Midcoast Area Events

Thursday 21 February -

Thursday 28 February 2019

'Nature abhors a vacuum, but She adores a Clean Sweep'


 • Harpist Alex Bigney at Rockland Public Library, 6:30 p.m. in the Reading Room Concert Series. Bigney’s repertoire of traditional Celtic tunes and original compositions ranges from reflective to rousing. He has been performing since he was a teen in the Celtic trio Kirkmount.

• A Duo of Duos at Appleton Library, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Forty-five-minute sets of traditional music by Belfast duo Emma & Baron (Emma Swartz on violin and Baron Collins-Hill on mandolin and guitar) and Appleton’s Callahan Bridge (Kevin Callahan on guitar and Raelin Callahan on violin). They may wrap up the evening by playing together.

• 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.



 • 2019 Camden Conference: “Is This China’s Century?” this weekend, live at Camden Opera House (sold out, but there is a wait list) and live-streamed to Strand Theatre in Rockland, Hutchinson Center in Belfast, and Luther Bonney Hall at University of Southern Maine in Portland. Learn more at CamdenConference.org.

• RoboPots at Thomaston Public Library, 12:30-4 p.m. Kids in fifth grade and up are invited to create their own plant pot and then rig electronics to make it automatically self-watering. The Gizmo Garden program is free, and lunch and snacks will be served. Registration is required and space is limited: 354-2453, thomaston.lib.me.us.

• Public Meeting on Paid Sick Leave Bill, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Watts Hall, 174 Main Street in Thomaston. State Senators Troy Jackson and Rebecca Millett will discuss a new bill sponsored by Millett. 



 • A Look at the Lambs at Guini Ridge Farm in Union, 1353 North Union Road, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tour the farm, meet the lambs, and shoot a few baaaaad selfies. Hot cocoa, baked goods on sale.

• Talk on Social Media’s Effect on Democracy, 1:30 p.m., Waldoboro Public Library. How well-informed do social media platforms leave their users? Do they contribute to polarization of society? Or do they result in dialogue between opposing parties? These questions will be discussed by Judith Rosenbaum, author of “Constructing Digital Cultures: Tweets, Trends, Race, and Gender.” Free.

• Talent Night at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 64 Old County Road in Rockport, at 6:30 p.m. Harpist Alex Bigney and singers, dancers and guitar players will   

perform at the free show. Refreshments will be served. 

• Reconnect with Your Passion for Art, Saturdays, 7 to 10 p.m., at 440 Main Street in Rockland. Join old friends and make new ones at this place to study, learn and do. Bring your supplies, musical instrument and a chair, and be inspired. FMI: Peter, 505-1503.

• Juanito Pascual and The New Flamenco Trio in Rockland, 8-11 p.m. at Fog Bar & Cafe, 328 Main Street. Pascual blends traditional and modern flamenco with influences from Jimi Hendrix to Miles Davis to Bach. He’ll be joined by Grammy-nominated percussionist Gonzalo Grau and bassist Brad Barrett. Tix are $15 in advance at Fog Bar & Cafe, on Instagram @fogrockland and Facebook; $20 at the door. Drink specials and a tapas menu will be available until 10 p.m.



 • Pancake Breakfasts at American Legion War Memorial Post 30, 91 Pearl Street in Camden. Pancakes (with or without blueberries), sausage, scrambled eggs, applesauce, OJ and coffee will be served from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. to help the Post replace its furnace. $8 adults; $5 under 11.

• Grand Opening Party at New Ice Rink in Rockland’s Harbor Park, 1 to 5 p.m. Hot chocolate and baked goodies will be served at the free party open to everyone. The ice rink installed by the city last month is free for anyone to use from dawn to 10 p.m. depending on weather and ice conditions – just bring skates.

• Live Broadcast of Academy Awards at Rockland’s Strand Theatre, at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. for the red-carpet preview. Admission is free and attendees are invited to dress in formal attire. The balcony bar will be open, with an Oscars Night special in the cocktail shaker.

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



 • Talk on Rockland Native Kosti Ruohomaa, 10:30 a.m. at Bartlett Woods Retirement Community, 20 Bartlett Drive in Rockland. Kevin Johnson, photo archivist at Searsport’s Penobscot Marine Museum, will highlight the work of the renowned photographer. His talk is free and open to the public.

• 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 one focuses on Black History Month.

