Maine Grains founder to speak at luncheon

Amber Lambke, founder and CEO of Maine Grains Inc. will speak at the June Leadership Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at Amici’s Cucina, 137 Main St.

Lambke will share her vision for the future of growth in the organic grains community, her notable entrepreneurial path and lifelong experiences that propelled her to her current position.

To register, email [email protected], check the website at www.midmainechamber.com or call 873-3315. Cost is $20 per person in advance for members or $25 at the door and for nonmembers. Lunch is included with the reservation.


Richard Blanco will appear online Sunday

The inaugural poet Richard Blanco will appear on ThePoetsCorner.org in conversation with fellow poets Tess Taylor and Rick Barot from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday online.

These three poets are teaching workshops and craft seminars during Maine Media’s third annual Writers Harbor Poetry Week from June 14-18. To kick off this incredible week all three will join Meg Weston and Kathrin Seitz, co-founders of The Poets Corner, for a conversation about their work, the craft of poetry, their personal journeys as poets, and their experiences of the past year. This special event marks the one year anniversary of The Poets Corner.

To register for this event and more information, go to www.ThePoetsCorner.org/events.


Annual book sale will be held Friday

The Friends of Libby Memorial Library annual spring book sale will be held from 9 a.m. to p.m. Friday at Libby Memorial Library, 27 Staples St. Rain date is Saturday.


Plant and book sale set for Saturday

A plant and book sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Scarborough Free Baptist Church at 55 Mussey Road (Eight Corners).

The sale will offer a wide variety of perennials and herbs, both for sun and shade, as well as gardening items. Books will be sold inside.


Maple syrup producers course on tap

University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the University of Vermont Extension will offer an online four-week business management class for maple syrup producers from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, June 8, 15, 22 and 29.

“Is My Maple Business Profitable? Finances for Maple Producers” is designed to provide financial management education for maple business owners and the skills to understand their operational cost of production and profitability.

The fee is $20; class size is limited to 25 participants. Register and find more information on the event webpage. For more details, call Becky Gray at 781-6099 or email [email protected]


Library will host online chat with cookbook authors

Skidompha Library’s Chats with Champions will feature an online chat with cookbook authors Margaret Hathaway and Karl Schatz at 10 a.m. Thursday via Zoom.

The “Maine Bicentennial Community Cookbook” is the authors’ sixth book on food and farming. Collaborator Don Lindgren of Rabelais Books in Biddeford will join in.

The talk will detail the creation of this latest cookbook, which includes 200 recipes celebrating Maine’s 200 years of statehood. Now in its fourth printing with over 11,000 copies, funds generated have been distributed to 25 organizations fighting hunger in Maine.

Register at skidompha.org and be emailed a Zoom link prior to the event. For more details, call the library at 563-5513.


SMHC to present online gardening series

Southern Maine Health Care will present the online gardening series “Sowing and Growing”  beginning Friday to raise funds for their Spiritual Care Services department.

The program will run through June 26, featuring talks by local gardening experts. Topics include: creating a labyrinth, native plants for pollinators, farming oysters, horticultural therapy, creating sacred and healing gardens, and organic vegetable gardens.

A $100 ticket provides access to the entire series, including recordings if you miss a live viewing.

Presenters include Cameron Barner, owner of Love Point Oysters; Irene Barber from Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens; Sue Gordon of Zen in Kennebunk; Mort Mather of Joshua’s Restaurant in Wells; Amy Witt of Earthwalkers; and members of SMHC’s Spiritual Care Program.

For more details, visit smhc.org/garden.


Summer movie series kicks off Friday

The Auburn Recreation Department summer movie series kicks off on Friday with the screening of “Grease” at 8:45 p.m. at Anniversary Park.

The series will run at the same time each Friday through October (unless as noted), featuring a different movie at a different venue each week on the city’s huge new  inflatable screen. Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets and snacks.

Library hosting nature program Tuesday

Auburn Public Library will host the online program “Fascinating Things I’ve Seen” from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday via Zoom.

Teacher, scientist and author Bernd Heinrich will head this program to detail some of the things he’s experienced in nature that he’s found interesting and intriguing. He’ll also give attendees some things to be on the lookout for as they explore the natural world this summer.

Heinrich is an acclaimed scientist and the author of numerous books, including the best-selling “Winter World,” “Mind of the Ravens,” “Why We Run” and more.

To register, visit the events page auburnpubliclibrary.org, contact the Reference Desk at 333-6640, ext. 4, or email [email protected]


Piscataqua Company re-enactment planned for Saturday

Old Berwick Historical Society will host the Piscataqua Company re-enactors from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Counting House Park, next door to the Counting House Museum at 2 Liberty St.

A presentation of Harmon’s Company of Snowshoemen, this historical encampment represents the settlers along the Piscataqua River, 1623-1640.These were men under contract by landed proprietors to establish economically viable communities. There was a focus on fishing, salting, lumbering and trade. Part of their responsibility included defense of the communities.

The museum will be open during the encampment. Admission is free; donations are gratefully accepted. Social distancing measures and masks are still encouraged.

This season, the Counting House Museum will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and by appointment from June through October. For more details, call 384-0000 or go to www.oldberwick.org.

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