NOTEWORTHY

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1:

  • World Aids Day Vigil in Belfast, at Post Office Square, at 5 p.m. The candlelight vigil will honor all who live with the challenge of HIV/AIDS and remember loved ones who have died of the disease. Bring a candle. Maintain physical distancing and wear a mask. The annual vigil is sponsored by Camp Chrysalis, a camp in midcoast Maine for children and their families who are affected by HIV/AIDS. If you need more information, call Meredith Bruskin, 338-5089.
  • Zoom-In: Seasonal Habits of Maine’s Mammals with Laura Craver-Rogers, on Zoom at 6:30 p.m. Friends of Sears Island and Belfast Free Library cohost the live program by Craver-Rogers on the mammals of Maine, from deer to fishers, snowshoe hares to bobcats. Each species has its own survival strategy and ways to react to the changing seasons. Learn about the predators and prey of Sears Island and coastal Maine and discover who hibernates, who stays active, and who will take long winter naps. Register at belfastlibrary.org.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2:

  • “Peyton Place Comes Home to Maine,” in the Zoom with Vose Wednesdays at 6 p.m. series. Join historian and author Mac Smith for a program on the iconic film, from the arrival of film crews to the making of the movie to what happened after the crews left. For a link to his free talk, hosted by the public library located in Union, go to VoseLibrary.org.
  • “Seen Anything Good? Birding in Midcoast Maine,” on Zoom at 6:30 p.m. Friends of Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge welcomes local author and birder Don Reimer, who will share photos and discuss his new book “Seen Anything Good?” that spans six decades of bird observations in midcoast Maine. He will answer questions from audience members about the book and about birds in general. Register at: bit.ly/seenanythinggood. The program also will be livestreamed on the Friends of Maine Coastal Islands NWR Facebook page. For more information: 594-0600 or info@mainecoastislands.org.
  • “Discovering the First World War’s Eastern Front,” on Zoom at 6:30 p.m. Cushing Public Library hosts Dr. Warren Riess, who presents his grandfather’s memoir, written in spring of 1915 as he recovered from surgery after five months service in the German field artillery, fighting on the Eastern Front in Germany, Russia and Poland. Riess translated, edited and published the memoir this year, along with historical context. The talk is free. To register, call Wendy Roberts at 691-0833 or email wrobertsmaine63@gmail.com.
  • Gingerbread Spectacular! at Boothbay Harbor Opera House, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Wednesday to Saturday. See gingerbread cabins and lighthouses, confectionery castles and farms, and other edible offerings in the decorated opera house. Free admission for all ages, with a limit on the number of guests at one time; masks required. Visit boothbayoperahouse.com for possible schedule changes.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3:

  • Talk on Diseases in Maine 200 Years Ago, on Zoom at 6 p.m. Camden Public Library hosts physician and medical historian Dr. Richard Kahn on his new book “Diseases in the District of Maine 1772–1820: The Unpublished Work of Jeremiah Barker, a Rural Physician in New England.” The book explores a lost manuscript written 200 years ago by a rural New England physician who lived and practiced in Gorham and Portland. For a link to the talk, email jpierce@librarycamden.org.
  • “Making Music, Finding Self,” on Zoom at 6:30 p.m. The Camden Conference and Rockland Public Library host Susana Hancock, a specialist in Arctic policy, who will introduce the Sámi of northern Fennoscandia. Focusing on traditional joik and modern rap, her talk will explore how the Norwegian Sámi use music to give new breath to Indigenous identity, preserve language and color the country’s political landscape. The free program is presented in anticipation of the 34th annual Camden Conference — The Geopolitics of the Arctic: A Region in Peril, livestreamed from the Camden Opera House and around the world, February 20-21. Email pking@rocklandmaine.gov for a link to her talk.
  • “Gardens Aglow” at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, in Boothbay, is a driving tour this year. See the decorated, lit-up gardens from your car. The tour is open Thursdays through Sundays from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. and also Wednesday, December 23, and then nightly from Christmas Day to January 2. It is closed Christmas Eve. $40 per car ($30 members). For the schedule and tickets – which must be bought in advance; none sold at the gate – MaineGardens.org or 633-8000.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4:

