The Maine Business School at the University of Maine is sponsoring a talk by Steven Kydd, a UMaine alumnus and co-founder of Tastemade, the world’s first global food network built for digital platforms.
Kydd, who graduated from UMaine in 1991 with a degree in business administration, will speak from 3–4:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27 in D.P. Corbett Business Building, Room 100.
Tastemade’s mission is to connect the world through food by allowing creators to make and share video programming instantly on a global and social scale.
Before Tastemade, the Orrington, Maine, native was part of the founding team of Demand Media and executive vice president of Demand Studios, was vice president of business development and strategy for Yahoo! and served as vice president of Internet marketing with 20th Century Fox International in Hong Kong, Indonesia and Los Angeles.
To attend the talk, RSVP by Friday, Oct. 24 to Cindy D’Angelo at 207.581.1963 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information about Kydd, including a Q&A with him, is online.
Renowned cellist Matt Haimovitz brings his Bach Listening Room tour to the University of Maine Minsky Recital Hall at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26.
Haimovitz has renewed his acclaimed 2000 exploration of Bach’s cello suites with a new recording, video and critical study of Bach’s manuscripts. The Sunday program will include “Suite III in C Major” by Johann Sebastian Bach, “Solo Sonata” by Eugène Ysaÿe, “Orbit” by Philip Glass (Maine premiere) and “Suite VI in D Major” by Johann Sebastian Bach (on cello piccolo).
Haimovitz, who plays a Venetian cello made in 1710, has received the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers’ Concert Music Award for his advocacy of living composers and pioneering spirit as well as the American Music Center’s Trailblazer Award for his far-reaching contributions to American music.
“We are thrilled to present our audience with the exquisite talent of Matt Haimovitz,” says Daniel Williams, executive director of the Collins Center for the Arts (CCA). “Our Chamber Music Series draws world-class musicians to our stage and Matt will help us carry on that great tradition.”
Tickets to the concert, which is part of the CCA Chamber Music Series, are $32. For more information and tickets, call 207.581.1755 or visit the CCA website.
University of Maine Campus Recreation will host the 2014 UMaine Community Health and Wellness Fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27 in the New Balance Student Recreation Center. The event is free for all UMaine students, faculty and staff. Participants will be able to get their blood pressure checked, try biofeedback and have a chair massage. More than 20 vendors from on- and off-campus organizations will provide health and wellness related tests, information, samples and more. Participating vendors include Cigna EAP, Provant, UMaine Dining Services, EMMC providers and the Student Wellness Resource Center. In addition to Campus Recreation, the fair is sponsored by the UMaine Counseling Center, Student Wellness Resource Center, HealthyU, Provant Health Coaching and the UMS Wellness Manager’s Office.
Just in time for Halloween, two thrilling National Theatre Live broadcasts of “Frankenstein” will be presented at the Collins Center for the Arts at the University of Maine.
Version 1, featuring Jonny Lee Miller (“Trainspotting”) as Dr. Victor Frankenstein and Benedict Cumberbatch (“12 Years A Slave”) as Creature, will be shown at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24. Version 2, with the roles reversed, will be shown at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31.
Directed by Academy Award-winner Danny Boyle, “Frankenstein” was a sell-out hit at the National Theatre in 2011. Since then, the broadcast of the production has become an international success. National Theatre Live is the National Theatre’s endeavor to broadcast British theatre live from the London stage to cinemas and arts centers around the world. Concerns of scientific responsibility, parental neglect, cognitive development and the nature of good and evil are embedded within this thrilling, disturbing classic gothic tale.
For tickets, $15 general admission/$10 for students, call 207.581.1755 or visit the CCA website.
University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s yearlong monthly workshop series, “From Scratch: Your Maine Kitchen” kicks off from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, at the UMaine Extension Cumberland County office, 75 Clearwater Drive, Falmouth.
At the first workshop, “From the Maine Wild,” “Black Fly Stew” cookbook author Kate Gooding will discuss cooking wild game, including venison, moose and goose. She will prepare Burgundian Beaver Stew, which participants can sample for lunch. UMaine Extension Master Food Preserver Karyn Small will give tips on best food preservation practices for wild game.
