NOTEWORTHY

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10:

  • Talk by Author of “Rockland, Maine: Rise and Renewal,” 6:30 p.m. at Rockland Public Library. Fifth-generation Rockland resident John Bird gives an illustrated talk about his book. Rockland Historical Society’s program is free.
  • “Demise of the Local Newspaper,” 6:30 p.m. at Belfast Free Library. Learn why U.S. communities are experiencing increasingly limited access to local news, from Tom Groening, editor of Working Waterfront, and Jay Davis, founding editor of the Waldo Independent. The free program is a run-up to February’s Camden Conference.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11:

  • School Emergency Drill in Rockport and Camden, at Camden Hills Regional High School, Camden-Rockport Middle School and Camden-Rockport Elementary School. It starts around 1:30 p.m. and will incorporate sirens, fire trucks and police cruisers, and other commotion that should not be considered alarming.
  • Crime and Poetry at Eric Hopkins Gallery, 120 Tillson Avenue, Rockland, from 4 to 6 p.m. Novelist Paul Doiron reads from his popular crime novels about a Maine game warden and poet Kristen Lindquist recites from “Transporation,” a finalist for the Maine Literary Award. He’s married to her, and his book contains a map of an imaginary island by painter Hopkins. Her most recent collection has a Hopkins’ painting on the cover. Free. Books for sale.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12:

  • Seabird Expert in Damariscotta, 10 a.m. in Skidompha Library’s Chats with Champions series. Carla Skinder on Maine’s 294 islands designated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as significant seabird nesting islands – nearly half of them are without protection and under pressure from development. She is board chair of Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge, based in Rockland.
  • Cookies, Caroling and a Quilt at Appleton Library, 6 to 7 p.m. People are invited to sing carols, munch on cookies, see the Morris dancers perform a winter solstice frolic, and take a chance on a queen-sized quilt by Rachelle Horn (raffle tickets are $1, six for $5).
  • Island Doctor to Discuss “Go By Boat,” 6:30 p.m., Rockland Public Library. Dr. Chuck Radis gives an illustrated talk on his upcoming book about his early years in medicine, when he was the only doctor on Peaks Island and traveled by boat to the outer islands of Casco Bay, making 150 house calls a year.
  • The Poetry of Vassalboro Native Holman Day, 6:30 p.m. at Liberty Library. Peter Beckford recites selections of Day’s poetry, written in the early 1900s, that is alternately funny, sad and philosophical. Refreshments served.
  • Steel Magnolias at Lincoln Theater, Damariscotta, on Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Lincoln County Community Theater performs the tragicomic play about a group of women in a small-town Southern beauty parlor as they experience milestones in their lives. $15 adults, $13 for theater members, $5 for those under 19.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13:

  • Dough Ball at Boothbay Harbor Opera House, 5:30 p.m. Music, food, dancing and drinks in the decorated opera house. Gingerbread Spectacular winners will be announced. Tickets are $25 ($15 members) in advance and $30 at the door for everyone. The annual Gingerbread Spectacular runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday – and admission is free. See culinary creations of professional bakers, grade-school builders and everyone in between, and learn who won prizes, like “Best Holiday Spirit” and “Most Obsessive Compulsive.” The Boothbay Community Band plays a holiday concert at 3 p.m.
  • “Ahab’s Rolling Sea: A Natural History of Moby-Dick,” 6:30 p.m. at Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge’s Visitor Center, 9 Water Street, Rockland. Richard King on his new book that looks at Melville’s novel of 1851 and today’s rising sea levels, and that casts Ahab as Big Oil and Ishmael as a climate refugee. It’s been lauded in The American Scholar quarterly journal.
  • Bah, Humbug! This Weekend in Belfast, the musical retelling of Charles Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol” is put on by the Belfast Maskers at Basil Burwell Community Theater, 17 Court Street, Belfast, at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. $12 adults, $8 under 13: BelfastMaskers.com.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14:

  • Winter Wassail Solstice Party at Merryspring Nature Center, Camden, from 2 to 5 p.m. People of all ages are invited to enjoy chestnuts roasting over open fires and hot wassail celebrating the apple harvest. Highland Mary Morris dancers will kick up their heels at 2:30 p.m. and then the Mill Street Singers will sing carols. The nonprofit nature center’s annual solstice fete is free.
  • Rockport’s 7th Annual Holiday on the Harbor, 3 to 8 p.m. Music and art with a fireworks finish in the village, and from 4 to 6 p.m. at Union Hall, 24 Central Street, free performances by the Suzuki Twinklers, Bay Chamber Jazz Ensemble and Odeon Allegro Ensemble, served with cookies and cider. At 7 p.m., at Rockport Opera House, “A Jazzy Christmas,” with twin brothers and Juilliard grads Peter and Will Anderson and ensemble swinging through the best songs of the holidays. Tix are $25 adults, $10 under 25, at BayChamberConcerts.org.
  • VA Maine Veteran & Family Open House, starting at 9 a.m., 1 VA Center, Augusta, Building 200 (Hospital). VA Maine HCS cordially invites Veterans and their families to attend the VA Maine Veteran & Family Open House at the Togus VA Medical Center. This is an opportunity for Veterans and their families to learn about VA health care and benefits, meet VA Maine clinical staff, take a tour of the facility and new Fisher House, and learn about the history of the nation’s first VA. There will be activities for children, including Santa Claus, face painting and more. FMI: contact Jonathan Barczyk at 207-623-8411, ext. 2200.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 16:

  • “Icebreakers, Zodiacs and Elephant Seals: The Tools and Trials of an Antarctic Marine Technician,” 6 p.m. at The Apprenticeshop, 655 Main Street, Rockland. Joee Patterson on her nine Antarctic expeditions as a marine technician supporting scientists who study the continent. She’ll share stories about life on an icebreaker, describe studies done by U.S. Antarctic Program scientists, and tell of her close encounters with wildlife. $10 suggested donation.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17:

  • “The Inner Life of Newspapers,” 7 p.m. at Camden Public Library. Matt Storin, former Boston Globe editor, explores accusations that East Coast newspapers exhibit liberal bias, discusses what makes a good journalist, and looks at the future of print. The free talk is given in the runup to the 2020 Camden Conference, on “The Media Revolution: Changing the World,” from February 21 to 23.

