Anniversary celebration and award, at the 10 a.m. service marking the 50th anniversary of the dedication of Trinity Episcopal Church, 580 Forest Ave., Portland. In addition, Merton G. Henry will receive the Ruth Barnard Award, which is the church’s highest recognition. Henry is a partner in the firm of Jensen Baird Gardiner and Henry. He has served on the boards of Bowdoin College, Maine Medical Center, Portland Museum of Art, Maine Community Foundation and several others. He served on the church vestry from 1961 to 1972, as a vestryman, junior and senior warden and was the general chairman of the Building Committee that built the church, which was dedicated in January 1965. Cake and coffee will be served after the service.

“Portland’s Black Abolitionists: The Story of the Abyssinian Meeting House,” 2 p.m., program with historian and educator, Amy Smith. Held at Maine Irish Heritage Center, State and Gray streets, Portland. Admission is $5, and is free for MIHC members and the St. Joseph’s College community. For more information call 780-0118.


“Fruit of the Earth: Jewish Back-to-the-Landers in Maine,” 7 to 9 p.m., panel discussion with Ben Marcus, farmer and proprietor of the Sheepscot General Store and master gardeners Kal Winer and Linda Tatelbaum of Appleton. Adas Yoshuron Synagogue, 50 Willow St., Rockland. For more information call 594-4523.

Feb. 7


Special ceremony and plaque unveiling, 8 a.m., will commemorate the fire at Lacoste Babies Home in New Auburn on Jan. 31, 1945. Sixteen babies and one adult died in the fire. The 70th anniversary ceremony is open to all and will be held in the chapel mausoleum at St. Peter’s Cemetery in Lewiston. After the ceremony, coffee and doughnuts will be served at The Fortin Group, corner of Turner and Center streets, Auburn. For more information, visit the campaign’s Facebook page at or contact Cameron Hartley at The program was rescheduled from Jan. 31.

Feb. 7 and 8

“The Abrahamic Traditions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam,” 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 7, workshop with professor Dana Sawyer. Also, “Buddhist Practices for Sustainable Empathy,” with Lama Willa Miller from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 8. Both are held at Chaplaincy Institute of Maine (ChIME), 555 Forest Ave., Portland. The cost is $60 for either program. Call 347-6740 to register and visit for more information.

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