BOOTHBAY, Maine — Raffle tickets for the 2011 Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens Raffle are $20 each or $100 for six and are available at the Visitor Center or by calling 633-4333. Raffle items include a signed Thomas Moser New Gloucester rocking chair, two Old Town Vapor 10 kayaks, Gardener’s Helpers, “Wonder Woman of the Gardens” cuff bracelet designed by Cross Jewelers in Portland and a 7-day Crystal Symphony cruise. All raffle proceeds support the gardens and you need not be present to win. The drawing will be held at Maine Meets Maui: A Luau at the Gardens on Sunday, Aug. 28.
HOPE, Maine — The Hope Historical Society’s monthly meeting, featuring Lincolnville historian Diane O’Brian, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16, at the Hope Historical Home, Route 105 on the Camden Road. O’Brian will talk on the 1270 rediscovered letters of Civil War widow Martha Leach. The meetings are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 763-3576 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
JACKSON, Maine — The Barefoot Ball benefit concert, 8 p.m.-midnight Saturday, Aug. 20, at the Jackson Community Center, 252 Village Road in Jackson. The concert will feature live music by Waldo County-based rock bands Steel Toe Booty and The Rugged.
Concessions will include pizza and hot dogs. Attendees can bring their own beverages. There is no cover charge but donations are encouraged. Proceeds from the event will benefit efforts to establish a Jackson community oriented nonprofit. For more information, call 722-4228.
ROBBINSTON, Maine — “What Made Robbinston?” will be a discussion of industry, particularly shipbuilding, featuring an engaging account by Alex Markoff of the many vessels, from fishing smacks to great clippers, that slid off the ways into the St. Croix River from Robbinston Yards at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14, at the Sewall Memorial Congregational Church. Come and help celebrate the past, present and future of the Town of Robbinston as it turns two hundred years old. For more information, call Helen Brooks at 454-7409.
ROBBINSTON, Maine — The Sewall Memorial Congregational Church will be sponsoring a community yard sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at the Robbinston School. The church will be holding the primary yard sale and they’re hoping that loads of people will clear out lots of things they’ve been wanting to get rid of and bring them to the school between 5 and 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19.
For the church, the goal is to earn desperately needed money for the restoring of their “endangered” stained-glass windows.
Other community groups that will be participating include the Robbinston Grange members, who will provide luncheon goodies, and the Robbinston Historical Society that will have many lovely and interesting items of historic interest. For more information, call 214-4540.
ROCKPORT, Maine — The Rockport Masonic Center will host a public supper 5-6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at 361 Main St. in Rockport. The menu includes baked beans, coleslaw, biscuits, hot dogs, desserts and beverages. Admission price is $7 for adults and $4 for children under 10. For more information, call 691-2270.
DENNYSVILLE, Maine — Books galore will welcome book lovers at the annual Lincoln Memorial Library’s Big Book Sale to take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, on King Street in Dennysville. A number of people have been gathering a mother lode of truly fine books to share with others. The prices will be $1 for hard copies, 50 cents for soft backs and half price for children’s books. For more information, call Ann at 214-4540.
CHARLOTTE, Maine — The Charlotte Fire Department and Auxiliary will the host the second summer public dinner at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, at the Fire Station, 1100 Ayers Junction Road, Route 214.
The menu will include a wide variety of beans, casseroles, salads, rolls, pies, cakes and other unique treats. There will also be a Chinese raffle and a 50-50 drawing as well as individual raffle items to be drawn for at a later date. For more information, call 454-8825.
LUBEC, Maine — The Mary Potterton Memorial Concert will host pianist Mira Gill at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, upstairs in Lubec’s Congregational Christian Church. Gill will perform works by Beethoven, Barber and Clementi. Ms. Gill earned her master’s and bachelor’s degrees from The Juilliard School of Music and made her New York debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in 1997. Concerts are free, but piano-tuning donations are always welcome. For more information, call 733-2316 or visit summerkeys.com.
ELLSWORTH, Maine— As part of its Summer Lectures Series, Woodlawn Museum will host a special talk on Montpelier, The General Henry Knox Museum featuring its Executive Director Ellen Dyer from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, at Woodlawn on Route 172. Dyer will talk about the history of the museum and on the life and times of Henry Knox. Donations to help Woodlawn develop more programs are welcome. For more information, call 667-8671 or email email@example.com.
PROSPECT, Maine — The Friends of Fort Knox will be staffing the Penobscot Observatory from 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at the Fort Knox State Historic Site. The observatory offers visitors an opportunity to view the area in the moonlight. Admission to the moonlight viewing is $5 per person and tickets may be purchased the evening of the event. For more information, visit fortknox.maineguide.com.
WARREN, Maine — The Camden, Rockport, Lincolnville Chamber of Commerce will be holding its monthly business after-hours networking event from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, on Route 90 in Warren. The event, which is open to Chamber of Commerce members and guests, is sure to be a must-attend event. Guests will be able to tour the new Horch Roofing facility, hear updates from the chamber and network with each other. The event will also feature food and beverages catered from Megunticook Market in Camden. For more information, call 273-1111.
CAMDEN, Maine — Merryspring Nature Center will host a talk on natural herbal teas by Sarah Lambson at noon, Tuesday, Aug. 16, at Merryspring, 30 Conway Road. This program is part of Merryspring’s Summer Tuesday Talk Series, co-sponsored by The First and Jaret and Cohn. Admission is free for Merryspring members and children, $5 nonmembers. For more information, call Merryspring at 236-2239 or visit www.merryspring.org.
CASTINE, Maine — The Castine Historical Society will sponsor an art show and sale beginning with an opening reception 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, continuing from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20 and 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21, on the lower level (Mitchell Room) of the Abbott School on the Castine Town Common.
Now in its twelfth year, this year’s show will feature the original work of local artists and craftspeople in a wide array of fine arts media, photography and crafts. Sales will be encouraged with a percentage of the proceeds benefiting the educational programs of the Castine Historical Society.
For more information, call 326-4118 or visit www.castinehistoricalsociety.org.
MILBRIDGE, Maine – The Washington Hancock Community Agency recently received a $5000 planning grant from the Tibor and Anna Doby Veteran Support Fund of the Maine Community Foundation. The agency will work with local VA mental health professionals to identify simple remediation to safety and handicap accessibility issues in Washington County veteran’s homes.
The agency was founded in 1966. Its mission is to bring community resources together to help people in Washington and Hancock counties achieve self-sufficiency and better quality of life.
A statewide organization with offices in Ellsworth and Portland, the Maine Community Foundation partners with donors and nonprofits to strengthen Maine communities. For more information, call 877-700-6800 or visit www.mainecf.org.
ELLSWORTH, Maine — The 2011 Ellsworth Antiques Show opens with a gala preview party at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, at Woodlawn Museum, 172 Surry Road. Tickets are $75 or $65 for Woodlawn members. Tickets and information is available by calling 667-8671 or visiting www.woodlawnmuseum.org. All proceeds will create a new education fund that will allow students to participate in Woodlawn’s programs for free. The show then continues from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 19-20. Admission to the show is $10 or $15 for a joint ticket to tour Woodlawn and see the show. This year’s show is presented by Boston Private Bank and Trust Company with additional support from the MDI Biological Laboratory, Eaton Peabody and Bangor Savings Bank.