RESOURCES

  • Maine.gov and CDC.gov offer state and federal COVID-19 updates and info.
  • VillageSoup.com is offering free access to stories until June 1. See what’s happening in Knox and Waldo counties, including how people are responding to COVID-19.
  • Tinyurl.com/rockland-resources lists resources for coping with COVID-19 in Rockland and beyond, with info on where to get free meals, childcare, more.
  • Our Town Belfast offers updates on which businesses are open and their hours at OurTownBelfast.org/covid-19-updates.
  • Pine Tree Legal Assistance offers updates on the status of family, civil and criminal court cases: ptla.org/covid-19.
  • Knox County EMA Community Resources Hub offers Knox County resources (food services, municipal and county services, public Wi-Fi locations, list of open and still-closed businesses) and links to state resources and services: knox-hub-knoxme.hub.arcgis.com.
  • Online Support Groups Offered by Sexual Assault Support Services of Midcoast Maine, LGBTQ+ Survivors, Child Sexual Abuse Survivors, Teen Survivors, Parents and Caregivers Supporting Child Surviviors, Trans and Non-Binary Survivors, and Female Survivors. The online HelpRoom is an anonymous space for people impacted by sexual violence. Visit sassmm.org/helproom for details. For immediate support, call or text the 24-7 Helpline: 800-871-7741.

NOTEWORTHY

TUESDAY, MAY 26:

  • “400 Friends and No One to Call: Breaking Through Isolation and Building Community,” 6 p.m. Author Val Walker talks about her book, inspired by her agonizing experience of feeling stranded and alone while recovering from major surgery. She’ll give how-to’s for befriending a wider community, building a social safety net, and fostering a sense of belonging – something she says it takes courage to do, even when there’s not a pandemic. Camden Public Library hosts the Zoom talk. For a link to join, email jpierce@librarycamden.org.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 27:

  • Talk on Coastal Acidification in Midcoast Maine, 4 to 6 p.m. Coastal Rivers hosts the online talk by Sarah Gladu and Kathleen Thornton on the latest data collected in waters close to the midcoast, where inputs from freshwater rivers and nutrient runoff from land change water chemistry. The presentation is free. Registration is required online at coastalrivers.org.

MONDAY, JUNE 1:

  • “Living on the Wind: The Miracle of Bird Migration,” a 10 a.m. talk on the Zoom platform with Scott Weidensaul, naturalist and author of more than two dozen books on natural history, including the Pulitzer Prize finalist “Living on the Wind.” Hosted by Georges River Land Trust and Mid-Coast Audubon. To register, email Annette@grlt.org with the subject line “Migration Talk” and you will receive the Zoom login information. Free.

COMING UP:

  • “Integrating Medicinal Mushrooms into Your Life,” an online presentation on Thursday, June 4, at 6 p.m. hosted by Belfast Free Library. Maine mycologist and author Greg Marley gives the live program exploring common medicinal mushrooms with tips for integrating them into your diet and life. Several of the mushrooms are excellent edibles in their own right. The Zoom talk with be loaded with photographs and there will be time for questions at the end. To register, go to belfastlibrary.org/events or email bharrington@belfastlibrary.org.

MUSIC

  • Salt Bay Chamberfest Cancels 2020 Summer Festival, but in its 26th year of bringing chamber music performances to the Maine public, Salt Bay Chamberfest is finding new ways to stay connected with all of its audiences. Archived Maine Public Radio “Maine Stage” performances by SBC musicians are now accessible at no charge at saltbaychamberfest.org. In addition, plans are under way for online live concerts, interviews, and other special programs later this summer. Preparations are also being made to safely connect musicians with area residents confined to hospitals and nursing homes, providing free music to those most isolated by the pandemic.

FILM

  • Rockland’s Strand Theatre Presents Virtual Cinema Screenings, with details at RocklandStrand.com.
  • Colonial Theatre in Belfast Now Offering Online Streaming, with details at ColonialTheater.com.

ARTS

TUESDAY, MAY 26:

  • Camden Public Library to Offer Curbside Service, starting Tuesday and running six days a week, Monday to Saturday. Requests for books, DVDs, and other library materials may be made by email or phone. The library will continue to offer online programming via the Zoom platform and social media, free access to films on Kanopy, and thousands of e-books and audiobooks on Cloud Library. 236-3440, librarycamden.org.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 27:

  • Online Creative Art & Journaling with Camden Public Library, 4 p.m. Everyone is invited to join the group for a different project every Wednesday through June. For project ideas and a link to the Zoom meetings, email Amy at alhand@libarycamden.org.

