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Beacon community news Oct. 20

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Arts and Crafts Festival

A Festival of Arts and Crafts will be held 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Belfast United Methodist Church, 23 Mill Lane. Tto rent a table to offer photographs, artwork or crafts call Betty York at 338-2857 no later than Oct. 22.

Grant workshop

The Maine Community Foundation will host a free grant information workshop 4-5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, in the Abbott Room, Belfast Free Library. The workshop will be geared to nonprofits in Waldo County. Foundation staff will cover the guidelines and application process for the Community Building Grant Program, the foundation’s largest competitive grant program. Members of the foundation’s Waldo County committee, a regional advisory group that assists the foundation in making grants in the region, will be on hand to meet nonprofit organization staff and answer questions. The workshop is free. RSVP by Friday, Oct. 21, to Tim Williams at the Maine Community Foundation, 877-700-6800 toll-free or events@mainecf.org.

Israel, Palestinians talk

The relationships and conflicts between Israel and Palestinians will be the subject of a talk and presentation by Ridgely Fuller and Jeff Pickert at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 37 Miller St. The program is open to the public. Fuller recently participated in the second Freedom Flotilla, in which the ship Audacity of Hope attempted to break the Israeli siege of Gaza to deliver letters from supporters.

Fuller has been to Gaza twice, once for several months after the Israeli invasion, and again in the summer of 2010 to assist social workers. Her primary job as a social worker has been with children and families.

Jeff Pickert is a 22-year-old American solidarity activist who has lived and worked in the occupied West Bank for a more than a year and a half. Pickert, a graduate of Beloit College and a resident of Chicago, has studied Arabic and Palestinian Politics at Birzeit College. He has accompanied Palestinian medical teams during villagers’ confrontations with Israeli armed forces.

Marine life talk

Biologist and educator Maura DiPrete will give a talk, “Carbonated Oceans, Clams and Communities,” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, at the Belfast Free Library. She also will discuss effects on marine phytoplankton, coastal clams, fish and sea urchins. The lecture is sponsored by the Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition and is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

DiPrete has a background in marine community ecology, cell physiology and neurology. She has taught biology at Unity College and Searsport High School. She is a member of the Penobscot Bay Stewards and a founding member of the Passagassawakeag River Watershed. For many years she has monitored harmful algal blooms in the midcoast area for the Maine Phytoplankton Monitoring Program.

Mystery drama

The Belfast United Methodist Church drama team will present “A Perilous Night at Pirate’s Perch” at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 21-22, at the church, 23 Mill Lane.

Tickets are $12 and include a boiled dinner and dessert. Win a pirate booty prize by solving the evening’s mystery. To purchase tickets, call Ron Leighton at 548-2855 or email janron@roadrunner.com.

Book sale

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Belfast will hold its annual Book Sale 5-7 p.m. Friday, Oct 21, and 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Oct 22, at the church, 37 Miller St. The sale offers thousands of fiction, non-fiction and children’s books at low prices. A bag sale will held 11 a.m.-noon Saturday.

Transition talk, training

Scott McKeown, training coordinator of Transition U.S., will speak at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, at Waterfall Arts, 256 High St., about his experiences engaging community in homegrown, citizen-led education and grassroots action on issues such as the rising cost and availability of food and fuel. McKeown is a founding member of the Transition Initiative in Sebastopol, Calif. The free talk is sponsored by the Belfast Area Transition Initiative, the newly forming Brooks Transition Initiative and Transition Initiative Portland.

For information aboutTransition training with Scott McKeown and Alistair Lough Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 22-23, at the Newforest Institute in Brooks, contact Kim Jacobs at zephyrhill@fairpoint.net or 722-3139.

Owls Head

Garden club

Cindy Tibbets, known as “The Clematis Lady,” will be guest speaker at the Wednesday, Nov. 2, meeting of The Owls Head Garden Club at The Owls Head Community Building. The meeting will be held at 9:45 a.m. with the program starting at 10:30 a.m.

Cindy and Brian Tibbetts, owners of Hummingbird Farm in Turner, added clematis to their line of plants in 2000 and soon discovered that many of their customers were intimidated by these flowering vines. Other customers wanted hard-to-find varieties. Since then, the Tibbetts have researched and experimented, looking for rare and reliable varieties and developing techniques for planting and caring for them. They sell approximately 100 varieties of clematis, all disease-resistant and hardy to Zone 4.

In 2004 Cindy began speaking on “Clematis: Queen of the Flowering Vines” at garden clubs and other organizations. Her presentation will cover plant selection, placement, planting and pruning and is designed to remove the mystique of growing clematis.