COMING UP:

  • Boothbay Harbor Opera House Hosts Community Potluck and Carol Sing, Wednesday, December 18. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with everyone tucking into dinner by 6 p.m., and the music starting around 6:45. Singers will gather around the piano, with Kevin Kiley at the keys, against the backdrop of the glittering, decked-out Opera House, which asks that everyone bring an ample dish to share.
  • Solstice by the Sea on Sears Island, Saturday, December 21. Everyone’s invited to walk along a path lit with hundreds of luminarias to the island, for music, readings, cocoa and cookies. Park along the causeway at the end of Sears Island Road, off Route 1, and meet at the kiosk near the island gate by 4:30 p.m. Dress warmly and bring a flashlight. Weather updates posted on FriendsOfSearsIsland.org.
  • Reading of Dylan Thomas’s “A Child’s Chistmas in Wales,” Sunday, December 22, at 3 p.m. at Watts Hall, 174 Main Street, Thomaston. Watts Hall Community Players present the prose about Christmas from the viewpoint of a boy, portraying a simpler time. The band Playin’ Possum will perform. Hot cocoa and caroling will follow. Free; donations go toward keeping the hall running.
  • First Night of Hanukkah Celebrated in Belfast, Sunday, December 22. People of all faiths are invited to Post Office Square at 3:30 p.m. for readings, live music and snacks. The menorah will be lit at sunset and glow throughout the holiday.

MUSIC

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12:

  • An Evening with Jenn Schott at Camden Opera House, third floor, at 7:30 p.m. The singer-songwriter – whose songs have been sung by Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, and Lonestar – performs to raise funds for Camden-Rockport Middle School’s Japan Exchange Program. Eighth-grader and musician Bella Barnes opens the show. With a cash bar and bake sale. $35 tickets: CamdenOperaHouse.com.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13:

  • “Maine Winter Music” by Down East Singers, on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Belfast Unitarian Universalist Church and Sunday at 2 p.m. at Rockport Opera House. The concert will intersperse choral works accompanied by brass ensemble and keyboard with seasonal music arranged for brass. Two of the featured composers – Delmar Dustin Small and Sean Fleming – are from Maine. Tickets are $20 for adults (and must be obtained but are free for those under 19): DownEastSingers.org.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14:

  • Roots Trio Lula Wiles at Strand Theatre, Rockland, 7:30 p.m. The Boston trio (native Mainers Isa Burke, Eleanor Buckland and Mali Obomsawin) serves up folk infused with pop hooks. Tix are $15 in advance, $18 on show day. Lobby and balcony bars are open for live shows at the Strand.
  • Irish Band Lunasa and Guest Ashley Davis Return to Camden Opera House, 7:30 p.m. They combine music and spoken word in their Irish Christmas show (which sold out last year). Tickets are $30 in advance, $32 show day: 236-3154, CamdenOperaHouse.com.
  • Two Performances of “Woven in Song: A December Tapestry,” 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday at St. Patrick’s Church, Academy Hill Road, Newcastle. Tapestry Singers of Maine deliver seasonal and holiday songs, accompanied by instrumentalists. Tickets are $15 for adults; free for students: TapestrySingersMaine.org.
  • Penobscot Bay Singers Present “A Christmas Carol,” readings from the Dickens classic with musical interludes of seasonal hymns and carols, on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Searsport First Congregational Church, 8 Church Street, and Sunday at 3 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 81 Court Street, Belfast. There’s more info at PenobscotBaySingers.org.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15:

  • Christmas Concert at Washington Village Church, 33 Liberty Road, 3 p.m. Women’s barbershop group Harborside Harmony, based in Rockland, performs carols and popular Christmas songs. The free concert, sponsored by Washington Historical Society, is capped by a reception with the musicians.
  • “Carols in the Round,” 4 p.m. at United Christian Church, 18 Searsmont Road, Lincolnville Center. A cappella group Mount View Chamber Singers performs a candlelit concert of English, German, French and American carols. A reception will follow, and their CDs will be for sale. Free; donations taken.
  • Christmas Concert by the Hyssongs, at North Waldoboro Church of the Nazarene, 3008 Washington Road. A potluck is laid out at 5 p.m. and the family gospel group goes on at 6 p.m. with vocal harmonies, humor, trumpet and trombone.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 16:

  • Camden Hills Regional High School’s Annual Holiday Concert, Rockport, 7 p.m. The jazz and concert bands, chorale, women’s choir and chamber singers perform in Strom Auditorium after a 5 p.m. Empty Bowl supper in the school’s Wave Cafe. The concert will end with a sing-along of popular carols. Bring a donation for the food pantry.
  • Anthony Gomes in Last Monday Night Blues Show of 2019 in Rockland, 7 p.m. at Time Out Pub, 275 Main Street. His latest album, “Peace, Love & Loud Guitars,” was named Best Blues Album of 2018 by Blues Rock Reviw. The year-end show is traditionally a “dress-up” night. $20 cover.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17:

  • Community “Messiah” Sing in Thomaston, 7:30 p.m. at Episcopal Church of St. John Baptist, 200 Main Street. The event is held by Down East Singers, with artistic director Anthony Antolini conducting. Mozart Mentors Orchestra and keyboardist Sean Fleming provide accompaniment. Singers interested in performing the Christmas section and “Hallelujah Chorus” of Handel’s 1741 “Messiah” are invited to take part. Scores will be available for those who do not have their own. Nonsingers are invited to come and listen. Donations will be taken. For more info, call 832-1775.

COMING UP:

  • Oceanside Choirs Sing at Rockland Public Library, Thursday, December 19, at 6:30 p.m. The open concert choir and auditioned chamber choir of Oceanside High School give a short, free concert with the theme “positivity.” Then teacher Lauren Casey leads a sing-along.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Garrett Soucy at Liberty Library, Friday, December 20, at 7 p.m. The Americana singer-songwriters who’ve been crafting tunes for over 20 years perform. Their CDs will be for sale.
  • Coig to Play Celtic Holiday Show at Boothbay Harbor Opera House, Friday, December 20, at 7:30 p.m. The Atlantic Canada foursome bring their fiery Celtic stye. The band’s debut, “Five,” won 2015 East Coast Music Award for Roots/Traditional Group Recording of the Year. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door.
  • Timbered Lake in Solstice Concerts and Community Talking Circle, at Belfast Free Library on Saturday, December 21. Solstice concerts at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Community Talking Circle at 6:30 p.m. Hosted by singer-songwriter, guitarist Diana Ramsdell Newman and singer-poet, indigenous percussionist Crow Suncloud. Chem-free. Admission is by donation. Their new double album “World Undivided” will be for sale.

ONGOING:

  • Tuesday Jams in Thomaston, 8 Hyler Street, at 7 p.m. Folk, country, blues, gospel. FMI: 273-2914.
  • Thursday Jams in Warren, Saint George River Cafe, 310 Main Street, at 6 p.m. and Second and Fourth Friday Open Mics, at 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday Karaoke in Thomaston, Threshers Brewing Company, 1 Starr Street, 7 p.m.
  • Third Friday Open Mics in Whitefield, Sheepscot General Store and Farm, 98 Townhouse Road, at 7 p.m. Bertie Koller is the featured act at the December 20 show.
  • Second Saturday Drum Circles at River Arts, Damariscotta, at 6:30 p.m. No experience needed; bring a drum or borrow one. Free. FMI: 633-6355.
  • Sunday Jams in Rockland, Sail, Power & Steam Museum, 75 Mechanic Street, at 1:30 p.m.
  • Monthly Songwriter Sessions at Camden Public Library, last Thursdays, 6 p.m. Newcomers welcome. Share work, give and take feedback, collaborate.

FILM

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13:

  • “It’s a Wonderful Life,” 6:30 p.m. in Thomaston Public Library’s /em>Friday Night Films. December features holiday favorites. Frank Capra’s adaptation of the short story “The Greatest Gift” stars Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey, a good man who’s spent a lifetime giving up on his dreams in order to keep life in his small town humming. When a guardian angel named Clarence finds a despondent George poised to jump off a bridge, he shows him what life would’ve been like had he never been born. Donna Reed stars as George’s wife. The film was nominated for five Oscars.
  • “The Favourite,” 7 p.m. in Belfast Free Library’s Friday Night Flix series. December features movies that were shown at the Colonial earlier. Set in early 18th-century England, this black comedy examines the relationship between two cousins: Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough (Rachel Weisz), and Abigail Masham, who later became Baroness Masham (Emma Stone), as they battle to be the court favourite of Queen Anne (Olivia Colman). The film received 10 Oscar nominations, with Colman winning Best Actress.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15:

  • The Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema: The Nutcracker, 1 p.m. at Rockland’s Strand Theatre. The timeless holiday classic accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s beloved score, danced by rising star Margarita Shrainer and Principal Dancer Semyon Chudin. 2 hours, 20 minutes. $15 adults, $10 under 19 and with college ID.

COMING UP:

  • “The Biggest Little Farm” and Solstice Celebration Potluck, Wednesday, December 18, at 5:30 p.m. at Belfast Free Library. Bring a dish to share and see a free screening at 6:15 of the film for all ages about a couple who trade city living for a farming life on 200 acres of unloved land north of Los Angeles. Peace and Justice Group of Waldo County hosts.
  • Free Screenings of “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas,” at Lincoln Theater, Damariscotta, Thursday, December 19, at 2 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. A successful song-and-dance team of war buddies recruits a sister act to help save the failing Vermont inn of their former commanding general. Starring Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Danny Kaye and Vera-Ellen.

AREA THEATERS:

  • ALAMO THEATRE, Bucksport. OldFilm.org, 469-6910.
  • COLONIAL THEATRE, Belfast. ColonialTheater.com, 338-1930.
  • FLAGSHIP CINEMAS, Thomaston. FlagshipCinemas.com, 594-2100.
  • HARBOR THEATER, Boothbay Harbor. BoothbayCinema.org, 633-0438.
  • LINCOLN THEATER, Damariscotta. LCCT.org, 563-3424.
  • STRAND THEATRE, Rockland. RocklandStrand.com, 594-0070.

