Hopefully by the time this appears, “Princess,” who responds more readily to being called “Kitty,” will have returned home to Barbara Forti. Kitty is a large (9-10 pounds), all black, long-haired, 4-year old, independent cat who wandered off last week. Kitty lives with her folks on Gurney Street in Rockville (across from Spring Lane). If you spot Kitty, try to entice her to come to you and/or give Barbara a call, 542-9330. Also give Barbara a call, if you think you saw Kitty in the past week or so. Thanks so much for your help - we can all relate to missing pets and know how wrenching it is to have one “out there.
All meetings are at the town office unless otherwise specified and are open to the public. The Rockport Library Committee, Town Manager Rick Bates and other town officials will hold the first of five “Library Listening Tours” (see below) Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 6:30 p.m. at Rockville Chapel.
Camden-Rockport Pathways Committee will meet Thursday, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m.
“Library Listening Tours”
The Rockport Library Committee, staff, Town Manager Rick Bates and other town officials will facilitate a series of “Library Listening Tours” regarding the library’s 3-year “Discover the Possibilities” project to address the inadequacies of the current physical space, parking, etc.
The tours will take place during the month of October in the five distinct Rockport communities: Glen Cove, Rockville, Simonton Corner, West Rockport and downtown. You may attend any (or more than one) of the events regardless of where you live in Rockport!. Patterned after the Select Board’s Listening Tours last year, these events will allow the public from all five Rockport geographic areas to ask general questions about the library, about library service, present and future, about the need for any change, about what those changes should be, expansion of the current site or a new building on the old Rockport Elementary School site.
The three-year grant study/process culminating in the recommendation to build a new library on the old RES site, involved a tremendous amount of hard work, exploration and study by numerous professionals, town department heads and staff, the select board and many outside experts. For a complete history of the process, visit the library website at rockport.lib.me.us and click on “Future Planning.” DVDs and written material of various meetings, etc. are also available at both the library and the town office.
The Strand will broadcast the National Theater of London’s new production of “Othello” Today, Thursday, Sept. 26, live at 2 p.m. and rebroadcast in HD at 7 p.m. FMI/tickets, call 594-0070.
Camden International Film Festival
This year’s festival takes place from Thursday to Sunday, Sept. 26 to 29, at various Midcoast venues. FMI and ticket information, visit camdenfilmfest.org.
Michaelmas, the feast of Saint Michael the Archangel is a day in the Western Christian calendar which occurs Sept. 29, Because it falls near the equinox, it is associated in the northern hemisphere with the beginning of autumn and the shortening of days. Ashwood's annual Michaelmas Pageant and Hike will take place Friday, Sept. 27, at 8:45 a.m. Parents are encouraged to join in for the pageant and Michaelmas Chorus presentation. After the pageant there will be challenges of strength and courage followed by a picnic lunch and the annual Michaelmas hike to the summit of Mt. Battie.
Banned pesticide disposal
If you have any pesticides that are now banned (DDT, lead arsenic, 2,4,5-T and chlordane for example), there will be an opportunity to dispose of them, safely and legally during the month of October at four sites around the state. You must register (drop-ins not permitted), by Friday, Sept. 27. FMI and to register, go to the Maine Board of Pesticides Control website at thinkfirstspraylast.org or call 287-2731.
Great Maine Outdoor Week-End
As part of the weekend, Aldermere Farm and Coastal Mountains Land Trust will host special activities at each end of the day Friday, Sept. 27. Head to Aldermere Farm for an 8 a.m. fall warbler talk and walk to the ocean on a trail through the woods on the Farm property, led by Glenn Jenks. Free, but please RSVP at 236-2739 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Then, from 6 to 8 p.m., CMLT will sponsor “Astronomy on Beech Hill” at the Preserve with children’s librarian Amy Hand with stories and the night sky.
Booklovers’ Cafe will meet Saturday, Sept. 28. Coffee, refreshments and chat at 9:30 a.m., “serious book discussion at 10 a.m. Newcomers and visitors warmly welcomed! Later that afternoon, “Supernatural September” continues at 2 p.m. with author Jan Dilema who will share her insights and her journey to publishing her book, "Celtic Moon," a new, romantic, urban fantasy.
Saturday is also the last day of “Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read,” highlighting the value of free and open access to information. FMI, ask a librarian or visit ala.org/bbooks/bannedbooksweek. Just for fun check the long, long list of books (including ("Winnie the Pooh," "Diary of Ann Frank," "Moby Dick," "The Bible," "To Kill a Mockingbird," etc.) that have been banned and check one or two out!
The RPL Fiber Arts Group will resume meetings on the first/third Tuesdays from 3:30 to 5 p.m. (Note new time), with the first meeting Tuesday, Oct. 1. All types of fiber arts, all levels of experience welcome! Also, the library’s first “Library Listening Tour” (see above), will be held at the Rockville Community Chapel at 6:30 p.m. the same day.
“After School Read-Aloud” program with Kim Slocum continues Wednesday, Oct. 2, at 2:30 p.m. Don’t forget to register! Later, at 6:30 p.m., the “Wicked Good Book Club” will meet. This month’s book is “Song of Achilles" by Madeline Miller. FMI about the library or programs, call 236-3642 or visit: rockport.lib.me.us
Heads up! As you clean up all those garden beds, save seeds for MNC’s “Swap Your Seeds” event Saturday, Sept. 28, from 10 a.m. to noon. Bring your own collected seeds or left over commercial seeds. There will also be a wide variety of seeds from MNC’s gardens as well as generous contributions from Johnny's. Do not miss this one!
Tuesday, Oct. 1, at noon Wendy Andresen will present “Tending the Perennial Garden in October." 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
Monday, Sept. 30 Merryspring will hold a “Volunteer Appreciation Party” from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Ross Center celebrating the folks who contribute more than 5,000 hours/year to keep MNC the unique, beautiful, active place that it is. The party, with food, drink and prizes is open to all MNC volunteers (past, present, and future), including both individuals and groups that partner with MNC like the Maine Daylily Society, the American Chestnut Foundation, and youth groups like the annual Children's Garden Club, YMCA youth leadership program and scouting groups. Please RSVP at 236-2239.
Night skies, plus
Acadia National Park’s 5th Acadia Night Sky Festival runs Thursday through Monday, Sept. 26 through Sept. 30. For the first time, NASA astronauts will join the the festival. FMI, go to acadianightskyfestival.com.