• Meet-and-Greet with Service Dog Commander, 5 p.m. at Carver Memorial Library, in Searsport. Meet the 4-year-old boxer mix and his handler, Andrea. He is a task-trained service dog specializing in medical alert. Commander will also be at the library later in the month so children can practice reading aloud to him in the Paws to Read program.
  • “Just the Facts,” 6 p.m. at Jackson Memorial Library, Tenants Harbor. Beckie Delaney shares some tools to fact-check the day’s news and items in social-media feeds.


  • “Maine’s First Floating Artist Residency: The Village Canoe,” 6 p.m. at The Apprenticeshop, 655 Main Street, Rockland. Late last summer, 10 artists paddled two 30-foot canoes down the Penobscot River to Penobscot Bay, camping and creating in an art-residency program. The program will offer the scenes and people that inspired the artists to re-think familiar Maine landscapes on their Bangor-to-Brooklin expedition, exploring themes of wilderness and community along the way. Donation of $10 suggested.
  • “Climbing the Seven Summits: The Highest Mountains on Each Continent,” 6:30 p.m. at Vose Library, Union. College professor Mark Milewski summited Indonesia’s 16,024-foot Mount Carstensz Pyramid on the island of New Guinea last summer and completed a mission he started in 2007 – to climb the highest mountain on each continent. Only 160 people in the world have successfully achieved this goal. Refreshments and conversation will follow. His talk kicks off this season’s free Armchair Adventure Series at the library.
  • “Not Worth a Continental,” 7 p.m. at Lincolnville Community Library. Brad Hennemuth gives a free talk on currency that financed the American Revolutionary War. According to Hennemuth, when the colonies of the New World united to declare independence from Britain, they were broke. The future United States had to beg, borrow, steal, and print money in order to fund its war against the king. Hennemuth will tell the story of the people who accomplished it. He lives in Lincolnville and has been a coin collector for more than 30 years.


  • Community Nights Party, at the Gautschi Center, 8 Elm Street, Rockland, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Everyone is invited for hors d’oeuvres, by Cafe Miranda, and a cash bar in the third-Thursday series where Cafe Miranda teams up with the community to showcase a nonprofit. This month, a portion of proceeds goes to New Hope for Women, dedicated to eradicating domestic violence, dating violence and stalking in the midcoast. Tickets are at CafeMiranda.com.
  • “The Impact of Language: How Do We Talk and Write About Domestic Violence?” 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Rockland Public Library. Kelly O’Connor of New Hope for Women looks at the premise that traditional and social media have a growing influence on the ways in which people learn, write, and talk about domestic violence. She’ll lead attendees on an exploration of the power of language, how we talk and write about domestic violence, and how this impacts the way we engage with survivors and perpetrators. Her interactive presentation is given in the runup to the 2020 Camden Conference in February – The Media Revolution: Changing the World.
  • Mid-Coast Audubon Series: Coastal Acidification, 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Camden Public Library. Sarah Gladu will discuss coastal acidification, the necessity of long-term water-quality data, and observations that have been made through a citizen science intitiative with respect to estuarine water quality from Harraseeket to Rockport Harbor.


  • “Finding Lost Family: One Son’s Journey,” 6:30 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 64 Old County Road, Rockport. Professional genealogoist Jesse Casas gives a program on how he discovered his father’s birth parents and family and shares the tools and techniques he used, incuding DNA analysis. Refreshments served.
  • Dead Man’s Cell Phone in Belfast, at The Crosby Center. Midcoast Actors Studio puts on the Tony Award–winning play about a woman in a cafe who realizes the owner of the ringing cell phone at the next table is dead. She answers it and gets sucked into the relationships he left behind with his wife, his family, his mistress, and his shady business partners. Performances are this weekend and next at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $18 adults, $13 srtudents, but the play is not for young children.


  • “Tales from Behind the Canvas,” 3 p.m. at Old Professor’s Bookshop, 99 Main Street, Belfast. Kim Yesis talks about and signs her book “Side by Side, Tales from Behind the Canvas.” It tells how she helped her husband, Peter, at age 50 turn from being an engineer to becoming an internationally known painter of realism. Kim struggled to maintain them through the years it took him to succeed, then drew from their experience to realize her own artistic dream of becoming a writer.


  • “David Cheever Presents: Ready or Not — Statehood Comes to Maine,” 2 to 4 p.m. at Camden Public Library. Cheever delves into the little-known facts that influenced the formation of the State of Maine. His talk is first in a monthly Sunday series this winter, cohosted by Camden-Rockport Historical Society.


  • Grand Opening of The Commons, at 158 High Street in downtown Belfast. Representative Jan Dodge will cut the ribbon just after noon, followed by an open house with refreshments until 2 p.m. Four organizations have come together to open the space: Local Citizens for SMART Growth, Belfast Area Community Rights, Midcoast Maine Extinction Rebellion, and Friends of the Harriet L. Hartley Conservation Area. Groups or individuals pursuing climate, environmental or social justice are invited to learn more.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day Candlelight Walk and Gathering, with the walk starting at 4:30 p.m. at the post office and proceeding to the First Church, on Spring Street, for a gathering with music, readings from King’s work, and commemoration of struggles for racial justice. The keynote speaker is Desiree Vargas, community organizer, racial justice activist, speaker and writer.


