NOTEWORTHY

TUESDAY, DEC. 13:

-Challenging Times for Local Builders: Managing Supply and Labor Shortages in the Midcoast, 6:30 p.m. at Belfast Free Library. The Camden Conference presents Daniel Waldron of Whitecap Builders for a talk on persistent supply chain and labor shortages and how they are impacting local contractors and the consumers who rely on them. The event is free and open to all, with no registration required. Camden Conference Community Events are free to all and presented in anticipation of the 36th annual Camden Conference, Global Trade and Politics: Managing Turbulence, presented Feb. 17-19, on the stage of Camden Opera House and livestreamed to Hutchinson Center in Belfast, Strand Theatre in Rockland, and Hannaford Hall at USM, Portland. For more information, to purchase tickets, or to become a Camden Conference member, visit camdenconference.org. The mission of the Camden Conference is to foster informed discourse on world issues.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 14:

-SME Trade in a Changing Global Reality, 6:30 p.m. at Rockport Public Library. The Camden Conference presents James Wilfong for a presentation about international economic restructuring in a time of pandemic, war, and climate change. The last 75 years of liberalized trade policy was founded on the American model and the superpower status of the United States. A new order is emerging in the 21st century that will challenge American geopolitical and economic dominance. Wilfong will discuss how these factors might affect the future of American small and medium-sized enterprises.

– Episode 1: Arrivals, at 7 p.m. via Zoom in Friends of Merrymeeting Bay’s 26th annual Winter Speaker Series. Episode 1: Arrivals is a wildlife documentary, to be part of a larger series called American Waters. In this presentation, Mauricio Handler, producer and cinematographer for the series, discusses his ongoing efforts to document Maine’s coastal and freshwater aquatic species arriving here in the spring. The one-hour special Arrivals tells the intertwining stories of various species and the characters that benefit from their annual migration to Maine’s coastal waters, estuaries, rivers and ponds. FOMB hosts its Winter Speaker Series October to May, the second Wednesday of each month. The Jan. 11 presentation, “Where the Wild Things Were,” features author Will Stolzenburg in discussion with FOMB Chair Ed Friedman. This talk also takes place at 7 p.m. via Zoom. Speaker Series presentations are free and open to the public. Visit fomb.org to see speaker biographies, full event schedules, and video recordings of past presentations, to become a member, and to access the Zoom presentations via hyperlink.

SUNDAY, DEC. 18:

-Traditional Mexican Posada, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Penobscot Bay Language School, 28 Gay Street in Rockland. Traditional snacks from Mexico will be provided (including tacos de canasta, guacamole, ponche, gelatina, and other authentic treats). The event includes popular and traditional holiday songs (in English and Spanish). There will be a discussion about the history and cultural significance of this holiday tradition, as well as other holiday customs from around the world from a diverse group of attendees. Music, dancing, singing, drinks, snacks and – for the niños & niñas – a piñata full of authentic Mexican candy. This event is open to the public, with a suggested $10 donation. For more information and to register, visit penobscot.us or call 594-1084.

-Camden Conference Community Event: Gold and Global Politics – How the Financial Power of Gold Impacts Politics Past & Present, offered in person at Camden Public Library and on Zoom from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Senior College teacher and former Peace Corps director Mike Lynch delves into gold and its impact on global trade and politics.

-A Child’s Christmas in Wales, 3 p.m., at Watts Hall, Main Street in Thomaston. A reading of Dylan Thomas’s short memoir. Cookies and caroling will follow. Free admission.

-Annual Menorah Lighting in Downtown Belfast’s Post Office Square, 4 p.m. Celebrate Hanukkah downtown. The annual menorah lighting will take place at sundown, during the first night of Hanukkah. The community is invited to celebrate with music and readings. The menorah will be lit during Hanukkah and remain so throughout the holiday.

