NOTEWORTHY

THURSDAY, MARCH 14:

  • Talk on the Irish Potato Famine, 10 a.m. in Chats with Champions at Skidompha Public Library, Damariscotta. Learn about the fungus that destroyed Ireland’s potato crops (and how a greedy English government made things even harder for the millions of people who starved or fled to the U.S. in the 1840s and 1850s). The free talk is by Bob Emmons, a former professor at SUNY’s Agriculture School.
  • “A Story of Maine in 112 Objects,” 6:30 p.m. at Rockland Public Library. The story of Maine is told through objects – from a 400-million-year-old fossil to the only authentic Viking object found in the U.S. – by Bernard Fishman, director of Maine State Museum and editor of a book about its nearly one million Maine things.
  • “Gray Ghosts in the Flats: Bonefish in the Bahamas,” 6:30 p.m. at Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 9 Water Street, Rockland. Meet the gray ghosts who attract anglers from around the world in a talk by Georgie Burruss, a marine scientist and teacher at Herring Gut Learning Center in Port Clyde. She has implanted over 100 bonefish with transmitters that track their migration.
  • Maine Lighthouse Museum Reopens, 10 a.m. At 1 Park Drive in Rockland, the nonprofit museum is home to the largest collection of lighthouse and U.S. Coast Guard artifacts in the nation. It’s open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays until Memorial Day, when it’s open daily. Admission is $8 adults; $6 seniors; free 12 and under with an adult.

FRIDAY, MARCH 15:

  • /em>Profile, a Musical Play, at The Bazz, 7 p.m. this Friday & Saturday and next Friday & Saturday at the Basil Burwell Community Theater, 17 Court Street in Belfast. The Belfast Maskers put on the play about a celebrated novelist who withdraws from public view for 25 years, then unexpectedly grants interviews to an ambitious young journalist. Cabaret seating with wine, tea, and desserts. $20 adults; $15 teens: BelfastMaskers.com.
  • Inherit the Wind at The Theater Project in Brunswick, 14 School Street. The story of the 1925 Scopes “Monkey” Trial is acted out March 15-31. Curtain opens at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. With a reception after the Friday, March 15, show, offering refreshments and a chance to meet the director, cast and crew. Talk Back Sessions with director Christopher Price will be held Sundays, March 17 & 24. The Thursday shows are Pay-What-You-Want. Tix are $20 adults; $15 seniors and students; $10 for kids 12 and under; free under 2 on a lap: TheaterProject.com.

SATURDAY, MARCH 16:

  • “Socialist Women in Maine, A Talk for Women’s History Month,” 3 p.m. at Old Professor’s Bookshop, 99 Main Street, Belfast. Dr. Mazie Hough will give the free talk. Hough teaches transnational feminism, womanhood in America, and the history of reproductive politics at UMaine Orono.
  • Maine Comedy All Stars Stopping in Belfast, at Colonial Theatre. Their 2019 Comedy Tour hits the Dreamland stage at 8 p.m. The Tiki Bar will be open. $12 all seats – advance tix now on sale at the candy counter.
  • Cabin Fever Reliever Dance Party, 8 to 10:30 p.m. in Union Hall, 24 Central Street (above Nina June) in Rockport. Music by Dolphin Strikers, the midcoast’s original brine-ska band, cash bar, and comfort food appetizers from Nina June. Tix are $12 per person ($20 for two) at eventbrite.com; leftover tix at the door will be $15 per person; $25 for two. Proceeds go to Youth Arts, bringing art experiences to area students.

SUNDAY, MARCH 17:

  • St. Patrick’s Day, the feast day of St. Patrick, patron saint of Ireland.

MONDAY, MARCH 18:

  • Author Deborah Gould to Speak at The Lincoln Home, Newcastle, 3 p.m. She’ll talk about “The Eastern, Book One: The Early Years” and “The Eastern, Book Two: Later On,” inspired by her purchase of an old farmhouse in East Pittston. Part fiction and part social history, the books tell the story of five families who settled along Maine’s Eastern River in the 1800s and how life changed in the 20th century.

TUESDAY, MARCH 19:

  • Meet Maine’s Spiders, noon at Merryspring Nature Center, Camden. Entomologist Clay Kirby will introduce Maine’s diverse spider species, tell why we need spiders, and describe the unique adaptations that allow them to live in our homes and gardens, underground, in trees and near water. Kirby is an insect diagnostician with the Pest Management Office of UMaine Cooperative Extension. Merryspring’s Tuesday Talks cost $5; free for members.
  • “Aquaculture in Penobscot Bay and Beyond,” 5 p.m. in St. George Town Office. Everyone’s invited to St. George Business Alliance’s panel talk on Maine’s first aquaculture co-op. It will feature a Tenants Harbor resident working with a glass eel aquafarming endeavor called American Unagi; a kelp grower on North Haven; and the CEO of Ocean Approved.
  • International Folk Dances in Belfast, at Belfast Cohousing & Ecovillage’s Common House, 25 Village Road, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays through March 26. Live music. All dances are taught; beginners of all ages are welcome. Bring sweet or savory treats to share. Cider and milk on hand. Free. RSVP: 338-3301.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20:

  • “Preserving History: Documenting and Replicating Historic Small Craft,” 6 p.m. at The Apprenticeshop, 655 Main Street in Rockland. Veteran boatbuilders Greg Rossel and Ben Fuller will lead a boatbuilding journey with a description of old-time construction methods and an explanation of why it’s important to document and preserve historic craft. $10 donation suggested.
  • “Antarctica: A Hot Topic,” 6:30 p.m. at Vose Library, Union. Join journalist and photographer Linda Cortright on her travels to the bottom of the earth, where she hikes up icy mountains and takes a dip in brutally cold waters, in this entry to the library’s Armchair Adventure Series. Her travel to uncommon destinations is coupled with her awareness of environmental challenges around the planet.

THURSDAY, MARCH 21:

  • “The State of North Penobscot Bay and Belfast Bay,” 6:30 p.m. at Belfast Free Library. A slate of knowledgeable people will report on the bays and their biology, water quality, storm surge, temperature, salinity, acidification, and the effects of climate change. Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition hosts the program, which is free and open to everyone.

