THURSDAY, MAY 17:

  • “Alice Paul and Women’s Suffrage,” 2 p.m., The Lincoln Home, 22 River Road, Newcastle. Free talk by historian Jerry Wiles on the life of American suffragist Alice Paul, who co-founded the Congressional Union and then formed the National Women’s Party in 1916. She continued to provide inspiration to new generations of women’s rights activists until her death in 1977. All welcome.
  • “We the Owners: Employees Expanding the American Dream,” 6-8 p.m., Crosby Center, Belfast. Screening of a film that tells the story of three small businesses’ paths to worker ownership, followed by a panel discussion with two local employee-owned companies: Allen Insurance & Financial and Rock City Employee Cooperative, and a presentation by Midcoast Leadership Academy on their research into business preservation in Knox and Waldo counties. Learn more at maine.coop.
  • “Key U.S. Global Strategic Interests Over the Next Ten Years,” 7-8:30 p.m., Oceanside High School, Rockland. The Informed Young Leaders Series begins its fourth year of PechaKucha-style presentations (20 slides, 20 seconds per slide) by local students addressing political issues. Free and open to the public.
  • “Pictures of the Place Where You Live,” 7:30 p.m., Third Thursday Talk at Appleton Library. Appleton Historical Society shows slides from the Hammond Collection of old Appleton.
  • Tix on Sale for Paula Poundstone Show in Rockland, set for Sat., July 7, at 7:30 p.m. The “Wait Wait...Don’t Tell Me!” pundit and author of “The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness” brings her comedy stylings to the Strand Theatre. $45 tix: rocklandstrand.com, 594-0070.

FRIDAY, MAY 18:

  • Peter and the Starcatcher at Crosby Center in Belfast, at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The Tony Award winner is presented by Midcoast Actors’ Studio and tells the story of the unhappy orphan who became Peter Pan. $15 adults; $10 students; $40 family of four or more: midcoastactors.org, door 45 minutes before the show.
  • “Grit and Grace III: Unleashed, The Next Generation” Dance Performance, at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Camden Opera House. Kinetic Energy Alive Dance Productions presents its 6th annual student showcase. $15 advance tix: kineticenergyalive.com. $17 at the door.
  • Abbe Museum Indian Market Kicks Off in Bar Harbor, Friday-Monday. Join 70 Native American artists and performers from 40 Nations from across the U.S. and Canada at the museum’s inaugural market on the Village Green. The event will also include a fashion show, film festival, storytelling, dancing, music, and comedy. Schedule: abbemuseum.org.
  • Afraid of the Dark at The Playhouse in Belfast, Playhouse Youth Theater Company perform the mystery-farce, about honeymooners at an isolated country estate, this weekend and next. Curtain at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 4 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $5 at the door. Call 338-5777 to reserve.

SATURDAY, MAY 19:

  • Book Signing with “Ditch the City and Go Country” Author, 10 a.m.-noon, Owl and Turtle Bookshop, Camden. Alissa Hessler signs her Macmillan Press book subtitled “How to Master the Art of Rural Life From a Former City Dweller.”
  • “The True History of Lobster” in Belfast, 3 p.m., May Shop Talk at Old Professor’s Book Shop, 99 Main St., Belfast. Free talk by Sandra Oliver, “Taste Buds” columnist for the Bangor Daily News and author of five books on food that emphasize early America, especially New England and seafood.
  • Performance by R.A.W. Theater Group, 3:30-6:30 p.m. at UMaine Hutchinson Center, Belfast. Coastal Regional Reentry Center’s Restorative Art Works Theater Group puts on a free performance, followed by a community discussion. R.A.W. creates theater based on true stories of conflict, hope, incarceration, addiction and freedom.
  • Fundraising Dinner and Dance at St. George Grange Hall, Wiley’s Corner, 5:30-9 p.m. Tuscan theme, Mediterranean appetizers, dinner and dessert catered by Bells and Whistles, wine and beer on sale, and music by Trois en Vol and Extension Chords to raise funds for Midcoast Music Academy. $75 tix: Rock City Cafe, Rockland; midcoastmusicacademy.com and at MMA; or door.

SUNDAY, MAY 20:

  • The Dancingmaster at Marsh River Theater, Route 139, Brooks, 2 p.m. Belfast Flying Shoes will present the whimsical folk operetta, a portrait of contra dance caller Dudley Laufman with musician and singer Keith Murphy of Vermont in the title role. Afterward, the audience will be invited to dance as Laufman calls and Waldo County Country Dance Orchestra plays. Sliding-scale tix $15-$35 at the door.

