NOTEWORTHY

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18:

• “Summering with Vultures,” noon at Merryspring Nature Center in Camden. Birder and columnist for The Free Press Don Reimer gives an inside look at a vulture pair raising their chicks last summer from egg to independence. He traces their weekly progress and changes at the nest site.

• “Sailing from Belfast to the Top of Labrador,” 6:30 p.m. at Belfast Free Library. Belfast resident Jonathan Fulford on his recent four-month trip of 4,000 miles with a crew of four in his 28-foot sailboat to the icy tip of Labrador and back. He’ll show slides of icebergs, puffins, polar bears and fiords and talk about how people and animals there are attempting to adapt to climate change. The free public talk is cosponsored by the library and Come Boating! Belfast’s Community Boating Organization.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19:

• Environmental “Teach-In” at Belfast Free Library, at 6 p.m. The Peace and Justice Group of Waldo County sponsors the “teach-in” led by Midcoast Maine Extinction Rebellion. Learn about the worldwide movement of environmental activists confronting the growing threat of the climate crisis. Free and open to all.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20:

• Talk on Science of the Atmosphere, at Camden Public Library, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Colby College geology professor Bess Koffman explores how and why the atmospheric circulation has changed over time and its impacts on land and marine environments, in a talk presented by Mid-Coast Audubon.

• “Think Brink” Talk on Right Whales at Belfast Free Library, at 6:30 p.m. Expert Mark Dittrick tells how the North Atlantic right whale, the most critically endangered large whale on Earth, could soon face extinction as a consequence of climate change and the warming of the world’s oceans. His free talk is sponsored by Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition, North Atlantic Right Whale BEACON (Bi-national Early Alert Coastal Network) and Belfast Creative Coalition.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21:

• Poetry Reading at Thomaston Public Library, at 5 p.m. Jason Grundstrom-Whitney reads from his first book of poetry, “Bear, Coyote, Raven,” recently published by Resolute Bear Press and nominated for a Pushcart Prize and a National Book Award. The poems explore themes of environmental degradation, violence, and technological troubles and suggest a solution: to connect with the web of life. The reading was rescheduled to this Friday due to inclement weather.

• Sock Hop at Watts Hall in Thomaston, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. With a mix of tunes from the ’50s and ’60s spun by DJ Dan Miller. Snacks and drinks provided. The event is open to all ages, and families are welcome. It’s free, but donations will be accepted. Proceeds will be used by the Watts Hall Community Players to fund their productions and for improvements to Watts Hall. People are invited to dust off and don clothes from 50 years ago.

• 33rd Annual Camden Conference, “The Media Revolution: Changing the World,” Friday to Sunday, live at the Camden Opera House and livestreamed to the Hutchinson Center in Belfast, Strand Theatre in Rockland, and Hannaford Hall in Portland. CamdenConference.org has all the details.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22:

• “Pedaling to Progress: Bicycles from 1800s – 1920s” Opens at Owls Head Transportation Museum, this Saturday. The exhibit explores the golden age of a wheeled machine so versatile and liberating that it permanently changed the landscape of American economics and consumer culture. Also on opening day, the museum will offer a events including Imagination Station from 10 a.m. to noon, offering STEM-based activities for ages 7 to 12, and an entry to the Transport Talks series at 1 p.m. with Kat Johnson from the University of Maine Museum of Art. All activities and access to the exhibit are free with the cost of admission. Those under 18 as well as retired career veterans and active-duty military are admitted for free. The museum is a few miles from downtown Rockland, on Route 73.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23:

• “Maine-ly a Celebration: Fish,” from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Penobscot Marine Museum’s Old Vestry, 2 Church Street in Searsport. The museum celebrates Maine’s bicentennial, inviting everyone to drop in and try their hand at fish prints and origami fish. At 1 p.m., Anna Harris of Maine Ecological Services will talk about the Craigbrook National Fish Hatchery and current pressures on Atlantic salmon in Maine. She’ll also take a look at what’s going on with American eels and alewives. $5 museum members, $8 nonmembers, $20 families, free for kids 7 and under. Weather cancelations will be posted on the museum’s Facebook page.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25:

• “Finding Joyful Movement in Winter,” 6:30 p.m. at Camden Public Library. Hester Kohl discusses how to replace negative thoughts about exercise with positive, empowering thoughts; how to select activities based on your “exercise personality”; and how to use balance, variety, and moderation to make movement a consistent and joyful part of your lifestyle.

COMING UP:

• “Global Warming: Moving Beyond the Problem to Solutions,” Thursday, Feburary 27, at 6:30 p.m. at Camden Public Library. Dave Oakes, codirector of the Center for Ecological Living and Learning, will propose what can be done at the individual, family, community, and global levels to resolve the climate crisis. His program will focus on solutions to global warming and include time for participant ideas and sharing.

