Growing up lobstering

ROCKLAND — Young lobsterman Micah Spear from Cushing will talk about growing up lobstering on Thursday, Aug. 5 at 11 a.m. at the Rockland Public Library. This is a hands-on talk; Micah will show the gear and the catch. The free event will be held in the Children’s Room of the library. For more information call 594-0310.

Children’s Story and Mobile Workshop

ROCKLAND — The Rockland Public Library will hold a Children’s Story and Mobile Workshop on Friday, July 30 at 10:30 a.m. with sea-related stories, sea mobiles, pirates, mermaids, selkies, sea shanties and a hornpipe to dance. Jan Zimmerman will lead the program. For a craft, participants will construct ornaments or mobiles out of driftwood, seashells and sea glass. All welcome; the program is free thanks to a generous grant from the Camden National Bank and the ongoing efforts of the Friends of the Rockland Public Library. For more information call 594-0310.

Qi Gong class

CAMDEN — Qi Gong (pronounced “Chi Kung”) exercises, some of which date back thousands of years in China, increase awareness, subtle energy flow and provide a foundation for a balance of physical, mental and emotional health. Qi Gong can include passive meditation as well as visualization, breath control and physical movement. Priyadarshi will leading 40-minute Qi Gong sessions over the course of six Sundays from July 25 to Aug. 29 at High Mountain Hall in Camden.

While participation in all six sessions will provide depth and reinforcement for the practice, drop-in participation is also welcome. The cost is $75 pre-paid for the course or $15 per drop-in. For more information call the Arts of Living Learning Center at 623-2180.

South Thomaston Community Fair, Flea Market

SOUTH THOMASTON — The 18th annual South Thomaston Flea Market and Community Fair will be held Saturday, July 24 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. In additional to the traditional library book and bake sales, the South Thomaston Lions and Boy Scouts will offer refreshments in the food court. Community fair will welcome back longtime vendors and see some new faces. These include vendors with handmade wooden rolling pins, jewelry, quilted items, and 18th century dressed dolls. Some space is still available. For more information call 594-7416.

Paddle with the tide

The beautiful tidal reach of the St. George River between Thomaston and Warren will be explored by paddlers led by the Georges River Land Trust on Saturday, July 24. Boaters will pass two of GRLT’s conserved properties, a farm on Route 1 and the Oyster River Wine Growers on Route 131. This trip, led by GRLT board member Dick Matlack, is suitable for canoes and kayaks. Boaters should bring their boat, personal flotation device, and snack or lunch to the Thomaston Town Landing for a 9 a.m. launch in order to take advantage of the incoming tide. From head of tide in Warren, paddlers will return to Thomaston on the outgoing tide. For more information call 594-5166.

Dr. Teel to address support group

OWLS HEAD — The third meeting of the newly formed and yet unnamed family caregiver support group will meet at the Owls Head Homestead on Thursday, July 22 at 1 p.m. to hear Dr. Teel speak about the Elder Power network that he has created to utilize technology to help seniors remain independently in their own homes. For more information on Elder Power visit myelderpower.net. Teel will discuss and demonstrate the use of webcams, sensors, emergency systems, phones and other technology to enhance safety and independence. The family caregiver support group was initiated by Joanne Miller, a local care manager, who recognizes the huge responsibility family caregivers shoulder and how important it is to support their efforts. For more information on the group call 354-7077. E-mail katrina@askforhomecare.com to register to attend the meeting, as space is limited. Refreshments will be served.

Warren Historical Society

WARREN — June Ranta Wilcox and Steve Gifford will present their program titled “Maine Finns and Blueberries in the Mid-Coast” at the Warren Historical Society on Tuesday, Aug. 3. Topics to be included will be the Finnish American blueberry farmers, memories of those involved in the blueberry business, blueberry history in the Midcoast, the canneries in the area, and the blueberry co-op in West Rockport. The focus will be the time period from 1920s to the 1970s.

Gifford and Wilcox are retired teachers and have prepared and presented summer exhibits at the Finnish Heritage House (finnheritage.org) in South Thomaston since 2006. Both grew up in Rockland and attended functions in the Finnish American community. Wilcox’s parents, Helmi and Jalo Ranta, were both Finnish Americans and their home was a gathering place for Finns and their English friends for 40 years. Take a favorite Finnish or blueberry dish to a potluck at 6 p.m. at the Dr. Campbell House, 225 Main St. in Warren. The program will follow at 7 p.m. For more information call 273-2726.

Silent auction for Special Olympics

CAMDEN — The Camden branch of TD Bank, located on Route 1 at 89 Elm St., is having a silent auction and raffle to raise money for Special Olympics. There are 10 beautifully framed prints available for bid starting at $30. The branch is also having a raffle for items from local area businesses. The prizes include a lobster dinner for two, a manicure/pedicure, a mini golf pack, laundry wash and fold, or gift certificates for food or merchandise. The tickets are $1 each or six for $5. All proceeds are going directly to Special Olympics to help support local athletes. Bid or buy raffle tickets Monday to Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., or Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Maine Society of Mayflower Descendants

BANGOR — The Maine Society of Mayflower Descendants, founded in 1901, will hold their summer meeting, led by Gov. Lynde C. Randall, on Saturday, Aug. 7 at the Ramada Inn, 357 Odin Road in Bangor. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. The luncheon begins at noon. Reservations for the luncheon must be received by July 31and may be sent to Virginia Link, 17 Mildred St., South Portland, ME 04108; call 799-3952 with reservation questions. The cost of the luncheon is $20 for broiled haddock, grilled teriyaki chicken or mesquite sirloin tips. Checks may be made payable to the Maine Mayflower Society. No tickets will be sold at the door. The guest speaker will be Judith H. Swan, governor general of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants.