Making Democracy Work

Calendar of Events


We sponsor meetings and events for the public and League members

Date & Time        Place        Description
Thursday, September 8, 2016
4:45-5:30pm
Martins Point Health Care
331 Veranda St.
Portland, ME 04103
Volunteer Training for Voter Registration. It's not rocket science, but there are some important basics that all volunteers should know. Become a valuable helper to first time voters by attending this training, which is open to all members.
Thursday, September 8, 2016
5:30-7:30pm
Martins Point Health Care
331 Veranda St.
Portland, ME 04103
LWVPA Open Board Meeting. Portland Area League open board meeting. Please bring brown bag dinner. Beverages provided. Open to all members.
Friday, September 16, 2016
10-11:00 am
WERU 89.9 FM Blue Hill and 99.9 FM Bangor, streaming at weru.org 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.
Monday, September 19, 2016
7-8:30pm
MDI YWCA
36 Mt Desert St.
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
Public Information on Ranked Choice Voting. The Downeast League in partnership with the MDI YWCA presents a discussion and Q&A of Ranked Choice Voting and the other referendum questions on the November ballot. Free and open to the public. Please join us, all welcome.
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
12-1pm
Portland Public Library
Rines Auditorium
Choose Civility. PPL's Choose Civility Initiative, in partnership with the Portland Press Herald, is hosting a series of forums/panels to educate voters on the topics for this election season. -

The series will kick off on 9/20 with an Elections 101 in partnership with the League of Women Voters. Topics to be covered include: why vote, how to register to vote, absentee ballots, where to vote, an explanation of ranked choice voting, a discussion of third parties and more. The LWV will stay after to register folks to vote! Read more.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016
1:00-2:00pm
MPBN Radio Maine Calling: Voting in Maine. Featuring League President Jill Ward, along with Secretary fo State, Matt Dunlap, and James P. Melcher, Professor of Political Science at the University of Maine-Farmington. Rich Livingston with AARP will also call in.
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
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 Candice Millard's Destiny of the Republic
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
 
  National Voter Registration Day.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
5-7pm
Ann's House
Trenton
LWV-Downeast Book Group. The book is Jonathan Haidt's The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Polticis and Religion. RSVP or get directions at downeast@lwvme.org
Thursday, September 29, 2016
7:00pm
Brunswick Town Hall
Council Chamber
85 Union St.
Brunswick, 04011
Public Information on November's Referenda. John Brautigam, JD, will discuss the five ballot questions that will be decided by Maine voters in November. They deal with marijuana, education, firearms, minimum wage, and ranked choice voting. This free forum is sponsored by The League of Women Voters of Maine-Brunswick Chapter. A discussion will follow the presentation. FMI: kcoleman@midmaine.com 207-841-5599
Thursday, October 13, 2016
7:00pm
Brunswick Town Hall
Council Chamber
85 Union St.
Brunswick, 04011
Brunswick Candidates Forum. Candidates for the Maine House and Senate will present their views to the public in a discussion moderated by the League of Women Voters of Maine - Brunswick Chapter. Audience questions to follow, and the public is invited to attend. TV3 will record for broadcast. FMI:kcoleman@midmaine.com 207-841-5599
Monday, October 17, 2016
7:00pm
YWCA MDI
36 Mount Desert St.
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
Bar Harbor Candidate Forum. Candidates for the Maine Senate District 7 will present their views to the public in a discussion moderated by Earl Brechlin. Audience questions to follow. Co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters Downeast, the YWCA MDI, and the MDIslander.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
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 Ari Berman's Give Us the Ballot
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
6:30pm
Ellworth City Council Chambers
1 City Hall Plaza
Ellsworth, ME 04605
Ellsworth Candidate Forum. Candidates for the Maine House Districts 132 and 136 and Senate District 7 will present their views to the public in a discussion moderated by Stephen Fay. Audience questions to follow. Co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters Downeast, the Hancock County Community Union, and the Ellsworth American.
Thursday, October 20, 2016
5:30pm
Bangor City Hall
Council Chambers
73 Harlow St.
Bangor, ME 04401
Bangor Candidate Forums. School Committee candidates will present at 5:30, and City Council candidates will present at 7:00.
Friday, October 21, 2016
10-11:00 am
WERU 89.9 FM Blue Hill and 99.9 FM Bangor, streaming at weru.org Democracy Forum -- Ballot Questions in Maine. LWV Downeast hosts a radio program on democracy in cooperation with WERU FM. We'll discuss this year's Maine ballot questions: process, background, history, support, and opposition, and current state of play. We plan to take a few listener calls in the second half of the hour. Special Guests: Amy Fried Professor of Political Science at the University of Maine; and local columnist and former Maine State Senator, Jill Goldthwait.
Friday, October 21, 2016
11:30 am
Jasper's Restaurant
200 High St.
Ellsworth, ME 04605
Lunch with the League. Join us for lunch with Amy Fried and Jill Goldthwait. We'll continue the conversation on the November election. Please join us. RSVP at downeast@lwvme.org.
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
7:00pm
Blue Hill Public Library
5 Parker Point Rd.
Blue Hill, ME 04614
Blue Hill Candidate Forum. Candidates for the Maine House Districts 133 will present their views to the public in a moderated discussion. Audience questions to follow. Sponsored by the League of Women Voters Downeast.
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
 
  Election Day 2016.
Monday, November 14, 2016
5:30 - 7:00 pm
Portland Area
To Be Announced
Wine and Whine! Election Debrief Party. Local commentators and former state legislators will join us to discuss what just happened and the upcoming legislative year. Appetizers will be provided by the League. Sparkling water, wine and beer will be available for purchase. Stay tuned for details.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
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 Jonathan Haidt's The Righteous Mind
Tuesday, January 17, 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 Susan Griffin's Wrestling with the Angel of Democracy