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Date & TimePlaceDescription
Thursday
Dec 14, 2017
5:00 pm
Ann's House
Trenton
LWV-Downeast Book Group

We have chosen a book for the December meeting! It will be: THE SECOND AMENDMENT A Biography By Michael Waldman (2014) Simon & Schuster. 255 pp.

Great snacks and good company. All welcome. RSVP or get directions at downeast@lwvme.org.

Tuesday
Dec 12, 2017
5:30 pm
Seasons Restaurant
427 Main St
Bangor 04401
Bangor Book Group

Meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month. Join us for dinner and a book discussion. The December book is Truth Matters: A Citizen's Guide to Separating Facts from Lies and Stopping Fake News in Its Tracks by Bruce Bartlett.

Monday
Dec 4, 2017
5:00 pm
Thomaston Public Library
60 Main St
Thomason 04861
Midcoast League Planning Meeting

Join League members in the Midcoast area to work on projects for the coming year. This meeting will feature a short training for voter registration volunteers. Everyone welcome. For more information or to RSVP, email midcoast@lwvme.org.

Saturday
Nov 18, 2017
10:00 am
Episcopal Church Of St John Baptist
200 Main St
Thomaston 04861
Can We Talk? -- Managing Difficult Conversations in Politics and Current Events

When was the last time you talked to your cousin? The one who holds completely different views from you? This workshop will focus on how best to communicate your own message in neutral language and how to practice listening to others without judging or preparing your brilliant retort.

Join the us for a lively, interactive workshop that will prepare you for that difficult conversation with your cousin or in your community. Nonpartisan, of course. Sponsored by the League of Women Voters - Midcoast. Free and open to the public, RSVP to midcoast@lwvme.org. Call 354-8748 for more information.

Friday
Nov 17, 2017
10:00 am
Democracy Forum -- Ten Months In: Taking Stock in Maine

LWV Downeast hosts a radio program on democracy in cooperation with WERU FM. We'll talk about what's changed in Maine since the 2016 presidential election. How have the policies of the new administration affected Maine? Have Maine political party strategies changed? Are regular people more interested in politics since the 2016 elections? Guests: Hannah Pingree, Democrat, former Speaker of the House in Maine, and co-host of the Maine Event on Maine Public television; and Josh Tardy, Republican lobbyist, former House Minority Leader, and former chair of the 2016 Trump campaign in Maine. We'll take listener calls during the second half of the show. Learn more.

WERU 89.9 FM Blue Hill and 99.9 FM Bangor, streaming at weru.org

Wednesday
Nov 15, 2017
5:45 pm
American Legion Hall
65 Depot Rd
Falmouth 04105
Political Parties: What's Going On?

Maine now has four recognized political parties. Partisanship is high locally and nationally. Bowdoin Professor, Andrew Rudalevige, will start the conversation with a political scientist's overview of political parties in the US: what roles do they play, how have they changed over time, what historical perspective can we bring to the tumultuous times in which we live?

Then, we will hear from representatives of Maine's four parties: Democrat Sarah Alexander, Green Independent Jon Olsen, Libertarian Chris Lyons, and Republican Barbara Campbell Harvey. What is most beneficial about party affiliation? Do the parties serve as effective organizers for voters during campaigns and elections? Do they operate effectively in government? If they had a magic wand, what kind of primary would they choose?

Join us! Light refreshments provided. Members and guests are welcomed. RSVP to: peg.balano@gmail.com

Wednesday
Nov 15, 2017
8:00 am
Helen's Restaurant
111 Main St
Machias 04654
Machias League Planning Meeting - RESCHEDULED

Join League members in the Machias area to plan projects for the coming year. For more information or to RSVP, email lwvme@gwi.net.

Thursday
Nov 9, 2017
5:00 pm
Ann's House
Trenton
LWV-Downeast Book Group

We're switching it up! The book group is not reading a book. We're each choosing our own long-form essay or article to read and report on: current events, issues, political theory, social change, you name it. Great snacks and good company. All welcome. RSVP or get directions at downeast@lwvme.org.

