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Chace Forum, Bill & Joan Alfond Main Street Commons

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150 Main Street
Waterville, ME

September 2018

Bill & Joan Alfond Main Street Commons Ribbon Cutting

September 6, 2018, 10:00 AM

A ceremony marking the official opening of the Bill & Joan Alfond Main Street Commons and welcoming the 200 Colby students, staff, and faculty now occupying the residence hall. Meet on the Concourse side of the building. A reception will follow in the Chace Community Forum with light refreshments and opportunities to tour the building.

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Climate Change, Conflict, and Migration

September 19, 2018, 11:45 AM1:00 PM
$12

Andrew Stancioff is a geologist, natural resource planner, analyst, and manager with 35 years of experience in geology, hydrology, agriculture, fisheries, forestry, climatology, and oceanography. He has 40 years of experience in developing countries and 24 years in Africa. During the last ten years, Mr. Stancioff has worked to develop methods and models to monitor and evaluate poverty and conflict in areas under stress from overpopulation and overuse of natural resources and other forms of degradation. He has been involved…

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October 2018

Two Cent Talks: Kate Christensen and Julia Bouwsma

October 4, 2018, 5:30 PM
Free

Kate Christensen is the author of seven novels, including The Great Man, which won the 2008 PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction, and The Last Cruise. She is also the author of two food-centric memoirs, Blue Plate Special and How to Cook a Moose, which won the 2016 Maine Literary Award for Memoir. Her essays and articles have been published in various magazines, including Vogue, Elle, Bookforum, O, the Oprah Magazine, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Food and Wine. Julia Bouwsma lives off-the-grid…

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Health Impacts of Community Conflict: Leadership Training #3

October 30, 2018, 9:00 AM3:00 PM
Free

Event to be held at the following time, date, and location: Tuesday, October 30, 2018 from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM (EDT) Colby Chace Forum 150 Main Street Waterville, ME 04901 View Map Attend Event Share this event: Health Impacts of Community Conflict: Leadership Training #3   Positive Outcomes Through Shared Measures   Please JOIN US Tuesday, October 30, 9 am – 3 pm, for the “Health Impacts of Community Conflict” Leadership Training 3 of 4.   Location: Colby Chace…

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Chat with Colby Environmental Science Majors

October 30, 2018, 1:00 PM2:00 PM
Free

Come and have a cup of coffee and chat informally with Colby Environmental Science majors about their work on Waterville streams. We are examining many different aspects of local streams including topics of microplastics, garbage, pharmaceuticals, biodiversity, and how streams respond to storms. We would love to have a chance to hear your thoughts about the importance of Waterville's stream habitats, and to share some results of our work. Coffee, tea and light snacks will be provided. For more information,…

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November 2018

Understanding Violence in Central Africa

November 9, 2018, 12:00 PM
Chace Forum, Bill & Joan Alfond Main Street Commons, 150 Main Street
Waterville, ME

Mid-Maine Global Forum presents Presents Understanding Violence in Central Africa by Professor Laura Seay Laura is an assistant professor of Government at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. Her research is centered around the study of community responses to conflict and U.S. foreign policy in Africa’s Great Lakes region.  She is currently finishing a book, Substituting for the State, about the role non-state actors play in governing the eastern DRC in response to the Congolese state’s weakness in North Kivu, South Kivu, and Ituri. She…

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Community Conversations: Home

November 11, 2018, 6:30 PM8:30 PM
Free

What must we give — and give up — to be American?   With Thought leaders Bethashley Cajuste and Rabbi Erica Asch Bethashley Cajuste, Colby Class of ’20, has been working intimately with the Pugh Administration for two years and has been serving as a domestic violence advocate for five years.  She is an Independent Global Health major at Colby with a focus on Women’s Health. Bethashley is also a QuestBridge scholar and mentor. Rabbi Erica Asch is the spiritual…

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Community Redesign Workshop #2

November 14, 2018, 5:30 PM7:00 PM
Free

Community members are invited to participate in this public design workshop discussing "How should the Square be designed?" Refreshments will be provided. All are welcome to attend, there is no charge to participate. This series of community design workshops are designed to understand how the park is currently being utilized and determine the community’s collective vision for its future. Click for more info.

