LEWISTON – Property owners interested in attending the woodland management course sponsored by the Maine Forest Service and the Androscoggin Valley Conservation District can enroll by Monday, March 15. The workshop will be held on five Wednesdays from 6:30 to 9 p.m. beginning March 17; one field session is scheduled for Saturday, April 17.

Speakers will be provided by the Maine Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Agency and the Maine Department of Conservation. The course will be of interest to residents owning woodlands ranging in size from 10 to a thousand acres.

Cost is $35, and all evening classes will be held at the USDA Field Office on Goddard Road. To obtain information or register for the class, call 753-9400, ext. 400.


PORTLAND – The Maine Lesbian Gay Political Alliance will celebrate its 20th anniversary at a celebration dinner from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 20, at the Holiday Inn by the Bay. The event is open to the public.

Reservations are required and must be made by Tuesday, March 16. Tickets can be purchased online at www.mlgpa.org. Tickets are $50 a person (sliding scale of $25 to $49 for youth and low-income. Dinner will be followed by the evening’s festivities.

For information on underwriting youth and community seats, or to make a reservation, contact [email protected] or 761-3732 or visit www.mlgpa.org.


ROCKPORT – The Maine Philanthropy Center biennial conference will be held on Wednesday, March 31, at the Samoset Resort. More than 50 state grantmakers will attend with their nonprofit partners to celebrate successful collaborations and demonstrate how effective storytelling can attract additional funders and inspire giving.

Nationally-known consultant to grantmakers and nonprofits, Tony Proscio will provide the keynote address, “Lost in Translation: Why Philanthropy is Putting America to Sleep.” Thirteen breakout sessions will follow.

Registration deadline is Friday, March 19. For a program and online registration, visit www.megrants.org or call 780-5951.


AUGUSTA – Seniors age 60 or over with incomes below $16,979 are eligible to receive $100 of free locally grown fruits and vegetables this summer through the Maine Senior FarmShare Program. Sign-ups are being accepted now.

For more information about the program and for a list of participating farms, seniors can contact their local Area Agency on Aging at 1-877-353-3771. The list and program information is also available on the Internet at www.getrealmaine.com/connect/senior.html.

The supply of the $100 “shares” is limited and will be distributed on a first come-first served basis.

Seniors who are unable to sign up for an individual share with a farmer may be able to receive some produce through a participating community meal site or food pantry.

Service awards

AUGUSTA – The Maine Volunteer Connection, in collaboration with the Maine Commission for Community Service, will present the Governor’s Service Awards on Wednesday, April 21, in the Hall of Flags, State House.

Gov. John Baldacci will be present for the event at which more than 200 Mainers will be honored for volunteer service to their communities. The awards have been presented by the Maine Volunteer Connection for 14 years.

For more information or to make a reservation, call Sharon Gleason at 582-1751.

Oil for families

BRUNSWICK – The Maine Oil Dealers Association announces the donation of 10,000 gallons of fuel oil to assist the families of Maine men and women serving overseas. Gov. John Baldacci and oil heat representatives made the announcement along with individuals representing the Maine National Guard.

The distribution of heating oil will be administered by the Maine National Guard and will be distributed in 100-gallon lots. Families wishing to apply should contact the National Guard Family Assistance Office.

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