Merryspring to host Wild Mushroom Workshop
Local mushroom expert Greg Marley will lead a two-day online and outdoor wild mushroom identification and foraging workshop at Merryspring Nature Center. The two-day course will begin over Zoom Sept. 16 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., followed Sept. 17 by a 3-hour mushroom walk at Merryspring Nature Center from 9 a.m. to noon. Participants are invited to bring fresh examples of mushrooms from their own locale (in paper bag or wrapped in paper towel). No prior mushrooming experience is needed. Handouts will be provided for digital download. The cost of this program is $60 for the two-day session, with a discounted rate of $90 for pairs living in the same household. Guests should be prepared to walk on uneven terrain for up to three hours during in the outdoor portion of this workshop. Participants can sign up by contacting Merryspring at 236-2239 or info@merryspring.org. Space is limited, with preregistration required.

Monday Morning Book Club at Camden Public Library
For the month of September, there is no specific book assigned. Instead, Monday, Sept. 19, from 10 to 11 a.m., members of the group will be discussing whatever books they have been reading lately. The group meets in the Picker Room of the Camden Public Library on third Mondays. To be connected with the group’s coordinator, email jpierce@librarycamden.org. New members are welcome!

Camden Cub Scout Pack 200 recruitment event
Camden Cub Scout Pack 200 will hold a 2022/23 recruitment and kick-off event for children grades 1-5, at the Camden First Congregational Church Sunday, 55 Elm St., Sept. 18, from 2-4 p.m. Participants will experience a Pack 20o0 meeting, meet other scouts and enjoy some scouting activities. The group will meet in the parking lot or inside if it’s raining.

Ornitherapy, Watching Birds, at Camden Public Library
The Mid-Coast Audubon‘s series of nature talks, in partnership with the Camden Public Library, kicks off its new season Thursday, Sept. 15, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. with an online program about nature-based wellness and how birdwatching can be a form of “selfcare.” This free program will be offered online. Visit the “What’s Happening” adult events calendar at librarycamden.org to register for your Zoom link to attend. The link for the Zoom registration is us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_PdSumEl9SWyrQEhoDSx8lA.

Dot Day Activities at Camden Public Library
Drop by the Camden Public Library on “International Dot Day,” Thursday, Sept. 15, from 10 to 4 p.m. to enjoy dot-themed stories, arts and crafts, and more. Dot Day is all about connecting, collaborating, creating, and celebrating all that creativity inspires and invites. Ask for Youth Librarian Miss Amy upon arrival.

Rockport Community Meetings
The town of Rockport wants to hear from town residents about their vision for the town’s future. The Comprehensive Plan Committee will hold facilitated conversations in September: Tuesday, Sept. 20 from 6 to 7 p.m. at Samoset Resort in Rockport on the topic of Land Use Issues and Business Community, and Tuesday, Sept. 27 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Rockport Masonic Center at Simonton Corner in Rockport, on the topics of Public Facilities and Service & Education. For more information, call 236.0989 X 2.

Planting bulbs in autumn for spring growth

Maine Master Gardner volunteer John Fromer will lead an outdoor presentation on how to successfully plant bulbs in autumn for spring growth at Merryspring Nature Center Tuesday, Sept. 20 at noon. Fromer, who serves on the Merryspring board of trustees, will also speak about bulb varieties that do well in Maine, and promote Merryspring’s own Fall Flower Bulb Sale. This program will take place in Merryspring’s Hexagon, with no preregistration required. The cost is $5, with free admission granted for Merryspring members. For more information, contact info@merryspring.org or call 236-2239.

Camden Lions to hold free vision screening clinic

The Camden Lions Club will hold a free vision screening clinic at the Camden Public Library Saturday, Sept. 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The clinic is open to all between the ages of 6 months to 50 years. Last year the Lions screened 70 children and adults and referred eight individuals for further professional evaluation. While scanning there is no physical contact or eye drops needed. The procedure is quick and easy and is usually done in less than one minute. Contact Lion John McKay at 975-0242 for more information.

Volunteers welcome for nature trail maintenance

Love Camden Hills State Park? Enjoy being outside? Like giving back to the community? Volunteer for trail maintenance Sept. 17 from 9 a.m. to noon. Meet Aidan and Christina from the Maine Conservation Corps at the Ranger Booth and help install interpretive signage and clear corridors on a nature trail. Bring water, snacks, gloves, sturdy footwear, sunscreen, bug spray, and anything else needed for the day.

Art & Journaling at Camden Public Library
Librarian Amy Hand facilitates creative art and journaling projects through emails and via the Zoom online meeting platform every Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Email Amy at alhand@libarycamden.org to receive project ideas and a link to participate in the Zoom Meeting.

Walsh History Center Hour on Zoom at Camden Public Library
Do you have a question about the history of Camden, your ancestors that may have lived in the area, or the house you live in now? Ken Gross and the Walsh History Center team will help find you an answer, Mondays, Sept. 12, 19 and 26, from noon to 1. Email kgross@librarycamden.org to request a Zoom link to participate.

Yoga in the Amphitheatre at Camden Public Library at Camden Public Library
On Tuesday and Friday mornings, Certified Yoga Teacher Denyse Robinson will offer a yoga class in the Camden Amphitheatre, from 9 to 10 a.m. Classes are by donation. Suitable for all levels. Contact Robinson at 975-5325 or denyserobinson@gmail.com for details.

Tai Chi in the Amphitheatre at Camden Public Library
Instructor Anna Dembska will lead tai chi classes for all levels Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., by donation. A portion of the donations collected will benefit the Camden Public Library. For more info and to sign-up, email Anna at camdentaiji@gmail.com. Sign-up is highly recommended so that you can be reached if classes are canceled.

Outdoor Preschooler Story Time at Camden Public Library
Children’s librarian Miss Amy hosts outdoor story times on the library grounds and in Harbor Park, especially themed for preschool-aged children on Thursday mornings, from 10 to 11 a.m. The program will be moved indoors if there is rain. For information email Miss Amy: alhand@librarycamden.org.

Creative Art Afternoons for Kids at Camden Public Library
Creative Art Afternoons are back in person every Thursday from 4 to 5 p.m. in September. This is an afterschool activity for kids who are interested in developing their artistic skills and experimenting with new crafts. Projects are facilitated by Youth Librarian Miss Amy. Call 236-3440 to sign up for the September sessions.

Free Historic Walking Tours of Camden
Meet in the Camden Public Library’s Children’s Garden Fridays from 4 to 5 p.m. to take a walking tour of several historic sites in downtown Camden, including the Camden Public Library grounds and Amphitheatre. Learn about the people, places, and industries that continue to make Camden a special destination. The tour ends at the Village Green. Free, donations accepted (to benefit the library). Appropriate for all ages. Moderate amount of walking required.

Book Time for Babies with Miss Amy at Camden Public Library
Children’s librarian Miss Amy hosts an outdoor story time in the Camden Amphitheatre Wednesdays, from 10 to 11 a.m., especially themed for toddlers and babies. Weather permitting. For information, email Miss Amy: alhand@librarycamden.org.