Virtual Programs: Calendar and Registration

Programs will be recorded and posted to our YouTube Channel.


Dr. Ivan Fernandez, University of Maine

Tuesday, January 25 at 6:30 PM

Maine’s Climate Future: The Role of Carbon Management in Farms and Forests with Dr. Ivan Fernandez

This winter the Belfast Garden Club Evening Lecture Series co-sponsored by the All of Belfast Climate Dialogues, a project of the Belfast Free Library,  will focus on the effects of the Climate Crisis on our forests, farms, gardens and food supply.

Register for the zoom link here

This presentation will address three main topics.  First Ivan Fernandez will summarize key findings from climate assessments focused on Maine, primarily the Maine’s Climate Future reports and the assessment report of the Maine Climate Council’s Scientific and Technical Subcommittee. Then he will discuss how farms and forests can contribute to what is often called ‘Natural Climate Solutions’. He will talk about soils and soil health, primarily considering soils on farms, and how enhancing soil organic carbon can promote both the resilience of the soil in light of climate risks as well as contribute to reducing atmospheric carbon concentrations. The presentation will also summarize forest  management recommendations from the recent Governor’s Task Force on a Forest Carbon Program in Maine.

Dr. Fernandez is a Professor in the School of Forest Resources, Climate Change Institute, and School of Food and Agriculture at the University of Maine. He has served on various U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Science Advisory Board committees in Washington DC since 2000. He represents the University of Maine in the USDA Northeast Climate Hub and has been involved in leading the Maine’s Climate Future assessments in 2009, 2015, and 2020.

Tuesday February 1, 6:30 pm

The Belfast Free Library and the Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition will host a virtual presentation:

Browntail Moth and What You Need to Know with entomologist Tom Schmeelk

Browntail moth is a non-native species that poses human health risks as well as concerns for forest health. This species is currently experiencing a population boom in Maine. This presentation will cover lifecycle, history, current situation and what to look for as well as management and mitigation strategies. Also covered will be emerald ash borer, one of the more recent threats to Maine’s forest.

Register for the Zoom link here

Tom Schmeelk is an Entomologist with the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry and the program lead on the brown tail moth.

This program is cosponsored with the All of Belfast Climate Dialogues project, Belfast Garden Club, Friends of Belfast Parks, and Friends of Sears Island.

Tuesday February 8th, 6:00 pm

The Moment Was Now

To commemorate Black History Month, the Peace and Justice Group of Waldo County and the Belfast Free Library are co-sponsoring a film screening with discussion of the original musical play “The Moment Was Now”.

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When you register you will receive a Zoom link to join the discussion following the film with the playwright, Gene Bruskin and on February 8th you will receive a time sensitive link for the YouTube screening .

This edited film of a live show that was originally produced to great acclaim in Baltimore and Washington DC , is a musical play that takes place in post civil-war Baltimore in 1869, a turning point in US history when ” America almost did the right thing”. The play centers on dynamic leaders in the civil rights, economic rights and women’s rights movements -Frederick Douglass, Isaac Myers, William Sylvis, Susan B Anthony and Frances Harper- as they struggle with questions that echo the current moment and centers on the impassioned search for unity during Reconstruction. The conflicts and possibilities unfold at a meeting convened by Frederick Douglass and are elevated by the musical and spoken word format.

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