NOTEWORTHY

TUESDAY, MAY 4:

  • “Genealogy and Historical Storytelling: Overcoming Pitfalls and Getting It Right,” via Zoom at 6 p.m. Mark Bradford Richardson looks at research entanglements he’s encountered and suggests strategies to overcome them. He’ll also remark on important factors to consider when delving into genealogy websites. Richardson earned a master’s degree in early American history from University of New Hampshire and has been a Revolutionary War reenactor for 46 years. For a link to his free talk, email jpierce@librarycamden.org.
  • Talk on Schooners Grace Bailey and Mercantile, online at 6:30 p.m. Sail, Power, and Steam Museum wraps up its Captains’ Quarters series with a look at the 1982 Grace Bailey, which sailed the West Indies in the fruit trade and carried granite to New York to build Grand Central Station, and Mercantile, a familiar sight in local ports for more than 100 years. It was designed to load and unload cargo in shallow waters. Jim Sharp, cofounder of the Rockland museum, is joined by Ray Williams, Mike Anderson, and Ted Schmitt for photos and stories. A link to the free program is at sailpowersteammuseum.org.
  • “Tick Talk: Lyme Disease 101,” Belfast Free Library hosts the online talk with Dr. Bea Szantyr at 6:30 p.m. She’ll cover the essentials of prevention and early recognition of Lyme disease. Visit belfastlibrary.org for the link.
  • Authors Robin Clifford Wood and Christina Baker Kline in Conversation, online at 7 p.m. New York Times bestselling novelist Kline and debut author Wood discuss Wood’s new book, “The Field House: A Writer’s Life Lost and Found on an Island in Maine.” It explores the life and legacy of author Rachel Field, whose works for adults and children were once wildly successful, but are now largely forgotten. Register for the free program at leftbankbookshop.com.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 5:

  • “Zoom In: Birds of Maine Book,” Natural Resources Council of Maine hosts the Zoom progam from noon to 1 p.m. on the recently published “Birds of Maine,” the legacy of late ornithologist Peter Vickery. Diagnosed with a terminal illness, he assembled a small team of Maine’s top ornithologists as coauthors to complete the project. Barbara Vickery, his wife and life partner, was the comanaging editor. She will be joined by Jeff Wells of National Audubon, and one of the book’s coauthors, for a discussion about the work and some ideas on how all people can contribute to bird conservation. Details: nrcm.org.
  • “Elemental Design Instruments with Jim Doble,” via Zoom at 6 p.m. in the Zoom with Vose Wednesdays at 6pm series. Doble will discuss his handcrafted instruments, sound therapy and the effect of sound and vibration. He has been creating unique, mostly percussive musical instruments out of a disparate collection of materials such as wood, steel, glass, aluminum, and stone for about 35 years. Email debra@voselibrary.org by 3 p.m. for a link to attend.
  • Come Spring Players Present Episodes from “Come Spring,” Ben Ames Williams’ frontier novel about the first settlers of Union, in a Zoom program at 7 p.m. The Union Historical Society performance features Vicki Boetsch as Mrs. Robbins, Briar Lyons as Mima Robbins and Peter Duffy as Philip Robbins and Joel Adams. Duffy also serves as script writer and production manager. Go to unionhistoricalsociety.org for the link.

THURSDAY, MAY 6:

  • “What Is the Maine Climate Plan, and What Does It Mean to You and Your Town?” at 6:30 p.m. over Zoom. Rockland Public Library hosts Dr. Lenny Reich for a look at what the plan means for Rockland and other towns and cities in Maine. A Q&A will follow. Reich taught at Colby College from 1986 to 2014 and has held fellowships at the Smithsonian Institution, Harvard Business School and MIT. His new interest is diet, agriculture and environmental consequences. Register for the talk at tinyurl.com/ckjcfnbw.

FRIDAY, MAY 7:

  • Camden Hills Regional High School Spring Musical, an outdoor show on May 7, 8, 14, 15 at 6 p.m. Students will perform “The Theory of Relativity,” by Neil Bartram and Brian Hill. The contemporary musical explores aspects of human relationships and love through solos, ensemble singing, and small vignettes. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Audience members will be asked to remain masked for the show, keep a social distance of six feet, and sit in their assigned spaces. There are also limited drive-in tickets that will allow audience members to watch the show from their parked cars and hear the music over an AM radio signal. Tickets are on sale now at eventbrite.com.