ARTS

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10:

  • Let’s Talk About It Book Group at Thomaston Public Library, 11 a.m. Lee Heffner leads a discussion of “The Chase” by Alejo Carpentier. Discussions centered on Cuban literature continue on January 14 with “Dreaming in Cuban” by Christina Garcia. All are welcome
  • Colin Page at Knox County Art Society’s Quarterly Meeting, at Lord Camden Inn, 24 Main Street, Camden. A 5 p.m. reception and 6 p.m. meeting are followed by a tour of Page Gallery, on Bayview Street, opened earlier this year by Page to sell his and other artists’ work. Page studied at Rhode Island School of Design and Cooper Union. The event is open to the public, who must register for the tour at the reception. Suggested donation of $10 for nonmembers.
  • “The Sacred Garden” on Display in Camden, at First Congregational Church, 55 Elm Street. Camden artist Kathryn Oliver’s large paintings inspired by stained-glass and Byzantine iconography are on view through January 6.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11:

  • Holiday Pop-Up at Steel House North, 711 Main Street, Rockland, runs Wednesday through Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Work by 29 midcoast artists, from ceramics to jewelry to letterpress cards and handmade books. An artists’ reception is set for Friday, 5 to 7 p.m.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13:

  • Open House at Harbor Square Gallery, 374 Main Street, Rockland, from 5 to 7 p.m.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14:

  • “Step Into Sweet Tree” at Sweet Tree Arts, 4 Church Street, Hope, from 10 a.m. to noon on second Saturdays in December, January, February and March. This month is “Bags, Bags, Bags,” led by Argy Nestor. Beginner sewers welcome. Make a fabric book bag, grocery bag or beach bag. Adults may attend without kids; kids under 12 must be with an adult. The cost is $15.
  • Open House at Blue Yonder Coastal Artisans Gift Shop, at Knox County Regional Airport, 23 Terminal Lane in Owls Head, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free raffle, delicious treats, crafters at work and a book signing by Judith Biscaia.
  • Maine Wood Carvers at Maine State Museum, 230 State Street, Augusta, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Woodworkers will offer hands-on instruction in the use of knives, gouges, and other tools and show their finished works. Kids can try their hands at soap carving. Museum admission is free for the day.
  • Holiday Open Studio and Sale at Meghan Flynn Ceramics, 209 Main Street, Lincolnville, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ceramics by Flynn and Miki Glasser for 15 percent off.
  • Open Studio With Belfast artist Lewis Cisle, 2 to 4 p.m., 243 High Street, Belfast. Known for his landscape, nature and allegorical art, Cisle invites collectors, artists and friends to enjoy holiday treats. FMI: 207-505-5995.

COMING UP:

  • Holiday Open House at Salt Bay Art Supply, 458 Main Street, Damariscotta, Wednesday, December 18, 4 to 6 p.m. Refreshments for everyone, and gift bags for the first 12 visitors.
  • Wood Turning Intensive at Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, Rockport, from January 13 through March 6. The hands-on course is for all skill levels and will include turning architectural components, bowls, boxes, and furniture, plus tool making, business practices, milling and more. $5,350; one scholarship available. Learn more at WoodSchoolorg.

EXHIBITS:

  • Center for Furniture Craftsmanship Messler Gallery, Rockport. “Contemporary Greenwood,” to January 2.
  • Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockland. “Temporality | The Process of Time,” to February 23.
  • Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland. “On a Mountain in Maine” and “The Wyeths: Family and Friends,” both to December 29. “Andrew Wyeth’s World War I” and “Slab City Rendezvous,” both to February 9. “Andrew Wyeth: Witches, Ghosts and Mischief,” to March 1. “MAINE: The Farnsworth Collection,” to March 14. “Katharine Cobey: A Different Voice,” to April 12.
  • Portland Museum of Art, Portland. “N. C. Wyeth: New Perspectives,” to January 12. “Babara Moran: Letter to the World,” to February 9.

ONGOING:

  • Philosophical Society at Camden Public Library, third Tuesdays, 4 p.m. The discussion group posts topics and readings on the library’s website.
  • Rockport Library Writers Group, third Wednesdays, 6 to 7:30 p.m. All writers welcome, published or aspiring.
  • Knit2Together at Belfast Free Library, second and fourth Wednesdays, 4 to 5:30 p.m. Knitters and crocheters at every level are invited to drop in.
  • Fiber Arts at Rockport Library, first and third Tuesdays, 3:30 to 5 p.m. FMI: 236-3642 or rockport.lib.me.us.
  • Fiber Arts at Appleton Library, third Tuesdays, 3 to 4 p.m. Stitch at the library, 2916 Sennebec Road.
  • Knitting Group at Camden Public Library, second Tuesdays through June, 4 to 5 p.m. Bring your own project or try something new; supplies provided.
  • Warren Free Public Library, offers adult coloring Wednesdays at noon, and knitting every Friday from 10 a.m. to noon and first Thursdays from 6 to 7 p.m.
  • Crafternoons at Carver Memorial Library, Searsport. The group meets every Thursday at 3:30 p.m. (with a larger group on third Thursdays) and invites people to bring their knitting, mending or crafting for conversation, questions and socializing.
  • Adult Coloring Club at Rockland Public Library, third Saturdays at 10 a.m. Free; all materials supplied.

