THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20:

  • Meet People Doing Good in the Community, 5 to 7 p.m. at Rockport Opera House. Reps from the nearly 50 nonprofit organizations receiving 2018 grants from United Midcoast Charities will gather, and the public is invited to celebrate with them and enjoy music by The Right Track, appetizers from Cafe Miranda and a cash bar. The Unsung Hero Award for community volunteer of the year will be announced. $20 tix at UnitedMidcoastCharities.org, 236-2299. If there’s space, they’ll be $25 by cash or check at the door.
  • Sculptor Steve Lindsay to Talk Granite at Appleton Library, 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the library’s Third Thursday Speaking Series. The midcoast artist tells what he’s learned about the business and its cutting process and tools over the decades that he has been using granite in his work.
  • Farm Labor Activist and Union Leader Baldemar Velasquez in Belfast, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Crosby Center, 96 Church Street. WERU Community Radio (89.9 on the dial) and Americans Who Tell the Truth host the visit by the renowned founder of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee of the AFL-CIO. There will also be a panel presentation and Q&A with Velasquez and experts on the rights of agricultural workers, including migrant workers, in Maine. A meet-and-greet starts at 6:15 p.m. Donations will be taken at the door.
  • “Five-Year Winter Study of the Birds of Belfast Bay,” 7 p.m. at Camden Public Library. Mid-Coast Audubon hosts Ron Harrell and Gary Gulezian, who reveal the results of censuses they made between September and April over five years. Photos and info about loons, grebes, ducks, gulls and other winter residents of the bay will be presented. The program is free; donations are encouraged. The talk is the first of three Mid-Coast Audubon will host at the library this fall.
  • Boothbay Food & Music Festival, Thursday to Saturday. Three days of festivities kick off with the Claw Down on Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m. with 10 chefs going toque to toque to make the tastiest lobster bites for the crowd at Boothbay Railway Village. Friday’s dinner dance from 6 to 10 p.m. features Rupert’s Orchestra and decadent dining under the tent at Boothbay Harbor Country Club. Saturday is the Family Fest from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with inflatable fun, live performances and lots of food at Boothbay Railway Village. Saturday night’s Music Fest, also at the BRV, features Dr. Zog at 5 p.m., Motor Booty Affair at 6:30 p.m., and Ghost of Paul Revere at 8:30 p.m. The details are at BoothbayFoodAndMusic.com.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21:

  • 42nd Annual Common Ground Country Fair, at Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association in Unity, Friday through Sunday. The popular fair celebrates rural and sustainable living in Maine and offers demos, exhibits, artisan goods, animals, music and great food. MOFGA.org has the full rundown.
  • Great Maine Outdoor Week, Sept. 21-30. It started as a weekend, but this year the event has been expanded to give even more organizations a chance to take part (and to allow for rescheduling if it rains). Scores of events are planned around Maine and many include free equipment use and lessons. Learn more at GreatMaineOutdoorWeekend.org.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22:

  • Jefferson’s Old North Village in Photos, 2 p.m. in Jefferson Fire & Rescue Building, Route 32. Julie Bond Stegna will use photos collected by her father, Ralph Bond, to show the area when it was bustling with the George Hoffses Store and other businesses, Meserve Mill, a blacksmithy and private homes. All are welcome at the Jefferson Historical Society meeting.
  • Abe Lincoln Expert to Speak in Waldoboro, at Broad Bay UCC on Main Street. Bring a covered dish or salad to share at the 5:30 p.m. potluck, then sit back for a 6:45 p.m. talk by Dr. Carla Knorowski, CEO of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation and author of “Under Lincoln’s Hat: 100 Objects That Tell the Story of His Life and Legacy.” The free program is the finale in Waldoborough Historical Society’s 50th anniversary year celebration.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24:

  • “Bringing an Ocean Perspective to an Urban Estuary,” 12:15 p.m. Everyone is invited to grab lunch and head to Brooke Hall at Darling Marine Center in Walpole for a free talk by marine scientist Karina Nielsen, director of San Francisco State University’s Estuary and Ocean Science Center. She’ll give her “outside the bay” perspective on going from outer coast ecologist to lab director on the shore of a major urban estuary. DMC will provide beverages and cookies.
  • “When Maine’s Midcoast Answered the Call,” 3 p.m., The Lincoln Home, 22 River Road, Newcastle. Peggy Konitzky discusses her book “Midcoast Maine in World War II” and talks about some of the local people she interviewed and how they kept the home fires burning while others went off to fight. Everyone is invited to the free talk.
  • “The Life and Times of Edgar Filmore Hanson, 1853–1933,” 7 p.m. at Belfast Free Library. David Ruberti, Belfast Historical Society’s VP, gives a talk on one of Belfast’s most colorful characters, who was dominant in early 20th-century town politics and business.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25:

  • National Voter Registration Day, with events around the U.S., including local help from the nonpartisan Midcoast Maine League of Women Voters. Members will be at Rockland Public Library from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Camden Public Library from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to help people register in time to vote in the November elections. Bring a Maine state ID or driver’s license.
  • Penobscot Marine Museum’s Photo Archivist in Damariscotta, 10 a.m. Kevin Johnson is the next guest in Skidompha Library’s free Chats with Champions series. He’ll present a slide tour of the Searsport museum’s photo archives, the largest in the state.
  • Photographic Flight Through the Southern Hemisphere, noon, Merryspring Nature Center, Camden. Wildlife photographer Carla Skinder shows her photos of island birds from the Galapagos to the Antarctic in the Tuesday Talk series. $5; MNC members free.
  • Talk on the North Pond Hermit by the DA Who Prosecuted Him, 6 p.m., Rockland Public Library. Using the book “The Stranger in the Woods: The True Story of the North Pond Hermit” as a jumping-off point, District Attorney Maeghan Maloney will talk about Christopher Knight, who spent 27 years living alone in the woods and surviving by breaking into people’s camps for food. Maloney, along with Rep. Pinny Beebe-Center, will talk about Knight and what happened after he was apprehended while breaking into Pine Tree Camp in 2013.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26:

  • “Traveling Back to Our Ancestors’ Neighborhoods,” 12:30 to 2 p.m. at Skidompha Library, Damariscotta. Genealogist Kathleen Maclachlan gives a free talk about researching their family trees, then choosing where to stay, what to pack and how to get around before going to Ireland and Scotland with her husband to dig up their ancestral roots.
  • “Looking Back from the Gate: A Story of Love, Art, and Dementia,” 5 p.m. at Wiscasset Public Library. Phyllis Chinlund talks about her 30-year marriage to photographer Ray Witlin and the struggles they went through as he developed Alzheimer’s. Copies of her memoir will be on sale after the free talk.
  • Community Energy Forum in Rockland, 7 p.m. at Rockland City Hall. Rockland’s Energy Advisory Committee kicks off the process of developing a community energy policy that will include plans and policies for efficiency, sustainability, economy and resilience for public and private users. Experts will talk about what other towns have done right, and then take questions and comments from the audience.
  • Filmmaker Ben Levine on “Origins and Destinations – Jewish Language in Memory and in the World,” 7 p.m. at Adas Yoshuron Synagogue, 50 Willow Street in Rockland. His talk will explore unexpected links between cultures that resulted in the development of tools to revive endangered languages around the world. Free and open to everyone.
  • Author of New Eliza Hamilton Bio to Read in Belfast, 7 p.m. at Left Bank Books. Best-selling author and former Camden denizen Tilar J. Mazzeo reads from “Eliza Hamilton: The Extraordinary Life and Times of the Wife of Alexander Hamilton.” Alexander called her the “best of wives, best of women.” She helped start an orphanage in New York City that still exists as Graham Windham, the oldest nonprofit and nonsectarian child welfare agency in America. To reserve a seat for the free talk: leftbank@myfairpoint.net, 338-9009
  • Talk on Following the Oregon Trail in a Wagon Pulled by Mules, 7 p.m. at Boothbay Railway Village. Nick Buck recounts his three-month journey in a covered wagon, traveling 2,000 miles from Missouri to Oregon along a route taken by pioneers of yore. Free; $5 donation encouraged.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27:

  • “A Naturalist’s View of the St. George River and Wood Duck Marsh,” First Congregational Church of Camden, 55 Elm Street. Camden Garden Club invites everyone to enjoy refreshments at 9 a.m. and a free talk by Registered Maine Guide Marion Gray at 9:30 a.m.
  • Cake and Culture Tour at Boothbay Region Historical Society, 72 Oak Street, Boothbay Harbor, at 11 a.m. The tour, “A History of the Boothbay Region in Five Objects,” will focus on life in Boothbay as illustrated by five of the museum’s most intriguing objects. Enjoy a slice of Victorian seed cake and a discussion of Boothbay memories after the tour.
  • Former Presidential Advisor to Speak at Forum in Portland, 5 p.m. Maria Echaveste, the daughter of Mexican immigrants, worked in Bill Clinton’s administration as White House deputy chief of staff. She’ll discuss the 80-year-old Fair Labor Standards Act and its place in today’s economy. Echaveste will also be presented with the 2018 Frances Perkins Center Steadfast Award at the talk at University of Southern Maine. Free tix are at eventbrite.com.
  • 40th Annual Banquet and Auction of Ducks Unlimited, 5:30 p.m. at Rockland Elks Club. The Mid-Coast Chapter of the national nonprofit invites everyone to the fundraiser to help it continue preserving waterfowl habitat, such as its 600-acre project at Weskeag Marsh in Thomaston.

COMING UP:

  • 9th Annual Fall Festival of WW&F Railway Museum, Saturday, Sept. 29, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hop aboard a steam or diesel train at Sheepscot station and ride to Alna Center for kids’ games, face painting, apple bobbing, pumpkin picking and painting, and hay rides on a Model AA truck – all set to a soundtrack of live bluegrass pickin’. FMI: wwfry.org.
  • “Bedside: The Art of Medicine,” Saturday, Sept. 29, at 3 p.m. in Old Professor’s Bookshop on Main Street in Belfast. Dr. Michael LaCombe, cardiologist and an associate editor for Annals of Internal Medicine, reads from some of the stories he has written over the past 40 years. They come under four headings: When Patients Die; The Best of Callings; Medicine’s Misdirections; and the Doctor-Patient Relationship. Free.
  • Family Harvest Days at Boothbay Railway Village, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 29 and 30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Hayrides and train rides, make-and-take crafts, butter churning and cider pressing, animals to meet, pumpkins to pick, and Sunday at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., sheepdog demos. Free for members and included with admission for everyone else: $14 adults; $12 seniors; $7 ages 3-18; free under 3.
  • Pemaquid Oyster Festival, Sunday, Sept. 30, noon to dusk on the banks of the Damariscotta River at Schooner Landing Restaurant & Marina on Main Street in Damariscotta. Entertainment, food, exhibits and, of course, thousands of oysters fresh from the river. This year’s Maine Oyster Shucking Contest will feature 14 shuckers with sharp knives, including past champs. Time trials will winnow them down until four are left standing for the finals, which will start around 2:45 p.m.