Benefit dinner for Dana Hathorne

WARREN — A spaghetti dinner and raffle to benefit Dana Hathorne will be held Saturday, Feb. 13 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Warren Odd Fellows Hall at Route 1 and Route 90. Hathorne is undergoing treatment for melanoma. Tickets cost $7 per person or $15 for a family. Children under 10 are free. Dinner will include spaghetti with sauce, salad, garlic bread and strawberry shortcake. Raffle tickets can be purchased at the door. All proceeds will go directly to the Hathorne family.

Census workers needed

WALDOBORO — The U.S. Census Bureau is hiring census workers for the 2010 count. To schedule a testing time, call 207-203-1020 or 866-861-2010. Applicants should take two forms of identification: a driver’s license and a Social Security card or a birth certificate.

Maine Army National Guard promotion

AUGUSTA — Major Gen. John W. Libby of the Maine National Guard announced the promotion of Matthew Rogers of Rockport to staff sergeant in Detachment 1, 152D Maintenance Company. Rogers, a Maine Army National Guard soldier, was promoted to his rank in December.

Meet the new Waldoboro library director

WALDOBORO — The Waldoboro Public Library Board of Trustees will host a reception for the library’s new director, Tim McFadden, on Saturday, Feb. 6 from 10 a.m. to noon. Refreshments will be served. The trustees encourage everyone to visit the library and participate in the silent auction.

Thomaston Senior Citizens

THOMASTON — The Thomaston Senior Citizens will meet at the Thomaston Federated Church, 8 Hyler St., on Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 1 p.m. Jackie Harjula will lead the group in some games of beano and bingo. Please bring two inexpensive prizes per person in a brown paper bag. Refreshments will be served. All 55 and older are welcome. Free. For more information call 354-6511.

Community supported fishery at First Universalist Church

ROCKLAND — The women’s group of the First Universalist Church on Wednesday, Feb. 10 will welcome Jessica Libby from the Midcoast Fisherman’s Co-op to discuss the community supported fishery that she coordinates. Libby is a member of a prominent Port Clyde fishing family, and if the weather that day is bad for fishing her brother Justin or her father, Glenn, may accompany her to speak to the Tonian Circle. The group gathers for a brown-bag lunch at noon, and has asked the speaker to begin at 12:30 p.m. Anyone who is interested in the CSF, which was started with the cooperation of the church, is welcome to attend. Call either president, Audrey Moody at 236-9058 or Sue Crane at 594-8464, so the group can arrange enough seating. For more information call the church at 594-8750. The First Universalist Church is located at 354 Broadway in Rockland; it is ground-level accessible.

Monthly meeting of William Brazier American Legion Post

THOMASTON — The monthly meeting of the William Brazier American Legion Post 37 and Auxiliary of Thomaston will be held Thursday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. at the Legion Hall. All members are welcome.

Valentine’s dance for Trekkers

ROCKLAND — The parents of 11th-grade Trekkers will host a Valentine’s dance at the Rockland Elks Club on Saturday, Feb. 13, and everyone (age 21 and older) is invited to join them for an evening out. The classic rock ‘n’ roll band Mid Life Crisis will perform. Tickets are $15 per person and are available at the Trekkers office, Thomaston Grocery, Camden National Bank in Rockland, or from Kim Simmons at 372-8539. The social hour will be from 7 to 8 p.m. and dancing will be from 8 p.m. to midnight. Light refreshments and a cash bar will be available.

Mid-Coast Regional Planning Commission

UNION — The Mid-Coast Regional Planning Commission Annual Meeting will be held Thursday, April 22 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Union Town Office, 567 Common Road. There will be a buffet dinner and presentations, including Upgrading Electrical Infrastructure – the Maine Power Reliability Program by John Carroll, Central Maine Power’s public affairs manager; and Geothermal Heating Options and Energy Efficient Housing Rehabilitation by architect George B. Terrien. For more information and to register, contact Eric Galant at midcoastplanning.org, mcrpc@midcoast.com or 594-2299.