COMING UP:

  • Annual Spring Story Slam at Sweet Tree Arts, 4 Church Street, Hope village, on Friday, March 22. This year’s theme is “Chance,” and people will tell true stories in the style of “The Moth Radio Hour.” Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with desserts and hot drinks. Stories start at 7 p.m. $15 tix help fund scholarships for the arts center: SweetTreeArts.org.
  • Tim Sample at Camden Opera House, Saturday, March 23, at 7 p.m. The Maine native delivers his dry Down East humor in a show to benefit Bartlett Woods Retirement Community in Rockland. Tix are $18 at CamdenOperaHouse.com and $22 at the door.
  • Afternoon of Variety Offered at Watts Hall in Thomaston, Sunday, March 24, at 3 p.m. Music by Playin’ Possum, made up of four members of the Hynd family; All That Jazz vocalists; and The Dock Boys. Players from Watts Hall Community Theater will perform short pieces of theatrical comedy. The show is free. Refreshments will be served.
  • Conversation with Susan Conley and Lily King in Belfast, Thursday, March 28, at 7 p.m. at Left Bank Books. The nationally acclaimed writers discuss their creative processes and celebrate the release of Conley’s latest novel, “Elsey Come Home.” Free. RSVP: 338-9009, LeftBank@myfairpoint.net.
  • The Capitol Steps Coming to Strand Theatre, Rockland, on Friday, March 29, at 7:30 p.m. The Washington, D.C., troupe that’s recorded over 35 albums (their latest is “Make America Grin Again”) bring their capital humor to Maine with a show designed to leave people on both sides of the aisle laughing. Tix are $55 in advance; $55 at the door.

MUSIC

  • Tix Now on Sale for Savage Oakes Summer Concerts, at Savage Oakes Vineyard and Winery in Union. Friday night shows will include Howard Jones and Men Without Hats on June 14 and The Record Company on July 12. The outdoor shows (bring a chair or blanket) cost $48: SavageOakes.com, 785-2828.

FRIDAY, MARCH 15:

  • Noon Music in Lent Continues at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church, 33 Chestnut Street in Camden. Vocalist Kathryn DerMarderosian’s program, “From Bethlehem to Calvary,” will tell the story of the life of Jesus through a montage of songs, poems and readings. A free lunch of homemade soup, bread and fruit will follow in the parish hall. An offering for the Camden Area Christian Food Pantry will be taken.
  • Over Easy at Saint George River Cafe, in Warren village. The “not really a band” band of Charlie Chiarchiaro, Lynne Frey, Gary McCue and Logan Sampson plays the 6 p.m. Friday night show. Also coming to the cafe, Saturday at 6 p.m., The Potluckers will play. And Sunday at 12:30 p.m., duo Gardenia takes the stage with an arrangement of Celtic and Irish music to suit the day.
  • Young Musicians to Bring Coffee House Evening to Rockport, 6:30 p.m. at Nativity Lutheran Church on Old County Road. Musicians from Camden Hills Regional High School will serve up piano solos, jazz trios and Broadway showstoppers along with sweet desserts. Admission by donation to Area Interfaith Outreach’s Weekend Backpack Program.
  • Bill Berlinghoff at Searsmont Town Library, 7 p.m. The Maine folksinger with a half-century of performances under his belt will play an intimate concert at the library, which is in the Community Building in the village. Free.
  • Miners Creek at Blue Cafe, 7:30 p.m. in the cozy venue on Camden Opera House’s third floor, where the shows are free and 40 Paper offers a cash bar. Miners Creek puts a modern spin on bluegrass, fusing traditional sounds with pop, rock, jazz, folk, Latin, Appalachian, gospel and blues, along with rich four-part harmony.

SATURDAY, MARCH 16:

  • DaPonte String Quartet’s Winter Series II: Through the Looking Glass, featuring Haydn’s String Quartet No. 1 in B flat Major Op. 1 No. 1, “La Chasse,” Shostakovich’s String Quarter No. 8 in C minor Op. 110, and Bartok’s String Quartet No. 4 Sx. 91. The foursome plays at Rockport Opera House on Saturday, March 16, at 2 p.m.; Lincoln Theater in Damariscotta on Sunday, March 17, at 2 p.m.; Jewish Museum in Portland on Thursday, March 21, at 7:30 p.m.; St. Columba’s Church in Boothbay Harbor on Saturday, March 23, at 2 p.m.; and the Unitarian Universalist Church in Brunswick on Sunday, March 24, at 2 p.m. Tix are $22.50 at DaPonte.org; $25 door.

SUNDAY, MARCH 17:

  • Opus One Big Band at Wiscasset Middle School, 5 p.m. Music by the band of professional musicians who support Maine music programs by performing benefit concerts throughout the state. With appearances by Wiscassset Middle High School’s band and student soloists. Baked goods on sale. Tix at the door: $10 adults; $5 seniors and students; $20 families.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20:

  • Jazzman Scot Cannon at Lincolnville Community Library, 7 p.m. The singer and guitarist will play his versions of jazz and pop standards from the 1920s to the ’40s. The Belfast resident’s show is free.

THURSDAY, MARCH 21:

  • Jazz Spaghetti Dinner in Wave Cafe at Camden Hills Regional High School, Rockport, 6 to 7:30 p.m. The Camden-Rockport Middle School and Camden Hills Regional High School jazz bands will serenade diners, and so will the midcoast’s Mondaynite Jazz Orchestra (MoJO). $8 ($4 under 10) at the door. Proceeds fund the bands’ trip to the Clark Terry Jazz Festival in New Hampshire.
  • Folk Duo Simons & Goodwin at Rockland Public Library, 6:30 p.m. Bob Simons and Renee Goodwin play folk, country, rock, jazz and blues in the library’s Reading Room concert series. Free and open to everyone.

COMING UP:

  • Rumours, The Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute, Friday & Saturday, March 22 & 23, at 7:30 p.m. in Gracie Theatre, 1 College Circle, Bangor. They bring back the band with equipment and costumes of the day and “spot-on characterizations and musical performances.” $25.50-$39 tix: GracieTheatre.com.
  • Caribbean Night at Opera House at Boothbay Harbor, Saturday, March 23, 7 p.m. Pan Fried Steel will offer infectious percussion to lure people of all ages onto the dance floor. Slip on your flip-flops, button your beach shirt, and get ready to head somewhere way south of Maine. Tix are $10 in advance; $15 at the door.
  • Deborah Silverstein & Will Brown in Belfast House Concert, Saturday, March 23, at 7 p.m. at Belfast Cohousing & Ecovillage, 25 Village Road. Suggested donation of $10-$20. Reservations required: bit.ly/chcs323.
  • Dom Flemons Brings “The American Songster Tour” to Rockland, Saturday, March 23, at 7:30 p.m. The co-founder of the Carolina Chocolate Drops brings his repertoire spanning 100 years of American folklore, ballads and tunes, along with his banjo, fife, guitar, harmonica and rhythm bones to the Strand Theatre. $15 tix at RocklandStrand.com; $18 at the door.
  • Music and Reflection for Lent with HeartSong, Sunday, March 24, at 4 p.m. in United Christian Church, 18 Searsmont Road (Route 173), Lincolnville.The program will include seasonal readings, moments of reflection and songs of comfort and peace presented by HeartSong, a community-based volunteer chorus.

ONGOING:

  • Tuesday Jams in Thomaston, 8 Hyler Street, 7 p.m. Folk, country, blues, gospel. FMI: 273-2914.
  • Thursday Jams in Warren,Saint George River Cafe, 310 Main Street, 6 p.m. and Friday Open Mics, second and fourth Fridays, at 6:30 p.m.
  • Saturday Drum Circles at River Arts, Damariscotta, second Saturdays, at 6:30 p.m. FMI: 633-6355.
  • Sunday Jams in Rockland, Sail, Power & Steam Museum, 75 Mechanic Street, 1:30 p.m.

FILM

THURSDAY, MARCH 14:

  • “The Healthcare Movie,” 6:30 p.m. at Belfast Free Library. The documentary offers facts about Canada’s single-payer health care system and asks why the U.S. doesn’t have one, too. Maine AllCare, a nonprofit advocating for publicly funded universal health care in Maine, will screen it and serve light refreshments. Free and open to everyone.
  • Independent Filmmakers Want to Show You Their Shorts, 6:30 p.m. in the Mid-Coast Cinema Lounge at the Crosby Center, 96 Church Street in Belfast. Support local filmmakers and vote for your favorites. $7 at the door.

FRIDAY, MARCH 15 — THURSDAY, MARCH 21:

  • COLONIAL THEATRE, Belfast. “Wonder Park,” “Cold War,” “Captain Marvel.” Extra shows all week.
  • FLAGSHIP CINEMAS, Thomaston. FlagshipCinemas.com, 594-2100.
  • LINCOLN THEATER, Damariscotta. “Stan & Ollie.” LCCT.org, 563-3424. See ad on p. 23 for showtimes.
  • STRAND THEATRE, Rockland. “Apollo 11.”

FRIDAY, MARCH 15:

  • “Caravaggio: The Soul and the Blood,” 2 p.m. at Lincoln Theater, Damariscotta. Take a journey through the life, works and struggles of Italian master Michelangelo Merisi di Caravaggio in one of seven documentaries in the Great Art on Screen series made for U.S. cinemas in 2019, featuring deep looks at master artists, including Van Gogh, Monet and Klimt. $15 adults; $18 LT members; $5 under 19.
  • “Notorious,” 6:30 p.m., Friday Night Film Series at Thomaston Public Library (in Academy building). Alfred Hitchcock month continues with this WWII drama that sees the daughter of a convicted traitor go undercover to find German scientists hiding in Brazil. To prove her loyalty to America, she agrees to marry her father’s former Nazi conspirator.

SATURDAY, MARCH 16:

  • “Another Nice Mess: The Restored Laurel and Hardy,” 10 a.m. at Lincoln Theater, Damariscotta. Free screening of four restored shorts featuring the comedy duo, with an intro by Leonard Maltin.
  • Maine Jewish Film Festival: “Budapest Noir,” 5:30 p.m., Strand Theatre, Rockland. A girl is found dead in 1936 Budapest, and no one wants to investigate — except for a world-weary reporter who asks unwanted questions about the murder of the young prostitute.
  • “Up to Speed: Auto Racing in Hollywood,” 6 p.m. at Owls Head Transportation Museum in its Reels & Wheels film series. In this detour from the usual format, the museum shows the film industry’s most famous and infamous auto racing scenes and a panel of experts deconstructs each clip to separate myth from reality. $5 adults; free for members and those under 19.

SUNDAY, MARCH 17:

  • Maine Jewish Film Festival Double Feature, 3 p.m. at the Strand, Rockland. In the animated documentary “Broken Branches,” filmmaker Ayala Sharot brings alive her grandmother’s memories of being only 14 and fleeing Poland on the eve of WWII, never to see her family again. “The Art of Spiegelman” looks at the man who put underground comics in the limelight and won a Pulitzer for Maus.

TUESDAY, MARCH 19:

  • “Dawnland,” 6 p.m., Camden Public Library. See the powerful documentary about how native Maine children were ripped from their homes and put in boarding schools, where adults tried to erase their cultural identity. Then take part in a discussion led by Maria Girouard of Penobscot Nation.
  • Winter Adventure Series Continues at Belfast Free Library, at 6:30 p.m., with a screening of rare footage from the 1940 National Whitewater Canoe and Kayak Championships. The talk and screening by Maine canoeist Zip Kellogg, cohosted by Come Boating! Belfast’s Community Boating Organization, is free.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20:

  • “Do Not Resist,” 6 p.m. at Belfast Free Library. The Peace and Justice Group of Waldo County screens the documentary about the militarization of America’s local police forces. A discussion will follow. Admission is free; donations accepted.
  • “Bathtubs Over Broadway,” at Lincoln Theater in Damariscotta on Wednesday, March 20, and Thursday, March 21, with 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. shows both days. Meet Steve Young, a writer for “Late Show with David Letterman,” who discovers vintage albums in a discarded genre: musicals about some of the most recognizable corporations in America, including General Electric, McDonald’s and DuPont.

THURSDAY, MARCH 21:

  • “Why We Fight,” 2 p.m., Skidompha Public Library, Damariscotta. The prize-winning documentary (whose title was taken from a series of WWII propaganda films) details the reasons the U.S. engages in war and why its military-industrial complex continues to promote war. A discussion will follow. Hosted by the Coastal Senior College Events Committee.
  • Favorite Movie Discussion at Carver Memorial Library, Searsport, 3 p.m. Head to the library to talk about your faves in the library’s collection, enthuse with fellow film buffs, and add to your must-see list over tea and cookies.
  • Sneak Peek of “Les Miserables” Miniseries, 5:30 p.m. at Lincoln Theater, Damariscotta. Get a free look at the first episode in the PBS Masterpiece miniseries based on the 1862 novel by Victor Hugo. The six-episode series will air on Sundays, April 14-May 19.

COMING UP:

  • CatVideoFest 2019 in Rockland, Sunday, March 24, 3 p.m., Strand Theatre. The festival of felines features a reel of the latest and greatest cat videos from around the world. The fest is offered at multiple venues to help cats in need – this one raises funds for Pope Memorial Humane Society in Thomaston.
  • “Flight of the Butterflies,” Sunday, March 24, 5 p.m., Harbor Theater, Boothbay Harbor. See the Monarch migration and learn the story of the scientist who spent 40 years trying to find the place the butterflies landed after they flew south for winter. The 40-minute documentary will be followed by Andy Brand of Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens giving a program on Maine’s butterflies and the plants they need to survive. Boothbay Region Land Trust hosts. $5 donation suggested.
  • “The Human Element,” Tuesday, March 26, 6:30 p.m. at Harbor Theater in Boothbay Harbor. Indivisible-Boothbay screens the documentary by James Balog that “tells a powerful story that puts the focus on climate change where it should be: not as a political or environmental issue, but a human one,” says Outside Magazine. The filmmaker’s cousin, Sheila Balog, will be there to speak about the filming process. The screening and refreshments provided by Oak Street Cafe before the show are free.

ARTS

  • Entries for “Poetry & Art VIII” Mail-In Exhibition, to be displayed at Good Tern Cafe Gallery in Rockland during National Poetry Month in April, must be postmarked by March 25. Send poetry, art, poems about art, and art about poetry on a postcard of any size to: Lois Anne, Curator of Poetry & Art, PO Box 1661, Rockland ME, 04841.

