NOTEWORTHY

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13:

  • High School Students to Explain How to Control Health Care Costs, 7 p.m. at Medomak Valley High School in Waldoboro. Seven students from Medomak Valley High and Oceanside High School in Rockland will give PechaKucha presentations (20 slides, 20 seconds per slide) on such topics as “America’s Personal Health Care Accountability Problem.” The program in the Informed Young Leaders Series is free and open to everyone.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14:

  • 2018 Gingerbread Spectacular at Boothbay Harbor Opera House, opens with Friday’s Dough Ball at 5:30 p.m. featuring music by Barney Balch and the Novel Jazz quartet, hot appetizers, cash bar and silent auction. Get an early look at the Gingerbread Spectacular winners in categories like Most Hilarious, Best Local Landmark and Most Spectacular. $25 tix ($15 for members) are available through the box office: 633-5159. It’s free to check out the dozens of Gingerbread Spectacular entries from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The Community Band’s holiday concert will be at 2 p.m. Saturday and other local talent will take the stage throughout the weekend.
  • The Snow Queen in Belfast, presented by Midcoast Actors’ Studio at the Crosby Center, 96 Church Street. The play is based on a fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen (the same story told in Disney’s movie “Frozen”). Curtain at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tix are $10 per person ($7 age 12 and under): MidcoastActors.org and the door.
  • Santa’s Snowbird Express on Belfast & Moosehead Lake Railroad, offering round-trip excursions from Unity to Thorndike, with a stop-over at historic Farwell Mill. Help Santa find his elves. Trains run daily Dec. 14 to 23. The 11 a.m. train includes a soup-and-sandwich lunch at the mill; cookies and cocoa are offered on 1:30 and 4 p.m. trains. There’s also a 6:30 p.m. train on Saturdays. Tix: BelfastAndMooseheadLakeRail.org.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15:

  • Mid-Coast Recovery Coalition’s Holiday Open House, at 63 Washington Street in Camden from 1 to 5 p.m. Live Christmas music, snacks, prize raffles, info about fundraising efforts and a community carol sing at 3:30 p.m. $10 suggested donation for adults; children free.
  • Winter Wassail Celebration at Merryspring Nature Center in Camden, 2 to 5 p.m. Taste hot wassail made from fruit juices and spices, hear music by the Mill Street Singers and Children’s Wassail Chorus, take part in crafts and activities for the whole family, see a chestnut roasting demo at the campfire, and watch lighting of the Jatkan Kynttila, a Finnish logger’s candle. Heavy snow moves it to Sunday.
  • Winter Solstice Show at Unitarian Universalist Church of Belfast, 37 Miller Street, 4 p.m. Family-friendly performances by the Morris Dancers, Sarah Smith and the Solstice Country Orchestra, Jack Kerouac expert Rev. Steven Edington accompanied by Dan Kirchoff on bongos, Four Seasons’ Sisters and the UUCB choir. $10 per person; $25 per family. Proceeds go to New Hope for Women.
  • Home for the Holidays Adoption Weekend, noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at Midcoast Humane’s Brunswick shelter, 30 Range Road. Dozens of puppies and kittens, dogs and cats, and small animals will be up for adoption. The shelter will allow holds through Christmas Eve so parents can surprise their kids. A puppy “sneak peek” is posted on Facebook.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16:

  • Merry and Bright Celebration in Waldoboro, includes the Icy Elf 5K dashing through town at 3 p.m.; kids-only shopping at Broad Bay Congregational Church from 2 to 4 p.m.; and cocoa and crafts at Medomak Arts, 13 Friendship Street, from 4 to 5 p.m. – people should gather there at 5 p.m. for an hour of carol singing around the village, where the winners of the Merry and Bright lighting contest will be announced. Businesses will be open late, serving snacks and hot drinks. Facebook has details.
  • “Strand on the Air” at Rockland’s Strand Theatre, 5 p.m. The radio show broadcast by WRFR will premiere in front of the live audience. With announcer Dan Bookham, music by Brittany Parker and the Blake Rosso Band, skits by the Strand Family Players, and guests the Extension Chords from Midcoast Music Academy. Free admission; donations for the nonprofit theater will be accepted.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 17:

  • “The Life of Winslow Homer” at The Lincoln Home, 22 River Road in Newcastle, from 2 to 3 p.m. Historian Jerry Wiles gives a free talk on the 19th-century American painter, best known for his marine subjects. Largely self-taught, Homer began his career as a commercial illustrator.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18:

  • “China in Africa: A New Kind of Colonialism?” 7 p.m., Camden Public Library. Professor Paul Holman will explore the relationship between China and the countries in Africa doing trade with China. The free talk is offered in the run-up to the 2019 Camden Conference: “Is This China’s Century?,” slated for Feb. 22-24.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19:

  • Holiday Potluck and Carol Sing at Boothbay Harbor Opera House, with doors opening at 5:30 p.m., the potluck at 6 p.m., and music at 6:45 p.m. Kevin Kiley will play piano to accompany the singers. Free; donations taken.
  • Peace and Justice Group of Waldo County’s Annual Solstice Potluck and Screening, Belfast Free Library. Bring a dish for the 5:30 p.m. potluck, then watch “Living Soil,” a documentary capturing the history – and significance – of the soil health movement, beginning with images of the Dust Bowl, then showing portraits of innovative farmers managing their land to enhance soil health.
  • Lincolnville Community Library’s Annual Holiday Show, 7 p.m. The free show will feature storytellers, poems, a sing-along, and an array of musicians including The Off Beats and The Harbor Belles. Everyone is welcome; donations of cookies will be welcome. The library is on Main Street in the town center.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20:

  • “Living with Seasonal Depression,” 7 p.m., Camden Public Library. Local psychiatrist Marianne Bernadino will discuss how winter weather and the holiday season can contribute to depressive symptoms and what people can do to manage those feelings.

