• Registration Now Open for Annual Islesboro Crossing, the open-water swim that is LifeFlight of Maine’s largest fundraiser, set this year for August 18. FMI: IslesboroCrossing.org.

THURSDAY, MARCH 14:

  • Free “Aging in Place” Luncheon and Information Session, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Union Town Office. An Irish boiled meal celebrating St. Patrick’s Day will be served, followed by a program on prescription drug use and driving, “Road Wise Rx.” No need to reserve, but your call helps with planning: 785-3658.
  • “Your Money Personality” in Damariscotta, 1-3 p.m. at the Central Lincoln County Adult Education office, 767 Main Street. New Ventures Maine offers the free class to help people learn how their habits and attitudes toward money affect their decisions and actions related to it. Registration is required: NewVenturesMaine.org or 593-7942.
  • Waldo County Republicans, meeting at Troy Howard Middle School, Belfast, at 6:30 p.m. Nick Isgro, mayor of Waterville, will be the speaker. Isgro is also vice chair of the Maine Republican Committee. Everyone is welcome.
  • “Budgeting Basics” in Waldoboro, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Medomak Valley High School, 320 Manktown Road. Learn how money tracking, goal setting, and having a sense of one’s overall financial picture can assist in the process of building a budget. Free, but you must register: NewVenturesMaine.org, 593-7942.

FRIDAY, MARCH 15:

  • AARP Safe Driving Course in Boothbay Harbor, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in LincolnHealth’s Wellness Conference Room, 6 St. Andrews Lane. Drivers 50 and older who complete the course can get a reduction in their auto insurance. $20 ($15 AARP members). Sign up by calling 633-6272.
  • Free Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar Clinics, at Stockton Springs Community Library, 11 a.m. to noon Fridays, March 15, April 5 and April 19. The town’s ambulance crew will perform the free tests for the general public as part of the library’s Access Wellness programming.

SATURDAY, MARCH 16:

  • Seaweed Workshop at Merryspring Nature Center, Camden, at 10 a.m. Carly and Claire Weinberg of Dulse & Rugosa lead this entry in the Weekend Workshop series. Participants will taste seaweed foods and create seaweed-based skincare products to take home. $20 ($15 MNC members). Registration required: 236-2239 or info@merryspring.org.
  • Lenten Vigils for Disarmament at Bath Iron Works, Saturdays to April 20. Gather at BIW Administration Building, Washington Street in Bath, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to protest the building of weapons of mass destruction in Maine. FMI: 763-4062.
  • Midcoast Ostomy Group Meeting in Rockport, 2 p.m. in Pen Bay Physicians Building, Conference Room C. The group meets third Saturdays of alternate months. Anyone with an ostomy or who wants to learn more is welcome. FMI: 785-4727, whandmh@tidewater.net.
  • Deep Relaxation Retreat, 2-5 p.m. at The Dancing Elephant, 16 School Street, Rockland. It will include gentle yoga, breathwork and meditation led by Rachel Nixon, accompanied by the sounds of Robin Lane’s cello. Everyone is welcome, including beginners, by donation.

TUESDAY, MARCH 19:

  • Colon Cancer Prevention and Awareness Day, noon-4 p.m., Pen Bay Medical Center, 6 Glen Cove Drive, Rockport. Everyone is invited to the free event with a talk by gastroenterologist Kirk Bernadino, MD, and tours of the endoscopy department. Walk through a giant inflatable colon and learn more about prevention, screening, diagnosis and treatment. Refreshments will be served. Registration: 921-3950, JourneyToHealth.CourseS-torm.com.
  • Alzheimer’s Disease Support Group in Rockland, 3-4 p.m. third Tuesdays monthly at Knox Center, 6 White Street. Support and info for people who have loved ones coping with Alzheimer’s or related dementias. FMI: 921-6237.
  • Women’s Cancer Support Group, 6 p.m. third Tuesdays monthly at Picker Family Resource Center, 756 Commercial Street, Rockport. Space is limited; call 542-4985 to register.
  • Owl Prowl in Jefferson, 7-9 p.m. Listen for howls, hoots and rustles in the underbrush on this full-moon hike (or snowshoe) at Hidden Valley Nature Center. Meet in the parking lot for the guided journey to Little Dyer Pond and back, a distance of 2.5 miles. Then enjoy a warm drink at the barn. You can borrow snowshoes, if you need them: 389-5150, MidcoastConservancy.org.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20:

