Town

All meetings are at the town office unless otherwise specified. The Planning Board Social will be held Wednesday, June 22 at 6 p.m. A Zoning Board of Appeals meeting is also tentatively scheduled for that day at 7 p.m. at the Opera House. The newly configured Select Board will meet Monday, June 27 at 7 p.m. at the Opera House.

Special day

Friday, June 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Belfast Garden Club’s “Open Garden Day,” ($4 donation), features Tanguay Garden at Searsport Shores Campground. Forty acres to explore, including a 550 foot long sea wall walkway beside a long flower and herb garden. See flower beds placed between campsites, poison ivy-eating goats, woodland trails, a potato tower, a “river of hostas,” gourds in trees and floating gardens built on boggy soil. Concurrent botanical-themed quilt show in barn and twig sculptures by Susan Perrine is also on display. Bring a picnic if you wish; benches at waterfront. Handicap accessible and bathrooms available; Check belfastgardenclub.org for detailed information, directions and upcoming, weekly gardens.

Books, plus

Booklovers’ Cafe will be held Saturday, June 25. Gather at 9:30 a.m. for gourmet coffee from Foglifters (and tea), homemade refreshments and informal book chats. At 10 a.m. the group shares a favorite(s) book(s) read the past month. All are welcome, any time. For more information about the library or programs, call 236-3642 or visit rockport.lib.me.us.

Nature explorers

Sunday, June 26 from 1 to 3, get ready to be an animal detective at a free, family-friendly workshop, “Animal Signs,” led by Environmental Educator Sarah Lambson. Hone skills of observation and learn how to tell what kind of animal has been around when no one’s looking and learn how to best observe animals in their natural habitat. Activities will relate to animal tracks, their eating habits, scat, and habitats. The program is open to all ages but activities are designed for children ages 5 to 12 and all children must be accompanied by an adult. In case of rain, call ahead, 236-2239 for potential cancellation.

Hawaiian luau

Celebrate at Rockport Library’s Summer Reading program (One World Many Stories) “Kick-Off Party-Luau” to be held Tuesday, June 28 at 3:30 p.m. at the park near the library. Do the limbo, enjoy a ukulele performance by Martin Gibson’s students and participate in other activities. Summer Reading programs are open to all, made possible by a generous gift from Mazie Livingston Cox through the MLDC Charitable Fund. For more information about the Summer Reading program or other programs, call 236-3642 or visit rockport.lib.me.us.

Merryspring

What a full week! Tuesday, June 28 at noon, Glenn Jenks will present his yearly, highly anticipated “Rose Day” talk at MNC. Roses are one of Glenn’s passions and he’ll speak on a variety of topics to interest, including winter hardy species, latest headlines in the rose business, satisfactory pesticides, how to grow roses in this climate, and the effects of climate change on the roses of Maine. Great for novices, experienced growers, and anyone who simply loves roses. And, bring in your “mystery” rose for his consideration! After his talk, Glenn will lead a small caravan of people to tour several local rose gardens, starting around 1:15 p.m. to last until mid-afternoon. Plan to arrive early to get a seat for this popular talk. 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.

Then, at 7 p.m. that night, Kathy Bragg of The Heirloom Garden of Maine and MNC are pleased to sponsor a screening of the film “Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us?” The film combines knowledge from a variety of experts and explores this global crises following beekeepers around the world who have done away with industrial and mechanized methods of beekeeping and have gone back to a more natural way. The film is free, but donations are appreciated. Popcorn and drinks will be provided by MNC and The Heirloom Garden of Maine will provide complimentary sunflower seeds to promote gardening for bees. Arrive early, seating is limited. Visit queenofthesun.com for more information on the film and merryspring.org for more information on MNC.

Next Wednesday, June 29 from 3:30 to 5 p.m., “Roots, Shoots, Veggies, and Fruits,” MNC’s weekly children’s gardening program, features “Water,” one of the most important things for plants. Learn where our water comes from, the water cycle, how water helps plants, and how important it is to us as humans on this earth. Open to all children free of charge, most activities are best for kids aged 7-13, but all are welcome. If interested, contact Sarah Lambson at education@merryspring.org or call 236-2239 or just bring the kids on Wednesdays!

Bay Chamber

Opening night for the summer series is next Friday, July 1 at 8 a.m. at the Opera House.The concert, In memory of Anne R. & Richard W. Davidson, features Chamber music masters Shmuel Ashkenasi, violin, and Menahem Pressler, piano with music from Mozart, Schubert and, Cesar Franck. 236-2823

Night skies

The moon will be in its last quarter Thursday, June 23 (and hasn’t that moon been beautiful this month!), and Saturday, June 25, Jupiter will be just to the lower left of the moon. Monday, June 27 will be a perfect time to check the Bootid meteor shower – nothing as spectacular as 1998 is predicted, but fun anyway! Tuesday, June 28, if you look to the east/northeast just before dawn, you’ll see (in an ascending vertical line), Aldebaran, Mars, the crescent moon and the Pleiades and far to the lower left sits Venus.