On Tuesday, Oct. 15, please join the Rockland District Nursing Association for the second annual Basket Social, from 5 to 7:30 p.m at Trackside Station in Rockland.

This year’s auction includes an array of baskets representing a unique and creative feast of delicacies, adventures, practical opportunities and good fun.

Local establishments including Jess’s Market, the Owls Head General Store, and the Good Tern Co-Op offer tasty experiences, with Café Miranda Chef, Kerry Altiero, challenging Innkeeper, Frank Isganitis, to their second Pasta Throwdown. Neighborhood chefs invite bidders to join them in the kitchen, as well as an English Dinner under a light from King's Road in London. A golf outing with brunch at the Samoset, or a little attention from Rheal Day Spa for two will tease a smile from that special someone, while a day on Monhegan or tour of the Breakwater Vineyards soothes the soul. For the bidder longing to ride in a fire truck, the Rockland Fire Department will prepare a gourmet meal at the fire station with hook and ladder pick up. Not to overlook practical necessities, Norton & Masters CPA is offering an hour of tax and accounting services, and the Green Thumb is ready to help if fresh goodies from the garden are desired. The raffle grand prize of four yards of mulch or loam delivered in Knox County by H&D Home & Lawn Services will finish any culinary patch or yard.

Check the Rockland District Nursing Association website, rocklanddistrictnursing.org, events page for the complete live auction catalog.

Auctioneer Bruce Gamage will conduct the live and silent auctions, with special guests, the Rock Coast Rollers. All proceeds benefit RDNA, a local, independent 501(c)(3) organization who for the past 80-plus years has served as a link in the community safety net and been sustained through the generosity of this community. RDNA nurses regularly see close to 300 predominantly elderly residents in Warren, Union, South Thomaston, Owls Head, St. George, Cushing, Thomaston and Rockland, either in their homes or at monthly blood pressure clinics. Without federal/state funds or insurance reimbursement, RDNA relies on gifts and contributions to cover 70 percent of the annual operating costs, so that $0.92 of every dollar returns to the community in service.

“Knowing RDNA is helping neighbors, especially those less mobile, is comforting,” said RDNA Board President Pat Snow. "Come indulge and enjoy, while supporting RDNA and care of predominantly elderly residents in need of in-home nursing and community health services."