COMING UP:

  • Solstice Celebration at Head of Tide Preserve in Belfast, Friday, Dec. 21, at 3 p.m. Belfast Bay Watershed invites everyone to bring something to read or sing and then decorate the Solstice tree for animals. Hot cider and cookies will be served. The preserve is at 85 Doak Road.
  • Solstice by the Sea on Sears Island, Friday, Dec. 21, from 6 to 7 p.m. Friends of Sears Island invites everyone to walk a path lit with hundreds of luminarias to the beach for music, readings, cocoa and cookies. The nondenominational celebration is free. Park on the causeway off Route 1, just east of Searsport, and gather at the gate by 6 p.m. Bring a flashlight or headlamp. Inclement weather cancels it. Weather updates will be posted on Facebook and FriendsofSearsIsland.org.
  • Winter Wonderland by Cold Comfort Theater, Friday & Saturday, Dec. 21 & 22, at 7 p.m. in Belfast’s First Baptist Church, 95 High Street. Music, song and stories. General admission is $10 adults; free for kids 12 and under.
  • A Child’s Christmas in Wales at Watts Hall in Thomaston, 174 Main Street, on Sunday, Dec. 23, at 3 p.m. Watts Hall Community Players present more than 25 community members, young and old, reading the prose piece by Welsh poet Dylan Thomas. Hot chocolate and caroling will follow. Free.

MUSIC

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13:

  • CHRHS Holiday Concert, 7 p.m. in Strom Auditorium at Camden Hills Regional High School in Rockport. The school’s Concert Band, Jazz Band, Chorale, Women’s Choir and Chamber Singers will perform (after the Empty Bowl Supper in the Wave Cafe). Free admission; donations of nonperishable food items for the local food pantry are encouraged.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14:

  • New Music Listening Hour at Searsmont Town Library, Fridays from 1 to 2 p.m.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15:

  • Tapestry Singers’ “Woven in Song” Holiday Concerts, 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday at St. Patrick’s Church in Newcastle. Hear Spanish and Catalan carols and other holiday music. $15 adults; students free: TapestrySingersMaine.org and the door.
  • Hannah Reimann: Songs of Joni Mitchell, 6:30 p.m. at United Farmers Market of Maine, 18 Spring Street in Belfast. $15. FMI: BelfastMarket.com, 218-7005.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16:

  • “Hey Ho the Holly!” at St. Andrew’s Church, Glidden Street in Newcastle, at 2 p.m. The concert of merry Yuletide music is performed to benefit Heifer International. Admission is by a suggested donation of $8.
  • Bay Chamber Concerts Presents Street Corner Symphony, 4 p.m. at Camden Opera House. The Nashville-based five-man a cappella group that shot to stardom on NBC’s “The Sing-Off” performs a family-friendly show of original and popular holiday music and sing-a-longs. $25 adults, $10 under 25: BayChamberConcerts.org.
  • Auditions for Two Musicals in Damariscotta, held by Lincoln County Community Theater at Skidompha Public Library on Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m. and Monday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sister Act, the Musical will be performed in early April. A Grand Night for Singing – the Music of Rodgers and Hammerstein is set for early August, with rehearsals starting in mid-June. Bring sheet music; accompanist provided. FMI: LCCTseason@gmail.com.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20:

  • Sing-Along at Rockland Public Library, 6:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to join song-leader Carney Doucette and accompanist Sojourner Hodges-Crowley for solstice and winter songs, traditional hymns and modern Christmas carols. All ages are welcome.

COMING UP:

  • Next Weekend at Rock City Cafe, Main Street, Rockland. The Blind Albert Band – Glen DuBose, Jason Dean and Vincent Gabriel – will play original world, blues, Latin and rock 6-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21. Will Brown will play original arrangements of folk, Americana, traditional and transatlantic tunes 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22. A Traditional Irish Session runs 1-3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23, with local musicians playing holiday tunes.
  • Christmas Concert by the Hyssongs, Saturday, Dec. 22, at 7 p.m. in North Waldoboro Church of the Nazarene, 3008 Washington Road. Dell, Susan and Richard Hyssong combine harmony and brass instruments with their Christ-centered message. With a 5:30 p.m. potluck. Free; donations for the Hyssongs will be taken.

ONGOING:

  • Tuesday Jams in Thomaston, 8 Hyler Street, 7 p.m. Folk, country, blues, gospel. All welcome. FMI: 273-2914.
  • Thursday Jams in Warren, Saint George River Cafe, 310 Main Street, 6 p.m. Players and listeners welcome. Open Mics are hosted by Ryan Moody second and fourth Fridays at 6:30 p.m.
  • Sunday Jams in Rockland, Sail, Power & Steam Museum, 75 Mechanic Street, 1:30 p.m. All welcome.

FILM

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13:

  • National Theatre Live: The Madness of George III, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Strand Theatre in Rockland. It’s 1786 and King George III is the most powerful man in the world, but as his mind unravels, the scheming Prince of Wales threatens to expose the fine line between being a king and being a mere man. $12.
  • “Big Pharma,” 6:30 p.m. at Belfast Free Library. The Waldo County Chapter of MaineAllCare shows the film about the problems of extreme drug prices in the U.S. and how they affect people. Free refreshments and a discussion will follow.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14 — THURSDAY, DECEMBER20:

  • COLONIAL THEATRE, Belfast. “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” “Front Runner,” “Colette,” “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” “Mary Poppins Returns.”
  • FLAGSHIP CINEMAS, Thomaston. FlagshipCinemas.com, 594-2100.
  • HARBOR THEATER, Boothbay Harbor. “Widows.” BoothbayCinema.org.
  • LINCOLN THEATER, Damariscotta. “Beautiful Boy.” LCCT.org, 563-3424.
  • STRAND THEATRE, Rockland. “Boy Erased.”