THURSDAY, MARCH 14:

  • Art Journaling for Adults at Camden Public Library, 4 p.m. Bring your journal for a different prompt every Thursday. All other supplies provided.

SATURDAY, MARCH 16:

  • Biannual Knit-a-Thon in Belfast, at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Knit-Maine-ia team and Women of St. Margaret’s ask you to get out your knitting needles (or crochet hooks or other handicraft tools) to raise funds for HOME, an organization in Orland that aims to enhance the quality of life for low-income and homeless families. All ages and levels (including beginners, who will get a free knitting lesson) are welcome to take part for an hour or all day. Recruit sponsors or make a personal donation. More info: 978-325-0045, jillianliver@gmail.com.
  • “Ceramics: Surface Design” at Waterfall Arts in Belfast, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., led by Maggi Blue. Also at the arts center: a three-day “Gilding” class led by Kris Engman on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; “Portrait Drawing in Charcoal” led by Mike Fletcher on Saturdays, March 16 to April 6, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Details are at WaterfallArts.org.

SUNDAY, MARCH 17:

  • Paint Night: By the Dock, 5 to 8 p.m. at The Art Loft, 385 Main Street in Rockland. Justin Kinney will lead the casual night of socializing and painting. $25 includes materials. BYOB. Sign-up: ArtLoftRockland.org, 200-7915. Drop-ins taken if there’s room.

MONDAY, MARCH 18:

  • Free Adult Art Classes at Rockland Public Library, 11 a.m. Catinka Knoth leads the free weekly classes – with a focus on drawing in color – that are open to everyone, with all materials provided. This month, it’s all about “March Motifs,” like Mardi Gras, Celtic designs for St. Patrick’s Day, and Iditarod dogsled races.

TUESDAY, MARCH 19:

  • Thomaston Intergenerational Book Club Meeting, 2:30 p.m. This month’s discussion will center on “Persepolis” and “Persepolis 2,” a pair of graphic memoirs by Marjane Satrapi about coming of age during the Islamic Revolution in Iran. Everyone is welcome to join the group, which has members of all ages.
  • “Writing at the Saint George River Cafe,” in Warren village, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free class on aspects of “writing the good stories we all have within us.”

COMING UP:

  • “The Screen Show: Six Folding Screens by Maine Artists,” Saturday, March 23, 2 p.m. at Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland. Chief Curator Michael Komanecky will give a talk on the museum’s exhibit “The Screen Show,” on view to September 22. Admission is $10; $8 for Farnsworth members.
  • Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockland to Reopen, on Saturday, March 23, with a free public reception from 5 to 7 p.m., preceded by a 4 p.m. gallery talk by exhibiting artists Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen Nguyen, the first recipients of the Ellis-Beauregard Foundation Fellowship Award in the Visual Arts. Also opening is “Melt Down,” with photos and videos by 10 Maine artists whose work addresses climate change in the Arctic and Antarctic. CMCA was closed for repairs after a water main burst in January.
  • Auditions for The Secret Garden with Belfast Maskers, Sunday, March 24, at 3 p.m. and Monday, March 25, at 6 p.m. at The Bazz, 17 Court Street in Belfast. Facebook has the details.
  • Art Club for Adults at Waldoboro Public Library, led by artist Joyce Steel, on five Mondays, March 25 to April 22, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Basic principles and elements of design found in the world around us will be taught. The club is free and limited to 15 members. Enroll by March 21: 832-4484.

ONGOING:

  • Center for Furniture Craftsmanship’s Messler Gallery, Rockport. “Boxes to Die For,” to April 10.
  • Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland. “Maine and the Index of American Design,” to March 24. “The Screen Show,” to September 22.
  • The Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine, Augusta. “40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World,” through March 22.
  • Maine Jewish Museum, Portland. “Art of the Vegetable” by Lynn Karlin, “Glasslight” by Martin Kremer, and “Revisiting Stu Nudelman,” curated by Nanci Kahn, all to May 10.
  • Maine State Museum, Augusta. “Maine + Jewish: Two Centuries” to October 25.
  • Portland Museum of Art, Portland. “Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago,” through May 5.
  • 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

FRIDAY, MARCH 15:

  • Communi-TEA at Thomaston Public Library, 3 to 4:30 p.m. The library holds its monthly tea in its community living room and, as always, everyone is welcome and encouraged to bring a food, pet care or personal care item for the food pantry.
  • Spruce Head Community Hall & Historical Association Potluck, 6 p.m. in the 1923 Spruce Head Community Hall on Village Road. Bring a casserole, salad or dessert and a place setting. Beverages provided. Copies of “From Our Home to Yours: A Spruce Head Cookbook” will be on sale. Snow date: March 18.

SATURDAY, MARCH 16:

  • St. Patrick’s Day Dinner at American Legion Post 1, off Limerock Street in Rockland, from noon to 2 p.m. Everyone’s invited. $8 adults; $6 kids; free for veterans.
  • St. Patrick’s Dinner at The First Church in Belfast, at Spring and Court streets, 5 p.m. Menu: corned beef and cabbage, potatoes, carrots, vegetarian option, breads, beverages, dessert. With entertainment. $10 adults; $25 families.
  • Annual Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner at St. Denis Parish Hall, 2978 Grand Army Road (Route 126) in North Whitefield, 5 p.m. The Irish meal served by St. Denis Knights of Columbus Council 1423 will feature the classics, as well as drinks and desserts. Donations support the St. Denis Community Hall.
  • St. Patrick’s Day Dinner at People’s United Methodist Church, 13 Chapel Street, South Thomaston, 5:30 p.m. Menu: corned beef, roasted vegetables, homemade rolls, dessert and drinks. $8 adults; $4 kids under 11.
  • MOFGA’s “Celebrating Women in Organic Agriculture” Benefit Dinner, at Harraseeket Inn, Freeport. Organic farmers will be on hand and local beer and wine will be served at the 6 p.m. reception. The 6:30 p.m. farm-to-table dinner will feature locally grown food served family style. Meet the new executive director of Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association. Congresswoman Chellie Pingree will talk about organic agriculture in Maine and the nation. $100 tix: mofga.org.

SUNDAY, MARCH 17:

  • St. Patrick’s Dinner in Thomaston, 5-7 p.m. Williams-Brazier Post 37 Women’s Auxiliary of the American Legion hosts it at 37 Watts Lane. Menu: corned beef, ham, potatoes, cabbage, carrots, onions, rolls, beverage and dessert. $8 adults; $25 families; free for veterans and kids under 5.

TUESDAY, MARCH 19:

  • 4th Farm-to-Table Community Lunch, at Central Lincoln County YMCA, Damariscotta. The St. Patrick’s Day-themed healthy meal will feature traditional dishes. Help prepare it at 11 a.m., for $5, or just eat, at noon, for $10. Registragtion: 563-9622 or cclarkelley@clcymca.org.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20:

  • “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.