Monday
Nov 6, 2017
5:00 pm
Thomaston Public Library
60 Main St
Thomason 04861
Midcoast League Planning Meeting

Join League members in the Midcoast area to plan projects for the coming year. For more information or to RSVP, email midcoast@lwvme.org.

Friday
Nov 3, 2017
3:00 pm
Watts Hall
174 Main St
Thomaston 04861
Forum on November Ballot Questions

Coastal Senior College of Knox and Lincoln Counties and the Midcoast League of Women Voters will co-sponsor a forum on the upcoming four fall ballot questions. Spokespersons for each side of Question 1 (York County gambling) and Question 2 (ACA access) have been invited to make their case, with an opportunity for questions from the floor. Information will also be available for Questions 3 (transportation bond) and 4 (constitutional amendment for state pension funding).

Wednesday
Oct 25, 2017
5:30 pm
Pat's Pizza
396 High St
Ellsworth 04605
Public Conversation -- Political Parties: Do They Still Matter?

Join us to continue the conversation on the Political Parties. Guests: *Rob Glover, Associate Professor of Political Science and Honors at the University of Maine; Al Judd, Chair of the Hancock County Democratic Committee; and Richard Rosen, former Commissioner of the Department of Administrative and Financial Services in the LePage administration and former Republican State Senator and State Representative from Bucksport. Appetizers and soft drinks will be provided by the League. Cash bar. Public welcome.

Friday
Oct 20, 2017
10:00 am
Democracy Forum -- Political Parties: Do They Still Matter?

LWV Downeast hosts a radio program on democracy in cooperation with WERU FM. We'll talk about the state of the two party system, how recent trends have weakened the parties even as partisanship has grown, whether our political parties threaten our democracy or hold the main hope for its salvation. Guests: Mark Brewer, Professor of Polticial Science at the University of Maine; and Jonathan Rauch, Senior Fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution and contributing editor to The Atlantic. We'll take listener calls during the second half of the show. Learn more.

WERU 89.9 FM Blue Hill and 99.9 FM Bangor, streaming at weru.org

Wednesday
Oct 18, 2017
5:30 pm
Martin's Point
331 Veranda St
Portland 04104
LWVPA Facilitator Training - Part 3

RSVP to tiffgreco@gmail.com. Open to those who attended Part 1 or Part 2.

Wednesday
Oct 18, 2017
5:30 pm
Bangor City Hall
73 Harlow St
Bangor 04401
Bangor Candidates Forum

Candidates for Bangor School Committee and City Council. Sponsored by the League of Women Voters in the Bangor Area.

Wednesday
Oct 18, 2017
5:30 pm
Old Town Public Library
46 Middle St
Old Town 04468
Old Town Candidates Forum

Old Town School Board and City Council. Sponsored by the League of Women Voters in the Bangor Area.

Tuesday
Oct 17, 2017
5:30 pm
Seasons Restaurant
427 Main St
Bangor 04401
Bangor League Business Meeting

Meets the 3rd Tuesday of every month. Join us for dinner and more.

Thursday
Oct 12, 2017
5:30 pm
Hampden Town Hall
106 Western Ave
Hampden 04444
Hampden Candidate Forum

Candidates for Hampden School Board and Town Council. Sponsored by the League of Women Voters in the Bangor Area.

Thursday
Oct 12, 2017
5:00 pm
Maggie's House
Trenton
LWV-Downeast Book Group

We're switching it up! The book group is not reading a book. We're each choosing our own long-form essay or article to read and report on: current events, issues, political theory, social change, you name it. Great snacks and good company. All welcome. RSVP or get directions at downeast@lwvme.org.

Tuesday
Oct 10, 2017
5:30 pm
Seasons Restaurant
427 Main St
Bangor 04401
Bangor Book Group

Meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month. Join us for dinner and a book discussion. The October book is Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson. The founder of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, AL, recounts his experiences as a lawyer working to assist those desperately in need, reflecting on his pursuit of the ideal of compassion in American Justice.

