NOTEWORTHY

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7:

  • “Being Peace in Fearful Times,” from 6-8 p.m. at Rockland Shambhala, 16 School St. Talk on serenity in the midst of social, political and environmental flux by Shastri Christopher St. John. With meditation practice and tea. By donation.
  • Talk on the Fate of the Nation’s Oldest State, 6:30 p.m., Rockland Public Library. The Camden Conference presents Charles Lawton’s free public talk, “Facing Maine’s Demographic Challenges.” The economist will look at the implications of Maine’s aging population on the state’s economy, health care, education and taxes.
  • Storytelling Open Mic at Camden Public Library, 7 p.m. Everyone is invited to share a five-minute story, true or fictional, in the series based on the Moth Radio Hour. No need to register.
  • Potluck & Presentation on “Land Conservation in Maine,” held by Appalachian Mountain Club at Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick. Optional potluck at 6 p.m. Various speakers tell how land is conserved in Maine at 7 p.m. Both are free and open to everyone. FMI: amcmaine.org.
  • Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at the Bangor Opera House, Dec. 7-30. Penobscot Theatre Company pulls out all the stops, with lush costumes and scenery. $30-$38 adults; discounts for subscribers and military; $20 students: penobscottheatre.org.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8:

  • Party & Dance Shows at Shalimar’s Studio of Oriental Dance in Rockland, 407 Main Street, 4:30-7 p.m. Dancing, food, fun. Performances at 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
  • Ugly Holiday Sweater Fund-Raiser in Camden, 6-9 p.m., High Mountain Hall at 5 Mountain Hall. Silent auction, grog & grub and prizes. All proceeds benefit The Ripple Initiative, a nonprofit serving economically disenfranchised people in Knox and Lincoln counties. $40 tix at The Ripple Initiative, corner Union & Willow, Rockland. $50 door. FMI: 691-3827.
  • 11th Annual “Home for the Holidays” House Tour in Thomaston, 5-7 p.m. at the Morton Lermond House, a Greek Revival house at 48 Green Street. The Thomaston Historical Society throws a cocktail party with live and silent auctions, music by The Teacups, wine, savories and sweets. $20; $18 THS members. Send check to Thomaston Historical Society, P.O. Box 384, Thomaston, ME 04861. From 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, tour the house and bid in the silent auction. $10; $8 THS members.
  • Cookin’ with Gus at The Playhouse in Belfast, 107 Church St. The Playhouse Actors perform the Jim Brochu romp about a food writer who encounters peril when she attempts to make a TV demo tape. Curtain 7 p.m. Friday & Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. Tix at the door: $10 adults; $5 students. Reservations: 338-5777.
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe at the Crosby Center in Belfast, 96 Church St. A huge cast and crew from Midcoast Actors’ Studio takes the audience to Narnia for a showdown between the evil White Witch and Aslan the lion, who is portrayed by a giant puppet. Curtain 7:30 p.m. Fridays & Saturdays, Dec. 8 & 9 and 15 & 16; 2 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 10 and 17. Tix: $15 adults; $10 students.
  • A Christmas Carol at Lewiston’s Public Theatre, 7 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. $20 adults; $5 under 19: publictheatre.org, 782-3200.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9:

  • Talk on America’s VetDogs Program, 10 a.m., P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center, 123 John St., Camden. Talk by Annette MacNair, advisor for the program at Maine State Prison in Warren, where four puppies are being raised and trained by inmates who are veterans. VetDogs trains and places guide and hearing dogs, PTSD service dogs; and dogs doing other jobs. Learn more at vetdogs.org. Also at P.A.W.S. on Saturday, hot cocoa, cookies and a visit from Santa are set for 3 p.m., followed by a 4 p.m. tree lighting. P.A.W.S. invites everyone to sponsor a bulb on the tree for $5 in honor of a beloved pet. FMI: pawsadoption.org, 236-8702.
  • Camden Inns Open House, noon-2 p.m. Seven inns decorated for the holidays open their doors to the public: 16 Bay View Hotel, Blackberry Inn, Camden Harbour Inn, The Elms of Camden, Hawthorn Inn, Lord Camden and Norumbega. Sweet treats provided at each.
  • Staged Reading in Damariscotta of A Christmas Carol, 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. in Skidompha Library’s Porter Meeting Hall. Performance by The River Company, with proceeds going to Healthy Kids of Lincoln County. Entry by suggested donation of $10 adults; $5 students; $20 families of four or more. Reservations: phylmcq64@gmail.com, 575-654-0196.
  • Conversation in Rockland with Chef and Explorer Barton Seaver, 5:30-7 p.m. at the Island Institute, 386 Main St. He will talk about his new book, “American Seafood: Heritage, Culture & Cookery from Sea to Shining Sea,” with Rob Snyder, president of the Island Institute. A cocktail reception and signing will follow in Archipelago, the Island Institute’s store. Free. You must register: islandinstitute.org.
  • Holiday Open House at Sweetgrass Farm Winery & Distillery in Union, Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Taste local cheeses and treats paired with this year’s wines and spirits. Vote for your favorite gingerbread house.
  • Bangor Ballet to Perform Nutcracker in a Nutshell in Bangor, Gracie Theatre at Husson College, at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The one-hour ballet in two acts is “the perfect introduction to live dance and theater” for kids and adults. $15 adults; $12 seniors & students; $8 age 12 and under: bangorballet.org.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10:

  • “All Paws Forward” Brunch and Silent Auction, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Hilton Garden Inn in Freeport. Coastal Humane Society & Lincoln County Animal Shelter hold the benefit with live music and a talk by Susan Britt, director of Community Outreach for the ASPCA, on the future of animal sheltering in the next decade. $30 tix: coastalhumanesociety.org.
  • Author Douglas Coffin to Read from “One Maine Christmas Eve,” 2 p.m. at Palermo Community Library, Route 3. He will also talk about the book’s backstory and answer questions. Refreshments. Books available for purchase and signing.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 11:

  • Talk on Tenkara Fly Fishing, Flatbread Company, Rockport. Dan Pierce, the first registered Maine fishing guide to use the Japanese fly-fishing method, gives a free public talk at 7 p.m., hosted by Georges River Trout Unlimited. Come at 6 p.m. if you plan to dine. FMI: georgesrivertu.org, 230-9123.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12:

  • Launch of “Fragments” at Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick, 5 p.m. Georgetown poet Nick Stone reads from his new collection of poems about the sea, family, nature and life. He became a Mainer ten years ago after retiring from a long career practicing law in Boston. Free; open to all.
  • “The Future of the South China Sea: War or Peace?,” 6:30 p.m., Belfast Free Library. Camden Conference presents a free public talk by Dr. Peter Lodge on the strategic region that is home to almost a billion people and carries nearly a third of global shipping. Current tensions in the region are leading to military buildups.
  • Christmas Party & Open House at Searsport Historical Society, 7 p.m. in the Crary/Carlon/Coleman House on Sears Island Road, Searsport. Sweet and savory refreshments will be served. Bring a new unwrapped toy for the Searsport Helping Kids Program.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13:

  • Talk on President Woodrow Wilson at The Lincoln Home, Newcastle, 3 p.m. Historian Jerry Willes gives a free public talk about Wilson’s role on racial issues during World War I.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14:

  • Holiday Night on the Town with Main Street Bucksport, 5-7 p.m. You’re invited to enjoy live music, a holiday-themed photo booth, and sales and special events at local businesses. Local bagpiper David Weeda will be strolling Main Street, and there will be live music at several venues. FMI: mainstreetbucksport.org.
  • Program on Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, 6:30 p.m., Belfast Free Library. Superintendent Tim Hudson take the audience through the landscape with photos and talks about the controversial monument’s status.
  • “Collective Voices: Maine Women’s Collective Storytelling Event,” 7 p.m., Camden Public Library. “Nevertheless, She Persisted” is the theme of the moderated storytelling event. Free; open to everyone.

