NOTEWORTHY

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11:

• We Share the Same Sky Author Event with Rachael Cerrotti, 6:30 p.m. at Camden Public Library. Maine Literary Award–winning author Cerrotti will present her book that 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.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13:

• Examining Home with Susan Hand Shetterly, 6:30 p.m. at Rockland Public Library. Taking her cue from Henry David Thoreau and Wendell Berry, Shetterly explores what it is to live in a Down East coastal town and to pay attention, over time, to what it offers in terms of land, water, wildlife, and neighbors. In her new book of essays, Notes on the Landscape of Home, she celebrates the work of communities to restore and protect environments people know and love and takes a look at what is changing and what has been lost. This event is free and open to all.

• Global Supply Chains, Trade Barriers, and Nearshoring, 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Schair-Swenson-Watson Alumni Center at Colby College. The Camden Conference hosts the wide-ranging panel discussion about the United States Mexico Canada Agreement – a reboot of the nearly 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement – and how it will affect vehicles, labor and environmental standards, intellectual property protections, and digital trade. The free public event is offered in anticipation of the 36th annual Camden Conference – Global Trade and Politics: Managing Turbulence. The Camden Conference is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, volunteer-driven citizens’ forum with the mission of fostering informed discourse on world issues. Year-round public engagement through community events and student education programs culminates in a three-day conference presented live on the stage of the Camden Opera House. For more information, visit camdenconference.org.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14:

• Twilight Tours at Penobscot Marine Museum, Searsport, beginning at 5 p.m. Participants will meet the spirits of those lost at sea during tours that start every 10 minutes. The cost is $8 with advance purchase, $10 at the door. This is an outdoor evening event with volunteer actors stationed throughout Penobscot Marine Museum’s three-acre campus. Attendees will walk around the campus visiting the “ghosts” and hearing their stories. A ghost ship, a waterspout, Confederates, yellow fever, and a menagerie at the bottom of the ocean are just a few of the plots visitors will encounter on Twilight Tours.

• Senator Angus King Speaking in Rockport, 6 p.m. at Strom Auditorium in Camden Hills Regional High School. His talk, “A Hinge of History – Defending Democracy from Modern Times,” is sponsored by the Mid-Coast Forum on Foreign Relations. Following his address, King will take questions from the audience. This event is free and open to the public; registration is required: tinyurl.com/32554czx.

• Watts Hall Dance Party, 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Watts Hall, 174 Main Street, Thomaston. With music by the 10-piece vocally driven Watts Hall Band, playing blues, rock and R&B, and covering tunes from Fleetwood Mac to the Allman Brothers. Hors d’oeuvres from the culinary students of the Mid-Coast School of Technology and a cash bar will be offered. Tickets are $15, available at tinyurl.com/WHBDanceParty and via the calendar link at wattshallthomaston.com. Tickets also will be available at the door for $16, with a dollar-off cash discount. The evening is a fundraiser for Watts Hall Community Arts.

• Trail of Terror at the Union Fairgrounds, in Union, Fridays and Saturdays, October 14 and 15, 21 and 22, 28 and 29, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Take a walk into an abandoned cornfield that has been overtaken by evil scarecrows who are tired of being tied to stakes. Will you make it out alive or become one of the newest scarecrows? $10 per person.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15:

• Aldermere & Erickson Fall Celebration, Rockport, 1 to 4 p.m. at Erickson Fields, 164 West Street, Rockport. Meet an Aldermere belted Galloway cow, harvest carrots, and walk the Story Trail at the free, family-friendly party. Local fare, including from Aldermere’s 4-H grill. For more info: aldermere.org/events or 236-2739. The rain date is Sunday, October 16.

• Real Ghost Stories with Adam Berry, 7:30 p.m. at Rockport Opera House, featuring the host and executive producer of Discovery+ and The Travel Channel’s program Kindred Spirits. Hear firsthand accounts of paranormal tales and investigations from Kindred Spirits and Ghost Hunters, as well as some of Berry’s personal experiences and stories not told on television. A Q&A will follow his presentation. Go to rockportoperahouse.org for details.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16:

• Trekkers Community Auction, at the Rockland Elks Club. Bid on items contributed by the community – goods and services donated by businesses and artisans, travel packages, and this year’s big-ticket item, the Fisher EZ-V plow. This event helps local students fundraise towards program dues. Silent auction from 2 to 4 p.m. and live auction from 4 to 5 p.m. Absentee ballots available. Visit bit.ly/trekkersauction to register for updates or call 594-5095 for more info.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18:

• Adam White on His Novel The Midcoast, 4:30 p.m., in Chats with Champions at Skidompha Library, Damariscotta. The novel, a Publishers Weekly “Top 10 Summer Read” and New York Times “Recommended Read,” tells the story of a family of lobstermen who rise from poverty to wealth and a local writer, whose look at their life uncovers small-town secrets that lie beneath the American dream. Ten years in the making, The Midcoast is a story that has persisted in White’s head ever since he turned in the first chapter as an MFA candidate at Columbia University. White grew up in Damariscotta and, while in high school, worked at a lobster pound. Chats with Champions is a free community series.

• “Space: The Race for the Final Frontier,” a talk by John Doughty, hosted by the Camden Conference in its Community Events Series, at 6:30 p.m. at Camden Public Library. The launch of Sputnik 1 in October 1957 marked the beginning of the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union. Today, a new arms race is brewing in orbit. Doughty will discuss the commercial and security aspects of the new space race as well as some of the major space exploration programs. Doughty is the chief investment officer for R. M. Davis, in Portland. For information on the 36th annual Camden Conference – Global Trade and Politics: Managing Turbulence, February 17-19 – visit camdenconference.org. Doughty’s talk will be presented to a limited in-person audience. RSVP is required to jpierce@librarycamden.org.

COMING UP:

• Author’s Remarks and Book Launch: Lavinia Wren and the Sailmakers, at Watts Hall in downtown Thomaston, Saturday, October 22, at 2 p.m. Irene Drago, Bath resident and author of three books about Maine, has centered her latest story in Thomaston during its shipbuilding period between 1865 and 1924.This seafaring story is based on the letters and papers of the Elliot/Dunn sailmaking families and leaders in Thomaston’s sailing heyday. Although a work of historical fiction, the book is grounded in extensive research using the letters and papers of two of Thomaston’s prominent sail and shipbuilding families, the Elliots and the Dunns, provided by Elliot descendant Ida Elliot Clark, as well as records from the Thomaston Historical Society. Peggy McCrea, Thomaston’s town historian, also provided materials and expertise to make sure that names and places and events within the fictional framework are historically accurate. Readers can locate homes and streets from the book that are easily spotted driving or walking through historic Thomaston. Drago also brings the story forward into the 20th century to share the continuing impact of the Elliot/Dunn clan. The U.S. Navy recently decommissioned the USS Elliot named in honor of Jack Elliot, a Vietnam war hero. Before moving to Maine, Drago worked for the Defense Department as a Russian analyst, earned a Master of Arts degree in Spanish language and literature, and taught at the high school and college level. She is the recipient of a Next Generation Indie Book Award and a Spirit of Bath Award. Her talk will be followed by refreshments and a book signing. This is a free event sponsored by Charlie and Susan Grover and hosted by the Cushing Public Library, members of the Elliot family, the General Henry Knox Museum, Thomaston Historical Society, Thomaston Public Library, Watts Hall Community Arts, and Watts Hall Community Players.

• Talk by Edward A. Berlin: “The Life and Afterlife of Scott Joplin,” Saturday, October 22, at 2 p.m. at the Sail, Power & Steam Museum in Rockland. Author, musicologist and the world’s leading historian on ragtime gives the free public talk. Berlin is the author of King of Ragtime: Scott Joplin and His Era. Children’s book author and North Haven resident Stephen Costanza will also be signing his latest book, King of Ragtime: The Story of Scott Joplin, which won the 2022 Golden Kite Book Award.

• Fundraiser for Coby Dorr, Sunday, October 23, noon to 4 p.m. at Eclipse of The Pearl, 273 Main Street, Rockland. Coby, the son of Rene and Ann Dorr, has been diagnosed with stage 3C melanoma cancer. He is under the care of many doctors in Boston and has a major surgery coming up in addition to a rigorous treatment. The restaurant will sell an October Fest light menu. Rigometrics, an original rock ’n’ roll band out of Portland, will be playing to support their classmate and friend. You must be 21 or older to attend. 200 tickets will be sold at $25 a head. If you would like to donate something, contact Missy Stevens at 691-3211. Tickets will not be sold at the door. To purchase tickets and raffle tickets, stop by the Thomaston Town Office or Rockland City Hall.

