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DENMARK — The Denmark Arts Center, located at 50 West Main Street in Denmark, Maine, is presenting "Burt's Buzz," a documentary about the man who gave his name image to Burt's bees, Sunday July 27, at 7:30 p.m.

The story of Burt's Bees is the preeminent Maine success story. Started in 1987 as a partnership between Roxanne Quimby and Burt Shavitz to sell beeswax candles at county fairs, the company quickly bloomed in popularity and reach. Roxanne's earth-friendly approach and Burt's love for bees proved the perfect combination for this simple, yet incredibly effective partnership. Introducing its world-famous lip-balm in 1991, the company achieved world-wide renown and Quimby bought out co-founder Burt Shavitz. Eventually, the company relocated to North Carolina and began exclusively manufacturing personal care products. After selling the company to Clorox in 2007, Roxanne Quimby became the richest person in the state of Maine.

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LOVELL — Several artists displayed at Harvest Gold Gallery are avid plein air painters and on Saturday, July 26,
Harvest Gold Gallery, located at 1082 Main Street in Center Lovell, Maine, will be hosting a demonstration from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  led by Kristen Dill, Thomas Merriam, and Nancy Trider.

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ALBANY — Learn about insects in The Tin Mountain program "An Inordinate Fondness for Beetles: Introduction to the Insects" with Dr. Pam Hunt on Saturday, July 26, from 10 a.m. through 2 p.m. Time will be spend outdoors on the tin Mountain Rockwell Sanctuary as well as indoors.

In this program Tin Mountain will provide an overview of the major groups of insects, and use this as a platform to explore all the fascinating things that insects are doing it all the time right under our noses. Weather permitting, participants will also head into the field to see what sorts of insects are at the Tin Mountain Conservation Center, and perhaps discover more secrets of their lives.

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7-26-14-maya-kuvaja-at-denmark-arts-centerMaya Kuvaja, the artist behind the above work, will be providing a workshop at the Denmark Arts Center n Saturday July 26. (COURTESY PHOTO)DENMARK — The next few weeks at the Denmark Arts Center is bursting at the seems with artistic endeavors, for all ages. First, Anne Buckwalter will premiere her show "Artillery Park" Friday, July 25, with a free wine and hors d'eouves opening.

Buckwalter's world cohabits with ours, yet is entirely foreign. Using characters and objects from nightmares, news stories, traditional folklore, and fiction, Ms. Buckwalter's images animate obscure competitions and esoteric rituals with a playfulness that belies their depth of thematic intent.

Second, anyone who visited Maya Kuvaja's show "Passages" in June knows her ability to inspire with her technique. Based in Bridgton, Maya Kuvaja creates mixed-media paintings that derive their inspiration and story from nature, science, man and myth. On Saturday July 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. students have the chance to express themselves with a new way of visual storytelling. Students will expand their art making possibilities with simple techniques that combine printed images with drawing and painting. There is a suggested donation of $10.

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7-29-14-toad-of-toad-hall-barnstormersBadger (Robert Bates), Toad (Ryan Malyar), Mole (Jean Mar Brown) and Rat (Tony Edgerton) return to The Barnstormers in A.A. Milne's family classic "Toad of Toad Hall." July 29-August 2. (COURTESY PHOTO)TAMWORTH — A.A. Milne's enchanting tale "Toad of Toad Hall" will grace The Barnstormers stage in Tamworth July 29 to Aug. 2.

Audiences of all ages will delight in this Barnstormers classic based on Kenneth Grahame's "The Wind in the Willows." By the time kind Rat, wise Badger, and shy Mole realize that even tough love has no effect on their naughty friend Mr. Toad, it's already too late. The irrepressible Toad goes from calling a policeman "fat-face" to a 20-year prison sentence, and from there to a daring escape and a ferocious battle with riffraff from the wrong side of the woods. After that, it's tea and toasts all around in this playful, imaginative tale of true friendship.

"A.A. Milne once again worked his magic in adapting Grahame's wonderful story that appeals to both the young and old," Barnstormers director Bob Shea said. "The fantastic characters, plot, scenery and music combine for a magical family night of live theater."

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