• Trash Talk in Damariscotta, 6 p.m. at Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust, 3 Round Top Lane. Two men who have followed the trail Lincoln County’s trash takes – and a moderator – invite everyone to join the discussion about how it should be managed in the future, especially now that China has mostly stopped buying America’s plastic garbage.
  • Talk on Being a Nightjar Monitor, 7 p.m. at Palermo Community Library. Logan Parker describes the Maine Nightjar Monitoring project, which sends everyday people into moonlit nights to look for Maine’s nightjars – Eastern whip-poor-will and common nighthawk – and other nocturnal flyers that are on the decline.
  • Author of “Sealed Off” at Bremen Library, 7 p.m. Barbara Ross on the eighth book in her Maine Clambake series of mysteries, and her new anthology, “Haunted House Murder.” She’ll talk about becoming a novelist later in life and how her series came to be.
  • 2019 Union Fair Continues, through Saturday. Full schedule:


  • Outdoor Contra Dance in Belfast, 6:30 p.m. Belfast Flying Shoes invites everyone to the next dance in its free summer series – this one is on Armistice Footbridge, with music by Sassafras Stomp (other players welcome to sit in). All levels of experience are welcome. Rain date: August 24.
  • Broke Bride: A Theatrical Dance, at St. Lawrence Arts, Portland, Friday and Sunday at 7 p.m. To a soundtrack of Ludo’s 2005 EP, a widower is juggled through time as he tries to travel back to the day of his wife’s death. $15. And there Saturday at 7:30 p.m., “Steamy Nights.” The burlesque benefit offers “good clean debauchery” to raise funds for the arts center. $20:


  • “Sal’s Birthday Bash,” 5 p.m. at St. George Town Office. Sally Robinson Long turns 96 this year and everybody’s invited to celebrate at her party with a country, gospel and folk jam and public supper. Her wish, once again, is to raise donations for the St. George Volunteer Ambulance Service.


  • “Belfast Through the 1980s: The Harold Higgins Slide Collection,” 7 p.m. at Belfast Library. Megan Pinette looks back at Belfast during the 1970s and ’80s, just before big changes to the downtown waterfront’s businesses and neighborhoods. Learn what disappeared, what changed, and what is new, in her Belfast Historical Society program. $5.


  • Poets to Read at Thomaston Public Library, 7 p.m. The annual reading will feature nationally published poets Linda Aldrich, Jane Brox, Christopher Fahy and Bruce Willard. Refreshments served.


  • “A Journey into Fine Art,” 6:30 p.m. at Rockport Public Library. Kim Yesis describes her husband’s midlife career shift from engineering to fine art and her own journey to support his venture. She wrote about their experiences in “Side by Side: Tales from Beyond the Canvas.” She’ll sign copies after her talk.


  • Mystery Writer Paul Doiron at Jefferson Public Library, 5:30 p.m. He’ll read from “Almost Midnight,” the latest book in his best-selling Mike Bowditch Mysteries series. The library is inside Jefferson Villlge School.
  • “After the Eclipse: A Mother’s Murder, a Daughter’s Search,” 6:30 p.m. at Rockland Public Library. Maine author Sarah Perry reads from her memoir. Perry was 12 when her mother was killed in the house where they were sleeping. Part elegy, part mystery, the highly lauded book looks at her life in the aftermath.
  • Dark Follies in Camden Library Amphitheatre, 7 p.m. The Portland troupe makes music, lights fire, dances, juggles and tells tales in the edgy, but still family-friendly, show. Bring a chair or blanket for the free outdoor show.


  • The Maine Event! AKC Dog Shows on Union Fairgrounds Saturday and Sunday, August 31 and September 1. Mid-Coast Kennel Club invites coastal canines to sit, stay and shine. Spectators are invited – admission and parking is free. Details:
  • 30th Annual Rockhounders Gem and Mineral Show in Augusta, at the National Guard Armory, Western Avenue, August 31 and September 1. Doorprizes, demos, mineral displays, gems, fossils, and activities for kids, including a visit by Rocky the Rockhound. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and to 4 p.m. Sunday. More info: 873-6270.
  • 18th Annual Camden Foreign Car Show, Sunday, September 1, at noon on Chestnut Street, during the Camden Windjammer Festival. See the curves of early British and European cars and saloons and this year, for the first time, sleek post-1990 models. Drivers can learn how to enter at Mid Maine Sports Car Club’s website:
  • Bands for Books at Marianmade Farm in Wiscasset, at 155 Federal Street, Monday, September 2, from 5 to 7 p.m. Rock music by the Salty Dogs, cash bar, appetizers, and an auction with items like an hour-long flight along the coast and a case of wine. $20 tix: Birch in Wiscasset, the library, or 882-9693.
  • 11th Annual Champagne on the Sheepscot, Saturday, September 7, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at a private Alna home on the Sheepscot River, with appetizers from Cafe Miranda, champagne, full bar, wine stations around the property, and music by Lincoln Academy’s jazz combo. $60 tix available to September 5: 389-5150,