PORTLAND – A2MD (“According to My Dream”) will perform at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 8, at Local 188 in conjunction with Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance Drink, Art and Open Mike reading. It is free and open to the public. An open mike will follow.

A2MD is a spoken word jazz combo featuring Annie Farnsworth, winner of the 2002 Words and Images Stephen Dunn Poetry Prize, with Larry Simon on guitar, Frank Laurino on percussion and Frank Couture on bass.

On Monday, Oct. 20, poet Elizabeth Hobbs, author of “Poems from the Lake” and “A Craving for the Goatman,” will be the featured reader.

Alternative health

SOUTH PORTLAND – Alternative health care researchers and practitioners from across the country will gather for a conference on Saturday, Sept. 13, with energy healing researcher Dr. Bernard Grad of McGill University in Montreal.

Canadian film professor and documentarian Marielle Natoslawska will tape segments for a documentary on Grad’s life and work. He will discuss his research on the scientific basis for energy and alternative healing techniques.

The conference, “Scientific Support for Energy Healing,” will be held at the Sable Oaks AmeriSuites.

To register or for more information, contact Dr. Dorothy Woods Smith at 797-5695, or e-mail [email protected]

Fall open house

FARMINGTON – The Gold Leaf Institute has changed its fall open house and kick-off date to Tuesday, Sept. 16, from 3 to 5 p.m., at the University of Maine at Farmington Student Center. The institute is associated with UMF.

Essay workshop

FALMOUTH – Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance will offer a one-day workshop to help students in their pursuit of an authentic and outstanding college application essay.

The workshop will meet from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Falmouth Memorial Library. Cost is $100 for members, and $110 for non-members. Parents may audit the class for half-price. Space is limited to 15 people (not including parents). Pre-registration is required. Call 386-1400 to register.

Book reviews

FALMOUTH – Members of the Jane Austen Society of North America-Maine will present book reviews and dialogues at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at the Falmouth Public Library. Refreshments will follow. Cost is $6.

To register, contact Margaret Dunlop at 32 Cumberland St., Brunswick, ME 04011 or, after Sept. 20, call her at 725-2386. All are welcome.

Craft fair

WATERVILLE – The 32nd annual Colby Craft Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, in the Colby College Fieldhouse.

There will be 90 exhibits including jewelry, woodworking, furniture, toys and dolls, dried flowers, wreaths, wrought iron, leather, weaving, baskets and pottery. Admission is free.


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