THURSDAY, MAY 17:

  • Job Corps Open House in Bangor, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Penobscot Job Corps Center, 1375 Union St. Tours every 15 minutes, barbecue served the entire time, and raffle prizes offering no-cost training for women and men ages 16-24 in the fields of welding, carpentry, facilities maintenance, culinary arts and health care. RSVPs help them plan the barbecue: 561-8516.
  • 18th Annual Walk for Wishes, in Rockland, Auburn, Portland and Bangor. Walkers can register and collect money online, and are asked to raise a minimum of $50. Rockland’s event begins at Rockland Congregational Church, with registration at 5 p.m. and the walk at 6 p.m. Over 100 children with critical illnesses are waiting to have their wish granted by Make-A-Wish Maine. FMI: maine.wish.org, 800-491-3171.
  • Workshop on How to Write a Press Release, 5-6 p.m., Jackson Memorial Library, Tenants Harbor. Sandra Dickson will facilitate the free workshop designed to help press-release writers make an editor’s job easier and assure their press releases will be welcome. Feel free to bring a draft release to the workshop.
  • Two-Day Professional Development Program on Communication, Thursday and Friday, UMaine Hutchinson Center, Belfast. “Beginning the Journey of Courageous Communication: Integrating Nonviolent Communication and Neurobiology” is for those in education, health care, criminology, social services, other fields. $150. FMI: diana.mcsorley@maine.edu, 338-8093.
  • Tech Assist at Appleton Library, 6-8 p.m. Get help troubleshooting Microsoft and Google issues.

FRIDAY, MAY 18:

  • Bike to Work Day Celebrated in Rockland, corner of Park and Main streets. Free coffee and other treats will be handed out 7-9 a.m. There will be a community ride around town 5-6 p.m. Facebook has details.
  • Daylong Death Café at Stockton Springs Town Office, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The conference will invite participants to discuss their understanding, dreams, fears and all other thoughts of death and dying. Lunch as well as morning and afternoon snacks will be provided. Led by Chuck Lakin, who teaches people how to make their own wooden coffins, and Nancy McAlley, an interfaith minister with extensive end-of-life experience and a home funeral advocate. Register by calling 567-4147 or stopping by Stockton Springs Community Library.
  • Night of Joy Gathering at Water of Life Church, Newcastle, 6:30-8 p.m. All welcome at the service designed to include people with learning disabilities and their loved ones.
  • Find Frogs by Flashlight at Great Salt Bay Farm in Damariscotta, 7:30 p.m.; Sarah Gladu of Damariscotta River Association provides a brief overview of frog calls and some interesting amphibian facts. Bring a flashlight and wear muck boots. $5; free for members. Register by May 17: damariscottariver.org.
  • Maine Democratic Convention in Lewiston, 5-8 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday at the Colisée. FMI: mainedems.org.

SATURDAY, MAY 19:

  • 2nd Annual Healthy & Well Women’s Conference, 8 a.m., Point Lookout Resort in Northport. The full-day conference includes sessions on everything from reaching financial wellness to managing chronic pain. Breakfast, lunch and a gift bag are included. $25 registration: journeytohealth.coursestorm.com, 921-3950. Day-of registration is $35.
  • “Startup yoU” at University College at Rockland, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Day of mini-workshops to help you start a business, from creating a plan to financing, branding, business law and more. $34.95 includes lunch and materials. FMI: info@startupyou.biz.
  • 6 Pack Trail Series of Work Days for Mountain Bikers Continues, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Bring bug spray, work gloves, water, and tools if you have them, for work on Ragged Mountain. Meet at Snow Bowl Lodge in Camden. Afterward, head to Drouthy Bear in Camden for a drinks special for workers. FMI: mcnemba.com.
  • “Hands on the Mountain” Trail Care on Ragged Mountain, 8:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Crews will set out from Camden Snow Bowl. Lunch and drinks provided by Bagel Cafe and Baxter Brewing. Bring water, gloves and trail tools. RSVP: 236-7091, info@coastalmountains.org.
  • Beech Hill Bird Week, featuring three free bird walks hosted by Coastal Mountains Land Trust at Beech Hill Preserve in Rockport. Meet at the Rockville Street entrance with binoculars, water and insect repellant at 7 a.m. Saturday: Brian Willson leads the walk, ending at Beech Nut for coffee and donuts, and music by classical guitarist Malcolm Brooks. If you just want to come for the music, join the group at 9 a.m. Monday: Brian Willson leads again, and shares his birding smarts. Wednesday: Expert Kristen Lindquist helps participants ID and observe birds of Beech Hill. Registration: info@coastalmountains.org.