Friday
Oct 6, 2017
10:00 am
Hannaford Hall
88 Bedford St
Portland 04101
Revive Civility Maine

Join the League and the National Institute for Civil Discourse to begin an important conversation about reviving civility in our communities, our state, and our country. Panelists will include Maine Development Foundation President Yellow Breen, USM President Glen Cumminngs, Dr. Carolyn Lukensmeyer, and our own LWVME Board Director Anne Schink. Register here.

Wednesday
Oct 4, 2017
6:00 pm
Scarborough High School
11 Municipal Dr
Scarborough 04074
Reviving Civility: Building Bridges with Civil Discourse

Adult Education Workshop facilitated by LWVPA. Here's more information.

Monday
Oct 2, 2017
5:00 pm
315 Main St
Rockland 04841
Midcoast League Planning Meeting

Join League members in the Midcoast area to plan projects for the coming year. For more information or to RSVP, email midcoast@lwvme.org.

Monday
Sep 18, 2017
5:00 pm
Thomaston Public Library
60 Main St
Thomason 04861
Midcoast League Planning Meeting

Join League members in the Midcoast area to plan projects for the coming year. For more information or to RSVP, email midcoast@lwvme.org.

Friday
Sep 15, 2017
10:00 am
Democracy Forum -- Census 2020: Making Sense of the Census

LWV Downeast hosts a radio program on democracy in cooperation with WERU FM. We'll talk about the history and evolution of the census, why it's important, who uses census data, what's being planned for 2020, and whether there are problems on the horizon. Guests: Margo J. Anderson, Distinguished Professor of History and Urban Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; and Richard Taylor Communications and Research Manager, Maine State Housing Authority. We'll take listener calls during the second half of the show. Learn more.

WERU 89.9 FM Blue Hill and 99.9 FM Bangor, streaming at weru.org

Thursday
Sep 14, 2017
5:30 pm
Martin's Point
331 Veranda St
Portland 04104
LWVPA Open Board Meeting

Bring your dinner!

Thursday
Sep 14, 2017
5:00 pm
Ann's House
Trenton
LWV-Downeast Book Group

We're switching it up! The book group is not reading a book. We're each choosing our own long-form essay or article to read and report on: current events, issues, political theory, social change, you name it. Great snacks and good company. All welcome. RSVP or get directions at downeast@lwvme.org.

Thursday
Sep 14, 2017
4:30 pm
Martin's Point
331 Veranda St
Portland 04104
LWVPA Voter Registration Training

RSVP to peg.balano@gmail.com

Wednesday
Jul 26, 2017
5:30 pm
Pat's Pizza
396 High St
Ellsworth 04605
Public Conversation -- Civil Discourse: Can We Still Do It?

Join us to continue the conversation on the Civil Discourse. Guests: Ron Beard and Nina St. Germain, partners in the Bar Harbor Togetherness Project, and Peggy Smith, founder and trainer at Open Communication. Appetizers and soft drinks will be provided by the League. Cash bar. Public welcome.

Friday
Jul 21, 2017
10:00 am
BangorNaturalization Ceremony

Welcome new citizens and register new voters. Email Peg Balano for more information at peg.balano@gmail.com.

Friday
Jul 21, 2017
10:00 am
Democracy Forum -- Civil Discourse: Can We Still Do It?

LWV Downeast hosts a radio program on democracy in cooperation with WERU FM. We'll talk about what civil discourse looks like, why it seems to be so hard right now, how we can practice it ourselves, and what we can to do encourage it in our leaders and public servants. Guests: Tomas Spath, co-founder of the Institute for Civility in Government; Matt Motyl Assistant Professor of Psychology at the Univeristy of Illinois - Chicago; and Andrew Rudalevige, the Thomas Brackett Reed Professor of Government at Bowdoin College. We'll take listener calls during the second half of the show. Learn more.