  • “Impermanence and the Enlightened Master,” on Zoom at 6 p.m. Robert Schneider gives the talk in the First Friday Dharma Talk Series hosted by The Dancing Elephant of Rockland. Schneider will ask: Why are so many revered spiritual teachers also such flawed human beings? What message does their unethical conduct contain? The talk will be followed by a guided meditation session and discussion. Schneider has been a practicing Buddhist since 2000. His talk is open to the public by donation. Registration: rocklandyoga.com or 594-1694.
  • 34th Annual Christmas by the Sea, in Camden, Lincolnville and Rockport, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Events will include a Virtual Christmas by the Sea Concert, hosted by First Congregational Church of Camden on the church’s Facebook page from noon to 1 p.m. Friday. Performers will include Maho Hisakawa, Kathleen Christie, Tom Gray, the Midcoast Brass Quintet, members of the Penobscot Bay Ringers, the FCC Churchyard Singers, and Kim Murphy’s Chamber Choir of Camden Hills Regional High School. Details about Christmas by the Sea are on Facebook.
  • Wiscasset Holiday Marketfest This Weekend, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with a raffle, socially distanced shopping and outdoor activities, including caroling, a tree-lighting and ice carving. For the schedule and event details, visit WiscassetHolidayMarketfest.com.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5:

  • Beltie Holiday at Aldermere Farm, 20 Russell Avenue, Rockport, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Holiday fun includes greeting the Beltie calves in the pen beside Aldermere’s Visitor Center and taking home a Beltie ornament-making kit. There will be limited parking along Russell Avenue and a collection slot for donations to fund beef for food pantries.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6:

  • Holiday AirMail Express at Owls Head Transportation Museum, in Owls Head, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Santa is scheduled to fly in on the AirMail Express and land on Runway 17 in front of attendees. Children are invited to bring letters for Santa Claus. They will have an opportunity to ask him questions, after which he will cruise by every car to collect letters and deliver them back to the North Pole. The museum’s galleries will be closed to the public that day. Attendance will be limited to 100. Registration is required: tinyurl.com/yyq74xxz.
  • Christmas in the Country Tree Lighting Ceremony on Union Common, at 6:30 p.m. The Union Area Chamber of Commerce will decorate the Union Common with 33 lighted trees, as it has since 1952. The public is invited to park their vehicles around the three common areas and watch the lighting from the comfort of their vehicles, then take part in the free drive-through cookie pickup (wear a mask).

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8:

  • Program on Russia’s Interests in the Arctic, on Zoom at 6:30 p.m. The Camden Conference and Belfast Free Library host Dick Topping for a discussion on Russia’s interests in the Arctic. Russia’s surge of Arctic activity reflects the economic significance of the region and the impact of shifting climate patterns. What once served as a largely impenetrable wall of ice protecting Russia’s back has now become an opening avenue, exposing a long coastline with little infrastructure and few population centers. Topping will look at the next decade and what role the Russian Arctic will play in how the Kremlin reshapes its relations with European and Asian neighbors and the United States. His free program is presented in anticipation of the 34th annual Camden Conference — The Geopolitics of the Arctic: A Region in Peril. Register for this talk at BelfastLibrary.org.

COMING UP:

  • “Maine at 200 — A Visual History,” on Zoom at 7 p.m. Wednesday, December 9. Lincolnville Community Library hosts Libby Bischof, who will use objects, drawings, maps, photographs and postcards to highlight significant events in Maine’s history, which stretches back more than 12,000 years. Bischof says this year of Maine’s bicentennial provides an opportunity to reflect on the state’s well-known history as well as aspects of the past that have been glossed over or ignored. The program is made possible in part by the Maine Humanities Council. To get the Zoom link, send email with your name to questions@lincolnvillelibrary.org or call 706-3896.
  • “Involuntary Americans: Scottish Prisoners in Early Colonial Maine,” on Zoom at 10 a.m. Thursday, December 10. Skidompha Public Library of Damariscotta hosts Carol Gardner in its Chats with Champions series. Gardner will discuss the more than 400 prisoners of war who were brought to Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts against their wills in 1650-1651. Dr. Gardner is the author of a narrative history, “The Involuntary American: A Scottish Prisoner’s Journey to the New World.” Sign up at skidompha.org to be emailed the link.
  • Coastal Mountains Nature Program Talk: “The Future Forest of Coastal Maine,” on Zoom at 6 p.m. on Thursday, December 10. Presented by Dr. Nicholas Fisichelli and cohosted by Camden Public Library, the program will address climate change challenges facing landowners and land managers. Some tree species will be able to weather coming changes; other species may decline due to increasing stress; and still other species found farther south may expand their ranges north into coastal Maine. Which species will thrive and which will struggle? Do managers resist change to preserve past conditions or facilitate change toward desired new conditions? Email jpierce@librarycamden.org to request a link to attend.
  • “Discover Something Awesome in Maine!” on Zoom at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, December 10. Rockland Public Library hosts YouTube videographer and content creator Jeremy Grant discussing his favorite places in Maine and what makes them so unique. No matter what the weather or where the location, it is his true desire to get people outside to see how awesome it can be for themselves. Grant’s videos on his YouTube channel explore ice fishing and moose hunting, take viewers on a journey along the Allagash, visit the Toboggan Championships and Crown of Maine Balloon Festival, and more. For the link to the talk, email pking@rocklandmaine.gov by 4 p.m. that day.
  • “Love in a Time of Coronavirus” with Manette Pottle, on Zoom at 2 p.m. Sunday, December 13, in the Community Speakers Series on Difficult Conversations, organized by St Peter’s Episcopal Church, Rockand. Pottle is the documentary film producer behind “Picture a Scientist,” about gender bias and discrimination in the sciences, and was producer on the evangelical environmentalism documentary “Behold the Earth.” Prior to film production, she produced the Camden International Film Festival, and for many years operated a sustainable landscaping company and farm in Appleton. The program is free and open to the public. Reservations are needed. Call St. Peter’s at 594-8191 or go to StPetersRockland.org.

MUSIC

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3:

  • Oshima Brothers Streamed Live from Waldo Theatre, of Waldoboro, at 7 p.m. The brothers, musicians, poets and Mainers deliver their harmony-rich blend of contemporary folk and acoustic pop via the Waldo’s new three-camera video system. Ticket buyers can watch live using a YouTube link, or watch a recording for up to one week afterward. Tickets are pay-what-you-wish after a $15 donation; $20 if you are watching with a friend. You’ll receive the link the day of the show: WaldoTheatre.org.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4:

  • Happy Hour Fridays with the DaPonte String Quartet and Guests, on Zoom at 5 p.m. Fridays. Join the group to chat about music and discuss upcoming events. This Friday’s guest is Bob Keyes, who has spent more than 15 years writing about arts and culture for the Portland Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram. Coming December 11, Awadagin Pratt, and December 18, Joel Quarrington. Zoom info is available by getting onto DaPonte’s email list – sign up at daponte.org.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5:

  • Opera House at Boothbay Harbor Offers Patty Griffin Livestreamed Concert, at 8 p.m. The show is broadcast from the Continental in Austin, Texas. $25. Also Saturday, at 8 p.m., Darlene Love Streaming Concert: Love for the Holidays. $35. Links for tickets to both shows are at BoothbayOperaHouse.com.

COMING UP:

  • Camden Opera House’s SoundCheck Series Goes to Virtual Shows Only, with Castlebay’s Julia Lane and Fred Gosbee in “’Tis Winter Now – Christmas in New England” on Friday, December 11, to close out the series this season. SoundCheck shows are livestreamed on Facebook and posted on YouTube a day or so later, with free access. You’re encouraged to make a donation to the Community Arts Fund via CamdenOperaHouse.org.
  • Scotty River Trio at Boothbay Harbor Opera House, Friday, December 11, at 7 p.m. The midcoast musicians perform a mix of folk, blues, bluegrass, country, and even a little bit of holiday music. $20 advance reservations. Limited seating. Also coming to the opera house, on Thursday, December 17, at 7 p.m., Castlebay, A Yuletide Celebration. Celtic and traditional music from the coasts of the Atlantic, celebrating the season. $20 advance reservations. Limited seating. To reserve a seat for either show: 633-5159.
  • Free Virtual Holiday Concert of Choral and Chamber Music, hosted by Bay Chamber Concerts in partnership with Down East Singers, on Sunday, December 13, at 2 p.m. on Bay Chamber’s YouTube channel. Conducted by Anthony Antolini and featuring members of Down East Singers, Bowdoin Chorus, and other choral ensembles, and accompanied by keyboardist Jennifer McIvor and members of the Midcoast Brass Quintet. The program will feature performances of Schubert’s German Mass, Bortniansky’s Lord’s Prayer, the African American hymn “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” and the spiritual “We Shall Overcome.” Interwoven into this collaborative concert is the Halcyon String Quartet playing chamber music by Piazzolla, Dvorák, Mozart and Borodin. Donations to Down East Singers and Bay Chamber Concerts & Music School will be accepted. For more information, visit baychamberconcerts.org .

