Planting a Mediterranean Garden in Maine

Tuesday, April 17
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Cape Elizabeth Garden Club is delighted to welcome Harriet Robinson, PhD and former Stroudwater District Director, to inspire us with ideas for planting a Mediterranean garden in Maine. Coffee and other beverages will be served at 6:00 PM. The PowerPoint presentation starts at 6:30. The general public is welcome!

Writer’s Accountability Group – April

Wednesday, 4/18
10:30 AM – noon
TML’s new Writer’s Accountability Group (WAG!) meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 10:30-noon.
From future writers who haven’t found the time to get going, to published authors looking for inspiration for their next book, we’re here to support you in a relaxed, library setting. All levels of expertise and genres are welcome to:
  • Share ideas about writing, editing, and publishing. 
  • Share snippets of your work with a creative, supportive group.
  • Connect with other writers who are as passionate about the craft as you are.
  • Give yourself a deadline each month to show up with your latest work.
  • Have fun!

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

Volunteer Feature: Tools for Life

April 19, 2018
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Cape resident and TML patron Mary Irace is the director of the Salvation Army’s Tools for Life program. Tools for Life is committed to providing help in a cognitively enriched environment, and acting as a bridge for new immigrants to access English language acquisition and life skills needed to succeed in America.  

Since 2012, over 1,500 homeless and recently homeless have taken the Salvation Army’s Tools for Life 11-week series of classes to learn life and job skills and move forward in their lives. In 2017, Tools for Life expanded to include an ESL lab and ESL classes. Tools for Life is also starting weekly New Immigrant Orientation and Assimilation classes, and a University of Maine Eat Well Program. They are also providing resources to their patrons to help find housing, and to explain their responsibilities as tenants. 

Mary is looking for volunteers to tutor, mentor, and and help with childcare at the Tools for Life facility in Portland to allow single immigrant moms time to take ESL classes and participate in labs. Mary glows when talking about the huge impact her volunteers have on the lives of these new immigrants. We hope you’ll join us to learn more.

Songwriting Workshop – April

Our new songwriting workshop continues in April with local songwriter and performer Jud Caswell. Jud starts each session with a short discussion of some of the elements of songwriting craft, and moves on to sharing songs. Feedback is focused on questions or concerns raised by the songwriter, with 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. 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 grow their ability. Songwriters of all levels and abilities are welcome!

Here’s a bit about our leader, Jud Caswell
Maine-based Jud Caswell has played folk festivals from Texas to Oregon and won some of the best songwriting contests in the country.  He has appeared at iconic venues and at celebrated festivals across the country. While his music is often compared to James Taylor and David Wilcox, his songs draw on a long musical history and wide-ranging influences from jazz and Piedmont blues to contemporary folk and rock.  Wilcox offers his own praise, acclaiming Caswell as “much more than a great singer and guitar player, Jud’s songs take you into the storyteller’s world with clear images and characters that come to life for the listener.” Maine Today is even more emphatic: “Jud Caswell is an enormously talented lyricist, composer, performer, and producer. It’s only a matter of time before he’s discovered by the rest of the world; you should discover him now.” Jud has a degree in music from Dartmouth College and has taught songwriting to students of all ages and ability levels. 

Film: Finding the Balance Between Nature and Culture

Thursday 4/26
6:00 – 8:00 PM

How can land trusts work more closely with their community to address the traditions and aspirations of community members?  

Join us for a screening of a documentary by Maine’s Emmy award winning filmmaker Mark Ireland. Community Conservation: Finding the Balance Between Nature and Culture profiles four land trusts in different regions of Maine: coastal, inland, western mountains and Downeast. Shot throughout four seasons, Ireland captures the beauty of Maine from coast to mountains, from farmland to deep forests. Hikers, kayakers, immigrant farmers, kids, fishing guides, balsam tree-tippers, canoe-builders and more, tell the stories of local communities finding balance in nature.

Following the film, please join us for a discussion with filmmaker Mark Ireland and members of several local area land trusts to explore ways CELT and other land trusts can better serve local communities. 

Refreshments will be provided. And we’ll have a separate area set up for kids to play – so please feel free to bring the little ones! 


The Search and Recovery of JFK Jr, America’s Son

May 17, 2018
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
The Inner Workings Behind the Search and Recovery Effort – 
And Why Some People Live and Others Die in an Emergency

Capt. Russell Webster was the Coast Guard’s incident commander for portions of the 1999 search and recovery of JFK Jr.’s plane from waters near Martha’s Vineyard. He will discuss those operations. And, based on his eight years as New England’s first FEMA Federal Preparedness Coordinator, he’ll discuss the science behind how individuals determine risk – and why some live and others die during emergencies.

CLICK HERE and scroll down to learn more about our presenter, Capt. Russell Webster