Songwriting Workshop

Tuesday, May 28
6:15 pm – 8:15 pm
 

Our songwriting workshop meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month through the end of the year. Whether you are a new writer, experienced writer, or want-to-be-a-writer writer, we hope you’ll join us each month to bring in your work and get expert advice from award-winning songwriter, Jud Caswell.

Jud starts each session with a short discussion of a specific element of songwriting craft, then moves to sharing songs. Jud’s feedback is focused on questions or concerns raised by the songwriter, with group discussion focused on issues of craft and technique.

Participants should bring a song that is “in process” for feedback and support, along with 10 copies of lyrics to share. Many in our group play the guitar as well as sing, but you are more than welcome to just sing what you’ve written, or sing to a recording you’ve made at home. 

We’ll have a sign-up sheet when you get here and will have time each night to share 6 or 7 songs. Come a little early if you want to make sure to get on the list!

The goal of the workshop is to provide a safe place for songwriters to share and learn. Songwriters of all levels and abilities are welcome! 

Click here and scroll down to learn more about our host, Jud Caswell.

Tales from Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail

Thursday, 5/30
6:30-7:30 PM

In 2010 Anne O’Regan left her home in Boston and traveled west to do what, on average, only 300 people accomplish each year. Starting in Campo, California on the Mexican border, she backpacked north for 2,650 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT).  Traveling through California, Oregon and Washington, she completed her thru-hike five months later in Manning Park, Canada. 

Join us as Anne shares tales from the trail, and offers a unique visual presentation gleaned from over 3,000 photographs taken along the way.

Click here and scroll down to learn more about Anne!

Inspiring Trail Dreams

Saturday, June 1
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Kids spend an average of about 10 hours a day on screens and only minutes a day playing outdoors. What’s the impact and what can be done to find more balance?

Brad ‘Old Buzzard’ Cook joins us to talk about how the solace of nature and the dream of hiking the Appalachian Trail altered and saved his life. Brad’s informative and inspirational story examines the physical, psychological, spiritual, and societal effects and benefits derived from an active participation in the natural world and the reasons why our children have been increasingly denied access to the therapeutic value of nature.

Copies of Brad’s book, Trail Dreams, will be available at the program.

Learn more at www.traildreams.com

Cape Garden Club Presents: Alliums!

Tuesday, June 4
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
 

Aurelia Scott of Portland joins us to speak about “Alliums.” Aurelia is the author of “Otherwise Normal People: Inside the Thorny World of Competitive Rose Gardening” published in 2007.  Her website is aureliacscott.com. This talk is open to the public; you do not need to be a Garden Club member to attend and learn. Aurelia will begin at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served after the program.

Cape Entrepreneurs!

Thursday, June 6
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
 

If you’re an entrepreneur or have your heart set on starting your own business, please join us for a new monthly gathering of kindred souls. At our CEO (Cape Elizabeth Opportunity) Roundtable, you’ll have a chance to share ideas, get advice, and talk shop in a supportive, non-competitive setting. 

June is Attendee Check-in Month. What are you working on? What do you need help with? What has helped you in the past that might be helpful to the rest of the group? You may have just the puzzle piece someone else is in need of!

Of note: In July, we will meet on the first Tuesday of the month: 7/2 since the first Thursday is 7/4. Our guest facilitator in July is David Backer, President of the Beach to Beacon board. David is also an attorney, and is a Cape resident. In August we’ll be back to our regular time slot (1st Thursday; August 1), with a Zoom call-in from author and blogger Christopher Phillips.

The Cape Entrepreneur’s Group (usually!) meets on the 1st Thursday of each month. We hope you’ll join us to share, learn, and connect.

Chair Yoga!

Monday, June 10
11:30 am – 12:30 pm
 

No prior experience is needed for this experience of gentle, mindful movement and deep breathing to calm the nervous system and focus the mind. You’ll stretch and move while sitting in your chair with a handful of standing and balancing postures accessible to all. We’ll finish with a guided body scan that invites you to relax into the present moment, that place where true power lies.

Yoga offers many benefits, including lower blood pressure, greater strength and flexibility, improved balance, and a calmer mind. You’ll learn why yoga is more than the physical postures you see in pictures and commercials, and how you can incorporate it into your life in a way that works for you. Chair yoga can be practiced at any age.

No prior experience, mats, or towels are needed. Just wear comfortable clothing, sneakers or flat shoes, and bring water to drink. 

When you tap into this ancient practice you’ll learn many ways to find a more peaceful, powerful you.

Click here and scroll down to learn more about our instructor