NOTEWORTHY

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 13:

  • “Mega-Dams, Mega Problems!” via Zoom at 7 p.m. The talk kicks off Friends of Merrymeeting Bay’s annual Winter Speaker Series. Roger Wheeler will describe how hydroelectric power does not produce green energy, but instead creates “blue deserts” that discharge methane as submerged vegetation decomposes, prevents key nutrients from enriching the marine food chain, and causes massive wildlife and habitat destruction and cultural genocide for Indigenous people. FOMB will host the series October to May, the second Wednesday of each month, via Zoom. Access links are available at fomb.org, where you can also see speaker bios and video recordings of past presentations. Coming November 10, “Neptune’s Navy! Sea Shepherd on the Front Lines,” with Tamara Arenovich of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14:

  • “Hemp and American Maritime History,” 6 p.m. via Zoom. Penobscot Marine Museum hosts a talk by historian Peter Friesen, who says hemp has played a vital role in maritime history and was part of daily life until the mid-20th century. This progam will explore Cannabis sativa as an agricultural and industrial product and describe the difference in the types of cannabis such as marijuana. Free, with a suggested admission fee of $5. Visit tiny.one/Oct2021 to reserve tickets.
  • “Views from Both Ends of the CMP Corridor,” 6:30 p.m. Lincoln County Community Conversations invites the public to join a conversation with two well-informed Mainers on each side of Question 1, a citizen’s initiative on the November 2 ballot. For details on how to participate, including where to submit questions or comments in advance, and where to watch the livestream, visit lincolncountydemocrats.com.
  • “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” in Belfast, at Basil Burwell Community Theater, October 14–24. Meg Nickerson directs the Belfast Maskers in the dramatic comedy about “a charming rogue who contrives to serve a short sentence in a mental institution rather than going to prison. There he clashes with the iron-willed head nurse as he rebels against her cruel oppression of the frightened patients in the psychiatric ward.” Show dates are October 14, 15, 16, 22, 23 at 7 p.m.; October 17 and 24 at 2 p.m. Tickets, $15/$10, at belfastmaskers.com.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15:

  • “Twilight Tours: When the Ghosts Come Out” in Searsport, at Penobscot Marine Museum, 5 to 7 p.m. Meet the spirits of those lost at sea. A ghost ship, a waterspout, Confederates, yellow fever, and a menagerie at the bottom of the ocean are just a few of the plots visitors will encounter. This is an outdoor event with volunteer actors stationed in entranceways and other locations throughout the museum’s three-acre campus. $20 tickets cover the family (up to 10 people) and are timed to start every 10 minutes. Registration is required. To see available times and book a tour, visit PenobscotMarineMuseum.org. You can check out last year’s tour on YouTube.
  • Sixth Annual Halloween Trail of Terror, sponsored by Friends of Union Fair on the last three Fridays and Saturdays of October (October 15 and 16, 22 and 23, 29 and 30). The trail is an after-dark, outdoors, walking event through the barns and around the grounds of the Union Fairground, just off Route 17 in Union. It will be open from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. each night. The cost is $10 per person (cash only). After the scare, refreshments will be available, courtesy of the Warren Odd Fellows, with proceeds going to various charities. This event is recommended for adults and children 12 and older. Younger children must be escorted by an adult. The 2020 Trail of Terror won the Judges Choice Award for non-fair events from the International Association of Fairs and Expositions. It’s been updated and modified for 2021. Learn more on Facebook or at unionfair.org/trail-of-terror.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16:

  • Pope Memorial Humane Society Hosts Pup-Up, a yard sale to raise money for animals in need, in the upper field at Pope Memorial Humane Society, in Thomaston, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. With deep discounts on a variety of items, including but not limited to books, artwork, home goods, and a large variety of everyday pet essentials. Attendees are asked to park in the overflow parking lot of the shelter. All money raised will go directly to providing food, shelter, and medical care to the nearly 400 animals currently under the care of PMHS, which serves Rockland, Thomaston, Warren, Owls Head, St. George, Port Clyde, Martinsville and Tenants Harbor, South Thomaston, Spruce Head, Union, Cushing, Matinicus, North Haven, Vinalhaven, Morrill and Friendship.
  • “Something Wicked This Way Comes ... to Thomaston,” a Watts Hall Community Players Halloween-themed event at the gazebo on the Thomaston Green. Two shows, at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., will include dramatic readings, haunting performances, spooky skits, singing, dancing, and tunes from local band Miners Creek. Bring a blanket or chair. No admission required; donations will be taken. The Thomaston Green is on Main Street between the Prison Showroom and Doug’s Seafood. Rain date is Sunday, October 17, at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. If there is inclement weather both days, the event will move indoors to Watts Hall, Main Street in Thomaston. Audience members must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination if the event is held indoors. Updates available at facebook.com/wattshallcommunityplayers.

MONDAY OCTOBER 18:

  • Online Event Celebrating 250 Years of Quilting in Maine, 6 p.m. Camden Public Library will host museum curator Laureen LaBar for a presentation about her new book, “Maine Quilts: 250 Years of Comfort and Community.” In her book, LaBar coaxes stories out of objects and uses those stories to enlighten, entertain, and bring new voices to Maine history. Register for a Zoom link to attend by visiting the “What’s Happening” adult events calendar at librarycamden.org. This program is part of the library’s Discover History Month series.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 19:

  • “Authors Bob Keyes and Paul Doiron in Online Conversation, 6 p.m. Keyes, nationally recognized arts journalist, and Doiron, author of the Mike Bowditch mystery series, celebrate the recent release of Keyes’ book, “The Isolation Artist: Scandal, Deception, and the Last Days of Robert Indiana.” The free Zoom event is cohosted by Left Bank Books in Belfast and the Belfast Free Library. Registration information is at belfastlibrary.org/virtual-programs.

