Town meetings

All meetings are held at the town office unless otherwise noted. The Planning Board will meet today, Wednesday, Dec. 8 at 5:30 p.m. at the Opera House (note earlier time). The Library Committee will meet Thursday, Dec 9 at 3 p.m. Next week, the Select Board will meet Monday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Opera House. There will be a Clam Cove work session Tuesday, Dec. 14 at 4 p.m. and the Midcoast Solid Waste Committee will meet Wednesday, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m.

Magic

Bay Chamber Concerts presents “Christmas in Cape Breton” with internationally renowned fiddler and Cape Breton native Natalie MacMaster, tonight, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m. at the Strom Auditorium. For more information, go to www.baychamberconcerts.org or call 236-2823. Tomorrow, Thursday, Dec. 9, Bay Chamber invites you to come visit the new facilities at the Bay Chamber Community Music School in Rockport from 4 to 8 p.m. Jeff Rojo, Bay Chamber’s classical guitar teacher, will give a performance and demonstration at 7 p.m.

Books, plus

Thursday, Dec. 9 at 10 a.m., Patricia Colling Egan, author of “A Book of Hours” will do a talk and book signing at the library. With a background that includes degrees in theology, Anglo-Irish literature, drama, and English, she divides her time between writing, establishing an Orthodox Church in Midcoast Maine, and taming the wilderness she inhabits.

Rockport Garden Club

You didn’t miss the club’s “Annual December Holiday Program!” The December program will be held Thursday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. following the 1 p.m. business meeting. The Camden Hills Regional High School Chamber Singers, led by Kim Murphy, will provide delightful, multi-ethnic holiday music. The program is held at the Opera House and is free and open to the public and refreshments are served. For more information call Ellen McMullen, 230-1260.

Jingle Bell Rockport

Join 18 merchants in the village and along Route 1 and celebrate “Jingle Bell Rockport” Thursday, Dec. 9 from 4 to 8 p.m. Park somewhere in Rockport, pick up the “All Aboard Trolley” and head out to the different businesses and enjoy complimentary drinks, snacks and specials. Get to 8 of the 18, have your cards signed and be eligible for a wide array of raffle prizes!

Three Dog Night

Once again, Steve Watts and Keith Stone will celebrate the holidays with 3 Dogs Cafe’s tradition of throwing a benefit for the Humane Society of Knox County. Head to the Cafe Friday, Dec. 10 from 5 to 9 p.m. for an evening of scrumptious, heavy hors d’oevres and sweet sensations, cocktails and enjoy festivities to benefit homeless animals at the shelter. Tickets may be purchased in advance. For more information, go to www.hskcME or call 594-4897. Great, great evening you won’t want to miss!

Coastal Quilters

Join this group Saturday, Dec. 11 at 10 a.m. for the Annual Holiday Potluck Brunch and Show & Tell Extravaganza. Open to all, the group meets at the Lions’ Club on Lions’ Lane in Camden. Just bring yourself, a brunch dish to share and if you’d like, something to share at Show and Tell. For more information about the group or the brunch, call Karen Martin, 236-8038.

Don Carlo

Saturday, Dec 11, “Live from the Met” will feature the Met’s highly acclaimed new production of “Don Carlo” by Verdi. Often referred to as Verdi’s quintessential opera, this production presents the long, five-act version in Italian rather than French. Because of the length, there is an early curtain, 12:30 p.m. Call the Strand, 594-0070 for ticket availability.

Masonic memorial service

Harry Oliver Lent of Rockport passed away recently in New Hampshire. Harry began his Masonic journey in 1956 and at the time of his death, he had been a Mason for 53 years and 229 days, having joined St. Paul’s Masonic Lodge 82 of Rockport in 1992. The service will be held Saturday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Rockport Lodge on 361 Main St. in Rockport, just up the road from the Simonton’s Corner four-way stop sign. Harry’s friends and relatives are invited to join the Masons in this tribute to Lent. Refreshments will be served after the short service. For more information please call Jeff Sukeforth at 236-3950. Sincere condolences are extended to all of Lent’s family and friends.

On the road

Wreaths Across America, Maine style set off for D.C. last week, set to arrive at Arlington National Cemetery on Saturday, Dec. 11. The Maine contingent will place wreaths in sections 28, 38, 43 and 60 and also at the Tomb of the Unknown soldier and all war memorials in D.C. To follow the Maine Caravan, go to www.wreathsacrossamerica.org.

The bazaar goes on

Merryspring’s Holiday Bazaar was a wonderful success and now, thanks to busy elves, many items have been restocked and you can stop at Merryspring during open office hours (Tuesday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.), and shop away! Select some wonderful, natural decorations and lots of other things at good prices while supporting a great organization. Thanks to all who turned out in droves to support Merryspring! For more information, check the website, www.merryspring.org or call 236-2239.

Shop locally!

We are blessed in the Midcoast to be able to do much of our holiday gift buying right here, supporting our local, small down merchants and businesses. Again this year, almost 100 percent of Alan’s and my holiday gift buying will come from local sources, whether it’s donations to local organizations made in friends/family members names, locally grown/made products, subscriptions to local/regional magazines or newspapers, or other items purchased from the myriad of craft fairs or from local shops selling Maine made products on consignment and my own handmade gifts (of course made from local products, including some of my own home-grown fruits and vegetables!). What started many years ago as a challenge to myself has become a treasured tradition.

Night skies

Monday, Dec. 13 is known as St. Lucy’s Day, once considered to be the middle of winter! Tuesday, Dec. 14 the Geminid meteor shower will peak and since the moon will set around midnight, viewing conditions should be ideal, if you can stay awake! About 2 a.m., some 100 to 200 meteors could be produced/hour!