HOLDEN, Maine — Fields Pond Audubon Center presents “Identifying Maine Mushrooms: An Introductory Class on Wild Mushrooms” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at the center in Holden. Focus on identifying mushrooms and information about medicinal mushrooms, cooking tips (with samples in the kitchen), collection basics and ethics and more. Bring in examples for identification, lunch and dress appropriately for a hike in the woods. Cost is $40 members, $45 nonmembers. Advance registration and payment required by calling 989-2591.
School board meeting in Carmel
CARMEL, Maine — The RSU 87-SAD 23 board will hold a regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, at Carmel Elementary School in Carmel.
For more information, call 848-5173, ext. 14, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Grandfamily yard sale in Bangor
BANGOR, Maine — A Grandfamily yard sale will be held 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5, and Saturday, Aug. 6, at 65 Bolling Drive. Proceeds benefit the Pay It Forward Fund at Families And Children Together. The sale includes furniture, clothing and toys.
Brewer thrift shop proceeds for scholarships
BREWER, Maine — The Shoestring Thrift Shop is open 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 10 Brimmer St. off South Main Street. Proceeds benefit scholarships. For more information, call 745-7208.
Fields Pond Audubon Center offers photography workshop
HOLDEN, Maine — Fields Pond Audubon Center will present “From Camera to Print — Secrets of the Pros Photography Workshop” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, at the center in Holden.
Learn what it takes to go from photo to art with professional photographer Andy Anderson who will share techniques common to most photo processing software and also some “secret” tricks of the trade. A basic working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop or Elements recommended but not required. Bring a few photos on a card and lunch.
Cost is $35 members, $40 nonmembers. Advance registration and payment required by calling 989-2591.
Kennel’s calendar to benefit food bank
BANGOR, Maine — Green Acres Kennel’s first calendar will showcase a recent photo and art contest. The calendar’s cost is $16, and profits will be donated to the Eastern Area Agency on Aging Furry Friends Food Bank. Pre-order by Aug. 10 to list one chosen entry — pet’s birthday, a memorial day, etc. Additional listings are $2 each.
To pre-order a calendar, visit the kennel at 1653 Union St. or call 945-6841.
Valley Grange to share Italian Buffet
GUILFORD, Maine — Valley Grange and Penquis Smart Starts for Students will hold an Italian Buffet, 5-7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, at Valley Grange on the corner of Guilford Center Road and Butter Street. Salad bar and all-you-can-eat for a suggested donation of $6, $3 for children 5-12 and free for children under 5. Proceeds benefit the Smart Starts Project. Call 876-4131 for more information.
Veterans Service officer available in Lincoln
LINCOLN, Maine — Veterans Service Officer Don Dare will be available 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4 and Aug. 18, at the Lincoln Outreach Clinic, 99 River Road in Lincoln. Dare will assist veterans, widows and dependent children applying for state and federal benefits.
Fields Pond to offer moonlit canoe trip
HOLDEN, Maine — Fields Pond Audubon Center will have Moonlight Canoeing at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, at the center in Holden.
Payment will be refunded for cancellation in case of heavy rain or thunder. Cost is $5 per person with canoe or kayak, $10 per rental canoe with life jacket and paddles. For advance registration and payment, call 989-2591.
Winners announced in essay contest
SKOWHEGAN, Maine — The Margaret Chase Smith Library has announced the winners of its 15th annual essay contest, its theme being stewardship of the environment. First prize of $500 went to Zoe Anderson of Medomak Valley High School in Waldoboro. Anderson will attend College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, where she intends to study human ecology. Her career aspiration is to become a veterinarian, specializing in large animals. Her most important life goal “is to help others form a connection with this beautiful planet, so they will be willing to change their habits in favor of its future.”
The recipient of the $250 award for second place was Ali Clift from Bonny Eagle High School in Standish. Clift will continue her education at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Fla. She plans to double major in marine science and environmental studies. Clift also believes humans need to moderate their habits for the good of the planet, saying, “it is the small, day to day changes in habit that we must decide to make in order for our home in the universe to be around for the next day, week, year, millennium.”
Third place and $125 were presented to Allaina Murphy of St. Dominic Regional High School in Auburn. Murphy is bound for Bates College in Lewiston, where she will play basketball and study political science and English. Her approach to stewardship is that “problem-solving cannot be left entirely to the governmental experts; it is the responsibility of the population as a whole to protect the environment” through measures such as recycling.
The library awarded five honorable-mention prizes of $25 along with a book about Sen. Smith to: Devyn Bell from Dexter Regional High School, Joe Bosse of St. Dominic Regional High School, Sarabeth George from Bonny Eagle High School, Krysta Moulton of Madison Area Memorial High School and Kaity Richard from Acadia Christian School in Trenton.
The theme for the 2012 Margaret Chase Smith Essay Contest will be announced in late fall of 2011. For further information, contact David Richards at email@example.com or 474-7133.