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How would you redesign Waterville?

November 26, 2018, 6:00 PM8:00 PM
Free

You are invited to the Urban Design Cooperative’s second annual design event, where we will present proposals for community-oriented design projects in Waterville. I have attached a flier; please circulate to anyone who might be interested. The group would love community feedback on these developing projects; we’re also looking for partners to help us shape and execute them. The event is informal and conversational. Come any time between 6p and 8p, eat some snacks, and discuss creative, community-based, ethical urban…

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December 2018

Meet the RepsRescheduled

December 5, 2018, 5:00 PM7:00 PM
Free

Dec 5  Rescheduled to a date in Jan 2019 Presents Meet the Reps is held to strengthen relations between local businesses and government. Sponsored by

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Senegalese Emigration

December 14, 2018, 12:00 PM2:00 PM

Les Sénégalais d”Amérique: The “Push Pull” of Senegalese Emigration Professor Linda Beck 12 noon Colby’s Chace Center, Main Street, Downtown Waterville Professor of Political Science/Director of International and Global Studies has a MA and a PhD from the University of Wisconsin; 1991 MA University of Wisconsin. Her  areas of expertise are Political Science: Comparative Politics (Africa, Muslim World), Environmental Politics, Political Philosophy. Since joining the faculty in 2006, Linda Beck has developed several new courses that reflect her research interests, such as…

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January 2019

Waterville City Council

January 2, 2019, 7:00 PM
Free

Please note the meeting location is the Chace Community Forum, located on the first floor of the Bill & Joan Alfond Main Street Commons at 150 Main Street. Please enter through the doors located on Main Street, across from the Portland Pie Company. Click for links to current/past agendas and minutes

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City of Waterville Council Meeting

January 15, 2019, 7:00 PM
Free

Council Packet for Tuesday, Jan 15, 2019 Council Meeting - 7:00 PM at Chace Forum, 150 Main St (new Colby Dorm).    

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Is the “Electric Economy” the Future of Energy?

January 18, 2019, 6:30 PM8:00 PM
Free

Sustain Mid Maine Coalition’s Education and Community Outreach Team invites you to this presentation by Dr. Steven Kahl, who teaches environmental and sustainability courses at Thomas College and hosts the call-in energy radio show Power for the People on WERU-FM.

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What the Paris Climate Agreement Means for Africa

January 23, 2019, 11:30 AM

Doreen Stabinsky is professor of Global Environmental Politics at College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine, USA. Her research focuses on political and policy responses to the impacts of climate change on agriculture and food security, with a particular interest in impacts on the African continent, and primarily within the context of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Paris Agreement. In 2015-2016, she held the first Zennström visiting professorship in Climate Change Leadership at Uppsala…

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What is the Role of the American Family Today?

January 27, 2019, 6:30 PM8:30 PM
Free

Featuring Naomi Schaefer Riley, Beth Cooper Benjamin, and Adrienne Carmack During this conversation we will discuss how the American family has changed over history, the role of nostalgia in this conversation, and how changes in the American family will impact policy more broadly for our nation and our world. A light dinner will be served beginning at 6 p.m., followed by desserts from Acadia Cakes, and coffee and tea. Naomi Schaefer Riley is a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute,…

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February 2019

Meet the Reps

February 6, 2019, 5:30 PM7:00 PM
Free

Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce and KV Connect will host “Meet the Reps,” an event that brings members of the public together with elected officials at all levels of government, Wednesday, February 6, 2019 from 5:30-7:00pm at Chace Community Forum located at 150 Main Street in Waterville (Bill & Joan Alfond Main Street Commons). The two organizations renewed their partnership for the upcoming legislative session in order to continue to encourage communication between business and community leaders, professionals and young professionals,…