MUSIC

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15:

• Tim O’Brien at Rockland’s Strand Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Nashville’s O’Brien, with his partner Jan Fabricius, will bring rootsy bluegrass tunes to the Strand. Iconic bluesman Chris Smither will open the show. Tickets $28 in advance, $32 day of show. Beer and wine available at concessions. To buy tickets, or for more information, visit rocklandstrand.com or call 594-0070.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16:

• Down East Singers Featuring T-Acadie in Camden Amphitheatre, 2 to 3:30 p.m. Camden Public Library hosts the free community concert. The midcoast-based choral group will perform with T-Acadie, a trio from Maine specializing in Acadian folk music. Some seating will be provided but audience members are encouraged to bring camp chairs for comfort.

COMING UP:

• Belfast Open Mic, Wednesday, October 19, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Belfast Maskers Playhouse, 17 Court Street, Belfast. Performers can practice new or old material before a live audience with professional musicians Lincoln Blake on piano and Dave Clarke on guitar. Bring music charts or lead sheets in your key or browse the available resources. Instrumentalists and story performers are welcome. There will be a sign-up sheet for all performers. All attendees pay $10 at the door.  Refreshments will be served. For more info, contact Kathleen at BelfastCabaret@gmail.com.

• Second Annual Glenn Jenks Ragtime Revue in Rockport, Sunday, October 23, at 2 p.m. at Rockport Opera House. It celebrates the life and music of the late composer and pianist Glenn Jenks through music, dance and song from the ragtime and early jazz era. Jenks was a renowned pianist, composer and music historian from Camden whose music is still performed and recorded around the world today. This year’s revue features husband-and-wife pianists Stephanie Trick and Paolo Alderighi performing 4-hand stride and ragtime piano. Trick and Alderighi have toured the world together, presenting master classes and livestreaming private concerts. Trick is regarded as one of the world’s leading stride pianists. Recipients of the Glenn Jenks Future in Music Prize sponsored by the Ragtime Revue Scholarship and presented at the annual Bay Chamber Young Stars of Maine Prize Program will also take the stage. The Halcyon String Quartet will perform Jenks’ String Quartet in Ragtime. Soprano Erin Chenard from Bath and baritone David Myers Jr. from Portland will perform selections from Scott Joplin’s historic ragtime opera Treemonisha along with a 30-member ragtime chorus of professional singers from Bangor to Belfast to Portland. Award-winning children’s book author Steven Costanza from North Haven will perform and sign his latest book, King of Ragtime: The Story of Scott Joplin. Ragtime historian and scholar Edward Berlin will receive the Glenn Jenks Ragtime Emeritus Award and present a pre-concert lecture about the life and times of Scott Joplin. Maine composer and pianist Aaron Robinson will once again host the revue. General-admission tickets can be purchased at the door. $30 adults; $15 students. Reservations can be made by calling 882-6335 or visiting the Rockport Opera House website.

FILM

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13:

• The Island Institute Hosts Screening of The Climate of Change, at the Strand Theatre in Rockland, followed by a community conversation. Details can be found at islandinstitute.org.

COMING UP:

• Captured-live London Stage Productions at Rockland’s Strand Theatre, a new season opens Thursday, October 20, with showtimes at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. featuring Straight Line Crazy. Ralph Fiennes leads the cast in David Hare’s “blazing account of the most powerful man in New York, a master manipulator whose legacy changed the city forever. For forty uninterrupted years, Robert Moses exploited those in office through a mix of charm and intimidation. Motivated at first by a determination to improve the lives of New York City’s workers, he created parks, bridges and 627 miles of expressway to connect the people to the great outdoors. Faced with resistance by protest groups campaigning for a very different idea of what the city should become, will the weakness of democracy be exposed in the face of his charismatic conviction?” Upcoming National Theatre Live shows include Jack Absolute Flies Again on November 10; Much Ado About Nothing on December 1; and The Seagull, coming January 5. Running time for Straight Line Crazy is 2 hours, 54 minutes. Tickets: $15 general admission, $13 Strand members.

ARTS

• River Arts in Damariscotta Invites Submissions for “Artist’s Choice,” a juried show. Members and nonmembers may submit works for consideration from now until the deadline on Saturday, October 15, at 4 p.m. Go to their website for details.

• Adult Ed Art Show at Rockport Public Library, throughout October. Five Town CSD Adult Ed will be displaying artwork by adult ed students in the library’s downstairs gallery space. The students, from the oil painting and watercolor classes, range from newbies to those who have been taking the class for over 20 years.

