Dec
20
6:00 PM18:00

Awarding-winning Chef Barton Seaver Book Signing & Discussion for New Book

BRUNSWICK, ME – The Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association and the Merrymeeting Food Council welcome renowned chef and author Barton Seaver to the Curtis Memorial Library on December 20th at 6:00 PM to discuss his latest book, American Seafood: Heritage, Culture & Cookery from Sea to Shining Sea.

A book for foodies, anglers, cooks, and history buffs, American Seafood is the essential guide to more than 500 species, as well as a riveting history of one of our country’s most iconic industries. Through essays and curated artwork, Seaver supplies a refreshing, fascinating, and timely social history of our maritime nation, built upon the bounty of America’s oceans and fueled by the dreams of generations of immigrants.

“This book is written as a celebration of the heritage of one of this nation’s most charismatic industries. When we acknowledge why fisheries were so important in our history, we can begin to understand why they are so important to us still as a society and as citizens. When we study and understand our past, we’re better able to appreciate the efforts of organizations, such as MCFA and MFC, who work to ensure that this legacy endures.” explains Seaver.

The Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association has participated in the Merrymeeting Food Council since 2015.  The Food Council is dedicated to identifying new and innovative ways to include seafood and fishing in its work and conversations.

“MCFA is an advocate for Maine’s community-based fishermen. Learning and talking about new ways Mainers can access seafood right here is important to both consumers and harvesters. With the Food Council, we are striving to encourage more Merrymeeting area residents to seek out, and learn about, Maine’s fishermen and their bounty. Events like this help to elevate that conversation and provide a great opportunity for learning,” says Monique Coombs, MCFA Director of Marine Programs.

The Fishermen’s Association and MFC welcome those interested in learning more about the culture of seafood and how consumers can make an impact locally in the unfolding history of Maine’s fishing heritage. This book signing and discussion are free and open to the public. Copies of American Seafood will be available onsite for purchase, with a portion of the proceeds being donated to MCFA and MFC.


FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Event Contact

Monique Coombs, Director of Marine Resources

monique@mainecoastfishermen.org | (207) 807-5539

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Oct
11
9:00 AM09:00

Glean with a Friend

The Merrymeeting Gleaners invite you to “Glean with a Friend,” as part of the First Annual Maine Gleaning Week. Gleaners harvest and collect surplus produce from farms and farmers’ markets for re-distribution.  The Merrymeeting Gleaners distribute donated produce to soup kitchens, food pantries, Head Start and WIC programs, and low-income housing communities in nine communities from Richmond to Bath. Thanks to the generosity of Six River Farm in Bowdoinham, current gleaners and their friends – and anyone who would like to meet new friends and do some gleaning! – will harvest as many vegetables as possible on the eleventh. The produce will provide meals for midcoast Maine’s hungry children, elders, and all in need in the winter months. Cider, doughnuts, and information about future gleaning activities will be available to all who participate. Please contact the Gleaners at merrymeetinggleaners@gmail.com, since space is limited and carpooling to the farm will be arranged.

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Nov
11
to Nov 13

NESAWG: It Takes a Region Conference

North East Sustainable Agriculture Work Group:

2016 IT TAKES A REGION CONFERENCE

NESAWG's conference draws together practitioners and professionals across the Northeast working to transform the region's food system. Make sure you're among them! 

WHEN
Preconferences — Nov 10
Conference — Nov 11 + 12

WHERE
Hartford Hilton — Hartford, CT

WHO
farmers + farmworkers + students + professors + journalists + scientists + food justice advocates +  food hub managers + market innovators + regional planners + USDA representatives + NGO leaders + land grant university educators + food system practitioners + local government...YOU!

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Nov
10
to Nov 12

Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group's "It Takes a Region" 2016 Conference

Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Workgroup’s (NESAWG) annual It Takes a Region Conference brings together farm and food systems practitioners across the 12-state Northeast region to learn, debate, collaborate, and innovate solutions to critical food systems issues. Each year, NESAWG looks at the trajectory of the food and farm movement and the role the network can play in shaping its future. NESAWG offers in-depth working sessions that tackle important questions about our regional food system and how to strengthen it, drawing from the collective expertise and wisdom of conference attendees.

To learn about this year's theme and the conference program, please visit NESAWG's event page. 

Click here to register for the event.

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Oct
31
12:00 AM00:00

Apple Gleaning ~ ACTUAL DATE TBA ~

PLEASE FILL OUT THE FORM TO LET US KNOW YOU ARE INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING FOR THIS EVENT.

WE WILL THEN DETERMINE THE EVENT DATE BASED ON VOLUNTEER AVAILABILITY.

