School and town

The Value in Education 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. The Select Board will meet Monday, May 9 at 7 p.m. at the Opera House and the Conservation Commission will meet next Friday, May 13 at 8 a.m. at the town office.

Not over yet

Monday night’s Select Board meeting should be interesting, hopefully dealing with the bizarre “end run” around procedure, process, ethics, etc. in the vote to not renew town manager Bob Peabody’s contract at the end of the April 11 meeting. Following that performance, citizens outraged with the process received much conflicting information based on opinion, purported facts, legal readings, etc., but very little information about how to deal with the situation. Rumors continue to abound and the best thing you can do is call Select Board members, make your feelings known and ask for a reconsideration of the whole process. And, plan on attending the May 9 meeting.

Books, plus

In honor of National Pet Week (May 1-7), the library is featuring a display of animal portraits by Rockport resident and business woman, Judith Grossman. All are invited to an opening reception with Judith, refreshments served, on Wednesday, May 4 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. In addition, regularly scheduled events on Wednesday include “After School Read Aloud” from 2 to 3 p.m.; Drop in Mah-Jongg from 6 to 8 p.m.; and the Library Book Group facilitated by Jenni Ruddy at 6:30 p.m.

To celebrate Children’s Book Week (observed nationally from May 2 to 8), the Friends of the Library are sponsoring a Children’s Book Extravaganza on Saturday, May 7 at 10:30 a.m. Activities include, “Barefoot Books Storytime” with Dena Davis from Barefoot Books. Dena will lead a story time and puppet program for babies and toddlers. At 11 a.m. local author Fran Hodgkins will give a book talk on her book “Andre the Famous Harbor Seal” and sign copies. Then, at 1 p.m. a costume party where you and your children or grandchildren are invited to come to the library dressed as literary figures, and win a prize. Children will present skits interacting with authors or characters found in their favorite books. The day’s festivities will culminate with refreshments. For information about programs, call 236-3642 or visit rockport.lib.me.us.

Rockport Garden Club

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

Back by popular demand

The First Universalist Church in Rockland plant sale returns this Saturday, May 7 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. with the “first, bigger and better” Annual Plant and Yard Sale. Featuring wonderful, traditional perennial divisions and house plants from some of the premier gardeners in the Midcoast, this sale will also offer annual, organic, vegetable seedlings (including heirloom varieties), generously started by Bill and Reba of Hatchet Cove Farm. For more information about the sale or to donate items for either the garden or yard part of the sale, call 594-8750 or mail@uurockland.org

Merryspring

Look to the stars Saturday, May 7 when Merryspring celebrates Astronomy Day (co-sponsored by the Central Maine Astronomical Society). Tuesday, May 10 at noon, Clay Kirby of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension will present a talk on the insect pests of ornamental plants at Merryspring. Admission is free to MNC members and children; $5 charge for non-members. For more information, call Merryspring at 236-2239 or visit merryspring.org.

Ashwood School

The May Faire & Open House will be held Saturday, May 7 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come celebrate spring on the Ashwood campus with the Midcoast community with live music, Maypole dancing, food, games, crafts, and more! Call 236-8021 for more information or visit ashwoodwaldorf.org. The final “Walk Through the Grades” tour of the year will be held on Wednesday, May 11 from 8:15 to 10:30 a.m. The tour includes a curriculum overview, time in several grade school classes, a question and answer session with School Director Jody Spanglet, and refreshments. To register, please call the office at  236-8021. “Simplicity Parenting,” workshops based on the work of Kim John Payne, conclude at Ashwood School, May 11. For more information contact Sarah Smith, 338-0730.

Let us eat cake!

Camden Rockport Historical Society’s annual Cake Walk will be held May 7 from 1 to 4 p.m. The walk features 10 of Camden’s finest inns and cakes of every shape, size, and taste. Tickets available at the Market Basket (Rockport), HAVll, Once a Tree or the Chamber (Camden). For more information, call 236-3500.

Bay Chamber presents

Sunday, May 8 at 7 p.m., at the Camden Opera House, world renowned bandoneónplayer, Héctor Del Curto and his Eternal Tango Quartet will create a rousing milonga (tango event) featuring dance performances by Ivan Terrazas and Sara Grdan of FeralTango. For tickets, call 236-2823.

Politics

Knox County Democrats will meet Tuesday, May 10 at the Stella Maris House, Rockland Potluck at 6 p.m. and business meeting at 7 p.m. For details, knoxmainedemocrats.org. Meetings are open to all regardless of party affiliation or voter registration status.

Reflections

As I wrote this week’s column, reflecting on everything that goes on at our library six days a week, I felt sad recalling a recent suggestion that “Rockport doesn’t need a library, it’s a duplicate of services available elsewhere.” Please, let that not be the prevailing thought of Rockport residents and please, please, may we never lose this “bring us together/unifying” Rockport treasure.

Happy Mom’s Day to all

One thing all of us have in common, is “Mom.” That person can represent different things to each of us – from the woman who gave birth to us, to the woman (or women), who currently fill that role or who filled that role for us over the years. As I get older, I find myself celebrating more and more Moms, including of course my Mom, but also our daughters, my daughter-in-law Hannah’s Mom, my son’s “other Mom” (his Dad’s wife) and so many women, living and dead, who served as Moms and Mom role models for me. Thanks to each of you and to all the Moms out there, especially on Sunday, May 8, Mother’s Day.