• Chansonetta Stanley Emmons: Staging the Past, on exhibit at Maine Historical Society’s Shettleworth Gallery in Portland now through March 31. Reproductions of selected images by this pioneering Maine photographer are featured from Maine, New Hampshire, and South Carolina – including black and white, and hand-colored glass lantern slides painted by Chansonetta and her daughter, artist Dorothy Stanley Emmons. Emmons’ glass plate negatives and lantern slides documented the lives of people in rural Maine and around the world during a time of rapid change between 1898 and 1930. General admission is adults $10; children (6-17) $5; and under 6, free. Details: mainehistory.org.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11:

• Talk on the Creative and Practical Process of Writing and Illustrating Children’s Books, 6:30 p.m. at Appleton’s Mildred Stevens Williams Memorial Library, 2916 Sennebec Road. Children’s book author and illustrator Catherine Gorski O’Connor will give the talk, offered to the public free of charge in the library’s Tuesday Titles series, focusing on local artists and authors sharing their work and story through presentations in the library’s meeting room.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12:

• Art & Journaling Online and In-Person, 4 to 5 p.m. Camden Public Library’s Amy Hand facilitates creative art and journaling projects through emails and via the Zoom online meeting platform every Wednesday. On second Wednesdays, the group also gathers in-person in the library’s Picker Room. Email Amy at alhand@libarycamden.org to receive project ideas and a link to the Zoom meeting.

• Reception for Kris Sader Show: Birds, Petals, and Stories — selected works from the art closet, 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Gibbs Library, Washington. In addition to showing her work locally, nationally, and internationally, Sader gives presentations on her work and has taught nontoxic printmaking techniques in workshops and as an adjunct lecturer in printmaking at the University of Maine. She was a recipient of an Artist Fellowship at Women’s Studio Workshop, New York, a Good Idea Grant from the Maine Arts Commission, and numerous artist-in-residencies.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14:

• Explorations Read-Aloud: Bedside Matters, 11 a.m. to noon. Local thespian Joseph Coté will read aloud from the novel by painter and writer Richard Alther. The book is a cinematic nonlinear take and frank examination of the promise of life, even at its end. New readings become available to watch every Friday at 11 a.m. on the library’s YouTube channel and Facebook page.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15:

• 17th Belfast Poetry Festival, includes two workshops and an Evening Collaborative Showcase at 6:30 p.m. at Troy Howard Middle School. The workshops both run from 1 to 3 p.m. at Belfast Free Library and cost $25 each. For details and to register, go to belfastpoetry.com.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16:

• Third Sunday Tour at 10, from 10 to 11 a.m. Meet in the Farnsworth Art Museum’s main lobby, in Rockland. Join educators from the Farnsworth and the nearby Center for Maine Contemporary Art for a thematic discussion to compare and contrast works from both organizations’ current exhibitions. Registration: farnsworthmuseum.org.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 17:

• Monday Morning Book Club at Camden Public Library, 10 to 11 a.m. on third Mondays. For October, the group will be reading and discussing Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr. The book is a paean to the extraordinary human capacity to transmit stories from generation to generation and a novel about stewardship – of books, of our shared planet, and of the human heart. To be connected with the group’s coordinator, email jpierce@librarycamden.org. New members are welcome.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18:

• Camden Philosophical Society Meeting, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Join the lively group on third Tuesdays to discuss a wide variety of topics and readings. Details about this month’s topic can be found on the events calendar at librarycamden.org. The meetings are in-person at the library and simultaneously broadcast on Zoom. Email sarahmiller@usa.net with questions or to request a Zoom link.

HOME & GARDEN

• Merryspring Flower Bulb Sale, with daffodils, allium, hyacinth, anemone, camassia, and crocus all shown on their website with height and price noted. Order now through October 15 by printing the Bulb Order Form and mailing (or emailing) it to Merryspring, or by calling 236-2239. Merryspring members receive a 10% discount, and nonmembers can take advantage of that discount by becoming members. Your order will be ready for pick-up at Merryspring Nature Center, 30 Conway Road in Camden, through mid-October during office hours: Tuesday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Orders cannot be shipped. All proceeds benefit Merryspring Nature Center.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16:

• Great Maine Apple Day, noon to 4 p.m. at MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center in Unity. There will be guided tours of the Maine Heritage Orchard, workshops and demonstrations, cider pressing, and help identifying “mystery” apples. The orchard crew is putting together displays of a diversity of heritage apples. Learn more about how apple trees grow and the right uses for different varieties. Participants can buy baked goods, cheese, apples and cider, and there will be kids’ activities. The event will be mostly outdoors (weather permitting) and is free to attend (donation optional).

