NOTEWORTHY

THURSDAY, MAY 17:

  • “Alice Paul and Women’s Suffrage,” 2 p.m., The Lincoln Home, 22 River Road, Newcastle. Free talk by historian Jerry Wiles on the life of American suffragist Alice Paul, who co-founded the Congressional Union and then formed the National Women’s Party in 1916. She continued to provide inspiration to new generations of women’s rights activists until her death in 1977. All welcome.
  • “We the Owners: Employees Expanding the American Dream,” 6-8 p.m., Crosby Center, Belfast. Screening of a film that tells the story of three small businesses’ paths to worker ownership, followed by a panel discussion with two local employee-owned companies: Allen Insurance & Financial and Rock City Employee Cooperative, and a presentation by Midcoast Leadership Academy on their research into business preservation in Knox and Waldo counties. Learn more at maine.coop.
  • “Key U.S. Global Strategic Interests Over the Next Ten Years,” 7-8:30 p.m., Oceanside High School, Rockland. The Informed Young Leaders Series begins its fourth year of PechaKucha-style presentations (20 slides, 20 seconds per slide) by local students addressing political issues. Free and open to the public.
  • “Pictures of the Place Where You Live,” 7:30 p.m., Third Thursday Talk at Appleton Library. Appleton Historical Society shows slides from the Hammond Collection of old Appleton.
  • Tix on Sale for Paula Poundstone Show in Rockland, set for Sat., July 7, at 7:30 p.m. The “Wait Wait...Don’t Tell Me!” pundit and author of “The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness” brings her comedy stylings to the Strand Theatre. $45 tix: rocklandstrand.com, 594-0070.

FRIDAY, MAY 18:

  • Peter and the Starcatcher at Crosby Center in Belfast, at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The Tony Award winner is presented by Midcoast Actors’ Studio and tells the story of the unhappy orphan who became Peter Pan. $15 adults; $10 students; $40 family of four or more: midcoastactors.org, door 45 minutes before the show.
  • “Grit and Grace III: Unleashed, The Next Generation” Dance Performance, at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Camden Opera House. Kinetic Energy Alive Dance Productions presents its 6th annual student showcase. $15 advance tix: kineticenergyalive.com. $17 at the door.
  • Abbe Museum Indian Market Kicks Off in Bar Harbor, Friday-Monday. Join 70 Native American artists and performers from 40 Nations from across the U.S. and Canada at the museum’s inaugural market on the Village Green. The event will also include a fashion show, film festival, storytelling, dancing, music, and comedy. Schedule: abbemuseum.org.
  • Afraid of the Dark at The Playhouse in Belfast, Playhouse Youth Theater Company perform the mystery-farce, about honeymooners at an isolated country estate, this weekend and next. Curtain at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 4 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $5 at the door. Call 338-5777 to reserve.

SATURDAY, MAY 19:

  • Book Signing with “Ditch the City and Go Country” Author, 10 a.m.-noon, Owl and Turtle Bookshop, Camden. Alissa Hessler signs her Macmillan Press book subtitled “How to Master the Art of Rural Life From a Former City Dweller.”
  • “The True History of Lobster” in Belfast, 3 p.m., May Shop Talk at Old Professor’s Book Shop, 99 Main St., Belfast. Free talk by Sandra Oliver, “Taste Buds” columnist for the Bangor Daily News and author of five books on food that emphasize early America, especially New England and seafood.
  • Performance by R.A.W. Theater Group, 3:30-6:30 p.m. at UMaine Hutchinson Center, Belfast. Coastal Regional Reentry Center’s Restorative Art Works Theater Group puts on a free performance, followed by a community discussion. R.A.W. creates theater based on true stories of conflict, hope, incarceration, addiction and freedom.
  • Fundraising Dinner and Dance at St. George Grange Hall, Wiley’s Corner, 5:30-9 p.m. Tuscan theme, Mediterranean appetizers, dinner and dessert catered by Bells and Whistles, wine and beer on sale, and music by Trois en Vol and Extension Chords to raise funds for Midcoast Music Academy. $75 tix: Rock City Cafe, Rockland; midcoastmusicacademy.com and at MMA; or door.

SUNDAY, MAY 20:

  • The Dancingmaster at Marsh River Theater, Route 139, Brooks, 2 p.m. Belfast Flying Shoes will present the whimsical folk operetta, a portrait of contra dance caller Dudley Laufman with musician and singer Keith Murphy of Vermont in the title role. Afterward, the audience will be invited to dance as Laufman calls and Waldo County Country Dance Orchestra plays. Sliding-scale tix $15-$35 at the door.

MONDAY, MAY 21:

  • “Recollections: Growing Up on the East Side of Belfast,” 7 p.m., Belfast Free Library. Deborah Nowers of Wawenoc Chapter–Maine Geneaological Society tells the story of Sadie May Robbins Stinson Galego, who was born in 1900 on her grandparents’ farm on Back Searsport Road, wrote her life story at age 94, and died at the age of 108. Nowers bases her program on that manuscript. Everyone is welcome at the free Belfast Historical Society program.
  • “HEY – H.E.Y. for Hollywood” in Damariscotta, at Lincoln Theater. For the ninth season, the H.E.Y. (Hearts Ever Young) cast of local seniors performs in an original production of song, dance and comedy. Curtain at 2 p.m. Monday, May 21, and 7 p.m. Tuesdays, May 22 & 29. $10 suggested.

TUESDAY, MAY 22:

  • “Maine’s Native Fishes – A State Resource Worth Conserving,” noon, Merryspring Nature Center, Camden. Scientific illustrator Karen Talbot will discuss her artistic process in capturing the beauty of river herring, Arctic char and others, while elaborating on their conservation statuses. $5; members free.
  • On the Water” Open Poetry Reading at Belfast Free Library, 6:30 p.m. Belfast Poet Laureate Thomas Moore hosts the free event. Come early to sign up if you want to read, or just come to listen. Moore suggests participants write a new poem about sailing or lobstering or gulls or skating or kayaking or a tide pool – or read an old favorite.
  • “How to be Zero Waste and Plastic Free,” 7 p.m., Camden Public Library. Claire Weinberg, the mother in the mother-daughter seaweed skin care business Dulse & Rugosa, shares her journey and tells how you can take simple, “do-able” steps to reduce your use of plastic.
  • “Bird Finding in Georgetown: Owls to Warblers,” 7 p.m., Georgetown Historical Society, 20 Bay Point Road. Ted Allen of Merrymeeting Audubon will share anecdotes and information about Georgetown’s birds and where you are likely to see them. He will be joined by Ruth Indrick of Kennebec Estuary Land Trust. Free and open to the public.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 23:

  • Talk on Sailing a Replica Viking Ship, 6 p.m., The Apprenticeshop, 655 Main St., Rockland. Terry Moore talks about retracing Leif Erikson’s voyage of discovery to the New World aboard the ship build by Apprenticeshop graduate Rob Stevens. $10 suggested donation.
  • “To Sail Beyond the Sunset” Author at Lincolnville Community Library, 7 p.m. Susan St. John talks about her years as a sea instructor at Outward Bound School. Free.

THURSDAY, MAY 24:

  • “Call Me Pollyanna” at Camden Public Library, 6:30 p.m. Members of Midcoast Women Collective Voices tell stories with a focus on positive thinking. Minister and bestselling author Kate Braestrup, Heidi Neal of Loyal Biscuit, and metalsmith Cara Romano will be featured. A Q&A caps the evening. Free.
  • “Science with Poetry,” Gilsland Farm Audubon Center, Falmouth. Author and environmentalist Sandra Steingraber will speak on the legacy and lessons of Rachel Carson. Meet her at a 5:30 p.m. reception with complimentary wine, beer and appetizers, followed by her 7 p.m. program. $24 tix: ourhealthyfuture.org. Presentation-only tix $15, or $12 for Maine Audubon members: maineaudubon.org.

