Gentle Birth classes offered Sept. 8 to Sept. 29

VIRTUAL — Experience a new approach to child birth class that combines brain science, birth science and technology to empower positive birth through preparation. This 6 to 8 p.m. class will include training and education in mindfulness, hypnosis, cognitive behavioral therapy and sports psychology.

A mobile app will also be available to enhance the learning experience. This group is free; preregistration is required to obtain virtual access.

Call 301-8337 to register.

Museum of Maritime Pets to speak at the Rockland Public Library Sept. 9

ROCKLAND — The Rockland Public Library presents Museum of Maritime Pets founder Patricia Sullivan, Thursday, Sept. 9, at 6:30 p.m., at the Rockland Public Library. This event is free and open to all.

Animals were documented and illustrated at sea and on boats for millennia. These animals fulfilled roles as companions, mascots or working animals, and others were wildlife encountered by explorers and colonizers. This presentation will include animal images ranging from wild to domesticated, including pets and mascots cherished by their seafaring owners.

Sullivan established the Museum of Maritime Pets in 2006, and is its Chief Operating Officer. The museum researches and documents seafaring animals from ancient times to the present, and promotes humane treatment of animals serving on ships. The museum presents educational programs and exhibits, maintains a research library, and sponsors college and university interns. The museum has a world-wide following and as of September, shares space and collaborates with the Maine Lighthouse Museum in Rockland.

This event will be in person at the Rockland Public Library, located at 80 Union St. For more information, email

Ridge Cemetery to offer restoration workshop Sept. 10

ST. GEORGE — The Ridge Cemetery’s annual three-day gravestone restoration workshop will be held from Friday, Sept. 10, through Sunday, Sept. 12. The cemetery is on Church Street in Martinsville, St. George.

Volunteers are welcome.

For information, contact Joyce at or 372-6379.

Town to host Heritage Day with pie contest Sept. 11

WASHINGTON — Washington’s Historical Society will hold its annual Heritage Day Sept. 11 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Razorville Hall and the Old Town House will be open for visitors.

A pie contest will be held, offering a $50 prize for whoever wins first place. Potential participants must drop off their baked pies at 9 a.m.; judging will commence at 9:30 a.m. Slices will be available for purchase afterwards.

A “Community Conversation,” hosted by Kevin Johnson of the Penobscot Marine Museum, will cover the topic of the Black Star Collection, entitled “Kosti Comes Home.” This public talk will be held at 10:30 a.m.