MONDAY, OCTOBER 17:

• Homebuyer’s Education In-Person Course Returns to Five Town CSD Adult Ed, meeting at Camden Hills Regional High School, in Rockport, on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, October 17, 18, and 19, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. This class will help you learn how much house you can afford and ways to finance it, explain much of the jargon used by real estate agents and lenders, and help you plan for the home you want. For more information, contact adult ed at 236-7800, ext. 5, or adult.education@fivetowns.net.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18:

• Spectacular Native Plants: Beauty and Biodiversity of the Northeast, at noon, streamed live to the Abbott Room at Belfast Free Library (you can also opt to join from home). Andy Brand, interim director of horticulture at Boothbay’s Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, will discuss the advantages of landscaping with native plants in the free public Belfast Garden Club lecture. Brand will present a selection of native plants and describe their attributes, habitat needs and the critical roles they play in increasing biodiversity in local yards. For more information on the club and its programs, visit belfastgardenclub.org.

KIDS & PARENTS

• Erickson Fields Story Trail Features The Fall Fairy Gathering, and can be seen now through November 30 at Erickson Fields Preserve, 164 West Street, Rockport. The story is by local author Liza Gardner Walsh, illustrated by Hazel Mitchell. Walk the 1.4-mile wooded loop trail and discover how fairies celebrate the harvest. The trail is open to the public every day, sunrise to sunset. FMI: mcht.org, 236-2739.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13:

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

• Mini Pumpkin Painting at Rockland Public Library, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Kids and adults are invited to dress in painting-friendly clothes and join Miss Katie for an afternoon of painting fun. Pick a miniature pumpkin to paint as spooky or as sweet as you choose. Bring it home to decorate your house for the season. This event will take place in the Community Room at the library, which is at 80 Union Street.

• Creative Art Afternoons for Kids at Camden Public Library, 4 to 5 p.m. 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.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14:

• Indoor Preschooler Story Time at Camden Public Library, 10 to 11 a.m. Children’s Librarian Miss Amy hosts story times in the Picker Room, especially themed for preschool-aged children on Friday mornings. For information, email alhand@librarycamden.org.

• Family Pumpkin Decorating at Carver Memorial Library, Searsport, from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. or while supplies last. Decorate a pumpkin to take home. The library will have tempera paint sticks and design ideas to get you started. (Note: You won’t be using carving tools.) This event is for kids, teens, and families.

• Stockton Springs Community Library Hosts Storytime Friday Mornings, from 10 to 11 a.m. starting this Friday. Storytime for children of all ages, including preschoolers and homeschoolers. It will be held each week, offering fun and seasonal stories, a craft and a snack. For more info, call 567-4147.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15:

• Family Ecology Walk at Merryspring Nature Center, Camden, 10 a.m. All ages are invited on a guided tour 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. Guests must register by contacting Merryspring at 236-2239 or info@merryspring.org.

• Strand Family Series Presents Little Miss Ann Band Concert, 11 a.m. Chicago-based children’s musician Little Miss Ann and her band will bring their fun, interactive concert to the Strand Theatre in Rockland. The show can be experienced at the theater or livestreamed from home. Tickets for both options are offered on a pay-what-you-can scale, $0 to 20: RocklandStrand.com or 594-0070.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18:

• Teens Create: Ghost Luminaries, 3 p.m. (Teens Create is held third Tuesdays at Carver Memorial Library, Searsport.) Get into the Halloween spirit by creating a ghost luminary. Draw your ghost’s face — scary or silly — and light it with an LED tealight. For teens and preteens ages 11 to 19.

COMING UP:

• Contest and Concert for Belfast Skatepark, Saturday, October 29, to raise interest and funds for a new skatepark for the city of Belfast. All proceeds raised will benefit the new skatepark project. The contest runs from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Eric Overlock Memorial Skate Park, 29 Washington Street, Belfast. Categories: ramp, street, high ollie. Register in advance for the competition at https://bit.ly/3R7x5I0. Prizes from Birgfeld’s Bike Shop. All ages welcome. $5 suggested general-admission donation at the door. The concert runs 6 to 10 p.m. at the Belfast Boat House, 34 Commercial Street, Belfast, featuring original music from Vice Reversa, The Cups, and Osmia. With refreshments. All ages welcome. $5 suggested general-admission donation at the door.