Handouts will provided and live plants will give participants an opportunity to see rare specimens.

Hostesses for the November meeting are Arlene Siletti, Lydia Kaeyer, Liz Hunt, and Sandy Paparella. For more information, call 594-9757.


Fall festival

The Farnsworth Art Museum will hold its Fall Family Festival 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, on the grounds of the museum. The festival is intended for families with children age 4 to 9 and is free of charge, with a suggested donation of $5.

At the event, the Farnsworth’s sculpture garden will be transformed into the festival grounds with a fall labyrinth constructed by Shore Village Builders Inc. of Rockland, strolling magician Rick Bernard, free-style pumpkin carving, decorating trick-or-treat bags to take home, face painting, fall-themed cupcakes and cider sold by The Maine Cupcake Co., and fresh pizza made and sold on site by The Uproot Pie Co.

Later, all are invited back to the sculpture garden at dusk for the lighting of the pumpkins, weather permitting. In case of rain, activities will take place at the Gamble Center for Education, corner of Union and Grace streets.

For more information, visit http://www.farnsworthmuseum.org or call special events manager Niki Janczura at 596-6457, ext 143.

Pints for Paws

Trackside Station Restaurant and The Loyal Biscuit Co. are teaming up for a fundraiser, for Pints for Paws, a social for animal lovers for the benefit of animals at the Humane Society of Knox County, 5-8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24.

The evening will feature entertainment by local musician Paddy Mills, raffle prizes from Loyal Biscuit, Sea Dog Brewing, Maine Eastern Railroad, RHEAL Day Spa, Canidae Pet Food, Fromm Family Pet Foods, as well as giveaways and more. Plus, for every pint of beer sold, Trackside Station will donate $1 per pint to the humane society.

Representatives of the Humane Society of Knox County will be present and have tote bags made from recycled dog, cat and feed bags, and its 2012 calendar, featuring local rescue dog and cats, available for sale.

Attendees of all ages are invited to the event and are asked to bring an item to donate to the shelter, such as canned dog or cat food, paper towels, gallons of bleach, old towels or blankets, etc. Pets may not attend.

When the two companies teamed up in April to host the first Pints for Paws, they raised $1,057.37 for the humane society. The owners said they hope to top that number.

For more information, call Trackside at 594-7500 or Loyal Biscuit at 594-5269.

Museum talk

The Sail, Power and Steam Museum will present a talk by Captains Rick and Karen Miles at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, speaking about their ship, Wanderbird, and their cruises to Greenland, Labrador and Newfoundland.

Wanderbird is a North Sea fishing trawler converted to a comfortable long-range expedition trawler. The stout refitted vessel is the culmination of the captains’ more than 40 years of combined experience as professional mariners.

Coffee and conversation will take place at 6:30 p.m. The event is free, but donations are appreciated.

For more information, call 596-0200, email ssmuseum@midcoast.com or visit http://www.sailpowerandsteammuseum.org.


Open House

Coastal Mountains Land Trust invites the community to its final open house of the season 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at Beech Hill.

Land Trust volunteers will open Beech Nut, the historic stone house at the summit, and provide guests with information about the history and management of the preserve. This is the last in a series of open houses held at Beech Nut from spring to fall. The open house also concludes Beech Hill festivities celebrating the 25th anniversary of the trust. Open house events will resume next May.

For more information on the Land Trust, visit http://www.www.coastalmountains.org or call 236-7091.


Searsport Historical Society

The Searsport Historical Society was given a $1,000 donation with the stipulation that its raise an additional $1,000 in a month. The money is to go to the Barn Project. If anyone has been considering making a donation or would just like to support the society, call Karen Kelley at 548-2947 for a pledge form, or send your donation to: Searsport Historical Society, P.O. Box 28, Searsport, ME 04974.

Stockton Springs

Gospel concert

Gospel music band Ernie Couch and Revival of Nashville, Tenn., will be in concert at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, at the Stockton Springs Community Church.

The Steeple Fund chowder supper will be served 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the community building, followed by a free professional gospel concert. The cost of the supper $7, $3 children under 10. The concert is free but donations will be accepted for the musicians.

Ernie Couch and Revival performs their music in a unique blend of styles. The band is well known across the United States and Canada for its high-energy brand of live music. The band has traveled the road for more than a decade and has recorded on their own and with such greats as: Jake Hess, George Jones, James Blackwood, Boots Randolph, George Beverly Shea and Petra.

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