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Top Lobster Chef contest
The search for the next Top Lobster Chef has started. The Maine Lobster Promotion Council is calling for Maine chefs, sous-chefs and other culinary enthusiasts to be part of the events. Original lobster recipes are now being accepted for the chance to become part of a showcase event at Portland’s Harvest on the Harbor and to be crowned Maine Lobster Chef of the Year.
An impartial panel of culinary professionals will review the written recipes and photos of completed dishes, score them according to preset criteria and choose three finalists. On Friday, Oct. 21, finalists will present their dishes to a live audience as part of the Greater Portland Convention and Visitors Bureau’s Harvest on the Harbor event. The audience will sample each dish, cast their votes and the Maine Lobster Chef of the Year will be crowned.
The deadline for recipe submissions is midnight, Thursday, June 30, but chefs are encouraged to notify the council of their intent to submit as soon as possible by emailing email@example.com or calling 541-9310.
The First Church in Belfast, United Church of Christ, invites the community to its services for Holy Week, the week preceding Easter. The schedule is:
• Maundy Thursday, 6 p.m. April 21, special service, including light supper and dramatic rendering, upstairs in the Fellowship Hall.
• Good Friday, April 22, church sanctuary open 11 a.m.-3 p.m. for silent prayer and meditation. Church bell will be rung at noon and 3 p.m. Ecumenical Good Friday service, 6 p.m., St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church. Sponsored by the Greater Bay Area Ministerium.
• Easter Sunday, April 24: Breakfast prepared by the Youth Group and served 8-9 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Easter Sunday worship service at 10 a.m. includes special music by the choir and bell choir, and messages given by the Rev. Kate Winters and the Rev. Joel Krueger. Service will be followed by refreshments, fellowship and Easter basket fun for youngsters in the church parlor. Open to all.
First Church services can be seen on local BCTV-2 at 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sundays, and 9 a.m. Mondays, with a one-week airing delay. For more information, visit http://www.firstchurchinbelfast.org.
Church forum on poverty
“Maintaining Health” will be the topic at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, April 24, at the Unitarian Universalist Church in the third of its series of 11 Forums on Deconstructing Poverty. The forums are presented by the Economic Justice Task Force of the church and begin with comments by invited guests and an open discussion of the topic by those present. In the final minutes, the group explores possible solutions in Waldo County. Refreshments are available throughout. The event is open to the public. For more information, call Jennifer Hill at 722-3383.
Good Friday Taize service
The Greater Bay Area Ministerium’s Good Friday Service will be held at 6 p.m. April 22 at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church. It will be in the tradition of Taizé. Taizé is an ecumenical French monastic community with a worship tradition that is a quiet service of meditation, reflection, readings and music. Taizé music consists of short repetitive refrains in simple, beautiful melodies and harmonies. At the service, the organ will play the melody through once, the Greater Bay Area Ministerium Good Friday Taizé Choir will sing it through once, then the congregation and the choir will sing the piece through several times. Thus the choir leads and supports the congregation as it participates in the chants and prayers. Bring a friend who loves to sing.
For more information, call 338-2412 or visit www.stmargaretsbelfast.org/.
New program director
Our Town Belfast, a Maine Downtown Network Community, announced the hiring of
Dorothy Havey of Lincolnville as its new program manager. Havey brings to the position more than 20 years of experience working for Maine nonprofits with an extensive background in financial and operational management. Most recently, she was the community organizer and outreach coordinator for the Maine Association for Charter Schools.
She said she is excited to continue the work begun by Larraine Brown, interim project manager. Brown has taken a new position as a fund development officer for NAMI.
Havey will begin her duties part-time in April and full-time beginning May 2.
The First Baptist Church of Belfast will present a dramatization of Leonardo da Vinci’s, “The Last Supper” at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 21, at 95 High St. “The Drama,” written by Ernest K. Emurian, has a cast of men who portray the disciples. The presentation is free and open to all. For more information, call 338-2246.
Garden club meeting
The Camden Garden Club will hold its first meeting of the season on Thursday, April 28, at the Congregational Church. The business meeting will be at 9 a.m., with refreshments at 9:45 a.m. and guest speaker Hammon Buck at 10 a.m. Buck will discuss “What’s New for 2011? The Wow Plants.” The event is open to all.
Easter services and events
Easter Sunday services and events on April 22 at the Knox Ridge Baptist Church, 115 Knox Ridge North, are:
• Sunrise Service, 6:30 a.m.
• Breakfast, 7 a.m.
• Sunday school, 9:30 a.m.
• Morning service, 10:45 a.m.
• Evening service, 6:30 p.m.
Holy Week services
The United Christian Church, 18 Searsmont Road, Route 173, invites the community to experience Holy Week by offering five services to be led by Rev. Dr. Susan Stonestreet, church pastor. The schedule is:
• Maundy Thursday service, 6 p.m. April 21. It will include a light meal and a symbolic hand-washing.
• Good Friday service, 6 p.m. April 22.
• Easter Sunday sunrise service, 6 a.m. April 24, boat ramp, Norton Pond; family worship service, 9:30 a.m. at the church.
