On Monday, Nov. 8, the Badger Café, located on the Common in Union, will host a fundraising dinner in support of Masons on a Mission.

The five-course beer dinner will pair foods from the regions of Guatemala and Mexico with beers from around the world. Cost for each seat at the table is $75 plus gratuity, and The Badger Café will donate one third of the evening’s proceeds in support of the work of Masons on a Mission. Space is limited and reservations are required.

A representative of the Mason’s program will be on hand during the dinner to discuss the significant work of this great organization. In addition to this fundraiser, chef and proprietor Michael Greer of the Badger Café will travel to Guatemala for two weeks in February of 2011 with other members of the Midcoast community to volunteer with Masons on a Mission.

Each year at their own expense and with no monetary compensation, volunteers fly to Guatemala to build and to assist in the building of efficient wood burning brick cook stoves for indigenous Mayan peoples. The goal of Masons on a Mission is to mobilize North American masons and other interested individuals to build safe masonry cook stoves for impoverished Maya in Central America, and to train the locals in cook stove construction in order to improve public health in the region. Volunteers work together and with local Mayan men and women to replace what are known as three-stone fires with hand-built masonry cook stoves, known locally as estufas, or la plancha.

To reserve space for the beer dinner, please contact the Badger Café at 785-3336. For more information about Masons on a Mission, visit the Web site: www.midcoast.com/masonsonamission.