COMING UP:

  • “Living in a Seabird Colony,” Wednesday, October 20, 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. Join Caitlin Walker and Joe Cleaves to hear stories about living on Metinic Island and Petit Manan Island during this past summer seabird season. These technicians worked for the Maine Coastal Islands NWR and spent 11 weeks on the islands, studying and protecting seabirds. Hear about how their season went from what started as an incredibly productive nesting season to one of the worst seasons. Learn what daily life is like and hear some stories about their personal highlights. Register at bit.ly/3ALKjCV or on the Friends of Maine Coastal Islands NWR website at mainecoastislands.org. For questions, email info@mainecoastislands.org or call 594-0600, ext. 5114.
  • “Climate Change Effects on Northeastern Forests and Fisheries,” Wednesday, October 20, at 6 p.m. Downeast Trout Unlimited hosts the online talk by Dr. Lindsey Rustad, a research ecologist for the USDA Forest Service Center for Research on Ecosystem Change in Durham, New Hampshire, co-director of the USDA Northeastern Hub for Risk Adaptation and Mitigation to Climate Change, team leader for the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in New Hampshire, and Fellow of the Soil Science Society of America. DETU meetings are free and open to the public. Contact Tammy Packie at tpackie@gmail.com or go to DETU’s Facebook page for information on how to register.
  • “Much Ado About Nothing” at Waldo Theatre, in Waldoboro, on Wednesday, October 20, at 7 p.m. Theatre at Monmouth’s Shakespeare in Maine Communities program brings professional theater productions around the state, with a small group of actors performing the bard’s plays in fast-paced 90-minute shows. “Much Ado” reveals the worst and best in human nature, the need to find space to breathe after the long trauma of war, and the ability to forgive and find common ground, all wrapped up in a romantic-comedy battle of the sexes. The Waldo requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Adult tickets are $10 online in advance and $15 at the door; youth tickets (ages 12 to 17) are $5. Learn more at waldotheatre.org.
  • Maine Author of “Dark Fiction” Up Next in Vose or Virtual Wednesday Series, Wednesday, October 20, at 7 p.m. Meet Katherine Silva, a two-time Maine Literary Award finalist for speculative fiction and a member of the Horror Writers of Maine, Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance, and New England Horror Writers Association. She is also a founder of Strange Wilds Press, Dark Taiga Creative Writing Consultations, and The Kat at Night Blog. Her latest book, “The Wild Dark,” was released October 12. Attend at Vose Library, 392 Common Road in Union, or via Zoom. Call 785-4733, email librarian@voselibrary.org or stop by the library for the Zoom link. In-person events are subject to transition to fully virtual.
  • “Maine’s First Ship,” Thursday, October 21, at 6 p.m. via Zoom. Jim Parmentier will describe how for the past 10 years, volunteers in Bath have been working with Maine’s First Ship to reconstruct Virginia, the first ocean-going vessel built by the English in North America, at a settlement at the mouth of the Kennebec River in what has become known as the Popham Colony. The settlers were unprepared for the harshness of the Maine winter and, after 14 months, gave up their colonial effort. During that period, however, they constructed a “30 tonne” vessel with which they intended to explore the coastline of the New World for profitable resources for their investors. They named the ship Virginia of Sagadahoc, and when the settlement was abandoned in the summer of 1608, the colonists sailed it back to England. Free; suggested admission of $5. Register at PenobscotMarineMuseum.org. Learn more about the project at mfship.org.
  • “Maine Won’t Wait: How Maine Is Taking Action on Climate Change,” Thursday October 21, at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. Belfast Free Library and Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition cohost Dr. Cassaundra Rose. The senior science analyst and Maine Climate Council coordinator will talk about how climate change is expected to affect Maine, the state climate action plan, and how Maine Governor Janet Mills and the Legislature have advanced significant, bipartisan legislation and funding for climate action this year. To register, go to belfastlibrary.org/virtual-programs and follow the link.
  • Virtual Talk with Maine and Wabanaki Authors, Thursday, October 21, at 6:30 p.m. Rockland Public Library hosts Shirley Hager and T. Dana Mitchell, who will call in via Zoom. “The Gatherings: Reimagining Indigenous-Settler Relations,” written by a group of Wabanaki and non-Native coauthors, tells the story of a series of cross-cultural meetings from 1987 to 1993 between Indigenous and non-Native individuals throughout the Gulf of Maine bioregion, in Wabanaki territory. The two will share the lessons they learned, and continue to learn, through their ongoing relationships. Free and open to all. For a link to the Zoom event, email elewis@rocklandmaine.gov by 4 p.m.
  • “My Witch: Margaret Hamilton’s Stories of Maine, Hollywood, and Beyond!” in Freeport at Meetinghouse Arts, on Friday and Saturday, October 29 and 30, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, October 31, at 3 p.m. (a talkback will follow the matinee). The one-woman show stars New York actress Jean Tafle, who plays the character actress whose life and career included her role as the Wicked Witch in “The Wizard of Oz.” $23 tickets available at snowlionrep.org.