MONDAY, MAY 21:

  • Clean Candidate Forum at Watts Hall in Thomaston, 6 p.m. Invited to participate are Sen. Dave Miramant, D, Senate District 12; Rep. Anne Beebe-Center, D, House District 93; Rep. Owen Casas, I, House District 94; Rep. Abden Simmons, R, House District 91; Vicki Doudera, D, for House District 94; Jeff Evangelos, I, for House District 91; Bill Pluecker, I, for House District 95; Ann Matlack, D, for House District 92; Zak Ringlestein, D, for U.S. Senate; and Garrett Mason, R, for Governor. All candidates are invited to attend the public forum. Moderated by Andy O’Brien, managing editor of The Free Press, and sponsored by the Coalition of Electoral Reformists. FMI: coalitionofelectoralreformists@gmail.com.
  • Professional Development Program on Domestic Violence, Monday and Tuesday, UMaine Hutchinson Center, Belfast. “Intimate Partner Violence: From Knowledge to Action” is for social workers, substance abuse counselors and other mental health professionals, clergy, police and first responders. $135 per person; $60 UMaine students: diana.mcsorley@maine.edu, 338-8093.
  • “Essentials of College Planning” Workshops in May, free for adults 19+ who want to learn about admissions, financial aid, career planning and study skills. University College Rockland: 9 a.m. Mon., May 21. Hutchinson Center in Belfast: 9 a.m. Tues., May 22. FMI: 800-281-3703 or meoc.maine.edu.

TUESDAY, MAY 22:

  • Migratory Bird Walk at Pleasant Point Nature Preserve in Cushing, 8 a.m. Georges River Land Trust and Mid-Coast Audubon offer the free walk for all ages. John Weinrich and Dennis McKenna of Mid-Coast Audubon will lead the search for migrating birds, especially warblers, which often stop to forage on Maine’s coastal peninsulas. A map to the preserve is at georgesriver.org.
  • Tour for Seniors at Penobscot Marine Museum, Searsport, 11 a.m. Tour buildings on the campus including a 19th-century sea captain’s house, a house with exhibits on Bay area history, and two barns with boats. Held rain or shine; walking on a variety of surfaces and ramps will be required. $10 per person; free for accompanying caregivers. FMI: scole@pmm-maine.org, 548-0334.
  • NARFE Mid-Coast Chapter 2169 to Meet, 11:45 a.m. at Offshore Restaurant, Route 1, Rockport. The speaker will be Tia Anderson of Habitat for Humanity. All retired and active federal employees, their spouses, and friends are welcome. FMI: 594-2466.
  • Indivisible-Boothbay to Meet, 5 p.m., Boothbay Harbor Rotary Building, 66 Montgomery Road. The public is invited to learn about the candidacy of Natasha Irving for District Attorney and the principles of restorative justice.
  • Rockland Main Street, Inc. to Celebrate and Recruit Volunteers, 5:15-6:45 p.m., Time Out Pub’s upper level, 275 Main St. The reception will thank volunteers in 2017 and encourage new participation by those who live, work and play in Rockland. Light appetizers served; cash bar. RSVP by May 18: 593-6093, rocklanddowntown@gmail.com.
  • St. George MSU Meetings, at St. George School. Budget meeting 6:30 p.m. Special School Board meeting immediately after that.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 23:

  • Boothbay Region Land Trust’s Wednesday Walkers, 10 a.m.-noon. Join them at Linekin Preserve trailhead in East Boothbay for Linekin and Burley preserves. FMI: 633-4818, thall@bbrlt.org.
  • “Discovering Sears Island,” 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Enrichment Series at Penobscot Shores, Belfast. Slide talk by Ashley Megquier of Friends of Sears Island and Paul Bock of Stoney Knoll Archaeological Supply. Free and open to adults 50+. Registration required: 338-2332.
  • Coastal Mountains Land Trust Calls for Volunteer Crews, to meet 5:30-7:30 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of the month from May to October. A Camden crew and a Belfast crew will meet at a different preserve each month to maintain trails, install signs, manage invasives and so on. All physical abilities and ages welcome. FMI: info@coastalmountains.org.

