Rockland Area Senior Citizens Club

ROCKLAND — The Rockland Area Senior Citizens Club will meet Tuesday, April 6 at 1 p.m. at Stella Maris House. The club will hold a brief business meeting and then Chloe Maxmin from Round Pond will provide lively piano music for entertainment. Refreshments will be served. The club is open to anyone 55 or older from the area. For more information call 594-9772. The club meets the first and third Tuesdays of the month at Stella Maris House. The club would love to have new members.

Donations needed for rummage sale to benefit Autism Society of Maine

ROCKLAND — Heather St. Clair and her son Brian, who has autism, have gathered a team of family and friends that participate yearly in the Walk for Autism event put on by the Autism Society of Maine. This year they are doing a giant rummage sale to raise funds to donate to the Autism Society of Maine. They are looking for donations, and will take away clutter. To make a donation for the giant rummage sale, call Heather St. Clair or Josh Knowlton at 594-5264 or Leroy and Patty St. Clair at 372-9628. They will pick up donations. The sale will be held Saturday, April 10 at the MacDougal School in Rockland.

Rockland Republican Committee

ROCKLAND — The Rockland Republican Committee invites all Rockland area Republicans and unenrolled (Independent) voters to participate in the open meeting Tuesday, April 6 at 7 p.m. at the Trade Winds Motor Inn, 2 Park Drive in Rockland.

The topics to be discussed revolve around the 2010 Maine Republican Convention and involve filling the delegate allotment as well as continued debate over the draft party platform. Following the business session, the group will host the Knox County Republican Committee discussion group, which will focus on the recently passed health care taxes and the ongoing state budgetary concerns. For more information, visit the county website at gopknoxcounty.com or call 594-5118.

Knox County Republican Women

ROCKLAND — The Knox County Republican Women will meet Friday, April 9 at noon at the home of Wendy Pelletier, 17 Gurney Hill Road in Hope. They will discuss assistance to local and state candidates this election year. Attendees are asked to bring a bag lunch. For more information or directions, contact KCRW Vice President Helen Shaw at 236-2468, call 594-5118, or visit gopknoxcounty.com. As always, everyone is invited to attend.

Tax preparation assistance

Free assistance is available to help residents prepare their Maine and federal income tax filings. AARP and a coalition of groups called CA$H Maine have united to establish tax assistance sites throughout the state.

Many Mainers do not realize they qualify for the federal Earned Income Tax Credit. Approximately 25 percent of eligible residents do not apply for the EITC, leaving unclaimed a tax credit that could total up to $5,657 for each eligible household. Tax preparation services can help people file for the EITC and other tax credits that may be available. Participants must have tax statements from all income received in 2009 as well as Social Security cards for each person they will claim on their return. Dial 211 or visit cashmaine.org to find the nearest tax site and call that site for an appointment.

Checkmate

ROCKPORT — The Rockport Public Library will offer a chess club for people to play or learn how to play chess. Led by a local chess enthusiast, the all-ages drop-in group will meet for four weeks. Attendees should bring a chessboard if they have one, but the library will have plenty available. The chess club will meet Wednesdays at 3 p.m. on March 31, April 7, April 14 and April 28.

Annual orchid sale

ORONO — The Eastern Maine Orchid Society will hold its annual Orchid Sale on Saturday, April 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Clapp Greenhouses at the University of Maine at Orono. Attendees can browse and buy from a selection of beautiful orchid plants including phalaenopsis, cattleyas, dendrobiums, paphiopedilums and many other varieties. EMOS members will be on hand to assist people with their selections and answer questions on orchid care. Proceeds from the sale help to fund scholarships and book prizes for UMO students. For more information call Janelle Delicata at 567-3822.

Support meetings

Depression and bipolar support meetings will be held Mondays from 7 to 8 p.m. at Waldoboro Word of Life Church, 41 Old Route 1; Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to noon and Thursdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the First Universalist Unitarian Church, 345 Broadway in Rockland; and Wednesdays in Belfast from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Volunteers of America building near Route 1. For more information call Heather at 691-3599.

Mainely Girls to host annual conference

ROCKPORT — Midcoast girls in grades six through 12 are invited to register for the 17th annual Girls Conference, Finding YOUR Way, to be held Friday, April 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Point Lookout’s Education Center in Northport. Middle school and high school girls will attend separate sessions, and there is a full day of workshops for adults.

Fees for the conference are $10 for girls (scholarships are available), and $20 for adults. A breakfast sponsored by Camden National Bank and lunch are included. Two buses provided by Healthy Maine Partnerships will be available to assist some girls with transportation to and from the conference — one leaving from Wiscasset and one from Searsport.

Pre-registration is mandatory and closes Friday, April 9. Middle school girls have a choice of workshops, but sessions are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Brochures are available at area schools, on the Mainely Girls Web site mainelygirls.org, by e-mailing mainelygirls@gmail.com, or by calling 230-0170.

Room at the expo

DAMARISCOTTA — The Midcoast Sustainable Living Expo, set April 16-17 in Damariscotta, still has tables and booths available for environmentally responsible businesses and other organizations that would like to participate. The two-day fair is free and open to the public.

The purpose of the expo, sponsored by the Midcoast Green Collaborative, is to inform and inspire people to make changes that promote a healthy environment and stronger communities, relying on local resources, energy conservation, and efficient homes and transportation.

The expo will be held at the Central Lincoln County YMCA from noon to 6 p.m. on April 16 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 17. For information on tables and booths, or double-booths, call 832-5584 or e-mail writer@midcoast.com. For more information visit midcoastgreencollaborative.org. Volunteers are needed to help staff the event. Volunteers will receive a T-shirt and homemade free lunch.