THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6:

  • Coming Up in FARMS at Central Lincoln County YMCA, Damariscotta. Locally Raised Pork Cooking Class on Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. with farmer John Arbuckle. Free class on Healthy Cooking for Single Parents on Saturday, from 8 to 10 a.m. FARMS – Focus on Agriculture in Rural Maine – offers hands-on learning to inspire people to make healthy choices for themselves, local farmers and the environment. FMI: clcYMCA.org.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8:

  • Waldo County General Hospital Aid Silver Tea, 2-5 p.m. at the home of James Rose, 15 Water Street in Searsport. Tea, coffee, hors d’oeuvres, tea sandwiches, desserts and punch will be served. Free admission; donations encouraged.
  • Annual Holiday Open House at Sweetgrass Farm Winery & Distillery, 347 Carroll Road in Union, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sample local foods paired with wines and spirits, and taste house cocktails, like Boozy Hot Chocolate. Artisans will sell handmade gift items and treats to serve at home.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9:

  • Focus on Food at Pumpkin Vine Family Farm, 217 Hewett Road in Somerville, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The farm continues its holiday festivities Sundays in December with samples of seasonal dishes and take-home recipes.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11:

  • Hope Historical Society’s Christmas Brunch, 9 a.m. at Hope Historical Home, Route 105 (just west of Hope Corner). Bring food items to share; plates, cups and utensils will be provided. At 9:30 a.m., children from Sweet Tree Arts will lead a sing-along.
  • Flatbread Fundraiser: Community Investors of Knox County, 5 to 9 p.m. at Flatbread Company, 399 Commercial Street (Route 1) in Rockport. Funds raised will go to individuals and families in Knox County who are fighting poverty. FMI: UnitedMidcoastCharities.org.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12:

  • “Soup’s On!” in Camden, free lunch served at noon every Wednesday through March 27 at First Congregational Church of Camden, 55 Elm Street. There will be two choices of soup (one vegetarian), bread, dessert and coffee or tea.
  • Spectrum Generations Lunch & Learn at Camp Kieve in Nobleboro, 11:15 a.m. The speaker will be Bobby Ives, founder of The Carpenter’s Boat Shop, who will tell the tale of “The Hermit of Manana,” the man who lived alone on Manana Island, across the harbor from Monhegan Island, for 40 years. Reservations: 563-1363.
  • Talk by Author of “The New Persian Kitchen” and Tasting, 6 p.m. at Adas Yoshuron Synagogue, 50 Willow Street in Rockland. Louisa Shafia will describe Persian food, with a focus on dishes of the Jews of Iran. After her talk, enjoy a buffet prepared by the synagogue’s Food in Jewish Culture group based on Shafia’s recipes. The program is free and open to everyone. Books will be on sale.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13:

  • CHRHS Empty Bowl Supper and Silent Auction, 5-7 p.m. in Camden Hills Regional High School’s Wave Cafe, Rockport. Choose from soups, chowders, stews and chilis scooped into a ceramic bowl made by the students in the school’s Empty Bowl Club that is yours to take home. $9 per person; $30 for families of four with young children. Proceeds go to local food pantries. The CHRHS holiday concert follows in Strom Auditorium at 7 p.m. Admission is free; a donation of canned food is encouraged.
  • “21 Opportunities per Week to Lessen Your Carbon Footprint,” 7 p.m. in Camden Public Library. Robert Lawrence looks at the very large carbon footprint of the conventional American diet and provides alternative approaches to food security that are healthier for people and the planet in the Coastal Mountains Nature Program.

COMING UP:

  • Fundraiser at 51 Main in Liberty for Cold Comfort Theater, Saturday, Dec. 15, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. The restaurant will donate 10 percent of its breakfast and lunch sales to the nonprofit theater company in Belfast.
  • Annual Breakfast with Santa at Central Lincoln County YMCA, Damariscotta, Saturday, Dec. 15, 8:30-11 a.m. Breakfast will be $5 per person; $20 max per family. Kids can hand over their wish list while parents take photos.
  • Travel the Midcoast Cheese Trail, Sunday, Dec. 16, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Stop by Pumpkin Vine Family Farm, on Hewett Road in Somerville; Fuzzy Udder Creamery, on Townhouse Road in Whitefield; and Appleton Creamery, on Gurneytown Road in Appleton. Cheese samples, goat’s milk hot chocolate, crafts, cookies and other goodies will be offered, and there will be lots of goats to pat and include in selfies. Get details at MidcoastCheeseTrail.com.

ONGOING:

  • Midcoast Farmers’ Markets, selling local and organic food and artisan crafts and goods. Belfast (MFFM), 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays in its winter location: the greenhouse at Aubuchon Hardware, 231 Northport Avenue (Route 1). Belfast (UFMM), 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, 18 Spring Street. Damariscotta, 9 a.m. to noon Fridays in its winter location: Lincoln County YMCA, 525 Main Street.