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14:

  • “White Christmas,” 6:30 p.m., Friday Night Film Series at Thomaston Public Library in the Academy building. December’s “holiday favorites” continue with Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye playing song-and-dance men who team up with a sister act (Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen).
  • “The Post,” 7 p.m., Friday Night Flix at Belfast Free Library. December’s “rewind” of films that have played at the Colonial Theatre continues with the drama about The Washington Post as it helped to uncover and publish the Pentagon Papers.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15:

  • Free Screening of “The Polar Express,” 10 a.m. Lincoln Theater in Damariscotta screens the second of its four free family films Saturdays in December.
  • Met Opera Live: Verdi’s La Traviata, 1 p.m. Michael Mayer’s new production is broadcast live to Strand Theatre in Rockland and Lincoln Theater in Damariscotta. The Strand will show an encore on Wednesday, Dec. 26, at 1 p.m.
  • Free Screening of “Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare,” 2 p.m., Harbor Theater, Boothbay Harbor. The 2012 documentary looks at a U.S. health care system designed to profit from disease not health, reward quantity over quality, and promote high-tech over high-touch. A discussion follows. Sponsored by Boothbay Region Health Center.
  • Free Matinees of “The House with a Clock in Its Walls,” at Colonial Theatre, Belfast, on Saturday and Sunday, at 12:30 and 3 p.m. both days, in week four of a five-week series sponsored by local businesses.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16:

  • Lincoln Center at the Movies: The Nutcracker, 2 p.m. Lincoln Theater in Damariscotta shows New York City Ballet’s production of the ballet with Tchaikovsky’s score in which young Clara’s Christmas gift, a magical nutcracker, transports her to the Kingdom of Sweets. $20 adults; $18 LT members; $5 youth.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20:

  • Free Film Sing-Along with “Meet Me in St. Louis,” 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Lincoln Theater, Damariscotta. In the year leading up to the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis, the Smith family is shocked when Mr. Smith tells them they’re all moving from St. Louis to New York.
  • “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” shown in the Classic Film Series at Harbor Theater in Boothbay Harbor 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, and Saturday, Dec. 22. $10 tix at the door include free popcorn and water before the movie, and Christmas eggnog and cookies afterward.

COMING UP:

  • The Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema: The Nutcracker, Sunday, Dec. 23, at 1 p.m. at Rockland’s Strand Theatre. Same-day broadcast from Moscow of the Christmas Eve tale of Marie and her nutcracker doll that transforms into a prince and leads her through a world of enchantment, with Tchaikovsky’s beloved score. $15 adults; $10 under 19 & college students with ID.

ARTS

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13:

  • Book Discussion: “The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World,” led by Beverly Roxby at Belfast Free Library at 6:30 p.m. Author Jeff Goodell focuses on the 145 million people who live three feet or less above the current sea level and whose eventual flight will make today’s refugee crises pale by comparison. Copies are at the library, local bookstores and on Kindle. Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition hosts the free discussion.
  • Midcoast Maine Book Arts Progress Group Meeting, at Maine Media’s Book Arts Studio, 70 Camden Street, Rockport, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Bimonthly meeting to share completed and ongoing work, ask questions about projects, and get inspired. Free and open to everyone interested in book arts. Facebook has details.
  • Works by Lee Silverton at Belfast Free Library in December, her show titled “Amaryllis” hangs in the lobby’s Kramer Gallery and includes charcoal drawings, acrylics and mixed-media works on prepared paper and Yupo.
  • McGrory & Wolf Gallery Holiday Sale, in downtown Waldoboro, throughout December. Some earlier pieces marked down 50 percent, and treasure boxes, dog knickknacks and original notecards.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14:

  • Open House at Harbor Square Gallery, 374 Main Street, Rockland, from 5 to 7 p.m. Prosecco and holiday cheer will be offered.
  • Reception to Open “The Red Thread” at Rockland’s Art Loft, 385 Main Street, 5 to 8 p.m. It represents a new direction for Amy Wilton, the loft’s artist in residence during December. Known for her photography, she has added sculpture and oils to her repertoire; the “red thread” is the common denominator between her pieces.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15:

  • Celebration of “Hole History” Art Catalog at Thomaston Public Library, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Everyone is invited to join Alexis Iammarino to celebrate her recently published “Hole History: Origins of the American-Style Donut,” with readings, a slideshow, video screening, and refreshments, including donuts.
  • “Merry and Bright” Opens at State of Maine Cheese Company in Rockport, 461 Commercial Street. A public reception from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. will include a wine and cheese tasting at the show of abstract florals by local artist JMargo.
  • Art at Bartlett Woods 2018, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Artworks by Pam Cabanas and Bjorn Runquist will be offered at the retirement community, 20 Bartlett Drive, Rockland. The artists will be on hand in a salon atmosphere and holiday treats and beverages will be provided. A portion of proceeds from sales of their paintings will be donated to the Bartlett Woods Art Fund.
  • Opening of John Ruis Show at Searsmont Town Library, noon. Treats and coffee will be served to open the local artist’s show.
  • Simply Books at Camden Public Library, 2 p.m. The club for book lovers has no set reading list; everyone is invited to discuss whatever they’re reading.
  • Holiday Open House at Prescott Hill Pottery, 261 Prescott Hill Road, Liberty, Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. New soda-fired and wood-fired pots, pots on special, and, new this year, handmade silver and gemstone jewelry. With snacks.
  • Holiday Studio Sale at Loten Art Lighting Studio, 58 New Ireland Road, off Route 3, Montville, Saturday and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Stuart Loten’s fixtures of steel, brass and copper will be on sale. They feature hand-painted silk shades made using the Serti technique, which Loten will be demonstrating. FMI: LotenArtLighting.com.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 17:

  • Free Adult Drawing Workshops at Rockland Public Library, 11 a.m. The ongoing series is led by Catinka Knoth. December’s classes will focus on drawing in color and paper cutting to make holiday cards, scenes and ornaments. All materials are provided.
  • Art As a Gift Show at Jackson Memorial Library, Tenants Harbor, with smaller works priced at $350 or below by more than a dozen Maine artists. The show runs Dec. 17–Jan. 18.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18:

  • Thomaston Intergenerational Book Club Meeting, 2:30 p.m. at Thomaston Public Library, in the Academy building on Main Street. The books are “Small Great Things” by Jodi Picoult and “The Moth,” edited by Catherine Burns. The club welcomes new members of all ages.
  • Camden Philosophical Society at Camden Public Library, 4 p.m. Everyone is invited to join the lively discussion group for a different topic each month. Topics are posted on the library’s online calendar.
  • Learn About “The Village Canoe,” 6:30 p.m., Belfast Free Library. The library hosts Chris Battaglia for the first in a series of community conversations about a 2019 project that will be a floating residency for six artists. It will take place on Maine waters in a 30-foot Voyageur canoe, with a pop-up show at the end of the expedition. People with ideas for the project are welcome. For info email Chris@VillageVitals.com or call the library at 338-3884.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19:

  • “Mixed Media – The Canvas Expanded” at Art Loft in Rockland, led by December’s artist in residence Amy Wilton from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Dec. 19, and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20. Combine traditional painting with found objects glued or sewn onto the canvas. Classes are free for members; $20 to drop in for nonmembers.