COMING UP:

  • Vivid Motion’s Nutcracker Burlesque, at St. Lawrence Arts on Munjoy Hill in Portland, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15-17 & 19-23. The perennial favorite with standing-room-only crowds is in its 15th year. Tix available at brownpapertickets.com.
  • Merryspring Nature Center’s Annual Winter Wassail, Camden, Sat., Dec. 16, from 2-5 p.m. With indoor crafts and games for kids and reading of a winter’s tale by Amy Hand. Outdoors there will be a chestnut roasting demo led by Eric Evans, singing led by Susan Shaw, campfires all day, and plenty of hot mulled cider. The snow date is Sun., Dec. 17, same hours.

MUSIC

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7:

  • Free VentiCordi Holiday Concert in Damariscotta, noon at Lincoln Theater. Musical collaboration between oboist Kathleen McNerny and violinist Dean Stein, combining their love of chamber music with innovative programming that blends wind and string instruments. They will be joined by cellist Eliza Meyer.
  • “Christmas in Maine” with Grammy Winner Paul Sullivan, 7 p.m., Opera House at Boothbay Harbor. The pianist’s concert, based on his album of the same name, features his distinctive blend of jazz and classical. He will be joined by Myles Jordan, cellist of the DaPonte String Quartet, Bangor Symphony flutist Liz Downing, and singer Rose Upton, a native of Orland, Maine, and now a rising star in New York’s music scene. Advance tix $20 adults; $10 youth: 633-5159. $25 door for everyone.
  • “Carols in the Round” Concert in Belfast by Mt. View Chamber Singers, 7 p.m., The First Church in Belfast, UCC, 104 Church St. Free concert followed by a reception. FMI: 338-2282.
  • “A Celtic Christmas” in Boothbay Harbor, 7:30 p.m., St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, 32 Emery Lane. Down East Singers, Castlebay, tenor soloist David Myers Jr. and pianist Jennifer McIvor and others perform. Anthony Antolini conducts. No tix required; $20 suggested at door.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8:

  • Harpist Barbara Wright to Play in Damariscotta, 2 p.m. at Schooner Cove Retirement Community, LincolnHealth-Miles campus. She performs Elizabethan and Renaissance holiday music. Free and open to everyone.
  • Two Christmas Concerts by St. Cecilia Chamber Choir, conducted by Linda Blanchard and accompanied by organist Sean Fleming and a professional string quartet. “Ceremony of Lessons and Carols” is performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Second Congregational Church in Newcastle; and 4 p.m. Saturday at Bowdoin College Chapel in Brunswick. $20 adults; students free: ceciliachoir.org.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9:

  • Odeon Performances During Holiday on the Harbor in Rockport, at Union Hall. Free concerts featuring Bay Chamber’s Suzuki Twinklers, Odeon Chamber Ensembles and Odeon Brandenburg Ensemble. From 1:30-2:30 p.m., the Chamber groups perform works by a variety of composers. At 4:30 p.m., Suzuki Twinklers and Odeon Brandenburg Ensemble will perform Bach’s Concerto No. 5. At 5:30 p.m., families can visit with Santa in Rockport Marine Park and enjoy homemade treats and fireworks over the harbor.
  • Songs of Solomon Gospel Choir to Sing at Rockport Opera House, 3 p.m. The Harlem choir directed by Bishop Chantel Wright returns to the Opera House after a sold-out performance three seasons ago. $25 adults; $10 under 25: baychamberconcerts.org.
  • Vocalist Cindy Millar and By the Bay Trio in Warren, 6-8 p.m., Saint George River Cafe, 310 Main St. The ensemble plays original arrangements of classics from Hollywood and Broadway, and from the Golden Age of American Song.
  • “An Evening of Holiday Jazz with MoJO” in Waldoboro, 6:30 p.m., Broad Bay Congregational Church, 941 Main St. Mondaynite Jazz Orchestra performs. All ages are welcome to listen, dance and sing along. Donations benefit restoration of the Waldo Theatre.
  • CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER: Performance of “A Child’s Christmas in Wales,” by the Penobscot Bay Singers, 7:30 p.m., Searsport First Congregational Church (see performance on Sunday, December 10). Jim Rose will read excerpts, punctuated with musical interludes of Christmas hymns and carols. Admission by suggested donation of $15; kids free. FMI: penobscotbaysingers.com.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10:

  • “A Celtic Christmas” at Rockport Opera House, 2 p.m., Down East Singers, Castlebay, tenor soloist David Myers Jr. and pianist Jennifer McIvor and others perform. Anthony Antolini conducts. $20 adults; free 18 & under. Tix at The Grasshopper Shop, Rockland; The Owl and Turtle Bookshop, Camden; 619-0413; downeastsingers.org; box office day of concert.
  • DaPonte String Quartet to Play Free Holiday Concert in Newcastle, 3 p.m. at Second Congregational Church, 51 Main St. The DSQ thanks the midcoast for its support with the free annual concert. This one will include music by Scarlatti, a Mozart quartet, Britten’s Simple Symphony and Renaissance motets. Refreshments will be served.
  • Dan Tepfer Plays Bach’s Goldberg Variations at UMaine Orono, 3 p.m. in Minsky Recital Hall. The critically acclaimed jazz pianist plays the 30 variations from memory, each followed by an improvisation. $35 adults; K-12 free with a paying adult: collinscenterforthearts.com.
  • Performance of “A Child’s Christmas in Wales,” by the Penobscot Bay Singers, 3 p.m. Sunday at Belfast United Methodist Church. Jim Rose will read excerpts, punctuated with musical interludes of Christmas hymns and carols. Admission by suggested donation of $15; kids free. FMI: penobscotbaysingers.com.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12:

  • Annual Free Odeon Holiday Concert at Rockport Opera House, 6:30 p.m. The Odeon Brandenburg Ensemble and Odeon Adult Orchestra are joined by Bay Chamber Concerts’ Suzuki Twinklers and the Bay Chamber Jazz Ensemble.
  • Community “Messiah” Sing to Ring Out in Thomaston, 7:30 p.m., the Episcopal Church of St. John Baptist, 200 Main St. Coordinated by Down East Singers, with artistic director Anthony Antolini conducting. Musical accompaniment, solo vocalists, and scores for members of the public who show up to sing. Non-singers are invited to come and listen. Everyone is invited to come listen during the 5 p.m. rehearsal for the soloists and musicians. FMI: 832-1775.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13:

  • Open Mic at Savory Maine in Damariscotta, 6-8:30 p.m, Sign-up for an eight-minute, two-song slot at 5:30 p.m. Half of the evening’s proceeds will be donated by Savory Maine to the ElderCare Network of Lincoln County.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14:

  • Camden Hills Regional High School’s Bands & Choirs to Play Holiday Concert, at 7 p.m. in the Rockport school’s Strom Auditorium. Featured groups include the Concert Band, Jazz Band, Chorale, Women’s Choir and Chamber Singers. It will be preceded by the Empty Bowl dinner in the Wave Café from 5-7 p.m. Snow date for both events is Mon., Dec. 18. Concert admission is by a suggested donation of canned goods for the local food pantry.
  • In Searsmont: Mt. View Chamber Singers to Perform Candlelight Carols, at Searsmont United Methodist Church, next to Fraternity Village General Store, at 7 p.m. The well-traveled student chorus directed by David Stevenson sings carols in the round. Free; all welcome.
  • Parsonsfield Coming to Rockland’s Strand, 7:30 p.m. The band from western Massachusetts swings through Maine on its Holiday Acoustic Tour, playing bluegrass, folk and jazz tunes. $15 advance; $18 door: rocklandstrand.com.

