Climate Riders to visit library

AUBURN — Are you interested in learning more about the effects of climate change on Maine’s environment? Want to meet other concerned community members? Come for a discussion of the various challenges and opportunities in the responsible transition from oil, natural gas and coal to renewable energy at the Auburn Public Library with the Climate Riders at noon Tuesday, July 16.

Climate Ride is a nonprofit charitable organization that raises environmental awareness and supports sustainability, bike advocacy and environmental causes.

Herbs, vegan cooking classes

LEWISTON — The Herb Class Summer Series will begin Tuesday, July 16, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., with “Go Green!” Classes are held at The Ark, 791 Lisbon St.

Learn why Grandma had wisdom when she insisted on “Eat your greens.” Green vegetables and herbs build the blood, detoxify, nourish, give energy and are anti-carcinogenic.

A free vegan cooking class will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 17.

Another in the Herb Class series, “Black and Blue is Good For You,” will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 23. Discover the bounties to be found in Maine’s native berries: blueberries, elderberries and blackberries, as well as black currants, purple grapes, eggplant, prunes and black turtle beans. Sample and learn how to make elderberry syrup, berry tea and fruit soup, and “Gram Jam” pancake topping.

For information call 207-333-3668 or visit

Garden program on invasives

MONMOUTH — Nicole Rhodes of the Kennebec Land Trust will give a visual presentation to the Monmouth Garden Club on “Recognizing and Controlling Invasives” at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 25, at A Rise and Shine Bed and Breakfast on Route 135.

Attendees will be able to view plant samples and information about Japanese barberry, multi-flora rose, autumn olive, oriental bittersweet, common and glossy buck-thorn, bush honeysuckles, burning bush and Japanese knotweed. The public is invited.

Auburn Library garden programs

AUBURN — This July the Auburn Public Library is getting down and dirty with some gardening programs. Gabby Gardeners Gathering will take place from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, July 18, and Creating Your Own Worm Composting System will be the program from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, July 20.

If you are looking to meet fellow gardening enthusiasts and share some tips about the mid-season growing progress come join the Gabby Gardeners. If you have photos to share, bring them along also. This program will meet in the Androscoggin Community Room and refreshments will be provided.

On July 20, learn how to create a year-round composting system. Join Mark Follansbee of WormMainea for an informative and hands-on lesson on how to start a compost site. This summer is a great time to start a worm compost bin, because it takes a few months for the worms to multiply and really get down to business. By fall there will be enough worms to handle a substantial amount of kitchen waste. Since there is no odor, this makes it possible to compost indoors all winter. Check out his site at

Market Day at Monmouth Museum

MONMOUTH — Market Day at Monmouth Museum will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 20. A bake sale will take place at the Country Store. There will be veggie or meat quiche, tarts, crisps and crumb cake, pies, brownies and cookies.

Call 441-7071 to reserve a quiche. Buy locally from neighbors and friends.

Ricker Library ’60s Sock Hop

POLAND — Ricker Memorial Library will present its seventh free event in its series as the celebration of Ricker’s “50th Anniversary” year continues.

Dance your heart out at the “Sixties Sock Hop” on Saturday, July 20, at the Poland Town Hall, Route 26. A DJ will provide chatter and play the “platters.” For information call 998-4390.

Writers’ Well Café on July 22

AUBURN — The public is invited to take part in the next meeting of the Auburn Public Library Writers’ Well Café at 6 p.m. Monday, July 22. This relaxed and open writers group is open to writers of all levels.

The goal of the Writers’ Well Café is to provide support to writers in their creative process by providing instruction and positive group feedback to those who wish to write for their own fulfillment and those who aspire to be professionally published.

This open and relaxed group will provide support and the potential to submit stories for publication in the first APL Writers’ Well journal. Participants in this writing group will only share their writing pieces if they wish to. All comments made by those providing feedback will honor the personal nature of writing and be respectful in their feedback. The APL Writers Well Café will create a fun and social environment for all to flourish.

Potluck picnic, historical program

HEBRON — The Hebron Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 23. The program will be a history of the Buckfield-Hebron rescue unit presented by David Whittier. It will be preceded by a potluck picnic at the  building at 6 p.m. The public is invited.

Free nutrition walk and talk

LEWISTON — The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing will offer a free nutrition walk and talk for cancer patients, survivors and caregivers. The walks will take place Thursdays, July 25 through Aug. 15, from 7 to 8 a.m. Participants will meet at the Dempsey Center, 29 Lowell St.

Join Dempsey Center dietitian Amanda D. Ettinger for a morning walk and bring nutrition questions. The walks will last approximately 30 minutes and return to the Dempsey Center for refreshments and a nutritious snack.

This is a group support setting to discuss nutrition related topics. Come dressed in weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable walking shoes. If raining, a current nutrition topic will take place at the Dempsey Center.

Preregistration is required and available by phone at 207-795-8250, toll-free 1-877-336-7287 or online at

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