COMING UP:

  • Rockport Dance Conservatory at Camden Opera House, Fri. & Sat., May 25 & 26, at 6:30 p.m. Conservatory dancers present “The Selkie Child,” loosely based on the animated Irish film “Son of the Sea” and telling the story of the last selkie, a mythical seal-human. General-admission tix through RDC, at Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport, and door.
  • Tour of Waldoboro Barns, Sat., May 26. It starts at Waldoborough Historical Society, 1164 Main St., at 10 a.m. and proceeds to various barns in Waldoboro. Led by Les Fossel of Old House Restoration, who will give info on the construction of the barns. Free and open to all.
  • West Bay Rotary Duck Derby in Camden, Sat., May 26, 11:30 a.m. Some 3,500 rubber ducks will swim over the falls into Camden Harbor to raise money for nonprofit organizations. Raffle tix that correspond to each numbered duck are $5 each or $20 for five for prizes that include vacations, car detailing and jewelry. Kids who attend get a free duck after the derby.
  • “Paddle & New Brew” Fundraiser for Georges River Land Trust, Sat., May 26. Bring your canoe or kayak for a 1 p.m. paddle starting from Lake St. George public access for a tour led by GRLT Stewardship Program Manager Brent West. At 2 p.m. at nearby Lake Saint George Brewing Company, it will be keg-tapping time for a craft brew made in honor of GRLT. There will be games around the fire pit, food, and music at 2 p.m. by Ezra Rugg and at 5 p.m. by Ale House String Band. Everyone is welcome. FMI: 594-5166, 891-9838.
  • Rockport Memorial Day Parade, Mon., May 28, 11 a.m. The parade starts next to the post office and includes the Camden Hills Regional High School Band, fire and police vehicles, antique cars, Scout troops, Lincolnville Band, and Rockport clubs. Rain turns it into a short ceremony at CHRHS at 11 a.m.

MUSIC

FRIDAY, MAY 18:

  • The Anderson Trio to Play Union Hall in Rockport, 6 p.m. Just coming off their Drama Desk-nominated show “Le Jazz Hot,” the trio puts on a Bay Chamber Concerts Music@Dusk performance of pieces by Ellington and others of his era. FMI: baychamberconcerts.org.
  • Sara Gray and Kieron Means at Rock City Cafe in Rockland, 7-9 p.m. The mother-son duo play Americana, old-time ballads, cowboy songs and Primitive Methodist hymns.
  • House of Hammill in Belfast, 7 p.m., Common House Concerts at Belfast Cohousing & Ecovillage. Music by the progressive Celtic duo, plus refreshments. Suggested donation $10-$20. RSVP: commonhouseconcerts@gmail.com.
  • The Secret Sisters at Strand Theatre in Rockland, 7:30 p.m. Real-life sisters Laura and Lydia Rogers from Muscle Shoals, Alabama, play a unique blend of country, roots and folk. $20 advance tix: 594-0070, rocklandstrand.com. $25 door.
  • 10th Annual Back Cove Contemporary Music Festival in Portland, Friday-Sunday at various venues. $15 per concert; $40 festival pass; students and kids free: brownpapertickets.com.

SATURDAY, MAY 19:

  • “Bells by the Bay” Handbell Concert at Camden Public Library, 2 p.m. Penobscot Bay Ringers perform in the Reading Room. Cellist Joan Welsh of Rockport and pianist Susan Jones of Union will accompany the ringers on some pieces. By donation to benefit the library.
  • RootGrass at Rock City Cafe in Rockland, 7-9 p.m. The duo of Gabriel and Celena Zacchai play historical and original bluegrass, blues, folk and songs of the labor movement, along with guest Aaron Englander.

SUNDAY, MAY 20:

  • 3rd Annual Bay Chamber Music School Play-a-Thon, 1-5 p.m., Rockport Opera House. Students, faculty and friends will play all genres. Everyone is invited to stop by and stay as long as they wish. Refreshments and raffle prizes.
  • “Broadway Favorites with Michael Lund,” 2 p.m., Camden Public Library. Join Lund for the first in a three-part series on the music and history of great Broadway shows.
  • Glory Bound Gospel Concert in Rockland, 4 p.m., Crossroads Church of the Nazarene. Park behind the church on Jefferson Street. All welcome. Refreshments served. FMI: 701-8338.

MONDAY, MAY 21:

  • Belfast Folk Festival, 3-9 p.m., Crosby Center. Singing and dancing workshops with local musicians, including the Gawler Sisters. Contra dance to follow. Free to the public.
  • Bobby Messano Band in Rockland, 7 p.m., Monday Night Blues show at Time Out Pub, 275 Main St. $15 cover.

TUESDAY, MAY 22:

  • Odeon Spring Concert at Rockport Opera House, 6:30 p.m. Bay Chamber concerts and Music School present the concert featuring Odeon Brandenburg and Adult orchestras, Odeon Brandenburg Ensemble and the young Suzuki Twinklers. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 and “Take Five,” made famous by the Dave Brubeck Quartet, are on the bill. Free.

COMING UP:

  • “The Wideness of Mercy,” Fri., May 25, 7 p.m., Broad Bay Congregational Church UCC, 941 Main St., Waldoboro. Karen Lilli Pax, soprano, and friends perform a diverse program of operatic arias, spirituals, and works by Rodgers & Hammerstein, Bach, Brahms and Weill. Donations go to the church’s Capital Campaign.
  • Harry Manx to Fuse East & West at Rockland’s Strand Theatre, Fri., May 25, 7:30 p.m. The Canadian native combines Eastern musical traditions with the blues, switching between guitars, harmonica and banjo and the 20-stringed Indian Mohan veena. $20 advance tix: 594-0070, rocklandstrand.com. $25 door.
  • Rodney Crowell to Play Boothbay Harbor Opera House, Sat., May 26, 7:30 p.m. The Grammy-winner singer performs. $35 advance tix at box office or by calling 633-5159. $40 tix at boothbay operahouse.com, and door, if available.
  • “From Many – One” at Camden Opera House, Mon., May 28, 5 p.m. Down East Singers, Mozart Mentors Orchestra and soprano Emma Hallundbæk perform the Memorial Day concert under the direction of Anthony Antolini. Featured works include Vineet Shende’s “The Star-Spangled Banner: E Pluribus Unum, Non Ex Pluribus Divisum” and Rutter’s “Requiem.” $20 adults; free to students 18 and under; ticket needed. Tix: Grasshopper Shop, Rockland; Owl and Turtle Bookshop, Camden; or at the door, if available.
  • The Black Lillies in Rockland, Fri., June 15, 7:30 p.m. The roots-rockers bring their lush, layered harmonies to the Strand Theatre. $15 advance; $18 door: rocklandstrand.com, 594-0070.

ONGOING:

  • Tuesday Jams in Thomaston, 8 Hyler St., 7 p.m. Folk, country, blues, gospel. All welcome. FMI: 273-2914.
  • Thursday Jams in Warren, St. George River Café, 310 Main St., 6 p.m. Players and listeners welcome.

FILM

FRIDAY, MAY 18 — THURSDAY, MAY 24:

  • COLONIAL THEATRE, Belfast. “Deadpool 2,” “Tully,” “Lives Well Lived,” “Solo: A Star Wars Story.”
  • FLAGSHIP CINEMAS, Thomaston. FMI: flagshipcinemas.com, 594-2100.
  • LINCOLN THEATER, Damariscotta. “Isle of Dogs,” “Lean on Pete.” FMI: lcct.org, 563-3424.
  • STRAND THEATRE, Rockland. “RBG.”

FRIDAY, MAY 18:

  • “The Jackie Robinson Story,” 6:30 p.m., Play Ball in May films at Thomaston Public Library in the Academy Building. The film stars major league baseball player Jackie Robinson as himself.
  • “Marathon Man,” 7 p.m., Friday Night Flix at Belfast Free Library. Dustin Hoffman plays a marathon runner who gets caught up in a conspiracy that involves stolen diamonds and a Nazi war criminal. Free.

