Reading group back

THOMASTON — Bookwomen Unite is returning. With a new and improved format, the book club will hold its first meeting of 2011-2012 at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, in the Thomaston Public Library. This year, the book club is open to all: male or female, the young or the young at heart, residents, midcoast neighbors or visitors from anywhere.

Readers may attend every month on the third Tuesday or whenever a title, writer, or genre interests them. Readers are responsible for buying or borrowing their own books.

The book selections are as follows: Sept. 20, “The Big Stone Gap,” by Adriana Trigiani; Oct. 18, “One Crazy Summer,” by Rita Williams-Garcia; Nov. 15, “Intensive Scare Unit,” by J.S. Borthwick; Dec. 20, bring your favorite holiday title and share why you enjoy it; Jan. 17, “Two Old Women,” by Velma Wallace; Feb. 21, “The Rector’s Wife,” by Joanna Trollope; March 20, “Cold Sassy Tree,” by Olive Ann Burns; April 17, “Seventh Heaven,” by Alice Hoffman; May 15, “Spoonhandle,” by Ruth Moore.

Finch, Lord team up

BELFAST — Belfast painter Jerri Finch and former Belfastonian and novelist Tracy Ann Lord will be on hand and on the walls of the Belfast Free Library Friday, Sept. 2. An opening reception for Finch’s monthlong exhibition combined with a book signing of Lord’s debut novel, “Good Catch,” will be held 5-6:30 p.m. in the Kramer Gallery.

What do the simultaneous events have to do with each other? Nothing except serendipity — which offered the longtime friends an opportunity for a “show and tell” that coincides with the Belfast Art Walk the same evening.

Finch’s exhibit will run through Sept. 30. For more information, call the library at 338-3884, ext. 10.

9-11 series continues

ROCKLAND — Kate Braestrup will give a talk, “Loving Our Enemies?” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, at the Rockland Public Library, as part of the library’s series of events for the 10th anniversary of 9-11.

Braestrup will discuss the challenges arising when the “absolute imperative of love” meets the face of human suffering caused by other humans.

Braestrup serves as a chaplain to the Maine Warden Service and works with search-and-rescue teams in the Maine woods. She is the author of four books including the New York Times bestseller “Here If You Need Me.” She lives in Lincolnville with her family.

Theater fund grants

The Maine Theater Fund of the Maine Community Foundation seeks grant proposals to support professional and community theaters in the production and presentation of live theater in Maine.

Proposals for funding will be accepted from local, regional, and statewide community and professional nonprofit theaters for programmatic, capacity building, operating and capital support.

The deadline for applications is Thursday, Sept. 15. A new online application is available at .

Last year, the Maine Theater Fund distributed a total of $50,175. The 12 grants ranged in size from $2,325 to the maximum award amount of $5,000.

For more information, contact Pam Cleghorn at or call 877-700-6800, ext. 2205.

‘Somalis in Maine’ reading

BELFAST — Aarhus Gallery, 50 Main St., will host a reading by the four editors of “Somalis in Maine: Crossing Cultural Currents” 6:30-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9. Refreshments and a question-and-answer discussion will follow the reading.

The Somali Narrative Project at the University of Maine was established in 2004 to address some of the challenges and tensions of Somali refugee resettlement in Lewiston. The collaborative and interdisciplinary project involves Somali students, Somali community members in Lewiston, and the four faculty members who edited the book, Belfast resident Kim Huisman, associate professor of sociology; Mazie Hough, associate director of women’s studies and assistant professor in history; Carol Toner, director of the Maine Studies Program and research associate in history; and Kristin Langellier, professor of communication and journalism.

Combining academic analysis with refugees’ personal stories, the anthology includes reflections on leaving Somalia, living in refugee camps, the experiences of Somali youth in U.S. schools, the reasons for Somali secondary migration to Lewiston, the employment of many Lewiston Somalis at L.L. Bean and community dialogues with white Mainers.

The event is free and open to all. Books will be available for purchase.

For more information call 338-0001 or visit .

Music in the park

WARREN — The town of Warren and Damariscotta Bank and Trust Co. will present a Gala Concert for All Ages 2-4 p.m Sunday, Sept. 11, at the Woolen Mill Park on the banks of the St. George River. The concert will feature Bay Winds North, a Rockland-based brass and wind ensemble. Admission is free.

Bay Winds North is celebrating a successful second year as a performing group. Some 25 to 35 musicians practice and perform weekly, some members traveling more than 50 miles to play. Their presentations features show tunes, concert medleys, marching music and novelty selections.

Bring refreshments and blankets or lawn chairs.