WERU 89.9 FM Blue Hill and 99.9 FM Bangor, streaming at weru.org

Thursday
Jul 13, 2017
5:00 pm
Ann's House
Trenton
LWV-Downeast Book Group

We're switching it up this month. The book group is not reading a book. We're each choosing our own long-form essay or article to read and report on: current events, issues, political theory, social change, you name it. Great snacks and good company. All welcome. RSVP or get directions at downeast@lwvme.org.

Tuesday
Jul 11, 2017
9:00 am
College Of The Atlantic
105 Eden St
Bar Harbor 04605
Coffee and Conversation: Civic Engagement in Maine

Ann Luther, board member and former president of the League of Women Voters of Maine, joins College of the Atlantic James Russell Wiggins Chair in Government and Polity Dr. Jamie McKown to discuss the importance of civic engagement in the current political landscape. Learn more.

Wednesday
Jun 21, 2017
5:30 pm
Pat's Pizza
396 High St
Ellsworth 04605
Public Conversation -- Jobs in Maine: What's the Future

Join us to discuss and to continue the conversation on the Jobs in Maine. Appetizers will be provided by the League. Beer, wine, and sparkling water will be available for purchase. Special guests: Marc Cryer, Director of the Bureau of Labor Education at the University of Maine; Martha Searchfield, Executive Director of the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce; and Hook Wheeler, Eastern Maine Development Corp.

Public welcome.

Wednesday
Jun 21, 2017
10:00 am
Naturalization Ceremony

Welcome new citizens and register new voters. Email Peg Balano for more information at peg.balano@gmail.com.

Sunday
Jun 18, 2017
3:30 pm
Hannaford Hall
88 Bedford St
Portland 04101
Founding Fathers' Day 2017: Reclaiming our Democracy

A Conversation with Seth P. Waxman

Join LWVME and our partners at MCCE for the premier event. Seth Waxman is the former Solicitor General of the United States (1997-2001). In 2009, he joined then-Solicitor General Elena Kagan in arguing Citizens United v. FEC before the U.S. Supreme Court. This event is free and open to the public. Find more information here.

Friday
Jun 16, 2017
10:00 am
PortlandNaturalization Ceremony

Welcome new citizens and register new voters. Email Peg Balano for more information at peg.balano@gmail.com.

Friday
Jun 16, 2017
10:00 am
Democracy Forum --Jobs in Maine: What's the Future

LWV Downeast hosts a radio program on democracy in cooperation with WERU FM. We'll talk about global changes in employment and the nature of work, the shifting demographics of jobs, barriers to work, and what it means for Maine. We'll take listener calls during the second half of the show. Special guests: Jim Breece, Associate Professor of Economics, University of Maine, Orono; and Rosalie Hughes, investigative reporter for the Bangor Daily News and contributor to the Maine Focus series on Forgotten Maine Workers.

Learn more.

WERU 89.9 FM Blue Hill and 99.9 FM Bangor, streaming at weru.org

Wednesday
Jun 14, 2017
5:30 pm
Flexit Cafe And Bakery
192 Main St
Ellsworth 04605
LWV-Downeast Reception for New Members

Join us to celebrate our members -- new and old -- talk politics (nonpartisan, of course!), and have some fun. Light snacks and beverages will be provided. No obligation, but we will raffle off some great prizes! RSVP at downeast@lwvme.org.

Wednesday
Jun 7, 2017
10:00 am
GorhamNaturalization Ceremony

Welcome new citizens and register new voters. Email Peg Balano for more information at peg.balano@gmail.com.

Thursday
Jun 1, 2017
5:00 pm
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.

Friday
May 26, 2017
10:00 am
WindhamNaturalization Ceremony

Welcome new citizens and register new voters. Email Peg Balano for more information at peg.balano@gmail.com.

