Midcoast Area Events

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Thursday 25 April 2019



 • Champion of Maine Coyotes to Speak at Belfast Free Library, 6:30 p.m. Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition hosts a program by Geri Vistein, who will show the film she produced about the future Coyote Center in midcoast Maine. The biologist’s focus is on the role carnivores play in maintaining the planet’s biodiversity.

• “Romantic Antics: The Sky Dance of the American Woodcock,” 7 p.m. at Camden Public Library. Mike Shannon describes the strange aerial courtship of these bog-loving birds. The Registered Maine Guide and professor emeritus of ornithology will be the onboard naturalist on schooner Mary Day this June.

• Ale House String Band at Rockland Public Library, in a 6:30 p.m. Reading Room Concert. Oren Robinson, Brian Dunn and April Reed-Cox meld classical theory and technique with traditional folk, and do some on-the-spot improvising. Free and open to everyone.

• Jim Ostheimer Poetry Reading, 4 p.m. at Rockport Public Library. The third reading in April by members of Rockland Poets’ Corner features the Rockport resident, who has published three books, “Blue Yonder,” “Witness” and “Harbor Lights.”

• Thursday Jams in Warren, Saint George River Cafe, 310 Main Street, 6 p.m. and Friday Open Mics, second and fourth Fridays, at 6:30 p.m.


 • Jim Loney in Waldoboro, 6 p.m. at Medomak Arts, 13 Friendship Street. He’ll play folk, blues and original tunes. Refreshments provided; beer and wine available for a donation to the arts center.

• All That Jazz in Warren, 6 p.m. at Saint George River Cafe, Warren village. The foursome plays tunes from the Great American Songbook, as well as country, R&B and Latin. They were the house band at Elm Street Grille for 15 years.

• “The Misfits,” 6:30 p.m., Friday Night Film Series at Thomaston Public Library (in the Academy building). April’s flicks star Clark Gable. In this one, he’s a Reno cowboy who meets a showgirl (Marilyn Monroe) there to get a divorce.


 • Pirate John Bullock Sailing Into Camden Public Library, 2 p.m. He’ll recite poems and weave yarns about his dozen-plus years aboard schooners sailing the Maine coast, all in full pirate regalia, in the Maritime Month Speaker Series.

• Music at Ada’s Kitchen, Rockland. The local Mullet Makers play funky, emotive rock at 9:30 p.m. Also in the Kitchen, Portland band The Moosetones will offer Americana, folk-rock revival, old school country and gypsy jazz Friday, May 10, at 9 p.m.

• “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” 3 p.m. in the Reels & Wheels series at Owls Head Transportation Museum. Dick Van Dyke is a down-on-his-luck inventor who turns a jalopy into a magical flying machine in this family-friendly classic. $5 adults; free for members and under 19.

• “Learn Camera Settings the Easy Way,” 10 a.m. to noon at Rockland’s Art Loft. Karen Olsen teaches how to switch from auto to manual mode, where the art is. Find a YouTube tutorial specific to your camera model and learn how to change the settings before class. $20; free for members. Also on Saturday, 1:30 to 4 p.m., “Chinese Painting – Bamboo,” led by Nanfei Wang. Experienced painters and beginners are welcome. $35.

• Group “Flowers” Show at Medomak Arts in Waldoboro, 13 Friendship Street, 5 to 7 p.m. Local artists show their brightest blooms. Refreshments served.

• West Bay Rotary’s Annual e-Waste Collection, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of the former Rockport Elementary School, at Routes 1 and 90. Document shredding and prescription drug disposal will be available. Coastal Opportunities will collect gently used clothing Free; donations help the rotary serve others.

• Final Lenten Vigil for Disarmament at Bath Iron Works, gather at BIW Administration Building, Washington Street in Bath, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to protest the building of weapons of mass destruction in Maine. FMI: 763-4062.

• Yin Yoga & Tibetan Singing Bowl Retreat in Rockland, 2 to 5 p.m. at The Dancing Elephant, 16 School Street. By donation. Details: RocklandYoga.com.


 • “Intro to Figure Painting,” 1:30 to 4 p.m., at the Art Loft, Rockland. Justin Kinney lays out the steps needed to accurately draw and paint the human body. All levels are welcome. $20; members free.

