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January 2020

Renowned Author and Activist Rick Bass Public Reading and Talk

January 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Mechanic’s Hall, 519 Congress Street
Portland, ME 04101 United States
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JOIN US What role does literature play in our conversation efforts? Are story and advocacy, art and protest different paths seeking the same outcomes? Before he became a writer, Rick Bass was a geologist. His books, short stories, and letters are grounded in his scientific knowledge, in his remote Yaak valley home, and in his desire to protect some of America’s last areas of remote wilderness.Please join us for a heartfelt reading and passionate discussion with our panel. Rick will…

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There’s No Such Thing as Away: Where Does Your Trash & Recycling End Up?

January 22 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Portland Public Library, Rines Auditorium MAIN LIBRARY, 5 MONUMENT SQUARE
Portland, ME 04101 United States
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Is your New Year’s Resolution to reduce your waste?  Join us for a fun and informational program with ecomaine environmental educator, Katrina Bussiere-Venhuizen, to learn what happens to the trash and recycling that leaves your house or transfer station each week. WHEN: Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020 TIME: 5:30 - 7:00pm LOCATION: Rines Auditorium, Portland Public Library, Main Library DIRECTIONS: 5 Monument Square, Portland, ME FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC This is a non-ticketed event so please arrive early to…

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February 2020

Architecture With Birds in Mind With Guest Speaker Nick Lund of Maine Audubon

February 26 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Portland Public Library, Rines Auditorium MAIN LIBRARY, 5 MONUMENT SQUARE
Portland, ME 04101 United States
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Somewhere between 300 million and one billion American birds are killed each year after colliding with buildings. Coastal Maine, including Portland, is in the Atlantic Flyway, an important global corridor for bird migration. Join Maine Audubon staff expert, Nick Lund, to learn about which architectural features are most dangerous to birds, which birds are most at risk, and what steps architects and municipalities can take to reduce their impact on migration. Guest Speaker: Nick Lund Outreach and Network Manager for…

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March 2020

POSTPONED: Maine Climate Council: How Maine is Leading the Charge Against Climate Change

March 25 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Portland Public Library, Rines Auditorium MAIN LIBRARY, 5 MONUMENT SQUARE
Portland, ME 04101 United States
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THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED.

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April 2020

Earth Day 2020 Goes Digital

April 22

Earth Day is an annual event celebrated around the world on April 22nd to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First celebrated in 1970, it now includes events coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network in more than 193 countries. TOGETHER WE EARTHRISE: EARTH DAY GOES DIGITAL! While Earth Day may be going digital, the goal remains the same: to mobilize the world to take the most meaningful actions to make a difference. No matter where you are, you can make…

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Portland Sustainability Series – VIRTUAL EVENT: The Sense of Wonder

April 22 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Earth Day April 22, 2020 Virtual Book Discussion Event from 5:30pm-7:00pm Rachel Carson's, The Sense of Wonder This Earth Day, Portland’s Sustainability Series is switching gears and hosting a virtual discussion of Rachel Carson’s, The Sense of Wonder book. Originally published as a magazine article in the 1950’s, it details Carson’s philosophy that adults need to nurture a child’s inborn sense of wonder about the natural world. “If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder,” writes…

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May 2020

Portland Sustainability Series

May 27 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Virtual Event Film Screening & Discussion LOVE FLOWS - CONNECTING FISH, RIVERS & PEOPLE Once upon a time, massive fish migrations were observed yearly around the globe. Civilizations and wildlife revolved around these natural wonders and depended on them for survival. For millennial, we have relied on rivers as a source of food, recreation, and energy. Unfortunately, many of these natural, free-flowing rivers have deteriorated as generations pass. Love Flows brings to life the challenges that voiceless rivers and fishes…

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June 2020

Portland Sustainability Series

June 24 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

How Maine is Leading the Charge Against Climate Change An update from the Governor’s Climate Council The Maine Climate Council is developing a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help Maine’s people, communities, and industry become more resilient to the impacts of climate change. Join Anthony Ronzio and Brian Ambrette from the Governor’s Office of Policy Innovation and the Future for a status report on the work to date, plans for upcoming work and, importantly, ways for you to…

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August 2020

Maine Humanities Council and SMCC’s Summer Discussion Project

August 13 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

What better time than now to grapple with big questions like: Who are we? Where are we? How did we get here? Where might we be going?… and How do we get there from here? SMCC members are invited to join the last of our 3 rich discussions grounded in readings that foreground the opportunities and challenges of life in Maine. They are designed to be an opportunity to engage with creative thinking, conversation, and fun. Maine Humanities Council and…

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September 2020

Portland Sustainability Series

September 23 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Portland Sustainability Series featuring Portland Trails with guest speaker Nathan Smith. On August 30th 1993, the land that was to become the Eastern Prom Trail passed into public ownership. Nathan Smith, noted at the celebration a few days later ‘ One hundred years from now, this land will have been on the market once in 247 years’. Nathan Smith will be speaking on the remarkable timing and sequence of events and people who helped seize the opportunity to assure trail access…

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