Friday, Oct. 21

Autumn Night-Sky Gazing with the Cushing Public Library

Gather at 7:30 p.m. with astronomer and retired physics teacher Peter Kalajian at the Good Neighbor Park in Cushing across River Road from the former Fales Store.

For more information, call Wendy Roberts at 207-691-0833 or email wrobertsmaine63@gmail.com.

Trail of Terror at the Union Fairgrounds

Fridays and Saturdays, October 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, Oct. 22

Author’s Remarks and Book Launch: “Lavinia Wren and the Sailmakers”

At Watts Hall in downtown Thomaston. Irene Drago, Bath resident and author of three books about Maine, has centered her latest story in Thomaston during its shipbuilding heyday in 1865. Based on real families, the novel describes homes and streets that are easily spotted driving or walking through historic Thomaston. Author’s remarks will begin at 2 p.m., followed by questions, book signing and refreshments. This is a free event.

Talk by Edward A. Berlin: “The Life and Afterlife of Scott Joplin,”

2 p.m. at the Sail, Power & Steam Museum in Rockland. The author, musicologist and leading historian on ragtime, gives the free 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 King of Ragtime: The Story of Scott Joplin, winner of the 2022 Golden Kite Book Award.

Sunday, Oct. 23

Fundraiser to support Coby Dorr, Oct. 23, 12-4 p.m.

A fundraiser will be held to benefit Coby Dorr, who is fighting stage 3C Melanoma cancer. Coby is strong, and his family is supportive, but they need help. Coby is under the care of many doctors in Boston. He has a major surgery coming up in addition to a rigorous treatment.

Larry Reed, of Eclipse of the Pearl and one of Coby’s high school basketball coaches, has offered his restaurant in Rockland to hold a fundraiser.

Larry will be offering an October Fest light menu for a great price.

Rigometrics, an original rock & roll band out of Portland will be playing to support their classmate and friend.
There are only 200 tickets being sold at $25 a head. Raffle items will be gathered and tickets sold before and through most of the day of the event. If you would like to donate something, please contact Missy Stevens at 691-3211.

Tickets will not be sold at the door. To purchase tickets for the event or raffle, stop by the Thomaston Town Office or Rockland City Hall.

Monday, Oct. 24

Monday Night Blues

Anni and the Rainmakers performs at 7 p.m. for this weekly Blues series at the Grey Owl Bar & Grill, downstairs at the Trade Winds, 2 Park Drive, Rockland. This show is $10 (usually $20), tickets available at the door. Come see these great artists up close and enjoy a big dance floor. Like on Facebook @MondayNightBlues

Sail Power and Steam Museum to resume “Captains’ Quarters” lecture series

The Sail, Power, and Steam Museum will once again host their online lecture series, “Captains’ Quarters,” beginning Monday, Oct. 24.

Kicking off the season will be “Captains’ Quarters: Stories from the Captains of Square Riggers,” will be held online from 6:30-8 p.m. Joining the event will be a group of captains who the museum would like to recognize for their skills and experiences.

Registration is required and available on the museum’s website: sailpowersteammuseum.org, on the “Music and Calendar” tab.

Happy Hour for democracy at Ada’s Kitchen

On Monday, Oct. 24, Ada’s Kitchen in Rockland will hold a bipartisan event with local candidates from across Knox County. The event will take place from 5-7 p.m. There will be free food, happy hour prices, and live music by Louisa and the Kelly Brothers.

Tuesday, Oct. 25

 Midcoast Women State Senate Candidate Forum, online from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Featuring Pinny Beebe-Center (Knox, SD 12); Cameron Reny (Lincoln, SD 13); and MaryAnne Kinney (Waldo, SD 11). Moderator Destie Hohman Sprague of the Maine Women’s Lobby will pose questions on health and wellness, economic security, freedom from discrimination, and freedom from violence. Learn how the candidates address the issues and how they plan to get things done in Augusta. For more information and to register: midcoastwomen.org.

Your Dog’s Poo in the Big Blue!

This month’s Learn Discover Grow virtual series will highlight how dog poo affects water quality in the St George River. Join us to hear from clammers, scientists, and land caretakers on how this important issue impacts our community.

Guest Speakers: David Taylor, Lobstermen/clammer, Chair of Shellfish Committee Bryant Lewis, Western Maine shellfish growing area program supervisor Matt Bonner, Georges River Land Trust

Register at: herringgut.org/current-offerings.

Wednesday, Oct. 26
Rockland Public Library Halloween hootenanny

On Wednesday, Oct. 26, from 3:30-4:30 p.m., join the Rockland Public Library’s Halloween party downstairs in the Community Room. Miss Katie will read silly Halloween stories, followed by many ghoulish and batty crafts and activities.

Costumes are encouraged! (You know Miss Katie will be dressed up.)

The Rockland Public Library is located at 80 Union St. For more information, please call 207-594-0310 or email kdrago@rocklandmaine.gov

Talk on invasive vs. native plants, 6:30 p.m., Oct. 26 at Gilford Butler Building, 54 Spruce Head Road, South Thomaston

Why should we care about invasive plants?  How did they get here? Are they really so harmful to Maine’s ecosystem? What’s so great about native plants? Come hear answers to these questions; learn to recognize key invasives to avoid; and meet some native perennials and shrubs we can plant instead, that are well adapted to our local environment and provide essential food and habitat for native wildlife, in a talk by Rebecca Jacobs of Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District.

Sponsored by the South Thomaston Conservation Commission. FMI email conservationcommission@souththomaston.me.

 Maine Authors Laura Bonazzoli and Jodi Paloni at Cushing Public Library, 6:30 p.m.

They’ll read from place-based short-story cycles. The live presentation will include an introduction to this historically important literary form. Free and open to the public. For further information, call Wendy Roberts at 691-0833 or email wrobertsmaine63@gmail.com.

Thursday, Oct. 27

Herring Gut Learning Center Aquatots program – spooky ocean animals

Goblin sharks, yeti crabs and vampire squids – come learn about real undersea animals that have spooky names. Feel free to wear your Halloween costumes. This one-hour program will include science, movement, and art, on Thursday, Oct. 27, at 1 p.m. To register, visit herringgut.org. There is a $10 registration fee.

The Last Man on Earth at Rockland Public Library, Oct. 27, at 6 p.m.

Free screening of the classic 1964 horror film based on Richard Matheson’s 1954 novel, I Am Legend. Starring Vincent Price and Franca Bettoia, the film centers on a doctor who has survived a plague that turned everyone around him into vampires. His search for companionship at the end of the world will lead him to a discovery of even darker circumstances. This screening will be held in-person at the library and simultaneously screened over Zoom. For more information or to request Zoom links, email elewis@rocklandmaine.gov by 4 p.m. on October 27.