Town meetings

The Library Committee will meet Thursday, Jan. 7 at 3 p.m. and the Conservation Committee will meet Friday, Jan. 8 at 8 a.m. The Select Board will meet Monday, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. at the opera house. The Ordinance Committee will meet Tuesday, Jan. 12 at 7 a.m. The Harbor Committee will meet Wednesday, Jan. 13 at 5 p.m. and the Planning Board will meet (at the opera house) at 7 p.m. All meetings are at the town office unless otherwise specified.

Merryspring

Watercolor classes begin Thursday, Jan. 7 with Lesia Sochor, a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Art, co-founder of the Art Annex in Belfast and currently a teacher at Toddy Pond School. She illustrated “The Cat of Strawberry Hill” and “A Moose’s Morning,” two delightful children’s books. This is a four-class session and you need to preregister at 236-2239 or e-mail info@merryspring.org.

Coastal Quilters

This group will meet Saturday, Jan. 9 at 10 a.m. at the Lions Club on Lion’s Lane in Camden. All are welcome and as it’s the new year, it may be a good time to check out this great group of artisans. For more information about Coastal Quilters or the meeting, call club president Karen Martin at 236-8038 or Louisa Enright at 236-6215.

The Met

Saturday, Jan. 9 at 1 p.m., “Live in HD from the Met” at the Strand Threatre will present the Richard Strauss opera “Der Rosenkavalier” featuring Renee Fleming and Susan Graham with James Levine conducting. Check with the Strand at 594-0070 for ticket availability.

Spring dreaming

Merryspring’s winter and spring talk schedule features a range of topics that will get you right out of any winter doldrums and into the garden. The brown-bag lunch series kicks off next Tuesday, Jan. 12 at noon with Judy Paolini, designer and co-author of “The Inspired Garden: Twenty-Four Artists Share Their Vision” (published by Down East Books). This promises to be a delightful, inspiring armchair tour of magnificent, private gardens created by artists throughout New England, particularly in Maine. In addition to pure escapism to garden beauty in the middle of January, you’ll also learn how to plan your own garden with an artist’s eye for form, color, texture, and composition to create spaces of beauty and diversity. Merryspring members and all children attend talks free, with a $5 charge for nonmembers. For more information, call Merryspring at 236-2239 or visit the Web site at www.merryspring.org.

Politics

The Knox County Maine Democratic Committee will meet Tuesday, Jan. 12 at the Stella Maris House in Rockland. The evening begins with socializing and a potluck supper at 6 p.m. followed by the meeting at 7 p.m. The agenda includes presentations by Rosa Scarcelli and Elizabeth Libby Mitchell, gubernatorial candidates. There will also be an ideas and policy discussion.

Ashwood Waldorf School

Wednesday, Jan. 13 from 8:15 to 10:30 a.m., parents interested in learning more about the school are invited to attend a guided tour through the grade school with an extended visit in the first grade. Call 236-8021 to register. For more information about the school, visit www.ashwoodwaldorf.org.

Delayed gratification

Post-Christmas used to be the time to eagerly look for the arrival of new seed catalogs to help with garden dreaming and planning, but this year, many arrived in December. I managed to resist the urge to immediately sit down and at least leaf through the catalogs, instead immediately putting them in the garden material basket next to the rocking chair by the wood stove. But it’s now January and I’m reminded of a song from a favorite musical, “Pippen.” Pippen begs and begs to do something “right now” but is over and over again put off until it is “time-appropriate.” Finally he’s rewarded with the refrain, “Now, Pippin, now.” Works for me!

Books, plus

Find information about ongoing library programs for children and adults alike on the library Web site, www.rockport.lib.me.us. Click on the events calendar and then on the specific date for more detailed information. You can always call, 236-3642, or even visit.

Whoops!

Epiphany was Wednesday night, Jan. 6. In the past that’s marked my “take down the tree” benchmark, but this year’s tree and all that went with it meant I wasn’t ready yet and besides the tree is still healthy and not dropping needles, so I just let this date go right by without a twinge of guilt. Besides, when I was perusing my 2010 Farmer’s Almanac Calendar for January, I discovered that in Sweden, Jan. 13 is St. Knut’s Day, better known as “take down the tree day.” Since son Eric’s paternal grandmother was Swedish, we’ll use that day.

Nature musings

The moon is in the last quarter Thursday night and the new moon will appear next Friday, Jan. 15. William Shakespeare wrote, “One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.” That certainly seemed appropriate (at least to much of Maine) New Year’s weekend with the incredibly beautiful snowfall. Six-month-old goldie Cassie absolutely loves the snow and she is a gazelle leaping through even this amount with the greatest of ease. Her attempts to help me push the snow off the decks is pretty comical and definitely lengthens the process, but that’s OK. We’re at the stage where we count on our plow guy doing the long driveway and this storm we got an unexpected offer for extra help for shoveling the walkways, a path to the oil fill-up, the mailbox and the back door area. Thanks, Shaun!