FRIDAY, MAY 29:

  • Online Poetry Group with Skidompha Library, Damariscotta, 10 to 11 a.m. Fridays. Share a favorite poem or one of your own, or listen to the words of others. To register, email jeaton@skidompha.org.
  • Explorations: Read-Aloud Group for Adults, 11 a.m. to noon on Camden Public Library’s Facebook page. Hear a wide range of books read by library staff. Recordings of the readings are available afterward in the Video section.

MONDAY, JUNE 1:

  • Rockland Public Library to Offer Curbside Service, starting this Monday, and available Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday, 10 to 12:30. Cardholders may request items from Rockland’s collection only. Cardholders from other Maine Reciprocal Borrowing Program libraries may not use this service, as the Maine Reciprocal Borrowing Program or “walk-in” borrowing has been paused by the Maine State Library until further notice. To make a request, call 594-0310, go to Minerva and use your library card, or email refdesk@rocklandmaine.gov.

HOME & GARDEN

  • June Programs to Be Offered at Merry-spring Nature Center, in Camden. All programs will be held outdoors in the park’s gardens and Hexagon. Tuesday Talks will take place in chairs spaced a safe distance apart, and speakers will use a PA system to let their voices carry over a spread-out audience. Guests are asked to wear face masks and to bring exact change for admission fees. Weekend Workshops will also take place outdoors, and guests must register and pay for workshops beforehand by calling 236-2239 or emailing info@merryspring.org.
  • Camden Hills Regional High School Students Giving Away Seedlings, through May 29, instead of holding the Gardening and Horticulture class’s annual plant sale. Distribution of veggie, herb and flower seedlings at the school’s greenhouse, in Rockport, follow COVID-19 safety measures. To order online: tinyurl.com/ydckmy8k. Donations for seedlings are appreciated but not necessary – they will support the students’ community food security efforts. Also for sale, bags of high-quality compost. See the order form.
  • UMaine Extension COVID-19 Resources for Pick-Your-Own Farms are offered on a new webpage dedicated to Best Management Practices. The site offers guidance and practical tips on proper sanitation, maintaining social distancing, safe handwashing systems, and access to a recorded webinar featuring in-depth discussion about best pick-your-own practices for Maine farms. For details, contact Jason Lilley: 781-6099, jason.lilley@maine.edu.

THURSDAY, MAY 28:

  • “Container Gardening for Beginners,” 5 to 5:45 p.m. The virtual class teaches how container gardening is easy, whether you have lots of outdoor space or just a patio or window sill. Learn the basics and discover the wide variety of things you can grow inside or out. “You’ll be eating your own fresh vegetables and herbs in no time.” The first five registrants will receive a free five-gallon fabric grow bag. The class is free but you must register: 301-3950, journeytohealth.coursestorm.com.
  • “Getting Ahead of the Pests” in the Vegetable Gardening for Beginners Webinar Series hosted by Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, at 6:30 p.m. Join Caleb Goossen, MOFGA’s organic crop specialist, to learn how to prevent pest problems before they arrive – or, if that doesn’t work, deal with those pests using organically approved methods before they get out of control. He’ll talk about keeping pests away from your garden, how to figure out what is eating your tomatoes or Brussels sprouts, and what to do about it. Register at mofga.org. Meanwhile, this year’s Common Ground Fair, on September 25, 26 and 27, will be offered in a virtual format. Learn more on MOFGA’s website.

FOOD & DRINK

  • Good Shepherd Food Bank of Maine offers extensive information for food-insecure Mainers during the COVID-19 crisis. For details, visit GSFB.org/mainecovid/.
  • Knox County Food Council offers a list of where to get free meals in the midcoast: KCfoodcouncil.com.
  • Midcoast Maine Community Action’s Free Meals for Children under the age of 19 and living in Lincoln County are handed out 2 to 4 p.m. Thursdays at Salt Bay Area Head Start Center in Newcastle and Friendship Street Head Start Center School in Waldoboro. Children do not have to be enrolled in Head Start. For a full list of pickup sites and other details: MidcoastMaineCommunityAction.org/mmca-provides-meals-for-kids/.
  • The Game Loft in Belfast is giving free grab-and-go lunches to all school-aged children, regardless of Game Loft membership, from noon to 2 p.m. seven days a week, until school reopens, at 78A Main Street, above All About Games, through the green door.
  • Central Lincoln County YMCA, Damariscotta, offers meals to children up to age 18 from Healthy Lincoln County every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11 a.m. to noon, while school is closed, for pickup in the CLC YMCA parking lot.

