THURSDAY, JANUARY 10:

  • Info Meeting on Compost Collection Program, 6-7:30 p.m. at Rockport Town Office. Residents of Camden, Hope, Lincolnville and Rockport are invited to learn about Mid-Coast Solid Waste’s new partnership with ScrapDogs Community Compost, which collects food waste to reduce the amount that goes into the incinerator. To learn more about Scrap Dogs, and how they also serve Rockland, Belfast and other towns in the midcoast, visit ScrapDogsCompost.com.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 11:

  • “Intro to Microsoft Word” at Rockland Public Library, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Join Miss Katie to learn how to create and edit a document. She’ll teach formatting options, such as making text bold or adjusting line space, and how to insert images and hyperlinks. Bring your device with Microsft Word on it or reserve a library laptop by calling 594-0310.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 12:

  • Share Bird Spotting Scopes on Belfast Footbridge, from 8 to 10 a.m. Ron Harrell and Gary Gulezian of Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition will put out scopes to help people spot falcons, eagles, loons and other regulars, and maybe some rare visitors, like Iceland gulls.
  • Fun in the Snow, all community members are invited to join the Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition for a morning of outdoor fun at the farm of Cloe Chunn and David Thanhauser, 210 Oak Hill Road in Swanville. At 10 a.m., come with skates, skis, snowshoes, sleds or other equipment to play in the snow. Arrive at noon for the potluck social. For more info or directions, call 338-1147.
  • Rabies Clinic at Appleton Fire Department, 2915 Sennebec Road, from 10 a.m. to noon. Shots will be $12 and administered by Dr. Simonson of Searsport Veterinary Hospital. Nail grooming will also be offered.
  • “The Science and Wisdom of Ayurveda,” 2-4 p.m. at Earth Flow + Fire and Earth Candy, 385 Main Street in Rockland. Second in the Healthy January lecture series offered by the studio and Good Hearth, Eastern Medical Arts, this one looks at “understanding our doshic constitutions and life wisdoms for emotional, mental, physical and spiritual health.” $15. Reservations are required: 593-8269.
  • Two Workshops on “Exploring the Deeper Human,” Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, at Camden Whole Health, 91 Main Street in Camden. Paul Weiss of The Whole Health Center in Bar Harbor presents the experiential programs. Saturday’s “Ego or Essence” contrasts the dramas of the ego with our underlying capacity for intimacy. Sunday’s “Compassion, Integration and Healing” focuses on how to keep open the circuits of empathy and compassion, even in painful circumstances. Take either or both workshops, which are designed for clinicians and for the general public. FMI: info@TheWholeHealthCenter.org, 288-4128.
  • Solo Wilderness First Aid Course, get certified this Saturday and Sunday at Waldo County Technical Center in Belfast, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Sixteen hours of instruction on response, assessment and care for people in a remote location, with a mix of indoor and outdoor classes. Registration: 692-3138, NorthStarAdventures1@gmail.com.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 15:

  • Mainebiz Hosting Five on the Future Breakfast Forum, 7:30-10:30 a.m. at Holiday Inn By the Bay, Portland. A panel of economists and business leaders will offer insights into what Maine businesses can expect in the new year. $35. FMI: mainebiz.biz.
  • New Co-Dependents Anonymous Group in Newcastle, meets from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church on Glidden Street. CoDA is a 12-step fellowship for people in recovery from co-dependence seeking to develop and maintain healthy relationships. FMI: 563-6209.
  • NARFE Mid-Coast Chapter 2169 to Meet, 11:45 a.m. at Offshore Restaurant, Route 1 in Rockport. The speaker will be Jessica Blanchard of Rockland Public Library on how libraries have remained relevant in the age of technology and the many diverse services they now offer. All retired and active federal employees, their spouses and friends are welcome. FMI: 594-2466.
  • New Day for Midcoast League of Women Voters, but only in January, because of the holidays – the monthly planning meeting usually held first Tuesdays moves to this Tuesday, at 5:30 p.m. in Rockland Public Library’s lower-level boardroom, 80 Union Street. New members are welcomed by the nonpartisan group.
  • Gentle Yoga Flow in Appleton, at Mildred Stevens Williams Memorial Library, next to the bridge in the village, on Tuesdays, Jan. 15-March 12 (no class Feb. 19), from 6 to 7 p.m. Playful, gentle yoga for all levels with certified instructor Kyla Cech, who will offer poses with alternatives to suit a wide range of students. $52. Registration: 921-3950, JourneyToHealth.coursestorm.com.
  • Essentials of College Planning Workshops in Belfast, at UMaine Hutchinson Center, Route 3. The free workshops for adults cover admissions, financial aid, career planning and study skills. Workshops will be offered at 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Jan. 15 and 22; Monday, Feb. 4; and Tuesdays, Feb. 12 and 26. Maine Educational Opportunity Center hosts the free sessions. Register by calling 800-281-3703 or visit meoc.Maine.edu.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16:

  • Lunch and Learn at Spectrum Generations at the Y, at the Central Lincoln County YMCA in Damariscotta, at 11:15 a.m. This one will feature Kitty Hartford introducing the drum circle experience. FMI: 563-1363.
  • “Why Genealogy Software?” at Skidompha Library, Damariscotta, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Staff genealogist Kathleen Maclachlan will describe the benefits of using software for record-keeping, and she’ll demo some programs.
  • Series on Challenges Faced By Older Adults Continues in Rockland, at St. Peter’s Church, White Street, at 4 p.m. Sarah Ruef-Lindquist, an attorney and certified trust and financial advisor at Allen Insurance and Financial, will talk about financial planning. Refreshments will be served. The talk is free and open to everyone.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 17:

  • Second Pre-Hearing Conference on Proposed Power Corridor in Maine, 1 p.m. in Department of Environmental Protection’s Response Training Room, 7 Chimney Lane in Augusta. The pre-hearing conference on Central Maine Power’s proposed New England Clean Energy Connect – a swath of power lines running through Maine from Canada to Massachusetts – is open to the public for observation only; they’ll get a chance to speak once a public hearing is scheduled. FMI: 446-8823, bill.hinkel@maine.gov.
  • Belfast Bay Watershed Annual Meeting, 6:30 p.m. at Belfast Free Library. Everyone is invited to meet, greet, eat, vote on board members, and hear what’s been done in the watershed with trails, education, research, water quality, and more.
  • Beginner Line Dancing Class in Belfast, Thursdays, Jan. 17-Feb. 7, from 6 to 7 p.m. at Captain Stevens Elementary School. No partner or dance experience is required. $26. Registration: 921-3950, JourneyToHealth.coursestorm.com.

COMING UP:

  • Full Moon Hike at Hidden Valley Nature Center, in Jefferson, on Sunday, Jan. 20, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Pack a snack and a flashlight, put on shoes with good grips or bring snowshoes, and meet at the Egypt Road gate at 4:20 p.m. The hike will take 40 minutes each way to watch the moon rise over Little Dyer Pond and to listen for owls and nighttime foragers. You can borrow snowshoes: MidcoastConservancy.org, 389-5150.
  • Full Moon Snowshoe at Wheeler Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, in St. George, Sunday, Jan. 20, at 6 p.m. Join Jocelyn Paquette for a one-mile hike, listen for owls, look for tracks, then go to her home at the edge of the quarry for hot drinks and sweet treats. She’ll describe how Georges River Land Trust is turning the quarry into a wildlife sanctuary. The free walk is open to 25 guests, who must register by January 18 by calling 594-5166, at which time they’ll be given directions to the meeting place.

