AUBURN – The 110th annual session of the Department Council and Association of Maine, Patriarchs Militant, IOOF, will be held Friday and Saturday, June 6 and 7, at the Danville Junction Grange.

A banquet will be served at 6 p.m. Friday followed by decoration ceremonies under the direction of Department Commander Col. Michael G. Anderson.

A meeting will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday.

Adoption options

WATERVILLE – The Maine Federation of Humane Societies and the Humane Society of Waterville Area, in conjunction with and the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, will host “Adoption Options,” a two-day animal welfare seminar, sponsored by the PETCO Foundation. It will be 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 8, and 9 a.m. to noon Monday, June 9, at the Holiday Inn, 375 Main St.

The cost of $20 ($10 for members) includes lunch, a T-shirt and educational materials. Space is limited. For more information or to make reservations, people can call Kelly Harrington, (518) 885-8736 or e-mail [email protected]

Army retirees

AUBURN – The Maine Army Retiree Council will hold its annual meeting at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 13, at American Legion Post 31, 426 Washington St. North. Retirees of all military services and spouses are invited.

Hosta workshop

AUGUSTA – A “Buying and Growing Hostas” workshop, led by Maine Master Gardener Bernie Slofer, will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 21, at the Pine Tree State Arboretum.

Hostas’ use in a landscape and a guided tour of the arboretum’s hosta garden will be included. It will begin at the Viles Visitors Center, 153 Hospital St.

It is free to members of the arboretum, $4 for nonmember adults and $2 for a nonmember child. People can call 621-0031 to register.

Writers’ workshop

BRUNSWICK – Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance will offer a five-week workshop to motivate and inspire budding writers from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, June 26 through July 31 (no workshop on July 3) at the alliance.

It will be available to members for $120 and to nonmembers for $150. Space is limited to 15 people and preregistration is required. People can call 729-6333 to register.

Led by novelist Kate Flora, the two-hour sessions will include weekly writing assignments, exercises designed to encourage curiosity and observation, and brief lectures on various aspects of the art of crafting fiction.

Farmers’ markets

AUGUSTA – A listing of Maine’s farms, farmers’ markets and farm stands where consumers can buy directly from the producer is available from the Maine Department of Agriculture on the Web site,

Consumers can find locally grown food, flowers, fiber products and crafts through the site. The guide also will help people locate the nearest farmers’ market, find farms where tours and other activities are offered, where to “pick-your-own” fruits and vegetables, where WIC coupons are accepted and where customers are able to pre-order their produce.

The guide is available online or by contacting the department at (207) 287-3491.

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