COMING UP:

  • Virtual Talk with “All Creatures Great and Small” Producer, Rockland Public Library presents Richard Burrell, Thursday, May 13, at 3 p.m., over Zoom. He’ll talk about producing TV dramas in the U.K. and internationally – specifically, his work adapting books for the small screen. The focus of his discussion will be his recent and upcoming projects, including “All Creatures Great and Small” and “Alex Rider.” For a link, email elewis@rocklandmaine.gov by 1:30 p.m.
  • Talk on Colonial Gardening, via Zoom on Thursday, May 13, at 4:30 p.m. Boothbay Region Historical Society kicks off its 2021 Speaker Series with historian Mike Dekker for a talk about the Colonial garden he made using period tools, heirloom seed varieties, and Native and Euromerican agricultural practices. He’ll tell what such a garden says about the peoples residing in Colonial New England and how the ways they grew food reflected their world views. Register for the free talk at brhszoom@gmail.com.
  • Coastal Mountains Nature Program: “Birds of Midcoast Maine and Utah’s Wasatch Range with Brian Willson,” at 6 p.m. via Zoom on Thursday, May 13, hosted by Coastal Mountains Land Trust and Camden Public Library. Willson’s slide show (followed by a Q&A) compares and contrasts the landscapes and wildlife of Maine’s midcoast and Utah’s Wasatch Range. For a link: jpierce@librarycamden.org.
  • Monmouth Community Players Host Virtual Adult Spelling Bee, Saturday, May 15, at 7 p.m. Everyone is invited to relive their middle school glory days. The MCP Bee will be hosted by former 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee hosts and judges Karen Lipovsky and David Marshal. Sign up at monmouthcommunityplayers.org. All fees and donations will help the Monmouth Community Players continue to offer community events.
  • Encore Production of “Holy Hans” by Royal Family Productions, at Cumston Hall in Monmouth, Sunday, May 16, at 1 p.m. The New York City theater company performs Chris Henry’s adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” “The Little Match Girl” and “The Princess and the Pea” in the all-ages show. Tickets to the show with socially distanced seating are $20, $100 preferred seating, and $250 VIP and must be purchased in advance at RoyalFamilyProductions.org.

MUSIC

FRIDAY, MAY 7:

  • Gordon Thomas Ward Live in Camden Opera House SoundCheck Series, at 7:30 p.m. Ward “writes songs filled with honesty, emotion and, occasionally, personal politics.” The Winter Harbor musician’s songs dot the folk and indie charts. $10 tickets must be bought by 3:30 p.m. at camdenoperahouse.com and 236-3154. SoundCheck shows also stream live to Facebook, where they are free to watch – no link or RSVP needed. You can watch them on YouTube later.

COMING UP:

  • Clements Brothers Bring Roots, Rock, Bluegrass Streaming Live from Waldo Theatre, Thursday, May 13, at 7 p.m. The twins blend their voices and guitar and bass to deliver tunes with roots, rock, bluegrass, jazz, and classical influences. Ticket buyers can watch in real time via a YouTube link and watch an archived recording for up to one week. $15 for one person, $20 for multiple viewers: waldotheatre.org/pages/events.

FILM

  • Maine Outdoor Film Festival Offers Cash Prizes to Maine Filmmakers, as part of its summer 2021 festival opening in late July in Portland, including $500 for Best Maine Film and $500 for Best Maine Student Film. Learn more at maineoutdoorfilmfestival.com.
  • Passes on Sale for 24th Maine International Film Festival, July 9–18 in Waterville at Railroad Square Cinema and the Waterville Opera House, in Skowhegan at the Skowhegan Drive-In Theater, and online. Festival passes and packages are at MIFF.org. Venues will adhere to Maine CDC guidelines for the COVID-19 pandemic.