• Sunday Jams in Rockland, Sail, Power, & Steam Museum, 75 Mechanic Street, 1:30 p.m.


• Peter “Hi Fi” Ward at Time Out Pub, Rockland, 7 to 10 p.m. The Boston guitarist (who hails from Lewiston) plays blues, swing, ballads and country. $10.

• Free Adult Art Classes at Rockland Public Library, 11 a.m. Catinka Knoth leads the free weekly classes – with a focus on drawing in color – that are open to everyone, with all materials provided. This month it’s all about “April Art,” and this class is on cherry trees and Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival.


 • New Edition of “Father’s Farm” Release Party, 6:45 p.m., Waldoboro Public Library. Originally self-published by Esther Soule Gross, the book tells of her childhood growing up on John F. Soule’s West Waldoboro farm in the early 1900s. The new edition includes an addendum with photos of Gross’ life as an adult and an overview of her heritage as a descendant of immigrants who arrived on the Mayflower. With a talk by Jean Lawrence, president of Waldoborough Historical Society and creator of the addendum.

• “The Steamy Side of Lobsters,” 7 p.m. in the Maritime Month Speaker Series at Camden Public Library. Learn how lobsters interact with each other, their predators and their prey from Diane Cowan of the Lobster Conservancy. She’ll show images of lobster life, captured in shallow and deep water.

• Free Children’s Drawing Class 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 invited to join in). All materials provided. This week: “Let’s Draw April Awakenings!” with a focus on spring peepers, baby animals, bird nests.

• Tuesday Jams in Thomaston, 8 Hyler Street, 7 p.m. Folk, country, blues, gospel. FMI: 273-2914.


• “Anthropocene: The Human Epoch,” 7 p.m. in the CIFF Selects series at Camden Opera House. The cinematic meditation on humanity’s massive re-engineering of the planet was four years in the making. $10.

• Talk on Antique Spinning Wheels in Union, 6:30 p.m. at Vose Library. Brenda Page of Union and Jan Cunningham of Camden will detail how these valuable tools helped Maine farm families and homesteaders survive. See the craftsmanship that went into them, and learn how they can be refurbished and used. Attendees will get a chance to spin on a variety of wheels.


 • “Habitat on Main,” 6 p.m. in Watts Hall, Thomaston. Pizza, salad and a presentation on a collaboration between Midcoast Habitat for Humanity and the Historic Thomaston Resource Group and how you can be involved.

• Six-Week Course: “What’s Up with the Artificial Intelligence Explosion?” Michael Werner takes a whirl through AI – from its early days to the modern implications of replacing human workers and letting computers make decisions – Thursdays, April 25 to May 30, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at UMA Rockland. $35 (plus $25 Coastal Senior College membership): CoastalSeniorCollege.org.

• “How a Warmer Gulf and Shifting Fisheries Have Changed Maine’s Coastal Ecosystems,” 7 p.m., Maritime Month Speaker Series at Camden Public Library. Dr. Thew Suskiewicz of Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences will describe substantial changes taking place in the fast-warming Gulf of Maine.

• International Fly Fishing Film Festival at Strand Theatre in Rockland, 7 p.m. Presented by Patagonia and hosted by Georges River Land Trust, IF4 consists of shorts and features from around the globe. $12 adults; $8 students. A Spinner Fall Pre-Show Party kicks it off at 5 p.m. $35 tix include reserved seating, appetizers and door prizes. Tix are at FlyFilmFest.com and at Maine Sport Outfitters in Rockport.

• Thursday Jams in Warren, Saint George River Cafe, 310 Main Street, 6 p.m. and Friday Open Mics, second and fourth Fridays, at 6:30 p.m.


• Appleton Library: • Story Time Saturdays, 10:30 a.m., for 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 odder 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 & 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.

• 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. Newborns-22 months. FMI: 236-4225, peopleplacecoop.org.

• La Leche League of Greater Belfast, second Thursdays, 10 a.m.-noon, St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, 100 Court St., Belfast. Breast-feeding support group. Babies welcome. Free.

• Children’s Clothing Exchange, first Saturdays, 9-11 a.m., Second Congregational Church, Warren. Free used clothing, newborn-size 14. Swaps encouraged. Donations welcome.



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