COMING UP:

-“Solstice by the Sea: A Celebration of Light” on Sears Island, hosted by Friends of Sears Island in honor of the winter solstice, on Wednesday, Dec. 21, from 4 to 6 p.m. They will have hundreds of luminarias lighting a short walking path along with an illuminated solstice StoryWalk (the featured book is The Shortest Day by Susan Cooper, illustrated by Carson Ellis), free cookies and cocoa, and recorded music. There will also be a decorated tree and the Friends will be collecting donations of nonperishable food items and toiletries to donate to the Congregational Methodist Food Cupboard in Searsport. Sears Island is located at the end of Sears Island Road off Route 1, just east of Searsport. Participants can park along the causeway at the end of the road. Dress warmly and wear footwear appropriate for the weather conditions; bring a flashlight or homemade lantern that uses a battery-powered light. No flames or pets will be permitted. In the event of inclement weather, this event will be canceled. For updates, check friendsofsearsisland.org or facebook.com/friendsofsearsisland.

MUSIC

TUESDAY, DEC. 13:

-Community Messiah Sing in Watts Hall, 174 Main Street in Thomaston, at 7:30 p.m., hosted by the Episcopal Church of St. John Baptist and directed by Anthony Antolini, artistic director of Down East Singers. Members of Mozart Mentors Orchestra and keyboard player Sean Fleming will provide accompaniment. All area choristers interested in singing the Christmas portion and the Hallelujah Chorus of G. F. Handel’s 1741 Messiah are invited to participate. Some scores will be available to lend to those who do not have their own. Singers will be seated in sections by voice part. Soloists include soprano Erin Chenard, contralto Jazmin DeRice, tenor David Myers-Wakeman and bass John David Adams. Non-singers are welcome to listen if seating is available. The event is free. For more information, call 354-8734.

THURSDAY, DEC. 15:

-Holiday Concert: Songs of Solomon Gospel Choir, at Rockport Opera House at 7 p.m. Bay Chamber Concerts hosts the Harlem-based choir founded in 2001 by veteran conductor Bishop Chantel Wright. The ensemble has performed with notable artists including Ashford and Simpson, Elton John, and American Idol winners Kelly Clarkson, Fantasia Barrino and Ruben Studdard. For their return to Bay Chamber, the choir will perform a program of gospel and holiday favorites. Tickets, at baychamber.org, are $35 for ages 35-plus, $20 ages 22 to 34, and pay what you wish for those 21 and under.

-World Music Band BoneBroth at The Underground Lounge, in the basement of the Belfast Maskers Theatre, 17 Court Street in downtown Belfast. Spearheaded by fiddler Cara Lauzon, they’ll offer a brew of world music, Balkan melodies, and funky rhythms. Rounding out the band is guitarist Eenor (Les Claypool’s Frog Brigade), bassist Eric Halsey, drummer Jason Dean, and rapper Mateo Mendoza. Their debut album, Triptych, was recorded at a show in Rockland and released in October. Doors open at 6:30, show starts at 7 p.m. $10, cash only, at the door.

FRIDAY, DEC. 16:

-Hyssongs Christmas Concert in Friendship, 6 p.m., at Friendship United Methodist Church, 24 Main Street. Dell, Susan and Richard Hyssong travel full-time as the award-winning Hyssongs and have sung to audiences of over 12,000 people on the main stage at the National Quartet Convention. They perform annually at Dollywood and Silver Dollar City. A free-will offering will be taken.

SATURDAY, DEC. 17:

-Hyssongs Christmas Concert in Waldoboro, 7 p.m. at North Waldoboro Church of the Nazarene, 3008 Washington Road. Their energetic ministry combines family vocal harmony, humor and brass instruments (trumpet and trombone). There is a potluck supper preceding at 5:30 p.m. FMI: 790-0947.

SUNDAY, DEC. 18:

-Carols in the Round, 3 p.m., a candelight concert performed by the Mount View High School Chamber Singers in the 1821 Meeting House, home of the United Christian Church, located at 18 Searsmont Road (Route 173), in Lincolnville Center. Doors will open at 2:30 p.m. FMI: 763-3800.

TUESDAY, DEC. 20:

-Penobscot Bay Orchestra’s Second Annual Holiday Concert, 7 p.m. at John St. United Methodist Church, 98 John Street in Camden. Violinist Philipp Elsner of Northport and Montreal is the featured soloist in the Allegro from Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F Major. Rockport pianist Chris Tofani joins the orchestra in Vaughan Williams’ seasonal classic Fantasia on Greensleeves, along with selections from Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, arranged for orchestra by the conductor, and the Largo from Dvorak’s ninth symphony. A sprinkling of seasonal favorites rounds out the program. The Penobscot Bay Orchestra was formed last year by local musicians wanting a musical community that merges the arts and social issues. Concert proceeds, collected at the door in lieu of admission, will be given to the Waldo Community Action Partners (Waldo CAP), which provides home heating assistance, rental relief assistance, and other programs for people in need across Waldo, Knox and Lincoln counties.

