Public talk on “Be Here Now” via Zoom offered Jan. 1

ROCKLAND — On Friday, Jan. 1, from 6 to 8 p.m., Erika Bjorum will give a public talk called “Be Here Now" via Zoom. The program is part of the Friday Dharma Talk Series hosted by The Dancing Elephant. It is open to the community by donation. Registration is required to receive Zoom link.

The pandemic has challenged a sense of steadiness and balance on global and personal levels. Join Bjorum for practice and an engaging conversation about finding the wakeful, fresh energy in the present moment.

The Dancing Elephant is a community center for yoga, meditation and art located in Rockland. All programs are donation-based and available for all. For more information and to register, visit rocklandyoga.com or contact Rachel at rachel@rocklandyoga.com or 594-1694.

Eating better on a budget starting Jan. 4 to Feb. 1

VIRTUAL — Want to learn how to prepare healthy foods on a limited budget? Join SNAP-Ed Nutrition Educators from Knox and Waldo counties for this free, four-week class that will give skills to shop, cook and eat healthy foods while stretching SNAP dollars and staying within a budget. Classes are every Monday from 3 to 4 p.m.

There will be recipe demonstrations at each virtual session. All participants will receive a cookbook with 24 healthy, low-cost recipes and nutrition tips. Note: No class will be hosted Jan. 18 this class is free; pre-registration is required to obtain virtual access.

Four-week mindfulness course on Zoom Jan. 5

ROCKLAND — On Tuesday, Jan. 5, The Dancing Elephant will launch a four-week mindfulness class via Zoom.

The course called "The Magic of the Present Moment," will be led by Cynthia Trone and Rachel Nixon. The offering is part of the program "Making Friends with Ourselves & Our World," January/December 2021. The class is open to all by donation. Registration is required to receive Zoom link.

In this class, participants will learn tools for cultivating moment-to-moment awareness: sensory activities, body scans, breath awareness, contour drawing and nature observation. The science of mindfulness will illuminate the physiological benefits of practice. All are welcome, from beginners, to students, to advanced practitioners.

The Dancing Elephant is a community center for yoga, meditation and art in downtown Rockland. All programs are donation-based and available for all levels.

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

Story time to be at Vose Library Jan. 6

VIRTUAL — Weekly family-friendly picture book story and conversation with Chloe Keller is offered Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. This program lasts approximately 30 minutes. Call the library at 785-4733 or email librarian@voselibrary.org to reserve a spot on Zoom and to obtain an email invitation and password.

Vose Library to host discussion on telescopes and the night sky Jan. 6

VIRTUAL — Director Shawn Laatsch of the Versant Power Astronomy Center and Jordon Planetarium at the University of Maine will take participants on a guided tour of the winter night sky and discuss the use of binoculars and telescopes for stargazing.

This program is also designed to offer information about the Vose Library telescope that will be available for patrons in the future. Call the library at 785-4733 or email librarian@voselibrary.org by 3 p.m. on the date of the program to reserve a spot at any online event; the library director will email an invitation and password to attend.

Vose Library is located at 392 Common Road. Vose Library is currently open for curbside services.