Williams-Brazier to host baked bean supper Aug. 21

THOMASTON — The Williams-Brazier Post 37 invites the public to its baked bean supper at 10 Watts Lane Aug. 21. Dine-in services will be available; Post 37 will provide a to-go meal to guests that wish to enjoy a meal at home.

Serving starts at 5 p.m. Each meal is $10, and includes baked beans, hot dogs, coleslaw, American chop suey, a roll, sweet and sour pickles, coffee and dessert.

Reservations can be made by calling 790-2204. If the call is not picked up, an answering machine will activate. Leave a name and how many meals you wish to pick up. Reservations may also be made for parties of six or more.

Masks are not required but, in the growing numbers of the Delta variant, Post 37 asks guests to consider wearing them when not eating. As a precaution, there will be a sign-in sheet as you enter the Post, for all to sign.

Kanes to presents how Maine women got the vote at Cushing Public Library Aug. 26

CUSHING — Maine women received the right to vote after decades of organizing and effort, beginning in the mid-nineteenth century.

Dr. Candace Kanes will tell that story in “Thousands of Voices: Seeking the Vote for Maine Women” from the Cushing Public Library Thursday, Aug. 26, at 6:30 p.m.

The Zoom program is free. To register, call Wendy Roberts at 691-0833 or email wrobertsmaine63@gmail.com.

Although this movement was nationwide, Kanes will highlight local “voices,” including Ann F. Jarvis Greeley of Ellsworth, whose 1855 lecture series featured Susan B. Anthony, and Rockland’s Snow sisters, who started Maine’s first Equal Rights group in Rockland in 1866.

Laura Nutt of Pembroke and Hannah Johnston Bailey were two other Mainers who actively promoted suffrage, despite continued rejection in the legislature and defeat in a 1917 referendum. The presentation will explore legal issues as well as perceptions about women’s “appropriate” roles, and how those ideas changed during the decades of effort.

A former newspaper reporter and editor, Kanes is a scholar of American history. In addition to teaching history at several state colleges, she is the curator of Maine Memory Network at the Maine Historical Society. She organized an exhibition at the Maine State Museum in Augusta.

Free defense class offered for children Aug. 28

WARREN — The Midcoast Athletics Center in Warren now offers a Martial Arts Club, which will present a free “Bully Defense Class” Aug. 28 for children ages 5-14, with guest speaker Andrew Lesmerises.

The program is aimed at teaching strategies for identifying and dealing with bullying behavior and how to “buddy” rather than “bully” others.

This is a contact-free class; parents are encouraged to stay for the presentation. Topics to be covered include what bullying is and why people do it; internal and external awareness skills; avoidance and effective boundary setting; and what to do if you see someone being bullied.

Pre-registration is required. Sign up online at macsports.as.me/MartialArts.