August is in full swing with guest speakers, presentations, picnics, a photo contest and more, per this week’s “The MUG Event Calendar.”

Dave Hamilton of “The Mac Observer” and the Mac Geek Gab will discuss cool stuff at a New Jersey Group, and Ian Schray will present GadgetTrak to one California group, and the folks from ESET will discuss their upcoming security software at another California group.

A New Mexico group will hold a photo contest, two different groups in Wisconsin will stage their annual picnics, as will a group in Michigan. Other topics up for discussion this week include iWeb, MobileMe, security on the Mac, networking, the iPhone, Drop Box, iPhoto, upgrading your Mac, and more.

“The MUG Event Calendar” can be found at “The MUG Center,” an online resource for Mac User Groups. MUGs are good places for making new friends in the Mac community, imProving your computing skills, finding solutions to technical Problems, and perhaps locating a good deal on used hardware. For more info on MUGs, and to find the location of the one nearest you, go to Apple’s MUG page (