Union Fair parade

UNION — The Union Fair will kick off eight great days of fun and entertainment for the whole family Saturday, Aug. 21 with a grand parade. Lyle Cramer, parade chairman, announced that this year’s theme is “Thank You Veterans!”

Participants and floats for the parade may still register to take part. There will be four categories to be judged: commercial, nonprofit, youth and other, which includes animals, tractors and blueberry related items.

Each category will have a first place prize of $100, a second place prize of $50, and a third place prize of $25. Applications to enter the parade may be obtained from Cramer by calling 233-2979 or 785-2030, or by going to UnionFair.org and downloading an application. All entries must be received by Saturday, Aug. 7.

Evening Star Grange

WASHINGTON — A Giant Garage Sale, a fundraising event of the Evening Star Grange, 31 Old Union Road in Washington, will be held Saturday, July 31 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Grange lunches will available for purchase. A farmers market will be held in the same location from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Owls of Maine at Thomaston library

THOMASTON — The Thomaston Public Library will host Owls of Maine, a program presented by the Chewonki Foundation featuring live owls, on Saturday, July 31 at noon in the gymnasium. The one-hour program will include a slide show, discussion and chance to get up close and personal with three live owls. The free program is for all ages. The presentation, sponsored by Lyman Morse Boatbuilding, is part of the Thomaston Reads Together! summer reading program. To sign up for the program or for more information, call the Thomaston library at 354-2453.

Crisis hotline training

ROCKLAND — New Hope for Women’s crisis hotline training begins in September. If interested in applying to be a hotline volunteer, and to participate in required domestic and dating violence training, call 800-522-3304.

Matthews Museum sponsors auction

UNION — The Matthews Museum of Maine Heritage in Union will hold a goods and services auction Friday, July 30 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Union Fairgrounds. Museum President George Gross of Bristol announced that funds raised will go toward replacing the Carriage House in the rear of the museum.

Bruce Gamage of Rockland will serve as auctioneer, and students of Appleton Village School will sell refreshments and beverages to raise funds for their activities. The museum will open from 4 to 5 p.m. and is free to auction attendees. Silent auction bidding will also begin at 4 p.m. The live auction will begin at 5 p.m. The auction will take place in Blueberry Acres on the fairgrounds.

Items have been donated by merchants in Newcastle, Damariscotta, Waldoboro, Union, Washington, Appleton, Rockland and many other towns. Values range from $10 to $900. Items include many certificates, gift baskets, antiques, a ride-on mower from Union Agway, a weekend rental of an excavator, heating oil, and a wealth of handmade items and collectibles.

Tickets available for puffin cruise

ROCKPORT — Friends of Maine Seabird Islands will offer its fourth annual Puffin and Seabird Island Adventure aboard the Elizabeth Ann out of Port Clyde on Sunday, Aug. 1 from 4 to 7 p.m.

The cost is $30 per person. Space is limited, so reservation via advance ticket purchase is required. Tickets may be purchased at the Owl & Turtle Bookstore in the Knox Mill in Camden, Sweet Sensations on Route 1 in Rockport, the Project Puffin Visitor Center in downtown Rockland, or the Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge office in the Rockport Industrial Park off Route 1. For more information call 236-6970, ext. 12.

The boat will leave from the Monhegan Boat Line dock in Port Clyde promptly, so participants should be ready to board by 3:30 p.m. Beer, wine and light refreshments will be served. Dress warmly, and don’t forget binoculars! The outing will feature opportunities for bird viewing around Eastern Egg Rock, a seabird nesting island in Muscongus Bay. Seabird biologists will be on board to discuss conservation projects currently under way on Maine’s seabird islands and provide an update on how the birds have fared over the summer breeding season.

Mill Pond family walk

WALDOBORO — The Medomak Valley Land Trust will host a family walk at its Mill Pond Preserve on Friday, July 30 at 10 a.m. The Mill Pond Preserve is a beautiful site, with a trail that winds through red maple and hemlock. This will be a very scenic walk appropriate for all ages.

The preserve contains 44 acres of forest and wetland and frontage along the Goose River in Waldoboro. The property can be accessed from Finntown Road, and MVLT maintains a short loop trail over private property and through the preserve. The preserve is open to the public year round for low-impact recreation including hiking, skiing, snowmobiling and snowshoeing.

To get to the Mill Pond Preserve, follow 220 South from Waldoboro for 4.7 miles before turning left onto Finntown Road. Parking can be found along the sides of the road, less than a mile from Route 220 at the trail head for the Peace Corps Preserve. The Mill Pond trail begins a short walk from the location. In the event of rain call the MVLT office at 832-5570 to check for cancellation.