Making Democracy Work

Events Coming Up


We sponsor meetings and events for the public and League members

Date & Time        Place        Description
Saturday, September 1, 2018-Monday, December 31, 2018
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Various around the state, including the Greater Portland Area, Bangor, Lewiston, and Acadia National Park Naturalization Ceremonies. Welcome new citizens and register new voters. Email Peg Balano for more dates and information at peg.balano@gmail.com. New Citizens Register to Vote
Tuesday, September 4, 2018
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Bangor Public Library
145 Harlow St.
Bangor, ME 04401
What Australia's Experience with Ranked Choice Voting Can Teach Maine. Dr. Ben Reilly of Murdoch University in Australia will discuss 100 years of Ranked Choice Voting in Australia and how lessons learned may be applicable to Maine. Reception to start at 5:30, talk begins at 6:00. Refreshments provided. Cosponsored by the League of Women Voters of Maine, the Scholars Strategy Center, and the University of Maine Department of Political Science.

In case you missed it, here's the audio from his presentation. Follow along with his slides.

Monday, September 10, 2018
5:30 p.m.
Rockland Public Library
80 Union St.
Rockland, ME 04841
Midcoast League Monthly Meeting. Join League members in the Midcoast area to work on projects for the coming election season. Everyone welcome. For more information or to RSVP, email midcoast@lwvme.org.
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
5:30 p.m.
Seasons Restaurant
427 Main St.
Bangor, ME 04401
Bangor League Meeting and Book Discussion. Meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month. Join us for League business, dinner, and a book discussion. The September book is Martha Nussbaum's Monarchy of Fear.
Sunday, September 16, 2018
6-8:00 p.m.
Performing Arts Center
University of Maine-Machias
116 O'Brien Ave.
Machias, ME 04654
Gubernatorial Candidate Forum. Candidates for Governor of Maine discuss issues important to the people of Washington County. Candidates Alan Caron, Terry Hayes, and Janet Mills will participate. Candidate Shawn Moody declined. Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Maine and the University of Maine at Machias.
Sunday, September 16, 2018
2:30-4:30 p.m.
Dusty's House
Brunswick
POSTPONED: Brunswick League Book Group. New date to be announced. Our book will be One Nation after Trump: A Guide fo the Perplexed, the Disillusioned, the Desperate, and the Not-Yet-Deported by E.J. Dionne, Norman Ornstein, and Thomas Mann.

RSVP or for more information, email brunswick@lwvme.org.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018
5:00-7:00 p.m.
Ann's House
Trenton
POSTPONED - LWV Downeast Book Group. New date is December 5. Our book is Our Towns: A 100,000 Mile Journey into the Heart of America by James Fallows and Deborah Fallows. Everyone welcome. Great snacks.

Email RSVP or for more information at downeast@lwvme.org.

Friday, September 21, 2018
10-11:00 a.m.
WERU 89.9 FM Blue Hill and 99.9 FM Bangor, streaming at weru.org Democracy Forum -- Elections in Maine: Where the Rubber Meets the Road. LWV Downeast hosts a monthly radio program on democracy in cooperation with WERU FM. We'll talk about what citizens need to know about the conduct of elections in Maine and what are the opportunities for citizen participation and observation. Guests: Patti Dubois, Waterville City Clerk, and Julie Flynn, Deputy Secretary of State, Maine Secretary of State's Bureau of Corporations, Elections and Commissions. Learn more.
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
 