ARTS

  • Show of Works of Two Maine Media Students, throughout May, Camden Public Library hosts the online show of photographic works by Sue Michlovitz and Dianne Kittle called “Visual Artists: Our Journeys to a Personal Project.”
  • “Same but Different” Quilt Show at Belfast Free Library, in the lobby’s Kramer Gallery. Works by Amy Nichols and Alison Olds of Deer Hill Designs, who often purchase the same materials but use them in different ways. See the side-by-side show through May 31.
  • Online Auction to Benefit Maine Art Gallery, a nonprofit in Wiscasset, open May 1–June 15. The art can be viewed on the gallery website. The pieces will be available for in-person viewing at the gallery May 7 and 8, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Details: maineartgallerywiscasset.org.
  • Maine Jewish Museum Virtual Art Auction 2021, bidding is open and runs to May 9 at MaineJewishMuseum.org.
  • “Current Student Work” at the Messler Gallery in Rockport, through May 26. Furniture and decorative objects made by participants in the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship’s flagship professional training, its Nine-Month Comprehensive. Students of all ages come from around the country and abroad. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. The gallery is on the campus at Route 90 and Mill Street.
  • “Wild Things” at River Arts in Damariscotta, its first juried show of 2021. Professional art, architecture and design writer Jorge Arango was juror and selected works of 78 artists from 111 submitted. This exhibit runs to May 22. And in the gallery’s River Room, nature photographs by Diane Woodworth of Hermon. Her show runs to May 5. The gallery, 36 Elm Street, is open Tuesday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. More info: 563-6868 or riverartsme.org.
  • “Land and Water Scapes by Sally Loughridge,” at CLC YMCA in Damariscotta in May and June. Works by the South Bristol artist, who’s taught soft pastel painting at Round Top Center for the Arts, through the Farnsworth Museum, and privately.

TUESDAY, MAY 4:

  • Art Time LIVE with Waterfall Arts of Belfast, join Bridget Matros and a guest artist for the weekly art adventure, streaming live to its Facebook page and YouTube channel from 4 to 5 p.m. To be a guest, email bridget@waterfallarts.org.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 5:

  • Art & Journaling, 4 p.m. Get project ideas through email, then meet on Zoom. Join Camden Public Library’s creative group for a different project every Wednesday. For projects and the Zoom link: alhand@librarycamden.org.

FRIDAY, MAY 7:

  • Explorations Read-Aloud for Adults, Fridays at 11 a.m. on Camden Public Library’s Facebook page and YouTube channel. Local thespian Joseph Coté reads fiction and nonfiction.

TUESDAY, MAY 11:

  • Let’s Talk About It Book Club from Thomaston Public Library, will meet over Zoom at 2 p.m. to continue its discussion of historical novels based on characters that have helped shape our culture with “The Master” by Colm Tóibín. The club meets second Tuesdays of the month to read and discuss five or six books with a common theme. The book for the June 8 meeting will be “The Hours” by Michael Cunningham and will be the last book in the current series. Contact the library at 354-2453 or library@thomastonmaine.gov to be added to the email list or to request the next book through interlibrary loan.

COMING UP:

  • “Go Fish: The Art of Hand Tied Lures” opens May 13 and runs to June 29 at Jackson Memorial Library, Tenants Harbor. With works featuring artists Maryfaith Morison and Cade Nickels. Morison is a founding member of Press Hard, a printmaking collective, and a member of the Waterfall Arts collaborative. Cade Nickels is a fly-tier, fisherman and advocate of keeping waterways open to endangered species. Sales help fund the library’s community programs.
  • Intergenerational Book Club at Thomaston Public Library, meets Tuesday, May 18, at 2:30 p.m. over Zoom to discuss “How to Be an Antiracist” by Ibram X. Kendi. The club of men and women of all ages from Thomaston and beyond meet the third Tuesday of every month to share opinions and ideas about the book selection. Titles include fiction, biography and other nonfiction, Maine authors and subjects, adult and young adult levels. All are welcome to join. The selection for the June 15 discussion is “The House in the Cerulean Sea” by TJ Klune.

