Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce

Community Events Calendar

<< July 12, 2012 >>
American Apprentice Program/Naturalist Field Sch ( 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM )
THERE ARE STILL PLACES AVAILABLE SO CONTACT US SOON. REMEMBER THAT IF YOU CHOOSE, YOU MAY DO JUST THE MORNING OR JUST THE AFTERNOON OR BOTH. BE SURE TO LET US KNOW. VILES ARBORETUM JOINS FORCES WITH OLD FORT WESTERN TO OFFER EARLY AMERICAN APPRENTICE PROGRAM (MORNING) AND FIELD SCHOOL FOR YOUNG NATURALISTS (AFTERNOON). Old Fort Western, the 1754 National Historic Landmark fort, store, and house museum on the Kennebec River in downtown Augusta is happy to announce that once again this year we will be collaborating with the Viles Arboretum to offer a unique learning experience of living history and hands on nature learning all in one day! This program is for children ages 8-12 who are interested in history and nature and will only be offered twice this year during the weeks of July 9 through July 13, 2012 and August 6 through August 10, 2012 only. In the morning from 8:30 to 12:00 pm, at Old Fort Western kids will have the opportunity to apprentice in jobs such as, storekeeper, blacksmith, seamstress and more. Bring your own lunch to eat in our air-conditioned conference room and take a chaperoned bus ride over the Viles Arboretum to enjoy afternoons of interactive and creative hands-on learning within the hundreds of acres of woodlands, fields and streams and ponds located there. The day will end at 4:00 pm at Viles Arboretum. The total cost will be $125.00 per child per week. Transportation from Old Fort Western to the Viles Arboretum will be included free of charge. Pre-registration and payment in full must be received by 12:00 p.m. the Friday of the week prior to the beginning of a program session. A maximum of twelve participants may register for any given week, so space is limited. Discounts for Augusta residents and multiple children may be available. Please call each site for scholarship and discount information; Old Fort Western at 626-2385 or by e-mail at and Viles Arboretum at 626-7989 or by e-mail at
Event Location: Viles Arboretum & Old Fort Western Augusta, ME 04330
For more information contact: 207-626-7989
Augusta Walking Tour "Museum in the Streets"
Downtown Augusta has been transformed into an outdoor museum with the installation of 31 signs in "The Museum in the Streets" Program. The signs, years in the planning and making, are written in both French and English, and tell the history of the building of Augusta, the city from 1625 to the present. All 29 signs and two large maps are within walking distance of each other on both sides of the Kennebec river. Another 9 Museum in the Streets signs have been installed along Canal Street in Mill Park. They tell the story of Edwards Mill, Edwards dam and industrial Augusta. The tour begins at City Center, proceeds behind Old Fort Western, moves down to Willow Street's W.H.Gannett's Comfort magazine printing house. On to a 10th sign at the east end of Calumet Bridge, then cross to the west side of the river, the 11th panel as at the corner of Bridge and Water Street. It's called "Seeing the Elephants" and shows a parade of elephants marching down Water Street. Proceed south on Water Street to Panel 13 that recounts the Great Augusta Bank robbery of New Year's weekend in 1850. On to the Great Augusta Fire of 1865 that destroyed 81 buildings on both sides of Water Street. Continue on and follow the tour to the end at Canal Street in Mill Park! The signs will be removed each November and replaced each spring. Maps of Augusta's Musuem in the Streets will be availalbe at Augusta City Center. Patrick Cardon, originally of France and now of Cushing, originated the idea in France.
Event Location: Various locations Downtown Augusta, ME 04330
For more information contact: (207) 626-2300
Girl Scouts: Celebrating One Hundred Years ( 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. )
The Maine State Museum to Host Girl Scout Centennial Exhibit and Special Event. Girl Scouts: Celebrating One Hundred Years!! Exhibit: June 23 through August 31, 2012. The Maine State Museum in Augusta in partnership with the Girl Scouts of Maine opens a new special exhibit Girl Scouts: Celebrating One Hundred Years, on Saturday, June 23, 2012 from 11a.m. to 3 p.m. with a day filled with fun activities. On display will be vintage period uniforms, pins, patches, ephemeras, cookie merchandise, camping gear, and many other novelty items. In celebration of the new exhibit and the opening day festivities, Maine State Museum admission is free all day! On-going activities throughout the day include: the museum s Natural History and History Touch Carts Old Fashion Games Fish Printing - Scavenger Hunt. The Maine State Museum is open Tuesday through Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday 10am-4pm, open on Sundays 1-4 pm from June 24-Nov. 25, 2012. Admission is $2 for adults; $1 for senior adults over age 62 and children 6-18 years of age; children under 6 free. Maximum charge for families is $6. Cask and checks only. For more information please call 207-287-2301, or visit the Maine State Museum website:
Event Location: Maine State Museum State House Complex Augusta, ME
For more information contact: 207-287-2301
Hallowell Walking Tour "Museum in the Streets"
Tourists, history buffs or those looking for something to do can now enjoy the newest version of The Museum in the Streets. City Historian and others have put together 19 signs that are part of the tour. The tour, which takes about an hour, begins at the waterfront, heads up Winthrop Street. The bulk of the signs are in the heart of downtown along Water Street. The panels (signs) reveal stories, events and traditions that helped shape the area. Hall-Dale French students were part of the translation team that made French subtitles so the panels could be bilingual. Visitors to Hallowell can find maps of the city's Museum in the Streets at City Hall, KV Chamber of Commerce or the Hubbard Free Library. Other Maine communities with a Museum in the Streets include Augusta, Waterville, Thomaston, Biddeford, Belfast and Searsport.