Various locations around the state National Voter Registration Day. Voter registration events are happening all around Maine in the days and weeks centered on National Voter Registration Day. Here's where to find a League event near you.
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
7:00 p.m.
Cumberland Town Office
290 Tuttle Rd.
Cumberland Center, ME 04021
Cumberland Legislative Candidate Forum. Featuring candidates for Maine House District 45 and Maine Senate District 25. Sponsored by the Town of Cumberland, moderated by Anne Schink for the League of Women Voters.
Thursday, September 27, 2018
7:00 p.m.
Spruce Room
Westbrook Community Center
426 Bridge St.
Westbrook, ME 04092
Cumberland County DA Candidate Night. Candidates Randall Bates, Jon Gale, and Jonathan Sahrbeck will meet with voters in small groups to spell out their qualifications and priorities. Enter through the Pool/Swimming Doors and follow the signs. Co-sponsored by Portland Area League of Women Voters, ACLU of Maine, and Westbrook Community Center.
Saturday, September 29, 2018
10:30 a.m.-12:00 noon
Rines Auditorium
Portland Public Library
One Monument Sq.
Portland, ME 04101
Civic Saturday. Civic Saturday is a civic analogue to church: a gathering of friends and strangers in a common place to nurture a spirit of shared purpose. But it's not about church religion, or synagogue or mosque religion. It's about American civic religion -- the values and practices of being an active and contributing member of civic life. Sponsored by the Portland Public Library. Learn more.
Monday, October 8, 2018
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
MCCE/League Conference Room
565 Congress St.
Portland, ME 04101
LWVPA Open Board Meeting. Members welcome.
Tuesday, October 9, 2018
6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Bagaduce Music Lending Library
49 South St.
Blue Hill, ME 04614
Blue Hill Legislative Candidates Forum. Featuring candidates for House District 133, Nancy Colwell (R) and Sarah Pebworth (D), and for Senate District 7, Louie Luchini (D) and Rich Malaby (R). Moderated by Clifton Page. Cosponsored by LWV-Downeast and the Blue Hill Peninsula Chamber of Commerce.
Tuesday, October 9, 2018
5:30 p.m.
Bangor City Council Chambers
Bangor City Hall
73 Harlow St.
Bangor, ME 04401
Bangor Candidate Forums. Featuring candidates for City Council and School Committee. The School Committee Forum will start at 5:30, and the City Council Forum will start at 6:45.
Friday, October 12, 2018
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Rockland City Council Chambers
270 Pleasant St.
Rockland, ME 04841
District 6 DA Candidate Forum. Featuring candidates Natasha Irving and Jonathan Liberman for Prosecutorial District 6, which covers Sagadahoc, Lincoln, Knox, and Waldo Counties. Co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters - Midcoast and the Free Press Online.
Monday, October 15, 2018
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Orland Community Center
21 Schoolhouse Rd.
Orland, ME 04472
Orland Legislative Candidates Forum. Featuring candidates from Maine House District 130, Dick Campbell (R) and Mike Reynolds (D), Maine House District 131, Nathalie Arruda (D) and Sherm Hutchins (R), and Maine Senate District 8, Kim Rosen (R) and Bev Uhlenhake (D). Moderated by Susan Lessard. Co-sponsored by LWV-Downeast, the Bucksport Enterprise, and WERU Community Radio.
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
6:00 p.m.
SCI 102
University of Maine at Machias
116 O'Brien Avenue
Machias, Maine 04654
Iron Jawed Angels. Film screening of the award-winning film, Iron Jawed Angels, with discussion to follow led by Dr. Kay Kimball. Sponsored by the League of Women Voters - Machias, UMM Student Life, and UMM's Psych & Community Studies.
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Somesville Firestation
1157 Main St.
Somesville, ME 04660
MDI Legislative Candidates Forum - Tentative. Featuring candidates from Maine House Districts 134 and 135, and Maine Senate District 7. Moderated by Jill Goldthwait. Co-sponsored by LWV-Downeast, and the MD Islander.
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
5:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Flatbread Pizza
399 Commercial St.
Rockport, ME 04856
Benefit Night for the League of Women Voters - Midcoast.. Raffles, voter registration, great pizza, and more. A portion of each pizza purchase funds the League's voter outreach projects.
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
5:30 p.m.
Seasons Restaurant
427 Main St.
Bangor, ME 04401
Bangor League Meeting and Book Discussion - NEW DATE. Rescheduled from October 9. Join us for League business, dinner, and a book discussion. The October book is Doris Kearns Goodwin Leadership: In Turbulent Times.
Thursday, October 18, 2018
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Scarborough Adult Education
Scarborough High School, Room A100
11 Municipal Drive
Scarborough, ME 04074
Rock Your Vote 101: Voter Information Night Workshop. Seize your chance to shape tomorrow, vote today! Don't let the voting process, a confusing ballot, tough issues, or swirling rhetoric stand in your way. Become an informed and empowered citizen in this 100% non-partisan workshop. For more info and to register: Scarborough Adult Ed
Monday, October 22, 2018
6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Moore Community Center Theater
133 State Street
Ellsworth, ME 04605
Ellsworth Legislative Candidates Forum. Featuring candidates for House District 134, Nicole Grohoski (D) and Mark Reynolds (R), and for Senate District 7, Louie Luchini (D) and Rich Malaby (R). Moderated by Stephen Fay. Cosponsored by LWV-Downeast, the Ellsworth American, and the Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce.
Monday, November 5, 2018
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
MCCE/League Conference Room
565 Congress St.
Portland, ME 04101
LWVPA Open Board Meeting. Members welcome.
Tuesday, November 6, 2018
 
  Election Day.
Thursday, November 8, 2018
7-8:30 p.m.
Frontier Cafe
14 Maine St.
Brunswick, ME 04011
Midterm Elections Results: What Can We Expect?. Panel discussion featuring Bowdoin Profession Andrew Rudalevige; Democratic State Senator Brownie Carson; small business owner Fred Horch; and Republican lobbyist and former state legislator Pam Cahill. Moderated by Bob Howe. Tickets $5 available at the door.
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
5:30 p.m.
Seasons Restaurant
427 Main St.
Bangor, ME 04401
Bangor League Meeting and Book Discussion. Meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month. Join us for League business, dinner, and a book discussion. The November book is Adam Winkler's We the Corporations.
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
6:00 - 8:00pm
PelotonLabs
795 Congress St.
Portland, ME 04101
Wine and Whine! Election Debrief Party. Join us for our annual reflection what happened in the election and what it means for the upcoming legislative year. Appetizers and drinks will be provided by the League.
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
5:00-7:00 p.m.
Ann's House
Trenton
LWV Downeast Book Group. Our book for December is Our Towns: A 100,000 Mile Journey into the Heart of America by James Fallows and Deborah Fallows. Everyone welcome. Great snacks.

Email RSVP or for more information at downeast@lwvme.org.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Elaine's house, Portland Holiday Party. Celebration of LWVPA members and volunteers. It's a party! RSVP or for more information at portland@lwvme.org.
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
5:30 p.m.
Seasons Restaurant
427 Main St.
Bangor, ME 04401
Bangor League Meeting and Book Discussion. Meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month. Join us for League business, dinner, and a book discussion. The December book is David Sanger's The Perfect Weapon.
Thursday, February 14, 2019
6:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Riverton Branch
Portland Public Library
1600 Forest Ave.
Portland, ME 04103
LWV-Portland Area Book Discussion. The book will be Jon Meacham's Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels
Thursday, April 11, 2019
6:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Riverton Branch
Portland Public Library
1600 Forest Ave.
Portland, ME 04103
LWV-Portland Area Book Discussion. The book will be Tommy Orange's There There