  • Congresswoman Chellie Pingree at Business Breakfast, Samoset Resort in Rockport. Coffee and networking 7 a.m. Breakfast 7:30 a.m. Pingree’s program at 8 a.m. on current issues facing the U.S. Congress and her work on the Appropriations and Agriculture Committee. The Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce’s quarterly business breakfast is open to the public. $30 ($25 members) with a $5 increase after March 15: CamdenRockland.com.
  • “Hiring Workers from the Justice System: A Maine Downtown Institute,” 9 a.m.-noon at UMA Rockland Center, 91 Camden Street. The free session will present info on hiring incarcerated people returning to the workforce and provide info on tax credits for businesses that do so. Register at mdf.org.
  • Trivia Night at Saint George River Cafe, Warren village, 6:30 p.m. It’s $3 to play and free to watch. The winning team (max of three contestants) takes all the prize money.
  • St. George MSU Budget Workshop, 6:30 p.m., St. George School’s art room.

THURSDAY, MARCH 21:

  • Edgecomb Community Church to Hold Lenten Book Study, 10:30 a.m. to noon Thursdays, March 21-April 18 (there will also be an afternoon session at 1 p.m. on March 21). Each session will follow the life of Jesus through the Gospel of John and give context to some of the New Testament’s best-known verses. Bring lunch; coffee and dessert provided. To RSVP, call 882-4060 and leave a message.
  • Elder Abuse Awareness & Response Workshop, 1-5 p.m., UMaine Hutchinson Center, Route 3, Belfast. A slate of experts invite community members and service providers to learn about the dynamics of elder abuse and resources that can help people respond to this challenging issue. The free workshop is hosted by New Hope for Women and Elder Abuse Institute of Maine. Register on EventBrite.com.

COMING UP:

  • Maine Driving Dynamics, Saturday, March 23, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the McLain Building in Rockland. Those who complete the course will get a three-point credit on their driving records, and drivers 55-plus can get an insurance discount. $40 ($25 for drivers 65-plus): 594-9764, rsu.13.MaineAdultEd.org.
  • SOLO Wilderness First Aid Certification Course, Saturday & Sunday, March 23 & 24, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Waldo County Technical Center, Belfast. Build backcountry medical care skills with in-class sessions, hands-on practice and outdoor scenarios, taught by Maine Guide Nancy Zane. FMI: 692-3138, NorthStarAdventures1@gmail.com.
  • “Cyber Security for Seniors,” at Camden Public Library on Sunday, March 24, at 2 p.m. Hugo Heriz-Smith offers the free class on staying safe online, from creating strong passwords to avoiding scams. All ages are welcome.
  • “Commercial Drone School,” at UMA Rockland Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 26 to May 9, from 4 to 6:45 p.m. The $400 course prepares students to pass the FAA Knowledge Exam for Remote Pilot Operators. Call 596-6906 to register.
  • Coastal Family Hospice Volunteers Training Program, Wednesdays, March 27-May 22, from 1 to 4 p.m. in Rockport. Learn more: 230-0042 or CoastalFamilyHospiceVolunteers@gmail.com.
  • Spring Classes at Belfast Senior College, will run Thursdays, March 28 to May 2, at the Hutchinson Center, Route 3, Belfast, and cover a multitude of topics. Registration: BelfastSeniorCollege.org.

