NOTEWORTHY

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19:

  • “Beyond the Great Firewall,” 7 p.m. at Camden Public Library. The Camden Conference hosts a free talk by UMaine political science professor Kristin Vekasi, who describes how information is censored in China and what that means for the rule of its Communist Party and its foreign relations. Learn more at CamdenConference.org.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20:

  • “Climate Impacts and Community-Driven Solutions on Maine’s Islands and Coast,” 2 p.m. at Midcoast Friends Meeting House, 77 Belvedere Road, Damariscotta. Emma Wendt, climate specialist with the Island Institute, gives examples of resilience and sustainability on the Maine coast and asks attendees to share steps they’ve taken to adapt to climate change. Coastal Senior College hosts the free talk.
  • Two-Time Memoir Writer Johnny Kosnow at Waldoboro Public Library, 6:30 p.m. His first, “The Crosswalk: A Mad Man Gone Mad (a Memoir),” chronicles his painful recovery after being hit by a car while he was crossing the street. The sequel, “Through the Crosswalk: My Dance with Sanity,” describes his attempt to heal “a mind wracked by trauma, both physical and emotional.”

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21:

  • Talk on Preventing Cognitive Decline and Maintaining Brain Health, 10 a.m. at Skidompha Library, Damariscotta. Steve Raymond, host of Lobster Coast Television’s “Spotlight on Seniors,” gives the talk in the free Chats with Champions series.
  • “Otters, Owls and Tracking Animals in Winter,” 6:30 p.m. at Rockland Public Library. Naturalist Kirk Gentalen tells tales about what he’s observed over 15 midcoast winters and he gives tips and tricks for spotting tracks and signs of deer, bobcats, coyotes, foxes, raccoons, fishers and others animals.
  • “Where Do Our Shellfish Come From and How Do They Grow?” 6:30 p.m. at Belfast Free Library. Aquaculture expert Gef Flimlin on the need to understand animal husbandry for those who grow clams and oysters, how spawning takes place, and the gear used in the industry. Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition hosts the free talk.
  • “Birds, Songs, and Flowers,” 7 p.m. at Camden Public Library. Naturalist and Registered Maine Guide Gary Roberts on Maine birds, their unique songs, and the plants and flowers that can be found in each bird’s habitat.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22:

  • Newsies The Musical at Belfast’s Crosby Center, performed by Belfast Area High School Performing Arts at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The musical is based on the Newsboys’ Strike of 1899 in New York City. Facebook has details.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 26:

  • “Daniel Morgan – Forgotten Hero of the American Revolution,” 2 p.m. in the library at Schooner Cove Retirement Community, Damariscotta. Retired SUNY professor Bob Emmons on one of the leaders of the conflict, known as fearless and inspiring, and, unlike most of his contemporary generals, he was not an aristocrat, but began as a wagon driver. Free.

COMING UP:

  • “Old Time Christmas at the Fort,” Fort Western, Augusta, on Saturday, November 30, from 1 to 4 p.m. With 19th-century holiday food samples, reading of “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” holiday music on the Victrola, and Victorian decorations and demonstrations. Part of the Riverfront Holiday Celebration and Christmas Tree Lighting (at 5:30 p.m.) sponsored by the City of Augusta and the Augusta Downtown Alliance.
  • “Short & Sweet – An Evening of Short Comedic Plays,” Saturday, November 30, at 7 p.m. at Watts Hall, 231 Main Street, Thomaston. The family-friendly performance by Watts Hall Community Players will feature three short plays by David Ives and two by other writers. Admission is free; donations toward the upkeep of Watts Hall will be taken.

MUSIC

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20:

  • “From the Top” Taping in Portland, 7 p.m. at Merrill Auditorium. The NPR program that celebrates young classical musicians tapes two shows that will air the weeks of December 16 and January 6. Among the performers will be 17-year-old soprano Annabel Parker of Rockport and 16-year-old violinist Joshua Rosenthal of Damariscotta.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21:

  • Songwriter Session at Camden Public Library, 6 p.m. Newcomers are welcome to join the group that meets last Thursdays of the month to share work, give and take feedback, and collaborate.
  • Singer-Songwriter Connor Garvey at Searsmont Town Library, 7 p.m. in the Community Building, Route 131. The Portland musician and folk festival veteran plays in the free Live at the Library series. The Portland Press Herald compares him to Paul Simon and says he “proves you can be optimistic and self-aware without being boring.”

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22:

  • At Bowdoin College in Brunswick, this weekend, Bowdoin Chorus performs Russian and Ukrainian works by Sviridov, Bortniansky, Tchaikovsky, Chesnokov, Rachmaninoff, Prokhorov, Kalistratov and Leontovich in Bowdoin Chapel at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday. And the Bowdoin College Concert Band performs “Let’s Dance!,” with music from various eras, countries and cultures, in Studzinski Recital Hall at 2 p.m. Sunday. All performances are free, with no need for reservations.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23:

  • DaPonte String Quartet, concludes its November series, “All A-Twitter,” featuring Beethoven’s Op. 132, Haydn’s Op. 33 (“The Bird”), and Sculthorpe’s String Quartet No. 8 at Rockport Opera House at 2 p.m. Tickets: Daponte.org.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25:

  • James Armstrong Band Playing in Rockland, 7 p.m. in the Monday Night Blues show at Time Out Pub, 275 Main Street. Armstrong was born into a musical family in L.A. – his mother was a blues singer and his father played jazz guitar. By age 17, he was touring the country, and in his 20s he was the youngest member of Smokey Wilson’s band. His latest release is “Blues Been Good to Me.” $15.

