Thursday, Nov. 10

“Seeing Grief as Love” with Ivan Maisel, 6:30 p.m. at Rockland Public Library.

This event is free and open to all. Maisel will offer a presentation on his personal journey learning to carry grief. His 2021 memoir “I Keep Trying to Catch His Eye” reflects on the suicide of his son Max and explores the reality of losing a child. This event will take place in the Community Room and will be simultaneously livestreamed over Zoom. For more information or for the Zoom links, email elewis@rocklandmaine.gov by 4 p.m. on November 10.

Friday, Nov. 11

Benefit supper for Kim Emerson

On Friday, Nov. 11 (Veteran’s Day), Washington non-profits will offer a benefit supper for Kim Emerson from 4:30-6 p.m. at Evening Star Grange Hall. Kim is facing yet another organ transplant and all donations will go to her for travel and lodging expenses — and whatever other costs — for the numerous trips back and forth to Boston for treatment, tests and housing for family while she is in surgery.

Donations are $12 for adults and $5 for children. If you would like give more, just do so at the door.

Free day at Owls Head Transportation Museum, Friday, Nov. 11

The museum has lined up some extra special activities for the day, including live demonstrations and K-4 workshops. Watch the energy room spring to life as historic steam engines pound into action, and do not miss a unique glimpse of one of the museum’s rarest vehicles — a 1932 Ford Cragar racer.

Throughout the day staff and volunteers will be offering tours of the collection, and you may even see an historic reenactor or two. An 11% discount will be offered at the museum store, as will a membership discount (10% for all, 20% for active or retired military personnel), valid only on Nov. 11.

Use promo code “VETERAN” and get 30% more tickets free when you enter for your chance to win an Aston Martin DB9 Volante in a museum sweepstakes. Offer valid Nov 11-13.

For more information: owlshead.org.

American Legion Veteran’s Day ceremony, Rockland

American Legion Winslow Holbrook Merritt Post 1 in Rockland will host a Veteran’s Day ceremony at Winslow Holbrook Park on the corner of Park Street and Main Street.

This event begins at 10:30 a.m. with coffee, donuts and music by Bay Winds North Wind Ensemble, conducted by Marlene Hall. The veterans’ ceremony starts at 11 a.m. At 1 p.m. a lunch will be held at the Winslow-Holbrook-Merritt Post, free for veterans and their families and $10 for all others.

American Legion Veteran’s Day ceremony, Thomaston

On the morning of Nov. 11, at 11 a.m., the Williams-Brazier Post 37, at 10 Watts Lane in Thomaston, will celebrate the 103rd anniversary of the first Armistice Day in 1919, and how it became the Veterans Day that is celebrated across the United States and around the world today. The Midcoast Community Band will provide patriotic music throughout the celebration.

Post and Department of Maine Historian George Robinson, Jr., will talk about the progression of Armistice Day over the past 103 years, from the German surrender in 1918, to the first celebration of Armistice Day in Thomaston in 1919, and how it grew to become Veterans Day today.

“Hello Dolly” by the Medomak Valley Players

The Medomak Valley Players will open “Hello Dolly,” a 1964 musical adaptation of Thornton Wilder’s hit play “The Matchmaker,” on Friday, Nov. 11 in the Ronald E. Dolloff Auditorium at Medomak Valley High School.

Performances for the annual fall musical will be held on Nov. 11, 12, 18, and 19 at 7:00 p.m. There will also be two matinee performances on Nov. 13 and 20 at 2:00 p.m.

There will be an opportunity for patrons to participate in an after-show tea on Sunday, Nov. 13 in the cafeteria, where patrons can meet the performers. There is no charge to attend the tea but donations for the theater department are always welcomed.

Tickets prices are $14 for reserved, $12 general admission for adults and $10 for students and seniors. These can be purchased online at msad40.org/mvhsplayers, or by phone at 832-5389 ext. 333. For more information, contact Peter Stuart at 832-5389 ext. 132.

Saturday, Nov. 12

St. George School Fall Festival

St. George School will be hosting a Community Fall Festival Fun(d)Raiser for the CTE/Makerspace Building on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m (rain date Nov. 13) at the school. This is a chance to celebrate the season, raise funds for the CTE/Makerspace Building, and have a whole lot of fun together as a community. With the help of local businesses and volunteers, there will be activities for everyone, music, sports, as well as baked goods.