  • “A Trip to the Arctic,” at noon at Merryspring Nature Center, Camden. Wildlife photographer Carla Skinder will showcase photos of wildlife, birds, and landscapes of the Arctic Circle taken on her journey in late 2019. She’ll tell stories about the people and places she met along the way. Skinder is an amateur wildlife photographer who has traveled the world capturing nature. She is a retired nurse who has relocated to the midcoast and currently serves on the Merryspring board of trustees. Admission to Merryspring’s Winter Talk series is $5, and free for members of Merryspring.
  • Pearl Benjamin on “Making Change with Gen Z,” at 6:30 p.m. at Camden Public Library. In the free Camden Conference talk, the Watershed School student and journalist describes the generational divide in modern media and activism as seen from a teenager’s perspective. She’ll discuss the importance of young voices in today’s politics and how every generation can get involved in fighting for a brighter future. Benjamin writes the “Seen and Heard” column for the Camden Herald on issues pertinent to teenagers such as climate change, school policy, gun violence, and more. She is a cofounder of local action network Maine Teen Advocacy Coalition and serves on the Town of Camden’s Energy and Sustainability Committee.


  • “Reading Plays Together at Carver Memorial Library,” Cold Comfort Theater brings its first readers’ theater event to Carver Memorial Library, in Searsport, on Wednesday, January 22, at 5:30 p.m. All are welcome to listen or participate by reading aloud – no performance or theater experience needed. Zafra Whitcomb will lead participants in reading “Heroes of a Fourth Turning” by Will Arbery. Light refreshments will be provided. Free and open to the public.
  • “Summering with Vultures,” on Wednesday, January 22, 6:30 p.m. at Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center in Rockland. Join birder Don Reimer for an inside look as a vulture pair raises two downy chicks from egg to fledged independence. Maine’s turkey vulture numbers have expanded immensely since the state’s first nesting pair was discovered in Camden in 1982. Reimer’s talk will trace weekly progress and changes at the nest site throughout the 2019 summer season. The talk will be held the next night if the weather is bad. Go to mainecoastislands.org or call 594-0600 for weather updates.
  • “Explosive Personalities in Waldoboro Shipbuilding & Adventures on the Five Master Cora Cressey,” Thursday, January 23, 1 p.m. in Schooner Cove Retirement Community’s library, 35 Schooner Street (on the LincolnHealth – Miles Campus), Damariscotta. Mark Biscoe tells of George Welt’s attempts to revive wooden shipbuilding in Waldoboro in 1900, his courting of William Palmer, a Massachusetts schoolteacher turned businessman, and the evolution of their efforts. And he describes the 1928 adventures of Harvard student Russel Seaver’s adventures working while onboard Cora Cressey. The program is free and open to the public.
  • “The Ammassalik Expedition 2019: Adventures on the East Coast of Greenland and the Arctic Ocean,” at Camden Public Library on Thursday, January 23, at 6:30 p.m. Early last June, local businessman Daniel Bookham got a cryptic message from an Icelandic friend asking him to call her. Six weeks later he was bobbing in a 24-foot boat on the Arctic Ocean off Greenland, 500 miles from the nearest humans, and scanning the shoreline for Inuit and Norse ruins. In his talk, Bookham will unveil what the expedition found, saw, and experienced.
  • “The Front Page: A History of the News from Town Criers to TV – 100 Minutes with Mac Deford and Tom DeMarco,” on Thursday, January 23, 6 p.m. at Portland Public Library; Friday, January 24, 6:30 p.m. at Rockport Opera House; and Sunday, January 26, 2 p.m. at the University of Maine’s Hutchinson Center in Belfast. The pair are back for their 13th History Roadshow. Each year they choose a topic relevant to the subject of the Camden Conference. Consistent with this year’s theme, The Media Revolution: Changing the World, they introduce Jean-Paul Marat, journalist of the revolution; Benjamin Day, the first media tycoon (everyone before him in the newspaper business went broke); William Lloyd Garrison, who had to be jailed to avoid a lynching for his outrageous opinions; author, publisher, escaped slave, and miscegenist Frederick Douglass; Ed Murrow and the Murrow Boys; Lawrence Gobright, who best articulated the ethic of journalism; and the shadowy James Thompson Callender, America’s first investigative reporter and the first to pay for practicing that trade with his life. The shows are free.
  • A Recitation from Memory of T. S. Eliot’s “Four Quartets,” by John Farrell, artistic director of Figures of Speech Theatre in Freeport, on Thursday, January 23, at 6:30 p.m. at Rockland Public Library. First undertaken in 2011 with permission — rarely granted — from Eliot’s estate, Farrell’s recitation of “Four Quartets” affords audiences an opportunity to immerse themselves in Eliot’s literary masterpiece, a complex meditation on time, memory, and experience itself. Farrell has performed the poems throughout the U.S. and Canada. Figures of Speech Theatre, cofounded by Farrell and his wife, Carol, has toured the world for more than 35 years with works of drama, poetry, sculpture and dance. A conversation with Farrell will follow.
  • 16th Annual Pies on Parade in Rockland and Camden, the weekend of January 24 to 26, with a Friday night Silent Auction and Pie Gala, the Saturday Pie Scavenger Hunt in Camden, and the Pies on Parade Pie Tour on Sunday from 1 to 4 in Rockland. Funds raised will help midcoast Maine families who are facing food insecurity and need help staying warm this winter through the Area Interfaith Outreach Food Pantry, Energy Assistance and Child Hunger programs and One Less Worry. For the full schedule, visit PiesOnParade.com or call 596-6611.
  • Appleton Library’s Annual Souper Supper, Saturday, January 25, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Appleton Village School, Route 131. With band Callahan Bridge, featuring Raelin and Kevin Callahan, and “a cake auction with Rosey Gerry. $8 ages 12 and up, $5 under 12, with a family cap of $25.