Wednesday
May 24, 2017
5:30 pm
Pat's Pizza
396 High St
Ellsworth 04605
Public Conversation -- Free Trade: Winners and Losers in Maine

Join us to discuss and to continue the conversation on the Free Trade. Appetizers will be provided by the League. Beer, wine, and sparkling water will be available for purchase. Guests: Jack Cashman, former chair of the Maine Public Utilities Commission talking about energy; Kevin Storey owner of Quoddy Shoes; and Paul Volkhausen, proprietor of Happy Town Farm in Orland.

Public welcome.

Friday
May 19, 2017
10:00 am
SacoNaturalization Ceremony

Welcome new citizens and register new voters. Email Peg Balano for more information at peg.balano@gmail.com.

Friday
May 19, 2017
10:00 am
Democracy Forum -- Free Trade: Winners and Losers in Maine

LWV Downeast hosts a radio program on democracy in cooperation with WERU FM. We'll talk about international trade policy, how does it work, who sets the rules, and what does it mean for Maine? We'll take listener calls during the second half of the show. Special Guest: Catherine Reilly deLutio, co-founder of 45 North Research. Kate has previously served as Senior Research Associate at the University of Maine's Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center. She also served as Maine's State Economist from 2005 to 2009.

Learn more.

WERU 89.9 FM Blue Hill and 99.9 FM Bangor, streaming at weru.org

Friday
May 19, 2017
12:00 am
BrunswickLWVME Biennial State Convention

Full details here.

Thursday
May 11, 2017
5:30 pm
American Legion Hall
65 Depot Rd
Falmouth 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
Apr 28, 2017
10:00 am
KennebunkNaturalization Ceremony

Welcome new citizens and register new voters. Email Peg Balano for more information at peg.balano@gmail.com.

Wednesday
Apr 26, 2017
5:30 pm
Pat's Pizza
396 High St
Ellsworth 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
Apr 21, 2017
10:00 am
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.

WERU 89.9 FM Blue Hill and 99.9 FM Bangor, streaming at weru.org

Thursday
Apr 20, 2017
12:00 pm
Portland Public Library
5 Monument Sq
Portland 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.

Tuesday
Apr 18, 2017
5:00 pm
Seasons Restaurant
427 Main St
Bangor 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
Apr 13, 2017
7:00 pm
Brunswick Town Hall
85 Union St
Brunswick 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

Thursday
Apr 13, 2017
5:30 pm
Dimillo's Restaurant
25 Long Wharf
Portland 04101
LWVPA Open Board Meeting

Please RSVP to kaufman.barb@gmail.com to make sure we have enough room at the table!

Thursday
Apr 13, 2017
8:30 am
Capital Judicial Center
1 Court St
Augusta 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.

Friday
Apr 7, 2017
10:00 am
CumberlandNaturalization Ceremony

Welcome new citizens and register new voters. Email Peg Balano for more information at peg.balano@gmail.com.

Friday
Apr 7, 2017
12:00 am
Hampton Inn And Suites
900 Post Rd
Wells 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.

Thursday
Apr 6, 2017
5:00 pm
Ann's House
Trenton
LWV-Downeast Book Group

The book is Tom Nichols's The Death of Expertise: The Campaign against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters. 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

Wednesday
Mar 29, 2017
5:30 pm
Martin's Point
331 Veranda St
Portland 04104
Interactive Training on Facilitating Community Conversations - Part II

Please join us for a fun and interactive meeting on Facilitating Community Conversations. We will address the role of the facilitator, communications strategies, and ways to deal with challenging individuals.

Please RSVP to Tiffany Greco at tiffgreco@gmail.com if you plan to attend. When you RSVP, we will send a ;community profile' that contains areas that often create differing opinions and opportunities for heated exchanges.

Monday
Mar 27, 2017
6:30 pm
Blue Hill Public Library
5 Parker Point Rd
Blue Hill 04614
Blue Hill Candidate Forum

Candidates for Blue Hill Select-person, John Bannister and Ellen Best, will participate in a Q&A forum beginning at 6:30; candidates for Blue Hill School Board, Rebecca Conable, Amy Houghton, and Jonathan Smallidge, are invited to present at 7:30, to be confirmed. Moderated by Nat Barrows, sponsored by the League of Women Voters - Downeast and the Penobscot Bay Press. Here's more information.