ONGOING:

  • Abbe Museum, Bar Harbor. “Emergence – Root Clubs of the Penobscot Nation” to Dec. 31.
  • Arts in the Capitol at Maine State Capitol Complex in Augusta, photos by Lynn Karlin from “The Pedestal Series” and “The Still Life Series” to Dec. 31.
  • Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockland. “CMCA Biennial 2018” to March 3.
  • Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland. Ai Weiwei’s “Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Gold,” to Dec. 30. “Andrew Wyeth in Rockland,” to Feb. 17. “Maine and the Index of American Design,” to March 24.
  • Maine Jewish Museum, Portland. “Superstitions” by Neal Beckerman, “A Piece of Work” by Russell Christian, and “Contemporary Scrolling” by Carol Sloane, all to Jan. 5.
  • Maine State Museum, Augusta. “Maine + Jewish: Two Centuries” to Oct. 25, 2019.
  • Portland Museum of Art, “Beyond the Pedestal: Isamu Noguchi and the Borders of Sculpture,” to Jan. 6.
  • UMaine Hutchinson Center’s Fernald Gallery, Belfast. “Kosti Comes Home: An Exhibit of Maritime Images by Maine’s Iconic Photographer Kosti Ruohomaa” and “The Alluring and Enduring Maine Coast,” both to March 28.

FOOD & DRINK

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13:

  • CHRHS Empty Bowl Supper and Silent Auction, 5-7 p.m. in Camden Hills Regional High School’s Wave Cafe, Rockport. Choose from soups, chowders, stews and chilis scooped into a ceramic bowl made by the students in the school’s Empty Bowl Club that is yours to take home. $9 per person; $30 for families of four with young children. Proceeds go to local food pantries. The CHRHS holiday concert follows in Strom Auditorium at 7 p.m. Admission is free; a donation of canned food is encouraged.
  • “21 Opportunities per Week to Lessen Your Carbon Footprint,” 7 p.m. in Camden Public Library. Robert Lawrence looks at the very large carbon footprint of the conventional American diet and provides alternative approaches to food security that are healthier for people and the planet in the Coastal Mountains Nature Program.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14:

  • Free Holiday Tasting Event at Belfast Co-op, 4-6 p.m. The public is invited to taste a selection of wines from Easterly Wines in the cafe and a variety of holiday and party food throughout the store.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15:

  • Fundraiser at 51 Main in Liberty for Cold Comfort Theater, 8 a.m. to3 p.m. The restaurant will donate 10 percent of its breakfast and lunch sales to the nonprofit theater company in Belfast.
  • Annual Breakfast with Santa at Central Lincoln County YMCA, Damariscotta, 8:30 to 11 a.m. Breakfast will be $5 per person; $20 max per family. Kids can hand over their wish list while parents take photos.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16:

  • Pancake Breakfast at American Legion War Memorial Post 30, 91 Pearl Street, Camden, 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Pancakes, link sausage, applesauce, OJ and coffee. $8 adults; $5 under 11. Proceeds help replace the Post’s furnace.
  • Travel the Midcoast Cheese Trail, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Stop by Pumpkin Vine Family Farm, on Hewett Road in Somerville; Fuzzy Udder Creamery, on Townhouse Road in Whitefield; and Appleton Creamery, on Gurneytown Road in Appleton. Cheese samples, goat’s milk hot chocolate, crafts, cookies and other treats will be offered, and there will be goats to pat and pose with in selfies. FMI: MidcoastCheeseTrail.com.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18:

  • Free Holiday Tasting Event at Hole in the Wall Bagels, Rockland, 4-6 p.m. Paul Chartrand of Chartrand Imports will offer sips of wines from Perlage Winery in Veneto, Italy. Oliver Perkins of A Small Good will offer tastes of meats from his artisanal charcuterie in Rockport. Snacks and nonalcoholic beverages from the Good Tern Co-op will also be offered.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19:

  • Responsible Beverage Server Training, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lincoln County Regional Planning Commission, 297 Bath Road (Route 1) in Wiscasset. Healthy Lincoln County and Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office have teamed up to provide it to employees of restaurants, bars and stores that serve or sell alcohol. $15 per person; valid for three years. Bring a state-issued photo ID. Registration is required by calling 563-1330.
  • “Soup’s On!” in Camden, free soup lunch served at noon every Wednesday through March 27 at First Congregational Church of Camden, 55 Elm Street.

HOME & GARDEN

THURSDAY, DECEMBER13:

  • Gardens Aglow at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, in Boothbay, 4 to 9 p.m. Thursdays to Sundays to Dec. 31 (closed Christmas Eve). See the gardens in a whole new light at New England’s biggest and brightest display, with over 650,000 lights. Dress warmly for the outdoor walking event.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18:

  • Dairy Forage Conference, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Governor’s Restaurant, 376 Main Street, Waterville. The UMaine Cooperative Extension conference costs $20 and includes lunch. Registration: extension.umaine.edu/register/shop. For more information, call 342-5971 or email richard.kersbergen@maine.edu.

FAIRS & SALES

  • West Bay Rotary Annual Sale, of Christmas trees, garlands, wreaths and gifts, in the Maine Sport parking lot, Route 1 in Rockport, through Dec. 22.
  • St. Denis Knights of Columbus Council 1423 of North Whitefield Sale, of trees, wrapped for easy loading, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays to Sundays, through Dec. 21, at End Zone Pizza & Deli, Route 17 in Augusta.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14:

  • Downtown After Dark in December, Rockland Main Street Inc. invites people to shop Friday nights, Dec. 14 and 21, with many stores open to 7 p.m. or later. See holiday lights and window displays.

