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.

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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 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.

Democracy Cafe – The Downside of Civility

Tuesday, June 11
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

At the Democracy Cafe, we have had many discussions on the importance of civility at a time when so many people feel they are odds with one another. But one of our participants made a very important observation in defense of incivility:

Sometimes you have to be uncivil to make change.

For instance, when people of color were fighting for basic civil rights and many asked them to wait and let things happen naturally of their own accord.

The questions we’ll discuss this month include:

  • When is it important to be civil?
  • When is incivility the better path?
  • What does incivility look like?
  • What is the role of civility, and incivility, in a Democracy?

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: The River of Consciousness

Wednesday, June 12
9:30 am – 11:00 am

Our morning book group meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. Our June, we’ll be discussing The River of Consciousness, by Oliver Sacks.

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

“From the bestselling author of The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a HatGratitude, and Musicophilia, this collection of essays displays Oliver Sacks’s passionate engagement with the most compelling ideas of human endeavor: evolution, creativity, memory, time, consciousness, and experience.”

Meet Ophelia the Opossum!

Thursday, June 13
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Miss Ophelia, the Center for Wildlife’s non-releasable opossum ambassador, joins us this month for a discussion about this fascinating nocturnal neighbor and all they do for us! Opossums are everywhere but few people appreciate their sweet, gentle, and resourceful natures.

Come meet Ophelia for a chance to do just that! The talk is appropriate for all ages; families are most welcome!

This program is part of our Maine Wildlife Series which is generously sponsored by the Thomas Memorial Library Foundation!