HOME & GARDEN

TUESDAY, MAY 4:

  • Webinar on Preparing a Garden for Cut Flowers, at noon. Merryspring Nature Center hosts John Fromer, who will demystify the creation of a cut flower garden. He’ll list tools and tricks to help gardeners succeed with techniques that are scalable from a small backyard garden to the beds on a large estate. This program is part of Merryspring’s free Online Spring Talk series. Request a link by emailing info@merryspring.org.

SATURDAY, MAY 8:

  • Bath Garden Club Annual Plant Sale, 8 a.m. to noon at Bath’s Library Park. Perennials, herbs, tomato seedlings, geraniums, Proven Winners annuals and many more. There will be a Garden Treasures table with gently used garden items, books and more. Cash, checks and credit cards accepted. Bring your own box, if possible. Mask wearing and social distancing required.
  • “The Business of Horse Logging,” online from 6 to 7:30 p.m. A Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association roundtable exploring the economics of commercial horse logging. A panel of experienced practitioners will discuss the business of cutting trees and how they have created models to remain viable in an increasingly mechanized, production-focused logging industry. Designed for advanced beginners thinking about working in the woods and experienced loggers interested in learning from other teamsters. $15; $10 for members: mofga.org.

TUESDAY, MAY 11:

  • “How to Plan a Pollinator Garden,” online at noon, Merryspring Nature Center of Camden hosts Hildy Ellis, who will help gardeners choose plants to attract imperiled pollinators and learn the landscape practices for maintaining them. She’ll explain the role individual gardeners play in sustaining global plant and animal biodiversity. The program is part of the free Online Spring Talk series via Zoom. Email info@merryspring.org for a link.

COMING UP:

  • Weed-Free Garden Preparation, a webinar for home gardeners on garden preparation to deter weeds, offered by University of Maine Cooperative Extension and University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension from 6 to 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, May 12. Learn about tarping, deep tillage, double-digging, sheet mulching and raised beds. Registration is required; a sliding-scale fee is optional. Register on the UMaine event webpage to attend live or receive a link to the recording. Third in a six-part spring gardening webinar series offered every other Wednesday through June for Maine and New Hampshire gardeners.
  • “Growing Gardens for Pollinators and Plants,” Master Gardener Jean Vose leads the two-parter Thursdays, May 13 and 20, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. for Mid-Coast School of Technology, Rockland. Each class will feature an interactive slide show with take-home-handouts. The May 13 class focuses on “Find Success with Garden Pollinators” and May 20 features “Companion Planting – Plants.” Register at midcoastadulted.maineadulted.org.
  • Plant Sale at Merryspring Nature Center, on the Camden-Rockport line, Friday, May 14, from 3 to 6 p.m. and Saturday, May 15, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Members get a 10% discount; nonmembers can join to get the discount during the sale of annual and perennial plants, vegetable seedlings from lettuce and tomatoes to onions and peppers, and flowers including petunias, impatiens, snapdragons, lobelia, delphiniums, begonias, salvia, buddleia, and others, plus herbs including basil, sage, and rosemary. Also, daylilies from the Maine Daylily Society, hostas and other shade plants from Fernwood Nursery, and dahlias from Endless Summer Flower Farm. In addition, Master Gardener John Fromer will be giving a short talk on perennials on Friday, May 14, and Merryspring Garden Manager Denise DeSpirito will be giving a talking tour of the herb garden Saturday, May 15.
  • Annual Plant Sale at Camden Hills Regional High School, Rockport. The Horticulture and Gardening class’s annual sale will be at the campus greenhouse Saturday, May 15, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sunday, May 16, from 9 a.m. to noon with organic vegetable and herb seedlings and a variety of annuals and perennials. Containers are $3. Buy three and get a fourth free. On Sunday it’s buy one, get one from 9 to 11 a.m., and in the last hour everything is $1. Compost will be for sale if it is ready, at $6 per 40-pound bag. The sale supports horticulture and gardening and sustainability programs at CHRHS.
  • Plant Sale to Benefit Lincolnville Community Library, a preorder plant sale, with pickup on Saturday, May 22. Trees including mountain maple, hackberry, American smoketree, hop hornbeam and American mountain ash trees and shrubs including red chokeberry, button bush, silky dogwood, northern bush honeysuckle and common elderberry. These come as root stock for $10. Geraniums in 4-inch pots for $5. And perennials including lilacs, highbush cranberry, iris, beebalm, phlox, dogwood and more. Proceeds benefit the library. For details and to place an order, call 706-3896 or email questions@lincolnvillelibrary.org.

