World religions, cultural cooking offered to families

ROCKLAND — First Universalist Church in Rockland is offering online and video offerings for youth with the theme of “The World Outside My Window” for the school year. Families are invited to participate.

"Books & Cooks Cultural Cooking" is for all ages, and gives kids a taste of different cultures around the world. Stories also illustrate lessons about helping, being part of a community, being adventurous, independent, sharing and the importance of family. Once a month through August 2021, those registered will receive a video reading of a children’s book, along with a recipe and activity that represents a culture to do.

Children in fourth through eighth grade are invited to participate in a world religion study using Minecraft as a vehicle to apply learned information. The group meets twice a month on Zoom, on the second and fourth Saturdays, 4 to 5 p.m. to introduce a faith and ask questions to guest speakers.

Youth in seventh to 12th grade can meet twice a month on Zoom, second and fourth Sundays from 4 to 5 p.m. to widen their world view – featuring topics not deeply talked about in school. Youth will discuss social justice topics through the year, guided by facilitators and their own learning. Youth can choose to increase their understanding of social justice issues by reading, listening or viewing media.

For a program guide copy, contact Carney McRae at To register, go to

Guided tour of Tennyson Quarry Oct. 3

ROCKLAND — The public is invited to visit Tennyson Quarry at 215 Cedar St. for a self-guided walking tour. This event is Saturday, Oct. 3, from noon to 4 p.m.

Mike Mullins will be there to answer any questions and to hear concerns about state government.

Blessing of the Animals Scheduled for St. Bernard Church Oct. 4

ROCKLAND — Animal lovers are invited to the St. Bernard Church at 150 Broadway to have their animal companions blessed outdoors in celebration of Saint Francis of Assisi’s Feast Day.

The blessings will be conducted via drive-thru after the 11 a.m. Mass in the parking lot.

All pets are welcome to attend any of the Blessing of the Animals events scheduled for October in Maine. As prayers are offered, the pets will be sprinkled with holy water.

When additional events are added, they will be posted at

Opportunity Center to hold college planning sessions Oct. 5 to Nov. 16

ROCKLAND — The Maine Educational Opportunity Center will host free individualized sessions, Financial Aid, for adults 19 years of age and older who are looking for a new career or returning to higher education.

The sessions being held at the following times at the Rockland UMA Center include Oct. 5 and Oct. 9 from 11 a.m., 1 and 2 p.m., Oct. 26 at 11 a.m.

November dates include Nov. 2 and Nov. 9 at 9 and 11 a.m., noon, and 1 p.m., and Nov. 16 at noon, 1 and 2 p.m.

Individualized sessions lasts approximately an hour. Pre-registration is encouraged. In potential interest for virtual meetings, contact the MEOC for times.

All services provided by MEOC are free of charge. If these times don’t fit a schedule, contact the program to explore options. All sessions are subject to change. To register or gain more information, call 1-800-281-3703 or visit