Wednesday
Mar 22, 2017
5:30 pm
Pat's Pizza
396 High St
Ellsworth 04605
Public Conversation -- Two Maines: Can We Bridge the Divide?

Join us to discuss and to continue the conversation on the Tow Maines. Appetizers will be provided by the League. Beer, wine, and sparkling water will be available for purchase. Guests: Jim Breece, Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Maine and author of An Overview of Maine Economic Data published 2016; Susan Lessard, Town Manager of Bucksport; and Paul Paradis, Bar Harbor Town Councilor and businessman.

Public welcome.

Tuesday
Mar 21, 2017
5:00 pm
Seasons Restaurant
427 Main St
Bangor 04401
Bangor Book Group

Join us for dinner and a book discussion. The book is Erik J. Engstrom's, Partisan Gerrymandering and the Construction of American Democracy.

Monday
Mar 20, 2017
12:00 pm
Northeastland Hotel
436 Main St
Presque Isle 04769
League of Women Voters at the Presque Isle Rotary

League leader Anne Schink offers a presentation on Ranked Choice Voting to the Presque Isle Rotary.

Sunday
Mar 19, 2017
12:00 am
Curtis Memorial Library
23 Pleasant St
Brunswick 04011
Equal Means Equal: The Movie

Join us for a screening of the film Equal Means Equal. This award winning documentary looks at the state of women in the U.S. today, examines laws that claim to protect women, and presents the case for ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment.

Friday
Mar 17, 2017
10:00 am
Democracy Forum -- Two Maines: Can We Bridge the Divide?

LWV Downeast hosts a radio program on democracy in cooperation with WERU FM. We'll talk about the cultural, demographic, and economic differences that define the two Maines and how those differences are sharpening political differences. Are there only two Maines? Can we bridge the divide? We'll take listener calls during the second half of the show. Special Guests: Alan Caron, owner of Caron Communications and the author of "Maine's next Economy" and "Reinventing Maine's Government"; Erin Rhoda, editor of Maine Focus, an award-winning journalism and community engagement initiative at the Bangor Daily News; and Matt Stone, journalist and opinion page editor with the Bangor Daily News. Learn more.

WERU 89.9 FM Blue Hill and 99.9 FM Bangor, streaming at weru.org

Thursday
Mar 2, 2017
5:30 pm
Martin's Point
331 Veranda St
Portland 04104
Interactive Training on Facilitating Community Conversations - Part I

Please join us for a fun and interactive meeting on Facilitating Community Conversations. We will address the role of the facilitator, communications strategies, and ways to deal with challenging individuals.

Please RSVP to Tiffany Greco at tiffgreco@gmail.com if you plan to attend. When you RSVP, we will send a ;community profile' that contains areas that often create differing opinions and opportunities for heated exchanges.

Wednesday
Mar 1, 2017
5:00 pm
Ann's House
Trenton
LWV-Downeast Book Group

The book is Two Parties-- or More?: The American Party System by John F. Bibby and L. Sandy Maisel. 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

Tuesday
Feb 28, 2017
6:30 pm
43 Willow Grove Rd
Brunswick 04011
Meet the President

Jill Ward, President of the League of Women Voters of Maine will join us for a meeting in Brunswick. She'll fill us in on what the State League is doing, advocacy work at the Statehouse, the League's role in implementing Ranked Choice Voting and how local chapters can be a part of it all. RSVP: brunswick@lwvme.org

Wednesday
Feb 22, 2017
5:30 pm
Pat's Pizza
396 High St
Ellsworth 04605
Public Conversation -- Ballot Questions in Maine: Whose Initiatives Are They?

Join us to discuss and to continue the conversation on ballot questions in Maine -- what happened in the election and what's happening now in the legislative session. Appetizers will be provided by the League. Beer, wine, and sparkling water will be available for purchase. Guests: former Sen. Jill Goldthwait, Sen. Brian Langley, and Rep. Louie Luchini. Public welcome.

