LINCOLNVILLE — The Community Heart & Soul subcommittee invites Lincolnville residents — individuals and families — to a community gathering Sunday, Feb. 5, to begin the process of charting the town’s future.

The family and kid-friendly event will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. at Lincolnville Central School Walsh Commons, with snacks and drinks provided by the Lincolnville Improvement Association, Lincolnville Historical Society and the Lincolnville Hills Project.

Snow date is Sunday, Feb. 12, same time and place.

Tanglewood will provide activities for children ages 5 and older, with hands-on nature-based activities that can take place indoors or outdoors, depending on the weather. All ages are encouraged to share their thoughts on the town, what they like about living in it, what they would like to see in the future of Lincolnville and how community members can work together to achieve that future.

​Through a collection of stories, memories, hopes, and ideas, a plan is developed and put into action. Lincolnville Heart & Soul, a subcommittee of the Comprehensive Plan Review Committee, will use that community voice to guide its actions in two ways: to collaborate with community organizations and to create a vision for Lincolnville’s comprehensive plan.

The town-appointed team and a core of volunteers have already begun the process by gathering monthly at the Community Library to plan this four-phase, two-year process. The Feb. 5 event is part of Phase One: Imagine.

“There will be many ways residents can get involved as Heart & Soul is introduced into our town,” Susan Silverio said in a press release. Silverio chairs the Comprehensive Plan Review Committee and is project coordinator for the Lincolnville Community Heart & Soul subcommittee.

Opportunities include the informational session on Feb. 5, “sharing your stories about what you hope for Lincolnville, serving on the Heart & Soul leadership team, and more opportunities as the project grows.”

Community Heart & Soul is an ongoing practice that provides municipal officials with a clear understanding of what matters most to their constituents — all the residents — and “forges a partnership that builds on the first thing everyone has in common: we all live here,” Silverio said in the release. “It’s not a report that sits on a shelf; it’s a way of coming together to make your town a better place to live in and visit.”

Community Heart & Soul needs volunteers to help plan community events, conduct surveys and interviews with their neighbors, analyze data, and provide other unique strengths to the team. Volunteers are needed from all areas, groups and communities within Lincolnville to connect the project across groups that otherwise may not communicate.

To learn more or to get involved, contact us at heart.and.soul.lincolnville@gmail.com, and on Facebook at Heart & Soul LIncolnville.