COMING UP:

  • Pop Singer Holly Clough in Warren, Friday, November 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Saint George River Cafe, 310 Main Street. The Rockland native who’s recorded in Nashville and been a nominated act at the New England Music Awards in Foxboro, Massaschuetts, performs. Free.
  • Dyado in Camden Opera House’s Blue Café Series, on the third floor, Friday, November 29, at 7:30 p.m. The folk-rock duo plays in the free series (donations go to the Community Arts Fund). Cash bar.
  • Tune Squad Record Release Party in Searsmont, Saturday, November 30, at 7 p.m. at Threshers Brewing Co. The trio delivers its stripped-down style of rock ’n’ roll and alternative blues. CDs will be for sale, as will be raffle tickets for a basket of Threshers growlers and Tune Squad merch, with raffle proceeds going to Knox County Homeless Coalition.

ONGOING:

  • Tuesday Jams in Thomaston, 8 Hyler Street, at 7 p.m. Folk, country, blues, gospel. FMI: 273-2914.
  • Thursday Jams in Warren, Saint George River Cafe, 310 Main Street, at 6 p.m. and Second and Fourth Friday Open Mics, at 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday Karaoke in Thomaston, Threshers Brewing Company, 1 Starr Street, 7 p.m.
  • Third Friday Open Mics in Whitefield, Sheepscot General Store and Farm, 98 Townhouse Road, at 7 p.m. Bertie Koller is the featured act at the December 20 show.
  • Second Saturday Drum Circles at River Arts, Damariscotta, at 6:30 p.m. No experience needed; bring a drum or borrow one. Free. FMI: 633-6355.
  • Sunday Jams in Rockland, Sail, Power & Steam Museum, 75 Mechanic Street, at 1:30 p.m.
  • Monthly Songwriter Sessions at Camden Public Library, last Thursdays, 6 p.m. Newcomers welcome. Share work, give and take feedback, collaborate.

FILM

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19:

  • Met Opera Encore: Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, 1 p.m. at Rockland’s Strand Theatre. Hui He stars as Cio-Cio-San, the devoted geisha who gives everything for the American naval officer Pinkerton, sung by Andrea Carè. Three hours, 12 minutes, with two intermissions. $23 adults, $20 Strand members,
  • $5 under 19 and college students with ID.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20:

  • “The Yes Men Are Revolting,” 6 p.m. at Belfast Free Library. Peace and Justice Group of Waldo County screens the documentary about the Yes Men, a pair of activists who commit outrageous pranks to draw international attention to global warming. Free; donations taken.
  • “Great Art on Screen – The Prado Museum: A Collection of Wonders,” 2 p.m. Wednesday and Friday at Lincoln Theater, Damariscotta. Travel through the 200-year-old museum, one of the most-visited in the world, with narrator Jeremy Irons. $15 adults, $13 LT members, $5 under 19.
  • “Where’s My Roy Cohn?” at 7 p.m. Wednesday and 2 p.m. Thursday at Lincoln Theater, Damariscotta. One of the most controversial men of the 20th century, Cohn was a ruthless lawyer and political power broker whose 28-year career ranged from acting as chief counsel to Senator Joseph McCarthy’s Communist-hunting subcommittee to molding the career of young Queens real estate developer Donald Trump.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22:

  • “Murder at the Gallop,” 6:30 p.m. in Thomaston Public Library’s Friday Night Films. Margaret Rutherford returns as amateur detective Miss Marple in a whodunit based on Agatha Christie’s “After the Funeral.” This time she’s joined by a partner, the droll Robert Morley, as they pursue an ingenious killer who thinks a world without Miss Marple would be a far better place. Free; donations accepted.
  • “The Royal Tenenbaums,” 7 p.m. in Belfast Free Library’s Friday Night Flix series. November’s Wes Anderson films conclude with Gene Hackman playing the patriarch of an eccentric, dysfunctional family. Free.
  • “Pain & Glory,” at Lincoln Theater, Damariscotta, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, all shows at 7 p.m. A film director reflects on the choices he’s made in life as past and present come crashing down around him.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23:

  • The Met Live in HD: Philip Glass’s Akhnaten, broadcast live from NYC at 1 p.m. to Rockland’s Strand Theatre and Damariscotta’s Lincoln Theater. With an 11:45 a.m. pre-opera talk by Dr. Morton Achter at the Lincoln. Glass’s modern production about an ancient Egyptian pharaoh trying to persuade his people to adopt a new religion. Three hours, 56 minutes. See theater websites for ticket prices.

COMING UP:

  • National Theatre Live: Present Laughter, Friday, November 29, at 2 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. at Rockland’s Strand Theatre. Matthew Warchus directs Andrew Scott (BBC’s “Sherlock,” “Fleabag”) in Noël Coward’s comedy about a star actor whose colorful life is a chaotic whirlwind of love, sex, panic and soul-searching. Filmed at The Old Vic in London.
  • “Planes, Trains and Automobiles,” Friday, November 29, at Belfast Free Library. Steve Martin and John Candy are mismatched strangers who run into one hilarious misfortune after another as they travel from New York to Chicago to get home for Thanksgiving dinner.

