Early winter ecology walk

Nature-lovers of all ages are invited to learn about how Maine’s animals and plants prepare for winter Saturday, Dec. 10 at 10 a.m. at Merryspring Nature Center. Guests will watch for winter birds, learn about winter animal behavior, look for tracks, identify leafless trees, and learn about the past year’s improvements to the Merryspring grounds. This program is part of the Free Family Programs series at Merryspring. Space is limited, and guests must pre-register 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 or snow, this program may be rescheduled. For more information, contact info@merryspring.org or call 236-2239.

 Holiday Family Movie Series at the Rockport Opera House: “The Grinch”

The public is invited to a family festive movie screening of this 2018 computer-animated Christmas fantasy comedy film, Saturday, Dec. 10 at 3:30 p.m. Free to everyone. Register online rockportoperahouse.org or call 691-7388

Ho-Ho-Ho, Creating Holiday Ornaments with your Kids

Heather Williams, regional parent support coordinator will lead this family holiday activity G.E.A.R. Parent Network Saturday, Dec. 10 from 1-3 p.m. online. Participants will learn how to create ornaments with Popsicle sticks, small pom-poms or gems, glue, glitter, or glitter glue. Register at gearparentnetwork.org/events/.

Toys for Tots Bike Raffle

Toys for Tots Knox County will hold a bike raffle for one 20-inch boy’s bike and helmet, and one 20-inch girl’s bike with helmet. Tickets are $1 each. The drawing will be held on Dec. 11, 2022. For more information or to find a ticket location, visit facebook.com/toysfortotsknox or contact Jody Dinsmore, Knox County Toys for Tots coordinator at 542-2483 or rockland.me@toysfortots.org.

George’s River Trout Unlimited meeting: Maine’s native Salmonids

George’s River Trout Unlimited hosts Mike Greene for a presentation on the native salmonids in Maine, The meeting starts at 6 p.m. with an informal gathering for those who wish to visit before the presentation at Maine Sport (upstairs fly shop), 115 Commercial St., Rockport. The featured presentation starts at 7 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, visit georgesrivertu.org.

Don we now our beanies and binoculars

The Audubon 123rd Christmas Bird Count will return between Dec. 14 through Jan. 5. Bird lovers of all ages and skill levels will take part in the nation’s longest-running community science bird project. The Audubon CBC has not only provided valuable data for hundreds of peer-reviewed studies, but it has also become an annual holiday tradition for tens of thousands of birders. The event will be COVID-safe, with updated guidelines in place. For more information about this year’s count, click here.

Knox County Retired Educators holiday meeting

Knox County Retired Educators will hold its holiday meeting Wednesday, Dec. 14 at the Offshore Restaurant in Rockport. We gather at 11:30 a.m. to order at noon. A short meeting, lunch together and a “make and take” craft are on the agenda. If you have retired from any position in the educational environment (food services, secretary, custodian, teacher, aide, administrator, etc.) feel free to join us. For more information, call 594-4397.

Holiday Family Movie Series, “It’s A Wonderful Life”

The public is invited to this classic film starring James Stewart and Donna Reed, Saturday, Dec. 17 at 3:30 p.m. at the Rockport Opera House. Free to everyone. Please register online at rockportoperahouse.org or call 691-7388.

Community Breakfast

The Camden Community Breakfast hosted by Chestnut St. Baptist Church in Camden will be served from 7 to 9 a.m. every Monday morning. All are welcome.

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.

Tai Chi in the Amphitheatre at Camden Public Library

Instructor Anna Dembska will lead tai chi classes for all levels Mondays and Thursdays, from 11 am to noon, 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 at alhand@librarycamden.org.

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.

Explorations Read-Aloud for Adults at Camden Public Library, Online

Every Friday at 11 a.m., on the Camden Public Library’s YouTube Channel and Facebook Page, the library will stream a new recording of local thespian Joseph Coté reading aloud selections from a wide variety of books of fiction and non-fiction.

Creative Art Afternoons at Camden Public Library 

This after-school activity for kids who are interested in developing their artistic skills and experimenting with new crafts is held Thursdays from 4 to 5 p.m. in the library’s Picker Room. One-hour projects are facilitated by Youth Librarian Miss Amy. Call 236-3440 to sign up for the September sessions.

Walsh History Center Hour at Camden Public Library, on Zoom

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? Tuesdays, noon to 1 p.m., Ken Gross and the Walsh History Center team are happy to try to help find you an answer. To request a link to participate, or simply ask a question, email: kgross@librarycamden.org. Please let us know a bit about what you are interested in discussing so that we can have our resources ready.

Outdoor Preschool Story Time at Camden Public Library

Children’s librarian Miss Amy hosts outdoor story time and crafts in the library’s Children’s Garden, Thursdays, from 10 to 11 a.m., themed for preschool-aged children. Story time may move indoors in bad weather. For information, email Miss Amy: alhand@librarycamden.org.

Book Donations at the Camden Public Library

The library accepts donations of books, audiobooks, and CDs & DVDs in cases that are in good or better condition. Bring them to the Blue Door Book Shed outside the library on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to noon. Visit the library website to review the donation policy before donating.

Weekly Parenting Support Group

Parenting and raising a child/youth is often challenging, however even more so with a child with an emotional or behavioral health concern. GEAR Parent Network offers a virtual support group Wednesdays from 1 to 2:30 p.m., for parents and child caregivers, who can chat with other parents who share similar life experiences. For more information and to register for support call 1-800-264-9224. If there is no support group participation within 30 minutes of start time, the virtual platform will be ended.