For more information, call Stonestreet at 763-4526.
Holy Week services
Monroe Community Church has scheduled the following services during Holy Week:
• Maundy Thursday worship service with foot washing, 7 p.m. Thursday, April 21.
• Church will be open noon-3 p.m. Friday, April 22. Good Friday worship service, 7 p.m.
• Sunrise service, 5:30 a.m. Sunday, April 24, Gesner Park, Route 139. Regular worship service, 8:30 a.m. at the church.
The Living Communities Foundation is taking orders for Vidalia onions fresh from the fields of Georgia. The onions will arrive in mid-May in 20 lb. bags, which can be picked up at the Palermo Community Center, Turner Ridge at Veterans Way. The price per bag is $26. To order, call Connie at 993-2294 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Proceeds from the sale of the onions will go toward a new roof for the Community Center, the Community Garden and the educational projects.
Rockland Congregational Church, 180 Limerock St., will celebrate Easter with a sunrise worship service at 5:45 a.m. Sunday, April 24, at the Gazebo on the waterfront boardwalk.
The traditional 10 a.m. Easter worship service will be held in the church sanctuary. It will feature music by the Alleluia Choir, Chancel Choir, Timbrel Ringers and Grace Notes Handbell Choirs, with pianist Dick Walton, and organist and Minister of Music Dick Einsel. A Resurrection Message will be given by Senior Minister Seth D. Jones.
The beat went on at the Youthlinks’ second annual I Pity The Fool fundraising 1980s dance, despite the April Fools Day blizzard.
The event raised $1,127.41. Proceeds from the evening went to support Youthlinks, a program of Broadreach Family and Community Services that provides community service, leadership and enrichment opportunities to youth ages 11 to 17 in midcoast Maine. The programs helps youth learn skills, build self-esteem, cultivate social responsibility, develop leadership abilities and connect with their peers, adult mentors and communities.
Youthlinks is funded by grants and the donations of individuals and businesses. All programs are free for participating youth.
Easter Egg Hunt
The Rockport Booster Club in conjunction with the Rockport Public Library will hold an Easter Egg Hunt 10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 23. The eggs will be hidden throughout the gardens around the library. Children also may have their faces painted and color with sidewalk chalk. The program is free and open to all. For more information, call 236-3642.
Kids Can Grow Program
Kids Can Grow at the Erickson Fields Preserve is a youth and family gardening program where families participate in a monthly hands-on learning experience at the raised bed gardens at the Preserve on Route 90 in Rockport. Families apply what they learn at home in their own 3-foot-by-5-foot raised bed garden plot.
An experienced gardening mentor will be matched with each family to advise and support the family’s efforts at home. For $25 each family will be given group and individualized instruction about growing food and also receive the supplies needed to build and grow in a boxed bed. Families should commit to this monthly program for May through August and be willing to meet with the gardening mentor at the family’s home once a month.
The program is limited to 10 families and takes place 5-7 p.m. the third Thursday of each month, May through August. Participating youth in the Kids Can Grow program need to be age 7 to 12. Applications are available by calling Aldermere Farm at 236-2739 or emailing email@example.com. Final applications are due by Friday, May 6. The first monthly class begins Thursday, May 19.
Maine Coast Heritage Trust owns the 93 acre Erickson Fields Preserve and Aldermere Farm staff manage the property and all programs. Kids Can Grow is a program of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. Other Kids Can Grow programs are taking place around the state, including one at the Knox-Lincoln County Extension Office in Waldoboro and at Merryspring Nature Center in Camden.
Tea at the library
Carver Memorial Library, located at Mortland Road and Union Street, will hold its ninth annual Spring Tea 2-4 p.m. Sunday, May 1, at the library. Tea sandwiches and desserts will be served. Music will be provided by harpist Nancy Schroeder. Tickets are $10. Proceeds benefit the library. Reservations are required by calling the library at 548-2303.
The Thomaston Public Library will celebrate the start of spring with a festival 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 23, at the library. The festival will feature arts and crafts in the children’s library, live music from local band Playin Possum, face painting, a Barefoot Story Hour with Dena Davis and activities on the library front lawn, weather permitting.
“It’s been such a long winter, we’re looking at this as a way for people to get outside again,” said librarian Brian Sylvester. “This will just be a fun day for families to spend time together.” Library staff will work with children and young people to make paper flowers in the Children’s Room, and local artist Jill Langdon will be on hand for face painting.
The Hallway Bookshop, located in the same building as the library, will hold a sale during the event. The Friends of the Thomaston Public Library will provide food and refreshments. All items in the bookstore will be available at half price.
For more information about the free event, call the library at 354-2453.
A Good Friday service will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, April 22, followed by a worship service at 7 p.m., at Quaker Hill Christian Church, 437 Quaker Hill Road. The film “The Passion” will be shown at 9 p.m.
Easter Sunday, April 24, will begin with a Sunrise Service at 6:30 a.m. followed by a
potluck breakfast. The Easter morning service will be held 9-10:30 a.m.
For more information, call Pastor Mike Senecal at 491-5080 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.