Songwriting Workshop – July

Tuesday, July 23
6:15 pm – 8:15 pm
 

Our songwriting workshop meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month. 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 or play our house electric piano 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! 

Senior Tech – July

Wednesday, July 24
10:30 am – 12:00 pm
 
Senior Tech meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month.
 
We’re here to help in any way we can with your tech questions. We work together as a group to answer similar questions, and break out into smaller groups to answer individual questions.
 
If you have a question, we will help you find an answer. You wouldn’t believe some of the things we’ve been able to help solve!

Maine Wildlife Series: Monarch Butterflies

Thursday, August 8
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
 
Monarch on a Butterfly Bush

Monarch on a Butterfly Bush

Audubon staff naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, joins us in August as part of our Maine Wildlife Series. Doug promises an informative and interactive talk about Monarch butterflies with a focus on conservation issues and concerns surrounding this iconic North American species.

Doug will also discuss the Monarch life cycle and natural history, current challenges Monarchs face in Maine and beyond, and what you can do to help conserve Monarchs. 

We are delighted to learn more from Doug and welcome the wonderful Maine Audubon Society to TML!

Democracy Cafe

Tuesday, August 13
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
 

Where do you get your news? Are stories related to democratic ideals jumping out at you these days?

In August, we’ll center our discussion on the latest headlines. Does what we read about in the news deserve more time and thought? You bet it does!  

The Democracy Cafe meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. We hope you’ll join us this month for another great discussion. All are welcome.

Morning Book Group – Little Fires Everywhere

Wednesday, August 14
9:30 am – 11:00 am
 

Our morning book group meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. In July, we’ll be discussing Little Fires Everywhere, by Celeste Ng.

We hope you’ll join us to read and discuss. New members are always welcome.

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“In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned—from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.

Enter Mia Warren—an enigmatic artist and single mother—who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.

When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town—and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides.  Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia’s past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs. 

Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, the ferocious pull of motherhood — and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster.”

Evening Book Group – Becoming Teddy Roosevelt

Thursday, August 8
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
 

TML’s Evening Book Group meets on the 3rd Thursday of most months. August is an exception! This month we are reading Becoming Teddy Roosevelt: How a Maine Guide Inspired America’s 26th President by Andrew Vietze. This inspirational tale of friendship and determination also sheds new light on the role of the mentor’s mentor. Discover why this friendship was so crucial to Roosevelt’s development as a man and a president-and why it still matters today.