If you are interested in volunteering or donating baked goods, please contact Superintendent Mike Felton (m.felton@stgeorgemsu.org) or District Administrative Assistant Krystle Weaver (k.weaver@stgeorgemsu.org).

The mystery of lichens

On Saturday, Nov. 12, 9-11:30 a.m., join the Friends of Maine Coastal Islands at their visitor center at 9 Water St. in Rockland to learn about lichens. Ever wondered what all those little crusty things are on the rocks and bark of trees? What do you really know about them? Their composition? Reproduction? Place in the ecosystem? Uses? Did you know that the oldest living organisms are 8,600-year-old lichens in the Arctic? Join Diann Henderson for a hands-on class to learn about the lichens found in Maine. Diann is a retired middle school science teacher and a graduate of the Maine Master Naturalist Program. There will be an optional field trip on Mt. Battie in the afternoon, weather permitting.

Register at: bit.ly/3FxKYwL or on the Friends of Maine Coastal Islands NWR website at mainecoastislands.org. For questions, email tori_tibbetts@mainecoastislands.org, or call 594-0600 ext. 5114.

“Fill the van” event with Waldoboro Food Pantry

On Saturday, Nov. 12, the Waldoboro Food Pantry van will be at the Waldoboro Hannaford from 12-4 p.m. collecting non-perishable food items to help our neighbors in need.

The food pantry provides healthy food twice a month to over 120 families from Waldoboro, Bremen and Nobleboro who are struggling to put food on the table. Suggested items for donation include baking supplies, peanut butter, tuna fish, pasta, spaghetti sauce, soup, coffee, cereal and crackers.

Special thanks to the Waldoboro Hannaford for sponsoring this community-minded event. Any questions, call 207-520-5100.

Sunday, Nov. 13

Blueberries for Sal: The musical

Watts Hall Community Arts is pleased to present the Midcoast Children’s Theatre’s traveling production of “Blueberries for Sal: The Musical” 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 13, at Watts Hall, 174 Main St. In downtown Thomaston. 

Based on the book by Robert McCloskey, this family show is adapted for the stage by Michael J. Bobbitt and Sandra B. Eskin, with music and lyrics by William Yanesh.

Advance tickets for “Blueberries for Sal” are $15 for adults, $5 for kids 12 and under. Tickets the day of the show will be $18 for adults, $8 for kids. Advance tickets can be purchased online at wattshallthomaston.com

This production was rescheduled from September.

Monday, Nov. 14

Monday Night Blues

The Erin Harpe Band 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. All shows $20, tickets available at the door. Come see these great artists up close and enjoy a big dance floor. Like on Facebook @MondayNightBlues.

Medicare basics seminar at Thomaston Public Library

Join Brianna Henward from Tindon Senior Services at Thomaston Public Library on Monday, Nov. 14 at 11 a.m. for an educational meeting about navigating through Medicare Open Enrollment, understanding the basics of Medicare and what programs are available. Learn more about Medicare, including Prescription Drug Plans, Medicare Supplements (Medigap) plans and Medicare Advantage plans. Have VA benefits or MaineCare? Ask about plans designed specifically to work side by side with these benefits.

This meeting is open to the public and free of charge. The event will be in-person in the Thomaston Public Library conference room and also available virtually on Zoom. Contact Caroline Ward-Nesbit, head librarian, at cwardnesbit@thomastonmaine.gov for more information or the Zoom link.

Tuesday, Nov. 15

 Tech Class: Using software and devices for better health

This class at the Rockland Public Library will explore apps, software and devices that help promote and maintain exercise and diet, monitoring blood sugar, blood pressure, weight, medication reminders, using FitBit, Apple Watch, etc., and connecting with Bluetooth. No device is needed. The class will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2:30 p.m., in the Community Room of the Rockland Public Library.

The class is presented by the National Digital Equity Center and is taught by Vanessa Olson, facilitated by Rockland Library staff. Online enrollment with the NDEC and class registration is required, please go to digitalequitycenter.org/classes/enroll, or call the library, where staff will be happy to assist. This class is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, Nov. 16

Herring Gut Learning Center Aquatots program

The Herring Gut Learning Center’s Aquatots program will meet again on Nov. 16. The program will allow children ages three to five to explore the wonders of the ocean by participating in movement activities, sensory play, and science explorations. Marine hitchhikers are the subject of Nov. 16’s meeting.

