Penobscot School, 28 Gay St., will host an authentic Guatemalan meal to benefit Team MidCoast Interact Thursday, Jan. 14, at 6 p.m. Team MidCoast Interact will be in Safe Passage in Guatemala City, Guatemala, from Feb. 26 through March 6,.

A primary goal for the trip is connecting teens from the Midcoast with children and families in the Safe Passage community in Guatemala. The team also hopes to inspire more young people to organize service-learning trips by crossing borders and seeing the world through a different lens.

Safe Passage,, is a nonprofit organization working in Guatemala City to help the children and families living in extreme poverty around the city's garbage dump. Its program serves approximately 600 children, ranging in age from 2 to 21 years, and 100 mothers coming from nearly 300 families in the surrounding neighborhoods.

MidCoast Interact Club,, is a nonprofit, non-political, community-based service club for high school students that is co-sponsored by West Bay Rotary and Camden Rotary.

Local foodie Louise MacLellan-Ruf will work with Team MidCoast Interact to prepare this authentic meal. On the menu for the evening is a typical Guatemalan dish, chicken pepian, rice with black beans, salad, bread, flan and beverage. Attendees may bid on two baskets filled with goods donated by local businesses. Drawings for two larger prizes, “Rockport Roofline,” a painting by local artist Tim Lawson valued at $750, and a handcrafted necklace by Etienne Perret valued at $250, will also be held. Raffle tickets will be available for purchase until the time of the drawing.

Required reservations are $35 per person and may be made by contacting Penobscot School at 594-1084 or by emailing