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Community Forum on the Opioid Crisis

February 28, 2019, 6:30 PM
Free

Our community is deeply impacted by the lack of available treatment, overdose deaths, and families in crisis because of problematic drug use. Please join us to learn about new recommendations from the Maine Coalition for Sensible Drug Policy, and local opportunities to get involved, including Waterville Police Department’s Operation Hope. Speakers include: director of Opioid Response for the state of Maine Gordon Smith, Waterville Police Chief Joseph Massey, representatives of the Maine Coalition for Sensible Drug Policy, and impacted families. Sponsored by the Maine…

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March 2019

Beyond a Binary God

March 14, 2019, 6:30 PM

Rev. Tara Soughers is author of Beyond a Binary God: A Theology for Trans* Allies. Tara is a parent of a trans young adult as well as an Episcopal priest. What does it mean about God and about humans, that there is not a strict gender binary? How can we affirm and include what we have learned about the permeability of boundaries to affirm those whose path does not follow traditional cultural stereotypes, and how might the broadening help us…

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Castonguay Square Reimagined

March 19, 2019, 6:00 PM6:45 PM
Free

Join us for a public presentation of the final design concept for a reimagined Castonguay Square. The design team from Beyer Blinder Belle and Mitchell & Associates will present the community’s vision for this central downtown greenspace and describe the process that led to the final concept. Over 150 participants contributed to the community redesign project through public workshops, stakeholder meetings, and participation in the Reimagining Castonguay Square exhibition at Common Street Arts. The Castonguay Square Community Redesign Project is…

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Contemporary Africa-China and Corruption: Challenge or Curse?

March 20, 2019, 12:00 PM
$12

After graduating from Harvard Law School in 1966, speaker Jim Friedlander joined the Peace Corps and was stationed in Malawi. Thus began a half century international career. He was legal advisor to Malawi’s Foreign Ministry, followed by stints with the World Bank, Citibank, and international law firms, large and small. He has lived for extensive periods in the D.C. area, Nairobi, Moscow. and now London He has worked directly in 25 African countries as well as in the Soviet Union/Russia…

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Waterville Community Supported Agriculture Fair

March 31, 2019, 1:00 PM3:00 PM
Free

Meet your farmers, get great deals on food, and maybe even win a prize! CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

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April 2019

On the Road with Mainebiz

April 8, 2019, 5:00 PM7:00 PM
Free

Join us at our second stop in the 2019 On the Road with Mainebiz event series at the Chace Community Forum on Main Street in Waterville! Attendance is free but space is limited so please be sure to register ahead. Enjoy hors-d'oeuvres and a cash bar while networking with business executives in the area. Be sure to bring business cards to hand out to new connections that you make. To register, click here.

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Two Cent Talk: Mira Ptacin and Gibson Fay-LeBlanc

April 11, 2019, 5:30 PM7:00 PM
Free

Mira Maria Ptacin is a Maine-based creative nonfiction and children’s book author (and New York Times bestselling ghostwriter). She’s the author of the award-winning memoir Poor Your Soul (Soho Press 2016) as well as the forthcoming book The In-Betweens (Liveright-W.W. Norton). Her work frequently appears in Lenny Letter, Guernica, Tin House, Vice, New York Magazine, Poets & Writers, Slice, and more. Gibson Fay-LeBlanc is a writer and teacher. His first book of poems, Death of a Ventriloquist, won the Vassar Miller Prize. In a starred…

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Meet the Reps

April 17, 2019, 5:30 PM7:00 PM
Free

Elected officials and constituents: Don't miss the opportunity to meet face to face and share ideas to best strengthen our business community! A free community event. Appetizers provided by Selah Tea and adult beverages available.

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May 2019

Who Gets to Call Waterville Home?

