Rockland library health presentation

ROCKLAND — The Rockland Public Library will present a health presentation by Amy Jenner on Alternative Approaches to Working with Chronic Illness on Thursday, July 22 at 6:30 p.m. in the Friends Community Room. The Five Element System of Chinese medicine is a 2,500-year-old method of healing that brings people back into balance, allowing the profound healing that arises out of the deepest intelligence of the body, mind and spirit to occur. Jenner has been teaching Five Element theory and practitioner development in Rockland since 2006 when she joined Stillpoint. For more information call the library at 594-0310.

Recreation departments sponsor tour

The Thomaston and St. George recreation departments are pleased to offer a senior citizens charter bus trip to Augusta on Thursday, July 22 for a tour of the Maine State Complex (State House) and programs on “The Story of Claws: The Maine Lobster,” “The Defence Story” and “12,000 Years in Maine.”

There will be an opportunity for a self-guided tour of the State House in addition to a guided tour. Then it’s off to lunch in the State House cafeteria. The bus will load at 7:15 a.m. at the town office in Tenants Harbor. The bus will then travel to Thomaston to load at 7:45 a.m. at the Knox Hotel and return around 5:30 p.m. This trip is free (except lunch) to resident senior citizens of St. George and Thomaston. To register call 372-6363, e-mail prksrec@stgeorgemaine.com or stop by the St. George Town Office. The non-resident fee is $30 (if space is available).

Big Book Sale

APPLETON — The Mildred Stevens Williams Memorial Library in Appleton will host its annual Big Book Sale on Saturday, July 24 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The book sale will take place at the new library facility at 2916 Sennebec Road in Appleton (across from the town office). Library volunteers have been dutifully working to sort books by genre and reading level for easy browsing. A portion of the funds raised through the book sale will be used to purchase new library materials for the collection. Refreshments will be available for purchase. For more information call 785-5656.

HomeportTalks series

CUSHING — Homeport announced the continuation of its HomeportTalks speaker series to help local residents continue to live at home with the help of available local services. Betsy Kingsley, Cushing resident and personal trainer at the Optimum Performance studio in Rockport, will discuss “Staying Fit — Cardiovascular, Strength and Flexibility” on Thursday, July 22 at 3 p.m. in the Cushing Library. The public is invited. Kingsley will talk about “functional training” and how it relates to everyday life. She will demonstrate some functional exercises and discuss how nutrition and water impact a person’s ability to carry out exercise programs. For more information e-mail homeport.living@gmail.com.

Rockland Farmers’ Market

ROCKLAND — The Rockland Farmers’ Market is canceled Aug. 5 due to area festivals. Until then, visit the market at Harbor Park on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to shop a varied spectrum of local produce, baked goods, dairy, meat and sweet treats. Look for the hallmarks of summer eating like cucumbers, tomatoes, berries and ice cream as well as delicious staples like greens, onions, jam and bread. Children will enjoy the Rockland Public Library story time that starts at 10 a.m.

Vernal pool program

ROCKPORT — As part of the Rockport Public Library’s Summer Reading program, Chewonki will present “Vernal Pools — Stepping Stones in a Sea of Forests” on Tuesday, July 27 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the downstairs room at the Rockport Opera House. The program is free and open to the public.

Vernal pools provide seasonal breeding grounds for insects and amphibians such as Wood Frogs and Spotted Salamanders. Inhabited by both vertebrates and invertebrates, these shallow depressions in the ground are inundated with water three to five months of the year and serve as feeding sites for traveling reptiles, such as the endangered Blandings and Eastern Box Turtles. In addition to hearing native frog calls, students will see two live non-releasable endangered turtles and a Spotted Salamander. This program explains the food chain within vernal pools and the adaptations unique to the plants and animals that use these quiet corners of Maine’s landscape.

Hope Historical Society

HOPE — Hope Historical Society will present a program Tuesday, July 20 at 7 p.m. Mrs. Best of Rockland, a true descendant, kept and donated to the historical society a spectacular Victorian wreath made by the women of Hope of their own hair, probably during the Civil War. Hope Historical Society meetings are free to the public and refreshments will be served. All are welcome. For more information contact Hope Chase at 785-4903 or hopeichase@gmail.com.

Jackson Memorial Book Fair

TENANTS HARBOR — On July 17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., tents and tables on the lawn at the Jackson Memorial Library Book Fair in Tenants Harbor will offer thousands of new and nicely used hard cover and paperback books. Sorted by more than 20 categories and by popular authors, there will be an unusually high number of current fiction and mystery novels. This year’s supply of gardening, poetry, biography, history and cookbooks is extensive. There will be a large collection of magazines, videotapes, CDs, DVDs and audiotapes.

Fair goers will also be able to purchase treasures of costume jewelry and household goods, locally grown perennial plants, Adopt-A-Reading Buddy, home-made delicious baked goods and Humane Society of Knox County cookbooks. The Kids Korner will have children’s books, face painting and other craft activities.

The Silent Art Auction displays and bidding will be indoors in the library. The raffle items and tickets will be located in a special tent. In addition to the art and craft pieces in the raffle, a wide variety of gift certificates and baskets have been donated by local merchants and friends of the library. On fair day, auction bidding will conclude at 2 p.m. and the raffle drawing will begin at noon. For more information call 372-8961 or visit JacksonMemorialLibrary.org.

Beech Hill open house

ROCKPORT — Coastal Mountains Land Trust invites the community to an open house at Beech Hill in Rockport on Wednesday, July 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Land trust volunteers will open Beech Nut, the historic stone house at the summit, and provide guests with information about the history and management of the preserve. The land trust, which owns and manages Beech Hill Preserve, completed restoration of the historic building from its foundation to its sod roof in November 2007. This event series will feature two open houses per month at Beech Hill through October. Visit coastalmountains.org for dates and times.

Growing greens in winter

CAMDEN — Imagine fresh homegrown greens in the winter without a heated greenhouse. Want to try it? For 10 years, Natural Resources Council of Maine Communications Director Judy Berk of Northport has. She will share her secrets, successes and failures in a talk titled “Growing Greens in Maine All Winter” on Tuesday, July 20 at noon at Merryspring Nature Center in Camden. Free for Merryspring members; $5 for others. For more information call 236-2239.

Public supper at Willow Grange Hall

JEFFERSON — Lakeview Star Club 179 will hold a public supper Saturday, July 17 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Willow Grange Hall, Route 126 in Jefferson, with baked beans, casseroles, salads, beverages, rolls and dessert. The cost is $7 for adults and $3 for children.