Virtual white sharks talk with Atlantic White Shark Conservancy Sept. 30

VIRTUAL — The Rockland Public Library presents the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy Thursday, Sept. 30, at 6:30 p.m., calling in via Zoom. This event is free and open to all.

This lecture covers a range of topics – from public perception of sharks to the role of sharks in a marine ecosystem. Ongoing research taking place off Cape Cod is explained in detail, as well as how that research is connected to white shark conservation. The program wraps up with a discussion on how the presence of white sharks close to shore affected the Cape community. This program is recommended for adults. A Q&A period will follow.

The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy works with shark science experts, community partners, public and government officials, researchers, donors and followers to augment scientific research, improve and influence factors that affect public safety, and educate both a local and broader community.

For a link to the Zoom event, email elewis@rocklandmaine.gov by 4 p.m. Sept. 30; identify the event in the subject line. There will be limited seating available at the library.

Weavers Guild to display weaving techniques at Farmers Market Sept. 30

ROCKLAND — Come to the Rockland Farmers Market at Harbor Park Thursday, Sept. 30, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., to see how thread becomes fabric through the magic of weaving.

Most large looms aren’t very portable, so expect to see smaller equipment in use, such as a Dorset loom, a band loom, an inkle loom and some other tools of the trade. Along with hands-on demonstrations, handwoven articles made by the Midcoast Weavers Guild will be on display. Since the equipment is not waterproof, it’s strictly a fair weather event.

Midcoast Weavers Guild welcomes new members. Monthly meetings. When we can’t meet in person on the midcoast, we meet on Zoom. For more information about the Guild and its weavers, visit midcoastweavers.wordpress.com.

School to host West African cultural dinner Oct. 1

ROCKLAND — Penobscot Bay Language School is holding a West African Cultural Dinner event Oct. 1. The indoor outdoor event will include authentic cuisine from Togo, a West African nation, music and a brief discussion on the cultural influences of West Africa all over the world.

Guest Chef Jordan Benissan of Me Lon Togo will prepare the meal, lead the musical demonstration with a musical guest, and the cultural discussion. Benissan is a music educator and restaurateur.

Penobscot Bay Language School has worked with Benissan on numerous community projects over the years, most recently with the pandemic-inspired cultural dinner “to go” fundraiser in conjunction with Me Lon Togo Restaurant in Camden.

Penobscot Bay Language School is following CDC guidelines for indoor events and caps the event at 40 people. Pre-register at penobscot.us or call 594-1084.

Penobscot Bay Language School has served over 6,000 locals and over 500 international students through language classes and cultural programming.

Oktoberfest Waldoboro arrives Oct. 2

WALDOBORO — Oktoberfest Waldoboro, a free event, will be held Saturday, Oct. 2, at Cider Hill Farm, 785 Main St., Waldoboro from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Rain date is Sunday, Oct. 3.

There will be pumpkin decorating, sack races, hoop shooting and a puppet show for children. For adults, there will be barrel races, Nagelbalkan and beer tray obstacle races, plus a variety of games and activities for the whole family including cider pressing, Giant Jenga, cornhole, bocce, and more. Participants can also take photos of themselves in a face-in-the-hole alpine mural.

German fare of sausage, sauerkraut and pretzels from Morse’s Sauerkraut will be available to purchase and a Biergarten for those who are 21 years or older will feature handcrafted brews from Odd Alewives Farm Brewery.

Music will be provided throughout the event by PHOG and The Betty Junes. Homemade desserts and treats will be for sale by the Women’s Club of Waldoboro and the Friends of The Waldoboro Public Library. See more on Facebook at Oktoberfest Waldoboro.

Historical Society to hold open house Oct. 2

WARREN — The Warren Historical Society will have an Open House Saturday Oct. 2, from noon to 3 p.m. at the Campbell House located at 225 Main St. in Warren.

Featured items will be quilts, rugs and there will be tours of the Campbell House.

Camden author to host talk on naval architect Oct. 6

UNION — Author Roger Moody of Camden presents a program on his book about naval architect Geerd N. Hendel at the Oct. 6 meeting of Union Historical Society at 7 p.m. in Old Town House on Townhouse Road; masks are required.

Hendel came to the U.S from Germany in 1928, and worked as a draftsman at Bath Iron Works. Hendel was draftsman for the America’s Cup challenger in 1937, designed the Boothbay Harbor One design, yachts, trawlers, sportfishermen, logging towboats and the first aluminum yacht built in the U.S. for saltwater use.

Workforce Pathways Conference Oct. 7

VIRTUAL — The Island Institute announced that it will host a two-day Workforce Pathways Conference this October, building on its more than 30 years of hosting the Island Teachers Conference. This event will take place Thursday, Oct. 7, and Friday, Oct. 8.

With the theme of “Connecting the Dots from Kindergarten to College and Career,” the goal of the conference is to connect island and coastal educators and industry leaders to guide students and adults toward promising workforce pathways, and improve individual livelihoods and strengthen communities.

Go here to register islandinstitute.org/event/workforce-pathways-conference.