MUSIC

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 13:

  • Bill Berlinghoff Playing in Vose or Virtual Wednesday Series, 7 p.m. Attend at Vose Library, in Union, or via Zoom. A folk music entertainer for more than half a century, Berlinghoff has performed around the country. His full baritone, accompanied by guitar or banjo, covers a wide range of material: the mountain music of Tennessee, folk songs of the ’60s, coffeehouse music, ballads of Irish pubs, and original songs. Call 785-4733, email librarian@voselibrary.org, or stop by the library for the Zoom link.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15:

  • Camden Opera House SoundCheck: Jaded Ravins, 7:30 p.m. Waldo County native Kelly Ravin, former lead singer and guitarist of Waylon Speed, and his wife, Halle Jade, deliver an hour of Americana and country rock originals. Choose-your-own comfortably spaced seats (advance purchase encouraged) are $10, via the opera house’s website or by calling 236-3154. The show also will be livestreamed free on Facebook.
  • Maine Fall Fiddle Fest Waldoboro, this Friday and Saturday. The Waldo Theatre hosts the event, which includes performances and workshops in three locations. Friday, from 6 to 8 p.m., Smokey McKeen hosts a jam session at Odd Alewives Farm Brewery, 99 Old Route One. Saturday begins at Waldo Theatre with a fiddle workshop led by Erica Brown at 10:30 a.m. and a guitar workshop led by Matt Shipman at 11:30 a.m. Fiddler Frank Ferrel leads a workshop at Broad Bay Church, 941 Main Street, at 12:15 p.m. Saturday performances begin at 2 p.m. at Broad Bay Church with a Youth Fiddlers’ Showcase hosted by Ellen Gawler and the Pineland Fiddlers and featuring the Franklin County Fiddlers and the Oyster Creek Fiddlers. Admission is pay-what-you-can. On Saturday at 7 p.m., a concert at Waldo Theatre will feature Darlin Corey’s Erica Brown and Matt Shipman, and Frank Farrell. The Pineland Fiddlers will open the show. The concert will also be livestreamed. Tickets to Saturday night’s concert are $25 and workshop tickets are $10. Multi-event packages are available. Details and a link for tickets are at waldotheatre.org.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 17:

  • “Comfort and Joy” Concert with Down East Singers in the Camden Amphitheatre, 2 p.m. The free concert, cosponsored by Camden Public Library, will be a tribute to people who have suffered or lost their lives to COVID-19. The program of all-American music will include selections of early New England songs from the Shakers and Quakers to contemporary gospel and jazz pieces by California composer Bill Cunliffe. Jennifer McIvor, assistant director, will accompany at the keyboard. Guest accompanist Sean Fleming will be featured in the jazz-oriented portions of the program. Guest artist Owen Kennedy is a 16-year-old Maine fiddler who has performed from Cape Breton to San Diego and the Shetland Islands. In 2021, Kennedy won the Junior U.S. National Fiddle Competition and the Young Stars of Maine “Glenn Jenks Future in Music” prize from Bay Chamber Music School. He is also a member of the Mozart Mentors Orchestra. A limited number of chairs will be provided. The audience is encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets. In the event of rain, the concert will be held Sunday, October 24, at 2 p.m.
  • Friends of Music Concert Series Welcomes Guitarist David Rogers, 4 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Camden. Rogers plays Spanish repertoire by Isaac Albéniz, Francisco Tárrega and Joaquín Turina, South American dances by Jorge Morel and Antonio Lauro, the music of J. S. Bach, and his own compositions. He will also play original arrangements of Rolling Stones, Neil Young, Roxy Music and Beatles songs. The complete 2021 Friends of Music concert schedule can be found at camdenucc.org. Friends of Music concerts are free and open to the public; donations to sustain the program will be taken at the door.

COMING UP:

  • OldHat Stringband to Play Lincoln Theater, Damariscotta, on Sunday, October 24, at 6:30 p.m. The acoustic musical trio based in Eliot are known for their strong harmony singing and driving stringband sound drawing from bluegrass, old time, folk, and country traditions. The band is comprised of Whitney Roy on guitar and vocals, Steve Roy on mandolin, fiddle, and vocals, and Amanda Kowalski on bass. Tickets are on sale at LincolnTheater.net and will also be available for purchase at the door 30 minutes before showtime. $15 adult, $13 Lincoln Theater members, $5 youth 18 and under.

FILM

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14:

  • “Night of the Living Dead” at Rockland Public Library, 6 p.m. See the 1968 horror story that inspired a generation of zombie movies. Directed by George A. Romero, the film centers on a group of people in rural western Pennsylvania who are besieged by undead creatures. Seeking shelter in an isolated farmhouse, they must survive the night amid the hungry ghouls. The free event, open to everyone, will be held at the library, 80 Union Street, with limited seating, and also screened over Zoom. To request the Zoom link, send an email by 4 p.m. to elewis@rocklandmaine.gov.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15:

  • Camden Public Library’s Film Club to Discuss Silent Films, online at 4 p.m. This month’s selections offer a chance to compare and contrast examples of classic and modern silent filmmaking, with a discussion of “The Navigator” (1924, 1h 9m) and “The Artist” (2011, 1h 40m). Email jpierce@librarycamden.org for details and to receive a Zoom link to take part in the discussion. New members are welcome.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16:

  • The Shotwell Drive-In Fall Series Continues, with CIFF Audience Award winner “The Rescue,” directed by Academy Award–winning duo Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi. “The Rescue” chronicles a story that transfixed the world in 2018: the rescue of 12 boys and their coach from deep inside a flooded cave in northern Thailand. Showing at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5:30. Next up, on October 22 and 23, Fright Nights, featuring two double features specifically catering to Halloween fans. Stay tuned for specific programming. Tickets at the Shotwell, in Rockport, are $20 per vehicle and available at pointsnorthinstitute.org. Registration is strongly encouraged. Restrooms are available on-site.