SATURDAY, MAY 19:

  • Royal Wedding on Lincoln Theater’s Big Screen, Damariscotta, 7 a.m. Watch Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tie the knot on the other side of the pond.

SUNDAY, MAY 20:

  • “An American Portrait of Raymond Luc Levasseur,” 6 p.m., Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine, 96 Harlow St., Bangor. The film profiles Levasseur, a member of the militant United Freedom Front, who served 20 years in prison (much of it in solitary confinement). He will speak after the film. Free; donations taken. FMI: info@peacectr.org, 942-9343.

TUESDAY, MAY 22:

  • “Community Conversation,” 6:30-8:30 p.m., Harbor Theater, Boothbay Harbor. Mark Ireland’s documentary subtitled “Finding the Balance Between Nature and Culture” shows four Maine land trusts and their visitors over the course of a year. Following the screening, reps from Boothbay Region Land Trust will lead a discussion and Q&A. Free; open to all.

THURSDAY, MAY 24:

  • “Paper Tigers,” 6-8:30 p.m., Belfast Free Library. Midcoast Resilience Project screens the documentary about an alternative high school in Walla Walla, Washington, that tries a new approach to discipline based on understanding and treatment rather than judgment and suspension.
  • “Planet Ocean,” 6:30 p.m., Rockland Public Library. The 2012 documentary explains some of the planet’s greatest natural mysteries, while reinforcing how essential it is that mankind learns to live in harmony with the oceans. Free.

ARTS

THURSDAY, MAY 17:

  • Reception to Open “judgement day” at Pascal Hall in Rockport, 5-8 p.m. Pam Heemskerk presents her thesis exhibition. The Maryland resident is graduating with her MFA in visual arts, and has connections to midcoast Maine through her years of taking workshops at Maine Media Workshops and College. Free.

FRIDAY, MAY 18:

  • Reception to Open Carla Skinder’s Photography Show, 5-7 p.m., Jackson Memorial Library in Tenants Harbor. “Wildlife Around the World” features photos of everything from elephants to orangutans and hangs through May 25.
  • Opening Reception for Ron Rovner Show at Black Hole Gallery, 403 Main St., Rockland, 5-8 p.m. The pianist’s show of art that incorporates music will be on view Fridays-Sundays, May 18-20 and May 25-27.

SATURDAY, MAY 19:

  • Open Studio with Jackie Dunham at Appleton Library, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Make a drop-in art project. Materials provided. All ages and abilities welcome.

SUNDAY, MAY 20:

  • “Sole of the Artist” at CMCA Sunday Salon in Rockland, 3-5 p.m., Center for Maine Contemporary Art, featuring artist, writer and curator Nancy Kureth who gives a talk on her friend KJ Shows, whose paintings of artists’ favorite pairs of shoes hang in CMCA’s current show, “KJ Shows: Portrait of an Artist.” Free for members; others by museum admission.

MONDAY, MAY 21:

  • Free Adult Art Class at Rockland Public Library, 11 a.m. Led by Catinka Knoth. All materials provided. This week: Migratory birds and warblers.

TUESDAY, MAY 22:

  • Talk on Maine’s Legacy in the Arts at Hope Library, 6:30 p.m. Suzette McAvoy, executive director and chief curator at Center for Maine Contemporary Art, shares the story of Maine’s art history and the role CMCA plays in celebrating it.
  • “Creativity for Self and Soul,” The Art Loft, 385 Main St., Rockland. Paula Apro leads it Tuesday 3-4 p.m. and Barbara Davis leads if Wednesday 6-7:30 p.m. Get prompts to help you make images that reflect your inner self. $20 non-members; free for members. FMI: artloftrockland.org, 200-7915.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 23

  • Introduction to SoulCollage, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Picker Family Resource Center, 756 Commercial St., Rockport. Learn the basics and how to continue on your own or in a group. You will select images and create a card or two to take home. No artistic experience required. $15. Sign-up: journeytohealth.coursestorm.com, 921-3950.
  • Student Art Showcase at Oceanside High School, Rockland, 6-8 p.m. The Visual and Performing Arts Night student showcase will raise funds for art supplies, musical instruments and the theater program. Throw your loose change into a bass drum for admission.

THURSDAY, MAY 24:

  • Midcoast Art Hive Facilitated by Barbara Davis, 4-6 p.m. The Art Loft in Rockland hooks up with the international network of Art Hives, which welcomes everyone and believes artmaking is a human behavior. Supplies will be available, or bring your own and share. Davis will be on hand to offer guidance, but not to instruct. Free. FMI: artloftrockland.org.

COMING UP:

  • Opening Reception for “Tidal Zone” at Waterfall Arts, Belfast, Fri., May 25, 5-8 p.m. The show features work by Ron Leax, Krisanne Baker, Karen Jelenfy, Abbie Read, Sandy Weisman, DM Witman, Marjorie Moore, Susan Metzger and Julie Crane, and runs through July 20.
  • Saltwater Artists Gallery Open for Season, Fri.-Mon., May 25-28. The 26-artist cooperative on Bristol Road (Route 130) in Pemaquid will offer works in a variety of mediums, from oils to bronze to fused glass.

ONGOING:

  • Abbe Museum, Bar Harbor. “Emergence – Root Clubs of the Penobscot Nation,” through December.
  • Bates Museum of Art, Lewiston. “Iraq Veterans Against the War: Ten Years of Fighting for Peace and Justice” and “Senior Thesis Exhibition 2018,” both through May 26.
  • Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockland. “Jacob Hessler + Richard Blanco | Boundaries,” through May 27. “KJ Shows: Portrait of an Artist,” through June 3. “John Moore: Resonance,” through June 17.
  • Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland. “On a Mountain in Maine,” through Oct. 7. “Andrew Wyeth: Temperas and Studies from the Wyeth Collection,” through Oct. 21. Ai Weiwei’s “Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Gold,” through Dec. 30. “Andrew Wyeth in Rockland,” through Feb. 17.
  • Maine State Museum, Augusta. “Over There and Down Home: Mainers and World War I,” through Nov. 11.
  • Portland Museum of Art, “The 2018 Portland Museum of Art Biennial,” through June 3. “The Robbers: German Art in a Time of Crisis,” through July 15. “Under Pressure: Art from the 1980s,” through August 10.
  • University of Maine Museum of Art, Bangor. “Steve Bartlett: Works from 2013-2018,” “Diana Schmertz: They Are Each Other for a While,” “Helen O’Leary: Safe House,” and “Eric Lindveit: Sylvan Natural History,” all through Sept. 1.

FOOD

FRIDAY, MAY 18:

  • Communi-TEA at Thomaston Public Library, 3-4:30 p.m. This month’s free tea falls on the day of the International O. Henry Pun Contest. The library asks that you don’t wait “oolong” to come up with some puns for the free public tea you “donut” want to miss. Donations of non-perishable food and pet items welcome.

SATURDAY, MAY 19:

  • Public Roast Turkey Supper, 5-6:30 p.m., Mt. Olivet Lodge, Route 220 (just north of Washington village). With stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, veggies, rolls, dessert, beverages. $10 adults; $5 kids, with free hotdogs for kids.
  • Spaghetti Supper at Ames School in Searsmont, 6 p.m. Gene Newton stirs the pasta pot, and Rosey Gerry auctions off desserts and donated gifts to raise money for restoring the one-room Greer’s Corner Schoolhouse in Belmont, built in 1908. $10 adults; $5 kids; $25 cap for families.

SUNDAY, MAY 20:

  • Public Pancake Breakfast at Alna General Store, 7:30-10:30 a.m. Midcoast Conservancy’s Hidden Valley Nature Center in Jefferson holds its annual breakfast fundraiser. Well Seasoned will entertain with acoustic favorites. $10 includes a stack of plain or blueberry pancakes, a side and coffee.