FILM

THURSDAY, DEC. 15:

-Hopper: An American Love Story, in the Exhibition on Screen series, at Lincoln Theater for two screenings, this Thursday at 7 p.m. and Friday, Dec. 16, at 2 p.m. Countless painters, photographers, filmmakers and musicians have been influenced by his art, including Rothko, Banksy, Alfred Hitchcock, David Lynch, and even The Simpsons – but who was he, and how did a struggling illustrator create such a bounty of notable work? In March, Exhibition on Screen explores the work of Mary Cassatt, who made a career painting the lives of the women around her with radical images showing them as intellectual, feminine and real – a major shift in the way women appeared in art. In April, see a major retrospective of Vermeer’s most famous masterpieces on the big screen, including “Girl with a Pearl Earring,” “The Geographer,” “The Milkmaid,” “The Little Street,” “Lady Writing a Letter with her Maid,” and “Woman Holding a Balance.” Closing out the season in May, the series tells Tokyo Stories in an encounter with one of the world’s great art capitals. $15 adults, $13 Lincoln Theater members, and $5 ages 18 and under at LincolnTheater.net or at the door beginning 30 minutes before showtime. Lincoln Theater is located at 2 Theater Street in downtown Damariscotta.

SATURDAY, DEC. 17:

-Holiday Family Movie Series at Rockport Opera House: It’s a Wonderful Life, 3:30 p.m. The family series, free and open to all, wraps up with the holiday film starring James Stewart and Donna Reed. Register online at rockportoperahouse.org or call 691-7388.

TUESDAY, DEC. 20:

-Met Opera ENCORE: Puts’s The Hours, filmed at New York’s Metropolitan Opera, is shown at Rockland’s Strand Theatre at 1 p.m. Renée Fleming makes her highly anticipated return to the Met in this world-premiere production from Pulitzer Prize–winning composer Kevin Puts. Also starring Kelli O’Hara and Joyce DiDonato, with Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin on the podium. Run time is 3 hours 15 minutes.

COMING UP:

-Free “Bad Movie” Screening at Rockland Public Library, Thursday, Dec. 22, at 6 p.m. in the library’s Community Room and via Zoom. This event is free and open to all and is recommended for adults and teens. Santa Claus, aka “Santa Claus vs. the Devil,” is a 1959 Mexican fantasy film, directed by Rene Cardona and dubbed in English under the direction of Ken Smith, featuring Santa and Merlin battling a demon named Pitch to save Christmas. The episode of the comedy series Mystery Science Theater 3000 featuring this film originated the phrase “nightmare fuel.” For those joining in-person, talking back to the film à la MST3K is encouraged. To request Zoom links, email elewis@rocklandmaine.gov by 4 p.m. on Dec. 22 and include the title of the film in the subject line.

ARTS

-Call to Artists for “Passages” at River Arts in Damariscotta, the first juried show of 2023. The theme allows for vast interpretation. For example, a piece could represent a journey or transformation, a pathway or opening. Deadline for entry is Saturday, January 14, at 4 p.m. The juror is Jorge Arango, art critic of the Portland Press Herald. For details, including entry fees and show dates, go to riverartsme.org.

-Maine Lobster Festival in Search of 2023 Poster Artist, the winner will receive a $1,000 commission and must release the rights of the artwork to the Maine Lobster Festival. Artists are asked to submit samples of their work and a bio. A requirement for the poster is a large lobster, so it is helpful for the committee to see a sample lobster. The deadline for submissions is Friday, Dec. 30. Submissions will be accepted online at mainelobsterfestival.com. The winning artist will be chosen by a committee.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 14:

-Art & Journaling for Teens & Adults in Camden, in-person and on Zoom from 4 to 5 p.m. Amy Hand of Camden Public Library facilitates creative art and journaling projects through emails and via the online Zoom meeting platform. If you are interested in receiving the project ideas or would like to receive a link to participate in the Zoom meeting, contact alhand@librarycamden.org. Meets every second Wednesday of the month.

