One fell swoop

Thursday, April 15 is the date. The second half of town taxes for 2009-2010 are due by 5 p.m. on April 15. If you can’t make the deadline, be sure to get in touch with town officials rather than just ignoring the deadline. And state and federal tax returns need to be posted by midnight of April 15.

State Rep Joan Welsh reminds you that free tax preparation services are offered through the IRS Free File program if your 2009 adjusted gross income was $57,000 or less. Just visit irs.gov to prepare, complete and e-file federal tax returns at no cost. Free File is made possible through a partnership between the IRS and the Free File Alliance, a group of 19 industry leading tax software providers.

Town

The Select Board will meet Monday, April 12 at 7 p.m. at the Rockport Opera House. The Harbor Committee will meet Tuesday, April 13 at 5 p.m. and if necessary, the Budget Committee will meet at 6 p.m. The Planning Board will meet Wednesday, April 14 at 6 p.m. at the opera house for the public hearing on the warrant articles with the regular meeting to follow at 7 p.m. Check with Stacey at 236-0806 for additional information. Meetings are held at the town office unless otherwise specified.

Books, plus

This year’s annual Health Series deals with end of life issues and kicks off Thursday, April 8 at 10 a.m. with Ken Gardiner of Edward Jones in Camden. Ken will discuss some of the financial aspects of end of life issues. Next week (April 15), the series will address legal issues with John Nale of Nale Law Offices of Waterville.

Celebrate National Poetry Month at the library with the incredible collection of poetry books for every age and every interest and with a special poetry series. The series kicks off Tuesday, April 13 at 4 p.m. with Jim Ostheimer and Carol W. Bachofner who will read from their own works.

The drop-in chess program designed by a local chess enthusiast for folks to play or learn how to play will be held Wednesdays in April at 3 p.m. A Mah Jongg class for newcomers will be held Saturdays in April from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. And every other Monday (April 12 and 26), the writing group for middle and high school students will meet from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. For more information about the library or programs, call 236-3642 or visit rockport.lib.me.us.

Gardening

Aldermere Farm will present two workshops at the farm. Thursday, April 8 at 6 p.m., Jed Beach will run a workshop, “Getting Your Garden Soil into Shape,” and Saturday, April 10 at 10 a.m. Sharon Stone will present a workshop on heirloom tomatoes. Workshops are free, but registration is required. Call 236-2739 or e-mail jbeach@mcht.org.

Drive safely

Quarry Hill invites drivers age 50 and older to register for an AARP Driver Safety Program scheduled for Friday, April 9 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Quarry Hill. Call 230-6114 for reservations. Upon completion of the course you may be eligible for the state-mandated multiyear discount on your auto insurance premium.

Fabric arts

Coastal Quilters will meet Saturday, April 10 at 10 a.m. at the Lions Club in Camden. The program will feature fabric artisan and quilter Kathleen Daniels of China Village who will present a traditional trunk show and discuss her journey through the art world as well as her techniques and inspirations. Refreshments, show and tell, and a short business meeting will follow the program. The event is free and open to the public; all are welcome. For more information, call Karen at 236-8038 or Louisa at 236-6215.

Bay Chamber

Saturday, April 10 at 7 p.m. Wolf Award winner Jonathan Biss, one of the top pianists in the international circuit, will perform at the Camden Opera House. For more information about this concert or tickets, call 236-2823.

Camden-Rockport Historical Society

Sunday, April 11 at 2 p.m. the Camden-Rockport Historical Society’s Maine Living program will feature fiddle maker and musician Kip Yattaw of Port Clyde who will present “The Art of the Fiddle” with bluegrass music and information on handcrafting fiddles. The program will be held at the Cramer Museum and admission is $3 for members and $5 for others. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Marlene Hall, executive director, at crmuseum@midcoast.com or 594-8047.

Never to forget

Yom HaShoah, a Holocaust remembrance service, will be held at Adas Yoshuron Synagogue in Rockland on Sunday, April 11 at 7 p.m. Each year, people around the world gather to commemorate the lives of the more than 12 million people, including six million Jewish men, women and children, lost during the Holocaust. All are welcome to attend.

Merryspring

No talk on Tuesday, April 13, but Saturday, April 17, Merryspring will join in the Green Fair Celebration at Plants Unlimited from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition to a general information booth, Leo Maheu, environmental educator from the Maine Conservation Corps-AmeriCorps, will host Merryspring’s activity booth and you’ll have the hands-on opportunity to make biodegradable newspaper pots and actually seed them with a quick growing seed. For more information about the Green Fair, contact Plants Unlimited or visit its Web site or contact Merryspring at 236-2239 or merryspring.org.

Night skies

Early mornings this past weekend/early week, the waning moon was incredible. On Wednesday, April 7 at dusk, Mercury can be seen low in the west to the lower right of Venus, one of the best appearances of the year. Sunday, April 11 at dawn, Jupiter and all its brilliance can be seen just below the crescent moon. The new moon appears Wednesday, April 14.

Nature notes

Driving home on the “back road” from friends Easter Sunday night, it was still warm enough to have the car windows cracked (ostensibly for goldie Cassie, but really for me), when I suddenly heard that “spring is really here” sound. I stopped the car, lowering the window farther, and my initial hearings were confirmed. Peepers — the first of the season for me and I suspect an early sounding to boot.