May 2, 2019, 6:30 PM8:30 PM
Free

Community Conversations brings together Waterville faith and community institutions with Colby faculty and students to consider major issues of common concern. For our third and final conversation in this series, we will delve into the question: who calls Waterville home? David Greene, president of Colby, Michael Roy, Waterville city manager, and Rachel Isaacs, rabbi of Beth Israel Congregation, will lead an hour-long discussion followed by the opportunity for a community roundtable debate and discussion over coffee, tea, and dessert. Sponsored…

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Arsenic in Well Water

May 10, 2019, 6:00 PM8:00 PM
Free

This forum will bring together a range of regional high school science classes that have been involved in sampling well water for arsenic levels, along with Colby students in Bi198 Biochemistry of Food course, and scientists from MDI Biological Laboratory and College of the Atlantic. The project is supported by a NIH Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) to MDI Biological Laboratory in collaboration with Dartmouth College. There will be posters and short talks from both high school students and Colby…

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Latin Dance Night: Baile & Comunidad

May 13, 2019, 6:00 PM
Free

Everyone is welcome for an evening of performances, dance class, and a general Latin party. Refreshments will be served. Cosponsored by the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, the Latin American Studies Program, and the Spanish Department.

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Fact-Finding in a Fake News World: Defending Global LGBT Rights

May 17, 2019, 12:00 PM
$12

Kyle Knight is a researcher in the LGBT rights program at Human Rights Watch. Prior to joining the LGBT rights program, he was a fellow at the Williams Institute of the University of California at Los Angeles and a Fulbright scholar in Nepal. As a journalist he has worked for Agence France-Presse in Nepal and for IRIN, the UN’s humanitarian news service, reporting from Burma, Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste, Bangladesh, Malaysia, and Indonesia. He has previously worked for UNAIDS, the…

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June 2019

Economic Development in Africa and China’s Role

June 11, 2019, 12:00 PM
Free – $12

Our speaker, Dan LaFave, is an Assistant Professor of Economics and Faculty Affiliate of the East Asian Studies and Global Studies programs at Colby College. His research focuses on the interplay of health, human capital, and labor markets in developing settings. Dan works closely with undergraduate researchers and teaches courses in econometrics, development economics, health economics, and microeconomics. He holds a B.A. in International Studies from Boston College and a Ph.D. in Economics from Duke University. Optional Lunch: Choose roast beef…

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Community Voices: Jenni Tilton-Flood

June 19, 2019, 7:00 PM8:00 PM
Free

A conversation about Maine agriculture, food, community and more led by Patrick Whittle. Jenni Tilton-Flood was one of the first generations in her family not born on a farm. But raised up as the daughter of the local John Deere man and alongside acres in ag production, she has always straddled the often referenced “urban/rural divide.” She left Maine to “feed the world” the but soon returned when she realized that what she really wanted was to feed her corner…

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Waterville BUILD Grant Project Open House

June 26, 2019, 4:00 PM6:00 PM
Free

Representatives of the City of Waterville, Colby College, Kennebec Water District, and the Maine Department of Transportation will he available to answer any questions related to the City's Downtown Improvement Build Grant Project, Kennebec Water District's water line upgrades, and  other improvements taking place around the project area. The Open House will provide attendees an opportunity to receive information about the projects planned for the downtown Waterville area. The Open House is not a structured meeting. Attendees can arrive anytime…

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August 2019

Music and Motion

August 18, 2019, 10:00 AM11:00 AM
Free

This class is designed for preschool children, ages 3-5 years old. Children will learn basic musical concepts and skills as well as experience the strength, flexibility and self expression of their bodies through the power of play, creative movement, song and dance. The use of props such as parachutes, scarves, and ribbons add to the delight and imaginative exploration of each child. Percussion instruments supplied by Snow Pond Community Music School.

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September 2019

Northern Stars Planetarium for Adults

September 25, 2019, 5:30 PM
Free

Come to the Chace Community Forum to explore the stars indoors with Northern Stars Planetarium and special guest astronomer from Austria, Rose Grutzbauch! Anyone who has had the pleasure of being in a program in the Northern Stars Planetarium knows the joy of entering the big dome and exploring the stories of stars, constellations and the wonders of our universe. Although this is a free event, we recommend that you pre-register online to reserve a spot! Click to Register.