COMING UP:

  • Jennifer Armstrong to Perform in Belfast, Fri., Dec. 15, at 7 p.m.in The Common House Concert Series at Belfast Cohousing & Ecovillage, 25 Village Road (off Tufts Road). The folkie performs her songs about farming, life’s mysteries, love and gratitude. Refreshments. Suggested donation $10-$20. Reservations required: bit.ly/bcechcs.
  • Two Holiday Concerts by Tapestry Singers of Maine in Newcastle, “Woven in Song: A December Tapestry” is performed 7:30 p.m. Sat., Dec. 16, and 4 p.m. Sun., Dec. 17, at Second Congregational Church. Christmas carols and Hanukkah songs. With vocal soloists Sarah Orandello, Jenny Brown, Heather Eilowe and John Strong, and accompaniment by Sean Fleming on piano and organ, Suki Flanagan on harp, Kristin Fox on oboe, Marcus Hutchins on flute, and Dave Martin on guitar. $15 tix at door; free for students. Advance tix online for additional $1 handling fee at tapestrysingersmaine.org.
  • The Oak Ridge Boys Bring Their Christmas Celebration Tour to Orono, Tues., Dec. 19, 7 p.m. at Collins Center for the Arts. The group plays their holiday favorites and some of the country-pop hits that brought them fame. Tix: collinscenterforthearts.com.

ONGOING:

  • Tuesday Jams in Thomaston, 8 Hyler St., 7 p.m. Folk, country, gospel and blues. Players and listeners welcome. FMI: 273-2914.
  • Thursday Jams in Warren, St. George River Café, 310 Main St., 6 p.m. Players and listeners welcome.

FILM

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7:

  • National Theatre Live: Young Marx, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Strand Theatre, Rockland, and Lincoln Theater, Damariscotta. Comedy about two radicals in 1850s London trying to fend off spies, rivals and creditors.
  • “Growing Local,” 6 p.m., Gibbs Library, Washington. The library and Maine Farmland Trust screen the film about the local food movement in Maine. Refreshments precede the screening, and a community discussion will follow. Free.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8 – THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14:

  • COLONIAL THEATRE, Belfast. “A Bad Moms Christmas,” “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” “Coco.”
  • FLAGSHIP CINEMAS, Thomaston. FMI: flagshipcinemas.com, 594-2100.
  • HARBOR THEATRE, Boothbay Harbor: “The Florida Project.” FMI: boothbaycinema.org.
  • LINCOLN THEATER, Damariscotta: “Goodbye Christopher Robin.” FMI: atthelincoln.org, 563-3424. Open captioning on Wednesday matinees.
  • STRAND THEATRE, Rockland: “The Square.”

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8:

  • “A Christmas Memory,” 6:30 p.m., Friday Night Film Series at Thomaston Library. Buddy is left by his parents at the home of some older unmarried cousins, including Sook, with whom he forms a lifelong friendship.
  • “Moonlight,” 7 p.m., Friday Night Flix at Belfast Free Library. The 2016 coming-of-age drama (and Academy Award winner for Best Picture) about a young gay man growing up in a gritty Miami neighborhood.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9:

  • Stories to Screen: “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” 10 a.m., Lincoln Theater, Damariscotta. Last of the Roald Dahl stories in the theater’s free family-friendly series. Next up: talking animals.
  • Annual Free Holiday Family Film at Rockland’s Strand: “Home Alone,” with a sensory-friendly screening for people living with autism and others at 12:30 p.m. and regular screening at 3 p.m. A young boy is accidentally left behind when the family takes off for vacation and he must protect the house from two bumbling burglars.
  • “Ferrari 312B: Where the Revolution Begins,” 2 p.m., Lincoln Theater, Damariscotta. The sensational story of one of the most groundbreaking Ferraris ever made.
  • “The Anonymous People,” 4 p.m., Camden Public Library. Mid-Coast Recovery Coalition hosts Dr. Ira Mandel and others, who talk about Maine’s opioid epidemic and what is being done to help those in recovery. Then the documentary about 23.5 million Americans living in long-term recovery is screened.
  • Free Family Matinees at Colonial Theatre in Belfast, week three of the five-week series continues with “Despicable Me 3,” screened Saturday & Sunday, at 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. both days.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10:

  • “Ley’Go,” 6 p.m., Colonial Theatre, Belfast. Students in Belfast Area High School’s chapter of the Liberian Education Fund present the screening of the documentary about four young Liberians striving toward a brighter future. $5. Proceeds donated by the Colonial to LEF.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 11:

  • “Despicable Me 3” in First Family Movie Night at Thomaston Library, 5 p.m. The animated flick is shown. RSVP to the library by calling 354-2453 or on Facebook, so the library can order enough pizza for everybody.
  • Christmas Classics on the Big Screen at Belfast’s Colonial Theatre, “It’s a Wonderful Life” starts at 6;45 p.m. “White Christmas” starts at 7 p.m. Suggested donation of $8-$10 adults and $3-$5 kids goes to the local group Heroes for Hunger.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13:

  • “Rhythms of the Heart,” Belfast Free Library. Peace and Justice Group of Waldo County screens the film about David Moses Bridges, a Passamaquoddy craftsman on a journey to preserve family life and tradition while facing a life-threatening illness. Bring a dish for the 5:30 p.m. Solstice Potluck, then see the film at 6 p.m.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14:

  • “In the Good Old Summertime,” 6:30 p.m., Rockland Public Library. Second of three in the library’s One Story Three Versions film series. Coming Dec. 28: “You’ve Got Mail.”

ART

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7:

  • Wildlife Works by Lewis Cisle at Belfast Co-op in December, the Maine artist’s paintings of birds and other wildlife hang all month. Cisle studied at Cincinnati Art Academy and has degrees from Miami University and Tyler School of Art, Temple University.
  • “Paper, Ink and Bamboo Spoon” at Belfast Free Library, a show of block prints by Belfast artist Leslie Moore, through Jan. 19.
  • New Work in Union by Libbey Seigars of Whitefield Pottery, at Badger Café and Pub, 286 Common Road. Her clay works reflect the Japanese influence of her studies and apprenticeship in Vermont and Japan and will be on display through Dec. 30.
  • “Nature’s Palette” at Pemaquid Watershed Association, 584 Main St., Damariscotta. Newcastle artist Helen Warner’s works in oil, watercolor and ink hang through Feb. 2. A portion of proceeds from art sales goes to PWA’s conservation efforts.
  • Chris Augusta’s Santa Paintings at Waldoboro Library, in December. His renditions of Saint Nick tip a hat to such artists as Andrew Wyeth, Winslow Homer and Edward Hopper.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8:

  • Show Opening of “Little Gems” at Parent Gallery in Belfast, 5-8 p.m. Small oils by Joanne Parent, new photos by Neal Parent, sea-glass-and-stone art pieces by Nicole Peak, watercolors by Marvin Jacobs and jewelry by Dan Bennett.
  • Special Event Paint Night at Art Loft in Rockland: “Lakeside,” 6-9 p.m. Justin Kinney leads three hours of color mixing and blending, painting and socializing. No experience needed. Snacks served; feel free to bring your own, along with beer or wine. Registration: 200-7915 or artloftrockland.org.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9:

  • Knit-a-Thon in Belfast, 8 a.m.-8 p.m., St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church. The Women of St. Margaret’s and KnitMaine-ia join forces for their biannual event. All ages and types of handcrafters are invited to join for an hour or all day to help raise cash and food donations for Searsport school’s HUSH (Help Us End Hunger) backpack and pantry program and Belfast Area High School’s Food Pantry. FMI: jillianliver@gmail.com, 978-325-0045.
  • Coastal Quilters December Meeting and Holiday Potluck, 10 a.m., Camden Lions Club, Lions Lane, Camden.
  • Chinese Painting and Traditional Tea Ceremony at Rockland’s Art Loft, 1-4:30 p.m. Nanfei Wang teaches the art of composition, use of color and ink, and dry and wet techniques as you make a painting of morning glories. Traditional Chinese tea ceremony held during class. Registration: artloftrockland.org, 200-7915.
  • Valerie Greene Open Studio & Sale in Waldoboro, 2-5 p.m. Greene invites you to her 149 Jefferson St. studio overlooking the Medomak River, where her latest oils, acrylics and encaustics are on display.
  • Yellow Church Open House & Studio Sale in Nobleboro, Saturdays, Dec. 9 & 16, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. George Mason invites everyone to see his new body of work, “Love Letters: Art for the Envelope,” and offers refreshments at his 123 Borland Hill Road studio, built in 1854 and once the Methodist Church of Damariscotta Mills.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10:

  • Daylong Letterpress Workshop at Steel House South in Rockland, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Karin Spitfire teaches the basics, including how to set type and set up and run the press. Try your skills by printing a run of holiday cards. $90 includes materials: rocklandsteelhouse.com.
  • Sunday Salons in Rockland with Artists in “Materiality” Show, Center for Maine Contemporary Art. Each artist shows five slides and discusses materials they used in “Materiality: The Matter of Matter,” the show that has taken over the museum. Salons start at 3 p.m. The Dec. 10 salon features Heather Lyon of Blue Hill, who gives a live performance piece, followed by a talk. Full series: cmcanow.org.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 11:

  • Free Adult Art Class at Rockland Public Library, 11 a.m. Led by Catinka Knoth. This week: draw holiday scenes and make cards and ornaments.
  • Creative Artists Support Group to Meet, 6 p.m., Belfast Free Library. Monthly meeting for people interested in developing their creative potential and overcoming obstacles toward becoming successful creative artists. Free. FMI: ben496@prexar.com, 223-0052.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12:

  • Clarity Gallery Opening at Camden Public Library, 6 p.m. The show by duo of Robert and Su.Sane Hake, “Tree of Life: The Wooded Way,” opens. An art demonstration will be given and Andrea Goodman will sing. Refreshments.
  • “Healing the Heart Through Writing,” 6:30 p.m., Rockland Public Library. Writer, editor, producer and professional coach Kathrin Seitz describes how studies have shown that when people write their deepest thoughts and feelings, their well-being improves. Seitz will guide participants through writing exercises and prompts to explore their challenges.

COMING UP:

  • Paste Paper & Bookmaking Workshop at Waterfall Arts in Belfast, Sat., Dec. 16, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Artist Abbie Read leads the class. $65. FMI: 338-2222, waterfallarts.org.
  • Open House at Harbor Square Gallery in Rockland, Fri., Dec. 15, 4-8 p.m. You’re invited to enjoy prosecco and holiday cheer at the 374 Main St. gallery.

ONGOING:

  • Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockland. “Materiality: The Matter of Matter,” through Feb. 11.
  • Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland. “Andrew Wyeth: Maine Drawings,” through Dec. 31. “Andrew Wyeth: Maine Watercolors, 1938–2008,” through Dec. 31. “Marguerite Zorach: An Art-Filled Life,” through Jan. 7.
  • The Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine, Michael Klahr Center at UMaine Augusta. “America Now: A Dialogue...,” through Dec. 20. Free.
  • Maine Museum of Photographic Arts, USM’s Glickman Library, Portland. Group show on bicentennial of birth of Henry David Thoreau, through Jan. 27.
  • Maine State Museum, Augusta. “Thos. Moser: Legacy in Wood,” through Jan. 13.
  • Maine State Museum, Augusta. “Over There and Down Home: Mainers and World War I,” through Nov. 11.
  • Portland Museum of Art, Portland. “Child’s Play: Representations of Adolescence,” through Dec. 17. “Nan Goldin: The Ballad of Sexual Dependency,” through Dec. 31. “Model Citizens: Art and Identity in the United States, 1770–1830,” through Jan. 28.

FOOD

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7:

  • Kitchen Licensing Workshop at MOFGA in Unity, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Held in the Common Ground Education Center of Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association. For farmers and others interested in home-food processing for resale. Lunch is included. $35 members; $50 non-members. Registration: 568-4142, mofga.org.
  • Greek Meal in Rockland, 6 p.m., Penobscot Language School, 28 Gay St. Maria Platia prepares spanakopita, moussaka and loukoumades. $35. Reservations: penobscot.us or 594-1084.
  • Program on Olive Oils at Hope Library, 6:30 p.m. Pat O’Brien, marketing director at Fiore Artisan Olive Oils, talks about the recent harvest and brings along oils for people to taste.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9:

  • Public Breakfast with Santa at Mt. Olivet Masonic Lodge, Route 220 in Washington, 7-9 a.m. Eggs to order, large homemade waffles, bacon, sausage, home fries, toast, juice, coffee, tea. Free pictures with Santa. $7 adults; $3 kids.
  • Pancake Breakfast Fund-Raiser for Mid-Coast Recovery Coalition, 7:30-10 a.m. at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 11 White St., Rockland. Chef Kerry Altiero of Café Miranda will man the skillet. MCRC founder Ira Mandel will greet and talk with guests. $12 per person at the door.
  • Benefit Dinner in Warren to Help Family with Medical Expenses, 4-6 p.m., Odd Fellows Hall, corner of Routes 1 & 90. The supper and live and silent auction following will help Jean and Wayne Fowles with medical expenses and making their home handicapped-accessible after Wayne’s motorcycle accident a few months ago. $8 adults; $4 under 13.
  • Roast Beef Supper at Warren Masonic Hall, Route 90, from 5-7 p.m. By donation to the Bread for the Journey Food Pantry.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10:

  • Trifle Cooking Class at East Forty Farm and Dairy, 2361 Friendship Road, Waldoboro, from 2-4 p.m. Learn from-scratch techniques for making this dessert of layered cake, fruit, spirits, custard and cream. $25 per person. Details on this and the farm’s other upcoming cooking classes are at eastfortyfarm.com.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14:

  • Empty Bowl Supper & Silent Auction at the Wave Café, 5-7 p.m., Camden Hills Regional High School, Rockport. Choose a handmade ceramic bowl that you can fill with chowder, stew or chili. Then take your bowl home. $8 solo; $25 family of four. A free winter choral and band concert follows in Strom Auditorium at 7 p.m. Bring a donation of canned goods.
  • French Holiday Baking Class at Penobscot School in Rockland, 5:45 p.m. Join Clovis Anjard of Normandy to create various types of holiday cookies including buttery langues de chat. Bring a container for take-homes. $47.50. FMI: 594-1084, penobscot.us.

COMING UP:

  • Communi-TEA at Thomaston Public Library, Fri., Dec., 15, 3 p.m. Teas are held third Fridays of every month. Revelers are encouraged to bring a donation for the local food pantry. Proper tea with savories and sweets will be served. Everyone is invited and there is no charge.
  • Italian Potluck at Penobscot School in Rockland, Fri., Dec. 15, from 6-8 p.m. Bring a favorite Italian appetizer, main dish or dessert to share. No experience speaking Italian necessary.
  • Sourdough Bread Class at FARMS Kitchen in Damariscotta, Sat., Dec. 16, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Led by Bill Babb, who has been perfecting his sourdough baguette recipe for 15 years. You’ll learn two ways to make it and get sourdough culture to take home. $15. Registration: info@mefarms.org.

HOME & GARDEN

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13:

  • “Organizational Zen,” 6:30-8 p.m., Rockport Opera House. Janie Downey Maxwell addresses those who have bought something they already owned because it was easier than finding the original thing, and helps you bring organizational peace into your life. Bring a pad and pen.

COMING UP:

  • Craft a Yule Log at Workshop in Boothbay Harbor, Fri., Dec. 15, from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Boothbay Region Land Trust, 60 Samoset Road. It starts with a walk on Oak Point Farm to gather materials (bring a bag and garden shears, if you can). Then the group will head indoors to assemble their creation. You’ll leave with a log to burn on the darkest day of the year to celebrate the return of longer days. Free. Registration: thall@bbrlt.org, 633-4818.
  • Repair Café at Appleton Library, Sat., Dec. 16, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. A team of volunteer specialists will be on hand to help repair anything small enough to carry in, from toasters to computers. Feel free to bring in that needs-to-be-assembled holiday gift. FMI: 322-5368, repaircafe.org.
  • Talk on “Christmas Mushrooms” at Camden Library, Sat., Dec. 16, at 1 p.m. Greg Marley blends the facts, history and folklore surrounding mushrooms and their connection to the Yuletide season.

