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Contra Dance with Big Moose Band on Sat., July 27

Put on your dancing shoes and join Big Moose Band for a contra dance at the Jesup Memorial Library on Saturday, July 27. The caller for the evening will be Mike Fay and he will have you dancing in no time.

The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with a free dance where you can learn the steps and brush up on your contra dance knowledge. This is great if you have never contra danced before or who want to make sure you know the steps. It is also a great time for families to try contra dancing. From 7:30 p.m. on there is an $8 requested donation per person or $25 per family to help pay the caller. Children younger than 12 can dance for free.

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Take Your Best Shot Photography Workshop on Fri., July 26

Learn to instantly take better photos on your camera and cell phone at series of talks at the Jesup Memorial Library with Mike Leonard of “Photo Tourism by Mike.” There will be three sessions with Leonard, on Friday, July 26 at 7 p.m. and Friday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Jesup Memorial Library and Friday, August 23 at 7 p.m. at the YWCA MDI. These talks are co-sponsored by the Bar Harbor Whale Watch and are before the Whale Watch’s lighthouse tours.

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Kim Stanley Robinson and Abe Miller-Rushing in Conversation on Wed., July 24

Join preeminent science fiction author and environmentalist Kim Stanley Robinson for a talks about the environment, science and more at the Jesup Memorial Library. Robinson, who is a Hugo, Nebula, and Locus award winner, will be in conversation with Abe Miller-Rushing, the science coordinator at Acadia National Park, on Wednesday, July 24 at 7 p.m. Continue reading “Kim Stanley Robinson and Abe Miller-Rushing in Conversation on Wed., July 24”

Primary Source Speaker Series: “Can Biotechnology Be Ethical: The CRISPR Conundrum” on Tues., July 23

The advent of genome editing in humans has led to many ethical questions. Join bioethicist Deborah Matthews, Ph.D., from the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics, at the Jesup Memorial Library on Tuesday, July 23 at 7 p.m. for a talk about CRISPR technology, how it can be used and what the ethical questions are surrounding its use. This talk is part of the Primary Source Speaker Series, which is a partnership between The Jackson Laboratory and the Jesup. This year’s series is “Getting Personal: How Your Genes are Shaping the Future of Healthcare” and focuses on how genetic research is affecting your healthcare.

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Author Talk and Book Signing: Colin Calloway “The Indian World of George Washington” on Fri., July 19

George Washington is one of America’s best-known historical figures but history has largely overlooked his relationships with Native Americans. Join Colin Calloway, author of “The Indian World of George Washington: The First President, the First Americans, and the Birth of the Nation,” to learn more about these complex relationships at an author talk and book signing at the Jesup Memorial Library on Friday, July 19 at 7 p.m. “The Indian World of George Washington” was a finalist for the National Book Award. The Abbe Museum is a co-sponsor of this event. Continue reading “Author Talk and Book Signing: Colin Calloway “The Indian World of George Washington” on Fri., July 19″

Author Talk and Book Signing: John Eisenberg “The League” on Thurs., July 18

Today the NFL is one of world’s most popular sports league and brings in almost $15 billion in revenue annually, but few know of the organization’s humble beginnings. Join author and Baltimore Raven’s columnist John Eisenberg as talks about his book “The League: How Five Rivals Created the NFL and Launched a Sports Empire” on Thursday, July 18 at 7 p.m. at the Jesup Memorial Library. Booklist writes that “fans who only know the league as it exists today will be shocked and fascinated by its early years.”

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Age By Design: Vision as You Age Talk at the YWCA MDI on Wed., July 17

As we age one thing that is often affected is our vision. When you or someone you love are faced with the knowledge that nothing can be done to improve vision, learn what steps you can take to continue to stay independent and safe. Specialists from the Maine Division for the Blind and the Visually Impaired and The Iris Network will be at the YWCA MDI on Wednesday, July 17 at 2 p.m. to talk about your vision as you age. This talk is part of Age By Design, a series of programs co-sponsored by the YWCA, the Mount Desert Island YMCA, Island Connections and the Jesup Memorial Library. Continue reading “Age By Design: Vision as You Age Talk at the YWCA MDI on Wed., July 17”