Knox County EMA, Salvation Army offers free food for locals July 24

ROCKLAND — From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 24, The Salvation Army of Rockland, Knox County EMA and The Maine Farmer's Exchange will have free food boxes containing bags of raw potatoes, mashed potatoes, cheese and milk for everyone needing food supplies. This is a first come, first serve basis while supplies last.

The food giveaway will be at the Oceanside High School parking lot, located at 400 Broadway in Rockland. The drive-through distribution staff asks that everyone stay inside their vehicle and follow the signs. There are no sign-ups, paperwork or prerequisites required. A volunteer with masks and gloves will assist in putting the food supplies into each vehicle that arrives.

Mushroom foraging talk hosted by Rockland library July 30

ROCKLAND — Rockland Public Library welcomes back Greg Marley for a virtual talk,“Foraging for Edible Mushrooms; Starting with a Foolproof Few for Your Area.” The talk will take place via Zoom Thursday, July 30, at 6:30 p.m.

Collecting and eating wild mushrooms is an intimidating prospect for beginners. There are many different mushrooms, some difficult to tell apart. Some are poisonous; a few, dangerously toxic. However, there are a number of mushrooms that are easily identified and without toxic lookalikes. Marley will focus on common “foolproof” mushrooms found in the Northeastern U.S. This virtual talk will be for those who are starting to learn about mushrooms.

Marley has been studying, eating and teaching about mushrooms for over 45 years. He's the author of "Mushrooms for Health: Medicinal Secrets of Northeastern Fungi," and "Chanterelle Dreams, Amanita Nightmares: The Love, Lore, and Mystique of Mushrooms." As a volunteer mushroom identification consultant to Poison Control Centers across New England, he provides expertise in mushroom poisoning cases.

To receive the link to attend via Zoom, email sbillings@rocklandmaine.gov by 4 p.m. on the day of the event.

Talk on identifying and responding to sexual abuse concerns July 29

VIRTUAL — This workshop, titled "Identifying and Responding to Concerns of Child Sexual Abuse: For Providers, Parents, and Caregivers" Presented by August Sender and Amy Green, will focus on identifying, responding to and preventing child sexual abuse.

Child sexual abuse is not a topic anyone wants to talk about, and as a result, parents and caregivers are often at a loss at what to do if they suspect abuse, or want to take preventative steps to protect their kids. This workshop is trauma-informed and will not share stories of harm to children. The workshop will be held Wednesday, July 29, from 4 to 6 p.m.

Call 1.800.264.9224 to register for one or more of our free workshops or special events today!

If unable to attend in person, join remotely from a computer or mobile device. Pre-register to utilize Go ToMeeting. Regional Parent Support Coordinators are available after workshops for parents or caregivers who would like additional support.