KENNEBUNK -- Former Ambassador Charles Dunbarretiredwill present “Afghanistan: Bad If We Stay; Worse If We Leave,” at the March meeting of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO), Maine Chapter. The meeting is open to the public and will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 16 at the Brick Store Museum Program Center, 4 Dane St., Kennebunk. A question and answer period will follow the speech.

Dunbar spent 32 years with the State Department, including as charge d’affaires in Kabul, as well as ambassador postings in Yemen and Qatar, and assignments in Iran, Afghanistan, Morocco, Algeria and Mauritania. He served two years as UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative in Western Sahara, and has taught at Simmons College, Boston University and Midcoast Senior College in Brunswick.

Membership month for KLT

March is membership month at the Kennebunk Land Trust. Your membership aids KLT in supporting its mission of preserving and stewarding land to benefit both natural and human communities. KLT has conserved over 3,400 acres of land throughout its history. You can join KLT or renew your membership at You may also mail your membership to Kennebunk Land Trust, 6 Brown Street, Kennebunk, ME 04043. To learn more, please call 207-985-8734 or email

March Madness Auction at KFL

Visit the Kennebunk Free Library to place a bid on an amazing auction item during the silent auction fundraiser, March Madness, through March 29. There are baskets featuring Retro Cocktails, Beach Glass jewelry and wine, and puzzles. We will also be auctioning an Andrew Benintendi signed baseball, a Maine Red Claws signed basketball, and more.

A brochure with additional information about each item will be available at the adult services desk as well as online. Those who wish to place a bid on an item will first need to sign up for a free bid number at the adult services desk. Bidding will end at 5 p.m. Friday, March 29 at the close of the day. Winning bidders will be notified on Monday, April 1. For more information please call 207-985-2173 or visit our website

Artists can apply for craft festival

WELLS — Application materials are now available for the 32nd annual Laudholm Nature Crafts Festival, which will be held September 7 and 8 on the historic Laudholm campus of the Wells Reserve in Wells.

About 120 of New England’s finest artisans will be invited to exhibit at this year’s event. A wide variety of mediums are eligible, with the natural world being a unifying theme. Quality and originality are key criteria used by the jurying committee. Applications should be received by March 15. Information for prospective exhibitors is available at Proceeds from the Laudholm Nature Crafts Festival benefit education, research, and conservation programs at the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve. To learn more, call 207-646-4521 or visit

All Debussy concert on March 23

Award-winning pianist Dr. Hsiang Tu will perform Claude Debussy’s Twelve Etudes for Piano at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 23 at First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church in Kennebunk. This masterpiece, completed in 1915, is the last Debussy composed for piano. A reception will follow the concert. Tickets are $10 at the door, children free.

“Each étude presents the pianist with not only a multitude of technical challenges but also endless interpretive riddles,” Tu said. “Even today, these pieces can surprise and perplex, and to hear them all in one recital is an experience not to be missed.” Other late works by Debussy will also be included. Tu holds a Doctorate in Piano Performance from Julliard and now teaches at the University of New Hampshire. He was praised in the New York Times for his eloquent sensitivity at the piano.

Calling all quilters

The Evergreen Quilt Guild will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, March 25, at St. David's Episcopal Church, Route 1, two miles south of Kennebunk Village. Evergreen Quilters usually meet the fourth Monday of each month, except July and December. Newcomers are always welcome.

York Hospital offers rides to appointments

YORK – York Hospital now provides FREE rides for patients to and from York Hospital’s main campus, the York Hospital Practices, and their Walk-In Care Centers. These door-to-door rides are available for any location within their service area, which includes Wells, Ogunquit, York, Cape Neddick, Kittery, Eliot, the Berwicks, the Kennebunks and Kennebunkport.

Whether it’s the flu, a cold or a minor injury, a safe and friendly driver from Patient Transportation will arrive in a York Hospital vehicle — which can include a wheelchair accessible van — and take you to a care center to be seen. York Hospital knows that great care begins with getting you there.

Services are available Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., and can be arranged by calling (207) 351-3413. Advance notice is helpful as this service is provided on a first-come, first-served basis.