Free introductory tai ji class

CAMDEN — A free introductory tai ji class will be given Sunday, Feb. 14 at 10 a.m. at High Mountain Hall, 5 Mountain St. in Camden. The art of tai ji or tai chi includes low-impact healthful exercise, meditation, balance training, connection and awareness. Priyadarshi will teach and demonstrate with assistance from his regular students. For more information call the Arts of Living Learning Center at 623-2180. The High Mountain Hall schedule information is available at highmountainhall.com.

February programs at Aldermere Farm

ROCKPORT — Aldermere Farm will offer free programs during February break, Feb. 16-19, from 9 a.m. to noon. Youths ages 9-12 can take part in snowshoeing, fort building, scavenger hunts and capture the flag, and compete in the Aldermere Winter Games for the Beltie Cup. Outside activities will be followed by a warming beverage and snack inside, where fun new games, puzzles and crafts will fill the later part of the morning. Participants can sign up for the week or just for a day; youths need to be dressed appropriately for winter weather. To register contact Aldermere Farm at 236-2739 or bcarter@mcht.org.

Aldermere Farm will offer a cold frame building workshop Thursday, Feb. 25 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the farm barn, 20 Russell Ave. in Rockport. The workshop will cover different cold frame designs, and attendees will assemble one. The group will also discuss what to plant in a cold frame and when to do it. To register call 236-2739 or e-mail jbeach@mcht.org.

Aktion Club meeting

ROCKLAND — An Aktion Club meeting, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Rockland, will be held Wednesday, Feb. 10 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Stella Maris House, 148 Broadway in Rockland. Aktion Club is a community service organization for disabled adults. This will be the first organizational meeting with prospective new members. There will be light refreshments. The meeting is open to the public. For more information call Gordon Page at 542-4452.

Medicare for Everyone Clinics

ROCKLAND — Spectrum Generations, 61 Park St. in Rockland, will host free Medicare for Everyone Clinics on Thursday, Feb. 11 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Wednesday, Feb. 24 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. For more information or to register call 596-0339.

CONA program on Hawaiian sovereignty movement

 

DAMARISCOTTA — When most people think of Hawaii, they think of beautiful beaches, lush tropical forests, volcanic peaks and hula dancers. Few know the political history of the islands, its struggle for sovereignty past and present.

 

Jon Olsen, a resident of Jefferson and former 36-year resident of Hawaii, will present a talk, accompanied by music and some video clips, of this struggle in which he has taken a passionate interest and is writing a history. The program will be at Skidompha Library’s Porter Meeting Hall in Damariscotta on Thursday, Feb. 11 at 2 p.m.

 

“What are Hawaiians doing to regain their rightful sovereignty? This is not just ‘old’ history set in stone, but is very much a live issue in Hawaii today,” Olsen said. “It is about regaining independent status as a nation that was widely recognized as such in the 19th century.”

 

The free program is sponsored by Citizens Offering New Alternatives, a Damariscotta-based organization dedicated to presenting public forums on issues of peace and social and environmental justice. For more information, call 549-3869.

Lincoln County Historical Association announces Winter Lecture Series

WISCASSET — The Lincoln County Historical Association will present its annual Winter Lecture Series beginning Sunday, Feb. 7. The lectures are held at 2 p.m. in the 911 Communications Center located behind the Lincoln County Courthouse in Wiscasset. Admission is free.

“This year we celebrate 250 years of existence of our Lincoln County,” said Jay Robbins, executive director of LCHA. “As a whole, we are a geographic region of special people and special places. This year’s lectures will each address a subject that is countywide in scope. We hope to create excitement about this place we live and to give you cause for joining in the celebration.”

• Feb. 7, Les Fossel, an authority on Maine’s 18th-century structures, will discuss “Early Meetinghouses and Churches of Lincoln County.”

• Feb. 14: Robbins will give “A History of 250 Years of Lincoln County and The Shiretown of Pownalborough.”

• Feb. 21: Dave Martucci of Washington, the state’s noted vexillologist, will speak about “Flags, Seals and Symbols of Governmental Authority in Maine and Lincoln County.”

• Feb. 28: Earle Shettleworth, Maine’s state historian and director of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, will deliver an illustrated lecture titled “Lincoln County a Century Ago, as Seen through Real Photo Post Cards of the Time.”

For more information visit lincolncountyhistory.org. For schedule changes due to inclement weather, call 737-2239 after 10:30 a.m. on the day of the lecture.