Silent auction for Special Olympics

CAMDEN — The Camden branch of TD Bank, located on Route 1 at 89 Elm St., is having a silent auction and raffle to raise money for Special Olympics. There are 10 beautifully framed prints available for bidding starting at $30. The branch is also having a raffle for items from local businesses. The prizes include a lobster dinner for two, a manicure/pedicure, a mini golf pack, laundry wash and fold, or gift certificates for food or merchandise. The tickets are $1 each or six for $5. All proceeds are going directly to Special Olympics to help support local athletes. Bid or buy raffle tickets at TD Bank Monday to Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., or Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Warren Historical Society

WARREN — June Ranta Wilcox and Steve Gifford will present their program titled “Maine Finns and Blueberries in the Mid-Coast” at the Warren Historical Society on Tuesday, Aug. 3. Topics to be included will be the Finnish American blueberry farmers, memories of those involved in the blueberry business, blueberry history in the Midcoast, the canneries in the area, and the blueberry co-op in West Rockport. The focus will be the time period from the 1920s to the 1970s.

Gifford and Wilcox are retired teachers and have prepared and presented summer exhibits at the Finnish Heritage House ( in South Thomaston since 2006. Both grew up in Rockland and attended functions in the Finnish American community. Wilcox’s parents, Helmi and Jalo Ranta, were both Finnish Americans and their home was a gathering place for Finns and their English friends for 40 years. Take a favorite Finnish or blueberry dish to a potluck at 6 p.m. at the Dr. Campbell House, 225 Main St. in Warren. The program will follow at 7 p.m. For more information call 273-2726.

Maine Society of Mayflower Descendants

BANGOR — The Maine Society of Mayflower Descendants, founded in 1901, will hold their summer meeting, led by Gov. Lynde C. Randall, on Saturday, Aug. 7 at the Ramada Inn, 357 Odin Road in Bangor. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. The luncheon begins at noon. Reservations for the luncheon must be received by July 31 and may be sent to Virginia Link, 17 Mildred St., South Portland, ME 04108; call 799-3952 with reservation questions. The cost of the luncheon is $20 for broiled haddock, grilled teriyaki chicken or mesquite sirloin tips. Checks may be made payable to the Maine Mayflower Society. No tickets will be sold at the door. The guest speaker will be Judith H. Swan, governor general of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants.

Grants available for historic preservation projects

ELLSWORTH — The Maine Community Foundation in partnership with the Maine Historic Preservation Commission’s New Century Grant Program is seeking proposals to its Belvedere Fund for Historic Preservation. Grant awards up to $25,000 are available for the preservation and reuse of historic buildings in rural areas that serve as civic, cultural or economic hubs for communities. The next application deadline is Sept. 15. For more information, guidelines and an application, visit the “For Nonprofits” section at

Lake Keepers Camp

Lake Keepers Camp has several openings for Lake St. George area youth entering fourth, fifth or sixth grades. The Citizens Association of Liberty Lakes is offering a free program Aug. 2 to Aug. 5 from 9 a.m. to noon at Lake St. George State Park and Friday, Aug. 6 from 9 to 11 a.m. aboard the Melinda Ann, the Maine Lakes Conservatory’s 30-foot pontoon boat. Educators from the Department of Environmental Protection and trained CALL volunteers will conduct the land-based, hands-on (and fun!) activities covering watersheds, erosion prevention, invasive plants and fishing from the shore. For registration and information, call Pat Smith at 589-4039 or pick up an application at the Liberty Town Office.

Rockland Farmers Market

ROCKLAND — On Aug. 12, the Rockland Farmers Market will relocate to Redlon and Johnson, 65 Tilson Ave. in Rockland. Stop by to do grocery shopping and enjoy many of the foods that make late summer a great time to live in Maine. Look for beans, squash, tomatoes, cucumbers, fresh fish and cheese, as well as the omnipresent, ever welcome homemade ice cream, breads, pastries and exquisite chocolates.

Look for fun events at the market, like live music and kids’ story time arranged by the Rockland Public Library. For more information about market vendors and events, visit