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Ted Talk Screening & Discussion – Wednesday, April 5, 12:00 PM

Posted by Michael Gorzka on March 31st, 2017

ted-talks-logoJoin us for a series of TED Talk screenings followed by group discussion.

Each TED Talk and discussion will focus on issues addressed in Writings on the Wall by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. TED is a nonpartisan nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks.

Join us to listen, watch, discuss, and be inspired! Participants are welcome to bring a brown-bag lunch.

How to Overcome Our Biases? Walk Boldly Toward Them by Verna Myers

Verna-MyersThe first screening & discussion will be How to Overcome Our Biases? Walk Boldly Toward Them by Verna Myers, which is a TED video recorded at the TEDxBeaconStreet 2014 conference.

Our biases can be dangerous, even deadly – as we’ve seen in the cases of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner, in Staten Island, New York.

Diversity advocate Verna Myers looks closely at some of the subconscious attitudes we hold toward out-groups.

She makes a plea to all people: Acknowledge your biases. Then move toward, not away from, the groups that make you uncomfortable. In a funny, impassioned, important talk, she shows us how.

Day & Time: Wednesday, April 5, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Location: Morrell Meeting Room

Contact: Sarah Brown 725-5242 x 510

Career Planning Class – Tuesday, March 28, 12:00-2:30 PM

Posted by Michael Gorzka on March 22nd, 2017

In the Career Planning class, you will review your skills, interests, and experiences and relate them to occupations.

You will identify educational opportunities, research the local job market, and develop a step-by-step plan to achieve your goals.

The Career Planning class is open to people of all ages and incomes. Anyone is welcome who is interested in building your career and finding the job that is right for you. Whether you are unemployed, underemployed, or considering a career change, this class will help you achieve career success.

The class will be held on Tuesdays from 12:00-2:30 PM, meeting for five sessions from March 28 through April 25. Classes take place at Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick.

Pre-registration is required, and there is no fee for the training. For more information or to register, contact Erica Quin-Easter at New Ventures Maine at 386-1664, email, or register online at here.

Erica Quin-Easter, trainer for the class, says, “When you feel stuck at work (or stuck without work!), it’s hard to take the time to think about what you really want and need from your career. This class helps you explore your options, connect with resources, and put your best foot forward to get the job you want.”

Participants in previous career planning classes with New Ventures Maine say:

I benefited from the supportive environment, encouragement from classmates, tools and job search sites, and goal setting.

This class made me accountable on action steps to pursue a new job. I went home each week feeling energized and hopeful.

I do not feel so alone and confused about my job search and interests. I have hope for the future and that I can do it.

The five-week course will connect class participants with guest speakers from area businesses as well as community resources to support further education and training. 2017 graduates of Career Planning are eligible to apply for the University of Maine at Augusta GEN Scholarship, to be used at any UMA location.

About New Ventures Maine

New Ventures Maine helps Maine people find success in their jobs, businesses and communities through tuition-free classes and workshops, on-site and online, and one-on-one coaching in four program areas: Build a Career, Start a Business, Manage your Money, Become a Leader. New Ventures Maine is administered by the University of Maine at Augusta and operates out of 10 offices statewide.

Go here to register.

Dates: March 28, 2017 to April 25, 2017 (5-Week series)

Day of the week: Tuesday

Time of Day: 12:00 – 2:30 PM

Location: Seminar Room

Registration/More Info: For more information, please contact Erica Quin-Easter at or 386-1664. Register by going here.

Curtis Memorial Library Maritime Art Collection Celebration – Sunday, March 26, 2017 At 2:00 PM

Posted by Michael Gorzka on March 20th, 2017

IMG_0953Please join us for a celebration of the Curtis Memorial Library maritime art collection:

Hanging the latest addition to the collection:
A Ship’s Portrait of the Charles S. Pennell
A gift of Eliza Stark in memory of Richard Stark


Unveiling recently restored works and conversation
with restorers Nina Roth-Wells and Johanna Moore

Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 2:00pm
In the 1904 Building
Tea & Cookies will be available

This afternoon reception will also include remarks, from Harpswell author James L. Nelson, on Brunswick’s ship-building heritage, notably the Pennell Shipbuilding Company where the Charles S. Pennell was built and launched in 1855.

To RSVP, please contact: Zach at or 207.725.5242 x217