FAIRS & SALES

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7:

  • Wiscasset Holiday Marketfest 2017, Thursday-Sunday. Stores and galleries open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. or later, offering gift ideas, music and munchies. A horse-drawn carriage will carry shoppers through town. On Friday and Saturday, local merchants will be joined by pop-up vendors and food trucks. Nickels-Sortwell House will be decorated for the holidays and open for $5 tours for Wiscasset residents; $10 all others.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8:

  • In Belfast: Holiday Fair at Waldo County General Hospital, in ground-floor classroom, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Homemade crafts and textiles, jewelry, soaps and lots more. FMI: 930-6713.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9:

  • “Kids Helping Kids” Christmas Sale at Bremen Union Church, 523 Waldoboro Road, Bremen, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. New and gently used holiday gifts for family and friends are offered at allowance-affordable prices with free wrapping. An adult “White Moose” table will occupy parents and older siblings.
  • Gingerbread Theme at Christmas Fair in Searsport, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. The Women’s Fellowship of First Congregational Church of Searsport hold it in Curtis Hall. With tables loaded with Country Kitchen items; Christmas ornaments, jewelry and boutique items, handmade items, and decorated gingerbread houses to view and buy. $6 brunch of breakfast casseroles and frittatas, fruit, muffins, cinnamon rolls, coffee and tea.
  • 2nd Annual Festival of Greens in Bath, held by Bath Garden Club 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday in the Winter Street Center, 880 Washington St. Wreaths, swags, floral arrangements, tree ornaments, vintage items, more. Proceeds go toward BGC’s programs. FMI: 666-3078.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13:

  • Chewonki Foundation’s 10th Annual Holiday Craft Fair, 1-5 p.m. Local goods including fiber arts, woodcarving, beeswax candles, skin care products, paper goods, sweet treats and more from over 15 vendors at Chewonki Center for Environmental Education – Chapin Hall, 485 Chewonki Neck Road, Wiscasset. Hot cider & popcorn will be served. FMI: 882-7323 x155.

KIDS & PARENTS

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7:

  • Open House at Sweetland School at Sweet Tree Arts, Hope Corner, 4-5:30 p.m. Families are welcome to step inside the school and see examples of project-based learning and creative thinking happening in the grades 1-6 program.
  • Family Fun with 4-H at Vose Library in Union, 6-7:30 p.m. Engage in a fun, hands-on activity for all ages. Learn how you can contribute as a volunteer in 4-H and hear about opportunities for kids in Knox and Lincoln counties. All welcome.
  • Musical Theater Night at the Riley School, Rockport, 6:30 p.m. Kids in the Lower School perform Three Piggy Opera. Kids in the Middle and Upper Schools perform Summer Camp, a musical caper about finding a place to belong. Free; open to all.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9:

  • “Young Chef’s Dynamite Desserts” Holiday Cooking Class in Damariscotta, 9-11 a.m., FARMS Community Kitchen, above Rising Tide Community Market. For kids ages 7-12. $15 per kid; $10 per sibling. Reservations: leave message at 563-1161 or e-mail info@mefarms.org.
  • Fritz the Reindeer-Dog to Appear at Wiscasset Library, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Friendly canine Fritz will don his antlers at the Kids-Only Shop held by Friends of Wiscasset Library during the Holiday Marketfest. FMI: wiscassetholidaymarketfest.com.
  • Santa to Visit Waldoboro Public Library, 10 a.m. Kids can tell him what is on their wish lists.
  • Maine Illustrator Rebekah Raye at Owl & Turtle Bookshop in Camden, 10 a.m.-noon. She will give a drawing demo and sign a selection of her children’s books.
  • Successful Breast-Feeding Class in Belfast, 10 a.m.-noon in Waldo County General Hospital’s ground-floor Classroom. Registration: 338-9348 or penbaywaldo.coursestorm.com. Breast-Feeding Support Group meets the same day from 12:30-1:30 p.m., also in the Classroom. Meet other breast-feeding moms; get tips from certified lactation consultants. Siblings welcome. FMI: 338-2500 x4109.
  • Holiday Craft Making at Vose Library in Union, noon-2 p.m. Kids and adults of all ages are invited to make easy cards, beaded ornaments, snowflakes and other crafts for decorations or gifts. Free.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12:

  • Free Children’s Drawing Class at Rockland Public Library, 4-5 p.m. Tuesdays. Catinka Knoth leads Let’s Draw Together! for kids 6+ (under 11 with an adult). Materials provided. This week: Let’s Draw Christmas and Holiday Cards!

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13:

  • Breast-Feeding Basics, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Pen Bay Physicians Building, Conference Room C, Rockport. Pre-birth opportunity to ask questions and learn about benefits, breast care, milk storage, and returning to work. $25 mom & partner. Register at penbaywaldo.coursestorm.com.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14:

  • Cross-Country Ski Gear Fit-and-Lease Session, 3-6 p.m., Midcoast Conservancy, 290 Atlantic Highway (Route 1), Edgecomb. Kids in K-8 can be fitted for equipment to lease for $65 for the season from Midcoast Conservancy and Outdoor Sports Institute. An additional session will be held Tues., Jan. 9, 3-5 p.m. Midcoast Conservancy is also offering a Kids XC Ski Clinic, Jan. 6-Feb.10, 9:30-11 a.m. at Hidden Valley Nature Center in Jefferson. FMI: midcoastconservancy.org.

ONGOING:

  • Appleton Library: Story Time Saturdays, 10:30 a.m., kids of all ages.
  • 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 Library: Story Hours, all at 10 a.m. Mondays: preschoolers. Wednesdays: babies to age 2 & siblings. Thursdays: ages 4-5. Fridays: ages 2-3. Saturdays: preschool to early elementary.
  • Carver Library, Searsport: Preschool Story Hour, Fridays, 10:30 a.m.
  • Gibbs Library, Washington: Story Hour, Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-ish, depending on when kids drop in. FMI: 845-2663.
  • Liberty Library: Story Time, Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. Ages 3-5. Younger and older kids welcome if not disruptive.
  • Palermo Library: Toddler Time, Mondays, 10 a.m.-noon. Lego Club, Wednesdays, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Rockland Public Library: Baby Storytime, Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. Babies to 2-year-olds. Children’s Story Hour & Crafts, Wednesdays and Saturdays, 10:30 a.m.
  • Rockport Library: Story Time, Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. Toddlers and preschoolers. Make a craft to take home.
  • Skidompha Library, Damariscotta: Toddler Time, Tuesdays. Book Babies, Wednesdays. Ready to Read, Thursdays. All start at 10 a.m.
  • Thomaston Library: Toddler Time, Wednesdays, 11 a.m. Family Story Hour, Thursdays, 11 a.m. Stories, crafts, snacks. Early Bird Reading & Fun Time, Saturdays, 9-10 a.m.
  • Vose Library, Union: Story Time, Fridays, 10:30 a.m. Different activities for babies, toddlers and older kids.
  • Waldoboro Library: Storytime, Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. For preschoolers.
  • Warren Library: Craft Club Story Time, Mondays, 6-7 p.m. Lego Club, second and fourth Thursdays, 3:30-5 p.m.
  • Children’s Clothing Exchange, first Saturdays monthly, 9-11 a.m., Second Congregational Church in Warren. Free, quality used clothing, newborn to size 14. Swaps encouraged. Donations welcome.
  • Giggles and Doodles Kids’ Art Class, Wednesdays, 1-2:30 p.m., Art Loft, Rockland. FMI: artloftrockland.org.
  • Free Infant Playgroup, Mondays, 3:30-5 p.m., Peopleplace Cooperative Preschool, 69 Union St., Camden. For newborns to 22 months. FMI: 236-4225, peopleplacecoop.org.