ARTS

  • Photography Show at Bremen Library, by local photographer Jannetta Jennings, whose nature photos will be on display throughout October.
  • Call to Artists for “Photo Show” at River Arts in Damariscotta, open to original photographic works. Rose Marasco will be juror. Deadline for dropping off work is Saturday, October 16, at 4 p.m. Works must be delivered in person. Entry and membership forms are available in the gallery and can be downloaded from riverartsme.org. The entry fee is $15 for members and $25 for nonmembers. All submitted works must be for sale and River Arts retains 35% commission.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12:

  • Carver Memorial Library Book Club to Meet, 1 p.m. in the Community Building, 42 Prospect Street, Searsport. The book is “High Tide at Noon” by Elizabeth Ogilvie. All are welcome to discuss or just listen in.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 13:

  • Art & Journaling Meetings on Zoom, 4 to 5 p.m. Join Camden Public Library’s creative group for a different project every Wednesday. Email alhand@libarycamden.org if you would like to be emailed project ideas and a link to the Zoom meeting.
  • “Off the Page: A Workshop for Honing Skills for Poetry Performance with Poet Martin Steingesser,” Wednesdays, October 13, 20, 27 and November 3, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. via Zoom. This workshop with master poet Martin Steingesser will show how to achieve more range, nuance and meaning from spoken-word poems. $108 public, $90 museum members. Register at FarnsworthMuseum.org.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14:

  • Wild Animal Slideshow at Bremen Library, 5:30 p.m. Local naturalist Carla Skinder will present a slideshow of the many animals she has captured on film. The public is invited.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15:

  • Explorations Read-Aloud for Adults, Fridays at 11 a.m. on Camden Public Library’s Facebook page and YouTube channel. Local thespian Joseph Coté reads aloud. This week: “Indian Country” by Peter Matthiessen.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16:

  • 16th Belfast Poetry Festival, a mostly virtual event including an Evening Collaborative Showcase and three daytime workshops. From 1 to 3 p.m., there will be three workshop offerings. Maine Poet Laureate Julia Bouwsma will lead a session titled “Body of Language: A Generative Poetry Workshop.” Maya Stein, a freelance writer, editor and cofounder of the publishing platform Toad Hall editions, is offering “Listening for Revision: A Poetry Editing Workshop.” Both workshops will be available through Zoom. “Mining Words: A Generative Poetry Workshop” will be led by Judy Kaber, Belfast poet laureate, and will take place in Studio 2 at Waterfall Arts, 256 High Street, Belfast. Registration for all workshops is open and available at belfastpoetry.com. The evening showcase and multimedia extravaganza, at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom, will feature the collaborative work of poets with visual artists interspersed with readings from the winners of the Maine Postmark Poetry Contest. Registration for this event is also available at belfastpoetry.com. Featured artists and poets will include poet Jan Bindas-Tenney with artist Ling-Wen Tsai, poet Kristen Lindquist with visual artist Anna Strickland, poet Jefferson Navicky with artist and bookmaker Rebecca Goodale, poet Myronn Hardy with installation artist and filmmaker Anita Clearfield, and poet Julia Bouwsma with writer and multimedia artist Asata Radcliffe. The top winners of the 2019 Maine Postmark Poetry Contest will also read as part of the showcase. They include Mike Bove of Portland, First Place, “Basho’s Death Poem, New York City”; Jeri Theriault of South Portland, Second Place, “ode to my father’s body”; Matt Bernier of Pittsfield, Third Place, “The Wolffish”; Anne Rankin of Brunswick, Honorable Mention, “Small Primer on Loneliness”; Bridget McAlonan of Topsham, Honorable Mention, “Forest Creatures.”

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 17:

  • CMCA Third Sunday Tour, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art and the Farnsworth Art Museum, both in downtown Rockland. Join educators Mia Bogyo of CMCA and Jude Valentine of the Farnsworth to compare and contrast thematic artworks from both organizations. Participants will travel to both museums to view works, learn about varied art making approaches and form a visual response. Visit cmcanow.org for details.
  • New Art Exhibit on Display at the UMaine Hutchinson Center, Belfast, with a free, public opening reception this Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. The exhibit explores and processes COVID-19 and grief and can be viewed from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Two groups are participating in the show — the Eddy Middle School in Newry and the Treasure Trove Artistry Project. Eddy Middle School is a small, independent school in rural western Maine that gives students freedom, responsibility and accountability. As part of their studies during the pandemic, students used prompts to write truths and metaphors about both COVID and masks. The metaphors were then translated into watercolor paintings using a negative space technique. Work from over a dozen Eddy Middle School students will be on display. Treasure Trove Artistry celebrates the creative impulse as a universal language. It began after founder Patricia Kaplan lost her husband in April 2020, at the beginning of the COVID pandemic. In deep grief, Kaplan turned to poetry for solace and grounding. She began sending her poetry to artists and friends from Maine to Florida to Japan, asking them to create a piece of art in response to her poems (a rhetorical device known as reverse ekphrasis). Works from the Treasure Trove Artistry project, along with Kaplan’s poems, were on display at the Belfast Soup Kitchen earlier this summer. Kaplan and the group’s other members hope that the project will continue to inspire future participation from artists of all mediums — dance, theater and the visual arts. For information or to request an accommodation, contact Abby Spooner, hutchinsoncenter@maine.edu. For more information about the Hutchinson Center’s H. Allen and Sally Fernald Art Gallery, go online.
  • Owls Head Studio Open to Raise Funds for John Bisignano Memorial Scholarship Fund, October 17–23, by appointment. Bisignano was raised in a family of 12 during the height of the Great Depression. Despite food shortages and working at jobs to help feed the family, his passion was art. He set up the John Bisignano Memorial Scholarship Fund. The first scholarship in his name will be awarded for the 2022 school year. The selected candidate will receive $5,000 toward tuition at Maine College of Art and Design. Preference will be given to Oceanside High School art students. The sale of his art will support the scholarship. To make an appointment, call his niece, Lu Pierro, at 908-303-4858. In addition, donations can be sent to Maine Community Foundation, 245 Main Street, Ellsworth, ME 04605. See a sample of his work at johnbisignanoart.com.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 18:

  • Shakespeare Society of Rockland to Meet, via Zoom, from 2 to 4 p.m. “Henry IV, Part 2,” Act 2 will be read and discussed. Founded in 1889, the society is entering its 132nd year. Meetings will continue to be held every other Monday through the end of November, reading one act per meeting. Potential new members are welcome to attend the meeting as guests. For further information, email Hope Kocian at hkocian@verizon.net.