KIDS & PARENTS

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13:

  • Creative Art Crew: Caribou Crafts, 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. at Rockland Public Library. Kids and adults are invited to join Miss Katie in making reindeer crafts with stamps, clothespins and paper. All supplies provided at the free session.
  • Rumplestilskin the R-Dawg, Hip-Hop Minstrel,” 6:30 p.m. in the theater at Riley School, 73 Warrenton Street, Rockport. The middle and upper school kids put on an updated version of the Rumpelstiltskin story where Rumplestilskin wants to be a hip-hop star and storyteller Stacy finds herself in hot water when her father tells an obnoxious prince that she can spin straw into gold. Free and open to the public.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14:

  • “Return of the Brick” Lego Club at Searsmont Town Library, Fridays from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Those under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15:

  • Santa to Visit Waldoboro Library, from 10 a.m. to noon.
  • Santa’s Workshop and Music Show at Coastal Children’s Museum, in Rockland. Santa will be there 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Parents should bring cameras. Kids can also make holiday crafts to give as gifts. The Christmas Music Show and Sing-Along will start at 1 p.m. Events are included with admission, but a donation of $5 per child is suggested.
  • Family Fat-Tire-Bike Open House, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hidden Valley Nature Center, Egypt Road in Jefferson. Midcoast Conservancy hosts the free open house and offers bikes for people to try out on the trails. All ages and skill levels welcome. Those under 4'8" are encouraged to bring their own bikes. Facebook will have weather updates. FMI: 389-5150.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 17:

  • Cooking Club at Central Lincoln County YMCA, Damariscotta, 3 to 4:30 p.m. Kids in grades 6-12 will learn some basics. Drop-ins are welcome for $5; members free.
  • Snow Globe Workshop at Belfast Free Library, 3:30 to 5 p.m. Kids ages 11 to 17 are invited to the workshop in the Abbott Room. All materials provided.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18:

  • Free Children’s Drawing Class at Rockland Public Library, 4-5 p.m. Tuesdays. Catinka Knoth leads the ongoing Let’s Draw Together! series for kids 6-plus (under 11 with an adult – adults are encouraged to join in). All materials are provided. This week: Holiday cards and winter solstice!
  • Girls on the Run Info Meeting, 6 p.m., Rockland Public Library. Learn about the program, including how to be a coach or volunteer. Girls meet twice a week over the course of a 10-week season and build up to running a celebratory 5K at the end. The program teaches girls that their worth comes from within.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19:

  • “Winter Revels: Joy!” at Camden Opera House, 4 p.m. Ashwood Waldorf School students ages 7 to 13 offer a program of comedic sketches, poetry, music and dance from around the world. With a guest appearance by the Penobscot Bay Ringers handbell choir. Free admission.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20:

  • Postpartum Support Group, meets in Rockport this week, at Pen Bay Medical Center’s Cardiac Rehab Solarium, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Meetings alternate between Rockport and Belfast weekly.) The free group offers a safe place for new and pregnant mothers and families to talk, listen, get support and gain education. No need to register. FMI: 505-4140.

COMING UP:

  • Children Invited to Take Part in Christmas Pageant in Newcastle, on Monday, Dec. 24, at 4 p.m., St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Glidden Street. All ages, infants through teens, are invited to take part during the church’s Christmas eve service. A single practice will be held Saturday, Dec. 22, from 10 a.m. to noon, when parts and costumes will be handed out and there will be two walk-throughs. No memorization is required. FMI: 380-2768, LindaMaine@mac.com.

ONGOING:

  • Appleton Library: Story Time Saturdays, 10:30 a.m., for all ages.
  • Belfast Free Library: Story Time Tuesdays, 10-10:30 a.m., babies to age 2 and siblings. Story Time Fridays, 10-11 a.m., ages 2-4 and siblings. After-School Chess Club, Thursdays, 4:30-5:30 p.m., ages 8-14. After-School Cartooning Club, Tuesdays, 4-5 p.m., ages 8-14.
  • Camden Library: Story Hours, all at 10 a.m. Mondays: preschoolers. Wednesdays: babies to age 2 and siblings. Thursdays: ages 4-5. Fridays: ages 2-3. Saturdays: preschool to early elementary.
  • Carver Library, Searsport: Preschool Story Hour, Fridays, 10:30 a.m.
  • Gibbs Library, Washington: Story Hour, Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-ish, depending on when kids drop in. FMI: 845-2663.
  • Liberty Library: Story Time, Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. Ages 3-5. Younger and older kids welcome if not disruptive.
  • Palermo Library: Toddler Time, Mondays, 10 a.m.-noon. Lego Club, Wednesdays, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Rockland Public Library: Baby Storytime, Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. Babies to 2-year-olds. Children’s Story Hour and Crafts, Wednesdays and Saturdays, 10:30 a.m.
  • Rockport Library: Story Time, Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. Toddlers and preschoolers. Make a craft to take home.
  • Skidompha Library, Damariscotta: Toddler Time, Tuesdays. Book Babies, Wednesdays. Ready to Read, Thursdays. All start at 10 a.m.
  • Stockton Springs Community Library: Story Time, first Saturdays of the month to April 6, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Each story time will include a story, activities and a light lunch.
  • Thomaston Library: Family Story Time, Thursdays, 11 a.m. Stories, crafts, snacks. Saturday Story & Activity Hour, 10 a.m.
  • Waldoboro Library: Story Time, Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. For preschoolers.
  • Warren Library: Arts & Crafts Club, Mondays, 6 p.m. Story Time, Saturdays, 10 a.m.
  • Breastfeeding Support Group in Belfast, Mondays (call ahead if it falls on a holiday), 10 to 11 a.m., Waldo County General Hospital’s Women & Infants Unit. Siblings welcome. FMI: 505-4109.
  • Mother’s Milk Support Group in Rockport, Tuesdays, 12:30 to 2 p.m. in Pen Bay Medical Center’s Chapel Room. Drop-in group for breastfeeding families and moms-to-be. FMI: 921-8345.
  • Breastfeeding Support Group in Rockport, first and third Tuesdays, 5 to 6:30 p.m. in Pen Bay Medical Center’s Chapel Room. Drop-in meeting facilitated by a lactation consultant. FMI: 921-8345.

