AUGUSTA — The Friends of the Maine State Museum will launch its 2013 lecture series at the Maine State Museum with a program at 6:30 tonight.

The program — “Nailed to the Mast: Maritime Songs of the Union and Confederacy” — will be presented by Stephen N. Sanfilippo, who will sing a variety of songs and place them in a historical context.

Sanfilippo received a Ph.D. in history from Stony Brook University. He teaches Maritime Songs and the Maritime Experience at Maine Maritime Academy. He has lectured and performed at universities and cultural venues from Norfolk, Virginia to Prince Edward Island, and leads the monthly Sea Chantey Sing at a library in Pembroke, according to a news release from the museum. A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Sanfilippo divides his time between the North Fork of Long Island, N.Y., and the downeast Maine coast.

There is no cost and all are welcome. For more information, call 287-2301 or visit www.mainestatemuseum.org.

Panel discussion

focuses on hunger

AUGUSTA — The University of Maine Augusta and the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine will host a panel discussion on the hunger crisis in Maine at noon today at the Klahr Center on the university campus.

Panelists include Mark Lapping, distinguished professor of Public Planning at the Muskie School of Public Service; Dean LaChance, director of the Bread of Life Ministries; and local organic farmer, Rep. Craig Hickman, D-Winthrop. Naomi Schalit, founder of the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting and frequent contributor to Maine Public Radio, will serve as moderator.

Refreshments will be served. There is no cost and all are welcome. Donations will be accepted.

For more information, call 621-3532.

Talent show

auditions offered

HALLOWELL — Spectrum Generations Nutrition Program and the University of Maine at Augusta Senior College will present a talent show to benefit the Meals on Wheels program from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at Jewett Hall on the university campus.

Auditions will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, March 22, and 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, March 29, at Spectrum Generations Cohen Community Center, 22 Town Farm Road. Adults 55 and older are encouraged to audition a singing, dancing, instrumental, stand-up comedy, magic or other act.

Don Brown of 93.5 FM True Oldies will serve as master of ceremonies at the event. Tickets cost $10 for general admission and $7 for students.

For more information or to register for an audition, call Lynda Johnson, nutrition coordinator, at 626-7777 or email [email protected]

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