COMING UP:

  • “Red Grooms: A Maximalist Extraordinaire” with Dr. Judith Stein, Thursday, October 21, at 2 p.m. via Zoom. Explore Grooms’ unique career, including his early years in downtown New York and the summer of 1964, when he painted and made movies in Maine with a community of creative friends. Presenter Dr. Judith Stein is a writer and curator specializing in post-WWII American art. As curator at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1985, she organized the first major traveling retrospective of the work of Grooms. She is the executive vice president of the American section of the International Art Critics Association and the author of the prize-winning biography “Eye of the Sixties: Richard Bellamy and the Transformation of Modern Art.” Cost is $10; free to Farnsworth Art Museum members. Details and a link to register are at FarnsworthMuseum.org.
  • Rockland Public Library Two-Day Book Sale, Friday and Saturday, October 22 and 23. The Friends of the Rockland Public Library will hold their fall book sale at the Flanagan Community Center on Limerock Street in Rockland, just around the corner from the library. The sale will run 1:30 to 6 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. For Friends members, early-bird shopping will take place from 1 to 1:30 p.m. Friday and from 8:30 to 9 a.m. Saturday. You can become a member or renew your existing Friends membership at the door at that time. Books will be sold each day by the bag; each bag is $10. Literature, history and biography, visual and performing arts, health and well-being, cookbooks, books for children and young adults, and every sort of fiction will be available, along with a “book-tique” with individually priced rare and unusual books. All proceeds support the contributions of the Friends, who supply funds for library cards for Knox County students, all children’s and young adult books, computers and computer maintenance, interlibrary loan services, Thursday evening adult programming, the elimination of overdue fines, and other benefits. Bring a bag.
  • “Writing Place: Landscape, People, and the Natural World” Class, at Hidden Valley Nature Center, in Jefferson, on Saturday, October 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Author Linda Buckmaster leads the class, where participants will learn that writing about place involves working with the elements that make a specific place unique — layers of history, people, the natural world, and human culture across time. Writers might be advocates, critics, or simply lovers of a place. This workshop is for writers of all levels and interests – from newbies in creative writing to more experienced writers who want to expand their work, to professionals who want to bring more creativity into their writing at work. Whether it’s poetry or prose, each participant will work at their own level. Through writing prompts and activities both inside and en plein air, participants will play with words, experience, and experiments. A small packet of reading materials will be available the week before the workshop. The group will maintain a safe environment so participants can feel comfortable trying new things. The class will be limited to 15 participants. To register for the course, go to midcoastconservancy.org.

HOME & GARDEN

  • Help Our Town Belfast Find the “Perfect” Tree, to be displayed at Post Office Square in downtown Belfast. It will be lit in early December and remain lit into January. The ideal tree will be evergreen, spruce, or fir; 20 to 25 feet tall; and accessible for retrieval (free from power lines and other obstructions). The selected tree will be removed and transported from the owner’s property at no cost. Head to ourtownbelfast.org to learn more.
  • Share Your “Feast” Story, in MOFGA’s “Readers Write” segment of “The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener,” which publishes first-person nonfiction stories submitted by its readers. MOFGA is collecting stories around the theme of “feast,” which can be interpreted literally or metaphorically, from an anecdote of a delicious dish to a story of how good company makes the meal. Submit a short (400 words or so) story by October 15 to stories@mofga.org. If your story is selected for print, you will receive a one-year subscription.
  • 81st Maine Ag Trades Show, an annual event to network and connect over the business of agriculture, in-person at the Augusta Civic Center January 11–13. All the details, including how to request an exhibitor spot, are on the Maine.gov website.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16:

  • “Managing Invasive Forest Plants Organically,” 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association’s Common Ground Education Center in Unity. Join conservation biologist Aleta Mckeage for a free tour of the MOFGA forest. Explore the impacts of non-native plants on forest ecology and regeneration, discuss the challenges and opportunities of controlling invasive plants without the use of herbicides, and see a variety of mechanical methods land owners can use to manage invasive plant populations. Cosponsored by Waldo County Soil and Water Conservation District. Details are at mofga.org.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 17:

  • “Great Maine Apple Day,” noon to 4 p.m. at MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center, in Unity. Join the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association for Great Maine Apple Day, a celebration of the history, flavor and tradition of Maine apples while honoring the importance of a diversified, perennial agriculture. Admission is $2 for MOFGA members and $4 for nonmembers; kids get in free. Registration is required so numbers can be monitored and, if need be, limited. Visit MOFGA’s online events calendar for the registration link. The event will be outdoors. Featured presentations will include a panel of local cider makers moderated by Khris Hogg of Perennial Cider Bar in Belfast; “Favorite Apple Varieties for the Home Orchard” with Seth Yentes of North Branch Farm in Monroe; “Preserving Fall Fruit — a Demo” with Jenn Legnini of Turtle Rock Farm & Cannery in Union; and “Growing Peaches, Plums, Cherries and More” with Jill and Brian of Winter Cove Farm in Winterport. You can also tour MOFGA’s orchards (including the Maine Heritage Orchard down the road from MOFGA’s Education Center) with orchard coordinator Laura Sieger. Have a mystery apple that you want identified? Talk with a team of Maine apple identifiers. You can also see, and bring home to sample, rare and heirloom apples grown at MOFGA and on other Maine farms. Local producers will have apples, cider, baked apple treats and more for sale, along with fruit tree seedlings and fall produce. Chestnuts grown on MOFGA’s grounds will be roasted for people to taste. Try pressing apples for cider with a crew of experienced volunteers or attend a 15-minute demonstration on baking the best apple pie crust. There will be activities for kids — both young ones and older ones. For more details, go to MOFGA’s website.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 18:

  • Knox-Lincoln County Extension Association Annual Meeting, 5 to 7 p.m. at the 4-H Camp and Learning Center at Blueberry Cove, 22 Blueberry Cove Road, St. George. Ryan LeShane, Blueberry Cove director, will lead a tour of the camp, which will be followed by refreshments, talks about University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H programs at Blueberry Cove, and a discussion with UMaine Extension staff and Extension Association members. The evening will close with a business meeting and time for comments and questions. The event is free and open to the public. For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, call 832-0343 or email extension.knoxlincoln@maine.edu.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 19:

  • “Winterizing Gardens,” from noon to 1 p.m. on Zoom, hosted by Belfast Garden Club. The free program will walk you through what can be done to get your property, including gardens, ready for winter — from cleaning out the vegetable garden to protecting trees and shrubs. With a slideshow and informative tips for all kinds of gardens. Register by clicking on the link at BelfastGardenClub.org. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about how to join the meeting.

FOOD & DRINK

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15:

  • Belfast Farmers Market, outside Waterfall Arts, 256 High Street, Fridays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine. SNAP, Maine Harvest Bucks accepted.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16:

  • Public “Curbside to Go” Roast Pork Supper, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Mount Olivet Lodge, in Washington. Roast pork with gravy, mashed potatoes, vegetables, roll and dessert. Payment by check is preferred. Make check payable to Mount Olivet Lodge. Customers will not be allowed in the dining room. $10 per meal. Located a quarter mile north of Washington village on Route 220.

COMING UP:

  • Aging in Place in Union Committee Offers Free Luncheon for Community Members 55+, picked up curbside at the William L. Pullen Municipal Building Meeting Room (at the back of the Union Town Office, 567 Common Road), on Thursday, October 21, at 11:30 a.m. On the menu: baked beans with hot dogs, macaroni and cheese casserole, coleslaw, blueberry cake, and bottled water. RSVP to the Union Town Office by Thursday, October 14, by calling 785-3658 or emailing townmanager@union.maine.gov. For those who cannot do curbside pickup, delivery will be available, so specify that when you RSVP.
  • Takeout Supper in Union, at People’s United Methodist Church, with pickup on Friday, October 22, from 5 to 6 p.m. Chicken parmesan with pasta and sauce, Caesar salad, homemade focaccia bread and a homemade biscotti. Tickets are $16 per meal and must be purchased by calling Joyce Grotton at 785-2651. The deadline to order is October 19.

KIDS & PARENTS

  • Appleton Library Offers New Books for Young Readers, purchased with a donation by Union Masonic Lodge. The Mildred Stevens Williams Memorial Library has over 50 new books for young readers, including numerous works of fiction, poetry, books focusing on race, gender, and social and political issues, and a number of graphic novels.
  • Children’s Memorial Book Lending Library in Union, at People’s United Methodist Church, 21 Depot Street, outside the sanctuary entrance. The books in the little house built by brothers Harold Wentworth Jr. and Jody Wentworth are for all children to enjoy, thanks to a bequest from the will of Ruth McKinley Herridge, who grew up on Depot Street.
  • Deadline for Entries to Strand Youth Film Fest Extended, to October 31. The festival is for people in midcoast Maine ages 9 to 18. Learn more at rocklandstrand.com.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12:

  • Rockport Public Library In-Person Storytimes, 10:30 a.m. For children up to age 5. Join Mr. Ben to read picture books and do a craft.
  • Storytime with Miss Katie at Rockland Public Library, 10:30 a.m. A themed musical storytime, with dancing, songs, rhymes, and two books for toddlers to early elementary age.
  • Virtual Breastfeeding Support Group, Tuesdays from 12:30 to 2 p.m. The informal group provides interaction as well as individual assistance. Women wanting more information are also welcome. For online access: 301-3950 or journeytohealth.coursestorm.com.
  • LGBTQ+ Online Youth Group, for ages 9 to 13, Tuesdays from 4 to 5 p.m. Hang out, try a workshop, play games and connect with peers. Visit OutMaine.org for details.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 13:

  • Book Time for Babies with Camden Public Library’s Miss Amy, 10 to 11 a.m. Outdoor story times in the Camden Amphitheatre for toddlers and babies on Wednesday mornings. Bring a blanket. Weather permitting. For more info, email alhand@librarycamden.org.
  • Preschool Storytime at Rockland Public Library, 10:30 a.m. Miss Katie reads favorite picture books on the lawn. Bring a hat and blanket.
  • LGBTQ+ Teen Group, for ages 13 to 17, via Zoom on Wednesdays, 4 to 5 p.m. Hang out, try a workshop, play games and connect with peers. Go to OutMaine.org for details.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14:

  • Preschool Outdoor Story Time with Miss Amy of Camden Public Library, 10 to 11 a.m. Geared toward preschool-aged children. Bring a blanket to sit on. Weather permitting. For more information, email alhand@librarycamden.org.
  • Babytime with Miss Katie of Rockland Public Library, 10:30 a.m. New and familiar nursery rhymes in a storytime is for little ones, with lots of songs and one short story at the end.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 18:

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

COMING UP:

  • “Anime Your Way,” Wednesday, October 20, from 1 to 2:15 p.m. at Jackson Memorial Library, Tenants Harbor, for kids in grade five and up. Former “The Simpsons” artist Carlos Nieto will teach kids how to create an anime character from scratch. All materials provided. Registration is required: 372-8961 or Sharon@jacksonmemoriallibrary.org.
  • Pumpkin Painting with the Rockport Public Library, Wednesday, October 20, at 3:30 p.m. in Memorial Park across from Rockport Public Library. This is a free all-ages event and pumpkins and painting supplies will be provided. You must sign up by calling the library at 236-3642 or by stopping in during open hours.
  • CMCA Launches ArtLab Intensives, with sessions running October 25–29 and November 15–19 at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, in downtown Rockland. ArtLab Intensives are in-person, afterschool classes for students in grades five to eight, designed to empower young artists to dive deep into one area of study observing, critiquing and applying skills to personal artworks. Each of the intensives is taught by a leading artist working with the select media in their personal practice. Registration is $150 for non-CMCA members and $125 for CMCA members; limited to 10 participants. “Secret Spaces” with Tara Morin will be held October 25–29. “Concealed in Plain Sight” with Annie Bailey will be held November 15–19. Learn more at cmcanow.org/artlab.

