Max 5K Road Race and Kids Fun Run will take place at 6 p.m. Friday at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church, 150 Black Point Road. Same-day registration begins at 4:30 p.m., with the free Kids Fun Run starting at 5:30 p.m.
This event is sponsored by Knights of Columbus Council #11747 to benefit the South Portland Food Cupboard.
To pre-register or for more information, visit
Launched in 1997, the South Portland Food Cupboard is located at 130 Thadeus St. The pantry is open Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and the first Wednesday of each month from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The food pantry helps more than 700 households. per month. For more information, visit or call 874-0379.

Learn Hebrew and Jewish history with a new course
The Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) has developed “Read it in Hebrew”, an innovative Hebrew reading course with interactive flashcards and its own app for distance learning. The program uses the latest technology to combine timeless learning methods with contemporary psychology for a course that is guaranteed to be effective in just five sessions.
This course will take place from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, face-to-face and on Zoom.
The program is for people at all levels of Jewish education, including those with no prior experience. Students gain insight into the deep depth of the Hebrew language, including brief Talmudic and Kabbalistic explanations of the letters. Registration is open to the public and participants do not need to be affiliated with a synagogue, temple or other place of worship.
Interested students can call 650-1783 or visit to register and for other course information. This course is presented in Portland in conjunction with Chabad of Maine.

Fun music and arts festival for the whole family
The Arts Center Denmark will present its outdoor music and arts festival Dam Jam Revival from noon to 8:30 p.m. on Sunday.
This year the focus is on the family with children’s art, stilt walkers, traditional crafts, great music and a fun selection of food trucks.
Featured bands include Bee Parks & the Hornets at 2 p.m., Jason Spooner Band at 5 p.m. and The Mallett Brothers Band at 7 p.m.
The children’s area includes the ArtVan, the Common Roots Studio, the Neveah Dance Circus. Kids can design their own t-shirts, make their own hula-hoop, be a fly tyer, do spin art and make their own instrument. Children 12 and under are free. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online at
If the event is canceled due to inclement weather, The Mallett Brothers Band will perform inside the Denmark Center for the Arts that evening. VIP tickets are available for $40 for advance orders.

Opening of a new exhibition on Impressionism
The new exhibition “Around the World in 22 Days” opens from 5-8 p.m. Thursday at the Wiscasset Bay Gallery, 75 Maine St., in conjunction with the Wiscasset Art Walk.
Light refreshments will be served. This late-summer exhibition focuses on Impressionism from around the world, including works from Egypt, Greece, Russia, France, Hungary, Italy, Holland and Switzerland.
The show will continue until September 15.
For details, call 882-7682 or visit the gallery’s website at

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