MONDAY, MAY 21:

  • Spruce Head Community Hall and Historical Association Potluck, 6 p.m. Bring a casserole, salad, or dessert, plus a place setting. Beverages will be provided. Copies of “From Our Home to Yours: A Spruce Head Cookbook” will be for sale. Copies are $20 and all proceeds go toward upkeep of the community hall. FMI: 594-5961.

TUESDAY, MAY 22:

  • Benefit for Trekkers at Flatbread Company in Rockport, 5-9 p.m. A portion of proceeds from every pizza sold, including take-outs, goes to the adventure-based youth-mentoring program for kids in grades 7-12 from six midcoast communities.
  • Public Italian Supper Night in South Thomaston, 5:30 p.m., People’s United Methodist Church, 15 Chapel St. Pasta dishes, salads, garlic bread, beverages, pies. $8 adults; $4 under 11.
  • Go Malawi! Fundraiser, 6 p.m., Medomak Valley High School, Waldoboro. Potluck dinner, silent auction and presentation by Melissa Barbour and Krisanne Baker, who recently made a trip to the impoverished African nation where Go Malawi! is building a library in Mpamila Village. $10.

THURSDAY, MAY 24:

  • Spaghetti Supper Fundraiser at Thomaston Federated Church, 8 Hyler St., 5-6 p.m. Pasta, sauce options, salad, garlic bread and dessert for $8 (free under 10) to raise money for the fifth year of the 40 Days of Summer program at Thomaston Public Library, which runs weekdays for eight weeks and offers fun activities and free lunch to all school-aged children, no questions asked.
  • Latin American Dinner at Penobscot Language School in Rockland, 6 p.m. Chef Tom Sigler serves up ceviche, roast chicken with plantains and salsa aji verde, and tamales with masa, cinnamon and raisins, all to raise funds for Rotary’s Wheelchair Project, which sends wheelchairs to needy individuals in Panama, Belize, Costa Rica and Dominican Republic. $35. Reservations required: penobscot.us, 594-1084.

COMING UP:

  • “Chicken Day” at Union Farmers’ Market, Fri., May 25, 3-6 p.m., Union Common. Montville farmer John Twomey will bring along and display his heritage breed Golden Campines and give a talk at 4 p.m.

HOME & GARDEN

THURSDAY, MAY 17:

  • Tour of Deer Foot Farm in Appleton, 3-5 p.m. in the Small-Scale Woodland Stewardship Tours series offered by various land-use groups. This one looks at multiple woodland management projects including invasive species control. Held rain or shine. RSVP: cathrine@knox-lincoln.org, 596-2040.
  • “Affording a House in the Midcoast,” 6 p.m., Camden Public Library. Join Melinda Wildes of New Ventures Maine to learn strategies and pathways toward ownership on a low-to-moderate income. Registration is encouraged: melinda.wildes@maine.edu, 593-7942.
  • Discussion on Insights in Bestsellers About Cleaning, 6:30 p.m., Rockland Public Library. The public is invited to join Lisa Lyons to talk about insights of best-selling authors Marie Kondo (“The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” and “Spark Joy”) and Margareta Magnusson (“The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning”). Lyons is a former professional organizer.
  • “Grasses of Forest, Farm, and Wetland,” 6:30 p.m., Belfast Free Library. Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition presents Matt Arsenault, co-author of “Grasses of Maine, 2018,” who will discuss the ecological benefits they provide (and problems they create), common types, and examples of rare and unique species of conservation concern. There will be a grass field trip on Sat., June 23, from 10 a.m.-noon at 210 Oak Hill Road, Swanville.

FRIDAY, MAY 18:

  • Merryspring Nature Center Plant Sale, Camden, 3-6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Annuals and perennials, veggie seedlings, daylilies, shade plants from Fernwood Nursery. Members get 10 percent off.
  • Union Farmers’ Market Garden Day, Union Common, 3-6 p.m. Twilight Farm, Good Dirt Garden, and Crystal Lake Farm & Nursery will offer plants and seedlings. Also on sale, a selection of ready-to-eat pea and sunflower shoots. Free tomato plants for kids.

SATURDAY, MAY 19:

  • Plant Sale in Thomaston, 8:30 a.m.-noon, Episcopal Church of St. John Baptist. Annuals, perennials, herbs, veggies, garden items, coffee, tea, goodies.
  • Morris Farm Plant Sale, 156 Gardiner Road, Wiscasset, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Eighteen varieties of heirloom tomatoes, veggie and flower seedlings, herbs, perennials, and produce in the Morris Farm Store.
  • Belfast Garden Club Annual Plant Sale, 9 a.m.-noon at Belfast Boathouse. Wide variety of annuals, perennials, shrubs and seedlings, Gardener-to-Gardener area, and baked goods.
  • “Perennials and Continuous Color,” 1 p.m., Garden Series at Vose Public Library in Union. Master Gardener John Fromer leads an outdoor class (weather permitting) on how to have blooms all season. Attendees can get a sneak peek at the plants the library will offer in its upcoming sale. Free; open to all.
  • CHRHS Plant Sale, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday & 9 a.m.-noon Sunday at the greenhouse in back of Camden Hills Regional High School in Rockport. Veggie and herb seedlings, annuals and perennials, all organic.

SUNDAY, MAY 20:

  • Plant & Bake Sale at Jackson Public Library, in Jackson Municipal Complex, 8 a.m.-noon.
  • Talk in Rockland on “Waking Up the Herb Garden,” 2 p.m., Good Tern Natural Foods Co-op, 750 Main St. The co-op’s produce manager, Heather Hynd, tells how to establish a home herb garden, and tells what’s new and next in the co-op’s raised beds. Free, but you must sign up ahead of time at the store or by calling 594-8822.

MONDAY, MAY 21:

  • Beekeeping Basics Seminar at Thomaston Public Library, 6-7:30 p.m. Jean Vose and Peter Lammert of Knox-Lincoln County chapter of Maine Beekeepers Association teach you how to have fresh honey and help the environment by supporting bees. Free.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 23:

  • Invasive Plant Management Workshop at Belfast Free Library, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free workshop geared toward land managers, arborists, foresters and landowners on terrestrial invasives, with a look at when and how to use pesticides. Aleta McKeage of Waldo County Soil & Water Conservation District leads it. No need to register. FMI: 441-2895, morten.moesswilde@maine.gov.

THURSDAY, MAY 24:

  • Camden Garden Club to Meet, First Congregational Church, 55 Elm St., Camden. Refreshments served at 9 a.m. Program at 9:30 a.m. by club member Sally Ann Williamson, who will dress in period costume and tell the story of the Harvey Girls. They were hired in the 1880s to work in lunchrooms at railway stops and to uphold Fred Harvey’s high moral standards. Free; all welcome.
  • Tree Planting Workshop at Belfast City Park and Arboretum, Northport Avenue, 3-5 p.m. in the Small-Scale Woodland Stewardship Tours series offered by Waldo County Soil & Water Conservation District and Maine Forest Service. Discussion of selection and demos of methods of planting trees, from seedlings to balled ornamentals. Participants will get a seedling to take home. Free; held rain or shine. FMI: 218-5311, 441-2895.

COMING UP:

  • Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library Plant Sale, Sat., May 26, 9 a.m.-noon. Annuals, perennials, seedlings and more, plus a garden-themed silent auction.
  • Workshop on Rearing Monarch Butterflies, Sat., May 26, at 10 a.m., Merryspring Nature Center, Camden. Eric Evans and Dottie Hokkanen will teach how to recognize monarch caterpillars and adults, discuss their life cycle and migration routes, how to raise caterpillars indoors, and more. Participants will take home milkweed seedlings to plant in their own garden. Part of the workshop will be held outdoors. $10; $5 members. Registration: info@merryspring.org, 236-2239.
  • Native Plant Sale at Midcoast Conservancy, 290 Route 1, Edgecomb, Sat., May 26, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Organic perennials from Rebel Hill Farm. Native plant experts will be on hand to help you pick the right plants. You can also pre-order: midcoastconservancy.org, 389-5150.

