Town

The Midcoast Solid Waste Center Board of Directors will meet Wednesday, April 27 at 7 p.m. at the town office. Candidate papers were turned in for town offices to be voted on in June election: Select Board, two openings/five candidates, Gordon Best, Bill Chapman, Patricia Egan, Bob Nichols, Geoff Parker; School Board, one position/two candidates Eliza Haselton and David Farley; Library Committee, one position/one candidate, Betsy Elwin; Budget Committee, three positions/one candidate, Bob Moors. Thanks to all of you for willingness to serve Rockport.

Books, plus

Thursday, April 28 at 2 p.m. the library will present a “Poetry Reading” featuring local poets Barbara Furey, Carol W. Bachofner and Zibette Dean.

Book Lovers’ Cafe will be held Saturday, April 30. Come at 9:30 a.m. for informal discussion and camaraderie, and then at 10 a.m. the books talk begins in earnest! Folks Wonderful homemade refreshments and gourmet coffee from Foglifters (and tea) are served. And, the art exhibit featuring works from the students at Peopleplace Cooperative Preschool and local photographer Jim Nickelson continues through April 30.

Children’s Book Week, observed nationally from May 2 to 8 provides a great excuse to head to the library and check out the wonderful books in this genre, many written and illustrated by our own local and other Maine authors and illustrators.

In honor of National Pet Week (May 1-7), beginning May 2, the library will feature a special display of animal portraits by Rockport resident and business woman, Judith Grossman. All are invited to an opening reception (with refreshments), Wednesday, May 4 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. For information about the library or any programs, call 236-3642 or visit the website: rockport.lib.me.us.

Merryspring

Lesia Sochor’s four-week (4/28, 5/5, 12, 19), watercolor painting classes begins at Merryspring Thursday, April 28, from 9 a.m. to noon. Pre-registration required; cost $150, or $135 for Merryspring members. To register call 236-2239. Tuesday, May 3 at noon, at Merryspring. Dr. Renae Moran (University of Maine Cooperative Extension), will present a talk on growing/maintaining fruit trees in Maine Admission is free to MNC members and children; $5 charge for non-members.

Literacy Volunteers

The second annual “Scrabble Maniah” fundraiser will be held Friday, April 29, doors open at 6:30 p.m. (games begin at 7 p.m.), at 24 Lincoln St. in Rockland. Donation is $10/person or $35/team of four; call 594-5154 for more information or to register.

Recycle

Thanks to West Bay Rotary Club, Saturday, April 30 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. any and all electronic waste (including any electronic devices, televisions, CPU’s, monitors – just about anything connected to the electronic world), will be collected, free of charge at the old Rockport Elementary School at the Routes 1 and 90 intersection. Call 236-9477 or 975-0123 for more information. Helps keep Earth Day going and going, just like the Energizer Bunny!

To the Met

Saturday, April 30 at 1 p.m. “Live in High Def from the Met” features Verdi’s Il Travotore at the Strand. For ticket availability, call the Strand, 594-0070.

Deadline

Bay Chamber’s “Next Generation” and “Young Stars of Maine” program isn’t until July 11 – 15. But! Both programs require submission of an application and recorded audition and that deadline is Saturday, April 30. New this year, you can apply for both programs on one form, with one audition tape! Go to Bay Chamber’s website for more information and to download an application: baychamberconcerts.org.

May Day

Given the current attitude in Augusta about Labor movement history, I almost hesitate to mention “May Day,” but since my context is different from many, think it’s okay. Growing up on my grandparents farm in upstate New York, the custom of leaving surprise homemade May Day baskets filled with flowers, sometimes homemade goodies or candy, on friends and neighbors’ doors was a tradition I loved. But after high school, moving around in nomadic fashion for 26 years, living in different states, I lost the tradition. I was thrilled when that first May here (1987), I found a May Basket on my door and realized that here the tradition was alive and well. Some of the magic has dissipated for me since Dee McCormick died and Ross moved away, but still look forward to surprising one or two others.

Observance

Holocaust Remembrance Day will be observed Monday, May 2 at 7 p.m. at Adas Yoshuron Synagogue in Rockland. The service is open to all. For more information, call 594-4523.

Value in Education

The VIE Committee will meet Thursday, May 5 at 7 p.m. at the Opera House. Both the upcoming SAD 28 and CSD Budget meetings will be discussed as well as the June ballot on school budgets.

Rockport Garden Club

Thursday, May 5, Lori Costigan, owner of Glendarragh Farm in Appleton, Maine’s first commercial lavender farm, will be the featured speaker for the club’s 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. program. The program, free and open to the public follows the club’s regular 1 p.m. meeting (also open to the public), and refreshments. Call Patti Peace, 594-1919 or Melody Schubert 236-2162 for more information.

Piece of cake!

But not if you don’t get your ticket soon! Camden-Rockport Historical Society’s annual Cake Walk, held May 7 from 1 to 4 p.m. features 10 of Camden’s finest inns and cakes of every shape, size, and taste. Tickets are limited and selling fast (Rockport’s Market Basket, Camden’s at HAVll, Once a Tree or the Chamber). For more information, call 236-3500.

Nature notes

What joy! Last Sunday evening, leaving for home from friends in Union, finally heard my first peepers of the season in their backyard. As we passed along various sections of Route 17 (of course the car window was down!), was delighted to hear the almost cacophonous, delirious peepers singing up a storm.