FRIDAY, DEC. 16:

-Explorations Read-Aloud for Adults, online from 11 a.m. to noon. Every Friday, Camden Public Library’s YouTube channel and Facebook page stream a new recording of local thespian Joseph Coté reading aloud from a wide variety of books of fiction and nonfiction. This Friday, Coté reads from Adam White’s The Midcoast. Based in Damariscotta, the novel explores the machinations of privilege, the dark recesses of the American dream, and the lies we tell as we try, at all costs, to protect the ones we love.

SUNDAY, DEC. 18:

-CMCA Adult Makerspace, 10 a.m. to noon at Center for Maine Contemporary Art in downtown Rockland. Explore, make, and create in the ArtLab studio during this free community drop-in for adults. All supplies provided, with a studio assistant on hand; guest teaching artist Tori Marsh will be sharing her work and providing a demonstration on embroidery techniques.

-Sip and Shop at the Village Bookshop in Waldoboro, this Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 24, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bookshop staff are hoping to lure in a few new friends or old acquaintances for a free cup of coffee and a home-baked cookie while they do a bit of last-minute gift shopping. Also in December, all adult fiction and all YA books are on sale at half of marked price. Located at 25 Friendship Road in downtown Waldoboro, the shop’s December hours are Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 18 only, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. All sales proceeds from the shop always go to support Waldoboro Public Library.

MONDAY, DEC. 19:

-Monday Morning Book Club of Camden Public Library, will meet from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Picker Room for an open discussion about what everyone has been reading. To be connected with the group’s coordinator, email jsagaser@librarycamden.org. New members are always welcome. Beginning in January, the book club will begin meeting on the fourth Monday of each month.

TUESDAY, DEC. 20:

-Camden Philosophical Society, meeting in-person and on Zoom, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. The reading selection will be from Jean Jacques Rousseau’s “Second Discourse.” Contact Sarah Miller at sarahmiller@usa.net if you are interested in attending. The group meets every third Tuesday of the month.

HOME & GARDEN

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 14:

-Webinar: Managing Your Forest with Climate Change in Mind, from 6 to 7 p.m. Learn about how forests are impacted by climate change and steps you can take to increase forest resilience. You will also learn about available resources, including one recently developed by UVM Extension, Vermont Forests, Parks and Recreation, and Vermont Woodlands Association: “12 Steps for Climate Resilience.” Details are at mofga.org.

SATURDAY, DEC. 17:

-Belfast Community Works Repair Café, 9 a.m. to noon at the Waldo County YMCA. Bring fibers that need fixing or small electrical appliances that need repair. Bring replacement parts if you have them. This is a free event, designed to help people build community, save money and keep things out of the landfill. All are welcome.

COMING UP:

-Knox-Waldo Local Working Group Meeting, on Wednesday, Dec. 21, from 2 to 4 p.m., in the first-floor meeting room at Searsmont Town Office, 37 Main Street South; facilitated by Knox County and Waldo County Soil and Water Conservation districts and the Natural Resources Conservation Service field office. Local Working Groups make recommendations to NRCS on how to spend USDA Farm Bill funds for conservation practices on private lands.

FOOD & DRINK

-Dinner Anywhere in the World Raffle, of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Belfast, its fifth annual fundraising raffle, from now until Dec. 31. The winner will have their choice of prizes: international travelers will receive airfare, two nights hotel, and dinner for two anywhere in the world; continental U.S. travelers will receive transportation, two dinners for two, and four nights of lodging; those wishing to stay in Maine can host a staycation at a camp on a lake for their friends, rent a tent and throw a catered party, or whatever they can imagine. The maximum prize value is $5,000. Past winners have been to Uruguay and Spain and are headed to Savannah, Georgia, and Japan. Tickets are available at the church office, 37 Miller Street in Belfast (338-4482); at The Green Store, 71 Main Street, Belfast (338-4045); and from most members of the congregation.