MUSIC

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18:

• Jordan Benissan’s African Drum Ensemble at Searsmont Town Library, in its Winter 2020 Concert Series, at 7 p.m. Benissan, a native of Togo, West Africa, and member of the Ewe people, was introduced to music and dance at an early age in ceremonies and rituals. He received his music training from several West African master drummers and got his B.A. from the Institut des Sciences Commerciales in Lome, Togo. Admission is free. The snow date is February 25.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19:

• Music@Noon with Portland Piano Trio, noon at Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland. The trio’s program will focus on a single masterwork, Schubert’s Piano Trio No. 2 n E-flat Major, D929. The hour-long performance includes freshly prepared soup from Atlantic Baking Co. plus free admission to the museum after the performance. Tix are $30 ($3 ticketing fee at checkout) for adults, $10 under age 25: BayChamberConcerts.org.

• Musical Instrument Introductions at Carver Memorial Library, Searsport, at 5:30 p.m. A show-and-tell with Jim Hyland and other musicians, who play instruments and help you give them a try. Carver’s Musical Instrument Lending Library contains an acoustic guitar, an electric guitar, a violin, a banjo, two mandolins, and two ukuleles.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20:

• Will Brown Playing Maritime, Celtic and Transatlantic Music, at 6:30 p.m. at Rockland Public Library in its Monthly Concert Series. Brown has played and recorded with many well-known Maine musicians during the past 40 years. He arranged his favorite Utah Phillips song, “Going Away,” which is included on the 2009 Grammy-nominated compilation “Singing Through the Hard Times.” The concert is free and open to the public.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22:

• Pianists Gulimina Mahamuti and George Lopez at Bowdoin College, Brunswick, at 3 p.m. in Kanbar Auditorium, Studzinski Recital Hall. Mahamuti and Bowdoin’s Beckwith Artist in Residence Lopez will perform works including Schumann’s Canonic Studies and the epic Rachmaninoff Suite No. 2. That morning George Lopez will give a masterclass to piano students from 9 a.m. until noon, which is sponsored by the Maine Music Teachers Association and open to the public to observe.

• Zak Kendall of GoldenOak in Belfast, 6 to 8 p.m. at Perennial Cider Bar and Farm Kitchen, 84 Main Street. He plays a solo show of indie, soul and folk. All ages. Free; tips encouraged. Full food and bar menu offered.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 24:

• Joe Moss Band in Rockland, at the Monday Night Blues series at Time Out Pub, 275 Main Street. Doors open at 6 p.m. for the 7 to 10 p.m. show. Admission is $15 at the door. For more info, visit NorthAtlanticBluesFestival.com or check the Facebook page.

COMING UP:

• “A Celebration of American Women Composers,” Sunday, March 1, at 3 p.m. at First Parish Church UCC, 217 Maine Street in Brunswick. Under the direction of Dr. Jane Hagness, the church’s choir presents its annual spring concert, featuring works by Amy Cheney Beach and Florence B. Price and Alice Parker’s “Melodious Accord: A Concert of Praise,” which is accompanied by brass quartet and harp. Soloists are Jennifer Bates, soprano; Andrea Graichen, alto; Martin Lescault, tenor; and John David Adams, bass. Tickets are $15 in advance (by calling 729-7331), $20 at the door, and free for students.

ONGOING:

• Songwriter Sessions at Camden Public Library, last Thursdays of the month, 6 to 8 p.m. Find a supportive group for your songwriting.

• 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. 

• 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.

FILM

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20:

• “The Woman Who Loves Giraffes,” at Lincoln Theater, Damariscotta, on Thursday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Friday at 2 p.m. The documentary profiles Canadian biologist Anne Innis Dagg, the world’s first “giraffologist,” whose research findings ultimately became the foundation for many scientists following in her footsteps, and it looks at the harsh reality facing giraffes today. $8 adults, $6 theater members and youth 18 and under.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21:

• “Brilliant Moon: Glimpses of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche,” 6:30 p.m. at The Dancing Elephant, 14 School Street, Rockland. Brilliant Moon tells the story of Khyentse, one of Tibet’s most revered 20th-century Buddhist teachers, known as the instructor of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the royal family of Bhutan. Richard Gere and Lou Reed narrate the film, recounting Rinpoche’s dangerous journey out of China and the subsequent spread of his influence around the world. Admission is by donation.

• “The Shootist,” 6:30 p.m. in Thomaston Public Library’s Friday Night Films. February’s Westerns wrap up with the story of J. B. Brooks (John Wayne, in his final film role), an aging gunfighter diagnosed with cancer who comes to Nevada at the turn of the 20th century. Renting a room from widowed Bond Rogers (Lauren Bacall) and her son (Ron Howard), Books is confronted by several people of questionable motives, including a few who are looking to profit from his notoriety and a man seeking to avenge his brother’s death. Not wanting to die a quiet, painful death, Books devises a plan to go out with a bang.