FOOD & DRINK

TUESDAY, MAY 4:

  • Free Online Class: Lunch Box Meal Prep, 4:30 p.m. Join Nutrition Educator Kaitlyn Johnson to learn how to pack fresh, tasty lunches that will help you save time and money throughout the week. To register, call 301-3950 or visit journeytohealth.coursestorm.com.

SATURDAY, MAY 8:

  • Appleton Library Souper Supper Cookbook Launch, 10 a.m to 1 p.m. Because the library won’t be holding its annual Souper Supper, due to COVID-19, volunteers have collected over 50 recipes and compiled them in a cookbook of Souper Supper favorites. Books will be for sale for $15 outside the library, at 2916 Sennebec Road, with social distancing measures in place and refreshments available.

SUNDAY, MAY 9:

  • Take-Away Mother’s Day Brunch, with pickup from 11 to 11:30 a.m. at People’s United Methodist Church, 13 Chapel Street, South Thomaston. Egg and sausage casserole (or vegetarian option), homemade blueberry muffin, fruit cup. Free for mothers and women; $10 per meal for all others. You must order by 9 p.m. May 5: 593-8698 or 571-277-5184. Proceeds will support church and community programs.

TUESDAY, MAY 11:

  • Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous Holding Free Info Session, online and by phone, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., for those who may be struggling with food obsession, overeating, undereating or bulimia. For phone and online access information, call Kate V: 529-5550.

COMING UP:

  • Good Tern Co-op Workshop on Seafood Sustainability, Wednesday, May 12, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Science writer, journalist and author Ret Talbot will take a deep dive into seafood and seafood sustainability in the Rockland co-op’s online event series. Talbot will start his talk by defining sustainable seafood, then focus on how to better understand the most common choices presented to the sustainably minded consumer when buying seafood. Participants will receive recipes and preparation tips. To register for the free workshop, contact Elissa Bower at 594-8822 or marketing@goodtern.coop.
  • Take-Out Turkey Supper, Friday, May 14, with drive-through pickup between 5 and 6 p.m. at People’s United Methodist Church, 21 Depot Street in Union. The menu features homecooked roasted turkey with stuffing and gravy, mashed potatoes, carrots, peas, cranberry sauce, a dinner roll, and a slice of wild blueberry cake. Tickets are $15 and must be purchased on or before May 7 by calling Joyce Grotton at 785-2651.

KIDS & PARENTS

TUESDAY, MAY 4:

  • Facebook Live Story Time with Skidompha Library, Damariscotta, from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Librarian Jessie will read books and sing songs on the library’s Facebook page.
  • Chat with Miss Amy of Camden Public Library on Zoom, 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays. For a link, email alhand@librarycamden.org.
  • Rockin’ Storytime with Miss Katie of Rockland Public Library, on its YouTube channel, Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. Toddlers and early elementary school kids are invited to the themed storytimes with songs, rhymes, books.
  • Outdoor Story Time at Jackson Memorial Library, Tenants Harbor, Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.
  • Virtual Breastfeeding Support Group, Tuesdays from 12:30 to 2 p.m. The informal group provides interaction as well as individual assistance when needed. Women wanting more information about breastfeeding are also welcome. For access: 301-3950 or journeytohealth.coursestorm.com.
  • LGBTQ+ Online Youth Group, for ages 9 to 13, Tuesdays from 4 to 5 p.m. Hang out, try a workshop, play games and connect with peers. Go to OutMaine.org for details.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 5:

