MACHIAS, Maine — A special meeting of the Machias Historical Society will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, in the Emergency Management Board Room at 28 Center St. in Machias.
Earl Shettleworth of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission will be the keynote speaker at the history symposium sponsored by the Machias Historical Society. The theme of the symposium will be “Historic Preservation is Alive and Well in Washington County.”
Members of the historical society are urged to attend Thursday’s meeting, and anyone else who might be interested in helping with plans for the symposium is invited.
Morgan Bay Zendo to hold benefit, open house Aug. 14
SURRY, Maine — A benefit and open house will take place at 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14, at Morgan Bay Zendo, 532 Morgan Bay Road in Surry.
The Morgan Bay Zendo is a meditation center that offers retreats in the summer and fall and weekly meditation 9-11 a.m. Sundays, April through December.
Jazz musicians the Gallagher Brothers and Boston-based Flamenco guitarist Juanito Pascual will provide entertainment. Attendees are welcome to wander the grounds and explore the buildings, including the moss garden, the vegetable garden, sculptures by Lenore Straus and the Japanese-inspired meditation building. For information, call 667-7967.
Surry Historical Society to hear anthropologist
SURRY, Maine — The Surry Historical Society will meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 8, at the Old Town Hall on Route 172 in Surry. The featured speaker will be Dr. Benjamin Carter, an anthropologist who is excavating an 18th century household on Weymouth Point in East Surry. The public is invited. Refreshments served after the meeting. For information, call 667-8781.
Hope to renovate town offices
HOPE, Maine — Rather than risk facing penalty fees from the Department of Justice, the town of Hope will spend $300,000 renovating its town offices. The building is out of compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act.
“At present, an individual using an wheelchair cannot enter the building and meet with the assessor’s agent in the office and then use the bathroom facilities without being forced to go outside. This this precisely the type of situation ADA was meant to prevent, and under the law the town is obligated to remedy the deficiencies,” said a press release from the town.
Building a new town hall likely would cost $600,000 plus land, according to the town.
Hope will have an open house for the town hall, which is also the town’s library, 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30.
Fundraiser to benefit breast cancer coalition
HOPE, Maine — Equestrians will compete in a multimile horse show at 9 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 7, to raise money for the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition, at 9 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 7, at Back at the Moon Farm, 127 Alford Lake Road in Hope.
The horse show will include a silent auction fundraiser.
Back of the Moon Farm will welcome about 40 horse-and-rider pairs who will ride 6 miles of trails and encounter six obstacles along the way. The riders are judged on how successfully they meet the obstacles.
Winners will take home ribbons. There also will be a prize for the rider and horse who are the most pink in support of breast cancer awareness. Some of the horses will be dyed pink.
There will be a silent auction at the farm from 12:30 to 1 p.m.
The Maine Breast Cancer Coalition helps women in financial need.
For information, call 785-2290.
Veterans Affairs workshop, college information available
ROCKPORT, Maine — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has approved many of Maine Media Workshops’ classes as education programs for the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
Maine Media College’s professional certificate and Master of Fine Arts degree programs received approval in 2010. Now military personnel seeking training in the fields of filmmaking, photography and multimedia may apply for tuition assistance for their education at Maine Media in short- and long-term programs through the VA.
For workshop registration and college admissions information, visit mainemedia.edu, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 877-577-7700.
Georges River Land Trust to hold naturalists class for children
UNION, Maine — If your children are curious about nature join the Georges River Land Trust 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9, at the Vose Library in Union to learn how to help young people be naturalists. The event is free and open to the public. For information, call 594-5166.
Winter Harbor readies for lobster festival
WINTER HARBOR, Maine — The 47th annual Winter Harbor Lobster Festival will take place starting at 6 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, in Winter Harbor. Events include a blueberry pancake breakfast from 6 to 10 a.m.; an 8 a.m. 5K road race; a craft fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; lobster boat race at 10 a.m.; lobster dinner at 11 a.m.; a parade at 5 p.m. and a contradance at 7 p.m.
Free parking and free Island Explorer Bus will be around the peninsula. For information, call 963-5806.
Bird walk scheduled on Mowry Beach in Lubec
LUBEC, Maine — Join local birder Jennifer Multhopp walking on Mowry Beach and boardwalk to view shorebirds, warblers and many other birds among the alders, dunes, and marshes flanking the beach beginning at 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 14, at the Mowry Beach parking area at the end of Pleasant Street. For information, call 255-4500.
Conservancy, volunteers to clean up Pike Lands preserve
LUBEC, Maine — Downeast Coastal Conservancy and volunteers from around Washington County will clean up the shores of the Pike Lands preserve. Meet at 11 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 4, at Pike Lands parking lot off North Lubec Road. Bring a lunch, water and sun protection.
Coastal Conservancy potluck picnic at Roque Bluffs bleach
ROGUE BLUFFS, Maine — Downeast Coastal Conservancy’s free, annual potluck picnic begins at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7, at Roque Bluffs State Park Beach. Live music by Sepp Huber and Sheila Unvala will be featured.
Bring a favorite dish to share. For more information, call 255- 4500.