The Midcoast Chapter of the Maine Women’s Network invites members, guests and the general public to its second meeting Wednesday, Jan. 4 from 5:15 to 7:30 p.m. at The Haven Event Center on Route 90. Dinner will be served as part of the meeting, and the guest speaker will be choir director Mimi Bornstein.

MWN attendees hear keynote speakers or engage in workshop-style programs that provide insightful practices and information on networking and offer opportunities to participate in fun exercises that will put these networking skills to work immediately in a safe and light-hearted environment. These meetings attract an audience of 35 to 45 women each month. They represent a cross section of professionals, artisans, practitioners and nonprofit leaders in the Midcoast area. Through engaging with each other at these monthly meetings, attendees have a regular opportunity to build an extended network, strengthen existing relationships and in general enhance their ability to get connected and stay connected.

At the Jan. 4 meeting, sponsored by Midcoast Chapter member Patty Moran of E.C. Moran Insurance, MWN welcomes Bornstein, founder and artistic director of Midcoast Community Chorus. With a mission to sing as a community for the community, MCC is a multi-generational non-auditioned chorus of 140 members offering a supportive environment for anyone who wants to sing. Performing music of hope, healing, transformation and peace from all over the world, singers are given a place to find voice for themselves and give voice to some of the issues of our time.

With the belief that when we sing we change who we are, when we change who we are we change the world, MCC performs at least two concerts a year, in January and in June. The June concert is dedicated to raising awareness and funds for local nonprofit organizations that address social injustices and community needs with proceeds of $10,000 being donated on average to the concert beneficiary. MCC has performed locally and nationally with noted musicians including the Grammy Award-winning Paul Winter Consort and Maine’s own Paul Sullivan.

Cost to attend, which includes full buffet and dessert, time for networking and the presentation, is $30, $22 for MWN members. Guests and non-members are always welcome. Online pre-registration is required by Wednesday, Dec. 28 at mainewomensnetwork.com.

MWN’s mission is to increase women’s professional growth and leadership skills through networking and education. A statewide organization with multiple chapters, including Portland, Androscoggin and Midcoast ,membership is open to all, regardless of gender. Through monthly chapter meetings, the statewide annual event and other programming, MWN represents and supports hundreds of women in business across the state.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to dernest@villagesoup.com.