• “Summer Hours,” 7 p.m. in Belfast Free Library’s Friday Night Flix series. February’s movies look at love. This one is a reverie on family love, written and directed by Olivier Assayas, with Juliette Binoche and Charles Berling. Two brothers and a sister cope with the loss of their beloved mother and the disappearance of their childhood memories with her house and its historic family heirlooms. In French, with subtitles.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23:

• The Bolshoi Ballet Presents: Swan Lake, 1 p.m. at Lincoln Theater, Damariscotta. Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece is captured in Moscow as the Bolshoi dances the legendary love story between Prince Siegfried and the dual personalities Odette/Odile. Tickets are $15 adults, $13 theater members, and $5 youth 18 and under. 

COMING UP:

• “Grease Sing-A-Long” at Lincoln Theater, Damariscotta, Thursday, February 27, at 6:30 p.m. A newly restored print brings the highest-grossing musical of all time, “Grease” (1978), to the big screen as a sing-along. $8 adults, $6 theater members and youth 18 and under.

• Second Annual Cabin Fever Film Festival, Friday to Sunday, February 28 to March 1, at Camden Opera House. Cabin Fever is an extension of the CIFF Selects monthly screening series, which brings new, award-winning documentary films to the midcoast throughout the year as a lead-up to the Camden International Film Festival. This year’s Cabin Fever has been expanded to include three days of film screenings, virtual-reality exhibitions, live music, and other special events. The schedule is at PointsNorthInstitute.org.

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

• Local Color Gallery in Belfast Taking Applications for New Artists, now through March 1. Details are at LocalColorGalleryMaine.com.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18:

• Intergenerational Book Club at Thomaston Public Library, 2:30 p.m. The club will discuss “Enchantress of Numbers: A Novel of Ada Lovelace” by Jennifer Chiaverini, about an “unheralded pioneer in computing – a young woman who stepped out of her father’s shadow to achieve her own laurels and champion the new technology that would shape the future.” The club, for men and women of all ages, meets third Tuesdays of every month. For March, the book is “A Year by the Sea: Thoughts of an Unfinished Woman” by Joan Anderson.

• Philosophical Society at Camden Public Library, 3:30 p.m. The lively group meets third Tuesdays monthly to discuss a wide variety of topics, which are posted on the library’s website. New members are welcome.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19:

• Contemporary Fiction Discussion Group at Rockland Public Library, meet at 3 p.m. The group focuses on critically acclaimed fiction from the past five years. This month’s book is “Elsey, Come Home” by Portland author Susan Conley. Meetings are held third Wednesdays monthly.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21:

• “Knitting Diagonally,” a free class led by Katharine Cobey, at 3 p.m. at the Lincoln Home, 22 River Road, Newcastle. Bring yarn and needles. More info: 563-2250.

• Belfast Maskers Weekend Open House, Annual Meeting, and Auditions, on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m., the theater company invites community members to its Basil Burwell Community Theater, 17 Court Street in Belfast, to see original murals created by artist Krista Odom of Belfast adorning the theater entrance and stairwell. Light snacks and beverages will be provided. The Maskers host their annual members meeting on Saturday at 5 p.m., also at The Bazz. Following the meeting, the Maskers invite all volunteers to attend a celebration of thanks for bringing performances to the theater year-round. The Mardi Gras–themed party and dance, catered by the Maskers’ board of directors, will include the annual Golden Mask Awards presentation for outstanding performances in the company’s 2019 productions. To round out the weekend, the Maskers will hold open auditions for their annual One-Act Play Festival on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. and Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. Auditions, for adults ages 30 to 80, will be held on the lower level of theater. If you are unable either day, but are interested, email Greg Marsanskis at gmarsanskis@gmail.com or Meg Nickerson at maskermeg@gmail.com. Performances will be May 1, 2, 8, 9 and 15. For more info, head to BelfastMaskers.com.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22:

• Reception for Quilt and Fabric Artists at Camden Public Library, from 3 to 5 p.m. During the month of February, visit the Picker Room at the library to view quilts and fabric art produced by members of two local guilds: Coastal Quilters of Midcoast Maine and Mt. Battie Modern Quilt Guild. The reception is an opportunity to meet the quilters and discuss their work.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23:

• “Temporality – The Process of Time” Performance and Reception, at Center for Maine Contemporary Art, from noon to 3 p.m. Ariel Hall gives a performance during the final week of the winter exhibition. Free.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 24:

• Free Adult Art Classes at Rockland Public Library, 11 a.m. Catinka Knoth leads the free Monday classes – with a focus on drawing in color – open to all, with materials provided. This week: Mardi Gras.

COMING UP:

• Closing Reception for “Joy of Birds” at Gibbs Library, Washington, on Friday, February 28, from 5 to 7 p.m. All are welcome. Patti Forster’s bird photographs will be for sale to raise money for the library. They include photos of common species in Maine and a few harder-to-find visitors, like the great gray owl and the glossy ibis.

• “God+Man” Opening in Rockport, at Carol L. Douglas Studio,  394 Commercial Street, on Saturday, February 29, from 4 to 6 p.m. Douglas will give a short talk on the paintings in the show, which include some familiar midcoast views, northern lights over Owls Head and the lime tailings at Rockport, painted over a Naphthol Red that reflects her battle with cancer. The public is invited.