FAIRS & SALES

  • For a Plethora of Midcoast Plant Sales, go to Home & Garden section of this online calendar.

FRIDAY, MAY 18:

  • Auction at Searsport First Congregational Church, 8 Church St. The viewing runs 4-6 p.m. The live auction with Linda Payson banging the gavel runs form 6-8 p.m. Food and drink on sale. Proceeds go to the church’s building fund.

SATURDAY, MAY 19:

  • Yard Sale at Quarry Hill in Camden, 8 a.m.-noon, rain or shine. The sale at Anderson Inn will feature furniture, decorative items, jewelry, kitchen equipment, books and more. No early birds. Proceeds go to Quarry Hill’s Resident Activities Fund. To donate: 921-6250.
  • Lincolnville Center Indoor Flea Market, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Community Building, 18 Searsmont Road (Route 173). Table rentals $15. FMI: 785-3521.
  • Hobby Fair at First Baptist Chuch in Nobleboro, 1-4 p.m. Hobbyists will give demos and interact with attendees about a variety of hobbies: photography, calligraphy, golf, party decorations, quilting, dollmaking, painting and more. Free to attend; some craft items on sale.
  • Cash for Clothes Sale in Camden, May 19-21 at the American Legion Hall, 91 Pearl St. Quality spring and summer clothes on sale to raise funds for Coastal Opportunities. Hours:10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, 7-11 a.m. Monday, which is bag sale day. Clothing will be received Friday, May 18, 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

COMING UP:

  • Indoor Yard Sale & Bake Sale in Belfast, Sat., May 26, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., at Belfast United Methodist Church.
  • Launch Day & Nautical Yard Sale at Come Boating! Boat Shed in Belfast,Sat., May 26, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (rain date Sun., May 27). Refreshments, info on the free community rowing program, rides on a 32-foot Cornish pilot gig, and “All Things Nautical” yard sale. To donate to the sale: 322-3090.
  • Antique, Craft, Art & Flea Market at Ocean View Grange, Route 131, Port Clyde, Sat., May 26, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

KIDS & PARENTS

FRIDAY, MAY 18:

  • Vernal Pool Exploration for Kids, 3:30-5 p.m., Sears Island, off Route 1 in Searsport. Aquatic biologist John Tipping and Maine Master Naturalist Cloe Chunn will lead kids 6-12 (with an adult) on a search for vernal pool creatures, then help them record the findings for Sears Island’s database of biodiversity. Sign-up: 975-3878, friendsofsearsisland.org, Facebook.
  • Waldo District Boy Scouts 2018 Spring Camporee, Friday-Sunday, Fort Knox, Prospect. FMI: 866-2241 x106.

SATURDAY, MAY 19:

  • Fat Tire Bicycle Open House at Wiscasset Community Center, 9 a.m.-noon. Bring a helmet or borrow one from Midcoast Conservancy, which has a fleet of bikes with balloon tires perfect for riding on bumpy trails. Experts will be on hand to help you find the right bike and a trail suited to your abilities. FMI: 389-5150.

SUNDAY, MAY 20:

  • PSO’s Final Discovery Concert of the Year: Leopold, Ocean Explorer, 2:30 p.m., Merrill Auditorium, Myrtle Street, Portland. Portland Symphony Orchestra’s 50-minute concert is designed for families with kids 5 and up. This one welcomes guest puppeteers Victor Yerrid and Jess McKay. Come at 1 p.m. for the Instrument Petting Zoo. $10: portTIX.com, 842-0800.

TUESDAY, MAY 22:

  • “April Showers and May Flowers” Storytime at Rockland Public Library, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Miss Katie will tell tales about rain and flowers, then lead two craft activities.
  • Free Children’s Drawing Class at Rockland Public Library, 4-5 p.m. Tuesdays. Catinka Knoth leads Let’s Draw Together! for kids 6+ (under 11 with an adult). Materials provided. This week: Memorial Day.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 23:

  • Rockland Public Library STEM Workshop: Airplanes & Helicopters, 3:45-4:45 p.m. Join Miss Katie and Ms. Jessie for the monthly Science, Tech, Engineering & Math workshop. This one focuses on aerodynamics. Kids will make paper gliders and copters, theorize and experiment, then fly them on the lawn.
  • “Getting Families Outside,” 4-6 p.m. Snack & Chat at Lake St. George Brewery, 4 Marshall Shore Road, Liberty. Midcoast Conservancy brings its trailer of fat bikes for all ages to take for a spin. Then riders can head inside for snacks and conversation in the brewery, in this program that helps families build a relationship to the natural world. FMI: 389-5150, midcoastconservancy.org.
  • Family Night & Student Art Fest, 5-7 p.m., South School in Rockland.

COMING UP:

  • 40 Days of Summer Info Session at Thomaston Public Library, Fri., May 25, 6 p.m. Get an overview of the summer lunch-and-activities program, open to all kids in Thomaston and surrounding communities, including visiting kids who have finished kindergarten. Meet program staff, ask questions, and complete an emergency contact form in advance.

ONGOING:

  • Appleton Library: Story Time Saturdays, 10:30 a.m., for kids of all ages.
  • Belfast Free Library: Story Time Tuesdays, 10-10:30 a.m., babies to age 2 and siblings. Story Time Fridays, 10-11 a.m., ages 2-4 and siblings.
  • Camden Library: Story Hours, all at 10 a.m. Mondays: preschoolers. Wednesdays: babies to age 2 & siblings. Thursdays: ages 4-5. Fridays: ages 2-3. Saturdays: preschool to early elementary.
  • Carver Library, Searsport: Preschool Story Hour, Fridays, 10:30 a.m.
  • Gibbs Library, Washington: Story Hour, Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-ish, depending on when kids drop in. FMI: 845-2663.
  • Liberty Library: Story Time, Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. Ages 3-5. Younger and older kids welcome if not disruptive.
  • Palermo Library: Toddler Time, Mondays, 10 a.m.-noon. Lego Club, Wednesdays, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Rockland Public Library: Baby Storytime, Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. Babies to 2-year-olds. Children’s Story Hour & Crafts, Wednesdays & Saturdays, 10:30 a.m.
  • Rockport Library: Story Time, Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. Toddlers and preschoolers. Make a craft to take home.
  • Skidompha Library, Damariscotta: Toddler Time, Tuesdays. Book Babies, Wednesdays. Ready to Read, Thursdays. All start at 10 a.m.
  • Thomaston Library: Toddler Time, Wednesdays, 11 a.m. Family Story Hour, Thursdays, 11 a.m. Stories, crafts, snacks. Early Bird Reading & Fun Time, Saturdays, 9-10 a.m.
  • Vose Library, Union: Story Time, Fridays, 10:30 a.m. Different activities for babies, toddlers and older kids.
  • Waldoboro Library: Story Time, Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. For preschoolers.
  • Warren Library: Craft Club Story Time, Mondays, 6-7 p.m. Lego Club, second and fourth Thursdays, 3:30-5 p.m.
  • Giggles and Doodles Kids’ Art Class in Rockland, Wednesdays, 1-2:30 p.m., Art Loft. FMI: artloftrockland.org.
  • Free Infant Playgroup in Camden, Mondays, 3:30-5 p.m., Peopleplace Cooperative Preschool, 69 Union St. Newborns to 22 months. FMI: peopleplacecoop.org.
  • La Leche League of Greater Belfast, second Thursdays, 10 a.m.-noon, St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, 100 Court St., Belfast. Open to any breastfeeding mother or mother who wants to learn more. Babies welcome. Free. FMI: 205-2515.
  • Children’s Clothing Exchange in Warren, first Saturdays, 9-11 a.m., Second Congregational Church. Free used clothing, newborn to size 14. Swaps encouraged. Donations welcome.

MISCELLANEOUS

THURSDAY, MAY 17:

  • Job Corps Open House in Bangor, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Penobscot Job Corps Center, 1375 Union St. Tours every 15 minutes, barbecue served the entire time, and raffle prizes offering no-cost training for women and men ages 16-24 in the fields of welding, carpentry, facilities maintenance, culinary arts and health care. RSVPs help them plan the barbecue: 561-8516.
  • 18th Annual Walk for Wishes, in Rockland, Auburn, Portland and Bangor. Walkers can register and collect money online, and are asked to raise a minimum of $50. Rockland’s event begins at Rockland Congregational Church, with registration at 5 p.m. and the walk at 6 p.m. Over 100 children with critical illnesses are waiting to have their wish granted by Make-A-Wish Maine. FMI: maine.wish.org, 800-491-3171.
  • Workshop on How to Write a Press Release, 5-6 p.m., Jackson Memorial Library, Tenants Harbor. Sandra Dickson will facilitate the free workshop designed to help press-release writers make an editor’s job easier and assure their press releases will be welcome. Feel free to bring a draft release to the workshop.
  • Two-Day Professional Development Program on Communication, Thursday and Friday, UMaine Hutchinson Center, Belfast. “Beginning the Journey of Courageous Communication: Integrating Nonviolent Communication and Neurobiology” is for those in education, health care, criminology, social services, other fields. $150. FMI: diana.mcsorley@maine.edu, 338-8093.
  • Tech Assist at Appleton Library, 6-8 p.m. Get help troubleshooting Microsoft and Google issues.

FRIDAY, MAY 18:

  • Bike to Work Day Celebrated in Rockland, corner of Park and Main streets. Free coffee and other treats will be handed out 7-9 a.m. There will be a community ride around town 5-6 p.m. Facebook has details.
  • Daylong Death Café at Stockton Springs Town Office, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The conference will invite participants to discuss their understanding, dreams, fears and all other thoughts of death and dying. Lunch as well as morning and afternoon snacks will be provided. Led by Chuck Lakin, who teaches people how to make their own wooden coffins, and Nancy McAlley, an interfaith minister with extensive end-of-life experience and a home funeral advocate. Register by calling 567-4147 or stopping by Stockton Springs Community Library.
  • Night of Joy Gathering at Water of Life Church, Newcastle, 6:30-8 p.m. All welcome at the service designed to include people with learning disabilities and their loved ones.
  • Find Frogs by Flashlight at Great Salt Bay Farm in Damariscotta, 7:30 p.m.; Sarah Gladu of Damariscotta River Association provides a brief overview of frog calls and some interesting amphibian facts. Bring a flashlight and wear muck boots. $5; free for members. Register by May 17: damariscottariver.org.
  • Maine Democratic Convention in Lewiston, 5-8 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday at the Colisée. FMI: mainedems.org.

SATURDAY, MAY 19:

  • 2nd Annual Healthy & Well Women’s Conference, 8 a.m., Point Lookout Resort in Northport. The full-day conference includes sessions on everything from reaching financial wellness to managing chronic pain. Breakfast, lunch and a gift bag are included. $25 registration: journeytohealth.coursestorm.com, 921-3950. Day-of registration is $35.
  • “Startup yoU” at University College at Rockland, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Day of mini-workshops to help you start a business, from creating a plan to financing, branding, business law and more. $34.95 includes lunch and materials. FMI: info@startupyou.biz.
  • 6 Pack Trail Series of Work Days for Mountain Bikers Continues, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Bring bug spray, work gloves, water, and tools if you have them, for work on Ragged Mountain. Meet at Snow Bowl Lodge in Camden. Afterward, head to Drouthy Bear in Camden for a drinks special for workers. FMI: mcnemba.com.
  • “Hands on the Mountain” Trail Care on Ragged Mountain, 8:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Crews will set out from Camden Snow Bowl. Lunch and drinks provided by Bagel Cafe and Baxter Brewing. Bring water, gloves and trail tools. RSVP: 236-7091, info@coastalmountains.org.
  • Beech Hill Bird Week, featuring three free bird walks hosted by Coastal Mountains Land Trust at Beech Hill Preserve in Rockport. Meet at the Rockville Street entrance with binoculars, water and insect repellant at 7 a.m. Saturday: Brian Willson leads the walk, ending at Beech Nut for coffee and donuts, and music by classical guitarist Malcolm Brooks. If you just want to come for the music, join the group at 9 a.m. Monday: Brian Willson leads again, and shares his birding smarts. Wednesday: Expert Kristen Lindquist helps participants ID and observe birds of Beech Hill. Registration: info@coastalmountains.org.

MONDAY, MAY 21:

  • Clean Candidate Forum at Watts Hall in Thomaston, 6 p.m. Invited to participate are Sen. Dave Miramant, D, Senate District 12; Rep. Anne Beebe-Center, D, House District 93; Rep. Owen Casas, I, House District 94; Rep. Abden Simmons, R, House District 91; Vicki Doudera, D, for House District 94; Jeff Evangelos, I, for House District 91; Bill Pluecker, I, for House District 95; Ann Matlack, D, for House District 92; Zak Ringlestein, D, for U.S. Senate; and Garrett Mason, R, for Governor. All candidates are invited to attend the public forum. Moderated by Andy O’Brien, managing editor of The Free Press, and sponsored by the Coalition of Electoral Reformists. FMI: coalitionofelectoralreformists@gmail.com.
  • Professional Development Program on Domestic Violence, Monday and Tuesday, UMaine Hutchinson Center, Belfast. “Intimate Partner Violence: From Knowledge to Action” is for social workers, substance abuse counselors and other mental health professionals, clergy, police and first responders. $135 per person; $60 UMaine students: diana.mcsorley@maine.edu, 338-8093.
  • “Essentials of College Planning” Workshops in May, free for adults 19+ who want to learn about admissions, financial aid, career planning and study skills. University College Rockland: 9 a.m. Mon., May 21. Hutchinson Center in Belfast: 9 a.m. Tues., May 22. FMI: 800-281-3703 or meoc.maine.edu.

TUESDAY, MAY 22:

  • Migratory Bird Walk at Pleasant Point Nature Preserve in Cushing, 8 a.m. Georges River Land Trust and Mid-Coast Audubon offer the free walk for all ages. John Weinrich and Dennis McKenna of Mid-Coast Audubon will lead the search for migrating birds, especially warblers, which often stop to forage on Maine’s coastal peninsulas. A map to the preserve is at georgesriver.org.
  • Tour for Seniors at Penobscot Marine Museum, Searsport, 11 a.m. Tour buildings on the campus including a 19th-century sea captain’s house, a house with exhibits on Bay area history, and two barns with boats. Held rain or shine; walking on a variety of surfaces and ramps will be required. $10 per person; free for accompanying caregivers. FMI: scole@pmm-maine.org, 548-0334.
  • NARFE Mid-Coast Chapter 2169 to Meet, 11:45 a.m. at Offshore Restaurant, Route 1, Rockport. The speaker will be Tia Anderson of Habitat for Humanity. All retired and active federal employees, their spouses, and friends are welcome. FMI: 594-2466.
  • Indivisible-Boothbay to Meet, 5 p.m., Boothbay Harbor Rotary Building, 66 Montgomery Road. The public is invited to learn about the candidacy of Natasha Irving for District Attorney and the principles of restorative justice.
  • Rockland Main Street, Inc. to Celebrate and Recruit Volunteers, 5:15-6:45 p.m., Time Out Pub’s upper level, 275 Main St. The reception will thank volunteers in 2017 and encourage new participation by those who live, work and play in Rockland. Light appetizers served; cash bar. RSVP by May 18: 593-6093, rocklanddowntown@gmail.com.
  • St. George MSU Meetings, at St. George School. Budget meeting 6:30 p.m. Special School Board meeting immediately after that.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 23:

  • Boothbay Region Land Trust’s Wednesday Walkers, 10 a.m.-noon. Join them at Linekin Preserve trailhead in East Boothbay for Linekin and Burley preserves. FMI: 633-4818, thall@bbrlt.org.
  • “Discovering Sears Island,” 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Enrichment Series at Penobscot Shores, Belfast. Slide talk by Ashley Megquier of Friends of Sears Island and Paul Bock of Stoney Knoll Archaeological Supply. Free and open to adults 50+. Registration required: 338-2332.
  • Coastal Mountains Land Trust Calls for Volunteer Crews, to meet 5:30-7:30 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of the month from May to October. A Camden crew and a Belfast crew will meet at a different preserve each month to maintain trails, install signs, manage invasives and so on. All physical abilities and ages welcome. FMI: info@coastalmountains.org.