MISCELLANEOUS

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13:

  • Family Caregiver Support Group in Damariscotta, 1 p.m., Spectrum Generations at Central Lincoln County YMCA, in the small meeting room. FMI: 563-1363.
  • Christmas Program at Rockville Community Chapel, 6:30 p.m. Carols and an Advent message by Pastor Paul Munro of Owls Head Baptist Church. The 1851 chapel is in Rockville village, now part of Rockport, on Old Rockland Street, which runs parallel to Route 17, behind the Green Thumb. There will be no restrooms available.
  • Game Night at Rockland Public Library, 6:30 p.m. The library provides drinks and popcorn, along with board games, puzzles and playing cards (you’re also invited to bring your own). All ages are welcome; kids under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Board Game Night at Searsmont Public Library, 4 p.m. Thursdays, Dec. 13 & 27. People age 12 and up are invited to bring friends or make new ones over classics like Scrabble and chess or newer games like Tsuro or Ticket-to-Ride.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14:

  • Night of Joy at Water of Life Church in Newcastle, 6:30-8 p.m. The service for learning-disabled participants and their families, friends and neighbors will include a Christmas celebration with caroling, tree decorating, ornament making and pizza.
  • 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, FolkDanceBrunswick.org.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15:

  • Bird Watchers Needed for Unity Christmas Count, people who watch birds at their feeders or who plan to be outdoors for any part of the day within a 7.5-mile radius of Quaker Hill Road and Route 202 are asked to help with National Audubon Society’s annual bird count. Sebasticook Regional Land Trust will provide instructions. Those who take part are invited to 93 Main Coffee Shop at 4:30 p.m. for pizza and the day’s tally. FMI: SebasticookRLT.org.
  • Womens Wellness Walk: Bald Rock in Lincolnville, 8:30-10:30 a.m. The free series is for midcoast women to walk and talk on current health topics. Details are at HappierOutside.com.
  • Hike at Stephenson Preserve in Belfast, 9-11 a.m. Coastal Mountains Land Trust invites you to its monthly Hike-the-Guide outing for a short but steep hike. Park at the center lot of the Rail Trail. The trailhead is a short way down City Point Road. Register for the free hike: info@CoastalMountains.org.
  • Advent Vigil for Disarmament at Bath Iron Works, across from the administration building on Washington Street, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 15 and 22. The vigils are in opposition to BIW’s Aegis destroyers and the new Zumwalt destroyers, which will cost more than $3 billion each.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16:

  • Third Sunday Sit at Rockland Shambhala, in The Dancing Elephant, 16 School Street, from 9 a.m. to noon. Seated and walking meditation. By donation. To register, call 594-1694 or email RocklandShambhala@gmail.com.
  • Lessons & Carols at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Belfast, 95 Court Street, at 9:30 a.m. Rev. Ted Kanellakis will lead the service with Holy Eucharist. Coffee hour follows in the parish house.
  • Taize Service at United Christian Church in Lincolnville Center, 18 Searsmont Road (Route 173), at 4 p.m. The service is the final entry in the Music and Reflection for Advent series. Song leader Peter Yanz of St. George will be accompanied by pianist Peter Saladino of Hope. Donations will be taken.
  • Lessons & Carols at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Rockland, on White Street, near the library, 5:30 p.m. The service will include carols, hymns and brief Bible readings in the program that is a dialogue between the reader, the choir, and the people in the pews.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18:

  • Cancer Support Group in Belfast, 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Oncology & Infusion Therapy in the Ludwig Medical Building at Waldo County General Hospital. For patients at any stage, from newly diagnosed to long-term survival. Call to register: 218-7944.
  • NARFE Midcoast Chapter 2169 to Meet, 11:45 a.m. at Offshore Restaurant, Route 1 in Rockport. Bring a wrapped ornament worth under $10 for the Yankee Swap. All retired and active federal employees, their spouses and friends are welcome. FMI: 594-2466.
  • Alzheimer’s Disease Support Group in Rockland, 3 to 4 p.m. third Tuesdays monthly at Knox Center, 6 White Street. Support and info for people who have loved ones coping with Alzheimer’s or related dementias. FMI: 921-6237.
  • Women’s Cancer Support Group, meets 6 p.m. on third Tuesdays monthly at Picker Family Resource Center, 756 Commercial Street, Rockport. Space is limited; call 542-4985 to register.
  • Support Group for People with Incarcerated Family and Loved Ones, called Rose’s Room, gathers on third Tuesdays of the month at 7 p.m. in First Universalist Church, 345 Broadway, Rockland. The Rose’s Room network is expanding throughout Maine. Facebook has details.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19:

  • “Inside the Big Little World of Chris Van Dusen,” 10:30 a.m.-noon, Anderson Inn at Quarry Hill in Camden. The award-winning children’s book author and illustrator, who lives in Camden, will reflect on his life and work and why kids love his books. Copies of several titles will be available for purchase and signing. Free and open to adults 50 and older. You must register: 921-6116 or QuarryHill.org.
  • Lunch & Learn with Spectrum Generations, at Central Lincoln County YMCA, Damariscotta. This one will feature the Evergreen String Orchestra, led by Kaity Newell, playing holiday music from 12:30 to 1 p.m. FMI: 563-1363.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20:

  • Full Moon Hike in Jefferson, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Hidden Valley Nature Center. Meet at the gate at 4:20 p.m. and bring a snack, drink and flashlight or headlamp for the walk to Little Dyer Pond, which takes about 40 minutes each way. If there’s snow on the ground, bring your snowshoes or reserve a pair from Midcoast Conservancy. Registration: MidcoastConservancy.org, 389-5150.
  • Winter Solstice Yoga and Live Cello at The Dancing Elephant, 16 School Street, Rockland, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Taylor Ackerman leads the candlelit class and Robin Lane plays cello. All welcome, including beginners. There’s no need to register. Attendance is by donation.

