OLD ORCHARD – The Maine Federation of Republican Women will hold a statewide meeting at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 27, at the Captain’s Galley.

The program will feature guest speaker State Rep. Sarah O. Lewin of Eliot, who will give a wrap-up of the recent legislative session in Maine. The business meeting will include a report from the 60th Birthday 2006 Committee, which is planning a gala celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Maine group’s charter. A silent auction will also be held.

For more information, call President Linda Brawn at 236-3123.


WATERVILLE – A “Adventure and Expedition Filmmaking” seminar will be held Thursday, July 21, at the Celebration of Maine Filmmakers’ program.

The free seminar will begin at 6 p.m. at the Maine Film Office Theater in the Center at 93 Main St.

The seminar is one of the events in the series that highlights the work and talents of Maine’s film and TV artists. The celebration will take place during the eighth annual Maine International Film Festival July 15 to 24.

The evening will also include a special screening of a new, award-winning student short film.

For a complete schedule of the 2005 celebration, go to the Maine Film Office Web site at www.filminmaine.com and click on the Production News button.

Lake monitors

AUBURN – The Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program annual meeting will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 30, at Central Maine Community College.

Those attending must register by Friday, July 22. Certified invasive plant patrollers and water quality monitors register free, for all others the cost is $18 payable in advance or at the door.

To see this year’s silent auction items, visit www.MaineVolunteerLakeMonitors.org/activities/auction.

Host families

Pacific Intercultural Exchange is looking for a few individuals willing to open their homes to high school students from other countries. The opportunity allows those participating in the program to broaden their horizons by experiencing different cultures first hand. Students arrive in August and stay the entire school year. Anyone interested should contact Kristen Scott at 364-3369.

Trails need work

GORHAM, N.H. – The Appalachian Mountain Club is seeking volunteers to work on trails. One- to five-day crews are available. No trail maintenance skills necessary. Coming up are the following:

Women’s Crew (18 and older) July 17 to 22, transform a trail in Crawford Notch and create a new trail in Maine’s Mahoosuc Range.

Acadia National Park, July 30 to Aug. 5, Aug. 6 to 12 and Aug. 13 to 19, four days of trail work and two days to explore Mount Desert Island Park.

White Mountains Crew 21 and older, Aug. 28 to Sept. 2, day trips to help preserve select trails in the Northeast’s highest mountains.

Contact [email protected], or 603-466-2721, ext. 210, for more information or to register. For a full schedule of trails projects and workshops, visit http://www.outdoors.org/trails/volunteer/trailopps/vol-crews-schedule.cfm.

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