Making Democracy Work

Calendar of Events


We sponsor meetings and events for the public and League members

Date & Time        Place        Description
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
5-7pm
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
Thursday, March 2, 2017
5:30-7:30pm
Martin's Point Health Center
331 Veranda Street
Portland, ME 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.

Friday, March 17, 2017
10-11:00 am
WERU 89.9 FM Blue Hill and 99.9 FM Bangor, streaming at weru.org 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.
Sunday, March 19, 2017
TBD
Curtis Memorial Library
23 Pleasant St.
Brunswick ME 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.
Monday, March 20, 2017
Noon
Northeastland Hotel
436 Main St.
Presque Isle, ME 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.
Tuesday, March 21, 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 Erik J. Engstrom's, Partisan Gerrymandering and the Construction of American Democracy.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
5:30-7:00pm
Pat's Pizza
396 High St.
Ellsworth, ME 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.

Monday, March 27, 2017
6:30pm
Blue Hill Public Library
5 Parker Point Rd.
Blue Hill, ME 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, March 29, 2017
5:30-7:30pm
Martin's Point Health Center
331 Veranda Street
Portland, ME 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.

Thursday, April 6, 2017
5-7pm
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
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.

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!
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.
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.