MONDAY, MAY 21:

  • “Recollections: Growing Up on the East Side of Belfast,” 7 p.m., Belfast Free Library. Deborah Nowers of Wawenoc Chapter–Maine Geneaological Society tells the story of Sadie May Robbins Stinson Galego, who was born in 1900 on her grandparents’ farm on Back Searsport Road, wrote her life story at age 94, and died at the age of 108. Nowers bases her program on that manuscript. Everyone is welcome at the free Belfast Historical Society program.
  • “HEY – H.E.Y. for Hollywood” in Damariscotta, at Lincoln Theater. For the ninth season, the H.E.Y. (Hearts Ever Young) cast of local seniors performs in an original production of song, dance and comedy. Curtain at 2 p.m. Monday, May 21, and 7 p.m. Tuesdays, May 22 & 29. $10 suggested.

TUESDAY, MAY 22:

  • “Maine’s Native Fishes – A State Resource Worth Conserving,” noon, Merryspring Nature Center, Camden. Scientific illustrator Karen Talbot will discuss her artistic process in capturing the beauty of river herring, Arctic char and others, while elaborating on their conservation statuses. $5; members free.
  • On the Water” Open Poetry Reading at Belfast Free Library, 6:30 p.m. Belfast Poet Laureate Thomas Moore hosts the free event. Come early to sign up if you want to read, or just come to listen. Moore suggests participants write a new poem about sailing or lobstering or gulls or skating or kayaking or a tide pool – or read an old favorite.
  • “How to be Zero Waste and Plastic Free,” 7 p.m., Camden Public Library. Claire Weinberg, the mother in the mother-daughter seaweed skin care business Dulse & Rugosa, shares her journey and tells how you can take simple, “do-able” steps to reduce your use of plastic.
  • “Bird Finding in Georgetown: Owls to Warblers,” 7 p.m., Georgetown Historical Society, 20 Bay Point Road. Ted Allen of Merrymeeting Audubon will share anecdotes and information about Georgetown’s birds and where you are likely to see them. He will be joined by Ruth Indrick of Kennebec Estuary Land Trust. Free and open to the public.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 23:

  • Talk on Sailing a Replica Viking Ship, 6 p.m., The Apprenticeshop, 655 Main St., Rockland. Terry Moore talks about retracing Leif Erikson’s voyage of discovery to the New World aboard the ship build by Apprenticeshop graduate Rob Stevens. $10 suggested donation.
  • “To Sail Beyond the Sunset” Author at Lincolnville Community Library, 7 p.m. Susan St. John talks about her years as a sea instructor at Outward Bound School. Free.

THURSDAY, MAY 24:

  • “Call Me Pollyanna” at Camden Public Library, 6:30 p.m. Members of Midcoast Women Collective Voices tell stories with a focus on positive thinking. Minister and bestselling author Kate Braestrup, Heidi Neal of Loyal Biscuit, and metalsmith Cara Romano will be featured. A Q&A caps the evening. Free.
  • “Science with Poetry,” Gilsland Farm Audubon Center, Falmouth. Author and environmentalist Sandra Steingraber will speak on the legacy and lessons of Rachel Carson. Meet her at a 5:30 p.m. reception with complimentary wine, beer and appetizers, followed by her 7 p.m. program. $24 tix: ourhealthyfuture.org. Presentation-only tix $15, or $12 for Maine Audubon members: maineaudubon.org.

COMING UP:

  • Rockport Dance Conservatory at Camden Opera House, Fri. & Sat., May 25 & 26, at 6:30 p.m. Conservatory dancers present “The Selkie Child,” loosely based on the animated Irish film “Son of the Sea” and telling the story of the last selkie, a mythical seal-human. General-admission tix through RDC, at Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport, and door.
  • Tour of Waldoboro Barns, Sat., May 26. It starts at Waldoborough Historical Society, 1164 Main St., at 10 a.m. and proceeds to various barns in Waldoboro. Led by Les Fossel of Old House Restoration, who will give info on the construction of the barns. Free and open to all.
  • West Bay Rotary Duck Derby in Camden, Sat., May 26, 11:30 a.m. Some 3,500 rubber ducks will swim over the falls into Camden Harbor to raise money for nonprofit organizations. Raffle tix that correspond to each numbered duck are $5 each or $20 for five for prizes that include vacations, car detailing and jewelry. Kids who attend get a free duck after the derby.
  • “Paddle & New Brew” Fundraiser for Georges River Land Trust, Sat., May 26. Bring your canoe or kayak for a 1 p.m. paddle starting from Lake St. George public access for a tour led by GRLT Stewardship Program Manager Brent West. At 2 p.m. at nearby Lake Saint George Brewing Company, it will be keg-tapping time for a craft brew made in honor of GRLT. There will be games around the fire pit, food, and music at 2 p.m. by Ezra Rugg and at 5 p.m. by Ale House String Band. Everyone is welcome. FMI: 594-5166, 891-9838.
  • Rockport Memorial Day Parade, Mon., May 28, 11 a.m. The parade starts next to the post office and includes the Camden Hills Regional High School Band, fire and police vehicles, antique cars, Scout troops, Lincolnville Band, and Rockport clubs. Rain turns it into a short ceremony at CHRHS at 11 a.m.