THURSDAY, MARCH 21:

  • Come Spring Tea at Robbins House on Union Common, 3-6 p.m. Union Historical Society hosts the tea, with members dressed in period attire and serving homebaked goods made from the 1800s recipes of early Union resident Lena Grinnell. Proofs of pages in the society’s upcoming cookbook will be on display. The public is welcome at the free tea; donations accepted.

COMING UP:

  • Pancake Breakfast at American Legion Post 30 in Camden, Sunday, March 24, 7:30-9:30 a.m. Pancakes (with or without blueberries), sausage, scrambled eggs, applesauce, OJ and coffee. $8 adults; $5 under 11. Proceeds will help the Post replace its ancient furnace.
  • “Splendor in the Glass” Dinner & Auction in Rockland, Thursday, March 28, at 5:30 p.m. at Penobscot Language School, 28 Gay Street. A five-course meal with wine is served at 6 p.m. starring beef, chicken or portobello mushroom Wellington and other dishes prepared by chef Leslie Filinow, owner of Earth Candy cafe of Rockland. An auction of hand-painted glass pieces by local artists follows. $65 tix: penobscot.us, 594-1084.

ONGOING:

  • Midcoast Farmers’ Markets, selling local and organic food and artisan crafts and goods. Belfast (MFFM), Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Aubuchon Hardware’s greenhouse, 231 Northport Avenue (Route 1). Belfast (UFMM), Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., 18 Spring Street. Damariscotta, Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon at Central Lincoln County YMCA.

HOME & GARDEN

  • March Maple Syrup at Aldermere Farm, 70 Russell Avenue in Rockport. Maine Coast Heritage Trust invites all ages to try their hand at making syrup from scratch, from tapping to tasting. To schedule a session, call 236-2739 or email jalbury@mcht.org.

THURSDAY, MARCH 14:

  • Potluck and Program on Heirloom Seed Project, in Wessaweskeag Historical Society’s meeting room, behind South Thomaston Library, at the corner of Route 73 and Dublin Road. The potluck starts at 6 p.m. and the program follows, with Neil Lash, cofounder of Medomak Valley High School’s internationally recognized project that has seeds from around the world.
  • “So You Want to Be a Modern Homesteader?” Author in Bremen, 7 p.m. at Bremen Public Library. Kirsten Lie-Nielsen will talk about the joys and hardships of starting a homestead, as detailed in her new book.

TUESDAY, MARCH 19:

  • Bath Garden Club Meeting, noon at Grace Episcopal Church, 1100 Washington Street, Bath. After a social, David Oberton will share ways he uses a wet wheel, diamond wheel and ceramic hone to sharpen implements. All welcome.
  • Talk on Restoring the American Chestnut Tree, 2 p.m. at Belfast Free Library. Chestnut enthusiasts Glen and Ann Rea describe the blight-resistant strain they are persuading people to plant. Both Reas serve on the board of the Maine chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation. Their free program is hosted by Belfast Garden Club.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20:

  • “Downsizing Made Easy,” 10:30 a.m. to noon at Anderson Inn, Quarry Hill, Camden. Professional organizers Kim Dorsky and Liz Pattison of SimplySized Home will give tips for downsizing, simplifying, consolidating. Free; open to adults 50-plus. Registration required: QuarryHill.org, 921-6116.
  • Talk on ReTreeUS at Good Tern Natural Foods Co-op, Rockland, 5 p.m. Richard Hodges will discuss ReTreeUs and its school orchard initiatives, including one at Oceanside East. The Maine nonprofit plants orchards at public schools – 30 so far, with 10 more planned for this year. He will also give tips on caring for fruit trees. Free; donations taken. Sign up at the store or call 594-882.

THURSDAY, MARCH 21:

  • “A Pollinators’ Green Way Station,” 2 p.m. at Farnsworth Museum, Rockland. Landscape designer Irene Brady Barber will explore the mission of the pollinator garden and how it can be embraced by home and professional gardeners, urban planners and native plant enthusiasts. She is a registered horticultural therapist. $15 ($10 Farns-worth members).
  • Free Panel Talk on How to Afford a Home in the Midcoast, 5 p.m. at Central Lincoln County YMCA, Damariscotta. Experts from New Ventures Maine, CEI, and Habitat for Humanity will tell low- to moderate-income midcoasters how to take advantage of affordable financing or start planning for future ownership. Sign-up is requested but not required: 593-7942, melinda.wildes@maine.edu.
  • “Bringing Nature Home,” 7 p.m. at Camden Public Library. Learn how to support wildlife in your own yard by planting flowers, shrubs and trees that attract and support a multitude of birds, butterflies and other native wildlife. The free program by Maine Audubon Director of Education Eric Topper is hosted by Mid-Coast Audubon, which will accept donations.

COMING UP:

  • Woodland Owners’ Short Course, Saturday, March 30, from 9 a.m. to noon at Hidden Valley Nature Center, Jefferson. District Forester Morten Moesswilde will lead the class for owners of woodlots from small to huge and provide a checklist for planning a successful timber harvest. After the class, there will be an optional walk to check out sustainable forestry at HVNC. Registration: MidcoastConservancy.org.

FAIRS & SALES

SATURDAY, MARCH 16:

  • Spring Clearance Book and Bake Sale at Rockland Public Library, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bring a bag and fill it for $10, then $5 for each additional bag. Members of Friends of Rockland Public Library can start shopping at 8:30 a.m. – you can become a Friend at the door. Baked goodies on sale, too.
  • Biannual Auction at First Unitarian Universalist Church of Rockland, 345 Broadway. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for silent bidding, food and festive music. At 7 p.m. auctioneers Broo Temple and Paul Meinersmann, festooned in green to celebrate the sprit of St. Patrick, will open the live bidding on art, services and unusual items. Proceeds fund the church’s outreach efforts.

KIDS & PARENTS

  • March’s Hike the Story Trail, at Boothbay Region Land Trust’s Oak Point Farm, 60 Samoset Road, Boothbay Harbor. This month, the story posted along the easy one-mile loop is “The Snowy Nap” by Jan Brett. Free; no need to register.
  • Registration Now Open for Mid-Coast Summer Activities Fair, set for April 3 at Camden-Rockport Elementary School in Rockport. Anyone offering a program or services for kids this summer, from camps to childcare, is invited to register free of charge by March 22. The registration form is on Facebook.