HOME & GARDEN

  • Bird Lovers Asked to Take Part in Midcoast Christmas Bird Counts, to contribute to the North Amerian database of the National Audubon Society. Watch birds at your home feeders if you live within a designated area or join a team to go into the field for a day of counting. To sign up for the count this Saturday in the Damariscotta-Pemaquid area, call Dennis McKenna at 563-8439; for Bunker Hill on Monday, call John Weinrich at 846-1221; for Rockland-Thomaston next Saturday, December 21, call Don Reimer at 273-3146. For more information, visit Midcoast.MaineAudubon.org.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10:

  • Local Working Group to Meet at Whitefield Fire & Rescue Building, 26 Townhouse Road, 10 a.m. to noon. Knox-Lincoln and Kennebec county conservation districts, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service, hold the public U.S. Department of Agriculture Local Working Group meeting, so people can give recommendations for how to spend USDA Farm Bill funds for conservation practies on private lands. For more info: knox-lincoln.org.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12:

  • Browntail Moth 101 Session at Camden Public Library, at 7 p.m. Coastal Mountains Land Trust program on the invasive forest pest that continues to expand its range in Maine, bringing along human health impacts. Tom Schmeelk, an entomologist with Maine Forest Service, will discuss the moth’s biology, history in Maine, current range and areas at risk.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14:

  • Holiday Tours of the Wadsworth-Longfellow House in Portland, this Saturday and next. The first floor is decorated for a 19th-century Christmas, as the family might’ve done in their day. Half-hour tours, from noon to 5:30 p.m., are $10 adults, $5 under 18, free for Maine Historical Society members.

FOOD & DRINK

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11:

  • “Soup’s On!” in Camden, at First Congregational Church, 55 Elm Street, at noon on Wednesdays to March 25 (except December 25, January 1, and when school is cancelled). The church hall opens for homemade soups (one vegetarian), bread, dessert and tea or coffee. Free; donations accepted. To learn more, 236-4821.
  • Jefferson Food Pantry, at St. Giles’ Episcopal Church, 72 Gardiner Road, will be open 4 to 5:30 p.m. Info: 315-1134.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14:

  • Christmas Brunch at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 64 Old County Road, Rockport, 10 a.m. to noon, featuring waffles with a variety of toppings, breakfast casseroles and fruit. There is no charge to attend; participants are encouraged to bring a favorite waffle topping to share and a can of food for the AIO Food Pantry.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15:

  • Free Family Breakfast in Belfast, 8 to 10 a.m. at the Tarratine Building, corner of Main Street and Waldo Avenue. Pancakes, sausage, bacon, OJ, hot cocoa and activities for kids including a visit with Santa.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 16:

  • Empty Bowl Supper and Silent Auction in Wave Cafe, at Camden Hills Regional High School, Rockport, from 5 to 7 p.m. Fill a handmade ceramic bowl with a choice of soups, chowders, stews and chilis, and keep the bowl. $9 solo diners; $30 for a family of four with small children. Proceeds go to local food pantries. Dinner will be followed by the free CHRHS holiday choral and band concert at 7 p.m. in Strom Auditorium. Bring a canned-food item for admission.

ONGOING:

  • Community Produce Project, free healthy produce is given to all who arrive (not only people in need) from noon to 1:30 p.m. first Tuesdays of the month at Rockland’s Flanagan Community Center.

FAIRS & SALES

  • Silent Auction of Gift Baskets at Carver Memorial Library, Searsport, until Saturday at 4 p.m. Themes will include tea, pasta, crafts and more. Bids can be placed during library open hours.
  • Bids for Preschool Kids Online Auction, to Sunday, for scholarships to Peopleplace Cooperative Preschool. Items include hotel getaways, home decor, a Cape Air flight, a bicycle, and more: BiddingOwl.com/peopleplacepreschool.
  • Christmas Tree Sale in Rockport, at Maine Sport Outfitters, 15 Commercial Street, runs to December 22, from noon to 6 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends. West Bay Rotary sells trees, wreaths and gifts created by local artists to help fund its charity work.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14:

  • Shop on United Midcoast Charities Day of Giving, at participating stores and restaurants in Rockland, Camden and Belfast, which will donate a portion of their revenue to support food pantries, health clinics, nursing services, homeless shelters and other service providers in Knox and Waldo counties. See who’s taking part on Facebook or at UnitedMidcoastCharities.org.

KIDS & PARENTS

  • “Books in Every Nook” Program Seeks Donations, of new and used books for children in kindergarten through grade five (money is also welcome). Bring donations to South School, 30 Broadway, Rockland, weekdays between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Books will be handed out on Wednesday, December 18. For more info, jwest@rsu13.org or 596-2020.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10:

  • Free Children’s Drawing Classes at Rockland Public Library, 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays. Catinka Knoth leads the Let’s Draw Together! series for kids 6-plus (under 11 with an adult – adults are invited to join in). All materials provided. This month: Christmas, Winter solstice, Chanukah, and the New Year.
  • Herring Gut Learning Center’s Winter Open House, Factory Road, Port Clyde, 4 to 6 p.m. Everyone’s invited to learn winter facts, make winter crafts, and consume hot cider and holiday cookies.
  • Hike the Holiday Story Trail at Oak Point Farm, 60 Samoset Road, Boothbay Harbor. The free event features an easy one-mile walk along a looping trail dotted with signs that display a holiday story. Drop by any time during open hours.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11:

  • Storytelling at Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, 3 to 4 p.m. Children’s librarian Miss Amy brings seasonal stories to the top of the hill to read aloud while listeners eat popcorn and drink hot chocolate next to a fire. Bring a flashlight for the walk down the hill. The free fete is cohosted by Coastal Mountains Land Trust and Camden Public Library and open to all ages. No dogs.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12:

  • Rockland Public Library Creative Art Crew: Paper Ornaments, from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. Using old cards and pretty paper, create your own Christmas and Hanukkah decorations. Join Miss Katie in cutting, folding, gluing, and stringing festive ornaments to bring home. The free program is for adults and children. Creative Art Crew meets second Thursdays of the month.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13:

  • Teen DIY Candle Making at Belfast Free Library, 2 p.m. in the Abbott Room. Free and open to everyone.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14:

  • Drop-In Family Fun at Owls Head Transportation Museum, 10 a.m. to noon. Kids 6 to 12 and an accompanying adult are invited to drop by the museum every other week for transportation-themed tales and hands-on activities. Free for members and included with admission for everyone else. Facebook has details.
  • Santa at Waldoboro Public Library, 10 a.m. to noon. December is amnesty month. All fines will be forgiven.
  • 25th Annual Free Family Holiday Matinee Film Series in Belfast, at the Colonial Theatre, every weekend up to Christmas, with shows Saturdays and Sundays at 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. This weekend, it’s “Abominable” and December 21 and 22 it’s “The Addams Family.”