The Merrymeeting Gleaners, on behalf of the Merrymeeting Food Council, have been gleaning vegetables from Six Rivers Farm and the Bath Farmers Market on a weekly basis for several months. The project has donated close to 6,000 pounds of produce to local food pantries and other organizations working to address the problem of food insecurity.

We now have the opportunity to conduct a one-day apple gleaning at Rocky Ridge Orchard in Bowdoinham after the close of season at the orchard. The apples will then be donated to various food pantries and other organizations serving those in need.

At this time we do not have an exact date for the gleaning. We know that it will be around October 31st and should not last longer than a few hours including the time it takes to weigh and deliver the apples. We should have an exact date the third week of October.

At this point we are determining how many potential volunteers we will have to participate in this gleaning. If you are interested in volunteering please fill out the attached form (link below). As soon as we have an exact date and time we will reach out to everyone that has completed the form to determine who can commit.

Apple Gleaning Volunteer Interest

Questions? Please contact kellydavis15(at)gmail(dot)com

FILL OUT FORM

 

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Oct
25
5:30 PM17:30

The Botanical Explorer

Joseph Simcox is a World Food Plant Ecologist and Ethnobotanist. He travels the globe to identify the world’s food plant resources focusing on under-utilized crops and wild species.

“As a Botanical Explorer, I am dedicated to sharing my experience of the vast diversity of the plant world with as many people as possible. The future of mankind is inextricably linked to us developing a symbiotic relationship with plants and nature.” ~ Joseph Simcox

The basis of his work is to promote the use and cultivation of plants for food and useful components. His goal is to ensure food security and nutrition for all while developing food systems that mimic nature. Joseph asserts that the identification of wild food plants and their appropriate habitats is the first step to creating sustainable ecosystems.

The Rare Vegetable Seed Consortium’s chief aim is to establish collections of lesser known and sometimes exceedingly rare food plants. Presently there are approximately 14,000 species and varieties in the Consortium’s holdings, and that number is continually expanding.

Survival of biodiversity depends on active growing and seed saving. As Joseph often remarks:

“The best seed bank is the soil in your back yard!”

This is to point out that while formal seed banks do have an important role in safeguarding biodiversity, the most reliable way of ensuring seed viability is to plant year after year. The Consortium works to actively promote season-to-season cultivation, seed saving and sharing of its holdings of rare, non-GMO, heirloom genetic material.

Free! Register HERE: http://www.btlt.org/events/botanical-explorer/

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Oct
15
11:00 AM11:00

Pride of Bristol Bay Salmon Pickup

Reserve your share of wild-caught Bristol Bay salmon and pickup your share at New Beet Market in Brunswick on Saturday, October 15 from 11-2. The event will include Maine seafood, local beer, music, and wild-caught Bristol Bay salmon.

For any questions, please contact: monique@mainecoastfishermen.org.

Location: New Beet Market, 25 Burbank Ave, Brunswick, ME 04011

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Sep
10
6:00 PM18:00

Maine Coast Fishermen's Association Presents: Dinner with Barton Seaver

Join the Maine Coast Fishermen's Association for a dinner event with Chef Barton Seaver at the Captain Lawrence E. Johnson House on Bailey Island. With a menu featuring locally sourced seafood and produce from Crystal Spring Farm, guests will enjoy the entire cooking experience alongside Barton Seaver as he demonstrates the versatility of Maine seafood bounty. 

All attendees will leave with a signed copy of Barton Seaver's newest cookbook "Two if by Sea." All proceeds will go to Maine Coast Fishermen's Association in order to continue to support Maine's small-boat community-based fishermen. 

Food and beverages to be sponsored by Rising Tide Brewing Company, Green Bee Soda, and Crystal Springs Farm. 

Click here to purchase tickets.

WHEN

Saturday, September 10, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT) - Add to Calendar

WHERE

Captain Lawrence E. Johnson House - 1965 Harpswell Islands Road, Bailey Island, Maine 04003 - View Map

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Aug
13
1:00 PM13:00

Foothills Food Festival

A Celebration in Downtown Norway of Western Maine’s Local Foods Movement. Activities will include a beer garden, workshops, music, food art projects, local foods, and other educational displays.

Learn more: http://ecologybasedeconomy.org/foothillsfoodfestival.html

When: Saturday, August 13th, 1pm–9pm

Where: Downtown Norway, Maine

Rain date is Sunday, August 14th.

