A series of Make Shift Coffee Houses — gatherings of people across the political spectrum to understand each other’s views in public discourse — will be held this fall in Belfast, Searsmont and Searsport, and organizers are asking those interested to participate in a survey to prepare for the meetings. The survey attempts to gauge the civility of people in Waldo County. To participate, visit surveymonkey.com/r/KCDMZ6V; deadline to respond is Tuesday, October 8. The effort is not affiliated with any specific town government and is nonpartisan.

For more information, including meeting dates and venues, visit makeshiftcoffeehouse.com.