  • Outdoor Story Time, with Miss Amy, of Camden Public Library, from 10 to 11 a.m. Story times and crafts with masks and social distancing. Bring a blanket to help your children remain in their space. For all ages. Email Amy Hand to register: alhand@librarycamden.org.
  • Read-Alouds with Miss Katie of Rockland Public Library, 10:30 a.m. on the library’s YouTube channel.
  • Story Time with Chloe Keller of Vose Library in Union, 10:30 a.m. Email librarian@voselibrary.org or call the library, 785-4733, for the password.
  • LGBTQ+ Teen Group, for ages 13 to 17, via Zoom on Wednesdays, 4 to 5 p.m. Hang out, try a workshop, play games and connect with peers. Go to OutMaine.org for details.
  • Online Class on Gentle Birth, from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, May 5 to 26. Learn a new approach to childbirth combining brain science, birth science and technology to empower a positive birth through preparation. This class will include training in mindfulness, hypnosis, cognitive behavioral therapy and sports psychology. A mobile app will also be available. Free. Call 301-8337 to register.
  • UMaine Extension 4-H Citizen Science Club, for grades four to eight, meeting 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. weekly, May 5 to June 9. This virtual club encourages youth to practice citizen science in their backyard and report their observations while making connections with fellow citizen scientists in their community and around the state. Youth will need online access and the ability to take and share photos. The club is free to join; enrollment is limited to 15 members. Register on the 4-H club webpage. For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, call 581-8206 or email sarah.sparks@maine.edu.

THURSDAY, MAY 6:

  • Baby Time with Miss Katie of Rockland Public Library, 10:30 a.m. on the library’s YouTube channel.

SATURDAY, MAY 8:

  • All Ages Art Happening in Downtown Belfast, from noon to 4 p.m. on the Green at Cross and Main (40 Main Street). Everyone is invited to celebrate International Collage Day with scissors, glue, and “Maine’s best scrap paper collection,” including sticky paper for the littles to add to a collaborative collage, with Bridget Matros leading the free fun. Collage kits will be available for purchase for those who wish to continue at home. Details: waterfallarts.org.
  • Virtual Life-Drawing Class with Chewonki, at noon. Teens are invited to draw owls, reptiles, or insects from live models. An educator from Chewonki’s Traveling Natural History program leads the class and shows some of Chewonki’s resident owls, reptiles, or insects. Free, materials will be provided by Skidompha. To register, call 563-5513, email Sophie at sgagnon@skidompha.org or message her at Facebook.com/groups/SkidomphaTeenServices.

MONDAY, MAY 10:

  • Emerging LGBTQ+ Leaders Online Meetings, for ages 16 to 22, Mondays from 3 to 4 p.m. Out Maine hosts the virtual meet-ups where LGBTQ+ young adults can share knowledge and increase their leadership and facilitation skills. The group is creating podcasts to share online and on FM radio. Email leah@outmaine.org for details.

TUESDAY, MAY 11:

  • For recurring Tuesday events, see May 4.

COMING UP:

  • Virtual Postpartum Support Group, Thursdays, May 13 and 27, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The support group was created by a group of women who have gone through challenging postpartum experiences and/or have been educated on them. For new and pregnant mothers and families to talk, listen, get support and gain education on postpartum experiences. The group meets the second and fourth Thursday of the month. For more information, call 505-4140. Free, but registration is required to obtain virtual access. To register, call 301-3950 or go to journeytohealth.coursestorm.com.
  • MIDCOAST SUMMER CAMPS are open for registration. They include Camp at the Central Lincoln County YMCA, for kids and teens at the Y in Damariscotta and in partnership with Boothbay Region YMCA at Camp Knickerbocker in Boothbay Harbor. With camps for Outdoor Cooking, Fishing, Bowling, STEM, Sailing, Sports, Legos, and more. Details: clcymca.org. Field and Forest, Art and Science at Ashwood Waldorf School, Rockport, for ages 3 through grade 8. All camps take place on Ashwood’s 32 acres. Learn more at ashwoodwaldorf.org. Midcoast Theater Musical Theater Camp, at Troy Howard Middle School in Belfast, July 5–16. Camp will be held outdoors. Learn more at midcoasttheater.org. Art Camp at CMCA, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockland. Sessions in Earth Arts, Who Is Maine?, The Shape of Summer, and Sonarts: A Collaborative Camp for Musicians and Artists. Details: cmcanow.org.

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Bicycle Coalition of Maine Announces Three New Events for 2021, including a women’s ride on Saturday, June 5, and a gravel grind and an abbreviated version of their signature BikeMaine event, both in September. Registration for all three events is now open. Learn more at bikemaine.org.