• “The Memoirist’s Dilemma” Course at the Camden Public Library, a free memoir-writing course facilitated by local writing coach Lee Heffner on Mondays, March 2 to April 6, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Heffner is the author of “Write to Finish” and a contributor to the anthologies of Best Lit Review and Coastal Art and Words. Space is limited to eight; call the library at 236-3440 to sign up.

EXHIBITS:

• Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockland. “Temporality – The Process of Time,” extended to February 29. “[On]Now Exhibition: Simulacrush,” to April 5.

• Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland. “Andrew Wyeth: Witches, Ghosts and Mischief,” to March 1. “Katharine Cobey: A Different Voice,” to April 12.

• Portland Museum of Art, Portland. “Ragnar Kjartansson: Scenes from Western Culture,” to March 1. “Carrie Moyer & Sheila Pepe: Tabernacles for Trying times,” to June 7.

ONGOING:

• Creative Art and Journaling at Camden Public Library, a different project every Wednesday, 4 to 5 p.m., through June. Bring your journal. Art supplies provided.

• 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.

• Leer y Charlar Spanish-Language Discussion Group, second and fourth Tuesdays at 1 p.m. in Camden Library. Those proficient in Spanish are welcome.

• Philosophical Society at Camden Public Library, third Tuesdays, 3:30 p.m. The discussion group posts topics and readings on the library’s website.

• Simply Books! Club at Camden Public Library, fourth Saturdays through May, 2 to 4 p.m. Fun and informal. Bring whatever book you are reading, and share it with the group.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• Knit Wits Meet at Rockland City Hall Council Chambers, every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon. Supplies provided for donation projects or bring your own. All levels welcome. For more information: call or text Jeanne at 908-887-0226.

• 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

• Mid-Coast Audubon Bird Seed Sale Fundraiser, order by 5 p.m. February 22. Funds support bird conservation and educational programs. Details are at Midcoast.MaineAud-ubon.org.

• MOFGA Organic Certification Services Taking Applications, through June 30 for the 2020 growing season for organic certification of crops and most livestock products. Find forms and more information at MOFGAcertification.org.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18:

• “Birds, Bees and Beneficials,” at Camden Public Library, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Master Gardener Sharon Turner gives the free public talk in Camden Garden Club’s Winter Horticulture Series.

• “Insect Friends and Foes in the Garden,” 2 p.m. at Belfast Free Library. Insect diagnostician Clay Kirby of UMaine highlights beneficial and harmful insects common in the Maine garden and landscape. He also will discuss responsible insect management tactics. The Belfast Garden Club talk is free and open to everyone.

• “Passive House Design 101: A Crash Course,” at Camden Public Library, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Certified Passive House Consultant Erik Durbas on designing and retrofitting a passive home — “a step toward securing our energy future and creating resilient buildings for the next generations to come.”

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19:

• “Be Safe Out There: Browntail Moth,” at 6:30 p.m. at Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 9 Water Street, Rockland. State entomologist Tom Schmeelk gives an overview of the browntail moth’s biology, its history in Maine, and updates on its current range and areas at risk. He’ll tell how the invasive pest can cause human health issues. This is the first of a three-part series on being safe in the outdoors. Snow date is February 26.

• Bird Walk to Rockland Harbor, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Lifetime birder Ann Boover offers a field trip for birders of all ages and abilities to Rockland Harbor. Participants will gather at the Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 9 Water Street, then head out to search for eiders, guillemots, grebes, gulls and others, which often venture to calmer harbor waters in search of food. After looking for birds, the group will return to the center to warm up with hot cocoa. The movie “Counting on Birds” will be offered for those who wish to learn about the Christmas Bird Count. Register for the free program by calling 594-0600 or emailing info@mainecoastislands.org. The snow date is February 20.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22:

• UMaine Extension’s Wild Blueberry Conference in Bangor, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at the Hollywood Casino Hotel, 500 Main Street. The conference includes the latest research on management of diseases and pests, updates from the Maine Wild Blueberry Commission, a grower panel discussion, and separate afternoon sessions with a choice between value-added products or crop production as a focus. Admission is by donation and includes lunch. Register online. The snow date is February 29.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25:

• “Annual Vegetable Miracle – Garden to Table,” 10 a.m. at Camden Public Library. Sandra Oliver gives the presentation in Camden Garden Club’s final entry in this season’s Winter Horticulture Series. Oliver is a Maine food writer, gardener and cook. She writes the column “Taste Buds,” which runs each weekend in the Bangor Daily News, and has authored several books of food history, plus “Maine Home Cooking: 175 Recipes from Down East Kitchens,” collected from her weekly column and published by DownEast Books. Most recently she compiled “Cooking Maine Style” for DownEast from two cookbooks written by Marjorie Standish.