THURSDAY, MARCH 14:

  • Registration Opens for Summer Camps at Two YMCAs, Central Lincoln County Y in Damariscotta and Boothbay Region Y in Boothbay Harbor, at 8 a.m. Camps run June 17 to August 23.
  • Financial Planning for College at Camden Public Library, 4 p.m. Future college students and their parents or guardians are invited to ask questions and learn about the steps involved.
  • Discover Girl Scouts Event, hosted by Girl Scouts of Maine for girls from kindergarten to third grade, at 6 p.m. in Camden-Rockport Elementary School. For details, go to GirlScoutsOfMaine.org or call 888-922-4763.
  • Information Sessions on Maine Ocean School, to introduce the public magnet school in Searsport for students whose dream job is marine scientist, boat captain, engineer or marina boss, at Rockland Public Library on March 14; Ellsworth Public Library on March 21; and UMaine’s Hutchinson Center in Belfast on March 28, all at 6:30 p.m.
  • Maine Environmental Education Association’s Annual Conference, at UMaine’s Hutchinson Center in Belfast on Thursday & Friday. It will bring together educators and students to share environmental education strategies. Learn more at MEEassociation.org.
  • 5th Annual Maine Science Festival, continues through Sunday, at venues in downtown Bangor. With more than 70 free events and activities for all ages, including forums, hands-on activities, workshops, exhibits, films and games. Learn more at MaineScienceFestival.org.

FRIDAY, MARCH 15:

  • Teen Movie Matinee at Belfast Free Library, 3 to 5:15 p.m. Kids ages 11 to 17 are invited to watch “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” and enjoy some popcorn. Free.
  • Riley Nights: Community Talent Show and Fundraiser, 6 p.m. at The Riley School, 73 Warrenton Street in Rockport. Suggested donaton of $5 to benefit the school’s Vacation Camp Scholarship Fund.

SATURDAY, MARCH 16:

  • “Preparing for Childbirth” Class in Rockport, 9 a.m to 4 p.m., Picker Family Resource Center, 756 Commercial Street. Doula Leah Kohlstrom will lead the class all about childbirth, including how to plan for delivery, the stages of labor and caring for your newborn. $60 for mom and partner. Registration required: 921-3950, JourneyToHealth.CourseStorm.com.
  • Reception to Open the 2019 “Best Art Show Ever,” 10 a.m. to noon, Hutchinson Center, Route 3 in Belfast. Free public reception to open the show of work by students from Belfast’s Troy Howard Middle School and Captain Albert W. Stevens Elementary School. It runs to May 24.
  • Human/Nature Series for Kids: Birds! at Vose Library, Union, 10:30 a.m. Robin Huntley of Dirigo Learning will lead a hands-on museum curation workshop, guiding students in creating the library’s “Birds: Hands-on Museum,” which will be on display in the Children’s Room for a month. Kids should dress warmly for the outdoors class. Free; stop by the library or call 785-4733 to sign up.
  • “Speak Your Mind!” Public Speaking Tournament in Belfast, 1 to 4 p.m. at The Crosby Center, 96 Church Street. The Game Loft hosts the contest that will pit the wits of Waldo County students against each other with “Snake Oil” sales pitches, prepared speeches, and team debates. It’s free to attend; an ice cream social for the contestants and the audience will follow.

TUESDAY, MARCH 19:

  • 4-H STEM Science Fun at Gibbs Library, Washington, for kids 7 to 12. Free sessions led by Kathryn Jensen of UMaine Cooperative Extension from 10:30 a.m. to noon Tuesdays through May 28 (except April 9 and May 7).
  • Free Children’s Drawing Class at Rockland Public Library, 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays. Catinka Knoth leads the 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: The Iditarod and sled dogs.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20:

  • Intergenerational Story Time in Searsport, 10:30-11:15 a.m. at Bayview Manor, 45 West Main Street. Share music, movement and stories with Miss Ronda and Bayview Manor residents.
  • Hypnobirthing Course in Rockport, Wednesdays, March 20-April 17, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Pen Bay Physicians Building, Conference Room C. Mothers and their partners will learn techniques for safe and satisfying birthing through guided imagery, visualization and special breathing. A tour of the birth center is included. $125. Registration: 921-8345.

THURSDAY, MARCH 21:

  • Teen Yoga at Belfast Free Library, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. for kids ages 11 to 17. Yoga mats will be provided. Free.

COMING UP:

  • Kattam and His Tam-Tams at Strand Theatre, Rockland, in the Strand Family Series, on Friday, March 22, at 6:30 p.m. The energetic, entertaining percussionist takes kids and grownups from Africa to the Middle East to India through rhythm, song and dance, accompanied by his monkey, Takoum. Pay-As-You-Can sliding scale: $20/$10/$5/$0.
  • Map-and-Compass Challenge at Great Salt Bay Farm, Damariscotta, on Saturday, March 23, from 10 a.m. to noon. Participants will learn basic orienteering and then get the chance to test their new skills on a challenge course with a hidden prize. The free program is for kids 10 and older; they must be with an adult. Register by calling 563-1393 or going to DamariscottaRiver.org.

ONGOING:

  • LIBRARY OFFERINGS, weekly, in the midcoast. Appleton Public Library: StoryTime Saturdays, 10:30 a.m., for children of any age. 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. Camden Public Library: Story Hours, 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 Memorial Library, Searsport: Preschool Story Hour, Thursdays & Fridays, 10:30 a.m. Gibbs Library, Washington: Storytime, Tuesdays, 10 a.m. FMI: 845-2663. Liberty Library: Story Time, Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. Ages 3-5. Younger and older kids welcome if not disruptive. Palermo Public Library: Toddler Time, Mondays, 10 a.m.-noon. Lego Club, Wednesdays, 6-7:30 p.m. Rockland Public Library: Baby Time with Miss Katie, Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. Children’s Story Hour and Crafts, Wednesdays and Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. Lego Club, third Thursdays, 4:15-5 p.m. Rockport Public Library: Story Time, Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. Babies through age 5 or so. Stories and a craft. Searsmont Town Library: Lego Club, Fridays, 3 to 4:30 p.m. Under 12 must be with an adult. Skidompha Library, Damariscotta: Toddler Time, Tuesdays, 10 a.m. Book Babies, Wednesdays, 10 a.m. Ukulele Group (for all ages), Fridays, 3:30 p.m. Thomaston Public Library: Family Story Time, Thursdays, 11 a.m. Stories, crafts, snacks. Saturday Story & Activity Hour, 10 a.m. Waldoboro Public Library: Story Time, Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. For preschoolers. Warren Public Library: Arts & Crafts Club, Mondays, 6 p.m. Story Time, Saturdays, 10 a.m.
  • Free Nature Play Group in Alna, Fridays, 9 to 11 a.m. at Juniper Hill School, 180 Golden Ridge Road. For babies, toddlers, and kids up to 3. FMI: 586-5711.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Born to Play! Parent-Child Class at Belfast Dance Studio, up to age 3, with caregiver, Saturdays, 8:30-9 a.m. for non-walkers and 9:15-9:45 a.m. for walkers. $8. Drop-ins welcome.
  • 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.
  • Postpartum Support Group, with alternating locations. First and third Thursdays it’s in Rockport in Pen Bay Medical Center’s Cardiac Rehab Solarium; second and fourth Thursdays it’s at Waldo County General Hospital in Belfast in the Biscone Building’s Community Room. Meetings run 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and are a safe place for families to talk, listen and learn and for moms and moms-to-be to connect with other women for support. No need to sign up. Free. FMI: 505-4140.