AREA THEATERS:

  • ALAMO THEATRE, Bucksport. OldFilm.org, 469-6910.
  • COLONIAL THEATRE, Belfast. ColonialTheater.com, 338-1930.
  • FLAGSHIP CINEMAS, Thomaston. FlagshipCinemas.com, 594-2100.
  • HARBOR THEATER, Boothbay Harbor. BoothbayCinema.org, 633-0438.
  • LINCOLN THEATER, Damariscotta. LCCT.org, 563-3424.
  • STRAND THEATRE, Rockland. Rock-landStrand.com, 594-0070.

ARTS

  • Call to Artists for Holiday Show at River Arts, Damariscotta. Handmade works (no reproductions or giclée prints) for the nonjuried show must be delivered by Saturday, November 23. For entry fees and other details: RiverArtsME.org.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19:

  • Intergenerational Book Club at Thomaston Public Library, 2:30 p.m. The club meets third Tuesdays of the month. November’s book is “There There” by Tommy Orange.
  • “Let’s Talk About It” Reading and Discussion Group, at Belfast Free Library. The Maine Humanities Council series continues at 6:30 p.m. with “What the Living Do” by Marie Howe, then wraps up Tuesday, December 17, with “Brothers and Keepers” by John Edgar Wideman. Discussions will be led by poet and writer Annaliese Jakimides, whose work has been widely published.
  • Barbara Vanderbilt Pastels at Gibbs Library, Washington. Works by the Whitefield artist and tile maker are on display to January 7.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20:

  • “Finding Inspiration” at Rockland’s Art Loft, 2 to 4 p.m. and again 6 to 8 p.m. Amy Wilton invites everyone to bring their journal and brainstorm project ideas and mediums to suit their artistic visions. $20 drop-in fee; members free.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22:

  • Open Studios Event at Lincoln Street Center, 24 Lincoln Street, Rockland, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Visit the artists and their studios and check out the new Ellis-Beauregard wing. Participants include Vincent Carducci, Amy Files, Ariel Hall, Karen Jelenfy, Justine Black, Madeleine Morlet, Anna Queen, and the On the Round yarn studio. Free.
  • “Transcending Climate Grief with Art,” 6:30 p.m. at Cushing Public Library. Three Cushing artists give the free program. Photographer John Paul Caponigro begins with a brief description of the state of the environment. Then he and sculptor Vic Goldsmith and poet Ellen Goldsmith present works that celebrate nature and the beauty of the environment.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25:

  • Free Adult Art Classes at Rockland Public Library, 11 a.m. Catinka Knoth leads the free Monday classes – with a focus on drawing in color – open to all, with materials provided. Students will draw woodland animals, wild turkeys, and Native American motifs this month.
  • “Sculpture” at Rockland’s Art Loft, 2 to 4 p.m. and again 6 to 8 p.m. Amy Wilton leads the class where students will consider metaphors and then create a small sculpture from materials at hand or brought from home. $20 drop-in fee; members free.

COMING UP:

  • Read-Through of “Canterbury Tales” in Belfast, Sunday, December 1, 3 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 95 High Street. Participants will take turns reading some of Chaucer’s tales and can sign up to audition for a July performance on Belfast Common, presented by Belfast Parks and Recreation Department and directed by Aynne Ames. Musicians, dancers, techs and all-purpose volunteers are welcome.
  • Auditions for Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People, held by Midcoast Actors’ Studio at Troy Howard Middle School, Belfast, on Thursday, December 5, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, December 7, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Cold readings from the script. Performances will be April 10 to 19. Details: MidcoastActors.org.
  • Auditions for Shakespeare’s As You Like It, held by Belfast Maskers at Basil Burwell Community Theater, Belfast, on Saturday, December 7, at 10 a.m. and Monday, December 9, at 6 p.m. Erik Perkins directs. Performances in March.

EXHIBITS:

  • Center for Furniture Craftsmanship Messler Gallery, Rockport. “Contemporary Greenwood,” to January 2.
  • Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockland. “Temporality | The Process of Time,” to February 23.
  • Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland. “On a Mountain in Maine” and “The Wyeths: Family and Friends,” both to December 29. “Andrew Wyeth’s World War I” and “Slab City Rendezvous,” both to February 9. “Andrew Wyeth: Witches, Ghosts and Mischief,” to March 1. “MAINE: The Farnsworth Collection,” to March 14. “Katharine Cobey: A Different Voice,” to April 12.
  • Maine State Museum, Augusta. “Women’s Long Road – 100 Years to the Vote,” to January 25.
  • Portland Museum of Art, Portland. “N. C. Wyeth: New Perspectives,” to January 12. “Babara Moran: Letter to the World,” to February 9.

ONGOING:

  • Philosophical Society at Camden Public Library, third Tuesdays, 4 p.m. The discussion group posts topics and readings on the library’s website.
  • Rockport Library Writers Group, third Wednesdays, 6 to 7:30 p.m. All writers welcome, published or aspiring.
  • Knit2Together at Belfast Free Library, second and fourth Wednesdays, 4 to 5:30 p.m. Knitters and crocheters at every level are invited to drop in.
  • Fiber Arts at Rockport Library, first and third Tuesdays, 3:30 to 5 p.m. FMI: 236-3642 or rockport.lib.me.us.
  • Fiber Arts at Appleton Library, third Tuesdays, 3 to 4 p.m. Stitch at the library, 2916 Sennebec Road.
  • Knitting Group at Camden Public Library, second Tuesdays through June, 4 to 5 p.m. Bring your own project or try something new; supplies provided.
  • Warren Free Public Library, offers adult coloring Wednesdays at noon, and knitting every Friday from 10 a.m. to noon and first Thursdays from 6 to 7 p.m.
  • Crafternoons at Carver Memorial Library, Searsport. The group meets every Thursday at 3:30 p.m. (with a bigger group on third Thursdays) and invites people to bring their knitting, mending or crafting for conversation, questions and socializing.