COMING UP:

  • Introduction to Forest Bathing at Hendricks Head Preserve, Southport, 10-11:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 21. Boothbay Region Land Trust invites everyone to celebrate the winter solstice in this intro to forest bathing. Discover the health-boosting benefits of opening your senses and connecting with the natural world. Certified Forest Therapy Guide Tracey Hall leads the free event. Registration is required: THall@bbrlt.org, 633-4818.
  • Winter Solstice Service at First Universalist Church in Rockland, 345 Broadway, 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21. Music and readings to celebrate the return of the light. The 45-minute service will be followed by a potluck supper. All ages are invited.
  • Polar Bear Dip & Dash in Portland’s East End, Monday, Dec. 31, at East End Beach in Portland. The Natural Resources Council of Maine hosts its 11th annual 5K and ocean plunge to help fight climate change. The 5K starts at 11 a.m. in the Back Cove parking area (across from Hannaford), and the dip will be at noon at East End Beach on Cutter Street, off the Eastern Promenade. Registration is $35: nrcm.org.

ONGOING:

  • Waldo County Beekeepers, first Thursdays, 6:30 p.m., Searsmont Community Center. FMI: 233-8257.
  • Bereavement Support Group, first Wednesdays, 3-4:30 p.m., Picker Family Resource Center, Route 1, Rockport. For anyone coping with loss of a loved one. FMI: 593-9355.
  • Tapping Group, first Sundays, 3-4:30 p.m., High Mountain Hall, Camden. Suggested donation $8-$25. FMI: 975-5325.
  • Lyme Disease Support Group in Wiscasset, last Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m., Community Center. FMI: 446-6447.
  • Midcoast Lyme Disease Support Group, second Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m., Knox Center, 6 White Street, Rockland. FMI: 446-6447.
  • Wellness Wednesdays: Acupuncture, Reiki, Bowen Therapy & Reflexology, on rotating basis, 4:15-5:30 p.m., Bok Medical Building, 22 White St. (behind Rockland Library). All welcome. Free; donations accepted. FMI: 921-6993.
  • Pen Bay Y Heartwatch Program, 116 Union St., Rockport. Rehab for post-cardiac-event patients. FMI: 236-3375.
  • Lung Health Support Group, last Tuesdays monthly, noon-1 p.m., Pen Bay Medical Center’s Pulmonary Rehab Room, Rockport. FMI: 921-8880.
  • Silent Social Hour at Rockland Public Library, the American Sign Language group – hosted and facilitated by Jesse Ellis – meets at 6:45 p.m. Thursdays. It is free and open to the public.
  • Foreign Language Conversation at Belfast Co-op, Tuesdays. For new to fluent speakers. Spanish and Italian 10 a.m., French 11 a.m., German & Swedish noon.
  • Family Caregiver Support Groups: Belfast, first Thursdays, noon-1 p.m., Home Health, 125 Northport Ave. FMI: 930-2500. Camden, fourth Thursdays, 1-2:30 p.m., Spectrum Generations, 87 Elm St. Drop-ins okay. FMI: 800-464-8703.
  • Chair Yoga with David Erickson, Thursdays, 10 to 10:30 a.m., The Residence at Tall Pines, 24 Martin Lane, Belfast. Free and open to the public.
  • Midcoast Stroke Support Group, first Wednesdays, 10 a.m., Camden Library.
  • “Substance Use & Mental Health in Our Community,” Fridays at noon in Belfast Free Library’s 3rd-floor meeting room. Discuss addiction and mental health issues that have affected you through family, community or friends.
  • Women’s Cancer Support Group, third Tuesdays, 6 p.m., Picker Family Resource Center, 756 Commercial St., Rockport. FMI: PickerCenter@PenBayHealthcare.org, 921-3950.
  • Appleton Library Book Group for Adults, third Mondays, 7 p.m. FMI: AppletonLibraryME.org.
  • Dancing Xigong in Camden, 9 a.m. Tuesdays at St. Thomas’ Church and Thursdays at Congregational Church; 12 movements to music for balance, flexibility. Free. All welcome. FMI: 236-8732, BeedyParker@gwi.net.
  • Jefferson Area Community Food Pantry, second and fourth Wednesdays, 4-5:30 p.m., St. Giles’ Episcopal Church, 72 Gardiner Road (Rte. 126), Jefferson. FMI: 315-1134.
  • Adoptive and Foster Families of Maine and Kinship Program Support Groups, for all adoptive, foster & kinship families. Rockland: first Wednesdays at Grace Bible Fellowship, 30 Sherer Lane. Belfast: second Mondays at Christ the King Church, 9 Field St. Damariscotta: first Thursdays at Lincoln County Assembly of God Church. FMI: 800-833-9786, monica@affm.net.
  • Leer y Charlar Spanish-Language Discussion Group, second and fourth Tuesdays at 1 p.m. in Camden Library. Those proficient in Spanish are welcome.
  • Coastal Recovery Community Center in Rockland, 24 Lincoln St.: Sober Hang-Out 4-8 p.m. Thursdays and noon-4 p.m. Saturdays. Friends & Family Together, support for friends & family of those with substance use disorders, 4 p.m. Thursdays. Narcotics Anonymous at 6:30 p.m. Mondays. Refuge Recovery, non-theistic, Buddhist-inspired approach to recovery, 6 p.m. Wednesdays.
  • Philosophical Society at Camden Public Library,third Tuesdays, 4 p.m. The lively discussion group posts topics and readings on the library’s website.
  • Family Game Night at Appleton Library, second Thursdays, 6-8 p.m. If you have a fave board game, bring it.
  • Veterans’ Services in Rockland, fourth Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., URock. Get help with education benefits, home loans, acquiring military records and more. Appointments: 596-6906.