Event Location: Various locations Downtown Hallowell, ME
This event is sponsored by: Hallowell Board of Trade
Portraits/Voices: Shoemaking Skills of Generations ( 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. )
Details: Oral histories and portraits richly explore the stories of the people who helped put Auburn "on the map" as one of the largest producers of shoes in the nation at one time. These people built an industry that continues to produce world-famous shoes today. A timeline begins in the year 1824 and documents the history of shoemaking in the Twin Cities. Through photos and text learn the steps of making a shoe, welt-boot making, and about the "cottage industry" of shoemaking at home. Videos show the shoemaking process and techniques of handsewing a shoe. Cost/Cover: $5.00 adults; $4.00 seniors and students 6 and up; Free - children 5 and under accompanied by an adult.
Event Location: Museum L-A 35 Canal St., Lewiston, ME 04240
For more information contact: Susan Beane (207) 333-3881
OSHA) newly final Hazard Communication Standard
Due to overwhelming industry response we are hosting our OSHA conference again this week, and next: OSHA's New Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) Rule: Sector Briefing - details below. CONFERENCE SNAPSHOT: This conference is intended to help you understand and comply with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration s (OSHA) newly final Hazard Communication Standard (HCS). This rule is OSHA s most comprehensive rulemaking in a decade. Its impact is significant and affects over five million businesses that use or store chemicals, and 90,000 chemical manufacturers, importers, and distributors. Because the new rule is a major revision of the HCS, OSHA is requiring employers to train all employees on the new rules. Over the next year, and beyond, OSHA s revised HCS will impose significant cost burdens on U.S. businesses, big and small alike, across industry sectors. HCS 2012 introduces a new set of criteria for classifying human health and physical hazards, as well as identifying OSHA-defined hazards. Companies will need to classify substances and/or products to ensure that the appropriate classifications are assigned. In many instances, SDSs and labels will need to be revised - perhaps significantly -- to conform to new HCS requirements. Achieving and maintaining compliance will be a complex and time-consuming undertaking for many companies. Industry professionals are aggressively seeking to understand and react quickly to the immediate and long-term implications of the new rule, so they can competently and strategically manage resources, budget, training, and compliance. Our speakers are leading regulatory compliance experts and industry representatives who provide strategic advice to a broad spectrum of industry clients relative to regulatory standards, rulemaking, and compliance. Cost: $99.00 per dial-in line Conference dates and times: Wed., July 11th, 3:00 - 4:30 PM EST, For a detailed conference summary, and to register, please go to: OSHA's New Globally Harmonized System (GHS) Rule Briefing July 11 ; Or: Thurs., July 12th, 3:00 - 4:30 PM EST. For a detailed conference summary, and to register, please go to: OSHA's New Globally Harmonized System (GHS) Rule Briefing July 12 Or: Tues., July 17th, 3:00 - 4:30 PM EST. For a detailed conference summary, and to register, please go to: OSHA's New Globally armonized System (GHS) Rule Briefing July 17 If you prefer to purchase a mp3 digital recording of the conference to listen at your convenience, and to share with colleagues just click on one of the above links, register, and enter REC into the Promo Code field. We will email you the mp3 and speakers presentation within four business days of the conference date.
Event Location: Maine
For more information contact: 413-263-0381
Get your car seat inspected !!! ( 10 am to 1 pm )
Details: Please bring your car seat instruction manual and your vehicle owner's manual, if available. Car Seat Inspection Stations are open year-round inside heated buildings. Please be aware of the event end time. Because an inspection can take 20 to 30 minutes depending upon corrections needed and incompatibility issues between the vehicle and the car seat, the last vehicle is taken 30 minutes prior to closing. Due to the popularity of the inspection station, there may be a wait time before the inspection can begin. If there are several vehicles waiting during the last hour of operation, we may have to turn vehicles away. We will strive to accommodate your needs but your patience and understanding is appreciated!Cost/Cover: All car seat inspection stations and car seat checkup events are free. No appointment is necessary.
Event Location: Central Maine Chrysler 300 Kennedy Memorial Waterville, ME
For more information contact: 207-899-9461
Portland Sea Dogs vs. NH Fisher Cats ( Sat. 6 pm, Sun 1 pm )
Jul 12 thru Jul 15, 2012. The Portland Sea Dogs take on the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays) in a 4-game series. Thursday & Friday games at 7 p.m., Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. For info and tickets phone (207 879-9500.
Event Location: Haddock Field 271 Park Avenue Portland, Maine
For more information contact: (207) 879-9500