TUESDAY, DEC. 13:

-Knox County Food Council Community Conversation, at 5 p.m., over Zoom and open to everyone, free of charge. Learn about KCFC’s 2023 planning, centering the voice of the recipient in its food security efforts. They seek feedback from community partners, members, supporters and interested parties on how their agencies and organizations can best work together to highlight the voice of the recipient in their work, separately and collectively. For the Zoom link, visit aldermere.org/kcfc-meeting-registration. For more information or with any questions about the meeting itself, contact Aldermere Farm’s Joelle Albury, who is also a Knox County Food Council Steering Committee member, at aldermere@mcht.org.

COMING UP:

-Organic Dairy Cook Along, online Wednesday, Dec. 21, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association hosts chefs Robert Dumas and Robin Kerber for the winter solstice celebration where you’ll learn how to make several new recipes featuring organic dairy products. Organic dairy farmers in Maine are facing unprecedented challenges due to increased grain prices and decreased consumer demand. Learn more about the issues they are confronting and cook alongside the chefs as they walk you step-by-step through each recipe (ingredient lists will be shared in advance). Participants will end the event with a meal for their solstice dinner. Sliding scale of free to $25. Register at mofga.org.

-Annual Christmas Day Community Dinner, Sunday, Dec. 25, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 11 White Street in Rockland, sponsored by Adas Yoshuron Synagogue. A complete turkey dinner served takeout style, prepared by Primo restaurant. For more information, call 594-4523.

KIDS & PARENTS

TUESDAY, DEC. 13:

-Midcoast Conservancy Offers Youth Cross-Country Ski Lease Program and Clinic, with a fitting session set for this Tuesday from 3 to 5 p.m. at the CLC YMCA in Damariscotta. A final fitting session will be held on January 10 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Edgecomb Eddy School but inventory is expected to be low by then, so families are encouraged to come to this earlier session for the best selection of sizes. The child who will use the skis must be present. The ski lease package is $70 per participant. Any questions about the ski lease program can be directed to Andy at andyb@midcoastconservancy.org; details are online at midcoastconservancy.org/events. In addition, Midcoast Conservancy will hold the annual Youth XC-Ski Clinic for kids ages 5 to 12 for six weeks, from January 7 to February 11, 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Hidden Valley Nature Center in Jefferson. Instructors use fun, non-competitive methods to get skiers out on the trails each week. For more information or to register, go to midcoastconservancy.org/events. Call 389-5150 with any questions.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 14:

-Book Time for Babies with Camden Public Library’s Miss Amy, 10 to 11 a.m. The outdoor story time in the Camden Amphitheatre Wednesdays is themed for toddlers and babies. Weather permitting. For information, email alhand@librarycamden.org. Offered every Wednesday.

-New Songwriting and Song-Sharing Group for Tweens and Teens, at Rockport Public Library. The group will meet on Wednesdays, Dec. 14 and January 4, from 4:30 to 6 p.m., and will be facilitated by board-certified music therapist Dan Wenger. Young adults of all abilities and backgrounds are invited to join this free class. No previous songwriting experience is needed. Wenger will lead a discussion among participants about which songs people love and what makes them so appealing. He will help students explore beat-making and how to begin the process of writing original songs. To sign up, contact Youth Services Librarian Stephanie Miller by calling 236-3642 or email smiller@rockportmaine.gov.

-Teens: Anime Your Way Led by Carlos, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Belfast Free Library. Former The Simpsons artist Carlos Nieto III teaches you how to create and modify an anime character from scratch, no matter what your drawing level is. All materials provided – just show up. Free and open to all.

THURSDAY, DEC. 15:

-Outdoor Preschooler Story Time in Camden Public Library Children’s Garden, 10 to 11 a.m. Children’s Librarian Miss Amy hosts in-person story times and crafts themed for preschool-age children; all ages and families are welcome. Bring a blanket to sit on. It’s offered every Thursday.

-Holiday Ocean Animals for Ages 3 to 5, in Herring Gut Coastal Science Center’s Aquatots Program, offered from 1 to 2 p.m. and again on Saturday, Dec. 17, from 11 a.m. to noon. Children are invited to join the jingle-shell fun while learning about candy cane shrimp, snowflake moray eels, pinecone fish, and more. Sessions take place in Herring Gut’s Lower Classroom, 17 Lobster Pound Road in Port Clyde. $10 per family. Register at herringgut.org.• Rockland Public Library Presents Middle School Book Club, at 1 p.m. Kids in grades four to eight are invited to join Miss Katie at the library for snacks and to talk about books on RSU 13 early-release days. This club will be using the Maine Student Book Award list. Kids can choose any book off the list to read each month. New attendees welcome.

