RESOURCES

  • Maine.gov and CDC.gov offer state and federal COVID-19 updates and info.
  • 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

THURSDAY, JUNE 4:

  • “Integrating Medicinal Mushrooms into Your Life,” an online presentation at 6 p.m., hosted by Belfast Free Library. Mushroom expert Greg Marley explores common medicinal mushrooms with tips for integrating them into your diet and life. He’ll name mushrooms that are excellent edibles, too. The Zoom talk will be loaded with photographs and there will be time for questions at the end. Register at belfastlibrary.org/events or send an email to bharrington@belfastlibrary.org.
  • “Discover a Powerful Tool for Naturalists,” 6 to 7 p.m. Camden Public Library, in partnership with Coastal Mountains Land Trust, hosts the Zoom program by Maine Master Naturalist Roger Rittmaster. He’ll give a look at one of the world’s most popular and exciting nature apps, iNaturalist. For a link to attend, email jpierce@librarycamden.org.
  • Hiking and Nature Talk, hosted by Rockland Public Library, at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom with Aislinn Sarnacki, a reporter at the Bangor Daily News and the editor of Act Out, a section of the BDN that features stories, videos, and other content about a wide variety of outdoor activities, nature, and conservation. She produces a weekly column about hiking trails and other outdoor destinations throughout Maine. Additionally, Sarnacki has authored three hiking guidebooks: “Family-Friendly Hikes in Maine” (2017), “Maine Hikes off the Beaten Path” (2018) and “Dog-Friendly Hikes in Maine” (2019). For a link to attend, email sbillings@rocklandmaine.gov by 4:30 p.m.

MONDAY, JUNE 8:

  • “Limited Opening” at Camden Public Library, starting this Monday and running through Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. The first floor will be open to a limited number of visitors through the Atlantic Avenue entrance. The library continues to offer curbside pickup of book orders from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For details, go to librarycamden.org.

TUESDAY, JUNE 9:

  • “Staging Shakespeare Part 1: Where There’s a Will There’s a Way,” hosted online by Camden Public Library from 6 to 7 p.m. Camden Shakespeare Festival’s artistic director, Stephen Legawiec, will lead the first of a two-evening discussion (“Staging Shakespeare Part 2: Living Will” is set for Thursday, June 11) on the changing ways in which Shakespeare’s plays have been staged. For a link to attend, email jpierce@librarycamden.org.
  • “How Maine Are You?” Trivia Night, in honor of Maine’s bicentennial, Rockland Public Library presents Part Two of “How Maine Are You?” trivia night at 6:30 p.m. The evening will feature four rounds as participants play for the honor of being known as the “Master of All Things Dirigo.” The casual night will be presented via Zoom and co-hosted by librarians Shane Billings and Patty King. Participants may play on a team or solo. To request a link to the event, which is necessary to participate, email pking@rocklandmaine.gov.

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

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3:

  • 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, JUNE 5:

  • 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.

SATURDAY, JUNE 6:

  • Virtual Opening Reception for “Erin Johnson | Unnamed for Decades” at CMCA, Center for Maine Contemporary Art of Rockland, from 5 to 6 p.m. Spanning two galleries, the exhibition presents a series of new site-specific installations by Erin Johnson, recipient of the 2nd annual Ellis-Beauregard Foundation Fellowship, awarded to a Maine artist in recognition of outstanding work. Head to CMCAnow.org for a link to where you can register for the reception on Zoom.

MONDAY, JUNE 8:

  • Maine Mondays on Facebook Live, on Camden Public Library’s Facebook page from 11 a.m. to noon every Monday. Julia will read selections from books about Maine’s history. This program is part of the library’s year-long celebration of Maine’s bicentennial. Recordings of the readings are available to watch afterward in the Video section of the Facebook page.

TUESDAY, JUNE 9:

  • Leer y Charlar on Zoom, from 1 to 3 p.m. The Spanish language reading and conversation group is now meeting online. For a link attend, email Lynne Taylor at leerycharlar@gmail.com.
  • “Pandemic Purling!” on Zoom, from 4 to 5 p.m. Camden Public Library’s virtual knitting group invites everyone to bring their own knitting project or try something new. Miss Loraine leads the online knitting circle. For a link to attend, email her at lmurray@librarycamden.org.

HOME & GARDEN

  • UMaine Extension COVID-19 Resources for Pick-Your-Own Farms are offered on a new webpage dedicated to Best Management Practices. The site offers tips on proper sanitation, social distancing and safe handwashing systems. You can also access a recorded webinar with an in-depth discussion on the best pick-your-own practices for Maine farms. For details, call Jason Lilley, 781-6099, or email him at jason.lilley@maine.edu.

TUESDAY, JUNE 9:

  • Talk on Invasive Plant Species at Merryspring Nature Center, in Camden, at noon. Learn about invasive species – the plants “from away” that are disturbing natural ecosystems and replacing native vegetation that defines Maine and on which wildlife depends. Rebecca Jacobs of Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District will speak about these plants and her development of the invasive plant management plan at Merryspring. Guests will find out what she discovered and how Merryspring will engage the five-year plan to thwart these invaders. Optional walk to follow. The outdoor seating will be at a safe distance; bring a mask. The Summer Talk series program is $5, with free admission for Merryspring members. Guests are encouraged to bring exact change to minimize cash transactions. Next in the series, on Tuesday, June 16, at noon, John Fromer gives the first of his summer perennial gardening talks. The Maine Master Gardener will speak about starting plants from seed, dividing plants, making cuttings, and rooting shoots.

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.