FRIDAY, MAY 29:

  • Belfast Farmers’ Market outside Waterfall Arts, open 9 a.m to 1 p.m. Fridays. Tips for shopping there safely are listed at BelfastFarmersMarket.org.
  • Union Farmers Market on Union Common, open 3 to 6 p.m. Fridays to October 9. Fresh, local food and sundries are offered.

SATURDAY, MAY 30:

  • Spaghetti Supper to Go offered by Williams-Brazier American Legion Post 37 Auxiliary, at 37 Watts Lane in Thomaston, at 5 p.m. The cost is $8. All coronavirus state guidelines will be followed. Patrons may drive or walk to the front of the Legion Hall, order a meal and pay for it. A Legion member will deliver orders directly to patrons. The menu will include spaghetti and meatballs, garlic bread, salad and chocolate pudding with whipped topping. All proceeds will go for activities and veteran services provided by Williams-Brazier Auxiliary Unit 37.

TUESDAY, JUNE 2:

  • New Food Preservation Webinar Series from UMaine Extension, 2 p.m. every week to October 27. The 45-minute sessions include discussions and demos of research-based preserving methods by UMaine Extension food preservation staff. Topics for June include freezing rhubarb and greens, preserving strawberries and herbs, and drinks from the garden. Participants will have the opportunity to be paired with a trained Extension Master Food Preserver volunteer for advice throughout the growing season. A $5 donation is suggested for each webinar; payment is not required to participate. Registration is available on the program webpage. For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact Kate McCarty: 781-6099, kate.mccarty@maine.edu.

KIDS & PARENTS

TUESDAY, MAY 26:

  • Facebook Live Story Time with Skidompha Library, Damariscotta, from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Children’s Librarian Jessie will read books and sing songs on the library’s Facebook page.
  • Rockin’ Storytime with Miss Kate of Rockland Public Library, on its new YouTube channel, Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. Themed storytimes with songs, rhymes and books for toddlers and early elementary school children.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 27:

  • Read Alouds with Miss Kate of Rockland Public Library, 10:30 a.m. on the library’s YouTube channel.

THURSDAY, MAY 28:

  • Baby Time with Miss Kate of Rockland Public Library, 10:30 a.m. on the library’s YouTube channel.

MONDAY, JUNE 1:

  • Trekkers to Host Thomaston Trek 5K/10K Virtual Race Fundraiser, June 1 to 30. Participants can run, walk (or skip) anytime in June, on any route they choose (that is safe). Teams are welcome; creative racing is encouraged. T-shirts and awards across multiple categories. The $25 entry fee supports Trekkers’ youth mentoring programs. Learn more and register at tinyurl.com/thomastontrek.

COMING UP:

  • Foster Care and Adoption Info Meeting and Watch Party, hosted by A Family for ME, on Wednesday, June 3, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. People who have wondered about the process of becoming a licensed foster parent or adoptive parent and who live in the state of Maine are invited to the 30-minute presentation and a Q&A with staff. To RSVP, call toll free, 844-893-6311, or send a message through the website at AFamilyForMEMaine.org.

MISCELLANEOUS

  • 2nd Annual Maine Authors Book Festival set to be held in Thomaston on Saturday, August 29, has been canceled and rescheduled for Saturday, August 28, 2021.
  • Union Historical Society will not take part in or sponsor any Founder’s Day activities this year. Look for a virtual tour of Union businesses through the last 200 years this July on the group’s website, unionhistoricalsociety.org.

SATURDAY, MAY 30:

  • Main Street Bucksport Hosts 4th Annual Community Cleanup Day, with residents of Bucksport invited to take part. Unlike in years past, this time it will be a do-it-yourself affair with people invited to clean up trash around their homes and neighborhoods. Post pictures of your cleanup at Main Street Bucksport’s Facebook page. If you need gloves or bags, email brook@mainestreetbucksport.org.

COMING UP:

  • RunBelfast 2020 Registration Now Open for the third annual race series to be held this summer and fall. This year participation is “virtual,” with runners reporting their miles and times on the honor system. Sign up for individual races or the entire series at RunBelfast.org. This year’s opener is Coastal Mountains Land Trust’s Pendleton 5K + 5 Mile on Saturday, June 6. Paces for PAWS is next in the series, on Saturday, June 20.