THURSDAY, MAY 24:

  • Camden Senior Citizens, meet at 10:30 a.m. fourth Thursdays monthly at Masonic Lodge at Simonton Corner in Rockport. This month’s meeting features the music of Rosey Gerry and the Route 17 Ramblers.

COMING UP:

  • May 25 Is Registration Deadline for French Immersion at Craignair Inn, Spruce Head. The June 1-3 weekend features French wines and cuisine, guest speakers and activities conducted in French. FMI: craignair.com, 594-7644.
  • Paces for PAWS 5K Run and 1-Mile Family Fun Walk, Sat., May 26, along Belfast Rail Trail. Check-in is at 7 a.m. The 5K starts at 8 a.m. Family Fun Walk starts at 9:30 a.m. Leashed dogs are welcome, and so are silly hats and costumes. Register at active.com by May 23 for reduced entry fees.
  • Lake Monitoring Program Calls for Volunteers, to help the Rockport Conservation Commission monitor water quality in five town ponds. No experience is necessary; you just need a boat. You must take a Water Quality Workshop on Sat., May 26, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in Auburn; lunch and carpooling options provided. Then you will collect data once every two weeks June to October. FMI: cijcasas@gmail.com, 318-0131.
  • Coastal Mountains Edible Plant Walk, Sat., May 26, 10 a.m.-noon at Head of Tide Preserve in Belfast. Tom Seymour leads the way, pointing out edible and medicinal plants, as well as the ones to avoid.
  • Simply Books! at Camden Public Library, Sat., May 26, 2 p.m. The casual club for book lovers invites new members to bring along whatever book they are reading and loving.
  • Scenic Walks Led by Waldoboro Conservation Commission, starting Sat., May 26, at 2 p.m. Medomak Valley Land Trust naturalists will take part in some of the walks, which will run monthly through October. For this one, meet at VFW Hall on Mill Street. The walk will proceed to Waldoboro Village River Park and then to Elm Street fish ladder. Next month’s walk is set for Sat., June 30, at Dutch Neck Marine Park.
  • St. George School Association to Meet, Sat., May 26, 4 p.m. at Oddfellow’s Hall of Tenants Harbor. The association hopes all who have gone to school in St. George will attend. FMI: 226-7442.
  • IT Summit and Tradeshow at Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland, Thurs., May 31, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Maine Technology Users Group offers 15 workshops across five tracks, an exhibit hall with 50 vendors, and keynote by Dr. Rafael Grossmann, the first surgeon to use Google Glass during surgery. FMI: mtug.org.
  • Wilderness First Aid at Chewonki, Wiscasset. Wilderness Advanced First Aid runs May 31-June 3. Wilderness First Responder Bridge Course runs June 4-7. Enroll in both to become certified as a Wilderness First Responder. $430 each. FMI: chewonki.org

ONGOING:

