RESOURCES

We offer a Calendar of Events that is, for the time being, mostly eventless. Some ideas for online adventures are repeats from last week — but in our defense, the livestream of the puppy room at Warrior Canine Connection continues to be amazingly cute (see Live Cams Around the World, below).
  • Maine.gov offers the latest news from Maine’s Center for Disease Control & Prevention, the governor and the state Legislature. It also lists the current number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Maine. Governor Janet Mills has also launched a new online resource “which will be updated regularly [and] outlines four predominant ways Maine people can address immediate needs: 1) financial assistance; 2) health care and medical assistance; 3) small business assistance; and 4) connections with family, friends, and neighbors”: coronavirus.maine.gov/mainehelps.
  • CDC.gov offers a federal overview of case counts and a map of states and their reported cases. It lists the symptoms of COVID-19, offers steps for prevention, and tells what to do if you think you or someone you know has contracted it.
  • VillageSoup.com has suspended all requirements to pay to view stories. It offers comprehensive updates on what’s happening in Knox and Waldo counties, including closures, and lists important resources, like where free meal service for children is being offered.
  • Tinyurl.com/rockland-resources is a thorough guide with multiple resources for coping with COVID-19 in the Rockland area and beyond. It gives info on everything from childcare to several locations where people can obtain free meals.
  • Visit The Free Press’s Facebook Page for a message from our publisher and information on how to contact our managing editor to contribute your thoughts on life during this pandemic.

NOTEWORTHY

TUESDAY, MARCH 31:

  • Governor Janet Mills’ Executive Order, which went into effect at 6 p.m. on March 18 and was set to last until midnight tonight, has been expanded and extended to April 8. The order closes all nonessential businesses with public-facing spaces, bans gatherings of more than 10 people and calls for social distancing and other safeguards at businesses that remain open. See her entire Executive Order at maine.gov.

MEANWHILE:

  • Take a Hike! Nature is still open and so are midcoast land preserves. For trail maps: CoastalMountains.org, GeorgesRiver.org, MaineCoastHeritageTrust.org, MidcoastConservancy.org, and Boothbay Region Land Trust at bbrlt.org.
  • But Note That Some State Parks Have Closed, until April 8, due to crowding that makes it hard for people to implement adequate physical distancing: Reid State Park, Popham Beach State Park, Fort Popham, Fort Baldwin, Kettle Cove State Park, Two Lights State Park, Crescent Beach State Park, Scarborough Beach State Park, Ferry Beach State Park, and Mackworth Island. Maine’s Bureau of Parks and Lands “is calling on visitors to be mindful of crowding and to seek alternate close-to-home spots to get outside, including back yards and neighborhoods, land trust trails, wildlife management areas, and public lands.”
  • Coastal Mountains Land Trust Offers Tips for Staying Safe on the Trails: Allow six feet between people and step well aside on narrow trails to allow fellow hikers to pass safely. Wash your hands. Stay home if you are sick. Recognize that others may have touched signs, gates, picnic tables, etc. Stay local. When possible, find ways to explore nature near your home. You would be amazed what you can find and explore just outside your door or walking on local roads. Watch birds, find a vernal pool, follow a stream. When you do leave home, avoid crowds. Have a plan B. Be willing to go somewhere else if a parking lot and/or trail is busy.... Use this as an opportunity to find a less-traveled preserve.
  • If You Can’t Get Outside, but need a nature fix, head to Google Arts and Culture for a virtual tour of Kenai Fjords, Hawai’i Volcanoes, Carlsbad Caverns, Bryce Canyon and Dry Tortugas national parks: ArtsAndCulture.WithGoogle.com.
  • Midcoast Forum has canceled its April and May meetings, but plans to reschedule them. In the meantime, you can head to MidcoastForum.org to hear the past year and a half of speakers.
  • Live Cams Around the World, including one at an African watering hole, the puppy room at Warrior Canine Connection, and a great blue heron’s nest: Explore.org/livecams.

MUSIC

  • “Nightly Met Opera Streams,” a free series of encore Live in HD presentations streamed on Metropolitan Opera’s website, MetOpera.org, at 7:30 p.m. every night and available for 20 hours, while the COVID-19 pandemic lasts.
  • “Together, At Home” Concert Series, a virtual event series launched by Global Citizen, the World Health Organization, and a growing collection of artists. Head to GlobalCitizen.org for the lineup, which incudes Chris Martin, John Legend and Common: GlobalCitizen.org.

FILM

  • Kanopy.com, is a free service offered by many public libraries and universities that allows users to stream their choice of thousands of movies. Head to Kanopy.com to see if your library or school participates.

ARTS

  • CMCA 2020 Biennial Exhibition Taking Online Submissions, with an April 3 deadline for the fall show at Center for Maine Contemporary Art, in Rockland. For guidelines, go to CMCAnow.org.
  • Maine Authors Publishing Offers Monthly Orientation Class as an online Zoom meeting on Friday, April 3, at 3 p.m. They will answer questions about who they are and how they can help writers create and publish a book. Email info@maineauthorspublishing.com to register.
  • Take a Virtual Tour of a World-Class Museum including the Louvre, Guggenheim Museum, Vatican Museums, Smithsonian and Metropolitan Museum of Art. Their websites are now offering the free tours.
  • Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, has canceled the Soup Bowl Supper that was scheduled for April 2.
  • Waterfall Arts in Belfast has closed its galleries and office at Waterfall Arts until April 27. All classes, events, workshops, youth programming and drop-in open studios are suspended for now. Staff will reach out to already-registered students to process refunds or communicate rescheduled dates. If you are receiving private lessons from studio tenants, please contact them directly for any schedule changes or cancellations.