THURSDAY, MAY 24:

  • Camden Senior Citizens, meet at 10:30 a.m. fourth Thursdays monthly at Masonic Lodge at Simonton Corner in Rockport. This month’s meeting features the music of Rosey Gerry and the Route 17 Ramblers.

COMING UP:

  • May 25 Is Registration Deadline for French Immersion at Craignair Inn, Spruce Head. The June 1-3 weekend features French wines and cuisine, guest speakers and activities conducted in French. FMI: craignair.com, 594-7644.
  • Paces for PAWS 5K Run and 1-Mile Family Fun Walk, Sat., May 26, along Belfast Rail Trail. Check-in is at 7 a.m. The 5K starts at 8 a.m. Family Fun Walk starts at 9:30 a.m. Leashed dogs are welcome, and so are silly hats and costumes. Register at active.com by May 23 for reduced entry fees.
  • Lake Monitoring Program Calls for Volunteers, to help the Rockport Conservation Commission monitor water quality in five town ponds. No experience is necessary; you just need a boat. You must take a Water Quality Workshop on Sat., May 26, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in Auburn; lunch and carpooling options provided. Then you will collect data once every two weeks June to October. FMI: cijcasas@gmail.com, 318-0131.
  • Coastal Mountains Edible Plant Walk, Sat., May 26, 10 a.m.-noon at Head of Tide Preserve in Belfast. Tom Seymour leads the way, pointing out edible and medicinal plants, as well as the ones to avoid.
  • Simply Books! at Camden Public Library, Sat., May 26, 2 p.m. The casual club for book lovers invites new members to bring along whatever book they are reading and loving.
  • Scenic Walks Led by Waldoboro Conservation Commission, starting Sat., May 26, at 2 p.m. Medomak Valley Land Trust naturalists will take part in some of the walks, which will run monthly through October. For this one, meet at VFW Hall on Mill Street. The walk will proceed to Waldoboro Village River Park and then to Elm Street fish ladder. Next month’s walk is set for Sat., June 30, at Dutch Neck Marine Park.
  • St. George School Association to Meet, Sat., May 26, 4 p.m. at Oddfellow’s Hall of Tenants Harbor. The association hopes all who have gone to school in St. George will attend. FMI: 226-7442.
  • IT Summit and Tradeshow at Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland, Thurs., May 31, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Maine Technology Users Group offers 15 workshops across five tracks, an exhibit hall with 50 vendors, and keynote by Dr. Rafael Grossmann, the first surgeon to use Google Glass during surgery. FMI: mtug.org.
  • Wilderness First Aid at Chewonki, Wiscasset. Wilderness Advanced First Aid runs May 31-June 3. Wilderness First Responder Bridge Course runs June 4-7. Enroll in both to become certified as a Wilderness First Responder. $430 each. FMI: chewonki.org

ONGOING:

  • Adoptive and Foster Families of Maine and Kinship Program Support Groups, for all adoptive, foster & kinship families. 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. FMI: 800-833-9786, monica@affm.net.
  • Leer y Charlar Spanish-Language Discussion Group, second and fourth Tuesdays at 1 p.m. in Camden Library. All proficient in Spanish are welcome.
  • Lung Health Support Group, last Tuesdays monthly, noon-1 p.m., Pen Bay Medical Center’s Pulmonary Rehab Room, Rockport. FMI: 921-8880.
  • The Coastal Recovery Community Center in Rockland, at 24 Lincoln St., offers numerous support programs. Sober Hang-Out 4-8 p.m. Thursdays & noon-4 p.m. Saturdays. Friends & Family Together support group for friends & family of people with substance use disorders, 4 p.m. Thursdays. Narcotics Anonymous at 6:30 p.m. Mondays. Refuge Recovery, non-theistic, Buddhist-inspired approach to recovery, 6 p.m. Wednesdays. Facebook has details.
  • 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, 4th Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., URock. Get help with education benefits, home loans, acquiring military records and more. Appointments: 596-6906.
  • “New Beginnings” Support Group, Mondays, 6:30 p.m., Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Route 17, Rockland. Free, nonreligious support for those starting anew after the end of a marriage or relationship, death of a loved one, loss of a job. Confidential registration: 593-6468.
  • Parkinson’s Support Group, second Wednesdays, 1:15-2:45 p.m., Home Health, 125 Northport Ave., Belfast. Free drop-in group. FMI: 930-2500, ext. 4795.
  • 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 Rd., Newcastle. All friends and families of people with dementia welcome. Learn new ways to cope. FMI: 563-3350.
  • 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, Rockland. FMI: 921-6237.
  • Meetingbrook Meditation, Sundays, 6 p.m., Meetingbrook Hermitage, Camden. With light supper. FMI: 236-4346.
  • Genealogy Club, first Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Stockton Springs Library.
  • Coffee & Chat at ElderCare Network of Lincoln County Homes, first Fridays, 9:30-11 a.m. All welcome at Hodgdon Green in Damariscotta, Round Pond Green, Boothbay Green, Wiscasset Green, Edgecomb Green, Jefferson Green, Waldoboro Green.
  • “Owl & Turtle Sessions” Writers’ Group, second and fourth Tuesdays, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Owl & Turtle Bookshop in Camden. Writing exercises, discussion of members’ works. All welcome.
  • Animal Response Team, first Mondays, 5 p.m., Knox County Emergency Mgmt. Agency, 301 Park St., Rockland.
  • Tuesday Jams at Thomaston Federated Church, 7-9 p.m. Country, bluegrass, old-time. Listeners welcome.
  • Soup Cafe in Lincolnville, at the Community Building in the town center, noon to 1 p.m. Thursdays.
  • Wellness Checks, Mondays & Thursdays, 1-3 p.m., Camden District Nursing office at Quarry Hill. FMI: 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.
  • Knitting & Spinning Circle, Thursdays, 5-7 p.m., WORKS Bookstore & Gallery, 21 E. Main St., Searsport. Free.
  • Midcoast Chess Club, Thursdays, 5-9 p.m., Burger King, Rockland. FMI: 975-2433 or FCollemer@gmail.com.
  • NAMI Support Group, 3rd Thursdays, 6-8 p.m., 6 Hodgdon St., Damariscotta. FMI: 882-7426.
  • Knox County Coin Club, third Thursdays, 7 p.m., American Legion Post 37, Thomaston. FMI: 701-8411.
  • Fellowship of the Spirit Study Group, Saturdays, 7-8 a.m., St. Margaret’s Church, 95 Court St., Belfast. FMI: 505-5266.
  • Belfast Sign Language Days, last Sundays monthly. Some knowledge of ASL encouraged. All welcome. FMI: Belfast Signing Days on Facebook.
  • 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.
  • Open Meditation in Rockland, Thursdays, noon-1 p.m., and Sundays, 10:30-11:30 a.m., The Dancing Elephant, 6 School St. Sitting & walking meditation with timekeeper. All traditions welcome. $5-$10 suggested donation. FMI: rachel@rocklandyoga.com, 594-1694.
  • Belfast Area Citizens Climate Lobby, second Tuesdays, 7-8:30 p.m., Captain Albert Stevens School cafeteria. FMI: 338-6886, 322-4500.
