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Movie: ‘2000 Mules’

On Friday, August 19 at 6:30 PM, the film “2000 Mules” will be screened at 230 Searsport Ave., Belfast. Refreshments. uFor the best comfort, bring a garden chair. Call/text to reserve a seat at 207-992-3172. Everyone is welcome. Sponsored by Waldo County Republicans.

Virtual discussion: Clean water law meets industrial fish farming

On Tuesday, August 23 at 6:30 p.m., attorneys David Losee and Charlie Bering, who represent Upstream Watch, will lead a virtual meeting on the Clean Water Act, which now marks its 50th anniversary. Organized by the Maine Sierra Club, this public session will set out both the intent of the CWA and the specific reasons why net boxes and “open” recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) fail to meet anti-degradation standards. Register at https://act.sierraclub.org/events/details?formcampaignid=7013q000002JW7fAAG&mapLinkHref=.

County Commissioners meet

The next regular session of the Waldo County Commissioners is scheduled for Thursday, August 18 at 10:00 AM in the County Commissioners Courtroom, 39B Spring Street, Belfast.

The court hearings are also accessible via Zoom. To join a session, go to waldocountyme.gov before the court hearing and then click on the banner at the top of the web page.

Sandy Point Community Club Annual Meeting

On Wednesday, August 24 at 6:30 PM, the Sandy Point Community Club will hold its annual meeting at Sandy Point Congregational Church. In the wake of depleted membership and public participation in events, the very existence of the Community Club and its meeting house will be up for debate. Anyone interested in the club, or would like to become a member, is urged to become a member. FMI: 207-323-7900.

Annual Freedom Field Day

Freedom Field Day and Parade will be held on Saturday, August 20. The annual parade kicks off at 10am with a boat parade at 11am, a chicken barbecue at 12pm and local artisans/vendors along with raffles, games and a 50/50 drawing. This event is organized by the group Freedom Recreational and Boosters. FMI, visit the “Fun Times in Freedom” Facebook page.

Common Ground Country Fair

Order your Common Ground Country Fair tickets for the fair (in person this year!) September 23, 24 and 25. Take advantage of the presale price and skip the lines at the exhibition gates. FMI: mofga.org/explore-the-fair/.

Cake and art festival

The Stockton Springs Community Library’s annual Pie and Art Festival is held on Saturday, August 20, featuring pies and works by a number of Maine artists. The winner of a raffle for a Sweet Cheeks Bakery gift card will be announced that afternoon; it’s not too late to buy tickets at the library!

UU Church invites you to participate

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Belfast holds services on Sundays at 10am at Miller St. 37 and via Zoom. The church plans to offer multi-platform worship (Zoom and in person at the same time) from now on. FMI: uubelfast.com or email Cayla at office.uubelfast@gmail.com. After the service there is a coffee hour. Children are welcome at the shelter and activities for children will resume in the downstairs classrooms in September. The building is ADA accessible and everyone is welcome.

A tagged monarch butterfly. Thanks to Ashley Megquier

Monarch butterfly tagging workshop

Friends of Sears Island is hosting an adult monarch butterfly tagging workshop with Serena Cole on Tuesday, August 23 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. milkweed field on Sears Island, a certified Monarch Waystation. On the field, participants will have the opportunity to look for butterflies and, if found, carefully network and help tag them as part of the Monarch Watch program, which tracks the annual butterfly migration.

Email Cole at satnam23410@yahoo.com to sign up. Registration is completed upon receipt of a confirmation email. FMI: facebook.com/friendsofsearsland; monarchwatch.org.

flea market

On Saturday, August 20, the Lincolnville Center Indoor Flea Market will be held from 8 a.m. to noon at the Community Building, 18 Searsmont Road (Route 173). Vendors will offer a variety of merchandise, including antiques, crafts, art books, farm produce, and a selection of homemade sweet and savory baked goods such as breakfast casseroles and quiche, cookies, muffins, sweetbreads, as well as baked beans and Suey American Pork Chops, all boxed up for takeout. FMI: 785-3521.

Memory of Ukraine

Searsport First Congregational Church will present “Remembering Ukraine,” a special service to recognize the current struggles of the war in Ukraine, on Sunday, August 21 at 10:00 AM. The service will include prayers and special music for the strength of the Ukrainian people.

Dionne Haase and Carolyn Maunz perform a piano/organ duet of the Ukrainian national anthem; other music includes a Ukrainian lullaby on the organ and an Orthodox chant by Reverend Ed Gabrielsen. A wreath in the Ukrainian colors yellow and blue will adorn the altar, made by Jim Rose. All are welcome.

On Friday, August 26, the FCC Missions program is offering a Southern Fried Gospel Dinner, with a portion of the proceeds going to Ukraine.

Habitat fundraiser

Enjoy a lobster dinner, music on the Belfast coast and raise money for Habitat for Humanity of Waldo County at the annual Habitat Lobster Gala on Sunday 21 August from 12pm-3pm at Steamboat Landing (next to the Belfast Boathouse), rain or shine under tents.

Get a lobster, clam, or steak dinner, with chips, corn on the cob, coleslaw, and homemade dessert for $30, or a hamburger, hot dog, or veggie burger plate with chips, coleslaw, and homemade dessert for $18.

Listen to the music of Annie & the Rainmakers, a rocking blues band, from 1.30pm to 3pm

For tickets, call Habitat, 338-2344, visit Mailloux and Marden Law office, or buy at the door. Advance booking is always appreciated for planning purposes.

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