TUESDAY, JANUARY 26:

  • Talk with Wildlife Photographer Carla Skinder, at noon, in Merryspring Nature Center’s Online Winter Talk series. Skinder will show some of her wildlife photograph s and tell the stories behind the images. Request a link by emailing info@merryspring.org to attend. The Camden nature center’s online talks are open to everybody, free of charge.
  • “The Science of Extreme Candy, A Tasty Learning Event,” 6 p.m. The free online program in Camden Public Library’s Jumpstart January series is open to adults, kids and anyone with a sweet tooth. Learn the science behind candies that pop, fizz, heat, cool and cause lips to pucker. Try a variety of crazy candy with a “tasting kit” you’ll need to pick up from the library prior to the Zoom program. There is a $5 supplies fee. Register and get details by emailing jpierce@librarycamden.org.
  • Program on the History of Maine Blueberries, at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom. Belfast Free Library and Belfast Garden Club host expert David Yarborough, who describes wild blueberry plants, established 10,000 years ago as a result of receding glaciers. Yarborough will talk about Maine’s blueberry industry, from its beginning in the 1800s to today’s machine harvest. Learn the difference between wild and cultivated blueberries and pick up some tips for growing them. Register for the link at belfastlibrary.org.
  • Talk on Former Boston Pilot Vessel – Schooner Roseway, at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom in Captain’s Quarters, the winter speaker series of Sail, Power, and Steam Museum of Rockland. Joining Captain Jim Sharp to talk about Roseway’s history will be Captains Alan Talbot and Dwight Deckelmann. The red-sailed schooner was launched in 1925, became a pilot vessel in Boston Harbor at the beginning of World War II, moved on to a career as a windjammer along the coast of Maine (a familiar site at the docks in Camden Harbor), and now travels the world with the World Ocean School. Registration: sailpowersteammuseum.org.
  • Flyin’ Solo: An Autobiographical Theatrical Memoir, performed live remotely now through February 7 by actors from Penobscot Theatre Company of Bangor who tell their stories, like what it’s like to grow up Mormon and gay in a small town in the ’90s. “Each actor interacts with the camera in a unique way that enhances, expands and allows the viewer into their story,” remarks Managing Director Jen Shepard. Single, household tickets for Flyin’ Solo are $40. Tickets and subscriptions can be purchased online at penobscottheatre.org or by calling the box office at 942-3333.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 28:

  • Charles Lagerbom Presents “Maine Whaling: To the Arctic and Beyond,” at 6 p.m. on Zoom. Camden Conference, Penobscot Marine Museum and Belfast Free Library host Lagerbom’s talk on Maine coastal towns that created whaling and sealing ventures, outfitted their own ships and crewed them with their own people. The state also supplied the growing industry with ships, whale boats, oars and other maritime supplies. Lagerbom reveals Maine-built whaling and sealing vessels with Arctic connections and why Maine should rightly take its place alongside its more well-known New England whaling neighbors. Register for the free talk at penobscotmarinemuseum.org. It is presented ahead of the 34th Annual Camden Conference—The Geopolitics of the Arctic: A Region in Peril, filmed at the Camden Opera House and around the world, and streamed live February 20–21.
  • “Domestic Violence 101,” at 6 p.m. on Zoom. Camden Public Library hosts New Hope for Women’s Jesse Lucas for an overview of the trauma caused by domestic violence. Lucas will also touch upon oppression and its overlap with domestic violence. She’ll take questoins from the audience at the end of the program. Email jpierce@librarycamden.org for a Zoom link to attend.
  • History Talk with Liam Riordan, at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom. Rockland Public Library hosts Riordan, whose illustrated presentation explores the statehood process in Maine that culminated in 1820 with formal separation from Massachusetts. Learn about the explosive place of slavery vis-a-vis the Maine-Missouri Crisis, the uncertain location of the international border, sharp partisan conflict and the “two Maines,” Wabanaki sovereignty, and more. For a link to the free program, email elewis@rocklandmaine.gov by 4 p.m. Put the talk name in the subject line.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 2:

  • “Fishers are King” Webinar, at noon. Merryspring Nature Center of Camden and Maine Coast Heritage Trust host naturalist Kirk Gentalen. “Fishers Are King” will dive head-first into what makes the fisher a favorite (and least favorite) member of the weasel family. Personal stories, photos, and videos will accompany his talk as he explores the natural history of fishers in midcoast Maine. The program will conclude with tracking tips and advice, and reviews of helpful natural tools. The talk is part of Merryspring’s Online Winter Talk series. Guests must request a meeting link by emailing info@merryspring.org. The series is open to everyone, free of charge.

COMING UP:

  • Talk with Author of “The Book of Death,” join Dr. Sidney Berger in Vose Library’s Zoom with Vose Wednesdays at 6pm series on Wednesday, February 3, at 6 p.m. The college professor teaches courses in rare books, special collections and bibliography, has published about 100 scholarly articles, and is well-known for his vast knowledge of the history of paper-making around the world. Dr. Berger’s collection of over 22,000 pieces of paper is featured at the Berger-Cloonan Collection of Decorated Paper at the Cushing Library, Texas A&M University. Call the library at 785-4733 or email librarian@voselibrary.org before 3 p.m. to reserve a spot at this event. Vose Library is located at 392 Common Road in Union and is open for curbside pick-up services.
  • Talk with Birder Don Reimer, Thursday, February 4, at 6:30 p.m., on Zoom. Rockland Public Library hosts Reimer, who will discuss his new book, which spans six decades of bird observations in midcoast Maine. Afterward, he will answer audience questions about the book and all matters of birds in general. The Warren resident is a lifelong birder and photographer. He’s served on several local projects relating to bird data and he has led field excursions for local environmental organizations. His bi-monthly column “Birding with Don Reimer” has appeared in The Free Press since 2007. For a link, email elewis@rocklandmaine.gov by 4 p.m. with the name of the talk in the subject line.
  • Library Talk Explores Triggers That Make Us Want to Eat, Thursday, February 4, at 6:30 p.m. Camden Public Library hosts wellness coach Hester Kohl Brooks for a free online presentation, “Why Do I Eat?” This program will help participants identify the most common physical, emotional, and environmental triggers that make them want to eat. Participants will also learn how those triggers can help them determine what they really need. Email jpierce@librarycamden.org to request a Zoom link to attend.