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Catastrophe on Southern Border

September 27, 2019, 12:00 PM

Join Steve and Molly Saunders of Wayne, Me. for a talk about their experience volunteering recently in El Paso, Texas. As former Peace Corps Volunteers in El Salvador, Steve and Molly heard about the need for Spanish speakers at a church-run shelter for asylum seekers coming from Central America upon their being released from detention camps in EL Paso. They will share their experience and describe what they found during their 3-week stay at Casa Romero, a shelter that held…

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October 2019

Two Cent Talk Series: Jefferson Navicky and Colin Cheney

October 10, 2019, 5:30 PM
Free

Jefferson Navicky was born in Chicago and grew up in southeastern Ohio. He is the archivist for the Maine Women Writers Collection and teaches English at Southern Maine Community College. While working for the Authors League Fund from 2005 to 2007, he was the archivist for the Djuna Barnes literary estate.Navicky’s work has received several acknowledgments and awards, including a Good Idea Grant from the Maine Arts Commission and a Maine Literary Award in Drama. Colin Cheney is the author…

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Latin Dance Classes

October 14, 2019, 7:00 PM8:00 PM
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An event every 2 weeks that begins at 7:00 PM on Monday, repeating until November 25, 2019

Free

We will learn beginning dance moves and techniques for various Latin Dance genres (Merengue, Cumbia, Bachata, and Salsa). There are four, biweekly sessions on Monday evenings, October 14 & 28 and November 11 & 25. Come to one or all sessions. No experience necessary, everyone is welcome to learn, build community, and have some fun!

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Collecting Fog in Morocco

October 23, 2019, 12:00 PM
$12

Jamila Bargach, Colby College’s Oak Fellow, is an activist and anthropologist who has dedicated her life to serving under resourced communities in Southwest Morocco, creating sustainable initiatives through education and scientific innovation. She is the co-founder of Dar Si Hmad, which operates the largest functioning fog collection project in the world, a system which fosters the independence of Amazigh women in Ait Baamrane, a Berber region, by delivering potable water to their households. Please register in advance, if you want…

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November 2019

Latin Dance Classes

November 11, 2019, 7:00 PM8:00 PM
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An event every 2 weeks that begins at 7:00 PM on Monday, repeating until November 25, 2019

Free

We will learn beginning dance moves and techniques for various Latin Dance genres (Merengue, Cumbia, Bachata, and Salsa). There are four, biweekly sessions on Monday evenings, October 14 & 28 and November 11 & 25. Come to one or all sessions. No experience necessary, everyone is welcome to learn, build community, and have some fun!

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Brazil: Still the Country of the Future?

November 13, 2019, 12:00 PM
$12

Patrice Franko, a specialist in development economics in Latin America, came to Colby College in 1986. She teaches classes in the economics of globalization, contemporary economic development in Latin America, and in microeconomics principles. She has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to Brazil (2012/2013), was a AAAS fellow in 1990 and a Pew Faculty fellow in 1992. She has been active as a consultant to Georgia Tech’s Executive Masters in International Logistics, the Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies and the…

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Latin Dance Classes

November 25, 2019, 7:00 PM8:00 PM
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every 2 weeks that begins at 7:00 PM on Monday, repeating until November 25, 2019

Free

We will learn beginning dance moves and techniques for various Latin Dance genres (Merengue, Cumbia, Bachata, and Salsa). There are four, biweekly sessions on Monday evenings, October 14 & 28 and November 11 & 25. Come to one or all sessions. No experience necessary, everyone is welcome to learn, build community, and have some fun!