Workshops scheduled through February include: “Gifts from the Maine Kitchen” with Kate McCarty, Dec. 6; “Making Sourdough Bread at Home” with Sheri Fistal, Jan. 17; and “Maine Seafood and Edible Seaweed,” Feb. 21.
The fee for the Nov. 15 workshop is $40 per person; proceeds benefit the UMaine Extension Nutrition Program in Cumberland County. Attendees will receive Cabela’s coupons and be entered to receive gift cards from Cabela’s. Registration is online. For more information, or to request a disability accommodation, contact 781.6099, 800.287.1471 (in Maine) or email@example.com.
University of Maine faculty and staff and their families are invited to join members of the UMaine baseball team for a Fun Day from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 18 at Mahaney Diamond. Guests will be able to meet the team, as well as practice catching and batting. Participants are encouraged to bring baseball gloves. For more information or to RSVP, contact coach Steve Trimper on FirstClass.
The University of Maine Museum of Art in downtown Bangor is hosting Fall Family Fun! from 1–3 p.m. Saturday, Oct 18. The public is invited to make autumn-themed crafts at the museum on 40 Harlow St. Admission and supplies are free. Registration is not required. For more information or to request a disability accommodation, contact UMMA education coordinator Eva Wagner at 561.3360 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Information also is on UMMA’s website.
The Maine Beef Producers Association’s (MBPA) 25th annual Beef Conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at Ramada Inn, 357 Odlin Road, Bangor.
MBPA and the Maine Grass Farmers Network (MGFN) are hosting the conference, which is sponsored by University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. Industry sponsors include the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA). Industry experts Dr. Bobbi Lorenz, beef nutritionist; Curt Pate, NCBA stockman instructor; and Darren Williams, NCBA communications director, are scheduled to join local specialists, including Ellis Additon of the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, to provide beef producers with information on improving the profitability of their operations.
Nonmember registration, including lunch, is $60 for the first representative of a farm and $40 per person for others from the same farm. Discounts are available for students and MGFN and MBPA association members. For registration details, or to request a disability accommodation, contact Melissa Libby, 800.287.7170 (in Maine), 207.581.2788. Registration details are also online.
Nearly 700 fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students and their teachers from 13 area schools will take part in the 2014 Northern Maine Children’s Water Festival at the University of Maine from 9:30 a.m. to 1:50 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14.
Students will spend the day at the New Balance Field House learning about clean water, wetland ecosystems and the importance of stewarding Maine’s most rapidly renewable resource.
Activities include a quiz show on water issues; classroom activities led by some of the state’s leading environmental educators; a stage show presented by Tanglewood 4-H Camp & Learning Center; and a tour of the exhibit hall that will contain interactive displays explaining topics such as what makes soil healthy, how pollution gets into water, and how to find leaky pipes.
The Northern Maine Children’s Water Festival is organized through a partnership of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s 4-H; Maine Sea Grant; UMaine’s Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions; Maine Department of Environmental Protection; Maine Drinking Water Program; as well as other agencies, businesses and nonprofit organizations.
Participating schools include Hichborn Middle School in Howland, Dr. Lewis S. Libby School in Milford, Hermon Middle School, Brewer Community School, Glenburn Elementary School, Union Elementary School, Fort Fairfield Middle School, Enfield Station School, Surry Elementary School, Deer Isle-Stonington Elementary School, All Saints Catholic School in Bangor, Sedgwick Elementary School and George B. Weatherbee School in Hampden.
University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering its annual sheep and goat seminar from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, at Kennebec Valley Community College, 92 Western Ave., Fairfield.
The seminar will focus on animal health and strive to equip producers with skills and knowledge to keep their animals healthy and productive. Topics will include prevention and detection of common diseases, health-related tools and a program used to eradicate Scrapie, a degenerative disease that attacks the central nervous system of sheep and goats. Scheduled instructors are Richard Brzozowski, Anne Lichtenwalner and James Weber.
The fee of $35 per person includes lunch and materials. More information and registration are online. To request a disability accommodation, call 207.781.6099, 800.287.1471 (in Maine).