TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1:

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

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2:

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

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3:

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

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4:

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

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5:

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

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6:

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

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8:

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

COMING UP:

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