 

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Aug
1
to Aug 5

Maine Agriculture in the Classroom Summer Teachers Institute

The 2016 Maine Agriculture in the Classroom Summer Teachers Institute will be held at The University Maine, Machias Campus on August 1 – 5 with 36 contact hours or 3.6 CEU's available for recertification. The week will start with curriculum sessions at the College focused on STEM, Nutrition and higher level thinking for students in regard to agriculture. The week-long workshop will include lessons, online resources and grant opportunities. All participants will leave with armloads of materials and megabytes of technology integrating agriculture into your classes from Pre K – 12th grade.

On Wednesday and Thursday the entire group will tour farms (including wild blueberry), aquaculture facilities, school agriculture programs and Maine Ag based businesses. Teachers will learn more about locally grown foods, their impact on the Maine economy, applications in science, and opportunities to integrate agriculture into the core curriculum.

The cost of the entire week, including meals and all materials and lodging, is only $200 due to sponsorships from the Maine Wild Blueberry Commission, The Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, AND the Specialty Agriculture License Plate!

Scholarships are available for $150 based on need (meaning your school's ability to fund), on a first come basis. If applying for a scholarship please send a short request of up to 250 words (including explanation of need, and how you will use the knowledge gained) and your check for $50, which will be returned if you are not granted funding.

To register for this event and/or apply for a scholarship, please visit the Maine Agriculture in the Classroom website.

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Jun
7
6:00 PM18:00

Hook, Line & Dinner

Join the Maine Coast Fishermen's Association in celebrating their 10th anniversary! The event will include a dinner of local seafood, a cash bar, and a silent auction. Tickets are $25 and can be ordered here or by calling 207-619-1755.

The dinner will be held on Tuesday, June 7th from 6-9 p.m. at The Slipway Restaurant in Thomaston. 

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Jun
7
9:00 AM09:00

Food is Medicine Forum 2016

Improving consumption of nutritious, healthy food is a crucial part of providing high quality, cost-effective health care. In this conference, national and local experts will address the link between hunger and health, share the latest research on the high cost of hunger, the impact on seniors and children, and present examples of innovative work taking place in the US and in Maine. 

At this forum, a panel of experts will provide an important discussion on food insecurity in Maine and how it affects:

  • The health and wellness of all, especially children and seniors
  • Healthcare and healthcare costs
  • Food policies and assistance programs

The Food Is Medicine Forum is sponsored by EMHS and is an outgrowth of the system’s Partnerships to Improve Community Health award – a three-year cooperative agreement with U.S. CDC to address determinants of health and prevent chronic disease. EMHS is working with partners in Maine’s seven northern counties to improve access to healthy food, develop successful connections between healthcare providers and community organizations, and build a stronger prevention network. 

Registration is free and required. You can register for this event here. This event will be held at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

 

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May
19
1:00 PM13:00

Making Farm to Institution Work for All

Event Description

Connecting Practitioners to Share Stories and Best Practices to Make Farm to Institution Work For All

This session will be held at St. Joseph's College after a morning session called The Cumberland County Food System Summit  (for more info on Summit, contact Jim Hanna at jhanna@ccfoodsecurity.org

This is an afternoon exploring Implementation of Farm to Institution -

What’s happening right now?

How can we grow it together?  

Registration at 12:30 St Joseph Alfond Auditorium

WHEN

Thursday, May 19, 2016 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EDT) - Add to Calendar

WHERE

Saint Joseph's College of Maine - 278 Whites Bridge Road, Standish, ME 04084 - View Map

To register for the event, please click here.

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May
19
8:00 AM08:00

Building Strong Communities with Local Food - Cumberland County Food System Summit

Building Strong Communities with Local Food
Thursday, May 19, 2016, 8:00 am-1:00 pm at St. Joseph’s College, Standish

Agenda 

8:00 Registration Opens

8:30 Welcome
Stuart Leckie, Pearson’s Cafe, St. Joseph’s College
Julia Freedgood, American Farmland Trust

8:50 Opening plenary: Ken Meter  As president of Crossroads Resource Center, Mr. Meter holds 41 years experience in inner city and rural community food system analysis and planning, including several communities throughout the State of Maine.