• “Creating Japanese Gardens in Maine,” 6:30 p.m. at Belfast Free Library. Lee Schneller Sligh will talk about creating Japanese-inspired gardens in midcoast Maine in the free program sponsored by the library and Belfast Garden Club. She will explain how to make use of Japanese design concepts such as “Hide and Reveal,” “The Beauty of Empty Space,” and “Borrowed Views.” Many Japanese garden design principles are universal, according to Lee, and can be applied to gardens that don’t look Japanese at all. All are welcome.

• Seven-Week Beekeeping Class for Beginners, Tuesday evenings, Februry 25 to April 14 (snow day included), from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Lincoln County Assembly of God Church, 672 Main Street, Damariscotta. Experts tell you everything you need to know to get started or tweak your current practice. The $60 fee includes a textbook, handouts and a prorated yearly membership to Knox-Lincoln County Beekeepers. Learn more and register at KLCBee.com.

FOOD & DRINK

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19:

• “Soup’s On!” in Camden, at First Congregational Church, 55 Elm Street, at noon on Wednesdays to March 25 (except when school is cancelled). The church hall opens for homemade soups (one vegetarian), bread, dessert and tea or coffee. Free; donations accepted. More info: 236-4821.

• Friends of Sears Island Fundraising Dinner at Nautilus Seafood & Grill, in Belfast, from 4 to 9 p.m. Nautilus will donate 10 percent of every tab to Friends of Sears Island to support conservation and education programs.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21:

• Friday Night Chili Public Supper in South Thomaston, 5:30 p.m. at Peoples United Methodist Church, 13 Chapel Street. The menu will include various chili’s and toppings, homemade corn muffins, an ice cream sundae bar and beverages. $8 adults, $4 kids under 11.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22:

• Community Breakfast to Support Youth Programming at Rockland’s Apprenticeshop, from 7 to 10 a.m. at Cafe Miranda in Rockland. It will be first-come, first-served with a prix fixe menu for $15 including coffee and orange juice. Half the proceeds will go to the Apprenticeshop to support its Maritime Skills program for local youth in traditional boat-building and boat-handling. 

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25:

• Fat Tuesday Fundraiser in Belfast, 5 p.m. to close at Darby’s, 155 High Street. Celebrate Fat Tuesday and support the Cardiac Rehab Scholarship Fund. Darby’s will donate 10 percent of its proceeds to the fund for Phase III patients whose insurance policies do not cover care. Reservations suggested: 338-2339.

COMING UP:

• Third Annual Toast Day at Rockport Public Library, Thursday, February 27, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The library invites everyone to stop by and crunch on a variety of toasted breads (including gluten-free) with toppings like jam, butter, and marmalade. Free.

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. 

KIDS & PARENTS

• Journalism Scholarships Available for Maine Students, the Guy P. Gannett Journalism Scholarship provides renewable support for students majoring in journalism or a related field, including print, broadcast, or electronic media. The fund helps pay tuition to attend an undergraduate, graduate, trade, or technical school. The Agnes Freyer Gibbs Scholarship provides renewable support to graduating high school seniors planning to major in journalism or a related field. The two funds share an online application, the deadline for which is April 1. Apply online at mainecf.org.

• Registration Open for Thru the Eyes of Innovation Conference, on July 1 and 2 at Camden Hills Regional High School in Rockport. It focuses on the intersection of education and innovation for educators, students, entrepreneurs, and industry leaders. Participants, limited to 200, can choose from more than a dozen sessions, a Design Sprint Challenge, roundtable discussions, and a young entrepreneurs panel. Learn more at EyesOfInnovation.com.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18:

• 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 Tuesday: Presidents Day.

• STEAM-uary at Skidompha Library, Damariscotta, for ages 7 and up, Tuesday to Thursday, February 18 to 20, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. In the three sessions, kids will explore chemical reactions, tackle engineering and construction, and drop raw eggs into the library atrium. The curriculum will build on itself, so participants are encouraged to attend all three. Space is limited; call 563-5513 or visit Skidompha Children’s Desk to reserve a spot. Free and open to all.

• Write On at Skidompha Library, Damariscotta, for kids in grades seven through twelve, Tuesday to Friday, February 18 to 21, from noon to 4 p.m. The four-day writing workshop series led by teaching artists from The Telling Room will explore creative paths into the writing process. Kids will send characters on quests, write short fiction pieces and poems, and stretch their storytelling muscles. Advance sign-up required: email kgibbs@skidompha.org.

• Wonders of Winter at Coastal Rivers’ February Vacation Camp, Tuesday to Friday, February 18 to 21, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Salt Bay Farm in Damariscotta. Campers ages 6 to 11 will try their hand at dogsledding, build a quinzhee (winter shelter), go sledding and snowshoeing, and track animals. They will create art projects, play nature-inspired games, and more. Register online at coastalrivers.org no later than February 12. The fee is $180, or $160 for Coastal Rivers members. Scholarships available. 

• Junior Journalists at Skidompha Library, Damariscotta, for kids in grades five and six, Tuesday to Friday, February 18 to 21, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Kids are invited to learn reporting basics in the free hands-on workshop led by Maia Zewert of The Lincoln County News. They will brainstorm article ideas, learn interview techniques, and write articles that will be published in the newspaper. Free and open to all, but space is limited. To sign up, email kgibbs@skidompha.org or visit the Children’s Desk.

