Public talk on impermanence Dec. 4

ROCKLAND — On Friday, Dec. 4 from 6 to 8 p.m., Schneider will give a public talk entitled “Impermanence and the Enlightened Master” via Zoom. The program is part of the First Friday Dharma Talk Series hosted by The Dancing Elephant. It is open to the community by donation. Registration is required to receive Zoom link.

Join Schneider for a conversation about the institution of the “enlightened” master, impermanence and the Bodhisattva way of life. Schneider will discuss the Aghori sadhus of Northern India who believe all opposites are ultimately illusory. He will reference his semi-autobiographical novel, "The Guru’s Touch," a cautionary tale about blind faith, spiritual betrayal and abuse of power.

The talk will be followed by a guided meditation session and discussion.

For more information and to register, visit or contact Rachel at or 594-1694.

Jess Hall to host cookie jar mix gift-making class Dec. 5

VIRTUAL — During this 10 a.m. to noon family activity, attendees will create a homemade gift from their kitchen. Join to create a cookie jar mix as a gift and personalize it by painting and/or adding a topper, tag and a ribbon. Virtual attendees will need a wide mouth quart canning jar, and the programmers will send a list of needed ingredients upon registration to help you join the fun with kids.

To register, visit

Cookie drive and tree lighting ceremony Dec. 6

UNION — There will be a Christmas in the Country Tree Lighting ceremony Sunday, Dec. 6 at 6:30 p.m. on the Union Common.

The Union Area Chamber of Commerce members and supporters will light 33 Christmas Trees. The public is invited and asked to park their vehicles around the three common areas and watch the lighting from their vehicles and within their groups.

After the lighting, a free cookie drive-through, including Elf on the Shelf, will take place.

All CDC recommendations will be strictly followed. Everyone must wear a mask for this event; individuals are encouraged to stay with the group they came with.

Apple orchard farmers to demonstrate vinegar and cooking Dec. 9

VIRTUAL — Join Vose Library for its weekly "Zoom with Vose Wednesdays at 6 p.m." Wednesday, Dec. 9, as they welcome Bob Sewall and his wife, Mia Mantello, as they explain how vinegar is made and talk about the many uses for vinegar from cooking to its medicinal benefits.

Bob Sewall is an organic apple grower and former President of Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners. After preparing his fields organically for two years using the Rodale method, he planted 550 trees to create the oldest organic orchard in Maine in operation.

Visit the library website at or Facebook page to obtain a Zoom Link for this informative program. The Vose Library is located in Union, ME at 392 Common Road and is currently open for curbside pick-up services. FMI, call 785-4733.

Library to host Zoom talk on Maine hotspots Dec. 10

ROCKLAND — On Thursday, Dec. 10, at 6:30 p.m., the Rockland Public Library will present "Discover Something Awesome in Maine," a Zoom talk by Jeremy Grant of The Timber Cross.

YouTuber Jeremy Grant will discuss his favorite places in Maine and what makes them unique. No matter the weather or location, his desire is to get people outside to see how awesome it can be. Jeremy's videos on his YouTube channel explore ice fishing, moose hunting, journeying along the Allagash and more. To explore more, check out the Jeremy T. Grant YouTube channel.

Grant grew up in the Maine woods. When it came time to settle, Maine called him home and he married his high school sweetheart and started a family. He wanted to make videos about what Maine has to offer, so he put together his love of adventure and the beauty of Maine to create the media company The Timber Cross.

To sign-up for a Zoom link for this event, email by 4 p.m. on the day of the event. FMI: call the Rockland Public Library at 594-0310.