TUESDAY, MAY 4:

  • Tai Chi in the Camden Amphitheatre, noon to 1 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday. Join instructor Anna Dembska for classes for all levels; donations requested. Masks and social distancing required. A portion of the donations will benefit Camden Public Library. To register, email Anna at camdentaiji@gmail.com.
  • Alzheimer’s Disease Support Group Meeting Virtually, at 6 p.m. The group provides information and support to area residents who have loved ones coping with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias. Free. Those interested in participating should contact Cheri R. Blouin, LSW, at 301-6237 or at cblouin@pbmc.org.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 5:

  • Camden Brain Injury Support Group, meets 10 a.m. to noon. The group welcomes survivors, family and friends of stroke survivors, and anyone faced with a neurological challenge. The group meets first Wednesdays in the Children’s Garden near the underground entrance to the Camden Public Library. Bring face coverings while mask mandates are still in place in public spaces. For more information, call 273-2090.
  • Guided Bog Walk at Hidden Valley Nature Center, Jeffferson, 10 a.m. to noon. Join Hildy Ellis for the 10-minute walk to the bog, where a boardwalk extends into the heart of the wetland, making it possible to take a close-up look at the delicate ecosystem. A $5 donation is requested for nonmembers. Register at midcoastconservancy.org.
  • Maine “Signs of the Seasons” Training, 10 a.m. to noon. University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine Sea Grant offer free training at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay. Online training will be cohosted by Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens from 4 to 5 p.m. Learn about the place of phenology in a changing climate, the relevance of indicator species to New England, and how to set up a site and start observing and reporting. Trainings are free and open to all. Register on UMaine’s program website. For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact Esperanza Stancioff: 832-0343 or esp@maine.edu.
  • Black Lives Matter Vigils in Rockland, every Wednesday at Chapman Park (corner of Park and Main, by Walgreens) from noon to 1 p.m. Everyone is invited to the peaceful vigils to bring attention to the ongoing problem of racism. Wear a mask. For more information, 385-7452 or smanning5757@gmail.com.
  • Online Class: Calming Yoga, from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesdays, May 5 to 26. Join certified yoga instructor Patti Prema Kristiansen for the class that is designed to decrease anxiety, stress and inflammation. The class will include gentle breathing techniques, postures and meditation that can improve feelings of safety and calmness. No previous yoga experience required. $26 registration fee is required. Visit journeytohealth.coursestorm.com or call 301-3950 to register.

THURSDAY, MAY 6:

  • Tai Chi in the Camden Amphitheatre, noon to 1 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday. Masks and social distancing required. Email camdentaiji@gmail.com to register.
  • Camden Public Library’s Tech Help Hour via Zoom and Email, 1 to 3 p.m. For those who need help with a new device or operations like transferring photos from camera to computer. Sign up at librarycamden.org.
  • Town Hall with State Rep. Vicki Doudera of Camden, via Zoom from 5 to 6 p.m., for constituents of District 94: Camden, Islesboro and Rockport. Email her at vdoudera@gmail.com for the link.
  • Let’s Talk About Energy, Part 3: Municipal Energy,” Camden Public Library and Camden Energy Committee continue their online series at 6 p.m. with a look at what local government is doing to combat climate change. For the Zoom link, email jpierce@librarycamden.org.
  • Online Class in Yoga for Strong Bones, from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursdays, May 6 to June 10, Join yoga therapist Patti Prema Kristiansen for the gentle class designed for people who want to build better bone health. $39 fee. Call 301-3950 or go to journeytohealth.coursestorm.com to register.
  • “Keep Belfast Maine Beautiful” Annual Cleanup, for the fourth year in a row, Belfast businesses and residents will be forming teams from Thursday to Saturday, May 6–8, to clean up 59 miles of roadside. To volunteer, call, text, or email Dave Bond: 218-1183 or bondcoappr@gmail.com.

