Glenna Plaisted

Join friends and family in a celebration of Glenna’s life on Saturday, April 24, at Riley School. Founder of Riley School, Glenna served that community and beyond with her unique philosophy, dedication and commitment to children and their education for more than four decades. Glenna died March 6. If you’d like to honor Glenna’s work and life, consider making a donation to the Glenna Wade Plaisted Endowment Fund through Riley School, P.O. Box 587, Rockland, ME 04841.

Municipal meetings

Meetings are at the town office unless otherwise noted.

The Harbor Committee will meet Thursday, April 18, at 5 p.m. and the Library Committee will meet Tuesday, April 23, at 3:30 p.m.

There will be a joint meeting with the Rockport and Camden select boards Wednesday, April 24, at Rockport Masonic Center at 7 p.m. and there is also a tentative Zoning Board of Appeals meeting scheduled that evening at 7 p.m. at the Opera House, televised on channel 22.

Whoops!

If you forgot to pay the second half of your 2012-13 town taxes, do it quickly! Taxes were due at the town office by 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, and if you haven’t yet paid them, remember, interest charges started accruing Wednesday, April 17.

Nomination papers update

You’ll be asked to vote to fill a number of town positions at June election, (Select Board, SAD 28/CSD Board, Library Committee and Budget Committee). To run for office you need to take out nomination papers, collect at least 25 signatures (a few more just to be sure!), from registered Rockport voters. Completed papers must be returned to the town office by 5 p.m. Friday, April 26.

Wow!

How did I miss this?! Online bidding for the Ashwood Waldorf School auction is in full swing (it began April 1 and will close next Thursday, April 25, at 8 p.m.). For details and more important, to bid, go to BiddingOwl.com/AshwoodWaldorfSchool. The auction is loaded with a wonderfully diverse array of nearly 250 items covering a full range of goods and services from small items to exclusive vacations and everything in between. There’s a price range for everyone’s budget. The event concludes Saturday, April 27, at 6:30 p.m. at Rockport Opera House with a live auction with a hat contest, cash bar, entertainment with The Offbeats and great food and dessert.

Books, plus

National Library Week, “Communities Matter at Your Library” concludes Saturday, April 20, but National Poetry Month continues. Today, Thursday, April 18, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., local poets George Chappell and Jim Ostheimer will conduct the ongoing poetry workshop, open to the public, welcoming all levels of ability and experience. Saturday, April 20, poet Kendall Merriam, Rockland's Inaugural Poet Laureate, will read a selection of his work from 10 a.m. to noon. Wednesday, April 24, poet Kristen Lindquist will read from her various works of poetry from 6 to 7 p.m. Kristin works for Coastal Mountains Land Trust and received her MFA from the University of Oregon. For more information about any of the programs call 236-3642 or visit rockport.lib.me.us.

Still time

“Trip to Bountiful” will be presented by the Everyman Repertory Theatre Friday and Saturday, April 19 and 20, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 21, at 2:30 p.m. at Rockport Opera House. Everyman Repertory Theatre is a nonprofit professional theater company committed to bringing live, professional theater to mid-coast Maine using professional actors, directors and stage technicians. Go to everymanrep.org for more information.

Prune away

Local arborist Tom Jackson, the owner and operator of Jackson Landscape Service in Camden, will lead a Spring Pruning Workshop (part of the Weekend Workshop series), at Merryspring Saturday, April 20, from 10 a.m. to noon. After a short discussion, Tom will lead participants onto MNC grounds to demonstrate proper pruning practices to ensure optimal and attractive growth for shrubs and trees. Free for Merryspring members with a nominal fee of $5 for nonmembers. Call 236-2239 for more information.

Celebrate!

Saturday, April 20, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Coastal Mountain Land Trust will celebrate the “Full Sprouting Grass Moon” at Beech Hill in Rockport. Beech Nut, the historic sod-roofed hut will be open, with a story time for children and a telescope to view the moon. For more information visit coastalmountans.org.

Earth Day

You can celebrate this observance in so many ways, even with just some work in your own yards and gardens or walking a short stretch of roadway, picking up litter or get involved in any one of numerous activities locally or state wide. For some ideas for family celebration activities go to exploringnature.org or check today’s paper for related Earth Day activities right here in the Midcoast.

Merryspring

Tuesday, April 23, at noon, Horticulturist Jan Macdonald (owner/operator of Barley Joe Farm Greenhouse), will lead a presentation on “Container Gardening" at MNC. Macdonald will demonstrate methods on how to create container gardens that can be accessed from any angle, are easy on the back and knees, and can be placed anywhere at least two feet off the ground. Free admission for MNC members and children with a nominal fee of $5 for nonmembers.

Blood drive

There will be one more local April blood drive, next Thursday, April 25, from 1 to 6 p.m. at the American Legion in Rockland. To make an appointment, call 1-800-733-2767.

Daughters & Dads

This Pen Bay YMCA program for Dads & Daughters (grades 3, 4, 5), concludes next week, Thursday, April 25, (no class today, April 18), from 6 to 8 p.m. Call Nancy Laite, 236-6313 for information.

Night skies

Monday, April 22, Earth Day, is also the peak night for the Lyrid meteor shower, normally 20 meteors/hour. Unfortunately, a bright gibbous moon will probably wash them out so check during that short time between moon set and April 23 dawn. Spica, the bright star of Virgo will be above the nearly full moon on Wednesday, April 24. Next Thursday, April 25, the full moon known as the Pink Moon, Egg Moon or Grass Moon will be visible with Saturn prominent to the upper left of the moon.