MISCELLANEOUS

• Puppy Raisers Wanted, by the Maine Region of Guiding Eyes for the Blind, which is looking for people in the midcoast willing to take in a puppy for 14 to 16 months to teach it basic skills and socialization. Puppy classes are held in Belfast. Raisers receive ongoing, local support every step of the way and free veterinary care. Email for details: maineregion@guidingeyes.net.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12:

• Knox County Retired Educators Meeting, 11:30 a.m. at Offshore Restaurant in Rockport on Route 1. Any retiree who worked in any position in a school district – from teacher to bus driver to administrator – and who lives within Knox County is welcome to join the fun the group has doing good for others. FMI: 594-4397.

• Public Meeting on Proposed Wind Port on Sears Island, 6:30 to 8 p.m., at Belfast Free Library. Friends of Sears Island gives an update on the status of a proposal to develop a “wind port” in Searsport. Large floating wind turbines would be constructed and launched from the port for deployment in the Gulf of Maine. Sears Island and Mack Point are identified as feasible locations for this port, if such a port will be built in Penobscot Bay. If Sears Island is chosen for this development, a spokesman for Friends of Sears Island says, it would destroy the island’s ecological, recreational, and economic value, while redeveloping Mack Point, an industrial site for more than a century, into a renewable energy site offers a “greener” option. To learn more, go to friendsofsearsisland.org.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13:

• Tai Chi in Camden Amphitheatre, noon to 1 p.m. Join instructor Anna Dembska for tai chi classes by donation for all levels. A portion of the donations collected will benefit the library. For more info and to sign up, email camdentaiji@gmail.com. Sign-up is recommended so that you can be reached if classes are canceled.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15:

• Ocean Commotion 5K, a dog-friendly event at the Hermit Island Campground in Phippsburg, hosted by Marine Mammals of Maine. In its eighth year, it’s a fundraiser for the organization’s work to respond to stranded marine mammals and sea turtles in southern and midcoast Maine, care for sick, injured and abandoned seals from all over New England, study East Coast marine mammal populations, and educate people about global marine mammal conservation. With a professionally chip-timed event, timed and untimed walking options, and a one-mile kids’ fun run. The course takes runners, joggers, walkers, and their canine companions along trails by the ocean. Details are at mmome.org.

• Midcoast Recovery Coalition Run (or Walk) for Recovery, offering a 10K starting at Resurrection Church, 893 West Street, Rockport, and a 5K starting at The Women’s House, 63 Washington Street, Camden. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Learn more at midcoastrecovery.org.

• Lincoln County Dems’ Rally for Democracy, from 4 to 7 p.m., rain or shine, at the American Legion in Damariscotta. The family-friendly event will offer live music, a cash bar, food trucks, speakers, voter info, a chance to chat with candidates, and more. Parking is available next door at the Central Lincoln County YMCA, 525 Main Street. More details, including a list of food vendors, confirmed candidates, and a way to sign up for an email reminder, can be found at lincolncountydemocrats.com.

• Waldo County Humane Society Rabies Vaccination Clinic, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Brooks Fire Department, 19 Purple Heart Highway, Brooks. Drs. Sarah and Chris Tomalty of Little River Veterinary Hospital will be the attending veterinarians. Vaccines are free to Waldo County residents and $7 for out-of-county residents. Bring proof of previous rabies vaccination. Dogs must be on a leash and under control of their owners at all times. Cats must be in a carrier. For more information, contact the Waldo County Humane Society.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16:

• Waldoboro Democratic Committee Meeting, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Perch Cafe & Bakery, 11 Friendship Road in Waldoboro. The group will discuss how to get involved in the upcoming election, hear from candidates, and share ideas for ways to energize Democrats locally. In attendance will be Clint Collamore, candidate for Maine House District 45; Cameron Reny, candidate for Maine Senate District 13; County Commissioner Bill Blodgett, running for re-election in District 2; and District Attorney Natasha Irving, running for re-election to Prosecutorial District 6. Light refreshments will be served, and all Waldoboro Democrats are invited to attend. For more information, email arschaer49@gmail.com or jdsculpts@sbcglobal.net.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 17:

• Walsh History Center Hour on Zoom, noon to 1 p.m. If you have a question about the history of Camden, your ancestors that may have lived in the area, or the house where you live, Ken Gross and the Walsh History Center team may be able to help find you an answer. Email kgross@librarycamden.org to request a Zoom link to participate.