FILM

  • Streaming All December at Rockland’s Strand Theatre, RocklandStrand.com, “Born to Be,” “The Twentieth Century,” “Oliver Sacks: His Own Life,” “Another Round,” “Jingle Bell Rocks!” Streaming tickets cost $6-$12 (depending on the film) and are available on the Strand’s website. Ticket proceeds are split between the Strand and the movie distribution company.

ARTS

  • HANDMADE Online, Waterfall Arts’ Annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Sale, is offered virtually this year in December. Check it out at WaterfallArts.org and on social media.
  • Virtual Exhibition “Shelter (Earth, House, Body, Spirit,” the third [ON]now virtual exhibition of Center for Maine Contemporary Art of Rockland, online at cmcanow.org through February 20. Twenty artists examine the slippery nature of what seeking cover and comfort looks like at this moment in time.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2:

  • “Eliot Porter: All the Wild Places,” on Zoom from 2 to 3 p.m. Curator Jane Bianco gives the talk and shows photographs from the collection at Rockland’s Farnsworth Art Museum. $15, free for members: FarnsworthMuseum.org.
  • Creative Art & Journaling, 4 p.m. Get project ideas through email and then meet on Zoom. Join the group for a different project every Wednesday. For ideas and a Zoom link, email alhand@librarycamden.org.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3:

  • Virtual Book Launch and Reading with Poets from Poetry Woodshed, at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom. “wood” is the first anthology from the Belfast writing group Poetry Woodshed. The group was founded by former Belfast Poet Laureate Ellen Sander and Joel Lipman, the first poet laureate of Lucas County, Ohio. The group has been meeting in Belfast since the summer of 2015. The poets of “wood” are: Avery Booth Stone, DiTa, Matthew Eichenlaub, Jacob Fricke, Rebecca Jessup, Margie Kivel, Joel Lipman, Catherine Neuhardt-Minor, Susan Reeder Taylor, Ellen Sander and Lourdes Tutaine-Garcia. At this launch event selected works from “wood” will be read along with comments about and recollections of the writing group experience. Belfast Free Library hosts. To register, follow the link at belfastlibrary.org.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4:

  • 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. New readings become available to watch every Friday at 11 a.m. in the “videos” section of the library’s YouTube channel and Facebook page.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8:

  • Carver Memorial Library Book Club, 1 p.m. at Searsport Community Building, 42 Prospect Street. Masks and physical distancing required. The book is “Seven Steeples” by Margaret Heinrichsen. The club meets second Tuesdays of the month.

COMING UP:

  • Virtual Sailors’ Valentine Workshop Hosted by Penobscot Marine Museum, Searsport, on Zoom at 6 p.m. Thursday, December 10. Make an old-fashioned 3-D card, using shells and other materials, like the ones brought home by sailors of yore. Materials are provided. The cost is $30 or $50 depending on materials purchased. The registration deadline is noon on December 9 at penobscotmarinemuseum.org. For more information, email Jeana Ganskop at jganskop@pmm-maine.org.

