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Sexuality is Complex

March 4, 2022

12:00 Noon

Virtual presentation via Zoom

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Human beings are sexual for their entire lifespan. This does not necessarily mean that we are sexually active for all those years, just that we have a physical body with chromosomes, organs and hormones, an identity, an orientation and all the feelings associated with these aspects of ourselves. This presentation and discussion will explore the joys and complexity of human sexuality in American culture. You will have an opportunity to hear from an experienced sexuality educator as well as to ask questions and explore some of your own attitudes and values related to sexuality.

Beth Rendeiro, a fifth generation MDI summer resident, has been teaching comprehensive sexuality education for over thirty years. She has experience constructing curriculums and teaching courses for children, teens and adults, and has implemented teaching programs in schools, agencies, churches and private settings. The objectives of her work are to enhance self-worth, provide information, improve communication and understanding and build toward justice, with the ultimate goal of personal health and well-being for all.  She is certified as a sexuality educator by AASECT and has a Master’s Degree in Education from Harvard and a Master’s in Special Education from the University of Massachusetts-Boston. Pronouns: she/her

This event is free and open to everyone.


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You will receive the Zoom link the day before the presentation.

Sexuality is Complex

A Climate to Thrive: Working Together to Achieve Energy Independence

March 11, 2022

12:00 Noon

Virtual presentation via Zoom

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A Climate to Thrive (ACTT) was founded in 2015 with the goal of bringing together Mount Desert Island residents, businesses, and towns to achieve energy independence by 2030 and make MDI an inspiring epicenter of citizen engagement, sustainability, and economic vitality. Over the past six years, ACTT has realized substantial impact, including a fivefold increase in solar generation on MDI, establishing an electric vehicle (EV) charging corridor throughout Eastern Maine, supporting MDI high school in building rooftop solar to generate all school energy needs, assisting over 70 local hospitality businesses in reducing single-use plastics, and impactful internship and educational programs.

Founding member and current Interim Executive Director Johannah Blackman and ACTT intern Gaia Daul will speak about ACTT's work and plans for the future while highlighting the specific benefits of community-based, solutions-focused climate action and why that type of action is more important now than ever before.

Johannah Blackman brings together over a decade of experience in nonprofit management, over twelve years of experience in climate action, and a background in education, youth mentorship, and counseling psychology. Johannah’s particular passion is helping anyone and everyone discover their unique contribution to the building climate justice solutions movement. She is an avid writer, explorer, and a mother.

This event is free and open to everyone.


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Note: Please register no later than 9:00 a.m. on Friday, March 11th to ensure you receive the Zoom link.

A Climate to Thrive: Working Together to Achieve Energy Independence

My America's Cup Experience

March 25, 2022

12:00 Noon

Online presentation

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Tom Duym will present the story of how students at Deer Isle-Stonington High School contributed to their community's unique history and the role it played in the America's Cup at the end of the 19th century. In 1895, and again in 1899, emissaries from the New York Yacht Club travelled to Deer Isle to recruit crews to sail in the America’s Cup. The Deer Isle crews were undefeated in their two defense campaigns. Given from the perspective of one of the teachers involved in the project, the talk will tell not only the story of how this small island community became famous for holding up the US dominance of worldwide yacht racing and technology, but also how the present-day students and teachers reconnected with the significance of that time in history and their own friends, relations, and community reputation today. 

Tom Duym is the Fisheries Education Specialist for Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries (MCCF). His background in public vocational education spans 37 years at both the Community College and secondary school levels. His experience runs the gamut from boat building and repair to construction of fishing gear and skippering commercial fishing and passenger vessels. Tom has an AS from the former Commercial Fishing and Marine Technology Program at the University of Rhode Island and a BS in Secondary Science Education from the University of Maine. He taught in the Commercial Fisheries Program at Washington County Community College (WCCC), was Director of WCCC’s Eastport Marine Trade Center campus, and has taught Marine Trades programming at Deer Isle-Stonington High School. Tom was one of the founding visionaries behind the Eastern Maine Skippers Program at MCCF. A Maine native, Tom now resides in Lamoine, Maine

This event is free and open to everyone.


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Note: Please register no later than 9:00 a.m. on Friday, March 25th to ensure you receive the Zoom link.

My America's Cup Experience