Rockland Metro Calendar:  February 17-24 2017

Friday February 17: Camden Conference 30th annual is Sold Out Friday-Sunday, Feb. 17-19. This year’s theme: Refugees & Global Migration: Humanity’s Crisis. FMI: camdenconference.org. Thomaston LEAPS! 10 am at Jonathan Frost Gallery, Rockland. Art opening featuring work by 4th graders at Thomaston Grammar School done over four weeks. Theme: The Landscape and Ourselves. (207) 596-0800. Grown-Up Story Hour 1:30 pm Bring a lunch as you hear stories read by staff of Camden Library. Fridays in February, free. Love Your Library 4:30-7 pm Rockland Public Library open house features jazz guitar, roving juggler, kids’ crafts. Chili, soups and other treats. 

Saturday February 18: Knitting with Kim 1-3 pm Beginners and seasoned knitters are welcome to join the fun and share in Kim Nicoll’s collection of yarn and needles. Free at ArtLoft, Rockland. Register at artloftrockland.org Art Reception 4-7 pm at Center for Maine Contemporary Art. Reception for new exhibits by David Driskell and Mark Wethli, Also featuring first full-scale retrospective by Sam Cady, through May 21. Mike Whitehead Group 7 pm Rock City Café features a gathering of veteran musicians dedicated to the exploration of creative improvised music. Free.

Sunday February 19: Chili and Chowder Cook-Off 2-5 pm Amateurs and pros compete in 6th annual event, sponsored by Rockland Firefighters Local 1584, to raise funds for Muscular Dystrophy Assn. $20 per dish entry. canderson@ci.rockland.me.us or 831-9323.

Monday February 20: Midcoast Bridge Club 10 am Newcomers welcome and partners guaranteed. American Legion in Rockland. FMI 594-8965 or 236-8792. 

Tuesday February 21: Writer in the Garden 10 am Camden Library. Anne Perkins talk on garden literature from Roman times to today. Camden Garden Club series. FoodCorps Noon Michelle Erhard will talk about how the organization connects kids to healthy food in Maine. Merryspring Nature Center, Camden. $5/members free. FMI info@merryspring.org or 207-236-2239. Maintaining Civility in Difficult Situations 6pm Rockland Library. Free workshop led by Maine Treasurer Terry Hayes and Maine Senator Brian Langley. Craftswomen of the Midcoast 7 pm Enamel jewelry artist Suzanne Anderson is featured in a new monthly series at Camden Library.

Wednesday February 22: Genealogoical Society 6:30 pm Mid-Coast Chapter of Maine society meets at Rockport Library. FMI: hashaw@earthlink.net 

Thursday February 23: Snowshoe Hike Noon-1 pm Gather at cafeteria trailhead at Pen Bay Medical Center. Free and family-friendly. Call 921-3950 to borrow snowshoes. Diane Russell 6-7:30 pm Woodstove Alliance talk on what is happening in Maine and the country by former state legislator Diane Russell at Rock City Coffee. Into the Winds 7 pm Camden Library. Tim Seymour and Daniel Quintanilla discuss their 100-mile trek of Wind River Mountain Range in Wyoming. Matt Andersen 7:30 pm Blues singer and guitarist at Strand Theatre. $15 advance/$18 on show day. FMI rocklandstrand.com or 594-007.    

Friday February 24: DSLR Camera Modes 10-Noon Amy Parrish shows camera owners basic elements of exposure and manual modes. $35 at ArtLoft, Rockland. FMI or register at artloftrockland.org  Duck Stamp Design Workshop Noon-2 pm Kids in grades K-12 can find out about Federal Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest and design a stamp. Maine Coastal Islands Visitor Center, Rockland Free info@mainecoastalislands.org Future Author and Illustrators 2 pm Children’s author/illustrator Hazel Mitchell offers workshop for kids of all ages. Rockland Library. Red Tulips Paint Night 6-8 pm at Art Loft, Rockland. Sean Boyd guides step-by-step red tulip paintings, $35. Drop-ins accepted only if room. Register at artloftrockland.org