MISCELLANEOUS

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7:

  • Family Caregiver Education and Support Group, noon-1 p.m., Home Health Conference Room, 125 Northport Ave., Belfast. For all family caregivers, including those caring for family members with dementia and Alzheimer’s. Facilitated by social worker Margie Spencer-Smith. FMI: 930-2500 x4795.
  • Georges River Land Trust Volunteer Appreciation Party, 4-6 p.m., Harbor Square Gallery, 374 Main St., Rockland. Volunteers and all interested in volunteering are invited to the party with refreshments including local beer from Lake St. George Brewing Company. RSVP: 594-5166.
  • Public Hearing on Knox County Budget, 6 p.m., Commission Hearing Room of Knox County Courthouse, 62 Union St., Rockland. Enter at High Street. The proposed budget is at knoxcountymaine.gov or pick up a copy at County Administrative office. A vote to finalize the 2018 budget will follow the hearing.
  • Public Forum in Camden on Opioid Addiction Epidemic, 7 p.m., First Congregational Church of Camden. The church’s Faith and Public Issues Task Force hosts Dr. Ira Mandel of Mid-Coast Recovery Coalition, who will facilitate the discussion about the epidemic, efforts to address it, and treatment controversies.
  • “Empowering Mainers in CD2” Candidates Forum, 7-9 p.m., Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery, Orland. The five Democratic candidates for Maine’s Second District seat in Congress will take part in a public Q&A. FMI: mainecommongoodcoalition@gmail.com.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9:

  • Winter Bird Watch in Belfast Harbor, 8-10 a.m. Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition’s Ron Harrell and Gary Gulezian lead the watch for ducks, loons and other birds from the east side of Belfast Footbridge. Bring binoculars and dress in layers.
  • Free Guided Walk at Merryspring Nature Center, Camden, 10 a.m. Family-friendly walk to observe nature in winter, including animal habitat, winter birds and leafless trees. Dress warmly and prepare to cover uneven ground for an hour.
  • Open House at Harbor View Cottage at The Lincoln Home, Newcastle, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tour the safe and secure memory loss community; meet the staff.
  • Advent Vigil for Disarmament at Bath Iron Works, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on the Saturdays of Advent: Dec. 9, 16, 23. Everyone is encouraged to meet at BIW’s administration building on Washington Street to hold signs that call for an end to the building of weapons of mass destruction in Maine. FMI: 763-4062.
  • Tax Proposal Protest in Rockland, at noon. The Main Street protest gathers at the park by the Brass Compass. Costumes depicting the Monopoly Man in top hat and tails, poor people, Donald Trump, the Grinch, and so on are encouraged.
  • Points of View: Muslim Journeys Book Discussion Series Continues, at Camden Public Library. Discussions will be held at 2 p.m. Saturdays in the library’s Picker Room, led by Anna Rockwell. Dec. 9: “In the Country of Men: A Novel” by Hisham Matar. Jan. 13: “House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East” by Anthony Shadid. Feb. 10: “Broken Verses: A Novel” by Kamila Shamsie. March 10: “Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood” by Fatima Mernissi. Contact the library to sign up and borrow books.
  • Two Kundalini Yoga Classes Offered to Benefit Puerto Rico, at High Mountain Hall in Camden on Saturday and at Belfast Dance Studio on Sunday, both from 3-5 p.m. Beginners welcome. Wear loose clothing, avoid eating or having strong caffeine two hours prior to class, and bring a yoga mat and water bottle. $10 minimum donation. All proceeds go for various healing efforts in Puerto Rico, where many are still without clean water or electricity.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10:

  • Meditation Gathering at Rockland Shambhala, 16 School St., from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Open meditation, video talk by Buddhist teacher Pema Chödrön on “Making Friends with Your Self,” discussion and potluck. Bring an item to share; a vegetarian entree will be provided. Suggested donation of $15-$30.
  • Central Maine Bird Fanciers to Hold Potluck and Christmas Auction, noon, Washington Grange Hall, across form the library. Chicken owners, 4-H members with poultry projects, pigeon enthusiasts and veteran poultry breeders are welcome to enjoy lunch, some fowl talk and the auction. With door prizes and give-aways. FMI: 322-5963.
  • Cyber Sunday at Camden Library, 1-4:30 p.m. Sign up for a one-on-one slot with techie Olga Zimmerman: 236-3440.
  • Music and Reflection for Season of Advent, 4 p.m., United Christian Church, Route 173, Lincolnville Center. This week’s program features the Mill Street Songsters, and selected readings and moments of silent reflection led by the Rev. Richard Hanks. All faiths welcome. Free-will donation benefits UCC’s Music Ministry. FMI: 785-3521.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 11:

  • “Reading for the Public” at Camden Public Library, 1 p.m. You are invited to hear selections read by the nine members of the Fourth Monday Writing Group of Coastal Senior College. FMI: 563-6538.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12:

  • In Augusta: “What Next? The Status of Health Care Reform,” 8-11 a.m., Bangor Savings Bank, 5 Senator Way. Health policy experts from legislators’ offices will take part in a panel discussion. Free, but registration required: mainechamber.org/calendar.php.
  • Let’s Talk About It Book Club to Meet at Thomaston Public Library, 11 a.m. Funded through a grant from the Maine Humanities Council and facilitated by local author Lee Heffner, the club examines the theme “Destruction or Redemption: Images of Romantic Love.” The December book is “The French Lieutenant’s Woman” by John Fowles. The January book will be “Morgan’s Passing” by Anne Tyler. Light refreshments served. Copies of books at the Circulation Desk. FMI: 354-2453.
  • Tuesday Book Club at Camden Public Library, 1 p.m. The book this month is “Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore” by Robin Sloan. New members welcome.
  • Leer y Charlar at Camden Public Library, 1 p.m. Spanish conversation group. Fluent speakers welcome.
  • Knox County Democratic Committee to Meet in Rockland, 6 p.m., Waterworks Restaurant. Details on Facebook. RSVP by Dec. 10: winchell.mary@yahoo.com.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13:

  • Knox County Retired Educators to Meet, 11:30 a.m., Offshore Restaurant, Route 1, Rockport. Lunch, short meeting and holiday ornament making. Anyone who has retired from any position working with kids in the public school system is welcome. Donations will be taken for a local food backpack program. No meetings in January and February. FMI: 594-4397.
  • Get Help Enrolling in the Insurance Marketplace, noon-5 p.m., Pen Bay Medical Center, Physicians Building Computer Lab. Enroll or re-enroll. FMI: 921-8271.
  • “Four Centuries of Christmas” at Camden Public Library, 1 p.m. The spirit of Christmas past is evoked by Ken Turino, who uses historic photos from the Library Archives to accompany the presentation in Quarry Hill’s Adventures in Living Well series for adults age 50+. Free; registration required: qhinfo@pbmc.org, 921-6116.
  • Parkinson’s Disease & Movement Disorders Education & Support Group, 1:15 p.m., Biscone Building, Community Room, 119 Northport Avenue, Belfast. For those living with Parkinson’s and families & friends. No need to register.
  • St. George MSU Finance Committee and School Board Meeting, in the Art Room, St. George School. Finance 2:30 p.m. Full board 3 p.m.
  • Penobscot Shores Open House in Belfast, 4-5:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to the free open house with refreshments by chefs Diana and Charles Evans and entertainment by Lincoln Blake. FMI: 338-2332.
  • CANCELED: Knox County Republican Committee to Meet, Trade Winds Inn, Rockland. With a holiday celebration at 6:30 p.m. and formal meeting at 7 p.m. Kenneth Fredette, Maine House Republican leader and candidate for governor, will be the guest speaker. FMI: gopknoxcounty.com.
  • “Boxing with Paul” at Penobscot Bay YMCA, Rockport, 7-8:30 p.m. Paul Benjamin teaches boxing skills and strategies to all levels. This is a pad workout; no contact. Free; donations to the Y welcome. FMI: 236-3992.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14:

  • Panel Discussion in Portland: “Building for the Future,” 7:30-9 a.m., Portland Regency Hotel, 20 Milk St. Maine Real Estate & Development Association hosts the Morning Menu program. $45 MEREDA members and $55 others, if you register by Dec. 7; then $55/$65: mereda.org.
  • Caregiver Support Group to Meet in Damariscotta, 1-2:30 p.m., Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center. For those caring for a parent, spouse or relative. FMI: 563-1363.
  • Evening of “Joyous Noise” at Rockville Community Chapel, 6:30 p.m. The chapel’s Trustees invite the public to the first Christmas celebration to be held there in 49 years. Pastor Mark Adolphsen of Littlefield Memorial Baptist Church will share an advent message. The chapel is on Old Rockland Street, which runs parallel to Route 17, behind the Green Thumb.
  • Turkey Shoots in Waldoboro, 7 p.m., Lincoln County Fish & Game Association clubhouse at Depot and Cross sts. Kids under 18 must be with an adult. Sight your .22 for 50 feet prior to the event. FMI: becky.morrell@gmail.com or 380-2428.

COMING UP:

  • Night of Joy Gathering at Water of Life Church, Newcastle, Fri., Dec. 15, 6:30-8 p.m. All welcome at the service designed to include people with learning disabilities and their loved ones.
  • Cats-Only Rabies Shot and Microchip Clinic, VFW Hall, Belfast, Sat., Dec. 16, 9-11 a.m. held by PAWS Animal Adoption Center. No appointment needed. Cats must be in carriers. $10 per shot. $25 per chip. FMI: pawsadoption.org.
  • Community Chanukah Celebration at Rockport Opera House, Sat., Dec. 16, from 5-7 p.m. Adas Yoshuron Synagogue invites everyone to the party. Musicians Lisa Mayer and Sruli Dresdner will perform traditional Jewish music, lead guests in Chanukah songs, and teach Israeli dancing. With a menorah lighting ceremony, gourmet latke bar, and crafts for kids. $10 adults; free under 13.
  • Jingle Bell Rock Harbor 5K, Sun., Dec. 17. The Rockland Harbor YMCA holds its first 5K. Register at the Y, 12 Water St., from 7-8:15 a.m. for $25. The race starts at 8:30 a.m. $20 advance registration includes a T-shirt: penbayymca.org.
  • Christmas Lessons and Carols Service, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Rockland, Sun., Dec. 17, at 5:30 p.m. The updated service unfolds as a dialogue between the reader, the choir, and people in the pews. Free and open to all. Donations will be accepted for St. Peter’s outreach.
  • Intergenerational Book Club at Thomaston Public Library, Tues., Dec. 19, at 2:30 p.m. The book is “The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate – Discoveries from a Secret World” by Peter Wohlleben. The group of readers of all ages meets third Tuesdays monthly. All are welcome. Books on the 2018 list will be available on Kindles and in paper at the library.

ONGOING:

  • Rockland Elks Lodge Bingo, Wednesdays, doors open 4:30 p.m.; drawings 6:20 p.m.; bingo 6:30 p.m.
  • People Helping People, network for seniors and people with disabilities on Boothbay peninsula, second and fourth Fridays, 2 p.m., Boothbay Harbor Community Center. FMI: 633-4368.
  • Open Meditation, Mondays, 6-7 p.m., Midcoast Yoga Shala, 49 Main St., Damariscotta. Free; donations taken.
  • Increase Your Peace of Mind, 1-2 p.m. Thursdays, Boothbay Harbor Community Center. Three Principles Course for anyone who feels stressed, depressed or angry and wants to feel more joyful, loving, calm & content. FMI: 633-4368.
  • 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. FMI: 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. FMI: 620-1656.
  • Penobscot Pet Pantry, first Thursdays, 1-3 p.m., PAWS Animal Adoption Center, 123 John St., Camden. FMI: 763-4291, ppetp@tidewater.net.
  • Saturday Knitting Classes, 2-4 p.m., Over the Rainbow Yarn, 18 School St., Rockland. FMI: 594-6060.
  • Drug Drop-Off, Knox County Sheriff’s Office, 301 Park St. Rockland. Use green box in lobby. FMI: 594-0429 x702.
  • Weekly Meditation at 47 Main Street Studio, Tenants Harbor, Wednesdays at 7 p.m. through December. For all levels. By donation. FMI: 372-9931.
  • Meditation — Thich Nhat Hanh Tradition, Sundays, 9-10:30 a.m. at The Start Center, 37 Start Road, Camden. Free. All welcome. FMI: 978-979-1365.
  • Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, Thursdays, 7-9 p.m., First Unitarian Church, Rockland. FMI: 691-3599.
  • King’s Closet Free Clothing, Saturdays, 9-11 a.m., Grace Bible Fellowship, Sherers Lane, Rockland. FMI: 596-7117.
  • Tuesday Book Club, Camden Library, second Tuesdays, 1 p.m. FMI: 470-7473.
  • Clothes Closet Day, first Saturdays, Warren Congregational Church. Free clothes for those in need. FMI: 273-2338.
  • Tapping Group, first Sundays, 3-4:30 p.m., High Mountain Hall, Camden. Suggested donation $8-$25. FMI: 975-5325.
  • Lyme Disease Support Group in Wiscasset, last Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m., Community Center. FMI: 446-6447.
  • Bereavement Support Group, first Wednesdays, 3-4:30 p.m., Picker Family Resource Center, Route 1, Rockport. Support for anyone coping with the loss of a loved one. FMI: 593-9355.
  • Midcoast Lyme Disease Support Group, second Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m., Knox Center, 6 White St., Rockland. FMI: 446-6447.
  • Wellness Wednesdays: Acupuncture, Reiki, Bowen Therapy & Reflexology, on rotating basis, 4:15-5:30 p.m., Bok Medical Bldg., 22 White St. (behind Rockland Library). All welcome. Free; donations accepted. FMI: 921-6993.
  • Boothbay Region Land Trust Nature Hikes, Tuesdays, 10 a.m., hike of a mile or so, at a different preserve each time, all posted at bbrlt.org. FMI: 633-4818.
  • Pen Bay Y Heartwatch Program, 116 Union St., Rockport. Rehab for post-cardiac-event patients. FMI: 236-3375.
  • Family Caregiver Support Group in Camden, fourth Thursdays, 1-2:30 p.m., Spectrum Generations, 87 Elm St. Drop-ins okay. FMI: 800-464-8703.
  • Midcoast Stroke Support Group, first Wednesdays, 10 a.m., Camden Library.
  • SAGE (Services & Advocacy for LGBT Elders) Drop-In Meetings, first & third Wednesdays, 1-3 p.m., Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center, 521 Main St., Damariscotta. FMI: SageMaine.org, 809-7015.
  • Women’s Cancer Support Group, third Tuesdays, 6 p.m., Picker Family Resource Center, 756 Commercial St., Rockport. FMI: PickerCenter@PenBayHealthcare.org, 921-3950.
  • Lung Health Support Group, last Tuesdays monthly, noon-1 p.m., Pen Bay Med Center’s Pulmonary Rehab Room, Rockport. FMI: 921-8880.
  • Sober Hang-Out, Thursdays, 4-8 p.m. and Saturdays, noon-4 p.m., Coastal Recovery Community Center, 24 Lincoln St., Rockland. Safe, sober, supportive place to hang out. FMI: 691-3697.
  • SMART Recovery, Fridays, 6 p.m., Coastal Recovery Community Center, 24 Lincoln St., Rockland. Nonreligious, no-steps, scientifically proven program for recovery from substance use disorders. FMI: 691-3697.
  • Narcotics Anonymous, Mondays, 6:30 p.m., Coastal Recovery Community Center, 24 Lincoln St., Rockland. FMI: 691-3697.
  • Refuge Recovery in Rockland, non-theistic, Buddhist-inspired approach to recovery from addictions: Wednesdays, 6 p.m., at Coastal Recovery Community Center, 24 Lincoln St.; Sundays, 6 p.m., at The Dancing Elephant, 16 School St. FMI: RRrockland@gmail.com.
  • Friends & Family Together, Thursdays, 4 p.m., Coastal Recovery Community Center, 24 Lincoln St., Suite 103, Rockland. Support group for family & friends of people with substance use disorders. FMI: 691-3697.
  • Family Caregiver Support Group in Belfast, first Thursdays, noon-1 p.m., Home Health, 125 Northport Avenue (across from WC General Hospital). FMI: 930-2500, ext. 4795.
  • Leer y Charlar Spanish-Language Discussion Group, second and fourth Tuesdays at 1 p.m. in Camden Library. All proficient in Spanish are welcome.
  • Tabletop Games at Camden Library, Fridays, 3 p.m. Ages 10-100. Bring a fave game and a snack. No experience needed. All welcome. FMI: 233-8257.
  • 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 and more. Appointments: 596-6906.
  • “New Beginnings” Support Group, Mondays, 6:30 p.m., Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Route 17, Rockland. Free, nonreligious support for those starting anew after the end of a marriage or relationship, death of a loved one, loss of a job. Confidential registration: 593-6468.
  • Parkinson’s Support Group, second Wednesdays, 1:15-2:45 p.m., Home Health, 125 Northport Ave., Belfast. Free drop-in group. FMI: 930-2500, ext. 4795.
  • Overeaters Anonymous in Belfast, Fridays, noon-1 p.m., First Baptist Church. Mondays, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Belfast Center. FMI: 382-6446.
  • Dementia Conversation Series, third Thursdays, 4-5:30 p.m., The Lincoln Home, 22 River Rd., Newcastle. All friends and families of people with dementia welcome. Learn new ways to cope. FMI: 563-3350.
  • 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, Rockland. 921-6237.
  • Meetingbrook Meditation, Sundays, 6 p.m., Meetingbrook Hermitage, Camden. With light supper. FMI: 236-4346.
  • Genealogy Club, first Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Stockton Springs Library.
  • Coffee & Chat at ElderCare Network of Lincoln County Homes, first Fridays, 9:30-11 a.m. All welcome at Hodgdon Green in Damariscotta, Round Pond Green, Boothbay Green, Wiscasset Green, Edgecomb Green, Jefferson Green, Waldoboro Green.
  • “Owl & Turtle Sessions” Writers’ Group, second and fourth Tuesdays, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Owl & Turtle Bookshop in Camden. Writing exercises, discussion of members’ works. All welcome.
  • Animal Response Team, first Mondays, 5 p.m., Knox County Emergency Mgmt. Agency, 301 Park St., Rockland.
  • Tuesday Jams at Thomaston Federated Church, 7-9 p.m. Country, bluegrass, old-time. Listeners welcome.
  • Soup Cafe in Lincolnville, at the Community Building in the town center, noon to 1 p.m. Thursdays.
  • Wellness Checks, Mondays & Thursdays, 1-3 p.m., Nurse Judith Lydon’s office at Quarry Hill. FMI: 921-6272.
  • Blake Veterinary Hospital Rabies Clinics, Saturdays, 9 a.m.-noon, Route 1, Northport. Bring proof of prior rabies vaccination. $10. FMI: 789-5700.
  • Midcoast Bridge Club, Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m., American Legion, Rockland. Tuesdays, 6 p.m., St. John Baptist Episcopal Church, Thomaston. Newcomers welcome; partners guaranteed. FMI: 594-8965 or 236-8792.
  • Knitting & Spinning Circle, Thursdays, 5-7 p.m., WORKS Bookstore & Gallery, 21 E. Main St., Searsport. Free.
  • Midcoast Chess Club, Thursdays, 5-9 p.m., Burger King, Rockland. FMI: 975-2433 or FCollemer@gmail.com.
  • NAMI Support Group, third Thursdays, 6-8 p.m., 6 Hodgdon St., Damariscotta. FMI: 882-7426.
  • Meditation Group, Saturdays, 7-8 a.m., Belfast Dance Studio, 109 High St.
  • Knox County Coin Club, third Thursdays, 7 p.m., American Legion Post 37, Thomaston. FMI: 701-8411.
  • Fellowship of the Spirit Study Group, Saturdays, 7-8 a.m., St. Margaret’s Church, 95 Court St., Belfast. FMI: 505-5266.
  • Belfast Sign Language Days, last Sundays monthly. Some knowledge of ASL encouraged. All welcome. FMI: bridginghandsforasl.com.
  • Taijiquan, Wednesdays, 7 p.m., Thomaston Library. FMI: 354-2453.
  • Total Victory Support Group, emotional/spiritual support group meets weekly in private homes in Lincoln County. No fees. FMI: 542-7397.
  • Waldo County Beekeepers, first Thursdays, 6:30 p.m., Searsmont Community Center. FMI: 233-8257.
  • Foreign Language Conversation at Belfast Co-op, Tuesdays. For new to fluent speakers. Spanish and Italian 10 a.m., French 11 a.m., German & Swedish noon.
  • Appleton Library Adult Book Group, third Mondays, 7 p.m. FMI: AppletonLibraryME.org.
  • Dancing Xigong in Camden, 9 a.m. Tuesdays at St. Thomas’ Church, Thursdays at Congregational Church; 12 movements to music for balance, flexibility. Free. All welcome. FMI: 236-8732, BeedyParker@gwi.net.
  • Jefferson Area Community Food Pantry, second and fourth Wednesdays, 4-5:30 p.m., St. Giles’ Episcopal Church, 72 Gardiner Road (Rte. 126), Jefferson. FMI: 530-3769.
  • Belfast Chess Club, Mondays, 5-8 p.m., Bell the Cat. All ages.
  • Celebrate Recovery, 6 p.m. Thursdays, First Baptist Church of Waldoboro. Free dinner and 12-step, Christ-centered meeting. Free child care. FMI: 837-9703, CelebrateRecovery@fbcwaldoboro.org.
  • Boothbay Region Land Trust Nature Hikes, Tuesdays at 10 a.m. at a different preserve each time for a hike of a mile or two. FMI: bbrlt.org, 633-4818.
  • “Social Bridge, Anyone?” Tuesdays 1-4 p.m., Owls Head Community Bldg. FMI: 593-2970.
  • MS Coffee & Conversation Group, second Thursdays, 5:30-7 p.m., Hatchet Mountain Publick House, Hope. Families and friends welcome. FMI: 975-0156, Bettheh@TheNewEnglandReCo.com.
  • Belfast Free Sketchers, fourth Tuesdays, 2-4 p.m., Belfast Free Library. All abilities welcome. BYO materials.
  • Men’s Cancer Support Group, 2nd and 4th Mondays, 4:30 p.m., Cancer Care Center, Pen Bay Medical Center, Rockport. FMI: 596-8977.
  • Food Addicts Anonymous, Saturdays, 8:30-10 a.m., Knox Center, 6 White St., Rockland. FMI: 354-6749.
  • Rockport Library Writers Group, third Wednesdays, 6-7:30 p.m. All writers welcome, published or aspiring.
  • Refuge Recovery, Sundays, 6-7:30 p.m., The Dancing Elephant, 16 School St., Rockland. Meditation, readings, discussion. Donations taken. FMI: ekendradenny@gmail.com, 594-1694.
  • Open Meditation in Rockland, Thursdays, noon-1 p.m., and Sundays, 10:30-11:30, The Dancing Elephant, 6 School St. Sitting & walking meditation with timekeeper. All traditions welcome. $5-$10 suggested donation. FMI: rachel@rocklandyoga.com, 594-1694.