“The Origins of America’s Cultural Soft Power and What It Means for the Twenty-First Century,” 1 p.m., a Camden Conference Community Event program with the Farnsworth Museum’s director of education, Roger Dell. Strand Theatre, Rockland.


“Brazil: Emerging Economic and Political Power,” 7 to 9 a.m., part of the International Breakfast Series presented by World Affairs Council of Maine and Maine International Trade Center. Portland Country Club, 11 Foreside Road, Falmouth. The cost is $25 for members of either organization and $35 for non-members. Space is limited. Visit or call 221-4386 for registration.

“Breakfast with Charlie,” 7 a.m., with USM Muskie School Professor Charles Colgan and featuring his economic forecast for 2012. Held at University of Southern Maine, Hannaford Lecture Hall, Bedford Street, Portland. Free parking is available in the attached garage. The event is free and open to the public but reservations are required. Visit or call 780-4714.

CLIMB, Christian Leaders in Maine Business, 7:15 to 9 a.m., with guest speaker, Cheryl Poulopoulos, director of Seaside Pavilion Ministries in Old Orchard Beach. Italian Heritage Center, 40 Westland Ave., Portland.

Preparing Your Presentation and Interviewing Skills, 9 to 11 a.m., with Tom Macisso, president of York County Toastmasters. York County CareerCenter, 9 Bodwell Court, Springvale. To register or for more information, call 324-5460 or 1- 800-343-0151 or visit

“Starting Your Own Business: Everything you need to know,” 2 to 5 p.m. at SCORE Offices, 100 Middle St., Second Floor, East Tower, Portland. The cost is $35 with online registration. For more information and reservations go to or call 772-1147.

“The Collapse of the Soviet Union and Its Implications for the U.S.,” 7 p.m., part of the Camden Conference Community Events Series with former foreign service officer, Louis Sell. Penobscot School, Rockland. The event is free and open to all.

Tuesday through Thursday

71st annual Maine Agricultural Trades Show at the Augusta Civic Center, with exhibits, vendors, lectures and workshops. Admission is free and hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday. Visit for details. Gov. Paul LePage will attend the Tuesday opening, will speak at the noon luncheon and also recognize the recipient of the Commissioner’s Distinguished Service Award.

Tuesday through Friday

Construction Industry Outreach Training, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., 30-hour course at MEMIC Center for Workplace Safety at Central Maine Community College in Auburn. The program is held in partnership with the OSHA Training Institute Education Center. The cost is $595 and includes all materials. Registration is open but space is limited. Call 755-5280 or visit


“Making Financial Sense of Small and Medium Community Wind Projects: A Workshop to Help You Understand the Economics,” 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Hilton Garden Inn, Freeport. For details visit or call 751-0749.


Employment Search workshop, 1 to 4 p.m., with Patrick Therrien, technology and education training specialist from the Maine State Library and held in the Couture Room at Lewiston Public Library. The program is free and open to the public but advance registration is required. Visit or call the library’s Adult Services Desk at 513-3135.

“Choosing the Right Project Management Software System” 6 to 7:30 p.m., with Chris Vandersluis, CEO of HMS Software. Presented by the Maine Chapter of the Project Management Institute and held at Portland Country Club, 11 Foreside Road, Falmouth. To register, or for more information, visit Nonmembers are welcome.


“Introduction to Small Business Taxes for Sole Proprietorships,” 3 to 5 p.m., free program for start-ups or existing small businesses. Held at Maine Small Business Development Center, 501 Forest Ave., Portland. Space is limited. To register or for information call Chris at 780-4949.


“Gain the Advantage at the New England Products Trade Show,” 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., presented by Maine Small Business Development Center with trade show expert Bruce Baker, University of Southern Maine, Wishcamper Center, 34 Bedford St., Portland. The cost is $50. For more information and to register, visit

Coming up

Fundamentals for Worksite Wellness, six-week webinar certificate course offered by Maine Medical Center’s Lifeline Workplace Wellness Program, 1 to 3 p.m. starting Jan. 24. Designed for those responsible for internal employee wellness programs. For pricing and other registration information, contact Tom Downing at 781-1545.