Sea Faring Series
Tonight, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m. this series sponsored by Rockport Library features “Cruising with Kids/Crucero con Niños.” Aaron and Colleen Duggan recently returned from an eight-month cruise on their Formosa 46 Redwings in the Caribbean and back with their two children, Ian, 11, and Julian, 8. This promises to be a really fun, informational program! Subsequent program dates are: Nov. 7,14, 21. FMI visit rockport.lib.me.us or call 236-3642.
Kathleen Meil, Library Committee chairman, invites you, your family and friends to attend any one (or more!) of the ongoing Library Listening Tours, a series of workshops in Rockport’s five neighborhoods to find out what residents want and need from the library. What do you like? What needs to change? Whether you visit the library every week or have never set foot inside, whether you walk to the library from within the village or drive from further afield, this is your town library. Our goal is to meet your needs and to do that we need to hear from you.
As you know (or maybe not!), Rockport Public Library is an amazing place!. Attendance, circulation and programming have skyrocketed since the library’s fourth and most recent expansion 20 years ago, and now, on the eve of the library's 100th birthday, Rockport residents are engaged in a conversation about the library’s future.
The first Listening Tour was held at Simonton Corner and more are right around the corner. All workshops begin at 6:30 p.m., facilitated by Jane Haskell, a University of Maine Cooperative Extension Professor with more than 20 years experience in community development and facilitation. Sessions are scheduled for Oct. 29 in Rockport Village at the Opera House; Nov. 19 in Rockville at Orthodox Church; Dec. 3 in Glen Cove at Riley School; and another to be determined in West Rockport.
There will also be a wrap-up follow-up meeting, with the date to be set after the tour concludes.
All meetings are at the town office and open to the public, unless otherwise specified.
The Sewer Committee will meet Thursday, Oct. 24, at 8 a.m. (also Oct. 31 at 8 a.m.)
There will also be a public forum about the CRMS School Renovation Project Thursday, Oct. 24, at 6 p.m. at the CRMS Cafeteria.
There will be a Select Board workshop Monday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m. at the Opera House, televised on channel 22.
Tuesday, Oct. 29, is a full day! The Opera House Committee will meet at 8 a.m. and the Investment Committee will meet at 4 p.m. The Library Listening Tour/Village workshop will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Opera House.
Parent Teacher Conferences are scheduled for today, Thursday, Oct. 24, from 1:30 to 5:50 p.m. and Friday, Oct. 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:55 p.m. (No school on Friday). If you forgot to sign-up, check with the school to see if there are openings. Call 236-8021.
Kids should bring a pumpkin or two to school on Wednesday, Oct. 30, for the 12:15 p.m. annual Pumpkin Carving Extravaganza. Tools, marked with your name are also needed - large spoons, wrapped carving knives and markers are all useful items. Parents are encouraged to join the fun! Please send a pumpkin or two of any size to school with your child between Oct. 28 and 30. Carved pumpkins will be transported to Merryspring for the All Hallows’ Eve walk. (They are children’s contribution to the festival and will not be returned.)
All Hallows' Eve Walk
The 12th annual “All Hallows’ Eve Walk” at Merryspring will take place Oct. 31 at 4:30 p.m. Wind your way through the enchanted, jack-o-lantern lit woods. Come in costume if you like. (No scary costumes, please), and catch glimpses of princesses, knights, dragons, and characters from your favorite tales and legends. The walk is for families with children aged nine and younger. There will be ghost stories by the campfire for children aged 9 to 13. Free cookie and cider for all! Donations accepted. FMI, 236-8021 or 2362239.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and “Purple Fridays” will conclude Friday, Oct. 25. Dress in purple to show your support for ending domestic violence, dating violence and stalking. FMI about New Hope For Women visit newhopeforwomen.org.
Yellow Dot Program
Friday, Oct. 25, from 2:30 to 5 p.m., Quarry Hill will host an enrollment event for folks who want to sign up for this safety initiative. Basically the program gives emergency response personnel access to driver’s important health information in case of a traumatic auto accident or other medical emergency. Locally, this is a project of multiple law enforcement/EMS services. FMI go to email@example.com or through local police departments.
Booklovers’ Cafe will meet Saturday, Oct. 26, with coffee, refreshments and chat at 9:30 a.m., “serious book discussion” at 10 a.m. Newcomers and visitors warmly welcomed!
Boo! (not books!) The Annual Halloween Parade will be Thursday, Oct. 31. Gather at 5:45 p.m. at Graffam's Seafood and follow the firetruck to Rockport Opera House for a fun-tastic Halloween party, complete with games, refreshments, crafts and of course!, spooky (and non!) Halloween stories. FMI about any programs or the library itself, call 236-3642 or visit rockport.lib.me.us.
The Met’s Live-in-Hi-Def series continues Saturday, Oct. 26, at The Strand at 1 p.m. with Shostakovich’s “The Nose.” (Encore performance on Tuesday, Nov. 5). Doors open at 12:30 p.m.
Extra hands are needed to help clean up MNC’s annual border and other gardens on Tuesday, Oct. 29, beginning at 1 p.m. You can bring your own tools or use some of MNC’s tools. Please contact Glenn Jenks at 236-2739 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. FMI, call 236-2239 or visit merryspring.org.
With no sightings or other news about Princess (“Kitty”), Barbara Forti’s all black, long-haired, 4-year old, independent cat who has been missing for more than a month, it has to be assumed Kitty isn’t coming home. Barbara thanks all of you who looked for Kitty and for your kind words of support and sympathy.
Although the moon is at its farthest distance from Earth on Friday, Oct. 25, you should be able to see Jupiter to the upper left of the moon early in the morning. That same moon will be in its last quarter on Saturday, Oct. 26.