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Registration Now Open for Annual Islesboro Crossing, the open-water swim that is LifeFlight of Maine’s largest fundraiser, set this year for August 18. FMI: IslesboroCrossing.org.

THURSDAY, MARCH 14:

  • Free “Aging in Place” Luncheon and Information Session, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Union Town Office. An Irish boiled meal celebrating St. Patrick’s Day will be served, followed by a program on prescription drug use and driving, “Road Wise Rx.” No need to reserve, but your call helps with planning: 785-3658.
  • “Your Money Personality” in Damariscotta, 1-3 p.m. at the Central Lincoln County Adult Education office, 767 Main Street. New Ventures Maine offers the free class to help people learn how their habits and attitudes toward money affect their decisions and actions related to it. Registration is required: NewVenturesMaine.org or 593-7942.
  • Waldo County Republicans, meeting at Troy Howard Middle School, Belfast, at 6:30 p.m. Nick Isgro, mayor of Waterville, will be the speaker. Isgro is also vice chair of the Maine Republican Committee. Everyone is welcome.
  • “Budgeting Basics” in Waldoboro, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Medomak Valley High School, 320 Manktown Road. Learn how money tracking, goal setting, and having a sense of one’s overall financial picture can assist in the process of building a budget. Free, but you must register: NewVenturesMaine.org, 593-7942.

FRIDAY, MARCH 15:

  • AARP Safe Driving Course in Boothbay Harbor, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in LincolnHealth’s Wellness Conference Room, 6 St. Andrews Lane. Drivers 50 and older who complete the course can get a reduction in their auto insurance. $20 ($15 AARP members). Sign up by calling 633-6272.
  • Free Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar Clinics, at Stockton Springs Community Library, 11 a.m. to noon Fridays, March 15, April 5 and April 19. The town’s ambulance crew will perform the free tests for the general public as part of the library’s Access Wellness programming.

SATURDAY, MARCH 16:

  • Seaweed Workshop at Merryspring Nature Center, Camden, at 10 a.m. Carly and Claire Weinberg of Dulse & Rugosa lead this entry in the Weekend Workshop series. Participants will taste seaweed foods and create seaweed-based skincare products to take home. $20 ($15 MNC members). Registration required: 236-2239 or info@merryspring.org.
  • Lenten Vigils for Disarmament at Bath Iron Works, Saturdays to April 20. Gather at BIW Administration Building, Washington Street in Bath, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to protest the building of weapons of mass destruction in Maine. FMI: 763-4062.
  • Midcoast Ostomy Group Meeting in Rockport, 2 p.m. in Pen Bay Physicians Building, Conference Room C. The group meets third Saturdays of alternate months. Anyone with an ostomy or who wants to learn more is welcome. FMI: 785-4727, whandmh@tidewater.net.
  • Deep Relaxation Retreat, 2-5 p.m. at The Dancing Elephant, 16 School Street, Rockland. It will include gentle yoga, breathwork and meditation led by Rachel Nixon, accompanied by the sounds of Robin Lane’s cello. Everyone is welcome, including beginners, by donation.

TUESDAY, MARCH 19:

  • Colon Cancer Prevention and Awareness Day, noon-4 p.m., Pen Bay Medical Center, 6 Glen Cove Drive, Rockport. Everyone is invited to the free event with a talk by gastroenterologist Kirk Bernadino, MD, and tours of the endoscopy department. Walk through a giant inflatable colon and learn more about prevention, screening, diagnosis and treatment. Refreshments will be served. Registration: 921-3950, JourneyToHealth.CourseS-torm.com.
  • Alzheimer’s Disease Support Group in Rockland, 3-4 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, 6 p.m. third Tuesdays monthly at Picker Family Resource Center, 756 Commercial Street, Rockport. Space is limited; call 542-4985 to register.
  • Owl Prowl in Jefferson, 7-9 p.m. Listen for howls, hoots and rustles in the underbrush on this full-moon hike (or snowshoe) at Hidden Valley Nature Center. Meet in the parking lot for the guided journey to Little Dyer Pond and back, a distance of 2.5 miles. Then enjoy a warm drink at the barn. You can borrow snowshoes, if you need them: 389-5150, MidcoastConservancy.org.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20:

  • Congresswoman Chellie Pingree at Business Breakfast, Samoset Resort in Rockport. Coffee and networking 7 a.m. Breakfast 7:30 a.m. Pingree’s program at 8 a.m. on current issues facing the U.S. Congress and her work on the Appropriations and Agriculture Committee. The Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce’s quarterly business breakfast is open to the public. $30 ($25 members) with a $5 increase after March 15: CamdenRockland.com.
  • “Hiring Workers from the Justice System: A Maine Downtown Institute,” 9 a.m.-noon at UMA Rockland Center, 91 Camden Street. The free session will present info on hiring incarcerated people returning to the workforce and provide info on tax credits for businesses that do so. Register at mdf.org.
  • Trivia Night at Saint George River Cafe, Warren village, 6:30 p.m. It’s $3 to play and free to watch. The winning team (max of three contestants) takes all the prize money.
  • St. George MSU Budget Workshop, 6:30 p.m., St. George School’s art room.

THURSDAY, MARCH 21:

  • Edgecomb Community Church to Hold Lenten Book Study, 10:30 a.m. to noon Thursdays, March 21-April 18 (there will also be an afternoon session at 1 p.m. on March 21). Each session will follow the life of Jesus through the Gospel of John and give context to some of the New Testament’s best-known verses. Bring lunch; coffee and dessert provided. To RSVP, call 882-4060 and leave a message.
  • Elder Abuse Awareness & Response Workshop, 1-5 p.m., UMaine Hutchinson Center, Route 3, Belfast. A slate of experts invite community members and service providers to learn about the dynamics of elder abuse and resources that can help people respond to this challenging issue. The free workshop is hosted by New Hope for Women and Elder Abuse Institute of Maine. Register on EventBrite.com.

