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Volunteers needed for fish monitoring in Port Clyde

PORT CLYDE, Maine – Herring Gut Learning Center is seeking volunteers to assist with weekend fish feeding and systems monitoring. One hour, once a month time commitments are requested, but any assistance is welcomed. This is an opportunity for families or individuals interested in learning more about aquaculture.

For information, call 372-8677 or visit

Road race fundraiser in Ellsworth May 14

ELLSWORTH, Maine — Yesterday’s Children will host its second annual Five-mile Road Race at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 14,  on the campus of Birchwood Living Center, 360 Main St.

One thousand dollars in prize money, artwork, pies and jams will be awarded and pizza will be served to participants and spectators after the race.

For information, visit Yesterday’s Children Inc. at

Migratory Bird Day to be celebrated in Winter Harbor

WINTER HARBOR, Maine — The Schoodic Education and Research Center presents International Migratory Bird Day with a potluck dinner at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at Moore Auditorium. SERC will provide drinks, cookies, plates and utensils. People should bring a dish to share with a crowd. There is a suggested $5 per person donation.

Rich MacDonald of the Natural History Center in Bar Harbor will give an illustrated presentation on the birds of Acadia and Schoodic Point at 7 p.m.

For information, call call 288-1310 or email

Thomaston to hold solar open house

THOMASTON, Maine — The town and ReVision Energy will host a solar open house from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at 33 Clark St. The focus will be the 18-kilowatt grid-tied solar electric (photovoltaic) system that ReVision Energy installed on the main roof of the Pollution Control Department in November 2010.  For information, call 589-4171.

Sign language courses offered at Hutchinson Center

BELFAST, Maine —  American Sign Language summer courses begin at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in May. CSD 101 and 102 (beginner ASL and advanced ASL) are being offered. Both are three-credit University of Maine courses.

For information, contact Carrie at or visit

To register or to talk with an academic adviser, call 338-8000.

Stroke awareness presentation at Pen Bay on May 26

ROCKPORT, Maine — The Stroke Center at Pen Bay Medical Center will present “Let’s Talk About Stroke” in recognition of National Stroke Awareness Month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 26, at the Picker Family Resource Center on the Pen Bay Campus. There is no cost for the program but space is limited. For information or to register, call 596-8950.

Play design workshop in Eastport

EASTPORT, Maine — Jean Wilhelm will be conducting a Scene Design Workshop from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at the Eastport Arts Center, 36 Washington St.

The workshop will cover the challenges and delights for the designer; the geography of the stage; various styles and their strengths; basic practicality and flat construction; the use of other materials; finding the heart and style of the play; crisis points and their effect on design; ground plan; color; painting; textures; and props.

There is no fee for attendance, limit of participants, or previous experience required. Donations to the Arts Center will be appreciated.

For information, call 853-4650 or e-mail

Eastport Arts Center gets $5,000 grant

EASTPORT, Maine — The Eastport Arts Center recently received a $5,000 grant from the Maine Expansion Arts Fund of the Maine Community Foundation to expand audiences to include children under 18 and residents of nearby nursing homes and an internship program.

Plans are under way to hire a summer intern. The arts center will be reaching out to local nursing homes to encourage attendance at arts center events.

Everyone under the age of 18 or under 12, accompanied by a parent, will be admitted free to performances at the Eastport Arts Center in 2011, except during benefit events.

For information about Eastport Arts Center programs, visit or call 853-4650.

Lighthouse presentation in Whiting on May 21

WHITING, Maine —  Lighthouse author and historian Tim Harrison, editor of Lighthouse Digest, an international lighthouse news and history magazine and author of several lighthouse books, will give a PowerPoint presentation, “Lighthouses and Their Role in American History,” for the Whiting Historical Society at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at the Whiting Community Building on Route1.

The presentation will cover some of the most amazing and important events in American history that revolved around lighthouses, including the lighthouse connection of some of the most famous people in American history and the story of the lighthouse man who saved America’s most valuable precious documents.

Interactive map of Asia coming to UMM

MACHIAS, Maine — The University of Maine at Machias will display an oversized National Geographic map of Asia from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at the Reynolds Center Gymnasium.

The map, designed for pupils in kindergarten through eighth grade, comes with interactive games, atlases and books about the physical characteristics of the continent as well as its history and cultures.

Susan Lahti from the Maine Geographic Alliance will be on hand to lead activities, and students from UMM’s education and geographic information systems programs will provide assistance.

The event is free and open to the public. Elementary school classes, clubs, home school groups, and others may arrange a time to visit the map together by contacting UMM’s GIS Service Center at or 255-1214.

Machias hospital to hold community meetings

MACHIAS, Maine — Down East Community Hospital will hold three Community Conversation events throughout the Washington County service area.  The events will be held 5:30-7:30 p.m. May 17, 18 and 19 in Machias, Lubec and Harrington.

The Community Conversations are designed to promote productive and transparent discussions with the full community. The two-hour sessions will include a short presentation from the hospital on what the hospital has done and where it is today, but the primary purpose of  the sessions is to allow the hospital leadership to hear from the full community.

Light food will be offered.  Full agenda and details are available at The times and locations of the gatherings are:

  1. Machias:  5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, Rose M. Gaffney Elementary School, Court Street.
  1. Lubec: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, Lubec Regional Medical Center, 43 South Lubec Road.
  2. Harrington: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 19, Harrington Family Health Center, 50 East Main St.

Cystic fibrosis fundraiser in Calais May 21

CALAIS, Maine — Great Strides, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s national fundraising event beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 21, at the Waterfront Park in Calais.

Nearly 90 cents of every dollar of revenue raised is available for investment in cystic fibrosis programs to support research, care and education.

Cystic fibrosis is a devastating genetic disease that affects tens of thousands of children and young adults in the United States. To learn more, visit

Rockweed Registry listings expanding Down East

DENNYSVILLE, Maine — The Rockweed Coalition reached a critical milestone Friday when its Rockweed Registry  topped 500 properties where rockweed is protected. Properties on the list extend from the city of Calais along the Canadian border to the town of Addison in western Washington County, and include the town of Lubec.

The Rockweed Registry is a list of properties where landowners do not allow rockweed cutting. This no-cut property list was started in 2000 and is managed by the Downeast Coastal Conservancy in Machias. The list has grown rapidly from 100 properties listed in early 2010 to its current size of 504 properties.

Rockweed (the seaweed Ascophyllum nodosum) provides numerous benefits to coastal marine ecosystems, including 30 species of fish and 74 species of invertebrates, such as pollock and periwinkle snails.

To learn more about the Rockweed Coalition or the Rockweed Registry, visit or call 1-888-4ROKWEED. To learn more about the Downeast Coastal Conservancy, visit

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