Scolarship applications open

ELLSWORTH — Applications are being accepted for the Maine Community Foundation’s James and Marilyn Rockefeller Scholarship Fund.

This renewable scholarship supports Maine residents who are on a “road less traveled” and seek educational experiences that will change their life and the lives of people around them. Eligible applicants will be adults returning to school who will have completed a college transitions program offered through adult education within the last year.

The Rockefeller Scholarship Fund supports post-secondary education that includes enrollment in traditional two- and four-year colleges and universities, certificate programs, professional training opportunities and self-directed learning experiences.

The deadline for applications is Sunday, June 15. Applications are available at

Demonstration garden open house

FALMOUTH —  University of Maine Cooperative Extension will host an open house from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 18, in the Tidewater Farm demonstration garden. The garden is located on Presumpscot Point Road; take Route 1 to Clearwater Drive and follow the signs.

The event will consist of gardening tips and demonstrations, including vegetable gardening, beekeeping, food preservation and composting. There also will be food and music by the Pinetones.

UMaine Extension’s Home Horticulture and Master Gardener Volunteer programs are establishing the demonstration garden at Tidewater Farm to provide agricultural and horticultural educational opportunities to the community.

For more information or to request a disability accommodation,visit or contact 1-800-287-1471.

‘Nina,’ ‘Pinta’ to make visit

HARPSWELL — The “Pinta” and the “Nina,” replicas of Columbus’ ships will open on Friday, June 20. The ships will be docked at the Dolphin Marina and Restaurant, 515 Basin Point Road until their departure early Monday morning, June 23.

The Nina was built by hand and without the use of power tools. Archaeology magazine called the ship “the most historically correct Columbus replica ever built.”

The Pinta was recently built in Brazil to accompany the Nina on all of her travels. She is a larger version of the archetypal caravel. Historians consider the caravel the Space Shuttle of the 15th century.

Both ships tour together as a new and enhanced sailing museum for the purpose of educating the public and school children on the “caravel,” a Portuguese ship used by Columbus and many early explorers to discover the world.

While in port, the public is invited to visit the ships for a walk-aboard, self-guided tour. Admission charges are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and $6 for students age 5 to 16. Children 4 and under are free. The ships will be open every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. No reservations are necessary.

Teachers or organizations wishing to schedule a 30-minute guided tour with a crew member should call 1-787-672 2152 or email [email protected] Visit for more information.

Conference on women’s issues set

AUGUSTA — The University of Maine at Augusta, Colby College and the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine are co-sponsoring a two-day conference, “Exploring Women’s Testimonies: War, Revolution, Genocide, the Holocaust and Human Rights,” on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 9 and 10, on the campuses of UMA and Colby College.

The conference will raise awareness about gender issues in relation to human rights abuses, while exploring memory and survival through women’s testimonies. The narratives will be viewed and analyzed through the lens of contemporary literature, art, film and new media.

The presenters will be journalists, scholars, artists, playwrights, authors and human rights activists from Egypt, Israel, England, France, Uganda, Rwanda, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Afghanistan, China and the U.S.

Admission is free, but preregistration is required. Continuing Education Credits will be available through UMA. For more information and to register email [email protected]

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