• Intermediate Navigation and Dead Reckoning Sailing Class, offered by Midcoast Sailing Center, a program of the Sail, Power, and Steam Museum in Rockland, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday, October 17 and 19. Classes are taught by MCSC’s program director, Coast Guard–licensed captain Diane Sternberg. $60 for the two-evening session. For more info or to register, contact Sternberg at 701-7625 or diane.sailpowersteam@gmail.com. Learn more at SailPowerSteamMuseum.org.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18:

• Medicare Informational Session with United Healthcare, 10 a.m. to noon. Every fall, Camden Public Library hosts opportunities for community members to speak to representatives from a variety of agencies that explain Medicare and Medicare supplemental plans during open enrollment season. In this session, Lily Filippi, representing United Healthcare, will be offering a free info session. For questions related to this program, call 323-5540 to speak with Lily Filippi.

• Tai Chi in Camden Amphitheatre, noon to 1 p.m. Join instructor Anna Dembska for tai chi classes by donation for all levels. A portion of the donations collected will benefit the library. For more info and to sign up, email Anna at camdentaiji@gmail.com. Sign-up is recommended so that you can be reached if classes are canceled.

• Info Night on June Trip to Iceland, 6 to 8 p.m. at Camden Hills Regional High School. People who went on last June’s photography trip will be there to give their insights on visiting Iceland with the Center for Ecological Living and Learning, leader of the program, based in Hope. Visit fivetowns.maineadulted.org to view the catalog and classes. You can call 236-7800, press 5, to have a catalog sent to you.

COMING UP:

• Downeast Trout Unlimited Meeting, Wednesday, October 19, at 5:30 p.m. via Zoom. The first meeting of the season features Matt Streeter, project manager for the Maine Rivers China Lake Alewife Restoration Initiative. This project successfully restored a run of close to a million alewives to China Lake for the first time since at least 1783, by removing three dams and building three fishways on Outlet Stream, allowing fish passage to the Sebasticook River and the Atlantic Ocean. For more info, contact Tammy Packie at tpackie@gmail.com.

• Going Green: Designing a Sustainability Plan for your Business or Nonprofit, Friday, October 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hutchinson Center in Belfast. This program is designed not just for environmental businesses, but also for large or small businesses or nonprofits providing goods, experiences or services. Participants will have an opportunity to step away from the day-to-day action, review their overall business/strategic plans, and refocus them in light of emerging sustainability opportunities. The cost is $215 per person. More information is available on the Hutchinson Center website.

• Bat Hike at Hidden Valley Nature Center, Jefferson, Saturday, October 22, from 9 to 11 a.m. Midcoast Conservancy’s Americorps member Skye Cahoon leads the “Bat Bash Hike” to meet the eight bat species that live in Maine. Though Maine’s bats have migrated to warmer climates or are hibernating underground by now, the group will learn bat facts, like that bats can eat 1,200 mosquitoes in an hour, live to be over 30 years old, and fly at speeds beyond 60 miles per hour. During the 1.5-mile hike, participants will explore the areas that bats call home in the spring and summer months, discuss why bats are important to the forest and humans, and see close-up photos. The rain date is October 23, 10 a.m. to noon. To learn more and to register, go to midcoastconservancy.org.

• B.C.O.P.E. Bash, Monday, October 31, to celebrate the 32nd anniversary of Belfast Community Outreach Program in Education. The celebration will consist of a series of traditional B.C.O.P.E. activities such as pumpkin decorating, a game of capture the flag, and telling scary stories for the younger crowd. Lunch and snacks will be provided as guests catch up with fellow alumni. There will be slideshows, past publicity, artifacts of student learning, and thousands of pictures of BCOPIANS over the years. Everyone is welcome; if you have a memory to share, email hscipione@rsu71.org, call 323-2799, or go to the B.C.O.P.E. website.

• Teaching from the Heart: Nonviolent Communication in the Classroom, Monday, October 31, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast. A professional development program for educators, teachers and those working with preschoolers to third-graders. The cost is $195; need-based scholarships are available for people who live or work in Knox or Waldo counties. A continental breakfast and catered lunch are included. More information is available on the Hutchinson Center website.