FRIDAY, MAY 7:

  • Red Friday Coffee and Doughnut Open House, 10 a.m. to noon at Williams-Brazier Post 37, American Legion, 37 Watts Lane, Thomaston. Red Friday lets Post 37 Legionnaires and local people meet up, drink coffee, eat doughnuts and talk about someone they know who is serving in the American military and deployed. Red Fridays are now held first and third Fridays of the month. Everyone is welcome. Wear a mask.
  • Online Chess Club, with matches every Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. Members may also challenge other members at any time. Join at lichess.org/team/camden-chess-club. For more info, email Evan Annis at camdenchessclub@gmail.com.

SATURDAY, MAY 8:

  • Spring Migration Birding Workshop at Merryspring Nature Center, Camden, 7 to 9 a.m. Naturalist Kristen Lindquist will lead birders of all skill levels through forests and fields to look and listen for spring-migrating birds. Get tips for finding and identifying birds by their song and plumage. Wear sturdy shoes and weather-appropriate clothing and be ready to walk for up to two hours. Bring binoculars if you have them. Face masks required. The program in the Weekend Workshop series costs $5, free for members. Register by contacting Merryspring at 236-2239 or info@merryspring.org.
  • Disarmament Vigils at Bath Iron Works, gather at the Administration Building on Washington Street in Bath from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on May 8 and 15 and walk down to leaflet workers at the shift change. Wear masks, maintain social distance guidelines, and bring signs. To learn more, call Smilin’ Trees Disarmament Farm at 763-4062.

MONDAY, MAY 10:

  • Camden Public Library’s Walsh History Center Hour on Zoom, 1 to 2 p.m. The Walsh History Center will try to help find you an answer to Camden history questions. For a Zoom link to participate, email kgross@librarycamden.org.

TUESDAY, MAY 11:

  • “Addressing Childcare Gaps in Midcoast Maine,” via Zoom at noon. Camden Rotary Club hosts Melissa Bellew, CEO of Penobscot Bay YMCA. Bellew’s talk is ninth in the club’s series on local economic and workforce development challenges. This one looks at the widening needs for childcare across Maine, particularly in the midcoast, as necessary for many working families. Bellew has 28 years of experience as a public defender and private legal practitioner and now serves as a pro bono attorney. She has provided expertise at the local and state levels on Maine’s childcare gaps. The club’s website at camdenrotary.org includes recordings of all the talks in this series. Get connection details to attend this one from Stephanie Griffin at steph.griffinsg00@gmail.com.
  • “You Belong” Six-Week Course, via Zoom, starts this Tuesday, 6 to 8 p.m. The Dancing Elephant in Rockland launches the book study group led by Rachel Nixon and Cynthia Trone. Participants are invited to order a copy of “You Belong: A Call for Connection” by Sebene Selassie. Visit rocklandyoga.com to register; donation requested.

COMING UP:

  • Online Advance Care Planning Workshop, Wednesday, May 12, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Learn how to create an advance directive, a written plan that tells others what medical care you want or do not want if you become too ill to tell them. Join expert Vikki Swan to begin the process. Free. To register: 301-3950 or journeytohealth.coursestorm.com.
  • Midcoast Conservancy Offers Two Spring Bird Walks, with birders Howie Nielsen and Jonathan Alderfer. The first is Wednesday, May 12, from 7 to 10 a.m.; the second is Saturday, May 29, same time. Each will be an easy walk at Hidden Valley Nature Center in Jefferson to visit woodlands and the boardwalk into the kettle hole bog. Nielsen is a world-renowned birder with local roots and expertise. Alderfer is an artist and author who has worked on many National Geographic birding books. Register at midcoastconservancy.org.
  • Waldoboro Public Library’s Board of Trustees Meeting, via Zoom, on Thursday, May 13, at 5 p.m. to consider changes to the library’s bylaws. The proposed changes are posted at waldoborolibrary.org. Call the library at 832-4484 if you wish to attend.
  • Outdoor Talk and Walk, with ecologist and naturalist Logan Parker, on Saturday, May 15, at 7 p.m. He will lead a look and listen for the visually elusive class of bird that includes whip-poor-wills and nighthawks. Parker’s website is hereinthewild.com. To register, email searsmont.town.library@gmail.com or call 342-5549. Leave contact info and the number of people wishing to attend. The library will contact you with a confirmation and the location of the event.