  • SAGE (Services & Advocacy for LGBT Elders), first & third Wednesdays, 1-3 p.m., Spectrum Generations Coastal Center, 521 Main St., Damariscotta. FMI: SageMaine.org, 809-7015.
  • Belfast Chess Club, Mondays, 5-8 p.m., Bell the Cat. All ages.
  • “Social Bridge, Anyone?” Tuesdays, 1-4 p.m., Owls Head Community Building. FMI: 593-2970.
  • Celebrate Recovery, 6 p.m. Thursdays, First Baptist Church of Waldoboro. Free dinner and 12-step, Christ-centered meeting. Free child care. FMI: 837-9703, CelebrateRecovery@fbcwaldoboro.org.
  • MS Coffee & Conversation Group, second Thursdays, 5:30-7 p.m., Hatchet Mountain Publick House, Hope. Families and friends welcome. FMI: 975-0156, Bettheh@TheNewEnglandReCo.com.
  • Belfast Free Sketchers, fourth Tuesdays, 2-4 p.m., Belfast Free Library. All abilities welcome. BYO materials.
  • “A Course in Miracles” in Rockland, last Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m. Metaphysical, psychological, spiritual studies. Free. Location & other info: 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 4:30 p.m.; drawings 6:20 p.m.; bingo 6:30 p.m.
  • People Helping People, network for seniors and people with disabilities on Boothbay peninsula, second and fourth Fridays, 2 p.m., Boothbay Harbor Community Center. FMI: 633-4368.
  • Open Meditation, Mondays, 6-7 p.m., Midcoast Yoga Shala, 49 Main St., Damariscotta. Free; donations taken.
  • Increase Your Peace of Mind, 1-2 p.m. Thursdays, Boothbay Harbor Community Center. Three Principles Course for anyone who feels stressed, depressed or angry and wants to feel more joyful, loving, calm & content. FMI: 633-4368.
  • 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.
  • Meditation — Thich Nhat Hanh Tradition, Sundays, 9-10:30 a.m. at The Start Center, 37 Start Road, Camden. Free. All welcome. FMI: 978-979-1365.
  • 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.
  • Tapping Group, first Sundays, 3-4:30 p.m., High Mountain Hall, Camden. Suggested donation $8-$25. FMI: 975-5325.
  • Lyme Disease Support Group in Wiscasset, last Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m., Community Center. FMI: 446-6447.
  • Station Maine Rowing in Rockland, free to all midcoasters. Community rows 10 a.m. Saturdays; kids under 13 with an adult. FMI: 594-1478. Adult racing crew 9 a.m. Saturdays. FMI: 975-6661. Youth rowing for kids 13+ 3-5 p.m. Fridays. FMI: 691-2037.
  • Bereavement Support Group, first Wednesdays, 3-4:30 p.m., Picker Family Resource Center, Route 1, Rockport. Support for anyone coping with the loss of a loved one. FMI: 593-9355.
  • Midcoast Lyme Disease Support Group, second Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m., Knox Center, 6 White St., Rockland. FMI: 446-6447.
  • Wellness Wednesdays: Acupuncture, Reiki, Bowen Therapy & Reflexology, on rotating basis, 4:15-5:30 p.m., Bok Medical Building, 22 White St. (behind Rockland Library). All welcome. Free; donations accepted. FMI: 921-6993.
  • Pen Bay Y Heartwatch Program, 116 Union St., Rockport. Rehab for post-cardiac-event patients. FMI: 236-3375.
  • Family Caregiver Support Group in Belfast, first Thursdays, noon-1 p.m., Home Health, 125 Northport Ave. FMI: 930-2500.
  • Family Caregiver Support Group in Camden, fourth Thursdays, 1-2:30 p.m., Spectrum Generations, 87 Elm St. Drop-ins okay. FMI: 800-464-8703.
  • Foreign Language Conversation at Belfast Co-op, Tuesdays. For new to fluent speakers. Spanish and Italian 10 a.m., French 11 a.m., German & Swedish noon.
  • Midcoast Stroke Support Group, first Wednesdays, 10 a.m., Camden Library.
  • 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.
  • Appleton Library Book Group forAdults, third Mondays, 7 p.m. FMI: AppletonLibraryME.org.
  • Dancing Xigong in Camden, 9 a.m. Tuesdays at St. Thomas’ Church and Thursdays at Congregational Church; 12 movements to music for balance, flexibility. Free. All welcome. FMI: 236-8732, BeedyParker@gwi.net.
  • Jefferson Area Community Food Pantry, second and fourth Wednesdays, 4-5:30 p.m., St. Giles’ Episcopal Church, 72 Gardiner Road (Rte. 126), Jefferson. FMI: 530-3769.