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December 2019

Joy to the Ville

December 7, 2019, 10:00 AM3:00 PM
Free

The city of Waterville will once again embrace the holiday spirit with the third annual Joy to the Ville, a community celebration meant to highlight the magic of the holiday season on the Kennebec River. Waterville Creates! and their friends at the Waterville Public Library, the Colby College Museum of Art, Snow Pond Center for the Arts, the KVCAP Family Enrichment Council, and the Children’s Discovery Museum are joining forces with local business sponsor Bangor Savings Bank and media sponsor…

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The Afterlife of the Berlin Wall

December 13, 2019, 12:00 PM
$12

Colby College Professor Jennifer Yoder wil speak about the lasting impact of walls – physical, mental and symbolic – in Germany and Europe including Angela Merkel’s legacy and national populism in Germany. Yoder is the Robert E. Diamond Chair of Government and Global Studies at Colby College where she has taught since 1996. Yoder’s courses include European Politics, German Politics, Memory and Politics, the Transformation from Communism, and the European Union. She is the author of two books: From East Germans…

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Meet the Reps

December 18, 2019, 5:30 PM7:00 PM
Free

Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce and KV Connect will host “Meet the Reps,” an event that brings members of the business community and public together with elected officials at all levels of government. Admission is free, but registration is appreciated. Please contact Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce, if you plan to attend. This event is made possible thanks to the sponsorship of Central Maine Growth Council and Kennebec Savings Bank.

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January 2020

What Can I Do About Climate Change?

January 15, 6:30 PM
Free

Are you worried about climate change and want to do something, but don’t know what to do? OR Are you interested in learning about climate change legislation currently moving through the US Congress? If the answer is yes, welcome to CCL! The Waterville and Colby branches of the Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL) will be meeting on Wednesday to answer these questions. Students, faculty, staff, and community members are invited to connect with a community focused on bipartisan and optimistic policy…

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February 2020

Meet the Reps

February 5, 5:30 PM7:00 PM
Free

Do you have questions for your state and local officials? Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce and KV Connect will host “Meet the Reps,” an event that brings members of the business community and public together with elected officials at all levels of government. This is your chance to ask questions, provide input and meet YOUR representatives! Appetizers and adult beverages will be provided. Registration is appreciated. Please contact Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce at 873-3315 or cindy@midmainechamber.com if you plan to attend. This series…

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Northern Stars Planetarium for Kids

February 22
$5

Come explore the stars indoors with Northern Stars Planetarium. Anyone who has had the pleasure of being in the Northern Stars Planetarium knows the joy of entering the big dome and exploring the stories of stars, constellations, and the wonders of our universe. By popular demand we have two shows for families, at 1:00 and 3:00. This event is recommended for ages 6 and up. Cost: $5.00 per person. Registration required. REGISTER

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Northern Stars Planetarium for Adults

February 22, 5:00 PM6:30 PM
$5

Explore the stars indoors with Northern Stars Planetarium! Anyone who has had the pleasure of being in the Northern Stars Planetarium knows the joy of entering the big dome and learning about the stars, constellations, and the wonders of our universe. Admission: $5. Advance registration required. For ages 18+. REGISTER

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The US and the Middle East: What Next?

February 27, 12:00 PM1:00 PM

Cancelled due to snow! Steven Simon is Professor in the Practice of International Relations at Colby College, following stints as John J. McCloy ’16 Professor of History at Amherst College and lecturer in government at Dartmouth College. He is also a research analyst for the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft. Prior to this, he was Executive Director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies for the US and Middle East.  From 2011 to 2012 he served on the National Security Council…

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March 2020

Arts Around the World

March 7, 1:00 PM4:00 PM
Free

What type of art is made in Mexico, Iran, Vietnam, and China? Explore art throughout the world and become inspired by artists from different countries. Members from the International Club at Colby College will be on hand to make and create with us!

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Art as Politic

March 11, 5:00 PM7:00 PM
Free

Art exists across the world in many different forms and amplifies many different voices. It can expose our truths and challenge how we exist in the world. The third installment of Colby College's Who's Coming to Dinner: Critical Conversation Series will dive into the ways that art exists to challenge and reflect our society under "Art as Politic," our SHOUT Week 2020 theme. MORE

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