• “Tree of Giving” Applications Invited, from families who need help fulfilling their children’s Christmas wishes. Applications due by November 15. They can be picked up in Damariscotta at Central Lincoln County YMCA (and clcymca.org), the town office, police department, and Great Salt Bay School; in Newcastle at the town office, Lincoln Academy, and Second Congregational Church; in Jefferson at Jefferson Village School; and in South Bristol at South Bristol School. Completed applications may be returned at those locations or mailed to CLC YMCA, P.O. Box 787, Damariscotta, ME 04543, Attention: Karen-Ann Hagar.


  • Bear Storytime at Rockland Public Libary, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Preschoolers and toddlers (and their siblings) are invited to hear Miss Katie read “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” by Michael Rosen, do “wild crafts” and go on a “hunt.”
  • 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 invited to join in). All materials provided. This month: woodland creatures, Thanksgiving and Native American designs and motifs.


  • Lincoln Academy Open House, 6:30 p.m. in Alumni Dining Commons. The school, at 81 Academy Hill in Newcastle, invites prospective students and families for an orientation, campus tour with student guides, and academics and clubs fair in the gym. Students living in towns with secondary-school choice can attend Lincoln Academy for free.


  • “Creative Art Crew: Dot Art” at Rockland Public Library, 3:45 p.m. Miss Katie will lead a craft project using paint and cotton swabs to create autumn-foliage-themed decorations. Kids and adults are invited to join the crew the second Thursday of every month.
  • “Getting Ready for Winter: Amazing Animal Survival Strategies,” 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Belfast Free Library. Friends of Sears Island hosts the free program for kids 6 to 12 (with an adult). It will be led by Sandra Mitchell, Registered Maine Guide and certified CyberTracker, who will use hands-on fun, videos and games to teach children about how animals hibernate, adapt to winter, or migrate. Register at FriendsOfSearsIsland.org.
  • “Just for Kids” Yoga Course in Northport, Thursdays, November 14 to December 12, from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. at Edna Drinkwater School. Kids will move in and out of yoga poses and explore stories that teach about happiness, anger, love and more. $20. Family discounts and scholarships are available. Registration: 301-3950, JourneyToHealth.CourseStorm.com.


  • Free Screening: “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events,” 10 a.m. at Lincoln Theater. Second film in the Mysterious Fun series, in which films for young audiences are screened for free on Saturday mornings and a limited number of books are made available to the public to keep, also for free. Books will be given out at the screening and are at Skidompha Library, while supplies last.
  • Chris Van Dusen to Read from His Latest Book Around a Bonfire, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Camden Snow Bowl. The Camden-Rockport Middle School fundraiser features Van Dusen reading from “If I Built a School.” Activities will include live music, food for sale, an “If I Built a S’mores” bar, art auction, and sale of prints and T-shirts with artwork from Van Dusen’s book.
  • “Funny HaHa: An All Ages Art Happening,” at Waterfall Arts, Belfast, from 6 to 8 p.m. The event will feature activities for all ages, including “paint your own grownup” and monster-mask making, joke telling by children ages 3 to 10, and a junior house band. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Sweet treats will be for sale. The event is free; donations are welcome. Kids who want to tell jokes onstage should sign up at 6 p.m.


  • Ashwood Waldorf School Tour, Wednesday, November 20, from 8:15 to 10:30 a.m. Attendees will have a chance to see classes in session, from early elementary grades through middle school, and then ask questions of the school’s director. Register by November 19: info@ashwoodwaldorf.org, 236-8021.
  • “STEM Workshop: Cookies!” at Rockland Public Library, Wednesday, November 20, at 10 a.m. Kids are invited to learn the science of baking with Miss Katie and Ms. Jessie. They’ll be baking small-batch snickerdoodles with creative mix-ins while everyone learns (and eats). Registration is required: 594-0310.
  • Reading and Book Signing by Chris Van Dusen, at Left Bank Books, Belfast, on Saturday, November 23, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The chidren’s author and illustrator will be on hand to read and sign his books, including “If I Built a School.”


  • 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 & Toddlers on 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. Carver Memorial Library, Searsport: Preschool Storytime on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. Gibbs Library, Washington: Storytime Tuesdays 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 on first Saturdays at 1:30 p.m. Creative Art Crew on 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. Skidompha Library, Damariscotta: Kids Story Time on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Book Babies on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. 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.
  • 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.
  • “A Family for ME” Foster Care and Adoption Info Meetings, for people who have wondered about the process of becoming a licensed foster parent or adoptive parent. For the location and time of the next meeting: 615-6011 or AFamilyForMEMaine.org.