• February Vacation Adventure at the Merry Barn, in Edgecomb. Designed for kids ages 8 to 13, the camp will run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday, February 18 to 20, with a performance for family and friends on the afternoon of the 20th. Campers will explore circus literature and lore, create wordless picture books and poetry, and design circus posters based on classic examples. Liz Giles-Brown of Learning on the Move will teach kids how to juggle scarves and balls, balance tubes and feathers, and spin a plate or two. Camp runs from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $150. Aftercare is available for a minimal fee. Financial assistance is available. Learn more at merrybarn.com.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19:

• Rockland Public Library’s Dino Afternoon, at 3:45 p.m. in the Children’s Room. Join Patty and Jessie for the annual celebration of all things dinosaur. There will be a dino-story, a scavenger hunt, and chocolate chip cookies. Free and open to the public. Kids 10 and under must be with an adult.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21:

• “Abominable” at Movie Night at Stockton Springs Community Library, 6:30 p.m. Kids are invited to wear their favorite PJs and bring a pillow and blanket. The library will provide popcorn, drinks and candy. Free and open to all.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22:

• Spanish Children’s Story Hours and Sing-Alongs, open to families with children of all ages, Saturdays, February 22 and 29, from 10 to 11 a.m. at Penobscot Language School, 28 Gay Street, Rockland. Jared McCannell will tell stories and lead children in songs and dances he learned while living and traveling in Spanish-speaking countries. The programs are free. For more information, go to penobscot.us or call 594-1084.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 24:

• Girl Scouts of Maine New Member Sign-Up Events, for girls in kindergarten through third grade and their caregivers, and for adult volunteers. This Monday at 6 p.m. at Great Salt Bay Community School, 559 Main Street, Damariscotta. And Wednesday, February 26, at 6 p.m. at Camden-Rockport Elementary School, 11 Children's Way, Rockport.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25:

• 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 Tuesday: Mardi Gras.

COMING UP:

• Registration Open for Art Club for Children at Waldoboro Public Library, a winter art program that will be held on five Thursdays, February 27 to March 26, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., for students in grades four to six. Each session will have a different art-making focus. Children will gain hands-on experience with the tools, materials and techniques pertaining to the week’s art-making. In addition, they will have an opportunity to learn about noted artists and innovators in similar areas of art-making. Joyce Steel, a Waldoboro artist and teacher, will lead the program. The program is free of charge and limited to 15 children. To enroll, or for more information, call the library, 832-4484, or stop by during open hours. The deadline for enrollment is Monday, February 24.

• “Game Time: Board Games for Teens & Tweens,” every other Friday at 10:30 a.m. in Rockland Public Library’s Board Room, starting February 28. Teens and tweens are invited to meet and join in with players of various games including: Prime Climb, Catan, Ticket to Ride, Skip-Bo, Boggle, chess, checkers, and an assortment of Professor Noggins Trivia Games. They are welcome to bring their own favorites to share, too. The group is facilitated by volunteer Tansy Myster. Free and open to all teens and tweens.

• “Jazzy Ash and the Leaping Lizards Bring Mardi Gras Family Fun to the Strand Theatre, Rockland, on Friday, February 28, at 6:30 p.m. The band features a ukulele, guitar, banjo, accordion, fiddle, bass, trombone, sax, washboard, and drums and will perform zydeco, gypsy jazz, swing, and Dixieland tunes. Every musician is also a professional music educator, so concert-goers will also learn about New Orleans music, culture, and Mardi Gras. As part of the Strand Family Series, admission to the show is Pay-What-You-Can; ticket prices are set at $20, $10, $5, or $0 per person, so that cost is not a barrier to attend.

• 13th Annual Karl’s Kids Ski Day Fundraiser at Sugarloaf, Carrabassett Valley, Friday and Saturday, March 6 and 7. This year’s event kicks off Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The SugarBowl for a family night of food, games, and fun, with proceeds benefitting Karl’s Kids, a nonprofit that provides athletic equipment for Lincoln County youth in need. On Saturday, there will be skiing all day followed by a fun race from 2 to 3:30 p.m. A $5 donation to Karl’s Kids will provide two runs for a chance to win prizes for fastest run, slowest run and craziest dressed skier. Auction items will be available for bidding all day at the Sugarloaf Hotel. The closing reception will take place at the Sugarloaf Hotel from 4:30 to 6 p.m. with free hors d’ oeuvres and beverages for children, a cash bar, announcement of the ski race winners, and closing remarks. Auction items will include cruises, a golf package, Red Sox tickets, a lobster bake for eight, many restaurant and Reny’s gift certificates, and more. Sugarloaf will give a lodging discount to those who mention Karl’s Kids 2020 when they book through 1-800-THE-LOAF. Discounted lift ticket vouchers are available to all Karl’s Kids participants by contacting berger@tidewater.net. Karl’s Kids is a Damariscotta/Newcastle Rotary Club program dedicated to the memory of long-time Rotarian Karl F. Berger. Learn more at KarlsKids.org. 

