CAMDEN, Maine — Individuals with Parkinson’s disease, as well as loved ones and caregivers, are invited to learn the connections between creativity and well-being at the Parkinson’s Disease Support Group from noon-1:45 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, in the Anderson Inn at Quarry Hill. The group meets regularly on the first Tuesday of each month and attendees are encouraged to bring bag lunches; Quarry Hill provides beverages and desserts. For information, call 230-6116 or visit www.quarryhill.org.
Book release celebration slated in Machias
MACHIAS, Maine — Les Simon and WordShed, LLC, announced the release of “The Aputamkon Review, Vol. IV.” Within the pages is a mix of 46 voices from Down East Maine and the Canadian Maritimes, including six special guests “from away.”
The release will be celebrated with a book launching from 3-5 p.m. Saturday, July 23, at the Whole Life Wellness Center, 4 Colonial Way-80 Main Street in Machias. Everyone is invited to attend. Whole Life will provide light snacks, and Duane Ingalls will be strumming his guitar.
For information, call 434-5661.
Pets welcome to participate in Ellsworth show
ELLSWORTH, Maine — The Ellsworth Public Library is holding its annual pet show at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 23, on the front lawn of the library. The show will have guest judges, prizes, refreshments and lots of fun. Preregister your pet at the circulation desk in the library. For information, call 667-6363.
Masquerade to benefit Pen Bay Healthcare Foundation
ROCKPORT, Maine — The Pen Bay Healthcare Foundation will host Midsummer Masquerade, the sixth annual benefit gala, from 5-10 p.m. Saturday, July 23, at the Samoset Resort in Rockport. The Masquerade is sponsored by Cellardoor Winery and the Bangor Savings Bank. This event will support best quality Cancer Care close to home. Enjoy a night of dinner, dancing and disguise all under the stars in Rockport. For information or to purchase tickets, call 594-6799 or visit www.pbmc.org/galatickets.
Sankofa Farm to host solar microdrip irrigation
BEDDINGTON, Maine — The Maine Solar Energy Association, The Sankofa Farm and Nancy Oden will host a solar microdrip irrigation workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, July 23-24, at the Sankofa Farm, 139 Route 193 in Beddington. Solar workshop instructor Dr. Richard Komp will teach the basics of solar energy and of microdrip irrigation. For information, call 497-2204 or visit www.thesankofafarm.com.
‘Folk Instruments of Britain’ to be topic of Belfast meeting
BELFAST, Maine — “Folk Instruments of Britain” will be the topic at the Belfast Historical Society meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, July 25, at the Belfast Free Library in the Abbott Room.
Tom Seymour, local musician, author and naturalist, will present a musical performance and discussion using traditional instruments of the British Isles. He will play and explain the history of the Uilleann [Irish] pipes, penny whistle, and pipe and tabor. Belfast was settled by Scottish-Irish families in 1770; they most likely carried the old tunes and musical instruments with them to their new home.
Belfast Historical Society programs, which are free and open to the public, are held every fourth Monday of the month, April through October.
Annual Schoodic Arts Festival begins July 31
WINTER HARBOR, Maine — The 12th annual Schoodic Arts Festival begins its two-weeks worth of performances and workshops celebrating arts and culture throughout the peninsula in August.
A silent auction kicks off the festival at 3-6 p.m. on Sunday, July 31.
The Schoodic Summer Chorus: Life is but a Dream begins the evening performances at 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 1.
Eighty workshops make up the festival. Admission to evening events is $5 for adults and free for children under age 12. All evening performances begin at 7 p.m.
For information, call Schoodic Arts for All at 963-2569 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Full workshop listings are available at www.schoodicartsforall.org.
Volunteers needed for Long Island Beach clean up
BLUE HILL, Maine — Friends of Blue Hill Bay and Friends of Acadia invite volunteers on a boat ride and beach cleanup of Long Island in Blue Hill Bay from noon-4 p.m. Saturday, July 30.
Volunteers will boat from Blue Hill to the island at noon and return to Blue Hill at 4 p.m.
For information, call Barbara Arter at 546-2018 or email email@example.com.
Maine Army National Guard promotes two from Somerset County
AUGUSTA, Maine — Major General John W. Libby, Adjutant General of the Maine National Guard announced the promotions of two Maine Army National Guard soldiers from Somerset County for the month of June.
Jeremiah Anton of Norridgewock was promoted to Private First Class and Christopher Connell of Skowhegan was promoted to Private E-2. Both are in the 136th Engineering Company in Lewiston.
International students seeking host families
Pacific Intercultural Exchange is seeking host families for foreign high school students for this fall.
According to PIE President John Doty, the students are between ages 15-18, are English-speaking, have their own spending money, carry accident and health insurance and want to share their cultural experiences with their new American families.
PIE area representatives match students with host families by finding common interests and lifestyles through an in-home meeting. As there are no typical host families, PIE can fit a student into just about any situation, whether it is a single parent, a childless couple, a retired couple or a large family.
For information, call PIE at 866-1402.