All meetings are at the town office unless otherwise specified and are open to the public. The select board will hold an “Open Comment” meeting Monday, Sept. 9, at 7 p.m. and then vote on their recommendation on the warrant article regarding an extension of the sewer line south on Route 1 to be placed on the November ballot.
A “New Family Welcome Tea” will take place today, Thursday, Sept. 5, at 8:45 a.m. for all families that are new to Ashwood or who are entering the grade school from the Early Childhood program. Enjoy delicious refreshments, meet administrative staff and specialty teachers, as well as members of the Parent Community Council and the Board of Trustees. There will also be an orientation to life at Ashwood and plenty of time for questions and useful resource references. Please R.S.V.P., call 236-8021.
Rockport Garden Club
The club’s monthly business meeting will be today, Thursday, Sept. 5, at 1 p.m. at the opera house. The 2:30 program, free and open to the public, “Bringing Back the Land," will feature John Piotti, executive director of Maine Farmland Trust. John will discuss the exciting changes in farming in Maine where an important economic revolution is happening — young farmers are obtaining farms, CSA's are flourishing, and many people are buying local farm products. FMI, call 594-4449 or 596-6416.
Remember, September is Library Card Sign-up Month! If you don’t yet have a card, go get one! If you have a card, take a friend or neighbor, and best of all, special children in your life and have them get a card.
Drop-In-Family-Games continue today, Thursday, Sept. 5, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. and Poets‘ Corner, facilitated by poets George Chappell and Jim Ostheimer will be held today from 4 to 5:30 p.m.
“Supernatural September” with Liza Walsh will begin Wednesday, Sept. 11, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Liza will discuss her new book “Haunted Fort,” a book talk about her own adventures with the East Coast Ghost Trackers as she delves into the history of Maine's own fantastic Fort Knox. Call 236-3642 or visit rockport.lib.me.us for information about any programs or the library itself.
The First Friday Film, “Museum Hours,” co-presented by The Strand and the Farnsworth, will be shown Friday, Sept. 6, at 8 p.m. at The Strand. And, enjoy free admission to the Farnsworth Friday, Sept. 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. thanks to The First. The Farnsworth’s four-week lecture series on the history of the Farnsworth Homestead continues Wednesday, Sept. 11, at 5:30 p.m. with “A Celebration of Place, Past & Community” at the Farnsworth Auditorium. FMI about any programs or the Farnsworth, call 596-6457 or visit farnsworthmuseum.org
Enjoy this delightful celebration of Maine’s local food traditions, farms, farmers, restaurants, chefs and happy eaters Friday and Saturday, Sept. 6 and 7, in downtown Belfast. Hosted by Maine Farmland Trust, this is a perfect time to celebrate Maine’s food industry from farm and sea to table. Eat, drink and frolic! FMI/ticket reservations, call 338-6575 or visit maine-fare.org.
Preserve the harvest
A home canning and food preservation workshop will take place at Merryspring Saturday, Sept. 7, from 9 a.m. to noon. Nadine Reimer will lead this program for anyone interested in learning the proper methods of home canning, preserving and freezing the fall harvest. Admission is $10 for MNC members, $15 for non-members. Space is limited, so preregister at 236-2239.
Bay Chamber Concerts
BCC and the Music School will host its 4th annual Fall Open House, Sunday, Sept. 8, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the school. FMI, visit baychamberconcerts.org or call 236-2823.
Erickson Fields Preserve
A gardening and site maintenance workshop will be Monday, Sept. 9, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the preserve. FMI, call 236-2739.
Chronic Pain Workshop
Pen Bay Healthcare’s Picker Family Resource Center’s six-week workshop for chronic pain sufferers continues Tuesday, Sept. 10, from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Picker Center on the PenBay campus. FMI and/or to register, call 596-8950.
Tuesday, Sept. 10, at noon learn about the “Geological History of Maine” with Woody Thompson at MNC. Admission is free for MNC members, with a nominal fee of $5 for non-members. For information about Merryspring or any programs, call 236-232 or visit merryspring.org.
An important public forum on “Voting and Election Reform Proposals in Maine” will take place Tuesday, Sept. 10, from 5 to 7 p.m. in Watts Hall in Thomaston. Free and open to all, the forum is sponsored by Coastal Senior College and the Maine League of Women Voters. This will provide an outstanding opportunity for voters to learn from a panel of expert, nonpartisan public advocates about historical and ongoing efforts to protect voting rights, to reform campaign financing and to secure and strengthen the Maine Clean Elections Act. A major part of the program will be a facilitated conversation with citizens in attendance.
Knox County Democrats
KDC will begin their regular monthly meeting at the above mentioned Forum, adjourning to Stella Maris at 7:30 p.m. for their regular business meeting (pizza provided). FMI, please contact Vice-Chair Bruce Hodsdon at email@example.com or at 372-6536.
Wednesday, Sept. 11, from 11 a.m. to noon, Chief Charles Jordan of Rockland Fire and EMS will present “Emergencies: Are You Prepared?” as part of the Kno-Wal-Lin Home Care and Hospice series on the second Wednesday of the month at Picker Family Resource Center on the PenBay Campus.
The new moon appeared this morning right around 7:35 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, if you look westward about an hour after sunset (earlier and earlier these days!), you should be able to see Spica, Venus with the moon adjacent and Saturn in an ascending diagonal from the horizon. And, Mars is just removed from the center of the Beehive cluster.