HOME & GARDEN

COMING UP:

  • “Got Livestock, Need Hay?” University of Maine Cooperative Extension offers the webinar for livestock owners at 10 a.m and again at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, December 9. Professor Rick Kersbergen will share information for livestock owners on assessing how much feed is needed and if enough is on hand, and strategies if a shortage seems likely. Extension crop insurance education program manager Chris Howard will share information specific to livestock producers. Register on the event webpage. The session will be recorded for later viewing. For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact Donna Coffin, 262-7726; donna.coffin@maine.edu.
  • 80th Annual Maine Agricultural Trades Show, scheduled for Tuesday to Saturday, January 19-23, will be completely online and feature a mixture of live and pre-recorded presentations and forums on agricultural and forestry issues, sessions for ag producer groups, exhibitor showcases, and networking opportunities. The schedule will be a mix of day, evening, and weekend offerings. A digital library of content and information will remain fully accessible during and following the ATS for individuals who cannot join live sessions. Learn more at maine.gov/dacf/agtradesshow.

FOOD & DRINK

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1:

  • Free Food in Wiscasset, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (or while supplies last) at Wiscasset Community Center, 242 Gardiner Road. Fresh fruits and vegetables will be part of the 22-pound Farmers to Families Food Box that will be available to anyone who attends. It will also contain meats, milk and other dairy products. To maintain social distancing and to follow safety guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic, workers will be wearing masks and will place the food box inside your vehicle. There will be a free food day at Waldoboro Town Office on Wednesday, December 9, from 8 a.m. to noon.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8:

  • Webinar on Preparing Edible Gifts, offered by University of Maine Cooperative Extension at 2 p.m. Topics include cost-effective ways to make edible holiday gifts, food safety tips to consider, and Maine foods to use in soup and baking mixes and preserved products. UMaine Extension staff will demonstrate recipes in an interactive format. Registration is required; a $5 donation is optional. Register on the program webpage to receive the link and resources. For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact Kate McCarty, 781-6099; kate.mccarty@maine.edu.

KIDS & PARENTS

  • Job Corps Now Enrolling Youth, ages 16 to 24, who are interested in free career training in areas such as automotive, welding, health care, electrical, culinary arts, and other fields. Virtual and online learning options available. Earn HSD/HSE and driver’s license at the same time. Housing and meals included at no additional cost. Job placement is also offered. Call/text Justin Humphrey at the Portland Job Corps Office at 852-7639 or email Humphrey.Justin@jobcorps.org.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1:

  • Chat with Miss Amy of Camden Public Library on Zoom, 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays. For a link, email alhand@librarycamden.org.
  • Facebook Live Story Time with Skidompha Library, Damariscotta, from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Librarian Jessie will read books and sing songs on the library’s Facebook page.
  • Rockin’ Storytime with Miss Katie of Rockland Public Library, on its YouTube channel, Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. Toddlers and early elementary school kids are invited to the themed storytimes with songs, rhymes, books.
  • Virtual Breastfeeding Support Group, Tuesdays, December 1–29, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. A support group for breastfeeding families. The informal group provides interaction as well as individual assistance when needed. Women wanting more information about breastfeeding are also welcome. Facilitated by a lactation consultant from OB/GYN. Due to the changes in PBMC/WCGH’s visitor guidelines, the group is temporarily online. After you register, shortly before the class starts you will receive an email with information on how to participate in the class. Call 301-8337 for more info. Visit journeytohealth.coursestorm.com or call 301-3950 to register.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2:

  • Read-Alouds with Miss Katie of Rockland Public Library, 10:30 a.m. on the library’s YouTube channel.
  • Outdoor Story Time with Miss Amy of Camden Public Library, 10 to 11 a.m. Children’s librarian Miss Amy is reintroducing in-person story times and crafts with masks and social distancing. Bring a blanket to sit on to help your children remain in their space. For all ages. Weather permitting. Email Miss Amy to register: alhand@librarycamden.org.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3:

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

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5:

  • Winter Walk for Families at Merryspring Nature Center, Camden, at 10 a.m. All ages are invited on the free guided tour at Merryspring Nature Center to explore early winter ecology. Watch for winter birds, learn about how different animals behave in winter, look for tracks, identify leafless trees, and more. See Merryspring’s new trail-blazing system and map, which have been redesigned over the past year by Merryspring volunteers. The program is part of the Free Family Programs series. Guests must register by contacting Merryspring at 236-2239 or info@merryspring.org. Wear face masks, weather-appropriate clothing and shoes and be prepared to walk for one hour.
  • Midcoast Conservancy Youth Ski Lease Program Begins December 5, with a fitting session from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at its Edgecomb office on Route 1. A second fitting session will be held Tuesday, December 8, from 3 to 6 p.m. Youth packages include skis, boots and poles; the lease period runs through the winter. The season price is $70 per individual; gear is available for skiers grades pre-K through eighth. The ski lease will be “curbside” this year. As families arrive at the office, a volunteer will greet them in the parking lot. Families will be assigned a number based on the order they arrive. Parents will then be asked to stay in their vehicles and fill out the ski lease order form (child’s height, approximate boot size, etc.). The order will be fulfilled and brought back out to the vehicle. Participants will be able to try on boots outside or in their vehicle. Parents are asked to bring cash or check and a mask for themselves and their children. 2021 season passes/memberships will also be available. Contact Andy Bezon at andyb@midcoastconservancy.org with any questions.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8:

  • Chat with Miss Amy of Camden Public Library on Zoom, 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays. For a link, email alhand@librarycamden.org.
  • Facebook Live Story Time with Skidompha Library, Damariscotta, from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Librarian Jessie will read books and sing songs on the library’s Facebook page.
  • Rockin’ Storytime with Miss Katie of Rockland Public Library, on its YouTube channel, Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. Toddlers and early elementary school kids are invited to the themed storytimes with songs, rhymes, books.

COMING UP:

  • Online Postpartum Support Group, Thursdays, December 10 and 24, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The postpartum support group was created by a group of women and moms who have gone through challenging postpartum experiences themselves and/or have been educated on postpartum experiences. The group offers a safe place for new and pregnant mothers and families to talk, listen, get support and gain education on postpartum experiences. This is a free group for moms, moms-to-be and family members who want to connect with others for support. The group meets the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month. For more information, call 505-4140. This group is free but registration is required in order to obtain virtual access. Visit journeytohealth.coursestorm.com or call 301-3950 to register.

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Trekkers Community Auction, to Saturday, December 5. The 10th Annual Trekkers Community Auction will offer handmade creations by students and families, goods and services from local businesses, and gift baskets. All proceeds will support Trekkers, a nonprofit youth development organization serving students in midcoast Maine and dedicated to cultivating the inherent strengths of young people. Sign up at BidPal.net/trekkersauction2020 or find the event on Facebook.
  • Decorated Wreaths and Luminaria Kits Available in Lincolnville Center, offered by Lincolnville United Christian Church. Decorated wreaths are $25 and centerpieces are $15 and $25. Luminaria kits are $15 and include material for five luminarias and assembly directions. To order, email ucclincolnville1821@gmail.com or visit ucclincolnville.com/news-and-events.html. Items can be picked up on Saturday, December 5, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the United Christian Church in Lincolnville Center (18 Searsmont Road, Route 173). Cash, check or credit/debit cards accepted. Luminaria kits will also be available Saturday, December 5, at The Red Cottage in Lincolnville Center, Drakes Store on Route 52 in Lincolnville, and Western Auto on The Beach Road (Route 173) in Lincolnville.
  • Hat and Mitten Tree at Camden Public Library, now to December 15. Hats, mittens, scarves and socks can be donated Monday through Saturday from 1 to 6 p.m. and will be given to the SOS Room at the First Congregational Church.
  • Knox Clinic Can Help You Sign Up for Marketplace Insurance, now to December 15, when the marketplace closes. To set up a free phone appointment for help enrolling or re-enrolling, call 301-6994. No walk-ins accepted, due to COVID precautions.
  • Virtual Run to Benefit Twin Villages Foodbank Farm, now through Wednesday, December 16. Instead of the usual Thanksgiving morning race at Salt Bay Farm in Damariscotta, people are asked to run their favorite 5K route on their own and make a donation to the foodbank farm. For details on entering and getting a patch, go to coastalrivers.org or twinvillagesfarm.org.
  • Knox County Homeless Coalition 2020 Adopt-A-Family Program Now Open, learn how you can give holiday gifts to struggling midcoast families at HomeHelpHope.org.
  • Gift Basket Silent Auction at Carver Memorial Library, Searsport, now through December 16. All proceeds benefit the library. Bids can be placed in person or by phone. Each basket is highlighted at CarverLibrary.org.
  • Gift Basket Raffle at Warren Free Public Library, with proceeds to benefit the Warren Food Pantry. Tickets available at the library for 50 cents each until December 18. The drawing will be Saturday, December 19, at 9 a.m. Winners will be contacted after drawing.
  • West Bay Rotary Christmas Tree Fundraiser, to Sunday, December 20. Trees and wreaths will be for sale at Maine Sport Outfitters parking lot on Route 1 in Rockport. You can aso buy Lucky’s Christmas Vacation raffle tickets – $10 each or six tickets for $50 – for seven nights at the Vanderbilt Beach Resort in Naples, Florida. The winner will be drawn at the Christmas tree sale on December 20 at 4 p.m. Sale hours: noon to 6 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and 9 to 6 weekends. An honor box is available for after-hours sales.
  • The Annual CHRHS Ski Team Ski Sale will not be held this year, due to the pandemic.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1:

  • Weekly Mindfulness Meditation Group, hosted by Skidompha Public Library of Damariscotta, from 10 to 11 a.m. Longtime practitioners and interested newbies are invited to join the online weekly guided meditation. Email jeaton@skidompha.org for a link.
  • Belfast Public Health Nursing Association Giving Free Flu Shots to Belfast Residents, adults only, at Belfast Boat House, 34 Commercial Street, Belfast, from 3 to 6 p.m.
  • Alzheimer’s Disease Support Group Virtual Meeting, at 6 p.m. The group provides information and support to area residents who have loved ones coping with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias. Currently the group is meeting via Zoom. Free. Those interested in participating should contact Cheri R. Blouin, LSW, at 301-6237 or at cblouin@pbmc.org.
  • Dog Obedience Classes at Central Lincoln County YMCA, Damariscotta, led by professional dog trainer Jean Conte on Tuesdays, December 1–22. Beginner class is 5 p.m.; Intermediate, 6 p.m.; Canine Good Citizen, 7 p.m. The cost is $65 for YMCA members and $75 for nonmembers. Register online at clcymca.org or call 563-9622. For more information, contact Conte at jconte1956@gmail.com.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2:

  • Black Lives Matter Vigil every Wednesday at noon in Chapman Park, at the corner of Main and Park in Rockland. The group is part of Midcoast Indivisible. Wear a mask and social distance.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5:

  • Bath Garden Club’s Outdoor Festival of Greens, Gazebo at City Park, Washington Street, Bath, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Holiday decorating and gift giving items, live wreaths, plants and vintage items. Snow date is Sunday, December 6.
  • Advent Vigil for Disarmament at Bath Iron Works, Saturdays in Advent (December 5, 12 and 19). People will gather in front of the Administration Building at Bath Iron Works on Washington Street in Bath from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and walk down to the South Gate to leaflet workers at the shift change. General Dynamics builds Aegis guided missile destroyers in the BIW shipyard. Wear masks, maintain social distance, and bring signs. For more info, Smilin’ Trees Disarmament Farm, 763-4062.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 7:

  • Maine Mondays on Facebook Live, from 11 a.m. to noon. Each Monday on Camden Public Library’s Facebook Page, Julia will read selections from books about Maine’s history. The 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 library’s Facebook page.
  • Take a Break with Guided Meditation, a virtual class from noon to 12:30 p.m. Making time in your day to recharge and relieve stress is important for your well-being and can be as simple as tuning in for this virtual class. Find a quiet spot and sign in for as much of this quick meditation break as you can. The class will begin with a 20-minute guided meditation, followed by five minutes of silent meditation. This class is free but registration is required in order to obtain virtual access. Call 301-3950 or visit journeytohealth.coursestorm.com to register.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8:

  • Weekly Mindfulness Meditation Group, hosted by Skidompha Public Library of Damariscotta, from 10 to 11 a.m. Longtime practitioners and interested newbies are invited to join the online weekly guided meditation. Email jeaton@skidompha.org for a link.

COMING UP:

  • Drive-Thru Flu Vaccine Clinic at Lincolnville Fire Department, 470 Camden Road, Lincolnville, on Wednesday, December 9, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Wednesday, December 16, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Drive up, fill out the provided paperwork and the flu vaccine will be administered while you wait in your car. Bring your insurance card. If you do not have insurance you will be billed a nominal fee. Open to individuals 7 years old and older.