MOFGA communications

The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association is hosting a workshop on nonviolent communication from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St.

The workshop, “Growing Peace Within Me & the World,” will teach participants how to create more connection in daily communication; how to listen with empathy, and how to express themselves authentically and clearly. Participants also will learn to release judgments of themselves and others and to speak more authentically from the heart.

Organizers are asking for a donation to participate. Proceeds will support MOFGA’s El Salvador Sistering Project. To register, go to www.opencommunication.org.


Gay community, police meet

The Portland Police Department will host a forum on Thursday with the city’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community to discuss safety concerns and how the department can improve its relationship with the gay community.

The forum will be held at 6 p.m. at the University of Southern Maine’s Abromson Community Education Center. For more information, call 874-8601.


Talk on disease in Greece

Jennifer Clarke Kosak, associate professor and chair of classics at Bowdoin College, will give a talk on Monday on “Balance: The Narrative of Health and Disease in Ancient Greece.”

The seminar will be held at 6 p.m. at the University of New England WCHP Lecture Hall. A reception will be held at 5 p.m. at UNE’s Art Gallery.

The seminar is free and open to the public. For more information, go to www.une.edu.


Chili challenge for garden

The Windham Community Garden is holding its first annual Great Chili Challenge from 2 to 7 p.m. Feb. 5 at the North Windham Union Church, Route 302.

The cost to enter the contest is $15. All proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit the Windham Community Garden, which grows produce to donate to the Windham Food Pantry.

The cost to attend the event is $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under.

To enter the contest, call 892-7192.


Bulk seed order event

The Alan Day Community Garden will hold a meeting for interested program participants and a bulk seed order event from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday at the Unitarian Universalist Church.

Organizers of the community garden project will be on hand to meet with attendees. For more details, call Ken at 739-6222, Rocky at 717-497-0625 or Katey at 743-2423.