  • Adoptive and Foster Families of Maine and Kinship Program Support Groups, for all adoptive, foster & kinship families. Rockland: first Wednesdays at Grace Bible Fellowship, 30 Sherer Lane. Belfast: second Mondays at Christ the King Church, 9 Field St. Damariscotta: first Thursdays at Lincoln County Assembly of God Church. FMI: 800-833-9786, monica@affm.net.
  • Leer y Charlar Spanish-Language Discussion Group, second and fourth Tuesdays at 1 p.m. in Camden Library. All proficient in Spanish are welcome.
  • Lung Health Support Group, last Tuesdays monthly, noon-1 p.m., Pen Bay Medical Center’s Pulmonary Rehab Room, Rockport. FMI: 921-8880.
  • The Coastal Recovery Community Center in Rockland, at 24 Lincoln St., offers numerous support programs. Sober Hang-Out 4-8 p.m. Thursdays & noon-4 p.m. Saturdays. Friends & Family Together support group for friends & family of people with substance use disorders, 4 p.m. Thursdays. Narcotics Anonymous at 6:30 p.m. Mondays. Refuge Recovery, non-theistic, Buddhist-inspired approach to recovery, 6 p.m. Wednesdays. Facebook has details.
  • Family Game Night at Appleton Library, second Thursdays, 6-8 p.m. If you have a fave board game, bring it.
  • Veterans’ Services in Rockland, 4th Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., URock. Get help with education benefits, home loans, acquiring military records and more. Appointments: 596-6906.
  • “New Beginnings” Support Group, Mondays, 6:30 p.m., Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Route 17, Rockland. Free, nonreligious support for those starting anew after the end of a marriage or relationship, death of a loved one, loss of a job. Confidential registration: 593-6468.
  • Parkinson’s Support Group, second Wednesdays, 1:15-2:45 p.m., Home Health, 125 Northport Ave., Belfast. Free drop-in group. FMI: 930-2500, ext. 4795.
  • Overeaters Anonymous in Belfast, Fridays, noon-1 p.m., First Baptist Church. Mondays, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Belfast Center. FMI: 382-6446.
  • Dementia Conversation Series, third Thursdays, 4-5:30 p.m., The Lincoln Home, 22 River Rd., Newcastle. All friends and families of people with dementia welcome. Learn new ways to cope. FMI: 563-3350.
  • Alzheimer’s Support Groups, first Tuesdays, 6-7 p.m., Anderson Inn’s Media Room, Quarry Hill, Camden; third Tuesdays, 3-4 p.m., Knox Center, Rockland. FMI: 921-6237.
  • Meetingbrook Meditation, Sundays, 6 p.m., Meetingbrook Hermitage, Camden. With light supper. FMI: 236-4346.
  • Genealogy Club, first Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Stockton Springs Library.
  • Coffee & Chat at ElderCare Network of Lincoln County Homes, first Fridays, 9:30-11 a.m. All welcome at Hodgdon Green in Damariscotta, Round Pond Green, Boothbay Green, Wiscasset Green, Edgecomb Green, Jefferson Green, Waldoboro Green.
  • “Owl & Turtle Sessions” Writers’ Group, second and fourth Tuesdays, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Owl & Turtle Bookshop in Camden. Writing exercises, discussion of members’ works. All welcome.
  • Animal Response Team, first Mondays, 5 p.m., Knox County Emergency Mgmt. Agency, 301 Park St., Rockland.
  • Tuesday Jams at Thomaston Federated Church, 7-9 p.m. Country, bluegrass, old-time. Listeners welcome.
  • Soup Cafe in Lincolnville, at the Community Building in the town center, noon to 1 p.m. Thursdays.
  • Wellness Checks, Mondays & Thursdays, 1-3 p.m., Camden District Nursing office at Quarry Hill. FMI: 921-6272.
  • Midcoast Bridge Club, Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m., American Legion, Rockland. Tuesdays, 6 p.m., St. John Baptist Episcopal Church, Thomaston. Newcomers are welcome. FMI: 832-6855 or 236-8792.
  • Knitting & Spinning Circle, Thursdays, 5-7 p.m., WORKS Bookstore & Gallery, 21 E. Main St., Searsport. Free.
  • Midcoast Chess Club, Thursdays, 5-9 p.m., Burger King, Rockland. FMI: 975-2433 or FCollemer@gmail.com.
  • NAMI Support Group, 3rd Thursdays, 6-8 p.m., 6 Hodgdon St., Damariscotta. FMI: 882-7426.
  • Knox County Coin Club, third Thursdays, 7 p.m., American Legion Post 37, Thomaston. FMI: 701-8411.
  • Fellowship of the Spirit Study Group, Saturdays, 7-8 a.m., St. Margaret’s Church, 95 Court St., Belfast. FMI: 505-5266.
  • Belfast Sign Language Days, last Sundays monthly. Some knowledge of ASL encouraged. All welcome. FMI: Belfast Signing Days on Facebook.
  • Taijiquan, Wednesdays, 7 p.m., Thomaston Library. FMI: 354-2453.
  • Total Victory Support Group, emotional/spiritual support group meets weekly in private homes in Lincoln County. No fees. FMI: 542-7397.
  • Open Meditation in Rockland, Thursdays, noon-1 p.m., and Sundays, 10:30-11:30 a.m., The Dancing Elephant, 6 School St. Sitting & walking meditation with timekeeper. All traditions welcome. $5-$10 suggested donation. FMI: rachel@rocklandyoga.com, 594-1694.
  • Belfast Area Citizens Climate Lobby, second Tuesdays, 7-8:30 p.m., Captain Albert Stevens School cafeteria. FMI: 338-6886, 322-4500.
  • SAGE (Services & Advocacy for LGBT Elders), first & third Wednesdays, 1-3 p.m., Spectrum Generations Coastal Center, 521 Main St., Damariscotta. FMI: SageMaine.org, 809-7015.
  • Belfast Chess Club, Mondays, 5-8 p.m., Bell the Cat. All ages.
  • “Social Bridge, Anyone?” Tuesdays, 1-4 p.m., Owls Head Community Building. FMI: 593-2970.
  • Celebrate Recovery, 6 p.m. Thursdays, First Baptist Church of Waldoboro. Free dinner and 12-step, Christ-centered meeting. Free child care. FMI: 837-9703, CelebrateRecovery@fbcwaldoboro.org.
  • MS Coffee & Conversation Group, second Thursdays, 5:30-7 p.m., Hatchet Mountain Publick House, Hope. Families and friends welcome. FMI: 975-0156, Bettheh@TheNewEnglandReCo.com.
  • Belfast Free Sketchers, fourth Tuesdays, 2-4 p.m., Belfast Free Library. All abilities welcome. BYO materials.
  • “A Course in Miracles” in Rockland, last Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m. Metaphysical, psychological, spiritual studies. Free. Location & other info: ananur@twc.com.
  • Men’s Cancer Support Group, second & fourth Mondays, 4:30 p.m., Cancer Care Center, Pen Bay Medical Center, Rockport. FMI: 596-8977.
  • Food Addicts Anonymous, Saturdays, 8:30-10 a.m., Knox Center, 6 White St., Rockland. FMI: 354-6749.
  • Rockport Library Writers Group, third Wednesdays, 6-7:30 p.m. All writers welcome, published or aspiring.
  • Rockland Elks Lodge Bingo, Wednesdays, doors open 4:30 p.m.; drawings 6:20 p.m.; bingo 6:30 p.m.
  • People Helping People, network for seniors and people with disabilities on Boothbay peninsula, second and fourth Fridays, 2 p.m., Boothbay Harbor Community Center. FMI: 633-4368.
  • Open Meditation, Mondays, 6-7 p.m., Midcoast Yoga Shala, 49 Main St., Damariscotta. Free; donations taken.
  • Increase Your Peace of Mind, 1-2 p.m. Thursdays, Boothbay Harbor Community Center. Three Principles Course for anyone who feels stressed, depressed or angry and wants to feel more joyful, loving, calm & content. FMI: 633-4368.
  • Fiber Arts Group, first and third Tuesdays, 3:30-5 p.m., Rockport Library. FMI: 236-3642 or rockport.lib.me.us.
  • Free Car Seat Checks, third Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., PBMC Child Passenger Safety Program at Fuller Auto Mall, Camden St., Rockland. FMI: 921-8711.
  • Memory Café in Stockton Springs, third Mondays, 10-11:30 a.m., The Good Kettle, 247 Route 1. For caregivers and those with mild cognitive impairment or early Alzheimer’s. FMI: 620-1656.
  • Penobscot Pet Pantry, first Thursdays, 1-3 p.m., PAWS Animal Adoption Center, 123 John St., Camden. FMI: 763-4291, ppetp@tidewater.net.
  • Drug Drop-Off, Knox County Sheriff’s Office, 301 Park St., Rockland. Use green box in lobby. FMI: 594-0429 x702.
  • Meditation — Thich Nhat Hanh Tradition, Sundays, 9-10:30 a.m. at The Start Center, 37 Start Road, Camden. Free. All welcome. FMI: 978-979-1365.
  • Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, Thursdays, 7-9 p.m., First Unitarian Church, Rockland. FMI: 691-3599.
  • King’s Closet Free Clothing, Saturdays, 9-11 a.m., Grace Bible Fellowship, Sherers Lane, Rockland. FMI: 596-7117.
  • Clothes Closet Day, first Saturdays, Warren Congregational Church. Free clothes for those in need. FMI: 273-2338.
  • Tapping Group, first Sundays, 3-4:30 p.m., High Mountain Hall, Camden. Suggested donation $8-$25. FMI: 975-5325.
  • Lyme Disease Support Group in Wiscasset, last Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m., Community Center. FMI: 446-6447.
  • Station Maine Rowing in Rockland, free to all midcoasters. Community rows 10 a.m. Saturdays; kids under 13 with an adult. FMI: 594-1478. Adult racing crew 9 a.m. Saturdays. FMI: 975-6661. Youth rowing for kids 13+ 3-5 p.m. Fridays. FMI: 691-2037.
  • Bereavement Support Group, first Wednesdays, 3-4:30 p.m., Picker Family Resource Center, Route 1, Rockport. Support for anyone coping with the loss of a loved one. FMI: 593-9355.
  • Midcoast Lyme Disease Support Group, second Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m., Knox Center, 6 White St., Rockland. FMI: 446-6447.
  • Wellness Wednesdays: Acupuncture, Reiki, Bowen Therapy & Reflexology, on rotating basis, 4:15-5:30 p.m., Bok Medical Building, 22 White St. (behind Rockland Library). All welcome. Free; donations accepted. FMI: 921-6993.
  • Pen Bay Y Heartwatch Program, 116 Union St., Rockport. Rehab for post-cardiac-event patients. FMI: 236-3375.
  • Family Caregiver Support Group in Belfast, first Thursdays, noon-1 p.m., Home Health, 125 Northport Ave. FMI: 930-2500.
  • Family Caregiver Support Group in Camden, fourth Thursdays, 1-2:30 p.m., Spectrum Generations, 87 Elm St. Drop-ins okay. FMI: 800-464-8703.
  • Foreign Language Conversation at Belfast Co-op, Tuesdays. For new to fluent speakers. Spanish and Italian 10 a.m., French 11 a.m., German & Swedish noon.
  • Midcoast Stroke Support Group, first Wednesdays, 10 a.m., Camden Library.
  • Women’s Cancer Support Group, third Tuesdays, 6 p.m., Picker Family Resource Center, 756 Commercial St., Rockport. FMI: PickerCenter@PenBayHealthcare.org, 921-3950.
  • Waldo County Beekeepers, first Thursdays, 6:30 p.m., Searsmont Community Center. FMI: 233-8257.
  • Appleton Library Book Group forAdults, third Mondays, 7 p.m. FMI: AppletonLibraryME.org.
  • Dancing Xigong in Camden, 9 a.m. Tuesdays at St. Thomas’ Church and Thursdays at Congregational Church; 12 movements to music for balance, flexibility. Free. All welcome. FMI: 236-8732, BeedyParker@gwi.net.
  • Jefferson Area Community Food Pantry, second and fourth Wednesdays, 4-5:30 p.m., St. Giles’ Episcopal Church, 72 Gardiner Road (Rte. 126), Jefferson. FMI: 530-3769.