Sunday
Feb 19, 2017
2:30 pm
170 Pennellville Rd
Brunswick 04011
Moving Beyond Silence - Author Talk

Christine DeTroy (member of the Brunswick-area League of Women Voters) will discuss her book, Remembering: Years of Hiding Behind Silence. Christine grew up in Hitler's Germany, where she witnessed injustice and cruelty. Christine has waged a life-long campaign for peace and equality, shaped by the lessons of her childhood. Join us as she reads from her book and leads a discussion on the continued importance of working for justice for all. RSVP: (207) 622-0256, ext. 6 or brunswick@lwvme.org. All are welcome. Bring a friend! BYOM (bring your own mug for tea)

Friday
Feb 17, 2017
10:00 am
Democracy Forum -- Ballot Questions in Maine: Whose Initiatives Are They?

LWV Downeast hosts a radio program on democracy in cooperation with WERU FM. We'll discuss ballot questions in Maine: what happened in the recent election, what our constitution provides, and what role the legislature and the governor are playing now. Special Guests: Maine attorney, John Brautigam, former Maine legislator and Assistant Attorney General; and Ronald Schmidt, Associate Professor of Political Science at USM. Learn more.

WERU 89.9 FM Blue Hill and 99.9 FM Bangor, streaming at weru.org

Thursday
Feb 16, 2017
6:00 pm
Bangor Public Library
145 Harlow St
Bangor 04401
Scholars Strategy Network -- From the Margins to the Mainstream: The Transformation of the Radical Right

Presented by Cas Mudde, Associate Professor of International Affairs at the University of Georgia. Prof. Mudde is an expert on right wing populism in Europe. Co-sponsored by the Bangor Area League of Women Voters and the Scholars Strategy Network of Maine. Open to the public. Lights snacks will be served. Find more information here. If you missed it in person, the video link is available on YouTube.

Friday
Jan 20, 2017
10:00 am
Democracy Forum -- The Civic Mission of Public Schools

LWV Downeast hosts a radio program on democracy in cooperation with WERU FM. We'll discuss the important role of public education in preparing children for political equality. Special Guests: Meira Levinson, Associate Professor of Education at Harvard Graduate School of Education; and Maine educator, Bill Richards, formerly the Associate Commissioner of Instruction at the Maine Department of Education. Learn more.

WERU 89.9 FM Blue Hill and 99.9 FM Bangor, streaming at weru.org

Thursday
Jan 19, 2017
12:00 pm
Portland Public Library
5 Monument Sq
Portland 04101
Portland Book Discussion

The Portland Public Library and the Portland League partner to discuss the book The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert. Bring your lunch and ideas. The Portland Public Library has many copies of this book.

Thursday
Jan 19, 2017
9:30 am
Maine State House
210 State St
Augusta 04330
Democracy Day 2017

Join LWVME and MCCE at the State House to mark the anniversary of the disastrous Citizens United decision and announce the next steps to push back against big money influence in our democracy. Register now.

Wednesday
Jan 18, 2017
5:00 pm
Ann's House
Trenton
LWV-Downeast Book Group

The book is Katherine J. Cramer's The Politics of Resentment: Rural Consciousness in Wisconsin and the Rise of Scott Walker. Some of are reading an alternate selection, Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right by Arlie Russell Hochshild. RSVP or get directions at downeast@lwvme.org

Tuesday
Jan 17, 2017
5:00 pm
Seasons Restaurant
427 Main St
Bangor 04401
Bangor Book Group

Join us for dinner and a book discussion. The book is Susan Griffin's Wrestling with the Angel of Democracy

Thursday
Jan 12, 2017
5:30 pm
Dimillo's Restaurant
25 Long Wharf
Portland 04101
LWVPA Open Board Meeting

Please RSVP to kaufman.barb@gmail.com to make sure we have enough room at the table!