COMING UP:

  • Maine Driving Dynamics, Saturday, March 23, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the McLain Building in Rockland. Those who complete the course will get a three-point credit on their driving records, and drivers 55-plus can get an insurance discount. $40 ($25 for drivers 65-plus): 594-9764, rsu.13.MaineAdultEd.org.
  • SOLO Wilderness First Aid Certification Course, Saturday & Sunday, March 23 & 24, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Waldo County Technical Center, Belfast. Build backcountry medical care skills with in-class sessions, hands-on practice and outdoor scenarios, taught by Maine Guide Nancy Zane. FMI: 692-3138, NorthStarAdventures1@gmail.com.
  • “Cyber Security for Seniors,” at Camden Public Library on Sunday, March 24, at 2 p.m. Hugo Heriz-Smith offers the free class on staying safe online, from creating strong passwords to avoiding scams. All ages are welcome.
  • “Commercial Drone School,” at UMA Rockland Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 26 to May 9, from 4 to 6:45 p.m. The $400 course prepares students to pass the FAA Knowledge Exam for Remote Pilot Operators. Call 596-6906 to register.
  • Coastal Family Hospice Volunteers Training Program, Wednesdays, March 27-May 22, from 1 to 4 p.m. in Rockport. Learn more: 230-0042 or CoastalFamilyHospiceVolunteers@gmail.com.
  • Spring Classes at Belfast Senior College, will run Thursdays, March 28 to May 2, at the Hutchinson Center, Route 3, Belfast, and cover a multitude of topics. Registration: BelfastSeniorCollege.org.

ONGOING:

  • Prostate Cancer Networking and Support Group, second Mondays, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Knox Center, 6 White Street, Rockland. FMI: 617-756-4703, charhuschle@gmail.com.
  • Overeaters Anonymous in Belfast, Fridays, noon-1 p.m., First Baptist Church. Mondays, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Belfast Center. 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. 563-3350.
  • Waldo County Beekeepers, first Thursdays, 6:30 p.m., Searsmont Community Center. 233-8257.
  • Rockland Elks Lodge Bingo, Wednesdays, doors open at 3:30 p.m.; bingo 6:30 p.m. Open to the public.
  • Belfast Sign Language Days, last Sundays monthly. Some knowledge of ASL encouraged. All welcome. FMI: Belfast Signing Days on Facebook.
  • 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.
  • 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 and 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. All welcome. 832-6855 or 236-8792.
  • NAMI Support Group, third Thursdays, 6-8 p.m., 6 Hodgdon Street, Damariscotta. 882-7426.
  • Silent Social Hour at Rockland Public Library, American Sign Language socials, second & fourth Tuesdays at 6 p.m. Jesse Ellis hosts the voices-off gatherings that will teach participants the basics or help them build their skills.
  • Total Victory Support Group, emotional/spiritual support group meets weekly in private homes in Lincoln County. No fees. 542-7397.
  • Rockland Taking Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) Group 172, Thursdays, 5:30 p.m., Stella Maris meeting room, Route 1 & Broadway, Rockland. Tops.org.
  • “A Course in Miracles” in Rockland, last Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m. Metaphysical, psychological, spiritual studies. Free. Location: ananur@twc.com.
  • Men’s Cancer Support Group, second & fourth Mondays, 4:30 p.m., Cancer Care Center, Pen Bay Medical Center, Rockport. 596-8977.
  • Food Addicts Anonymous, Saturdays, 8:30-10 a.m., Knox Center, 6 White St., Rockland. 354-6749.
  • Rockport Library Writers Group, third Wednesdays, 6-7:30 p.m. All writers welcome, published or aspiring.
  • 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. 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. 620-1656.
  • Penobscot Pet Pantry, first Thursdays, 1-3 p.m., PAWS Animal Adoption Center, 123 John St., Camden. 763-4291, ppetp@tidewater.net.
  • Drug Drop-Off, Knox County Sheriff’s Office, 301 Park St., Rockland. Use green box in lobby. 594-0429 x702.
  • Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, Thursdays, 7-9 p.m., First Unitarian Church, Rockland. 691-3599.
  • King’s Closet Free Clothing, Saturdays, 9-11 a.m., Grace Bible Fellowship, Sherers Lane, Rockland. 596-7117.
  • Clothes Closet Day, first Saturdays, Warren Congregational Church. Free clothes for those in need. 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.
  • Belfast Area Citizens Climate Lobby, first Thursdays, 6 to 8 p.m., Belfast Free Library’s Abbott Room. 338-6886, 322-4500.
  • 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, 6 White Street in Rockland. 921-6237.
  • Women’s Cancer Support Group, third Tuesdays, 6 p.m., Picker Family Resource Center, 756 Commercial Street, Rockport. PickerCenter@PenBayHealthcare.org, 921-3950.
  • Knox County Democratic Committee, second Tuesdays, 6 p.m., Stella Maris House, 148 Broadway, Rockland. KnoxMaineDemoCrats.org.
  • Knox County Republican Committee, second Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m., Trade Winds, fifth floor, 2 Park Drive, Rockland. GOPKnoxCounty.com.
  • Co-Dependents Anonymous (CoDa), Tuesdays, 10 to 11:30 a.m., library of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Glidden Street in Newcastle. 563-6209.
  • Bereavement Support Group, first Wednesdays, 3-4:30 p.m., Picker Family Resource Center, 756 Commercial Street (Route 1), Rockport. For anyone coping with loss of a loved one. 230-0042.
  • Fiber Arts Tuesday at Appleton Library, third Tuesdays, 3 to 4 p.m. Those itching to complete a project are invited to stitch at the library, 2916 Sennebec Road.
  • Wellness Wednesdays, every Wednesday, 4:15-5:30 p.m., Bok Medical Building, 22 White Street. Reiki, chair massage, ear acupuncture and more. All welcome. 921-6993.
  • Lung Health Support Group, last Tuesdays, noon-1 p.m., Pen Bay Medical Center’s Pulmonary Rehab Room, Rockport. 921-8880.
  • Family Caregiver Support Group in Belfast, first Thursdays, noon-1 p.m., Home Health, 125 Northport Avenue. 930-2500. In Damariscotta: second Thursdays, 1 p.m., Spectrum Generations at the YMCA. 563-1363. In Camden: fourth Thursdays, 1 p.m., Spectrum Generations, 87 Elm Street.
  • Midcoast Stroke Support Group, first Wednesdays, 10 a.m., Camden Public Library.
  • Jefferson Area Community Food Pantry, second and fourth Wednesdays, 4-5:30 p.m., St. Giles’ Episcopal Church, 72 Gardiner Road, Jefferson. 315-1134.
  • C.A.R.E.S. Meetings for Foster/Adoptive/Kinship Families, meet evenings in 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. Childcare available. RSVP required: 800-833-9786, sheila@affm.net.
  • Coastal Recovery Community Center in Rockland, 24 Lincoln Street: Friends & Family Together Thursdays at 4 p.m. Narcotics Anonymous Mondays at 6:30 p.m. Refuge Recovery Wednesdays at 6 p.m. SMART Recovery Fridays at 6 p.m.
  • Philosophical Society at Camden Public Library, third Tuesdays, 4 p.m. The discussion group posts topics and readings on the library’s website.
  • Taijiquan, Wednesdays, 7 p.m., Thomaston Library. 354-2453.
  • Leer y Charlar Spanish-Language Discussion Group, second and fourth Tuesdays at 1 p.m. in Camden Library. Those proficient in Spanish are welcome.
  • 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, more.
  • Parkinson’s Support Group in Belfast, second Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m., Maine Home Health, 125 Northport Avenue. Drop-in group. 218-7256.