On Monday, Nov. 5, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Belfast Free Library, Cooperative Maine and the Belfast Co-op are hosting an event titled "Building a Stable Economy Right in Your Own Community." This event is free, all are welcome.

Paul Sheridan of Cooperative Maine will give a brief presentation about the cooperative principles, the different types of cooperative enterprises and how cooperatives anchor a vibrant, sustainable, local economy. This will be followed by plenty of time for discussion.

Cooperative Maine is committed to seeing increased cooperative development in Maine. The International Co-operative Alliance's definition of a cooperative is, "An autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly owned and democratically controlled enterprise." For more information about Cooperative Maine, visit: cooperativemaine.org.

Paul Sheridan is a retired educator living in Northport. He has been a member, and served on the boards of food, housing and artists' co-ops for 37 years. For more information about this event, contact Co-op education coordinator Kate Harris at kate@belfast.coop, or (207) 338-2532.

The Belfast Free Library is located at 106 High Street in downtown Belfast, on the corner of High and Miller streets. The community-owned Belfast Co-op is a resource for information and action concerning health, nutrition and building community. For more information, visit their website at belfast.coop.