• Deadline for Energy-Saving Window Inserts Approaching, Waldo County residents are invited to attend a workshop in Belfast (Nov. 8-21) to build storm windows, and can obtain financial help if needed. Sign up online by Oct. 10 at WindowDressers.org, or call 930-3562.


  • Nature and Mushroom Walk at Erickson Fields Preserve, 10 a.m. to noon. Maine Coast Heritage Trust invites everyone to the preserve at 164 West Street in Rockport for the free foray with naturalist Kirk Gentalen, who will lead the hunt for these treasures of forest and field and also share his knowledge of birds, tracking, and the animals and plants that live on the preserve. Registration isn’t required, but it is appreciated: 236-2739, JAlbury@mcht.org.


  • Webinar on Insurance Program for Farmers Hit by Dry Hay Season, from noon to 1 p.m. Get an overview of the Pasture, Rangeland, and Forage Rainfall Index crop insurance program, which has an application deadline of Nov. 15, and which may help farmers offset the costs associated with lack of rain on grassland. The webinar is free. Register on the UMaine Cooperative Extension website. FMI: Erin.Roche@maine.edu, 949-2940.


  • Two-Day Apple Festival at Langlais Sculpture Preserve in Cushing, with a talk on Thursday at 5 p.m. by John Bunker on “Saving Our Apple Heritage.” Bunker has found and harvested cuttings from “lost” heirloom apple trees all over New England. On Sat., Sept. 29, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Waite Maclin will hold his annual apple cider pressing to create Langlais Cider. Fall activities for kids will be offered.


  • Daylong Workshop with Mycologist Greg Marley, Saturday, Sept. 29, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Great Salt Bay Heritage Center in Damariscotta. Learn about the diverse selection of mushrooms that can be found in Maine in autumn, from tiny to spectacular. Marley’s class will begin indoors with photos, ways to ID mushrooms, and interesting stories behind them, and then head into the wild for foraging. Lunch, water, a collection basket and a field guide are recommended. $70; $60 Damariscotta River Association members: 563-1393, DamariscottaRiver.org.
  • “Whole Farm Biodiversity and Coexisting with Predators,” Saturday, Sept. 29, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Pumpkin Vine Family Farm, 217 Hewett Road in Somerville. The public is invited to join farmers, foresters and wildlife professionals to gain insight into how farms function as an ecosystem and how farmers can promote biodiversity to keep that ecosystem healthy and productive. The free program is the seventh in the 2018 Farmer & Gardener Workshop Series presented by Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District, Maine Coast Heritage Trust and Midcoast Farmers Alliance. Registration: hildy@knox-lincoln.org, 596-2040.