Harbor Arts & Books Fair and Huge Book Sale. The Camden Public Library will host an outdoor juried art show, Saturday, Oct. 1, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The sale will feature more than 30 artists and craftspeople selling merchandise in booths located along Atlantic Ave and, on the grounds, surrounding the library. The event runs in tandem with the library’s Huge Book Sale Under the Tent, located in the parking lot, just past the Camden Amphitheatre. Both events are free and open to the public.

Maine Student Book Award Book Group Meeting. The Maine Student Book Award Book Group will meet monthly at the library. The October meeting is Monday, Oct. 3, from 5 to 6 p.m. Join Youth Librarian Miss Amy and other 4th – 8th graders to discuss books from the MSBA 2022 list. Email Miss Amy at alhand@librarycamden.org for more information.

“N.C. Fletcher’s Camden of 1884” Presentation. Ken Gross, the director of the Camden Public Library’s Walsh History Center, will give a narrated slideshow presentation, Tuesday, Oct. 4, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. pairing images of Camden in the 1880s with descriptions from Nathan C. Fletcher’s “Annals of Camden” 1883-1884. The program will be offered in person to a limited live audience and simultaneously broadcast on Zoom. To reserve a seat to attend in person, email jpierce@librarycamden.org. To attend via Zoom, register on the “What’s Happening” adult events calendar at librarycamden.org to receive a link. For digital publication, the zoom registration link is us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_RnblePu9QKehBrjOYW6drA.

“Borne on the Wind” Author Event with John R. Anderson. Author John R. Anderson will present his book that details the life and journals of his grandfather, Maine schooner captain Anders Anderson, Thursday, Oct. 6, from 6:30 to 7 p.m. John Anderson’s narrated slideshow will relate interesting details about his Swedish-American grandfather, whose sailing career spanned nearly half a century during the Age of Sail. The program will be presented to an in-person audience at the Camden Public Library and livestreamed on the library’s Facebook page.

Coastal Quilters meeting. Coastal Quilters is resuming normal operations for the 2022-2023 year with their second Saturday meetings located at the Camden Lions Club building on Lions Lane. On Oct. 8, the quilters will present Marylou Tingle with a demonstration of Applique. Tingle lives in Danvers, Mass. but is a frequent visitor at Coastal Quilters, a member of Clamshell Quilters and Maine Modern Quilters. She has been quilting for 45 years and will demonstrate a different method than traditional applique. New quilters in the area and other guests are welcome. Meetings start at 10 a.m. but guests are welcome to come any time after 9:30 a.m. for socializing. Coffee and light snacks are available. Guests are invited to bring a sample of their craft to share — and it does not have to be quilting! For more information call or text Jan Kelsey at 207-975-7644.

Sound Bathing with Gongs in the Amphitheatre. Enjoy the relaxing and transformative sound of gongs and chimes Sunday, Oct. 9, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the setting of the Camden Amphitheatre. Musical instrument creator and Sound Therapist Jim Doble will produce waves of sound to help participants sonically cleanse, rejuvenate, rest, and recuperate. Doble will be joined by Forest Weston, who will play a variety of deeply resonating didgeridoos. The program is by optional donation. Contact Jim Doble at jim@elementaldesign.me or call 785-2212 to register.

“We Share the Same Sky” Author Event with Rachael Cerrotti. Maine Literary Award-winning author Rachael Cerrotti will present her book “We Share the Same Sky,” Tuesday, Oct. 11, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The book documents a granddaughter’s decade-long journey to weave together the thin threads of her family history. The project is an intergenerational diary of love, loss, and the will to move forward in the face of uncertainty. To reserve a seat to attend in person, email jpierce@librarycamden.org. To attend via Zoom, register on the “What’s Happening” adult events calendar at librarycamden.org to receive a link. For digital publication, the zoom registration link is us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_h3dbGxYSTgCrG0J7Zdg3dQ.

Children’s Book Author/Illustrator Talk. The Appleton Library, 2916 Sennebec Road, hosts local children’s book author and illustrator Catherine Gorski O’Connor Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 6:30 p.m. O’Connor presents on the creative and practical process of writing and illustrating children’s books. This free talk is a continuation of “Tuesday Titles,” focusing on presentations by local artists and authors. For more information, visit appletonlibraryme.org.

Global Supply Chains, Trade Barriers, and Nearshoring. Colby College and the Camden Conference will present a wide-ranging discussion about the United States Mexico Canada Agreement, Thursday, Oct. 13 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Schair Swenson Watson Alumni Center. This event is free and open to all. Andreas Waldkirch and Andrew I. Rudman will discuss USMCA’s impact on North American trade, global supply chains, and opportunities for building resilience in these strained systems through nearshoring — doing business with companies that are cheaper and closer to home. Waldkirch is chair of Colby’s Economics Department and the Mitchell Family professor of economics. Rudman is director of the Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute. For more information, visit camdenconference.org.

