• Author of “The Moralist” at Hope Library, 4 p.m. Pulitzer finalist Patricia O’Toole will discuss her book about Woodrow Wilson, whose righteousness veered into self-righteousness, and she’ll offer a few words on the results of the 2018 midterm election. Her talk is free.

• 8th Annual Designing with the Stars at Shelley’s Flowers in Waldoboro, 5-7 p.m. Community members will be given the same flowers and containers and challenged to create the holiday masterpiece that earns the most votes from the public. The $1-per-vote charge will go into the renovation fund of Waldo Theatre in Waldoboro. With refreshments and adult beverages.

• Great Old Broads for Wilderness Meeting and Hawk Talk, 5:30 p.m. at Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 9 Water Street, Rockland. Members of Maine’s Broadband will explain the mission of the national grassroots organization led by women who believe we must act now to protect our wildlife and wilderness. At 6:30 p.m., Don Reimer will give a talk on migrating hawks to celebrate the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Find out where hawks go in winter. Admission to his talk is by donation.

• “Making It on Main(e) Street,” 6:30 p.m., Rockland Public Library. Three Rockland Main Street business owners (of Hello Hello Books, Clementine and FIORE Artisan Olive Oils & Vinegars) tell how they started and what keeps them going in Midcoast Women’s Collective Voices: Maine Women Share Their Stories series, which is free and open to all. FMI:

• Talk on Atlantic Salmon Restoration Program, 6:30 p.m., Belfast Free Library.  The last wild populations of Atlantic salmon, found in eight of Maine’s rivers, are listed as an endangered species. Denise Buckley, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service senior staff biologist at Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery, will tell what’s being done in response. Hosted by Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition.

• “Tracking Biodiversity in Acadia’s Coastal Refuge,” 7 p.m., Camden Public Library. Seth Benz tells how biodiversity in the Acadia region has been tracked over the last century and describes today’s citizen-science projects on how the region’s plants, insects and birds interact. Free; donations to Mid-Coast Audubon encouraged.

• Lincoln Community Theater Presents Crimes of the Heart, at Lincoln Theater, Damariscotta. The resident theater company presents Beth Henley’s award-winning dark comedy set in Mississippi, where the three Magrath sisters have gathered to await news of the family patriarch, who is living out his last hours at the local hospital. The curtain rises at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and at a 2 p.m. matinee Saturday. $15 tix at the door or 563-3424.


• Folk Dance Brunswick, 6:30 to 9 p.m., People Plus, 35 Union Street in Brunswick. World music and dance. All welcome. $5 donation. FMI: 200-7577,

• A Voice of My Own Presented by Cold Comfort Theater in Belfast, at UMaine Hutchinson Center, Route 3. The Belfast-based troupe presents triumphs and tragedies of women writers across time, from Sappho to today, at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. $15 tix at Left Bank Books, 109 Church Street in Belfast, and the door before curtain time.


• “Fly Rod Crosby: The Woman Who Marketed Maine,” 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Boothbay Railway Village. Authors Julia Hunter and Earle Shettleworth Jr. tell tales from their book about Cornelia Crosby (1854–1946), the first woman to legally shoot a caribou in Maine and holder of the first Maine Guide license. $5 donation to nonprofit BRV suggested. Short fly-tying lessons will be offered – first come, first served – before and after.

• “My Goals As Mayor and Climate Activist,” 3 p.m. at Belfast Free Library. Belfast Mayor Samantha Paradis tells what led her to become a nurse, choose Belfast, and run for office, and she shares stories from her work at Global Climate Action Summit. Old Professor’s Bookshop hosts the free talk in the library’s Abbott Room.

• Maine Trivia Night with Bill Green, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at American Legion Hall in Rockland. People are invited to form teams of eight to take on the current champs, Jake Barbour Inc.’s “Moving Heaven and Earth” team. The night will include an auction (items include tickets to a Jets game and a cabin overnight at Point Lookout in Northport). Sign-up: 542-4419.

• A Doll’s House, Part 2 Presented by Everyman Repertory Theatre, at Camden Opera House at 7 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday. They perform it next week at 7 p.m. Friday & Saturday, Nov. 23 & 24. Nora left her husband and children in the final scene of Ibsen’s A Doll’s House. Now she’s back, 15 years later. $20 tix ($10 students):, 236-0173.


• Talk on Music for the Dying, 3:30 p.m. at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 11 White Street in Rockland. Barbara Jean O’Brien will describe how a music-thanatologist uses harp and voice to serve the physical and emotional needs of the dying. The church’s series on challenges faced by older adults is open to everyone.


• “Sights & Songs of the Seas” at Colonial Theatre, Belfast, 7 p.m. Hear sea shanties sung by Bennett Konesni and watch the film “Around Cape Horn.” Hosted by Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport. $12 advance tix: 548-2529 or $15 door.


• “Breakpoint: Reckoning with America’s Environmental Crises,” 10 a.m. in Chats with Champions at Skidompha Library, Damariscotta. Jeremy Jackson on his new book, co-written with Steve Chapple, that looks at looming threats from hurricanes, wildfires, drought, river mismanagement, industrial agriculture and rising sea levels – and the solutions emerging from around the U.S. Free.

• Presentation on the Irish Potato Famine, 3 p.m., Schooner Cove Retirement Community, 35 Schooner Street (on the LincolnHealth Miles campus). Bob Emmons describes how the famine was caused by a fungus. He taught at State University of New York for 31 years, including a course on plant pathology.

• Talk by Author of “So You Want to Be a Modern Homesteader,”  6:30 p.m., Rockland Public Library. Kirsten Lie-Nielsen launches her second book, which defines “what people really need to know before they make the leap.” The farmer from Liberty has written for Mother Earth News, Grit and other publications and she blogs at


• Festival of Lights in Downtown Rockland, on Thanksgiving weekend, Friday-Sunday, Nov. 23-25. Santa arrives on a Coast Guard boat at Middle Pier at noon Friday to open the holiday season with a ribbon cutting at Park and Main streets. He’ll be at Mildred Merrill Park that afternoon and Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. so kids can give him their lists. The Lobster Trap Christmas Tree will be lit at 6 p.m. Friday. The Parade of Lights starts at 6 p.m. Saturday at the public landing and heads north on Main Street. Free horse-and-wagon rides will be offered Friday and Saturday. Santa will have breakfast at the Eclipse Restaurant on Sunday, 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.

• 9th Annual Auction for the Animals, Thursday, Nov. 29, at 5:30 p.m. at Samoset Resort, Rockport. P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center holds the fundraiser with appetizers, carving stations, desserts, a cash bar, live music and over 200 auction items to fit every budget. $35 tix: