Making Democracy Work

Calendar of Events


We sponsor meetings and events for the public and League members

Date & Time        Place        Description
Friday, April 7, 2017-Sunday, April 9, 2017
 
Hampton Inn & Suites
900 Post Road
Wells, ME 04090
New England States Leadership Development Conference. Save the date. It will be six states again this year! State League leaders from CT, MA, ME, NH, RI and VT are developing an agenda for this year that is sure to be the best yet. Using our work on Money in Politics as a case study, our conference this year will help us all build communications skills in social media, mainstream press, under-the-dome advocacy.

We will gather once again at the Hampton Inn in Wells, ME. Here's the link for details and registration information.

Friday, April 7, 2017
10am
Cumberland, ME Naturalization Ceremony. Welcome new citizens and register new voters. Email Peg Balano for more information at peg.balano@gmail.com.
Thursday, April 13, 2017
8:30 am
Capital Judicial Center
1 Court Street
Augusta, ME 04330
RCV Solemn Occasion. Oral argument in the RCV case before the Maine Supreme Judicial Court will be held in Courtroom 7, the historic ceremonial courtroom, and it will open to the public. The courtroom has limited seating. Plan to arrive early.
Thursday, April 13, 2017
5:30-7:30pm
DiMillo's Restaurant
25 Long Wharf
Portland, ME 04101
LWVPA Open Board Meeting. Please RSVP to kaufman.barb@gmail.com to make sure we have enough room at the table!
Thursday, April 13, 2017
7:00pm
Council Chambers
Brunswick Town Hall
85 Union St.
Brunswick, ME 04011
Are American politics too polarized? - Or, are we too sensitive?. In this era of hyperbole, fake news, and online arguments, it seems like Americans are sharply divided on just about every aspect of our political system. But are we really that divided or are we just upset when people disagree with us?

Join us for a talk by Dr. Jeffrey Selinger, author of Embracing Dissent: Political Violence and Party Development in the United States. He will talk about political divisions, public discourse, and partisan divide in our American culture.

Brought to you by the League of Women Voters of Brunswick Area. (207) 622-0256, ext. 6. brunswick@lwvme.org

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
5:00p.m.
Seasons Restaurant
427 Main St.
Bangor, ME 04401
Bangor Book Group. Join us for dinner and a book discussion. The book is Time Marshall's Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps that Explain Everything about the World.
Thursday, April 20, 2017
12:00-1:00pm
Portland Public Library
5 Monumnent Square
Portland, ME 04101
Portland Book Discussion. Join the LWVPA and Portland Public Library as we discuss Jonathan Haidt's The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion. This book offers many insights that complement issues raised at the facilitator training sessions and furthers understanding of the LWVPA's focus on civil discourse. A look at this NYT review is sure to encourage you to join the discussion. No need to have read the book to participate. Bring your lunch.
Friday, April 21, 2017
10-11:00 am
WERU 89.9 FM Blue Hill and 99.9 FM Bangor, streaming at weru.org Democracy Forum -- Fake News: Who Can You Trust?. LWV Downeast hosts a radio program on democracy in cooperation with WERU FM. We'll talk about the proliferation of news sources in the internet age, the role of independent journalism in a liberal democracy, and the challenges for citizens in finding real news. We'll take listener calls during the second half of the show. Special Guests: John Christie, co-founder and senior editor for the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting; Naomi Schalit co-founder and senior reporter for the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting; and Melissa Zimdars is an assistant professor of communication at Merrimack College in Massachusetts.

Learn more.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
5:30-7:00pm
Pat's Pizza
396 High St.
Ellsworth, ME 04605
Public Conversation -- Fake News: Who Can You Trust?. Join us to discuss and to continue the conversation on the Fake News. Appetizers will be provided by the League. Beer, wine, and sparkling water will be available for purchase. Guests: Earl Brechlin, editor of the Mount Desert Islander; Stephen Fay, managing editor of the Ellsworth American; and Josh Roiland, Assistant Professor & CLAS-Honors Preceptor of Journalism in the Department of Communication and Journalism & the Honors College at the University of Maine.

Public welcome.

Friday, April 28, 2017
10am
Kennebunk, ME Naturalization Ceremony. Welcome new citizens and register new voters. Email Peg Balano for more information at peg.balano@gmail.com.
Thursday, May 4, 2017
5-7pm
Ann's House
Trenton
LWV-Downeast Book Group. The book is Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by by Margot Lee Shetterly (368 pages, audio available). Hope you'll join us even if you haven't read the book. Snacks and beverages provided. RSVP or get directions at downeast@lwvme.org.
Thursday, May 11, 2017
5:30-7:30pm
American Legion Hall
65 Depot Road
Falmouth, ME 04105
LWVPA Annual Meeting. LWVPA members are urged to attend to vote on next year's goals, budget and board and committee nominations. Look for the Portland Area email in mid-April presenting this information to all local members.
Friday, May 19, 2017-Saturday, May 20, 2017
 
Brunswick, ME LWVME Biennial State Convention. Details to be announced.
Friday, May 19, 2017
10am
Saco, ME Naturalization Ceremony. Welcome new citizens and register new voters. Email Peg Balano for more information at peg.balano@gmail.com.
Friday, May 26, 2017
10am
Windham, ME Naturalization Ceremony. Welcome new citizens and register new voters. Email Peg Balano for more information at peg.balano@gmail.com.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
10am
Gorham, ME Naturalization Ceremony. Welcome new citizens and register new voters. Email Peg Balano for more information at peg.balano@gmail.com.
Friday, June 16, 2017
10am
Portland, ME Naturalization Ceremony. Welcome new citizens and register new voters. Email Peg Balano for more information at peg.balano@gmail.com.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
10am
Acadia National Park Naturalization Ceremony. Welcome new citizens and register new voters. Email Peg Balano for more information at peg.balano@gmail.com.
Friday, July 21, 2017
10am
Bangor, ME Naturalization Ceremony. Welcome new citizens and register new voters. Email Peg Balano for more information at peg.balano@gmail.com.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
10am
Portland, ME Naturalization Ceremony. Welcome new citizens and register new voters. Email Peg Balano for more information at peg.balano@gmail.com.
Friday, November 17, 2017
10am
Bangor, ME Naturalization Ceremony. Welcome new citizens and register new voters. Email Peg Balano for more information at peg.balano@gmail.com.