SURRY, Maine — The Surry Community Improvement Association, or SCIA, will hold a rummage and book sale at Rural Hill from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 9, at Rural Hill in Surry. A wide selection of books, including cookbooks, will be available. Baked goods and beverages will also be for sale. This is a great opportunity to stock up on summer reading material. Proceeds from the sale go to the SCIA scholarship fund which provides annual college scholarships to Surry high school seniors. For information, call 667-0120.
Newbery Honor author to speak in Ellsworth
ELLSWORTH, Maine — The Union River Book & Toy Co. will present Newbery Honor author, Kathryn Lasky, from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 23, at 100 Main St. in downtown Ellsworth. Lasky has written over a hundred children’s and young adult books. Her most well-known series is the “Guardians of Ga’Hoole.” Recently, the first three books in that series were made into a major motion picture, “The Legend of the Guardians.” For information, call 667-6604 or visit www.unionrivertoys.com.
Charlotte summer dinners to benefit fire department
CHARLOTTE, Maine — The Charlotte Cooks will continue their tasks of cooking, baking and preparing for the summer public dinners. The first dinner will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 13, at the Fire Station, 1100 Ayers Junction Road, Route 214 in Charlotte.The event is sponsored by the Charlotte Fire and Rescue Department and its auxiliary.
As usual, the food will include beans, casseroles, salads, rolls, pies, cakes and other unique treats. There will also be a Chinese raffle, as well as individual raffle items to be drawn for at a later date.
The dinner is a benefit for the fire department with tickets at $7 for adults and $3 for children 10 and under. For information, call 454-8825.
Summer lecture series offered at Woodlawn Museum
ELLSWORTH, Maine — From history of local museums and figures to agriculture, Woodlawn Museum offers a summer lecture series at 4 p.m. Thursday afternoons on July 14 and 28 plus Aug. 11 and 25.
Blue Hill writer and antiques dealer Brad Emerson will begin the series from 4-5 p.m. Thursday, July 14, with a discussion on topics related to Jonathan Fisher including a biography and his painting, A Morning View of Blue Hill Village, 1824.
College of the Atlantic professor Todd Little-Siebold will discuss the changing agricultural economy of Down East Maine from 4-5 p.m. Thursday, July 28, by looking at the ways in which producers shifted from small-scale and local production of flax, cereals, hay and other products to more market-oriented and specialized farming in the century from 1820 to 1920.
Knox Mansion’s executive director Ellen Dyer will give a lecture about the General Henry Knox Museum from 4-5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11.
Local historian Darlene Springer will give an illustrated talk on monuments that were erected in the area in remembrance of The Civil War from 4-5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25.
For information, call 667-8671.
Wild mushrooms to be focus of lecture at Ellsworth museum
ELLSWORTH, Maine — Woodlawn Museum will host an evening illustrated lecture on wild mushrooms of summer with noted amateur mycologist Greg Marley from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, July 22. Marley will lead a daylong identification workshop from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, July 23, both days at the museum. Participants will learn to identify common Maine mushrooms, where to find them, and how to use wild mushrooms.
As space is limited, preregistration is required by calling Woodlawn at 667-8671. Bring a bag lunch for Saturday’s program.
Bean supper on tap at Penobscot church
PENOBSCOT, Maine — The Penobscot United Methodist Church will host a bean and casserole supper including brown bread, rolls, coleslaw and strawberry shortcake at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, July 9, at the church on Route 175.
Admission is $8 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under. Due to Penobscot Day activities, there will be only one seating for this supper.
For information, call 326-8626 or, on the day of the supper, call the church at 326-9488
Faux finish workshop to be offered in Ellsworth
ELLSWORTH, Maine — Woodlawn Museum will offer an introduction to faux finish workshop with artist Sember Lockwood from 9 a.m.- 4p.m. Tuesday, July 19, at the museum.
In this hands-on workshop, participants will explore woodgraining, crackle finish and tissue paper techniques in the morning and will decorate a small object of their choice in the afternoon.
The cost is $95 for Woodlawn members and $105 for nonmembers and includes painting materials. Participants are asked to bring a bag lunch and a small wooden object to paint for the afternoon session. As space is limited, preregistration is required by calling Woodlawn at 667-8671.
Baked bean supper, Long Island presentation slated in Blue Hill
BLUE HILL, Maine — Historic Central Hall will host a baked bean and casserole supper at 5 p.m. Saturday, July 9, at 306 Falls Bridge Road in South Blue Hill. After supper will be a presentation of photos and a history of Long Island by Dennis Robertson. For information, call 374-5561.
Two poets to speak at Bar Harbor library July 13
BAR HARBOR, Maine — The Jesup Memorial Library’s 100th anniversary celebration will host poets David Gitin and Lindy Hough at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 13, at the library.
Gitin will read from his new book, “The Journey Home.” The poems, old and new, span nearly five decades from 1962–2010. Hough will read from her new collection, “Wild Horses, Wild Dreams: New and Selected Poems 1971-2010.” For information, call 288-4245.
Lasagna public supper slated in Hancock
HANCOCK, Maine — A lasagna public supper will be held from 5-6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 30, at Union Congregational Church in Hancock. This is a joint fundraiser between UCC Hancock and Friends in Action. The menu is lasagna, salad, bread and dessert. Price is $7 for adults and children under 5 are free. For information, call 667-4449.