-Coastal Rivers Family Program on Fire Building, as well as campfire cooking and fire safety, from 3 to 4 p.m. at Coastal Rivers Salt Bay Farm in Damariscotta. Naturalist Angela DesVeaux will provide a brief overview of three main types of fires and what they are most useful for. Participants will build and light their own fires and prepare an easy campfire recipe to enjoy along with hot cocoa. The family program is designed for ages 6 to 11, though all ages are welcome. There is no cost to participate. Registration is required at coastalrivers.org/events.

-Creative Art Afternoons at Camden Public Library, 4 to 5 p.m. An after-school activity for kids who are interested in developing their artistic skills and experimenting with new crafts. One-hour projects are facilitated by Youth Librarian Miss Amy. Call 236-3440 to sign up. It’s offered every Thursday.

FRIDAY, DEC. 16:

-Indoor Preschooler Story Time at Camden Public Library, 10 to 11 a.m. Miss Amy hosts in-person story times and crafts in the Picker Room. These story times are geared for preschool-age children, but all ages and families are welcome. It’s offered every Friday.

-Thomas Performing Arts Center Presents The Nutcracker, at the Crosby Center, 96 Church Street in Belfast, with shows this Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 17 and 18, at 11 a.m. Tickets are available at dancestudio-pro.com/tickets/tpac.

SATURDAY, DEC. 17:

-Family Holiday Event at Hole in the Wall Bagel Shop, 754 Main Street in Rockland, from 9 to 11 a.m. Children of all ages and their families are invited to share in free activities, including Christmas cookie decoration with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Staff and volunteers are also coordinating a giving tree: Those would like to donate may drop off new and unwrapped gifts at Good Tern Co-op or Hole in the Wall Bagels any time before 9 a.m. on Dec. 17. The gifts will be donated to a local charity. The regular hours of the Hole in the Wall Bagel Shop are 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily. Hole in the Wall Bagels is a community-owned and -operated bagel bakery and café, part of Good Tern Co-op natural food store next door.

TUESDAY, DEC. 20:

-Teens Create: Paper Cone Gnomes, 3 p.m. (third Tuesdays) at Carver Memorial Library in Searsport. Create and decorate your own unique gnome using paper and other art supplies. If you want, bring your favorite wrapping paper to use as decoration. For teens and preteens ages 11 to 19.

MISCELLANEOUS

-Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine Seeks Volunteer Coordinators, who can dedicate 1 1/2 hours one day through May (except school vacation weeks) to supervise Big/Little match meetings of high school mentors and elementary school Littles. School-based coordinators are interviewed, screened and trained, and receive ongoing support and training from BBBS professional staff throughout the year. Continuing education credits are provided. Coordinators arrive early to greet the matches, help set up and clean up, organize meeting supplies and snacks, facilitate group activities, and provide support to both Bigs and Littles. BBBS of Mid-Maine has immediate need for school-based coordinators at South School (Rockland); Warren Community School (Warren); Great Salt Bay Community School (Damariscotta); Lincolnville Central School (Lincolnville); Miller School (Waldoboro); and others. To learn more, contact Haley Stearns at 236-BBBS (2227), ext. 103, or email haley@bbbsmidmaine.org.

-Barnswallow Books Collecting Donations at Holiday Tree, for New Hope Midcoast, under its 20-foot-tall fir tree in the barn through January 9. Requested items include size 1 and 4 diapers, size 6 pull-ups and general house cleaning products. New Hope Midcoast (formerly New Hope for Women) is a domestic violence resource center serving individuals affected by domestic abuse, dating violence and stalking in Knox, Waldo, Lincoln and Sagadahoc counties. Barnswallow Books is located at 166 Russell Avenue in Rockport.

TUESDAY, DEC. 13:

-Walsh History Center Hour, from noon to 1 p.m. 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? Ken Gross and the Walsh History Center team at Camden Public Library will help find you an answer. To request a link to participate, or simply ask a question, email: kgross@librarycamden.org. Advance notice of what you are interested in discussing gives them time to have resources ready. The history hour is offered every Tuesday.