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15:

  • Yule Goat Celebration at Pumpkin Vine Family Farm, 217 Hewett Road, Somerville, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The free fun includes a Scandinavian story, hot chocolate by the fire, and a hike with the farm’s Yule goats, resplendent in blankets and bells, to a forest tree that kids can decorate for wild birds. Crafts and treats will be for sale in the farm’s holiday market.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17:

  • Ashwood-Waldorf School’s Winter Revels at Camden Opera House, 4 p.m. Children from the independent school in Rockport for pre-K to grade eight present songs, poetry, skits, dancing and more. Free and open to all.
  • Damariscotta Montessori School Holiday Concert at Lincoln Theater, Damariscotta, at 4 p.m. Primary and elementary students will present choral and instrumental pieces. Donations will be accepted at the door.

COMING UP:

  • Rockland Public Library STEM Workshop: Snow Day Science, Wednesday, December 18, at 3:45 p.m. Create a snowstorm in a jar, go “ice” fishing, learn how blubber keeps creatures warm, and make a snowball launcher. All ages are welcome. Kids under 10 must be with an adult.
  • Holiday Activity Night for All Ages at Camden Hills Regional High School, Rockport, on Thursday, December 19, from 5 to 7 p.m. Games, holiday crafts, cookie decorating, music and movies will be offered in the school cafeteria. All are welcome; there is no charge.
  • “Zathura: A Space Adventure” in Stories to Screen at Lincoln Theater, Damariscotta, on Saturday, December 21, at 10 a.m. Kids can get a free copy of the book and see the movie for free, too.

ONGOING:

  • PUBLIC LIBRARY OFFERINGS, in the midcoast. Appleton Public Library: Story Time for kids of any age on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. Belfast Free Library: Stay & Play Storytime for babies and toddlers Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Preschool Storytime on Fridays at 10 a.m. Camden Public Library: Babbling Books for Busy Bodies on Mondays at 10 a.m. Book Time for Babies, newborn to age 2, on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Friday Story Hour, for ages 2 and 3, at 10 a.m. Damariscotta’s Skidompha Library: Kids Story Time on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Book Babies on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Liberty Library: It’s Story Time on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. Palermo Public Library: Toddler Playtime on Mondays at 10 a.m. Rockland Public Library: Rockin’ Storytime on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. Storytime & Crafts on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. Baby Time on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. Magic the Gathering Club for kids and adults first Saturdays at 1:30 p.m. Creative Art Crew second Thursdays at 3:45 p.m. Lego Club on third Thursdays at 4:15 p.m. Rockport Public Library: Story Time on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. Babies to age 5. Searsmont Town Library: Story Time on Saturdays at 10 a.m. Searsport’s Carver Memorial Library: Preschool Storytime on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. Thomaston Public Library: Storytime Hour on Thursdays at 11 a.m. Waldoboro Public Library: Read-Aloud Time on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. Warren Free Public Library: Kids Arts & Crafts Club on second and fourth Mondays at 6 p.m. Washington’s Gibbs Library: Storytime Tuesdays at 10 a.m.
  • Breastfeeding Support Group in Belfast, Mondays (call ahead if it falls on a holiday), 10 to 11 a.m., Waldo County General Hospital’s Women & Infants Unit. Siblings welcome. FMI: 505-4109.
  • Breastfeeding Support Group in Rockport, first and third Tuesdays, 5 to 6:30 p.m. in Pen Bay Medical Center’s Chapel Room. Drop-in meeting facilitated by a lactation consultant.
  • Mother’s Milk Support Group in Rockport, Tuesdays, 12:30 to 2 p.m. or 5 to 6:30 p.m. in Pen Bay Medical Center’s Chapel. Drop-in group open to families and moms-to-be.
  • Postpartum Support Group, first and third Thursdays in Rockport in Pen Bay Medical Center’s Cardiac Rehab Solarium and second and fourth Thursdays in Belfast in Waldo County General Hospital’s Biscone Building, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Drop-in meetings open to the family. FMI: 505-4140.
  • “A Family for ME” Foster Care and Adoption Info Meetings, for people who have wondered about the process of becoming a licensed foster parent or adoptive parent. For the location and time of the next meeting: 615-6011 or AFamilyForMEMaine.org.
  • Children’s Clothing Exchange in Warren, first Saturdays and every Thursday, 9 to 11 a.m. in the Old Brick School Community Center. Free clothes for kids. Clothing and monetary donations welcome. For info, call 273-2338.
  • Free Nature Play Group in Alna, Fridays, 9 to 11 a.m. at Juniper Hill School, 180 Golden Ridge Road. For babies to age 3. For info, call 586-5711.
  • Born to Play! Parent-Child Class at Belfast Dance Studio, up to age 3, with caregiver, Saturdays, 8:30 to 9 a.m. for non-walkers and 9:15 to 9:45 a.m. for walkers. $8. Drop-ins okay.

