• “Muskets of the American Revolution,” at 6 p.m. on Zoom. Camden Public Library hosts historic reenactor Bill Payson in its Discover History series. Payson will discuss muskets used in 1775, at the beginning of the American War of Independence, by the men who stood up to the British Regulars. They were farmers, laborers, and artisans, who often procured their own weapons and fought without pay against overwhelming odds. For a link to attend, email jpierce@librarycamden.org .


  • Program by Park Ranger at Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge, at 7 p.m. on Zoom. Lincolnville Community Library hosts Kate Owen, who will share photos and describe the diverse wildlife and habitats of the refuge, which spans 250 miles of the Maine coast. Seabirds, including Atlantic puffins, terns and razorbills, inhabit the refuge’s islands, and Owen will talk about work research biologists are carrying out and why it is important. For a link, call 706-3896 or email questions@lincolnvillelibrary.org.
  • “Union: The Struggle to Forge the Story of United States Nationhood,” at 7 p.m. on Zoom and Facebook Live. Curtis Memorial Library of Brunswick hosts Colin Woodard, the author of “American Nations,” in which he contended that we have never been one America, but a collection of rival regional cultures. In his new book, “Union,” Woodard asks: When and how did we come to convince ourselves that we were “one nation” with a shared past, purpose and future? His talk will stream live on Curtis Library’s Facebook page. To join on Zoom: us02web.zoom.us/j/82282673877.


  • “Tales from the Muck,” five playlets that pay homage to “The Twilight Zone” and other creepy compendiums, are performed outdoors, with 45 spots available for each show. Bring a chair and dress warmly. Shows are performed this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7 p.m. With an extra show on Saturday, Halloween, at 5 p.m., toned down for younger audiences (parental discretion is still advised). Tickets are on sale only at BelfastMaskers.com.
  • Apple Expert John Bunker in Chats with Champions, 10 a.m. on Zoom. Skidompha Library of Damariscotta puts its popular series online with Bunker’s talk, “The Maine Heritage Orchard – What Is It and Why Should We Care?” Learn how hundreds of apple varieties once flourished in Maine, how they’ve been outgrown by large commercial orchards of Macs and Cortlands, and why preservationists are racing against time to save rare varieties before they disappear forever. For details on how to attend: skidompha.org.
  • Rebecca Traister on Women, Anger, and Political Change, at 5 p.m. on Zoom in the Stephen E. King Chair lecture series of University of Maine. Traister has written three books, including best-sellers “Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger” and “All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation.” She has been called “the most brilliant voice on feminism in this country” by American writer Anne Lamott. Registration: our.umaine.edu/king-chair-lecture-series.
  • Patrisha McLean’s Evolving Work for “Finding Our Voices,” at 6 p.m. on Zoom. Camden Public Library welcomes back McLean, who launched “Finding Our Voices” as an exhibit of portraits and audio of survivors of domestic abuse. Learn what the organization is up to these days and meet Christine Buckley, Sarah McLean, Mia Montello, and Jess Bowen, who will discuss what has changed in their lives since they broke their silence about domestic abuse. For a link to attend, visit librarycamden.org.
  • “Virtual Presentation: Central Maine Ghost Hunters,” at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom. Join the Central Maine Ghost Hunters, eight paranormal enthusiasts who find, study, and research “beings that exist in the shadows of our world.” Their talk will cover their ghostly findings, their personal experiences with spirits, explanations of their equipment and gear, and their process when conducting a full-scale investigation. For a link to attend, email pking@rocklandmaine.gov by 4 p.m.


  • “Trail of Terror” at Union Fairgrounds, the outdoor scarefest of things that go bump in the night, is offered for the last time this year, Friday and Saturday, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Entrance is $10. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. This is a no-touching event. Masks and social distancing are required. Guest costumes are not permitted. Food and non-alcoholic drinks will be for sale.


  • Halloween, observed in many countries on October 31. It started off as a pagan festival but morphed into a celebration held the night before All Hallows Day, also known as All Saints Day. For some fun Halloween facts, head to history.com.
  • “Biffing Mussels —A Scientific Inquiry of Infinitesimal Significance,” an oudoor play on the waterfront, behind Steel House South, 639 Main Street, Rockland, at 1 p.m. The Forty Hour Club produces the short absurd comedy directed by Tara Elliott and starring Garrett Solomon, Liz McLeod, Todd Weeks, Tyler Weeks, and Dagney Ernest. Wear a mask to the 20-minute, socially distanced show. Pay-what-you-can tickets are at fortyhourclub.com.
  • Strand on the Air Halloween Special Broadcast, at 3 p.m. on WRFR (93.3 Rockland and 99.3 Camden) and streamed on wrfr.org. Tune in for Halloween laughs and tunes with Liz McLeod and the Strand Family Players, plus musical guests. Don’t miss the visit to Abysmal Point, where Mrs. Grunden confronts the terrifying “Curse of Wilton Waldrop!” All Things Rescinded returns with an in-depth look at high-tech, socially distant trick-or-treating. More info: RocklandStrand.com.


  • Daylight Saving Time Ends, at 2 a.m. Pro tip: Set your clock back by an hour before you go to sleep on Saturday night, October 31.


  • “Stories from the Sea and Their Impact on Fisheries Today,” at 3 p.m. on Zoom. The Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions at University of Maine hosts Natalie Springuel on bringing life to old stories so they can be useful for decision-making, community development and cultural heritage in communities with working waterfronts. Springuel has been a marine Extension associate with Maine Sea Grant since 2000. Her Extension programs address working waterfronts and coastal access, fisheries heritage and sustainable tourism planning. She is host of the award-winning public affairs radio show “Coastal Conversations.” The talk is free. Register for a link on UMaine’s event webpage.


  • Election Day, with information on voting in Maine available at maine.gov.


  • “Of Watercraft Form and Function: A Biography of Naval Architect Geerd N. Hendel,” Thursday, November 5, at 6 p.m. on Zoom. Camden Public Library hosts author Roger Allen Moody for an illustrated presentation on his book about the young German naval architect who came to America during the Great Depression, became a citizen, and went on to design yachts and commercial vessels. For information on this and other library programs, visit librarycamden.org.