Hear ye! Hear ye!

A Rockport Select Board Candidate Forum is scheduled for Monday, June 6 at 7 p.m. at the Opera House. The forum will feature the five candidates running for two Select Board seats. (Election Tuesday, June 14, Town Meeting Wednesday, June 15). The forum is sponsored by Rockport Library, the C-R-L- Chamber of Commerce and Village Soup/The Herald Gazette.

These five candidates represent possibly one of the most diverse philosophical/process differences Rockport residents have seen in regard to the candidates’ vision for Rockport (the town itself, its services, its employees, and by default, its residents). Some candidate’s views range from one end of the spectrum to the other end (in the extreme), while other candidates espouse a more middle of the road, moderate view. Each of the five also brings a varying level of experience in town government. With these differences and the five candidates splitting the votes for two positions, it is more important than ever that you learn where each candidate stands, particularly on town government philosophy as well as some potentially contentious issues. If you can’t attend the forum in person, please do yourself (and all of us!), a favor and watch the forum, televised on Channel 22.

Town

No meetings scheduled this week. (See above). Just a reminder, you can not only pick up your absentee ballots, you can also return all of them (after you attend/watch the Forum!), now that the schools’ budget public hearings are over.

Books, plus

The library Book Group facilitated by Jenny Ruddy will be held Wednesday, June 1 at 6:30 p.m., new members always welcome. “The Great House” by Nicole Krauss will be discussed. For more information about the library or programs, call 236-3642 or visit rockport.lib.me.us.

Rockport Garden Club

The club will meet Thursday, June 2 at 1 p.m. at the Rockport Opera House. Following the business meeting and refreshments, the 2:30 program, “Summer Success in the Garden” will feature Lynette L. Walther gardener expert and Herald Gazette feature writer. The meeting/program, free and open to the public, is held at the Opera House. For more information call Patti Peace at 594-1919 or Melody Schubert at 236;2162. Also, the Club’s Annual Plant Sale will be held Saturday, June 4 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Aldermere Farms. For information, call Nancy Thompson, 236-4065.

Community School

Maine author Elizabeth Strout, NY Times best-selling author and Pulitzer Prize winner, will be the featured speaker at an author talk/reception. The event will be held Sunday, June 5 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Rockport Opera House. All proceeds benefit the Community School’s Tuition Assistance Fund. For ticket information, contact 236-3000.

Dog Day Afternoon

All dog-walkers and friends are invited to join the fun and and let their canine friends “Romp and Roll” in the North Meadow at Merryspring Wednesday, June 1 at 5 p.m. Local photographer extraordinaire Marti Stone will be on hand to take portraits (of the canines!), for MNC’s website, and Lauren at Destination Dog will provide lots of fresh doggie treats. Humans may purchase photos (all proceeds to benefit MNC), and enjoy human refreshments provided by Merryspring Trustees.

Bay Chamber

The Young Stars of Maine Prize program (Bay Chamber Community Music School), application deadline has been extended to Monday, June 6. To apply, download the application form at baychamberconcerts.org or call 236-2823, but hurry!

Grass-Fed Edge Workshop

Holly Noonan of Mind, Body, Nutrition will present an interactive workshop on the health benefits of grass-fed beef and other pasture raised animals on Monday, June 6 at 6:30 p.m. at Aldermere Farm. Call Aldermere, 236-2739 or email adorsky@mcht.org to register for the workshop and/or to order grass-fed beef raised at the farm.

Merryspring

She’s back! Wendy Andresen, gardener extraordinaire, will present the first talk in a series on “Tending the Perennial Garden,” Tuesday, June 7 at noon at Merryspring. Wendy will demonstrate techniques outlined in Tracy DiSabato-Aust’s classic garden reference book, “The Well-Tended Perennial Garden,” including pinching, pruning, grooming, managing and supporting plants. (Copies of DiSabato-Aust’s book will be available for purchase). The talk will include a walk through Merryspring’s own perennial gardens, weather permitting. Admission free to MNC members and children; $5 for non-members. For more information, call 236-2239 or visit merryspring.org.

Then, wow! Later that day (from 4:30 to 6 p.m., it’s “Opening Day” for “Roots, Shoots, Veggies, and Fruits,” MNC’s weekly (June through September), children’s gardening program, open to all children, free of charge. Each week’s theme will center on a fun, educational aspect of gardens and the natural world that interacts with them. Plus, kids will learn how to tend, water, weed, and harvest the various gardens. Opening Day, kids will help plant the pizza garden, medicine garden, pollinator garden, and potato garden. Most activities are best for kids aged 7-13, but all are welcome. Even the youngest child seems to have an avid interest in our growing world. If you are interested, please contact Sarah Lambson at Merryspring, 236-2239 or email education@merryspring.org. This is an incredible opportunity for your kids!

Reflections

I can’t ever remember planting my entire gardens in “one fell swoop,” as I did this past week. Usually the planting process begins at the latest in late April/early May (a much “easier on these arthritic bones” process than this year’s process)! Will be interesting to see as the season progresses how harvest times compares to earlier planting dates.

Night skies

Although I’m certainly not complaining about our weather, mild and tame compared to so much of the country, I must admit, this night sky lover is feeling deprived with practically no clear night skies in May. Maybe things will change! The thin crescent moon will appear just below the twin stars of Castor and Pollux (in Gemini), Friday, June 3. Then on June 7, Regulus of Leo is the bright star to the upper right of the moon.