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: For newborn to age 5, Story Time on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. and Story Time and Craft 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. Stockton Springs Community Library: Story Hour on Saturdays at 10 a.m. Includes a snack and activity. 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 Maine residents interested in learning about the process of becoming a licensed foster parent or adoptive parent. Meetings are held monthly at various locations across the state to illuminate the process and the commitment it takes to foster or adopt children through the state. For the location and time of the next meeting, call toll free at 1-844-893-6311 or send an email through the website at 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

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18:

• Alzheimer’s Disease Support Group, 3 to 4 p.m. (third Tuesdays monthly) at Knox Center, 6 White Street, Rockland. The group provides information and support to area residents who have loved ones coping with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias. For details, contact Cheri R. Blouin at 301-6237.

• Women’s Cancer Support Group, 6 p.m. (third Tuesdays monthly) at Picker Family Resource Center, 756 Commercial Street, Rockport. Join facilitator Colleen Kinney. Call 542-4985 to register.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19:

• “Antarctica!” Program in Camden, from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Anderson Inn at Quarry Hill, 30 Community Drive. Local journalist Linda Cortright combines photos from her recent travels to Earth’s “last continent” with reflections on the environmental perils now facing the region. Free and open to adults age 50-plus. Registration required: call 301-6116 or visit quarryhill.org. The snow date is February 20.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20:

• Workshops in Damariscotta for New Indoor Cycling Bikes, at Central Lincoln County YMCA. The 30-minute workshops – for all levels of fitness and open to members and nonmembers – will be led by certified IC6 instructors and help users set proper bike adjustments, navigate and use the computer monitor, familiarize themselves with the Coach by Color feature, and ask questions. Dates are this Thursday at 6 p.m.; Saturday at 9 a.m.; and next Thursday, February 27, at 6 p.m.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21:

• Neal Parker Reading at Camden Public Library, from 11 a.m. to noon during the library’s weekly Grown Up Story Hour, from his book “The Butcher’s Pig.” Volunteers read for 30 to 60 minutes at the story hour.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23:

• Difficult Conversations Series Opens with “Stress, Coping and Mental Health,” at 3 p.m. at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 11 White Street in Rockland. Dr. Harold Van Lonkhuyzen’s talk will cover how to cope with stress to maintain balance and mental health and how to have conversations with family members and friends who are supportive and respectful of personal boundaries. Dr. Lonkhuyzen is a psychiatrist working with patients from all walks of life, with all manner of mental health concerns, but especially those suffering from severe and persistent mental illness. Future programs will cover end-of-life issues, family conversations, memory and cognitive decline. These topics surround difficult and sensitive issues that are important but often avoided in conversations even with close family members. The later programs will be held Sundays, March 15, March 29, and April 26, all at 3 p.m.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 24:

• “Heart Coherence for Peaceful Living,” 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Rockland Congregational Church, 180 Limerock Street, Rockland. Learn how to use breathwork, mindful gratitude and elevated intentions to shift your emotional state and promote overall health through heart-healthy meditation. $6.50 registration fee is required: journeytohealth.coursestorm.com or 301-3950.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25:

• American Red Cross Blood Drive in Damariscotta, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Central Lincoln County YMCA. The blood drive will be held in the gym and all participants will receive food and refreshments. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are also welcome. You can secure your spot by signing up at rcblood.org/2RFw4ez.

• “A Question of Focus: Four Unique Approaches to Serving Up Hospitality in St. George,” featuring four St. George inn and restaurant owners, at Craignair Inn & Restaurant, 5 Third Street in Spruce Head, at 9 a.m. St. George Business Alliance invites members, aspiring entrepreneurs and the public to the panel disussion featuring Randy Deutsch, owner of the East Wind Inn, Wan-e-set Restaurant and Quarry Tavern in Tenants Harbor; Greg and Lauren Soutiea, owners of the Craignair Inn and Restaurant in Spruce Head; Emily Chadwick, owner of the Black Harpoon in Port Clyde; and Malcolm Bedell, owner of Ancho Honey, Tenants Harbor’s newest food venue. All members of the St. George Business Alliance, they will discuss their businesses and their unique approaches to providing meals and lodging in St. George.

• “Pulmonary Fibrosis Support Group in Rockport, noon to 1 p.m. (last Tuesday of every month) at Pen Bay Medical Center, 6 Glen Cove Drive. The group provides education, support and local resources. Talk about lung diseases, build relationships with others and learn from each other. It is a free, drop-in group. Call 301-8880 for more info.

• Zumba Gold in Rockland, Tuesdays, February 25 to March 17, from noon to 1 p.m. at Salvation Army, 27 Payne Avenue. Zumba Gold is designed for active older adults or those looking for low-impact exercise. Certified Zumba instructor Antonia Small leads the beginner-level dance workout. $26 registration fee: journeytohealth.coursestorm.com or 301-3950.

