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HALLOWELL - The Kennebec Valley Art Association invites artists to submit artwork to Art2016, the 21st annual juried show at the Harlow Gallery at 160 Water Street in Hallowell. Art2016 will be on view May 13 through June 18, 2016 and an opening reception will be held on Friday, May 13 from 5 to 8 with an awards ceremony at 6 p.m. Art2016 is open to all Maine artists and to any artist with a strong connection to Maine.

ORONO — University of Maine Cooperative Extension has published a new bulletin about creating new plants that covers seed production and storage, soil conditions, transplanting and dissemination by cuttings and divisions.

Plant Propagation in Maine was edited and revised by David Sorensen, University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension educator emeritus, and Kate Garland, UMaine Extension horticulturist. For more information, to obtain bulletins for $2 each or to download the bulletin for free, visit extensionpubs.umext.maine.edu or contact (207) 581-3792, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

PORTLAND – he University of Maine Aquaculture Research Institute will host this year’s international conference on behalf of the International Society of Fish & Shellfish Immunology (ISFSI).

This is the second international conference of the ISFSI and the first time the global group of researchers and industry leaders will gather outside Europe.

The International Conference of Fish & Shellfish Immunology will be held June 26–30 at the Holiday Inn By the Bay in Portland, Maine.

The conference aims to improve aquaculture in the U.S. and around the world by bringing together leaders in the field from universities, research institutions and the industry, according to Anne Langston, associate director of UMaine’s Aquaculture Research Institute (ARI), an international center for aquaculture research and development and home to the Sustainable Ecological Aquaculture Research Network (SEANET).

In 2013, the conference was held in Spain and attracted about 320 attendees.

UMaine, which has hosted an international conference on sea lice, was selected to host the conference after a bidding process.

GREENVILLE – The 12th annual Chocolate Festival in the Moosehead Lake Region just happens to land on one of the biggest chocolate days of the year, Valentine’s Day. The 2016 Moosehead Region Chocolate Festival will feature a silent auction, a kids corner and – of course – chocolate.

“You can’t get much better than good, quality chocolate,” said Angela Arno, executive director of the Moosehead Lake Region Chamber of Commerce. “Over the 12 years of this festival, it has become obvious to us that people from near and far like to celebrate chocolate. It comes in different forms, with different pairings, and for different occasions, but it is always enjoyable. Chocolate lovers and casual chocolate consumers will all find something to enjoy at the Chocolate Festival.”

BANGOR – On Saturday, Feb. 20, Eastern Maine Pagan Pride Association is hosting a Bacchanalian Ball from 6-10 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Bangor, 120 Park Street, Bangor, ME.

Bacchanalia is an ancient festival celebrating the Greek God, Bacchus – the God of wine, revelry and merriment. The Bacchanalian Ball will feature music for dancing, a chocolate buffet and a live auction of wonderful crafts and services, hosted by Bacchus himself.

The Museum will reopen on May 1, 2016

BAR HARBOR — The Abbe Museum, the first and only Smithsonian Affiliate in the state of Maine, will be closed until April 30, 2016, while a new core exhibit is designed and installed in the Museum’s main gallery. The exhibit, People of the First Light, is the first large-scale permanent exhibit of its kind for the Abbe.

“The exhibit will occupy approximately 2,100 square feet in our downtown Bar Harbor location,” said Abbe President and CEO, Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko. “During the course of the past year and a half in planning for our new strategic plan, numerous community conversations occurred and some of those resulted in identifying specific financial sustainability strategies that influence our exhibit planning efforts. The conversations all pointed to the need for a permanent exhibit.”

FARMINGTON — The University of Maine at Farmington is proud to present non-fiction, environmental author Kathryn Miles as the next reader in its celebrated Visiting Writers Series. Miles will read from her work at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 11, in The Landing in the UMF Olsen Student Center. The reading is free and open to the public and will be followed by a signing by the author.

According to author Janine DeBaise, Miles’s non-fiction work is known for combining the scientific facts of a story with a good narrative that entertains while educating. Miles’s “Superstorm: Nine Days Inside Hurricane Sandy” (Dutton 2014), is the first complete, moment-by-moment account of the largest Atlantic storm system ever recorded. In this riveting account, she takes the reader inside the enormous storm and the people whose lives were forever changed.

Tuesday, 02 February 2016 16:18

ArtLab for All Ages: Stamp N' Stomp

ROCKLAND —The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites you to create and experiment with original stamps on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016 at CMCA's temporary South End location, 218 Main Street, Rockland. Bring your family or come on your own from 2 to 4 p.m. for ArtLab’s  “Stamp n' Stomp.” You’ll design an assortment of stamps with a plentitude of uses to tote home with you for the winter months ahead. Try your hand at both low-relief stamps and large-scale mono prints. Children, adults and families are welcome. ArtLab is free of charge and open to all.

HAMPDEN — Primary care is the foundation for maintaining a healthy community, and there are many children who may not have regular access to a primary care provider. Recognizing this issue, leaders at Eastern Maine Medical Center and RSU 22 came together to create the RSU 22 School-Based Health Center. The center is a place where students can be seen for health concerns, while staying right at Hampden Academy.

"This initiative stems from a need that RSU 22 staff members were seeing,” says James Raczek, MD, FAAFP, EMMC senior vice president and chief medical officer. “Upon being seen, our providers will work with the patient’s primary care providers to ensure the visit is entered into their medical records. It’s a real benefit to the students, their parents and the community.”

ORONO — The Lord Hall Gallery at the University of Maine presents an exhibition of the transfixing landscapes of UMaine art professor Michael H. Lewis.

“Deep Roots/Old Strength,” which runs from Feb. 5 through March 25, includes a selection of Lewis’ paintings dating from 1967–2008. An artist’s reception is scheduled from 5:30–7 p.m. Feb. 5.

Lewis uses a process of oil-based turpentine wash to create translucent and radiant landscapes that reflect not only the “beauty and diversity of Maine’s physical landscape” but also offers “an effective pathway to the mysterious realms beyond literal conscious thought.”

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