The town office will be closed today, Thursday, Oct. 4, to allow town office employees to attend the Maine Municipal Association Convention in Augusta.
The Rockport Garden Club will meet today, Thursday, Oct. 4, business meeting at 1 p.m., program (free and open to the public), at 2:30 p.m. at the opera house. The program, "Sugar, Sex and Poison: Shocking Plant Secrets Caught on Camera" features William Cullina, a nationally known expert on native plants and executive director of Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. For more information call Barbara Bausch at 596-6416 or Louise Cadwgan at 594-4449. (Apologies to the club for the tardiness of this notice - my server has a mind of it’s own and the club’s original notice about this event got lost in cyberspace).
Today, Thursday, Oct. 4, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. local poets George Chappell and Jim Ostheimer will conduct a poetry workshop (all levels of ability/experience, open to the public), to encourage people interested in poetry to write. Bring samples of written work. For information about library programs, visit rockport.lib.me.us or call 236-3642.
Back to school
Citizens for Value In Education (VIE) will meet tonight, Thursday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m. at the opera house. Guest speaker will be Ken Vencile, CSD science teacher and 2011 winner of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching. Meetings are open to all.
Town & School
Heads up! SAD 28 and the CSD will be closed Friday, Oct. 5, for teacher workshop days. All local schools and the town office and library will be closed Monday, Oct. 9, in observance of Columbus Day. Note that the select board will meet Tuesday, Oct. 9, at (not Monday!) at 7 p.m. at the opera house, televised on channel 22.
The “On the Road Again” select board meetings are winding down with the next one to take place Thursday, Oct. 11, at 7 pm. at the town office, this one specifically for village residents’ input, but all Rockport residents welcome.
Soon, too soon
Don’t forget, your 2012-13 Rockport taxes are due Monday, Oct. 15. Remember you have the option to pay in two installments, Oct. 15 and April 16. If you have a problem meeting the deadline, don’t just ignore it, go to the town office to discuss the issue.
Coastal Family Hospice
A nine-week volunteer training class will begin Monday, Oct. 15, from 1 to 4 p.m. in Rockport. Applications for the class are due Oct. 5. Call 593-9355 or download application at coastalfamilyhospice.com.
The Farnsworth will be open from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5 with free admission for all as part of the “First Fridays” proudly sponsored by The First. Also on this first full week-end of the month (Saturday/Sunday Oct. 6-7), the Farnsworth will observe “Museums On Us,” Bank of America/Merrill Lynch program where their cardholders enjoy free admission (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) to the Farnsworth.
Next Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 5:30 p.m. in the Farnsworth auditorium, the first in a three-part lecture series, “The Play Of Light: French and American Impressionism and Frank W. Benson” kicks off with “The First Modern City: Paris Through the Eyes of the Impressionists.” This lecture series will supply additional background information for the current exhibition "Impressionist Summers: Frank W. Benson's North Haven." Next Thursday, Oct. 11, a special series of writing classes begins from 10 a.m. to noon, at the Farnsworth’s Gamble Education Center, “The Re-imagined Place: Image to Prose” led by Lee Heffner. For information about the Farnsworth or any programs, visit farnsworthmuseum.org or call 596-6457.
Knox County Democrats will meet Tuesday, Oct. 9, at the Stella Maris House (handicapped accessible) in Rockland with the potluck supper and open discussion at 6 p.m. followed by the 7 p.m. business meeting, focusing primarily on campaign activities. This one is open only to Democrats registered in Knox County. Following early adjournment, folks may stay and phone bank (cell phones provided). For more information, contact Chairman Bruce Hodsdon at 372-6535 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dill, King, Summers
The Mid-Coast Forum on Foreign Relations will sponsor a debate at the Camden Opera House among these three U.S. Senate candidates next Thursday, Oct. 11, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The debate, “Foreign Relations: What Maine’s New Junior Senator Can Do,” will be moderated by Forum President Mac Deford. Best arrive early — doors open at 5 p.m.
Believe it or not
Absentee ballots aren’t yet available from the state, but anyone, for any reason, can apply to receive an absentee ballot by mail. But! Much simpler to just wait until they’re available (probably sometime early this month), and just pick up the ballot in person at the town office. Call Linda Greenlaw at 236-9648, for detailed “how to” information. (Just a note, in the 2008 Presidential Election, Maine had a 71.2 percent turnout. Minnesota led the pack with 75 percent and both New Hampshire and Wisconsin also had a 71.2 percent turnout. VOTE!).
Time growing short!
But it’s not too late to plant some super perennials that will make your life easier next spring and Merryspring still has some great selections of plants that do beautifully in our Maine climate. Take advantage of our lovely fall weather, head to MNC and check out what’s available. Call first, 236-2239, to make sure someone is there to help you!
Just yesterday, Venus met Regulus (close up and personal!), for the closest meeting of a planet/first magnitude star this year. Tonight, Thursday, Oct. 4, just before midnight, Jupiter, the moon and Aldebaran will form a triangle in the east. Friday, Oct. 5, Jupiter will be to the immediate right of the moon.