MISCELLANEOUS

  • 37th Annual Coats and Toys for Kids Campaign, with all Bangor Savings Bank locations in Maine collecting new and gently used coats for children during regular business hours throughout December.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10:

  • Concussion Support Group, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on second Tuesdays of the month at Biscone Medical Building, 119 Northport Avenue, Belfast. Facilitator Moriah Grant leads the informative support group where people can share their struggles, learn more about conscussions and their treatment and outcomes, and connect with others who’ve had similar experiences. The group alternates monthly between Belfast and the Picker Family Resource Center in Rockport. For info or to register: mgrant@wcgh.org.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11:

  • “Tech Tools @ Rockland Public Library: Online Calendars,” 10:30 a.m. Learn about popular online calendar tools and apps that can be used on any device. To sign up or borrow a laptop, call the library: 594-0310.
  • Knox County Retired Educators to Meet, 11:30 a.m. at Offshore Restaurant in Rockport. The business meeting will be followed by lunch and the annual holiday craft make-and-take session. All retired school personnel are welcome. For more info, call 594-4397.
  • Full Moon Hike at Hidden Valley Nature Center, Jefferson, 5 to 7 p.m. Take a free hike (or snowshoe) to listen for owls and nocturnal foragers under the full Cold Moon, so named for the month when winter icy breath arrives and nights are long and dark. Meet at the gate, on Egypt Road, at 4:45 p.m. dressed in warm layers. Bring a snack, drink and lamp. The hike to Little Dyer Pond takes 40 minutes each way. To borrow snowshoes: 389-5150,MidcoastConservancy.org.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12:

  • “Christmas at the Chapel” at 1851 Rockville Church, 6:30 p.m. at Rockville Chapel, 87 Old Rockland Street, Rockport. Christmas carols, songs performed by the students of Pen Bay Christian School, and an Advent message by the Reverend Linwood Welch of Warren Baptist Church.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14:

  • Pen Bay Amateur Radio Club to Meet, at Knox County EMA office, 301 Park Street, Rockland. Board meeting from 9 to 9:15 a.m.; ARES/RACES-CERT meeting from 9:15 to 10:30 a.m.; and club meeting from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Technical session topic is “Community Emergency Communications Using Inexpensive, Off-the-Shelf Radios.”

MONDAY, DECEMBER 16:

  • Free Conflict Resolution Workshop in Belfast, 5 to 7:45 p.m. Alternatives to Violence Project Maine offers the program where participants will learn conflict resolution through shared experiences, interactive exercises, and games, with an aim to see beyond differences and discover the power to transform lives. Registration: AVPmaineCommunity@yahoo.com, 790-0221.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17:

  • NARFE Mid-Coast Chapter 2169, of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, will meet at the Offshore Restaurant on Route 1, Rockport, at 11:45 a.m. All retired and active federal employees, their spouses, and friends are welcome to attend. Bring a wrapped ornament, value under $10, for a Yankee Swap. For more information call 594-2466.
  • Tech Topics at Carver Memorial Library, Searsport, at 3:30 p.m. Ask questions about different tech and suggest future programs on specific topics.
  • Info Sessions at Appleton Library on Census Bureau Jobs, on Tuesday, December 17, from noon to 2 p.m. and Thursday, December 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. A rep will answer questions and assist with the online application process. Walk-ins are welcome.

COMING UP:

  • Free Forest Bathing Walk in Southport, Friday, December 20, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Hendricks Head Preserve, 26 Salt Pond Road. Boothbay Region Land Trust’s environmental educator, Tracey Hall, leads the slow and mindful amble of less than a mile. Registration is required: THall@bbrlt.org, 633-4818.

ONGOING:

  • Pulmonary Fibrosis Support Group in Rockport, last Tuesdays of the month, noon to 1 p.m. at Pen Bay Medical Center, 6 Glen Cove Drive, in the Pulmonary Rehab Education Room. 301-8880.
  • COPD Education and Support Group, last Wednesdays of the month, noon to 1 p.m. at Pen Bay Medical Center, 6 Glen Cove Drive, in the Pulmonary Rehab Education Room. 301-8880.
  • Genealogy Club, first Tuesdays, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Stockton Springs Library.
  • Belfast Area Citizens Climate Lobby, first Thursdays, 6 to 8 p.m., Belfast Free Library. 338-6886.
  • Waldoboro Clothes Closet, gently used clothing for adults, Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and first and third Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Main Street next to Masonic Hall.
  • Memory Café in Stockton Springs, third Mondays, 10 to 11:30 a.m., The Good Kettle, 247 Route 1. For caregivers and those with mild cognitive impairment or early Alzheimer’s. 620-1656.
  • Wellness Wednesdays, every Wednesday, 4:15 to 5:30 p.m., Bok Medical Building, 22 White Street. Reiki, chair massage, ear acupuncture and more. All welcome. 921-6993.
  • Penobscot Pet Pantry, first Thursdays, 1 to 3 p.m., P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center, 123 John St., Camden. 763-4291, ppetp@tidewater.net.
  • Co-Dependents Anonymous, Tuesdays, 10 to 11:30 a.m., library of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Glidden Street in Newcastle. 563-6209.
  • Leer y Charlar Spanish-Language Discussion Group, second and fourth Tuesdays at 1 p.m. in Camden Library. Those proficient in Spanish are welcome.
  • Parkinson’s Support Group in Belfast, second Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m., Maine Home Health, 125 Northport Avenue. Drop-in group. 218-7256.
  • Waldo County Beekeepers, first Thursdays, 6:30 p.m., Searsmont Community Center. 233-8257.
  • Grown Up Story Hour at Camden Public Library, Fridays, 11 a.m. New story every week, read by a rotating group of bookworms.
  • Rockland Taking Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) Group 172, Thursdays, 5:30 p.m., Stella Maris meeting room, Route 1 and Broadway, Rockland. Tops.org.
  • Dementia Conversation Series, third Thursdays, 4 to 5:30 p.m., The Lincoln Home, 22 River Road, Newcastle. All friends and families of people with dementia welcome. Learn new ways to cope. 563-3350.
  • Midcoast Bridge Club, Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m., American Legion, Rockland; Tuesdays, 6 p.m., St. John Baptist Episcopal Church, Thomaston. All welcome. 832-6855 or 236-8792.
  • NAMI Support Group, third Thursdays, 6 to 8 p.m., 6 Hodgdon Street, Damariscotta. 882-7426.
  • Total Victory Support Group, emotional/spiritual support group meets weekly in private homes in Lincoln County. No fees. 542-7397.
  • Family Game Night at Appleton Library, second Thursdays, 6 to 8 p.m. If you have a fave board game, bring it.
  • Belfast Senior Center, Tuesdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Belfast Boathouse, 34 Commercial Street. Free and open to adults 60-plus. Card games, puzzles, coffee and tea. Stop by anytime, and bring lunch. BelfastSenior@gmail.com.
  • King’s Closet Free Clothing, Saturdays, 9 to 11 a.m., Grace Bible Fellowship, Sherers Lane, Rockland. 596-7117.
  • Alzheimer’s Support Groups, first Tuesdays, 6 to 7 p.m., Anderson Inn’s Media Room, Quarry Hill, Camden; third Tuesdays, 3 to 4 p.m., Knox Center, 6 White Street in Rockland. 921-6237.
  • Meditation in Camden, is offered at Camden Congregational Church, 55 Elm Street, on Thursdays, 9 a.m., with sitting and walking meditation and instruction for beginners. At The Start Center, 37 Start Road, on Sundays, 9 to 10:30 a.m. Free. Beginners welcome. And at Meetingbrook Hermitage, 64 Barnestown Road, on Sundays, 6 p.m.
  • Meditation in Damariscotta, at Midcoast Yoga Shala, 49 Main Street, Mondays, 6 to 7 p.m. Donations taken.
  • Meditation in Rockland, at Rockland Shambhala, 14 School Street, Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and Sundays from 9 to 10 a.m. Sitting and walking meditation. Donations taken.
  • Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, Thursdays, 7 to 9 p.m., First Universalist Church, Rockland. 691-3599.
  • Knox County Democrats, second Tuesdays, 6 p.m., Stella Maris House, Broadway, Rockland. KnoxMaine-Democrats.org.
  • Knox County Republicans, second Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m., Trade Winds, fifth floor, 2 Park Drive, Rockland. GOPKnoxCounty.com.
  • Coastal Recovery Community Center, 24 Lincoln Street, Rockland: Friends & Family Together Thursdays at 4 p.m. Narcotics Anonymous Mondays at 6:30 p.m. Refuge Recovery Wednesdays at 6 p.m. SMART Recovery Fridays at 6 p.m.
  • Recovery Dharma in Rockland, at Rockland Shambhala, 14 School Street, Wednesdays and Sundays, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Buddhist practices for healing the suffering of addiction. Donations taken.
  • “A Course in Miracles” in Rockland, last Wednesdays, 6 to 8 p.m. Metaphysical, psychological, spiritual studies. Free. Location: ananur@twc.com.
  • Coffee & Chat at ElderCare Network of Lincoln County “Greens,” first Fridays, 9:30 to 11 a.m. All welcome at the Greens in Damariscotta, Round Pond, Boothbay, Wiscasset, Edgecomb, Jefferson and Waldoboro.
  • Drug Drop-Off in Rockland, Knox County Sheriff’s Office, 301 Park Street. Use the green box in lobby. 594-0429, extension 702.
  • Food Addicts in Recovery in Rockland, Saturdays, 8:30 to 10 a.m. at Knox Center, 6 White Street. 354-6749.
  • Women’s Cancer Support Group, third Tuesdays, 6 p.m., Picker Family Resource Center, 756 Commercial Street, Rockport. FMI: PickerCenter@PenBayHealthcare.org.
  • “A Course in Miracles” in Rockland, last Wednesdays, 6 to 8 p.m. Metaphysical, psychological, spiritual studies. Free. Location: ananur@twc.com.
  • Duplicate Bridge at First Church in Belfast, 104 Church Street, Fridays at noon. All are welcome – there will be instruction for those new to the game. Call 548-2407, before the Friday. $3.
  • Rockland Elks Lodge Bingo, Wednesdays, doors open at 3:30 p.m.; bingo 6:30 p.m. Open to the public.
  • Language Tables at Belfast Co-op Cafe, every Tuesday. Italian and Spanish at 10 a.m. French at 11 a.m. German at noon. All levels.
  • Midcoast Stroke Support Group, first Wednesdays, 10 a.m., Camden Public Library.
  • Bereavement Support Group, first Wednesdays, 3 to 4:30 p.m. at Picker Family Resource Center, 756 Commercial Street, Rockport. 230-0042.
  • Family Caregiver Support Group in Belfast, first Thursdays, noon to 1 p.m., Home Health, 125 Northport Avenue. 930-2500. In Damariscotta: second Thursdays, 1 p.m., Spectrum Generations at the YMCA. 563-1363. In Camden: fourth Thursdays, 1 p.m., Spectrum Generations, 87 Elm Street.