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 staff. Topics for June include freezing rhubarb and greens, preserving strawberries and herbs, and drinks from the garden. Participants can opt 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, but payment is not required to participate. Registration is available on the webpage. For more info, contact Kate McCarty: 781-6099, kate.mccarty@maine.edu.

FRIDAY, JUNE 5:

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

SUNDAY, JUNE 7:

  • Pumpkin Vine Family Farm in Somerville Opens Market and Offers Fresh Air Hikes every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., starting June 7. The farm market takes part in Maine Harvest Bucks. People are invited to stroll the farm’s trails or enjoy a picnic on the grounds. You are asked to wear a mask at the market and maintain social distancing there and on the grounds. The farm is at 217 Hewett Road.

KIDS & PARENTS

  • Strand Theatre of Rockland Announces Strand Youth Film Fest, an opportunity for young people living in the midcoast and surrounding areas to create and submit short films. Entries will be accepted through August 31, with awards and a public presentation of the films (virtual, or in-person, if possible) in the fall of 2020. Prizes will be awarded from a panel of judges, made up of Strand staff and local film professionals.

TUESDAY, JUNE 2:

  • Chat with Miss Amy of Camden Public Library on Zoom, every Tuesday from 10 to 11 a.m. For a link to attend, email alhand@librarycamden.org.
  • 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. Toddlers and early elementary school children are invited to the themed storytimes with songs, rhymes and books.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3:

  • Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport Holding Hockey Gear Return and Drive, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. People who have borrowed gear they couldn’t return because of the abrupt end to the 2019-2020 hockey season are invited to swing by and drop it off. MRC is also holding a hockey gear drive, accepting any new or used hockey gear. MRC provides all the gear children at any level need to play hockey as it’s available and also rents out full sets of equipment to adults starting at $50 for the full season. Any youth and adult hockey gear will be accepted. MRC will be setting up a drop zone and asks that people stay a minimum of six feet from others while dropping off gear.
  • Read Alouds with Miss Kate of Rockland Public Library, 10:30 a.m. on the library’s YouTube channel.
  • Foster Care and Adoption Info Meeting and Watch Party, hosted by A Family for ME, 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 Maine are invited to the 30-minute presentation and a Q&A with staff. This watch party is the first step in becoming a foster parent or adopting a child through the state. To RSVP, call toll free, 844-893-6311, or send a message through the website at AFamilyForMEMaine.org.

THURSDAY, JUNE 4:

  • Baby Time with Miss Kate of Rockland Public Library, 10:30 a.m. on the library’s YouTube channel.
  • Learn About Free University Courses for High School Students at an 8:30 a.m. Zoom workshop. Join staff from UMA Rockland to learn about the High School Aspirations Program. The program allows any Maine high school student to take university classes tuition free. The fall classes – face-to-face and online – count toward both high school and college credit. Register at forms.gle/8zZ5UngVcaiqXnwr5. More info: 596-6906 or umarockland@maine.edu.

COMING UP:

  • Camden Hills Regional High School’s Class of 2020 Holding March Through Town, and they invite everyone to take part in the tradition – made vehicular for 2020 – on Friday, June 12, at 7 p.m. Seniors will ride in the front seats of cars instead of walking. Park on the right-hand side of the road in the direction of the procession, which starts at Camden Public Library, turns left onto Union Street by Village Variety, through downtown Rockport, across the bridge to Pascal Avenue, and right onto West Street. It will end at the intersection of Route 90 and West Street. Stay in your car; do not join the procession. Signs invited.

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.

THURSDAY, JUNE 4:

  • Tech Help Hour on Zoom, offered 1 to 2 p.m. by Camden Public Library. Bring your tech troubles to the library’s experts. To make an appointment, go to librarycamden.org.

FRIDAY, JUNE 5:

  • Chess Club Holding Online Matches, from 4 to 6 p.m. every Friday while Camden Public Library is closed. Members may also challenge other members at any time. You can join the club at lichess.org/team/camden-chess-club. If you need help registering or want more information, contact Evan Annis at Camdenchessclub@gmail.com.

SATURDAY, JUNE 6:

  • Coastal Mountains Land Trust Holding Virtual Pendleton 5K + 5 Mile, the opener in the RunBelfast 2020 race series, with “race day” this Saturday. Participants can register for individual races or sign up for the whole series at RunBelfast.org so that they have goals all summer and fall. A virtual series allows participants to run and walk anywhere they choose, almost anytime they want, in the week leading up to race day. Using the honor system, race participants will email info@runbelfast.org with their time and distance before midnight on race day.

SUNDAY, JUNE 7:

  • Hope From Home, a new statewide virtual fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, will be held this Sunday, which is also National Cancer Survivors Day. Learn how to take part at relayforlife.org/homefromhomeENE.

MONDAY, JUNE 8:

  • Walsh History Center Hour on Zoom, hosted by Camden Public Library from 1 to 2 p.m. Staff will answer questions about houses, history, and more. Visit the library’s homepage to request a link: librarycamden.org.

COMING UP:

  • Paces for PAWS: Going the Social Distance 5K and Walk-a-Thon, hosted by PAWS Animal Adoption Center of Camden, with all proceeds supporting PAWS in providing shelter, food, and medical attention to displaced dogs and cats in midcoast Maine. Those who prefer to run can register at active.com and run a route of their choice over a distance of one mile, 5K, five miles, or 10K. Runners are able to complete their route anytime between Sunday, June 14, and Saturday, June 20. Prizes for top runners. Those who prefer to walk can collect pledges. Walkers can register at pacesforpaws.org. Walkers who raise $100 will get a PAWS T-shirt and walkers who raise $250 will get a PAWS hoodie. All participants will receive a medal.