Family Autumn Ecology Walk. Merryspring Nature Center will host a family autumn Ecology Walk Saturday, Oct. 15 at 10 a.m. All ages are invited on this guided tour of Merryspring Nature Center to see fall foliage and learn about the ecology of autumn. Guests will learn how and why leaves change color, identify trees, look for evidence of animals and learn how they prepare for winter, and watch for other signs of the changing season. This program is part of the Free Family Programs series at Merryspring. Space is limited, and guests must preregister by contacting Merryspring at 236-2239 or info@merryspring.org. Guests should wear weather-appropriate clothing and shoes and be prepared to walk for one hour. In the event of heavy rain, this program may be rescheduled.

Homebuyer’s Education in-person course returns Five Town Adult Ed will offer the Homebuyer’s Education course, from MaineStream Finance, in person again. This class will explain much of the jargon used by real estate agents and lenders, help class participants learn how much house they can afford and ways to finance it. Participants who attend all classes receive a homebuyer education certificate, recognized by Maine State Housing Authority and Rural Development, giving them access to special loan programs through MSHA, FHA, and VA. The certificate is good for two years. This class meets for three nights at Camden Hills Regional High School, Oct. 17, 18, and 19, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. with the final night ending before 8:30. For more information, contact adult ed at 236-7800, ext. 5, or adult.education@fivetowns.net.

Space — The race for the final frontier. The Camden Conference, in partnership with the Camden Public Library, continues the Community Events Series in October with a presentation by John Doughty on Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 6:30 p.m. This program will be presented LIVE to a limited in-person audience. RSVP is required to jpierce@librarycamden.org if you wish to attend in-person in the library’s Picker Room. The launch of Sputnik 1 in October 1957 marked the beginning of the space era and of the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union. Today, a new arms race is brewing in orbit. John Doughty is currently the chief investment officer for R. M. Davis, a Registered Investment Advisor in Portland. He specializes in energy, economics, markets, and geopolitics and presents regularly on global economic and market trends to business partners and others in the community. For information on the 36th Annual Camden Conference, visit our camdenconference.org.

Knox County Retired Educators meeting Knox County Retired Educators will meet at 11:30 Wednesday, Oct. 12 at the Offshore Restaurant in Rockport on Route 1. Any retiree who worked in any position in a school district and who lives within Knox County is welcome to join us and see what fun we have doing good for others. For more information, call 594-4397.

Rockport Public Library pumpkin painting party Children’s librarian Stephanie will lead a pumpkin painting party, to kick off the Halloween season, at the Rockport Public Library Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 4 p.m. for festive fall fun for the whole family. All materials, including pumpkins, will be provided. This is a free event, open to all families.

Merryspring’s Flower Bulb Sale for fall planting is back for its third year. Orders can be placed now through Oct. 15 either by printing the Bulb Order Form and mailing (or emailing) it to Merryspring, or by calling 236-2239. All information is included on the order form. Merryspring members will receive a 10% discount, and non-members can take advantage of that same discount by becoming members. Orders will be prepared and ready for pick-up at Merryspring Nature Center, 30 Conway Road in Camden, through mid-October during regular office hours: Tuesday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Orders cannot be shipped. All proceeds will benefit Merryspring Nature Center.

The Fall Fairy Gathering This fall, visitors to Maine Coast Heritage Trust’s Erickson Fields Preserve, 164 West St, Rockport, can immerse themselves in a good book while they stroll through the forest and field. Pages of “The Fall Fairy Gathering,” by local author Liza Gardner Walsh, are posted along the 1.4-mile loop trail. Paired with illustrations by Hazel Mitchell, this book will help children discover how fairies celebrate the harvest season. And while the fairies do love to add some fun to everything they do, there’s also a gentle reminder here of the human connection to nature and the importance of nurturing it. For more information about Maine Coast Heritage Trust and Erickson Fields Preserve, and the Story Trail visit mcht.org or call 236-2739.

Explorations Read-Aloud: “Covered With Night.” As part of the Camden Public Library’s celebration of Discover History Month in October, Joseph Coté will read aloud from Nicole Eustace’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book “Covered With Night,” Friday, Oct. 7, from 11:00 a.m. to noon. The book narrates a remarkable series of criminal investigations and cross-cultural negotiations in early colonial America. New readings become available to watch every Friday at 11 a.m. in the “videos” section of the Camden Public Library’s YouTube Channel and Facebook Page.

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, Oct. 3, 17 and 24, from noon to 1 p.m. 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 noon to 1 p.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.

Indoor Preschooler Story Time at Camden Public Library Children’s librarian Miss Amy hosts indoor story times in the Camden Public Library’s Picker Room, especially themed for preschool-aged children on Friday mornings, 10 to 11 a.m. 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.

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.

Leer y Charlar on Zoom. This Spanish language reading and conversation group meets on 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., via Zoom. Join in to practice your Spanish! For more information and to request a link to attend, email Lynne Taylor at leerycharlar@gmail.com.