Monday

“Does America (Still) Need Unions?” 6 p.m. lecture by Robert Zieger from the University of Florida, at the WCHP Lecture Hall, University of New England, Portland campus. Reception will follow and the event is free and open to the public. For details, go to www.une.edu/cgh/lectures.

Tuesday

Christian Leaders in Maine Business meeting, 7:15 to 9 a.m., with Greg Sidders, author and pastor of White Pine Community Church, at Keeley the Katerer, 178 Warren Ave., Portland. 

Seasoned Worker Forum, 9 a.m. to noon, free program for older workers at Hampton Inn, 425 Kennedy Memorial Drive, Waterville. For more information, news and updates, visit www.seasonedworkforce.com

“Growing Sustainability in Maine: Food, Technology and Green Building,” 7:45 a.m. to noon, hosted by Maine Businesses for Sustainability at the Portland Regency Hotel. The cost is $25 for MBS members and $45 for nonmembers. To register, visit: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/865086497 

“Starting Your Own Business: Everything you need to know,” 6 to 9 p.m., SCORE offices, 100 Middle St., second floor, East Tower, Portland. There is a nominal charge. For more information or to register, call 772-1147 or visit: www.scoremaine.com

Tedford Housing, annual meeting with awards, 4 to 6:30 p.m. at Moulton Union, Bowdoin College, Brunswick. Open to the public. A donation of $20 is suggested. To attend, contact Kristin Melville at 729-1161, ext. 101.

Wednesday

Maine Real Estate and Development Association breakfast seminar on Lewiston’s affordable housing progress, 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Hilton Garden Inn, 14 Great Falls Plaza, Auburn. To register, go to www.mereda.org. $35 per person. 

Maine Heritage Policy Center presents Scott Rasmussen, founder and president of Rasmussen Reports, starting at 11:15 a.m. at Portland Marriott at Sable Oaks, South Portland. Space is limited. To register online, go to: https://app.etapestry.com/hosted/MaineHeritagePolicy Center/Registration.html or call Amanda Clark at 321-2550. 

“Achieving Home Energy Savings,” 6:30 p.m., with Tom Boothby from Efficiency Maine’s Home Energy Savings Program at Lithgow Public Library in Augusta. The program is free and open to the public. Visit www.efficiencymaine.com for more information. 

“Practical Green for Small Business: Managing the Squeeze on Time, Money, and Values,” 8:30 to 11 a.m. at Coastal Enterprises, Inc., Haggett Building, 36 Water St., Wiscasset. Free and open to the public but registration is required. Call Elizabeth Speck 882-7552, ext. 167. 

Invention 2 Venture, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., conference with basic and advanced workshops and featuring keynote speaker David Kappos, director of the Patent and Trademark Office, Washington, D.C., at Black Bear Inn Conference Center and Suites, Orono. The cost is $10 for students, $25 for faculty members and staff, and $50 for others. For details or to register online, visit http://www.invention2venture.org/maine2010/

Thursday

Pine Tree Council, Boy Scouts of America 33rd annual Distinguished Citizen Award dinner with keynote speaker, Olympic snowboarder Seth Wescott. Bob Harmon, president and CEO of Norway Savings Bank, is the award recipient, 5:45 p.m. at Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland. For details, contact: Bryan Thomas, Pine Tree Council, BSA at 797-5252, ext. 25 or e-mail: [email protected]

Friday

“Stirring it Up: How to Make Money and Save the World,” starting at 9 a.m., Time Warner Cable Business Class Speaker Series with Gary Hirshberg, president of Stonyfield Farm, at Portland Regency Hotel; 20 Milk St., Portland. This event is free. For more information or to register, visit www.twcbc.com/northeast or call 518-640-8405.

Saturday

“Progress and Challenges of Small-Scale Tidal Power,” 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., conference with keynote speaker Ann Miles, director of the division of hydropower licensing, Office of Energy Projects, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Held at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine. Pre-registration is required and the cost is $25 per person. Students may attend free with pre-registration. To learn more or to register, contact Rick Armstrong, executive director of TEDEC, at [email protected] or at 326-2186.

Upcoming

Legal Implications of Worker Misclassification, 5 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Augusta CareerCenter, to assist Maine businesses and workers with the independent contractor hiring laws. For more information or to report tips anonymously, visit the worker misclassification website at www.maine.gov/labor/misclass

Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority, annual meeting and dinner starting at 4 p.m. Nov. 16 at Hilton Garden Inn, 5 Park St., Freeport. The cost is $45 per person. Contact Kathy Paradis at 798-6512 or visit www.mrra.us for more information. 

“Brand for Breakfast: Go Brand Yourself,” 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., workshop on Nov. 19 presented by Dr. John Tantillo, “The Marketing Doctor” and author of “People Buy Brands, Not Companies.” Sponsored by the Association for Consulting Expertise and held at Portland Country Club, Falmouth. The event includes networking and continental breakfast. The cost is $75; $50 if registered by Wednesday. Registration is required in advance by visiting www.consultexpertise.com. For more information, call (800) 464-5043 or e-mail: [email protected] consultexpertise.com. 

Continuing education workshop for certified public accountants, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 18. Presenters include hands-on practitioners. Harold Alfond Hall, St. Joseph’s College, 278 Whites Bridge Road, Standish. To register or for more information, visit http://online.sjcme.edu/cpa or call 800-752-4723. The fee is $99 and includes refreshment and lunch.