HOME & GARDEN

  • Conservation District Extends Plant Sale Order Deadline, Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District’s Annual Spring Plant Sale will be limited to pre-orders only with scheduled curbside pick-up at Union Fairgrounds for pre-order customers — there will be no public cash-and-carry sale this year. To accommodate those who were planning to shop cash-and-carry, KLSWC is extending the pre-order deadline to Friday, April 10. The plant list includes fruit trees — apples; cherries (sweet and sour), peaches, pears and plums, as well as blueberries, raspberries (red and black), blackberries strawberries, grapes, asparagus, rhubarb and horseradish. There is a selection of native conifers, deciduous trees, shrubs and perennials for soil stablization, biodiveristy, climate change adaptation and beauty in all landscape conditions. At this time, pre-order pick-up is scheduled for Saturday, May 2, and Sunday, May 3. To limit the number of people on-site at any one time, the District will contact all pre-order customers to schedule curbside pick-up in 15-minute time slots. The District will keep all customers informed of any changes in response to changing conditions. To place a pre-order, go to www.knox-lincoln.org/online-plant-catalog to order online or download a catalog or order form. For any questions about the sale, ordering, pick-up or plants, email hildy@knox-lincoln.org or call 596-2040.
  • Chat Online with Garden Experts, University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering a series of free one-hour online home gardening discussions starting each Monday at 9 a.m., Wednesday at noon, and Thursday at 6 p.m. through April 23. “Garden Chats: Growing Resilience from the Ground Up” will be a chance for gardeners and UMaine Extension experts to share and discuss gardening tips, and ask questions. Topics will include pruning, seed starting, soil preparation and garden management. More information, including the schedule of topics and instructions for joining the Zoom sessions, is online. For information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact Caragh Fitzgerald, 622-7546, cfitzgerald@maine.edu.
  • MOFGA, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, has canceled, postponed or made accommodations for remote learning for all of its events through May 1. MOFGA.org has details.

FOOD & DRINK

  • Belfast Farmers’ Market has moved to its outside location at Waterfall Arts and will be open Fridays, 9 a.m to 1 p.m. “With public health as a top priority during the COVID-19 outbreak, the market has transitioned away from a social gathering hub to a place to efficiently pick up necessities from local producers.” BelfastFarmersMarket.org has details.
  • CANCELED: Free Community Take-Out Supper at Belfast United Methodist Church, 23 Mill Lane, will be offered Saturday, April 4, with pick-up from 4 to 6 p.m.
  • Adas Yoshuron Synagogue’s Annual Easter Day Community Dinner Will Still Be Served, But To-Go, at St. Peter’s Church on Easter Sunday, April 12, at 1 p.m. Instead of serving a sit-down dinner, they will be distributing a home-cooked take-out meal for pick-up at the church, 11 White Street, Rockland. When waiting in line to receive a meal, people are requested to maintain six feet of distance between themselves and others to comply with health recommendations. For more information contact Adas Yoshuron at 594-4523, info@adasyoshurong.org.
  • 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 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 pick-up in the CLC YMCA parking lot.
  • Tinyurl.com/rockland-resources lists multiple locations where free meals are available in the Rockland area.
  • Good Shepherd Food Bank of Maine offers extensive information for food-insecure Mainers during the COVID-19 crisis. Visit GSFB.org/mainecovid/ for details.
  • And Don’t Forget that Suit Up Maine is asking shoppers to think before buying items with an orange WIC label next to the price. According to a tweet from @SuitUpMaine: “When stocking up for #SocialDistancing, if an item has a WIC symbol beside the price, get something else. People who use WIC to feed their kids can’t switch to another brand or kind of food. If a store runs out of WIC-approved options, they will go home empty-handed. #mepolitics.”

KIDS & PARENTS

  • Camden Public Library’s Young Adult Programs, like Girls Who Code and YA Book Club, will be conducted over the meeting platforms of Skype and Zoom, respectively. Contact Miss Loraine at lmurray@librarycamden.org for details.
  • Theater Activities to Do at Home are offered at theaterproject.com/at-home-resources.
  • CMCA’s ArtLabs for All Ages to Be Live-Streamed, starting Saturday, April 4, from 2 to 4 p.m. at facebook.com/cmcanow. Artists of all ges are invited to take inspiration from the work of the five contemporary painters featured in the exhibition “Skirting the Line: Painting Between Abstraction and Representation.” Participants will learn techniques for creating 2-D and 3-D forms for landscapes, still lifes, and figures. In advance of the workshop, participants are encouraged to explore “Skirting the Line” through the virtual tour available on CMCA’s website, cmcanow.org. A list of materials to be used in the workshop will be posted to CMCA’s Facebook page and website.
  • P.E. with Joe on YouTube is a series of lively daily workouts designed just for kids.
  • Tips for Talking with Kids About Corona-virus are offered on the CDC’s website: cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/talking-with-children.html.

MISCELLANEOUS

  • St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Belfast will stream Sunday morning worship services via Zoom at 9:30 a.m. For information on how to log in before the service, see St. Margaret’s Facebook page or go to stmargaretsbelfast.org. While all church buildings are remaining closed, St. Margaret’s will stream an abbreviated healing service on Zoom at 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays, and a service of Compline Mondays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. The office is closed, but the parish administrator will answer calls to 338-2412 in person from 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
  • Update from Morris Farm in Wiscasset, events, classes, and meetings through April 30 have been rescheduled or put on hold. Office staff is receiving phone messages and emails and responding. The Farm Store is closed to the public, but the farm is still providing fresh eggs in the lobby self-serve area. People are invited to hike the farm’s trails and pastures as they practice social distancing. Leashed dogs are welcome.