     • How a food system works
     • Why the state of your food system matters for your town
     • Applying research to our local food system
     • What we are learning in Lake Region Food Study (with Anne Krieg)

9:50 Networking Break

10:10 Information Sessions: Tools and Techniques to Strengthen Your Community’s Food System (Rotate after each 15-20 minute topic)

     • Food in Planning and Policy Development
     • Buying Local: Food in Economic Development
     • You Don’t Need to Waste That (Food and/or Money) 
     • Paying for Your Community’s Food Projects
     • Data and Advocacy: Using Evidence to Achieve Your Community-based Goals

11:45 Lunch (Local food prepared by Pearson’s Cafe, St. Joseph’s College)

12:00 Lunch Presentation: Jim Hanna
Closing the Hunger Gap with Local Food

12:30 Closing Comments: Cumberland County Food Security Council
How Growing Food Connections can support towns to achieve food system goals

1:00 Transition to Optional Supplimental Workshops

1:00 - 2:30 Optional Supplemental Workshops (held concurrently)
PLEASE SELECT ONE OF THE SESSIONS BELOW

Sustainable Management of Recovered Organics: Mark King, ME Department of Environmental Protection (Reserve your spot through event tickets above.)

Is Your Town Farm Friendly: Stephanie Gilbert & Phil Carey, ME Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (Reserve your spot through event tickets above.)

Making Farm to Institution Work For All: Maine Farm and Sea Cooperative & the Maine Farm to Institution Work Group (Click here to register for this workshop.)

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May
5
9:00 AM09:00

Processing Work Group Meeting with a Focus on the Farm Bill

The Processing Work Group of the Merrymeeting Food Council is focusing their May meeting on impacting the Farm Bill. The group will gather feedback regarding the three following questions:

·        What are the current obstacles/obstructions for processing and value-added?

·        What are your recommendations to address those current obstacles?

·        What are your recommendations for how to adapt or scale down current legislation and/or regulations from large scale processing to small/medium scale processing?

Feedback gathered will be drafted into a policy proposal with the intent of helping to shape the 2019 Farm Bill, with respect with processing opportunities for small and medium scale processors.

The meeting will be held on Thursday, May 5 from 9:00-10:30 am at the Bath Freight Shed, 27 Commercial St, Bath Maine. Directions and a map can be found here.

Registration is not required, but it would be appreciated if you contact Colleen Fuller at cfuller@midcoasthealth.com if you are planning on attending.

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Apr
21
6:00 PM18:00

"Just Eat It" Movie Screening

The Natural Resources Council of Maine, Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program (MCHPP), Curtis Contemporaries, Wild Oats Bakery, Merrymeeting Food Council, and Camden International Film Festival are hosting a community screening and discussion of the documentary, “Just Eat It” on Thursday, April 21 at 6:00 p.m. at the Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant Street in Brunswick.

For more information about the screening and to reserve FREE tickets, please visit the Natural Resources Council of Maine’s website here.

Download a promotional flyer here.

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Apr
20
7:30 PM19:30

The Changing Expectations of Agriculture: Farmers and Consumers Juggling Qualities and Quantities

Have you eaten today? If so, to quote poet and farmer Wendell Berry, you have committed an 'agricultural act'. The landscape and structures of agriculture and the food system are shifting. Farmers and eaters are juggling the quantities of food produced and consumed but are also juggling evolving expectations on the qualities of agricultural production practices and the crops produced. This presentation examines the emerging structural changes in agriculture and the food system and identifies the social, economic, and ecological relationships that impact our land, our communities, and our bodies.

Sarah Lloyd is the Special Projects Coordinator for the Wisconsin Farmers Union and the Director of Development for the Wisconsin Food Hub Cooperative. In addition to her off-farm work, Sarah helps her husband Nels Nelson on the Nelson family dairy farm outside Wisconsin Dells, WI. Sarah represents the dairy farmers of Wisconsin on the National Dairy Board. Sarah has a PhD in Rural Sociology from the UW-Madison and teaches the Rural Social and Economic Issues course in the UW Farm Industry Short Course. Sarah Lloyd also serves on the Wormfarm Institute Board, an organization working at the intersection of the arts and agriculture.

This event is open to the public free of charge and is being held at Beam Classroom, Kresge Visual Arts Center, Bowdoin College. Please view Bowdoin College's event listing here.

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Apr
7
5:30 PM17:30

KELT's Annual Meeting and Membership Celebration

Unearthing our Local Farms, Food, & Fisheries

Thursday, April 7 at the Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington Street, Bath

Social Gathering at 5:30pm, Presentation at 6:15pm

Join KELT to uncover the resurgence & economic importance of farming in our state, feature our collaboration with the Maine Farmland Trust to protect significant local farmland, & discover KELT’s role supporting the Merrymeeting Food Council to ensure our region’s participation in local food production & consumption.

This is the perfect occasion to learn more about KELT’s work and receive an update on the lands acquired in 2015.

FMI and RSVP by or emailing bkolak@kennebecestuary.org or calling 207-442-8400 or online at http://kennebecestuary.org/annual-meeting-2016

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Apr
2
8:30 AM08:30

Ending Child Hunger - A Forum and Call to Action

Bread for the World is sponsoring a Forum on Child Hunger to discuss childhood hunger in our communities and develop unified plans for addressing it. Attendees will include legislators, school officials, food service directors, healthcare professionals, and representatives from non-profits. 