Aquatots will meet at the Learning Center on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to noon, with a registration fee of $10. To register, visit herringgut.org.

Talk on invasive plants with Rebecca Jacobs

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? On Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 6:30 p.m., come hear answers to these questions from Rebecca Jacobs of Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District, at the Gilford Butler Center, 54 Spruce Head Road, South Thomaston.

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.

Thursday, Nov. 17

“Fishers are King” with Kirk Gentalen

The Rockland Public Library presents Kirk Gentalen, Thursday, Nov. 17, at 6:30 p.m. This event is free and open to all.

“Fishers are King” is the third chapter in a trilogy of wildlife appreciation presentations presented by the Maine Coast Heritage Trust. Following the pace set by the “Owls are Easy” talk and its sequel “Otters are Easier,” “Fishers are King” will dive headfirst into what makes everyone’s favorite/least Mustelid (weasel family) fishers. Personal stories, photos, and videos will make this a Thursday night full of education and appreciation.

This event will take place in the Community Room and will be livestreamed via Zoom. The Rockland Public Library is located at 80 Union St. For more information or for Zoom links, please email elewis@rocklandmaine.gov by 4 p.m. on Nov. 17.

Fairy party and drawing lesson at the Rockland Public Library

Join on this RSU-13 early release day for an adventure in the wonderful world of fairies. Listen to a read-aloud of “The Fall Fairy Gathering,” by author Liza Gardner Walsh. After, receive a fairy drawing lesson from illustrator Hazel Mitchell, followed by a fairy snack. Costumes encouraged.

This event will take place in the Community Room at Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St. Rockland, on Thursday, Nov. 17, at 3 p.m.

FMI: Call (207) 594-0310, or email refdesk@rocklandmaine.gov

Thomaston Thanksgiving meal delivery

Volunteers in Thomaston will be offering a prepared take-out Thanksgiving Day feast for those who apply. Due to continued health concerns, it will not be possible to gather together indoors, but the volunteers would still like to serve a meal. Meals must be ordered by Nov. 17. Pickup is 12-2 p.m., at the Federated Church, 8 Hyler St., Thomaston. Drive to the rear parking lot, using caution when entering and exiting. Meals will be ready upon arrival. Donations are not necessary but will be accepted at pickup.

To order, email Kella, kellabellar@yahoo.com or by phone (leave message) or text to 207-691-1500. Indicate how many meals you would like, as well as any food allergies and provide us with your name, phone number and address if delivery is required.

Rockland Public Library middle school book club

Join Miss Katie at the library for snacks and to talk about the great (and terrible) books on RSU-13 early release days. The first meeting will be held on Thursday, Nov. 17, at 1 p.m. This club will be using the Maine Student Book Award (MSBA) list. Kids can choose any book off the list to read each month.

FMI: call (207) 594-0310, or email refdesk@rocklandmaine.gov.

Ongoing

Jackson Memorial Library pie sale and holiday craft marketplace

Jackson Memorial Library in St. George will be taking orders for apple, pumpkin, and chocolate cream pies for $20 apiece, available for pickup Wednesday, Nov. 23.

In addition, for the months of November and December, local crafters will be offering gifts for sale at the library.

Coming Up:

Ukulele Virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro on the Strand Stage, Sunday, November 20, at 7:30 p.m.

Known for his fast and complex finger work, Shimabukuro’s music combines elements of jazz, blues, funk, rock, bluegrass, classical, folk and flamenco. Over the past two decades, the Hawai’i-born musician has proved that there isn’t a style of music that he can’t play. Tickets are $50 for general admission. Beer and wine are available at concessions. To buy tickets, or for more information, visit rocklandstrand.com or call 594-0070. The Strand Theatre is located at 345 Main Street, Rockland.

“Managing Turbulence: A Poetry Sampler” at Cushing Public Library, Sunday, November 20, at 1:30 p.m. via Zoom.

The Camden Conference and the library host the event with 10 poems presented by 10 readers. The poems will be available to everyone on the Camden Conference website in advance.