All meetings are at the town office unless otherwise specified and are open to the public. The Cemetery Committee will meet Monday, Sept. 23, at 10 a.m. and there will also be a Capitol Improvement Workshop at 7 p.m. at the Opera House.
The Opera House Committee will meet at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24.
The Library Committee will meet on Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 6 p.m. at the Opera House (possibly upstairs), and the Zoning Board is also tentatively scheduled for Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. at the Opera House (downstairs), televised, if held, on channel 22.
10 Beautiful Mornings! Ashwood-Waldorf School’s “Parent-Child Classes” led by early childhood educator Cherry Short-Lee, begin today, Thursday, Sept. 19, for children from 18 to 36 months and a parent. (And again Jan. 9 - discount applied when you sign up for both sessions in advance). Check to see if there are still openings. FMI: call 236-8021.
Poets’ Corner, led by local poets George Chappell and Jim Ostheimer will conduct a poetry workshop today, Thursday, Sept 19, at 4 p.m. The workshop is open to the public and welcomes all levels of ability and experience. Bring samples of written work.
Saturday, Sept. 21, the first of the “Camden Conference Discussion Series,” a free discussion series offered in anticipation of the February 2014 Camden Conference, “The Global Politics of Food and Water,” will take place at the library from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The material that will provide a context for conversation is listed on the Camden Conference website at camdenconference.org/community. Click on events, then fresh water scarcity.
“Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read,” highlights the value of free and open access to information and will run this year from Sept. 22 to 28. During the week, libraries nationwide focus on the efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books. Go to ala.org/bbooks/bannedbooksweek for all kinds of information about the celebration and even more interesting, the lists of books that have been banned over the years ("Winnie the Pooh," "Diary of Ann Frank," "Moby Dick," the "Bible," "To Kill a Mockingbird" to name just a few).
“After School Read-Aloud” program with Kim Slocum continues Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 2:30 p.m. Don’t forget to register! That evening at 6:30 p.m., “Supernatural September” continues with local author Katherine Silva's Monstrum Chronicles event. FMI about the library or programs, visit rockport.lib.me.us or call 236-3642.
Bay Chamber Music School
Jeff Rojo will lead a once-a-month Guitar Ensemble for classical guitar lovers beginning tonight, Thursday, Sept. 19. FMI, contact Joan Kulle at the Music School, at 236-2823.
Let’s go to the fair!
Common Ground Fair, truly a Maine, fall treasure will run Sept. 20, 21 and 22 with gates open at 9 a.m. each day. FMI, schedule, events, etc. go to mofga.org. The website is a joy to navigate and will have you eager to get out the door!
Shop ‘til you drop Saturday, Sept. 21! Actually you don’t even have to feel guilty, because that’s the day to “Shop for the Cause” at stores in Camden, Rockport and Belfast that support P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center. A portion of sales from the more than 50 participating merchants will go to P.A.W.S. A complete list of participating businesses can be found at pawsadoption.org. The range of types of businesses participating guarantees something for everyone - including your pets, palate, wardrobe, electronics, house, gardens and almost anything else you might need or want. Great chance to start that winter holiday shopping, really early!!
Jeff Wolovitz will discuss “Local Tofu and Sustainable Food" at MNC Tuesday, Sept. 24, at noon. (Heiwa tofu is made with Maine-grown, organic soybeans). 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 the website merryspring.org.
“Watercolor Classes” with Lesia Sochor will begin Thursday Sept. 19. The classes will run from 9 a.m. to noon each Thursday. Call 236-2239 to see if you can still register.
And! Heads up! As you clean up all those garden beds, save seeds for MNC’s “Swap Your Seeds” event next Saturday, Sept. 28. Good news - if you don’t have seeds to collect, you can bring left over commercial seeds. In addition to your contributions, there will be a wide variety of seeds from MNC’s gardens as well as generous contributions from Johnny's. Do not miss this one!
5th Annual Acadia Night Sky Festival
Friends of Acadia has partnered with Acadia National Park and other area organizations to host the 5th Acadia Night Sky Festival, Thursday through Monday, Sept. 26 through Sept. 30. This is a community celebration to promote the protection and enjoyment of Downeast Acadia’s stellar night sky as a valuable natural resource. FMI and a full schedule of events, go to acadianightskyfestival.com. This wonderful family event with day and night activities is a gem not to be missed, even if you can only be there for a day or to or even just one evening.
The Farnsworth’s lecture series on the history of the Farnsworth Homestead concludes Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 5:30 p.m. with “Victorian Furniture at the Farnsworth Homestead.” FMI about any programs or the Farnsworth, call 596-6457 or visit farnsworthmuseum.org
Night skies, plus
This month’s full moon is known most often as “Harvest Moon” (because it is the moon occurring closest to the fall equinox). Other names include Corn Moon or Fruit Moon or for some of us, Football Moon. That fall equinox begins when the sun crosses the equator into the southern hemisphere at 4:44 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22. A half hour after sunset on Tuesday, Sept. 24, Saturn will be just to the right of Venus in the west/southwest with Mercury just above the horizon to that pair’s lower right.