ONGOING:

  • Prostate Cancer Networking and Support Group, second Mondays, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Knox Center, 6 White Street, Rockland. FMI: 617-756-4703, charhuschle@gmail.com.
  • Overeaters Anonymous in Belfast, Fridays, noon-1 p.m., First Baptist Church. Mondays, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Belfast Center. 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. 563-3350.
  • Waldo County Beekeepers, first Thursdays, 6:30 p.m., Searsmont Community Center. 233-8257.
  • Rockland Elks Lodge Bingo, Wednesdays, doors open at 3:30 p.m.; bingo 6:30 p.m. Open to the public.
  • Belfast Sign Language Days, last Sundays monthly. Some knowledge of ASL encouraged. All welcome. FMI: Belfast Signing Days on Facebook.
  • 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. All welcome. 832-6855 or 236-8792.
  • NAMI Support Group, third Thursdays, 6-8 p.m., 6 Hodgdon Street, Damariscotta. 882-7426.
  • 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.
  • Total Victory Support Group, emotional/spiritual support group meets weekly in private homes in Lincoln County. No fees. 542-7397.
  • Rockland Taking Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) Group 172, Thursdays, 5:30 p.m., Stella Maris meeting room, Route 1 & Broadway, Rockland. 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. 596-8977.
  • Food Addicts Anonymous, Saturdays, 8:30-10 a.m., Knox Center, 6 White St., Rockland. 354-6749.
  • Rockport Library Writers Group, third Wednesdays, 6-7:30 p.m. All writers welcome, published or aspiring.
  • 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. 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. 620-1656.
  • Penobscot Pet Pantry, first Thursdays, 1-3 p.m., PAWS Animal Adoption Center, 123 John St., Camden. 763-4291, ppetp@tidewater.net.
  • Drug Drop-Off, Knox County Sheriff’s Office, 301 Park St., Rockland. Use green box in lobby. 594-0429 x702.
  • Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, Thursdays, 7-9 p.m., First Unitarian Church, Rockland. 691-3599.
  • King’s Closet Free Clothing, Saturdays, 9-11 a.m., Grace Bible Fellowship, Sherers Lane, Rockland. 596-7117.
  • Clothes Closet Day, first Saturdays, Warren Congregational Church. Free clothes for those in need. 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.
  • Belfast Area Citizens Climate Lobby, first Thursdays, 6 to 8 p.m., Belfast Free Library’s Abbott Room. 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. 921-6237.
  • Women’s Cancer Support Group, third Tuesdays, 6 p.m., Picker Family Resource Center, 756 Commercial Street, Rockport. PickerCenter@PenBayHealthcare.org, 921-3950.
  • Knox County Democratic Committee, second Tuesdays, 6 p.m., Stella Maris House, 148 Broadway, Rockland. KnoxMaineDemoCrats.org.
  • Knox County Republican Committee, second Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m., Trade Winds, fifth floor, 2 Park Drive, Rockland. GOPKnoxCounty.com.
  • Co-Dependents Anonymous (CoDa), Tuesdays, 10 to 11:30 a.m., library of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Glidden Street in Newcastle. 563-6209.
  • 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. 230-0042.
  • Fiber Arts Tuesday at Appleton Library, third Tuesdays, 3 to 4 p.m. Those itching to complete a project are invited to stitch at the library, 2916 Sennebec Road.
  • Wellness Wednesdays, every Wednesday, 4:15-5:30 p.m., Bok Medical Building, 22 White Street. Reiki, chair massage, ear acupuncture and more. All welcome. 921-6993.
  • Lung Health Support Group, last Tuesdays, noon-1 p.m., Pen Bay Medical Center’s Pulmonary Rehab Room, Rockport. 921-8880.
  • Family Caregiver Support Group in Belfast, first Thursdays, noon-1 p.m., Home Health, 125 Northport Avenue. 930-2500. In Damariscotta: second Thursdays, 1 p.m., Spectrum Generations at the YMCA. 563-1363. In Camden: fourth Thursdays, 1 p.m., Spectrum Generations, 87 Elm Street.
  • 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, Jefferson. 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.
  • Coastal Recovery Community Center in Rockland, 24 Lincoln Street: Friends & Family Together Thursdays at 4 p.m. Narcotics Anonymous Mondays at 6:30 p.m. Refuge Recovery Wednesdays at 6 p.m. SMART Recovery Fridays at 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.
  • Taijiquan, Wednesdays, 7 p.m., Thomaston Library. 354-2453.
  • Leer y Charlar Spanish-Language Discussion Group, second and fourth Tuesdays at 1 p.m. in Camden Library. Those proficient in Spanish are welcome.
  • 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. 218-7256.