The event will take place on Saturday, April 2 from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm at the Cram Alumni House at Bowdoin College. You download a flyer about the event here.

Seating is limited and registration is required. To register for the event, please call Frank Wnek at 207-729-6300. 

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Mar
24
7:00 PM19:00

Justice for Women Lecture - Food Insecurity

Dr. Lindiwe Sibanda will discuss Food Insecurity in Maine and around the world at the University of Southern Maine on March 24 as part of the 2016 Justice for Women Lecture Series. She is CEO and Head of Mission; Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN).

Admission to the lecture is free, but registration is required. Learn more information and register for the event here.

 

 

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Mar
21
7:30 AM07:30

Grand Opening of New Beet Market

Join New Beet Market as they celebrate their grand opening on Monday, March 21. Doors open at 7:30, and coffee will be free all morning! There will be a ribbon cutting at 9:00 am, and at lunchtime, you will have the opportunity to meet New Beet Market's partner farmers and non-profit organizations. 

You can RSVP and learn more about the event at the New Beet Market Facebook page here.

New Beet Market is located at 25 Burbank Ave, Brunswick Landing, Brunswick, ME. A map and directions can be found here.

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Mar
14
8:00 AM08:00

Merrymeeting Food Council Steering Committee Meeting

The Merrymeeting Food Council's Steering Committee will hold their first meeting on Monday, March 14 from 8:00 am to 9:30 am at the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust office, 108 Maine St, Brunswick, ME 04011. 

Agenda items will include:

  • Networking and introductions
  • Merrymeeting Food Council history and update
  • Steering Committee roles and nominations
  • Budget discussion
  • Work group updates and challenges
  • Setting the stage for the second meeting and future topics of discussion including communications & engagement and sector list & gap analysis.

This meeting is open to the public and registration is not required. If you have questions prior to the meeting, please contact Colleen Fuller at cfuller@midcoasthealth.com.

A map of the meeting location and directions can be found here.

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Mar
5
9:00 AM09:00

Local Food, Local Hunger - A Community Forum on Food Insecurity in Lincoln County

The Morris Farm and Chewonki are hosting a community forum on food insecurity in Lincoln County. Information sessions will include food policy councils, food insecurity nutrition incentive programs, fighting childhood hunger, and more. Networking and round table discussions will also be a part of the event.

The Local Food, Local Hunger Forum will be held on Saturday, March 5 from 9:00 am -4:00 pm at The Center for Environmental Education at Chewonki, 485 Chewonki Neck Road, Wiscasset.

The even costs $15 if registered before February 20th and $20 if registered after February 21st.

You can view the full agenda and register for the event here.

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Feb
27
2:00 PM14:00

Growing Vegetables in Mid Coast Maine

The Sagadahoc County Chapter of MOFGA is sponsoring a presentation by Linton Studdiford, a local master gardener,  about vegetable growing in Mid Coast Maine.

Seating is limited, and anyone planning to attend should arrive early. You can view the event flyer here.

The presentation will be held on Saturday, February 27 from 2-3:30 pm at the Bath Freight Shed on Commercial Street in Bath, Maine

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Feb
25
2:00 PM14:00

Maine Food to Portland's Institutions' Tables Meeting

The Maine Farm and Sea Cooperative will be hosting a meeting at which they will share their new report and toolkit "Maine Food to Portland's Tables" which provides a process for organizations hoping to create local food procurement programs.

You can learn more and RSVP for the meeting here.

WHEN

February 25, 2016 at 2pm - 4pm

WHERE

Portland City Hall State of Maine Room
389 Congress St
Portland, ME 04101
United States
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Dec
8
9:00 AM09:00

Transferring the Farm/Forest Product Business

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension will be presenting an estate planning workshop to help farm and forest product families minimize business succession risk by addressing estate planning, business structures, and developing plans to move your farm to the next generation. This day-long workshop will help farmers and farm families make informed decisions about intergenerational transfer of farmland and farm businesses.

Topics include:

  • Starting the Farm/Forest Products Business Transition Process
  • Transition, Money, & Estate Planning - Useful tools
  • The Legal Aspect
  • Healthcare
  • Q&A and Wrap-Up

The workshop will be held at the Waterville Elks Club (upper level), Industrial Street, Waterville, Maine 04901.

Cost of the event is $20.00 (includes lunch).

To view the agenda, list of speakers, and to register for the workshop, please click here.

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