School

Today, Thursday, March 14, is an early release day for MSAD 28, K-4 only. Friday, March 15, is a teacher workshop day, no school for SAD 28 and CSD.

Politics

The Community Forum (canceled in February), with State Sen. Ed Mazurek and Rep. Joan Welsh and other state representatives will take place today, Thursday, March 14, at 6:30 p.m. at Rockland City Hall in the council chamber. The governor's proposed two-year budget will be discussed and your input sought.

Municipal meetings

A budget review meeting with the select board and the budget committee will take place tonight, Thursday, March 14, at 5:30 p.m. at the Opera House, televised channel 22.

The Harbor Committee also meets today at 5:30 p.m.

The Ordinance Review committee will meet Tuesday, March 19, at 7 a.m.

Two Select Board workshops are scheduled for Wednesday, March 20, one at 5 p.m. and the other at 7 p.m., at the Opera House, both televised on channel 22.

Meetings are at the town office unless otherwise noted.

Seed starting!

I can’t wait! Merryspring will offer a “Seed-Starting” workshop Saturday, March 16, from 10 a.m. to noon at MNC. Join new MNC Garden Manager Brijin Thomas in the Aileen Lubin Greenhouse to explore the whys, hows and whens of starting plants from seed. You can choose from a variety of vegetable, herb and flower seeds to start and take home. Preregistration required, contact MNC at 236-2239 or info@merryspring.org.

Celebrate!

Families are invited to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the Farnsworth on Saturday, March 16, from 10 a.m. to noon. Bring your friends and have fun at these free activities at the Gamble Education Center.

Live from the Met

Saturday, March 16, The Strand’s “Live from the Met” features Riccardo Zandonai’s Francesca da Rimini. Early start time at noon with doors open at 11:30 a.m. (encore performance Tuesday, March 26).

Sap to syrup

Aldermere Farms continues their “Sap to Syrup” series Saturday, March 16,  at 2 p.m. and Tuesday, March 19, at 4 p.m., with “Making Syrup.” Call for more information.

Bay Chamber Concerts

Sunday, March 17, at 2:30 p.m. Nobuyuki Tsujii, the Van Cliburn competition winner, will perform a program of Debussy and Chopin at Rockport Opera House.

Future planning

There will be an important, informative Library Future Planning Community Meeting Tuesday, March 19, at 7 p.m. at the Opera House. Two years ago, a Davis Family Foundation grant, "Discovering the Possibilities," was received to be used to explore and discover what might be possible on the existing library site and one other site — RES. Many community activities took place focused on future planning for the library. Grant funds supported an engineering study of the current site, focus groups, a survey and now a conceptual design from the firm chosen by the planning committee, Scott Simons Architects of Portland.

This meeting will bring the community up-to-date with progress on the planning process.

Members of the architectural firm will be present to facilitate, along with town officials, members of the staff, library and planning committees. Light refreshments will be served and the meeting will be televised/recorded. For details call Molly at the library, 236-3642, or visit rockport.lib.me.us and click on “What’s Happening.”

Books, plus

Tuesday, March 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. library staff will present a free class, “Marvel – An Overview and Basic Searching Techniques.” Marvel is a valuable online resource with a collection of thousands of searchable newspapers, magazines, peer-reviewed journals and reference books – something for everyone! Call the library for more information.

The RPL Writers‘ Group, for writers of all levels of experience, published and unpublished, will meet Wednesday, March 20, at 6:30 p.m. Also, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. (at the Opera House), enjoy “Turkish Delight: A WOOFER‘s Odyssey to Turkey,” a talk by Chuck Marecic about beautiful Turkey, world travel and organic farming. (Co-sponsored by RPL and the Camden Conference).

Poets’ Corner with local poets George Chappell and Jim Ostheimer will meet Thursday, March 21, at 4 p.m. The workshop is open to the public and welcomes all levels of ability.

“A Night of Inspiration”

Thursday, March 21, at 7 p.m., Rockport Library will sponsor this program with members of the Dirigo Toastmasters Club of Belfast. Members of the Special Olympics, past and present athletes and volunteers. will present their Toastmaster speeches, a collection of short inspirational speeches.

Merryspring

Tuesday, March 19, at noon at MNC, Hildy Ellis of Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District will present "Welcome Wildlife with Native Plants." Hildy’s talk will highlight native shrubs, groundcover and perennials that are great for wildlife, your garden and your wallet. Admission is free for Merryspring members and children with a nominal fee of $5 for non-members. For more information, visit merryspring.org.

Night skies, etc.

Sunday, March 17, St. Patrick’s Day, the crescent moon will be joined by Jupiter to its upper right and Aldebaran to its lower left. The moon is in its first quarter Tuesday, March 19. And then! Wednesday, March 20, the pièce de résistance, vernal equinox, that magical time of year when the sun crosses the plane of the equator towards the northern hemisphere, making day and night of equal length – that marks an increase of close to 3 hours of daylight since Dec. 21!

This & that

Okay, the infamous Ides of March (the 15), the day Julius Caesar met his fate is soon upon us, but did you know all months have Ides (from the old Roman calendar referring to the phase of the moon)? In March, May, July and October, (most of the) months with 31 days), the Ides was on the 15. On other months, it was the 13.

Friends and neighbors

Sincere condolences are extended to family and friends of Dot Hamalainen who died last week. Dot and her husband David and their son Bob and his family – wife Jean and children Danny, Anita and Jimmy were among the first folks who welcomed us to Mt. Pleasant Street when we moved here in June of ‘86 and a long friendship developed. Even as I write this, I smile remembering so many things about Dot – especially the history lessons about this Mt. Pleasant Street neighborhood as well as Rockport in general, blueberries and my driving too fast on Mt. Pleasant Street! You can share condolences, photos and memories with the family at longfuneralhomecamden.com. Services will be announced in the spring.