All meetings are at the Town Office unless otherwise specified and are open to the public. The Ordinance Review Committee will meet today, Thursday, Feb. 27, at 8 a.m. The Mid-Coast Solid Waste Committee will also meet today at 7 p.m.
The Camden-Rockport Pathways Committee will meet Wednesday, March 5, at 7 p.m. at Camden Town Office.
You didn’t miss February's Booklovers Cafe! The group decided to meet Saturday, March 1, because the regularly scheduled date conflicted with the Camden Conference. Gather at 9:30 a.m. for coffee and conversation and then at 10, “Let the books discussion begin!” All welcome.
The RPL Fiber Arts Group will meet on Tuesday, March 4, at 3:30 p.m. and then later, at 6 p.m., The French Conversation Group presents Cine Francais a la Bibliotheque de Rockport 2014, showing the film "Les Aventures de Rabbi Jacob." A bigoted Frenchman finds himself forced to impersonate a popular rabbi while on the run from a group of assassins and the police. Come and enjoy!
Wednesday, March 5, the Wicked Good First Wednesday Book Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. The featured book this month is "Tinkers," a 2010 Pulitzer Prize winner by Paul Harding. New Members always welcome!
Poets‘ Corner with local poets George Chappell and Jim Ostheimer on Thursday, March 6, at 4 p.m. The poetry workshop encourages people interested in poetry to write and is open to the public and welcomes all levels of ability and experience. Bring samples of written work.
FMI about the library or programs, call 236-3642 or visit rockport.lib.me.us.
Off to see the Wizard!
Head to the Farnsworth Saturday, March 1, for a 1 p.m. showing of “Return to Oz,” a 1985 fantasy adventure film based on L. Frank Baum's Oz books, mainly "The Marvelous Land of Oz" and "Ozma of Oz."
Maine Restaurant Week
This grand adventure will be held from March 1 to 10! For participating restaurants, go to mainerestaurantweek.com. Sort the list, click FIND and click restaurant names to see their menus and other important details. Local restaurants participating include: Rockport's Shepherds Pie; in Camden: 40 Paper, Cappys Chowder House & Harbor View, Francine Bistro, Hartstone Inn, Natalies at Camden Harbour Inn and Waterfront Restaurant; with Rockland participant 3 Crow Restaurant and Bar. Dine on specially-priced three-course Maine Restaurant Week dinner menus with prices ranging from $25 to $55; lunches at $15.
Speaking of Food
Let us eat pies - If we’re lucky! Camden-Rockport Historical Society’s latest fundraiser is a “Win a Pie for Each Month of the Year” raffle. Raffle tickets are priced at $1/ticket or $5/6 or $20/25 and are available at many local stores including Rockport’s Fresh Off the Farm, Knox Brothers Auto Parts, 3 Dogs Cafe, Main St. Meats, the Market Basket (others to be announced). If you’re the lucky winner, you get to select the kinds of pies you want, and how often you receive them - from 1/month to all 12 at once and everything in between! Local delivery available or pick up at the CRHS. FMI, visit conwayhouse.org.
Met Opera Live
March 1 at noon (note early start - doors open at 11:30 a.m.), The Strand presents "Prince Igor," Borodin’s defining Russian epic, famous for its Polovtsian dances, live in HD from the Met. Encore on Tuesday, March 11, at 1 p.m. FMI/tickets, call 594-0070 ext. 3 or go to rocklandstrand.com.
Tuesday, March 4, at noon, MNC’s Winter Talk series will feature “Sedges of Maine” with Matt Arsenault. Sedge is a plant like grass that grows in wet ground or near water and is abundant in Maine. Admission free for members of MNC, with a nominal fee of $5 for non-members. FMI about MNC or the program, visit merryspring.org or call 236-2239.
Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent in the Western Christian calendar occurs March 5 this year. It happens 46 days before Easter which is April 20 this year.
Parent/Teacher conferences will take place next week on Thursday, March 6, from 1:30 to 5:50 p.m. and again Friday, March 7, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be no school for Ashwood students on Friday.
Free Tax Preparation
State Rep. Joan Welsh reports there are various ways to obtain free tax preparation. The IRS and the Free File Alliance have teamed up to help taxpayers save money. Individuals earning up to $58,000 in 2013 can download free software to prepare, complete and e-file federal income taxes. Maine CA$H is also offering free tax preparation to individuals and families who earned less than $52,000 in 2013. Contact the Maine CA$H coalition in your area to learn more.
And, once again, AARP will provide free income tax prep for low and middle income taxpayers with special attention to those 60 or older. You do not need to be an AARP member to qualify. Services are available, appointments required at two local libraries: Camden on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Thursdays from 4 to 8 p.m.; call 236-3440. Rockland on Mondays and Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; call 594-0310. You can also go to Spectrum Generations in Rockland on Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; call 596-0339. For more general information, call Mary Louise Blanchard at 386-1048.
Speaking of taxes! Did you know you can painlessly (more or less), help Maine Public Libraries by donating $5 or more by filling out Maine Income Tax Form Schedule CP 2013 when filing your Maine taxes for 2013?
The moon is at its closest approach to Earth for the month today, Feb. 27. You may be able to spot Mercury directly below the thin crescent moon in the southeast about an hour before sunrise today. March is predicted to come in like a lamb, but I’ll believe it when I see it!