• Bees Deluxe in Rockland, in the Monday Night Blues show, 7-10 p.m., at Time Out Pub. The acid-blues band buzzes up from Boston to play their repertoire of danceable originals and innovative covers of tunes by ZZ Top, Amy Winehouse and others.



 • Tidal Turbine Talk at Merryspring Nature Center, Camden, at noon. Learn how Maine can use its tidal currents to make electricity and what the impact on nature would be from Dr. Lauren Ross, a professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department of UMaine. Admission to Merryspring’s Winter Talk series is $5; free for members.

• Talk on a Trail of Gardens That Led to Owls Head, 10 a.m. at Camden Public Library. Anne Perkins describes gardens she’s made in places as varied as Florida and Alaska before she settled down at Headacre Farm, her huge Owls Head garden of veggies, herbs, fruits and flowers. Her free public talk wraps up Camden Garden Club’s 2018-19 Winter Horticulture Series.

• 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 are encouraged to join in). All materials are provided. This week: Black History Month.

• Free Business Planning Workshop at Camden Public Library, 3-5 p.m. New Ventures Maine offers the free class to help you decide if self-employment is the right choice. It will cover the pros and cons of owning a business, steps needed to start up, elements of a business plan, and available resources. Registration: bit.ly/classesnvme.

• St. George Business Alliance to Host Scouts and Leaders, 5 p.m. at St. George Town Office. Local leaders and older Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts will be on hand to discuss their current interests and service projects. Businesses and organizations that need volunteer help or want to teach a skill or sponsor a Gold Award or Eagle Scout project are invited to attend.

• “Standing at the Edge” Study Group, 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 26-March 26, at The Dancing Elephant, 16 School Street, Rockland. The group will combine meditation, dialogue, discussion and readings to explore the “edge states” identified by author Joan Halifax. By donation. Registration: 594-1694, cynthia@RocklandYoga.com.

• Health Care for All Meetings, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, at Camden Public Library with Maine AllCare’s director, Phil Bailey; and at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at First Universalist Church, 345 Broadway in Rockland, with local lawmakers. FMI: MaineAllCare.org.

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



 • Program on Biking a Camino de Santiago Route in Spain, 6 p.m. at Appleton Library. Registered Maine Guide John Sommo will talk about his cycling adventures in Denmark, Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, and along a “Camino Plus” route.

• Public Forum on Green New Deal, at Mobius Center in Damariscotta, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Emceed by a leader in the Sunrise Movement, young people around the nation uniting to avert a climate crisis. Energy Pathway for Maine – fishermen, farmers, scientists, businesspeople and civic leaders building a forward-looking economy – will be described by the president of Coastal Enterprises. State Rep. Chloe Maxmin will introduce her plan for a Green New Deal in Maine.

• “Soup’s On!” in Camden, free soup lunch served at noon every Wednesday through March 27 at First Congregational Church of Camden, 55 Elm Street. To volunteer: 236-4821.

• “Stories from Maine” in Camden, 10:30 a.m. to noon at Anderson Inn at Quarry Hill. Kristen Lindquist and Paul McFarland will read from their poems in a program that runs the gamut from humorous to reflective, from rhyming lines to free verse, with fresh takes on day-to-day life in the midcoast. Quarry Hill’s Adventures in Living Well series is for adults 50-plus. You must register: QHinfo@pbmc.org, 921-6116. Snow date: Feb. 28.



 • “Without a Map” Memoirist at Rockland Public Library, 2 p.m. Lisa Steele-Maley will discuss how helping her father navigate the details of a life interrupted by dementia landed her in unfamiliar territory. Her book weaves together her experience of caregiving with the lessons she gleaned from decades of unpredictable wilderness travel, rural living and parenting.

• “Lidar: Revealing Maine’s Secrets,” 7 p.m. in a Coastal Mountains Nature Program at Camden Public Library. Learn what lidar is and the discoveries made in Maine using this laser technology from Amber Whittaker, senior geologist for the Maine Geological Survey.

• Annual Maine Fishermen’s Forum in Rockport, at Samoset Resort on Feb. 28 and March 1 & 2. Three days of free seminars on everything from commercial fishing safety to new regulations to the health of the lobster population. Over 120 suppliers will exhibit their commercial equipment and services. Each night will feature an event and there will be a full suite of children’s activities. Learn more at MaineFishermensForum.org.

• 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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