Land trust benefit auction

BOOTHBAY HARBOR, Maine — Kaja Veilleux and John D. Bottero of Thomaston Place Auction Galleries will serve as auctioneers at Boothbay Region Land Trust 2011 Points of View Art Auction Benefit 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, at the Linekin Bay Resort.

An Art Preview free of charge to the general public will be held 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, through Sunday, Aug. 7, at the Boothbay Harbor Town Hall. Participating artists will be on hand at the Art Preview 1-3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5, to talk about their art and answer questions related to their work. Auction catalogs will be available at the Art Preview as well as registration forms for phone and absentee bids.

Although the Aug. 11 auction is sold out, contact the trust at 633-4818 or for more information about the art preview, phone and absentee bids. Auction proceeds benefit the trust’s conservation work.

Runs kick off bicentennial

WASHINGTON, Maine — The Washington 5K run and 1-mile fun run will open the Washington Bicentennial celebration on Aug. 6. The races start at 8 a.m., with registration beginning at 7 a.m. at Prescott Memorial School on Route 220 just south of Washington Village. The 5K race sets out from Prescott Memorial School, curves through the village, up Bill Luce Road and back. This is a hilly course of moderate difficulty. The 1-mile fun run starts at Prescott Memorial School, circles down around the village monument and back to the school.

Trophies will be awarded to winners in all age categories in the 5K race. The first three finishers in the fun run also will receive a prize.

The entry fee of $15 per person, with a $30 maximum per family, and includes a T-shirt and commemorative bicentennial button. A raffle will be held after the race. Participants are invited to stay in town for the bicentennial parade, which begins at 10 a.m. and festivities at Medomak Camp, which start at noon and continue until the fireworks at dark, around 9 p.m.

Proceeds from the race will benefit the Washington Community Scholarship Fund and the Washington Recreation Committee. For more information, contact Steve Ocean at 845-2256 or

Hog Island lobster bake

BREMEN, Maine — The Mid-Coast Audubon Society, based in Rockland, will hold its 2011 annual meeting and traditional Maine Lobster Bake on Saturday, Aug. 13, on the shores of Hog Island. Chapter members and their guests are welcome.

The $40 fee includes transportation to the island aboard the Snow Goose; a guided or unguided nature walk on Hog Island; lobster, clams or mussels if clams are unavailable, potato, onion, and ear of corn, all cooked on the beach under seaweed in the traditional manner. Lemonade, coffee and dessert will finish the meal. Children’s tickets are $20 each.

The boat will leave Bremen at 10:30 a.m., and leave Hog Island at 3:30 p.m. after lunch and the meeting. Preregistration is required. Call Carolyn Gray at 563-3578 or email for more information.

Maine Butterfly Survey

ALNA, Maine — Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s Dr. Phillip deMaynadier will shares his Butterfly Survey work 9 a.m.-noon Tuesday, Aug. 9, at 547 Egypt Road, followed by a walk at nearby Hidden Valley Nature Center.

With at least 118 species native to Maine, butterflies contribute a colorful and conspicuous component to the state’s biological diversity. Butterflies play an important ecological role in terrestrial and wetland ecosystems by serving as pollinators of many wildflowers and as prey to larger species ranging from dragonflies to neotropical migrant birds.

By marshaling the efforts of professional and citizen scientists from across Maine, the five-year statewide butterfly atlas is designed to provide a significant increase in knowledge on the status and distribution of the state’s butterfly fauna, as well as geographic priorities for its conservation.

Suggested donation to attend the talk is $5. Make reservations at or 586-6752.