ONGOING:

  • Belfast Area Citizens Climate Lobby, first Thursdays, 6 to 8 p.m., Belfast Free Library’s Abbott Room. FMI: 338-6886, 322-4500.
  • Alzheimer’s Support Groups, first Tuesdays, 6-7 p.m., Anderson Inn’s Media Room, Quarry Hill, Camden; third Tuesdays, 3-4 p.m., Knox Center, 6 White Street in Rockland. FMI: 921-6237.
  • Women’s Cancer Support Group, third Tuesdays, 6 p.m., Picker Family Resource Center, 756 Commercial St., Rockport. FMI: PickerCenter@PenBayHealthcare.org, 921-3950.
  • Waldo County Beekeepers, first Thursdays, 6:30 p.m., Searsmont Community Center. FMI: 233-8257.
  • Bereavement Support Group, first Wednesdays, 3-4:30 p.m., Picker Family Resource Center, 756 Commercial Street (Route 1), Rockport. For anyone coping with loss of a loved one. FMI: Coastal Family Hospice Volunteers, 230-0042.
  • Wellness Wednesdays, every Wednesday, 4:15-5:30 p.m., Bok Medical Building, 22 White Street (behind Rockland Library). Reiki, chair massage, ear acupuncture and more. All welcome. FMI: 921-6993.
  • Lung Health Support Group, last Tuesdays, noon-1 p.m., Pen Bay Medical Center’s Pulmonary Rehab Room, Rockport. FMI: 921-8880.
  • Family Caregiver Support Group in Belfast, first Thursdays, noon-1 p.m., Home Health, 125 Northport Avenue. FMI: 930-2500. In Damariscotta: second Thursdays, 1 p.m., Spectrum Generations at the YMCA. FMI: 563-1363. In Camden: fourth Thursdays, 1 p.m., Spectrum Generations, 87 Elm Street.
  • Chair Yoga with David Erickson, Thursdays, 10 to 10:30 a.m., The Residence at Tall Pines, 24 Martin Lane, Belfast. Free and open to the public.
  • Midcoast Stroke Support Group, first Wednesdays, 10 a.m., Camden Public Library.
  • Jefferson Area Community Food Pantry, second and fourth Wednesdays, 4-5:30 p.m., St. Giles’ Episcopal Church, 72 Gardiner Road (Route 126), Jefferson. FMI: 315-1134.
  • C.A.R.E.S. Meetings for Foster/Adoptive/Kinship Families, meet evenings in Rockland: first Wednesdays at Grace Bible Fellowship, 30 Sherer Lane. Belfast: second Mondays at Christ the King Church, 9 Field St. Damariscotta: first Thursdays at Lincoln County Assembly of God Church. Childcare available. RSVP required: 800-833-9786, sheila@affm.net.
  • Leer y Charlar Spanish-Language Discussion Group, second and fourth Tuesdays at 1 p.m. in Camden Library. Those proficient in Spanish are welcome.
  • Coastal Recovery Community Center in Rockland, 24 Lincoln Street: Friends & Family Together onThursdays, 4 p.m. Narcotics Anonymous on Mondays, 6:30 p.m. Refuge Recovery on Wednesdays, 6 p.m. SMART Recovery on Fridays, 6 p.m.
  • Philosophical Society at Camden Public Library, third Tuesdays, 4 p.m. The discussion group posts topics and readings on the library’s website.
  • Family Game Night at Appleton Library, second Thursdays, 6-8 p.m. If you have a fave board game, bring it.
  • Veterans’ Services in Rockland, fourth Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., URock. Get help with education benefits, home loans, acquiring military records, more.
  • Parkinson’s Support Group in Belfast, second Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m., Maine Home Health, 125 Northport Avenue. Drop-in group. FMI: 218-7256.
  • Overeaters Anonymous in Belfast, Fridays, noon-1 p.m., First Baptist Church. Mondays, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Belfast Center. FMI: 382-6446.
  • Dementia Conversation Series, third Thursdays, 4-5:30 p.m., The Lincoln Home, 22 River Road, Newcastle. All friends and families of people with dementia welcome. Learn new ways to cope. FMI: 563-3350.
  • Coffee & Chat at ElderCare Network of Lincoln County “Greens,” first Fridays, 9:30-11 a.m. All welcome at the Greens in Damariscotta, Round Pond, Boothbay, Wiscasset, Edgecomb, Jefferson and Waldoboro.
