Not funny anymore

The non-functioning current events portion of the town Web site (since November 2009) ceases to be a source of humor or even mild irritation – it’s now out and out angry frustration. To go to the calendar page and see October and November 2009 events posted but not current event and meeting schedules is just plain bad public relations for the town. As budget prep goes into high gear with all the inherent problems faced by the town and schools, it’s more important than usual to have up-to-date information available on the Web site.

School and town

The Five Town Community School District Adult and Community Education Committee will meet Wednesday, March 17 at 4 p.m. in the high school library. A second Rockport budget review meeting (Budget Committee, Select Board, department heads, committees and finance director) is scheduled for Wednesday, March 17 at 7 p.m. Also, a Maine School Administrative District 28 School Board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 17 at 7 p.m. at the elementary school. A Select Board workshop will be held Monday, March 22 at 7 p.m. for a consensus vote on the budget.

The Bay

The opening reception for “Horizons: Views of Penobscot Bay” featuring Brita Holmquist and Herbert Parsons will be held at the Archipelago Gallery in Rockland on Friday, March 19 from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibit runs from March 19 to June 25. For more information, visit archipelago@islandinstitute.org

Ahh, spring!

Lesia Sochor, a first generation Ukrainian descendant and expert on Pysanky, the art of Ukrainian egg decorating, a springtime ritual of the Ukraine, will lead a pair of workshops on this craft Saturday, March 20 at Merryspring. The first workshop, designed for families (children over the age of 6), will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. (the cost is $35 for a family of three or more, or $30 for Merryspring family members). The second workshop, designed for adults, will be held from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. (the cost is $25, or $20 for Merryspring members). Preregistration is required for both workshops; the deadline is Thursday, March 18. Space is limited. To register, call 236-2239 or visit the Web site at merryspring.org.

Books, plus

Celebrate the third year of creating art in the library at an Art Party, Saturday, March 20 from 2 to 4 p.m. Come and make artist trading cards (small works of art the size of a playing card), made to collect or trade (but not to sell). This session features many work stations so you can experiment with several methods of collage, printing, coloring, drawing and more. Mix and match these techniques to make as many cards as you like and either add to your own card collection or trade with others. There will be prizes for all participants who are newcomers, or who bring a newcomer friend, as well as prizes for anyone under 21 years of age, a kindergarten to 12th-grade teacher, a medical professional, a professional writer, musician, thespian or visual artist. There will be special prizes for those who make seven or more ATCs at the party. All art materials will be provided by the library; bring your favorite pair of scissors. For more information about the library or programs, call 236-3642 or visit rockport.lib.me.us.

Bay Chamber

What a treat! Saturday, March 20 Bay Chamber Concerts presents “Curtis on Tour” with faculty and students from the Curtis Institute of Music. Celebrate the centenary year of alumnus Samuel Barber at the 7 p.m. concert at the Rockport Opera House. For more information or tickets, call 236-2823.

Merryspring

The Tuesday, March 23 noontime talk features Dr. David Handley who will present “The Best Vegetable Varieties for Maine Gardens.” How perfect is that timing as many of us prepare (or add to) our seed orders. Merryspring members and all children attend talks free; there is a $5 charge for nonmembers. For more information, call 236-2239 or visit merryspring.org.

Healthy eating

Join Courtney Lanphere, a holistic health and nutrition counselor with the CSD Adult Education Program, next Wednesday, March 24 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. for “Cooking Dinner – Quick, Easy and Healthy.” This cooking class is designed for busy parents who want to prepare a quick, easy, healthy meal for their families and will feature hands on cooking, recipes and dinner. Call Elyse at 236-7800, ext. 274, or register online: fivetowns.maineadulted.org.

Politics

The Knox County Policy Forum will meet Wednesday, March 24 from 5:15 to 7 p.m. at the Camden Library, $5 payable at the door. This month’s topic is “The Smart Grid and How Our Actions Affect the Environment.” For more information or to RSVP, contact Erin Clark at 553-7157 or erin@engagemaine.org.

Equality Maine

The Equality Maine Foundation Annual Awards Dinner will be held Saturday, March 27. For more information or reservations, contact Betsy Smith at info@equalitymaine.org.

Nature musings

Oh my! In case the onset of daylight saving time, the lengthening of daylight hours, maple sugaring, the swelling buds of the trees and oh yes, “March Madness” didn’t whet your appetite, it’s almost here. The vernal (spring) equinox officially arrives at 1:33 p.m. Saturday, March 20. In that vein, check for seat availability for the respective trips to the Boston Flower Show with either Plants Unlimited (Thursday, March 25) or the CSD Adult Education Program (Saturday, March 27). Also, Saturday night, the moon will pass very close to the Pleiades star cluster with its most brilliant, Aldebaran to the upper left. And Tuesday, March 23 the moon will be in its first quarter and Thursday, March 24 bright orange-red Mars will be seen just east of that moon.