MISCELLANEOUS

  • “Create a Scarecrow!” with Rockland Public Library, using a pre-made scarecrow frame. Individuals and families are invited to create a scarecrow that will be featured outside the library. Frames can be picked up now and finished sculptures must be dropped off by Monday, October 18. Supplies are limited. Email pking@rocklandmaine.gov for details. Presented in conjunction with Rockland Main Street’s Scarecrow Days. There will also be scarecrows along Main Street October 18–November 5. The library is at 80 Union Street.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12:

  • Belfast Senior Center, open to fully vaccinated people 60 and older, Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Belfast Boathouse. Table games, puzzles, socializing, coffee and lunch at noon. Donations taken. Details: BelfastSenior@gmail.com.
  • Free Senior Exercise Class at Thomaston Public Library, led by Sandy Bodamer, 11 to 11:45 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the gym of the Academy building. Standing and chair routines using light weights, resistance bands, and small fitness balls. All fitness levels welcome. Free, donations taken.
  • Tai Chi in Camden Amphitheatre, noon to 1 p.m. Instructor Anna Dembska leads classes for all levels. A portion of donations collected benefits the library. For more info and to sign up for weather notifications: camdentaiji@gmail.com.
  • Leer y Charlar on Zoom, 1 to 3 p.m. Camden Public Library’s Spanish language reading and conversation group invites people to join in and practice their Spanish. For more information and to request the Zoom link, email Lynne Taylor at leerycharlar@gmail.com.
  • Alzheimer’s Disease Support Group, on Zoom at 6 p.m. Information and support for area residents who have loved ones coping with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias. Those interested in participating should contact Cheri R. Blouin, LSW, at 301-6237 or cblouin@pbmc.org.
  • Healthy Lincoln County Weekly Meditation Group, Tuesdays from 7 to 7:30 p.m. via Zoom. The group is free and everyone is welcome. For more info and to register: 622-7566, ext. 236, or lemmons@healthylincolncounty.org.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 13:

  • Black Lives Matter Vigils in Rockland, Wednesdays at Chapman Park (corner of Park and Main, by Walgreens) from noon to 1 p.m. Everyone is invited. Wear a mask. More info at 385-7452 or smanning5757@gmail.com.
  • Virtual “Take a Break with Guided Meditation” Class, Wednesdays in October, from noon to 12:30 p.m. Find a quiet spot and sign in for as much of the short meditation break as you wish. The class begins with a guided meditation, followed by silent meditation and a brief time for reflections and questions. This class is free but registration is required at journeytohealth.coursestorm.com or by calling 301-3950.
  • Carver Memorial Library Offers Five Animal Qigong, on the library lawn, in Searsport (at Union Hall, above the town office, if it’s raining), Wednesdays in October at 3 p.m. The Five Animal Qigong Form is a traditional Qigong form used throughout China with regional variations; this is the Wudang Mountain form. Free, donations taken.
  • Drive-Through Flu Clinics, Pen Bay Medical Center and Waldo County General Hospital offer the weekly flu clinics in October. They are designed to be user friendly, and no appointments are needed. Follow the signs at the location of your choice. These will lead to a drive-through where clinical staff will administer the flu vaccine. PBMC clinics will be held Mondays, October 18 and 25, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. outside the new health center building at 15 Anchor Drive. WCGH clinics will be held Wednesdays, October 13, 20, 27, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 125 Northport Avenue, across the street from the hospital. These clinics are open to insured adults; bring your insurance card. Self-pay will not be accepted. All clinics are weather permitting.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14:

  • Tai Chi in Camden Amphitheatre, noon to 1 p.m. Instructor Anna Dembska leads classes for all levels. A portion of donations collected benefits the library. For more info and to sign up for weather notifications: camdentaiji@gmail.com.
  • Two-Part “Google Account Basics” Offered Online, by Camden Public Library. Part 1, this Thursday at 10 a.m., will provide information about creating, recovering and navigating a Gmail account. Part 2, on Thursday, October 21, also at 10 a.m., will teach file uploading, storing and sharing using Google Drive. Free. Register at librarycamden.org.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15:

  • Online Chess Club, with matches every Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. Members may also challenge other members at any time. Join at lichess.org/team/camden-chess-club. For more info, email Evan Annis at camdenchessclub@gmail.com.
  • Autumnal Sound Bath in Camden Amphitheatre, at 4:30 p.m. Instrument creator and sound therapist Jim Doble invites the public to bring a chair, blanket or yoga mat to relax on as they listen to the sounds of his resonant singing bowls, tuning forks, and instruments. Doble will be joined by Forest Weston, who will play a variety of didgeridoos. The outdoor event is by donation, a portion of which will benefit the library. Register to be notified if the program is canceled: jim@elementaldesign.me or 785-2212.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16:

  • Belfast Community Works Holding Repair Cafe, 9 a.m. to noon, outdoors next to Belfast FiberArts, 171 High Street. The public is invited to bring clothes with holes and small electrical appliances that need repair (and replacement parts, if you have them). Register at belfastcommunityworks.org or just stop by. Repairs are free. Rain cancels. You can also register for a time slot to tune up or repair your bicycle.
  • Forest Therapy Workshop with Registered Maine Guide, at Merryspring Nature Center, Camden, from 10 a.m. to noon. Lora Laffan will encourage participants to slow down and will gently guide them in opening the senses, exploring presence, and inviting interactions with the natural world. The walk will conclude with a tea ceremony made from locally foraged plants. $12 general public, $7 for Merryspring members. To sign up, call Merryspring at 236-2239 or email info@merryspring.org. Participants should be prepared to walk for two hours. Rain date is Saturday, October 23.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 18:

  • Full Moon Paddle at Hidden Valley Nature Center, in Jefferson, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Participants can enjoy the silvery glow of the “Hunter’s moon” from canoes provided by the nature center as they glide along Little Dyer Pond after a mile-and-a-half hike into the woods. Little Dyer Pond is a Great Pond with no public boat launch and almost no shoreline development. Midcoast Conservancy will provide the canoes, paddles, and life jackets. All ages are welcome. Participants should be comfortable in a canoe on flat water, able to steer a canoe, and able to walk three miles on moderate trails. Space is limited by the number of boats available, and registration is required at midcoastconservancy.org.
  • Aldermere & Erickson Fields Online Community Listening Sessions, set for this Monday, at 10 a.m.; Tuesday, October 19, at noon; and Thursday, October 21, at 6 p.m. Maine Coast Heritage Trust, a statewide land conservation organization, is seeking input from the midcoast community to help shape the programming at its two farm preserves in the Camden-Rockport region: Aldermere Farm and Erickson Fields. Pick a date and time that works for you. All are welcome to attend and can register online at aldermere.org/community-listening-session. For more information , contact Joelle Albury at jalbury@mcht.org.
  • Fall Nautical Navigation Series Continues, Midcoast Sailing Center (a program of the Sail, Power, and Steam Museum in Rockland) hosts the in-person series led by Diane Sternberg, U.S. Coast Guard licensed captain. Classes are two nights each, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Introduction to Nautical Charts and Navigation was held October 4 and 6. Intermediate Navigation and Dead Reckoning is Monday and Wednesday, October 18 and 20. Rules of the Road and Aids to Navigation is October 25 and 27. Classes are $50 each. Details can be found at sailpowersteammuseum.org.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 19:

  • Community Medicare Informational Presentations, via Zoom, hosted by Camden Public Library as the Medicare annual enrollment period approaches. Linda “Lily” Filippi, a representative of United Healthcare Medicare Advantage, will give the presentations this Tuesday and next Tuesday, October 26, at 10 a.m. A Zoom link to instantly join each presentation can be found on the “What’s Happening” adult events calendar at librarycamden.org. No registration required.
  • Bicycle Maintenance Workshop at Rockland Public Library, with Erik DaSilva, at 4 p.m., on the library lawn (rain moves it into the library’s Community Room). This is a free educational, hands-on session for adults and teens on bicycle maintenance. DaSilva, safety education manager for the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, will provide tools, equipment, and guidance for participants to work on their own bikes. The Bicycle Coalition of Maine works to make Maine a better place to bike and walk, to expand biking in Maine, improve bike and pedestrian safety, pass bike- and pedestrian-friendly laws, and spread a love of being active to children and adults alike. The BCM is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization funded predominantly by donations. Visit bikemaine.org to learn more. The session at the library can accommodate up to eight people (or eight small groups – i.e., a couple, or a parent and child). Registration is required. Call the library at 594-0310 or stop by the checkout desk to claim a spot. For more information, email elewis@rocklandmaine.gov.

COMING UP:

  • St. George Municipal School Unit Meetings, St. George School, Wednesday, October 20. Finance Committee at 5:45 p.m.; email c.kilbride@stgeorgemsu.org or call 372-6312 for the Zoom link, meeting ID, and password. Full board at 6:30 p.m.; email j.berry@stgeorgemsu.org or call 372.6312 for the Zoom link, meeting ID, and password.
  • October Full Moon Candlelight Labyrinth Walk, Wednesday, October 20, at 6 p.m. at the Labyrinth in the Field next to Edgecomb Community Church, UCC. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, the full moon in October came to be call the Hunter’s Moon because it was the time for hunting in preparation for the winter months. As the animals began to fatten up ahead of winter, hunters could easily see deer and other animals that came out to forage in the harvested fields and woods. The earliest use of the title “Hunter’s Moon,” in the Oxford English Dictionary, is from 1710. Walk the Labyrinth in the Field by candlelight in quiet mediation. The Labyrinth in the Field is next to the church building at 15 Cross Point Road, Edgecomb; it is in the medieval seven-circuit Chartres style, designed after a 13th-century labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral in France. For more information, email edgecomb.church@gmail.com or call the office at 882-4060. The event is free to all. The Labyrinth in the Field is open dawn to dusk, seven days a week year-round, but snow is not removed during winter months.
  • Critical Thinking Workshop Offered Online by UMaine Hutchinson Center, Wednesday, October 27, from 4 to 6 p.m. and Friday, October 29, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. via Zoom. Organizers point out that critical thinking is a learnable skill that develops our ability to question assumptions, build constructive arguments, solve problems, and negotiate positive personal and professional relationships. The workshop will benefit those in social and human services, businesses and nonprofits, government employees, students, and anyone with a desire to achieve greater effectiveness and satisfaction in their communications. Instructor Terry Porter, UMaine associate professor emerita, taught business strategy and sustainability in the Maine Business School for 13 years. Porter also is a certified mental health counselor and a 2014 Fulbright Scholar. She has over 30 years of experience as a teacher, counselor, coach, guide and facilitator. Participants will receive a certificate of completion, and 0.5 CEUs/5 contact hours are available. For information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact Michelle Patten, um.fhc.pd@maine.edu; 338-8002. The cost is $150 per person. A limited number of need-based scholarships are available for people who live or work in Knox or Waldo counties. Visit the Hutchinson Center’s website for details.