Beyond Tulips: Unusual Spring Bulbs You Can Plant This Fall

fritillaria meleagrisTuesday, September 26
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Coffee will be served at 6:00 p.m.; the program begins at 6:30 p.m.

Lisa Colburn, author of The Maine Garden Journal: Insider Secrets for People Who Love to Put Their Hands in the Dirt, will speak about unusual bulbs you can plant in the fall for spring bloom. All are welcome!

         Presented in partnership with the Cape Elizabeth Garden Club

Explore the Legacy of Judy Garland

judy garland photoThursday, 9/28, 6:30 p.m

Award-winning music producer, critic and translator Lawrence Schulman, will delve into the life of the renowned American singer, actress, and vaudevillian, Judy Garland. The one-and-a-quarter hour multimedia presentation will examine Garland’s life and career, feature nine audio-video clips, and will include time for questions. In his talk, Schulman will endeavor to answer the question: “If I had about one hour to convince you of Judy Garland’s place in classic American popular music, what film and television performances would I choose?”

In his talk, Schulman will endeavor to answer the question: “If I had an hour to convince you of Judy Garland’s place in classic American popular music, what film and television performances would I choose?”

Please click here for more info.

The Animal Advocates Club for Grades 5 – 8 Is Back!

puppy in teacupKids in grades 5 – 8 can become part of this year’s Animal Advocates Club, offered in partnership with the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland (ARLGP.) The club meets once a month after school with Felicia Mazzone from ARLGP for hands-on fun and learning through service projects, plus a different live animal friend from the shelter each month. FMI and registration information, please click here!

Join our Community Discussion of “The Picture of Dorian Gray”

Picture of Dorian Gray

Professor Shelton Waldrep from USM will help us understand how Wilde’s text informs our understanding of current social trends and our expectations for the future. The Picture of Dorian Gray, published in 1890, explores the themes of narcissism and the nature of evil. As young aesthete Dorian Gray sinks into a life of crime and gross sensuality, his body retains perfect youth and vigor while his recently painted portrait grows day by day into a hideous record of evil, which he must keep hidden from the world. The book has been adapted for film and television more than a dozen times, most recently in a 2009 movie starring Colin Firth.

No registration is necessary to join our discussion, which will take place on Tuesday, September 12 at 6:30 p.m. FMI: Please click here!

 

Learn about Maine’s Bats on Thursday, September 7

Big Brown BatLearn about the Little Brown Bat and other species of bats found in Maine. Wildlife research scientist David Yates will discuss these important and fascinating members of Maine’s diverse wildlife population and discuss his research of bats as an indicator species for mercury exposure. The program will take place on Thursday, September 7 at 6:30 p.m. For more information on upcoming wildlife programs, please click here. 

About David Yates

David YatesDave Yates is the Mammal Program Director at the Biodiversity Research Institute. He has a B.S. in wildlife biology and management and a M.S. in conservation biology. He has been a wildlife research biologist with BRI since the Institute’s inception. As director of the mammal program, he is actively involved with various field studies focusing on wildlife conservation and management and the health assessment of aquatic ecosystems through contaminant screening.

Yates is currently conducting live-capture, tracking, and sampling studies on mink, otter, beaver, and muskrat. Along with this he is also researching bats as an indicator species for mercury exposure. This project is across the eastern U.S. at both point source and nonpoint source sites. He also conducts inventories of small and large mammals for the various state agencies and federal government.