COMING UP:

• COPD Education and Support Group, Wednesday, February 26, noon to 1 p.m. at Pen Bay Medical Center, 6 Glen Cove Drive, Rockport. The group provides education, support and local resources. This free, drop-in group meets the last Wednesday of every month. Call 301-8880 for more information.

• “Stop the Bleed” Training Course, for any member of the public who wants to learn basic first aid and how to help someone who is injured and bleeding, on Wednesday, February 26, at 6 p.m. at Knox County Emergency Management Agency, 301 Park Street, Rockland. Registration is required; email contact info to CRichards@KnoxCountyMaine.gov.

• “Health and Wellness Talk: Sleep Your Way to Better Health,” Thursday, February 27 at 2 p.m. at Rockland Public Library. Join Hester Kohl, a National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach, and Dr. Deb Peabody, a family physician, to learn about the latest research on sleep. Among the topics covered will be the effect sleep can have on the metabolism, immune system, and health of the brain. Kohl and Peabody will offer tips to identify what might be keeping you from sleeping well and go over daily habits that have the potential to encourage deep and restful sleep. The program is free and open to the public.

• Puzzle Swap at Rockland Public Library, Friday, February 28, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The public is invited to bring gently used puzzles (no missing pieces) to the library. For each puzzle donated, they will receive a ticket to pick out a “new-to-you” puzzle (that someone else has brought in).

• United Midcoast Charities Offers “Grantseeking: Goals & Objectives,” Friday, February 28, at 3 p.m. at Camden Public Library. Program coordinator Kelly Carey will offer hands-on coaching about writing a winning grant application with concrete goals and objectives. Recommended for anyone with grant-writing responsibilities, especially those who plan to apply for a UMC grant in 2020. The workshop is free. Register at unitedmidcoastcharities.org/events. Refreshments will be provided. Carey is the primary contact for questions about UMC’s 2020 grant cycle. She’s at kelly@unitedmidcoastcharities.org or 236-2299.

• Guided Hike at Crooked Farm Preserve, Saturday,. February 29, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Winter conditions can be ideal for discovering animal tracks and other signs, and Crooked Farm Preserve in Bristol, with its mix of open fields, long stretches of river frontage, wetlands, and varied forest types, offers a place to find them. Education Director Sarah Gladu will leads the gentle hike with a focus on searching for wildlife signs. The hike is free of charge. Boots are recommended, as well as snowshoes or ice cleats if there is snow or ice on the trail. No dogs. Registration is encouraged and can be done online at coastalrivers.org/events. The preserve is off Old County Road in Bristol, about .8 miles from Route 130. The parking lot is on the left just before the Carpenter’s Boat Shop.

ONGOING:

• Chess Club at Camden Public Library, Fridays from 4 to 5:45 p.m. Learn new strateghies and test them out. For players of all ages and skill levels.

• Concussion Support Group in Belfast, second Tuesdays from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Biscone Medical Building, 119 Northport Avenue. This support group is also available via telepractice. Email mgrant@wcgh.org for info or to register.

• Cancer Support Group in Belfast, meets Tuesdays from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Oncology & Infusion Therapy of Waldo County General Hospital, 116 Northport Avenue, in the Ludwig Medical Building. The group is for cancer patients at any stage – newly diagnosed, in treatment and long-term survivors. Call 505-4200 for more information or to register.

• Puzzle Club at Camden Public Library, every Monday from 4 to 5 p.m. Puzzle lovers of all ages are welcome to the weekly gathering to socialize and work on puzzle projects together.

• 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.

• 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.

• Co-Dependents Anonymous, Tuesdays, 10 to 11:30 a.m., library of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Glidden Street in Newcastle. 563-6209.

• 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.

• 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.

• Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, Thursdays, 7 to 9 p.m., First Universalist Church, Rockland. 691-3599.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• Meditation in Camden, is offered at The First Congregational Church, 55 Elm Street, meditation and mindfulness practice in the Zen Plum Village Tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh every Thursday from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Free. And at Meetingbrook Hermitage, 64 Barnestown Road, Sundays at 6 p.m. And at The Start Center, 37 Start Road, meditation and mindfulness practice in the Zen Plum Village Tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh, Sundays from 9 to 10:30 a.m. (except in August). Beginners welcome. Free. Also at The Start Center, discussions on second Sundays at 10:40 a.m. of “The Other Shore: A New Translation of the Heart Sutra with Commentaries by Thich Nhat Hanh,” for beginners to Buddhism, Zen or meditation. Drop-ins welcome. Free; donations taken.

• Meditation in Damariscotta, at Midcoast Yoga Shala, 49 Main Street, Mondays from 6 to 7 p.m. By donation.

• Meditation in Rockland, at The Dancing Elephant, 14 School Street, Thursdays from 4 to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 9 to 10 a.m. Sitting and walking meditation. Drop-ins welcome. Donations taken.

• 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.

• 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.

• Grown Up Story Hour at Camden Public Library, Fridays, 11 a.m. New story every week, read by a rotating group of bookworms.