Mystery Book Club to meet on Zoom Feb. 4

VIRTUAL — On Thursday, Feb. 4, Thomaston Public Library’s Mystery Book Club will meet over Zoom at 2 p.m. to discuss "The Franchise Affair" by Josephine Tey.

The Thomaston Public Library Mystery Book Club meets on the first Thursday of the month to discuss literary mysteries, frequently by international authors. Contact the library at 354-2453 or for more information or to be added to the email list!

Loving-kindness programs offered Feb. 5 and Feb. 9

VIRTUAL — The Dancing Elephant is hosting two online meditation programs early February.

On Friday, Feb. 5, from 6 to 8 p.m., Nick Kranz will give a public talk called “Maitri for Our Times." This event will explore self-compassion and maitri (loving-kindness). The evening will include a presentation, meditation and discussion.

Beginning Tuesday, Feb. 9 from 6 to 8 p.m., Rachel Nixon and Kelly Richards will offer a four-week course, “Loving-Kindness for Ourselves.”

The course, running Tuesdays, Feb. 9 through March 2, will explore Buddha nature, maitri and gratitude. Participants will be guided through body and breath awareness, nurturing moment practices, loving-kindness contemplations and gratitude exercises. Readings, videos and podcasts from Buddhist teachers will be offered.

The Dancing Elephant is a community center for yoga, meditation and art located in downtown Rockland. Programs are donation-based and available for all levels. For more information and to register, visit or contact Rachel at or 594-1694.

Grab-n-Go Craft: Card Loom Weaving with Susan Beebe Feb. 8 to Feb. 13

ROCKLAND — Visit the Rockland Public Library for supplies to make a blanket or rug. This week's craft was created by art teacher and local artist Susan Beebe. Beebe has brought many craft programs into the library.

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Rockland Public Library provides grab-n-go crafts twice a month. Rockland Public Library is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, as well as Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and offers curbside pick-up 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, and 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays. The library is located at 80 Union St. Call 594-0310 for more information.

"Let’s Talk About It Book Club" at Thomaston Public Library Feb. 9

VIRTUAL — On Tuesday, Feb. 9, the Let’s Talk About It Book Club at Thomaston Public Library will meet over Zoom at 2 p.m. to begin a discussion series of historical novels based on characters shaped American culture. The first book will be "Burr" by Gore Vidal.

"Burr" focuses on Aaron Burr’s life, years after Hamilton's murder in Weehawken.

The Let’s Talk About It Book Club meets the second Tuesday of every month to read and discuss five to six books grouped around a common theme. Contact the library at 354-2453 or for more information or to be added to the email list.

Class on self care offered by GEAR Network Feb. 9

VIRTUAL — The ability to treat and understand oneself with respect and kindness can be especially elusive when raising a family. In this workshop, from 1 to 3 p.m., viewers will learn how stress and anxiety affect all and what they can do about it. Attendees will do a self-care checkup and tools will be shared to create positive thinking. Join to discover how to cope when life is full.

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Healthcare, health equity talk in transgender communities Feb. 10

VIRTUAL — This Wednesday event from noon to 1:30 p.m. is open to all. To register for and receive the Zoom link, complete the form at

The first Health Equity Dialogue in 2021 will continue discussions around the concept that everyone should have an equal opportunity to achieve health services. February’s event will provide a panel of experts on trans health, health equity and healthcare inequalities. Panelist from MaineTransNet, Mabel Wadsworth Center and Maine Medical Center’s Gender Clinic will convene to discuss healthcare issues that affect trans communities in Maine.

The goal of the Health Equity Dialogues is to connect scholars, community members, public health professionals and healthcare practitioners to work on high-priority community health challenges in Maine.

Contact Matraca Bellegarde if you have disability access needs for the event.

St. George School kindergarten pre-registration now open

ST. GEORGE — Pre-registration has begun for the 2021-2022 kindergarten class at St. George School.

For residents of St. George with children who will be five years old before or the day of Oct. 15, they may now be pre-registered. Call the school at 372-6312 to provide some preliminary information to school staff.