DAMARISCOTTA – The Mid-Maine Rose Society will meet for a brown bag lunch at noon Sunday, Feb. 1, at Hodgdon Green, Damariscotta Village. The meeting will begin at 1 p.m.

Speaker will be Eliza Sweet on “Landscaping with Roses.” The People, Places and Plants Flower Show will be held from Feb. 28 to March 7 in Portland. A rose sale will take place at 9 a.m. May 22 Foster’s Auction House, Route 1, Newcastle.

Cheese program

ROCKPORT – The Maine Cheese Guild will sponsor a presentation by FROMAGEX, the North America distributor for Ets Coquard, a French company which sells cheesemaking equipment and supplies, at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 1, at the cheese company, Route 1. All are welcome to the free program.

For more information about the presentation and to reserve space, call Cathe Morrill at State of Maine Cheese Co., 207-236-8895 or 800-762-8895, or check the Web at www.mainecheeseguild.org.

Field trip

BRUNSWICK – Join MerryMeeting Audubon in looking for the unusual and the expected along the coast to Rockland and surroundings during a field trip from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31.

Meet at Bath Shopping Plaza near CVS at 8 a.m. Bring warm clothes, a snack and a spotting scope. Contact Chad Dorsey at 373-0708 for further information.

Writing workshop

BATH – Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance will present “Writing Historical Fiction,” an intensive seminar with instructor Ellen Cooney on techniques, approaches and strategies for writers who are beginning or planning a work of fiction taking place in the past.

The class will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at the office. Bring a brown bag lunch. Space is limited to 15.

Cost of the workshop is $55 for members; $75 for non-members. Pre-registration is required. Call MWPA at 386-1400 to register.

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