A Horse Story That Will Win Your Heart

Tuesday, December 4
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

The Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals (MSSPA) began as a retirement home in the late 1800s for the horses that used to pull the fire carts. They moved from Portland to Windham in 1970 where they are located on 124 acres of land.

This month Meris J. Bickford, CEO of the MSSPA, joins us to talk about their inspiring mission to:

  • Provide refuge, rehabilitation, and placement of seized equines.
  • Support the placement of surrendered horses.
  • Educate the public to help eliminate equine abuse and neglect.
Meris will tell us stories about some of the magnificent horses who have been rehabilitated at the farm.
And we’ll hear from Robert Sheckler, Volunteer Coordinator for the MSSPA. If you’ve ever wanted to work around horses, volunteering with this unique organization might be a great fit for you. 
Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals  is a 501(c)3 horse shelter taking in abused and neglected horses and rehoming them into the community. 
CLICK HERE and scroll down to learn more about our speakers!

Many Gifts: Family Traditions Rag Doll Workshop

Thursday, December 6
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
A Special Workshop for Adults

In The Rag Doll Gift , a children’s picture book authored by Karen Richards Toothaker, Kimberly receives a Rag Doll homemade with love from Gran. She also receives many other gifts of love from Gran: time in the garden discovering bees and worms, baking cookies, learning about American Sign Language and more!

Come hear The Rag Doll Gift and experience some of these gifts with hands on activities and crafts you can make for your own family. You will make your own no-sew rag doll – all materials included–HOWEVER, if you have some special fabrics or items of clothing from a loved one you are invited to bring it to use in your gifts making. Some ideas might be clothing your child has outgrown, or special clothing from a grandparent or other special person. 

Copies of The Rag Doll Gift will be available for purchase and signing by the author. CLICK HERE and scroll down to learn more about our presenter.

Democracy Cafe – Time to Revive Civility!

Tuesday, December 11
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
It’s time to revive civility in all of our discussions!
This month, we welcome back Mark Hews from Maine Revives Civility. We’ll talk about Maine Revives Civility‘s discussion guides and how to use them with family, friends, neighbors, and the community. Attendees will have an opportunity to have one-on-one and small group conversations using the materials, discuss how to organize conversations with family, friends, or neighborhoods, and explore ways to bring these tools to the community at large. The goal is to learn how to talk and listen to each other better.
Please join us in the Democracy Cafe where all voices are heard and the discussions are always interesting!

Morning Book Group – December

Wednesday, December 12
9:30 am – 11:00 am

TML’s Morning Book group meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 9:30-11:00am. In December, we’ll be discussing Winter Garden, by best-selling author Kristin Hannah.

Book groups are a nice way to get to know your neighbors! We hope you’ll join us this month for a great discussion! 

“Mesmerizing from the first page to the last, Kristin Hannah’s Winter Garden is one woman’s sweeping, heartbreaking story of love, loss, and redemption. At once an epic love story set in World War II Russia and an intimate portrait of contemporary mothers and daughters poised at the crossroads of their lives, it explores the heartbreak of war, the cost of survival and the ultimate triumph of the human spirit. It is a novel that will haunt the reader long after the last page is turned.”

Maine Wildlife Series: Lichens 101

Thursday, December 13
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

The earliest known lichen fossil is over 400 million years old. Lichens 101 will introduce you to this ancient organism. During the presentation we will look at the how, what, where, and why of lichens.

  • What are lichens?
  • Where do they live?
  • How do they make a living?
  • How do they reproduce?
  • Why lichens? 

There will be time for questions, discussion, and an opportunity to explore the presenter’s lichen collections.

CLICK HERE and scroll down to learn more about our presenter, Maine Master Naturalist Grace Bartlett.

Writers’ Accountability Group – December

Wednesday, December 19
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
TML’s Writer’s Accountability Group (WAG!) meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 10:00-noon.
All levels of expertise and genres are welcome as we:
  • Share ideas about writing, editing, and publishing. 
  • Share snippets of our work in a creative, supportive group setting.
  • Connect with other writers who are as passionate about the craft as we are.
  • Give ourselves a deadline each month to show up with our latest work.
  • Have fun!

We hope you’ll join us to help get your WAG going!