THURSDAY, JANUARY 11:

  • “Climate Change in Maine and How You Can Help,” 6:30 p.m., Maine Coastal Islands NWR Visitor Center, 9 Water St., Rockland. Talk by Esperanza Stancioff, who runs Signs of the Seasons: A New England Phenology Program that uses data from citizen scientists to help understand our changing climate.
  • Talk on the Zero Waste/Plastic Free Movement, 6:30 p.m., Rockland Public Library. Claire T. Weinberg shares simple tips for using less plastic in 2018. She is co-creator of the seaweed skincare business Dulse & Rugosa.
  • Talk by Marine Ecologist on Clam Studies in the Midcoast, 7 p.m., Watts Hall, Thomaston. Dr. Brian Beal of UMaine at Machias presents findings from the clam predation studies he conducted on the Mill, St. George and Weskeag tidal flats last spring and summer. His talk is sponsored by the Humanist Coalition of Maine. FMI: humanistcoalitionmaine@gmail.com or 978-648-0271.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 12:

  • Talk by Buddhist Teacher Geshe Gelek at Camden Library, noon. Rockland Shambhala hosts Gelek’s talk on Buddha’s teachings. Gelek began his monastic studies in 1987 and received his Geshe degree in 2010. He teaches in Tibet and major cities in China.
  • Midcoast Youth Theater Presents Weekend of Willy Wonka, based on Roald Dahl’s book “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” at Brunswick High School’s Crooker Theater: 7 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. Saturday; and 2 p.m. Sunday. $12 adults, $10 seniors and students at midcoastyouththeater.org. $15 at the door for all ages.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 13:

  • “Caring for Your Elderly Animal,” 10 a.m., P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center, 123 John St., Camden. Learn about age-related conditions and how you and your veterinarian can best handle the needs of your senior pet in this talk by Dr. Sarah Tomalty of Little River Veterinary Hospital in Northport.
  • Linda Greenlaw to Open 2018 Speaker Series at Waldoboro Library, 1:30 p.m. The prolific author discusses her new novel, “Shiver Hitch,” and talks about life as a lobster boat captain.
  • Dance Party to Send Local Student to Big City Stages, 7-11 p.m., Community Building in Lincolnville Center. Music by Phil Clement, Sophia Buckley-Clement, Sam Clement, Matt Scott and Jon Fishman. Dance, silent auction and cash bar proceeds help Camden Hills Regional High School senior Sophia Buckley-Clement sing with the International Honors Choirs at Carnegie Hall in February and Sydney Opera House in July. $15 tix at paypal.me/dancepartyfundraiser; send the money as a gift so fees do not apply. FMI: 763-4500.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 14:

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day Service at Skidompha Library, Damariscotta, 10:30 a.m. Rev. Erika Hewitt offers a service entitled “The Arc of Justice: From the Civil Rights Movement to Black Lives Matter.”

MONDAY, JANUARY 15:

  • Vigil Held by People United Against Racism in Newcastle, in Veteran’s Memorial Park, noon-1 p.m. Participants are encouraged to arrive anytime during the hour and bring their own sign or pick up one from the side entrance of Second Congregational Church next door.
  • 29th Annual Martin Luther King Candlelight Walk in Belfast, starts at 4:30 p.m. and proceeds from Belfast Post Office to the First Church on Spring Street for music, readings from King’s work, and commemoration of past and current struggles for racial justice. Keynote by Joseph Jackson of the Maine Prisoner Advocacy Coalition.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 16:

  • “North Korea: Challenges and Prospects,” 1:30 p.m., Skidompha Library, Damariscotta. Coastal Senior College presents a free public talk by Louis Sell and Winslow Myers on Kim Jong-un’s nuclear program and the best strategies for war prevention.
  • Make Shift Coffee House at Troy Howard Middle School in Belfast, from 6-8:30 p.m. The community coffee house is offered by Good Group Decisions Inc., run by volunteers, and aimed at getting people with differing political views to understand each other. With live music, food and coffee, and a neutral moderator. FMI: makeshiftcoffeehouse.com.
  • Winter Adventure Series Opens at Belfast Free Library, 6:30 p.m. The series, co-hosted by Belfast’s community boating organization, Come Boating!, begins with a talk by Todd French of French & Webb in Belfast. He will discuss the company’s recent projects, including a refit of Marilee, the 40-foot-class sloop that won the 2017 Camden Classic Cup. Free and open to the public.
  • “The Contribution of Arms Control to a Stable World Order,” 7 p.m., Camden Public Library. Camden Conference presents a free public talk by experts George and Karin Look on the status of current arms control agreements, how they have contributed to stability, and the political and technical requirements for further arms control engagement on weapons of mass destruction.
  • International Folk Dance Party in Belfast, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Waterfall Arts, 256 High St. Live music, all dances taught, beginners welcome. Admission by donation; $5 suggested. Bring sweet or savory treats to share. FMI: 338-3301.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17:

  • “Call Me Pollyanna,” 6:30-7:45 p.m., Rockport Opera House. The Midcoast Women’s Collective and Rockport Public Library present the Collective Voices: Maine Women Share Their Stories event. This one asks if there is power in positive thinking and features Heidi Neal, owner of Loyal Biscuit Co.; Cara Romano, metalsmith and retailer; and Kate Braestrup, chaplain and best-selling author.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 18:

  • Talk by Author of “A Caravan of Brides” at Jefferson Public Library, 6 p.m. Kay Hardy Campbell discusses her novel about two women who become unlikely friends in Saudi Arabia. Campbell lived in Saudi Arabia for seven years.
  • Night of Hands-On Learning About Maine Mammals, 6:30 p.m. at Belfast Free Library. Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition hosts Dorcas Miller, tracker and founder of the Maine Master Naturalist Program. Her 2017 edition of “Track Finder,” a guide to mammal tracking, will be on sale. She will lead a morning of tracking Sat., Feb. 3, from 10 a.m.-noon at Stover Preserve on Doak Road in Belfast. FMI: belfastbaywatershed.org.
  • Photographic Tour of Weskeag Marsh and Its Birds, 7 p.m., Camden Public Library. Don Reimer talks about the marsh’s vital role in shorebird migration and describes conservation work being done in Georges River Land Trust’s Bridging Two Rivers project, between the St. George and Weskeag rivers. Reimer is a columnist for The Free Press.
  • Citizen's Climate Lobby Follow-Up Meeting, 7 p.m., Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 15 Wesley Lane, Rockland. Third meeting of Rockland chapter. Free, open to all. FMI: Michael Leonard, michaelinmaine@gmail.com or 975-9150.
  • Potluck & Talk: “Connecting Rivers, People and Fish — By Bike,” at Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick. Potluck at 6 p.m. Bring silverware. Talk at 7 p.m. by Alicia Heyburn of Brunswick, who spent five weeks last summer on a solo bicycle tour from the source of the Rhine River in the Swiss Alps to its outlet into the North Sea near Amsterdam. The Appalachian Mountain Club – Maine Chapter event is free and open to everyone.
  • “Scenes from Shakespeare” at Strom Auditorium in Rockport, 7 p.m. Rescheduled from Jan. 11. Camden Hills Regional High School students from Rick Ash’s Theater Performance class and Sara Cole’s Honors Integrated Humanities class present selected scenes from Twelfth Night and Merchant of Venice in a free performance open to the public.

COMING UP:

  • PechaKucha Night at Rockport Opera House, Fri., Jan. 19, at 7 p.m. Each presenter shows 20 slides, and talks about each slide for 20 seconds. Featured will be reps from the Maine Jewish Film Festival, a wild horse advocate, a playwright and others. $5 in cash at the door. FMI: pechakuchamidcoast@gmail.com.
  • “The Philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi for the 21st Century,” Sat., Jan. 20, at 2 p.m., January Shop Talk at Old Professor’s Bookshop, 99 Main St., Belfast. Professor Douglas Allen of UMaine’s Department of Philosophy gives the free public talk on Ghandhi’s philosophy and how it is relevant today on issues of war and peace, religious conflict, terrorism, ethics and environmental destruction.
  • I.C.E. Dance Party at the Samoset Resort, in Rockport, on Sat., Jan. 20, from 8 p.m.-midnight. DJ Mike Mahoney of M&M Entertainment will spin. Chill at the Ice Bar (where drinks will be on sale) and heat up on the dance floor. Open to those 21+. $10 tix at eventbrite.com or the door (cash only). Benefits Children’s House Montessori of Camden.
  • At Camden Public Library: “The History of the Snow Bowl,” Sun., Jan. 21, 2 p.m. See a slide show history of Camden’s landmark ski slopes with a view of the ocean. Co-sponsored by the Camden-Rockport Historical Society.
  • “Germany in the New World Disorder,” Tues., Jan. 23, 6:30 p.m., Rockland Public Library. Rescheduled from Jan. 4. Camden Conference presents a talk by Paul Holman on the country where Chancellor Angela Merkel has been elected to a fourth term, and where extreme nationalists who oppose her open-door policy toward refugees have also been elected to Parliament. Holman is Visiting Professor of International Relations at UMaine Orono. The talk is free and public.
  • Tix on Sale for Show by The Peking Acrobats, Thurs., March 1, at 7 p.m. in Strom Auditorium at Camden Hills Regional High School. The troupe of tumblers, contortionists, jugglers and gymnasts perform spellbinding feats and daring maneuvers in vibrant costumes, accompanied by live musicians on Chinese folk instruments. $25 adults; $10 under age 25: baychamberconcerts.org.