HOME & GARDEN

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19:

  • “Reducing Wildlife Damage for Homeowners Along the Coast of Maine,” 2 p.m. at Belfast Free Library. Wildlife expert Maynard Stanley Jr. of Owls Head on how to keep rats, bats, and other animals away from homes and yards. His program is free and open to the public. The Belfast Garden Club will hold a business meeting for members at 1 p.m.
  • Talk on WindowDressers, 6 p.m. at Rockland Public Library. Speakers will introduce the organization that brings together volunteers to produce low-cost insulating window inserts that keep houses warmer during cold weather.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21:

  • Talk on Eco-Landscaping, 10 a.m. at Dr. Campbell House, 225 Main Street, Warren. The Warren Field and Garden Club hosts the free talk by Hildy Ellis of Knox-Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District. Free.
  • Wreath Decorating at The First Church in Belfast, 8 Court Street. For $20, decorate a 10-inch or 12-inch wreath with natural embellishments and a bow. Church workers will be on hand to assist. Contact office@firstChurchInBelfast.org or 338-2282 to schedule a date and time. Options are Friday, November 22; Saturday, November 23; Tuesday, November 26; Friday, November 29; or Saturday, November 30; from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. each day.

FOOD & DRINK

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19:

  • Flatbread Co. Fundraiser for STEM Trip to Australia, 5 to 8 p.m. A portion of proceeds from every pizza sold at the Rockport eatery will help 20 Camden Hills Regional High School students take part in an exchange with students from Northeastern Australia, for homestays, schooling, and science-related field trips.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20:

  • “Soup’s On!” in Camden, at First Congregational Church, 55 Elm Street, at noon on Wednesdays to March 25 (except November 27, December 25, January 1, and when school is cancelled). Meals in the church hall feature two homemade soups (one vegetarian), bread, dessert and tea or coffee. Free; donations accepted. To volunteer, call 236-4821.
  • “Healthy Slow Cooking Class in Brooks, 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Varney Community Building, 24 Veterans Highway. Learn how to make easy slow-cooker meals. You’ll leave with recipes and ingredients for a meal to make at home. $10. Register by calling 301-3650 or go to JourneyToHealth.CourseStorm.com.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21:

  • Thanksgiving Potluck at Morris Farm, 156 Gardiner Road, Wiscasset, at 6 p.m. Turkey and some trimmings, plus coffee and cold drinks, will be provided. Bring a dish to share – and beer or wine, if you wish. RSVP: MorrisFarm.org.
  • Kathy Gunst in “Talking Food in Maine: Intimate Conversations,” 7 p.m. at Lincoln Theater, Damariscotta. The South Berwick resident – featured chef on the award-winning NPR show “Here and Now” and author of 16 cookbooks – is next in the theater’s series of talks with notable Maine foodies and host Cherie Scott. The program is free.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22:

  • “A Taste of Italy” Public Supper, at Searsport Methodist Church. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. $10. Sponsored by First Congregational Missions Committee.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25:

  • Jefferson Food Pantry, at St. Giles’ Episcopal Church, 72 Gardiner Road, will be open 4 to 5:30 p.m. this Monday and on Wednesday, December 11. Info: 315-1134.

COMING UP:

  • Thanksgiving Dinner in Thomaston, Thursday, November 28, at The Federated Church, 8 Hyler Street. Doors open at 11 a.m. and at noon dinner is served: roast turkey, stuffing, gravy, potatoes, squash, onions, peas, cranberry sauce and homemade desserts. Those who plan to attend are encouraged to call the town office at 354-6107 to help with planning, but reservations aren’t required. The meal is offered by Thomaston Random Acts of Kindness.

ONGOING:

  • Community Produce Project, free healthy produce is given to all who arrive (not only people in need) from noon to 1:30 p.m. first Tuesdays of the month at Rockland’s Flanagan Community Center.

FAIRS & SALES

  • “Gift Worthy” Book Sale in Camden Public Library’s Rotunda, during library open hours to December 1.
  • Silent Auction of Gift Baskets at Carver Memorial Library, Searsport, through December 15. Themes will incude tea, pasta, crafts and more. Bids can be placed during library open hours.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23:

  • Holly Berry Christmas Fair in Warren, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Second Congregational Church, 252 Main Street. Baked goods, cookie walk, Grandma’s Attic, books, and more. Lunch for $8, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., turkey and gravy on a biscuit, cranberry sauce, Indian pudding and ice cream.
  • Annual Prescott Memorial School Holiday Bazaar, 9 a.m. to noon at PMS, 100 Waldoboro Road, Washington. Student-made crafts, baked goods, jams and jellies, wreaths, wooden snowmen and ornaments, jewelry, baby items, photo cards and other handicrafts. Vendors include Thiry One, Mary Kay, Colorstreet Nails, Paparazzi, ToriBelle, Dog Daze, Norwex and others.
  • Annual Owls Head Garden Club Craft Show, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Owls Head Community Building, 224 Ash Point Drive. Local crafters sell handmade mittens, hats, rugs, placemats, sea-glass jewelry, wooden bowls, boxes, jewelry, knitted toys and more. Club members will serve coffee, cider and baked goods.
  • Friendship Village Craft Fairs, include the Autism Awareness Holiday Sale at Hahn Community Center, 31 Main Street, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Friendship Village Co-op Sale at Meduncook Lodge, 11 Main Street, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Methodist Harvest Fair at Friendship Methodist Church, 24 Main Street, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with soup-and-sandwich lunch.
  • Annual Ski Sale at Camden Hills Regional High School, Rockport, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Used gear for sale will include ice skates, Nordic and Alpine skis, boots, poles, snowboards, helmets and more. People who wish to sell items can register their equipment online: sites.google.com/site/chrhsskisale. Breakfast items will be sold Saturday starting at 8 a.m. to benefit a student exchange between an Australian high school and CHRHS. More info: 542-7571.

COMING UP:

  • Thanksgiving Pie Sale in Wiscasset, Wednesday, November 27, at Ames True Value Hardware and Supply, Route 1, from 9 a.m. until pies ($15 each, with pies for one $7 each) sell out. Proceeds benefit Edgecomb Community Church missions.
  • Gift Basket Raffle and Pie Sale at Central Lincoln County YMCA, Wednesday, November 27, in the Y lobby, 525 Main Street, Damariscotta, from 9 a.m. until pies ($15 each) sell out.
  • Waldoboro Public Library Pie Sale, at the library, Wednesday, November 27, from 10 a.m. until pies (most priced at $15) sell out.

KIDS & PARENTS

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19:

  • Free Children’s Drawing Classes 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 invited to join in). All materials provided. This month: woodland creatures, Thanksgiving and Native American motifs.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20:

  • Ashwood Waldorf School Tour, from 8:15 to 10:30 a.m. See classes in session, from early elementary through middle school, and meet the school’s director. Register by November 19: 236-8021, info@ashwoodwaldorf.org.
  • “STEM Workshop: Cookies!” at Rockland Public Library, 10 a.m. Kids are invited to learn the science of baking with Miss Katie and Ms. Jessie. They’ll be making small-batch snickerdoodles with creative mix-ins while everyone learns (and eats). Registration required: 594-0310.
  • Tree of Giving at Central Lincoln County YMCA, Damariscotta, starting this Wednesday. The tree is decorated with tags stating families’ requests. Community members and groups are invited to choose a tag, purchase and wrap the items, and return them to the Y with the original tags by December 13.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22:

  • “Shazam!” Teen Movie Matinee, 2 p.m. at Belfast Free Library. Streetwise foster kid Billy Batson can turn into the grownup superhero Shazam by shouting out one word. Free and open to the public, with free popcorn.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23:

  • Reading and Book Signing by Chris Van Dusen, at Left Bank Books, Belfast, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The chidren’s author and illustrator will be on hand to read and sign his books, including “If I Built a School.”

COMING UP:

  • “Radical Reactions” Chemistry Show in Rockland, Friday, November 29, at 2 p.m. at Coastal Children’s Museum, 75 Mechanic Street. The interactive chemistry show for children in kindergarten to grade six will see presenters release a genie from a bottle, spew columns of foam with the use of a catalyst, turn water into juice, cause combustion to occur with no flame, and more. $6 per person, $5.50 per person for groups of four or more, free under 18 months.
  • Annual Free Family Movie: “The Polar Express,” at Rockland’s Strand Theatre on Saturday, November 30, at 3 p.m. Late on Christmas Eve, after the town has gone to sleep, a boy boards a mysterious train to the North Pole.
  • Youth Cross-Country Ski Lease Program and Clinic, Midcoast Conservancy will lease cross-country skis, boots and poles for the winter to families with children in kindergarten through eighth grade. Kids keep the gear for the season for $65. Fittings are at Central Lincoln County YMCA, 525 Main Street, Damariscotta, on Saturday, December 7, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Wednesday, December 11, from 4 to 7:30 p.m. A clinic for ages 5 to 12 will be held on six Saturdays, January 4 to February 8, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Hidden Valley Nature Center, in Jefferson. Details: MidcoastConservancy.org.

ONGOING:

  • PUBLIC LIBRARY OFFERINGS, in the midcoast. Appleton Public Library: Story Time for kids of any age on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. Belfast Free Library: Stay & Play Storytime for Babies & Toddlers on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Preschool Storytime on Fridays at 10 a.m. Camden Public Library: Babbling Books for Busy Bodies on Mondays at 10 a.m. Book Time for Babies, newborn to age 2, on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Friday Story Hour, for ages 2 and 3, at 10 a.m. Carver Memorial Library, Searsport: Preschool Storytime on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. Gibbs Library, Washington: Storytime Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Liberty Library: It’s Story Time on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. Palermo Public Library: Toddler Playtime on Mondays at 10 a.m. Rockland Public Library: Rockin’ Storytime on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. Storytime & Crafts on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. Baby Time on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. Magic the Gathering Club for kids and adults on first Saturdays at 1:30 p.m. Creative Art Crew on second Thursdays at 3:45 p.m. Lego Club on third Thursdays at 4:15 p.m. Rockport Public Library: Story Time on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. Babies to age 5. Searsmont Town Library, Story Time on Saturdays at 10 a.m. Skidompha Library, Damariscotta: Kids Story Time on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Book Babies on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Thomaston Public Library: Storytime Hour on Thursdays at 11 a.m. Waldoboro Public Library: Read-Aloud Time on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. Warren Free Public Library: Kids Arts & Crafts Club on second and fourth Mondays at 6 p.m.
  • “A Family for ME” Foster Care and Adoption Info Meetings, for people who have wondered about the process of becoming a licensed foster parent or adoptive parent. For the location and time of the next meeting: 615-6011 or AFamilyForMEMaine.org.
  • Children’s Clothing Exchange in Warren, first Saturdays and every Thursday, 9 to 11 a.m. in the Old Brick School Community Center. Free clothes for kids. Clothing and monetary donations welcome. For info, call 273-2338.
  • Free Nature Play Group in Alna, Fridays, 9 to 11 a.m. at Juniper Hill School, 180 Golden Ridge Road. For babies to age 3. For info, call 586-5711.
  • 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 okay.
  • 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.
  • Mother’s Milk Support Group in Rockport, Tuesdays, 12:30 to 2 p.m. or 5 to 6:30 p.m. in Pen Bay Medical Center’s Chapel. Drop-in group open to families and moms-to-be.
  • Postpartum Support Group, first and third Thursdays in Rockport in Pen Bay Medical Center’s Cardiac Rehab Solarium and second and fourth Thursdays in Belfast in Waldo County General Hospital’s Biscone Building, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Drop-in meetings open to the family. FMI: 505-4140.

MISCELLANEOUS

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19:

  • Cancer Support Group in Belfast, 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Oncology & Infusion Therapy in Waldo County General Hospital’s Ludwig Medical Building, 116 Northport Avenue. For people at any stage. Call 218-7944 to register.
  • Alzheimer’s Disease Support Group in Rockland, 3 to 4 p.m. third Tuesdays monthly at Knox Center, 6 White Street. Support and info for people who have loved ones coping with Alzheimer’s or related dementias. FMI: 301-6237.
  • Camden Philosophical Society, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Camden Public Library. The lively group discusses a wide range of topics, which are posted ahead of time on the library’s website. Meetings are held third Tuesdays monthly.
  • “The Last Taboo: Women and Wills,” 4 p.m. at Jackson Memorial Library, Tenants Harbor. Financial educator Joline Godfrey on the importance of women taking control of their financial futures, including wills and estate plans.
  • Women’s Cancer Support Group, meets 6 p.m. third Tuesdays of every month at Picker Family Resource Center, 756 Commercial Street, Rockport. Colleen Kinney facilitates. Space is limited; call 542-4985 to register.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20:

  • Class on “Building Spectacular Gingerbread Houses,” 2:30 p.m. at Boothbay Harbor Opera House. Kevin Kiley leads the class – free and open to all ages – to introduce neophytes to the basics and help seasoned bakers brush up. He says he hopes his students will create something to be put on display at December’s Gingerbread Spectacular at the opera house. Call 633-5159 to sign up.
  • “Maine Alpaca Experience,” 10:30 a.m. at Anderson Inn, Quarry Hill, Camden. Corry Pratt of Maine Alpaca Experience in Northport and Northern Solstice Alpaca Farm in Unity will speak about her passion for alpaca fiber and the animals that produce it. The program is free and open to women 50-plus. Registration is required: 301-6116, QuarryHill.org.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21:

  • Presentation on SCORE Belfast and Its Mentoring Program, 8 to 9 a.m. at Mermaid Plaza, 1 East Main Street, Searsport. Jayne Crosby Giles discusses the benefits of working with a mentor from Service Corps of Retired Executives and tells how to enroll in the program, which is for current and aspiring small-business owners in Waldo and Knox counties. Free. For more info: 930-5920, Bangor.Score.org/belfast.
  • AARP Driver Safety Course, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Ocean House at Penobscot Shores, Belfast. For drivers 50-plus with an in-classroom curriculum that covers defensive driving, existing and new rules of the road, the impact of recent changes in automotive technology, and age-related changes in vision, hearing and reaction time. Bring a bag lunch; beverages and dessert provided. $20 ($15 AARP members). Registration required: 338-2332.
  • Yoga Fundraiser for Liberation Institute, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at The Dancing Elephant, 14 School Street, Rockland. Jessica and Piers Kaniuka lead gentle yoga, relaxation, sound healing and conversation. The program is open by donation to the Liberation Institute’s yoga teacher training program at Maine State Prison in Warren. No need to register; arrive 10 minutes early.
  • St. George MSU Meetings, in the Art Room at St. George School. The Finance Committee meets at 5:45 p.m. and the full board meets at 6:30 p.m.
  • Lincoln County Democratic Committee to Meet, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Newcastle Fire Station, 86 River Road. April Thibodeau, political affairs and training director of the Maine Democratic Party, will discuss the upcoming presidential primary and caucuses. Sheriff Todd Brackett will give an update on treating opiate and other substance use disorder at Two Bridges Regional Jail.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22:

  • Passwords Program at Belfast Free Library, 11 a.m., third-floor conference room. Jim Campbell, host of “Notes from the Electronic Cottage” on WERU Community Radio, leads the free session on how to create a strong password (and why that’s important) and password management options.
  • Grown Up Story Hour at Camden Public Library, 11 a.m. to noon. Volunteers read stories for half an hour to an hour. Readers are needed: 236-3440. Also at the library on Friday, Chess Club meets at 4 p.m.
  • “Evening of Mindfulness” at Lincolnville Community Library, 6 p.m. Ning Sawangjaeng presents the free program that will include guided meditation. She will discuss her own experiences with the practice and describe how it can strengthen the mind’s focus and help to develop self-compassion. Suitable for beginners and those with experience in meditation.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23:

  • Democratic Senate Candidates Forum in Rockport, 1:30 to 3 p.m. in Camden Hills Regional High School’s Strom Auditorium. Maine Teen Advocacy Coalition and Knox County Democrats offer the free, student-led forum featuring Maine’s Democratic Party candidates for U.S. Senate: Sara Gideon, Bre Kidman and Betsy Sweet. Refreshments will be served and there will be an opportunity to meet the candidates after the forum.
  • 16-Hour Wilderness First Aid Course in Waldo, at Waldo County Technical Center, 1022 Waterville Road, Saturday and Sunday. North Star Adventures offers the foundation in the basics of backcountry medical care, focusing on emergencies, response and assessment, musculoskeletal injuries, soft-tissue injuries, environmental emergencies and surival skills. Learn more at NorthStarAdventures.me.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25:

  • United Healthcare Community Medicare Meeting at Camden Public Library, 10 a.m. to noon. Have questions answered and get help navigating the world of Medicare in the free information session. Also at the library on Monday, the Puzzle Club meets at 4 p.m. The new group that meets every Monday invites people to gather, socialize, and work on puzzle projects together.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 26:

  • NARFE Mid-Coast Chapter 2169 to Meet, 11:45 a.m. at Offshore Restaurant, Route 1, Rockport. All retired and active federal employees, their spouses and their friends are welcome. The speaker will be Heidi McCaffery from Fermanagh Farm in Washington.
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis Support Group in Rockport, noon, at Pen Bay Medical Center, 6 Glen Cove Drive, Rockport. The group provides education, support and local resources. The free drop-in group is held in the pulmonary rehab education room at PBMC. Details: 301-8880.
  • Leer y Charlar at Camden Public Library, 1 p.m. The Spanish-language reading and conversation group that meets second and fourth Tuesdays monthly welcomes new members.

COMING UP:

  • Salt Bay Farm 5K Trail Run and 1-Mile Walk/Fun Run, Thursday, November 28, at 9 a.m. at Damariscotta River Association’s Great Salt Bay Farm, 110 Belvedere Road. Free to enter, with donations to benefit Twin Villages Foodbank Farm strongly encouraged. Advance registration: CoastalRivers.org. Participants may also sign up on race day.
  • “Love Light Tree” Ceremony at The First Church in Belfast 8 Court Street, on Sunday, December 1, at 5 p.m. A program of inspirational readings, songs and a public reading of the names of area residents who have died. People can have names added to the list by purchsing a “love light” ($5) or string of “love lights” ($25). Order forms are at the church; Christmas Shoppe, 76 Main Street; and Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce, 14 Main Street.
  • Six-Session “Foundations in Restorative Practices” Certificate Program, December 5 and 6, January 10, February 13 and 14, and March 13, all from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hutchinson Center, Route 3, Belfast. Health educator and advocate Carrie Sullivan and attorney-mediator Sarah Matari will lead the course aimed at people in a variety of fields including primary, secondary and post-seconcary education; social work and family services; corrections, criminal justice and policing; nonprofits; health care; and community development. $600 includes materials, a light breakfast and lunch. Registration: hutchinsoncen-ter.umaine.edu/professional-development.
  • Victoria Mansion and Old Port Shopping Trip, Monday, December 9, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Five Town CSD Adult Education offers the chartered coach trip to Portland for shopping in the Old Port in the morning and a visit to the lavishly decorated Victoria Mansion in the afternoon. $85. For more information, visit FiveTowns.Cou-rseStorm.com.

ONGOING:

  • Pulmonary Fibrosis Support Group in Rockport, last Tuesdays of the month, noon to 1 p.m. at Pen Bay Medical Center, 6 Glen Cove Drive, in the Pulmonary Rehab Education Room. 301-8880.
  • COPD Education and Support Group, last Wednesdays of the month, noon to 1 p.m. at Pen Bay Medical Center, 6 Glen Cove Drive, in the Pulmonary Rehab Education Room. 301-8880.
  • Genealogy Club, first Tuesdays, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Stockton Springs Library.
  • Wellness Checks, Mondays and Thursdays, 1 to 3 p.m., Camden District Nursing office at Quarry Hill. 921-6272.
  • Waldoboro Clothes Closet, gently used clothing for adults, Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and first and third Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Main Street next to Masonic Hall.
  • Memory Café in Stockton Springs, third Mondays, 10 to 11:30 a.m., The Good Kettle, 247 Route 1. For caregivers and those with mild cognitive impairment or early Alzheimer’s. 620-1656.
  • Wellness Wednesdays, every Wednesday, 4:15 to 5:30 p.m., Bok Medical Building, 22 White Street. Reiki, chair massage, ear acupuncture and more. All welcome. 921-6993.
  • Penobscot Pet Pantry, first Thursdays, 1 to 3 p.m., P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center, 123 John St., Camden. 763-4291, ppetp@tidewater.net.
  • Co-Dependents Anonymous, Tuesdays, 10 to 11:30 a.m., library of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Glidden Street in Newcastle. 563-6209.
  • Leer y Charlar Spanish-Language Discussion Group, second and fourth Tuesdays at 1 p.m. in Camden Library. Those proficient in Spanish are welcome.
  • Parkinson’s Support Group in Belfast, second Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m., Maine Home Health, 125 Northport Avenue. Drop-in group. 218-7256.
  • Waldo County Beekeepers, first Thursdays, 6:30 p.m., Searsmont Community Center. 233-8257.
  • Grown Up Story Hour at Camden Public Library, Fridays, 11 a.m. New story every week, read by a rotating group of bookworms.
  • Rockland Taking Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) Group 172, Thursdays, 5:30 p.m., Stella Maris meeting room, Route 1 and Broadway, Rockland. Tops.org.
  • Dementia Conversation Series, third Thursdays, 4 to 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.
  • 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 to 8 p.m., 6 Hodgdon Street, Damariscotta. 882-7426.
  • Total Victory Support Group, emotional/spiritual support group meets weekly in private homes in Lincoln County. No fees. 542-7397.
  • Family Game Night at Appleton Library, second Thursdays, 6 to 8 p.m. If you have a fave board game, bring it.
  • Belfast Senior Center, Tuesdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Belfast Boathouse, 34 Commercial Street. Free and open to adults 60-plus. Card games, puzzles, coffee and tea. Stop by anytime, and bring lunch. BelfastSenior@gmail.com.
  • King’s Closet Free Clothing, Saturdays, 9 to 11 a.m., Grace Bible Fellowship, Sherers Lane, Rockland. 596-7117.
  • Belfast Area Citizens Climate Lobby, first Thursdays, 6 to 8 p.m., Belfast Free Library’s Abbott Room. 338-6886.
  • Alzheimer’s Support Groups, first Tuesdays, 6 to 7 p.m., Anderson Inn’s Media Room, Quarry Hill, Camden; third Tuesdays, 3 to 4 p.m., Knox Center, 6 White Street in Rockland. 921-6237.
  • Meditation in Camden, is offered at Camden Congregational Church, 55 Elm Street, on Thursdays, 9 a.m., with sitting and walking meditation and instruction for beginners. At The Start Center, 37 Start Road, on Sundays, 9 to 10:30 a.m. Free. Beginners welcome. And at Meetingbrook Hermitage, 64 Barnestown Road, on Sundays, 6 p.m.
  • Meditation in Damariscotta, at Midcoast Yoga Shala, 49 Main Street, Mondays, 6 to 7 p.m. Donations taken.
  • Meditation in Rockland, at Rockland Shambhala, 14 School Street, Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and Sundays from 9 to 10 a.m. Sitting and walking meditation. Donations taken.
  • Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, Thursdays, 7 to 9 p.m., First Universalist Church, Rockland. 691-3599.
  • Knox County Democrats, second Tuesdays, 6 p.m., Stella Maris House, Broadway, Rockland. KnoxMaine-Democrats.org.
  • Knox County Republicans, second Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m., Trade Winds, fifth floor, 2 Park Drive, Rockland. GOPKnoxCounty.com.
  • Coastal Recovery Community Center, 24 Lincoln Street, Rockland: 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.
  • Recovery Dharma in Rockland, at Rockland Shambhala, 14 School Street, Wednesdays and Sundays, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Buddhist practices for healing the suffering of addiction. Donations taken.
  • “A Course in Miracles” in Rockland,last Wednesdays, 6 to 8 p.m. Metaphysical, psychological, spiritual studies. Free. Location: ananur@twc.com.
  • Coffee & Chat at ElderCare Network of Lincoln County “Greens,” first Fridays, 9:30 to 11 a.m. All welcome at the Greens in Damariscotta, Round Pond, Boothbay, Wiscasset, Edgecomb, Jefferson and Waldoboro.
  • Drug Drop-Off in Rockland, Knox County Sheriff’s Office, 301 Park Street. Use the green box in lobby. 594-0429, ext. 702.
  • Overeaters Anonymous in Belfast, Fridays, noon to 1 p.m., First Baptist Church. Mondays, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Belfast Center. 382-6446.
  • Food Addicts in Recovery in Rockland, Saturdays, 8:30 to 10 a.m. at Knox Center, 6 White Street. 354-6749.
  • Women’s Cancer Support Group, third Tuesdays, 6 p.m., Picker Family Resource Center, 756 Commercial Street, Rockport. FMI: PickerCenter@PenBayHealthcare.org.
  • “A Course in Miracles” in Rockland, last Wednesdays, 6 to 8 p.m. Metaphysical, psychological, spiritual studies. Free. Location: ananur@twc.com.
  • Duplicate Bridge at First Church in Belfast, 104 Church Street, Fridays at noon. All are welcome – there will be instruction for those new to the game. Call 548-2407, before the Friday. $3.
  • Rockland Elks Lodge Bingo, Wednesdays, doors open at 3:30 p.m.; bingo 6:30 p.m. Open to the public.
  • Language Tables at Belfast Co-op Cafe, every Tuesday. Italian and Spanish at 10 a.m. French at 11 a.m. German at noon. All levels.
  • Midcoast Stroke Support Group, first Wednesdays, 10 a.m., Camden Public Library.
  • Bereavement Support Group, first Wednesdays, 3 to 4:30 p.m. at Picker Family Resource Center, 756 Commercial Street, Rockport. 230-0042.
  • Family Caregiver Support Group in Belfast, first Thursdays, noon to 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.