“Wine Tasting,” 5 to 7 p.m., with Amy Barriault of Central Distributors; presented by the Women in Family Business Affinity Group and held at McKernan Hospitality Center, Southern Maine Community College, Fort Road, South Portland. Register at or contact Gina at 798-2667. The fee is $25 for members and $50 for others.

Solid Waste Management Planning, 6 to 7:30 p.m., public meeting for Lincoln and Knox counties and the towns of Belmont, Lincolnville, Northport and Searsmont in Waldo County presented by Midcoast Economic Development District which is conducting a USDA funded solid waste study to develop recommendations for efficiencies and compile a regional inventory of solid waste activities and assets. The meeting will be held at the Damariscotta Town Office. For more information, email: [email protected] or call 370-6045.

Annual awards dinner, starting at 5 p.m., Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce’s recognition of individuals and businesses. Held at Bangor Civic Center. Tickets are $65 per person. Email [email protected] to register.


Brunswick Downtown Association annual meeting and awards, 7:30 to 9 a.m., featuring Dr. Barry Mills, president of Bowdoin College. The meeting is open to the public and will be held at The Inn at Brunswick Station. Pre-registration is required. The cost for the breakfast is $20 per person and $15 per person for groups of four or more. For details and registration, call 729-4439 or go to

Annual Real Estate Forecast Conference and Member Showcase, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., presented by Maine Real Estate and Development Association (MEREDA) with several guest speakers including George Gervais, commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development, and, Dr. Charles Colgan, an economist with the Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service at University of Southern Maine. The event is at Holiday Inn By the Bay, Spring Street, Portland. For more information or to register, go to

“Basics of Buying and Selling A Business,” 2 to 5 p.m., at SCORE Offices, 100 Middle St., Portland. The cost is $35 with online registration. For more details or to register visit or call 772-1147 weekday mornings.

“Internet and Revolution,” 7 to 8:30 p.m., Camden Conference program with professor Paul Holman, who will talk about technology and its effects on the so-called “Arab Spring.” The program is free and open to the public at Camden Public Library. For more information visit or call 236-1034.


“Launch or Grow: Small Business Success Conference,” 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., at Southern Maine Community College, South Portland campus. Featured are several local business experts with specific tracks for entrepreneurs who want to start a small business and for those planning to grow their existing enterprise. The cost is $50; $25 for SMCC students/alumni. Scholarships are available. To register, call Peggy Fleury at 741-5758. Visit for the full agenda and for more information.

Coming up

First-Time Homebuyer seminars: Feb. 4, 8, 11 and 13, at Mt. Ararat High School, Topsham, registration deadline Jan. 29; also Feb. 9 and 16 at Money Management International in South Portland. Pre-registration is required by Jan. 25. Another session will be held at Money Management International on March 9 and 16, with a registration deadline of March 1. Courses are approved and the cost is $30 per person or $50 per couple. Register at or call Coastal Enterprises Inc. at 882-5177.