  • Parkinson’s Support Group in Belfast, second Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m., Maine Home Health, 125 Northport Ave. Free drop-in group. FMI: 218-7256.
  • Overeaters Anonymous in Belfast, Fridays, noon-1 p.m., First Baptist Church. Mondays, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Belfast Center. FMI: 382-6446.
  • Dementia Conversation Series, third Thursdays, 4-5:30 p.m., The Lincoln Home, 22 River Road, Newcastle. All friends and families of people with dementia welcome. Learn new ways to cope. FMI: 563-3350.
  • Coffee & Chat at ElderCare Network of Lincoln County “Greens,” first Fridays, 9:30-11 a.m. All welcome at the Greens in Damariscotta, Round Pond, Boothbay, Wiscasset, Edgecomb, Jefferson and Waldoboro.
  • Alzheimer’s Support Groups, first Tuesdays, 6-7 p.m., Anderson Inn’s Media Room, Quarry Hill, Camden; third Tuesdays, 3-4 p.m., Knox Center, Rockland. FMI: 921-6237.
  • Animal Response Team, first Mondays, 5 p.m., Knox County Emergency Mgmt. Agency, 301 Park St., Rockland.
  • Open Meditation in Damariscotta, Midcoast Yoga Shala, 49 Main Street, Mondays, 6-7 p.m. Free; donations taken.
  • Open Meditation at Rockland Shambhala, 16 School Street, Sundays, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Seated and walking meditation. Admission is by donation.
  • Meditation & Mindfulness at The Start Center in Camden, 37 Start Road, Sundays, 9-10:30 a.m. Free. Beginners welcome.
  • Meditation at Meetingbrook Hermitage in Camden, 64 Barnestown Road, Sundays, 6 p.m.
  • Genealogy Club, first Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Stockton Springs Library.
  • Wellness Checks, Mondays & Thursdays, 1-3 p.m., Camden District Nursing office at Quarry Hill. 921-6272.
  • Midcoast Bridge Club, Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m., American Legion, Rockland; Tuesdays, 6 p.m., St. John Baptist Episcopal Church, Thomaston. Newcomers are welcome. FMI: 832-6855 or 236-8792.
  • Knitting & Spinning Circle, Thursdays, 5-7 p.m., WORKS Bookstore & Gallery, 21 E. Main St., Searsport. Free.
  • Midcoast Chess Club, Thursdays, 5-9 p.m., Burger King, Rockland. FMI: 975-2433 or FCollemer@gmail.com.
  • NAMI Support Group, third Thursdays, 6-8 p.m., 6 Hodgdon Street, Damariscotta. FMI: 882-7426.
  • Knox County Coin Club, third Thursdays, 7 p.m., American Legion Post 37, Thomaston. FMI: 701-8411.
  • Fellowship of the Spirit Study Group, Saturdays, 7-8 a.m., St. Margaret’s Church, 95 Court St., Belfast. FMI: 505-5266.
  • Belfast Sign Language Days, last Sundays monthly. Some knowledge of ASL encouraged. All welcome. FMI: Belfast Signing Days on Facebook.
  • Taijiquan, Wednesdays, 7 p.m., Thomaston Library. FMI: 354-2453.
  • Total Victory Support Group, emotional/spiritual support group meets weekly in private homes in Lincoln County. No fees. FMI: 542-7397.
  • Belfast Area Citizens Climate Lobby, second Tuesdays, 7-8:30 p.m., Captain Albert Stevens School cafeteria. FMI: 338-6886, 322-4500.
  • Rockland Taking Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) Group 172, Thursdays, 5:30 p.m., Stella Maris meeting room, Route 1 & Broadway, Rockland. FMI: tops.org.
  • “A Course in Miracles” in Rockland, last Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m. Metaphysical, psychological, spiritual studies. Free. Location & other info: ananur@twc.com.
  • Men’s Cancer Support Group, second & fourth Mondays, 4:30 p.m., Cancer Care Center, Pen Bay Medical Center, Rockport. FMI: 596-8977.
  • Food Addicts Anonymous, Saturdays, 8:30-10 a.m., Knox Center, 6 White St., Rockland. FMI: 354-6749.
  • Rockport Library Writers Group, third Wednesdays, 6-7:30 p.m. All writers welcome, published or aspiring.
  • Rockland Elks Lodge Bingo, Wednesdays, doors open at 4:30 p.m.; drawings 6:20 p.m.; bingo 6:30 p.m.
  • People Helping People, network for seniors and people with disabilities on Boothbay peninsula, second and fourth Fridays, 2 p.m., Boothbay Harbor Community Center. FMI: 633-4368.
  • Increase Your Peace of Mind, 1-2 p.m. Thursdays, Boothbay Harbor Community Center. Three Principles Course for anyone who feels stressed, depressed or angry and wants to feel more joyful, loving, calm & content. FMI: 633-4368.
  • Fiber Arts Group, first and third Tuesdays, 3:30-5 p.m., Rockport Library. FMI: 236-3642 or rockport.lib.me.us.
  • Free Car Seat Checks, third Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., PBMC Child Passenger Safety Program at Fuller Auto Mall, Camden St., Rockland. FMI: 921-8711.
  • Memory Café in Stockton Springs, third Mondays, 10-11:30 a.m., The Good Kettle, 247 Route 1. For caregivers and those with mild cognitive impairment or early Alzheimer’s. FMI: 620-1656.
  • Penobscot Pet Pantry, first Thursdays, 1-3 p.m., PAWS Animal Adoption Center, 123 John St., Camden. FMI: 763-4291, ppetp@tidewater.net.
  • Drug Drop-Off, Knox County Sheriff’s Office, 301 Park St., Rockland. Use green box in lobby. FMI: 594-0429 x702.
  • Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, Thursdays, 7-9 p.m., First Unitarian Church, Rockland. FMI: 691-3599.
  • King’s Closet Free Clothing, Saturdays, 9-11 a.m., Grace Bible Fellowship, Sherers Lane, Rockland. FMI: 596-7117.
  • Clothes Closet Day, first Saturdays, Warren Congregational Church. Free clothes for those in need. FMI: 273-2338.
  • Grown Up Story Hour at Camden Public Library, 11 a.m. Relax in a comfy chair for a different story every Friday, read by a rotating group of librarians and community bookworms.