-Read and Chat in Spanish, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Zoom. Join the group to chat in Spanish about what’s new and then move on to the article of the day selected from an online Spanish language newspaper and distributed prior to the meeting. To learn more, contact Lynne Taylor at leerycharlar@gmail.com.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 14:

-Knox County Retired Educators Holiday Gathering, at the Offshore Restaurant, Rockport, with the group gathering at 11:30 a.m. to order at noon. A short meeting, lunch together, and “make and take” craft are on the agenda. Anyone who has retired from any position in an educational environment (food services, secretary, custodian, teacher, aide, administrator, etc.) is welcome. FMI: 594-4397.

THURSDAY, DEC. 15:

-Waldo County Republican Committee Meeting, 6 p.m., for a short business meeting and desserts. The group will be collecting packaged disposable baby diapers for holiday donation to Zoe A Woman’s Center, 230 Searsport Avenue, Belfast. FMI: 992-3172.

-Retro Board Game Night at Rockland Public Library, 6:30 p.m. This event is free and open to all. Engage in some friendly competition with your community. The library will have Scattergories, Apples to Apples, checkers, and more. They’ll also have playing cards and puzzles available, and participants are welcome to bring a favorite from home. Game night is for people of all ages. Children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian while in the library. This event will take place in the Community Room; the library is located at 80 Union Street.

FRIDAY, DEC. 16:

-Camden Chess Club, online from 4 to 6 p.m. The chess club holds online matches every Friday. You can join for free online on Lichess.org under the community section, or you can visit lichess.org/team/camden-chess-club. For more information, contact Evan Annis at camdenchessclub@gmail.com.

SATURDAY, DEC. 17:

-Advent Vigil for Disarmament at Bath Iron Works, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Gather in front of the Administration Building at Bath Iron Works on Washington Street in Bath and then walk down to leaflet the workers at the shift change. General Dynamics continues to build Aegis guided missile destroyers and will be upgrading the Zumwalts with hypersonic missiles in the BIW shipyard. For more info, contact Smilin’ Trees Disarmament Farm at 763-4062.

SUNDAY, DEC. 18:

-Crèche Display at Broad Bay Congregational United Church of Christ, in Waldoboro, from 1 to 3 p.m. A crèche or Nativity scene is a model or tableau representing the scene of Jesus’s birth, displayed in homes or public places at Christmas. The open house will feature crèches from members of the congregation. Some are fragile and delicate while others are built so that children can play with them. There is no charge. The church is located at 941 Main Street (near the post office). FMI: broadbayucc@gmail.com or 832-6898.

MONDAY, DEC. 19:

-Outdoor Tai Chi and Qigong in Camden, 11 a.m. to noon. Beginning tai chi and qigong classes for people at all levels of fitness. Classes are by donation, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Camden Public Library. Contact Anna Dembska at camdentaiji@gmail.com to register ahead of time and be alerted on a location change in case of inclement weather. Offered every Monday and Thursday.

COMING UP:

-Free Flu Vaccine Clinic, Wednesday, Dec. 21, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Knox Clinic, 22 White Street in Rockland. Free snacks and drinks will be available. All participants can enter to win a $25 Hannaford gift card. For more information, contact Isabelle, RN, at 301-6990. Knox Clinic is a volunteer-based nonprofit providing free/low-cost medical, dental, prescription assistance, and mental health and wellness services to the uninsured and underinsured in Knox County and border towns. To become a new patient, volunteer, or to make a tax-deductible donation, call 301-6996 or visit knoxclinic.org.

-Downeast Trout Unlimited Meeting, Wednesday, Dec. 21, at 5:30 p.m. via Zoom. Chris Federico of Project SHARE will describe the Upper Narraguagus River Restoration Project as a whole, including connectivity work that has been completed and in-stream habitat enhancement work SHARE is currently doing. Project SHARE (Salmon Habitat and River Enhancement) is a nonprofit organization focused on conserving and enhancing Atlantic salmon habitat in Down East Maine. For more information, contact Tammy Packie, at tpackie@gmail.com, or visit Downeast TU on Facebook.