  • Open Meditation in Damariscotta, Midcoast Yoga Shala, 49 Main Street, Mondays, 6-7 p.m. Free; donations taken.
  • Open Meditation at Rockland Shambhala, 16 School Street, Sundays, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Seated and walking meditation. Admission is by donation.
  • Meditation & Mindfulness at The Start Center in Camden, 37 Start Road, Sundays, 9-10:30 a.m. Free. Beginners welcome.
  • Meditation at Meetingbrook Hermitage in Camden, 64 Barnestown Road, Sundays, 6 p.m.
  • Genealogy Club, first Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Stockton Springs Library.
  • Wellness Checks, Mondays and Thursdays, 1-3 p.m., Camden District Nursing office at Quarry Hill. 921-6272.
  • Midcoast Bridge Club, Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m., American Legion, Rockland; Tuesdays, 6 p.m., St. John Baptist Episcopal Church, Thomaston. Newcomers are welcome. FMI: 832-6855 or 236-8792.
  • NAMI Support Group, third Thursdays, 6-8 p.m., 6 Hodgdon Street, Damariscotta. FMI: 882-7426.
  • Belfast Sign Language Days, last Sundays monthly. Some knowledge of ASL encouraged. All welcome. FMI: Belfast Signing Days on Facebook.
  • Silent Social Hour at Rockland Public Library, American Sign Language socials, second & fourth Tuesdays at 6 p.m. Jesse Ellis hosts the voices-off gatherings that will teach participants the basics or help them build their skills.
  • Taijiquan, Wednesdays, 7 p.m., Thomaston Library. FMI: 354-2453.
  • Total Victory Support Group, emotional/spiritual support group meets weekly in private homes in Lincoln County. No fees. FMI: 542-7397.
  • Rockland Taking Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) Group 172, Thursdays, 5:30 p.m., Stella Maris meeting room, Route 1 & Broadway, Rockland. FMI: tops.org.
  • “A Course in Miracles” in Rockland, last Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m. Metaphysical, psychological, spiritual studies. Free. Location: ananur@twc.com.
  • Men’s Cancer Support Group, second & fourth Mondays, 4:30 p.m., Cancer Care Center, Pen Bay Medical Center, Rockport. FMI: 596-8977.
  • Food Addicts Anonymous, Saturdays, 8:30-10 a.m., Knox Center, 6 White St., Rockland. FMI: 354-6749.
  • Rockport Library Writers Group, third Wednesdays, 6-7:30 p.m. All writers welcome, published or aspiring.
  • Rockland Elks Lodge Bingo, Wednesdays, doors open at 4:30 p.m.; drawings 6:20 p.m.; bingo 6:30 p.m.
  • Fiber Arts Group, first and third Tuesdays, 3:30-5 p.m., Rockport Library. FMI: 236-3642 or rockport.lib.me.us.
  • Free Car Seat Checks, third Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., PBMC Child Passenger Safety Program at Fuller Auto Mall, Camden St., Rockland. FMI: 921-8711.
  • Memory Café in Stockton Springs, third Mondays, 10-11:30 a.m., The Good Kettle, 247 Route 1. For caregivers and those with mild cognitive impairment or early Alzheimer’s. FMI: 620-1656.
  • Penobscot Pet Pantry, first Thursdays, 1-3 p.m., PAWS Animal Adoption Center, 123 John St., Camden. FMI: 763-4291, ppetp@tidewater.net.
  • Drug Drop-Off, Knox County Sheriff’s Office, 301 Park St., Rockland. Use green box in lobby. FMI: 594-0429 x702.
  • Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, Thursdays, 7-9 p.m., First Unitarian Church, Rockland. FMI: 691-3599.
  • King’s Closet Free Clothing, Saturdays, 9-11 a.m., Grace Bible Fellowship, Sherers Lane, Rockland. FMI: 596-7117.
  • Clothes Closet Day, first Saturdays, Warren Congregational Church. Free clothes for those in need. FMI: 273-2338.
  • Grown Up Story Hour at Camden Public Library, 11 a.m. Relax in a comfy chair for a different story every Friday, read by a rotating group of librarians and community bookworms.